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Friday, February 13, 2009

COA doings

• Podiatry clinic: On Tuesday, March 3, Dr. Ayleen Gregorian will be seeing patients starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Sleeper Room in Village Court. Call the Council on Aging (COA) office at 1-978-371-2895 to make an appointment. The cost is $20 cash or check made payable to Friends of Carlisle COA (FCOA), payable on the day of the clinic.

• Monthly luncheon and concert: Join the COA on Thursday, February 19, at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the First Religious Society for the third annual COA Valentine luncheon and tea, followed by an Indian Hill chamber music concert. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to sign up no later than Friday, February 13. The cost is $3 or more. There will be a free blood pressure clinic from 11 to 11:45 a.m.

• Knitting in Service Society: Join other knitters on Tuesday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the third floor conference room in Union Hall. These women and girls make scarves, slippers and hats for those in need. Bring your own needles and yarn. Feel free to invite friends.

• Carlisle School Annual Senior Tea: The Carlisle Middle School Student Council invites all Carlisle seniors to an afternoon tea on Friday, March 6 from 1:15 to 3 p.m. at the Spalding Building in the Carlisle School. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 if you wish to attend and call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 if you need a ride.

CPS Music Department artist in residence February 24 to 26

The Carlisle Public School (CPS) Music Department welcomes to the school internationally known woodwind quintet Vento Chiaro on February 24, 25 and 26. Featured in the three-day program will be two workshops/concerts on February 26 in Corey Auditorium. The 5:30 p.m. concert will include members of the Fourth Grade Beginning Band, and the 7 p.m. concert will include members of the Middle School Symphonic Band and the Middle School Concert Band. More information about Vento Chiaro is available at These events are free and open to the public.

CSA town budget presentation March 17

The Carlisle Finance Committee will discuss the impact of the school budget on the town budget at the next Carlisle School Association (CSA)-sponsored parent informational coffee in the Corey Dining Room at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17. Come to hear current plans, give your feedback on key decisions and have your questions and concerns addressed.

GPL launches Kids Book Club

The Gleason Kids Book Club, led by children’s librarian Nancy Boutet, is open to all Carlisle first- and second-graders regardless of reading ability or level. The kickoff meeting will be February 26 from 4 to 4:45 p.m. at the library. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged at 1-978-369-4898, or at the circulation desk or children’s desk. A permission slip is available for download from and is simply a commitment to participate and to allow or disallow publication of pictures. Parents and caregivers are welcome but not required to attend the first meeting with their children. Contact Nancy Boutet ( for more information.

Nineteenth-century presidential elections series begins March 4

Professor Gary Hylander returns to the Hollis Room of Gleason Public Library (GPL) for a three-part discussion series on “The Presidential Elections of the 19th Century,” on Wednesdays, March 4, 11 and 18 (snow date of March 25) from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Professor Hylander will feature the election of 1800 with John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, Lincoln and the Election of 1860, and Hayes-Tilden and the Election of 1876.

Hylander, a Professor of History at Stonehill College, Easton, will lead this special event. Dr. Hylander is a frequent lecturer at historical societies, libraries and professional organizations. The program is free and open to the public. To register for this lecture, call the library reference desk now at 1-978-369-4898. Space is limited to 50 people. This program is the funded by the Friends of Gleason Public Library and the Friends of Carlisle Council on Aging Lee Milliken Fund. To learn more about other library events, please visit

Bingo night at CPS March 17

The Carlisle School Association is pleased to present a free family-oriented, fun-filled evening of Bingo once again this year in the Corey Dining Room at the Carlisle Public School (CPS). Join in the games and refreshments on Tuesday, March 17 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Children not yet in fifth grade must be accompanied by an adult.

Free books for Carlisle troops

Do you know a Carlisle resident who is currently serving the the U.S. Armed Forces overseas? Let local organization Got Books send him or her a care package full of books. Packages will be sent to local service members with plenty of books to enjoy and share with friends in their units.

Got Books will hand-pick the books, ensuring that every one is appropriate and pleasing to its recipient. Books will typically be small, lightweight paperbacks. Got Books sorts, selects and ships all book packages so there is no cost incurred by other involved parties.

To submit the name and address of a Carlisle resident overseas, visit To donate books or find out more about Got Books, visit or call 1-978-396-6026.

RecCom offers theater experience

The Carlisle Recreation Commission will be offering a nine-week theater class in the Corey Auditorium on Mondays, February 23 through April 27, for students in grades one through five.

Join instructor Elaine Jarvis for an adaptation of the musical film, The Little Mermaid. No experience is necessary and there will be no auditions; everyone gets a chance to sing, dance and speak. Classes run from 4 to 5:15 p.m. for cast one and 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. for cast two. Cost for the course is $240; register early, as this course usually fills up fast. Call 1-978-369-9815.

COA Tall Ship cruise

Join the Carlisle seniors on a Tall Ship cruise on Friday, July 10. Leave from the Carlisle Congregational Church at 8 a.m. After a motor coach ride to Boston, board the Provincetown II Vessel for a 90-minute Boston Harbor cruise around the Tall Ships. After the cruise, visit Quincy Market and the new Rose Kennedy Greenway, returning home around 5 p.m.

Contact Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or Flyers can be picked up at the COA office at Carlisle Town Hall. The cost is $59 per person. The first 52  paid will be accepted. Money is due by the end of February.

Final call for Honor Roll names before spring construction

With the Honor Roll project moving from the design to construction phase, the Honor Roll Committee is making a final call for Carlisle residents who wish to have their names included on the new site. If you are a qualified Carlisle veteran and wish to be included on the new Honor Roll, you must apply by February 15, 2009.

Qualified Carlisle veterans 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 ID of current service to:

Mr. Doug Stevenson, Chairman

Honor Roll/Memorial Committee

c/o Selectmen’s Secretary

66 Westford Street

Carlisle, MA 01741

The Honor Roll Committee strongly urges all who have submitted their names to visit, to ensure that names are listed correctly, in the correct era. The website listing will serve as the master for casting of the bronze plaques, so it is extremely important that everything on it is correct.

The Honor Roll Committee is also seeking assistance in determining the times of service of six individuals who will be included in the Honor Roll. If you have any information about when the following individuals served, contact committee member Alan Cameron,, at your earliest convenience: Richard Emery, Daniel Fulton, Robert Kent, Carl Nelson, Jane Owens and Albert Swanson.

Adult talk time at GPL Tuesdays

The Gleason Public Library (GPL) and Council on Aging are sponsoring a weekly drop-in adult talk time at the Gleason Public Library. This weekly adult social time will take place each Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the library. This program is open to anyone. To learn more about library events, visit

“Stories of Knitting” at GPL March 17

For those who knit, want to knit, are curious about the history of knitting, or have an interest in storytelling, Kathy Goldner will present “Stories of Knitting” to the public on Tuesday, March 17, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library (GPL). The Friends of Gleason Public Library is sponsoring this hour-long presentation, illustrated with photographs, knitted items and antiques from Kathy’s collection. Bring your knitting and bring a friend for this special treat. Carlisle’s Knitting in Service Society (KISS) meets at the Carlisle First Religious Society monthly to knit for the homeless. To learn more, visit or call 1-978-369-4898.

WOW meet February 10

The Gleason Public Library’s monthly writing group, Writers Only Writing (WOW), meets on the second Tuesday of the month through April 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. Contact Joan Parker at 1-978-369-3973 for more information. Open and free to the public. This is a volunteer-led program.

LWV book group meets February 18

The League of Women Voters (LWV) of Concord-Carlisle will host a discussion of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Infidel on February 18 at 10 a.m. in the Trustees Room of the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street. This is a new date, because of a snow cancellation in January.

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.

For more information, contact or 1-978-369-3842. All are welcome.

Carlisle Fire Department promotes winter heating safety tips

As the temperature continues to drop, Carlisle Fire Chief David Flannery and State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan are urging residents to use caution while heating their homes in a new public education campaign, “Keep Warm, Keep Safe.”

“These days it is more important than ever to practice safety first when it comes to heating your home,” said Chief Flannery. “With the cost of heating fuel on the rise, residents may turn to space heaters, pellet stoves or their fireplace more often... There are simple steps you can take to safeguard you and your family this winter.”

Heating is the second leading cause of fires in the home in Massachusetts. The “Keep Warm, Keep Safe” campaign will include television, radio, transit and web-based public service announcements, printed materials in several languages and a grassroots outreach effort led by local Fire Departments. Many retailers have pledged to display educational flyers near space heaters, carbon monoxide alarms and pellet stoves. The Department of Fire Services also convened the state’s first Winter Heating Fire Safety Task Force.

Space heaters can cause fires if they are placed too close to combustible materials such as drapes, furniture or bedding. Keep anything that can burn three feet away from the space heater and use only heavy-duty extension cords. Install and maintain smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on each floor of your home. Test the alarms once a month and change batteries twice a year. Make sure to check on elderly neighbors regularly in the cold months.

If you heat your home by burning solid fuels (coal, firewood, pellets), be careful before, during and after using these kinds of fuels. Have the chimney annually cleaned by a certified professional. Dispose of the ashes in a metal container, with a lid, away from the house; not in the garage or under the porch.

Natural gas and fuel oil are both safe and efficient. Make sure to have a professional clean and tune up your furnace and hot water heater every year. Gas leaks can be poisonous so the gas company adds something to make gas smell like rotten eggs. If you suspect a leak, move outdoors and immediately contact the local Fire Department.

For more information, visit or contact the Carlisle Fire Department Fire Prevention Office at 1-978-287-0072.

How to donate to funds or charities supporting Carlisle residents in need

Aid to Elderly and Disabled. This fund was established in 2002 to assist low-income elderly and disabled residents to pay a portion of their tax obligation. To make a donation send a check made out to the Town of Carlisle, to the Treasurer, Town of Carlisle, 66 Westford  Street, Carlisle, MA 01741, please make a note that the donation is for Aid to the Elderly and Disabled Fund.

Caroline Hill Fund. This fund provides fuel assistance to Carlisle residents who are having temporary financial difficulties. It also provides scholarships to graduates of Carlisle Public School. To make donations to the Caroline Hill Fund, please make checks out to the Town of Carlisle and mail them to the Treasurer, Town of Carlisle, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741. Please make a note that the check is for the Caroline Hill Fund.

Friends of the Council on Aging Fuel Assistance. This fund provides support to low income seniors for fuel assistance as well as other programs. To make a donation mail your contribution to: Friends of COA, P.O. Box 38, Carlisle, MA 01741. If you want to ear mark the donation to the Friends, for fuel assistance, health clinics (like podiatry), or programs, make a special note on their check. Otherwise, general checks will be used to support seniors. The website is

Open Table in Concord. This provides a weekly meal and groceries to anyone who needs them.See the website for a wish list of grocery, household and personal items. To make a cash donation, mail checks to Open Table, P.O. Box 42, Concord, MA 01742.

Carlisle Neighbor Fund. The three churches in town manage the fund designed to provide assistance to Carlisle residents in need. To make a donation, send a check made out to the individual church with a note in the memo line that the check is for the Carlisle Neighbor Fund (checks sent to St. Irene should be made out to The Neighbor Fund - St. Irene Church) and mail to: Carlisle Congregational Church, P.O. Box 191, First Religious Society, P.O. Box 817 or St. Irene Church, 181 East Street. ∆

Girl Scouts collect for House of Hope

Throughout the month of February, Carlisle Girl Scouts will be collecting goods for the House of Hope in Lowell at the Carlisle Police Station. Goods requested are laundry supplies, including laundry baskets; towel sets; batteries; non-perishable foods, especially rice, coffee, tuna fish, juice and peanut butter and jelly; paper plates; and napkins. For more information, contact Linda at 1-978-369-5137.

Furniture urgently needed

The Household Goods Recycling of Massachusetts (HGRM) is in desperate need of all types of furniture for the needy. For information, visit or call 1-978-635-1763.

St. Patrick’s Day lunch for seniors March 14

Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) class of 2009 will host the annual St.Patrick’s Day lunch and entertainment for seniors in the CCHS cafeteria on March 14 at noon. What could be better than a traditional corn beef and cabbage lunch, great friends and some laughs? Reservations are required. Call the Carlisle Council on Aging at 1-978-371-2895.

Spring tennis league

If you are interested in playing tennis this spring with a fun, friendly group of Carlisle women, contact Gail Bernardin at 1-978-318-6972. The Spring League begins in late April and runs through mid June.

Transfer Station stickers are now available

Pick up your 2009 Transfer Station sticker at the Police Department now. The price is $25/first vehicle and $10 for each additional vehicle.

Save grocery receipts for the Carlisle School

The “Register Tapes for Education” program allows the Carlisle Public Sschool (CPS) to trade receipts from Donelan’s Supermarket in Acton and Littleton, and Crosby’s Market in Concord, for needed school items such as art supplies, networking and computer equipment, at no cost to you. Drop your register receipts dated between September 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009 in the drop box in the school library. Contact Kevin, Supermarket Receipts Coordinator, at 1-978-369-7206 with questions or to volunteer.

Aid to Elderly and Disabled applications due March 31

Aid to the Elderly and Disabled Fund applications are due on March 31. To learn if you are eligible, contact the Carlisle Council on Aging to acquire an application or receive additional information. Their number is 1-978-371-2895. All applications received by March 31 will be reviewed for consideration in April. All information and applications are confidential.

Donations to the fund are appreciated. Your donation to the fund will help needy and deserving Carlisle residents with tax assistance. To donate, simply make your check payable to the “Town of Carlisle” and note that the amount is a donation for the Aid to the Elderly. Send it to the Treasurer at 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Children’s music concert February 20

Little Sprouts in Westford is hosting a free children’s FUNdamentals music concert on Friday, February 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. at 14 South Chelmsford Road, Westford. Refreshments, arts and crafts and face painting will also be available for the children in addition to the music concert. Fun for all ages. For further information, contact Lauren Siracusa at 1-978-589-9449.

“Storytelling by the Fire” on February 18

Looking for things to do during school vacation week? Join park staff at the Tsongas Gallery at Walden Pond (located at park headquarters) on February 18 at 2 p.m. for an hour of storytelling by the fire. Stories will have themes related to nature and history. This program is for young children accompanied by an adult. This is a free program but there is a $5 daily parking fee. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call 1-978-369-3254.

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