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Friday, October 4, 2002

ConsCom coffee on October 8

On Tuesday, October 8, at 7:30 a.m. the Carlisle Conservation Commission will sponsor another of its morning Conservation Coffees. It will be held in the Clark Room at the Town Hall. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for informal gathering of individuals interested in conservation and land related issues as they pertain to Carlisle.

Coffee and muffins will be available to help make this informal gathering a sociable exchange. 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. The coffee will last about an hour, will have no set agenda and anyone may arrive and leave as his or her time allows.
HARVEST TIME. Larry Sorli restocks his tables with produce from his farm on Westford Street. (Photo by Lois d'Annunzio)

Trails committee hosts fall walk in Estabrook

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. We will meet at 1:00 p.m. at the Malcolm Meadows parking lot off Stearns St. Overflow parking is available on Patten Lane. A shorter and a longer version of the walk will also be offered, with the shorter one going around Malcolm Meadows. This is a great opportunity for families to view the fall foliage. Refreshments will be served.

If you have any questions, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Cultural Council accepting 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.

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.

Story time continues at Gleason Library

According to the American Library Association, in First Steps to Literacy, "The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading, is reading aloud to children." Story time enriches the home experience and provides children with interaction with children of their age in a fun setting.

Story time sign up is in progress with sessions for ages 2 to 6. For more information, call the children's department at the library at 1-978-369-4898.

Friday Night Live starts tonight

To get the school year off to a good start, the Carlisle Youth Commission (CYC) invites all students in grades six through eight to the first Friday Night Live (FNL) tonight, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. in the Corey Gym and Exercise Room. Enjoy rockin' dance music with Heather, DJ extrordinaire! There will also be ping-pong and basketball to enjoy with your middle school buddies! A $3.00 contribution is collected at the door to keep the program self-supporting. Pizza and soda are available for a small fee.

Each middle school student and his/her parent must attend a brief meeting at 7:15. The meeting will be held in the auditorium for returning students and the school cafeteria for new students and sixth-grade students. The CYC and the program coordinator will provide information about the Friday Night Live and required permission forms will be available. No student will be admitted without a current, completed form. Please be advised that both the FNL and the meeting are tonight, October 4.

Friday Night Live is held on the first Friday of the month for Carlisle students in both public and private school. In addition to the supervision provided by the commission, all parents will be expected to chaperone at least once during the year.

The CYC welcomes all new sixth graders and middle schoolers back to FNL. Call Lynne Carpenito at 1-978-371-7508.

Box tops can become set of encyclopedias

Did you know the box top on your breakfast cereal could be turned into a new set of encyclopedias for the Carlisle School library? By collecting box top coupons, which appear on many General Mills products, you are turning your meals into cash. The Box Top Team (Holly Salemy and Liz Jewell) has set a goal of raising $1,500 for the year through the General Mills Box Tops program. Part of that money is earmarked for a new encyclopedia set for the Carlisle School library. Products such as Pokemon Fruit Snacks, Old El Paso Taco Shells, and Pillsbury Dinner Rolls are just a few of the many items that contain box top coupons. Cut off box tops, put them in an envelope with your name and drop them in the collection box at Daisy's. Or send them to school with your child. Please write your child's name, and teacher on the envelope. The class with the most box tops wins a pizza party! Holly and Liz will be collecting box tops until March 2003. Questions? Contact Holly Salemy at 1-978-369-2875, or Liz Jewell at 1-978-371-8995.

Seventh grade play meeting open to all

All are welcome to attend a meeting to discuss the seventh-grade play. Committees are still forming and discussions are underway about the upcoming spring seventh-grade play. The meeting will be Wednesday, October 9 at 3:30 p.m. in room 1 in the Wilkins Building at the Carlisle school.

Invitation to join school task force on sports

The Carlisle School Committee has established a subcommittee task force on athletics. The formal charge of the sub-committee is to examine the current program — its success involving students and its costs; and to make recommendations to the school committee regarding funding and the future of the interscholastic and intramural sports program at the Carlisle Public Schools.

The task force will be chaired by a school committee representative. Principal Andre Goyer, assistant principal Stephen Goodwin and representatives from the school's physical education department and coaches will serve. The recreation commission will also be invited to send a representative. Finally, we are seeking two community members to serve on this subcommittee as well. Those interested should contact CSC chairperson Suzanne Whitney Smith, or call the superintendent's office at the school at 1-978-369-4102.

Recreation news

All field and gym usage must be scheduled through the Recreation Office.

Fall Classes — Space available

Adult Basketball — T & Th nights

Adult Fitness — T & Th afternoons

T'ai Chi — Wed. morning or evening

Adult Indoor Soccer — Wed. night

Iyangar Yoga — Wed. evening

Skating lessons — all classes, all ages

Adult Workshops — Space Available

Oct. 22 Feng Shui -Clutter clearing

Nov. 12 Feng Shui — Art of Placement

Dec. 3 Feng Shui - Fashion

Tue Early Release Children's Programs:

Oct. 8 Ecotarium — Full.

Nov. 5 Aquarium — 7 spaces available and two chaperones needed.

Dec. 10 Mad Science — 7 spaces available.

Dec. 11 (Prof. Day) — Create&Play — space available and chaperones needed.

Brochures available at the Gleason Library and at the Town Hall Recreation Office. Reach us at 1-978-369-9815 or via e-mail: or Fax: 1-978-371-6686.

Fire department open house on October 19

The Carlisle Fire Department will be holding an open house at the fire station on Saturday, October 19, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in observance of National Fire Prevention Week. Please make this a family event. Come view the department's equipment and fire

apparatus. There will be a demonstration of the new 100-foot aerial ladder truck at 10 a.m. In addition, qualified personnel will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and fire safety literature will be available. Refreshments will be served.

This event is sponsored by the Carlisle Fire Department and the Carlisle Firefighter's Relief Association.

Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club

The Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club is hosting its first Welcome Coffee of the 2002-2003 season on Tuesday October 8 from 10 a.m. to noon. The Newcomers Club is open to all Concord and Carlisle residents who have lived in the area for less than seven years. It is a great way to get acquainted with your neighbors and your new community. The club has something for everyone including special events, luncheons, children's activities, a gourmet group, wine tastings and a multitude of others. Please plan to join us to find out more about us. Call Judy Hoffman at 1-978-318-9695 if you'd like to attend and for directions to our host home.

Bulb planting on the town common

On Wednesday October 16 and Saturday October 19, the Carlisle Garden Club is hosting a bulb-planting on the Common. The town is invited to participate in this beautification project. Young and old are invited, and CCHS students can fulfill some community service hours (bring along the proper forms to receive credit.)

Come to the Carlisle Common at 9:30 a.m. to pick up bulbs. Make sure to bring trowels, gloves, bulb planters etc. Planting will be underway from 9:30 to noon.

Refreshments will be served. Come and enjoy a fall morning with the community.

Join Friends of Gleason to plan events

The Friends of Gleason Public Library will meet in the Hollis Room on Wednesday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. Come support your public library and learn about Friends' programs. On the agenda at this meeting is the 2002 Murder Mystery Theatre, featuring a special script placing the scene of the crime right here in Carlisle. It's always great fun, and this year it promises to be better than ever.

Sign up for Carlisle's 'Adventures in Nature'

The Carlisle Conservation Foundation (CCF) is sponsoring the class, "Adventures in Nature," through the Carlisle Recreation Commission. CCF has a commitment to encouraging an appreciation of the outdoors in young people. Each week a teacher from Massachusetts Audubon's Drumlin Farm will bring a different wild animal to class. The Thursday afternoon course is offered to 3rd through 6th graders. For more information call the recreation commission at 1-978-369-9815.

Concord Orchestra Young Artists contest

The application deadline for the Concord Orchestra Young Artists Competition is November 4. Auditions will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, November 20 and 21, 2002. The winner will be the featured soloist on the Concord Orchestra's concerts on January 31 and February 1, 2003, and will receive the Ehlers Memorial Scholarship. The competition is open to high school and younger instrumental students, including pianists. A complete concerto or other work suitable for performance with orchestra must be memorized for the audition. For more information and an application form, call 1-978-371-1491.

Halloween pace event at Great Brook

Saturday, October 12 is the date for the Halloween pace event sponsored by the Old North Bridge Pony Club. Riders of all ages may participate individually, or in small groups of up to four riders, over the lovely marked course, beginning and ending at Hart Barn in Great Brook Farm State Park. Costumes are encouraged, but optional. All riders must wear helmets. There will be a mandatory check point and two minute stop with drinks for riders. Snacks will be available. Please bring water for your horses!

Divisions: Saturday Stroll (basic walk/trot); Leap Frog (pick and choose the jumps you'd like to do); and Tally Ho (hunt pace with required jumps.) Ribbons awarded through tenth place in each division. Additional awards for individual and group costumes! Rider start times will be between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. The award ceremony will be at 3:30 p.m., with ribbons mailed to all not present. For more information, call Ruth Robinson at 1-781-275-4028.

Sixth-grade Spaghetti Supper next Tuesday

There's still time to get tickets for the annual Sixth-Grade Spaghetti Supper. Held on Tuesday, October 8, from 5 to 8 p.m., in the Corey Dining Room at the Carlisle School. This annual delicious dinner is the traditional fund-raiser for the sixth graders and their parents. The funds raised will contribute to the activities for this class, including the seventh grade play, graduation, scholarships, field trips and class gift.

Traditional raffle tickets are $1, or 6 for $5. Great prizes include limo services, limited membership to World Gym, wine, video rentals, yoga classes, animal care, gift certificates from Artistic Framer, Hairport, Grasshopper Shop, Carlisle Auto Body, Carlisle Repair, 99 Restaurant, Quilters Way, Ciro's, Trade Secrets Gardens, and many more! An updated list of raffle prizes is available at the spaghetti supper link at

There is a new twist this year — a "Golden" raffle of high-end items. Golden tickets are $20 and there are some tremendous prizes such as golf at the Concord or Brookline Country Clubs, luxury weekends at homes in New Hampshire, Vermont and Cape Cod, or a $200 shopping spree at Bread and Circus. Only 200 of these "Golden" tickets will be sold!

Raffle donations are still needed. Call Kate McCandless at 1-978-369-2937 to make donations.

Tickets can be purchased at Daisy's Market and at the door. Prices are $7 for adults and $4 for children and seniors. For more information, check out the spaghetti supper link on the Carlisle school website:, or call Karen Verrill 1-978-369-7294.

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito