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Friday, December 10, 2010

Come for goodies at Police Station tomorrow

The Carlisle Police Department is inviting all residents to the Police Station for coffee and donuts on Saturday, December 11. While at the station you can accomplish a few things.

Purchase your new 2011 Transfer Station sticker; the cost is $25. The new Transfer Station policy is that all payments must be made by check only.

Bring an unwrapped new toy to the Police Station lobby for their annual toy drive for kids and families going through financial hardships. The toys will then be given to the Department of Children and families out of greater Lowell.

While at the station you could make payment on their annual Christmas Trees pickup. Members of the Carlisle Police Association will be picking up trees on January 8, 2011 and will dispose of them at the Transfer Station for you. The cost is $10. If you can’t come to the station, you can always call the dispatch center 1-978-369-1818 and register to have your tree picked up.

Carlisle Conservation Coffee, December 14

The Tuesday, December 14, Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wildlife Biologist Dr. Bryan S. Windmiller will speak about his area turtle studies, including the threatened Blanding’s Turtle found in Carlisle and also about his work with the Carlisle School System.

Carlisle Conservation Coffees are held on the second Tuesday of the month during the fall, winter and spring seasons. They end promptly at 9 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. A light continental breakfast is provided.

Save the following 2011 Tuesday mornings for upcoming coffees: January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10 and June 14.

Learn about the CCHS renovation with a tour

Want to see, close up, why there is a large CCHS renovation planned? The Carlisle Communications Committee is offering tours of Concord-Carlisle High School. To schedule a tour, send an email to They will answer emails and coordinate tours when they have at least five people interested. Come see and hear about the building project and process.

Holiday potluck and contra dance Dec. 10

National award-winning caller and fiddler Dudley Laufman will make his annual appearance at the contra dance in Union Hall at the First Religious Society on December 10 at 8 p.m. Before the dance, everyone is invited to a potluck supper that begins at 6:30 p.m. Dudley will share the calling with Jacqueline Laufman and friends will provide the music. Do not miss your once-a-year chance to dance the Ribbon Dance and the Jingle Bell Square. A $5 per person admission will be collected during intermission. All dances will be taught. Beginners and singles are welcome. For more information, call 1-978-661-1865.

Mini-book sale at Gleason Library

The Friends of the Gleason Public Library (FOGPL) will sponsor a special two-day mini book sale on Friday, December 17, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday, December 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Hollis Room, Gleason Public Library. Brand new paperback books on magic and games, stained glass patterns, art instruction, fine arts, gardening, cookbooks, boating, and music scores for all ages will be available, as well as large coffee-table books still in the wrapper. Support your local organization while picking up some great gifts at the library.

CPC Holiday Party December 11

Come celebrate the holidays at the annual Carlisle Parents Connection (CPC) Holiday Party on Saturday, December 11, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Carlisle Congregational Church. There will be crafts, games, refreshments and fun for the entire family. Children can have their pictures taken with Santa so don’t forget to bring your camera. This event is free of charge for CPC members and $10 per family for non-members.

At this event, the CPC will be collecting diapers for The Wish Project, a home and baby goods bank that serves needy families in the Merrimack Valley. Please bring a package of opened or unopened diapers in any size to benefit this organization.

Sign up for Christmas Community Dinner

The Fourth Annual Carlisle Community Christmas Dinner, a coordinated potluck meal, will be held at 4 p.m. on Christmas Day at Union Hall, First Religious Society, 27 School Street. The event is free, but you do have to register at 1-978-369-5180 by Thursday, December 23. They need to know the number of people coming (the number of omnivores and the number of vegetarians), what you will bring, how you will help (set up, clean up), and your contact information (phone and email).

COA doings

Exercise 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. Additionally, the Concord COA offers yoga on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. at the Harvey Wheeler Center.

Walking group: When school is in session, join Joanne Willens for inside walking weekday mornings from 6:45 to 7:30 a.m. at the school gym – no walking on December 15 or 24 through 31.

COA chat: On Wednesday, December 15 at 12:30 p.m. in the Sleeper Room at Village Court, join Director Debi Siriani for cookies and cocoa and conversation. This month’s question is: What do you want the Carlisle COA to do in the coming year?

Caroling and cookies: Join the fourth- grade Girl Scouts for caroling and cookies at the Sleeper Room at Village Court, 145 Church Street, from 4 to 5 p.m. on December 16. This free event does not require registration.

Book club: The COA book club will meet on Wednesday, December 22 at 11 a.m. at Betty Lang’s house, 704 East Street. The book is “Ice Cold” by Tess Gerritsen. There will be a pot luck lunch also. For more information, contact Mary Zoll at 1-978-369-5236 or Seba Gaines at 1-978-369-4618.

Podiatry clinic: The next podiatry clinic is on Tuesday, January 4, in 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 partially funded by the FCOA.

Concord Women’s Chorus concert

The Concord Women’s Chorus, Jane Ring Frank, artistic director, Scott Nicholas, pianist, present “Winter Dreams” on Saturday, December 18, at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street in Concord. This joyous program features Andrew Carter’s “Advent Carols,” Mendelssohn’s “Prayer for Peace,” Kurt Knecht’s “A Cradle Song” and carol sing-along. A reception will follow. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors (65+) and students, $15 for children 12 and under. For tickets call 1-978-852-4239 or see

Carlisle members of the Chorus include Wendy Davis, Cynthia Nunan, Stephanie Smith and Cynthia Sorn.

Carlisle School Association (CSA) news

Annual CSA ice skating party

Enjoy the day off from school on Wednesday, December 15, by attending the annual Ice Skating Party from 10 a.m. until noon. Held at the skating rink at Middlesex School on Lowell Street in Concord, this event has become a tradition for Carlislians of all ages. Bring your skates (no rentals on site), helmets, a signed waiver form found at and $5 admission fee to gain entry to Carlisle’s hottest party on ice. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For additional information, contact Gail Bernardin 1-978-318-6972 or

Win an iPod Shuffle and $500 in free groceries

The CSA is participating in an incredible program that allows them to earn free school equipment. From now until March 31, 2011, they will be able to turn cash register receipts from Donelan’s Supermarkets in Acton and Littleton and Crosby’s Marketplace in Concord into valuable equipment free of charge. Watch for the flier in your child’s backpack with an entry form for a chance to win an iPod Shuffle and $500 in free groceries. Return the form with your register receipts by January 13, 2011. See complete rules at

Win a reward for your classroom with Box Tops For Education

The CSA needs your help. Each box top is worth 10 cents. Clip the familiar pink box top coupons from hundreds of participating products, including cereal, Kleenex, Scott towels, diapers, Pillsbury dough, popcorn, fruit snacks, etc. Send them (in batches of 50 if you can) to school with your student in an envelope or bag marked with your child’s name, classroom teacher and total number of box tops. Deposit the envelope or bag in the box tops box in the School library. The class that collects the most box tops by April 30, 2011, will be eligible for a surprise reward for their entire class in May 2011.

Carlisle School Association (CSA) meeting

Join the CSA in the Carlisle Public Schools Corey Dining Room for our monthly meeting on Tuesday, December 14, at 9 a.m. Meetings are open to the public and all are invited to attend. They review volunteer opportunities, fundraising events and activities that serve the teachers, administrators, parents, and the students of the school. Additional information about the CSA may be found at

Community Read: read the book, save the dates

Ready for a riveting read? Copies of Zeitoun by Dave Eggers are available at the Gleason Public Library. Events for Carlisle’s 2011 Community Read are planned for January including films, book discussions and intriguing speakers. Be sure to save these dates:

• January 5, 7 p.m., Trouble the Water: a documentary
• January 9, 3 p.m., book discussion
• January 12, 1:30 p.m., “Muslim in America” with Prof. Kayed Khalil
• January 13, 7 p.m. “Disasters and Response, from Katrina to Carlisle,” a panel discussion
• January 15, 12 p.m. New Orleans Cuisine: a gastronomic tour with Tony DiRomualdo
• January 20, 7 p.m., book discussion
• January 21, 11 a.m., book discussion
• January 25, 7 p.m. Stories of Perseverance: a roundtable
• January 30, 5 p.m. New Orleans-style dinner and music by the New New Orleans Jazz Band at Union Hall, FRS. Space is limited; tickets are available as of December 13 at the library. The cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children under 8).

All events are sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. All events are free and open to the public, but may require registration unless otherwise specified. Dates and times are subject to change; call 1-978-369-4898 to confirm.

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Winter Farmers Market on December 18

Come to the second Winter Farmers Market to be held in Union Hall at the First Religious Society, 27 School Street. The market will take place Saturday, December 18, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Stock up on your favorite items for the month, including local produce, grass-fed meats, flours, cheese, crafts and a variety of baked goods. Save time this holiday season by having your gifts, bought at the market or elsewhere, wrapped for charity while you shop. Meet friends and neighbors for hot coffee/tea and homemade treats and enjoy live banjo and fiddle music played by Susan Lehotsky and Fred Wersan.

This month’s community table will feature the Home Goods Recycling of Massachusetts, 530 Main Street, Acton which will be conducting a kitchen drive for needy families. Drop off your unwanted pots, pans, dishes, utensils and hand towels.

Visit for more information. The market is sponsored by the First Religious Society’s Environmental Action Committee.

Green gift wrapping

Bring your holiday gifts to the December 18 Winter Farmers Market at Union Hall and take advantage of the Holiday Green Gift Wrapping service to make your holiday gift giving green and easy. You’ll also find many creative and locally made, food and non-food gifts at the Farmers Market for one-stop shopping and wrapping. The talented gift wrapping team will be “repurposing” found objects and non-purchased materials to wrap your gifts with flair and a personal touch. The $2 gift wrapping fee will benefit Carlisle Grows Green, the Carlisle School Garden and Composting Project and the FRS Environmental Action Committee. Stay local, make it easy on yourself and have your gifts wrapped at the Farmers Market.

Newcomers Club holiday welcome

New (in the past five years) to Concord or Carlisle? Looking to augment your Facebook friends with real, live humans who live nearby and can be counted on to give a great holiday party, hold fun wine-tastings and visit fascinating museums and cultural events? Come to the Newcomers Club holiday lunch at the Colonial Inn in downtown Concord on Tuesday, December 14, at noon. The Inn is located at 48 Monument Square.

Lunch will be in the beautifully decorated main dining room. Come alone or bring a friend or your significant other. If you’d like to attend, contact Patricia Koenitzer at (p, underline, koenitzer) by Sunday, December 12.

HGRM to collect at the Farmers Market

Household Goods Recycling of Massachusetts (HGRM) is a not-for-profit organization located in Acton that distributes gently used household goods free of charge to individuals and families in need. HGRM will be at the December 18 Carlisle Farmers Market to collect small household items such as pots, pans, cooking utensils, flatware, dishes, towels, sheets and blankets. These important items are always in short supply and high demand. If you have spare items in your home, bring them to the Farmers Market. HGRM will gladly accept them and distribute them to people who cannot afford such basic necessities.

HGRM’s clients are individuals and families in domestic transition who need help to rebuild their lives. They include victims of fires or floods, veterans of war, women and children escaping domestic violence, and people moving out of homeless shelters or halfway houses.

HGRM is a place where people in our community can “recycle” their gently used possessions, knowing they will stay in good use and kept out of landfills. Over the last twenty years, HGRM has proven an invaluable resource to locals who are downsizing, reorganizing or simply redecorating.

HGRM distributes over 30,000 large furniture items and over 13,000 boxes of smaller items to over 4,000 families a year.

For more information, visit us at: or call 1-978-635-1710.

Learn to train dragons at the Gleason Library

Come to the Gleason Library on Wednesday, December 14, at 2 p.m. for a showing of a new to DVD story of a young teenager who wants to hunt dragons but becomes the unlikely friend of a dragon. Refreshments will be provided for this 98-minute movie rated PG. For more information call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and check out the website at

CCHS Class of 2005 raises the bar

In a move designed to start a trend, the Concord-Carlisle High School Class of 2005 has donated over $5,000 to the Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund (CCSF) and, by doing so, has become a founding member of the newly launched Concord High School/Concord-Carlisle High School Alumni Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will be awarded annually to eligible CCHS students to help cover college expenses. The CCSF gratefully accepted this pivotal gift, which was given as the Class of 2005 gathered for their Thanksgiving weekend reunion.

The Class of 2005 plans to raise additional funds and, over time, would like to bring the total to a level where an annual Class of 2005 Scholarship can be given. Lucy Miller, Chair of CCSF, indicated that “The intent of the CHS/CCHS Scholarship Fund is to provide a way for alumni to contribute to the CCSF in honor of their school and class and to potentially build sufficient funds to provide an annual scholarship for their class. We thank the Class of 2005 for their significant gift to CCSF and congratulate them for becoming a founding member of this fund. We hope that other CHS and CCHS classes will follow their lead.”

All Concord High School and Concord-Carlisle High School alumni and friends are invited to contribute to the new CHS/CCHS Alumni Scholarship Fund in recognition of their class and in honor of the education they received at the high school.

The CCSF provides annual scholarships, from endowed funds and general contributions, to students from the Concord-Carlisle community whose resources are insufficient to pay the cost of post-secondary school education including colleges, universities, technical and vocational schools.

Three Carlisle residents, Laura Chelton, Al Powers and Ed Sonn, serve on the Board of Trustees of CCSF, working tirelessly to address the financial needs of Carlisle students as they pursue their post-secondary studies. Since its inception in 1966, the CCSF has given nearly $2 million in scholarships to over 900 students. For more information visit CCSF’s website at

BOH looking for help

The Carlisle Board of Health (BOH) is looking to fill a temporary clerical position up to 15 hrs/wk. Must have strong computer skills and work well with the public. Forward resume to Carlisle Board of Health, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle MA 01741. EOE

HR classes at MCC

This intensive program offered by Middlesex Community College (MCC) is designed primarily for individuals seeking the most sought-after HR certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®). Expert classroom instruction provides a better flow of information and a more enjoyable and effective learning experience. Structured classes, opportunities for tuition reimbursement, a seasoned instructor and peer interaction enhance learning and retention. 

When you complete this course, you’ll be prepared to take the PHR or SPHR exam with confidence.

When asked if certification was worth the cost and effort, HR professionals, on average, attributed a personal ROI of 253% to personal certification. Over one-third believed the benefits were worth more than five times the cost, suggesting an ROI of 476%!

In addition to certification preparation, the SHRM Learning System helps participants develop a generalist point of view, refresh key ideas and concepts, strengthen their understanding of core competencies and increase productivity. Long after completing the course, Learning System materials will serve as a valuable day-to-day operations manual, providing answers to a wide range of HR challenges.

DCR to hold Public Forum on trail use

State Rep. Cory Atkins is pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has agreed to hold a public forum to gather input on the proposed mixed-use trail policy at Great Brook Farm State Park. Earlier this fall, DCR proposed a policy of allowing walkers and cross-country skiers to share certain trails. In previous years, ski trails have been separate from walking trails during the winter so as to preserve the groomed snow surface for skiing. DCR hopes to schedule it before Christmas. Once the date is determined, it will be publicized. ∆

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