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Friday, October 29, 2004

Carlisle educators join team to take on Harlem Wizards in benefit for C. C. Pools tonight
Carlisle educators have joined the C. C. Pool-A-Hoops team to take on the Harlem Wizards in a benefit basketball game for the Concord-Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center. The Wizards, a traveling team of former collegiate basketball standouts, street ball stars, and wily hoops tricksters will face Superintendent Marie Doyle, Assistant- Principal Michael Giurlando, Principal Stephen Goodwin, teachers Gene Stamell, Bill Gale and Liz Gray at an acrobatic slam-dunk event, Friday, October 29 at 7 p.m. at the Concord-Carlisle High School. Other C.C. Pool-A-Hoop members include Concord teachers, administrators, police anda selectman. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and food will be available for purchase at that time.Tickets are $15 (two and under enter free) and are available at Ferns, or by contacting the C. C. Pools office, 66 Commonwealth Avenue, Concord, 1-978-371-4936, or
The Concord-Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center is being built with private, tax-deductible donations. Upon completion, the Center will be given to the Town of Concord, and available to everyone in the towns of Concord and Carlisle, as well as town employees and their families. It will be located on the grounds of the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School.
CPC Halloween Event
The annual Carlisle Parents Connection Halloween Event will be held Saturday, October 30 at Diment Park from 1 to 3 p.m. Bring your ghosts and goblins to enjoy many bewitching activities, including crafts, games, a hay treasure hunt, and the Halloween Trick-or-Treat parade.
This party is for families with children from birth to age 5. The cost is $10 per family, or $25 to join Carlisle Parents Connection and enjoy all the year's activities. The rain date for this event is Sunday, October 31 at Diment Park from 1 to 3 p.m.
Friday Night Live is November 5
The first Friday Night Live got off to a great start with 220 middle school students in attendance — one of the largest crowds ever! The November Friday Night Live (FNL) will be held on November 5 for more ping pong, chess, checkers, basketball, pizza and, of course, dancing to the latest tunes. Parents, please remember that FNL now goes to 10 p.m.
All Carlisle students (public or private) in grades six to eight who did not attend the first FNL are more than welcome to attend in November, but must remember to bring a parent or guardian to fill out the required permission form. Also, please note that any students who are not from the Carlisle School District must have a chaperone present at FNL. No students will be permitted to attend without a signed form.
A $ 3 contribution is collected at the door to keep the program self-supporting. Pizza, soda or water is also available for a small fee. Students who leave prior to 10 p.m. must be signed out by a parent. All others should be picked up at 10 p.m. sharp. For more information please feel free to call Karen Huntress at 1-978-371-9284 or any other member of the Carlisle Youth Commission.
P J Story Time on November 3
The next PJ Story Time for ages three and up will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3 at the Gleason Library. Come hear some children's classics as well as a new story or two. For more information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children's department.
Savoyards perform The Secret Garden
The Savoyard Light Opera Company brings The Secret Garden to Carlisle's Corey Auditorium in November. Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, book and lyrics are by Marsha Norman, with music by Lucy Simon. Corey Jackson and Fred Frabotta direct the performances which will be held November 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m., and November 14 and 21 at 2 p.m.
For more information call 1-978-371-SLOC or visit
Halloween safety tips
Halloween is only a couple of days away and the Carlisle Police Department has a few safety tips to help make it a safe and enjoyable experience.
• Trick or treaters should watch for traffic and carry flashlights.
• Wear light colored clothing.
• Costumes should be short enough to prevent tripping.
• Add reflective tape to costumes so motorists can see you more easily.
• Make sure children can see through their masks.
• Make-up is a good substitute to create that scary face.
• Keep costumed children away from pets; they may not recognize them and become frightened.
• Trick or treat in groups.
• Stay in familiar neighborhoods.
• Adults should accompany small children.
• Parents should carefully inspect all candy before allowing children to eat it. If you come across candy that may have been tampered with, report it to the police department.
Motorists should pay extra special attention to Carlisle's dark and windy roadways on Sunday night, looking out for our ghosts and goblins as they go door to door searching for candy.
As always everyone is encouraged to trick or treat at the police station on Halloween night. Do not forget to say hello to the dispatcher on duty, who may have a treat or a trick for you.
Report any suspicious activity to the Carlisle Police at 1-978-369-1155. Have a fun and safe Halloween.
Carlisle Post Office announces Christmas mailing dates
It is never too early to start planning for overseas holiday mailings. With thousands of American troops and civilians stationed around the world, the coming weeks will be a busy time for mailing international and military parcels and packages, he said.
Listed below are the major dates recommended for mail to be delivered by December 25. Items for delivery by Hanukkah should be mailed five days earlier.
Nov. 13 - Parcel Post to military APO/FPO addresses
Dec. 6 - First-Class cards and letters or Priority Mail to military APO AE ZIPs 093 addresses
Dec. 11 - First-Class cards and letters or Priority Mail to all other military APO/FPO addresses
Dec. 6 - Global Airmail letters, cards and Parcel Post to Africa and Central or South America International Mail locations
Dec. 13 - Global Airmail letters, cards and Parcel Post to other International Mail locations
Dec. 20 - Global Express Guaranteed International Mail
Mailing guideline dates for all types of mail and locations — along with addressing and packaging tips — are posted under Overseas Holiday Mail Dates at
Early Music concerts return to Carlisle
The Cambridge Society for Early Music (CSEM) will begin a new season in November. Performances in Carlisle at 8:00 p.m. at the First Religious Society will include:
Saturday, November 20, Kenneth Drake will perform on the fortepiano a program of Sonatas and Impromptus by Beethoven and Schubert.
Friday, January 7, 2005, "A Mexican Baroque Nativity Celebration" will be performed by La Fontegara of Mexico City. Musicians include Maria Diez-Canedo, recorder and traverso; Gabriela Villa Walls, viola da gamba; Eloy Cruz, baroque guitar; and Lydia Heather Knutson, soprano.
Saturday, February 12, "Music of St. Colombe and his Contemporaries" will be performed by Montreal's Les Voix Humaines, and featuring artists Susie Napper and Margaret Little playing violas da gamba.
For more information, visit CSEM's web site at, or call 1-617-489-2062.
Recreation Commission news
Ski/SB Nashoba. Now is the time to sign up for the Recreation Ski and Snow Board Program at Nashoba Valley, to be held on Fridays, starting January 7. The program has classes for grades 2 - 4 and 5 - 8. Register before the pre-fit date for rentals and purchase of helmets. The equipment fitting will take place on Wednesday, November 17, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Carlisle School Exercise Room. Space is limited, so register early. Chaperones are still needed, and discounts are available.
Youth Basketball Programs. The flyer for co-ed recreational basketball for grades 4, 5 and 6, and for recreational travel basketball for grade 6 girls and grade 6 boys were distributed to children at the Carlisle School. Sign up early as space is limited.
Volunteer opportunities. Carlisle Recreation is in need of a coordinator for girls basketball. Someone is needed to organize teams and coaches, and to schedule practices, etc. Coaches are also needed for both boys' and girls' teams. Anyone interested is asked to call the Recreation Office at 1-978-369-9815, or e-mail
Adult Sunday Soccer. This new program is starting December 5 and will be held in the Corey Gym from 2 - 4 p.m. The coordinator is Khaled Bounar. Call the Recreation Office for details and registration forms.
Need a ride to vote?
Need a ride to the polls on Tuesday, November 2? Call the Carlisle Democratic Town Committee at 1-978-369-5738.
Trails Committee needs volunteers

Hardy volunteers build a boardwalk on the River Trail. (Photo by Midge Eliassen)

The Trails Committee is looking for lots of volunteers to build another large boardwalk on the River Trail.The work starts Saturday, October 30 (rain date Sunday, October 31) at 9 a.m. at the O'Rourke farm barn.
From Route 225, take Maple Street north.Turn right at the next driveway after 338 Maple Street, (look for the boardwalk sign); take the right fork past the house to the big metal barn.Those arriving after 9 a.m. should park near the barn and follow the signs to the work area, about 0.5 mile.The boardwalk will be supported on steel posts, with a framework of pressure-treated wood and synthetic wood decking screwed to the frame.A generator will be on site for saws and electric drills, as there are 2,000 decking screws to drive.In addition to carpenters, general laborers are needed to carry materials to the site and pound posts into the ground.The work will go on through
most of the day, so volunteers can come and go as their schedules permit.
For those who wish to drop off refreshments (bottled water, cider, donut holes or cookies, sandwiches and pizza for lunch are suggestions), there will be a table near the barn. The work will be in areas of mud and standing water, so high waterproof boots are highly recommended.Useful tools include a large-wheeled garden cart to carry materials, heavy duty extension cord, power drill and bits, square #2 driver bit, hammer, level, tape measure, nail apron, pencil, square, Skil saw.To volunteer, or for more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680 or
Deer alert
It's almost November, when the deer herd is most active. The Carlisle Police Department reminds drivers to watch for deer, especially early in the morning and around sunset.
Travel Soccer Registration
Registration has begun for Concord Carlisle Youth Soccer's Spring 2005 Travel Soccer Program. Players can be registered on-line at the CCYS web site The deadline for registration is November 15.
Visit the web site or call the soccer hotline 1-978-287-0968 for additional information.
CCHS football workday
On Saturday, November 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date is Sunday November 21), Concord-Carlisle High School football players will rake leaves and perform other light yard work to raise money to support the high school football program. The fee is $10 per player with a minimum of two players for three hours. An appointment is required. Please call Susan Mills (1-978-369-5346) or Medha Ganmukhi (1-978-287-4701) to sign up.
Come help plan Chinese New Year fete
The Carlisle Cultural Council, in collaboration with master artist and Carlisle resident Chiao Bin Huang, is planning a Chinese New Year Celebration slated for February 2005 (the Year of the Rooster). The Council welcomes community input and support. Anyone who wants to volunteer or offer ideas is urged to attend a planning meeting November 9 at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room at Gleason Public Library. For more information, contact Patti Hartigan at 1-978-318-3997, or
Presentation on Massachusetts Forests of the Past
What did Carlisle look like during the colonial era? How was land used during the 1800's? Curious? Join Brian Donahue for a historical discussion about forests before our time at the Gleason Public Library on November 3rd at 7p.m.
Brian Donahue is the Meyerhoff chair in American Environmental Studies at Brandeis University. He has been active in land conservation and sustainable farming and forestry movements. He co-founded a nonprofit community farm in Weston, Mass. called Land's Sake and was Director of Education at the Land Institute. He has authored several books including, Reclaiming the Commons: Community Farms and Forests in a New England Town, and recently, The Great Meadow: Farmers and the Land in Colonial Concord. The event starts promptly at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room, Gleason Public Library. This event is held as part of the Carlisle Forests: Past, Present, and Future program series sponsored by the Gleason Public Library and Carlisle Conservation Commission. Funds were provided by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library and through a grant from the USDA Forest Service and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
CPAG sponsors lecture on "Naturally Beautiful Gardens"
Carlisle residents are invited to a free public slide lecture on "Naturally Beautiful Gardens: Adventures in Landscape Ecology," sponsored by the Carlisle Pesticide Awareness Group (CPAG) in association with the Carlisle Board of Health and the First Religious Society Environmental Action Committee. The talk will be held in Union Hall, at the First Religious Society, from 10 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, November 13.
Two local landscape designers will present a slide lecture about landscaping methods safe for your family and for the environment. The designers will share some interesting history on lawns and landscapes, as well as specific information about our town's ecological profile. The talk will provide inspiration as well as helpful tips for making wildlife-friendly gardens, conserving the town's aquifers, avoiding the use of toxic chemicals, tips for reducing yard work, and more.
Dori Smith, M.A., M.Ed., is a landscape designer, writer, and educator. She is accredited in organic land care by the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), and a member of several local ecological, environmental and horticultural organizations. Her business, Gardens for Life, based in Acton, specializes in designs and installation of non-toxic, low-maintenance and drought-tolerant landscapes, as well as peaceful bird, butterfly, and hummingbird gardens. Her article entitled "Reinventing Habitat: Designing a landscape to satisfy birds, butterflies, earthworms — and humans" appeared in the March, 2004 issue of Sanctuary Magazine, published by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. She offers workshops on topics related to "Nature and Human Nature," "Gardening for Life," and "Sanctuary Gardens."
Mary L. Whitney, a landscape designer and planner from Littleton, MA, is a member of the state's Department of Conservation and Recreation's Low-Impact Development (LID) Working Group, a group that is working on low-cost ways that homeowners, towns, and developers can reduce storm run-off, protect local water resources, and preserve open space. She has worked on a variety of design and planning projects, including open space planning, bike paths, and wellhead protection. She specializes in ecological design, land use planning, and public education and outreach. An avid naturalist and birdwatcher, Ms. Whitney is a member of the Nashua River Watershed Association, the New England Wildflower Society, the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and the Brookline Bird Club.
For information, visit CPAG's website
The "Buzz" now on-line
From now on the Buzz will be on-line at the Carlisle Public Schools web-site, For a printed copy of the Buzz, call the school at 1-978-369-6550.
"Gifted 101" conference in Acton
"Gifted 101" conference for parents and teachers of academically advanced, highly motivated, gifted and talented students will be held on Saturday, November 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (sign-in begins at 8 a.m.), at Voyagers Institute, 530 Main Street, Acton. The keynote speaker is Kathi Kearney, M.A. Ed., a nationally recognized expert on gifted education. She will give two presentations on identifying, evaluating, and meeting the needs of gifted and talented students. Additional breakout session topics include gifted students with learning disabilities, working with schools, plus Q&A with parent and student panels. The cost is $60 registered, $70 walk-in. Parents can bring a child's teacher for an additional $45. For more info and registration form, visit or e-mail
Concord Antiques Show returns
The annual Concord Antiques Show, sponsored by the Trinitarian Congregational Church, will be held on Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6 at the Congregational Church, Walden Street, Concord. The Antique Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The Tri-Con coffee shop will be open during the show serving delicious soups, sandwiches and homemade desserts.
The Antique Show features 45 carefully selected exhibitors from throughout the Northeast displaying a variety of quality antiques from furniture and oriental rugs to paintings and ceramics. Admission to the show is $6 per person. All of the net proceeds are donated to Concord and other Greater Boston Area outreach programs.
In addition, door prizes will be offered. For information, call 1-978-369-4837.
Children's Meetinghouse Open House
The Children's Meetinghouse (TCM), an early childhood development program celebrating its 20th anniversary, will host an open house for interested parents on Saturday, November 6 from 9 until 11 a.m. TCM is located in a renovated farmhouse at 1413 Lowell Road, across from the Middlesex School in Concord. TCM has programs for children four months to two years nine months in the infant/toddler room and for children aged two years nine months through age five in the pre-school rooms. Approximately half the current enrollment are children from Carlisle.
Littleton Coffeehouse performance
The Kennedys, an exciting pop-folk duo with amazing guitar work and wonderful harmonies, will perform at the Firehouse Coffeehouse at the First Church Unitarian, Littleton, at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5. Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at the Minor Chord in Acton, via their website at workspace/coffee.html or by calling 1-978-742-9957. Proceeds benefit the First Church Unitarian in Littleton.
Jazz concert at Westford Museum
The Bob Johnson Trio will provide an evening of cool jazz on Friday, November 12 at 8 p.m., playing old standards, including works by Johnny Mercer, Louis Bonfa, Henry Mancini, Ray Noble and Neal Hefti on two guitars and bass. Doors open 7:00 p.m. and concert starts at 8:00 p.m. at the Westford Museum, 2 Boston Road, Westford. Members of the Westford Historical Society $9; non-members $12; teens $5; under 13 free. Reservations recommended 1-978-692-5550 or Web page:
Concord Orchestra family concert
On December 5, there will be two family concert performances of the Concord Orchestra at 2 and 4 p.m. at 51 Walden Street, Concord. Jack Williams of CBS-4 News will narrate the well-loved Peter and the Wolf. Concord children's choirs will sing Traditional Christmas in a beautiful arrangement by orchestra member Pamela J. Marshall. Conductor Richard Pittman will also direct Schuman's Circus Overture — Sideshow for Orchestra and Antheil's Tom Sawyer to round out this playful program. Tickets are $13, $11 seniors, $9 children and students. For reservations call 1-978-369-4967. For more information, visit
Call for artists at new exhibition space
The Concord Council on Aging Arts announces the first Call for Artists to exhibit at the newly renovated Harvey Wheeler Community Center (HWCC). Area visual artists are invited to bring three original, two-dimensional examples of their work to HWCC, 1276 Main Street, for an open juried competition. Drop off is on Friday, November 5 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All work must be picked up on Friday, November 12, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call the COA at 1-978-318-3020.

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