The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 7, 2006

Vote for Chad Koski

To the Editor:

I am writing to express my support for Chad Koski's candidacy for School Committee. I have known Chad and his family for many years and have always been impressed in my interactions with him. Chad is truly committed to his family and to the Carlisle community as evidenced by his many years of volunteer service as coach, Boy Scout leader and as a parent taking on responsibility for aspects of the seventh-grade play, the sixth-grade Spaghetti Supper and countless other activities. Chad is a person who volunteers and contributes over the long term. He has demonstrated that he is willing to step up to a task and complete it in a professional, positive manner.

I have always known Chad to exhibit good humor, a sense of fair play and reasoned perspective in all my dealings with him. I believe him to be a highly ethical person who would put the needs of the school over any personal interests. I believe him to be fair-minded and able to see both sides of an issue without compromising his own core beliefs and values. In short, I believe that he is an outstanding candidate for the School Committee and I hope that you will join me in voting for him on May 9.

Dale Ryder
Lowell Street

Support protection of Estabrook Woods

To the Editor:

After many years, the controversy over Middlesex School's expansion into the Estabrook Woods may finally be settled by the Concord Board of Appeals (BOA) at their continued hearing next Thursday. At the opening of this hearing on March 9, the school presented its plans for constructing a bridge, a road, two tennis courts, two soccer fields, outbuildings, and parking on the "A" land, the northwestern 46 acres of their Estabrook Woods holdings.Special permits and site plan approval are needed for this project because of work in the Wetlands Conservancy District and earth removal in excess of 1,000 cubic yards. Last year, with only a building permit, the School partially cleared the site and constructed 6 tennis courts.

Of particular interest to the BOA was the "B" land, the 40-acre section of Estabrook Woods east and south of the project, protected by a restriction that expires in 2017. The BOA, inquiring as to the School's plans to eventually develop this land, were told there were none, and appeared surprised that it was not included in the permanent conservation restriction on Bateman's Pond and adjacent land, to be granted when all permits needed for the project have been approved.

When the hearing was opened for comment, the public's response to the school's project was overwhelmingly negative. In this discussion I proposed a compromise, that the BOA grant the special permits and approve the site plan but with one additional condition — that the school place a permanent conservation restriction on the "B" land. The BOA appeared to respond favorably to this proposal.

The eastern edge of this parcel is only 500 feet from the historic and well-used Estabrook Trail, the route to be taken by the Carlisle Minutemen and townspeople on Patriots Day, April 17. Development would cause severe damage in the heart of the Woods, greatly reducing the acreage of interior forest vital to the ecology of this unique land. I urge Carlisleans who care about Estabrook Woods to attend the April 13

Kenneth J. Harte
Estabrook Road

Citizen Action Team thanks donors

To the Editor:

Many thanks to Wendy Clark of Carlisle for donating her kitchen cabinets for shipment to Mississippi, where relief organizations will use them to refit kitchens in homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. And thank you to Bob and Marcia Wallhagen for telling Wendy about us. Thanks, too, to Carlisleans and UMass freshman Bryan Lieb and Stephen Tang for "Tetris'ing" all those odd shapes into their trucks and transporting them to the warehouse where they are being prepared for the trip south. It was good to work with you all.

Citizen Action Team, a local volunteer group, is still working with organizations along the Gulf Coast to learn about needs as the region rebuilds and to meet some of these with local collections. If you have new and gently used household items (sheets, blankets, small appliances, and cookware) you no longer need, please consider donating them. We'll make sure they get to the people who need them. I'm available at 1-978-369-4343 or

Christy Barbee
Cranberry Hill Lane

Boy Scouts thank community for support

To the Editor:

We would like to thank the community for their generous support during our annual fertilizer and birdseed sale. The money we raised will be used to buy new equipment and other troop expenses. We appreciate all your generosity in making our fundraiser a success.

Mathew Koski
Boy Scout Troop 135
Nathan Lane

[Ed. note: Koski is a freshman at Concord-Carlisle High School.]

March 24 CSA - CEF Auction raised over $80,000

To the Editor:

We would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank the Carlisle School community for making this year's auction such an amazing success. Your continued generosity and support are truly inspiring. This year's event raised over $80,000. Once again we had so many fabulous donations that there seemed to be something for everyone. We hope everyone who attended had as much fun as we did. For those of you who were unable to join us we hope to see you next time!

Kristine Melvin, Carriage Way
Deborah Schurr, Swanson Lane
and Lauren Bakewell, Rutland Street
Carlisle School Auction Chairs - 2006

Don't cross the line

To the Editor:

In "Sharing the Road" (3/24/06), Carolyn Kiely places the blame for her near-accident upon the bicyclist. While I certainly understand her anger over bicyclists who obstruct traffic by failing to stay to the right, there is absolutely no justification for a driver who crosses over the yellow line without first ascertaining that it is safe to do so. This driver was clearly in the wrong regardless of the contributing behavior of the cyclist.

One of the greatest road hazards we all face is the driver who fails to stay to the right. I know I'm not exaggerating when I state that the vast majority of today's drivers routinely cross over the yellow line, especially when negotiating outside curves. The tell-tale worn out road paint and the location of sand/snow windrows on curves substantiates this assessment.

This dangerous practice causes me to keep my fingers crossed every time I approach the corners at the end of East Street when traveling toward Carlisle center. I have even been forced into the ditch by an oncoming police car at that location.

How nice it would be if we would all exercise more patience, slow down a bit, stay on our own side of the road, and give even errant bicyclists and joggers a bit of leeway.

Al Powers
East Street

Bikes Not Bombs collected 96 bikes at CCHS

To the Editor:

Thank you so much to everyone who donated their bicycles to Bikes Not Bombs (BNB) on Sunday, April 2. With a grand total of 96 bikes and $345 donated to the non-profit organization, the day was a huge success. Over a dozen of the bicycles will be used in BNB's vocational education program, which teaches underprivileged children how to repair bikes. At the end of the program, each child gets his/her own bicycle. The other bikes that were collected will be repaired by BNB and sent to economic development projects in South Africa, Ghana, and Guatemala. Once again, thank you for your generosity and for making a difference.

Tess Guttadauro
Fiske Street

[Ed. note: This is the second year that Guttadauro, a junior at Concord- Carlisle High School, has organized the charity event.]

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