The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 26, 2004

A vote for affordable, in perpetuity

To the Editor:

On 11/12/04 the Mosquito reported on page 8 that the Laurel Hollow 40B deed riders were under pending change by the Carlisle ZBA. The proposed change is to allow a subsidized unit to be sold at market rate if a qualified buyer can not be found.

I quote from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision made in the case of the Wellesley ZBA vs. Ardemore Apartments (May 15, 2002) wherein the Court concludes that:

"where a comprehensive permit itself does not specify for how long housing units must remain below market, the Act [40B] requires an owner to maintain the units as affordable for as long as the housing is not in compliance with local zoning requirements. This is consistent with the Legislature's intent when it enacted the comprehensive permit statute in 1969 to create a long-term solution to the shortage of affordable housing throughout the Commonwealth. By receiving permission to build a multi-unit apartment building in violation of local zoning laws the owner received and continues to receive a great benefit. We see nothing in the Act to suggest that the Legislature intended to override local zoning autonomy only to create a fleeting increase in affordable housing stock, leaving cities and towns vulnerable to successive zoning overrides, and the issuance of a never-ending series of comprehensive permits."

A 40B development must be comprised of at least 25% affordable units. Should the proposed Laurel Hollow deed rider change be approved and if ever should the number of affordable units in Laurel Hollow fall below this threshold, I would contend that the entire development ceases to meet the criteria of a 40B development and by my interpretation of the SJC decision above, the entire development should then be brought into compliance with the local zoning requirements that were initially waived.

The question becomes, if the Town passes on the right of first refusal to purchase an affordable unit for sale and the aforementioned scenario occurs, how does one determine which Laurel Hollow units should be razed in order to bring the remaining development into compliance with our two-acre zoning bylaw?

Ed Rolfe
Maple Street

Domestic abuse response

To the Editor:

A few weeks back an article in the Globe talked about domestic abuse. Except for one point, the article was excellent. It noted the fact that both men and women are subject to abuse. It also noted the fact that there are many factors that are the potential cause of domestic abuse and that there is a need to address all of them. However, the article seemed to imply that slapping a boy or girl friend in the heat of an argument was not something to be concerned about. I want to state that the slapping of a mate or anyone else is unacceptable. Slapping someone not only demeans the person being slapped but it also demeans the person doing the slapping. To demean anyone, including yourself, is clearly abusive and as such does not produce a positive result. More often than not such immature behavior simply precipitates a greater degree of violence with a greater frequency.

To learn more about domestic abuse, its causes, its impact and more importantly the ways you can help personally with its prevention, you are invited to attend a free forum at the Follen Community Church, 755 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington. This will take place on December 7 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Thomas Dunkers
East Street

Carlisle spellers and donors helped make Concord Bee a great success

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Concord Education Fund, I want to extend a broad round of thanks to the hundreds of spellers, sponsors and auction donors who made the Eleventh Annual Spelling Bee and Silent Auction a tremendous success.

In addition, particular thanks go to the Carlisle Education Foundation for its sponsorship of Carlisle Elementary School students Dixie Morrison, Dean Cote, and Daniel Golson who participated in the Spelling Bee. These brave students joined public and private school students, as well as community folk from all corners of Carlisle and Concord, for a wonderful evening of humor, wit and challenge.

Forty-one teams were part of this very public spelling quiz. Six teams — the Concord Academy students, Fenn faculty, Alcott School faculty, Sped PAC, Rotary Club, and the Concord Boy Scout Moms — provided much excitement in the final round. Congratulations to all team members, and particularly to the 2004 Spelling Bee Champions, the Concord Boy Scout Moms, with team members Christopher Corkery, Ellen Gaies, and Happy Goethert.

Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and enthusiastic auction bidding, the Concord Education Fund raised more than $46,000. These monies will go into classrooms throughout all public schools in Concord, including CCHS, next year to fund initiatives that enhance and extend the curriculum.

Since 1994, the Concord Education Fund has invested more than $660,000 in 125 grants that have touched students at all levels, in all schools. Included in this amount is over $250,000 in grants to faculty at CCHS. All grants have two things in common — they offer innovative, compelling opportunities to improve the effectiveness of public education; additionally, they've consistently met with positive feedback from faculty, students, and the school communities.

The generosity that all demonstrated at the Spelling Bee and Silent Auction has a direct and lasting impact on the education of the town's children. Together — as audience, donors, sponsors, and spellers — we're making public schools better, one grant at a time! Thank you.

Nicole Benecasa
president, Concord Education Fund
Main Street, Concord

Friends of Football sends thanks

To the Editor:

A snowstorm the weekend before had us all worried, but Mother Nature cooperated and the annual football workday was calm, warm and all the snow had melted.A huge thank-you to the players, who raked, moved wood, rebuilt stone walls and generally helped beautify many yards, and to the parents who drove them to and fro.An even bigger thank-you goes to the families who, by employing the players, made a significant contribution to the CCHS football program.The day proved once again to be a success for the football program and the communities involved.On behalf of the Friends of Football — thank you!

Medha Ganmukhi and Susan Mills
2004 Workday Coordinators

Volunteers thanked

To the Editor:

On Saturday the CCHS Class of 2006 played host to a wonderful gathering of elders from Concord and Carlisle. The occasion was the annual Thanksgiving Dinner for Senior Citizens. Weeks of preparation and the enthusiastic participation by 60 of our high school juniors and the support of many dedicated parents, brought about an event that was enjoyed by approximately 190 guests.

Thanks to all of our wonderful volunteer parents who baked pies and worked in the kitchen and bought the turkeys. Thank you also to Crosby's Market, for being so helpful in getting just the right turkeys for us and allowing us to purchase the turkeys at a reduced price. We are also extremely grateful for the generous donation by Corporate Chefs at 300 Baker Ave. in Concord of platters of cheeses and crackers (very delicious!) to be enjoyed by our guests before the dinner, and for providing fruit to us at cost to decorate each table with, which then became a parting gift for each of the seniors to take home and enjoy.

The seniors had a wonderful time. As did the students. Everyone has their own little stories to tell of a warm exchange, a generous comment, a gallant gesture, or an effort that went beyond the expected. There was much laughter and singing and joking, and in the end it was a little hard to see that the end had come. Thanks again to all who participated.

Organizing Committee
Jane Turner Michael,
student coordinator
Nancy Weeks-Cantone,
parent coordinator
Francoise Bourdon, decorations
Lynn Knight, communications
Bonnie Hardy, food services
Barbara Lewis, chair

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito