Friday, April 13, 2007
Band's performance was golden
To the Editor:
On Sunday, April 1, my family had the privilege to hear the Carlisle Middle School Senior Band perform at the MICCA Festival in Lexington, under the direction of Deana Saada. I was very impressed with the clarity and energy of her leadership of the band, and with the challenging level of the music the band played. These young people played with beauty of tone and rhythmic precision, and individuals handled their solos with confidence. The material performed was lovely to listen to, compositionally engaging, and uncompromising in what it asked of the band. The whole program was presented with a degree of musicality that should make every member of the band proud to be have been a part of it.
Our family was a part of the Carlisle bands program for much of Tom O'Halloran's tenure as its director, and we are tremendously grateful for that opportunity. Sarah, Jim and Nick each entered the program at grade 4 and stayed with it through grade 8, then proceeded on to the CCHS band program. Our youngest, now a junior at CCHS, is at this writing en route to Japan with the CCHS Concert Band. We have been to a gazillion MICA and MICCA festivals over the years, and our kids have been part of many gold medal performances as members of bands that are undoubtedly among the best in the nation. We have heard performances by other school bands that ranged from "participation certificate" to "bronze" to "silver" to "gold," and know that the difficulty of achieving each level rises with the challenge presented by the program. The Carlisle Senior Band's performance at this year's MICCA was, to these ears, a gold medal performance. Despite the occasional distraction of a dropped mute (how many middle school bands even play music that demands mutes, I wonder?) the band kept its focus. The youthful Ms. Saada, daring to follow in the footsteps of a legend, has given our community a tremendous gift, and her tenure offers great promise for the future. I hope Carlisle continues to reciprocate with the level of support that has given our kids a band program we can all be proud of.
Lamere a write-in candidate for Planning Board
To the Editor:
Hello, my name is Marc Lamere and I am running as a write-in candidate for the Carlisle Planning Board. I have lived in Carlisle for nine years and am an electrical engineer by trade. I am an active volunteer; I have been on the Carlisle Trails Committee for four years, two as chairman; I am an active Boy Scout Troop 135 parent, and was a member of the Land Stewardship Forming Committee. I feel I would be an asset to this board because I am interested in how the town is being developed. I am detail-oriented and enjoy working with plans and maps, and am generally interested in joining the board and working with its members. Please consider writing in my name for a Planning Board position.
Nathan running as petition candidate for Planning Board
To the Editor:
My family and I are new to Carlisle. We moved here Thanksgiving weekend 2005. We chose Carlisle because our younger son is attending Minuteman Regional High School and found ourselves in an absolutely delightful community.
Prior to Carlisle, we lived in an antique colonial in Foxborough that we restored and placed on the National Register. I served on the Foxborough Planning Board as an elected member for approximately eight years. During that time, we reviewed numerous residential subdivisions and commercial developments. Most of the subdivisions ranged in size from 15 to 25 units. Common shared driveways were not allowed under Foxborough subdivision bylaws, so this will be a new experience for me here in Carlisle.
The ongoing challenge of all planning boards is encouraging the implementation of the "best" land development possible. The trick, of course, is identifying a "best" that is acceptable by all affected parties. As a member of the Carlisle Planning Board, I will bring my prior planning board experience in negotiating solutions and resolving issues.
I currently work at the Council on Aging as the Transportation Coordinator. I was recently appointed to the Conservation Restriction Advisory Committee. Although I have enjoyed being on this Committee, I believe I can give back more to this great community sitting on the Planning Board.
Smith is write-in candidate for School Committee
To the Editor:
I would like to introduce myself as a write-in candidate for School Committee.
My wife Casey and I moved to Carlisle seven years ago with one child, due in large measure to the reputation of the school. We now have four children. Our two sons are currently attending the Carlisle Public School. Our two daughters will start in the coming years. So, there is no more important issue for us than the continued excellence of the Carlisle Public School.
Although I am a lawyer in Boston, I come from a family of public school teachers, as does my wife. Through listening about their experiences — sometimes living through their experiences — I have a unique appreciation for the demands the community puts on our schools, especially the faculty, and the demands the faculty and administration put on themselves to prepare our children for their next grade and, ultimately, their future challenges.
In the time we have been in Carlisle, I have seen the excellence of the Carlisle Public School firsthand. We are lucky that our children have the opportunity to learn and grow in this educational environment. However, there is constant pressure on the School Committee, the administration and the faculty to do more for the students within budget constraints that make this goal more difficult to achieve. This is one of the primary areas where the School Committee must make a difference and I want to be a part of the process.
We all want what is best for our children. I will soon have four in the system. If given the opportunity I will be committed to helping steer the Carlisle Public School in the direction of continued excellence so that I have some influence over what is best for the current and future students of our school.
I will be grateful to all of you who take the initiative to write my name on the ballot.
Kevin T. Smith
Will we heed bear experts?
To the Editor:
I would like to thank the Carlisle Conservation Commission, the Board of Selectmen and the Carlisle Public Schools for last Thursday night's presentation on black bears featuring MassWildlife biologist Jim Cardoza. There are things we can do to safely co-exist with the black bear(s). I encourage everyone in town to follow the recommendations of wildlife experts such as Mr. Cardoza.
MassWildlife has an excellent website with detailed information on black bears in Massachusetts. If you want the "reader's digest" version, read their two-page publication entitled "Living with Wildlife, the Black Bear in Massachusetts." You can find this on their website at http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/dfwpdf/dfw_living_with_bears.pdf.
The major point is to keep bears from associating people and their properties (barns and homes) with potential food sources. The black bear(s) in town is now risking destruction in its natural search for easily available food sources. It doesn't know that. We do. Is it possible that people bear some responsibility for its chances of survival? Will we heed the experts? I hope so.
Come to Step It Up rally
To the Editor:
I would like to invite and urge the participation of the citizens of Carlisle in the Step It Up - National Day of Climate Action rally scheduled for Saturday, April 14, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the Town Common. Organizers in Carlisle, and in over 1,300 other communities across the United States, want to draw the attention of the community to the issue of climate change, exchange ideas for mounting a local response to global warming, and join with citizens around the country in urging Congress and the federal government to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Several speakers will make addresses at the event, including State Senator Susan Fargo, Selectman Doug Stevenson and School Superintendent Marie Doyle. Members of the eighth-grade class will also be contributing their ideas by exhibiting their school projects on climate change.
As the issue of global warming and its consequences becomes better understood, many of us are wondering what effective measures we can take, here at home and as a nation to respond to what the scientific community has characterized as global environmental crisis. The Step It Up event is but one way that we can gather as a community to share ideas and to send a message to our representatives in Washington that we need more effective leadership to answer the challenge of this troubling issue. Great food, great music and neighbors will make it a fun time as well. For more information about the event, see stepitup2007.org and click on Join An Action for local details.
Bellows Hill Road
Eighth graders weigh in on global warming rally
To the Editor:
Global warming is one of the biggest problems the world faces right now. It is more important than wars, money and our country's economy because our entire planet is being threatened. We, the eighth graders of Carlisle, have recently been studying global warming and possible responses and strategies to help address it. We have learned sadly that most of these interventions have little chance of success due to lack of concern, government regulation, and willingness to act. The organization Step It Up has deemed Saturday, April 14, as a National Day of Climate Action. It is the largest day of citizen action focusing on global warming in our nation's history. Its purpose is to send a unified message to Congress to get our country on track to cut carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050. We are excited that here in Carlisle a Step It Up rally will take place on the Town Common from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A group photo will be taken for the web site (www.stepitup2007.org). Some eighth graders will present their Eco-Fair posters on interventions to reduce global warming. We also will show a student-produced iMovie telling about places that we love and what will happen to those places if the problem of global warming is not acted on. We hope that the adults in this community care as much as the eighth grade and will come to this rally.
People can help to reduce global warming by doing little things such as switching light bulbs to compact fluorescent, planting a tree, or getting Energy Star-rated appliances. Larger steps would be to buy hybrid cars and solar panels. The most important thing, though, is that we raise awareness and concern for the problem of global warming and start doing something about it. So, come to the "Carlisle Concerned" rally, April 14, to show our legislators that our Carlisle community cares about the issue of global warming. Start making a difference! We hope that if we get enough people shouting to Congress, maybe they will listen.
Lucy King, Cam Reid, Dixie Morrison, Jon Mayer, Ben Parson, Tommy Veitch, Nick Stoico, Sean Fidler, Ben Parra, Alex Kinmonth, David Yanofsky, Kelly Xing, Morgan Evans, Erik Sweet, Margaret Hoffman, Madeline Monroe, Adeline Bakewell, Maggie Prentice, Sonie Boor, Lauren Pauplis, Rebekah Shenton, Bo Graham
Sykes running for re-election to School Committee
To the Editor:
I am a candidate for re-election to the Carlisle School Committee because I see a need for continuity on that committee. There are many continuing and important issues to be resolved that can have a long-term effect on the nature of the town and the success of Carlisle students as they mature in a changing world. Educational costs are by far the biggest part of the town budget and as both federal and state support for education decrease, the town is indeed challenged to support a greater proportion of these costs through local property taxes and school fees.
My past experience includes six years as a member of the Scituate, Mass. School Committee and a number of years as a member of the Library Committee in that town. In Carlisle, I was a member of the School Council for a number of years and during my term on the Carlisle School Committee, I have also been a member of the School Building Committee, the Long Term Caps Committee and the Cell Tower Committee. My work experience is as a technical and management consultant to both industry and government. My wife Betsy Constantine and I have been residents of Carlisle since 1982.
Some of the issues that the School Committee must work with the town to address include:
1. Future housing needs, given uncertainties in population growth and children per household, as well as adapting new housing to the existing site,
2. Management of educational costs at a sustainable level,
3. Maintaining and improving the educational performance of the Carlisle Schools while addressing the changing needs of American education in a globalized world,
4. Addressing the requirements of the "No Child Left Behind" and equivalent legislation, balancing potentially major tuition costs with individual student needs.
I believe I can bring an impartial point of view and a strong analytical capability to the successful resolution of these and other educational issues. Given the demographic makeup of the town, there are no easy solutions.
Wendell G. Sykes
Indian Hill Road
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