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Friday, October 1, 2010

Meet Jon Golnik on Saturday

On Saturday, October 2, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., come to Center Park and congratulate Carlisle’s own Jon Golnik on his recent victory as the Republican candidate for the Massachusetts 5th District Congressional seat. Bring your family and invite your friends to meet Jon. Park at the Carlisle School and walk over to the event. No parking at Ferns for this event. Take extra precautions not to damage the gardens in Center Park. If you have questions, contact Patrick at 1-978-512-9546 or

Nancy Hendrie at FRS

Dr. Nancy Hendrie, founder and president of The Sharing Foundation (TSF) in Cambodia, and Chan Kim Leng, known to all as “Elephant,” the in-country director of TSF, will speak at the First Religious Society following a potluck supper in Union Hall on Sunday, October 3, at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome at this event. Contact Sally Stokes 1-978 369-1240, or Ellen Huber 1-978 369-6678,, to make reservations.

First 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, Wii or chess. As always, pizza and drinks will be available for a small fee. FNL is held in the Corey Gym from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $6. There is a mandatory meeting for 6th graders, newcomers and their parents at 6:30 p.m. in the Carlisle Public School cafeteria. As a change this year, returning 7th and 8th graders and their parents do not need to attend this meeting. However, if you have a returning student and a 6th grade student, you must attend the meeting with your 6th grader. The Carlisle Youth Commission will provide information about the program and pass out permission forms and CORI release authorization forms. No student will be admitted to FNL without completed forms. For information call PJ Jewel at 1-978-371-8995 or Phil Lotane at 1-978-287-4014. Walk/Bike-to-School Day is October 5

Walk/Bike-to-School Day is October 5

All students are encouraged to try walking or biking to school on Tuesday, October 5. If your route to school is not pedestrian-friendly, consider starting at St. Irene Church, Kimball’s Ice Cream or Clark Farm Road to walk along one of the town’s new footpaths. Participants from the grade with the highest rate of participation will win great prizes; all participants receive token gifts! To eliminate bottlenecks at the toll booths, students are encouraged to bring a card or slip of paper with their name and grade level already filled out. Adult volunteers are still needed to help with foot traffic around the Town Center. Contact Nancy West if you are willing to help at or 1-978-399-4691.

Thursday walking group starts October 7

Walking group re-starts on Thursday, October 7. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Center Park for about a two-hour walk at a moderate pace. They will continue walking on the trails needed to earn the Carlisle Trekker Award. If you wish to keep a log for the award, it is available from the latest Carlisle Trails Committee Trail Guide or their website, A few spare copies will be available on Thursday.

The group will do as many trails as they can during October and November. Contact Jane Anderson 1-978-369-9672 or if you have questions. You don’t need to sign up, just show up.

Conservation Coffee on October 12

The Tuesday, October 12, Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

The speaker, Jennifer Forman-Orth, State Plant Pest Survey Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, will speak about the Asian Long-horned Beetle. She can provide information on its life cycle and control, how to identify the beetle and monitor your property, what tree species are affected, where to report suspect findings, control measures and consequences if a beetle is found in Carlisle.

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. Continental breakfast is provided. The next Conservation Coffee will be Tuesday, November 9.

Speaker at CCHS

The CCHS Parents Association will present a Parent Education evening on Tuesday, October 5 at 7 p.m. at Concord-Carlisle High School. The guest speaker is Tony Wagner, author of The Global Achievement Gap. The event is free and open to the public.

Cub Scouts popcorn fundraiser

  Buy popcorn and help Carlisle Cub Scouts (Pack 135) this Saturday, October 2. As their only annual fundraiser, Cub Scouts will be selling popcorn outside Ferns and at the Transfer Station from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by and pick up your box of delicious and healthy popcorn or make a donation to the U.S. Military at any of these locations. 

Holistic treatments at the Gleason Library

The Gleason Library will host a talk entitled “Holistic Treatments for PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Addiction and Stress” on Wednesday, October 6 at 7 p.m. The presentation will cover new forms of treatment drawn from brain imaging, yoga and meditation. The discussion will also look at how some ancient practices are currently being validated by modern medical research. Simple techniques to manage stress, anxiety and depression will be briefly taught. Questions will be welcome. The presenter, Douglas Baker, LICSW, is a local psychotherapist in private practice, and a registered Kripalu Yoga instructor. This program will be held in the Gleason Public Library, Hollis Room. This program is free and open to the public.

Domestic violence volunteer training

Domestic Violence Services Network, Inc. (DVSN) is a community-based organization that works to combat domestic violence in collaboration with the police departments of its ten member towns. DVSN Advocates provide direct service to people affected by domestic violence over the phone and at Concord District Court. They also work in the community through outreach and education programs. 

The 40-hour training, held at the Concord Police Department, will run from October 18 through November 8. The training sessions are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m..

For more information and/or to request an application, call 1-978-318-3421 or send a request to Applications are due no later than October 8.

Domestic violence vigil

The Domestic Violence Services Network will be holding a vigil on Tuesday, October 14 at 7 p.m. at the First Parish in Concord to commemorate all those who have lost their lives to domestic violence in Massachusetts. All are invited to participate.

Gleason Library invites teens to join TOGA – meeting today at 3

The Gleason Public Library is looking for 5th to 8th graders to join TOGA (Teens of Gleason Advisors). Advisors meet once a month, usually on the first Friday, to plan teen library programs and more. The next TOGA meeting is Friday, October 1, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Hollis Room. The group will be decorating cupcakes. New faces are always welcome. For more information, contact Jennifer Barnes, the Teen Librarian, at or 1-978-369-4898. ∆

Gleason teen book club to meet October 5

“Window into the Wild Universe,” Gleason Public Library’s teen book club, will be discussing Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay at its first meeting on Tuesday, October 5, from 6 to 7 p.m. Pizza will be served. Anyone in grades 7 to 10 is welcome to come. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. For more information, contact Jennifer Barnes, the Teen Librarian, at or call the library at 1-978-369-4898. ∆

Destination Imagination information October 8

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. Please see these web sites: and

For more information, attend a parent and student information/demonstration at the Carlisle Public School exercise room on Friday, October 8, from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m.

If your child is interested in participating in the program, contact the Carlisle DI coordinator, Nancy Szczesniak, ( or 1-978-369-6194) to register. The registration deadline is October 15. ∆

Carlisle Cultural Council seeks grant applications

The Carlisle Cultural Council awards small grants annually to individuals or organizations that provide a unique cultural experience to a broad spectrum of the citizens of Carlisle, in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences. Funding comes from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

If you would like to offer our community your time, talents and knowledge, please apply for a grant.

We appreciate the interest in the program, and encourage new and former applicants to send their information for consideration. The application deadline is October 15. Visit the MCC website at for details on the application process. You must submit six copies along with the original application.

Please send all materials by October 15 to: Carlisle Cultural Council, Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

For further information, please contact Patricia Koenitzer,

Garden Club new member event – “Helping your garden recover after a drought” – October 5

On Tuesday, October 5, at 7 p.m., the Carlisle Garden Club is holding a new member event entitled “Helping Your Garden Recover after a Summer Drought.” Wondering if those plants can be saved? If not, what’s the right thing to plant? And if you’ve decided you want less watering and care, what are methods for reducing the demands of a fussy garden? A panel of Garden Club experts will be on hand to present some ideas and answer questions.

The Carlisle Garden Club is holding this event to attract new members. You do not have to be a gardening expert to join, just have a sincere interest in meeting other gardeners, learning more about gardening, and taking part in our activities. This year’s Garden Tour in June will be a great opportunity to get involved.

The October 5 event is being held at the home of President Nancy Jaysane, 57 Hobblebush Lane. RSVP to the membership committee, Cecile Sandwen, 1-978-287-4369 or, or Lauren Bakewell, 1-978-287-0318 or For more information, visit ∆

Time to build the bin and beds at CPS

Join other parents, students, school staff and community members on Sunday, October 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. to help complete and install the compost bin and four raised garden beds at the Carlisle Public School (CPS). All materials and tools will be set up behind the Corey Building.

The plan for this school year is to collect kitchen and cafeteria waste along with leaves and grass clippings as feedstock for the compost bin. The raised beds, using donated and organic, locally produced compost, will be ready for planting by students this coming spring. Later in the spring, kitchen and cafeteria leftovers will blossom into a healthy salad mix and flowers rather than adding to the school’s disposal costs for transport to an incinerator or landfill.

The project will provide an opportunity for students to learn about sustainable gardening using the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) After School Program. Visit to find out more about the work project and other “Get To Work” parties in Carlisle and around the world. For more information about the Carlisle School Organic Garden and Composting Project, go to: The rain date is Saturday, October 16, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Winslow event at GPL October 18

K.C. Winslow, Independent candidate for State Representative, 14th Middlesex District, will host a Carlisle event at the Gleason Public Library on Monday, October 18, in the Hollis Room. Enjoy light refreshments and meet the candidate from 6:30 to 8 p.m. A brief presentation at 7 p.m. will be followed by a question and answer period. The event is open to the public and there is no cost to attend.

P J story time at GPL

Story time aimed at ages 3 and up will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 6, at the Gleason Public Library. Come with your little one and share some stories and rhymes. All are welcome to come in their PJs and bring a stuffed animal. For more information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for Children’s.

Gleason Library story times have openings

Hear some great stories, sing some songs and do some crafts. Openings remain in the registered story times at the Gleason Library. The group for 3 to 4 ½ year olds meets on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. The group for 4 to 6 year olds meets on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. Call the library and ask for children’s desk to register. Both groups begin next week.

Enjoy a night out at October 19 Spaghetti Supper

Mark your calendars for the evening of October 19 and buy your tickets now to take part in a Carlisle tradition – the Spaghetti Supper on October 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Corey Dining Room at the Carlisle Public School (CPS). This fundraiser for the sixth-grade class

is a great way to get together with other members of the community while enjoying a delicious, carefully prepared and charmingly served meal of salad, spaghetti, homemade sauce, rolls and dessert. Purchase tickets from any sixth grader or at Ferns Country Store – adults $8; children and seniors $5.

Raffle tickets for the Spaghetti Supper are going fast. Items to be raffled off include a Kindle, BC Football Tickets, a Kimball Farm Family Fun Pack, a Boston Sports Clubs 15-day membership, and great gift certificates. Items included in the Golden Raffle (for which a limited number of tickets are sold) are even more spectacular: you could win use of a Killington ski house, a Kayak, Red Sox Tickets, Patriots Tickets, an iPad, 100 gallons of heating oil from Concord Oil, a Summit Health & Fitness three-month trial membership or an Elite Hair Design Day of Beauty. Regular raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5; Golden Raffle tickets are $20 each. ∆

Journey to New Orleans with Community Read

The votes have been tallied for Cover to Cover, the Carlisle community read, and Carlisleans will be reading and discussing Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers, this January. Zeitoun received 34 out of 128 votes; runners up were The Things They Carried and Tinkers, tied for 2nd with 27 votes each, Outliers, with 23 votes, and Couldn’t Keep It to Myself, with 17 votes. Sixty percent more readers voted this year than in 2010, when the chosen title was The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court.

Zeitoun is a riveting, disturbing and inspiring narrative non-fiction account of Hurricane Katrina. Dave Eggers takes the reader to New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina where Zeitoun, a Syrian-born, prosperous painting contractor decides to remain behind to protect his property as his wife and four children flee. He is swept powerlessly into bureaucratic brutality when he is accused of being a member of Al Qaeda. This book is a mighty indictment of post-Katrina law enforcement and the role that culture and race play out in America. Cover to Cover is sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library.

Pumpkin Contest

If you grew any pumpkins, enter them in the Pumpkin Contest on Saturday, October 16, during the Harvest Fair and Pumpkins on the Common sale. Big pumpkins, little ones, orange ones, warty ones... there will be categories for any kind you bring in. Entries may be brought to Union Hall at the First Religious Society on Friday, October 15, from 2 to 6 p.m. or on Saturday, October 16, from 9 to 11 a.m. Winners will be announced by 1 p.m. that same day. Call Alison Saylor 1-978-369-1809 with any questions.

Carlisle Council on Aging doings

• Carlisle Community Conversations: This new program will meet on Fridays October 1, 15 and 29 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Hollis Room at Gleason Public Library. On October 1, join Kathryn Hammond Baker, Deputy Director, Center for the History of Medicine at Harvard Medical School Countway Library. She will talk about the work of modern archivists. On October 15, join Martha Patten, Gleason Resource Librarian, in a discussion about ebooks and the future of reading methods. These conversations are open to all adults. No registration is needed. If you have a topic that you would like to share with the small informal group, call Angela at 1-978-371-2895.

• Bridge group: The bridge group will meet each Wednesday in October from 10 a.m. to noon in the Sleeper Room at Village Court. For more information, contact Dot Milne at 1-978-369-1834.

• Book club: The COA book club will meet on Wednesday, October 6 at 10 a.m. at Seba Gaines’ home. The book is Cutting for Stones by Abraham Verghese. For more information, contact Seba at 1-978-369-4618.

• A Chorus Line: Join the COA at the North Shore Music Theatre on November 17 to see A Chorus Line. The cost of $55 includes ticket and van ride. The van leaves at 10:30 a.m. from the Congregational Church; lunch is on your own at Sylvan Street Grill before the play. Contact Joanne at 1-978-371-8023 or before October 5 and send checks, made out to the FCOA, to COA Trips, c/o Joanne Willens, 145 Church Street, Apt. 2, Carlisle, MA 01741.

• Inn at Robbins Brook lunch: The next luncheon will be hosted by the First Religious Society on Wednesday, October 6. The suggested donation is at least $3. Call the COA office by noon on Monday, October 4, to register. If you need a ride, call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 at least two days in advance.

• Monthly coffee: On Thursday, October 7, come to the Sleeper Room at Village Court for coffee plus at 9 a.m. hosted this month by Karen Dunkers. No fees or reservations, just good food and conversation. Call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 if you need a ride. A free blood pressure clinic will be held from 9:15 to 10 a.m.

• Minuteman lunch: On Tuesday, October 12, the COA will be enjoying lunch at Minuteman Regional High School, 758 Marrett Road, Lexington at 11:30 a.m. Lunch costs $10 plus gratuity, payable at the luncheon. Choices include boneless chicken breast or shrimp and scallop scampi plus all the trimmings. Call the COA to register by noon on October 8. If you need a ride, call 1-978-371-6690.

• Modern Art in Context: On October 13, 20 and 27 and November 3, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Hollis Room at the library, Professor Giannetti will examine the trajectory of art and aesthetics before and after the World Wars and how the two wars disrupted, displaced and (some would say) destroyed or (as others would say) liberated, pre-modern notions of what art is. Space is limited so register by calling the library at 1-978-369-4898. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the COA Lee Milliken Fund and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library.

• Wisdom Works: A workshop session of four evenings, held Wednesday, October 13, 20, 27 and November 3, will discuss employment for those 55+. Each session will be held at the Billerica COA, 25 Concord Road from 6 to 8 p.m. Topics include looking back – what next, getting started, job search strategies and interviewing. For more information or to sign up, contact COA director Donna Popkin at 1-978-671-0916 x221.

• Men’s breakfast: Join Andy Cutter and helpers for a delicious breakfast in the Sleeper Room on Thursday, October 14, at 8 a.m. The cost is $3. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 if you can help out with this breakfast any month. For a free van ride, call 1-978-371-6690. A free blood pressure clinic will be held from 8 to 9 a.m.

• Poetry for seniors: Patti Russo will be the facilitator for six free workshops using poetry to gain insight into our lives and to understand ourselves better. No homework is required and you need not be a poet to participate. The dates are Monday, October 18, 25 and November 1, 8, 15 and 22. The workshops will be held from 10 to 11:15 a.m. in the Heald Room in Town Hall. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Carlisle COA (FCOA). Call 1-978-371-2895 to register. ∆

Concord Music Club

The Concord Music Club will meet in Carlisle on Tuesday, October 5, at 10 a.m. The purpose of the club is to stimulate the study of music by providing the opportunity to perform with and for others. They offer both performing and non-performing memberships. They meet once a month during the fall and spring seasons, six meetings annually and guests interested in membership are always welcome. The program will include piano music of Bach and Brahms, violin solo of Paganini. Call Marjorie Franko for location information at 1-978-369-8192.

News from the Carlisle School Association

CSA Gift Wrap Fundraiser now until October 8

Fulfill your gift and gift wrap needs early this year and help the school at the same time. The Carlisle School Association (CSA) Gift Wrap Fundraiser is underway now through October 8. In addition to a large array of gorgeous gift-wrap selections, you can purchase fabulous holiday gifts, candles, kitchen items, candies and much more. Students who sell six items earn one free admission pass to Coco Key. Students who sell $100 or more will qualify for a drawing for an overnight stay for four and four admission passes to Coco Key. Order items online at (school code 405) or send your completed order form and delivery information to school with your child by October 8.

School building project


Joyce Mehaffey, Superintendent of the Carlisle Public Schools, will discuss the construction phase of the school building project at the next CSA sponsored Parent Informational Meeting. This will be held at the Carlisle Public Schools, from 9 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 19. Come to hear current plans and have your questions and concerns addressed.

Husky Handbooks

Husky Handbooks (the Carlisle Public School student and staff directories, for parent and staff use only) will be available for purchase and pickup at the Middle School Parents’ Night on October 7. One Husky Handbook is included with CSA membership.

Fall Staff and teacher appreciation luncheon a success

As co-chairs of the Fall Staff and Teacher Appreciation Luncheon at the Carlisle Public School last week, we wish to thank everyone who helped make this event such a success. More than 80 families participated in offering food, drinks or monetary support, and with everyone’s generous donations we were able to present the teachers and staff with a selection of wonderful dishes, charming decor and abundant beverages. We extend special thanks to our set-up team, serving team and clean-up team, all of whom were invaluable to us on this day. Additionally, we could not have managed without the professional custodial and kitchen staff at the school, who graciously allowed us to take over their facilities for the afternoon; and of course, the atmosphere would not have been so lovely without the table arrangements donated by the Quinlan family, and the sunflowers donated by Andrea Grant of Kenny Farm in Concord. We are honored to have been a part of this wonderful tradition at our school.

Kristine Rencs and Giuia Grady

CSA meeting

Join us in the Carlisle Public Schools Corey Dining Room for our monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 19, at 10 a.m., immediately following the Parent Informational Meeting. Meetings are open to the public and all are invited to attend. These monthly meetings of the board serve to review various volunteer opportunities, 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

Informative groups for parents

Dr. Deborah Weinstock-Savoy will present a seminar entitled “The Second Year of Life: 13-24 Months” in Carlisle on October 7. This program will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and focus on one year olds. Topics covered include emotional growth and separation issues and limit setting. The presenter is a licensed psychologist. To register, contact First Connections at 1-978-287-0221 or email A $10 donation is suggested but not required to attend.

The next Multicultural Moms Group will meet in Concord on Wednesday, October 13 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The group is for moms who were raised in another country. New members are always welcome. Facilitated by Ellen Weisstein, M.S., there is no fee. Call First Connections for more info.

LWV hosts political debates October 16 and 20

The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle (LWV) will host the following political debates:

Jon Golnik (Republican) and Niki Tsongas (Democrat), candidates for the Massachusetts 5th Congressional District seat, will face off in a forum on Saturday, October 16. The forum will begin at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of the Alcott Elementary School, 93 Laurel Street, Concord. The event is free and open to the public.

The LWV will host another Candidates Forum on Wednesday, October 20, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Alcott School Auditorium, 93 Laurel Street, Concord. The candidates running for State Senator (3rd Middlesex District) – Senator Susan Fargo (D-Lincoln) and Sandi Martinez (R-Chelmsford) – and the candidates for State Representative (14th Middlesex District) – Representative Cory Atkins (D-Concord) and K.C. Winslow (I-Concord) – have agreed to participate. ∆

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