The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 1, 2010

A Green Carlisle?

To the Editor:

It was good to see that the Energy Task Force has made progress on many fronts. But in the area of alternative energy there are some high hurdles to clear.

When it comes to the most potent forms of alternative energy, the town’s bylaws and boards get in the way. When using solar (hot water or PV) or wind technologies, there are huge advantages to being high in the air where there are no tree shadows or wind screens. With the exception of chimneys, steeples and radio towers, Carlisle is height limited. Without changes to our bylaws, we cannot qualify as a green community since our bylaws make the most potent alternative energy generation processes ineffective or too expensive. If fact, recent attempts to bring new alternative energy bylaws to vote were shot down by the Planning Board after more than a year of work by a team of highly qualified and dedicated volunteers.

As a member of the committee to bring an alternative energy bylaw to vote, I witnessed the entrenched political interests and maneuvering as well as misguided fear tactics that was used to stop the bylaw from being voted on. As Carlisle squashed alternative energy progress, towns such as Boxford moved ahead and passed their own bylaws. Hopefully, with outside money as a motivator, we can resurrect the process to create alternative energy bylaws that are clear, not excessively costly and do not take forever to get permits.

Keith Therrien

Berry Corner Lane

Help “Lick Cancer”

To the Editor:

Please consider helping me, a Carlisle teacher, raise funds for Dana-Farber. I participated in one of the Pan Mass Challenge rides in August along with other riders of team “Lick Cancer.” Your contribution in the name of a loved one or our pedal partner, Charlotte O’Shea, would be very much appreciated. Charlotte is a beautiful six-year-old girl battling brain cancer. Learn more about Charlotte by going to: to: and select “Make a Donation,” E gifts ID # is: MH0201. Thank you very much.

Margaret C. Heigl

Carlisle Public School

New voting deadlines

To the Editor

Now that the State Primary has passed, voters need to be aware of new deadlines.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 is the last day to register to vote and be eligible to vote in the State General Election. The Town Clerk’s Office will be open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. that day to accommodate new registrations and address or party changes.

You may also register to vote using the voter registration card that was in the red election mailing from the Secretary of the Commonwealth that you should have received last week. Or you may call the Clerk’s Office at 1-978-369-6155 and ask that forms be mailed to you or simply stop by during office hours and register at the counter. Please note that photo-copied forms are not valid; you must register on an official form.

Forms need to be returned to the Clerk’s Office by 8 p.m., October 13, 2010, to be eligible for the November 2, 2010, State General Election.

Also, Absentee Ballots should be available by early next week. If you will not be in town on election day, you may request an absentee ballot for yourself, or for family members. Please call, email or stop by the Clerk’s Office to complete the appropriate forms and we can call you when the ballots arrive or mail them to a specified address so you can complete and return your Absentee Ballot by 8 p.m. on election day, November 2, 2010. State law prohibits us from giving you blank ballots to carry home to a family member. You can either complete the ballot in our office or we will need to mail the ballot to your home. You may certainly mail or carry a ballot to a college student not in town, but you just cannot pick up that ballot in the office.

Always feel free to contact the Clerk’s Office to determine your registration status, your absentee ballot status or with any questions you might have regarding this important State Election. You may also contact us with any other questions and we will do our best to get an answer for you or get you in contact with the appropriate party to best answer your questions.

The phone number is 1-978-369-6155 and the email address is Again, our hours are 9 a.m. through 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Town Hall and the Town Clerk’s Office will be closed on Monday, October 11, 2010, in honor of Columbus Day.

We have openings for Volunteer Election Workers and will happily provide training and instructions. Please let me know if you might be interested in working at this or at future elections and I will explain the tasks and get you in touch with Kerri Piette or Rochelle Landon, our Election Wardens.

We appreciate your interest in this and all elections. We strive to get you the most complete and current answers and to assist you with voter registrations and/or Absentee Ballots. Any and all questions are welcome and it is our goal to provide what you need to be able to cast your ballots with confidence.

It is our hope that we have a highly attended election!

Charlene M. Hinton,

Town Clerk

Thanks from CPC

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Carlisle Parents Connection (CPC), we’d like to say thank you to everyone at the Carlisle Fire Department who helped with the Wash-a-Fire-Truck Event on Saturday September 11, especially Lt. Robert Trainor, Bryan Sorrows, Bill Ho, John D’Auria and David Newman. We’d also like to thank the CPC Event Managers, Laura Quayle and Andrea Kalkstein, who helped plan and run the event.

The event, which also served as the kick-off to the CPC’s 2010-11 year, was well attended and the kids and families had a great time. Wash-a-Fire-Truck is always a popular event for the CPC and we are so thankful for everyone at the station for helping make this event happen and for those who so generously donated their time on a Saturday morning.

This event was a great way to start the CPC’s 2010-11 year and we look forward to many more fun-filled events in the year ahead.

Joy Mooiweer CPC Co-Chair

Carlisle Pines Drive

Melanie Ata CPC Co-Chair

Stearns Street

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