The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 18, 2005

The Mosquito needs new blood

If you have a few hours a month, as well as a burning curiosity to know what really goes on in town, the Mosquito could use you. Reporters are needed for various town committees, such as Board of Health, which meets the first Thursday of the month, and Planning Board, which meets the second and fourth Monday of the month.

The paper will train you and give you the support you need. If you are interested, or just have questions, call news editor Maya Liteplo at 1-978-369-7848, or call the paper at 1-978-369-8313 and leave a message.

Reception for artists and community at Gleason on March 19

The Friends of the Gleason Public Library invite exhibiting artists and the community to a reception to celebrate the current art show at the library entitled "The Essence of Carlisle." This show highlights the artistic creativity of Carlisle in celebration of Carlisle's bicentennial. The reception will be held on Saturday, March 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Hollis Room, on the library's third floor.

Also on display is a photo exhibit entitled "People of Carlisle" funded by the Carlisle Cultural Council. Curator Conni Manoli-Skocay will be available at the reception to discuss this exhibit.

It's time to talk trash

Save April 9 for the annual Mosquito Trash Party. It will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. This town-wide clean-up is sponsored by the newspaper, but it depends on town residents who volunteer part of their Saturday morning to help keep Carlisle clean. Please join in and reserve a street to clean. Stop by at the booth, next to Ferns for a supply of empty trash bags and refreshments.

Those who reserve a street may leave the filled trash bags on the side of the road, and they will be picked up after noon. Volunteers with pickup trucks are needed to help between 12 and 1 p.m.for the trash bag round-up.

To reserve a street or volunteer for truck duty, call Abha Singhal at 1-978-287-1429 or e-mail her at:

Gleason offers basic computer instruction

The Gleason Public Library is accepting sign-ups for Basic Computer Instruction workshops. The workshops will cover introduction to the use of the computer equipment and computer terminology, basic Internet use, and use of the library web site and catalog. There are six spaces available for each workshop. Workshops will be held from 10 -11:30 a.m. on April 13, May 11, and June 8.

In addition, basic computer tutoring sessions will be held April 4, 5, 6, May 2, 3, 4, and June 6, 7, 8. These sessions will be held from 7 - 7:45 p.m. Those who prefer focusing on either basic computer use, basic Internet use, or using the library web site and catalog may signup for a one-on-one session.

All computer workshops/training sessions are free and will be held at the Gleason Public Library. Registrations are required. Drop by or call the Gleason Public Library reference desk at 1-978-369-4898.

Council on Aging Events

Carlisle Health and Wellness Fair: Come to the Carlisle Health and Wellness Fair on March 19 at the Hollis Room of the Gleason Library from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The fair is sponsored by the Carlisle Board of Health in conjunction with Emerson Hospital. There will be free screenings (cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, PSA, thyroid) and free information on topics such as osteoporosis, cancer, sun protection, Lyme disease and diabetes. Some tests require a 12-hour fast. Call the Board of Health for more information at 1-978-369-0283.

Personal Financial Issues Course: Al Cedurlund, Professor of Economics, emeritus, at University of Massachusetts, Lowell, will offer a free course to Carlisle seniors on four Wednesdays from March 23 to April 13 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Sleeper Room. Topics to be discussed include retirement issues including Social Security and pensions; investment alternatives such as CDs, stocks and bonds; health care concerns; as well as automobile financing. Students will also be encouraged to discuss issues that concern them. To register, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 with any questions.

Save April 21: Join the COA for lunch and a slide show on the upcoming COA Rhine and Moselle River tour. After lunch, William Stare of Premier World Tours will present a slide show featuring Germany and Prague, with views of Frankfurt, Rudesheim, Bernkastel, Bamberg, Wurzgurg, Heidelburg, Miltenberg and Zell.

Bidding is free for CEF/CSA Auction items

By the time this appears, the CEF/CSA Auction may be sold out. But don't despair - one can still can bid on over 150 items on-line or through the free auction preview from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Saturday March 19, at the Middlesex School in Concord. One can win vacations in Martha's Vineyard, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont or Colorado; bid on hand-made art and furniture made by local artists (including Carlisle school students), or win golf, tennis, or fishing lessons. For children, one can win the chance to be assistant principal for a day, have a birthday party, attend a sporting event, or go miniature golfing with a favorite teacher. Check out the possibilities on-line at

Preparing children to be great readers

On Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. Mary Leonhardt will present the first adult program as part of the Babies and Books, Early Childhood Grant program at Gleason Public Library. What helps kids fall in love with books? Come and listen and then take part in a discussion. Mary Leonhardt is the author of six books on literacy issues, a high school English teacher for the last thirty-three years, twenty-five at Concord-Carlisle High School, and a parent of three children.

Boy Scout fertilizer and birdseed sale

Carlisle Boy Scout Troop 135 is holding its annual fertilizer and birdseed sale. The Scouts will be at the transfer station and in Ferns' parking lot on March 19 to take orders. The boys will also be phoning past customers. The products will be delivered to customer homes on April 2. Proceeds from the sale plus donations help to defray the costs of Troop 135's many programs.

Calling all coats

This spring, the Carlisle seventh grade will perfom the musical Grease, and the costume committee is seeking items of '50s style clothing for use in the production. Specifically, the committee would like to borrow: a prom dress, flashy men's suit jackets, tuxedos, and black leather jackets. Anyone who has one of these items they can loan, please call Kathleen Marsh at 1-978-287-5664, or e-mail

Open-burning season has new permit regulations

The fire department has instituted a new procedure for the issuance of open burning permits.

Home owners wishing to obtain an open burning permit for the 2005 season (January 15 - April 30) will need to go to the communications center in the police station located at 41 Lowell Street to register. This will only need to be done once and there will be no fee. The home owners will receive a copy of the "Open Burning Permit Rules & Regulations" and a "Home owner Registration Form," and a home owner registration number is assigned. All rules regarding open burning still apply. Once the home owner has a registration number, a call to the fire department (1-978-369-1442 ) on the day of desired burning is all that needs to be done to obtain a permit. Home owners must keep the registration that is issued containing the rules and number. Registration numbers are assigned to the home owner for as long as they reside at the same address. In order to obtain a permit to burn the home owner must be registered.

Questions? Call the Fire Prevention office and leave a message at 1-978-287-0072.

Student/faculty basketball fundraiser go on sale Monday

Tickets for the Carlisle student/ faculty basketball game on Thursday evening, April 7 will be available beginning Monday, March 21. Students can purchase tickets from their homeroom teachers. Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $6 for students. All checks must be made payable to the Concord Teachers Association (CTA) Scholarship fund. Tickets will also be available at the door the evening of the game, but students are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to avoid lines at the door. The game will be played in Concord, in the Concord-Carlisle High School gymnasium. Last year's game was a huge success.

CC Scholarship Fund phonathon

On Sunday, March 20,

In 2004, 87 grants for a total of $91,375 were awarded (42 to graduating seniors for a total of $44,875 and 47 to in-college students for a total of $46,500). An additional $33,650 was also awarded by CCSF-affiliated organizations. The combined amount of $125,025 still leaves CCSF over one million dollars short of the applicants' defined need.

For further information, visit the web site:

Carlisle will hold hearing on school choice

Beginning in 1994, every city, town or regional school district is required to enroll non-resident students under the school choice program, unless the school committee votes prior to June 1 not to participate. The section of the law states in part, ". . . this obligation to enroll non-resident students shall not apply to a district for a school year in which its school committee, prior to June first, after a public hearing, adopts a resolution withdrawing from said obligation, for the school year beginning the following September.

In accordance with said law, the Carlisle School Committee invites Carlisle residents to a Public Hearing on School Choice, to be held at 8 p.m. in the Ruth C. Wilkins Library in the Robbins Building on the Carlisle School campus on Wednesday, April 6.

Sign up for Foss Farm garden plots

Community garden plots are available at the Foss Farm conservation land. The 450-square-feet community garden plots are available for $5 per plot, maximum of two plots per family. Bob Dennison continues to manage the Foss Farm Community Gardens.

To obtain a garden plot assignment, send a check payable to the Town of Carlisle by April 1. Include your name, address, telephone number, registration numbers of the vehicles that will be used at the gardens, along with a stamped, self-addressed return envelope to: Bob Dennison, 165 Stearns Street, Carlisle.

Community Swim Center raffles car

Take a chance to win a red MINI Convertible, and benefit the Concord Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center at the same time. The Swim and Health Center, set to open December 2005, is being designed and built with private donations by C. C. Pools, Inc. Upon completion, it will be given to the Town of Concord, and will be available to everyone in the towns of Concord and Carlisle. The Center will be located across the main driveway from CCHS on the high school campus. The MINI OPEN was donated by Concord residents, Liz and Warren Waugh of the Lyon-Waugh Auto Group.

Only 999 tickets are available. To purchase tickets, call the C.C. Pools' office at 978-371-4936. The winner of the MINI Cooper OPEN will be drawn on June.

To learn more, visit the CC Pools web site at:

Local authors to sign new Carlisle book

Members of the Carlisle Historical Society's Arcadia Committee will be at Ferns Country Store on Saturday, March 19, to sign copies of their new book, Images of America: Carlisle. The authors — Ellen Miller, Ginny Mills, Ellen Huber, Conni Manoli-Skocay, Helen Lyons and Stephanie Upton — will be on hand from 1 until 3 p.m. The book-signing at Ferns is a first for Carlisle, according to store owner Larry Bearfield.

The book is available at Ferns for $19.99 and features historical images from the late 1800s to 1950. It chronicles the town's history, traces its changing landscape, celebrates it continuing traditions, and salutes the residents who shaped it.

The authors will also appear at the Gleason Public Library on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the book and sign copies. The original event was cancelled because of a snowstorm.

Learn how to save the local farm

Farmers, local officials, and related organizations who care about preserving agriculture in Middlesex County are invited to come hear from other farmers how they have organized Agricultural Commissions in their own hometowns, and why they think Commissions are helpful to the agricultural community. Doug Gillespie, Commissioner of MDAR, will speak on March 31, at the Concord Natural Resources Office in the Department of Planning and Land Management Building at 141 Keyes Road off Main Street. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the first-floor conference room. If you cannot attend but want to learn more, contact Mary Greendale at 1-508-429-2813 or

Acton Barn Night at O'Naturals

Friends of the Acton Barn Cooperative Nursery School are invited to eat, drink and be merry at a Community Night on March 30 at O'Naturals Restaurant on Route 2A in Acton. Ten percent of all proceeds between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. will be donated to the Barn. Come and enjoy the freshly prepared food, much of which is organic, in this eco-friendly environment. Check out the photography of Barn parent, Iain Kerr, CEO of Ocean Alliance, who will be on hand to tell the stories behind the photos. Ten percent of the photography sales will also go to the Barn.

For more information, call Jennifer Campbell at 1-978-263-0481 or Karen Porter at 1-978-929-2544.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the Old Manse

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at The Old Manse on Sunday, March 20, at 2 p.m. Gaelic performer Caera will give a concert in the parlor of this historic home at 269 Monument Street in Concord.

Caera is a singer, harper, and writer who plays a clairseach, a brass-strung harp modeled after medieval harps from Ireland, and sings in all three Gaelic languages (Irish, Scottish, and Manx) as well as other languages. She has a particularly strong interest in the sean-nos singing tradition of Ireland, and has studied this style in the Boston area and in Ireland. She also has a strong interest in the puirt-a-beul (mouth music) singing tradition in Scotland, and has studied this style in the Boston area. Finally, Caera writes her own original songs, in English as well as in Irish Gaelic.

The concert at The Old Manse is in a small, intimate venue. Admission for this special event is $12 per person. Seating is limited, and advance reservations are required. Call 1-978-369-3909 to reserve a space. A $2 discount will be offered to attendees who are "wearing the green."

Built in 1770, this National Historic Landmark is a property of The Trustees of Reservations. The Old Manse tour season begins this year on Friday, April 15. Visit for more information about the site.

Flea market in Concord

First Parish in Concord will hold a flea market on Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 20 Lexington Road, rain or shine. This giant flea market offers great buys on antiques, furniture, jewelry, kitchen goods, toys and more. The snack and lunch bar offers tasty treats throughout the day. Admission is free and the building is handicapped-accessible. Tax deductible donations of furniture and other items will be accepted Friday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 1-978-369-9602. Proceeds go to outreach programs of the Women's Parish Association.

Pop Warner cheerleading begins

Concord-Carlisle Pop Warner will be registering children interested in cheerleading. This program is offered for children between the ages of 8-13 (by July 31). There are no tryouts. It is first come, first served. Practice begins the second week of August. It will be held three times a week in August and then twice a week in September and October in the early evening. The games are on Sundays. The program runs from August through October/early November, depending on the schedule. An informational session will be held on Sunday, March 20, 2 to 3 p.m. in the little theatre at CCHS. All those interested in the program are encouraged to attend. Registration packages will be available at that time. The number of squads will be determined by the number of registrants and coaches. More help is needed! Come cheer on the Patriots! Questions? Contact Barbara Fadden at 978-369-3030 or

Assistance available from Aid to Elderly and Disabled Fund

The Senior Tax Advisory Committee (STAC) announces that financial assistance is available to seniors. Applications will be accepted for the Aid to Elderly and Disabled Voluntary Taxation Fund through the end of March. The intent of this fund is to assist those in need.

Application forms are available at the Council on Aging office in Town Hall or by calling 1-978-371-2895.

Eligible recipients include: 1.Those who have not applied for Clause 18 relief or other tax relief in the current or past year. 2. A resident of Carlisle who is a property owner in Carlisle and is 65 years or older at the time the application is filed. 3. A resident of Carlisle who is a property owner in Carlisle who meets the criteria for the definition of disabled as it is applied to eligibility for tax relief under clauses 41A/41C/17/18/22/37. 4. Combined household income must not exceed 200% of the poverty level, and total assets not to exceed $50,000 excluding the Carlisle residence.

All applications and other information submitted to the Committee will be kept confidential. Any applicant may request a hearing.

Publicity workshop in Westford

A publicity workshop will be offered at Roudenbush Community Center, 65 Main Street in Westford, from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 2. A fee of $75/$78 for non-Westford residents includes a list of area media, a press release checklist, and a 35-page Do-It-Yourself Publicity Kit.

UPI Award-winning journalist Kathleen Veth, a former editor of The Chelmsford Independent, will show participants how to determine what newspapers want, how to create and fund positive publicity events, build and use a database, prepare and submit press releases and photos, design a brochure and more. For more information, go to To register, call 1-978-692-5511 or visit

Folk music concert at Kerem Shalom

Kerem Shalom in Concord will present the second in a three-part concert series with an "Evening of Folk Music" on March 19 at 8 p.m. This concert will include a lively combination of Bluegrass, Blues, Country and Celtic music as well as original compositions.

Thirteen-year-old duo of Adam Morse and Etienne Cremieux will be playing bluegrass banjo and fiddle. These highly talented youngsters have appeared at a number of bluegrass festivals and will provide a lively performance at Saturday's concert.

Congregation Kerem Shalom is located 659 Elm Street in Concord. Tickets are available at the door for $15 and $5 for children under 12. For additional information, call 1-978-369-1223.

The Ball will roll

The Patriot's Ball is coming to Concord on Saturday, April 16. The Ball will be held from 7:30 p.m. to midnight at the National Guard Armory on Everett Street. The night's entertainment will include live music from the nine-piece band "The Colours," (who specialize in swing and '40s music), as well as special colonial fife and drum

selections. There will be refreshments, door prizes, and a cash bar. The evening concludes with a Grand March of patriotic and military songs, followed by a walk to Concord center to see Samuel Prescott ride again. (Bring comfortable shoes and a warm coat for this walk.) Tickets will be $20 per person. Tickets are non-refundable and no one under 21 may be admitted. To reserve tickets call Pam D'Ambrosio at 1-978- 371-0292.

Carlisle Bicentennial bridge championships

The Carlisle Bicentennial Committee will conduct three Contract Bridge Championships during the Bicentennial year of 2005: a Rubber Bridge Pairs event, a Duplicate Pairs event, and a Team-of-Four event. Prizes will be awarded to winners in each category.

The first event, a Rubber Bridge Pairs Championship, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 28, at the Sleeper Community Room, 145 Church Street. The winner will be the pair who scores the highest total number of points in 24 hands of bridge. In this competition, each hand stands alone, with scoring according to rubber bridge guidelines. Prior to the event, at 6:30 p.m., there will be a lesson on bidding given by a prominent teacher and tournament bridge player.

Entries for this event are requested by March 25; however, the event director can accept late entries up to the date of the event. Entry fees are $5 per player. One person of each pair must be from Carlisle or one of the towns from which portions of Carlisle were originally formed: Concord, Acton, Billerica, and Chelmsford. Individuals without partners are invited to participate with partnerships arranged by the director.

For further information, or to enter an event, call Roy Green at 1-978-318-0904 or send e-mail to

Stay tuned for details on the Duplicate Pairs and Team-of-Four Championships.

Concord-Carlisle Pop Warner Football

Concord Carlisle Pop Warner Football, a program dedicated to tackle football for children in grades 4-8, will be accepting applications for second season teams. Applications should be postmarked no sooner than March 21st but will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications and information are available at: or at Hunt Gym or email ccflagfootball

Dance therapy class for cancer survivors

A new therapeutic Saturday morning dance workshop will be held at Emerson Hospital starting on April 23. The six-week program entitled "I Hope You'll Dance" is designed especially for women and men who are fighting, recovering, and living with cancer. The classes will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Donaldson Conference Room in the John Cuming Building.

The instructor, Susan Osofsky-Ross is a cancer survivor and dance teacher/choreographer who has worked at the Boston Ballet School and conducted similar workshops at Lesley College, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the South Shore Hospital.

In order to be responsive and respectful to each individual's personal needs, the enrollment in the workshop is limited to ten participants. For more information on "I Hope You'll Dance," or to register, call Susan Osofsky-Ross at 1-781-961-3268 or Lori Noonan at 1-978-287-3237.

Blood drive at St. Irene Church on March 26

The uncertainty of the times in which we live requires a new commitment to maintain a 5 - 10 day community blood supply.That is why the Carlisle community, the Carlisle Knights of Columbus and the American Red Cross are teaming up to help ensure that a safe and adequate blood supply is available when needed. Donate blood on Saturday, March 26 at St. Irene Church, 181 East Street, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

It only takes about an hour of time - and one small pinch - to become a hero to someone in need. Giving the "Gift of Life" is one way to help those in need. Anyone 17 years of age or older, weighing 110 pounds or more and feeling in good health, may be eligible to donate blood. Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) with any questions about donating blood, or visit our website at:

Gloria Wald to talk to parents about problem-solving

Having difficulty with the typical (and sometimes annoying) problems that children present their parents on a fairly regular basis? Join Gloria Wald at the Gleason Public Library on Tuesday, April 26, at 6:45 p.m. as she leads a workshop on problem-solving for parents with children aged birth to seven. Participants will discuss simple solutions to issues relating to discipline and guidance, encouraging self-esteem, sleeping and eating, emerging independence, and more. On display (and listed in a bibliography) will be a number of parenting books that the presenter has used successfully. Come join the group with questions as well as positive success stories to share with each other.

After receiving degrees from Brandeis University and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Gloria Wald spent twelve years teaching in early childhood education and K-3 settings. She travels throughout New England giving workshops and presentations to parents and educators on a range of topics dealing with the empowerment of young children. Her teaching philosophy can be found at

This talk is part of the library's Babies and Books program, funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Events for May and June will be announced in the coming weeks. Visit for other library events.

Don't miss story time at the Gleason Library

The Gleason Public Library will offer story times sessions beginning on April 4. For the 2-and 3-year-old groups, children must be 2 by April 8. For the 3- to 4-year old groups, children must be three by April 5 and for the 4- to 6-year-old groups children must be five by October 3, 2005.

The 3-to-4 year-old groups will meet either Tuesday morning from 10:30 to 11 a.m or Thursday afternoon from 1:30 to 2 p.m. The 4- to 6-year-old session will meet on Monday afternoon from 1:30 to 2 p.m. These sessions will run through the week of May 23 with the exception of April vacation week. The session for 2 to 3 year-olds (with parent or caregiver) will be offered on Friday morning for six weeks with the exception of April vacation.

In-person registration for the spring story times sessions will begin at 10 a.m on Saturday, March 26. Phone registrations will be taken beginning at 11 a.m. For more information, call the children's department at the library at 1-978-369-4898.

For our youngest patrons, there will be story times for ages 0-2 on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. These story times will be drop-in and will run for six weeks with no session during the April school vacation. Note that no registration is necessary for these story times.

Other Drop-in opportunities include: Friday March 25, 3:30, ages 2-4 and the monthly drop-in PJ story times for ages 3 at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month with the next story time scheduled for April 6.

Register for Concord Carlisle Youth Lacrosse

Last call to register for the 2005 spring season of youth lacrosse. Registration forms are available in the Gleason Library. CC Youth Lacrosse is open to boys in grades 3 through 8 and girls in grades 5 through 8. Questions? Call Lorraine Stone at 1-978-371-3069 or e-mail to

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