The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 17, 2002

June 4 workshop on boosting children's self-esteem

A repeat of a workshop for parents of kindergarten through grade five will be held on Tuesday, June 4, at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Parents are the strongest voice in preventing a child from becoming involved with drugs and alcohol. One of the three areas of concentration in the school health curriculum, a prevention program, is developing and maintaining a strong, positive self-image. Through grant monies awarded by Drug Free Schools, Marilyn Buckler, formerly the school psychologist in Carlisle, and currently the parent consultant to the Open Circle Program at Wellesley College, is offering a one-evening workshop on exploring and reviewing self-esteem building ideas to use with children. Participants will leave with specific ideas and activities to immediately implement at home. To reserve a space, call Claire Mariano at 1-978-369-3758.

Photo contest to honor late ConsCom member

The Carlisle Conservation Commission announces a photography contest in honor of the late Eric Jensen, a Carlisle Conservation Commissioner. The contest covers images taken during the Riverfest on June 1, in any of the participating towns: Billerica, Bedford, Carlisle, Concord, Lincoln, Sudbury, Wayland and Framingham. The contest also includes photos taken during the Biodiversity Days on May 31 - June 3.

There is a fee of $2 per entry, cash or check, made payable to Carlisle Conservation Foundation. Photos must be taken during the Riverfest and/or Biodiversity Days, 2002. Subject matter may include nature studies, landscapes, flora and fauna, people enjoying the Riverfest activities, or other related material.

There are three categories of entry: adult amateur, adult professional, and youth (15 years old or younger). All entries must be printed on suitable paper and ready for hanging, either matted or framed.

On the back of each entry must appear: name, address, phone number, category of entry, a brief description of the subject matter (where taken, what it is), and if the photo is for sale, include price.

Photos must be submitted, with the $2 entry fee, to Sylvia Willard, Carlisle Town Hall, Westford Street, Carlisle MA 01741, by no later than Monday, June 17. Winners will be announced and photos will be displayed at the Carlisle Old Home Day, July 4.

Photos must be picked up by 2:30 p.m. on July 4. If the photo cannot be picked up, include a self-addressed stamped envelope or mailer for its return. Heavy frames should be picked up after the contest on July 4, to avoid damage. Photos not picked up by Monday, July 8, will be given away or otherwise disposed of.

Eric Jensen, a Carlisle Conservation Commissioner, was a professor of physics at Brandeis University. He lived on Brook Street in Carlisle until his tragic death in a motorcycle accident in September 2001. He loved the Greenough Land so close to his home, and he was fond of circulating, by e-mail, photos of tiny frogs found on the side of his house or strange and beautiful moths that populated his screen at night. Jensen was an intelligent and independent thinker who cut to the heart of important issues, and we sorely miss his wit and insight. The contest is the commission's way to honor a deeply mourned friend.

Biodiversity outings on May 30 - June 3

Biodiversity Days are back ­ a week earlier this year - on May 31 through June 3. This is the third year that Carlisle naturalists have led wildlife walks for all ages and skills. The purpose is twofold: to help spread enthusiasm for and knowledge of Carlisle natural history and to create an inventory of plants and animals occurring in our community.

Town coordinator Ken Harte has lined up five events:

Friday May 31, Towle Land; Meet at 6 p.m. at the Towle Land parking lot on Westford Street; Leader - Jo Rita Jordan.

Saturday June 1, Concord River; Meet at 5:30 a.m. at Bedford boat landing off Rt. 225 with canoe; Leader - Ken Harte.

Saturday June 1, Cranberry Bog; Meet 8:30 a.m. at Bog House on Curve Street; Leader - Susan Emmons.

Sunday June 2, Great Brook Farm State Park; Meet 7 a.m. at main parking lot on North Road; Leaders - Tom and D'Ann Brownrigg.

Monday June 3, Conant Land; Meet 7 a.m. at Town Hall parking; Leader - Peter Burn.

If you are an expert on lichens, fungi or beetles, you could help fill a much-needed area of expertise. Specialists in all areas as well as beginners are urged to come and help find out about Carlisle's biodiversity.

The weekend is sponsored by the state's Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA) and other nature and educational groups. The Biodiversity Days event is a challenge to communities to learn about the animal and plant species in their area and to identify at least 200 species. For more information visit the web site: http://data.massgis. or contact town organizer Ken Harte at

Music Together holding summer registration

Music Together BBC has an innovative research-based approach to early childhood music development for children from infant to about 4.5 years old, and their parents or caregivers. The program develops a child's basic music competence. Music Together teaches that music is as basic a life skill as walking or talking. Each family receives a different music collection for every semester.

The summer semester in Carlisle, Billerica and Belmont is starting on June 24. For more information, call 1-978-369-1477, or visit the web site

Wanted: room parents

A room parent is someone who assists the classroom teacher in a variety of ways, such as coordinating field trip chaperones, soliciting donations of classroom supplies, coordinating volunteers for classroom help, etc. If you would like to serve as a room parent for the school year 2002-2003, call the following room parent coordinators to have your name added to the list: Janet Gillies at 978-287-5107 for grades pre-K, K and 1; Susan Struss at 978-369-4632 for grades 2 and 3; Marcy Guttadauro at 978-371-9710 for grades 4 and 5; Francesca Bjork at 978-287-5093 for grades 6, 7 and 8. If you have other questions regarding room parenting, call head room parent coordinator: Susan Mills at 978-369-5346.

Old Home Day calling all vendors

The Fourth of July is just around the corner. And that means that preparations are underway for Old Home Day's Country Fair ­ Carlisle's own version of an open air marketplace. It's a fun place to walk and talk and shop. If you're a seasoned veteran or budding young entrepreneur, it's also a great opportunity to sell your own crafts and creations, products and provisions.

Children and young adults are encouraged to start brainstorming on ways to turn a hobby into a business for a day. Organizations and clubs are welcome to provide information to the public or raise funds for their group.

Those who might be interested in having a booth or table this year are encouraged to call Bob and Nancy Orlando at 1-978-369-1690 or send an e-mail to Test the waters ­ July 4 could be your new business' opening day!

Next OHD meeting

The next Old Home Day meeting is scheduled for Sunday, May 19, at 4 p.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. Call Susan Evans at 1-978-371-0880 for more information.

Nominate Carlisle's Conservationist of the Year

The Carlisle Conservation Commission is accepting nominations for the annual Conservationist of the Year award. This award has been established to honor a person who has demonstrated a high regard for the environment, and will be presented to the award winner on Old Home Day. The nomination should include: the name of the nominee, reasons for nomination, and the signature of the person making the nomination. Forms should be sent by Tuesday, June 11 to: Sylvia Willard, Conservation Administrator, Carlisle Town Hall, P.O. Box 827, Carlisle or FAX (978) 369-4521.

ConsCom open coffee gathering on May 21

On Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 a.m., the Carlisle Conservation Commission will sponsor its second conservation morning coffee in the Clark room at the Town Hall. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for an informal gathering of individuals interested in conservation and land-related issues as they pertain to Carlisle. There will be an opportunity for an around-the-room discussion allowing anyone to ask questions, make suggestions, share information about upcoming events, good birding spots, great books and articles, and discuss future possibilities.

Muffins will be available, too, to help make this informal gathering a sociable exchange.The coffee will last about one hour, will have no set agenda and anyone may arrive and leave as time allows.

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.

Be memorialized on Old Home Day

The Old Home Day Committee is expanding 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. (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 01741.

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.

Historical Society needs clean-up help June 8

Volunteers of all ages are welcome to help the Carlisle Historical Society spruce up the yard at the Heald House between 9 a.m. and noon. Join them for coffee, juice and a donut, plus a little raking, clipping, weeding, sweeping and bagging. The Society can promise excellent company, a lovely location, and their undying gratitude. After the chores are completed, volunteers can have a peek inside Heald House. The rain date is June 9, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact Sarah Brophy at 1-978-369-5424 to sign up.

Towle Field 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.

Carlisle Castle closed for maintenance

Carlisle Castle will be closed for maintenance starting on Wednesday morning, May 22, and will reopen on Tuesday morning, May 28. The area at the Castle will be posted and barrier tape put up. For younger children the Diment Park "Tot Lot" will be open as well as the new Landscape Structure play space at the front of the Spalding building. In addition, the plaza will be available.

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito