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Friday, April 27, 2007


The League of Women Voters held the annual Candidates Forum last Sunday at the Town Hall. It was a time to put faces and personalities to names. Sara Rolley was the moderator. ...more

After nearly two years of testimony from peer review engineers, abutters, attorneys, appraisers and other experts, the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) accepted final words from the public at the April 18 Coventry Woods 40B hearing and subsequently closed the hearing to begin deliberations. Chairperson Cindy Nock thanked everyone, stating that "[Coventry ...more

Carlisle has an open form of Town Meeting, where all voters registered in the town may participate in discussing and making decisions concerning matters affecting the town, including a FY08 levy limit budget of $21,140,875 (Articles 4 and 13), and a levy-limit override of $245,682 (Article 6). The meeting will convene on Monday, April 30, at 7 p.m. at the ...more

Beginning this spring, exclusively organic methods will be used to maintain playing fields under the care of the Carlisle Recreation Commission (RecCom). The Commission voted on April 2 to stop the use of all non-organic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers on the Spalding and Banta-Davis playing fields. ...more

There are two open seats on the Board of Health (BOH) and three candidates running, providing Carlisle with a choice. All three appeared at the League of Women Voters forum on Sunday. When asked, "What are the biggest challenges or highest priorities facing the Board of Health?" incumbent Martha Bedrosian, incumbent William Risso and challenger Christopher ...more

On April 24, concern with spending millions fixing up a high school slated for replacement and disappointment with plans for the Town Common Honor Roll prompted the Selectmen to defer voting on whether to support Article 11 and Article 17 Motion 5 for the April 30 Town Meeting. Other Articles were supported unanimously, with the exception of Article 6 (override), ...more

Through many meetings, beginning last November, the Carlisle School administration and School Committee have built a slimmed down version of the FY08 budget to fit with the Finance Committee's limited growth recommendation. The school is requesting a $150,000 override above the levy limit, Article 6 of the Town Warrant, which is bundled into the multi-town ...more

David Model chaired the April 23 Finance Committee (FinCom) public hearing on the proposed FY08 budget. (See "FinCom invites public comment on FY08 budget," Mosquito, April 20.) ...more

The Carlisle School has requested $100,000 in funding for two capital projects under Article 10 of the Town Warrant. The largest request, $75,000, is to replace the ten-year-old telephone system. It is obsolete, Carlisle School Business Manager Heidi Zimmerman explained at the recent public budget meetings, and the school is not able to obtain a support contract. ...more

A slowdown in the Carlisle real estate market means fewer building permits and less new real estate growth. At the Board of Selectmen meeting Tuesday,April 24, Chair Doug Stevenson conveyed the news that preliminary financial projections for FY07 are "of concern" due to local receipts and real estate growth well below what was estimated at the beginning ...more

Four candidates running for two openings on the Carlisle School Committee faced each other and the public at the League of Women Voters Candidates Forum last Sunday. Incumbent Wendell Sykes and three challengers, Dale Ryder, Don Rober and write-in candidate Kevin T. Smith of Lowell Street, responded to a range of questions on what the schools need ...more

The following questions were sent to all candidates for office and the majority of their responses appeared in last week's issue. The statement of write-in candidate Kevin T. Smith (not to be confused with Kevin C. Smith of East Street) which appears below was accidently omitted. ...more

Belt-tightening has been the focus in discussions about next year's Carlisle School budget, but some items in the FY08 budget have been increased to support new programs, as well as accommodating state-mandates or increased expenses. ...more

Carlisle School lost power for approximately two hours on the morning of April 24. Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds David Flannery said around mid-morning the school noticed a reduction in power. "We experienced a low power situation just before 10 a.m. and we shut our main switch off to prevent damage to equipment." He contacted NStar, which ...more

Several Articles handle the town's yearly "housekeeping" details and are summarized in the table on page 14. These include Articles 1, 3, 13 and 14. Article 2 is also discussed in "Revenue and expense issues raise concern," on page 6. ...more

It may have been the coincidence of school vacation and the longed-for advent of warm weather that contributed to a rash of vandalism last week. The Police Blotter records 17 entries for vandalism between April 16 and April 23, most of them for damaged or missing mailboxes. Police Chief John Sullivan says police are doing what they can to prevent vandalism, ...more

Selectmen FinCom ...more

In the first two nights of the Concord Town Meeting, April 23 and 24, Concord voters were generous to their young scholars and athletes, approving school operating budgets for fiscal year 2008, capital improvements at Concord-Carlisle High School and two new athletic fields which the Town of Concord will build on CCHS land. ...more

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