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Friday, October 2, 2009

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Sixth Grade Spaghetti Supper on Tuesday

The Sixth-Grade Spaghetti Supper is Tuesday, October 6, at the Carlisle Public School, with continuous seating from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now from any member of the sixth-grade class and at Ferns Country Store. Dinner tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids and seniors. Regular Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. A limited number of Golden Raffle tickets are for sale for $20 each. Contact this year’s co-chairs, Jenn Albanese at, and Phil Lotane at, with any questions.

FNL is tonight

Attention all middle school students: Friday Night Live (FNL) is tonight. Come and join your friends and dance to the latest tunes, or play basketball, ping-pong or chess. As always, pizza and drinks will be served. FNL is held in the Corey Gym from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $6. There is a mandatory meeting for sixth graders, newcomers and their parents at 6:30 p.m., 7th and 8th graders and their parents at 6:45 p.m. For information, call Ray Jiménez at 1-978-369-4703 or contact any other CYC member.

ConsCom Coffee on October 13

On Tuesday, October 13, the Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall from 7:30 to 9 a.m. John Lee, farmer and former member of the Carlisle Conservation Commission, will speak about gardening practices for vegetable growers to reduce exposure to garden plant diseases and, if they attack, how to safely mitigate. Your questions are welcome.

Carlisle Conservation Coffees are regularly held on the second Tuesday of the month during the fall, winter and spring seasons. Their purpose is to provide an informal opportunity for residents to discuss a wide range of land use, conservation and environmental issues. The coffees end promptly at 9 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. A continental breakfast is provided. The next Conservation Coffee will be Tuesday, November 10.

CSA Barn Party

Come to a fabulous “Parents’ Night Out” Barn Party, from 7 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, October 3 at the Great Brook State Park Ski Barn. Spend the evening dining, catching up with friends and enjoying the fiddle and guitar music of Spirit Fiddle. Dress is casual. Contact Patricia at with any questions.

Town Meeting childcare

Carlisle Kids’ House will be providing free childcare on Monday, October 5, from 6:45 to 10 p.m. in conjunction with the Special Town Meeting being held in the Corey Auditorium. Childcare will be offered for children ages 2.9 to 12 and will take place in the Corey Exercise Room. Prior registration is not required, but if you do know your children will be attending, email: or call: 1-978-369-5558.

One year to live class

Rev. Diane Miller, minister of The First Religious Society in Carlisle, will lead a group, “A Year to Live,” that is open to the community. When people know that their lives are drawing to a close, they often experience a great deal of personal and spiritual growth. So that is the double meaning of this class – facing mortality with intentional preparation, and living one year consciously, to the fullest.

The class will meet monthly at the church from October through September, 2010, in two groups of 20: Monday evenings 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning October 19, and Tuesday mornings 10 to 11:30 a.m. beginning October 20. A fee of $28 payable to FRS will cover materials. To register, contact Diane Miller ( or 1-978-369-0284 by October 7 for more information or to sign up.

Gleason presents

mystery panel On Tuesday, October 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Carlisle School Library, three popular local mystery authors will present a lively panel on the “Modern Heroine.”

Mystery writers Hank Phillippi Ryan, Clea Simon and Toni Kelner will take part in this free program for adults at the Carlisle School Library, made possible by a federal LSTA grant administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Registration is not required. To learn more about library events, visit or call 1-978-369-4898.

New Baby Event

The New Baby Event, organized by the Carlisle Parents Association, will be held on Saturday, October 3, from 10 a.m. to noon at Diment Park. All families with babies born from September 2007 to the present are invited to attend. The New Baby Event is a great opportunity for parents with young children to connect with other families in town. The rain date for this event is scheduled for Sunday, October 4, same time and place.

“Let’s Talk Trash”

“Life in the Balance: A Public Forum Series” begins with “Let’s Talk Trash,” on Wednesday, October 14, 7 p.m., at Concord Academy Chapel, 166 Main Street in Concord. The forum takes a fresh look at reduce/reuse/recycle with a keynote by Lynne Pledger and discussion with panelists Rep. Cory Atkins, Brooke Nash, Ann Dorfman and Amy Perlmutter. The series is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle, ConcordCAN (Concord Climate Action Network), Carlisle Climate Action and Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education. All forums are free. For more information, check, or 1-978-369-3842.

Safe medicine use

On Wednesday, October 14, at 7 p.m., Stephen Feldman will discuss how to take medicines safely for the best results, and review what everyone should know about every medicine that we take.

This free program will take place at the Carlisle Congregational Church, 147 School Street. These programs are made possible by the Friends of the Council on Aging and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. Future programs in the series deal with mind and body on October 21, and acupuncture and herbal medicine on October 28. Call the library at 1-978-369-4898 to register for any session. To learn more about library events, visit or call 1-978-369-4898.

Destination Imagination

Are you creative or mechanical? Are you musical or humorous? Do you have a unique talent? If so, you belong in Destination Imagination (DI), an international program that promotes creative problem solving within a team setting. Open to all children in Carlisle’s K-8 Public School, the DI program allows kids to have fun while solving a problem and working with a team.

For more information, attend the parent and student information/ demonstration night at the Szczesniak home, 124 Aberdeen Drive, on Sunday, October 4, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. If your child is interested in joining, contact Nancy Szczesniak ( or 1-978-369-6194). The registration deadline is October 10.

Senior flu clinic

The Board of Health seasonal flu vaccine clinic for Seniors 65+ will be held on Friday, October 16, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Clark Room at Town Hall. No appointment is needed. Pneumonia shots will also be available. Bring your Medicare cards. For a free van ride there, call the Van Line at 1-978-371-6690 at least two days in advance. Due to limited availability of the seasonal flu vaccine, seniors are encouraged to take advantage of other opportunities to receive their flu shots.

Cultural Council grant deadline is October 15

Remember that the Carlisle Cultural Council’s grant application deadline is October 15. The 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.

For further information, contact

CCHS news

Concord School Superintendent Diana Rigby and CCHS Principal Peter Badalament will speak to CCHS parents on Tuesday, October 6, in the CCHS Library at 7 p.m. They will offer a school update, and discuss the revised crisis handbook, the parent satisfaction survey, the high school goals and potential budget issues, as well as answer parents’ questions.

On Monday, November 16, author Jenifer Marshall Lippincott will discuss “Seven Things Your Teenager Won’t Tell You...and How to Talk About Them Anyway.” She will be speaking in the CCHS Library from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The CCHS Library has a new web page that lists books that the school is looking to add to its collection. Community members may “click” to donate a hardcover book they already own. To see the page, go to the Concord-Carlisle High School web site at, then navigate to the library (under departments), and then click the “donate books” tab in the left column.

Benfield Farms community meeting

On October 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall, the Carlisle Housing Authority invites you to attend a Benfield Farms community meeting, with members of the NOAH development team, where design revisions to the proposed Benfield Farms senior affordable housing development will be presented. 

South Street abutters, neighbors and the rest of the Carlisle community are encouraged to attend this public meeting. Please contact the Administrative Coordinator/Housing Coordinator Elizabeth Barnett at 1-978-371-6694 for more information.

Board of Appeals vacancies

The Board of Selectmen is seeking qualified individuals to fill vacancies on the Zoning Board of Appeals. These vacant positions are for associate members. If you would like to become involved in town government as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, send a letter of interest and a brief resume′ to the office of the Board of Selectmen at 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, Massachusetts 01741.

Story time openings

A few openings remain for registered story times at the Gleason Public Library. Children ages 3 to 4 1/2 are meeting Monday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. Story time for children ages 4 1/2 to 6 (this includes kindergartners) is meeting on Thursday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. To register, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children’s desk.

Newcomers will meet

The Concord-Carlisle Newcomers’ Club will be meeting for its monthly coffee at La Provence, 105 Thoreau Street in Concord, on Thursday, October 15 from 9 to 11 a.m. The cost is $5 for coffee/tea, delicious La Provence croissants and fruit. RSVP to Gail at

.The club has various interest groups and organizes outings and visits to local points of interest. Anyone new to Concord or Carlisle is welcome to join. For more information, visit

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