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Friday, January 29, 2010

Elderly Housing Assoc. annual meeting

The Carlisle Elderly Housing Association, Inc. will hold its Annual Meeting on Monday, February 1, at 7 p.m. in the Sleeper Room, Carlisle Village Court, 145 Church Street.

At this meeting there will be a management report and review of 2009 Village Court activities. Any Carlisle resident interested in affordable senior housing is welcome to attend. The board is actively seeking new members who are interested in senior housing. See the Carlisle Village Court web site at: or call Bert Williams at 1-978-369-7601 ( for more information.

Carlisle Democrats to hold caucus

Registered Democrats in Carlisle will hold their annual caucus at the First Religious Society, third floor conference room, 27 School Street, Carlisle (access through side door on Church Street) on Saturday, February 13, at 10:30 a.m. The caucus will elect four delegates and three alternates to the 2010 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women.

The caucus is open to Carlisle residents who were registered Democrats as of December 31, 2009. Candidates for delegate and alternate must be present to be nominated at the caucus. All candidates may make a one-minute statement and may distribute materials on their behalf. In the event of a contest, ballots will be written and secret. Those not elected as delegate and/or alternate, who meet the qualifications, may apply to be add-on delegates in the following categories: youth, minority and disabled. The caucus will be followed by the first Democratic Town Committee meeting of 2010. For caucus or meeting information, contact committee chair Susan Stamps at 1-978-369-8462 or

Carlisle Republicans to hold caucus

The Carlisle Republican Town Committee will caucus on Monday, February 1, to elect delegates to the 2010 Republican State Convention. The caucus will be held at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room of the Gleason Public Library.

The Republican State Convention will be held in Worcester at the DCU Center on April 17. Thousands of delegates and guests from across Massachusetts will be there. At the convention, they will nominate candidates for statewide office, hold training programs for activists and share views and insights on state and national issues.

All interested town residents are invited to attend. Any registered Republican as of December 1, 2009 who is a resident of Carlisle is eligible to be a delegate. Delegates are elected by the town committee members at the caucus.

For more information, contact James Bohn, Chairman, Carlisle Republican Town Committee, at 1-978-371-9593 or at ∆

Anti-Valentine’s Day party

All fifth through twelfth graders are invited to the Gleason Public Library’s Anti-Valentine’s Day party on Friday, February 12, from 3:30 - 5 p.m. Activities will include making black duct tape roses, decorating broken heart cookies and building catapults to fling candy hearts across the room. Pre-register at the Reference Desk.

For more information visit the library’s website at, or email Cassandra, the teen librarian, at

FOGPL community potluck supper Come to the Friends of Gleason Public Library (FOGPL) annual community potluck supper on Saturday, February 6, at 6 p.m. at the home of Barney Arnold and Michael Ansara at 225 Lowell Street. RSVP by contacting Verna Gilbert by February 1 at 1-978-369-9278 or Let her know if you will be bringing an appetizer, salad, entrée or dessert, for eight. Also let her know if you are bringing wine. This event is for adults only.

Moonlight walk

On Saturday, January 30, at 7 p.m., the Trails Committee will lead a public walk/cross-country ski/snowshoe under the full moon starting from the Foss Farm parking lot on Bedford Road. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680 or

2010 Carlisle Chinese New Year celebration

The 6th annual Carlisle Chinese New Year Celebration is on Saturday, February 6, in Corey Auditorium at the Carlisle Public School. Food tickets are $5, which buys you a delicious selection of Chinese food in the cafeteria from 1 to 2 p.m., along with Chinese Arts and Craft demonstrations. Show tickets are $5 for the Magic Paintbrush – a Chinese folktale at 2:30 p.m. in the school auditorium. Middle school students and elementary school students will be performing as well as cameo performances by adults in our community, such as Larry and Robin, proprietors of Ferns Country store. Live music, colorful costumes, martial arts, song and dance will make this a very entertaining way to welcome in the year of the Tiger! Tickets are available at Ferns Country Store, or by contacting Chris Chin at 1-978-369-6769 (

ConsCom Coffee February 19

The Tuesday, February 19, Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Pat Huckery, District Manager of the Northeast Wildlife District of the Massachusetts Division Fisheries and Wildlife and Erik Amati, Northeast District Wildlife Biologist will be available to answer your wildlife questions, whether it be deer or other species.

Carlisle Conservation Coffees are 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. Continental breakfast provided.

CSA board meeting

The next Carlisle School Association monthly board meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 9, at 9 a.m., in the Corey Dining Room. They will review volunteer activities, fundraising events, and plan activities that serve the teachers, administrators, parents, and ultimately the children of the school. Additional information about the CSA may be found at:

Apply for Caroline Hill Scholarship

Applications for the Caroline Hill Scholarship awards are available to Carlisle’s current high school seniors and college students for continuing post-secondary education including colleges, universities, and vocational schools. These need-based awards typically range from $500 to $2,000. The awards are made in late spring. You may download the application from the Board of Selectmen page at

Contact Diane Powers, 1-978-369-9191 with any questions

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Story times at the Gleason Public Library

It’s time to register for the Winter Story Time sessions at the Gleason Public Library. Sign-ups are in person or by phone. The winter sessions begin the week of February 1 and end the week of March 15.

Participation in a library story time program is a great way to introduce new books to your children, help foster a love of reading and give them a chance to make new friends. They are also fun and sometimes crafty too.

The library is offering registered story-time sessions for two age groups, 3- to 4 1/2-year-olds and 4 1/2- to 6-year-olds. Children in the 3- to 4 1/2-year-old group must be three years old by February 1 and they will meet on Monday afternoons from 1:30 to 2 p.m. through March 15. Library story times will not meet during the public school February vacation.

Children in the 4 1/2- to 6-year-old group must be five by August 4 and they will meet on Thursday afternoons from 1:30 to 2 p.m. through March 18.

Our Drop-In Story Time for children ages three and under meets on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning February 4 through March 18. Pajama Story Times for ages three and up are offered at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. The next PJ Story Time will be on Wednesday, February 4. Feel free to come dressed for the occasion and to bring along a favorite bedtime friend.

If you have any questions, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the Children’s Department.

Special Ed lecture

“Parenting, Teaching, and Treating Challenging Kids,” a lecture by J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D., will be given at Minuteman Career & Technical High School, 758 Marrett Road in Lexington, on Thursday, February 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the IRC – Mezzanine Level. The lecture is sponsored by the Minuteman SEPAC (Special Education Parents Advisory Committee) and the Lexington SEPAC.

Admission and registration are free, but a donation of $5 is requested at the door. People can register by going to Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information, call 1-781-861-6500 x283.

Summer fun is coming in February

  Concord-Carlisle High School’s 29th Annual Summer Opportunities Fair will be held on Monday, February 1, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (snow date is February 2) in the CCHS cafeteria. This event provides parents and students from grades K-12 the means to explore some exciting alternatives to the usual summer activities, and brings together representatives from approximately 90 organizations to present summer opportunities held locally, nationally and abroad. Exhibitors will be present to display information on wilderness adventures, educational and enrichment opportunities, foreign language and student exchange programs and volunteer opportunities, as well as traditional, sports and special-needs camps.  This event is sponsored by the Concord-Carlisle High School Parents’ Association and admission is free.

Finding serenity in the age of anxiety

Nationally recognized author-lecturer, Robert Gerzon will speak on mastering anxiety and fear is an essential survival skill for living in the 21st century. On Sunday, February 7, 10:30 a.m. to noon, learn how to transform fear into love, stress into success, and anxiety into serenity.

This inspirational event will take place at Kerem Shalom on Elm Street in Concord. A $20 non-member donation is requested. R.S.V.P. or direct questions to Rosalie Gerut at 1-978-369-1223 or

“Our Town, Our Schools, Our Money” on February 10

As Concord prepares for the spring Annual Town Meeting, thoughts turn to town and school budgets and how current economic challenges will affect our community. Voters will be asked to approve those budgets, so the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle (LWVCC) is offering an opportunity for all residents to learn about the issues and participate actively and knowledgeably in the budget process. Join your neighbors and friends at LWVCC’s open forum, “Our Town, Our Schools, Our Money: Facing Concord’s Financial Challenges,” on Wednesday, February 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Town House hearing room.

The forum’s panel discussion will feature Chris Whelan, Town Manager; Tony Logalbo, Town Finance Director; Diana Rigby, Superintendent of Schools; and John Flaherty, Deputy Superintendent for Administration and Finance. All members of the public are welcome, and refreshments will be served. The program will be of interest to residents of Carlisle, as well as Concord. For more information, contact or 1-978-369-3842.

Spay-ghetti fundraiser

The Lowell Humane Society’s Teens Helping Pets program will host a Spay-ghetti Dinner fundraiser on Saturday, February 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Lowell Senior Center. This fun event is part of Spay Day USA, a national campaign to promote spaying and neutering of pets.

The Spay-ghetti Dinner will feature entertainment, raffles and a spaghetti dinner including spaghetti with meat or meatless sauce, salad, bread (donated by The Chateau Restaurant), lemonade and coffee. There will be a bake sale available for dessert items.

Tickets for this event are just $5 and can be purchased at The Lowell Humane Society located at 951 Broadway Street in Lowell. Tickets will also be available at the door, but early ticket purchase is encouraged.

Benefit concert in Westford

The Greater Lowell Music Teachers Association (GLMTA) will present Music Teachers in Concert: A Fundraising Event, featuring performances by Leslie Hitelman, Tish Kilgore, Meghan Taevs, Josh Shapiro and Steve Zocchi playing the music of Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Liszt and Hitelman. The benefit concert will be held on Sunday, February 7, at 3:30 p.m. at the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street, in Westford. Admission is $15. Half of the proceeds will be donated to Feed the Children. Half will be used to fund upcoming GLMTA events. For more information, contact Steve Zocchi, 1-978-761-0633,

“Our Community and Tomorrow’s Energy”

Do the costs of energy – to your wallet, to your community and to the environment – concern you? Do the latest developments in renewable energy, efficiency and local planning intrigue you? Learn more from experts in the field and connect with others seeking answers at “Our Community and Tomorrow’s Energy,” a Life in the Balance public forum on Friday, February 5, 7 to 9 p.m, at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main Street, W. Concord. (Snow date: February 7.) “Our Community and Tomorrow’s Energy” will focus on community-level solutions to the energy challenges we face. Massachusetts Representative Will Brownsberger (24th Middlesex District), whose work in the State House has emphasized the environment, transportation and carbon reduction, will deliver the keynote speech.

In addition, Gretchen Brewer will address recycling and waste-to-energy programs; Dr. Warren Leon, co-author of The Consumer’s Guide to Effective Environmental Choices, will discuss home energy choices; and Christopher Ryan will speak to localization and related planning issues. After the panel, audience members may participate in group sessions to discuss local responses to the issues. This free forum is open to all; refreshments will be served.

“Our Community and Tomorrow’s Energy” is Part 2 of Powering the Future, which began on January 22 with a well-attended screening of “The Great Squeeze,” a compelling documentary ( CCTV is airing this film on local cable Channel 8 almost daily through February 5; the schedule is available at and

The Life in the Balance 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 (CCACE). For more information, visit, email Green or call 1-978-369-3842.

Carlisle Council on Aging doings

Ballroom dancing: Classes continue with instructor Barry Kasven on Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23 and March 2 at 2 p.m. at St. Irene Hall, 187 East Street. 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 for more information.

Inn at Robbins Brook lunch: The next monthly lunch will be held at the First Religious Society at noon on Wednesday, February 3. The suggested donation is at least $3. Call the COA office by noon on Monday, February 1 to register. If you need a ride, call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 at least two days in advance. This lunch is sponsored by Minuteman Senior Services, Concord-Carlisle Community Chest and the COA.

Landscapes of the Middle East: The FCOA Rose Pullara Fund and FOGPL are co-sponsoring three free lectures on the Middle East (Wednesday, February 3, 10, 17 with snow date February 24) from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Dr. Lawrence Lowenthal will look closely at Israel, Iran, Syria, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon. Register by calling the Gleason Public Library at 1-978-369-4898.

Bridge group: The recently started bridge group will continue on Wednesdays, February 3, 10, 18 and 25 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Sleeper Room at Village Court. For more information, contact Gwen Charter at 1-978-369-0325 until February 10; after that contact Dorothy Milne at 1-978-369-1834.

Monthly coffee: On Thursday, February 4, come have breakfast at 9 a.m. in the Sleeper Room at Village Court, hosted by Tom and Karen Dunkers and Jim and Betty Elgin. 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.

Book club: The COA book club will meet Wednesday, February 9, at 10 a.m. The book this month is Dark Eagle by John Ensor Harr. For more information, call Seba Gaines at 1-978-369-4618.

Beginner chess: Glenn Davison will lead an introductory chess class for all ages on Wednesday, February 10, at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Public Library. In one hour, participants will learn the basics of playing chess. Register by calling the library at 1-978-369-4898.

Aid to the Elderly and Disabled Fund applications due March 31

In the spring of 2002, the Aid to the Elderly and Disabled fund was established to assist low-income elderly and disabled persons to meet their property tax obligations. Your donation to the fund will help these needy and deserving Carlisle residents. To donate, make out a check (this can go with your tax payment or be sent separately) to the “Town of Carlisle” and note that the amount is a donation for the Aid to the Elderly and send it to the Town Treasurer at 66 Westford Street.

To qualify for Aid to the Elderly or Disabled, the following are eligible:

• Those who have not applied for Clause 18 relief or other tax relief (Clauses 17/23/37/41) shall be given priority over those who have applied for such relief in the current year or in the past year.

• Elderly – a resident of Carlisle who is a property owner in Carlisle and is 65 years or older at the time the application is filed.

• Disabled – a resident of Carlisle who is a property owner in Carlisle who meets the criteria for, or definition of, disabled as it is applied to eligibility for tax relief under clauses 41A/41C/17/18/22/37.

• Income/Assets – combined household income does not exceed 200% of the poverty level (for a family of one, total gross annual income of no more than $21,660; for a family of two, total gross annual income of no more than $29,140), and total assets not to exceed $50,000, excluding the Carlisle residence.

The goal is to have these funds available for taxpayer(s) of a Carlisle residence which the taxpayer uses as:

• His/her primary residence, or

• Co-owned by an elderly or disabled person who uses the residence as his/her primary residence, or

• Owned by the person who is the caregiver of an elderly or disabled person who uses the residence as his/her primary residence

If you are eligible to apply, contact the Carlisle Council on Aging to acquire an application or receive additional information (1-978-371-2895). All applications received by March 31 will be reviewed for consideration in April 2010. All information and applications are confidential.

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