The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 4, 2005

Thanks for a job well done

To the Editor:

The Carlisle Board of Selectmen wants to take this opportunity to publicly commend and thank all of our town and school operations employees who worked so hard and effectively during the recent blizzard. We are fortunate to have dedicated individuals who work long and hard hours to ensure the safety of our citizens and children.

In particular, thank you to Gary Davis and his public works crew for a great job. Many of our friends and neighbors have commented that the best roads they experienced immediately after the blizzard were right here in Carlisle. Well done!

Timothy Hult, Chairman
Carlisle Board of Selectmen
Audubon Lane

Call for projects eligible for CPA funding

To the Editor:

It's that time of year again, snowstorms, tax season, and yes, the annual public hearing of the Community Preservation Committee. In addition to our monthly meetings, each year, our committee holds an open public hearing specifically to discuss the needs, possibilities and resources of the town in its spending of Community Preservation funds. This year, our meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Heald Room at Town Hall. Any individual or group that intends to request funding in anticipation of this year's Spring Town Meeting is encouraged to complete an application (available at the Town Administrator's office,) talk to their respective sponsoring committee and attend the March 2 meeting. We welcome all members of the community to this dialogue.

Caren Ponty
Chair for the Community Preservation Committee
East Street

Time to bag it

To the Editor:

In response to the number one complaint call to this office, the Conservation Commission has invested in two dispensers of black plastic bags to assist dog owners in cleaning up after Rover. These are located at the Cranberry Bog and at Foss Farm. Please make use of them.

Although it may appear that with deep snow and sub-freezing temperatures this request seems unnecessary and over-zealous on the part of the Commission, the problem actually is a ticking time bomb, waiting to go off during the spring thaw. Not only does walking the trails, especially at the Cranberry Bog become precarious after two to three months of accumulation, but there are other considerations, too. According to published studies, dog feces are a major cause of water pollution in both urban and suburban areas. Run-off into streams and rivers rob waterways of oxygen and can kill aquatic life. In addition, the presence of medications as well as treatments for fleas and ticks is inevitable, causing further problems for aquatic life.

Complaints on this subject have come from both dog owners who regularly clean up after their dogs, from x-c skiers and from walkers annoyed with having to clean their boots and ski equipment. It also should be noted that the water passing through the Cranberry Bog eventually enters Chelmsford's water supply. Please be a more considerate as well as more environmentally friendly user of the Conservation lands.

Sylvia Willard, Administrator
Carlisle Conservation Commission
Bellows Hill Road

Support the town's drug awareness program

To the Editor:

The Carlisle Police Department in cooperation with the Carlisle Public Schools have incorporated the D.A.R.E. program into the school's curriculum since 1991. To date, over 1000 Carlisle students have graduated from this program. The D.A.R.E. program, taught at the 5th grade level, not only instructs the children about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco use but speaks to the issue of peer pressure and self esteem. Students, parents and educators have consistently praised the program year after year. Three years ago the state stopped funding the program. Our program has continued only as the result of local contributions. We would like to continue with this worthwhile project but can only do so with your financial support. The goal of our D.A.R.E. program is to have each and every child grow up and become a healthy, happy member of society. If you can help, please send your contribution to the Carlisle Public Schools.

Thank you.

David Galvin
Chief of Police

2005 The Carlisle Mosquito