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Friday, April 1, 2005

The Mosquito would love to hear from you

The Mosquito will hold its annual editorial review meeting on Monday, April 4, at 8 p.m. at the newspaper office at 872 Westford Street. This meeting is held to allow the public to express any concerns, criticisms or questions regarding the paper. Editors, as well as members of the newspaper's board of directors, will be on hand to listen to your comments. In the past, issues raised at the editorial meeting have helped us refine our newspaper policy, so come to this informal meeting and let us know what you think. If you have any questions, call Penny Zezima at 1-978-369-8941.

April 9 Trash Party needs drivers, pickers

Weather and road conditions permitting, the annual Mosquito Trash Party is scheduled for Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to noon. Get on the guest list by contacting Abha Singhal at 1-978-287-1429 or Abhasinghal Let us know where you will be working, or stop by the parking lot next to Ferns that morning for refreshments, grab a trash bag (or two), choose from the list of "unclaimed" streets in need of cleaning, and set off on a hike that benefits us all.

High school students can earn community service credits, and if you have a truck but are unable to attend that morning, we can use your help later in the day transporting the "pickings" to the transfer station.

Clear your calendar, find the gloves, and join us at the party.

PRESSING APPOINTMENT. Printmaker Lonnie Harvey will hold an open studio, along with the other artists at the Highland Studios, on Saturday and Sunday. (Courtesy photo)

Parents dine on potluck while middle schoolers attend FNL tonight

The Carlisle Youth Commission is running its annual food drive this month. All students who attend the April 1 Friday Night Live should 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 $1.

Parents of all Carlisle Middle School students who are attending Friday Night Live on April 1 are cordially invited to a potluck supper tonight from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in Union Hall at the First Religious Society (FRS), across Church Street from the school. Bring a main dish, vegetable, salad or desert; the FRS will provide soft drinks, cider and coffee. Come and enjoy a night out, meeting some of the parents of other Carlisle Middle School students — without the kids watching over you.

Pizza and soda will be 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, call Karen Huntress at 1-978-371-9284.

"What's Up Doc?": final talk sponsored by three churches

"What's Up Doc?" is the title of a Caring Conversations seminar to be presented by Minuteman Senior Services in partnership with the three churches in Carlisle. This program is designed to assist family and friends who have concerns or who care for an elder to get the most from their conversations with medical professionals. It will be held Tuesday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Religious Society, 27 School Street in Carlisle. The event is free and open to the public.

Participants will learn what to do before, during, and after visiting the doctor to become a partner in healthcare decision-making. Leading this Caring Conversation will be Michele Hughes, Caregiver Specialist at Minuteman Senior Services. Michele is a registered physical therapist with 23 years of experience in a variety of healthcare settings.

To register for this talk, call Nadine Bishop at 1-978-369-5080, Paula Trebino at 1-978-369-9001 or Deb Pichulo at 1-978-369-7830.

Order Carlisle fashions in time for spring

Spring is finally here and so is the Carlisle School Association Annual Spring Fashion Sale. Stock up on Carlisle fashions and display hometown pride by supporting the CSA's spring fundraiser.

The 2005 edition of the "Names T-shirt," with all the names of Carlisle School students and staff listed, is now available. There is also a great variety of Carlisle wear, including a special Father's Day T-shirt, tie-dyed shirts, long- and short-sleeved t-shirts, sweats, and extra long mesh shorts.

Order forms were sent home with this week's Buzz and are available at Ferns, the Gleason Public Library, and Town Hall. The order deadline is Friday, April 15. All profits directly support the schools. For more information, call Dan Jacques at 1-978-371-6411 or Wendy Powell at 1-978-287-0876.

Spring Social for Brownies

The Carlisle and Concord First Grade Brownies will host the annual Spring Social for Carlisle and Concord Girl Scouts on Sunday, April 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Concord Scout House on Walden Street. Caravan Puppets will present a program that includes a puppet-making workshop and a show called "Timeless Tales." Tickets are $10 per adult/child pair. If you are interested in attending, get in touch with Heather Hedden at or 1-978-371-0822.

Contra dance canceled

The contra dance normally held in Union Hall on the second Friday of each month will not be held in April, due to a conflict with the New England Folk Festival.

This is not your mother's Grease

Rehearsals for the seventh grade play are underway. This year's play will be Grease, A New 50s Rock 'n Roll Musical (school version). It's the story of a boy who's "too cool" and a girl who's "not so hot." They fall in love over summer vacation, but when they unexpectedly start the school year at the same place, the trouble begins. They get into fights and all kinds of unexpected events happen, but at the end of the show, everyone lives happily ever after.

This year, the directors are our own Megan Fitzharris, music teacher at the Carlisle School, as well as Joe Carpenito, a high school student at CCHS. He is one of the DJs at the Carlisle Middle School dances and the assistant director for this year's play.

Some kids don't enjoy being in the spotlight, but they still contribute to the play. They are working on backstage, lighting or sound crews. Other seventh graders have joined one of the many other committees, like costumes, make-up or props.

Right now, play rehearsals are going on every day after school and participants are getting their costumes ready and nailing down scenes. The producers are Annie Halvorsen, Susan Mills, Stephanie Smith, and Paula von Kleydorff, and their job is to make sure everything is running smoothly.

Performances will be on April 12 at 3:30 p.m., and April 13

Police Department to participate in Road Respect Mobilization

The Carlisle Police Department will be joining 264 other local police departments and the Massachusetts State Police in the 2005 Road Respect Mobilization. This program is being sponsored by the Governor's Highway Safety Bureau (GHSB).

There will be extra patrols on the roadway from April 4 throughout April 17 targeting aggressive driving. Examples of aggressive driving include tailgating, turning without signaling, rolling through stop signs and excessive speed. This behavior behind the wheel is not only unsafe for everyone, but causes other drivers to become aggressive.

The Carlisle Police Department and other Massachusetts law enforcement agencies recommend the following 10 tips to reduce aggressive driving:

• Obey posted speed limits. Allow extra travel time for traffic and bad weather.
• Always signal your intentions when turning or changing lanes.
• Come to a full stop at red lights and stop signs.
• Never run yellow lights.
• Let other drivers pass and merge as necessary.
• On multi-lane highways, use the left lane for passing only.
• Avoid distracted driving, especially if using a cell phone.
• Refrain from unnecessary use of your horn.
• Pay attention to the special needs of those who drive trucks, buses, ride motorcycles and bicycles and pedestrians.
• Wear your safety belt. It is your best defense against an aggressive driver.

If an incident does occur and you are confronted by an aggressive driver, control your anger to avoid escalating the situation. Attempt to safely get out of his or her way and avoid eye contact or obscene gestures. Attempt to get a description of the vehicle and operator involved, as well as the vehicle's registration. Then contact your local police department.

Conservation Coffee on April 12

The Tuesday, April 12 Conservation Coffee will be devoted to agriculture. The coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 West Street, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Two long-time Carlisle residents will discuss a few new possibilities. Jeff Toscano, active in area towns in their efforts to set up an Agricultural Commission, will discuss the benefits to Carlisle of such a commission. Additionally, Gail Constable has agreed to investigate the possibility of establishing a farmer's market in Carlisle and will be available to discuss this and to hear ideas.

Carlisle Conservation Coffees are regularly held on the second Tuesday of the month. Their purpose is to provide an informal opportunity for residents to discuss a wide range of land use, conservation and environmental issues. The coffees end promptly at 9 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Continental breakfast is provided. The next Conservation Coffees will be held on May 10 and June 14.

Understanding your preadolescent child

Preadolescence is a developmental transition in the life of children that occurs roughly from the ages of 9-13. It involves tremendous hormonal change, as well as intellectual, emotional and social changes. Since these sudden changes are mainly internal and invisible to the eye, most children and parents are unprepared for the effects. Preadolescence, therefore, presents significant challenges both to children and parents.

On Thursday, April 7, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Alcott School Auditorium, Chris Gill, M.S., LISW, who is the Alcott School social worker and a private psychotherapist, will discuss the effects of these powerful preadolescent changes on your child and will help you to navigate your way through this important developmental stage. This talk is geared for parents of preadolescent children, particularly fourth and fifth graders. It is free and open to the public. Call the Center for Parents and Teachers at 1-978-202-1146 for more information.

Come to the Highland open studios

Plan to stop in and see the work of the artists at the Highland Studios, 113 School Street on Saturday, April 2, from noon to 5 p.m., or Sunday, April 3, afternoon from 1 to 5 p.m.

Exquisite silk scarves, photo cards and watercolors, hardwood salad sets, replica knives for the executive, or long-handled spoons for the gourmet are just some of the wares for sale.

Amazing botanical watercolors and an exhibit of western scenes bring color to early spring. Make the short expedition to Highland Studios to see them.

Emerson Umbrella offers vacation week art adventure in April

Looking forward to April vacation week with its chorus of "Mom, I'm bored," and, "There's nothing to do?" Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts has the solution — sign the kids up for the "Most Excellent Boredom-Busting Vacation Week Art Adventure," a special program for children ages 6 to 10. They can join some of Emerson Umbrella's talented teachers for a week full of creative activities. Painting, drawing, dancing, drumming, woodworking, clay there's something for everybody during this exciting four-day program.

The program will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Friday on April 19 to 22. Participants should bring a lunch; juice and snack will be provided. Tuition is $250. Registration must be received by April 8. For more information and to register, call 1-978-371-0820 or e-mail

Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge opens

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service opened the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) to the public on Saturday, March 26. Assabet River NWR was established in 2000 when the U.S. Army transferred 2,230 acres to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The refuge is located approximately 20 miles west of Boston within the towns of Hudson, Maynard, Stow and Sudbury and provides significant habitat for wildlife, including several species considered threatened or endangered by the state of Massachusetts.

Approximately 5 miles of trails will be open for wildlife observation and photography. Current access to the refuge is through the main entrance off Hudson Road in Sudbury. From the east, head west on Hudson Road, turn north (right) into the parking lot of the Sudbury, Marlborough State Forest in Sudbury. From the west, head east on Hudson Road passing the Massachusetts State Fire Academy, turn north into the State Forest parking lot. From the north, take Rt. 27 south to Fairbanks Road, south (right) onto Fairbanks Road, follow to Hudson Road, turn right and follow directions driving west to the entrance. Additional parking and access is planned in the future. Access and user fees are planned but will be instituted at a later date.

A formal refuge opening is planned for May 21. Mark your calendars for a day of celebration filled with activities including music, tours, refreshments, exhibits and guest speakers. Visit For further information, contact Refuge Manager Debra Kimbrell-Anderson at 1-978-443-4661, ext. 16 or Outdoor Recreation Planner Michael Dixon 1-978-443-4661, ext. 34.

Volunteers needed at The Old Manse

The Old Manse, the Emerson-Ripley-Hawthorne historic house museum on Monument Street in Concord, is seeking volunteers to help with a variety of projects. In particular, if you are or anyone you know is looking for community service credit, then The Old Manse has several enjoyable opportunities.

The Old Manse will open for the season on April 15 this year, but volunteers are welcomed year-round. For example, may be you would like to do some raking or pruning during our annual spring cleanup day on April 7. Or, if you would like to spend a few hours helping out during the Patriot's Day events, help is needed on April 18.

Other volunteer positions include gardener (in the 19th century herb and/or perennial gardens) or bookstore assistant (in our museum shop, helping visitors with purchases). If you have special interests, we may be able to match those with our needs. For more information or to sign up, contact Deborah Kreiser-Francis, Historic Site Manager, at 1-978-369-3909 or

Donate old bicycles

Do you have old bicycles gathering dust in your basement or garage? If so, bring them to the Carlisle Middle School parking lot on April 9 between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bikes Not Bombs, a non-profit organization, will be there at 3 p.m. to pick up the bicycles and redistribute them to people in need all over the world. By donating your bikes, you will help aid community development and provide alternative transportation to countries in need.

If you have questions or concerns, call Welles Mattson at 1-978-505-9491 or Tess Guttadauro at 1-978-618-5257.

Carlise students challenge faculty

Come to the Carlisle student/ faculty basketball game on Thursday evening, April 7. 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 Carlisle 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, to accommodate the large audience. All proceeds will benefit the CTA Scholarship fund.

Looking ahead to Patriots Day

Preparations for Patriots Day are well underway. A preliminary listing of special Patriots' Day events follows:

Saturday, April 9

Meriam's Corner Exercise at Meriam's Corner corner of Lexington Road and Old Bedford Road in Concord at 1 p.m.: the Town of Concord, joined by area minute companies and Minute Man National Historical Park, commemorate the fight at Meriam's Corner that sparked the six-hour running battle back to Boston. This encounter set the stage for the American Revolution.

Paul Revere Capture Ceremony at the Paul Revere Capture Site on Battle Road/Route 2A in Lincoln at 3 p.m.: Lincoln fife and drum corps, Minutemen, and town officials observe the historic capture of Revere.

Saturday, April 16

Battle Road at the Hartwell Tavern Historic Area on Route 2A in Lincoln from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: re-enactors, park rangers and volunteers recreate a day in early April 1775. Visitors are encouraged to imagine they have been granted safe passage between British-held Boston (set at the Captain William Smith House) and the Massachusetts countryside (Hartwell Tavern) where they will witness drill and musket firings, cooking, clothing repair, weapons demonstrations and tactical maneuvers.

Monday, April 18

Battle re-enactment at Lexington Green in Lexington at 5:30 a.m.: re-enactors assemble on historic Lexington Green in portrayal of the skirmish between the Minutemen of Lexington and British troops enroute to Concord.

Commemoration of the Concord Conflict and the Concord Parade at the Old North Bridge, Monument Street in Concord, at 8:30 a.m.: British and colonial re-enactors, park rangers and volunteers bring the fateful morning of April 19, 1775 to life in this stirring commemoration of "the shot heard 'round the world." The parade, which begins in Concord Center, follows commemoration and proceeds through Minute Man National Historical Park and across the North Bridge.

Tuesday, April 19

Dawn Salute at the Buttrick Hillside, outside the Old North Bridge Visitor Center in Concord at 6 a.m.: the Concord Independent Battery will fire their muskets and cannon as Samuel Prescott rides over the historic North Bridge on horseback.

Arrival of the Sudbury Militia at the Old North Bridge, in Concord at 10:30 a.m.: members of the Sudbury Militia and their families complete the 12-mile march from Sudbury in a re-creation of their historic march of April, 1775.

Saturday, April 23

Battle Road Heroes - Hartwell Tavern on the Battle Road/Route 2A at 7 to 8:30 p.m.: visitors are invited to enter the world of 1775 as they walk down a candle-lit path into the past. Along the way, they encounter historic characters from that era who witnessed the events of April 19, 1775 - Ephraim and Elizabeth Hartwell, Captain William Smith, British soldiers, musicians and drovers - a special evening of theater and history. Admission is $5 per person with proceeds to benefit the Minute Man National Park Association. For more information on any of these events, caII 1-978-369-6993 or check the Park's website at www.nps.mima. Also, note that, because these activities are coordinated among many groups and volunteers, times are approximate.

Pre-school singalong at the Gleason Library

The Gleason Library is again hosting a special event for the very youngest of our library patrons. This singalong 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. Children ages 0-4 are invited to move with the beat and to sing along with Liz Buchanan's collection of original tunes and classic favorites. This free program for children and their parents or caregivers will be held on Wednesday, April 6

Poetry online

The Gleason Public Library now offers online access to The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry. This large poetry database contains approximately 70,000 full-text poems (double that by July 2005); thousands of titles, first lines, authors, and the book(s) to find them in; some critical context; short biographies; and a glossary of poetry terminology. Access is automatic in the Gleason Library by visiting For access outside of the Library, visit our website for directions, (additional GPL databases). You will need a Gleason Public Library card number. If you need any assistance, contact the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the reference desk.

Story time openings going fast

Openings remain in the story times for ages 2 to 3, offered Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and for ages 3 to 4, offered either Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. or Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Call the Gleason Public Library at 1-978-369-5898 and ask for the children's department.

Drop-in story times, include the PJ story time for ages 3 and up offered on Wednesday, April 6

Gleason offers basic computer instruction

The Gleason Public Library will hold free Basic Computer workshops and tutoring sessions. The workshops will cover introduction to computers and computer

terminology, basic Internet use, and use of the library web site and catalog. Workshops will be held from 10 to 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, from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Registrations are required. Drop by or call the Library reference desk at 1-978-369-4898.

Patriot's 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, 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. 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.

Minute Man Visitor Center re-opens

On the eve of Patriot's Day, the Park will re-open Minute Man Visitor Center, located on Route 2A at the park's eastern end in Lexington. Beginning Saturday, March 26, the visitor center will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be continuous showings of The Road to Revolution, multi-media presentation every half hour.The Center will remain open throughout the high tourist season through October.

For more information, check the website or call 1-978 369 6993.

Secrets of Carlisle's history revealed

Did you know there was once a cat cemetery on Bedford Road? Do you know who built the stone wall in front of Green Cemetery? Which group of Carlisleans selected "Labor Conquers Everything" as their motto?

The answers to these questions and a wealth of other historical information are in the new book, Images of America: Carlisle, just published by Arcadia Publishing Company for the Carlisle Historical Society. The Gleason Library and the Historical Society will co-sponsor a book talk and signing by the book's authors on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hollis Room at the Library.

"Secrets Revealed" will be a discussion of the often complicated process of assembling the photographs for this book, a process that involved many townspeople — some of whom were no longer living in town. Members of the Arcadia committee — Ellen Miller, Ginny Mills, Ellen Huber, Helen Lyons, Conni Manoli-Skocay and Stephanie Upton — will recall some of the challenges, mysteries and humor involved in making this book. The program is free and open to the public.

Upcoming events at the Gleason Public Library

April 21, 7 p.m. Karen Larsen, Breaking the Limit: One Woman's Motorcycle Journey through North America.

April 23, 11 a.m. Pinocchio with the Hampstead Players for ages K and up, Union Hall.

April 26, 6:45 p.m. Gloria Wald, "How Can You Solve that Problem?" Positive discipline, self-esteem, and behavior guidance with children.

April 28, 7 p.m. Lecture and slide show presentation on a geologic look at Carlisle, past and present with Anthony N. Mariano, Ph.D. Sponsored by the Carlisle Historical Society.

May 5, 7-8:30 p.m. Pediatric Dentistry for Ages Birth through Five, a free seminar presented by Peter Geller, D.D.S. Call 978-287-0221 to register.

May 12, 6:45-8:45 p.m. Friends of the Gleason Public Library book group will discuss, The Amateur Marriage, by Anne Tyler. The book group is open to the community and everyone is welcome.

All the above events are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise

noted, they will be held in the Hollis Room, Gleason Public Library.

Eighth graders invited to special Concord FNL

Saturday Night Live events are happening at the Hunt Recreation Center in Concord. On Saturday, April 3, the 8th graders of Concord and Carlisle are invited to the Hunt Gym on Stow Street, Concord for an evening of dancing and fun. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and there will be a $5 admission charge. Pick up is at 10 p.m. Parent chaperones are needed. Call Cindy Holt at 1-978-369-6460 or e-mail to volunteer.

Recreation news

Spring tennis starts the week of May 10 for adults and youth. Sign up early. Instructors are from The Next Champions in Concord.

Space is still available for spring adult classes: CPR and first-aid strength training, watercolor, pottery, Pilates, Tai Chi, and evening yoga.

Youth classes include: school early-release-day classes on April 12 (Hammond Castle) and May 10 (Mini Golf). Also karate, fencing, paint and draw, and Scrabble club.

The Summer Fun Program will be held this year in two-week sessions from July 5 to August 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended day options of 8:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. for all age groups. Sign up early as space is limited.

In addition to MLS Soccer the week of August 15 to19, look for new sports clinics this summer including lacrosse June 27 to July 1 and field hockey August 22 to 24.

The Carlisle Recreation spring and summer brochures have been mailed and are also available at the Recreation Office at Town Hall and at Gleason Library.

Michael O'Laughlin to speak at Saint Irene

Dr. Michael O'Laughlin, a Carlisle resident and writer, is presenting "The Life and teachings of Henry Nouwen" on Wednesday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Saint Irene Parish Hall. Nouwen is considered a great spiritual writer. O'Laughlin, a student and friend of Fr. Nouwen, will share some of the important lessons of Nouwen's life and message in this free presentation.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

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