The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 3, 2004

STRETCH OUT THE STRESS. Participants enjoyed the summer sunshine while learning Shakti Yoga at a class held at Great Brook Farm State Park on August 14. (Photo by Mike Quayle)


Save the date - Carlisle House Tour October 21

Come to the second annual Carlisle House Tour on Thursday October 21, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tour, sponsored by the Carlisle School Association, is self-guided through six unique historical and contemporary houses. Advance tickets and seniors are $20. Children under twelve are free. New this year is "Reserve a Lunch": a selection of sandwiches, chips and drink for $7. Send a check, made payable to the "Carlisle School Association," with name, address, and number of tickets and lunches required to Carlisle House Tour, P.O. Box 4, Carlisle, MA 01741. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the tour for $25. A limited number of unreserved lunches will also be available. The tour begins at Union Hall, 27 School Street. Proceeds will benefit educational activities at the Carlisle School. For more information call 1-978-371-2770.

Recreation news and fall program offerings

The Carlisle Recreation Commission is happy to introduce Robert Cyr as director for the fall tennis programs. Certified through the United States Professional Tennis Registry (U.S.P.T.R.) and a former tennis pro with the Mount Auburn Athletic Club, Cyr developed the junior program and coached teams in tournament play. His 2004 Bruno III team finished in first place.

Cyr was head pro in Oregon's Cascade Mountains at the Sunriver Lodge and Resort. Working all over the globe for the tennis management company, Peter Burwash International (PBI), Cyr experienced tennis as a bridge between different cultures. At assignments in the United States, the Caribbean, Austria and Qatar his responsibilities were programming and conducting lessons, securing tournament sponsorships and organizing, promoting and directing tournaments. He also provided private coaching at the palace of the Royal Family of Qatar.

Fall brochures were mailed this week. Look for new programs and additions. Also, musical theater, Ski Nashoba and Wachusett programs will be offered. Register early as space is limited. All brochures are available at the Gleason Library and Recreation Office in Town Hall. For more information call the Recreation Office at 1-978-369-9815 or fax: 1-978-371-6686.

Carlisle School calendar changes

Due to the observance of Rosh Hashanah, the Parent Coffee for grade 4 has been postponed to September 20 at 8:20 a.m. The Parent Coffee for grade 5 has been postponed to September 21 at 8 a.m.

Attention all sixth-grade parents

Planning is coming along for the Spaghetti Supper on October 5. Volunteers are still needed — all sixth-grade parents are needed. Please call Lauren Bakewell (1-978-287-0318) to sign up for a committee. The students will be coming home on September 10 with tickets to be sold both for the dinner and for raffle items. Raffle items (value under $250) are still needed. Please consider donating an item or send cash to be used to purchase an item by the Raffle Committee. Note: families are encouraged to pool their resources for Golden Raffle Items (value over $250). Your participation will help assure a successful evening.

High School Girls Hockey Clinic

A 12-week conditioning clinic is being held at the Chelmsford Forum September 6 - November 22 for high school girl hockey players. Sessions will be held on Mondays from 3:00 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. For more information or to register call 1-781-871-7960.

Youth Ice Hockey fall registration

Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey (CCYH) will open its 32nd season the first week of September. Sign up for competitive and non-competitive hockey levels: Mosquitoes, Mites, Squirts, Peewees, Bantams and Midgets. Check the web site to print the necessary forms to register, and send them in by August 21.

SHINE program offers free assistance navigating senior health benefits

The Massachusetts' Executive Office of Elders Affairs sponsors the free program: Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders (SHINE.) Trained volunteers work through towns' Councils on Aging (COA)and senior centers, as well as staffing offices at Lahey Clinic and Emerson Hospital. Volunteers help with medical billing questions, inform elders of their rights, and completing public benefits applications. To talk with a SHINE counselor call the Carlisle COA at 1-978-371-2895, or call the nonprofit, Minuteman Senior Services at 1-781-272-7127 or 1-978-263-8720.

For information about Medicare prescription drug benefits, call 1-800-633-4227, or visit the website

Senior Citizen Tax Work Program gets underway

Applications for the Senior Citizen Tax Work Program are available now at the Treasurer's Office in Town Hall. Carlisle residents who are 60 or older may qualify for up to a $500 abatement on their real estate tax bill by performing various services for the town. Seniors must own and occupy, as principal residence, the property for which taxes are paid. Applications are due by September 20, with positions to begin mid-September or thereafter. Participants in the program will receive a maximum of $500, which must be earned before June 30, 2005. More than one taxpayer per household can take advantage of the program only if there are positions available on or after November 1. Senior citizens who have already participated in the program are welcome to re-apply; however, preference will be given to first-time applicants. There is no income eligibility for this program.

A variety of jobs are available, including positions with the Gleason Library, Conservation Commission, Council on Aging (COA), Recreation Department, town administrator, town clerk and treasurer. The Senior Tax Advisory Committee will try to match the skills and interests of applicants to the needs of town departments. Although an applicant may request placement in a certain department, the position cannot be guaranteed. All applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Pick up a copy of the application and program guidelines at the town treasurer's office. Call Liz Jewell at the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 with any questions. Individuals who need accommodation in order to participate in this process should contact the COA office.

Read East of Eden with the library book group

Join the discussion of John Steinbeck's best-selling novel East of Eden on Thursday, September 9 from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. in the Hollis Room.The group will also determine the reading list for the upcoming year and welcomes input.

There's still time to read the novel (held on reserve at the library) and bring your reactions and opinions to the group. Coffee and refreshments will be served. Contact Anjli Trehan at atrehan.massed or Karen Trittipo at with questions.

Carlisle School Teacher/Staff Luncheon

The Carlisle School Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon will be held on the first early release day, Tuesday September 14, at 12:30 p.m. in the Carlisle School cafeteria. This is a fun event and is much enjoyed by our dedicated school staff. Volunteers are urgently needed. We need parents to sign up for salads, hot dishes, cold dishes, bread, and desserts, as well as help out with clean up duty. To volunteer, contact Michelle Sobin at 1-978-369-1603.

Enter the Gleason Student Art Show

The Visual Arts Project at the Gleason Public Library is looking for student art for the annual Student Art Show during September and October. This display material may include two-dimensional drawings and photography, and three-dimensional work, such as pottery, weavings, and sculpture. Any student artist is invited to participate. If interested, please contact Brooke Cragan at 1-978-369-1196, or Andrea Urban at 1-978-369-4734.

PJ Story time returns

Children ages three and up are invited to come to the Gleason Public Library on Wednesday, September 8 at 7 p.m. Pajamas are optional. The monthly evening story time will return to the first Wednesday of the month in October. For more information call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children's department.

CCHS reunion 1967-69

There will be a combined class reunion for CCHS classes of 1967, 1968 and 1969 on Saturday, September 18, 3 to 11 p.m. at the Concord Elks Hall. For further information, go to

Boy Scouts meet on Tuesday, September 7

Carlisle Boy Scout Troop 135 would like to welcome boys eleven and older to join. Meetings are Tuesday evenings at 7:15 p.m.. The first meeting of the year will be September 7 at 100 Skelton Road, and subsequent meetings will be held in the Corey exercise room at the Carlisle School.

The troop runs a program emphasizing camping, community service, and rank advancement. For further information call Scoutmaster Bob Stone at 1-978-371-3069 or Assistant Scoutmaster Tony Mariano at 1-978-287-0441.

Gleason story times to resume in October

Sign-up for story times at the Gleason Library will start on Saturday, September 18. Story times will be offered for ages 2-6 and will begin the first week of October. Check out the next Mosquito for more detailed information or call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for Children's.

Baby, come meet the neighbors

All babies born to Carlisle parents since June 2003 are invited, with their siblings, to meet other families with new babies on Saturday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to noon at Diment Park. It is a great opportunity to join a playgroup and share a cup of coffee with other new parents. R.S.V.P. to Gail Bernardin at 1-978-318-6972 or Polly Meyer at 1-978-318-9690.

Volunteers sought for new Land Stewardship Committee

The Carlisle Conservation Commission has voted to establish a Conservation Land Stewardship Committee to assist in the management of the more than 1,000 acres of Conservation Land under its care and custody. For this purpose, it is seeking residents who may be interested in serving on a short-term planning group to help establish the goals, objectives and duties of such a committee.

Participation in the planning group will entail occasional daytime and evening meetings, and reporting its recommendations to the Commission and the public for review. It is anticipated that the work may take no longer than six to eight months. Applicants with an interest in wildlife habitat and/or agriculture and map reading would be

particularly helpful.

Interested residents should send a letter of interest, detailing any pertinent previous experience to Sylvia Willard, Administrator, Carlisle Conservation Commission, 66 Westford Street.

Women's fall soccer

A Women's over-40 soccer team is looking for players for the fall outdoor season. Games are played on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. More information can be found at or contact Josefina Quiles by e-mail at or by phone at 1-978-263-8726.

It's COA line dancing time

The Carlisle Council on Aging Line Dancing Class will begin on Friday, September 10 at Union Hall, 27 School Street in Carlisle Center. Classes will be held Friday mornings, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and instruction will be available in basic line dancing steps for beginners and others who would like to attend. The cost is $3.50 per lesson.Janice Micarelli will be the instructor. For more information call Dorothea Kress at 1-978-369-3118.

Travel to the Alps

Come join the Carlisle senior citizens on a trip to Alpine Country. The trip will leave March 8 and return March 21, 2005, with a cost of $2549, assuming double occupancy. The price includes air fare, hotels, sightseeing, breakfasts and dinners. The group will visit Innsbruck, Vienna, Lucerne, Munich, Zermatt, Lake Geneva, St. Moritz and more. For more information or to sign up, call Joanne Willens, or e-mail her at joannewillens, or pick up a flyer at the Carlisle Council on Aging office at Town Hall. All deposits must be placed by September 12 to reserve a spot on the trip.

Area auditions are coming up

The Concord Madrigals, a 40-voice women's chorus directed by Jane Ring Frank, will hold open rehearsals on September 14 and 21 at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street in Concord. Brief auditions will be held at the end of each rehearsal. For information, call 1-978-369-7718 or 1-978-369-8526.

The Concord Players will be holding auditions on September 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. for their fall production of Sunday in the Park with George. Auditions are by appointment only and will be held at 51 Walden Street in Concord. A variety of ages (20-80) and singing ranges are needed. Visit for specific information and to make appointments.

Fine arts and crafts festival

The Codman Estate, on Codman Road in Lincoln, will hold its 22nd annual fine arts and crafts festival on Sunday, September 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission for adults is $5. For information, call 1-781-259-8843.

Charity auction at Handworks Gallery

Handworks Gallery in Acton will hold a silent auction of fine crafts from September 11 to 19, with all the proceeds going to two charities: the Craft Emergency Relief Fund, which allows artists to overcome career-threatening emergencies, and the Bethke Cancer Center.

All items will be on display at the gallery at 161 Great Road. Call 1-978-635-9460 for more information.

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito