The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 30, 2009

Police cuts may be dire

To the Editor:

Some of our town departments are very transaction-oriented and, as such, the need may be for budget increases right now rather than cuts! One such department that comes to mind is the Police Department. From reading the Police Blotter, it is apparent that domestic violence and break-ins (often from people outside of Carlisle) are increasing which, of course, is placing more pressure on the Police Department to patrol certain streets and areas night and day, and in better times such needs would warrant a budget increase rather than a level budget or decrease.

To further add to the problem, we live in a society where it is unsafe to have one officer make patrols due to the need for safety, witnessing, etc. and on top of that we can cut staff but not the hours in the day. So with 168 hours in a week and a need to have at least two patrolmen on call at all hours, we have to find a way to staff for 326 hours per week for 52 weeks or 8,736 hours. That does not even cover paperwork or the fact that we need detectives, officers with emergency medical training and DARE training, as well as management skills and the time to spend at budget hearings, town events, extra details, etc. None of these needs are related to our budget problems or will decrease if we cut the police budget.

So, if we ask this department to make cuts, are we willing to accept the reality that we may not have police coverage on Thursdays or Tuesdays or maybe both days? We faced that in the 1980s.

I hope that this letter will help to inform other residents that during these times we need to look past some of the number crunching and recognize the effect certain budget cuts will have on the safety of our residents. Are we willing to have someone possibly suffer harm or even die, or are we willing to pay more per household to support 24/7 emergency services?

Richard Colman
Audubon Lane

It takes a village

To the Editor:

We have lived in Carlisle for almost 15 years. As I have observed the demographics change in the town, the heart and soul of the people that have chosen to live in our wonderful town have never altered.

We have wayward young dogs that have just started professional training. Not once, but twice we have faced a “lost dog” scenario in the past two weeks. The first time, it was both of our Boston Terriers, brother and sister, who escaped from our control and were missing for over 13 hours. The second time it was just our male dog that became separated from his sister while in the woods. She returned home safely after a half an hour, we found him ten hours later.

In both instances, the kindness, compassion and help we received from our community as we posted signs and knocked on doors with pictures was overwhelming. First of all, the expert handling of “lost dog” problems from the Carlisle Police Department was phenomenal. We must give exceptional thanks to our next door neighbors, the Liteplos, for their patience and understanding and who have kept an eye on our puppies as they have grown to become dogs. Special kudos go to many families in Munroe Hill, specifically the fine people who live at the end of Nathan Lane who ultimately found the dogs the first time. The owner of the farm at the end of Rockland Road went above and beyond the duty of a good neighbor when she grabbed a leash, jacket and went out on trails herself. The owner of the horse farm on Old Morse Road, who opened her lands for us to drive, walk and bike in pursuit of our missing dog deserves a big thanks. And finally, the man at the end of Virginia Farme Lane who identified a new marked trail that led to the new development of Hanover Hill ... the trail where we ultimately found our little, cold, wet, scared dog at the brink of dusk.

Yes, Carlisle may be making changes and becoming a “bedroom” community but fine, caring and responsible people are still the norm. Thank you, Village of Carlisle, for keeping an eye out for your neighbors and taking time from your busy schedules to remain connected.

The Mattison Family
Curve Street

Thanks from CPC

To the Editor;

I would like to send sincere and heartfelt thanks to the Carlisle Parents Connection (CPC) and the greater community for a fabulous turn-out at the annual CPC Halloween Party on Sunday, October 25. There were little zebras, monkeys, super-heroes, bunnies, dinosaurs, princesses and everything in between in attendance and a number of families who are new to Carlisle.

The boundless energy and motivation behind the revival of the CPC is inspiring and we are having so much fun with it. Please come and join us at our next event on November 15 – a Mom’s Afternoon Out/Southern Living at Home Party. This is a fundraising event for the CPC as well as a chance to spend some time with friends. We will also be having a Holiday Party coming in early December.

Please visit our website (www.carlisleparentsconnection.org) for membership, upcoming event and playgroup information, as well as email list sign up. We are also on Facebook.

Special thanks to Joy Bonenfant for coordinating the Halloween Party as well as the following tireless volunteers: Joy Mooiweer, Alyson Becker, Laura Quayle, Christine Lear, Carren Panico, Cary Keller, Phyllis Bewick, Deb Kablotsky, Karen Letteri, Jane Hamilton and Diane Troppoli.

Jennifer DerKazarian

CPC Chairman
Curve Street

Come hear Concord Police Chief

To the Editor:

Carlisleans are invited to hear Concord Police Chief Leonard Wetherbee look ahead to the future of Restorative Justice in the area. He will speak at the annual meeting of Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ) at 7 p.m., Thursday, November 5, at the new Littleton Police Department, 500 Great Road, Littleton.

Wetherbee, a brilliant storyteller, will retire in 2010 after serving 33 years in the Concord Police Department, 17 as chief. He was instrumental in bringing restorative justice to Concord in 2000; Carlisle’s Police Department began partnering with the restorative justice group in 2001. Since then, the Acton, Boxborough, Groton, Littleton and Westford Police Departments have joined the partnership with C4RJ.

Wetherbee will offer brief comments and then participate in a “Samoan circle,” in which anyone can ask questions of him in an informal setting. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by November 2 to info@C4RJ.com or by calling 1-978-318-3447.

C4RJ is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that works with police departments to provide a community-based approach to healing after criminal wrongdoing. Trained volunteers and police officers participate in circles with people who have committed offenses and with those they have harmed. The goal is to seek accountability, learning and repair.

For more information about the event or about restorative justice, contact C4RJ Executive Director Jennifer Larson Sawin, 1-978-318-3447, jlarsonsawin@c4rj.com, or visit the www.c4rj.com.

Barbara Howland
North Road

International Day of Climate Action thanks

To the Editor:

A huge thank you to the many of you who participated in last Saturday’s climate rally in Concord and Carlisle. We estimate there were about 500 people at the National Park visitors center, even with the wet weather.

On the global scene, our Carlisle activities were among 5,200 rallies in 180 countries. Washington D.C., we mean business. Copenhagen, here we come. You are making a difference.

Mike Hanauer
Long Ridge Road

Farmers Market says thank you

To the Editor,

A heartfelt thank you to the town of Carlisle for supporting the Carlisle Farmers Market this season. Both patrons and vendors braved the drought, winds and rain for another successful year. Without the combined participation, the market wouldn’t have grown as it has over the past five years. Looking forward to summer 2010 with a continued bounty of fresh local produce and artistic endeavors, we thank you again!

Annette Lee and Gale Constable
Lowell Road

Clarification re: EPR bills

To the Editor:

Thank you for the excellent coverage by Ginny Lamere of the League of Women Voters Concord-Carlisle (LWVCC) forum on October 14 [“Let’s Talk Trash, Mosquito, 10/23/09: League’s Trash Talk advocates producer responsibility policies”].

I’m writing to clarify one point regarding Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) bills in general and the electronics waste bill in particular (H 833). The purpose of this legislation is to shift costs from municipalities to producers. Such bills require brand owners to pay for the channeling of specified electronic products to reuse, recycling or safe disposition. This will provide a relief to the waste and recycling budgets of our cities and towns, and give brand owners a financial incentive to redesign their products.

Electronic waste comprises the fastest growing component of the waste stream. The DEP estimates that $2 to $4 million is spent annually on processing e-waste (collection, management and disposal) by Massachusetts municipalities. Passage of the e-waste bill will restore funds to town coffers while also reducing environmental pollution and associated health hazards. The DEP testified in support of this bill. Costs would be covered through administrative fees established by the Department on regulated entities (revenue neutral).

The 20th state – Wisconsin – signed an e-waste bill this past week. One hundred eighty Massachusetts cities and towns have signed e-waste resolutions calling for the passage of Producer Responsibility legislation. Quoting from the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s press release, “The MMA is pleased to support this legislation as it would help solve the state’s growing environmental problem of e-waste disposal and have a positive effect on municipal budgets.”

Launa Zimmaro
LWVCC
Lowell Road

Mosquito’s editorial inappropriate

To the Editor:

The Mosquito editorial by Jay Luby targeting our new Town Manager, Tim Goddard, was both uncalled for and inappropriate use of the Mosquito. Tim is a seasoned professional with a track record of proven success. To suggest anything less (as Luby’s editorial did) is misguided, inappropriate and total misuse of the Mosquito.

The article shows a significant lack of standards for newspaper content and journalism. Good journalism is always sought but the act of using Mosquito space to attack a newly hired, key town professional is beyond my wildest expectations.

My response is: CCI should re-think their staff and take corrective action. The Mosquito needs to improve their newspaper content standards. Lastly and most important, the Mosquito, Luby and CCI owe Tim a sincere public apology.

Susan Lowell
Carroll Drive


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