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Friday, December 5, 2008

RSC seeks budget compromise

Faced with two budget proposals involving either a Carlisle tax override or cuts in services, the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC) on November 25 considered a new budget proposal that seeks a middle ground. The new budget proposal would involve a 5.2% increase over last year. ...more

Transfer Station fees rising to $25

Faced with decreased recycling reimbursements and increases in the disposal cost of hazardous waste, the Selectmen unanimously voted on November 25 to increase the price of an annual Transfer Station sticker from $15 to $25 effective January 1, 2009. The cost of each additional vehicle in a household will remain at $10. ...more

Carlisle’s dispatchers: working on the front line

If you have ever called 911, you know how important that voice at the other end of the line can be. When a call lights up Carlisle’s emergency desk, the dispatcher rapidly extracts the necessary information: Who is calling? What and where is the emergency? and makes a quick decision on who needs to respond: The police? The fire truck? The ambulance crew? ...more

Metro PCS wireless antenna approved

Attorney Jason Ellis, an associate at Prince, Lobel, Glovsky and Tye, represented Metro PCS on November 10 at the Planning Board’s continued public hearing for a special permit application to install a wireless communications antenna at 871 Bedford Road (Map11, Lot 1). Metro PCS’s new “stealth” wireless antenna will be at the lowest location (136 feet) ...more

Two separate mountain lion sightings remain unconfirmed

Wild cougars, also known as mountain lions or pumas, are thought by many to be extinct in the eastern United States, but twice during the past year there have been unconfirmed sightings in Carlisle. In both cases, there were no photographs or other documentation. One sighting was in the southwestern part of town near Towle Field and the second observation was ...more

Highland, Pathways projects go before CPA Committee

On December 1, the Community Preservation Committee spoke with representatives of the Highland Building and Pathways Committees, two groups planning to apply for Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding in the coming year. CPA monies are allocated to qualifying projects after review and recommendation by the CPC and approval by Annual Town Meeting in May. ...more

Honor Roll Committee refines plans

The Honor Roll Committee, having received substantial feedback at its November 6 public forum, has been working with designers Levi & Wong to incorporate the responses into a final design for a new veterans memorial on the Town Common. At the public forum, three designs were presented, and according to member Alan Cameron, “We are at the stage where we’ve ...more

Planning Board Shorts, November 10

Board recommends Carriage Way. Two residents of Carriage Way (Elmer Lai and Has Li) attended the Planning Board Meeting and expressed surprise that Carriage Way was not already an approved Carlisle road. Chair Greg Peterson explained the process for such approval: until a Town Meeting vote accepts a subdivision ...more

Dispatchers unionize, contract negotiations in progress

Late in 2007, a majority of Carlisle dispatchers voted to join the Massachusetts Coalition of Police (Mass C.O.P.) labor union, forming Local 201a. Currently negotiations are in progress to draw up the first union contract, which will probably be retroactive to the beginning of Fiscal Year 2009, starting July 1, 2008. ...more

Photo classes click with CCHS students

Students at the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) have opportunities to study photography through several course offerings. “The program is thriving,” reported teacher/artist David Prifti when he spoke to the Regional School Committee (RSC) on November 25. Prifti gave an overview of courses, and he and three students described an old-fashioned ...more

News from surrounding towns

The following news items were extracted from material available on the Internet: ...more

When’s the best time to build a new school?

Economist and former Selectman John Ballantine recommended postponing the Carlisle School building project for a few months when he spoke last week to both the town’s Financial Team (FinTeam) meeting and the Board of Selectmen. ...more

Selectmen shorts, November 25

Delay Special Town Meeting? Former Selectman and Fiske Street resident John Ballantine presented a bleak report on the immediate economic outlook for the nation, state, and town. He presented data projecting job losses through 2009 and higher unemployment in 2010 resulting in declining housing prices and drops in ...more

CCHS library use grows by 94%

Robin Cicchetti, in her second year as Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) Library chairperson, has already achieved success in incorporating new technologies and increasing student use. On December 1, she hosted the CCHS Parent Coffee in the library and gave an overview on how that institution is changing with the times. “There’s a lot of new ...more

RSC shorts, November 25

MSBA update. Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Superintendent Diana Rigby recently attended a presentation by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) and learned that Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) is one of 38 schools whose building project aid applications have been placed in the ...more

Agendas for upcoming town board and committee meetings: Board of Health agenda for Dec. 9

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

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