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Work begins on Back Cove Trail link BY CASEY CONLEY THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Contractors hired by Maine Department of Transportation began work yesterday on a much-anticipated trail connection between Back Cove Trail and Bayside Trail, located at the Franklin Street exit off

Interstate 295. The $195,000 trail, which was first conceived more than two years ago during an improvement project at exit 7, should open to pedestrians by the end of the year, said Steve Landry, an assistant traffic engineer at MDOT.

Although the trail itself will be less than a quarter-mile long, it’s expected to get plenty of use from recreational users, commuters and Bayside residents looking for a shorter walk to nearby shopping centers. see TRAIL page 6

Tattoo artist makes art that’s more than skin deep BY DAVID CARKHUFF THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

A self-described “art school nerd,” Chris Dingwell sees fine art potential in the human body. “I’m a painter, that’s my background,” said Dingwell, 43, who this year opened his own studio Comicon in the Arts District. “I festival deemed translate my a success; due painting into to return next my tattooing.” year. Last weekend, Dingwell See story and photos gave a painton page 8 ing demonstration with the “Wet Paint Project” at the Coast City Comicon, a comic arts festival see ARTIST page 8 LEFT: Artist Chris Dingwell works on a painting as part of “The Wet Paint Project” at Coast City Comicon comic arts festival in Portland last weekend. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

Judge denies motion for boys to play on co-op hockey team BY MATTHEW ARCO THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

A judge decided Monday that three high school boys suing for discrimination and a chance to play on a Deering-Portland High co-op hockey team failed to prove they were being denied access to play because of their gender. Judge Thomas Warren ruled that the governing body for high school sports in Maine did not discrimi-

nate against the boys because of their gender — effectively ending the plaintiffs’ chances for playing on a school hockey team. A lawsuit was filed against the Maine Principals’ Association earlier in the month after the group denied a request for Deering students to join Portland High School From left, Jackson Stevens, Anthony Verville and Alexander Asbury stand for a co-op boys’ team, but signed off outside the Cumberland County Courthouse Monday with their attorney Paul see LAWSUIT page 3

Greene. The boys, alleging gender discrimination, lost their fight to play on a high school hockey team. (MATTHEW ARCO PHOTO)

City standing by parking meter supplier Favorite breakfast haunts See page 3

See Bob Higgins on page 4

The Penn State Rubicon See James Howard Kunstler on page 5


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Chelsea Clinton to report for NBC (NY Times) — NBC announced Monday that it has hired Chelsea Clinton to become a full-time special correspondent for NBC News. The appointment was immediate. Clinton will begin work on stories that NBC expects to use as part of its “Making a Difference” series, which runs on “NBC Nightly News,” said Steve Capus, president of NBC News. Clinton has been a national figure since her father won the presidency in 1992, but she has remained — first by her parents’ request and then by her own choice — largely out of the public eye. Capus said an intermediary contacted him in July with word that “she was kicking around what she wanted to do next.” Capus said he had met with Clinton and had a long conversation that began with a simple question. “I asked her: ‘What are you interested in doing?’ ” Clinton told him, he said, that during her mother’s campaign for president in 2008, she had been moved by stories of people making personal contributions. We knew she wasn’t going to do the lead story. But having somebody who was going to do really captivating feature assignments for the ‘Making a Difference’ franchise really kind of synced up,” Capus said. Those feature reports, which have become popular on NBC’s evening newscast — and which may be added to NBC’s new prime-time newsmagazine program, “Rock Center With Brian Williams” — spotlight people who are making volunteer commitments to improve the lives of others in their community. Capus said Clinton had said to him, “That’s the kind of thing, if this were to happen, that I would really like to do.” He added, “It’s not about Chelsea Clinton saying, ‘Here I am; I want to be a TV star.’ ”

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Supreme Court to hear case challenging health law WASHINGTON (NY TIMES) — The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a challenge to the 2010 health care overhaul law, President Obama’s signature legislative achievement. The development set the stage for oral arguments by March and a decision in late June, in the midst of the 2012 presidential campaign. The court’s decision to step in had been expected, but Monday’s order answered many questions about just how the case would proceed. Indeed, it offered a roadmap toward a ruling that will help define the legacy of the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. The court scheduled five and half hours of argument instead of the usual one, a testament to the importance of the case,

which has as its center an epic clash between the federal government and the 26 states that together filed a challenge to the law. Appeals from three courts had been vying for the justices’ attention, presenting an array of issues beyond the central one of whether Congress has the constitutional power to require people to purchase health insurance or face a penalty through the so-called individual mandate. The Supreme Court agreed to hear appeals from just one decision, from the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, in Atlanta, the only one so far striking down the mandate. The decision, from a divided three-judge panel, said the mandate overstepped Congressional author-

ity and could not be justified by the constitutional power “to regulate commerce” or “to lay and collect taxes.” The appeals court went no further, though, severing the mandate from the rest of the law. On Monday, the justices agreed to decide not only whether the mandate is constitutional but also, if it is not, how much of the balance of the law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, must fall along with it. In a statement issued soon after the decision, the Obama administration restated their argument that the mandate is perfectly constitutional. “We know the Affordable Care Act is constitutional and are confident the Supreme Court will agree,” said Dan Pfeiffer, the White House com-

munications director. Leading opponents of the law said they were just as confident that they would prevail. “It is high time for the high court to strike down this unconstitutional, unworkable and unpopular law,” said Randy E. Barnett, a law professor at Georgetown. But even the White House has said that the mandate is “absolutely intertwined” with two other provisions — one forbidding insurers to turn away applicants, and the other barring them from taking account of pre-existing conditions. The 11th Circuit ruled for the administration on another point, rejecting a challenge to the law’s expansion of the Medicaid program. The Supreme Court also agreed to hear an appeal from that ruling.

Questions cloud meeting of Afghan elders called by Karzai

New inquiry showing wider phone hacking claims

KABUL, Afghanistan (NY TIMES) — Despite criticism from neighboring countries, threats from the Taliban and calls for a boycott from some political opponents, President Hamid Karzai has called a loya jirga, the traditional grand council of Afghan elders and leaders, in an attempt to gain popular support for a longterm partnership with the United States, Afghan officials and analysts say. Even before the jirga’s opening, set for Wednesday, it is being clouded by doubt and confusion — much of it sown by Mr. Karzai himself. His public statements about the United States have grown more hostile in recent months, including a statement several weeks ago in which he sug-

LONDON (NY TIMES) — Records of illicit intercepts of phone messages presented to a judge’s inquiry on Monday appear to show that the practice was widespread at other newspapers besides The News of the World, the tabloid that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation empire shut down in July over the scandal. The inquiry’s stated purpose is to investigate the way journalists operate and the elusive balance between press freedom and individual rights to privacy. But within hours of the investigation’s opening, Robert Jay, a lawyer for the inquiry, presented extensive written records of phone hacking not just at The News of the World but also at another

gested that if Pakistanis were to go to war with the Americans, he would actually ally himself with Islamabad. That in particular seemed a contrary message to be sending while intense negotiations were under way to persuade the United States to keep troops and military trainers for 10 years beyond the Obama administration’s 2014 withdrawal deadline, and while also asking for help in paying for the Afghan security forces. Afghan officials affirmed, however, that Mr. Karzai’s overarching goal is to obtain an agreement with the Americans, not least because he knows that his fate is closely tied to their military presence and aid.

Murdoch-owned tabloid, The Sun, and at a rival paper, The Daily Mirror, owned by Trinity Mirror. Mr. Jay said that notes kept by Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator jailed in 2007 for hacking into voice mail accounts of members of the royal family, showed that such tactics were used at The News of the World on a much wider scale than previously known. Quoting from 11,000 pages of notes kept by Mr. Mulcaire, Mr. Jay said that Mr. Mulcaire appeared to have been asked on 2,266 occasions to tap into voice mail accounts, involving a total of 5,975 targets, according to the Press Association, a British news agency.

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Three suspicious fires probed

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BY MARGE NIBLOCK SPECIAL TO THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Three fires, all suspicious in nature, were called in between Sunday evening and early Monday morning, officials reported. No one was injured, but there was some damage to property, police reported. “There may be a connection, since there were three suspicious fires within a short period of time," said Lt. Gary Rogers, commander of the Criminal Investigation Division for Portland Police Department. At 8:27 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13, an

apartment building and garage were reported to be on fire at 1121 Forest Ave. There was some damage, and people were evacuated, Rogers said. At 1:44 a.m., Monday, Nov. 14, two fires were reported at 55 Grant St. The fires on the second and third floors, in a common hallway, caused minor damage to the building, Rogers said. The last fire was reported at 2:48 a.m. when a fence at 12 Boynton St. was damaged, he said. Anyone with information can call the police department at 874-8479.

City standing by parking meter supplier BY CASEY CONLEY THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Bill Chartier with Icon Connections runs fiber optic cable for Internet service at the Salvation Army on Cumberland Avenue. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

Armenian Cultural Association plans lecture at USM on Turkish security DAILY SUN STAFF REPORT The University of Southern Maine will sponsor a lecture by Taner Akçam titled “Turkish National Security and the Denial of Armenian Genocide.” This lecture, sponsored by the Armenian Cultural Association of Maine, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 in Hannaford Lecture Hall, Abromson Center, USM Portland campus. This event is free and open to the public, USM reported. Sociologist and historian Taner Akçam is widely recognized as one of the first Turkish scholars to write extensively on the genocide of Armenians by Ottoman Turkey in the early

20th century. Akçam’s latest book, “The Armenian Issue is Resolved: Policies Towards Armenians During the War Years,” has been translated into seven languages. A graduate of Middle East Technical University in Ankara and the University of Hannover in Germany, Akçam holds the Kaloostian/Mugar chair for Genocide studies at Clark University. He has most recently worked with the Hamburg Institute for Social Research on issues concerning the history of violence and torture in Turkey For more information, contact Jeanette Andonian, USM associate professor of social work, at 780-4115 or andonian@usm.maine.edu.

Portland is reportedly close to awarding a $200,000 contract to CALE Parking Systems USA, a supplier of electronic parking meters connected to an apparent kickback scheme in Oregon earlier this summer. City spokeswoman Nicole Clegg said local officials have communicated multiple times with Cale’s parent company in Sweden and have been “satisfied” with its responses. She also noted that Cale employees implicated in the alleged kickbacks are no longer with the company. “When the events around Portland, Oregon came to light, we decided to hold off on executing the contract until we had some concerns addressed” by Cale staff, Clegg said. “We have communicated with Cale and they have addressed a number of our concerns." She added that the contract could be finalized by the end of the month. In July, Cale’s proposal to supply Portland with between 10 and 20 electronic, solar-powered parking meters was selected after a competitive bidding process. Each parking kiosk, which accept both cash and credit cards, costs about $7,600. A few weeks after the city’s selection committee chose Cale, FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents raided the company’s Tampa, Fla., offices and implicated its founder and CEO, George Levey, in a kickback scheme in Portland, Ore., involving Ellis McCoy, parking manager for that city. No charges have been filed against either man. McCoy has since retired

from his post, and Levey, who founded Cale Parking Systems USA, has been placed on leave, according to published reports. A Cale spokesperson could not be reached or comment after hours yesterday. After news broke of the federal raids, Portland was one of several cities in the United States that delayed contracts with Cale while the investigation unfolded. Clegg said in September that the city was considering several options, including whether to re-open the bidding process or award the contract to Parkeon, a competitor. In deciding to stick with Cale, Clegg reiterated that that a committee comprised of various city employees unanimously selected Cale’s bid over a bid by rival Parkeon — even though Parkeon's meters cost $400 less per unit. “While the general consensus was that both vendors could satisfy our needs, the Cale proposal scored the highest rating,” said John Peverada, the city’s parking manager, in a July 22 memo. Clegg said the city hopes to have the meters installed sometime in the spring. Final locations for the meters, and the exact number of devices that will be purchased, has yet to be determined. Cale has supplied more than 9,000 automated parking meters to more than 110 U.S. cities, its website says. The company is the sole U.S. supplier meters made by Cale, a Swedish company that distributes meters throughout Europe, North America and Australia.

Judge: ‘I am not here ruling on the wisdom or the fairness’ of MPA LAWSUIT from page one

on allowing the schools to merge for a girls’ team. Deering High School suspended both its male and female hockey programs last season because of a lack of players. The students’ attorney argued that the MPA’s contradicting decisions constituted gender discrimination. However, the association maintained that any bias was not at play, rather that it granted a wavier for the girls’ team because it was helping an emerging team develop. “I do not find ... that the true reason was a hidden affirmative action rationale,” said Warren, adding that he recognized that his decision was “a bitter disappointment to the three plaintiffs.” During his ruling, Warren made clear that his decision was based on the law and claim of gender

“I don’t know that this is a victory. I think the judge struggled with the same thing the management committee did.” — Dick Durost, executive director of the Maine Principals’ Association discrimination — not whether denying the boys access to play on a high school team was an appropriate decision. “I am not here ruling on the wisdom or the fairness of the Maine Principals’ Association,” he said. Dick Durost, executive director of the MPA, said following the hearing that the decision not to grant the boys a wavier was a difficult one to make. “I don’t know that this is a victory,” Durost said. “I think the judge struggled with the same thing the

management committee did.” The students — Anthony Verville, Alexander Asbury and Jackson Stevens — asked the court for an injunction, with the hopes they would be able to join the team as soon as when they started practices on Monday afternoon. “It’s something that we have to live with,” Stevens said. “We gave it our best shot.” The boys’ attorney, Paul Greene, indicated it was unlikely he would file any sort of an appeal. “Obviously, we’re all disappointed,” said Greene, adding, “We’ll respect the court and we’ll all move on.” The high schoolers said they agreed with their attorney. “We have to respect the judge’s decision,” Asbury said. “I’m glad we came here. … I’d rather know that we tried and failed (than not have tried at all).”


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Shift drink column leaves reader feeling ‘nauseated’ and disgusted Editor, Upon advice, I read Natalie Ladd’s most recent article titled: “Shift drinks redefine ‘going to the well,’” (Opinion, Wednesday, Nov. 9), and my first reaction was nausea. How someone who has clearly never worked in the hospitality industry could actually believe and falsely re-dispense what can only be described as fiction is appalling. I’m inclined to believe that the “creative consulting team” (if real at all) is compiled of disgruntled ex-hospitality workers who believe they have landed on greener pastures. I find it more likely that she is simply reiterating what she loosely remembers from the movie, “Waiting.” She preaches the inaccuracies of the five-second rule, the re-use of product, the exchange of brand name for generic, and even lewd claims of fornication. Whether you work for a multimillion dollar corporate chain or are low man on the totem pole at your local Mom & Pop these practices have never and will never be deemed acceptable. It’s ignorance like this that widens the divide between restaurant workers and your typical mainstream occupation. If someone chooses to become a doctor, a teacher, an actuary then it’s socially acceptable. If one chooses to be a bartender or a server then it was due to lack of option. As a career waitress, who does possess a bachelor’s degree in two very “socially acceptable” fields yet chooses this profession out of passion for service, I am looked down upon daily. You ask your readers to take a look at the staff around closing time see LETTERS page 5

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The Breakfast Club We all have those morning rituals which make good column fodder. The latest one of mine involves the morning bus. A small cup of coffee at the bus stop while waiting to catch the number 2 intown, then the morning jog. The morning jog has become the new ritual. As the bus lets out at the top of Forest Ave and Congress Street, the increased ridership on the METRO system has made that first intown stop resemble a clown car at the circus. About fifteen of us get off every morning there, all headed or the same coffee shop. Thus, the man-mammaries jiggle with the morning trot to be ahead of all the rest in line. If you don’t get there fast, there is a likelihood that you will miss a connecting bus, or be late for work. Luckily, Alex know what everyone’s morning order is, so he is getting them ready before we even order. But on the weekend, the breakfast scene is a whole animal of an entirely different section of the encyclopedia. Heading for the local breakfast place at a trot just gets you stared at. The types of weekend breakfast-ers are numerous. There are the recently attached couple who met last night, gathering for

Bob Higgins ––––– Daily Sun Columnist a bite to eat to replenish their energy for an awkward session of “I’ll call you laters,” There are the hipsters who seem to travel in a gaggle of five, the post hipster retirement set who mainly worry about falling down and breaking a hip, and the singletons like me. Yes, after a long night of twofisted double jointed drinking, I can be counted on to stagger to the nearest breakfast joint looking for sustenance. The closest one to me these days is Bayou Kitchen, who let slip this weekend that they were planning to break through the wall to the old tattoo shop next door to increase space for the early eaters. A bleary bloodshot eye looks over the menu, no matter where I go. As singletons, we’re kind of a pain. Too small a party for a booth, and taking up valuable counter space searching frantically through pockets looking for that hidden breakfast $20. From Blue Spoon in the East

End to Ruski’s in the West, from Becky’s on the waterfront to Steve&Renee’s out on Forest Ave., the story is the same. Though I should get some sort of award for working in four plugs in the same sentence, it still doesn’t change a simple fact. If it’s the weekend, there is probably a line. Telling a bleary-eyed drunkard that there is a 20 minute wait for the counter is sort of like poking a gorilla with a stick. You’re rolling the dice on whether you are going to have to get out the bucket to take care of something particularly vile. Either way, the weekend breakfast line is just one of those things we have become used to in Portland. But here is the thing. A lot of these places are open all through the week, with no wait and food that is just as tasty. They are busy enough to stay open, yet not so barren as to have to kick the tumbleweeds and the crickets out of the way to find a table. Heck, I’ve even managed to snag a booth just for me and the morning paper. None of these are anywhere near as bad as the “post bar closing” rush at Denny’s. There were nights years back when I wanted see HIGGINS page 5


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The Penn State Rubicon The Penn State football sex scandal, and the depraved response of the university community at all levels, tells whatever you need to know about the spiritual condition of this floundering, rudderless republic and its ignoble culture. For nine years, head coach Joe Paterno covered up a grad student’s report of having witnessed former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky anally raping a ten-year-old boy in the ath––––– letic department’s shower Kunstler.com room. The grad student, Mike McQueary, didn’t bother to call the police. He was later hired as Paterno’s defensive coordinator. Two other Penn State administrators were informed about the rape and let the incident slide, after which Sandusky went on to a lively career in serial child homosexual rape. For many years after the witnessed incident, he was permitted regular access to Penn State’s gyms, fields, and locker rooms, while cherry-picking victims from his own foundation, Second Mile, for needy children. The intersection of America’s fake warrior culture of football with the nation’s fake moral and ethical culture is instructive. It has many levels, like a convoluted freeway intersection of on-ramps, off-ramps, and merge-ramps. First is the pretense that college football is a character-building endeavor. Rather it’s an odious money-grubbing racket that chews up and spits out quasi-professional players who, with rare exceptions, only pretend to be students. It corrupts everyone connected with it. College football is little more than a giant conduit for vacuuming money out of alumni, hawking brand merchandise, and generating TV revenues. At Penn State, the racket sucked in about $70 million a year net profit. All over America,

James Howard Kunstler

the old land-grant diploma mills pay their coaches million-dollar salaries, while academic adjunct professors can’t even get health insurance. At SUNYAlbany, the flagship campus of New York’s system, they got rid of the department of foreign languages, but the football team plays on. Meanwhile ordinary students rack up tens of thousands of dollars in unpayable college debt via a related racket in which free-flowing government-backed Sallie Mae loan money prompts colleges to boost tuition rates way beyond inflation rates. Then there is the merge-ramp between religion and football. Was I the only person revolted by video of the phony “prayer” session held in the Penn State stadium just before Saturday’s “big game” with the University of Nebraska? Players from both teams led by Jesus-shouting cheerleaders affected to “pray” for Jerry Sandusky’s rape victims, an exercise that was joined and legitimized by the crowd with all the passion of a Nuremberg rally. When that easy little ritual was out of the way they could settle back and enjoy the game’s ersatz heroics with a clear conscience, and the tailgate barbeques that followed. A genuine sense of collective shame would have produced a different course of events — for instance cancelling the game, maybe the rest of the season, or perhaps even the entire football program in plain recognition of how foul and corrupt it is. That decision would have been up to the university’s board of directors and tells you all you need to know about corporate leadership in America today. Perhaps even more disgusting than the pre-game prayer show was the rash of demonstrations the night the story broke. These weren’t about shame and repentance, just violent displays of sanctimonious “moral” support for an entire system in disgrace. Do you suppose these people could not have endured a night or two of uncomfortable silent reflection? And why didn’t the new president, or any other campus executive, make a pubic statement that all the prideful carryingon was indecent? I wonder how many of the same students will be ground down to dust by the weight of

their unpayable college loans. Equally disgusting was the cable news media’s wall-to-wall coverage of the Penn State story, as if there weren’t other important events going on in the world — for instance the resignation of two European prime ministers due to a political crisis that could sink the global economic system. CNN turned the Penn State story into an instant reality-TV show, with play-by-play action and spin-o-rama scenarioflogging aimed mainly, it seemed, at how Coach Joe Paterno might manage to wiggle out of culpability in the civil lawsuits that are sure to dog him now until the end of his days. What the public doesn’t know is how soon the sun will be setting on these giant universities in their entirety — football, classrooms, alumni golden circles, and all — as we enter the age of intense energy and capital scarcities. Remember: institutions, just like living organisms, often reach their greatest scale just before they go extinct. Resource constraints would be enough to get the job done, but it’s interesting to see how our programming failures and internal moral contradictions have reached the last limits of flamboyant grotesquerie in the same exact moment. This is a nation with psychological boundary problems in every realm — the family, the school, the government, the corporation, the diocese, the police station, you name it. Meanwhile the so-called fine arts branch of our culture valorizes “transgressive” behavior — as if there were any behavioral boundaries left to cross. Maybe Jerry Sandusky should be sentenced to a one-man show at the Whitney Museum. Then just wait a week or so: we’ll get “Jeffrey Dahmer, the Musical” on Broadway. Every new day that dawns lately gives further proof that we are a wicked people who deserve to be punished. (James Howard Kunstler is the author of several books, including “The Long Emergency,” “The Geography of Nowhere,” and “The Witch of Hebron.” He can be reached by emailing jhkunstler@mac.com.)

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Just how depraved do you believe hospitality workers to be? LETTERS from page 4

and ask “why they’re all in such great moods ... On second thought ... Don’t ask.” Maybe if you did, our answers would surprise you. Did it occur to you that our elation is not alcohol induced but that we merely enjoy what we do? Perhaps “Nick” was smiling because his hard work was recognized at his last table. “Gina” made enough to afford half of her text books for next semester. A task that has taken her peers weeks to do in their hourly wage work-studies. The practice of the “shift drink” is scrutinized, and it is accurate that polices differ from establishment to establishment. I take no issue with this, except the condescending tone in which it is delivered: “Variations

to shift drink policies don’t matter because naive managers and owners ... are fooling themselves. Staff that feels taken advantage of ... feel entitled ... leading to self justified theft.” So apparently now restaurant workers are such deviants that if we don’t get our “fix” we will go to any length necessary?? Just how depraved do you believe hospitality workers to be? From your accusations we would appear to be defined as: uneducated, alcoholic, sex addicts. I find Steve Dublanica’s definition to be much accurate: “Today’s waiters are expected to be food-allergy specialists, sommeliers, cell-phone-rule enforcers, eye candy, confessors, entertainers, mixologists, emergency medical technicians, bouncers, receptionists, joke tellers, therapists, linguists, punch-

ing bags, psychics, protocol specialists, and amateur chefs.” If by the end of the shift we are still smiling, perhaps you should think enough of us to ask, we’ll tell. Kimberly Croce Portland

Don’t traffic in ‘base stereotypes’ about restaurant workers Editor, As a person who makes his living working on the line, I was aggravated with Natalie Ladd’s most recent column, “Shift drinks redefine ‘going to the well,’” (Opinion,

Wednesday, Nov. 9). Her “don’t ask, don’t tell” issues are base stereotypes similar to cops eating donuts, senators smoking cigars and groping interns and the journalist with a flask in her trenchcoat. Besides the vaguely mentioned “consulting group,” her piece reflected no research beyond generalizations and myths. Restaurant work can be physically and mentally demanding. Individuals who are striving to advance their careers in the industry would not benefit by practicing the actions which Ms. Ladd believes are prevalent. There are lazy hacks in every industry. Avoid them. Tim Hofmann Portland

Life as a speedbump on the road to the next batch of high-tippers HIGGINS from page 4

to hand the security dude a cricket bat and a Taser, and tell him to just have at it. I’ve heard its calmed down a bit now, but way back when it was like attending a monkey knife fight, minus the fun and profit of wagering. Little changes in the breakfast menu, for without eggs, toast, bacon, maybe some home fries on the

side that coffee tastes mighty dull. You would just take too damned long to sit there and drink it. The key is quick turnaround, and those like me who sit there and wonder what or who they did last night are just a speedbump on the road to the next batch of high-tippers. Now, that weekday morning ritual of the quick trot is starting to take place for me on the weekends. A good book or the morning paper, and just

the right timing shortly after a breakfast place opens for the day gives me the time to dawdle and people gawk. Besides, the breakfast place is the new political smoke filled room, a place where rumors can get picked up and shaken out. I’m listening! (Bob Higgins is a regular contributor to The Portland Daily Sun.)


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‘There is a lot of excitement in the Bayside Neighborhood’ TRAIL from page one

“We often notice that some of our shorter trails are the most used because they connect important destinations,” said Nan Cumming, executive director of Portland Trails, in an email. “This Back Cove Connector will be the best example of that. I think it will get a tremendous amount of use. “There is a lot of excitement in the Bayside Neighborhood for it,” she continued, “and it will link downtown businesses and homes with destinations like U.S.M. and Hannaford.” The trail has been in the works since 2009, when MDOT reconfigured the exit 7 off-ramps onto Franklin Street. Although the state didn't build the link during that project, it left space to add the route in the future. MDOT officials have said in previous interviews that the project was held up to make sure the new crossings would be safe for pedestrians and motorists. “The success of this project is directly related to the willingness of all parties, from MDOT to the city … to the public, to collaborate and work towards a common goal — to make the city accessible to all modes of transportation,” said Mike Bobinsky, Portland’s Public SerCumming vices Director, in a statement. Funding for the project was split between federal, state and local sources. About $153,000 came from the federal government, while the city’s share is expected to be $22,000. All told, the construction aspect of the project, which is expected to take about three weeks, will cost about $150,000, Landry said. As proposed, the paved trail will cross Marginal Way on the west side of the intersection, pass over the off-ramp and continue underneath the I-295 overpass. The trail will then hook onto Back Cove Trail at an access point that is currently blocked by a chain-link fence. Dan Stewart, MDOT’s bicycle and pedestrian program manager, said the trail will open into a V-shape at the entrance to Back Cove, allowing users to continue in either direction on the trail. “It’s a neat little design factor,” he said. “You can either go left or go right” without having to leave the trail. Aside from the new infrastructure, MDOT is planning to add new pedestrian signals at the intersection. Those signals will be installed by April but probably won’t be ready when the trail first opens, Landry said.

Guardrails installed along the trail route in 2009 should keep pedestrians safe in the event of an accident. Meanwhile, MDOT is building chain link fence along the off-ramp to keep pedestrians and cyclists from veering into traffic. “Once you cross the ramp there will be fencing separating the ramp from the trail all the way back to the Back Cove Trail,” Landry said. “The fence will be on the right side (of the new trail link) to keep people from wandering onto the interstate, hopefully.” Cumming, with Portland Trails, said it’s not yet clear whether the city or the state will oversee upkeep on the new trail link. She anticipates the

A bicyclist eases along the Back Cove Trail in this scene from March 2010. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO)

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Rainbow Business & Professional Association annual meeting The Rainbow Business & Professional Association conducted its annual meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. Guest speaker Matt Caston, who has studied the cultural manifestations of identity in Russian culture and the role it plays in the country as a whole in the 21st century, was present at this public meeting. Caston’s speech was focused on the struggles of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) movement in Russia, how it transposes to the United States and the understanding of being LGBT in the 21st century, organizers reported. Pictured with Caston (center) are Peter Callnan (left) and Guy Duprey. The RBPA will hold its annual scholarship auction on Dec. 14 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. (COURTESY PHOTO)

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Report: Preacher’s death likely a suicide; body found in river DAILY SUN STAFF REPORTS Authorities investigating the death of a popular Midcoast pastor say they have found no signs of foul play and believe the incident may have been a suicide, according to published reports. The Rev. Bob Carlson was found dead Sunday morning in the Penobscot River, several hours after a passing motorist discovered his car abandoned on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge in Bucksport, according to the Bangor Daily News, which cited officials in the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office. Meanwhile, the Bangor paper reported that the state police had opened an investigation into Carlson, but would not elaborate. The paper indicated that Carlson may have been linked to child abuse. “A Bowdoin woman said Monday that she and several of her family members were contacted by state police detectives on Friday and Saturday and interviewed about a child abuse case from the 1970s involving Carlson and an 11-year-old boy,” the Bangor Daily News reported. “Boy Scout leaders at Katahdin Area Council also said they turned over a letter concerning Carlson to state police detectives on Monday that includes allegations of child abuse.” “It looks like this gentleman jumped off the bridge and his body was recovered this morning,” Waldo County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton told the Bangor Daily News. “We got the first call around 4 a.m. We don’t know [how long he was on the bridge before he jumped]. All we know is we got a report of a possible jumper.” “At this point in the investigation, there is no indication of any other persons involved, nor is there any indication of foul play,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release. Carlson, who lived in Bangor, was involved in many organizations in Greater Bangor. He was senior pastor at East Orrington Congregational Church for 25 years and was also the founder of Penobscot Community Health Care and Hope House, a shelter that serves persons battling substance abuse, the paper reported.

Construction expected to cause delays around Portland, officials say Construction work on Auburn Avenue at Jackson Street is expected to cause traffic delays today and Wednesday, city officials said. Underground work on Portland’s combined sewer overflow abatement project will be ongoing between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. both days. Also beginning today is work along Baxter Boulevard from Preble and Dartmouth streets, Payson Park and Woodlawn Avenue. Crews will be conducting pavement repairs, which

are expected to continue through the week. Commuters are being asked by city officials to seek alternative routes to avoid traffic delays, and use extra caution when driving in construction zones.

Curbside trash pickup suspended over Thanksgiving holiday Trash and recycling collection will be suspended on Thanksgiving and the following day, city officials said. Department of Public Services personnel will not be collecting curbside trash and recycling Nov. 24 and 25. Additionally, the Riverside Recycling Facility will also be closed and will resume normal business hours Nov. 26 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents who normally receive collection services on Thursdays and Fridays will need to wait until the following week for trash and recycling pickup, officials said. Normal pickup will resume for those residents and businesses on Dec. 1 and 2. Questions about collection should be directed to the Recycling Hotline at 756-8189.

Maine farmers eligible for USDA disaster aid from Hurricane Irene Farmers in a number of Maine counties are now eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture disaster assistance, according to a press release from U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud. As a result of a natural disaster declaration in New Hampshire caused by Hurricane Irene, the USDA has designated Oxford and York counties as contiguous disaster counties, Michaud reported. This designation makes farm operators in these counties eligible to be considered for assistance from the Farm Service Agency, provided eligibility requirements are met, including FSA emergency loans and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments program. In addition, SURE program enrollment for 2010 crop year losses begins today. The following counties received a disaster designation or are contiguous to a county receiving a designation during 2010 and are eligible: Aroostook, Hancock, Knox, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo and Washington. “Agricultural producers across the state have experienced several natural disasters during the last two crop years,” said Michaud. “These USDA programs provide important assistance to producers when disasters strike, and I encourage Mainers to contact their local Farm Service Agency office to learn more about how these programs can help.” For more information on these FSA programs and eligibility requirements, Mainers should contact the Maine FSA office at 990-9140 or visit the FSA website at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/sure.


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Dingwell: ‘I try to translate the movement of the human body into the designs I do’ ARTIST from page one

hosted by Coast City Comics. The Wet Paint Project is a “live painting” demonstration that Dingwell unveiled at the Hell City Tattoo Fest in Phoenix, Ariz. “People love to just watch you make art,” Dingwell said, explaining the attraction. This spring, Dingwell opened Chris Dingwell Studios in the State Theater Building 142 High St., Suite 401. Prior to that, he worked at Sanctuary Tattoo. Dingwell is married to Danielle Denise Madore, a tattoo artist at Sanctuary Tattoo. Family life has curtailed some of his traveling, but Dingwell said he still attends tattoo events around the country. Destinations might include Phoenix for the Hell City Tattoo Fest in August or Keystone, Colo., for the Paradise Tattoo Gathering in September. Chet Zar, a special effects makeup artist, designer and sculptor for films such as, “The Ring,” “Hellboy I & II” and the new “Planet of the Apes” movie, often

meets Dingwell at tattoo conventions. With a background in sculpture, Dingwell said he adapts the concepts of shaping a piece of pottery to tattooing a human body. “I try to translate the movement of the human body into the designs I do,” he said. Business manager Nancy Kureth said Dingwell’s knowledge of figurative sculpture helps make him successful as he converts images to the contours of arms, legs, backs and other parts of the body. “The human body is curved. ... He knows there’s muscle and sinew and skin,” she said. Asked about the difference between painting on canvas and creating tattoo art on a person, Dingwell summed it up this way: “Canvases don’t talk back to you.” RIGHT: Tattoo artist Chris Dingwell pauses from “The Wet Paint Project” Saturday at Coast City Comicon. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Tuesday, Nov. 15, the 319th day of 2011. There are 46 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 15, 1777, the Second Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation. On this date: In 1806, explorer Zebulon Pike sighted the mountaintop now known as Pikes (cq) Peak in present-day Colorado. In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. In 1948, William Lyon Mackenzie King retired as prime minister of Canada after 21 years; he was succeeded by Louis St. Laurent. In 1961, former Argentine President Juan Peron, living in exile in Spain, married his third wife, Isabel. In 1966, the flight of Gemini 12 ended successfully as astronauts James A. Lovell and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. splashed down safely in the Atlantic. In 1969, a quarter of a million protesters staged a peaceful demonstration in Washington against the Vietnam War. In 1979, the British government publicly identified Sir Anthony Blunt as the “fourth man” of a Soviet spy ring. In 1985, Britain and Ireland signed an accord giving Dublin an official consultative role in governing Northern Ireland. One year ago: A House ethics committee panel began closed-door deliberations on 13 counts of alleged financial and fundraising misconduct by U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., who walked out of the proceeding after pleading unsuccessfully for more time to raise money for a lawyer. (Rangel was convicted the next day of 11 rules violations.) San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey and Texas Rangers closer Neftali Feliz were voted the Rookies of the Year. Today’s Birthdays: Judge Joseph Wapner is 92. Actor Ed Asner is 82. Actor John Kerr is 80. Singer Petula Clark is 79. Comedian Jack Burns is 78. Actress Joanna Barnes is 77. Actor Sam Waterston is 71. Classical conductor Daniel Barenboim is 69. Pop singer Frida (ABBA) is 66. Actor Bob Gunton is 66. Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is 64. Director-actor James Widdoes is 58. Rock singer-producer Mitch Easter is 57. Former “Jay Leno Show” bandleader Kevin Eubanks is 54. Comedian Judy Gold is 49. Actress Rachel True is 45. Rapper E-40 is 44. Country singer Jack Ingram is 41. Actor Jay Harrington is 40. Actor Jonny Lee Miller is 39. Actress Sydney Tamiia Poitier is 38. Christian rock musician David Carr is 37. Rock singer-musician Chad Kroeger is 37. Rock musician Jesse Sandoval is 37. Actress Virginie Ledoyen is 35. Actor Sean Murray is 34. Actress Shailene Woodley is 20.

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ANNIE’S MAILBOX Dear Annie: Here’s the story: My sister married into a wealthy family. Unfortunately, her husband died three weeks ago at the age of 63. My grieving sister was visiting with her in-laws recently and was informed through casual conversation that they had prepared a new will so that their surviving two sons receive equal shares of the estate, and no provision had been made for my sister. Now she feels as if 35 years of being a loyal, loving and dependable family member meant nothing to these people. Although I know they have no legal obligation to include their late son’s spouse in their will, don’t you think there is a moral obligation to see that she is provided for to some degree after being part of their family all this time? I’m sure if they had had children together, the kids would have inherited some of that money, but because they were childless, my sister gets nothing. Is this fair? -- Just Wondering in the USA Dear Wondering: We know you have your sister’s best interests at heart, but keep in mind that parents have no obligation, moral or otherwise, to leave their estate to any of their children or grandchildren. They could easily give it all to charity. Unfortunately, when one child receives less, for whatever reason, it gives the impression that the child is not loved as much as the others. We suspect your sister’s in-laws are simply dividing the estate to ensure that it goes to future descendants, but your sister feels that her contributions and devotion are not valued. This is undoubtedly not true, and she might want to express those hurt feelings to them before the relationship is permanently damaged. We do hope they leave her some piece of jewelry or other personal memento, however, to show how

much they love and appreciate her. Dear Annie: My wife and I are a mature couple in our mid50s. We were very passionate when we married 11 years ago, but time has taken the wind out of “Betty’s” sails. I don’t begrudge her the change of life. What bothers me is how overly sensitive she is to discussing the issue. I’m not looking for an excuse to have a fling, and seeing a counselor is out of the question. I love Betty and want our lives together to be happy. Her doctor prescribed hormone replacement therapy, but she’s a bit iffy about taking it. How can I resolve my strong desire for her when she’s told me straight-out that she feels guilty she isn’t able to share those special moments with me anymore? -- Chagrined in Chicago Dear Chagrined: Betty needs to understand that although her desire is diminished and there may be some physical difficulties with intimacy, she must make the effort for the health of her marriage. This doesn’t necessarily mean hormone replacement if she doesn’t want to take it, but it does require some accommodation and a willingness to try. If she refuses to discuss this with you, a counselor or her doctor, cut this letter out, put it on her pillow tonight and tell her we think she should make every effort to work on this. Dear Annie: “A Bewildered Mother” said she found out on Facebook that her daughter had married. She said she only spoke to her every six weeks. In your response, you referred to her “semi-annual” phone calls. But semi-annual means twice a year, not every six weeks. -- Kathy in the Villages Dear Kathy: You are right -- along with the dozens of other readers who took us to task for getting it wrong. Thirty lashes with a wet noodle for us.

Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please e-mail your questions to: anniesmailbox@comcast.net, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 5777 W. Century Blvd., Ste. 700, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

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Occupy Oakland camp raided by police OAKLAND, Calif. (NY TIMES) — Hundreds of police officers in riot gear raided the Occupy Oakland encampment downtown on Monday morning, making arrests and flattening tents after city officials had issued several warnings for protesters to abandon the camp in the wake of a fatal shooting near the camp last week. The early-morning raid was the second on the encampment, one of hundreds of tent cities inspired by Occupy Wall Street that have sprung up around the country. When the police arrived at the encampment, at Frank Ogawa Plaza, in the predawn darkness, they set up metal barricades between the camp and a crowd of protesters marching in a nearby intersection. Then they moved into the plaza, arresting 32 people as police helicopters with spotlights circled overhead. Despite increasing tensions between city officials and the campers, there were no injuries on Monday. By midmorning, there were only about two dozen protesters left in the streets around the plaza. City workers, in white coveralls, worked to clear the plaza of tents, tarps and other belongings. At a news conference, Mayor Jean Quan of Oakland said that dismantling the encampment was necessary to protect protesters, citizens and nearby businesses. “We had to bring the camp to an end before more people were hurt,” she said. City officials said the plaza would reopen to the public as early as Monday evening, but that camping or sleeping there would be strictly prohibited. “There will be a strong police presence at the plaza 24-7,” said Howard Jordan, Oakland’s police chief. The raid, which involved seven law enforcement agencies, cost the city $300,000 to $500,000, officials said.

Second Mile exec resigns amid Penn State scandal STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (NY TIMES) — Jack Raykovitz, the chief executive of the Second Mile foundation for 28 years, has resigned amid a sexual abuse scandal involving the charity’s founder, the former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Raykovitz’s failure to do more to stop Sandusky, who has been charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse against young boys, has been a focal point of criticism. The Pennsylvania attorney general has said that Sandusky used the Second Mile to prey on his victims, and that he met each of the eight boys mentioned in the grand jury report through the foundation. Raykovitz was reportedly informed by the Penn State athletic director Tim Curley about a 2002 assault in which Sandusky allegedly raped a young boy in a shower at Penn State’s football facility. Curley also advised Raykovitz that Sandusky was prohibited from bringing children onto the university’s campus from that point forward. Sandusky resigned from daily involvement with the Second Mile last fall, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. Through his lawyer, Sandusky has maintained that he is innocent of the charges against him. Raykovitz said in a statement last week that Penn State officials had told him only that the graduate assistant who witnessed the attack was “uncomfortable” with seeing a young boy shower with Sandusky. Raykovitz is a licensed psychologist. In announcing Raykovitz’s resignation Monday, the Second Mile also said that it would conduct an internal investigation to assess its policies, procedures and processes, and to make recommendations regarding the organization’s future operations. The vice chairman of the organization, David Woodle, will be in charge of the Second Mile’s day-to day operations. Raykovitz’s resignation was accepted by the Second Mile on Sunday.


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Tuesday, Nov. 15 Building Maine’s Clean Tech Corridor 7:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. “The Clean Tech Corridor is open for business! Join E2Tech on Nov 15 to lean more about what this exciting new initiative means for you and the future of Maine’s economy. The Corridor has a simple purpose: to connect regional businesses with Maine resources to form, sustain and grow the clean technology (clean tech) sector throughout the Northeast. The Corridor is intended for businesses which require, but cannot easily access high quality research and development services, facilities, clusters, and other opportunities that support the growth and maintenance of the clean tech industry.” Location: Wishcamper Center, University of Southern Maine, Portland. Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine.

AARP Driver Safety Course 9:30 a.m. The Woods at Canco retirement community, located at 257 Canco Road in Portland, is offering an AARP Driver Safety Course for drivers 50 and older. This is a fourhour course that is interactive and designed to keep participants driving safely for as long as possible. Lunch will be provided and registration is $14 per person. Advanced registration is required. Veterans and spouses may take the class free of charge but must show military ID. To register, please call Angie Langley at 207-879-2531. The course is limited to the first 25 participants to register.

Falmouth Spur Northbound on-ramp closure 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Maine Turnpike Authority advises Falmouth Spur motorists that the northbound on-ramp at Exit 52 will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for paving, weather permitting. The closure is associated with the ongoing Presumpscot River Bridge project. “The MTA wants to emphasize that the southbound ramp will remain open. They advise motorists who use the northbound ramp to select an alternate route. Daylight paving is now necessary given current overnight low temperatures are below 45 degrees. Message boards are in place on Route 1 in Falmouth to inform travelers of the ramp closure. An overhead alert will warn approaching southbound motorists on I-295. Highway Advisory Radio broadcasts on 1610 AM will also be used to inform drivers.”

Homeless Voices for Justice at USM 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Homeless Voices for Justice, Wishcamper Multipurpose Room, Portland campus, University of Southern Maine. Part of Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, Nov. 14-18. “This is a program that is put on by Preble Street where four people will come in and debunk myths of homelessness and give students a few ways to get involved. The program will end with a Q&A session.” http://usm.maine.edu

Contemporary Connections, teacher workshop 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free for Teachers. Join the Portland Museum of Art and Portland Ovations for a special K-12 teacher workshop exploring how the visual arts and dance preserve and transform cultural traditions. Discover a thrilling collaboration between one of India’s foremost Kathak masters and one of the world’s fastest, most explosive tap dancers. Come for the teacher workshop and then stay for the special program featuring conversation with two of the world’s most dynamic dancers. Contemporary Connections is made possible by Margaret Coleman Brown Fund at the Portland Museum of Art and by Portland Ovations: Kennedy Center Partners in Education.

Maine Jewish Film Festival submissions 5 p.m. “What does it mean to be Jewish in Maine? Make a film and tell the world! In celebration of 15 years of bringing the best in Jewish cinema to Maine, the festival seeks submissions from Maine filmmakers addressing the topic: Jewish in Maine. This is a juried competition; submissions must be received by Nov. 15.” Films can be no more than 10 minutes in length. All filmmakers will be notified by Jan. 5, 2012 and accepted films will be screened during the festival, at the Nickelodeon Cinemas, March 17-22, 2012. www.mjff.org

Capital Punishment, Criminal Justice? 6 p.m. Lee Community Hall, University of Southern Maine Wishcamper Center. “Although progress has been made in the worldwide abolition of the death penalty, the United States remains one of 23 countries that still carry out executions in the name of justice. This meeting will provide an opportunity to learn more about this human rights issue recently brought into the public discourse with the execution of Troy Davis. A portion of the film The Thin Blue Line will be shown with featured remarks by Joshua Rubenstein, Northeast Director of Amnesty International. Brief commentary will be provided by representatives of the NAACP, ACLU of Maine and The Society of Friends with an emphasis on where our collective action can best be directed.” The Portland Branch of the NAACP holds a meeting on the third Tuesday of each month which is free and open to the public. The NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest non-

Niko Paulu, 7, surveys a pond during a Maine Audubon vacation week camp. Headquarters for Maine Audubon, on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gilsland Farm, Gilsland Farm Road (off Route 1), Falmouth, will host the sixth annual Museum Shopper’s Day. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO) profit non-partisan civil rights organization. For more information, please call (207) 253-5074 or email NAACP.Maine@ gmail.com

Back and Forth: An Evening with Dancers 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This dynamic conversation between dancers Pandit Chitresh Das and Jason Samuels Smith explores how the unique collaboration of these exceptional artists transcends continents, generations, cultures, and communities. Together they create a new and distinct kind of dance. Individually in their home communities of India and the United States, each dancer works to preserve their individual dance traditions. Free. This program is presented by the Portland Museum of Art in collaboration with the Portland Ovations.

Living with Diabetes 6:30 p.m. “Living with Diabetes – Insights from a Patient and a Physician. November is Diabetes Awareness Month and we’re excited to bring you an informative event! Dr. William Ervin from Intermed and Robert Coburn from Kennebunk will be joining us to offer both a clinical and patient perspective on living with and managing diabetes. Rob Coburn was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2005 at age 41 and needed to make big changes in his life to help manage his disease. Rob made a commitment to healthy eating and exercise and became an active cyclist. He had a baby at 45 last year and found new motivation to stay on top of his health and in control of his diabetes. ‘Coming to terms with my diabetes has been a difficult battle,’ he says. ‘But I want to use what I have learned to educate those in similar situations.’” Refreshments, appetizers and networking. Free. Location: Apothecary by Design, 84 Marginal Way in Portland. More info and to register: http://www.apothecarybydesign.com/event_detail.php?id=150&cid=567

Wednesday, Nov. 16 Falmouth Spur Northbound on-ramp closure 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Maine Turnpike Authority advises Falmouth Spur motorists that the northbound on-ramp at Exit 52 will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for paving, weather permitting. The closure is associated with the ongoing Presumpscot River Bridge project. “The MTA wants to emphasize that the southbound ramp will remain open. They advise motorists who use the northbound ramp to select an alternate route. Daylight paving is now necessary given current overnight low temperatures are below 45 degrees. Message boards are in place on Route 1 in Falmouth to inform travelers of the ramp closure. An overhead alert will warn approaching southbound motorists on I-295. Highway Advisory Radio broadcasts on 1610 AM will also be used to inform drivers.”

King Middle School hosts driver Cindy Gray 9:30 a.m. “King Middle School’s intermediate English as a Second Language (ESL) class will host Hannaford nationalchampion truck driver Cindy Gray in support of their expedition, ‘Maps, Globes and Graphs: Studying the five themes of geography.’ The 12 grade 6-8 students, who represent

six countries, are taking a comprehensive approach to the themes of movement, location, place, human-environment interaction and region. Gray will serve as a field expert for their study of movement, particularly as it relates to how goods are moved around the country. She will park a Hannaford Trucking Co. tractor-trailer in the parking lot of the Portland Expo, giving the students a hands-on laboratory to explore modern food transportation. ‘We are excited to have the support of a world-class driver like Cindy Gray from a great organization like Hannaford,’ said Catherine Paul, King Middle School intermediate ESL teacher.”

Homeless Sleep Out 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Thursday). On the lawn between Brooks Student Center and Upton Hastings Hall in Gorham, University of Southern Maine. “This is an opportunity for students to spend the night outside to reflect on and learn about homelessness. Students will need to bring their own bedding but some cardboard boxes will be provided for students to build shelters. Students can come and go as they please. Any student who stays for the evening will get a shirt. We will be watching the temperature and if it becomes too cold we will move to the student center.” Showing of “The Pursuit of Happyness” at 7 p.m., the lawn between Brooks and Upton Hastings. “We will be showing this movie outside to get students thinking more about homelessness.” Part of Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, Nov. 14-18, at USM. http://usm.maine.edu/reslife/hungerand-homeless-awareness-week-november-14-18-2011

Community Bicycle Center’s silent auction 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Run of The Mill Public House and Brewery, 100 Main St., Saco. The Maine Veterinary Referral Center is sponsoring the Community Bicycle Center’s second annual silent auction benefit at the Run of the Mill Pub & Brewery. Tickets are $12 or two for $20. Free appetizers and one free beverage of choice are complimentary with each ticket. Please purchase your tickets in advance by calling 282-9700 or visiting www.communitybike.net. The Community Bicycle Center exists to empower youth through bicycles and bicycle-related experiences with a concentrated focus on youth considered “at-risk.”

Portland School of Ballet 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Portland School of Ballet presents a free program featuring highlights of well-known ballet classics and contemporary works as well as an introduction to the class structure of the pre-professional training program offered by PSB. This event is open to the public and is scheduled at John Ford Theater at Portland High School. The program opens with barrre work before moving into costumed excerpts from ballet standards Swan Lake, Don Quixote and Pas de Trois. In addition, the students will perform a Jazz piece, Know Your Enemy, and a modern piece, Para Sempre. The Jazz and modern dance pieces are choreographed by Portland School of Ballet staff members Vanessa Beyland and Nell Shipman, respectively. see next page


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Councilor Ed Suslovic district meeting 7 p.m. City Councilors and staff will be available to discuss neighborhood issues and answer questions from the public. These meetings are the public’s opportunity to meet their district councilor, the mayor and representatives from the various departments within the city. District 3 Meeting hosted by Councilor Ed Suslovic, Deering High School Cafeteria, 370 Stevens Ave. For more information about these meetings, contact Mike Murray, the city’s Island and Neighborhood Administrator at 756-8288, or MSM@portlandmaine.gov.

Veterans Memorial Bridge closure 7 p.m. 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 at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16 and reopen the next morning at 6 a.m. During this overnight bridge closure, construction crews will conclude the installation of an underground communication conduit which crosses over existing travel lanes of the Veterans Memorial Bridge. For more up to date travel information and progress reports, please visit the project website at www.VeteransMemorialBridge.org.

Jane McComb, U.S. Forest Service, (603) 8687693 or email: jamccomb@fs.fed.us. Cost: $20/ person (this includes breaks and lunch). Registration is required. Co-sponsor: UMaine Center for Research on Sustainable Forests; UMaine Cooperative Extension; Maine Forest Service; U.S. Forest Service; Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Labyrinth Walk 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Trinity Episcopal at 580 Forest Ave. (entrance in rear) is offering its indoor Chartre-style labyrinth for meditative walks. This walk is dedicated to Children’s Grief Awareness Day and all donations collected will be given to the Center for Grieving Children. Allow about 30 minutes. FMI 772-7421.

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6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The annual Juried Student Exhibition is about to open in the University of Southern Maine Art Gallery, Gorham. This yearly event provides art students with the real-world experience of creating works of art that will be juried by professionals in Maine’s art community. Like professional artists, some students will be accepted into the exhibition, while others will not. The exhibition is opens Thursday, Nov. 17 with a reception that runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Art Gallery. The exhibition will be on display until Friday, Dec. 9. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays-Fridays; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. USM’s Art Gallery is free and open to the public. Closed holi‘August Osage County’ days. This year’s jurors are Joe Kievitt, USM’s 7 p.m. “August Osage County — Good The2011Spring Artist-in-Residence whose work ater, St. Lawrence Arts Center.” “Good Thewill be on display in the Gallery lobby during ater’s acclaimed production of Tracy Lett’s the exhibition; Deborah Wing-Sproul, who Pulitzer Prize-winning play returns for three teaches at Maine College of Art and in the MFA weeks. When the patriarch goes missing the Intermedia and New Media program at the matriarch gathers the family and all of the dirty University of Maine; and Jane Bianco, assislittler secrets begin to emerge. Performances tant curator of the Farnsworth Art Museum. At on Wednesday and Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fri11:45 a.m., Friday, Dec. 2, Art Lecturer Gideon days and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at Bock and Director of Exhibitions Carolyn Eyler 2 p.m. through Nov. 20. will discuss with students how to prepare for Eternal Otter Records celebration the competitive process of juried exhibits in 7:30 p.m. Eternal Otter Records celebrates the the Art Gallery, Gorham. From Tuesday, Jan. release of treble treble vol. 3 with a retrospec17 through Sunday, Feb. 19, the Juried Stutive style night of performances at SPACE Galdent Exhibition will be on display in the Area lery at A three-year project made possible by Gallery of USM’s Woodbury Campus Center support from the Maine Arts Commission, treble on the Portland campus. Also free and open treble documents the contemporary underto the public, Area Gallery hours are 7 a.m. to ground music scene emerging in Maine. Volume 10 p.m., Monday through Friday. 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Sam Messer is associate dean and adjunct profesof the treble treble compilations including Aleric Nez, Dead meeting is free, open to the public and will take place at the sor at the Yale University School of Art. He received a Man’s Clothe’s, Drab Pony and Jakob Battick. Complete conference center at Cabala’s (Corner of Haigis Parkway B.F.A. from Cooper Union in 1976 and an M.F.A. from with a record listening station, band artwork and special and Payne Road) in Scarborough. Yale University in 1981. He is represented by Nielsen Galguest appearances, this show would be a perfect introduclery, Boston, and Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles. tion into the dynamic underground music scene us MainHis work may be found in public collections throughout Thursday, Nov. 17 ers can be proud of. More information available at www. the country. 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The TMA Portland Maine Chapter will present a tact Will Ethridge at wethridge@gmail.com or by phone at Churches to Highlight Lewiston Social Justice Leaders; panel discussion on the current commercial lending market. 210-2411. Keynote Address by Max Finberg, UDSA Director of FaithExpert members from the Maine banking industry and the Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The Maine Council Finance Authority of Maine will provide insider perspectives India Jazz Suites of Churches (MCC) invites the public to its annual breakfast on the state of the market. “This will be an interactive dis7:30 p.m. Featuring Pandit Chitresh Das and Jason Samevent to be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport. Titled cussion and we welcome your questions during the Q&A uels Smith, India Jazz Suites is a thrilling collaboration “Celebrating Community,” the event will highlight those section. Sign up today to participate. Ample time will be between one of India’s foremost Kathak masters and one whose faith inspires them to work for justice. The keynote provided for a Question and Answer session. Register at of the world’s fastest, most explosive tap dancers. At its speaker will be Max Finberg, USDA Director of Faith-Based www.tmanortheast.org/maine_details.html.” heart, India Jazz Suites is a dynamic conversation that uses and Neighborhood Partnerships. His talk, ‘Toward a Hunrhythm and improvisation to communicate a deep appreDeveloping Effective Strategies to Reach Landowners ger-Free Maine,’ will address the role of the government, ciation of both traditions. The result is high entertainment 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This workshop is designed for community organizations, businesses and faith groups in that crosses all boundaries with its incredible speed and consulting foresters, natural resource professionals, land eliminating hunger in our state. MCC will honor outgoing power, grace and beauty, epic storytelling and the pure joy trusts, and others who wish to reach out to landownLewiston Mayor Larry Gilbert for his 40-plus year career in of dance. Equally virtuosic, India Jazz Suites is accompaers about natural resource issues but may find it difficult public service. Lewiston’s Trinity Jubilee Center will also nied by live music performed by three top Indian classical connecting with those landowners. “Brett Butler with the be honored for its leadership and interfaith and community musicians and the Marcus Shelby Jazz Trio. Hannaford Hall, U.S. Forest Service, Dave Kittredge with UMass Cooperapartnerships. The event also includes a presentation by Abromsom Center, University of Southern Maine Portland tive Extension, and Mary Tyrrell of Yale University will proSecretary of State, the Honorable Charles E. Summers, Campus, 88 Bedford St., Portland. Tickets: $28 Students: vide information and strategies that will allow participants recognizing the 100th anniversary of MCC’s incorpora$15. portlandovations.org to develop more effective strategies to reach landowners. tion. Tickets to the breakfast event are $30 per person. To Participants will also hear about case studies of current Saco River Salmon Club speakers register, or to obtain more information go to www.maineprojects in Maine attempting to reach out to landowners. 7:30 p.m. Dr. Carrie Byron, “Salmon Smolt Migration and councilofchurches.org or call 772-1918.” Event sponsors To Register: Visit UMaine’s Center for Research on SusSurvival in the Atlantic” and Dr. Katherine Mills, “Oceanoare Wright-Ryan Construction, AARP and Consumers for tainable Forests Website: http://crsf.umaine.edu/outreach/ graphic and Environmental Conditions Affecting Atlantic Affordable Health Care (CAHC). workshops-conferences/reaching-landowners-novemSalmon” at the monthly meeting of the Saco River Salmon see next page ber-2011. Location: Fireside Inn, 81 Riverside St., Portland. Club. Byron and Mills of the Gulf of Maine Research Insti-


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Comprehensive Plan Forum in SoPo 6 p.m. The Comprehensive Plan Project in South Portland will hold a forum at the Community Center. Community Center, 21 Nelson Road, South Portland. “The forum will deal primarily with future land use,” organizers said. “It may result in significant zoning changes in a number of areas of South Portland, such as Knightville/Mill Creek; East End Waterfront; Broadway/Cottage Corridors; Main Street Corridor; Established single-family neighborhoods; Maine Mall area.” www.southportland.org

USM Youth Ensembles Fall Concert 7 p.m. Youth grades 12 and younger from all over the northeast region will perform together in the USM Youth Ensembles Fall Instrumental Concert, in Merrill Auditorium, Myrtle Street, Portland. A suggested donation of $6/$3 will be taken at the door. The USM Youth Ensembles are sponsored by Macy’s. The USM Youth Ensembles include the the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, the Portland Young People’s String Consort, and the Portland Youth Junior Orchestra. For more information on the USM School of Music’s youth programs and auditions, visit www.usm.maine.edu/music. Sign up for e-notices, or find us on Facebook as USM School of Music, www.facebook.com/Music.USM. Ed Martin, a volunteer with the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad in Portland, looks at gift items near a Polar Express display at the railroad station in 2009. The Polar Express returns to Portland Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between Nov. 25 and Dec. 23. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO) 7:15 p.m. City Councilors and staff will be available to discuss neighborhood issues and answer questions from the Lily King at Fine Arts in Creative Writing at UMF public. These meetings are the public’s opportunity to meet 7:30 p.m. The University of Maine at Farmington’s Bachelor their district councilor, the mayor and representatives from of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program presents awardthe various departments within the city. District 4 Meeting winning author Lily King as the next writer in its 2011-12 hosted by Councilor Cheryl Leeman, Deering High School Visiting Writers Series. King will read from her work in The Cafeteria, Presumpscot School, 69 Presumpscot St. For Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is more information about these meetings, contact Mike free and open to the public and will be followed by a signMurray, the city’s Island and Neighborhood Administrator ing by the author. www.farmington.edu/majors/viewMajor. at 756-8288, or MSM@portlandmaine.gov. php?catalogID=8

Councilor Cheryl Leeman district meeting

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 at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16 and reopen the next morning at 6 a.m., the state reported. Here, crews work on the new bridge. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO)


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Shoppers spilled over State Street Saturday for the Second Annual Holiday Stroll as people searched for perfect gifts at a variety of craft fairs and open houses. Ten area businesses, clubs, and churches welcomed the season of giving 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., although some opened their doors as early as 8 a.m. until as late as midnight. RIGHT: From left, Fran Glatz perused St. Luke’s craft fair with Karol Schmidt. “This is my first visit to Portland and the weather’s not too bad,” said Glatz visiting from Florida during an unseasonably warm stretch. “It’s such a historic city, I’m just goose-necking looking at everything!” (ROBERT WITKOWSKI PHOTOS)

Mercy Hospital’s bustling craft fair surprised jewelry maker Heather Augustine who “couldn’t believe how many people were here when I arrived a little after 8 a.m.” The Holiday Stroll at Mercy being her second craft fair ever, Augustine said she was delighted.

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ABOVE: From left, Eleanor Roberts and Anna Foster raising money to “visit historical landmarks on journeys of religious exploration” at St. Luke’s Cathedral with a Clink recycling drive. Their pilgrimages would include five youths and two adults every year.

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TOP: Erin Lyons (left) showed off her new hand-made hat she purchased for $7 at one of the Holiday Stroll craft fairs with her mom Nancy, a surgical tech at Mercy Hspital, whose craft fair was also a must-see during the stroll.

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The Portland Daily Sun, Tuesday, November 15, 2011