The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 16, 2006

Carlisle needs a senior center

To the Editor:

As one now considered a senior citizen, as is my husband, I would like to suggest that the population of Carlisle is growing in the elder area. Long having lived in town, we came for the ambiance — the green space, trails, beauty and have stayed to raise children and enjoy our many friendships. We have given to the town and support it in many ways and wish to continue to do so.

As people age they often prefer to stay in their own homes and "age in place." To enhance such living a senior center would offer a site for us to engage socially, exercise, have intellectual discussion in seminars. Perhaps "Village University" a part of CCHS Adult Education could find room to hold courses here. "Where is our senior center" is a refrain heard about town — most towns around Massachusetts have such a dedicated space.

Working with other organizations might be the way to enhance our ability to find such a place. Seniors volunteer with many other groups and live intergenerational events — can we engage with other town bodies to help make this happen?

Marge Stickler
Indian Hill

Time for another Municipal Planning Day?

To the Editor:

I was surprised by the letters in the Mosquito last week in response to my article about the trends in Carlisle demographics and taxes. While I certainly understand the reactions of residents and neighbors to affordable housing and 40B developments, I also hope that we are ready for the next step in this debate. How to shape Carlisle in the future?

Carlisle will continue to change in terms of look, people and demands for services. 40B developments are a problematic part of our future, yet I feel that we need to find ways to work with developers (profit and not-for-profit) to positively shape our town. The challenges are obvious — and Coventry Woods and Benfield are part of a more proactive approach. And unfortunately, it will cost money.

Yes, it would be nice if we had more Carlisle-sensitive laws regarding housing, school building assistance and revenue sharing, but we don't. We should continue to advocate our position at the State House and, at the same time, work proactively to implement the housing goals laid out in Carlisle's 2005 Affordable Housing plan.

And no, I don't think 40B developments, done properly with as much input as possible, are wrong for the town. They definitely impact Carlisle and the neighborhood, and they are part of our future. 40B developments will bring in a new housing look, a new set of residents and some school-age children to town, and new voters with somewhat different priorities, but certainly part of a growing town that values open space, excellent schools and limited services.

Debating, thinking about and shaping our future is challenging and fun. Perhaps it is time to put together another Municipal Planning Day this fall so that we can discuss all our capital needs, service demands, taxes, housing initiatives and changing population. I and many others are ready to re-engage in this effort.

John Ballantine
Fiske Street

Seat Belt Awareness program

To the Editor:

I would like to thank all those who pledged to wear their seat belts at the Memorial Day festivities this year; we received 67 signatures in total. The pledge drive is part of the educational portion of the Governor's Highway Safety Bureau's Safety Belt Awareness program. The Carlisle Police Department is taking part in the educational portion of the program for the first time, and will be receiving $3,000 in grant money to be used in purchasing new traffic equipment. I would like to congratulate the following individuals who won prizes in the raffle: free ice cream sundae donated by Kimball Farm Ice Cream — Talia Simon, Claire Brandhorst, Anna Jewell, Nick Marks and Laura Thomas. Free round of mini golf donated by Kimball Farm Ice Cream — Robert Frodigh, Jared Acquaviva, Anthony Perugini, Eliza Randazzo, and Hunter Jacques. Free sandwich and soda donated by Ferns Country Store — Marlee Berg, George Mulgrew and Mary Hult. Winners of $25 gas card donated by the Carlisle Police Association — Kathy Simpson, Lori Jimenez, Terry O'Kelly and Beatrice Shneider. Those who signed the pledge sheets have acknowledged the importance safety belts have on saving countless lives a year.

Officer Andy Booth, Safety Officer
Carlisle Police Department

Concord Open Table food drive June 17

To the Editor:

My name is Basil Bourque and I am an Eagle Scout Candidate from Carlisle Boy Scout Troop 135. I would like to take this time to briefly discuss my Eagle Scout Service Project, one of the main requirements to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout. I will be conducting a town-wide food drive on Saturday, June 17, from 8 o'clock in the morning until 5 o'clock at night. There will be two collection sites: the Transfer Station and Ferns Country Store. Scouts will staff both locations throughout the day to accept non-perishable donations.

Residents of Carlisle are fortunate to live in such a privileged and affluent community; however, it sometimes escapes us that those less fortunate are right in front of our eyes. Throughout Concord, Carlisle, and surrounding communities, people struggle to make ends meet. It may not seem so when you bump into someone at the Transfer Station or the Post Office, but it is an unsettling reality. This is why I have chosen to conduct a community-wide food drive in Carlisle to benefit Concord Open Table, the local food pantry located next to the Concord Armory. Every week, Open Table is responsible for providing as many as 150+ meals to people of all ages, children, adults and the elderly.

Although all non-perishables are welcomed, the following are listed in order of needed most to needed least: cereal, coffee, canned fruit, pasta, tomato sauce, peanut butter and jelly (plastic jars), personal hygiene items, tuna fish or canned stew. Ferns Country Store has provided much support for this project, so as a thank-you, feel free to pick up any non-perishables you do not already have there. If you would like paper bags dropped off at your house or for some reason will not be able to make it to one of the drop-off points (Ferns and the Transfer Station), please feel free to e-mail me at and a pick up/drop-off can easily be arranged. Once again, I thank you all for helping me successfully complete this service project. Together, we can make a difference, and I look forward to your support in helping eliminate hunger from our community.

Basil Bourque
Hutchins Road

Skip's garden lives on at the Carlisle School

To the Editor:

While I agreed with the Forum article "Short term memory" by Penny Zezima last week, I feel compelled to respond to her comments regarding the [Skip] Anderegg Memorial Garden located on the campus of the Carlisle School.

Skip's friends constructed a beautiful garden in her memory in the courtyard between the Wilkins, Robbins and Link Buildings after her death in 1988. She was a member of the School Building Committee then actively involved in the 1987 expansion project. While it is true that the 1997 expansion of the Link Building caused disruption to the space and garden, it was carefully and lovingly rebuilt with many of the original plantings that were saved prior to the construction period. This effort was coordinated by Beth Hambleton. Nadine Bishop and several other teachers and several classes of students and some of Skip's friends replanted and reshaped the garden. At my request the School Building Committee enhanced the required elevator shaft by adding to the design a glass enclosed wraparound stairway to the second floor on the exterior. As you ascend the stairs to the second floor, you are provided with an exceptional view of this lush oasis during all four seasons.

The garden continues to be a space where students and staff can find a peaceful moment. We now have a picnic table there. In addition, classes continue to add to the beauty of the space each year by planting and sprucing up. A particularly beautiful time of the year is the spring when all of the daffodils, iris and tulips come out. The Class of 2001 donated a granite birdbath. This is the way Skip would have wanted it.

I feel fortunate to have known Skip and to have worked with her if even for a short period of time. She was a fine person who took a no-nonsense approach to a project and always got the job done. Her untimely death during her service on the School Building Committee in the middle of the 1987 expansion project was a loss to the town.

Please come by and see this fitting tribute to a wonderful lady, whose spirit of "Go, See, Do" lives on at the Carlisle School.

David R. Flannery
Supervisor Buildings & Grounds
Carlisle Public School

Please support Old Home Day

To the Editor:

Old Home Day is now only two weeks away and there is more news and goings on this year than the Mosquito has had room to print. So be sure to check your program when it arrives with an added insert that has the details, as does our web site

Our Old Home Day is the last in New England that is funded by donations only! We are grateful to all of you who have given to get us this far and in addition to the names of donors we listed and thanked previously, we have received help from the following businesses and citizens as well: Concord Lumber, The Minor Chord, Bridgette and Jim Saltonstall, John and Mary Ann Williams, Ellen and Ernest Huber, Michael and Minerva Butler, Arthur and Virginia Mills, Christine and David Thomas, Phyllis Rothschild and Jonathan Golnik, George and Margaret Skelly, Scott Simpson, Tom Derro, Anne and Richard Ketchen, John and Elizabeth McCullough, Eileen Baird and Edward Sullivan, Sara Lynn and William Brady, John and Gail Bernardin, Jeff and Molly Springer, Liz and Pliney Jewell, Susan Stamps, Fred and Nancy Iosue, Elizabeth and Paul Carpenter, Lori and Ray Jimenez, Suzanne and Jeffrey Blue, Martha and Jeffrey Brown, Bill Cooney and Deb Power, Walter and Amanda Hickman.

Please join those who have given and send what you can. Donate $12 or more and we'll send you the documentary video of last year's bicentennial Old Home Day.

Dave and Florence Reed
Page Brook Road
2006 OHD chairpersons

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