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Friday, January 26, 2007

The Mosquito needs new reporters

Are you ready to get involved in the community? Want to know more about how town government works? Want to meet more people? The Mosquito needs reporters to cover important town committees and feature writers to cover the stories that showcase the community that is Carlisle.

If interested, call the Mosquito office and leave a message at 1-978-369-8313 or e-mail us at

Preschool singalong at Gleason Library January 30

The Gleason Library is again hosting a special event for the very youngest of our library patrons. Children ages 0 to 4 are invited to move with the beat and to sing along with Liz Buchanan's collection of original tunes and classic favorites. Liz will present a half hour program with guitar and songs from her CD, Make it a Song, Song, Song.

This free program for children and their parents or caregivers will be held Tuesday, January 30, at 10:30 a.m. at the Gleason Library. Funding for this program comes from the Early Childhood Grant Program, Babies and Books, received by the Gleason Library and made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, as administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. For more information, call 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children's department.

Student art exhibit February 3

Join the Carlisle Public School Art Department on Saturday, February 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library for the opening reception and enjoy an afternoon of visual art accompanied by music performed by Carlisle students in small ensembles. On exhibit are selected pieces of artwork from students in Grades K-8. This celebration represents one of a three-part art exhibit, which will include examples of artwork from all Carlisle students completed in the 2006-07 school year. A wide variety of media including creative and observational drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics will also be represented.

Friday Night Live February 2

Join the Carlisle Youth Commission (CYC) for the next Friday Night Live (FNL) on February 2 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. There will be more basketball, ping pong, chess, dancing and pizza. In addition, thanks to the generosity of the Carlisle Police Department, the radar gun will be back to see who is ready for spring training.

A $4 admission fee is collected at the door. Pizza, soda and water will be available for a small fee. The dress code for FNL is the same as is outlined in the Policy and Parent Information Handbook for the Carlisle Public Schools. Rules followed by the school are in effect and will be enforced. A parent or guardian must sign out any attendee who leaves prior to 9:30 p.m. All others must be picked up at 9:30 p.m. sharp. For information, contact Lori Canavan at 1-978-287-4020 or, or contact any other member of the CYC.

Trails Committee moonlight walk January 27

On Saturday, January 27, at 7 p.m., the Trails Committee will lead a walk (cross-country ski/snowshoe weather permitting) under the winter moon starting from the Cranberry Bog house on Curve Street. All ages are welcome. A shorter and a longer version of the walk will be available. Dress for the winter weather and bring a flashlight. Refreshments will be served afterwards. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Guantanamo program at FRS January 28

On Sunday, January 28, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Religious Society (FRS), Stephen Oleskey will speak on the subject, "Guantanamo After Five Years: American Injustice as Seen by Prisoners' Counsel." Oleskey, a senior partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in Boston, is the lead counsel for six Bosnian Red Crescent workers who were arrested in Bosnia in January 2002 and sent to Guantanamo Prison in Cuba, where they remain today. Oleskey will talk about the reality of his clients' situation, conditions at the prison, and the constitutional implications of their case.

Rosetta Trio debuts at FRS February 3

The Rosetta String Trio, a new chamber group formed by local resident Sarah Darling and longstanding friends Kate Haynes and Abigail Karr (both members of the Carlisle-based Arcturus Chamber Ensemble), will be giving its first performance at the First Religious Society (FRS) on Saturday, February 3, at 7:30 p.m. The goal of this group is to explore "performance practices of every generation" and so there will be a wide spectrum of music, from Renaissance fantasias to a new set of Hungarian works. Filling out the program is Gideon Klein's magnificent Trio, the last piece written by a composer in the Terezin concentration camp, and Beethoven's Trio in G. Admission is free; for more information, call 1-978-369-1475 or visit

CPC starts new book club

The Carlisle Parents Connection (CPC) is starting a new book club. If you like reading a wide range of authors and genres, and engaging in lively discussions with your peers, come and join in. To sign up or for more information, call 1-781-989-3306 or e-mail Deb Kablotsky at

Parenting workshops in February and March

On February 6, from 7 to 8:45 p.m., come to a workshop entitled, "Yelling Doesn't Work: What You Can Do To Help A Child Comply at Home and in the Classroom, using Positive Behavior Techniques." Presented by Rebecca Goniwich from the Federation for Children with Special Needs, the workshop will be held in the Hollis Room, Gleason Library.

On March 5 from 7 to 8:45 p.m. in the Hollis Room, there will be an "ADD/ADHD Workshop" with Caroline Maguire, a certified Parent-to-Parent coach offering training classes on parenting ADD children and a staff member at The Hallowell Center in Sudbury. Learn what happens in the mind of a child with ADD/ADHD and how proper support with executive functioning skills can help them become more organized, successful students.

All are welcome, but RSVP if you would like to attend these events, as space may be limited. Contact Kris Tocci at 1-978-371-6498 or

FOGPL community potluck supper on February 10

Come to the Friends of Gleason Public Library (FOGPL) Community Potluck Supper, on Saturday, February 10, at 6 the home of Uschi Schueller, 60 Hartwell Road. FOGPL will provide ham, rolls and beverages. RSVP to Verna Gilbert by February 5 at 1-978-369-9278 or and let her know if you will be bringing an appetizer, salad, entrée or dessert for eight. This event is for adults only.

Homelessness forum January 28

A public forum focusing on the issue of homelessness will be held Sunday evening, January 28, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord, from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Featured will be first-hand accounts of two mothers who have benefited from Adult Basic Education programs in Massachusetts, directors of two community college ABE and transition-to-work programs and a leading state house advocate for adequate funding for these programs. Refreshments will be served before and after the forum period.

Call Jean Bell, 1-978-369-5018 or Carl Miller, 1-978-369-3755 for information.

Pirates of Penzance needs chorus

Singers are needed for the chorus of a concert performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta Pirates of Penzance, to be performed at 51 Walden in Concord on Saturday, March 17.

The chorus need not audition, but must be available for several rehearsals in February and March. Singers can sign up by e-mailing or by calling 1-978-369-7911.

This special performance of Pirates is sponsored by the Friends of the Performing Arts in Concord (FOPAC) as a fundraiser for the stage renovation project at 51 Walden.

Acton Community Chorus open rehearsal

The Acton Community Chorus (ACC) continues its 23rd season with two open rehearsals on Monday, January 29 and Monday, February 5 to rehearse for the "Rock'& Rolling on Route 66" concerts to be held on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2. Join the chorus at 7:15 p.m. at the Faith Evangelical Free Church, located at 54 Hosmer Street at Route 2 in Acton. For information, visit, or call Letty at 1-978-263-3557 or Stacey at 1-978-897-6566.

Story Time registrations now

The Gleason Public Library will offer Story Time sessions beginning on January 29. For the three- to four- year-olds, the child must be three by February 1 and for the four- to six-year-old group, the child must be five by July 29.

The three- to four-year-olds will meet on Thursday afternoon from 1:30 to 2 p.m. The four- to six-year-old group will meet Monday afternoon from 1:30 to 2:10 p.m. These are registered Story Times.

Drop-in Story Times for two- to three-year-olds (with parent or caregiver) will be held on Friday mornings, starting on February 2, at 10:30 a.m. The under-two Story Times will meet Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. starting on February 1. Registration is not required for these story times.

In-person registration is available at the library now. Phone registrations will be taken beginning at 11 a.m. All sessions run through the week of March 19. For more information, call the children's department at the library at 1-978-369-4898.

Upcoming COA trips and plays

Upcoming plays at the North Shore Music Theatre include Crazy for You on May 2, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers on June 13 and Les Miserables on October 31. All seats are $45 and are in the inner circle. Lunch is on your own at Sylvan Street Grill. The first 13 people requesting get to ride the COA van. All checks should be made out to the Friends of the Carlisle COA and sent to Joanne Willens, 134 Ember Lane, Carlisle, MA 01741. Space is limited.

On April 24, the COA will go to the Museum of Fine Arts to see "Art in Bloom."

On May 14 through 17, the COA is sponsoring a trip to Quebec. Prices, including roundtrip bus, hotel, three breakfasts, three dinners, tours and bus driver tips, start at $449 for a double. Call Joanne at 1-978-371-8023, send her e-mail at or pick up a flyer at the COA office in Town Hall.

Carlisle Conservation Coffee on February 13

The Tuesday, February 13 Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in Town Hall from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Pat Huckery, district manager of the Northeast Wildlife District of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, and Erik Amati, New England district biologist, will be present to speak about beavers and suburban living with wildlife. Continental breakfast provided.

Save the following Tuesday mornings for upcoming coffees: March 13, April 10, May 8, and June 12.

Dr. Judith Vessey's bullying intervention program is January 31

Concord Carlisle Parent Initiative (CCPI) presents Dr. Judith Vessey, professor at the Boston College School of Nursing and former chair of the U.S. Stop Bullying Now campaign, for two parent education events. "Stop the Bullying Now, Successful Intervention Strategies for Parents" will be offered in both Concord and Carlisle. The first night is geared to middle school parents on Wednesday, January 31, at 7:30 p.m. at the Peabody Middle School, Concord. The second evening is for elementary school parents on Thursday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Carlisle Public School's library in the Robbins Building.

For more information about these free events, visit Concord Carlisle Parent Initiative (CCPI) is a parent-volunteer organization that promotes a positive environment to support health and well-being in our communities.

Open burning season has begun

Open burning season started January 15 and ends on May 1. All landowners must register with the Fire Department before a permit can be issued. Residents must go to the communications center at the police station at 41 Lowell Street to register. Once registered, landowners must still call 1-978-369-1442 on each day burning is planned, in order to obtain a permit. If you have already registered, you do not have to register again. (Registration is only required once.) It is important to understand that you must still call for a permit.

Don't get stuck without your sticker!

New 2007 dump stickers are available now at the Carlisle Police Station. If you're still using the blue one, it's out of date. New red stickers are available at the police station for $15 for the first one, and $10 for subsequent ones. Bring your auto registration. If the vehicle is leased, bring some proof of residence.

Carlisle Democrats to hold caucus February 3

Registered Democrats in Carlisle will hold their annual caucus at the First Religious Society, third floor conference room (access through side door on Church Street), on Saturday, February 3, at 10:30 a.m. The caucus will elect four delegates and two alternates to the 2007 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women.

The convention will be held on Saturday, May 19, at the Mullin Center at UMass Amherst. At that time, Democrats from across the state will gather to develop an agenda for the 2008 elections.

The caucus is open to all registered Democrats in Carlisle. Candidates for delegate and alternate must consent to nomination, in writing and must be present at the caucus. All candidates may make a one-minute statement and may distribute materials on their behalf. All ballots will be written and secret. Those not elected as delegate and/or alternate who meet the qualifications may apply to be add-on delegates in the following categories: youth, minority and disabled.

For more information about the caucus, contact the Democratic State Committee at 1-617-776-2676 or Susan Stamps at

Volunteer for the CSA

Serve on the board of the Carlisle School Association (CSA). Call Andi at 1-978-369-2392 for information.

Concord Carlisle Newcomers Club events

Swimming for Kids and Families

The Concord Carlisle Newcomers Kids' Connection has arranged an afternoon for families at the Beede Center, Concord. The event will be held on Friday, January 26, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and is open to all club members. The Beede Center offers a pool for everyone: kiddie play pool, a large lap pool and a diving well.

Fiesta on February 10

The club is planning for members to partake of margaritas and Mexican food at Ixtapa Restaurant and Cantina on Massachusetts Avenue in Lexington. A really fun evening of warm conversation and dining with amigos should put a smile on your face (and maracas in your hand). Reservations are required.

For information on these and other Newcomers events, visit

CCHS summer opportunities fair January 29

Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) will hold its 26th Annual Summer Opportunities Fair on Monday, January 29 (snow date January 30) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at CCHS, 500 Walden Street, Concord.

Exhibitors will display information on traditional summer camps, special needs programs, wilderness adventures, education and enrichment opportunities, sports camps, foreign language and student exchange programs, volunteer opportunities and more.

Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available. The exhibit area is handicapped- accessible. All proceeds from exhibitors fund the CCHS Parents Association grants program.

Sign up for the Carlisle School book drive

If you have an hour or two to spare and can volunteer for a good cause without a long-term commitment, call Laura at 1-978-371-7758 for more information or to sign up for the February Carlisle School book drive.

Sixth-grade Spaghetti Supper meeting for all fifth-grade parents January 29 at 7:30 p.m.

in Corey Dining Room Towle Conservation Land baseline assessment completed

The Carlisle Conservation Commission and its Land Stewardship Committee have completed the Baseline Assessment of the Towle Conservation Land.

A baseline assessment is the first task in the effort to develop an updated management plan for the property. Anyone wishing to review the document can do so at the Gleason Public Library, 22 Bedford Road and at the Carlisle Conservation Commission office, 66 Westford Street during regular business hours.

ZBA to look at tree cutting at Coventry Woods

The Carlisle Zoning Board of Appeals, at their continued open hearing for the Coventry Woods 40B development on January 29 at 7:30 p.m., will discuss the removal of trees along the scenic road of Concord Street. The trees as marked and viewed by the Board and the Tree Warden are planned to be removed in the event of a Comprehensive Permit approval in order to increase visibility for cars exiting from the development onto Concord Street. The public is invited to comment.

Women's Business Network luncheon February 15

The Women's Business Network, whose primary purpose is to promote and support women in business and professional practices, will hold its annual winter connections luncheon at the Holiday Inn Boxborough Woods on Thursday, February 15, starting at noon.The soup plus salad or sandwich networking event is open to members and any woman interested in business.For details and more information, visit register ($15 pre-payment required), contact Joan Rubin-Deustch at 1-978-263-1214 or to register or cancel:Friday, February 9.

Clark Gallery offers new exhibit January 30

The Clark Gallery, 145 Lincoln Road, Sudbury, wil feature the large-scale landscape drawings of David Fullam in an exhibit entitled, "Landmarks," from January 30 to February 28. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, visit or call 1-781-259-8303.

Concord Players offers Lend Me a Tenor beginning February 9

The Concord Players, 51 Walden Street in Concord, will present Lend Me a Tenor February 8, 10, 16, 17, 23, and 24 at 8 p.m. and February 18 at 2 p.m. All seats are $15. Call 1-978-369-2990 or visit

Diabetes education

Emerson Hospital will offer a series of four diabetes classes, presented by a certified diabetes educator, dietitian, pharmacist and physical therapist. Each interactive class will include time for questions and answers. Classes will be held on Tuesdays (February 6, 13, 20, 27) from 10 to11:30 a.m. in the Donaldson Conference Room on the first floor of the John Cuming Building. The cost is $60 for the four-session class (Medicare reimbursed, if eligible). Registration is required. For information or to register, call Cheryl Laundry at 1-978-287-3054.

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