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Friday, March 26, 2004

Steve Kirk speaks to the Carlisle Lunch Group

On Monday, April 5, the Carlisle Lunch Group will meet at Union Hall, First Religious Society, 27 School Street, Carlisle, to hear Steve Kirk talk about fishing. The meeting starts at 12:15 p.m. and the talk begins at 1 p.m. and is over by 2 p.m..RSVP by March 29 , by sending a $22 check (payable to Fontaine K. Richardson) for each lunch to Fontaine K. Richardson, 121 Skelton Road, Carlisle. Call 1-978-369-8223 or e-mail for more information.

Carlisle's own Steve Kirk will tell some true fishing stories to encourage thinking about spring and summer activities.Steve started fishing with his father at an early age and has been at it ever since. He will tell the location of some good fishing spots within one hour of Carlisle suitable for family fishing and opportunities for "world-class" fishing within three hours of Carlisle. Steve will show slides of the fish that he and his fellow fishermen have caught and will continue with pictures from a couple of fishing expeditions he and his son made to Florida in search of trophy Largemouth Bass.

Spring Egg Hunt

The Carlisle Parents Connection (CPC) invites all Carlisle children ages five and under to the annual Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 3. The Egg Hunt will start promptly at 10 a.m. at the toddler playground at Diment Park. The admission is $5 per family and free for CPC members. Refreshments will be served. Bring a basket to gather eggs. The foul weather date is Sunday, April 4th at 3 p.m.This is a quick event so be sure to arrive on time.

Volunteers are needed to bring baked goods and/or help on the day of the event. For more information, or to volunteer, call Polly Meyer at 1-978-318-9690 or Stephanie Blunt at 1-978-369-8634.

FNL food drive on April 2

The Carlisle Youth Commission is running its annual food drive this month, and students who attend the April Friday Night Live are asked to bring a non-perishable food item — canned goods, etc., to help benefit the Open Table Food Pantry in Concord. All students who bring an item will be admitted for only one dollar.

This month will bring the usual basketball, chess, checkers, and of course dancing. New this month, check out Dance, Dance Revolution, the hot new dance game for PS2. Friday April 2nd is the date, and 7:30 p.m. is the starting time. Basketball will be in the Carlisle School gym, and dancing will be downstairs in the exercise room. Bring along a request list for the DJ.

A reminder to anyone who has not yet attended a Friday Night Live — bring a parent to fill out a permission form. Also, note that any students not from the Carlisle School District must have a chaperone present at FNL. 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. Without their help, FNL could not happen.

As always, pizza and soda will be 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 p.m. sharp. For more information, call Kathy Hassey at 1-978-287-4284 or any other member of the Carlisle Youth Commission.

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 on the Patriot Act.

Newcomers Coffee

The Concord-Carlisle Newcomers will hold a coffee on Tuesday, April 6 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Call Andrea Zwerling at 1-978-369-5313 or Rosie Oberg at 1-978-371-1923 to r.s.v.p. and to receive directions.

Spring Recreation programs

The following programs are offered through the Carlisle Recreation Commission this spring:

Youth programs - Openings in bibliomania, fencing, paint and draw, pottery, tennis, early release programs: April 13- Build-A-Bear, May 4 - mini golf.

Adult programs —Openings in blooperball, golf, pilates, 60 Min Workout, Fitness Training, 11:15 a.m. yoga, pottery, Watercolor.

Fields open April 17 — Carlisle Middle School teams may be on the playing fields prior to April 17 for limited practice. All non-school field and gym usage must be scheduled through the Recreation Office. Call or e-mail Terri: -369-6759,

Spring brochures available at Gleason Library and Town Hall Recreation Office 1-978-369-9815 (e-mail) Fax: 1-978-371-6686.

Medicare Drug Discount cards explained at COA luncheon on April 1

Join the Carlisle Council on Aging on Thursday, April 1 for a drop-in luncheon. Following lunch, there will be an informational meeting to learn about the new Medicare Drug Discount cards which will be available in May. Cindy Phillips from Minuteman Senior Services will be on hand to discuss the details of the cards — what they cover, how much they cost and how they work. Seniors will need to know if these cards will save them money or if there are other cost-saving alternatives. Please RSVP at 1-978-371-2895.

Gleason Library offers story times

The Gleason Library will offer story time sessions beginning in early April. The four- to six-year-olds will meet Monday afternoons from 1:30 to 2 p.m.; the three- to four-year-olds will meet on Tuesday mornings from 10:30 to 11 a.m., and the two- to three-year olds (with parent or caregiver) will meet on Friday mornings from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Registration for the above story times will begin on Saturday, March 27 at 10 a.m. Phone registrations will be accepted starting at 11 a.m.

No registration is needed for the following "drop-in" story times: program for three to four-year-olds will be offered on Thursday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. This will meet weekly with the exception of the April school vacation week. A "PJ story time" will again be held at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month for ages three and up.

Preschool sing-along at the Gleason Library

The Gleason Library is again hosting a special event for the very youngest of our library patrons. Children ages 0-4 are invited to move with the beat and to sing along with Liz Buchanan's collection of original tunes and classic favorites. In 2001, Buchanan was named a finalist for Best New Artist for Young Children by the Children's Music Web organization. She will present a half-hour program with guitar and songs from her CD Make It a Song, Song, Song. This free program for children and their parents or caregivers will be held on Thursday, April 1, at 10:30 a.m. at the Gleason Library.

Youth hockey try-outs

Goalie evaluations are scheduled to take place on Monday, April 5, at 6:20 to 8:30 p.m. at the Valley Sports front rink. Arrive at least 30 minutes early to sign in. This goalie evaluation (Bantams, Peewees, Squirts and Mites) is intended for all goalies who intend on being full-time goal tenders during the 2004-2005 Youth Hockey season. Goal tenders will not be assigned to a team until after the first fall practice session when teams are formally announced.

Makeup evaluations for the 2004-2005 hockey season are scheduled to be held on Monday, April 5, at 6:20 to 8:20 p.m. at the Valley Sports front rink. If skaters missed the Mite, Squirt or Peewee skills evaluations that were held on March 4 or scrimmage evaluations on March 11, it is very important that they attend this session. If skaters missed the bantam skills and scrimmage evaluations that were held on March 9, it is very important they they attend this session. Skaters are asked to bring their team jerseys and to arrive 30 minutes early to check in. If you have any questions on either of these evaluation sessions, contact one of the following people: Phil Mara, John Cadigan, Darren Messina, Tim Haley, Kevin Harrington or John Marchand.

CCHS baseball workday on April 17

Need help with spring yard work? On Saturday, April 17, CCHS baseball players will rake leaves and perform other light yard work to raise funds for the Concord-Carlisle High School baseball program. The fee is $10 per hour per player, with a minimum of two players for three hours.

The rain date is Sunday, April 18. To schedule players, call Rich Nolet at 1-978-371-7413.

Enroll in C-C Pop Warner football

Sign-ups for Concord-Carlisle Pop Warner Football have been super. There are still a few spots remaining on the "A" and "D" teams:

"A" team - for players 11-14 year of age, as of July 31, weighing between 95-145 pounds, or age 15 and under 125 pounds.

"D" team - for players 9 or 10 years old, as of July 31, weighing between 55-95 pounds, or age 11 and under 75 pounds.

Contact Bill Barrett at, or Scott Bird at scott.bird@agility.recovery. com, or Kevin Mcnamara at jkmcnamara, or Lorraine Stone at

Come tell the Mosquito what you think

The Carlisle Mosquito will hold its annual editorial review meeting on Monday, April 5, at 8 p.m. at the Mosquito offices, 872 Westford Street. This yearly event provides the public a chance to convey comments, questions or criticism to the editors and advertising department. Come meet the board of directors and share your thoughts about your town newspaper.

BOH offers private well testing on May 8

As part of its ongoing evaluation of the quality of drinking water in town, the Board of Health is again organizing a voluntary water-testing program for Carlisle homeowners. The sampling will be conducted by Microbac Laboratories, Inc. of Marlborough on the morning of Saturday, May 8, 2004.

To participate owners must prepay for the testing. Residents can sign up at the Board of Health office starting April 1, or by mailing a check (payable to Microbac Laboratories, Inc.) to the Carlisle Board of Health, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741 and providing the following: owner's name, address, telephone number, and test(s) selected. The deadline for signing up is April 30.

Microbac Laboratories, Inc. is a Massachusetts certified laboratory. The town has arranged for a volume discount on the testing cost. Residents may choose the test or

combination of tests to be done. The sampling cost per site is $10. Testing parameters include:

Package #1: FHA/General Water Quality Scan $55 — including total coliform bacteria, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, sodium, chloride, color, conductivity, hardness, nitrates, nitrites, pH, odor, turbidity, and lead.

Package #2: Comprehensive Water Quality Scan $75 includes all tests in the General Water Quality Scan in Package #1 and also arsenic, sulfate, chlorine, potassium, copper, alkalinity, ammonia and dissolved solids.

Volatile Organic Compounds (petroleum products): $75

Volatile Organic Compounds with Package #1 or Package #2: $65

Pesticides $100; Coliform Bacteria $7.00; Radon $20; Gross Alpha $60; Site sampling fee: $10.

Testing will start at 9 a.m. on May 8. Owners must be home to provide access to an appropriate sampling port. There will be no appointments, but owners will be called ahead so they can start purging the water lines. Sampling should be completed by early afternoon. Owners will receive complete testing results within a few weeks. A copy will be kept for the Board of Health property files. The ongoing testing results provide the Board of Health with an important tool for studying the overall water quality throughout Carlisle.

Questions about the testing should be directed to the Board of Health office, 1-978-369-0280. Detailed information about these tests can be found at the Carlisle Board of Health website: Click on Departments, scroll to Board of Health.

CPAG offers organic lawn workshop for landscapers

The Carlisle Pesticide Awareness Group (CPAG) invites all local landscapers and lawn care professionals to its landscapers' organic lawn workshop on Tuesday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hollis Room of Gleason Library. Jay Bearfield, an organic turf expert and manager at Mahoney's Too Garden Center, will lead this workshop targeted specifically for landscapers. A separate workshop for homeowners is planned for April 27. Let your lawn care contractors know about this free workshop and ask them to pre-register with Chris Chin at 1-978-369-6769 or For more information about upcoming events, visit

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.

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 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. Call the Town Clerk at 1-978-369-6155 with any questions related to dog licenses.

Support DVVAP at O'Naturals in Acton

The Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program (DVVAP) invites the public to O'Naturals (Route 2A in Acton) on Tuesday, April 6. When a dinner is purchased between 4 and 8 p.m., 10% of the proceeds will go to support DVVAP's work to end domestic abuse and control in our communities.

Special guests at the event will include Acton Police Chief Frank Widmayer, Representative Jamie Eldridge, Representative Cory Atkins, and Senator Pam Resor. A special presentation and banner unfurling will be at 6 p.m.

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

Seventh-grade play promises song-filled fun

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.

Revolving Museum presents children's author

On April 1, the Revolving Museum's "First Thursdays" will continue with street artist Caleb Neelon ,a.k.a. SONIK, whowill present an event celebrating the release of his first children's picture book, Lilman Makes a Name for Himself. Neelon's work can be seen both inside and outside the Revolving Museum at 22 Shattuck Street in Lowell, adorning signposts throughout the Boston area, and on walls from Kathmandu to Sao Paulo.

"First Thursdays" is an event series to be held from 7 to 9 pm on the first Thursday of every month.Events are $5, members free.Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 1-978-YES-ARTS or check out

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.

Oen Kennedy performs

The Westford Historical Society presents Oen Kennedy - singer, songwriter,guitar player, and bird-caller extraordinaire. Oen's creative juices will be flowing with the spirit of St. Patrick's Day on Friday, April 9, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. at the Westford Museum, 2 Boston Road. Reservations are recommended; call 1-978-692-5550 or Tickets are $9 for members of the Westford Historical Society, $12 for non-members, $5 for teens, under 13 free.

Attention adult softball/baseball enthusiasts

It's been a few years since Carlisle had an adult softball league — let's revive the popular tradition, with a new twist — Blooperball, offered by 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.

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 a.m. to noon.

More details can be 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 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.

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito