The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 20, 2005


Candidates for town office introduce themselves

Board of Selectmen
Town Moderator
Housing Authority
Library Trustee
Planning Board
School Committee
Board of Assessors
Board of Health


Alan Carpenito

Background: I've lived in Carlisle for 16 years with my wife Lynne, and we have raised two boys who have gone through the Carlisle public school system. I have been active in the Boy Scout troop in Carlisle with my two sons. I am an ironworker by trade, and having worked on many large projects over the last 30 years, including schools and municipal buildings, I have directly relevant experience with the implementation of large public projects. With new school construction planned for Carlisle and CCHS, and affordable housing coming soon, I anticipate this experience will be valuable on the Board of Selectmen. I also served for the past year as a member of the Benfield Planning Task Force and am well-versed in the issues surrounding that project.

Issues: The most important issue that will face the Board of Selectmen is maintaining the rural character of the town and hanging onto our existing residents. The other important issues to be addressed are school construction in the Carlisle School and CCHS, and affordable housing construction/40B.

Benfield plan: As a neighborhood representative on the Benfield Planning Task Force, I voted for Plan A, representing the concerns of the neighbors on 50 Acre Way. Ray Kubacki, the other neighborhood representative, voted for Plan B, representing the concerns of the neighbors on South Street. Neither plan represents the concerns of the neighborhood at large, nor does either plan fulfill the needs of the community. There is no economical way to develop Benfield, and I predict it is destined to become Carlisle's Big Dig.

Affordable housing: I support creative approaches to this problem, such as encouraging accessory apartments, and requiring developers to include affordable units within new subdivision developments. I also support the findings of the 2000 Carlisle Housing Authority Report, which calls for small developments of five — ten units scattered throughout the town. Right now, Carlisle has an Affordable Housing Plan Task Force, with a professional paid consultant, which is developing an affordable housing plan for the town. I hope to see these and other creative approaches incorporated within that plan.

Bill Tice

Background: My wife and I moved to Carlisle almost 13 years ago because of the rural town character, great school and sense of community. Our two daughters are in the Carlisle School, second and sixth grades. I am committed to the school and maintaining the high standards that have made it among the best in the state. I was elected to the Planning Board for a five-year term in 1995. There, I was treasurer and ended my term as the chairman. While on the Planning Board, I represented the views of the people who elected me. I was sensitive to the abutters' concerns, as I too could be an abutter to a project. I feel we struck a good balance between the desires of developers and the needs of the community, i.e. allowing for reasonable development while maintaining the town character, minimizing intrusiveness of developments and taking the townspeople's views into account. Subsequent to the Planning Board term, I was also on the Board of Directors for the Carlisle Extended Day Program.

In my professional life, I have a great career in engineering and engineering management at Raytheon. Raytheon has given me many experiences and opportunities that will help me to be effective as a Selectman. I have led a variety of projects, people and processes. My style is people-oriented and collaborative, but decisive and action- oriented. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA from Babson College.

Issues, affordable housing: I anticipate that among the most important issues facing the Selectmen over the next few years are 40B development, affordable housing, and our schools. 40B is an important issue. We need to take control of our destiny with a solid affordable housing plan that will get accepted by the state. Then we need to act on it and execute it by creating affordable housing at a rate that meets the state's requirements to prohibit the 40B projects from being thrust upon us. We need creative means to finance affordable housing to not burden the tax base. Perhaps we can work arrangements with developers, apply for grants, and make use of our current accessory-apartment bylaw to our advantage. Our schools, here in Carlisle and the regional high school in Concord, are facing the need to grow and renovate facilities to maintain the high standards of education that our town has enjoyed for years.

Benfield plan: Finally, I have been asked about the Benfield Land and to comment on my preference for development. For this I would defer to the Benfield Task Force recommendations as this was a committee of concerned townspeople who investigated and weighed the options.

John Williams

Background: I have a graduate degree in Theological Studies and taught before going into business some 25 years ago. I am a Chartered Financial Consultant and founder and president of a financial services company and managing director of a national bank. I believe this background would serve well in the role of Selectman.

The best theology begins with a way of thinking about the sacredness of both humanity and creation. This thinking entails universal values like justice, tolerance and respect.

My business experience combines both personal and financial matters. The personal involves employees, advisors with whom we negotiate and cooperate and our clients. The financial includes direct responsibility for two corporate budgets. I have exercised this responsibility for over 20 years, never missing a paycheck (except my own — small business owners understand limited resources) or eliminating a position.

The position requires balance: the business acumen to understand the numbers is necessary and straightforward while making decisions about those numbers calls for as much wisdom as can be found. I will strive to bring that balance.

An example: a pro-active coordinated program helping our older citizens, who should not have to come to the town for help, stay in their homes. This would combine financial knowledge and simple justice.

Issues: The three most important issues are: 1) affordable housing (40B); 2) school — both K-8 and CCHS — facilities; 3) efforts to determine how to obtain needed playing fields for our recreation.

These and other issues require reaching out to citizens, boards, commissions and committees for consensus and all in a way that maintains the character of Carlisle: open space, excellent education, agriculture and natural beauty.

Benfield plan: I support the recent (Saturday, May 14) Task Force recommendation: a version of Plan B with a "trigger" provision regarding field location dependent on the final resolution of the question about the Native American ceremonial site. The Task Force has worked hard to come together addressing multiple concerns including reducing unwanted impact on the abutting neighbors, e.g. additional traffic.

Affordable housing: In order to meet the 10% (40B) mandate we should: 1) complete the affordable housing plan and obtain state acceptance; 2) complete the survey of accessory apartments which could yield countable units; 3) be pro-active in building housing via a combination of state funding, local funding and private funding. We can comply, but largely on Carlisle's terms.
Tom Raftery

one-year term, unopposed

Background: I am an attorney who concentrates in insolvency and corporate law. Jan, my wife, and I have lived in Carlisle since 1975 and our three daughters have attended the Carlisle Public School as well as Concord-Carlisle High School. I have been a member of the Planning Board (14 years) and one term as a Selectman. I am a member of the Board of Directors of the Carlisle Elderly Housing Association. I am also a veteran, having retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve with the rank of Captain. I believe that one must contribute to the community in which one lives, and I view being Town Moderator as my contribution.

Challenge: I want to run Town Meeting as efficiently as I can. To that end I have insisted on presentations that are crisp and short. I am exploring bundling of Warrant Articles that usually have no opposition and can be voted in bulk. I have strived to make the process accessible and hope that I can continue to do so in the future. I encourage anyone who has a suggestion to make the process shorter, but without the loss of the flavor of Town Meeting, to contact me.

Susan Stamps

Background: I have been active in Carlisle since I moved here 30 years ago in 1975. I began my involvement with the town working for the Carlisle Gazette (later merged with the Mosquito), first as a reporter and then as editor. When my children were very young, I completed college, went to law school, and joined a law firm in Concord in 1988.

In 1990, with my law practice growing and my children thriving in the Carlisle Public School, I volunteered to serve on the Personnel Board. During my ten years on the board, as member and chair, we developed a compensation system for town employees governed by a wage and classification plan. I also served on three town administrator search committees and was on the town bargaining team for negotiations of three police union contracts. I am chair of the Carlisle Democratic Town Committee. As chair of the Carlisle Civil Liberties Committee, I led an effort last year resulting in a Town Meeting vote in favor of a resolution opposing certain portions of the USA Patriot Act.

Benfield plan, Affordable housing: In the years ahead, the Carlisle Housing Authority will be a leader in the town's efforts to comply with state requirements for affordable housing. I believe I am a good choice to serve on this important body because of my long involvement in the town, proven leadership on complex issues, legal expertise, and my connection with Carlisle's representatives in the Massachusetts legislature. We must act quickly to save the town from developers who can override our

zoning laws. This includes development as soon as possible of the Benfield property, where Plan B seems to be the better choice. We will need changes to our zoning laws to allow for multi-family housing and other options which give us tools to manage development in a way that preserves our small town. We will need to work closely with our elected representatives to access grants and other assistance, and to have input on possible changes in legislation which could help, or hurt, the town. I would like to help the town with these critical challenges ahead.

Eugenia Harris

Background: I'm a software engineer and have lived on South Street for eight years. I became interested in local housing issues last year with the advent of the Benfield project, and have been following the work of the Task Force and the Housing Authority since last summer.

Benfield plan: While it seems that neither plan has emerged as clearly superior, what I like about Plan A is the lower cost, the fact that it keeps the housing and the proposed ballfield separate (which I believe would be preferable from the standpoint of residents of the housing), and that it's potentially less disruptive to the sensitive areas in the back.

Affordable housing: I think the town is off to a good start with the combination of the draft affordable housing plan, the planned development at Benfield, and the planned development on Concord Street. While it's unfortunate that the proposed development on Concord Street is so large, it does have the advantage of being mixed-income housing, which I personally think is a better model than the affordable-only approach. It will also give the town 14 units towards the 10% goal, which in turn will give us the ability to refuse unwanted 40B developments for a year. And since it's slated to be age-restricted, it will add few if any children to the school population.

I'm in favor of offering incentives to developers to incorporate affordable units in new developments, and of changes to the zoning bylaws to make accessory apartments easier to establish. I think we'll also need to pursue the Housing Authority's recommendation from 2000 of establishing small developments scattered throughout town, and we should consider making some of the units market-rate. We can also look at newer and greener building technologies, and pursue grants targeted at those.

Longer-term, I think a key strategy lies in developing relationships — not only with other towns facing the same issues, but also with developers, architects, realtors, land owners, potential residents such as town employees, housing advocacy groups and other nonprofits, our legislators, and government agencies who may have regulatory jurisdiction, or funds to disperse, or experience we can draw from.

Steven Pearlman

Five-year term, unopposed

Background: My wife and I have lived in Carlisle since 1992 and have one child in Carlisle Middle School. I received a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University in 1973, and have spent nearly all of my professional life working for environmental causes. I'm currently employed by the Neponset River Watershed Association after recently retiring from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. I was a member of the Carlisle Trails Commitee for many years and have been a member of the Housing Authority for approximately three years.

Benfield plan: Regarding the Benfield Land, I believe the town should support the Benfield Planning Task Force's Plan B. While both Plan A and B are viable, I know the Task Force worked long and hard to reach a consensus on this matter. The major advantage of Plan B is that it moves the soccer field away from South Street and out of direct view of the neighbors.

Affordable housing: I can't say specifically what Carlisle should do to meet the state mandate of 10% affordable housing. What's important is that the Town have a state-approved Housing Plan, which allows us to reject dense 40B housing development so long as we're making annual progress toward the 10% goal. As a first step, Carlisle will clearly need to provide financial support for the construction of affordable housing being planned for the Benfield land. Failure to do so will make it impossible for us to get state approval for even a temporary moratorium on 40B development. Secondly, we must look for additional opportunities to develop affordable housing in other parts of Carlisle (e.g., the Town Forest). And lastly, we should work with responsible developers to design private 40B projects that are compatible with Carlisle neighborhoods and can still be profitable for the developer.

Phil Conti

Three-year term, unopposed

I have been a resident of Carlisle for 23 years and am the father of a child who graduated from our local public schools. I am retired from a management career of over 30 years with a financial services company that included sales and marketing to corporate clients, financial management, and customer service management.

I have served on the Finance Committee and through that position as a member of the Long-Term Capital Requirements Committee. I was also a FinCom member liaison to the Library and to the Minuteman Regional Technical High School, and served on the town's last wage study subcommittee.

In seeking election to a second term as a Library Trustee, I will need to apply my background and experience to the following issues that are among those facing your Gleason Public Library:

1. Staying competitive to meet changing community needs. The library's competitors include book, movie and video stores, the Internet, and the changing entertainment environment that is moving away from reading toward interactive video gaming.
2. Managing the demands that result from growth in the community population and in frequency of library use.
3. Controlling costs in a continuing environment of restricted budgets and searching for new sources of revenue.
4.Staying current with the rapid advancements in information technology.
5. Growing the Gleason Public Library Endowment to be better prepared for future capital needs.

Michael Epstein


Three-year term, unopposed

Background: I have lived in Carlisle for about 11 years with my wife and two daughters. As a real estate lawyer and having served on the Planning Board for almost eight years before a two-year hiatus, I am hopeful that I will be able to contribute to an already strong board.



G. Kent Gonzales

Three-year term, unopposed

Background: I have lived on Wolf Rock Road with my wife Carole, 20-year-old stepdaughter Elizabeth and 5-1/2-year-old son Wil for the last six years. Originally from Colorado, I have lived in Massachusetts since 1984. Carole, who is a Concord native and CCHS graduate, owns and directs a highly regarded preschool in Arlington. Elizabeth graduated from CCHS and just finished her sophomore year at Colgate. Wil is currently in kindergarten at the Carlisle School.

I am a Vice President of National Development of New England, a real estate development firm based in Newton Lower Falls. My education includes Bachelor of Environmental Design and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Colorado, and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from MIT. I have nearly 25 years of diverse and varied experience in real estate development ranging from rural master planning to urban mixed-use projects.

Issues: The three most important issues I would like the Planning Board to focus on during my term are: 1) the initiation and completion of a comprehensive community plan that identifies and ties together the necessary components to manage the sensible growth, and maintain the character of Carlisle into the future; 2) the completion of the GIS mapping data base and ongoing utilization of the system as a planning tool; and 3) the continued coordination with other boards, commissions, officials and citizens in order to fulfill our role as citizen planners for Carlisle.

Affordable housing: In order to meet the state's affordable housing mandate, I feel the most important step Carlisle must take is to implement the strategies delineated in the plan being prepared by the Affordable Housing Planning Task Force. The charge of the Task Force is to prepare a plan with achievable implementation strategies. The citizens, boards, commissions and officials of Carlisle will need to embrace and work together to successfully implement the plan. While there is no single solution to achieving the state mandate, there must be a single focused effort on the part of the community to implement the plan to achieve the mandate.

Charles A. Ferraro

Three-year term, unopposed

Background: I have been a resident of Carlisle for over 23 years. My wife Nancy and I have raised our two children, Craig, 21, and Laura, 18, in Carlisl. Over that time we have all enjoyed and benefited greatly by the community-centered services and the beauty of our town. I have been and continue to be very active in several community activities over the years. For 30 years I have been involved in the real estate finance business. This requires a thorough working understanding of property values and their determination. I have an MBA from Babson College and a BA in Economics from Fairfield University.

Issues: The Board of Assessors is just coming out of a period of increasing valuations due to rapid market appreciation during the last three years. By reassessing each of the previous three years, we have managed to moderate assessment changes. This has allowed us to avoid large increases that have plagued other towns who waited the state maximum of three years before a reassessment was done. Our biggest challenge will be to watch carefully the changing value of land in Carlisle to take the appropriate action on a timely basis to assure proper valuation.

Board of Selectmen
Town Moderator
Housing Authority
Library Trustee
Planning Board
School Committee
Board of Assessors
Board of Health


Nicole Burkel


Three-year term, unopposed

No response received





Michael Fitzgerald

Three-year term, unopposed

Background: My wife Susan, our sons Adam and Reid, and I moved to Carlisle from Concord 16 years ago. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Economics and a Master's degree in Business Administration, both from Bentley College. I have focused my professional career in the field of finance, primarily working for entrepreneurial start-up biotechnology companies. I currently serve as the senior vice president and chief financial officer of Hypnion, Inc., a biotechnology company developing novel therapeutics to treat central nervous system disorders, which I helped form in 2000.

As a firm believer in participatory government, upon moving to Carlisle I volunteered for, and was appointed to, the Finance Committee. I served five years on the FinCom. In 1995, I was elected to the Board of Selectmen and was subsequently reelected in 1998. I currently serve on the Carlisle Public and the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committees to which I was elected in 2002.

Throughout my public career in Carlisle, I have advocated for our public education systems. I strongly believe that we as a community have a responsibility to provide the youth of our community with challenging academic opportunities.

Issues: During the next three years the School Committees will face many challenges. We face continued enrollment growth, resulting in the need to expand the number of available classrooms and upgrade our aging facilities. We face continued financial pressures associated with the increasing enrollment, rising costs, and declining aid to education from the state. We also face the challenges resulting from the retirement of many of the valued long-term administrators and faculty who developed the exceptional programs of our school systems.

School expansion: Our community now faces the need to renovate and expand the facilities at both the K-8 system and the high school. In order to limit the financial impact on the taxpayers, we will need to phase these projects in over the next ten years. We will need to work closely with our counterparts in Concord to develop this phasing program. These projects are extremely important and required to maintain the integrity of the academic missions of our schools.

Kari Doucette

One-year term, unopposed

Background: I attended the Lexington Public Schools as a child, studied chemistry at Cornell University (BA), and medicine at Columbia University (MD). After completing a residency in anesthesiology at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut, I was in private practice in New Hampshire for nine years, and now am a full-time staff anesthesiologist at Lahey Clinic. The state requires that the Board of Health include a physician member, and I am pleased to be able to offer my expertise in medicine to the town of Carlisle in this way.


Bill Risso

Two-year term, unopposed

Background: I have lived in Carlisle since 1987, residing on Wolf Rock Road. My wife Nancy and I have two children, Chris and Heather. Both have attended the Carlisle School. My daughter is presently a junior at the Concord-Carlisle High School and my son is a freshman at college majoring in engineering.

In the past I have helped the community with the Cub Scouts, baseball, and the Pig & Pepper. I have been a board member of the Carlisle Education Foundation and was recently appointed to the School Building Committee.

I am a civil engineer and have been active in the profession for over 28 years. I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University in 1979. I have recently retired from the FAA where I was a manager of the Boston National Airspace System Implementation Center that is responsible for the engineering and construction of facilities owned by the FAA in New England. Being a civil engineer, I am familiar with soils, surveying, perk tests and construction techniques. I have had training on septic design and installation. I am familiar with federal, state and town regulations, interpreting and applying them.

Carlisle water resources: I believe to protect our resources from 40B or dense developments and our residents from financial burden, the Board of Health should require developers to provide a minimum three-year bond specifically to protect the wells of the nearby property owners. The bond should be of sufficient amount to restore existing wells to their pre-development state. This tool could also be used to ensure well-water quality. Another tool to protect existing wells is to limit the amount of water taken from the aquifer per day.

I understand the town's values and will work to protect the health and water resources of the town and would appreciate your vote.

Mark Struss

Three-year term, unopposed

Background: I am a Carlisle native who lived on School Street most of my life. I attended Northeastern University and Wentworth Institute of Technology and worked at Millipore Corporation for almost 20 years. My career focus has been in marketing and technical sales of laboratory and process water treatment systems. Since 1994, I worked for companies that manufacture components used in larger, municipal, membrane-based — water treatment plants which desalinate brackish and salt water supplies. Presently, I am affiliated with a company in London, Ontario, that manufactures ultra-violet lamps used to disinfect water.

I am a member of the Water Quality Association, and typically attend trade shows held by the New England Water Well Drillers Association and the Ground Water Association. My career has provided me with the insight on how difficult it can be for cities and towns to develop water supplies that meet the ever more stringent EPA standards. I realize how fortunate we are in Carlisle to live in such a wonderful town blessed with natural resources and people who have worked so hard to protect our water supply. Since my current position is working primarily in the Northeast, I am finally in a position where I can make a commitment to Carlisle's Board of Health for a three-year term. I look forward to working with our existing board members and hope to encourage the larger board of five people to be more proactive in several key areas.

Carlisle water resources: In order to minimize water usage as our population grows and meet our quota of affordable housing, I would like to encourage the town to build more elderly housing units. This will allow our senior citizens to stay in town and conserve our ground water supply. Elderly housing facilities use less water than a typical 40B project which only needs 25% of the units sold as "affordable." In large multi-unit buildings, a recent study found that a resident with an in-unit washing machine used 227 gallons of water per week compared to a resident who used only 69 gallons per week in a common-laundry facility. To help protect our ground water quality, I would like to see the town encourage the use of organic fertilizers and to limit the use of pesticides and herbicides on town-owned property.

Candidate photos by Mike Quayle
Nicole Burkel by
Rik Pierce.

Pearlman, Epstein, Gonzales, Ferraro, Doucette and Risso are courtesy photos

2005 The Carlisle Mosquito