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Friday, November 14, 2008

A first look at the three Benfield housing proposals

“Any one of the respondents could do the job,” said consultant Karen Sunnarborg at the November 6 Housing Authority meeting, as she, consultant Michael Jacobs, and administrative coordinator Elizabeth Barnett are assisting the Authority in the evaluation of three proposals to develop and operate affordable housing on the Benfield Land. Jacobs agreed, “They’re ...more

Options aired for new veterans memorial

On Thursday, November 6, the Veterans Memorial Advisory Committee offered a public viewing of three different preliminary designs for a memorial to replace the Honor Roll on the Town Common (see photo, page 6). Designers from Levi and Wong detailed their research into understanding the history, topography, and uses of the Town Common, and explained how those ...more

Wind turbine bylaw takes shape

The Alternative Accessory Clean Energy Generation Committee met on November 3 to iron out details of the proposed alternative energy bylaw and determine the remaining steps to its presentation at Town Meeting next May. The following committee members attended the meeting: Chair Bob Koning, Elizabeth DeMille Barnett, John Dalton, Keith Therrien and Bill Tice. ...more

DPW improves Stearns Street drainage

The Carlisle Department of Public Works (DPW) is seeking a permanent solution to flooding that occurs around the intersection of Stearns Street and Bedford Road. Last Wednesday a large trench was dug across Stearns Street in order to place a drainage pipe which will connect to a leaching field, explained DPW Superintendent Gary Davis (see photo on left). Earlier ...more


In “Board of Selectmen Shorts” in the October 28, issue it was stated incorrectly that Carlisle School employees will receive 5% cost-of-living raises. Superintendent Marie Doyle explained that employees received a 3.9% cost-of-living increase between the previous and current school years. According to the teachers’ contract, faculty with step increases ...more

Board of Selectmen shorts, November 10

Mosquito Control at Town meeting. Jeff Brem of the Board of Health (BOH) presented a request to add an article to the Warrant for Town Meeting in January to join the Eastern Middlesex Mosquito Control Project (see “Is Carlisle ready for mosquito control?” Mosquito, October 10). Brem noted that since two birds ...more

Trails Committee to replace Greenough bridge

At last Friday’s meeting, Carlisle Trails Committee Chairman Henry Cox reported that the Billerica Conservation Committee has given the green light for Carlisle to remove and replace a failing footbridge at Greenough Pond. While the Greenough Conservation Land belongs to the town of Carlisle, the footbridge lies in Billerica, on an adjoining eight-acre parcel ...more

Planning Board shorts, November 10

Revision of Zoning Bylaws Contemplated. Representatives from many town boards and commissions attended the November 10 meeting to hear a presentation by Planning Board consultant Jon Witten, attorney and certified urban planner. The presentation and discussion focused on items that could facilitate management of ...more

Trails Committee shorts, Nov. 7

Public walk. The Trails Committee scheduled a post-Thanksgiving Trail Walk for Friday, November 28, at 1 p.m., on the Davis Corridor and Malcolm Meadows land. The route will include a bridge being named in honor of Hal Shneider who hand-made many of the trail signs around town. Interested hikers should plan to meet ...more

Zoning Board of Appeal shorts, November 6

At its November 6 meeting, the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) renewed a special permit for a horse stable on Fiske Street, granted a variance for construction of a carport, and held a pre-application meeting regarding a variance for a home renovation. ...more

Carlisle School seeks MCAS improvements for grades 4, 5, and 6

In an effort to boost scores on the fourth, fifth and sixth grade Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests, students will be trained in techniques for “open response” questions. Carlisle School Superintendent Marie Doyle presented the school’s MCAS results at the November 5 Carlisle School Committee meeting. (The presentation can be ...more

Carlisle School looks at more bus fees, one fewer bus

With a tough budget year looming, the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) on November 5 examined the economics involved in school bus transportation. New fees are being considered for students living within a two-mile radius of the campus. Route consolidation is also being explored in an effort to trim costs. The CSC has not made a final decision on either initiative. ...more

Carlisle School Committee shorts, November 5

Fifth graders like two-teacher teams. Middle School Principal Joyce Mehaffey reported to the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) meeting on November 5 about a recent meeting with students to find out how well the fifth graders were adjusting to having two teachers. Previously students have had one teacher in fifth grade ...more

CCHS fosters tolerance of diversity

Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) has always prided itself on the warm, welcoming community it provides, so when an act of intolerance was committed at a school dance in September, students spoke out. ...more

CCHS looks at 4 to 6% budget growth next year

A 6% increase is needed in the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) budget to provide level services next year, according to Deputy Superintendent for Finance and Operations John Flaherty. At the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC) meeting on October 28, Flaherty presented two preliminary budgets for FY10: a “Preliminary Needs” budget ...more

Teens surprised at Halloween party

A Carlisle mother has been charged by police for contributing to the delinquency of a child, keeping a disorderly house and furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor. The charges stem from a Halloween night house party at a Fiske Street residence where police found about 15 teenagers from Carlisle and Concord, alcohol, and an adult in the house but allegedly ...more

Agendas for this week’s town committee and board meetings. Board of Health agenda for Nov. 18

7:30 General business, minutes, bills ...more

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