The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 5, 2003

The Mosquito needs new blood

The Mosquito needs new reporters to cover the following important meetings, issues and events in the coming year.

For more information on the following "beats," or a just a friendly chat, call News Editor Maya Liteplo at 1-978-369-7848. No journalism back-ground is required, just an ability to write a sentence. We pay a modest stipend for covering the news and writing stories.

Board of Health

The BOH meets once or twice a month, usually on Thursday evenings. Bill Churchill, who reported on the BOH for many years, has decided to retire from the newspaper temporarily, we hope. Thanks, Bill.

Community Preservation Act Committee

The CPA Committee, which has been meeting once a month, administers the moneys in the CPA fund, collected as a surcharge on property taxes and matched by the state. The fund may only be used for open space, historical preservation, and affordable housing.

Finance Committee

As weekly fiscal year 2005 budget hearings begin in January, one or two reporters are needed to share the load with chief FinCom reporter Cecile Sandwen.

Local and regional politics

As we face national, state and local elections in the coming year, the Mosquito needs a political reporter. We expect to cover candidate appearances in Carlisle, as well as other events, such as debates of major issues.

300 community courses this winter

Residents will receive Winter 2004 course catalogs from Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education this coming week, but for those who want to make their course selections early, winter class information is available on the Community Education Web site,

Courses start in late January and run through early April and include approximately 300 classes, from one- night seminars to 12-week series, as well as several hundred online classes. New classes featured this winter include Comparative Religion, Digital Photography, "DNA Detectives" for grades 5-7, Amazing Space for Your Teenager, and many more.

Pre-registration for all classes is strongly recommended. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration can be completed by mail with a check or credit card or by phone 1-978-318-1540 days, 1-978-318-1432 evenings or fax 1-978-318-1539 by credit card only. Registration over the Internet is not yet available, but a form to mail or fax can be downloaded from the Web site, which also provides information regarding directions, registration, and answers to frequently asked questions. (For more information contact Community Education, 1-978-318-1540, Court Booth, Director).

Learn-To-Skate Registration - 2nd Session

The second session of the Learn-To-Skate program sponsored by Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey (CCYH) will begin Saturday, January 3, at 11:20 a.m. at the Valley Sports Arena on Route 62 in West Concord. Registration will take place beginning at 10:20 a.m. in the back rink. The cost is $160, which includes 12 sessions and a hockey-style 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. Because of a large anticipated attendance, Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey will limit the number of skaters of combined session one and session two to a maximum of 100 skaters.

Skaters must be five 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 or the president of CCYH at 1-978-897-7680 or LTS director of CCYH at 1-978-369-4664. Visit the Web site: for up-to-date information on all CCYH activities.

Craft fair and contra dance in Concord

Concord artist Gaetana is coordinating a Holiday Art and Craft Fair on December 6 at the Concord Scout House, 74 Walden Street in Concord from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. The fair will be followed in the evening by a New England contra dance party from 8 to 11 p.m. Admission to the dance is $9.

Several of the craft tables will remain open throughout the evening. Caller Kiran Wagle will instruct the dances with the band "Heathen Creek." No previous dance experience is required; singles are welcome. Bring a pair of low, clean, indoor shoes for dancing. The hall is handicapped-accessible. Both events are sponsored by the Country Dance Society, a non-profit organization.

Thirty-plus Metro-West artists will present a diverse collection of work for sale including fine art, handmade paper, candles, ceramics, jewelry, dolls' clothing, soft sculpture, quilts, handmade soap, ornaments, sculptured boxes, toys, dried flower arrangements and wooden items, including painted furniture.

For information about the craft fair call Gaetana at 1-978-369-2212. For information about the dance call Mark at 1-617-802-2905 or 1-857-499-8907 or Cal at 1-781-272-0396.

"Focus on the Future: Your Vision and Values" forum on December 11

The public is invited to join local officials, business and community leaders, and all people interested in the future of the region for "Focus on the Future: Your Vision and Values," a special forum to be held on Thursday evening, December 11. This event is part of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council's (MAPC's) major new initiative to engage the public in shaping a future that reflects the best thinking of the region's people. Over several years, MAPC will develop a shared vision for growth in metro Boston and a strategy, with broad public agreement, to make the vision a reality.

On December 11, MAPC will be "taking the pulse" of people in the twelve-town Minuteman area subregion, brainstorming to identify a vision of the future, the key values it embodies, and the priority issues that need to be addressed to achieve it. There will be an opportunity to share ideas on these key questions: What is most valuable about the region? What are the biggest challenges ahead? The results will be incorporated into a larger regional vision that will set the stage for the strategy and implementation phases.

This event is co-sponsored by MAPC and the Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC). In addition, all eleven MAGIC legislators are co-sponsors.

"Focus on the Future, Your Vision and Values" will be held on December 11 from 6:45 to 9 p.m. in the cafeteria of the new Littleton High School, 56 King Street. It is open to the public at no cost. For more information, see or contact Judith Alland, 1-617-451-2770, ext. 2022 or

Community classes

The following classes begin this week and are open to the community. Pre-register by calling 1-978-318-1540 days, 1-978-318-1432 nights. Courses meet at CCHS unless noted.

Saturday, December 6

6:30 a.m. - 11:15 p.m., "Holiday Treat for the Senses" Trip to New York City by Myerow Associates, $139;

1:30 - 3 p.m., Elizabeth Peabody, Transcendental Activist, one session, with Concord Town Archivist Leslie Wilson, at the Concord Free Public Library, $8 donation, please pre-register.

Tuesday, December 9

6:30 - 9:30 p.m., First Aid, one session, $53.

CCHS presents Godspell
The cast of the CCHS production of Godspell is pictured, from left to right standing: Dillon Levers, Aly McGuirk, Jenny Zuk, Samantha Charm, Alex Brewer, Alex Moore, Mike Jamison, Olivia Vienneau, Nikki Armistead, Travis Minor, Maya Murphy. Front row: Danielle Hecht and Rebecca Lawrence. (Courtesy Photo)

One of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes, Godspell is based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew. The show, which is not built on a traditional plot, utilizes comedy, pantomime, charades, dance and vaudeville to tell the parables. A pageant that moves from moment to moment, Godspell is a reflection on life by thirteen performers who are bigger than life and full of energy.

Featuring a sparkling, seminal score by Stephen Schwartz, Godspell boasts a string of recognizable songs, led by the international hit "Day by Day." As the cast makes its way through "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord," "Save the People," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "Bless the Lord," "All for the Best," "All God's Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side," the audience gets to see the parables come to life.

The CCHS rendition of Godspell, performed and choreographed by CCHS students, is set in a high school and the performers bring the lessons of learning, loving and celebrating to life in a relevant setting. The musical is a new effort featuring CCHS student choreographers Laura Belkner, Jessica Lawson and Meaghan Riley.

"This play speaks volumes to all of us. By setting the play in a high school the parables are made exceedingly relevant to the issues that our students deal with every day. The kids have completely stepped up to the plate. They are singing, dancing acting, choreographing, doing all of the stage, set and technical work and playing the instruments in the pit. They are motivated, driven and are putting together an outstanding show," said Chuck Brown, choral and drama director at CCHS.

Godspell tickets are on sale and can be purchased on line at or at Daisy's in Carlisle, West Concord Five and Ten and Video Revolution in Concord. Tickets are $15 for each of three performances on Friday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 14 at 2:30 p.m. Check the CCPOPS web site, for more information.

Audition Workshop for students at CCHS

The CCHS Drama and Choral Department continues their workshop series funded through a Concord Education Fund Grant. On December 8 an audition workshop will be presented for all students. Russ Greene, an experienced Boston actor, director and teacher will coach all interested students through the perils and challenges of auditioning. The workshop will run students through a series of real life scenarios and Mr. Greene will provide feedback and advice to improve audition skills. Mr. Green is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. The workshop will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium at CCHS and is open to all students. Check the CCPOPS website,, for more information.

Adult soccer program still kicking around
JUST FOR KICKS. Eight players braved the cold and wind on Saturday, November 29 for the annual Thanksgiving Holiday soccer game at Spalding Field for high school students and adults. (Photo by Mike Quayle)
Carlisle's adult soccer program has been active for more than 20 years. Throughout this time, an impressive cast of characters has graced the league, with various nationalities, skill levels, and backgrounds. The program has entertained professional players and provided novices with their first touch on a soccer ball ever. Today, as at the inception of the league, the goal remains the same, to provide a recreational outlet for adults.

All interested high school kids and adults are encouraged to come and participate.

Games are regularly scheduled for Sundays, 2 to 4 p.m. at Spalding Field. Please bring a dark shirt and a white shirt.

On a similar note, the Recreation Committee is offering a program of indoor soccer on Wednesday nights, starting December 3 and running through April 14. Information for this and for the adult program is available by calling Scott Forsberg at 1-978-369-1631.

December Council on Aging Events

Book club. Wednesday, December 10 at 9:30 a.m., the COA Book Club will meet to discuss The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. This will be the book group's annual potluck holiday meal. Call the COA office for location and information if you would like to attend.

Men's breakfast. Thursday, December 11, senior men are invited to dine with chef Ed Lemire at the monthly men's breakfast, at 8 a.m. in the Sleeper Room. A $2 donation is suggested.

Holiday craft programs. Join Peggy Wang on Monday, December 8 for holiday card-making from 12:30 2:30 p.m. in the Sleeper Room. No experience is required and all materials are supplied. On Tuesday, December 9, Peggy Wang will lead a workshop in holiday greens-decorating. Materials will be supplied. Both of these classes are sponsored by the Carlisle Recreation Department and are free to seniors. Registration is required, so call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895.

Holiday coffee. Thursday, December 18, the COA will provide breakfast treats in the Sleeper Room at 9:30 a.m. Santa will also leave door prizes for some lucky winners. Additionally, volunteer Peggy Wang will be on hand for holiday cookie- decorating for those wishing to participate. Call the COA office to register for cookie-decorating.

Carlisle samplers at Historical Society meeting

Stephanie Upton will share her knowledge of historic needlework with slides and samplers from the Carlisle Historical Society collections at the Society's annual meeting on Monday, December 8 at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room of the Gleason Library.

"In Praise of the Needle: Carlisle Samplers and Their Makers" will highlight Carlisle samplers within the context of early American needlework. The samplers worked by Carlisle girls, aged ten to nineteen years, date from 1786 to 1838 and illustrate the common forms of plain and ornamental needlework popular during that period. Actual samplers, slides and quotes from men and women of the period will illuminate the art of making samplers and will demonstrate the significance of needlework in the lives our foremothers.

Upton, a longtime Carlisle resident, is a museum professional. She is active in the Carlisle Historical Society, currently serving as the librarian/curator for the collections.

Community appeal to launch C-C pool

The non-profit group that is designing and building the Concord Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center, C. C. Pools, Inc. is mailing an appeal to all Concord and Carlisle households to ask for funds to complete the Center. According to Pete Funkhouser, C. C. Pools' president, "We'd like to take advantage of a favorable construction climate and move ahead. But we remain $2 million short of our $8.5 million goal."

The center is being built with private, tax-deductible donations. Upon completion, it will be given to the Town of Concord, and available to everyone in the towns of Concord and Carlisle, as well as town employees and their families. It will be located on the grounds of the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School.

The Concord Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center will be self-supporting through membership and program fees, and run by the Concord Recreation Department. An endowment has been created to prevent the center from becoming a tax burden. "The bequest from the Alfred Sawyer Trust was the jumping-off point for this project," said Tim Atkins, campaign co-chair. "This is a public-private partnership and we need the support of everyone to bring this asset to our towns."

Volunteers are also needed for several upcoming community events. Look for information about the project and the community appeal in the mail soon. Information about the Concord Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center may be found at www., or by calling 1-978-371-4938.

WIQH schedule December 5 through December 12

WIQH, 88.3 FM, is the student-run radio station at the Concord Carlisle High School. WIQH is on the air from 1:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10:00 a.m until 10:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

88.3 FM is happy to publicize your non-profit organization's events and community services. You can mail public service announcements to WIQH, 500 Walden Street, Concord. E-mail information to Fax information to WIQH at 1-978-318-1435 or phone WIQH by calling 1-978-369-2440.

Friday, December 5

2:15 to 4:00 p.m., "Pile of Potential" with Nick Probolus and "G"

4:00 to 5:00 p.m., "The Happy Hour" with Kurt Gilbert and DJ Suntarus

5:00 to 6:00 p.m., "The Green Room", with Hayley McHugh, playing Broadway hits and other showtunes

6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Sam Dane , Cameron Jessee and Henry Hess

7:30 to 8:30 p.m., "Nate's Show with S-Mo" featuring Nate Banfield and Sean Morris

8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Jason Musselman

Saturday, December 6

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Pat White and Duncan Shea

11:00 am. to Noon., Mike Jamison

Noon to 1:00 p.m., Basil Bourque

1:00 to 3:00 p.m., "In No Particular Order" with Peter Lesser and Alex Levin

3:00 to 4:00 p.m., Peter Daigle

4:00 to 5:00 p.m., Brian Thomsen

5:00 to 6:00 p.m., Hugh Welles

6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Paul O'Neill

7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Kirill Shubin

8:00 to 10:00 p.m., Graham Jenkins

Monday, December 8

2:15 to 4:00 p.m., "TFD" featuring 'Mafia Gurl'

4 to 5 p.m., Libby Daltas and Ilan Levin

5:00 to 6:00 p.m., "The Munday Show" with John Munday

6:00 to 7:30 p.m., "The Beat" with Ben Phillippo

7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Adrienne Zak and Lauren Zwicker

8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Emily Larson and Anna Olsen

Tuesday, December 9

2:15 to 4:00 p.m., "The Fallen Rock Zone" with Jason Leavitt, Zeke Shore and Dan Tovrov

4:00 to 5:00 p.m., "Minority Report" Jim Ford and Brian Gaines

5:00 to 6:00 p.m., "B20" with Alex Brewer, Ben Brewer and Patrick Offenheiser

6:00 to 7:00 p.m., "Come Tuesday" with Ellie Willard and Maggie Wilson

7:00 to 8:30 p.m., "Around The World" with Criz-T and Ro-Z

8:30 to 9:30 p.m., "Spare Change" with Al Lietzau

Wednesday, December 10

1:15 to 2:15 p.m., "Vitamin G"

2:15 to 4:00 p.m., Zach Warner and Gene Delsener

4:00 to 5:00 p.m., Alain Digon and Mark Stephens

5:00 to 6:00 p.m., "Las Chicas LaTores" with Katherine and Alicia LaTores

6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Alexandra Covucci and Vanessa Pellegrino

7:00 to 7:30 p.m., "The Third Wing" with Al Lietzau, Graham Jenkins, Eamonn Hart and Ravi Ramanathan. Political talk from all sides.

7:30 to 8:30 p.m., "The Time Warp" with Sarah Twomey-Mercurio and Sarah Martin

8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Hugh Welles, Jeff Ramras and Henry Schoch

Help raise funds for runners

Support Concord-Carlisle High School's cross-country teams by entering the Country Run for the Runners. The race will be held on the high school's challenging 2.7-mile cross-country course at noon on Saturday, December 13. This fundraising event is organized by the Friends of Concord-Carlisle Cross-Country and proceeds will be used for finishing-line equipment that cannot be funded out of the already-challenged school budget. Individual entries cost $25. There are also a variety of options for group competition for sibling, parent-child and three- or four-person teams. All runners must be at least 11 years old. Registration forms are available from or from Late registration is possible up to 10:30 a.m. on race day.

Girl Scout coat collection ends Saturday

Carlisle's Junior Girl Scouts will be at the Transfer Station on Saturday, December 13, accepting donations of gently worn coats, jackets, snowsuits, hats and mittens for those in need this winter. Children's sizes are especially welcome. The girls will also be serving hot cider, cookies, and smiles to anyone who brings a coat. Coats can also be dropped off at the Murphy-Langrind home, 8 Bedford Road in Carlisle Center, until December 13. Any questions, please call Grete Langrind (978-318-0319).

Christmas for kids

The true spirit of the holidays has always been helping those less fortunate than ourselves. The staff at the Carlisle police department is asking for your help again this year with the Christmas for Kids program. The greater Lowell area is in need of donated children's toys this Christmas. Without this community's help, many of these children will likely do without on Christmas day.

Beginning December 1, officers and staff will be collecting toys at the police station. These toys will then be delivered to the Lowell office of the Department of Social Services in time for Old Saint Nick's arrival. To donate, drop off a new, unwrapped toy at the police station no later than 8 a.m. on December 18.

FOGPL to meet December 12

The Friends of Gleason Public Library (FOGPL) will hold their next meeting on December 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hollis Room at the library. On the agenda are the library wish list, the Community Pot Luck Supper, and the Authors Series. Refreshments will be available and all are welcome.

Learn how to tackle invasive plants

On Monday, December 15 at 7 p.m. at the Carlisle School Cafeteria the Carlisle Cub Scouts invite interested citizens to learn about the threat to Carlisle's native plants, animals and entire ecosystems.

Over a dozen trees, shrubs, vines, grasses and flowers from continents far away have escaped from nurseries and home gardens. They are reproducing like imported Kudzu in the South and are spreading through wildlands and roadsides. Each one is free from natural enemies in its new environment and is rapidly killing or replacing native flora upon which native animals (including birds and butterflies) depend.

Peter Alden, a Concord naturalist and author of the National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England, is spearheading a number of battles in Concord's emerging war on invasive plants. He has organized hundreds of volunteers to battle the Monarch Butterfly-killing Black Swallow-wort at Walden Pond and the Old North Bridge area. He is now with Concord Public Works censusing all roadside invasives in Concord and labeling Oriental Bittersweet vines that are overwhelming roadside trees and likely to impede public safety and traffic in the next ice and wind storms.

He will give a spirited slide show on the worst problem plants and suggest ways that students and landowners can organize themselves and turn back this scourge.

Concord Chorus to present 'Into the Light'

The Concord Chorus presents "Into the Light," a Christmas concert of warmth and hope with the music of Praetorius, Monteverdi, Mozart and Respighi, with readings and carols on Saturday, December 13, 4 and 7 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street in Concord. Tickets are $15, seniors and children $12, children under 12 free. For tickets/information, call 1-781-646-7186 or visit

Embroidery guild open to new members

The Merrimack Valley Chapter of the Embroiderer's Guild of America (EGA) holds meetings at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month from September through May at the Tewksbury Congregational Church in Tewksbury, Mass.

The EGA is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to teaching and preserving needlework as an art form. The Merrimack Valley Chapter is a lively group with members spanning a wide range of skill levels, ages, and interests. The chapter offers a variety of programs each year from counted needlework to surface embroidery to hardanger and more.It also hosts an annual holiday dessert party and springtime potluck supper with mini-craft projects. In addition, there are biennial weekend seminars that are a delight to attend. Connections at the Regional and National levels, as well as witha local chapter of the American Needleworker's Guild, ensure that there are plenty of activities to keep the interested stitcher busy throughout the winter season and beyond. For more information, visit, contact Rosemary Carter at or 1-781-893-0959.

Who puts the "green" in Greens Sale?

Several years ago the catastrophic ice storm in Canada and the U.S. northeast prevented the greens that the First Religious Society (FRS) had ordered from being delivered in time for the annual Greens Sale. When letter carrier Donna Cantrill mentioned it to Phyllis Hughes, she was thankfully surprised by Phyllis' willingness to supply greens. It turned out that one of Phyllis and Chuck's hobbies is dwarf and miniature conifers and they were willing to do their pruning after Thanksgiving and have ever since.

Now other Carlisle residents are pruning at this time and contributing fancy branches to the creative designers at FRS. George Bishop cut holly from Dot Clark's bountiful bushes and others are contributing truly fresh greens too.This year there will be over two dozen varieties in the FRS wreaths, sprays, swags and table decorations, none of them more than three days old! The sale will be held tomorrow at the First Religious Society on the Green from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Annual senior/faculty/staff/alumni tea

The Concord-Carlisle High School senior class would like to extend a warm invitation to all alumni to attend the Annual Senior/Faculty/Staff/Alumni Tea. This special event will be held in the school library on Monday, December 22, at 2:10 p.m. Come visit with friends and former teachers who are all interested in finding out how well you are doing these days. If you are a college student, the high school students will surely welcome the chance to hear what college life is like. This is a golden chance to connect with classmates as well.

The Jewish Experience through music

Musicians affiliated with Concord's Kerem Shalom synagogue will present a concert titled "The Jewish Experience Through Music" on Tuesday, December 9 at 7 p.m. The event, which is free, will be at Congregation Kerem Shalom, located at 659 Elm Street in Concord.

The concert will feature music in Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino that reflects life cycle experiences of Jews from Yiddish- and Ladino-speaking populations. There also will be opportunities to dance to klezmer instrumentals as well as to sing along with rousing Yiddish pieces.

Sudbury resident Rosalie Gerut, the temple's cantor, who has also been the lead singer for the Klezmer Conservatory Band, Shirim Klezmer and her own ensemble Rosalie and Friends, directs the group, which also plays at the temple's monthly "Mostly Music" Friday evening service. Members include Henry Goldberg, Nancy Kaplan, Marty Plotkin, Dick Rosenberg, and Laurie Silva.

Kerem Shalom, an unaffiliated synagogue, has more than 300 individual and family members, drawn primarily from Concord, Acton, Lexington, Lincoln, Carlisle, Harvard and other nearby communities. More information about the concert and Congregation Kerem Shalom is available by phone at 1-978-369-1223 or on the web at

Hear American Boychoir perform Christmas Concert

Celebrate the season with the angelic voices of The American Boychoir in concert Monday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church at 81 Elm Street in Concord. The American Boychoir sings traditional carols from Europe and the Americas, as well as anthems, motets and songs by Mendelssohn, Adam, Della Joio, and Rutter. The concert includes selections from Britten's "Ceremony of Carols" and Cambridge composer Daniel Pinkham's "Christmas Cantata." Suggested donation is $15, $10 for students and seniors. For more information, call the Trinity Parish Office at 1-978-369-3715.

Concord-Carlisle Community Chest accepting applications

Human service organizations that serve residents of Concord and Carlisle are invited to submit applications to the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest for the funding cycle from July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005. Applications are due January 16, 2004.

Each year the Community Chest supports local programs with individual grants ranging from $500 to $75,000. Member agencies provide a variety of services for children, youth, families, and senior citizens. First-time applicants should contact Community Chest staff prior to submitting an application.

For more information about the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest call 1-987-369-5250 or visit

Friends seek storage spot for books

The Friends of Gleason Public Library hope to hold their traditional used book sale in the spring, but this plan hinges on finding a storage space for books donated for the sale. The need is urgent! The space needs to be fairly large and weatherproof, but need not be heated. Anyone willing to donate temporary space in a barn, dry basement, garage, or spare room, contact Priscilla Stevens, Friends President, at 1-978-371-7282 or

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