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Friday, December 4, 2009

Carlisle teachers’ contract ratified

Five months after the current contract expired, the Carlisle Teachers’ Association (CTA) and the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) have agreed on a new three-year contract, retroactive to July 1, 2009. The contract was ratified by the CSC in executive session on November 18. CSC Chair Chad Koski said he plans to make the vote results available to the public ...more

Tuesday’s primary offers six choices for U.S. Senate

Next Tuesday, December 8, is the date of the Special Primary Election for the contest to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated last summer by the death of Senator Ted Kennedy. In Carlisle, the polls will be open at Town Hall from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and absentee ballots may be requested up until noon on Monday, December 7. ...more

No easy answers for reducing town budgets

Can the budgets for town departments be shaved without dramatic reductions in needed services? The Structural Financial Planning (SFP) Committee last Wednesday combed the suggestions of departmental heads who had been asked to propose how they could reduce their operating budgets by 10%. Most cited service reductions that would be tenable only in the short ...more

H1N1 clinic offered for ages 5 - 18

On Saturday, December 12, the Board of Health (BOH) will hold a free walk-in vaccination clinic against H1N1 influenza for children who are residents of Carlisle and between the ages of five and 18 years old. The clinic will take place on December 12 at the school gymnasium between 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. According to ...more

School threat still under investigation

According to Carlisle School Superintendent Marie Doyle, the author of the bomb threat received by the school on Friday, November 20, remains unidentified. As a result of the threat, the school was evacuated (see “Threats cause Carlisle School lock down, evacuation,” November 27 issue). As of press time on Wednesday, Police Chief John Sullivan said in regard ...more

Selectmen shorts, November 24

• Holiday tree lighting. Voters going to the state Special Primary Election for U.S. Senator on December 8 in the early evening can schedule their visit to view the tree-lighting event on the Town Common at 6 p.m. At their meeting on November 24, the Board of Selectmen (BOS) authorized Larry Bearfield of Ferns to ...more

Will school tree cutting alter center?

As a substantial part of the Carlisle school’s castle playground lies within the Historic District, the School Building Committee (SBC) needed to come before the Historical Commission to examine three pertinent issues regarding the plans for the school’s building project. ...more

Selectmen adopt pathway maintenance and bike safety plan

Residents with one of the 42 properties that abut pathways often show good will by cleaning up trash or sweeping brush off the surface. However, Pathways Committee Chair Deb Belanger advises homeowners not to attempt removing snow using a mechanized snow-blower as the settings used for a driveway can delaminate the surface veneer of a pathway. Snow shovels ...more

ZBA begins Benfield 40B review

Selectmen, Board of Health, Housing Authority and Planning Board representatives were among those who attended the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) meeting on November 30 for the opening presentation and initial discussion regarding the 40B comprehensive permit application for the proposed Benfield Farms senior affordable housing development. The 26-unit housing ...more

Planning Board pegs unfunded mandates

In response to a request from the Board of Selectmen to identify unfunded mandates imposed by either the state or the federal government that can result in added cost to the town, the Planning Board on November 23 identified two areas: 40B developments and new restrictions on permitting of personal wireless communication facilities. ...more

Meet Tim Goddard, Town Administrator

Tim Goddard, Carlisle’s new Town Administrator, is one of seven children. “I remember playing baseball almost every afternoon,” he says, “with my brothers and sisters and kids around the neighborhood. I think we had a lot more unstructured time back then. Those were the days before a lot of scheduled after-school activities and video games.” The Goddard ...more

RecCom looks at budget, fields

Town Treasurer Larry Barton spoke to the Recreation Commission (RecCom) on November 23 about the budget exercise put forth to all town departments. Each group has been asked to describe the changes that would be made if they had to implement a 10% budget cut. Chair Mark Spears responded his department would have to look at cutting services, quality of services, ...more

Drug abuse detected at Carlisle School

A recent incident occurred at the Carlisle School involving drugs and one or more students. Chief of Police John Sullivan confirmed his department is working with the school, but classified the incident as “a school matter.” He said the substance was presumed to be marijuana, although it was not sent out for analysis. ...more

Regional School Committee shorts, November 24

Sports awards. Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) Principal Peter Badalament told the Regional School Committee (RSC) on November 24 that the golf team won the MIAA Golf Sportsmanship Award. “It’s a pretty big deal. I am very proud of Coach Phil Gibson, the boys and Athletic Director Barry Haley for setting ...more

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