The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 9, 2006

Town Meeting and Election volunteers thanked

To the Editor:

I would like to thank the Carlisle voters for their support in my bid for another term as Town Clerk. I am very proud to serve in this position and I promise to continue my service with professionalism and respect for all.

Also, I would like to recognize the generous service of the volunteers who work so hard to make our Town Meetings and Elections run smoothly. We should all be proud to have so many residents willing to give up their free time to work at these events. Special thanks go out to Harriet Fortier and Eva Herndon, the Election Wardens, and Connie Metivier, the Election Clerk. In addition, I would like to recognize the effort of Irene Blake, the Assistant Town Clerk who works hard to organize these events before they occur, then serves as a volunteer worker during Town Meetings and Elections.

Anyone interested in volunteering at either Town Meetings or Elections should call the Town Clerk's office at 1-978-369-6155 or send an email to We are always looking for additional workers and would be happy to train anyone interested in participating in these very important activities.

Charlene M. Hinton, Town Clerk
East Street

Don't call Chapter 40Bs "good" for Carlisle

To the Editor:

Although I appreciate John Ballantine's work on Carlisle's demographics, I must register my objection to his inference that "40B Developments" are good for Carlisle. I do not know many people who have moved to Carlisle to advocate for high-density housing in their backyards (unfortunately, some are willing to advocate for it in others' backyards). The basis for this conclusion appears to be a moderating or even declining enrollment in the public schools due to a significant population shift. For those of us that have heard the "space crunch" arguments at the Carlisle Public School (CPS) for the past number of years, some moderation in enrollment is welcome news; it eases the pressure on at least one major capital outlay. In addition, the suggestion that the two-bedroom condo units (which are the models for current 40B projects in Carlisle) are going to draw younger families to Carlisle is suspect at best. I submit that both the affordable and market-rate units are more likely to attract empty-nesters, not young families with school-age children.

Regardless of our opinions of the desirability of Carlisle to be more affordable, many of us believe Chapter 40B is dreadful legislation, promulgated and supported by urban legislators who have little sympathy for the rural character of small towns like Carlisle. High-density housing belongs near employment centers, transportation facilities and existing infrastructure, not in places where it will only contribute to suburban sprawl, traffic congestion and other environmental misfortunes.

Unfortunately, until the powers that be recognize Chapter 40B's follies, we in Carlisle have to live with it, but we certainly do not have to endorse it.

Douglas Stevenson
Cross Street

[Ed note: Stevenson serves on the Board of Selectman.]

A reader responds

To the Editor:

I read the front page article by John Ballantine, last week and was dismayed by the opening remark that "Carlisle has changed from a town of scrappy chicken and dairy farmers, to young engineers" etc. We moved here 44 years ago and were adjacent to Mr. Sorli and close to the Swansons' chicken farm. Both of these farmers were neither fond of fighting, as one definition of "scrappy" suggests, or had farms made up of scraps, as Webster's other possible definition. We remember both the Swansons and Sorlis as delightful families with neat (and to this day, the Sorli farm is outstanding) farms and welcoming personalities. Our children used to look forward to walks down the road by the chickens and in the fall, buying pumpkins from Mr. Sorli.

Carlisle has changed and indeed we were shocked to learn that we offer the low wage of $6.75 per hour to seniors who need a $500 tax break, while offering $200,000 to a developer to add one more affordable unit. We doubt that any of us here pays so little to our people who help in the garden or with other chores. Perhaps our seniors who need help with taxes could be considered as "low income" candidates and qualify for some of the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) funds to offset taxes and keep them in their own affordable home. This may be legally impossible, but it should be explored.

John Ballantine told of the "great deal" of giving $200,000 of CPC funds to the Coventry Woods developer since there was a Memorandum of Understanding with the abutters; in fact there was only a proposed memorandum, and so far it has not been agreed to by the developer.

It would have been a very good suggestion to additionally steer some CPC funds to the needs of seniors, such as funds toward a community meeting place, that could be used by others in the town as well.

Joan Parker
Russell Street

[Ed. note: Parker is an abutter to the proposed Coventry Woods development.]

Three-church yard sale raised $1,375

To the Editor:

It poured on Saturday, June 3, but maybe the weather was a boon to the three-church yard sale. Things were nice and warm and sociable in Union Hall. The sale raised $1,375 for the Open Pantry of Greater Lowell. Many thanks to all the donors, to all the buyers and to all the workers from the three churches. We had great fun working together.

Deb Pichulo, McAllister Drive
Nadine Bishop, Judy Farm Road,
and Jean Sain, Virginia Farme
For the three churches

Who needs trash pick-up?

To the Editor:

Good on ya, Ellen Miller (Editorial, "No trash pick-up? No problem," June 2). Whenever I drive to neighboring towns to buy the necessities of life — and bless those towns for providing them and putting up with the resulting traffic and pollution — I note the twice-a-week piles of rubbish at the end of each driveway, particularly repulsive in wet weather.

Years ago some friends from Ireland rented a house in Concord for a couple of weeks. Their landlord left them a full- page, single-spaced set of instructions for putting out the trash, which included a specification for plastic bags which could only be bought in Concord. They handed it to me with a helpless air. I read it and then said in my flawless Irish accent, "Ah, fergit it. I'll come round and git yer mook and t'row it in our doomp."

Roger Goulet
Westford Street

Everyone is invited to Democrats' picnic June 11

To the Editor:

This past weekend, five Carlisle Democrats attended an exciting Democratic State Convention in Worcester. The purpose of the Convention was to nominate candidates for statewide offices.

All Carlisle delegates were pledged to vote for Deval Patrick and helped to provide Deval with 57 percent of the total vote and the endorsement of the Mass. Dem. Party. Both Tom Reilly and Chris Gabrieli were nominated to be on the Primary ballot in September, receiving 28% and 15%, respectively.

The Carlisle delegates were Fern Johnson, Bob Luoma, Cynthia Schweppe and Bob Wallhagen. Tom Hedden attended as an alternate delegate. All of us are very enthusiastic about having Deval Patrick as our next Governor. We encourage you to meet him on Saturday, June 17 at the Chelmsford Old Town Hall from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Also, everyone is invited to the second annual Carlisle DTC Picnic, being held this Sunday, June 11, at the Mayer residence at 370 River Road from 4 to 7 p.m. Several candidates for State offices have expressed interest in attending.

Bob Wallhagen, vice chair
Carlisle Democratic Town Committee
Timothy Lane

CSA thanks spring luncheon Volunteers

To the Editor:

The annual Spring CSA Luncheon was held on Tuesday, June 6, to honor the outstanding work of the Carlisle Public School's teachers and staff. The luncheon would not have been possible without the generous support of our school community. We would like to thank each and every parent who prepared the delicious salads, main courses, and desserts, as well as those whomade monetary donations. We also offer special thanks to those who helped set up, serve, and clean up the dining room: Mikala Attias, Beth Borque, Joan Dalton, Andi Gettys, Diana Kolsta, Donna Margolies, Anna Nerenberg, Seema Peterson; and Elaine Picard. If you have not yet picked up your serving pieces, please contact Francine Royce at 1-978-371-2521 or at Thank you again to all those who contributed to the luncheon's success.

Jennifer Durbin, Acton Street
Francine Royce, Elizabeth Ridge Road
CSA Luncheon coordinators

2006 The Carlisle Mosquito