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Friday, April 25, 2008

Board of Health private well testing May 31

As part of its ongoing evaluation of the quality of drinking water in town, the Board of Health is again organizing a voluntary water-testing program for Carlisle homeowners. The sampling will be conducted by Nashoba Analytical, LLC of Littleton on the morning of Saturday, May 31, 2008.

To participate, owners must prepay for the testing. Residents can sign up at the Board of Health office starting April 25, 2008, or by mailing a check (payable to Nashoba Analytical, LLC) to the Carlisle Board of Health, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741 and providing the following: owner’s name, address, telephone number, and test(s) selected. The deadline for signing up is May 16.

Nashoba Analytical, LLC is a Massachusetts certified laboratory. The town has arranged for a volume discount on the testing cost. Residents may choose the test or combination of tests to be done. The sampling cost per site is $20. Residents can choose which test to have done.

Complete Water Quality Scan $112.50

This includes: coliform bacteria, E. coli bacteria, arsenic, calcium, copper, iron, lead, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium, alkalinity, ammonia, chloride, color, conductivity, fluoride, hardness, nitrates, nitrites, pH, odor, sulfate and turbidity.

Volatile Organic Compounds (petroleum products): $125.00

Radon in water $30.00

Gross Alpha $75.00

Site sampling fee: $20.00

Testing will start at 9 a.m. on May 31. Owners must be home to provide access to an appropriate sampling port. There will be no appointments, but owners will be called ahead so they can start purging the water lines. Sampling should be completed by early afternoon. Owners will receive complete testing results within a few weeks. A copy will be kept for the Board of Health property files. The ongoing testing results provide the Board of Health with important data for studying the overall water quality throughout Carlisle.

Questions about the testing should be directed to the Board of Health office: 1-978-369-0283. Applications can be found at the Board of Health office and web site. Go to Click on Boards and Committees, scroll to Board of Health, and click on ‘Well Testing’ link.

Carlisle Birding Trip April 26

D’Ann and Tom Brownrigg, Carlisle birders, will lead a Brookline Bird Club outing in Carlisle the morning of Saturday, April 26. 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

Carlisle Candidates Forum, May 4

The League of Women Voters will be hosting the Carlisle Candidates Forum at Town Hall on Sunday afternoon, May 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. Candidates will give personal statements on their reasons for running for a particular board or position and then respond to questions from the League and audience. For those who are unable to attend the Forum or who wish to review the event, a recording of The Candidates Forum will be shown on CCTV the week before the elections on May 13.

Learn about studying abroad on April 30

Interested in studying abroad or hosting a foreign student? AFS Intercultural Programs, a worldwide leader in international student exchange programs, will present an information night for high school students and their parents who want to learn about study abroad programs and scholarships on April 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. Families interested in hosting an AFS Exchange Student from another country are also invited to attend. Local AFS returnees, host families, hosted exchange students and volunteers will be available for questions. The information night will be held at the Abend home, 71 Rodgers Road. RSVP to Darien Smith, at 1-978-369-1471 or

Opera master class comes to Carlisle April 27

Over the past two semesters, CCHS students have been meeting on Friday evenings to work on opera scenes in the first-ever CCHS opera master class. Led by voice teacher Paula Eldridge, and accompanist Miles Goldberg, students have studied operatic scenes from The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, Trouble in Tahiti and West Side Story, among others. The culmination of this seven-month project will take place on April 27 at 2 p.m. at the First Religious Society in Carlisle. For information, call 1-978-371-5180. Admission is free and open to the public.

OHD seeks musical talent

The Old Home Day Ice Cream Social is looking for local talent to grace the stage of the Twilight Music Cavalcade on June 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. Musical performers of all genres are welcome. This is not a paying gig, but it could be your big break. Contact Lisa Lofdahl at 1-978-369-8767 or for more information.

CSA book fair May 5-9

Support the Carlisle School library at the Carlisle School Association (CSA) spring book fair from May 5 to May 9. Choose from a huge selection of books or purchase a gift certificate for someone special. 

On May 5, children’s book author and illustrator David Biedrzycki ( will be making presentations to students in grades two to five. David’s books include Ace Lacewing: Bug Detective and other books such as Dory Story and the Underwater Counting Book. Many of his books will be available for purchase at the fair and he will be autographing his books in the school library at 3 p.m.

Again the school library and fine arts department will partner to display some student art projects. Take a look while supporting literacy in our school.

Book fair hours are:

May 5:  2:30 to 8 p.m. (book signing at 3 p.m.)

May 6:  8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

May 7: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

May 8:  8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

May 9:  8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Cash, checks, Visa and Mastercard are welcome. For more information contact  Shelley Walton ( or Ellen Felhofer (

Spring vernal pool walk April 27

The Carlisle Trails Committee and the Conservation Commission will host a public vernal pool walk at 2 p.m. on April 27. Chris Kavalauskas, former Conservation Commission chairman and wildlife ecologist, will lead the exploration of vernal pools and pond life on the Conant Land located behind the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street.

This is a great family activity. 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 Town Hall parking area. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Annual kindergarten talk April 30

Parents of children eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall of 2008 are cordially invited to attend the annual kindergarten talk on Wednesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in the Robbins Library of the Carlisle Public School. If you have any questions, call Jennifer Lipton or Sheila Morris at 1-978-369-6550.

Caroline Maguire to speak at GPL April 29

Caroline Maguire of New England Coaching will present: “How to Succeed in Middle School and High School” at the Gleason Public Library (GPL) Hollis Room on April 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898.

Garden Club plant sale

Save the date of Saturday, May 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the Carlisle Garden Club’s Pre-Mother’s Day Plant Sale on the Town Common. Perennials, annuals, herbs, and shrubs, as well as colorful note cards of Carlisle gardens will be on sale. For more information, visit

Town Meeting child care

School Age Children

Carlisle Kids House (Extended Day) is providing childcare for kids kindergarten and above at the rate of $15 per child for the evening with a maximum of $30 per family.

Your children will be able to relax, do homework, watch a movie or read a book before settling down with their sleeping bags and pillows.

Please contact Karen Tang at Carlisle Kids House to make arrangements.

Cafeteria supervision area

The school cafeteria will be wired for full Town Meeting participation. While registered voters participate in our Town Meeting, they can supervise their own children. Parents are expected to arrange for quiet activities for their kids to do during this time – board games, homework, artwork, reading, etc. Children will not be permitted to run around and they will be expected to keep the noise level to a minimum. In the interest of respecting the Town Meeting process, the Plaza and Castle playground will be closed.

Attention teachers of elementary, middle & high school students

Please be aware of this date and consider lightening the load for our students that evening. If students have major projects due, it limits the availability of parents to participate in the process and the availability of teenaged babysitters to help out our families.

Would you like to babysit for a family?

Karen Tang of the Carlisle Kids House is accepting a list of names of potential babysitters for families to contact should they desire a sitter during Town Meeting.

GPL offers free workshop

Interested in learning more about the college admissions process and how to plan for it? Kenneth Deitch, a long-time educator and a resident of Carlisle for many years, will speak at the Gleason Public Library (GPL) on Monday, May 19, at 7 p.m., presenting a program on “A Primer for Parents on College Admissions and the SAT.”
To learn more about other library events, visit or call 1-978-369-4898.

Holocaust Memorial Observance, May 4

On Sunday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concord Town House, Polish Holocaust survivor Hyme Hipsman will recount his remarkable story at the 28th Annual Holocaust Memorial Observance. Rosalie Gerut, daughter of survivors, will also perform her original music.

Hyme Hipsman was born in 1925 in Wlodowa, Poland, on the Russian border. He was a young teenager when, in 1939, Germany invaded his country. At that time Poland’s population was 70% Jewish and slowly, but steadily, the Germans began to eradicate them, sending many to nearby Sobibor, one of several extermination camps. Hipsman fled to the forest, where he joined the Resistance.

The Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council coordinates this Observance on behalf of the Concord Board of Selectmen. The Observance is open to the public and appropriate for children in middle school and older. It is free and open to the public.

Council on Aging doings

Luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, May 15, at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the First Religious Society for lunch followed by a slide show of the COA Prague trip. Blood pressure screenings will be provided from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Call 1-978-371-2895 to RSVP by Monday, May 12. Let us know if you need a van ride when you make your reservation. A donation of at least $2 is appreciated.

Bridge classes: Roy Green, our professional bridge instructor, will hold another beginner’s bridge series beginning on Monday, May 19, at 7 p.m. Intermediate bridge classes will start on Wednesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. Both courses will be held in the Sleeper Room at Carlisle Village Court and cost $60 for adults and $50 for seniors 60+. To register for either class, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 or 1-978-371-6693 and mail a check made out to Carlisle COA, to Kathy Mull, Carlisle COA, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741 or drop checks off at the COA office at Town Hall.

More COA doings

Monthly coffee: On Thursday, May 1, join the COA, hosted by the Elgins and the Dunkers, for coffee, tea, pastry, fruit and other morning treats at 9 a.m. in the Sleeper Room. All Carlisle seniors are invited; no need to sign up, no fee. Call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 if you need a ride.

SHINE help: If you are a senior and need help with understanding your medical and prescription options, a volunteer SHINE  (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders) representative will be available by appointment at Town Hall in the Nickles Room on Friday, May 2, and Friday, May 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. SHINE offers free, confidential one-on-one counseling to elders and their family members. A SHINE counselor can assist elders with evaluating their health insurance needs, inform elders about their prescription drug coverage options, assist with application completion, review present coverage to maximize benefit of cost and help with health benefit claims or billing problems. To schedule an appointment for SHINE counseling, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895.

Men’s breakfast: On Thursday, May 8, our mystery chefs will be cooking up a storm at the Sleeper Room at Village Courts, starting at 8 a.m. No need to sign up; this event is open to all senior men. A donation of at least $2 is appreciated. For van service, call 1-978-371-6690.

Podiatry clinic: On Tuesday, May 13, Dr. Ayleen Gregorian will hold a podiatry clinic in the Sleeper Room at Village Court from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To make an appointment, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895. The fee is $15 cash or check made payable to the Friends of Carlisle COA (FCOA). Call the van line at least 48 hours in advance if you need a ride.

Knitting group: If you like to knit for a good cause, the knitting group is meeting on Tuesday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of the FRS. No need to sign up. Just drop in when you can. For more information, call Angela Smith at 1-978-371-2895.

Having a “senior moment?”: On Wednesday, May 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library, Miranda Heibel of Minuteman Senior Services will present a program on memory loss. This Caring Conversation is designed to help people understand the difference between dementia and an illness such as Alzheimer’s disease.

OHD Committee offers scholarship program

The Old Home Day Committee is pleased to announce the continuation of its scholarship program to be funded through event earnings generated by the volunteer efforts of OHD Committee members, and donations received that are designated for the OHD Scholarship program. This year’s scholarship program will consist of two (2) $1,500 scholarships for Carlisle residents graduating from area high schools.

The selection process will focus on students who have demonstrated a keen view of community awareness and involvement. This application is for Carlisle residents graduating from area high schools who have applied or intend to apply to an accredited college or recognized vocational technical school within 180 days of scholarship award.

The applicant must be a resident of Carlisle at the time of application. Submission by May 16 of a completed application should include a one-page essay on “The Meaning of Community and Volunteering.” Applications are available at and at the Gleason Public Library Reference Desk. Completed applications should be mailed to: OHD Scholarship Program, c/o Leslie Kmiec, 94 Bingham Road. Contact her at 1-978-369-6130 with any questions about the application process.

Nikki Tsongas opens Acton office

Congresswoman Nikki Tsongas opened a new district office at 492 Main Street in Acton on Monday. “My most important duty is to remain accessible to the Fifth District residents that I have the privilege of representing,” Tsongas said. Office hours will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting April 29.

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