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Friday, January 18, 2008

Election information

· The Presidential Primary Election will be on Tuesday, February 5, in the Clark Room at Town Hall, 66 Westford Street. Polls will be open at 6 a.m. Voters are encouraged to carpool with others, as a large turnout is expected. Parking will be tight.

· Results will be posted on the front door of Town Hall before the election staff leaves on election night. They will also be available at Gleason Library, the Post Office, and the Police Station.

· Questions regarding voter registration or the election should be directed to the Town Clerk's office at 1-978-369-6155 or

Three-church potluck supper tomorrow

Three of the "faith communities" of Carlisle, the First Religious Society, St. Irene Church and the Carlisle Congregational Church, invite all in the town to a potluck dinner/singalong to be held in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church (147 School Street) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on January 19. Anthems from the choirs are planned, followed by a group sing of favorite popular songs from the 1890s to the 1940s. If you have questions, call Deb Pichulo at 1-978-371-0768, Barbara O'Rourke at 1-978-244-9087 or Nadine Bishop at 1-978-369-5080.

Trails Committee to lead moonlight walk tomorrow evening

On Saturday, January 19, at 7 p.m., the Trails Committee will lead a public walk/cross-country ski/snowshoe under the nearly full moon starting from the Foss Farm parking lot on Bedford Road. A shorter and a longer version of the walk will be available. One group will ski to Greenough Pond and back if conditions are good. Dress for the winter weather and bring a flashlight.Note that this walk is for people only, as dogs are not allowed in the wildlife refuge. Refreshments will be served afterwards. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Red Balloon's night out February 2

Carlisle's Red Balloon Preschool will host its second annual night out of dinner and dancing, featuring the Hip Replacements and Blue Ribbon Barbeque, on Saturday, February 2, at the Concord Rod and Gun Club. All adults are welcome to attend. Visit or contact Danielle Fries at 1-978-369-3237 for ticket information and other details.

Be listed in the Carlisle Phone Book

Volunteers at the Red Balloon Preschool are busy compiling information for the 2008 edition of the Carlisle Phone Book (the spiral bound book). The Carlisle Phone Book is distributed free to all Carlisle businesses and residents. Residents who wish to be added to the white pages or who have corrections to their current listing should fill out the form on page 5 of the current phone book and mail it to Carlisle Phone Book, P.O. Box 558, Carlisle, MA 01741 or e-mail by February 15. If you have any questions about your white page listing, contact Andrea Kalkstein at 1-978-318-6905. Note that our listings are compiled by volunteers and are not purchased from or sold to other phone books in the area.

If you are a business and would like information on placing a display ad in the yellow pages of our 2008 edition (deadline February 15), contact Lynn Brady, sales manager, at 1-978-371-6494.

CSA parent informational coffee January 24

The next parent informational coffee, sponsored by the Carlisle School Association (CSA), will be held on Thursday, January 24, at 9 a.m. in the Corey Dining Room. The topic of this meeting will be Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). The presenters, all from Carlisle Public Schools, include Marie Doyle, superintendent; Patrice Hurley, elementary school principal; Jim Halliday, middle school principal; and Karen Slack, director of Student Support Services. This meeting is open and free to all interested parties.

Dinner and family fun at Congregational Church January 20

Join folks from Carlisle Congregational Church and members of the community for a delicious home-cooked dinner, free for newcomers, some special music and a super-secret activity for all ages. Come on down and check out family night, a place with real faith, real friends and real fun. E-mail or call Deb at 1-978-369-7830 for more information.

COA doings

· Hearing clinic: There will be a free hearing clinic at Town Hall on January 22 starting at 11:45 a.m. There is currently a waiting list. Call 1-978-371-2895 for more information. This clinic is sponsored by Rogers Hearing Solutions.

· Workshop on urinary incontinence: Contrary to conventional wisdom and practice, urinary incontinence is a condition that can often be controlled. Judy Curless, chief physical therapist of the Emerson Hospital Westford Health Center, will share her expertise on this important topic from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Clark Room of Town Hall. This free workshop is co-sponsored by Emerson Hospital and the Carlisle Council on Aging (COA). Register by calling the COA at 1-978-371-2895.

· Women's breakfast: Join other senior women for a fabulous Italian-themed breakfast with "Lady Di" on January 31 (snow date February 4) in the Sleeper Room at Village Court at 8 a.m. The cost of this breakfast is $2 or more. Call the COA office to reserve your space, as seating is limited.

· CPS senior intergenerational program: The COA and the Carlisle elementary school announce a new program with the third grade and a continuation of the pre-school intergenerational poetry project. The third grade needs senior volunteers to work as mentors or buddies who support a general classroom project or assist with reading or math skills. Also seniors are needed to share their memories about times they have lived through or hobbies they have. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895. The poetry program is supported in full by a grant from the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.

Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund 2008/2009 applications

Applications for the 2008/2009 Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund are now available online at Final applications are due by April 1. Applicants must reside in Concord or Carlisle or have attended school in one of these towns. All fund scholarships are need-based. For more information, e-mail

Concord Orchestra performances begin January 25

Concord Orchestra performances will be January 25 and 26, 2008 at 8 p.m. at 51 Walden Street, Concord. Prelude recitals will be at 7:15 each evening. Featured music will be Stravinsky's Jeu de Cartes and Schumann's Rhenish Symphony (No.3). The featured soloist is Robert Anenome, winner of the Concord Orchestra's Ehlers Young Artist Competition, playing Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1. Piano recitals at 7:15 p.m. are by third-place winner Eric Lu on Friday, and second-place winner Mackenzie Melemed on Saturday. Tickets are $20, $16/seniors and students. Call 1-978-369-4967 or visit for reservations.

Newcomers social January 26

Join the Concord Carlisle Newcomers Club on Saturday evening, January 26, at 7 p.m. This house party will provide our members an opportunity to enjoy each other's company and extend a welcome to our new town residents. If you are interested in attending this event, or any of our many events, visit

Sign up for Story Time

The Gleason Public Library will offer Story Time sessions beginning on January 24. For the three- to four-and-a-half-year-old group, the child must be three by January 24 and for the four and a half- to six-year-old group, the child must be five by July 28.

The three- to four-and-a-half-year-olds will meet on Thursday afternoon from 1:30 to 2 p.m. The four and a half- 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 January 25 at 10:30 a.m. The under- two Story Times will meet Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. starting on January 24. Registration is not required for these Story Times.

All sessions run through the week of March 10. Story Times do not meet during public school vacation weeks. For more information, call the children's department at the library at 1-978-369-4898.

Carlisle ladies spring tennis league

Carlisle women who are interested in trying out for openings in our local spring tennis league (April-June) should contact Bobby Lyman: 1-978-369-6185 or Substitutes will also be needed in case you do not want to play twice each week. Spring league is a low key, social competition with morning lessons and games; days depend on skill level. An entry level team is being considered in addition to the usual levels.

C-C youth baseball and softball registration now

Registration for Concord-Carlisle youth baseball and softball is open until February 15, for the spring season. To register, go to Visit our web site for a registration, clear description of all programs and FAQs:

· Age (grade) divisions from grade K to grade 8 (15 years old)

· Schedule of game times

· Winter clinics (to be announced)

· Coach clinics (to be announced)

· Games will start just after April school break and run until the second week of June.

CCHS sports meeting February 5

Join Athletic Director Barry Haley on Tuesday, February 5, at 7:30 p.m. for an open dialogue about CCHS sports entitled, "Educational Athletics: How Can We Make Them Better at CCHS?" Bring your questions and thoughts about interscholastic and club sports at CCHS. You may also send questions or thoughts in advance to Sue Myers at, or submit written questions at the meeting.

Register now for CCYS spring 2008 in-town soccer

Registration for Concord Carlisle Youth Soccer (CCYS) In-town spring soccer is open now through February 25. CCYS offers outdoor soccer for children in grades Pre-K through six. To be eligible to play in our Pre-K division, players must be entering kindergarten in fall 2008. Games are played on Saturdays from May 3 through June 14. Practices for the kindergarten through grade six divisions are usually hosted once per week and are determined by the player's coach just before the season starts.

Registration fees are $95 per player with a $10 discount for each additional child registering within the family. If new to our program, a player may purchase a shirt for $20. Returning players may wear the blue and white reversible shirts purchased in the past.

CCYS is actively recruiting coaches and other volunteers to help run our program. Consider volunteering when registering your player.

To register, go to, click on Registration and follow the directions from there. Returning users can log into their accounts using the e-mail address and password assigned during the fall season. After February 25, a late fee of $20 applies and player team placement is not guaranteed.

For further information, go to and choose "In-Town" from the left-hand menu selections. For answers to questions, contact Nancy by e-mail at or by phone at 1-978-369-7978.

Square/contra dance in Westford January 26

On Saturday, January 26, at 8 p.m., the regular fourth Saturday square/contra dance will be held at the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street, Westford, with Tony Parks calling and Oh, CONTRAire! providing live music. All are welcome. No experience is required. First-time dancers, come at 7:30 p.m. for free instruction and get into the dance for free as well. Also get in free with a student ID card. General admission: $5/adults; $3/teens; maximum $12/family.

Main Concord library extends hours on January 27

On Sunday, January 27, the Concord Free Public Library will offer extended hours for students who want to study individually and in groups for mid-term exams. Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., the library will have regular and volunteer staff to help out.

For more information, visit

Concord ham radio licensing classes begin in February

This four-session seminar is designed to help those people interested in Amateur Radio Communications to pass the Morse Code requirement (the code test is no longer required). Study material will be based on the ARRL publication, "Ham Radio License Manual," introducing basic radio theory. Students will also learn Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations and the information needed to operate an Amateur Radio Station.

Classes are held from 7 to 10 p.m., at CCHS on Tuesday, February 12; Thursday, February 14; Tuesday, February 26 and Thursday, February 28 (note the week off for school vacation). Those wishing to take FCC examinations for higher level licenses on February 28 may arrange to do so with prior notice to the instructors. The registration fee is $20. The FCC exam fee is $14, and the textbook is available at cost from the instructors for $25.

Contact Concord-Carlisle Adult Education to register: from 6 to 10 p.m. at 1-978-318-1432 or 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1-978-318-1540, or e-mail For information about Colonial Wireless, visit

"smALL gifts/big heARTS" at Emerson Umbrella

Contribute to the open sales "smALL gifts/big heARTS" show at the Emerson Umbrella and fill the gallery with joyous creations from the heart that would make appropriate small gifts in honor of Valentine's Day.

The show is open to all artists and craftspeople high school age and older. Submit up to two pieces for a $10 entry fee. Works of art will be available for purchase throughout the show's run, February 2 to 15, with a reception at 3 p.m. on February 10. For further information, call the Emerson Umbrella at 1-978-371-0820.Syncopation performs February 2

Called the "Manhattan Transfer of the 21st Century" by the Boston Globe, Syncopation's repertoire includes catch swing, Latin and pop tunes along with a cappella jazz and improvisation pieces. Do not miss them on Saturday, February 2, at 8 p.m. at the Parish Center for the Arts (PCA), 10 Lincoln Street, Westford. Cabaret seating, BYOB and appetizers. Handicapped accessible. Admission is $12/PCA members, $5/teens, $15/everyone else. Reservations are recommended at 1-978-692-6333 or, or buy tickets at

The Discovery Series presents Snow White February 3

On Sunday, February 3, at 1 and 4 p.m., the UMass Lowell Center for the Arts will present the Lille Kartofler Figurentheater from Germany in a magical production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.Children from four to nine years of age are invited to enter the world of Snow White as they have never seen it before.

Mattias Kuchta of the Lille Kartofler Figurentheater (Small Potatoes Puppet Theater) brings ageless, European-style puppetry to modern audiences throughout the world.In the intimate Fisher Recital Hall, the children sit closely around Kuchta as he manipulates children-size puppets in telling the popular fairy tale.In the excitement of the storytelling, Kuchta soon becomes invisible to the audience as they see only the puppets.At times, the children participate in the production with the puppets playing among them and a child becoming a prince, a witch, or even stormy weather or sunshine.As the story progresses, the familiar world fades away and the audience enters the land of imagination.

This event will take place at Durgin Hall, 35 Wilder Street, on the UMass Lowell South Campus.Tickets are $12 and are limited to only 150 each performance.Tickets may be purchased by phone with Visa or Mastercard by calling the Box Office at 1-978-934-4444 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by visiting where directions to the concert hall and to parking may be found.

"Stopping by Woods: Poetry Reading and Tea" February 9

On Saturday, February 9, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Tea Room Restaurant, Fruitlands, Museum in Harvard, Susan Edwards Richmond, 2007 Poet in Residence, will read from her new poetry collection, Purgatory Chasm, and other poems inspired by the season, including the works of Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, and contemporary writers. Tea and hot beverages will be served, along with savory and sweet treats.Museum grounds are available forstrolling, cross country skiing, and snowshoeingbefore and after the program.Admisison is $10/Members and guests, $15/others. To register or for more information, call 1-978-456-3924 ext. 239 or e-mail

Concord Women's Chorus open rehearsal

The Concord Women's Chorus, a 45-voice chorus directed by Jane Ring Frank, will hold an open rehearsal on January 22, at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, in Concord. Brief auditions will be held at the end of the rehearsal. Visit or call 1-978-772-2445 for more information.

Colonial Spirit Chorusoffers free vocal lesson January 24

The Colonial Spirit Chorus of Sweet Adelines is offering a free vocal lesson for women of all ages on January 24 at the Church Of The Good Shepherd, Newtown Road, Acton from 7 to 8 p.m. There is a $10 materials and music fee, and the lesson is free.It is not necessary to be able to read music. You may audition for the chorus after the lesson if you wish. For information, call Norma at 1-978-692-2270 or Noreen 1-978-263-0562.

Concord Art Association presents 'Demo Days'

Concord Art Association will offer a new series of art-inspired sessions called "Demo Days."

Whether you are an artist or an art-lover, this is a wonderful way to learn a new technique, share ideas and gain a deeper insight into creating art by observing an experienced artist at work.

Upcoming sessions include:

January 23 — Jon Imber, Expressive Semi-Abstract Landscapes

February 13 —Tom Sutherland, Impressionistic Watercolor

The Concord Art Association is located at 37 Lexington Road in Concord. Gallery hours are Tuesday —Saturday, 10 to 4:30 p.m.and Sunday

12 to 4 p.m. To reserve your space please email or call 1-978-369-2578.

CCHS evening registration session January 23

Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) will offer an evening registration session for all Concord and Carlisle eighth- and ninth-grade independent school students and their parents/guardians on Wednesday, January 23, 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the CCHS library. Prospective students should bring completed registration materials to this meeting. Families that have not received registration materials should call Mrs. McDonald at the CCHS Counseling Office, 1-978-341-2490, extension 7108.

Send your love on Valentine's Day

Send a singing phonogram to your sweetheart. Colonial Spirit Chorus will sing a song to anyone in the continental USA on February 14 between 7:30 and 10 p.m. It is just $20 ($25 for a specific time). Call Noreen Row at 1-978-263-0562 by February 12. Colonial Spirit Chorus is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, a four-part acapella chorus, partially sponsored by Acton Boxborough Arts Council and Quantec Corporation.

Auditions for H.M.S. Pinafore begin January 27

The Concord Orchestra, Concord Band and Concord Players are collaborating to put on a concert performance of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta H.M.S. Pinafore at 51 Walden in Concord on April 5 and 6.

Auditions for the principals, Sir Joseph Porter, Captain Corcoran, Ralph Rackstraw, Dick Deadeye, Bill Bobstay, Bob Becket, Tom Tucker, Sergeant of Marines, Josephine, Hebe, and Little Buttercup will be held at 51 Walden on Sunday, January 27, at 7 p.m., and at Tri-Con Church, 54 Walden Street, on Sunday, February 3, at 2 p.m. Singers are also needed for the chorus of First Lord's Sisters, Cousins and Aunts, and Sailors and Marines. The chorus need not audition, but should come to one of the audition nights to sign up and have a picture taken. Cast and chorus must be available for a number of rehearsals in February, March, and early April.

Alan Yost will conduct the performance, which is being sponsored by the Friends of the Performing Arts in Concord (FOPAC). For further information, contact the FOPAC office at 1-978-369-7911.

Continuing Education workshops January 24

Continuing Education presents two single-session workshops on January 24. Court Booth, American Heart Association instructor, teaches CPR-AED basic life support from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and therapist Malaena Nahmias presents "Living Deliberately: Redefining Retirement." For information and enrollment, call 1-978-318-1540 weekdays or visit

FOGPL community potluck supper is February 9

Come to the Friends of Gleason Public Library (FOGPL) annual community potluck supper on Saturday, February 9, at 6 p.m. This year the potluck will be at the Erickson home, Black Brook Farm, at 886 Lowell Street. Bring your favorite dish. To RSVP, contact Verna Gilbert by February 4 at or 1-978-369-9278. Let Verna know if you will be bringing an appetizer, salad, entrée or dessert for eight. This event is for adults only.

MCC offers Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Institute January 25 and 26

"Autism Spectrum Disorders: What's the Big Deal? What We Know and What We Think" will be the focus of the opening session of the new Middlesex Community College (MCC) Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Institute. The event is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, January 25, at the Bedford Campus Center, 591 Springs Road. The keynote speaker will be Susan Senator, author of Making Peace with Autism: One Family's Story of Struggle, Discovery and Unexpected Gifts. The cost for this session is $30.

MCC's ASD Institute will also present "An Overview of ASD" from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 26. This session will review topics such as special education from birth to age 22, sensory processing and language-based disorders. The cost for this session is $145.

Participants can attend one or both events during this opening weekend. Call

1-800-818-3434 to register for either session. For more information about the ASD Institute programs, contact Nancy Tyler Higgins at 1-781-280-3563 or

Concord Orchestra performances begin January 25

Concord Orchestra performances will be January 25 and 26, 2008 at 8 p.m. at 51 Walden Street, Concord. Prelude recitals will be at 7:15 each evening. Featured music will be Stravinsky's Jeu de Cartes and Schumann's Rhenish Symphony (No.3). The featured soloist is Robert Anenome, winner of the Concord Orchestra's Ehlers Young Artist Competition, playing Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1. Piano recitals at 7:15 p.m. are by third-place winner Eric Lu on Friday, and second-place winner Mackenzie Melemed on Saturday. Tickets are $20, $16/seniors and students. Call 1-978-369-4967 or visit for reservations.

Newcomers social January 26

Join the Concord Carlisle Newcomers Club on Saturday evening, January 26, at 7 p.m. This house party will provide our members an opportunity to enjoy each other's company and extend a welcome to our new town residents. If you are interested in attending this event, or any of our many events, visit

Caroline Hill scholarship applications available

Applications for the Caroline Hill scholarship are now available to Carlisle's current high school seniors and students in college for continuing post-secondary education. These need-based awards typically range from $500 to $2,000 and are made in late spring. Applicants can pick up the applications from the registrar's office at Concord-Carlisle High School, the Gleason Public Library or the Selectmen's office at Town Hall. Contact Sally Coulter, 1-978-369-6637 with any questions.

Representative Atkins holds Carlisle office hours February 1

Representative Cory Atkins (D—Concord) will hold office hours at the Town Hall in Carlisle onFebruary 1 in the Clark Room from2:30 to3:30 p.m. Representative Atkins urges Carlisle residents to stop by to share their requests and concerns regarding local and state issues.

If you would like to meet with Representative Atkins and cannot make it at this time, call 1-617-722-2013 to set up an additional meeting either in your district or in Boston at the State House.For more information, contact Natalie Kaufman at 1-617-722-2013 or

Converting from analog to digital television

The Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable has announced that at midnight on February 17, 2009, full-power broadcast stations will be required to stop broadcasting in analog format. Digital TV will replace the analog system. There are several ways to prepare for this:

· Buy a new TV that has a built-in ATSC tuner.

· Buy a digital-to-analog converter box.

· Subscribe to a cable TV or satellite TV service.

Since VCRs and DVD players also have built-in analog NTSC tuners, they are also subject to the effects of the analog cut-off date.

To help curb the cost impact for analog TV owners, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the U.S. Department of Commerce developed a converter box program to allow analog TV owners to request coupons towards the purchase of a digital-to-analog converter box. The coupons will be available from January 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009. All households that own a TV using over-the-air analog reception are eligible. Coupons will be redeemable through local electronic stores. Households may request two $40 coupons toward the purchase of digital-to-analog converter boxes by calling 1-888-388-2009 or online at, which also provides answers to frequently asked questions. Coupons will be forwarded via U.S. mail.

Register now for MRHS's Adult Ed

The Community Education Department at Minuteman Regional High School is accepting registrations for the winter/spring 2008 Adult Education Program.

You can view the Adult Education brochure and registration online at under the Community Resources tab. Minuteman is now accepting registrations online by VisaCard or MasterCard. Registration may also be done by mailing a check, or by cash when you visit the Community Education Office in person during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call the Community Education Office at 1-781-861-7150 or 1-781-861-7151.

Spring plant sale coming up in April; order plants now

The Middlesex Conservation District will hold its annual spring plant sale on Friday, April 25, from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 26, from 8 noon at the 4H Fairgrounds, 51 South Chelmsford Road, Westford. The sale features tree and shrub seedlings, perennials, herbs, fruits, groundcovers and garden supplies. All items may be ordered in advance through March 28 and picked up on the two sale days. Call 1-978 692 9395 for a brochure or visit All proceeds benefit the District's conservation programs.

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