The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 26, 2002

Absentee ballots now available

Registered voters who will not be able to vote at the polls in the town election on Tuesday, May 14, can obtain absentee ballots at the town clerk's office. Citizens can vote at the office from now until Monday, May 13 at noon.

For those who need ballots mailed, application forms may be requested in person or by a family member.

The town clerk's office is located in the Town Hall on Westford Street. Hours are 9-3 Monday through Friday.

Public notice regarding Town Meeting

In the event that the Meeting overflows the Auditorium, there will be a second meeting room in the cafeteria. If you are making a presentation with visuals, you must have a second set of visuals to be presented in the second room by your own assistant, simultaneously. If you do not have a second set, you may not use the first set in the first room.

The town and school will provide audio links, viewing screens, overhead projectors and slide projectors in both rooms. If you wish to make a Power Point presentation, please speak with the Moderator in the week before: 1-978-369-5424.

TURTLE SPOTTER. T. Ritz holds a rare spotted turtle while Emma Schmidt looks on in trepidation, during the vernal pool walk sponsored by ConsCom and the trails committee. (Photo by Lois d'Annunzio)

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. The library is seeking works by Carlisle student artists, 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.

Scholarship 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 of 2002 to apply for the Debbie Wright Scholarship award of $1,000. 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. Applications are available at the Gleason Public Library and at the Career Resource Office at CCHS. The deadline for applications is April 30, 2002. Call Joan Bero, 287-4157, if you have any questions.

CSA to hold book sale on May 7 through 10

The annual Carlisle School Association's (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.

Carlisle Board of Health private well testing

As part of its ongoing evaluation of the quality of drinking water in town, the Board of Health is again organizing a voluntary water-testing program for Carlisle homeowners. The sampling will be conducted by Thorstensen Laboratory, Inc. of Westford on the morning of Saturday, May 4.

To participate owners must pre-pay. Residents can sign up at the board of health office starting April 18, or by mailing a check (payable to Thorstensen Laboratory, Inc.) to the Carlisle Board of Health, P.O. Box 827, Carlisle, MA 01741 and providing the following: owner's name, address, telephone number, and test(s) selected. The deadline for signing up is April 30.

Thorstensen Laboratory is a Massachusetts certified laboratory. The town has arranged for a volume discount on the testing cost. Residents may choose the test or combination of tests to be done. The sampling cost per site is $10. Testing parameters include: General Water Quality ($80) ­ including coliform (bacteria), calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium, alkalinity, ammonia, chloride, chlorine, color, conductivity, hardness, nitrates, nitrites, pH, odor, sulfates, turbidity, sediment, lead and arsenic; Pesticides ($100); Radon ($22); and VOCs ($80) (petroleum products, including MTBE). Total cost for full testing is $292.

Testing will start around 9:00 a.m. on May 4. Owners must be home to provide access to an appropriate sampling port. There will be no appointments, but owners will be called ahead so they can start purging the water lines. Sampling should be completed by early afternoon. Owners will receive complete testing results within a few weeks. A copy will be kept for the board of health property files. The ongoing testing results provide the board of health with an important tool for studying the overall water quality throughout Carlisle.

Questions about the testing should be directed to the board of health office 1-978-369-0283.

RecCom news

Spring activities for adults include: openings in watercolor, fitness, Feng Shui, T'ai Chi, fencing and tennis (starts April 29, call for availability).

Summer program has spaces available in 4-8 and K-4 programs.

Pools are needed for swimming lesson program. If you can donate the use of your pool, call 1-978-368-9815.

An adult coordinator is needed for the summer program, for "SKITS" three days and summer office two days a week. Applications are available at the Gleason Library and Town Hall, or by calling the recreation office at 1-978-369-9815.

Summer brochures have been mailed to all residents. Extra brochures are available at the Gleason Library or at the recreation office.

Library book sale moved to Old Home Day

The annual book sale to benefit the Gleason Public Library will be held on Old Home Day this year. Book donations may be dropped off at the library.

Textbooks and magazines will not be accepted. For further information or to volunteer to help call Mary Cheever 1-978-369-6861.

Safety awareness for senior women

A safety awareness check for senior women will be held on Thursday, May 9, at 9:30 a.m. in the Heald room in Town Hall. Join the Carlisle Council on Aging and Minuteman Senior Services for coffee and pastries and a discussion on keeping yourself and your friends and family members safe.

Women have always needed to be aware of safety and senior women are no exception. Bring yourself up to date on the latest scams and safety issues and how to protect yourself. The focus will be on safety on the street, in your home and in social settings and relationships. Brushing up periodically on common sense tips for keeping yourself safe is a great way to avoid becoming vulnerable while staying active and engaged. To RSVP or for further information, call Liz Jewell at 1-978-371-2895.

Last weekend of 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.

PJ Story Time at the Gleason Library

An evening story time for ages three and up will be held at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at the Gleason Public Library. Come to the library on May 1 to hear some classic picture books as well as new ones. Children are welcome to come in their PJs and bring a stuffed animal. For information, call Marty Seneta at 978-369-4898.

Birding walk at State Park on April 27

D'Ann and Tom Brownrigg, Carlisle residents and birders, will lead a birding trip in Carlisle on Saturday, April 27. The trip is sponsored by the Brookline Bird Club and is free and open to the public. This is a morning trip and they will bird one or two areas in Carlisle.

Meet at Great Brook Farm State Park main parking lot on North Road at 7 a.m. Bring binoculars if you have them. The trip will be cancelled in the event of rain. If you have questions, call the Brownriggs at 1-978-369-5609, or email them at

CCHS girls softball bottle/can drive

Show your support for this one-day event by donating returnable cans and bottles at the Carlisle Transfer Station this Saturday, April 27 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. All proceeds will benefit CCHS softball. Contacts for pickup of large quantities of bottles and cans are: Ann Higgins at 1-978-369-4957, Wayne Busa at 1-978-369-3400 and Joe Flaherty at 1-978-371-0549.

Tour Hosmer House on May 2 in Concord

Join members of the Carlisle Historical Society on May 2 at 7:30 p.m. for a visit to the Joseph Hosmer House at 572 Main Street in Concord. (Parking on Coolidge Road, on the left just before the house.) The meticulously restored home, originally occupied by a Revolutionary hero, dates back to the 1600s. The society will offer light refreshments. There is no fee for the event, and prospective members are welcome. You may pay your annual dues at the site (household, $15, individual, $10, and individual senior $8). Upcoming events include a Peabody Essex Museum expedition and a colonial garden revival lecture. Become part of the society at their first event this year!

Last chance for Thin Mints, etc.

You still have one more opportunity to buy your favorite Girl Scout cookies and support your local first-grade Scouts. From 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, Carlisle Brownies from Troop 2649 will be at Daisy's offering all varieties of the cookies until they sell out. First come, first served!

Foss Farm work day this Sunday

The horse riding season is here. Help clean up, repair and paint the riding ring and jumps at Foss Farm on Sunday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring clippers, hammers, paint brushes, small saws, etc. Paint, garbage bags and a snack will be provided. Call Molly Springer at 1-978-371-1926 with any questions.

Girl Scout spring registration on April 29

Carlisle Girl Scouts will hold a spring registration to enroll girls for next year on Monday, April 29, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Wilkins Building, room 9, on the Carlisle Public School campus. Representatives from the Carlisle Girl Scouts will be available to answer questions. Scouting welcomes girls from kindergarten to adult. Volunteers are currently needed at the kindergarten level. The Patriots Trail Girl Scout Council provides free, local, daytime and evening training and support. For more information, call

Carlisle Girl Scout registrar Andi Gettys at 1-978-369-2392 or email her at

COA Boston boat trip changes date

Come join the Carlisle Council on Aging on Wednesday, June 12 (postponed from June 5), on The Spirit of Boston. The trip includes a two-hour cruise plus a buffet luncheon, music and narration. A bus will leave the lower level of Church Street, Carlisle at 10 a.m., arriving in Boston in time to board the ship by 11:30 a.m. The cost is $33. For non-residents the cost is $36. If you and yours would like to join us, call Jeanne Rourk at 1-978-369-5366, or e-mail Jeanne at

Order your Carlisle fashions now

Stock up on your Carlisle fashions and display your hometown pride by supporting the Carlisle School Association's spring fundraiser. Right now, you can order a royal blue crewneck sweatshirt or tee shirt, half-zip maroon sweatshirt, the famous names tee shirt with all the names of Carlisle students, ivy green golf shirt, or navy blue gym bag. All have "Carlisle" embroidered or written on them. They are suitable for adults and children.

Order forms are at Daisy's Market and the Gleason Public Library, and the order deadline is Tuesday, May 7. All profits support the schools. If you have questions, call Claudia Veitch at 1-978-371-2207 or Ginny Lamere at 1-978-369-8210.

FNL returns May 3

The return of Friday Night Live calls for a celebration! Middle school students are invited to help celebrate on the third of May from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The festivities will include music and dancing in the exercise room, basketball or ping pong or hanging out with friends in the gym, and playing chess or checkers in the spacious hallway. Pizza and soda will be sold for a small fee. Parent chaperones will help make it all possible, observing the celebration from the sidelines.

FNL is for Carlisle students (public or private) in sixth to eighth grades with a completed parental permission form on file. (Anyone who has not yet filled out a permission form must bring a parent or guardian with them to fill one out.) A $3 contribution at the door allows the program to be self-supporting. Students leaving before 9:30 p.m. must be signed out by a parent. All others should be picked up at 9:30 sharp. Call Kathy Hassey (1-978-287-4284) with any questions.

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