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Friday, October 17, 2008

Boys soccer to raise funds for Dana Farber October 24

The CCHS Boys Varsity Soccer team will play Wayland at 7 p.m. at the CCHS football stadium, in the second Lois Wells Memorial Kick for Cancer soccer match to support the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Admission is $5 and donations are welcome. There will also be items for raffle, and raffle tickets will be available at the match. For information, call Paula Eldridge at 1-978-371-7063.

Sped Pac program October 22

On October 22, the Federation for Children with Special Needs presents their “Understanding your Basic Rights Workshop” from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ripley Building in Concord. The workshop provides families with an introduction to their rights mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Massachusetts Special Education Law and No Child Left Behind. It is designed to help parents learn how to be effective partners with the school in deciding their child’s eligibility for special education, planning services, and monitoring the progress of their child. The workshop is free. In order to insure sufficient handouts, sign up by emailing

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Volunteers needed for COA

Living in Carlisle is a pleasurable experience, but when you can no longer drive, existence becomes very difficult. The Carlisle Council on Aging tries to provide rides to doctors appointments and run necessary errands for all seniors who are unable to transport themselves with volunteer “Friendly Drivers,” who give of their time to take a neighbor where he or she needs to go. If you can donate an hour or two to transport a senior to an appointment, call the Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) to become a volunteer. Any time you can give will be greatly appreciated. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 and ask about this and other volunteer opportunities.

Candidates Forum October 19

The League of Women Voters and the Carlisle Mosquito are sponsoring a Candidates Forum on October 19 at 1 p.m. at the Concord Town House, 22 Monument Square, Concord. The forum will feature Representative Cory Atkins and Richard P. McClure, candidates on the November 4 ballot for the state representative seat for the 14th Middlesex District. For more information, visit or call 1-978-369-3842.

Absentee ballots are now available

Absentee ballots for the Presidential Election have arrived in the Town Clerk’s office. If you will be out of town or in the hospital on Election Day, you may request an absentee ballot. You may cast your absentee vote in the office now that the ballots have arrived.

Absentee ballots are available until noon on Monday, November 3, the day before the election.

Keep in mind when you vote that this ballot is very long and there are four ballot questions in addition to the candidates. You will need to turn the ballot over to see all of the ballot questions. There are three state ballot questions as well as the final vote for the sale of beer and wine in Carlisle which is a local ballot question. We just want to be sure everyone is aware of the four questions so you can vote for all issues if you wish.

Contact the Town Clerk’s office with any election or voter-related questions. By phone, the office can be reached at 1-978-369-6155 or by email at presents safe driving program October 28

The Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) will present “Shifting Gears,” a free, hour-long program designed to educate and encourage elder drivers to be the best possible. The workshop will be presented at the Carlisle COA, 66 Westford Street on October 28 at 1:30 p.m. To register, call the COA 1-978-371-2895.

A representative from the RMV will present the program and highlight issues facing elder drivers and their families. A list of warning signs of unsafe driving is provided, as well as information on how to obtain a disability placard. Ways to preserve one’s independence without a license are also discussed.

RMV presents safe driving program October 28

The Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) will present “Shifting Gears,” a free, hour-long program designed to educate and encourage elder drivers to be the best possible. The workshop will be presented at the Carlisle COA, 66 Westford Street on October 28 at 1:30 p.m. To register, call the COA 1-978-371-2895.

A representative from the RMV will present the program and highlight issues facing elder drivers and their families. A list of warning signs of unsafe driving is provided, as well as information on how to obtain a disability placard. Ways to preserve one’s independence without a license are also discussed.

Alcotts return to Concord November 8

Louisa May Alcott, author, and her sister May, artist, portrayed by Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House staff, will be at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord, on November 8 at 2 p.m. Children age 8 years and up will be able to view examples of May Alcott’s art and will be able to draw their own pictures under her guidance, using the technique in use by Bronson Alcott with his daughters. This free program will be held in conjunction with the exhibit of May’s art in the Concord Free Public Library Art Gallery during the months of November, December and January. The Concord Free Public Library and The Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, home of the Alcott family, are co-sponsoring this program. For more information, call 1-978-318-3358.

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas speaks October 28

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas will speak on human rights on October 28 at 7:30 p.m., at Temple Kerem Shalom, 659 Elm Street, Concord. Presented by Amnesty International Group 15, co-sponsored by the Social Action Committees of Temple Kerem Shalom and First Parish, Concord, the event is free and open to the public. For information and directions, call 1-978-371-7118 or visit

Fall fishing clinic October 25 at Walden

Join park staff on the main beach at Walden Pond State Reservation on October 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. for a free fishing clinic. If you have always wanted to learn to fish or have fond memories of fishing as a child and want to get your own children into the sport, this is a great opportunity. Park staff will supply bait, gear and instruction. No fishing license is required for this angler education program.

This program is open to visitors of all ages. The daily parking fee is $5 per vehicle. Walden Pond State Reservation is located at 915 Walden Street in Concord, only 1/2 mile south of route 2. For more information, call the park headquarters at 1-978-369-3254.

Upcoming COA trips

Join the Carlisle seniors for the following trips:

• Sorrento and Rome, Italy: nine days/seven nights, week of April 18 to 26, 2009. Cost: $2499 +$419.32 departure taxes,fee and fuel charge. This is a trip for grandparents, parents and students, including flight, hotels, all breakfasts, four lunches, six dinners, all sightseeing trips. See Naples, Sorrento, Isle of Capri, Amalfi Drive, Rome, Vatican City and more. For flyers call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or email her at or pick up flyers at the COA office in Town hall.

• Salem: October 30 for the annual Halloween trip to Salem. Lunch is on your own with time to see whatever you want to. Leave at 9 a.m. from the Congregational Church, 147 School Street and leave Salem around 3 p.m. Van charge: $10. Call Joanne Willens, 1-978-371-8023 a.s.a.p. for this trip.

• Holiday Shopping: November 19. North Shore Mall, then a trip to Sylvan Street Grille for lunch on your own. Leave from the Congregational Church at 9 a.m. and return by 3:30 or 4 p.m. Call Joanne Willens by Oct 1 to go on this trip.

• Wrentham Outlets: December 5. Leave at 9 a.m. and get home by 4 p.m.

• Pheasant Lane Mall: December 12. Leave at 9 a.m. with a stop at Costco and any other store on Daniel Webster Highway.

Call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or email her at The first 13 get on the van. There is a $10 van charge.

8th grade girls travel basketball tryouts October 19

  Concord-Carlisle Girls Travel Basketball is holding tryouts for all 8th-grade girls residing in Concord or Carlisle,  from 1 to 3 p.m. on October 19 at Hunt Gymnasium, 90 Stow Street, Concord. Bring basketball shoes, shorts and t-shirt. If you wish to be considered and cannot attend on this date, call 1-978-369-1165, or email to arrange for an alternate tryout date.

Register now to play spring lacrosse

Concord-Carlisle Youth Lacrosse registration is open for boys and girls. Visit the newly designed website at for information and to register. It is quick and easy. Programs for boys and girls in grades 1 through 8 are available and include everything from clinics to traveling teams. All levels of ability are welcome at all ages.

Community read book: The Post-American World

Carlisle has chosen the book for the first town-wide community read, Cover to Cover 2009. The votes are in and the winner is The Post-American World, by Fareed Zakaria. Publisher’s Weekly comments: “A lucid, thought-provoking appraisal of world affairs, this book will engage readers on both sides of the political spectrum.”

The members of the Community Read committee are now planning events and activities around the book you have chosen. More information will appear in the Mosquito as the community read calendar takes shape. The best way to stay informed about Cover to Cover 2009 is to subscribe to Library Latest, the Gleason Public Library’s monthly enewsletter. For information, visit

Library will seek readers-in-residence from Carlisle

The Gleason Public Library is proud to announce the award of a $10,000 grant focused on bolstering the reader’s advisory services provided by the library. The grant will allow the library staff to improve tools and collections to better link people to books. Guest speakers will guide some of the efforts, and many of these programs will be open to the public. In the next couple of months, the Library will solicit applications from Carlisle residents to be one of two readers-in-residence who will participate in the grant alongside library staff. This is an exciting opportunity to connect books to people and share the benefits of reading. This grant is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act of 1996, administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Reminder: Gleason hours reduced

Saturday hours are now 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The bookdrop is open when the library is closed for you to drop off items. Online resources, such as ebooks, downloadable audiobooks and research databases of newspapers, academic journals and periodicals are available all hours, any day. Have your library card handy and visit

CSA parent informational coffee November 4

Join the Carlisle School Association (CSA) at 9 a.m. on November 4 in the Corey Dining Room at the Carlisle Public Schools for a talk on Internet safety. This important material will be presented by Margaret Heigl and Cyd McCann.

Carlisle SEPAC meets October 24

The Carlisle Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) will hold its next meeting on October 24 at 9 a.m in the Corey Dining Room at the Carlisle Public School. This month’s meeting will include Director of Student Support Services Karen Slack, Elementary School Principal Patrice Hurley, Middle School Principal Joyce Mehaffey and the school psychologists.

All parents/guardians of children with special needs e.g., learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, physical disabilities, social difficulties, life threatening allergies, etc. are invited to attend.

For further information, visit Go to “Community” and then to “SEPAC,” or contact Elaine Bojanic, 1-978-371-5624, or Lori Tucker 1-978-371-3292.

CSA board meeting November 4

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) will hold its monthly board meeting on November 4 at 10 a.m. in the Corey Dining Room at the Carlisle Public School. All are invited to attend for a review of volunteer activities, fundraising events and the planning of activities. Additional information about the CSA may be found at

COA volunteers training seminar October 27

All Council on Aging (COA) volunteers are invited to an information session that has been scheduled for October 27, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. Three professional women from the COA and Friends of COA boards will bring their insights and professional experience working with elders throughout their careers to this training session. Also present will be Peter Cullinane, the COA’s licensed social worker, to give an overview of the staff’s role in working with elders and their families. The COA receives funds from the State Formula Grant to provide recognition and training for volunteers. This is the first of this training offered by the COA. At this time, you can also pick up the new volunteer manual. Following the presentation, refreshments will be served and there will be ample time to meet and talk with other volunteers in town. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 or 1-978-371-6690 to reserve your space.

Pumpkins on the Common October 18 and 19

Fresh, locally grown pumpkins will once again be available on the Town Common as Pumpkins on the Common returns for its second year, kicking off at the Harvest Fair on October 18. Come pick out your pumpkins and enjoy contests, pumpkin carving and coffee and muffins. Pumpkin sales continue on October 19. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. The Carlisle Garden Club sponsors Pumpkins on the Common; all proceeds benefit town beautification and scholarships for Carlisle students.

If you enjoy growing, carving or decorating pumpkins, or making scarecrows, consider entering the Pumpkins on the Common contests on October 18. All ages are included, with awards in several categories. Drop off your entries between 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday. Judging will take place at 1 p.m. and winners will be announced soon after. For more information visit or contact Giovanna DiNicola at

Harvest Fair at FRS October 18

The Annual First Religious Society (FRS) Harvest Fair will be on October 18 from10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Fair features a country store, plant table, bake table featuring homemade pies and goodies, silent auction, artisan booths, and a luncheon café with specialty sandwiches and soups. FRS children and youth groups will also be raising money for several social action causes including the Heifer Project, The Sharing Foundation in Cambodia, Habitat for Humanity and the CROP Walk. Children’s sales will feature homemade fudge, homemade Carlisle grape jelly, trail mix, fall decorations, and Fair Trade cocoa mix, chocolate bars, coffee and tea.

Register for Thanksgiving dinner by November 10

If you do not have extended family around you this Thanksgiving and would like to have a traditional turkey dinner among other people, you are invited to a Carlisle Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 27, at 2 p.m, in Union Hall at The First Religious Society in Carlisle. The church office must receive $20 per person (cash or checks payable to FRS) and the names of the people registering by November 10; this deadline is required by the caterer. This event is limited to 30 people.

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