Friday, May 14, 2004
LWV Candidates' Forum this Sunday, May 16
On Tuesday, May 25, the citizens of Carlisle will be stopping at Town Hall between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. to cast their votes on issues facing the town.Some of the most important questions to be decided concern who will be elected to serve in various positions that are essential to the town's operation.
In order to help people in our community learn more about the individuals who are interested in serving as Town Moderator, Town Clerk, Selectman, or on one of the committees or boards, the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle is hosting a Candidates' Forum which will be held at Carlisle Town Hall in the Clark Room on Sunday afternoon, May 16, from 3 to 5 p.m.All candidates have been invited to participate as a way to introduce themselves to the public.Each candidate is offered an opportunity to speak to the audience and then respond to any questions that may be posed.This is a moderated event, and is meant to be a pleasant and interesting experience for all, and a way for voters to satisfy their curiosity about who they want to cast their votes for and why.
All are welcomed and encouraged to set aside a couple of hours this Sunday afternoon to learn a little more about our town and the people who are willing to serve us all.
Carlisle Teachers' Association scholarships
Each year the Carlisle Teachers' Association awards two scholarships to graduates of the Carlisle Public Schools. Applications for the awards are now being accepted. For an application, read the qualification requirements and contact: Scholarship Committee, c/o Carlisle Public Schools, 83 School Street; 1-508-369-6550.
Marguerite Grant Scholarship
The recipient must be a 2003 graduate of Concord-Carlisle Regional High School or Minuteman Science Technology High School. Candidates should have a desire for further education and qualities of intellect and character that indicate success in their chosen field and future usefulness to society.
Amy Lapham Award for Continuing Education
This award is awarded to a student who has already begun his or her higher education. The applicant must be a current or legal resident of Carlisle, a graduate of Concord-Carlisle Regional High School or Minuteman Science Technology High School, and have successfully completed at least one year of study in his or her chosen field.
Applications should be returned to the above address by 3 p.m., June 4.
CSA grants awarded
Carlisle School Association grants totaling over $20,000 were awarded this spring to the Carlisle School teachers and staff. Using funds raised by CSA membership, fundraisers such as wrapping paper, book sale, and the CEF/CSA auction, the CSA was pleased to fulfill requests that were diverse and exciting. Items included kindergarten non-fiction big books and bookshelf, kindergarten through fifth grade SPED reading materials, first-grade books for a unit on "Bread and Children Around the World," second-grade mentor texts, second-through-eighth-grade Social Studies materials, third- grade through eighth-grade literature, third-grade social studies texts, fourth-and fifth-grade science videos, middle school short story books, Vernier Devices, and stained glass supplies, Physical Education night vision goggles, exercise mats, "Digi Walkers," and heart monitors, resources for social language groups, and last, but not least in every parent volunteer's heart who has tried to cook cornbread for the third grade, a new stove for the Robbins' Teacher's Room.
Hazardous Waste Day Collection on May 22
The Spring Hazardous Waste Collection will be held on Saturday, May 22, from 9-12 at the DPW Building behind the Transfer Station. The collection is sponsored by the Board of Health and paid out of transfer station sticker fees. Clean Harbors will conduct the collection which is free to residents who have a valid transfer station sticker.
What to bring: Oil-based paints, stains, thinners and strippers, solvents and varnishes, adhesives, glues, resins, waste fuels, (kerosene, gasoline) engine degreasers, brake fluids, poisons, cleaners, spot removers, pool chemicals, aerosol cans, pesticides, herbicides, pesticides, creosote, moth balls, arts and crafts supplies, antifreeze.
What not to bring: Smoke detectors, compressed gas cylinders, ammunition, fireworks or explosives, prescription medicines/syringes, radioactive wastes, fire extinguishers, cathode ray tubes, biological waste, unknown materials. No latex paint. These paint cans should be opened, allowed to dry and disposed of in the regular trash collector. Adding kitty litter will accelerate the process.
CRT recycling: Computer monitors should be left in or near the swap shop for recycling.
Batteries: Batteries do not need to be brought to the hazardous waste collection. Residents can dispose of ordinary household batteries (AAA - D, Alkaline, nickel cadmium) by giving them to the attendant at the transfer station. There is a regular collection point for lead-acid or car batteries.
Swap table: A swap table for new and unused paint, motor oil, cleaners, etc. will be open from 9-11. Clean Harbors will select items appropriate for exchange.
Mercury: Thermostats and thermometers can be dropped off anytime with the transfer station attendant. The town is no longer doing a thermometer swap. (The board encourages homeowners to check with contractors they hire on how they plan to dispose of any mercury-containing products being replaced.)
Safety: Tighten caps and lids, leaving materials in original labeled containers. Sort and pack separately paint, pesticides and household cleaners. Avoid spills and do not place in garbage bags. Never mix chemicals. Cars should not block the entrance to the transfer station.
Hours: 9-12: The collection will close promptly at noon. Cars must be in line before noon. Once the hazardous waste containers are sealed they cannot be opened for late-comers.
Volunteers are needed to count cars, check for stickers and help with the swap table. If you would like to volunteer for an hour or two the day of the collection, please call the Board of Health at 1-978 369-0283. Community service points will be provided to interested high school students. If you have any questions about what you are bringing contact the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283.
Disaster assistance for spring flooding
Homeowners, renters, and business owners in Middlesex County who were affected by flooding beginning April 1, 2004 may apply for assistance by calling 1-800-621-3362 (TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing- or speech-impaired.)
This disaster recovery assistance is available through the Massachusetts and Federal Emergency Management Agencies, and is available without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability or economic status.
Have the following information ready when calling: a phone number where you can be reached, Social Security number, current mailing address, address of the damaged property, brief description of the damages, and insurance information, if the property is insured.
Civic Support Network meets May 19, 20
Meetings to discuss the creation of a civic support network to offer support and assistance to town committee members, and encourage active participation in town government, will be held next week. The evening meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 19
Volunteers needed for Parcel A task force
The Board of Selectmen is currently in the process of forming a Parcel A Task Force. This group will be charged with conducting a master planning process for the Benfield land purchased by the Town with Community Preservation funds. The Task Force will need a wide range of skills including architectural, engineering, housing economics, financial expertise, and management skills. Any resident interested in serving on this Task Force, as a Community Member at Large, is requested to send a letter of interest and a brief resume to the Board of Selectmen, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741. All applications should be submitted by May 21.
Enjoy Old Home Day events on July 2 and 3
Carlisle will have an Old Home Day (OHD) celebration again this year. To date about 20% of the funds needed to pay for the event have been raised, and the OHD committee is still asking town families to pitch in and contribute.
With Old Home Day only seven weeks away, the OHD committee has established a web site to post all the latest information. Details regarding the schedule of events, new activities, old favorites, fund raising, etc., will all be found at: www.carlisle.org/ohd.
This year's theme is, "Carlisle's Rural Roots: a Salute to Carlisle's Agricultural Heritage." The committee hopes to see tractors, farm implements, and floats reflecting this year's theme in the parade. Farm animals, and other reasonably domesticated critters are all welcome to join in the parade.
First, the Ice Cream Social will kick off Old Home Day on Friday evening July 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Town Green.
Saturday July 3 starts early with a NEW event this year — tethered hot air balloon rides high above Spalding field, just in time to view the 1- and 5-mile road races. Then there will be the art show, the great parade, presentation of the outstanding citizen award, dunking booth, corn husking, egg toss, sack races, pet show, country fair, Boy Scout luncheon, music on the green, pie and cake awards, cake walk, chicken barbecue, etc.
Another new event this year is the soapbox derby to be run on Church Street hill. Children (and the young at heart) are invited to design and build a racer, and compete to see who can reach the checkered flag first. The committee would love to hear suggestions from those who have been involved in a soapbox derby. See the OHD web site for more details.
Sports Illustrated's Ed Swift to speak May 20
All interested Carlisle sports aficionados are invited to hear Carlisle resident Ed Swift speak at the annual meeting of Carlisle Communications, Inc. (CCI) on May 20, to be held at 8 p.m. at the Mosquito offices at 872 Westford Street (opposite Acton Street).
Now a "senior writer," Ed Swift started as a staff writer at Sports Illustrated in 1978, and has now been writing continuously at the magazine longer than anyone else on staff.
Duck-calling and rodeos
Swift is best known for his coverage of winter sports, including the 1980 U.S. Hockey Team's "Miracle on Ice," but in a 26-year career he has covered the "ball park" - recently, for instance, the Tour de France, duck-calling, rodeo-riding and gymnastics. And his incisive comments in "Swifty's Bazaar" cover the business, personalities and culture of sports across games, teams and organizations. Swift received the Womens Sports Foundation journalism award for the best coverage of women in sports.
While earning his B.A. in English from Princeton University, Swift played varsity hockey from 1970 to '73 and was named captain in his last season. After graduation he went to work as a general assignment reporter for MTN News in Billings, Montana, then became editor of Hockey Magazine for one year before joining Sports Illustrated. He now lives in Carlisle with his wife Sally and their children, travelling far and often for the magazine.
Swift has produced two books with skaters. My Sergei, which Swift co-wrote with Ekaterina Gordeeva was on the New York Times best-seller list for 22 weeks. He wrote Eleven Seconds with former Boston University hockey player Travis Roy, who was paralyzed during his first career collegiate game. A novel, Each Thief Passing By, was published in 1981.
No contra dance tonight
The Second Friday Contra Dance will not be held this month. It was listed in last week's Mosquito by mistake. Call Ellen Huber at 1-978-369-6678 with any questions.
Carlisle Council on Aging events
• Back-to-school banquet. The next stop in the Luncheon series will be a banquet (including salad, either Chicken Cordon Blue or Baked Stuffed Shrimp, vegetable, potato, rolls, beverage and dessert) at 11:30 a.m. at the Fife & Drum Restaurant at Minuteman Tech on Tuesday, May 18. For more information or to make a reservation, call Jim and Betty Elgin at 1-978-371-0728 or Tom and Karen Dunkers at 1-978-369-5681.
• Morning coffee and Memorial Day crafts. Thursday, May 20 at 9 a.m., there will be coffee and breakfast treats in the Sleeper Room, followed by a Memorial Day crafts project led by Peggy Wang.
• Tower Hill Botanic Garden trip. Thursday, May 27, the COA will sponsor a trip to the Tower Hill Botanic Garden, meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Church Street at the soccer fields and returning by 2 p.m. (weather permittting). Lunch is on your own, at the Twigs Café or bring a picnic lunch to enjoy outside. The cost is $7. Call 1-978-371-2895 by May 17 for reservations.
CPC meeting on May 18
All are welcome to attend this Carlisle Parents' Connection fundraiser and mini business meeting on Tuesday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Nancy Szczesniak's house at 124 Aberdeen Drive. Come and enjoy good company, good food and reasonable wine, while examining Pampered Chef products. Primarily,we'll be socializing and having fun, but we will also briefly discuss the culmination of this year and the onset of next year. R.S.V.P. to Nancy if planning to attend at 1-978-369-6194 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes from the Buzz
• Grade placement. Grade placement for the next year has begun for the students in kindergarten through grade 4. Although placement is a cooperative effort among the teachers, the administration and guidance personnel, parents have been given a form if they wish to express a voice in the process.
• MCAS Tests. On May 21, 24 and 25 the MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) tests will be given to grades 4, 7 and 8.
• Husky Handbook. Parents are asked to send any corrections to the Husky Handbook to Kim Rusling Flynn.
• Not heading to CCHS? Parents of eighth-grade students who not planning to attend the ninth-grade at Concord-Carlisle High School have been asked to notify Kimberly Reid.
• Drugs and alcohol. The Concord-Carlisle Parent Initiative will present an evening on May 20 for fifth-grade and middle school students on preventing and postponing first use of drugs and dlcohol.
• Summer programs. Summer programs for elementary students are available at Community Education 1-978-318-1540 and at the Carlisle Extended Day Program 1-978-369-5558.
Photos needed for 8th grade graduation
One of the highlights of the 8th Grade Graduation ceremony is the slide show that follows it.Parents are asked to provide photos of our graduates as they grew up.We'd like to make sure that all students are included.The kids really enjoy looking for themselves in the photos.
Go through your photo albums, and look for those that will be fun to display (but not embarrassing!).Group photos from Girl/Cub Scouts, sports teams, band, Outdoor Education, 7th Grade Play, field trips, parties — even preschool —are great.Be sure to write your name on the back of each photo so that they can be returned to you.
If you can scan in old photos and email them that would be great. If not, we can scan them and return the originals.All photos must be submitted by Friday, May 21st via email to: email@example.com or dropped off at the School Main Office in the Photo Collection Box.For more information, contact: Sue Kirk at 1-978-371-0176 or Mary Cheever at 1-978-369-6861 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Concord-Carlisle High School recently announced its eighth annual Project Fair to be celebrated on Wednesday, May 19, at 7 p.m. in the high school library.
Senior Project, "A Bridge to the Future," is an opportunity for seniors to work on an intensive self-developed project focusing on one of four areas academic, creative, service, or career. Students may work in one area or combine several, but all maintain reflective journals of their activities and write self-evaluations of their experiences.
Students engaged in Senior Project
• expand their research skills, manage their own time, and reflect on their experiences
• learn skills to present their knowledge and ideas to an audience effectively
• develop a unique relationship with an adult mentor
• have memorable experiences that will give direction and meaning to their final months at CCHS.
At the May 19 fair, students will display their projects and be available to discuss their experiences. This year's projects range from film-making to choreography. Other projects include meteorology, animation, photography, automobile restoration, and portraiture.
The Senior Project Fair is an opportunity for relatives, friends, and community members to learn about the work seniors have been doing this semester and to congratulate them on their successes. The evening's program will include several brief presentations and performances and opportunities to speak with individual students. The fair is open to the public, and refreshments will be served.
CCHS Senior Safari fundraiser May 23 - 29
On the night of Saturday, June 5, or into the early hours of Sunday, if the people of Concord hear a roar coming from the area of the high school, they should be reassured to know that neither lions nor leopards have been imported to the Senior Safari — it is just possible that those attending the all-night party after their graduation from high school are congratulating each other on their new status as alumni of CCHS.
Or it could be the crowd's reaction to any number of entertainers who are scheduled to keep the students (ahem, ex-students) rocking and rolling and laughing through the night, from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. A magician, a hypnotist, a fortune teller (what better time to look to the future?), and of course a DJ to keep the party going, will all be part of the festivities.In the past, parents who do not have graduating seniors, who have spent the night chaperoning this event, have said it is truly a great show, and a wonderful experience watching the seniors have such a great time being together as a class for the last time.
The Senior Safari is a very special event in the lives of local high school students. Only hours after the Class of 2004 graduates in a ceremony at the Concord-Carlisle High School, they return to spend their graduation night at this safe party, during a time that is known to be particularly hazardous for teens.
Many people have spent months in preparation for the Senior Safari, planning the entertainment, decorations, food, and teams of volunteers to put it all together. This event is supported by ticket sales, donations made by parents, and by the generosity of local businesses and community organizations.
During the week of May 23 to 29, Crosby's Market voucher program is a way for the communities to raise funds for the Senior Safari simply by shopping at Crosby's and submitting a voucher to direct a portion of the sale to the Senior Safari account. To obtain vouchers or to find out more about supporting the Senior Safari, contact the committee by sending an e-mail to SeniorSafari@aol.com, or by calling Susan Sharp at 1-978-371-3081.
Arcturus to perform in Carlisle on May 21
Performances will be held on Friday, May 21, 7:30 p.m. at the First Religious Society on the Green in Carlisle; on Saturday, May 22, 2 p.m. at Lawrence Library, 15 Main Street, Pepperell; and on Saturday, May 22, 8 p.m. at Lowell House JCR, Harvard University, Cambridge.
For more information, call Margaret Darling at 1-978-369-1475 or visit the website, www.arcturus.is.dreaming.org.
Board of Health announcement
The 2004 high groundwater testing season has been extended by the Board of Health until 5/15/04 due to weather conditions.
Atkins hosts DVVAP's anniversary celebration
The Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program (DVVAP) invites the public to Representative Cory Atkins' house for a cocktail reception on Sunday, May 23 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. DVVAP is celebrating its fifth anniversary of operation. Any donations from the evening will go to support DVVAP's work to end domestic abuse and control in local communities.
Keynote speaker for the evening is Middlesex County District Attorney Martha Coakley. Suggested donation for the evening is $100. This event is being underwritten by Concord Oil Company.
To reserve tickets for the reception, call Holly at DVVAP: 1-978-318-3441.
Emerson Umbrella Summer Arts classes
This summer children can stretch their imaginations and express their creativity at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord Center. Morning sessions for ages 5 to 7 and all day sessions for ages 7-12 begin the week of July 5 and continue through the end of August. Week-long classes are available in a variety of media including drawing, painting, clay, wood, mixed media, movement and storytelling. For all-day students, afternoons will have a special focus on the historic, literary and artistic resources of Concord.
For registration information, call 1-978-371-0820. Space is limited.
Community Education gardening classes
Spring is here. Time to work in the garden. Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education has two one-night classes this coming week taught by knowledgeable Carlisle experts, which will provide interesting new garden possibilities as well as promote healthier gardening habits. In World of Daylilies, Monday, May 17, 7-9 p.m., Robert Seawright, of the R. Seawright Gardens Daylily and Hosta Nursery in Carlisle will examine the fascinating world of daylilies: tips on selecting varieties to grow, care and culture of daylilies, hybridizing daylilies and hostas as companion plants. The fee is $20.
Nationally certified massage therapist Shirley Lynch leads Movement Coaching for the Gardener, Thursday May 20, 7-9 p.m. This class introduces Aston-Mechanics® a new perspective in bio-mechanics which facilitates postural changes. When applied to gardening, this new way of moving uses gravity as an advantage during strenuous motion such as lifting, bending, reaching, pulling and pushing, and creates a more balanced workload for the body. Students should bring two bath towels and both standing and hand garden tools. The fee is $20. Classes meet at Concord-Carlisle High School unless otherwise noted.
For more information or to register, call Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education, 1-978-318-1540 (days) or 1-978-318-1432 (evenings.) Pre-registration is required. Tour Andover water gardens
The Spade and Trowel Garden Club of Andover is sponsoring a Water Garden Tour on Saturday, June l9 from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour will be held rain or shine. Advance tickets are $l5, available by calling Lorraine Maxwell at 1-978-475-6090. Tickets the day of the tour will be available for $20 on the grounds of West Parish Church in Andover. Complimentary refreshments and plants for sale will be offered.
YMCA's backyard swim program
The Greater Lowell Family YMCA will be offering a backyard pool swim program this summer. The program will send an instructor to your home to teach lessons. For more information on this program, call Stephanie at 1-978-454-7825.
Belmont Garden Club offers spring events
The Belmont Garden Club is offering a variety of events to please everyone. On Wednesday, May 19, the Garden Club will be hosting a small flower show titled " A Gallery of Art and Flowers," from 2 to 7 p.m. at St. Joseph's Parish Hall. Garden Club members will show their skills as they interpret artwork through floral design. Admission is free, but donations are accepted at the door. Call 1-617-484-8171 for more information.
On Saturday, May 22, the Garden Club will be holding its annual perennial plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lions Club, One Common Street, Belmont.
On Sunday, June 13, the Garden Club will host "Down the Garden Path," from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or shine, enjoy a day of visiting private gardens around the Town of Belmont. Tickets are $15 in advance by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope with check payable to Belmont Garden Club, 157 Washington Street, Belmont, MA 02478, or $20 on the day of the event at the Belmont Public Library, 336 Concord Avenue, Belmont. E-mail inquiries to email@example.com or call 1-617-484-4889 for information.
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