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Friday, May 22, 2009

Pass It Forward Day is Saturday, May 30

Carlisle will host its seventh Pass It Forward Day on Saturday, May 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Transfer Station. Carlisle’s citizens are invited to bring new or gently used items to the Transfer Station for distribution to local charities. See the wish list from the charities in the May 15 Mosquito’s Letters to the Editor or posted around town.

Blessing of the Animals service at FRS May 31

The Sunday Service at the First Religious Society on Sunday, May 31, at 10 a.m. will be a Blessing of the Animals. All creatures are welcome! This will be a service for all ages. If you think your pet will not do well at church, you can bring a photograph or other representation. There will be a Memorial table for beloved pets who have died – bring photos or memento. For more information, call 1-978-369-5180 or 1-978-369-0284 or email

Arcturus concert

On Friday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m., the Arcturus Chamber Ensemble will play a concert at the First Religious Society in Carlisle. Formed by Carlislian Sarah Darling, Arcturus has brought a diverse group of world-class chamber musicians to the area for years. The current program will include Boccherini’s playful “Bass Quintet,” beautiful five-part “Fantasias” by William Lawes, and Weber’s virtuosic “Clarinet Quintet,” featuring special guest Thomas Weisschnur from Germany. Admission is free. A reception with the artists will follow the concert. For more information, visit ;

June 6 is Wash-a-Fire-Truck Day

Come join the Carlisle Parents Connection on Saturday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Carlisle Fire Station for Wash-a-Fire-Truck Day. Bring your bucket and sponge and meet some of Carlisle’s firefighters while getting an up-close tour of one of our fire engines. The event is free for Carlisle families with young children and parking is at Town Hall. For additional information, contact Ali Walsh at

Picnic on the Farm

Great Brook Farm State Park, 984 Lowell Street, will host a weekend “Picnic on the Farm” on Sunday, May 31, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., rain or shine. Come with a picnic basket and spend the day at this beautiful park, with its 1,000 acres of meadows, softly rolling hills, forest trails and the only working dairy farm in the state park system.

There will be free, fun activities throughout the day: hayrides, barn tours and music courtesy of a country/bluegrass band. The farm’s ice cream stand will also be open.

Great Brook Farm State Park is one of the dairy farms listed in the Agriculture Tourism Map, which features an extensive list of “ag-tivities” throughout the Bay State. The map is available at the park.

The “Picnic on the Farm” event is family oriented and completely accessible; people of all ages and abilities are welcome. No reservations are required. The $2 parking fee will be in effect. For additional information, call 1-978-369-6312.

Birds of Prey program at Foss Farm

The Carlisle Land Stewardship Committee and the Carlisle Cultural Council present a Birds of Prey Program at Foss Farm on Sunday, May 24, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Learn about their life styles and their habitats. Naturalists from Mass Audubon Society will bring a broad-winged hawk, kestrel, and two types of owls from Drumlin Farm. The program will accommodate folks dropping in any time during the program.

This program is presented by the Land Stewardship Committee and has been made possible by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council, a local agency, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The program is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required. 

To learn more about this program, contact Lynn Knight at 1-978-318-0872.

Climate Action meeting

Carlisle Climate Action is holding an open meeting on May 27 from 7 - 9 p.m. at Union Hall, first floor at The First Religious Society. Come find out what is happening in Carlisle regarding Climate Action. Carlisle’s Memorial Day celebration is May 25

Come join in on Monday, May 25, for Carlisle’s annual Memorial Day Observance, one of our best-loved traditions. Ceremonies start at 9:30 a.m. on the Common, where the Carlisle Minutemen will raise the flag to half-staff. A convocation will be held immediately after that in Corey Auditorium. The School Band and Chorus will perform, and there will be an address by Maris Platais, a long-time Carlisle resident and veteran of the US Marine Corps. Following the convocation, the parade will form in the school parking lot and proceed to Green Cemetery and the veterans’ memorials, where Carlisle’s veterans will be honored. Ceremonies will conclude at noon, again on the Common, where the flag will be raised to full-staff. Immediately following that, all townspeople are invited to the annual ham and bean luncheon at the First Religious Society on the Common.

FCCOA to celebrate 15th anniversary

The Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging (FCCOA) invite the community to their Annual Meeting and 15th anniversary celebration to be held on Sunday, May 31, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Kissingers’ home at 207 Elizabeth Ridge Road. Following the brief business meeting, Jason Bearfield, president of Liquid Landscape Designs will present some landscape, maintenance and environmentally sound ideas for the Carlisle garden. Refreshments will be served. Please contact Estelle Keast at or 1-978-369-244 if you plan to attend.

Mandatory CCHS cheerleading meeting

Anyone interested in trying out for 2009-2010 fall or winter CCHS cheerleading teams - there will be a mandatory informational meeting for all parents and students interested in cheerleading on Wednesday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. If you cannot make it, email Mrs. Lonergan at before the meeting. Important information about the seasons and Gator Bowl will be covered. Spread the word - boys and girls welcome. Tryouts will be June 15 through 18 in the CCHS Lower Gym from 3:30 to 6 p.m.

Pool needed

Carlisle Recreation is looking for a pool for its swim program from June 29 through August 7. Call 1-978-369-9815 or email if you can donate the use of your pool to benefit this in-town Summer Fun program for grades K-4.

If you are a Carlisle property owner and 60 years old or older, you are eligible to apply for the Senior Tax Worker Program. Approved applicants provide work assistance to town departments. Currently tax workers can earn up to $700 credit on their property taxes by being matched with a town department’s needs and working 87.5 hours between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010. This program is currently limited to 16 participants; therefore, sign up early. Contact the COA at 1-978-371-2895. 

Sign up for Concord Rec Day Camp

Concord Recreation’s summer Day Camp runs from June 29 through August 4 and offers sports, games, tennis and swimming lessons, field trips and field days, arts and crafts. The programs serves children ages five through 12. To register your child, call 1-978-369-6460.

Conservation commission is seeking new member

The Conservation Commission will have one opening on its seven member board beginning July 1, 2009. The board has two major areas of responsibility which include administration of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and protection of the town’s natural resources.

Under the Wetlands Act, permits are required for projects for development in or near wetlands or other water resource areas. The Commission is also responsible for management of the town’s conservation land, undertakes conservation planning and land acquisition, operation of the cranberry bog, presents an annual conservationist award and helps provide an environmental educational role in the community.

The Commission is particularly interested in people with a legal, agricultual, geological or other earth sciences background. The Commission is seeking a member who is willing to work on behalf of the town. Those who have an interest in conservation and environmental issues, and are willing to actively work in resource protection will be considered.

If you would be interested in serving on the Conservation Commission, please send a brief resume and cover letter immediately to both the Conservation Commission and to the Carlisle Board of Selectmen who are the appointing authority, addressed to the Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle. If you have any questions, feel free to call the Conservation Office at 1-978-369-0336 Monday through Thursday.

Hazardous Waste Collection Day is Saturday, May 30

The spring Hazardous Waste Collection will be held on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Department of Public Works building behind the Transfer Station. The collection is sponsored by the Board of Health and paid out of Transfer Station sticker fees. Clean Harbors will conduct the collection, which is free to residents who have a valid transfer station sticker.

What to bring: oil-based paints, stains, thinners & strippers, solvents & varnishes, adhesives, glues, resins, waste fuels, (kerosene, gasoline) engine degreasers, brake fluids, poisons, cleaners, spot removers, pool chemicals, aerosol cans, pesticides, herbicides, creosote, moth balls, arts and crafts supplies, antifreeze.

What not to bring: No latex paint. These paint cans should be opened, allowed to dry and disposed of in the regular trash collector. Adding kitty litter will accelerate the process. Also do not bring smoke detectors, compressed gas cylinders, ammunition, fireworks or explosives, prescription medicines/syringes, radioactive wastes, fire extinguishers, cathode ray tubes, biological waste, unknown materials.

CRT recycling: Computer monitors should be left in or near the swap shop for recycling.

Batteries: Batteries do not need to be brought to the hazardous waste collection. Residents can dispose of ordinary household batteries (AAA - D, alkaline, nickel cadmium) by giving them to the attendant at the transfer station. There is a regular collection point for lead-acid or car batteries.

Swap table: A swap table for new and unused paint, motor oil, cleaners, etc. will be open from 9 to 11 a.m. Clean Harbors will select items appropriate for exchange.

Mercury: Thermostats and thermometers can be dropped off anytime with the Transfer Station attendant. The town is no longer doing a thermometer swap.

The board encourages homeowners to check with contractors they hire on how they plan to dispose of any mercury-containing products being replaced.

Safety: Tighten caps and lids, leaving materials in original labeled containers. Sort and pack, separately, paint, pesticides, household cleaners. Avoid spills and do not place in garbage bags. Never mix chemicals. Cars should not block the entrance to the Transfer Station.

The collection will start at 9 a.m. and close promptly at noon. Cars must be in line before noon. Once the hazardous waste containers are sealed they cannot be opened for late comers.

Volunteers are needed to count cars, check for stickers and help with the swap table. If you would like to volunteer for an hour or two the day of the collection, please call the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283. Community Service points will be provided to interested high school students. If you have any questions about what you are bringing contact the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283.

COA doings

Tower Hill Botanical Gardens trip: Join the COA to tour the Tower Hill Botanical Gardens on Tuesday, June 16. The cost of $12 includes the van and senior admission to Tower Hill. To sign up, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023, make out a $12 check to the Carlisle COA and mail it to the Carlisle COA, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741, Attn: Kathy Mull. Signup deadline is June 5.

Concord Museum’s Garden Tour, June 5 and 6

The Concord Museum’s Garden Tour has become a New England tradition for garden lovers from near and far. The Garden Tour will take place on two days, Friday and Saturday, June 5 and 6, rain or shine. Each of the nine private gardens reflects the individual interests and passions of the owners and their families and will inspire both new gardeners designing their first perennial bed and accomplished landscapers with acres of “garden rooms.”

The tour of Concord-area gardens is self-guided and self-paced, beginning each day at 9 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m. Garden-goers should arrive at the Museum to pick up their maps prior to starting out. Single-day tickets for either Friday or Saturday may be reserved in advance (through June 4) or may be purchased on the day of the tour. Single-day advance tickets: $25 members, $30 nonmembers; single day tickets at the door: $30 museum members, $35 nonmembers. No photography. For more information about membership, volunteering or to make reservations for the Garden Tour, contact the Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Road, Concord, MA 01742, (978) 369-9763, or visit on the web:

Community Chest Challenge on June 7

The 7th annual Community Chest Challenge will take place on Sunday, June 7, beginning at 8 a.m. at The Fenn School. This is a community event where all levels of teams work together to help raise funds for local human service organizations. Hosted by the Concord-Carlisle and Maynard Community Chests, the race culminates with the awarding of the golden paddle prize to the group that raises the largest donation. Additional prizes will be given across several other categories.

Everyone is invited to form teams. Each team will have two participants per leg–to bike, run and paddle the scenic race route in Concord and Carlisle. Local agencies are also encouraged to recruit or sponsor a team and any money raised above the minimum contribution will be distributed directly to that agency. Registration has been made simple and teams are asked to register electronically at Non-athletes who want to help make a difference can go to the Chest website as well to donate or volunteer the day of the event. All teams are seeking sponsor donations from friends and neighbors.

The Challenge begins at 8 a.m. from The Fenn School with an 11.5-mile bike loop through Carlisle center, a three-mile run to the South Bridge Boat House, and a two-mile canoe race back to the Old Manse. Each leg of the competition is completed by two team members with teams consisting of two to six people. The minimum team contribution is $600 and all donations are tax-deductible.

For more information about the Community Chest and its member agencies, call 1-978-369-5250 or visit

CCHS facilities master plan committee seeks members

The Concord-Carlisle School Committee is seeking volunteer community members from both Concord and Carlisle who are interested in serving on the Concord-Carlisle High School facilities master plan committee. They are looking for citizens who have expertise in architecture, construction, engineering, building project management, public finance, or public relations and who can commit to evening meetings twice per month beginning in July 2009 until March 2010. Email your letter of interest outlining your job experience and skills to the district superintendent, Diana Rigby, by June 1, 2009.

Concord Library Book Sale June 6

Thousands of gently used and carefully sorted books will be for sale at the Concord Free Public Library’s annual book sale, Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More than 15,000 books will be for sale on the Main Library lawn. Browsing categories include mystery/sci fi, theatre, biography, sports, history, business, cooking, and foreign language. The popular children’s book browsing area will be expanded this year.

Hardback books are $2, trade paperbacks $1, and mass market paperbacks four for $1. Children’s hardbacks are $1.

The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Friends book sales and memberships fund all movie DVDs, music CDs, books on CD, and museum passes for both libraries. The Friends also sponsor children’s programs, concerts, poetry readings, author talks, and films at the Main and Fowler Libraries.

The regular sale starts at 10 a.m. with a silent auction of special titles from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., and a live auction beginning at 9:15, all on the Main Library lawn, 129 Main Street. The rain date is June 13. To see the catalog of auction items, visit

Poets read at Concord Library May 24

A flock of poets will read at the Concord Public Library, 129 Main Street, on Sunday, May 24, at 3 p.m. The raders, Robert Cording, Erica Funkhouser, Jeffrey Harrison, Gray Jacobik and Daniel Tobin, all contributed to the new anthology of contemporary poetry, Poets’ Guide to the Birds, edited by United States Poet Laureate Ted Kooser.

Early Release Day movie at the Gleason Public Library

Spend an afternoon totally gone to the dogs in this story about some funny foster kids and their four-legged family members. When: Tuesday, June 2 (early release day). Time: Lunch, noon - 12:30 p.m. (pizza or brown bag lunch). The movie runs 12:30 to 2:10 p.m. Place: Gleason Public Library, third floor, Hollis Room. Movie rating is PG. Grades 5-8 only. For further information on the movie, check out the following website (the Internet movie database site). Also, we encourage you to subscribe to the Gleason Public Library enewsletter in order to learn the name of the film in advance. The early release day movie is a collaboration between the Carlisle Recreation Department and the Gleason Public Library to provide early release day activities for students. Students interested in attending must bring a note with a parent’s cell phone number and permission to attend the program. The Recreation Department offers programs with a small fee after 2:30 p.m. Please call 1-978-369-9815 to register. This program is funded by a grant from the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest with support from the Gleason Public Library.

Cover to Cover 2010: planning underway

Carlisle’s very successful inaugural community read event “Cover to Cover” 2009 paves the way for a great 2010 community read. The Gleason Public Library has an enthusiastic planning team already brainstorming the next book and potential programs to offer in January 2010 and needs ideas from you. The more input, the better the event. The committee seeks interested volunteers and/or interesting book titles. Stop by the library, visit or email to share ideas today.

COA “Guest Days”

The Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) at Tufts University is inviting area mature adults, those of the “third age,” to attend Guest Days at various courses with a wide variety of subjects led by scholars from Tufts University and their own study group leaders. Seminars will be offered throughout the year with opportunity to observe a class. If there is enough interest, the COA is willing to bring a group to a seminar of mutual interest. For a complete description of summer programs, visit or call their office at 1-617-627-5699. The COA will also have copies of the summer course listings.

COA to Tanglewood: deposits due May 30

Join Carlisle and Concord seniors on an overnight trip to Tanglewood August 2 to 3 for only $298. Stay at the pretty Williams Inn. The cost includes two complete meals and reserved seats inside the Shed as well as the Norman Rockwell Museum and Chesterwood. Flyers can be picked up at Carlisle COA office or call 1-978-371-8023, or email

Checks are due by May 30 and should be made out to Gateway Tours and sent to Joanne Willens, 145 Church Street, B12, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Looking ahead to summer reading

The Children’s and Young Adult departments at the Gleason Public Library are already thinking about and planning ahead for the 2009 statewide summer reading program. The Gleason Library offers summer reading programming for Carlisle kids entering grades one through six and the theme of this year’s program is space: Starship Adventure at Your Library.

In anticipation of working with a space theme, the Gleason librarians are seeking help from the community for creative ideas and suggestions. For example, do you happen to have a Star Wars collection that you would be willing to let us borrow for our display cabinet? If you have any space-themed materials or ideas to contribute to the summer reading 2009 program, call or email Nancy Boutet 1-978-369-4898, or .

Reserve your place for Provincetown trip

Join the Carlisle and Concord seniors on September 8 for a day trip to Provincetown. Leave from the Carlisle Congregational Church, 147 School Street, (park in back lot) at 6:30 a.m. Enjoy a 90-minute boat ride aboard the Provincetown III. After the boat ride there is time for sightseeing, shopping and dining. The price is $60 (includes driver gratuity) and arrival home will be by 5:30 p.m.

Pick up flyers at Carlisle or Concord COA or contact Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or Checks, due by June 1, should be payable to Fox Tours and sent to Joanne Willens, 145 Church Street, B-12, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Sign up now for COA California rail trip

Join Joanne’s Travelers and the Council on Aging (COA) on a trip to California Rail Discovery, November 4, 2009. The trip features San Francisco, Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley Wine Train. The cost is $2,049 per person double occupancy, and includes air fare, motorcoach, hotels, baggage handling, and sightseeing, two Rail trips, San Francisco Bay cruise, Lake Tahoe paddlewheeler cruise, San Francisco tour, Sausalito, wine tasting and lunch and more. For a flyer, call Joanne Willens or pick one up at the COA Office at Carlisle Town Hall. Deposits are due by June 5.

CSA school supply sale

Why shop ‘til you drop? Let us do the school supply shopping for you. This year we are partnering with Staples/Schoolkidz with online (or paper) ordering. Order forms and information sheets were sent home in backpacks this week and are also posted on the CSA website. Order deadline is Friday, May 29. All supply kits will be delivered to the classrooms for the first day of school. If you have any questions, please contact Patricia at 1-978-254-5120 or Dan at 1-978-371-6411 or send email to .

Room parents needed

If you are interested in being a room parent for the next school year (2009-2010), call the appropriate room parent coordinator. Call Mary-Lynne Bohn (1-978-287-1439) for PreK, K, 1st and 2nd grade; Tricia Massicott (1-978-371-6407) for grades 3, 4 and 5; and Timm Brandhorst (1-978-371-2770) for grades 6, 7 and 8. The coordinators will need to know the name and grade of the child for whom you wish to be a room parent, your email address, any previous room parent responsibilities and your phone number. Assignments will be done after move-up day. For overall room-parent questions, contact Tricia Massicott.  

SEPAC meets May 29

The Carlisle Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) will hold its next meeting on Friday, May 29, at 9 a.m., in the school cafeteria. For further information please see the school website. Go to Community and then to SEPAC or contact Elaine Bojanic 1-978-371-5624 or Lori Tucker 1-978-371-3292.

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