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Friday, May 15, 2009

Pass It Forward Day, May 30

To the Editor:

Carlisle will host its Seventh Annual Pass It Forward Day on Saturday, May 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Carlisle Transfer Station. This event is an opportunity for Carlisle’s generous citizens to clean out their closets and garages by donating new and gently used items to various local charities. It is sponsored by the Household Recycling Committee.

The charities have asked for specific things, so please separate your donated items into the following categories. Fasten pieces of an item together so they stay together during repeated handling and sorting.

Donate clothing and shoes for adults for Carlisle Council on Aging, Acton Community Supper, VA Hospital in Bedford, International Students MIT; clothing and shoes for children for Cradles to Crayons, Acton Community Supper; arts and crafts supplies for Discovery Museum; small riding toys for children for Cradles to Crayons; all other toys for Delta Projects; recent children’s books about science for Discovery Museum; children’s books about religion for First Religious Society, St. Irene Catholic Church; all other children’s books for BKP (for Philippine children); books of poetry or about poetry for Concord Poetry Center, a recent PDR for Rowe Center; other books, but no computer manuals, textbooks, encyclopedias or magazines for Gleason Library; six-foot bookshelves, clean rug (9 x 12) for Concord Poetry Center; floor lamps for Concord Poetry Center, Rowe Center; molded plastic lawn chairs for Rowe Center; high chair for Rowe Center; baby safety items: outlet covers, cabinet locks and baby equipment: car seats, strollers, high chairs for Cradles to Crayons; folding ladders, folding tables and cat items: food, litter, carriers, food dishes, metal litter boxes, KMR, scratch posts, cat toys, gift cards for Home Depot or Petco for the Billerica Cat Coalition; pet equipment, collars, leashes, litter, bleach, food, worn towels and blankets, paper towels for Lowell Humane Society; large electric coffee pots (don’t need insides) for Rowe Center; exercise equipment: weights, treadmills for Delta Projects; other household items for Household Goods Recycling Ministry; cell phones with chargers for Domestic Violence Victims’ Assistance Program, defibrillators for First Religious Society; random orbital sanders, belt sanders, sandpaper, electric yard sweeper, 100-foot rope and other tools for Rowe Center.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Mary Zoll
Director, Pass It Forward Day 2009
School Street

Post Office says thanks

To the Editor:

The Carlisle Post Office would like to thank the residents of Carlisle who left out food for the needy this past Saturday May 9, 2009. Carlisle Postal employees collected over 600 pounds of food which then were sent to the areas local food bank for distribution. All Carlisle employees were actively involved in this years collection of food.

Please know the Carlisle Postal employees are very lucky to work in such a nice and generous community.

On behalf of all the Postal employees and the local food banks. Thank you!

Greg Lee, Postmaster
Carlisle Post Office


Families appreciated Town Meeting accommodations

To the Editor:

Here’s just a brief note of thanks to all those who made the Town Meeting possible. It is a huge undertaking and the effort is appreciated. I am especially pleased that arrangements for families were available and seem to be becoming the status quo in Carlisle. This is due, in large part, to the “Carlisle Kids’ House,” a town resource that volunteered its time to improve parents’ ability to participate in the town meeting process. Thanks “Carlisle Kids’ House!”

Also available was the dining room at the school. Unfortunately, this time, there were some technical difficulties which hurt this effort at the start of the evening, but these did get worked out making the dining room a very pleasant location from which to view and participate in Town Meeting. Though we certainly cannot dictate the availability of “Carlisle Kids’ House,” it ought to simply to be policy for the dining room to be set up as an alternate place to view and participate in Town Meeting. This would be with the understanding that, in order to minimize distractions, children would come and engage in quiet activity and the plaza/castle would be closed. I hope that this becomes a standard option for Carlisle’s families. Though residents have not always taken advantage of this, the option should always be available and, as we have seen, it is well used when there are pressing town decisions to be made.

Nancy Szczesniak
Aberdeen Drive

From one candidate to another

To the Editor:

Congratulations to Larissa Shyjan on winning the election for Library Trustee! I wish her success in serving in this important position.

Jay Luby
Woodbine Road


Thanks for Book Fair support

To the Editor:

Thank you to all who supported the Carlisle School Association (CSA) Annual Book Fair. From the many parent volunteers who worked staffing the fair to the students, parents and teachers who purchased books, we could not have done it without you.

Special thanks goes to the CSA for providing Cultural Enrichment funds to host guest author Jack Gantos. Ask any student in kindergarten through eighth grade – he was fabulous! He taught us all a few writing techniques as well as shared many humorous stories about his life. A second thanks goes to the Brown Family for donating a set of tickets to the Spinners game for our raffle. All the proceeds from the Book Fair go to purchasing new books to expand the school library collection. Again, we thank the Carlisle Community for your tremendous support.

Mary Beth Stevenson
Cross Street
CSA Book Fair Chair

Sandy Kelly
Carlisle School Library Teacher

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