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Open for Breakfast & Lunch 949 Forest Ave., Portland, Maine • 878-6575 iBrain can read your mind SAN DIEGO — Already surrounded by machines that allow him, painstakingly, to communicate, the physicist Stephen Hawking last summer donned what looked like a rakish black headband that held a feather-light device the size of a small matchbox. Called the iBrain, this simple-looking contraption is part of an experiment that aims to allow Dr. Hawking — long paralyzed by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease — to communicate by merely thinking. The iBrain is part of a new generation of portable neural devices and algorithms intended to monitor and diagnose conditions like sleep apnea, depression and autism. Invented by a team led by Philip Low, a 32-year-old neuroscientist who is chief executive of NeuroVigil, a company based in San Diego, the iBrain is gaining attention as a possible alternative to expensive sleep labs that use rubber and plastic caps riddled with dozens of electrodes and usually require a patient to stay overnight. About the Hawking experiment, Dr. Low said, “The idea is to see if Stephen can use his mind to create a consistent and repeatable pattern that a computer can translate into, say, a word or letter or a command for a computer.” The device uses a single channel to pick up waves of electrical brain signals, which change with different activities and thoughts, or with the pathologies that accompany brain disorders. “The iBrain can collect data in real time in a person’s own bed, or when they’re watching TV, or doing just about anything,” Dr. Low said. But the raw waves are hard to read because they must pass through the many folds of the brain and then the skull, so they are interpreted with an algorithm that Dr. Low first created for his Ph.D., earned in 2007 at the University of California, San Diego. (The original research, published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was done on zebra finches.)


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Obama: GOP budget plan embodies ‘radical vision’ WASHINGTON (NY Times) — President Obama opened a full-frontal assault Tuesday on the federal budget adopted by House Republicans, condemning it as a “Trojan horse” that would greatly deepen inequality in the United States, and painting it as the manifesto of a party that had swung radi-

cally to the right. Listing what he said would be draconian cuts to college scholarships, medical research, national parks and even weather forecasts, Obama said the Republican budget was “so far to the right, it makes the Contract With America” — Newt Gingrich’s legislative

insurgency of 1994 — “look like the New Deal.” Obama’s scathing attack, in a lunchtime speech to editors and reporters from The Associated Press, was part of a broad indictment of the Republican Party that included the president’s likely opponent in the fall, Mitt Romney.

A taste of hope in Mogadishu MOGADISHU, Somalia (NY Times) — Up until a few weeks ago, all visitors who landed at Aden Abdulle International Airport in Mogadishu were handed a poorly copied, barely readable sheet that asked for name, address — and caliber of weapon. No more. Now visitors get a bright yellow welcome card that has no mention of guns and several choices for reason of visit, including a new category: holiday. Outside, on Mogadishu’s streets, the thwatthwat-thwat hammering sound that rings out in the mornings is not the clatter of machine guns but the sound of actual hammers. Construction

is going on everywhere — new hospitals, new homes, new shops, a six-story hotel and even sports bars (albeit serving cappuccino and fruit juice instead of beer). Painters are painting again, and Somali singers just held their first concert in more than two decades at the National Theater, which used to be a weapons depot and then a national toilet. Up next: a televised, countrywide talent show, essentially “Somali Idol.” Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, which had been reduced to rubble during 21 years of civil war, becoming a byword for anarchy, is making a remarkable comeback.

Libyan militias turn to politics TRIPOLI, Libya (NY Times) — The militia leaders who have turned post-Qaddafi Libya into a patchwork of semiautonomous fiefs are now plunging into politics, raising fears that their armed brigades could undermine elections intended to lay the foundation of a new democracy. The militia leader from Zintan who controls the airport here in the capital has exchanged his uniform for a suit and tie and now talks about running for office — with his 1,200 armed men at his back. The head of Tripoli’s military council is starting a political party, and the military council in Benghazi is preparing its own slate of candidates for local office. Regional militias and the ruling Transitional National Council have already blocked the city of Bani Walid, once a bastion of support for Col. Muammar elQaddafi, from choosing its local government. Other militia leaders are volunteering their armed support as the military wings of newly formed parties. Five months after Colonel Qaddafi’s death, Libyans are counting on the ritual of the ballot box to end four decades of rule by brute force.

Police describe systematic slaughter by college gunman OAKLAND, Calif. (NY Times) — Before embarking on a shooting rampage at a religious college that left seven people dead, the gunman, a former nursing student, moved deliberately through a school building, lining students up against a wall before gunning them down execution-style and hunting others down after they had taken cover under their desks, the

authorities said Tuesday. Of the seven people who died, six were women. Three other people were wounded. One L. Goh, a 43-year-old Korean immigrant who was arrested after the attack, has admitted to the shooting at Oikos University, a small college in East Oakland, the authorities said. The police said Tuesday that Goh might have been prompted

to kill because people at the college had made fun of the way he spoke English. The authorities cautioned, however, that a clear motive had not yet been established. “He was very upset,” said Officer Jonna Watson, a spokeswoman for the Oakland Police Department. “He had been being teased by his classmates because his English was not very good, and that angered

him. He says that made him very mad.” The police described Goh, who was not enrolled in the college this semester, as being “cooperative” with investigators, and said he had provided a chilling account of how he armed himself with a semiautomatic pistol and systematically sought to shoot as many people as possible — including those who sought to flee.

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Officials warn costs of crime fighting going up BY MAL LEARY CAPITOL NEWS SERVICE

AUGUSTA — During budget talks over the last week, the state’s top law enforcement officials have warned the cost of crime fighting is going up as criminals use the latest technology to commit crimes from computers to lab equipment to make drugs like meth. “Every time we break a meth lab it costs $15,000, “said Public Safety Commissioner John Morris, “because of the care we have to take and the hazmat that we have to send in.” He said the chemicals used to make meth and other designer drugs are very dangerous, some toxic and others explosive. He said it is a growing cost as drug labs have been raided across the state. Morris said those types of cases cause overtime, as does missing persons cases and homicides. He said those are significant costs and seem to be increasing. “Right now in the Alya Reynolds case it is more than $97,000 just for the State Police,” he said. “The missing firefighter from Florida cost us a lot of money. We are spending more and more money on what we call the major crimes unit.”

The Jerry Perdomo missing person case later became a homicide case after his body was found near Bangor. The Reynolds case is continuing. Rep. Ken Fredette, R-Newport, questioned Morris if the increasing costs would mean greater appropriations requests in the future and Morris said it would. “We are not only seeing increased costs we are seeing reduced federal grant funds and special revenue funds,” Morris said. Col. Robert Williams, Chief of the Maine State Police, said overtime for complex cases is only part of the cost problem facing all of law enforcement. He said criminals are making use of the wide array of electronic devices that have been developed to commit crimes and police are always playing catch up with changing technology. “We are solving more crimes today through science than we ever did, “he said. “The demand and the cost of doing that is increasing exponentially.” Williams told lawmakers their initial approval of $362,000 for three additional positions at the computer crime lab will not reduce the backlog of needed investigations but will

hopefully keep it from growing. He said nearly everybody has a computer, a cell phone and other electronic devices. “Just think of yourself and your children or grandchildren, everyone of you and everyone one of them probably have some type of electronic appliance, “he said. “So when a crime is committed, that has to be looked at. When we stop vehicles now, we used to look for drugs and stolen property, the first thing we look for now are cellphones because that has a person’s life in it.” Under questioning from Rep. Dennis Keschl, R-Belgrade, Williams said that search for a cellphone only happens when police have stopped a vehicle for probable cause of a crime. “We would only look when there is probable cause, “he said. Williams said while the caseload is growing, he could only think of one case lost in court. That was a loophole in the law that was closed by lawmakers. He said in most cases there is a guilty plea and no trial. In documents submitted to the

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Eastport man faces child porn possession charges DAILY SUN STAFF REPORTS An Eastport man was arrested Sunday by Maine State Police and charged with possessing child pornography on his computer, state police spokesman Steve McCausland said. Arrested at his Toll Bridge Road apartment was 25-year-old Rubin Perry, who is being held at the Washington County Jail, McCausland said. Members of the State Police Computer Crimes Unit, acting on a tip, went to Perry’s apartment Sunday morning. Perry is charged with one count of possession of sexually explicit material of children under the age of 12, and additional charges are likely after computer crime personnel analyze his computer, McCausland said. Eastport Police also is involved in the investigation. Perry was living in the apartment with his girlfriend and her baby and neither was believed involved in his child porn activities, McCausland said.

Lubec man killed by falling tree at wood lot State Police say a man was killed by a falling tree as he was working

on a wood lot in the town of Whiting Monday afternoon. Troopers said the body of 66-yearold Edward Dinsmore of Lubec was found Monday evening. Dinsmore had been cutting trees during the afternoon off the Barney Field Road. Troopers were assisted at the scene by Maine Forest Rangers, who concluded that Dinsmore had cut two trees at the same time, with one falling as expected and the other one falling on him, pinning him to the ground, according to the state police.

Westbrook man pulled over with load of propane tanks Joshua Prokey of Westbrook was stopped Monday morning on River Road in Windham, carrying more than a dozen propane tanks on a trailer behind his van, according to media reports. “Officials became suspicious and blocked off the road because of the dangerous load and Prokey’s black van with tinted windows,” according to The Associated Press. “A friend told reporters that Prokey was planning to use the 120-gallon tanks for flotation on a homemade pontoon boat,” the AP reported.

Appropriations Committee the scope of the computer crime unit backlog is spelled out in detail. As of March 30, 2012 there were 417 computers and hard drives waiting to be analyzed as well as 71 cell phones. In addition there are 54 thumb drives, 32 digital cameras, 25 memory cards, 8 zip drives, 8 xBox game players, 6 ipods, 3 GPS units, 2 digital records and 2 ebook readers. There are also over 600 individual CD and DVD discs to analyze. “Some of these can take hours on hours to analyze, “Lt. Glenn Lang, Director of the Computer Crime Unit told the Criminal Justice Committee last month. He said some the additional positions requested in the supplemental budget would be modeled on the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency practice of hiring police officers from local agencies so they can get training and experience in drug cases. The Appropriations Committee has given initial to the additional positions, but work has not been completed on the supplemental budget.




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Respect the future Last fall I asked readers over 70 to send me “Life Reports” — essays evaluating their own lives. Charles Darwin Snelling responded with a remarkable 5,000-word reflection. Snelling was a successful entrepreneur who spent decades serving his community. He was redeemed, he reported, six years ago when his beloved wife, Adrienne, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. “She took care of me in every possible way she could for 55 years. The last six years have been my turn,” Snelling wrote. “We continue to make a life together, living together in the full sense of the word; going about our life, hand in hand, with everyone lending a hand, as though nothing was wrong at all,” he continued. He believed that caring for his wife made him a richer, fuller human being: “It’s not ––––– noble, it’s not sacrificial and The New York it’s not painful. It’s just right Times in the scheme of things. ... Sixty-one years ago, a partner to our marriage who knew how to nurture, nurtured a partner who needed nurturing. Now, 61 years later, a partner who is learning how to nurture is nurturing a partner who needs nurturing.” On March 29, less than four months after we published his essay online, Snelling killed his wife and then himself.

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Tips for losing your restaurant job this summer It’s that time of year again and Craig’s List is starting to bulk up with restaurant and hospitality jobs aimed at seasonal help. It stands to reason that the actual number of available jobs won’t increase over last year, and the pool of broke and willing applicants will be plentiful, older, and more experienced than ever. In the grand scheme of things, a summer gig, full or part time, lucrative or not, will still be hard to come by. So once you actually land one, the best way to screw it up is by partaking in: 10 Best Ways To Get Fired From a PartTime Restaurant Job. 1) Lie on your application or resume. The restaurant business is a tight knit, incestuous community and maybe you can scam a manager into thinking you worked someplace, but chances are pretty good you’ll get bagged when another server asks if you know her boyfriend who has been the Sous Chef at said previous place of employment for twelve years. 2) If you currently have a restaurant job, be indiscreet in your search. Not only does common knowledge say it’s easier to get a

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––––– What It’s Like job when you have one, but your coworkers (no matter how much they love you) are going to circle the schedule for your coveted shifts like a seagull seeking fries at OOB. 3) Gossip like a Desperate Housewife. Once you land a job, you and anyone else hired at the same time are the Newbies. You’ll be new until yet someone else is hired, at least a month after you start. The people with seniority (this is a subject for another column as I believe in Fair and Equal Treatment for All) will be watching and listening. No matter what they may say about the dishwasher, the owner, the server who has had “enhancement work” or one of the obnoxious regulars, keep your mouth shut until you are no longer new. 4) Keep your phone turned on.

This means personal phone calls, texting, Facebook, or checking the Red Sox score. Once again, your mom was right when she said, “If Tommy jumped off a bridge, would you jump, too?” All eyes and ears are on you, and life (especially in the restaurant business) isn’t fair. 5) Over and above a sanctioned after-shift libation, drink heavily at work. Next to stealing, it’ll get you fired faster than anything else, with no questions asked or answered. 6) Become romantically involved with your boss. Chances are pretty good your boss has a boss, too, and fast-paced summer jobs are competitive enough as it is. Don’t give your coworkers an excuse to complain that you receive partiality and favoritism. And who do you think the Big boss will fire first? You or Romeo? 7) Throw your coworkers under the bus. In pressure cooker situations, mistakes are going to be made. Things will get broken, the wrong orders will go out, and not everybody will be able to stand the heat in the kitchen, so to speak. But be helpful instead of see LADD page 5

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City manager crafts path to budget success On Monday, Portland's new city manager, Mark Rees, released his budget proposal for Portland’s city government and services. Portland is the midst of an economic recovery, with new businesses opening and more construction projects getting underway. But City Hall is still dealing with the aftermath of the recession and the budget cuts of recent years. So Mr. Rees faced a daunting challenge in crafting his first budget proposal in his role as Portland’s new city manager: he needs to address organizational capacity issues among the short-staffed city offices that he oversees, but he also needs to keep overall spending down, within the city’s still-modest means. His rookie-year effort inspires a lot of confidence. Mr. Rees’s proposal calls for a number of far-sighted streamlining initiatives, from realigning the manager’s deputy staff to implementing better information technology within City Hall. These efforts ought to improve City Hall's responsiveness and effectiveness in the short term, and reduce costs in the long term. For instance, Mr. Rees wants to revamp the city’s website, which hasn’t been upgraded since the Clinton administration. That will increase transparency and accountability among the city government's various departments and committees, and give city

workers access to more powerful communications tools. The Manager’s budget proposal also recognizes ––––– The New York the public's calls for streamlined city permitTimes ting, which has unnecessarily obstructed worthy new businesses and developments — especially in the past year, as new enterprises ready to kick off the city’s economic recovery have struggled to cope with red tape. Instead of getting paid to work at cross purposes against the city’s economic development and housing goals, the city’s zoning administrators and inspectors might be given the freedom to do more useful and supportive work. I was particularly pleased to see that the budget proposal would preserve the city’s nascent Bicycle and Pedestrian program, which was originally funded through a 2-year federal grant and has already produced safer neighborhood streets, better walking and cycling routes to city schools, and a strong planning framework for accommodating and encouraging foot traffic in new city development projects. In his draft budget, Rees notes that “people move around the city differently than they did twenty years ago, and we need to respond to these changes

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with a comprehensive approach.” As state and federal funding for old-style highway projects continues to dwindle, and as the costs of car ownership continue to increase, local leadership in low-cost transportation alternatives will become increasingly valuable. In addition to preserving the Bicycle and Pedestrian program, Rees has proposed a coordinated, interdepartmental working group to prioritize more sustainable transportation for Portland. It’s been too long since a city budget has proposed such far-sighted reforms to the city’s management structures and operations. In recent years, Portland’s budget process has struggled to look beyond short-term fiscal emergencies caused by plummeting public revenues, and lack of communication between City Hall and the schools department. And the former city manager, whose foremost longterm visions seemed to concern his own retirement, wasn’t much help either. Luckily, the City Council has done an admirable job of improving the budget process in recent years. That’s given our new City Manager and Mayor the freedom to craft a more farsighted vision that looks beyond the line-items of the next fiscal year, toward a better, more sustainable city government for the long run. I’d say they’re off to a very good start. (Christian MilNeil is a blogger at "The Vigorous North: A field guide to the wilderness areas of American cities,"

Few settings require teamwork more than a busy restaurant LADD from page 4

pointing fingers. Admittedly, it gets old picking up slack, but few settings require teamwork more than a busy restaurant, and make no mistake, your boss and your boss’ boss know what’s going on. 8) Call in sick or become suddenly ill. The whole summer is eight to ten weeks and if you want to get hired again next summer, suck it up no matter how badly you want to go on a road trip with your friends from high school. Your manager has a stack of applications on her desk and sadly, you are dispensable. 9) Badmouth your place of employment. This seems so obvious, but I’ve heard servers commiserate with customers over marginal food in places that are known for cold beer and live bands instead of the cuisine. Just apologize for their dissatisfaction and go find your manager, boss, or someone with experi-

ence who can handle and deflect the complaint. 10) Don’t take the job too seriously. It’s just a summer job, so why act like your life depends on it? Because all and any references will be necessary as you try and get a full time or “real” job after the Canadians flock north of the border. Once again, that stack of applications isn’t getting any smaller and giving it your best will make the job more enjoyable and make you a shoo-in for the 2013 rehire pile. The list of how to get fired is actually much longer, and hopefully, those of you who already have parttime restaurant jobs won’t have personal suggestions to add by the time Labor Day rolls around. The Down Low: Many thanks to those of you who emailed to offer support, encouragement and ridicule as I continue my Weight Watchers journey. To date I’ve lost 9.1 pounds and promptly celebrated with Number One and Carly Ladd by having Sunday

brunch at The Corner Room (“celebrated” may be too strong of a word as one kid read at the table and the other was texting nonstop). I inhaled at least a thousand points with the antipasto alone, and it was well worth the extra lap around the boulevard. As far as sticking to the plan at work, I’ve taken to going behind the line of fire to weigh, measure and cook my own food. Tolerance in the kitchen is waning, and I may just be adding another bullet point to the list above if I don’t consider packing a brown bag before punching in at the Marsala mecca of Greater Portland. (Natalie Ladd is a columnist for the Portland Daily Sun. She has over 30 continuous years of corporate and fine-dining experience in all front-of-the-house management, hourly and under-the-table positions. She can be reached at

Everyone approaches this case with sadness and trepidation BROOKS from page 4

The comments responding to Matt Flegenheimer’s news article on this event make for fascinating reading. The majority support or sympathize with Snelling’s double-killing. Many of the correspondents have cared for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. “It is like a slow horror show,” a woman from Texas wrote. These writers felt nothing but sympathy for the pain and despair Snelling must have endured. Several argued that people in these circumstances should be able to end their spouse’s life legally, so they don’t then feel compelled to end their own. Others were impressed by the Romeo-andJuliet-style ending that Snelling created. “This was as fine an ending as the Snellings’ love story deserved,” a man from Virginia wrote. “Their bodies gave out — their hearts never did.” This sentiment was echoed by the Snelling family, which released a statement that began, “This is a total shock to everyone in the family, but we know he acted out of deep devotion and profound love.” Others, more likely women than men, were upset by Snelling’s decision. A woman from Canada who

has spent 25 years nursing Alzheimer’s patients, argued that none of us have the right to decide that another person’s life is worthless. Some argued that the nurturing process at the end of life, like the nurturing process at the beginning, requires patience and that those who are desperate should seek help, not a firearm. Everyone approaches this case with sadness and trepidation. But I can come to only one conclusion: Either Snelling was so overcome that he lost control of his faculties, or he made a lamentable mistake. I won’t rehearse the religious arguments against murder and suicide, many of which are based on the supposition that a life is a gift from God. Our job is not to determine who is worthy of life, but how to make the most of the life we have been given. I would just refer you to the essay Snelling himself wrote. Only a few months ago, Snelling wrote that his life as his wife’s caretaker was rich and humanizing. By last week, he apparently no longer believed that. But who is to say how Snelling would have felt four months from now? The fact is, we are all terrible at imagining how we will feel in the future. We exaggerate how much the future will be like the

present. We underestimate the power of temperament to gradually pull us up from the lowest lows. And if our capacities for imagining the future are bad in normal times, they are horrible in moments of stress and suffering. Given these weaknesses, it seems wrong to make a decision that will foreclose future thinking. It seems wrong to imagine that you have mastery over everything you will feel and believe. It’s better to respect the future, to remain humbly open to your own unfolding. Furthermore, I bought the arguments that Snelling made in that essay: that his wife’s illness had become a call for him to exercise virtue and to serve as an example for others; that people are joined by suffering, and that the life of a community is enriched by the hard tasks placed before it; that dependency is the normal state of affairs. If you look at life through the calculus of autonomy, then maybe Snelling made the right call. Maybe his moments of pain from here on out would have outnumbered his moments of pleasure. But if you look at a life as one element within a mysterious flow, it’s hard to escape the conclusion that Charles and Adrienne Snelling still had a few ripples to create.

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City budget sees signs of economic recovery BY DAVID CARKHUFF THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Next year's city budget anticipates an improved economy in Portland, a city finance committee learned yesterday during a nuts and bolts discussion of the revenue and spending package. Several signs of economic improvement include anticipated increases of $230,000 in excise tax revenue and $280,000 in building permit revenue, Ellen Sanborn, finance director, told a city council finance committee Tuesday. Councilor Nick Mavodones suggested the excise tax forecast was good news. "When that goes down, everything is going in the hole. When it starts to go up, it (the economy) will start to come back," Sanborn agreed. Building permit forecasts may be "a little aggressive," Sanborn acknowledged, depending on what pending developments are built. Portland City Manager Mark Rees presented his proposed municipal budget for fiscal year 2013 in broad strokes to the city council Monday night. Fiscal year 2013 runs July 1 to June 30, 2013. A public process of budget meetings will continue throughout the months of April and May including a citywide vote on the school budget Tuesday, May 15 and final passage of a municipal budget by the City Council Monday, May 21. Sanborn hit on some of the city budget highlights at Tuesday's finance committee meeting, including: • The city is reviewing a $206.8 million proposed city budget, with 34 percent of it funded by tax revenue.

School and city budget meeting schedule • Thursday, April 5, 5:30 p.m., Room 209: Finance Committee budget review on the following city departments: Public Services, Planning and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Fire and Police. • Monday, April 9, 5:30 p.m., City Council Chambers: City Council Workshop on capital improvement project budget. • Tuesday, April 10, 5:30 p.m., Room 209: Finance Committee budget review for Recreation and Facilities Management and CIP. • Thursday, April 12, 5:30 p.m., Room 209: Finance Committee Public Hearing, public comment taken on school and city budgets. • Monday, April 23, 7 p.m., City Council Chambers: School Board presents school budget to the City Council. • Thursday, April 25, 5:30 p.m., City Council Chambers: Finance Committee Public Hearing, public comment taken and vote on city, school budgets and CIP. • Monday, April 30, 5:30 p.m., City Council Chambers: City Council Workshop for school budget followed by a public hearing for the school budget at 7 p.m. • Monday, May 7, 7 p.m., City Council Chambers: City Council Workshop second reading and vote on school budget. • Monday, May 14, 5:30 p.m., City Council Chambers: City Council Workshop for city budget only. • Tuesday, May 15, Citywide vote on school budget. Monday, May 21, 7 p.m., City Council Chambers: City Council Public Hearing and vote city budget and CIP. SOURCE: City of Portland

• The budget calls for a "minimal, in our opinion, property tax increase." The tax levy is going up $2.2 million or 3.2 percent, the tax rate is increasing 2.9 percent, she said. A total city and school tax levy is up 3.4 percent. • Expected revenue drops include $150,000 in interest income and $160,000 in recreational camps and afterschool activity income. • Anticipated expense increases include $1.3 million in wages, which is up 2 percent; $821,000 in benefits, up 3.4 percent; and $1.1 million in debt service, up 6.9 percent. The budget also includes the creation of a Waterfront Management Group; streamlining of

the city’s permitting and inspections process; an overhaul of the city’s website; full funding of the Creative Economy tax increment financing at $100,000; energy savings in excess of $870,000 due largely to energy efficiency upgrades completed this year; and savings of $225,000 for salt purchases attributed to the mild winter. The proposed combined tax rate increase for both city and school is 3.2 percent, which for a home valued at $227,000 means a total tax increase of $133.93, the city reported. For more information about the proposed FY13 budget, visit the city’s website at

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Voter approval of the Portland schools budget will be held in May again this year — on the 15th — but 2013 might be a different story. The state requires a referendum on the city's school spending plan every year, and in recent years the election date has been debated by city councilors who decide when the vote will be held. Some councilors want to move the referendum to June, where it could be held in conjunction with other elections. Arguments for the move boil down to saving money, some $14,000 by city estimates, and boosting turnout. In recent years, voter participation has been under 10 percent. School leadership has generally favored the May date, pointing out that the pubic has been "told" that's when the election will be. Others have worried that other elections could bring voters who are not informed about the school budget, leading to a

"reflexive" vote against the spending. Councilor John Anton, a supporter of the June election proposal, this year again championed the move. But he got only the vote of Councilor Dave Marshall. But some council members saying they might vote differently next year. This year is unique, say school officials, because the schools superintendent is leaving. A later budget referendum, should voters say "no," would make transition difficult, say school leaders. They also note the later election could hamper necessary notices for employees facing the next school year. District One Councilor Kevin Donoghue, usually among the usual supporters of the June elections, was among those supporting the May election this time around. With the superintendent issue in the mix, he explained, he didn't feel like "rolling the dice" with a June ballot.

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Local property tax increases irk activists but spur little pushback BY DAVID CARKHUFF THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

“Is there going to be a backlash later on? Or have they sensitized people to it?” — Steven Scharf of Portland

The owner of a $227,000 median-valued home in Portland can brace for a property tax increase of $134 next fiscal year, and can expect a tax bill topping $4,288 in combined city and school property taxes, according to proposed budgets now under of property valuation that determines a property tax review for the next fiscal year starting July 1. bill. Yet, activists say there's barely a hint of public The proposed combined tax rate increase for both uproar, and those who favor limited government city and school is 3.2 percent, which for a home and low taxes are concentrating their efforts on the valued at $227,000 means a total tax increase of Maine Legislature. $134, including a $61 increase for the city budget "I'm not hearing much feedback," said Steven alone, officials noted. Scharf, a Portland resident who monitors the city's Budgets tend to rise by small increments each spending. "I'm not hearing people screaming, but year, Scharf said. I don't think there has been enough promotion of "It's like boiling a frog in warm water," Scharf said. what the real numbers are." Jack Wibby of Gray, a former teacher who's today Scharf acknowledged that he doesn't pay direct the communications director for Maine Taxpayers property taxes — "I'm a renter. I don't pay directly, United, said property taxation is a major issue, even but I pay through my as he conceded that it's difrent," he said. "My ficult to push reform. “My choice was am I going to live in my home cost of my housing as "We hear about it all the a renter increases, my and give an extra $3,500, $4,000 to the Yarmouth time," Wibby said of local landlord has to pay property taxes, but he added School Department which doesn’t need it or am I taxes. (And) I've always that MTU — which plans a been an activist about going to give it to one whose blood is my own?” — Tax Day rally in Lewiston on cutting the cost of govSunday, April 15 — focuses Jack Wibby of Gray, Maine Taxpayers United ernment." primarily on policies emaAccording to the nating from Augusta. city assessor's office, the April 1, 2011 tax rate for "MTU is more a communications network, we're the soon-to-end fiscal year is $18.28 per $1,000 of not much of a local force, our primary focus is on the valuation, leading to a tax of $4,150 on the average legislature," he said. $227,000 property. Under the city and school propos"We don't really try to mess around very much als now before the public, that tax bill would climb with the municipal budgets," Wibby said. by $134 to an estimated $4,284 in combined city and Yet, city and school budgets can break taxpayers, school property taxes. Wibby added, noting his own experience nine years Scharf wondered if a tax hike in Portland was ago as a resident of Yarmouth. Wibby said his propappropriate, pushback or not. erty tax bill doubled, rising from $3,500 to $7,000. "Is there going to be a backlash later on? Or have He decided that the money he saved by moving to they sensitized people to it?" he wondered. Gray, where his taxes are about a fourth of what they "What brings people out is when you're going to were in Yarmouth, he would dedicate to a grandson's cut a favorite program, and there's really nothing education. being cut," Scharf said, although he added that he "My choice was am I going to live in my home and was still analyzing the city budget. give an extra $3,500, $4,000 to the Yarmouth School Taxpayers will see an $18.87 total city and school Department which doesn't need it or am I going to mill rate — the mill rate is the factor of $1 per $1,000 give it to one whose blood is my own?" he said.

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Adams helps research Helen Hunt’s past for TV DAILY SUN STAFF REPORT Loyal viewers of the NBC reality TV series "Who Do You Think You Are?" on March 23 saw actress Helen Hunt discovering her hidden past in Portland — with local politician and historian Herb Adams by her side. It was Hunt's first appearance in Portland, and Adams' debut on national NBC, said Adams, an instructor, historian and former state legislator. And it was a surprise to both, he said. The episode, filmed at various Portland sites last fall, was kept under tight wraps until broadcast day, and has caused a local splash since. "I had to sign a non-discloAdams sure agreement that concerned lawsuits and the fate of my first-born son," admitted Adams. "But it was a fun day, I kept my word, and my first-born son is still safe." Unknown to herself, actress Hunt's great-grandparents were prominent civic leaders of 19th century Portland, it turns out, and Adams was selected to deliver her the big news in a downtown bar. "Bull Feeney's, no less, named for the nickname of Portlander John Ford, himself a Hollywood legend," said Adams. "In a double sense, Helen Hunt was right at home." Hunt seemed startled when Adams revealed that her great-grandmother had been a leader of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, the Mainebased 19th century women's anti-alcohol crusad-

This poster promotes an NBC TV show about celebrity geneaology, which received technical assistance from Portland historian Herb Adams. (COURTESY IMAGE)

ers who fought demon rum and in favor of votes for women. "There was a certain irony in it, given that we were filming in Bull Feeney's," said Adams.

Off-camera, Adams and the award-winning Hunt chatted about mutual interests in American theatre and shows both had once appeared in, and about Adams' college friend, actor Tony Shalhoub. Shed Media spent several days in Maine, filming at other Portland locations including the Neal Dow Mansion and Evergreen Cemetery. "They called me out of the blue from California," Adams recalled. "They called me up and said, 'What can you tell us about Prohibition-era Portland?'" Strict legal demands prevented Adams from knowing where the production crew had been or was going in Maine. His own part of the filming was over in under two hours. "The production staff and crew were great, very friendly, funny folks, Pacific-coasters who wanted to eat lobster and see Portland Head Light. Turns out they got mixed up and went to Two Lights, and never saw Portland Head, which to a Mainer is like mixing up Mt. Rushmore with the Liberty Bell. But they loved the lobster rolls at The Lobster Shack, and saw the Atlantic, so it was a wonderful Maine day after all." Adams learned of the final tightly-controlled broadcast by email only a few hours before it aired. Adams has never seen the episode: "I was teaching that night. My mom missed it, too. She was upset." Adams says his phone has not stopped buzzing since, with calls from friends and college mates across the United States. But his part in the show was voluntary and unpaid. "For the fame and the glory, I guess. But I did get a free bottle of Poland water at Bull Feeney's. It was a wonderful day, and I hope they come back again," he said. "But my advice to reality-TV stars: Don't quit your day job!"

–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– MUSIC CALENDAR ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– transformation. Writer, composer and architect of the band Ari Picker began work on the album after his mother took her own life in 2009. Classically-trained, but drawing on the lushness of Phil Spector and old film scores as well, Picker creates a musical journey that winds its way through devastation, joy and wonder. Seattle’s Poor Moon, a new project from Christian Wargo (Fleet Foxes), recently signed to Sub Pop. Buy tickets at SPACE or at all Bull Moose locations. SPACE Gallery. $10, 18 plus. php

Wednesday, April 4 Omara ‘Bombino’ Moctar 7:30 p.m. Portland Ovations brings the young North African guitarist and songwriter Omara “Bombino” Moctar and his four-piece band to Hannaford Hall, University of Southern Maine in Portland for an evening concert. “Omara ‘Bombino’ Moctar is from the Tuareg region of North Africa and during his nomadic lifestyle of avoiding the politically charged rebellion in Niger, Bombino taught himself how to play guitar by watching videos of Jimi Hendrix, Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits and others in an effort to master their playing styles. He has recorded a desert blues version of the Rolling Stones classic ‘Hey Negrita’ alongside Keith Richards and Charlie Watts and has served as Angelina Jolie’s guide to the Niger desert region. His electrifying jams capture the spirit of the Sahara with enduring notes of nostalgia, resilience and peace.”

Thursday, April 12 PSO Kinderkonzert: The Story of Abbie Burgess 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. This composition for narrator and the PSO String Quintet tells the true story of Abbie Burgess, painting an exciting musical portrait of a raging storm and the brave young woman who kept the lighthouse burning against all odds. East End Community School, 195 North Road, Portland.

Mastodon at the State 7:30 p.m. Mastodon will be kicking off their Spring 2012 coheadlining tour in Portland on April 4 at the State Theatre. The tour features a dream bill with Swedish metal band Opeth as co-headliners and Ghost providing support on all dates. Mastodon have just returned to the states after extensive touring throughout Europe and Australia over the past few months in support of their latest album, The Hunter. Released in Sept 2011, The Hunter entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart in the Top 10 and it’s first single, “Curl of the Burl” was nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award for “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance.”

Friday, April 6 Jeff Beam & Friends

Saturday, April 14 Wabanaki Arts Festival at Bowdoin College

Hawk Henries (Nipmuc Tribe), internationally know Native Flute player, will perform as part of the Wabanaki Arts Festival at Bowdoin College, Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (COURTESY PHOTO)

9 p.m. Jeff Beam, a musician in Portland, bassist for The Milkman’s Union, will be releasing a new album and holding a record release party on April 6 at Empire Dine & Dance, 575 Congress St. Jeff Beam & Friends (record release show) w/ Tan Vampires & Phantom Buffalo. $6, 21 plus.

under a host of names. Currently he is exploring automatic self-generating compositions utilizing a modular hybrid analog/digital synthesizer. Tea First Records’ and Selbyville member Artie Appleseed makes blissful forays into the ambient electronic.SPACE Gallery. $5 suggested donation, all ages.

Saturday, April 7

Tuesday, April 10

Ben Vida and Artie Appleseed

Lost In The Trees with Poor Moon

8 p.m. A synthesized Saturday to welcome spring. Composer, improviser and sound artist Ben Vida (one half of Soft Circle) has a impressive slew of collaborations and releases

8 p.m. “A Church That Fits Our Needs,” the second album by North Carolina chamber-pop group Lost In The Trees, is a work of vaulting ambition, a cathedral built on loss and

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Smith Union, free and open to the public. “Bowdoin College is once again pleased to be hosting the Wabanaki Arts Festival, which brings Native American artists and musicians from Maine and across New England to campus for the day. The music will include two Native American drum groups and special performances by Hawk Henries, an internationally known flute performer and crafter. Hand-drum and traditional singing and Wabanaki story-telling will also be part of the day’s events.”

Sunday, April 15 Portland String Quartet, Laura Kargul 2 p.m. Pianist Laura Kargul joins the Portland String Quartet in concert at Immanuel-Williston Church, 156 High St., Portland. The PSQ and Laura Kargul will open this final concert in the 2012-13 Concert Series with Mozart’s Piano Quartet in E Flat Major. This will be followed by Jacques de la Presle’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, performed by PSQ Violinist Ron Lantz. Closing the program is Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quartet in A Major. LARK Society for Chamber Music, 761-1522,

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Wednesday, April 4 Civic Center Building Committee Meeting 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Committee overseeing the $33 million renovation of the Cumberland County Civic Center, at the Civic Center.

Free Income Tax Preparation 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free Income Tax Preparation at the Portland Public Library. The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program is offering free federal and state of Maine income tax preparation and free electronic filing in Portland at the Main Branch of the Public Library at 5 Monument Square. With electronic filing and direct deposit, refunds can be received in as little as eight days. Although walk-ins are accepted, appointments are preferred. To make an appointment, call 776-6316.

Victoria’s Wonderama 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This spring, Victoria Mansion will host an exhibit titled, Victoria’s Wonderama, a collection of artwork inspired by the Steampunk Movement. “A combination of science fiction and the post-industrial era, the Steampunk Movement envisions an alternate world in which steam is widely used to power technology. Followers of the movement examine both contemporary technology as well as Victorian-era innovations within the context of steam power. The end result? Artwork that is both retro and futuristic with a distinctly Victorian tinge. The exhibit will run through April 21. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday. All admissions are only $10. Free croquet on the lawn Saturdays, April 7, 14 and 21, weather and turf conditions permitting. The Carriage House Museum Shop is closed during this exhibit. Regular season tours of the Mansion will resume May 1. events.aspx

Ad Club of Maine Luncheon: L.L.Bean — A Century of Smart Business with Steve Fuller 11:45 a.m. Steve Fuller, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior VP, L.L.Bean will speak at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland. Cost: $20 for Ad Club members and $30 for nonmembers, includes the cost of lunch for the presentation.

‘This Life is in Your Hands’

Jennifer Porter and Sally Wood appear in The Originals’ production of “Abundance,” starting Friday, April 27 at the Saco River Grange Hall, Buxton. (COURTESY PHOTO) Network, will provide information about opportunities for performing artists who are interested in touring, are ready and have the capacity to tour, have already toured regionally or want to expand touring their work. Co-presented with Portland Ovations and Bates Dance Festival.” www.

noon to 1 p.m. Melissa Coleman to speak about her book “This Life is in Your Hands” Wednesday, April 4 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Portland Public Library. Coleman speaks about her book “This Life is in Your Hands” at the Brown Bag Lecture Series in the Rines Auditorium. “Set on a rugged coastal homestead during the 1970s, ‘This Life Is in Your Hands’ introduces a superb young writer driven by the need to uncover the truth of a childhood tragedy and connect anew with the beauty and vitality of the back-to-the land ideal that shaped her early years. In the fall of 1968, Melissa Coleman’s parents, Eliot and Sue — a handsome, idealistic young couple from well-to-do families — pack a few essentials into their VW bus and abandon the complications of modern existence to carve a farm from the woods. They move to a remote peninsula on the coast of Maine and become disciples of Helen and Scott Nearing, authors of the homesteading bible ‘Living the Good Life.’”

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Portland Museum of Art Architalx; “Paul Endres is an architect and structural engineer, and principal of an integrated design firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. Known for his expressive details, Paul focuses on delivering uses of materials and connections for municipal and residential clients. He has contributed more than 1,000 buildings throughout his career.” Tickets: $8 online/$10 at the door. Tickets available online at Seating is limited; overflow seating with video feed is available.

‘Facebook for Seniors’

The Telling Room’s Glitterati

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, April 4, 11 and 25 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Advanced registration is required. The Portland Public Library will continue to offer three-session “Facebook for Seniors” workshops for folks wanting to learn how to use the popular social media tool. In Meeting Room No. 3. The course will cover building a Facebook account, privacy settings and advanced settings like uploading videos and sharing web links. Participants must have an email account. Patrick Therrien from the Maine State Library will be teaching the course. Registration is required and those who do not get in will be put on a waiting list for the next session. There is limited space available for each of these trainings and participants must register in advance at the Library’s Public Computing desk or by calling 871-1700, ext. 708. If the class fills registrants will be put on a waiting list and called when a space opens.

Options for screen magnification 1 p.m. Steve Kelley, a vision rehab therapist from the Iris Network will discuss screen magnification on electronic devices such as e-readers, computers, and iPads. Kelley is part of the ATES Program (pronounced “At Ease”) and helps technology users access their gadgets regardless of the print size. He will briefly discuss various options for screen magnification. Informal informational gathering. At Walker Memorial Library, Walker Memorial Library, 800 Main St., Westbrook.

A Guide for Touring Performing Artists 3:30 p.m. RSVP required. Doing it on the Road: A Guide for Touring Performing Artists at SPACE Gallery. “Are you stymied by contracts and what it takes to tour your work? This workshop, conducted by staff from National Performance

Thursday, April 5 Architalx, Paul Endres: Lightness is in the Details

6 p.m. The Telling Room, a nonprofit writing center in Portland, presents Glitterati at the Masonic Temple, 415 Congress St., Portland. “Glitz it up and help support young writers in Maine! Join us for Glitterati, our annual bash featuring local literary luminaries, a live auction, live music from This Way and a cash bar. Catering provided by Blue Elephant. Tickets are $75. Because we want all to be able to attend, we created a limited number of $50 “starving artist” tickets to accommodate those who have yet to score their big advance from the publisher. There is no difference in seating, access to event activities, etc. Featured authors at the event include Susan Minot, Charlotte Bacon, Jane Brox, Peter Behrens, Liza Bakewell, Sarah Braunstein, Lisa Carey, Jaed Coffin, Ron Currie Jr., Margot Livesey, Claire Messud, Mary Pols, Lewis Robinson, Caitlin Shetterly, Justin Tussing, and James Wood. A special reception for the authors will be held at 5:30 p.m. prior to the main event.” www.

SKYWARN training in Gorham 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Wireless Society of Southern Maine is sponsoring a SKYWARN training session at the Gorham Recreation Department, located at 75 South St. in Gorham. “SKYWARN is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters across the country. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.” For more information, please call or send an email to Tim Watson, at 831-8132 or;

Sam McPheeters reading with Doug Milliken 7 p.m. “LA County writer Sam McPheeters, the former lead

singer of Born Against and Wrangler Brutes and a founding member of Men’s Recovery Project, reads from his new novel The Loom Of Ruin. Supremely entertaining, acid and raw, McPheeters’ prose has appeared in Vice, the Chicago Reader, OC Weekly, the Stranger, and the Village Voice. Doug Milliken’s 2010 collection White Horses operates on its own particular logic — surreal, intimate, hard-edged and sensual.” SPACE Gallery,

The Nature of Lost Things 7 p.m. Part of a public program series at Maine Historical Society that explores the connections between literature, art and history. The Nature of Lost Things with Rosamond Purcell, photographer.

Impacts of mountaintop removal mining 7 p.m. “The Natural Resources Council of Maine is sponsoring an evening with Chuck Keeney, a West Virginia activist and labor and environmental justice historian, who will talk about the impacts of mountaintop removal mining, what the people of Appalachia are doing to stop it, and how citizens can help here in Maine. The event will take place in Smith Auditorium in Sills Hall, at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. NRCM’s former executive director, Brownie Carson, will introduce Chuck. They met while marching 50 miles across West Virginia last June as part of the march on Blair Mountain protest. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so please RSVP online at or by email or telephone to Emmie Theberge at emmie@nrcm. org or 430-0105.”

‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill’ at Freeport Factory Stage 7:30 p.m. The Freeport Factory Stage features the “soulful and shattering production” of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.” “This production features the incomparable jazz singer, Mardra Thomas as Billie Holiday, with local musician Flash Allen at the piano. Directed by Julie George-Carlson, ‘Lady Day’ is a fictional account of the final appearance by Billie Holiday at a seedy night club in Philadelphia, only four months before her death at the age of 44. The play, written by Lainie Robertson, was originally produced in 1989 and has enjoyed great success in regional theaters for the past 20 years.” ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill’ runs from March 29-April 14, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. All Thursday performances are “Pay-What-You-Can” — ticket prices for all other performances are $19 general admission and $15 seniors and students with ID. Group discounts and subscription tickets are available. For reservations call the box office at 8655505 or visit the website, see EVENTS page 14


by Lynn Johnston

By Holiday Mathis SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Special projects are so enthralling that you wish you could spend all of your time and energy on them. Even if you can’t make that happen given your current situation, you’re lucky to feel so strongly about your interests. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You have an important point to make today, and there’s no use in being subtle. Sing it from the rooftops. You’ll attract like minds, and together you can progress. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’ll be a master of free association now, so feel free to go off on a conversational riff. Chances are, you’ll hit on the topic that your counterpart most enjoys. You raise conversation to an art form. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You’ll go on a shopping spree, but what you’re after is probably something other than tangible goods. You’re looking for the inspiration or information that will lead you to the next great adventure. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). It was this day in 1939 that your sign mate Glenn Miller recorded “Moonlight Serenade,” which quickly became a popular standard. You’ll be similarly creatively inspired, so remember to record your ideas! TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (April 4). You are charismatic and popular this year, and you’ll use your powers for good, elevating the mood of those around you. Over the next four weeks, you’ll be proud to see your brainchild develop and walk on its own. Family makes you proud in August. Plan a trip to where you’ve always wanted to go. October is ideal for travel. Leo and Taurus people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 39, 2, 12, 34 and 28.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). Ideas inspire you, command your full attention and propel you forward. You’ll feel like diving in without testing the waters first, and this may actually work well for you, provided you’re reasonably familiar with this particular “pool.” TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Don’t worry about finishing what you started. Organize your project for completion at a later date. The process of taking stock, categorizing and figuring out where things stand will illuminate an important piece of the puzzle. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Venus newly gracing your sign decides to lend you a cloak of charm. All you have to do is wrap it around yourself (visualize this in great detail), and suddenly the world finds you enchanting. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Getting too involved in the lives of others can be, simply stated, a drag. When you are careful to identify problems as “yours” and “mine,” life becomes rather manageable, if not downright enjoyable. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You enjoy learning new things quite a lot more than you’ll enjoy repeating the same old tasks. And yet, it’s the same old tasks that need your attention. A midmorning attitude adjustment will help you soldier on with a smile. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The moon in your sign casts a glow of intrigue on your life, and you may field more attention, questions and curious stares than you’re used to. You can’t help it that you’re so fascinating! LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You can never know everything about a person. Even if the other person is your twin who shares the same DNA, there still will be a world to discover. New questions breathe life into old relationships.

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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Wednesday, April 4, the 95th day of 2012. There are 271 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. On this date: In 1818, Congress decided the flag of the United States would consist of 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars, with a new star to be added for every new state of the Union. In 1841, President William Henry Harrison succumbed to pneumonia one month after his inaugural, becoming the first U.S. chief executive to die in office. In 1850, the city of Los Angeles was incorporated. In 1859, “Dixie” was performed publicly for the first time by Bryant’s Minstrels at Mechanics’ Hall in New York. In 1887, Susanna Madora Salter became the first woman elected mayor of an American community: Argonia, Kan. In 1912, China proclaimed a republic in Tibet, a move fiercely opposed by Tibetans. In 1933, the Navy airship USS Akron crashed in severe weather off the New Jersey coast with the loss of 73 lives. In 1949, 12 nations, including the United States, signed the North Atlantic Treaty in Washington, D.C. In 1960, Elvis Presley recorded “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” in Nashville, Tenn., for RCA Victor. In 1975, more than 130 people, most of them children, were killed when a U.S. Air Force transport plane evacuating Vietnamese orphans crashlanded shortly after takeoff from Saigon. In 1981, Henry Cisneros became the first Hispanic elected mayor of a major U.S. city: San Antonio. In 1991, Sen. John Heinz, R-Pa., and six other people, including two children, were killed when a helicopter collided with Heinz’s plane over a schoolyard in Merion, Pa. One year ago: Yielding to political opposition, the Obama administration gave up on trying avowed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators in civilian federal courts and said it would prosecute them instead before military commissions. Today’s Birthdays: Actress Elizabeth Wilson is 91. Author-poet Maya Angelou is 84. Recording executive Clive Davis is 80. Bandleader Hugh Masekela is 73. Author Kitty Kelley is 70. Actor Craig T. Nelson is 68. Actor Walter Charles is 67. Actress Christine Lahti is 62. Country singer Steve Gatlin is 61. Actress Mary-Margaret Humes is 58. Writer-producer David E. Kelley is 56. Actor Phil Morris is 53. Actress Lorraine Toussaint is 52. Actor Hugo Weaving is 52. Rock musician Craig Adams is 50. Actor David Cross is 48. Actor Robert Downey Jr. is 47. Actress Nancy McKeon is 46. Actor Barry Pepper is 42. Country singer Clay Davidson is 41. Rock singer Josh Todd (Buckcherry) is 41. Singer Jill Scott is 40. Rock musician Magnus Sveningsson (The Cardigans) is 40. Magician David Blaine is 39. Singer Kelly Price is 39. Rhythm-and-blues singer Andre Dalyrimple (Soul For Real) is 38. Actor James Roday is 36. Actress Natasha Lyonne is 33.


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ANNIE’S MAILBOX Dear Annie: I’m writing this from a friend’s computer so my wife won’t find out. “Lizzie” and I are in our late 20s. She has an older sister and two adopted siblings, both of whom are developmentally disabled. One has Down syndrome, but he is capable of living independently. The other, however, is the size of a grown woman, but she can neither walk nor speak. She must be cared for like an infant. When we married, Lizzie told me that someday her adoptive siblings would live in a group home. Now that her mother is in poor health, she says she intends to have both of them live with us. Lizzie’s biological sister is married with kids and acts as if her adoptive siblings don’t exist. I asked my sister-in-law if she and her husband would take in the developmentally disabled sister, and she said no. When I asked why she was so cold toward her adoptive siblings, she said, “They were my parents’ project, not mine.” So now I’m stuck. I want kids of our own, but it will be impossible to care for an infant and a “grown infant” at the same time, and even Lizzie agrees. And if we place the siblings in a home, we’ll still have to help pay for it, and her parents didn’t provide much. There’s no way we could afford it. I love my wife, but there are some things I am not willing to do. A therapist told me I have to decide for myself. Please help. -- Need Another Opinion Dear Need: This is an enormous responsibility, and we understand it’s not what you signed up for. Before rejecting both the obligation and your marriage, however, please do some research. The siblings may be eligible for government assistance. Your sister-in-law may be willing to contribute financially to their care. Also, please check online or call 211 to find local support groups for caregivers of those with developmental disabilities and see what resources exist in your

area. Armed with good information, you can then discuss it honestly and compassionately with Lizzie. Dear Annie: I have a co-worker who constantly yells at everyone. She gossips and complains about other co-workers all the time. When someone makes a mistake, she makes fun of them. A few people have quit because of her. Customers have complained about her rudeness and how she screams at her co-workers. We have brought this up to our boss and his supervisor, but they say, “Well, that’s just how she is.” I’m tired of it, and so is everyone else. But when I tried to get people to register a complaint as a group, no one would man up because they are all afraid the co-worker will find out. Then, if nothing happens, she will make our lives hell. What’s our next step? -- It’s No Fun Here Dear No Fun: If you cannot get the office staff to register a group complaint and management refuses to intervene, your choice is to put up with this annoying co-worker or leave. We are surprised the bosses don’t care if good employees quit and clients complain, but if that’s their position, there’s not much recourse unless you can go directly to the owner of the company. We recommend it. Dear Annie: “Mad in Omaha” should report her niece and nephew to the police. They have committed felonies by pawning Grandma’s jewelry and forging her name to steal money from her bank account to pay for drugs. She also needs to advise the police that Grandma is afraid of these people and may be being abused in other ways. Making a police report is the best way to protect Grandma and also get these young criminals under the supervision of a criminal justice agency that will make them get treatment for their addiction and, hopefully, become responsible citizens. -- A Probation Officer

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‘Bridge’ — the Charlie Howard story at UMF 7:30 p.m. The University of Maine at Farmington will present a theater workshop production of “Bridge,” “an original, new play inspired by the true story of Charlie Howard, the victim of a 1984 hate-crime in Maine that galvanized a community and the state. Performances of this powerful play are open to the public and will take place at 7:30 p.m., April 5 and 6, in the Performance Space in the Emery Community Arts Center. Written and directed by award-winning Maine playwright Jayne Decker, this one-act play was developed in a theater workshop with UMF students and tells the story of a young man as he is bullied and thrown off a bridge for being gay. While the main character in Decker’s drama is named to honor Howard, the rest of the play’s characters and location are nameless — emphasizing how this is everyone’s tragedy. ... This theater workshop production is sponsored by the Emery Community Arts Center and contains adult language and is for a mature audience.”

Friday, April 6 U.S. naturalization ceremony 10 a.m. Sixth graders at Portland’s Lyman Moore Middle School will host a U.S. naturalization ceremony at the school, located at 171 Auburn St. Thirty-eight area residents from 19 countries of origin will be sworn in as citizens. Students at Casco Bay High School will join Moore students at the ceremony. Both schools are integrating the event into their curricula.

‘The Box of Daughter’ at PPL noon to 1 p.m. “How can a person recover from emotional abuse and bullying, and create a more authentic life? Award-winning author Katherine Mayfield will answer this question and talk about her new memoir, ‘The Box of Daughter: Overcoming a Legacy of Emotional Abuse’ as part of the Friday Local Author Series at Portland Public Library. Mayfield blogs on Dysfunctional Families and other subjects on her website,

Labyrinth Walk for Good Friday noon to 6 p.m. Trinity Episcopal at 580 Forest Ave. (entrance in rear) is offering its indoor Chartre-style labyrinth for meditative walks between noon and 6 p.m. Allow about 30 minutes. FMI 772-7421.

Edible Book Festival 3 p.m. Community members of all ages are invited to create a piece of edible art referencing a book or poem. Edible art submisions can look like a book or poem, pun on a title of a book or poem, resemble a character or scene or just have something to do with a book or poem! The only major criteria are that all submissions must be edible and based on a book or poem. 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Drop off your Edible Book in the Rines Auditorium (there is no fee to enter an Edible Book, but please register by emailing or calling 871-1700, ext. 723.); viewing 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Stop by to view and vote for your favorite Edible Book or Feast; 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Awards presented and then time to dig in! Visit during First Friday Art Walk. Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, 5 Monument Square, Portland. The Diary of Tom Riddle, The Runaway Gummy, The Last of the Mojitos, Beer & Loathing in Las Haggis.

Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Presented by The Roberts Group at Merril Auditorium. Described by the New York Post as “fascinating, rewarding and above all, entertaining,” and by the Los Angeles Times as “a showpiece extravaganza,” Lord of the Dance is a mesmerizing blend of traditional and modern Celtic music and dance. The story is based upon mythical Irish folklore as Don Dorcha, Lord of Darkness, challenges the ethereal lord of light, the Lord of the Dance. Battle lines are drawn, passions ignite and a love story fueled by the dramatic leaps and turns of dancers’ bodies begins to build against a backdrop of Celtic rhythm. The action is played out over 21 scenes on a grand scale of precision dancing, dramatic music, colorful costumes and state-of-the-art staging and lighting. Tickets $64/58/48 including fee.

A Planetary Way of the Cross 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to Portland’s Deering Oaks Park to participate in Earth Stations: A Planetary Way of the Cross. The gathering place is by the Band-Stand shortly after 3:45 p.m., rain or shine, beginning promptly at 4 p.m. “Evoking the traditional Good Friday practice of journeying the fourteen Stations of the Cross, this powerful event brings us into a spirit of solemn reflection on behalf of the wounded Earth, and our role in its healing. It is designed for those concerned for the Earth, regardless of religious affiliation. Prophetic and inspirational words from the world’s astronauts, the wounded Earth, and poets and religious leaders from many traditions, are interspersed with

silence as we walk slowly from one ‘station’ to the next. Organizations supporting this event are the Maine Council of Churches, the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine (ChIME), Sierra Club Maine, and Maine Interfaith Power and Light.” For further information contact the Rev. Kitsy Winthrop at 773-7738.

Abstract art by Zoo Cain 5 p.m. Maine Charitable Mechanic Association Library’s April artist, Zoo Cain, exhibits abstract paintings for the First Friday Art Walk. The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association has about 300 members. Members have the use of the historic library on Congress Street and may attend events including readings by local and national authors and travel lectures presented by producers of films from around the world. The library welcomes new members. If interested, contact Pat Larrabee at 773-8396.

Open house and artist reception for Emily Walsh 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. New work by Emily Walsh at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland. Complimentary snacks and beverages served. The opening of the center’s April installation, new works by local printmaker/ illustrator Emily Walsh. Emily Walsh’s work will be on display throughout the month of April at St. Lawrence Arts in our Parish Hall Theater and lobbies. Viewing is open to the public during scheduled events and performances as well as by private appointment (Whitney McDorr, Theater Manager/Exhibition Curator, whitney.mcdorr@stlawrencearts. org/347-3075 ).

‘A Powerful Joy of Colors’

The New Guard to host a series of First Friday literary readings from the magazine’s second annual publication. The first reading event will take place at Longfellow Books on Friday, April 6th at 7 p.m. Longfellow Books events are open to the public and always free to attend.

Saturday, April 7 ‘Cheep’ — ‘Cheep’ Easter Sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Limington Extension’s “Cheep” — “Cheep” Easter Sale will be held the day before Easter, April 7, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Limington Town Hall, Route 11, Limington. Over 100 25- and 50-cent Easter baskets, hundreds of 25-cent items like bags of eggs w/candy, Easter plush, basket fillers, toys; $1 and $2 clothing, Provides BEHS scholarships.

Impact of separation and divorce on children 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Kids First Center, 222 St. John St., Suite 104, Portland. Four-hour workshop (for parents and professionals only) designed to reduce the negative impact of separation and divorce on children. Fee of $60/ pp. Financial assistance available. 761-2709 or

History Barn Open House 9 a.m. to noon. The New Gloucester Historical Society will be sponsoring a History Barn Open House on April 7 from 9 a.m. to noon, which will feature a new display on the Masons and other town fraternal organizations.

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5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Portland Public Library to exhibit “A Powerful Joy of Colors” by Carol Bass; Walking Houses, Energy Sculptures, Large dancing Paintings and Poems In the Lewis Gallery, April 6th through April 27, opening April 6, 5 p.m. The show includes her Walking Houses, Energy Sculptures, Large Dancing Paintings and Poems created over the last three decades. The public is invited to an opening reception hosted by the Friends of the Portland Public Library from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 6 for First Friday Art Walk.

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Power Point Presentation by Penny Loura, member Windham Historical Society, at the Windham Public Library. Free to the public. “Have you ever given any thought to what medicines were utilized in the Civil War era What exactly was available to the soldiers when they became ill? Who cared for them when they contracted Typhoid or were wounded by the devastating effects of the Minnie ball? Do you have ancestors that served in the Civil War? Or ancestors that perhaps didn’t survive this horrific four-year period?”

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5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Gallery at Harmon’s & Barton’s, 584 Congress St., will host a First Friday Art Walk reception: Exhibit and sale through April. Artists: Linda Murray (www. )and Joy Scott (www.coastalartglass. com ). Medium: Acrylic on board and fused glass. 774 5948,

First Friday at he Meg Perry Center 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday Art Walk at the Meg Perry Center, 644 Congress St., Portland. Elusive Liberty by artist G. Bud Swenson. “Nine years ago we were led into a war in Iraq, based on lies, at a terrible cost to the country: over four thousand military personnel killed and many thousands maimed both physically or psychological over one hundred thousand Iraqi civilians killed and the complete destruction of a sovereign nation that offered no threat; over a trillion US dollars spent; the implementation of torture and the erosion of our civil liberties.”

An Illustrator’s Saga with Joel Rivers 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday Art Walk opening of 10 Years in Portland: An Illustrator’s Saga, artwork by Joel Rivers. The Green Hand Bookshop, 661 Congress St., Portland. On display through the month of April 2012). “Did you know that the Greater Portland area is home to a whole slew of great illustrators? It is, and one of their number is Joel Rivers, whose work will be on display through the month of April at the Green Hand Bookshop. His narrative images are executed in ink, graphite, and watercolor, with a storyteller’s flair.” FMI: Contact Michelle Souliere at 253-6808 or

First Friday art opening at Mayo Street 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday Art Opening: Dark Unknown Pleasures. Oil Paintings & Mixed Media by Mayo Street Arts interns, University of Southern Maine art students; featuring Ryan Alex and Various Artists.

‘Raising Readers Presents’ 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Maine children¹s book author Amy MacDonald of Falmouth will be reading aloud to families at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. as part of the new event series “Raising Readers Presents.” April 6 is a First Friday, so admission to the museum will be only $1 per person. The event celebrates the ‘Raising Readers’ books distributed by Maine healthcare providers and this event will also feature Dr. Christopher Pezzullo and pediatricians from University Health Care for Kids who will talk with families about the importance of reading books to children every day.

The New Guard literary readings 7 p.m. Longfellow Books teams up with Shanna McNair, founding editor and publisher of Maine’s literary magazine,

10:30 a.m. Libby Library, Staples Street, Old Orchard Beach. “Come and enjoy this great opportunity. Join us for stories, crafts and an Easter egg hunt.” FMI 934-4351 or

‘The Rough Draft of My Life Story’ 11 a.m. to noon. April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library will host an event with celebrated children’s poet, Andrew Fersch. “Fersch will be reading poetry from his book, ‘The Rough Draft of My Life Story’ and will share new poems that are yet to be published. Fersch will also be collecting ideas for his new collections from the audience. Children’s Room at the Main Library. The event is for children ages 8-12. www. or

Victoria’s Wonderama 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This spring, Victoria Mansion will host an exhibit titled, Victoria’s Wonderama, a collection of artwork inspired by the Steampunk Movement. “A combination of science fiction and the post-industrial era, the Steampunk Movement envisions an alternate world in which steam is widely used to power technology. Followers of the movement examine both contemporary technology as well as Victorian-era innovations within the context of steam power. The end result? Artwork that is both retro and futuristic with a distinctly Victorian tinge. The exhibit will run through April 21. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday. All admissions are only $10. Free croquet on the lawn Saturdays, April 7, 14 and 21, weather and turf conditions permitting. The Carriage House Museum Shop is closed during this exhibit. Regular season tours of the Mansion will resume May 1. events.aspx

‘Never Again, the Rwandese Genocide’ 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Rwandese Community Association of Maine presents a half-day commemoration and education forum entitled “Never Again, the Rwandese Genocide” on April 7, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. “We will be hosting this moving candle-lighting and witnessing ceremony at the Gerald Talbot Lecture Hall at the University of Southern Maine here in Portland. The candle lighting ceremony will take place in front of Luther Bonney Hall facing Brighton Avenue around 2 p.m. The education forum will bring a noted human rights speaker Cushman Anthony to address the audience and there will be a panel discussion among leaders in Talbot Hall at USM.” In partnership with the City of Portland and the Office of Multicultural Student Afïairs at USM. This event will be free to the publie. see next page

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USM Portland Campus Book Arts Exhibit 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Kate Cheney Chappell Center for Book Arts is presenting an exhibit, “Chronology of a Life: Artist’s Books, Poems, and Publications of Georgiana Peacher,” by Georgiana Peacher, which will be on display in the Unum Great Reading Room, seventh floor, Glickman Family Library, on USM’s Portland campus, through April 30. Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:45 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday, 7:45 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. There will be a reception for the exhibit on Saturday, April 7, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rebecca Goodale, Book Arts coordinator, at 228-8014. Nancy Leavitt and Penny Hall are the curators for the exhibit. Georgiana Peacher is professor emerita at City University of New York. She is an author, dramatist and book artist. She currently lives in Maine. Kate Cheney Chappell established USM’s Center for Book Arts in 2008. The Center celebrates book arts through lectures and workshops, and exhibits of artists’ books.

Book artist Georgiana Peacher exhibit 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Kate Cheney Chappell Center for Book Arts is presenting an exhibit, “Chronology of a Life: Artist’s Books, Poems, and Publications of Georgiana Peacher,” by Georgiana Peacher, which will be on display in the Unum Great Reading Room, seventh floor, Glickman Family Library, on University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus, through Monday, April 30. There will be a reception for the exhibit on Saturday, April 7, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Nancy Leavitt and Penny Hall are the curators for the exhibit. Georgiana Peacher is professor emerita at City University of New York. She is an author, dramatist and book artist. She currently lives in Maine. Kate Cheney Chappell established USM’s Center for Book Arts in 2008. The center celebrates book arts through lectures and workshops, and exhibits of artists’ books. For more information, contact Rebecca Goodale, Book Arts coordinator, at 228-8014.

Alan Lomax: ‘American Patchwork’ 4:30 p.m. SPACE Gallery presents: “From 1978 to 1985, the famed folklorist Alan Lomax traveled through the American South, documenting its traditional music — brass bands, second-liners, and Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans; miners, moonshiners, and Primitive Baptists in Kentucky; flat-footers, string bands, and Piedmont blues in North Carolina; Cajun cowboys, Creole fiddlers, and Zydeco stompers in Louisiana; fife-and-drum ensembles, gospel quartets, and former railroad track-liners, levee-camp muleskinners, and players on the pre-war blues circuit in Mississippi. This footage ultimately totalled over 400 hours and was edited into Lomax’s ‘American Patchwork’ series, which aired on American public television in 1991. But the lion’s share has never been seen publicly. Nathan Salsburg, an archivist and producer from the Alan Lomax Archive, will be screening a program of assorted clips from the ‘American Patchwork’ collection with a Q&A to follow. Co-sponsored with 317 Main St. Community Music Center, with support from Bangor Savings Bank.

Film: ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi’ 5 p.m. “‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi’ is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar.” $7/$5 for SPACE members, sponsored by Rabelais, Fine Books on Food & Wine. Also Sunday at 7:30 p.m. www.

Maine Roller Derby 5 p.m. Maine Roller Derby’s Port Authorities vs. Fog City Rollers (New Brunswick), Happy Wheels in Portland, tickets $5. Afterparty at Flask Lounge. events

Monday, April 9 ‘Israel: Stories From The Holy Lands’ 7:30 p.m. Sandy Mortimer, travel lecture, “Israel: Stories From The Holy Lands.” Presented by Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, at Catherine McAuley High School Auditorium, 631 Stevens Ave., Portland. Starts at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:45. Free for MCMA members, a $2 donation for non-members at the door. The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association has about 300 members. Members have the use of the historic library on Congress Street and may attend events including readings by local and national

On Saturday, April 7, Maine Roller Derby will roll into Happy Wheels Skate Center in Portland. (Photo by Scott Lovejoy) authors and travel lectures presented by producers of films from around the world. The library welcomes new members. If interested, contact Pat Larrabee at 773-8396. www.

Tuesday, April 10 Free Income Tax Preparation 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free Income Tax Preparation at the Portland Public Library. The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program is offering free federal and state of Maine income tax preparation and free electronic filing in Portland at the Main Branch of the Public Library at 5 Monument Square. With electronic filing and direct deposit, refunds can be received in as little as eight days. Although walk-ins are accepted, appointments are preferred. To make an appointment, call 776-6316.

‘Ethnographies of Everyday Life After Communism’ noon. Falmouth Memorial Library welcomes Kristen Ghodsee, author of “Lost in Transition: Ethnographies of Everyday Life After Communism.” “Falmouth resident and Bowdoin College professor Ghodsee describes ordinary lives upended by the collapse of communism, through ethnographic essays and short stories based on her experiences in Eastern Europe between 1989 and 2009. Join this Friends of the Falmouth Memorial Library monthly event. Bring your bagged lunch; we provide coffee and desserts. Free and open to the public.” FMI: 781-2351

‘The Titanic: A Survivor’s Story’ noon. “The Titanic: A Survivor’s Story.” Dr. Karen Lemke, professor of education, St. Joseph’s College, at the Maine Historical Society. “Join us to recognize the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, the largest movable object built by man. Lemke’s talk will focus on the story of eight-year old Marshall Drew who survived the sinking. Lemke spent time with Drew in 1986 for a story for the Bangor Daily News, and captured many of his vivid memories.”

Pastel painting demonstration noon to 2 p.m. Pastel painting demonstration and talk by artist Wade Zahares presented by the Pastel Painters of Maine at Osher Lecture Hall, Maine College of Art, Portland. Free and open to the public. “Join us for a fascinating pastel demonstration and talk Tuesday, April 10 at Maine College of Art and learn more about the Pastel Painters of Maine organization. Event is free and open to the public.” Contact: Chris Beneman,, 409-2023.

Wednesday, April 11 Living Well for Better Health workshops 9:30 a.m. to noon. “Southern Maine Agency on Aging and MaineHealth will be offering two six-week Living Well for Better Health workshops for people with ongoing health conditions and their care partners. Learn practical ways to feel better, take charge of your life and keep doing the

things you want to do.” Choose from Wednesdays at the MaineHealth LRC in Scarborough, from April 11 to May 16, 9:30 a.m. to noon or Fridays at the MaineHealth LRC in Falmouth, from April 13 to May 18, 9:30 a.m. to noon. To register (required) or to receive more information, call Jessica LeBlanc at 396-6583 or 1-800-400-6325, ext. 583.

Free Income Tax Preparation 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free Income Tax Preparation at the Portland Public Library. The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program is offering free federal and state of Maine income tax preparation and free electronic filing in Portland at the Main Branch of the Public Library at 5 Monument Square. With electronic filing and direct deposit, refunds can be received in as little as eight days. Although walk-ins are accepted, appointments are preferred. To make an appointment, call 776-6316.

10th annual Maine Deaf Film Festival 7 p.m. The University of Southern Maine’s American Sign Language Club announces its 10th annual Maine Deaf Film Festival, to be held on Wednesday, April 11, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 pm.; Thursday, April 12, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 pm.; Friday, April 13, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 pm.; and Saturday, April 14, from 1 p.m. to 10:30 pm. “This student-run event showcases innovation and creative talent within the realm of film and video, by and for the Deaf Community, in America and beyond. Our mission is simple: Provide a platform for people to learn about, appreciate, and celebrate Deaf culture, issues and art. All selected films are written, produced, created and performed by deaf and hard of hearing individuals and film production companies. This year boasts, for the first time ever, a four-day event: Wednesday, where we showcase local and global filmmakers’ work. Thursday, we feature the best of our previous years’ films. Friday night, we share a blockbuster hit, ‘The Hammer.’ Finally, on Saturday, we host an all day event showing variety of films, including several featured films and guest speakers.” Wednesday, University of Southern Maine Portland campus, Evening Session (PG-13 selections), Payson Smith Hall, Room 303. Admission: Free.

Thursday, April 12 Basic Computer Training workshops 12:30 pm. to 3:30 p.m. The Portland Public Library will host Basic Computer Training workshops, Thursday, April 12 and 26 from 12:30 pm. to 3:30 p.m. Registration is required The Portland Public Library will one-session workshops for computer beginners who would like to learn computer basics. The Workshop will be led by Raminta Moore, Library Technical Aid at the Portland Public Library and will cover topics such as the components of a computer, mousing exercises, how to scroll, and how to navigate the web. This class is made possible because of a Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) grant awarded to the Maine State Library in July 2010. see next page

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Wildcats’ Davis dominates the title game with his swats, not his shots

Davis controlled the game in a THE NEW YORK TIMES decidedly non-Michael Jordan manner, less with shots and NEW ORLEANS — Early in more with swats. Kentucky the second half, Kansas threw the defeated Kansas, 67-59, because ball inside, to the part of the court Davis threw a block party in the the Jayhawks avoided most on Superdome. And what he did not Monday night. Thomas Robinson, block, he altered. star forward, all-American, likely “I came to defend,” Davis said N.B.A. draft lottery pick, received afterward as he shrugged off a the pass. Anthony Davis of Kenquestion about frustration like tucky stood waiting for him. another weak shot attempt from Robinson is a large man with Kansas. “I let my teammates do shoulder muscles the size of grapeall the scoring.” fruits and arms covered in menacWith 10 minutes remaining ing tattoos. Yet as he backed into and Kentucky in control, it even Davis, he did so hesitantly, a player seemed fair to ask a question who averaged nearly 18 points this that would have seemed preposseason was so shaken he actually terous on any other night. Could looked a little scared. Robinson a player win the Final Four’s offered a meek shot attempt. Not most outstanding player award only did Davis block the shot, he and not score a single point in blocked it to himself. the championship contest? When Rick Pitino, the Louisville Anthony Davis scored only 6 points against Robinson’s face, twisted into coach, said recently that Davis Kansas but had 16 rebounds.(Pool photo) a scowl, dazed and confused, reminded him of Bill Russell, this said yes. In the first half, he flung his mouthpiece is exactly what he meant. Russell is perhaps basketto the ground in disgust. In the second, when Davis ball’s pre-eminent shot blocker in a sport that values tapped the ball away from Robinson and Kentucky that specific skill as much as any other. Davis, if scored another layup, Robinson extended both arms, not yet of Russell’s caliber, is at minimum at least palms up, bereft of answers. By the end, Robinson vaguely reminiscent of him. would ultimately get his points, 18 of them. Davis, In the final game of this N.C.A.A. tournament, whose first score came some 31 minutes in, would Davis wore Michael Jordan sneakers and Michael ultimately get his championship. Jordan’s No. 23. But Kentucky won the title because BY GREG BISHOP

Cheverus names Costigan new boys’ head basketball coach DAILY SUN STAFF REPORT Daniel “Dan”Costigan has been named as head coach of the Cheverus High School boys’ varsity basketball program, the school announced. In commenting upon Costigan’s appointment, Cheverus Athletic Director Gary Hoyt described Costigan as a “True Cheverian, who is exceptionally well qualified for leading our boys’ basketball program. Dan understands the value of participating in high school athletics as well as how to prepare student athletes for college, I am sure the transition will be very natural and seamless, and that Dan will carry on the wonderful tradition of Cheverus Basketball and bring to it his own personal touches.” “Dan Costigan is respected by his peers, students and players alike,” said the Rev. William R. Campbell, S.J., President of Cheverus, “and so I am pleased to appoint him to this high profile position. He provides continuity for a successful program while also animating it with a new energy. Known for his professional and personal discipline, Dan will serve as a solid model for his players. He also has a quick wit, another trait that will undoubtedly serve his team well both on and off the court!” Since 2004 Costigan has taught English at Cheverus and has served as the basketball program’s Assistant Coach under Bob Brown. “Cheverus has always been a special place for me and my family,” said Costigan about his appointment. “Returning to teach and coach at Cheverus eight years ago seemed so natural and this feels the same.”

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assembled to network with foreign educated and credentialed immigrants who come to their adopted country ready to work and transfer their professional skills and expertise. The event presents an excellent opportunity for local businesses to meet a vast untapped pool of global professionals, ready and eager to work in the community. Last year, more than fifty community members met with fifteen different local businesses to discuss employment opportunities. Admission is free.” For more information, contact rlp@ This event is possible thanks in part to contributions by the Council on International Educational Exchange, Coastal Enterprises Inc., PowerPay and the

Diversity Hiring Coalition of Maine.

Digital Photography Class at Walker Memorial

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Artist James A. Murray will be offering an Introductory Digital Photography Class at Walker 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The city of Portland along with Memorial Library. Murray will provide students with the Portland Adult Education, Catholic Charities, Coastal opportunity to learn basics in camera operation and picture Enterprises Inc., and New Mainers-Refugee Workforce composition. This one-session class will present the eleDevelopment Project will hold its second annual Internaments and principles of design that are the fundamentals tional Night of Networking: Unpacking Transferable Skills to all branches of art. Each student will have opportunity to at Council on International Educational Exchange, 300 ask questions and share their work with group members. Fore St., Portland. “The region’s top employers includMurray studied visual arts at SUNY Potsdam, BA Studio ing health care providers and financial institutions will be Art, and Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi, MFA. He has newly moved to the area and is excited to share his knowledge acquired during his studies. The class is open for anyone with a digital camera and the desire Are you looking for a way to grow… to take pictures. Attendees are encouraged to bring Are you looking for “FREE” advertising in both print media and on-line? their camera and sample Are you looking to grow your business and earn new revenue? photos to class. Registration encouraged. Call 854-0630, ext. 256.

International Night of Networking

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10th annual Maine Deaf Film Festival 7:30 p.m. The University of Southern Maine’s American Sign Language Club announces its 10th annual Maine Deaf Film Festival, to be held on Wednesday, April 11, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 pm.; Thursday, April 12, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 pm.; Friday, April 13, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 pm.; and Saturday, April 14, from 1 p.m. to 10:30 pm. Thursday, Talbot/Luther Bonney Auditorium, a retrospective of past years’ festival films. General Admission: $5. USM students free with USM ID.

The Portland Daily Sun, Wednesday, April 4, 2012  

The Portland Daily Sun, Wednesday, April 4, 2012

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