Issuu on Google+ October 26, 2012 Vol. 11, No. 43 News of South Portland, Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth Revised short-term rental rules near South Portland students ask for penguins, get art exhibit By David Harry PORTLAND — Chris Sullivan, exhibits director at the Maine Children’s Museum and Theatre, said he had never seen so many letters requesting a new exhibit until he started receiving letters from students at South Portland’s Waldo T. Skillin Elementary School about a habitat for live penguins at the museum. “We view ourselves as an organization serving the community,” Sullivan said. “To have the students express themselves was unusual and inspirational.” Even though the museum couldn’t satisfy the students’ requests – “there were husbandry issues,” Sullivan said – their pleas did not go all for naught. The student’s letters and drawings are now exhibited at the museum, with photos of real penguins taken by Sullivan’s uncle, Brian Sullivan. On Monday, the letter writers and their classmates got the first glimpse at the exhibit called “Penguins in Portland.” The public can see the display through Nov. 12. Few details were untouched by the students who asked for live penguins. Aiden Lee suggested museum staff could hatch penguin eggs if needed. Lilli Sanville said museum staff would “need rocks – big rocks” for a penguin habitat. Liam Curran said the exhibit would save people money because they would not have to visit the New England Aquarium in Boston. Skillin Principal Lucretia Bagley, who dressed as a hippopotamus and danced on the school roof in June 2011 after students exceeded reading goals, arrived at the museum Monday with a smile – but no costume. She continued to beam as she talked about student reaction to Sullivan’s work. “They were all thrilled, and the parents are thrilled to be chaperons,” Bagley said. Brian Sullivan’s photos are part of his work documenting the 20 known species of penguins, including four species mentioned by students for inclusion in the exhibit. The student campaign was DAviD HARRy / THE FORECASTER Lilli Sanville, a third-grader at Skillin Elementary School in South Portland, finds her picture and thoughts about how to care for live penguins at the Maine Children’s Museum and Theatre in Portland. Third-grader Laim Curran said keeping penguins at the Maine Children’s Museum and Theatre would allow area residents to save money on trips to Boston. Index Arts Calendar ................24 Classifieds .....................29 Community Calendar.....26 Meetings ........................26 necessarily translated into widespread enthusiasm. Daniel Epstein, 17, said the national election has been disheartening to watch. “I’m not excited at all about the election,” he said in a classroom discussion Tuesday. “I’m frustrated with the tactics used Residents question timing of Scarborough floodplain rules by both (presidential) candidates in their campaigns.” His sentiments toward the election are representative of young voters who appear to have lost interest in the national election compared with four See page 36 See page 27 See page 27 Although only a handful of them will be eligible to vote on Election Day, the students in history teacher Ted Jordan’s Advanced Placement government class hold strong and substantive opinions about issues facing Maine and the nation. But their knowledge hasn’t See page 33 By David Harry SCARBOROUGH — Peter Slovinsky, a marine biologist with the Maine Geological Survey, sees a lot of high water in the future of Scarborough’s coastal and shoreline areas. “Count on a foot increase (in sea level) by 2050 and a 2-foot increase by 2100,” Slovinsky said in a workshop Wednesday about proposed changes to town floodplain management ordinances. Don Hamill, who owns prop- Election snapshot: Campaigns disappoint Cape students By Will Graff CAPE ELIZABETH — After months of studying U.S. political history and monitoring political campaigns, a group of motivated Cape Elizabeth High School students has mixed feelings about the upcoming election. By Will Graff CAPE ELIZABETH — The discussion over how to regulate short-term rentals may finally be approaching a resolution after more than 20 meetings in the last year. At a morning Ordinance Committee meeting Wednesday, Town Councilors agreed to move drafted language for the revised short-term rental ordinance to the Nov. 14 council meeting. The ordinance has been through several revisions in recent months between the Ordinance Committee, Planning Board and Town Council. The aim of the ordinance is to deter renters from disrupting neighborhoods and crowding streets with overflow parking. Town Councilor David Sherman said Wednesday that he is comfortable with the ordinance as it’s drafted and that it’s time INSIDE Obituaries ......................16 Opinion ............................7 Out & About ...................25 People & Business ........16 Police Beat ....................14 Real Estate ....................34 Sports ............................17 Perfect Storm off to state final Page 17 Scarborough South Portland farmers market still elections a work in progress Pages 3-6 Page 2

The Forecaster, Southern edition, October 26, 2012

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