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Friday, December 11, 2009

Save the date for the FOGPL potluck

The Friends of Gleason Public Library annual community potluck supper will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 6 p.m. at the home of Barney Arnold and Michael Ansara at 225 Lowell Street.

CCHS musical Falsettos Dec. 11 to 13

Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) students will perform the small ensemble musical Falsettos by William Finn and James Lapine on December 11, 12 and 13. The show is a musical comedy about life, love and loss. Falsettos won Tony awards for best music and best book in 1992 when it premiered on Broadway.

Performances in the CCHS auditorium, 500 Walden Street, Concord, will be on Friday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and will be available in the CCHS cafeteria the week before the show and at the door.

Bring in the holidays at student/alumni cabaret

Families, friends and performers at the Concord-Carlisle High School will gather for the first annual Holiday Community Cabaret in the cafeteria on Friday, December 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. It’s an opportunity for alumni and existing students to share their performing talents with the community and a chance for alumni coming home for the holidays to share music and memories with old friends.

The event will present a variety of acts, past and present. Alumni from Forever Plaid, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Evita and other musicals or dramas should zap an email to the attention of Claudia Nimar at Current students interested in performing should sign up now outside the drama and choir department office.

The cabaret will feature desserts and beverages, as well as a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $10. All proceeds will benefit the CCPOPS program, a non-profit organization supporting the performing arts at the high school. If you have a child that benefits from CCPOPS funding, volunteer to support one of the committees delivering the event by contacting Jane Innamorati at

Christmas Eve carols on the Common

If you would like to carry on the tradition of singing carols again this year, we hope our faithful instrumentalists (and new ones too) will join our community singers on the Common on December 24.

Be ready to play at 6:15 p.m. as the First Religious Society service ends and before the Congregational service begins. We will finish by 6:45 p.m. In case of inclement weather, we will use Union Hall.

Any questions, call 1-978-369-5893.

Citrus sale to benefit Carlisle Band and Choir

Place your order today for juicy, fresh citrus fruit shipped directly from Florida. Proceeds from the sale will be used for travel expenses to competitions and performances, new music, sound equipment and more.

There are many ways to order: order directly from Concert Band or Middle School Choir students or place your order online by visiting (use code MA11176). Fruit ordered by December 11 will be delivered to your doorstep before the holidays. For more information call Seema Peterson at 1-978-369-3288.

Christmas day dinner

Come for a coordinated potluck dinner on Christmas day at 4 p.m. in Union Hall, 27 School Street. Bring your own wine. Call 1-978-369-5180 by December 22 to sign up for the food you will contribute to the holiday dinner and whether you’ll help with setup or cleanup.

CPC Holiday Party

‘Tis the season to come celebrate the holidays with the Carlisle Parents Connection. Children ages 0-5, along with their families, are invited to attend our Holiday Party at Union Hall on December 19, from 10 until noon. This event is free to all CPC members and is $10 for all non-members. Canned good donations are greatly appreciated at this event as the CPC is participating in a Holiday Food Drive.

Carlisle School Association news

Annual Carlisle School Association (CSA) ice skating party: Enjoy the day off from school on Wednesday, December 16 by attending the annual Ice Skating Party from 10 a.m. until noon.  Held at the skating rink at Middlesex School on Lowell Road in Concord, this event has become a tradition for Carlislians of all ages.  Bring your skates (no rentals on site), helmets, a signed waiver form found at, and $5 admission fee to gain entry to Carlisle’s hottest party on ice.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  For additional information, please contact Gail Bernardin 1-978-318-6972.        

CSA seeks nominations: The Carlisle School Association (CSA) is currently accepting nominations for board positions to serve for the 2010-2011 school year. Serving on the CSA is a rewarding volunteer position which directly impacts the teachers and children in the school system. If you are interested in a position or would like to learn more about what is entailed, please contact Holly at or 1-978-369-2875.

CSA parent informational meeting – anti-bullying and student leadership: Join us at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 12, in the Corey Dining Room at the Carlisle Public Schools for an update on the school anti-bullying and student leadership programs. Patrice Hurley, Elementary School Principal, and Joyce Mehaffey, Middle School Principal, will be presenting.

CSA board meetings: The CSA will hold its next two monthly board meetings on Tuesday, December 15, at 10 a.m., after the Anti-bullying/Leadership presentation, and Tuesday, January 12, at 9 a.m., in the Corey Dining Room at the Carlisle Public Schools. All are invited to attend. We will review volunteer activities, 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 its website:

COA podiatry clinic

The next podiatry clinic is on Tuesday, January 5, at the Sleeper Room. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to make an appointment. Checks for $20 made out to the Friends of the COA (FCOA) or cash are payable the day of the clinic. The clinic is sponsored in part by the FCOA, Timothy Wheeler House of Concord and the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.

Prescription Advantage benefit change for 2010

Due to cuts in the state budget, Prescription Advantage was forced to make a change to its benefits. Starting January 1, 2010, Prescription Advantage will no longer help members pay their Medicare prescription drug plan premium. This premium assistance was not available to all members, only those at a certain income level. Members affected by this change were notified by mail.

Important Note: Your Medicare drug plan will be sending you a premium bill each month. It is very important that you pay the bill or you could lose your Medicare prescription drug benefits.

The elimination of premium assistance is the only change to Prescription Advantage benefits.

Prescription Advantage is not going away and will continue to pay for prescription drugs when members reach that gap in the Part D coverage that is known as the “donut hole.” And for members in the S5 category, Prescription Advantage will still pay for covered prescription drugs once members reach their out-of-pocket spending limit of $3,250.

If you have any questions about your Prescription Advantage benefits, you can call Prescription Advantage at 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636) Press 3.

Explore the landscape at Great Meadows

On Saturday, December 12, from 9-11 a.m., the next in a continuing series of monthly walks exploring the plants, landscape, and seasonal wonders of Great Meadows in Concord will be held. As the essential landscape reveals itself, explore the ephemeral wonders of early morning ice, frosty foliage, and the prisms of light that adorn the trails.

Meet at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord (Monsen Road, off Rte. 62, driveway on left where road curves right). For questions, email No pre-registration is required. A $5/person voluntary donation will be gratefully accepted.

The walk will be led by Cherrie Corey, the N.E. Wild Flower Society’s first education director, a board member for the Mass. Environmental Education Society, and former Executive Director of the Harvard Museums of Cultural and Natural History.

New fuel assistance guidelines

The gross annual income guidelines for both the State and the Salvation Army Fuel Assistance Programs have been set and more residents may be eligible to acquire assistance.

The guidelines are as follows:  LIHEAP: household of one gross annual income of up to $29,126; household of two up to $38,087; household of three up to $47,049; household of four up to $56,011. For the Salvation Army Good Neighbor Fund, the maximum gross annual income criteria for a household of one is $38,834; for two, $50,783; for three, $62,732; for four, $74,681. For larger families, call the Council On Aging (COA) for more details. 

Fuel assistance is open to all families. Additional support may also be available from other sources depending on other criteria. LIHEAP applications can be submitted now, Salvation Army applications will be accepted starting January 1. Contact the COA at 1-978-371-2895 to set up a confidential appointment or for more details.

A free H1N1 flu shot clinic for children ages 5 to 18 will be held at Town Hall on Saturday, December 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. Residents must preregister by calling the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283.

H1N1 clinic in Carlisle

A free H1N1 flu shot clinic for children ages 5 to 18 will be held at Town Hall on Saturday, December 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. Residents must preregister by calling the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283.

Concord Women’s Chorus in concert

The Concord Women’s Chorus, with Jane Ring Frank, conductor, Scott Nicholas, pianist, will present “In The Glow Of The Moon” on Saturday, December 19, at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street in Concord. The program features Benjamin Britten’s “Missa Brevis,” Erna Woll’s “Messe in E,” David Chatman’s “In The Glow Of The Moon” and other holiday favorites, as well as a carol sing-along. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors (65+) and students, $5 under 12. Call 1-978-369-0839.

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