The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 14, 2007

"Have we forgotten the real goal of the Benfield purchase?"

To the Editor:

Back in January of 2004, editorial writer Marilyn Harte observed, "Well back from the road in a densely wooded area is land on which affordable housing units could be built, far from neighboring residential areas."

This was a major selling point of the Benfield purchase, that affordable housing could be sited there, with sizeable buffer zones and minimal impact on abutters.

An informational brochure sent out by CCF in 2004 stated repeatedly that there were to be wide buffers, a maximum of 26 units, and no housing on the front field. Only once in the same brochure is the matter of 13 units per year as protection from 40B developers mentioned. Apparently, CCF thought that minimal impact on neighbors and maintaining South Street's rural character were important.

The dynamics of this project have changed. Originally the Selectmen determined that a maximum of 26 units would be located on 15 acres in the back, with wide buffers. Now the land area designated for housing is in the front and consists of only 4.71 acres, which includes wetlands. This causes the housing to be pushed towards abutters with minimal buffer.

Ms. Harte is correct when she states that the Town voted to build a maximum of 26 units, but has she forgotten the goals of minimal impact and wide buffers or has she just forgotten her fellow Carlisleans on South Street?

Alan Carpenito
South Street

Author's note: The writer is an abutter to the Benfield land, a Selectman, a Housing Trust member, a former Benfield Task Force member, and a reader of all Mosquito editorials.

Donate to Wilson Andreassen Gift Fund

To the Editor:

This past spring the Carlisle Board of Selectmen voted to establish memorials for long-time Carlisle residents Waldo and Esther Wilson and their daughter Sarah Andreassen. These three individuals combined had over 100 years of service to our community: Waldo as Carlisle's first Fire Chief from 1927 to 1979 and as Town Accountant for more than 50 years; Esther as Carlisle's one-woman dispatcher for over 40 years; and Sarah as Town Clerk and Town Accountant for over a quarter of a century. We intend to honor the service and dedication of these true Carlisle heroes by placing commemorative plaques and other memorabilia at the Fire Station, the Dispatch Center and at the Town Hall. These fitting tributes will be funded privately; your donation will help make them a reality. Any contributions will be greatly appreciated. Please help us to ensure the memories of the Wilson and Andreassen families are appropriately honored.

Your donation may be sent to: Town of Carlisle, 66 Westford Road, Carlisle, MA 01741 with checks payable to: The Wilson Andreassen Gift Fund. Thank you.

Douglas Stevenson
Carlisle Board of Selectmen
Cross Street

Donate to Wilson Andreassen Gift Fund

To the Editor:

This past spring the Carlisle Board of Selectmen voted to establish memorials for long-time Carlisle residents Waldo and Esther Wilson and their daughter Sarah Andreassen. These three individuals combined had over 100 years of service to our community: Waldo as Carlisle's first Fire Chief from 1927 to 1979 and as Town Accountant for more than 50 years; Esther as Carlisle's one-woman dispatcher for over 40 years; and Sarah as Town Clerk and Town Accountant for over a quarter of a century. We intend to honor the service and dedication of these true Carlisle heroes by placing commemorative plaques and other memorabilia at the Fire Station, the Dispatch Center and at the Town Hall. These fitting tributes will be funded privately; your donation will help make them a reality. Any contributions will be greatly appreciated. Please help us to ensure the memories of the Wilson and Andreassen families are appropriately honored.

Your donation may be sent to: Town of Carlisle, 66 Westford Road, Carlisle, MA 01741 with checks payable to: The Wilson Andreassen Gift Fund. Thank you.

Douglas Stevenson
Carlisle Board of Selectmen
Cross Street

Classified appreciation

To the Editor:

I thank the Carlisle Mosquito for publishing my request to hire a responsible 15-year-old for yard work. Over the summer I secured many interesting jobs and met very interesting and nice people. I appreciate the support from the Carlisle Mosquito and all of my clients. I have saved the money that I earned this summer to help pay for my trip to Spain and Portugal scheduled for next June. While there I will play my oboe with the Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble. Thank you all for all of your support and help.

Tyler Struss
Chelmsford


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