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Pirates fighting for playoff lives Friday

President Obama shows that he can lead

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City poised to subsidize affordable housing Project at Danforth and High tapped to get $350,000 BY CASEY CONLEY THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Developers of a $10 million affordable housing complex proposed for the intersection of Danforth and High streets got a boost this week, as the city’s Housing Committee voted to allocate $350,000 in federal housing funds to the project. The three-person Housing Committee unanimously endorsed the funding request, which was also supConstruction on a 35-unit affordable housing complex at the intersection of Dan- ported by the city’s housing forth and High streets is scheduled to begin this fall. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO) staff. The allocation must

Committee backs changes to controversial housing rule — See story, page 7 now be approved by the full city council. “I think its a great project, and we are really excited to be able to be a part of it and help with funding,” said Mary Davis, a housing program administrator for the city. Construction on the 35-unit complex is scheduled to begin this fall, but officials with nonprofit developer Commu-

nity Housing of Maine said the funding was necessary to offset “higher than average construction costs.” Those “costs” stem from loan conditions mandating the project adhere to green building standards and the discovery of asbestos in an old office building at 66 High, see HOUSING page 7

Civic Center renovation on track amid arena plans Officials: Plans to renovate Pirates’ home undeterred by Red Claws development BY DAVID CARKHUFF THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Mindful that a newly announced, $100 million tourism development on Thompson's Point may complicate their sales pitch, trustees of the Cumberland County Civic Center plan to form a political action committee to help convince voters that a $27 million renovation of the building makes sense. "We are going to be forming a political action committee to do some fundraising as well as to coordinate the communication effort," said Neal F. Pratt, chair of the Civic Center board. see RENOVATION page 6

Pedestrians pass the Cumberland County Civic Center on Free Street Wednesday. The Civic Center is the focus of a potential $27 million renovation, subject to voter approval this fall. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

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Master of his web domain (NY Times) — Over the course of a comedy career of 36 years and counting and 9 seasons of a singularly influential sitcom, Jerry Seinfeld has built a vast repository of stand-up material but was never truly master of his domain, in the online sense. That will change on Friday with the debut of his website,, an online home for video of nearly every recorded comedy performance given by its creator and namesake, who at 57 is hardly in his autumn years but is contemplating posterity. “I really thought, ‘Where’s my stuff going to be when I’m dead?’ ” Mr. Seinfeld said Tuesday in an interview. “Is it just gone for all time? Who could sift through it? I thought, I should filter this out and be the judge of what I thought was good.” For the site, Seinfeld has opened his vault and come back with more than 1,000 clips of his stand-up act and comedic interviews. But each day the site will offer only three of these videos, chosen by Mr. Seinfeld, a strategy that reflects his theories about online content as well as his concerns about what he called “portion control.” “I don’t want everything,” he said. “Burger King now has a burger where you decide how many patties. How disgusting is that? That’s the problem right there. That’s the cultural moment that I am repudiating here.” Seated in a conference room at the Union Square offices of Ammirati, the advertising agency that designed the site for him, Mr. Seinfeld offered a demonstration of the project. Beginning with a home page that features a simple black-and-white photograph of him in mid-performance and covered in the names of his characteristically quotidian routines (“The Pharmacist Is Two Feet Higher”; “The Ocean Doesn’t Want Us In It”) the site links to a mission statement and a roster of Mr. Seinfeld’s current tour dates.


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Obama sees big rise in poll numbers NY Times) — Support for President Obama has risen sharply following the killing of Osama bin Laden by American military forces in Pakistan, with a majority now approving of his overall job performance, as well as his handling of foreign policy, the war in Afghanistan and the threat of terrorism, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. The glow of national pride seemed to rise above partisan politics, as support for the president rose significantly among both Republicans and independents. In all, 57 percent said they now approved of the president’s job performance, up from 46 percent last month. But euphoria was tempered by a sense of

foreboding: more than six in 10 Americans said that killing Bin Laden was likely to increase the threat of terrorism against the United States in the short term. A large majority also said that the Qaeda leader’s death did not make them feel any safer. Just 16 percent said they personally felt more safe now. Though there has been talk in some quarters that the United States military can now leave Afghanistan, the poll showed that public sentiment on the issue seems more complicated. Nearly half said the nation should decrease troop levels in Afghanistan. But more than six in 10 also said the United States had not completed its mission in Afghanistan, suggesting that the public would oppose a rapid

withdrawal of all American forces. One Democrat polled, Richard Olbrich, 68, said in a follow-up interview that Bin Laden’s death was not sufficient reason to remove all American forces. “The Taliban needs to be defeated,” said Mr. Olbrich, a lawyer from Madison, Wis. “I have no idea how long it will take to complete that mission. And we can’t leave until Afghanistan is back on its feet a little bit.” The Obama administration has said it plans to begin a gradual drawdown of troops from Afghanistan starting this summer, with a complete withdrawal to be completed in 2014, when the war will be in its 13th year.

Obama says he won’t release Boise City battles fiercer photos of bin Laden’s corpse drought than Dust Bowl WASHINGTON (NY Times) — President Obama decided not to release graphic photographs of Osama bin Laden’s corpse because he was persuaded by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the release of the images would pose a national security risk, White House officials said on Wednesday. “There is no doubt that we killed Osama bin Laden,” Mr. Obama said in an interview with the CBS News program “60 Minutes,” according to an excerpt of an interview that was read to reporters by Jay Carney, the White House press secretary. “We don’t need to spike the football.” After intense discussions with his national security team, Mr. Obama decided that the photos were too graphic and could further enflame bin Laden’s followers, Mr. Carney said, but would not change the minds of skeptics. Mr. Obama indicated in the interview that gloating by releasing the photos “is not who we are,” Mr. Carney said. Part of the interview will be broad-

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BOISE CITY, Okla. — While tornadoes and floods have ravaged the South and the Midwest, the remote western edge of the Oklahoma Panhandle is quietly enduring a weather calamity of its own: its longest drought on record, even worse than the Dust Bowl. With a drought continuing to punish much of the Great Plains, this one stands out. Boise City has gone 222 consecutive days through Tuesday with less than a quarter-inch of rainfall in any single day, said Gary McManus, a state climatologist. That is the longest such dry spell here since note-keeping began in 1908. The Dust Bowl of the 1930s, caused in part by the careless gouging of the earth in an effort to farm it, created an epic environmental disaster. Experts say it is unlikely to be repeated because farming has changed so much. Boise City recovered from the Dust Bowl and has periodically enjoyed bountiful years since. “Your die-hards will stay here,” Rebecca Smoot, 58, whose family homesteaded here in the early 1900s, said during breakfast at the Rockin’ A. She lives in Boise City but works as a corrections officer just over the border in Texas. “They stayed here during the Dirty Thirties when everyone else was moving. That’s the way a lot of the people ended up with a lot of the land.” Those who stayed then are deemed successful now, though many were too poor at the time to leave with the “Okies.” Huston Hanes, 87, who lived through the Dust Bowl on a farm in eastern Cimarron County, said he would never forget the wind blowing fine dust particles throughout his house and how quickly the wet cloths he held over his face to protect his lungs would turn black. But he said he was glad his family stayed. “We have hard times, but any place you go, you’re going to have some adversity,” he said with a shrug. “We don’t have that many tornadoes.”


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cast on CBS’s evening news program Wednesday, the network said. The debate over whether to release photos of Bin Laden had consumed the White House over the last two days. Some senior officials said the release of photos was inevitable. On Tuesday, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Leon E. Panetta, said he did not think “there was any question that ultimately a photograph would be presented to the public.” But officials at the Pentagon and State Department expressed qualms about releasing gruesome photos of Bin Laden’s bloodied corpse, and when the decision was made on Wednesday, “the majority of opinions” within the administration favored withholding the photos, Mr. Carney said. Some argued that no matter what the photos showed, they would not silence those who doubt that Bin Laden was killed in the American raid on a fortified house in Abbottabad, Pakistan, early on Monday, which the administration says is established beyond question.

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Local semi-pro soccer club gearing up for second season DAILY SUN STAFF REPORT The MPS Portland Phoenix open the 2011 USL PDL Northeast division with a home game against the New Hampshire Phantoms at Deering High School on Saturday May 7th. Kick-off is scheduled to happen at 6 p.m. The MPS Portland Phoenix are looking to build upon what was a positive inaugural season last year in the Player Development League (PDL), finishing the regular season with a record of 10-2-4, according to Chris Clarke, a team official. Clarke said there were some impressive results and displays along the way; however the most notable statistic was the team’s unbeaten home record throughout the 16-game campaign, team officials report. The team earned a spot in the PDL National Finals where they were matched up against some of the top teams in the country. The Phoenix eventually lost after a hard-fought 2-1 defeat to Reading United, Clarke said. The Phoenix has retained some of the stars from the 2010 season and added new faces into the squad for the upcoming campaign. Among those retuning is 2010 NSCAA 1st team All American and East Region player of the year Tom Reilly. Reilly returns to the Phoenix

after a strong college season anchoring one of the best defensive units in the country this past season with Franklin Pierce University, team officials said in a news release. Also returning is versatile mid-fielder Bryan Gaul. Gaul comes back into the team in exceptional form for Bradley College which saw him named in the 11 player national team of the week and on the NSCAA First Team All-Midwest regional team, Clarke said. The Phoenix also welcome team captain Jason Massie back into the side, along with 2nd Team all conference player Michael Donald and All conference and Academic All-American Ben Havey. Youth and local talent is highly valued by the Phoenix, this season pushing for a PDL starting place are Maine natives and Super 20 standouts Cam Omsberg, Oliver Blum and NSCAA AllEast regional team player Trevor Hoxsie. Omsberg and Hoxsie will also be pivotal players for a Super 20 team which will be the reserve team for the PDL side in 2011. Tickets for the game can be purchased on the gate, $8 for Adults and $5 for kids, for more information visit

Falmouth Rotary Club to host an Electronics Recycling Day May 7 The Rotary Club of Falmouth will host an electronics recycling day on Saturday, May 7 from 9-2 at the Falmouth Shopping Center parking lot on U.S. Route 1 in Falmouth. Town residency is not required. Items accepted include household electronics such as TV’s, computers , monitors (keyboard, mouse), printers, scanners, DVD players, VCR’s, radios, stereos, microwaves ovens, cell phones, game consoles, cords, circuit boards, and digital picture frames. “This event allows people to drop off their electronics so they can be recycled or disposed of in an environmentally friendly way”, says Anne Payson of the Falmouth Rotary Club. “We simply ask that people make a donation to Rotary at the time they drop their items off. Donations will go primarily to our Rotary Youth Exchange Program.” Falmouth Rotary is a volunteer service organization that supports a variety of community and international causes, including the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, polio eradication, Safe Pas-

sage, the Falmouth Food Pantry, Maine Childrens Cancer Center, and girls literacy in Afghanistan. “We are especially interested in continuing participation in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, which is a wonderful way to build goodwill and understanding between different cultures. Last year we hosted a student from Ecuador, and this year we are hosting a student from Spain. Maine communities have really benefited from having these students in their communities and we look forward to continuing this. We want to build recognition, because it has a low profile in this area.” Items that will be NOT be accepted include appliances and white goods (ovens, washer/dryers, stoves), items with Freon such as refrigerators and air conditioners, fluorescent bulbs, and mercury-bearing items (thermometers, thermostats). For more information, call Anne Payson at 781-2501. — Staff Report






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SMCC film fest coming to the Nickelodeon later this month The Maine Mayhem Film Festival features original films created by students In Southern Maine Community Colleges’ Communications and New Media department. The culmination of months of production work for the SMCC seniors, the festival features shooting, editing, and promotion done solely by students. SMCC Professor Corey Norman, organizer of the statewide “Film Chowdah” student film festival, served as an advisor to the festival, monitoring student’s progress as they worked through the semester to produce the event. The films in the festival are mostly narratives with one comedic documentary and are created to entertain. “No art-house flicks here,” according to a press release from SMCC student James Crocco. “The films are diverse in style, with high quality near-professional production value coupledwith compelling storylines and smash-mouth action,” writes Crocco. “These films vary in length and go above and beyond the scope of what filmmakers at this level of education normally attempt. Films in the festival include, “The Darkside Of Parkside” by Crocco in which Jack (Logan Keeler) moves with his family from rural Maine to the city of Portland where he meets a street kid, Carl (Erik Andrews), who shows Jack around Portland’s notorious “Parkside” neighborhood. “Requital”, created by Anto-

nio Stanley of Scarborough and Jordan Roy of Naples, is a “chilling narrative that follows a mother’s worst nightmare,” according to the release. Newcomer Linda Libby plays Melissa Reynolds, a single mother driven into madness after both of her son’s are kidnapped. Daniel Noel (of Portland Stage and the 48 Hour Film Fest) plays “a rather sophisticated serial-killer with peculiar habits” and Brian Chamberlain of SPACE Gallery’s recent production of Killer Joe portrays Detective Ray Miller, struggling to close the case and serve justice. “Every Stone In It’s Place” is Tyler Wood’s tale of a dying man, John, (John E. Seymore) who tries to cope with his regrets by visiting the family farm that he left many years ago in favor of financial pursuits. As he rebuilds a broken rock wall, he becomes more and more in touch with his past . “The Ballad of Jonny ChestHairs (A Drunk-U-Mentary)” is also directed by Crocco and Wood and follows a documentary crew who are filming “Jonny Chest Hairs” a spinster in his late twenties with a taste for Jack Daniels, over the period of several nights in local taverns as he tells his woeful tales of life, liquor and love lost. The festival will have two showings on Wednesday, May 18th at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are $6.00 at the box office. Pre-sale tickets and trailers are available online on the Nickelodeon cinemas website — Staff Report

Pirates fighting for playoff lives Friday The Portland Pirates’ 6-2 win over the Binghamton Senators in Game 5 of the Atlantic Division Finals Tuesday night means the sixth game in the best of seven series will be played Friday at 7 p.m. at the Cumberland County Civic Center. The Senators lead the series 3-2. Mark Mancari scored twice and added two assists to lead the Portland Pirates in Game 5, played in front of 3,152 at the Broome County Veterans

Memorial Arena. Colin Stuart added a goal and an assist for the Pirates while single goals went to Luke Adam, Mark Parrish and Mark Voakes. Jim O’Brien and Bobby Butler scored for the Senators. Every game of the American Hockey League Atlantic Division Finals between the two teams is being televised live on Time Warner Cable Sports. — Staff Report

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Cool Hand Barack No wonder the president’s top generals call him “a Cool Hand Luke.” After giving the order for members of a Navy Seals team to execute a fantastically daring plan to, let’s be honest, execute Osama bin Laden, Barack Obama put on a tuxedo and gave a comedy speech Saturday night in a Washington ballroom of tippling journalists and Hollywood stars. If we could have seen everything unfolding in real time, it would have had the same dramatic effect as the intercutting in the president’s favorite movie, “The Godfather,” when Michael Corleone calmly acts as godfather at his nephew’s baptism at church, even as his lieutenants carry out the gory hits he has ordered on rival mobsters. Just substitute “Leave the copter, take the corpse” for “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.” The president’s studied cool ––––– and unreadable mien have The New York sometimes distanced him from the public at moments of boiling TImes crisis. But in the long-delayed showdown with Public Enemy No. 1, these qualities served him perfectly. The timing was good, blunting the infelicitous remarks made recently to The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza by an Obama adviser, who described the president as the un-John Wayne ushering a reviled and chastened America away from the head of the global table. The unnamed adviser described the Obama doctrine on display in Libya as “leading from behind,” which sounds rather pathetic. But now the president has shown he can lead straight-on and that, unlike Jimmy Carter, he knows how to order up that all-important backup helicopter. He has said that those who call him a wimp are mistaken, that there is often muscular purpose beneath his diffident surface. Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin, who was so tacky that she didn’t mention Obama’s name in her congratulations, tried to draw credit to the Bush administration. But there can be no doubt that justice for the families of the 9/11 victims was agonizingly delayed because the Bush team took a megalomaniacal detour to Baghdad. A pigheaded Donald Rumsfeld, overly obsessed with a light footprint, didn’t have the forces needed at Tora Bora to capture Osama after the invasion of Afghanistan. To justify the switch to Saddam and the redeployment of troops to Iraq, W. and his circle stopped mentioning Osama’s name and downplayed

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Two graffiti messages cast shadow on Portland Two separate acts of graffiti. Two mixed messages for Portland. For the few that did not stay up until the wee hours of Monday morning, the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed in a raid on a compound in Pakistan came as a shock. For at least one Portland resident, it didn’t. This half-witted knucklehead grabbed a can of spray paint, and decided to do a little graffiti action all over the exterior walls of a mosque on Andersen Street. To the person that did it, I express this simple message: You are a congenital idiot. Your actions made about as much sense as painting the word “pedophile” on the walls of a church. If you want to scare residents of this neighborhood, show them your I.Q. score. Your dumb move ranks you as about as intelligent at those knuckleheads who protest at funerals. The Somali and Bantu population in Maine moved here to get AWAY from the Taliban and AlQueda elements, remember? You just showed them that stupidity travels faster than tolerance. Another instance of graffiti

Bob Higgins ––––– Daily Sun Columnist showed up on Tuesday morning. Less than 36 hours after the announcement Sunday night, the overpass on Forest Avenue and I-295 was plastered with at least a dozen posters, each about 2-feet by 5-feet. Huge lettering read “Bin Laden Dead — Troops Come Home.” I happened to see that one on my way into work. My brother caught me at the bus stop, and offered me a lift into town. My first reaction on seeing those posters was simple. I reflected to myself that wow, it really didn’t take long for 9 years of frustration about kids coming home in boxes to make someone get their message of frustration out. I popped down after work to get a photo, and just seven hours later all the signs had been ripped down and shredded on one side of the street, save one.

Apparently, whoever tore those down was unwilling to play “frogger on Forest” to get to the other side to rip those down. Two messages, one of hatred and one of hope. One waterblasted by a city contractor, one destroyed by someone who apparently likes kids getting shot at. Some history for you, the reader. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed an “aid agreement” with the initial group that would become the Afghan insurgency. We would pass them aid, and supplies, and hopefully, they would manage to suck Soviet troops into what US Secretary of State Zbigniew Brzezinski called “The Afghan Trap.” Eventually, that group became funded by Reagan and Bush. It was a 9 year long war that killed 14,453 soldiers. Eventually, Gorbachev saw that there was no winning, and decided to pull his troops. Nine Years. We’ve been at it for nine and a half, lost 2538 people, and had over 10 thousand wounded. Somebody call that former Secretary Of State and see HIGGINS page 5

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“AFTER someone has been murdered, their family members often feel peace when the murderer has been executed,” a friend called to tell me on Monday. “Do you feel peace?” Another friend asked, “Are you going to dance in the streets now and celebrate?” On Sept. 11, 2001, my sister Karen died while working at the World Trade Center. In the weeks that followed, my family and I held a memorial service for her, and emptied and sold her apartment. Then, my body gave out. For weeks, I couldn’t get out of bed. I lost all interest in watching TV, listening to music or reading. I thought I had the flu, but friends told me my symptoms were all due to grief. I had trained as a psychiatrist, but grief and the sense of dread I experienced were far more physical than I would have ever expected. Over the months that followed, I began to feel better. My friends asked periodically if I’d had closure. But I did not fully. I still felt haunted. My remaining family spent more time together, feeling closer than we had since my sisters and I were children. Every year since, we have gone on long family vacations, and come to appreciate one another more. We have managed to move on with our lives — though Karen will always remain with us in some way. Then, out of the blue, we learned that Osama bin Laden had died. We were surprised at the large numbers of phone calls and e-mails we received, asking how we felt.

We phoned one another. How did we feel? Decidedly mixed. “It’s anticlimactic,” one of my two surviving sisters said. Yes, the body of the man who, more than anyone else, had caused my sister’s death 10 years ago was now at the bottom of the sea. I was glad for that, and that Americans were the ones who had found him and ended his life, and that years of planning had finally succeeded. But the news of his death still feels surreal. I realize now how much our loss is both personal and political. I suppose people who ask us about our reactions are often uncertain how to react themselves — how much to celebrate or still fear. But we do not want to be simply emblems of grieving family members. Still, I understand that in the chaos of any act of destruction, people need something tangible to hold onto, an embodiment, a story. They need to know who is responsible, and they want to know the responses of those most affected: Have the deaths of 9/11 now been sufficiently avenged? Is it over? Bin Laden’s death was cathartic — his terrorist attacks traumatized all of us — but in large part it is only a symbolic victory. Al Qaeda may even have more cells and members than it did 10 years ago, though no one knows. Certainly, Islamic extremists are vowing to avenge his death. “An eye for an eye” perpetuates a never-ending cycle of destruction. Dangers continue. My family has struggled to adapt and move forward, and so, too, has everyone else. In

the past decade, the world has, of course, drastically changed. As a result of the deaths of my sister and the thousands of others at the trade center and Pentagon, George W. Bush invaded Afghanistan, and then under false pretenses invaded Iraq. Thousands of American and foreign soldiers and untold thousands of civilians have been killed or wounded. Politicians have exploited the deaths on 9/11 for their own ends. When the members of Al Qaeda attacked on 9/11, Americans wondered, “Why do they hate us so much?” Many here believe they dislike us for our “freedom,” but I think otherwise. There are lessons we have not yet learned. I feel Karen would share my concerns that underlying forces of greed and hate persevere. American imperialism, corporate avarice, abuses of our power abroad and our historical support of corrupt dictators like Hosni Mubarak have created an abhorrence of us that, unfortunately, persists. We need to recognize how the rest of the world sees us, and figure out how to change that. Until we do that, more Osama bin Ladens will arise, and more innocent people like my sister will die. I hope that the death of Bin Laden will bring closure and peace. I am relieved that this chapter is over, somewhat, for me. But I fear the war will not end. Robert Klitzman is a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia and the author of “When Doctors Become Patients.”

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his importance. When the White House ceases to concentrate on something, so does the C.I.A. The hunt got so cold by 2005 that the Bin Laden unit at the C.I.A. was disbanded and overhauled. Four years after the monster felled the twin towers, the Bush team finally put more officers on the ground in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In his East Room address Sunday night, President Obama made it clear that he had shooed away the distracting Oedipal ghosts. “Shortly after taking office,” he said, “I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the C.I.A., to make the killing or capture of Bin Laden the top priority of our war against Al Qaeda.” Many famous invaders throughout history, from Genghis Khan to Tamerlane to Babur, have marched along the same route the Navy Seals took on their moonless flight, going from Kabul to Jalalabad to Peshawar. The mesmerizing narrative stitched together by The Times’s Mark Mazzetti, Helene Cooper and Peter Baker begins with C.I.A. agents getting the license plate of Bin Laden’s most trusted courier in Peshawar. Peshawar is the ultimate mystery town, famous for secrets and falsehoods. It’s known for its bazaars, especially the Story Tellers Bazaar. And that is exactly where President Obama now finds himself. He will now have to sort through the bazaar of Pakistan’s deceptive stories and deal with lawmakers angry about giving $20 billion since 9/11 to a country where Osama was comfortably ensconced. For years, top Pakistanis have said that Osama was dead or in Afghanistan. Even Condi Rice proclaimed she was shocked to find “Geronimo” settled in Abbottabad for six years, living in plain sight in a million-dollar house in an affluent suburb near a military base and the Pakistani version of West Point. As one of Osama’s neighbors put it: “It’s the closest you can be to Britain.” At a House homeland security subcommittee hearing on Tuesday, Representative Patrick Meehan asked the question about Pakistan that is ricocheting through Washington: “Does it reflect to some extent some kind of divided loyalty or complicity in some part, or incompetence or both?” Seth Jones of the RAND Corporation, who used to advise the U.S. military in Afghanistan on Al Qaeda, replied with equal bluntness: “Whether there was complicity, or incompetence, at the very least there has not been a high priority in targeting the senior Al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan. Based on the threat streams coming from this area, those interests have to change.”

In two recent graffiti messages, one of hatred and one of hope see HIGGINS page 4

ask him about that whole “trap” thing. Two messages, both politically “unacceptable.” One more so than the other, as it involves hate speech. One torn down because if you don’t “support the troops,” you are scum. Last week, I was watching this older movie “Gardens of Stone,” a grim story of the burial detail at Arlington National Cemetery. In it, one character wants to get to Viet Nam, to where the “action” is. He relates a story of a helicopter coming back covered with arrows, laughing at the indigenous people using such crude methods. He gets straightened out buy a tough old sergeant. “Can you win against an enemy that is willing to fight you until all that is left is bows and arrows?” This week, with the killing of Bin Laden, perhaps we as a country have had that “Aha!” bow and arrow moment. Both messages were similar in this single respect. No matter how we as a city pride ourselves for being included on “best this and that” lists, we still have not learned much. (Bob Higgins is a regular contributor to The Portland Daily Sun.)

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Pratt: It’s an ‘apples and oranges situation’ RENOVATION from page one

Jon Jennings, managing partner of Thompson Point Development Co. and president of the Maine Red Claws, announced last week a multi-phase project at Portland's Thompson's Point that would include a 3,500-seat arena for the basketball team, a 700-car parking garage and two office buildings, as well as a proposed conference center with 48,000 square feet of floor space that would be able to expand to host 4,500seat concerts. Pratt, credited as the negotiator who kept the Portland Pirates in Portland during a lease negotiation last year, called the Thompson's Point development a laudable project that would benefit Portland. He said the Thompson's The Cumberland County Civic Center generates $12 million to $15 million a year for Point development would not steal the the local economy, officials estimate. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO) thunder of the Civic Center overhaul. “It sounds like a very exciting project that they’ve “I’ve talked at some length with the got, and my hope is it will get built,” he added. “We’re developers of that plan, and it’s really an apples and continuing to evaluate it ourselves.” oranges situation,” Pratt said Wednesday. The Civic Center generates $12 to $15 million a Pratt, serving a third term as chairman of the year for the local economy, Pratt said. Civic Center board, called the Civic Center overhaul “If we don’t do something with a long-term effort. the Civic Center, it’s not just a “It’s been a work in progress question of whether to invest for a long time, we're in the $25 million or whether not to process of forming the PAC,” he invest $25 million, what we need said, noting the board wants to people to focus on is the cost of be careful not just about setdoing nothing,” he said. ting up a communications effort Upgrade costs aren't settled, but also about separating the although consultants estimated financial aspects of a renovation between $27 million and $29 campaign so they're privately million in projected costs to funded. update and expand the 34-yearA Civic Center building comold building, according to a mittee met Wednesday and report released in March. “moved the process along” for Pratt Cloutier If the Civic Center isn't renpresenting a Civic Center renoovated, the county will lose vation plan to voters in November, Pratt said. income and “eventually you’ll have an obsolete facilCumberland County Commissioner Jim Cloutier ity,” Pratt said. agreed the Thompson's Point development would Cloutier agreed. not compete directly with the Civic Center as a "The Civic Center needs to be updated or its concert venue, although he cautioned that news of finances will continue to deteriorate, to a point the development, as well as an announced planned where we would be paying, as taxpayers, more for development by Shipyard Brewing Co. on the city's the unrefinished facility than it will cost for the renEast End, might "complicate the issue" of selling ovation," he wrote. Civic Center renovations. Cloutier added that about 500,000 people visit “I think it is likely that many voters will wonder the facility every year, so it's a cultural touchstone, whether there is overlap or duplication in the misenhancing Cumberland County’s quality of life. sion of these three facilities,” he wrote in an email “Part of any renovation plan will be revenue message to The Portland Daily Sun. “That is likely improvements from functions and events, which to complicate the issue for some people. In the end, should pay as much as half of the bond repayment I suspect that voters will realize it will cost more to costs,” Cloutier wrote. “These come from more attendo nothing than to update the building, so I think it’s dance, flowing from more events and a better cuslikely they will support a well designed proposal.” tomer experience. The other half — the taxpayer Cloutier also suggested that all three developcost — is already being spent on piecemeal updates ments can co-exist. of various elements of the center just about every “The renovation of the Civic Center has been studyear.” ied extensively and is well advanced in the planning The consultants’ report stated that if bonds are process, and has a Building Committee developing approved by voters for a $28 million renovation public input and preliminary designs,” he wrote. project, the principal and interest payment, based “Although we may end up with more than one facilon a 25-year term and 4 percent interest, would be ity, it is fairly clear that there would be only limited $1.8 million per year. Funds to retire the $1.8 miloverlap, if any.” lion annual payment would come from two sources The Pirates continue to play home games at the — net operating income from the Civic Center and Civic Center — the Pirates hit the ice at the Civic money allocated in the Cumberland County Budget Center Friday in a pivotal playoff game to stay alive for debt payment, the report stated. in the Atlantic Division Championship series — “Beginning in 2012, the Cumberland County while the Maine Red Claws, as Portland's developCommissioners will no longer be required to include ment league team for the NBA, are poised to relocate over $2 million in its annual budget to retire bonds to the $100 million project at Portland's Thompson's for the Cumberland County Jail,” the report continPoint. ued. “The final principal and interest payment of Trustees of the Civic Center noted that Maine's $2,145,000 was made in February 2011.” largest public arena seats 6,733, and when big conAlthough Cumberland County Commissioners certs come, that capacity can be expanded to 9,000 haven't made any decisions regarding funding, realby adding seats on the floor. locating $1 million of the jail bond reduction to the “The Thompson’s Point facility is going to be half renovation of the Civic Center would help the county or so the size in terms of seating capacity so they meet the annual bond payments on the renovation, won't be competing for the large-scale events,” Pratt the report stated. said.

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Panel backs changes to controversial housing rule BY CASEY CONLEY THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

The city’s Housing Committee has endorsed changes to a controversial housing rule that some say allowed the Eastland Hotel’s new owners to skirt more than $2 million in fees earlier this year. Under the proposed revisions, apartments that are converted into hotel or motel rooms would no longer be exempted from the Housing Replacement Ordinance, which was created almost a decade ago to protect the city’s housing stock. The ordinance requires developers pay up to $50,000 per unit of housing that they eliminate during construction or renovations. In February, city staff determined the Eastland's plans to convert at least 50 apartments back into hotel rooms was not covered under the ordinance. That meant the city could not collect upwards of $2.5 million in housing replacement fees. Councilor Kevin Donoghue, who sits on the committee, said the changes are intended to close that loophole, which was created when the ordinance was amended last year. “This is a much-belated attempt to correct a mistake made at the time we last amended the (ordinance),” he said this week. “That mistake is the reason the Eastland got out of the ordinance.” Indeed, ordinance changes approved last year included a provision that

“Not to be a skunk at the picnic, but we think this is a great opportunity to ask ourselves if we really need the ordinance.” — Chris O’Neil, lobbyist for the Portland Community Chamber exempted the “consolidation or elimination of dwelling units within an existing structure” — which allowed the Eastland project to be exempt. City attorney Gary Wood, who helped draft that provision a year ago, now admits it’s far too broad. “Under that language a property owner could convert an entire building that has only apartments in it to commercial offices, for example, and not have to replace or pay for the lost residential units,” he wrote in an April 21 memo to the committee. He added, “Such a result is clearly contrary to the overall purpose of the ordinance, which is to preserve and protect the city’s supply of residential units.” The proposed amendments would also define what’s considered a dwelling unit and clarifies various exemptions. As proposed, anyone who buys a West End mansion that’s been carved into apartments could “recreate the original home” without being subjected to $50,000-per unit housing replacement fees.

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“I am very pleased to hear that Community Housing of Maine is developing new construction in the city, and I encourage you to consider it,” Donna Yellen, advocacy coordinator with Preble Street, told the committee on Tuesday. Funding for the project will come from the city’s annual allocation of HOME funds, which comes as a grant from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. Davis said the city received roughly $850,000 in home funds this year. “The city has been investing in the development of affordable housing since the early 2000s; and we have done that almost every year since then,” Davis said. In that time, she said the city has helped finance construction of nearly 600 units, of which about 500 are “geared for low- and moderate-income households,” she said. HOME funds have been the primary means of city assistance for affordable housing projects, Davis said. The Housing Committee is comprised of Councilor Jill Duson, Councilor Dory Waxman and Councilor Kevin Donoghue. All three councilors praised the project. Portland-based Community Housing of Maine has developed 519 units of affordable housing in 29 Maine communities, including the 200-unit Northfield Green project on Allen Avenue.

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Existing building dates to 1909 among other issues, according to Erin Cooperrider, CHOM’s development director. She said funding for the project, which comes from several state and federal sources, are all confirmed. The project also has received approvals from the city’s planning board and historic preservation committee. According to city documents, the project includes an extensive rehabilitation of the 29,000-square-foot brick building at 66 High into 20 apartment units. That existing building, which recently housed offices for the University of Southern Maine, was built in 1909 as Portland's Children's Hospital, developers said. A 15-unit apartment building would be built next to that existing structure on a lot that's currently undeveloped. The complex will have three studios, 19 one-bedrooms, 10 two-bedrooms and three three-bedroom apartments. It will also have two community rooms, a laundry facility and on-site management offices. An array of solar panels is planned for the roof. Cooperrider said the development is aimed at low- to moderate-income residents making between $25,000 and $40,000. Eligibility, and monthly rents, will be based on a federal formula that considers household size and household income.

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The art of a rehearsal Arthur Fink Photography 145 Newbury St. Contact:


Best known for his dance photography, local artist and gallery owner Arthur Fink will debut a show of decidedly different work during Friday’s Art Walk. “I love dance photography and still have that hanging, but I started looking at older work that was a precursor and [decided] it was time to start showing some of that,” said Fink. The photographer’s “Not Just Dance” show premieres during tomorrow’s First Friday Art Walk from 5 to 8 p.m. and will feature over 90 framed photographs spanning Fink’s career. Hosted by Fink’s gallery at 145 Newbury St., the show will not just reflect the artist’s interest in dance photography, but also include streetscapes, scenic images, signage and portraits from Monhegan, Cape May, Holland and Scandinavia, shot in both film and digitally. “Look for an eclectic and colorful mix, including many early works shot with film,” writes Fink in a press release for Friday’s show. Fink’s interest in dance photography began soon after the photographer moved to Portland in the late 1980s. A graphic designer hired to help Fink create a brand identity for his business noticed that the photographer favored bold, graphic subject matter, and suggested that he might find a wealth of complementary subject in the local dance community. “So I brought some in, took pictures and the connec-

Known for his dance photography, Arthur Fink (ABOVE) will debut a new show of work (RIGHT) that expands on the artist's 20-plus-year fascination with the study of movement. “Not Just Dance” opens Friday at 5 p.m. at Fink’s studio and gallery at 145 Newbury St. (MATT DODGE PHOTOS)

tion was electric,” he said. Fink found himself drawn to the endless studio time put in by dancers perfecting their craft instead of their polished end result. “I document the work and energy that goes into dance, not just the final performance. Too often this process is ignored as people only look at the final result,” he said. “I just feel totally drawn to that process and it’s a story — I want to share that story.” Fink said much of the magic and craft of a dance performance is perfected during such studio time. “Being in the studio as dances are created … feels like being in the delivery room when children are being born,” said Fink. “Amidst pain or anguish, tempered with rhythm and support, and bolstered with faith, new life emerges. It’s physical, sometimes sensual, often spiritual. Too often this process is ignored, as image makers look only at the final result — the dance,” said Fink. Of course, 20-plus years spent faithfully document-

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ing a craft has changed the way Fink experiences a live dance performance. “I will photograph [dancers] and then will go to a performance, and when I go without camera, I see it at another level with another vision,” he said. Anyone stopping by Fink’s show tomorrow will not receive much in the way of an explanation from the artist, who prefers that the audience interpret the work themselves and let the pictures tell the story. “When I’ve been asked to put up artists’ statements, I refuse, I say, ‘Look at work and see what you get.’ I think that’s what people need to do with art, look at it, and see if it excites them,” he said. This summer will be the artist’s seventh as photographer in residence at the internationally renowned Bates Dance Festival. Five summers of working with the Bates festival led to the creation of Fink’s book, “Dance!” He has also photographed at the Omi International Dance Collective, at other festivals and dance performances, and in dancers’ studios in Boston and New York. According to Fink’s website, he is also currently working on a book titled “Dancers and Dead Fish.” (Are you an artist of gallery interested in being featured in an upcoming installment of “In Frame”? Contact

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Resident asks city to protect its housing ORDINANCE from page 7

Property owners who convert 20 studio apartments into, say, 15 one-bedroom apartments, would also be exempt, but only if all of the units in the building remained dwelling units. Thomas Ptacek, a Portland resident for the past four years, asked councilors to approve the changes. “I urge you to do all you can to protect the affordable housing we have, and create as much truly affordable housing as you can,” said Ptacek, who added that Portland has a reputation across the state for having relatively few affordable housing options. Dee Clarke, of Homeless Voices for Justice, pointed out that the city has lost at least 100 dwelling units since the ordinance was first adopted almost a decade ago. “Enough is enough,” she said. Not everyone supports the changes. Chris O’Neil, a lobbyist for the Portland Community Chamber, suggested the committee consider scrapping the rule altogether. “Not to be a skunk at the picnic, but we think this is a great opportunity to ask ourselves if we really need the ordinance,” he said. The committee voted 2-1 to advance the revisions to the full city council for review. Councilor Jill Duson was the lone dissenting vote. She prefaced the hour-long discussion by saying she didn’t believe the Eastland’s decision to convert roughly 50 apartments into hotel rooms should fall within the ordinance. “I believe the decision on the Eastland was perfectly applied, as I understand it,” she said. However, Duson noted that she could still change her mind when the council takes up the issue later this month.

Serenity on the Stroudwater

An image of tranquility, the Stroudwater River flows over its falls just downstream from the historic Tate House Museum and in sight of residences with riverfront property. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)


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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Thursday, May 5, the 125th day of 2011. There are 240 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 5, 1961, astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. became America’s first space traveler as he made a 15-minute suborbital flight aboard Freedom 7, a Mercury capsule launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla. On this date: In 1821, Napoleon Bonaparte, 51, died in exile on the island of St. Helena. In 1862, Mexican forces loyal to Benito Juarez defeated French troops sent by Napoleon III in the Battle of Puebla. In 1891, New York’s Carnegie Hall (then named “Music Hall”) had its official opening night. In 1925, schoolteacher John T. Scopes was charged in Tennessee with violating a state law that prohibited teaching the theory of evolution. (Scopes was found guilty, but his conviction was later set aside.) In 1936, the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, fell to Italian invaders. In 1941, Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie returned to Addis Ababa after the Italians were driven out with the help of Allied forces. In 1955, West Germany became a fully sovereign state. The baseball musical “Damn Yankees” opened on Broadway. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed a law raising the minimum wage to $1.15 an hour, then to $1.25 an hour, for currently covered workers. In 1981, Irish Republican Army hungerstriker Bobby Sands died at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland in his 66th day without food. One year ago: Preliminary plans for a mosque and cultural center near ground zero in New York were unveiled, setting off a national debate over whether the project was disrespectful to 9/11 victims and whether opposition to it exposed anti-Muslim biases. Today’s Birthdays: Actress Pat Carroll is 84. Former AFL-CIO president John J. Sweeney is 77. Saxophonist Ace Cannon is 77. Country singer-musician Roni Stoneman is 73. Actor Michael Murphy is 73. Actor Lance Henriksen is 71. Comedian-actor Michael Palin is 68. Actor John Rhys-Davies is 67. Actor Roger Rees is 67. Rock correspondent Kurt Loder is 66. Rock musician Bill Ward (Black Sabbath) is 63. Actor Richard E. Grant is 54. Broadcast journalist-turned-FBI spokesman John Miller is 53. Rock singer Ian McCulloch (Echo and the Bunnymen) is 52. NBC News anchor Brian Williams is 52. Rock musician Shawn Drover (Megadeth) is 45. TV personality Kyan (KY’-ihn) Douglas is 41. Actress Tina Yothers is 38. Actor Vincent Kartheiser is 32. Singer Craig David is 30. Actress Danielle Fishel is 30. Actor Henry Cavill is 28. Soul singer Adele is 23. Rock singer Skye Sweetnam is 23. Rhythm-andblues singer Chris Brown is 22.


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A week after the storm, town still accounting for its missing residents BY CAMPBELL ROBERTSON THE NEW YORK TIMES

HACKLEBURG, Ala. — Over the last week, this close-knit little town has had to grapple with a most unfamiliar feeling: not knowing where everyone is. When the tornadoes came through last Wednesday, ripping over the hills at speeds of up to 200 miles an hour, it left a town alien to itself. The bodies of strangers showed up in backyard ponds, survivors found themselves lying in open fields away from homes that were no longer there and, at night, there was no light, not as much as a streetlamp, to gather around and take stock.

Accounting for everyone, even here, in a town of 1,576, has proved a daunting task. In the abstract, the reckoning of last week’s human toll seems a straightforward quantitative exercise, though one comprised of hundreds of discrete tragedies. But the chaos left by the storm, with widespread power outages, limited cellphone coverage and the general scattering of people, has made the arithmetic doubly hard. Across Alabama, officials are going over their accounts of the dead and missing. The state emergency management agency had been releasing a daily toll of fatalities, which by Sunday morning had reached 250. But the tally

suddenly dropped to 236 later that day, after officials significantly lowered their numbers in Marion County. State officials have not released a toll since, as each county recalculates. The number of missing has fluctuated even more, mainly because it has been so difficult to communicate, at least in the first days after the tornadoes, before power started to come back all over the state. In Facebook posts or calls to the police, people from all over have been begging for any information on relatives or even old friends whom they have not seen for years. Most of those designated as missing, however, are only missing to the people who cannot find them.

“I’m not missing. I never was,” said Mike Largin, a 66-year-old retired coal miner who lives in the Tuscaloosa suburb of Brookwood, and who found himself on a widely consulted missing persons list in The Tuscaloosa News. “But everyone thinks I am. I can’t get found.” Mr. Largin was taken off the list on Tuesday. The City of Tuscaloosa on Monday released an official list of the missing, with more than 300 names. At the time, the mayor said he expected the list to be whittled down quickly, as people got in touch with relatives and the police. By Wednesday morning, the number of missing had dropped to 80.






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Thursday, May 5 Report card on public higher education noon to 1:30 p.m. The Maine Heritage Policy Center presents Made In Maine, A State Report Card On Public Higher Education, with special guest speaker, Michael Poliakoff, policy director for American Council of Trustees and Alumni. DiMillo’s On the Water, 25 Long Wharf, Portland. Made In Maine: A State Report Card On Public Higher Education takes a close look at the four-year public colleges and universities in Maine, offering a Pass or Fail grade in four key areas. “At this pivotal time for Maine’s taxpayers-supported universities, ACTA’s report card finds that while Maine’s universities are running in a generally transparent manner, they have real challenges to address in raising academic standards, increasing graduation rates, and controlling rising tuition costs.’ Register online or contact Mrs. Amanda Clark at 321-2550 or by Monday, May 2.

Connecting People, Place and Planet 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. “Join Westbrook resident Jan Schrock in a series of discussions in an enjoyable, supportive setting to examine personal values and habits, engage in stimulating conversation, create meaningful community, and consider ways to take action towards creating a more sustainable future. Sessions at Walker Memorial Library will begin on Thursday, May 5 and continue each week through June 9. Using a workbook from the Northwest Earth Institute, we will explore ‘good health,’the connections between human health and the environment, and how we can sustain both. Each session includes readings from the Northwest Earth Institute video clips, short assignments and accompanying group discussion questions. The course discusses limitations of the current medical model and its approach to health, then addresses the places where our personal health intersects with the environment — from our food and homes, to our communities and society. Throughout the course you will find individual actions that promote good health and in turn, promote a healthier environment. The workbook includes related articles, about 1 ½ hr to read prior to our discussion group and costs $21.” To sign up, see Marian Peterson, MLIS, Adult Services, Walker Memorial Library. Discussion will be led by Westbrook resident Jan West Schrock, retired from Heifer International, and now a resident of Westbrook. Go to:

Mad Horse Theater presents ‘Spring Awakening’ 7:30 p.m. Mad Horse Theater presents “Spring Awakening,” by Frank Wedekind, translated by Jonathan Franzen. The play runs Thursday through Sunday, May 5-22 at Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, 899-3993. “First performed amid scandal in 1906, the play explores the dawning sexual and intellectual awareness of young, German teenagers. Banned in its 1917 New York run after one night, the play is comic, unsentimental, and brutally authentic.An ensemble of 20 actors, ranging in age from 14 to 70, perform the original 1906 script that was the basis for the 2007 Tony Winning Musical sensation. Wedekind’s unsentimental and brutally authentic, comedic treatment of such radical content as teenage sex, and suicide created public outrage and charges of obscenity. Best-selling novelist Jonathan Franzen’s exquisite translation captures all of the drama and sarcasm of the original script.” Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 and $20. Thursdays are pay-what-you-can. For reservations please call 899-3993. More information is available at

Friday, May 6 Owls of Maine 10 a.m. to noon. “Owls have unique characteristics that set them apart from other birds. The Owls of Maine program introduces the audience to the habits and adaptations of Maine’s native owls. The special features of these nocturnal birds will be demonstrated through displays and live owls.” Jeff P. Nixon Development Center, 225 Douglass St., Portland.

FairPoint Communications employee Bobby Cook installs service at 98 Chestnut St. on Dec. 29, 2010, for a new office space for Community Counseling Services. At the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce Eggs & Issues on Wednesday, May 11, Mike Reed, corporate president in Maine of FairPoint Communications “will speak about the company’s efforts to build and expand on its investment in broadband and high speed networking,” the chamber reported. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO) is a showcase of historical images that document the evolution of the garden through the years. The exhibit celebrates spring and the wonder that is shared by all who enjoy the garden. Mingle with friends, enjoy refreshments and music, and visit our ongoing exhibit, Zoom In: New Approaches to Maine History which closes at the end of May.”

The Telling Room’s annual writing and storytelling project on display at Portland Public Library 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. As part of the First Friday Art Walk, three separate shows including highlights from The Telling Room’s annual writing and storytelling project, Dunia Moja/One World: A Peregrine Press and Zanzibar Print Exchange, and social justice and memoir comics created by local middle school students will all be open to visitors to the Portland Public Library from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. In the Lewis Gallery is an exhibition of collaborative prints created jointly by the artists of Portland’s Peregrine Press and the artists of Women Networking in Zanzibar, Tanzania. The two resulting matched sets of collaborative prints are unique, showcasing the deep similarities — and mysterious differences — between kindred spirits working “together” across a distance of 6,000 miles. Dunja Moja/One World is open through May 28. Next to the Lewis Gallery on the lower level are highlights from PLAY, The Telling Room’s 2010-11 community writing and storytelling project. Culled from work with nearly 2,000 students from Wells to Calais this year, the stories, poems, photographs, and videos featured accompany the release of The Telling Room’s fifth anthology, “How To Climb Trees: 40 Poems and Stories About Play.” Among the highlights of the show are works by 12 immigrant and refugee high school students in the Young Writers & Leaders Program and winners of a statewide writing contest. Following the Art Walk, much of this work will be on display on the lower level through the end of June. In the Rines Auditorium, social justice and memoir comics created by King Middle School students will be on display as part of the national Memento Nora Project.

‘The Town that YES Made’

Images of the Longfellow Garden

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Lalo Boutique at 142 High Street in Portland hosts the artists of YES Art Works with “The Town that YES Made,” “a whimsical collection of buildings and vehicles designed and created with wood, cardboard, papiermâché and paint. The miniature village reflects the creative perception and joyful interpretation of the world around us by a group of artists with disabilities. LaLo will also premiere hand-screened t-shirts and aprons as well as showcase a selection of paintings, wall quilts, and hand-woven scarves from YES Artists.” Work will be on display from May 5 to 31 with an opening reception during Portland’s First Friday Art Walk on Friday, May 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday Art Walk with Maine Historical Society. Opening Reception: Images of the Longfellow Garden. “Join the local art community in celebrating the opening of our new exhibit (May 6-June 30) in the Shettleworth Gallery, Images of the Longellow Garden. This exhibit

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. “Arthur Fink is best known in Portland as a dance photographer, and that is, indeed, a passion of his. But for this First Friday, on May 6, he’s assembling a show of other work — streetscapes, scenic images, signage, and

Recent work by Kyle Bryant at Edward T. Pollack 5 p.m. May 5 through June 25, Edward T. Pollack Fine Arts presents The Things We Carry: Recent Work by Kyle Bryant. Opening reception, Thursday May 5, 5-8 p.m. There will be a gallery talk by the artist in June. Please contact the gallery for further information. Also July 1 through Aug. 31, At The Shore, a celebration of activities performed on or near lakes, ponds and oceans. Edward T. Pollack Fine Arts Rare Books & Fine Prints, 29 Forest Ave. 699-2919, www.

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portraits from Monhegan, Cape May, Holland, Scandinavia, and other places. Look for an eclectic and colorful mix, including many early works shot with — film!” Fink’s studio is located at 145 Newbury St. (just off India Street, close to Coffee by Design). It will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for this event, and is also available for visits at most other times (contact Arthur Fink at or 615.5722 to confirm that he’s there).

Riverbank Shakespeare Festival 6 p.m. The Acorn Shakespeare Ensemble, presenters of the “Naked Shakespeare” series, once again offers local audiences the treat of Shakespeare in the park with the second annual Riverbank Shakespeare Festival at Riverbank Park on Main Street in Westbrook. The centerpieces of the festival are two late-period romances that contain some of the richest and most complex language in the entire canon: Antony and Cleopatra and Cymbeline. Additionally, the Young Actors Shakespeare Conservatory will present as their final showcase The Comedy of Errors. All 3 shows have been abridged to various extents and will be offered free of charge with a suggested donation of $10. Performances take place May 6 to 22 on Friday evenings, Saturday afternoons and evenings, and Sunday afternoons and evenings. The complete performance calendar appears below. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets and picnic during the performances. No reservations are necessary, and in case of inclement weather, audiences are encouraged to check Acorn’s website at or call the business office at 854-0065. May 6 at 6 p.m., Cymbeline; May 7 at 2 p.m., Comedy of Errors; May 7 at 6 p.m., Cymbeline; May 8 at 2 p.m., Comedy of Errors; May 8 at 6 p.m., Cymbeline; May 13 at 6 p.m., Cymbeline; May 14 at 2 p.m., Antony and Cleopatra; May 15 at 2 p.m., Comedy of Errors; May 15 at 6 p.m., Antony and Cleopatra; May 20 at 6 p.m., Antony and Cleopatra; May 21 at 2 p.m., Antony and Cleopatra; May 22 at 2 p.m., Cymbeline; May 22 at 6 p.m., Antony and Cleopatra. Free, suggested donation $10. FMI: www. or 854-0065

‘Queen to Play’ film screened at PMA 6:30 p.m. “Queen to Play” screens at Movies at the Museum at the Portland Museum of Art. Friday, May 6, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 7, 2 p.m.; Sunday, May 8, 2 p.m. NR. “Oscar winner Kevin Kline (‘A Fish Called Wanda’) and the luminous Sandrine Bonnaire (‘Vagabond’) square off in this stylish and sophisticated dramedy of newfound passions and mid-life triumphs, set on the postcard-perfect isle of Corsica. Lovely, repressed, and quietly intelligent, French chambermaid Hélène (Bonnaire) discovers she has a knack for chess. This obsession-much to the chagrin of her husband and teenaged daughter-leads her to seek the clandestine tutelage of a reclusive American doctor (Kline, in his first French-speaking role)-a liaison that radically transforms both of their lackluster lives. In French with English subtitles.” see next page

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Osayande of POWER (People Organized Working to Eradicate Racism). Also Sunday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., University of Southern Maine Wishcamper Center, Room 102 (Building directly behind the Main Library); $20-100 sliding scale. “Please be as generous as you can. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Registration is encouraged and appreciated!” For more info, contact or 949-6668

Couples Connecting: A Friday Night Date 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aliveness, Connection, Understanding. An evening workshop with Nancy Hathaway. Simple Playful Mindfulness Exercises for Couples. Using Skillful Techniques from many traditions-Zen, Tibetan Buddhism, Vipassana, Non-violent Communication. All exercises done in pairs with your partner. Center for Studying Mindfulness, @Living Well, 836 Main St., Westbrook. To Register:

Symposium on artist studios

Global Fight League in Portland 7 p.m. “Bellum Combat Association is proud to announce a dual partnership with Global Fight League to bring New England’s premier MMA Promotion to Maine. Global Fight League is excited to bring their brand of Mixed Martial Arts to Maine for one of the first MMA events ever held in the state. May 6 is the official sanctioned date by the Mixed Martial Arts Authority of Maine to hold the Global Fight League’s 11th installment. Doors at 6 p.m. Fights begin at 7 p.m.” Portland Expo.

Portland Playback Theater First Friday 7:30 p.m. This month’s theme for Portland Playback Theater is “Growing Up.” “Our memories of childhood range from the sublime to the ridiculous. When did you realize you’d turned the corner from childhood to being a ‘grown up’? Or what times have challenged you to think if you’d grown up at all? Grow up all over again with Portland Playback. Every month Portland Playback Theater puts five talented actors at your disposal to play back the moments of your life, unrehearsed and on the spot. Now in our sixth year, we have brought hundreds of audience stories back to life.” First Parish Church, at the intersection of Congress and Temple (just up from the Nickelodeon). $7 suggested donation. Find out more at

Pianist plays ‘hits’ of Bach, Liszt and Beethoven 7:30 p.m. Frank Glazer, one of Maine’s most eminent pianists, performs popular selections by Bach, Beethoven and Liszt at the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall at Bates College, 75 Russell St., Lewiston. On the program: Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D Minor, Franz Liszt’s Sonata in B minor and Beethoven’s 33 Variations on Waltz by A. Diabelli in C major, Op. 120. The performance is open to the public at no cost, but tickets are required. For more information, contact 786-6135 or

Saturday, May 7 Brewing For A Cause 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sebago Brewing Company is pleased to announce they will be holding the second annual Brewing For A Cause. This event was conceived to raise funds for the Trek Across Maine, a three-day, 180-mile bike ride in support of the mission of the American Lung Association. This is the third year that Sebago has had an employee cycling team participating in the event. Sebago brewers and will be brewing “Trekker Pale Ale” and attendees will be able to participate in the brewing process as well as take a case of this special Single Batch Series home! It will be a full day of brewing (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and lunch will be provided for all attendees. Tickets are $125 and are now available to the general public on the Sebago Brewing Company website. This unique fundraiser sold out very quickly last year, so Sebago is encouraging people to purchase tickets early if they’d like to attend! For more information visit, call 207-856-2537, or email

Absentee voting, voter registration at City Hall 8 a.m. to noon. The City Clerk’s office will be open for absentee voting and voter registration for Tuesday’s School Budget Validation Election. For the May 10 election, Portland voters will be asked: “Do you favor approving the Portland School Budget for the upcoming school year that was adopted at the latest City Council budget meeting?” Maine’s School Administrative Reorganization Law requires all school districts to hold elections for approval of their budgets. The budget must be approved by a majority of voters. Detailed information about the school budget may be found on the Portland Public Schools Web site at www. Absentee ballots are available upon request and can be returned to the City Clerk’s office in City Hall now between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Residents can register to vote in person at the City Clerk’s office. On Election Day, residents must register at their polling place. All local polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 10. Absentee ballots must be returned to the City Clerk’s office by 8 p.m. on May 10. For more detailed information about where or how to vote, contact the City Clerk’s office at 874-8677. Voters can also check online to locate their polling place online,

This year’s Keynote Speaker for the Peace Action Maine Peace Supper on Saturday will be Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Workshop on solar shower building 9 a.m. On May 7-8, Mike Beaudry, a timber framer, timber hewer and log builder from Montville, will lead a two-day workshop at Newforest Institute in Brooks. The main project during this workshop will be the construction of a roof frame for a solar shower building. Starting with logs, participants will hew out dimensional timbers, cut joinery, make trunnels, and raise and trunnel the frame. Workshop fees are a sliding scale from $90 to $180 depending upon ability to pay for two days including lunch and snacks. Attendees have the option to register for breakfasts and dinners and overnight accommodations or tenting space for a modest fee. For more information and to register, please contact Newforest at or 722-3625.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “Art On-Site: Studio Practice in 21st-Century Art,” hosted by Portland Museum of Art. Price: $35; members: $25. Auditorium and Portland Studios. “What role does an artist’s studio play in the creative process? From the 19th-century studios of Winslow Homer and Frederic Church to contemporary artists working on Congress Street, Maine has been a magnet for artists. This day-long symposium begins with artist and author Joe Fig, whose decade of interviews with artists resulted in his book Inside the Painter’s Studio as well as pushing him in a new direction for his own work. Fig’s doll-housed sized recreations of artists at work in their studios ask us to think about studio, place, and practice. David Row, painter and 2011 Portland Museum of Art Biennial juror will discuss how place relates to practice with illustrations of his New York and Maine studios. We will then break for lunch in the Museum Café before going on our tour of Portland studios in the afternoon. Studio visits will include: Joe Kievitt, Lauren Fensterstock and Aaron Stephan, Charlie Hewitt, as well as The Artist Studio Building where many artists will be in their studios for questions. The day concludes at SPACE Gallery with all the participating artists. Lunch at the Museum and a concluding reception at SPACE Gallery with participating artists is included in the registration fee. This symposium is the second of a series of three to celebrate the opening of the Winslow Homer Studio in September 2012.”

Protest of Aegis destroyer at Bath Iron Works 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Navy will “christen” another Aegis destroyer on Saturday, May 7 at Bath Iron Works. Peace groups in Maine plan to hold a protest at the event from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Following the protest people are invited to come to the Addams-Melman House (212 Centre St) in Bath for a pot luck lunch at noon. The protest is being sponsored by the Smiling Trees Disarmament Farm, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, Maine Veterans for Peace and CodePink Maine. For more information please contact 763-4062 or 443-9502.

Falmouth Rotary Club electronics recycling day

Kid Open Studios: Tunnel Books!

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Rotary Club of Falmouth will host an electronics recycling day at the Falmouth Shopping Center parking lot on U.S. Route 1 in Falmouth. Town residency is not required. Items accepted include household electronics such as TV’s, computers , monitors (keyboard, mouse), printers, scanners, DVD players, VCR’s, radios, stereos, microwaves ovens, cell phones, game consoles, cords, circuit boards, and digital picture frames. Falmouth Rotary is a volunteer service organization that supports a variety of community and international causes, including the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, polio eradication, Safe Passage, the Falmouth Food Pantry, Maine Childrens Cancer Center, and girls literacy in Afghanistan.

noon. SPACE Gallery will host a lesson in tunnel bookmaking led by Ashley Shoukimas. “These books are a set of pages bound with two folded strips on each side, viewed through a hole in the cover. Making tunnel books is a really fun and easy way to explore landscape and achieve depth of field with simple materials.” Drop by anytime from noon to 3:30 p.m. Suggested age is 5 and up.

Falmouth Rotary Club electronics recycling day 9 a.m. The Rotary Club of Falmouth will host an electronics recycling day on Saturday, May 7 from 9-2 at the Falmouth Shopping Center parking lot on U.S. Route 1 in Falmouth. Items accepted include household electronics such as TV’s, computers, monitors (keyboard, mouse), printers, scanners, DVD players, VCR’s, radios, stereos, microwaves ovens, cell phones, game consoles, cords, circuit boards, and digital picture frames. “This event allows people to drop off their electronics so they can be recycled or disposed of in an environmentally friendly way”, says Anne Payson of the Falmouth Rotary Club. “We simply ask that people make a donation to Rotary at the time they drop their items off. Donations will go primarily to the our Rotary Youth Exchange Program.” Falmouth Rotary is a volunteer service organization that supports a variety of community and international causes, including the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, polio eradication, Safe Passage, the Falmouth Food Pantry, Maine Childrens Cancer Center, and girls literacy in Afghanistan. Items that will be NOT be accepted include appliances and white goods (ovens, washer/dryers, stoves), items with freon such as refrigerators and air conditioners, fluorescent bulbs, and mercury-bearing items (thermo, thermostat).

New Gloucester quilt show 9 a.m. to noon. A quilt show is to be held at the New Gloucester History Barn, Route 231, behind the Town Hall, New Gloucester. Local quilters working in a variety of styles will be featured. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the New Gloucester Historical Society.

Resisting Racism workshop 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Resisting Racism workshop with Ewuare X.

Peace Action Maine 2011 Peace Supper 4 p.m. This year’s Keynote Speaker for the Peace Action Maine Peace Supper will be Medea Benjamin. Supper at 5 p.m. Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, $20. “Medea Benjamin is a cofounder of both CODEPINK and the international human rights organization Global Exchange. She has been a tireless advocate for social justice for more than 20 years. Described as ‘one of America’s most committed — and most effective — fighters for human rights’ by New York Newsday, and called ‘one of the high profile leaders of the peace movement’ by the Los Angeles Times, Medea has distinguished herself as an eloquent and energetic figure in the progressive movement. In June of 2005, she was one of 1,000 exemplary women from 140 countries nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize collectively, on behalf of the millions of anonymous women who do the essential work of peace worldwide. Since the September 11, 2001 tragedy, Medea has been working to promote a U.S. foreign policy that would respect human rights and gain us allies instead of contributing to violence and undermining our international reputation. In 2000, she was a Green Party candidate for the California Senate. During the 1990s, Medea focused her efforts on tackling the problem of unfair trade as promoted by the World Trade Organization. Widely credited as the woman who brought Nike to its knees and helped place the issue of sweatshops on the national agenda, Medea was a key player in the campaign that won a $20 million settlement from 27 US clothing retailers for the use of sweatshop labor in Saipan. She also pushed Starbucks and other companies to start carrying fair trade coffee. A former economist and nutritionist with the United Nations and World Health Organization, Benjamin is the author/editor of eight books, and she currently lives in Washington, D.C. Her speaking topic at the Peace Action Maine Peace Supper will be ‘From Egypt to Washington D.C.: How to Build a Peoples’ Movement for Peace.’” Call Peace Action Maine at 772-0680. see next page

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The Mad Hatter Affair by MHS 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Mad Hatter Affair at the Woodlands Club in Falmouth. “Consider this an official invitation to the Mad Hatter Affair, MHS’s gala fundraiser. Now in its 15th year, the Mad Hatter is a festive Kentucky Derby party, a spirited way to welcome spring, and great opportunity to support MHS. The Mad Hatter offers a chance for friends of MHS and guests to gather, dress up in derby attire (outlandish hats encouraged!), sip mint juleps, watch the race live from Churchill Downs, and to dine and dance the night away. Activities include a hat parade and contest, and live and silent auctions. For more on this wonderful evening, including photos from last year’s event, visit the MHS blog. Tickets: $100/person.” FMI and to buy tickets, contact Elizabeth Nash at 774-1822, ext. 206 or

‘Seascapes’ art reception in Cape Elizabeth 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Cape Elizabeth painter Etsuko Leeaphon will present. “Seascapes from Japan, Thailand and Maine” at Thomas Memorial Library May 2-31. An opening reception will be held at the library on Friday, May 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event is open to the public. Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth. 799-1720.

Reindeer Records’ Off-Ramp: Exit 26 7 p.m. The accomplishments and performances of nine high school rock bands from across the state who, for the past six months, have been participating in Reindeer Records’ Off-Ramp: Exit 26 competition will be showcased and saluted in a red-carpet finale at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center. Each band will perform a final brief set which will include their original composition entitled “I Scream At Walls” they each created for the competition, and the audience will also be treated to the band’s music video of the same song, projected on the WPAC’s huge hidefinition screen. After the final set, an Awards Presentation will highlight the top achievers in some of the many tasks and categories that the bands were evaluated on during their Off-Ramp journey, and will include some special guest presentations. One band will walk away with Reindeer’s title of “Best Young Band in the State of Maine” plus $1,000 for each musician. The nine bands include: Beware Of Pedestrians — Gorham HS, Scarborough HS; Crossed Out — Gorham HS; Midnite Haze — Telstar Middle/HS; Phantom Companion — Falmouth HS, Waynflete; Stuck In Neutral — Boothbay Region HS; The Modest Proposal — Freeport HS; The Resistance — Erskine Academy, Maine Central Institute, Warsaw Middle School; The Study of Wumbo — Scarborough HS, Kennebunk HS; and Where’s Robert? — Mt. Ararat HS, Morse HS, Brunswick HS. The finale is open to all ages. Tix are $10/adv, $12/ door. FMI, contact Reindeer at 857-9002 or For complete info on the bands and the competition, visit and click on the Off-Ramp: Exit 26 icon.

‘Piano Men: The Music of Elton and Billy’ tribute performance 7:30 p.m. The Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra will perform the world premiere of “Piano Men: the Music of Elton and Billy,” dedicated to the array of hits created by the two pop music icons Elton John and Billy Joel, on Saturday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. “Elton John and Billy Joel have sold more than 350 million records combined. This tribute performance mixes a four-piece pop group with a full orchestra in song arrangements rarely heard before. Performers include longtime Billy Joel drummer Liberty DeVitto and Joseph Boucher on piano and

vocals. Arrangements by Christopher Eastburn. For song selections and information on performers, visit www.pianomenmusic. com.” Tickets cost $16.50 and are available through the State Theatre:, by phone at 1-800-7453000, or in person at the Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland.

to members of Maine Audubon. Nonmembers are asked to make a $5 donation to the organization for the guided tour. Participants should bring binoculars and field guides. For more information about Warbler Week, visit http://habitat.maineaudubon. org/articles/Warbler-Weeks-at-EvergreenCemetery/998/.

Asbury Shorts exhibition in Fryeburg

Creative conversations series about memory loss and dementia

7:30 p.m. Asbury Shorts, New York City’s longest running short film exhibition, will present its acclaimed program known as “The Short Film Concert” at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center. The theater is located at 18 Bradley Street in Fryeburg on the campus of Fryeburg Academy. Tickets cost $10 general admission/ $7 for students. Call 935-9232 for all show information and directions or email: boxoffice@ The presentation is recommended for ages 16 and above.

Sunday, May 8 Mother’s Day 5K Road Race 9:15 a.m. The Portland Sea Dogs in conjunction with the Maine Track Club and Paradigm Window Solutions, will be hosting the 11th annual Mother’s Day 5K Road Race on Mother’s Day, at 9:15 a.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit Maine Breast Cancer Research. There will also be a Kid’s Run, presented by Maine Running, beginning at 8:30am that is free of charge. The Portland Sea Dogs Mother’s Day 5K is the largest 5K road race in the State of Maine. It is also the second largest road race in the state, only the Beach to Beacon is larger. A capped field of 3,000 runners is expected for this year’s race. In the previous ten years of the event, the Sea Dogs have been able to donate over $96,507.00 to the Maine Cancer Foundation for Breast Cancer Research including a record $25,000 in 2010. The Sea Dogs are in need of several volunteers for the race. If interested please log on to www.seadogs. com for more information or contact the Sea Dogs Office at 874-9300.

UMF Community Chorus Spring Choral Concert 3 p.m. The University of Maine at Farmington Community Chorus performs its spring concert in Nordica Auditorium, UMF Merrill Hall on the University of Maine at Farmington campus. Under the direction of Dr. Bruce McInnes, the chorus will present “King David,” composed by Arthur Honegger. The concert is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry. Tickets are available at the door at $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, free for children under 12 and UMF students with I.D. For more information, please call 778-7072, or email robin.palmermosher@

Monday, May 9 Maine Audubon bird watching walks 7 a.m. Maine Audubon staff will lead bird watching walks through two popular migratory spots in Portland. Walks will be offered at the city’s Evergreen Cemetery Woods and Capisic Pond, two of the best places in southern Maine to get a close look at migrating songbirds — particularly warblers. Evergreen Cemetery Woods Walks: Monday, May 9-Thursday, May 19 at 7 a.m.; meet in the back of the cemetery by the kiosk at the southeast end of the ponds. Capisic Pond Trail: May 13 and 20, 7 a.m. Walks will begin at the Macy Street entrance. It’s possible to see more than 20 warbler species in a single morning, including the hardto-find Cape May, bay-breasted, mourning and Tennessee warblers. Southern “overshoots” (worm-eating, yellow-throated, hooded or cerulean) can also be found at the parks this time of year. The walks are open to the public, all skill levels, and free

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The conversation continues: Open forum for sharing, First Congregational Church, Meeting House Hill, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland. Facilitated by Lori Axelson, LCSW . “The Conversation Series is an informal opportunity for caregivers to join together to discuss topics of mutual interest. The program includes an educational topic but allows for plenty of time for participants to discuss concerns and ask questions. There is no fee for this program. There is no charge and pre-registration is not required.”

‘Shameless! The Musical’ opens at Lucid Stage on Baxter Blvd. 7:30 p.m. Mad Horse Theatre presents, as part of its 25th anniversary season, the world premiere of “Shameless! The Musical,” opening May 9 and running through May 18. Performances are May 9-11 and 16-18 at 7:30 p.m. at Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Boulevard in Portland. All shows will be pay-what-you-can. “Shameless!” was written by Portland writer and musician Jason Wilkins, whose last musical (Naked In Portland) enjoyed a successful run at the PSC Studio Theater. “Shameless!” is directed by Mad Horse Theatre Associate Artistic Director Peter Brown. The show features a cast of six, including Cathy Counts (Good Theater), Michael Tobin (Old Port Playhouse), Jonathan Carr (Lyric Theater), Benjamin Row (Legacy Theater), Bartley Mullin

(Seacoast Repertory Theater) and Megan Jackson (USM Theater Department). Shane Van Vliet (Portland Stage Company) is the music director. “‘Shameless!’ is the story of what happens when gay rights and the religious right collide within the confines of a single family. It combines wild comedy, heartbreaking drama, and catchy folky pop tunes; it blends real heart, real family values, and (possibly) a bit of controversy.” Ticketing information can be found on the web at or by calling 899-3993.

Tuesday, May 10 Police Unity Tour Chapter Two The Police Unity Tour Chapter Two will consist of Law Enforcement Officers bicycling from Hamilton Township, New Jersey to Washington D.C. to honor “Fallen Officers” who have died in the line of duty. The primary goal is to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and the operating cost for the participating officers. Old Orchard Beach’s own Officer “Scott Jarrett” will participate in this year’s tour on May 10 where he will ride the motorcycle escorting the bikers leading the way where they will tour from South Jersey through towns where officers have fallen in the line of duty before departing the State en route to the national’s capital. This is a 50 to 80 mile per day trek from New Jersey to DC. This is a non-profit organization under Section 501©)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. (Tax Identification Number 20-8960869). The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial was founded in 1983 by members of the United States Congress who wanted to recognize the service and sacrifices of all enforcement officers who have ever died in the line of duty. see next page

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at One Monument Way.

Portland Greendrinks networking event Portland Public School System’s budget vote 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Portland voters will be asked to approve the Portland Public School System’s budget in a citywide referendum. Maine’s School Administrative Reorganization Law now requires all school districts to hold elections for approval of their budgets. Detailed information about the Portland school budget may be found on the Portland Public Schools Web site at All local polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more detailed information about where or how to vote, contact the City Clerk’s office at 874-8677 or visit their webpage at

Portland Regional Chamber and SCORE roundtable discussion 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Join the second roundtable discussion between the Portland Regional Chamber and SCORE. “This is an opportunity to learn from your in-business peers established best practices for dealing with some of the business challenges presented by the current environment. There will be no formal presentations at this meeting. The roundtable is designed as a facilitated peer-to-peer discussion of what works and what doesn’t in selected areas of business management. The topic for discussion will be selected by the participants of the roundtable at the start of the meeting. Both SCORE counselors and Chamber members will serve as facilitators for the roundtable discussion. The Continental Breakfast and Program are provided at no cost to participants. We ask only that you come prepared to participate in the discussion.” 772-1147

Three events scheduled for Glenna Johnson Smith noon. Glenna Johnson Smith, author of the highly acclaimed “Old Maine Woman, Stories from The Coast to The County,” has scheduled three upcoming appearances in the Portland area. On Tuesday, May 10, Smith will speak and sign copies of her book at noon as part of the LunchBox Friends program at the Falmouth Public Library. The library is located at 5 Lunt Road. On Wednesday, May 11, noon to 1 p.m. at the Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series at the Portland Public Library. The event will be held in the Rines Auditorium at the library, 5 Monument Square. Also, at 7 p.m., she will chat with readers and sign copies of her book at Longfellow Books in Portland. The store is located

5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Portland Greendrinks’ next networking event will take place at Bayside Bowl 58 Alder St. Featured nonprofit for May is the Maine Academy of Modern Music.

Wednesday, May 11 Eggs & Issues features FairPoint official 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce, Eggs & Issues Networking: 7 a.m. Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. Program: 8 a.m. Holiday Inn By the Bay, Portland. Mike Reed, corporate president in Maine of FairPoint Communications “will speak about the company’s efforts to build and expand on its investment in broadband and high speed networking to residents and businesses, the future of the telecommunications in Maine, as well as, its experiences and recovery from the Chapter 11 process. As a company with 1,500 employees, Mike will discuss FairPoint Communications’ impact on the economy and its involvement and commitment in supporting economic development in the state. He will also describe his efforts at bringing a face to the company as it rebuilds its reputation and trust with the public.”

and demonstrate common features such as e-mail access, web browsing, calendar synchronization and browsing for apps.” U.S. Cellular, 295 Forest Ave., Portland, 774-0407

Thursday, May 12 Juan Williams at Salvation Army benefit dinner 6 p.m. The Salvation Army of Greater Portland, in partnership with Clark Insurance, invites the public to be a Sponsor and/or “Friend” of its upcoming “Champions for Kids” Benefit Dinner scheduled for May 12 at the Holiday Inn on the Bay. “Juan Williams, one of America’s leading political writers and thinkers, will be the guest speaker for the evening. Most recently a senior correspondent for NPR, he is currently a political analyst for Fox Television, and a regular panelist for FoxNews Sunday.” 6 p.m. for a reception, followed by dinner and program. Immediately after the program, Williams will host a book signing. http://www.use.

MCLU 2011 Justice Louis Scolnik Award

7 p.m. Maine Organization Of Storytelling Enthusiasts presents Storytelling Swap and Feature. Swap from 7-8 p.m., Feature from 8:15-9 p.m. Portland Public Library, Monument Square. Hosted by Debb Freedman. Feature Teller: Dan Lynch from Provincetown, Mass., known to all as Storyman Dan. An Evening of stories from, on and around the Ocean. “He is instrumental in reviving storytelling in Provincetown, his home, Truro and Springfield. He honors his celtic roots and encourages everyone to tell.”

7 p.m. The Maine Civil Liberties Union Foundation will present the 2011 Justice Louis Scolnik Award to Cushman Anthony at 7 p.m. at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport. A reception for event sponsors will take place immediately preceding the dinner at 6 p.m. “Cush Anthony epitomizes service,” said Shenna Bellows, Executive Director of the Maine Civil Liberties Union. “His guiding focus has always been equality and justice for those most vulnerable in our communities.” In 1971, Anthony was elected the third President of the MCLU. He would oversee the hiring of the fledgling organization’s first Executive Director, Neville Woodruff. His priorities as President reflected the major issues of the era, tackling cases that involved free speech and prisoners rights.

Free Device Workshop with U.S. Cellular

Deering High School Players with the Bard

Maine Organization Of Storytelling Enthusiasts

7 p.m. “With a recent study showing a nearly 80 percent increase in smartphone shipments from a year ago, there are plenty of first-time smartphone users who may want a little help figuring out everything their advanced phones have to offer. U.S. Cellular is hosting a free workshop on Wednesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at 295 Forest Avenue in Portland to guide attendees through all of the functions and features of Android-powered devices, BlackBerry and Windows smartphones. Associates will answer questions

7 p.m. The Deering High School Players present “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” on May 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. and on May 14 at 2 and 7 p.m. in the Deering auditorium. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Deering attendance office during school hours (7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) for $7 (adults) and $5 (students). Tickets at the door on the night of each performance are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, contact Kathleen Harris at 874-8260 or at

The Portland Daily Sun, Thursday, May 5, 2011  

The Portland Daily Sun, Thursday, May 5, 2011

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