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Friday, January 17, 2003

Don't miss story time!

"The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading, is reading aloud to children." This sentence from the government publication Becoming a Nation of Readers: What Parents Can Do highlights the importance of reading aloud to children. Story time is a way of introducing new and classic books to your child, fostering a love of literature and making new friends.

Story-time sign-up at the Gleason Public Library is under way with sessions for two to three-year-olds (with parent or caregiver), three to four-and-a-half year-olds, and four-and-a-half to six-year- olds. Register now by calling the library at 1-978-369-4898 and asking for the children's department. Sessions begin in late January and run through the third week in March.

CCHS Summer Opportunities Fair January 27th

Concord-Carlisle High School will hold its 22nd annual summer opportunities fair on January 27 (snow date January 28) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Concord-Carlisle High School, 500 Walden Street.

In an effort to give students of all ages an opportunity to explore some exciting alternatives to their usual summer activities, the fair brings together representatives from over 70 organizations to present information about summer opportunities locally, nationally and abroad. Exhibitors will display information on traditional summer camps, wilderness adventures, education and enrichment opportunities, sports camps and foreign language and student exchange programs, volunteer programs and more.

Admission is free and open to the public. The exhibit area is handicapped- accessible. All proceeds from exhibitors fund the CCHS Parents Association grants program. For more information, call Marie Fiedrich at 1-978-369-0076.

Cub Scout Pack 135 Pinewood Derby

Cub Scout Pack 135 will hold its annual Pinewood Derby competition on Sunday, February 2, in the Corey Dining Room from 1 to 4 p.m. The public is invited. The Pinewood Derby involves racing small wooden cars that the boys have built themselves. Awards are also given for the most creative design. Any questions, call Steve Golson, Cubmaster, 1-978-371-9959.

Carlisle Lunch Group featured speaker will be Tim Eliassen

The Carlisle Lunch group will meet on Wednesday, January 29 at Union Hall, First Religious Society, 27 School Street in Carlisle. The lunch will start at 12:15 p.m. and a talk given by Tim Eliassen will begin at 1 p.m. and end by 2 p.m. Tim Eliassen of TriPyramid will discuss applying America's Cup Yacht racing hardware and rigging technology to building structures which includes Pei's glass pyramid at the Louvre.

To RSVP send a check for $22 by January 22 payable to Fontaine K. Richardson at 121 Skelton Road, Carlisle, MA 01741. Call him at 1-978-369-8223 with any questions.

FNL Game Night

Hey middle schoolers, come to the first ever Friday Night Live (FNL) Game Night on January 24 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. The Carlisle Youth Commission (CYC) will provide board games, cards, and chess. Play magic cards with friends, or compete for prizes in bingo.

The FNL Game Night will be held in the cafeteria. For those who have not yet attended an FNL, bring a parent to fill out a permission form. Free snacks will be available at the tables, and pizza and soda will also be available for a small fee. A $3 contribution will be collected at the door. Students leaving before 9:30 p.m. must be signed out by a parent. All others should be picked up by 9:30 sharp. Call Lynne Carpenito at 1-978-371-7508 with any questions.

COA sponsors Museum of Science trip

On Thursday, February 13, the council on aging (COA) is sponsoring a trip to see the Quest for Immortality exhibit. The bus will arrive at the museum for a noon showing of the IMAX film Mysteries of Egypt. Following this, there is time for lunch on your own as well as exploring the exhibit. The cost is $23 per person, including all museum fees and transportation. The bus will leave from the soccer fields on Church Street at 10:45 a.m. For reservations, call 1-978-371-2895.

Apply for senior tax work program

Applications for the Senior Citizen Tax Work Program are now available at the treasurer's office in Town Hall. Carlisle residents who are 60 years old or older may qualify to earn up to a $500 abatement on their real estate tax bill by performing various services for the town. Seniors must own and occupy, as principal residence, the property for which taxes are paid. Applications are due by January 24, with positions to begin February 10 or thereafter. Participants in the program will receive $6.75 per hour for all jobs. The maximum salary is $500, which must be earned before June 30, 2003. More than one taxpayer per household can take advantage of the program only if there positions available on or after March 1, 2003.

A variety of positions are available, including jobs assisting the library staff, board of health, council on aging, town clerk, recreation department and town administrator. The Senior Tax Advisory Committee will try to match the skills and interest of applicants to the needs of Town departments. Although an applicant may request placement in a certain department, the position cannot be guaranteed. All applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis.

For a copy of the application and program guidelines, please see the town treasurer. Call Liz Jewell at the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 with any questions. Individuals who need accommodation in order to participate in this process should contact the COA office.

Youth hockey needs high school volunteers

The Concord/Carlisle Youth Hockey Program is looking for high school volunteers to help at their Learn-To-Skate (LTS) program for the next 11 Saturdays from 11:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. at the Valley Sports Arena. This would be a great opportunity to earn community service points towards graduation. If interested, e-mail Chris Bade, LTS Director, at for more information.

Register for spring recreational soccer

Register by February 1 for Concord-Carlisle Youth Soccer spring recreational soccer.

CCYS is a community-based, not-for-profit, volunteer organization that organizes school and community soccer teams and games in Carlisle and Concord. We offer a balanced approach to skill development and the pure rush of playing the greatest game in the world with school friends. We serve children who are currently enrolled in Kindergarten and grades 1 - 7. Games begin in late April. Children are assigned to teams based on school, age group, and gender.

Registration forms will be available at Gleason Library and Hunt Gym as of January 6. Forms can be downloaded from You may also register on line at using a major credit card. Registration deadline is February 1.

Time to update the Red Balloon phone book

The Red Balloon Nursery School is currently updating the Carlisle phone book for 2003 (the spiral bound phone book.) In the next few weeks, volunteers may be calling residents to verify information in the white pages.

Why update one's phone listing? Reasons include adding a listing for a husband or wife, or for a separate phone line for the children, office or fax. Newcomers are asked to provide information in order to be included in the next edition. Fill out the form on page 202 of the current phone book (the last yellow page,) and mail it to: Red Balloon Carlisle Phone Book, P.O. Box 558, Carlisle, MA 01741, or put it in one of the envelopes located at the post office or the Gleason Public Library. The deadline is February 15.

Register online for C-C Youth Baseball/Softball

Concord-Carlisle Youth Baseball is now registering boys and girls from ages 5 through 16 for its spring baseball and softball programs. This year, registration is being handled online, via credit card, at the organization's website, <>. Deadline is February 1st, after which late fees will be imposed.

CCYB is providing paper registration for those who are unable to register by credit card or over the Internet. Paper registration forms may be downloaded from the website ( <> ) or may be obtained at the Hunt Gym in Concord, or at DigiNovations (34 Main Street, Concord).

This year, CCYB is expecting more than 1200 boys and girls to register for ten different baseball and softball leagues. Details on the league structure may be found at <>, and questions may be directed to the Baseball Hotline at (978) 371-1907.

Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program benefits many

As difficult as it may be to accept, those living with domestic violence are in fact neighbors. This is a problem that affects families and individuals from every socio-economic, ethnic and religious group. The elderly, the disabled, men, women, children, gay, lesbian, and bi-sexual individuals are all represented among the survivors of domestic abuse. What can be done about such a private form of community violence? The good news is that Carlisle's local police department, along with six others, is collaborating with the Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program (DVVAP) to provide outreach, crisis intervention, safety planning and support to individuals who are experiencing violence in their homes or dating relationships.

What is DVVAP?

The Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program, founded in 1998 by the Concord Police Department and the Network for Women's Lives, is a community collaboration that now counts the DVVAP Citizens Council and the Acton, Bedford, Carlisle, Concord, Lincoln, Maynard and Stow police departments among its committed collaborators. This means that members of these communities who are involved in domestic abuse or dating violence incidents involving the police are automatically referred to DVVAP for outreach services. DVVAP's trained volunteer advocates respond to these referrals (and those coming from other sources).

Volunteer advocates are caring, committed members of the local community who have completed a 40-hour training that has prepared them to provide competent and empathetic support to individuals facing the struggle associated with having a controlling or abusive partner/caretaker.

Who are DVVAP's supporters?

DVVAP receives financial support from the Acton-Boxborough United Way, the Claniel Foundation, the Concord Carlisle Community Chest, the Rotary Clubs of Acton and Concord, the Women's Independence Network and a host of generous faith communities and private contributors.

How to help?

In February, DVVAP will send a fundraising appeal to local households.

Become a volunteer. Call 1-978-318-3421 to learn about the range of volunteer opportunities available at DVVAP.

Spread the word about DVVAP, by telling friends and neighbors about the Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program.

Old Home Day 2003

The first planning meeting for Old Home Day 2003 is scheduled for Sunday, February 9 at 4:30 p.m. in the Clark room at Town Hall. Old Home Day is Carlisle's largest celebration and is held on Independence Day, July 4, which this year falls on a Friday. Festivities begin on the eve of the 4th with an Ice Cream Social on the Town Green.

If you love the 4th and would like to participate, please join us. For more information, call Susan Evans at 1-978-371-0880.

2003 transfer station stickers available

The transfer station stickers for 2003 are now for sale at the police station. Carlisle residents should bring their car registrations and $15 per sticker to the dispatcher's window. Up-to-date stickers must be displayed on vehicles before entering the transfer station.

Recreation commission news

You should know...

SKI Nashoba make-up date is February 14.

SKI Wachusett (grades 5-8) has openings.

Fly tying begins January 23 for four weeks. Sign up now.

Cooking class, meditation and ceramics are postponed until spring.

Fencing I (grades 2-8) Additional class added, call for details.

Concord Carlisle Youth Lacrosse forms are available at the Recreation office.

All field and gym use must be scheduled at the Recreation office

Call for availability: Evening Yoga, Watercolor, Fitness, Tai Chi, Feng Shui, Pilates, Indoor Soccer, Fly Tying, Adult Basketball, Early release Snow Tubing, Feb. 11 or Skate boarding, Mar. 18.

Space available in Foil/saber, Spanish, French, Skating.

Contact Town Hall Recreation office, 1-978-369-9815 or e-mail

Familiar folk to frolic in Murder Mystery Night

The time is Saturday night, January 25, at 7 p.m. The place is Gleason Public Library, and the name of the game is Murder Mystery Night. Back by popular demand, this year's library benefit serves up wine and hors d'oeuvres along with an evening of fun and hilarity guaranteed to chase those winter blues away. Participants will help "Detective" Tony Allison, last seen at the FinCom meetings, to solve the mysteries surrounding the "murders" of some very familiar good sports. Along with Tony, the cast includes well-known faces Barbara Boardman, Simon Jensen-Fellows, Steve Opolski, Larry Bearfield, Janet Hentschel, Laura Baliestiero, and Vivian Chaput. Many of these folks are out to spoof their own roles in town affairs, while acting as suspects in the whodunit. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the food, solve the "crimes," and join in the fun. Sponsored by the Friends of Gleason Public Library, tickets are available at Daisy's and the library for $15. All proceeds benefit the library's programs and activities.

Winter activities for disabled at Great Brook Farm

Great Brook Farm will offer to individuals with disabilities cross-country skiing, kick-sledding and snowshoeing, cross-country sit skiing as well as barn tours on January 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of the Department of Environmental Management's (DEM) "State Parks for Everyone" program.

The program is sponsored by DEM's Universal Access Program, which provides recreational accessibility to state park facilities for individuals with disabilities. People with disabilities are encouraged to bring family and friends to the event. Accessibility to adaptive equipment at Great Brook Farm will also be available on January 26 and February 2 and 9. The farm is always open to individuals with disabilities.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has been awarded a $314,250 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop accessible recreation programs in eastern Massachusetts.

"State Parks for Everyone" is a federally-funded program which will enable DEM to expand its statewide Universal Access recreation program to increase the number of persons with disabilities who participate in indoor and outdoor recreational activities in integrated settings.

Along with opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and kick-sledding, DEM's Universal Access Program will also provide ice skating and sit skating, sled skating, and other winter activities for individuals with disabilities at other various state park facilities. The program also offers free accessible cycling, boating, hiking and camping programs in the state forests and parks in the summer and fall.

For more information on DEM's Universal Access Program and a schedule of activities, call 1-617-626-1294 (voice) or 1-413-577-2200 (TTY) or visit Call to receive a taped message confirming program status in the event of inclement weather.

Call to Carlisle artists

The Artisan's Directory (also known as the "Pink Pages") of the Carlisle Phone Book is looking for Carlisle's resident artists and craftspeople who would like to advertise their talents and products in the annual town telephone directory. The Carlisle Phone Book is a valuable resource for the town and helps showcase Carlisle's rich diversity of talented residents.

A listing is available for a nominal fee and benefits Carlisle's non-profit nursery school, The Red Balloon. Contact Terry Cusworth by phone at 1-978-692-9711, by mail at The Red Balloon Carlisle Phone Book, P.O. Box 558, Carlisle, MA 01741 or e-mail before February 3 if you'd like more information or want to be included in the 2003 Carlisle Phone Book.

Early Music candlelight concert January 30

The Cambridge Society for Early Music (CSEM) will present an evening of baroque lute and 7-string guitar music performed by John Schneiderman at the First Religious Society on Thursday, January 30, at 8 p.m.

Schneiderman's program is entitled "From the Dresden Court to the Parisian Salon," and will feature music composed by Silvius Leopold Weiss, Adam Falkenhagan and Napoleon Coste.

Critically acclaimed as a virtuoso of plucked instruments since age nine, Schneiderman specializes in the performance repertoire of 18th- and 19th-century guitars and lutes. He performs as a soloist, and is also a member of such ensembles as Seattle Baroque, Musica Angelica and Les Deux Amis.

Tickets are $25 each ($20 for seniors and students.) For further information, call CSEM at 1-617-489-2062.

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito