Friday, October 31, 2008
Come to Honor Roll meeting
To the Editor:
The Carlisle Honor Roll Committee cordially invites you to an Honor Roll/Memorial Design Dialogue to be held on Thursday, November 6, 8 p.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. The Honor Roll Committee has been working with the firm Levi+Wong of Concord over the past months and is excited to offer this additional opportunity for broad public input into an important component of Carlisle Center and the Town Common in particular. We look forward to giving all interested parties a chance to trace our design concept evolution thus far and share ideas with the committee and the design team. In addition, the members of the community are always invited to attend our regularly scheduled meetings which will resume following this special session.
Doug Stevenson, Chair
No need for alcohol sales in Carlisle
To the Editor:
Normally I am content to let the votes fall where they may, but when an appeal for help with Ferns’ alcohol license appeared on the Boy Scout mailing list, I thought I should speak up. Are we really considering awarding an alcohol monopoly to Ferns? Carlisle does not need a monopoly outlet for a limited variety of overpriced beer and wine.
This would be a great benefit for Ferns, but it will not improve the town. If anything, it will bring additional costs to the town, and there is already sufficient alcohol supply available nearby. Those who can’t make their way to existing outlets just a few miles away probably should wait a day. Of course, it will be a great convenience for those out on the annual spring mailbox-smashing event.
No doubt Ferns’ management would reply that they will be scrupulous in applying the law and good judgment to their sales. We all can recall the 60-degree meat cooler fiasco, which dragged on for months and required a threat of shutdown to resolve. I don’t expect management’s judgment on alcohol sales to be any better.
It won’t be a monopoly, you say? So, are we asked to approve a series of liquor stores in Carlisle, providing healthy competition?
Ferns’ management is entitled to evolve their offering so that it meets the needs of their customers, but there is no automatic entitlement to change the business into something else. The garage will be torn down eventually, its original purpose having long since passed, and something better will replace it. Perhaps they could start by putting in a decent bathroom. After all, it is a restaurant, serving food and offering seating.
Finally, I’m sure the management did not intentionally target the Boy Scouts, but guerrilla marketing brings unintended consequences. Allowing alcohol sales in Carlisle will also bring unintended consequences. These can easily be avoided by voting “no” next Tuesday.
Support for Atkins and Fargo
To the Editor:
Government is a critical partner in our civic affairs. This fall we have learned more than we like, how important our local, state and national governments are in the management of our financial economy and everyday life. The question, of course, is what is the role of our representative government? Today, the election and debate is about the details of that role in regard to education, health care, safety, social services, energy and infrastructure.
Our responsibility as citizens is to vote and participate in our democracy, so that we can shape our partnership with government. Many of us participate in town committees and town activities, and some of us have been quite active in the current presidential campaigns. And a few in town know our Democratic state representative and senator who actively help shape the priorities of the Commonwealth.
Cory Atkins and Susan Fargo frequently attend town forums, fundraisers and other activities in town. They listen to our concerns and relay to us the constraints and the debates in the State House. We are lucky to have such dedicated public servants who care about our towns and the Commonwealth.
On November 4, I will vote with enthusiasm for Cory and Susan, who work tirelessly for us at the State House. And I will support Obama and Biden with a strong sense of hope and rejuvenation. The challenges that we face are daunting. We are lucky to have leaders who are willing to serve, but they will only be as good as our individual and collective efforts to build a better town, state, country and world.
So let us rededicate ourselves to the vitality of our democracy and our country. We have our work cut out.
Last minute voting reminders
To the Editor:
As we approach the home stretch in this very long campaign I have a few last minute reminders for all voters.
1. Absentee ballots will be available at the counter in the Town Clerk’s Office until noon on Monday, November 3, 2008. It will then be too late to mail any absentee ballots, but voters may cast their ballot at the counter provided they fill out the application by noon and meet the requirements. All absentee ballots must be returned to the Clerk’s Office by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4, 2008. Ballots being mailed from overseas must be postmarked by November 4, 2008, but they are allowed ten (10) additional days to be delivered in order to count in the final tally.
2. Refrain from wearing or bringing any election paraphernalia or clothing to the polls. This includes large signage on your vehicles. Voters wearing something that visibly supports a candidate or a ballot question will be asked to remove these items or don one of the jackets we will have at the check-in tables. Remember to return the jackets when you leave. You may bring notes or the ballot from the Carlisle Mosquito to remember how to record your ballot, but please take these materials with you when you leave.
3. We expect a larger crowd than the 95.25% turnout at the 2004 Presidential Election. Since our current voting pool is larger, an increased percentage will mean an extensive increase in the actual number of voters. We welcome every voter but warn that the parking lot may be difficult to navigate during the busiest parts of the day. Efforts to carpool, bike or walk to the polls would be greatly appreciated.
4. In the past we have always had excited but civil crowds and we expect that trend to continue. So please come and have a good time, but keep in mind that you need to refrain from conversing while holding your ballot and should move through the voting stations as quickly as possible while still taking the time necessary to thoughtfully cast your ballot.
When I speak with Town Clerks from other cities and towns, they are always very impressed with the size of our turnouts and the number of volunteers willing to work on Election Day. Please enjoy your day and later, if you have the opportunity, please give our dedicated workers the thanks they so richly deserve! In the Clerk’s Office we work very hard to organize this day so that it will be as efficient and thorough as possible. See you next Tuesday.
Charlene M. Hinton
Spooky Movie announced
To the Editor:
After careful review by members of the Carlisle Police Department, with a final vote by D.A.R.E. Officer, Ron Holsinger, the movie An American Haunting has been chosen for Spooky Movie Night on the Common. The movie, rated PG-13 and starring Donald Sutherland, Sissy Spacek and Rachel Hurd-Wood, has just enough of a scare factor to make it a fun, enjoyable night for the kids. If parents are interested in previewing the movie they can go to: www.pluggedinonline.com/movies/movies/a0002677.cfm.
As a reminder, the event is free, open to Carlisle Middle School and older Carlisle kids and will be shown Halloween night at 7:30 p.m. on the Town Common. The Carlisle Police Association is pleased to present Spooky Movie Night both as way that we can give back to the community and to provide our Carlisle kids with a safe, controlled alternative on Halloween night. Parents and adults without kids at home are encouraged to dress up in a scary costume and join in the fun. The added adult support will also help keep an eye on the goings on!
Sgt. Scott Barnes
for the Carlisle Police Association
Ed. Note: In case of rain, go to Union Hall at FRS.
Time to cut taxes
To the Editor:
The world is in turmoil. All of us are feeling the pain. But year over year the only thing that happens in Carlisle is that real estate taxes go up. This is not prudent financial management, and is unheard of even in the best-run companies. It is now time to intelligently focus on where and how we can cut taxes so that Carlisle continues to be a place affordable to all and not just for the wealthiest amongst us. Your thoughts?
Come to CEF fundraiser
To the Editor:
Is the social highpoint of your week a Saturday morning trip to the dump? Are your conversations with other parents limited to the time it takes to pick your kids up from school before you whisk them off to their after-school activities? If you drive enough to empty your tank but never leave Carlisle or Concord, then it’s time for a night out! The Carlisle Education Foundation’s Annual Auction and Dinner Dance is Saturday, November 15, at the International in Bolton. It’s a fun evening where you finally get a chance to talk to other parents, uninterrupted. And it’s a great fundraiser for the school. The proceeds of past auctions have funded five electronic white boards, several mobile Mac labs, the pilot and second years of World Language for kindergarten through fifth grade, and the district’s membership to Primary Source – an amazing program where teachers can take classes to expand their global awareness. I hope to see you there!
Rutland StreetThink again about mosquito spraying
To the Editor:
It is hard not to get caught up in the fear and panic of the so-called mosquito problem in Carlisle (“Is Carlisle Ready for Mosquito Control?” Carlisle Mosquito, October 10, 2008). Thus, it is important to consider the larger picture of the potential impact on humans and wildlife that can occur with the application of pesticides, including the aerial spraying of our wetlands. Even though BT is organically approved, it may set a precedent for using more toxic chemicals if the mosquitos become immune to the sprays after a period of time.
One never knows the full effect of these chemicals, since a lot of them aren’t tested thoroughly for safety. The health of chemically-sensitive individuals or those with asthma or weak immune systems might be especially impacted. Insects including the honey bee, amphibians, birds and bats may be affected as well. A beekeeping friend who lives on the Carlisle/Billerica line lost all her bees due to the town pesticide application in Billerica. As we all know, the honey bee plays an important part in the production of our food. In addition, bats and birds are natural predators of the mosquito. Will they be hurt by this pesticide? Mosquito larva are a main food item for the young Eastern Newt, one of our local salamanders. (Michigan Frogs, Toads, and Salamanders; Michigan State University Press). What are the possible effects on them? Consider that the representative pushing the application of this pesticide probably does not have the town’s overall health and well-being in mind, but rather could be concerned with the money he will make by selling these products.
Garden Club says thanks
To the Editor:
Thank you to all the residents of Carlisle that came and supported the Carlisle Garden Club by purchasing pumpkins at the “Pumpkins on the Common” the weekend of October 18. Despite the cool temperatures, the event was a success. We hope the residents got some humor from our costumed scarecrows located around town that advertised the festival. The funds that we raised from this event help support not only our scholarship fund for Carlisle students, but also ongoing and new town beautification projects.
This is the second year that we have held the Pumpkins of the Common festival, and despite the work entailed, we have felt delighted about it, not only for the funds it raises for our projects, but also for the spirit it creates within the town as residents are brought together to the Common on a beautiful fall weekend before the onset of winter. It is also fun to watch the excitement of the children as they pick out the pumpkins they would like to carve or place on their doorstep.
Appreciation goes to the First Religious Society as they were very kind to the Garden Club as we piggy-backed on their Harvest Fair weekend. Between the two events there was a lot of activity and camaraderie up on the hill. I would also like to thank the committee members of the Garden Club that spearheaded this fundraising event – Cecile Sandwen, Susan Pepple, Carol Nathan, Leslie Thomas, Joeth Barlas and Gio DiNicola, all who worked hard on making this event happen. Without them, this fun event on the Common would never have happened.
Thank you again for all your support.
Judy Blaikie Lane
Carlisle Garden Club President
CROP Walk thanks
To the Editor:
Nearly 400 walkers took part in the 28th annual Concord area CROP Walk for the Hungry on Sunday, October 19, and raised $44,000 for local and world hunger relief programs. These walkers, including faith community leaders, came from 30 congregations and five schools in ten area towns. Moreover, 22 youth groups from nine churches and two schools created and paraded attractive banners on hunger themes. See www.concordcrop.org. Funds raised by the CROP Walk are 20% less than in 2007. Contributions are still being accepted. To pledge online, visit the CROP Walk website www.concordcrop.org and under Online Donations, click on the link. One can also send a check made out to CROP Walk to Ray Andrews, CROP Treasurer, 11 Dalton Rd., Concord, MA. 01742.
One quarter of the money raised supports six local supper/food pantry programs that assist substantial and increasing numbers of very needy persons and families - Open Table in Concord; Acton Community Supper; Bedford Community Table/Pantry; Open Table Maynard and Maynard Food Pantry; and Sudbury Food Pantry. Also the Walk supports Gaining Ground, which grows organic produce for needy persons in the local programs and local communities. These programs all need volunteers.
In addition, the CROP Walk supports the worldwide mission of Church World Service, providing relief for victims of disasters - hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, and earthquakes, including hurricanes Gustav, Hannah, and Ike. Church World Service also assists community development worldwide by programs such as digging wells for clean drinking water and irrigation and training people in improved crop growing methods.
Many thanks to all the walkers, sponsors, and volunteers! We also thank the Concord Carlisle High School Pep Band, led by Al Dentino, for playing great energizing music at Trinitarian Congregational Church before the walk start, and to the Yankee Stompers for dixieland jazz after the walk. We are grateful to Domino’s Pizza in Acton and New London and Sorrentos in Concord, for pizza donations to the three banner contest winners.
The CROP Walk Board: N. Carl Miller, Sara Ballard, Gail Kearns, Sharon Duquette, Robin DeMott, Ray Andrews, Holly Darzen, Kay Daley, Enid Boasberg, Polly Vanasse, Garvin Moore, and Janine Penfield
The fate of campaign signs
To the Editor:
What happens to all of the campaign signs around town after November 4? Unlike Concord, and other neighboring towns, Carlisle does not have a political sign bylaw which regulates the size, location or time period for sign placement. Carlisle residents are assumed to be responsible when it comes to placing and removing their political signs.
I will be voluntarily removing Democratic signs after the election and putting them in storage for future reuse. The wires and many of the signs can be used in future campaigns. My neighbor has a jumbo sign which he recycles as siding on a bob house used for ice fishing up north.
Although I dislike the clutter these signs make on our roadways, I treasure the freedom of speech they express. I don’t like the thought of all these signs ending up in the Transfer Station bins. If you have a sign and you are thinking of taking it to the transfer station, please consider reusing it in some way. You can drop them off at the Swap Shed and I will try to find a storage location for them for future reuse.
Ed. note: In a phone call to the Mosquito, DPW Superintendent Gary Davis asked townspeople who bring political signs to the Transfer Station to place them to the right of the Swap Shed, instead of placing the signs in the compactor. The DPW will dispose of them properly.
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