Friday, June 24, 2005
Town Clerk thanks voters
To the Editor:
I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the recent Town Meeting vote to increase the Town Clerk position to full time. We are working hard to make changes that will allow everyone to have better access to the Town Clerk's office and I am pleased to announce the following changes to our schedule.
Beginning July 1, the Town Clerk's office will be open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. In addition, I will continue to arrange appointments for anyone unable to come in during regular office hours. Please call the Town Clerk's office at 1-978-369-6155 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a meeting. In the fall I plan to extend my office hours to include Monday evenings.
I also want to thank the devoted volunteers who worked hard to make the two nights of Town Meeting and the annual town election run so smoothly. Special thanks to Election Wardens Harriet Fortier and Fontaine Richardson and to Election Clerk Connie Metivier for their tireless efforts. We are very fortunate to have such a large group of dedicated volunteers willing to give their time to these important events and I am very proud of the wonderful work they do. Their willingness to volunteer their services is an integral part of what makes Carlisle such a special place to live.
Thanks again for your support at Town Meeting. I will continue to work hard to provide the best services possible to the Town of Carlisle.
Charlene M. Hinton
We should listen
To the Editor:
In the debate over Plan B for the Benfield A parcel at the last Town Meeting several statements were made and reported in the Mosquito that are misleading. One was that the experts do not agree with the position that Doug Harris was making. Doug and the other Tribal Historic Preservation Officers of the Narragansett and Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribes are professionals in questions of Indian ceremonial issues and have unique expertise in that area. They are federally certified. The PAL team was hired to look for material remains of Indian habitation on the parcel and, in fact, they found some. Their studies were not intended to address ceremonial issues. However, far from disagreeing, they support Doug's position. The following is a quote from their report which can be seen at the library.
"It also presents an unparalleled opportunity.... By preserving as much of the area of concern identified by the Native American community as is reasonably possible in developing the property to suit the needs of the town, this project will set an important example for future similar endeavors. It will also provide necessary opportunities for further archaeological and anthropological research toward addressing the existing polarity between approaches to past material culture and cultural ideologies, past and present."
Another statement seemed to suggest that their efforts are part of a plan to keep Carlisle from building something the neighbors don't want. The efforts of the tribal preservation officers and archaeologists to locate and preserve ceremonial sites are motivated by a desire to save these priceless treasures for the residents of Carlisle, our national heritage and the cultures of the original inhabitants of our land. It is unbelievable that they would spend large amounts of their lives on something as trivial as intervening in details of development that has no other significance in a town many miles from home.
The Narragansetts and Aquinnah Wampanoags are sincerely and deeply committed to saving things which, when we understand their value, we would sorely regret having destroyed. We should listen.
ConsCom thanks Kay Fairweather
To the Editor:
The Carlisle Conservation Commission extends to Kay Fairweather their thanks and gratitude for the wonderful program she put together for Carlisle's Biodiversity Days during the week of June 6. This program, formerly a state-sponsored activity, was sponsored this year by the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions.
Her dedication to public education on the subject of biodiversity in Carlisle, both through her Carlisle Mosquito articles and now through her work on the Biodiversity Days, is extremely valuable and most appreciated. Putting together such a varied program and bringing in talented specialists is a testament to the many connections she has established as she has worked over the years to inform us all of the special diversity of life around us.
We look forward to her continued work for the benefit of all the town's creatures.
Sylvia R. Willard
Bellows Hill Road
Carlisle Conservation Commission
On uprooting weeds and root canals
To the Editor:
I write to clarify the June 17 report on my ConsCom hearing.
On June 3, The Mosquito ran a piece about aggressive non-native plants, including purple loosestrife, calling them "more insidious than DDT." Last year, the seasonal stream in our yard was choked with loosestrife. I asked my friend Connie Sawyer, a terrific landscape designer, for help. In the summer, she topped the plants to control the seeds. This spring, we turned to getting the plants out and replanting. The plan was to pull/dig out the plants by hand. I asked Connie to proceed in May.
This was an error. It did not occur to me that regulatory approval was needed for a project like this.
A few days in, Sylvia Willard, ConsCom's Administrator, advised me of my error. I expressed my surprise and explained the project. Later, she said that we could continue to take out the loosestrife, but I would have to file a Notice of Intent (NOI), have the wetlands delineated, and appear before ConsCom for, among other things, a review of the planting plan. (I would like to thank Sylvia for her assistance.)
I had the wetlands delineated and prepared an NOI, a process only slightly less painful than a root canal. The NOI explains the history and the purpose of the project and the reasons I had not sought prior approval.
The hearing was upsetting. No one likes to have his integrity questioned, or to be accused of ravaging the environment. That this is a voluntary and expensive effort did not seem to matter, nor did my apology (which I hereby extend to the rest of the town).
ConsCom approved Connie's planting plan. She has planted, with great results. Where there was loosestrife, there are wetlands grasses, cattails, marsh marigolds, and other native plant species. The stream soon will be back to the way it may have been 200 years ago. I invite everyone to come by on Old Home Day and judge for themselves.
David B. Chaffin
Attorney offers clarification
To the Editor:
I am the attorney for the family of the boy referenced in your articles of May 27 and June 10, 2005, regarding the incident on a school bus. I am writing in response to the recent article concerning the hearing which occurred at Framingham Juvenile Court on June 6, 2005. The story erroneously refers to a "court decision" and "charges being dropped." In fact, the purpose of the hearing was to determine whether probable cause existed for a criminal complaint to issue. No decision was issued by the Court and there are no charges to drop as a complaint has never issued regarding this incident. In essence, the Clerk-Magistrate presiding at the hearing deferred rendering a decision.
At the close of the hearing, the Clerk-Magistrate proposed dismissing the application for the complaint at the end of six months if the boy fulfilled certain conditions. The conditions were: obey parents; obey school rules, deliver a letter to Principal Steven Goodwin, and obey state and federal laws. Contrary to your report, the court did not order counseling. The boy and his parents readily agreed to this resolution as he can easily comply with the conditions. The juvenile adamantly denies committing any crime on the bus and has made no admission of guilt.
In addition, it is important to note that the Superintendent of Schools, Marie Doyle, and Principal Goodwin attended the hearing. Both spoke highly of the character of the boy and were supportive of terminating criminal proceedings regarding the bus incident. The juvenile also enjoys widespread support amongst the teachers and staff due to his excellent behavior at school.
The parents are grateful for the friends and teachers who supported their son by way of calls, visits and letters during a difficult period.
Michael R. Reinhardt, Esq.
To all the folks who make our Old Home Day a reality
To the Editor:
Living in this town and being so close to Old Home Day as we have been over the years has taught us again and again that this place we all call home is the very real home of one big family of close caring people. You should know that our Old Home Day is the only one in New England that we are aware of, that is entirely self- supporting. And "self'" in this case means all of you. When it comes to helping, there is never a question that it is but a phone call or an e-mail away. We were short of helpers this year for a number of key events but within hours of our appeal, all was taken care of. And there is so much more done preemptively and voluntarily because that's what this event brings out in everyone. The churches fill their bulletins with our news. The Mosquito gives us more coverage than we could ever afford and shrugs and says, "That's what we do for our community." So many local merchants and businesses herald our message all the while donating to offset our expenses. Free gift and ice cream certificates come from Kimball's and Great Brook Farm. Ferns places a donation bucket for all who go there, sells tickets to events and makes sure the road racers are refreshed. And there are so many more that we don't even know of and we want you to know how appreciative we are. We know you'll appreciate what you made possible this weekend.
Florence and I wish to thank all of you in town and all of those on our committee who allow us to experience the honor of chairing this event. Have a great Old Home Day, Carlisle.
Florence and Dave Reed
Page Brook Road
Over 200 toured Carlisle's gardens
To the Editor:
On behalf of the Carlisle Garden Club, we wish to thank the families of Carlisle who generously opened their gardens for the Carlisle Bicentennial Country Gardens Tour on Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11. Nearly 45 volunteers, club members as well as neighbors and friends, welcomed over 200 visitors to our town. The tour was a great success and will support the many community activities of the Carlisle Garden Club.
If you missed the tour, you missed a glimpse of nature's beauty carefully tended and encouraged. We hope you will take a moment to see the video highlight film which has been posted to the Carlisle Home Page www.carlisle.org. (Scroll down to the boxes of "new" information and click on Carlisle Garden Club video.)
The Carlisle Garden Club is actively recruiting new members. We have many civic projects underway and are a terrific resource for education on gardening and nature. For more information, contact Cecile Sandwen, president of the Carlisle Garden Club, at 1-978-287-4369 or email@example.com.
Susan Pepple, Nathan Lane,
Chair, Carlisle Bicentennial Country Gardens Tour
Cecile Sandwen, Suffolk Lane,
President, Carlisle Garden Club
Teacher Appreciation thank you
To the Editor:
On Tuesday, June 7, the teachers and staff at Carlisle Public School enjoyed a beautifully prepared luncheon in recognition of their work on behalf of the children at our school.
Thank you to all who participated by preparing wonderful salads, main dishes and desserts. Terri Mahoney graciously donated floral centerpieces for each table. We are also grateful for the monetary donations. In additition, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of Andi Gettys, Nancy DiRomualdo, Suzanne Sweet, Shirley Scarlett, Francine Royce, Jen Durbin, Colleen Brennan and Marion Goodale for helping with set-up and clean-up.
If anyone knows the whereabouts of a blue pottery bowl, please contact Gio DiNicola (1-978-287-5407.) It was a wedding gift and has great sentimental value.
Thank you again to all who helped. The luncheon was enjoyed by all.
Are you an engineer or a scientist?
To the Editor:
Would you be interested in contributing to a program that encourages a love of science in our children? I am starting up a Science and Engineering Club for grades K - 8 after school starting next fall. Sessions could be devoted to different areas of engineering or science such as: electronics, geology, mechanics, materials, biology, chemistry, structure building, etc. Are you someone with expertise in a particular discipline who would want to put together a unit that kids would find exciting? The purpose of this club is to promote a love of inventing and get kids hooked on science and engineering through hands-on activities. If you want to get involved, please call me at 1-978-369-8210.
Remember to recycle
To the Editor:
I was impressed when I handed a small ziplock bag to the then-Carlisle Postmaster containing oodles of tan elastic bands. He gazed at it, puzzled for a millisecond and then smiled broadly and said "thank you." The very next issue of the Mosquito contained a letter from him declaring the Post Office was happy to have those elastic bands back, the ones delivered daily holding mail together.
It's nice to know when your drawer overflows that they can be recycled. Put a bag of them in your mailbox for your carrier.
OHD thank you note
To the Editor:
The Old Home Committee offers its sincerest thanks to all who gave to offset OHD expenses. Some, have made contributions of goods and services, while others have donated good old-fashioned cash. We thank you all. These generous contributions were received after the printed OHD program went to print: Bi-Centennial Booster($500+) — Claude VanRoesgen. 200 Supporters ($100 +) — Allen and Deborah Dewing, Steve Golson, Marshall and Katherine Simonds, Ann and Richard Ketchen, Matt and Denise Landry, Art and Lee Milliken, Reichheld Family Orthodontics c/o Jay Reichheld. Friends and Neighbors — James Marchant Jr. and Elizabeth Thibeault.
The Old Home Day Committee
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