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Friday, March 23, 2007

Mosquito Trash Party March 31

Save the date: Saturday, March 31, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the annual Mosquito Trash Party is coming to a neighborhood near you and everyone is invited.

Free refreshments and trash bags will be available in the parking lot next to Ferns from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. Let Lynne Carpenito (see below) know where you will be collecting so we can pick up the bags about noontime.

Volunteers with trucks or trailers who will be available around noon to retrieve the bags and deliver them to the transfer station are needed.

RSVP to Lynne Carpenito at 1-978 371-7508, to stake your claim, help with trucking or sign up for community service hours.

Preschool singalong

Come to the Gleason Public Library on Monday, March 26, at 10:30 a.m. to hear Deb and Tom Foote of ABC Music Together and Rhythmkids perform for the four and under set. These popular local musicians will have everyone singing and clapping. Get out of the house and put a little music in your life! The Friends of the Gleason Public Library are sponsoring this event. For more information call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children's department.

COA doings

· Monthly coffee: On Thursday, April 5, the COA will have coffee, tea, pastry, fruit and and other morning treats at 9:30 a.m. in the Sleeper Room for all Village Court residents and other Carlisle seniors.

· Luncheon outing: Join the COA on Tuesday, April 10, at noon at Minuteman Regional High School for lunch. Choices include grilled lemon chicken or baked scallop salad, vegetable, starch, dessert, coffee or tea, all for $10 plus tip. If you are interested in attending, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 by April 4 with your menu choice.

· Men's breakfast: On Thursday, April 12, 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. Van service is available

· April luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, April 19, at Union Hall for lunch followed by a talk on preventing fraud given by the Better Business Bureau. Call 1-978-371-2895 to RSVP by April 16. A $2 donation is appreciated. Blood pressure screenings will be provided from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Let COA know if you need a van ride when you make your reservation..

· CCHS spring social for seniors: The CCHS sophomore class is hosting an afternoon of fun on April 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the CCHS cafeteria. There will be drinks, appetizers, desserts and door prizes. Music of the 40s and 50s will be provided by a DJ, and a line dance instructor will teach simple routines for all to enjoy. Call the van line if you need a ride. For more information, call Tricia Reed at 1-978-369-0135.

· CSC senior tea: Mark your calendar to attend a tea given by the Carlisle Student Council on May 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Carlisle Public School.

· Annual health fair: The Board of Health, Emerson Home Care and the Council on Aging will sponsor their third health fair on Saturday, May 5, in the Clark Room at the Town Hall. Staff from Emerson Hospital will do free cholesterol testing (12-hour fast required beforehand), diabetes screening (fasting preferred), prostate antigen (PSA), thyroid and blood pressure for residents 18 and over. Testing results are confidential and are mailed to the resident. For more information, call the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0282.

· Podiatry clinic: Dr. Aileen Gregorian, DPM, will be at the Sleeper Room from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 8. She will also make home visits that day if needed. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 to make an appointment. A fee of $15 (check made out to Friends of Carlisle COA or cash) is required. The Timothy Wheeler House of Concord Fund and the Friends of Carlisle COA are funding the remainder of the fee. The clinic will be held every other month on the second Tuesday of the month.

Carlisle Rabies Clinic tomorrow, March 24

The Carlisle Rabies Clinic for cats and dogs will be held on Saturday, March 24, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street. The clinic is sponsored by the Carlisle Board of Health and with the assistance of Rachel Francis, DVM from the Carlisle Animal Hospital and Bob Dennison, Carlisle Dog Officer. Pet owners must be residents of Carlisle to participate.

State law requires the vaccination of all cats and dogs. You must bring your pet's vaccination certificate (actual paperwork) in order to determine eligibility for a three-year vaccine. A rabies tag is not sufficient. The cost is $10 per animal. Cash is appreciated but checks will be accepted. Dogs must be on leashes and cats brought in carriers.

Dog licenses will be available during clinic hours. A late fine of $20 will be added to the regular fee for any dog not licensed by April 1. Proof of current vaccination status is required for licensing.

Volunteers are needed to help with the processing. Community service points will be awarded to eligible high school students. Contact the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283 for more information.

Peter Alden comes to Carlisle April 12

Famed naturalist, ornithologist and environmentalist Peter Alden will speak on Thursday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Union Hall, First Religious Society.

Co-sponsored by the Carlisle Historical Society and Friends of the Gleason Public Library, Alden's topic is "Changes in Flora and Fauna in the Concord-Carlisle Area from Thoreau's Time to the Present."

Alden, a Concord resident, is the author of 15 books on U.S. nature and overseas wildlife, and has written several books in the series The National Audubon Society Regional Field Guides (Knopf). Alden's talk in Carlisle is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served.

Black Bear information evening April 5

The Carlisle Conservation Commission and the Carlisle Public School, with support from the Carlisle Conservation Foundation (CCF) are providing an informational evening program to learn more about Carlisle's most recent woodland visitor, the Black Bear. At 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, in the Corey Auditorium, Jim Cardoza, a wildlife biologist for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, will present his informational program about the Black Bear in Massachusetts. The program is open to the public.

Nominations now open for River Stewardship Award

The League of Women Voters and the Wild and Scenic River Stewardship Council announce the fifth Annual River Stewardship Award. Applications are due no later than April 27 and are available online at the Concord-Carlisle LWV web site

The River Stewardship Award honors individuals or organizations whose actions demonstrate innovative thinking, creative solutions, extra effort and brave positions that led to the health and preservation of the watershed. Stewardship projects could involve educational efforts, innovative strategies, tools or technologies and advocacy in opposing wasteful and polluting horticultural practices or damaging development practices.

Individuals as well as colleagues, friends or neighbors can submit nominations. Call Betsy Sluder, LWVCC River Awards Co-Chair, for assistance and information at 1-978-369-1851.

Sergei Krushchev to speak in Carlisle April 11

Sergei Krushchev, son of former Soviet Premier Nikita Krushchev, will speak in Carlisle on Wednesday, April 11. Dr. Krushchev has been a senior fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University since 1996. At 4:30 p.m., Krushchev will visit the Carlisle Public School and conduct a roundtable discussion with teachers and staff members. At 5:30 p.m., he will meet in the Corey Dining Room for a reception and book-signing. This event is open to the public. His book, Nikita Krushchev and the Creation of a Superpower (2000, $34.95) will be available at that time. Krushchev has published several other books, the latest of which are two volumes of the Memoirs of Nikita Krushchev. At 7:30 p.m., Krushchev will give a free public address in Corey Auditorium entitled, "The Cold War: An Examination of the Krushchev Years."

For more information, contact Principal Paul Graseck of the Carlisle Middle School at 1-978-369-6550.

Sign up for Story Time March 24

The Gleason Public Library will offer Story Time sessions beginning on April 2. For the three to four-year-old group, the child must be three by April 5, and for the four- to-six-year-old group the child must be five by October 2.

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 April 6 at 10:30 a.m. The under-two Story Times will meet Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. starting on April 5. Registration is not required for these Story Times.

In-person registration for the spring Story Time session will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 24. Phone registrations will be taken beginning at 11 a.m. All sessions run through the week of May 21. For more information, call the children's department at the library at 1-978-369-4898.

CCHS Step Club show is March 24

"The Spring Bling 2007," sponsored by the Zeta Phi Delta Step Club at Concord-Carlisle High School, is a Talent/Fashion Show featuring performances by student talent from Boston, Concord and Carlisle schools K-12. Step Club members and other students will model fashions from Boston area designers and popular retailers. The "fashion talent/ extravaganza" takes place Saturday, March 24, at 6 p.m. at CCHS. Tickets can be purchased for $10. Children (12 and under), are $5. Senior citizens (65 and older) are $7.

Public comments sought for Great Meadows hunting

In response to a national lawsuit, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has evaluated the long-term and cumulative environmental impacts resulting from hunting waterfowl and white-tailed deer at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). An environmental assessment has been prepared and is available for public review and comment.

This program was proposed in April 2003 in the draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment. The final comprehensive plan containing revised hunt programs was approved in January 2005 and hunting was initiated in the fall of 2005.

The public may comment on the draft revised environmental assessment through April 16. Copies are available for review at the headquarters of the Eastern Massachusetts NWR Complex, located at 73 Weir Hill Road in Sudbury. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays. The environmental assessment is also on-line at:

Public meetings will be held on Wednesday, April 11 at the Eastern Massachusetts NWR Complex headquarters from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Fund for Animals, a national animal rights organization, sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2003 alleging that the agency did not fully meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when it opened national wildlife refuges to hunting between 1997 and 2003. The lawsuit affects migratory bird, upland game and big game hunt programs at 74 national wildlife refuges throughout the U.S. U.S. Circuit Court Judge Ricardo M. Urbina ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in August. The court did not stop national wildlife refuge hunt programs and the Service is working to fulfill NEPA requirements for the hunts at issue by May 31. During this time the Service are also addressing any similar deficiencies regarding the opening of hunts for 30 refuges opened to hunting since the lawsuit was filed and for seven 2006-2007 proposed refuge openings.

The draft revised environmental assessment includes the Service's analyses of the overall impacts of the hunt on resident wildlife, migratory species, threatened and endangered species, refuge facilities and visitor services, cultural resources, ecosystems, and neighboring lands. The Service also considered the cumulative impacts of past, present, and future hunts on wildlife species, refuge resources, and other wildlife-dependent refuge activities. Where appropriate, the Service assessed the cumulative environmental impacts at the local, regional, and migratory flyway levels.

Minuteman Senior Services looking for SHINE counselors

Currently Carlisle does not have a SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs for Elders) counselor. We use Acton's but would benefit from having our own. SHINE will provide training sessions, starting April 10.

The sessions include: Tuesday, April 10 - Orientation/Medicare Part A and B, April 11 - Medigap/Medicare Advantage, April 17 - Medicare Part D/Internet and Medicare web site/other prescription drug coverage, April 18 - claims and appeals/quality assurance/fraud, April 25 - public benefits/other insurance, April 30 - public benefits, May 3 - Long term care/cultural competency/counseling guidelines, May 8 - catch up/review/practice. The training terminates with a review exam/reporting requirements/graduation on Thursday, June 7. All sessions are generally held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an hour off for lunch. Continental breakfast is provided; lunch is on your own. For more information, contact Cindy Phillips at 1-781-221-7070 or

Help plan for Carlisle's future

A nonpartisan group, A Livable Carlisle Community (LCC), has formed in town to discuss issues related to the future of our community. Do you worry about whether you or your children will be able to afford to live here? Whether we can maintain the quality of our schools? Whether we will have the services our aging population needs? Whether we can continue our commitment to environmental protection and open access to land? The LCC is a group of residents who are examining these and other issues facing Carlisle.

LCC is hosting an open community meeting in March to talk about the demographic and fiscal projections for Carlisle and to begin a discussion about planning for the future. Join them for informative, lively, and participative discussions. The meeting will be on Saturday, March 24, from 9 to 11 a.m. in Town Hall. Refreshments will be served.

For more information about the open meeting or the LCC, contact Marlene Fine (; 1-978-371-7542).

COA MFA trip

The Council on Aging (COA) will travel to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on April 24 for "Art in Bloom." The COA van will pick you up at your home, if needed; otherwise, park at the Congregational Church, 147 School Street to leave Carlisle at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $16 per senior. Make checks payable to the Friends of Carlisle COA and mail to Joanne Willens no later than Thursday, April 1. Lunch is on your own at the MFA. Call Joanne at 1-978-371-8023 to sign up for this day trip.

Seniors to see Crazy for You, May 2

Join the Carlisle Seniors to see Crazy for You at North Shore Music Theatre on May 2. Crazy for You is a delightful adventure of a stagestruck New York City playboy in a Nevada mining town where romance, mistaken indentities, and show-stopping musical numbers add up to lots of fun.

Space is limited, first 13 get to ride on the Carlisle Van, others will have to car pool. Have lunch on your own at the Sylvan Street Grille and the play is $45 for inner circle seats. Call Joanne if you want to go, 1-978-371-8023. The $45 checks should be made out to the Friends of Carlisle COA and mailed to Joanne Willens, 134 Ember Lane, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Open Studios at Highland Building

Carlisle's Highland Building will have its annual Open Studios Saturday and Sunday, March 31 and April 1. The artists have prepared displays of their recent work and refreshments, and will explain what they do and answer questions about how they do it.

Make a monoprint with Lonnie Harvey on Sunday, April 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Highland Open Studios. Adults are as welcome as children.

Academic coaching available in Carlisle

Private academic coaching is now available locally from Learning Strategies Unlimited (LSU), the practice of Susan Taber, MEd, BCET. Susan can offer your child advancement through academic skill enrichment and focused tutorials. LSU is located at 1 River Road and is also collaborating with Carlisle Kids' House Extended Day Program (CEDP) to offer individual and small group sessions. This is an opportunity for your elementary or middle school child to receive enrichment on site at CEDP or at LSU. In addition, your college-bound children can benefit from the SAT preparation and transition-to-college programs at LSU. On Thursday, April 5, come meet Susan from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at CEDP's Open House at 142 East Street or call 1-978-501-5437 for more information.

Yusef Komunyakaa poetry reading March 28

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa will read from his poetry on Wednesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Parker Damon School Cafetorium, 11 Charter Road, Acton.

Mr. Komunyakaa has published several books of poems, and besides the Pulitzer Prize, has won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the Dark Room Poetry Prize and the San Francisco Poetry Center Award and the Robert Creeley Award. He recently was named New York University's Distinguished Senior Poet and is part of the faculty in the school's Graduate Creative Writing Program. He previously taught at Princeton.

Martha Collins of Cambridge and Oberlin, Ohio, is one of the opening poets. She is the author of five books of poetry and recipient of many honors. Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Junior Brendan Fitzmaurice, selected from a field of six outstanding high school poets, is the other opening poet. A book-signing session will conclude the evening.

There is no charge for tickets but they are required and are available at Acton Memorial, Citizens and Sargent Libraries, Willow Books, the Concord Bookshop, West Acton Market and Porter Square Books. People are asked to carpool as parking is limited.

Piano recital by Thomas Stumpf on March 25

Thomas Stumpf will play music by Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms in a recital entitled, "A Musical Triangle," on March 25 at 4 p.m. at the Parish Center for the Arts, corner of Boston Road and Lincoln Street in Westford. There will be a pre-concert talk at 3:15 p.m. Admission is $12 for members of the PCA, $15 for non-members, $8 for teens and students, and $5 for under 13. For information, call 1-978-692-6333 or visit

Young Artist concert March 24

The J. V. Fletcher Library presentsa Young Artist Concert featuring talented violinists, violists and cellists performing works by Sarasate, Bruch, Brahms, Schubert and Vivaldi, andjoined by guest artist, pianist Leslie Hitelman.The concert, recommended for children 10 and older, will be held Saturday, March 24, at 2 p.m. A meet-the-artist reception will follow.Admission is $2. Tickets are available at the library or at the door. The address is 50 Main Street, Westford. For more information, call 1-978-692-5557 or visit

"JFK Experience" on March 31 at EU

"The JFK Experience" will be presented by actor Mike Lowe, at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts (EU), 40 Stow Street, Concord, on March 31 at 8 p.m. The program includes excerpts of several of JFK's historic speeches, plus "Importance of the Arts," a speech delivered at Amherst College in October, 1963. Admission is $15 including a reception following the performance. Buy tickets online with a small surcharge at or call the Emerson Umbrella at 1-978-371-0820.

Newcomers spring social is April 28

Come April, the Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club will roll into spring when they hold their annual spring social in the theme, Casino Royale. Mark your calendars and save the date. Club members are invited to enjoy an evening of food, wine and games. Visit for more information, or call Barbara Lewis at 1-978-287-0049.

New friendships for spring

The Singles Social Club is a free, member-driven social organization for singles age 40 and up. The club is a great way to meet other singles your own age for friendship and activities such as theater, hiking, softball, dining, parties, and musical events. Coming up in the next few months are an evening of billiards, an evening of theater in Acton, and a trip to Mohegan Sun. The club has at least 10 scheduled gatherings every month so there is always something that will fit your tastes and schedule. In addition, many find that they make good friends in the club and get together with them on their own. You can check the club out on any Thursday night for music and dancing at the Acton Jazz Café. Contact Dave at if you would like to come and share the evening.

To become a member, you must be single, have an e-mail address, and be at least 40 years of age. There is no cost to become a member, although there are sometimes fees for the activities. For general membership information, contact Mary Lou at, or visit

Donate cat food to Transfer Station

Donations of cat food are needed to feed the feral cats, the official mousers at the Transfer Station. If you can donate, call Lisa at 1-978-369-8082.

Lexington ceramic exhibition in April

The Lexington Arts and Crafts Society Ceramics Guild celebrates the "Fifth Biennial State of Clay: an Exhibition of Massachusetts Ceramicists." Innovative clay work ranges from sculpture to functional pottery.

The State of Clay is open to all ceramicists with ties to the state of Massachusetts. It is a juried show and the only show of its kind.

At the opening reception, Sunday, April 1 from 3 to 5 p.m., there will be a gallery talk with juror Chris Gustin. The exhibit will run April 1 through 29 at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, 130 Waltham Street, Lexington. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call 1-781 862 9696 or visit

Union Hall Coffee House grand opening

At the First Religious Society on March 31 at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:45 p.m. , acoustic band City of Roses will sweep Union Hall Coffee House into its big first chapter. City of Roses will wow you with their upbeat vocal blends and virtuoso musicianship. Tickets are $12 at the door. Expect two 45-minute sets with a 20-minute intermission to mingle among friends and enjoy the array of refreshments that will be for sale in the Union Hall kitchen. Also, BYOB if you are so inclined.Visit, and write in about what you think and whom you would like to see at the Coffee House. For information and bookings, contact Dian Francesca Cuccinello, or 1-978-287-5745.

The Firehouse Coffeehouse presents Fred Small April 6

The Reverend Fred Small, singer-songwriter and pastor of First Church Unitarian will perform a special benefit concert at First Church Unitarian, 19 Foster Street, Littleton at 8 p.m. on Friday , April 6. All proceeds will benefit the Dr. Edgar D. Bell, Jr. Fund for Social Justice. Before entering the ministry, Small toured internationally as a folksinger, and has released seven albums. Tickets ($15 in advance/$18 at the door) are available in advance at the Minor Chord in Acton, via or by calling 1-978-742-9957. This event is wheelchair accessible.

Annual used-book sale is June 30

The Friends of Gleason Public Library annual used-book sale will be Saturday, June 30 (rain date July 1), as part of the Carlisle Old Home Day celebration. Save the date and begin to gather your gently used books, CDs, videotapes and DVDs (no magazines, encyclopedias or textbooks). Drop-off will begin on June 1 at Gleason Library. Volunteers are needed for sorting books in the weeks leading up to the sale as well as to help during the day of sale. Contact Jane Abata at 1-978-254-5194 or

Get your Transfer Station sticker now

Get your new transfer station sticker now at the Police Station. New red stickers are $15 per vehicle. Bring your registration, or if the vehicle is leased, bring proof of residence.

Better Breathers meeting April 19

The Better Breathers Club at Emerson Hospital will hold its monthly meeting in the North Assembly Room at Emerson Hospital from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday,April 19.A Lincare representative will present a lecture titled, "The Latest and Greatest in Home Respiratory Equipment."The public is invited to this free lecture.Refreshments will be served.For more information, call the pulmonary rehabilitation team at 1-978-287-3715.

Saturday fair looks at global warming

There will be something for everybody at the Global Warming Symposium and Fair at the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School this Saturday, March 24. The event, which is sponsored by Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education (CCAE), opens at 9 a.m. with a keynote speech by the director of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network, Mark Breslow. His speech is followed by a symposium and fair in the High School cafeteria from 10 until 2, with over 50 exhibitors, presentations and demonstrations. Al Gore's film, An Inconvenient Truth will be screened at 10 and a trainee from Al Gore's Climate Project will be present after the viewing to explore the science in more detail. The event is free and open to the public.

An inclusive menu

A wide range of exhibits, presentations and demonstrations (see table at right) amplifies Breslow's keynote topic, "What Communities Can Do: How Local Climate Action Contributes to the Big Picture."

The menu is flexible as well as inclusive. It is possible to drop in for one event, such as the Gore movie, or to stay all day and browse. Free refreshments are available and lunch may be purchased.

Locations: Auditorium (A) Faculty Lounge (FL) Cafeteria (C) Room A8 (A8) Library (L)

9:00-10:00 Marc Breslow, Director of Mass Climate Action Network - What a Community Can Do: How Local Climate Action Contributes to the Big Picture.

10:30-12:00: "An Inconvenient Truth" starring Al Gore. A special showing of the Academy Award winning movie.
12:30-1:30: Mark Durenberger: An Al Gore Trained Leader

The following half hour presentations will also allow time for discussion. They are located in three different locations to allow people to move from one to the other.

10:30-11:00 John O'Dell - Concord Municipal Light Plant A8 What CMLP Can Do For You
11:00-11:30 Michael McAteer - Concord Green Team FL The Greening of Concord Schools & Municipal Buildings
11:30-12:00 Josh Bagnato, Director, Renewable Energy Policy A8 Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs NE Regional Agreement & What Massachusetts Can Do
12:00-12:30 Ann Dorfman, Concord Conserves FL Everything You Need to Know about Concord Recycling
12:30-1:00 Andy Proulx, Certified Energy Rater A8 A Renewable Home Energy Plan that Works
1:00-1:30 Andrew Stern, NE Windpower LLC FL Overview of the Hull Windpower Project
1:30-2:00 Larry Masland & Vivian Myers-Marowitz A8 Concord Comprehensive Sustainable Energy Committee Strategies for a Sustainable Energy Future for Concord.

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