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Friday, December 12, 2008

Carlisle’s inaugural Community Read begins January 6, 2009

Throughout the month of January, readers in Carlisle will buzz about a single book. The first community read in Carlisle, Cover to Cover, begins in January 2009. The book selected by Carlisleans is The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek correspondent and host of CNN foreign affairs show GPS. All you need to do to participate is pick up a copy of the book, thumb through it, devour it, skim it, listen to it and form an opinion of it. Then consider what your vision of the future is for Carlisle and the global community and talk about it with friends, neighbors, at the library or transfer station, or online at

The library will hold special events focusing on the global themes of the book, including:

• January 6, 7 p.m.: Middle Eastern Cuisine: Demonstration with Ahmad Yasim

• January 14 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.: Southeast Asian Cuisine: Demonstration with E. Sok Woodward

• January 14, 7 p.m.: Open Book Group: Join guest leader Ann Rosas for an informal gathering and discussion of The Post American World.

• January 16, 10:30 a.m.: Open Book Group: Join guest leader Marilyn Harte for an informal gathering and discussion of The Post American World.

• January 22, 7 p.m.: Community Panel Conversation, facilitated by Glen Urban.

• January 23, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Music in the Library: Folk instrumentals with Michael Kerry.

• January 30, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Music in the Library: Indian instrumentals with Girija Ramapriya.

• January 31: Community Potluck: Friends of the Gleason Public Library (FOGPL) Annual Potluck Supper.

All of the events are sponsored by the FOGPL; unless otherwise noted, they will be held at the Gleason Public Library. Registration will be required for the cooking demonstrations and can be made by calling 1-978-369-4898. To learn more, or to participate online, visit

Annual CSA ice skating party December 17

Enjoy the day off from school on Wednesday, December 17 by attending the annual ice skating party from 10 a.m. until noon. Held at the skating rink at Middlesex School on Lowell Street in Concord, this event has become a tradition for Carlisleans of all ages. Bring your skates (no rentals on site), helmets, a signed waiver form (visit for the form), and $5 to gain entry to Carlisle’s hottest party on ice. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For information, contact Gail at 1-978-318-6972.

Carols on the Common Christmas Eve

The annual Christmas Eve carol singing on the Town Common will be held Wednesday evening, December 24. All young, old, or in-between instrumentalists are encouraged to gather in front of the First Religious Society at 6:15 p.m. ready to play. Dress warmly, bring you music stand and share your talent with appreciative singers from all over town. For further information, or if you would like to practice the music beforehand, call 1-978-369-5893.

COA doings

Holiday caroling: Carlisle Brownie Troop 72666 will visit Village Court on Tuesday, December 16 at 1:45 p.m. All Carlisle seniors are invited to join them for caroling and refreshments afterwards in the Sleeper Room.

Master Class at FRS December 13

On December 13 at 2 p.m., at the First Religious Society, a group of ten CCHS singers will participate in a Master Class given by Paula Eldridge and accompanied by Miles Goldberg. The singers have been working with Eldridge and Goldberg for 14 weeks learning opera and musical theater scenes and the Master Class is the culmination of their work. Students include Evan Ames, Julia Brem, Kathy Bentley, Val Caddell, Katelyn Colman, Chris Levan, Mark Nimar, Aletha Smith and guest singers Janice Lee and Evan Sibley. There is no charge. For further information contact Paula Eldridge at 1-978-371-7063.

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

CSEM concert Thursday January 8 at FRS

The Cambridge Society for Early Music (CSEM)), presents the exciting young players of the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, who will bring to life the vivid rhetoric and dancing rhythms of baroque music. This program of virtuoso concertos from 17th-century Italy will feature many of the players as soloists in fresh and vigorous performances that will open your ears to new ways of listening, right here at the First Religious Society (FRS). General admission is $30; $25/seniors; free/students with IDs and children. Tickets are available at the door, or call 1-617-489-2062.

HGRM wants your TV converter-box coupons

In February of next year, analog TV broadcast is changing to digital, and older televisions will not work without a converter box. Individuals can get coupons for converter boxes at Each person may get up to two coupons. Homes with new televisions or with cable TV will not need converter boxes. However, many of HGRM’s clients will need them.

HGRM, or Household Goods Recycling of Massachusetts, recycles donated household goods and distributes them at no charge to people in need.

Consider donating your coupons for converter boxes to HGRM. You can order them at the website shown above and then mail or bring them to HGRM. HGRM accepts donations at 530 Main Street, Acton, on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings between 9 and noon.

To learn more about HGRM’s specific needs, visit, or call 1-978-635-1763.

Concord to hold Inaugural Ball January 17, 2009

The Inaugural Ball for Concord is the brainchild of Representative Cory Atkins (D-Concord). “This [election] is a powerful message of hope in these dire economic times. We want to share this enthusiasm with everyone,” said Representative Atkins.

The ball will take place on January 17, 2009 at the Concord Armory. The entertainment will feature the band Eye to Eye. Dinner parties at private homes or discounted dinners at restaurants will precede the festivities at the Armory and the affair will be creative black tie. Ticket prices will be tiered so that the event will be affordable to all. Proceeds will be donated to a Concord charity. For more information, call 1-978-369-5299.

Etched glass workshop for students December 18

David Negrin, former middle school Art teacher, will conduct an etched glass class for students in grades 5 to 8 on December 18 at the Carlisle School. Looking for a great Christmas gift? Students will make their own etched glass projects, using their own designs and cutting out their own intricate stencils. The project will be ready to take home at the end of the class. The $50 fee includes materials. For information, call Director of Recreation Holly Hamilton at 1-978-369-9815.

Concord Women’s Chorus concert is December 20

The Concord Women’s Chorus, with conductor Jane Ring Frank and pianist Scott Nicholas, will present “Canticles Of Light” on December 20 at 2 p.m., at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord. The program features work by Libby Larson, David Conte and Ruth Watson Henderson as well as other holiday favorites and a carol singalong. Chorus singers from Carlisle are Wendy Davis, Cynthia Sorn, Cynthia Nunan, Penny Zezima and Stephanie Smith. Tickets are $20, $15/seniors (65+) and students and $5/under 12 and are available at the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Concord, or call 1-978-369-0839. For more information, visit

Discovery Museums upcoming events

• Safari Adventure: December 13, 10 a.m. at Children’s Discovery. Explore our new Safari Mat and let your imagination run wild. Get down on the floor to use our original art work mat depicting the great African Savanna and move our safari animals around the terrain as they explore their natural habitat.

• Yesterday’s Play: December 16, 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Science Discovery. Kids throughout history have done the same. Check out examples of toys from the last two hundred years, learn about the science behind them and create some of your own.

• Music and Movement with Miss Karina: December 18, 10 a.m. at Children’s Discovery. Come and explore sound through singing and playing. Find out more at

• Celebrate the Winter Solstice: December 19, 10 a.m. at Children’s Discovery. The shortest day of sunlight is coming soon. Create some sun catching crafts to brighten your day.

For a complete listing of all Discovery Museums programs, visit

Newcomers holiday party December 13

Celebrate the season with other newcomers at the Concord Carlisle Newcomers’ Club holiday house party on December 13, from 6 to 10 p.m. The party is open to all club members. Everyone is asked to bring an hors d’oeuvre to share, a book for the Books for Tots donation, singing voices and merry hearts (and an extra pair of shoes, socks or slippers to wear indoors). RSVP to for the address.

If you are new to Concord or Carlisle and are interested in attending the party, explore membership at or contact Ann at 1-978-254-5117.

Adult talk time at GPL Tuesdays

The Gleason Public Library (GPL) and the Council on Aging are joining forces to promote a weekly drop-in adult talk time at the GPL. There are increasing requests for programs and outlets for gathering in Carlisle. What better way than a simple plan to celebrate and stimulate the sharing of ideas and words at a local venue? The library provides the time and space. This weekly adult social time will take place each Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. in the warm, well-lit, library media area on the first floor. Come and converse informally about topics of choice, catch up on local news or get acquainted with new townsfolk. In January, Janet Lovejoy will be the guest moderator. This program is open to anyone. To learn more, visit or call 1-978-369-4898.

Master Singers perform December 14

“Mozart,” a concert presented by the Master Singers of Lexington, will be held on December 14 at 4 p.m. at the First Parish Church, 7 Harrington Road, Lexington. Admission is $25/general; $20/seniors and students. Discounts are available to WGBH members and Choral Consortium members. For reservations, call 1-781-862-6459. For information, visit

CCTV lighting class December 16

CCTV, the public access television station for Concord and Carlisle, is offering a new class: “Lighting for Interviews and Documentaries.” The 90-minute class will be held on December 16 at 2 p.m. The fee is $15.

With proper lighting you can immediately enhance the depth, detail, and drama of any subject. This workshop will examine several setups for lighting interview, news, and documentary subjects, based on how the professionals do it. Call CCTV at 1-978-369-5038 for more information, or email

Earn college credits at MCC’s Dual Enrollment Academy

Middlesex Community College (MCC) has established a new Middlesex Dual Enrollment Academy that allows qualified high school and home-schooled students to earn college credit while satisfying their high school graduation requirements.

Qualified students may enroll in college-level courses offered online or during the day, evening or weekend on MCC’s Bedford or Lowell campuses. A Middlesex Dual Enrollment Academy advisor will be assigned to work with each applicant, his/her parent/guardian and high-school guidance counselor to design a program based on the student’s academic skill level and educational goals. MCC offers academic and student support services, including specialized advising, career counseling, transfer counseling, tutoring, computer labs and library services.

A variety of funding options are available for tuition and supplies. For more information call 1-978-656-3207 to speak directly with a Dual Enrollment advisor.

Local artists display at Chelmsford Public Library December 13

Come and meet the local artists of The Chelmsford Art Society (CAS) at the Chelmsford Public Library on Saturday, December 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. The CAS will be hosting an opening reception for their Holiday Member fall show. Over 60 works of art will be on display until January 21 at the library. These works include photography, oils, water colors, acrylics and pastels. Every year the society hosts this show to encourage support of local artists.

CCTV Channel 9 highlights

Carlisle Board of Selectmen: December 13, noon; December 14, 8 a.m.; December 16, 7 p.m.; December 18, 4 p.m.; December 19, 4 p.m.

Concord-Carlisle School Committee: December 13, 8 p.m.; December 14, noon; December 15, 4 p.m.; December 16, 8 a.m.; December 18, noon; December 19, 8 a.m.

Joint Budget Meeting Concord-Carlisle: December 13, 8 a.m.; December 15, noon; December 17, 8 p.m.

Carlisle School Building Committee: December 13, 4 p.m.; December 15, 10 a.m.; December 18, 8 p.m.

“Breakfast with Santa” December 13

Minuteman Regional High School, 758 Marrett Road in Lexington, will host the 19th annual “Breakfast with Santa” for Children’s Hospital on December 13 from 8 to 11 a.m. There will be arts and crafts, an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast and opportunities to be photographed with Santa.

For more information or to make reservations, call 1-781-861-6500 x271 and ask for students Michelle or Merrissa. Admission is $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Raffle tickets are $1 each or three for $2.

Rights of tenants in foreclosed buildings

The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation has released a brochure outlining the rights of tenants living in foreclosed buildings. The guide provides renters with information to ensure that they understand the foreclosure process and are not unfairly evicted if the building they live in is foreclosed upon. The brochure is available online at

Some highlights include:

• As a tenant in a foreclosed property, you have certain rights. Even if your property is sold to a new owner who does not want any current tenants, you do not have to leave right away.

• A tenant’s lease will not be immediately terminated by a foreclosure sale. Whether or not you have a lease, you are entitled to at least 30 days written notice if a lender wants you to vacate your home. Even then, the new owner cannot evict you and force you to leave your home against your wishes without court approval.

• Only a judge can evict you. You have the right to stay in your home until that happens and to raise defenses and claims in court against the new owner. At the hearing, the court will determine how much time you will be allowed before you have to leave your home. If you lose the eviction case, you can request up to 12 months if someone in your household is 60+ or has a disability.

• Someone may ask you to move out very quickly in exchange for money. This is called “cash for keys.” No matter what you are told, you do not have to take the deal. If you do, you may be giving up your legal rights and moving sooner than necessary.

• Under state and federal law, tenants with rental subsidies have additional eviction rights because of the subsidies. If you have a rental subsidy, let the agency who gave you the subsidy know about the change in ownership so they stop paying the old owner. The terms of your rental agreement will not be affected by a foreclosure sale.

• Being in a foreclosed building does not, by itself, entitle you to withhold rent. If a new owner takes over and does not want to accept your rent, keep a record of your offer to pay.

CCHS registration for independent school students January 21

Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) will offer an evening registration session for all Concord and Carlisle 8th and 9th grade independent school students and their parents/guardians on Wednesday, January 21, 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the CCHS library. Prospective students should bring completed registration materials to this meeting. Families that have not received registration materials should call Mrs. McDonald at the CCHS Counseling Office, 1-978-341-2490, ext. 7108.

Early Release Day movie at GPL December 16

Boost your holiday mood with a good “Buddy” in this hysterically enchanting new classic. You will never look at the magic of the holidays in quite the same way. When: December 16. Time: 2:45 to 4:20 p.m. Place: Gleason Public Library (GPL), Hollis Room. Movie Rating is PG. GPL will provide snacks. Grades 5 to 8 only. For further information on the movie, visit (the Internet movie database site). Subscribe to the GPL enewsletter, Library Latest, to learn the name of the film in advance. Call 1-978-369-4898 with any questions.

Lessons and Carols December 13

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 75 Cold Spring Road, Westford, continues its Second Saturday series with a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on December 13 at 7 p.m. Your free will offering will support Milly’s Place, a family shelter in Lowell. Every Second Saturday event is fun, free, family-friendly, and followed by food, so tell all your friends. For more information, contact Minister of Music Lisa Lofdahl at 1-978-369-8767 or

Emerson Hospital Better Breathers Club lecture December 18

The Better Breathers Club at Emerson Hospital will hold its monthly meeting in the North Assembly Room at Emerson from noon to 1 p.m. on December 18. Peter Barkin, MD, will present a lecture titled “Understanding Your Pulmonary Condition.” The public is invited to this free lecture. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call the pulmonary rehabilitation team at 1-978-287-3715.

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Program for parents of adolescents January 8

“Burning the Midnight Oil: The Sleep Needs of Adolescents and How to Support Them” will be presented at the Concord Middle School Peabody Building, 1231 Old Marlboro Road, Concord, on January 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Facilitators: Neil Kruszkowski, Director of Cardio/Pulmonary/Neurology/Sleep Disorders Program at Emerson Hospital, and Pam Hurlburt, Clinical Services Manager for the Sleep Disorders Program at Neurocare Inc., will help parents explore ways to help their children through the changing patterns of their sleep and social needs in adolescence and protect their health. No registration is necessary. Email Angela at the Center for Parents and Teachers for more information, at

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Holiday potluck and contra dance tonight, December 12

New Hampshire caller and fiddler Dudley Laufman will make his annual appearance at the contra dance in Union Hall at the First Religious Society on December 12 at 8 p.m. Before the dance, everyone is invited to a potluck supper that begins at 6:30 p.m. Dudley will share the calling with Walter Lenk; Jacqueline Laufman, Debby Knight, and friends will provide the music. Do not miss your once-a-year chance to dance the Ribbon Dance and the Jingle Bell Square. A $5/person admission will be collected during intermission. All dances will be taught. Beginners and singles are welcome. For more information, call 1-978-369-1661.

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