The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 3, 2002

Prescription plan explained on May 8

The executive office of elder affairs will hold an informational forum on Prescription Advantage, the new state-sponsored prescription drug insurance plan for all Massachusetts residents aged 65 or over and younger people with disabilities, at the Gleason Library, 22 Bedford Road in Carlisle on Wednesday, May 8 at 2 p.m. Prescription Advantage offers unlimited prescription drug coverage that is combined with an annual out-of-pocket spending limit to provide drug coverage with unparalleled financial protection. Refreshments will be served at the event. To R.S.V.P. to the forum, call 1-617-520-7274. To enroll or for more information on the Prescription Advantage, call toll-free: 1-800-age-info (1-800-243-4636) or tdd/tty: 1-877-610-0241.

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.

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

EARTH DAY TOWN MEETING. Rep. Marty Meehan talks with Bob Luoma after the Earth Day Town Meeting in Concord. Luoma, leader of the Merrimack Valley chapter of Religious Witness for the Earth, gives Meehan a copy of the organization's "Call to Action," which encourages implementation of the Northeast Governors' agreement on climate change action. (Photo by Ellen Huber)

Tough guys or tough guise?

Men Against Domestic Abuse and Control is sponsoring a showing of Jackson Katz's award winning film Tough Guise on Tuesday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Religious Society, 27 School Street in Carlisle.

Tough Guise, a brief film aimed at a general audience, analyzes masculinity as a social construction, a performance, or role, in short, a "tough guise." Jackson Katz, a former all star football player and preeminent gender violence prevention trainer, takes the audience on a harrowing tour of contemporary masculinity using stunning imagery chosen from a broad range of popular culture. Tough Guise focuses attention on the overwhelming, but largely overlooked statistical correlation between violent crime and gender in society -usually over 90 percent male.

The program also includes the area premier of Breaking Our Silence: Gloucester Men Speak Out Against Domestic Abuse (10 minutes). This honest, candid short film of interviews with men outlines how some Massachusetts men have joined together to confront and change how they and their peers deal with domestic abuse and violence.

Rounding out the two-hour presentation will be an audience participation discussion on men, women and violence, led by Ed LeClair. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome.

Carlisle residents are urge to come and bring their mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters and sons. The films are powerful and suitable for high school through adult.

For further information contact Ed LeClair at 1-978-318-0544 and or David Robbins at 1-978-369-2018 and Remember, "that which we tolerate we teach."

Men Against Domestic Abuse and Control is a group of local men and women working toward the elimination of domestic violence in their communities. They include members from Acton, Andover, Bedford and Carlisle. Contact Ed or David for information about their next meeting.

SAY CHEESE! From left to right, Alison Mayer, Elisabeth Karafotias, Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson, Devon Dray and Martin Spears show off a few of the items purchased for the Carlisle Public School with last year's Carlisle Education Foundation teacher appreciation appeal.


Towle Land bird walk on Sunday May 19

This year's spring bird walk on the Towle Land will be held on Sunday , May 19, leaving from the parking area on Westford Street at 6 a.m. Sponsored by the conservation commission, the walk will be led by Ken Harte.

With early spring weather fluctuating from unseasonably hot and dry to unusually cold and wet, how will the spring migration be affected? Bluebirds are in, having survived the winter. How many bobolinks will return this year? Will there be any effects of last year's sheep graze? And will one or both waterthrushes be back? Come and find out on the 19th, rain or shine, with binoculars, boots, and insect repellent.

Contra dance and potluck on May 10

The second Friday contra dance in Union Hall at the First Religious Society will be held on May 10. 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.

Be memorialized on Old Home Day

The Old Home Day Committee is in the process of expanding and improving the Country Fair by building 20 new booths. For a donation of $40 you can have a booth built in your honor. A brass plaque will be engraved with your name and attached to the booth permanently.

We are building 20 new booths, therefore twenty lucky people will have the good fortune to be remembered every Old Home Day. (For those of you new to town, Old Home Day is Carlisle's Fourth of July celebration).

This is a one-time, first-come, first-served offer, so act now. Send your donation, made payable to the Old Home Day Association, c/o Susan Evans, OHD chairperson, 299 Heald Road, Carlisle, MA.

The Old Home Day Association is a non-profit organization made up of Carlisle residents whose sole interest is in keeping this special Carlisle tradition alive. We are not a town-funded organization and depend solely upon donations, which are greatly appreciated.

Blessing of the Animals Service May 5 at FRS

The First Religious Society will hold a special Blessing of Our Fellow Creatures Service on Sunday May 5 at 10:45 a.m. The service will be held outdoors if the weather permits, or in Union Hall if it is inclement. Community members are invited to bring their pets or a representation of the pet (for example, a picture) to be blessed. To insure the safety of all participants, animals must either be in a cage or on a leash. The animals will be blessed in groups. This service is being organized by the Junior Youth group at FRS. The blessings will be directed toward both pets and wild animals. All are welcome.

Parents Connection throws baby party

Carlisle Parents Connection invites families with new additions since May 2001 to a New Baby Party. The party will be held on May 18 at 10:30 a.m. at Diment Park. (Rain date is May 19 at 2 p.m.) Come meet other families from your neighborhood and learn about local services and activities for young children. Siblings are welcome. RSVP by May 13 to 1-978-369-0116 to receive a personalized Welcome Baby gift.

Join CCYS trip to Foxboro to watch pro soccer on May 11

Join Concord Carlisle Youth Soccer, on a trip to Foxboro stadium to watch the New England Revolution play the Dallas Burns on Saturday, May 11. Busses will depart CC high school at 5:45 p.m. and are scheduled to return to the high school at 10:15 p.m. Cost $13 a head for bus transportation and a game ticket. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Any and all interested community members are welcome to join us. The group will be seated together. Please send a check payable to CCYS to Paul Dewey at 16 Bartkus Farm Road, Concord MA 01741. For more information, call 1-978-287-5567.

Library book sale

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, Reader's Digest Condensed Books and magazines will not be accepted. Books should be dropped off in boxes. For further information or to volunteer to help call Mary Cheever 1-978-369-6861.

Scholarships available

Each year the Carlisle Teachers' Association awards two scholarships to graduates of the Carlisle Public Schools. Applications for the awards are now being accepted. For an application, please read the qualification requirements and contact:

Scholarship Committee

C/O Carlisle Public Schools

83 School Street

Carlisle, MA 01741


Marguerite Grant Scholarship

The recipient must be a 2002 graduate of Concord-Carlisle Regional High School or Minuteman Science Technology High School. Candidates should have a desire for further education and qualities of intellect and character that indicate success in their chosen field and future usefulness to society.

Amy Lapham Award for Continuing Education

This award is given to a student who has already begun his or her higher education. The applicant must be a current or legal resident of Carlisle, a graduate of Concord-Carlisle Regional High School or Minuteman Science Technology High School, and have successfully completed at least one year of study in his or her chosen field.

Applications should be returned to the above address by 3 p.m. May 31.

Cub Scout Pack 135 open meeting

The next meeting of Cub Scout Pack 135 will be on Monday, May 20, at 7 p.m. in the Corey Dining Room. We extend an invitation to all boys who will be in grades 1-5 next year to come see what Cub Scouting is all about. Refreshments will be served.

Call Steve Golson, cubmaster, at 1-978-371-9959 with any questions.

Friday Night Live tonight

Celebrate the return of Friday Night Live tonight, May 3, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Middle school students are invited to celebrate with music and dancing in the exercise room, celebrate with basketball or ping pong or hanging out with their friends in the gym, and celebrate by playing chess or checkers in the spacious hallway. Students can take a break from the celebration with pizza and soda (sold for a small fee).

Carlisle students (public or private) in sixth to eighth grades are welcome to attend FNL, but anyone who does not yet have a completed permission form on file 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! Please call Kathy Hassey at 1-978-287-4284 with any questions.

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.

Attention high school students

Do you need to earn Community Service hours? If so, here are two great opportunities:

The Old Home Day Committee needs you! Earn hours while having fun on Thursday, July 4. Help out with kids games, the cake decorating contest, pie contest, clean-up and more! Call Susan Evans, OHD Chairperson at 1-978-371-0880 for more information.

The council on aging is looking for a few teenagers to do light yard work for local senior citizens. Interested? Call Susan Evans at 1-978-371-2895.

Wanted: seventh-grade parents

Volunteers are needed for graduation ceremony, graduation reception and graduation dance. Please call Susan Mills at 1-978-369-5346 or Marcy Guttadauro at 1-978-371-9710 to volunteer.

Economic justice discussion open to all

The second of three economic justice discussion groups will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 13, in Union Hall of the First Religious Society. Topics to be explored include the working family agenda and the building blocks of social and economic justice in an era of economic globalization. For more information, call Seba Gaines at 1-978-369-4618.

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