The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 26, 2008

Selectmen approve Ferns expansion

After an intense summer of public meetings involving all major town boards, the Board of Selectmen (BOS), at its September 23 meeting, authorized the proposed site plan for Ferns Country Store with ten conditions. Store proprietor Larry Bearfield breathed a sigh of relief and thanked the board. It is not that the approval came without serious discussion and ...more

Busy week as Fire Dept. provides mutual aid three times

By noon this past Sunday, the Carlisle Fire Department had returned from the latest of three mutual aid calls within five days. Firefighters responded to one call for assistance from Lincoln and two from Concord. ...more

Police find cannabis plants on North Road

Responding to a call on September 4, Carlisle Police investigated a report of marijuana cultivation at 659 North Road. They found and collected what they believe to be cannabis growing in 12 plastic pots, two of them with three-foot-tall plants and the rest with smaller plants. The property, located near Rutland Street, is owned and rented by the state, though ...more

Verrills plan to rebuild after fire destroys farmstand

Fire engulfed the Verrill Farmstand on Wheeler Road in Concord on Saturday, September 20, destroying the 5,000-square foot structure, but the business has quickly rebounded. “We’re open now,” said Stephen Verrill, one of the owners of the farm business. He said they pulled out and began using the original farmstand that rests on the chassis of a 1940 ...more

Gleason Restoration Committee begins applicant review

There were smiles all around at the September 18 meeting of the Gleason Library Building Restoration Committee as members expressed their pleasure at the number and quality of the applications received in response to the recently released Request for Qualifications (RFQ). Last May, Town Meeting voted $40,000 in Community Preservation Act funds to assess the ...more

Shorts from the Planning Board, September 22

• Carriage Way. The Selectmen had requested a Planning Board recommendation on the proposal to accept Carriage Way as a public road. At a prior meeting, member Marc Lamere reported that two small oaks along the roadway were not doing well. Before moving forward on their recommendation, the Board requested that Planning Administrator George Mansfield ask developer ...more

Getting to know Dr. Joyce Mehaffey, Carlisle School’s Middle School Principal

From her office window, new Carlisle Middle School Principal Dr. Joyce Mehaffey likes looking out on the school plaza, which is flooded with students throughout the day. “I really enjoy children of all ages,” she said. Mehaffey joined the school in July, replacing acting Middle School Principal Jim Halliday. One of her first actions was to rearrange her ...more

Shorts from the Carlisle School Committee, Sept. 17

• Fifth grade. At the September 17 meeting of the Carlisle School Committee Middle School Principal Joyce Mehaffey reported on the addition of fifth graders to the Student Council. “The fifth graders have always been in somewhat of a limbo,” she explained. “They are on the middle school schedule, but they can’t do a lot of things.” In a meeting ...more

Regional planners meet with Rail Trail supporters

The Clark Room at Town Hall brimmed with friends of the Bruce Freeman and Assabet River Rail Trails when Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC) discussed proposed changes in state transportation planning and funding. In addition to Carlisle members of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail (BFRT) group, representatives from Concord, Sudbury and Lincoln ...more

Teachers share insights on students to ease grade transition

On Tuesday, September 16, the first early release day, all Carlisle teachers met to share information about students. An early release day is a half day for the students, but an afternoon of professional development for the teachers. ...more


Carlisle’s Building Commissioner’s name is John Luther, not John Kennedy as erroneously appeared in last week’s issue in “Carlisle looks at wind turbines.” The Mosquito regrets the error. ∆ ...more

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