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Friday, January 16, 2009

FOGPL community potluck supper is January 31

Come to the Friends of Gleason Public Library (FOGPL) annual community potluck supper on Saturday, January 31, at 6 p.m. at the Erickson home, Black Brook Farm, at 886 Lowell Street. Bring your favorite dish. RSVP by contacting Verna Gilbert by Tuesday, January 27, at 1-978-369-9278 or Let her know if you will be bringing an appetizer, salad, entrée or dessert, for eight. Also let her know if you are bringing wine. This event is for adults only.

Panel on global business and Carlisle January 22

Glen Urban will lead a diverse panel of guests for an evening dialogue about the future of global business and how it hits home in Carlisle on Thursday, January 22, at 7 p.m. at Union Hall. The themes found in Carlisle’s Cover to Cover Community Read book for 2009, Fareed Zakaria’s The Post-American World, will inform this discussion, which will look at how Zakaria’s suggestions could actually play out in Carlisle and in the lives of Carlisleans. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library and is part of the Cover to Cover month of events in January.

Panel members, all from Carlisle, include Joseph Albanese, captain of U.S. Naval Reserves; Mark Cragan, vice president of Global Services IBM; R. Bruce Hitchner, department chair, Classics department, Tufts University, and chairman of the Dayton Peace Accords Project; Ray Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America and Michael Ruettgers, former chairman of EMC Corporation.

Glen Urban is the David Austin professor of Marketing, chairman of the MIT Center for Digital Business, and former dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management. Urban is the author of many books, including Don’t Just Relate, Advocate.

Registration is recommended and space is limited. Call the Gleason Public Library reference desk, 1-978-369-4898, for more information.

Middle school dodgeball tournament January 23

Attention middle school students: get ready for dodgeball. The Carlisle Youth Commission is excited to announce the first middle school dodgeball tournament of the year on January 23 at 7 p.m. at the Corey Gym.

Teams will consist of six students and may be comprised of any combination of girls and boys in grades 6 to 8. Signup sheets will be posted at the school and at Friday Night Live on January 9. Prizes will be awarded for several categories including best team name and most original uniforms. Save the date and form your teams.

Environmental address at FRS February 8

Environmentalist Professor William Moomaw, will be addressing the First Religious Society (FRS) in Carlisle on Sunday, February 8, at 10 a.m. during the regular church service. There will be time for a few questions plus a general discussion after the service, during which refreshments are served. All are welcome to attend.

SEPAC meets January 23

The next meeting for the Carlisle Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) will be held on Friday, January 23, at 9 a.m. in the school cafeteria. This meeting is the Annual Know Your Rights Meeting with Karen Slack. This is a great overview of the special education system and how to access it so that your child receives what he/she needs. Find out more about IEPs, 504 plans, eligibility, evaluations and how it all works at the Carlisle Public School.

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

Carlisle’s Chinese New Year celebration is January 31

The public is invited to an award-winning Chinese New Year Celebration that will be held in the school’s Corey Auditorium on Saturday, January 31, from 2 to 4 p.m. The performers in this town-wide Chinese New Year Celebration include kindergarten through grade 8 students, parents, teachers and professional artists. Zhan-Tao Lin and his troupe will be playing traditional Chinese instruments such as the erhu, and Chinese Ribbon Dance artist Chiao Bin Huang will also perform. Grade 6 Chinese students from Concord and Carlisle will be singing together. The Carlisle students will also perform a lion dance, demonstrate martial arts and Chinese Yo Yo, recite poetry and more.

There will be arts, crafts and food in the cafeteria from 2 to 3 p.m. with performances from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Event admission is $5, and children under three are free. A selection of traditional Chinese food will be available for $3.

Housing Authority program on economic downturn January 26

On Monday, January 26, at 7 p.m., the Carlisle Housing Authority is offering a program entitled, “Dealing with Unexpected Economic Distress: Town of Carlisle Resources for Families, Neighbors, and Employees.” This program will be held in the Gleason Public Library Hollis Room.

The featured speaker is Julie Bernick of Money Management International (non-profit), who will address “When Income Decreases, but the Bills Don’t.” Her talk will be followed by a panel including Town Treasurer Larry Barton on emergency funds; Town Assessor Melissa Stamp on real estate tax abatements; Council on Aging Outreach Coordinator Angela Smith on the fuel assistance, food stamp and Salvation Army programs; and Town Administrative Coordinator Elizabeth DeMille Barnett on mortgage counseling, the affordable accessory apartment program and negotiating utility payments. This will be followed by a question-and-answer session. The public is warmly encouraged to attend.

Teen book club at GPL January 26

Are you a Carlisle teen in grade 7, 8 or 9? Do you like to read and chat about books? Gleason Public Library’s brand new teen book club is for you. Led by Erica Wing, Gleason’s teen librarian, the club will select a book to read and then meet, with snacks, to discuss it.

The first meeting of the teen book club is open to all interested seventh- to ninth-graders and will be held on Monday, January 26, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the library. The first book, as well as all club information, will be distributed at the meeting. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged; visit or call the reference desk at 1-978-369-4898 to add your name to the list and pick up a permission slip.

For more information on this and all teen programming, contact Erica at or visit

Masque Ball on January 24 and 25

On January 24 and 25, the Westford Chorus will join forces with the nationally acclaimed Ken Pierce Early Dance Ensemble and 16th-century instrument ensemble, Urban Myth, to present a delightful romp through the late 16th century featuring madrigals, vocal polyphony, court dances and instrumental pieces. The concerts, set in the structure of a late 16th-century Masque Ball, will include choral Madrigals and art music from Burgundy, Spain, Italy and England, interspersed with fully-costumed court dances and instrumental interludes. Join in at the Stony Brook School, 9 Farmer Way, Westford. Performances are January 24 at 8 p.m. and January 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15/adults, $10/seniors, and $5/children. You can also reserve your tickets online at

Winter Waltz at 51 Walden January 17

The annual Waltz Night will be held January 17 at 8 p.m. at 51 Walden Street, Concord, to benefit the Friends of the Performing Arts in Concord (FOPAC). The 51 Walden Waltz Orchestra, conducted by Dr. William McManus, will provide live music of waltzes and polkas. Waltz leaders Julia and Dexter Wang regularly compete at the championship level at competitions across the country and will lead a Grand March, a Snowball dance, and will provide individual instruction as requested.

Tickets at $50/person include gourmet desserts and coffee. A wine and champagne bar is also available. Reservations are recommended. Call 1-978-369-7911 or visit

Richie Havens to play Firehouse Coffeehouse February 6

Richie Havens performs at the Firehouse Coffeehouse, 19 Foster Street, Littleton, on Friday February 6 at 8 p.m. Havens is gifted with one of the most recognizable voices in popular music. His fiery, poignant, always soulful singing style has remained unique and ageless since he first emerged from the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early 1960’s. It is a voice that has inspired and electrified audiences from the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair in 1969 to the Clinton Presidential Inauguration in 1993 through to the present 2009. Billboard magazine said that Richie Havens is an “acoustic soul giant (who) truly seems to be getting more inspiring and graceful with age.”

Tickets are $25 and are available in advance at the Minor Chord in Littleton, by mail via or by calling 1-978-742-9957. Proceeds benefit First Church Unitarian, Littleton.

Audition for The Mikado January 17, 18

Auditions for the lead roles in the Friends of the Performing Arts in Concord (FOPAC) production of The Mikado, to be performed March 14 and 15, will be held on January 17 at 2 p.m. and January 18 at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden Street, Concord.

Singers for the chorus need not audition but should come to one of the auditions to sign up. More informationis available at 1-978-369-7911 or

Wild animal talk January 28

Author and conservationist Ron McAdow will show photographs of New England’s vertebrate fauna; birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians and describe how motion-triggered cameras capture images of secretive mammals such as fox, fishers, bobcat, and river otter on January 28 directly following a short meeting of the Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge. He will accompany the photographs with brief readings from writers who help us understand how these animals enrich our culture, our imaginations and our lives.

The event will be held at the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, 73 Weir Hill Road in Sudbury, and it is free and open to the public. For information, visit

Writers Only Writing meets February 10

The Gleason Public Library’s monthly writing group, Writers Only Writing, meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in the Hollis Room. If you are writing fiction or non-fiction and would like to suggest ideas, critiques, and generally share the process, join this energetic group. This writers’ group is for would-be authors/writers and published authors who would like to talk about writing and the publication process. There will be no homework or tests. Come and find out how to get started and keep going with what you might like to say for family or the greater public. Occasional guest authors will lend thoughts and expertise as well. Contact Joan Parker at 1-978-369-3973 for more information. The group is open and free to the public. This is a volunteer-led program.

Discovery Museums programs January 18-23

• January 18: Feeling Light about Density, 1 p.m., Science Discovery. Why do you have to shake Italian dressing before you use it? Why does a birthday balloon float to the ceiling? It’s all about density. Find out how density plays a role in our daily life with scientist Sachiko Tosa.

The Discovery Museums are open on Monday, January 19, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Martin Luther King Day).

• January 19: Dinosaur Discoveries, 10 a.m., Children’s Discovery. Come dig in the mock paleontology site and search for dinosaur bones. Have you ever touched a real dinosaur fossil? You can have your chance today. Dinosaur face painting will also be available.

• January 20: Super Hero Science: Feel the Pull, 3 p.m., Science Discovery. If you had the power to become a living magnet, would you be Iron Man or Magneto? Experiment with the “super” powers of magnetic fields and explore how magnets can change the way we look at the world.

• January 22: Finger Skating and Table Ice Hockey, 10 a.m., Children’s Discovery. Slide your fingers across slippery painted paper and flick an icy puck over a smooth table. How many goals can you get?

• January 23: Chinese New Year, 10 a.m., Children’s Discovery. Celebrate the year of the ox with Chinese New Year’s customs and traditions.

For a complete listing of all Discovery Museum programs, visit

COA doings

• Sleeping Beauty: The COA has 20 tickets to the Boston Ballet’s Sunday, April 26, 2 p.m. performance of Sleeping Beauty. Tickets are $63 apiece and must be purchased by February 1. There will be a ballet seminar in April prior to the performance taught by former ballet performer and instructor Barbara Howell. Carlisle residents have first choice during the first two weeks in January. If eight or more are interested, the COA van is available for $10 per person.

• Richard Clark performance: The COA and the CCHS drama department present “The Lunatic, The Lover and The Poet (Shakespeare’s greatest hits)” featuring actor Richard Clark, on Sunday, January 18, at 2 p.m., at Union Hall. There is no charge for this performance, although donations to the FCOA or the CCHS Drama Department are gratefully accepted. There will be a reception sponsored by the students, following the performance, with refreshments for sale; all proceeds go to the Drama Department. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council.

• Monthly luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, January 22, at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS for lunch followed by prize bingo. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to sign up no later than January 19. Call the van line if you need a ride.

• Lecture Series: The FCOA Lee Milliken Fund and the FOGPL will present a free three-part lecture series on the Principles of World Religions. Professor Jason Giannetti will lead these discussions on February 4, 11 and 18 (snow date February 25) from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Hollis Room of the library. Call the library reference desk at 1-978-369-4898 to register. Space is limited to 50 people.

Community Ed plans spring symposium on economy

Concord-Carlisle’s Community Education program is planning a community symposium, “Changes and Choices: Economy and Environment,” a community gathering at CCHS, on Saturday, March 28. Speakers and workshops will examine how communities and individuals can deal with financial adversity and will highlight the links between economic recovery and environmental stewardship.

The Adult and Community Education Advisory Committee asks parents, students, educators, business leaders, environmental advocates and others to join the event. This planning group is chaired by Jennifer Albanese.

The planning group meets each Friday at 141 Keyes Road, Concord, at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call Community Education at 1-978-318-1540 or email

Raiders electronics recycling January 24

On January 24, the Concord Raiders softball team will be in the parking lot at 300 Baker Avenue in Concord from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. collecting small items like cell phones, computers, TVs and VCRs and large items like refrigerators and washing machines to kick off the Raiders Electronics Recycling Challenge. The goal is to help residents recycle their electronic equipment. In the event of bad weather on January 24, the collection will be postponed until January 31. Raiders players will be on hand to inventory items and unload cars to make drop-off fast and easy. The Raiders have teamed with East Coast Recycling to recycle all these items safely and efficiently. A detailed list of items to bring can be found at

Minuteman announces adult education classes

Where can you find classes in foreign languages, computer applications, prenatal yoga, beginning guitar, scuba diving, hypnosis for weight control, SAT prep and baking? It is all at Minuteman Regional High School where the Winter/Spring 2009 Adult Education program is getting underway with over 150 classes that encompass professional development, self-improvement, recreation, online learning, career and technical programs and much more.

Registration can be done online using a Visa or MasterCard charge card. Log onto and select the online registration link. You can also register by mail, phone, fax and in person during regular office hours. The Community Education office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Minuteman Regional High School, 758 Marrett Road, Lexington. Faxed registrations must include MasterCard or Visa number and expiration date. The fax number is 1-781-861-7250.

Unless accompanied by an adult, all students must be at least 16 years of age to enroll in the Community Education program except for SAT and lifeguard classes. There is a 10% senior citizen discount on all classes. Identification is required for the discount.

For more information, call the Community Education office at 1-781-861-7150.

CCYB registration is now open

Register now for the spring season of Concord-Carlisle Youth Baseball and Softball (CCYB). There will also be winter baseball clinics with limited enrollment with CCHS varsity coach John Kelly. Interested students and their parents should visit for details.

COA European boat cruise: reserve your place by January 20

The Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) is sponsoring a river boat cruise on the waterways of Holland and Belgium. If interested, call Joanne Willens. Deposits must be in before January 20. The trip leaves Boston, March 27 and lasts 12 days. Prices start at $3,100, which includes airfare, port charges, government fees, all meals and 11 sightseeing tours.

COA needs associate board members

The Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) is looking for new associate board members. The board meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. No specific background is needed. The board and volunteers plan various events and programs throughout the year as well as support the COA staff. Our senior population is growing and their needs are increasing. If you are interested or have questions, call Verna Gilbert at 1-978-369-9278.

Register for open burning now

Open burning season began on January 15 and will end on May 1. All landowners must be registered with the Fire Department before a permit can be issued for the day. If you have not registered already, do so at the communications center at the police station, 41 Lowell Street. Register only once as long as you do not move to another address in Carlisle. Once registered, landowners must still call 1-978-369-1442 on each day burning is planned to obtain a permit. It is important to understand that you must still call for a permit. Weather conditions can change rapidly, especially in the spring, and the Fire Department will determine on a daily basis when it is safe to conduct open burning or when permits will be rescinded. The Fire Department may also limit the number permits issued for a particular day. It is therefore recommended that landowners conduct their necessary burning while the ground is still wet or frozen, or ideally when there is a snow cover to minimize the danger of a brush pile getting out of control. The open burning must be at a minimum 75 feet from all buildings and must be conducted between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and must take place on land closest to the source of material to be burned, according to Department of Environmental Protection regulations ( 310 CMR DEP 7.07 ).

Attention Carlisle veterans: last call for name submissions

The Carlisle Honor Roll/Memorial committee is in the final phases of getting approvals for the design and location of the new Carlisle Honor Roll/Memorial on the Town Common. If you are a qualified Carlisle veteran and wish to be included on the new Honor Roll, you must apply by February 16, 2009.

Qualified Carlisle vets are those who entered active military service while living in Carlisle; or are currently in active military service while living in Carlisle; or were in active military service and have lived in Carlisle for at least 25 years, including veterans who may not be currently living here.

To be listed, submit your name with a brief signed letter and a legible copy of your Department of Defense separation form, DD214, or your certificate of honorable discharge, or a copy of your valid military I.D. of current service to:

Mr. Doug Stevenson, Chairman

Honor Roll/Memorial Committee

c/o Selectmen’s Secretary

66 Westford Street

Carlisle, MA 01741.

If you have already submitted your application, visit to ensure that your name is spelled correctly and you are listed as having served in the correct conflict and/or era. The website listing will serve as the master for casting of the bronze plaques, so it is extremely important that it is correct.

Minuteman to hold career night January 28

Minuteman Regional High School, 758 Marrett Road in Lexington, will hold a career night on January 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. The snow date is January 29. Prospective students in grades 8 and 9 and their parents are welcome.

Visitors will have an opportunity to learn more about Minuteman’s academic and career programs and speak with staff and alumni. Minuteman’s curriculum combines traditional academics with experiential and applied learning. The school’s students are successful on the MCAS. They are placed in appropriate academic levels that promote high standards. The sports program has no fees and all students make the team. Students have the choice of participating in many extracurricular activities such as student government, drama, yearbook, chess club, anime club, and more. For more information, call 1-866-798-2350 x244 or visit

“Civil Disobedience,” 15th annual Thoreau Ramble is January 18

Join local historians and park staff for this annual program to commemorate Martin Luther King Day on January 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Tsongas Art Gallery at Walden Pond. Thoreau Scholar Thomas Blanding and park staff will lead a discussion into the writing of Thoreau’s essay “Civil Disobedience.” Then head outside to the Thoreau house replica and visit with Henry David Thoreau portrayed by historian Richard Smith. This program is for visitors of all ages.

This is a free program but there is a $5 daily parking fee. Pre-registration is not required. No dogs are permitted. For more information call park staff at 1-978-369-3254 or visit

Christina Thompson to speak at GPL February 11

The Friends of the Gleason Public Library (FOGPL) are pleased to present Christina Thompson, author of Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All: A New Zealand Story, on February 11 at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room.Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All ( is Thompson’s engaging new book, a mix of geography, sociology, history, and autobiography. Skillfully blending a memoir of her marriage to a Maori man with a history of the European-Maori relationship, she reflects on how cultural differences and misunderstandings have been reflected in both.

The program is free and open to the public. To learn more, visit or call 1-978-369-4898.

Need help this winter?

The following organizations can provide assistance to those in need:

• General help – The United Way’s Mass 2-1-1 information line, 211; Community Action Agencies at 1-617-357-6086 or

• Fuel assistance – Cold Relief Heatline, 1-800-632-8175; Good Neighbor Energy Fund, 1-800-334-3047; Citizens Energy Heat Assistance, 1-877-563-4645.

• Food – FoodSource Hotline, 1-800-645-8333; Greater Boston Foodbank,

• Foreclosure prevention - Homeownership Preservation Foundation, 1-888-995-4673. ∆

No more notices for drivers’ license renewals

The Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) will no longer mail you a notice when it is time to renew your drivers’ license. Check your driver’s license for an expiration date. Other changes include delaying the opening hours of most branches by a half hour from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. A complete of changes can be found at

CCTV Channel 9 highlights

Board of Selectmen: January 17, noon; January 18, 8 a.m., 8 p.m.; January 20, 7 p.m.; January 21, n oon; January 22, 8 p.m.

School Building Committee: January 17, 4 p.m.; January 22, 8 p.m.;January 23, 10 a.m.

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