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Friday, March 14, 2003

Come to the community planning day March 22

The Carlisle Planning Board and the Concord-Carlisle League of Women Voters are co-sponsoring this meeting, which will be held on Saturday, March 22 from 9:30 a.m. until noon in the cafeteria of the Carlisle Public School. This is an opportunity for all Carlisle citizens to make their views known about issues in town, and their hopes for the future.

Results of this meeting will be used in drafting a community development plan. The town has received a grant for this planning from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under Executive Order 418 (EO418). The purpose of EO418 is to encourage towns to develop community plans that bring together housing, economic development, natural resources, open space, and transportation. Every effort will be made to have the new plan reflect the needs and desires of the citizens of the town.

To start the process, the planning board has prepared a questionnaire, which was published in the February 28 Mosquito. Additional copies are available at Town Hall and the library. The completed form can be sent in, or brought to the meeting on March 22.

Carlisle Lunch Group to feature John Lee

On Monday, March 24, the Carlisle Lunch Group will hear John Lee speak on farming in Boston · food and farming in the northeast. Lee, a Carlisle resident, runs the Allandale Farm in the middle of Boston to produce food and keep the land out of the hands of the real estate developers. He will talk about his experiences in the city and the broader aspects of how to keep farmers and farms an integral part of the northeast.

The lunch will start at 12:15 p.m. in Union Hall and Lee's talk will begin at 1 p.m. and end by 2 p.m.To RSVP, send a check for $22 by March 17 to Fontaine K. Richardson at 121 Skelton Road, Carlisle, MA 10741. Call him at 1-978-369-8223, or e-mail him at with any questions.

Spring story-time sessions at Gleason Library

RAPT LISTENERS at the Gleason Library's PJ story-time are (left to right) Timothy McCormack, Camilla Guo, Wil Gonzales and Mike McCormack. Librarian Marty Seneta reads to them as Chrissy McCormack looks on. (Photo by Ellen Huber)

The Gleason Public Library will offer story-time sessions beginning on March 31. For the 2- to 3-year-old group the child must be 2 by April 4. For the 3- to 4 1/2-year-old group the child must be 3 by April 1 and for the 4 1/2 · to 6-year-old group the child must be 5 by September 31.

The 3- to 4 1/2-year-olds will meet Tuesday mornings from 10:30 to 11 a.m. or Thursday afternoons from 1:30 to 2 p.m. These sessions will run through the week of May 19. The session for 2· to 3-year olds (with parent or caregiver) will be offered on Friday mornings from 10:30 until 11 a.m. This session will run for six weeks. Story times do not meet during school vacation weeks. Drop-in story times for ages 3 and up will continue at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month.

In-person registration for the spring story-time session will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 22. Phone registrations will be taken beginning at 11 a.m. For more information, call the children's department at the library at 1-978-369-4898.

Contra dance tonight

The second Friday contra dance will be held in Union Hall at the First Religious Society on March 14. Before the dance, everyone is invited to a potluck supper that will begin at 6:30 p.m. The dance starts at 8 p.m. Sue Rosen will do the calling and Debby Knight, Bruce Rosen, Walter Lenk and friends will provide the music. A $5-a-person collection will be taken at intermission. Beginners and singles are welcome. Call Ellen Huber at 1-978-369-6678 with any questions.

Business Networking Group to meet

The Carlisle Business Networking Group will meet Wednesday, March 19, at the Gleason Library's Hollis room from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Branding expert Van Smick will be the guest speaker. His presentation tells how to best package yourself to create the right impressions in the business world. It is primarily aimed at the career-changer or job-seeker but is applicable and useful to anybody who has to make a strong and positive impression. The presentation and Q&A session starts at 7 p.m. and runs until 8:45 p.m.

The Carlisle Business Networking Group was founded to build community knowledge and understanding of business interests in an informal and friendly atmosphere. All are welcome to join and participate. For any questions, contact John Kaufman at 1-978-369-2330.

CSEM offers choir and viol consort

The Cambridge Society for Early Music (CSEM) will present its final concert of the 2002-2003 season on Thursday, March 20, at St. Irene Church on East Street, featuring the Capella Alamire Renaissance choir and consort of viols, under the direction of Peter Urquhart. The group will perform Pierrequin de Therache's mass, discovered in a Cambrian manuscript, along with related motets.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. and tickets are $25, or $20 for students and senior citizens. For information and reservations, call 1-617-489-2062.

OHD planning begins

Planning has begun for Old Home Day, Carlisle's Fourth of July celebration. Anyone interested in getting involved is welcome to attend the next meeting, March 16 at 4 p.m. at Town Hall. For more information, call Susan Evans at 1-978-371-0880.

Trails committee to lead a spring walk

On Sunday, April 13, the Trails Committee will lead a walk of the less-used trails in Great Brook Farm State Park west of Lowell Street, extending to the Cranberry Bog in Chelmsford, before returning to Great Brook. The public is invited to attend. We will meet at 1:30 p.m. at the Hart Barn parking lot on Lowell Street. The walk is about 5 miles and should take 2 1/2 hours. A shorter 2-mile, 1-hour version of the walk will also be offered if desired. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Open burning season

The dates for the open burning season in Carlisle are January 15 - May 1. Residents may have open fires between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Fires must be attended at all times and require a permit, which can be obtained on the day of burning between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. by calling the Carlisle Fire Department at 1-978-369-1442. The dispatcher will request a name, address and telephone number and will advise if conditions are acceptable for burning on that day.

Public hearing on school choice

Beginning in September 1994, every city, town or regional school district is required to enroll non-resident students under the school choice program, unless the school committee votes prior to June 1 not to participate. The section of the law states in part, "this obligation to enroll non-resident students shall not apply to a district for a school year in which its school committee, prior to June first, after a public hearing, adopts a resolution withdrawing from said obligation, for the school year beginning the following September."

In accordance with said law, the Carlisle School Committee invites Carlisle residents to a public hearing on School Choice, to be held at 8 p.m. in the Spalding Conference Room on the Carlisle School campus on Tuesday, April 8.

Boy Scout fertilizer and birdseed sale begins tomorrow

Carlisle Boy Scout Troop 135 is holding its annual fertilizer and birdseed sale starting March 15 and ending on March 27. Products for sale include Scotts quality fertilizer and grass seed products, Loft's garden fertilizer and Carlisle's finest all-natural fertilizer. Premium birdseed containing sunflower hearts is also for sale this year. Donations are also welcomed.

The Scouts will be at the town transfer station and in Daisy's parking lot on two Saturdays, March 15 and March 22, to take orders. The boys will also be phoning past customers on March 27 to check on this year's order. The products will be conveniently delivered to customer homes on April 12. Proceeds from the sale plus donations help to defray the costs of Troop 135's many programs. Over forty Carlisle boys are registered in the troop.

C-C Scholarship Fund on-line

The Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund has a new website. Visit for all application instructions and forms, as well as crucial information about the fund.

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.

Foss Farm garden plots available

The 450-square-foot plots are available for $5 per plot, maximum of two plots per family. The gardens are plowed and staked each spring and wells provide water for the gardeners during the growing season. As part of the rental fee, a key to the gate is provided. Bob Dennison continues to manage the Foss Farm Community Gardens.

To obtain a garden plot assignment, send a check payable to the Town of Carlisle together with your name, address, telephone number and registration numbers of the vehicles that will be used at the gardens to: Bob Dennison, 165 Stearns Street, Carlisle, MA 01741. Additionally, send a stamped self-addressed return envelope.

March COA doings

; St. Patrick's Day luncheon: Carlisle senior citizens are the invited guests of the Concord-Carlisle High School class of 2003 on Saturday, March 15, at 11:15 a.m. Enjoy a traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage, as well as entertainment provided by talented CCHS students. Van transportation will leave from 145 Church Street at 10:40 a.m. for those wishing a ride. Call 1-978-371-2895 for reservations.

; Drop Inn luncheon: Join the COA for lunch in the Sleeper Room at 145 Church Street on Thursday, March 20 at 11:45 a.m. Newly appointed fire chief David Flannery will be the special guest. After lunch, he will talk about his many years experience as a Carlisle fire fighter, his goals as the new chief and fire safety concerns for senior citizens. Reservations for lunch are appreciated at 1-978-371-2895.

Return the census and license the dog

Census forms and dog license applications are now due in the Town Clerk's office. Over 400 census forms have not been returned. Dog forms were sent out with the town census. For more information, call the Town Clerk's office at 1-978-369-6155.

Rabies clinic March 22 Town Hall

The Carlisle Rabies Clinic for cats and dogs will be held on Saturday, March 22 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the lobby of Town Hall, 66 Westford Street. The clinic is sponsored by the Carlisle Board of Health along with volunteers Dr. Peter Morey of the Carlisle Animal Hospital and Bob Dennison, dog officer. Pet owners must be residents of Carlisle to participate.

State law requires the vaccination of all cats and dogs. You must bring a current vaccination certificate in order to receive the three-year vaccine, otherwise only a one-year vaccine can be given. A rabies tag is not sufficient. The cost is $10 per animal. Cash is appreciated but checks will be accepted. Dogs must be on leashes and cats brought in carriers.

Dog licenses will be available during clinic hours. A late fine of $20 will be added to the regular fee for any dog not licensed by March 31. Proof of current vaccination status is required for licensing.

Volunteers are needed to help with the processing. Community service points will be awarded to eligible high school students. Contact the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283 for more information.

Learn about socially responsible investment

The First Religious Society is offering a workshop on Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) on March 23 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. The session is designed to help individuals and organizations that would like to see their hard-earned money do double duty by supporting both their financial needs and their ethical convictions. It will offer practical alternatives for investors who may have felt a twinge of conscience upon realizing that their mutual funds or other holdings were financing companies that degrade the environment or tolerate sweat shop conditions in facilities here and abroad.

Leading the discussion will be Lucia Santini Field, a senior vice president and portfolio manager with United States Trust Company of Boston (USTC). An investment professional for 20 years and a Chartered Financial Analyst since 1990, Field works with USTC's Walden Asset Management group, which provides fiduciary and investment services, specializing in socially responsible investment.

Convinced that SRI offers an increasingly worthwhile approach for individuals and organizations that prefer to invest in ways that do not violate their integrity while generating substantial returns, Field will cover four primary approaches to SRI, including positive and negative screening. She will describe successful strategies that committed investors are using to influence corporate behavior in areas of environment, product safety, fair labor practices and community.

As chairperson of the Unitarian Universalist Association's investment committee, Field has helped shape that organization's current policies. Thus she is ideally positioned to tell how and where to get the information one needs to take a first step toward aligning financial goals with deeply held convictions.

The workshop will take place in Union Hall and all interested persons are invited to attend.

CCYH holds annual board meeting

The Concord Carlisle Youth Hockey (CCTH) board is interested in having new people get involved. If you have a player in the program, please give consideration to joining the board. The board is looking for parents of our younger players, Mosquitos, Mites, and Squirts. The time commitment is 10 Sunday evenings a year plus a job that doesn't take up too much time. The next meeting is scheduled to take place at the Hunt Gym in Concord on Sunday, April 6 at 6 p.m. If you are interested or want to find out more information on how to obtain a spot on the board, please contact the following committee members Phil Mara, Andy Ostrom, Kevin Feeney, Kevin Harrington or Tim Haley.

3-D presentations trick your senses

The Gleason Library will feature three stereoscopic programs in the Hollis Room. All shows are set to music, and appropriate for the entire family. Seats (and 3-D glasses) are limited to the first 30 attendees. Please feel free to share 3-D images you may have, particularly those taken in Carlisle with a stereo camera.

Saturday, March 15 3 p.m.

"Explorations of the Third Dimension" by Jon Golden, stereoscopic consultant. Photographer Jon Golden exposes shares pictures from the past and present from familiar and not-so-familiar places.

Thursday, April 3, 7:15p.m.

"Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler"
by Jan Burandt, National Stereoscopic Association Regional Director. People ask, "What is an 'artcar?' " Words won't suffice, but these 3-D photos of the Houston Artcar Parade set to zydeco & Texan tunes will give you an idea.

Thursday, May 1 7:15 p.m.

"The Landscape Show" by Jon Golden, Stereoscopic consultant. Travel near and far with photos from local stereographers. This program was the first group show by the Boston area 3-D photography club, "Stereo New England." Set to music by local musicians and songwriters, this show will be followed by a brief introduction to the local club and information about how to get started in 3-D photography.

Student / faculty basketball game on April 10

The sixth annual Carlisle student / faculty basketball game fund raiser will be held on Thursday, April 10. The event will again be held at 7 p.m. at the Concord-Carlisle High School in order to accommodate everyone. Last year was a huge success and this year should be even better. Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $6 for students. Tickets may be purchased from Carlisle classroom teachers beginning Monday, March 24th. While tickets will also be available at the door on the evening of the game, people are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. All proceeds will benefit the Carlisle Teachers' Association scholarship fund. Make checks payable to the CTA Scholarship Fund.

Trash Party ahead

Yet another sign of spring in Carlisle, the 2003 Mosquito Trash Party, is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to noon.

This town-wide event is the annual roadside clean-up by Carlisle residents. Everyone is encouraged to contribute to the effort by ridding the streets of their neighborhood of the past years' accumulation of crud, currently completing its delicate aging process under iced-over snowpiles.

Contact Bob Orlando at 1-978-369-1690 or e-mail and let us know where you'll be working so we can retrieve the pickin's sometime after noon that day.

You say your road escaped the drive-by disposal of bottles and bags, cups and cans but you'd still like to help? Stop by the "booth" in the lot next to Daisy's that morning, indulge yourself with coffee, juice and donuts, and we'll suggest a stretch of street needing particular attention. Or, if you have a truck or trailer, volunteers are needed to retrieve the litter-laden bags from all around town and deliver them to the transfer station.

Costumes needed for seventh grade play

With around 90 actors needing 138 costumes, the seventh grade play costume committee is sending out a plea for help. The play Guys and Dolls, Jr. is set in 1948. Please look in your closet for: gangster hats; ladies 1940s hats (with or without veil); ladies dresses; two sailor suits and one white sailor cap; several pairs of suspenders; one bowtie. We prefer donations but returns can be arranged. No family heirlooms. Contact Françoise Bourdon: 1-978-369-3825 or Cally Grean: 1-978-371-1437 to contribute.

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito