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Friday, October 8, 2010

Holocaust survivor to speak at FRS

Suzanne Mehler Whiteley will speak about her experiences as a holocaust survivor at The First Religious Society in Carlisle on Sunday, October 17, at 10 a.m.

She is the author of Appel is Forever: A Child’s Memoir. The book describes her childhood in Amsterdam, where her father was a Rabbi, the Nazi invasion and occupation, time in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, and growing up as a survivor.

She will speak during the Sunday morning service at the First Religious Society, which is followed by coffee hour in Union Hall and an opportunity for further conversation. Suzanne Mehler Whiteley will sign copies of her book. All are welcome to attend this special service.

Festive fundraiser

The Carlisle Democratic Town Committee invites Carlisle Democrats and their friends to its Festive Fundraiser on Saturday, October 16, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Johnson-Roberts house, 108 Nickles Lane. Bring a check for your favorite Democratic candidate and enjoy good food, conversation and candidates. For more information or to RSVP call Cynthia Schweppe at 1-978-369-5738 or Bob Wallhagen at 1-978-369-7802.

Bird Walk October 9

Carlisle birder Alan Ankers will be leading a Menotomy Bird Club walk on Saturday, October 9, meeting at Foss Farm parking lot on Bedford Road at 8 a.m. The trip is free and all are welcome, including beginner birders. Come prepared for wet conditions underfoot and bring binoculars if you have them. If you have any questions, contact the leader by email at alankers@comcast.net.

Learn to make cider

October is the time for apple-picking and it’s also a time for making those apples into cider. Nathan Brown will give a demonstration of how to make cider at the Carlisle Historical Society’s monthly Open House on Sunday, October 17, at Heald House from 2 to 4 p.m. While there, take a guided tour of Heald House and see the many artifacts and mementos that show Carlisle life as it has evolved over the past few centuries.

Heald House is located at 698 Concord Street. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

School Building Project discussion October 20

Joyce Mehaffey, Superintendent of the Carlisle Public Schools, will discuss the construction phase of the school building project at the next Carlisle School Association-sponsored Parent Informational Meeting. This will be held at the Carlisle Public Schools, from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 20. Come to hear current plans and have your questions and concerns addressed.

Come to the Spaghetti Supper October 19

Tickets are going fast for the Sixth Grade Spaghetti Supper and raffle – purchase yours now. Scheduled for October 19 from 5 to 8 p.m., the Spaghetti Supper is a timeless tradition that draws in the whole community for an evening of multi-generational fun and great food, served by the sixth graders of the Carlisle Public School. This annual event raises money that the sixth grade will use for events throughout their middle school years.

Dinner includes spaghetti with homemade sauce, rolls, salad, dessert and beverages. Items to be raffled off range from gift certificates, classes and Patriots tickets to a Kindle, an iPad and a kayak! Buy meal tickets ($8 for adults; $5 for students/seniors), raffle tickets ($1 each or 6 for $5), and Golden Raffle tickets ($20 each; only 300 will be sold) from any CPS sixth grader or at Ferns Country Store.

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.

Carlisle Council On Aging doings

Fitness classes: Call the COA office to find out more about the following fitness opportunities in Carlisle: cardio-boost classes on Thursdays at 10:45 a.m., fitness classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:45 a.m., line dancing Fridays at 9:30 a.m. and yoga on Mondays at 9 or 10:15 a.m. The Concord COA offers yoga on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. and a stress reduction class on Fridays from 10:30 – 11 a.m. at the Harvey Wheeler Center.

Walking groups: When school is in session, join Joanne Willens for inside walking weekday mornings from 6:45 – 7:30 a.m. at the school gym. Outdoors, a group meets when the weather permits on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. at Center Park. They walk for about two hours on the Carlisle trails. If you intend to join Jane Anderson on October 14, contact her at 1-978-369-9672 or email her at jane.anders@comcast.net.

Carlisle community conversations: This new program will meet on Friday, October 15 and 29 from 11 a.m. – noon in the Hollis Room at Gleason Public Library. 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.

• 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 – 3 p.m. in the Hollis Room at the library, Professor Giannetti will examine the trajectory or art and aesthetics before and after the World Wars. 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 Library.

Wisdom works: A workshop session of four evenings (Wednesday, October 13, 20, 27 and November 3) each about employment for those 55+ each will be held at the Billerica COA, 25 Concord Road from 6 – 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 – 9 a.m.

Monthly luncheon: The October COA luncheon will be on Thursday, October 21 at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS. Lunch of pizza, salad, dessert and drinks will be followed at 12:45 p.m. by a discussion with Carlisle resident, Jim Saltonstall about his four-day climb along the Inca Trail to Macchu Pichu. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to sign up no later than noon on Monday, October 18. There will be a free blood pressure clinic from 11 – 11:45 a.m. Call the van line if you need a ride. The cost is $3 or more per person.

Poetry for seniors: Patti Russo will be the facilitator for 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 free workshops will be held from 10 – 11:15 a.m. in the Heald Room in Town Hall. Call 1-978-371-2895 to register.

Merrimack Rep presents East Coast premiere

The powerful new family drama Four Places by Joel Drake Johnson receives its East Coast Premiere at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, October 14 through November 7, with stage direction by Charles Towers.

Two middle-aged siblings take their mother out to lunch where the conversation turns from routine banter to life-changing revelation. The indelible characters are both marvelously funny and devastatingly human as they lead one another to a place where forgiveness and understanding are tested, but love is still possible. Subscriptions and individual tickets are available online at www.MerrimackRep.org or by calling 1-978-654.4MRT.

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. 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 dvvap@concordma.gov. Applications are due no later than October 8.

Domestic violence vigil in Concord on October 14

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.

Congressional district candidates in LWV forum

Dale E. Brown (Independent), Bob Clark (Independent), Jon Golnik (Republican) and Niki Tsongas (Democrat), the four candidates for the Massachusetts 5th Congressional District seat, will face off in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Concord-Carlisle on Saturday, October 16.

The forum will begin at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of the Alcott Elementary School, 93 Laurel St., Concord. The event is free and open to the public. The election will be held November 2.

Risa Nyman, former president of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, will moderate the forum. The moderator will ask each candidate to answer questions prepared by the League. Audience members will have an opportunity to submit written questions to the moderator.

LWV of Concord-Carlisle Co-President Paula Vandever noted, “It should be an exciting afternoon. Voters feel that the stakes are high this November for the country and for the direction of Congress, and they are eager to hear the candidates’ views.”

The LWV is a nonpartisan political organization which encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and works to increase understanding of major public policy issues. For more information on the state and local Leagues, see their websites, www.lwvma.org and www.lwvcc.org.

LWV to host state candidates forum October 20

  The League of Women of Voters of Concord-Carlisle (LWVCC) will host a 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) – Sen. Susan Fargo (D-Lincoln) and Sandi Martinez (R-Chelmsford) -– and the candidates for State Representative (14th Middlesex District) -– Rep. Cory Atkins (D-Concord) and K.C. Winslow (I-Concord) – will participate.

The candidates will answer questions from the LWV and audience members. Nancy Carapezza of Wayland will moderate the forum.

The LWVCC urges all voters in the affected districts to attend this informative event. Voters must be registered by October 13 in order to vote in the November 2 general election.

The forum will be taped for broadcast on local cable CCTV Channel 8. For more information, visit www.lwvcc.org, email Communications@lwvcc.org, or call 1-978-254-1598.

The LWV is a non-partisan, issues-oriented organization of women and men of all ages and backgrounds. The League encourages informed and active participation in government. LWVCC does not support or oppose any political party or candidate. Membership is open to all. Visit www.lwvcc.org for information on voting and elections, programs and activities, membership and more.

Family concert with New York City band Rolie Polie Guacamole

Rolie Polie Guacamole, a New York City based rock band for children, has kids of all ages on the East Coast dancing to some of their upbeat and interactive songs such as “Time For Hummus,” “Waiting For The Train,” and “Always Brush Your Teeth.” Not only is their music contagious and addictive, but it leaves children with positive messages such as establishing a high self-esteem, eating healthy and creating positive friendships. Established in 2006, Rolie Polie Guacomole primarily performs throughout New England.

On Sunday, October 24, they will make an appearance in Concord, at the newly refurbished Emerson Umbrella at 40 Stow Street. This performance will be hosted by Concord Children’s Center.

Rolie Polie Guacomole will play for a full hour at 4 p.m. followed by a CD and book signing party from 5 to 6 p.m. Five dollars from the cost of the Band’s CD will go towards supporting Concord Children’s Center, Concord’s oldest non-profit early care and education program.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of time by visiting www.concordchildrenscenter.org. Tickets may also be purchased at any of the following locations: Concord Children’s Center (1300 Main Street, 120 Meriam Road, 134 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner), Concord Toy Shop, Concord Bookshop and West Concord 5&10. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Advanced ticket purchase costs are $10 per person, $35 maximum per family. Tickets purchased at the door are $12 per person, maximum of $35 per family. For more information on the band or to listen to sounds clips from their albums, please visit their website at www.roliepolieguacamole.com.

Plein-air paintings on display in Concord

Local artist Susan Armstrong is hosting a show at the Concord Public Library Gallery that includes plein-air paintings of familiar sites in the Concord area that celebrate the town’s 375th Anniversary. The paintings include images of Main Street, Brigham Farm Stand, Macone’s Pond, Old North Bridge, views from the Battle Road, The Colonial Inn and other historic sites. The acrylic paintings were done over the spring and summer and show off the beauty of the Concord/Carlisle area. The show will run through October 23.

The Gallery at the Concord Public Library is located on the second floor and is open from Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is closed Sunday.

Gleason Story Time openings remain

Openings remain for registered story times at the Gleason Public Library. Children ages 3 to 4 ½ are meeting Monday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. Children ages 4 to 6 (this includes kindergartners) is meeting on Thursday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. Don’t miss this opportunity to introduce your child to some of the newest picture books as well as some classic books. Children have an opportunity to interact with their peers and improve small motor skills through crafts. To register, call the library at 1-978-369-4894 and ask for Children’s.

The story time for ages 0 to 3 take place on Thursday mornings at 10:30. This story time is drop-in; no registration is needed.

Cultural Council deadline is October 15

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 (MCC), 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 web site for details on the application process. You must submit six copies along with the original application.

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, href="mailto:p_koenitzer@yahoo.com">p_koenitzer@yahoo.com.

News from the Carlisle School Association

CSA Gift Wrap Fundraiser

ends 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 ends today. In addition to a large array of gorgeous gift-wrap selections, you can purchase fabulous holiday gifts, candles, kitchen items, candies and much, 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 www.genevieves.com (school code 405) or send your completed order form and delivery information to school with your child today, Friday, October 8.

Box tops

The CSA will once again be participating in the General Mills Box Tops for Education Program. You will find Box Tops printed on many items in your home; cereal, bread, jelly, juice, cookie dough, tissues, office supplies, etc. The CSA will earn ten cents per box top. Save and clip your box tops and place them in the box labeled “Box Tops for Education” at the Carlisle school library. There will be a prize at the end of the year for the class that collects the most box tops between now and May 13, 2011.

Save your receipts

The “Register Tapes for Education” program allows the CSA to trade receipts from Donelan’s Supermarket in Acton and Littleton, and Crosby’s Star in Concord, for needed school items such as art supplies, networking and computer equipment, at no cost to you. In the past, this program funded supplies to the Art, Music, Playground, Math, Science and Language Arts departments with an average value in excess of $1,500 each year for free. We are collecting register receipts in a drop box in the school library, so deposit your receipts dated between September 1, 2010 and March 31, 2011.

Carlisle School Association (CSA) Meeting

Come to the Carlisle Public Schools Corey Dining Room for the monthly CSA 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 www.carlisleschoolassociation.org.

Visit Tales of the Night at Drumlin Farm

A frighteningly fun evening appropriate for the whole family, Drumlin Farm’s annual Tales of the Night event will be held on Thursday and Friday, October 28 and 29, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., with hayrides beginning at 7 p.m. The event’s centerpiece, the Haunted Hayride, pulls visitors along through a series of Halloween skits in Drumlin’s vegetable fields, lit by bonfires.

A Halloween tradition in the Metrowest area, Tales of the Night offers the perfect combination of spookiness and silliness, making it a prime event for families. Admission is $10 per person and free for children under age two. Pre-registration is not required but is strongly recommended, as this event often sells out. To register, call 1-781-259-2218.

Visitors will have the chance to meet hissing cockroaches in the creepy crawly critter mansion, learn about animals at a nocturnal wildlife demonstration, view our display of over one hundred jack-o-lanterns, and enjoy some spooky treats and witch’s brew. Kids of all ages will enjoy stepping into a story on our Nursery Rhyme Trail. Everyone is encouraged to wear costumes of their own and bring flashlights to help light the way around the farm.

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 208 South Great Road (Rt. 117) in Lincoln. To learn more about the programs, call 1-781-259-2200 or visit http://www.massaudubon.org/drumlinfarm.

Young Artists Competition

Auditions for the Concord Orchestra Young Artists Competition will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, November 17 and 18. The winner will be the featured soloist on the Concord Orchestra’s concerts on January 28 and 29, and will receive the Ehlers Memorial Scholarship. Applications are due by November 3. For more information and an application form, call 1-978-371-1491. Applications can also be printed from www.concordorchestra.com.

Enter the Pumpkin Contest on the Common

The summer drought was tough on home gardeners this year, but 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 in Carlisle 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 saylorfarm@comcast.net with any questions.

Concord-Carlisle girls travel basketball tryouts for C-C girls

Travel Basketball Teams will be held at the following times: 8th Grade (Clarke): Saturday, October 16, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Hunt Gym; 7th Grade (Brennan): Saturday, October 30, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Hunt Gym; 6th Grade (Budris): Saturday, October 30, 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. Hunt Gym; 5th Grade (Kohler): date and location TBD; 4th Grade (McCollum): Date and location TBD.

An additional tryout for grades 6-8 will be held Wednesday, November 3, at 7 p.m. at Middlesex School.

Improve your level of play in a fun and competitive environment. For 4th and 5th grade, there is one practice per week and one game on Sundays. For 6th to 8th grade there are one to two practices per week and one to two games per weekend. The season runs mid-November to early March.

For more information, email Bob Clarke at clarker@comcast.net for more information and to register for tryouts.

Special Education Parent’s Advisory Council to meet

The Carlisle Special Education Parent’s Advisory Council (SEPAC) will meet on Friday, October 15, 9:00 a.m. in the school cafeteria. This meeting will be a meet and greet with Director of Student Services, Karen Slack.

The Carlisle SEPAC is a parent run organization that serves as a resource and advisor to parents of children with special needs who live in the town of Carlisle.

CCHS basketball clinics for girls in grades 5 through 8

Get ready for the upcoming hoop season. Concord-Carlisle High School girls varsity basketball coach Joe Bodenrader and the varsity team will conduct a series of basketball clinics at CCHS on Sundays this fall for all girls in grades 5 through 8. The clinics will stress individual skills and fundamentals, teamwork and team games.

Clinics run Sunday, October 17, through Sunday, November 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. at CCHS Gym.

The cost is $45 for all six sessions or $10 per session. Make checks out to: Friends of CCHS Girls Basketball. All proceeds to benefit CCHS Girls Basketball Program. Register with Bob Clarke via email at: clarker@comcast.net

Nashoba Brooks School to hold Country Fair

On Saturday, October 23, the Nashoba Brooks School, located at 200 Strawberry Hill Road, Concord, will host its annual Country Fair. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the school will turn into an old fashioned fairground. The community is invited to enjoy kids’ carnival games and prizes. Favorites like the ducky pond and lollypop toss will be available. The Creature Teacher will be on the fairgrounds to show off his cute and furry creatures and a story teller will be providing mysterious tales from exotic lands. Enjoy music by a Goodtime DJ. A delicious lunch featuring a fall harvest menu will be available.

Emerson Hospital Auxiliary will be showcasing their Pediatric Bears program, Gaining Ground will be providing information about Read for Seeds. Artists will be selling pottery and paintings and a percentage of these sales will go to Our Lady’s Nursery and Primary School in Nigeria. Admission is $1 per person and all game tickets are $1. Children under 3 years are admitted free.

Trails Committee needs volunteers

The Trails Committee is looking for volunteers to help with our fall trails cleanup. This is an opportunity for student community service or the service portion of your Carlisle Trekker award. We will meet at the Town Hall parking lot at 9 a.m. on Sunday, October 17, and split up into work crews, working 2-3 hours on several parcels of conservation land. Bring work gloves and long-handled loppers or bow saws if you have them, or use some of our tools. Tobin at sptobin@comcast.net or 1-978-369-1680.

ConsCom is seeking new members

The Conservation Commission has an opening 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 with 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, civil engineering or agricultural background, as well as the geological or other earth sciences. The commission is seeking a member who is willing to volunteer to work to protect the public interests 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 commission, which generally meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, is supported by full- time office staff in the Conservation Commission’s office in the Town Hall and by their subcommittee, the Land Stewardship Committee.

If you would be interested in serving on the Conservation Commission, please send a brief résumé and cover letter immediately to both the Conservation Commission and to the Carlisle Board of Selectmen, 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.

Influenza clinic Nov. 12

An influenza clinic will be offered by Emerson Hospital home care and the Carlisle Board of Health and Council on Aging on Friday, November 12. Carlisle residents 65 years of age and older will be eligible to receive influenza immunizations from 10 a.m. to noon at the Carlisle Town Hall. Pneumonia vaccine will also be offered at each clinic. Bring your insurance cards.

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.

Mosquito political letters policy

The Carlisle Mosquito welcomes political letters to the editor and, except for the single reason noted in the next paragraph, prints every one that it receives, provided they meet the following criteria: to be considered for publication, letters must be signed with the writer’s name and street address; letters may not be libelous and are subject to editing for clarity and length; any letter about any candidate, ballot question or Warrant Article will be limited to 350 words.

If many letters are received on any one topic, the editors may print representative samples, clearly stating that they have done so, and may limit the number of letters printed annually by any one person.

Mail or deliver letters to the Editor, Carlisle Mosquito, 662A Bedford Road, Carlisle, MA 01741, or use the drop box at Ferns. Letters must be in our hands by Monday noon.

First Religious Society’s Walk-to-Church Day

The FRS encourages everyone to walk, bike, or carpool to the 10 a.m. church service on Sunday, October 10, to lower their carbon footprint. Also, children (and adults) will be given lupine seeds to plant and told how planting a pollinator-friendly plant can help bring carbon dioxide levels down and make the world a more beautiful place. These “Walk-to-Church” and “Plant-Some-Seeds” events are two of over 5,900 global “10/10/10 Work Party” events in over 180 countries, organized by 350.org. The goal is to raise awareness of the climate crisis and to help reduce the atmospheric CO2 to below the safe level of 350 parts per million (from the current 390 ppm). Contact Dan Scholten at 1-978-369-1209 for more information.

Newcomers’ Club Activities for October

If you’ve lived in Concord or Carlisle for less than seven years, then you’re eligible to join CCNC. Membership is $50 per couple ($25 for singles) and includes invitations to participate in a host of activities plus four social gatherings a year. The Autumn Social Event will be at Powers Gallery in Acton, 144 Great Road, on October 9.

For the month of October, activities include the Daytime Bridge group (meets Friday afternoons), Men’s Poker group (meets Friday nights), the Film Group group (this month’s movie: The Social Network), the Evening and Daytime book groups (meet once a month), the Home and Garden group (this month: a trip to Arnold Arboretum), and a variety of Special Events. This month’s Special Event is a trip to the Job Lane Farm Museum in Bedford on October 24th, followed by lunch (contact Judy Hodges at judyhodges@comcast.net). For more information on joining or attending other events, contact Patricia Koenitzer at p_koenitzer@yahoo.com, or check out www.concordcarlisenewcomers.org.

Board of Health seeks new member

The Selectmen and the Board of Health (BOH) are seeking qualified applicants to fill a vacancy on the BOH until the next annual town election. The BOH plays a vital role in developing policies and standards that protect the public health of the community and its environment. The board is responsible for enforcing local and state regulations, providing community outreach and disease prevention programs, permitting septic and well installations and overseeing the town’s public health emergency response activities. Engineering, environmental and medical backgrounds are particularly helpful, but any one interested in serving the community should consider applying.

Any individual interested in submitting an application should submit a letter of intent to the Selectmen and the BOH, Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

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