The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 17, 2006


Ten years ago in Carlisle. . .

During November, 1996, the following things were happening around town:

The presidential election in Carlisle had 88% voter turnout, with Clinton-Gore(D) winning over Dole-Kemp(R) and Perot-Choate (Reform). In the senate race Governor William Weld (R) beat Senator John Kerry (D) among Carlisle voters, but lost statewide. Carlisle's Patrick Sparks (D), ran for state Representative. Local voters favored him over Chelmsford's Carol Cleven (R), but she won overall.

• The initial sale of condominiums was underway at the new Malcolm Meadows senior residential housing development off Stearns Street.

• The Board of Health began testing town center wells for the contaminent methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), a chemical additive in unleaded gasoline.

• Undeveloped house lots were selling for $160,000 and up.

• Carlisle remained a dry town after a very close vote. At first, the ballot question to allow the sale of beer and wine passed by four votes, but the margin was reduced to two votes after overseas ballots were counted, but the question eventually lost by six votes after a recount.

• Voters at Special Town Meeting approved $20,000 for planning recreation facilities on the Banta-Davis Land.

2006 The Carlisle Mosquito