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Friday, September 20, 2002

Trail clearing and walk

The trails committee needs help with trail clearing on Sunday, September 22. Meet at the Foss Farm parking lot at 9 a.m. The work will last two or three hours, but any amount of help is appreciated. To protect against both mosquitoes and poison ivy, wear clothing long enough to cover arms and legs. Boots are also a good idea, since some areas may be wet. Bring bow saws, loppers, swing blades or pruning tools if available.

On Sunday, October 6, the trails committee will lead a walk down Two Rod Road to the Circle Trail in the Estabrook Woods. The public is invited to attend, and should meet at 1 p.m. at the Malcolm Meadows parking lot off Stearns Street. Overflow parking is available on Patten Lane. A shorter and longer version of the walk will be offered, with the shorter version going around Malcolm Meadows. This is a great opportunity for families to view the fall foliage. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Cultural Council accepting grant applications

Applications are now being accepted by the Carlisle Cultural Council for the 2002 - 2003 funding cycle of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The deadline for applications is October 15, 2002.

The purpose of the Carlisle Cultural Council is to support public programs that promote access, education, diversity, and excellence in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences in the community. Individuals, private nonprofit organizations, schools, and libraries are encouraged to apply.

In addition to local cultural council grants, applications will be accepted for the PASS program that covers the cost for children to attend programs in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences.

For application forms, go to the Massachusetts Cultural Council web site ( and click on Grant Programs and Services, which leads to the local cultural council section. For questions, call Jennifer D. K. Brock at 1-978-287-9551. Send completed forms to: Carlisle Cultural Council, P.O. Box 132, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Book discussion group sets syllabus

The Friends of the Gleason Library book discussion group meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the Hollis Room at the Library. Everyone is invited to join the group for the following meetings and titles:

October 10: The Lexus and the Olive Tree, by Thomas L. Friedman

November 14: A Room of One's Own, by Virginia Woolf

December 12: Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri

January 9: E=MC

All books are available in paperback or at the library.

Cub Scout Pack 135

This year's first meeting of Cub Scout Pack 135 will be Monday, September 30, at 7 p.m. in the Corey dining room at the Carlisle School. All boys in grades 1 - 5 are invited.

Questions? Call Steve Golson, Cubmaster, 1-978-371-9959.

FRS to hold Neighborhood Sunday

September 29, is Neighborhood Sunday at the First Religious Society (FRS), a Unitarian Universalist Church on the Carlisle Green, at 27 School Street. Friends, neighbors and visitors are welcome to the 10:30 a.m. service. Diane Miller, the interim minister, will preach in the upstairs Sanctuary which is handicapped accessible. Refreshments will follow in Union Hall. Members will be there to answer questions about church programs and activities. A concert, entitled "Broadway at the First," will be held that evening at 7 p.m. It is appropriate for all ages and will last approximately an hour. If you have further questions, call Lyn Oleksiak at 1-978-369-5127.

'Fiddlin' into Fall' family picnic tomorrow

The Carlisle Parents Connection invites everyone in the community to an autumn family picnic with musical guests DownDog. This event is scheduled for Saturday, September 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Spalding Field. DownDog is a fiddle and guitar duo, who will provide an eclectic mix of bluegrass, rock and Celtic music. Admission is $10 per family. Bring a picnic lunch or a dessert to share with neighbors and friends! Children's activities include face painting, ring toss, children's mural and food crafts. The rain date is Saturday, September 28, at Spalding Field (or inside Union Hall at the First Religious Society if neccessary.) For more information, call Kathy at 1-978-371-9045.

'Emerald Necklace' at Gleason October 7

The Carlisle Garden Club and the Gleason Public Library will co-sponsor a program titled "Emerald Necklace" at 7 p.m. on October 7, in the Hollis Room at the library. The public is cordially invited to attend.

Sign-up for story time

Sign-up for the fall story time sessions offered at the Gleason Public Library will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 21. Phone registrations will be taken beginning at 11 a.m. For more information, call the children's librarian at 1-978-369-4898.

Library honors student artists Saturday

Attend a reception for ten student artists at the Gleason Library on Saturday, September 21, between 2 and 4 p.m. Carlisle middle school musicians will provide entertainment during the event.

The Visual Arts Program at the library currently showcases the work of students, ranging from kindergarten through college, now through October 26. Students in town submitted works at the beginning of the summer. The items selected for display include paintings (oil and watercolor), drawings, photographs, and sculpture. The library will exhibit student work annually.

CSA gift wrap sale deadline September 27

We're racing to the finish! Help support the school by participating in the Carlisle School Association's gift wrap sale. Proceeds from the sale will help to maintain critical school programs, cultural enrichment and teacher "wish lists." This year the top three classrooms in terms of participation will win a "party in a bag" and a special prize. The sale ends September 27. Online orders can be made at www.innisbrook, school number 106482.

CSA welcomes newcomers

All newcomers to the Carlisle schools, as well as old-timers willing to provide a greeting, are invited to attend a welcome coffee on Wednesday, October 2, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the home of Elizabeth Acquaviva, 193 Partridge Lane.

Come socialize and learn about the Carlisle School Association (CSA), including "Friendly Faces," which matches new families with families that have been in town a while to provide information and friendship during the "settling in" period. Call Elizabeth at 1-978-369-0364 for more information, or to volunteer to bring something.

Learn about green school building design

On September 30, at 7 p.m. in the Corey Auditorium, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) will be providing a two-hour workshop for all those interested in high performance green schools. The presentation will cover these topics: what is a high-performance green school? What are the benefits of a high-performance green school for students, teachers, taxpayers, and the environment? Features of a green school, including daylighting, safe indoor air quality, high-efficiency systems, and non-toxic materials. The process of putting together an effective integrated design team.

This presentation is offered at no cost to Carlisle residents by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative recently awarded $20,000 to Carlisle for the school expansion feasibility study. Carlisle's School Building Committee has chosen the architectural firm of Symmes Maini & McKee Associates (SMMA) of Cambridge, MA to complete the feasibility study. SMMA's Martine Dion will be at the presentation.

Solar system science at Gleason September 27

Children and their parents can learn about the solar system through a program of music and movement at the Gleason Public Library on Friday, September 27 at 3:30 p.m. Christopher Worth, musician and songwriter presents "Birthday to Birthday", a program of science literacy for students in grades K-3 which introduces astronomy through hands-on activities.

Tickets, which are needed for this event, will be available in the children's department. This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For further information call 1-978-369-4898.

Visit the Peabody Essex Museum

Join members of the Carlisle Historical Society on an excursion to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem on Saturday, October 5. The group will go on a tour of three historic houses, make a private visit to the research library, stop for lunch, and receive a guided tour of the museum. Car pools are available. The discounted cost to society members is $12; non-members pay $15. Please call 978.369.9598 today to reserve a spot.

Policy update from Carlisle Schools

As part of the Massachusetts Department of Education Coordinated Program Review, the Carlisle Public Schools would like to notify parents and community members about some recent policy updates. This past year the Carlisle School Committee approved the following policies: Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973—Grievance and Complaint Procedures, Title VI Grievance and Complaint Procedures and Massachusetts General Law Chapter 76, Section 5 Grievance and Complaint Procedures. For parents with children enrolled in the Carlisle Public Schools, these policies were originally sent home on the first day of school this year. If you have any questions or would like to obtain a copy of these policies, please call 1-978-369-6550 to speak with Stephen Goodwin, Assistant Principal.

Recreation news

Please note: all field and gym usage must be scheduled through the Recreation Office.

The fall brochure has been mailed to all Carlisle residents.

Early release programs have space available in the October 8 Ecotariam, the November 5 Aquarium, the December 10 Mad Science, as well as in the December11 (professional day) Create & Play.

Youth programs with space available include Sing and Play, drawing, painting, nature, Spanish, French, skating and fencing.

Brochures are available at the Gleason Library and at the Town Hall recreation office. Call 1-978-369-9815 or e-mail: or fax: 1-978-371-6686 for

more information.

Planning board seeks new member

The Carlisle Planning Board has one opening on its seven-member board. The board of selectmen and the planning board will meet jointly on September 24 to consider applications. The new appointee will serve six or seven months until the 2003 town elections and must be a registered voter in Carlisle.

The planning board reviews and approves plans for the subdivision of land, the creation of roads to provide access to that land, and issues special permits as authorized by the zoning bylaws. For nonresidential property, the board advises the selectmen during the course of site plan review. The board evaluates all proposals in terms of the goals adopted by the town's master plan, and makes recommendations to the town for the optimum management of future change and growth.

The planning board regularly meets at Town Hall on the second and fourth Monday of each month.

If you are interested in serving, send a brief resume or background statement and cover letter immediately to the planning board and to the selectmen. Letters may be faxed to 1-978-369-4521, sent by e-mail to, or delivered to the planning board at their meeting on Monday, September 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Clark Room of Town Hall.

If you have any questions, call the planning administrator, George Mansfield, at 1-978-369-9702.

Other board openings

The Carlisle Board of Selectmen wishes to announce that there are openings on the following boards and committees: cable communications advisory committee, cultural council, household recycling committee, Hanscom Field advisory committee, and zoning board of appeals.

If interested in becomming involved in town government, send a letter to the board of selectmen indicating your area of interest.

Fall yoga classes

Yoga classes are being offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Union Hall in the First Religious Society church. The session will run for ten weeks beginning Tuesday, September 10, meeting from 9:10 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. An evening class is also offered on Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Classes are taught by Karen Verrill, a certified Kripalu instructor.

Register in person at class, or call 1-978-369-7294. Drop in students are welcome and newcomers are invited to attend a complimentary class.

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