The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 27, 2004

Lights, sound, music, paint, saw and finally action!

The Concord-Carlisle High School production of Fiddler on the Roof enters the final days of rehearsal, and performances begin this Friday. (Photo by Marjorie Johnson)

What does it take to put on a musical production the scale of Fiddler on the Roof as the CCHS music and drama department is undertaking? Work behind the scenes began in December and has been going on steadily for the last two months. Weekends, after school and for the entire week of school vacation, students, faculty and parents were hard at work building an environment that will bring Fiddler to life.

"The students at CCHS are surprisingly multi-talented," said Chuck Brown, Drama and Choral Director at CCHS. "We have a student director, a student choreographer and student managers of stage, sound and light. The students have depth of knowledge and, most importantly, a commitment to hard work and learning that astounds many adults."

Students, parents and faculty work on every aspect of the show from securing costumes on loan to organizing flower sales at each performance and online ticket sales.

A unique aspect of the preparation was the activity during February school vacation. Over 150 students, faculty and parents worked from morning to night. Costumes were sewn, sets finished, lighting cables strung and sound tests fine-tuned. CCPOPS organized "Feed the Kids." Parents cooked three meals a day for a week. Parents Brenda Delsener and Mary Jane Divino organized nearly 500 meals a day.

Fiddler on the Roof will be presented in the CCHS auditorium on 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. All tickets are $15. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Chambermusic by candlelight March 11

The Cambridge Society for Early Music presents a program entitled "Special Blend: Music for a London Coffee House in Handel's Time" on Thursday, March 11 at 8 p.m. at the First Religious Society in Carlisle Center. The concert will feature Elissa Berardi on recorders and the Philomel Baroque ensemble of Philadelphia performing works of Handel, Arne, Boyce, Barbella and others.

Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for students and senior citizens. For further information, call 1-617-489-2062.

Friday Night Live is finally back again on March 5

The first Friday Night Live (FNL) of the New Year was unfortunately cancelled due to some nasty weather, so let's get out and have some funFNL style. Friday, March 5 is the date and don't forget to bring your "A" game for the basketball court and a request list for the DJ. Remember there are only three more Friday Night Lives' after March.

A reminder to anyone who has not yet attended a Friday Night Live — please bring a parent and don't forget to fill out a permission form. Also, any students who are not from the Carlisle School District must have a chaperone present. No students will be permitted to attend without a signed form. As always, many thanks go out to all the parents who have chaperoned FNL.

A $ 3 contribution is collected at the door to keep the program self-supporting. Pizza and soda are also available for a small fee. Students who leave prior to 9:30 p.m. must be signed out by a parent. All others should be picked up at 9:30 sharp. For more information please feel free to call Kathy Hassey at 1-978-287-4284 or any other member of the Carlisle Youth Commission.

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 outing (depending on conditions) under the full moon around the Cranberry Bog. A shorter and a longer version of the walk will be available. Dress warmly and 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.

Annual kindergarten presentation

Parents of children eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall of 2004 are invited to attend the Carlisle Public School's annual kindergarten talk on Tuesday, March 30 at 7 p.m. in the Robbins Library of the school. For more information, call Sharon Grossman or Joanne Graziano at 1-978-369-6550.

PJ Story Time on March 3

Get out of the house and do something fun and educational with your preschooler. Wednesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. is the date for the next Pajama Story Time for ages 3 and up. Listen to some classic as well as new picture books and learn a rhyme or two. Kids are welcome to come in their PJs and bring a stuffed animal. Call the library at 1-978-369-4898 for more information.

Conservation Coffee

The March 9 Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Members of the Carlisle Conservation Foundation will be on hand to answer questions people may have on the proposed Benfield, Parcel A land acquisition. Residents are welcome to bring questions about this project.

The Conservation Coffees began two years ago, and are regularly held on the second Tuesday of the month. Their purpose is to provide an informal opportunity for residents to meet and to discuss a wide range of issues land use, conservation and the environment. The coffees end promptly at 9:00 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Refreshments provided.

Carlisle Civil Liberties Committee seeks support

A Warrant Article opposing certain provisions of the Patriot Act and associated federal executive orders that weaken constitutionally protected civil liberties will be on the Warrant for the May 3 Town Meeting.

The citizen group, the Carlisle Civil Liberties Committee (CCLC), is seeking Town Meeting support for a resolution that urges representatives in Congress to monitor the implementation of the Act and to actively repeal those portions that violate rights to freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures, and due process of law guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The CCLC will be holding a wine- and-cheese gathering on Sunday, March 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Ballantines home at 256 Fiske Street, 1-978-371-2652. Everyone is invited to come have a lively discussion, and/or become involved. For more information contact Susan Stamps, or Sally Coulter, 1-978-369-6637.

CCF offers tours of Benfield property

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 web site at www.

Book Club Kits

The Gleason Library is pleased to offer Book Club Kits for anyone participating in a Book Club.Book Club Kits consist of 15 copies of the same book, discussion guides, biographies, and other information pertinent to leading a discussion of the book.There are approximately 50 kits available to be requested with more on the way.For a list of titles visit the Book Club Kits web page at more information pick up a flyer at the Library or call the reference staff at 1-978-369-4898.

Collect box tops to win home-baked goodies

Students at the Carlisle School can turn box tops into cash for the school, and win three days of baked goods for their class. Principal Steve Goodwin has promised to deliver home-baked treats to the class which collects the most General Mills "Box Tops for Education" by March 25. Collect coupons in an envelope with your teacher's name, bring them in to school or drop them at the box at Ferns. Box top funds were used last year to purchase a new encyclopedia set for the school library.

Increase home safety by locking firearms

The Carlisle Police Association has a limited number of firearm cable locks available to residents at no cost. The cable locks are universal and will fit all types of firearms. They are sponsored by "Project Homesafe." Stop by the Carlisle Police Station today to pick one up and help keep your family safe. For more information on "Project Homesafe" visit them at

New life for old cell phones

The Carlisle Council on Aging, in conjunction with the police department, is collecting used cell phones and chargers to distribute to senior citizens for 911 use only. Drop off at the COA office in Town Hall, first floor. Call 1-978-371-2895 with any questions.

Renowned music director to visit Carlisle School

The Carlisle Schools Music Department announces that Malcolm Rowell, retired professor of music and wind ensemble director, both at University of Massachusetts and at Boston University, will be in residence at the Carlisle Schools from March 2 through 4. Professor Rowell has a reputation for excellence as a music educator at all levels. He has been a featured conductor at many high school all-state band and orchestra festivals, most recently as the Massachusetts All-State Band conductor last year.

Professsor Rowell will be working with students in grades 4 through 8 during his stay in Carlisle, conducting ensembles, and teaching group instrumental lessons. There will be a concert, open to the Carlisle community, and celebrating his three-day residence, on Thursday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Corey Auditorium. Senior Band members and Middle School Choir members will be featured, and Rowell will guest conduct a number of works.

His visit was funded through citrus fruit sales by senior band members.

Time to update the Red Balloon phone book

The Red Balloon Nursery School is currently updating the Carlisle phone book for 2004 (the spiral bound phone book.) In the next few weeks, volunteers may be calling

residents to verify information in the white pages.

Why update one's phone listing? Reasons include adding a listing for a husband or wife, or for a separate phone line for the children, office or fax. Newcomers are asked to provide information in order to be included in the next edition. Fill out the form on page 202 of the current phone book (the last yellow page,) and mail it to: Red Balloon Carlisle Phone Book, P.O. Box 558, Carlisle, MA 01741, or put it in one of the envelopes located at the post office or the Gleason Public Library. The deadline is February 15.

Youth hockey evaluation schedule

Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey (CCYH) will be holding evaluations for the 2004-2005 Hockey Season at the Valley Sports Rink on Route 62 in West Concord during the month of March.

All skaters who are to be evaluated must sign in at least 30 minutes prior to the evaluation time for their level. Current players please show up with team jerseys. Proper hockey equipment is required. Any questions call 1-978-897-7680 (president) or 1-978-369-6759 (registrar).

Mites (born '96 or '97) both sessions are mandatory: Thursday, March 4, Rink 1 - Skills - 5:40 p.m., and Thursday, March 11, Rink 1 - Scrimmage - 5:40 p.m.

Squirts (born '94 or '95) both sessions are mandatory:Thursday, March 4, Rink 1 - Skills - 6:50 p.m.,and Thursday, March 11, Rink 1 - Scrimmage - 6:50 p.m.

Peewees (born '92 or '93) both sessions are mandatory: Thursday, March 4, Rink 1 - Skills - 8 p.m., and Thursday, March 11, Rink 1 - Scrimmage - 8 p.m.

Bantams (born '90 or '91) mandatory: Tuesday, March 9, Rink 2 - Skills and Scrimmage - 8:40 p.m.

Are you ready for some football?

Pop Warner is returning to Concord-Carlisle in the fall. After a one-year absence, football will be open to all boys and girls entering grades 5 through 8. Flag football will continue to be offered to students in grades 4 through 6. Registration and informational presentations will take place on Saturday, February 28 from 10 to noon in the upper gym at CCHS. Organizers, coaches and players with previous Pop Warner experience will be on hand to answer any questions.

Practices are tentatively scheduled to start on August 9 with games played on Sundays beginning September 12 through the end of October.

For further information on the program, volunteer opportunities or donations, contact Kevin McNamara via e-mail at

Senior services on the Internet

There is a new web site for seniors, health care providers, caregivers: Check it out for health insurance information, prescription drug coverage, list of presentations on new Medicare discount drug cards, link to elder services sponsored by The Executive Office of Elder Affairs and Minuteman Senior Services SHINE Program.

Run for the Runners!

Support Concord-Carlisle High School's track and cross-country teams by entering the First Annual Concord-Carlisle Cross 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 Sunday, March 28. 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 very challenged school budget. Individual entries cost $25. There are also a variety of options for group competition - for sibling, parent-child and 3- or 4-person teams. All runners must be at least 11 years old. Registration forms are available from Debbie Power at debbiepower@ or David Storto at or 1-978-287-5115. Late registration is possible up to 10:30 a.m. on race day. This is a USA Track and Field sanctioned event.

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito