Friday, December 10, 2010
Ferns should follow special permit procedures
Ed. note: The following letter was sent to the Board of Selectmen and is printed here at the request of the writer.
To the Selectmen:
Thank you for requesting further citizen input for the upcoming B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bottle) hearings for Ferns store.
As I understand it, Town Counsel agreed with a letter I wrote to the Board last month that, contrary to June and August votes of the Selectmen, Ferns required a Special Permit for a “restaurant or similar place for the serving of food or beverages only to persons inside a completely enclosed building with no mechanical or live entertainment regularly furnished.” (By-law 188.8.131.52)
It is also my understanding that Ferns replied through its counsel that it was grandfathered (under, I believe, Bylaw 6.1) because many years ago there was a restaurant there; that the Board then asked the Town Building Inspector for his opinion; that he agreed with Ferns, and that after further referral to Town Counsel there was a reply that the bylaw might be read in this way.
Bylaw 6.1 however also states that the use “ ... may be continued unless and until abandoned or not used for a period of two (2) years or more.”
As you know, I have suggested that the Board defer final consideration/approval of B.Y.O.B. until the Special Permit issue with its protections is resolved. I have also asked the Town Clerk to make any pertinent opinions outlined above available to the public, for its use in further deliberation.
Robert C. Hilton
Honor Roll donations needed
To the Editor:
We need your help! Back on Old Home Day, I was greatly moved to see so many people walking through Carlisle’s recently constructed Honor Roll Memorial. Something inspired each of those individuals to read the names, touch the plaques, or just sit on the granite steps. It reminded me that this project was truly meaningful and a much warranted upgrade to our previous Honor Roll.
As many of you may know, the project was funded by a town appropriation through the Community Preservation Act. At the end of the day those funds covered most of the cost. However, there are still a few outstanding expenses (a few thousand dollars) that the Honor Roll Committee agreed would be picked up by private donations.
I’m personally committed to ensuring that we do not have to go back to the town and taxpayers to close this project out. I’m writing to ask you for your help by donating just a small amount - $25, $50 or even $100. Any donation is tax deductible. It won’t take that many contributions to pay these final bills.
For those that are willing to make a generous donation of $100 or more, we will present you with an Honor Roll Dedication Ceremony Medallion.
From my perspective, this is a small way in which each of us can help remember those that have contributed so much to our community and our country.
Please make your check out to: Town of Carlisle, Honor Roll Gift Account, and send it to: Carlisle Town Hall, Attention: Honor Roll Gift, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.
Also, please know that any donation money exceeding the outstanding expenses will be reserved for the ongoing maintenance of and any upgrades to the Memorial.
Thank you so much for your consideration.
Douglas A. G. Stevenson
Chairman, Honor Roll Committee
Thanks to flu clinic help
To the Editor:
The Carlisle Board of Health would like to thank volunteers from the Carlisle Medical Reserve Corps. and the Council on Aging who helped with the flu clinic. Getting a flu shot is the best way to protect against the flu. This year the Board of Health was able to sponsor a free, public clinic to its residents. This service would not have been possible without the ongoing support of the town’s volunteers. The Board would like to thank the nursing staff from Emerson Home Care, along with local nurses Kathy Hassey and Linda Lineback for their help. The Board is also grateful to the many volunteers who helped with registration and patient flow including Judy Willard, Helen Taylor, Ralph Anderson, Janet Lovejoy, Karen Dunkers, Heather Risso, Mary and Frank deAlderete, Christy Barbee, Susan Charkoudian, Kathryn Kinzel and Leslie Cahill, Board Member Bill Risso as well as David Flannery and the school staff for setting up the cafeteria, and of course our agent, Linda Fantasia.
Long Ridge Road
Board of Health Chairman
Tips from Carlisle’s Postmaster
To the Editor:
“Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” However, unsafe conditions such as unshoveled snow, icy sidewalks, or even snow plowed against mailboxes can slow or delay delivery.
In an effort to maximize the safety of our letter carriers when delivering through the winter season, the United States Postal Service is asking our customers for their help. As a resident, liable and responsible for the safety of all delivery personnel (ie: letter carriers, newspaper delivery personnel and meter readers), we are requesting that you ensure the following:
Ensure that all overhangs, sidewalks and steps are clear and free of snow and ice to help prevent slips and falls by our carriers.
Clear snow and ice away from mailboxes for ease of access and safe delivery conditions.
Postal letter carriers are instructed to refrain from delivering to locations they deem hazardous. We urge our customers to do the right thing, not just for our letter carriers, but for everyone.
Thank you for your help in ensuring the safety of your letter carrier.
Gregory J. Lee
Postmaster Carlisle Ma. 01741
Thanks from Carlisle Service Team
To the Editor:
We would like to thank all of the Carlisle residents who graciously donated and listened to our story. Despite the cold and blustery conditions of the first Saturday of December, many Carlislians braved the wind for a few extra minutes at the Transfer Station to hear of the goals of the Carlisle Service Team that will be travelling to Guatemala in February.
We are so grateful for your kindness and generous donations. We cannot wait to put them toward the purchase of much needed water filters and food packages that we will deliver right into the hands of impoverished families in Guatemala.
The entire Carlisle Service Team – Caleb, Emma, Gardner, Lindsay, Matt and Molly – say thank you.
Carlisle Pines Driv
Community TV says thanks
To the Editor:
Thank you, Concord and Carlisle, for making community television a great resource for us all who call this place home. This month we mark the beginning of our seventh year, and we can take pride in the ever-increasing quality and quantity of our local programming. We are fortunate to have an outstanding professional staff to support all of our volunteer producers and other stakeholders, and manage our activity in the community. Our future looks promising. We continue to serve new viewers, welcome and train new producers, and strengthen the bonds that connect citizens and local organizations.
CCTV President Paul Dewey is an inspirational leader. As he steps down this year, we are indebted to him for his efforts to develop and implement a strategic plan for CCTV that will shape our actions and priorities in the coming years. We look forward to sharing with you the major goals for 2011 at our upcoming meeting, and hearing your recommendations about how you want cable access TV to serve our community next year and beyond.
The Annual Meeting of CCTV, Inc. will be on Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the CCTV Studios. The meeting is open to the public, and current members are invited to participate in the business of the meeting. We welcome your attendance and participation.
The Nominating Committee invites recommendations and nominations for service on the Board of Directors by current CCTV members for three-year terms of office to commence in January, 2011. Nominations are open until December 16, 2010, and can be made from the floor at the meeting. Please send them to: Secretary, CCTV Inc., 500 Walden Street, Concord MA 01742.
Thank you for your commitment and support of community media,
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