Friday, October 2, 2009
School Building update after Town Meeting
To the Editor:
Please join us immediately following Town Meeting on Monday, October 5 for an update on the Carlisle School Building Project. Since May, when Town Meeting approved funding for the Schematic Design, the School Building Committee, architects and engineers have made significant progress. We will make a brief presentation describing our progress and future plans and then take questions. We welcome your feedback on the project and look forward to seeing you at Town Meeting.
Chair, Carlisle School Building Committee
BOH is on top of flu issue
To the Editor:
I am writing in response to the September 18 article on the discussion of the Carlisle Board of Health (BOH) meeting of September 15, regarding the H1N1 influenza vaccination program. The article indicated that the Carlisle Board of Health is simply following Concord’s decisions. This is not the case.
As reported, the Carlisle BOH is currently receiving and monitoring information and data from regional meetings and conference calls regarding the vaccination program. As of September 15, many issues were still being resolved and the program details at the state level are still developing. As such, we are working to ensure that future decisions include information on the level of participation of the overall region, including Concord (as our high school partner). To date, it seems the vaccines will be available by mid-November and that all communities should participate in the program to some degree.
The Carlisle BOH is actively participating in the regional and state discussions and we are properly planning for participation in the mandatory and voluntary programs as they become solidified. We urge all residents to stay informed of the health issues related to the H1N1 virus, especially those most at risk, to follow standard procedures for limiting the spread of viruses (e.g. frequent hand washing,) and participate as outlined in the programs offered by the state, region, and town in the coming months.
Chair, Carlisle Board of Health
Two suggestions for town boards
To the Editor:
I applaud the Board of Selectmen, Carlisle School Committee and Finance Committee for their proactive letter of September 25, 2009 in the Mosquito concerning the impending demographic bulge regarding CCHS enrollment and the budgetary implications this will bring to our community. Your tone of openness and inclusion was ideal.
I offer two broad suggestions. First, it would be helpful to some of us if the various committees could make “concrete” the extent of the funding problem by creating various straw men for us to ponder. I’d like to know by approximately what percentage our taxes would have to rise for these three years to meet our added commitments while maintaining all other spending at current levels. Conversely, I’d like to know the extent of the cuts required to achieve fiscal balance if we did not raise taxes. Before year-end, it would also be helpful if our elected leaders could put forth one or two blended scenarios of tax or fee enhancements and potential budget cuts so the community could begin to absorb the impending “reality.”
Lastly, if our budget challenge really is only for three years – and since we know the demographics that drive school enrollment over the next nine years – could the town borrow money for a seven- to nine-year time-frame to cover this one-time bulge? I realize this borrowing would be for an operating (not capital) obligation, but the short-term nature of the problem might merit it.
CSA thanks fall luncheon volunteers
To the Editor:
The annual fall CSA luncheon was held on Tuesday, September 22, to honor the outstanding work of the Carlisle Public School’s teachers and staff.
The luncheon would not have been possible without the generous support of our school community. We would like to thank each and every parent who prepared the delicious salads, main courses and desserts, as well as those who made monetary donations. We also extend special thanks to those who helped set up, serve and clean up the dining room: Gail Bernardin, Desa Facey, Leah Osterman, Allison Beakley, Sandy Nash, Bonnie Krims, Hunter Hutchinson and Mary Storrs. A huge thank you to our decorating captains, Leah Osterman and Regina Troast, and to Joanna Quinlan for the beautiful flowers on the tables.
If you have not yet picked up your serving pieces, please contact Stephanie Blunt at 1-978-369-8634.
Thank you again to all those who helped make the luncheon a big success.
CSA Luncheon Coordinators
CCHS weathered recent troubles well
To the Editor
The past week was a trying one for the Concord-Carlisle High School community. Anything that threatens the safety of our students does not just disrupt the process of education, it shakes us all to our core.
Yet times of trouble are often those that reveal the strength and resilience within us. The administration, faculty, staff and students of CCHS rose to the occasion last week, particularly on Friday, coming together to create as much safety, reassurance, and comfort as was possible. Much of the credit goes to the leadership of principal Peter Badalament, and the efficient work of the Concord Police and Fire Departments, our EMS, and the NEMLEC STARS [North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council School Threat Assessment and Response System] team. Also invaluable was the contribution of a wonderful group of parents who took time out from other responsibilities and took on potential risk to be a part of Friday’s security operations. Seeing them in the halls and the cafeteria gave comfort to faculty and students alike; their presence made clear that we were all in this together.
For all that we were grateful for the metal detectors and sniffer dogs – and we were – true safety comes when a community stands together. This underlying unity and reliable mutual support is our best defense against violence.
We at CCHS are grateful to the police, parents, students, and all those who help us create a strong community. While we can never be sure what the future will bring, we draw confidence and reassurance from this great partnership’s commitment to the school that we treasure.
President, Concord-Carlisle Teachers’ Association
Hayward Mill Road, Concord
Two bills that shouldn’t get lost
To the Editor:
Two bills pending in the legislature shouldn’t get lost in the dust of the ongoing debate over pressing national issues: HB 833, which addresses discarded electronic waste, and HB 3515, a long overdue update of the bottle bill.
The world is drowning in growing mounds of trash – much of it toxic – that contaminate air, water, and soil across the globe. This waste is also expensive, costing millions of dollars annually in disposal fees.
HB 833 targets discarded electronic waste by shifting the burden of disposal from towns to manufacturers. Since 2000, 180 municipalities across the state, including Carlisle and Concord, have signed resolutions urging passage of an e-waste bill including extended producer responsibility (EPR). Carlisle alone discards between 30,000 and 36,000 pounds of electronic waste (CRTs and TVs) annually, at a disposal cost to the town of roughly $3,000 dollars. Less than 20% of e-waste is recycled, with the remainder clogging landfills or going up in noxious smoke in incinerators. Passage of HB 833 would relieve towns of the cost of e-waste disposal, reduce environmental pollution caused by improper disposal, increase safe recycling of e-waste and promote responsible product design to reduce waste and use of toxic materials.
HB 3515 seeks to update the 1983 bottle bill to reflect trends in beverage consumption. It expands the range of bottles requiring a nickel deposit to include soft drinks such as water, iced tea and sports drinks, about 1/3 of the 3.5 billion containers sold in Massachusetts annually. Updating the bottle bill will reduce the millions of bottles that litter our streets, parks and streams and generate an estimated $20 million dollars in revenue annually – no small change.
Passage of these bills will significantly reduce trash that would otherwise clutter and pollute the environment for generations, bring much needed revenue to state and town coffers and shift greater responsibility to manufacturers to deal with the impact of their products.
We encourage you to join the Massachusetts League of Women Voters (LWV) in calling and writing state legislators to urge their support of these two important pieces of legislation.
Senator Susan C. Fargo 1-617-722-1572; Representative Cory Atkins 1-617-722-2692; http://w.vw.massbottlebill.orglubblindex.htm.
Launa Zimmaro, Lowell Street
Cindy Nock, Canterbury Court
Vice President LWV of Concord-Carlisle
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