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Friday, April 12, 2002

FRS globalization panel April 22

The First Religious Society has recruited what promises to be a lively panel of experts to help unravel the complexities of "Economic Globalization" with its pros and cons. At 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 22, three speakers will share a wealth of first-hand knowledge about the mechanisms of the new world order and the contradictory outcomes experienced by stakeholders here and abroad.

Carlisleans Ray Offenheiser and Neils Larsen will be joined by labor representative Tim Costello of Cambridge. Selectman Tim Hult has accepted the job of moderator, and all interested persons are invited.

Costello is coordinator of the Northern Alliance for Fair Employment, a network of 55 unions, community groups, and advocacy organizations. An active union member, he has traveled extensively abroad and contributed to four books on labor and globalization.

Since 1991 Larsen, a technical assistance advisor with the International Monetary Fund and on occasion the World Bank, has provided counsel to central banks in Poland, Russia, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Algeria, Yemen, and Kyrgystan. Previously he was a vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston.

Offenheiser, currently president of Oxfam America, spent ten years as a Ford Foundation director of offices in Bangladesh and Latin America. In November, he gave a fine assessment of the situation in Afghanistan before an audience here.

The panel discussion also serves as a kickoff for a three-part series of workshops on "Economic Justice," the first of which, on Monday, April 29, will be a follow-up to the panel discussion. A welcome guest will be Susan Holcombe, visiting professor at the Heller School at Brandeis University, who also plans to be in the audience for the panel. Two workshops scheduled for May 13 and May 20 will deal with economic justice challenges in our own society, current roadblocks to their resolution, and what a faith-based community might want to do to help.

TAKING TO THE STREET. Residents of all ages turn out to clean Carlisle's roads at the Trash Party last Saturday. (Photo by Mike Quayle)

Next OHD meeting

The next Old Home Day meeting is scheduled for April 28 at 4 p.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. This year's theme is "American Heroes." The patriotic celebration in Carlisle will begin on July 3, with music and an Ice Cream Social, and festivities on July 4. If you would like to get involved in Carlisle's favorite day, come to the next meeting. For more information, call Susan Evans at 1-978-371-0880 or email

Garden Club scholarships offered

The Carlisle Garden Club is encouraging Carlisle residents of any age, who intend to work toward a college or postgraduate degree in the fall to apply for the Debbie Wright Scholarship award of $1000. The award criteria include a commitment to community service, previous activities and grades, and your college area of study. Interest in gardening, the environment, or horticulture is helpful, but not a requirement. Financial needs are also considered. To qualify, the applicant must be a resident of Carlisle. The scholarship is supported by the Carlisle Garden Club's major fundraising projects which include the spring plant sale and garden club tour.

Applications are available at the Gleason Public Library and at the career resource office at CCHS. The deadline for applications is April 30. Call Joan Bero at 1-978-287-4157 for more information.

Baseball workday on April 13

CCHS baseball players will rake leaves and perform other light yard work on Saturday, April 13, from 9 to 4 p.m. For a fee of $10 per player per hour, with a minimum of two players for three hours, your yardwork can be handled by reliable workers.

All proceeds will help support CCHS baseball. Call 1-978-371-0351 to schedule.

CCHS class of 1986 to hold reunion

Concord-Carlisle's class of 1986 is celebrating their 15-year reunion on Saturday, May 4, at Jillian's in Boston at 8 p.m. The event is open to any 1986 graduate from Concord or Carlisle (CCHS or private school) and it is also open to any teachers or administrators who were at the elementary, middle or high schools during our 12 years. All are welcome. We are trying desperately to find every single classmate so if you have someone's current contact information please pass it along to the people below. For ticket information, contact Kendra E. Wright at or phone Jill Slansky Colleran at 1-978-369-3212

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Parents Connection offers two nights out

Join other Carlisle moms who have children under age five for two Moms' Nights Out.

On Wednesday, April 17, meet for dinner at Café Luigi's in Bedford at 7:30 p.m. RSVP to Polly Meyer (1-978-318-9690) by Tuesday, April 16, to be included in the reservation. Café Luigi is located on Route 225 in Bedford, in front of Marshalls and Bread & Circus.

On Tuesday, April 23, gather to learn how to prepare some delicious hors d'oeuvres. A chef will come to a Carlisle home to conduct a cooking class from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Participants get to take home the recipes, help with the preparation and enjoy all the dishes the chef prepares. The cost is $22 per person and the class is limited to ten people. Call Polly Meyer to reserve a spot.

The Magic of Reading

The annual CSA book sale is coming May 7 through 10 in the school library. A wide selection of books will be available: classics, bestsellers, picture books and many titles from both the middle and elementary schools' recommended reading lists. Parenting books and current bestsellers will also be available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds of all sales go to benefit the school library. "Birthday books" can be purchased as gifts for the school library, which are given in your child's name, inscribed with his/her birthday date, and offered to the child first for check-out.

Extended hours for the sale are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Friday.

Call for CSA fair volunteers

Volunteers are needed for all shifts at the book fair. This successful event routinely provides over 200 new books for our library each year. We are asking volunteers to sign up for three-hour shifts (two-hour minimum). If you can help, call Susan Evans at 1-978-371-0880 to schedule a time to work. All volunteers will receive a ten-percent discount on book purchases.

Contra dance and potluck tonight

The second Friday contra dance in Union Hall at the First Religious Society will be held on April 12. Before the dance everyone is invited to a potluck supper that will begin at 6:30 p.m. The dance starts at 8 p.m. Sue Rosen will do the calling and Debby Knight, Bruce Rosen, Walter Lenk and friends will provide the music. A $5-a-person collection will be taken at intermission. Beginners and singles are welcome. Call Ellen Huber at 1-978-369-6678 if you have any questions.

Order Mother's Day baskets now

This year the Carlisle Garden Club has a new item for Mothers Day. Baskets filled with all sorts of appropriate plants and other goodies can be ordered for pick-up at the plant sale on May 11. Baskets include: The Red Hot Mama (a salsa group), the Lady Shady, the English, the Zen, the Gardener's Kitchen, Relaxation, and the Highland Fling. Prices range from $12 to $40. Call Debbie Bentley at 1-978-287-4783 to order.

Woodcock walk at Foss Farm, April 20

Celebrate Earth Day weekend, Saturday, April 20, with a trip to Foss Farm to observe American Woodcocks on their breeding grounds. The males perform spectacular flight displays, circling up hundreds of feet before descending. The displays are believed to be a means of marking territories and attracting females. Males can be easily located by their distinctive "peent" calls. Foss Farm is one of the few publicly accessible places in Carlisle where people can easily observe these fascinating birds.

D'Ann and Tom Brownrigg, long-time Carlisle residents and birders, will lead the walk. Meet at the Foss Farm parking lot at 7:30 p.m.; the flight displays start shortly after dusk. Bring binoculars if you have them. In the event of rain, the walk will be April 21 at the same time. Note that we are starting later than last year.

If you have any questions, please contact the Brownriggs at 1-978-369-5609 or

Vernal pool walk on Sunday, April 21

The Carlisle Trails Committee and the Carlisle Conservation Commission will jointly sponsor a walk on the Conant Land Sunday, April 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. Please meet in the parking lot behind the Town Hall at 66 Westford Street.

Habitat specialists will be on hand to help with identifying life found in the certified vernal pool on the site. You may want to bring a hand lens or magnifying glass and a small shallow container to better view some of the life found in the pool. Children are especially invited to attend. The walk will be held rain or shine, so a rain jacket or umbrella and boots for soggy soil are recommended. The vernal pool is located off the trail, so some traveling will be over uneven terrain.

Refreshments will be served at the end of the walk. We promise not to serve anything found in the vernal pool. For more information call trails committee member Louise Hara at 1 978-287-4833 or Sylvia Willard at the Carlisle Conservation Commission: 1-978-369-0336.

Gleason Library survey is on-line and on paper

The library is soliciting feedback from community residents on library services. Fill in the on-line survey at or come to the library and fill in a survey form. The deadline will be May 1. The long-range planning committee appreciates your evaluation of the library and suggestions for the future.

Open burning season

The dates for the open burning season in Carlisle are January 15 through May 1. Residents may have open fires between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Fires must be attended at all times and require a permit, which can be obtained on the day of burning between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. by calling the Carlisle Fire Department at 1-978-369-1442. The dispatcher will request a name, address and telephone number and will advise if conditions are acceptable for burning on that day.

Second half of 2002 tax bills mailed

The second half 2002 real estate and personal property tax bills have been mailed and are due Wednesday, May 1. If you have not received a bill, call the tax collector's office at 1-978-369-5557. If your mortgage company pays your tax bill, please mail a portion of that bill to them. The tax office does not mail bills to the mortgage companies.

If the taxes remain unpaid at the close of business on May 1, 2002, the bill will be subject to 14 percent interest computed from May 1, unless a demand is issued prior to payment at which point it will be calculated from April 1. Contact the tax collector's office with further questions.

Council on Aging Trip on Spirit of Boston

Come join the Council on Aging trip on the Spirit of Boston on June 5. This trip includes a 2-hour cruise plus a buffet luncheon, music and narration. A bus will leave lower Church Street in Carlisle at 10 a.m., arriving in Boston in time to board at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $33. For non-Carlisle residents, the cost is $36. If you and yours would like to join us, please call Jeanne Rourk at 1-978-369-5366, or e-mail rourkfrancis

Library art program seeks student artists

The Art at the Gleason visual projects program provides exhibition space at the Gleason Library for work by a variety of artists working in all media. Its goal is to increase the community's appreciation of the arts while adding visual stimulation and challenge to the library environment. The library is seeking works by Carlisle student artist, through college age, to exhibit their work for September and October 2002. Contact Andrea Urban, 1-978-369-4734 or Brooke Cragan at 1-978-369-1196 by May 1 if interested.

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