The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 3, 2004

Former Greenough tenant responds

To the Editor:

I wish to take the strongest possible exception to the Mosquito's one-sided and inaccurate reporting on my Greenough property tenancy. Reporter Sandwen's story cited my name repeatedly but never bothered to get my version of events while giving complete credence to the hurtful, self-serving and slanderous remarks of Conservation Committee members.

Here are the facts: After the death of Alfred Windhol in 1997, I enquired about occupying and caring for the property while the commission sought proposals. Over the next seven years, I requested a contract to perform repairs on the main residence and outbuildings. I felt it was a priority to improve the physical property. Therefore, I made three such proposals. All were ruled "non-conforming." Last winter, the furnace failed. Since I still had no contract I agreed to vacate the property by March. But twice the board asked me to stay on, reasoning that the property might be subject to vandalism if left unoccupied. Each time I agreed. Ultimately no agreement was reached and I vacated the property on my own last month.

Then comes the Mosquito headline screaming that I am to be "evicted," and Commissioner Smith's and Commissioner Lee's insulting and demeaning remarks that "Paul Booth fell into our laps" in that I have added to the building's decay and was "unwilling to make even the slightest repairs for my own comfort." Commissioner Smith was also quoted making the outrageous claim that I refused even to "replace a broken window pane." In fact, I had repeatedly told the ConsCom that there was no point in replacing that boarded-up pane when the entire front wall of the house was rotted out and needed replacing.

Knowing that I could be asked to leave at any time, it did not make sense for me to put my time and money into the project without a contract. It was my sincere intention to work with the commission and I regret that it did not work out, but I regret even more their unjust and unkind words. At the very least I feel an apology is in order.

Paul D. Booth
River Road

Carlisle Bicentennial t-shirts are available

To the Editor:

Are you wearing your Carlisle bicentennial t-shirt today? What — you don't have one yet? Please head over to Ferns market today and purchase one! The shirts are $15 each and are available in S, M, L, XL, and XXL sizes. The shirts will also be available to facilitate your gift-giving plans at the Greens Sale at the First Religious Society on Saturday, December 4 from 9-12.

As chairperson of the volunteer Bicentennial Committee, I quickly understood that we needed to be totally self-sustaining. To raise seed money to cover modest initial expenses for the Carlisle bicentennial celebration, I purchased 500 t-shirts with my own money. I hoped to cover my costs, and use to profits for proposed activities that include special events, contests, and publicity. Any extra funds would go to the Carlisle Historical Society. To date, I have only sold about 5% of the t-shirts.

The bicentennial year starts on Friday, February 18, 2005. Don't let that day pass unnoticed in town! Your purchase will benefit the community and you get a great t-shirt.

A special thank you to those happy few that have already purchased t-shirts! Please wear them to show your support and commitment to the Carlisle community.

Anne Marie Brako
West Street

P.S. The Bicentennial Committee still needs volunteer help in the areas of web site support, event planning, and fund-raising. Please contact me if you are interested in helping out in any of these areas.

Couldn't the school share?

To the Editor:

This is in response to the article in last week's Mosquito about the School Committee's decision to no longer allow the Savoyard Light Opera Company to use the auditorium for its productions.

We have lived in Carlisle now for 38 years. Our children both went through the Carlisle school system and participated in the music program. We continued to support the schools after they graduated, and we remember voting for many overrides to fund school programs. But we also remember the Town Meetings when the auditorium was being considered. One of the major selling points made by the school officials was that it would be available for use by the whole town, not exclusively for the school. But, reading Mr. O'Halloran's comments, we were struck by how selfish the school's current policy sounds. What are we teaching the children when we say that the children and teachers cannot be inconvenienced for three weeks out of the school year to provide a benefit to the entire town?

The Savoyards do not use the schools for free, but have paid high rental fees and custodial overtime expenses. Despite this, they purchased lights and a backdrop curtain for use of the school, and have even sent performers to the school for educational programs. They remain willing to work with the school to find ways to minimize the three week inconvenience. Nonetheless, the school continues to take an intransigent position.

This is obviously not a crucial issue for the school or the town, but we are concerned that it is representative of the school's present attitude toward the town. The majority of our taxes, which we have willingly paid in the past, go to the schools. But the next time we are faced with a school budget override, we will find it far more difficult to support. We will want to see the example the school is presenting to the children on community service, sacrifice and compromise.

Meredith and Alan Cameron
School Street

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