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Friday, January 23, 2009

Panel on economic distress January 26

In response to the recent economic downturn, the Carlisle Housing Authority is offering a panel on Monday, January 26 at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Public Library, moderated by Housing Authority member James Bohn. The featured speaker, Julie Bernick of Money Management International (non-profit), will address “When Income Decreases, But the Bills Don’t.” Her talk will be followed by a panel discussion including Town Treasurer Larry Barton on emergency funds; Town Assessor Melissa Stamp on property tax exemptions; 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.

Contact Elizabeth DeMille Barnett if you have questions or for additional information at 1-978-371-6694 or

Dodgeball tournament is tonight

The Carlisle Youth Commission’s first annual dodgeball tournament is tonight in the Corey Gym from 7 to 9 p.m. Good luck to your team. Prizes will be awarded for several categories, including most original uniforms and best team name. Play or cheer the teams on and have some fun. Admission is free and there is a nominal charge for refreshments.

For additional information, contact Nicole Bloomfield at 1-978-371-0235 or

Carlisle’s Chinese New Year celebration is January 31

The public is invited to an award-winning Chinese New Year Celebration. Performances will be held in the school’s Corey Auditorium on 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.

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.

Seventh grade opens Into the Woods, Jr. February 10

“A cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, hair as yellow as corn, a slipper as pure as gold...” Come find out if a baker and his wife can secure these items and lift their curse as the Carlisle School seventh grade performs Into the Woods, Jr., an engaging and funny musical that twists the familiar tales of Jack of beanstalk fame, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel with many other characters to create a brand new story. Into the Woods, Jr. is sure to be a family favorite. Performances will be held at the Corey Auditorium on Tuesday, February 10, at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 11, at 7:30 p.m., and Thursday, February 12, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at Ferns beginning January 24.

GPL teen book club 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 (GPL) brand new teen book club is for you. Led by Teen Librarian Erica Wing, 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, and information about the club, will be distributed at the meeting. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Visit or call the reference desk at 1-978-369-4898 to register and pick up a permission slip.

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

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.

COA doings

• Lecture Series: The Friends of the Council on Aging (FCOA) Lee Milliken Fund and the Friends of Gleason Public Library (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.

• Paper pleasures workshop: Phyllis Hughes will share her secrets to making paper cutouts on February 3 from 9 to noon at the Sleeper Room. Phyllis will provide all supplies. Come join the fun. Contact the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to register.

• Monthly coffee: Join Jim and Betty Elgin and Tom and Karen Dunkers in the Sleeper Room on February 5 at 9 a.m. for friendly conversation and pastry, fruit, juice, coffee and tea. There is no fee and no signup.

• Robbins Brook lunch: The next monthly luncheon sponsored by Minuteman Senior Services and the Inn at Robbins Brook will be held at St. Irene Church on East Street on February 5 at noon. The suggested donation is at least $3. Call the COA office by February 2 to make your reservation. This lunch is limited to 35 people.

• Sleeping Beauty ballet: The COA has a few more tickets to the Boston Ballet’s April 26, 2 p.m. performance of Sleeping Beauty. Tickets are $63 apiece and must be purchased by February 5. There will be a ballet seminar in April prior to the performance taught by former ballet performer and instructor Barbara Howell. If eight or more are interested, the COA van is available for $10/person.

Indian instrumental music demonstration January 30

Accomplished Veena instrumentalist Girija Ramapriya will grace the Gleason Public Library’s media area on Friday, January 30 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. with a demonstration of her instrument.

The Veena is India’s national instrument. It is the oldest and is considered to be the most authentic of all Indian instruments, allowing delicate quartertones and the subtle nuances of a stringed instrument to be played with incredible precision and accuracy.

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. To learn more or to participate online, visit

Environmental address at FRS February 8

Environmentalist Professor William Moomaw will address the First Religious Society (FRS) in Carlisle on Sunday, February 8, at 10 a.m., during the regular church service. Moomaw is director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at the Fletcher School of Tufts University. His topic will be “How We Address Global Warming Will Determine More Than Just Our Future.” There will be time for a few questions and a general discussion after the service, during which refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend.

Writers Only Writing meets February 10

The monthly writing group, Writers Only Writing, meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in the Hollis Room of Gleason Public Library. If you are writing fiction or non-fiction and would like to suggest ideas, critiques, and generally share the process, join this energetic group. Contact Joan Parker at 1-978-369-3973 for more information.

Conservation Coffee February 10

The Tuesday, February 10 Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Town Hall from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Pat Huckery, district manager of the Northeast Wildlife District of the Massachusetts Division Fisheries and Wildlife and Erik Amati, Northeast District Wildlife biologist, will be available to answer your wildlife questions. Carlisle Conservation Coffees are held on the second Tuesday of the month during the fall, winter and spring seasons to provide an informal opportunity for residents to discuss a wide range of land use, conservation and environmental issues. The coffees end promptly at 9 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Continental breakfast provided.

Save the following Tuesday mornings for upcoming coffees: March 10, April 14, May 12, and June 19.

Peter Alden speaks at EU February 5

  Well-known local naturalist and author, Peter Alden, will give a slide show and talk on “The Ups and Downs of Our Birds” on February 5 at 7:30 p.m., at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, 40 Stow Street, Concord.

  The mix of birds that grace our woods, fields, marshes and gardens have undergone great changes over the years. What are these changes? Why are things changing? Are the birds themselves altering the landscapes and backyards we cherish?

   Peter Alden will present a fascinating and colorful slide show to update you on the birds. This program is sponsored by the Musketaquid Arts and Environment Program. Admission is $5. For more information, call 1-978-371-0820.

Hill scholarship applications now available

Applications for the Caroline Hill scholarship awards are available to Carlisle’s current high school seniors and college students for continuing post-secondary education, including colleges, universities and vocational schools. These need-based awards typically range from $500 to $2,000. The awards are made in late spring. Applications are available in the registrar’s office at Concord-Carlisle High School, the Gleason Public Library, or the Selectmen’s office in the Carlisle Town Hall. New this year: you may also download the application at Contact Diane Powers, 1-978-369-9191 with any questions.

Community Ed plans symposium on economy for spring

Concord-Carlisle’s Community Education program is planning for a community symposium, “Changes and Choices: Economy and Environment,” a community gathering at CCHS on Saturday, March 28, for individuals and families. It will be a forum for speakers and workshops to examine how local communities and individuals can overcome or mitigate financial adversity and highlight the necessary links between economic recovery and environmental stewardship.

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

Antique radio flea market February 15

On February 15, the Greater Boston Antique Radio Collectors will sponsor its 40th old radio flea market at the Westford Regency Inn on Route 110 in Westford. Hundreds of vintage radios from the 1920s to the 1960s will be offered for sale, including early battery sets of the 1920s, crystal sets, cathedral radios and floor models of the 1930s, plastic table models, communications receivers, early transistor radios and television sets. Also for sale will be old radio books, price guides and magazines, telegraph keys, novelty radios and many other radio-related items.

Admission is $11/family. Exhibitors should pre-register. Flea market hours are from 8 a.m. to noon. For further information, contact Antique Radio Classified, Cindie Bryan, P.O. Box 2-W20, Carlisle, MA 01741, 1-866-371-0512, or

Minuteman announces adult education classes

The Minuteman Regional High School Winter/Spring 2009 Adult Education program is getting underway with over 150 exciting classes that encompass professional development, self-improvement, recreation, online learning, career and technical programs and much more.

Register online using a Visa or Mastercard. Log onto and select the online registration link, or 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.

For more information, call 1-781-861-7150.

Join the Colonial Spirit Chorus Come to a Thursday night rehearsal and meet the Colonial Spirit Chorus, composed of women of all ages, from several towns throughout the area. The chorus is part of a worldwide organization of women singers called Sweet Adelines, who perform music arranged in four-part harmony.

The chorus will be attending Winter Regional training at the Sheraton Ferncroft Resort, 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers, on January 23, 24 and 25. Meet us there; it is open to the public for a small fee. Take a weekend for yourself and learn more about the art of “barbershop.”

Rehearsals are every Thursday at the Church of The Good Shepherd, 164 Newtown Road (off Route 27) in Acton at 7:15 p.m.

For information, call Norma at 1-978-692-2270 or Noreen at 1-978-263-0562 or visit

National Teach-In begins February 1

Join in the 2009 National Teach-In on “The First 100 Days and Climate Change.” Visit beginning February 1 or come to the CCHS cafeteria (time and date TBA) to view the webcast.

Elderly Housing meeting February 2

The Carlisle Elderly Housing Association, Inc. will hold its annual meeting on Monday, February 2, at 7 p.m. in the Sleeper Community Center, Carlisle Village Court, 145 Church Street.

At this meeting, there will be a management report and review of 2008 Village Court activities. Any Carlisle resident interested in affordable senior housing is encouraged to attend.

Meet the board and management company representatives and learn more about housing at Carlisle Village Court.

The board is seeking new members interested in senior housing. Visit or call Bert Williams at 1-978-369-7601 ( for more information.

Raiders Electronics Recycling Challenge January 24

On Saturday, 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 of 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

Carlisle veterans: last call for name submissions

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.

Register for open burning

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, go to the communications center at the Police Station, 41 Lowell Road, to do so. You only need to register once as long as you do not move to another address in Carlisle. However, once registered, landowners must still call 1-978-369-1442 on each day burning is planned to obtain a permit. You must still call for a permit. Weather conditions can change rapidly 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 recommended that landowners conduct their burning while the ground is still wet or frozen, or ideally when there is a snow cover to minimize the fire’s getting out of control.The Department of Environmental Protection regulations (310 CMR DEP 7.07 require that open burning must be at a minimum 75 feet from all buildings, 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.

Orchard House to donate books to new babies

Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House in Concord, the historic home of the Alcott family, will donate a copy of Little Women to each baby girl and a copy of Little Men to each baby boy born at Emerson Hospital this year, an estimated 80 books in all. In addition, the new families will be invited for a complimentary tour during the upcoming year.

“It seems perfect to welcome babies born in Concord with books inspired by a famous Concord family,” said Jan Turnquist, Executive Director of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House. “Louisa May Alcott drew heavily on her family’s forward thinking, selfless giving, courage and sense of fun when she wrote Little Men and Little Women.”

League book group to discuss Infidel January 28

The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle will host a discussion of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Infidel on Wednesday, January 28, at 10 a.m. in the Trustees Room of the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord. Hirsi Ali’s memoir vividly describes her childhood and youth in Somalia, Saudi Arabia and Kenya and how her Muslim faith and culture affected her. Infidel offers a unique perspective on life as a Muslim woman and a provocative view of Islam. For more information, contact or 1-978-369-3842. All are welcome.

Visit for information on voting and elections, programs and activities, membership and more.

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

Acton lecture February 3

“Media and Politics: Strange and Permanent Bedfellows” is the topic for the second lecture in the Jen Haan Memorial series of thought provoking speakers sponsored by the League of Women Voters-Acton Area.

The presenter, Callie Crossley, is an award-winning journalist and a television and radio commentator on such venues as WGBH-TV’s Beat the Press, The News Hour on PBS, and Reliable Sources on CNN. She also works as a producer on 20/20 at ABC News. The event takes place on February 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Acton’s R.J. Grey Junior High School library, 16 Charter Road, in the central school campus. Tickets, at $10, are available at the door or at and 1-978-266-0145. Students may attend free of charge. Additional details are available at

Notify CPS of fall kindergarten entrants

Do you have a child who is eligible for kindergarten at the Carlisle Public School (CPS) in 2009? If so, have you received a kindergarten postcard in the mail? Do you know of any family new to town with a kindergarten-age youngster? To receive a postcard or to let our Guidance Office know of new families in town, please call Rebecca Tambini or Sheila Morris at 1-978-369-6550, so that we may be certain to include all eligible children in our planning for the 2009-2010 school year.

New England Winds concert February 12

  On February 12 at 7 p.m. there will be a delightful evening of music by the New England Winds of the United States Air Force at the Parish Cener for the Arts (PCA) in Westford. Bringing an attitude that is all their own, the New England Winds create an intimate musical setting that will capture the imagination of any audience. This group of five is well versed in traditional quintet repertoire and performs musical selections ranging from the 18th century to the contemporary period. Each concert is an entertaining combination of musical excellence and showmanship. 

  This program is free and open to the public. BYOB and appetizers to enjoy during the show. The PCA is located at 10 Lincoln Street, Westford. Call 1-978-692-6333, email or visit for more information.

“88 Keys” fundraiser for new piano for Carlisle School

The Carlisle Public School (CPS) owns a 1924 Steinway Model M piano which has given the school and community more than 40 years of beautiful music, but has deteriorated to a condition that is no longer appropriate for concert or everyday use. Therefore, the CPS Music department has launched an “88 Keys” fundraiser to raise funds for the purchase of a new grand piano for the school.

“88 Keys,” corresponding to the number of keys on a piano, encourges members of the community to “purchase” keys at $750 each or to make a donation of their choice. Each key donor will have his/her name honored on a key of his/her choice. Donors who can give smaller amounts will have their names honored on a key with others. The total amount raised will be used for purchase of a new grand piano, storage equipment and maintenance.”88 Keys” will continue through May with the hope of having a new piano in place by the time of the June concerts.

Those interested in making a tax-deductible donation may contact the Music department at 1-978-369-6550 or download a pledge form at

More COA doings

• 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 – 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.

• Robbins Brook lunch: The next monthly luncheon sponsored by Minuteman Senior Services and the Inn at Robbins Brook will be held at St. Irene Church on East Street on February 5 at noon. The suggested donation is at least $3. Call the COA office by February 2 to make your reservation. This lunch is limited to 35 people.

• Sleeping Beauty ballet: The COA has a few more tickets to the Boston Ballet’s April 26, 2 p.m. performance of Sleeping Beauty. Tickets are $63 apiece and must be purchased by February 5. There will be a ballet seminar in April prior to the performance taught by former ballet performer and instructor Barbara Howell. If eight or more are interested, the COA van is available for $10/person.

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.

CCYS registration now open

Concord-Carlisle Youth Soccer (CCYS) is accepting registrations for in-town’s spring soccer program, offering outdoor soccer on Saturdays from early May to mid-June for players in grades Pre-K (age 5 by September 1) through Grade 6. Registration fees are $115/player with family discounts and scholarships offered. Register online through the Registration menu option at Late fees apply for registrations taken after March 9, so register early.

  For more program information, visit or contact program administrator Nancy at or 1-978-369-7978.

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