Friday, September 2, 2005
Update on Carlisle Woods 40B
To the Editor:
On Wednesday night, August 17, the Billerica Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) closed the public hearing portion of the "Carlisle Woods" comprehensive 40B permit application by Massapoag Real Estate to develop a four-acre landlocked parcel located entirely in Carlisle and for which the only access to the site was by way of an undeveloped Billerica paper street through the middle of a Billerica neighborhood.
The Billerica and Carlisle neighbors affected by this development would like to express their deepest appreciation to everyone that attended this last public meeting and who have continued to support the neighborhood throughout this process.
We would especially like to thank Selectmen Rosa, Lombardo and Matos, Representative Bill Greene and Gil Moreira, each of whom acting in their capacity as citizens of Billerica have supported the neighborhood through their kind words and actions.
The decision is now in the hands of the ZBA, whom we hope will review this case and its serious outstanding issues of health, safety and welfare in the light of their newly granted right to deny 40Bs without fear of state retribution.
Billerica must, of course, continue to make progress toward its own minimum 10% goal, but not at the expense of allowing another town's 40B to disrupt her citizens, their neighborhoods and their safety. We hope the ZBA will see it this way also.
Ed Rolfe, Maple Street
Patty Fone, Treble Cove Road, Billerica
Our unsung heroes
To the Editor:
A few weeks ago I was involved in a motorcycle accident. I was seriously injured and required 3 1/2 hours of surgery to put my leg back together again as well as four days in the hospital.
My quick-thinking, composed ten-year-old son Zach, who both experienced and witnessed the accident, took immediate control. He called 911 on his cell phone and kept me as calm as he could.
The police, fire and EMT personnel arrived, who I want to thank from the bottom of my heart. George, John, Bert, Mike Taplin, Tom and I hope I did not miss anyone. I just have to express how wonderful these individuals were. They showed me a compassion and professionalism that made my nightmare bearable. These firefighters and EMTs volunteer their valuable time and do this out of the kindness of their hearts. They all do an amazing job! I was in tremendous pain and their calming manner, hand-holding and massaging of my shoulders made my pain and anguish far more tolerable. To my heroes — you are all truly appreciated. All of us in Carlisle are very fortunate to have you ready, willing and able to help, when we need you most. You make a huge difference in our lives when we need you most. You make a huge difference in our lives by giving of yours.
Thank you to the police officers, thank you to the firefighters and thank you to the dedicated EMT volunteers. Thank you all for all your help!
Fred Rubenstein and family
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