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Friday, January 27, 2006


The Carlisle Board of Selectmen voted 5-0 at their January 24 meeting to approve an application for a license to sell wine and beer at Ferns Country Store. Carlisle residents Robin Emerson and Larry Bearfield of Carlisle Center Ventures, LLC, who assumed ownership of Ferns in December 2003, plan to expand the store to include the adjacent garage in order ...more

Carlisle Police officers were surprised with a real "twofer" when they responded to an auto accident call just before 9 p.m. on January 6, and wound up charging one of the drivers with multiple offenses relating to vandalism at the State Park. ...more

At the Finance Committee (FinCom) meeting on January 24, Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie made the case for creating a new full-time position at Town Hall. If approved, the person would provide assistance to McKenzie and also to two boards that have requested assistance: the Housing Authority and the Zoning Board of Appeals. ...more

There was a good turnout for last week's community meetings on the school master plan as parents, town officials, and residents showed up to see the plans firsthand. The Carlisle School may request design funds for its building project at a Special Fall Town Meeting this year, but no decision has yet been made. ...more

Five blasts of the fire horn means Station Coverage — Personnel Needed, and Fire Chief Dave Flannery sounded the verbal equivalent to the Finance Committee (FinCom) at their January 18 meeting. "Our guideline budget of $252,763 represents an increase of $10,412 over the 2006 budget," said Flannery. Included in the increase is $6,151 for wages ...more

The Carlisle School Committee (CSC) will discuss the future of the Highland School building at their February 1 meeting, and what they decide may be influenced by the costs needed to renovate it. The School Building Committee (SBC) has already voted that Highland is not viable for school use. ...more

What is true for houses may hold true for cell towers — the factor with the biggest impact is location, location, location. Potential sites for wireless communication facilities were discussed at the January 18 meeting of the Wireless Bylaw Subcommittee, and audience members voiced two concerns — exposure levels and access issues for any cell tower ...more

Town receives NESWC windfall. Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie announced that the town has received a final check of $252,720.23 from the North East Solid Waste Committee (NESWC). The amount increased significantly ("about $100,000 more than anticipated") because of some additional funds from the sale of electricity, payments from ...more

to the mountain of work required to implement the town's new Housing Plan, to keep the Benfield project on track, and to prepare an accessory apartment bylaw for the May Town Meeting. "This is more than a volunteer board can be expected to handle," she said. The Housing Plan, approved by the state in the fall, must be implemented in a timely manner ...more

Eighth-graders Tasha Bjork, Mairead Murphy, and Tracy d'Arbeloff attended the January 18 meeting of the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) to share discussions their class is having on the plans for the annual eighth-grade trip. Carlisle School Special Educator Skip Avery gave a brief history of the past overnight trips, which started as a French culture ...more

Carlisle physical education teachers Lynne Carmel, Margaret Heigl, and Phil LaPalme, and Carlisle School nurse Kathy Horan described the "Coordinated School Health" program at the January 18 Carlisle School Committee (CSC) meeting. Highlights include a new traditional dance unit for third- and fourth-grade classes, an after-school "Project Adventure" ...more

The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) has started gathering information for a Needs Survey and has hired DeJONG Inc., an educational planning firm, to gather data about the conditions of every public school building in the state. DeJONG has architects and retired educators to perform the inspections. In early January, Dr. Ronald Fitzgerald, a ...more

Legal expenses up. The town's legal expenses, which have increased each year, may require up to a $70,000 increase to bring its budget in line with experience. In FY05, legal expenditures totalled $153,000 and are running at a similar level in FY06. The guideline budget is $81,000. ...more

Following are corrections to the Oral History interview of Gabor Miskolczy (January 27, 2005, page 8): ...more

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