The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, July 2, 2010

Selectmen’s decision questioned

To the Editor:

I was out of the country for the first two weeks of June. So I just watched the June 8 meeting of the Board of Selectmen on CCTV and saw them vote 3-2 to amend their Site Plan Review approval of October 2008 – which allowed the expansion of Ferns for alcohol sales space – to now allow indoor seating.

I would like to commend the newest member of the Board of Selectmen, John Gorecki, for pointing out to his fellow board members that it didn’t make much sense for them to conclude that the addition of seating wasn’t an intensification of use as they had been presented with no facts as to the number of tables proposed nor to the potential for longer hours. Mr. Gorecki also rightly noted that the amendment on which they were voting had not even been on their published agenda.

At the meeting, both the Town Clerk and the Vice Chair of the Planning Board (the board which I serve as Chair) expressed their concern about the Selectmen’s disregard of appropriate process. Acknowledging that voting on the matter that evening (rather than waiting a mere two weeks to allow for an expedited review) would not give the public an opportunity to provide them with input, the board proceeded to approve the amendment anyway, extemporaneously rationalizing all the while.

It’s one thing for a board to make a decision when they don’t know what they don’t know; it is quite another when they intentionally decide not to inform – nor to be informed by – the public.

David Freedman

Hutchins Road

Trekker Award correction

To the Editor:

As a regular reader of the Mosquito’s pages, I was delighted to read on page 9 of the May 28 edition of the Mosquito that Steve Tobin of the Trails Committee had awarded me the Trekker Award for hiking most of the trails in town and helping out on a trails work project.

As readers of that article could see, this is an award shared by very few Carlisle residents. However, as I reflected upon some of my lifetime achievements, a cloud came over me, as I was unable to recall accomplishing this particular goal. And then a flash of insight came to me.

I recalled there is another Bert in town whose last name also begins with the letter “W” (I believe his wife has something to do with conservation). I sometimes even receive email meant for him. And so, Bert Williams – ah, – er, – Willard, – congratulations. I suspect this award was intended for you, and not for me.

Bert Williams

Maple Street

Traps are harmless

To the Editor:

Again this year the Carlisle Conservation Commission will be participating in a survey project that includes installing traps in water on the Greenough Conservation land. Any traps you may see have been set as part of this ongoing scientific study. No animals will be hurt during this study.

Sylvia Willard, Administrator

Carlisle Conservation Commission

Thank you from Carlisle Household Recycling Committee

To the Editor:

The members of the Carlisle Household Recycling Committee would like to thank the many community members who provided their time, talent and marching stamina in support of our parade entry!

Thank you to the following CCHS and Carlisle School students and residents for the essential roles they played in this successful team effort: Katy Scholten for her creative lead banner, Don’t Feed the Trash Monster; Amelia Cox for her artful hand in designing and making the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Compost signs; and to Michaella Coughlin and her dog Andy, Adam Jolly, Hugh Schmidt and Ailin Thomas for carrying the signs along the mile long parade route. For guiding the Trash Monster throughout the parade, thanks go to lead Trash Monster Trainer and Tamer, Dan Cook, his daughter Whitney Cook, Monica Chen, Amelia Cox and Monster tail phenomenon – Phoebe Jolly. Many thanks also to Marion Cook for marching with us and capturing it all with her camera!

A very special thank you is reserved for Musketaquid, the Arts & Environment arm of the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, for the loan of their wonderful Trash Monster float in a true display of cross-community collaboration and ‘reuse’!

Launa Zimmaro on behalf of The Carlisle Household Recycling Committee:

Rob Peary, chair

Gary Davis

Amy Jolly

Dan Scholten

Bob Wallhagen

Launa Zimmaro

Thanks from firefighters

To the Editor:

The Carlisle Firefighters Relief Assoc. would like to thank the public for its support of our OHD Chicken BBQ.  We’d especially like to thank numerous family and friends of the firefighters for their help with all the preparations and activities of the day, including a number of young adults without whose help we really couldn’t do this event – thanks!  Finally we sincerely appreciate the contributions of Ferns Country Store, Butter Brook Farms, Costco, DPW and the Police Dispatch center for their generosity.

Rich Sibley

Cross Street

OHD is great but where’s the parking?

To the Editor:

My husband and I are new residents and simply had a wonderful time at Old Home Day. We both participated in the well organized Road Race and very much enjoyed the exhibits and vendors. Unfortunately, the day ended on a sour note when our car, along with all the other cars parked near the Center, were ticketed. Ferns rightly reserved their lot for customers so we parked a bit down the street. With no parking lots nearby, where did the organizers expect people to park? Reminders about limited parking in advertisements of the event and web site would have helped.

Ann Wirtanen

Long Ridge Road

Thank you to the Mosquito

To the Editor:

The Old Home Day Committee and many other town residents work hundreds of hours in planning and execution to bring Old Home Day to Carlisle each year. Financial support from hundreds of town residents pays for the many OHD activities. All this is accomplished through the effort of volunteers, and without the expenditure of any taxpayer dollars.

The Carlisle Mosquito, an organization itself comprised of volunteers, makes a significant contribution to the success of Old Home Day in helping publicize OHD activities each year.

So, Carlisle Mosquito (and all the “Mosquito Folks” who make the paper happen each week) our hats are off to you. Thank you for helping to publicize Old Home Day activities and thank you for the quality product you turn out each week all year long. You are one of the crown jewels in “The Treasures of Carlisle.”

Bert Williams

for the Old Home Day Committee

Library thanks book sale volunteers

To the Editor:

The Friends Used Book sale on June 26 at Old Home Day was a huge organizational feat involving brawn, brains, expert use of dollys, genre knowledge, lots of sunscreen and a great sense of humor. The core team, all of whom were volunteers, led by Kathleen Hauser and the Friends’ board, pulled off another stellar year. Thank you from all of us at the Gleason Public Library to the many people who donated their treasures, to those who sorted, delivered, and unboxed the books, and to those who came the day of the sale to browse and purchase.

Angela Mollet

Director, Gleason Library

Thanks from book sale coordinators

To the Editor:

Once again, the Friends of the Gleason Public Library Board is happily in the position to thank the residents of Carlisle for another successful used book sale: from those who donated their beautiful books to the numerous volunteers who moved, sorted, boxed and moved again thousands of books over a three-week period and then unpacked, arranged and helped sell books on Old Home Day.

We’d also like to thank Angela Mollet and her staff for putting up with the mountainous piles of books and the comings and goings of donors and volunteers alike; the Historical Society for letting us use their barn to store and sort those piles; and Dave Smith for lending his trailer to store and then transport the boxed books to the library lawn. There were some volunteers who were at the barn nearly every single day, helping us sort and box. You know who you are and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your quiet efforts. Finally, to the generous volunteers who showed up on Saturday to help with the sale itself: thank you for making the day a grand success!

Kathleen Ryder Hauser

Daniels Lane

Ann Quenin

Red Pine Drive

Learn more about the updated Bottle Bill

To the Editor:

There is currently legislation being considered in Massachusetts that would update the deposit/redemption system for beverage containers that was established in 1983, beyond strictly carbonated beverages to include the many non-carbonated drinks such as water, iced tea, sports drinks and fruit juices that have emerged since 1983. This would add an estimated one billion bottles into the deposit system in Massachusetts every year. Currently 80% of the bottles in the deposit system are reclaimed; only 22% of bottles not in the system are recycled.

To learn more about the Updated Bottle Bill (H.3515/S.1480) and to see the list of the five coalition supporters (League of Women Voters of Mass. and Sierra Club Mass. are two) and all the other Massachusetts organizations, officials, sponsors and cosponsors, state agencies, and over 150 municipalities (Carlisle is one) who have all committed their support to this bill, go to

The bill is in committee and needs a declaration of support from the people of Massachusetts before the current legislative session ends at the end of July. A press event is planned for Wednesday, July 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the State House, Grand Staircase, second floor to urge passage of this legislation.

To join others from Carlisle who plan to attend this event, or to learn more about the Update of the Bottle Bill, please contact Barbara Lewis at If you cannot participate on July 7, you can still voice your support by contacting Rep. Cory Atkins and Sen. Susan Fargo to ask them to work with their colleagues for the passage of this bill.

Barbara Lewis,

East Riding Drive

Member, League of Women Voters

Member, Sierra Club

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