Friday, May 20, 2005
Larry Bearfield withdraws from BOH race
To the Editor:
Last month when it appeared that there was a lack of folks to serve on open seats for the Board of Health, I was honored to have my hat thrown into the ring as a candidate. However, last week I had a cup of coffee with my worthy opponent, Bill Risso, and was greatly impressed by what he had to say. Bill has a high degree of technical expertise and practical, real world experience in septic design, construction and code. But perhaps, as important, he struck me as a humble, compassionate man with a high degree of common sense. His willingness to step forward to assist with the current school wastewater treatment plant highlights all of his qualities.
Much has been said about the crossroads we are at with the influx of 40B developments, the Benfield Project, and the ever-changing minefield of state codes and procedures. While I am confident that my skills and experience would augment and enhance the other members of the Board, I believe that the talents Bill Risso brings to the table are most appropriate at our town's juncture. The critical path we are currently on will require not only the practical technical expertise Bill has but also his willingness to understand the needs and viewpoint of abutters and our greater community.
My experiences over the past months working with the Board of Health have been entirely positive. I have found the members to be cooperative, professional and willing to apply a common sense approach when appropriate. I believe that Bill Risso would greatly enhance the Board's talents.
Therefore, I am withdrawing my name from the race for Board of Health and fully support the election of Bill Risso to the Board. I truly appreciate the many kind words of support offered to me and look forward to serving our town in another capacity in the future.
Writer supports Tice for Selectman
To the Editor:
I am writing on behalf of my neighbor and good friend, Bill Tice who is currently running for Selectman. I have lived one house from Bill in Carlisle for better than thirteen years and have worked with Bill on the Planning Board as a fellow volunteer, as well as on several projects dealing with the schools and the extended day program. During these years I have gotten to know Bill very well and to admire both his character and managerial skills.
I believe he would make a splendid Selectman. When he first told me he planned to run for office, I responded that I thought he was crazy for committing so much time with young children but added that the town would greatly benefit from his input. He is quite level headed and would bring a reasoned approach to our town government. As many of you know, Carlisle can always use more level headed and caring persons volunteering their time on the town's behalf.
Bill knows most of the town issues, having been involved in many of the issues that confront us today and over the past fourteen years. He is very skilled in dealing with people which as we know, is probably the most important trait of a Selectman. He is also careful with town resources and a thorough researcher which I have used to my benefit by purchasing many improvements once Bill has suggested it might help.
Although, I believe he has the skills for a Selectman and a keen intelligence, those are not the main reasons for my whole hearted endorsement. The main reason I support his candidacy is because I believe his strong sense of justice, good sense of humor and most of all his caring bring the right combination along with his skill sets to the important position of Town Selectman.
Therefore, for the reasons stated above I urge you to vote for my good friend, neighbor and fellow volunteer, Bill Tice for Selectman.
Richard K. Colman
Vote for Williams and Stamps
To the Editor:
I support the election of John Williams for Board of Selectmen and Susan Stamps for Housing Authority. Both have the commitment, knowledge and energy to make a significant contribution to the town. I have served on the Board of Selectmen and Housing Authority for many years and I understand the demands of these volunteer positions and the capabilities of the individuals. Please put an X on your ballot for John Williams and Susan Stamps when you vote on Tuesday, May 31.
I have known Susan Stamps for many years, as a member of the Personnel Board, the Carlisle Democratic Committee, a member of the police negotiating team for the Board of Selectmen. She is a committed, hard-working and focused person who cares deeply about the issues confronting Carlisle and the nation. She will bring energy, legal knowledge and attention to the details of affordable housing that we need on the Housing Authority. The challenges of affordable housing in Carlisle are considerable. We are lucky that Susan is willing to contribute her time and energy to this important board.
John Williams answered the call for a candidate for the Board of Selectmen several months ago. As a relative newcomer to town, he has consulted with many people about the demands of the position, the issues confronting the town, and the details of volunteer governance. I am impressed with his willingness to listen, consult, learn, and speak out. He has the financial experience of a small business owner and shares the values of that are important to us in Carlisle — quality schools, conservation and reasonable taxes. Most importantly, he will bring a calming and engaged presence to the Board of Selectmen.
It is, of course, a privilege to serve on our volunteer town committees. The challenges of volunteer government are considerable, and the talent and time required are very real.
Please consider the candidates carefully and vote for John Williams and Susan Stamps.
Town should adopt model 40B regs
To the Editor:
As an abutter to the proposed 40B project on Concord Street, I am very concerned that our Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) has not put into place regulations that would give our town possible leverage in connection with 40B applications. At the very least, the ZBA can require the 40B applicant to pay for certain town expenses such as the use of experts or consultants, alleviating some of our town's financial burden.
The State Housing Appeals Committee has drafted model regulations to address these and other 40B issues and has them posted on their web site. Many towns have already adopted those regulations, but Carlisle has not.
I urge the Zoning Board of Appeals to do the same before the largest 40B project ever to hit Carlisle is submitted. This not only affects this project but future large-scale 40B proposals.
Cell phone reception is a safety issue
To the Editor:
Should the cell tower placement issue take into consideration public safety? Recently my family came upon an accident scene where a cyclist was hit by a car. Seeing the cyclist lying flat on the roadway and not moving, 911 was called on a cell phone. However, there was no signal for our T-Mobile service. I also might add that this was on Concord Street, not in a remote location. Thankfully, another driver came and had a different service and was able to complete the call. You can imagine the sense of helplessness at not being able to make an emergency call to help someone in apparent need of medical attention. Importantly to us, this experience highlights the need for Carlisle to take greater care and responsibility on the matter of siting cell towers. (And, I guess it also highlights that we shouldn't be using T-Mobile.)
William and Jennifer Durbin
Eugenia Harris for Housing Authority
To the Editor:
Housing issues are becoming more important in the Town of Carlisle. In the coming election, the town will choose a new member of the Housing Authority.
Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to get to know and work with Eugenia Harris on issues related to affordable housing. Eugenia does not currently serve on the Housing Authority but she has been a regular attendee and participant in our meetings. Indeed, most of the time, she has been the only person at Housing Authority meeting who was not already an elected member.
Should the Benfield process move forward, the responsibilities of the Housing Authority would increase many fold. The town and the Authority would benefit from her knowledge of housing issues and her particular interest in architecture and design.
I have also been impressed by the careful consideration she has given competing views concerning housing issues. We will need to balance the need for development of more affordable housing with the limited financial resources of the town and the importance of maintaining our rural character. She is open to new ideas and will listen to your concerns.
It has been noted that positions on some town boards have become difficult to fill (Mosquito, March 11, 2005). Eugenia's willingness to roll up her sleeves and get involved is admirable. It is time for the voters to make her a permanent voting member of the Housing Authority.
Member and Secretary, Carlisle Housing Authority
Free parking for ice cream at Great Brook Farm State Park
To the Editor:
It was disappointing to read in the April 29 issue that the $2 daily parking fee at Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle has been reinstated. I believe the fee
to be wrong-headed for a variety of reasons, but the battle has been fought and lost, and now it's time to move on to more important things.
Like our civic duty to eat more ice cream!
When originally instituted, the parking fee had a negative impact on sales at Mark and Tamma Duffy's ice cream stand at Great Brook. Even when the fee was suspended last year, sales never fully recovered. Farming is an economically perilous endeavor, and profits from the ice cream stand — never great — at least helped the Duffys make ends meet. Even a small drop in sales hurts.
The fee may be back, but can be avoided. Parking is free after 6 p.m. Before 6 p.m., the first 30 minutes are free — precisely to permit people to visit the ice cream stand. (Hint: if you've got a couple of small kids in tow and 30 minutes won't quite be enough, just let the parking attendant know or leave a note on your car.)
If you believe, as do I that the Duffy family and their farm are part of what makes Carlisle special, then please make sure to go and enjoy some of their delicious ice cream on a regular basis.
Trails Committee asks for CPA funds
To the Editor:
Under Article 20 of Annual Town Meeting the Carlisle Trails Committee is asking for $15,000 from Community Preservation Act funds to use for public trail projects over the next five years. The funds will be used to cover the costs of materials and wetlands permitting to build boardwalks, bridges and trail signs. All labor for these projects will be supplied by volunteers from the the community, as was done very successfully last fall for the two large boardwalks on the River Trail. The projects will be chosen from a master list of needed boardwalks and bridges compiled by the Trails Committee. Our funding request was approved by the Community Preservation Committee, allowing Town Meeting to vote on the proposal.
The Carlisle Trails Committee is a volunteer town committee appointed by the Selectmen. The committee serves the community by maintaining, improving and creating town trails; installing boardwalks, bridges, kiosks and trail signs; leading public walks on conservation land, and publishing and revising the "Trails in Carlisle" trail guide, with the new Bicentennial edition to be released on Old Home Day. We ask for your support at Town Meeting to continue improving the town's wonderful network of recreational trails.
Carlisle Trails Committee
Bob Eaton, George Fardy,
Verna Gilbert, Louise Hara,
Marc Lamere, Steve Tobin,
Extended Day thanked for math tutoring
To the Editor:
Thanks to the Carlisle Extended Day Program for recognizing and responding to the needs of Carlisle parents and children. The Extended Day Program saw that there was a need for math tutoring for some of Carlisle's fifth graders. The program's director, Kathy Coughlin-Horvath, organized a tutoring program that is taught by Carlisle's Nicole Bloomfield. The children in the tutoring program meet twice a week in the Extended Day facilities and receive much-needed math instruction in a small, intimate setting. Nicole Bloomfield's approach is hands-on and exciting for the children. Our children are learning and gaining confidence in their math skills. The small environment truly aids in the learning process.
What's so terrific is that the program was open to all Carlisle fifth graders, regardless of whether or not they attended the Extended Day Program regularly after school. We are thankful to the program, especially Kathy and Nicole, and we want to let others know what a "gem" we have right here within Carlisle.
Carolyn Kiely, Hartwell Road
Kim Rusling Flynn, Woodbine Road
Steve Herbst, School Street
Mariellen Perugini, Overlook Drive
Kathy Simpson, Westford Street
Human Rights Council wants your ideas
To the Editor:
When the Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council was formed in 1979 following racial violence at our high school, the community responded with a single voice. Hundreds of people reaffirmed sentiments that reflected those of Peter Bulkeley, a Concord founder and its first teacher. The first covenant by new settlers to this area contained the words "..we will carefully avoid all oppression, griping, and hard dealing, and walk in peace, love, mercy, and equity toward each other..."
Concord's recent Town Meeting reminds us again that citizens want civility. Carlisle's Town Meeting will soon do the same. We respect differences and benefit from them. And various projects in our faith communities provide examples of the human rights work underway and succeeding locally.
The Human Rights Council is encouraged that "Developmental Assets" and the work of the Alliance for Teen Safety promotes a shared language for the community about how to help young people grow in healthy ways. Community health has a moral dimension. "Treat all people, regardless of age, with respect," and "remember that mistakes are a part of living and growing,"and "learn about your heritage and the heritage of others" are but three of the 40 Developmental Assets (www.search-institute.org) now gaining attention. Adults should recognize and nurture all of these assets in the young people we influence.
Unfortunately, however, we find other evidence to suggest that equity and civil rights are not easy to guarantee or achieve. Achieving equity and protecting civil rights was a challenge for Concordians in 1635 and it's no less so today. Racial tensions persist. Hate literature appears, in an attempt to divide us. How much progress have we made since 1635, and since 1979?
The Human Rights Council is expanding its efforts to communicate with local citizens and groups. New dialogues are underway. What human rights goals are still unmet after all these years? What might a covenant for 2005 look like? Could it be as bold as Bulkeley's was?
We invite your participation as we get underway. Let us know who you are. We need your help. Court Booth and Bridget Saltonstall, C-C Human Rights Council, PO Box 744, Concord MA.
Household Goods Recycling Ministry thanks donors
To the Editor:
Saturday was supposed to be drizzly and grey. Instead, the rain never came, but generous Carlisle residents poured into the Transfer station to donate their not-needed household items to the charities that Amy Fennick invited to the third "Pass It Foward" Day.
On behalf of Household Goods Recycling Ministry (www.hgrm.org), I would like to thank more than 65 families who stopped at our dumpster corner to donate amazing amounts of no-longer-needed furniture, dishes, silverware, decorative items, appliances and one very special musical instrument.
John and Tina Kyprianos called ten days ago to offer their bright yellow large box van from Carlisle Antiques. We could not have hauled off the donations without their truck, Dave and Joanne Driscoll's pick-up truck and trailer and Carol and John Foster's van. We started at 8:30 a.m., and left after 4p.m. because neighbors and friends kept coming by. Four families went back home again to bring more items once they realized what goods our volunteers distribute to over 200 needy families per month. We invite anyone who is interested in our operation to come by 530 Main Street in Acton any morning between Monday and Saturday. Thursday and Saturday are our normal drop-off days. Our day ended by Dave, Joanne, Carol, John F., John K. and I arriving at HGRM to find seven volunteers waiting to unload the big truck and the Driscoll trailer. Hats off to you, Amy: you have created a Carlisle tradition that came out of your heart to help hundreds much less fortunate than those who live in this lovely town.
We also thank Chris and Frank who ran the transfer station Saturday. We were so glad to see Herb Campbell when he stopped by.
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