Friday, April 2, 2004
Forum debates USA PATRIOT Act on April 6
Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Community Education, the Carlisle Civil Liberties Committee (CCLC), the Concord-Carlisle League of Women Voters, the Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council and the Social Action Committee of the First Religious Society in Carlisle are sponsoring a forum to explore the merits and issues of the USA PATRIOT Act. "National Security and Civil Liberties: A Forum on the USA PATRIOT Act" will be held Tuesday, April 6 at 7:30 pm in the Carlisle School Corey Building music room.
Attendees can expect a lively and informed debate on this civic topic. A panel of experts will address the Act from a variety of perspectives. CCLC coordinator Susan Stamps, an attorney and chair of the Democratic Town Committee, will moderate the panel.
Robert Plotkin, an intellectual property attorney, will speak against elements of the Act. Plotkin has written and spoken on legal topics, including software patents, First Amendment protection for software, trademark and domain name disputes, patent licensing, electronic court filing, and electronic privacy in the workplace. He teaches the Software and the Law seminar at Boston University School of Law. Plotkin is a member of the Concord Civil Liberties Committee, the Science, Technology and Liberty Committee of the Massachusetts ACLU. He has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT and a law degree from Boston University.
Robert Roughsedge, attorney, adjunct faculty member at Suffolk University Law School, and Director of Citizens for the Preservation of Constitutional Rights, will speak in favor of the Act. Mr. Roughsedge is an associate with the law firm of Lawson & Weitzen LLP. He specializes in product liability, business disputes, personal injury, and civil rights litigation. He teaches a Terrorism and the Law course at Suffolk University Law School. Mr. Roughsedge holds degrees from University of Massachusetts and Suffolk Law School. He served in the Army and is a graduate of the U.S. Military Counter-Terrorism School. He is a member of Defense Research Institute.
Denis Cleary, a social studies teacher at Concord-Carlisle High School and Associate Professor in Education at Wellesley College, will address civil liberties from an historical perspective. He is also a lecturer in the Education Department at the College of the Holy Cross and an Associate in Education at Wellesley College. Cleary has a Master of Arts and Teaching degree in history and education from Harvard University.
Angela Reddin, director of Carlisle's Gleason Public Library, will speak about the Act from a librarian's point of view. Reddin has a Master's in Library and Information Sciences and a Masters in History from Simmons College, Boston. Prior to joining the Gleason Library, she was grants manager for the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and State Historical Records Coordinator for the Massachusetts State Archives.
Carlisle Citizens will be voting at the May Annual Town Meeting on an article sponsored by the CCLC that urges our government representatives to actively work toward repealing those sections of the Act that affect our civil liberties. This forum is being presented to help inform Carlisle citizens about the Act itself and the provisions in it that affect our civil liberties. For more information contact Susan Stamps, at email@example.com, or Sally Coulter, 1-978-369-6637.
Mosquito trash party tomorrow!
Thanks to all who have signed up to help with the annual, spring roadside clean up, scheduled for tomorrow from 9 to noon. If you haven't made your 'reservation', but would like to participate, stop by the parking lot next to Ferns Saturday morning, pick up a couple of trash bags, select from the list of yet unclaimed streets in need of cleaning and set off on your roadside ramble! Just an hour of your time will make a big difference on some of the more heavily traveled roads in town. See you there!
(In the event the weather is questionable, check the Mosquito on the web @www.carlislemosquito.org. for cancellation information.)
Bring canned goods to FNL tonight
The Carlisle Youth Commission is running its annual food drive this month, and students who attend Friday Night Live are asked to bring a non-perishable food item 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 in the school gym, chess, checkers, and of course dancing in the exercise room. New this month, check out "Dance, Dance Revolution," the hot new dance game for PS2. Friday, April 2 is the date, and 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. is the time. For more information, call Kathy Hassey at 1-978-287-4284.
The April 13 Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Town Hall from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Ray Faucher, manager of Great Brook Farm State Park, will discuss the past year's revenue enhancement effort and plans for the year ahead. All are welcome to bring questions, comments and observations. The coffees end promptly at 9 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Refreshments are provided.
Author of Cloud Cuckoo Land to speak at Gleason Library
On April 14 at 7 p.m. the Friends of the Gleason Public Library will host Lisa Borders, author of Cloud Cuckoo Land, in the Hollis Room. Her book, about a young female street musician searching for home, has won praise and gathered honors including the Independent Publisher Awards, the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards, and the Massachusetts Book Awards.
Contra dance April 9
The Second Friday Contra Dance will be held in Union Hall at the First Religious Society on Friday, April 9. Before the dance, everyone is invited to a potluck supper that will begin at 6:30 p.m. The dance starts at 8 p.m. A $5-a-person collection will be taken at intermission. Beginners and singles are welcome. Call Susan Emmons at 1-978-369-7921 with any questions.
Calling all poets
A poetry workshop is forming in Carlisle for all those interested in sharing constructive criticism about each other's poems. The first meeting will be Sunday evening, April 18. For information, call Mary Zoll at 1-978-369-5236.
New COA poetry class
The Carlisle Council on Aging is offering a new five-week poetry class, beginning Monday, April 26 from 10 to 11:15 a.m. in Town Hall. This group will read poems on universal themes by contemporary and classical poets including Billy Collins, Mary Oliver, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. No preparation is required and there are no assigned readings between sessions. The facilitator is Patti Russo, a biblio/poetry therapist with an M.S. in psychology. The cost for the five-week program is $10, payable to the Friends of the Carlisle COA. To register, call 1-978-371-2895.
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, 1-978-369-0283. Detailed information about these tests can be found at the Carlisle Board of Health website: www.carlisle.org. Click on Departments, scroll to Board of Health.
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.
Museum-hopping? Stop at the Gleason Library first
Looking for some spring activities? Stop by the Gleason Public Library and check out their selection of museum passes. They are provided through generous donations from local organizations. Thanks go to Assurance Technology Corporation, the Carlisle Garden Club, and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library for providing these popular community resources.
Museum of Science, provided by Assurance Technology Corporation
The Butterfly Place, provided by the Carlisle Garden Club
DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park
Harvard Museum of Natural History
Institute of Contemporary Art
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Museum of Fine Arts
New England Aquarium
Peabody Essex Museum
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Wheelock Family Theatre
Passes listed above are provided by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. If you have questions or to reserve a pass, call 1-978-369-4898.
Library used book sale needs donations
The Friends of the Gleason Library will hold their annual used book sale on Saturday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and are looking for donations of hardcovers and paperbacks in good condition (no textbooks, please.) If spring fever makes you want to thin out those book shelves, bring your donations, in boxes only, to the Gleason Library any time during the month of April. All proceeds benefit the library.
Volunteers are needed for the day of the sale. If you have any amount of time to offer, and especially if you have a vehicle that can transport boxes of books, call Penny Zezima at 1-978-369-8941.
Upcoming Concord-Carlisle High School events
• Basketball game tonight. Come watch CCHS seniors face off against members of the Concord Police Department in an all-out grudge match game of basketball tonight at 7 p.m. at the CCHS gym. There will be prizes, raffles, half-time entertainment, and great basketball action. Tickets are $5 and $3.
• Principal's Coffee on April 5. Join CCHS principal Art Dulong at 8:30 a.m. in room A-7 for coffee and a discussion of current high school concerns.
• Poetry contest deadline is April 6. Students may submit two or three poems to the English Office — no names please, as entries will be assigned a number during judging.
• CCHS Absence line. Parents are asked to call the high school whenever students will be absent, tardy, or dismissed early. The number to call is 1-978-318-1417 x100.
Landscape gardening talk at Gleason on April 12
Hear horticulturalist Priscilla Williams speak about her landscape gardening work at the Reed Homestead in Townsend on Monday, April 12 at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room at Gleason Library. The talk, "Choosing Plants for Historic Sites: An Example from the Reed Homestead," is presented by the Carlisle Garden Club and the Historical Society. It is open to the public at no charge.
Williams will discuss changes in use of the property as it passed through four generations of the Reed family and then finally to the care of the Townsend Historical Society. She will address modern-day problems and organic solutions for overgrown plantings, persistent weeds, soil contaminated with lead, and circulation patterns.
Local car wash to raise money for wells in Malawi, Africa
Water is a theme this Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. Come to St. Irene Church's parking lot to have your car washed to help St. Irene's raise funds to build two wells in a village in Malawi in Africa.
Father Winiko Luwanika, who has been assisting Father Donohoe at the parish for the past two years, is from the village of Chinyama in the southern part of Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world. Chinyama has about 75 families (450-500 people, with a high number of children and teens) and no water, electricity or sewage system.
The village currently gets water from two sources. Some distance from the village, there is a stream where the villagers have dug a pool. The pool usually dries up during the summer and is often a source of contamination and disease because people wash in the same stream and put their feet in the pond when collecting water. There is a well a few miles away but it serves three other villages besides Chinyama.
St. Irene's parishioners are working with Water for the People on this project. Water for the People is a registered 501(c) (3) organization that has been in existence since 1991. Their development model is based on that of the U.S. Peace Corps (three of the project managers are former Peace Corps volunteers) with an emphasis on local autonomy, initiative and participation in the project. All donations to Water for the People are tax-deductible.
St. Irene's has set a goal of raising between $10,000 and $25,000 over the next month. Ten thousand dollars will cover the cost of drilling two wells in Chinyama. Anything over that will go towards setting up and managing a system of latrines to provide basic sanitation for the village. The people of Chinyama will contribute toward the project cost in the form of river sand, bricks (made by the villagers), quarry stone (to be moved to the site by the villagers), and labor. A Water for the People team has already visited Chinyama, found viable locations for wells that can bring clean water to the villagers and been assured that the villagers will become actively involved in the project. The organization will supervise the construction and will work together with community leaders to solve technical and social problems. It also will provide ongoing support to the village as it learns to operate and maintain its wells and sanitation system.
Parishioners at all levels are working to raise the money necessary to bring clean water to Chinyama. Children of the parish are donating their change to help the children of Chinyama. Our teens are holding a car wash in St. Irene's parking lot tomorrow between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. - $5/car. Come over after your trip to the transfer station or when you leave the Carlisle Education Forum or finish taking part in the annual Trash Party - and get your car sparkling clean for spring.
This is a real people-to-people project — a unique opportunity to make a direct impact on the lives of very poor people. If you would like to help out, checks should be made payable to "Water for the People — Chinyama Village Project" and sent to St. Irene Rectory, 187 East Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.
Sign up for Story time
Sign-up is continuing for the Gleason Public Library story times. Openings remain in the Monday afternoon 1:30 p.m. story time for ages 4- to 6-year-olds and for the Tuesday 10:30 a.m. session for ages 3-to 4-year-olds. Call the Gleason Library at 1-978- 369-4898 and ask for the children's department to register.
No registration is required for the following drop-in story times: The PJ story time will be held on Wednesday, April 6 at 7 p.m. for ages 3 and up. Come in your PJ's (or not) and bring a stuffed animal. A drop—in story time for ages 3 to 4 1/2 will be held on Thursday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. This will meet until the end of May with the exception of school vacation week.
Build a floating sculpture for Earth Day
The annual Musketaquid Earth Day is coming to Concord on May 3 and you can help start the celebration with a splash by building an Earth Float, a sculptural tribute to the earth made of all natural materials. Artist C.C. King will lead a three-hour workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, at the Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow Street in Concord. She provides a raft base and participants are encouraged to bring lightweight items such as grasses, reeds, saplings, vegetation and gourds. The floats are launched on the Concord River to begin the Earth Day festivities.
The workshop fee is $40 per float with up to four people per float. Children are welcome with an adult partner. To register call the Emerson Umbrella 1-978-371-0820 or go to www. emersonumbrella.org.
Season finale for Concord Chamber Music Society
The Concord Chamber Music Society (CCMS) will present its last concert of the 2003-2004 season on Sunday, April 4 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Concord Academy, 166 Main Street in Concord. The featured performers will include the Concord Chamber Players and several members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra performing compositions for strings by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Johannes Brahms and Charles Martin Loeffler, Assistant Concertmaster of the BSO from 1882 until 1903. A pre-concert lecture given by resident musicologist Steven Ledbetter will be given before the concert.
Tickets for the April 4 concert are $20 and $25, and $15 for students and seniors 65+. Tickets and information are available online at www.concord chambermusic.org, by calling 1-978- 371-9667 or at the entrance prior to the concert. The pre-concert lecture begins at 6 in the hall, and doors will open at approximately 5:30 p.m. The Concord Performing Arts Center is handicapped-accessible and free public parking is available on Main Street in front of Concord Academy.
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