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Friday, April 27, 2007

Town Meeting

April 30 at 7 p.m.

Corey Auditorium Town Meeting child care available

Parents of pre- and school-age children are advised that Carlisle Kids House is providing free care for children in kindergarten through sixth grade for the night(s) of Town Meeting. Children may relax, do homework, watch a movie, or read before settling down with their sleeping bags and pillows.

A list of babysitters who can sit on the night(s) of Town Meeting is available to all parents as well. Typical babysitting fees will apply in this case. The Corey Dining Room will be pressed into service as a children's retreat. Town Meeting sound will be piped into the room, where parents can bring and supervise their own children while participating in the meeting. Preschoolers and toddlers may be cared for at private households with assistance from seventh grade Girl Scouts. Donations to the Scout troop are requested.

If you have questions about Town Meeting child care, contact Nancy Szczesniak at 1-978-369-6194 or 1-978-337-6841, or at To arrange service for your children at Carlisle Kids House, contact Karen Tang at 1-978-369-5558 or .

Old Home Day Adult/Continuing Education grant

The Old Home Day Committee is announcing that they have created a grant program to be funded exclusively through "event" earnings from Old Home Day. The grant will consist initially of $500.00 in grant money for Carlisle residents age 25 or older wishing to pursue Adult/Continuing Education.

The applicant must be a resident of Carlisle at the time of the application and

must be 25 years of age, or older. Applications will be accepted throughout the year as long as funds are available

Final awards will be made by the OHD Association to the continuing education institution selected by the recipient. The recipient will have 180 days from the award date to enroll in a course.

For questions about the application process, contact Pat Schannen at 1-978-369-1486.

Seniors tea May 1

Seniors are cordially invited to a tea run by the Carlisle Middle School Student Council on May 1 from 2 to4 p.m. at the Carlisle School. Follow the signs from the parking lot stairs to the Main Office in the Wilkens Building, where you will be greeted at 2 p.m. Join in for some free refreshments, music, games and communication with some great middle school students.

CPC spring social and egg hunt April 29

The Carlisle Parents Connection will host its Spring Social on Sunday, April 29, from 2 to 4 Diment Park (rain location: Union Hall). Little ones may decorate a flower pot for Mother's Day, and see a magic show at 2:30 p.m. Also, there will be an egg hunt, starting at approximately 3:15 p.m., where kids can find eggs hidden throughout the park and return them for a prize. For more information, contact Ali Walsh at

CSA book fair May 7 to 11

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) Spring Book Fair will be at the school library May 7 to 11. Open hours are May 7, 3 to 8 p.m.; May 8, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; May 9 and 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and May 11, 8 to 11 a.m.Choose books from our huge selection or purchase a gift certificate for someone special.Cash, check, Visa or Mastercard are accepted.

Union Hall Coffeehouse April 28

The Union Hall Coffeehouse is pulling out all the stops on Saturday, April 28, when Southern Rail, one of the country's finest bluegrass bands, performs at the coffeehouse at 7:30 p.m. Doors to the coffeehouse, at the First Religious Society, open at 7 p.m. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. BYOB, if you choose, and enjoy all of the fine homemade desserts for sale at the Union Hall Café. Tickets are $15, and $8 for kids under 12. To reserve a café table, call Dian Francesca Cuccinello at 1-978-287-5745, or e-mail her at

CCHS baseball spring clean-up day May 12

On Saturday, May 12 (raindate: Sunday, May 13) Concord-Carlisle High School baseball players will rake, plant bulbs, spread mulch and perform light yard work for residents of Concord and Carlisle.Players will supply rakes, blowers and shovels as needed (no ladders or heavy machinery). The fee is $10 per player per hour (minimum of two players for three to four hours each). All proceeds will benefit the CCHS Baseball program.Call Karen Sabatino at 1-978-287-4704 to reserve your hardworking crew.

Annual health fair May 5

The Board of Health, Emerson Hospital and the Council on Aging will sponsor their annual health fair for all residents on Saturday, May 5 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Clark Room at 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 1-978-369-0283.

Carlisle Birding Trip

D'Ann and Tom Brownrigg, Carlisle birders, will lead a Brookline Bird Club outing in Carlisle the morning of Saturday, April 28. The trip is free and open to the public. Meet at Carlisle's Foss Farm Conservation Land parking lot at 7 a.m. Bring binoculars if you have them. In the event of rain, the trip will be cancelled. If you have questions, please call the Brownriggs at 1-978-369-5609, or e-mail them at

COA doings

Health care proxies and living wills: Attorney Linda Butterworth-Till will offer a two-night program at CCHS on preparing health care proxy and living will documents. The class will be held on Thursdays, May 3 and 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. and costs $100 per person. Call 1-978-318-1540 days or 1-978-318-1432 evenings to enroll or do so on-line at Let the COA know if you need a ride to these seminars by calling 1-978-371-6690.

Monthly coffee: On Thursday, May 3, the COA will have coffee, teas, pastry, fruit and other morning treats at 9:30 a.m. in the Sleeper Room for all Village Court residents and Carlisle seniors.

Luncheon outing: Join the COA on Tuesday, May 8, at noon at Minuteman Technical High School's restaurant for lunch. Choices include baked stuffed chicken or Scandinavian scrod for $10 plus tip. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 by May 4 with your menu choice and if you need the van.

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.

Men's breakfast: On Thursday, May 10, 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.

Jazz series: The Friends of the Carlisle COA Jeanne Rourk Fund and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library are cosponsoring a four-week series on jazz, running on Wednesday afternoons (May 16, 23, 30 and June 6) from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Library. The Jammin' the Blues series, which is free and open to the public, will look at jazz artists on film before the coming of television. Call the library reference desk at 1-978-369-4898 to register. Space is limited.

May luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, May 17 at Union Hall for lunch followed by a talk by John Buonomo, Registrar of Probate. Call 1-978-371-2895 to RSVP by May 14. A donation of at least $2 is suggested. Blood pressure screenings will be provided from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Let us know if you need a van ride when you make your reservation.

Women's breakfast: Carlisle's own chef, Dian Cuccinello, will host and cook breakfast for women 50+ on Wednesday, May 30 at 8 a.m. The menu includes strawberry orange juice, fresh melon and berry bowl, fresh brioche and strawberry butter (other fruit butters available), forget the blues blueberry-nutmeg muffins, apple and mince pie stuffed muffins, lemon-chocolate chip muffins, basil-cheese and egg strata, homemade sage and thyme sausage patties, coffee and tea. A donation of at least $2 is requested. If you plan to attend, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895. Call the van line if you need a ride.

Play: On June 13, the COA has inner circle tickets for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the North Shore Music Theater. Tickets are $45 with lunch on your own. Space is limited. Send checks made out to the Friends of the Carlisle COA to Joanne Willens, 134 Ember Lane, Carlisle, MA 01741. The COA van will transport the first 13 people requesting transportation. For more information, call Joanne at 1-978-371-8023.

Hazardous Waste Day Collection

on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon

The Annual Hazardous Waste Collection will be held on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to noon at the DPW Building behind the Transfer Station. The collection is sponsored by the Board of Health and paid out of Transfer Station sticker fees. Clean Harbors will conduct the collection, which is free to residents who have a valid transfer station sticker.

What to bring: Oil based paints, stains, thinners and strippers, solvents and varnishes, adhesives, glues, resins, waste fuels, (kerosene, gasoline) engine degreasers, brake fluids, poisons, cleaners, spot removers, pool chemicals, aerosol cans, pesticides, herbicides, creosote, moth balls, arts and crafts supplies, antifreeze.

What not to bring: No latex paint. If you bring latex paint to the collection, you will have to bring it back home. These paint cans should be opened, allowed to dry and disposed of in the regular trash collector. Adding kitty litter or newspaper will accelerate the process. Smoke detectors, compressed gas cylinders, ammunition, fireworks or explosives, prescription medicines/syringes, radioactive wastes, fire extinguishers, cathode ray tubes, biological waste, unknown materials.

CRT recycling: Computer monitors should be left in or near the swap shop for recycling.

Batteries: Batteries do not need to be brought to the hazardous waste collection. Residents can dispose of ordinary household batteries (AAA - D, Alkaline, nickel cadmium) by giving them to the attendant at the Transfer Station. There is a regular collection point for lead-acid or car batteries.

Swap table: A swap table for new and unused paint, motor oil, cleaners, etc. will be open from 9-11 a.m. Clean Harbors will select items appropriate for exchange.

Mercury: Thermostats and thermometers can be dropped off anytime with the Transfer Station attendant. The town is no longer doing a thermometer swap. The board encourages homeowners to check with contractors they hire on how they plan to dispose of mercury-containing products being replaced.

Safety: Tighten caps and lids, leaving materials in original labeled containers. Sort and pack separately paint, pesticides, household cleaners. Avoid spills and do not place in garbage bags. Never mix chemicals. Cars should not block the entrance to the Transfer Station.

The collection, which begins at 9 a.m., will close promptly at noon. Cars must be in line before noon. Once the hazardous waste containers are sealed, they cannot be opened for latecomers.

Volunteers are needed to count cars, check for stickers and help with the swap table. If you would like to volunteer for an hour or two the day of the collection, call the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283. Community Service points will be provided to interested high school students. If you have any questions about what you are bringing contact the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283.

Vernal pool walk April 29

The Carlisle Trails Committee and the Conservation Commission will host a public vernal pool walk at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 29. Chris Kavalauskas, former Conservation Commission chairman and wildlife ecologist will lead the exploration of vernal pools and pond life on the Greenough Conservation Land. She will also bring some sample vernal pool obligate species.

Wear clothes appropriate for the weather and wet footing. Bring small containers and magnifiers to view some of the smaller examples of vernal pool life. A white Frisbee would be excellent for this. Refreshments will be served after the walk. Parking is available in the Greenough parking lot on Maple Street near the Carlisle/Billerica town line. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Annual spring bird walk May 20

This year's spring bird walk on the Towle Land will be held Sunday, May 20, leaving from the parking lot on Westford street at 6 a.m. Sponsored by the Conservation Commission for the last 35 years, the walk will be led by Ken Harte.

Bobolinks should be on territory, but only a few have been found in the last two years. Is this a stable population or are we seeing the end of the Towle Bobolinks? Tree swallows and bluebirds should be competing for nest boxes. Last year's walk turned up five warbler species, but all were local breeders. Will we finally hit an old-fashioned migrant warbler wave? And will we find a water thrush again? Come and find out on May 13, rain or shine, with binoculars, boots and insect repellent.

Savoyards to hold auditions for The Gondoliers beginning May 14

The Savoyard Light Opera Company will hold auditions for its fall show, Gilbert and Sullivan's delightful The Gondoliers on Monday and Tuesday, May 14 and 15, at Corey Auditiorium in the Carlisle Middle School. ,Callbacks will be Thursday, May 17. The production dates are November 9, 10, 11, 17 (two performances) and 18. Stage direction will be by Donna DeWitt and musical direction by Fred Frabotta.

Lead Auditions are scheduled by appointment from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday, May 14, and Tuesday, May 15. Call 1-978-371-SLOC (7562) or e-mail to make your appointment. You can also sign up on: Leave your name, phone number and preferred audition date and time. Our audition coordinator will call or e-mail you to confirm your audition. Lead auditioners should prepare an audition piece from The Gondoliers or a similar light opera in English (if not from The Gondoliers, bring music for the accompanist). The audition time slots are five minutes long. Accompaniment will be provided. Readings will take place at the callbacks on Thursday, May 17. The callback list will be posted on our web site. Note that you may be cast in the show even if you are not asked to attend the callbacks.

Ensemble Auditions will be held on Monday, May 14, and Tuesday, May 15, promptly at 7 p.m. Plan to arrive a few minutes early to sign up. No solo is required; singers will audition in small groups. Music and accompaniment will be provided. If you have not filled out your audition form in advance, please come at 6:45 p.m. to fill out the form and have your picture taken for our records.

Rehearsal Schedule: The first rehearsal for the entire cast is September 4. Lead-only rehearsals will be held on Mondays from 7 to 10 p.m. starting September 10. Full cast rehearsals will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 10 p.m. starting Sept. 4, with the addition of Sundays, 2 to 5 p.m. and Monday evenings starting mid-October. Vocal warm-ups start promptly at 7 p.m.

Authors of new book will speak at GPL May 7

A new book celebrates an old Cambridge legend: the Window Shop on Brattle Street. Founded in 1939 by three Harvard faculty wives who wanted to help the refugees arriving in the Boston area from Germany and Austria, the Window Shop began as a thrift shop and evolved into a restaurant/bakery, a gift shop and a social services agency. Over its lifetime, the Window Shop became a Cambridge tradition that has never been replicated.

Carlisle's Ellen Miller wrote The Window Shop: Safe Harbor for Refugees with the help of Ilse Heyman, a Holocaust survivor who worked at the Window Shop for 25 years, and Dorothy Dahl, who served as board president for several years. The three authors will speak at the Gleason Library and sign books on Monday, May 7, at 7 p.m. This author talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. The book's web site is

CCTV classes begin May 8

Learn the basics of television production at CCTV's Studio Production 101. Classes begin May 8 and run for four consecutive Tuesdays in May from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Located in the CCTV studio in the back of CCHS, Studio Production 101 will teach students how to operate cameras, microphones and control room equipment. Once trained, students can work on other volunteer producers' shows or even create their own. The price of the Studio Production 101 class is $20. Students are also required to become members of CCTV, which costs between $5 and $15 for an individual membership.

For more information on CCTV or to sign up for Studio Production 101, visit the or or call 1-978-369-5038.

Community Chest triathlon June 3

The fifth annual Community Chest Challenge race on Sunday, June 3, will help raise funds for human service organizations in Concord, Carlisle and Maynard. Hosted by the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest and Maynard Community Chest, the triathlon encourages competitors of all abilities to challenge themselves by competing for the golden paddle prize, presented to the team that raises the largest donation. Additional prizes will be given across several other categories.

Teams are currently being formed to bike, run and paddle the scenic race route. Local agencies are also encouraged to recruit or sponsor a team. Any money raised above the minimum contribution will be distributed directly to that agency. All teams are seeking sponsor donations from friends and neighbors with proceeds going to support local need. This year, it is easier than ever to register a team or contribute any amount by visiting and donating electronically with a credit card.

The triathlon begins at 8 a.m. from the North Bridge with an 11.5-mile bike loop through Carlisle center, a three-mile run to the South Bridge Boat House, and a two-mile canoe race back to the North Bridge. Each leg of the competition is completed by two team members with teams consisting of two to six people. The minimum team contribution is $600 and all donations are tax deductible.

For information, e-mail

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