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Friday, September 19, 2008

“Give the man a break”

To the Editor:

Why do we keep on torturing Larry Bearfield? (“Controversy clouds Historical Commission meeting,” Mosquito, September 12). His store is a town treasure, the only place in Carlisle where you can buy anything other than a house. Has he not suffered enough (and spent enough money) in struggling to comply with the Historical Commission’s picayune, capricious and ever-changing requirements? “. . . ask his (Bearfield’s) architect to come up with an alternative treatment of the knee wall”? The last I heard, architects charge for revising their plans, no matter how nicely you ask.

Nobody wants Carlisle Center to look like Route 1 in Saugus, but is there any realistic danger of that? The Planning Board seems to be correctly and responsibly addressing issues of safety and traffic in the center, but the Historical Commission’s “concerns” border on the risible. Remember the brouhaha a few years ago over the little sign pointing the way to St. Irene Church? The Commission seems to want Ferns to be an exact reproduction of an 18th-century country store. Well, I’ve got news for you folks. That would mean his ‘n’ hers outhouses, a cuspidor in the corner and rum for a penny a glass, bring your own glass. Give the man a break, for crying out loud!

Roger Goulet
Westford Street

It’s still early days for Honor Roll plans

To the Editor:

We read with interest last week’s editorial by Marilyn Harte (“Questioning the Honor Roll Project on the Green”). While we greatly appreciate our community being kept abreast of this important project, we want to caution our townsfolk from reaching conclusions at these early stages.

Our project designers, Levi+Wong Design Associates of Concord, have been tasked with an incredibly complex project, not the least of which is the topography of the Town Common, which poses especially challenging problems. The design team of Levi+Wong have been meeting with our committee and helping us step through the design decision-making process.

While we applaud their creativity that challenges our thinking, we also credit them with their acceptance of the limitations we impose as we move along this deliberate process. We urge our townsfolk to understand that this important undertaking is one of education, exploration and discovery. We caution the Mosquito to recognize that the use of imprecise wording can create unsettled feelings. Words such as “grandiose, multiple memorial plazas, stone monuments and statues” are inaccurate in describing the committee’s intentions and conjure up imagery that is not in keeping with how we believe our Veterans Honor Roll should ultimately be designed. Instead, words like “quiet repose, understated, dignified, respect and use of natural materials” are all ones being used in the direction being taken.

During this early design development stage, we have expected and encouraged our designers to present a variety of approaches. Levi+Wong continues to surpass our expectations. The filtering process and the final design will be better for it. We can assure our community that our ultimate design options will be entirely in keeping with the fabric of our unique town.

We look forward to having the opportunity to discuss the Veterans Honor Roll options with all residents at an open meeting planned for early October. Meanwhile, we encourage all interested citizens to attend our regular meetings (1st & 3rd Thursdays, Town Hall) to observe firsthand this exciting design process underway.

Carlisle Veterans Honor Roll Committee

Doug Stevenson, chair
Larry Bearfield
Ned Berube
Alan Cameron
Alan Carpenito
Greg Fairbank


Upcoming League of Women Voters’ events

To the Editor:

The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle reaches out before election time to help residents educate themselves about issues and candidates and to encourage all citizens to exercise their right to vote. To cast your ballot in the November 4 State/Presidential Election, you must register to vote no later than October 15.

The League is sponsoring a voter registration table at each back-to-school night for the Carlisle and Concord public schools. In Carlisle, the League will staff a voter registration table at the Parents’ Nights on September 25 (Elementary School) and October 2 (Middle School). The League’s voter registration session at CCHS will start at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria on the September 22 back-to-school night. We hope to see you there.

The League encourages voters to learn about the candidates on the November 4 ballot. Online resources include and, both sponsored by the non-partisan League of Women Voters. Local Leagues also sponsor candidate debates that help voters learn about those running for office. The candidates events described below are free and open to the public.

The Concord-Carlisle League will hold a Candidates Forum on Sunday, October 19, at 3 p.m. at the Concord Town House. The State Representative candidates for the 14th Middlesex District, Rep. Cory Atkins (D) and Mr. Richard McClure (I), will present themselves to the voters and respond to questions. Nancy Carapezza of Wayland will moderate.

The November 4 ballot also features a State Senate race in our district (3rd Middlesex). The opponents in that race, Sen. Susan Fargo (D) and Ms. Sandra Martinez (R), will participate in a candidates’ night sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Sudbury on Tuesday, October 14, 7:30 p.m., at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan, issues-oriented organization of women and men of all ages and backgrounds. More information is available at We urge all of your readers to vote on November 4. Democracy is not a spectator sport!

Erin Pastuszenski
Communications Director
League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle
Crescent Road, Concord

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