A to-doo-doo list: April Stools Day
Think tank: Maine gives peace a chance
Play ball! Sea Dogs open season at Hadlock Field today
See Bob Higgins on page 4
See Curtis Robinson’s column on page 5
See the story in Sports, page 9
THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2011
VOL. 3 NO. 46
PORTLAND’S DAILY NEWSPAPER
Local rep targets REAL ID law BY DAVID CARKHUFF
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REAL ID could be real gone in Maine, based on a new legislative push to reject the controversial federal personal-identification law and indications that Gov. Paul LePage is supportive of the effort. Maine is trying again to reject security mandates on state driver’s licenses imposed under the federal REAL ID law, a post-9/11 law that required states to meet federal security standards in designing and issuing driver’s licenses. The public can testify on a proposal to withdraw the state from the REAL ID
The Joint Standing Committee on Transportation will conduct a hearing today at 1 p.m. in Room 126 of the State House on LD 1068, “An Act To Protect the Privacy of Maine Residents under the Driver’s License Laws,” which “is a partial repeal of current Maine law enacted to comply with the requirements of the federal REAL ID Act of 2005,” according to a legislative summary. To follow the hearing via an audio broadcast, visit http://www.maine.gov/legis/audio/transport_cmte.html.
Act of 2005, during a public hearing before the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation at 1 p.m. today at the State House.
Rep. Ben Chipman, I-Portland, sponsor of LD 1068, “An Act To Protect the Privacy of Maine Residents under the Driver’s License Laws,” said his bill see REAL ID page 15
Condos at old St. Pat's re-branded Former Catholic school now marketed as The Landmark on Whitney BY DAVID CARKHUFF THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
The former St. Patrick’s elementary school on Congress Street remains on the market as residential condominiums, but the developer is trying a fresh approach in re-branding. A few months ago, Prudential Northeast Properties, new real estate agent for the St. Patrick’s developers, renamed the property “The Landmark on Whitney,” a reference to Whitney Avenue, one of the streets paralleling the old St. Patrick’s School. “We thought that that would take away some of the negativity that people have heard about it,” said Dick Begin, see CONDOS page 8
Ben Chiasson walks past the old St. Patrick’s elementary school, now rebranded as The Landmark on Whitney, Wednesday. Chiasson said he lives in the neighborhood and has heard about the condominiums in the old school. “I hear they’re quite nice,” he said. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)
Arts group: Mural ﬂap a chance to 'educate' gov BY MATT DODGE THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
The quasi-governmental group tring to lure 10,000 new “creative professionals” to Portland has decided that Gov. Paul LePage’s controversial decision to remove a labor mural from a state office is a teachable moment. “For me, it has to do with the diminishing of the Maine brand nationally that we’re working towards,” said Andy Graham, chairman of the Cre-
“We’re trying to say Portland represents certain values, and say that to national and international artists, and it appears to me that this action and other statements the governor has made contradict those values.” — Andy Graham, chairman of the Creative Portland group ative Portland group. “We’re trying to say Portland represents certain values, and say that to national and international artists, and it appears to me that this action and other statements the governor has
made contradict those values.” Graham’s comments to his fellow Creative Portland members almost understates the international see MURAL page 8
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More pupils are learning online MEMPHIS (NY Times) — Jack London was the subject in Daterrius Hamilton’s online English 3 course. In a high school classroom packed with computers, he read a brief biography of London with single-paragraph excerpts from the author’s works. But the curriculum did not require him, as it had generations of English students, to wade through a tattered copy of “Call of the Wild.” Hamilton, 18, is among the expanding ranks of students in kindergarten through grade 12 — more than one million in the United States, by one estimate — taking online courses. Advocates of such courses say they allow schools to offer not only makeup courses, but also a richer menu of electives and Advanced Placement classes when there are not enough students to fill a classroom. But critics say online education is driven by a desire to spend less on teachers and buildings, especially as state and local budget crises force cuts to education. They note that there is no sound research showing that online courses at the K-12 level are comparable to face-to-face learning. “This is being proposed for even your youngest students,” said Karen Aronowitz, president of the teachers’ union in Miami “Because it’s good for the kids? No. This is all about cheap.”
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Dead heat in Wisconsin supreme court election DELAFIELD, Wis. (NY Times) — The contest for a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat remained too close to call Wednesday morning in balloting that some viewed as a referendum on the state’s Republican leaders and their cuts to collective bargaining. Until emotions boiled over in the state capital weeks
ago on questions over labor unions, public workers and budget cutting, Justice David T. Prosser, who was seen by some as part of a conservative majority on the court, had been widely expected to coast to a second 10-year term. The race was very tight, with a higher than expected turnout. On
Wednesday afternoon, JoAnne Kloppenburg, an assistant attorney general who was not widely known in the state before this race, declared victory after The Associated Press reported an unofficial total showing her with a 204-vote lead. The total showed Mr. Prosser with 739,886 votes and Ms. Kloppenburg 740,090.
U.S. sees array of new threats at Japan’s nuclear plant (NY Times) — United States government engineers sent to help with the crisis in Japan are warning that the troubled nuclear plant there is facing a wide array of fresh threats that could persist indefinitely, and that in some cases are expected to increase as a result of the very measures being taken to keep the plant stable, according to a confidential assessment prepared by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Among the new threats that were cited in the assessment, dated March 26, are the mounting
stresses placed on the containment structures as they fill with radioactive cooling water, making them more vulnerable to rupture in one of the aftershocks rattling the site after the earthquake and tsunami of March 11. The document also cites the possibility of explosions inside the containment structures due to the release of hydrogen and oxygen from seawater pumped into the reactors, and offers new details on how semimolten fuel rods and salt buildup are impeding the flow of fresh water meant to cool the nuclear cores.
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NATO says Libya strikes are growing TRIPOLI, Libya (NY Times)— Stung by criticism from rebel leaders, NATO officials said Wednesday that the pace of attacks on the forces of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi was increasing, after a slight slowdown as the coalition handed off responsibility earlier in the week. Gen. Abdul Fattah Younes, the head of the rebel army, had lashed out at his Western allies during a news conference in Benghazi on Tuesday, accusing NATO of tardiness and indecision. “What is NATO doing?” he asked. “Civilians are dying every day. They use the excuse of collateral damage.” He charged that NATO was enforcing the United Nationssanctioned no-fly zone too equally, barring the rebels from providing cover for their troops with the few warplanes he said they had repaired. “They said, ‘No, don’t use your planes,’ ” he said. A spokeswoman for NATO, Carmen Romero, said the alliance had flown 137 sorties on Monday and 186 on Tuesday and that it planned to fly 198 on Wednesday, The Associated Press reported.
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Poll: Mainers support environmental protections Nine out of 10 Mainers believe preserving environmental rules and regulations should be a priority for state government, according to a new survey released this week by Critical Insights, a Portland-based polling firm. Some 53 percent of respondents believe environmental regulations should be a “high priority,” while 90 percent said it should be a priority, according to a report on the findings by the Associated Press. The poll conducted between March 21-24 included 402 people. It was paid for by Natural Resources Defense Council of Maine, AP reported. It has a margin of error of 5 points. Executive Director Lisa Pohlman told the AP that Mainers “believe that protection of Maine’s clean air, clean water, and natural heritage is a high priority.” The poll also showed that 80 percent of respondents support a ban on the chemical BPA from baby bottles, while about 70 percent oppose a repeal of Maine’s bottle redemption law, according to the Portland Press Herald. Nearly 80 percent of Mainers support wind energy.
Gas prices still rising; $4 per gallon in sight Ongoing turmoil in the Middle East has helped push gas prices higher over the past week, with the average cost statewide for a gallon of regular unleaded reaching $3.74 yesterday, according to price tracking site mainegasprices.org. A week ago, a gallon of regular cost $3.60, and a year ago it cost $2.80, the site says. As of press time Wednesday, the cheapest gas in the Portland area could be found at 7-11, on the corner of Brighton Ave. and St. John St., at $3.54 per gallon. In South Portland, the cheapest gas can be found at the intersection of Main Street and Memory Lane, also at a 7-11 store. For the most part, the lowest price gas in Maine continues to be found in York County, while Aroostook County, on the other end of the state, continues to be home to the highest prices. Several gas stations in Caribou, Presque Isle and Fort Kent were selling a gallon
of regular yesterday for $3.93 a gallon. Pain at the pump isn’t expected to end soon. Oil prices rose to a two-anda-half year high yesterday on the New York Mercantile Exchange, to more than $108 per barrel.
Portland health center may Paper: Jobs safe at Nat’l Semiconductor lose funding, shut down The head of Portland Community Health Center says the nonprofit clinic could lose its federal funding under a Republican budget plan approved by the U.S. House, which would likely force the facility to close, according to the Portland Press Herald. The facility opened just 16 months ago, and strives to give uninsured or underinsured Portlanders access to medical care. But chief executive officer Leslie Brancato tells the paper her facility on Park Ave., and others across the country that opened within the last two years, have been left in limbo by the threat of a federal government shut down. Potentially more urgent is the potential loss of $1 billion in funding proposed by the Republican majority in the U.S. House. Republican lawmakers have voted to strip $1 billion from federally-qualified health centers in their budget proposal, although Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate have rejected that plan, the paper says. The community health center, which has almost 2,000 patients, would probably be forced to close if $650,000 in federal funding out of its $1.5 million annual budget is cut, the paper says.
School committee approves FY12 budget Portland School Committee on Tuesday approved an $91.6 million budget for the 2012 fiscal year, which begins July 1, that extends the school year and cuts nearly 50 positions. It would also lead to a property tax increase of 25 cents on the current tax rate, according to published reports. The current rate is $17.92 per $1,000 of assessed value. The budget was approved unanimously, but it’s not a done deal: the city council will review the spending plan over the next several weeks, and voters will have final say in a referendum scheduled for May 10.
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A spokesperson for National Semiconductor, a California-based computer chip maker with a large manufacturing plant in South Portland, told the Portland Press Herald that Maine jobs are safe despite the company’s sale this week to Texas Instruments. But analysts told the paper that redundancies between the two corporations could lead to layoffs in the long run. Employees most at risk include those in legal, accounting and upper management, according to an analyst at FBR Capital Markets. A spokesperson for National Semiconductor told the paper Texas Instruments doesn’t anticipate changes at its manufacturing facilities, such as the one in South Portland, which manufactures silicon wafers for use in chips.
Maine most peaceful state, report ﬁnds An Australia-based think tank that studies “peacefulness” says Maine is the most peaceful state in the U.S., according to a report published Wednesday. Louisiana comes in dead
last in the so-called peace index, according to the Associated Press. The Institute for Economics and Peace defines peace as “the absence of violence,” according to AP. After Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont round out the top three most peaceful states in the union, AP reports. After Louisiana, Nevada and Tennessee rank as the nation’s least peaceful states. The institute believes that higher peacefulness, measured by decreases in homicides and violent crimes, can lead to better economic conditions, including more job creation and reduced costs to society. (Related column on page 5.)
Feast for the Children to be held Saturday Aserela Maine, an agency that supports Sudanese immigrants and projects in South Sudan, is holding its annual Feast for the Children fundraiser this Saturday at 5:30 p.m., in the Guild Hall at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, located at 307 Congress St. The event, in its 16th year, will include traditional Sudanese dances and songs, as well as African cuisine. A portion of proceeds will help raise money for classrooms and a school under construction in South Sudan and support The James Angelo Scholarship Fund. Tickets cost $20 each for adults, or $250 for a table of eight. Children’s tickets cost $15 each and kids under 6 are free. For more information, visit aserelamaine.org, or call 332.1231.
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Hunting birds of paradise You know those moments when You Just Want To Die? I had one at a big New York Times party a decade ago. As the publisher, editors, writers and celebrities mingled at the Four Seasons restaurant in New York, a famous fashion designer suddenly glared at me from across the room. “You!” he yelled, pointing at me in a sartorial “J’accuse” moment, “are wearing the wrong stockings with that dress!” The earth, unfortunately, didn’t swallow me. I had to stay at the party in my offensive black outfit and burning red face. But as I was hanging my head at the bar, something wonderful happened. The legendary Times fashion photographer and Gotham sprite ––––– Bill Cunningham was wanderThe New York ing through the crowd, snapTimes ping pictures. We’d never met, but he paused briefly, looked approvingly at my lace sheath and took a picture. “Early Suzy Parker,” he murmured about the dress, before melting back into the crowd. I still have not formally met Bill Cunningham, now 82 and still going strong. I wave at him when
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April Stools Day something to put on the to-doo-doo list Ah, the early days of spring. In this land that can be so cursed by the fickle gods of weather, occasionally the meek sun decides to poke its head out from behind clouds filled with cold, wet rain, and we get the occasional sunny day. When they come, you have to stomp on them in Maine. You gather up your blanket and basket, deciding to head for the Eastern Promenade for a picnic with a companion or two. You pick out the perfect spot bereft of pic-a-nic basket stealing bears, and proceed to lay out the blanket. You sit down, and there it is. Right next to your new spot in the sun, a lumpy land mine has been left by fido the flatulent. His owner, not wanting to pick up the toxic deposit, speedily leaves the scene in a manner usually seen only in armored car robberies. Welcome to springtime on the hill. If you were lucky, and didn’t drop the blanket on a particularly mushy spot, you can usually find a place a little further down the hill. But this early spring
Bob Higgins ––––– Daily Sun Columnist tradition gave way to another a few years back, known locally as “April Stools Day.” Usually held during the first or second week in April, it is a gathering of the four-legged tribe. Responsible dog owners know that those nasty bits have to be dealt with, and have banded together in the early part of every year to clean up the Eastern Prom. Originally started a few years back, the event has even grown to the point of reaching corporate sponsorship. Fetch, a Portland-based pet food chain, signed on this year to provide some incentive. Usually, these stories float across the transom and get missed. But the gods of press releases had a fine old time this year, yukking it up. They call
on pet owners, reminding them that it’s time to “do your doo-ty” and help clean up the pathways around the park, as well as several other popular canine depositories throughout the city. The area at the top of Cutter Street along the promenade, the entrance to East End Beach, and Fort Sumner Park on North Street are all targeted locations for the cleanup effort. Additionally, Evergreen Cemetery and Reiche School have been tossed into the pooper-scooper patrol list this year. The incentive I mentioned a few paragraphs back? Fetch has hidden four “golden stools” among the locations, and any of the “REGISTERED” folks who take part in the clean-up can return that golden treasure to the coordinator of the clean-up, Friends of the Eastern Promenade, to receive a “treat.” I called Fetch to see what the treat was this year, and it is a gift certificate for $20 to the Fetch store, and a free dog-washing. Not being one of the folks who owns a see HIGGINS page 5
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Think tank: Maine gives peace a chance So, do you feel peaceful? Well, do ya? You ought to, according to an Aussie think tank that has created what it calls “... the first-ever ranking of the fifty U.S. states based on their levels of peace.” Granted, the research was done before Gov. Paul LePage motivated half the state to start hoarding tar and well before feathers futures doubled on most commodity exchanges. And, also granted, there is no indication of field research in Old Port on a Saturday night in mid-summer. (And, yes, I recall that our April Fools edition carried a story about Portland being a good city to include in Top 10 lists because of columns like this one.) But still... The “Vision of Humanity” group looks at 23 issues ranging from “level of organized conflict” to “jailed population” and potential for terrorist attacks to determine its rankings. Other items are levels of violent crime, disrespect for human rights
Curtis Robinson ––––– Usually Reserved and number of homicides. According to the group, Maine turns out to be the most peaceful state while Louisiana is ranked the least peaceful. Plus, the peace index “... reveals that peace in the United States has improved since 1995 primarily driven by a substantial decrease in homicide and violent crime.” The Northeast is very peaceful judging by the rankings, with some of our neighbors joining us on the Top 10, in order of peace: New Hampshire, Vermont, Minnesota, North Dakota, Utah, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Washington. The least peaceful? From 50th to 40th they are Louisiana, Tennessee, Nevada, Florida, Alabama, Texas,
The Northeast is very peaceful judging by the rankings, with some of our neighbors joining us on the Top 10, in order of peace: New Hampshire, Vermont, Minnesota, North Dakota, Utah, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Washington. Arkansas, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Maryland. In general the Northeast is more peaceful, the South less so. But as somebody more than passingly familiar with some of those states, they would say that the “jailed population” figures show a lack of enforcement and get-tough sentences that treat hardened criminals in ways usually reserved for nannies and sugar-buzzed two-yearolds. But the Visions group is also out to make peace an economic issue, noting that the “total cost of violence per person” in Maine is only $656 while in Louisiana it amounts to $2,458. If California could reduce its violence by
25 percent, the group figures, it could save about $16 billion. So you live in the most livable large city in the United States, and you know that’s true because Forbes Magazine don’t lie. And now you know you live in the most peaceful state in the Union, even though it might not always seem that way. You can check out the www.visionsofhumanity.org website for a neat interactive map and a decent outline of just how little peace there is in the world; well, outside of Canada, anyway. (Curtis Robinson is editor of The Portland Daily Sun. Contact him at email@example.com.)
Cunningham, subject of a ﬁlm, has a profound sense of ethics DOWD from page 4
I see him around Manhattan, a slight, gray-haired man in a tweed cap turned backward, standing sentry outside Barney’s, pedaling on his red Schwinn through Times Square or darting around taking pictures at the opera. As on that first night, he always looks happy and busy and kind, a Boston Irish priest of street fashion, an aesthetic meritocrat who moves through New York’s seductive trellis of money, power and status and stays pure somehow. He admires anybody who looks good, the obscure as well as the famous, the old stylish gals as well as the young, women elegantly draping garbage bags against the storm as well as women in couture. The streets interest him more than the salons. Fashion photography without snobbery: a small miracle. This is a disturbing moment in American culture when financing for public art is under siege and when audiences are ponying up money to boo Charlie Sheen as he talks about throwing away a $2-million-a-week TV job, taking crack and cavorting with porn stars. A new documentary about Cunningham offers a tonic of simplicity and a paean to women after Sheen’s excesses and contempt for women. Richard Press, the documentary’s director, wrote in New York magazine that he worked on the project for 10 years — eight spent begging “the reluctant fashion deity” to cooperate. He calls Cunningham “a celebration of selfinvention” — a contrast with Sheen’s carnival of self-destruction.
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In a world where conflicts of interest are quaint, Cunningham has a profound sense of ethics. He will not even accept a glass of water at the galas he covers. “I just try to play a straight game, and in New York that’s almost impossible to be honest and straight,” he says in the film. “That’s like Don Quixote fighting windmills.” The ascetic anthropologist of New York’s streets calls fashion “the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” But he doesn’t give a fig about his own clothes; he wears a simple uniform, a blue Paris streetsweeper’s shirt with pockets for his gear. He kept it on even as he was presented with the highest award of French culture. He also has a plastic poncho for rainy days that he patches up with duct tape. Cunningham started as a milliner with a shop in Carnegie Hall. “Ginger Rogers used to come and Joan Crawford,” he recalls. “Marilyn Monroe was one. And I had no interest because they weren’t stylish.” He only cares about “birds of paradise” with
daring styles as opposed to “cookie-cutter sameness.” Before he was evicted by the coldhearted brass at Carnegie Hall, who wanted more office space, he had a tiny apartment filled with file cabinets and a cot, with a bathroom in the hallway. He goes to church every Sunday to “repent,” but he seems oblivious to celebrity, money, sex, food and cars. He’s on his 29th bicycle, cheerfully noting, “I’ve had 28 stolen.” He’s never owned a TV. He says he could not be one of the paparazzi who “torture” people. Talking about the time he refused to take money for his work at Details after Si Newhouse bought the magazine, Cunningham says: “You see, if you don’t take money, they can’t tell you what to do, kid. ... Money’s the cheapest thing. Liberty, freedom is the most expensive.” He left Women’s Wear Daily when they wrote mocking captions for his pictures of women on the street. There’s a poignant moment in the film when Cunningham is asked if he has ever had a romantic relationship in his life. “Now do you want to know if I’m gay?” he says, smiling uneasily. “Isn’t that a riot? Well, that’s probably why the family wanted to keep me out of the fashion world.” Then he answers simply, “I haven’t,” adding, “I suppose you can’t be in love with your work, but I enjoyed it so much.” Talking about his Catholic faith as “a good guidance in your life,” he gets choked up for a few seconds before grinning and confiding: “As a kid, I went to church and all I did was look at women’s hats.”
Scrubbing the cat doesn’t wash as a prize for poo-hunters HIGGINS from page 4
dog, I gently inquired as to if the dog wash could be converted to a cat wash. After several minutes of deliberation, they decided that they lacked the proper safety equipment for washing a cat — I’m assuming they mean football padding covered with titanium. Washing the kitty
was a no-go. Still, there is good reason to pick up all those lumps. Kids play in those parks, and with monkeys being somewhere up the chain of evolution, it is only a matter of minutes until the youngest ones manage to find something to fling, or sit in and track back to the house and car. So, come one and come all, and get this mess
cleaned up. The event is scheduled this year for Saturday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. I’ve even heard the event is dog-friendly, so long as you clean up after yourselves. Hopefully, the weather won’t be overly “Ruff.” (Bob Higgins is a regular contributor to The Portland Daily Sun.)
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Budget stances harden as deadline nears for shutdown (New York times) President Obama has asked House Speaker John Boehner and Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, to come to the White House Wednesday at 8:45 p.m. to discuss the stalemate over the budget negotiations, White House officials said. Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director, announced the meeting in a Twitter message Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Pfeiffer said the president would host the meeting after returning to Washington from events in Philadelphia and New York City. The nighttime meeting underscored the drama in the nation’s capital as the White House and Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill spent the day pointing fingers at each other in advance of a possible government shutdown on Saturday. The government’s authority to spend money runs out at midnight on Friday night. The White House said Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who has been the administration’s chief negotiator with lawmakers, will join the president and the congressional leaders in the Oval Office. It could be a tense meeting. Earlier in the day, Mr. Obama and Mr. Boehner traded long-distance barbs. The speaker accused Mr. Obama of failing to lead in the budget negotiations,
while the president said Republicans have injected politics into the budget negotiations. Air Force One is scheduled to land at Andrews Air Force Base at 8:35 p.m. and then take the short, ten-minute helicopter ride back to the White House. The president is now scheduled to walk into the meeting with lawmakers immediately upon landing. The invitation came after President Obama said Republicans were to blame for the budget stalemate in Washington, accusing them of injecting “politics” into the negotiations. He warned that a government shutdown on Saturday would be felt by ordinary families and would threaten the nation’s economic recovery. “I do not want to see Washington politics stand in the way of America’s progress,” he said. Mr. Boehner quickly responded that Mr. Obama was failing to be a leader in the dispute over the federal budget, and said Republicans had been left in Washington to “clean up the mess.” “I like the president personally. We get along well. But the president isn’t leading,” Mr. Boehner told reporters. “He didn’t lead on last year’s budget, and he clearly isn’t leading on this year’s budget.” The warring public messages came even as some lawmakers and aides
President Obama in the White House on Tuesday spoke about the budget meeting with the Speaker of the House (Doug Mills/The New York Times).
reported signs of progress in negotiations behind the scenes. Mr. Obama complained that Democrats had offered concessions in the drawn-out negotiations over the 2011 budget but that Republicans were resistant. For their part, House Republicans moved ahead with a one-week extension, including more cuts, that the White House has already rejected. “We’ve agreed to a compromise, but somehow we still don’t have a deal,
because some folks are trying to inject politics,” Mr. Obama said, citing Republican proposals to curtail financing for abortion providers and other ideologically charged measures. “There are times to have those discussions,” he said, “but that time is not now.” Mr. Boehner said the Republicancontrolled House will vote Thursday on a week-long extension of federal operations that also funds the military for the balance of the year.
Coverage of the potential shut down from around the U.S. and the world Deal elusive for averting a government shutdown WASHINGTON — A White House push for a budget deal yesterday devolved into an exchange of accusations over spending priorities and political gamesmanship, increasing the odds of a partial government shutdown on Friday. The budget fight eclipsed most other business on Capitol Hill as Senate Democrats, White House officials, and House Republicans worked behind the scenes to cobble together a compromise plan to cut spending, fund government through September, and avert the first shutdown since 1996. The stakes are high. A budget deal could slash federal funding for such programs as Planned Parenthood, public broadcasting, home heating oil assistance, and grants that help cities’ elderly and poor. The threatened partial shutdown could result in furloughs of federal workers, the shuttering of national parks, and a delay or cutoff of some federal services. The outcome could also define the economic platforms — and voters’ perceptions — of Democrats and Republicans as both parties begin the jockeying for the 2012 presidential elections. — The Boston Globe
Obama calls meeting with Boehner, Reid over budget impasse Dissatisfied with progress being made in talks to avert a government shutdown, President Obama has con-
vened a Wednesday evening meeting at the White House with House Speaker John A. Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Boehner and Reid are scheduled to meet with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at a negotiation session expected to begin at 8:45 p.m., after the president returns from New York City. A similar meeting Tuesday produced little results. Obama’s move came late in a day when both the president and Boehner blamed each other over the impending government shutdown, and as time for a deal came closer to running out. If an accord on a budget for the current fiscal year is not reached by midnight Friday,the government will run out of money, workers will be furloughed, and much of the federal bureaucracy machinery will grind to a halt. — Los Angeles Times
U.S. government faces shutdown over deadlock The US federal government faces a shutdown from Saturday after the White House and the Republican-led House failed to reach an agreement on Tuesday on budget spending cuts. Barack Obama met the House Speaker, John Boehner, at the White House but the two were unable to bridge differences. Obama, speaking afterwards at a press conference, said the two were closer than ever before over the amount of cuts, but he blamed politics and ideology for the continued differences. If there is no deal by Friday, the shutdown in federal services will start the following day. The armed forces and
emergency services will not be affected, but there will be disruption to such things as payments to military veterans, passport applications, visits to national parks and monuments and loans to small businesses, Obama said. The Democrats and Republicans are locked in a battle over last year’s budget. Obama told the press conference that he had agreed to the $33bn (£20bn) in cuts originally sought by Boehner, but that the speaker was quibbling about the details. — The Guardian, London
Washington braces for federal shutdown Washington braced Wednesday for a sweeping shutdown of the machinery of the federal government and a potential stop to everything from local trash collection to Saturday’s annual Cherry Blossom Parade. The halt of the government, the chief industry of Washington, could affect tourists across the Mall and its museums, tens of thousands of federal workers across the country and thousands of District residents, who could be deprived of city services. Nationwide, some 800,000 federal employees could be furloughed, deprived of their BlackBerries, and instructed not to Tweet. Locally, trash collection could be suspended, and street sweeping stopped, but so would the writing of parking tickets. As Congressional negotiators pushed last-ditch efforts to agree on the 2011 federal budget and save the nation from federal closedown, the National Cherry Blossom Festival announced that its annual gala
parade, scheduled for Saturday along Constitution avenue, would be cancelled in the event of a shutdown. Even though the bleachers along Consitution Avenue are in place, and some parade goers already are en route, the festival said late Wednesday that the National Park Service could not honor the group’s parade permits if there is a shutdown. — The Washington Post
Shutdown would delay U.S. economic reports A partial shutdown of the federal government forced by the budget impasse in Congress would delay release of U.S. economic data, making it more difficult to determine the influence on growth of the recent jump in commodity prices. About 800,000 government workers would be affected by a shutdown, an administration official said today. That would include staff at the Labor and Commerce Departments who compile information on everything from consumer prices and the unemployment rate to retail sales and trade. “They won’t be working,” said David Resler, chief economist at Nomura Securities International Inc. in New York, recalling what happened in 1995-1996, the last time federal agencies closed due to a budget dispute. “It really mucked up our ability to understand what was going on in the rest of the economy because we had no data.” After the two shutdowns, in late 1995 and early 1996,, the federal agencies struggled to put out a backlog of reports. — Bloomberg News
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viewed Steven Eames, professor of history at Mount Ida College, Newton, Mass., about the 1745 Battle of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, which plays a part in the story. The episode is expected to be aired during the show’s ninth season sometime this summer, according to Lion TV producers. Because the show involves a mystery and revelation about the artifact, some of it remains confidential, they said. “Shooting at Fort McClary was such a treat,” Robin Hutchins, Lion TV associate producer, said. “The park staff went above and beyond, and their help made the day run smoothly. Fort McClary is an amazing piece of early American history, and we were lucky enough to get a chance to see it brought to life by the Friends of Fort McClary! I hope we will get an opportunity return soon.” “Fort McClary was amazing — it was like a cinematographer’s dream come true,” Shervin Hess, Lion TV producer, said. “Each shot was better than the last. I think this will be one of the prettiest interviews we have shot all season. The park staff was incredibly gracious and made sure the day went smoothly. I hope ‘History Detectives’ will bring us back to Fort McClary one day in the near future.” “We were happy to host ‘History Detectives’ at Fort McClary, and we hope the many people watching the show will want to visit this and our other historic sites and parks,” Will Harris, Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands director, said. “It’s great to be able to showcase one of our premier historic sites on a national television show.” “We had a good, long “History Detectives” host Elyse Luray joins Park Manager Sunday at the fort, Glenn Dochtermann of Fort McClary State Historic Site in with the 20 re-enacKittery and Revolutionary War re-enactor Steve Woodmen tors and the ‘History during a break in the shooting of a segment of PBS’s “His- Detectives’ crew,” Park DAILY SUN STAFF REPORT
A Revolutionary War fort that once protected the approaches to the Piscataqua River in Kittery was the location on Sunday for an investigation and taping by a crew from the popular PBS series, “History Detectives,” the Maine Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks and Lands reported. A group of 20 Revolutionary War re-enactors from the Friends of Fort McClary joined the Lion TV crew at Fort McClary State Historic Site in Kittery to tell the story of an unusual wooden telescope discovered by a Kittery Point man and shared with television show. The fort is managed by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, under the Maine Department of Conservation. “History Detectives” host Elyse Luray joined the crew to track down the original owner and to find out whether the telescope was used during the American Revolution. During the daylong taping, Luray also inter-
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Both at the entrance (ABOVE LEFT) and on the property (RIGHT), Prudential Northeast Properties markets the old St. Patrick’s elementary school as The Landmark on Whitney. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTOS)
With new marketing plan, condo project seeks buyers CONDOS from page one
development and marketing specialist with Westbrook Development Corporation, developer of the condos. “With that it’s helped a little bit, we’ve had some people interested.” He explained that the negativity about sales has everything to do with timing. “Basically, when we bought the condominium development three years ago, everything was going smooth with the economy and everybody was buying condos ... so we just happened to hit it at the wrong time,” he said. The Landmark on Whitney at 1251 Congress St. lists its units at $166,300, according to the website, www.thelandmarkonwhitney.com/index.html. The brick building looks out on Route 22 on the outskirts of Libbytown. St. Patrick’s closed in 2007 to merge with St.
Joseph’s Parish School, which was renamed as St. Brigid School. In April 2009, Westbrook Development Corp. received unanimous approval from the Portland Planning Board to transform the former Catholic school into 15 condo units. Five units were kept as affordable housing in perpetuity, and the remaining 10 were designated as affordable housing for the first Begin buyers only but then could be sold for market price after that, according to the approval by the planning board. Three of 15 condo units sold initially, but since then the condo market has been sluggish, Begin noted. Three units sold right away, but that was because of a government tax credit at the time pro-
moting real estate, he added. “After that it kind of went south, there is so much inventory in Portland, that typical young professional we’re looking for is a little hesitant to buy now because of the economy, and the other thing is younger professionals today are more mobile, so some of them were saying, ‘If I buy this today, can I sell it two years from now if I get transferred out of state or if I get married, start a family, need a little more space?’ So some of them were reluctant to buy,” Begin explained. First-time buyers also face more scrutiny from banks, making it difficult for many applicants to acquire loans, he said. Begin said the new marketing pitch and upticks in the economy could help restore interest in St. Patrick’s. “Things are improving, and we’re hoping that this year becomes a better year,” he said.
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fervor created over Gov. Paul LePage’s decision to remove an 11-panel mural honoring the history of the labor movement in Maine from a state office building in Augusta. The move landed Maine in the national spotlight with coverage in news services and The New York Times. The decision has become widely mocked on late-night television. Federal authorities have said that their part of the $60,000 cost of the mural will have to be returned if it is not appropriately displayed. The reaction has ranged from protests in Augusta to open letters from the governor’s fellow Republicans distancing themselves from his actions. This week, it was Creative Portland’s turn to consider its role. “When [city councilor] Dave Marshall brought this to me ... I suggested we bring it to the full board and decide whether we want to take a position on this, if it’s appropriate for us to do that,” explained Graham. The Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance (PACA), another arts group with close ties to CP (the two share an executive director), sent a letter to LePage
last week requesting the mural be returned to the state’s Department of Labor office. Graham voiced his personal concerns on the “mural question” as CP considered what their next step should be. But CP members also said they wanted to approach the topic in a measured way, making sure that any response drafted LePage by the group was more than just a condemnation of the governor’s actions. “We have the opportunity to educate him through a letter like this,” said CP board member Valeria Lamont, who urged the group to consider “what values we are trying to convey if we write this letter.” “I really like the idea that this is really an opportunity to educate LePage — to share our perspective on the impact something like this has,” said Alice Kornhauser of CP. Alex Yeagerman, planning director for the city of Portland, advised CP to tread lightly as a quasigovernmental organization. “I think it’s good to be careful. To make the governor aware of those economic issues seems like a reasonable approach to
me personally, but I would be conservative,” he said. “PACA was conservative about the tone and tenor of their letter,” he noted. “You have to make sure you don’t jeopardize future arts relationships.” Graham said that while he understands the need to be measured and considerate, it’s also important to make a statement about the mural removal’s potential impact on the state’s economy — creative or otherwise. “Whether or not it’s appropriate for us to criticise the government from the CP board of directors, I have no idea. But at the same time, I feel it’s important for people to say what’s right and wrong,” Graham said. “In the absence of those statements, I think we should put our neck out there and say ‘this isn’t right’ and take the heat for it,” he said. CP finally voted to form a four-person sub-committee tasked with drafting an educational letter to LePage on the impact of his actions on the state’s creative economy, and CP’s mission specifically, but some wondered if the moment to make a statement might have already passed. “I wonder if with the timing, we’ll be writing a letter thanking him for returning it,” said CP board member Christopher Campbell.
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Sea Dogs open season at home today BY JEFF PETERSON SPECIAL TO THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
The long wait is finally over. Sea Dogs baseball is back at Hadlock Field. Opening night is set for today at 6 p.m. as the Reading Phillies take on the Sea Dogs. “It is all about the anticipation,” said Sea Dogs announcer Mike Antonellis. “The wait is over. The great thing about baseball, no matter what, it always feels new. This is my seventh season with the Sea Dogs and 15th in baseball and each season is just as exciting as the first.” There will be some familiar faces at Hadlock Field this season. The roster consists of 13 returning players from the 2010 season. The roster is also filled with homegrown talent. Twenty-four of the 25 players listed on the Opening Day roster were originally signed by the Red Sox. Antonellis got a chance to see some of that talent up close and personal. He spent five days at spring training in Florida. Antonellis “The team looks very talented,” said Antonellis. “Give the Red Sox a lot of credit. They really put a lot of emphasis on development. Every year we seem to get talent.” Some of the talent is recognized nationally. Two of Boston’s top 10 prospects and seven out of the top 30, according to Baseball America, will be in Portland to start the season. They are pitcher Stolmy Pimentel and infielder Oscar Tejeda. At Class A Salem last season, Pimentel had a 9-11 record with a 4.09 ERA. His change-up is described as the best in the Red Sox farm system. Meantime, Tejeda was a Carolina League All Star last season hitting .307 with 11 home runs and 69 RBI. Joining Tejeda on the infield will be Will Middlebrooks. He was also a Carolina League All Star hitting .276 with 12 home runs and 70 RBI. Also playing infield will be Ryan Dent, Jon Hee and Jorge Padron. The outfield will be just as strong. Chih-Hsien Chiang, Mitch Dening, Alex Hassan and Che-Hsuan Lin will make up the outfield. “We will have some talent here,” said Atonellis. “But be prepared for some growing pains. They are good, but a lot of the players are very young.” Catching will be Tim Federowicz and Ryan Lavarnway. “Ryan is a power hitting catcher,” said Antonellis. “I expect big things from him.” Lavarnway is the 2010 Red Sox Co-Offensive minor league player of the year. He hit a combined .288 with 22 home runs and 102 RBI in Portland and Salem last season. Meantime Federowicz is rated as the best
Red Claws celebrity fans “You never know who you’ll see at a Red Claws game ... taking in (the March 31) ﬁnal home game of the season, Deena Cortese from ‘Jersey Shore’ and Adam Royer from MTV’s ‘The Real World’” were on hand for the game, according to the Maine Red Claws Facebook page. The Red Claws ﬁnished the season 18-32, after playing their last game on Saturday, April 2, a 115-113 loss to the Erie BayHawks in Pennsylvania. Maine was led by DeShawn with 33 and ﬁve other players notched double-digits: Stephane Lasme (18), Craig Winder (16), Magnum Rolle and Antonio Anderson (15 apiece), and Jamar Smith (10). (COURTESY PHOTO)
Catcher Ryan Cole Lavarnway waits on deck in this scene from spring training. Lavarnway was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the sixth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Yale University. Today, the Portland Sea Dogs, afﬁliate of the Red Sox, open at home. (COURTESY PHOTO)
defensive catcher in the Red Sox farm system. Besides Stolmy Pimentel, the Sea Dogs piching staff will feature Stephen Fife, Alex Wilson and several other prospects. Fife was an Eastern League All Star last season. Wilson will be back in Portland to start the season. He had a 4-5 record with the Sea Dogs last season. Also on the staff will be Tommy Hottovy. He will become the first player to ever play on the Sea Dogs for 6 seasons. Hottovy first appeared in Portland during the championship season in 2006. In the dugout leading the team will be manager Kevin Boles. It will be his first season in Portland. Boles had a 73-65 record at Salem last season. It will be a homecoming of sorts. Boles was the bullpen catcher for the Sea Dogs back in 1997. His father John is also a member of the Sea Dogs Hall of Fame. “He is a good guy,” exclaimed Antonellis. “I worked with him back in 2001. I think it is the perfect fit. The players should respond to him well, especially when you consider he coached several of the guys last season in Salem.” The manager and players are ready and despite all the snow and rain this winter and spring, so is the field. “Head grounds keeper Rick Anderson and his crew never get stressed out,” said Atonellis. You never realize home important a good grounds crew is until you see all the snow and rain and then the field ready for opening day. The rain has actually been good for the grass. It is green and should look good on Thursday.”
Throw in mostly clear skies, temperatures in the 40s, a wedding at home plate, a marching band playing the national anthem and former Portland City Manager Joe Gray throwing out the first pitch and it should be a great night to be a baseball fan at Hadlock Field on Thursday night. Oh by the way, there will be a game as well. “It should be a special night and a great season,” said Antonellis. “But when it comes to the Sea Dogs it always is.”
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By Holiday Mathis SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You are sensitive to the feelings of others; therefore, people open up around you. What you learn because of this may be surprising or even shocking. You will keep a sacred trust. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Prepare for an upcoming meeting as though you are practicing for a game. Rehearse what you’ll say. Play out different scenarios, and try to guess how the other person will react. Plan your countermove. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You take care to make others feel comfortable around you. When someone new enters your realm, you’ll immediately initiate a connection. Through your example, you’ll teach good manners to an ill-mannered world. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You may start out less conﬁdent than you could be. A pep talk in the mirror will be in order. With a little extra attention to your image, you’ll come across better than you thought you could. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Your many responsibilities will require you to be outgoing. Your heart remains light, even as you deliver a substantial message. You will smile and laugh your way to a successful outcome. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (April 7). Your eye-on-the-prize mentality will serve you well. Stay on track, and you will soon accomplish what you set out to do. In June, you’ll win one prize and be ready for a change. A new study, hobby or activity will strike your fancy. Shared adventure bonds you with a sweetie in July. August brings career luck. Aquarius and Scorpio people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 12, 41, 25 and 3.
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ARIES (March 21-April 19). Your agenda may not be so easily sold on its own. But when you piggyback your plan with one that is already positioned to succeed, you’ll have a smash hit on your hands. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The same guidelines that were put in place to keep order and create safety are now stiﬂing your freedom and limiting your joy. Investigate to see whether rules can be broken or bent to suit you. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You have an appropriate command of your space. You send all the right signals so that others come close when you need them to hear and see you and stay far away when you prefer to be alone. CANCER (June 22-July 22). The initial impression someone made years ago is still affecting the way you think of this person today. But something will happen to change all of that. Stay open-minded. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You are bright and capable -- a natural choice to lead the group. And yet you may not feel that you want the extra responsibility that comes with the role. You’ll ﬁnd a way to lead without being the ofﬁcial leader. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You’ll inﬂuence those who see you as serious and knowledgeable. To help this image along, move more slowly than everyone else. Your every gesture will seem to have greater importance. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Though you look forward to having downtime when you can recharge your energy, you still have a ways to go. Take short breaks instead of long ones. Distractions abound. Remember what you came to do.
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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Thursday, April 7, the 97th day of 2011. There are 268 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 7, 1862, Union forces led by General Ulysses S. Grant defeated the Confederates at the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee. On this date: In 1788, an expedition led by Gen. Rufus Putnam established a settlement at presentday Marietta, Ohio. In 1798, the Mississippi Territory was created by an act of Congress, with Natchez as the capital. In 1927, the image and voice of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover were transmitted live from Washington to New York in the first successful long-distance demonstration of television. In 1939, Italy invaded Albania, which was annexed less than a week later. In 1948, the World Health Organization was founded in Geneva. In 1949, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “South Pacific” opened on Broadway. In 1953, the U.N. General Assembly elected Dag Hammarskjold (dahg HAWM’ahr-shoold) of Sweden to be secretary-general. In 1969, the Supreme Court, in Stanley v. Georgia, unanimously struck down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter announced he was deferring development of the neutron bomb, a high-radiation weapon. In 1983, space shuttle astronauts Story Musgrave and Don Peterson took the first U.S. space walk in almost a decade as they worked in the open cargo bay of Challenger for nearly four hours. One year ago: North Korea said it had convicted and sentenced an American man to eight years in a labor prison for entering the country illegally and unspecified hostile acts. (Aijalon Mahli Gomes (EYE’-jah-lahn MAH’-lee gohms) was freed in August 2010 after former U.S. President Jimmy Carter secured his release.) Today’s Birthdays: Actor R.G. Armstrong is 94. Sitar player Ravi Shankar is 91. Actor James Garner is 83. Country singer Cal Smith is 79. Actor Wayne Rogers is 78. Media commentator Hodding Carter III is 76. Country singer Bobby Bare is 76. Rhythmand-blues singer Charlie Thomas (The Drifters) is 74. California Gov. Jerry Brown is 73. Movie director Francis Ford Coppola is 72. TV personality David Frost is 72. Singer John Oates is 62. Singer Janis Ian is 60. Actor Jackie Chan is 57. Actor Russell Crowe is 47. Christian/jazz singer Mark Kibble (Take 6) is 47. Actor Bill Bellamy is 46. Rock musician Dave “Yorkie” Palmer (Space) is 46. Former football player-turned-analyst Tiki Barber is 36. Actress Heather Burns is 36. Actor Conner Rayburn is 12.
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ANNIE’S MAILBOX Dear Annie: I’ve been close friends with “Lucy” since high school. In the past few years, I’ve noticed that she is imitating everything I do, and I mean everything. I recently dyed my hair red, and she did the same, even using the same stylist. She bought the same carpet, painted her house the same color as ours and last year acquired the same breed of dog. She buys her grandkids the same gifts we buy ours. I just purchased a jacket, and when Lucy saw it, she bought the same one and ﬂipped out because she could not get it in the same color. I know imitation is the sincerest form of ﬂattery, but this is scary. It’s as if Lucy is trying to live my life. Last week, I bought a set of new sheets. Lucy stopped by as I was making the bed and asked her usual questions -- where did I buy them, how much did they cost, etc. But then she asked what my husband was like in bed. She conﬁded that her sex life is not so good and once thought her husband was having an affair. I was ﬂabbergasted and ﬁnally said it was personal and nobody’s business, and I refuse to discuss my sex life with anyone. Lucy became agitated, said I should be willing to answer her question since we’re good friends and then left in a big huff. I haven’t seen her since, although she lives down the block. Should I have answered her? I think I need to end the friendship, but how? -- Feeling Uneasy Dear Uneasy: No one needs to answer such personal questions. Imitation is usually a sign of insecurity in one’s own taste. It often helps to offer to shop with the person and help them develop their own style. Lucy, however, seems to be looking for more than style. She wants a life upgrade, and she’s chosen yours. We suggest you put gradual limits on the amount of contact you have. Continue to be friendly, but ﬁnd
a way to be busier. When you go out, alter your schedule so you have less of a chance of running into her. And if she ever asks for help, urge her to seek professional counseling. Dear Annie: I have sent thank-you notes for various gifts throughout my life. No matter what I wrote, at least one person was unhappy with it. One thank-you was followed by a reprimand from an elderly relative, saying I should have written more. Another was fussed over by an aunt who said I wrote too much and it sounded contrived. When I sent a thank-you e-mail, I was chastised because it wasn’t handwritten. I think people should be happy their gift was acknowledged. Most etiquette rules were formed prior to the invention of electronic mail. What is the real difference between an e-mail and a hastily hand-scratched note? -- B.S.C. Dear B.S.C.: Handwritten notes are considered more personal and show greater effort. E-mail thank-you notes are perfectly ﬁne for those who are more casual and don’t mind receiving thanks in this manner. However, unless you are still a child, no one should be chastising you. You have difﬁcult relatives, dear. Dear Annie: I read the letter from “Burning Up in Vermont” and laughed out loud when you said, “And now he can take the bus.” Vermont is a very rural state. The likelihood of bus service where this person lives is remote to none. You should have suggested he carpool with someone he works with, although that might be equally difﬁcult. -- B.B. Dear B.B.: We admit we are not familiar with rural Vermont, and it’s possible “Burning” lives in an area where there is no bus service. In which case, we hope carpooling is a feasible alternative.
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–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– EVENTS CALENDAR––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– nization, Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity, and the Bangor Theological Seminary.” This USM Women and Gender Studies Program lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 780-4289 or visit www.usm.maine.edu/wgs.
Thursday, April 7 Frank Glazer at First Parish 12:15 p.m. First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 425 Congress St., Portland. Concerts are free and open to the public. For information call the Portland Conservatory of Music at 775-3356. “Frank Glazer has done many things in addition to his concert performances — as a composer, teacher, lecturer, piano technician, soldier, interpreter, ﬁreﬁghter and writer. As a teen-ager, he played in vaudeville on weekends for three years. Many years later, he had 49 of his own TV shows on an NBC afﬁliate in prime time, sponsored by a laundry company and United Airlines. The success of these presentations led to appearances on NBC’s Home Show with Arlene Francis and Hugh Downes. In high school, he played the string bass and harp in the orchestra and band. For a brief period, while studying with Artur Schnabel at Lake Como, he played the organ for services at an English Church. And, during World War II, he played the bass drum and the glockenspiel for three months in a military band. Nearly all of this has been ‘grist for the same mill’ – namely to arrive at the essence of the musical ideas and emotions of the great composers, of wharever century, and express them to audiences in whatever country.”
New book: ‘The Greens of Maine’ by Dennis Walch 5:30 p.m. “Come hear Dennis Walch speak about his new book: ‘The Greens of Maine.’ Dennis has golfed 148 public golf courses in Maine, created diagrams of the courses, and taken beautiful pictures of each place. His book will delight the golfer and the armchair golfer. Free talk. Everyone is welcome to take this tour with Dennis. You won’t be disappointed.” Walker Memorial Library, 800 Main St., Westbrook.
PACTS trafﬁc and transit workshops
historians have come up with the estimate of Atlantic cod landings 140 years ago. Alexander was lead author on a paper disclosing these ﬁndings in “Fish and Fisheries” in 2009. McCormick Lecture Hall, 105 Eden St., Bar Harbor, ME. CHRISP@coa.edu, 801-5715, or 288-5015. Free.
6 p.m. The Portland Area Comprehensive System (PACTS) at the direction of its member municipalities and transit providers is holding the third and fourth of four open sessions this Thursday night at 6 p.m. and Friday morning, April 8 beginning at 8:30 a.m. to engage leaders and residents in a dialogue on developing vision for a regional transit system. “Moving Greater Portland … Toward a Transit-focused Region” is being led by national experts in transportation, design and ﬁnancing. “This is the ﬁrst part of a larger effort to proactively address roadway congestion and related threats to property values, economic activity, and livability.” These sessions will be held at the Merrill Auditorium Rehearsal Hall, behind Portland City Hall. Thursday evening is an opportunity to compare the results of the ﬁrst workshop discussion and brainstorming to other places that have found success shaping their future in a sustainable manner. National transit and transit-oriented-development expert, Jeff Tumlin, will lead a targeted debate about the pros and cons of different transit and land use concepts for Greater Portland, identifying strengths, weaknesses and potential pitfalls. Friday morning is an intensive hands-on debate to ﬁnalize a single documented vision and framework map for Greater Portland’s transit and land use future. The ﬁnal product is intended to guide future transportation and coding work in the region. Announcements of new planning efforts by PACTS and GPCOG will be made. Attendance at Thursday’s and Friday’s event at the Merrill Auditorium Rehearsal Hall in Portland is open to the public, but registration is suggested for an attendance estimate. Register online at www.pactsplan.org.
Ousted Marquette University dean at USM
Glitterati at Port City
Portland Sea Dogs opening day 4 p.m. The Portland Sea Dogs announced opening day ceremonies at Hadlock Field. The Sea Dogs open the 2011 season at Hadlock Field against the Reading Phillies. The Sea Dogs enter their 18th season of play and ninth as the Double-A Afﬁliate of the Boston Red Sox. The season will kick-off with a wedding ceremony at home plate. Dayna Russo will marry Scott Merrow in a pre-game ceremony ofﬁciated by Lori Voornas from WJBQ 97.9 FM. The wedding is scheduled for 5:35 p.m. The Edward Little High School Red Eddies Band will perform the National Anthem. The band, 35 members strong, is under the direction of Jennifer Fortin. Recently retired Portland City Manager, Joe Gray, will throw out the ceremonial ﬁrst-pitch. Gray served 10 years as Portland’s city manager and 40 years with the city. Gray retired in February. The Sea Dogs will be providing over 470 Portland students with free tickets to Opening Day. The Sea Dogs partnered with the Portland Recreation Department and the Portland Public Library to have students “Read Their Way to Opening Day” through a reading challenge put forth by Slugger and the Sea Dogs. The 470 students who met the Sea Dogs’ challenge will participant in an on ﬁeld parade on Opening Day. As fans enter the park they will be greeted by the Bellamy Jazz Band. Gates will open at 4 p.m. Pre-game ceremonies will begin at approximately 5:50 p.m., with the ﬁrst pitch scheduled for 6:10 p.m.
Historical Marine Ecology 4:10 p.m. Karen Alexander of UNH on Historical Marine Ecology in the Gulf of Maine for College of the Atlantic’s Marine Policy Speaker Series. Alexander is the project coordinator for the University of New Hampshire’s Gulf of Maine Cod Project. She holds a BS in mathematics, and a MA in history, and relies on both to examine the history of New England’s ﬁsheries. Using ﬁshermen’s logbook data from Frenchman Bay and other New England communities, a team of 14 ﬁsheries scientists, social scientists and
On Monday, April 11, a celebration is planned to honor Wes McNair, Maine’s new State Poet Laureate. The reception will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Richard T. and Judith F. Bjorn Lobby of the University of Maine at Farmington Education Center, on High Street, in Farmington. (COURTESY PHOTO)
5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Jodi O’Brien, Lewis B. Gaffney Endowed Chair for Social Justice Scholarship and the Jesuit Mission at Seattle University, will present “A Strange Thing Happened on the Way to Marquette” in the Unviersity Events Room of USM’s Glickman Family Library, Portland. “O’Brien was hired as dean of Arts and Sciences at Marquette University in 2010 only to have the job revoked by the university president who cited a lack of ﬁt between the Jesuit university’s mission and O’Brien’s scholarship on sexuality and gay marriage. During her talk, O’Brien will offer an analysis of the institutional dynamics that make this discrimination possible. Co-sponsors include USM’s Faculty Senate Academic Freedom Committee, Department of Sociology, Gender Studies Student Orga-
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. At Port City Music Hall, Glitterati, a literary ball to beneﬁt free programs for youth. This event features live music by Emilia Dahlin, sparkling light forms by Pandora LaCasse, an incredible live and silent auction, and an eclectic array of food from Portland’s ﬁnest restaurants. From April 2-9, Lovely Things customers who identify themselves as “friends of The Telling Room” will receive a 10 percent discount on regularly priced merchandise and 10 percent of the proﬁts will sponsor Glitterati. And, on April 9, 10 percent of all proceeds will be donated to The Telling Room. www.tellingroom.org/index.html
A reading and discussion of ‘Arundel’ 7 p.m. In Partnership with the Maine Humanities Council, the Maine Historical Society invites the public for Kenneth Roberts’ Maine: A reading and discussion of “Arundel” by Emerson Baker, Professor of History, Salem State College. “Arundel” is Kenneth Roberts’ ﬁctional account of Benedict Arnold’s march through Maine to Québec during the American Revolution. “Roberts, a beloved and iconic Maine author, was a bestselling writer during the ﬁrst half of the 20th century, known for his entertaining, insightful tales drawn from Maine history. Arundel was his best-known work and still has much to tell us. Baker will provide background about Roberts and Arundel and then facilitate a discussion of the book. Participants are encouraged to have read the book in advance. Registration is required.” Space is limited so please register soon. This event is free and open to the public. To register, please call Maine Humanities Council at 773-5051. Books are available at the Maine Historical Society gift shop; program registrants will receive a special 10 percent discount. www.mainehistory.org
‘The Music Man’
Today and Friday, the Portland Area Comprehensive System will conduct the last two workshops on transit options in the Greater Portland region. Attendance at today’s and Friday’s event at the Merrill Auditorium Rehearsal Hall in Portland is open to the public, but registration is suggested for an attendance estimate. Register online at www.pactsplan.org. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO)
7:30 p.m. April 8-10 at Gorham High School. Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. “An all-time favorite, ‘The Music Man’ is a musical tale of a con artist who strolls into a small Iowa town expecting easy pickin’s, and, of course, falls in love with the standofﬁsh librarian he woos as a lark. This entertaining tale will also have you humming any one of the famous tunes: ‘Seventy-Six Trombones,’ ‘Wells Fargo Wagon,’ ‘Marian The Librarian,’ ‘Ya Got Trouble,’ ‘Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little’ ... the list goes on. Director: Bruce Avery; Musical Director: Matt Murray; Choreographer: Deb Lombard. For details, visit www.gorham.k12.me.us see next page
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Puppet show at Mayo Street 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Rescheduled due to weather from April 1. Exhibit of puppets built by East Bayside Youths, and professional puppeteers from Portland and beyond. Mayo Street Arts. Puppets, Marionettes, and Puppet Theaters by Nine East Bayside Youths from the Children’s Puppet Workshop, Mrs. Helen Blanchard of Mississippi, Christina and Ezra Boucher, Blainor McGough, Nance Parker, Shoestring Theater, Libby Marcus, Nick Fitzpatrick, Grace D’Entremont. http://mayostreetarts.org
The Telling Room hosts literary ball 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Telling Room, Portland’s only nonproﬁt youth writing center, will host a literary ball to beneﬁt its free creative writing, literacy, and arts programs for local youth. This event will take place at Port City Music Hall and feature live music from Emilia Dahlin, food from over 20 local restaurants including Local 188, Fore Street, El Rayo Taqueria, and the Salt Exchange, as well as an incredible live and silent auction featuring an Italian vacation package, art, jewelry, spa packages, and more. Each silent auction package is based on books like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Nabokov’s Lolita, or Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, and the items up for grabs all pay homage to the literary greats. For example, Jacques at the Old Port Wine Merchants and Cigar Shoppe has handpicked a selection of wines to evoke the decadence of the Roaring Twenties for our Great Gatsby Table, and Portland’s own Sea Bags, famous around the world for their totes made of recycled sails, has donated a glittery bag for our To the Lighthouse Table. A complete list of participating restaurants, auction donors, and more can be found at: http:// www.tellingroom.org/get_involved/glitterati.html. Tickets can be purchased on line at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/154651or at the door on the evening of the event. For more information, go to www.thetellingroom.org or call 774-6404.
Slack Water: Opening Reception 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. SPACE GAllery, free. “Photographer Mark Marchesi spent the summer of 1999 at a shellﬁsh wholesaler on Portland’s waterfront, continuing a life-long interest in marine boating and ﬁshing. He began taking pictures of this unique remnant of Maine’s industrial heritage, and in 2008 began a concerted series documenting the rough beauty of Portland’s wharves, facilities and their workers. Special zoning and respect for marine-derived economy have helped preserve the character of this part of the city, keeping development in check. Yet change is inevitable, and how the Portland community chooses to manage the relationship between the old and the new will be an ongoing conversation for years to come. Marchesi’s crisp photographs ﬁnd color, beauty and vibrancy that’s still very much alive in this important area that goes unseen by so many of us.”
‘Universes: Live From the Edge’
‘0cean Acidification: Risks and Challenges for Maine’ 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sea State 6.0 lecture at Gulf of Maine Research Institute, 350 Commercial St. “Carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere over the past century is making our oceans more acidic. Bob Steneck, Professor of Oceanography, Marine Biology, and Marine Policy at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center will discuss why the cold waters of the Gulf of Maine may be most at risk. He will share potential consequences of ocean acidiﬁcation for lobsters, softshell clams, northern shrimp, oysters, and other plants and animals that produce limestone shells.” Please RSVP to Patty Collins, email@example.com, 228-1625
Darfur Community Read and Forum 7 p.m. Temple Beth El, 400 Deering Avenue, Portland — The National Council of Jewish Women Southern Maine Section (NCJW) is launching a Darfur community read of “Tears of the Desert” by Halima Bashir with Damien Lewis, to be followed by a forum discussion. “‘Tears of the Desert’ is the compelling story of a Darfuri woman doctor’s struggle and her determination to deal with the trauma of the genocide in Darfur. The Forum, free and open to the public, will be an opportunity to discuss the book and to interact with a panel of members of the Darfur community, who will bear witness to this tragedy. Participants who feel moved to take action may contribute to the Solar Cooker Project to beneﬁt the women in the Darfur refugee camps. With these cookers, women will not have to risk assault and rape by leaving the camp to collect ﬁrewood. Each cooker costs $15, and each family needs two cookers. Contributions toward purchasing the cookers may be made that evening, or the cookers may be purchased through an organization, Jewish World Watch, 17514 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 206, Encino, CA 91316, or on-line at www.solarcookerproject.org (same organization). NCJW has already purchased 30 cookers and will match the purchase of 70 additional cookers to make theirs a contribution of 100 cookers.”
Crunk Witch at Teen After Hours 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Teen After Hours at the Portland Public Library Teen Lounge. Teens ages 12-19 are invited to join the band Crunk Witch (myspace.com/crunkwitch) to make some music at the library. “Teens will get to make music with the band and be treated to a brief performance. This program is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Portland Public Library and the Portland Police Department.”
Friday, April 8 ‘Universes: Live From the Edge’ 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Portland Ovations is partnering with Lincoln Middle School in Portland to provide classroom connections to an upcoming performance of poetry, music and theater. Lincoln sixth graders will attend “Universes: Live From the Edge” at University of Southern Maine’s Hannaford Hall at 8 p.m. Universes is an international ensemble of writers and performers who fuse poetry, theater, jazz, hip-hop, politics, down home blues and Spanish boleros. Martin Steingesser, Maine’s ﬁrst poet laureate, will provide Lincoln students with context for the Universes’ performance at in-school workshops today (March 31) and on April 1. The students will perform their original works later in the spring at an open mic poetry night at Lincoln. Lincoln participates in the Portland Ovations Model School Program, which strives to integrate the arts into the learning experience for Maine students through attendance at high-
On Sunday, the Great Maine Bike Swaps will return again this spring to the campuses of the University of Maine in Orono and the University of Southern Maine in Portland. (FILE PHOTO) quality performances and hands-on activities that connect to classroom themes. For more information about Portland Ovations’ Model School Program, contact Gretchen Berg, at 773-3150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Whose Art Is It?’ mural forum by PMA noon to 1:30 p.m. The Portland Museum of Art will host a public forum entitled “Whose Art Is It?” to facilitate a roundtable discussion about public ownership of public art and the controversial removal of the mural from Maine’s Department of Labor. Participants will include: Mark Bessire, Director of the Portland Museum of Art; Sharon Corwin, Director and Chief Curator of the Colby College Museum of Art; Christina Bechstein, Sculpture Professor and Director of Public Engagement at Maine College of Art; and Chris O’Neil, Government Relations Consultant for the Portland Community Chamber. Invitations were extended to Governor Paul LePage, who is unable to attend and to artist Judy Taylor, who has respectfully declined. A moderator for the forum will be announced next week. This free event is cosponsored by the Portland Museum of Art, Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin college art museums, and the Maine College of Art. As reported by the media, The Maine Labor Mural Cycle, an 11-panel, 36-foot-wide mural, was created by Tremont, Maine artist Judy Taylor, and depicts scenes from Maine’s labor history. The mural was installed in 2008 in the lobby of Maine’s Department of Labor building in Augusta. It was removed during the weekend of March 26.
Portland Home Show 1 p.m. 42nd annual Portland Home Show, Portland Expo & Portland Ice Arena, April 8-10. Show hours are 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7. Children 12 and under are admitted free with an adult. Boasting over 300 booths and attedance that exceeds over 12,000 annually, the Portland Home Show is in its 42nd year. www.homeshows.com/ portland_home_show.htm.
Reception for Women Networking in Zanzibar 5 p.m. A new exhibition of collaborative prints created jointly by the artists of Portland’s Peregrine Press and the artists of Women Networking in Zanzibar, Tanzania, will be held in the Lewis Gallery of Portland Public Library April 1 through May 28. A reception for the exhibit Dunia Moja/One World will be held at the Library on April 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a presentation at 7 p.m. by Mark and Aimee Bessire, titled “Reﬂections on Contemporary East African Art.” Mark Bessire is the Director of the Portland Museum of Art and Founder and Curator of the East African Biennial. Aimee Bessire is Assistant Professor of African Studies at Bates College and Founding Director of the Africa Schoolhouse, Ntulya, Tanzania. All the events are open to the public free of charge. The project is funded in part by grants from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
6 p.m. PROPEL, University of Southern Maine and Portland Ovations Presents “Universes: Live From the Edge.” 6 p.m., reception at the University of Southern Maine Abromson Center (2nd ﬂoor mezzanine); 8 p.m., show starts at in Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine. “Join PROPEL, USM and Portland Ovations for an unforgettable experience! ‘Universes’ redeﬁnes theater and who it speaks to by turning poetry into a communal act. Called ‘ﬁerce, funny and bitingly intelligent’ (Los Angeles Times), this internationally recognized ensemble mixes rhymes, beats, politics, gospel, down-home blues and Spanish boleros to create moving, provocative and entertaining theater. Live from the Edge showcases Universes’ innovative brand of hip-hop theater and tracks the evolution of their poetic language from childhood rhymes and community rituals, to poetry and performance. The pre-show reception will feature light appetizers and networking. The show will begin at 8 p.m. The University of Southern Maine is located at 88 Bedford St., Portland. Parking is available in the attached parking garage. Tickets are $10 for PROPEL and Chamber Members and $15 for non-members.
‘Sweet Smell of Success’ at Classic Cinema 7 p.m. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church invites all its neighbors to view selected ﬁlm classics on the big screen in the Parish Hall on the second Friday of each month at 7 p.m., directly following the free “Souper Supper” that evening. The feature of the evening will be “Sweet Smell of Success” (1957). J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster), the most powerful newspaper columnist in New York, is determined to prevent his sister from marrying Steve Dallas (Martin Milner), a jazz musician. He therefore covertly employs Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis), a sleazy and unscrupulous press agent, to break up the affair by any means possible. (96 minutes). St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth. FMI: 781-3366.
Contra Dance and Ceilidh 7 p.m. Contra Dance and Ceilidh with the Highland Soles and Guitarist Owen Marshall; 7 p.m.; Longfellow Elementary School 432 Stevens Ave., Portland. Cost: $10 adult; $5 child under 13; $25 family. All proceeds beneﬁt the Brentwood Farms Community Garden in Portland, sponsored by the Eleuthero Community and Deering Center Neighborhood Association. Music, dancing, rafﬂe and refreshments. Tickets on sale at Jet Video and at the door.
Pleasant Note Coffeehouse Open Mic 7:15 p.m. The Pleasant Note Coffeehouse Open Mic salutes its spoken word artists. This monthly forum for the spirituality of music and spoken word will celebrate poets and storytellers. Local poet and Writer’s Almanac favorite David Moreau appeared at a recent open mic. Open Mic & Poetry Slam is presented on the second Friday of each month at the First Universalist Church of Auburn at 169 Pleasant St. Accessible: refreshments and children’s room available. FMI 783-0461 orwww.auburnuu.org.
Smucker’s Stars on Ice 25th Anniversary Tour 7:30 p.m. Skating Superstars past and present come together for one special production at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Experience incredible performances by Evan Lysacek, Sasha Cohen, Kurt Browning, Ekaterina Gordeeva, and more, produced by Scott Hamilton. Tickets $125 (rink-side), $75, $45 and $25, All Seats Reserved Discounts available for Regular Groups of 10 or more and Scout Groups, Youths and Seniors. see next page
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Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ 8 p.m. Love, elopement, and overthrowing the social order — it’s everything you want in an operetta and it’s at the University of Southern Maine School of Music’s performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “H.M.S. Pinafore.” Laugh along with the merriment and infectious tunes aboard the British ship with the USM Opera Workshop and Chorale students on Friday, April 8, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m. at Corthell Concert Hall, 37 College Ave., University of Southern Maine - Gorham. Tickets cost $10 general public; $5 students/ seniors/children/USM employees. Reserve yours through the USM Music Box Ofﬁce at 780-5555. For more information on the USM School of Music’s spring concert season and programs of study, visit www.usm.maine.edu/music.
‘Blood Brothers’ at CLT in Auburn 8 p.m. Mark Brann of Portland, as the “Narrator” in Community Little Theatre’s “Blood Brothers,” tells the story of “Mrs. Johnstone, deserted by her husband and unable to cope with her oversized brood of children.” Played by Stefanie Lynn of Auburn, she reluctantly gives one of her twin boys to the wife of her wealthy employer. The adoptive mother, Mrs. Lyons is played by CLT veteran Cheryl Reynolds, also of Portland. Years later, the brothers meet and become inseparable friends, but their relationship is doomed. Whether it is a child’s inherent nature or the way he is nurtured that determines his fate is at the crux of the storyline. “A total of 12 talented singers and actors make up the cast of this hit musical by Willy Russell, which has accumulated a host of awards and has become one of the longest standing works of musical theater in history. The cast also includes, Adam Morris of Westbrook, Paige Berube of Gray, Andreas Wyder of New Vineyard, and Lewiston-Auburn residents, Chris L’Hommedieu, Sydney Browne, Guy Pilote, Andrew Leeman, Brandon Chaloux and Mary Turcotte. The show is directed by Celeste Philippon.” Ron Bouffard is the assistant director, Paul G. Caron is musical director, and Eileen Messina is the choreographer. “Blood Brothers” opens at Great Fall Performing Arts Center (Academy Street, Auburn) on April 8 and runs for two full weekends. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays and 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 15. Tickets are $16 in advance and can be purchased online at www.LACLT.
com , at the Box Ofﬁce (30 Academy Street, Auburn) or by calling 783-0958.
dates available, the auditions will be limited to the ﬁrst 50 people to register.
The Magniﬁcent Liars present ‘Lady’
April Stool’s Day on West End
8 p.m. The Magniﬁcent Liars will present “Lady,” a play by Craig Wright directed by Martha Getchell, at Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Boulevard in Portland on Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. Actors are Lou Esposito, Michael Moody and Brian Schuth. Tickets are $18 for adults and at the door and $15 for advanced purchase, students and seniors. For more information, visit the Magniﬁcent Liars’ website: www.magniﬁcentliars.com or call 899-3993.
8:30 a.m. West End Neighborhood Association April Stool’s Day. WENA’s Spring Clean-up. “Meet at Reiche to pick up bags, gloves, rakes, etc. Then head out to Taylor Street, Clark Street and Harbor View Parks and points in between to spiff up the neighborhood for spring. We’ll also be participating in the 19th Annual April Stool’s Day. Register at Reiche the day of the clean-up and have a chance to win a gift certiﬁcate from Fetch. See you there! Clean-up continues until noon, so come any time you can.” www. wenamaine.org
Saturday, April 9 Limington Extension’s ‘Cheep’-‘Cheep’ Easter Sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Limington Extension’s “Cheep””Cheep” Easter Sale will be held at the Limington Town Hall, Route 11, Limington. Hundreds of 25-cent items like Easter plush and packages of paper plates, envelopes, toys; $1 hair products & ﬁshing items; $2 clothing and shoes. Fundraiser for BEHS scholarships. For details, call Karen at 692-2989.
Auditions for singers by Portland Sea Dogs 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The Portland Sea Dogs, Double-A afﬁliate of the Boston Red Sox, will host auditions for both National Anthem and God Bless America performers for the 2011 season. The auditions will be held at Hadlock Field. Preregistration is required. The Sea Dogs have a limited amount of dates available for National Anthem performers in 2011 and are looking to ﬁll those dates with talented individuals from around the area. Additionally, the Sea Dogs are looking for performers to sing God Bless America for the seventh inning stretch, which has become a tradition at Hadlock Field on Sunday afternoon games. The Sea Dogs encourage all performers to audition. The team will accept individuals, small groups, and instrumentalists. All singing auditions must be performed a capella with a live stadium microphone and without the aid of any lyric sheets. Performances should be kept to less than one minute and thirty seconds. All auditions must be done in person. The Sea Dogs do not accept CD’s, cassettes, videos, etc. All interested performers must pre-register by completing the registration form found at www.seadogs. com. Only those who have pre-registered will be able to audition on April 9. As a result of the limited performance
Biddeford Winter Farmer’s Market 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Biddeford Winter Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. At the former West Pepperril Mill on Main Street in Biddeford. Roy Guzman, 210-0123
Awaken to Action on climate change 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Awaken to Action: A Summit to Explore Faith & Sustainability in an Age of Climate Change, cosponsored by Maine Audubon and Maine Interfaith Power & Light, Maple Hill Farm, Hallowell. Scholarships available; register at www.meipl.org. 721-0444
April Stool’s Day on East End 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. “It’s time to report for doo-ty for the 19th Annual April Stool’s Day! Dog owners will unite Saturday, April 9 from 9-11 a.m. to help clean up a winter’s worth of un-scooped poop and prepare the Prom for spring. East End locations include: top of Cutter Street along the Prom; entrance to East End Beach; the Eastern Prom Trail; and Fort Sumner Park on North Street. Additional Portland locations include Evergreen Cemetery and Reiche School on the West End. If you’re in Belfast, check in with Friends of Belfast Parks. The lucky registered scooper who ﬁnds the Golden Turd at each location will win a special prize! Tidying the Trails: For those who’d prefer to help us clean a Winter’s Worth of leftover litter (not poop), join us at either the Loring Memorial Trail and/or the Fort Allen Trail. Volunteer to help keep our parks, neighborhoods and open spaces clean — and help us spread the word! April Stools Day is sponsored by Fetch Pet Supply Store and Friends of the Eastern Promenade.” For more information, contact email@example.com.
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to remove Maine from REAL ID mandates is “getting a lot of momentum.” Leadership from both parties is supportive of the legislation, he said, which would enact a laundry list of restrictions on Maine’s involvement with the controversial federal law. These restrictions include prohibiting the Secretary of State from use of biometric technology, such as retinal scans, facial recognition or fingerprint technology in the production or storing of driver’s license information; prohibiting the Secretary of State from disseminating Social Security numbers to any entity without legislative authorization; and repealing the requirement that the Secretary of State participate in the federal Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements Program, a centralized database system used and maintained by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Congress and the Bush administration adopted the Real ID law mainly as a result of findings by 9/11 Commission investigators that the hijackers from the 9/11 attacks carried many driver’s licenses issued by various state-level motor vehicle departments, according to background information from the National Conference of State Legislatures, an opponent of REAL ID. In 2009, then-Gov. John Baldacci vetoed a similar push in Maine to withdraw from the law’s federal security mandates. (According to The Associated Press, Baldacci said he voted the bill because it would have let driver’s licenses and ID cards be issued to people who are knowingly breaking immigration law.) Today, Republican Paul LePage is governor, and it’s unclear whether he will support Chipman’s bill to do away with REAL ID in Maine. But LePage’s press secretary, Adrienne Bennett, said the governor supports personal-privacy protections. Bennett circulated a statement from LePage, which read: “Governor LePage has a strong interest
in protecting the privacy of Maine people. He supports protections that prevent social security numbers and digital images collected by the Secretary of State to be shared upon request, sold or stored in central databases. The governor also believes we must strongly consider the impact that advances on biometric technology may one day have on personal privacy. Governor LePage looks forward to working with personal privacy advocates, the Secretary of State and the Legislature as proposals move through the process.” Advocates of the state legislation are hopeful. “Now it’s an interesting situation where we may have the support in the House and the Senate and the governor may sign it into law,” Chipman said Wednesday. Yesterday, the Maine Civil Liberties Union joined a coalition of legislators and privacy advocates in Augusta for a press event announcing support for Chipman’s effort. Participants included Republican Rep. Rich Cebra of Naples, and Democratic Rep. Mike Carey of Lewiston, both supporters of the repeal bill. “I’m optimistic given the bipartisan support in the legislature and the support of Secretary of State Charlie Summers that we can once again pass a REAL ID repeal and that Gov. LePage will sign it,” Shenna Bellows, executive director of the Maine Civil Liberties Union Foundation, said in an interview Wednesday. “We certainly hope that the governor will join with Republicans and Democrats alike in standing up for privacy,” she said. In January of 2007, the Maine State Legislature became the first to reject the REAL ID law. But Baldacci later enacted a law to comply with portions of REAL ID, based on “threats from the Department of Homeland Security,” the Maine Civil Liberties Union reported in a press release. States continue to struggle to meet benchmarks imposed by REAL ID, officials agree. On March 4,
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano extended by 20 months — to Jan. 15, 2013 — the May 10, 2011 deadline for states to be in full compliance with the REAL ID Act. “The REAL ID Act was passed in 2005 and implementation has stalled in part because of resistance from states because it’s unworkable and extremely expensive,” Bellows said. “Our biggest concern with REAL ID is the impact on privacy.” Bellows said it’s “un-American” to create a national identification system “that relies on biometrics and tracking technology.” The law was passed during the Bush administration, but during the Obama administration, the Department of Homeland Security has supported REAL ID and pushed for more aggressive expansion of the law with a second proposal deemed REAL ID 2.0 or “PASS ID,” which has been introduced in the Congress, the Maine Civil Liberties Union reports. Chipman said he sees no need for a REAL ID mandate when the state last month unveiled a new driver’s license with enhanced security features, designed based on suggested guidelines published by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. “It’s unnecessary because we have a new driver’s license that has good security features; none of them has anything to do with REAL ID,” Chipman said. Critics of REAL ID also point to the cost to implement the mandates. A study conducted by the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Governors Association and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators determined the act could cost states more than $11 billion over five years. “It’s millions of dollars of unfunded mandates on the state of Maine,” Chipman said. “The bottom line is the states that haven’t complied don’t have the money to do it.” “It’s intrusive, expensive and unnecessary,” Chipman concluded.
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For Arborea, ‘Red Planet’ was a chance to make a statement The Pleasants / Arborea / Meghan Yates 8 p.m. at The Oak + The Ax, 140 Main St., Biddeford $6, all ages BY MATT DODGE THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
Lewiston-based husband and wife duo Buck and Shanti Curran play Biddeford tonight as Arborea. The indie-folk act, which earned much critical acclaim for their ﬁrst album, will kick off a New England tour later this month before setting off for a castle and island gigs in Europe. (BUCK AND SHANTI CURRAN PHOTO)
If you want to catch a world-class folk act today, it may be worth the 20-minute drive to the back-alley venue of lore, The Oak + The Ax, in Biddeford. Miss it and you can still catch Arborea during their upcoming east coast tour; but come May, they’ll be hoping the pond to cash in or their critical acclaim abroad, with shows at an Irish castle and Mediterranean island. Organized by their European booking agent, the band will play a festival on the Spanish island of Majorca on May 25. Playing at a cinema in front of a film screen, the band will play a live soundtrack for the Jim Jarmusch 1995 Johnny Depp Wild West film “Dead Man” in a nod to Neil Young’s own original, improvised soundtrack. “Not that Neil Young’s version wasn't absolutely amazing, and we’re going to leave it open for improvisation, too, but with certain themes to ground us and we’ll incorporate some of our older songs that might fit in with the movie,” said Shanti Curran, who along with husband, Buck, make up the Lewiston indie-folk group. Shortly after, the band will play a summer solstice show at an Irish castle, a venue Curran looks forward to for its historical, intimate setting. “I think the castle gig will be good. It will be more of an intimate setting, which is always the most fun for me,” she said. Euro-tripping aside, the band tries to space out their road shows with local performances. “We try to have a good presence here in Maine as well as traveling, but I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s show,” said Curran.
Arborea has generated increasing interest by playing at venues throughout Portland, but have special love for the venue nestled in a Biddeford back alley. “The Oak + The Ax is one of the best venues in Maine as far as intimate, awesome rooms with great sound. The more people that can get out and find that place, the better for them and the musicians,” she said. The Currans released their first, entirely self-produced album in 2006 and found early acclaim, giving the couple confidence to pursue a full-fledged career in music. “As soon as we released the album, we started getting really good critical reviews. We played some festivals in Wales and Spain and there was a good buzz just from that record, so we thought, let’s do it again,” said Curran. Having released three original albums and two Buckcurated compilation albums, Arborea started recording their fourth album, Red Planet, last summer between their Lewiston home and Western Maine cabin. Far from the plush recording studios of some musicians, Arborea’s cabin has “an outhouse, holes in the walls,” according to Curran. “A friend came up for week in summertime and her boyfriend recorded all of us doing some songs there,” she said. The camp’s lakeside location made for the perfect release for stressful recording sessions, said Curran. “If you needed a release or felt frustrated, right out the back porch was a canoe and we would get in and go around lake, come back and record,” she said. The album, "Red Planet," is set to be released April 26, but Curran said she recently received a shipment and will have some available for sale at tonight’s show. For Arborea, "Red Planet" was a chance for the band to make a statement. “To me, on our planet right now, everything at this boiling or breaking point, what with everything going on environmentally, politically and socially, it’s a 'hot or 'red' planet right now,” said Curran.
Pretty in pink 2011 Pink Tulip Project bulbs are planted, the Maine Cancer Foundation announced on its website (http:// www.pinktulipproject.org). Here, a bed is protected on the Western Prom. Over 30,000 pink tulips and daffodils will burst into bloom in more than 100 locations across Maine and the nation, the foundation announced. The Pink Tulip Project is a fundraising project that beneﬁts the Women’s Cancer Fund at the foundation. “Gardens are established to raise funds, create awareness and support for those who have been affected by breast cancer and beautify the community.” (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)