The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 8, 2005

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The annual Carlisle Mosquito Trash Party will begin tomorrow, Saturday, at 9 a.m., weather permitting. Stop at the parking lot next to Ferns and pick up a trash bag and set off for an "unclaimed" street to clean up the trash.

The party will last until noon. Filled bags may be left on the side of the road to be picked up by volunteers in pickup trucks between 12 and 1 p.m. If you cannot make it Saturday morning, go out on your own and then take filled bags to the transfer station.

Carlisle celebrates Patriots Day April 18

Recreate history — on Monday April 18, Muster on the Green as the church bells ring out the alarm that the British are coming. March the old road to Concord with the Carlisle Minutemen, gathering above the North Bridge on Buttrick hillside with Minutemen companies from other towns, to meet the British advancing across the bridge.

On this bicentennial year the Carlisle Minutemen invite you to join them on this annual rite of spring. This is the 230th anniversary of the events that started the Revolutionary War. Bicentennial commemorative Estabrook Trail walk medals will be given out. A donation of $3 for each medal is appreciated.

6:45 a.m. — Ringing of the Alarm.

6:55 a.m. — Flag Raising.

7:00 a.m. — Ceremony at Minuteman Monument with short narration of events of this day in history.

7:15 a.m. — Begin march to Concord.

8:00 a.m. — Stop at cellar hole, short speech, Minutemen fire volley in honor of Jim Davis.

8:30 a.m. — End of trail, issue of medals, reform troop for march to Buttrick.

9:00 a.m. — Arrive at Buttrick.

9:30 a.m. — Join parade on Buttricks hill.

11:30 a.m. — Conclude at Hunt Gym Concord.

Library offers tech tips

The Gleason Public Library is accepting sign-ups for Basic Computer Instruction workshops covering introduction to the use of the computer equipment and computer terminology, basic Internet use, and use of the library web site and catalog. Workshops will be held April to June. All computer workshops are free and will be held at the library. Registrations are required. Drop by or call the reference desk at 1-978-369-4898.

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 Town Hall, 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.

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.

Drop-in story times

Drop-in story times for ages 2-4 will be held this Saturday, April 9 at 10:30 a.m. and on Friday, April 29th at 3:30 p.m. at the Gleason Library. Drop-in story time for the under-two set continues to be held on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. (No story times during school vacation week.) No registration is needed for these story times.

A few openings remain in the sign-up story times offered on Friday mornings at 10:30 a.m. for two- and three-year-olds and either Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. or Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. for three- and four-year-olds. Call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the Children's Department to register for these sign-up story times.

Finance Committee needs volunteers

The Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee are seeking qualified applicants to fill two vacancies on the Finance Committee (FinCom). The FinCom is responsible for making recommendations to the town on all fiscal questions. A background in finance is encouraged, but not required.

If you would like to become involved in town government as a member of the FinCom, send a letter of interest and a brief resume to the office of the Board of Selectmen

Upcoming events at Gleason Library

Tuesday, April 12, 7:30 p.m. Secrets Revealed: Images of America: Carlisle book talk, members of the Arcadia Book Committee. Presented by the Carlisle Historical Society.

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

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

Tuesday, April 26, 6:45 p.m. Gloria Wald, How Can You Solve that Problem? Positive discipline, self-esteem, and behavior guidance with children. Presented as part of the Babies and Books, Early Childhood Grant program.

Thursday, 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.

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.

WIQH offers 48 hours of non-stop fun

WIQH's John Kilfoyle, a Carlisle resident, will host a 48-hour radio show starting Friday, April 8, at 2 p.m. The weekend includes the following special broadcasts, all open to the public:

Friday, 2 to 4 p.m., Kickoff Party featuring live music from in-studio guest band, the Boston-based "Six Day Slide." At the WIQH studios at CCHS.

Friday, 7 to 10 p.m., come watch the Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays on our big-screen TV. Enjoy popcorn and soda "at the game."

Saturday, 8 to 10 a.m., Live broadcast from Dunkin' Donuts at Sudbury and Thoreau Streets.

Saturday, 10 to 11 a.m., Mobile remote broadcast. Look for John and the WIQH Mobile Unit driving around Concord and Carlisle.

Saturday Noon to 3 p.m., Open house for eighth graders and younger at WIQH. Drop by and co-host a few minutes with John.

Saturday, 5 to 7 p.m., Live broadcast from Kimball Farm Ice Cream in Carlisle. As part of the festivities, CCHS band "Funky Fid and the White Chocolate" will perform live at Kimball Farm.

Saturday, 10 p.m. to midnight, CCHS bands "Warchild" and "Make Your Own" will perform live in-studio at WIQH. Their performances will also be on the air.

Sunday 8 to 10 a.m., Live broadcast from Starbuck's in Concord.

Sunday, Noon to 2 p.m., Finale Party at the WIQH studios. CCHS band "The Retrogrades" will perform for the studio audience and on the air.

Monday, April 11

3:55 to 6:00 p.m., Live coverage of CCHS Patriots Softball versus A-B.

Tuesday, April 12

7 to 8 p.m., "The Fenn School Show", featuring Fenn news, Fenn sports update and this week, a special live performance by the Fenn-based band "Ferdinand the Bull"

Thursday, April 14

3:55 to 6 p.m., Live coverage of CCHS Patriots Boys' Lacrosse versus Lincoln-Sudbury.

WIQH will be off the air for the CCHS April vacation. Live coverage of Concord Town Meeting begins on April 25.

Donate old bicycles

Bring old, unused bicycles to the Carlisle Middle School parking lot on April 9 between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bikes Not Bombs, a nonprofit organization, will be there at 3 p.m. to pick up the bicycles and redistribute them to people in need all over the world. Help aid community development and provide alternative transportation to countries in need.

For more information, call Welles Mattson at 1-978-505-9491 or Tess Guttadauro at 1-978-618-5257.

Household Recycling Committee sponsors Pass It Forward Day

On May 14 from 10 a.m. to noon, the Household Recycling Committee will sponsor Carlisle's third Pass It Forward Day. Representatives from various charities will be at the transfer station to collect donated items from residents. Currently, participating charities include the Household Goods Recycling Ministry, the Host to International Students at MIT, Veterans Administration, the Domestic Violence Victims' Advocate Program, and homeless shelters in Cambridge and Somerville. If you'd like to represent a charity, contact Amy Fennick at 1-978-369-5291. This is a great opportunity for students to earn community service hours.

Needed items include furniture, cooking utensils, clothing for adults (no shoes), cell phones with chargers, blankets, strollers, high chairs, and car seats. This list of needed items will grow over the next few weeks as more charities join us. Be on the lookout for more information in the Mosquito and in flyers around town.

Carlisle authors in book talk

The authors of Images of America: Carlisle, the new visual history of the town, will appear in a book talk and signing at Gleason Public Library on Tuesday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hollis Room. Ellen Miller, Ellen Huber, Ginny Mills, Conni Manoli-Skocay, Helen Lyons and Stephanie Upton, will share their experiences in compiling the book, published by Arcadia Publishing Company.

Learn about the costs of long-term care

Nursing home costs are high and still rising. Boston Partners and the Adamsky Law Offices will lead a workshop on long-term care, life and estate planning on Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in the Saint Irene Church Hall. Topics to be covered include: misconceptions about long-term care, funding options, types and levels of care available, and what services Medicare will provide.

$500,000 Challenge grant for Concord Carlisle Community Swim & Health Center

C.C. Pools, Inc., the non-profit building the Concord-Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center, has received a $500,000 challenge grant. C. C. Pools, Inc. is relying on private donations to fund the project, and plans to donate the $9.5 million community swim and health center to the Town of Concord.

"The challenge grant comes at an opportune time. We need to raise $2 million before September 1 to avoid borrowing and to fulfill our commitment to donate the completed center to the town in December 2005," said Pete Funkhouser, president, C.C. Pools, Inc. "With this challenge grant, every dollar contributed goes twice as far toward helping complete the center."

The center will be available to everyone in Concord and Carlisle, whether financially, physically or developmentally challenged, and run by the Concord Recreation Department.

"Over 800 donors have given outright to the center. Gifts range from $10 to over a million dollars. Others bought raffle tickets, attended last year's Fall Splash, or enjoyed the community basketball game against the Harlem Wizards. We are grateful for everyone's efforts, and we are closer to our goal. But we still need your help," said Tim Atkins, Executive Director, C. C. Pools, Inc. "Every gift counts, and is tax deductible. Gifts may be pledged over a period of time convenient to you." To learn more or to donate on line visit the secure web site,

"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 talk 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.

Poetry online

The Gleason Public Library now offers online access to The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry. This large poetry database includes approximately 70,000 full-text poems, short biographies and a glossary of poetry terminology. Access is automatic in the Gleason Library by visiting For access outside of the Library, visit the library web site at for directions. For more information, contact the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the reference desk.

COA offers trips both near and far

Day trip to casino. The Carlisle Council on Aging is sponsoring a trip to Captain Jack's Lobsterbake and Foxwoods Resort Casino on May 25, at a cost of $49.

Casino Cruise. Come join the Carlisle seniors for a Horizons Edge Casino Cruise plus a delicious full course buffet.The ship has Slots, Blackjack etc. Wednesday, June 22, and the fee is $39 per person.

Travel to Greece. Come join the Carlisle Senior Connections for a 14 Day/13 nights for a trip to Greece featuring: Athens, Corinth, Epidauras, Delphi, Myceneae, Mykonos, Crete and a three-island cruise. The trip will run March 18-31, 2006. The price is $2099, plus $118.95 departure taxes & fees.

For flyers about any of these trips, or to sign up, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023, e-mail her at, or pick up flyers at the COA Office in Town Hall.

Enter the Carlisle town song competition

As part of the town's 200th birthday celebration, the Carlisle Bicentennial Committee will hold a town-wide songwriting contest to select a Carlisle Town Song. Here is your chance to share your musical inspiration with the rest of the Carlisle community. The contest is open to past and current members of the Carlisle community. All submissions are due by May 27. Winners will be announced on Old Home Day, June 25.

There are two submission classes:

•Youth (up to 16 years of age)

•Adult (17 and older)

Individuals, teams (lyricist/composer), or musical groups can submit. The age of the eldest contributor will determine the submission class.

All entries must include a typed copy of the lyrics or a simple score (melody line and words is sufficient). The song should have an accessible melody so that it can be hummed or sung by almost anyone. In addition, one may submit the song in CD format or on a cassette tape. The recording can be as simple as a voice, single instrument accompaniment, or a group. Songs will be judged by musical merit and lyrics, not by the performance or recording quality.

Send submissions (including entry form, CD/tape, and words) to:

Carlisle Bicentennial Committee

Att: Town Song Competition

P.O. Box 610

Carlisle, MA 01741

Town song judges include Mark Caddell, Jon Golden and Tom O'Halloran. All entries will be coded by a member of the Bicentennial Committee to maintain anonymity. Address all questions in writing through the Post Office box, or contact committee chairperson Anne Marie Brako ( or 1-978-369-9598.)

Entries will not be returned. The winning application will become part of the Carlisle Historical Society archives.

Town of Carlisle Song Entry Form



Submission Class (circle one):

Youth (up to 16 years of age) -or- Adult (17 and older)

Contact information for Carlisle resident (or former resident):

Street address __________________________________

Town __________________________________________

Telephone _______________________________________

E-mail __________________________________________

Carlisle Bicentennial Bridge — final events

This May, the Carlisle Bicentennial Committee will conduct the final two Contract Bridge Championships: a Duplicate Pairs event and a Team-of-Four tournament. To be eligible for the Championship awards, 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.

The Duplicate Pairs event, using Match Point scoring, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 2, at the Carlisle School cafeteria on Church Street. Prior to the event, at 6:30 p.m., a prominent teacher and tournament bridge player will give a lesson. Individuals without partners are invited to participate, with partnerships arranged by the director.

The Team-of-Four Knockout Tournament, using IMP scoring, will be held starting in early May. Teams will play at a mutually convenient time and place for both teams. Matches continue once per month for winners until only one team is undefeated. To reserve a spot, enter by May 2.

For further information, call Roy Green at 1-978-318-0904 or send e-mail to royggreen Entry fees are $5 per player per event, payable on the day of the competition.

BOH offers local Food Protection Manager Certification class

The Carlisle Board of Health plans to offer a Food Protection Manager Certification course for volunteers of local non-profit organizations. Carlisle residents may also attend based on space availability. A minimum of six students is needed for the class. The cost is $125 including the examination. There will be an additional $40 charge if the student wants a copy of the textbook. The course will meet two mornings in May at the Town Hall. The dates will be arranged later. Following completion of the course, students will be prepared to take the Food Protection Manager Certification Examination. The Certification is valid for five years.

The Board strongly recommends that all local non-profit organizations involved in food service to the public take advantage this training opportunity. Topics to be covered will include safe food handling practices, purchasing, storing and preparing of food products, maintenance of facility, and regulatory requirements. If you are interested in attending, please contact the Board of Health office at 1-978-369-0283.

ConsCom warns "watch out for wetlands"

Spring has finally arrived and with it yardwork that can cause homeowner anxiety if their property is near wetlands. Carlisle has significant wetland areas and several perennial steams, so many properties either have or abut these wetland or riverine resource areas. Many activities in or near them are subject to the regulations promulgated under the Massachusetts Wetlands Act, M.G.L. Ch. 131, s. 40 (WPA).

Yard work, including but not limited to removing vegetation or grading near wetlands or waterways is presumed to be significant to the following interests here in Carlisle: private drinking water supply, groundwater supply, wildlife habitat, flood control, storm damage prevention and protection of fisheries. Since water knows no property bounds, what happens in one location can impact both nearby and downstream properties.

So, when does an activity trigger the WPA and the Carlisle Wetlands Bylaw? Sprucing up the existing yard and flowerbeds, vista pruning tree branches in your yard to repair the riggers of the winter are all exempt activities. Tree and shrub removal, grading activities and installation of an entirely new lawn or expanding an existing yard are not exempt unless they occur at least 100 feet from any bordering vegetated or at least 200' away from any perennial stream, the Riverfront Area. Activities within these areas need to be reviewed by the Conservation Commission. This is to make sure work is being conducted in a manner as to avoid or reduce the any negative impact.

A discussion of just how activities impact wetland resource areas and the interests is beyond the scope of this short article. Anyone who wishes more information can find brochures in the Conservation Commission office or visit or, the website for the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions. Work without a permit would be in violation of the WPA and Carlisle Wetlands Protection Bylaw and can lead to significant daily fines not only for the landowner but also for any contractor who participates in the work.

If you have a question as to whether a proposed project needs to be filed with the Conservation Commission, call the Conservation Commission office at 1-978-369-0336 for assistance.

National Crime Victims' Rights Week

The week of April 10 to 16 marks the 25th anniversary of National Crime Victims' Rights Week — a time to reflect on the needs and rights of victims of crime.

Today, the Massachusetts Department of Correction notifies victims of crime throughout the Commonwealth when an inmate in our custody is transferred to lower security, with further notification provided when inmates are released from incarceration. The Massachusetts Department of Correction Victim Service Unit ensures that these and other services are delivered with compassion and respect.

"Justice isn't Served until Crime Victims Are," the theme of this year's Victims' Rights Week, signifies that crime victims in Massachusetts have rights and services to aid them in the aftermath of criminal victimization. If you or someone you know is a victim of crime, call the Massachusetts Department of Correction Victim Service Unit toll free at 1-866-684-2846 for more information.

Concord Chamber Music Society brings Pinocchio to life

John Ferrillo and other guests from the BSO perform works for woodwinds and piano at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, at the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center, 166 Main Street. Guest artists for the concert will include Boston Symphony Orchestra Principal Oboist John Ferrillo, BSO Associate Principal Flutist Elizabeth Ostling, Associate Principal Clarinetist Thomas Martin, Associate Principal Bassoonist Richard Ranti, and pianist Hugh Hinton. They will perform the Trio in E Minor, Tafelmusik 1733, II, No. 4 by Georg Phillip Telemann, the Divertissement for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon by Jean Francaix, and the Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs, Op. 79 by Camille Saint-Saens.

They will also perform the Concord premiere of celebrated Boston composer Michael Gandolfi's Gepetto's Workshop. Mr. Gandolfi will appear as the guest of honor at the performance. A pre-concert lecture given by musicologist Steven Ledbetter will be presented.

New on April 10, before the performance and during intermission, there will be a "Concert Café" adjacent to the Performing Arts Center in the Concord Academy Dining Hall, offering coffees, teas, and pastries, catered by Vera's Bistro Kitchen.

Tickets for the concert are $25, $20, and $15 for seniors 65+ and students. They may be purchased by phone at 1-978-371-9667 or online at They may also be purchased at the entrance to the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center. The Concord Academy is handicapped accessible.

Square/contra dance in Westford

On Saturday, April 23, at 8 p.m. the Fourth Saturday square/contra dance will be held at the Parish Center for the Arts in Westford with Rick Mohr calling. Oh, CONTRAire! will provide live music. No experience is required; come at 7:30 p.m. for free instruction and get into the dance for free as well.

The event is BYOB (or wine) and costs $5, with a maximum of $12 per family. The Parish Center for the Arts is at the corner of Boston Road and Lincoln Street on Westford Common. Call 1-978-692-6333 for more information.

Greeley Foundation to present Zumix Ensembles

The Dana Greeley Foundation for Peace and Justice is proud to sponsor an appearance of the Zumix Ensembles on Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m., at Concord-Carlisle High School, 500 Walden Street, in Concord. The three ensembles — the DiverCity Band, a guitar ensemble and vocalists — are comprised of young musicians, dancers, and electronic and rhythm artists from East Boston. They present concerts of their own compositions and choreography, meticulously executed and of striking originality.

Joining Zumix in this concert will be Serious Repercussions, an ensemble comprised of talented and versatile Concord-Carlisle High School percussionists. They perform rhythms from around the world with a dazzling variety of drums and other percussion instruments. Their mission is building community and self-expression through drumming.

This performance is being given for the benefit of the Dana Greeley Foundation for Peace and Justice — a donor-supported charitable foundation funding grass-roots organizations in the Greater Boston area that directly serve at-risk youth.

Tickets for this performance are $20 for adults and $10 for students. They may be obtained by mail from The Greeley Foundation, 33 Bedford Street, Concord, MA 01742, by calling the office at 1-978-369-7386, or by e-mail at

Build a floating sculpture for Earth Day

The annual Musketaquid Earth Day is coming April 30 and you can help start the celebration with a ripple and a splash, by building an Earth Float, a sculptural tribute to the earth made of natural materials. Artist C.C. King will lead two three-hour workshops from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday April 9 and Saturday April 23 at the Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow Street in Concord. You can attend one or both workshops, depending on how elaborate you want to make your float. Work in a team with family members or friends if you like.

Preregistration for the workshop is requested, and a $25 donation per working team is appreciated. For more information or to register, call the Musketaquid office at 1-978-371-0820.

Area farms on parade

This year's Musketaquid Earth Day Parade on April 30 will feature the presence of several of Concord's farms, helping to tell the story of the relationship between humans and nature in our town. All area farms are invited to participate. If you'd like to make a banner to carry in the parade, or just find out more, call the Musketaquid office at 1-978-371-0820.

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