Friday, May 26, 2006
Alan Carpenito thanks voters
To the Editor:
I would like to thank all the citizens that participated in the Town Elections. As Carlisle moves ahead, I believe that holding the line on taxes and being creative to reach the goals of the community is the way to retain long-term residents.
Chad Koski writes
To The Editor:
I would like to thank the voters of Carlisle for this opportunity to serve on the School Committee. Carlisle has set high standards for our schools and the education they provide. I look forward to working with the other members of the committee to assure that Carlisle Public Schools continue to meet those high standards.
Carlisle's Floyd Taylor remembered
To The Editor:
We enjoyed a friendship over that period of time. I would often call him to consult on a new regulation, to discuss a piece of equipment or the test results of our latest water sampling. It was great to know that he was there. Just before Floyd moved to New Hampshire in 2003 he called me to ask if I would be interested in some of his books and journals. I made two trips to his house where he graciously allowed me to go through his study and take anything that interested me. I now have a small library of resource materials thanks to Floyd. I will miss this kind and gentle man of keen intellect who lived a quiet and humble life in our community.
David R. Flannery
[Ed note: Flannery is Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds at the Carlisle Public School.]
My Banta-Davis vote
To the Editor:
I voted no on the question of funding for the Banta-Davis improvements. I know that a number of townspeople volunteered many hours to improve our community through this effort. They, and many other generous neighbors, contribute more to the well being and improvement of Carlisle than I have. When I read in last week's Mosquito about their attempts to understand the defeat at the polls, I felt an obligation to explain the vote of one resident who has not participated in the collective debate about Carlisle's future.
My source for town information is the Mosquito, which I read front to back. I also peruse www.carlisle.org. I'm familiar with plans and master plans for recreational facilities, school projects, housing, etc. I've gotten the impression that community leaders share my desires for Carlisle. However, a succinct and cogent vision of what Carlisle wants to be in the near and distant future does not seem to exist or is not readily accessible. Such a vision would articulate three to five higher order goals, without detailed plans. Assuming that I agreed with those goals, I would judge all spending initiatives against them. For example: I would question the priority of new tennis courts and the retirement of existing courts, relative to the goals of maintaining a rural character, accommodating external forces like affordable housing requirements and maintaining high quality educational staff and facilities. In the absence of such guidance, I maintain my own vision, similar to the previous sentence, and vote in that context. We need a clear vision and a prioritization of projects that jibes with that vision. Plan in that context and you'll get my vote.
Oak Knoll Road
Please help fix Historical Society's barn
To the Editor:
Thanks to the generosity of donors and funding from the Community Preservation Act, the historic barn at Heald House on Concord Street, home of the Carlisle Historical Society, is undergoing a much-needed renovation. New windows, siding, and a coat of red paint (its original color) have done much to preserve the barn's character.
We have recently discovered, however, that one side of the attached garage desperately needs rebuilding. The garage repair was not part of the funds requested from the CPA. We have received estimates of $10,000 for structural repairs and $3,000 for scraping and painting — these are unforeseen costs that would adversely affect our slim budget. Therefore, we are turning to the community to help us fund this final work on the barn.
We believe that the preservation of Heald House and its barn benefits all residents who care about Carlisle's rich history. We ask for your help in completing the barn restoration. Please send your tax-free donation to the Carlisle Historical Society, P.O. Box 703, Carlisle, MA 01741.
President Carlisle Historical Society
Household Goods Recycling Ministry thanks Carlisle
To the Editor:
Carlisle is filled with generous families. "Pass It Forward" day on Saturday was a wonderful success. Many thanks to Amy Fennick and Mary Zoll for creating a day when charities could recycle household goods, books, clothing, bedding and building supplies. Jim, our really helpful Transfer Station Manager of the day made it easy for all of us to set up, and to collect cartons and furniture on that bright sunny day.
On behalf of Household Goods Recycling Ministry, Inc (HGRM). I would like to thank those of you who donated wonderful items for the people we serve: those who have been flooded out (we are working with agencies in Lowell to help those whose houses were destroyed in the deluge last week); those who had to flee in the night with children due to domestic violence; those transitioning out of shelters into an apartment they can finally call home, and others who through crises of all sorts just need encouragement and a hand up.
Many people asked us if they could visit HGRM. We hope you will. We are located at 530 Main Street in Acton on Route 27 down by the Post Office lights before the historic district. We are open 6 days a week for visitors from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and take drop-offs of household goods on Thursday and Saturday mornings. We currently need furniture movers and unpackers, sorters, linen measurers, and put-on-shelves volunteers if you are looking for something to do when you have a few hours to spare. The whole place is run by volunteers (over 130) and we have no paid staff. Household Goods Recycling Ministry, Inc. will welcome you and let you pick your own job.
Many thanks to all of you who donated on Saturday.
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