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Friday, October 17, 2003

Gleason Pumpkin Spectacle on October 28

For the twentieth year, the Gleason Library will host its Great Pumpkin Spectacle, an event that has become a Carlisle Halloween tradition. This year the event will be held on Tuesday, October 28. Each year kindergartners, first-, second- and third-graders display extraordinary creativity and imagination in their pumpkin decorating.

To register, bring your pumpkin to the children's department at the Gleason Public Library between 3 and 6:30 p.m. on October 28. If you come in the afternoon, you will have a chance to view the pumpkins in a leisurely fashion. Registrations before 6 p.m. are preferred. Pumpkins will be judged on each grade level, separately. This year there will be three categories: carved, decorated; and carved and decorated, plus a lucky winner drawn for each age group. Those who do not wish their pumpkins to be judged may bring them to a special "display only" table.

At 6:45 p.m., Tony Toledo will perform in the Corey Auditorium at the Carlisle Public School. Tony will entertain the audience with his spellbinding, scary stories appropriate for grades K-3. The performance, sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Library, is not intended for children younger than kindergarten because of the scary content.

After an informal parade from the school to the library at 7:45 p.m. (children are encouraged to bring flashlights), the three judges will announce their decisions. At this time families and friends are invited to view the pumpkins on display and to enjoy the refreshments.

CSA Movie Night October 23

The Carlisle School Association invites families to enjoy a night at the movies. Homeward Bound, The Incredible Journey will be featured in the Corey Auditorium on Thursday October 23 (there is no school on Friday). Showtime is 7 p.m. The $3 admission includes a refreshment during intermission. All children must be supervised by an adult. For more information, call Sarah Hart at 1-978-371-1101.

Carlisle Republican Committee meeting

The Carlisle Republican Town Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hollis Room at Gleason Library.Newcomers are welcome.For more information, contact James Bohn at 1-978-371-9593 or or check out the web site:

Parents Connection holds Halloween Event

Carlisle Parents Connection presents its annual Halloween Event for children ages 0 - 5. Come for fun, games, crafts and the costume parade. It's bound to be a boo-rific time. The Halloween Event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 25 at Diment Park (rain place is Union Hall). The donation is $10 per family, or sign up for a $25 family membership that covers all events in the 2003-2004 season.

RecCom offers trip to Witch's Woods

Carlisle Recreation is offering seventh- and eighth-graders a trip to Witch's Woods at Nashoba Valley in Westford on Thursday evening, October 23. The bus will leave the school parking lot at 7 p.m., and return at 9:45 p.m. The cost is $30 per person. Registration forms are available at the library and at Town Hall. For more information, call 1-978-369-9815.

CSEM performs Nov. 6

The Cambridge Society for Early Music's Chamber Music by Candlelight series presents "Music for Voice and Virginal by Byrd, Dowland, Morley, Schuetz and Sweelink" on Thursday, November 6 at 8 p.m. at St. Irene Catholic Church, 181 East Street in Carlisle. This venue is handicapped-accessible.

Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 students and seniors; available at the door, by mail to P.O. Box 380-336, Cambridge 02238-0336, or by telephoning 1-617-489-2062. For more details, visit the web site,

Police to monitor transfer station

Be prepared. A police officer will be checking stickers at the transfer station. If you do not have a 2003 (white) sticker, they may be puchased for $15 at the police station.

Make trash into sculptures on October 25

The Carlisle Household Recycling Committee and the Carlisle Cultural Council are sponsoring a Trash-Into-Art project on October 25 at the Carlisle Transfer Station. Participants of all ages above 7 are welcome. Children under 10 must be accompanied by a parent.

Sculptor Bill Turville will guide aspiring trash artists in the creation of an "Animal Farm" made entirely of recycled materials. All Carlisle residents can help by bringing thin, shiny metal, bright plastic, light-weight wood, and other recyclables that could become parts of exotic "trashimals" to the transfer station from now until October 25. Place contributions behind the swap shed in the designated area.

The project will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Safety goggles will be provided, and all who wish to attend should dress for the occasion and bring work gloves.

For additional information, contact Lois d'Annunzio at 1-978-371-0083 or Bonnie Miskolczy .

Rhinoceros on the loose this weekend

On October 17, 18 and 19, actors from Concord-Carlisle High School will present the CCHS fall play Rhinoceros. Set in a small provincial town, it is a commentary on society's intolerance and the dangers of conformity. Citizens react when a rhinoceros suddenly appears in their midst, and as the herd grows larger, viewpoints are modified.

Performances are October 17 through 19 at CCHS. The Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday's matinee starts at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at Daisy's in Carlisle, Video Revolution, The Cheese Shop, The Concord Toy Shop, and the West Concord 5&10. Tickets will also be available at the door. Go to for more information.

Mountain bike festival at Great Brook on Sunday

The New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) will host a fun day of riding for mountain bikers of all ages and abilities on Sunday, October 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Great Brook Farm State Park. There will be live music, food, and many vendors. NEMBA members will lead numerous rides and there will be clearly marked riding loops, lots of prizes, and delicious BBQ, offered by Redbones BBQ. Trek and Fisher Bicycles will offer demo bikes. The cost is $15, but kids 15 and under are free with a registered guardian. For more information , see or call 1-800-57-NEMBA.

Trail construction day

The Carlisle Trails Committee is looking for help rerouting the trail to Estabrook Woods at Bartlett Farm.The boardwalk construction announced in the October 3 Mosquito has been postponed.The trail relocation will occur Saturday, October 25, starting at 9 a.m., at 211 Bellows Hill Road, and is expected to last two to three hours.Bring loppers, bow saws, or swing blades if available.For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Concord-Carlisle girls travel basketball tryouts

Concord-Carlisle Girls Travel Basketball will hold tryouts for the 2003/04 season on November 1 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., and November 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Middlesex School's gym \off Lowell Road in Concord. All interested players in 6th, 7th and 8th grades are encouraged to try out. Experience is not required. Players may try out at either or both sessions. C-C plays in the NorthShore Conference against teams from Wakefield, Lexington, Arlington, Somerville, Reading and other towns. The North Shore conference is highly competitive and refereed by qualified individuals. C-C will play approximately 12 home games at Middlesex and 12 road games, usually on Saturday mornings from mid-November thru March. Teams are coached by volunteers from our community and league champions are decided by win/loss season record. For more information, call 1-978-369-4296.

How to become a ham radio operator

This seminar is designed to help those people interested in amateur radio communications, but who may have been afraid of not passing the Morse Code requirement. (The code test is no longer required.) Study material will be based on the ARRL publication, "Now You're Talking," introducing basic radio theory in an easily understood style. Learn Federal CommunicationsCommission (FCC) rules and regulations and the information needed to operate an amateur radio station. Experienced, volunteer amateur radio operators - Alex Hastie, Reiner Beeuwkes, Steve Bates and Phil Gaudet ·will be available during the seminar.

The course will meet on Tuesday, November 4, through Friday, November 14 from 7 to 10 p.m. The course fee is$30. Preregistration is required. For additional information, or to register contact Community Education at 1-978-318-1540.

People and Cars: A Social History

On Monday, October 27 Carlisle resident Terry Herndon will talk about how the use of automobiles has produced a stupendous change in human existence.

All interested Carlisle residents are invited to attend lunch at 12:15 p.m., followed by the talk at 1 p.m. (out by 2 p.m.) The event will be held at Union Hall, at the First Religious Society, 27 School Street. Anyone planning to attend should R.S.V.P by October 19, by sending a check for $22 for lunch payable to Fontaine K. Richardson, 121 Skelton Road. For more information, contact him at 1-978-369-8223 or by e-mail at

Community Education at CCHS

Aspiring author and Carlisle resident Tarik Samman is writing a book on debt management, and participants of his upcoming course: Debt Management for Financial Fitness will have an opportunity to contribute to his work. The course will be held in two sessions: Tuesday, October 21, and Thursday, October 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Concord-Carlisle High School. Using income and behavior modification only, the focus will be on lifestyle changes and planning out financial goals and maintaining financial fitness. A Money Type analysis is included at the beginning of the program. Debt lifecycle, classification, and acquisition are discussed, and a valuable debt visualization technique is introduced.

The fee is $45. Preregistration is required. For information or to register, call 1-978-318-1540.

CSA's Fall Fashion sale is on

C'mon and show your hometown pride and support the schools through this Carlisle School Association (CSA) fundraiser. Carlisle microfleece pullovers, Polartec fleece vests and jackets sweatshirts, sweatpants, and Nalgene water bottles will be on sale. Order forms are at Daisy's Market or the library. Parents of children at the school can use the order form in their child's backpack. Contact Claudia Veitch at 1-978-371-2207 with questions.

Influenza immunizations available to Carlisle residents

Carlisle residents 65 years of age or older will be eligible to receive an influenza immunization on Friday, November 7, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Sleeper Community Room.

Carlisle residents are also eligible to receive pneumonia and tetanus vaccines on the advice of their physicians. All residents should bring their Medicare and/or HMO insurance cards to the clinic. The Carlisle Board of Health is providing this service with the help of the Emerson Hospital Home Care Department. Members of the Carlisle Council on Aging will also be assisting at the flu clinic. For more information, call Emerson Hospital Home Care Department at 1-978-287-0122.

Visit a country fixture

Step back into history with the Carlisle Historical Society when they visit the E.N. Jenckes General Store in Douglas, Massachusetts on Saturday, October 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Like Carlisle, the small town of Douglas has had a general store in its center ever since the 19th century. The store closed in 1972 and was donated to the Douglas Historical Society, which now operates it as a museum. The shelves are stocked with merchandise representing all periods of the store's existence.

To register for the tour, call 1-978-287-4776 by October 22. The group will carpool from Carlisle at 9 a.m. and after visiting the store, have lunch at one of the small restaurants nearby, returning to Carlisle by 3 p.m. The tour costs $5 for members of the Historical Society, $10 for non-members. Lunch is not included in the cost.

CSA Book Fair November 1

The annual fall Carlisle School Association (CSA) book fair will be held on Saturday, November 1, at The Concord Bookshop at 65 Main Street from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A generous portion of the day's receipts go to benefit the CSA and the Carlisle Schools. Carlisle residents can help by buying books, calendars, journals, magazines, cards and gift items on that special day, or special order a title ahead of time and collect it on November 1. If in doubt, buy a gift certificate to use at a later date. Also available are Book Sense gift certificates which can be used at other independent bookshops across the country. Most purchases can be made over the telephone at 1-978-369-2405 on the day. There will be delicious baked goods to taste and some wonderful reading suggestions from school librarian Sandy Kelly.

It's playgroup time

The Carlisle Parents Connection is in the process of forming new playgroups for children age 0·5 and their parents/caretakers. Groups are organized around children of similar ages and usually meet at playgrounds or members' homes. Anyone interested in joining a group, contact Ali Walsh at 1-978-287-9593; or Nancy West at 1-978-369-6515;

CCHS orientation on October 22

Concord-Carlisle High School will offer an "Orientation to CCHS" meeting for all Concord and Carlisle eighth and ninth grade independent school students and their parents on Wednesday, October 22, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the CCHS library.


People who are interested in learning more about the town. The Mosquito is looking for a reporter to cover the planning board and other assignments. Contact Maya Liteplo at 1-978-369-7848 or 1-978-369-8313.

Want to talk to the Mosquito?

The Carlisle Mosquito has a new e-mail address: This is the only address to use to communicate with the paper. A reminder: letters to the editor will not be accepted by e-mail, as a signature is required for publication.

New post office hours

The Hours for the Carlisle Post Office have been changed to: lobby hours · Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Window hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Mosquito Magnets ®?

Thanks to our readers who responded to Priscilla Stevens' article "Mosquito Magnet ® or Marketing Magnet?" We will revisit this question in the spring and your opinions will be included.

Festival of Authors begins

The 2003 Concord Festival of Authors kicks off on Thursday, October 23, with a panel discussion "Finding a Voice · and the Courage to Use It." Authors Joan Leegant, Brian McGrory and Sue Halpern will discuss the author's craft at 8 p.m. at Kerem Shalom, 659 Elm Street in Concord. On Friday, October 24, a second panel discussion, featuring Jake Halpern, Stephanie Schorow and Carlo Rotella, will address "Finding a Story · and the Wisdom to Tell It," at the Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack Street in Lowell.

The popular Breakfast with the Authors returns twofold this year. On Saturday, October 25, authors William Martin, Katharine Weber and Caryl Phillips will speak at the Colonial Inn in Concord at 8 a.m. Mistress of Ceremonies is Mameve Medwed. On Saturday, November 1, Alice Hoffman, Stewart O'Nan and Alan Lightman will appear at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell at 8 a.m. Tickets to the breakfasts are $18 and are available at the Concord Bookshop.

A pirate party for the family will feature Barry Clifford, author of Return to Treasure Island, at Monument Hall on Monument Square in Concord on October 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. Laurence Bergreen, author of Over the Edge of the World, will speak at the Concord Museum at 1 p.m. on October 26.

All events are free, except for the Breakfasts with the Authors, and books will be sold at each event. For more information, call the Concord Bookshop at 1-978-369-2405.

A cappella ensemble to sing at CCHS fundraiser

"A Time to Shine" fundraising performance and silent auction to support CCHS performing arts will feature the Boston University a cappella ensemble, Aural Fixation, Saturday, November 8 at CCHS at 6:30 p.m. Come support the performing arts (choral music, drama and orchestra at CCHS) and enjoy a wonderful evening of singing, dancing, drama and comedy combined with a delicious dinner and silent auction. Everyone in the community is welcome. Tickets are $35 and are available at Daisy's in Carlisle, or Concord's Video Revolution, The Cheese Shop, The Concord Toy Shop, and the West Concord 5 &10. For more information contact Carol Jamison at 1-978-369-9980.

"Old Folks" hit the WIQH airwaves

88.3 FM, WIQH, steps back a generation next week when parents and teachers guest host programs as part of the station's first "Parent-Teacher Broadcast Week." The normal schedule of CCHS student shows gives way to five days of radio specials featuring WIQH parents and CCHS teachers.

The final schedule for next week continues to evolve as many adults wrestling with stage frightor, perhaps, "microphone fright"succumb to their suppressed desires to be radio stars. A few of the confirmed programs include an interview show hosted by WIQH parent Dee Welles who will talk with NPR news reporter Ann Garrels about Garrels' recent book and her experiences covering the war in Iraq. Welles' show is tentatively scheduled to air Friday, October 24, from 6 to 7 p.m. Also on Friday, Concord resident and WIQH parent Susan McHugh will co-host "The Green Room". Now in its third season on 88.3 FM, the showtunes program co-created by McHugh's older daughter Caitlin is currently hosted by younger daughter Hayley. "The Green Room" airs from 5 to 6 p.m.

Throughout the week, experienced WIQH student staff will be on hand to assist the parents and teachers in their broadcasting debuts. For a complete listing of programs, including last-minute changes and updates, visit

Council on Aging upcoming trips

The COA is planning a trip to the New York City Christmas "Show Tour" on December 3 to 5. A morning departure with rest stops and a stay at the Hotel Wellington with complete dinner at a popular restaurant, city sightseeing tours, Radio City Music Hall Christmas Show (with reserved seats) with the world famous Rockettes, two breakfasts, one dinner, shopping included. Trump Tower, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Rockefeller Center are all in walking distance from the hotel. For a flyer, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or pick up a flyer at COA office at Town Hall.

Come join the Carlisle seniors for a trip to southern Italy. (Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, air fare, English-speaking guides, tours and hotel are included.) The tour includes Alitalia flight to Italy and sightseeing in Naples, Pompeii, Isle of Capri, Positano, Amalfi drive, Caserta, Siracusa, Mount Etna, Tindari, Milazzo, Funari, and Messina. For flyers call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or pick up a flyer at the COA office in the Carlisle Town Hall.

Concord Band presents a fall concert

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Tenth Annual Artists' Market at DeCordova

DeCordova offers you more shopping than ever to help you through the holidaze. Join The Store @ DeCordova for the Tenth Annual Artists' Market which will feature our year-round selection of fine wearable art and gift items. The Museum School Gallery will be filled with a delightful collection for the season. Choose from an extensive offering of jewelry, pottery, glass, frames, ornaments, paper goods, creative children's toys and wearable art.

This six-week holiday sales event opens November 15 and runs through December 31. To accommodate your shopping needs, The Store offers extended hours from November 17 through December 23: Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Concord Museum story hour

On Friday, November 7 from 1 to 2 p.m., "Listen, My Children...," a Concord Museum story hour for children ages 3 to 5 accompanied by an adult, introduces young children to the delightful book, Now It's Fall, by Lois Lenski. Do you like to rake fall leaves and jump into the piles, pick apples or carve pumpkins? You'll discover all these signs of fall, and more, in this wonderful story, find beautiful autumn colors on a special museum walk, enjoy a snack and a fall-related craft activity.

The one-hour program is $9 per child; $7 member child, accompanying adult is free. Concord Museum story hour is offered on the fourth Friday of every month October to May, each time with a new story and a new look at artifacts in the museum's collection. Reservations are required, as space is limited. Call 1-978-369-9763.

Annual Antique Show in Concord

The 34th annual Concord Antiques Show, sponsored by the Trinitarian Congregational Church, will be held on Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8, at the Congregational Church on Walden Street in Concord. The Antique Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The Tri-Con Coffee Shop will be open during the show serving delicious soups, sandwiches and homemade desserts.

Admission to the show is $5 per person. Net proceeds are donated to Concord and other Greater Boston outreach programs. In addition, door prizes will be offered. For more information, please call 1-978-369-4837.

CCYH Learn-To-Skate registration - 1st session

The Learn-To-Skate program sponsored by Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey(CCYH) will begin Saturday, November 1, from 11:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. at the Valley Sports Arena on Route 62 in West Concord. Registration will take place beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Back Rink. The Cost is $220, which includes 19 sessions and a practice jersey. Warm clothing and gloves are recommended. A HECC-approved hockey helmet and face mask are required. This fee includes a $30 non-refundable registration fee.Note that because of a large anticipated attendance, Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey will limit the size of each session to a maximum of 100 skaters.Skaters must be 5 years of age by January 1, 2004. On-ice volunteers are welcome. More information can be obtained by calling the registrar of CCYH at 1-978-369-6759, the president of CCYH at 1-978-897-7680 or LTS director of CCYH at 1-978-369-4664. Visit for up-to-date information on all CCYH activities.

Lock Monsters night

The Concord/Carlisle Youth Hockey organization (CCYH) plans a family night with the Lowell Lock Monsters on Saturday, November 15 at 7 p.m. at the Tsongas Arena. Last year 250 people attended this fun event. All CCYH players, family and friends are invited. Tickets can be purchased through CCYH hockey coaches or at the J & J Sports store located at the Valley Sports Ice Rink for $12 each.For further information, call or Kevin Harrington at 1-978-371-5907 or Kevin Feeney at 1-978-371-1086.

Bullying and teasing: strategies that work

One of the most difficult aspects of parenting is dealing with bullying behavior. Regardless of whether your child is being bullied, or is the one bullying or teasing others, it is hard to know what to do. Marsha Mirkin, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and resident scholar at the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center, will provide an understanding of the dynamics behind the teaser/bully, the victim, and the bystanders, as well as what parents, teachers, and other concerned adults can do to help.

Dr. Mirkin's presentation, "Bullying and Teasing: Strategies That Work," will be held Thursday, October 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Blanchard Middle School on West Street in Westford. Tickets are $5 in advance, and $8 at the door. For more information, contact Mary Anne Seraphin at 1-978-692-6345. The event is being sponsored in part by the Westford Parent Connection and the Westford Elementary and Middle School PTOs.

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito