The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 4, 2008

The cost of Coventry Woods

To the Editor:

The developer has decided to let the option on 22.6 acres known as Coventry Woods expire, but who pays the damages? Additionally, who can really assess the damages? The nightmare saga started three years ago for the wildlife and abutters. We all lost, and lost in a dramatic and painful way.

The salamanders left first…I found them after the first incursions by the developer. They were camped by our swimming pool, by the hundreds. At that time I didn’t realize I should have been cataloging them, and perhaps doing a count, as we do for the bird population.

Tensions pitted neighbor against neighbor and husband against wife. At least two abutters at times had to stay home from meetings due to impaired health. I personally experienced this.

One family, after years of living in Carlisle, moved.

Everyone spent a great deal of money to protect their water and septic systems.

The paths we walked with our grandchildren are gone.

Can you put a price on all this? Can the price of greed and intolerance for natural assets be truly calculated? The developer Bruce Wheeler (he calls his company Habitech), Mark O’Hagan and the owner of the land, Pasquale Rotondo, do not have to repair any of the damage. This is the case so far. The invasion is over, but the holes, destroyed trees, standing pipes and wide paths of destruction remain.

Joan Parker

Russell Street

Try this web site

To the Editor:

From an obscure reference (#19) on an obscure list I have found a true gem.

To everyone who loves words, word derivations, puns, and dictionaries, go directly to

  You choose a word, from multiple choices, that best defines the word given. If you get it right, you get a harder word; if wrong you get an easier word. For each word you define correctly, two grains of rice are donated to the U.N. World Food program! It’s a vocabulary builder, a challenge and helps relieve world hunger through the U.N.

Click on the OPTIONS tag and you can ask for words at Level 1 - Level 55, although it’s rare to get much above level 48. The early levels are for people learning the language or younger students who can play this too. I got to level 49 my first outing, and earned 3,400 grains of rice!  It’s fun! Put it on your Favorites list.

  The FAQ tag tells you that a team of professional lexicographers continuously adds words to the database so we won’t run out. The “totals” tag will record your totals every time you play. It also tells you how many grains were earned each day and the overall total since they started on October 7, 2007. That’s 24,505,809,630 in case you wondered. Today’s total by noon was 137,548,240, of which 3,400 is mine!

  Let the Mosquito know if you go there and enjoy it. And pass it on to all your good friends.

And let us know how many grains of rice are in one pound!

Phyllis W. Hughes

Church Street

Are “our” turkeys “your” turkeys?

To the Editor:

We live on Cross Street near Route 225 and have been enjoying “our” turkey processions for several months. Our turkeys always travel in a group. Normally there are eight in this group, but recently we have sometimes had nine or eleven, with the addition of extra males. Often one male is with seven females.

The turkeys generally arrive in the early morning and return late afternoon, but sometimes they vary their schedule for mid-day. The attraction at our house is the birdseed they find. The turkeys might stay up to two hours scratching up the wood chips. After leaving our house, they check out the immediate neighbors then head back across the street through the woods towards Acton Street. Towards the end of the feeding time, some of them will just roost on the wood rail fence or wander away from the group.

Lately we’ve been amused by the dominant male who puffs up to attract the ladies who completely ignore him. We wonder how he’ll get enough to eat just strutting around. The past few days he is back in the eating mode, so maybe his display has already been rewarded elsewhere and we’ll see junior turkeys in a few months.

Where do “our” turkeys roost at night? Who else shares our group? We’ve been told there are turkey groups with up to 30 in them in town. If you e-mail me (href=""> or call to let me know about your turkeys, I’ll report back with a mini-map of Carlisle turkeys.

Bobby Lyman

Cross Street

Having an impact

To the Editor:

Our thanks to the Mosquito for the great coverage, and to so many of you for your participation in the Green Energy Legislative Forum of March 17. Together, we are working to select the future.

Mike Hanauer

for Carlisle Climate Action

Long Ridge Road

Join A Liveable Carlisle Community

To the Editor:

A Liveable Carlisle Community (LCC) invites all Carlisle residents to join in community-wide conversations as part of A Day of Community: Carlisle Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow on Saturday morning, April 5, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. until noon, in the cafeteria of the Carlisle Public School.

From two community meetings a year ago and from research of past planning efforts in Carlisle as LCC prepared for this event, we’ve found that the issues that concern residents have remained pretty consistent. With your help, we hope to have focused discussions about what has worked in the past, what holds us together as a community today and what we can do to maintain our strengths and improve our community for tomorrow.

Representatives of town government and various community groups have expressed an interest in participating. Please join them and us on April 5. There will be refreshments and a small play area for children. We encourage families to attend.

Susan Bacher David Freedman Deb Belanger Roy Green

John Ballantine

Angela Mollet

Kathy Coyle Marje Stickler

Marlene Fine

Tend to West Street, please

To the Editor:

Now that the Mosquito (March 28 edition) has presented us with a front page visual of a car flipped onto its roof on West Street, is it not high time for the town to address the atrocious condition of this road? As a nine-year West Street resident and a $500-per-week property taxpayer, I am outraged that this heavily-traveled commuter road remains in such a deplorable state year in and year out.

Residents are subjected to treacherous winter driving situations caused by both the winding road itself and sub-standard management of snow and ice. Come spring, we navigate throngs of cyclists who ride in the middle of the road to avoid the countless potholes. Large puddles form everywhere, a result of poor road and driveway drainage, setting the stage for head-on collisions between two lanes of cars trying to share a very narrow space. Excessive vehicle speed is always a factor, particularly during morning and evening drive time. Walking on the road is indeed a frightening experience.

This recent rollover is not the first on West Street. Two years ago, my daughter stopped to assist and call for help for a high school girl who had also hit black ice and flipped her car into a ditch at the side of the road. Because of these dangerous road conditions, I no longer drive on West Street to travel to Concord. Instead I use the smoothly-paved Acton Street out to Route 225, and take the “long way around.” As a wife and mother, I pray for the safety of my family when they have to use West Street to get to work and school. Is the town waiting for a fatal bicycle or vehicle accident to spur action on this problem? I implore the powers-that-be to take whatever steps are necessary to remedy these dreadful conditions immediately. Complete repaving of West Street is long overdue. What is one of Carlisle’s loveliest roads has undoubtedly become one of its most dangerous, and the proof is in the picture.

Patricia Kilfoyle

West Street

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