The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 28, 2007


The Carlisle School Committee (CSC) voted on September 19 to support the school expansion plan known as Option 3, modified with additional classrooms replacing the office space originally reserved for the Council on Aging (COA) and the Recreation Commission (RecCom). The estimated project cost is $28 million. For the September 25 Selectmen discussion of the ...more

The Carlisle School Committee (CSC) voted to retain control of the land under the Highland Building for possible future school use, and to request that the Selectmen form an ad hoc committee to quickly address the future of the building. The CSC set a deadline: the ad hoc committee is to develop a recommendation to the School Committee "for the removal ...more

An event two decades in the making, the groundbreaking ceremony for Phase 1 construction of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail will be held next week in Chelmsford. The public celebration will be held at Chelmsford's Old Town Hall (on Route 4 in the center of town) at 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 4. The ceremony will include remarks given by MassHighway ...more

For over ten years, the Concord and Carlisle Boards of Selectmen, Finance Committees and the Regional School Committee have met at the beginning of the budget season to understand needs and constraints of each town and the shared high school. By the end of this year's meeting on September 20, it was clear that Concord's fiscal picture is considerably rosier ...more

The establishment in Carlisle of one or more group homes for those with developmental disabilities would allow these individuals to remain close to family and community while satisfying 40B requirements for affordability at limited cost. That was the message brought by Kitty Small, regional program specialist, and Mary Beth Coyne, regional director, of the ...more

A review of local septic regulations above and beyond those of the state was revisited by the Board of Health on Tuesday, September 25. Carlisle has had supplemental regulations since the 1980s, with the last revision done in 1998. ...more

Chairman Michael Epstein opened the public hearing on the application for a special permit and site plan approval for a personal wireless communication facility to be located in the steeple of the First Religious Society (FRS) at 27 School Street. Attorney Edward D. Pare, Jr. (Brown and Rudnick), Muhammad Ibrahim (radio frequency engineer) and Joe Pereira ...more

On September 5, the Office of the Attorney General certified a citizen petition to repeal state law Chapter 40B. If the proponents can secure the more than 66,000 voter signatures necessary, the repeal initiative will be on the November 2008 ballot in Massachusetts. ...more

At the September 24 Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) meeting, two candidates were introduced to the board: Bill Morgan and Kerry Kissinger. Morgan is a senior management consultant with experience in product development and engineering management. He is currently winding down his private consulting practice and now has time to offer community ...more

The Carlisle School Building Committee (SBC) defended their call for a Special Town Meeting when they met with the Board of Selectmen (BOS) on September 25. The purpose of their request to vote on $3 million in design funds is for a Carlisle School project expected to cost $28.5 million. Although the BOS was generally supportive of the need, uncertainty about ...more

Jennifer Lipton is the newest school psychologist at the Carlisle School, covering grades K — 2, an age she says she enjoys very much. ...more

"There's a lot here I really like," concluded Tim Hult, Board of Selectmen (BOS) chair, after hearing Alan Lehotsky's presentation of the Housing Authority plan for moving forward with 26 units of senior affordable housing on the Benfield Land on South Street. He spoke for the BOS in thanking the Housing Authority and Assistant Administrator Elizabeth ...more

It was the Planning Board's turn, on September 24, to hear the Pedestrian and Bike Safety Committee (also known as the Pathways Committee) request for permits needed for completion of the footpath project. Deb Belanger, member of the Pathways Committee, presented an application to remove certain trees and short sections of stonewall along the town's right-of-way ...more

The Carlisle School Committee (CSC) formally voted on September 19 to spend $28,000 for the continued consulting services of John Littleford, the facilitator who met with administrators, a small group of teachers and the CSC on August 31. Details of the process were debated, including the challenge of assuring that teachers feel comfortable making candid comments ...more

Residents may be pleasantly surprised to open the tax bill this week and learn that the increase in excess of 7% that was predicted at Spring Town Meeting has not materialized. However, the increase is simply delayed and will be reflected in the January and April bills for the last two quarters of FY08. ...more

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