The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 15, 2002

'Bye Bye Birdie:' a rock-n-roll spectacular

Rock-n-roll lovers won't want to miss the upcoming production of "Bye Bye Birdie." The seventh grade production of this captivating musical will be performed on April 4, 5, and 6. The play tells the story of a rock-n-roll singer, Conrad Birdie, who is about to be inducted into the army. Albert, his agent, and his faithful secretary, Rosie, concoct a publicity stunt as a send off to Conrad. He will honor one All-American girl, Kim, with one last kiss on an episode of the Ed Sullivan Show. The play features well known songs such as "Put on A Happy Face," "The Telephone Hour," and "A Lot of Livin' To Do."

The seventh graders have been working hard to make this an outstanding production. Tickets can be purchased from any seventh grader. The play, which runs for about an hour and a half, will be performed Thursday April 4 at 3:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, at 7:30 p.m.

Props needed

"Bye, Bye Birdie" is looking for the following props: small stove, small refrigerator, three guitars with cases, metal garbage can and empty crates.

If you have an item to donate, call Bill Cooney and Deb Powers at 1-978-369-0434. Bring it to a rehearsal at the Corey Auditorium on any school day from 3 to 5 p.m. and leave it with Liz Smith, the play's producer. All items must be marked with the donor's name and telephone.

Eighth grade graduation meeting

The next meeting for the 2002 graduation committee chairs will be on Wednesday, March 27, at Marguerite Widell's house, 898 Maple Street at 7 p.m. If you are interested in chairing a committee, contact Marguerite Widell at 1-978-369-0912. The following chair positions are still open: dance, photovideo, slide show and work day. In addition, the following committees still need volunteers: flowers, dance, reception, slide show, glass gift and work day. If you are interested in volunteering for a committee, call that committee chair. They are: flowers: Donna Carter 1-978-369-7436; reception: Francoise Bourdon 1-978-369-3825 or Barbara Lewis at 1-978-287-0049 and class gift: Tracy Luther 1-978-287-4527 or Lisa Martini 1-978-371-0831.

You're invited to the Mosquito Trash Party

Like peepers and skunk cabbage, sure signs of spring in Carlisle, the annual Mosquito Trash Party is scheduled to take place on Saturday morning, April 6, from 9 to noon.

The town-wide event, sponsored by this newspaper, is a cooperative roadside clean-up effort of Carlisle residents and Scout groups. Everyone is invited to scour the streets in their neighborhood for the past year's accumulation of cans and cups, bottles and bags, as well as the occasional stray tire and sofa cushion.

As has been the tradition, local civic-minded Scouts divvy up the off-road public areas of town and work their magic as equally caring adults concentrate on the major refuse-ridden routes within our borders. Contact Bob Orlando at 1-978-369-1690 or e-mail and let us know where you'll be working so we can retrieve the litter-laden bags around noontime.

If you live on a "low trash" or better yet a "no trash" street, but would still like to help, call or come by the booth in the parking lot next to Daisy's that morning and we'll suggest a stretch of street needing extra attention. Complimentary trash bags and refreshments will be available for all who stop by.

Volunteers with trucks or trailers are needed as well, and for students this is a great opportunity to earn a few hours of community service credit.

So, RSVP, find those work gloves who-knows-where-you-left-them last fall, and be seen at the major social event of the spring!

CCHS seniors to serve COA seniors

The Concord-Carlisle Class of 2002 will be serving a traditional corned beef and cabbage St. Patrick's Day luncheon for the senior citizens of Concord and Carlisle on Saturday, March 16, at noon. The event will take place in the CCHS cafeteria and will include musical entertainment. Reservations are required. Call either the Concord Council on Aging at 1-978-318-3020 or the Carlisle Council on Aging at 1-978-371-2895.

Old Home Day meeting on March 24

Despite the fact that summer is a long way away, planning for Old Home Day 2002 has begun. The theme this year is "American Heroes." It's not too early to start planning your participation in the parade.

The next Old Home Day planning meeting will be held on Sunday, March 24 at 4 p.m. in the Clark Room in Town Hall. Interested in becoming involved? Call Susan Evans at 1-978-371-0880.

From the tax collector

Motor Vehicle Excise tax bills for 2002 have been mailed and are due Friday, March 29. If you have not received a bill and feel you should have, please contact the town treasurer's office at 1-978-369-5557.

If you think you are not liable for a bill you may have received, contact the assessor's office at 1-978-369-0392. It is important not to ignore any excise bills you have received. For other questions contact the treasurer's office.

Rabies clinic on March 23 at Town Hall

The Carlisle Rabies Clinic for cats and dogs will be held on Saturday, March 23, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the lobby of Town Hall, 66 Westford Street. The clinic is sponsored by the Carlisle Board of Health, along with volunteers Dr. Peter Morey of the Carlisle Animal Hospital and Bob Dennison, Carlisle Dog Officer. Pet owners must be residents of Carlisle to participate.

State law requires the vaccination of all cats and dogs. You must bring a current vaccination certificate in order to receive the three-year vaccine, otherwise only a one-year vaccine can be given. A rabies tag is not sufficient. The cost is $10 per animal. Cash is appreciated but checks will be accepted. Dogs must be on leashes and cats brought in carriers.

Dog licenses will be available during clinic hours. A late fine of $20 will be added to the regular fee for any dog not licensed by March 31. Proof of current vaccination status is required for licensing.

Volunteers are needed to help with the processing. Community service points will be awarded to eligible high school students. Contact the board of health at 1-978-369-0283 for more information.

Newcomers' Club to celebrate spring

The Concord-Carlisle Newcomers' Club will hold a Spring Celebration evening of festivities, music, food and dancing on Saturday, April 6. If you are a member of Newcomers', or have moved to Concord or Carlisle within the last seven years and would like to become a member, and you are interested attending the Spring Celebration, you are invited to call Barbara at 1-978-287-0049 for more information. For this special event they will also welcome those who have been members of the Concord-Carlisle Newcomers' Club in the past, who would like to have a great time visiting with old friends and reliving some fond memories. The deadline for reservations is Monday, March 25.

Newcomers' Club creates many venues for all who have recently chosen to make one of these two communities their home, to become acquainted with new neighbors, and enjoy thes wonderful towns on a more personal level. There are many activities scheduled every month to suit almost everyone, and if you have a special interest that you would like to share with others, your involvement is welcome.

If you are not able to attend the Spring Celebration, but would like to find out about becoming a member, call Pat at 1-978-369-9767.

Foss Farm garden plots available

The 750-sq.-ft. plots are available at $5 each, maximum of two per family. The gardens are plowed and staked each spring and wells provide water for the gardeners during the growing season. As part of the rental fee, a key to the gate is provided.

To obtain a garden plot assignment, send a check payable to the Town of Carlisle together with your name, address, telephone number and registration numbers of the vehicles that will be used at the gardens to the Foss Farm community garden manager: Bob Dennison, 165 Stearns Street, Carlisle, MA 01741. Send a stamped self-addressed return envelope.

COA museum trip on April 11

Join the Carlisle Council On Aging (COA) on Thursday, April 11, for a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts to view the new "Impressionist Still Life" exhibit. This is the first major exhibition devoted to French Impressionist still-life painting. Ninety spectacular works reveal the surprising innovations in late 19th century still life by such masters as Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cassatt, Cezanne, van Gogh, and Gauguin. The bus will leave Church Street (park at soccer fields) at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $20, lunch on your own. For reservations, call Liz Jewell at 1-978-371-2895.

Spring egg hunt

The Carlisle Parents Connection cordially invites all Carlisle children, age 5 and under, for the Annual Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 23. The Egg Hunt will begin promptly at 10 a.m. at Diment Park toddler playground. Please bring a basket for gathering eggs. Suggested donation is $5 per family.

The foul weather date is Saturday, March 30 at 10 a.m. Volunteers to assist with the event would be greatly appreciated. Please call Elizabeth Hughes at 1-978-371-2573 to volunteer or with any questions.

Gleason Public Library offers Internet courses

The Gleason Public Library will offer a series of Internet instruction courses during March. Beginning Internet, covering accessing the library catalogue, making requests, and beginning Internet searching, will be offered on March 27. Intermediate Internet, covering search engines and directories and strategies for more accurate searching, will be offered on March 20 and March 30. Wednesday courses meet at 10 a.m. Saturday classes meet at 9 a.m. All courses meet for one hour. There is a limit of six people per class.

Registration at the Gleason Public Library or by phone at 1-978-369-4898.

Library presentation to CBNG on March 20

The next Carlisle Business Networking Group (CBNG) meeting is on March 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gleason Library's Hollis Room.

There will be a presentation by the library to explain resources available for those networking (i.e. periodicals, journals, web sites) and take suggestions on how to improve support. From 7:00 ­ 8:00 p.m. Geffory Cole, CEO and President of the Emerson Hospital will talk about the health care industry in Massachusetts, and answer questions. From 8:00 till 8:30 p.m. there will be informal networking for participants to talk and exchange business cards.

For more information, call John Kaufman at 1-978-369-2330, or email CBNG at

Annual Library Friends' potluck supper

Don't miss the annual potluck supper, sponsored by the Friends of Gleason Library, at 7:30 p.m. on March 23 at the home of Enis and Joan Konuk, 37 Davis Road. Everyone is welcome and this year's supper promises to be a highlight on Carlisle's calendar. Come and meet your old friends and make new ones. If you'd like to attend, e-mail Kate Bauer Burke at or call her at 1-978-371-0925 and leave word as to what your comestible contribution will be (hors d'oeuvre, salad, entree/vegetable, or dessert). Great food, great fun, come one, come all.

Bagpipes wanted!

Looking for bagpipers to march in the Old Home Day parade. If you are a bagpiper or know someone who is, call Susan Evans, OHD Chairperson, at 1-978-371-0880.

Boy Scout fertilizer and birdseed sale to begin

Carlisle Boy Scout Troop 135 is holding its annual fertilizer and birdseed sale starting March 23 and ending on March 30. Products for sale include Scotts quality fertilizer and grass seed products, Loft's garden fertilizer and Carlisle's finest all natural fertilizer. Premium Birdseed containing Sunflower Hearts is also for sale this year. Donations are also welcomed.

The Scouts will be at the town transfer station and in Daisy's parking lot on March 23 and March 30 to take orders. The boys will also be phoning past customers on the week of March 25 to check on this year's order. The products will be conveniently delivered to customer homes on April 6. Proceeds from the sale plus donations help to defray the costs of Troop 135's many programs. Over forty Carlisle boys are registered in the troop.

Book discussion group on March 21

The Friends of the Gleason Public Library book group will hold their book discussion group on March 21 on When We Were Orphans, by Kazuo Ishiguro. The book group is open to everyone, and people are invited to attend any or all of the book discussions. Book group meetings will be held in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Library from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Coffee is served at 6:45 p.m.

Heads up - cell tower balloon test March 22

There will be a balloon test for a cell tower on the Conant Land behind the Town Hall on Friday, March 22, and on the DPW land behind the highway garage on Saturday, March 23. There will also be crane tests taking place at the DPW on Friday, March 22.

Please take a little time to look up to view these tests. In the case of inclement weather or winds the tests will be rescheduled.

Original work to premiere in Carlisle

On Saturday, March 16, "I Will Remember," an original work by Karen Green for choir and instrumental ensemble, will premier at the Corey Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The performance is sponsored by the Congregational Church of Carlisle.

Spring Story Times at the Gleason Library

As Jim Trelease says in The New Read-Aloud Handbook, " The best way to raise a reader is to read to that child - in the home and in the classroom." Because a lifetime love of reading often begins in the early listening experiences of very young children, library story times are an excellent way to foster this love. This spring the Gleason Library will offer four story-time sessions for ages ranging from two to six years old.

The session for children who will be 5 years old before August 31, will meet on Monday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. For children who will be 3 years old by April 2, there will be a choice between Tuesday mornings at 10:30 or Thursday afternoons at 1:30. A special six-week session for children ages 2 to 3 will be held on Friday mornings at 10:30. For this group, children must be two by April 5 and must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. In addition, a special drop-in PJ story time for ages 3 and up will continue to be held on the first Wednesday night of the month at 7 p.m. No registration is necessary for this group only.

Registration for these spring sessions will begin on Saturday, March 23. From 10 to 11 a.m., registrations will be in-person only; after 11 a.m., telephone sign-ups will be accepted. For more information, call the library 1-978-369-4898.

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