The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 28, 2005

Come to a party to honor Hal Sauer

To the Editor:

Fellow Citizens, on behalf of the Board of Selectmen, I would like to invite you all to join us in the Clark Room at Town Hall on November 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. to honor the service of Hal Sauer to the Town of Carlisle. Hal and his wife Shirley will be leaving Carlisle this fall for their retirement. Hal has served Carlisle in many roles in what has truly been a lifetime of public service. He has served on the Board of Selectmen, the Planning Board and the Board of Appeals among his many contributions. Please drop by and express your appreciation to this wonderful couple and wish them well in their well-deserved retirement.

Timothy Hult
Board of Selectmen

Re: Fossil Fueled Forum

To the Editor:

Bicycle commuting is to energy conservation as dieting is to fat. Both look good on paper and rarely last more than a month.

Kerry Newcom
Houston, Texas

P.S. Sixteen years a Carlisle resident. Still a Carlisle landowner and faithful Mosquito (web site) reader.

State Rep.Cory Atkins writes

To the Editor:

Constituents have contacted me recently about an October 20 Boston Herald story regarding the Legislature's drunk driving bill. The story listed me among legislators who left the debate on the bill early to go on vacation in Spain and Portugal with other State House employees. The Herald got it wrong.

I was not on the trip, nor was I ever planning to go on the trip. I stayed at the State House for the entire debate, voted on the bill, and was back working hard the next morning.

The Herald has taken my name off of the story on their website and printed a retraction in their October 21 edition. Their mistake was disappointing. On a debate as important and emotional as the drunk driving bill — a bill that truly has life or death consequences — the hard work of many was overshadowed by this story.

If anyone has questions about this situation or anything else, please contact my office at 1-617-722-2013 or

Cory Atkins, State Representative
14th Middlesex

Tall Pines welcomes trick or treaters on Halloween

To the Editor:

Come to Tall Pines this Halloween.

Each year hundreds of children come to our neighborhood and we expect that this year will be no exception. To ensure a safe environment we have contacted the DPW and the Carlisle Police to enact a temporary parking ban on one side of each Kimball and Hutchins Roads from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on October 31. This is an effort to allow easy access for town emergency vehicles if necessary. As a suggestion, please try to enter the neighborhood coming via Fiske/Kimball and out via Hutchins/Curve (in lieu of turning around in the driveways).

We hope that drivers will take advantage of additional off-street parking on Wilkins Lane and utilize the lighted "Spooky Way" walking path (suitable for even very small children) that connects Wilkins and Hutchins Road (via a town trail easement). This should enable drivers to park once and walk the entire (eight-tenths of a mile) neighborhood loop.

After years of experience we hope that you keep these suggestions in mind: adhere to the parking ban, follow the suggested driving route, park once and use the "Spooky Way" to walk the neighborhood loop and have the safest and spookiest fun this Halloween when you visit Tall Pines.

Kelly Driscoll, Wilkins Lane
Kevin Brown, Hutchins Road
Liz Bishop, Kimball Road

Trustees seek volunteers to join Friends of Gleason Library

To the Editor:

For some time, The Friends of the Gleason Public Library have been seeking new volunteers to participate in their efforts to support the Gleason Library. So many of the Library's programs are funded by the Friends, including the summer reading program, Art at the Gleason, book discussion group, museum passes, the Great Pumpkin Spectacle, Harry Potter parties, author and murder mystery nights, community potluck suppers, used book sale, etc.

But in addition to financial support, the Friends also organize and run these programs using the Library facility as a venue. Without new volunteers to participate, all of these activities are in jeopardy.

Won't you please consider volunteering for The Friends because it's fun, rewarding, and because you will meet more of your great Carlisle neighbors while contributing to the richness and diversity of living in Carlisle.

For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Anjli Trehan, president, at 1-978-371-0374, or on the 'Net at

Brooke Cragan, Rutland Street
Priscilla Stevens, Maple Street
Phil Conti, East Riding Drive
Gleason Public Library Trustees

Coventry Woods 40B is not what you think it is

To the Editor:

As an abutter to this proposed development, I've noticed very few non-abutters at the hearings, and believe this may indicate that they have been lulled into a false sense of security by some "old" information. Now, however, that the developer has submitted his comprehensive permit application, the truth is becoming clearer.

Most people believe that this project's proposed 14 affordable units will satisfy Carlisle's Affordable Housing Plan's requirement for 2006. If the Benfield development can then procure its permit in 2007, it is believed that no other "unfriendly" 40Bs will occur in Carlisle for awhile. However, the Coventry Woods project will not satisfy Carlisle's affordable housing plan needs for 2006. The developer's "phased" proposal shows that only 1/3 of the project, containing four affordable units, will occur in the first year, leaving the door open for a few more such projects to occur in 2006. Is there any open land near your backyard?

Having heard that Coventry Woods is an "age-restricted" development, most Carlisleans assume that the project will be "child-less," and will not impact our schools. However, the actual definition of "age-restricted" being used by this developer is that "one of the buyers must be age 55 or older." There are no restrictions against children in this development, and since all of the dwellings will be spacious two-bedroom units, it should be expected that the project will add school-age children to the town.

This project, on its own accord and because it can set a precedent, is the most serious challenge to the special character of Carlisle that has occurred in my 20-year residency here. The project has many features that would be detrimental to our town. The above revelations should encourage you to attend the next hearing (Monday November 21, 8 p.m.) and learn more. The abutters are firmly in favor of affordable housing on this parcel, if done properly. If you love Carlisle, and want to preserve it, you really must help us shape this project into something that belongs in Carlisle.

Ken Hoffman
Spencer Brook Lane

Support the Gleason Public Library

To the Editor:

You will be receiving the annual membership appeal letter in the mail next week to join the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. The Friends are a fun and energetic group of people who are dedicated to supporting and enhancing our local library. Primarily through the annual membership drive, the Friends raise additional funds for the library. This provides funding for museum passes, refreshments, prizes and performers for children's programs, additional books and multimedia resources, and other projects which are not ordinarily funded through town appropriations. In addition, the Friends sponsor and organize a variety of community events and activities throughout the year like author series and book signings, Great Pumpkin Spectacle, Harry Potter party, Community Pot Luck Supper, Used Book Sale, and the monthly Book Discussion Group.

However, in order to organize and run these exciting programs at the library, there is an urgent need for additional volunteers and board members. The time commitment is flexible and responsibilities vary. Please feel free to call me at 1-978-371-0374 or email atrehan@massed. net for further information. Together, let us ensure that these valuable community events and activities, some of which have become traditions, will continue to be enjoyed by Carlisle residents.

Anjli Trehan
Westford Street
President, Friends of the Gleason Public Library

No "special rights"

To the Editor:

I read Judy Jones' letter on the same-sex marriage debate and could not overlook one glaring error. She claimed that those who do not oppose same-sex marriage are asking for "special rights" for homosexuals. This is hardly the case: heterosexuals have the same right to marry members of the same sex that homosexuals now have.

Aaron Abend
Rodgers Road

More on same-sex marriage

To the Editor:

I have a question for Ms. Jones (letter, Mosquito, October 21): If you were forced to marry a person not of your own choosing, or if you were required to choose a mate from a group which did not include the person you love, would you still consider marriage a "right"?

I have noticed that people opposed to gay marriage tend to refer to a "98% majority" of heterosexuals — a seriously debatable proportionality — as if hoping that the "2% homosexual" population remaining would soon reach the vanishing point.

It might be a good time for a re-read of English philosopher John Stuart Mill's 1859 essay On Liberty, in which he famously refers to "the tyranny of the majority."

Margaret Darling
West Street

2005 The Carlisle Mosquito