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Friday, March 28, 2008

Mosquito Trash Party April 5

Save the date: Saturday, April 5, 8:45 a.m. to noon. The annual Mosquito Trash Party is coming to your neighborhood and everyone is invited.

This Mosquito-sponsored event is a community-wide roadside pick-up of trash and litter by individuals and groups. The invitation is extended to everyone: individuals, families, book groups, card groups, walking buddies, etc., to stake a “trash claim” on their street or in a neighborhood. There are off-road sites that are kid-friendly. All trash that can be moved by one person and will fit in a pickup truck is fair game. Remember those work gloves.

Free refreshments and trash bags will be available in the new Center Park next to Ferns from 8:45 until 11:30 a.m. Stop by to chat, grab a trash bag or two and fortify yourself for picking trash with coffee, juice and donuts. Let the committee know where you will be collecting so that bags can be picked up at 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. The Trash Party is a wonderful opportunity for students and scouts to earn community service hours.

RSVP to Lynne Carpenito, 1-978-371-7508, or Lisa Chaffin, 1-978-369-8790 to stake your claim, help with trucking or earn those community service hours.

Regarding open burning

The Fire Department is issuing the following warning to all residents registered for open burning.

You must call for a permit every time you plan to burn. Remember that burning may be suspended at any time due to unfavorable conditions. Property owners who violate the open burning rules may be subject to having the issued permit revoked or in some cases be denied further open burning permits.

Please be aware that state regulations require that all fires be extinguished by 4 p.m. each day. There can be no smoke or hot coals. Additional rules include:

• A responsible adult must be in attendance during open burning at all times.

• Fires may not be left unattended. Keep children away from the fire.

• A suitable method of extinguishing the fire must be present, such as a garden hose, rake and shovel or fire extinguisher.

• A callback telephone number is required when issuing the permit and a telephone must be nearby in cases of emergency.

• The Fire Department reserves the right to suspend the issuance of open burning permits at any time it deems necessary in the interest of public safety.

Note that open burning is allowed from January 1 through May 1.

Energy committee needs members

The Accessory Alternative Clean Energy Generation Committtee needs members. Anyone interested in participating should submit a letter of interest and resumé to the Board of Selectmen, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Carlisle Rec seeks pools and employees

The Carlisle Recreation Summer Fun program needs three to four private pools in town. Pools need to be well maintained, have access to a bathroom, have area cell phone coverage or access to a telephone, have access to a covered shelter area and be available between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 30 to August 8.

Applications for summer employment can be found at Applications are due by the end of March and letters of hire will be sent by the end of April.

If you can help or need more information, call 1-978-369-9815 or e-mail

School building committee needs members

The School Building Committee needs members. 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.

Conservation Coffee April 8

The April 8 Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room of Town Hall from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Ron McAdow, executive director of the Sudbury Valley Trustees, will speak about how wildlife uses the new wildlife passages installed under Route 2 in Concord, the role of the Sudbury Valley Trustees in regional land conservation and current efforts to protect Nobscot Reservation. Light continental breakfast will be provided. The next coffees will be on May 13 and June 10.

Old Home Day plans underway; donations welcome

Plan now to be home for Old Home Day, June 28 and 29. Planning is underway for this year’s grand celebration, themed “The Critters of Carlisle.” Hopefully, all the critters that populate Carlisle will show up for the parade and pet show. Carlisle’s Old Home Day (OHD) is people-powered and can exist only with your donations. Send what you can now to help keep the tradition alive. For information, visit

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

Student/Faculty basketball game April 9

Mark your calendars for April 9 for the annual Carlisle Public School student/faculty basketball fundraiser. The event will be held at CCHS. All proceeds will benefit the Carlisle Teachers Association (CTA) scholarship fund. Tickets are $8/adults and $6/students and may be purchased from your child’s classroom teacher beginning March 31. Tickets will also be available at the door on the evening of the game. Make checks payable to the CTA Scholarship Fund. Come and support this worthy cause.

Immigration issues at GPL March 31

Join immigration expert Roy Watson, founder and past Editor-in-Chief of the Immigration Case Reporter (ICR), past president of the New England chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), past chair of both the Immigration Law Committee and the International Law Section of the Boston Bar Association) and currently chair of the Immigration Law Committee of the Massachusetts Bar Association, at 7 p.m. on March 31 at Gleason Public Library (GPL), for a discussion about current issues in immigration. This is an opportunity to share opinions or ask questions about how immigration affects Carlisle.

For more information, call the library reference desk at 1-978-369-4898.

Introduction to West African dance March 29

Come to an introductory dance class with master dancer and drummer John 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 on the djembe and djun-djun drums. The class will include a warm-up, breakdown of the movements, high-energy dancing and close with a community dance circle, and 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.

Historic service auction on April 12

Come to the historic service auction at 6 p.m. in Union Hall on Saturday April 12 where, in addition to enjoying a gourmet five-course historical dinner, you may also bid on large and small service offerings such as weekend vacation home get-aways and delicious home cooked dinners. Nibble on appetizers and bid on silent auction items in the first half of the evening, then the renowned Carlisle professional auctioneer, Al Merry, begins the live auction portion of the evening at 8:15 p.m.

To view the list of auction items, visit Tickets are $25 and the event is BYOB. For reservations, call the church office at 1-978-369-5180 or e-mail

“Chesstival” spring tournament April 12

Carlisle Chess Club’s spring tournament, “Chesstival,” will be held on April 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Corey Dining Room and Corey Auditorium. The tournament is for grades K through eight. It is not rated, untimed, scorekeeping is optional, no organizational memberships are required and plenty of chess sets are available. There will be trophies in several categories. Club instructors will teach beginners the moves and engage them in non-competitive chess activities, so invite your non-chess-playing friends to come along. All are welcome.

Fees are $10/early registration and $15 at the door. To register early, e-mail the club at Include each player’s name, school, grade, ability level and contact information. All payments will be accepted at the tournament. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

St. Irene welcomes Rurangirwa April 15

Survivor of Rwandan genocide Reverend Romain Rurangirwa will speak on April 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Colonel Ruettgers Meeting Room of St. Irene Church on East Street. Reverend Rurangirwa returned to Rwanda during the summer of 2007, and he will share his experiences with suffering, forgiveness and reconciliation on the 14th anniversary of the genocide. All are welcome.

LWVCC candidates forum May 4

The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle (LWVCC) will sponsor a candidates forum in the Clark Room at town Hall from 3 to 5 p.m. All candidates for office in Carlisle are invited to participate, and townspeople are invited to come and ask questions.

Armchair travel in Carlisle April 1

The next destination for Travel Time will be Northern Arizona, including the Grand Canyon, Phoenix, and views from the train. Charlie Allman will host the next adventure on April 1 at 10:30 a.m. in the Hollis Room of the library. No registration is necessary. Refreshments will be provided.

For information on this program series and other offerings at the Gleason Public Library, Carlisle, visit

Newcomers meet April 1

Start the month off with a bit of light-hearted fun. The Concord-Carlisle Newcomers’ Club is meeting from 9 to 11 a.m. on April 1 at La Provence, 105 Thoreau Street, across from the train station in Concord. This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone new to the Concord-Carlisle area to meet other newcomers. Join in for all or part of the time.

COA doings

• Monthly coffee: Join hostess Phyllis Hughes on April 3 at 9 a.m. in the Sleeper Room for morning treats. No sign-up, no fee. Call the van line, 1-978-371-6690, if you need transportation.

• Minuteman High School lunch: The traveling lunch group is meeting at Minuteman High School on April 8 at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $10 plus tip to be paid at the restaurant. Book no later than April 3 by calling 1-978-371-2895. The menu is broiled New York steak or stuffed boneless chicken breast. Call the van line for transportation.

• Knitting group: Knit for a good cause on April 8 at 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of the First Religious Society. No sign-up; just drop in. For information, call Angela Smith at 1-978-371-2895.

• Men’s breakfast: On April 10, starting at 8 a.m. in the Sleeper Room, the mystery chefs will cook up a storm. No sign-up; this event is open to all senior men. A donation of at least $2 is appreciated. Call the van line for transportation.

• Book club: The next book club will meet on April 16 at the home of Judy Wells, 738 Lowell Road, Groton, to discuss A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini. For information, call Seba Gaines at 1-978-369-6318.

• Luncheon: Join the COA for a luncheon on Thursday, April 17 at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall, followed by a discussion about Town Warrant Articles and Carlisle’s fiscal state, led by Town Adminstrator Madonna McKenzie and Town Treasurer Larry Barton. Blood pressure screenings will be available from 11 to 11:45 a.m. RSVP (and let the COA know if you will need transportation) by April 14 to 1-978-371-2895. A donation of at least $2 is appreciated.

• Sagamore day trip: Reserve your place now by calling 1-978-371-6690 for a trip on Friday, April 18, at 9 a.m. from Town Hall to Sagamore to the Christmas Tree Shop, Premium Outlets and lunch. Transportation fee is $5/person. The trip is limited to 13 people.

For more information, visit or contact Kathy Cuocolo at 1-978-318-9332 or

Video games at GPL April 18

There will be a Dance Dance Revolution (DDR)/Guitar Hero Tournament for teens in grades five through eight at the Gleason Public Library (GPL) on April 18 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Everyone is guaranteed a chance to play one game twice before eliminations begin. Beth Gallaway, a freelance consultant specializing in teen library services, will run the tournament. Snacks and drinks, as well as prizes to top finishers, will be provided.

DDR is a safe and fun game; however, participants play at their own risk. The library cannot be responsible for participants’ health or fitness.

This program is free. Registration is ongoing. To register and pick up a permission slip and fact sheet, visit or contact the GPL at 1-978-369-4898. This program was selected by TOGA (Teens of Gleason Advisors), the library’s teen advisory board, and is made possible by an Equal Access grant funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Middle school dodgeball April 11

Carlisle middle-schoolers – get ready for dodgeball. The Carlisle Youth Commission (CYC) announces that it will host the first middle school dodgeball tournament on April 11 at 7 p.m. in the Corey Gym. Teams will consist of six students and may be comprised of girls and boys in grades six to eight. Sign-up sheets will be posted at the school at at the next Friday Night Live on April 4. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. Save the date and start forming your teams.

Early release day movie at GPL April 8

Let yourself fall into an updated magical, musical, funny fairytale where breaking into song can help overcome almost any problem. Enjoy this film on April 8 (early release day) at Gleason Public Library (GPL) Hollis Room from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m. Snacks will be provided. Movie rating is PG. Grades five through eight only. Call the Gleason Public Library at 1-978-369-4898 with questions.

Aid to the Elderly and Disabled Fund applications deadline March 31

The Aid to the Elderly and Disabled Fund was established to assist low-income elderly and disabled persons to meet their property tax obligations. Your donation to the fund will help these needy and deserving Carlisle residents. To donate, simply make out a check (this can go with your tax payment or be sent separately) to the “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, Carlisle, MA 01741.

To qualify for Aid to the Elderly or Disabled, the following are eligible:

• 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 in the past year.

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

• 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.

• 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 in 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 information: 1-978-371-2895. All applications received by March 31 will be reviewed early in April. All information and applications are confidential.

“Woodcock Walk” in Sudbury March 29

Join David Lange for a dusk walk to watch the male woodcock’s aerial courtship display on March 29 at 7:15 p.m. Meet in the parking area at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, 73 Weir Hill, Sudbury, and bring a flashlight. For information, contact Lange at 1-978-287-0781 or

Lexington Arts and Crafts presents watercolor demonstration

Ming Lu, a native of Shenyang, China, will present a demonstration of her watercolor technique at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, 130 Waltham Street, Lexington, on April 8, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The demonstration allows guests to enjoy an evening with the artist, an opportunity to ask questions, refreshments and meeting members of this very active guild. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, call 1-781 862-9696 or visit

MCC hosts health career info sessions in April

Thinking about a career in health? Middlesex Community College (MCC) offers 12 health career degree and certificate programs. Learn more at Health Programs Information Sessions to be held on the Bedford and Lowell campuses.

The Bedford campus health information session will be held at 6 p.m. on April 1 in the Bedford Campus Center Student Lounge, 591 Springs Road.

The Lowell campus health information session will be held at 3 p.m. on April 9 in MCC’s Federal Building Assembly Room, 50 Kearney Square.

To learn more about Middlesex health careers programs, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit www.middlesex.mass.ed.

Emerson offers “Getting Ready for Multiples” April 6

Emerson Hospital will offer a three-hour class entitled, “Getting Ready for Multiples,” addressing the special concerns of a pregnancy for multiple (twins or more) children. Topics include preterm labor, pregnancy discomfort, delivery, managing feedings and options, organization and resources. The class will be held on April 6 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the hospital. This is not a prepared childbirth class. For information or to register, call Lisa at 1-978-287-3268.

Carlisle Rec seeks volunteers

The Carlisle Recreation Commission needs volunteers to help take down the skating rink at Kimball Farm. Contact the Recreation Department at 1-978-369-9815 or e-mail if you can lend a hand.

Peter Schickele, Chamber Players perform March 30

Peter Schickele will “curate” and perform in a concert on March 30 at the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center, 166 Main Street in Concord, at 3 p.m., along with members of the Concord Chamber Players. The program will include several of Schickele’s own chamber works.

Tickets are available for $35, $30 and $25. Information, directions and a program description can be found at or by calling 1-978-371-9667.

Parent program on adolescents March 31

Rick Irving, LicSW, will present a talk on “Setting Limits with your Adolescent” at the Concord Carlisle High School Library, 500 Walden Street, Concord, on March 31, from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Pre-registration is appreciated for planning purposes. E-mail or call 1-978-202-1146.

A free-will offering of $8 to $10 will be collected at the door to be used toward future programs of the Center for Parents and Teachers.

Biotechnology internship program accepting applications

Representative Cory Atkins announces that the University of Massachusetts and Genzyme Corporations are offering a $5,000 internship program to train students in biotechnology careers. The program, which would pair UMass students with summer work at Cambridge-based Genzyme, is set to launch this summer. Students who complete an internship placement will receive a grant of $5,000 each toward senior year tuition and fees. For application and internship information, contact Natalie Kaufman at 1-617-722-2013 or

Children’s concert April 5

The Master Singers present “Animals!,” a free concert for children featuring “the choral music of birds, bugs and beasts” on April 5 at 3 p.m. at Clarke Middle School, 17 Steadman Road, Lexington. Refreshments will be provided. The concert is free and children must be accompanied by an adult. For information, visit or call 1-781-862-6459.

Hawthorne String Quartet April 6

On April 6, from 3 to 5 p.m., members of the Interfaith Community of the Merrimack Valley will gather at Congregation Shalom, 87 Richardson Road in Chelmsford, for a memorial concert to remember the Holocaust. This concert is free and open to all, with the Hawthorne String Quartet performing. For further information, call 1-978-251-8091.

Pediatric CPR April 5

First Connections offers a pediatric CPR course, for parents of children from birth through age eight, at the community agencies building at Emerson Hospital on April 5 from 9 to 11 a.m. Betsy Andrews, R.N., will teach the course using the American Heart Association curriculum. The fee is $35/person. To register, call 1-978-287-0221.

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Anne of Green Gables April 6

On April 6 at 2 p.m., the Discovery Series at the UMass Lowell Center for the Arts will present TheatreWorks USA in a musical version of the children’s classic Anne of Green Gables. This show, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of the novel of the same name, is recommended for ages five and up.

This event will take place at Durgin Hall, 35 Wilder Street, on the UMass Lowell South Campus. Tickets are $12 and 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 Groups of ten or more may purchase tickets in advance for $10 each.

“Woolapalooza” is March 29

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary hosts “Woolapalooza,” a festival of sheep and fibers, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 29, at 208 South Great Road, Lincoln. Festival highlights include new spring lambs, sheep shearing and sheepherding demonstrations, hands-on activities for all ages, and all natural, locally-grown and harvested Drumlin Farm food. Local fiber artisans will offer demonstrations and sell their handmade products. Green Mountain Spinnery and the American Textile History Museum will also answer questions. Prices for members are $9/adults, $7/children. Prices for non-members are $12/adults, $10/children (under age three free). For tickets, call 1-781-259-2206. For information, visit

Thoreau Lyceum series begins April 2

Following in the steps of Thoreau‘s 1846 Concord Lyceum,the Thoreau Lyceum series brings speakers from the leading edge of their fields to explore the most pressing of modern issues.

• April 2: Fletcher Professor William Moomaw will explain how living deliberately in the 19th century is very different from doing so today, as he unfolds the process of creating an energy-neutral home that produces as much energy as it consumes.

• April 9: Dr. Carol Kauffman of Harvard Medical School will demonstrate how to explore the positive side of what we think, do and encounter on a daily basis, so that we “live deliberately” to flourish as individuals.

• April 16: Herbert Benson of the Benson-Henry Mind /Body Institute will address explain how the relaxation response is an effective approach to counteract the harmful effects of stress and can be integrated into your health for enhanced well-being.

All programs will take place at Concord Academy’s Elizabeth B. Hall Chapel and begin at 7 p.m. Tickets for each event are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. ($25 for the series). They may be purchased at The Concord Book Store (cash or check) and The Thoreau Society Shop across from Walden Pond, or Call 1-978-287-5477 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Charge your tickets online at Click on “e store.” All reserved tickets can be picked up at the door. The proceeds from this event will go to support the Thoreau Society and its continuing programs.

Billerica public forum on power plant April 17

April 17 is the date for an open “Q-and-A” with DG Clean Power and Environmental Health and Engineering at the Billerica Board of Selectmen’s meeting, 7 p.m. in the Billerica auditorium. This is an opportunity to express concerns and ask questions about the proposal.

Residents from all communities are encouraged to attend. For information, visit

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