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
All I can say to the Ambulance Service and to Gary Davis is thank you,
thank you, and thank you.
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
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 CCforRD@comcast.net.
Michael Epstein and April Stone
Spencer Brook Lane
Joan and Alex Parker
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
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!
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.)
Carlisle Cultural Council