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It began as a liquor license review of a local bar that’s operated as a successful family business for decades. But neighbors, including a man who said he had gathered 100 signatures backing his view, said people hanging out around Rockin’ Ricky’s on Portland Street are a hazard. Women explained that they are afraid to walk there at night, and several residents complained about drug dealing and prostitution. Still others argued for the bar, noting that police were not recommending denial of the license. Instead, police were reporting that the establishment has not been cited for over-serving or selling alcohol to under-age patrons in any of the 30 times it had been visited by officers. City Councilor Dory Waxman spoke strongly in favor of the bar’s operator, citing extensive community involvement and cooperation with law enforcement. After extensive discussion that dominated a Portland City Council meeting Monday night, the liquor license discussion had evolved into a critique of both the specific several-block neighborhood and the general Bayside Community.

A sign in the window of Rockin’ Ricky’s reads: “Under 21 warning: A law enforcement officer may be posing as an employee or a customer.” (CURTIS ROBINSON PHOTO)

Analysis That was the apparent plan. Councilor John Anton said he had asked that Rockin’ Rickey’s liquor license renewal be placed on a council agenda to prompt discussion about problems in Bayside. Such items are often included in the council’s routine consent agenda. see CRIME page 3

Area poets at loss for words BY BOB HIGGINS THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Portland area poetry aficionados, irritated that poetry readings were cut from the Maine gubernatorial swearing-in ceremony today, have decided to have a reading anyway. The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance is holding a reading at Longfellow Square, in the shadow of the city’s native son poetry immortal, at exactly the same time (noon) as governor-elect Paul LePage is scheduled to take his

oath of office. According to a press release, “This is a celebration, not a protest.” People are encouraged to bring and read copies of their favorite Maine poems, such as works by Longfellow, Edwin Arlington Robinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Louise Bogan. In an effort to reduce expenditures, several items usually associated with gubernatorial swearing in ceremonies, such as the Governor’s Ball and poetry readings, were cancelled.

Stone mason Chris Ward lays bricks outside the former Binga’s Wingas building at Bramhall Square Tuesday, part of a creative economy development. The crew from Rand Stoneworks of Scarborough is working on the sidewalk. General contractor Portland Builders reports that the new building, the site of innovative office space that’s a staple of creative economies, should be completed in three weeks. Developer Peter with Random Orbit Inc. of Portland tore down the old Binga’s Wingas restaurant last year to replace it with offices for “coworking”— a work approach developed in San Francisco that caters to remote workers who prefer to gather in a professional environment customized to their needs. The site at Bramhall Square on Congress Street has been eyed for improvements after a November 2008 fire heavily damaged Binga’s Wingas, a restaurant that has since re-merged as Binga’s Stadium Smokehouse and Sports Bar at 77 Free St. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

Bringing a child into the world is not for faint of heart

Table manners are still in demand, if slightly less so

New Gloucester coffee house opens 2011 season

See Maggie Knowles on page 5

See Natalie Ladd’s column on page 8

See the Music Calendar, page 15


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More schools embrace iPad ROSLYN, N.Y. (NY TIMES) — As students returned to class this week, some were carrying brandnew Apple iPads in their backpacks, given not by their parents but by their schools. A growing number of schools across the nation are embracing the iPad as the latest tool to teach Kafka in multimedia, history through “Jeopardy�-like games and math with stepby-step animation of complex problems. As part of a pilot program, Roslyn High School on Long Island handed out 47 iPads on Dec. 20 to the students and teachers in two humanities classes. The school district hopes to provide iPads eventually to all 1,100 of its students. The iPads cost $750 apiece, and they are to be used in class and at home during the school year to replace textbooks; allow students to correspond with teachers, file papers and homework assignments; and preserve a record of student work in digital portfolios. “It allows us to extend the classroom beyond these four walls,� said Larry Reiff, an English teacher at Roslyn. Technological fads have come and gone in schools, and other experiments meant to rev up the educational experience for children have had mixed results. Educators are still divided over whether initiatives to give every student a laptop have made a difference academically. At a time when school districts are trying to get their budgets approved so they do not have to lay off teachers or cut programs, spending money on tablet computers may seem like an extravagance. And some parents and scholars have raised concerns that schools are rushing to invest in them before their educational value has been proved by research. “There is very little evidence that kids learn more, faster or better by using these machines,� said Larry Cuban, a professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, who believes that the money would be better spent to recruit, train and retain teachers. “IPads are marvelous tools to engage kids, but then the novelty wears off, and you get into hard-core issues of teaching and learning.� But school leaders say the iPad is not just a cool new toy but rather a powerful and versatile tool with a multitude of applications, including thousands with educational uses. “If there isn’t an app that does something I need, there will be sooner or later,� said Mr. Reiff, who said he now used an application that includes all of Shakespeare’s plays.

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Congress to return with GOP vowing to alter rules BY JENNIFER STEINHAUER THE NEW YORK TIMES

WASHINGTON — Here is how most people think laws get made in this town: A member of Congress introduces a bill, his colleagues express great love/outrage/ urgency about the bill in front of C-Span, and members decide to pass or defeat it in a roll-call vote. In reality, a complex web of rules — which differ greatly from the House to the Senate — ordains how bills become laws, determining who will speak about them and for how long, what constraints will be placed on alternatives or amendments offered to the measures, and which issues will come up and in what form. In short, when it comes to Congress, rules are as important as in baseball, only more malleable. It is usual for the House to tweak these rules with each new session. But Representative John A. Boehner, who on Wednesday will be sworn in as the new speaker, has made serious alterations in the rules. Members will vote on Wednesday on changes that ostensibly increase the transparency of lawmaking, but also consolidate Republican power over the budget process. Mr. Boehner seeks to do away with large omnibus spending bills, preferring to break them into smaller bills, and to allow for more amendments on bills generally, and more extensive debate. Members offering bills for new programs will have to explain how they will pay for them, not by raising new revenues but by finding other ways to cut costs. Each bill introduced will also have to cite the specific constitutional authority for its contents. For the first time under the House rules, all bills will be required to be placed online. Committees will post their rules and their votes, as well as information about testify-

Assassination of governor deepens crisis in Pakistan ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (NY TIMES) — The assassination of an outspoken secular politician by one of his elite police guards on Tuesday plunged the government deeper into political crisis and highlighted the threat of militant infiltration even within the nation’s security forces. Police officers in Islamabad, Pakistan, collected evidence at the scene where Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab province, was shot dead by one of his guards on Tuesday. The killing of Salman Taseer, the prominent governor of Punjab Province, was another a grim reminder of the risks that Pakistani leaders take to oppose religious extremists, at a time when the United States is pushing Pakistan for greater cooperation in the war in Afghanistan by cracking down on militant groups like the Taliban.

ing witnesses in an effort to make public any conflicts of interest. In an unusual grab of budgetary power, the incoming chairman of the House Budget Committee will be able to unilaterally set limits for categories of domestic spending until a budget resolution is passed this spring, as a budget enforcement measure. “These are definitely major changes,� said Norman J. Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative policy group. “In fiscal matters especially, but also just in the way the House conducts its business.� In the send-a-message category, the Constitution will be read aloud on the floor of the House on Thursday, the day after the 112th Congress begins with Republicans in control of the House. “Our aim will be to give government back to the people,� Mr. Boehner wrote in prepared remarks for his speech Wednesday when he takes the gavel. “In seeking

this goal, we will part with some of the rituals that have come to characterize this institution under majorities Republican and Democratic alike. We will dispense with the conventional wisdom that bigger bills are always better; that fast legislating is good legislating; that allowing additional amendments and open debate makes the legislative process ‘less efficient’ than our forefathers intended. These misconceptions have been the basis for the rituals of modern Washington. The American people have not been well served by them.� Some of Mr. Boehner’s more notable proposals concern the transparency and speed with which bills are going to be considered. The Republicans are committed to making all legislation available to lawmakers, and the public, at least three days before a House vote; in large part, this is a response to the late-night revisions made to the energy bill, among others, that was decried by Republicans.

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Council discussion ranges beyond Ricky’s review CRIME from page one

While some neighbors complained about the bar being “not a good place” that poisons the neighborhood, others said it was unfair to blame a single venue for a widespread problem with alcohol and drug abuse. If the ideal of urban commercial districts is diversity, then Portland Street between the Post Office and the Preble Street Resource Center is a work of planning genius. Along with Rockin’ Ricky’s and other bars, you have two of Portland’s culinary landmarks: Bintliff’s American Cafe and The Bayside Grille. There are churchfocused service centers, independent businesses and a union hall on the corner. In fact, several councilors noted that their experiences with potential patrons of Ricky’s came when they were visiting those landmark eateries. Next door across a side street to Ricky’s is Bubba’s Sulky Lounge, and next door to that is the city’s central

office for Alcoholics Anonymous. On Tuesday afternoon, the AA workers were among those not blaming the bars. “People get a drink at the tavern or down at the store, it doesn’t matter,” said an AA manager who declined to identify himself by name, citing organizational policy. “It’s not Ricky’s, it’s not the store, it’s all the things together,” he added, noting that the office has “probably given out 100 meeting lists” to people outside its doors. Some of those people, another AA worker noted, “they didn’t see again” on the streets. Ed Simmons, who has managed Ricky’s for decades, is a former boxer who maintains a reputation for knowledge of the sweet science. He is also a founding member of the Bayside Neighborhood Association’s Neighborhood Watch and participates in many community events. He noted that he has attended crime-focused neighborhood meetings that did not include some of the people

complaining about his bar. Simmons also told councilors that he had personally noticed an increase in apparent illegal activity last summer and had prohibited his customers from hanging out in a back parking lot, even for smoking. He also reported requesting, and getting, more police patrols that seemed to help with the problems. Eventually, the debate over renewing the Ricky’s license focused on installing cameras to watch both the front of the bar and up Mechanic Street, which was identified by some neighbors as where prostitutes and drug dealers were doing business. Simmons said he had discussed cameras before, but had gotten a cool reception from some neighbors. But Councilor Edward Suslovic pushed the camera idea, saying that police had said that Ricky’s was doing everything it could to deal with the issues, with the exception of adding cameras. The measure passed 5-4, with Mayor Nicholas Mavodones and

Councilors Dory Waxman, John Coyne and Jill Duson opposed. The split vote was over the camera issue, and councilors voting “no” were not opposing the license renewal. Indeed, Councilor Waxman told her colleagues that she had conducted community meetings and that Simmons and his bar had been full participants. Councilor Duson had already said she was voting for the renewal, citing the police report as a key issue. Duson said that the problem people on the street were not likely patrons of Ricky’s, “and I believe they’re right.” The discussion ranged well beyond the issue at hand, suggesting that other establishments were going to be conversation pieces when their liquor licenses are up for renewal. Councilor Duson, while stressing her support for the Preble Street Resource Center, also said that facility should be part of the discussions as should a nearby market. Rockin’ Ricky’s has 60 days to install the surveillance cameras.

New York flop becomes a hit everywhere else BY CARA JOY DAVID THE NEW YORK TIMES

“After it closed Off Broadway, I sort of put it behind me. I had to make a living. I started auditioning again. But then it started to build like a snowball.” — John Cariani

Yet auditions are what led him to create the play. Raised in Presque Isle, Me., Mr. Cariani began writing vignettes about his home state to perform at auditions. In the late 1990s he started presenting them at Performance SpaceNBC in New York, a place where the television network

would develop new talent. It was there that Gabriel Barre, a theater director, approached Mr. Cariani about stitching the stories into a play. While he worked on the script, Mr. Cariani had a recurring role on “Law & Order” and made his Broadway debut see HIT page 6

summer Night’s Dream” from the No. 1 high school slot, according to Dramatics magazine’s Top 10 list. “After it closed Off Broadway, I sort of put it behind me,” said Mr. Cariani, 41, who is also a Tony Award-nominated actor. “I had to make a living. I started auditioning again. But then it started to build like a snowball.” While Mr. Cariani has done other acting parts, royalties from the play alone could have supported him over the last two years, he said. “It’s great because I don’t have to take every audition.”

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Requiem for a patriot “Conservative Tycoon ... Dies at 95,” said the New York Times headline on New Year’s Eve about the death of Roger Milliken. Clearly, the headline writer did not know the man. For Roger Milliken exemplified the finest in American free enterprise. He cared about his workers. He cared about his industry. He cared about his community. He cared about his country. Into his 90s, Roger was holding strategy sessions in Washington and walking the halls of Congress to convince free-traders half his age that, Esau-like, they were swapping the manufacturing base of their nation for a mess of Chinese-made pottage down at the mall. It was 63 years ago, on his father’s death, that Roger took over the family business begun in 1865 and started to build Milliken & Co. into the largest privately owned business in America, a national and world ––––– leader in textiles and chemicals Creators that today holds 2,000 patents. In the 1950s, he relocated from Syndicate New York to Spartanburg, S.C. Few men did more to build the two-party system in South Carolina than Roger, who supported Barry Goldwater in 1964 and helped to persuade Strom Thurmond to leave the Democratic Party. In the 1960s, Roger had urged Wofford College to integrate its student body and promised to make up for any financial losses if it took the step. The great cause of the later years of his life was his workers, his company and his country, all of which he saw imperiled by a global system set up for the benefit of transnational corporations for whom, as Thomas Jefferson wrote, the very ground “they stand upon does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.” In 1985, Roger had come to the White House to persuade me to convince the president to sign a bill to slow the flood of textiles into the country. No way, I told Mr. Milliken. I’m the biggest free-trader in the building, except for the fellow down the hall, who was Ronald Reagan. Roger went away disappointed. Reagan vetoed the bill. And I supervised the writing of the veto message. Within half a decade, however, some of us had seen the light and enlisted in Roger’s crusade to preserve the manufacturing core of the country that he rightly saw as inextricably tied to the prosperity and the pre-eminence of the United States.

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How to stay friends with China The visit by President Hu Jintao of China to Washington this month will be the most important top-level United States-Chinese encounter since Deng Xiaoping’s historic trip more than 30 years ago. It should therefore yield more than the usual boilerplate professions of mutual esteem. It should aim for a definition of the relationship between the two countries that does justice to the global promise of constructive cooperation between them. I remember Deng’s visit well, as I was national security adviser at the time. It took place in an era of Soviet expansionism, and crystallized United States-Chinese efforts to oppose it. It also marked the beginning of China’s three-decades-long economic transformation — one facilitated by its new diplomatic ties to the United States. President Hu’s visit takes place in a different climate. There are growing uncertainties regarding the state of the bilateral relationship, as well as concerns in Asia over China’s longer-range geopolitical aspirations. These uncertainties are casting a shadow over the upcoming meeting. In recent months there has been a steady increase in polem-

Zbigniew Brzezinski ––––– New York Times Columnist ics in the United States and China, with each side accusing the other of pursuing economic policies that run contrary to accepted international rules. Each has described the other as selfish. Longstanding differences between the American and the Chinese notions of human rights were accentuated by the awarding of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to a Chinese dissident. Moreover, each side has unintentionally intensified the suspicions of the other. Washington’s decisions to help India with nuclear energy have stimulated China’s unease, prompting increased Chinese support for Pakistan’s desire to expand its own nuclear energy potential. China’s seeming lack of concern over North Korea’s violent skirmishes with South Korea has given rise to apprehension about China’s policy on the Korean peninsula. And just as America’s unilateralism has in recent years needlessly antagonized some of its friends, so China should note

that some of its recent stands have worried its neighbors. The worst outcome for Asia’s long-term stability as well as for the American-Chinese relationship would be a drift into escalating reciprocal demonization. What’s more, the temptations to follow such a course are likely to grow as both countries face difficulties at home. The pressures are real. The United States’ need for comprehensive domestic renewal, for instance, is in many respects the price of having shouldered the burdens of waging the 40-year cold war, and it is in part the price of having neglected for the last 20 years mounting evidence of its own domestic obsolescence. Our weakening infrastructure is merely a symptom of the country’s slide backward into the 20th century. China, meanwhile, is struggling to manage an overheated economy within an inflexible political system. Some pronouncements by Chinese commentators smack of premature triumphalism regarding both China’s domestic transformation and its global role. (Those Chinese leaders who still take Marxist classics seriously see BRZEZINSKI page 5


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Bringing a child into the world is not for faint of heart I asked a friend if he was going to have children. “I want to but...” (big sigh) “I don’t think I can bring a child into this world. Everything is such a mess.” Here is a powerful, successful man exhausted at the prospect of protecting an innocent child during these somewhat worst of times. Have all generations felt so pessimistic about reproducing during periods of struggle? During Vietnam, WWII, the Civil War, the Proterozoic? “I was thinking about dividing, but I think I will wait until I can at least pass along the potential for legs.” It isn’t a rumor that the world is falling apart. But should that stop us in our tracks when it comes to having a family? We wade amongst recession, abuse, starvation, homelessness and waste — but I think the worst offender is apathy. Most people are happy to live like I sleep, pillows and blankets covering my eyes and ears, blocking out the possibility of waking up (Baby Boy’s 5 a.m. cries still manage to tunnel through, however). But with the Earth’s population expected to reach 7 billion this year, we need to take the pillows off our eyes and let in the harsh light of reality. Humans are expected to explode to over 9 billion by 2050. A whopping

Maggie Knowles ––––– Use Your Outdoor Voice 490,000 babies are born EVERY DAY. You see cute little bundles of joy. The planet sees more things to feed and she is weary. She cannot keep supporting us the way she used to. We push out more consumers than ever all while cutting down forests, killing off animals and depleting natural resources. You don’t need to be a mathematician to realize this equation is way off balance. According to this month’s National Geographic cover story, the less developed world will account for 95 percent of future population growth. These are the counties that cannot support the billion people that already go hungry daily. Since most people are highly offended to borrow China’s one-child policy, we need to wake up and make changes. We need to raise our kids to save us. It seems a daunting task to motivate kids to become passionate guardians of the planet when we can’t get

them to give a damn about their bedrooms. Certainly, we need to be their role models and guides around the clock. One step that you can implement immediately is to use less of everything. As Americans we live by the bigger is better motto, especially in how we eat. Have you ever been to a Cheesecake Factory? These people should seriously be sued for the amount of food they waste (not to mention caloric extremes). Their single portions could easily feed four people. Each American ends up throwing away about a pound of food a day — and that doesn’t take restaurant waste into account. Out of sight out of mind, right? Time to take the hands off the eyes, my little monkey. Composting keeps about 500 pounds of annual household waste out of landfills. All the resulting nutrient rich fertilizer is perfect for the family garden you can plant in the spring. On top of that, go through your cabinets and fridge and see the patterns in what gets tossed. Stop buying 20 bananas if the kids won’t touch them when they have a brown spot — or teach them how to make banana bread. I know you like the idea of salads, but when is the last time you made one? Stop buying all the mak-

ings just to toss it each Friday. We can’t expect our kids to fall in love with their planet if they are playing video games all day either. They need to be outside bonding with their charge. “But it’s winter! It’s so cold and what is that white stuff all over the ground?” Get. Out. Side. Buy a darn hat and, yes, this means you mom, get out there. Go all Robert Frost and stop by the woods on a snowy evening, (bring a bag to pick up litter along the way), rent snowshoes, go sledding, watch the sun set at 4 — at least you will all be awake! Reconnect with that excitement you felt when you could just be outside breathing and looking around. The kids are not going to save the earth if they have never met her. There is a great website 50simplekids.com (companion to the book 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth) that has weekly eco-challenges, games, school activities and facts to inspire and motivate youth to step up and start doing their part. There’s no place like home. Let’s keep it that way. (Maggie Knowles is a columnist for The Portland Daily Sun. Her column appears Wednesdays.)

Capitalist Milliken could have rebuilt his plant in Mexico BUCHANAN from page 4

Among the richest men in America, Roger did not have to lead this battle, or even to fight it. Indeed, he did not have to work. He could have retired and traveled the world as other billionaires did. Yet he was there in the thick of the battle against NAFTA, GATT and the new World Trade Organization. He opposed MFN and PNTR for China. He broke with the party he helped to build to back candidates who would stand with him, as he watched the U.S. trade deficit rise and rise, tens of thousands of industrial plants close and millions of manufacturing jobs leave for Asia. It came close, I believe, to breaking his heart, for he so loved his company and his country. Intellectuals deride “paternalistic capitalism,” the idea that men who begin and build companies know better than investors, unions and markets what is best for them and their workers.

Roger Milliken exemplified the best of that dying breed. When his carpet plant in La Grange, Ga., burned down on Jan. 31, 1995, Roger could have collected the insurance money, taken advantage of NAFTA, built a new plant in Mexico, employing the same low-wage labor some of his rivals were using, and pocketed the difference as profits for his company. Instead, he arrived in La Grange the morning after the fire, gathered the stunned workers, told them he would find temporary jobs for them, then pledged to have the most modern carpet factory in the world built on that same site in six months. He moved his La Grange workers to plants across the South, even to England, and called friendly rivals to ask them to hire his people. He moved to La Grange, oversaw the design of the new plant, brought in 3,000 construction workers and craftsmen, and directed the round-the-clock triple shifts

to rebuild his burned-out factory. A reporter called it with amazement “a company taking care of its company town.” As promised, on Aug. 1, 1995, the new plant opened. Roger Milliken belonged to a rare species of men who used to be more common here in America than anywhere in the world. With his liberal arts degree from Yale, he was a man of ideas and a man of action. He had the ability to enlist creative genius, managerial talent and loyal workers to build an empire of production that was the best in the world. He wished to be remembered with a single word: builder. That he was, and if America is in a time of decline, it is because we no longer produce many men like Roger Milliken. (To find out more about Patrick Buchanan, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at www.creators.com.)

American-Chinese partnership should have a wider mission BRZEZINSKI from page 4

might do well to re-read Stalin’s message of 1930 to the party cadres titled “Dizzy With Success,” which warned against “a spirit of vanity and conceit.”) Thirty years after their collaborative relationship started, the United States and China should not flinch from a forthright discussion of their differences — but they should undertake it with the knowledge that each needs the other. A failure to consolidate and widen their cooperation would damage not just both nations but the world as a whole. Neither side should delude itself that it can avoid the harm caused by an increased mutual antagonism; both should understand that a crisis in one country can hurt the other.

For the visit to be more than symbolic, Presidents Obama and Hu should make a serious effort to codify in a joint declaration the historic potential of productive American-Chinese cooperation. They should outline the principles that should guide it. They should declare their commitment to the concept that the American-Chinese partnership should have a wider mission than national self-interest. That partnership should be guided by the moral imperatives of the 21st century’s unprecedented global interdependence. The declaration should set in motion a process for defining common political, economic and social goals. It should acknowledge frankly the reality of some disagreements as well as register a shared determination to seek ways of narrowing the ranges

of such disagreements. It should also take note of potential threats to security in areas of mutual concern, and commit both sides to enhanced consultations and collaboration in coping with them. Such a joint charter should, in effect, provide the framework not only for avoiding what under some circumstances could become a hostile rivalry but also for expanding a realistic collaboration between the United States and China. This would do justice to a vital relationship between two great nations of strikingly different histories, identities and cultures — yet both endowed with a historically important global role. (Zbigniew Brzezinski was the national security adviser in the Carter administration.)


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Production gains traction as high school performance putting it on the regional cirHIT from page 3 cuit’s radar. as the tailor Motel in the 2004 revival Maybe it was because the of “Fiddler on the Roof,” for which he play — composed of nine earned a Tony nomination. During the vignettes — offered material run of “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Almost, that students could break off Maine” had its premiere at Portland and perform at drama comStage Company in Maine. petitions and that profesCraig Pospisil, the director of nonprosional actors could present at fessional licensing forDramatists Play auditions. 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Three Civic Center trustees appointed by commissioners DAILY SUN STAFF REPORT At a special meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 29, the Cumberland County Commissioners approved the selection of three trustees to serve three-year terms on the Cumberland County Civic Center board of trustees, according to the Executive Office of Cumberland County Government. Those chosen from a large pool of applicants were: Neal Pratt, Scarborough, reappointment; Gary Plummer, Windham, reappointment; and Joe Bruno, Raymond, new trustee. A swearing-in ceremony will be held Friday, Jan. 7 at the Cumberland County Courthouse. Dick Feeney, 2010 Commission Chair,

said, “This was one of the most difficult appointments we have made to the board. We had several exceptionally well qualified applicants, all of whom would have been a true asset to the Civic Center. We had to determine what candidate’s best representing the entire county and our citizens. We feel strongly the three appointees will represent the commissioners very well with the issues confronting the Civic Center this coming year. We thank all the applicants and congratulate the three new trustees.” The 2011 Cumberland County Civic Center Board of Trustees also includes Fred Forsley, John Menario, Richard Ranaghan, Linda Boudreau, Beth Edmonds and William Troubh.

A swearing-in ceremony for Cumberland County Civic Center trustees will be held Friday, Jan. 7 at the Cumberland County Courthouse. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

A little-known strategy for cutting mortgage payments BY LYNNLEY BROWNING THE NEW YORK TIMES

Homeowners looking to lower their monthly mortgage payments and also save some on interest may be able to do so without all the hefty fees and daunting credit requirements of refinancing. A little-known strategy, called “recasting,” or “re-amortization,” is available through some mortgage lenders and servicers. It involves paying off a lump sum of the principal amount and asking to have the monthly payments reset according to the original interest rate and loan terms. The lump sum reduces the principal, so your new monthly payments decrease slightly and you save on interest paid over the life of the loan. Lenders typically charge an administrative fee of $150 or more for this service, though borrowers are not required to pay closing costs or submit to another credit check, because they are not asking for a new loan. Recasting works well for those unable to qualify for refinancing amid the ever-toughening credit guidelines — perhaps because they are selfemployed or have less-than-stellar credit — as well as for those with extra cash, like a year-end bonus. “People don’t really know about it,” said Alan Rosenbaum, the founder and chief executive of the Guardhill Financial Corporation in New York, “but it’s become more common recently.” Although the term “recasting” is often used by the mortgage industry to refer to interest-rate resets on adjustable-rate mortgages, here the interest rate and loan term stay the same. Here’s how it might work. Let’s say that as of late December, you had just over $230,449 of principal left on a 30-year fixed-rate loan for $300,000 taken out at 7.93 percent in 1995. You

have been paying just under $2,187 a month in principal and interest. But if you put in $20,000 toward that remaining principal and asked your lender to reamortize your payments over the remaining 15 years on the loan, your monthly payment would drop by $52, to around $2,135. Putting in $100,000 would save $730 a month and bring payments to $1,457. Making extra payments toward the principal while not asking the bank to recast a loan keeps monthly payments the same and merely shortens the time it takes to pay off the loan. There are a few caveats to recasting, however. The first is that you may need to have a large sum on hand. JPMorgan Chase, for example, charges a $150 fee and requires a minimum $5,000 payment toward the principal. Another issue is having a lender, or loan servicer, that offers the service. And even those that do may impose restrictions. JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America exclude loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and loans that were sold off and securitized may also need investor approval. While few if any lenders advertise recasting, “they are trying to become more customer-service-oriented, and they will do it on a case-by-case basis,” Mr. Rosenbaum said. Homeowners should contact their lender’s customer service department. Lenders, which would probably rather earn thousands of dollars in closing fees from refinancing your loan, are not obliged to recast mortgages. And certain types of mortgages, for example interest-only and adjustable-rate loans, usually aren’t eligible. The borrower will also need to have been current with all mortgage payments to qualify. Edward Ades, the owner of Universal Mortgage in Brooklyn, says

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Ben Butler, owner of Ben’s Old Port Barbershop, said he’s staying busy even in the slow days of winter. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

As business names go, they don’t get any clearer and more fitting than this one. Ben Butler, owner of Ben’s Old Port Barbershop, said he went for the obvious over the nuanced when naming his business on Milk Street. “It’s pretty straightforward, I’m Dan, and we’re in the Old Port. I was very stuck for a name, and I came up with it at the last minute, let’s call it Ben’s Old Port Barbershop,” Butler said. He has been open four and a half years. The one-chair walk-in barbershop in the heart of the Old Port offers haircuts for $15. Butler said he worked for five years at Columbia Barbershop, which was next to the State Theatre on Congress Street.

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Table manners are still in demand, if slightly less so There is not much call for a complete working knowledge of table manners in America today. Most families only gather all at once around the dinner table at holiday feasts, and sadly, most restaurants are too casual to require, or even allow for more than basic good table manners. If a guy dropped his napkin at a restaurant and tried to make eye contact to get a new one, his date would probably think he was hitting on the server. Although strict table manners forbid placing a used eating utensil back on the table, the server removing a plate on which a fork has been properly positioned “pointing at eleven o’clock” might just plop that item right back where it started, making more of a mess and clatter than if the diner had done it himself. One of my favorite industry books, “The Rituals of Dinner: The Origins, Evolution, Eccentricities, and Meaning of Table Manners” by researcher Margaret Visser, states, “The goal is not, after all, to demonstrate utter mastery of the most arcane details of etiquette (which would be quite difficult considering the wide variations of

customs in different cultures and from generation to generation), but rather to behave with gra––––– ciousness and poise What It’s at the table.” With that quote Like in mind, I started to think about which foods you can eat with your fingers, even in the most formal of settings. Here is my alphabetical short list of commonly accepted “digit dining” items found in restaurants: Asparagus: This vegetable may be eaten with your fingers as long there’s no sauce and it isn’t overcooked and mushy. It’s also fine to use a fork and knife, even when it is perfectly al dente and sauce free. But you might appreciate getting to act like a rebel without breaking any rules. Bacon: When bacon (the Holy Grail of food for many) is cooked until it’s very crisp, and there is no visible, dripping grease, it’s okay to pick it up. This is a situation where practicality wins out over decorum as cut bacon results in crumbly bits, and then what? Bread: Never cut bread with a knife. Bread should always be broken or torn. Tear off a piece that is no

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FairPoint Communications employee Bobby Cook installs service at 98 Chestnut St. Wednesday, Dec. 29, for a new office space for Community Counseling Services. The office formerly was occupied by Opportunity for Change. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

The Portland Music Foundation continues its “Music as a Profession” series of educational seminars in 2011 with an event that features multiple Grammyaward winners. “Selling Your Music on the Net” will feature a panel discussion with Grammy winner Adam Ayan of Gateway Mastering, Josh Thelin, and Grammy winner Scott Billington of Rounder Records, the foundation reported. The series will provide musicians with tips on everything from registering music so that the song titles appear in iTunes to using a service that will disseminate digital tracks to any number of online retail outlets. The seminar will take place Thursday, Jan. 13 at the Portland Public Library’s Rines Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. Visit www.portlandmusicfoundation.org for details.

Columnist offers a short list of commonly accepted ‘digit dining’ items LADD from page 8

bigger than two bites worth and eat that before tearing off another. Rule exception: If hot rolls are served, it’s permissible to tear the whole roll lengthwise down the middle and place a small amount of butter (not a huge glob that will drip) inside to melt. Cookies: It is never necessary to try and eat the cookie that comes as a garnish to your dessert with a spoon unless it has fallen so far into the chocolate sauce that there isn’t a clean edge to pick it up. Corn on the Cob: This probably won’t be served at a formal event (unless it’s a lobster bake wedding) but the proper way to eat it is to butter one or two rows at a time and eat your way across the cob.

Chips, Fries, Fried Chicken, and Hamburgers: These items are mostly classified as “fast food” but think twice about using a fork and knife for high end, fat and juicy burgers and thick steak fries. Hors d’Oeuvres, Canapes, Crudites: Cocktail party stuff is a given including olives, pickles, nuts and deviled eggs. Just be careful where you wipe your fingers. Sandwiches: If it isn’t open faced or oversized (shout out to Fully Belly Deli on Brighton Ave) pick it up, but once again, keep your napkin handy. Small Fruits and Berries on the Stem: Strawberries with the hulls on are fair game as are bunches of grapes. Be sure to tear a portion from the

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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Wed., Jan. 5, the fifth day of 2011. There are 360 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 5, 1896, an Austrian newspaper, Wiener Presse, reported the discovery by German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen (RENT’-gun) of a type of radiation that came to be known as “X-rays.” On this date: In 1781, a British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burned Richmond, Va. In 1809, the Treaty of the Dardanelles, which ended the Anglo-Turkish War, was concluded by the United Kingdom and the Ottoman Empire. In 1895, French Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, convicted of treason, was publicly stripped of his rank. (He was ultimately vindicated.) In 1925, Nellie T. Ross of Wyoming became the first female governor in U.S. history. In 1933, the 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, died in Northampton, Mass., at age 60. In 1949, in his State of the Union address, President Harry S. Truman labeled his administration the Fair Deal. In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed assistance to countries to help them resist Communist aggression; this became known as the Eisenhower Doctrine. In 1970, Joseph A. Yablonski, an unsuccessful candidate for the presidency of the United Mine Workers of America, was found murdered with his wife and daughter at their Clarksville, Pa. home. In 1994, Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, died in Boston at age 81. In 1998, Sonny Bono, the 1960s pop starturned-politician, was killed when he struck a tree while skiing at the Heavenly Ski Resort on the Nevada-California state line; he was 62. One year ago: President Barack Obama scolded 20 of his highest-level officials over the botched Christmas Day terror attack on an airliner bound for Detroit, taking them jointly to task for “a screw-up that could have been disastrous” and should have been avoided. Today’s Birthdays: Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale is 83. Actor Robert Duvall is 80. King Juan Carlos of Spain is 73. Actress-director Diane Keaton is 65. Actor Ted Lange is 63. Rhythm-and-blues musician George “Funky” Brown is 62. Rock musician Chris Stein is 61. Actress Pamela Sue Martin is 58. Actor Clancy Brown is 52. Singer Iris Dement is 50. Actor Ricky Paull Goldin is 46. Actor Vinnie Jones is 46. Rock musician Kate Schellenbach is 45. Dancer-choreographer Carrie Ann Inaba is 43. Actress Heather Paige Kent is 42. Rock singer Marilyn Manson is 42. Actor Bradley Cooper is 36. Actress January Jones is 33.

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Maine magazine gives couples a chance to win a wedding DAILY SUN STAFF REPORT FREEPORT — There will be at least one dream wedding in coastal Maine this fall, and it will be awarded to a lucky couple for free. Real Maine Weddings magazine — a twice-annually published Maine-focused wedding publication — is giving away a wedding package in Freeport that is worth more than $100,000, the magazine reported. The contest kicked off with a press conference at the Harraseeket Inn, in Freeport, where the winning couple will have their wedding reception in October. “Couples who are interested in winning this amazing wedding package should visit www.realmaineweddings.com to submit a video that is 2-minutes or less, saying why they deserve a free dream wedding in Freeport, USA,” said Melanie Brooks of Real Maine Weddings. “We’ll post the entries and

encourage people to vote for their favorites. Three finalists will be chosen and the ultimate winner will be decided by a panel of expert judges in April.” Couples can also enter the contest in person at any of the Maine Wedding Association’s Maine Bridal Shows throughout the next few months. “We will have a videographer set up at each of our bridal expos ready to capture couples’ videos to submit to the contest free of charge,” said Joan Montgomery of the Maine Wedding Association. “We have bridal expos scheduled in Bangor, Auburn, Augusta, and this coming weekend in Portland. The winning couple will be announced during our final bridal expo of the year on April 3, back here at the Harraseeket Inn.” Once a winner is chosen, people will be able to vote on various aspects to be included in the wedding, such as the wedding dress, entertainment, flowers,

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financially responsible. Troy has told us that Jessica does not save any money, and that she purchases things she will never use and then refuses to get rid of them. The apartment is a mess, and while part of that is Troy’s sloppiness, the other part is Jessica’s profligate purchases. They share the rent, but that’s all they share when it comes to income and expenses. Troy doesn’t want to nag Jessica and cause stress in the relationship. Do you have any suggestions on how he might address the money issue? -- Georgetown Parents Dear Parents: Troy is smart not to marry Jessica until she can work on her spending habits, but he cannot help her if he is afraid to address the problem. This is not simple irresponsibility. Shopoholism is an addictive behavior. Jessica suffers from a compulsion to buy things whether she needs them or not. Sometimes it requires therapy to overcome. Troy should first contact Debtors Anonymous (debtorsanonymous.org) at 1-800-421-2383 for suggestions. Dear Annie: I read the letter from “Losing it in Canada,” the parents of two children who chew with their mouths open. I suggest giving each child 25 pennies at the beginning of each meal. Every time the child needs to be corrected, he must give up a penny by putting it in the middle of the table. At the end of the meal, whatever is left will be converted into nickels, dimes or a quarter, which looks much better to them than pennies. They will soon realize they don’t want to part with their pennies. When they no longer need correcting, reward them with a special outing. -- Temecula, Calif. Dear Calif: Thanks for the great idea. Several readers wrote in with suggestions to correct a child’s table manners, and we will print more in future columns.

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Wednesday, Jan. 5 ‘Breakfast with Charlie’

the First Friday Art Walk, Fore River Gallery will host an opening reception, during which the artist will be present. Admission is free, light refreshments will be served.

7 a.m. “Breakfast with Charlie,” otherwise known as University of Southern ‘Pinned and Wriggling Maine Muskie School Professor Charles on the Wall’ Colgan’s economic forecast for 2011, is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. College of the scheduled for Wednesday. The public is Atlantic’s Ethel H. Blum Gallery invited to attend this free presentation, hosts an exhibition of artist Robin but must reserve a seat by visiting http:// Ward titled “Pinned and Wriggling usm.maine.edu/corporatepartners/rsvp/ on the Wall.” The title comes from colgan.html or calling 780-4714. USM’s T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Hannaford Lecture Hall, Bedford Street, Alfred Prufrock.” Ward’s exhibit Portland. Some 400-500 members of the runs from Jan. 7 through 25, and business community are expected. Hancan be seen Monday through Friday naford Lecture Hall is part of USM’s Joel from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An opening of and Linda Abromson Community Educathe exhibit, with a reception for the tion Center. Free parking will be available artist, will be held on Friday, Jan. 7 in the attached garage. “Breakfast with from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the gallery. Charlie” is sponsored by the USM CorWard teaches painting and drawing porate Partners, a group of some 350 at the University of New Mexico. businesspeople formed to support partShe has received numerous awards nerships between the business sector for her work including the Helene and USM. Colgan’s economic predicWurlitzer Foundation Residency in tions for 2011 will be based on his analy2007. Ward holds an MFA in paintsis of employment trends, income, retail ing from the San Francisco Art sales, and a range of other indicators. Institute. For more information on Colgan, a professor of public policy and the exhibit, call the college in Bar management in USM’s Muskie School of Harbor at 288-5015, or visit www. Public Service and former state econocoa.edu. mist, serves as a research fellow at the United States Bureau of Labor StatisRwandan Cooking Class tics and chief economist for the National 5:30 p.m. Join Catholic Charities Ocean Economics Program. He also Balé Folclórico Da Bahia, the only professional folk dance company in Brazil, was formed in 1988. The troupe will appear Maine at St. Pius X Church in Portchairs the Maine Consensus Economic Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium. (Photo courtesy of Mariza Vianna) land for a Rwandan Cooking Class Forecasting Commission, which prefollowed by a traditional Rwandan pares an economic outlook report for tion, St. Lawrence Arts Center. The center will host an meal. Cost to participate in this one of a kind event: $15 per state budget preparation. opening reception for its newest installation of works by person. This dinner is limited to only 40 people; buy tickets Max O’Callaghan Shaw. O’Callaghan’s paintings and drawat the St. Pius X Church Business Office, 492 Ocean Ave., ‘Checkered Floors’ ings will be on display through the entire month of January. Portland. Contact Mary Gordon at 797-7026, ext. 211. 7 p.m. “Checkered Floors,” a controversial and inspiring For more information on the artist work please visit his true story of the 1,500 Somali migrants in Maine and how Portland Playback Theater website: http://maxweb.home.comcast.net. www.stlawplaywright/actress, Cheryl Hamilton’s own life parallels 7:30 p.m. Theme: Forks in the road. To celebrate the start rencearts.org; 347-3075. their plight with humor and horror. January 5-9. Wednesof the new year, Portland Playback Theater is exploring day and Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Daunis Fine Jewelry features Dallaire forks in the road, those transformational events after which, Sunday at 2 p.m. with talkbacks. $15. Old Port Playhouse, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A new series of meticulously detailed drawbetter or worse, life will not be the same. “Tell your story 19 Temple St. Portland Box Office: 773-0333. oldportplayings in colored pencil by Portland area artist Joshua Dallaire and watch our talented improvisors play it back on the spot, house.com will be on display at Daunis Fine Jewelry with an opening or just come to watch this unique community event. Find reception during the First Friday Art Walk. Daunis Fine Jewelry out more at www.portlandplayback.com.” First Parish Uniis located at 616 Congress St. in Portland. Joshua Dallaire is tarian Church, corner of Congress and Temple streets, PortThursday, Jan. 6 a 2007 graduate with a degree in Painting w/ Honors of the land; $5-$10 suggested donation. Maine College of Art. This new series features geometric and organic-inspired luminescent shapes and forms that Dallaire Saturday, Jan. 8 Lecture: On Site with Rackstraw Downes created by rearranging photos he took of light reflecting off 6 p.m. Holiday Inn By the Bay. Tickets: $15/$10 members. of drapery and walls. This new series took many months and Portland Museum of Art invites the public to an evening of hundreds of hours of work to complete with each piece repreFood Addicts in Recovery Anonymous insights from Rackstraw Downes in celebration of the exhisenting 40-50 hours of colored pencil drawing. “People marvel 8 a.m. “Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? bition of his work. Downes’ work is in the collections of the and look twice and three times when they find out that his Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, New work is actually colored pencil and not a photograph or paintStep recovery program for anyone suffering from food York, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., ing!” marvels Patricia Daunis-Dunning of Daunis Fine Jewelry. obsessions, overeating, under-eating or bulimia. The folamong many others, and his essays have appeared is such The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and lowing public information sessions in Westbrook are a good publications as The New York Times, Art in America, and many Saturdays (please call 773-6011 for information). The opportunity for anyone to learn more about this program: the Art Journal. The evening’s lecture features works from work will be here from Jan. 4 through March 2. Saturday, Jan. 8, 8 a.m.; Monday, Jan. 10, 6:30 p.m.; Thursthis MacArthur award-winning artist’s lengthy career, with day, Jan. 20, 7 p.m.; 30 Liza Harmon Road in the Larrabee Local Sprouts First Friday special attention to paintings made in Maine. This program Village Administration Building in Westbrook.” www.foo5 p.m. to 11 p.m. A First Friday event at Local Sprouts Cafe, is made possible in part by the Beatrice Gilmore Fund for daddicts.org for meeting listings and program information. 649 Congress St. Photos by Kevin Paul Ouellette. Music Museum Education. starting at 7 p.m. with Local Circus, acoustic freestyle folk East End walk Film: ‘Budrus’ music; 9 p.m. Juba Boyz, local African dance troupe. 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. Portland Trails is excited to announce 7:30 p.m. Film: “Budrus,” film screening at SPACE Gallery, a 2011 Winter Walk series. This free series, made possible Meiklejohn’s PIVOT art display 538 Congress St., Portland. 828-5600. Doors open at 7 by a grant from Healthy Portland, is for adults and families 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fore River Gallery is proud to present p.m.; film begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission $7, $5 for SPACE with children who are making an effort to get more exerPIVOT: Three Decades of Figurative Works, the first solo members. “Ayed Morrar, an unlikely community organizer, cise, but are stymied when it comes to winter recreation. gallery exhibition of Maine artist Daniel Meiklejohn, showunites Palestinians from all political factions and Israelis to Participants are reminded to wear warm clothing, hats and ing from Jan. 7–30, 2011. “Spanning over three decades save his village from destruction by Israel’s Separation Bargloves and bring snowshoes if there is adequate snow of work, the paintings in this show illustrate Meiklejohn’s rier. Victory seems improbable until his 15-year-old daughon the ground. Portland Trails has snow shoes available fascination with the female form, as figuration plays heavter, Iltezam, launches a women’s contingent that quickly (free for members, $5/non-members) which can be reserved ily in all the works included. While fi gurative at fi rst, heavy moves to the front lines. Struggling side by side, father and ahead of time. Please register for any walk by emailing info@ abstraction, distortion, and a punchy and varied color paldaughter unleash an inspiring, yet little-known movement trails.org or calling 775-2411. For more information or to check ette turns recognizable bodies into complex and obscure in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is still gaining cancellations due to the weather go to www.trails.org. Caitlyn geometries. In addition to the main gallery space, a small ground today. In an action-filled documentary chronicling Horose, Portland Trails Development Coordinator, will lead a back room will contain a selection of more sexually graphic this movement from its infancy, Budrus shines a light on walk along trails and connections of Portland Trails throughout paintings, sharply representing the issues of desire and people who choose nonviolence to confront a threat yet the East End. Meet at the Hilltop Coffee shop, 99 Congress St. sexuality that are pervasive in Meiklejohn’s art. Explicit and remain virtually unknown to the world. The movie is directed erotic, these paintings have never been shown publicly, and Make your own Polyhedra by award-winning filmmaker Julia Bacha (co-writer and the gallery owners recommend that children and sensitive 10 a.m. SPACE Gallery offers a collaborative day of art editor Control Room, co-director Encounter Point), and proviewers enter the back room with discretion.” Meiklejohn making. “We will source inspiration from our current galduced by Bacha, Palestinian journalist Rula Salameh, and has lived in Maine for 23 years, and recently moved to lery show ‘Polyhedra’ to make sculptures, drawings and filmmaker and human rights advocate Ronit Avni (formerly Peaks Island. Completely self-taught, he has a vast body of models of these beautiful and intricate forms. Moms and of Witness, director of Encounter Point).” www.justvision. work in diverse mediums, including paintings, sculptures, dads will create and learn with their kids with some guidorg/budrus and tattoos. His work has shown at many Portland locaance by Oak St. Studios teacher Ashley Shoukimas. Best tions — including Local 188, Salon Paragon, Soak, Sanctusuited for kids ages 5-12. One hour should be enough to Friday, Jan. 7 ary Tattoo, and Sonny’s — as well as locations throughout complete the activities.”$3 per person for materials. www. Maine, such as The Kitchen in Brunswick and the Off Maine space538.org/events.php Arts Gallery in Sanford, and his own Meiklejohn’s Loft in A Collection of Works: Max O’Callaghan-Shaw see next page Kennebunkport. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 7, as part of 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday Art Walk, Free Artists Recep-


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‘Sing in the New Year’ workshop 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. “Sing in the New Year” workshop with Brendan Taaffe at Lucid Stage. Taaffe is a musician from Vermont. His Harmony Workshops are open to all, regardless of musical experience. He teaches mainly from the “American Vernacular,” Appalachian ballads, shape note hymns, gospel quartets and such. He also has an interest in Sub-Saharan Africa, and pulls from those harmonies, as well as his own original compositions and arrangements. www.brendantaaffe.com/workshops.html

Partner for Charity & Fun noon to 4 p.m. Big Moose Harley-Davidson and Binga’s Stadium Partner for Charity & Fun Big Moose Harley-Davidson & Binga’s Stadium are Partnering for the “Never Too Cold to Care” Tailgate Party to kick-off their “12 Reasons to Care” Campaign, A Yearlong Charitable Drive for 2011. Big Moose Harley-Davidson will be hosting a “Never Too Cold to Care” Tailgate Party at their dealership located at 375 Riverside St., Portland. This event will kick off their “12 Reasons to Care” Campaign which will support 12 NonProfit Organizations throughout 2011. Tickets are $12 and all proceeds will be divided amongst the 12 Organizations. The ticket covers admittance, food, beer and a coffee and cocoa bar. The event is from noon to 4 p.m., and will include hourly give-aways, a bonfire and music by the Higher Ground band. Tickets can be purchased at Big Moose Harley-Davidson or at Binga’s Stadium or by calling 400-0711. Big Moose Harley-Davidson has partnered with Binga’s Stadium to host this event, as well as to integrate charitable giving into a year-long campaign — “12 Reasons to Care”. Starting Jan. 6, Binga’s Stadium will be hosting the “Binga’s Stadium Big Moose Bike Night,” with a portion of each night’s sales being devoted to the charitable organization of the month. The following organizations will be recipients of the fundraising efforts: American Cancer Society (Jan.), American Heart Association (Feb.), March of Dimes (Mar.), Big Brothers/Big Sisters (Apr.), Professional Firefighters of Maine (May), Alzheimer’s Association (June), Red Claws Foundation (July), Special Olympics (Aug.), Tuesday’s Children (Sep.), Cancer Community Center (Oct.), Wreaths Across America (Nov.) and the Pajama Program (Dec.).

‘True at First Light’ performance 8 p.m. “True at First Light,” an evening bringing together various forms of creative truth, expressed by dancers and musicians from Portland and beyond. Blue Moon Tribe, Bollywood Dancers, Vince Nez, Phil James, Taiko Maine Dojo. $8. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St. http://mayostreetarts.org. FMI 615-3609.

1,900th Birthday Celebration of Hua T’o, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 1,900th Birthday Celebration of Hua T’o, originator of the “Five Animal Frolics.” To honor this occasion, Larry Ira Landau is offering a workshop of Taiji, Qigong & the “Five Animal Frolics” at the Dragonfly Taiji Studio, 222 St. John Street, Suite 240, in Portland. Hua T’o, a great physician of the Han Dynasty, developed the Five Animal Frolics over 1,800 years ago, as a “gift to the health of all people!” Let the gracefulness of the Crane, the stability of the Bear, the playfulness of the Monkey, the elegance of the Deer, and the power of the Tiger, infuse your life with health and vitality for this coming year and years to come. All experience levels are welcome! Tuition is on a selfassessed sliding-scale of $72-$108. FMI: (207) 761-2142 or dragonflytaiji@roadrunner.com.

Monday, Jan. 10 University of Maine System Board of Trustees

local county meeting for RC&D sponsors and the general public located in the Conference Room at the Greater Portland Council of Governments in Portland. The Resource Conservation and Development Program is a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture managed locally by the Threshold To Maine Council. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss issues facing Cumberland County and how RC&D might be able to help with those issues. The RC&D Council is a grass roots organization made up of representatives from each of eleven sponsors. The Sponsors in Cumberland County include the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District, Cumberland County Commissioners, and the Greater Portland Council of Governments. The program provides technical assistance to communities, nonprofits, and units of government on natural resource issues. If you have questions about the meeting please contact the Threshold To Maine off ice at 743-5789 x113, or email mark.hewsji3,me.usda.gov If you need an accommodation, please notify Mark Hews, RC&D Coordinator at 743-5789 x113 by Friday, Jan. 7, 2011.

WMPG’s Blunt Youth Radio Audio Slam 5 p.m. Entries sought for radio competition. $500 cash prize. WMPG’s Blunt Youth Radio is sponsoring an Audio Slam competition. “Entries should be produced works of audio. We are inspired by work from the Third Coast International Audio Festival, Moth Radio Hour, This American Life, and the Salt Institute, among others. Based on poetry slams, the audio slam uses minutes of audio, not poems. Producers enter a piece, which is played and judged in one-minute rounds, for a total of 4 rounds. So, no matter how long the piece, only 4 minutes of it will be judged. The event will be held live at Space Gallery and will be exciting and fun. Entries may be any style or genre & may have previously aired.” Sponsored by Blunt Youth Radio Project, WMPG Greater Portland Community Radio from the University of Southern Maine, and the Maine Arts Commission. Email cholman@usm.maine.edu or call Claire Holman, 6505835 for instructions. http://www.bluntradio.org/index.php

Alzheimer’s Association Conversation Series: Open Forum for Sharing in South Portland 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The conversation series is an ongoing program that meets the second Monday of every month at First Congregational Church, Meeting House Hill, South Portland. “This program is a combination education and support group for those with a friend or family member with dementia. This month’s program will be an open forum for sharing your care and concerns with others facing the same challenges.” Free to the public. Registration not required. For more information please call Laurie Axelson, LCSW at 662-3978.

Wednesday, Jan. 12 Eggs & Issues on technology 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. The Portland Regional Chamber features David Shaw, managing partner, Black Point Group, and founder and former CEO of IDEXX, who will discuss how technology is changing industries and the consumer experiece. www.portlandregion.com

Medical Marijuana Info Session 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Medical Marijuana Info Session with Compassionate Caregivers of Maine. “Learn about Maine’s recent changes to the Medical Marijuana Laws and how changes may affect one’s ability to use medicinal marijuana for side effects brought on by cancer treatments. Free; pre-registration required. Phone: 774-2200; Email: info@ CancerCommunityCenter.org; Web: www.cancercommunitycenter.org/calendar. Visit 778 Main St. (Rte. 1), South Portland.

9 a.m. The University of Maine System Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, January 10, at the System office located at 16 Central Street in downtown Bangor. Items to be reviewed and considered by Trustees include: Creation of a Ph.D. in Anthropology and Environmental Policy at UMaine and a Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Maine at Farmington; Energy upgrade projects at the University of Southern Maine’s Bailey Hall, Luther Bonney Hall, and Science Building, funded by general obligation bonds approved by Maine voters in June 2010; Selection of a provider to develop a web portal. At the meeting, Trustees will also receive a draft business plan on distance education, a presentation on System-wide capital facilities renewal and trends, and review an updated version of the System’s information technology security plan. The complete agenda for the November UMS Board of Trustees meeting may be viewed at: http://www.maine.edu/pdf/ CommitteescheduleandagendaJan102011.pdf.

West End Neighborhood Association

Threshold To Maine Resource Conservation and Development meeting in Portland

noon to 1:30 p.m. Presented by Christie Herrera, director, Health and Human Services Task Force, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant, 26 Long Wharf, Portland. For more information, please contact Amanda Clark, the Maine Heritage Policy Center,

10 a.m. to noon. The Threshold To Maine Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Area will be holding a

6:30 p.m. After some discussion with members of the West End Neighborhood Association governing board, the association will be holding its annual meeting to elect a governing board and the offices of President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary. “Chris Hirsch has graciously offered to run the election as he has done during our past annual meetings. Anyone interested in a board position can e-mail their willingness to serve to me at dmartin7@maine.rr.com. Our focus for winter/spring 2011 is to put on another successful WestFest, and continue our work with Wayside, Community Policing and kid’s swimming.”

Thursday, Jan. 13 ‘ObamaCare: How Maine Can Fight Back’

at 321-2550 or aclark@mainepolicy.org. Also same time on Wednesday, Jan. 12 at Sea Dog Brewing Company Banquet Center, 26 Front St. Bangor.

Not Just Another Year! with Pat Grosser 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. “Tired of creating resolutions and setting goals that are rarely fulfilled by year-end? Look at lessons and insights from 2010; take stock of the present; establish a solid foundation on which to build your new year. This can be your year!” Free; pre-registration required. Phone: 774-2200; Email: info@CancerCommunityCenter. org; Web: www.cancercommunitycenter.org/calendar. Visit 778 Main St. (Rte. 1), South Portland.

‘Blood Wedding’ 7:30 p.m. “Blood Wedding” by Frederico Garcia Lorca. Directed by Tess Van Horn. “A lively, committed theater ensemble comes together to present Lorca’s Blood Wedding, a classic tragedy that is at turns violent, beautiful, strange, and funny. The play deals with the big desires and grudges that can bloom and fester in small towns. Sound familiar? With Amanda Huotari, Peter Brown, Nicholas Schroeder, Pat Mew, Laura Chakravarty Box, Annie Larmon, Dena Riegel, Michael Dix Thomas, Ian Carlsen, Joe Bearor, Amanda Painter, Deirdre Fulton, Andrew Sawyer, and Claire Guyer.” SPACE Gallery. This production made possible in part by the University of Southern Maine Department of Theater. $10. www.space538.org/events.php

Friday, Jan. 14 ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Old Port Playhouse 7:30 p.m. “The Wizard of Oz,” the sell-out hit musical returns to Old Port Playhouse with Gina Pardi returning as “Dorothy Gale.” “Full of special effects, colorful costumes and all your favorite characters, this show sold out before it opened last season. Because of the intimate space within this 70 seat theater, kids of all ages not only see OZ, they experience it! Due to the demand for tickets, OZ will play for four weeks beginning Jan. 14. And to make it affordable for everyone, the Playhouse has priced all tickets at only $15.” Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. To make a reservation or for more information, call 773-0333 or go to oldportplayhouse.com.

Saturday, Jan. 15 Fore River Sanctuary walk 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. Portland Trails is excited to announce a 2011 Winter Walk series. This free series, made possible by a grant from Healthy Portland, is for adults and families with children who are making an effort to get more exercise, but are stymied when it comes to winter recreation. Participants are reminded to wear warm clothing, hats and gloves and bring snowshoes if there is adequate snow on the ground. Portland Trails has snow shoes available (free for members, $5/non-members) which can be reserved ahead of time. Please register for any walk by emailing info@trails. org or calling 775-2411. For more information or to check cancellations due to the weather go to www.trails.org. Trail Foreman Charlie Baldwin will lead a walk through the Fore River Sanctuary. Expect birds, hills, a bridge over the marsh, a beautiful waterfall and historic kiosks explaining the C&O Canal. Meet at the Udder Place, 428 Brighton Ave.

Laughter Training for Professionals 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Laughter Training for Professionals. Become a Laughter Professional with Katie West. $295 for Saturday and Sunday. Sadhana, the Meditation Center, 100 Brickhill Ave., South Portland. FMI: www.SadhanaMe.com.

Portland Conservatory of Music open house 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open house, instrument demos, classical, rock, jazz. Try out an instrument or have a mini lesson. Door prizes, free popcorn. Portland Conservatory of Music, 202 Woodfords St., (Woodfords Church) 10 to 1. Free. Five percent off new student tuition. 775-3356 or 318-7465.

Using the Circle Symbol for Art and Healing 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Using the Circle Symbol for Art and Healing with Suzanne Liller & Brady Nickerson. “Circles give us an experience of wholeness amid the chaos of every day life, making the ‘sacred circle,’ one of the very coolest art therapy interventions for both soothing the soul and meeting oneself. Join us for this two-hour art immersion experience; no formal art training/skills are required. Free; pre-registration required. Phone: 7742200; Email: info@CancerCommunityCenter.org; Web: www.cancercommunitycenter.org/calendar. Visit 778 Main St. (Rte 1), South Portland.

Self-help author Steff Deschenes at the Scarborough Bull Moose store 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Self-help author Steff Deschenes will visit the Bull Moose Scarborough store, 456 Payne Road, for a book signing. Deschenes is from Lewiston.


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Thursday, Jan. 6 Noonday Concert at First Parish noon. Free Noonday Concerts feature faculty members from the Portland Conservatory of Music, organists from the area and guest artists. There are soloists, chamber ensembles, choral groups and jazz musicians included in the Noonday concert series. Featuring Dean Stein, violin. FMI: First Parish 773.5747 or www.firstparishportland.org

The Fishtank Ensemble 8 p.m. The LA Weekly calls them “cross pollinated gypsy music….one of the most thrilling young acts on the planet.” Formed in 2005 and playing everywhere from the hippest LA clubs to festivals, cultural centers, museums, parades, and even on the street, the band includes two explosive violins, the world’s best slap bass player, musical saw, flamenco and gypsy jazz guitar, trombone, opera, jazz and gypsy vocals, accordion and one little banjolele. Tackling everything from French hot jazz to wild Serbian and Transylvanian gypsy anthems, Flamenco, and oddball originals, the band is a not to be missed event for world music lovers... and everyone will love this intoxicating mix of music!! One Longfellow Square, $12.

Acoustic Night at Geno’s 9 p.m. Local folkster Jesse Pilgrim bring another night of acoustic music to Geno’s Rock Club. Timmy Powers, Leif Sherman Curtis (AOK Suicide Forest), Adam Earley with Bart Joy. $3, 21 plus.

Friday, Jan. 7 Le Vent Du Nord at One Longfellow 8 p.m. Le Vent du Nord has crowds dancing to the sound of fiddle and hurdy-gurdy, using an original repertoire. Their music is both fresh and bound to tradition. One of the group’s strength’s is their stage presence: energetic, dynamic, generous and in touch with the audience. Le Vent du Nord consists of four singers/multi-instrumentalists: Nicolas Boulerice, Simon Beaudry, Olivier Demers and Réjean Brunet, who joined the group in 2007. They sing originals and songs taken from the traditional repertoire, in their native French, to the delight of their audience- for whom it is more often than not a foreign language. Le Vent du Nord’s energy amazes their audiences, and whether they perform at a festival or a concert, people keep asking for more. $25.

The Points North / MANNERS / Wes Hartley at Oak and the Axe 8 p.m. The Points North combine traditional Celtic and New England folk—haunting harmonies, octave mandolin, Irish flute, tin whistle, minimal drums and occasional guitar. Manners, could be; the musical moniker of Greg Beson and his exploration of the responsibility of perception and reflection upon a world which can be confusing, uplifting and overwhelming. Exploration, evaluation & an awareness of time are reflected musically in Manners. One guitar and vocals can range from soft and woolen to dark, bright & canvernous all at once. Full “band” instrumentation may appear at any performance with different combinations, creating limitless possibilities. All ages, $7 Oak and the Axe, Biddeford.

Saturday, Jan. 8 True at First Light at Mayo Street Arts 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. “True at First Light” – An event to bring together various forms of creative truth, expressed by dancers and musicians from Portland and beyond.

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A feast for the senses! Performances by: The Blue Moon Tribe ~ Portland’s own West African inspired drumming & dance! Led by Marita Kennedy-Castro. Vince Nez ~ His original style and creative approach to song-writing are constantly evolving, always a treat to see. Taiko Maine Dojo ~ Performers drum on thundering, large Taiko (drums) while dancing in and around them. Highly energetic! Led by Elizabeth Berg. Phil James ~ Master player of the Shakuhachi, the traditional Japanese bamboo flute known for its haunting sound and the timeless quality of its ancient meditative repertoire. Bollywood Dance ~ India Association of Maine & friends. Led by Sandeep Gandra. Both performances $8, Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime. All ages.

Antje Duvekot performs 7:30 p.m. The Village Coffee House of New Gloucester is thrilled to open their 2011 season with Boston singer songwriter, Antje Duvekot. Antje’s debut album, “Big Dream Boulevard” quickly catapulted her to national attention when the release was voted the #1 folk album of 2006 by the Boston Globe. “This is a brilliant, brilliant album.” says former Rolling Stone music editor Dave Marsh. “I have had this reaction once in the last 10 years and that was the first time I heard Patty Griffin.” In 2010, her latest release, The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer was voted WUMB’s No. 1 album of the year!

Choral Arts Society Epiphany Celebration 7:30 p.m. The Choral Art Society’s annual Epiphany Celebration will be performed at Immanuel Baptist Church, 156 High St. in Portland. This performance is one of The Choral Art Society’s most spiritual annual concerts and a wonderful way to welcome the New Year and reflect after the busy holiday season. The 2011 Epiphany Celebration will feature the Camerata chorus, a select group of The Choral Art Society, and the Meliora String Quartet, oboists Neil Boyer and Stefani Burk, and organist Dan Moore. The program opens with the beautiful Bach Cantata BWV 62 and concludes with a cappella music by a 12-voice ensemble. Tickets are available at www. choralart.org or by calling 828-0043. They are priced at $15 for advance sales and $20 at the door at time of the performance. Tickets are also available at the fine stores that support The Choral Art Society, including: Longfellow Books and Starbird Music in Portland, Books Etc. in Falmouth, and Nonesuch Books in South Portland.

Phantom Buffalo / Old Abram Brown 8 p.m. Local indie legacy act Phantom Buffalo is joined by Boston’s Old Abram Brown tonight at Bayside Bowl. Rock, roll and abide, dudes. 21 plus.

Arborea / Allysen Williams Callery 8 p.m. “Maine folk duo Arborea creates timeless music, haunted by deep shadows. Their songs are bathed in shimmering harmonics, spectral slide, and positively spooky banjo. The songs also evoke a kind of mysterious quality, in which you are never quite sure what the songs are about, but they seem to touch a place in your soul that instinctively understands.” -Dirty Linen Magazine. Allysen Williams Callery brings dark, fragile folk to Biddeford with her nylon string guitar in tow. $5, all ages. Oak and the Axe, Biddeford.

Gully / Foams Castles / Sunset Hearts 9 p.m. Portland favorites, new favorites and new-new favorites (respectively) take the stage at Empire Dine and Dance tonight for a solid showcase of where local music is, was and will be. 21 plus.

The THE BAND Band 8 p.m. The mission of The THE BAND Band is to present the music of The Band in a manner true to its original style and form, evoking the sound and the spirit of their live performances; to perform their songs

The Village Coffee House of New Gloucester opens its 2011 season on Saturday with Boston singer songwriter, Antje Duvekot. (COURTESY PHOTO) for longtime fans as well as a new generation of listeners; and to have fun doing it. The members of The THE BAND Band are veteran professional musicians who have played on the national stage for over 25 years. They share a love for the music of The Band, and formed this tribute band for the sheer enjoyment of playing their songs. By covering all the well-loved favorites, as well as a broad selection of lesser-known songs, they showcase the astounding breadth and depth of The Band’s distinctively original “roots rock” music. $18, One Longfellow Square.

Wednesday, Jan. 12 Jessica Fichot at One Longfellow 8 p.m. Chanteuse and songwriter Jessica Fichot is a lot like her hometown of Paris: French at heart, but with a soul that’s truly international. Her multi-ethnic French / Chinese / American upbringing colors the songs on her debut album. It’s called Le Chemin, “The Path,” and for good reason: Jessica takes the listener on a twisting journey out of the French chanson tradition, into the lands of gypsy jazz, Chinese and Latin American folk music, through the classic American repertoire, and off into the wilderness of her imagination. $12 adv/$18 at the door.

Thursday, Jan. 13 Noonday Concert at First Parish noon. Free Noonday Concerts feature faculty members from the Portland Conservatory of Music, organists from the area and guest artists. There are soloists, chamber ensembles, choral groups and jazz musicians included in the Noonday concert series. Featuring Harold Stover, organ, Jennifer Elowich, violin. FMI: First Parish 773.5747 or www.firstparishportland.org

Friday, Jan. 14 Sam James at One Longfellow 8 p.m. “Take the songwriting of Bill Withers and Tom Waits. Now combine that with the soul power and energy of James Brown. And the charisma of P.T. Barnum. Enter in the guitar playing of Leo Kotke and you’re starting to get an idea of what Samuel James is all about. Samuel James is like a time machine - the same one that keeps Son House and Mississippi John Hurt traveling back to the public consciousness.” - The Portland Phoenix. $7

Highland Soles 7:30 p.m. Highland Soles will share its

talents with Portland audiences at Woodford Congregational Church’s Memorial Hall. Tickets are $14 ($9 for students and seniors) at the door, and $12/$8 in advance at www.highlandsoles.com. This is the band’s third annual January concert at Memorial Hall, the first two having been sponsored by the Portland Conservatory of Music, where Ed taught fiddle for six years. Being near to Jan. 25, the birthday of Scotland’s great bard and songwriter Robert Burns, some Burns music and stories will be included. Flavors of Irish, jazz and classical will be heard as well. More info at 767-6396 or info@highlandsoles.com.

Thursday, Jan. 20 Noonday Concert at First Parish noon. Free Noonday Concerts feature faculty members from the Portland Conservatory of Music, organists from the area and guest artists. There are soloists, chamber ensembles, choral groups and jazz musicians included in the Noonday concert series. Featuring the Portland String Quartet. FMI: First Parish 773.5747 or www.firstparishportland.org

Tuesday, Jan. 25 ‘From Russia With Love’ 7:30 p.m. “From Russia With Love” Tuesday Classical in Merrill Auditorium. This concert opens with the world premiere of Elliott Schwartz’s Diamond Jubilee, co-commissioned by the PSO for the composer’s 75th birthday. Guest pianist Andrew von Oeyen will then join the orchestra for Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The Los Angeles Times declared von Oeyen possessed of “indisputable gifts [and] an extravagantly thorough and effortless technique.” The evening will conclude with Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, the politically-charged composition with hidden messages underneath the crowd-pleasing lyricism. A Concert Conversation will be held at 6:15 p.m. Following the concert patrons are invited to a PostConcert Q&A with the artists and then to Restaurant Grace for an Afterglow cocktail reception. www.portlandsymphony.org.

Saturday, Jan. 29 Monster Energy Music as a Weapon V at the Civic Center 7 p.m. Monster Energy Music as a Weapon V, featuring Disturbed and Korn at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Tickets: $39.75 general admission.


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