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By Lisa Peñalver “One of the most spectacular summers ever,” quipped one Hill visitor walking up Congress Street in late August.  “Postcard-perfect,” commented another in front of the Hilltop Coffee shop, “I hope it never ends.” But all good things do come to an end, including this year’s lovely summer in Maine, where sunny days FAR outnumbered the overcast, by nearly ten to one!

Sept 2: Ceremony on the Prom to Honor World War II Veterans

Above, a winning contestant in the July MunjFest Muttminster Dog Talent contest, whose dog, Coco, won “Most Sophisticated.” Above right, an umbrella in silhouette on the Prom got more use for protection from the sun this year than from rain. At right, the flag flies over the main mast of the WWII ship the USS Portland on the Eastern Promenade.

Former Reiche Principal to Head East End Community School by Shoshana Hoose Marcia Gendron, principal of Portland’s Reiche Community School, has been appointed principal of East End Community School beginning July 1. Gendron has served as assistant principal and principal of Reiche since 2000. She previously was an assistant principal, staff development coordinator and teacher in the South Portland schools. She began her career as a special education teacher in Tampa, Florida. “During Marcia Gendron’s tenure with the Portland Public Schools, she has provided leadership for district initiatives such as the implementation of full day kindergarten, early literacy acquisition and standards-based progress reports,” said Portland Superintendent James C. Morse, Sr. Gendron has led workshops for district staff and administrators throughout the state on topics such as leadership and learning communities. Her community involvement includes serving on the State Reading First Leadership Team and the LearningWorks After School Advisory Committee. Gendron holds undergraduate degrees in special education and elementary education from the University of Maine. She earned a Master of Science degree in school leadership from Saint Joseph’s College.

Portland Schools Classes Begin on Sept. 7 The Portland Public Schools will begin classes for students in grades 1 through 12 on September 7. Kindergartners will start on September 9. See detailed information about the opening day schedule for each school.

The starting and ending times for regular school days are: • Elementary schools: 8:55 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. • Middle schools: 8:25 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. • Deering, Portland High and Casco Bay High School: 8 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. • West School: 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. • Portland Arts and Technology High School: 8 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Portland Public Schools will have early release on Wednesdays from October through May. See the district calendar listing all early release dates and holidays.

There will be a commemoration service held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, in Fort Allen Park on the Eastern Promenade at the main mast of the WWII ship the USS Portland, in memory of the 65th anniversary of the End of World War II. (See details on page 8) Photos above by Beth Shorey

At Left, an artist’s rendition of the bronze plaque commissioneed to recognize Maine Women Veterans in the State House Hall of Flags. Designed by Augusta, Maine Artist/ Sculptor: Gary Cooper of Fayette, Maine.

Calling the Roll: Maine Women Veterans To Be Celebrated In Bronze

Rep. Herb Adams says names are needed for honors this autumn: an estimated 10,000 Maine women veterans may qualify for recognition.

World War One to Afghanistan. It’s a long overdue honor,” said Adams. “But it will be a big task to find them, and we need the public’s help.”

Do you know a Maine woman veteran among your family, friends, or neighbors? If so, the state is looking for names of living Maine women veterans to be honored this autumn in the Pine Tree state’s first-ever bronze memorial to women who served their country in wartime and peacetime.

To honor Maine’s women veterans, the 124th Legislature authorized a plaque to be placed permanently in the Hall of Flags in the Capitol in Augusta, alongside existing memorials honoring veterans of WW I, WW II, Korea, and Vietnam. The dedication date is set for Veterans’ Day, November, 2010.

The fact that Maine needs to make a list of their names reveals a problem. “An estimated 10,000 Maine women veterans may be living today, but there is no known record of their names and whereabouts,” said State Rep. Herb Adams, D-Portland, who is taking up the challenge of assembling such a list for his home county of Cumberland.

The fundraising effort for the bronze plaque, funded entirely by private donations, is being spearheaded by Rep. Linda Valentino, D-Saco. Commemorative silver coins will be minted in the likeness of the larger plaque to be gifted to the estimated 10,000 living Maine women veterans, if they can be found.

Honorably discharged Maine “Maine women have served from women veterans who served in the Revolution to Iraq, from See page 13, Women Veterans

Below, samples of pottery made at Portland Pottery on Washington Ave. See story on page 13. Photo by Kristin Rapinac


September 2010


From the Helm

The Munjoy Hill Observer is published by the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization (MHNO) at 92 Congress Street Portland, Maine 04101 Editor Lisa Peñalver (207) 766-5077 Observer Committee Katie Brown, Jeanne Bull, Turner Kruysman, Alison Nason, Liz McMahon, Kristin Rapinac Graessle advertising Turner Kruysman or 332-4355 The Observer is Portland’s East End monthly paper, supporting projects within our community. It is is published the first week of the month. 3,000 Circulation 8,000+ Readership About our paper The Munjoy Hill Observer is published 12 times a year by the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization (MHNO) as a service to its members and to the community as a whole, to inform Portland’s East End residents of local issues and events, and of the services that can be found here. The Observer serves as a vehicle to connect and inform our neighbors, while enlisting community partners to help us help those who need it most. The Munjoy Hill Observer was first published in May of 1979. Circulation is 3000, distributed free in Portland at over 100 locations. Nearly 400 copies are mailed to current and former members of the MHNO.

MHNO President, Christina Feller

Ahh September—crisp air and walks to and from school. School sports in the field. Meet the new principal. See the classroom. Join the PTO. See the children learning. Or observe all the healthy, awake, alert students ready to take on the assignments for the day, prepared to answer the teacher’s questions. Or not. A lot of attention is being paid now to the effectiveness of our reading curriculum. I am still surprised to learn that reading is NOT an innate sensibility of the human being. Reading is entirely a learned art; hence, school. However, as every good parent knows, reading must begin well before first grade for that child to excel 12 years later in college. Along with reading, writing is another learned skill. Every person learns how to read and write differently. Can it be standardized suitably? Should it be? Isn’t that what school is? Sometimes, you just have to guess! Why can’t we teach all children to learn to read? We have a rare opportunity to listen to a man who is an expert in the field. Please come on Thursday, September 30 th at 7 p.m. to the USM Wishcamper Center, Room 113, to hear Anthony Pedriana, a former

It took some effort for me this month, at the end of August, to direct my mind away from the idea of summer and all that this season entails—family visits, sweltering heat, swimming in ocean and lakes, gardening, picnics and barbecues, getting lost in mindless novels—to the onset of Fall, with the start of school, preparations for the coming Winter and any number of personal transitions that Fall inevitably brings with it.

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The other part of effective learning, and this is true of adults as well as children, is that we need nutritious fuel in our bodies for our brain to organize itself and do its job and all the parts of the body and our organs to

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I had some time to consider this as I watched my young daughter repeatedly leap off the dock into a lake up north of Lewiston. At the time, I was chafing to be working on my many projects that were languishing back at home. But it occurred to me that my situation, as well as my child’s leaps, could be taken metaphorically, that, as such, they could be seen as telling me something about the struggles and joys of an evolving community. A community, like an individual, benefits from some quiet time to reflect, heal and grow. I think perhaps the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood may be in one of these reflective periods, gathering its strength, but I sense growth is imminent. I recently read that some local

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businesses are unhappy about a parking garage slated for the Jordan Meats site because it would fail to draw people to the Hill. I believe the complaint was, that it was quiet on the Hill. This is bad? Not if you live here. It’s one of the reasons I seek out the Hill shops instead of the Mall. There may come a time when the crowds swarm the Hill as they do the Old Port on a bright summer day, but in due time. Please. I can wait and enjoy the place— just the way it is. Our time will come.

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So, nutritious meals and effective learning strategies—tall order. But these topics are really important. We know that the health of everyone in a neighborhood is directly tied to vibrancy of a neighborhood—that is, how much visible “stuff” is going on in an economic and cultural sense.

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As a neighborhood organization, we are responsible for caring about the quality of life for everyone who lives on or visits Munjoy Hill. That’s a pretty big responsibility. But we reach out and partner with a lot of experts or specialists in the various fields so that we can help in many arenas. One of those important arenas is the school. You will recall that I called for a new International Reading Center to be formed on Munjoy Hill specifically for after school reading and game playing. More on this later.

work together to pump fresh energy throughout our bodies continuously. Are our children at the East End Community School, 85% of whom receive free or reduced price breakfasts and lunches, getting nutritious meals throughout the day? Are they eating the meals given to them? The MHNO will host its Quarterly Meeting in mid-October. A key topic will be the school food program and how it is improving under the tutelage of Ron Adams, School Food Director.

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Milwaukee elementary school teacher and principal, and author of Leaving Johnny Behind: Overcoming Barriers to Literacy and Reclaiming At-Risk Readers, who will talk to parents, advocates, and educators in Portland and discuss how we can teach every child to read, what science tells us about learning to read, how to evaluate the effectiveness of your child’s reading program based on his or her needs, and how we can support, not undermine, teacher efforts.

Open Letter from Marcia Gendron, Incoming Principal of the East End Community School Dear Munjoy Hill, Ever since I started kindergarten at the age of five, every September has signaled for me the return to school and the beginning of a new school year. Whether as a student or educator, as each September approaches, I am filled with a combination of anticipation, excitement, and yes, even some butterflies! Once again, as this September approaches, I am excited at the prospect of meeting new students, staff and families and becoming acquainted with the school community and neighborhood. Over the summer, I have had the opportunity to settle in to my new role as principal of East End Community School, and while the school seems exceptionally quiet without the full staff and 400 students, I have been impressed with the level of commitment of staff and parents to continue to be involved in the school during the summer. I was told that I would find the view to be outstanding, and I must admit that it is spectacular. As I become more familiar with my new neighborhood surroundings, I have come to appreciate the amazing view, a spectacular state of the art school, and a wonderful playground, and surrounding green space that reflects a vibrant, caring community. I can understand the pride that this neighborhood and school community must feel about the amazing school that stands so proudly at the top of the hill. While September brings all the hope and promise of a new school year along with new beginnings for students and staff, I will know that while I have much to learn about my new school, I will be learning in collaboration and partnership with a wonderful school community of staff, students, families, and neighbors. Butterflies aside, I am anxious for the first day of school to begin.

Warm Regards, Principal Marcia Gendron, EECS

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Our financial year ended June 30th. We welcome our new members, our faithfully renewing members, and contributions sent along with dues, all adding up to $2K this year—Thanks! MHNO project highlights included the City of Portland grant of $4K to hire East End youth for neighborhood projects. MHNO joined with Cultivating Community, who already had a program developed. Our annual street festival Munj-Fest 2010 was a lot of fun for all and raised over $2K for MHNO! Last Dec we helped families with Holiday expenses; $350 raised and distributed. Returning bottles via the Clynk! programs (green bags available on Hill Hs fence) is building up our Fuel Assistance Fund to be given during this upcoming winter. Our largest project is this newspaper, the Munjoy Hill Observer, which provides positive community news and information. Expenses are slightly more than income; we are seeing increasing support via business card size ads. (Please contact our Ad Rep Turner to get onboard, see page 2). Because we no longer have grant funds to maintain the Hill House building, we are requesting more contributions from community groups that use the building; the cost of almost $2K annually was offset by about $1K in rent and donations. ~ Notes from your Treasurer, Delores

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Report from the Ad Hoc Building Committee The MHNO Ad Hoc Building Usage Committee met in August to discuss short-term needs of the Hill House. We decided that we need to reach out for help: the side wall of the MHNO building needs to be rebuilt (due to water/mold damage) with new siding, and we need to strip out the stained carpet and install a new one. Timing and rug color have not yet been determined. Everyone is welcome to weigh in. Please call 775-3050 and leave a message, or email

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The Life and Times of Portland High School By Jeanne Bull September is my favorite month. The weather is so pleasant, there is less traffic on the roads, and most importantly for those of us with school age children, classes start again! It’s been a great summer for the kids with plenty of opportunities for hot weather fun (not like last year) but seriously, we parents look forward to the week after Labor Day with all the enthusiasm the youngsters have for June. All kidding aside, education is serious business, and as my youngest daughter is preparing to enter her third year at Portland High School I thought I’d share with you some insights into how Portland has viewed secondary education for its young people with a look at our own the PHS. Public education began in Portland in 1733 and a number of “grammar,” or primary, schools opened during the 18th century at various locations in the city. Secondary education began when a group of prominent citizens organized to open the private Portland Academy in 1803 at the corner of Congress and Chapel Streets. Portland High School traces its origins to 1821 when the city’s new school com-

try. However, it soon became clear that this one focus of education was not enough. Portland’s economy and population was growing, more jobs needed to be filled in business, and the city’s citizens embraced the new idea in public education that practical studies were as valuable as a classical education. So in 1829, an English School was established alongside the Latin School at the corner of Oak and

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Photos: Above, Mike Johnson, principal of Portland High School since 2001; the current entrance of PHS on Cumberland Avenue; bottom, the tile mural in the school’s entrance hall bears the school motto,”The city is our campus.”

cate its young women beyond what was available at the several private schools. Senator Jefferson Davis from Mississippi was the speaker at the 1858 graduation exercises of the girls’ high school.

Spring Street. The twin school arrangement only lasted a few years, and in 1832 the two programs com-


The population of Portland continued to swell, increasing threefold from 1820-‘50 and again by 50% from 1850-’70, as wave after wave of immigrants came to call Portland home. It was obvious after a short few years that operating two schools—both of which were quickly out growing their space—was an expensive duplication of services, and the city was finally able to purchase the land, construct its new school, and open its doors on Cumberland Avenue in September 1863 while conceding to the social mores of the times with separate en-

long either, and within a decade, Principal Stone was able to knock a door through the “wall of prejudice,” as he called it, giving the girls and boys access to facilities on each other’s side. As one of the first high schools in the nation, PHS had few precedents, and as secondary education developed throughout Maine and the rest of the United States, Portland High School was seen as a leader and innovator.

There have been many, many changes to the programs and building on Cumberland Avenue over the past 150 years, more than space and deadlines allow me to include (Note to fellow history buffs: the Fire of 1866 roared down the eastern side of Chestnut Street, taking down City Hall but leaving the 1st Parish Church and the high school C ontinued

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Portland High School on Cumberland Street in about 1900. From the archives of the Maine Historical Society.

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mittee organized a Latin School for boys to prepare a larger group for college education. Boston’s English Classical High School was also opened in 1821 making the two schools the oldest continually operating high schools in the coun-

bined, attracting students from the other private schools, and by 1850, even the old Portland Academy had closed, leaving the English School the only secondary school in Portland. Also in 1850, a separate girls high school was opened by the city after many years of efforts to edu-

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unscathed), and PHS has a strong champion guiding it into the 21st century in Mike Johnson, principal since 2001. I recently had the pleasure of meeting with Mike, an enthusiastic man who is generous with praise for his school. In 2010, for the second year in a row, two PHS students were accepted into Harvard, and recently they had 3 or 4 students admitted to MIT at the same time. Asked to describe the PHS approach to education, Johnson pauses, “Complex,” he said, it’s changing and growing to meet today’s demands. For example, this year’s freshman class saw the elimination of a general level of study, making college prep the entry level standard, to reflect the fact that postsecondary education and training have now become essential. Also, the ESL (English as a

By Kathleen Carr Bailey Sigh! If only every day could be as beautiful as the sunny days we had in August. But if it were always so, would we enjoy it as much? Perhaps not, but I’d be glad to let you know if it could only last a year or two. I tend to get a touch of melancholy at this time of year. As soon as the slightest hint of autumn chill hits the air, a rush of feelings, urges (or are they memories?) come over me. I have a desire to do ‘back-to-school shopping,’ though I have now been out of school for more years than I was ever in. I become anxious to finish those summer projects, and I want to get ready for the inevitable winter to come. It is at this time of year I can admire the visible results of my gardening efforts, yet my heart aches with knowing that soon my pruning shears will be put into overdrive as I cut back and clean-out. So let us prepare to begin the end. I’m not saying it’s is time to put our gardens to bed, let us at least wind it down, almost like drinking a cup of cocoa or warm milk to ease into the night. For most perennials, fall is the best time to transplant and divide. Recently I facilitated a class and I heard one common question: “How do I know the plant needs to be divided?” It’s not always as obvious as it would seem. If the plant is too crowded or too large, then division or transplanting is recommended. Many plants such as achillea ‘yarrow’, gaillardia ‘blanketflower’ and asters, will become woody in the center. Others will simply form rings where nothing is growing in the middle, (iris, sedum). These are signs the plant has become too large and needs division. Hosta, daylily, shasta daisy are served best to divide every 3-5 years. Others can remain undisturbed, such as the peony and astilbe. Then there are those with such long taproots (balloon flower), or extensive root system (baptisia) that they generally resent being divided or moved. As in every gardening project, we must prepare. A few carefully chosen tools will better serve than a random arsenal. First thing to bring, a great attitude. We tend to be a little less enthusiastic at the end of the season. Think of it as getting a jumpstart on next year! Cleaning the closet to allow for more purchases. Mix and matching old favorites so everything is new again.

Make a celebration of it. Put burgers on the grill, beer in the cooler and invite friends and neighbors. Their reward is a good time and a few plants. Next season can be someone else’s turn. I’ve found it really helps to keep these tools on hand: • Handsaw—sharp. I tend to make people nervous anytime they see me with a sharp instrument. Hosta and daylilies are tough. Do not be afraid to dig right in. • Digging forks—Having two of them would not be overkill. Great for dividing daylilies. Simply position them back-to-back and push to separate. • Sharp utility knife—perfect to divide bearded iris and peony. • Hedging clippers or shears—Sharp! Great for getting many stems in one fell swoop. Hosta fear them, daylilies are petrified. • Flexible or five-gallon buckets—the magic number is two; one half-filled with water for any plants you may need to soak. This is great for untangling fibrous roots and removing invasive weeds or grasses from a perennial clump. The second bucket is to mix your soil and compost. • Bagged planting mix or compost—I cannot say enough wonderful things about my favorite, Coast of Maine Penobscot blend. I always mix this in with the soil. I heard it once said, for a 5-dollar plant create a 50-dollar hole! • Watering can—water plants in before and after planting. Continue to water until frost. • Water-soluble plant starter—the reason for the aforementioned watering can. • Gloves—I often have 2 pair, with one designated for working in the mud. I get really down and dirty and since I have watered in before, there is no telling how dirty I can get. They used to say all is fair in love and war. If only it were so in gardening. What we cannot conquer, we must endure. Or we can remove it completely and replace it with something better! No problems here...only solutions! Kathleen Carr Bailey is a writer and Master Gardener who has her own gardening business, Finishing Touches.

second language) program has now become ELL (English language learners) recognizing that for many students, English is their third or fourth language. PHS, with its 1,000 strong enrollment, serves students from over 40 different countries. “Our ultimate goal is to have the vastly different backgrounds merge into a common community with a common goal of success for every student, and one of our greatest strengths is developing real-world people—they are not kids anymore when they leave here—who will feel comfortable anywhere.” Mr. Johnson went on, “Whenever I bring other educators here, they always tell me how mature our student body is and how PHS is nothing at all what they thought it would be.”

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Artwork by Marge Niblock, used with permission

September 2010

Photo by Beth Shorey


The Tide Rises The Tide Falls Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The tide rises, the tide falls, The twilight darkens, the curlew calls; Along the sea-sands damp and brown The traveler hastens toward the town,

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And the tide rises, the tide falls. Darkness settles on roofs and walls, But the sea, the sea in darkness calls; The little waves, with their soft, white hands

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Proud Papa, City Councilor Kevin Donoghue will be offering his report on the upcoming legislative season for the Observer when he returns from a trip to Germany in mid-September, where he is attending a workshop on Sustainable Architecture & Urban Planning (Sept. 19-27, 2010) sponsored by the Transatlantic Program - Young Technology Leaders (TAP-YTL) (see

We are proud to announce the wedding of our own Webdude Steve Pogson this past month! In the photo: Rebecca Falzano, hand in hand with new spouse, Steve Pogson in Diamond Cove on Great Diamond Island 8/14/10. Congratulations and many blessings! (Steve Pogson creates websites through First Pier Technology PartnersLLC,, and he developed MHNO’s current site.)

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Let’s Talk…Trash If you enjoy walking past used cups from 7-11, dirty mattresses, broken glass, and general trash along Cumberland Avenue you should probably stop reading this article. If you are an East End resident who knows that on any given day of the week you’ll be sure to see wrappers, full city trash bags on the curb, plain trash bags, and random crap that your neighbors have decided to place on the sidewalk along Cumberland and wish this was otherwise…I invite you to read on. As someone who walks, bikes, and drives this street at least twice every day, the trash and litter issue is a constant frustration. The neighborhood seems to be getting worse and not better when it comes to trash, which sort of makes sense. When someone walks up this street the message reads loud and clear. People are allowed to drop their trash, put their bags out on the wrong night, and put things out that city workers are never going to pick up, with zero consequence. Littering and dumping appear to be accepted and tolerated. This is not the case. I do not accept people disrespecting and dirtying a neighborhood where people are trying to live their lives and raise their families. I’ve walked the neighborhood each spring and picked up the street, which is a downstream approach to the problem, as nothing is solved, and those upstream continue to dump and litter. Yet, somehow this makes me feel better, even if just for a few days. However, the motivation for my do-gooder cleaning has morphed into aggravation and disgust.

I find myself getting mad at the people who do the dumping, the city for not responding more strongly, the animals that rip the bags open, and the wind that kindly spreads the trash around the city. We can wait…for the next trash pickup, for someone else to call the city and complain, or for the first snowfall to cover it all up. Waiting seems like taking the long and littered road, whereas taking action could be a much shorter and cleaner road. The East End isn’t the first or only neighborhood to deal with this problem. What can we learn from other neighborhoods (or programs in other cities) to help make this situation better? Trash often blows out of the recycling bins or doesn’t always all make it into the truck. Could the city do more consistent street and sidewalk cleaning in the East End? Should Portland look into fining property owners who aren’t keeping up their end of things? Should the city install more trash cans throughout the neighborhood or in consistently littered spots? Could the East End enforce a zero-tolerance littering policy? Should we organize more neighborhood clean-ups? Would a forum with City Officials and residents be helpful? Could we form a neighborhood street team that helps spread the word about weekly trash and recycling days and with information about how to dispose of large items? Should we write letters to the landlords of troubling properties? Should we

find a way to help subsidize residents who can’t afford the blue city trash bags? If you are interested in participating in this discussion or have suggestions to offer please email As we open this discussion, I encourage you to program the City Inspections telephone number into your phone (207.874.8703) and call when you see a property that is part of the problem. Additionally, it is helpful to email: and (cc’ing kjdonoghue@ with any sidewalk garbage complaints. Call, email, send photos and let the City of Portland know that residents of the East End are sick of the garbage. This may be a temporarily downstream approach, but hopefully the tides are changing. Jill Sady, concerned Munjoy HIll resident


Uncool Confessions of a Middle-Aged Broad An essay by Elizabeth Miller, Waterville Street I turn 57 this month. An uncool age, judging by the ubiquitous advertisements for anti-wrinkle creams and hair dyes. Bucking our youth-oriented culture, AARP has found me cool for several years now. Their efforts to woo me to membership aside, once a woman turns fifty, she disappears from general radar. Try catching the attention of a store clerk if you’re short and middle-aged. Forty-five years later, the start of the school year still resonates with the anxiety of a junior high girl who didn’t fit in with any clique. Not the jocks, not the pretty blond girls, not the geeks, not the “hoods.” It was before the druggies, but I wouldn’t have fit in there either. One benefit of not belonging to one group was that I could be friends with anyone. At my all girls’ high school, the cool sport was basketball. I was 5’0” and played field hockey. This all took place in Pittsburgh, the Smoky City. When I left for college, the steel mills were shutting down and unemployment teetered around 15%. Years later, Money Magazine selected it as one of its Coolest Places to live. What happened?! Attending college during the Watergate Era, I majored in American Studies and History. The cool majors? Government and political science, Journalism, Pre-law. Then I worked in museums for twenty years. Talk about a conversation nonstarter. What grade did I teach when I first switched careers? Seventh grade. Veteran teachers told me, you can’t teach them anything, they’re just a bunch of walking hormones. High school teachers definitely outranked middle school teachers in status. Not cool. One joy of getting older is that being cool, or even looking like you’re cool, doesn’t matter anymore. You set your

own style. I’ve had interesting jobs and lived in pleasant neighborhoods here and in Washington, DC. But all uncool. I moved to Waterville Street three years ago. I continue to be surprised at people’s reaction when I tell them of my Munjoy Hill address. They’re impressed, as if I’ve accomplished something enviable. After so many years, could I at long last be cool?! Say it ain’t so, Joe.


Cumberland Ave Trash Pickup is on Wednesday for house numbers, #1-196 and #198-434 EVEN; Thursday #197-433 ODD, and #435 Curbside Trash Pickup: All items should be out by 6:30 AM to ensure collection. All trash for curbside pickup must be placed in blue Portland Trash Bags. If residents have further questions about their trash/recycling collection, they can contact the Recycling Hotline at 756-8189.

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Don’t get me wrong, I love living “on the Hill,” with its streets made for strolling, stunning ocean vistas and funky stores and cafes. Artists live and work here how cool is that? And who couldn’t love a neighborhood that has a Colucci’s and a Rosemont Market? But when I see vanity license plates and bumper stickers touting Munjoy Hill or detect a slightly smug and self-congratulatory tone at neighborhood gatherings, I wince at this sense of preciousness about one’s choice of residence. As I watch more condos constructed and affordable rentals lost, I wonder if we’re in danger of smothering the very diversity we claim to embrace by committing to this neighborhood. When I moved from DC twenty-five years ago, the Hill’s “eclecticism” was a bit too edgy for this seemingly street-smart woman. But times - and neighborhoods- change. Now rents bump up depending which side of Washington Avenue you’re on. On our particular street, amidst the newcomers (including myself), you’ll find a few families who have lived here for at least three generations. Families whose ancestors got off the boat, walked up the hill and stayed. Stayed through good times and not so good. They’ve seen it all. Now that’s cool.


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World War II veterans honored in ceremony on Sept. 2 Press Release, Office of Rep. Herb Adams September 2, 2010 marks the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II. There will be a commemoration service to honor WWII veterans at 10:30 am on Sep. 2 in Fort Allen Park on the Eastern Promenade of Portland. The ceremony will be held at the main mast of the WWI ship the USS Portland. “About 113,000 Maine men and women served in WWII. About 2,500 never returned,” said Adams. “About 258 names of Portlanders who gave their lives in the war are on the bronze plaque in plaza City Hall; many of them were Munjoy Hill residents.” WWII veterans, Rep. Walter Wheeler, D- Kittery, and Mr. Espen Christenson of Portland will speak at this service. Rep. Wheeler is the last WWII veteran serving in the Maine Legislature. Mr. Christenson is a WWII veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division and the Battle of the Bulge. He received the Cross of the French Legion of Honor. “The fact that we are conducting the

service on the USS Portland memorial is very symbolic and appropriate place,” said Adams. “The cruiser USS Portland accepted the surrender of the Japanese military supply chain at the Truk Islands at the very same hour as the surrender ceremonies on the USS Missouri in Tokyo on Sep. 2, 1945.” Rep. Herb Adams, D-Portland, Harold P. Andrews and the American Legion post #17, who organizes Portland’s Memorial and Veteran’s day parades, planned the event. Rep. Adams will be the master of ceremonies. “WWII saved the world from a new dark age,” stated Adams. “The true cost of the sacrifice – in treasure, cities destroyed, lives lost – can never be calculated. Could the world ever survive such a conflict again?” Gen. Mac Arthur said it right in his closing remarks ending WWII 65 years ago, “a new era is upon us. Even the lesson of victory itself has changed. It invokes spiritual improvement to match our advances in science. It must be of the spirit if we are to save the flesh.”

Applications Available For Maine Rx Discount Program Mainers may save up to 80 percent off prescription drugs State Rep. Herb Adams, D-Portland, is reminding Portlanders that applications are available for Maine Rx Plus, the pioneering program that can save qualifying Mainers up to 80 percent off needed prescription drugs. Eligible Mainers over age 62, or age 19 if disabled, may also qualify for the DEL program (Low Cost Drugs For the Elderly and Disabled) and Maine Rx Plus is open to all Maine residents with incomes up to 350 percent of federal poverty level. One application covers both programs. “In the over 10 years since Maine Rx started, Mainers have saved millions of dollars on prescription drugs,” said Adams. “The Maine Rx program was the first of its kind in the nation and is still one of the best.” Big drug companies challenged Maine Rx’s discount program the year it passed the legislature in 2000, noted Adams. Drug manufacturers carried the case all the way to the US Supreme Court, which ruled in Maine’s favor in 2003 after an intense case argued by the office of then Maine Attorney General Steve Rowe.

“Dozens of states have copied Maine’s lead since then; it was a real people’s victory,” said Adams. “Prescription drugs can take one of the biggest bites out of any family’s budget.” Discounts of up to 15 percent on brand names, and 60-80 percent on generic prescriptions, are available depending on the program. Drugs for diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, Parkinson’s and more are covered for those qualifying. A sliding family income scale opens the discount program to more people. “Over 200,000 Mainer residents, about onefifth the entire population of our state, are eligible for Maine Rx, a sign of our hard times,” said Adams. Rep. Adams has placed free copies of the application form at the Portland Public Library, and free forms can be printed online at application.htm. Information and help in filling out the simple two page form is available tollfree at Maine Department of Human Services, 1-866-796-2463.

Property Tax And Rent Refund Program Now Available Rep. Gary Connor, D-Kennebunk, is encouraging citizens to apply for Maine Residents Property Tax and Rent Refund Program, also known as the “Circuit Breaker.” Applications for 2009 taxes and rent were made available in August. “The Circuit Breaker program gives property tax rebates to Maine taxpayers who need it most.” Rep. Connor said. “It is easy to apply and you could receive a refund of up to $1,600.” Over 200,000 Maine homeowners and renters are estimated to be eligible for a refund check from the state of Maine under the Circuit Breaker program.

During the last application period 88,470 refunds totaling almost $40.5 million were distributed to Maine homeowners and renters. How to Apply The program runs over a 10-month period from August 2010 through May 31, 2011. You may apply for the Circuit Breaker program online or download an application at the at Maine Revenue Services Web site. You may also call (207) 624-7894 to request an application. (online: forms/tnr/09T&RBook_Downloadable. pdf)

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By Christina Feller There are approximately 25,000 Nuer in the United States who have come as refugees since the early 1990s, with many Nuer now residing in Nebraska (10,000), Minnesota, Sag Harbor, NY, Iowa, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Georgia. Here in Portland and Westbrook, there are about 200 Nuer, of whom about 60 are children and teens. They are led by a young man only 24 years old. His name is Chan Lham. He is a student in computer science at USM and the co-founder of the South Sudan Nuer Association and the South Sudan Nuer Language School. He told me his story and I have asked him to write it and submit it to the Observer for publication. The potential of this young man to inspire a whole new generation of Maine workers and managers is very high. Wikipedia says: The Nuer people speak the Nuer language, a Nilo-Saharan language of the Western Nilotic group. Roughly 11 million people spoke Nilo-Saharan languages as of 1987. Other tribes you may have heard of that speak Nilo-Saharan languages are the Dinka, the Acholi, the Masai, the Nubians, and the Fur. Nuer is spoken by the Nuer people of southern Sudan and in western Ethiopia. Nuer is one of eastern and central Africa’s most widely spoken languages. The Nuer tribe is one of the largest tribes in Southern Sudan.

The Nuer language has a Latin-based alphabet. There are also several dialects of Nuer, although all have one written standard. Would you like to learn the Nuer language? Would you like to help the Nuer retain their language and teach it to their children? The South Sudan Nuer Language School is currently seeking to raise $10,000 to remain in their space at 352 Warren Avenue here in Portland. We have been trying to help by writing grants but we are at the Above, A girl from the Nuer, point where we will be an African tribe, Malakal in Southern Sudan. Image putting out a facebook from the website www.midappeal for help soon and sudan-arab-or-african/ we are seeking wider appeals. I am going to post pictures of the class. The younger students learn Nuer while the teen agers learn Arabic. Anyone can donate and receive a tax exemption as Living With Peace has agreed to be their fiscal agent. Please mail your tax-deductible check made payable to Living With Peace to 95 Morning Street, #2, Portland, ME 04101. Thank you for your generosity.

Immigrant Leadership Continues to Emerge By Christina Feller Earlier this year, readers may have seen, heard or read the news report about the graduation ceremony at DHHS for several dozen leaders of local immigrant organizations This was the culmination of a two-year program to learn all about organizing, creating and managing non-profit organizations. All of the major immigrant groups in Portland are organizing or have already organized as non-profits. This is significant news for the vibrancy of our communities and neighborhoods. I am privileged to have been able to help several of the African communities organize into meaningful nonprofits to take care of their people here in America and support their integration into American society. At the same time, these nonprofits help maintain and sustain their own cultural heritage through dress, food, language, celebration and dance.

bring American doctors and medical personnel to Kenya to tend to patients in the eastern part of the country where there are hundreds of thousands of refugees living in camps that have cities within themselves, they are so big. Dr. Abdifatah Ahmed, President of AGA, has extended a call to action to any medical personnel who want to offer their services in the refugee camps in Kenya. Dr. Ahmed works in Lewiston as a pharmacist and can be reached at cell 617-953-8717. On a side note, I applaud Bob Greene who is teaching a class called “Meet Our Diverse Neighbors” at OLLI this fall. His class filled immediately and topped out at 16. That means that there are still a lot of older folks out there who really do want to KNOW their neighbors. This is exciting. The more we know our wide array of gifted immigrants, the more we can use our own power and influence to integrate them into appropriate positions in the workforce and into commerce of all kinds, whether it is the farm, the factory or the finer elements of IT.

Volunteer American medical personnel are still desperately needed to treat refugees in Kenya.

These non-profits are hallmarks of servicing the greater good, whether running a neighborhood organization (the LewistonAuburn Neighborhood Network) or another non-profit organization (Atlantic Global Aid, Azande Organization, Nuer Association, Horn of Africa Aid and Rehabilitation Action Network, Congolese Association, Rwandese Association). The contributions yet to be made by these amazing people are huge. For instance, the goal of Atlantic Global Aid is to

Check out our LWP blog at for news and events We are in great need of volunteers. Please contact Chris Feller at 207 773-4336 or cfeller@ if you would like to help.

What’s in a name? If you are from the Nuer Tribe of Southern Sudan: a wealth of information! Source: Wikipedia, Naming Conventions, Nuer People, 2010.

• "Nya" (née ya) meaning "daughter of", is the standard prefix used for female names. "Gat" meaning "son of", is a common prefix for male names. •

Children are commonly given names to mark historical events

("Domaac" meaning "bullet", or "Mac" meaning "fire or gun" given to a child born during times of war or from another man in the name of the deceased father who legally married the mother). •

"Nhial" means "rain", and is a common name for males.

Many Nuer have been influenced by missionaries and so carry a

Christian first name. Their second name is a given name and always in Nuer. The father's given name follows the child's given name, which is then followed by the grandfather's name, and so on. Many Nuer can easily recount ten generations of paternal lineage because they carry those names themselves..

Kicaa pa ladit pe dong nono. (Acholi) ~~~~~ Mkoba wa mzee hauishiwi kabisa. (Swahili) ~~~~~

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Good Neighbor of the Month Gary Marcisso By Cliff Gallant Anyone who knows long-time neighborhood activist and alltime Munjoy Hill supporter Gary Marcisso at all knows that he personifies the heart and soul of the Hill. His father, Vincent, a career Portland firefighter, was raised in “Little Italy”, which was what the Italian neighborhood around India Street was once known as; his mother, Lorraine, or “Rainie”, as she was called, was raised on North Street; and Gary and his four siblings – the four being older brother Marty, a younger brother, Vinnie, and two sisters, Laurie, and Christina - were raised on Monument Street. Number 1 Monument Street, on the corner of Monument and Munjoy Streets, Gary enjoys telling you, the twinkle in his eye and the little catch in his voice leaving no doubt that the neighborhood feeling he grew up with is still an important part of who he is.

parent myself now, and that everything’s different.”

Yes, a lot is different. Four of the six schools Gary went to, for instance, no longer exist: Monument Street School, Adams School, Emerson Elementary and Jack Junior have all been closed; only Cathedral, where he went for grades one and two, and Portland High, from which he graduated, still exist. When he was growing up in the 1950’s and 60’s there were barbershops and little stores all over Munjoy Hill, and when you went to the store for your mother you didn’t need a list because the store owner knew what she wanted. So what keeps Gary motivated to work for the betterment of a neighborhood that is so vastly different

with dope, right out there in public, not seeming to care one way or another whether he was being seen or not. “It was the arrogance of it that really got to me,” he says, “they were all acting as though they could do exactly what they wanted to do regardless. Is that what my old neighborhood has come to, I asked myself. From a community where we all supported one another in every way possible, to the turf of a tough street gang that made people afraid to be even out on the street?” Just then someone from the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization was walking by and the rest is history. Gary not only joined the organization but served two terms as president. His most notable achievement was leading the effort to establish the Community Policing Center, which still is headquartered in MHNO’s building. He worked closely with Chief Mike Chitwood, the mayor, the city attorney, and other members of the organization to make sure that there was a firm police presence on the Hill, and eventually the streets were reclaimed. The neighborhood went from a place where elderly people peered warily out windows from behind a corner of their curtains to the pleasant and safe environment that Munjoy Hill provides today.

“When we were kids,” he says, “Munjoy Hill was a real neighborhood. There were kids running all around the place. The mothers never had to worry about any Neighborhood safety was Gary’s main concern, of of them because every mother was a mother to all of course, but he has been involved with many other us. You never knew who was going to be eating dinneighborhood improvement activities, including ner with you. Your mother would just yell to another beautification programs for the Eastern Prom and mother out the window to let ‘em know where their making sure that low income kids on the Hill get a kids were and that was it. More than likely one of us chance to go to summer camp and have something would be eating at some other house, so it was no under the tree at Christmas. “Safety and livability From Left to right: Barbara (Gagnon) Marcisso, Vincent Marcisso, Gary Marbig deal. You felt cared for and like you were part of cisso and Dominic Vincent Hussey held by Justina Marcisso-Hussey. Barbara is are my biggest concerns,” he says, “ but we have to something that would stay with you forever and, you Vincent’s wife/Gary’s stepmother; Vincent is Gary’s father/Justina’s grandfather/ realize that there’s a lot of hidden poverty around know what,” he adds with a soft smile and a gentleDominic’s great-grandfather; Gary is Vincent’s son/Justina’s Father/Dominic’s ness that belies his brawny build, “in spite of all the grandfather; Justina is Domnic’s mother; Dominic is 4th Generation “Munjoy Hill us and we all have to do what we can to help. That’s the way it’s always been on the Hill, and that’s the Kid.” Attending the annual Saint Peter’s Bazaar off India Street is a changes that have taken place in the neighborhood way it has to continue to be.” The use of the Adams long-standing family tradition . over the years, I still carry that old time feeling with School property is Gary’s biggest issue currently. me. Now and then I swear I can hear my mother call“People are tending not to pay attention to what’s happening ing for us kids to come in for the night, and for a moment I get from the one he grew up in? that same craving I had as a kid to stay out a little longer with “I don’t know,” he says, wrinkling his brow and struggling to there but it’s going to affect life on the Hill for generations to my friends, you know,” he says, smiling at a far-off memory, come up with a precise answer, “I know things are different, come and we’ve got to make sure that what’s done with the “then I have to remind myself that I’m a parent and a grand- but I also know what it’s like to be part of a close-knit neigh- property is best for the neighborhood.” The most often mentioned options for the use of the land include creating a park, borhood and I really feel that establishing a community center, providing housing and other there’s people behind those amenities for elderly neighborhood residents, and constructwalls who need the kind of ing living space for moderate to low income families. “There things being part of a real are good things to be said about each option,” Gary says, “ but community can bring them. whatever is done has to be done according to the standards Just because they weren’t born that we’ve come to expect on the Hill. If the housing for low here or didn’t go to school to moderate income families option is chosen, for instance, we here doesn’t mean we can’t be have to consider the effect of cluster housing on the neighborneighbors in the old sense. It hood. Do we really want to group people together according begins with safe streets and to income? Do we really want the visual sameness that cluster beautification projects ... you housing entails? And we’ve got to consider the various effects do what’s in front of you to do that each option will have on the availability of on-street parkand pretty soon someone will ing. These are real questions and I just want to make people be working beside you.” aware that whatever is decided will affect us all for a real long Work, by the way, is not some- time. I just want people to get involved and be a part of making thing that Gary is a stranger decisions concerning the place they’ve chosen to call home.” to. He worked for thirty-five Gary himself has certainly sunk his own roots even deeper years as a certified licensed into the neighborhood in recent years. Within the last ten union bricklayer out of Portyears or so he acquired three apartment buildings on the Hill land Local # 2, and was a projand takes his role as a landlord very seriously. “I have to make ect foreman for most of those sure that my buildings are well maintained, for sure,” he says, years, putting to good use his “but it’s more than that. It’s also making sure that the integrity four-year degree from SMVTI of the neighborhood is maintained. When you provide somein Project Architectural Deone with housing you have to make sure that they get more sign and Blueprint Reading. Your business is unique. 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Friends of Casco Bay “Hey, I found a charm from a charm bracelet!” I hold my find out to my partner, Ed, and he comes over to look. So far, all we have picked up is cigarette butts, fast food wrappers, and some stray ribbons from some bygone birthday picnic. We are volunteering on a Friends of Casco Bay cleanup of Back Cove.

Ed and I took turns holding the garbage bag and bending down to pick up bits of trash. After an hour, we returned with a surprisingly full bag to give them.

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We used some of the Purell they supplied, and left feeling like Good Samaritans. On the walk home, we both pointed out how much trash we noticed on the side of the roads that we previously wouldn’t have seen. In addition to Ed and me, there were representatives from Friends of Casco Bay, Portland Greendrinks, the Back

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Cove Neighborhood Association, and Allagash Brewing Company that August evening.

When we signed in with Peter, the coordinator, he gave the group of volunteers a spiel about where to pick up trash, what to do if we came across hazardous waste, and then the incentive.., “A little boy found a $20 bill out here last week!” He proceeded to equip us with gloves, trash bags, water and snacks, and sent us out.

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the state of Maine’s YardScaping program, BayScaping spreads a “grassroots” ethic for ecological landscaping, with the goal of reducing the amount of toxic pesticides and fertilizers used on lawns around the Bay. They meet with residents & business owners to offer Bay-friendly lawn care techniques. Casco Bay Curriculum: Helping local 4th-6th grade teachers incorporate locally-focused environmental education into their science curricula. Its innovative lessons & activities are helping teachers around the Bay inspire an ethic of stewardship in their students. Pumpout: The first of its kind in Maine, the Mobile Pumpout Program provides a safe, easy, and legal way for boaters to empty their holding tanks. Since launching the program in 1995, they have

helped keep more than 100,000 gallons of raw sewage out of the Bay. Everyone can volunteer with Friends of Casco Bay! The ongoing volunteer opportunities include: • Water sampling • Beach cleanups • Research projects • Oiled wildlife response training • Office assistance & data entry • Boat maintenance • Storm drain stenciling • Special events, including our annual environmental film festival. This year’s film festival will be on November 6th at USM. They also offer a limited number of unpaid internships to high school and college students; these internships involve a range of special projects.

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September 2010


September 2010: Bizarre & Unique Holidays MONTH: • Classical Music Month • Hispanic Heritage Month • Fall Hat Month • International Square Dancing Month • National Blueberry Popsicle Month • National Courtesy Month • National Piano Month • Chicken Month • Baby Safety Month • Little League Month • Honey Month • Self Improvement Month

• Better Breakfast Month Individual Days: 1 Emma M. Nutt Day, the first woman telephone operator 2 VJ Day - Surrender ceremony aboard the USS Missouri formally ends WWII 2 National Beheading Day 3 Skyscraper Day 4 Newspaper Carrier Day 5 Be Late for Something Day 5 Cheese Pizza Day 6 Fight Procrastination Day 6 Labor Day - first Monday of month

Crossword Across 1- Infatuated 5- Veronica of “Hill Street Blues” 10- Mountain range in central Europe 14- Belonging to us 15- Be gaga over 16- Libertine 17- Goddess and sister of Ares in Greek mythology 18- Of Thee ___ 19- Della’s creator 20- Small sword 22- Lizard 24- Blubber 25- Lock openers 26- Lie down face up 30- Component of organic fertilizer 35- Actor Vigoda 36- Actor Chaney 37- Aired again

38- Sour cherry 41- Highest 43- Moisten while cooking 44- Resistance unit 45- Broke bread 46- Bikini blast 47- Vagrant 50- Neuter 53- Impresario Hurok 54- Pasta 58- Squat 62- Trompe l’___; 63- Pong maker 66- Distribute, with “out” 67- Very, in Versailles; 68- Israeli desert 69- Airline to Tel Aviv 70- Conclusion 71- Hang; 72- Wonka’s creator; Down 1- Attendee

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Read a Book Day Neither Rain nor Snow Day International Literacy Day National Date Nut Bread Day or December 22!? 8 Pardon Day 9 Teddy Bear Day 10 Sewing Machine Day 10 Swap Ideas Day 11 Make Your Bed Day 11 No News is Good News Day 12 Chocolate Milk Shake Day 12 Grandparent’s Day - first Sunday after Labor Day 12 National Pet Memorial Day

2- Ambience 3- Clench 4- Birthplace of St. Francis 5-Cat’s stomach accumulation 6- Commercials 7- Miss Piggy’s query 8- Bert’s buddy 9- Having long gams 10- Calculus calculation 11-Bereft 12- Hungarian sheepdog 13- Bird feed 21- Eternity 23-Encroach 25- Understanding 26- Brazilian ballroom dance 27- German submarine 28- Intrinsically 29- Also 31- “Losing My Religion” band; 32- Bellowing 33- Flavor

34- Computer key 39- Aliens, for short; 40- Release 41- Howe’er 42- Omitting 44- Advanced in years 48-Small child 49- Dodged 51- Gnu cousin 52- Unit of volume 54-Campus mil. group 55- Dynamic beginning 56- Competed 57- Ingrid’s “Casablanca” role 59- Gaucho’s weapon 60- Boring, so to speak 61-Shout 64- Turkish title 65- Agent;


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-second Sunday in September 13 Defy Superstition Day 13 Fortune Cookie Day 13 National Peanut Day 13 Positive Thinking Day 13 Uncle Sam Day - his image was first used in 1813 14 National Cream-Filled Donut Day 15 Make a Hat Day 15 Felt Hat Day - On this day, men traditionally put away their felt hats. 16 Collect Rocks Day 16 Step Family Day

16 Mayflower Day 16 Mexican Independence Day 16 National Play Doh Day 16 Working Parents Day 17 National Apple Dumpling Day 17 Citizenship Day 17 Constitution Day 17 POW/MIA Recognition Day Third Friday of September 18 National Cheeseburger Day 18 Oktoberfest, begins, date varies 19 International Talk Like A Pirate Day


East End Business Focus

Portland Pottery By Kristin Rapinac

Kim DiPietro straddles the potter’s wheel, her hands cupping the lump of spinning clay. Teacher Chris Peck shows her how to adjust the speed of the wheel with the foot pedal, brace her arms on her legs, and lightly pinch the clay between her thumb and finger. Slowly, with Peck’s guidance, she coaxes the damp earthen hunk into the shape of a bowl. DiPietro, of Portland, is one of more than 100 students taking classes at Portland Pottery, located at 118 Washington Ave. on Portland’s East End. Lisa Bonarrigo runs the studio, shadowed by Stella, a not-so-shy Old English Sheepdog, while husband Chris Bruni oversees the supply store and warehouse. A graduate of the New York School of Ceramics, Bonarrigo came to Portland 20 years ago and opened a small pottery studio on Washington Avenue. The studio soon outgrew its space, so she moved next door, where she and Bruni also launched a shop. Portland Pottery is now one of the largest studios and ceramic supply stores in the area.

with a sharp tool. For Sprague, who has been coming to the studio for three years, there’s something sacred about making a vessel. “It’s significant,” she says. A quote from famed ceramic artist Daniel Rhodes, framed on the wall near the studio’s entrance, sums up Sprague’s feelings: “There is in pottery a connection to the earliest traditions of civilization and culture, and pottery symbolizes in a particularly direct way some of the most fundamental of human activities.” Indeed, pottery has been around for at least 10,000 years, when neolothic farmers first fired clay containers to carry water to their crops. Later, the Greeks fashioned

“What’s the most amazing thing is how it grew so much bigger and better than I ever imagined,” Bonarrigo says, chatting on a hall bench, Stella the sheepdog sprawled at her feet. Back in the studio, potters of all levels work on their projects, “throwing” clay on the wheel, attaching handles, etching patterns or applying colorful glazes. Clay cups, bowls, plates, vases and small sculptures line the shelves, waiting for the next step in the pottery process. In a back room, glazed ceramic pieces bake at 2,300 degrees in one of the custom-built brick kilns. Ruth Fernandez of Kennebunkport, who has been taking classes at Portland Pottery for seven years, keeps coming back for the quality of the teachers as well as the ambiance. “It is so much fun to see what other people are doing,” she says, as she squeezes the lip of a small clay pitcher to form a spout. “It’s inspirational.” Next to her, Betty Sprague of York trims the bottom of a clay bowl

Aspiring potters don’t need to be artistically inclined, Bonarrigo says. It’s more important to focus on technique – and practice, practice, practice. A little patience doesn’t hurt, either. “It takes years to be a master potter,” she says. One of Bonarrigo’s original goals was to make the art of pottery more appreciated by the public. “I felt people didn’t understand what clay was about – all the time, effort, practice, skill, vision and creativity that goes into it,” she says. Portland Pottery’s gallery displays ceramic pieces made by students, teachers and artists alike, most of them available for sale. The studio also hosts workshops with professional potters, shows, birthday parties, group events and fundraisers. Metalsmithing classes, where students learn how to create custom jewelry, are also offered.

Pottery instructor Chris Peck at the wheel.

ceramic vases into one of the first ancient art forms. Eventually, potter’s wheels, first turned by hand and later with a kickwheel, were invented. Portland Pottery clay classes are tailored for all levels, from beginners to skilled potters, and for children as well as adults. Students learn about the different types of clay, wheel-throwing techniques, hand building, decoration, glazing and firing. Class fees, which vary depending on the length of the session, include one three-hour class per week and 50 pounds of clay. Students can also arrange

If you’re interested in trying your hand at pottery, two 12-week beginners’ classes start Sept. 9. Additional clay and metalsmithing classes begin in October. Mark your calendar for the Portland Pottery Annual Holiday Show and Sale, which runs from Dec. 1012. The studio will be open daily throughout the holiday season. Portland Pottery, 118 Washington Ave. Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9-5; Wednesday 8-7; Saturday 9-1; closed Sunday. (207) 772-3273


Women Veterans, from front page any branch of the armed services both in peacetime and in wartime may be eligible for the silver commemorative coin. No known Maine veterans remain from World War I, but many Maine women served in the World War II special forces such as the WAVES (Navy), WACS (Army) SPARS (Coast Guard) and WASPS (Air Force). Thousands more have served and serve in armed services such as the Maine National Guard in the years since. “Many are now approaching their eighties, or older, and the current generation is in their debt. It is time for the younger generation to honor the older, while all are still living to share the moment,” said Adams.

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As a first step, Rep. Adams has contacted veteran’s posts across Cumberland County, asking them to share the names of current post members who are women veterans. The first post to respond was Harold T. Andrews American Legion Post #17 of Portland, named for the first Mainer to die in World War One. “Its symbolic, one of the oldest veteran’s posts helping with the

newest honor,” said Adams. “We hope families and neighbors will add to the list too as the news spreads. Maine, after all, is one big small town.” The plaque will be cast by sculptor Gary Cooper of Fayette. It depicts four Maine women veterans across four centuries, from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War II, and Maine Army National Guard in Afghanistan. Two of the veterans are still living - Patricia A. Erickson, a WASP (Women’s Air Force Service Pilot) in WW II , and E4 Tech Engineer Annette Bachman, of the Maine Army National Guard 240th Engineer Group, in Afghanistan -- and organizers hope both will be present at the dedication. To add names and addresses of living Maine women veterans, to the list, please contact State Rep. Herb Adams at 772-2565. For questions or contributions toward the plaque project, please contact State Rep. Linda Valentino, Chair of the Fundraising Committee, at 2050077 or lmvalentino54@yahoo. com or Peter Ogden at the Bureau of Veteran’s Services at 626-4464.

Hour Exchange Portland and the City of Portland mobilize for 9/11 Day of Service Hour Exchange Portland is organizing a beautification/clean-up effort of Deering Oaks Park in partnership with the City of Portland as part of the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. Anyone who wishes can participate by meeting at the Deering Oaks Park bandstand at 1:30pm on September 11th for an afternoon of remembrance and joyful service. In April 2009, President Obama signed legislation establishing September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. The hope is that citizens will pledge to do just one good deed during the week of 9/11. In this way, we honor those who so tragically passed while reaffirming our shared lives as a community. (Visit for more information about events nationwide.) “Collectively investing in programs, organizations, and public spaces that make Portland a better place to live is vital; it’s important to serve because it reminds us of our unity. At Hour Exchange Portland, we’ve been answering the call to service every day for the past 14 years as a network of neighbors exchanging one good deed for another,” says Marena Blanchard, former Americorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) with Hour Exchange Portland who organized the first 9/11 Day of Service Deering Oaks Park Beautification event last year. Hour Exchange Portland is a community service exchange where everyone’s time and talents are valued equally. Members utilize the skills and talents they choose to share in exchange for services they want or need in return. These exchanges enhance the lives of members by building new relationships and strengthening community. “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.” - Martin Luther King Jr. WHO: Hour Exchange Portland and the City of Portland WHERE: Deering Oaks Park bandstand in Portland, Maine WHAT: Park Beautification/Clean-Up and Remembrance Ceremony WHEN: September 11, 2010, 1:30 - 4pm. MHNO is a proud member of Portland BuyLocal


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Throughout Sep tember SOCCER PICK-UP GAMES. Interested in playing SOCCER in the East End? We are organizing pick-up games a few times a week. No fancy leagues, no super-competitive play - just getting together to have fun, keep in shape, and celebrate the wonderful sport of soccer! All ages/ skill levels welcome!!! Contact Andrew for more info - 670-8041 or drewleadley@gmail. com Classes at Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo Street, mayostreetarts. org —Tango, Belly Dancing, Kids Yoga, Juggling, Zumba and Pilates. Learn about available Artist Studios, theater, poetry, music and more. Contact email: Blainor McGough, Director, director@mayostreetarts. org, 615-3609, or info@mayostreetarts. org Tuesdays 7 pm. Poetry Readings— Port Veritas Spoken Word Night! at The North Star Music Café. Spirits Alive TOURS of Eastern Cemetery—Sundays 1:30 pm. This tour will take you through the 6-acre site while a guide explains the history of the grounds, those buried within, the types of stones and an overview of how the site fits into the history of Portland. Email RSVP to reserve your space! • Meet at the Congress Street gate at 1:15 pm • Tickets are $7, students and elders (62 and up) $4, children under 12 are free (please have correct change or use a check) • Tours last about 1 to 1.5 hours • Wear appropriate layers — the wind is always a bit stronger on the hill! The terrain is uneven. There is very little protection from the sun. • Tours may be canceled because of rain. Call 207-318-2982 and check the voice message in case of iffy weather. • All funds raised go to Spirits Alive to maintain the Eastern Cemetery STONE TRANSCRIPTION—Saturdays, East End Cemetary, 8 am – noon. Now in its 3rd year, the stone transcription project will continue in the back of the cemetery. Everyone who wants to participate will receive training on how to best read inscriptions on eroded stones, how to fill out the information on forms, and how to reset loose stones for stability only. It’s fun and we need lots of help! Spirits Alive, www. spiritsalive. org/ (thru Sept)

RARELY-SEEN WORKS BY WINSLOW HOMER — AT THE PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART: Winslow Homer and the Poetics of Place, through Sept. 6 Greenlight Studios: classes & play space, cafe, eco-friendly, for kids & adults. Open 7 days a week throughout the summer. ; located In Portland’s Back Cove, 49 Dartmouth Street, Portland Maine. info@greenlight-studio. com, 899-1900. www. greenlight-studio. com/ Portland trails Discovery Treks- Fridays in August, see trails. org/events. html for locations and times. Guided Kayak Tours with L. L. Bean 9 a. m. - 1 p. m. Wednesday, September 1 through Sunday, September 26 Our experienced guides will share their knowledge of the plants, wildlife, and local history of Casco Bay. Tours are available daily beginning June 26 - Sept. 6; and on weekends Sept. 11-12, 18-19, 25-26. Advanced registration is required by calling 1-888-llbean1. Group pricing and discounts are also available. For more details, visit llbean. com/adventures. , L. L. Bean Paddling Center, Freeport. Phone: 1-888-llbean1. Cost: $ 59 WINTER CACHE Schedule of the Work Party Sundays @ Farm Call ahead to join in carpool. http://sites. google. com/site/wintercacheproject, (888)-45-ROOTS Preserving The Harvest – Hands-On Food Preservation Workshops: see http://extension. umaine. edu/food-health/food-preservation/hands-on-workshops/ Twilight Dinners at Turkey Hill Farm Alternate Thursdays throughout the growing season. These fundraisers are a fun and delicious way to eat locally and seasonally while supporting Cultivating Community’s mission. Join us for

casual 3-course dinners in the orchard at Turkey Hill Farm! The meals will be prepared by a series of southern Maine’s culinary celebrities. BYOB. Tickets are $25 and can only be purchased on-line. Click here to purchase tickets and pick a date for dinner from the following options. 2010 Schedule of Twilight Dinners: Thursday, September 2nd Thursday, September 16th www. cultivatingcommunity. org/eatour-produce/twilight-dinners-events. html .

Fri, Sept 3 Art Opening: “At Frank’s Place” drawings and paintings by Martha Brianna and Frank Pierobello. Free. 5-8 pm. , . Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St. Portland, www. mayostreetarts. org Phantom Buffalo, Run-On Sentence, The Hairdresser’s Husband $8. 8:30 pm. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St. Portland, www. mayostreetarts. org

Fri, Sept 3 First Friday Artwalk, 5-8 pm.

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94 Washington Avenue—www. therootcellar. org— 774-3197. Mondays in the Park—with the Kids— Mondays 3 pm-5 pm (April-October)— Bring the whole family and join us in the park for food and fun. Dental Clinic—A team of volunteer dentists and hygienists serve in our fully equipped dental office. Due to the high demand, call to schedule an appointment. Ladies Breakfast—Wednesdays 9:30am-11am (September – June)— A great time for ladies to come together and share experiences, support one another and to receive spiritual uplifting. A free breakfast is prepared and served by volunteers. Each week there is a special speaker, prayer time, music, or special event. Adult Free Medical Clinic—Thursdays 9am-12 pm (by appointment) A volunteer medical doctor and nurse are here each week to see scheduled patients for a variety of medical needs. The clinic is authorized to write prescriptions and offer referrals. They are affiliated with Mercy Hospital.

Mind-bending with the Mundane, Sept 1 - Oct 17th Exhibition which examines the question of marriage equality. Three independent artists present the mundane realities of private lives for public examination. www. meca. edu

Fri, Sept 3 — Sun, Sept 5 Camden Windjammer Festival & Windjammer Weekend, Including music, performances, nautical events, demonstrations and crafts . , Camden Harbor, Camden, www. camdenwindjammerfestival. com

LOW COST Pet Vaccination Clinics Vaccinations given by Luv My Pet. Bring your pet’s prior vaccination records if possible. Saturday, September 4 9 a. m. - 10 p. m. The Kennel Shop, Lewiston, ME, 20 East Ave Lewiston 1 p. m. - 2 p. m. The Kennel Shop, No. Windham, ME, 770 Roosevelt Trail No. Windham

Ladies Bible Class­—Thursdays 10am11am—A time of Bible study and fellowship for women.

4 p. m. - 5 p. m. The Kennel Shop, Northgate Shopping Center, 91 Auburn Street Portland

Clothing Distribution—Thursdays 10:30am–11:30am—Donated children’s and adults clothing, as well as household items, are available for your choosing.

10 a. m. - 11 a. m. The Kennel Shop, Scarborough, ME

Sunday, September 5.

Pediatric Clinic—Thursdays 5:30 pm–7 pm—A volunteer medical doctor and nurses come in each week to see scheduled patients for a variety of medical needs including a child wellness clinic. This clinic is for children with no insurance or with only catastrophic insurance. The clinic can provide necessary vaccines for your child. They are associated with Mercy Hospital. True Tales Tours led by Harlan Baker: This walking tour is “the Portland you may not know about” as Baker

1 p. m. - 2 p. m. The Kennel Shop, Saco, ME 4 p. m. - 5 p. m. The Kennel Shop, Sanford, ME

Sat, Sept 4 Animal Welfare Society Mobile Adoption, 11am-1pm, Pet Quarters, 45 Wells PLaza, Suite 5 Wells Phone: 985-3244 or 641-0620 Huge Fundraiser Yard Sale, 9a-3p, Casa Inc. is a nonprofit home in Scarborough for individuals with special needs. There will be baked goods for sale as well. So,

LIST your East End events HERE—send your listings to provides a colorful—and many times first-hand—knowledge of the characters and buildings of Portland’s past. Tours leave from Monument Square ThursdaySaturday at 4 p. m. harlanbaker. com

Looking for Places to Play?

Bob Marley at Stone MountainLive, 7:30 p. m. $75 dinner/show or $45 show only, Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road Brownfield, www. stonemountainartscenter. com

Dozens of Places to Play featured in FREE CITY MAP, Maps are available for free at the city’s community centers, City Hall, and Portland Public Libraries. Contact healthyportland@portlandmaine. gov, 756-8021, online at http:// www. portlandmaine. gov/hhs/placestoplay. pdf.

sun, Sept 5

Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine – various programs, 142 Free St. Portland, 828-1234 Cost: Free with admission Tate House Museum Garden tours / Cellar to Attic etc. , various dates and times, www. tatehouse. org, 774-6177

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please come support us and buy some great items! If you would like to donate items or have questions please contact Tracie Hanna at 883-6333. , Casa Inc. Scarborough, Rt 114, 148 Gorham Rd Scarborough, 883-6333, Cost: make offers, pay what you can

Cape Elizabeth Fire Department Engine One—Labor Day Art Show (with Crafts), 10 a. m. to 4 p. m. Fort Williams Park, Cape Elizabeth, www. capeelizabeth. com “First Church of Wine” Portland’s own world-class wine aficionado Layne Witherell discusses wine and its history in the church. Free. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St. Portland, www. mayostreetarts. org

Black Cat Cabaret $5-10 8 pm. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St. Portland, www. mayostreetarts. org

Fri, Sept 10 — Sun, Sept 12 Eastport Pirate Festival, Ball, parade, lobster boat race, pirate invasion, bed race, music and other entertainment and more. , various locations, Eastport, www. eastportpiratefestival. com *most activities are free

—City Meetings of Interest— District 1 CDBG Meeting: Wed, Sept 15 at the Merrill Rehearsal Hall, 20 Myrtle St (behind City Hall) These meetings are to discuss what resources are available to you and your neighborhood thru Block Grants and the HOME Program and Lead Hazard Program. District 2 mtg is Thurs 9/9 at Parkside Neighborhood Ctr, 85 Grant St. District 3 mtg is Wed 9/22 at West School, 57 Douglass St.

Sat, Sept 11 9/11 Day of Service—Park Beautification/Clean-Up and Remembrance Ceremony at Deering Oaks Park bandstand, 1:30 - 4pm sponsored by the Hour Exchange Portland and the City of Portland; email Orion@HourExchangePortland. org or call 874-9868 ext. 206 National Pet Adoption Weekend; There are many adoptable cats and kittens who can be adopted at the Adoption Center. Adoption Hours: Fridays: 9am-12pm, Saturdays: 12-5pm, and Sundays: 12-5pm. . , PetSmart, Route 111 Biddeford, 283-6546 Animal Welfare Society Mobile Adoption, 11am-1pm, The Kennel Shop, Mill Creek Shopping Plaza, 50 Market St, So. Portland, ME 799-7282. Electronic Beats Cruises on Casco Bay, 12 noon: Music cruise with local DJs followed by after party; benefits WMPG (90. 9 and 104. 1 FM). , Casablanca Cruises, Custom House Wharf Portland, www. wmpg. org, Cost: $20 KAT Walk, 12 noon (registration), 1 p. m. (walk), In honor of Kimberly Ann Tudor; benefits the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. , Back Cove, Preble Street Ext. Portland, www. kat-walk. org Second Saturday Jazz with Les Sorciers Perdu (The Lost Wizards). Members include Ben Noyes on cello, Kelly Muse on piano, Chris Sprague on bass and Gary Gemmiti on drums. The Mark Tipton Jazztête consists of talented jazz musicians from New England and beyond as an open-ended workshop consortium of artists. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St. Portland, www. mayostreetarts. org Walk for Recovery, 12:30 pm, Catholic Charities Maine Counseling Services is organizing the first annual Walk for Recovery in celebration of National Alcohol and Drug Recovery Month. Please walk with us on September 11th, Saturday, starting at Catholic Charities Maine Counseling Services, 250 Anderson Street, Portland. Registration will begin at 12:30 pm and walk around the waterfront by the East End Beach to the Maine State Pier (3. 2 mile round trip). For more info or to volunteer or to donate to this event please contact Kristen Wells at (207) 3217806 or kwells@ccmaine. org , Catholic Charities Maine Counseling Services, 250 Anderson Street Portland Cost: Suggested $10 donation

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Sat, Sept 11— Sun, Sept 12

Old York Antiques Show 2010, York, Maine, 10 AM - 5 PM, Boutique show featuring Intermediate Sudoku Puzzles by KrazyDad, approximately twenty dealers highlighting exceptional silver and brass, furniture, Sudoku #1 Sudoku #2 paintings, ceramics, jewelry, Weds, Sept 8 oriental rugs, nautical items, 9 6 7 1 5 8 3 4 2 6 2 1 3 5 7 4 8 9 “Midsummer Merriment,” 6 p. m. textiles, folk art and decoraDinner theater 2 performances 3 4 6 of 7scenes 9 1 tive 8 art.5Free Parking. Take 4 5 7 9 8 6 1 2 3 from Shakespeare’s works presented by Exit 7 off Rte 95. From the 5 1 Naked 8 Shakespeare 9 6Rd, proceed South 9 8 3 4 1 2 6 7 5 2 4 3 7 access Acorn Productions’ ensemble . , Inn on Peaks, Peaks Island, on Rte 1 to first traffic light. 1 7 6 org, 8 Cost: 9 $10 5 4 Turn 2 LEFT 3 on to York Street 3 1 4 8 7 5 2 9 6 www. nakedshakespeare. $5 for age 12 and younger and proceed one mile. . , 2 7 8 1 6 9 5 3 4 8 4 9 3 2 1 5 6 7 Museums of Old York, 207 Fri, Sept3 105 2 4 6 7 9 York 8 York, 363-4974, 5 6 9 2 3 4 8 1 7 1 Street, Cost: $10. 00 Alan Jackson performs, 7:30 p. m. 1 3 6 5 9 8 7 4 2 6 910,3Waterfront 5 8 Park, 4 2 7 1 Friday, September United Maine Craftsmen’s Front Street 7 Bangor, www. thecolisee. Fall Arts & 8 5 9 1 2 6 Crafts, 3 Festival 410am of 8 4 5 7 2 3 9 6 1 com, Cost: $29. 50 $79. 50, Category: - 4pm, A show Country Music 4 2 1 7 3 6 8 and 5 sale9 of unique hand7 9 2 6 4 1 3 5 8


World War II veterans honored in ceremony — All are welcome. Commemoration service at 10:30 a. m. Fort Allen Park on the Eastern Promenade at the main mast of the WWII ship the USS Portland, in memory of the 65th anniversary of the End of World War II. (See details on page 8) Salsa and tomato freezing technique with Katie; 5-8p, at PROP Parkside Community Center, corner of Grant and Mellen St. Portland, Winter Cache Project— wintercache@riseup. net

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crafted products made by 100 Maine Artisans, on the grounds of Smiling Hill Farm. Ample Free Parking, Food Vendors, Rain or Shine. FMI: 207-621-2818 or www. unitedmainecraftsmen. com, Smiling Hill Farm, 781 County Road (Rte 22) Westbrook, ME, 621-2818, $ 2. 00

sun, Sept 12 Komen Maine Race for the Cure, 7:30 a. m. (registration), 10 a. m. (race start) ; Survivor Ceremony, Group Warm-up, 5K Run/Walk Start, 1K Fun Race/Walk Start www. komenmaine. org . , Back Cove Trail Payson Park Portland,Maine, 125 Presumpscot Street Portland, Cost: $10, $25

Tues, Sept 14 “Jimmy Higgins” one man show by Harlan Baker about the legendary labor and socialist activist. 7:30 pm, Two nights only(9/14, 9/15) Old Port Playhouse 19 Temple St. Portland, tickets $10 call 773-0333

Weds, Sept 15 Maine Songwriters Association Showcase

7PM $5, www. stlawrencearts. org, 7751248, The Maine Songwriter’s Association presents its third benefit showcase at the St. Lawrence Arts Center! This time around the benefit performance will feature acts by a handful of eclectic performers that meld intuitive inspiration with a longstanding commitment to New England’s various music communities. Here’s the lineup: - Multi-instrumentalist and choir star Kyla Morse - The versatile and expansive musical talents of Heather Pierson - Award winning songwriter and author Jeff Moxcey

- 100% acoustic string band The Mutineers! “Jimmy Higgins” one man show by Harlan Baker about the legendary labor and socialist activist. 7:30 pm, Two nights only(9/14, 9/15) Old Port Playhouse 19 Temple St. Portland, tickets $10 call 773-0333 Habitat for Humanity/7 Rivers Maine Builds for the Birds - Birdhouse Auction & Gala; 5:30-7:30 pm. Habitat Builds for the Birds, a birdhouse auction and gala event to take place on September 15 at the Winter Street Center in Bath. This unique fundraiser will feature live and silent auctions of custom-built birdhouses constructed by local artists, craftspeople, and carpenters as well as several dozen pre-fabricated birdhouses decorated by local youth. To purchase tickets ahead of time, please contact James Goldring at 386-5081 or james@habitat7rivers. org or stop by Habitat’s ReStore at 108 Centre Street, Bath. Credit cards accepted. , The Winter Street Center, 880 Winter Street Bath, 386-5081. Cost: 10 15 $10 each or 2 for 15 in advance, $15 at the door

Fri, Sept 17 South China, Selbyville, Jakob Battick & Mark Dennis $8 8:30 pm. Mayo St. Portland, www. mayostreetarts. org

Sat, Sept 18 “John Haberle: Master of Illusion” Performances run Saturday, September 18 through December 2010, Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square Portland, 775-6148, Cost: $4 $10 free under age 6 Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble with featured Bellydancers. 8 pm $10. Mayo St. Portland, www. mayostreetarts. org

METRO Offers Ticket to Ride Discounted Fares Available to K-12 Students for 2010/2011 School Year. Greater Portland Transit District METRO will offer discounted fares during the 2010/2011 school year for students attending Portland, Westbrook and Falmouth schools. METRO is also providing FREE rides to college students from August 23 through September 30. For updated fare information, holiday schedules, visit or call 774-0351.

The Schoolhouse on Munjoy Hill Upcoming Neighborhood Arts Classes—Beginning September 20, 2010 Yoga Incorporating music, games, stories, poses, and imaginative play. Yoga builds body strength, creativity, teamwork, and self-confidence. Wednesdays and Fridays 10am-11am Ages 2-4 (with caregiver) Wednesdays 2:30-3:30 (early release) Ages 7-10 Fridays 3:30-4:30 Ages 4-6 Instructor: Carrie Morris - Kids Heart Yoga Mixed Media Sculpture Defining and then creating sculpture out of found, recycled, and natural materials. Thursdays for Homeschoolers 1-2pm Ages 5 and up Thursdays for Afterschoolers 3:30-4:30 Ages 5-8 Materials fee: 12. Instructor: Leah Cross Tales Alive I and II Each class will begin with a classic folk or fairy tale and then young actors will give it life, through costumes, props, emotions, movement, and dialogue. Mondays 3:30-4:30 Ages 4-6 I Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 Ages 6-9 II (and for those who have attended Tales Alive I) Tales Alive II stories are a bit more complex with more character development. Instructor: Erica Thompson Preschool Potpourri (aka “Tapas”) ~ for Caregiver and child A little taste of preschool without the separation anxiety! For children who are ready for more...a chance to sample some structure with peers. Spend an appetizing hour filled with song, sign, stories, movement, and art activities. Themes are nature and literature-based and are geared to a preschoolers taste. Tuesdays 10-11am Ages 3-5 Instructor: Erica Thompson

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If you see a crime happening or see/hear anything suspicious in your neighborhood, please call the police! Clip and save these numbers:

1) 756-8135 -Daytimes: Janine Kaserman with Community Policing

sun, Sept 19

2) 650-8770 cell -11 am thru the night- Senior Lead Officer Gayle Petty on patrol

Eastern Cemetery Tour – last tour scheduled 1:30pm - 3 pm Sunday, September 19. All funds raised go to Spirits Alive to maintain the Eastern Cemetery . , Eastern Cemetery, corner of Congress and Mountfort Streets Portland

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Cost: $7 adults, $4 seniors + children 12 and over

Better Breathing Buddies meeting, 2 - 3:30 P. M. , at Bayview Heights, 158 North St. , Munjoy Hill. BBB Meetings are now being held every third Tuesday of the month. September’s meeting will feature Deborah Fischer, R. N. - C. A. E. , from Gentiva Home Health Care. She will speak on Medication, and Exercise. An open discussion will follow the speakers. These meetings are of special interest to people with C. O. P. D. , asthma, etc. , but everyone is heartily welcome! Parking is on-street. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please e-mail Lissa Sellew, Resident Service Co-ordinator, at lissasellew@ voanne. org - or call 772-9744.

874-8575/-8574 -Dispatch- non-emergency



cat-dragon). Special guests The Aquabats, will join the party on stage for the Super Music Friends Show and rapper Biz Markie will teach kids how to beat box with Biz’s Beat of the Day. , Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St. Portland LIT. 8 pm $5-10. Mayo St. Portland, www. mayostreetarts. org

Sat, Sept 25 Arborea, Ember Schrag, and Jeff Platz String Trio with percussion featuring Junko Simons $10. Mayo St. Portland, www. mayostreetarts. org Wake up and Come Back to Reality, 7pm, $10 at door www. stlawrencearts. org, 347-3075 World renowned spiritual teacher, Dave Oshana will be holding an introductory seminar here at the St. Lawrence presenting his own Enlightenment Transmission work. Seeking spiritual enlightenment all his life, Oshana eventually found it in June 2000 and since has been fully committed in helping others awaken to their own enlightenment, raising awareness of the consciousness within as well as working to raise ones energy and sense

of purpose. Oshana’s teaching approach is practical, directed and immediately effective. For more information on Dave Oshana please visit his website at www. daveoshana. com. Tickets for this event will be available at our box office the evening of the event.

sun, Sept 26 Secret Lives of Comedians, 7:30pm, $10, at the new. . . Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Boulevard, 899-3993, www. LucidStage. com

Weds, Sept 29 Liza Minnelli in concert; 7:30 p. m. , Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St. Portland, www. porttix. com

Thurs, Sept 30 Reading Matters to Maine, speaker Anthony Pedriana, author of Leaving Johnny Behind: Overcoming Barriers to Literacy and Reclaiming At-Risk Readers, 7 pm, USM Wishcamper Center, Room 113, more info online at readingmatterstomaine. com

Weds, Sept 22 Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, 7:30 p. m. St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St. Portland, www. stlawrencearts. org Cost: $35 $75 Transfusions Tour - Transgendered performance artists. music, theater, & puppetry. With M. C. Emerson Whitney 8 pm $10. Mayo St. Portland, www. mayostreetarts. org

Fri, Sept 24 Sheryl Crow with Brandi Carlile; 8 p. m. Cumberland County Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Square Portland, 775-3458 Yo Gabba Gabba! Live : There’s A Party In My City! 11am and 5pm. The live U. S. touring show for the hit children’s program Yo Gabba Gabba! features DJ Lance Rock, and everyone’s favorite cast of characters- Brobee (the little green one), Foofa (the pink flower bubble), Muno (the red Cyclops), Plex (the magic robot), and Toodee (the blue


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Play Production An opportunity for young actors to experience process and product! Participants will learn about all the elements of a little theatre production, to be performed in our Once Upon A Time Playhouse. Weekday - TBA 3:30-5pm Ages 5-12 Director/Instructor: Erica Thompson

Please send your final work by 15th of prior month—or sooner!— to

All classes run for twelve weeks for $120. Tuition payments should be made on or before the first class day.

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Randall Williams, www. whereisrandall. com. Peaks Island: A Series celebrating Contemporary and Original Music, 5th Maine Museum, Seashore Ave. 7. 30pm10pm $10 at the door, $5 seniors. BYOB info. Phil Daligan 207 766 4421 pdaligan@maine. rr. com

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Sep 2010 - Munjoy Hill Observer  

Sep 2010 - Munjoy Hill Observer

Sep 2010 - Munjoy Hill Observer  

Sep 2010 - Munjoy Hill Observer