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Friday, March 14, 2008

Forum on green energy March 17

Residents are invited to attend a forum entitled “Green Energy Legislation – What’s New on Beacon Hill” on March 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Union Hall, First Religious Society. State Representative Cory Atkins and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network Rob Garrity will lead a discussion on the landmark energy bill currently being debated in the Massachusetts legislature.

The bill will mandate dramatic changes in energy policy, including limits on emissions, fuel efficiency standards, energy conservation, and promotion of “green collar” jobs.

Among initiatives of interest to Carlisle residents is a new program which will support local communities that want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money through energy efficiency, use of renewable resources, and other sustainable practices. There will also be new green public construction standards that will impact the anticipated Carlisle School building project.

There will be plenty of time for audience questions and comments. The event is co-sponsored by Carlisle Climate Action and the Environmental Action Committee of the First Religious Society.

Rabies clinic Sunday

The Carlisle Rabies clinic for cats and dogs will be held on Sunday, March 16, not Saturday, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Carlisle Town Hall. The clinic is sponsored by the Carlisle Board of Health and with the assistance of Tiffany Rule, DVM, and Bob Dennison, Carlisle Dog Officer. Pet owners must be residents of Carlisle to participate.

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/animal. Cash or checks will be accepted. Dogs must be on leashes and cats brought in carriers.

Dog licenses will be available during clinic hours. Proof of current vaccination status is required for licensing.

Contact the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283 for more information.

COA doings

• Adult spring bridge classes: Roy Green will be teaching two classes again this spring. Learn to play bridge, brush up on your skills or take them to a new level. Beginner bridge meets eight Monday evenings, March 17 to May 5, in the Sleeper Room at 7 p.m.; intermediate bridge meets eight Thursday evenings, March 12 to April 30, in the Sleeper Room at 7 p.m. The cost is $60/adult, $50/senior 60+ plus the cost of the book ($10) if you do not have it. To register for either class, call 1-978-371-2895 or 1-978-371-6693, as these classes are limited in size. Make checks payable to the Carlisle COA and mail to Kathy Mull at the COA at 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741, or drop off a check at the COA office at Town Hall, Monday though Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Hearing clinic: A hearing clinic, sponsored by Rodgers Hearing Solutions, will be held on March 19 at Town Hall in the Nickles Room from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to put your name on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

• Luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, March 20 at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS for lunch followed by entertainment by Emery Hutchins’ “Two Old Friends” band playing traditional Irish and other music. Blood pressure screenings will be provided from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Call 1-978-371-2895 to RSVP by Monday, January 17. Let the COA know if you need a van ride when you make your reservation. A donation of at least $2 is appreciated.

• Book club: The next book club discussion will meet on March 26. The book Saturday by Ian McEwan will be discussed at the home of Florence Newman, 555 Autumn Lane. The April book is A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. For more information, call Seba Gaines at 1-978-369-6318.

Scrapbooking at GPL March 20

On March 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library, Stacey Charbonneau will present a craft workshop where participants will create their own photo recipe card. This personal craft can then be mounted on a scrapbook page, given as a gift, or displayed. Bring three to five pictures and a recipe; other supplies are provided.

This program, presented by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library, is free and open to the public. To learn more about this program, contact the library’s reference desk at 1-978-369-4898.

CSA meeting March 18

The next monthly meeting of the Carlisle School Association (CSA) will be on March 18 at 9 a.m. in the Corey Dining Room. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. If you are interested in becoming more involved with the CSA or simply want to learn more, come to this meeting.

Food fair at Gleason on March 17

As part of the Coming to America community program, the Gleason Library is holding an international food fair in the Hollis Room on Monday, March 17, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Contribute finger food to celebrate diverse cuisines from around the world. If you are able to contribute a finger food from a country of your choice, to serve 12 to 16, sign up at the reference desk, call Anjli Trehan at 1-978-371-0374, or e-mail CSA parent informational coffee March 20

Make time to join the Carlisle School Association (CSA) on March 20 at 9 a.m. in the Corey Dining Room. Agenda items and speakers are:

• “Student Leadership and Anti-Bullying Evaluation Report,” presented by Patrice Hurley and Jim Halliday, principals at Carlisle Public Schools.

• “Cultural Curriculum Integration,” presented by Megan Fitzharris and Courtney Graham-Hadley. Ms. Fitzharris is a music instructor at Carlisle Public Schools while Ms. Graham-Hadley teaches art. Their work this year in the classrooms has incorporated a deeper connection with other cultures, particularly that of West Africa’s Ghana. Come learn how the children of Carlisle have reaped the benefits of this cross-cultural experience.

CSA parent informational coffee March 20

Make time to join the Carlisle School Association (CSA) on March 20 at 9 a.m. in the Corey Dining Room. Agenda items and speakers are:

• “Student Leadership and Anti-Bullying Evaluation Report,” presented by Patrice Hurley and Jim Halliday, principals at Carlisle Public Schools.

• “Cultural Curriculum Integration,” presented by Megan Fitzharris and Courtney Graham-Hadley. Ms. Fitzharris is a music instructor at Carlisle Public Schools while Ms. Graham-Hadley teaches art. Their work this year in the classrooms has incorporated a deeper connection with other cultures, particularly that of West Africa’s Ghana. Come learn how the children of Carlisle have reaped the benefits of this cross-cultural experience.

Rec Com brochures are on their way

Keep an eye on your mailbox for your Recreation Commission spring brochure.

Aid to the Elderly and Disabled applications deadline March 31

The Aid to the Elderly and Disabled Fund assists low-income elderly and disabled persons in Carlisle to meet their property tax obligations. To donate, write a check (this can go with your tax payment or be sent separately) to “Town of Carlisle,” note that the amount is a donation for the Aid to the Elderly and send it to the Treasurer at 66 Westford Street.

The following are eligible for Aid to the Elderly or Disabled:

• Those who have not applied for Clause 18 relief or other tax relief (Clauses 17/23/37/41) shall be given priority over those who have applied for such relief in the current year or past year.

• Elderly – a resident of Carlisle who is a property owner in Carlisle and is 65 years or older at the time the application is filed.

• Disabled – a resident of Carlisle who is a property owner in Carlisle who meets the criteria for, or definition of disabled as it is applied to eligibility for tax relief under clauses 41A/41C/17/18/22/37.

• Income/Assets – combined household income does not exceed 200% of the poverty level (for a family of one, total gross annual income of no more than $20,420; for a family of two, total gross annual income of no more than $27,380), and total assets not to exceed $50,000 excluding the Carlisle residence.

The goal is to have these funds available for taxpayer(s) of a Carlisle residence which the taxpayer uses as:

• His/her primary residence, or

• Co-owned by an elderly or disabled person who uses the residence as his/her primary residence, or

• Owned by the person who is the caregiver of an elderly or disabled person who uses the residence as his/her primary residence.

If you are eligible to apply, contact the Carlisle Council on Aging to acquire an application or receive additional information: 1-978-371-2895. All applications received by March 31 will be reviewed for consideration early in April. All information and applications are confidential.

GPL presents “Coming to America” events

All events are at the library.

• Mark the community map and share your story: when did your family arrive on these shores? Where did they live before they came to America?

• March 17: Children’s singalong with Liz Buchanan, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Ages two to four.

“Coming to America: Melodies of Longing and Leaving,” with minstrel Michael Kerry and guests, 3 to 4 p.m.

Food Fair, 3:30 to 5 p.m.: Celebrate diversity with favorite foods from around the world. Sign up at the reference desk now to contribute a finger food.

• March 20: How-to Scrapbooking: bring mementos to put together scrapbooking pages at 7 p.m.

• March 21: Stories from Around the World, 3:30 to 4 p.m., for ages five and up.

• March 31: “The Immigration Question: How does Carlisle Respond” at 7 p.m., a community discussion with Roy Watson.

Introduction to West African dance March 29

The Carlisle Cultural Council is sponsoring an introductory dance class with Master dancer and drummer Joh Camara on March 29 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the First Religious Society. Learn dances from Mali, Guinea, and/or Ivory Coast and dance to live drumming. Experience drummers playing the djembe and djun-djun drums while people dance and sing to the rhythms. This event is appropriate for ages 12 and up. No previous dance experience is necesssary. This event is sponsored by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural council, a local agency, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

CSEM concert April 3

The final concert in the Cambridge Society for Early Music (CSEM) season will be at the First Religious Society at 8 p.m. on April 3. The program is entitled, “Galant and Learned: Music for Flute and Harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach.” For information or tickets, call 1-617-489-2062, visit or e-mail

Annual Health Fair March 29

The Fourth Annual Health Fair for Carlisle residents will be held on March 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at Town Hall.

Staff from Emerson Hospital will be available from 9 to 11 a.m. to do free testing for cholesterol (12-hour fast required), diabetes screening (fasting preferred), prostate specific antigen (PSA), thyroid and blood pressure. Residents must be 18 or older to participate. Colorectal home testing kits will be available. Testing results will be mailed to the resident. Appointments are not required.

Volunteers for the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) can pick up their photo ID badges, lanyards and go-bags. Applications will be available for new volunteers and MRC representatives will be available to answer questions.

Packets will be available on how to form a neighborhood network to organize your neighborhood during an emergency. If you have special skills such as a licensed HAM operator, this is an opportunity to find out how you can help your town.

A representative from the Lyme Disease Association will be available to provide general information on Lyme Disease and treatment centers. Public Health handouts, including tick identification cards, will be available.

Join the Board of Health and its volunteers to learn what you can do to stay healthy and ensure a safe community.

Internet safety training March 26

The Carlisle School Association (CSA), the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Carlisle Police Department bring you an informative training session on Internet safety on March 26 at 7 p.m. in the Robbins Library in the Wilkins Building on the campus of Carlisle Public School. This presentation is free of charge. All parents, particularly those who have children in middle and high school, are encouraged to attend. Brian Cavanaugh, Deputy Director of the Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, will be the featured speaker for the evening.

This workshop is designed as an awareness-building training for anyone who wants to better understand today’s communication technology, online safety and the risks, from the types of crime most frequently perpetrated against juveniles, to the criminal law and how it can protect us. Participants will also gain ideas on how to empower parents and youth to be safer online. The phenomenon of cyber-bullying will also be discussed. There will be a question and answer period following the presentation.

Community Chest gala auction and dinner fundraiser

The Community Chest auction returns on April 5 at 300 Baker Avenue, Concord, featuring a “Wheel of Philanthropy” theme to highlight the 33 human service organizations supported through local donations. In addition to the gala event, everyone in the community is invited to participate this year in the Chest’s online auction now until April 2 at, when dozens of exciting items, including two sold-out tickets to the June 15 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall and a three-hour America’s Cup Racing Sail for up to 28 guests, will be available to bid on from the comfort of your home or office. The “Wheel of Philanthropy” auction includes international vacation homes, local restaurants and sporting events, as well as custom jewelry, photography, private lessons and entertainment. With more than 100 items, there is something for everyone to bid on.

On April 5, the gala evening will commence with cocktails, a silent auction and two raffles. An elegant four-course dinner will then lead to a live auction of top items by professional auctioneer Douglas W. Stinson. Only 350 gala tickets will be sold and orders are now being accepted.

Join in the fun by submitting your e-mail address to the Chest at (it will not be shared with any other organization) and by purchasing tickets to the gala event. For details, contact the Chest at 1-978-369-5250 or

Carlisle Democrats cosponsor talk on super delegates March 18

On March 18, James Roosevelt will speak in Concord on “Super Delegates and other Convention Mysteries.” The event will be held at Alcott School, Laurel Sreet, Concord, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Jim, an uncommitted super delegate to the convention, is legal counsel to the State Democratic Party, co-chair of the rules and bylaws committee of the Democratic National Committee, and will co-chair the credentials committee at the Democratic National Convention. He is CEO of Tufts Health Plan.

All super delegates and elected officials are welcome to come to the event. Jim welcomes questions from the audience and plans to touch on such topics as the seating of delegates from Florida and Michigan.

This event is co-sponsored by Democrats in Bedford, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Lincoln, Weston, the Middlesex Worcester Coalition and the Third Middlesex Area Democrats.

For information contact Cynthia Schweppe at 1-978-369-5738.

CCHS and Japanese student musicians at Symphony Hall

On Friday, March 28, 180 CCHS band students will join 100 students from the Sapporo Shiroishi Symphonic Wind Ensemble on the stage at Symphony Hall in a cross-cultural celebration of music. The visit from Shiroishi is part of the continuing relationship between the two bands that has included previous visits to Concord and CCHS trips to Japan. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. event are $50, $35 and $20 and can be purchased through any band member or directly by sending a check made out to CCHS BANDS to Stephanie Smith, 341 Russell Street, Carlisle MA 01741 attn: Symphony Hall tickets.

Minstrel at GPL March 17

Wandering minstrel and Carlisle musician Michael Kerry, will delight library visitors on March 17 from 3 to 4 p.m. throughout the Gleason Public Library (GPL) with “Melodies of Longing and Leaving.” Drawing on a rich repertoire of traditional music from the Celtic world, Michael will have library visitors tapping their toes in no time. This performance is suited for any age audience.

March is “Coming to America” month, part of a joint program looking at immigration at the Gleason Public Library and Concord Free Public Library. The Friends of the Gleason Public Library provide sponsorship of Coming to America events. Other programs can be found at For more information call the library reference desk at 1-978-369-4898.

Singalong with Liz Buchanan March 17

The ever-popular Liz Buchanan returns to the Gleason Public Library for another singalong for ages zero to four on March 17 at 10:30 a.m. Along with her classic songs, she will include a few selections from Puerto Rico and Africa.

For more information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children’s department.

Reserve now for Producers trip May 21

Join the Carlise COA to see The Producers on May 21 at North Shore Music Theatre The play cost is $45 for up-front seats. Before attending the play there will be a lunch stop (on your own).The trip leaves Carlisle by 11:10 a.m. and returns by 6 p.m. The first 13 ride the van; all others have to carpool. If interested, call Joanne Willens, 1-978-371-8023. Checks are payable to the Friends of Carlisle COA and sent to Joanne Willens at 134 Ember Lane, Carlisle, MA 01741 as soon as possible

Library computer course April 2

Researching something new? Looking for information you cannot seem to find? The Gleason Public Library is offering an introductory computer course focusing on basic searching and browsing through information taken from journals, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, and other sources. Bring your question or topic with you for some basic research. Date and time: April 2, from 10 to 11 a.m. Call the reference desk at 1-978-369-4898 to register. Registration is required due to space limitations.

Author Ha Jin will speak at Concord Library March 30

Renowned author Ha Jin will speak on his new novel, A Free Life, on March 30 at 5 p.m. at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord.The author talk will be followed by a reception.

This event is made possible by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library and Concord-Carlisle Chinese Club and is free and open to the public. Reservation required. Call 1-978-318-3301.

“Parenting from the Inside Out” workshop March 18

“Parenting from the Inside Out,” a two-hour discussion with psychotherapist and family counselor Molly Salans of Healing Connections in Westford, will reveal the way to parent with discipline, clarity and love. Registration fee is $25. To register for the March 18 “Parenting from The Inside Out” workshop (7 to 8:30 p.m.), call 1-978-692-4711. Nashoba Valley Technical High School is located on Route 110 in Westford. For more information, visit

Parenting program begins March 20

A four-part workshop, “From Cartwheels to Car Wheels,” for parents of children up to nine years old, will cover what you can put into action now to help build character and coping skills in your future adolescent.

Kelli Kirshtein, LICSW, High School Adjustment Counselor at Concord Carlisle High School, and mother of two young children, will provide insight and understanding along with practical skills for you to apply at home.

The workshop runs on Thursdays, March 20, 27, April 3 and 10 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Ripley Building, Conference Room 2, 120 Meriam Road, Concord. The fee is $60 for all four sessions and is limited to 12. Contact Angela at the Center for Parents and Teachers to pre-register: or 1-978-202-1146.

Parents Connection playgroup to meet monthly

Give your child entering kindergarten in the fall of 2008 a jumpstart on meeting fellow classmates by signing up for the Parents Connection monthly K-2008/9 playgroup. The group will meet during the weekend at Carlisle hotspots like Diment Park, Great Brook Farm State Park and possibly member homes. For more information and to sign up, e-mail Deb Kablotsky at The fun will kick off mid-March or when the temperatures warm up a bit.

Movie at Gleason Library March 18

Join the Gleason Public Library for an afternoon of suspense and humor in this fast-paced thriller. When: Tuesday, March 18 (early release day). Where: Third floor Hollis Room, Gleason Public Library. Time: 2:45 to 4:20 p.m. Movie rating is PG 13. Grades five through eight only. Call 1-978-369-4898 for information.

Parents Connection spring event is March 22

Join the Carlisle Parents Connection for the much-anticipated spring fun event for zero- to five-year-olds on Saturday, March 22 at Union Hall, from 10 a.m. until noon. There will be live, interactive music from Tom Foote of Music Together starting at 10:30 a.m. and wrapping up with an egg hunt around 11:30 a.m. Free admission for CPC member families; $5/family for non-members. All are welcome. If you can help for any amount of time in any capacity, contact Fiona Sibley ( or Deb Kablotsky (

Parent-baby class March 26

The Baby Signs® program allows infants and toddlers to use simple signs to let you know what they see, need and feel even before they can actually speak. A free demonstration Sign, Say and Play class will be held at the Clark Room at Town Hall on March 26 from 10 to 11 a.m. For more information, call 1-978-835-9400 or e-mail

Parenting workshop on Guiding Good Choices

The Center for Parents and Teachers is offering a workshop on “Guiding Good Choices” for fifth- through eighth-grade parents.

This four-session series begins on Tuesday, March 18 and runs every other week: April 1, 15 and 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Concord Middle School, Sanborn Building 835 Old Marlboro Road, Concord, MA 01742.

Kathy Bowen, Concord Public Schools K-12 Health Coordinator and Parent Educator, will facilitate this workshop.

Through presentations, group discussions, and various exercises, parents will become better equipped to deal with pre-adolescent social pressures and gain confidence in communicating their values to their children to help them make good choices and avoid harmful behavior.

Pre-registration required. Fee: $40 for all four sessions. Contact Angela Martinez at the Center for Parents and Teachers at or 1-978-202-1146. The workshop is underwritten by the “Drug Free Schools” grant.

Reminder: Get your dog licensed now. All dogs must be licensed by April 1 to avoid a $20 fine. Reminder: It is open burning season. Check with the Fire Department if you wish to burn brush. Selectmen seek members for new energy committee

The Board of Selectmen is forming an Accessory Alternative Clean Energy Generation Committee to review Carlisle’s zoning bylaws and general bylaws with respect to the advisability of changes required to permit alternative accessory electrical-energy generating facilities for both residential and business use. Anyone interested in participating as a member of this committee should submit a letter of interest and resumé to the Board of Selectmen, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Needed: members for school building committee

The Selectmen are seeking individuals interested in serving on the School Building Committee. This committee will work with various boards to develop a design plan for a new school building. A background in architecture is needed at this time, but not required. Interested parties should submit a letter of interest to the Board of Selectmen, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

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