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Carlisle hosts bird study projects

Two Ph.D. candidates from the biology department at Tufts University have been issued Conservation Land Use Permits for their projects at Greenough and Towle Conservation lands.

Robert Tavernia is using wetlands along Maple Street associated with the Greenough Land to investigate the effects of urbanization on marsh birds. Travelers along Maple Street may see him and his assistant, Emily Rockwell, between now and the end of July, monitoring the birds and checking traps for invertebrate species which live in the wetlands.

Alexander (Sasha) Keyel has chosen Towle Field to help with his study of the effects of area on habitat use by grassland birds, to better understand causes of their decline. You may occasionally see him and his assistant, Emily Weir, within the area where the bobolinks nest. ∆

Everyone is welcome to join in a star party on June 6 at 8 p.m. at Great Brook Farm State Park. Gather around with other amateur astronomers and see things you do not typically take the time to ponder. Bring your own telescope or peer through one from the Recreation Commission. In June you can see a thin crescent moon, Mars and Saturn. If you bring your own telescope, do come a bit early to set up. If the weather does not cooperate there will be other activities for your enjoyment.

Walkers needed for Whisker Walk Festival June 8

Carlisleans Peg Schafer and Ruth Zeltzser are organizing a “pack from Carlisle” for the Whisker Walk Festival on June 8 at the Lancaster Fairground, Lancaster to benefit the Sterling Animal Shelter, and would like volunteer walkers (and their dogs) from Carlisle to join them in this effort. Interested walkers and/or contributors should contact Schafer at 1-978-1270 or for details.

Help Preserve Carlisle’s rural character

The Conservation Restriction Advisory Committee (CRAC) is seeking two new members to complete the seven- member committee.

CRAC encourages landowners and developers to keep land in its natural state by putting it under a perpetual conservation restriction. Once land is under a conservation restriction, the committee walks the land periodically to ensure the restriction is being respected. The committee helps landowners through the legal process of approval by the Town and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.

Meetings are generally held once a month from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Please send a letter of interest and a resume to Sylvia Willard, Carlisle Conservation Commission and to Madonna McKenzie, Town Administrator, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle.

Route 2 rotary reconstruction project workshop June 3

The Massachusetts Highway Department announced that a public workshop for the Route 2 Concord rotary reconstruction project will be held June 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Peabody Middle School gymnasium, 1231 Old Marlboro Road, Concord, to gain input from town officials, the public, users of the area and other interested individuals. People are free to come at their leisure between 4 and 8 p.m. The project goal is to improve traffic operations and safety along Route 2 at the rotary.

Well testing on Saturday May 31, 9 a.m. to noon

The Board of Health would like to remind residents who have signed up to have their wells tested that a technician from Nashoba Analytical will visit their property between the hours of 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. this Saturday, May 31, to sample their water. Homeowners must meet the technician on their property to allow admittance.

Savoyards hold auditions June 9 and 10

Carlisle’s Savoyard Light Opera Company will hold auditions for their fall 2008 production of Irving Berlin’s classic musical comedy, Annie Get Your Gun, updated in 1999 by Peter Stone.

Special Note: There are roles for three children to play Annie Oakley’s two sisters and brother. We will be casting the roles of Jessie who is 13 to 15, Nellie who is 11 to 13 and Little Jake who is 8 to 11. The ages are the ages of the characters, not the ages of the actors playing the parts.

Performances will be at Corey Auditorium November 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23. Rehearsals are held at First Religious Society in Carlisle beginning September 8. Rehearsals are generally Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays. Not all cast members are needed for every rehearsal. Audition dates are June 9 and 10, with call-backs June 11 at the First Religious Society.

From 6 to 7 p.m.: auditions for juvenile roles (Jessie, Nellie, and Little Jake, and juvenile chorus members). From 7 to 8 p.m.: auditions for chorus and minor roles, and from 8 to 10 p.m.: auditions for principal roles. For complete audition information, visit

All Night Live needs chaperones

Parents of CCHS underclassmen, chaperones are still needed to fill some slots for the early morning hours of All Night Live (ANL). If you have never chaperoned ANL, please consider doing so this year. The ANL tradition is possible because people like you step up to help make the graduation celebration safe and fun for the graduating seniors.

Sign up with a friend. Coffee and snacks are provided for chaperones. Shifts still open are:

June 8, 1 to 3 a.m. (six more chaperones needed)

June 8, 1 to 5 a.m. (eight more chaperones needed)

To sign up, contact Devra Feshbach-Meriney, Volunteer Coordinator at or 1-978-369-8949; or ANL co-chairs Chery Baggen at 1-978-369-4495 or Kathe Falzer at 1-978-369-6118.

GPS for Mariners starts June 4

Seth Colby, CCHS grad (1996) returns to the high school on June 4 to introduce a new Coast Guard Auxiliary course, GPS for Mariners. Over three nights, Colby will review the principles of navigation and introduce the Global Positioning System (GPS). He will share techniques of navigating with GPS, and the characteristics of different GPS receivers. Students with handheld GPS units and manuals may bring them to class, but it is not required.

GPS for Mariners meets June 4, 11 and 18, 7:30 to 9 p.m., at CCHS. To enroll, contact Concord-Carlisle Community Education, weekdays at 1-978-318-1540, nights at 1-978-318-1432, or online at The fee is $25, and the course is a community service of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Concord-Carlisle School District.

COA doings

• Monthly coffee: On June 5, join the COA, hosted by the Elgins and the Dunkers, for coffee, teas, 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. This is the last coffee until September. Call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 if you need a ride.

• Newport day trip: On July 16, a coach bus will be heading to Newport, Rhode Island, leaving from the Congregational Church parking lot at 8 a.m. The trip includes the Breakers Mansion, lunch at the historic Thames Street dock area and a drive to scenic Ocean Drive and Brenton State Park. Reserve your place by June 7 by sending a check payable to the Friends of Carlisle COA to Joanne Willens, 134 Ember Lane, Carlisle, MA 01741. The cost is $37 to $42 depending on the number of persons signing up.

• Annual meeting FCOA: On Sunday, June 8, the Friends of the COA will have their annual meeting at the home of Janet Lovejoy, 621 West Street, at 3 p.m. The speaker will be Maris Platais, a popular Carlisle artist. A short business meeting will be held first and a new slate of officers will be elected. RSVP to or call 1-978-369-2445.

• Knitting group: Knit for a good cause with the knitting group on June 10 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. There will be no knitting group meetings in July or August.

CCPOPS meets June 2

Concord-Carlisle Patrons of Performing Students (CCPOPS) invites all parents to their annual meeting on June 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theater at the high school. Come vote the new slate to the Executive Board and Advisory Board. Hear about next year’s events in the performing arts. There are many ways to be involved – come and hear how. E-mail CCPOPS President Prisl Dumka at with any questions.

• Free estate planning seminar: The Carlisle and Bedford COAs join in a collaborative effort to bring two area attorneys, Nathaniel K. Brown and Sarunna Jin of Brown and Brown, PC. to present “Three Essential Documents for Estate Planning” on June 11 at the Bedford COA, 12 Mudge Way. Everyone needs a will, health care proxy and durable power of attorney for basic estate planning, even if you do not believe you have a lot of assets. Questions will be answered relative to asset protection and how to avoid death taxes. All are welcome. This program is part of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Elder Law Education Program. If you need a ride, call the van line at 1-978-271-6690.

Truck needed for Used Book Sale

The Friends of the Gleason Public Library’s Annual Used Book Sale will be held on Old Home Day on Saturday, June 28. A small truck which can hold several thousand books is urgently required for June 27 and June 28. If you have a truck you can spare for a day, contact Anjli at 1-978-371-0374 or e-mail as soon as possible.

• Men’s breakfast: On Thursday, June 12, our mystery chefs will cook 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. There will not be any men’s breakfasts in July or August.

• Wrentham outlets: Join in for a fun day trip to the Wrentham outlets on June 13, with lunch on your own. The transportation fee is $5 per preson. The van leaves Town Hall at 9 a.m. Call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 by June 9 or send e-mail to

CCHS cheerleading tryouts June 9 to 13

Tryouts for the fall cheerleading team for CCHS will be held June 9 to June 13 from 4 to 6 in the lower gym at the high school. Tryout information packets will be available in the main office at the high school after May 27. They can also be picked up from Nancy Roberts. To try out, girls should wear sneakers, black shorts and a white shirt. Hair should be up and no jewelry should be worn. If you have questions, contact Nancy Roberts at 1-978-371-6481 or e-mail

GPL offers free poetry workshop June 9

Poetry can help with parenting. Carlisle’s Patti Russo, a certified poetry therapist, will lead a workshop at the Gleason Public Library on June 9 at 7 p.m., on exploring parenting through poetry.

Participants in this seminar will read an evocative piece of writing, share reactions to it, and do some reflective writing in response to the reading, all viewed through the lens of parenthood. No preparation or experience as a writer is required to participate. This is sure to be an expressive and creative evening.

This program is presented by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. The program is free and open to the public.  No pre-registration is required. For more information, contact the library’s reference desk at 1-978-369-4898.

Tot Shabbat June 7 at Kerem Shalom

A Tot Shabbat service will be held at Kerem Shalom at 659 Elm Street in Concord Friday evening June 7 at 7 p.m.  Tot Shabbat services are geared for children ages two to five and their parents.  Interfaith families are warmly welcomed at Kerem Shalom. For more information call the family educator, 1-978-369-1223, or visit 

Carlisle House Tour needs volunteers

The Carlisle House Tour in September needs your help to serve as house guides. Three-hour shifts in the morning and afternoon need to be filled. If you would like to be involved in this fundraiser for the Carlisle School Association, contact Nancy at or Janet at

Singers and instrumentalists invited to music evenings

Recorders/Early Music MetroWest invites area singers and early instrumentalists to the first session of this year’s three-session Summer Music Evenings, on June 9 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street in Concord. Each monthly Summer Music Evening has a different theme. Suggested donation for this music evening is $5. Instrumentalists are reminded to bring a music stand. Refreshments are provided at a break. For further details on the R/EMM program, call 1-978-264-0584 or visit The date of the next session is July 14 and its theme is Venetian glory.

Preview of Dorothy Parker Revived June 6

  On June 6, at 8 p.m. at the Friends of the Performing Arts Building, 51 Walden Street, Concord, the Concord Players will present a revised version of Dorothy Parker Revived, presented earlier this year as an adjunct to the 2007/2008 season. Suggested donation $5. A reception will follow. 

This production is the Players’ entry into this year’s EMACT Festival, which will be held June 13 to 15 at the Groton School Center for the Performing Arts in Groton. Adjudications by theatre professional follow each entry performance. The public is invited. For tickets, visit or purchase them at the door.

CCHS Drama presents fundraiser June 13

Dan LaRosa, Certified Master Hypnotist, takes your imagination on a sensational flight to the daring unknown. If actual participation is not to your liking, just sit back and watch your friends become instant celebrities. Dan LaRosa, “America’s Funniest Hypnotist,” returns to the Concord-Carlisle High School auditorium on June 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

This show will benefit the CCHS Drama trip to Edinburgh, Scotland in August. Forty students will be presenting the Marx Brothers musical Animal Crackers. The group including actors, technicians, and musicians was chosen to perform in the American High School Theatre Festival, part of the famous Edinburgh International Drama Fringe Festival. Come join the adventure and help send the CCHS troupe to Scotland.

Nomination sought for Conservationist Award

The Carlisle Conservation Commission is accepting nominations for the annual Conservationist of the Year Award to be presented to a Carlisle resident winning candidate on Old Home Day. Nominations should be submitted to the Conservation Commission by Thursday, June 12, 2008.

Previous award recipients:

Pass It Forward June 7

Carlisle will host Pass It Forward Day at the Transfer Station on June 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donate clean items in good enough condition so that someone else can actually use them. Pass It Forward Day is sponsored by Carlisle’s Household Recycling Committee.

Separate your donated items into the following categories to make it easier to get your items to the charity that needs them. Secure all the pieces of an item together so that they stay together during repeated handling and sorting. Some charities may provide tax receipts; ask the representative.

• Clothing for adults for Big Brother Big Sister, Host to International Students Program at MIT, Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Bedford;

• Clothing for children for Big Brother Big Sister;

• Toys for Delta Projects, Home for Little Wanderers;

• Arts and crafts supplies for Discovery Museum;

• Science books for children or adults for Discovery Museum;

• Books of and about poetry for Concord Poetry Center;

• Children’s books about religion for First Religious Society in Carlisle;

• Children’s books for BKP for Philippine children;

• All other books, CDs, videotapes for Friends of the Gleason Public Library;

• Bookends and cash boxes for Concord Poetry Center;

• Building materials, tools, bedding, and linens for Citizen Action Team for victims of Hurricane Katrina;

• Household goods for Household Goods Recycling Ministry;

• Cell phones with chargers for Domestic Violence Victims’ Assistance Program;

• Defibrillators for First Religious Society in Carlisle. If you can donate a motorized golf cart, handicapped-accessible scooter, or small farm tractor for Rowe Camp and Conference Center, contact Mary Zoll at 1-978-369-5236 to arrange pickup.

Friends of CCOA annual meeting June 8

The Friends of Carlisle Council on Aging (CCOA) will hold their annual meeting on June 8, at 3 p.m., at 621 West Street. Carlisle artist Maris Platais will discuss some of his recent works.

All members are invited. RSVP to 1-978-369-2445 or e-mail to

PJ Story Time at GPL June 4

Story Time aimed at ages three and up will be held at 7 p.m. on June 4 at the library. Come with your little one and share some stories and rhymes. Children (adults too) are welcome to come in their PJs and bring a stuffed animal. For more information call the library at 1-978-369-4898.

CCF, Carlisle Land Trust meet June 8

The Carlisle Conservation Foundation (CCF) and Carlisle Land Trust invite everyone to their annual meeting on June 8 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be hosted by Carolyn and Dick Shohet at Mill Iron Farm, 299 Bedford Road. The Shohets will lead a tour of the farm at 5 p.m., followed by the annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. and then a social hour with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. All are welcome.

“Wash-a-Fire-Truck Day” is May 31

Come join the Carlisle Parents Connection on Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Carlisle Fire Station for Wash-a-Fire-Truck Day. Bring your bucket and sponge and meet some of Carlisle’s firefighters while getting an up-close tour of a fire engine. The event is free for Carlisle families with young children and parking is at Town Hall. For additional information, contact Ali Walsh at

CSA staff and teacher luncheon needs volunteers

On June 3, the annual spring Carlisle School Association (CSA) luncheon will again be held to honor the school’s teachers and staff. Volunteers are needed to help set up, serve and clean up at the luncheon and/or to contribute a favorite homemade dish. You may also make a monetary contribution to offset the costs of the decorations and paper goods. To contribute or participate, contact the coordinators, Kristie Ridick and Stephanie Shenton, via e-mail at

Bird walk May 31

The Menotomy Bird Club will be hosting a Carlisle birding trip on May 31, looking for local breeding birds and late migrants. All are welcome, including beginner birders. The walk will be led by new Carlisle resident, Alan Ankers, who may be contacted by e-mail at Bring binoculars and meet at Foss Farm parking lot on Bedford Road, at 7 a.m.

Open house at the FRS June 8

On June 8, noon to 2 p.m., the entire community is invited to an open house at the First Religious Society (FRS) in Carlisle, the culminating event of the year of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Enjoy a free picnic lunch in Union Hall, then stroll through the new Infinity Memorial Garden or peek into the Sanctuary upstairs. View a slide show and historic artifacts and documents. Listen to the ringing, or perhaps help pull the bell rope to make the bells toll 250 times beginning soon after high noon. For more information, contact Sally Hayen, 1-978-369-7591.

COA upcoming plays

Join the Carlisle seniors for the North Shore Music Theatre plays and lunch on your own at the Sylvan Street Grille in Peabody. Theatre tickets are $45. Make checks payable to the Friends of Carlisle COA and send to Joanne Willens, 134 Ember Lane, Carlisle, MA 01741. The first 13 get to ride in the van. The plays are Contact, June 25, check due by May 30; Bye-Bye Birdie, July 30, check due by June 10; Spelling Bee, August 20, check due by July 1; Show Boat, October 8, check due by August 1; 42nd Street November 5, check due by September 3. For more informatiion, e-mail Joanne at

Gleason Library hours to change on July 1

As of July 1, the library Saturday hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also, Monday hours in July and August will be 1 to 9 p.m. These reductions are necessary due to budget constraints in the 2009 fiscal year. Online resources, such as e-books, downloadable audiobooks, and research databases of newspapers, academic journals, and periodicals are available all hours, any day of the week. Have your library card handy and find more at

CPS spring concert series is June 3, 5 and 10

The Carlisle Public School’s (CPS) Music Department is pleased to announce that their spring concerts, featuring instrumentalists and vocalists in grades four through eight, will be held on June 3, 5 and 10.

The series opens on June 3 with students in the Fourth Grade Chorus and the Fourth Grade Beginning Band. The Jazz Workshop, Symphonic Band and Fifth Grade Chorus will perform on June 5. The Concert Band, Middle School Choir, Middle School Advanced Choir, and Jazz Band will perform on June 10. In addition, there will be a Small Ensemble pre-concert performance by students on June l0 at 6:30 p.m.

All concerts are held in the school’s Corey Auditorium and begin at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend these free concerts.

CPS Summer Fun program

The Carlisle Public School (CPS) Summer Exploration Fun program is for students entering grades one through eight in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and the arts. There will be two sessions: June 25 to 27 and July 28 to August 1, full day and half day. For information, visit or call 1-978-369-6550 x3142. (See also article on page 14.)

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