The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 29, 2004


Heard Around Town Should Carlisle remain a dry town?

A national election always pulls in more voters to the polls. This year many Carlisle residents will vote for the next president, but they will also have the opportunity to cast their votes on a controversial local issue: Should the town be able to issue licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages in town? Should such a license pertain only to the purchase of beer and wine or should it include hard liquor? Reporter Anne Marie Brako checked with people at the town transfer station this past Saturday from 11 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. The people were chosen at random, and based on the variety of opinions voiced, the outcome on this issue remains uncertain.

"We don't need stores [to sell alcohol] in town. We have plenty around us. It doesn't matter to me what kind of alcohol. I don't mind driving two miles to Chelmsford and picking my beer up there."— Mike Riskin, Lowell Street

"I read that Ferns Market is interested in selling beer and wine. While I'm sympathetic to them, it's one of those little small-town things and you wonder what we're giving up? I imagine I'll come down on the side of allowing the sale, but I haven't thought about it. I'm a bit less supportive of the hard liquor. I think there's a distinction there between beer and wine."— Steve Golson, Stearns Street

"I think it's a great idea to have it on the ballot. I think things should be put forth to voters. I'm going to vote for it. Even though I don't drink myself, I think that alcohol is a civilizing thing. It's part of the history of civilization, and it's a good ideaI'm a wine and beer person, not hard liquor." — Madeleine Prendergast, Stearns Street

"I feel that we shouldn't issue a license for the sale of alcohol. I prefer the quaintness of the town without the alcohol. I'm afraid even the sale of alcohol will add even just a little bit more activity to the town. I would just as soon keep it as quiet as it is." — Mike Foley, Russell Street

"I believe they absolutely should [be able to issue licenses for the sale of alcohol]. I think wine and beer would be okay. I'm not sure about hard liquor." -

Shannon Hill, Buttrick Lane

"I'm fine with that. I don't want them to build a liquor store, but if they sell it at Ferns, that's fine with me." - Liz Rambauske, Acton Street

"I think it would be a good idea. There's no difference to me [on wine and beer vs. hard liquor.]" — Mark Szczesniak, Aberdeen Drive

"I think Carlisle should issue a license for the sale of beer and wine. I have no problem with having to drive out of town to buy hard liquor. I'd like to be able to buy a bottle of wine on the way home from work or on a weekend if we're having some guests to be able to go to Ferns and pick up a bottle to share with friends." — Kevin Balboni, Buttrick Lane

Bottles at the transfer station. (Photo by Midge Eliassen)

"I don't think it's necessary. In Acton where my kids go to a class, there's a liquor store right next to the parking lot and the driving is pretty hazardous in that corner. People are in and out pretty quickly and they are not interested in spending time. They are just interested in picking up supplies, and move on. It's not a safe parking situation. I think the location of our one store [off of Route 225 at the center of town] is not conducive to having 'in and out' liquor parking. It's not a safe place." — Joanne Crowell, Estabrook Road

"I'm not sure. I like the sense of a small town feel that is alcohol free. On the other hand, it would be a lot more convenient to be able to go to Ferns and be able to pick up some beer and wine. I don't feel very strongly about it one way or another.

I know they are all alcoholic beverages, but there is something about the feel of hard liquor that is different from beer and wine. So if you are going to be taking steps away from being an alcohol-free town, it seems like it would be an abrupt jump to all of a sudden go to being able to sell any type of spirits. If you are only going to be selling beer or wine, it seems like a moderate step, not an abrupt change." — Otto Judicke, Brook Street

"I signed it [petition] for the beer and wine, but not for the rest. I have to drive five miles to get to any store. Beer and wine is what I drink." — Eric Synnestvet, Tophet Road

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