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Friday, September 11, 2009

Carlisle Cultural Council needs you

The Carlisle Cultural Council awards small grants to individuals or organizations that provide a unique cultural experience to a broad spectrum of the citizens of Carlisle. The council funds grants in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences. Funding to support programs comes from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Be a part of the decision-making process for our community. The time commitment is minimal. For further information, please contact Patricia Koenitzer, 1-978-369-1041, or via email

Newcomers Club kicks off the fall season

  Join the Concord-Carlisle Newcomers’ Club. The Club invites its members and those new to Concord and Carlisle to meet each other at the historic and lovely Colonial Inn at 48 Monument Square in Concord for a welcome breakfast buffet on Monday, September 14, from 9 to 11 a.m. and an evening welcome on Thursday, September 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. ($13 p/p). This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other newcomers and get acquainted with the club and its activities.

  To make a reservation for either the welcome breakfast or the welcome evening, please contact Gail at 1-978-369-3415. For more information about the Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club, visit the website at If you, or someone you know, are new to Concord or Carlisle and are interested in the social activities of the newcomers’ club, or in membership, contact Ann at 1-978-254-5117 or

Atkins to attend back-to-school nights

Representative Cory Atkins (D-Concord) will be tabling at back-to-school nights in Carlisle this fall as part of a district-wide listening tour. Education is Rep. Atkins’ highest priority, and so she wants to hear from parents about their concerns relating to policymaking on Beacon Hill. Rep. Atkins will be in attendance from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. at the Elementary School parents’ night on Thursday, September 24 and from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. at the Middle School parents’ night on Thursday, October 1.

Learn to tap

The Carlisle Historical Society will host an informal demonstration on the art and science of tapping sugar maples, and making sugar maple products on Sunday, September 20, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Heald House barn at 698 Concord Street. Local Carlisle residents George and Nadine Bishop, Peggy and Bob Hilton, John Bakewell and Kevin Brown will discuss their experiences and demonstrate equipment and techniques, both historical and modern, that are used in Carlisle. The event is free and open to the public. This event is held in conjunction with the Heald House open house from 2 to 4 p.m.

Fall CSA Luncheon

On Tuesday, September 22 at 12:30 p.m., the annual Fall CSA Luncheon will be held to honor the Carlisle School’s teachers and staff. Volunteers are needed to help set-up, serve and clean-up at the luncheon and/or to contribute a favorite homemade dish or a monetary contribution to offset the costs of the decorations and paper goods. To contribute or participate, contact the coordinators Amy Versaggi and Stephanie Blunt at

Back-to-School shopping event

Between September 17-19, 10% of sales at Fritz & Gigi or Blue Dry Goods in Concord will be donated to the Carlisle Public Schools when you mention this promotion. A kick-off reception will be held on Thursday, September 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Blue Dry Goods. Enjoy some shopping and help the school at the same time!

Spaghetti Supper on Tuesday, October 6

Hold the date! The Annual 6th Grade Spaghetti Supper is Tuesday, October 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Carlisle Public School. Enjoy a delicious home-made meal, socialize with friends and support the Carlisle schools. Add to the fun by purchasing regular or Golden raffle tickets. Meal and raffle tickets go on sale the week of September 14 from members of the 6th grade class and at Ferns Country Store. For more information please contact Jenn Albanese at or Phil Lotane at

Carlisle School Association news

• Join the CSA: All of the funds raised from membership dues go toward funding Curriculum Enrichment and Teacher Grants and memberships include a Husky Handbook (Carlisle Public Schools student, faculty and staff directory)! You may join the Carlisle School Association (CSA) by going online to our website or mailing in the forms in the “back to school” packet you received last week.

• IT talk: On Tuesday, October 6, at 9 a.m., school staff will discuss how technology is used in the CPS elementary and middle school classrooms to enhance learning.

• CSA meeting: Join us in the Corey Dining Room for our monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 6 at 10 a.m., after the Parent Informational Meeting. Meetings are open to the public and all are invited to attend. These monthly meetings of the board serve to review various volunteer opportunities, fundraising events and plan activities that will serve the teachers, administrators, parents and ultimately, the children of the school. Additional information about the CSA may be found at

• Parents night out: Plans are underway for a “Parents Night Out” Barn Party, complete with music, food and friends. Spend the evening catching up, once the back-to-school rush has calmed down. This will be held on the evening of Saturday, October 3 in the Great Brook State Park, Ski Barn. We are still working on the details and are looking for volunteers to help us. If you are interested, please contact Patricia Brigiotta at

• CSA Fair: The CSA Fair will be held on Thursday, September 24 at 6 p.m. in the Corey Dining Room. It precedes the Elementary School Parent Night. The CSA Fair allows parents to learn about local and school-wide activities for children and families throughout the year. It is especially helpful to those families who are new to town or to the school. Husky Handbooks will be available for purchase and pick-up at both the Elementary and Middle School Parent Nights.

New this year – Carlisle Husky apparel will be available for purchase at the CSA Fair. Check out the youth and adult size t-shirts and sweatshirts and adult size windbreakers (perfect for that hard-to-shop-for coach). We will also be selling “Carlisle” magnetic car decals. Visit for more details on the available items.

Carlisle flu clinic

Emerson Hospital Home Care and the local Board of Health and Council on Aging will offer an influenza clinic on Friday, October 16, from 10 a.m. to noon at Carlisle Town Hall. Carlisle residents 65 years of age and older will be eligible to receive influenza immunizations.

Vote and let your choice be read

The Gleason Public Library’s 2nd annual Carlisle Community Read, Cover to Cover, is coming in January 2010, and your help is needed. A committee of readers has come up with five options and it’s time for the Carlisle community to vote on the final selection. Cast your vote now through September 16 at the library or online at and click on the Community Read Voting link.

The finalists are: Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan; The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, by Jeffrey Toobin; The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music, by Steve Lopez; What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng: A Novel, by Dave Eggers or World Made By Hand: A Novel, by James Howard Kunstler.

Carlisle Council on Aging doings

Carleton-Willard At Home: On Monday, September 14, at 2 p.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall, the COA will host a discussion about this ground-breaking, non-profit program that offers the benefits of a retirement community, right at your home. If you cannot attend but want more information, contact Stephanie Smith at 1-781-276-1910 or

Town Employee Appreciation luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, September 17 at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS for lunch followed at 12:45 p.m. by “Jamba Africa” with Gail LaRocca, an exploration of the culture, wildlife and landscape of Tanzania, East Africa. There will be a free blood pressure clinic from 11 – 11:45 a.m. Call the van line if you need a ride.

Nashoba Valley Tech luncheon: Come to Nashoba Valley Technical High School Restaurant, Route 110/Littleton Road, Westford (after Market Basket Plaza heading toward Chelmsford) on Tuesday, September 22 at 11:45 a.m. Choose between baked haddock or chicken parmesan as your entrée. The cost is $10 plus gratuity, payable at the luncheon. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 by noon on September 17 to reserve your place. Call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 if you need a ride.

Breakfast with Lady Di: Join the COA women on Wednesday, September 23 at 8:30 a.m. in the Sleeper Room for a gourmet breakfast. The suggested donation is at least $3. Call the COA office by noon on September 18 as this lunch is limited to 35 people.

Flowers, naturally simple: Join the COA and Joan Parker on Thursday, September 24 in the Sleeper Room from 2 – 4 p.m. for an entertaining program of innovation and delight with original designs. There is no fee, but you must register by calling the COA office at 1-978-371-2895. A raffle of Joan’s demo will be held at the end of the session. This workshop is sponsored by the Friends of the COA.

Health Series lectures: These four lectures will be held on Wednesdays at the Congregational Church from 7 – 8:30 p.m. The first, on September 30 will be given by Christy Williams, M.D. on dermatalogical issues. The second, on October 14, will be given by Stephen M. Feldman on safe medication use in seniors. The third, on October 21, will be given by Carol Legro, MA, RNC, LMT on solutions for reducing stress and creating optimal health. The final lecture, on acupuncture and Chinese herbs, will be presented by Cynthia McMahon King.

Fire Department open house

The Carlisle Fire Department will hold an open house at the Carlisle Fire Station on Saturday, September 26 from 9 to 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome to tour the station and see the fire apparatus including our new ambulance recently put into service. Also on hand will be fire personnel to answer your questions as well as provide literature on a variety of fire prevention topics. Once again we will have Peter Robinson of A. C. & M. Fire Equipment conduct live demonstrations on the proper selection and use of portable fire extinguishers. Refreshments will be served. This annual event is sponsored by the Carlisle Firefighter’s Relief Association.

Regular library hours resume

Gleason Public Library resumes its regular hours as of September 9. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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