Friday, October 6, 2006
Please support the Banta-Davis Phase II proposal
To the Editor:
As many of you know, we have been working hard in the Recreation Department to understand and meet the service needs of our citizens — young, old and in-between! We have an increasing demand for playing fields, a clear requirement for a recreation center and a need for both basketball courts at the Carlisle School and tennis courts at Banta-Davis. We are excited to connect Spalding and Banta-Davis by improving the current crossing, creating a safer and more functional pathway between the school, Spalding and Banta-Davis.
After receiving great feedback from all of you, we included paved pathways and added a pavilion at the Banta-Davis complex, ensuring safe and enjoyable walking and a place to meet and enjoy the park.
We also heard clearly the need for a recreational center. You are growing tired of using the Town Hall meeting rooms for exercise and arts and crafts activities. As a result, we are proposing the completion of a conceptual design for a recreational center including investigating possible locations at Banta-Davis.
We are fortunate to live in an active, outdoor-loving community. Your Recreation Commission's mission is to meet the needs of our town, and to do this within the constraints of a realistic budget. The Banta-Davis Phase II Project is the culmination of the recreation goal approved by the town's voters in 1999. We have watched Phase I of the project provide enjoyment to our community and have studied the best way to meet the needs and interests of our town going forward.
Finally, you may have heard about proposed additional fields in Concord. We are excited about this possibility, as it would contribute greatly to the current field shortage felt by both towns. We will work closely with our Concord neighbors to assess the impact of these potential new fields on Carlisle's long-term needs. In any case, with or without the new Concord fields, we have a need for the facilities outlined in our Banta-Davis Phase II proposal. We want to thank those of you who came to our meeting this past Saturday and we look forward to presenting our proposal at Town Meeting in October.
Allen Deary, Chair,
New high school still planned
To the Editor:
Imagine my surprise when I picked up last week's Mosquito to read the headline "New high school off the table ." Let me assure you and your readers that while the subject of the high school was not a specific discussion item at the particular meeting to which you were reporting, the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (CCRSC) remains committed to, and continues to work diligently in moving the high school project forward.
This past summer the CCRSC held two workshops devoted to the issue of the high school project. These lengthy sessions included discussions on the capital needs of the existing facility, the scope of the future project, and the impact of the construction on the academic experiences of our students.
In addition to the workshops, members of the CCRSC, the Boards of Selectmen, Finance Committees and school administrators have met on at least two occasions this past year with officials of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) to discuss the project. The MSBA recently finalized their regulations for the approval of school construction projects. The 2004/5 High School Feasibility Study final report estimated the cost of this project costs at upwards of $90 million. The CCRSC believes that the economics and the associated impact on the taxpayers of Concord and Carlisle require that we maximize the available funding from the MSBA.
The MSBA will lift their moratorium on funding school construction projects in July of 2007. We have begun compiling the Statement of Interest (the first component of the MSBA funding approval process) for the high school project. Our plans and timelines, while conditioned on the approval, the process, and the regulations of the MSBA, have not changed. The project timelines indicate that, depending on the year in which the MSBA approves the project, the CCRSC will present Warrant Articles to both communities, funding both design and construction, in the spring of either 2008 or 2009.
While both the communities of Concord and Carlisle have other school building projects for their K-8 systems on the table, the CCRSC remains committed to moving the high school project forward. We will continue to keep the communities informed as this project moves forward.
Chairman, Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee
Focus on the future
To the Editor:
I was puzzled and disappointed that the statement that I read at the last School Committee meeting was shortened to one sentence in your recent article, while Kelly Driscoll's entire statement was printed. The article also failed to mention that many other people spoke up to support the current administration. I hope, in the interest of fair coverage, you will print my statement:
Recently I attended a meeting with our new Director of Student Services, Karen Slack, along with one of our new educators, Kathy Garcia, and other excellent specialists and teachers within the school. I want to express my excitement and enthusiasm about the new staff and teachers who have been hired by Marie Doyle. They truly complement the already excellent staff. Karen Slack is warm, intelligent, and well-informed about the educational issues many of our children face. She listened and was very receptive to my concerns and suggestions. It is evident that both Ms. Slack and Ms. Garcia have a great deal of experience in their fields. I look forward to working with all of these professionals this year. I have also attended several meetings with Marie Doyle and have found her to be receptive, concerned, and knowledgeable and very willing to engage in discussion about making positive changes to help the kids, such as the anti-bullying program and making sure all children, whenever possible, take a world language. I, and many other parents who attended these meetings, have left with the sincere impression that Marie Doyle is most concerned about the kids of the school and puts their needs first.
Our teachers are among the best around and they are dedicated to our kids. I believe that all of these parties have more in common than they have differences. Continuing to dwell on the negatives of the past will not help our kids, the teachers, or our school. I hope the new school year, with our new administration, can be a fresh start for all of us, and we can focus on the exciting and promising future of our children and this school.
Cutters Ridge Road
Thanks from the Police Association
To the Editor:
The members of the Carlisle Police Association would like to thank the residents of Carlisle for their recent donations. It is through your generous donations that we are able to continue our worthwhile programs.
Kevin Cardonne, Treasurer
Carlisle Police Association
CSA House Tour raised over $10,000
To the Editor:
On behalf of the Carlisle School Association (CSA), we would like to thank the following people for making the CSA House Tour a huge success. The house tour raised well over $10,000 for our schools. Many thanks go out to our home owners. We know you do a lot behind the scenes and this year's variety of homes really made the tour amazing. We would also like to thank the more than 100 volunteers who gave their time to plan and run this wonderful event. Thanks to all of the families and business who stepped forward to make our new advertising sponsorships a success and to the webmaster at www.carlisle.org for getting our ticket form online for us. We would like to acknowledge our hard-working committee for their great ideas, hard work and never-ending enthusiasm; Elizabeth Acquaviva, Deb Bergquist, Timm Brandhorst, Marilyn Cugini, Ingrid Klove, Niki Mundel, Sandy Nash and Kris Tocci, as well as our advisors Kelly Driscoll, Dale Ryder and Liz Bishop. Thank you. Lastly our deep appreciation goes to all of the visitors who spent the day touring our homes. We hope you will come again!
Cathy Poirier, Virginia Farme Road
Sharyl Stropkay, Rockland Road
Co-Chairs, 2006 CSA House Tour
Is a national animal ID system a good idea?
To the Editor:
Like one out of every seven Carlisle households, I recently received an application for a 2006 Stable License from the Board of Health and notification of an upcoming barn inspection. It's important for livestock owners in town to know that the information collected through this licensing is passed onto the state's Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR). MDAR, in turn, is sending this information to the USDA so that your premise can be "voluntarily" enrolled in the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) and receive a premise identification number. Mine is 008JRNF.
To keep in operation, my dairy and cheese plant have several sets of inspectors and permits so I'm used to sharing information about what I'm doing. All my dairy goats are uniquely ear-tattooed at birth, a practice dating back several decades that has allowed us to trace, control, and in some instances eliminate zoonotic diseases from our dairy herds. What bothers me then about NAIS?
My goats and your horses and your cows and your chickens seem now destined to become part of the National Herd (that's NAIS language, not my own facetious language). Premise identification is the first step to be implemented. Next comes animal identification and then comes animal tracking. Early on, the USDA wanted physical tags with the animal ID number visible at some distance as well as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags. I don't want either on or in my animals. I also don't want to log into NAIS to report that I've taken a doe up to New Hampshire for the afternoon for breeding. Your vet will be required to have a premise number as well and will be required to report any instances of noncompliance in animal ID once that is mandated.
I've enjoyed past warm-and-fuzzy reports in the Mosquito where Sally Lakness summarized the year's barn inspections and would comment on the well-being of our town herd. Hopefully, Larry Sorli will continue this tradition. You may want to give some thought on how you feel about your animals being part of the National Herd and NAIS' privacy implications. Many of us doubt whether NAIS' huge bureaucracy addresses the key issue of disease control more effectively than existing controls.
Indian Hill Road
To the Editor:
The Concord Carlisle Newcomers Club (CCNC) offers a great way for people new to Carlisle to meet others who have also moved here and to Concord in the last few years.Many events scheduled each month satisfy a broad range of interests — walking local trails, daytime and evening book discussions, day trips exploring Boston and
surrounding towns, afternoons at the movies, needleworking, men's poker nights, wine tastings and parties, our monthly "Get Acquainted Coffees," and events for families with young children.We are always pleased to have members share their interests by initiating a new activity.
If you have moved to Carlisle within the last few years and would like to learn more about Newcomers, or are interested in joining, please visit www.concordcarlislenewcomers.org or call me at 1-978-287-0049. It is a great organization that has for many years been quickly helping people feel right at home and among friends.
Barbara Lewis, President, CCNC
East Riding Drive
Fire Prevention Week, October 8-14
Stand by your pan
To the Editor:
How often has the doorbell rung or a child interrupted you while you were cooking, causing you to forget about the chicken you left sizzling on the stove - until smoke filled the house? As Chief of the Carlisle Fire Department, I often talk to people about the ways they can stay safe in their homes. Too often, we have that talk after they've suffered a damaging fire. If I could give just one fire warning, I'd say "Stand by your pan!" Why? Because cooking is the leading cause of home fires, according to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association. There's really no safe period of time for the cook to step away from a hot stove. A few key points to remember:
• Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling or boiling food. If you must leave the room even for a short time, turn off the stove.
• When you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.
•Keep cooking areas clear of combustibles (e.g. potholders, towels, drapes and food packaging).
• Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of three feet around the stove.
• If you have a fire in your microwave, turn it off and keep the door closed. Never open the door until the fire is completely out. If in doubt, get out of the home and call the fire department.
• Always keep an oven mitt and a lid nearby. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by sliding the lid over the fire and turn off the burner. Do not remove the lid until it is completely cool. Never pour water on a grease fire. If the fire does not go out, get out of the home and call the fire department.
• If an oven fire starts, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you or your clothing. If the fire does not go out, get out of the home and call the fire department.
Chief David R. Flannery
Carlisle Fire Department
Vote Fargo for State Senator
To the Editor:
As a citizen who is concerned about the environment of our town and state, I urge all Carlisle voters to support Susan Fargo on November 7.
Senator Fargo has consistently been a leader in the legislature on a wide range of environmental and health-related issues like the reduction of mercury and other toxic substances, the ban on smoking in workplaces, support for Cape Wind and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and the preservation of open spaces and public lands. For her forward- looking efforts, she has received high praise from state and regional environmental organizations like MassPIRG, Mass Climate Action Network, Clean Water Action and the Sierra Club.
On those occasions when I've spoken with Senator Fargo, she is always there on ecological concerns that matter most. She understands the issues, leads on the appropriate legislation and knows the real human cost of environmental problems that often seem abstract and remote.
Carlisle has been well-represented by Susan Fargo, and she has earned our strong support again, on November 7.
Vote for Healey for Governor
To the Editor:
Kerry Healey deserves to be elected Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for many reasons. She will fight to bring jobs here by working to reform the slow and inflexible regulatory environment and to reduce taxes. She knows that government does not create jobs — people do. They need a state government and legislature that are friendly to the idea.
She will fight for quality education. This means adequate funding, more flexibility for principals in the hiring and firing of teachers, merit pay for our best teachers, giving parents more say in the management of schools, and providing parents with more school choice.
Kerry has demonstrated commitment to public safety. She led the charge to crack down on drunk drivers. She has also worked to protect witnesses from gang intimidation and to adopt tougher sex offender laws.
Also Kerry's proposed reform to fix the state's pension system would immediately return $200 million annually to cities and towns and retire the state's $13 billion unfounded pension liability.
Please join me in supporting Kerry Healey for Governor.
Minuteman Drive, Concord
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