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Friday, November 28, 2008

Christmas on the Common December 8

Santa Claus’ North Pole scheduling office has confirmed that he will be attending Christmas on the Common on December 8. The annual event begins at 6 p.m. with the singing of traditional Christmas carols led by Denise Glennon, St. Irene’s Music Director, followed by the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. The pulling of the big switch to turn on the hundreds of lights has become part of the duties of Carlisle’s Most Honored Citizen. Susan Emmons will take on the important task this year.

After Santa’s arrival, participants will file into Union Hall to meet him and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Christmas on the Common is made possible by many volunteers and sponsored by Ferns Country Store, Mr. Handyman and Laura Baliestiero, Coldwell Banker Real Estate. For more information, contact Larry Bearfield at 1-617-584-5001 or

FNL is December 5

Come kick off the holiday season at Friday Night Live (FNL) on December 5 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Carlisle Public School. As always, there will be basketball, ping pong, chess and dancing.

Any Carlisle student in grades 6 to 8 who has not attended an FNL this year is welcome. All attendees must have a parent or guardian fill out the required permission and CORI Release Authorization forms and file them with the Carlisle Youth Commission (CYC).

A $4 admission fee is collected at the door. Refreshments will be available for a small fee. A parent or guardian must sign out any attendee who leaves prior to 9:30 p.m. All others must be picked up at 9:30 p.m. sharp. For information, contact Nicole Bloomfield at 1-978-371-0235 or, or contact any other member of the CYC.

Community Christmas dinner December 25

If you do not have extended family around you this Christmas and would like to have dinner with other people, you are invited to a Carlisle Community Christmas Dinner on December 25, at 4 p.m., in Union Hall at The First Religious Society. The church office must receive $20/person (cash or checks payable to FRS) and the names of the people registering by December 15. This deadline is required by the caterer. The event is limited to 30 people.

Elliot Lilien speaks December 13

Elliot Lilien returns to Carlisle on December 13 to share his vast historical knowledge of World War I, illustrated by selections from his unique collection of WWI posters. The poster talk will start at 2:30 p.m. following the 2 p.m. business meeting of the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. Registration begins December 3 at the reference desk 1-978-369-4898. This program is presented by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. To learn more, visit

CCHS Class of 1973 reunion December 27

The Concord Carlisle High School (CCHS) Class of 1973 is having its 35th reunion on December 27 at the Colonial Inn in Concord from 7 to 11 p.m. Email any up-to-date classmates information to or to Cathy Brown at Cathy can also be contacted at 1-978-250-5980. Tickets are $60/person. Checks can be mailed to Ginnie Whalen, 1037 Main Street, Concord, MA 01742.

CSA meeting December 16

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) meets monthly in the Corey Dining Room. Meetings are open to the public and all are invited to attend. The CSA organizes and plans a number of events throughout the school year and offers a broad range of activities and opportunities for parental involvement. Join this hard-working group of volunteers and become a part of it at their meeting on December 16 at 9 a.m. Additional information about the CSA, monthly meetings, and activities, is available at

PJ Story Time December 3

The December PJ Story Time at the Gleason Public Library will take place December 3 at 7 p.m. This is a drop-in Story Time so no registration is required and it features classic as well as new picture books. Attire is entirely casual; feel free to dress for the occasion and to bring a favorite bedtime stuffed animal.

Congregational Church Christmas Fair December 6

The Carlisle Congregational Church will be holding its annual Christmas Fair on December 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and enjoy friendships around the tables, have a muffin and coffee or a lunch of soup and sandwich served by our Senior High Youth Group. Check out the tables of cakes, cookies, breads and delicious pies, local and African crafts, quilted items, and new and vintage jewelry. There will be crafts for children to make and two rooms full of attic treasures. Come and enjoy the fair.

Q&A for CPA proposals to be held Monday, Dec.1

The Carlisle Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is currently soliciting project proposals for approval at May 2009 Town Meeting under the Community Preservation Act (CPA). A public information session on the application process will be held on Monday, December 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Heald room at Town Hall. For all prospective applicants for the FY09-10 funding cycle, the CPC will answer specific questions about prospective projects, and invite public comment on the needs and preferences of the town regarding community preservation.

Project applications should be delivered to Town Hall no later than Friday, January 9, 2009. Application forms are available in print at Town Hall and electronically by sending a request to Project proponents are encouraged to review the Project Application Form carefully for all project requirements.

The town has voted to levy a 2% annual surcharge on property tax bills in accordance with the provisions of the CPA. The CPA also provides that the state may elect to match all, part or none of the surcharge collected by the town. In FY08, Carlisle’s CPA surcharge raised $370,160; the state match in FY09 was $250,303, or 67.62%.

The funds collected through the CPA process must be expended on projects relating to three areas: open space and recreation, historical preservation and affordable housing. At least 10% of the funds collected must be spent on each of these three areas. The remaining 70% can be spent on any of the three areas.

The CPC considers and acts on CPA proposals on a parallel course to the town budget process. To obtain funding, a project must be recommended to Town Meeting by a majority of CPC members, and then be approved at Town Meeting by Carlisle citizens. After the project application deadline, the CPC will notify project sponsors of the acceptance of their proposal for further evaluation. The CPC intends to review applications and receive presentations from applicants at several meetings in early February. Shortly thereafter, the CPC will vote on a final list of projects to recommend at the May ’09 Town Meeting. ∆

New fuel assistance guidelines

The gross annual income guidelines for both the State and the Salvation Army Fuel Assistance Programs have been increased to a maximum of 60% of the Estimated State Median Income for the State Assistance Program, and a maximum of 80% of the Estimated State Medium Income Level for the Salvation Army Good Neighbor Fund. This means that more residents may be eligible to acquire assistance. Fuel assistance is open to all families. Contact the Council on Aging at 1-978-371-2895 to set up an appointment or for more details.

Carlisle Conservation Coffee December 9

The December 9 Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in Town Hall, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Gerry Palano, the first Renewable Energy Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources will be available to speak with you about the state’s renewable energy initiatives in agriculture. Gerry works with agricultural businesses across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to help facilitate energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

The coffee will end promptly at 9 a.m and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Continental breakfast is provided.

Historical Society open house December 7

Heald House, home of the Carlisle Historical Society at 698 Concord Street, will hold an open house on December 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to tour the historical collections, meet friends and neighbors and tour the barn with its brand-new look and refurbished space. Admission is free. The house will be decorated for the holidays and refreshments will be served.

Among the items of interest are samplers made by 18th-century Carlisle girls to practice their sewing and alphabet, Guy and Dot Clark’s wedding certificate, Mary Amanda Marsh’s hair jewelry from the 1880s, and the unique collection of Civil War memorabilia.

Holiday shopping at the Brush Gallery starts November 28

Rush to the Brush this holiday season, now to January 4, 2009, to find the perfect gift to indulge all your senses in a celebration of the arts. Cast a timely ballot for the most delectable cookie in the first annual cookie competition. Artists’ studios will display a tempting collection of artwork in many media. Consider a gift certificate for an art class as well. Gift wrapping services are available and artists are on hand to answer questions.

Enjoy Lowell’s City of Lights Parade festivities as you stroll through the Arts Market on November 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sugar and Spice Weekend, with special hours and refreshments while you shop, on December 13 and 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Brush Gallery is located behind the Lowell National Park Visitor Center, 256 Market Street, Lowell. For information, call 1-978-459-7819.

Holiday book sale December 5, 6 and 7

Hundreds of mint condition books will be for sale at bargain prices at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord, at a holiday sale sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. Sale hours are December 5 and 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and December 7, 1 to 3 p.m. Proceeds will be used to buy library books, movies, CDs, museum passes, and to fund concerts, poetry readings and author talks. For information, email

Drop-In Story Time at the Gleason

Come in for some fun at the Gleason Library with a Drop-In Story Time. Join in on December 6 at 10:30 a.m. for stories, songs, and more. These Story Times are for ages 2 to 4. For information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for children’s or visit

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