The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 19, 2004

Garden Club scholarship offered
The Carlisle Garden Club is encouraging Carlisle residents of any age, who intend to work toward a college or postgraduate degree in the fall to apply for the Debbie Wright Scholarship award of $1,000. The Garden Club will give out two scholarship awards of $1,000.

The award criteria include a commitment to community service, previous activities, college area of study, and grades. An interest in gardening, the environment or horticulture is helpful; however, it is not a requirement.

Applicants should obtain a 2004 Concord-Carlisle Scholarship application either in the main office at CCHS or online at A complete application requires a transcript and a CSS Profile. This must be submitted by April 1.

This scholarship is for Carlisle residents only. It is supported by the Carlisle Garden Club's main fund-raising projects which include the spring plant sale and garden club tour. Contact Joan Bero, Scholarship Chairperson at 1-978-287-4157 for more information.

Mosquito Trash Party set for April 3

STOP MESSING AROUND. It's time (once the latest snow melts) to get serious about roadside litter. Sign up for the Mosquito Trash Party, to be held on Saturday morning, April 3. Call Bob Orlando at 1-978-369-1690 to sign up for your favorite trashy place. (Photo by Rik Pierce)


Planning has begun for the annual Mosquito Trash Party scheduled for Saturday morning, April 3. Save the date; find those garden gloves and plan to join your friends and neighbors in this uniquely entertaining town-wide event.

Join the party by contacting Bob Orlando at 1-978-369-1690 or e-mail Let us know where you'll be working, or stop by the parking lot next to Ferns that morning, help yourself to coffee and a donut, and we'll award you a street as yet "unclaimed" and in need of cleaning.

Each year, truckloads of fresh-picked trash are carted off to the transfer station. First-timers, veteran pickers, new residents and Scout groups, all contributing just an hour or two of their time, make a visible difference to the local landscape.

Seventh-grade play

Performances of the seventh grade play are Thursday, March 25 at 3:30 p.m., Friday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Ferns. Be prepared to laugh and enjoy plenty of song and dance.

Tours of Benfield property this weekend

The Carlisle Conservation Foundation (CCF) invites townspeople to join them on Saturday and Sunday for a walking tour of the Benfield, Parcel A property that is being considered for town purchase at the March 23 Special Town Meeting. 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.

Don't miss story time

Story time is a way of introducing new and classic books to your child, fostering a love of literature and making new friends.

Story time sign-up at the Gleason Library begins on Saturday, March 27, with sessions for two-to-six-year-olds. Call the library at 1-978-369-4898 for more information.

Plan now for Ed Forum on April 3

Dr. Peter Senge, the founding chair of the Society for Organization Learning who led the first Carlisle Education Forum in 1996, will revisit Carlisle for the ninth annual forum on Saturday, April 3, from 9 a.m. to noon. He will speak, and then participants will break into discussion groups to share their ideas on "Creating a Shared Vision for the Future."

To join the dialogue in Carlisle, call Christy Barbee at 1-978-369-4343 or e-mail, or use the registration form included in the recent townwide mailing. Registration fee is $5. Pre-registration is suggested to help with the development of discussion groups.

Annual rabies clinic at new location

The Carlisle rabies clinic for cats and dogs will be held on Saturday, March 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. at a new location: Carlisle Animal Hospital at 998 Bedford Road. The clinic is sponsored by the Carlisle Board of Health and the Carlisle Animal Hospital. Pet owners must be residents of Carlisle to participate.

State law requires the vaccination of all cats and dogs. Bring a current vaccination certificate in order to receive the three-year vaccine, otherwise only a one-year vaccine can be given. A rabies tag is not sufficient. The cost is $10 per animal. Cash is appreciated but checks will be accepted. Dogs must be on leashes and cats brought in carriers.

Dog licenses will be available during clinic hours. A late fine of $20 will be added to the regular fee for any dog not licensed by March 31. Proof of current vaccination status is required for licensing.

Volunteers are needed to help with the processing. Community service points will be awarded to eligible high school students. Contact the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283 for more information.

License Fido now

The deadline to register your dog for 2004 with the Town of Carlisle without incurring the $20 late fee is Thursday, April 1. The Town Clerk's office is open daily from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. for walk-in registrations. You may also register your dog by mail by sending the your name and address, the dog's name, age, breed, color, and rabies vaccination expiration date along with the appropriate fee and a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Town Clerk, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741. Checks should be made payable to Town of Carlisle. Fees for registration are as follows: spayed female or neutered male — $6 per year; female or male — $12 per year.

There will be a rabies clinic at The Carlisle Animal Hospital, 998 Bedford Road from 9 until 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 20. Licenses will be available there as well. Call the Town Clerk at 1-978-369-6155 with any questions related to dog licenses.

Dog training classes at Great Brook Farm

As part of an ongoing effort to preserve off-leash dog walking privileges at Great Brook Farm State Park, two 10-week series of dog training classes will be offered at the Park's Visitor Center. These classes are co-sponsored by Great Brook Farm State Park and are geared towards the manners and skills needed to safely and responsibly enjoy the park with your dog.

The 10-class series begins the week of April 7 with weekly classes being held on either Wednesday evenings from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. or Friday mornings from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Each class will be conducted by an instructor and an assistant to ensure one-on-one attention to students. The course fee is $195 with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the park.

For more information or to register for classes, contact Mary Ann Callahan at 1-978-649-7905 or

COA St. Patrick's Day luncheon tomorrow

Enjoy a St. Patrick's Day feast hosted by the Concord-Carlisle High School seniors, class of 2004. At noon on Saturday, March 20, in the school cafeteria, a traditional corned beef and cabbage meal will be served. Homemade Irish food has a rich and colorful history and is known for its simple hearty flavors, so no introduction is needed here. Don't miss the performance of Step Dancing and everyone will want to join in the sing-along. Reservations are required. Call Concord Council on Aging at 1-978-318-3020 or Carlisle Council on Aging at 1-978-371-2895.

COA hosts back-to-school banquet

The next stop in the Council on Aging (COA) Luncheon series will be a banquet at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 18 at the Fife & Drum Restaurant, run by students at Minuteman Tech, also known as Minuteman School of Applied Arts & Sciences. The restaurant has a banquet that includes a salad, an entrée (Chicken Cordon Bleu or Baked Stuffed Shrimp), vegetable, potato, rolls, beverage, and a dessert from their bake shop. The COA needs to provide the restaurant with an exact count and a deposit. Reservations will be accepted between now and May 10, at which time payment is needed to guarantee the reservation. The charge will be $9.55 per person, which includes the meal, tax, and gratuity. Send checks made out to Jim Elgin for $9.55 before May 10 to 331 East Riding Drive, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Call Jim and Betty Elgin at 1-978-371-0728 or Tom and Karen Dunkers at 1-978-369-5681 for additional information. The group will meet at the restaurant at 11:15 a.m. for prompt seating at 11:30 a.m.

PATRIOT Act presentation

At 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6 at the Carlisle School, the Carlisle Civil Liberties Committee will be holding a panel presentation, sponsored by CCRSD Community Education, called National Security and Civil Liberties: A Forum on the USA PATRIOT Act. Stay tuned for further details.

Open burning season

The dates for the open burning season in Carlisle are January 15 to 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. The dispatcher will request a name, address and telephone number and will advise if conditions are acceptable for burning on that day.

Attention adult softball/baseball enthusiasts

If you are an adult who enjoys recreational softball and/or baseball, you'll love Blooperball, this spring's debut offering from the Carlisle Recreation Department. Blooperball was invented in Lakeville, Massachusetts, by local hero and baseball great Ted Williams. Played with a pre-softened, sixteen-inch softball, Blooperball has a quirky but easy-to-learn set of rules that includes pitchers pitching to their own teammates and bare-handed fielding (only the first baseman and catcher use gloves). A combination of two foul balls, or a swing and a miss, constitutes an out. Each team has three outs, and each game runs for seven innings.

Under the leadership of Rick West, who grew up playing the game throughout southeastern Massachusetts, Carlisle's Blooperball league will begin an eight-week session on April 25 at the Banta-Davis Field and will meet Sunday mornings from 10 to noon. It's been a few years since Carlisle had an adult softball league — let's revive the popular tradition, with a new twist.

More details can found in the spring edition of the Carlisle Recreation brochure, available at Town Hall and the Gleason Library; or call 1-978-369-9815. Sign up now, and join the outdoor fun this spring!

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 three- or four-person teams. All runners must be at least 11 years old. Registration

forms are available from Debbie Power at or David Storto at or by calling 1-978-287-5115. Late registration is possible up to 10:30 a.m. on race day. This is a USA Track & Field sanctioned event.

Join the MS fundraiser walk on May 16

The National MS Society is sponsoring a day of fundraising and fun in Concord on Sunday, May 16. A six-mile walk is scheduled for 12 to 4 p.m., starting at the Concord-Carlisle High School. Get some friends together and join the "Carlisle Crawlers" team. See or call the MS Walk hotline at 1-800-493-9255 to sign up to walk, volunteer, or pledge. For more information, contact Dan Scholten at 1-978-369-1209.

Argentine tango is coming to Concord

From the neighborhoods of Buenos Aires to cities throughout the United States, from Berlin to Amsterdam to Cuba, people of all ages around the world are learning the tango. On Wednesday night, March 31, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Argentine Tango teachers Ana Linda Marcus and Shalom Volchock will perform the dance at the Concord Art Association. They will do a demonstration of various dances and offer a short lesson in the fundamentals of the Argentine Tango. Refreshments will be served.

Marcus and Volchock teach all levels of Argentine Tango in Brookline and Cambridge. If enough interest is generated on this evening, they will offer a dance class series in Concord. The Concord Art Association is located on 37 Lexington Road. For more information on classes, visit

Documentary film to premiere in Concord

Concord, the cradle of American democracy, is hosting the Boston-area premiere of "Persons of Interest," a one-hour documentary film by Tobias Perse and Allison McLean, on Friday, April 2, from 7 to 9: 30 p.m. at the Concord Carlisle High School Little Theater, 500 Walden Street. The film is an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival, an International Film Festival in Rotterdam selection, and is currently featured in film festivals in London and Chicago. Discussion and audience Q & A with the filmmakers and civil liberties experts will follow the screening.

"Persons of Interest" consists of a series of intimate encounters with 12 detainees and family members in a bare room that functions variously as interrogation room, prison cell and home. In these encounters, detainees share their stories, show photographs, read letters written in jail, re-enact their prison experience — even sing. It was filmed during Ramadan 2002 at a gathering of September 11 detainees and their families.

This is a uniquely compelling film that gives voice to the human cost of the U.S. government's anti-terrorism campaign. The program is co-sponsored by local community organizations working together to defend civil liberties and promote public awareness.

Russell Sherman performs 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, at 8 p.m. Sherman has been hailed 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."

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 at the 51 Walden Street Performing Arts Center in Concord. Tickets are $18/$15 students and seniors, and may be reserved by calling 1-978-369-4967.

Village University will stretch the mind

The Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education announces the spring program of the Village University. The Village University is an example of the area's continuing emphasis on progress and the engagement of the mind. For over 300 years, this community has taken initiatives in education and intellectual endeavors, and now it is taking the lead again in establishing the Village University to provide high level courses for adults in the community. There are programs, which provide educational opportunities for adults and retirees across the country, but the concept of the Village University is unique in that it is community-sponsored. The teachers are professionals in their fields, and are volunteering their time and effort to conduct the classes. Last fall, the program opened with two courses which met great acclaim, and this spring the program will be expanded to four courses. All the classes will be held mornings at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center in West Concord. They are as follows:

1. "Art Appreciation" taught by Lal Minton. This course will emphasize the Impressionists and the Post-Impressionist movement. Lal has previously taught at the Harvard ILR. Classes will begin on Wednesday, March 31 for eight-to-ten weeks at 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

2. "A Citizen's Look at American Global Vision for the 21st Century" will explore the foreign policy goals of the U.S. In the changing world. Dr. Naeem Rathore, a former U.N. official, will conduct this class which will meet for eight Wednesdays beginning April 7 at 10 a.m. - noon.

3. "The Historical Development of Classical Music" will be taught by Dr. Don Bracco, who has many years of experience performing in opera and other mediums of vocal music. There will also be live performances from professional musicians in the area. Starting March 31, the class will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

4. "A Citizen's Look at Sustainable Energy" will discuss the most important issue facing the world today. Will there be enough energy to sustain the growth in world population, and what will be the political and economic ramifications? A team of two people will teach; Dr. Jack Apfelbaum, a retired professor at the University of Lowell, and Dr. Italo "Al" Servi, retired from industrial research and technical-economic consulting. This class will meet for eight Thursdays at 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., beginning April 8.

Call Adult Education at 1-978-318-1540 for information and to register. Night time phone is 1-978 318-1432. The fee is $75. Come stretch the mind, meet friends, and support this new adventure.

Discuss The Passion in Acton

The Passion of the Christ — have you seen the Mel Gibson movie? How have you responded to the movie and the controversy surrounding it? Attend an evening of dessert and discussion at 7 p.m. on Sunday evening, March 28

Last call for River Steward nominations

The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle and the Wild and Scenic River Stewardship Council announce the last call for nominations

to the second Annual River Stewardship Award program. Nominations are due on March 31. One award will be given for each of the communities in this three-river watershed. Nomination forms are available through the LWVCC, and at the Town House and Public Library or on-line at Nominations may be submitted by the nominee or by a colleague on his/her behalf and sent to Nancy Beeuwkes, co-president, LWVCC, 1360 Monument Street, Concord, MA 01742.

The purpose of this program is to honor individuals, groups, organizations and institutions which have done outstanding jobs in carrying out the mission of the federal designation of "Wild and Scenic" on the Assabet, Sudbury and Concord Rivers and their drainage basin.

Greg Peterson won the Carlisle River Steward Award last year for his leadership of the Carlisle Land Trust. He coordinated and shepherded the purchase of the O'Rourke Farm in Carlisle, and subsequent resale of the land to the USFWS for preservation. The property includes a farm and beautiful open space, and abuts the Concord River and Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

Eligible individuals and institutions include government, non-government, business, school, youth and volunteer organizations that have demonstrated concern for the beauty and viability of the rivers. We are especially interested in actions that demonstrate innovative thinking, creative solutions, extra effort, and brave positions that led to the health and preservation of the watershed.

Bedford rummage sale

Do you enjoy shopping for excellent quality household goods and clothing at bargain prices? The First Church of Christ, Congregational, 25 The Great Road in Bedford, is sponsoring a rummage sale on Saturday, March 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $.50, to benefit the Elizabeth Stone House for battered women. Call 1-781-274-7951. The sale is wheelchair-accessible.

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