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A dozen civilians — including firefighters’ family members — were among the people on board the city’s newest fire boat when it was knocked out of service a week ago for the second time since it was christened in 2009, the city
announced yesterday. Two firefighters, including a captain, are facing suspension without pay after causing about $38,000 worth of damage to the $3.2 million MV City of Portland IV on Oct. 15. Nicole Clegg, a city spokeswoman, said the firefighters were on a “training exercise” with civilians and family mem-
bers when the boat hit an underwater object, causing damage to the port shaft, propeller and rudder. The accident happened near Ft. Gorges in Casco Bay. According to statement issued by the city, fire Chief Fred LaMontagne “has found that this incident appears to have see FIRE BOAT page 11
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Occupying Boston and beyond, with tent libraries BOSTON (NY Times) — This city, home to the nation’s ﬁrst large public library, has a new and somewhat grittier venue for reading. Housed in a green military tent, the library at the Occupy Boston encampment is overﬂowing with scholarly tomes that have no due dates or late fees. The growing collection includes more than 500 books, sorted by genre — consumerism, gender, activism/organizing — and overseen by a bookstore owner and a number of librarians supporting the movement, including some from a group calling themselves the Radical Reference librarians. It has a simple checkout system, an expanding archive of Occupy Boston’s meeting notes and proposals and a nascent program of speakers and writing workshops. John Ford, 30, who owns the Metacomet alternative bookstore in Plymouth, Mass., said the library was intended to help protesters learn about systems they ﬁnd frustrating and explore possible alternatives. “I hope, at the very least, it just makes people more inclined to be thoughtful about what they’re doing here,” said Ford
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PORTUGUES, P.R. (NY Times) — It is his retirement refuge, a tiny house in the Central Mountain Chain, surrounded by banana and orange trees, coffee bushes and the melody of coquí frogs. “I like the peace and tranquillity after so much time spent working and sacriﬁ cing,” said Luis Rodriguez Cruz, 59, who bought his home, nestled in the center of the island, for $10,000 a few years ago, after a lifetime of factory work. “We came here for peace. Now we have to worry whether this thing will explode next to our house.” The pipeline, which has provoked demonstrations and widespread opposition over environmental and safety concerns, would run 92 miles from Peñuelas in the south, across the mountains to the island’s northern coast, then east to San Juan. For Gov. Luis G. Fortuño, who has made the pipeline a centerpiece of his ﬁrst term, the project represents one of the island’s best attempts at revving up its ﬂ ailing economy, by reducing stratospheric electricity costs.
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Three arrested in Portland in morning burglary Portland police have charged three people in connection with a Thursday morning burglary in North Deering. Police responded to reports of suspicious persons in the area of some Kimberly Court condos at 10:50 a.m. on October 20. When ofﬁcers arrived, they discovered that a condo as burglarized and jewelry and other items were missing. Three suspects were detained who matched the descriptions received by police. A juvenile from Portland was in possession of some jewelry that appeared to belong to the owner of the condo. He was arrested and charged with burglary. Two others were also arrested. Tyrone Roberts, 18, of Portland, was arrested and charged with burglary. Dominick Johnson, 19, of Portland, was charged with violation of bail conditions. Sgt. Dean Goodale said detectives
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Police investigate deadly Lebanon shooting Maine State Police were still trying to determine Friday the circumstances surrounding the shooting of a man in a Lebanon mobile home late Thursday night. Ofﬁcials say 38-year-old Aaron Jones, originally from Skowhegan, was staying with a married couple at their Lebanon home at the time of his death, said Steve McCausland, a state police spokesman. McCausland said the couple were home at the time of the shooting and were cooperating with police. No arrests were made as of Friday afternoon. The shooting occurred in the 200 block of Oak Hill Road at about 11:30 p.m.
Lewiston police arrest three New York men Lewiston drug agents arrested three New York men Thursday and charged them with trafﬁcking prescription pills and crack cocaine, police said. The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency recovered more than 100 grams of crack worth $10,000, 422 oxycodone pills worth $8,500 and $4,380 worth of cash and additional drugs, police said. The men were spotted on West Bates Street and appeared to be selling drugs from their vehicle, said Steve McCausland, a state police spokesman. Delilia Perez, 24, and Curtis Garner, 32, both of New York City, and Dominique Liggins, 20, of Utica, each face two counts of trafﬁcking drugs. Each were being held at the Androscoggin County Jail Thursday on $25,000 bail. McCausland said police discovered following the arrest that Garner was
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Biddeford pawn shop owner faces charges The owner of a Biddeford pawn shop was charged with failing to lawfully record sales of merchandise in an effort sell stolen goods, police alleged. Daniel Sylvester, 23, of Dayton, was summonsed to appear in Biddeford District Court Dec. 14. Police were reportedly tipped off about the alleged scheme to receive and sell stolen goods. Sylvester is accused of not properly identifying individuals or recording merchandise sales, according to published reports. Police allege Biddeford Pawn & Lawn, located at 193 Main St., was known to burglars as a place to sell stolen goods. — Staff Reports
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Daniel Kahneman spent part of his childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris. Like the other Jews, he had to wear a Star of David on the outside of his clothing. One evening, when he was about 7 years old, he stayed late at a friend’s house, past the 6 p.m. curfew. He turned his sweater inside out to hide the star and tried to sneak home. A German SS trooper approached him on the street, picked him up and gave him a long, emotional hug. The soldier displayed a photo of his own son, spoke passionately about how much he missed him and gave Kahneman some money as a sentimental present. The whole time Kahneman was terriﬁ ed that the SS trooper might notice the yellow star peeking out from inside his sweater. Kahneman ﬁ nally made it home, convinced that people are complicated and bizarre. He went on to become one of the world’s most inﬂuential psychol––––– ogists and to win the Nobel in The New York economic science. Times Kahneman doesn’t actually tell that childhood story in his forthcoming book. “Thinking, Fast and Slow” is an intellectual memoir, not a personal one. The book is, nonetheless, sure to be a major intellectual event (look for an excerpt in The Times Magazine this Sunday) because it superbly encapsulates Kahneman’s research, and the vast tide of work that has been sparked by it.
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Time for a ‘do over’ on zoning rules Looking back at a story that unfolded in Natalie Ladd’s column over the past few months, it’s hard not to reach an inescapable conclusion. Portland’s zoning issues run deep; When things run deep, you know it’s time to haul out the industrial boots. “Nina’s Zumba Studio” had a happy home on the Portland waterfront, specifically on Hobson’s Wharf, nestled behind Becky’s Diner. Owner Nina Alves had run her second floor studio at that location for over three years. Then, the city did that whole “Waterfront ReZoning” mess, along with the accompanying inventory. Hear the build-up to some haunting theme music? Alves, along with the building owner Atchan Tamaki, were told her use of that space on the second floor of his building was incompatible with the new zoning. Sorry, move along now, we have to set aside this space for marine use. Except, that isn’t necessarily so. The confusing set of new rules has everything tacked onto it. Commercial use with marine use overlays varying on the amount of cubic space
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Daily Sun Columnist in the building, divided by the number of days in the week ending in “y” with some sort of parking lot array multiplier ... suddenly a second floor can’t be used for an exercise studio anymore. It’s hard to figure out the exact place under the law where the new law offices of Pierce Atwood qualifies, unless you consider filling a boat with lawyers and taking it out to sea to sink it, but I’m sure they managed to wiggle it in there somewhere. Yup, with the aging of Portland, a simple concept was overlooked here, called “grandfathering.” This is a common practice when passing new laws or zoning rules, along the lines of saying “Hey, we hate what you are doing, but can’t put a stop to it. We’re writing a new law or code to prevent anyone else from doing what you’re doing. But you’re already here, so you can keep
doing it.” Somehow, that important bit at the end got missed. The entirety of Tamaki’s 16,293 square foot building had been deemed 100% available for maritime use. In order to rent it to anyone else, Tamaki would have to advertise in marine use trade publications for a minimum of 60 days, offer to rent at marine use market rates (if someone else wanted to pay more, well, tough luck) and hold the property available for that entire 60 day period while waiting. If nobody applied to rent it, he COULD rent out less than half of his building (45%) providing that maximum wasn’t exceeded. Seems to me to be a legitimate reason for only paying 45% of your property taxes, but I’m sure those rapidly sinking lawyers down the street would disagree. In an effort to save a dying industry (not due to fish stocks, but due to costs) we’re tinkering with the engine while simultaneously attempting to drive the car down the road at a buck-fifty. It’s only a matter of time until the overworked engine gets see HIGGINS page 5
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GOP like me: Finding a way to Occupy myself To tell the truth, it has felt just a bit dishonest, like doing a hiddencamera story, but I’ve been getting in touch with my inner Republican lately. Oh, not the Tea Party Republican movement – I’m not THAT angry – but more of the P.J. O’Rourke, Tucker Carlson party-party party. In part, we can blame my addiction. Political junkies are cut off from any of the good poli-smack from the Democratic side now that President Obama is methodically building his case that the GOP is simply obstructing his every move. I’ll grant him it’s good strategy, but it’s like watching the Patriots establish a ground game by having the NFL’ best quarterback hand the ball to somebody who does not have a supermodel wife. Meanwhile, the Republican primaries are getting distilled into a very high-proof schedule that has resulted in several candidates clearly skipping their meds. When Gov. Romney reached out to grab Gov. Perry by the shoulder the other night, I instinctively started removing my prized Soviet-era wristwatch just like I would in any decent biker bar. You can of course turn to local municipal politics, which is fre-
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Usually Reserved quently called (incorrectly in some cases) the “Antabuse of political junkiedom.” But the Portland mayoral ﬁ led is watered down more than the booze at the GOP Convention in New York in 2004 (okay, a bit of a reach there but I’m new at this). And the far-right assault on our voting rights, which is hopefully going to be vetoed by the voters next month, doesn’t so much as address my inner GOP than trigger my gag reﬂex. Actually, for those of us who fancy ourselves independent voters, stuff like that is often why we lean left. Heck, as a former Hillary Clinton supporter I might have voted for Senator McCain except for the gaggle of supporters who looked and sounded too much like a rural Georgia grand jury. So why bother? I mean, beyond the addiction. Well... because it feels increasingly like what political party you identify with depends on what you need to be
lied to about. Need to feel good about universal health insurance, holding Wall Street accountable and closing Gitmo? Then lean Democrat. Need to be lied to about reducing the size of government, holding Wall Street accountable and closing Gitmo? Lean right. Your list may vary, but the point remains. So I’ve gone to GOP social events including a happy hour in Portland’s Old Port where I even agreed to sponsor an event at some picnic (who could resist the pitch to “sponsor the bull” at a political event? Granted, it was a mechanical bull, but still...) The future BTW seemed clear: My straw poll indicated that Romney would be the nominee, but that most of the GOP faithful will have to close their eyes and create elaborate Sarah Palin fantasies before they can cast that vote. But the conservative happy hour, coming as it did in the heart of leftleft Portland, included people with the quick angry eyes of a beseigedfeeling minority. And that’s where we get the tingle of common ground between the Tea Party and the Occupy (Your Noun Here) protests. We see the national press and other trying to link the
two, groping for common denominators while ﬁ nally admitting that the Occupy crowd is simply too complex for a bumper sticker – at least for now. But I know those eye from labor organizing in the coal ﬁelds and from redneck bars at closing time. The core of that look is deﬁ ance, created with equal parts fear, anger, frustration and really nothing better to do, right now, than say “hell with it” and move you kid’s Little Leage bat from the toy chest to back seat – or, you know, gun rack. Whatever. P.J. O’Rourke once noted that civilization does better when it gives potential rebels something better to do than head into the mountains to join the revolution. I think he implies that whisky, jobs, cars and a “social life” are good starts. That’s a far cry from disabling student debt, predatory home loans and careers limited to being a kitteninfested performance artist on YouTube. Come to think of this, I’ll just stick to common ground: Occupy Amigo’s, anyone? (Curtis Robinson is the founding editor of The Portland Daily Sun.)
Inner wilderness is a place to be explored, we are not blank slates BROOKS from page 4
I’d like to use this column not to summarize the book but to describe why I think Kahneman and his research partner, the late Amos Tversky, will be remembered hundreds of years from now, and how their work helped instigate a cultural shift that is already producing astounding results. Before Kahneman and Tversky, people who thought about social problems and human behavior tended to assume that we are mostly rational agents. They assumed that people have control over the most important parts of their own thinking. They assumed that people are basically sensible utility-maximizers and that when they depart from reason it’s because some passion like fear or love has distorted their judgment. Kahneman and Tversky conducted experiments. They proved that actual human behavior often deviates from the old models and that the ﬂ aws are not just in the passions but in the machinery of cognition. They demonstrated that people rely on unconscious biases and rules of thumb to navigate the world, for good and ill. Many of these biases have become famous: priming, framing, loss-aversion. Kahneman reports on some delightful recent illus-
trations from other researchers. Pro golfers putt more accurately from all distances when putting for par than when putting for birdie because they fear the bogie more than they desire the birdie. Israeli parole boards grant parole to about 35 percent of the prisoners they see, except when they hear a case in the hour just after mealtime. In those cases, they grant parole 65 percent of the time. Shoppers will buy many more cans of soup if you put a sign atop the display that reads “Limit 12 per customer.” Kahneman and Tversky were not given to broad claims. But the work they and others did led to the reappreciation of several old big ideas: We are dual process thinkers. We have two interrelated systems running in our heads. One is slow, deliberate and arduous (our conscious reasoning). The other is fast, associative, automatic and supple (our unconscious pattern recognition). There is now a complex debate over the relative strengths and weaknesses of these two systems. In popular terms, think of it as the debate between “Moneyball” (look at the data) and “Blink” (go with your intuition). We are not blank slates. All humans seem to share similar sets of biases. There is such a thing as universal human nature. The trick is to understand the
universals and how tightly or loosely they tie us down. We are players in a game we don’t understand. Most of our own thinking is below awareness. Fifty years ago, people may have assumed we are captains of our own ships, but, in fact, our behavior is often aroused by context in ways we can’t see. Our biases frequently cause us to want the wrong things. Our perceptions and memories are slippery, especially about our own mental states. Our free will is bounded. We have much less control over ourselves than we thought. This research yielded a different vision of human nature and a different set of debates. The work of Kahneman and Tversky was a crucial pivot point in the way we see ourselves. They also ﬁ gured out ways to navigate around our shortcomings. Kahneman champions the idea of “adversarial collaboration” — when studying something, work with people you disagree with. Tversky had a wise maxim: “Let us take what the terrain gives.” Don’t overreach. Understand what your circumstances are offering. Many people are exploring the inner wilderness. Kahneman and Tversky are like the Lewis and Clark of the mind.
Zoning regulations should be an issue discussed during mayoral debates HIGGINS from page 4
tweaked a bit too much, and we get that grand show that one writer called a “catastrophic nonlinear structural re-organization,” where said engine blows itself to fiery bits of jagged metal all over the road. Alves has since moved her studio to 54 York Street, sensing that a long and protracted battle with the city zoning gods would ultimately end with a no, because we said so. Tamaki is now
stuck having to replace a tenant of three years, with a possibility of only being able to rent out 45% of his building. A waterfront continues to languish, an unintended result. For a while now, zoning in Portland has been one of those buggy things that needs a complete overhaul. This last attempt at doing it for the waterfront central zone shows how good intentions can go astray, leading to disastrous results. Should Portland just “start over” and take a year or so to scrap and rewrite the zoning code?
A quick shake of the magic 8-ball of prognostication gives the answer of “it is certain.” Let’s make this one of the debatable issues of the mayoral race. The next time there is a public forum, or you see one of the candidates crossing the street, bend an ear. Let them have it, both barrels. For or against a proposal of a zoning reorganization, candidates should weigh in and go on the record. Of course, we can all just sit back, and watch the next explosion of the engine.
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Trekking beyond limits in Antarctica, the last great frontier BY TOM SIMS
THE NEW YORK TIMES
For many modern adventurers, Antarctica is the last great frontier, a harsh, unexplored wilderness whose southernmost spot was reached by humans for the ﬁ rst time only a century ago. Most of those lucky enough to get there see the White Continent only from the portholes of cruise ships. A few venture onshore in zodiacs for brief encounters with penguins along the coastline. Even rarer is the breed of amateur athlete like Alan Lock, a 31-year-old Londoner who is setting out for Antarctica next month. He plans to traverse the continent from the coastline to the South Pole, on foot, dragging a sled of 60 kilograms, or 130 pounds, harnessed to his waist. What makes Mr. Lock especially remarkable is that he is visually impaired. He was an ofﬁ cer in the Royal Navy in his early 20s when he began to suffer the effects of macular degeneration, which has left him seeing everything as if through frosted glass, with a moderate degree of peripheral vision remaining. He was discharged and went into ﬁnance. If his trek is successful, he will be the ﬁ rst visually impaired person to make the trip from the coast to the South Pole — about 900 kilometers, or 560 miles, with 3,000 meters, or 9,800 feet, of ascent. He expects it to take about two months, and he will burn more than 7,000 calories a day. Two sighted teammates and a professional guide will accompany him. This is not Mr. Lock’s ﬁ rst endurance adventure since losing his vision. As he has worked to raise awareness for blind causes, he rowed across the Atlantic a few years ago. He has also run the 243-kilometer Marathon de Sables in the Sahara in Morocco. “For me, one of the biggest shocks, if not the biggest, is the fact that in
Training in northern Canada, with team members and an instructor. (Matt Peters Photo/NY TIMES)
losing your eyesight it means that you have to stop doing a lot of sports,” Mr. Lock said. “But there are a lot of things that I can still do. That’s led me to wanting to take on these challenges.” Mr. Lock is part of a group of adventurers seizing upon the buzz of the 100th anniversary of the arrival on the South Pole on Dec. 14, 1911, of Roald Amundsen and his team of Norwegians, who became the ﬁ rst people to set foot there. The Norwegians beat by a month a British team led by Robert Falcon Scott. Tour companies are offering plane rides to the pole on the anniversaries and endurance races are being conducted simulating routes that early explorers followed. Recently, Antarctica has become a bit of a playground for the wealthy and well sponsored. Last December,
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Last cruise ship to visit Portland Sunday The last cruise ship of the 2011 season will visit Portland on Sunday, before departing for Bar Harbor. Carrying 2,100 passengers an 869 crew, the Jewel of the Seas , a Royal Caribbean International
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Paving work to close Exit 48 Saturday The Maine Turnpike Authority plans to close the off-ramps to Exit 48, (Riverside Street at Larrabee Road) on Saturday, October 21, to allow for paving. The southbound off-ramp to exit 48 will be closed from approximately 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by the northbound off-ramp from approximately 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Turnpike users wishing to access Riverside Street during the respective work hours will be directed to use Exit 47. Overnight paving was not possible Wednesday or Thursday due to steady rain, according to MTA. The authority was forced to schedule daylight paving this weekend with upcoming overnight forecasts showing temperatures possibly dipping below 40 degrees, officials said.
The city is looking for a 40-foot to 60-foot well-rounded tree to be decorated with hundreds of LED lights and installed at Monument Square in downtown Portland for the holiday season. For decades, this tree has been the pinnacle decoration erected in the city with thousands of families and children traveling far and wide for a glimpse of its splendor, city spokesperson Nicole Clegg said in a press release. “Each year we look for a stately and well-rounded tree within 15 miles of Portland that a resident needs to have taken down. If selected, the tree will be cut down and transported downtown at no cost to the home owner,” said Portland city arborist Jeff Tarling. Submissions should be sent to info@ portlandmaine.com with a picture of the tree and the address and phone number for the owner. You can also mail a picture and contact information to Portland’s Downtown District, 549 Congress Street, Portland, Maine 04101.
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Mayoral candidates in their own words Question: Many candidates for mayor are talking about education issues, including the need to reduce the city’s drop-out rate, ﬁ x our school buildings and increase our share in state funding. Although the city has a separate school board, do you believe Portland’s mayor should take a leading role in education issues or education policy? Speciﬁ cally, what if anything would you do as mayor to strengthen Portland’s public school system?
Jodie Lapchick Age: 49 Occupation: Strategic Marketing Consultant Neighborhood: West End Providing quality education will attract families and businesses to Portland. And educating our children is a top priority; they are our future citizens, leaders and workers. If elected Mayor, I will focus on supporting our elected School Committee and Superintendant in the following ways, beginning with increasing our tax base. The most effective way to increase our tax base by ensuring successful implementation in the City’s new Economic Development Plan (which can be found on the City’s website). The Essential Programs and Services (EPS) formula determines whether Portland receives a proper amount of state funding to provide a quality education for our children. As such,I will make it a priority to understand the policies that shape EPS and work with leaders around the state in to ensure we get our fair share. Further, It has been clearly demonstrated that the cost of adding a universal quality early childhood education to our school system would far outweigh the cost of not doing so. Even if we had to borrow every dime, the future savings potential is tenfold. Finally, I will support efforts to facilitate private-public partnerships to help offer every child a network of support in the community to help support them in their achievement as students and young adults.
Ethan Strimling Age: 43 Occupation: CEO of LearningWorks Neighborhood: West End “I moved to Portland because I wanted the best education for my children.” After serving as your mayor, that is what I will want to hear. But right now, the opposite is true. While Scarborough and
South Portland have increased enrollment since 2004, Portland’s school population has decreased by over 300 kids. As the CEO of LearningWorks, for 14 years I have run programs focused on educational excellence and achievement for thousands of Portland kids and adults; after-school programming in Portland’s elementary schools; an alternative high school on thepeninsula; English language classes for immigrants and refugees; and, literacy tutoring for adults across the city. These programs have advanced hundreds of people academically and allowed them to build more stable lives. So, why is Portland losing students? Well, while we have two schools that are nationally recognized for their excellence, we also have two elementary schools on the federal “failing” list. Approximately 20% of our kids drop out before graduating high school. Hundreds of our elementary school students do not advance a full grade each year. Over 50% of our high school students do not meet the national standards in math and science. And many of our buildings are falling apart and in desperate need of capital funds. We need to get City Hall more involved in the education of our kids. Right now they are too hands off. “That’s the school board’s job” is too often the refrain. Our schools are everyone’s responsibility — from a leadership perspective, from an efﬁ ciency perspective, and from an outcome perspective. Our mayor must communicate and demand the best from our schools.
Ralph Carmona Age: 60 Occupation: Civic Leader Neighborhood: Munjoy Hill In some cities, the mayor has taken control of the school system; in others, the cities have kept separate their own governing structures and budgets. The reality is that administering a public school district and a city are fundamentally different. This Mayor’s central investment for a stable society and economic growth is to have students prepared with skills needed for this century’s new economy. I will be at the forefront for our public schools. I will explore ways to consolidate operations and maintain a mutual understanding on budgetary items. This will be part of my Portland on the Rise agenda and national outreach to what other mayors and cities are doing. Immigrants are a growing segment of the school district. I have lived that life of struggling between cultures in a school with a high dropout rate, and understand the need to integrate those communities as we respect their differences. One way to decrease dropouts is to bring together
law enforcement, public works, and parks and recreation resources. Such cross-departmental initiatives have proven to be signiﬁ cant in decreasing the dropout rate, increasing student attendance and diversity of use. Portland’s community believes in its schools – witness the more than 100,000 hours of volunteer time given to the district. All of this in the face of a $6 million cut in federal and state revenues and the desperate need for bond measure support for infrastructure investments. These cuts put Portland schools on a slippery slope. I will make Portland schools’ growing diversity part of the a case for school funding, consistent with Maine public opinion that education is a wise investment that creates real beneﬁ ts in the future. Underfunded preventive maintenance and failed capital improvements have left places like Hall Elementary School, West Presumpscot, Reiche, Lyseth and Longfellow in bad shape. As mayor, I will work to resolve issues of infrastructure investment within a four-year period because Portland public schools are the best investment America can make.
David Marshall Age: 33 Occupation: artist, landlord, gallery owner, city councilor Neighborhood: West End As Mayor, I will take a leading role to strengthen our school system by investing in our school buildings and working to increase enrollment. The Portland City Charter provides strong autonomy to the Board of Public Education and the Superintendent concerning school policies and line items in the school budget. To support the schools, I will utilize tools that are not available to the School Department, such as the Capital Improvements Program, zoning, and incentives. A coordinated marketing campaign to attract and retain students is another way the city departments and the school departments can work together. During the development of the School Budget, I will play a central role in working with the City Council and the Board of Public Education to develop a budget. Speciﬁcally, I will support the schools by: 1. investing in our school buildings on an annual basis through the Capital Improvements Program to transform our schools into state-of-art learning facilities; 2. securing federal and state grant funds to improve our school buildings and educational opportunities; 3. growing the population of our city to increase enrollment by changing land-use codes in business zones and by using incentives to encourage the development of housing; 4. attracting new families by marketing our schools to young families; 5. maintaining enrolled students in
our system by marketing to families with students in transitional grades;
Charles Bragdon Age:43 Occupation: cab driver and newspaper publisher Neighborhood: Munjoy Hill I believe that we have a school board and superintendent of schools for a reason and I don’t think it should be part of the Mayor’s job to try to micro-manage this department. I think they have proven in the last three years that we can count on them to carry their own weight and I would not be the guy to try to change that part of the current system. If we want the Mayor to make decisions to do with our children’s education, then why would we need a school board?
Michael Brennan Age: 58 Occupation: Policy Associate at the Muskie School at the University of Southern Maine Neighborhood: Back Cove Recently, I was endorsed by local leaders on education policy. Glenn Cummings, Steve Lovejoy, and Justin Costa are supporting me because next year, Portland will lose a million dollars in school funding. Having a strong education system is critical to the future of Portland, and I am the only candidate to release a plan to return the funding to Portland. It is imperative that this is accomplished. Doing so will keep property taxes reasonable and ensure quality schools and learning programs for every resident of Portland. I have the experience, the leadership ability, and the knowledge to make Portland the home of a world-class education system. I secured over $20 million in funding for the construction of the East End and Ocean Avenue Schools, as well as the ﬁ rst ever state funding for English Language Learning programs in Portland. I enacted legislation allowing high school students to earn credit towards a college degree, and held a key role in the creation of Maine’s community college system. Since serving in the legislature, I have continued to work on educational issues, this past year drafting legislation regarding college achievement and summer school lunch programs for low income students. When Portland schools have needed help, I have responded. I would do the same as mayor. see next page
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Nick Mavodones Age: 51 Occupation: operations manager, Casco Bay Lines Neighborhood: Back Cove Our teachers do a good job educating our children, but we must do better. We start by investing in both our infrastructure and teachers and focusing on early childhood education. This will get more kids to graduation who are prepared to succeed in the 21st century economy. For too long the state has underfunded the construction of our schools, and if the Augusta continues to neglect its responsibility, I will ask the voters of Portland to pass a bond for the construction and renovation of our schools. It is important to recognize that education policy is set by the School Board and the superintendent. But the Mayor has a role as well. Our next Mayor must use the position to make sure our students are getting the best possible education. Whether that means advocating for resources in Augusta and Washington, or speaking out on issues that need public input, Portland’s elected Mayor will help shape the future of our neighborhood schools.
Jill Duson Age: 57 Occupation: Retired Attorney; Former Director, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, Maine Dept. of Labor Neighborhood: North Deering As the elected Mayor, I will know how to organize a proactive legislative agenda and partner with others to ﬁ ght for Portland’s interests in Augusta and D.C. because I have done government relations work in Maine for nearly 25 years. I will bring to the ofﬁce a track record of integrity and focused no nonsense advocacy built over years of work with elected leaders in Augusta and D.C. This Mayor will lead a collaborative process to pull together a state legislative agenda for Portland in advance of each session and take a lead role in advocating on education issues and education policy in partnership with school leaders. This Mayor will partner with similarly situated communities to ﬁ ght for Portland’s fair share of resources from Augusta and to defeat policies that unfairly hobble Portland. Additionally, as an experienced government relations manager, I will partner with lead city staff, congressional ofﬁces and key federal agency staff to target and monitor national developments to protect Portland’s interest and to access resources to assist Portland’s economy and that of the state.
Markos Miller Age: 43 Occupation: Teacher Neighborhood: Munjoy Hill Educational policy resides with the Board of Education; implementation of that policy resides with the superintendent and staff. However, education is a top priority, and as such, our mayor must be able to demonstrate collaborative leadership with these partners to articulate priorities, raise awareness, and to rally resources to address our educational needs. As a Portland teacher I have ﬁ rst hand knowledge of the strengths and challenges in our schools, and play an active role in meeting these challenges. When our schools were struggling to meet federal mandates I went back to school and am now serving on a district task-force that is bringing greater accountability and support to our teachers and administrators. As mayor I will be uniquely positioned to work with educational leadership to engage in informed discussions, develop strategies, and support our educational priorities. For example, I support the superintendent’s call for universal pre-school for Portland 4-year olds and will work at the local, state, and national levels to bring necessary funding to Portland. Many children enter kindergarden already behind in basic literacy or educational development. Research shows there is no better educational investment than in pre-K education. This strategic investment is right for Portland’s children, Portland’s schools, and Portland’s future. Portland lacks educational leadership in City Hall. The mayor must be able to demonstrate shared leadership to advance Portland’s educational goals. As mayor I will have the knowledgeable base necessary to discuss the details of our school policies, implementation, and advocate for resources for the success of our schools.
Chris Vail Age: 40 Occupation: Portland ﬁreﬁghter Neighborhood: North Deering I believe everyone in the community should take a role in education issues and policy. Most importantly we need our parents to step up and stay/get involved in their children’s lives. We cannot have our schools viewed as our children’s daycare. We, as a city need and the city’s children need parents to generate passionate interest and involvement in education. I will, as mayor, take a leading role in education issues, but will take a back seat to the direct involvement with policy. I think it is the responsibility of the school board and on a larger level the responsibility of our parents and community to develop educational policy. The role I will take in relation to the
school department issues will be creating accountability. I will be the one to ask the tough questions and examine the department and engage the people in leadership roles within the school department. We need to examine the test program at Reiche Elementary of a tenured-teacher style leadership, instead of the one principal per school tradition. We need to ﬁ nd out innovative ways to work in the school department and channel money to the teachers and the classrooms instead of bureaucratic top heavy management. I will examine my idea of implementing a position of city school department truant ofﬁcer/guidance counselor. I believe this is a program that can be developed by working with our Portland Police Department and creating a staff that will work with our Portland Schools to deﬁ ne and create relationships and accountability with our school kids. These are the ﬁrst steps to strengthen our school system, the real foundation to help our children and teachers to attain success here in Portland.
John Eder Age: 42 Occupation: grassroots organizer, mental health technician, student Neighborhood: West End I respect the school board is independently elected for their expertise and will let them do their work. However, I will work closely with the new superintendent to demand accountability and see that tough questions are asked and answered. I will make sure scarce resources are directed at the point of learning, including extra curricular programs, like music and community outreach. School bullying and a difﬁ cult home life can have a detrimental effect on dropout rates. Schools need to be safe places. I was an at risk youth myself, having been bullied because my best friend in high school was gay, and coming from a home devastated by alcohol and mental illness. I dropped out of high school for a year before returning to earn my diploma. Positive role models and public service delivered me from a life of desperation, they transformed me into the community leader I am today. This experience enables me to have an open and candid dialog with students. The next generation of our community is being prepared in our schools. We can cultivate a robust a public service program for students to build a sense of responsibility and community. By building characters and resumes of our young citizens, in the interest of public service, Portland will reap lasting beneﬁts for generations to come.
Hamza Haadoow Age: 37 Occupation: Assistant manager, Goodwill of Northern NewEngland Neighborhood: East Deering
I believe our schools are doing well but they can do better. As a mayor I will be an advocate for students, for the teachers, and I will focus on how they will get the necessary tools that they need in order to educate our children.
Jed Rathband Age: 39 Occupation: Marketing consultant Neighborhood: East Bayside Yes, I do believe the mayor should play a leading role in shaping education policy. However, it will be the role of the school board to design that policy, driven by what is appropriate and effective with respect to the school budget. As mayor, I will work to champion their best ideas and ﬁ ght for, and devise innovative ways to supply, the funding they will need to realize. My own hope is to create a nationally recognized Gifted and Talented program that helps challenge our well-performing children. Our schools do their best to help all students, but oftentimes teachers ﬁ nd themselves teaching to those who are most in need of special attention, and therefore not challenging our top students. That has to change. Without challenging, rigorous classes for all students we will continue to see our best and brightest move out of the system, depleting the diversity in the classroom. If we could boast the best school system in Maine and New England we would solve our economic development issues in Portland. Innovators are drawn to districts with good schools. Entrepreneurs and job creators of the future want a community with great schools, both for their own children and for a source of skilled labor. Smart begets smart, and that’s where jobs and economic development take hold. We must put education ﬁrst as our number one economic development tool.
Richard Dodge Age: 59 Occupation: commercial real estate broker, business owner Neighborhood: Deering Yes, I think the mayor should work closely with the superintendent. I think Jim Morse has done a terriﬁ c job of rebuilding the school system and integrating the different school programs so they are all on the same page. I would like to see more after school tutoring programs for all the schools. When I was chairman of the Portland Housing Authority, we put in place an after school tutoring program both at Riverton and Kennedy Park,staffed by volunteers. If parents want to see their children succeed, they need to get involved. *Editor’s note: Next week, the candidates will answer questions about business regulation and the importance of the creative economy.
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No injuries during Lebanon standoff
Protesters occupy square’s Bank of America
Police arrested a 35-year-old Lebanon man Thursday following a nearly ﬁve hour standoff with police negotiators. Jason Pelletier was charged with criminal threatening and possessing a ﬁrearm by a felon after Maine State Police were called to his home to do a welfare check on his 7-year-old son. Pelletier refused to let police enter his home and ofﬁ cials say the situation escalated when “Pelletier introduced his dog to the dispute,” according to Steve McCausland, a state police spokesman. Pelletier released his son sometime after the state police tactical team and negotiators began talking with him, McCausland said. The incident started at about 2 p.m. and Pelletier later surrendered to police at 6:30 p.m. No injuries were reported Pelletier’s son was placed in the care of his mother. There were no ﬁ rearms displayed during the standoff, however police recovered a gun inside the home after the incident. Pelletier was being held at the York County Jail.
Dozens of protestors stood outside of One City Center’s Bank of America Friday as part of the ongoing Occupy Maine movement. Two security guards watched from the top steps of the bank entrance as at least 30 protestors reportedly chanted “banks got bought out, we got sold out” and “we are the 99 percent.” The protest was organized by Occupy Maine, an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement that started in New York City more than a month ago and has spread across the nation. Occupy Maine has been protesting for weeks from Monument Square and Lincoln Park. The movement wants the government to break up monopolies among ﬁ nancial institutions; force the companies to pay for their own bailouts with a tax of 0.1 percent on all trades of stocks and bonds and a 0.01 percent tax on all trades of derivatives; a halt to public money for private lobbying; congressional repeal of a carried-interest tax break for hedge-fund managers; and changes to the way bank executives get paid.
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Crew members’ family were aboard vessel during a ‘training exercise’ FIRE BOAT from page one
been a preventable event.” The top commander of the Portland Fire Department went on to say that two of his firefighters “failed to comply with common practices and U.S. Coast Guard navigation rules to ensure the safe operation of the vessel,” the statement said. Capt. Christopher Goodall and firefighter Joseph Murphy face disciplinary action, said Clegg, who declined to discuss the nature of the weekend training exercise — only to say that it’s not uncommon to be training shortly before 6 p.m. on a Saturday. “There are no such things as weekends,” said Clegg, referring to the around-the-clock shifts for firefighters. “There is no weekend in the firefighter world,” she added. The city only expects to pay $25,000 - the amount of the insurance deductible - to repair the vessel. Officials say they expect it to be repaired by the end of the month. Clegg declined to give any further information on the incident, citing personnel rules and union contracts that prevent any additional information being released. She explained that once the process is finalized, City Hall will be able to discuss the matter in greater detail. LaMontagne announced he has
The $3.2 million MV City of Portland IV, shown above in Casco Bay, struck an object near Ft. Gorges on Oct. 15. The city said yesterday that two ﬁ reﬁghters were suspended without pay in connection with the incident, which was deemed “preventable” (FILE PHOTO).
directed his deputy chief to review the department’s practices and policies surrounding the transportation of civilians. Clegg would not say whether it’s common practice for family members to be present during training exercises. This is not the first time the Portland Fire Department’s new vessel
was temporarily knocked out of service. In November 2009, the boat ran aground on a submerged ledge near Cushing Island, which caused an estimated $90,000 worth of damage. The accident occurred a month after the fire boat began service. The fire official piloting the boat
during that incident retired before the department finished its investigation, Clegg said. The Portland Fire Department has two fire boats and a smaller skiff. The MV Joseph Cavallaro entered service into service in 1993 and is primarily used for water rescues. The MV City of Portland IV is used to battle fires.
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By Holiday Mathis SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You are emboldened by distance. That’s why email is so dangerous: You can write things you wouldn’t say in person, especially if you knew you would soon be seeing the other person. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Life is too short to overreact to the parts of it you can’t control. Knowing this, you will spend your time in trafﬁ c or waiting in line doing something more productive than stewing. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19 ). A strange old feeling comes back around, signaling that it is ﬁ nally time to give yourself the warmhearted attention you did not get years ago when you really needed it. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You’ll solve problems by ﬁ rst of all believing that it is possible to solve them. Giving up hope too soon is a danger. Consider taking a temporary break (instead of quitting altogether) and coming back to the issue later. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’ll work on expressing yourself with clarity and simplicity. You may not reach the goal, but adopting an effective communication style gives you the best chance. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 22). Your talent for uniting and organizing others will be put to good use this year. You’ll generously help friends and worthy causes and will enjoy a windfall when others return the favor. A project takes off in November. Advertise in January. You’ll make an extremely fortuitous commitment in March. July brings travel. Leo and Sagittarius people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 14, 39, 22 and 1.
by Jan Eliot
HOROSCOPE ARIES (March 21-April 19 ). Be careful not to mix up the nonessentials with the essentials. Things like proper rest and a good haircut are not frivolous at all, nor is anything that helps you feel good and attract the best in life. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You can have the goods, but you also have to know how to present them, or no one will buy in. Avoid working completely alone. Gather impressions from others. A partner or mentor can help you home in on a strategy. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You respond well to positive feedback. When you know you’re being heard, cared about and accepted, you will form an immediate bond with the one who offers you this acceptance. CANCER (June 22-July 22). When you are willing to interpret events in a very positive way, magic happens. What at ﬁ rst seems like a mistake will turn out to be the best part of a process or the most brilliant aspect of the end result. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You want life to be simple, and yet nothing is one way. Work and relationships are multifaceted. Discounting the evidence that doesn’t support your initial belief about a person or situation would be unwise. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The one who keeps everything inside forces you to pretend you’re a mind reader. If you have to guess what another person is thinking, try to guess something positive. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Certain thoughts have a gravitational pull, leading you down a spiral of untruths. But if you can resist believing the ﬁ rst one in the series, you’ll skip over the black hole and dance in the light.
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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Saturday, Oct. 22, the 295th day of 2011. There are 70 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 22, 1811, composer and piano virtuoso Franz Liszt was born in the Hungarian town of Raiding in present-day Austria. On this date: In 1746, Princeton University was first chartered as the College of New Jersey. In 1797, French balloonist Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the fi rst parachute descent, landing safely from a height of about 3,000 feet over Paris. In 1836, Sam Houston was inaugurated as the fi rst constitutionally elected president of the Republic of Texas. In 1883, the original Metropolitan Opera House in New York held its grand opening with a performance of Gounod’s “Faust.” In 1928, Republican presidential nominee Herbert Hoover spoke of the “American system of rugged individualism” in a speech at New York’s Madison Square Garden. In 1934, bank robber Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd was shot to death by federal agents at a farm in East Liverpool, Ohio. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy announced a quarantine of all offensive military equipment shipped to Cuba, following the discovery of Soviet-built missile bases on the island. In 1979, the U.S. government allowed the deposed Shah of Iran to travel to New York for medical treatment — a decision that precipitated the Iran hostage crisis. French conductor and music teacher Nadia Boulanger died in Paris. In 1981, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization was decertifi ed by the federal government for its strike the previous August. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed into law sweeping tax-overhaul legislation. One year ago: WikiLeaks released 391,831 purported Iraq war logs that suggested more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians had died in the conflict. Today’s Birthdays: Actress Joan Fontaine is 94. Actor Christopher Lloyd is 73. Actor Derek Jacobi is 73. Actor Tony Roberts is 72. Actress Annette Funicello is 69. Actress Catherine Deneuve is 68. Rock musician Leslie West (Mountain) is 66. Actor Jeff Goldblum is 59. Movie director Bill Condon is 56. Actor Luis Guzman is 54. Actor-writerproducer Todd Graff is 52. Rock musician Cris Kirkwood is 51. Actor-comedian Bob Odenkirk is 49. Olympic gold medal figure skater Brian Boitano is 48. Actress Valeria Golino is 45. Comedian Carlos Mencia is 44. Country singer Shelby Lynne is 43. Actress Saffron Burrows is 39. Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson is 36. Actor Michael Fishman is 30. Talk show host Michael Essany is 29. Rock musician Zac Hanson is 26. Actor Jonathan Lipnicki is 21. Actress Sofia Vassilieva is 19.
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Videos piece together Qaddaﬁs’ﬁ nal minutes (NY TIMES) — An examination of several brief video clips that have emerged since Col. Muammar elQaddaﬁ and his son Muatassim were killed on Thursday seems to suggest that both men suffered their fatal wounds some time after they were captured. At the end of a revolution against the Qaddaﬁ family’s rule that was, in part, propelled by video of protests and repression recorded on cellphones and distributed through social media, Reuters has posted graphic footage of Libyans crowding around the bodies of Colonel Qaddaﬁ and Muatassim Qaddaﬁ , eagerly capturing digital images of the two corpses as souvenirs. The gruesome images of both men appear to offer clues as to how they died. The Reuters video of Colonel Qaddaﬁ ’s body, stripped to the waist and awaiting burial in a commercial meat locker, concludes with close-up images of what appears to be a wound from a gunshot to the left side of his head. The news agency’s video of Muatassim Qaddaﬁ ’s body, on display in a house on Thursday night, zooms in on a gaping hole in his throat. While it is difﬁ cult to determine the exact chronology of all of the clips posted online in the last 36 hours, the ﬁrst images of Colonel Qaddaﬁ in captivity (embedded at the top of this post) appear to have been taken by Ali Algadi, a rebel ﬁ ghter with an iPhone. Mr. Algadi told the American news site GlobalPost, which obtained and published his video, that he began recording just seconds after the former Libyan leader was dragged from a drainage pipe beneath a road near the city of Surt on Thursday. While the scene is chaotic, and the iPhone footage is shaky, it is clear that Colonel Qaddaﬁwas still alive when he was captured and able to stand, although he was clearly dazed and the left side of his face was splattered with blood. The video also shows that several of the men who took custody of the deposed leader were dressed in camouﬂ age shirts or pants, and at least one man in the background seems to have been wearing what looks like a bulletproof vest. Tracey Shelton, who obtained the footage for GlobalPost, reported that Colonel Qaddaﬁ ’s captors “can be heard shouting, ‘Don’t kill him! Don’t kill him! We need him alive!’ throughout the footage.”
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Saturday, Oct. 22 Flu vaccinations for spouses of veterans
7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The University of New England College of Pharmacy and Hannaford Supermarkets are partnering with the Maine Veterans Affairs Healthcare System to offer inﬂuenza vaccinations for spouses of veterans. The VA system already provides ﬂ u shots for veterans, but does not have the staff or vaccine supply to offer this service to spouses. UNE faculty and more than 20 students have volunteered to administer the vaccine. Maine has more veterans per capita than any other state in the nation. The ﬂ u shots will be administered on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Togus VA in Augusta; and on Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Portland Veterans Center. For more information, visit www.une.edu.
Woodard & Curran fun run
8:30 a.m. “Enjoy a beautiful fall day on this 3.14-mile course — with pie for all runners and walkers at the end! Festivities include a Fun Run for kids, disk jockey and music, and emceed by WMTW News 8.” 8:30 a.m. Fun Run for Kids 10 and Under; 9 a.m. Race Start. Woodard & Curran, 41 Hutchins Drive, Portland. The course begins on Hutchins Drive, proceeds left on Outer Congress Street, turns onto the Unum campus, connects with Portland Trails’ Stroudwater Trail, and concludes on Hutchins Drive. Pre-registration: $15 thru Oct. 20. Race Day registration: $20. Free T-shirts while supplies last. Prizes for top runners. Register at www.woodardcurranfoundation.org. Check out the route: www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4369 0542 A fun run for children 10 and under will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the main race beginning at 9 a.m. Tracy Sabol from News 8 WMTW will be there as well as Darth Vader & a StormTrooper from the 501st NEG. “The Woodard & Curran Foundation is dedicated to local and global solutions for a healthier world.”
Brunch to beneﬁt Outward Bound for Veterans at Woods at Canco
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Woods at Canco retirement community, located at 257 Canco Road in Portland, will host a brunch to support the Outward Bound for Veterans program, a nonproﬁt. The public is invited. “Outward Bound for Veterans helps returning service members and recent veterans readjust to life at home through powerful wilderness courses that draw on the teamwork and challenge through use of the natural world.” To RSVP, or to learn more, please call The Woods at Canco at 772-4777. Donations can also be made online at www.holidaytouch.com/outwardbound.
Work Day at Fort Preble
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. “The Fort Preble Preservation Committee will hold a Work Day (Rain Date: Saturday, Oct. 29). The FPPC will be scraping, painting, weeding, clearing out brush and more in the most exposed area of the Fort. The public is invited to participate. The FPPC asks that volunteers wear appropriate clothing (suitable for outdoors in October in Maine, including work boots, long sleeves and long pants) and bring safety glasses and hand tools (clippers, pruners, saws, etc.) if they have them. Refreshments will be provided as well as a tour of some interior sections of the Fort. The FPPC is a collaboration by the City of South Portland and the Southern Maine Community College to bring attention to the importance of the Fort in the community’s place in history. Part of the working mission of the committee is to protect the surviving grounds, structures and buildings of Fort Preble and to interpret the various uses of the grounds, structures and buildings of the Fort to the public.” For more information, please contact Leslie Barteaux at email@example.com or 741.5975
Maine Artisan Craft Fair
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Celebrate the start of the season with this select group of local artists and craftsmen, exhibiting handcrafted jewelry, apparel, watercolors and so much more.” Falmouth American Legion Hall, 65 Depot Road, Falmouth.
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad rides
Diane Rood pauses at the High Street intersection with Congress Street as the city’s Christmas tree passes on its way to Monume nt Square during the traditional delivery of the tree in November 2010. The Portland Downtown District put out the word this month:The city needs a 40-foot to 60-foot well-rounded tree to be decorated with hundreds of LED lights and installed at Monument Square in do wntown Portland for the holiday season. “Each year we look for a stately and well-rounded tree within 10 miles of Portland that a resident needs to have taken down. If selected, the tree will be cut down and transported downtown at no cost to the home owner,” said Portland City Arborist Jeff Tarling. Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with a picture of the tree and the address and phone number for the owner. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO) noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Train tickets can be purchased at the museum the day of the event. The railroad is located at 58 Fore Street in Portland, on the waterfront, at the foot of Munjoy Hill. Directions and more information about the railroad can be found at www.mainenarrowgauge.org or by calling 828-0814.
We Love Munjoy Hill Festival
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The We Love Munjoy Hill Festival will offer a chance to meet, mingle and celebrate the spirit of this eclectic neighborhood. The festival features live music, food, art and craft vendors, community groups, prize rafﬂ es, kids’ activities, games and demonstrations. The event is presented by the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization in collaboration with the Munjoy Hill Community Policing Center and Portland Recreation. East End Community School, 195 North St., Portland. Live music, food, art and craft vendors, community groups, prize rafﬂ es, kids’ activities, games and demonstrations. Information: munjoyhill. org, email@example.com or 775-3050
Fall Family Day at the Museum
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Portland Museum of Art features a special family cost: Half-off admission to participating families. All children must be accompanied by an adult. “Discover your family in the Museum! Join us as we welcome families to experiment with activities for the entire family to enjoy; from stroller kits and interactive gallery games to Family Voices cell phone tours and Child’s Play, a family space in the McLellan House. Look and learn as you invite the great art masters, such as Winslow Homer and Picasso, into your family! A children’s lunch special will be on the menu in the Museum Café.”
10 a.m. The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad is pleased to announce it will be running steam Locomotive No. 4, built by Vulcan Iron Works in 19 18, in conjunction with this year’s Fall Harvest weekends. The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4pm through the end of Today, the public is invited to book readings and October. Train trips along scenic Casco signings during a Children’s Book Celebration at Bay run on the hour at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Portland Public Library. (COURTESY IMAGE)
‘Fall into Books’ celebration for children at PPL
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Fall into Books” — A Downeast Children’s Book Celebration with seven children’s book authors and illustrators. Book readings and signings. Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library.
Savory Samplings at the Marketplace
noon. Join 160 food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries and epicurean purveyors for a viewing of Maine-made products at the Savory Samplings Marketplace. Session I, noon to 2:30 p.m.
Price is $45 at Oceanside Pavilion at the Ocean Gateway. Savory Samplings at the Marketplace — Session II is from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Part of Harvest on the Harbor. www. harvestontheharbor.com
Madeleine de Sinéty Gallery Talk
1 p.m. Gallery Talks, Saturdays at 1 p.m., Portland Museum of Art. Circa 2011: Madeleine de Sinéty by Jaqueline Bucar. 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., Great Hall. “Madeleine de Sinéty captures daily life that no longer exists. More than an historical account of a life-long disappeared, de Sinéty portrays the joy, dignity, and independent spirit of people with a creative perspective. Her creative eye reaches across to other cultures, applying the same perspective to present a creative documentary of another people, another time.” The exhibit is on display through Dec. 31. De Sinéty has been a resident of Rangeley, Maine for the past 30 years. This exhibition is the fourth in a series of exhibitions called Circa that explores compelling aspects of contemporary art in the state of Maine and beyond. www.portlandmuseum.org
Beneﬁt for WMPG’s Power Up! campaign
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. At Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., WMPG will record two half-hour episodes of “Watch Your Language!” for later rebroadcast. “Watch Your Language!” is a game show celebrating the complexity, beauty and downright weirdness of the English language, written and played by local wordsmiths, wits and raconteurs. The show is hosted by Suzanne Murphy of WMPG’s public affairs program, Big Talk, written by Kate O’Halloran and Joanne Fedorocko, and played by Josh Bodwell, Alan Brewer, Margaret Cleveland, Mary Beth Davidson, Marcia Goldenberg, John Spritz, and Caroline Teschke. The show is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5, with all proceeds to beneﬁ t WMPG’s Power Up! signal improvement campaign. Through a transmitter move and signiﬁcant power increase, Power Up! will bring a strong WMPG signal to ﬁ ve times as many Southern Maine listeners as receive it now. The new str onger transmitter is expected be in operation by November.
Hospice of Southern Maine event
5:30 p.m. At Deering Oaks, Southern Maine’s only comprehensive hospice program celebrates the lives of Maine’s military and other loved ones at a public memorial candle ceremony. “Candles within the luminaria will be lit at twilight. Following the ceremony, the public is invited to wander through the wonderland of lights reﬂecting on those who have brought love and light into their lives. In addition, a special tribute to Maine’s military will be incorporated into the ceremony. The press is invited to learn more about the positive impact of Hospice of Southern Maine in the community.” Footbridge at Deering Oaks. see page 18
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less person has picked our city to live in,” Susan Fredette said. “Every time I come to the Square, I’m asked over and over for a handout. And some of these people are pretty aggressive.” Susan’s friend, Kathi, agrees. “The young ones, they get right in your face and when you say ‘no’, they usually make a rude comment or keep pressuring you — it scares me,” Kathi said. “I mean, I feel sorry for them, but did you ever notice that some of those people asking for money are also the ones that have a cell phone or an iPod?” John Westman, who works in One City Center, used to bring his clients to lunch or dinner at one of the restaurants in the square, but doesn’t any longer. “I have nothing against people wanting to be in the Square, but when 75 percent of the people hanging out are, well, scary looking — it doesn’t make a good impression for Portland,” Westman said. “I’m all for diversity, but why do people have to use Monument Square to publicly express their views? I’m so sick of hearing those jerks preach to me about God. And why have the homeless picked this square to camp out in all day?” The impact of people like John choosing to take their business somewhere else has been felt by people who work in the Square. A woman who gave her name as “Amy,” who did not want to be identiﬁ ed, has worked at the Public
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Some of the city’s homeless take refuge in Monument Square during the day. Above, a man walks past someone sleeping on a bench (MATTHEW ARCO PHOTO).
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said it’s because the area creeps them out now. Too many weird people hanging out. It’s hard for me because a lot of those ‘weird people’ are my friends.” “Amy” said she can understand how people would be freaked out by the way a lot of her friends look. “But, just because we dress weird and think differently than you do, well, that doesn’t make us bad,” Amy said. “I agree though, there are a lot more homeless in the Square. But where are they supposed to go?” Tom Paterson, a visitor from New York, said the square looks like parts of Manhattan — and not in the good way. “There is so much charm and history in this city, there really is,” Paterson said. “But, look over there, look at all those people hanging out in front of the library — I don’t know if they’re homeless or what their story is, but seeing that out front does not make me want to go inside the library. In fact, we just left the (public) market because those same types of people were hanging around upstairs, not even eating, just taking up space and looking dirty. That’s not where I want to buy and eat my lunch.” A waiter at David’s restaurant who did not want to be named said nighttime in the square is no better. “Between all the homeless and young a**holes screaming and yelling in the Square — who wants to see or listen to that when they’re eating?” Joe asked. “And then you add all the people hanging out from the clubs who have bands up the street, well — hell yea, I wouldn’t feel safe either. But what bothers me the most is that I make (lousy) money because fewer people are coming in. If people don’t come into the square anymore, it effects all of us.” Of the 28 people who gave their opinions about the square on this past rainy Thursday, not one mentioned crime. The issues were truly in the eye of the beholder. “I think this area has great potential,” Bill St. Laurent, of Boston, said. “It just needs to be cleaned up, bring in some more benches and outdoor vendors. Make it like the commons in Boston, add some trees and ﬂowers. If you ﬁll this area with more things for people to see and do, people like them (pointing to a group of four men and two women sitting on the walkway, smoking and swearing loudly on their cell phones) would go away.” More things for people to see and do would have pleased a small group of tourists from a visiting cruise ship. “Where is everything? What’s there to do here?” Jane Freedman of West Palm Beach, Florida asked. “They told us on board that this was a great place to walk around. Where? I don’t see anything special. That Old Port was nice, but where’s the museums? Where’s all that history they were telling us about? I should have stayed on the boat.” Several businesses in the square, whose employees did not want to be identiﬁed, are hoping the city and police will clean up the area and not make it a hang out for, what Patterson called “The undesirables.” One business owner thinks that there needs to be stricter rules about what can and cannot go on in the square. A retail clerk suggested more historic stuff to read and look at in the square. “I’ve lived in Portland all my life, 72 years,” Lisa Talbot said. “I’ve seen many, many changes to this downtown area. But I’m proud of my town. I like all the different people here in the square, it makes it interesting. These kids are harmless. So what if they dress crazy or sing for some money. It’s just like the sixties, we did the same thing then, right here.” “Ralph,” a young homeless man from Rhode Island, sat on a bench with his sign saying, ‘No Money, No Home, No Food’. “I’ve been in Portland since May and I love it here,” Ralph said. “People here are nice. They help me out. Last year I had a condo and a great job. Now I sleep behind this building and beg for money. Who’ll hire me when I can’t even shower?” Ralph took a long pause as he stared at his sign. A passing woman hands him a $5 bill. “I need to ﬁx my sign,” Ralph said. “I need to write, ‘Thank you, Portland’.”
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To cut costs, no weekend lunches for Texas prison inmates made to its food service include replacing carton milk with powdered milk and using sliced bread instead of hamburger and hot dog buns. Prison administrators said that the cuts were made in response to the state’s multibillion-dollar budget shortfall in 2011, and that the weekend lunches were eliminated in consultation with the agency’s health ofﬁcials and dietitians. Michelle Lyons, an agency spokeswoman, said that inmates with health problems who have been prescribed a therapeutic diet continue to receive three meals per day. By reducing its weekend meals, Texas has set itself apart from most other state prison systems. State inmates in New York, California, Nevada, Florida and several other states are fed three times a day, seven days a week. Federal prisoners receive three meals daily, as do inmates in the county jails throughout Texas. Most states serve their inmates milk in cartons, but Texas prison ofﬁ cials said switching to powdered milk would save them an estimated $3.5 million annually. Ohio and Arizona serve two meals per day on the weekends to reduce food-service costs. Georgia serves two
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them supplied with commissary snacks. The weekend meal reduction appears to be out of step with the standards adopted by the American Correctional Association. In adult prisons, the association recommends serving three meals per day. Variations are allowed based on weekend and holiday foodservice demands as long as the meals meet basic nutritional goals, but the standards do not state that the variations can be done every weekend or as a cost-cutting measure. Daron Hall, the sheriff of Davidson County in Tennessee and the president of the American Correctional Association, said Texas prison ofﬁ cials had adopted a loose interpretation of the food-service standards and needed to monitor the impact of the reductions on inmates. “I’ve never read the standard to mean you can do it every weekend,” he said. “In the economic climate we’re in, you’re asked to do some creative and inventive things. You have to balance that with the safety and welfare of inmates in the facilities.” Prisoners’ rights advocates said that serving inmates fewer than three meals a day falls into a legal gray zone based on various cases around the country.
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HOUSTON — Texas prison ofﬁ cials last month ended the decades-old practice of serving last meals to inmates about to be executed after one man ordered an elaborate feast of hamburgers, pizza and chicken-fried steaks that he did not eat. But the 300 inmates on death row are not the only ones coping with food restrictions. Thousands of other inmates in the Texas prison system have been eating fewer meals since April after ofﬁ cials stopped serving lunch on the weekends in some prisons as a way to cut foodservice costs. About 23,000 inmates in 36 prisons are eating two meals a day on Saturdays and Sundays instead of three. A meal the system calls brunch is usually served between 5 and 7 a.m., followed by dinner between 4 and 6:30 p.m. The meal reductions are part of an effort to trim $2.8 million in foodrelated expenses from the 2011 ﬁ scal year budget of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the state prison agency. Other cuts the agency has
meals per day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, though inmates on work details receive a third meal. Inmates’ relatives and legal advocates in Texas said the elimination of milk in cartons and weekend lunches was an unnecessarily harsh cutback that had a negative effect on prison life. In August, 19 inmates at the Hutchins State Jail near Dallas, one of the 36 prisons that reduced weekend meals, signed a petition and sent it to the Texas afﬁ liate of the American Civil Liberties Union, calling the food cutbacks a violation of the federal Constitution. “I think it’s really easy to take things away from inmates,” said Susan Fenner, executive director of the Texas Inmate Families Association. “One inmate told me, for some of them, that’s all they have to look forward to is a meal.” Inmates are allowed to purchase chips and other snacks from prison commissaries. In prisons that have cut back on weekend meals, food from the commissaries has taken on a new signiﬁ cance. Prisoners’ relatives said the meal reductions affect low-income inmates the most, because their families cannot afford to send money to keep
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Hospice of Southern Maine event
5:30 p.m. At Deering Oaks, Southern Maine’s only comprehensive hospice program celebrates the lives of Maine’s military and other loved ones at a public memorial candle ceremony. “Candles within the luminaria will be lit at twilight. Following the ceremony, the public is invited to wander through the wonderland of lights reﬂecting on those who have brought love and light into their lives. In addition, a special tribute to Maine’s military will be incorporated into the ceremony. The press is invited to learn more about the positive impact of Hospice of Southern Maine in the community.” Footbridge at Deering Oaks.
Fright at the Fort
5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fright at the Fort returns the last two Friday and Saturday nights this October, at the Fort Knox State Historic site, in Prospect, where the 19th Century granite bastion is transformed into a bad nightmare designed to put a chill into the bravest of living souls. Visitors are guided through the dark, fog ﬁlled, twists and turns of the massive granite fortiﬁ cation where the senses are bombarded by sights, sounds and lights that may as well have crawled out of the scariest horror movie. Friday, Oct. 21, is being called “crew night” because groups attending Fright with four or more people will receive a free pumpkin (while they last). Saturday, Oct. 22, will feature ﬁ reworks, at the conclusion of Fright, at 9:15 p.m. (the ﬁreworks may be viewed from the Bucksport waterfront and not the Fort). Ghostport activities in neighboring Bucksport will be taking place all day Saturday, Oct. 22, and will include a cofﬁn race, trebuchet pumpkin chucking, pumpkin carving, chili cook off, concluding with the original George Romero,” Night of the Living Dead” movie (go to fortknox.maineguide.com/fright for Ghostport details). Friday, Oct. 28, the Pirates of the Dark Rose (dead pirates that is) will be joining the other zombies, monsters and ghouls to ratchet up the scare factor. Saturday, Oct. 29, is come in costume night as a warm-up for Halloween the following day. Cap off your Fright evening with a trip to see “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Alamo Theater, in Bucksport. Fright takes place Friday/Saturday, October 22, 23, 29 and 30, from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. (visitors should arrive by 8:30 p.m.). Tickets for Fright are $5 per person and advanced express line tickets are available for $7 per person. Fright express tickets allow people to avoid waiting in line and may be obtained by calling the Friends of Fort Knox at 469-6553.
Zombie movie crew at Bull Moose in Sanford
6 p.m. “Maine ﬁ lmmaker Andy Davis’s Biddeford-made zombie ﬁ lm ‘2’ was recently released on DVD and to celebrate, the cast and crew will be at the Sanford Bull Moose at 1364 Main St. on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. In honor of the release and Halloween, they will judge a zombie costume contest held at Bull Moose, sign copies of the DVD and meet fans.” For more information, call 324-5786.
’90s Scream Halloween Dance
9 p.m. “Do you like ’9 0s horror movies? Do you like to dance? Do you like costume parties? Then mark your calendars, because on Saturday, Oct. 22, your wish is our command! Party at Bubba’s Sulky Lounge ‘DJ Jon.” 92 Portland St. http://www.facebook.com/bubbassulkylounge
Sunday, Oct. 23 OgunquitFest 2011 Costume Parade and Bridge To Beach Bed Race
11:30 a.m. OgunquitFest 2011 Costume Parade at 11:30 a.m., Ogunquit Square to Main Beach. Costumed kids, adults, and canines welcome! Parade starts at 11 a.m. Rain location: Under the tents at the Main Beach Parking Lot. Bridge To Beach Bed Race at noon to 1 p.m., Beach Street bridge to Main Beach parking lot and back. It’s utter bedlam
as teams zoom down Beach Street! Vote on your favorite as teams raise money to vie for the People’s Choice Award. Most Beautiful Bed and Broken Spring winners will also be selected. Weather permitting. Registration sheets available at www.visitogunquit.org.
Rededication of headstone for ﬁreﬁghter
noon. Forest City Cemetery, South Portland. South Portland Fire Department, rededication of a headstone for Frank McPherson, a ﬁ reﬁ ghter who died in 19 64. The public is invited to attend. A bagpiper will participate in a ceremony. www.southportland.org
Film: Orbit(ﬁlm) at planetarium
1 p.m. SPACE Gallery presents a ﬁ eld trip opportunity to University of Southern Maine’s Southworth Planetarium. Orbit(ﬁlm) is a project that uses the art of cin ema to inspire the art of science and education. A collaborative, 80-minute omnibus movie about our solar sys tem, Orbit(ﬁlm) is intended for all ages, as grade-schoolers will have their interest in art and sci ence piqued, and older gen erations will have their youthful love of space renewed. Each screening will be preceded by a brief night sky tour in the planetarium dome.
Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park hike
2 p.m. Located 5 miles from downtown Freeport Maine via Bow Street on Casco Bay (426 Wolf Neck Rd., Freeport. Easy, wheelchair accessible, one-hour, half-mile hike. Meet at the benches at the second parking lot. “This gentle halfmile hike will meander the woods and coastline to explore the autumn color and seasonal changes. Stroll through the forest on our accessible path to enjoy the beauty and learn how nature prepares for winter. Suitable for families. All ages welcome. Wheelchair accessible. Plan approximately one hour for the hike. Held rain or shine unless conditions are treacherous.” For more information call 865-4465.
20/20 Charity Wine Tasting to beneﬁt MENSK
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friends of the Maine-based nonproﬁ t, MENSK ,are bringing together community and philanthropy by hosting a wine tasting beneﬁ t. It’s at the Falmouth Sea Grill, and community members are invited to experience twenty wines for twenty dollars. Proceeds will go to MENSK and support such projects at the Rooftop Film series in Portland and the First Friday Art Walk Truck Shows. Selected wines have been chosen by four of Southern Maine’s leading wine experts: Ned Swain of Devenish Wines, John Dietz of Easterly Wines, Tabitha Blake of Crushed Distributors, and Scot Hudson of National Distributors MENSK is a nonproﬁ t arts council dedicated to the cultivation of Portland, Maine’s creative community through free public programming.
One-Woman ‘Mikado’ on Peaks
4 p.m. The One-Woman “Mikado” performed by Nancy 3. Hoffman, Brackett Memorial United Methodist Church, Church Street, Peaks Island. Recommended donation: $7, $5 for students and seniors, $20 family max. The Gilbert & Sullivan comic opera “The Mikado” will be performed by one person in a feat that usually requires hordes. Familiar tunes such as “The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring,” “Tit Willow,” “A Wand’ring Minstrel I,” and “Three Little Maids from School” are all in this operetta. Nancy 3. Hoffman brings each of the characters to life, from The Emperor of Japan to the Lord High Executioner to all three little maids from school in a musical tour de force. Nancy 3. has sung in a dozen countries and performs with “The Casco Bay Tummlers Klezmer Band” and “The Maine Squeeze Accordion Ensemble.” She will be accompanied by Joyce Moulton at the piano. Family friendly entertainment. This event is co-sponsored by the Brackett Memorial United Methodist Church and the Maine Singers Atelier. 766-449 6 for info. www.cascobaylines.com for boat schedule.
Peace in Sudan Rally
7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fur Cultural Revival (part of The Darfur Community Center of Maine) presents a Peace in Sudan Rally and Candle Light Vigil for Genocide survivors worldwide at Monument Square on Congress Street in Portland This event is free, and the public is encouraged to attend. Speakers will include Darfur Genocide survivor El-Fadel Arbab, as well as local activists, members of the Sudanese refugee com-
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Author Bobby Gross book event
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Bobby Gross, “Living the Christian Year” at Stroudwater Christian Church, 1520 Westbrook St., Portland. Author Event & Book Signing with 2009 Christianity Today Book Award Winner; Named one of Publisher Weekly’s Best Books of 2008 (religion category). “Join us in an inspiring presentation and interview with award-winning author Bobby Gross as we think about God, time and a life ﬁ lled with grace. In addition to writing, Bobby serves as Director of Graduate & Faculty Ministries for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and on the national board for Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA). Dessert along with coffee and tea provided at no cost. Books for purchase to be signed by the author will be available.”
Monday, Oct. 24 The impact of the ‘Arab Spring’
5 p.m. The University of New England’s Center for Global Humanities will host a presentation by Daniel M. Varisco, professor of anthropology at Hofstra University, on the impact of the “Arab Spring” at 6 p.m. at the WCHP Lecture Hall on the Portland Campus. Prior to the lecture, there will be a reception at the UNE Art Gallery at 5 p.m. Both the lecture and reception are free and open to the public. “The political protests started in Yemen, located at the southwestern corner of the Arabian Peninsula, in February and have led to unrest that brought the country to the brink of civil war and economic collapse. Yemen has been ruled by a military leader, Ali Abdullah Salih, who came to power in 19 78. In 19 9 0, North and South Yemen were united, followed by a brief civil war in 1993. Before the recent protests there was a secessionist movement in Yemen’s south and an open tribal rebellion near the border with Saudi Arabia.” Dr. Varisco received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982, based on 18 months of ethnographic ﬁeldwork in a highland Yemeni village. During the 19 80s, he consulted in international development in Yemen and Egypt, as well as receiving four post-doctoral grants for research on the history of Arab agriculture and folk astronomy.
Night Owl Writing Series
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Night Owl Writing Series: Tips And Techniques For Writers Of Memoir. This evening workshop is for adult writers of any experience level working at any stage of a memoir. Novelist Monica Wood will give participants a cﬁ tion-writer’s take on making life stories more vibrant, engaging, and novelistic—without trampling on the truth. Expect lots of practical advice and encouragement. Both events take place at the Telling Room Writing Center, 225 Commercial St., Suite 201, Portland. Workshops carry a $50/session fee, $35/ session for our regular volunteers. To register, go to www. tellingroom.org/forms/adult_workshops.html.
Veterans Memorial Bridge closed for utility work
7 p.m. to 6 a.m. The night time closure of the existing Veterans Memorial Bridge has been delayed by one day due to a shipment of 40,000 tons of road salt scheduled to arrive at the Sprague Terminal in Portland, formerly the Merrill Marine Terminal on Friday. Following Sprague Terminal’s shipment, the existing Veterans Memorial Bridge which connects Portland’s West End to South Portland over the Fore River will be closed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. starting on Monday, Oct. 24 through Friday, Oct. 28. The bridge is expected to re-open each morning during the week for commuters. Due to construction of the new Veterans Memorial Bridge which began in July 2010, the existing Veterans Memorial Bridge which connects Portland’s West End to South Portland over the Fore River will be closed 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. from Sunday through Thursday night. This ﬁ ve night bridge closure will allow construction crews to efﬁ ciently undertake necessary utility work involving the installation of an underground communication conduit which crosses over existing travel lanes of the Veterans Memorial Bridge. see next page
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LearningWorks Pathways Out of Poverty panel
noon to 2 p.m. LearningWorks’ fourth Community Conversation will focus on strategies individuals and businesses can take action against poverty. A panel of distinguished community leaders, including Tom Wright, a founder of Wright-Ryan Construction, will discuss their personal path out of poverty and the individuals and organizations that had an impact on their journey. The discussion will be followed by break out discussion sessions that will give individuals and businesses concrete strategies for making a difference in the ﬁ ght against poverty. The event is sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank, People’s United Bank, Unitil and the Maine Medical Center. The event is from noon to 2 p.m. at the Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, visit www.learningworks.me.
Organic Research Centre talk in Bar Harbor
4:10 p.m. Researchers from one of the top institutes focused on organic agriculture will be offering a talk at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor in the college’s McCormick Lecture Hall. The group is from the Organic Research Centre, or ORC, at Elm Farm in Newbury, England. They will be talking about their research on innovations in organic agriculture, agroforestry, and the public good that results from organic farming. ORC, along with COA and the University of Kassel’s Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences in Germany, form the Trans-Atlantic Partnership, focused on sustainable food systems. The researchers coming are Bruce Pearce, PhD, senior programme manager, who has been researching the implications of genetically modiﬁ ed foods, Jo Smith, PhD, an agroecology researcher focused on temperate agroforestry systems, and Roger Hitchings, principal consultant focused on organic horticulture including fruit, composting, soil management and fertility, technical conversion planning and protected cropping. The trio will share advances in sustainable food systems research from England. They will be introduced by COA junior Polly McAdams who completed an internship at the ORC last summer. The talk by the ORC researchers is a special Human Ecology Forum. For more information, contact Matthew Doyle Olson at 801-5688 or email@example.com. It is free and open to the public.
DownEast Pride Alliance ‘Business After Hours’
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A networking event at Grace restaurant, 15 Chestnut St., Portland. Cash bar, lite food and media table. Event underwritten by Liz Winfeld of RBC Wealth Management and Norman Hanson & DeTroy. Bring business cards to share. Find DEPA on Facebook and www. depabusiness.com
Wednesday, Oct. 26 Richard Shain Cohen, ‘Healing After Dark’
noon to 1 p.m. Richard Shain Cohen, “Healing After Dark.” Brown Bag Lecture. “In 1927 in the ﬁ eld of health care an unusual event occurred. Morris Aaron Cohen, M.D. founded the Boston Evening Clinic, a unique and never before conceived facility for the treatment of the indigent and low-wage earners who could not afford to lose a day’s pay. It was an endeavor that achieved success against overwhelming odds.” Portland Public Library’s Brown Bag Lecture Series features bi-weekly reading and question-and-answer sessions with authors from around the nation as well as those who hail from right here in Maine. Regularly scheduled Brown Bag Lectures are on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Main Library’s Rines Auditorium. All Brown Bag Lectures are free to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch; coffee provided by Coffee By Design.
‘American Nations’ book event
7 p.m. Book Event: “American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America,” with presenter: Colin Woodard, author, at Maine Historical Society. “Join us for a fresh look at regional identity in the United States and its profound impact on American politics — the
subject of Woodard’s much-anticipated new book. North America was settled by people with dist inct religious, political, and ethnographic characteristics, creating regional cultures that have been at odds with one another ever since. ... Woodard is an award-winning journalist and author of ‘Ocean’s End, The Lobster Coast,’ and ‘The Republic of Pirates.’” www. mainehistory.org
Nosferatu with Live Original Score
7:30 p.m. A special screening of the F.W. Murnau’s classic 1922 silent ﬁ lm, “Nosferatu.” A Philiadelphia and Boston-based quintet, led by pianist and composer Brendan Cooney, will perform Cooney’s original score for the ﬁ lm, which mixes klezmer devices, gypsy grooves, avant-garde textures, and classic horror-ﬁ lm camp, evoking both the moods of Transylvania and German Expressionism. A Halloween treat! SPACE Gallery. More information at: www. nosferatu2011.com
Thursday, Oct. 27 Red Cross Blood Drive at Scarborough Bull Moose
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vampires aren’t the only ones out for blood this month. The Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Bull Moose, 456 Payne Road, Scarborough. For more information, call 885-9553. All donors will receive a $5 Panera gift certiﬁcate and be entered to win a gift basket including a $50 Bull Moose gift card and a USB record player.
CTN 25th anniversary
5:30 p.m. CTN 25th anniversary gala event at Empire Dine and Dance, 575 Congress St. RSVP, call 775-2900, ext. 200. Celebration of 25 years of programming by Community Television Network.
Planet Dog’s seventh annual Halloween Party
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Planet Dog’s seventh annual Halloween Party will feature free spooky brew and lots of slimy drool along with a Best Home-Made Costume Contest. First prize winner will receive a Bowser Bed worth $100, second and third prize winners will receive a cauldron of free Planet Dog “treats.” The store will be packed with scary, howling, happy dogs and humans. Free beer, other refreshments and free treats for two and four legged trick or treaters will be given out. Kids welcome. Judging starts at 6:30 p.m. sharp. The Planet Dog Company Store located at 211 Marginal Way in Portland. This is a free event for dog lovers and their animal companions. However, donations are always encouraged and accepted for the Planet Dog Foundation to help them support organizations that enable dogs to give back to humans in need. 347-8606
Mayoral Candidates meeting
7 p.m. The India Street Neighborhood Association is hosting a Mayoral Candidates meeting on at St. Peter’s Church on Federal Street, starting promptly at 7 p.m. All candidates will be invited. Those who attend will be asked a series of questions relating to their ideas for the ofﬁ ce and to the India Street Neighborhood. Each candidate will have a chance to address each question. Answers should be brief and will be kept to a uniform time. The meeting is open to all interested citizens. If there are any questions or comments, please respond to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poets Theater of Maine Halloween production
7:30 p.m. Poets Theater of Maine announced its Halloween production, “The Raven, Ghouls, and Renewal: Pagan Poems and Stories for Halloween,” directed by Assunta Kent, at Mayo Street Arts in Portland. Doors open 7 p.m. Admission $7, $4 students and seniors. The show weaves together traditional Halloween stories recounted by storyteller Deena Weinstein, dramatic performances of eerie poetic classics by Edgar Allan Poe, Helen Adams, and Christina Rossetti, and a ritual poem by Poets Theater of Maine co-founder Annie Finch. Halloween, called Samhain in pagan tradition, is thought to be the time when the door between the dead and living is open. “The Raven, Ghouls, and Renewal” reconnects the scary, fun elements of the holiday with its ancient meaning of rebirth. Admission is $7 for the general public, and $4 for students and seniors. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Mayo Street Arts is located at 10 Mayo St. (off Cumberland Avenue on Munjoy Hill).
‘The Spirits of Vaudeville’
8 p.m. Dark Follies presents “The Spirits of Vaudeville.” Oct. 27 to Oct. 29 at 8 p.m., matinee at 2 p.m., Oct. 29 . Portland’s favorite vaudevillians take to the stage to present you with a Halloween inspired variety show full of tricks and treats. With dancing witches, juggling spooks and sneaky black cats you giggle and you’ll scream (with delight)! An evening full of performances by Kait-ma, The Lovely Janice, Maxwell, Cait Capaldi, Moira, Lady Selcouth, the Mighty Scavenger, the Dark Follies Rhythm Orchestra and more! Lucid State, 29 Baxter Boulevard, Portland. $10 (advance/ student/senior), $12 at door. www.darkfollies.com or www. lucidstage.com.
Friday, Oct. 28 Gorham Art Fair
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A Celebration of Community and the Arts with Friends and Family. Also Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. “We are super excited to be having a Friday viewing and special events.”
Southern Maine Home Show
4 p.m. Oct. 28-30, Southern Maine Home Show at the Portland Expo, Portland. “The state’s largest fall show.” http:// homeshownet.com/109080.html
Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) at USM
8 p.m. Sometimes one musical just isn’t enough. You’ll get ﬁ ve hilarious and charming musicals in one — all with the same plot but told through ﬁ ve different and distinct musical styles — when you come see The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) at the University of Southern Maine School of Music. Directed by USM School of Music faculty member Ed Reichert, Musical! will be performed Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m., in the USM School of Music’s Corthell Concert Hall, Campus Drive, USM Gorham. Tickets cost $15 general public; $10 seniors/USM employees; $5 students/children. For reservations, call the USM Music Box Ofﬁ ce at 7805555. Sponsored by Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution. Find out more about the USM School of Music’s fall season and program offerings at www.usm.maine.edu/music.
6:30 p.m. “Mozart’s Sister,” Friday, Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 29, 2 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 30, 2 p.m. Movies at the Museum, Portland Museum of Art, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets: $7 and available on the day of the show. For a complete list of movies, visit moviesatthemuseum.org.
7 p.m. “Damnationland 2011 will premiere at The Nickelodeon with a 9:15 show to follow, because the 7 p.m. show will deﬁ nitely sell out. ... This year, six ﬁ lmmakers from Maine strut their stuff, hoping to make you quiver, shiver, and shake!” Also, there will be a screening in the following theaters following the premiere in Portland. Waterville — Railroad Square Cinema; Belfast — The Colonial; Brunswick — The Frontier; Bridgton — The Magic Lantern, Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29 . Rockland — The Strand, Saturday, Oct. 29 , 10 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 30, 3 p.m.; Auburn — Flagship Cinemas, Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. www.damnationland.com
‘Phantom of the Opera’
7:30 p.m. “The Friends of the Kotzschmar organ present the 1925 silent horror ﬁlm, ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ for their annual Halloween show. Critically acclaimed and sought after as theatre organist and silent ﬁ lm accompanist, Scott Foppaino, returns to the Ktozschmar bench to accompany this silent classic. The Portland Ballet will perform Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saens prior to the ﬁ lm.” The Kotzshmar Organ Halloween Silent Film, Scott Foppiano organist. Merrill Auditorium. Kids under 12 are free but must have ticket. Call 842-0800 for details. https://tickets.porttix. com/public/show.asp
SPIRITS ALIVE AT THE EASTERN CEMETERY PRESENTS
WALK AMONG THE SHADOWS IV Join us and relive history with tales from the past behind the iron gates
27-29 l 6:30-7:30 pm
with actors from Acorn Productions & Portland Playback Guided group tours leave every 15 minutes First-come, first-served, so get in line early!
Admission $10 ($5.00 ages 12 and under) Eastern Cemetery l 224 Congress St. Portland l www.spiritsalive.org/wats
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The Portland Daily Sun, Saturday, October 22, 2011