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Friday, December 18, 2009

Carlisle School Committee vacancy

There is currently a vacancy on the Carlisle School Committee until the Town Election in May. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please send a resumé and cover letter, by January 12, to the School Committee either by mail to Carlisle School Committee, Carlisle Public Schools, 83 School Street, or by email to and to the Board of Selectmen at 66 Westford Street. This is a good opportunity to try out serving on the School Committee, particularly if you are considering running for a full term. The School Committee encourages any and all interested citizens to apply.

Personnel Board vacancy

The Board of Selectmen wishes to announce that there are three openings on the Personnel Board. The Personnel Board is responsible for personnel policies and making recommendations to the town on wages, benefits and other personnel related issues. A background in personnel is encouraged, but not required.

If you would like to become involved in town government as a member of the Personnel Board, please send a letter of interest and a brief resume to the Board of Selectmen.

Support your paper online or by mail

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Townspeople needed for Chinese New Year play

Open auditions for The Magic Paintbrush will be held on Monday, December 21, 2:20 to 4 p.m. in the Carlisle School library. Although most roles will be performed by Carlisle Middle School students, there are several roles for adults and younger children. Everyone who auditions gets a part. There is no need to prepare anything, but be ready to tell us your rehearsal availability. There are no call backs, and parts will be chosen by December 23. The Carlisle Chinese New Year Celebration will be on the afternoon of Saturday February 6, 2010. Two in-school performances will be on the morning of Friday, February 5.

Contact Alison Saylor at 1-978-369-1809 href=""> or Chiao Bin Huang href=""> with any questions.

Carlisle Council on Aging doings

New bridge group: Bridge will be played from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, January 6 and 13, Thursday, January 21 and 28 and Wednesday, February 3 at Village Court, 145 Church Street. If you like to play bridge, feel free to show up. No cost. For more information, call Gwen Charter at 1-978-369-0325.

Monthly coffee: On Thursday, January 7, come have breakfast at 9 a.m. in the Sleeper Room at Village Court. No fees and no reservations, but good food and conversation. Call the van line if you need a ride. A free blood pressure clinic will be held from 9:15 to 10 a.m.

Inn at Robbins Brook lunch: The next monthly lunch will be held at the St. Irene Church at noon on Thursday, January 7, followed by a slide presentation on Joanne’s South Dakota Adventure by Lisa Berrios from Paragon Tours. The suggested donation is at least $3. Call the COA office by noon on Monday, January 4 to register. If you need a ride, call the van line at 1-978-371-6690.

Nashoba Valley Tech luncheon: Join the COA at Nashoba Valley Tech (Westford) High School’s restaurant on Tuesday, January 12 at 11:45 a.m. for lunch of either stuffed pork chop or sea scallops along with all the trimmings. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 to reserve your spot by noon on Friday, January 8. The cost is $10 plus at least $1 tip, payable at the restaurant.

Ballroom dancing: An introductory class was well received in October. Eight more classes will be held on Tuesdays, starting January 12 and running through March 2. These free classes will be held at 2 p.m. at St. Irene Hall, 187 East Street and will be taught by Barry Kasven. All seniors (singles or couples) 60+ are invited. New students are welcome. Wear soft or leather-soled shoes. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 to register.

Early Music concert at First Religious Society

On Thursday, January 14, at 8 p.m., the Cambridge Society for Early Music’s “Chamber Music by Candlelight” concert series will return to the First Religious Society in Carlisle with a concert by the Carthage Consort of Viols (Jane Hershey, Laura Jeppeson, and Emily Walhout) featuring music from the time of King Henry the Eighth.

The ethereal sound of the rarely heard Renaissance viol, as played by three of its finest interpreters active today, will transport listeners to the world of King Henry’s court. Haunting chansons, lively dances and elegant polyphony combine to create a magnificent feast for the ears.

Admission is $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors, and all students with ID and all children 17 years and under are admitted free. For more information about the series and to order tickets, visit or call 1-617-489-2062.

Make a difference in women’s lives

If you want to make a difference in the lives of women and girls, take part in the 2010 Benefit Production of A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer on March 26, 27, and 28 at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center in West Concord. This fundraiser will benefit the Domestic Violence Services Network, which works locally, and V-Day, an organization that works globally, to end violence against women and girls. For information, contact Carolyn Waters Obin (

Learn to cross-country ski in Carlisle

The Bill Koch Ski League offers children the opportunity to learn skills for cross-country skiing, to have fun participating in skiing games and activities and to compete in races if they choose. The group plans to meet (regardless of snow cover) at Great Brook Farm Ski Touring Center, 1018 Lowell Street, on Saturday mornings from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Contact Stuart Johnstone at 1-978-369-9706 or email for further information.

Carlisle School Association doings

CSA Cookbooks Available Tuesday, December 22, on School Plaza. Stop by after school and purchase a copy for $20 or pick up your copy at Ferns at your convenience.

Carlisle School Association Seeks Nominations. The CSA is currently accepting nominations for board positions to serve for the 2010-2011 school year. If you are interested in a position or would like to learn more about what is entailed, contact Holly at or 1-978-369-2875.

CSA Parent Informational Meeting – Anti-bullying and Student Leadership. Come at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 12, to the Corey Dining Room, 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 Meeting. The next monthly board meeting will be on Tuesday, January 12, at 10 a.m. (after the Anti-bullying/Leadership presentation), in the Corey Dining Room at the Carlisle Public Schools. All are invited to attend. They 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:

Kindergarten sign-up for fall 2010

Do you have a child who is eligible for kindergarten in 2010? If so, have you received a kindergarten postcard in the mail? Do you know of any family new to town with a kindergarten-age youngster? To receive a postcard or to let our School Psychologist Katie Rupprecht or Registrar Sheila Morris know of new families in town, please call 1-978-369-6550, so that we may be certain to include all eligible children in our planning for the 2010-2011 school year.

Student/alumni cabaret tonight at CCHS

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 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.

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 a.m. 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.

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 Church 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.

December 31 deadline for February caucus

Any Carlisle resident who wishes to participate in the annual Democratic caucus scheduled for February 13, 2010 must register as a Democrat with the Town Clerk by December 31, 2009. The caucus, held by the Carlisle Democratic Town Committee, will elect delegates to the Democratic State Convention, scheduled for June 5, 2010, in Worcester. All Carlisle Democrats are welcome to participate in the caucus and run for delegate to the convention. For more information, call or email Susan Stamps, committee chair, at 1-978-369-8462 or

Save the date

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. 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.

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