The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 4, 2007

Foreign language numbers corrected

To the Editor:

Cynthia Sorn's article last week ("Carlisle School budget includes new programs") incorrectly stated that the "World Language program has expanded greatly over the last two years, growing from two teachers to five teachers." Actually, it has grown from two teachers to 3.5 full-time equivalents (or FTE's). As she correctly stated, the Carlisle Education Foundation funded the Elementary World Language pilot program. The part-time Chinese teacher's salary, which the CEF funded for fall 2005 with $10,000, has been folded already into the school budget. The school would have hired another foreign language teacher in any event due to foreign language class sizes of 29 in grade six that year.

This year, CEF funded $43,000 for two part-time Spanish teachers for grades K-5. This program was driven by parent interest and has been on parent wish lists since my children began kindergarten nine years ago. The hard work of integrating it in elementary school grades has been completed and future enhancements are planned. The CEF will fund it next year and the administration and School Committee will decide whether to keep the program from that point on; they accepted it with enthusiasm two years ago.

The CEF focuses on funding value-added programs and technology and has funded close to $1 million in initiatives since 1990. Other pilot programs and positions which the school adopted were full-day kindergarten in 1998, a second reading specialist and language arts curriculum coordinator in 2002, and the part-time library technology specialist (while also purchasing the computers in the library) in 1992. After the disastrous failed override in 1990, we also restored the choral director and the library media specialist (librarian) positions. We have a history of enhancing the programs at the school to maintain or build on its excellence and will continue to look for ways to fund appropriate programs with involvement of parents and the school community. We must focus on preparing our children to live outside Carlisle where they will be living and working side-by-side with people from diverse ethnic backgrounds and citizenship.

Laura Snowdon
President, CEF

Election information

To the Editor:

The Annual Town Election will be held next Tuesday, May 8, 2007. Polling hours are 7 a.m. through 8 p.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. Absentee ballots are available until noon on Monday, May 7, 2007.

In compliance with the Help America Vote Act of 2002, we have added the new AutoMARK voting machine to our fleet. This machine will allow all voters to mark their ballots with no assistance. It is provided by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and it is designed for use by people with hearing, sight or any other type of disability. Every City and Town in the Commonwealth will be using this same machine. All voters are welcome to use it, however, please keep in mind that the state only provides us with 50 ballots for this machine. The machine marks the ballot but you will still need to take the ballot to the box and have it cranked in.

Also, we have a few candidates running this time as "write-in" candidates. It is necessary for us to be able to determine "the voter's intention" so please be as thorough as possible when marking your ballot. The candidate's first and last names and at least their street name is necessary. If there are two people in town with the same name, we need to have the street name to determine which of those people was your intended candidate. Failure to include a street name may result in your vote not being counted.

Finally, there will be a reception in the Clark Room on Wednesday, May 9, 2007 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in honor of the newly elected Town Officials. New board members will be sworn in and you will have an opportunity to meet them and share cake and other light refreshments.

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me by telephone at 1-978-369-6155 or by email at

Charlene M. Hinton
Town Clerk

Support for Bedrosian and Risso

To the Editor:

I am writing in support of candidates Martha Bedrosian and Bill Risso for re-election to the Carlisle Board of Health.

I have known and worked with both candidates for quite some time, particularly in connection with the Chapter 40B Development known as Coventry Woods. Both candidates are very knowledgeable in BOH matters, have good organizational skills and have worked very hard for Carlisle.

I urge you to support these candidates. They are too good to let escape!

Alexander Parker
Russell Street

Re-elect Bedrosian

To the Editor:

I would like to support candidate Martha Bedrosian for the Board of Health. I have come to know Martha over these many months of 40B hearings and have watched her in session. She is extremely knowledgeable and eminently fair following the state and town guidelines for public safety.

This is not the time for a new person who is unfamiliar with the vast technical information necessary for this board.

The Board of Health requires the technical expertise that Martha Bedrosian has amply demonstrated she has.

Joan Parker
Russell Street

Vote for Risso and Bedrosian

To the Editor:

We are writing to support the re-election of Martha Bedrosian and Bill Risso to the Board of Health. We need the strong leadership and depth of experience Martha and Bill bring to the Board to protect the quality of our water, town land and the health of our community. We have worked with the Board of Health for over three years as concerned citizens and co-founders of Carlisle Pesticide Awareness Group. This collaboration, along with grant moneys, has helped inform our town about health hazards of commonly used pesticides in lawn care and athletic fields.

We know how hard Martha and Bill have worked to study the issues, asking hard questions, and then working to make sure citizen health concerns are addressed in the many projects that have been presented to the Board of Health. We know this board has worked tirelessly and diligently to protect the health of our town's citizens. We urge you to vote to re-elect Martha Bedrosian and Bill Risso.

Chris Chin
Hemlock Hill Road
Delaine Williamson
Milne Cove Road

Bedrosian and Risso have experience

To the Editor:

As a member of the Board of Health (BOH), I am acutely aware that Carlisle is in the midst of its first large-scale 40B development and is facing an increased demand for public health oversight. I believe these mounting responsibilities require the continuity of experience and diversity of background brought to the BOH by Martha Bedrosian and Bill Risso.

Martha Bedrosian, BOH Chair, provides the town with leadership on complex issues. She consistently defends safety and health concerns during numerous meetings and events. Her background in science and education is an asset for the town and the BOH. Under her chairmanship, several successful public health programs have been initiated, including the Health Fair, New Baby event, and educational outreach presentations, such as the Lyme disease talk. Recently, she committed to a collaboration with the Council on Aging to apply for grant funding for a part-time social worker to help families in crisis.

Bill Risso (who is running for re-election), Mike Holland and Jeff Brem are BOH members who are excellent civil engineers with expertise in septic design, Title 5 and local regulations. Bill Risso serves on both the School Building Committee and the BOH. He is crucial for appropriately addressing safety concerns at the school and emergency preparedness for the town. He creatively proposed and negotiated, using state funds, the installation of an electrical sub-panel for a generator and is now pursuing a donated generator from the Federal Government so that the Corey Building can be used as an emergency shelter.

Increased housing developments are important issues facing our town's environment. Martha and Bill are passionate advocates for protecting Carlisle's water supply and ensuring compliance with Title 5 Regulations, as demonstrated throughout the 40B/Coventry Woods process and the many additional meetings that went late into the night.

I value any candidate willing to run for town office. Without these volunteers, Carlisle would not be the town it is today. Carlisle, however, is at a critical juncture and I urge its residents to retain the background, experience and commitment of Martha Bedrosian and Bill Risso.

Leslie Cahill
Lowell Street

[Ed. note: Board members' opinions are their own and do not reflect the boards on which they serve.]

Support for Deignan

To The Editor:

Christopher Deignan is a candidate for the Board of Health and we respectfully ask that you consider voting for him on Tuesday.

The Board currently has some very competent members. Chris' professional knowledge and field-proven experiences would significantly complement the other volunteers.

A Boston College and Merrimack College grad, Chris' professional career in the construction and real estate development industries has spanned over 30 years. His position as general manager of construction for Duffy Properties, Waltham, puts him in charge of over three million sq. ft. of commercial space and over 800 residential units. His work has him constantly dealing with regulatory agencies. He has extensive Title 5 and DEP Public Water Supply construction and compliance experience. As a result, he fully understands the challenges encountered in working with local and state boards and authorities. He fully understands the complex issues you face regarding your Title 5, drinking water and public health needs. And he fully understands that, here in Carlisle, 40B and growth issues are no longer on our doorstep — they are ringing the doorbell.

Chris' real-world perspective and considerable talents are what we need at this very time. Chris listens, understands and applies a refreshing dose of "common sense" to all he does. He would be a tremendous asset to you and to our town.

Chris has lived in Carlisle for 21 years with his beautiful wife Maryann and their four absolutely delightful kids!

Help Carlisle - vote for Chris Deignan for Board of Health. Thank you.

Larry Bearfield
Robin Emerson
North Road

Vote for Deignan

To the Editor:

We are writing in support of Chris Deignan's candidacy for Carlisle Board of Health. Chris has the background that we need on the Board of Health. He has over 20 years experience in residential and commercial construction and property management. During his tenure, he has successfully navigated many state and local regulations.

Chris is also a long-time resident of Carlisle, who has seen many of the changes in our town. In terms of his character, Chris combines personal integrity with a diligent work ethic, resulting in someone we greatly admire.

Please give Chris the opportunity to serve our community.

Basil and Beth Bourque
Hutchins Road

Support for Sykes

To the Editor:

Wendell Sykes is passionately dedicated to improving education, here and nationally. He has volunteered for the Carlisle Schools for a decade, first as a member of the School Council and for the last three years as a hard-working member of the School Committee and the School Building Committee. For both committees, he has read and studied extensively and provided insights and analysis of complex issues.

He has been a champion for school funding, for strengthening of math and science, and for supporting curricula that will help our children meet the needs of the global economy. He is especially qualified to do so by his own continuing work as an engineer and management consultant to the federal government and industry and as an active alumnus of MIT.

At 80 years of age and without children in the system, Wendell is perhaps not as well known to some parents as other candidates. But parents should be assured that he is very well-versed in the issues facing the schools and that he brings unusual and valuable perspectives to discussions about learning and the challenges we face as a society.

As I depart the School Committee, I hope Wendell will be re-elected.

Christy Barbee
Cranberry Hill Lane

Union Hall Coffeehouse changes

To the Editor:

Thanks, again, to all who came out on Saturday night, only to be pleasantly swept up and away by the jubilant and genuine music that is Southern Rail. I can honestly say that I have never seen so many smiling faces, or toes tapping at the same time, in any one place. It was magic, pure and simple.

I want to apologize, openly, for any confusion regarding the seating. With every new venture, there are certain bugs that always need to be worked out, and so, we came to the conclusion on Saturday, that in fairness to all, from now on, folks will be able to reserve tickets, but not tables, or seats. It will be on a first-come-first-serve basis. Get there early enough, and you can have the table and seats of your choice, and frankly set it up any way you want to. We aim to please, and we take your requests seriously. After all, we're doing this so that we can all enjoy the music, the food, and our friends and family.

We look forward to seeing you all on May 12 for our combination Open Pantry Fundraiser, and Coffeehouse night, featuring, (and back by popular demand) the ultimate rhythm and blues of ScrumDaddy, with special guest appearances by Magnolia, and Swampscott's Guy Logan Zaccardi. This should be a night to remember!

Dian Francesca Cuccinello
Union Hall Coffeehouse Manager

Thanks from Friends of COA

To the Editor:

The Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging want to thank those who have provided support and made contributions to our organization since 1994. Our founding members recognized the need to supplement town funds and state grants in order to make growing older in Carlisle a viable option. Your generosity and interest have helped us realize our mission by providing financial support for the special programs and needs of the COA, and have enabled us to make a difference in the lives of our senior citizens. We always welcome suggestions on how we might improve our efforts.

If you are interested in learning more about our organization or would like to become a member, please check our web-site or feel free to contact any of us. Current directors are Maxine Barber, Alan Cameron, Kerry Kissinger, Betty Lang, Janet Lovejoy, Santo Pullara, Ray Taylor and Grace Tilton. We also invite you to attend our Annual Meeting on May 17 at 11:30 a.m. at Union Hall prior to the COA luncheon.

Once again, thank you for your ongoing interest, support and generosity.

Estelle Keast, Chair,
Friends of the Carlisle COA
Westford Street

2007 The Carlisle Mosquito