The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 11, 2005

Thank you, EMTs

To the Editor:

I can't find the words that would adequately describe the superior performance of the Carlisle Ambulance service. On Saturday, January 22, I awoke early in the morning in the middle of the heaviest snowstorm we have had since 1978. I became dizzy trying to get up, screamed for Bea, and passed out. I had just had a cardiac arrest. Bea immediately started mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and in a few minutes called 911.

The ambulance showed up in five minutes preceded by Gary Davis driving a town snowplow. Gary plowed out my driveway, permitting the ambulance to get close to my house. They did whatever they had to do to get my recovery started, and carried me out on their stretcher down 13 steps packed with snow to the ambulance. On the way to Emerson Hospital, my memory sufficiently recovered to realize what had just occurred. I had a similar cardiac arrest in 1997 in which their performance was similar except it was not in the middle of a snowstorm.

The Ambulance Service has now saved my life two times, and for this I am forever grateful. My defibrillator has been replaced with a new version that has a built-in pacemaker, raising the hope that I won't have a cardiac arrest again.

All I can say to the Ambulance Service and to Gary Davis is thank you, thank you, and thank you.

Hal Shneider
Bingham Road

Attend the Selectmen's meeting Feb. 15

To the Editor:

Habitech, Inc., the developer of Buttrick Woods in Carlisle, is proposing to construct a large 40B project on 22 acres off Concord Street, within one mile of Town Center, which drastically changes the character of the Carlisle community. While we recognize the need to plan and develop affordable housing in town, this project is being designed and controlled by the developer not the town and is not what we would ever plan ourselves.

The Concord Street project initially proposed by Habitech is:

Density: 66 units on 22 acres which would normally support just 8-10 residences. Out of the 66 units, only 25%, or 17 units, would actually be affordable housing. If there is going to be affordable housing built in town, why not have the town control the development and have all of the units affordable that way the town gets the greatest benefit under 40B, as opposed to the developer getting a significant economic benefit. This is the concept for the Benfield project.

Design: The complex gives an "apartment building" appearance completely out of character with anything in town.

Water: Six times the usage of town standards of one residence per two acres. This could have a wide-reaching impact.

Traffic: Huge increase in traffic emptying onto Concord Street with a single access for approximately 100-120 cars

Safety: Minimal emergency and fire truck access and no firefighting water source for over 150,000 SF of wood framed construction nestled in a wooded area, surrounded by a number of residents.

What Carlisle residents can do attend the Selectmen's meeting at the Town Hall this Tuesday, February 15 at 9:30 p.m., ask questions and voice your opinion.

If you would like to receive more information on this project please e-mail your name, address and phone number to the Carlisle Citizens for Responsible Development at

Michael Epstein and April Stone
Spencer Brook Lane
Joan and Alex Parker
Russell Street

Band director thanks fundraiser volunteers

To the Editor:

On behalf of the 66 members of the Carlisle Schools' Senior Band, I would like to extend my appreciation to the Carlisle community, band members, and their parents for their support during our ninth annual citrus fruit fundraising drive. Our focus for the profits raised from this year's sale will be to fund a three-day artist-in-residence program (world-renowned classical alto saxophone soloist and teacher, Kenneth Radnofsky); and to fund transportation and expenses for a number of off-campus performances, including a planned day trip to University of New Hampshire for a performance and various workshops. In addition, we hope to purchase another instrument for the school. This year's wonderful organizational committee, chaired once again by the multi-talented, unflappable Stephanie Smith, featured Melinda Howe, Gail Fitzpatrick, Debbie Power, Paula von Kleydorff, Nicole Bloomfield and Pam Blair all of whom did a superb job of organizing students and parent helpers; double-checking forms; ordering hundreds of boxes and bags of fresh fruit; and organizing the unloading of the tractor trailer, as well as the delivery to all of our Carlisle neighbors.

Thanks are extended as well to the parents who chaperoned at the transfer station and to those who helped with the fruit distribution on January 31. In addition, school administrators Marie Doyle, Steve Goodwin, Michael Giurlando, Steve Moore, and David Flannery were actively involved and supportive throughout; while staff members Susan Pray, Richard Price, Dan Flannery, Andy Dyment, and Beverly Woolard, contributed much time and energy to the success of the project. Finally, Bill Brown, Carlisle resident and owner of the Minor Chord music store in Acton, once again stepped up to demonstrate his support of our Carlisle Schools music program by providing incentives for our top-selling students.

Thanks to all for a successful fundraising campaign; we hope you enjoy the fruit!

Thomas O'Halloran
Director of Music
Carlisle Public School

Quick response time

To the Editor:

In response to the Boston Globe Northwest article ("Not up to Speed") that ranked Carlisle dead last was quite a surprise to me. I lived in Carlisle for 21 years and had two "life-or-death" situations that required a 911 call. The response time was immediate if not miraculous considering that all the firefighters were not just in a station but scattered throughout the town. I recall vividly the relief I felt when they came through the door.

Thank you all again. Keep up the good work!

Marguerite Widell
Central Street
West Concord

Chinese New Year celebrated in Carlisle

To the Editor:

Last Saturday, more than 400 people gathered together to celebrate Chinese New Year at the Carlisle School. Chinese New Year is all about rebirth and the coming of spring, and it symbolizes abundance and good fortune. Those were apt symbols for last week's event, which was sponsored by the Carlisle Cultural Council. There was an abundance of talent and good will, and we reveled in the good fortune of having such a vibrant Chinese community in our midst. Good fortune, good company, good weather, and good food: What more can you ask for a New Year celebration?

As the event's organizer, I would like to thank everyone who made it possible. Carlisle resident and master artist Chiao Bin Huang worked miracles on and off the stage, putting together a marvelous paper-cutting exhibit at Gleason Public Library, training the Carlisle School kindergarten students to become lion dancers, and performing her magnificent ribbon dance. Lin Xu displayed his stunning photography at the library, organized a slideshow of his travels through China and Tibet, and coordinated the music for the event. Jian and Gong Jia Xing of Bolton appeared almost out of nowhere at the last minute to offer calligraphy demonstrations and to exhibit their mischievous puppets. Wendy Lo of Shanghai Village in Arlington went beyond the call of duty to cook a bountiful feast. Countless volunteers from the Chinese community and the Cultural Council worked tirelessly to handle a myriad of details that made the event such a joyous success.

I hope that this is the first of many Cultural Council events that bring people together to celebrate the rainbow of cultures that are thriving in our midst. I tip my hat to our volunteers and to our audience and to offer all of you the traditional Chinese New Year greeting: Gong xi fa cai! (I wish you good fortune.)

Patti Hartigan
Carlisle Cultural Council
Cross Street

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