The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 6, 2007

Consider Coventry Woods carefully

To the Editor:

I went to my first meeting regarding Coventry Woods almost two years ago. Since then I have attended several meetings of the ZBA and BOH regarding this project. While I am not an abutter, I am close enough to have concerns about the impact of such a high density development on my water supply. Nobody, especially in this town, should take plentiful and clean water for granted. The equity in our homes, not to mention our health, depends upon it. The loss of water on Stearns Street a couple of summers ago demonstrates that this is not as far-fetched as some would like to think.

At the last meeting I attended on March 28, a lawyer for some of the abutters presented a very compelling argument for the ZBA to approve the special permit with a number of conditions, one of which is to limit the number of units to approximately 24. His point is simple: 40B is in place in order to increase the amount of affordable housing built. It is not in place to provide a windfall for the developer. As long as the developer can make a healthy percentage profit, the project is deemed "economic." The town is under no obligation to help the developer make as much profit as possible.

It is risky for our ZBA to deny the permit. The history of the Massachusetts Housing Appeals Committee is short on examples of denials being upheld. However, it is equally risky to provide the developer with a comprehensive permit for 48 units on such a small parcel of land. Half that number will be test enough of our natural resources. For those who put their faith in tests to be performed post-permit, I ask you to imagine how momentum for a project like this shifts once a permit is in hand.

I urge the ZBA to carefully consider any evidence presented that supports approval at a reduced number of units. Nobody wants to lose control of this project to the state, but at the same time, we should not let ourselves be threatened and bullied into accepting a situation that will harm us.

Nancy Cowan
Russell Street

Middle School choir and band bring home gold and silver

To the Editor:

On Saturday, March 31, the Carlisle Middle School Choir received a gold medal and on Sunday, April 1, 2007, the Carlisle Senior Band received a silver medal at the annual Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) State Music Festival.

The Middle School Choir, under the direction of Megan Fitzharris, received a gold medal at their second MICCA choral festival appearance (held at Nashoba Regional High School in Bolton). Dr. Michelle Graveline, music department faculty member at Assumption College, was the group's adjudicator and clinician. She enthusiastically praised the 70-member group for their performance and, specifically, their attention to the fine details of the music.

Carlisle's 76-member Senior Band, under the direction of Deana Saada, was awarded a silver medal for their performance at the Lexington High School venue. This was Ms. Saada's first appearance at a MICCA concert festival. Dr. Glen Hemberger, Director of Bands and Assistant Department Head at Southeastern Louisiana University, was an adjudicator and clinician for the group. In the clinic, he praised the ensemble's hard work and musicianship and emphasized the concepts of patience in playing and following the conductor. Many parents attended both the concert and the clinic after and were very enthusiastic about the experience.

The Carlisle School's performing choral and band students wish to extend their appreciation to the entire Carlisle community of citizens, parents, teachers and administrators for their continued support of the performing arts in the Carlisle Schools. Programs of excellence depend on this group support system, and we are grateful for the opportunity to challenge students to achieve their highest musical potential in such a supportive community.

Megan Fitzharris and Deana Saada
Carlisle School's Music Department

Thank you, Carlisle

To the Editor:

Thank you to all who participated in the Mosquito Trash Party this past Saturday. It was a nice day to be outside and that sentiment was echoed by everyone who showed up to pick up trash. This type of down-and-dirty work is very visually rewarding to the town. Participants included individuals of all ages as well as families and youth groups.

Sincere thanks also go to Ferns Country Store for providing the coffee for the morning, Gary Davis and Gerald Davis of the DPW for providing the safety cones and signs, the DeSimone family, Doug and Douglas Stevenson and to Devon and McKenzie Dray for volunteering trucks and vehicles for bag pickup and delivery to the transfer station. Thank you too, to CCI for hosting the Trash Party and providing the trash bags, juice and donuts which put a smile on many faces.

Despite very busy, hectic lives, people still seem to find the time to turn out for this worthwhile event and take a turn at giving back to our town. We are a community that neighbors well.

Lynne Carpenito
South Street

2007 The Carlisle Mosquito