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Friday, September 1, 2006

Principals begin informal parents' meetings this month

Co-principals Paul Graseck and Patrice Hurley will be offering several small, intimate meetings throughout the fall both at the school and in the homes of several Carlisle residents. Parents are encouraged to bring any topic of interest or concern to these meetings or simply spend some time becoming better acquainted with two new members of the administration of the Carlisle Public Schools. Evening House Calls with Paul, casual, small meetings with Paul Graseck, will be held in the homes of various Carlisle residents. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited. RSVP is required and should be directed to Dale Ryder at 1-978-371-9673 or The first of these House Calls will be held on September 14 from 8 to 9 p.m. at the Bishop home. Subsequent meetings will be on September 26, October 3, and October 18 and will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday Morning Drop-In With Patrice will take place on the first Saturday of October, November and December, Patrice Hurley will offer an opportunity for parents to meet casually in her office in the Wilkins building at the Carlisle Public Schools. No sign-ups necessary. Come as you can, leave when you need, and bring your own refreshments anytime between 8 and 11 a.m.

2006 sixth grade spaghetti supper is October 17

It is time to pencil in the evening of Tuesday, October 17 for this year's sixth grade spaghetti supper. This is your first opportunity to socialize with the Carlisle Public School community in a relaxed and enjoyable social setting. And it is never too early to start thinking about donations to the Class of 2009 Raffle. Ticket information and instructions on where to make spaghetti supper donations will be forthcoming.

BFRT meets in Carlisle September 13

The Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail will hold their September meeting in Union Hall, First Religious Society, Carlisle on Wednesday, September 13, at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will feature a panel discussion on host community perspectives on the Nashua River Rail Trail completed four years ago. The panel will include State Representative (and Groton abutter) Bob Hargraves, Groton abutter Bob Lee, Pepperell Town Engineer Peter Cunningham, and Nikki Belmonte of the Friends of Willard Brook. Alan Cameron, Carlisle's representative on the board of the Friends of the BFRT, will moderate. The panelists will discuss such topics as abutter experiences with a rail trail in their back yard, changing perceptions and usage patterns over time, facilities, maintenance, protection of sensitive environmental areas, policing and economic impact. The public is cordially invited.

Presciption Advantage enrollment starts September 15

The Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Minuteman Senior Services SHINE program and the Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) announce to senior citizens an opportunity to lower prescription drug costs.

Prescription Advantage is available to Massachusetts residents who are 65 years or older or disabled individuals under 65 years old. If you already have a Part D plan, or you are going to join one in the fall, Prescription Advantage can lower your prescription drug costs. And, if you are not eligible for Medicare, you can still apply for Prescription Advantage.

There is no monthly premium for Prescription Advantage and those with limited income may also receive help paying for Medicare Part D plan premiums. The Prescription Advantage Open Enrollment is September 15 to November 15. Call Prescription Advantage, or call or stop by the Carlisle COA office for an application. If you need help with this, Minuteman's SHINE program may be able to assist you. Call the Carlisle COA at 1-978-371-2895 for information, or call Prescription Advantage at 1-800-243-4636 or TTY 1-877-610-0241.

Class of 2006 back-to-school ice cream party

On Tuesday, September 5, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at Great Brook Farm, the Carlisle Public School Class of 2006 will hold its back-to-school ice cream party. Remember to bring your postcard invitation to receive your complimentary ice cream.

Class of 2006 back-to-school ice cream party

On Tuesday, September 5, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at Great Brook Farm, the Carlisle Public School Class of 2006 will hold its back-to-school ice cream party. Remember to bring your postcard invitation to receive your complimentary ice cream.

Concord Women's Chorus to hold open rehearsals

The Concord Women's Chorus, formerly the Concord Madrigals, wil hold open rehearsals on Tuesday, September 12, and Tuesday ,September 19, at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord.

Directed by Jane Ring Frank, the Concord Women's Chorus performs classical, contemporary, and newly composed music, much of it written specifically for women. The Chorus offers a concert in December and one in May, and does occasional benefit concerts during the year.

Join the Chorus on September 12 and 19 and find out what an exciting sound you can make with this group of dynamic women singers. For information, call Jane Luckner at 1-978-369-1942 or visit

Chorus members from Carlisle are Penny Zezima, Cynthia Sorn, Priscilla Stevens, Wendy Davis, and Stephanie Smith.

Jewish dance classes begin September 7

Join a monthly series of Jewish dance classes led by Vladimir Foygelman. The first class will be held Thursday, September 7, at 7 p.m. at Kerem Shalom, 659 Elm Street, Concord. The cost is $10 for non-members; free to members of Kerem Shalom. For information, call 1-978-369-1223 or

Concord Orchestra to hold open rehearsal September 5

Musicians are invited to an open rehearsal with the Concord Orchestra Tuesday, September 5, at 7:30 p.m. at 51 Walden Street, Concord. Come and read the music for our first concerts on October 20 and 21: Symphony No. 7, by Gustav Mahler.

Intermediate and advanced string players, especially violins, violas and doublebasses are invited to join the orchestra for the Mahler and other concerts this season. There will be auditions for first horn. Extra bassoons, clarinets and flutes are needed for the Mahler. Regular rehearsals are Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. For information, visit, write or call, or 1-978-369-4967.

Colonial Spirit Show Chorus rehearsals and craft fair

Come to an open rehearsal of the Colonial Spirit Show Chorus on Thursdays at 7:15 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Newton Road in Acton (off Route 27). For information, call Norma at 1-978-692-2270 or Noreen at 1-978-263-0562 or visit Start your holiday shopping early at the craft fair on September 9 at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Route 38 in Tewsbury from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair is sponsored by the Colonial Spirit Chorus of Sweet Adelines. For information, contact Peg at 10978-658-5083.

Acton Community Chorus open rehearsals

The Acton Community Chorus (ACC) will begin its 23rd season with two open rehearsals on Monday, September 11, and Monday, September 18. Rehearsals will begin the music for the "Winter Lights" concert to be held Saturday, January 27, 2007. If you love to sing and enjoy community spirit, join the chorus at 7:15 p.m. at the Faith Evangelical Free Church, 54 Hosmer Street at Route 2 in Acton. The chorus rehearses every Monday night. The concert program includes spirituals and folk songs, compositions by Randall Thompson and Aaron Copeland and special selections of local composers of the revolutionary war era. All area singers are encouraged and welcome to come; no auditions are required. For information, visit, or call Stacey at 1-978-897-6566 or Letty at 1-978-263-3557.

CSEM announces concert season

The Cambridge Society for Early Music (CSEM) announces its new season of "Chamber Music by Candlelight," including performances at the First Religious Society (FRS) in Carlisle Center.

The opening concert features the continuo ensemble Teatro Lirico, will play in the FRS at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 20. The next, entitled "Palestrina's Lute," by the Venere Lute Quatrtet, will play at the FRS on January 18, 2007 at 8 p.m.. The final concert will be a performance of solos and duets for the clavichord and will play at the FRS on March 8, 2007 at 8 p.m.

For tickets and information on these and other CSEM events, visit or call 1-617-489-2062.

Contra dance September 23

On Saturday, September 23, at 8 p.m., join the fourth Saturday square/contra dance at the Parish Center for the Arts with David Kaynor calling and Oh, CONTRAire! providing live music. All are welcome, and no experience is required. Come at 7:30 for free instruction and get into the dance for free as well. Regular admission is$5 adults; $3 teens; maximum $12 per family.The Parish Center for the Arts is on the corner of Boston Road and Lincoln Street on Westford Common.

Emerson Hospital looking for volunteers

Emerson Hospital announces a new program for volunteers certified in Reiki. Call Emerson Hospital community services at 1-978-287-3200 for more information if you are willing to volunteer for a minimum of one year in this program. Certified volunteers will work with patients on a nursing unit.

Another new volunteer placement is the new entrance in the John Cuming Building. Greet patients and help people reach their destination by working one weekday morning or afternoon per week at the main reception desk in the physician office building.

Other volunteer opportunities include endoscopy liaison, emergency department, office support, gift shop, rehabilitation, extended care, transport, surgical day care family waiting room and evening reception and transport.

Candidates should call community services at 1-978-287-3200 for a brochure about our program or to set up an appointment for a personal interview.

Emerson Hospital looking for volunteers

Emerson Hospital announces a new program for volunteers certified in Reiki. Call Emerson Hospital community services at 1-978-287-3200 for more information if you are willing to volunteer for a minimum of one year in this program. Certified volunteers will work with patients on a nursing unit.

Another new volunteer placement is the new entrance in the John Cuming Building. Greet patients and help people reach their destination by working one weekday morning or afternoon per week at the main reception desk in the physician office building.

Other volunteer opportunities include endoscopy liaison, emergency department, office support, gift shop, rehabilitation, extended care, transport, surgical day care family waiting room and evening reception and transport.

Candidates should call community services at 1-978-287-3200 for a brochure about our program or to set up an appointment for a personal interview.

Drumlin Farm forms Young Birders Club

An exciting new club has formed at Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary for young birders in grades six and up. The Drumlin Farm Young Birders Club will help aspiring birders develop birding skills, learn birding etiquette, form birding friends, and increase their environmental awareness, while having a great time with their peers.

The club will meet the second Thursday of every month, September through June, except December, with a field trip the following Saturday. Each meeting will focus on a different topic presented by a guest, including some of the best birders in Massachusetts, followed by the field trip focused on that same topic. Club members will learn field identification skills, participate in Mass Audubon's annual Bird-a-Thon, study a variety of species, and much more.

"We have had a number of young people joining our adult programs, so we felt that they needed a group of their own," said Tia Pinney, Drumlin Farm Teacher Naturalist/Adult Program Coordinator. "We are very excited to offer young people a chance to develop their love of birds and natural history with like-minded peers. A major focus of our educational philosophy is to engage the next generation in understanding the world they live in, while enjoying themselves."

The first meeting will be held at Drumlin Farm on Thursday, September 14 from 7—8:30 p.m. Parents are welcome to stay and mingle with other club members' parents. The first field trip will leave from Drumlin Farm on Saturday, September 16 at 8 a.m.

Cost for membership in the Drumlin Farm Young Birders Club is $90 for the year for Mass Audubon members and $108 for non-members. Field trips are $15 for a half day and $20 for a full day. The Young Birders Club will be led by several experienced educators and birders who are CPR/First Aid certified. For more information, please contact Tia Pinney at <>; or 781-259-2219.

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 208 South Great Road (Route 117) in Lincoln. Call 1-781-259-2200 or visit> for information.

Emerson Hospital offers leg pain screenings September 14

Emerson Hospital will conduct free screenings for people at risk of peripheral vascular disease (PVD) and abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). The screenings will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 14, in the North Assembly Room at Emerson Hospital. People who are suffering from leg pain or other PVD symptoms must call 1-978-287-3003 between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to make an appointment for the screenings.

COA doings

• Fall fitness classes: Twice-weekly fitness classes begin on Tuesday, September 5, from 9:45 to10:30 a.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays and include stretches, leg exercises, joint rotation, use of small weights and balancing exercises. This class is open to all levels. For more information on cost and times, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895.

• Coffee: On Thursday, September 7, at 9:30 a.m., there will be coffee, tea and refreshments in the Sleeper Room at Village Court. Enjoy baked goods, fresh fruits and cheeses. If you like, bring your latest craft or project to work on while chatting.

• Men's breakfast: On Thursday, September 14, starting at 8 a.m., the Mystery Chef and his helpers will prepare another gastronomic extravaganza for Carlisle senior men at the Sleeper Room. A $2 donation is appreciated.

• Line dancing: Line dancing classes, sponsored by the Carlisle COA, will start Friday, September 15 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Union Hall and continue every Friday through October 27. The cost is $3.50 per lesson, payable in advance. The class will be taught by Katrina Rotondi. Call Nadine Bishop at 1-978-369-5080 to sign up or for information.

• Blood pressure clinic: On Thursday, September 21, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., a registered nurse from Emerson Hospital will provide blood pressure screening in Union Hall at the First Religious Society. No appointment is necessary.

• Luncheon and speaker: Join the COA on Thursday, September 21, at 11:45 a.m. in Union Hall for lunch followed by a talk by Concord resident Donna Carlson, CLTC and former Director of Belknap House in Concord. She will give an interactive presentation on "Why and How to Prepare for your Long-Term Future" and will discuss the impact of long term care on families, financial security and independence. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 by Monday, September 18, to make your reservation. A $2 donation is appreciated.

• Concert: On Sunday, October 1, the Beacon Brass is performing at 7 p.m. in the Corey Auditorium. This concert is sponsored by the First Religious Society in Carlisle and is supported by the Friends of the Carlisle COA Lee Milliken Fund and the Carlisle Cultural Council. Admission is free and people of all ages are welcome. A reception follows the concert.

Upcoming COA trips

• Theater trip: On October 4, join the COA at the North Shore Theater to see Jesus Christ Superstar. The cost is $45 and lunch is on your own. Checks should be made out to Friends of Carlisle COA and sent to Joanne Willens, 134 Ember Lane, Carlisle, MA 01741.They must be received by September 10.

• Halloween and Spellbinding Salem: Leave Ferns by motor coach at 9 a.m. October 30 to see the sights of Salem, the Witch Museum, have lunch at the Gloucester house, and walk around Pickering Wharf. Pick up flyers at or call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023. Cost: $50 per person.

New York City Day Trip: Leave from Ferns at 6:30 a.m. by motor coach and return by 10:30 p.m. on November 18. Cost: $46 per person.

Yuletide Newport and Lasalette: Leave Ferns at 8 a.m. on December 5 and tour the Newport mansions, Christmas lights at Marble House and more. Includes a lunch of schrod or baked chicken. Cost: $60 per person.

A Christmas Carol: see the play at North Shore Music Theatre and enjoy lunch on your own, transported by motor coach. For details call the COA office 1-978-371-2895, and send payment to Joanne Willens, 134 Ember Lane, Carlisle, MA -01741 by September 15.

Italy: March 16, 2007. Anyone interested should call Joanne Willens for a flyer at 1-978-371-8023. Cost: $3,099 per person. Flyers are also available at the COA office. Space is limited and payment must be made to hold your place.

CCHS Class of '71 seeks classmates

The CCHS Class of 1971 is looking for missing classmates. A 35th Reunion is planned for Saturday, October 28, at the Concord Elks, 221 Baker Avenue, Concord. Classmates are urged to see if they are listed among the missing, and to post their info on the CCHS Alumni Web Page at, or call Gail Harpell Tombeno at 1-978-369-1907, Deb Williams, 1-978-486-9408, or Kiki Cogswell Carr 1-978-371-7487.

Gleason summer summary

"Reading is natural." That slogan has just been proven by the successful completion of another summer reading program at Gleason Library. Fourth-, fifth- and sixth- graders read a grand total of 65,762 pages. Special book prizes were awarded to third-grader Myles O'Leary and fourth-grader Cassidy Smith in recognition of their reading. Fifth-grader Meg Doucette and sixth-grader Christopher Lavely were also awarded book prizes for their reading achievement. First- and second-graders had a chance to explore different types of books with "Reading is Natural Bingo."

The six-week program, supervised by Marty Seneta, head of the library's children's department, included story times for all ages five and under and a sunflower craft and story time for children entering kindergarten. Librarian Kay Edelberg planned and ran all activities for students going into grades three to six, including seed mosaic boxes, special paper-making workshops and end-of-session parties. Children entering grades one and two created colorful sand art jars and thumbprint pictures.

Jim Parks of Wingmasters made a return visit and enthralled the crowd with his hawks and owls and his knowledge of them. Jay Mankita had the audience singing along with his songs and showed his car that runs on vegetable oil. Rainforest Reptiles exhibited a turtle, skink, several snakes and a baby alligator, which attendees had a chance to pet. (Its snout was securely taped.)

The Friends of the Gleason Library funded all programs.

Cultural Council seeks grant applications

The Carlisle Cultural Council is seeking grant applications for 2007. The Cultural Council awards small grants (averaging $250 to $400) to individuals and organizations that provide a unique cultural experience to a broad spectrum of the citizens of Carlisle. The council funds grants inthe arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences.

The council is particularly interested in proposals that:

• explore art forms such as visual arts, music, dance, theater, storytelling, poetry and literature

• engage the community in nature, science and environmental education projects

• involve children, families, adults and seniors

• introduce cultural traditions from around the world as well as explore aspects of our own diverse culture

• have a direct relationship to the town (historical, restoration, preservation, agricultural, local artist)

• propose a collaborative effort by Carlisle organizations

• take place in Carlisle.

An application form is available at or at Gleason Public Library.

Eight copies of the grant proposal applications are due by October 16. Grants will be awarded by December 31. For questions or to discuss proposal ideasa, contact Elissa Abruzzo at 1-978-287-4811.

Carlisle Chess Club starts September 29

All children grades one to four who know how to play chess are invited to join the Carlisle Chess Club. Strategy and tactics will be taught by local chess experts David West and Brian Mottershead. The club will meet in the Carlisle Public School dining room eight Friday mornings before school this fall from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. The fall session will begin September 29 and will run until December 8 except for October 6, November 10 and November 24. The winter session will run from January 12, 2007 to March 16 except for February 16 and 23. Participation is free, but donations for expenses, supplies and resources for the school library are welcome. To get teaching tips or to register, go to or contact Nancy Szczesniak at or 1-978-369-6194, David West at or 1-978-287-5174 or Brian Mottershead at or 1-978-371-3960.

Volunteer for CSA teacher, staff luncheon

Volunteer for Carlisle School Association (CSA) teacher and staff luncheonon Tuesday, September 19, to honor the school's teachers and staff.Volunteers are needed to help set up, serve and clean up at the lunch, and contribute a favorite homemade dish. Monetary contributions are also welcome to help offset the cost of paper goods and decorations. To participate or contribute, contact Seema Peterson at 1-978-369-3288 ( or Suzanne Sweet at 1-978-369-6221 (

Larry Sorli leads tour of renovated barn

This summer, the Heald House barn at 698 Concord Street was renovated and repainted in its original red color. Most of the funding for this work was paid for by the historic preservation provision of the Community Preservation Act. In other words, Carlisle taxpayers have contributed to the preservation and beautification of the 1849 barn.

Come see the barn on Sunday, September 24, at 2:30 p.m. when the Carlisle Historical Society hosts a barn tour with its architectural consultant Larry Sorli. He will explain the extent of the renovation and describe how the barn has changed over the years as it was adapted for different uses. Sorli will point out the evidence for the original layout of the interior spaces and how these spaces were used in the past. Visitors are also invited to the Historical Society's Open House at Heald House after the barn tour. This is an opportunity to tour the historical house, view the collections, see friends and neighbors and meet over refreshments. All are invited. The barn and house tour are free.

Tickets on sale now for the CSA house tour

This year's CSA house tour features five houses, including a pre-Revolutionary home, a renovated 1950s modernist home and a French country manor. The tour is September 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Ticket order forms are available at Ferns, the Concord Book Store or online at Advance reservations are $20, ($25 day of tour), $10 for seniors and free for children under 12. Fern's will be supplying delicious sandwiches, chips and a drink for only $7. A limited number of tickets will be available, so order yours today.

About 20 volunteers are still needed to work as house guides on the day of the tour, especially the afternoon shift. There is still plenty of time to see the homes before or after your shift. Contact Ingrid Klove at or 1-978-369-6466.

CSA also seeks family sponsorships in the form of a full-page or shared-page ads. Also, if you have a home service or building-related business and would be interested in advertising in the booklet, call Sharyl at 1-978-369-9641.

New Martinez scholarship fund is announced

The Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund announces the establishment of a permanent scholarship honoring Adrian A. Martinez. The fund, initiated by family and friends, will provide annual need- based scholarships for Concord and Carlisle students. Support for the fund pays tribute to Adrian's memory and assures continued recognition of all he gave to family, friends and the community.

This permanent scholarship will be administered by the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund. To support The Adrian A. Martinez Memorial Fund, you may make a tax- deductible contribution by sending a check, payable to CCSF, to the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 217, Concord, MA 01742-0217. Indicate on your check or in a cover letter that your gift is for the Adrian A. Martinez Memorial Scholarship Fund. You may also make a credit card donation online by visiting

Community Preservation Committee needs new member

The Board of Selectmen is looking for a resident who is interested in serving on the Community Preservation Committee as the representative at-large member for the community. This position involves attending monthly meetings and working with representatives from other boards and committees on making recommendations for the community.

If you are interested in serving on this committee, please submit a letter of interest to the Board of Selectmen, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, Massachusetts.

Pre-school financial aid

To inquire about financial aid for a preschooler (2.9 to 5.0 years old), call Sally Quinn or Betsey Sweet at 1-978-202-1143.

STEP is looking for your support

The Student Transitional Educational Program (STEP) is an alternative program at CCHS dedicated to helping students explore personal, career and academic interests with a unique approach to learning that takes students beyond the traditional mainstream. STEP offers a three-pronged approach to education: an individualized, small classroom setting; vocational outreach and training; and enhanced community awareness. It is designed for students who desire an alternative to the traditional educational setting while earning a CCHS diploma. In addition to their academic program, students in STEP complete a minimum of 20 hours of work per week and participate in a career education course that helps them develop the skills necessary to be productive members of the community. STEP graduates have used their experiences to further their education in both college and work settings. The STEP faculty seeks to make connections in the community for all aspects of the world of work, including job prospects, job resources, as well as personal career experiences and history.The goal is to help students further explore career possibilities and post-secondary planning. If you have any connections or skills that you would be willing to share, contact Jill Curry, CCHS Vocational Counselor, at For information, visit]

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