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Friday, May 16, 2008


Override passes at Town Election: Contested races won by Tice, Williams, Fink, Salemy and Rosas

Voters on Tuesday, May 13, approved a $251,610 levy-limit override by a margin of 375 to 246. With passage of the override to support the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School in addition to the FY09 budget passed at Town Meeting on May 5, Carlisle residents face a 3.7% increase in real estate taxes in the coming year. ...more

Planning Board looks at year-end finances

Budget balancing may affect the Planning Board’s staffing level for the rest of the town’s fiscal year, and at the May 12 meeting the board was dismayed at having planning functions possibly curtailed. Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie has requested that the board’s Administrative Assistant Gretchen Caywood’s weekly hours be cut back to 15 from the ...more

Superintendent Doyle praised in performance evaluation

Carlisle School Committee (CSC) Chair Nicole Burkel presented Superintendent Marie Doyle’s favorable performance evaluation at the School Committee meeting on May 7. School Committee member Dale Ryder suggested a change in the process for future years, noting she had not been given a copy of the final evaluation prior to the May 7 CSC meeting. The annual ...more

Brush fire scorches Great Brook trail

Mother’s Day celebrations were interrupted last Sunday afternoon when the Carlisle Fire Department rushed to a brush fire at Great Brook Farm State Park. About a mile into the woods on the Woodchuck Trail, an area about 100 by 60 feet was actively burning. The trail is a popular but rugged bicycle and hiking path, crossing over streams and leading to a high ...more

ConsCom weighs duties to protect land and water in Fiske Street plan

The public hearing continued at the May 8 meeting of the Conservation Commission (ConsCom) for John Ballantine’s proposal to construct a second single family house on his ten-acre parcel at 268 Fiske Street. Discussion centered on the complexities of a site where the entire project area is in a wetland buffer zone yet all but one of the ten acres are protected ...more

Planning Board shorts, May 12

• Hanover Hill Subdivision. At the continued public hearing on the Hanover Hill subdivision, the board granted Common Driveway Special Permits for the five common driveways within the 35 lot, 167.31 acre subdivision. ...more

Conservation Commission shorts, May 8

• Hanover Hill. The Conservation Commission (ConsCom) closed the public hearing on May 8 for the 35-lot Westford Street subdivision where the proposed work includes construction of a roadway and three common driveways with associated grading and drainage systems. At its May 22 meeting, the commission will discuss permit ...more

NStar offers green energy option

Electric utility NStar announced on May 1 a new “NStar Green” program to allow customers to buy their electricity from renewable energy sources, specifically, wind farms, for a small surcharge. Participation will reduce the need to burn fossil fuels (oil, natural gas, coal), reducing greenhouse gas emissions that create global warming. ...more

Shorts from the Carlisle School Committee, May 7

Outdoor education. Middle School Principal Jim Halliday praised the sixth-grade outdoor education program when he spoke at the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) meeting on May 7. Attending outdoor education for the first time this spring, he called it a “fantastic program.” ...more comes to Carlisle

A new community tool for Carlisle is now online. It’s called It is an independent, commercial web site where people can find information and discuss issues related to the local schools. “SchoolPulse was created to strengthen school communities by providing a user-friendly web site where our school community can gather online to get organized, ...more

Efforts to combat school bullying make gains at the Carlisle School

The Carlisle School is finishing its third year of an anti-bullying program, and it appears to be working, according to Elementary Principal Patrice Hurley. Results of a student and teacher survey show an overall 10% decrease in reported bullying behavior for all grades compared to previous surveys. ...more

Agendas for upcoming town committees and board meetings ConsCom agenda for Thursday, May 22

7:30 Minutes, bills, agenda items ...more

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