The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 6, 2008


Denied applicant gets to have his cake and eat it too

To the Editor:

Let me fully understand the following:

A) Applicant is finally denied building a 130-foot girded wind turbine at the highest spot of his lawn;

B) After denial, Selectmen, without first ascertaining if this is a true issue concerning the residents of Carlisle, spring into action to appease applicant, thereby taking the monkey off its back, by forming a “wind-turbine subcommittee,” appointing denied applicant to the committee, and;

C) Denied applicant is currently writing the proposed bylaws for that committee.

Are we not putting the cart before the horse and how come a denied applicant now gets to propose wind turbine bylaws. Is this not a conflict of interest?

Rhonda F. Sheffield
Heald Road


Big Dig II?

To the Editor:

I would like to encourage Carlisle residents to join me in contacting the Massachusetts officials listed below and asking them to accelerate their reconstruction of Flint’s Bridge on Monument Street in Concord. The state, and not the Town of Concord, is entirely responsible for the management and construction of this building project. As you may have read, state officials have indicated that this bridge will not be reopened until sometime in 2010 even though it is one of the two key access routes to Concord from Carlisle. Such a turtle-paced construction schedule will disrupt traffic flows and create other inconveniences for far too long.

As just one point of reference, the 6,450-foot, multi-lane Golden Gate Bridge in California was built hundreds of feet over treacherous waters in a little over four years from 1933-1937. In contrast, this Concord bridge is a two-lane road built a few feet over a small and tranquil river. Is the state highway department really so inefficient that it needs two full years to reconstruct such a simple bridge?

Given the advanced technology currently available, it is truly pathetic that this bridge cannot be completed by the end of this year, 2008. But to suggest that it will not be completed until sometime in 2010 - yes, 2010 - is beyond the pale! The state should be ashamed of its slow-as-molasses construction forecast.

Fortunately, State Representative Cory Atkins shares these concerns and has promised to use her leverage to prod state officials to improve upon their current embarrassing schedule. I hope that you will join us in putting pressure on the following officials to commit to having the bridge completed and reopened no later than the Fall of 2009. Let’s not allow this small bridge project to become known as Big Dig II!

Jay Luby
Woodbine Road

Joint Committee on Transportation
Senator Steven Baddour, Senate Chairman
Tel: 617-722-1604

Representative Joseph Wagner, House Chairman
Tel: 617-722-2400
MassHighway District 4 (Arlington)

Patricia A. Leavenworth, P.E., District Highway Director
Tel: (781) 641-8300
Fax: (781) 646-5115
519 Appleton St.
Arlington, MA 02476

Massachusetts Highway Department Commissioner
Luisa M. Paiewonsky,
Tel: (617) 973-7800
Fax: (617) 973-8040
Massachusetts Highway Department
10 Park Plaza, Suite 3170
Boston, MA 02116

Secretary of Transportation Bernard Cohen,
Executive Office of Transportation
10 Park Plaza, Suite 3170
Boston, MA 02116
Tel: (617) 973-7000
Fax: (617) 523-6454


Come to Pass It Forward Day

To the Editor:

Pass It Forward Day is a wonderful new tradition in Carlisle held at the Transfer Station to help people in great need. On Saturday, June 7, Household Goods Recycling Ministry, Inc. (HGRM) will park its large truck next to the Swap Shed to receive items for people either coming out of homeless shelters or living on the edge of poverty. We seek everything a family needs to set up an apartment. Our client families are sent to HGRM by referral from over 225 social service agencies within a 50-mile radius. When you haven’t had a home of your own, you need the basics: bureaus, beds, clean mattresses, bedding, towels, silverware, dishes, glasses, small tables, lamps, pots and pans. We also accept decorative items that lift people’s spirits after having been through such rough times.  Recently, I worked with a client who was wearing camouflage pants cut off at the knee. He walked with difficulty as he guided a young girl around our warehouse. He needed a table so that she could do her homework. “She’s coming to live with me, now that I am out of the hospital.” “Have you been serving our country?” I asked. “I rode a tank into Baghdad, and then got blown up a bit” and pulled out his tags to show me his military ID. They found their table, and went on their way. Carlisle residents are invited to tour HGRM any morning, Monday through Saturday, at 530 Main Street in Acton. Please go to for complete details on what we accept and where these items go. Carlisle residents Dave and JoAnn Driscoll, Sally Waite, Carol and John Foster and I will be waiting in the corner to receive your donations next Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  These are tough times and we are seeing more homeless families each month. Please help us help them. 

Jill Henderson
Sunset Road

Thanks for Wash-A-Fire-Truck Day

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Carlisle Parents Connection, I would like to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation of the Carlisle Fire Department, who gave many of Carlisle’s youngest a chance to get up-close and personal with our town’s awesome firefighters and fire engines during last Saturday’s “Wash-A-Fire-Truck” event. Thank you to firefighters David Newman, J.J. Supple, Richard Sibley, John Bernardin, Matt Svatek, Eric Moseley and Doug Stevenson, who helped our little ones navigate the washing equipment and answered questions as well.

Deb Kablotsky
Chair, Carlisle Parents Connection
Nickles Lane



“Edible” art gallery at Old Home Day

To the Editor:

I’d like to invite all you creative Carlisleans to start envisioning your masterpiece for the “Culinary Critters” display on Old Home Day on Saturday, June 28. Since this year’s theme is “The Critters of Carlisle,” the OHD Committee thought it would be fun to include a display of animal-inspired sculptures made entirely of edible ingredients: cucumbers, raisins, kumquats, goat cheese, blancmange – the possibilities are endless! (No cakes or pies, please; those items have their own venues.) We won’t actually be eating these works of art, so it’s okay to use a little glue and a few toothpicks to hold things together. Please drop off your creation at the “gallery,” located in the Carlisle School cafeteria, between 9 and 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 28. For more information, please contact me at 1-978-369-8767 or

Lisa Lofdahl
Peter Hans Road

CSA thanks spring luncheon volunteers

To the Editor:

The annual Spring CSA luncheon was held on Tuesday, June 3 to honor the outstanding work of the Carlisle Public School’s teachers and staff.

The luncheon would not have been possible without the generous support of our school community. We would like to thank each and every parent who prepared the delicious salads, main courses, and desserts, as well as those who made the monetary donations. We also extend special thanks to those who helped set up, serve, and clean up the dining room: Mary Kirlin, Seema Peterson, Ann Jackson, Peg Gladstone, Wendy Powell, Vicki Woodworth, Michael Connelly, Celia Zimmerman, Joanna Quinlan, Amy Fennick, Laurie Jimenez, Liz Jewell, Trisha Massicott, Carolyn Kiel, Marion Goodale and Casey Smith.

If you have not yet picked up your serving pieces, please contact Kristie Ridick at 1-978-369-2399 or Thank you again to all those who helped make the luncheon a big success.

Kristie Ridick and Stephanie Shenton
CSA Luncheon Coordinators


Thanks for LoCaL support

To the Editor:

On Thursday, May 29, a group of enthusiastic and engaged residents gathered to learn about the Low Carbon Living (LoCaL) program for reducing household carbon emissions (CO2), with the added benefit of cutting personal energy costs in the process. During the information session, participants were given concrete examples of how day to day practices and consumer choices regarding household systems (heating, cooling, lighting) and transportation can make a real difference to the environment and their wallets.

As a result of this meeting, LoCaL teams will begin forming in Carlisle this month. Additional LoCaL information sessions are being planned for the fall. Carlisle is off to a great start on a CO2 reduction path, thanks to the pioneering spirit of the residents who have signed on to become a part of LoCaL: Carlisle.

In addition to thanking the community members who attended Thursday’s information session, I would also like to acknowledge the generous donation of reusable grocery and produce bags provided by Whole Foods Bedford, given out to audience members at the end of the session.

LoCaL: Carlisle is sponsored by Carlisle Climate Action and the FRS Environmental Action Committee. Information and contact information regarding LoCaL: Carlisle is posted on the Carlisle Climate Action web site:

Launa Zimmaro
Lowell Street

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