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Dealt setback, Occupy protesters regrouping — See page 6
Portland’s warmest November — See page 11 LEFT: Pedestrians walk in front of 416 Fore St., former home to the Cactus Club, as a new venue seeks to set a different tone. The Edge opened last weekend in the location and plans live music sets, including a show tonight. But ofﬁcials and those in the bar business still remember the craziness that surrounded the Cactus Club. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)
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Names proposed for two new elements (NY Times) — Add two names to the periodic table of elements, although you may want to write them in pencil for now. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry — the scientific body that is the keeper of the list of elements — unveiled Thursday the proposed names for elements 114 and 116: flerovium (atomic symbol Fl) and livermorium (atomic symbol Lv). If you do not like them, now is the time to voice your objections. The chemistry union will have a fivemonth comment period open to anyone. “We believe we have to let the world respond,” said Terry A. Renner, the chemistry union’s executive director. “It’s a desire to be fair and recognize everyone’s right to contribute as a scientist.” The chemistry union, along with its physics counterpart, spent years checking data before finally accepting in June that the two elements had indeed been created in collaborative experiments by the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif. The process of coming up with what to call them was nearly as arduous.
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SANA, Yemen (NY Times) — For years, Islah, the country’s largest and best organized opposition group, played a double game in Yemeni politics, maintaining close ties to the government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh while it also cultivated a network of supporters to defeat him. Its shifting alliances, reflecting different currents within the movement, helped keep Islah ahead of its opposition rivals in Yemen. That strategy also kept Islah out of power, unable to credibly offer an alternative to a government they were seen to be in league with. Now, with the increasing likelihood of Saleh’s exit, Islah, like Islamist organizations around the region, should be poised to win a strong public mandate at the polls. But it appears that, for now at least, it is not. The strategy that kept the party afloat through the Saleh years may have undermined its credibility.
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Prisoner thought to be in Maine Police ID remains of woman missing sible for one of two car thefts reported overnight about 20 miles apart from each other in New Hampshire and Maine. New Hampshire police said Friday One of the vehicles is a black 2004 they suspect a prison inmate who Toyota Highlander with New Hampescaped from a county jail Thursday shire license plate 1481896. The SUV afternoon may have fled to Maine. was stolen from Wakefield, N.H. David Hobson, 33, escaped from the The other vehicle Carroll County Jail sought by police shortly before 2:30 is a blue 2004 p.m. Police say he Honda Accord went through a with Maine license razor wire fence plate number 1355 to escape from the M V. The car was facility in Ossipee reported stolen — located about from Sanford. 10 minutes from There had been the Maine border, no sightings of police said. Hobson or of the Hobson is from two vehicles by Alfred, police said. late Friday afterHe was transferred noon, said Steve to New Hampshire McCausland, a from the Maine state police spokesCorrection Center man. Hobson in Windham to face “Anyone seeing a burglary charge, Hobson or the police said. two stolen cars should contact police Authorities say he is considered immediately,” he said. dangerous. Hobson is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs “There’s strong indications that he’s 135 pounds and has a shaved head in Maine,” said Lt. Michael Santuccio, and a goatee, according to police. He a spokesman for the Carroll County was last seen wearing a gray sweatSheriff’s Office, declining to give additional details. shirt and sweatpants. Hobson has a long criminal history “We just have some strong indicain Maine revolving around burglaries tors that he’s in Maine,” he said. and drugs, McCausland said. Hobson is also believed to be responBY MATTHEW ARCO
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Officials have identified the remains of a woman whose body was found inside an unplugged freezer kept in a Lewiston storage locker. They say the remains are those of the former girlfriend of the man who rented the unit. State police announced the remains were that of Kitty Wardwell, who was 29 when she disappeared in 1983. Her body was discovered in the storage locker rented by Frank Julian, police said. The freezer was discovered by Julian’s family recently following his death on Oct. 1. He was 80 years old. “Julian was the last person to see Wardwell alive and was her boyfriend at the time of her disappearance,” stated Steve McCausland, a state police spokesman, in a news release. “Detectives will continue to interview members of Julian’s family in an attempt to find the origin of the freezer and when it was placed in the storage facility,” he continued. Julian reportedly told investigators he last saw Wardwell after an argument in 1983. He told police he left her at a motel in Salem, N.H. He was the last person to see
Wardwell alive, officials said. Police determined Wardwell was murdered, but are withholding the cause of death at this time, McCausland said. The positive identification was made earlier in the week through DNA testing at a Pennsylvania laboratory, McCausland said. The results were forwarded to the State Medical Examiner’s Office Thursday. Wardwell’s family were notified of the DNA tests Friday, police said. Julian was 52 when Wardwell disappeared, according to published reports. An obituary in the Bangor Daily News described him as a former restaurateur and novelty salesman. Julian reportedly rented the storage locker in 1992, nine years after Wardwell disappeared. McCausland told the newspaper that the former couple lived together in Wardwell’s apartment, Greenwood Gardens Apartments on U.S. Route 1A in Holden, in 1983. State police interviewed former neighbors in late October. McCausland said officials urge people who lived in the apartments from January to June 1983 to call state police at the Orono barracks at 866-2122.
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wearing dark clothes at the time of the accident, he said. Green was not charged with any crimes.
Portland football coach turns in resignation PORTLAND — The longtime football coach of the Portland High School Bulldogs announced he is stepping down after leading the team for more than two decades, according to reports. Mike Bailey confirmed his resignation Friday with WCSH Channel 6. Bailey has been with the Bulldogs for 31 years and served as head coach for the past 26 years. Bailey didn’t indicate to Channel 6 the reason for why he’s stepping down.
Buxton woman arrested for pharmacy robbery BUXTON - A 41-year-old Buxton woman was charged Friday in connection with a Thanksgiving Day robbery
of a Rite Aid Pharmacy, according to published reports. Tanya Hart was arrested and charged with robbery, according to an Associated Press report. She was being held on $10,000 bail. Hart is accused of entering the drug store on Thanksgiving morning, threatening an employee and making off with prescription drugs, according to the report.
Club owner arrested for threats against a city code enforcement ofﬁcer GORHAM — The owner of a Gorham nightclub and banquet hall is accused of posting a threatening message toward a town code enforcement officer on a social networking website, police said. Michael Salvaggio Jr., 35, of Portland, turned himself into Gorham police Wednesday after officials say they learned a threatening message and picture were posted
online, police said. Salvaggio is an owner of The Church Performing Arts Center located at 29 School St. in Gorham. Gorham police wouldn’t say Friday who the threat was directed toward or describe the threat in detail. Salvaggio posted bail following his arrest and was released from the Cumberland Salvaggio County Jail. He is prohibited from possessing any guns and entering any Gorham government buildings, said Sgt. Dana Thompson, a police spokesman. He was charged with misdemeanor criminal threatening. Salvaggio is scheduled to appear in court for arraignment on Jan. 19, Thompson said.
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OccupyMaine overtaken by a different type of squatter In the short space of two months OWS has changed the conversation in the world to some of the forces that have corrupted public life in societies all over the world. This has taken place WITHOUT the help of millions in Koch brother financing, or super-PAC backing, without a primped and coiffed ideologue taking high fees for dishonest messages from stages in tour bus campaigns, without gun-toting, shoutdowns in town meetings. The only weapons OWS has utilized are IDEAS and creative civil disobedience; not vast sums of money, the display of munitions, talk of violence. Through the purely fictitious concepts of “corporate personhood” and “money is speech” political power has shifted from the individual to the collective ––––– voice of the corporate board Guest opinion or the very wealthy looking to secure their power. Our democracy has devolved into a plutocracy. Bankruptcies out number divorces. Over 46 million people live below a poverty line defined in the 1960’s that fails to capture the true damage done to the middle class. The number is undoubtedly much larger. Many millions more people are classified “near poor.” Tent cities house a growing number of once middle class families cut off from productive lives. Cuts in taxes to the elites coupled with cuts in services to the middle and lower classes has already created a large underclass into which millions of middle class families are falling. Many in the middle class are squeezed by debt for housing and for education for their children or themselves, only one medical or employment crisis from falling over this cliff.
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Can Russia help us withdraw from Afghanistan? BY DOV S. ZAKHEIM AND PAUL J. SANDERS THE NEW YORK TIMES Op-Ed Contributors
America’s relations with Pakistan have been steadily deteriorating ever since a Navy Seals team killed Osama bin Laden near Islamabad in May. Matters became still worse in September, when Adm. Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, accused Pakistan’s intelligence agency of supporting an attack on the American Embassy in Kabul. And on Saturday, the relationship hit a new low when a NATO airstrike mistakenly killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers, and Pakistan retaliated by shutting down supply routes to Afghanistan that crossed its territory. Instead of relying heavily on Pakistan as a supply corridor, the United States should expand its cooperation with Russia, which has been playing an increasingly important role in military transit to and from Afghanistan. This would serve as both a hedge and a warning to the generals who control Pakistan. True, this proposal might seem ironic, as Afghanistan was the site of a nearly decade-long struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union toward the end of the cold war. (During that time, America cooperated with Pakistan to support Afghan mujahedeen fighting the Soviets.) But working with Russia today is in fact the key to preventing the United States from becoming a hostage to Pakistan’s dysfunctional politics and its ambitions in Central Asia. Expanding transit routes into and out of Afghanistan is a critical American national interest, and it would improve security for NATO forces while signaling that Washington was not beholden to Islamabad. It might also cause Pakistan to reassess its policy of providing sanctuary and support to terrorist networks operating against American forces. In the last two years, the Northern Distribution Network through Russia and Central Asia has evolved from a peripheral component of American wartime logistics to the principal path for non-combat supplies into Afghanistan. These routes — which traverse Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Latvia, Azerbaijan and Georgia — carry approximately 52 percent of all coalition cargo into Afghanistan. And under a 2009 air transit deal with Russia, 225,000 Americans have traveled there through Russian airspace on more than 1,500 military flights. These northern routes are far less dangerous than the supply routes that go through Pakistan, where militants often attack American and NATO convoys. As the Obama administration’s surge in Afghanistan draws to a close and we begin to reduce our military
presence there, these routes will become even more significant. Indeed, the United States might be able to draw down its forces from Afghanistan safely, rather than subjecting American convoys to attacks while passing through Pakistan. Negotiations to withdraw American forces from Afghanistan through Russia will not be easy; thus far, Moscow has allowed only the shipment of noncombat supplies. Nevertheless, Russia agreed earlier this year to let certain types of armored vehicles cross its territory into Afghanistan, and Washington should pursue further cooperation. Facilitating the American drawdown from Afghanistan would allow Russian leaders to make an important contribution to regional security; successful American-Russian cooperation, with help from other countries along the northern routes, could also help maintain regional stability. Russia remains deeply conflicted about America’s wider role in Central Asia. However, the prospect of an American withdrawal has helped a number of Russian officials appreciate the security benefits of the American presence there. Indeed, during a Nov. 11 meeting outside Moscow, Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin of Russia stated clearly that NATO played a “positive” role in Afghanistan and expressed concern about the consequences of a premature withdrawal. Many Americans forget that Mr. Putin was the first world leader to call President George W. Bush after the 9/11 attacks to offer his assistance, and Moscow quickly agreed to permit American bases in the former Soviet republics of Central Asia to support the war effort in Afghanistan. And even before 9/11, during the Clinton administration, Mr. Putin proposed United States-Russian cooperation against the Taliban; Washington turned down the offer for political reasons — a mistake we should not repeat. Critics may worry that relying on the northern routes to supply our troops in Afghanistan and withdraw them as we reduce our presence there will make the United States overly dependent on Russia. But because of Afghanistan’s location, we have no choice but to depend on others for access to its territory. The choice is between Pakistan on one hand, and Russia and Central Asian nations on the other. And Russia, unlike Pakistan, has not hosted militants who are killing Americans on the battlefield. Dov S. Zakheim, an under secretary of defense from 2001 to 2004, is vice chairman of the Center for the National Interest, where Paul J. Saunders is executive director.
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Maine GOP caucus may loom large Don’t look now, but Maine’s usually ho-hum deep-winter Republican primary caucus just might garner a bit of what CNN calls the “presidential campaign spotlight,” which is of course usually Bogarted by New Hampshire and Iowa. My guess is that Maine, by early February, could step into the middle of an historical upheaval. To see why, you first force-march yourself through the fog of shockedsilly TV pundits and understand that the GOP nomination pretty much belongs to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Mr. Speaker will do well in Iowa and may win outright, especially if pizza man Herman Cain drops out (look for an announcment this weekend). Personally, I believe he will have to survive an “expectations dip” in New Hampshire, no doubt remaining top-tier but dealing with how pundits are shocked! shocked! at how many Independents voted GOP, lifting moderates. But South Carolina and Florida? Really? Coming off a strong Iowa and New Hampshire? After picking up momentum from anyone who drops out? After that, you have to take a look at the GOP primary schedule and realize that this time around, many states are awarding delegates based on proportion of votes – a first for Republicans, but the Democrats tried it last time around. Many observers felt that system probably allowed then-senator Barack Obama to hang around long enough to defeat then-senator Hillary Clinton in the 2008 elections. So a quick review: Iowa holds its political version of a high school prom queen election on Jan. 3, then New Hampshire holds the first actual primary election on Jan. 10. Then South Carolina is Jan. 21 with Florida finish-
Curtis Robinson ––––– Usually Reserved ing up the Big Earlies on Jan. 21. Florida, the nation’s fourth largest state, should be the huge delegate grab. But the Sunshine State gave up half its delegates as a penalty for moving its primary to January; it also ignored GOP leadership in keeping its primary a “winner take all” competition for 50 delegates – that almost as many as the other Big Earlies combined. Florida, it seems, just goes rogue when it comes to elections. Some observers would have us believe that the GOP will have a nominee by then, but don’t count on it. An overlooked consequence of SFS (sudden front-runner syndrome) is that many candidates have significant war chests, so why drop out when there’s money to be spent? Plus, it’s not like they have a lot else going on. Gov. Rick Perry might quit and go back to running Texas, but others have no real day job to worry about anytime soon – House of Representatives, do they even take roll there? Why not hang around, sell a few more books, line up that Fox News gig? The cold assessment of the postFlorida primary world is where Maine steps in. After Florida, the next primaries are the one-day Nevada caucus on Feb. 4 and the week-long, 500-town catherding process — Feb. 4-11 — that will decide how Maine goes. For several days, we will be the only ongoing game in town. Granted, we don’t have enough delegates to matter, but that is unimportant compared to the media focus. Maine
is, let us remember, a state that swung from true-blue Democrat to ruby-red Republican in the last election – I think it’s the only state that turned all three branches over to the other party in a single election. By the time our “process” concludes , the GOP momentum (barring alien abductions or such, but in this election season who knows) should pretty much belong to Speaker Gingrich, with former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney still hovering near contention and several also-rans continuing their never-ending book tour. By then, I’d expect Gov. Perry to have exited with whatever dignity he can muster, no doubt supporting Speaker Gingrich on his way out – the men are said to be longtime friends and the former speaker wrote the forward for Gov. Perry’s recent book. Herman Cain will, of course, be long gone, depending on cash, and you can likewise expect him to more or less back Gingrich. This GOP primary has always boiled down to Romney vs. Not Romney, and while the multiple candidates split that vote Romney was a leader with maybe from 25 percent to 30 percent of the voters. That opposition will migrate toward the former speaker, and already has in both national and early-state polling. Ironically, those politicos flabbergasted over Speaker Gingrich’s rise despite his “personal and political baggage” have spent too much time inside The Beltway. Yeah, he cheated on his wife more than a decade ago and his positions have, let’s say, “evolved” along the way. But even in South Carolina voters say the economy is more important than social issues. As for his hand-over-fist consulting cash and line of credit at a jewelry store... well, you can’t beat somebody in a Republican primary by accus-
ing them of making money. So if the speaker is seen as a pragmatic guy who can get it done – and even his critics say he knows how Washington works, for good or ill – that cancels out a lot of baggage. But the other Megatrend for 2012 is that the Republican far-right is lowering the life rafts and preparing to jump ship en masse. Think not? Listen to conservative radio’s Glenn Beck heaping praise on Rush Limbaugh’s growing embrace of “conservatives, not the Republican Party” and you see where this is headed. After a few drinks, a Tea Party activist recently explained it to me this way: “... it’s a lot easier and more profitable to attack Obama for four more years than waste time defending Romney or Newt.” So, sometime soon at a TV screen near you, look for that Third Party person to emerge – my guess is right around the Maine caucus, because it can be post-Florida but has to happen in time to grab some Super Tuesday publicity, and that’s March 6. Hey – Tea Party conservatives have made it clear they will vote on principle even if it means losing the election or, for that matter, returning to the stone age. And that’s not good news for mainstream Republicans. Ross Perot got 18 percent when he ran in 1992, and even if a “Tea Party favorite” or single-issue candidate (immigration anyone?) garnered half that, it’s a GOP loss-leader. A caveat of sorts: Any speculation in this primary season borders on a wild guess, but as a person who predicted the rise of Speaker Gingrich months ago when The Nominee was still in the low single figures, I’m guessing now that the conservative exodus will be in full swing when Maine’s caucus rolls around – so somebody tee up our Tea Party guys, the circus is coming to town.
Lincoln Park has been co-opted by an increasing number of homeless OCCUPY from page 4
If you honestly believe EVERYTHING IS OK, you simply haven’t been paying attention. If you honestly believe things are just fine the way they are and there is nothing to be done about it, you subject YOURSELVES to the abuses being taken on our society by those that hold the economic and political power and are little better than indenture servants. If the terms “liberty” and “freedom” have become so bastardized to mean that one is at liberty to beggar their neighbor because one has the economic or political power to do so, this American experiment has failed. OWS and Occupy Maine seeks to reclaim a decent society and a real democracy out of love of country and of the American ideals that all men and women ARE created equal, and are entitled to a decent shot at life, liberty and happiness. For some, such as students underwater with massive debt before even getting their first real job, indentured servitude is a reality. They cannot claim bankruptcy as student loans have been made exempt from bankruptcy protections, and will have a portion of their
Social Security benefits claimed to repay their creditors. For life, if necessary. What sort of future is made from such servitude? Some Walmart employees have been told by their supervisors which public assistance programs exist to make up for the fact that the multibillion dollar corporation cannot pay them a living wage and they should seek relief from tax payers. If that doesn’t bother you, it should. Lincoln Park has been co-opted from the Occupiers demonstrating there by an increasing number of homeless individuals with alcohol and drug problems driven out of squatter camps along the west end of Commercial St, the Eastern Promenade, and other well known hiding places these individuals congregate in, well known to the police and city officials struggling with the poverty, substance abuse, and endemic violence often found within this class of our society. For the newly homeless middle class family finding themselves in such an environment, life must be terrifying. I have walked through these areas and photographed the ruins of people’s lives left after police raids drove the inhabitants out. It is bad enough seeing the
moldering ruins of peoples’ lives scattered around these wooded areas, but to find children’s clothing and toys in the mix is disturbing. The media, true to form — sensationalism sells — focuses on the surface issues while leaving the more complicated picture untouched. Those that have been migrating to the Occupation in Lincoln Park but not participating in forming or following the policies clearly stated by the Occupiers find a better living situation than they do at the available (or unavailable) shelters and soup kitchens. They can bring their girl friends, they can smoke or drink in the privacy of their tents, they have free lodging, clothing, and food, they have none of the rules a shelter or soup kitchen require. They take advantage of those demonstrating for a better society that might help those very folks find more meaning in their lives. The efforts to address these issues with the police and city officials are being met with understandable confusion. The Occupiers are no better at answering these large societal problems than the police or the city. But the Occupiers and the Occupation are not
to blame. The events that have happened at Lincoln Park in recent weeks happen all over Portland, and many other cities, every day at every hour. If the police call wasn’t to address a drunken fight at Lincoln Park, it would have just as easily been from some other neighborhood somewhere else. OWS is not going away anytime soon. The encampments are exposing the injustices in our society by demonstrating against the abuses of inequality in our society, or highlighting our society’s collective failure to address homelessness and substance abuse, and through the spectacle of forcible eviction and violence from forces ostensibly defending the status quo against “unruly hoards” demanding their First Amendment rights. The encampments may go away, the issues of inequality in income, wealth, in access to opportunity, however, will not. The conversation has begun. It will continue in the churches, in the unions, in the community groups, in civic organizations, on the streets. (Stephen Demetriou is a Portland resident.)
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OccupyMaine regrouping after permit setback BY CASEY CONLEY THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
OccupyMaine protesters will meet over the weekend to discuss possible changes to the group’s permit request being considering by the city council after a key subcommittee urged Thursday that the permit be rejected. Heather Curtis, a spokeswoman for the anticorporate protesters, admitted the proposal faces long odds in its current form but said no changes would be made unless a majority of the group agrees to the revisions. “It’s not so much that we are giving in, it’s that if the things the council suggested are good ideas and are in alignment with what we feel should be done, then we are happy to (consider them),” Curtis said yesterday. OccupyMaine wants city Rees approval to continue occupying Lincoln Park for the next six months. The group says it will move its tents to one side and take steps to improve public safety but insists abandoning the occupation is non-negotiable. By a 3-0 vote, the city’s Public Safety Committee recommended Thursday the permit be rejected by the full city council when it takes up the issue on Dec. 7. Thursday’s vote came at the end of a fivehour meeting that drew dozens of speakers on both sides of the issue. Councilors also decided Thursday that the city’s existing ordinances governing camping on city prop-
John Branson, an attorney representing OccupyMaine, called the city’s Public Safety Committee meeting a “dog and pony show” created with the sole purpose of “dragging OccupyMaine’s name through the mud. ... It was clear in the ﬁrst 45 minutes where we were headed,” he said. erty did not need to be strengthened. Currently, city parks are closed 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., but City Manager Mark Rees has accommodated the protesters by waiving that rule in early October. John Branson, an attorney representing OccupyMaine, said Thursday night he was disappointed by the committee’s decision and questioned whether the city requested a permit as a pretext to roust the protesters. Friday, he went a step further, calling the committee meeting a “dog and pony show” created with the sole purpose of “dragging OccupyMaine’s name through the mud.” “It was clear in the first 45 minutes where we were headed,” said Branson, who noted that police focused on the 16 arrests made during the occupation while failing to mention the chemical bomb thrown at protesters. “Why wasn’t this mentioned? Because it doesn’t serve the purpose of dragging OccupyMaine through the mud and could arouse sympathy for the movement,” he said.
It’s not clear what if any changes the group might enact to make its permit application more palatable. Short of leaving the park, it’s not clear that an amended application would even matter. Citing concerns about crime, sanitation, damage to the park and other issues, councilors Ed Suslovic and John Coyne expressed a strong desire Thursday to see the tents removed and the occupation ended. Police have made 16 arrests and issued three summonses since the occupation began Oct. 3. Councilor David Marshall said he would be willing to consider an amended permit application but had concerns about overnight camping. Other councilors not on the committee, including Cheryl Leeman, have said publicly that they want the occupation to wind down quickly. Questions of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly have permeated the Occupy movement from the start, and it’s likely these First Amendment questions will only intensify if the council votes to deny the permit. But if that happens, Curtis said it’s no guarantee that occupiers will up and leave. She said the group maintains its First Amendment right to occupy Lincoln Park and does not believe it needs a permit to be there. “We didn’t give up any of our First Amendment rights by putting in this permit,” she said. “It was more of that we were acknowledging that we share the same goals as city.” Curtis added, “If the city starts to shut it down, there is going to be some resistance, but we would prefer to be able to work with the city rather than in opposition to the city.”
Democrats see an advantage in debate over payroll tax BY JACKIE CALMES THE NEW YORK TIMES
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Firebrand’s strong showing adds uncertainty in Congo BY JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
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NAIROBI, Kenya — Could Étienne Tshisekedi, a 78-year-old career rabblerouser who is immensely popular in the streets of his country but definitely unpopular inside Western embassies, actually win the presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo? It’s a long shot, analysts say, but not impossible, though Congo’s election this week has been so chaotic and often violent, with poll workers slugged in the face and polling places burned to the ground, that it may be difficult to ever know who truly won. Countless ballots have now been reduced to ashes; many others have been tampered with. On Friday, election observers sounded despondent, saying that the official tallying centers looked like disaster zones, with ballots dumped in the mud and the supposedly sacrosanct tabulation sheets fluttering loose in the wind. Still, the early results that have not mysteriously vanished or been destroyed show Mr. Tshisekedi leading handily in Kinshasa, the capital, and drawing many votes nationwide, creating the possibility of an upset against President Joseph Kabila, who has ruled Congo with an increasingly heavy hand for 10 years. “It’s neck and neck,” said Jason Stearns, a Congo specialist whose blog, Congo Siasa, which means Congo politics, is considered by many to be the
electronic handbook for the country. “The results look good so far for Tshisekedi.” Yet, whether a country with a long and bitter history of authoritarian rule actually lets an opposition leader claim the presidency — that’s a whole other matter, Mr. Stearns said. “There are certainly people in the ruling party — how can I put this diplomatically? — who would resort to extralegal means to prevent Tshisekedi from being president,” he said. Few Western diplomats predict Mr. Tshisekedi will win, and many of them have been hoping against it. Though the vast and potentially rich Congo has been stuck in a violent rut under President Kabila, many people both inside the country and out fear that an abrupt change of leadership could destabilize the nation even further. Analysts say Congo’s bevy of international donors is also suspicious of Mr. Tshisekedi for his strident and often anti-Western views and his firecracker remarks, like unilaterally declaring himself president last month. “The West sees Tshisekedi as intransigent, rigid in his positions, and radically populist,” said Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja, a Congolese professor of African studies at the University of North Carolina, who worked briefly with Mr. Tshisekedi in the 1990s.
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Valentine and Red Sox start afresh BY TYLER KEPNER THE NEW YORK TIMES
The center-field scoreboard glowed blue Thursday night, bright red letters heralding the arrival of Bobby Valentine as manager of the Boston Red Sox. In the twinkling buildings beyond the Fenway Park bleachers, you could also see the neon marquee of the Sheraton hotel. It took Valentine a decade to travel between those two points, just a few blocks apart, a symbolic journey that says so much about how far he has come. In December 2001, the baseball winter meetings took place in that hotel. Valentine was the manager of the Mets, but they did not invite him. He came anyway, briefly, for an umpires’ function. When the other managers gathered for their annual luncheon, the Mets told Valentine he could not attend. Muzzled from sharing his opinions — with reporters in public and also with his bosses and peers — Valentine left the hotel. At the end of the next season, he was fired. All these years later, at age 61, Valentine is back with another chance. “It’s more than a special day,” said Valentine, seated beside General Manager Ben Cherington at a news conference Thursday. “It’s the beginning of a life that I think is going to extend beyond anything that I ever thought of doing. The talent level and the players that we have in this organization, I think, is a gift to anyone, and I’m a receiver of that gift.” It was a humble opening sentiment
from a man known for many things, but not humility. Valentine insisted he was not a genius, and not a “monster that breathes fire,” either. He practically spat out the adjective “polarizing,” even though it somewhat applies. Many people are drawn to Valentine, whose opinions often come with an elaborate rationale. Others are repelled by him, often for the same reason. The problem in New York was that the general manager, Steve Phillips, did not trust him. Phillips has acknowledged his role in a toxic relationship that created a needless layer of stress during Valentine’s tenure in Flushing. Valentine, for his part, said Thursday that he was not blameless, either. “I can guarantee you no one in the room has made as many mistakes as I have,” Valentine said, “and I think I’ve learned from most of them.” We have seen a lot of Valentine since he managed the Mets — in the community, on television and managing the Chiba Lotte Marines to a Japan Series title in 2005. Now he must restore a winning vibe to a team that blew a playoff spot by folding in September. Fans never actually saw the defining image of that month: pitchers, on their off day, would sometimes drink beer and eat fried chicken in the clubhouse during games. The team as a whole tuned out Valentine’s nice-guy predecessor, Terry Francona, and came off as uncaring. The first question for Valentine on Thursday concerned the clubhouse culture. It will be an underlying theme
next season, and Valentine set the proper tone. The players start fresh with him. “Reputation is something that other people think about you, and right now, maybe this group of guys have a reputation that’s not warranted,” Valentine said. “Because everything I’ve heard about the players that were in uniform last year, and the coaching staff, says nothing but they had great character. “There might have been a couple characters that kind of got out of line. There might have been situations that got spinning too fast, I don’t know. But I can tell you I’m looking forward to working with this group and establishing a culture of excellence.” Part of that working environment will be getting along with his bosses. Philosophically, Valentine seems aligned already; he talked about the statistician on his staff with the Texas Rangers, long before “Moneyball,” but said he was not ready then to apply advanced metrics. Now, he said, he is
excited for the chance. Cherington said that he recommended Valentine, although he had never met him before Larry Lucchino, the team president, suggested they talk. However it all happened, the important thing now is that they function well together. That is no guarantee with a manager as headstrong as Valentine, and a front office that likes to be involved. Cherington said he welcomes Valentine’s input. “I don’t think I’m doing my job if I hire someone who’s not self-assured,” he said. “This is a big job in Boston, as it is in New York, and I think we need someone who’s confident and strong and willing to make arguments. I think we have a front office that wants that, wants a manager to make arguments, challenge us. We’ve got a lot of stuff we need to learn.” Valentine can learn, too, and he said that his Japanese experience emphasized the value of communication — in any language. Inspect what you expect, he said, an exquisitely Valentine turn of phrase that translates like this: “In New York, especially at the beginning, I liked to say it and figure that everyone heard it,” Valentine explained. “I don’t believe that’s the case any longer, and I think that you have to continue to either say it again or say it differently to make sure the message is received.” The Red Sox will hear quite a bit from Valentine, who will join their contingent at the winter meetings in Dallas next week.
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Maybe they will call it High Noon. When Brian Cashman went to the top of a 22-story building in Stamford, Conn., on Friday to practice what will be his second annual holiday descent down the building’s side, he issued a mischievous, but friendly, challenge to Bobby Valentine: come and join me next year. “I publicly challenge Bobby Valentine,’’ said Cashman, the Yankees’ general manager, who was decked out in his rappelling gear. “Landmark Square, first week of December 2012. Be there.’’ Faster than it takes to play an inning of a Yankees-Red Sox game, Valentine responded. “I love challenges and I would welcome any competition with Brian Cashman,’’ Valentine, the
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After Cactus Club’s demise, new venue opens on Fore Street Edge’s grand opening set for Saturday, Jan. 7 BY DAVID CARKHUFF THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
From Dec. 17, 2009 to Nov. 29, 2010, police responded 32 times to the Cactus Club, not including 16 bar inspections during that period, according to Portland police. David Cram, who owns the Spring Point Tavern in South Portland, has opened the Edge at 416 Fore St. “It’s a brand new business, new ownership, not associated with the Cactus Club,” he said. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO)
The top of a bar where scantily clad women once danced for tips and copious drinks were served is the only remnant of the infamous Cactus Club. Gone is the outside bracket doorway sign, the green-tinted window display and — on weekends — the fights, public intoxication and other incidents documented in police reports. The notorious Old Port haunt closed this spring, as the Portland City Council denied its request for a liquor license renewal. A long path of appeals and court hearings surrounded the club, but the Cactus Club left in its wake a trail of liquor license hearings and a record of police calls that included a shooting in 2008, numerous fights and a string of public intoxication incidents. One woman memorably passed out near an ATM machine next to the 416 Fore St. venue, "lying in a puddle of her own vomit," according to police reports presented to the city council. How times have changed. A bar called the Edge, which had its "soft opening" last Friday, Nov. 25, replaces the Cactus Club, and its owner, David Cram, has vowed to alter the image of this part of the Old Port. "It's a brand new business, new ownership, not associated with the Cactus Club, and I also run Spring Point Tavern in South Portland," Cram said Thursday.
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DAILY SUN STAFF REPORT SOUTH PORTLAND — Thursday evening, 156 Southern Maine Community College students received a financial boost, as the college presented these students with more than $153,000 in funds at the annual SMCC Foundation Scholarship Award and Recognition Ceremony. Last year, just under $60,000 was awarded to 112 students at the annual event. Seventy-nine benefactors funded the scholarship program that will be used by students to offset tuition, the school reported. The average scholarship awarded by SMCC is $500 for each semester. For most students, this represents nearly 40 percent of their tuition bill, which is $2,580 annually. As the economy struggles to recover, these awards are important resources that help students complete their education. “Academic success depends on keeping students in the classroom. These scholarships go a long way toward removing financial barriers that too often prevent students from earning their degrees,” said SMCC President Ronald Cantor. “I would like to thank our donors, whose generosity made these scholarships possible, and congratulate our students for earning their awards.” This year’s event was held at the HUB Gymnasium on SMCC’s South Portland Campus.
Mino Magno, who helped with the opening of the Edge and works as its bartender, said the new business should erase any old associations. "We're coming in and destroying all memories of that place. We really want to up the ante on what we've got here. It's going to be good," he said this week. Adam Stanley is the new club's manager. Cram said he's the sole owner of the Edge, after he arranged in May to buy the Cactus Club outright from former owner Tom Manning. Complications arose, but Cram said he's secured the location and completed numerous upgrades. A new floor and bathrooms ("We have the cleanest bathrooms in the Old Port," Magno noted) highlight a list of extensive renovations. "The only thing that's original from there is the bar top," Cram said. Tonight, the venue will feature a blues and jazz band, Juke Joint Devils. A public grand opening is planned for Saturday, Jan. 7. Magno said a classier but still lively atmosphere greets visitors. "The Big Easy originally started here, and that's where the whole music scene came out of was right here. We want to bring that back," he said. But can memories of the Cactus Club be so easily scrubbed from Fore Street?
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Acting Police Chief Mike Sauschuck said police noticed the difference in the Old Port. "Overall, we certainly had a quiet summer," he said. David Marshall, city councilor and member of the city's Public Safety Committee, said the Cactus Club furor was the last episode he could recall of problems with a local bar's liquor license. Jan Beitzer, executive director of the Portland Downtown District, said the city's night life oversight committee typically reviews summer call logs regarding Old Port incidents in January, but her sense was that the summer passed largely uneventfully. "In terms of the night life oversight committee meetings, we believe it was a quieter summer than normal, fewer behavioral problems down there," Beitzer said. "I never had problems with them," said Richard Herrera, co-owner and partner with Charles McGee at the Old Port Tavern. Yet Herrera noted that bar owners wondered how the closure of the Cactus Club would ripple through the Old Port. "They provided a service, and brought in a certain crowd. We were worried, we didn't want their crowd dispersing to other places," he said. "Some of the other places that aren't set up to deal with that, maybe they have a bartender on but they don't have security, they might have problems."
Richard Herrera, co-owner and partner with Charles McGee of Old Port Tavern, stands next to a 735-gallon aquarium, a recent addition to the business that aims to attract more families. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)
But the closure of the Cactus Club didn't seem to shift the problems of rowdiness and drunken mayhem to
any other hotspot. "There are so many places now, it just gets absorbed. In the old days, when there were fewer bars, you might have seen it, I just think right now there are so many places, it's just a drop in the sand," Herrera said. Personally, Herrera said he didn't want to badmouth the Cactus Club. Everybody has to make a living, he noted. He remembered a place called Moose Alley that featured scantily clad dancers and attracted a certain amount of attention. Asked how Old Port Tavern steers clear of the kind of problems that surrounded the Cactus Club, Herrera said, "You won't see a pole for pole dancing in here. Appropriate dress and things like that." Old Port Tavern dates to 1972 and today enjoys a reputation as a popular night spot, Herrera said. But today, the nighttime operation of a bar or lounge can represent a distinct function of a daytime eatery. "You can almost look at it as a separate business, the late night. We look at it as we have this time from 5 to 10 when we'd like to have it be a little busier and fill that hole," he said. Still, Herrera said he wants to promote the family side of Old Port Tavern particularly for the daytime clientele. Two massive aquariums were installed in the tavern mid-summer. One is 336 gallons, the other 735 gallons. "We put these in hoping to make the place more child friendly," Herrera said. "It seems in the summer it really works because the people walking around, they see the pictures outside and they come in, many, many people come in. The aquariums seemed to
“There are so many places now, it just gets absorbed. In the old days, when there were fewer bars, you might have seen it, I just think right now there are so many places, it’s just a drop in the sand.” — Richard Herrera, co-owner of the Old Port Tavern, about ripple effects from Cactus Club customers going elsewhere with the bar’s closure create quite a stir on Moulton Street." Phoenix Studio fine glass on Forest Avenue plans to install stained glass around the smaller aquarium, he said. As Old Port Tavern burnishes its daytime image, it's unclear if another trouble spot will emerge in the Old Port. The city will continue monitoring the situation while reviewing liquor license renewals. A spike in calls for service to the police usually will tip off city councilors that there's a problem, Marshall explained. "When we're doing liquor licenses we look at calls for service," Marshall said. Fights near bars don't necessarily reflect on the establishments, he added, but "it's really up to the council to weigh in on it and decide were those fights due to the establishment or is this not due to the establishment. Dees it have to do with the surrounding areas?" Marshall concluded, "You're not going to find agreement among every city councilor but what I do is look at what the activity was before the establishment began and what the activity was after the establishment was in business for a while."
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November warmest on record in Portland BY DAVID CARKHUFF THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
November was the warmest November on record for Portland, going back 71 years, the National Weather Service reported Friday. "November was a warm one," said Margaret Curtis, meteorologist with the weather service in Gray. The average temperature for November was 44.7 degrees, breaking the previous high average temperature of 43.8 degrees set in 2006, she said. "It’s also the warmest average high temperature, the average high temperature was 55 degrees which beat the old record of 52.8 set in 1975," Curtis said. This average high came in 7 degrees above normal. Seven daily records were set in November. Portland had just the one inch of snow on Nov. 23, which left the month tied with 1947 as the 74th snowiest November in the past 131 years, the weather service reported. The snowiest November was 24.3 inches in 1921 and the least snowiest was zero snowfall which occurred five times, the most recent in 2006, according to a report by the weather service's Steve Capriola. December is only three days in, so it's hard to predict how temperatures and snowfall will play out, but FriA car drives through a light rain on Congress Street, on one of November’s rare bouts with precipitation. Portland had a drier than normal November, according day’s temperature hit 43.4 degrees, to the National Weather Service. The 2.86 Inches of precipitation was 2.07 inches below normal. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO) marking a continued warm trend.
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By Holiday Mathis SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You’re a giver. But you also know that if you give too much up front, no one will be interested. And people would rather pay something than get it for free. So you’ll make people work a little for your offerings, and everyone beneﬁts. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’ll follow through with a thankless job. You know that no one will give you money, a trophy or even a cookie for this. But you don’t care. You’re doing it for personal reasons, and the reward will be signiﬁcant, if only to you. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). There are some behaviors you repeat that just don’t make sense. But you’re about to get to the bottom of this, and you’ll soon exercise greater control over the matter. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Aquarius musician and composer Snuffy Walden said, “Music is the answer. Does the question really matter?” Today you’ll use music to get into the optimum mood and solve your problem. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You need attention, and you’ll get it. Realizing that you need it (instead of denying this fact because you think you shouldn’t) will help you work in positive and constructive ways for the right kind of attention. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 3). There will be a fantastic addition to your home life. You’ll take your time getting to know people, and much success springs from this approach. In January, you’ll shoot for a particular aim, and it will feel so right. Someone falls in love with your winning ways this coming spring. You’ll love how your work is presented in May. Aries and Cancer people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 25, 1, 29 and 19.
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ARIES (March 21-April 19). If only you could process information like a robot, without attaching emotional meaning to everything. But it turns out all those feelings, as inefﬁcient as they may be, are what make you irresistible to a certain someone. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You can’t be upset and have hope and optimism at the same time. Let yourself feel the upset and move through it -- it won’t last long. Then you can reclaim your hope and optimism. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You’ll come to a juncture you’ve seen before. You’ll make a choice that’s better for you this time. It won’t be easier, but it will make everything lighter and brighter in the end. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Peer pressure isn’t just for schoolchildren. You’ll feel a subtle strain of it among adults. It will appear that many around you share the same beliefs and attitudes -- or do they? Some are merely succumbing to suggestion. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Sometimes it’s OK to stop striving to live up to your potential. What if you simply stayed put? You won’t be able to relax for too long, but whatever comfort you can manage will give you much needed perspective. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You’ll be given a lot of raw ingredients and not too much instruction as to how they should all go together. This is good news. You’re free to create. It will be what you make it. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You respect your elders; you always have. You may not always have had the proper manners, attention and awareness to express your respect like you do now, though. So in some way, you’ll feel like you’re making up for that.
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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Saturday, Dec. 3, the 337th day of 2011. There are 28 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 3, 1911, Italian film composer Nino Rota, known for scoring works by such directors as Federico Fellini and Luchino Visconti, as well as the first two “Godfather” movies, was born in Milan. On this date: In 1810, British forces captured Mauritius from the French, who had renamed the island nation off southeast Africa “Ile de France.” In 1818, Illinois was admitted as the 21st state. In 1828, Andrew Jackson was elected president of the United States by the Electoral College. In 1833, Oberlin College in Ohio — the first truly coeducational school of higher learning in the United States — began holding classes. In 1925, George Gershwin’s Concerto in F had its world premiere at New York’s Carnegie Hall, with Gershwin at the piano. In 1947, the Tennessee Williams play “A Streetcar Named Desire” opened on Broadway. In 1967, surgeons in Cape Town, South Africa led by Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the first human heart transplant on Louis Washkansky, who lived 18 days with the new heart. In 1979, 11 people were killed in a crush of fans at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Coliseum, where the British rock group The Who was performing. In 1991, radicals in Lebanon released American hostage Alann (cq) Steen, who’d been held captive nearly five years. One year ago: During a surprise holiday-season visit to Afghanistan, President Barack Obama told cheering U.S. troops at Bagram Air Field they were succeeding in their mission fighting terrorism; however, foul weather prevented Obama from meeting with President Hamid Karzai in Kabul to address frayed relations. Today’s Birthdays: Singer Andy Williams is 84. Movie director Jean-Luc Godard is 81. Actor Nicolas Coster is 78. Actress Mary Alice is 70. Rock singer Ozzy Osbourne is 63. Actress Heather Menzies is 62. Rock singer Mickey Thomas is 62. Actor Steven Culp is 56. Actress Daryl Hannah is 51. Actress Julianne Moore is 51. Olympic gold medal figure skater Katarina Witt is 46. Actor Brendan Fraser is 43. Singer Montell Jordan is 43. Actor Royale Watkins is 42. Actor Bruno Campos is 38. Actress Holly Marie Combs is 38. Actress Lauren Roman is 36. Pop-rock singer Daniel Bedingfield is 32. Actress Anna Chlumsky is 31. Actor Brian Bonsall is 30. Pop/rock singer-songwriter Andy Grammer is 28. Actress Amanda Seyfried is 26. Actor Michael Angarano is 24. Actor Jake T. Austin is 17.
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frightened and has become dependent on Joyce. Would you or another sibling be willing to take Dad in, at least temporarily, until you can straighten this out? If you want to wean him away from Joyce’s care, you will need to be more directly involved. Call the Eldercare Locator (eldercare.gov) at 1-800677-1116. Explain the situation and see what services are available in Dad’s area. Dear Annie: I am now a mother-in-law and have a wonderful relationship with my children and their spouses. I am also a daughter-in-law and can tell “Michigan” that the best way NOT to lose her son is to always include the wife as part of the family. My husband and I have been married for many years, and I have always felt like an outsider in his family. When we married, my mother-in-law tried to undermine our relationship. According to her, everything in our home is “his,” nothing is “ours.” When she calls our house, she barely speaks to me. She immediately asks to talk to my husband. She makes it clear that he is her priority and the children and I are just baggage. But the good part is, she has taught me what not to do as a mother-in-law. I never drop in on my children. I always call ﬁrst. I spend the same amount of money on my kids as I do on their spouses for birthdays, Christmas, etc. I never ask personal questions about their marriages or ﬁnances. If they are not able to come for a function, I don’t get upset or make them feel guilty. I try to be supportive and loving. It is the small, everyday gestures that will make your children’s spouses feel like part of the family and that will help you maintain a great relationship not only with your own child, but with all the new children that come along through marriage. -- Loving All My Children in Virginia
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Jerry Jenkins, an ecologist, on the Osgood River, N.Y. Jenkins spends much of his time in the forest and the woods documenting the ecosystem with a notebook and a camera. (NY TIMES/RUTH FREMSON PHOTO)
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PAUL SMITHS, N.Y. — Jerry Jenkins, an ecologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society, narrates with encyclopedic precision the serene, timeless landscape of the Osgood River, as he moves past it with each dip of his canoe paddle. That is sphagnum moss carpeting the banks of a bog that stretches across hundreds of acres, a signature feature of northern landscapes. Those are tamaracks and black spruces — cold-tolerant conifer trees found mostly in Canada — rising from the shores. A pair of gray jays alights on a branch: they, too, are at the southern end of their range. Mr. Jenkins, who is the author of the book “Climate Change in the Adirondacks: The Path to Sustainability,” spends much of his time on the water and in the woods, documenting the ecosystem with a notebook and a camera. He thus brings an unusual perspective to the scene. Where a casual observer might behold diversity and continuity, he projects decades into the future and finds absence and loss. “Nothing we see here is found at temperatures 10 degrees warmer, and very little makes it to five degrees warmer,” Mr. Jenkins said matter-of-factly on a mild fall day. “We will be in a climate that this community has never known in its history. One has to go back to world climate levels we haven’t seen in 15 million years.” Such warming is what scientists’ temperature models forecast if significant steps are not
taken, and soon, to cut carbon emissions. The Adirondack Mountains, host to two Winter Olympics, could lose much of their ice and snow by the end of the century. A rise of 10 degrees in temperature would put the six-millionacre state park, a mix of public and private lands, in the same climate zone as the mountains of North Carolina and Georgia. So while Mr. Jenkins pursues his field studies and lectures, he also makes time to capture the present, taking some 30,000 photographs in recent years. “Maybe it’s a baseline measurement, or maybe it’s an elegy,” Mr. Jenkins, 68, said of his photographic record of alpine flowers and mighty pines. “We may be the last generation to see the big bogs and the boreal creatures.” A major study of the impact of climate change on New York State drew similar conclusions. In a 600-page report published last month, scientists from Cornell and Columbia Universities, as well as the City University of New York, said that temperatures would rise as much as nine degrees by the 2080s. They also projected the decline and eventual loss of spruce-fir forests and alpine tundra in the Adirondacks. Mr. Jenkins has yet to detect signs of stress in trees and plants, which respond slowly to alterations in temperature. Northern mammals like moose and pine martens are holding steady, though they, too, are sure to suffer. “They are both at their thermal limits here,” he said. Yet there is ample evidence elsewhere that the region is already reacting to a warmer cli-
mate. “For the hunters, farmers, hikers and birders, the change in the climate, especially in the past 10 to 15 years, is just too great to write off,” he said. Hard frosts that a generation ago came in mid-September now arrive in October. Lake Champlain, a huge freshwater body that divides New York and Vermont, once froze over completely every winter, but now remains open in the middle some years. Ornithologists have recorded recent declines in northern bird species like the black-backed woodpecker, olive-sided flycatcher and rusty blackbird. Loggers have told Mr. Jenkins that their winter operating season — the period when they haul timber over frozen earth — has been shortened by almost six weeks. Until recently, Mr. Jenkins said, he thought climate change would have its initial impact on nature, and only later would it affect environments made by people. But then came Tropical Storm Irene in August. In the High Peaks region, up to 10 inches of rain sent boulders, trees and torrents of water down mountainsides, destroying roads and houses. That storm followed persistent flooding last spring that devastated farms in the Champlain Valley. (Scientists say intense rainfalls are a hallmark of climate change.) From a young age, Mr. Jenkins was captivated by nature. The son of an Air Force pilot and a nurse’s aide, he grew up mostly on Long Island. “My mother, bless her soul, read me ‘The Boys Book of Snakes’ and books about the seashore,” he recalled.
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Saturday, Dec. 3 Loretta Voyer Fund Craft Fair on Peaks Island 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Join Peaks Island artists and craftsmen in supporting the Loretta Voyer Fund. Come to the Loretta Voyer Fund craft fair to ﬁnd hundreds of handmade gifts. The Loretta Voyer Fund provides car ferry tickets to island residents with cancer, allowing them to travel to and from their hospital appointments more easily. The craft fair is our annual fund raiser, but donations are accepted any time. Please send donations to: The Loretta Voyer Fund, c/o Suellen Roberts, 6 Alderbrook Road, Peaks Island, ME 04108. ... This year’s rafﬂe will beneﬁt the Island Taxi, with donated craft items rafﬂed off by the Island Taxi folks to ‘keep the wheels rolling.’”
Science Literacy: How do we get there? 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. An “unconference” for educators. The Gulf of Maine Research Institute invites educators to join an “unconference” exploring the topic of science literacy and envisioning how it may be achieved. All who are invested in education are welcome. The event will take place at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. There is no cost, and breakfast and lunch are included. Six contact hours are available. http://gmri.org
Christmas at Thrifty Kitty 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas at Thrifty Kitty, holiday fair to beneﬁt Friends of Feral Felines, Sat. 9-4, Sun. 10-3, 651 Forest Ave. (at Woodfords St.), Portland, second ﬂoor. 7973014, www.feralfelines.net
Paranormal Book Group 10 a.m. The Falmouth Memorial Library Paranormal Book Group will meet at the library. “At our ﬁrst meeting we will discuss ‘Rot & Ruin’ by Jonathan Maberry. Need more information? Contact Jeannie at 781-2351.”
Shaker Christmas Fair 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shaker Christmas Fair, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, Route 26, New Gloucester. “Always the ﬁrst Saturday in December! A traditional holiday fair with gifts for all ages, held in nine rooms of the 1816 Trustees’ Ofﬁce and the Merry Christmas Garage at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village. Highlights include but not limited to Shaker home made baked goods, herbs, oval boxes and yarns, and the White Elephant Room full of bargains.” www.shaker.lib.me.us
The Big Thaw Craft Fair 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Big Thaw Craft Fair at Mayo Street Arts. Free admission. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland. http://mayostreetarts.org/calendar
Christmas with Alpacas 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At Estabrook’s Garden Center in Yarmouth to have some fun and learn about New England’s growing Alpaca farm community. “Join us in Yarmouth on the weekend of Dec. 3 and 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to have some fun and learn about New England’s growing alpaca farm community during the 3rd annual “Christmas with Alpacas” holiday family event. Friendly alpacas will be on hand to meet, greet and walk, local and regional vendors will be selling their natural ﬁber products including hats, scarves and more, you’ll be able to get creative in the children’s craft area, and we’ll also be serving snacks and warm beverages. The expanded two-day event will be housed indoors in our greenhouses and hosted by Abbott Farm Alpacas and SuriPaco.” www.estabrooksonline.com/ seasons/events.asp
Holiday at Hadlock 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Portland Sea Dogs in partnership with 99.9 FM The WOLF will host the inaugural Holiday at Hadlock, at Hadlock Field on Park Avenue. “The Sea Dogs will turn the place of summer memories into a winter wonderland. The free event, open to the public, will be highlighted by Santa’s arrival from the North Pole. Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive at Hadlock Field from the North Pole via Elf One, a helicopter owned and operated by Tree Top Travelers LLC, at 11:30 a.m. Santa will then be available to meet with children until 2 p.m.”
Riverview Kids Who Care Kick for Kids 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Riverview Foundation today is a community-based organization providing educational and wilderness programs for youth and adults throughout Southern, Central and Mid-coast Maine. The fourth annual Riverview Kids Who Care Kick for Kids is a fundraising event to support the kids at Riverview Foundation; held at the Ocean Gateway Terminal in Portland. http://kidswhocaremaine.org
Photos with Santa Claws 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It’s time for photos with Santa Claws! Join the Animal Welfare Society at PetSmart at Biddeford Crossing and have your pet’s photo taken with” Santa Claws.” A portion of the proceeds beneﬁt the Animal Welfare Society. For more information, call
“The Kay Stories” by Brenda Whiteman and Peter Stinson is a ﬁlm that’s part of “Handmade Puppet Dreams, Vol. III,” which will screen at Mayo Street Arts this month. (COURTESY IMAGE) Animal Welfare Society (www.animalwelfaresociety.org) at 985-3244 or Pet Smart at 283-6546.
Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine. Also Sunday, Dec. 4, at 12:30 p.m. “We’ll supply instruction, materials and hot cocoa for you and your loved ones to decorate a pre-constructed house. Ages 3 and up.”
Oak Street Lofts open house noon to 2 p.m. Avesta Housing will offer tours of a new affordable housing complex, the Oak Street Lofts, from noon to 2 p.m. “Located at 72 Oak St., Oak Street Lofts is a new community located in the heart of Portland’s Arts District featuring affordable, artist-friendly efﬁciency apartments. Individual units feature high ceilings, natural light, and deep storage. Common spaces allow for work and exhibition spaces. Income limits apply. Add your name to the interest list at www.avestahousing.org/properties/60/Oak-StreetLofts or call 553-7780 ext. 253 for more information.”
Letter Circle at SPACE noon to 4 p.m. SPACE Gallery will be hosting the Letter Circle, a full service open hours letter writing facility for all ages. “SPACE will supply various papers, envelopes, quills, pens, pencils, typewriters, stamps, wax seals and even lipstick for you to write letters and personalize them for whomever you like. They will even mail it for you (you pay postage)!”
Christmas at the Cathedral noon and 8 p.m. The Choral Art Society’s Christmas at the Cathedral is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. There is also a noon preview concert on Saturday, Dec. 3. Audiences can expect to hear traditional holiday songs, concluding with a candle lit procession to “Silent Night.” The concerts are held at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Portland, 307 Congress St. Tickets price range from $10-$30 and are sold (check or cash only) at Starbird Music, Longfellow Books, the Book Review (Falmouth), Nonesuch Books (Mill Creek Shopping Center, South Portland), and Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick. www.choralart.org
Tour of the Longfellow House 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 3, 10, 17, Listen to pianist David Maxwell play the 1843 piano while taking a tour of the Longfellow House. Carols in the Library, Dec. 11 and 18, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Listen to the Choral Art Society sing Christmas carols from the balcony of the Brown Library (directly behind the Longfellow House). Enjoy refreshments in the Library library following the concert. Reservations required. Call 774-1822, ext. 206 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Adult $12. Seniors, Students with IDs, AAA Members $10.
The Polar Express train ride 2:45 p.m. The Polar Express returns to Portland. “And
this year, we’ve added an early train time (2:45 p.m.) and another First Class car! Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between Nov. 25 and Dec. 23, 2:45 p.m., 4 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m. The Polar Express will come to life when the Maine Narrow Gauge train departs its Ocean Gateway depot for a journey to the ‘North Pole.’ Holiday decorations inside the train will add to the festive atmosphere as guests on board meet the conductor, have hot chocolate and a treat, listen to a reading of the enchanting story over our sound system, and sing carols.” www. mainenarrowgauge.org
USM School of Music’s Opera Workshop 5 p.m. The University of Southern Maine School of Music’s Opera Workshop, under the direction of faculty member Ellen Chickering, will perform a variety of well-known and moving pieces from favorite operas in Corthell Concert Hall, College Avenue, USM Gorham. Tickets cost $6 general public, $3 seniors/students/children, and will be sold at the door. This year’s workshop features both graduate and undergraduate voice performance majors. The event will include selections from “The Magic Flute” by Mozart, featuring Aaren Rivard as Tamino and Chris Climo as Pagageno, both voice performance majors. Then the program will move on to the famous Card Trio from “Carmen,” by Bizet, with Jazmin DeRice singing the role of Carmen. DeRice is in the USM graduate voice performance program, and is a graduate of USM with her Bachelors in Voice Performance. Finally, the workshop will conclude with “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” by Menotti, featuring Mary Bastoni as the mother. Voice Performance major Sable Strout sings Amahl. This production will also highlight costumes from the Helen Friendman Costume Collection, received in donation from Richard Conrad. For more information on the USM School of Music’s fall concert season and programs of study, visit www.usm.maine.edu/music or call the Music Box Ofﬁce at 780-5555.
‘Under Milk Wood’ 6:30 p.m. A group of Peaks Islanders will perform a special, one-night-only holiday performance of ‘Under Milk Wood,’ the classic play by Dylan Thomas, which tells the story of a day in the life of a Welsh ﬁshing village. It was originally written in 1954 as a radio play to be performed by the famous poet himself, however, Dylan Thomas died suddenly and the work was taken up by Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, and many others. Join us for this event which is also a fund raiser for our food pantry. Admission is by donation to the Peaks Island Community Food Pantry – either cash donation or non-perishable food donation. At the Brackett Memorial Church on Peaks Island, take the 5:35 p.m. boat out to Peaks from Casco Bay Lines. The play will be over in plenty of time to take the 8:40 p.m. boat back to the mainland. Susan Hanley, 766-2735. see next page
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Maine Red Claws opening weekend 7 p.m. The Maine Red Claws announced that their two home opener weekend games will feature some entertainment acts well-known to NBA fans. For the home opener on Saturday, Dec. 3, the Skyriders! will perform a special halftime act in their ﬁrst performance in Maine. The Skyriders!, one of the top trampoline acts in the country for over 15 years and featuring Guinness World Record holders and international trampoline champions, have entertained millions of people all around the world and have performed for every NBA team. The Red Claws will host arch rival Springﬁeld in the 7 p.m. contest, and all fans in attendance will receive a 2011-12 Red Claws magnetic schedule, courtesy of Norway Savings Bank. On Sunday, Dec. 4, the Red Claws will welcome popular Boston Celtics mascot Lucky to Maine. The irrepressible leprechaun will join Red Claws mascot Crusher in entertaining the crowd. The Dec. 4 game vs. the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, which is presented by Hannaford Supermarkets, will also feature a food drive to beneﬁt the Good Shepherd Food Bank. All fans bringing a canned good or other nonperishable food item will be entered to win great Red Claws prizes. Tip off for the Sunday contest is at 5 p.m.
Portland’s ﬁrst annual Palestinian Film Festival 7:30 p.m. “‘Salt of This Sea.’ Feature-length ﬁlm, starring noted Palestinian poet Suheir Hammad, at SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St. 7:30 p.m. $7/5 for SPACE and Maine Voices for Palestinian Rights members and students with ID. Sponsored and organized by MVPR. Net proceeds will go to the Middle East Children’s Alliance water project to bring clean, safe water to the children of Gaza. Robert Schaible, 239-8060; email@example.com.
‘The Wandering Beggar’ 7:30 p.m. Acorn Productions, a nonproﬁt company based in the Dana Warp Mill in downtown Westbrook, continues its second season of Studio Series presentations with an adaptation by local playwright Howard Rosenﬁeld of the book “The Wandering Beggar … or The Adventures of Simple Shmerel” by Solomon Simon. The book was written originally in Yiddish and ﬁrst published in 1931. It was then translated, by the author and his son, David Simon, and published in English in 1942. “The Wandering Beggar” is comprised of a charming series of vignettes, in which the title character encounters a series of dishonest servants and greedy kings, overcoming each obstacle with a direct and honest approach. By the end of the play, the simple beggar has proven to have more wisdom than the rabbis. This adaptation was commissioned by Acorn and is being performed with the good wishes of the author’s family. Acorn’s production is directed by veteran theater artist Harlan Baker, and features an ensemble of 11 actors, including returning faces from previous Acorn shows along with several newcomers to the theater scene. The show runs from Dec. 2 through Dec. 18, with performances Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and may be purchased on-line at www.acornproductions.org or by calling 854-0065.
The WFCP Home Time Radio Hour 7:30 p.m. Freeport Players present The WFCP Home Time Radio Hour 2011, Dec. 2-4, Fri./Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Freeport Performing Arts Center, Holbrook Street, $10 in advance, $15 at the door. “Be in the audience for this year’s ‘broadcast’ — each year our Sparkle Weekend show simply gets better and more fun. We never get tired of all the great music of the ‘40s/’50s (and early ‘60s this year!), we still get a kick out of writing sketches and jingles in the style of the great old-time radio shows, and we know you can’t wait to see what the sound effects team brings to the table. Save $5! Get your tickets in advance at Freeport Community Center Thrift Store (43 Depot St.) or online at http://www.fcponline.org.”
Viva Lebowski 2011 9 p.m. Bayside Bowl will host Viva Lebowski 2011, a tribute to the Coen Brothers’ cult classic, “The Big Lebowski.” The event will feature an evening of bowling, trivia and costume contests, and will also include a screening of the Coen Brothers’ ﬁlm. In its inaugural year, proceeds went to beneﬁt local business owner Nicholas Stevens, a Portland resident who has been struggling with the cost of treatment for Multiple Sclerosis since opening his bakery, 13th Cookie. Over $2,500 was raised and 150 tickets were sold for the evening’s event. For 2011, all ticket sales will be donated to the American Heart Association — Maine. “We’re so pleased to bring VIva Lebowski back again this year, and the number of businesses which have offered sponsorships has been a tremendous help,” said event coordinator Dave Cousins. “The movie is a cult classic, and the event is a diverse mix of people. College students, older folks, there’s so many people who love The Big Lebowski. We’re glad to
Laura Vitanza and Cynthia Eyster appear as villagers and Hal Cohen as Shmerel the beggar in “The Wandering Beggar … or The Adventures of Simple Shmerel” The Acorn Productions show runs from Dec. 2 through Dec. 18, with performances Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. (COURTESY PHOTO) use this as vehicle for a good cause, too.” Bayside Bowl is located at 58 Alder St., Portland.
Sunday, Dec. 4 Planet Dog’s ‘Sit With Santa’ event 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Planet Dog Company Store is hosting its seventh annual “Sit With Santa” event. “The popular annual fundraiser helps the Planet Dog Foundation support canine service organizations. Kids and dogs are invited to have their photos taken with Santa. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Planet Dog Foundation which supports canine service programs in Maine and across the nation. A photographer will be taking the photos and a box of “costumes” will be provided for interested dogs (antlers, etc.). Free refreshments for the kids and dogs will also be provided (cider, cookies, dog treats and water). Planet Dog Company Store, 211 Marginal Way, Portland. The cost is $10. for a sitting with Santa. One image will be provided at the event and others will be available to download later.” www.planetdogfoundation.org
‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’ 1 p.m. The Welsh poet Dylan Thomas was a musician with words. Writing poetry, even as a child, he loved not solely the meaning of words but also their sounds. Much of his work is best read aloud. Jack Nordby will recite the Dylan Thomas classic, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” in the main exhibit room at the Society’s museum at Bug Light Park. “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” is a light, much-loved, almost lyrical tale of childhood Christmas memories. Full of beauty and wonder, this “prose-poem” harkens us all back to a simpler time, a nostalgic time. Its “free-ﬂow-of-consciousness” style leaves all of our senses unfurled. Filled with alliteration, this 25-minute star of Thomas’ work is best heard or read aloud for the “music” in the words. Cushing’s Point Museum, 55 Bug Light Park, South Portland.
Susan Poulin in ‘A Holiday Visit with Ida’ 2 p.m. “‘The ‘Funniest Woman in Maine’ just loves Christmas. Join Ida as she shares stories of Christmas time in the tiny town of Mahoosuc Mills, Maine.” Memorial Hall at Woodfords Church, Portland, $15, Woman’s Literary Union Scholarship Beneﬁt. 774-7200.
Holiday Celtic Harp concert 3 p.m. Holiday Celtic Harp concert with Julia Lane and the Auburn Harp Circle, St. Michaels Church, 78 Pleasant St., Auburn. (201) 529-5438. www.castlebay.net. Price: $10 adult/$5 kids.
Railroad to host Barbara Bush Hospital 4 p.m. The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum will host patients and their families of the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center on the Polar Express on the 4
p.m. train. The Museum has presented the hospital with 45 free tickets for the run and will set aside a special coach for the event. “We think that this time of year is special for children and their families and we wanted to do something for those children facing health issues this holiday season, said Hans Brandis, a member of the Board of Directors. “We are looking forward to these children and their families joining us for this exciting rail adventure.” The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad is operating the Polar Express Trains afternoons and evenings through Dec. 23. The Polar Express will come to life when the Maine departs the Ocean Gateway depot for a journey to the “North Pole.” Holiday decorations inside the train create a festive atmosphere as guests on board meet the conductor, have hot chocolate and a treat, listen to a reading of the enchanting story over our sound system, and sing carols. Directions and more information about the railroad can be found at www. mainenarrowgauge.org or by calling 828-0814.
Wreaths Across America Project 4 p.m. This year, the Cheverus High School community will once again gather on campus to welcome the volunteers of the Wreaths Across America Project. Last year, the Wreaths Across America Project convoy made a stop at its campus at 267 Ocean Ave. in Portland, the school reported. “Hundreds gathered to watch as a seemingly endless convoy of tractor trailer trucks and their escorts, en route with handmade Maine wreaths for placement on the graves of service members at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., shared its mission to venerate those who have died while in the service of the armed forces of the United States,” the school reported in a press release. The public is invited to attend this year’s event.
Film Screening: ‘Handmade Puppet Dreams’ 7 p.m. Film Screening: “Handmade Puppet Dreams, Volume Three,” $7. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland. http:// www.handmadepuppetdreams.com/contact.html or http:// mayostreetarts.org/calendar
Monday, Dec. 5 Mark-A-Thon on WCYY noon. Starting at noon on Monday, Dec. 5, WCYY will turn its format upside down once again for the good of the Center. “Mark-A-Thon” is an on-air beneﬁt carried out by Mark Curdo, from Portland’s 94.3 WCYY. Tune in, spread the word. “The idea, simple and fun: listeners can request anything they want, anything (in compliance with FCC guidelines of course) and Mark will play it for a donation to the Center for Grieving Children. The kicker however, is that Mark will remain on air 102 hours non-stop! It’s a week in radio you won’t wan’t to miss.” see next page
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Friday, Dec. 9 Sesame Street Live ‘Elmo Makes Music’
Inauguration of Mayor Michael F. Brennan
10:30 a.m. “Mark your calendar for a musical event like no other-monsters making music! Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all their Sesame Street friends are taking to the stage to share their love of music in Sesame Street Live ‘Elmo Makes Music.’” Friday, Dec. 9,10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 10, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 11, 2 p.m. The Cumberland County Civic Center. http://www. theciviccenter.com
noon. Michael F. Brennan will be inaugurated as the mayor for the city of Portland serving December 2011 to December 2015. Brennan will serve as the ﬁrst popularly elected mayor in more than 88 years. City Councilors John Coyne and Cheryl Leeman will also be sworn-in during noontime the ceremony. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. at Ocean Gateway during which Mayor Brennan will deliver his inaugural address. City Councilor Coyne will be returning for his second term serving District 5, and Leeman will be serving her eighth term representing District 4. Noon swearing-in ceremony in the City Council Chambers, City Hall; 6 p.m. reception and inaugural address at Ocean Gateway International Marine Terminal
Open Mic/Poetry Slam in Auburn 7:15 p.m. Open Mic/Poetry Slam. First Universalist Church of Auburn, 169 Pleasant St. Free. FMI 783-0461 or www. auburnuu.org.
Portland Symphony Orchestra Magic of Christmas
Portland School Board inauguration ceremony
7:30 p.m. Portland Symphony Orchestra announces details of the 2011 production of Magic of Christmas, starring Music Director Robert Moody and the world-class musicians of the PSO in a festive and inspirational program, in Merrill Auditorium. “Magic of Christmas has been a holiday tradition for generations, delighting audiences of all ages for over 30 years. This brand-new production features aerialists and acrobats from Cirque de la Symphonie (who performed with the PSO in October 2009), as well as the Magic of Christmas Chorus, organist Ray Cornils, and the all-male a capella groups Bowdoin College Longfellows and Maine Steiners.” Eleven performances of Magic of Christmas will run from Dec. 9 to Dec. 18 at Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St. in Portland. Performances are Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. An additional 2 p.m. matinee is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 16. Tickets are available at www.porttix.com, by phone at 842-0800, or at the PortTix box ofﬁce, 20 Myrtle St., Monday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.
4 p.m. The Portland School Board will hold an inauguration ceremony at 4 p.m. in the Portland City Council chambers at Portland City Hall. The School Board will inaugurate three members who won reelection: Elizabeth Holton, an At Large representative, Justin Costa, who represents District 4, and Marnie Morrione, who represents District 5. The School Board also will inaugurate Charles “Chip” Weber, the Portland High School student representative, and Zev Bliss, the Casco Bay High School student representative. Deering High School will elect its student representative in early December. There will be a joint School Board and City Council reception at 6 p.m. at Ocean Gateway.
East/West Westbrook Girls Basketball Challenge 4 p.m. The third annual East/West Westbrook Girls Basketball Challenge will start at 4 p.m. with Oxford Hills vs. Biddeford; followed at 5:30 p.m. by Messalonskee vs. South Portland; at 7 p.m. by Edward Little vs. Deering; and at 8:30 p.m. by Lewiston vs. Westbrook. Westbrook High School, admission $4 for adults, $2 for students. Organizers are sending a care package to troops overseas, so bring a nonperishable item and it will be sent along.
‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ in Bath
Tuesday, Dec. 6 MCMA Book Club noon. The “Book Club” at the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association will be meeting at to discuss author Caitlin Shetterly. Shetterly and her husband, Dan Davis, two hardworking freelancers, began their lives together in 2008 by pursuing a lifelong, shared dream of leaving Maine and going West. “The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association was founded in 1815 as a craftsman’s guild to teach and promote excellence among Portland’s various mechanical and artistic trades.” www.mainecharitablemechanicassociation.com
Portland KMI & Zenkai Acupuncture opening 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. At 482 Congress St, Suite 200A (second ﬂoor), join Portland KMI and Zenkai Acupuncture at an open house to celebrate the opening of a new ofﬁce in downtown Portland. “We will be serving refreshments, offering demos, and rafﬂing off goods and services to beneﬁt The Center for Grieving Children. We will be available throughout the evening to discuss our work. Local musician Scott Peterson will be performing live from 6-8 p.m.”
Wednesday, Dec. 7 A Photographic History of Portland Maine noon. John Moon book talk, Portland Public Library, Lewis Gallery. Free admission. “Author John Moon will discuss his fascinating book of photographic work which features rare photos of Portland from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, contrasted with current photos of the same scenes as they look today.” For information or to register visit www. MaineMaritimeMuseum.org or call 443-1316 during business hours.
Saint Joseph’s College open house 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saint Joseph’s College will hold an open house for transfer students at the campus in Standish. Students can explore academic options will receiving an on-site transfer decision, transfer credit evaluation, scholarship review, campus tour and visit with the ﬁnancial aid ofﬁce. The afternoon also includes a complimentary dinner at Café Bon Appetit, the campus dining hall. Students should bring a completed application and all supporting documents such as essay, college transcript(s) and ﬁnal high school transcript. Call 800-338-7057 or 893-7746 to register. www. sjcme.edu.
Walker Memorial Library holiday open house 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. “Walker Memorial Library is dressing up for the holidays. Everyone is invited to our annual holiday open house on Dec. 8 between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. We offer a traditionally decorated Victorian Christmas tree, holiday goodies, and beautiful holiday music from members of the Chopin Club
Portland Ballet Company brings its own unique New England version of the Nutcracker to Merrill Auditorium with “The Victorian Nutcracker.” The show, which takes the classic Nutcracker story and sets it in historical Portland, Maine, with sets, costumes and characters inspired by historical ﬁgures, will be performed twice at Merrill Auditorium on Friday, Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. (COURTESY PHOTO) and others. Hope to see you. FMI 854-0630.” Walker Memorial Library, 800 Main St., Westbrook. 854.0630, ext. 256.
City Council review of OccupyMaine encampment 7 p.m. A recommendation by the Public Safety Committee regarding the OccupyMaine encampment at Lincoln Park will be considered by the City Council. The OccupyMaine anti-corporate movement seeks a city permit for continued access to the park as a campsite. The Public Safety Committee recommended against granting such a permit. The regular meetings of the City Council are held on the ﬁrst and third Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers (second ﬂoor of City Hall). Agendas are available in the City Manager’s ofﬁce the preceding Friday. Additional information regarding this issue is available online at www.portlandmaine.gov/ publicsafecomm.htm.
Thursday, Dec. 8 Ceremony for Portland Public Schools food service 3 p.m. An awards ceremony at the University of Southern Maine’s Hannaford Hall will recognize eight Portland public elementary schools that won the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s HealthierUS School Challenge Bronze Awards earlier this year. Schools qualify for the award by providing nutritious meals, teaching children about healthy eating and encouraging students to exercise. The Portland schools that will be honored are East End, Hall, Longfellow, Ocean Avenue, Peaks Island, Presumpscot, Reiche and Riverton. The food service staff at each school will be called on stage to receive the award. “Nationwide, less than 2 percent of schools have met the HealthierUS School Challenge. In October, a delegation of staff members, administrators and a parent from the eight Portland elementary schools were honored along with other award-winners at a White House reception hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. Hannaford Hall is located in the Abromson Center at 88 Bedford Street, Portland.”
7:30 p.m. This December the curtain will rise for the Studio Theatre of Bath’s annual Christmas show. Barbara Robinson’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is wildly entertaining for audiences of all ages. Performances are Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees will be performed on Dec. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. All shows will be at the Chocolate Church Arts Center in Bath. Tickets are available at the box ofﬁce located at 804 Washington Street, online at chocolatechurcharts.com, or by calling 442-8455.
‘The Gift Of The Magi’ 8 p.m. “The Gift Of The Magi,” a holiday musical adaptation by Michael J. Tobin, set in 1940s Maine. Produced by CoveLight Productions. Friday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. There is a ‘Talk Back’ with the cast following the 2 p.m. matinee. Williston-Immanuel United Church, 156 High St., Portland. Adults/seniors, $15, Students/Children, $10. For information and reservations go to covelight2011.com or call (603) 953-3640. “Based on the O’Henry short story, ‘The Gift of the Magi’ is a heartwarming 1940s holiday postcard come to life, ﬁlled with holiday music, humor and romance. ‘The Gift Of The Magi’ stars professional Maine actors Leslie Trentalange, Mark Calkins, Gretchen Wood and Michael J. Tobin. CoveLight Productions is a professional theater company and will be touring ‘The Gift Of The Magi’ in Maine and N.H. during December. Tickets will be available at the door, cash and checks only. For more information and reservations for this musical family holiday classic, go to www.covelight2011.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (603) 953-3640.
Saturday, Dec. 10 Christkindlsmarkt in Scarborough 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christkindlsmarkt, a European style Village Christmas Market, an annual event hosted by St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Route 1, Scarborough will be held on join the fun of free hayrides (11-1) for young and old, Musicians, Unique Crafts, Gift shop for Kids, Baked Goods, Jewelry, German food and of course a visit from St. Nicholas himself.
Sale of Haitian Metal Art beneﬁt 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Konbit Sante Cap-Haitien Health Partnership is hosting the second annual Haitian Metal Art Holiday Sale at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St. on Munjoy Hill. “Haitian artists cut and hammer these beautiful ﬂat sculptures out of recycled oil drums. Depicting a variety of motifs including trees, birds and other animals, mermaids and angels, as well as scenes from daily life, these artworks are a tribute to the Haitian people’s ability to create beauty in the face of adversity. Prices range from $15-$120. All proceeds beneﬁt local nonproﬁt organization, Konbit Sante.” see next page
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Jake Hoffman, an employee of Wayside Soup Kitchen and Food Rescue, loads up surplus produce from the stand of Fish Bowl Farm of Bowdoinham at the Monument Square farmers’ market on Sept. 23, 2009. Wayside Food Programs will hold a three-day food drive from Dec. 8 through Dec. 10 at Whole Foods Market in Portland, located at 2 Somerset St. Running from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day, Wayside will collect food donations that will be redistributed to local families and to partner agencies, including food pantries. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO)
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Longfellow Family Christmas 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn how families like the Longfellows celebrated the holidays in the 19th century by making crafts, playing games and sampling holiday treats from the era. Enjoy a tintype demonstration, an early form of photography, by artist Cole Caswell. Call for Reservations at 7741822, ext 212, or email@example.com. Adult $8. Children ages 3-18, $7.
Greater Freeport Community Chorus 7:30 p.m. Greater Freeport Community Chorus presents: “Spirituals, Carols & Holiday Favorites” Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Jude’s Church, Freeport; and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2:20 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Yarmouth. Adults $10; seniors/students $5; children under 12 free For more information: www.gfccweb.org.
Sunday, Dec. 11 Portland Brewers’ 5K Holiday Dash 11 a.m. The second annual Portland Brewers’ 5K Holiday Dash. A total of 325 runners will race from Ri Ra Irish Pub, the event host, along the Eastern Prom Trail. “Allagash Brewing Company, Baxter Brewing, Geary’s Brewery, Nappi Distributors, Shipyard Brewing Company, and Maine Running Company are the generous sponsors of the race. Runners receive a beer from one of the brewers after the race as well as a buffet lunch provided by Ri Ra. All in the name of charity. Proceeds of the race will beneﬁt Portland Trails, a nonproﬁt urban land trust that preserves open spaces and builds and maintains a network of trails in the Greater Portland area. Participants are also encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy as a donation to Toys for Tots. While there is no longer space for runners, it’s not too late to help out by volunteering for the race or making a donation to Portland Trails or to Toys for Tots. Volunteers should email info@ trails.org for more information. Donations can be made to Portland Trails online at www.trails.org. Unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots can be dropped off at Ri Ra Irish Pub at 72 Commercial St., Dec. 1-12.”
longer with us. Each individual will be able to say their loved one’s name as they light their candle. Please bring a framed picture or small remembrance of your loved one to display on the memorial table. (Candles will be provided.) Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State Street, Portland, Maine in the Parish Hall (entrance for the candle lighting is at the back of St. Luke’s on Park Street St. Luke’s Park Street parking lot.)”
A John Waters Christmas 7:30 p.m. Blue Note Entertainment Group presents: A John Waters Christmas at the State Theatre, Portland; $66.50 with Meet & Greet, $41.50 and $31.50/Reserved. “Like a wayward Santa for the Christmas obsessed, legendary ﬁlmmaker and raconteur John Waters (‘Pink Flamingos,’ ‘Hairspray,’ ‘A Dirty Shame’) rides into town on his sleigh full of smut spreading yuletide cheer with his critically acclaimed one-man show, ‘A John Waters Christmas.’ Material contains adult content and not appropriate for children. Buy tickets in person at the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Ofﬁce, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at www.statetheatreportland.com.”
Monday, Dec. 12 ‘Arab Spring, American Winter’
Service of Remembrance
6 p.m. The University of New England’s Center for Global Humanities is hosting a presentation by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Noam Chomsky, known as the father of modern linguistics, at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center at Westbrook Middle School. The event is free and open to the public. “Professor Chomsky will reﬂect on the irony that while the people of the Middle East are demanding the right to good education, health and employment, Americans — battered by an economic system that eludes most people’s grasp — seem to be resigned to a future without such rights. While a Junior Fellow at Harvard University in the 1950’s, Chomsky completed his doctoral dissertation entitled, ‘Transformational Analysis.’ Later, major theoretical viewpoints of the dissertation appeared in the monograph Syntactic Structure, which was published in 1957. This formed part of a more extensive work, The Logical Structure of Linguistic Theory, circulated in mimeograph in 1955 and published in 1975. Chomsky joined the MIT staff in 1955 and in 1961 was appointed full professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics (now the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy). From 1966 to 1976 he held the Ferrari P. Ward Professorship of Modern Languages and Linguistics. In 1976 he was appointed Institute Professor, a position he holds today. UNE’s Center for Global Humanities is a public forum designed to introduce students and members of the public to the exploration of the great issues facing humanity today.” For more information, visit www.une.edu.
6:30 p.m. Southern Maine Chapter of Bereaved Parents of the USA is hosting a Service of Remembrance in conjunction with The Compassionate Friends “Worldwide Candle Lighting” at St. Luke’s Church in Portland. “Gathering at 6:30 p.m., Candle lighting at 7 p.m. to honor and remember children who have died This annual event is open to anyone who wishes to remember the lives of children who are no
7:30 p.m. “Beneath the Jungle ... and Beyond” at the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association with cinematographer/ producer Dale Johnson. Catherine McAuley High School Auditorium, 631 Stevens Ave., Portland. Doors open at 6:45. Free to members, a $2.00 donation at the door for non-members.
Portland String Quartet Concert Series 2 p.m. The Art of the Fugue, Johann Sebastian Bach performed by the Portland String Quartet. Special guest Colby College Musicologist, Dr. Steven Saunders. “The December concert will present an in-depth exploration of music’s most challenging compositional technique, the fugue. Colby College Musicologist Steven Saunders will join the PSQ to discuss and demonstrate J.S. Bach’s supreme effort in this genre, The Art of the Fugue.” Post-concert reception, hosted by Local 188, Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodfords St., Portland.
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Emerging in 1993, the Staten Island, N.Y.-based Wu-Tang Clan proved to be the most revolutionary rap group of the mid’90s. They are coming to the State Theatre in Portland Dec. 20. Visit www.statetheatreportland. com for details. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Gala Caribbean at Bar Mills 7:30 p.m. Pan Fried Steel Drum Band. Gala Caribbean, A Holiday Concert. The Saco River Grange Hall, 29 Salmon Falls Road, Bar Mills. This 18 piece high-energy steel drum band is directed by Ian Ramsey, music director at North Yarmouth Academy. You may want to wear your dancing shoes for what we guarantee to be a spectacular celebration of the human spirit for all faiths. Adm. $16, $13 students and seniors, or by donation; 12 and under free. Family maximum $30. Please call 929-6472 for reservations.
Marty Party at Port City 8 p.m. Marty Party at Port City. Advance: $18; door: $22; VIP: $30. Marty Party has been taking the electronic dance music scene by storm, blowing up festivals and dance ﬂoors with his original style of dubstep-crossing-hip-hopbig-bass bangers. Born and raised in South Africa and now residing in Brooklyn, N.Y., Marty Party has released over 50 tracks in just two years both prominently and frequently featured on the iTunes, Addictech and Beatport charts. http://portcitymusichall.com/events
The Barr Brothers 8 p.m. The Barr Brothers with Jocie Adams, One Longfellow Square. The Barr Brothers offer a unique sound, one reliant on interwoven string arrangements, wide open spaces, and a multitude of musical traditions. All ages, $12. www.onelongfellowsquare.com
Sunday, Dec. 4 Edie Carey, Jennifer Kimball and Rose Polenzani at One Longfellow Square 7 p.m. Edie Carey, Jennifer Kimball & Rose Polenzani at One Longfellow Square. An excellent evening with three wonderful singer songwriters! Edie Carey grabs hold of her audiences and doesn’t let go until she steps off the stage. While her songs are what ﬁrst draw listeners in, it’s what she says in between that keeps them coming back. Jennifer Kimball is a vocalist and songwriter who is notable for being part of the acclaimed folk duo The Story. Rose Polenzani’s singing style is distinctive and emotionally charged. Her lyrics often consist of rich blends of obscure images and emotions. www.onelongfellowsquare.com
Wednesday, Dec. 7 Carbon Vapor Presents The Clash 9 p.m. Battle of the cover bands. Main Event: Red Hot Chili Peppers Vs. Rage Against The Machine at Port City Music Hall. Door: $5. 18 plus. http://portcitymusichall.com/events
Thursday, Dec. 8 Lake Street Dive at One Longfellow Square 8 p.m. Lake Street Dive derives inexhaustible energy from the joy of invention and creation together. Their exuberant live shows and carefully crafted studio albums share a blissful irreverence for convention and an undying devotion to melody, spontaneity and groove. Darrell Foster opens!
Friday, Dec. 9 Magic of Christmas
7:30 p.m. The Portland Symphony Orchestra celebrates the 2011 Christmas season with the Magic of Christmas, featuring the daring feats of acrobats, the joyful sound of Christmas carols and the heartwarming traditions of the PSO’s holiday performances beginning Dec. 9 at Merrill Auditorium. Magic of Christmas has been a holiday favorite for generations, delighting audiences of all ages who embrace the childlike wonder and excitement of Christmas and the majestic beauty of orchestral music. Magic of Christmas 2011 will feature the Magic of Christmas Chorus, music from The Nutcracker and more: Eleven performances of Magic of Christmas will run from Dec. 9 to Dec. 18 at Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St. in Portland. porttix.com
The Brew at Port City 8 p.m. With Dirigo at Port City Music Hall. The Brew are an aptly named quartet from Amesbury, a town in northeastern Massachusetts, cooking up a musical melting pot on their brand-new, self-released album, “Back to the Woods,” that combines their roots in classic rock, adding ingredients of prog, jazz, reggae, world beat, indie, funk and orchestral pop, sometimes in the course of a single song. Advance: $13; door: $15; VIP: $20. 18 plus. CD Release Show. http:// portcitymusichall.com
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