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City manager steps down after 10 years Gray started as planner in 1969 BY DAVID CARKHUFF THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Departing city manager Joe Gray gets choked up while his wife, Marie, reflects in the background at a press conference Tuesday where Gray said goodbye and announced his retirement. Gray said he timed the announcement with two considerations in mind: “This is the 10th anniversary this week of my having been selected (to work as city manager for Portland), and my family was going to be here for the holidays, so I wanted my family to be present,” he said. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

After a decade on the job, Joe Gray announced Tuesday that he’s retiring as Portland’s city manager, marking his last day in the city’s top administrative post on Feb. 11, 2011. At age 66, Gray is only the city’s 11th city manager and the last one to serve before the city makes a transition to a voter-approved elected-mayor form of government next November. In an interview, Gray said his advice to his successor is “be patient. Every day there’s a new issue, get as much information on that issue, take your time in making a deci-

“I know it will be a positive working relationship between the mayor and the manager, the chemistry is going to have to work there between both of them.” — City manager Joe Gray sion. Be patient.” Under a new elected mayor, rather than a mayor chosen by the city council, the next city manager will face a different organizational structure. “I know it will be a positive working relationship between the mayor see GRAY page 6

Maine progressives split with Obama on ’net rules The Maine Civil Liberties Union said the “network neutrality” principles, passed by the Federal Communications Commission on a party-line vote, actually threaten free speech on the Internet. “Net neutrality” is a term for several FCC guidelines for Internet system providers — a sort of rules of the road for the net. Under the new rules, Internet providers like

BY CURTIS ROBINSON THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

While supported by the national Democratic leadership including President Obama, a federal regulatory decision on Internet service yesterday brought sharp criticism from progressives in Maine, where many felt the decision favors large companies over individuals.

AT&T and Verizon can establish “paid prioritization,” meaning the big phone companies can give preference to websites or services that pay a fee to the provider. The FCC has hinted that such action would not meet its guidelines, but stopped short of outlawing them. “For the first time, we’ll have enforceable rules of see INTERNET page 2

Blog Watch: Young, hip, broke and frugal BY MATT DODGE THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Munier

Allie Munier is really cheap, and has no problem admitting it. With $25,000 worth of student loan debt, $15,000 worth of credit card debt, a mort-

gage, and a dream of attending medical school, “cheap” is just a necessary part of the lifestyle for the 32 year-old blogger who shares her coupon clipping adventures with the world at Broke207.wordpress.com. With a bursting coupon folder and a

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uncanny ability to track deals, Munier’s blog is part life-on-a-shoestring narrative and part clearinghouse for the best deals in the Portland area. But young, hip urbanites aren’t supposed

Your holiday relationship with relationships See Maggie Knowles, page 5

see BLOG page 3

Jewish options See Natalie Ladd’s column, page 7


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‘Spiderman’ musical in peril? NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway might need a superhero to save the new Spider-Man musical. “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” the most expensive production in Broadway history, suffered its fourth accident in a month when a stuntman playing the webslinger fell about 30 feet into a stage pit during a preview Monday night. The safety tether that clips to his back failed to prevent the spill. The performer, identified by a fellow cast member as 31-year-old Christopher Tierney, was wheeled out of the Foxwoods Theatre on a stretcher, still in his costume, and taken by ambulance to Bellevue Hospital with minor injuries. He suffered broken ribs and internal bleeding, said the castmate, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak publicly about the musical. In a statement, Actors’ Equity said investigators determined that the accident was caused by human error. The fall was the latest setback for the troubled, $65 million show conceived by Tony-winning director Julie Taymor and U2’s Bono and The Edge, who wrote the music. It has been plagued by delays, money woes and three other accidents, including one in which an actress suffered a concussion, and another in which a performer broke his wrists in an aerial stunt. Its official opening has been postponed twice, to early February. The huge costs — a 41-member cast, 18 orchestra members, complicated sets and 27 daring aerial stunts, including a battle between two characters over the audience — mean the 1,928-seat theater will have to virtually sell out every show for several years just to break even. The weekly running bill has been put as high as $1 million. (Tickets are $67.50 to $135 for weekday performances, $67.50 to $140 on weekends.) A spokesman for “SpiderMan,” Rick Miramontez, said in a statement that new safety measures ordered by the government after the latest accident have been adopted. Wednesday’s matinee was canceled, but Wednesday night’s show will go on, Miramontez said. (No performance had been scheduled for Tuesday.) One audience member who attended Monday’s performance, Brian Lynch, said he knew of the previous mishaps and still wanted to come.

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California braces for next wave of heavy rain LOS ANGELES (AP) — If six days of pounding rain wasn’t enough to dampen holiday spirits, a seventh could prove to be downright dangerous. Forecasters expected heavy rains across California going into Wednesday, and authorities began evacuations late Tuesday as concern grew about potential mudslides in the wildfire-scarred foothills across the southern part of the state. Officials ordered evacuation of 232 homes in La Canada Flintridge and La Crescenta, foothill suburbs of Los Angeles, because of forecasts of more heavy rains on already saturated mountainsides. San Diego police also ordered evacuations of about a dozen homes in the city’s Carmel Valley area and a commuter rail station in Sorrento Valley because of heavy rains, but no damage was reported, police spokeswoman Lt. Andra Brown said. A mudslide closed one street in the La Jolla area of San Diego. Other inconveniences have so far been relatively minor: Rescuers had to pluck some stranded motorists from rain-swollen creeks. Shoppers dodged puddles while buying last-minute Christmas gifts. Disney resorts canceled a plan to shower visitors with artificial snow. “We’ll keep our fingers crossed, but the more rain that comes, the possibility of mudslides is definitely real,” said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Orange County sheriff’s office, which has rescued nine people from the flooding in the past 24 hours. “We’ve been lucky so far, but I’m not sure how much longer the luck will hold out,”

he said. For all the perils of the torrential rains, there was a silver lining: The water is expected to help ease the effects of years of drought. Thursday is expected to be dry, with sunshine. There will be light rain on Christmas Day in parts of California. The immediate concern, however, was the impact of the expected downpours, particularly in areas where wildfires stripped

hillsides of the vegetation that keeps soil in place and burns up dead leaves and other debris that act like a sponge. Downtown Los Angeles received onethird of its annual average rainfall in less than a week. As of midmorning Tuesday, the rain gauge at the University of Southern California campus recorded 5.77 inches. Forecasters said another 2 inches was expected there through Wednesday.

San Bernardino County Firefighters Jay Hausman (left) and Ryan Beckers (right) pull a victim from a car caught in swift water at Hughes and Avalon Road in Victorville, Calif., Monday. (AP Photo/Daily Press, James Quigg)

Not all Democrats are cheering new Internet reg INTERNET from page one

the road to preserve Internet freedom and openness,” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said before voting in favor of the rules. Net neutrality is of particular note in Maine, which assumed a leadership role on the issue in 2007 by becoming the first state to pass a resolution calling for “full, fair and nondiscriminatory access to the Internet.” The FCC, say advocates of that resolve, has fallen short of those goals. “Maine helped lead the way in standing up for a free and open Internet,” Pingree said MCLU Executive Director Shenna Bellows in a statement released after the FCC decision Tuesday. “The new FCC rule provides stronger legal protection for wired Internet users, but it unfortunately leaves wireless

broadband users out in the cold.” Both the American and Maine civil liberties unions said the FCC did well with the wired part of its regulation, but fell short on the wireless portion – an important distinction in states like Maine where significant rural populations depend on wireless Internet connections. “Most of us do not distinguish among the phone calls, emails, text messages, and other information that we receive on our phones,” said MCLU Legal Director Zachary Heiden. “Without protection for wired and wireless communication, free speech on the internet could be a thing of the past.” Internet policy is a civil liberties issue because it’s a free speech issue, Heiden added. Even in Washington, where the Obama Administration quickly praised the FCC deal, some Democrats were vocally disappointed. Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, a former president of the Common Cause organization that also calls for stronger Net Neutrality protections, issued a statement saying that “... the rules the FCC is

approving today look too much like they were written by giant telecom companies and don’t do enough to guarantee true net neutrality.” “There are a number of serious loopholes in the rules, but my biggest problem is that they don’t adequately cover wireless networks,” she said, “which are going to be the future of the Internet. This looks like a proposal designed to protect yesterday’s network, not tomorrow’s.” She added that the proposed FCC rules exempt wireless networks from many of the new regulations and would allow cellular providers to discriminate against certain kinds of traffic. “These rules [will] let big wireless companies like AT&T and Verizon block your favorite application and make you use one of theirs. That kind of discrimination isn’t good for consumers and could discourage innovation,” Pingree said. “The whole point of net neutrality is treating all traffic equally but these rules will allow Internet providers to create fast lanes and slow lanes and favor their friends and business partners,” Pingree said.


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to care about saving money, making Munier something of an anomaly. “There are a million websites about saving money, using coupons and living on a budget, but almost all of them are for Midwestern families. It’s alienating when it’s all ‘here’s the latest greatest deal on Huggies and books on Jesus’,” she said. “That’s the thing abut my blog, it’s crazy coupon lady, Midwestern woman culture applied to young Portland,” she said. “There are all these young people with no job prospects, all this student loan debt and low earning power. We’re not clipping coupons and I don’t know why,” Munier said. It all started when last September when Munier triumphantly returned from the grocery store, having made off with ten boxes of cereal for $7.25, and took to the web to share her victory. “The moment when I realized that with coupons and planning I could have 10 boxes of cereal for [$.73 a piece], I knew I had to write about this,” she said. Munier blog entry from that fateful September day reads like a scene from A Beautiful Mind. “$.75 off Frosted Mini-Wheats, and 2 $1.00/2 Kellogg’s cereals ... that’s $25.00 for 10 boxes, - -$10.00 in-ad coupon, plus and additional -$7.75 in manufacturer’s coupons. that’s $7.25 for 10 boxes of cereal (or roughly $.73 a box).” With a year of budget-saving blogging under her belt, Munier is looking to expand the influence of the blog. “Now that I have a footing and people read it, I want it to be a resource,” she said. To that end, Munier is currently planning a spring bus trip to the Mecca of all things cheap-yet-hip: IKEA, the nearest of which is located in Stoughton, Massachusetts. “The cool about IKEA is the discount factor. If you’re in your 20’s and don’t have a ton of money,

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BLOG you can still buy nice furniture,” she said. While Munier said many IKEA items sacrifice quality for cost, it’s the design savvy of the Scandinavian store that sets it apart from big box retail chains. “Yeah, they fall apart over time, but you can get a nice looking, inexpensive bookcase.” Munier posted an open letter to Concord Trailways on her blog in September, asking if they might run an occasional bus to Stoughton — an IKEA Express of sorts — but said the coach service was not interested. Now working with local charter bus service V.I.P., Munier is trying to book an April pilgrimage to the Massachusetts IKEA, when locals will have spring cleaning on the mind and no inclement weather to worry about. The Swedish furniture and homegoods retailer, known for their low prices and umlaut-laden product names, keeps prices low by keeping the process simple, most of their items are not available for shipping, forcing a thrifty decorator to brave the Mass Pike and take a extension course in bungee cord engineering if they hope to get their new futon home in one piece. Also, as Munier notes, “[Portland] is a city where not everybody drives or has a car large enough to bring home a bookcase. If you’re just going by yourself, you have to dedicate a whole day to go down, this way it’s like a mobile IKEA party.” A charter coach can hold up to 55 people, but

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“One thing happens when you’re this crazy coupon woman, you end up with a lot of stuff you don’t need.” — Allie Munier Munier said she still needs to figure out how to parcel out cargo space for interested shoppers who might want to return home with a full living room set. “I have a feeling that not everyone who goes to IKEA is going to want to bring home a bed or something like that.” Space constraints in mind, Munier is considering a pre-trip sign-up where travelers list what items they think they might purchase so that cargo space can be doled out accordingly. Munier also recently used the blog to organize a holiday cosmetics drive for the Preble Street Teen Center. “One thing happens when you’re this crazy coupon woman, you end up with a lot of stuff you don’t need. In order to save money on X, you often have to buy Y, you might end up getting both for free, but end up with things you won’t necessarily use,” she said. “One of those things I was amassing was cosmetics, and I thought, what am I going to do with these 17 nail polishes?” she said. “So I started hoarding them, put out a call to some friends and put together little cosmetics bags and journals for Christmas presents,” said Munier, who felt that underprivileged teenagers were often left out of holiday charity initiatives like the Toys for Tots program. “Most people don’t think about teenagers when it comes to Christmas presents,” said Munier, who donated the gift baskets to the teen center last week. Those interested in Munier’s spring bus trip to the Stoughton IKEA should visit her blog at broke207. wordpress.com.

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Can we break the China habit? It’s been tough watching fellow shoppers fill their carts with Chinese imports as the People’s Republic stomps on American interests and values. At WalMart, Bed Bath & Beyond and other big chains, it’s hard to find goods NOT-made-in-China. Lamps, popcorn makers, kitty scratch boards. Cuisinart toasters and Emeril cookware. Made in China. My goodness! Drinking glasses from the Czech Republic. How did they get here? The fancier the store, the greater the chance of finding things not produced by 75-cents-an-hour labor. But even there ... I was looking through the bathrobes at an upscale department store, and every last one was made in China. The creepy thing: China is ––––– not our friend, but it’s become Creators our keeper. America’s ChristSyndicate mas trees groan with ornaments made in the country that lets North Korean threaten our troops and Asian friends. China supports the regime of the bizarre Kim Jong-il and his son, bent on strutting the world stage as a nuclear menace. China could close down the North Korean freak show tomorrow, but it won’t because that would create a unified Korea allied with the United States. China doesn’t want us to have strong ties in Asia. Under the twinkling Christmas trees lie toys made in the place that imprisons a recent Nobel Peace Prize winner and threatened Norway (the Nobel’s home) with economic retaliation. Beijing called the award to human rights activist Liu Xiaobo an “antiChina farce.” Eighteen other countries, intimidated

Froma Harrop

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A hungry family lives near you, too Whenever we talk about helping those in need, there’s a tendency to set up a false dichotomy of us versus them. Keeps the road between us long and the weeds tall so that we can tell ourselves they were never us and we could never become them. My message today is brief: In this season of giving, there are more Americans going hungry than in any time in recent history. If you’re not worried about putting food on your table, please ask your friends and loved ones to skip your present and, instead, give the gift of a meal in your name. No matter where you live in this country, there is a food pantry near you. To find one, go online, or call a library or house of worship in your neighborhood. I’m done talking. Here are some of the people — in their own words — who depend on pantries served by the Cleveland Foodbank. They wrote messages on paper plates, about 1,500 so far, to be delivered to state legislators in Columbus: “I’ve been working for over

Connie Schultz ––––– Creators Syndicate 25 years and never needed any kind of help. I’ve lost my job two months ago and if this food pantry wasn’t available we’d be hungry at least 1 week at the end of the month. Please keep up, so people like myself have it in their time of need. Thank you.” “I have two people in my house unemployed unable to find work. I work at Wendy’s for very little money but just enough to make me ineligible for help. I also have a 15 1/2 year old. The food assist is great because the money I save not buying food I can use toward my bills & rent. I am fortunate to be up to date on bills and rents thanks to this program. Thank you. Times are very hard on everyone. Thanks.” “Well I have been a welder

4 20 years. Unfortunately the career I chose hasn’t been favorable for employment so, I come to this food center for food assistance as well as the nice people, sometimes a hot meal and a very friendly, welcoming staff! I had to cut back to keep up! I have enrolled in school and where this year wasn’t that great, guess what? There’s always tomorrow!” “The food pantry is greatly appreciated to me and my family. I work 2 part-time jobs and garbage scrap just to make ends meet.” “Found a job with less pay. Wife became handicap. Started looking at flea markets, used clothing stores and free medical. Lost my job of 32 years and got no pension health or medical benefits with children at home.” “I got laid off in Florida, came here to Ohio — got laid off. I have a Bachelors degree and still can’t get a job. My son is diabetic and I take care of my disabled mother the food bank has been my Savior. Without them I don’t know what see SCHULTZ page 5


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So, what’s your holiday relationship with relationships? Disclaimer: Writing a piece on the decline of marriage is an unfitting choice for the holiday week — don’t ask why I didn’t save the Santa piece for now instead. On second thought, on Christmas morn, when wives open a smoked hickory sausage kit (the attached receipt confirms 12/24, 6:26 p.m.) or dad is forced to make reindeer hoof marks on the slippery roof at midnight, perhaps this is more appropriate than at first blush. With so many celeb splits garnering top headlines, why is there a doubt that divorce holds an assumed glamour? We watch the scorned lover draped in a black shawl re-emerge months later with new abs, blond highlights, a young sexy mate on their arm — and a hefty settlement to spend in Italy. It is like Extreme Makeover, Love Edition. And who doesn’t love a comeback? Football is one thing. The problem is that marriage has lost its respect. Once gilded as the most wholesome tradition one could undertake, rumor has it, the big M is becoming unnecessary. In a recent Pew Research study done in partnership with Time magazine, it was found four in 10 Americans think marriage is obsolete. Forty-four percent of those between the ages of 18 and 29 saw marriage as passé. These are the ones that will be defining society in a few years and almost half of them see no need to walk down the aisle.

Maggie Knowles ––––– Use Your Outdoor Voice In 1960, 72 percent of all adults in this country were married. Now, that number hovers at a little over 50 percent. And if half of those marriages are doomed. … So, in a world where marriage was once regarded as the most important institution, why the sudden tilt to Happily Never After? The same study finds that the Team “I Don’t” demographic is more likely to have come from a broken home and that certainly affects their view of marriage. Some of them want to wait (and wait) to make sure they don’t follow in their parents’ footsteps, while others are just permanently scared to the single side. Others just enjoy being free and selfish, loving the wading pool filled with available fish that are ready to party. They can’t imagine life any other way. Census data shows that younger people are marrying less often, and when they marry, they’re doing it at an older age. The average age when one first gets married is at its highest point ever; for women, it’s 26.1 years of age, and for men, it’s 28.2. Several factors from advanced schooling to building a career to making sure one finds the most compatible spouse all factor

into this. Women can have babies into their 40’s now, so the pressure to breed young is off and the white dresses are staying on the rack longer. Interestingly, people say that marriage is no longer the defining term in creating a family—86% of respondents say a singleton raising kids is a family. Far fewer say a married couple with no offspring are. (Although if you have pets, that bumps you up a few notches in Family Land.) With a growing segment of the population allowed to raise children but not wed, is a natural progression that marriage would be scrutinized for its (lack of?) importance. Even with the staggering amount of people against gay marriage, 63% of people still agree that same-sex parents are a family. “I actually think we should do away with marriage as a governmental construct,” says Jess F. “It’s discriminatory both towards singles and those who have a non-traditional relationship. Please do keep it as a religious sacrament for those who see it that way.” Brangelina said they won’t get married until everyone is allowed to—and they have six kids. Few would debate that they aren’t a family because they didn’t join Club Wed. Yet, despite anti-marriage inklings, people are still overall romantics. 93% of people still say they marry for love and we all know optimists on their second, third and fourth marriages… though Amy G. is ready to do away with multiple weddings. “If this meant I didn’t have to go to a

gift registry at Pottery Barn for third marriages, then I think it is awesome. You’ve had two marriages, and the only things you ‘need’ are from Williams Sonoma? Seriously?” A lot is to be said for the commitment aspect of being married. It gives that extra layer of glue that gets you through the hard times. When you are just dating, it is so easy to bolt when things don’t go your way. But something does change once you have signed that paper. “There is something wonderful and magical about knowing through thick and thin, crying and sick children, fights and lots of laughter that you are committed to each other,” says Wendy S. “I think it gives a clear message to each other and your children that your union is powerful. I understand many marriages do not last the test of time but I also know many people who still believe in marriage.” “As I got older, I realized what a huge commitment marriage is,” adds Julie F. “Two people should be able to look into each other’s eyes, and know things no one else will ever know, because they stuck together in the darkness, and shared the emergence into the light.” Despite the growing adverse opinion to matrimony, marriage isn’t going anywhere in the near future. For better or worse. (Maggie Knowles is a columnist for The Portland Daily Sun. Her column appears Wednesdays.)

China is an environmental disaster with an eye on our money HARROP from page 4

by China or in cahoots with it, boycotted the ceremony. At the same time, China blocked its citizens’ Internet access to reports on Liu and his prize. Four years ago, the European parliament honored another jailed Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng. Beijing accused it of committing “violent interference in China’s internal affairs” and warned of harm to European interests. This is the country to which America has put itself in hock, mainly because we don’t have the discipline to raise taxes and/or cut spending — and instead borrow from the Chinese. Other than ruthlessness, China does have one strength that this country lacks: a leadership foursquare behind modern science. While America’s carbon cavemen question the need for green energy — going so far as trying to halt California’s efforts

to promote it — China is full-speed-ahead assembling clean-power equipment (while expropriating the technology from others). Make no mistake. China is an environmental disaster. It continues to build the most primitive coal-fired power plants, and its air is so bad that made-in-China smog drifts to our West Coast. But its dictators see the future, and so have opened the national treasury to industries making solar panels and wind turbines. They’re also building high-speed passenger trains and rail lines. For a planned rail link between Beijing and Shanghai, one test train was clocked at over 300 miles an hour. Long Island’s Suffolk County is putting a solar energy farm at the Brookhaven National Laboratory and erecting solar panels over seven public parking areas. The panels for the parking lots will come from China, as will many at the lab, with the rest also not-made-in-the-USA.

In one small but illustrative deal, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority is buying a Chinese-built wind turbine to power a wastewater pumping station. Chinese manufacturers now hold nearly half the globe’s $45 billion market for wind turbines. Meanwhile, a significant segment of our so-called conservative leadership slows progress on behalf of polluters — and drugs the American public with tax cuts financed by debt to China. As Beijing frustrates Washington’s program to isolate Iran, Americans load their SUV trunks with Chinese tricycles, shirts and snow domes. Makes you worry about our future. Makes you sad. (To find out more about Froma Harrop, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at www.creators.com.)

In reality, ordinary families struggle with hunger in America SCHULTZ from page 4

I would do.” “I found a job it’s part time 8-10 hours a wk. min. wage. This food pantry is so helpful, it helps. I decided to volunteer to help.” “I am a single mom of three and on disability. Since I started receiving disability my food stamps were cut in half. This place has been a life saver for me and my boys. I can’t drive because of disability and can’t eat anywhere else. Thank you.” “Just started working minimum wage job can’t make ends meet. Get sick its medicine or food. The

pantry helps because I will be able to save a little every month and hopefully become self-sufficient.” “My unemployment has run out I am 60 years old and no one will hire me in my job field or any other job — rent runs out November and will be on the street in our van.” “Can’t afford our health insurance anymore, will have to cancel in January 2011. Disconnection notices on utilities. Behind on our mortgage. At least get some food from the foodbank. My husband and I are both working. Can’t survive anymore.” “For people living in this zip code, many of us had good careers. But due to illness our things of

that nature we live here. We feel blessed that other communities help with these pantries. We are all important even if we are poor. Thanks for caring.” Somewhere near you, families are struggling with hunger. Please give what you can. (Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland and an essayist for Parade magazine. To find out more about Schultz (cschultz@plaind.com) and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.)


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and the manager, the chemistry is going to have to work there between both of them,” Gray said. Gray’s retirement marks the second high-profile departure of a longtime city employee in a month. City Clerk Linda Cohen announced her resignation effective Jan. 7. The city clerk’s job pays a salary of $84,435; the city manager’s job pays a salary of $116,473, according to city spokesperson Nicole Clegg. During his 40 years with the city, Gray served as project director for the Model Cities Program, deputy director of the Portland Renewal Authority and later as director of the Department of Planning and Urban Development. As planning director and as city manager, Gray said he enjoyed the “rare privilege” of implementing plans he Joe Gray talks to Paul Stevens (right), great-grandson of famed architect John Calvin helped to start, including a 1980s-era Stevens. Gray had just announced his plans to retire from his role as city manager in Shoreway Access Plan that called for February of next year. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO) the construction of trails throughout Portland from the Eastern Prom to the background was a benefit. Presumpscot. Today, the city has more than 50 miles “His understanding of complex projects like the of trails, including the newly built Bayside Trail. Bayside Vision, the redevelopment of the eastern Gray called trail development “one of the highwaterfront was instrumental in moving those initialights of my working career.” tives forward,” Mavodones said. Construction of the Ocean Gateway shipping ter“He tackled extremely difficult budgets with minal and a neighboring “megaberth” for mooring fiscal responsibility and demonstrated leadership in large cruise ships and expansion of the Portland Jetensuring services often to the city’s most needy,” he port were other projects that Gray said he took pride said. in. Maintaining a safety net for vulnerable citizens Gray’s demeanor also suited the job, Mavodones in difficult budget times also ranked high on his said. scale of achievements. “In a true testament to his character, Joe found Gray said he timed the announcement with the his own unique way to lead the city staff. While week of his 10th anniversary as his hiring as city some city managers can be introverted and others manager, giving his goodbye speech in the same can seek the limelight, Joe has always struck just room at City Hall where he began his career as a the right balance. He has represented the city with planner. professionalism and sophistication,” he said. “More than 40 years ago, I walked into this very Gray and his wife, Marie, alternated between room, sat at a desk right here, and living in Parkside and on Peaks Island. began my career with the city of “Personally, I’ll miss the gentle tapping on my Portland,” Gray recalled, noting window down at Casco Bay Lines, whether he was that as a young man in his 20s, waiting to catch the ferry to Peaks or sometimes just he expected to work a few years in trying to track me down after a few phone calls,” Portland and move on to a bigger Mavodones recalled. community. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, said in a stateFlanked by family and surment, “Joe Gray has demonstrated an incredible rounded by about 100 city commitment to public service and the City of Portemployees, friends and colleagues land over the last 40 years. I am extremely grateful in the Maine Room of City Hall, for the contributions he has made to shape a vibrant, Gray thanked his peers, adminisdiverse, livable city that has earned a national reputrative assistants Judy Rosen and tation as one of the best places to live and work.” Sonia Bean and the roughly 60 Some familiar faces were in the audience Tuesday, Gray city councilors who have served including Jon Jennings, president of the Maine Red during his tenure. Claws, a recently arrived NBA Development League “When I came to Portland in 1969, I never basketball team in Portland. Gray worked closely expected that I would serve as its city manager, the with staff to bring the Maine Red Claws to the Port 11th person to hold this position since its creation in City, according to the city’s press release. the 1920s,” Gray said. The biggest laugh of Tuesday’s press conference While with the Urban Renewal Authority, Gray came when Gray said, “At the end of the day, what was in charge of acquiring property in the West will I miss about being city manager? Truly, it’s not End for the construction of the Reiche Elementary having to decide whether or not to call a snowstorm School, and establishing several affordable housparking ban.” ing developments such as North School, Danforth Then, glancing at the city’s public works director, Heights, Rosa True School and Congress Square Gray added, “Mike Bobinsky is here, and I would Hotel. According to a city press release, he also get the phone call: ‘Four inches, what do we do? Six started the first homeownership and housing rehainches, what do we do? Eight inches, what do we bilitation program, which has helped renovate hundo?’” dreds of homes in the city. Gray grew emotional near the end of his speech While spearheading the city’s planning efforts, while talking about his effort to make Portland a Gray authored the city’s updated Downtown Master better place, visibly choking up. Plan, and used money from the Urban Development “The work of running a city never stops, but the Action Grant program, which under Gray’s leaderworkers do change, and for me, that change is hapship led to the expansion of the Portland Museum pening now,” he said. of Art, the rehabilitation of the Eastland Hotel and “I know and understand that my success as city the creation of the Congress Square Park, the press manager was dependent in large part upon the prorelease stated. fessional talents and skills of the city council, staff Nick Mavodones, Portland mayor and operations and residents and I thank them all for their support manager at Casco Bay Lines, said Gray’s planning and commitment,” he said.


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Jewish non-celebration has its own traditions Hanukkah is now a flickering memory, but as a people who honor the past and look to the future, most Jews in the U.S. are wrapping up plans for Christmas Eve. More commonly known as, “What’s a Jew to do night?” Christmas Eve is a time honored tradition that usually involves going out for Chinese food, fighting over which movie to see, or house parties where the food being served is (you guessed it), Chinese take-out. Many a dinner for eight (hold the MSG, extra duck sauce please) from the Lotus Restaurant in Falmouth, or a Big Buddha Box from Wok Inn on Forest Avenue will make its way onto the plates of local Jews this Friday night. Regardless of the venue or the degree to which Judaism is practiced through out the rest of the year, almost all Jews partake in this custom. The origin of the love affair between Jews and Chinese food in America is sketchy and theories range from the fact that the Chinese didn’t discriminate against anyone; that unlike their competition, Chinese restaurants stayed open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and that Chinese cooks used somewhat familiar ingredients considered kosherstyle or “safe-treyf “ (non-kosher) by not mixing meat and dairy. In major metropolitan areas today, there are many legit kosher Chinese restaurants thriving along side those that serve jumbo shrimp in lobster sauce over pork fried rice. Social and political theorist Professor Jeff Weintraub states that “... Jews constructed Chinese restaurant food as cosmopolitan. In New York City, immigrant Jews, and especially their children and grandchildren, regarded Chinese food as sophisticated and urbane.” Justice Elena Kagan mentioned this in her Supreme Court confirmation hearings: when a senator asked her where she was on Christmas last year, she said, “You know, like all Jews, I was probably at a Chinese restaurant.” Here in Portland, Rabbi Carolyn Braun of Temple Beth El urged the congregation to attend services Friday night, “...before going out for Chinese and to a movie.” The Jewish Sabbath begins at sundown on Friday and is observed until sunset on Saturday and the Rabbi half-joked, “The roads will be empty but your favorite table might not be.” We love to argue amongst ourselves, but this time, the Rabbi is right for sure.. Most seatings downstairs at the hibachi tables at Fuji on Exchange are already booked (at this writing, I’m told there is still some availability), and last Christmas Eve I dined there with more

fellow members of the tribe than I usually see at temple on the High Holidays. This year many of my friends are venturing off the peninsula to Kon Asian Bistro on Brigh––––– ton as the atmosphere is hip, What It’s they run great specials, offer Like a huge menu with a bonus sushi bar, and parking is never a problem. Business wise, Chinese restaurants will benefit as most places will be closed for the weekend, thus loosing prime time revenue. The actual day of the week that Christmas falls on is crucial and it’s always a gift from Santa to have the holiday land on a Tuesday or Wednesday, turning both Christmas and New Year’s Eve into one long celebration (seven to 10 days, depending on the day), resulting in weekend sales spikes on both sides of both holidays. Obviously, Jews are not the only epistemic community choosing to skip a traditional Christmas celebration, and many people, for many reasons, are looking for things to do other than eat Chinese food (gasp) and a movie on Christmas Eve. Try working on Christmas, especially if you work in 24/7 community service jobs like hospitals, or police departments. Even if your business isn’t 24/7, maybe you can talk your boss into letting you work Christmas in order to get another day off some other time. Or volunteer, visit a nursing home, secretly shovel a snowed-in driveway, or simply stop and take some time to yourself to breathe deeply and enjoy the quiet. Regardless of where your favorite Asian restaurant is, or your religious orientation, or cultural background, most of us are happy to partake in the hopefulness of the American holiday season. It isn’t hard to buy into the Peace on Earth thing, or to start thinking of personal and professional resolutions with thoughts of health, prosperity, and happiness for all. The Low Down: I’ll be selling last-minute (OMG … we forgot Uncle Stan!) restaurant gift certificates on the morning of Christmas Eve so my dear friends can be miles away from a time clock. Then, I might eat chicken teriyaki on the road and try to scalp a Celtics ticket or head to Foxwoods (sorry Rabbi). Jews in the New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia areas go to Atlantic City, where the near empty Christmas Day casinos never close, the hotels are inexpensive, and the smarter buffets might even offer something Chinese.

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New law may mean bump up in New England fish catch BOSTON (AP) — Congress has passed a law that is expected to lead to a higher catch limit for a key fish species and bring some relief to New England fishermen. The law passed on Tuesday by the U.S. House of Representatives changes the way the U.S. negotiates with Canada on how to divide the fish that swim between their territorial waters. The new law allows the U.S. to make a deal with-

out being held to a tight 10-year timeline to rebuild the fish stocks, which applies in other American waters. That means the catch limit on yellowtail flounder in the Georges Bank fishing area can be raised. Fishermen say the low existing limit on yellowtail has been a major concern. Current rules require that fishing on all species shut down once the catch limit on even one species is reached.

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Looking for that Coach bag but don’t have a big budget? Shopaholics Boutique, located in the Old Port and in Portsmouth and Dover, N.H., tries to fill that need. “Shopaholics — Reward Yourself” is the shop’s motto. “We are a retail store where we accept some consignments but it’s 75 percent new clothing,” said clerk Jane Haser. After opening in early spring of 2010, the Portland store is entering its first winter season. The new and consigned combination works well for customers, Haser said. “It gives us an opportunity to sell more name-brand clothing for less,” she said.

Jane Haser of Shopaholics said the retail store accepts consignment clothing while 75 percent of the merchandise is new. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

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Parish decor RIGHT: Cheryl Blanchard displays a Santa outfit possibly dating back a century, found in storage at First Parish Unitarian Universalist. Cheryl and Moe Blanchard went all out with decorations inside the historic church building and the adjacent parish house and showed them off to The Daily Sun on Tuesday. Moe Blanchard is sexton or church maintenance official for the First Parish Unitarian Universalist. The couple created a holiday display including Christian nativity scene (top left), Jewish menorah for Hanukkah and several Christmas trees, including a tree decorated with hydrangeas inside the parish house (pictured below). A crystal bowl provides an elegant touch (bottom). The public is welcome to visit the First Parish with its familiar tower along Congress Street (bottom left) and take in the sights of the interior decorations. No admission is charged, but the decorations come down after the New Year. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTOS)

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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Wednesday, Dec. 22, the 356th day of 2010; with 9 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 22, 1910, a fire lasting more than 26 hours broke out at the Chicago Union Stock Yards; 21 firefighters were killed in the collapse of a burning building. On this date: In 1808, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67, Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, and Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58, had their world premieres in Vienna, Austria. In 1864, during the Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman said in a message to President Abraham Lincoln: “I beg to present you as a Christmas-gift the city of Savannah.” In 1940, author Nathanael West, 37, and his wife, Eileen McKenney, 27, were killed in a car crash in El Centro, Calif. while en route to the funeral of F. Scott Fitzgerald, who had died the day before. In 1944, during the World War II Battle of the Bulge, U.S. Brigadier General Anthony C. McAuliffe rejected a German demand for surrender, writing “Nuts!” in his official reply. In 1968, Julie Nixon married David Eisenhower in a private ceremony in New York. In 1977, three dozen people were killed when a 250-foot-high grain elevator at the Continental Grain Company plant in Westwego, La., exploded. In 1990, 21 sailors returning from shore leave to the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga drowned off Haifa when the Israeli ferry they were traveling on capsized. Lech Walesa (lek vah-WEN’-sah) took the oath of office as Poland’s first popularly elected president. One year ago: Assailants gunned down the mother, aunt and siblings of a Mexican marine who was killed in a raid that took out one of Mexico’s most powerful cartel leaders. Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh became the first defensive player voted The Associated Press College Football Player of the Year. Today’s Birthdays: Former House Speaker Jim Wright is 88. Actor Hector Elizondo is 74. Country singer Red Steagall is 72. Former World Bank Group President Paul Wolfowitz is 67. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Steve Carlton is 66. ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer is 65. Rock singer-musician Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) is 64. Rock singermusician Michael Bacon is 62. Baseball AllStar Steve Garvey is 62. Singer Robin Gibb is 61. Golfer Jan Stephenson is 59. Actress BernNadette Stanis is 57. Rapper Luther Campbell is 50. Country singer-musician Chuck Mead is 50. Actor Ralph Fiennes is 48. Actress Lauralee Bell is 42. Country singer Lori McKenna is 42. Actress Dina Meyer is 42. Actress Heather Donahue is 36. Actor Chris Carmack is 30. Actor Logan Huffman is 21. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jordin Sparks is 21.

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Wednesday, Dec. 22 Longfellow House Holiday Tours 10 a.m. “Bring your family and friends and step back in time to the 1800s! See the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s childhood home — decorated for the holidays!” Through Dec. 31, tours run every hour. Last tour leaves at 4 p.m. when the Longfellow House closes at 5 p.m., and at 1 p.m. when it closes at 2 p.m. Visit www.mainehistory.org.

‘The Gift Of The Magi’ 7 p.m. “The Gift Of The Magi” an original musical set in 1940s Maine. Dec 7-23, Tues. and Wed. at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. Added shows, Thursday, Dec. 23 at 2 and 7 p.m. $15-$22. Old Port Playhouse, 19 Temple St., Portland. 773-0333. oldportplayhouse.com

Mad Horse’s take on ‘A Christmas Carol’

grams, visit www.portlandballet. org or call 772-9671.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine welcomes kids for a special performance. “Act out the poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ in this special theatre workshop where we put on a play in just one day! We will learn the story, rehearse it and perform it for our families! $5 for members, $6 plus admission for non-members. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. To register call 828-1234, x247.

Next Level Church Christmas celebration

5 p.m. Using hundreds of volunteers, Next Level Church is hosting a “life-changing Christ7 p.m. Mad Horse Theatre Company mas celebration” at the Abromoffers a production of “A Christmas son Center on the campus Carol” that will not be soon forgotten. of the University of Southern Founding company members, curMaine in Portland. The event rent members, and some very special is completely free, although guests will join forces for a revival of Next Level Church is asking the Mad Horse Christmas Radio Show attendees to bring non-per— a madcap depiction of the effort ishable food items to donate to produce a radio play of “A Christto the Wayside Food Rescue mas Carol.” “Featuring hilarious perProgram. The church hopes to formances and the merriest of holiday make the largest single donasongs, this show brings you behind the tion by a church in Wayside’s scenes of an old-fashioned radio prohistory as a result of this event. gram, where nothing ever goes quite as planned. Mad Horse performed this Portland Ballet presents The Victorian Nutcracker in Portland on Thursday, Dec. 23. (Photo courtesy of Portland Ballet Co./ At the event, Next Level Church is also offering free family show many years ago, and is bringing it Tammy Sarchi) photos with Santa, live, profesback for a whole new audience to enjoy. ously disappearing, young Pietari and his father Rauno, a This event is a benefit to support Mad Horse’s 25th Annisional Christmas music, a special kids experience, and a reindeer hunter by trade, capture the mythological being versary Season.” Performances run Dec. 20 through 23, variety of Christmas gifts and surprises for those in attenand attempt to sell Santa to the misguided leader of the 7 p.m., at the theater’s new home in the Hutchins School, dance. Those who want to attend can get their free tickets multinational corporation sponsoring the dig. Santa’s 24 Mosher St., South Portland. “So whether you’ve been by visiting www.nlc.tv/christmas. The photos, kids activielves, however, will stop at nothing to free their fearless waxing nostalgic for the old Christmas Show, or you want ties, and Christmas treats will be available beginning at 5 leader from captivity. What ensues is a wildly humorous to start a new holiday tradition, please join us for an evening p.m., with doors to the auditorium opening at 5:45 p.m. nightmare — a fantastically bizarre polemic on modern full of fun, holiday spirit, and tasty seasonal treats served The Christmas celebration will begin at 6 p.m. Due to day morality.” $7/$5 for SPACE members, all ages. before and after the show.” For more information, call 730an overwhelming demand for the free tickets, organizSecret Lives of Comedians 2389, or visit www.madhorse.com. ers have been forced to add a second experience time 7:30 p.m. Secret Lives of Comedians at Lucid Stage, 29 and make more seats for everyone wanting to attend the Nutcracker Burlesque Baxter Boulevard. Produced by Cloud Morris and Brian Christmas celebration. There will now be a celebration at at the St. Lawrence Arts Center Brinegar, this monthly series features stand-up comedy, 6 p.m. and another at 7:45 p.m., the church announced. 7:30 p.m. It’s time again for Nutcracker Burlesque at the sketch comedy, “surprised guests” and other disturbing www.nlc.tv or www.nlc.tv/christmas. Next Level Church St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St. “Come see the delights! Musical guest Pete Witham. $10. Lucid Stage is a was started in April 2008 as part of the Association of show that started it all! This year’s show brings new chomulti-use venue for the many arts organizations in the Greater Related Churches. They currently meet every weekend reography, a new story, and sexy new dances to the stage Portland area with space for artists of various genres, classin three locations: Portland; Newington, N.H.; and Dover, at St. Lawrence. Don’t miss your chance to see the show room space, summer camp and educational programs, and N.H. They also operate a nonprofit coffeehouse in Dover, that was selected by The Portland Phoenix as ‘Portland’s visual art gallery space. www.lucidstage.com/ N.H. called Kaleo Coffee which donates its proceeds to Best Annual (hopefully) Event.’” Tickets are $12, on sale community causes. Learn more about Next Level Church at Longfellow Books or online at www.vividmotion.org. Thursday, Dec. 23 by visiting www.nlc.tv or about this event at www.nlc.tv/ They go fast, so get yours early! Shows are Friday through christmas. Sunday, Dec. 17-19 and Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 21-23. This year’s show is sponsored by Warren Memorial ‘The Gift Of The Magi’ Friday, Dec. 24 Foundation, Shipyard Brewing Company, Gorham Self2 p.m. and 7 p.m. “The Gift Of The Magi” an original musical. Storage, Longfellow Books, and The Portland Phoenix. Dec 7-23, Tues. and Wed. at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. Added “Director Rachel Stults Veinot, weaves together a story of shows, Thursday, Dec. 23 at 2 and 7 p.m. $15-$22. Old Port Christmas Eve Services at Hope.Gate.Way love and lust to create a world where true love finds a way Playhouse, 19 Temple St. 773-0333. oldportplayhouse.com 4 p.m. United Methodist communities of Hope.Gate.Way to bring two people together. This year, our main character (on the ground floor of the Gateway parking garage, just The Victorian Nutcracker in Portland Clara, played by none other than local favorite Amy Gieseke beyond the Eastland Park Hotel at 185 High St.) announced 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Christmas comes with its own set (rhymes with whisky), finds herself throwing yet another festhe church is offering three distinct Christmas Eve worof family traditions and for many, the season isn’t contive holiday party for friends; including her new boyfriend, ship celebrations: 4 p.m. — Family Flashlight Celebration: sidered complete without seeing the only Nutcracker Big Guns Antonowicz as the Rat King, and his wandering designed for families with young children. Bring a flashlight set in Maine. Portland Ballet Company brings its own eyes.” www.stlawrencearts.org (or we’ll have glowsticks) to use instead of candles. 6 p.m. local version of the Nutcracker to life in celebration of — Candlelight Celebration: candles, carols, and CommuThe Polar Express the holiday season again this year with its beloved The nion, designed for all ages. 11 p.m. — Silent Night, Holy 7:45 p.m. The Polar Express will come to life again in a Victorian Nutcracker. The show, which takes the classic Night: a quiet, meditative celebration, with candles, carols, whole new way when the Maine Narrow Gauge train departs Nutcracker story and sets it in historical Portland with and Communion, ending just in time to usher in Christmas its Portland depot for a journey to the “North Pole.” Holiday sets, costumes, and characters inspired by the Victoria Day. http://www.newlightportland.org/#/worship decorations along the train’s route will light up the night as Mansion, Hermann Kotzschmar and others, will be perguests on board meet the conductor, have hot chocolate formed twice at Merrill Auditorium on Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. Christmas Eve Candle Lighting and cookies (may not be suitable for patrons with food allerand 7:30 p.m. The cast of professional dancers from 7 p.m. Christmas Eve Candle Lighting by Unity Church gies), listen to a reading of the magical story over our sound the Portland Ballet Company, accompanied by students of Greater Portland, 54 River Road, Windham. “This system, and sing carols. Santa will ride back with everyone from the Company’s highly regarded school, and a proceremony focuses on the wonder of our lives and the to the train station from a special outpost of the North Pole fessional live orchestra, is known for a lively, entertaining promise of our future. The candle lighting event is a spiriand every child will receive the special bell on board the and beautiful Nutcracker with breathtaking scenery and tual acknowledgement of the light within each of us and train. This event is the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad’s bigvivid costumes. The story unfolds as young Olivia follows within ourselves. It faces the future with hope and optigest annual fund raiser. https://tickets.porttix.com/public/ her Nutcracker Prince to the enchanted Kingdom of the mism for the spirit that flows though us all. This jourdefault.asp Sweets, where she is dazzled by dancers from around ney of our light unfolding will be told through many of the world - from the Russian Trepak to the Sugarplum the traditions of Christmas; the Christmas Story and our Film: ‘Rare Exports’ at SPACE Fairy. Tickets are available through PortTIX at www.portChristmas Carols.” For more information about Unity or 7:30 p.m. SPACE Gallery screens the film, “Rare Exports.” tix.com or 842-0800 or in person, 20 Myrtle Ave., Monday its events, please contact the church office at 893-1233 “It’s the eve of Christmas in northern Finland, and an through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Ticket prices range or visit www.unitygreaterportland.org. ‘archeological’ dig has just unearthed the real Santa from $17-$47 (plus $5 handling fee for online sales). For Claus. But this particular Santa isn’t the one you want see next page more information about Portland Ballet, its school and procoming to town. When the local children begin mysteri-


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and awareness about global warming and what NRCM is doing right here in Maine to curb it. And, it will be Phyzkidz! fun, with folks in polar bear costumes and hot at SPACE Gallery coffee from Coffee by 2 p.m. Phyzkidz! Norman Design and pastries Ng, Drew Richardson, Yo-Yo from Whole Foods. People come to SPACE GalThe two top fundraislery. “In the grand tradition of ers will receive $50 gift vaudeville, Acorn Productions certificates to LL Bean, has assembled a line-up of while additional top world-class performers from fundraisers will receive all over the country to entertain commemorative NRCM kids of all ages with a unique tote bags or caps. To blend of expert juggling, participate, email or call incredible illusions, mystifystacie@nrcm.org, 430ing magic, unbelievable feats 0127, with your name of dexterity, and side-splitting and contact information physical comedy.” $12 adults; and we will send you an $10 students/seniors; $8 kids information packet. We 12 and under, all ages. www. request that you raise acorn-productions.org/pages/ a minimum of $50 in Phyzgig2009.html pledges. Your pledg‘My Dog Tulip’ screening ers may use the online at Movies at the Museum It’s the eve of Christmas in northern Finland, and an “archeological” dig has just unearthed the real Santa Claus. But this particular Santa isn’t pledge forms at http:// 2 p.m. “My Dog Tulip” at Port- the one you want coming to town. When the local children begin mysteriously disappearing, young Pietari and his father Rauno, a reindeer supporters.nrcm.org/ land Museum of Art as part hunter by trade, capture the mythological being and attempt to sell Santa to the misguided leader of the multinational corporation sponsoring polar_plunge.” of the Movies at the Museum the dig. Santa’s elves, however, will stop at nothing to free their fearless leader from captivity. What ensues is a wildly humorous nightmare — Vaudeville at series. Saturday, Dec. 18, at 2 a fantastically bizarre polemic on modern day morality. The film, “Rare Exports,” is showing Wednesday, Dec. 22 at SPACE Gallery. (COURTESY Portland Stage p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 19, at IMAGE) 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. 2 p.m.; also Sunday, Dec. 26, New Year’s Eve), eight Phyzkidz shows at SPACE Gallery Vaudeville shows at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 2, 2 p.m. “Beautifully animated and a rare appearance by Phyzgig’s Artistic Director and Portland Stage Company. http://www.phyzgig.org or www. and featuring the voices of Christopher Plummer, the late Peaks Island resident Avner the Eccentric, who will be peracorn-productions.org/pages/Phyzgig2009.html Lynn Redgrave, and Isabella Rossellini, My Dog Tulip is a forming his full-length show for the fi rst time in four years in bittersweet retrospective account of author J. R. Ackerley’s New Year’s Burning Bowl Service Portland. Tuesday the Phyzkidz shows are at SPACE Gal16-year relationship with his adopted Alsatian, Tulip. A pro7 p.m. New Year’s Burning Bowl Service at Unity Church of lery. www.phyzgig.org found and subtle meditation on the strangeness that lies Greater Portland, 54 River Road, Windham. “The burning at the heart of all relationships, My Dog Tulip was written, Avner the Eccentric bowl service is a favorite within Unity. It encourages each directed, and animated by award-winning filmmakers Paul 7 p.m. Avner the Eccentric fundraiser, Portland Stage Comof us to identify the doubts and fears which stand between and Sandra Fierlinger and is the first animated feature ever pany. Phyzgig’s own Master of Mirth presents his full-length us an true spiritual enlightenment. It is an opportunity to to be entirely hand drawn and painted utilizing paperless show as a special Phyzgig fundraiser. http://www.phyzgig. release those limitations into a ritual fire, letting go of them computer technology. org/ and opening ourselves to new possibilities to come.” For more information about Unity or its events, please contact the church office at 893-1233 or visit www.unitygreaterportMonday, Dec. 27 Wednesday, Dec. 29 land.org.

Sunday, Dec. 26

‘Celebrate Kids’ vacation camp 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Celebrate Kids” vacation camp, Dec. 27-31 for kids ages 8-14. Register today. Arts and crafts, movies, activities and more. Space is limited. Old Port Playhouse, 19 Temple St. Portland. (207) 773-0333. For more info go to oldportplayhouse.com

Acorn Productions’ annual Phyzgig festival 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Acorn Productions announces its annual Phyzgig festival, a celebration of physical comedy and variety entertainment for the family, will take place in downtown Portland between Christmas and New Year’s Eve 2010. The week includes six Main Stage Vaudeville Shows at the Portland Stage Company (including two shows on New Year’s Eve), eight Phyzkidz shows at SPACE Gallery and a rare appearance by Phyzgig’s Artistic Director and Peaks Island resident Avner the Eccentric, who will be performing his full-length show for the first time in four years in Portland. Tuesday the Phyzkidz shows are at SPACE Gallery. www.phyzgig.org or www.acorn-productions.org/ pages/Phyzgig2009.html

Tuesday, Dec. 28 Holiday Vacation Day Camp 10 a.m. A Holiday Vacation Day Camp for kids from Dec. 27-31 at the Old Port Playhouse. The day camp will run Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids ages 8-14 will do a variety of activities each day including arts & crafts, jewelry making, fairie houses, games, movies, cooking and other special activities that put the “F-U-N” back into vacation! The cost is $225 per kid with discounts for more than one kid per family. Camp is held in a safe, secure and healthy environment with a professional staff. For more information, call 773-0333. Space is limited so sign up today. Old Port Playhouse is located at 19 Temple St. in Portland. oldportplayhouse.com

Phykidz at SPACE; vaudeville at Portland Stage 11 a.m. Phykidz (SPACE Gallery); 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Vaudeville shows at Portland Stage Company.

Comedian Bob Marley at Merrill 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29 through Friday, Dec. 31, Comedian Bob Marley returns to Merrill for his annual holiday show with this year’s special guest, Kelly MacFarland. Presented by Cogee Entertainment. Tickets $45; $48 on New Year’s eve (includes service fee). Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m.; Merrill Auditorium; Friday at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. https://tickets.porttix.com/public

Thursday, Dec. 30 Phykidz at SPACE; vaudeville at Portland Stage 11 a.m. Phykidz (SPACE Gallery); 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Vaudeville shows at Portland Stage Company. http://www. phyzgig.org or www.acorn-productions.org/pages/Phyzgig2009.html

Holiday blood drive 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. FairPoint recently teamed up with WCSH-TV and WLBZ-TV, the American Red Cross and other community partners for a first-ever holiday blood drive, scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 30 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The drive will be held in two different locations around the state in hopes of attracting a large number of donors during this challenging time of year. Eligible donors may visit the Holiday Inn by the Bay, located at 88 Spring Street in Portland, or the Bangor Elks Lodge at 108 Odlin Road in Bangor to give blood. To make an appointment, or for more information about giving blood, call 1-800 RED CROSS or visit online at redcrossblood.org or fairpointbundleupblooddrive.org.

Friday, Dec. 31

Acorn Productions’ annual Phyzgig festival

Plunge at East End Beach

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Acorn Productions announces its annual Phyzgig festival, a celebration of physical comedy and variety entertainment for the family, will take place in downtown Portland between Christmas and New Year’s Eve 2010. The week includes six Main Stage Vaudeville Shows at the Portland Stage Company (including two shows on

noon. “Be bold in the cold with a plunge into the Atlantic to support the Natural Resources Council of Maine’s work to reduce global warming pollution. The bone-chilling fun will take place at East End Beach in Portland, Maine on Friday, Dec. 31st at noon (the “warmest” part of the day!) Your friends and family can pledge your plunge, to raise money

New Year’s Eve Gorham 7 p.m. Volunteers, with the cooperation of the Town of Gorham’s public safety, fire, public works and recreation department, coordinate a community-wide New Year’s Eve event. Churches and other public buildings serve as various venues where performances are scheduled throughout the evening. They offer a variety of entertainment, which is presented for families and people of all ages to enjoy. The New Year rings in with an exciting celebration at midnight culminating with a fireworks display accompanied by music, dancing and lots of Auld Lang Syne. http://newyeargorham.org

New Year’s Eve Celebration 2011 at 51 Wharf 7:30 p.m. Two DJs on two dance floors spinning two genres of music at 51 Wharf St. in Portland. A $2 coat check; fivehour countdown. Red Bull VIP Party: RedBull@NewYearsPortlandMaine.com. Watch the Ladies of Go-Go Maine live all evening; Evan Smith will be taking photos; 20 percent off pre-ordered bottles). For tickets, visit www.newyearsportlandmaine.com/tickets.htm.

Sid Tripp’s Black Cat Ball at the Eastland Ball Room 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. New Year’s Eve Bash, Mariner’s Church, 368 Fore St. $50 tickets per person; festive holiday attire. Sid Tripp & Proactive Resources Design are pleased to announce the revival of the Black Cat Ball. The Black Cat Ball originally began at the Eastland Ball Room in the mid’80s. On hiatus for 17 years, Tripp has a big night planned as he weaves his magic into a night of singing, dancing, laughing and celebrating as revelers enjoy a cocktail or two. Join us to relive the magic of the Black Cat Ball, and ring in 2011 in Red Carpet style in glamorous festive holiday attire with 350 of your best friends. The rockin’ sounds of local band Wavelength will be jamming all night long. The celebrations will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, Italian wine tasting, three cash bars, party favors, photo booth, roving photographer, countdown, champagne toast and balloon drop, psychics and surprise guest performances. Tickets are $50 per person; advanced tickets may be purchased by calling 772-3599. Cash, check and credit cards accepted in advance, at the door during the event, or anytime online at brownpapertickets.com. Visit Sid Tripp’s Black Cat Ball on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Sid-Tripps-BlackCat-Ball/154751921233348?ref=mf for up-to-the-minute details.


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Thursday, Dec. 23 Folk Night at Geno’s 9 p.m. Jesse Pilgrims brings a full slate of folk acts to Geno’s, featuring Erik Moody (of Robber and Thief), Mica Jones, Anthony Bitetti (Good Kids Sprouting Horns) and Caleb Aaron. And no, you didn’t read it wrong, it’s folk night at Portland’s hardest rocking club. $3, 21 plus.

Friday, Dec. 31 ICING New Year’s Bash at SPACE 8 p.m. SPACE Gallery and The VIA Group ring in 2011 with our 2nd annual ICING New Year’s Bash. Dress to impress and live it up for a wild evening with good food, friends, dancing, and a cavalcade of performances and installations by SPACE’s talented family of artists. Performances include a soulful set by the inimitable Lady Zen, live drumming by Dylan Blanchard and friends and West African inspired dancing by Blue Moon Tribe, led by Marita Kennedy-Castro. There’ll be some time-warping trouble provided by Tin Pan Alley alums Over A Cardboard Sea. Portland’s Dirty Dishes Burlesque Review plan to live up to their name and Kate Cox and Matt Rock have something up their sleeve for when the ball drops and we lift a glass to another year at SPACE! Dj King Alberto keeps the soul and funk grooves spinning all night. It’s the last dance party of the year — let’s make it count! $50, 21 plus.

Mallett Brothers / Marion Grace / Holy Boys Danger Club at Empire

8 p.m. New Year’s Eve with Mallett Jesse Pilgrim brings a full slate of folks acts to Geno’s, yeah, that Geno’s, Thursday night. 9 p.m. Brothers and Marion Grace and special $3, 21 plus. (COURTESY IMAGE) guests Holy Boys Danger Club. Ticket LA clubs to festivals, cultural centers, museums, parades, price includes (We Don’t Need No stinking Champagne) and even on the street, the band includes two explosive Whiskey Toast at Midnight. $10 advance, $12 at the door. violins, the world’s best slap bass player, musical saw, fla21 plus. menco and gypsy jazz guitar, trombone, opera, jazz and Rustic Overtones / Gypsy Tailwind gypsy vocals, accordion and one little banjolele. Tackling 8 p.m. Hometown heros Rustic Overtones join with Gypsy everything from French hot jazz to wild Serbian and TransylTailwind for the Port City Music Hall New Year’s Eve Bash. vanian gypsy anthems, Flamenco, and oddball originals, the $25 adv./$28 day of sale/$50 VIP, 21 plus. band is a not to be missed event for world music lovers... and everyone will love this intoxicating mix of music!! One Listo / Brown Bird / Wesley Hartley Longfellow Square, $12.

and the Traveling Trees

8 p.m. Dave Noyes & Kelly Nesbitt perform once again as Listo. Singing Brazilian tunes by the likes of Chico Buarque, Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Zelia Barbosa, Ze Ramalho, Nara Leao, Gilbert Gil, and more. Other performances by Brown Bird, a reunion of Dave, Morgan Eve, Jeremy and Jerusha! AND Wesley Allen Hartley and the Traveling Trees. Hogfarm Studios, Biddeford.

Zach Zaitlin at The Oak & The Axe 8 p.m. Zack Zatlin rings in the New Year on the cheap with a free show at The Oak & The Axe in Biddeford.

Saturday, Jan. 1 Ellis Paul at One Longfellow. 8 p.m. Ellis Paul is one of the leading voices in American songwriting. He was a principle leader in the wave of singer/ songwriters that emerged from the Boston folk scene, creating a movement that revitalized the national acoustic circuit with an urban, literate, folk pop style that helped renew interest in the genre in the 1990’s. His charismatic, personally authentic performance style has influenced a generation of artists away from the artifice of pop, and closer towards the realness of folk. Though he remains among the most pop-friendly of today’s singer-songwriters - his songs regularly appear in hit movie and TV soundtracks - he has bridged the gulf between the modern folk sound and the populist traditions of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger more successfully than perhaps any of his songwriting peers. $18.

Thursday, Jan 6 The Fishtank Ensemble 8 p.m. The LA Weekly calls them “cross pollinated gypsy music….one of the most thrilling young acts on the planet.” Formed in 2005 and playing everywhere from the hippest

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

Saturday, Jan. 8 The THE BAND Band 8 p.m. The mission of The THE BAND Band is to present the music of The Band in a manner true to its original style and form, evoking the sound and the spirit of their live performances; to perform their songs for longtime fans as well as a new generation of listeners; and to have fun doing it. The members of The THE BAND Band are veteran professional musicians who have played on the national stage for over 25 years. They share a love for the music of The Band, and formed this tribute band for the sheer enjoyment of playing their songs. By covering all the well-loved favorites, as well as a broad selection of lesser-known songs, they showcase the astounding breadth and depth of The Band’s distinctively original “roots rock” music. $18, One Longfellow Square.


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Ready for the Pats?

Buffalo Bills safety George Wilson (37) and linebacker Chris Kelsay (90) celebrate after Miami Dolphins placekicker Dan Carpenter missed a field goal that would have tied their game in the fourth quarter in Miami Sunday. The Bills defeated the Dolphins 17-14. Ryan Fitzpatrick, quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, says it was one thing to measure the Bills’ modest run of success a day after a 17-14 win at Miami in which they ended the Dolphins’ playoff hopes. Fitzpatrick is aware that Buffalo (4-12) faces a much more daunting challenge this weekend when the New England Patriots (12-2) come to town. The Patriots have won 14 consecutive games — and 19 of their past 20 — against the Bills, in a lopsided stretch between AFC East rivals that began with a 31-0 win in the 2003 season finale. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Jenks, Red Sox complete $12 million, two-year deal BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox have spent the offseason shoring up their bullpen, one of Boston’s big weaknesses last season when it missed the playoffs for just the second time in eight years. Make no mistake: The closer remains the same. The Red Sox completed a twoyear, $12 million contract with former White Sox closer Bobby Jenks on Tuesday, adding him to the back of the bullpen with closer Jonathan Papelbon and the pitcher who had been in line to inherit that role, Daniel Bard. Red Sox general manager made it clear in a conference call with reporters that the ninth inning still belongs to Papelbon. “We feel really lucky that Bobby wanted to pitch here and that we were able to get someone of his caliber to help Dan Bard set up for Papelbon,” general manager Theo Epstein said. “Hopefully, he will be part of a ‘pen that will be one of the best we’ve had in Boston.” A two-time All-Star who was Chicago’s closer when it won the 2005 World Series — its first since 1917 — Jenks saved

27 games for the White Sox last season but lost his closing job at the end of the year when he struggled with forearm problems. He did not pitch after saving both games in a doubleheader against Boston on Sept. 4. “It was more of a scare for everyone than something that was actually wrong. Medically, I was cleared to go,” Jenks said. “Going into this spring I’m going to be 100 percent and ready to go.” The Red Sox have also added right-handers Matt Albers and Dan Wheeler to a bullpen that had the third-worst ERA in the AL last season. Lefties Rich Hill, Andrew Miller and Randy Miller have been signed to minor-league deals with invitations to spring training to give manager Terry Francona other options. “We’ve added a lot of depth, a lot of experience, a lot of power arms and strike-throwers to our ‘pen,” Epstein said. “The last year was a struggle to give Tito some quality arms.” But what the team really needs is for Papelbon to bounce back from the worst season of his career. The former All-Star, who turned

30 last month, had 37 saves — the fewest in a full season in his career — and watched his ERA balloon from 1.84 for his first four-plus years to 3.90. He blew as many save opportunities, eight, as he had in the previous two seasons combined. “Obviously, we still see him as our closer. Now we’ve got two power guys to set up for him,” Epstein said, adding that he kept in touch with Papelbon’s agent to let him know the team was pursuing Jenks. “Pap’s fine with this. Who wouldn’t be? Every time we add someone of quality to the bullpen, he’s excited about it.” Jenks was second in White Sox history with 173 saves since joining Chicago midseason in 2005 and helping the club win its first World Series in 88 years. He had four saves in the postseason, pitching in all four Series games during a sweep of the Houston Astros. Jenks saved 81 games over the next two years. After he missed the final 27 games of the 2010 season with ulnar neuritis in his right forearm, the White Sox did not tender him a contract, making him a free agent.


The Portland Daily Sun, Wednesday, December 22, 2010  

The Portland Daily Sun, Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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