Friday, March 11, 2005
A reminder from the Town Clerk
To the Editor:
The Annual Town Census was mailed to residents a few weeks ago and we still have about 425 outstanding Census Forms. Please send in your Census if you have not yet done so and if you did not receive a form, please contact the Town Clerk at 1-978-369-6155 or stop by the office between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays, and we will provide a blank form for your use.
The Annual Town Census is required by State Law and is used for several purposes such as residents list for emergency use by Police and Fire Departments, School Enrollment Projections, Proof of Residency, and State Reimbursements. Please note that even though your voter registration information is included on the Census Form, changes to your voter status or party enrollment cannot be made via the Census Form. You must contact the Town Clerk for the proper form to use for voter changes.
Also, there are still a few hundred dogs not yet registered for 2005. You must register by March 31 to avoid the $20 penalty. You may register your dog by mail by sending the dog's name, age, color, breed, sex, and age as well as proof of current rabies protection. If you have previously registered your dog and the rabies vaccination has not expired, you need not send any rabies information. We will return any rabies certificates by mail with your new registration and tag. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope and check payable to Town of Carlisle. The fees are $6.00 per spayed or neutered dog and $10 per male or female dog (unaltered).
Thanks for your cooperation and feel free to call the Clerk's Office, 1-978-369-6155 with any questions.
Carlisle Town Clerk
Old Home Day update
To the Editor:
People have been stepping forward and "getting involved" in response to our call for donations to help us with the special events planned for Old Home Day this year. We have been gratified by the immediate generosity of local businesses and individuals (www.ohd.nip-htlights.us).
This special fundraising effort had to begin early so that we could confidently make commitments to participants and providers while their calendars are still open.
We still have a long way to go and a short time to get there, but if the up- front response continues, we have a good chance of making it.
Ron Chaput, OHD Special Events
Milne Cove Road
Dave and Florence Reed, OHD Chairs
Page Brook Road
An open, inquiring mind sought for Planning Board
To the Editor:
The planning board will have one open seat in the upcoming elections. Phyllis Zinicola will not be running for reelection. She has served this town with admirable diligence over the last five years on the board sharing her skills as a lawyer and more recently her knowledge of the housing processes and the regulatory issues from the state. We will miss her sorely.
The board is hoping to find a volunteer to succeed Phyllis and help the town meet our land-planning challenges. As growth pressures encompass us, it is the Planning Board's responsibility to make studies and recommendations to the town on the management of that growth.
Will we be able to keep the mix of housing types and income levels that we currently enjoy and to preserve our community and our natural resources while meeting our affordable housing obligations? It is a critical time to be planning for Carlisle's future. As we review our regulatory structure and search for answers, our success will depend on the knowledge and guidance of those who step forward to lead.
The most important qualification for the job is to have an open, inquiring, critical mind. It would also be very helpful to have a lawyer with a land-use background. (Historically, the Planning Board has usually had at least one lawyer member.)
If you might be interested, or could suggest potential candidates, please feel free to call me with any questions (978-287-4833). And please do consider tossing your hat in the ring at Town Caucus on Monday, March 14.
Planning Board Chair
Board of Health seeks new members
To the Editor:
As the Town of Carlisle looks to its future, a number of important decisions will need to be made to protect the public health and the environment. The Board of Health plays a major role in this process. The primary purpose of the Board is to administer the rules and regulations regarding public health. Previously the board navigated the town through the removal of all underground oil tanks, developed local septic, well and manure management regulations, and met the needs of the citizenry via hazardous waste collections, rabies clinics for pets, and food service trainings.
If you have ever been before the board and agreed or disagreed with a decision, if you have an opinion on specific policies, if you are interested in how Carlisle develops in the future, this is your chance to be a part of the decision making. The board is looking for two additional members at the annual town election. The increase from a three to a five-member board will allow members more time to work on specific areas of interest, provide a broader range of skills and increase diversity. As an elected official you will have a direct impact on decisions made by the town.
The board is looking for residents with backgrounds in the medical area, public health, law, civil engineering, information technology or environmental science. The board typically meets twice a month. It has a capable staff of professionals who deal with the day-to-day business.
If you are interested in serving your community, this is your chance. Nominations will be accepted at the Town Caucus on Monday, March 14, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Questions should be directed to the board's office 1-978-369-0283 or to board members: Martha Bedrosian (chairman 1-978-369-1757), Lisa Lewis, or Michael Holland.
Please consider this opportunity to make a contribution to your town and its future.
Board of Health
Belanger will not seek reelection
To the Editor
I'd like to let you know that I will not be running for reelection to the Board of Selectmen. In recent months, it has become increasingly difficult for me to balance family and community service such that I cannot both serve and serve well. I will miss the people and the work. To the many terrific folks in our schools, town government, and volunteer boards and commissions, thank you each and every one for your friendship and dedication to Carlisle.
Deb Belanger, Selectman
Time to examine lawn care options
To the Editor:
We've received several calls from residents of Carlisle and neighboring towns about organic lawn care in just the last two weeks. This is the time of year to think about how to care for your lawn without increasing your family's exposure to toxins. Pesticides for aesthetic purposes (i.e., lawn care) fall into the category of avoidable toxins.
Because children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of pesticides, U.S. Youth Soccer has just ended their sponsorship by ChemLawn/TruGreen, following pressure from a large number of local and national children's health organizations. Also, over 60 cities and towns in Canada have either banned or limited pesticide use for aesthetic purposes on both private and public property because of the known public health risks of lawn pesticides.
We invite you to visit our website www.carlisle.org/cpag for more information about why children's health and physician organizations oppose pesticide use on lawns, and what you can do to transition your lawn to a healthy organic one. There are links to additional resources and to peer-reviewed scientific literature on pesticides and health.
Do make time for the free organic lawn care workshop with Chip Osborne and Pat Beckett at the Westford Public Library tomorrow at 10 a.m. If you missed Pat and Chip last spring in Carlisle, this is your chance to learn from engaging and passionate experts. They have run Marblehead's organic lawn demonstration project for over seven years and spearheaded the successful campaign for the town of Marblehead to go organic.
We welcome your suggestions on improving our web site and on ways we can serve our town as an information clearinghouse about organic lawn care and pesticides and health news and information. If you are interested in joining our mailing list, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hemlock Hill Rd.
Milne Cove Rd.
Carlisle Pesticide Awareness Group
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