The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 29, 2002

"PUDDLE JUMPER" GETS A LIFT. Carlisle Fire Lieutenant Rob Koning drives the town's 1931 Chevy fire truck onto the flatbed trailer brought by Billy Luther of Carlisle Auto Body. Luther is donating his services to restore the old truck. (Photo by Ellen Huber)

CPC sponsors new "Drop Out" events

A "Drop Out" is a new way to informally join other Carlisle families with young children while enjoying out-of-town activities. Participants are to identify themselves to others by wearing homemade, pinned-on name tags clearly mentioning the Carlisle Parents' Connection. Meet at the designated time and location to find other Carlisle friends. Those who arrive late, just go in and have fun, and keep an eye out for the name tags. Assume outdoor activities are canceled in the case of inclement weather. Three "drop-outs" are planned for December:

Monday, December 2, 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: Aquarium. Meet in the Lobby of The New England Aquarium in Boston.

Sunday, December 8, 6:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.: Brickstone Square. In Andover's Brickstone Square they erect and illuminate a giant tree and have a Santa's Village.

Tuesday, December 19, 6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.: "Zoolights" show. Meet at the entrance to the Stone Zoo in Stoneham. Call Nancy Szczesniak at 1-978-369-6194 for more information, or visit the Carlisle Parents' Connection web site at

Friday Night Live

Middle schoolers, come enjoy the festivities of the last Friday Night Live of the year, on December 6 from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. The gym is the place to practice hoop shots and ping pong talents; chess games will be set up in the hall, and dance to music by DJ's Mike Meldonian and Mike Chateauneuf (CCHS seniors) in the exercise room. Get out and have some fun on a cold December night.

A reminder to those who have not yet attended a Friday Night Live — bring a parent to fill out a permission form. The forms are available in the gym on the night of the FNL. Thanks are due to all the parents who helped chaperone at the October FNL. Parents' support makes FNL possible.

A $3 contribution collected at the door allows the program to be self- supporting. Pizza and soda are sold for a small fee. Students leaving before 9:30 p.m. must be signed out by a parent. All others should be picked up by 9:30 p.m. sharp. Call Lynne Carpenito (1-978-371-7508) with any questions.

Annual tree lighting ceremony December 2

The Red Balloon Nursery School invites Carlisle residents to the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony. Meet December 2 at 6 p.m. at the tree across from Union Hall on the town common. Refreshments will be served immediately following the lighting.

COA luncheon Dec. 5

Join the COA for a luncheon on December 5 at 11:45 a.m. in the Sleeper Room at 145 Church Street. Following at 1 p.m. the Carlisle Garden Club will conduct a wreath workshop for any senior wanting to make a holiday decoration. For information, call 1-978-371-2895. Reservations are appreciated.

Story Time at the Gleason Library

The last PJ story time of 2002 will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4, at the Gleason Public Library. For children ages three and up, the story time will feature new and classic picture books. Children are welcome to come in their PJs and bring a stuffed animal and a parent. The January PJ story time will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8.

Trio to perform Schubert and Brahms

On November 30 at 8 p.m., members of the Arcturus Chamber Ensemble will perform a piano trio concert in the sanctuary of the First Religious Society. Violinist Ben Rous, cellist Clara Lee, and pianist Jeff Juan Choque will return to Carlisle to present a performance that includes: Schubert's Trio in B-flat, and the Brahms B-Major Trio. Admission is free, and a reception with the artists will follow in Union Hall. For more information, call the Darlings at 1-978-369-1475.

Join the annual day-after-Thanksgiving soccer game

Come and enjoy a friendly game of soccer on Spalding Field on Saturday, November 30, from 2 - 4 p.m. It's coed and fun for all, high school age and up, so dust off those soccer boots and come kick the ball around. Questions? Call Scott Forsberg at 1-978-369-1631.

Public forum on pool

On Monday, December 2, C-C Pools, Inc., supporters of the Concord Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center, will host a public forum presenting the plans and progress on the pool project. It will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Clark Room, Carlisle Town Hall.

C-C Parent Initiative needs Carlisle rep

The Concord-Carlisle Parent Initiative (CCPI) provides an arena for parents, students and other community representatives to offer input around healthy decision making, emotional health, the risks associated with tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs, and dietary behavior.

CCPI provides forums to meet parent educational needs. It includes representatives from the Concord elementary and middle schools, Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, and the independent schools located in Concord. CCPI is currently looking for a Carlisle representative to better integrate Carlisle's needs into this community organization.

CCPI has many exciting programs and initiatives this year including:

· The First Wednesday Club — a monthly forum held at Nashoba Bakery in West Concord which provides parents with the opportunity to have a night out to hear an expert in different areas of parenting.

· Neighborhood Discussion Groups with trained moderators.

· A forum is given in the spring regarding Postponing and Preventing First Use of Alcohol and Drugs.

The CCPI committee meets once a month on a Thursday morning from 9:30 to 11 at Ripley School, 120 Meriam Road, Concord.

If you are interested, contact Barbara Howland at 978-369-3113 or Shelley Mogil at 978-287-5115 or


Author Art Corriveau

Housewrights author Art Corriveau to speak at GPL Friends' Annual Meeting

The Friends of Gleason Public Library announce that Art Corriveau, whose novel, Housewrights, was published in July to excellent reviews, will be the featured speaker at their annual meeting on December 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. The event will take place at the library, and the author will be on hand to sign copies of his book, which will be available for sale at the meeting in cooperation with the Concord Bookshop.

Born and raised in Vermont and now residing in Boston, Corriveau has an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Michigan and has held fellowships in various writers' colonies. He has worked as a travel writer and published short stories in several fiction journals and anthologies, and brings to Gleason Public Library his reputation as a dynamic and compelling speaker. Housewrights, his first novel, concerns the relationships between a set of twin brothers, one shell-shocked in World War I, and Lily Willard, a headstrong and independent young woman who struggles against the social limits of their small Vermont farming community. Critics have hailed the novel as "exquisitely drafted" and "stunning," and Corriveau as a "superb storyteller." The author's "prose has a remarkable cleanliness and clarity, as if the novel itself had been built out of new wood. Art Corriveau's attention to the complexity of his characters and their community is deeply impressive."

The Friends' annual meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited to enjoy Corriveau's talk and some home baked refreshments, and to take home a book or two for winter reading or holiday giving.

Carlisle school auction seeks donations

The Carlisle Education Foundation and Carlisle School Association have joined forces to hold a fundraising auction benefiting the Carlisle School. This auction will be held at the Middlesex School on March 15. They are seeking donations of goods or services to be auctioned. Anything that would be perceived to be of value by attendees of the auction is needed. Examples include the use of a vacation home, donations of sports memorabilia or tickets to sporting events, craftwork, artwork and personal services.

If you have something to offer, contact Jeff Brown at 1-978-287-0980 or send an e-mail to Marty Blue at

Assistance available for heating costs

Through the Community Teamwork Fuel Assistance Program, Carlisle's elderly may be able to get help with the following heating expenses: gas, oil, electric, kerosene, wood or money towards your rent (if your heat is included).

If your income is not more than the guidelines below, call Susan Evans at the council on aging at 1-978-371-2895. Many people who are eligible for assistance do not take advantage due to a resistance to accept help. If you are eligible, call us. All information is strictly confidential.

Household Yearly gross

size income

1 $17,720

2 $23,880

3 $30,040

4 $36,200

5 $42,360

6 $48,520

Council on aging holds Lowell shelter fund drive

The council on aging is holding its annual drive for the Lowell Transitional Living Center, a homeless shelter for men and women. This year the COA is collecting much-needed toiletry items — such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes — for the facility. If anyone in the community would like to donate items for the drive, bring them to the COA office in the Town Hall and leave them in the available box. The collection will be held until December 20. Last year the Lowell Transitional Living Center provided shelter and food to over 100 individuals daily, and transitioned 200 individuals out of the shelter and into permanent housing. The facility also gave safe shelter to more than 30 elders. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 with any questions.

DEP expert to speak on groundwater pollution

The Carlisle Board of Health has invited Dr. Oscar C. Pancorbo, division and station director of the DEP Division of Environmental Analysis, to speak on microbial and

chemical pollutants in groundwater as they relate to public health. The talk will take place on Thursday, December 5, at 8 p.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. The public is invited to attend. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.

Upcoming travels with the council on aging

Join the Carlisle Council on Aging on the following upcoming trips:

· NYC Rockettes. Travel to New York City December 12 - 13 to see the Radio City Music Hall's Rockettes in the annual Chistmas show. The group will stay overnight at the Hotel Wellington. Dinner and breakfast are included in the cost of $295 per person (double occupancy.)

· Rhine cruise. The COA will offer an 11-day Rhine River cruise October 2 - 12, 2003. The trip will include two nights in Amsterdam, and seven nights spent aboard the M/V MR. Jan Elshout. There will be plenty of stops to visit castles and churches, and a full day of leisure in Cologne. All meals on the cruise are included in the price, which starts at $1999 per person.

For more information, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023, (e-mail address, or pick up a flyer at the council on aging office in the Carlisle town hall.

Concord-Carlisle soccer goes on-line

Concord-Carlisle Youth Soccer's October newsletter is now available on-line at

Archdiocese of Boston Black Catholic Choir to sing at Saint Irene on Sunday

The Archdiocese of Boston Black Catholic Choir (ABBCC) will be singing at the 5 p.m. Mass on Sunday, December 1 at Saint Irene Church. The 45-member choir, whose members come from throughout the Archdiocese of Boston, has traveled to Italy, where they sang for His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, and has appeared throughout the United States. The ABBCC was established in 1992 to "enhance liturgies and prayer services and to present concerts by raising their voices in song to the Lord." Under the direction of Mr. Meyer J. Chambers, Director of the Archdiocesan Office for Black Catholics, the choir sings uplifting and spiritual music from the Black Catholic perspective. All are welcome to "sing to the Lord!"

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