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Over the past 30 years, many age-old Halloween traditions have come and gone. In some places, nighttime trick-or-treating is now considered too dangerous. In others, curfews are enacted to crack down on annual pranksters. More homes now give out healthy snacks instead of candy. But through it all, Nance Parker of Shoestring Theater hasn’t changed her West End

N a n c y Parker’s handmade puppets are a major draw at the Shoestring Theater’s H a l l o w een Parade. The event, which starts Monday at 6:15 p.m., is in its 31st year.

Halloween Parade, which will be back on Monday night for its 31st year. “As Halloween has changed, the parade has stayed the same,” she said this week during an interview in her third-floor studio. “It’s a very scary, spooky Halloween parade, and I haven’t softened it up,” she added. “Halloween is supposed to be scary.” According to Parker, the parade is also intended to be loud. see PARADE page 10

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Since the establishment of the Portland Police Department in 1848, two offi cers have been killed on the job. The fi rst was Charles McIntosh, in 1915, when he was shot and stabbed by two felons who were later caught. The second was Patrolman Michael Connolly, and the 81-year-old mystery of his death remains unsolved. Whoever killed Offi cer Michael T. Connolly literally got away with murder. Connolly’s lifeless body was found not far from “a sinister squatters’ colony beneath the brow of Eastern Promenade . . . near Fish Point.” That grim discovery was made on the morning of August 15, 1930, and bold headlines to that effect emblazoned the fi rst page of that day’s Portland Evening Express. Longshoreman John Lee discovered the body in the sand while gathering driftwood on the beach at about 8:15 a.m. Connolly was lying face down and had been shackled with his own Since the establishment of the Portland Police Department in handcuffs. The offi cer’s fully-loaded 1848, two offi cers have been killed on the job. Connolly’s case see UNSOLVED page 6

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In contentious times like ours, some Americans seek solace in the works of the Founding Fathers, hoping that if we returned to their ideals, if we understood and followed their intent, we could fi nd our misplaced sense of common purpose, restore our civic strength, and return the Union to unity. This effort is frustrated by the simple fact that the men who came together to confront a common enemy in 1775 and to craft an enduring alliance in 1789 were not our country’s founders, but rather the founders’ great- or great-great, or great-great-great-great grandchildren. The real founders -- early 17th century Puritans and Dutch West India Company offi cials, mid-17th century English aristocrats, late 17th century West Indian slave lords and English see NATIONS page 9

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Economy alters how Americans are moving LOS ANGELES (NY Times) — The continuing economic downturn has drastically altered the internal migration habits of Americans, turning the fl ood of migrants into the Sun Belt and out of states like New York, Massachusetts and California into a relative trickle, an analysis of recent federal data confirms. Mobility always tends to slow in times of economic hardship, and there has been a gradual decline in American mobility for decades. Essentially, millions of Americans have become frozen in place, researchers say, unable to sell their homes and unsure they would fi nd jobs elsewhere. An analysis of new data from the Census Bureau and the Internal Revenue Service by the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire confi rms earlier census assessments of a migration slowdown, but also offers a deeper, state-bystate look at the impact of this shift, which upends, however temporarily, a migration over decades from the snowy North to the sunny South. The institute’s study compared three years’ worth of data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, which was released early Thursday and covered 2008-10, with the data from 2005-7. Since the survey’s fi ndings are released in three-year increments, this was the fi rst time that researchers had a set of data that included only years since the fi nancial collapse began, allowing them to make a direct comparison to a similar period before the collapse.

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(NY Times) — The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court at The Hague said on Friday that he had been in indirect contact with Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi , the fugitive son of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and his one-time heir apparent, about turning himself in to face trial before the court. The prosecutor, Luis MorenoOcampo, said in a statement that he did not know the whereabouts of Mr. Qaddafi , and he did not identify the parties who were conveying messages for him. Moreno-Ocampo also did not make clear whether the informal contacts had been initiated by Mr. Qaddafi, who has previously ridiculed the court as a tool of foreign powers hostile to the Qaddafi govGreek president, Karolos Papoulias. “I was the one fighting the Germans,” Mr. Papou- ernment. The court issued arrest warrants four months ago, at Mr. lias, 82, said on national television. “I am sorry for Moreno-Ocampo’s request, for those who cursed at me. They should be ashamed of themselves. We fought for Greece. I was an insur- Colonel Qaddafi , Seif al-Islam elQaddafi and Abdullah al-Sanousi, gent from the age of 15. I fought the Nazis and the Colonel Qaddafi’s intelligence Germans, and now they call me a traitor?” minister and brother-in-law, on Beyond populist talk, which ranges from euroskepticism to anti-German demagoguery, experts charges of systematically killing civilians during the early days of say the concessions that Greece has made in the Libyan uprising. exchange for the foreign aid it needs to stave off Moreno-Ocampo also said that default — including allowing European Union the court was looking into the posoffi cials to monitor Greek state affairs closely sibility of intercepting any plane — are unprecedented for an member nation, that might be transporting Qadmaking Greece a bellwether for the future of dafi in order to make an arrest. European integration.

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Mitchell named interim planning director Portland City Manager Mark Rees has selected Greg Mitchell, the city’s Economic Development Director, to serve as acting director of Planning and Urban Development. Mitchell will succeed current Director Penny St. Louis, who left the post yesterday. Mitchell has more than twenty years of experience working with municipalities and businesses to support economic growth and community development, the city said in a press release. Three years ago, he joined the city to serve as the head of Portland’s economic development. During his tenure with the city, he has led efforts to recruit news businesses to the city including Reny’s and Trader Joe’s. He helped spearhead the sale of city property on Riverside Street and in Bayside, and in his capacity, has worked closely with the city’s Planning and Urban Development Department. During the transition period, Mitchell will continue to serve as economic development direc-

tor. “Greg is the right person to lead the city’s Planning and Urban Development Department,” Rees said in a statement. “He brings a wealth of knowledge with the perfect combination of private and public sector experience. He is well versed and involved in a number of projects that require oversight and review from planning. I am confi dent that his prior management experience, specifi cally with code enforcement, building inspections and permitting, and his well developed relationships within the department will ensure that this transition is seamless.” Prior to joining the city, Mitchell served as economic development consultant at Eaton Peabody Consulting Group. Mitchell is credited with leading both the Lewiston’s Southern Gateway Project development project, attracting more than $20 million dollars of private sector investment, and the Bates Mill redevelopment for fi nancial institutions, call centers and restaurants. Mitchell also served as assistant city administrator for the City of Lewiston, the executive director of the Mid-Coast Council for Business Development in

Brunswick and the deputy director of community development for the City of Boca Raton, Fla., where he oversaw code enforcement, building inspections and permitting. Rees is expected to begin a search for a permanent replacement in the coming months.

Press Herald parent company’s CEO and president resign The president and the CEO of The Portland Press Herald’s parent company, MaineToday Media, announced their resignations Friday, according to the paper. MaineToday Media CEO Richard Connor told the Press Herald he planned to step down Dec. 31 and the media group’s president, Dale Duncan, resignation took effect immediately. Duncan told the paper he resigned because the “owners want new leadership.” “That’s their prerogative,” Duncan

told the Press Herald. MaineToday Media, which owns The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, The Kennebec Journal in Augusta and the Morning Sentinel in Waterville, will be run by an interim management team while a search is conducted for Connor’s successor, the paper reported. “After four years of work with a schedule that has been around the clock, seven days a week, it’s time for change for me personally, my family, and for the company,” Connor said. “… I remain a significant individual investor in the company and I believe in its future.” MaineToday Media’s chairman of the board of directors, Peter Brodsky, told the Press Herald the board planned to began an immediate search for Connor’s replacement. The resignations came just weeks after the company announced its plans to layoff nearly 40 employees. An additional 23 staffers took voluntary severances. — Staff Reports


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USM should move to Nathan Clifford School Editor: Regarding “Nathan Clifford Hostage Crisis” (Oct. 21) — Wouldn’t it make some sense to have USM move out of many of the houses they spread into on Bedford Street, etc. and move in to the Nathan Clifford School? This would feed two birds with one seed by making something useful out of Nathan Clifford and return those buildings around USM to residential use. Rosanne Graef Portland

McCoy cartoon offensive Editor: We were thoroughly offended by the cartoon in the 10/21 issue of the Portland Daily Sun by Glenn McCoy. He depicted Occupy Wall Street protestors as seedy, “revolting” Communists. Cheap shot at those of us who believe this country is terribly broken and who are willing to work hard to fi x it. We spent 4 days at Occupy Wall Street in NYC recently - the cartoon is a cruel caricature of the caring people we found there and at Occupy Maine in Portland. Dianne Sinclair Doug Bowen Porter

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Spirits of the Night This is the type of column that once you actually put it in print, people look at you funny for the rest of your life. This being Halloween weekend, I decided to kick the mayoral race column into next week and focus more on the realm of the spooky and bewildering. Not to say that the mayoral race isn’t either one of those, just that late October, brain eating undead zombies and politicians all seem to meld so well together like chocolate covered anything. First off, Portland has a serious ghost problem. I’m not referring to any of the ones on any of the “tours” you can take, or even any of the ones that have risen from the grave to cast a vote. These are the unacknowledged ghosts of the city, the ones that raise the hair on the back of your neck. One example is my Grandmother’s old house. On one of two streets named for Civil War Generals lays a plain duplex that was once officers’ housing for the war of 1812. It’s been burned and rebuilt several times, but even the ghosts seem to keep on coming back. She owned the house for years, and even as a kid I got

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Daily Sun Columnist some weird vibe from it ... not a malevolent force, but a vague feeling that we were not the only ones there. When I moved into the house in the 1990’s Gram was still chasing off the ghosts. We got to talking about it one night, sort of joshing around. She became as stern as I ever saw her. “Yes ... there are ghosts. But they mostly just want the door opened. Kind of like cats. Live here long enough, you’ll see.” It wasn’t more than a month before one late night stagger down the stairs to get to the bathroom before it happened. I was bleary eyed, tired, but moving with a sense of urgency. Two steps from the door, I heard several knocks, like a cop banging on my door with a nightstick. Being only two feet away, I flung open the door ready to launch someone into the middle of the street with a quick dwarf toss. There

wasn’t anyone around on the whole block. Asking Gram about it the next day, to see if she was the one knocking, she just let loose a knowing smile. “No, those

“It wasn’t more than a month before one late night stagger down the stairs to get to the bathroom before it happened. I was bleary eyed, tired, but moving with a sense of urgency. Two steps from the door, I heard several knocks, like a cop banging on my door with a nightstick Being only two feet away, I flung open the door ready to launch someone into the middle of the street with a quick dwarf toss.” were the ghosts. One of them is an old Portland cop ... hence the sound of the nightstick” I experienced them many more times after that, as did many of the houseguests that stopped in over the years. One saw faces pop out of the wall see HIGGINS page 5


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Depp movie sparks gonzo Occupy query A block-busting new Johnny Depp movie called “The Rum Diary” hits theaters this weekend (including most of those in Maine) so naturally I’ve been awash in its backstory for most of the week. In part, that is because the late 90s I lived in the Colorado high country and served on the Hunter S. Thompson team that helped produce the book, so to speak. It was good and honest work, even if it was usually third shift and I often made my way home along a twisted two-lane backroad while the sun peaked over the peaks. For newcomers to Thompson and his “gonzo journalism,” and it seems there are thankfully more and more newcomers these days, he was a writer who created a genre focused on first-person narrative and becoming part of the story you’re reporting. Soundly denounced from the pulpits of journalism schools (nearly) everywhere for lacking objectivity, he nonetheless inspired many of the very students who were warned of his wicked, wicked ways. And Hunter, who would have been 75 this year but killed himself in 2005, has been on a run of late. The Rolling Stone magazine founding editor has published a fine new collection of Hunter’s writing, the Depp movie is opening on several thousand screens and there’s even a new teen coming-ofangst movie “Beware The Gonzo.” Meanwhile, The Rum Diary is back on The New York Times best-seller list.

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Usually Reserved Actually, this is the fourth time Hunter’s been played by Johnny Depp, which has to be some sort of record. Most famous of those was Depp’s “Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas.” With all this attention, it seemed natural enough to pilgrimage to deeply Lower Manhattan last Thursday night to The Clocktower Gallery and join other gonzo alums in celebrating The Rum Diary backstory. The celebrating is made easier by the fact that it’s been captured by documentary filmmaker Wayne Ewing. Wayne’s “The Rum Diary Backstory” is a 10-part web series that begins with the “discovery” of Hunter’s long-lost novel. The story morphs through a savage editing job that becomes an equally savage deal-making binge that includes late-night meetings with Depp, Hunter and Hollywood executives. But much of the conversation at Thursday night’s event, even among the Hunter faithful, moved quickly beyone what he might think of Wayne’s excellent series or this burst of cultural significance to “what he would think of the nearby Occupy Wall Street protests?” The consensus, of course, is that one of history’s great rebels would

embrace the rebellion. But it was always risky to assume Hunter’s politics. Frequently, leftleaning journalists would arrive expecting standard liberal fare only to find us drinking hard liquor, gambling on football and shooting propane canisters with shotguns (you put an exploding target on the buggers – don’t do it, it’s really risky). Hunter, who famously supported the National Rifle Association,

“... he was a writer who created a genre focused on first-person narrative and becoming part of the story you’re reporting. Soundly denounced from the pulpits of journalism schools (nearly) everywhere for lacking objectivity, he nonetheless inspired many of the very students who were warned of his wicked, wicked ways.” made it clear that he was no liberal, and his loathing for President Clinton eventually challenged his contempt for President Nixon. Plus: Hunter began his political writing career with the first 18-year-old vote election in 1972, when the new “youth vote” proved surprisingly absent. Over the decades, it turned out that counting on “the youth vote” was akin to budgeting that “check in the mail.” Not until President Obama’s 2008 victory did young folks turn

out in decisive numbers. So his first question of Occupy would be the one that began most of his strategy sessions: What is the desired outcome? And, so far, the Occupy movement lacks a really clear answer for that question beyond “social justice,” and even those they loathe can embrace goal. I believe Hunter might first question how many of the protesters are registered and vote, then he might begin to embrace the movement. But much of his Rum Diary novel hinges on the theme of “selling out” as we get older, with the 32-yearold Paul Kemp conflicting with a more idealistic version of himself as a 20-something. The Depp movie combines the two characters while continuing the “sell out” theme via development. No matter. The point remains that we can be cautious about assuming how much Hunter would embrace Occupy, but his Rum Diary protagonist is “... tired of fleeing and tired of having no cards.” Hunter may (or may not) have paused. But the Paul Kemp hitting your screen this weekend would be borrowing some camping gear and fishing his gas mask out of the toolbox. (Curtis Robinson is the founding editor of The Portland Daily Sun. The Wayne Ewing vodcast of The Rum Diary Back-story can be found at hunterthompsonfilms.com.)

A little bit of Portland and the paranormal, the mayor’s race aside HIGGINS from page 4

one memorable weekend, But that could more likely be attributed to going off her medication. Another tale of Portland and the paranormal for you. Back when I was around 14, once or twice a year, I used to go down to my brother’s house in Connecticut for the weekend. Being a perpetually broke teenager, these bus trips were a long drawn out thing. About a week or two before going, I had this weird dream about taking a trip down, and stopping at the Greyhound station on Congress Street to go to the bathrooom before getting on the bus. In the dream, a voice told me

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Portland’s waterfront held many secrets during Prohibition on a string, but his uniform hat was missing. Connolly’s watch stopped at 4:07. He had called headquarters from a box at Congress and Mountfort at 5:09, and the time for him to pull the next box on his foot beat would have been at 6:07 at India and Commercial Streets. Fifty-one new call boxes had been placed throughout the city in the early 1920s, replacing the old ones from the late 1800s. There was a phone inside each box, allowing offi cers to speak directly to police headquarters, located at 132 Federal Street at that time. After making an arrest, prisoners were walked to the closest call box. The boxes had two keyholes, with the one on top marked as “wagon call,” used when an arrest was made. Headquarters would then send a wagon to that location. Offi cers also left notes in these boxes at the ends of their shifts, to alert the next person on duty to any special circumstances that might warrant their attention. The use of call boxes ended in 1972. There was a 15-minute grace period allowed to offi cers in pulling boxes, so police began searching for Offi cer Connolly around 6:25. Connolly had been appointed to the force in 1918. For many years he had patrolled along the Western Promenade, but weeks prior, local beats October is Lobster Promotion Month six were changed and he was Support Your Local Harvesters! assigned to the Eastern 1 1 1 1 ⁄4 - 1 ⁄2 lb. average 1 - 1 ⁄8 lb. Promenade area. There were several posLobsters Soft Shell Lobsters sible theories involving $ $ bringing in lb. bootleggers lb. a shipment of liquor. The WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! County Attorney ordered $ police to question all sailFresh Native Certified lb. ors from three battle cruisOpen Fri, Sat, & Sun 10am to 6pm ers that were docked in Call for additional hours 207-839-3019 the harbor who may have 397 GORHAM RD, SCARBOROUGH gone ashore overnight. UNSOLVED from page one

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One nation, many divisions NATIONS from page one

Quakers, early 18th century frontiersmen from Ulster and the lowlands of Scotland and so on – didn’t create an America, they created several Americas. Some of these American societies championed individualism, others utopian social reform. Some believed themselves guided by divine purpose, others freedom of conscience and inquiry. Some embraced an Anglo-Protestant identity, others ethnic and religious pluralism. Some valued equality and democratic participation, others deference to a traditional aristocratic order modeled on the slave states of classical antiquity. When their descendants gathered at the First Continental Congress or the Constitutional Convention, they didn’t come with a common intent, but rather several intents, one for each of their countries, as they themselves referred to the bits of geography they represented. The federated entity they created – the United States – has to this day been riven by internal contradictions and disagreements over the meaning of American identity and experience, of words like freedom and liberty, and of the implications of the founding documents themselves. We’ve never been a nation-state like Japan, Spain, or Sweden. We’re an awkward alliance of disparate nations, some of which have less in common with one another than any two states of the European Union. Complicating matters, these “American Nations” abide by neither state nor international boundaries, bleeding over the borders of Canada and Mexico as readily as they divide California,

Texas, Illinois or Pennsylvania. They’re behind the stark differences upstate and downstate Illinois, between south, east, and north Texas, or between the Pacific coastal fringe of Oregon, Washington and northern California and the interiors of those same states. They account for the eerie similarities between places that are supposed to be foreign to one another, like Vancouver and Seattle or New England and the Canadian Maritimes. You see them refl ected in linguists’ maps of American dialects, in cultural anthropologists’ maps of the transmission of tools and ideas across the continent, or in the blue county/red county maps of recent presidential elections. My book, American Nations, traces the evolution, characteristics, and interactions of these regional cultures, which today number eleven and span the continent from north-central Mexico to the once-frigid high Arctic of Canada and Greenland. Recognizing and understanding these cultures is essential not only to understanding our current politics, but our history and identity as well. It makes it clear why New Englanders and Virginians fought on opposite sides of the English Civil War or why certain sections of the colonies remained Loyalist in the Revolution -- or tried to remain neutral – and often had different interpretations of what the struggle was actually about. It offers a much clearer explanation for the geographical alignments on the eve of the attack on Fort Sumter, when only one part of the future Confederacy had seceded and only one slice of the Union was willing to take up arms to stop them, and everyone expected the feder-

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ation to break into three or four parts. It explains the stark regional breaks over the cultural revolution, civil rights movement, and antiwar protests of the 1960s, and the reveals the regional differences in enthusiasm for the respective agendas of the Tea Party and 99 Percent movements. Our continent’s famed mobility -and the transportation and communications technology that foster it -- has been reinforcing, not dissolving the differences between the nations. As journalist Bill Bishop and sociologist Robert Cushing demonstrated in “The Big Sort,” since 1976, Americans have been relocating to communities where people share their values and worldviews. As a result, the proportion of voters living in counties that give landslide support (defi ned as more than a 20 percent margin of victory) to one party or another increased from 26.8 percent in 1976 to 48.3 percent in 2004. The flows of people are significant with a net 13 million people moving from

Democratic to Republican landslide counties between 1990 and 2006 alone. These moves have reinforced regional cultures. Nor have the tens of millions of immigrants managed to obliterate the dominant cultural framework of these regions, not least because some nations embraced multiculturalism as one of their fundamental values (and, thus, attracted the lion’s share of newcomers) while others did not (such as the Deep South and Greater Appalachia, which attracted next to no 19th century immigrants at all.) Wherever they settled, newcomers confronted and coped with a dominant culture that already existed on the ground. As anywhere – 21st century Europe, for instance – their presence altered and enriched the culture they came to but, over generations, the dominant culture has the upper hand. The grandchildren and great-grandchildren assimilate to the place of their birth. But here in North America, the culture they have assimilated into isn’t an “American” culture, but rather one of the eleven regional cultures. Despite this, our Balkanized federation has survived and even thrived. But it has done so not because of shared fealty to a single American creed or a set of common principles held by our peoples as they confronted the challenges of 1776 and 1789, but because our leaders have brokered – and sometimes enforced -- compromises between our disparate creeds and principles. If we’re to succeed going forward, our representatives in Washington will need to re-embrace this dying art. * Colin Wooodard is the author of American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America. He lives in Portland.


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‘It’s really a tradition that’s in its second generation,’ Parker says of the parade PARADE from page one

Like every year, Parker will lead a crew of musicians on drums, bugle and horns. Street signs, fence posts and even second-floor windows become percussion instruments for Parker’s husband, Greg Frangoulis, who walks the parade on stilts and carries a set of drum sticks. Despite reports of possible snowfall and other foul weather, Frangoulis says he intends to wear the stilts against this year. For many, massive Carnival-style puppets are the parade’s main draw. Over the years, Parker has designed and built more than 40 puppets, which range from the 12-foot tall Father Time, which is wheeled down the street on a tripod with a four-foot steel saw blade, to smaller ghouls and goblins that are worn with an elaborate costume. She has built each of them in her studio using clay and paper mache. Whoever shows up first gets to choose their puppet, although Parker cautions that they are made for adults, not children.

The parade lines up at about 6 p.m. on Brackett Street in front on Shoestring Theater (above Fresh Approach), and takes off at 6:15 p.m. The parade route, which snakes through most of the West End takes about a half hour. Depending on the year, between 300 and 400 people will join in, although not everyone walks the entire route. “It’s not like a parade with spectators,” she says, “ everyone is a part of it.” Parker says Harborview Park and Emery Street are some of the best places to watch. For many in the neighborhood, the parade helps make the holiday special. “It makes for one of the most festive Halloween events in the city,” said Lorie Dana. Some parents reported that their kids have been too scared to watch the parade in the past, while others mentioned that their kids hoped to watch it for the first time the year. “The Shoestring parade is one of the things that makes the West End the go-to place on Halloween,”

Parker’s workshop includes dozens of puppets like these, which she makes out of basic materials. She studied puppet making in Europe and says her puppets are inspired by those shown during Carnival, which happens every year for Lent in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, and elsewhere.(CASEY CONLEY PHOTO)

said Jeanne Handy, who said John Hatcher’s haunted house is another big draw. After three decades, Parker says the parade would happen with or without her.

“As I always say, I have no choice in this,” she says. “People don’t need me they would just line up like usual on Halloween night.” “It’s really a tradition that’s in its second generation,” Parker added.

NBA lockout negotiations stall again Talks to end the N.B.A. lockout stalled again Friday afternoon, less than 24 hours after negotiators broadcast their optimism that a deal was on the horizon. As a result, Commissioner David Stern canceled all games through Nov. 30. It’s not practical, possible or prudent to have a full season now,” Stern said. Despite substantial progress made in several areas this week, negotiations broke down over a familiar, fundamental issue: the division of league revenues. Neither side was willing to make a move, with the owners holding fast to their 50-50 proposal and the players still insisting on 52.5 percent. — The New York Times

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Europe seeks to lure Chinese investment as part of Euro rescue PARIS (NY TIMES) — A day after European leaders unveiled their latest plan to save the euro, top offi cials opened talks with China in a bid to lure tens of billions of dollars in additional cash, giving China perhaps its biggest opportunity yet to exercise financial clout in the Western world. China is expected to demand significant concessions, including fi nancial guarantees and limits on what Beijing sees as discriminatory trade policies, in exchange for any investment in an Europe’s emergency stability fund. The head of the rescue fund, Klaus Regling, got a cautious reply from Chinese officials Friday during a visit to Beijing, where he said he did not expect to reach an investment deal with China anytime soon. A senior Chinese offi cial, Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao, said China — like the rest of the world — was still waiting for the Europeans to deliver key details on how the rescue fund, the European Financial Stability Facility, would operate and be prof-

itable before deciding on whether to participate. That Europe would turn so openly to China to help stabilize the sovereign debt crisis shows how quickly the Chinese economic juggernaut has risen on the world stage. Indeed, China coming to Europe’s aid would signal a new international order, with China beginning to rival the role long played by the United States as the world’s pivotal financial power. “This would be a tectonic shift,” said Pieter P. Bottelier, an expert on China who teaches at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. “It would be so important economically and politically.” Arvind Subramanian, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, said this was another sign that China is already a dominant global power. “China’s power is more imminent, broader in scope and greater in magnitude than anyone imagines,” he

said. “For instance, China’s currency is already having a negative effect not just on the U.S. and Europe, but on everyone else too. And the rest of the world can’t do anything about it. If that’s not dominance, what is?” Europe has turned to Beijing and a handful of other emerging market economies to consider investing in the fund to supplement contributions by the 17 members of the euro zone. Outside investment was presented as critical for the Europeans to create a financial fi rewall of up to $1.4 trillion to prevent the debt crisis that started in Greece from ravaging larger countries, including Italy and Spain. The fear is that a failure to contain the crisis would spark contagion in global fi nancial markets on par with the Lehman Brothers debacle, and deliver a blow not just to the economies of Europe, but to the United States and other major trading partners. Such a deterioration would certainly be bad news for China, which

could hardly afford to see two of its biggest markets hobbled at the same time. China has a $3.2 trillion nest egg in foreign reserves, by far the largest hoard of foreign currency in the world, and it needs to fi nd places to park those reserves rather than convert it all to Chinese renminbi, a step that could set off domestic infl ation and lead to sharp appreciation in the currency’s value. Europeans know that China is keen to move some of the money out of its vast pile of United States Treasury securities, and they are pushing the Continent’s crisis as a good opportunity to invest on the cheap. Hours after European leaders unveiled their grand plan, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France rang President Hu Jintao to say that Europe was still looking for some cash, and lobbied Beijing to play a “major role” in helping Europe get its house in order.

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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Saturday, Oct. 29, the 302nd day of 2011. There are 63 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 29, 1929, Wall Street crashed on “Black Tuesday,” heralding the beginning of America’s Great Depression. On this date: In 1618, Sir Walter Raleigh, the English courtier, military adventurer and poet, was executed in London. In 1901, President William McKinley’s assassin, Leon Czolgosz was electrocuted. In 1911, Hungarian-born American newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer, 64, died in Charleston, S.C. In 1940, Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson drew the fi rst number 158 in America’s first peacetime military draft. In 1956, during the Suez Canal crisis, Israel invaded Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. “The Huntley-Brinkley Report” premiered as NBC’s nightly television newscast. In 1960, a chartered plane carrying the California Polytechnic State University Football team crashed on takeoff from Toledo, Ohio, killing 22 of the 48 people on board. In 1966, the National Organization for Women was formally organized during a conference in Washington, D.C. In 1998, Sen. John Glenn, at age 77, roared back into space aboard the shuttle Discovery, retracing the trail he’d blazed for America’s astronauts 36 years earlier. One year ago: Authorities on three continents said they had thwarted multiple terrorist attacks aimed at the United States, seizing two explosive packages addressed to Chicago-area synagogues and packed aboard cargo jets from Yemen. Today’s Birthdays: Bluegrass singermusician Sonny Osborne (The Osborne Brothers) is 74. Country singer Lee Clayton is 69. Rock musician Denny Laine is 67. Singer Melba Moore is 66. Musician Peter Green is 65. Actor Richard Dreyfuss is 64. Actress Kate Jackson is 63. The president of Turkey, Abdullah Gul, is 61. Actor Dan Castellaneta (“The Simpsons”) is 54. Country musician Steve Kellough (Wild Horses) is 54. Comic strip artist Tom Wilsonis 54. Actress Finola Hughes is 52. Singer Randy Jackson is 50. Rock musician Peter Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) is 46. Actress Joely Fisher is 44. Rapper Paris is 44. Actor Rufus Sewell is 44. Actor Grayson McCouch is 43. Rock singer SA Martinez (311) is 42. Musician Toby Smith is 41. Actress Winona Ryder is 40. Actress Tracee Ellis Ross is 39. Actor Trevor Lissauer is 38. Actress Gabrielle Union is 38. Olympic gold medal bobsledder Vonetta Flowers is 38. Actress Milena Govich is 35. Actor Jon Abrahams is 34. Actor Brendan Fehr is 34. Actor Ben Foster is 31. Rock musician Chris Baio (Vampire Weekend) is 27. Actress India Eisley (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) is 18.

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Dear Annie: I have been married to “George” for more than 20 years. For most of this time, there has been tension (to put it mildly) between my husband and my mother. He rubs her the wrong way, she snipes at him, and he snipes back. I’ve had several conversations with them over the years, asking them to be more tolerant of each other, if only for my sake. That works for a while, but eventually, they return to their old ways. What is bizarre is that my mother is normally a lovely, compassionate, considerate and caring person. She is a totally different person with George. I admit that my husband can be strong-willed and obstinate at times, but he has never deserved the treatment my mother gives him. I try to see Mom separately in order to avoid the drama of their interactions, but there are certain family events and holidays when I would prefer not to choose between them. And it never fails that if I convince George to attend a family function, something is said that starts the sniping again. Short of giving them joint counseling sessions for Christmas, what can I do? -- Caught in the Middle and Hate It Dear Caught: Your mother may be jealous of your husband. This occasionally can happen with some parents when a child marries, and if you call it to her attention, she will consider the possibility. But it’s just as likely that your husband’s personality simply irritates her to no end. You cannot control how other people behave or whether they like each other. You can ignore them, see them separately or remove yourself when the sniping becomes too annoying. We recommend a combination of the three, as needed. Dear Annie: I am a 17-year-old male and a senior in high school. Lately, I’ve been feeling more depressed than usual. At first, I thought it was the stress of starting school again, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. I did a little research

online, and I do have some signs that I might be clinically depressed. I do not know what to do. Should I just ignore it? I mean, I’ve had it for a while already, and I don’t have any thoughts of suicide or harming myself. I do not want to tell my parents. They don’t need any more stress, and I’m pretty sure my dad would just tell me to “suck it up.” Please help. -Stressed Out Dear Stressed: Your parents should know about your depression, but if you cannot talk to them about it, please discuss it with your school counselor, a favorite teacher or one of your friend’s parents. If you have a checkup scheduled, talk to your doctor. It is normal to feel down in the dumps occasionally, especially when there are external reasons. But if the feeling persists, it may require some type of intervention. Please don’t wait until you are too stressed to cope. Dear Annie: Although my husband and I are only in our early 60s, we, too, feel the pain of being ignored by our adult children and can identify all too well with “Glendora, Calif.” We understand their busy schedules, but they never call just to say hello or ask how we are. We have rare opportunities to see them -- annual birthday parties for the grandchildren and weekend sporting events during the school years. The sad thing is that we have done nothing to deserve this. We were always attentive to our sons and fail to see why we get this shameful treatment. I never ignored my parents, who both passed away last year. I always greeted them with a hug and a kiss, as well as an inquiry as to their wellbeing. Years ago, our son said that the worst thing in life is regret. He may find that out for himself someday. -- California

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Prickly City

by Scott Stantis

White House to review energy department loans WASHINGTON (NY TIMES) — On the defensive over a half-billion-dollar loan to a now-bankrupt solar company, the White House on Friday ordered an independent review of similar loans made by the Energy Department, its latest response to rising criticism over Solyndra Inc. The announcement came as House Republicans prepared for a possible vote next week to subpoena White House documents related to the defunct California company. White House officials said the review would assess the health of more than two dozen other renewable energy loans and loan guarantees made by the Energy Department program that supported Solyndra. Congressional Republicans have been investigating the company’s bankruptcy amid embarrassing revelations that federal offi cials were warned it had problems but nonetheless continued to support it, and sent President Barack Obama to visit the company and praise it publicly. “Today we are directing that an independent analysis be conducted of the current state of the Department of Energy loan portfolio, focusing on future loan monitoring and management,” White House chief of staff Bill Daley said. “While we continue to take steps to make sure the United States remains competitive in the 21st century energy economy, we must also ensure that we are strong stewards of taxpayer dollars.” Daley said the review would be conducted by former Treasury offi cial Herb Allison, who oversaw the Troubled Asset Relief Program, part of the 2008 Wall Street bailout. The review would not look at the Solyndra case but would evaluate other loans worth tens of billions of dollars and recommend steps to stabilize them if they appear to have problems like the loan to Solyndra. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said in a statement that he welcomed the White House review. House Republicans are preparing to ramp up their investigation of Solyndra, which is proving a political headache for the White House and providing fodder for opponents of Obama’s renewable energy agenda. The White House has already refused a request by the Republican-controlled House Energy and Commerce Committee for all its internal communications about Solyndra, which closed its doors and fi led for bankruptcy protection earlier this year, costing 1,100 jobs. GOP Reps. Fred Upton of Michigan and Cliff Stearns of Florida said Friday a subpoena was necessary because the White House has denied its requests for documents. Upton chairs the Energy and Commerce panel, while Stearns leads a subcommittee on investigations. Recently released emails and other documents show that White House offi cials participated in decisions regarding the Solyndra loan. “What is the White House trying to hide from the American public?” Stearns and Upton asked in a joint statement. “It is alarming for the Obama White House to cast aside its vows of transparency and block Congress from learning more about the roles that those in the White House and other members of the administration played in the Solyndra mess.” The panel is seeking documents that might shed light on actions by White House offi cials in connection with the original 2009 loan to Solyndra as well as a restructuring of the deal that took place earlier this year. Solyndra, of Fremont, Calif., was the fi rst renewable-energy company to receive a loan guarantee under a stimulus-law program to encourage green energy and was frequently touted by the Obama administration as a model. Obama visited the company’s headquarters last year, and Vice President Joe Biden spoke by satellite at a groundbreaking ceremony.


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Occupy Wall Street struggles to make ‘the 99%’ look like everybody BY ALICE SPERI THE NEW YORK TIMES

Two weeks into Occupy Wall Street’s takeover of Zuccotti Park, a group of Bronx community organizers and friends rode the subway down to Lower Manhattan to check out a movement they supported in principle. When they got there, they recalled, they found what they had suspected: a largely white and middle-class crowd that claimed to represent “the 99 percent” but bore little resemblance to most of the people in the group’s own community. That community, the South Bronx, is one of the poorest areas of the country and home almost exclusively to blacks and Hispanics. “Nobody looked like us,” said Rodrigo Venegas, 31, co-founder of Rebel Diaz Arts Collective, a center for political activism and hip-hop run out of a warehouse in Mott Haven. “It was white, liberal, young people who for the fi rst time in their life are feel- Occupy Wall Street protesters near police headquarters, Sept. 30. (OZIER MUHAMMAD/NY TIMES PHOTO) ing a small percentage ones in New York against the police’s the protests.) of what black and brown stop-and-frisk policy, at one of which In a cheeky but ultimately sericommunities have been feeling for the the black author and activist ous Village Voice piece on blacks and hundreds of years.” Cornel West was arrested, have also Occupy Wall Street, the black essayEven as the Occupy Wall Street drawn their energy from Occupy ist Greg Tate mused that a blacker protests have spread and grown, Wall Street and forged ties across protest movement would have drawn many critics have pointed to the color lines. harsher treatment from the police. visible scarcity of blacks and other When race has come up at Zuc“Thanks to our overwhelming nominorities in the protesters’ ranks, cotti Park, it has sometimes been a show of numbers,” he wrote, “49,000 notwithstanding the occasional fraught and delicate subject. shots haven’t been fired at OWS yet.” infusions of color, whether from Sonny Singh, 31, a Sikh musician Some critics have also accused black celebrities like Kanye West, from Brooklyn who joined Occupy the protesters of being reductive in or from union members who have Wall Street early on, recounted the their claim to represent the majority rallied with the protesters, or from scene in Zuccotti Park the day the and oblivious to their own privilege, a Muslim prayer service at Zuccotti general assembly drafted its “Declaand argue that racism, rather than Park last week. ration of the Occupation of New York capitalism, continues to be the main But that reality has begun to City” — the closest thing to a politiproblem for many minority Americhange, with minorities and people cal manifesto the protesters have cans. of color increasingly taking to the put out thus far. In recent weeks, though, minorstreets, as the movement responds Mr. Singh said that he and a few ity leaders have begun to rally for to the criticism that a people’s moveother “brown” people at the assemwider participation of people of color, ment should look more like the bly were appalled by what was going and groups like “Occupy the Hood,” people. to become the fi rst paragraph of the started by a man in South Jamaica, A survey conducted at Zuccotti declaration: “As one people, formerly Queens, have begun to boost their Park by Fordham University a divided by the color of our skin,” the presence both online — Occupy the month into the protests, from Oct. document began, “we acknowledge Hood’s Facebook page now counts 14 to Oct. 18, found that 68 percent the reality: that there is only one more than 8,800 supporters — and of the protesters were white, 10 perrace, the human race.” on the street. A “People of Color cent were black, 10 percent were “That was obviously not written Working Group” has been meeting Hispanic, 7 percent were Asian and by a person of color,” Mr. Singh said, regularly at Zuccotti Park. 5 percent were from other races. And, many critics have noted, the calling the statement naïve. “Race Outside Manhattan, Occupy the black and Hispanic protesters particis a reality in the lives of people of Bronx has held rallies near Fordham ipating in the protests have tended color, you can’t put out a statement University and Yankee Stadium, to come from the middle class, just like that without alienating them.” and Queens residents are planning as the white protesters have. Mr. Singh and others pushed a march in South Jamaica on SaturThe reasons that minorities have back, and eventually got the phrasday, to “symbolically reclaim” foretended to be leery of the protests are ing changed to be more sensitive closed houses. Earlier this week the complex and deeply rooted. to racial realities within the moveN.A.A.C.P put out a statement in Minority communities, said Gonsupport of Occupy Wall Street, which ment. They also kept returning to zalo Venegas, 26, Rodrigo’s younger is planning a civil rights rally and an the protest, and started the People of brother, “have a history of resistance Color Working Group, which states event with Harry Belafonte over the but also a history of fear.” (Both as one of its goals working toward weekend. brothers have remained involved in “a racially conscious and inclusive Associated protests like recent

movement.” The group’s meetings have been “the most multiracial, people-ofcolor space I’ve worked in since I’ve lived in N.Y.C.,” Mr. Singh wrote in an e-mail. Between 50 and 100 people have consistently attended, he added, with 170 people at the largest meeting. Patrick Bruner, a member of occupywallst.org’s press team, agreed with early criticism of the movement as not diverse enough, but said things had improved. “I think that at the beginning this movement wasn’t as diverse as we would have liked it to be,” he said. “Everyone realized it was an issue and we all worked very hard to solve it. Our diversity has grown very steadily, at the same rate as the rest of the movement as a whole.” Groups like the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective said they had noticed the change. “The energy this movement has been creating is going to spread,” Gonzalo Venegas said. “We are not playing a game of ‘we are suffering more than you.’ We want to build with them.” Frank Diamond, a 26-year-old Haitian-American from Jamaica, Queens, who was holding an “Occupy the Hood” sign at a recent rally, said that many working-class blacks who had originally watched the protests from a distance, were starting to realize they should join. “It takes a wave to realize that the boat you have been riding is too small,” he said. “We need to be represented here too. This is about us, too.”


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Mayoral candidates in their own words Question: Does Portland have too many regulations on development? Specifi cally, what if anything would you do to streamline the development review process?

Jodie Lapchick Age: 49 Occupation: Strategic Marketing Consultant Neighborhood: West End I will work collaboratively to lead the charge of streamlining the process at City Hall. To that end, I plan to embark on a personal audit where I will study reports and gather input on what could be improved and what is still not working and WHY. In my experience, there are often obstacles that intersect with other obstacles that need to be teased apart and examined to identify simple solutions for improvement. To gain a full and complete understanding of those issues, I plan to spend a good deal of time in the trenches, observing the various departments to identify the issues and begin to introduce potential solutions that will work for everyone. This is an ongoing process of fi ne-tuning that I am prepared to work on for my entire term. Regulations are important but must be carefully considered and continually reviewed as well as easily communicated with understandable reasoning that would help developers make sense of the system. As a priority, I would invest in creating easyto-understand how-to guides to doing business with Portland.

Ralph Carmona Age: 60 Occupation: Civic Leader Neighborhood: Munjoy Hill It is not a question of too many regulations, but regulatory interpretations and applications. Exceptions and interpretations of the Housing Replacement Ordinance is a classic example. A recent article listing city/staff failures to deal with Waterfront issues is another example; close to 15 years of indecisiveness on the Civic Center; disconnects between Councilors and staff on the Thompson’s Point project. I could go on. The review process needs a City Hall culture that is consistent and responsive for those who want to do business in Portland. Anecdotes abound about the excessive misinterpretation of reviews and permits. For many, City

Hall staff exercise too much discretion because of a fragmented governing structure that causes unwarranted delays. Greater clarity will only come with a more singular political focus of oversight from a mayor working to further that process. Depending on the project, the mayor will weigh in with key constituents impacted, councilors, and the city manager to establish consensus on what is in the public interest. For example, in the Thompson’s Point project, the important moments for city involvement will come in the actual development process. The city has an opportunity to suggest locations of buildings, selections of hotels, potential for a living/working art space. The devil is in the details. The passage of an ordinance is only the fi rst. What has happened since? How do we move the process forward so that it eventually leads to a more developed waterfront and a centerpiece for Portland’s culture and growth? A mayor who listens to business and neighborhood interests can fi nd common ground and win-win solutions. For starters, we need to update Portland’s Comprehensive Plan and integrate elements, like the recently adopted Economic Development Vision and Plan.

David Marshall Age 33 Fine artist, landlord, gallery owner, and City Councilor West End Whether it is the construction of an offi ce building or a porch, property owners and business owners struggle to obtain permits because of the many regulations on development. We need to continue to reform of the land-use codes and our permitting process. The development and review process has been streamlined according to the Portland Community Chamber of Commerce: “A conclusion in the Task Force report was that Portland could enhance the economy by reforming a Development Review Process... The City Council and Staff agreed, and we all collaborated to fi x it… Planning Staff and the Chamber invested hundreds of hours in a comprehensive re-write of Portland’s Site Plan Ordinance… The changes are beginning to show results, as several projects have enjoyed the new protocols.” The following actions can be made to enhance economic development in Portland: 1. Ensure adequate staffing levels to process permits and conduct inspections. 2. Hire an independent auditor to ensure excellent customer service. 3. Track all applications by creating a professional management and per-

formance system. The system would include a centralized CitiStat software and data base system for tracking work orders, permits, and projects. 4. Institute a Technical Advisory Committee to provide guidance to developers and entrepreneurs during the concept development stage. The TAC would include the City Manager and any city staff members necessary to provide technical feedback. 5. Make the City Codes easy to read and understand. Provide indicators in the headers and footers of each page to indicate the section for which it resides. Provide charts for easier reading of the text.

Jill Duson Age: 57 Occupation: Retired Attorney; Former Director, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, Maine Dept. of Labor Neighborhood: North Deering I continue to receive troublesome reports from individual and business constituents about problems with our planning and licensing and inspection service groups. A priority of my administration will be to improve service at city hall by holding myself, city employees and elected officials accountable to meet the needs of the citizens and residents of Portland. We will do a quick department by department overview of regulations to streamline requirements and make it possible to access simplifi ed, transparent processes for key transactions. As Mayor, I will work with the city manager and staff to introduce a world class service model for responding to constituent concerns. I will work with the Manager to have him implement a standard response process through which we can track and analyze service requests and responses using a Comstat type data review and thereby solve problems faster, better and for the long term.

John Eder Age: 42 Occupation: grassroots organizer, mental health technician, student Neighborhood: West End Residents need to have more of a say in the planning process in Portland. A more thoughtful process of neighborhood & people centered development is needed. As Mayor I would lead the charge for such a process. The recent episode with Thompson’s Point was

an example of the type of development that happens despite the residents of Portland. It was rushed through with scant public input and planning. The public interest was not served in the Maine State Pier debacle because residents were not consulted about their vision for their pier. Ocean Gateway was a disappointment and a regrettable use of valuable land. We need to be much more thoughtful about how we proceed with development in order to maintain, and greatly improve upon livability and sustainability. The census predicts population growth is coming to Portland. We must not rush to give away the farm for a quick buck and continue a legacy of bad planning dictated by the car. We need pedestrian centered planning and we need to get on top of this now to prepare for that bright future. We need to build up so we don’t sprawl out. We need a tax break to spur the development of affordable housing downtown on the peninsula to house the workforce where they can walk to work, shops and services. Together we can create a vibrant, sustainable, local economy of scale that maintains and enhances our best qualities. As Mayor I will advocate for this and mobilize people to make sure our voices will be heard in the planning process.

Hamza Haadoow Age: 37 Occupation: Assistant manager, Goodwill of Northern New England Neighborhood: East Deering I will support any adding value project that will be friendlier with our environment and our people.

Chris Vail Age: 40 Occupation: Portland Firefighter Neighborhood: North Deering I will make sure the permitting process is streamlined. We need the time from paper work to ground breaking to opening to be expedited. I do not know exactly where or what department needs to be brought up to speed or given new technology, but the process needs to be examined. In this generation of high speed, high technology we should not be handing anyone paperwork to walk down to another office in city hall for approval or signatures. We should have the capability to create a system that can fl ow from beginning to end without a snag or slowdown if the developer see next page


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meets the city requirements to build. Our developers are required to pay up front; we must implement a system where they are not required to wait in a non-progressive holding pattern for us to get out of our own way. I will make sure that our staff is empowered with education and experience to make decisions with confi dence. I do not think a responsible system or staff needs to meet and get ok’s from each other all day. This does not allow for progressive movement in city hall. If our staff is empowered with the notion that we are on the same page and know the regulations, we should allow some simple decisions to be made without the stagnancy of meetings and approvals from teams of management. I know the cutting of government red tape and empowering our city staff will streamline our systems and break away the traditional binds of city hall. We will be innovative and progressive with development during my term as mayor. At the same time we will not be run over by development, I will not sell out our city for the notion of what is best for today.

Charles Bragdon Age: 43 Occupation: Publisher/Editor of The Portland Maine Gazette Neighborhood: Munjoy Hill I do agree that we have to much regulation when it comes to planning and development, but I have not defi ned the changes that should be made in this area and would work very closely with the planning board and the Portland downtown district, Portland community chamber and some of other groups who have a stake in the changes to identify the most effective changes that need to be made to streamline the process. Let’s face it, if it takes two months to get a permit to build a shed, then it should be obvious that changes are needed.

Michael Brennan Age: 58 Occupation: Policy Associate at the Muskie School at the University of Southern Maine Neighborhood: Back Cove According to the city’s economic development plan, Portland has lost thousands of jobs in certain sectors during recent years while also gaining a reputation as being unfriendly towards businesses. This has less to do with regulations on development than it does with the process through which developments are approved. Portland

will remain a tremendously appealing city so long as we are able to maintain our neighborhoods’ balance of residential and commercial pockets. Doing so requires developmental review, and many of our regulations are designed for precisely this purpose. However, expediting development review does not mean doing away with regulations. City Hall must become more responsive and committed to customer service. Portland deserves a Mayor, Council and city-government that are as community-minded as its people. I will establish an ombudsperson in City Hall to streamline the permitting process for Portland businesses and resident. I will also institute time frames and benchmarks for when and how decisions are made and permits granted. And I will serve as a link between the business community and City Hall, facilitating discussion between employers and city offi cials to establish sensible solutions for frustrations in the review process.

Markos Miller Age: 43 Occupation: Teacher Neighborhood: Munjoy Hill I see the opportunity for Portland to make a 180 degree turn in the development process. We need a proactive development process that engages the community to articulate what our local needs and values are, creates clear criteria for the development community, and then plays a facilitative role towards the development community so that the community vision can be realized. Our current system is restrictive, unpredictable, and burdensome, rarely addressing the concerns of developers or the community. “Cutting red tape” is not enough, we need to rework the entire system. As mayor I will advance a frank and open review of our development review system and compare this with other systems used in other communities. Form-Based Codes (FBC) offers a common sense, forward thinking approach to the development review process that I think we should consider adopting. FBC engages the community in articulating what development should look like and what we want our city to become. This then provides a clear picture to developers and creates a supportive climate for investment and development. To achieve this, I will work with businesses, residents and others to identify the best uses of our land, the shape we want to see our city to take, and the development we hope to achieve. We’ll stimulate and incentivize this development by reducing fees and streamlining the permitting process for private developers who present plans that meet the criteria the community develops together. The revitalization of Bayside is an ideal place to begin this work.

Nick Mavodones Age: 51 Occupation: Operations manager for Casco Bay Lines Neighborhood: Back Cove We have to make it easier to create jobs by making certain projects subject to same day approval, putting all permits and applications online and enforcing our zoning and safety standards in a way that makes sense. These reforms will get more investment from the planning stage to the paycheck stage, help businesses of all sizes create jobs and put more money in people’s pockets. Making it easier to create jobs does not mean we sacrifi ce our environmental, consumer or workplace protections. We can maintain our high quality of life by using more common sense in the enforcement of our regulations. For example, if a new business has a minor defi ciency that does not put the public or its employees at risk, the owner should be given the opportunity to correct it rather than be forced to delay their opening. Balancing our values with the need to create jobs is essential to continuing Portland’s forward momentum.

Richard Dodge Age: 59 Occupation: Commercial real estate broker, small business owner Neighborhood: Deering Yes, it certainly does. I would make the whole process user friendly and give the developer all help needed to get it done in a timely manner. The economic development office itself should be a leader in this. When a business person is willing to invest in Portland, City Hall should bend over backward to help them achieve their goals.

Jed Rathband Age: 39 Occupation: Communications consultant, owner of Stones Throw Consulting. Neighborhood: East Deering Not necessarily. Regulations building codes, environmental laws, zoning etc - serve a very important purpose; ie building codes came about because some builders were not building safe structures – thereby causing casualties. So, we’re better off for having them; most rational people understand that. The problem occurs with the implementation of these regulations. Sometimes criteria are

applied in such a rigid way as to make them senseless, and sometimes it takes too long for the process to work. All this costs money - and in building there are two primary things that determine the success of a project; time and money. In Portland, the process has become needlessly time consuming and needlessly expensive. That’s resulted in an old adage among many developers in Southern Maine – “One and You’re Done.” That’s one project in Portland, and then you move on to another city because it’s too hard to work here. That’s no way to attract and retain business in Portland. Another problem occurs when regulations are rigidly applied. In my professional capacity I was party to a project on Munjoy Hill; it’s a state-of-the-art 3 unit owner occupied infi ll project that exemplifi es the sort of development we need to encourage here in Portland. The building sits upon a small 5400 square foot lot and has two high energy effi cient rental units. More density, more people, more taxes, more jobs, solar power – more of everything we need in this city. Yet this small project was handled as if it were a major hotel and convention center - and it ultimately ended up costing the owner a lot of money to comply with rules that didn’t make any sense for this project. One and you’re done…

Ethan Strimling Age: 43 Occupation: CEO of LearningWorks Neighborhood: West End I hear from businesses all the time about how hard it is to get anything done in the city. How long it takes to get a proposal through the planning board and the council. How staffis often unclear what direction elected officials want to head. How businesses feel that they hear one thing one day and something very different the next. One example is getting a permit to do a simple build-out of some offi ce space. If you go to South Portland or Westbrook, it will take 3 days or less. In Portland it takes at least a month. A full month just to move the administrative work from one desk to another. This is lunacy and it should be unacceptable in Portland. As Mayor, I will do a comprehensive audit of our procedures to determine which are unacceptable and which are necessary. I will look at surrounding communities and see what they do well, so we can follow suit. I will also intervene and provide leadership when the process appears to be kill ing invaluable growth.


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10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ecomaine will again be a host site for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s free Drug Take-Back program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 . DEA’s Maine Resident Agent in Charge Michael Wardrop said the program is offered, “so that everyone can rid their medicine cabinets and care facilities of those potentially harmful medications which impact our public safety, personal well being and clean environment.” “Troop G of the Maine State Police will be at ecomaine as individuals drive up to drop off any quantity of unwanted drugs. No questions. No forms to fi ll out. The ecomaine site is in Portland at 64 Blueberry Road, off outer Congress Street, just on the other side of the Maine Turnpike from UNUM.”

Harvestfest 2011

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 is the big day for Harvestfest 2011, featuring games, carnival attractions, prizes, food, and “the Great Race across Portland.” All at Faith Temple, 19 14 Congress St. In Portland, just east of the Jetport. Everyone is welcome! For more information, please call 773-6334 or log onto www.Apostolicfaithtemple.com.

Time Lapse: Photographing over Time exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art

11 a.m. to noon. Portland Museum of Art. ‘Three photographers share how photographing the same theme over time affects both photographer and subject. Jon Edwards documents traditional and vanishing ways of life, Lesley MacVane talks about her relationship with the people of Cliff Island, and Melonie Bennett shows her work taken of her family over the years. Artists’ presentations will be followed by a facilitated discussion with Susan Danly, curator of the Madeleine de Sinéty: Photographs exhibition.” Free with museum admission.

Little Theatre of the Deaf to perform in Maine

11 a.m. “Deaf and hard of hearing children will have a unique opportunity to experience live theatre in their own language this October as the Little Theatre of the Deaf performs at the University of Southern Maine and at the Baxter School for the Deaf. The Little Theatre of the Deaf is a small ensemble composed of deaf and hearing actors from the acclaimed National Theatre of the Deaf, based in Hartford, Conn. It performs children’s theatre for deaf and hearing audiences and their families, bringing both worlds together on one stage. The performances and workshops are sponsored by the Davis Family Foundation, the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Friends of Baxter School.” Tickets for the performance at USM are available at $8 and can be purchased through the American Sign Language (ASL) Lab at USM, 49 Exeter St., Portland. 780-59 57 (voice), 780-4069 (TTY), or 766-7097 (videophone). The children’s workshops are free and limited to 25 participants on a first come-first-served basis. Children wishing to participate should also contact the American Sign Language Lab at USM. ASL student interpreters may purchase a package that includes both the interpreter’s workshop and the per-

formance at $30. Both workshops are at the Wishcamper building, 34 Bedford St., Portland, at Room 211. The performance is at the Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney building, 9 0 Bedford St., Portland. Details of the performances and workshops can be found at http://www.ntd.org/ wordpress/?page_id=3.

Banned Book Film Festival, ‘Carrie’

1:30 p.m. Portland Public Library, Meeting Room 5, 5 Monument Square, Portland. “Since the inception of Banned Books Week in 1982, libraries and bookstores throughout the country have staged events and local readings as part of their activities. Please join Portland Public Library for this series of fi lms that was conceived from well-known banned books. A discussion will follow after each screening for those who wish to stay and participate.” Stephen King’s “Carrie.”

Handel and Haydn Society

3 p.m. Portland Ovations brings the Handel and Haydn Society to Hannaford Hall at USM Portland for an afternoon concert . Approaching its bicentennial in 2015, the Handel and Haydn Society is the oldest continuously performing arts organization in the United States. Founded in Boston in 1815, the Handel and Haydn Society is internationally recognized for its revelatory style of using the instruments and techniques of the composer’s time. The mission of the Society is to perform Baroque and Classical music at the highest levels and share that music with a large and diverse audience. With an esteemed tradition of innovation and excellence, which began in the 19 th century with the American premieres of Handel’s Messiah (1818), the Handel and Haydn Society over the last 20 years have given important historical performances of core repertoire and introduced innovative programs to great acclaim. They also won a Grammy award in 2002 for their recording of Sir John Tavener’s Lamentations and Praises, co-commissioned with Chanticleer.

Calamity Janes vs. Rock Coast Rollers

5:30 p.m. See some Maine-on-Maine action as Maine Roller Derby’s Calamity Janes and RIP Tides take on the Rock Coast Rollers. “MRD’s newest members, the R.I.P. Tides, are a group of fi erce fresh meat who will make their debut at Happy Wheels alongside the Janes in this mixed bout. MRD welcomes RCR, a new league from Rockland, as these two teams battle for the fi rst time!” Doors at 5 p.m. Happy Wheels, 331 Warren Ave., Portland. Tickets: Purchase advance tickets online or at the door. General Admission: $5

Sid Tripp’s 16th annual Halloween Bash

9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sid Tripp of local marketing fi rm Proactive Resources Design and business networking group The DownEast Pride Alliance will hold his 16th annual Halloween Bash at Mariner’s Church on 386 Fore St. in Portland with exciting live band Under The Covers to perform. Tripp is expecting a similar attendance of over 400 people at this year’s event, and doors will open at 9 p.m. and the party will continue until 1 a.m. This year’s theme is zombies, so bring your best ghoulish costume and makeup. $20 cover (check, cash or cards accepted); ages 21 and up. Costume required, cash bars.

Sunday, Oct. 30 Portland String Quartet 20112012 season opening concert with Maine State Historian

1 p.m. Pre-concert lecture. Concert at 2 p.m. Concert Lecture with Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth, Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodfords St., Portland. “The PSQ and special guest Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth will present the World Premiere of a string quartet by Portland native John Knowles Paine, composed in Portland c.1855. Also on the program is Walter Piston’s String Quartet No. 1, and Charles Ives’ String Quartet No. 1, ‘A Revival Service.’ A reception will follow the concert.” Cost: $22 general admission, $20 seniors, free for 21 and younger. Subsidized or free tickets available upon request. LARK Society for Chamber Music, 7611522, lark@larksociety.org.

Kids’ Halloween Bash at children’s museum

1:30 p.m. “Trick-or-Treat at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine is quickly becoming a tradition. Last year hundreds of costumed children and families arrived to collect candy and prizes, march in an indoor costume parade throughout the exhibits, and boogie at the Monster Mash dance party. Mask Making (1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.); Trick-or-Treat (2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.): Come in costume, and bring a bucket; Slime Making (3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.): Volunteers from USM’s Chemistry Club will lead visitors through the ooey, gooey science of slime making; Halloween Parade (3:30 p.m.) and Monster Mash (3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.): Pirates, princesses, superheroes, kitty cats – all are welcome in the Halloween Parade. All activities take place at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St. in Portland. Halloween Bash activities are free with admission ($9/person, under 18 months free). The Museum & Theatre is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, visit www.kitetails.org or call 828-1234.

Discovery Concert: Symphony Spooktacular

2:30 p.m. “ Discover a Halloween experience filled with symphonic thrills and chills for the whole family! Maestro Robert Moody leads the ghouls and goblins of the PSO in some of the greatest ‘spooktacular’ music ever written for orchestra, including the ‘Funeral March of a Marionette’ by Gounod, music from Berlioz’s ‘Symphonie Fantastique,’ and ‘The Chill of the Orchestra’ by American composer Russell Peck. Dancers from Portland Ballet will join in ‘Bella’s Lullaby’ from ‘Twilight’ and lead the entire audience in the zombie dance stylings of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller.’” Merrill Auditorium.

Bluestocking Films — Films by Women

4 p.m. “BFS was conceived by fi lmmaker Kate Kaminski and is a collaboration between Gitgo Productions and the St. Lawrence. Because women fi lmmakers are underrepresented in the fi lmmaking industry and largely misrepresented in forms of media worldwide we are thrilled to create a series within Maine that supports women fi lmmakers and provides them with a state of the art venue to showcase their craft.” The USM Women and Gender Studies Prosee next page


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from preceding page gram, the Maine Film Offi ce and the Maine Film and Video Association are co-sponsoring the event. For more information on the Bluestocking Film Series contact Whitney McDorr at whitney.mcdorr@stlawrencearts.org or by telephone at 347-3075 or Kate Kaminski at gitgo_ productions@yahoo.com. www.stlawrencearts.org

Monday, Oct. 31

Violin Masterclass at USM

4 p.m. The University of Southern Maine School of Music will host Charles Dimmick, concertmaster of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, for a violin masterclass, at 4 p.m. in Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham. In addition to the PSO, Dimmick performs with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Rhode Island Philharmonic, as well as the Boston Pops, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Boston and Chamber Orchestra of Boston. He is a former USM School of Music assistant professor of violin. Tickets to the masterclass cost $6, and can be purchased at the door. The class is free for USM music students, faculty, and staff, as well as USM Youth Ensemble members. For more information on the USM School of Music’s fall concert season and programs of study, visit www. usm.maine.edu/music. Sign up for e-notices, or fi nd us on Facebook as USM School of Music, www.facebook. com/Music.USM.

Michelle Malkin in South Portland

11:15 a.m. Conservative columnist and author at the Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, South Portland. Sponsor Reception with Michelle Malkin, followed at noon by Luncheon and Remarks. “Michelle Malkin began her career in newspaper journalism a decade ago as an editorial writer and columnist for The Los Angeles Daily News, moving on to The Seattle Times in 1996. Her column, now syndicated, appears in 100 papers nationwide, including The New York Post, Miami Herald, Washington Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Modesto Bee and The Detroit News. Malkin launched her Web site, MichelleMalkin.com,

Thursday, Nov. 3 The History Of Maine Skiing

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association at 519 Congress St., Portland. www.mainecharitablemechanicassociation.com. Scott Andrews presenting The History Of Maine Skiing. Refreshments. FMI call 773-8396 or visit www.skimuseumofmaine.org.

Poet and author Gray Jacobik

5 p.m. Poet and author Gray Jacobik reading from her work, on the seventh fl oor Events Room, Glickman Library, Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine. Free. Call 892-9831.

Good vs. Evil: Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert

Tuesday, Nov. 1 ‘I Can’t Remember. I Can’t Forget’

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hospice of Southern Maine will host a daylong conference in Scarborough, titled “I Can’t Remember. I Can’t Forget: Spiritual Journeys of Alzheimer’s Patients and Combat Veterans at End of Life.” The national speaker, The Rev. Dr. Kathleen Rusnak PhD, author of the book, “Because You’ve Never Died Before,” will speak in the morning session on the topic of recognizing and maximizing the spiritual possibilities of the Alzheimer’s patients, and in the afternoon on the inner spiritual battles combat soldiers wage at end of life. The event takes place at The Landing at Pine Point in Scarborough and costs $40 per person. Snacks and Lunch will be provided. Register online at www.hospiceofsouthernmaine.org. For more information, call 289-3678 or e-mail pastoralcare@ hospiceofsouthernmaine.org

Wednesday, Nov. 2 Legislative forum with a panel of elected officials

7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. The Falmouth Cumberland Community chamber will host legislators from Augusta. Mary Nelson, Dick Woodbury, Mark Dion and Meredith Burgess will present a

7:30 p.m. “Culinary arts take center stage in this evening of storytelling that serves up frank and provocative insight into what really goes on behind the kitchen doors. Anthony Bourdain, chef, author of Medium Raw and Kitchen Confidential and host of The Travel Channel’s ‘No Reservations’and Eric Ripert, renowned chef of Le Bernardin, author and regular guest on Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’ share tales and muse on the place of food in our personal, community and global life. VIP tickets include premiere seating, invitation to an exclusive meet-and-greet reception with Bourdain and Ripert at Grace Restaurant, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a VIP tour laminate and a limited edition poster. No discounts, no exchanges; a non-subscription event. Contains strong language.” Merrill Auditorium. http://portlandovations.org

Friday, Nov. 4

Annual Key4Women Forum

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. KeyBank will host the Annual Key4Women Forum, “Creating a Culture of Courage: The New Leadership Challenge.” Leadership and customer service expert Cindy Solomon will discuss: four types of courage and when and how to invoke each for success in business, why finding the courage to move forward is the key to success in today’s new business economy, and how to inspire courage

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First Friday Art Walk: Gideon Bok and Xander Marro

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. SPACE Gallery. With the support of the Artist’s Resouce Trust, Gideon Bok will work through the month of November and into December, using the gallery as the subject for a charcoal life drawing on one of the gallery walls. Gideon’s interior paintings and drawings highlight the passage of time, usually utilizing the space where the work is made. They feature the changing cast of characters who have stopped by, records strewn about, and other artifacts such as musical instruments, empty bottles, and semi-complete paintings. Accompanying this wall drawing will be a collection of perspective paintings Gideon has painted, reproducing more than 200 LP record covers unifi ed by loose conceptual threads. In the annex, a last look at Xander Marro’s Cursed New England. www.space538.org/events.php

The Beauty of Darfur; The Tragedy of Genocide at First Friday Art Walk

5 p.m. to 9 p.m. As part of First Friday Art Walk, the Via Agency will open its doors at the Baxter building, 619 Congress St., Portland to host a very special event to bring awareness to and help efforts to end the genocide in Darfur. Come view inspiring and breath taking works of art created by Falmouth and Yarmouth High School student artists that feature contrasting work representing Darfur’s beauty, and the tragic genocide. Tom Andrews, President and CEO of United to End Genocide* and former Maine Congressman will be on hand for conversation and will lead a dialog with Maine’s Sudanese Community. The Pihcintu Multicultural Chorus, directed by Con Fullam, award-winning producer, musician, and songwriter, will be lending their voices to this occasion and will be performing a selection of songs. Viewing the artwork, mingling with the artists, survivors, and Tom will take place between 5:00-7:30 PM. Student musicians will perform light background music. At 7:30 PM there will be a performance by see next page

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–––––––––––––––––––– EVENTS CALENDAR –––––––––––––––––––– from preceding page Pihcintu, an international immigrants children’s choir. At 7:45 there will be remarks by Tom Andrews and a dialog with Maine’s Sudanese Community members. El- Fadel Arbab, a survivor of the genocide in Darfur, an Educator, and Secretary of the Fur Cultural Revival met with students at Yarmouth and Falmouth to educated them about the genocide. It was from those meetings and further research on the students’ part that the art is being inspired and created. This event is in collaboration with VIA Agency, Falmouth High School, Yarmouth High School, USM Offi ce of Multi-Cultural Student Affairs, Fur Cultural Revival, Pihcintu, and NAACP Portland Branch.

Claddagh Award Ceremony

6 p.m. The Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland, welcomes the public to the fourth annual Claddagh Award Ceremony to honor William J. Ryan and to raise funds for the MIHC. William J. Ryan is retired as Chairman of the Board of TD Bank, N.A. http://www.maineirish.com

Maine Brewers Festival

6:30 p.m. The 18th annual Maine Brewers Festival will be held on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and Nov. 5, as New Englanders come together to celebrate the local Maine craft beer community. The Evening with the Brewers VIP Session will kick off the festival weekend on Friday night, and the highly anticipated festival will begin on Saturday afternoon with two high-energy sessions. Festival attendees will receive a complimentary logoed tasting glass (real glass!) with tick ets to enjoy 12, 4-oz pours of Maine craft beer. Saturday Happy Hour Session: 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; doors open at 1 p.m. Food and store sales start at 1 p.m. Taps open at 1:30 p.m. Evening Session: 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m. Food and store sales start at 6

p.m. Taps open at 6:30 p.m. Portland Expo. http://learnyourbeer.com

‘Paul Goodman Changed My Life’

6:30 p.m. “Paul Goodman Changed My Life,” Friday, Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 6, 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.

Saturday, Nov. 5 Kids Open Studios: Record Art!

12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. SPACE Gallery. “Our current gallery artist Gideon Bok’s still life paintings of record covers set the stage for this installment of Kids Open Studios. From Neil Young to The Stooges to The Dandy Warhols and Funkadelic, we are using music as our inspiration. Come get groovy and choose from our stock of vintage records to paint on, collage over or alter to create a unique piece of art! Suggested age is 3 and up. This open studios is geared for kids, but all ages are welcome to come and create!” $5 studio fee/free for SPACE members, all ages. www. space538.org/events.php

Portland Boxing Club N.E. Championships

6 p.m. For the fourth consecutive year, the Portland Boxing Club has won the bid to host the 2011-2012 USA Boxing New England Championships. This tournament dates back 125 years with such notable World Champions from New England as John L Sullivan, Jack Sharkey, Rocky Marciano, Marvin Hagler, Tony Demarco — and this year’s special guest, “Irish” Micky Ward who will make an appearance at the Championship Finals. Ward was recently the subject of

an Academy Award-nominated movie “The Fighter.” The Championships will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, and Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Portland Boxing Club, 33 Allen Ave., Portland and the Championship Finals will be held on Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Stevens Ave Armory, 772 Stevens Ave., Portland. Doors opening at 6 p.m., bouts starting at 8 p.m. For more info call 761-0975 or visit www.portlandboxingclub.org.

Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maine

8:45 a.m. to 9 :45 a.m. Lisa Carlson, co-author of “Final Rights,” and past president of the Funeral Consumers Alliance is the featured speaker at the Annual Meeting of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maine, at Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Avenue, Portland. The business meeting will be from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Refreshments will be from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m., and the featured speaker at 10:15 will be followed by a panel discussion with members of Last Things, Chuck Lakin, Klara Tammany, and Eva Thompson. Members are $5, non-members $10. Jessica Mitford’s The American Way of Death drew back the curtain on the funeral industry’s excesses. Josh Slocum and Lisa Carlson’s Final Rights investigates the $15 billion funeral and burial industry in 2011, exposing consumer abuse, fi nancial exploitation of the bereaved and how government regulators can’t be counted on to protect the grieving. The public is invited to attend.

Home Grown Maine in Augusta

9 a.m. On Nov. 5 and 6, the Marijuana Caregivers of Maine association is hosting an event at the Augusta Civic Center, the fi rst ever Home Grown Maine, “with a focus on Maine talent, Maine vendors and supporting the Maine Medical Marijuana Community!” Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine is a trade association whose purpose is to represent the interests of medical marijuana caregivers (growers and providers) here in the state of Maine. Located at the Augusta Civic Center. 9 a.m. through midnight Saturday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. www.mmcmonline.org/hgm

Pink Tulip Project Bulb Planting

10 a.m. to noon. “Save the date for the fall bulb planting in the Friends of the Eastern Promenade Pink Tulip Project Garden. We’ll be planting bulbs beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 5 in front of the Cousins Memorial at the top of Cutter Street. You can donate now to the Friends of the Eastern Promenade Pink Tulip Project Garden in honor of someone in your life who has been affected by cancer. All proceeds benefi t the Women’s Cancer Fund at the Maine Cancer Foundation.”

Family and artist event with artist Karen Gelardi

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Portland Museum of Art. Free with museum admission. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Portland-based artist Karen Gelardi will bring the art of the Shakers and the ideas of the current Gather Up the Fragments exhibition to life for families. Join us as she transforms the Great Hall of the Museum into a funfi lled art workshop. Families and children of all ages will have the chance to experiment with a variety of art materials, to draw, cut, stitch, and tape things together and create a unique fabric patch to take home as well as help the artist create a very large work of art! You’ll be inspired, as the artist is, by nature and geometry in the Shaker objects and delight in the beauty of simple design.


The Portland Daily Sun, Saturday, October 29, 2011