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Friday, August 13, 2010

Update your School Husky Handbook entry

Parents, please use the Change Form at the back of your Carlisle Public School Husky Handbook, or email the changes to, if you need to make any corrections or changes to your address, phone number or email for next year. The deadline for inclusion is September 10. If no changes, no need to send in the form.

Oktoberfest for Carlisle seniors, October 20

Come join the Carlisle seniors on a
day trip to Oktoberfest in Sturbridge, on October 20.The cost of $60 includes a German lunch and music and van.
Make out check to Friends of Carlisle COA
and mail to Joanne Willens,
145 Church Street, B-12, Carlisle, MA 01741.
Payment is due by August 15
and space is limited.

ConsCom is seeking new members

The Conservation Commission will have two openings on its seven member board. The board has two major areas of responsibility which include administration of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and protection of the town’s natural resources.

Under the Wetlands Act, permits are required for projects for development in or near wetlands or other water resource areas. The commission also manages the town’s conservation land, undertakes conservation planning and land acquisition, oversees the operation of the Cranberry Bog, presents an annual Conservationist Award and helps provide an environmental educational role in the community.

The Commission is particularly interested in people with a legal or civil engineering, agricultural background, as well as the geological or other earth sciences. The Commission is seeking members who are willing to volunteer to work for the town and its residents. Those who have an interest in conservation and environmental issues, and are willing to actively work in resource protection will be considered.

The work of the Commission is supported by an active Land Stewardship Committee, a subcommittee of the Commission and by full-time office staff in the Conservation Commission’s office in the Town Hall.

If you would be interested in serving on the Conservation Commission, please send a brief resume and cover letter immediately to both the Conservation Commission, and to the Carlisle Board of Selectmen who are the appointing authority, addressed to the Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle. If you have any questions, please call the Conservation Office at 1-978-369-0336.

See “Scoundrels”

Seven more people are needed for senior pricing for the North Shore Play “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” on September 22. Your check should be made out to the Friends of the COA, and sent to Joanne Willens at 145 Church Street, Apt B12, Carlisle, MA 01741. Folks will leave at 10:30 a.m. from the Congregational Church, have lunch (on your own) at Sylvan Street Grille before the plays. Cost is $55 including van fee. Contact Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 for any questions and more info.

COA seeks interest in bridge classes

The Carlisle COA, in cooperation with Roy Green, is considering offering two bridge courses in the fall, providing there is sufficient interest. The first course will be a beginning-plus level course in basic bridge play. The second course will be an intermediate course in Source of Tricks and Defense. The beginning-plus course is planned for the Sleeper room on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. The Intermediate course of Source of Tricks and Defense will be held on Wednesdays also from 7 until 9:15 p.m. The dates of both courses will  be September 8, 15, 22 and 29, October 6 and 13. The fee for both courses is $60 for seniors and $70 for others. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 and let us know if you are interested.  

Read-Aloud Thursdays at the Library

Children and their friends are welcome for a special reading visit with Carlisle’s own teens. Stop by the children’s room at 11 a.m. for a half hour of picture book reading followed by a drop-in craft. Library pages who are teen volunteers will be sharing tales of old and new to while away those warm August mornings. Recommended for ages 3 and up, but all are welcome. Find more than ever before at

Save the date and dust off your dancing shoes

The Friends of the Council on Aging proudly invites the community to Swinging on the Green on Sunday, August 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. This free outdoor event will feature live music from the Indian Hill Big Band with additional music from Carlisle’s own barbershop quartet, Second Wind. Dance, sing along or just relax and mingle with friends and neighbors; what a perfect way to end the summer. A special highlight of this event will be a swing dance demonstration by locals Liz and Dan Moseley. Bring your own picnic; cookies and lemonade will be provided by the National Charity League. Rain location: Union Hall.

Tours and ice cream at Great Brook Farm

Free 30-minute public dairy tours of Great Brook Farm State Park are available to the public on Saturdays and Sundays at 1, 2 and 3:30 p.m. Meet at the farm gate next to the ice cream stand. Parking fee is $2.

The Great Brook Farm ice cream stand, with a flavor to suit every taste, is open 11 a.m. to sunset seven days per week. Trails, meadows, woods, streams, birds, flowers, trees – there’s something for everyone at Great Brook Farm State Park! For more information, call 1-978-369-6312, voice mailbox #3.

Summer concert on the library lawn

On Thursday, August 26 (new date), from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., CCHS’s Battle of the Bands champion, About Five, brings their lively and original sound to the lawn of the Gleason Public Library as part of the Go Green at Your Library summer reading program. Bring the family, a blanket and a picnic and enjoy this summer treat. If it rains, the free concert will be held in the Hollis Room.

To learn more about this and other great events, visit The Summer Reading program is sponsored by Friends of the Gleason Public Library.

Get down to business with MCC small business courses

Middlesex Community College (MCC) is offering this summer four affordable courses for small business owners and their employees to help their businesses grow and succeed. Courses will be held at MCC’s Lowell campus in August and September and cost either $29 or $39.

• Improving Your Office Efficiency: This two-hour course will be held 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, August 25. The cost is $29. Register for course number BIN 701 94.

• MS PowerPoint: This three-hour course will be held 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, August 31. The cost is $39. Register for course number BIN 284 94.

• Internet Marketing: This two-hour course will be held 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, September 1. The cost is $29. Register for course number BIN 751 94.

• MS Basic Excel: This three-hour course will be held 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, September 1. The cost is $39. Register for course number BIN 302 94.

For questions or to register, contact Julie Kimball 1-978-0656-3009 or

Theatre with a Twist announces auditions for Guys and Dolls

Auditions for actors aged 15-30 (as of September 30) will be held August 15, 2-5 p.m. and August 16, 7-9 p.m. at 3 Post Office Square in Acton (please note location change as previously advertised). Actors from Boston to the Metro West area are encouraged to audition.

Based on Damon Runyon’s short story “The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown,” the romantic comedy, Guys and Dolls, revolves around Nathan Detroit, the organizer of the oldest established permanent floating crap game in New York, who bets fellow gambler Sky Masterson that he can’t make the next girl he sees fall in love with him. The next girl he sees happens to be Miss Sarah Brown, a pure-at-heart Salvation Army-type reformer, and the stage is set for an hilarious evening of complications. Guys and Dolls opened at the 46th Street Theatre on November 24, 1950 and enjoyed a run of 1,200 performances.

Performances will be October 14-17, at Hale Middle School in Stow, MA. Along with Guys and Dolls, keep an eye out for more upcoming programs, workshops, and performance opportunities for a variety of ages on our website. For information on auditions specifics please refer to our website @

Union Hall Coffeehouse offerings

The Union Hall Coffeehouse in Carlisle will present The Holy Ghost Tent Revival Band on Saturday, September 11. Characterized as “explosively intoxicating,” the group cannot be pigeonholed into any popular genre. Melding brass with banjo, guitar, bass, drums, and keys, this six-piece ensemble boasts an eclectic mash of instruments and styles – a musical alchemy all their own. Tickets cost $22.50.

The Coffeehouse will present internationally known Ken Burns’ Americana Pianist, Jacqueline Schwab, in concert on the Falcone Piano, upstairs at the First Religious Society on Sunday, September 12, at 3 p.m., with a Veuve Cliquot Champagne and Falcone-Dante Chocolate Reception to follow in Union Hall. Tickets cost $20.

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 1-978-287-5745. Reservations are highly recommended. Seating is limited. BYOB and enjoy the café offerings.

Fruitlands rocks with contemporary popular bands

As hot summer nights give way to early autumn, Fruitlands Museum in Harvard will continue its annual rock, jazz and bluegrass Sundown Concert series on most Wednesdays through September 15. Bring a picnic, find a spot on the great lawn and enjoy an evening with family, friends and a 50-mile view of the Nashua River Valley. Visitors may also purchase snacks, beverages and grilled entrees through Alcott’s Restaurant.

•August 18 - The Love Dogs, ’50s music with a twist. (Rain date August 19);

•August 25 - Rico Barr and the Jump ‘n’ Jive Review, New England’s premier dance band. (Rain date August 26);

•September 1 - Black Eagle Jazz Band, traditional New Orleans jazz. (Rain date September 2);

•September 15 - Loose Ends Bluegrass Band, toe-tapping bluegrass and new grass. 
(Rain date September 16).

COA doings

Monthly luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, August 19 at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS for lunch, followed by a talk on quack medicine in the 18th and 19th centuries. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to sign up, no later than noon on Monday, August 16. There will be a free blood pressure clinic from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Call the van line if you need a ride. The cost is $3 or more, per person. The luncheon is funded in part by a grant from the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.

Podiatry clinic: The next podiatry clinic is on Tuesday, September 7, 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 by the generosity of the FCOA, Timothy Wheeler House Fund and the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.

Newsletter: If you are not a Carlisle resident and would like to receive the Senior Connection, send a $5 check to help cover postage to Carlisle COA, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741. If you would like to be taken off the mailing list, call 1-978-371-2895 or email

MCC offers prospective student info sessions

Middlesex Community College (MCC) will host two upcoming information sessions for prospective students. A Lowell Campus Info Session will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 25, in MCC’s Federal Building Courtroom, 50 Kearney Square. A Bedford Campus Info Session will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 26, in the Bedford Campus Center’s Student Lounge, 591 Springs Road. For reservations or more information, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit us online at

New guidelines for disposal of medical sharps used at home

Use of medical sharps at home, including needles, syringes and lancets, is becoming common as more health conditions are treated outside of medical offices and hospitals. This is true for humans, pets and other animals. As a result, careful consideration is needed for the disposal of the sharps in order to prevent injuries.

Never dispose of loose sharps in the trash, as others who come in contact with the trash may get stuck by a sharp protruding through a trash bag and be at risk of infection. Carlisle does not have a sharps collection program, so the following options may be used to safely dispose of sharps. The Board of Health does not endorse or recommend any products or services, but makes this information available so that residents can make informed decisions for themselves. The information is believed to be correct at this time and is for informational purposes and not intended as medical advice.

When no local sharps collection program is available, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Public Health recommend purchasing a postage-paid mail-back kit to have your sharps disposed through a medical waste handler. The kit typically includes a sharps container, a mailing carton with prepaid postage, and a tracking form to verify that the sharps are properly disposed. When the sharps container is full, it can be placed in the mailing carton and mailed directly to company’s designated facility for incineration.

A number of companies, including those below suggested on the MA DPH and DEP websites, have mail-back programs for sharps. At the time this article was prepared, the BD Sharps Disposal by Mail was found to be cost effective at $27 plus shipping (reference: SKU #334090).

BD Sharps Disposal by Mail (BD item number 323488) – Kit can be ordered by your local pharmacy or purchased at some online pharmacies. According to BD, the 1.4 quart sharps container holds 70-100 insulin syringes or 300 pen needles/lancets.

Medasend Biomedical, Inc. – kit purchase online or by phone (1-800-675-2537);

Sharps Compliance Inc. – kit purchase online or by phone (1-800-772-5657);

Stericycle – kit purchase by phone (1-866-783-7422);

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health provides a statewide list of local collection sites, such as municipal government offices, hospitals, medical offices and pharmacies. This can be accessed online at the following website (see pages 4-10 of the publication for a list by town). Restrictions apply at some of these locations, so contact the site in advance to determine restrictions and disposal schedules;

Do not dispose of sharps in garbage if there is another disposal option. Only as a last resort place sharps in a rigid, puncture resistant plastic container with a secure cap before placing in the garbage. For added protection, securely tape over the cap before disposing. Note that effective July 1, 2012, state waste regulations will not allow the disposal of sharps in household garbage.

If additional assistance is needed, please contact the Carlisle Board of Health. ∆

Witnessing reconciliation

On Thursday, August 19, the Rev. Dr. Barbara Smith‐Moran will speak about her experiences volunteering with Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Process. The free event will be hosted by Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ) on the 3rd floor of the Concord Police Department from 4‐to 6 p.m. and will be open to the general public upon RSVP to or 1-978-318-3447. Smith‐Moran is a long-time volunteer with C4RJ, a resident in Concord, and the pastor at Grace Episcopal Church in Everett.

The Truth and Reconciliation Process addressed harms done to Indian, Inuit, and Métis people who were forced as children to attend culture‐repressing and sometimes abusive boarding schools over the course of almost 100 years. The gatherings used the “circle” process often used in restorative justice, and were held in Winnipeg in June as part of the legal settlement between the Canadian government and the survivors of the bygone educational policy toward aboriginal people.

C4RJ is a nonprofit partnership of community and police that offers restorative justice as a complement to the criminal justice system. For more information regarding restorative justice, visit

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Fall bulb and perennial sale, September 24 and 25

The Middlesex Conservation District will be holding its annual Fall Bulb and Perennial Sale on Friday, September 24, from 3 to 6 p.m., and Saturday, September 25, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. The sale will be held at the 4H Fairgrounds on South Chelmsford Road in Westford. All items can be pre-ordered through September 3 and picked up on the sale days. All items are sold on a first come, first served basis.

To place an order, you can download an order form from, or call 1-978-692-9395 to request a brochure. Items will include daffodils, tulips, specialty bulbs, perennials, and hard goods such as compost bins, kitchen scrap buckets, and bulb fertilizer.

Proceeds from the biannual plant sales provide programs to improve water quality and quantity, for preservation of open space and erosion control and provide environmental education. For more information about the sale or programs, visit

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