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Friday, March 20, 2009

Nominations for river steward awards due March 31

Nominate a deserving individual, business or organization that advocates for the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers for a River Stewardship Award.

Applications are due no later than March 31, and are available at the town house and main library, and the Natural Resources Commission office at 141 Keyes Road, Concord, or online at Contact Betsy Sluder, LWVCC River Awards Co-Chair, 1-978-369-1851, or Mary Antes,

LWVCC forum on school building project March 26

The Concord-Carlisle League of Women Voters (LWVCC) Forum on the Proposal for Funding the Replacement of Spalding School Building will be held Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

The Carlisle School Building Committee will be asking for $450,000 at Town Meeting on May 4 and at the Ballot on May 12 for the design work to replace the 50-year old Spalding School Building. Forty percent reimbursement has been provisionally secured from the state for the project, the cost of which has been estimated at $20 million before reimbursement.

The forum will be held to help the citizens of Carlisle gain information regarding the financial and educational aspects of this issue. For further information call Ginny at 1-978-369-8210.

Scholarship Fund applications due April 1

Applications for the Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund are available online at Students seeking support for the 2009-2010 academic year must submit their applications by April 1. Direct questions about applications or donations to

CCHS phonathon March 22

On Sunday March 22, CCHS National Honor Society students will be calling Concord and Carlisle residents on behalf of the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund as part of an annual appeal. Everyone is feeling enormous financial strain right now, but none more so than students getting ready to head off to college. They are faced with the dual diminishment of their own family finances and that of the colleges they hope to attend. If at all possible, support the Scholarship Fund with a contribution. The Scholarship Fund’s record of fiscal responsibility translates into 95% of every dollar donated going directly to fund scholarships, so you can be assured that whatever you give will go directly to helping a local student.

In addition to the phonathon, there are many ways to support the Fund: an annual contribution; specific support for one of the named funds; memorial donations and contributions recognizing a friend, family member, teacher or community member.

For more information on ways to donate visit To make a direct tax deductible contribution send a check, payable to CCSF, to the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 217, Concord, MA 01742-0217. You may also make a credit card donation online by visiting the CCSF website listed above. Employers often sponsor Matching Donor Programs for their employees. Consult your Human Resources Department for details.

Community Symposium March 28

Concord-Carlisle Community Adult Education is sponsoring a Community Symposium, “Changes and Choices: Our Economy, Our Environment,” at CCHS on March 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Speakers, workshops, films and food will focus on the global changes and local choices that we face today, with a keynote address by Tedd Saunders and workshops, including those by Carlisle presenters Larry Bearfield and Robin Emerson, John Lee, and Fiona and James Sibley. Learn about what is happening in local homes, farms, businesses, organizations and government to connect economic solutions and environmental imperatives. There will be events and activities for adults, students and families.

This event is free and open to all. For information, call 1-978-318-1540 or email

Join the party April 4

Save the date: Saturday, April 4, 9 a.m. to noon, the Annual Trash Party is coming to a neighborhood near you and everyone is invited.

This Mosquito-sponsored event is a community-wide roadside pick-up of trash and litter by individuals and civic groups. The invitation is extended to everyone to stake a “trash claim” on their street or in a neighborhood. All trash (that can be moved by one person and will fit into a pickup truck) is fair game. Remember those work gloves!

Free refreshments and trash bags will be available in the parking lot next to Ferns (The Center Park) from 8:45 to11:30 a.m. Stop by to chat, grab a bag and enjoy coffee, juice and donuts. Let the volunteers know where you will be collecting so your bags can be picked up at about noon.

Volunteers with trucks or trailers who may be available anytime between noon and 3 p.m. are needed to retrieve the bags and deliver them to the Transfer Station. Students and scouts can earn community service hours.

RSVP to Lisa Chaffin, at 1-978-369-8790 or, to stake your claim, help with trucking or if you would like community service hours.

Spring Equinox walk at Walden Pond March 22

Celebrate the arrival of spring outdoors at Walden Pond. Join park staff at the Thoreau House Replica on Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m. for a ½ mile walk to the original location of Henry David Thoreau’s house site. This program is for visitors of all ages.

This is a free program but there is a $5 daily parking fee. No dogs are permitted. For more information, call park staff at 1-978-369-3254.

COA doings

Women’s breakfast: The theme of this breakfast is “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” with chef “Lady Di” on Wednesday, March 25, at 8:30 a.m. in the Sleeper Room at Village Court. Pull out those 1960s glam hats and gloves, wear your most sparkling jewels or vintage 50s and 60s suits, dresses or skirts, or just come as you are. There will be a prize for the best hat. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to sign up no later than Friday, March 20. Call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 if you need a ride. The cost is $3 or more.

Sleeping Beauty ballet: The COA has a few more tickets to the Boston Ballet’s Sunday, April 26 2 p.m. performance of Sleeping Beauty. Tickets are $63 apiece. If eight or more are interested, the COA van is available for $10 per person.

Free tax assistance: If you need help with tax assistance, the Bedford COA will have an AARP-certified volunteer tax consultant available from through April 10. The tax consultant will prepare one state and one federal return per person or they will answer questions or check your prepared return. To make a 1.5 hour appointment, call the Beford COA at 1-781-275-6825.

Robbins Brook lunch: The next monthly luncheon sponsored by Minuteman Senior Services and the Inn at Robbins Brook will be held at the Congregational Church Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, April 1, at noon. The suggested donation is at least $3. Call the COA office by March 27 as this lunch is limited to 35 people.

Monthly coffee: Join Jim and Betty Elgin and the Tom and Karen Dunkers in the Sleeper Room on Thursday, April 2, at 9 a.m. for friendly conversation and pastry, fruit, juice, coffee and tea. There is no fee and no sign up.

COA Tanglewood trip

Join the Carlisle seniors on a trip to Tanglewood, overnight on August 2 to 3, for only $298, bus driver’s tip included. Contact Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or Checks should be payable to Gateway Tours and sent to Joanne Willens, 145 Church Street, B-12, Carlisle, MA 01741. Deposits are due by April 1.

CCTV invites community to SoundOff

Town Meeting season sets Concord and Carlisle abuzz with talk of Warrants, Articles and bylaws. So that no one’s opinion gets lost in the crowd, CCTV offers SoundOff, a unique program that allows residents of Concord and Carlisle to come into CCTV’s studio and let their opinions be heard. Charles Paige, CCTV’s Executive Director, says. “We...want to provide a soapbox to help facillitate a community dialogue.”

Call the station at 1-978-369-5038 to schedule a time. Each SoundOff segment collected will air periodically up until Town Meeting.

Pools needed for summer rec programs

Pools are needed for Carlisle Recreation’s 2009 Summer Fun Program. To donate the use of your pool for swimming lessons anytime during the summer program for two or more weeks, June 29 through August 7, call Carlisle Recreation at 1-978-369-9815 or email

Fund applications due March 31

Aid to the Elderly and Disabled Fund Applications are due on March 31. Donations to the fund are appreciated and will help needy and deserving Carlisle residents with tax assistance. Make your check payable to 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.

The following are eligible for Aid to the Elderly or Disabled:

• Those who have not applied for Clause 18 relief or other tax relief (Clauses 17/23/37/41) shall be given priority over those who have applied for such relief in the current year or in the past year.

• Residents of Carlisle who are property owners in Carlisle and are 65 years or older at the time the application is filed.

• Residents of Carlisle who are property owners in Carlisle who meet the criteria for, or definition of disabled as it is applied to eligibility for tax relief under clauses 41A/41C/17/18/22/37.

• Combined household income does not exceed 200% of the poverty level and total assets not to exceed $50,000 excluding the Carlisle residence.

If you are eligible, contact the Carlisle Council on Aging for an application or to receive additional information 1-978-371-2895. All applications received by March 31 will be reviewed for consideration in April. All information and applications are confidential.

Vehicle donation program

Do you have a car that you are thinking of trading in or an old vehicle sitting in your driveway? Donate your vehicle to The Discovery Museums’ vehicle donation program. The program gives the vehicle donor the tax credit and the Discovery Museums 100% of the proceeds.

To take part in the program, contact the Discovery Museums at 1-978-264-4200 X24 or Christmas Motors at 1-978-897-9627.

Vernal pools talk/walk March 25

On March 25 at 7 p.m., at the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, 73 Weir Hill Road, Sudbury, the Friends of Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge present Debbie Dineen, Sudbury Conservation Coordinator, discussing vernal pools.

The program will cover the basics, proposed regulatory changes revisions to the certification process and methods to protect vernal pools even if they are not cerified by the State. A Q & A will immediately follow the presentation and a site visit to a vernal pool will be scheduled shortly thereafter, weather permitting.

A short business meeting at 7 p.m. will precede the guest speaker. All are welcome. For more information, visit .

Concord Orchestra concert March 27 and 28

The Concord Orchestra presents Bayla Keyes, violin and Jan Muller-Szeraws, cello in a performance of the Double Concerto by Johannes Brahms.  Also on the program is Sergei Prokofiev’s Seventh Symphony.  Concert dates are Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m. at 51 Walden Street in Concord. Tickets are $25, seniors $20, children $10. For tickets, call 1-978-369-4967 or visit

Landscape designer speaks at GPL April 13

Landscape historian and designer Maria Stella will give a presentation on constructing an environmentally-engineered home and landscape at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 13, in the Hollis Room of the Gleason Public Library (GPL). Stella will show how we can reduce energy consumption, conserve resources and intelligently choose healthy “green” materials.

This free program is made possible by the Carlisle Garden Club and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. Refreshments will be served. To learn more, visit or call 1-978-369-4898. To learn more about the Carlisle Garden Club, visit

Reserve your place now: COA trip to Tall Ships

Join Carlisle seniors for a Tall Ships 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 11 Vessel for an 1 1/2 hour Boston Harbor cruise around the Tall Ships. After the cruise, visit Quincy Market and the new Rose Kennedy Greenway and return home around 5 p.m.

Flyers are available at the COA office at Carlisle Town Hall. If interested, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or email her at Checks for $59/person are due by March 31 and should be payable to Fox Tours and mailed to Joanne Willens, 145 Church Street B-12, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Celebrate sheep at Drumlin Farm’s Woolapalooza March 28

It’s a sure sign of spring – time to shear the sheep. Join the fun on March 28 at Woolapalooza. Bask in the beauty of Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm. Festival highlights include Drumlin Farm’s new spring babies, sheep shearing and sheepherding demonstrations, hands-on activities for all ages, and all natural, locally grown and harvested Drumlin Farm food.

Local fiber artisans will offer demonstrations and sell their handmade products. Follow the “Sheep-to-Sweater Interpretive Trail” to learn how fleece on a sheep becomes the warm woolen sweater you wear. Admission to the festival is $8/adult Mass Audubon members, $10/adult nonmembers, $6 /children members, and $8/children nonmembers; children under three are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 1-781-259-2206. There will also be tickets available at the door.

Healthy snacks program March 24

Debra Stark, from Debra’s Natural Gourmet store in West Concord, will present a program about making healthy snacks for kids at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord on March 24 at 3 p.m. This hands-on talk for children ages 6 years and up is part of the “Concord Reads: Food For Thought” month-long series of events. For more information, call 1-978-318-3358 or visit

Basic computer/Internet course April 8

The Gleason Public Library is offering a basic computer/Internet course on Wednesday, April 8, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. This is an introductory course focusing on basic searching and navigating through the Internet. Call the reference desk at 1-978-369-4898 to register. Registration is required due to space limitations.

PJ Story Time on Tillie Lays an Egg, March 25

Join in on Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. for a special PJ Story Time in the Hollis Room featuring Terry Golson and her real-live hen, Tillie. Terry will be doing a reading and book signing of her new children’s book, Tillie Lays an Egg. Beginning March 18, check out the display in the Children’s room to see the objects that Tillie looks for. Suggested for ages four and up. Adult chicken aficionados are welcome to attend also.

Alan Ticotsky and Jane Sutton to speak at GPL April 6

Is there room for two authors in the house? Carlisle science/math teacher and author Alan Ticotsky and children’s book author Jane Sutton manage to live harmoniously under the same roof in Lexington, where they moved when “Mr. T.” began teaching in Carlisle. In their talk at Gleason Public Library (GPL) at 7 p.m. on April 6, they will discuss the roller coaster life of an author: what started them on the bumpy ride, what keeps them writing, and its trials and rewards. This free program is made possible by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. To learn more, visit or call 1-978-369-4898.

Carlisle walking group starts April 2

Jane Anderson is starting an informal walking group which will start on Thursday, April 2 at 9:30 a.m. and leave for a brisk walk from Center Park (next to Ferns). Jane will be there every Thursday in April unless there is rain or snow. Jane is expecting to walk for about one to two hours each Thursday morning, and will start exploring the Carlisle Pathways and as weather improves more on to exploring the various Carlisle Trails. Wear good walking shoes and bring bug spray as spring approaches. If you have questions or want to talk to Jane, you can reach her at 1-978-369-9672 or

Community Chest launches new fund

The Community Chest has created a third Field of Interest Fund (FOIF) from last year’s auction proceeds to support organizations making a positive impact on residents in Concord and Carlisle. The Community Impact FOIF is designed to grant funds to human service agencies focused on meeting critical needs such as fuel assistance, bill assistance, household management and disaster relief.

Established in 2006, Field of Interest Funds, a separate funding agent supporting donor designated interests with a minimum investment of $10,000, target the immediate needs of local agencies outside of the Chest’s Annual Campaign allocations process. Applications are reviewed by an advisory committee comprised of board members, overseers and community volunteers and then funds are distributed over a three-year cycle. The Community Impact Fund grew out of recognition of the increased financial instability in our state, as a result of the current economic situation and increased costs of living. Through this new FOIF, the Chest will collaborate with other local organizations to provide assistance for basic needs, helping individuals and families cope with the rising cost of living.

To apply for monies from all three Field of Interest Funds, contact the Community Chest for an application at 1-978-369-5250.

Parent program on bullying March 25

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) brings you a parent education program on bullying and cyber bullying on Wednesday, March 25, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Carlisle Public School’s Library. This presentation is free of charge. All parents, particularly those with children in middle and high school, are encouraged to attend. A representative from Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC), the Commonwealth’s research and information clearinghouse on bullying and cyber bullying, will present.

Parents will be educated about what their children are doing online and given concrete tips on how to partner effectively with schools to resolve problems that arise. Reasonable behavior expectations and ways to support children will also be covered.

Three-church potluck supper March 28

The three “faith communities” of Carlisle, the First Religious Society, St. Irene Church and the Carlisle Congregational Church, invite all in the town to a potluck dinner/sing-along to be held in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church (147 School Street) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. Anthems from the choirs are planned, followed by a group singing of favorite popular songs, from the 1890s to the 1940s. Donations are welcome to benefit the fuel assistance fund for people in town. If you would like to come, register by calling Deb Pichulo at the Congregational Church at 1-978-369-7830.

EU spring benefit March 28

The Emerson Umbrella (EU) in Concord announces the upcoming spring benefit, “Dancing…Under the new Umbrella” on Saturday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Concord Armory. The benefit is designed to strengthen EU’s capacity to serve the community through the Arts Education and Outreach program.

The evening will feature a performance by dancer Germaul Barnes and famed vocalist Karl Dixon, The evening will also include roving harlequins, food tastings and dancing late into the night. A silent and live auction will support EU’s Arts Education Outreach programs and offer opportunities to the over 300 guests of the evening to walk away with artwork, goods and services from area businesses.

Tickets are $50 per person or $400 for a table of ten and may be purchased by calling Emerson Umbrella in Concord at 1-978-371-0820.

Musician to bring his art to Carlisle School March 25

Local musician and music producer Mac Ritchey will be bringing an array of unusual musical instruments from around the world to Carlisle Elementary School on Wednesday, March 25, for a demonstration with music teacher Meghan Harlow’s fifth-grade music class at 10:30 a.m.

Instruments will include the oud, or “Arabic lute;” the Greek bouzouki, an ancient Australian wind instrument fashioned in part by termites called the didjeridoo; and the duduk, an exotic double reed instrument of Armenia.

Ritchey is a member of the world music fusion group 35th Parallel, who will perform in Carlisle on Saturday, April 4 at the Union Hall Coffee House.

You can learn more about Mac Ritchey and 35th Parallel at For more information on the local school visit, contact Meghan Harlow at the Carlisle Public School.

Deadline for MFA trip is March 23

You are invited to join the Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) on Monday, April 27, to celebrate spring at the Museum of Fine Art’s (MFA) annual festival of fine art and fresh flowers. There will be ample time to browse the museum, observe a floral class or lecture and have lunch at one of the many excellent choices of restaurants at the MFA.

Leave Carlisle Congregational Church at 9 a.m. to arrive at the MFA by 10 a.m. Return home about 3 p.m. There is no exhibit fee, but general admission group fee is $13/person, plus $12 for the coach bus if more than 35 sign up. Travel by vans at $7/person if there are fewer than 35 people. To sign up, call 1-978-371-2895, and send a check payable to the Carlisle Council on Aging to 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741 no later than March 23.

CTA announces changes to scholarships

The Carlisle Teachers’ Association (CTA) has voted to change the award structure of its Marguerite Grant Scholarship (for graduating high school seniors) and Amy Lapham Award for Continuing Education (for current college students). Each scholarship will now be awarded to one former Carlisle student based on financial need and merit. The value of each is expected to be between $2,000 and $2,500. In the past, smaller awards had been granted to multiple applicants.

Applicants will be asked to supply a Student Aid Report and a short piece of writing. Students must be graduating or have graduated from Concord-Carlisle High School or Minuteman Regional High School, and have documented financial need in order to apply. Students who did not graduate from the Carlisle Public School are not eligible. If awarded the Marguerite Grant Scholarship, a student would still be eligible to apply for the Amy Lapham Award in successive years.

Applications for the scholarship will be available in the Carlisle School office after April 1. They will also be available online at under the “Community” tab.

“Register Tapes for Education” deadline is March 31

The “Register Tapes for Education” program allows the Carlisle School Association (CSA) 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. The CSA is collecting register receipts in a drop box in the school library, so please deposit your receipts dated between September 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009. If you have any questions or would like to be part of the group that helps tally up in April, please contact Kevin at or 1-978-369-7206.

“Introduction to the Ballet” begins April 3

Barbara Howell will present a series of lectures on the ballet at Gleason Public Library (GPL),featuring three different performances of Swan Lake – American, English and Russian. The seminars are from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 3, 10 and 17 in the Hollis Room of the Gleason Public Library.

Howell will give a short talk with points of interest, such as the 32 fouette en tornant. The dancers in each performance have different personalities and slightly different body shapes; the body shape determines the height of the leaps, extensions and turns. Barbara will bring pictures and books along with a list of websites for the class.

There is no fee for this series but seating is limited to 50 people. Call the Gleason Library Reference Desk at 1-978-369-4898 to reserve your space. This free program is made possible by the Friends of the Council on Aging and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library.

Student art and music performances open exhibit March 21

If you want to see how the arts are thriving at the Carlisle Public School (CPS), stop by the Gleason Public Library. On display for the next month you will find an art exhibit of over 100 works created by the students of Rachel Levy and Courtney Longaker. To celebrate the opening of the exhibit, small groups of both vocal and instrumental performers from the school will perform select musical pieces at the library on Saturday, March 21, between 10 a.m. and noon. The singers and instrumentalists are students of Megan Harlow and Deana Saada-Smith. The musical program will include:

1. Vocal selection - Allie Mundel and Emilie Carr

2. Vocal selection - Roxane Sayde and Anna Kolstad

3. Vocal selection - Jasmine Khayami

4. Clarinet duet - Kevin Barrow and Anna Kolstad

5. Vocal selection - Allie Mundel and Emilie Carr

6. Flute trio - Roxane Sayde, Elizabeth Sorrows and Mrs. Saada-Smith

7. Vocal selection - Abigail Chang

8. Trombone/tuba - Connor Lofdahl and Max Bohn

9. Vocal selection - Emilie Carr

10. Vocal selection - Sadina Videlock and Katherine Sorrows

11. Percussion ensemble - Thomas Ratcliffe, Rahul Chopra, Charlie Lotane, Mrs. Saada-Smith

12. Vocal selection - Annalise Fosnight

13. Flute duet - Haley Proctor and Monica Chen

Concord-Carlisle sophomore and former CPS graduate Stephanie Mundel will accompany the performers on keyboard.

CSA meeting April 7

Join the Carlisle School Association (CSA) in the Corey Dining Room at the Carlisle Public School for its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 7, at 9 a.m. Meetings are open to the public and all are invited to attend. For additional information about the CSA, monthly meetings and activities, visit:

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