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Friday, February 13, 2004

Community Ed offerings during school vacation week

Vacation weeks are an active time at Concord Carlisle Community Education, when traditional school activities take their holiday. There are several unique programs for young people in the schools over the February break.

The popular "TKO" vacation week program is a long-running partnership with the Thoreau Club, one of dozens of school-community alliances that the department maintains for local citizens. At TKO, kindergarten through fourth grade students will have a lively, daylong program of aquatics, outdoor adventure, arts, games and more. It meets at the Thoreau Club and Camp on Forest Ridge Road from 9 to 5, February 17-20. The fee is $250 for the 4-day week. A full and nutritious lunch is included in the fee. Students should bring a swimsuit, towel, sneakers, and clothes for outdoor play each day.

"DNA Detectives" is a new program for grades 5-7. This 4-day workshop will be held at the Concord Middle School, Sanborn Building from 1 to 4:30 pm, February 17 -20. The program expands upon the life science curriculum, and students will explore DNA, heredity and the relevance of genetics to everyday life. Their inquiries include, what is DNA and what does it look like? How do scientists study DNA? Lorraine Pazaris, PhD., of Concord, conceived this program and will be the teacher. Pazaris, a biologist and biotechnologist, will have her student detectives run simple experiments, conduct research, and participate in informal discussions. The fee is $119 and space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

Classes are open to all. Non-residents of the Concord-Carlisle school districts pay a $3 non-resident fee. To enroll call 1-978-318-1540 days or 1-978-318-1432 nights. Complete course listings are at

Friends of the Gleason Public Library sponsor the 2004 Community Pot Luck Supper

Save the date: Saturday, February 28. This year's Community Pot Luck Supper will be held at the home of Terry and Steve Golson, 388 Stearns Street. Please call Friends Vice President Paula Trebino at 1-978-369-9001, or e-mail her at, to ensure your place at this marvelous buffet. Bring a dish, and if it is homemade, please also bring along the recipe. This is one of Carlisle's best attended and fun events, so please call early. We hope for a great turnout to take the chill off the end of winter.

Mark the calendars for the 7

Spend an afternoon in Paw Paw, Michigan watching the Dear Edwina Show, where folks from around the world send letters to Edwina Spoonapple seeking her invaluable advice. Be prepared to laugh and enjoy plenty of song and dance! Performances will be on Thursday, March 25th at 3:30 p.m., Friday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available from all seventh graders and at convenient locations around town. Ticket sales will begin on February 24.

Searching for props for the 7th grade play

The seventh grade is in search of the following items: a Sit and Spin, five or more aluminum-framed woven lawn chairs and a lounge chair, a large plastic piggy bank, ten ukuleles, tortoise-shell pointy glasses, four or more dreadlock wigs, and a hard plastic wading pool.

Anyone willing to lend any of these items please contact Deb Hankey at 1-978-369-0374 or

COA events

Regal luncheon. The next step in the International Luncheon series is a buffet at the Westford Regency Hotel at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 24. The cost is $12.30, payable at the restaurant. Call Betty and Jim Elgin at 1-978-371-0728 or Tom and Karen Dunkers at 1-978-369-5681 for reservations or questions.

Caravaggio: an Explosion of Realism.The Carlisle Council on Aging will offer a free program on the Italian Baroque painter Caravaggio on Wednesday, February 25 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Clark Room at the Town Hall. The program will be presented by Mr. Chiodini, a native Italian with many years experience teaching technical and cultural subjects. The lecture is free, but participants are asked to register by phone at 1-978-371-2895 or via e-mail at

Jazz Vespers at FRS

On Sunday, February 29, the First Religious Society will hold its first Jazz Vespers at 4 p.m. A Jazz Trio will perform, with Marcus Pinney at the piano, John Clark on string bass and Harvey Nosowitz on the drums. This service will be a combination of music and spoken and silent reflections, with music taking up about 75% of the hour-long vespers. Families are encouraged to attend. Child care will be provided at no cost by experienced Senior High Youth downstairs in the Red Balloon area, but reservations are required at least ten days in advance (by February 19). For more information, call the church office at 1-978-369-5180.

Carlisle goes Calypso March 13 at Middlesex School

Summer comes early at the CEF/CSA Dinner/Dance with Live Auction on Saturday, March 13th at the Middlesex School. Pull out a colorful Hawaiian shirt and enjoy an elegant evening of great food, and dancing to calypso and reggae music performed by Hot Like Fire. All proceeds benefit programs at the Carlisle Public School. Tickets are $75 per person. Get tickets early as there is limited seating. From 6 to 7 p.m. there will be drinks, appetizers, and a viewing of the live auction items. A Caribbean dinner will be served from 7 to 9 p.m. After dinner the live auction starts, with Carlisle's own Al Merry as auctioneer. Come see what special items are auctioned this year. Then the temperature will rise with Hot Like Fire, and there will be dancing until midnight. Will Superintendent Fox-Melanson do the Limbo? For tickets or questions please call or email Ginny Lamere at 1-978-369-8210 or

Trails Committee to lead moonlight walk

On Saturday, March 6 at 7 p.m., the Trails Committee will lead a walk/cross-country ski/snowshoe trek, depending on conditions, under the full moon around the Cranberry Bog. A shorter and a longer version of the walk will be available. Bring a flashlight. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Park at the bog house or at the edge of the road. This event will be cancelled if there is heavy rain. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

CCHS Class of 1984 20th reunion

The Concord-Carlisle High School Class of 1984 will be holding its twentieth reunion this year. There will be a party on Saturday, June 19, at the Concord Country Club. There will also be a brunch the next day in Concord (bring the kids!). Tickets are $55 each.

Invitations will be mailed later in the spring. The reunion committee is compiling a mailing list and needs help. Contact Hope (Johnson) Weinman (1-781-837-3475 or for more information.

CCHS registration for private school students

Concord-Carlisle High School will offer an evening registration session for all Carlisle and Concord eighth and ninth grade private school students and their parents on Wednesday, February 25, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the CCHS library. Bring completed registration materials to this meeting. For registration materials, call Mrs. McDonald at the CCHS Guidance Office, 1-978-318-1417, extension 120.

WIQH Radio schedule February 13 through 21

WIQH, 88.3 FM, is the student-run radio station at the Concord-Carlisle High School. WIQH is normally 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. The station will, however, be off the air during the CCHS February vacation.

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. You can e-mail information to You can fax information to WIQH at 1-978-318-1435 or you can phone us by calling 1-978-369-2440.
Friday, February 13

2:15 to 4:00 p.m., Cherisa Hernandez and Charisse Gilmer
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 show tunes
6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Sam Dane and Cameron Jessee
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., To Be Announced
Saturday, February 14

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., "The Punk 'n' Dat Show" with Pat White and Duncan Shea
11:00 am. to Noon., Mike Jamison
Noon to 1:00 p.m., Basil Bourque
2:15 to 3:00 p.m., "In No Particular Order" with Alex Levin and Peter Lesser
3:00 to 4:00 p.m., "The Beteless Pete Show" with Peter Daigle
4:00 to 5:00 p.m., Brian Thomsen
5:00 to 6:00 p.m., Hugh Welles
6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Dual County League Girls' All-Star Basketball live from CCHS
7:30 to 9:00 p.m., Dual County League Boys' All-Star Basketball live from CCHS
9:00 to 10:00 p.m., "The Jazz Show" with Graham Jenkins
February 16 Through February 21

Off the air for February vacation.

Antique radio flea market this weekend

On Sunday, February 15, the Greater Boston Antique Radio Collectors will sponsor its 35th old radio flea market at the Westford Regency Inn on Route 110 in Westford. Last year's show had nearly 800 attendees, and 75 exhibitors at 110 tables, making this sold-out event one of the biggest and best on the East Coast.

Come to antique radio heaven to learn what that old radio in your attic is worth, or to buy that old radio of your dreams. Hundreds of vintage radios from the 1920s to

the 1960s will be offered for sale, including early battery sets of the 1920s, crystal sets, cathedral radios and floor models of the 1930s, plastic table models, communications receivers, early transistor radios and television sets. Also for sale will be old radio books, price guides and magazines, telegraph keys, novelty radios, and many other radio related items.

Flea market hours are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For further information, contact Antique Radio Classified, Pat Wedge at 1-978-371-0512, or at

Spring and summer hockey programs now accepting registrations

Bay State Hockey is now accepting applications for teams and individuals for the upcoming spring and summer programs at the Chelmsford Forum. Leagues and programs are available for all ages beginning in May.

Programs include Learn to Play Hockey, Mosquito Hockey, Youth Leagues, High School Leagues, Adult Leagues, Weekly Powerskating, and various camps and clinics.

Information is available at the ice rink, by calling the Bay State Hockey office at 1-781-871-7960 or by visiting Space is limited and early registration is encouraged.

Volunteers needed for American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Walkers, cancer survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), community leaders, team captains, and hard workers are all needed to make the American Cancer Society Relay for Life a reality in Acton. The volunteer committee for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Acton is beginning to meet to plan the event designed to raise funds and awareness of the fight against cancer in Acton.

Relay for Life is a team event where participants walk around a track relay style overnight. Teams of cancer-fighting enthusiasts will gather at Acton-Boxborough High School on May 14—15, 2004 to show their support and dedication. Volunteers from the Acton community are needed to begin planning now for this event.

Volunteers are needed to organize and recruit teams, seek community support, and underwrite, coordinate logistics, find refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment, and lend their support in any way. If you would like to join the Relay for Life in Acton as a volunteer or team participant, call the American Cancer Society at 1-508-652-4343.

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.

2004 transfer station stickers available

It is time to purchase new stickers for 2004 for depositing household trash at the Carlisle transfer station. Vehicles without a valid sticker will not be permitted to deposit their trash.

Stickers may be purchased by residents at the Carlisle police station dispatcher's window by presenting proof of residence and vehicle identification. The cost of a sticker will be $15 each, and a second sticker may be purchased for $10. Residences whose household disposables are picked up by local collectors must also obtain residential stickers, and such firms must maintain lists of the residential addresses that they serve. The stickers must be displayed on vehicles by April 1, 2004.

Gregory Maguire speaks at Gleason Library on art and Broadway on February 26

Curious as to how an accomplished author's book was turned into a Broadway show? Or, intrigued as to how a critically-reviewed writer developed his artistic crafts beginning in childhood? Come join the Carlisle Cultural Council and Friends of the Gleason Public Library as they host author Gregory Maguire on Thursday, February 26, 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room of the Gleason Public Library.

Gregory Maguire is the author of four adult novels, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (1995), Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (1999), Lost (2001), and Mirror Mirror (2003). Of these, Wicked was adapted into a musical which opened on Broadway on October 30, 2003, and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was filmed for ABC/Disney and aired originally in the spring of 2002. Critically reviewed, these bestsellers have been the delight of many faithful readers.

Maguire's dozen children's novels include The Hamlet Chronicles, a book series including Seven Spiders Spinning, Six Haunted Hairdos, Five Alien Elves, Four Stupid Cupids, and Three Rotten Eggs. Maguire has also written picture books, science fiction, realistic and historic fiction, short stories, signal reviews, and has also contributed many journal articles and essays.

He has been the recipient of several awards and fellowships. He was artist in residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and has received fellowship residencies at Blue Mountain Center, New York; the Hambidge Center, Georgia; The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Vermont. His writing has been honored by the National Council of Teachers of English and the American Library Association, and featured in CCBC Choices and other publications.

In addition to writing, Maguire is a national figure in children's literature education. He was a professor and associate director of the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College, 1979 through 1986. Since 1986 he has been co-director and founding board member of Children's Literature New England, Incorporated, a nonprofit that focuses attention on the significance of literature in the lives of children. Many in town may remember him for the visits he made to Carlisle fourth-grade classes, talking about how he wanted to be a writer from an early age. He received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature at Tufts University (1990) and published his first novel when he was 24 years old.

Maguire will talk about how his book Wicked became Wicked - The Musical. He will also talk about his development as an artist from childhood. This special presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room. Seating is limited. You can reserve seats (up to two people per reservation) starting February 20 by calling the Gleason Public Library reference desk at 1-978-369-4898.

Fiddler on the Roof comes to CCHS

Six of the many Carlisle students who will be performing in the CCHS production of Fiddler on the Roof take a quick break from rehearsal. Left to right are Maia Reed, Cassidy Lane, Priya Ramanathan, Elizabeth Cheever, Amy Chateauneuf and Jacquie O'Kelly. (Photo by Marjorie Johnson)

The Concord-Carlisle High School stage is alive with the voices and instruments of 117 CCHS students as they prepare for the opening of Fiddler on the Roof on February 27. Once again, the CCHS drama department is taking on a challenging show. Fiddler has a large cast, complicated music, interesting choreography and will offer six performances.

Rehearsing the wedding scene are (left to right) Leif Taylor, Patrick Offenheiser, Aaron Marks, Max Lewin, Campbell Payne, Chase Cicchetti and Alex Brewer. (Photo by Marjorie Johnson)

Fiddler on the Roof, based on the short story "Tevye and His Daughters," by Sholom Aleichem, was one of the first musicals to defy Broadway's established rules of commercial success. It dealt with serious issues such as persecution, poverty, and the struggle to hold on to one's beliefs in the midst of a hostile and chaotic environment. Criticized at first for its "limited appeal," Fiddler on the Roof struck such a universal chord in audiences that it became, for a time, the longest-running production in the history of Broadway.

The CCHS production will be presented Friday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, February 29 at 2:30 p.m., Friday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 7 at 2:30 p.m. at the CCHS auditorium. All tickets cost $15.

Tickets are all assigned seating and are on sale now. They may be purchased using a new on-line ticket system at or by picking up a ticket order form at Video Revolution, West Concord Five and Ten or Ferns in Carlisle. The order form should then be mailed to CCHS for tickets.

Young parent program

If you are pregnant or a parent age 25 and under, and are interested in meeting with other young moms on a weekly basis in Concord, First Connections invites you to join its Young Parent Program. There are no fees to attend, for child care during the group, or for parking. The group shares supportive parenting strategies, successes and challenges. Meetings are on Thursday afternoons from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and are located on the grounds of Emerson Hospital. If interested, call Sue Green at 1-978-287-0221.

The Concord Orchestra and Russell Sherman perform Brahms

Russell Sherman joins The Concord Orchestra and conductor Richard Pittman in the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor on Friday, March 26, and Saturday, March 27. Sherman has been hailed by the New York Times as "by any measure one of the truly extraordinary pianists before the public," by the Boston Globe as "a master of musical character, of creating vivid, dynamic shapes by means of color, accentuation and, perhaps most of all, rhythm", and by the Boston Globe as "fresh, original and captivating." The first concerto of Brahms promises to provide fertile ground for his captivating style. The Symphony No. 5 by Robert Simpson rounds out the evening. Simpson is considered by many to be the greatest symphonic composer of our time. The concerts are March 26 and 27 at 8:00 p.m. at the 51 Walden Street Performing Arts Center in Concord. Tickets are $18 and $15 for students and seniors, and may be reserved by calling 1-978-369-4967.

Upcoming program of poetry at the library

On Thursday, February 19 at 6:45 p.m., there will be an evening discussion and reading with poets in the Hollis Room (upstairs at Gleason Public Library). The poets will read from their works and discuss the craft of poetry. The public is invited to bring their own poems to share with the group. The event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by The Carlisle Cultural Council.

Kingston Trio concert to benefit VNA Care Network

The Kingston Trio will perform at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10, in Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street, Worcester, to benefit VNA Care Network's home health care and hospice services for the terminally ill in eastern and central Massachusetts. Tickets are $37 and $34 and are on sale now at MT Plante Ticket Agency at Mechanics Hall or call 1-508-752-0888.

VNA Care Network has provided home- and community-based health care to residents of eastern and central Massachusetts for more than 100 years. VNA Care Hospice, an affiliate of VNA Care Network, cares for the terminally ill and their families at home in eastern and central Massachusetts and at three hospice residences, Chilton House in Cambridge, the Tippett Home in Needham and the Hospice Residence on Coes Pond in Worcester. For more information about home health care and hospice, call 1-800-728-1862 or visit

Absentee ballots available

Registered voters who will not be able to vote at the polls in the presidential primary on Tuesday, March 2 due to absence from town,

physical disability, or religious belief

can obtain absentee ballots at the Town Clerk's office from now until Monday, March 1 at noon. For those who need ballots mailed, application forms may be requested in person or by a family member.

The last day to register to vote in this election is February 11.

The Town Clerk's office is located in the Town Hall. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. On February 11, the office will remain open until 8 p.m.

Send in town census forms

Residents are reminded that town census forms are past due. The town is required by the state to update this information annually. This provides accurate population figures used to calculate state aid, school enrollment projections and keeps the resident voter list current.

Mass Audubon will host birders meeting

Join Mass Audubon on March 6 and 7 at the Peabody Marriott for their Massachusetts Birders Meeting, "Birding with a Purpose." Sponsored in partnership with the Essex County Ornithological Club, the agenda will include a day of presentations and exhibits, covering topics like the effects of urban sprawl, the Important Bird Areas Program and the future of birding. The keynote speaker will be Chandler Robbins, Ph.D., creator of the national Breeding Bird Survey and author of the Golden Guide to Birds of North America. Robbins was also the senior editor of the Atlas of Breeding Birds of Maryland and D. C., and has published in many other books and journals on the changes in breeding bird populations.

The meeting's second day will offer field trips to Cape Ann and Plum Island led by the Joppa Flats Educational Center and Essex County Ornithological Club. To find out more about this year's meeting and details about all the presentations and field trips, visit or call Mass Audubon's Wildlife information line at 1-781-259-2150.

Teacher's aides needed at history center

Do you love hands-on learning and working with youth? Would you enjoy working with park rangers and professional museum teachers? If you are looking for career experience or would like to resume your career in education, volunteering as a part-time museum teacher's aide at the Tsongas Industrial History Center could be for you. As a teacher's aide, you will receive training, work side-by-side with professional park rangers and museum teachers, helping give innovative, hands-on school programs. The Tsongas Center, located in the Boott Cotton Mills Museum, is a partnership of the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Lowell National Historical Park.

Volunteers are needed for the busy spring season starting in March. For more information, contact Park Volunteer Coordinator Mike Wurm at 1-978-275-1735 or You may apply by mailing a resume with a letter of application to Mike Wurm, Volunteer Coordinator, Lowell National Historical Park, 67 Kirk Street, Lowell, MA 01852.

CCF offers tours of the Benfield property

TOPIC OF DISCUSSION. Townspeople tour the Benfield Parcel A property on South Street. (Photo by Ellen Huber)

The Carlisle Conservation Foundation (CCF) invites townspeople to join them for a walking tour of the Benfield "Parcel A" property that is being considered for town purchase at the March 23 Special Town Meeting. Continuing every Saturday and Sunday up to and including the weekend of March 20 and 21, CCF will conduct walks beginning at 2 p.m. unless there is extremely inclement weather.

These easy walks will begin at the open field on South Street that is approximately 1/4 mile east of the intersection with West Street and will take no more than 90 minutes. There is parking on the field while it is frozen and on West Street near the intersection with Pope Road.

For background information on the Benfield property and/or on the proposal being considered by the town, consult CCF's website at www.

Parents Connection offers playgroups

The Carlisle Parents Connection organizes playgroups for children ages 0-5 and their parents/caretakers. Groups are structured around children of similar ages, and usually meet at members' homes. A group for new babies is currently forming. Existing groups for other ages are open to new members as well. For more information, contact Nancy West (1-978-369-6515; or Ali Walsh (1-978-287-9593;

Sign up for spring soccer

Spring in-town soccer registration has begun. To register, go to the Concord-Carlisle Youth Soccer website at and click on "In-Town" (This should answer many questions. Any additional questions can be submitted to the soccer hotline at 1-978-287-0968.) One can also download the registration form and mail to: P.O. Box 429, Concord, MA 01742. No registrations will be accepted after February 15 - no exceptions.

Local women's soccer

Play soccer this spring in a low-key, flexible, Acton-area women's league. Join a team, or just play occasionally. The emphasis is on exercise, fun with old and new friends, learning new skills and renewing old ones. League play is refereed 11x11 games on Sunday afternoons; drop-in games are weekday evenings. Why should the kids have all the fun? More info at our website or call Miriam at 1-781-442-0750 weekdays.

Pop Warner football comes to Concord and Carlisle

Beginning next fall, Concord and Carlisle will be offering Pop Warner football for boys and girls entering grades five through eight.

To learn more about the program, and register a child, parents and players are invited to attend an informational session on Saturday, February 28, at Concord-Carlisle High School's upper gym between 10 a.m. and noon. Enter the building via the lower gym parking lot. Registration packages will be available at that time.

For additional information, visit the Pop Warner Football web site at:, or email: Bill Barrett at; Scott Bird at; Kevin McNamara at; or Lorraine Stone at

Parenting mentor volunteers needed

A free training will be held on March 25 at First Connections in Concord for experienced parents who would like to become mentors to families with children under four in nearby communities. An hour a week can make a huge difference in another family's life and be a rewarding experience for you. First Connections, a Mass. Dept. of Education program, is now conducting interviews prior to the three-hour training in Concord. A bi-monthly, morning group supervision is held for all home visitors after the initial training. We serve eleven towns, and you are able to choose how far you would like to travel. Call Sue Green (1-978-287-0221) or e-mail at if interested or with questions. A one-year commitment to the program is requested.

Ann Geisinger scholarship available

Kerem Shalom is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for the 2004-2005 Ann Geisinger Scholarship.One scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior who plans to attend an institution of higher education within two years of graduation from high school, who is Jewish and who has an affiliation with Kerem Shalom, either individually or through his or her family.The second scholarship will be awarded to a Concord-Carlisle High School senior regardless of race, religion, residency or affiliation with Kerem Shalom.Both scholarships will be awarded to individuals whose high school experiences reflect the Jewish tradition of Tzedakah, or good works.Applicants should be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to community service through volunteer work, service to the school or paid work experience.Requests for applications may be made either by calling 1-978-369-1223 or by writing to Kerem Shalom, P. O. Box 1646, Concord MA 01742.The application may also be downloaded at deadline for applications is April 2, 2004.

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