The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 9, 2004

Thanks Carlisle, for cleaning up the streets

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Carlisle Conununications, Inc. and staff of the Carlisle Mosquito, to everyone who "attended" the annual Trash Party last Saturday: since the party was officially washed out last year, the efforts of all those involved this year, including dozens of Brownies and scores of civilians were especially appreciated, retrieving a substantial portion of the roadside rubbish.

I would especially like to thank Ferns Country Store for contributing the coffee for that morning, Dave and Joanne Driscoll, Joy Rio, and Lynne Carpenito, for volunteering their trucks and trailers, and Gary Davis of the DPW. As nice as it was to see many of the regulars and meet new residents, curious to find out what this is all about, it's really too bad that we have to deal with the "drive-through" trashing of town at all.

With so much happening in town on any given weekend, you've got to pick your spot, so thanks again to those who chose to be out doing less-than-glamorous work on a not-such-a great-spring day, for the benefit of everyone living here.

Bob Orlando,
Mosquito Trash Party Coordinator
Autumn Lane

Ed note: Unfortunately, Bob Orlando is stepping off the Board of Directors of Carlisle Communications, Inc. after many years of generous service. With grace and tremendous energy, he organized the Mosquito Trash Parties, as well as the Mosquito booth at Old Home Day. (See photos on page 11.) Thanks, Bob, for all your help!

Peter Stuart seeks Planning Board seat

To the Editor:

On March 15, I had the honor of being nominated by Louise Hara as a candidate for a three-year term on the Carlisle Planning Board. My family has resided in Carlisle for over 17 years and my daughter went through the Carlisle Public School and Concord-Carlisle High School. I served on the Town Building Committee and the Historical Commission in the late 1980s and I have been on the School Building Committee for the past two years.

I have been a registered architect for twenty-five years and participated professionally in numerous projects which required appearances before various city and town boards, including planning boards. Thus, I have experience dealing with regulatory issues from both sides of the table so to speak.

I believe that the town and the Planning Board will face four major issues over the next several years:

The need for long range planning to insure a balance of housing types and population so that we will not lose Carlisle's rural character while trying to meet this challenge.

Fair and equitable implementation of the subdivision control bylaws, especially since more and more of the new subdivisions will be on increasingly marginal land.

Planning the development of the Benfield Land in a way that not only meets the needs of the town, but also successfully addresses the concerns of the neighbors.

The careful placement of cell towers to meet the community's need and yet preserve the environment.

Both my professional experience as an architect and my service on various boards have provided me with the necessary tools and understanding to be an effective member of the Planning Board. I believe my problem-solving skills and my ability to work well with others to build a consensus will be valuable assets to both the Town and the Board as we work together to address Carlisle's current and future issues. I look forward to the opportunity of becoming a member of the Planning Board.

Peter Stuart
School Street

See innovation continue at the school

To the Editor:

Last Saturday over 100 parents, teachers, students and friends gathered together to hear Dr. Peter Senge speak about activating genuine vision in schools. The conversation that arose from this talk energized many of us. Several key insights emerged: first, that Carlisle has one of the most innovative school systems in the country. It both excels at the basics and offers leading-edge learning opportunities. And second, that we in Carlisle are a kind of crossroads, with a change of administration coming — one that marks a significant opportunity both to take stock of the kinds of remarkable programs and approaches that have been instituted in the schools over the last several years and to see what we can do to preserve and add to them.

We are inviting community members, teachers, and parents to join a group of us eager to see innovation continue in the Carlisle Schools.

At the forum on Saturday, we reflected on the problem of how schools can educate kids for "their futures, not our past." We learned about the power of "Systems Thinking" and the ways it has been introduced at all levels for all kids in the school. This innovative work teaches kids to think. It helps them to see connections, to understand the interrelationships among things, and ultimately to be better learners not simply people who absorb facts but spirited people who can connect the dots, who can solve problems, and who have what they need for the future.

The goal of this initial conversation will be to help make us all aware of some the models in use and also reap ideas about new methods. We also wish to support Carlisle's teachers in their efforts to learn what tools can help kids with different learning styles to become effective and excited learners.

We're not talking about new programs that will require additional personnel and greater expense. Rather, we're interested in finding ways to help a remarkable school system continue to excel.

To join us, please contact us at We promise: it will be fun and important.

Christie Barbee
Cranberry Hill Lane
Bill and Jody Isaacs
Russell Street
Laura Snowdon
Bellows Hill Road

PATRIOT Act consequences are far reaching

To the Editor:

Our family has been directly impacted by the fragmented policies our administration has put in place after the devastating 9/11 event. Our extended family planned to spend a week after Christmas on the Island of Jamaica. The week was glorious. The return trip was a nightmare for some members of our family.

Our nephew's girlfriend, Katya, has a Russian passport and is employed by the World Bank in Washington, DC. This petite blonde twenty-five-year-old had completed a MBA program in the U.S. She joined us for the vacation.

Returning from Jamaica to Washington, DC the plane stopped in Charlotte, North Carolina, where those DC family members found they had to go through customs. Katya's passport paperwork said that she could only enter the US in twelve locations and Charlotte was not one of them. The Immigration and Naturalization Service/ Homeland Security (INS) put her in detention. She was arrested, made to change her clothes and spent the night in jail with convicted prisoners. Asking to make a phone call, she was given the paperwork to make the call but no pen or pencil. She essentially lost all her rights.

A call by my nephew to the World Bank, which in turn called the State Department, got her released. The INS planned to send her back to Jamaica. The State Department intercepted her at the airport and was able to get her on a plane to Washington, DC. She had connections. Many others don't. However, her passport now has the word "parole" stamped on it. Think what that word would mean stamped on your passport.

The event served as a reminder of the extent to which the repercussions of the horrific 9/11 event have permeated our country and of the scattered, fragmented attempts of this administration to solve the terrorist problem. Passing the PATRIOT Act in the heat of the 9/11 event maybe seemed like a good idea at the time. However our policies have far-reaching consequences affecting us all. Many of our services such as the INS reflect the influence of the PATRIOT Act. We also question whether more security has been provided. Needless to say, Katya has transferred to London.

Lee Milliken
Estabrook Road

Old Home Day cancelled in '04???

To the Editor:

That headline — we don't want to see it. What we want is to make this year's Old Home Day bigger and better than ever. What stands between Old Home Day happening or not are volunteers and a little giving.

It costs nearly $5,000 to run Old Home Day each year. I wish the town wrote us a check for that amount, but the truth is, the entire event goes on without any cost to the town. Old Home Day raises some money, but contributions are still necessary to make ends meet. Only with your help, can Old Home Day be a reality this year.

If every person in town sent just $1, Old Home Day will happen this year. We're sure that only $1 per person can make it happen. Of course if you think one or two of your neighbors might not see this article, a little more would cover both you and them. Fully tax-deductible contributions should be made out to "Old Home Day 2004" and sent to Old Home Day chair, Dave Reed at 90 Page Brook Road.

Old Home Day is one of Carlisle's treasures. Going back 92 years, it's one of those things that makes Carlisle special.

Old Home Day is actually held over two days. Starting Friday evening of the July 4th weekend this year, it kicks off with the ice cream social and music on the village green.

The next day gets going with a bang (courtesy of our Minutemen), Pancake Breakfast, Road Race, Parade, Country Fair, Dunking Booth, Art Show, Cake Baking Contest, three- legged race, egg toss, pet show, hot air balloon (?), corn husking, all ending with the Firemen's Barbeque and a Cake Walk. I've probably left something out, but you get the idea.

Dave Reed
Page Brook Road

Come and help build the new Concord/Carlisle Skatepark

To the Editor:

As the mom of an avid skateboarder and in-line skater, I am happy to announce that the Concord/Carlisle Skate Park 2004 will officially open this spring. An enormous amount of work has gone into making this skate park a reality and I'd like to personally thank all of the people who have worked so hard to make this dream come true.

The park will be located right next to the student parking lot at the high school. The black top has been laid and the fence is up but the actual construction of the park is happening soon and we need a lot of volunteers to help. Building experience, while surely a plus, is not necessary since there will be people on hand to train willing volunteers. Anyone over the age of 12 is welcome. This is a great way for high school kids to earn community service hours!

We are looking for people to sign up for a four-hour block (since there will be some training involved), but we will be grateful for any time you could volunteer. The build dates are: Thursday through Saturday, April 29, April 30 and and May l. We will be working two shifts on all three days: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please support this worthwhile community event. If interested in signing up to help, please call me at 1-978-287-4219.Thank you for your support.

Ellen Davin
Kimball Road

Builders respond to letter about finances of Quail Ridge Country Club in Acton

To the Editor:

Because many Carlisle residents are interested in the building of Quail Ridge Country Club in Acton, we'd like to clarify some of the confusion that's surrounded the club as of late.

A letter to the editor in a recent issue of the Carlisle Mosquito refers to "162 units proposed for the troubled golf course in Acton" Let me clarify: Quail Ridge is not "troubled." The project is in full swing — on March 22 the Acton Selectmen publicly stated their unanimous and hearty support for the club. There are no legal or regulatory obstacles. Construction will return to full force April 1. The golf course already looks spectacular, and we encourage anyone to stop by for a tour.

The plan for 162 adult units is entirely a fall-back plan that we hope to never execute. Everyone involved in this project — the owners of the land, the town of Acton, the developers, etc. — plan to build a top-notch family-oriented country club.

The financial model for the club is very solid. We are actively signing up new members. We recently hired a director of sales and a director of marketing and will soon be launching a new campaign. Ultimately, we anticipate a waiting list (like every other comparable club in the area).

We hope this clarifies any misconceptions. To be clear: Quail Ridge is in full swing.

Ron Peabody and Russ Traywick
Northwest Development

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito