The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 25, 2005

I leave you in good hands

To the Editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to say goodbye to the residents of Carlisle and to send my heartfelt gratitude for your consistent support over the past 31 years. I always believed that a professional, educated and friendly Police Department could have a profound effect on a community's quality of life. I hope that as your Chief of Police I was able to help our department attain this goal. During the past several months many of you have taken the time to say goodbye to me whether it be in person at the police station, at Old Home Day, sending cards and letters, or celebrating my retirement at recent gatherings. Thank you, it has meant so much to me. I leave you in good hands. Under the direction of Acting Chief John Sullivan, the department's commitment to the citizens of Carlisle will continue.

Chief David Galvin, Retired

An engineer joins the cell tower debate

To the Editor:

This is in response to Ellen Miller's editorial on "Cell tower déjà vu." I understand her frustrations, but I would like to point out some inaccuracies in her editorial.

1. As to no health studies have proven risks — that would be true of American health studies which are inconclusive. It may not be true of Russian health studies where the safe ambient level is a factor of 10 lower than ours. If there is no risk, why is legislation already in place to exempt the wireless industry from medical lawsuits in this area?

2. As to the energy being dispersed horizontally — if all the energy from a cell tower was dispersed horizontally from a tower located on a hill, then no energy would be radiated onto the ground and there would be no cell phone coverage on the ground. In fact, the antenna pattern which is most advantageous to the cell tower would be a cosecant-squared beam which places the same amount of energy on the ground independent of distance from the tower until the maximum range of the power emanated is reached. Therefore, minimal energy is radiated horizontally but it is radiated as a function of range and angle from the tower.

Since electromagnetic energy from a point source radiates in a spherical manner, energy density decreases as a factor of inverse range-squared. And while end-fire on a phased-array antenna usually doesn't radiate much energy, diffraction can fill in this null to a significant level given the small range to the ground. Also, the antenna power pattern would need to increase quickly from the base of the tower in order to provide cell coverage in the center of town.

3. Stealth towers are not stealthy — just look at the "pine tree" tower in Harvard. One can see that it is a poor attempt at looking like a tree. It doesn't look anything like a tree and with it's height above the real trees, why even bother?

While I will not say where a tower should be located, I do think that a detailed, maximum radiated power coverage map of Carlisle, including land configuration and all cell tower users, should be included for any proposal, including a detailed test plan which must take place during the period of the year when the deciduous trees have lost their leaves — leaves make great absorbers of electromagnetic energy.

Barbara Pauplis
Estabrook Road
[Ed note: Pauplis is an antenna and radar engineer.]

Spelling Bee was a tremendous success

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Concord Education Fund, I want to extend a broad round of thanks to the hundreds of spellers, sponsors, and auction donors who made the Twelfth Annual Spelling Bee and Silent Auction a tremendous success.

In addition, particular thanks goes to the Carlisle Education Foundation for its sponsorship of Carlisle Elementary School students Rachel Dumka, Katie Innamorati, and Alex Kate Knobel, who participated in the Spelling Bee. These brave students joined public and private school students, as well as community folk from all corners of Carlisle and Concord, for a wonderful evening of humor, wit, and challenge.

Thirty-seven teams were part of the Bee. Five teams — the Concord Museum, "Women of the Woods," Middlesex teachers, Concord Middle School Spellers I, and the CCHS teachers — provided much excitement in the final round. Congratulations to all team members, and particularly to the 2005 Spelling Bee Champions, the "Women of the Woods," with team members Jill Block, Melissa Leffler, and Leslie Mahoney. This year a new feature of the Bee was the use of a "Lifeline," which provided much fun and excitement for the teams and audience.

Thanks to the generosity of team sponsors and enthusiastic auction bidding, the Concord Education Fund raised more than $45,000. These monies will go into classrooms throughout all public schools in Concord, including CCHS,. next year to fund initiatives that enhance and extend the curriculum.

Since 1994, the Concord Education Fund has invested more than $900,000 in 138 grants that have touched students at all levels, in all schools. Included in this amount is over $350,000 in grants to faculty at CCHS.

The generosity that all demonstrated at the Spelling Bee and Silent Auction has a direct and lasting impact on the education of the our children. Together — as audience, donors, sponsors, and spellers — we're making public schools better, one grant at a time! Thank you.

Nicole Benecasa
president, Concord Education Fund

Town Common Questionnaire

To the Editor:

Bounded by a church standing above it, and handsome old houses surrounding it. Carlisle's town common is a fitting centerpiece to an old New England village. Over the years inevitable changes have taken place. The Town Common Committee was formed for the purpose of enhancing and preserving an historic New England common.

The Town Common Committee has prepared a questionnaire for residents to express opinions and interests about the town common and surrounding area in Carlisle Center. This questionnaire is available [on page 8,] online at, as well as in hard copy form at Ferns Country Store.

The Committee was formed in the fall of 2004 by the Board of Selectmen. They are presently undertaking a study to determine the potential improvements that best reflect the needs and desires of our community. They solicit your input to this study through the questionnaire.

To date, the Committee has taken action to implement sorely needed lawn maintenance and, in preparation for the survey, met with a landscape architect to plan potential improvements. The Carlisle Garden Club generously provided the financial support for this planning.

The Committee seeks the town's support in establishing a plan to guide the implementation of any future modifications. We ask your initial support in making regular maintenance of the grass and trees a commitment of the town through the budgeting process.

The Committee has made preliminary contact with NStar and a civil engineering firm to develop a cost estimate for burying the utility wires in the center and around the common. Burying the wires will make a vast visual improvement to the town center. The Town Common Committee encourages your thoughts on this subject.

The Town Common Committee, comprised of Jenifer Bush, Alan Cameron, Robin Emerson, Eunice Knight, John Lee, Rev. Tim Jensen (chair), Tom Lockwood, Jack O'Connor and Sylvia Sillers, meets monthly at Town Hall.

Rev. Timothy Jensen
Church Street

2005 The Carlisle Mosquito