The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, July 13, 2007

Politics on the piazza this Sunday

To the Editor:

We are pleased to invite everyone to Politics on the Piazza this Sunday, July 15 at 2 p.m. at Ferns Country Store in Carlisle center. All of the candidates for Marty Meehan's Fifth U.S. Congressional district will be there at an old-fashioned front-porch political campaign event moderated by our Town Moderator, Tom Raftery. The candidates are Democrats Niki Tsongas, Eileen Donaghue, Rep. Jamie Eldridge, Rep. Barry Finegold and Rep. James Micelli, and Republican James Ogonowski. Join the Carlisle Democratic and Republican Town Committees in their first-ever collaboration on a political event, and hear what they have to say about the war in Iraq, health care, senior needs and other issues of importance to you. There will be audience participation at this lively and informative discussion, so bring your questions and enthusiasm for democracy in action right here in Carlisle. A special thanks to Larry Bearfield of Ferns for his tireless work in organizing this event with us. We look forward to seeing you there!

Susan Stamps
Chair, Democratic Town Committee
Adam Waitkunas
Chair, Republican Town Committee

Consider senior housing

To the Editor:

Senior housing on the Benfield property was the focus of discussion at recent meetings of the Carlisle Housing Authority. As pointed out in the meetings, there are a number of compelling reasons to pursue senior rental housing on that site.

According to state 40B regulations, if a portion of the rentals are affordable, the entire complex counts toward the town's affordable housing requirement. This would be an obvious advantage in meeting Carlisle's requirement. Carlisle seniors would also benefit by having an opportunity to stay in Carlisle. And housing would not impact the school population.

Senior housing deserves serious consideration.

Gail Collins
South Street

Re: "Open" Letter from Carlisle teachers

To the Editor:

What a surprise this letter was! Especially surprising because it damages the entire community to say nothing of the unnamed but targeted individual(s). As a community, we have very high expectations for our children so why are we, the adults, modeling very poor, less-than-constructive practices?

The "open" letter from Carlisle teachers listing problems with no indication of solution, is a display of negative energy, venting at best, adding no value and generally damaging the entire community. Problems are never one-sided. Let's acknowledge, by taking the position that says: "Our problems are one-sided." We are only fooling ourselves. Those promoting this position must turn-around or leave Carlisle. Carlisle can not tolerate this practice. Nobody is benefiting.

Problems within a group belong to "everybody." Therefore "everybody" must take ownership of the issues and engage proactively in mutual, positive problem-solving. Let's stop the blame game, stop the parking lot vandalism, take mutual ownership of the issues and start mutual positive, active problem-solving.

Anything less is unacceptable and bottom-line is taking away from the town-wide goal to provide a first class education to Carlisle children.

Susan Lowell
Carroll Drive

[See "Carlisle teachers explain no confidence vote, Mosquito, June 15, 2007, page 6)

COA says thanks and seeks help

To the Editor:

The Carlisle Council on Aging would like to thank all the wonderful volunteers who organized and successfully implemented a fantastic Old Home Day. It was agreat day whichenhanced the feeling of community. We would also like to thank a very special young lady who found $10 on Old Home Day and, when she couldn't find the owner, quickly donated it to the Friends of the Council on Aging — a true sign of what an exceptional community we live in.

Finally, we would like to remind folks that we are always looking for volunteers.If you have an hour a week, month or year, please consider helping our seniors.We are in need of volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels (takes about one hour to pick up in Bedford and deliver to Carlisle resident[s]), and Friendly Drivers (take seniors to doctor appointments in the local area (Monday through Saturday).In addition, we have a list of other opportunities on our volunteer application which are put to use as the need arises (friendly visitors, friendly callers, office support, event support, photographer, food shopping support, medical appointment companion, computer support, intergenerational activities and more).If you have a skill or talent and would like to offer it to help the COA, please let us know and we will keep you in mind.If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities, stop by the COA office in Town Hall and pick up an application or call us at 1-978-371-2895 and we will mail one to you.Please note your availability (amount of time, days of week, or months you can help [example: you could help any day of the week, one hour a month from September - June.)Any and all support is greatly appreciated.

Angela Smith
Carlisle Council on Aging
Outreach Coordinator

Support senior housing on Benfield Land

To the Editor:

As a long-term Carlisle resident, I am writing to seek your support for building senior housing on the Benfield Land.

John Ballantine's extensive demographic study illustrating the rapid growth rate of Carlisle's senior population, supports the need for senior housing.

Let's give our seniors the opportunity to stay in town. Let's give our seniors the opportunity to continue their strong ties with the community.

Let's do the right thing and support the idea of senior housing on the Benfield Land.

Judy R. Larson
Forest Park Drive

Many thanks from Library Friends

To the Editor:

The Friends of the Gleason Public Library would like to thank the many citizens of Carlisle who helped make the recent Annual Used Book Sale a roaring success. It would not have been possible without your generosity. When we first moved here two years ago, I knew that we were extremely fortunate to have landed in such a special place surrounded by natural beauty and a true sense of community. Carlisleans helping Carlisleans is a theme I see repeated often in this town . . . my recent experience working with the book sale only reinforced this.

To those who donated so many books over the month of June, we thank you! Without your contribution, this sale never could have taken place. The variety and condition of the books was remarkable and we truly appreciate you releasing some of your collection to us. We would also like to thank the Historical Society for the use of their barn throughout the month of June. Another Carlisle organization, Old Home Day, was magical to be a part of. Always there to lend a helping hand, the OHD Committee was just one phone call away when needed.

And the volunteers . . . how can we thank the countless volunteers enough? From the schlepping of books from the library to the sorting site; hours upon hours of sorting and re-packing boxes; the masses who descended early Saturday morning and throughout the day; to the final cleanup and delivery of left-over books to needy charities . . . all administered with a smile and a sense of play and kinship that makes Carlisle and the Library, in particular, a marvelous place to be. Your hard work made this year's used book sale a pleasure.

Finally, a huge thanks to everyone who showed up for Old Home Day, stopped by the library and left with an armload of books. Your contributions will help continue to bring special programming and literature to the Gleason Public Library for all to enjoy. Enjoy your books and we will see you next year!

Kathleen Ryder
Vice President, Friends of the Gleason Public Library

2007 The Carlisle Mosquito