The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, January 24, 2003

READY TO GO. Skiers await the start of the high school ski race held at Great Brook Ski Touring Center on January 14. (Photo by Midge Eliassen)


Girl Scout Thinking Day on February 9

Calling all Concord and Carlisle Girl Scouts — Thinking Day, a celebration of Scouting around the world, will be held on Sunday, February 9

Saturday is Murder Mystery Night

Come help solve the Murder Mystery at the Gleason Public Library on January 25 at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the wine, the homemade savories and sweets, solve the "crimes," and join in the fun. Tickets are available at Daisy's and the library for $15. All proceeds benefit the library's programs and activities.

Early Music candlelight concert next Thursday

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

Presentation on CCHS addition/ renovation

On January 29 at 7 p.m. Arthur Dulong, principal of the high school, and members of the Concord-Carlisle High School Space Utilization Study Advisory Committee will give a presentation on the proposed addition/renovations to the high school. The meeting will be held in the CCHS auditorium. The school committee looks forward to seeing you and creating a dialogue on the project.

Special needs screening

On an on-going basis, the Carlisle Public Schools conduct screenings with any 2 1/2, 3 or 4-year-olds suspected of having a special need. Parents may have concerns regarding an apparent delay in a child's development in any of the following areas; communication, physical, emotional, sensory, intellectual, health or specific learning abilities. For more information about screenings and available services, please contact Dr. Linda Stapp, director of Student Support Services, Carlisle Public School at 1-978-369-3758. This screening is offered free of charge under the provisions of the state and federal law.

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..

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.

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 are 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Fight the February blahs in Carlisle

Getting tired of winter already? The Carlisle Cultural Council presents its second annual free Thursday evening programs, with an eye toward spring.

On February 6, Carlisle families will have a chance to "Meet Musketaquid," the Emerson Umbrella organization devoted to connecting the arts and the environment. The program will be for children age 6 and up and their families. Artists will come to Union Hall in the First Religious Society for an evening of hands-on fun from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The acclaimed author John H. Mitchell will come to Gleason Public Library on February 13, 6:45 to 8 p.m, to read from and talk about his 1500 mile bike exploration following spring and the cultural importance of the sun from Spain to the Hebrides. He will also sign his newest book, Following the Sun.

Local poets return to Gleason Public Library on February 20 at 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. with an intriguing program, "Landscapes of the Heart, Poems of Home, the City, Familiar and Exotic Landscapes." Jean Keskulla, George Stalker, Sue Ellen Kuzma and John Hodgen will read from their own work, their favorite poets and invite members of the audience to do the same.

So banish the blahs and come enjoy refreshing ideas and refreshments with fellow townspeople. All these programs are free, but the counciI welcomes tax deductible contributions. The Carlisle Cultural CounciI is the local arm of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency that supports public programs in the arts, humanities and sciences. As always, the council welcomes questions and comments. Call chair Jennifer Brock at 1-971-287-9551.

Trails committee to lead moonlight walk

On Saturday, February 15, at 7 p.m., the trails committee will lead a walk/cross-country ski/snowshoe outing under the full moon, starting from the Foss Farm parking lot. A shorter and a longer version of the walk will be available. Dress for the winter weather and bring a flashlight. Refreshments will be served afterwards. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Lunch Group features 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 payable to Fontaine K. Richardson at 121 Skelton Road, Carlisle, MA 01741. Call him at 1-978-369-8223 with any questions.

Newcomers Club social February 8

The Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club will be hosting their annual Winter Social on Saturday night, February 8. Come spend a wonderful evening meeting other people who have recently arrived in these communities, and find out part of what makes living here so special.

If you are new to either Concord or Carlisle, or if you have been here a few years and would like to widen your circle of acquaintances (you must be a resident for less than seven years to join), call 1-978-287-0049 to find out more about enjoying this fun evening with other newcomers. Or call if you are unable to attend but would like more information about the organization. Our many varied activities each month reflect the interests of the club members, so there is always something to participate in. And if you don't see it, we encourage members to initiate their own events.

Parenting two-year-olds

First Connections has scheduled a seminar on parenting two-year-olds, to be held Tuesday, April 8 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library in Carlisle. Parents are invited to learn about their two-year-old's development with the goal of helping set reasonable expectations and choose strategies for managing behavior.

Pre-register with First Connections by calling 1-978-287-022.

Meet author John Mitchell February 13

The Friends of Gleason Library book discussion group and the Carlisle Cultural Council will be co-sponsoring local author John Mitchell on February 13 from 6:45 - 8:30 p.m. in the Hollis room at the Gleason Public library.

John Hanson Mitchell is the author of The Wildest Place on Earth, Following the Sun, Ceremonial Time, and Trespassing, and the editor of Sanctuary, the journal of the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Winner of the 1994 John Boroughs Essay Award, he received the 2000 New England Booksellers' Award for his body of work. He lives in Littleton, Massachusetts. For more details on his books refer to www.countepointpress. com/authors.html

A calendar of the Gleason Book Discussion Group is as follows:

February 13 - Meet author John Mitchell

March 13 - The Hours by Michael Cunningham

April 10 - I'll Take You There by Joyce Carol Oates

May 8 - Seabiscuit - An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

June 12 - Atonement by Ian McEwan

All book group meetings are held on the second Thursdays of each month, September through June, in the Hollis room from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; there will be refreshments and members can get to know each other from 6:45 p.m. The book group is open to the community and everyone is welcome.

Fight the winter doldrums: Drop Out

Here is how the Parents Connection's Drop Outs work: families meet at a prearranged, interesting location; wear homemade, pinned-on name tags that also name the Carlisle Parents' Connection; find other Carlisle friends there, and have fun. For outdoor activities, in the case of inclement weather, assume the drop-out is canceled. Below is a list of upcoming Drop Outs: Monday, January 27 at 10 a.m., One Stop Fun in Westford. This is an indoor playground; there is a café so plan to stay for lunch. On Saturday, February 1, meet at the Children's Museum in Boston at 10 a.m. This is a great chance for the dads to join in, and to visit the new Alice in Wonderland Adventure display. On Tuesday, February 11, visit the Discovery Museum in Acton from 3 to 4 p.m. The Children's Discovery Museum and First Connections have teamed up to offer each town's residents with children, 0-5, to come and enjoy the museum. This is a great way to come and see old friends and meet new ones. Call First Connections at 1-978-287-0221 to receive an admission discount.

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 Technology e-mail group created

An informal e-mail group has been created to provide assistance to town organizations regarding technology planning, installation and support. The purpose of the group is to provide an easy way for town officials to seek out assistance in resolving technology issues and questions. The primary means of communication will be via an e-mail group with additional physical assistance provided on an as-needed, as-available basis. In these difficult economic times it is becoming increasingly difficult for various town departments to resolve technology-related issues, especially with recent budget cuts. If you can help, join us by sending an e-mail to or by visiting

Summer Opportunities Fair on Monday

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 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. For more information, call Marie Fiedrich at 1-978-369-0076.

The Mosquito needs new blood

The Mosquito needs a reporter to cover relevant news from other towns as well as the monthly meeting of MAGIC (Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination). Mosquito editors scan newspapers of surrounding towns on a weekly basis to identify issues of interest to Carlisle readers.

For a no-obligations conversation, call general manager Susan Emmons or news editor Maya Liteplo at 1-978-369-8313 or 1-978-369-7848.

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito