The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 19, 2003

Christmas Eve carols on the Green

Young and old, bring your instruments and voices to the Christmas tree on the Green, ready to play on Wednesday, at 6:15 p.m. This time was chosen so as not to interfere with any of the local church services, and will follow immediately after the First Religious Society's service. This non-denominational instrumental musical tradition is now in its 40th year.

Call 1-978-360-5893 for advanced copies of instrumental music. Come be a part of the joyful and sentimental history of old Carlisle.

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, to be held in the school library on Monday, December 22, at 2:10 p.m. Come visit with friends and former teachers. 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.

Reception planned for Historical Society Intern Erin Johnson

The Carlisle Historical Society has set up a case on the first floor of the Gleason Library to share the town's hair- jewelry collection with the public. The public is invited to meet Erin Johnson at an informal reception to discuss the jewelry and her internship with the Carlisle Historical Society on Saturday, January 10, from 2-4 p.m. at the Gleason Library.

The transfer station will be open on Dec. 26

The Carlisle transfer station will have a special schedule during the holidays. It will be closed on Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25, but will be open the following day on Friday, December 26, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The transfer station will also be open for the normal hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 27. The transfer station will be closed again on New Year's Day, Thursday, January 1st, and will re-open with regular hours on Saturday, January 3rd.

Annual Carlisle Band citrus sale

Carlisle Senior Band members are taking orders for a quality selection of fresh fruits shipped directly from Florida: Indian River red grapefruit, Florida navel oranges, Red Delicious apples and D'anjou pears. The fruit is offered in an assortment of packages, and at competitive prices. It will be delivered to your door in early February or can be drop-shipped anywhere in the U.S.

Proceeds from the sale will be used for instruments and equipment, bus transportation expenses; and a visiting musician program.The fruit can be ordered at the Winter Concerts. Band members will also be taking orders at the Carlisle Transfer Station on January 10. Orders can also be placed with any senior band member or by calling Melinda Howe at 1-978-371-1688. Support the school's excellent band program, treat friends and family and counter the winter doldrums with fresh fruit delivered to your doorstep.

Congregational Church will hold Christmas Eve service of Lessons and Carols

The Congregational Church will present a Christmas Eve service including an instrumental ensemble, singing of carols for the audience, American colonial Christmas music for choir, and a talk for children by Associate Pastor Steven James Weibley, just back from his sabbatical. The service will begin at 7:15 p.m. on Christmas Eve and will close with "Child of the Stable's Secret Birth," newly composed for this evening's service by Pastor Weibley. This service of Lessons and Carols will include instrumentalists from Boston University and from the church accompanying the choir in music of the Moravians of Pennsylvania, the folk singers of Appalachia, and William Billings of colonial New England. The audience will join in the singing of familiar carols.

Community Education offers African Dance in Carlisle

Find out about the exhilarating power of African dance and learn about where hiphop, jazz or breakdance got their roots. West African Dance for Children will meet at the First Religious Society in Carlisle on January 8, Thursday from 6:45-7:35 p.m. for 10 sessions through March 25. This class is intended for ages 7-9, but parents and siblings can sign up too. The fee is $135, $129 each for 3 or more enrollments together. (No class on March 11.) The class features live drumming.

Classes are open to district (Carlisle and Concord) residents and non-residents. There is a $3 non-resident fee. To register, call 1-978-318-1540 days or 1-978-318-1432, nights. More information is available at

Mixed Paper Recycling: who what where why?

Townspeople have a great opportunity to save money while helping the environment by recycling mixed paper. Carlisle is paid $10 per ton for mixed paper brought to the Transfer Station. At school, kids can use the paper recycling bins in their classrooms to recycle waste paper. Carlisle is fortunate to have located a company that comes to the school to collect it on a break-even basis as long as we generate enough paper to make it worth their while. Please remind your children to use the bins whenever possible.

Recyclable mixed paper includes white paper (staples and paperclips are OK), colored paper, manilla envelopes, glossy paper, fax paper, magazines, books, posters, sticky notes, brown paper, junk mail, and window envelopes. Please, NO paper with food stains, wax paper, paper towels, kleenex, aluminum, or plastic bags. Newspaper and cardboard are collected in separate containers at the Transfer Station, but are collected with other mixed paper at the school.

Where does our mixed paper go? Carlisle trucks the paper from the Transfer Station to E. L. Harvey in Westborough MA. The top grade "ledger" paper is separated from the rest and used to make writing and printing paper. It is also used to make tissue, napkins, and paper towels. The coarser mixed paper (telephone books, magazines, brown paper, etc) is turned into cardboard and paperboard.

Dealing with grief during the holidays

The holiday season may trigger a case of the holiday blues for people dealing with the death of a loved one. Terri Philbrick, MSW, bereavement coordinator with VNA Care Hospice, suggests, "Don't be pressured by well- meaning family and friends as to what you should or shouldn't do for your holiday traditions. Trust your instincts and celebrate in a way that is comfortable for you."

The following strategies from VNA Care Hospice's health care professionals offer ways to cope with the stress and pain. The nonprofit agency provides physical, emotional and spiritual support to the terminally ill and their families in eastern and central Massachusetts.

Decide in advance whether to maintain holiday traditions or create new ones. Slight changes, such as opening gifts on a different day, may ease the stress of the season. Be sure to have a plan, and remember one can always change one's mind.

Especially during the holidays, it is important to honor the memory of your loved one. Light a candle, place his/her picture close to the dinner table, set a place at the table, or buy a gift in his/her honor and donate it to charity . Most importantly, talk about your loved one. Share memories with family and friends and allow yourself to laugh and cry.

VNA Care Hospice offers free bereavement support groups. For more information about the Cambridge and Needham groups, contact Webb Brown, hospice chaplain, at 1-781-329-8603, ext. 3463 or 1-617-547-2620, ext. 3463. A schedule of bereavement support groups is available at under the services menu.

Give yourself a gift or do something special like watching your favorite movie. Resist the urge to overindulge. Too much food and alcohol contribute to the holiday blues. Exercise helps fight depression, and relaxation techniques reduce stress.

For more information about VNA Care Hospice and Care Network, call 800-728-1862 or visit

Alliance for Teen Safety is raising funds for the C-C skatepark

Need one more holiday present for a young skateboarder?

The site for the Concord-Carlisle Skatepark has been completely built by the Rotary Club of Concord. The blacktop has been laid, for curing over the winter, and the fence was installed last week. It is located next to the high school parking lots, and anyone who comes to see it will notice that there is no equipment yet. Why? Because fundraising for the equipment has just begun.

The first fundraiser by The Alliance for Teen Safety, Inc. is selling C-C Skatepark T-shirts. Walden Mortgage of Concord has generously underwritten the cost of supplies, allowing 100% of the shirt sales to go directly toward funding skatepark equipment.

Shirts are available in youth and adult sizes. The black screen design is an air-borne skater. Youth shirts come in S, M, L and XL sizes - white, royal blue and lilac, and cost $12. Adult S and M shirts are available in grey or white and cost $15 each. Call either Kate Sundquist at 1-978-287-0971 or Ellen Davin at 1-978-287-4219 to place an order and arrange for delivery. Checks can be made to the Alliance for Teen Safety, Inc. Tax-deductible donations towards the purchase of the skatepark equipment can be sent to Alliance for Teen Safety, Inc., 120 Meriam Road, Concord, 01742. Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the project, call Barbara Howland at 1-978-3113.

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

Want to talk to the Mosquito?

The Carlisle Mosquito can be reached by phoning 1-978-369-8313, faxing 1-978-369-3569, mailing to Box 616 or e-mailing to Letters to the editor require a signature and will not be accepted by e-mail.

Ladies spring tennis

Carlisle women who are interested in trying out for any openings in the local spring league (April - June) should call Bobby Lyman at 1-978-369-6185, or e-mail her at

bobbylyman@ Play is normally twice weekly. Those who prefer to play less often may substitute. Spring league is low key, with morning lessons and games; days depending on skill level.

Minuteman School Committee needs rep

A volunteer is needed to serve as Carlisle's representative to the School Committee of the Minuteman Regional High School. Carlisle resident James Ford has recently resigned, and it is hoped that a replacement can be found in time to represent the town during Minuteman's January budget deliberations. Anyone interested in being appointed should contact the Town Moderator, Tom Raftery, at 1-978-369-8430 or 1-978-369-4404.

Hunting continues

For residents who take to the woods or drive on the roads, please note that the deer-hunting season opened October 13. Carlisle is in zone ten, and the legal hunting dates are as follows:

December 15 to December 31: black powder or muzzle loader season.

Hunting is illegal in Carlisle except on private property, and then only when the hunter has on his person written permission from the owner of the property.

Pesticide Awareness Group wins grant

The Carlisle Pesticide Awareness Group, a volunteer group newly formed this year, was awarded a $1,500 grant from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund. "We are very pleased to get the funding we need to get the word out about harmful pesticides," said Chris Chin, a co-president who accepted the award for the group.

The group will use the money to work with the Board of Health to inform the public about safer alternatives to using insecticides, herbicides and fungicides on town fields and private lawns and gardens. Co-president Lisa Wiesner added, "We need to publicize the harmful effects of pesticides on our health as well as on the environment. There is a potential impact on the drinking water supplies of some of the more than 30 towns in our watershed." The Carlisle group is one of many dozens of town groups following a state-funded model created by the Wellesley Pesticide Awareness Group.

Tax Tips

In 2001, about 1.1 million Massachusetts taxpayers made deductible charitable contributions totaling nearly $3.6 billion.

Those itemizing deductions reduce their taxable income by the total contributed to tax-exempt organizations, with some limits.

Taxpayers can find help regarding the donations they make in IRS Publication 526, "Charitable Contributions." A second reference, IRS Publication 561, "Determining the Value of Donated Property," answers many of the questions that donors have when they make noncash contributions. Both publications are available at the IRS Web site,, or by calling 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-8293676).

Caroline Hill Scholarship applications available

Applications for the Caroline Hill Scholarship are available to Carlisle current high school seniors and students in college for continuing post-secondary education. The awards, which are need-based, typically range from $500 to $2000. The awards are made in late spring.

Caroline Hill left money to residents of the Town of Carlisle for financial need. Applicants can pick up the applications from the registrar's office at Concord-Carlisle High School, the Gleason Public Library or the Selectmen's office at the Carlisle Town Hall. If you have any questions, contact Sally Coulter, at 1-978-369-6637.

Find ZIP Codes on-line

Don't let an incorrect ZIP Code delay delivery of cards and letters. Local post offices and the Postal Service web site offer ZIP Code information, as does the National Call Center, 1-800-275-8777.

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito