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Losing in court, Occupy has until Monday Former church eyed as for-profit space. See page 6 to clear out of Lincoln Seeing the big picture in art — Page 7 Park See page 3

Travel Local: The Eclectic East End See page 8

The “eyes” have it at the Maine College of Art. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight during the First Friday Art Walk, MECA will host an exhibition, film screening and celebration of the “Inside/Out” project, a temporary public art project that featured massive portraits arrayed around Portland. Here, one of the portraits gazes down on Free Street from the back of the MECA building. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

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Path is found for spread of Alzheimer’s (NY Times) — Alzheimer’s disease seems to spread like an infection from brain cell to brain cell, two new studies in mice have found. But instead of viruses or bacteria, what is being spread is a distorted protein known as tau. The finding answers a longstanding question and has immediate implications for developing treatments, researchers said. And they suspect that other degenerative brain diseases like Parkinson’s may spread in a similar way.Alzheimer’s researchers have long known that dying, tau-filled cells first emerge in a small area of the brain where memories are made and stored. The disease then slowly moves outward to larger areas that involve remembering and reasoning. For more than a quartercentury, researchers have been unable to decide between two explanations. One is that the spread may mean that the disease is transmitted from neuron to neuron, perhaps along the paths that nerve cells use to communicate with one another. It could simply mean that some brain areas are more resilient than others and resist the disease longer. The new studies provide an answer. And they indicate it may be possible to bring Alzheimer’s disease to an abrupt halt early on by preventing cell-to-cell transmission, perhaps with an antibody that blocks tau. The studies, done independently by researchers at Columbia and Harvard, involved genetically engineered mice that could make abnormal human tau proteins, predominantly in the entorhinal (pronounced en-toh-RYE-nal) cortex, a sliver of tissue behind the ears, toward the middle of the brain, where cells first start dying in Alzheimer’s disease. As expected, tau showed up there. And, as also expected, entorhinal cortex cells in the mice started dying, filled with tangled, spaghettilike strands of tau. Over the next two years, the cell death and destruction spread outward to other cells along the same network. Since those other cells could not make human tau, the only way they could get the protein was by transmission from nerve cell to nerve cell. And that, said Dr. Samuel E. Gandy, associate director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, was “very unexpected, very intriguing.”

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In manufacturing, a plan to lure jobs back to America WASHINGTON (NY Times) — In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for a wide-ranging package of policies to help create American manufacturing jobs, including trade enforcement measures, business tax breaks and worker training programs. In many ways, the proposal is surprising, as few economists now consider manufacturing a potent engine for job growth in the United States. Manufacturers have added about 330,000 jobs in the country in the last two years. But the growth followed three decades of decline, during which compa-

nies like automakers and textile companies slashed payrolls by about 7.5 million. That has led many economists to say the recent turnaround might be nothing more than a correction from the depths of the recession. But the administration argues that big trends — like rising wages in developing countries, falling wages in America and a weaker dollar — have made moving workers to or keeping workers in the United States a much more viable option. And they say that manufacturers will continue to add jobs domestically, especially with a little help from Washington.

“We have a huge opportunity, at this moment, to bring manufacturing back,” Mr. Obama said in his address to Congress. “But we have to seize it. Tonight, my message to business leaders is simple: Ask yourselves what you can do to bring jobs back to your country, and your country will do everything we can to help you succeed.” The proposal stems from a belief that after “a long period where people felt the wind was in our face, the wind is with us,” said Gene Sperling, director of the White House National Economic Council. “It’s not fighting against the trends. It’s actually working with them.”

Fury at soccer game deaths in Egypt drives new clashes CAIRO (NY Times) — Clashes broke out here and in other Egyptian cities on Thursday, as thousands of people unleashed their fury at the authorities over the deaths of 73 people, many of them soccer fans, after a match the night before in the city of Port Said. That melee, the bloodiest outbreak of lawlessness since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak one year ago, threatens

to provoke a new crisis for Egypt’s halting political transition. In Cairo on Thursday evening, police officers fired tear gas to try to drive back thousands of protesters who descended on Tahrir Square. Many were soccer fans waving the flags of both teams involved in the Wednesday match. They were joined by many others who have been demanding that the

military cede power. Across the spectrum, most appeared to believe that the military had at minimum allowed the violence to occur, and rumors that the authorities had added to it were rife, adding to deep disquiet over the failure of the transitional government to re-establish a sense of order and stability. Similar clashes were reported in cities across the country.

Uproar as breast cancer group ends partnership with Planned Parenthood (NY Times) — When the nation’s largest breast cancer advocacy organization considered in October cutting off most of its financial support to the nation’s largest abortion provider, the breast cancer group was hoping for a quiet end to an increasingly controversial partnership. Instead, the organization, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, is now engulfed in a controversy that threatens to undermine one of the most successful advocacy campaigns. The foundation’s decision to eliminate most of its grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screening caused a cascade of criticism from prominent women’s groups, politicians and public health advocates and a similarly strong

outpouring of support from conservative women and religious groups that oppose abortion. John D. Raffaelli, a Komen board member and Washington lobbyist, said Wednesday that the decision to cut Planned Parenthood funding was made out of the fear that an investigation of Planned Parenthood by Republican Representative Cliff Stearns would damage Komen’s credibility with donors. The organization’s longtime support of Planned Parenthood had already cost it some support from anti-abortion forces, Raffaelli said. But the board feared that charges that Komen supported organizations under federal investigation for financial improprieties could take a further and unacceptable toll on donations, he said.

Effort to rebrand Arab spring backfires in Iran TEHRAN (NY Times) — It was meant to be a crowning moment in which Iran put its own Islamic stamp on the Arab Spring. More than a thousand young activists were flown here earlier this week (at government expense) for a conference on “the Islamic Awakening,” Tehran’s effort to rebrand the popular Arab uprisings of the past year. As delegates flooded into a vast auditorium next to a space needle in western Tehran, a screen showed images of the Iranian revolution in 1979, morphing seamlessly into footage of young Arab protesters in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya and Yemen. But there was a catch. No one was invited from Syria, whose autocratic president, Bashar alAssad, is a crucial Iranian ally. The Syrian protesters are routinely dismissed by Tehran’s government as foreign agents — despite the fact that they are Muslims fighting a secular (and brutal) dictatorship. That inconvenient truth soon marred the whole script. As the conference began, a young man in the audience held up a sign with the word “SYRIA?” written in English. Applause burst out in the crowd, followed by boos. Audience members began chanting the slogan of the Syrian protesters: “God, freedom and Syria!” But they were drowned out by others chanting pro-Assad slogans.


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Occupy given its second deadline to leave park After judge rules overnight camping is not protected by law, city issues deadline to vacate: 8 a.m. Monday BY MATTHEW ARCO THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

OccupyMaine and members of its Lincoln Park encampment have been put on notice. The order was signed Thursday and promptly delivered to protesters as promised, just 24 hours after a judge ruled overnight camping in the park is not protected by law. Any tents or personal belongings left in the park after 8 a.m. Monday will be removed, and any individuals in the park between 10 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. will be arrested, according to City Manager Mark Rees. "Any structures, belongings or other items left in the park ... will be considered waste material and will be picked up by the city and disposed of as such," read the order signed by Rees. It goes on to say anyone in the park between restricted hours "and refuses to leave may be arrested" and charged with criminal trespass, pur-

suant to city code. The notice was sent to Occupy members after a Superior Court judge's ruling Wednesday, and following two meetings with the group's attorney, John Branson. "They want to see some effort begin pretty soon," said Branson, explaining his clients hoped to have at least two weekends to dismantle the encampment. "It's a lot of work," he said. The protesters discussed the judge's decision during a three-hour-long general assembly meeting Wednesday evening. Despite some campers remaining determined to stay in the park following the eviction deadline, some protesters indicated they were willing to work with the city and plan to host a weekend cleanup in Lincoln Park. "In general, the sense was people would abide by the city's permit," said Sam Swenson, a member of OccupyMaine who has been heavily involved with the group, but has not been camping in Lincoln Park. Branson described Wednesday's general assembly as "a very emotional" gathering, adding no decision was made by his clients on whether to pursue the group's lawsuit against the city of Portland. "This is their priority right now," he said, referring

Three firms throw hats in ring to do Civic Center renovation BY DAVID CARKHUFF THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Three construction companies with Maine ties are seeking the job of renovating the Cumberland County Civic Center. Cianbro, a national firm with headquarters in Pittsfield; Consigli Construction Co. Inc., a construction manager and general contractor headquartered in Milford, Mass., with offices Pratt in Portland, Enfield,

Conn., and Williamstown, Mass.; and Wright-Ryan Construction Inc. of Portland submitted "responses" to a county solicitation to become construction managers of the Civic Center job. Voters in November approved the $33 million renovation projectThe county's budget for a construction manager is estimated at $28 million to $29 million, said Neal Pratt, chairman of the Civic Center board. The balance of the funds will pay for professional services and non-construction related costs, Pratt said. "We're very pleased that we've gotten responses from three such

“We’re taking them at their word, which is that they wish to be good stewards of the park and leave it in good condition.” — Nicole Clegg, city spokeswoman to vacating the park. Branson added, "And making sure it's done with dignity and respect — which is what both sides want." City officials said Thursday a dumpster had already been delivered to the park and that they expect the deadline will give protesters enough time to clean and vacate. "We're taking them at their word, which is that they wish to be good stewards of the park and leave it in good condition," said Nicole Clegg, a city spokeswoman. "We're certainly hoping they will be true to their word and spend this weekend removing their belongings," she said. Clegg declined to comment on how the city would handle protesters who refuse to leave, saying shortly after the judge's ruling that Portland officials were taking things "one step at a time."

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Where are the Romney Republicans? The most embarrassing moments to watch this political season have occurred as Mitt Romney has pretended to be an angry, fire-breathing true conservative. The evidence suggests that in his soul he’s a moderate pragmatist, but he has flipflopped like a frantic fish in hopes of hiding his reasonableness. Newt Gingrich, Romney’s main rival for the Republican presidential nomination, is denouncing Romney with one of the ugliest slurs in the Republican lexicon: a Massachusetts moderate. Other moderate Republicans are savaged as RINOs — Republicans in name only — as if they emerged from an ugly mutant strain. Yet, in fact, as a new history book underscores, it is the ––––– Gingriches and Santorums The New York who are the mutants. For most Times of its history, the Republican Party was dominated by those closer to Romney than to social conservatives like Rick Santorum, and it is only in the last generation that the party has lurched to the hard right. The new book, “Rule and Ruin,” by Geoffrey Kabaservice, a former assistant history professor at Yale, notes that, to compete in the primaries, Romney has had to flee from his own political

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First Friday Art Walk could lose its curfew, keep its vibe Every first Friday night of the month, all through the year, hot or cold, doesn’t matter, they come out in droves. A Manhattan buzz on the streets of Portland. Not for fifteen minutes or so, like when a hockey game at the Civic Center gets over, but for hours. A bustling crowd of culture vultures sashaying into art venues up and down the street, gathered around street performers, and cheering like mad for bands up there wailing away on stage in Monument Square. Some venues stand out, like Salt Gallery and SPACE Gallery, but the razzle-dazzle goes on at other art galleries and private studios all over intown. There’s sixty or so venues listed in the Downtown Arts District brochure actually. Can you imagine. That’s the charm of First Friday, that it happens everywhere you look. This thanks to Andy Verossa, of Aucocisco Galleries, who conceived of the First Friday Art Walk and orchestrated the whole thing at the beginning. No one could have predicted that it would become what it has though. And all in the name of art.

Cliff Gallant ––––– Daily Sun Columnist We should have known something big was up when the Porteous building got taken over by the Maine College of Art. That was a harbinger of things to come. When Porteous moved to the Mall and “the art school” became MECA, things started rolling and they haven’t stopped yet. But, oh my, there are shortcomings. This is Portland and not Manhattan, after all, and hereabouts there is a tendecy to not get it quite right. Take having First Friday get over at eight o’clock, for instance. In other more urbane places that might be the time such an event begins. Here, the evening’s just getting started and it’s lights out, time to go home. No sense fretting about it though, that’s the way it is and that’s the way it’s going to be.

When Porteous moved to the Mall and “the art school” became MECA, things started rolling and they haven’t stopped yet. Count on it. Eight it is and eight it will be. Ask one of the Downtown Arts District people about it and you’ll find that to be the case. They’ll be very respectful of your point of view then give you what to them what is is a very good reason for things being the way they are. You’ll look at them with your brow wrinkled, knowing that what they’re saying just doesn’t make sense, but they’ll say it confidently, eyes unblinking, the discussion will end, and eight it will be. Hey, if you lived in Skowhegan you wouldn’t even have a First Friday Art Walk to go to at all, so get over it and be grateful for what you have. But there’s something else. see GALLANT page 5


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Inoculating against religious freedom A few weeks ago, Rick Santorum got some criticism for saying the Supreme Court erred in saying states may not outlaw contraception. The idea that Americans could legally be forbidden to buy condoms or birth control pills struck most people as a gross violation of personal liberty. They are right, of course. But many of those who think it’s wrong to forbid Americans to buy contraceptives think it’s just fine to require them to buy contraceptives. In this group, unfortunately, are President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who are hell-bent on enforcing that mandate on nearly everyone. Under the Obama health care plan, employers that provide health insurance to employees must purchase coverage for contraceptives and sterilization. Individuals who buy their own policies have to get the coverage even if they’ve taken a vow of celibacy. For Catholic institutions, this is not trivial. The church regards artificial contraception as a violation of the natural order, insisting that “each and every marital act must of necessity retain its intrinsic relationship to the procreation of human life.” The administration makes only miserly room for such views. Churches are effectively excused from the mandate, but other religious institutions

Steve Chapman ––––– Creators Syndicate — such as hospitals, universities and charitable organizations — are not. A hospital may be named after a saint, founded by an order of nuns, replete with crucifixes and motivated by the teachings of Jesus, but too bad: It will be treated as the moral equivalent of Harrah’s casinos or Bain Capital. Those in charge may regard birth control as inherently evil, but they will have to pay for it anyway. This is particularly ungenerous considering that the administration has provided an exemption for another group. The Amish are excused from the individual mandate to get coverage because they have religious objections to insurance of any kind. The administration wants to make sure that all women have access to contraception at no cost. But some will find it has the opposite effect. Employers that furnish health insurance have to cover it. But employers don’t have to furnish health insurance — and some of those with a religious mission may

decide not to. When the District of Columbia passed a law that forced Catholic Charities to provide medical insurance to the same-sex partners of its employees, the agency elected to simply drop coverage for spouses. Anyone left without health insurance under the administration’s rule can go to new state-run health insurance exchanges to buy individual policies. But here again, the administration rejects freedom of conscience. The only policies available will include coverage for contraceptives — including those the church regards as “abortion drugs” — and sterilization. This overbearing approach is not essential to health care reform. Experience indicates that freedom can coexist with general access to contraception. In the past, employers have generally been able to make their own decisions, and most cover it. According to the Guttmacher Institute, nine out of 10 company policies pay for prescription birth control. The federal employee plan allows insurers with religious scruples to sell policies that don’t include such coverage — which doesn’t prevent anyone from getting policies that do. This is an issue on which the Catholic Church is drastically at odds with prevailing opinion and practice. Its

position has a way of bringing out latent anti-Catholic sentiment. Writing in The Huffington Post, June Carbone and Naomi Cahn sneer at “the male hierarchy’s opposition to birth control.” The issue, they insist, “is too important to be left in the hands of a small number of men in robes.” But religious freedom is too important to be left in the hands of people who see it as an obstacle to be pushed aside whenever it’s inconvenient. Anytime it is feasible to let organizations and individuals follow the dictates of faith, it’s essential that they be permitted to do so. That’s established policy in many areas. When the military relied on the draft, Quakers were allowed to opt out because of their pacifism. When a Seventh-Day Adventist was fired for refusing to work on her Sabbath, the Supreme Court said she was eligible for unemployment benefits. Prison officials have to accommodate the religious practices of inmates. Why? Out of respect for religious freedom and diversity. Most Americans regard that tradition as a mark of civic health. In this case, the administration treats it as an illness to be cured. (Steve Chapman blogs daily at newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/steve_ chapman.)

Republican history is populated with harder-line conservatives KRISTOF from page 4

record and that of his father, George Romney, a former governor of Michigan who is a symbol of mainstream moderation. “Much of the current conservative movement is characterized by this sort of historical amnesia and symbolic parricide, which seeks to undo key aspects of the Republican legacy such as Reagan’s elimination of corporate tax loopholes, Nixon’s environmental and labor safety programs, and a variety of G.O.P. achievements in civil rights, civil liberties, and good government reforms,” Kabaservice writes. “In the long view of history, it is really today’s conservatives who are ‘Republicans in name only.’ ” After all, the original Massachusetts moderates were legendary figures in Republican history, like Elihu Root and Henry Cabot Lodge. Theodore Roosevelt embraced progressivism as “the highest and wisest form of conservatism.” Few did more to promote racial integration, civil rights and individual freedoms than a Republican, Earl Warren, in his years as chief justice. Dwight Eisenhower cautioned against excess military spending as “a theft from those who hunger and are not fed.” Richard Nixon proposed health care reform. Ronald Reagan endorsed the same tax rate for capital gains as for earned

income. Each of these titans of Republican Party history would today risk mockery for these views. Republican history is also populated with harder-line conservatives, like Senator Robert Taft of Ohio, dubbed “Mr. Republican.” But he worked closely with Democrats, was willing to raise taxes and disapproved of anti-intellectual populism. Consider the time Taft’s wife was asked at a rally whether her husband was a common man. “Oh, no,” Kabaservice quotes her as responding. “He was first in his class at Yale and first in his class at Harvard Law School.” The crowd gave the couple a standing ovation. What happened? That’s a long and gradual story beginning with Senator Joe McCarthy’s success in galvanizing working-class suspicions of government elites and continues with an angry backlash at changing mores and liberalized abortion laws. Conservative Southern whites moved into the Republican Party. Newer media voices like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck made extremism seem congenial — while making bipartisanship feel treacherous. I grew up in Oregon at a time when the state was dominated by Republican progressives like Gov. Tom McCall, a passionate environmentalist, and Mark Hatfield, an opponent of the Vietnam War. At that time, political paranoiacs tended to vote Democratic for candidates like George Wallace;

over time, they migrated to the state’s Republican Party — and swallowed it up. My first editor, Jeb Bladine, of The News-Register in McMinnville, Ore., describes his newspaper as “independent Republican” in the spirit of earlier Republicans. But then social conservatives staged a grass-roots overthrow of the moderate Republican apparatus in the late 1970s and early ’80s, and focused on abortion and gay rights. “Moderates simply gave up participating after being ostracized,” Bladine remembers. “It became almost impossible to nominate a Republican for statewide office who had any chance of winning in a statewide vote.” Yet political parties are not suicidal. When they overreach, they (often) learn. The Democrats did that when they embraced a Southern centrist named Bill Clinton. The British Labor Party was marginalized when I lived in Britain in the early 1980s, but Tony Blair transformed it and revived it about 15 years later. And in Oregon over the last decade, Bladine notes, social wedge issues have lost their force, and moderate Republicans have re-emerged. Could the same happen nationally? Sure, it seems impossible at the moment. But if Romney somehow manages to make the Republican Party safe for moderates again, that’ll be a triumph for his party — and for the country.

In Portland, the evening’s just getting started and it’s lights out GALLANT from page 4

Something very big. Bigger than the night getting over almost before it begins. It’s that almost no one buys art. Huh? It’s been said that the creative process is not complete until a piece is framed and up on someone else’s wall. Doesn’t anyone get that? Art is to be lived with! How do galleries survive? Well,

ah, as a matter of fact, not many do for very long. There’s no lack of appreciation, the ooh’s and ah’s abound, but no one’s expected to buy art. It’s a Portland thing. Very uncool to apply even subtle pressure. Oh well, maybe we haven’t gotten it quite right yet, but Portland is continually growing and reinventing itself, so who knows. As soon as you think

you’ve got it figured out, you haven’t. It’s neither Manhattan nor Skowhegan, nor is it some composite of the two, it’s uniquely Portland, and it’s at it’s best on the first Friday of the month. (Cliff Gallant of Portland is a regular columnist for The Portland Daily Sun. Email him at gallant. cliff555@yahoo.com.)


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Eyebrows raised over parish rezoning ‘This may well be the beginning of the undoing of the Western Prom area,’ says one skeptic of proposal BY CASEY CONLEY THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

The new owner of Williston-West church is seeking city approval to convert the parish into a residence, corporate offices and create a for-profit concert hall in the sanctuary. Currently, Williston-West sits in a residential zone that doesn’t allow offices or for-profit concert spaces. Owner Frank Monsour wants the city council to create a special contract zone to accommodate those uses. Monsour wants to add parking spaces to the church courtyard, renovate the sanctuary to create a performance space, and add up to 3,600 feet of office space for his Brisbane, Australia-based company Majella Global Technologies, according to the zoning application. Williston-West is located at 32 Thomas St. in the West End. As proposed, the second and third floor of the parish house would be converted into a residence for Monsour or his son, Sebastian, when they are in the country. Both men are from Australia. The city has yet to take any action on the request

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for a contract zone, but a planning board public hearing on the matter is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 14. The city council has final authority over zoning matters. For now, renovation plans for the church and adjacent parish house are still relatively vague, but some West End residents are already wary. “This may well be the beginning of the undoing of the Western Prom area, because there are other churches in the area, big buildings … that people are having a tough time maintaining,” said Charles Remmel, who lives across from the church. If the city approved this zone change request, it could lead to other requests from property owners to convert historic properties from residential to commercial uses, he predicted. Roughly 50 people attended a neighborhood meeting on the proposal Wednesday night, and a straw poll indicated most neighbors oppose the project, said Anne Pringle, head of the Western Prom Neighborhood Association. The Monsours did not attend the meeting, and Pringle said it was “unfortunate” that their repre-

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Jake Michaud and Sarah Capra show a timeline that explains some of the behind-the-scenes work that went into the “Inside/Out” art installation. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

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From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight during the First Friday Art Walk, the Maine College of Art will host an exhibition, film screening and celebration of the “Inside/Out” project. Events will take place on the second floor of MECA’s Porteous Building.

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Matt Hanson of Timberland Drywall of Gorham handles some final interior work at Oak Street Lofts. Tonight, during Portland’s First Friday Art Walk, Avesta Housing will hold an open house for Oak Street Lofts, which the housing agency billed as “a new addition to the city’s arts district that features 37 affordable, artist•friendly efficiency apartments.” (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

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The electic East End FAR LEFT: The rooftops of Munjoy Hill. LEFT: Affordable art is in abundance at Elizabeth Fraser Gallery. BELOW: Valentine cards fill a rack at Ferdinand. BOTTOM: Lunch at the Blue Spoon. INSET BELOW: Shallots at Rosemont Market. (Photos by Elizabeth Margolis-Pineo)

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e decide to explore the neighborhood we will soon be calling home. Even with snow on the ground, Munjoy Hill’s critical mass of shopping, arts, culture, and great food offers plenty of opportunities to get out of the cold. The once rough and gritty neighborhood has become one of Portland’s most salty and stylish destinations. Spared by the Great Fire of 1866, the East End is still home to historic narrow streets and an eclectic architectural mix. From grand mansions to funky Victorian apartments, stately Greek Revivals, and modest shingled homes, the Hill is as diverse as it is fascinating. Check out this neighborhood renaissance on the Hidden Gardens tour in the spring. For a bird’s-eye view of Portland and Casco Bay, climb the 86-foot Portland Observatory. Restored and painted a soft colonial red, the wooden tower is open from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. The stairs are a great workout. Live music, theater, films, and special events engage audiences yearround at St. Lawrence Arts. Long a work-in-progress, the 1897 stone church sanctuary was torn down, but the surviving Gothic parish hall thrives. Friday Art Walks rock at the St. Lawrence, and the work of a local artist is always on display. “Images of Cuba” by photographer Marta Morse is up this month. Resident Good Theater’s “Next Fall” runs until midFebruary — it’s not too late to grab a ticket. The quirky shops and boutiques on the East End focus on Maine’s independent art and design culture. Angela Adams’s studio-showroom features brightly colored graphic-print rugs, home furnishings, and chic handbags. Her husband and partner, Sherwood Hamill, also creates his retro-inspired modern furniture onsite. Both Angela and Sherwood feature designs called, “Munjoy.” I’m saving up for her red “Fern” rug and don’t care how long it takes. Find whimsical housewares, accessories, and hand-made paper lighting at Ember Grove. This funky storefront features stylish jewelry and retroinspired sculptural pieces by Maine artists like Rush Brown. Ferdinand, up the street, may be singlehandedly saving small presses with their collection of cards, t-shirts, offbeat jewelry and vintage finds. My daughter bought all of her Valentines at Ferdinand — I hope she sends me one. The Elizabeth Fraser Gallery has an affordable collection of ever-changing original artwork — she will paint portraits of your pet for you! On the East End, chefs crank out creative and hearty fare for breakfast,

lunch, and dinner. I’m unabashedly addicted to the Front Room’s gnocchi with poached eggs, pancetta and spinach, delightful at any hour, day or night. This popular spot was one of the first to give the Hill a cozy (and some say, noisy) place to eat. Check out the Maine beer selection at their popular happy hour — if you can find a seat. The Blue Spoon restaurant is a favorite for robust fish stew and grazing over a meze plate at lunch. Bar Lola is everyone’s special-occasion pick for small plates with big flavors, plus a great prix fixe menu and flexible pricing. If you’re feeling especially indulgent, the chef will cook something just for you. Across Congress Street, Hilltop Coffee’s neighborhood vibe includes a salvaged-wood bar, sunny front window, and is some of the most desirable early-morning real estate in town. I’ve done some jockeying for a table myself during “peak” hours. Next door, the Rosemont Market offers fresh-baked bread, pastry, and hefty rustic sandwiches stuffed with local meats and cheeses. The store is lined with grains, spices, and crates of some of the prettiest fruits and vegetables in Portland. Sample their collection of not-too-expensive wines at regular

wine tastings. Another classic and affordable option is an “Italian” sandwich of ham, provolone, and peppers, pickles, onions, tomatoes, olives and oil from Collucci’s Hilltop Market. With a bag of salt and vinegar chips, the humble Italian is Portland’s grab-andgo staple. And if you’re in need of something sweet, try the new Bakery On The Hill’s chocolate peanut butter brownie — amazing. Coffee By Design is a locally owned micro-roaster with four coffee houses — two of them in the East End. This thriving business is a deep source of pride to Mainers like me who care about sustainable environmental practices. Don’t miss their coffee tastings or “cuppings” throughout the month of February. And last but not least, iconic Micucci’s anchors the East End from their ancestral home on India Street. This beloved Italian specialty store captures the essence and flavors of Portland’s “Little Italy,” with Italian cheeses, cured meats, pesto, olive oil, plus dried and fresh

hand-made pasta. Micucci’s bakery also features addictive Sicilian pizza by baker, Steven Lanzalotta. Get there early to grab a slice of pillowy heaven right out of the oven. A desperate queue starts at around 11 a.m. and doesn’t stop until the last slice is sold. Munjoy Hill’s grassy — now snowy — promenade slopes down to Casco Bay and presides over some of the best allseason views in Portland, perhaps in all of Maine. If there’s a cruise ship in port, “the prom” is an ideal spot to marvel at its size. It makes great sledding in the winter and picnicking in the summer. Families walk with dogs, children, and sleds in tow, while bikers and joggers follow the paved trail along the shore below. The East End is quirky, festive, eco-friendly, delicious, and independent. I think we’ll be very happy there. (Elizabeth Margolis-Pineo is a writer and creator of “http://EpicuriousTravelers.com.)


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Water, sewer line work affects streets in Portland, South Portland A portion of Munjoy Street between Moody and Wilson streets was closed Thursday after a sewer line collapsed, according to city officials, who said the line needing repair dates back to the 1860s. More than 57,000 feet of Portland sewer line is at least 100 years old, according to officials. In a separate construction job, due to a water main break, traffic was being detoured on Devonshire Street, between Deering Avenue and Noyes Street, the Portland Water District reported yesterday. Crews expected work to continue into the evening hours but conclude by today. The leak was on a 16-inch main, but the cause of the leak was unknown. The district also reported repair work at 15 Commonwealth Drive, off Forest Avenue, and at 378 Sawyer St. in South Portland, between Broadway and Cottage Road. For updates on district projects, see https://epwd.pwd.org/Leaks/PwdLeaks. aspx. For updates on city projects, visit http://www.ci.portland. me.us. (MATTHEW ARCO PHOTO)

Summers scheduled to speak at Maine Chiefs of Police Association awards ceremony, banquet tonight Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers will be speaking at an awards ceremony concluding the Maine Chiefs of Police Association’s Annual Banquet tonight at 7 p.m. at the Wyndham Hotel, the Secretary of State’s office reported. The awards are chosen by the Maine Chiefs of Police, Awards Committee. Police chiefs recommend Law Enforcement officers, firefighters and civilians of the state “who they believe are deserving of awards that commend their heroic acts of lifesaving, bravery or their dedication and outstanding commitment to law enforcement.” For more information on the awards, contact Robert M. Schwartz, Executive Director at 838-6583. — Staff Report

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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Friday, Feb. 3, the 34th day of 2012. There are 332 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 3, 1959, rock-and-roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson died in a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. On this date: In 1783, Spain formally recognized American independence. In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln and Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens held a shipboard peace conference off the Virginia coast; the talks deadlocked over the issue of Southern autonomy. In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for a federal income tax, was ratified. In 1924, the 28th president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, died in Washington, D.C., at age 67. In 1930, the chief justice of the United States, William Howard Taft, resigned for health reasons. (He died just over a month later.) In 1943, during World War II, the U.S. transport ship Dorchester, which was carrying troops to Greenland, sank after being hit by a German torpedo; of the more than 900 men aboard, only some 230 survived. In 1959, An American Airlines Lockheed Electra crashed into New York’s East River, killing 65 of the 73 people on board. In 1971, New York City police officer Frank Serpico, who had charged there was widespread corruption in the NYPD, was shot and seriously wounded during a drug bust in Brooklyn. In 1972, the XI Olympic Winter Games opened in Sapporo, Japan. In 1991, the rate for a first-class postage stamp rose to 29 cents. In 1998, Texas executed Karla Faye Tucker, 38, for the pickax killings of two people in 1983; she was the first woman executed in the United States since 1984. A U.S. Marine plane sliced through the cable of a ski gondola in Italy, sending the car plunging hundreds of feet, killing all 20 people inside. One year ago: Tens of thousands of protesters staged unprecedented demonstrations against Yemen’s autocratic president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, a key U.S. ally in battling Islamic militants, as unrest inspired by uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia spread further in the Arab world. Actress Maria Schneider, who was Marlon Brando’s young costar in Bernardo Bertolucci’s steamy “Last Tango in Paris,” died in the French capital at age 58. Today’s Birthdays: Comedian Shelley Berman is 87. Football Hall-of-Famer Fran Tarkenton is 72. Actress Bridget Hanley is 71. Actress Blythe Danner is 69. Singer Dennis Edwards is 69. Football Hall-of-Famer Bob Griese is 67. Singer-guitarist Dave Davies (The Kinks) is 65. Singer Melanie is 65. Actress Morgan Fairchild is 62. Actress Pamela Franklin is 62. Actor Nathan Lane is 56. Rock musician Lee Ranaldo is 56. Actor Thomas Calabro is 53. Actor-director Keith Gordon is 51. Actress Michele Greene is 50. Country singer Matraca Berg is 48. Actress Maura Tierney is 47. Actor Warwick Davis is 42. Actress Elisa Donovan is 41. Musician Grant Barry is 35. Singer-songwriter Jessica Harp is 30.

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Friday, Feb. 3 Oak Street Lofts open house 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. “Oak Street Lofts at 72 Oak St. in Portland officially opened on Jan. 17. This newest addition to the Arts District features 37 units of affordable, artist-friendly efficiency apartments developed by Avesta Housing. By the end of January, nine of the units will be occupied. Avesta is continuing to accept applications for the remaining units.” The public is invited to participate in an open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. during the First Friday Art Walk. Apartment tours will be available and refreshments will be served. The first floor gallery will showcase the art of Maine College of Art Woodworking & Furniture Design students. The press is welcome to attend and current tenants, as well as the project design team, are expected to be available for comment. For more information, call553.7777 or see www.avestahousing.org/properties/60/Oak-Street-Lofts

Tanja Alexia Hollander: Are You Really My Friend? 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Join the Portland Museum of Art to celebrate the opening of “Tanja Alexia Hollander: Are You Really My Friend?”. Artist Tanja Alexia Hollander and Museum Director Mark Bessire will be present to answer questions as part of the Museum’s Free Friday Evenings and Portland’s First Friday Art Walk. This event is part of Portland on Ice, Portland’s Winter Festival Jan. 28-Feb. 4.

First Friday Art Walk at Constellation Gallery 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Constellation Gallery will be welcoming visitors with entertainment, refreshments and, of course, the wide range of original art and reasonably priced prints provided by our eight resident artists and invited contributors. “Check out ‘Symbols of Love,’ our February show on exhibit in the main gallery.” 511 Congress St.

First Friday Art Walk at Mayo St. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Kat Lamont, printmaker; Zak Taillon, photographer; Liz Hardy, sculptor. Opening reception 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. http://mayostreetarts.org/calendar

‘Lost Trail And Beyond’ 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday Art Walk opening of “Lost Trail And Beyond,” illustrations by Ben Bishop, at The Green Hand Bookshop, 661 Congress St., Portland. On display through the month of February. “Ben Bishop gives us a look at some of his original art, including some recently published in Donn Fendler’s ‘Lost Trail,’ an adaptation of Fendler’s classic Maine book, ‘Lost on a Mountain in Maine.’ Ben will be on hand during the opening with copies of his books for a signing, and other portfolio items for your perusal and enjoyment. FMI: Contact Michelle Souliere at 253-6808 or michelle.souliere@gmail.com.

First Friday at the Meg Perry 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday Art Walk at the Meg Perry Center, 644 Congress St., Portland. “This art show presents

Artist Tanja Alexia Hollander photographed more than 600 Facebook “friends” in their homes all over the world. The result is a collection of portraits “that create a window into the home as each subject defines it.” Hollander and Portland Museum of Art Director Mark Bessire will be present today at 5 p.m. to answer questions as part of the Museum’s Free Friday Evenings and Portland’s First Friday Art Walk. (COURTESY IMAGE) the work of clients, staff and consumers affiliated with the Opportunity Alliance (formerly Youth Alternative Ingraham) in Maine. The mission of Youth Alternatives Ingraham is to partner with communities and individuals to deliver a full spectrum of social services and mental health care that begins prenatally and continues throughout the lifespan. Our programs advance healthier lives, happier families, and stronger communities. Some of the art you will see in this show was created in weekly art groups where themes of recovery, hope, empowerment, community, and creativity are used to further delve into complicated stories of struggle in recovery and community empowerment.” http:// yimaine.org

First Friday Art Walk with MCMA 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Maine Charitable Mechanic Association display in Mechanics’ Hall Library, “The MCMA Free Drawing School, 1875 to 1988.” The event will feature a continuing exhibit of drawings from the MCMA drawing classes of the late 1800s. Architectural drawings of Will S. Aldrich (ca. 1886), who was a student and draughtsman for MCMA; past president and renowned architect John Calvin Stevens; along with blueprints and instruction samples from the Free Drawing School of Mechanical and Architectural drawing classes. Also on exhibit are instructor log books of students and bios of the instructors. 519 Congress St. www.mainecharitablemechanicassociation.com

Fourth annual Downtown Showdown cancelled 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday River and Sugarloaf resorts and the city have cancelled the fourth annual Downtown Showdown rail jam event in Portland’s Monument Square.

‘Le Harve’ at the PMA 6:30 p.m. Movies at the Museum, Portland Museum of Art. Friday, Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 4, 2 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 10, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 11, 2 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 12, 2 p.m. NR. “In this warm-hearted portrait of the French harbor city that gives the film its name, fate throws young African refugee Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) into the path of Marcel Marx (André Wilms), a well-spoken bohemian who works as a shoe shiner. With innate optimism and the unwavering support of his community, Marcel stands up to officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation.” www. portlandmuseum.org/events/movies.php

Mad Horse Theatre Company’s ‘Becky Shaw’

An AFL-CIO union representative stands in Monument Square beyond an OccupyMaine sign. On Sunday, Feb. 12, at 1 p.m., Andrew Bossie, executive director of Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, will join members and friends of Allen Avenue will present Occupy Maine, “Money And Politics,” a talk at Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Ave., Portland. The conversation is about the origin, meaning, importance, and future of the Occupy Maine movement. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO)

8 p.m. Mad Horse Theatre Company presents “Becky Shaw,” “the Pulitzer Prize finalist and smash hit by Obie Award winning playwright Gina Gionfriddo. In what The New York Times calls ‘a comedy of bad manners,’ a woman fixes up her romantically challenged best friend with her husband’s mysterious co-worker. The date goes horribly awry, forcing the matchmakers to examine their own relationship and leading the daters to an emotional detente.” Written by Gina Gionfriddo, directed by James Herrera. Tickets are $22 student/senior $20. The Maine Premiere of “Becky Shaw” marks the first time Mad Horse Theatre Company has produced a work by Gionfriddo. It also marks the directorial debut of company member James Herrera, who jumped at the chance to helm a cast made up entirely of Mad Horse Theatre Company members. According to Herrera, the cast made his transition from actor to director easier than it could have been. Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Lucid Stage. http:// madhorse.com/gallery/show/becky_shaw.php see next page


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First Friday Free Film Series 8:30 p.m. The Meg Perry Center, 644 Congress St., Portland, welcomes the public to “Renaissance 2.0,” “to free humanity from imperial control.” “The video chronicles how we are approaching the end of the current basis of western civilization — the debt-based monetary system. Come watch this video series, ‘Renaissance 2.0,’ which explores ways that our lives will be profoundly changed as we approach the end of post-Enlightenment rationalism. Bring a refreshment and a snack to share. Join in a lovely discussion following the presentation. Free and open to the public.” For further information call Occupy Maine at 2215899.

Saturday, Feb. 4 Race Up Boston Place 8 a.m. On-site registration at One Boston Place begins for the Race Up Boston Place. Registration fee is $50 in addition to the $100 fundraising minimum. “In 2009 and 2010, the Local 740 Portland Fire Department returned to Maine with the Race Up Boston Place firefighter trophy in tow. In 2011, the guys were defeated by the Needham Fire Department, by a mere 18 seconds.” Next year, the Portland team will be back. “The race to the top this coming February is sure to be exciting. The 2012 Race Up Boston Place stairclimb will be held on Feb. 4 at One Boston Place in the Mellon Financial Building. Sponsors for the event include: CB Richard Ellis, Aeropoint Security Enterprises, WZLX 100.7, Mix 104.1, Captivate Network, Boston Magazine, and Whole Foods Market. All participants are responsible for a $35 registration fee as well as a $100 fundraising minimum. All proceeds benefit lung disease research, advocacy and programs as well as anti-tobacco and clean air initiatives in Massachusetts. Visit www.climbofyourlife.org for more information.

Year of the Dragon 10:30 a.m. The Chinese and American Friendship Association of Maine will ring in the Year of the Dragon at its new venue, the Westbrook Performing Arts Center, 471 Stroudwater Street, Westbrook, starting at 10:30 a.m. The

new venue has a huge auditorium and plenty of parking. As usual, at 11 a.m., the CAFAM Chinese School students’ Chinese dance program will highlight the festivities. The Riverview Foundation will present lively martial arts demonstrations. There will be lots of children’s activities including several tables with fun arts and crafts as well as face painting. Adults can enjoy a panel discussion, featuring Eliot Cutler, on the mutual importance of China and America today. Maine author Susan Conley will read from her new book Foremost Good Fortune and will do a book signing. You can learn to play Mah Jong and attend Chinese cooking demonstrations, Yummy Chinese food provided by BubbleMainea and dumplings by the Chinese School. Vendors will be selling craft items from China and books related to China. Admission: Adults $6, Children under 12 $4, Children 2 and under free. CAFAM members: Adults $4, Children $3. Family: $20. Go to www.cafammaine.org.

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11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join the Animal Welfare Society Mobile Adoption Team and visit with some adoptable canines at the Pet Quarters, 486 Payne Road, Scarborough. For more information, call Animal Welfare Society at 985-3244 (www. animalwelfaresociety.org) or Pet Quarters at 885-5005.

‘Puss ‘n Boots’ 11 a.m. This winter, Acorn Productions’ “Fairy Tale Players,” an ensemble of children, teens and adults who have studied at the Acorn Acting Academy, continues its third season of productions with Producing Director Michael Levine’s adaptation of “Puss ‘n Boots.” “The production is suitable for audiences of all ages, and centers around the story of a clever cat who helps her mistress win the love of a prince by pretending to be the Marquis de Carrabas. Along the way, we meet a crazy cast of characters including spoiled sisters, a foolish hare, and a lonely ogre. Acorn’s comedic version of the well-known fairy tale is directed by Karen Ball, and the script includes references to King Lear and the Occupy Wall Street Movement for the more sophisticated audience members. There are eight actors ranging in age from 9 to 17 in the show, which runs from Jan. 28 to Feb. 12 in the Acorn Studio Theater in Westbrook.” Saturday, Feb. 4 at 11 a.m.; Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 11 at 11 a.m.; Sunday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. Acorn Studio Theater, Dana Warp Mill, 90 Bridge St., Westbrook. Admission: $8 adults; $6 kids 12 and under. FMI: www.acorn-productions.org or 854-0065.

noon to 3 p.m. Skyline Farm hosts its 13th Annual Sleigh Day, in conjunction with its new exhibit, “Winter Transportation: From Horse to Horseless.” The cost is $8, or $30/ family, which includes a sleigh ride given by J. L. Gray & Son of Monmouth and his pair of Percherons. The event is free for Skyline Farm members, sleigh drivers, and children ages 5 and under. Dress warmly.The museum exhibit, also open on Sundays from 1-4 p.m., Feb. 5 through March 25, features such horse-drawn vehicles as a 1780s Pleasure Wagon, Fiddler Gig, Doctors Gig, Van Tassel, Maine State Prison made Concord Buggy, Surrey, Bronson, Extension Top Phaeton, and a Rockaway along with a special side exhibit: “Canadian Sleighs”, on loan from Willowbrook Museum. Storm date is Sunday, Feb. 5. For more information, call Lynn at 899-5837 or Pam at 829-5708. Skyline Farm, a nonprofit organization, is located at 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth. 1 p.m. Dan Zanes and Friends Family Series presented by Portland Ovations at Hannaford Hall, University of Southern Maine. This show is sold out. “Dan Zanes & Friends create fun-filled, rockin’ interactive dance parties wherever they go, performing exuberant, handmade 21st-century music that transcends language, genre, and age.”

Valentine’s Day with the Rat Pack 7 p.m. Anthony’s Dinner Theater and Cabaret presents a Valentine’s Day show, “A Tribute to the Rat Pack.” $39.95 per person includes free rose for every lady plus five-course dinner. Show starts at 7 p.m. Call 221-2267 for reservations. Free parking, handicap accessible. www.anthonysdinnertheater.com

‘Next Fall’ by Good Theater 7:30 p.m. “Next Fall” by Geoffrey Nauffts, Jan. 25 to Feb. 19. “Good Theater presents the Maine premiere of this recent Best Play Tony Award nominee. A charming, funny and touching play about life and love from one of the writers of the hit TV series, Brothers & Sisters.” Directed by Brian P. Allen and starring Joe Bearor, Rob Cameron, Matt Delamater, Moira Driscoll Abbie Killeen and Tony Reilly. St Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St. Wednesdays 7 p.m. ($15), Thursdays 7 p.m. ($20), Fridays 7:30 p.m. ($20), Saturday 7:30 p.m. ($25), Sundays 2 p.m. ($25) with a special added matinee on Saturday, Feb. 11, 3 p.m. ($20). 885-5883.

Remmel said both sides ‘agreed to disagree’ on future uses ZONING from page 6

“As to abutters, they are almost uniformly opposed to it, and they are frightened,” he said. “Would the city, for the purpose of saving a city building, (oppose) a neighborhood?” Remmel said the current proposal would inject business and entertainment uses into a neighborhood that for more than 30 years has had restrictive zoning aimed at preserving the character of historic residential homes. He’d rather see the property be used solely for housing. During a recent phone conversation with Pringle and Remmel, Monsour was “very up front” with his plans to use the site for offices and a for-profit concert venue. Although the conversation was cordial, Remmel said both sides “agreed to disagree” on future uses for the church.

Monsour’s company, Majella Global, previously rented office space in the Time and Temperature Building in downtown Portland. The company website said yesterday that the new U.S. headquarters for the company is at 32 Thomas St. Attempts to reach Monsour yesterday were not successful. A woman who answered the phone directed a reporter to another executive, who did not return a phone call. The zoning application filed with the city offers broad ideas for the church if the contract zone were approved, but no specific plans. For instance, it’s not clear what sort of concert venue the sanctuary would become, how many people it would hold, or where they would park. Also unclear is how many people would work from Majella’s offices. Even without opposition from the neighborhood — which has numerous homes and condos valued

“As to abutters, they are almost uniformly opposed to it, and they are frightened. Would the city, for the purpose of saving a city building, (oppose) a neighborhood?” — Charles Remmel, who lives across from the former church at $500,000 or more — getting approval for the contract zone might be tough. Some planning board members and city councilors are becoming increasingly skeptical of patchwork zoning that results from contract zones. Indeed, one city councilor said this week that the proposal was “DOA,” meaning dead on arrival.

Tentative date for interviews with companies is Friday, Feb. 17 RENOVATION from page 3

well-known and highly respected firms," Pratt said. Pratt said he received a copy of the initial responses from these three firms Thursday, and that the board would hold a special meeting on Monday at 8 a.m. to talk about the proposals. The Civic Center board will request a more formal proposal including a bid from the preferred company and officials will negotiate a fee with that firm, Pratt said. "If they're all in the same range, we may end up interviewing all three of them," he said. Tentative date for interviews is Friday, Feb. 17. "We'll do our due diligence and we'll pick the firm that we think will do the best job," Pratt said. On Dec. 21, the Civic Center board selected WBRC

Architects/Engineers and Sink Combs Dethlefs as the architects and engineers for the renovation job. Surveyors have worked on establishing baseline data about the existing building, which is over 34 years old. The architects will construct plans in collaboration with the construction manager, which is the equivalent of a general contractor, Pratt said. Building plans will be finalized and adopted, and the county's design and construction teams will need to "get on the same page" to establish a formal plan, Pratt said. Then, there will be the decision of how long to close the Civic Center. "I do want to have a sense pretty quickly, hopefully in the next couple of months at minimum, of what we're looking at for a construction schedule," Pratt said. Calling the candidate construction managers "three terrific firms," Pratt said, "It's obviously an

ambitious project." The portfolios of the respective companies include several high-profile renovation projects. Consigli Construction Co. Inc. refurbished and expanded the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, in a $20.8 million renovation and expansion that was completed in 2007. Cianbro built the six-level parking garage at the Portland International Jetport; renovated and remodeled a 32,000-square-foot retail store for L. L. Bean in Columbia, Md.; and managed the architectural and engineering design and the construction of L.L. Bean’s 457,000-square-foot, two-story distribution center in Freeport. Wright-Ryan Construction Inc., among its credits, renovated and expanded the historic Knox County Courthouse in Rockland, at a cost of $4.46 million.


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MECA student says art installation ‘definitely has caught some eyes’ ART from page 7

"It's been a really good experience," said Jake Michaud, one of the students involved in "Inside/Out." "We've been able to work with such an eclectic number of individuals from the community. From talking to people and talking to them about the project and what we've been trying to do, they're like, 'Oh yeah, we've totally noticed one of those posters or one of those banners.' So it definitely has caught some eyes." MECA partnered with TedxDirigo, a group of innovators and "change-makers," to launch the project and find spaces to display the portraits. The original idea came from French street artist JR, who envisioned massive self-portraits of ordinary people and their stories and visions. Last fall, MECA students embarked on Maine's version of the global art project. "The temporary public art project featured voices and portraits shared on the streets of Portland, on the web, and on the radio," according to MECA. Sarah Capra, one of the students involved, recalled how people would come up to her during outdoor installations. "We had a lot of people who stopped to talk to us and asked us what we were doing, and then we got to ask them what they would like to see changed about Portland," she recalled. Michaud said, "The city itself is just a well of untapped creative opportunity and potential, part of

what this project is all about is tapping into that and exposing things that are not normally recognized or seen." Installations at Brian Boru and Thompson's Point were "wonderful examples of how we were able to work with some community members and people who own these sites, they were so excited about the project and just so open to letting us install and working with us," Michaud said. Capra added, "There's that huge possibility of failure, but we worked so hard together and so well as a team, that we managed to get everything done, and it all came out so awesome." The Public Art class also included Gianna Caranfa, Kyle DiMare, Jodi Ferry, Kristin Fitzpatrick, Madi Gantos, Peter Hyde, Isabel Kelley, Ellie Little, Liz Long, Sara Moser, Zack Nelson, Sarah Oppelt, Stephie Farrell and Agee Tibke. Local participants in MECA's Inside/Out project included the city of Portland, Creative Trails, Cultivating Community, Parkside Neighborhood Center, Company of Girls, The Telling Room, the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA, Mark Marchesi, Pete Nenortas, Michael Berube, Parallax Partners, No Umbrella Media and Winky Lewis. RIGHT: Jodi Ferry, one of the Maine College of Art students who participated in the “Inside/ Out” public art project, walks past one of the portraits on the stairs at MECA. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)


The Portland Daily Sun, Friday, February 3, 2012