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FREE Published by the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization Vol. 31, No. 2 • April/May 2011
The Abyssinian Meeting House Puts on a
Fresh New Face By Jeanne Bull
Photo by Lisa Peñalver
There have been some dramatic changes on Newbury Street recently. If you haven’t been over to the site at 75 Newbury Street lately, I suggest you stroll or drive by to check out the Abyssinian Meeting House. The front of the building has finally emerged from its winter covering of tarps and scaffolding to reveal a beautiful restoration of the original 19th century faÇade. As one of the few survivors of pre-1866 architecture on the East End, Meeting House stands proudly once more, overlooking Casco Bay.
Trees blossom along Congress Street on Munjoy Hill in this photo from May 2010. The Portland Observatory is visible through the branches.
Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Great Portland Bike Swap Sunday, April 10, from 10a-2p. Best place to find affordable, used bicycles and/or to sell the bikes/ gear that you no longer need. See page 13. Walton Street Traffic Alert: throughout April: One-way alternating traffic during road repairs. See page 3. Japan relief effort At left, Casco Bay High School Student Creates Logowear for Earthquake Relief. In March, Yuki Hall, a senior, designed this graphic and is using proceeds from sales of "logowear" to help fund relief efforts for earthquake victims in Japan. See page 11 for more. 19th Annual April Stools Day: Saturday, April 9 from 9-11 am, Eastern Prom Cleanup: Dog owners will unite to help clean up a winter's worth of un-scooped poop and prepare the Prom for spring. See page 9.
See page 10, Abyssinian Meeting House
Adams School Development Public Meeting set: April 26
Avesta will hold the next neighborhood meeting at 6 pm, Tuesday April 26th, at the Shailer School Community Room, 56 North Street. At this meeting Avesta’s development team will present an update on the project, solicit public comment, and answer questions. For more info, call Ethan Boxer-Macomber, Senior Development Officer, Avesta Housing, 553-7780 x284, EBoxer-Macomber@avestahousing.org
MHNO Quarterly Meeting Wednesday, April 27, 2011 6-8 pm, @ East End Community School
Observer Q & A with Avesta Housing's Ethan Boxer- Macomber
Observer: We've heard that demolition of the Adams School Building had been scheduled for some time in March, but the dates seem to have been pushed back. Can you say when that may happen? How can we find
Wed. June 15 (see page 3 for details) MHNO 2011 Annual Meeting
Coming up on
continued on page 6, Adams School
Word Travels about Munjoy Hill
Photo by Juan Peñalver,
The land was originally owned in the 1820s by Mr. Rueben Ruby, a prominent citizen and member of the newly formed Abyssinian community. The Meeting House structure itself was completed around 1830, built right over a spring of “pure water,” as described by early English settlers Cleeve and Tucker in 1632. The decision to build over a spring is an interesting choice that has created moisture issues to this day, but the results of the latest archeological dig indicate this water was piped out, stored, and sold by Mr. Ruby to the railroad and even the city of Portland! This water source was also instrumental in saving the building as the conflagration of July 4th 1866 raged all around it. As a matter of fact, it was Rueben Ruby’s grandson, William W. Ruby, who gave the first alarm for the fire when it started on Commercial Street. He is also credited with saving the meeting house by keeping wet blankets on
Above, stationed in Bagdad, Iraq, Dominick DiBella, US Navy, is seen reading the Munjoy Hill Observer in front of the "Crossed Swords" monument in January 2011 (with temps in the 80˚s).
MUNJOY HILL OBSERVER
At the Helm
MHNO President, Christina Feller
...of a Whole New World The Munjoy Hill Observer is published
by the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization (MHNO) at 92 Congress Street Portland, Maine 04101 Editor Lisa Peñalver
firstname.lastname@example.org (207) 766-5077 munjoyhill.org/observer/ Observer Committee Katie Brown, Andrea Myhaver, Alison Nason, Kristin Rapinac, Turner Kruysman, advertising Turner Kruysman email@example.com 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 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 Board 2010–11
A month or two ago, no one could have predicted the tumultuous events in North Africa. Or the current budget debates in our own Legislature. Change is always at hand. Even on our streets, in our own neighborhoods. Some residents, I understand, feel that not enough time and effort was made to outreach to the community for input before posting a one-way sign half way up Walnut Street. I also understand that District 1 City Councilor Kevin Donohue has offered to revisit the issue in the coming months. Look for an announcement in this newspaper. Our streets are littered with the debris of winter—it's that time of year again. Please help keep the neighborhood clean. Some residents have commented on the trash and the dog feces. Please pick up after your dog(s) and ensure a safe and walkable neighborhood. Thank you.
A Prayer in Spring
Christina Feller, President firstname.lastname@example.org...... 773-4336 Kristin Rapinac, Vice President . .................... email@example.com Delores Lanai, Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org......... 773-9235
I do want to thank everyone who enjoys our garden at 92 Congress Street. We created the garden for our neighbors to enjoy a respite, an enjoyable and refreshing spot to sit, eat, and talk. But not smoke. We are noticing an increase in smoking in the garden and butts are scattered everywhere. Help us keep a clean en-
We have had a large outpouring of inquiries related to MunjFest. We are not hosting MunjFest this year in the summer. We are considering a smaller event in the Fall. Our fundraising campaign “We Love Munjoy Hill” is in full swing. Your contributions are fully tax-deductible and greatly appreciated. We also love our Hill House and we are considering a range of opportunities to have it used more often by a wider group of people. If you have thoughts about its use, please contact us at email@example.com. And again, our deepest thanks to Crandall Toothaker for repairing and rebuilding the side of the building.
Have a great spring everyone!
From the Editor, Lisa Peñalver
A Boy's Will, 1913
OH, give us pleasure in the flowers today; And give us not to think so far away As the uncertain harvest; keep us here All simply in the springing of the year. Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white, Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night; And make us happy in the happy bees, The swarm dilating round the perfect trees. And make us happy in the darting bird That suddenly above the bees is heard, The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill, And off a blossom in mid air stands still.
Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization
The MHNO is co-sponsoring MS Harborfest and the Shoreside Festival in late August—we need a host of volunteers, as we have taken on the responsibility of providing children’s activities for both days of the Festival. Please sign up to help. We have identified more than 20 different activities and games for the kids.
Here Comes Peter Cottontail...
By Robert Frost
For this is love and nothing else is love, To which it is reserved for God above To sanctify to what far ends he will, But which it only needs that we fulfill.
We have some really exciting news to share with you – the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization is co-sponsoring Lemonade Day 2011. This is a day for young people to learn to make money through the experience of selling lemonade. This is the real deal, folks. Get your kids involved. See more inside this issue.
Winter will be safely over by the time this paper hits the streets, or at least that’s the hope. We can look forward to all the activities, sights and smells of spring, and since we’re on the Hill, there will be plenty of spring activities to enjoy! The coming weeks bring Easter, May Day, Mother’s Day, and Earth Day, among other days of note. These all celebrate the renewed stirrings of life and are accompanied by longer days and warmer weather. What better way to honor your mother—the person or the earth—than to have a fine meal, made of fresh local ingredients – such as are served at any number of the restaurants on the East End? Plan to get outdoors to visit the farmer’s market, participate in the Friends of the Eastern Promenade’s cleanup day, pick up
some wheels at the USM Bike Swap, or stock up for mom's summer garden at a plant sale. The possibilities are endless, but time is not.… Summer is coming, so if you plan to enjoy the spring, you’d better hop to it! (See a list of local spring events on page 18)
"It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it." — Nelson Mandela, on July 18, 2009, calling on people around the world to celebrate his birthday by doing good for others.
S e n d Y o u r L e t t e r s a n d H i ll n e w s t o o b s e r v e r @ M u n j o y H i ll . o r g
to the Editor
Andrea Myhaver, Secretary . ................. firstname.lastname@example.org Ralph Carmona RCCarmona@hotmail.com............... 518-9177 Elaine Mullin email@example.com.......... 671-6132 Fred Brancato firstname.lastname@example.org.........774-3163
Diversity Calendar not so "diverse" March 3, 2011 — In the Dec ’10 Observer, Editor Lisa, in her “From the Editor” column, created a great new Holiday “Solstice ChristmasHanukkahKwanzaNewYearsReyes” and I appreciated seeing Solstice listed. But on page 12 in the list called “Diversity Calendar,” Solstice was omitted. Many think Winter Solstice on Dec 21st is simply the “shortest day of the year” as reported by the weather newcasters, but don’t realize it is a major religious Holiday - often considered the beginning of a new year - by those who follow Nature as their Spirituality. Nature Spirituality is followed by Native peoples all over the world, including Native Americans and Native Europeans, aka Pagans. “Pagan” simply means “people of the country” who had to know the cycles of the year to grow crops, and they honored those cycles as part of Life. Pagans are a growing group in the USA, and for many decades it has been recognized by the US Military as a “religion” here in the US.
Katie Brown............... email@example.com Cynthia Fitzgerald..................................................... .................... firstname.lastname@example.org Phil Saucier . ........................ email@example.com
Now Spring has turned the wheel of the year another quarter... our energy is different from that of Winter. Many of us celebrate these milestones and find our personal lives are richer for honoring the cycles of Nature. Here's to Diversity and Freedom of Religion!
Joan Sheedy firstname.lastname@example.org........... 774-7616
Sincerely, Delores Lanai, Munjoy Hill Resident
MHNO Mission Incorporated as a nonprofit organization in January 1979, our purpose is to be
organization committed to improving the quality of life for the residents of Munjoy Hill and the East End, by strengthening the sense of community, maintaining the current diversity of social and economic groups, encouraging self-sufficiency, and enriching the lives of all residents.
Show neighborhood PRIDE! with this bumper sticker! (measures 6”x 4”). Buy one and support your Neighborhood Org. Send $3.50 per sticker to MHNO, 92 Congress St, Portland ME 04101. We also have MunjFest t-shirts available for $15. Send your check to MHNO: Various Sizes and colors available, email inquiries to delores.lanai@ munjoyhill.org
WHO YOU GONNA CALL?- You can help prevent crime on the Hill! 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
2) 650-8770 cell -11 am thru the night, Senior Lead Officer Stephen Black on patrol 3)
874-8575/-8574 -Dispatch- non-emergency
BULLETIN Board the munjoy Hill neighborhood Organization MUNJOY HILL OBSERVER
Note from the Editor: The Munjoy
MHNO Committee Updates
Hill Observer has been publishing
Communications • Plans in the works for a new, improved website • MHNO Facebook page is up and running, with 100+ fans • E-newsletters sent monthly with updates on neighborhood news and events • Committee reviewing MHNO branding • Google Apps set up for board members
bimonthly for winter months. We plan to resume our monthly printing schedule of the Observer beginning in June.
MHNO Quarterly Meeting
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 6-8 pm, @ East End Community School
All donations to the MHNO are fully taxdeductible and will help us cover costs for this well-used meeting place throughout the year. We hope you also give some thought to serving on our Events Committee—we have some great ideas and just need more creative and energetic organizers and leaders to make it all happen!
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We’ve been asked about the drop-off process at Hannaford’s for our MHNO Heat Assistance “CLYNK” account. First, you need to pick up a special green bag—with our special bar-code on it—a supply is at the Hill House (92 Congress St); there is a bright green mailbox out on the fence - please tell us if you find it empty!
The drop-off area at Hannaford’s is un-staffed, so when you drop off a bag, you need to scan the barcode tag on the bag to open the small deposit door at the entry of Hannaford’s. You may leave securely-tied bags on the floor near the larger door, just tell the customer service desk that they are there. To use the scanner: To the bottom right of the small door is a small,
round, red glass scanning window. Hold the barcode tag on the bag up to that red spot and the door will unlock. Then just gently let the bags slide down the ramp into the room. If the door does NOT open, leave the bag on the floor near the larger door and please tell the customer service desk that the small access door didn’t open. Everyone—Thank you all for supporting our heat assistance efforts on the Hill! Every bag yields about $4 and we are creeping up toward the $400 mark for this fall! If you need more bags, look for them in the green box on the MHNO office/Hill House fence (92 Congress St), or call Louise Little @ 780-0860.
Walton Street Traffic Alert
unjoy Hill M ut At left, Commander Juan Peñalver, US Navy, stationed in Bagdad Iraq reading the Dec. Observer in front of the "Crossed Swords" monument in January 2011.
Beginning Monday and continuing through the month of April, storm drain installation and utility work will be underway on Walton Street between Canco Road and Forest Avenue from 7 AM to 7 PM. Traffic will be reduced to one-way with alternating flow. Drivers may want to seek alternate routes to avoid traffic or delays and remember to please share the road.
Please Volunteer to join us on one of our MHNO Committees: STAY INFORMED! Send us your email and we will alert you to events and issues pertaining to the East End. Get the first glimpse of the each month's Observer. (fyi: we do not share our list.) You can now find the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization on Facebook! Just visit us
online at munjoyhill. org and click on our Facebook link. Follow our updates, join the conversation, post photos and share links, all on our FB page.
Observer • Additional ad sales persons to be hired • Observer to be published bimonthly until June
We are particularly in need of special donations to fund the maintenance costs of our beloved Hill House—the building at 92 Congress, which is owned by the MHNO, located next to the Hilltop Coffee Shop.
Postcards and e-mails will be sent to members and look for posted fliers. Share your neighborhood concerns and hear from program leaders.
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Thank you! Lisa Peñalver
MHNO Needs Your Help!
MHNO Committee Updates • Meet & Greet Social Show your love for Munjoy Hill, share your thoughts on community issues and get to know your neighbors. Information: 775-3050 email@example.com • www.munjoyhill.org
• Fu n d r a i s i n g & Pa r tn e r s h i ps • G ove r na n ce C o m m ittee • Communications • • • • • • •
(includes the Observer) Membership S e r v i ce s Eve nt s Ad H o c: Bu i l d i n g U s a g e & D eve l o p m e nt Ad H o c Wi n d Tu r b i n e Stu d y G r o u p Re co r d kee p i n g Wa l ka b l e N e i g h b o r h o o d s
To s i g n u p, please call 775-3050 to leave a message, or email info@ munjoyhill.org.
Fundraising • The December 2010 fundraising appeal raised approximately $1,500, thanks to our generous donors • “We Love Munjoy Hill!” campaign will be launched to raise funds for the MHNO and our programs Events • Holiday party held in December at the Hill House • “We Love Munjoy Hill!” Quarterly Meeting scheduled for April 27 • MHNO partnering in several events this year, including Lemonade Day Maine & Harborfest Services • Clynk recycling program has raised $3726 to date. MHNO has donated oil to five Munjoy Hill low-income families this winter via Breggy Oil. Funds are raised by donation of bottles to our Clynk recycling program and individual donations to our fuel assistance program. Each family has received $300 or 100 gallons of oil which is only about half a tank...more donations welcome! Building Usage & Development • Work to repair the west wall of the Hill House has been completed. Huge thanks are due to a generous donor for all the labor and materials! • Volunteers worked to clean up and organize the Hill House in January • A bid for new carpeting has been obtained Wind Turbine Study Group Energy Fair being planned for this year
MHNO "Wish List" Items As part of our “We love Munjoy Hill” campaign, we’ve been working on sprucing up the interior of our own little corner of The Hill at 92 Congress St. and we could use your help! Do you have some time, (very) gently-used office equipment, or money that you could donate to our efforts? We’d love to hear from you! Please email us: Info@munjoyhill.org with “Hill House Spruce Up” in the subject line.
Join your neighborhood organization! Send us an email: info@@@munjoyhill.org. To help support the MHNO, go online (munjoyhill.org), click on "Membership," and please include your email. Welcome Aboard!
MUNJOY HILL OBSERVER
Portland Public Schools—BudgeT Update | Jenna Vendil, To District 1 Residents:
Earlier in March, School Superintendent Dr. Morse released his FY2012 budget for Portland Public Schools. I won’t sugarcoat the unprecedented amount of revenue we’re losing as a district - a 8.31% loss compared to last year’s revenue. Despite these challenges, the Superintendent has attempted to put forward a budget that furthers the priorities that the School Board has identified and the community has supported, such as: •
Investment in programs to increase literacy and math proficiency for students across the district; focusing on K-2 literacy and middle school math development Continued investment in elementary world languages program (currently in Year 2 of our Three Year Plan in expanding World Languages in Portland elementary schools)
Expansion of early childhood program to increase our partnerships with Headstart and other existing Portland programs
Reducing the high school drop-out rate and increasing the rate of students completing high school within 5 years by extending the school day and providing extra learning time for those in need. (Currently through the Common High School Schedule and furthered with our $200,000 Nellie Mae Grant for our partnership with LearningWorks and Jobs for ME Graduates)
Eliminate the achievement gap across gender, poverty, ELL, and SpED by implementing changes recommended through program audits such as the curriculum audit, literacy and Special Ed Report.
The proposed budget would also cut 80.75 staff positions within our district. The Portland School Board is currently offering a retirement incentive that may help reduce the number of layoffs within our district. Parents and community members can access our budget documents on the Portland School’s website, including the Superintendent’s Power Point presentation to the School Board: www2.portlandschools.org/school-budget. Hearings Held: Tuesday March 15: the FY12 Budget Public Hearing. Tuesday March 22: the Portland School Board will have a first read of the Finance Committee’s FY12 Budget Proposal. March 29: A new contract agreement between the Portland Public Schools and the teachers’ union will extend students’ school year by five days while freezing teacher salaries and benefits in Fiscal Year 2012. The three-year contract, approved by members of the Portland Education Association (PEA), will come before the Portland School Board for final approval at the April 5th business meeting. District 1 residents can email me at vendij@portlandschools. org concerning the budget or leave me a message at 5188044. You are welcome to leave comments and questions on my School Board Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ JennaRVendil.
At left, volunteers with the Grace-Street Ministry at a community picnic in Portland. Courtesy photo, Grace-Street Ministries.
Lastly, I will be scheduling open "coffee hours" on Peaks Island and on Munjoy Hill (dates TBD) so parents and community members can speak directly with me about what’s important to them related to the school budget or any upcoming school issues. All of our meetings are open for the public and you’re welcome to drop by a Finance Committee or School Board meeting. Jenna Vendil, Portland Board of Education - District 1, Chair of Curriculum and Educational Planning Committee, Member of Facilities and Transportation Committee; e: firstname.lastname@example.org, c: 518-8044.
Paige Fournier Named Maine Teacher of the Year Semifinalist
Paige Fournier, a functional life skills teacher at Lyman Moore Middle School in Portland, is a semifinalist for 2012 Maine Teacher of the Year. She is one of six semifinalists chosen by a distinguished panel of teachers, principals and business community members. Fournier, who is in her seventh year at Moore, was cited for “her compassion for her students and her ability to get positive results under the most challenging learning conditions. She makes a positive difference in the lives of her students each and every day and gives hope to the parents that one day their child will be able to live a fairly normal life.” Fournier said, “I work with an amazing team of ed-techs, service providers (speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy) and school community members. Lyman Moore Middle School is a wonderful place that has fully accepted the Functional Life Skills program and made it an important and unique part of the school.” More information and photos of the semi-finalists can be found at: www.maine.gov/education/toy/index.html .
SUDOKU: Fill in the grid so that every row, every column and every 3 x 3 box contains the digits 1-9. Solution on Page 18.
Local Organization Helping the Homeless via National Fundraiser Grace-Street Ministry, (GSM)
an outreach ministry of the United Church of Christ, working with the homeless and marginalized in downtown Portland, will be participating in the Feinstein Foundation Challenging Grant in 2011. The Ministry has just completed its fifth year on the streets and in the shelters offering spiritual and physical support to those who are dealing with multifaceted challenges. Its foundation is prayer, which frequently brings hope into the dark times in peoples’ lives. GSM does not duplicate what is available through social services but often can help with crisis items like boots, backpacks, socks and tents. The Feinstein Foundation 14th Annual 2011 $1 Million Giveaway Challenge is a nationwide fundraiser to fight poverty and hunger in America. Each participating organization will receive a proportionate grant considering the funds they raise from March 1st through April 30th, 2011 for their ongoing work. The month of April is the optimal time to donate to Grace-Street Ministry as they look for help to support their presence and work with the homeless in the community. FMI: Grace- Street Ministry, PO Box 7967, Portland, Me 04112, email@example.com • Gracestreetministry.blogspot.com
Free Cell Phones for Low-Income Lifeline Households in Maine In 2010, TracFone announced the Maine launch of SafeLink Wireless. SafeLink is a U.S. government supported program that gives telephone service and affordable options for eligible low-income households. SafeLink is the only offering of its kind available in Maine with 145,246 residents who qualify for Lifeline services in Maine. Asserting that free does mean free, SafeLink provides the cell phone at its own expense and service comes without contracts, monthly bills, security deposits or credit checks. SafeLink offers eligible low-income households 68 free monthly airtime minutes for one year, unlimited access to 911 and the free cell phone. Any unused minutes do not expire and automatically roll over. The cell phone offers in-demand features: voicemail, text, call waiting, international calling to over 60 destinations, and caller ID. While currently available through most of the state, SafeLink may not be available in some specific zip codes. To learn more about the SafeLink Wireless service, including eligibility requirements and additional features and benefits, please call 1-800-SAFELINK (1-800723-3546), or www.safelink.com.
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Military Honors Submitted to the Editor by “Chick” Ciciotte, March 2011 Blue-Star Salute: In this photo, Paul L’Heureux, far right, National Executive Committee Alternate for the American Legion (Auburn), State of Maine, presents the Two-Star Service Flag to Bob Allen, honoring son Robert Allen and grandson Robert Allen, Jr. for their military service. Bob Allen serves as post adjunct for the Paul Malia American Legion Post #161. Robert Allen, Jr. is currently serving in Afghanistan. Blue-Star Tribute: In addition, Paul L’Heureux presented the Maine State Legislative Sentiment document to Bill Bowden, COMR. of the Paul Malia American Legion Post #161 for the Post’s participation in the American Legion’s Blue-Star program. To date, the Maine State Legislature has recognized 145 of the 173 Legion Posts across the state for their participation in the Blue-Star program. Please support our Troops. Sincere thanks, Chick Ciciotte, Topsham, Maine Families with loved ones serving in the military, active duty, reserve or national guard should contact Bob Allen at 939-2492 for more information.
MUNJOY HILL OBSERVER
Senator Justin Alfond
Augusta update—Spring 2011 Under the radar, the majority party has introduced several electoral bills that all seem to fit under the theme, “importing solutions to solve non-existent problems in Maine.” I will keep you informed around troubling bills requiring photo identification cards to vote and eliminating same-day voter registration. How are these bills helping the economy?
Community Event On February 25th, the city and state delegations met in Portland. We spoke about the opportunities and challenges for the City during the 125th Legislature. Not surprisingly, the challenges are plentiful. We spoke specifically about two major subjects that would hurt the City’s financial, services and support systems: * Repealing Revenue-Sharing: Governor LePage’s budget would repeal our state-municipal revenue sharing program. The Governor is advocating for a fixed amount for each community. This proposal reduces $92 million of revenue-sharing to every community. For Portland, this means a projected loss of $600K over two years. Additionally, the Governor is proposing that the entire program be relocated to the Appropriations Committee. This change cannot be glossed over because now the account can be raided by the Appropriations Committee. * Cuts in General Assistance: Governor LePage’s budget proposes a reduction in reimbursement for general assistance from 90% to 75%. This change would shift $1,260,000 of costs to Portland’s local property tax payers for the next two years. In 2010, over 4,300 Portland residents were granted support through General Assistance. The General Assistance program spent $6,346,125 in 2010, with 92% of the assistance covering food and shelter.
Bills Submitted in 2011
LR 155 – Resolve, To Establish a Stakeholder Group To Review the Maine State Grant Program LR 1372 – An Act To Prevent Unreasonable Practices by Dental Benefit Companies LR 1400 – An Act Relating to the Authority of the Legislative Council LR 1463 – An Act To Update Maine’s High School Graduation Requirements LR 1630 – An Act To Create a Unified Early Childhood Education System in Maine LR 1631 – An Act Concerning Immunity for School Administrative Units in the Discharge of Their Responsibilities LR 1648 – An Act To Encourage Transparency in the Department of Education LR 1824 – An Act To Ensure Accountability in Public Services LR 1946 – An Act To Support and Encourage the Use of Online Textbooks
This Wednesday at 1 pm, the Education Committee will meet to hold hearings on Governor LePage’s nominee for Education Commissioner, Stephen Bowen. Mr. Bowen previously worked at the Maine Heritage Policy Center as their head of their Center for Education Excellence. While Mr. Bowen is a smart person, I have repeatedly stated that he is not qualified for this job. His resume shows limited classroom experience, no management experience, no budget experience and no educational platform of success. What do you think? If you have any questions you’d like me to ask Mr. Bowen, please let me know. Appropriations Budget Hearings As you all might know, Maine’s state budget is created in two-year increments. The new biennium begins on July 1, 2011. This week, the Appropriations Committee begins their hearings on the 2012-2013 Biennial Budget. The Governor presented his budget to the legislature and now it’s our work to review, edit and revise his proposals. Each standing policy committee jointly meets with Appropriations to hear from the public about the Governor’s proposed budget. Public hearings are an opportunity for you to be heard and speak in support, in opposition, or neither for nor against. Coming up this week on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are hearings on State Employee and Teachers’ retirement and health care contributions, eligibility and cost of living increases. Bills Submitted Over the past few weeks, I have gone into detail about some of the bills I have introduced for the 125th Legislature. The following are all of the remaining bills. If you have any questions about these proposals, please don’t hesitate to ask.
For updates, visit the Calendar link at www.portlandmaine.gov
As always, I enjoy hearing from you, so please contact me with any questions or comments you may have. To voice your concerns or interests, please email Justin@JustinAlfond.com or call 828-0277.
State Rep Diane Russell Rep. Diane Russell is serving her second term in the legislature and is a returning member of the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee. She has been an outspoken progressive voice for working families and the immigrant community. FMI: www.maine.gov/legis/housedems/drussell/ Rep. Russell serves on the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs.
News March 3, 2011—Bill introduced to save jobs, reduce layoffs during economic downturns. Rep. Russell says work-share program benefits employers, workers. January 31, 2011—Rep. Russell helps constituents find thousands of dollars in unclaimed property. January 26, 2010—Portland area reps. announce College Goal Sunday program. Program helps college-bound students, parents pursue financial aid. September 30, 2009—Portland reps. recognized for conservation and environmental work. League of Conservation Voters gives high ranks to lawmakers’ work in 2009 legislative session. July 9, 2009—Portland reps. appointed to national committees June 9, 2009—Rep. Russell announces technology awards. Marine technology and alternative energy projects receive funds. May 4, 2009—Rep. Russell introduces instant run-off voting pilot project.
April4: the Portland City Council appointed Acting City Clerk Katherine Jones as City Clerk, replacing Linda Cohen who after a successful tenure with the city left the position at the beginning of the year to pursue other professional opportunities. Jones joined the City Clerk’s office two years ago as Election Administrator. Prior to joining the city, she served as Deputy City Clerk for the City of Westbrook.
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Update on India Street By Hugh Nazor The India Street Neighborhood Association was formed in January to serve the area between Mountfort and Franklin Streets. The goals of the Association are to benefit the residents and businesses of the area through improving conditions in the neighborhood and to reverse a dramatic degrading of the area that has increased in recent years. All aspects of land use, street and sidewalk conditions as well as housing and access for cars and pedestrians, are issues. Neighborhood safety and the increase in vacant lots and vacant buildings that are left to create ugly and dispiriting conditions are an immediate focus. Only six years ago, the India Street area was the center of considerable proposed development. Some of these were well considered and have been built. Others, such as a parking garage that walls off the water and is an eyesore, were less than well considered but were also built. Existing City of Portland design guidelines and zoning played very little part in the approved developments. All of the projects were contract-zoned developments that had to conform to no overall vision for the neighborhood. Some people from the area tried to have some input into what was happening but, being unorganized, had little affect on what was decided by various permitting authorities. While the economic downturn solved a problem by keeping
On Hill some of the most out-of-scale projects from being built, the demolishing of existing buildings on a significant acreage of the neighborhood has created little more than dumps. Properties initially bought during the run-up of real estate values are now padlocked, resulting in the loss of many dwelling units and the potential, eventual loss of even more buildings. The Franklin Arterial served to partly separate the India Street area from the downtown. The re-planning of Franklin Street got a start last year, but there is little money or energy behind Above, the waterfront view from upscale apartments on Federal St. off India Street. In the center are seen the "new" parking garage and the vacant lots. Photo by Hugh Nazor. that effort now. Having a plan of what is desired for Franklin Street is a necessary prerequisite a combination of unfortunate judgments made and design for any, even small, changes that might be made before guidelines ignored. funds for a total new project become available. We need The neighborhood is unorganized no longer. The India to do that planning. Street Association hopes to help build a neighborhood that The neighborhood, which is closest to the new cruise ship creates the kind of place spoken of in the India Street Impact terminal, is not now, itself, a place that is able to attract guidelines. Ours has been a mixed use, business, industrial the potential benefit of the ships’ passengers. Walking by and residential area for many decades and we believe it can empty lots surrounded by chain-link fencing or passing grow to be a proud one again. the south side of the parking garage with its unsightly, unfinished storefronts will not encourage people to walk up The next General Meeting will be on May 19 at 5:30 in the Hancock or India Streets. They will go right down Com- room above Micucci's, entry from Newbury Street. Our guest mercial Street. What happened to the Eastern Waterfront will be Trish McAllister, Neighborhood Prosecutor, Portland Development area and the India Street Impact area? It was Police Department. FMI: www.indiastreet.org
Adams School Development, from front page out more about the decisions being made? EBM: The demolition work has been put out to bid and we anticipate having a contractor chosen by early April. By that time we will also have a handle on the demolition process time-line from start to completion.
We’ll send out postcard notices of upcoming public meetings to all of the properties within a block radius of the Adams School property and will send out an email notice through MHNO. Observer: It’s recognized that the deteriorating vacant school building is a hazard, but resi-
dents in the area still use and enjoy the basketball hoops and playground area and they hope to have continued access to those. People want to know that the Adams School site will not become a vacant lot wasteland like we see down across from the Shipyard Brewery, behind the new parking garage. What are the plans?
Summer Comes with Lemonade The Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization is Co-Sponsoring Lemonade Day in 2011
What it is: Lemonade Day is a nationwide event that teaches kids the skills they need to be successful in the future. Youth learn to set goals, develop a business plan, establish a budget, seek investors, provide customer service, and give back to the community. Lemonade Day is the perfect opportunity for a community to show kids they care and train the next generation of entrepreneurs through a FREE, fun, engaging, experiential activity. Lemonade Day 2011: Sunday, June 5 Who can participate: Youth of all ages can participate (with adult supervision!). Not only does Lemonade Day directly affect the participants, but it also affects the entire community. To register for an official Lemonade Day stand and to participate in the event, a parent or guardian must sign a consent form agreeing that a responsible adult will assist and supervise. Registration opens the Spring of 2011. FMI: maine.lemonadeday.org/about-us/ frequently-asked-questions Our Story: Lemonade Day Maine has partnered with 501 (C)(3) partner, The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, to bring this entrepreneurial education program to youth in the Greater Portland area on June 5th, 2011. History: Lemonade Day was founded by Prepared 4 Life in 2007 in Houston, TX. That first year was a learning experience in which about 2,600 kids registered for
the inaugural Lemonade Day. In 2008, about 11,000 kids registered and the contests were added. In 2009, Lemonade Day expanded to Austin, Texas and Wayne County, Indiana. A total of about 31,000 kids registered in 2009. In 2010, over 66,000 kids across the nation participated! Prepared 4 Life, which first launched Lemonade Day on May 6, 2007, is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that prepares youth for life through fun, proactive and experiential programs infused with life skills, character education and entrepreneurship. Our foremost objective is building confidence and selfesteem in child r e n w h i c h will empower them to take ownership of their lives and become healthy, contributing members of society – the business leaders, social advocates, volunteers and forward-thinking citizens of tomorrow. By working with leading researchers and educators, Prepared 4 Life implements an umbrella of programming to meet this goal. maine.lemonadeday.org/about-us/ourstory
EBM: When the building is removed it will be removed, 100%, slab and all. The contractor will clean-grade the site. It won’t be left looking like a half started construction zone like down on India. Observer: Do you have a sense of what the time-line is for stages the community can expect?
EBM: We are currently targeting a return to the Planning Board for a final public hearing in May. From there we go into developing construction documents and putting the project out to bid. The current timeline shows a September construction start. FMI: EBoxer-Macomber@ avestahousing.org
The Mid-Winter Maddening Mayhem and Mania of a Maine Gardener By Kathleen Carr Bailey Living on the eastern edge of Munjoy Hill, my neighbors known and unknown must be cursing the snow. Digging out, parking bans, endless shoveling, streets nearly impassible. You get the picture. Not me, I smile. That is after I dig out, shovel, and take my life into my hands navigating the narrow streets. I look at all the buried beds and early spring-blooming shrubs and think "blanket," "protection," "insulation" and "nourishment." There must be others like me? What energizes local gardeners between the Holiday Happenings and the Spring Sprouting? What motivates us to continue life until we can finally don our straw hats, slather on sunscreen and pull on the first non-insulated gloves of the season? Some drool over seed catalogs. They slash off days of the calendar until the sowing of the first seed. I am in awe of those who take to celebrating the first nicking & scratching of a tender seed as a right of passage. They feel exuberance at the first hint of green; they nurture & nourish the sprouts until faced with the daunting choice of which tender seedlings will survive for future prosperity while others are sacrificed to alleviate over-crowding. Reluctantly I now reveal to the world, or at least the corner of the world populated by our readers, I am not a sower of seeds. No grow lamps, peat pots or miniature greenhouses can be found in my 3rd-floor apartment. Yet, I, too, drool over seed catalogues. They are picture books containing a wealth of information. I need no vacation get-away brochures to warm my soul. Occasionally I even succumb to the pangs of plant parenthood and ponder if I should sow seeds of my own. Or perhaps not. I believe as much in rescuing potted plants from nurseries as I do dogs from kennels. No puppies for me! However, I digress.… In a past life, the time between recycling the dangerously dry Christmas trees and the first crocus sighting seemed to drag. I was restless; I dreamed about relocating to Chattanooga, Tennessee, or St. Ives, Cornwall, UK. Well, it never happened. I'm still living in Portland, Maine, and I've come to enjoy winter almost as much as "the season." When did the metamorphosis take place? It happened about the same time gardening overtook passion-to-emerge
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as a calling. I just started looking at the winter months with a different slant. January evolved and became a month to regroup and energize. Not unlike our woody and ornamental perennials. Our "friends." February is welcomed as not only the shortest month or a gateway to March. February is blessed with so many great features. Migrating cedar waxwings invading the hawthorne in front of my house. February also hosts the majority of the landscaping/gardening trade shows I attend.
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In the Garden
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March brings the Spring Equinox, crocus and early tulips. March has the privilege of hosting the Portland Flower Show. Among the February and March events. I spend more time "playing" outdoors than the winters before I befriended snow. Snow storms are more than just fretting over parking and driving or waiting in line at the grocery store to pay for the milk, bottled water and toilet paper I really didn’t need but felt I must have. Neighbors can see me walking the streets amongst the frosty flurries or making snow angels on the expanse of the promenade. Weather and Nature are things we have no real control over. I’m not speaking of the publicized effort to reverse "global warming" and/or ‘"climate change." Weather will do what it will do. Plant well, work hard, nourish and maintain. These tasks are within our reach. Then let nature take its course. Gardening, winter and Maine taught me this lesson. In gardening, and in life, it works. Appreciating winter resulted in my being a more patient gardener. A more creative gardener. A gardener more in tune with the phases and life stages of gardening and self. The winter landscape offers so much. In winter, the pace of nature is slower. It speaks in whispers. I no longer channel all my energy for the months of May through September. I now offer it to every month of the year. In doing so, it seems I have more than enough energy to share. I now take the time to "smell the roses," because I took the time to appreciate the season when I can not. Kathleen Carr Bailey is a writer and Master Gardener who has her own gardening business, Finishing Touches.
Sue Yandell By Lisa Peñalver Since I first discovered the little garden between Hilltop Coffee Shop and the mhno building on Congress Street, I have been a fan. I had heard that there was a gardener who had planned, planted and maintained the MHNO garden, but I never knew who that was, and yet, as the seasons changed, new plants would appear, weeds would disappear, and the space was always a joy to visit. Many visitors do stop by, not even realizing that the small green space is part of the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization. So who was this garden gnome? I made several calls and learned from Jaime Parker, of Portland Trails (and former officer of the MHNO), that the gardener was Sue Yandel, who lives nearby on Monument Street. I recently met with her over coffee at the Hilltop Coffee Shop right next door to the Hill House. You know how when you've only spoken with a person, you get an idea in your head about how they look? With her English accent and knowing her love of the soil, the Sue of my imagination was pleasantly plump and would show up wearing wellies and a brown tweed jacket. Not! The real Sue Yandel greeted me at the coffee counter elegantly dressed in a trim black overcoat, with striking white hair and a gracious manner. “I really like the process of taking earth and creating something out of it. I look at colors and textures and I consider the timing of the blooms. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, but you can always change it.” Jaime Parker had a hand in moving the slabs of granite into place to create seating. My impression of the MHNO garden is that it works, and very well, so I wondered if this was
something she did for a living. “No, I'm retired. I'm not a serious or a complicated gardener. I like to be careful with color, and not mix too many different hues. But I simply cannot stand weeds!” (Or dog debris, for that matter). This aversion to weedy chaos has gotten her involved with other gardens in the area. The small circular beds in front of the St. Lawrence Arts Center, formed from the base of pillars, bear her signature care for detail. This spring should see those beds come alive with daffodils, tulips and crocuses, along with certain perennials that will make their appearance as the spring progresses. The Cummings Center has a small garden just 'round the corner on St. Lawrence Street which has also received her attentions. Keep a lookout there for the spring blooms soon to come. Here she has mixed deep purples, yellows and oranges; she has been gratified to see that “it takes care of itself.” And around the corner from the Hill House, the bed in front of Community Policing office also bears her green thumbprint. As far as her background goes, I learned that she originally harkens from Nottinghamshire, England, but has lived for 46 years in the U.S., 38 of which were spent in Maine, and the last 3 years she's been living on Munjoy Hill. She has a special appreciation for the possibilities offered by small urban garden spaces. “Gardening is a part of my life. Because I don't work anymore, I get an awful lot out of it.” And so do all those who enjoy the lovely green spaces Sue Yandell creates and maintains on Munjoy Hill.
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Cancer Community Center By Lisa Peñalver Author's note: events within my own family have recently brought me a heightened awareness of cancer-related issues. One of the positives of this experience is the realization that there are people in the community who give generously to others, whose guidance and insights offer comfort in the journey back to wellness. One place where this is happening is at the Cancer Community Center.
Functional Fitness, from 11 am-noon; try Meditative Hypnosis from noon1 pm; enjoy Knitting & More, 1-3 pm.; if you're feeling energetic, there's Zumba at 5:30-6:30 pm; or you may seek to the Bereavement Support Group, 6-7:30 pm. The class on Meditative Hypnosis is growing in popularity.
Origins: Jane Staley, the Cancer Community Center founder, believed that A friend on Peaks Island suggested that support was essential to healing. DiagI learn more about the nosed with Cancer Community ovarian canCenter. I called up Jencer in 1994, nifer Nelson, DevelopJane sought ment Director at the a place that Center, and by chance offered supdiscovered that I alport and inready knew several peoformation ple who volunteer there. as well as a In scanning the outline sense of comof offerings online, I was munity for A Zumba class held at CCC. Courtesy photo. intrigued by the impresadults affected sive list of macrobiotic by cancer. She recipes. Jennifer Nelson explained that the soon discovered that support services Center offers education in a wide variety commonly available in other parts of the of diets, ethnic, organic, vegetarian and country were, at the time, non-existent in vegan, without favoring any one style of Maine. This realization motivated her to cooking. The emphasis is on healthy foods, organize a steering committee consisting and how to prepare them. of friends, business leaders, community leaders, oncology professionals and canMission The Cancer Community Center supports cer survivors in the state, with a driven deand promotes the well-being of people living termination to establish a no-cost cancer with cancer, their families and their friends. support center dedicated to life and living. Cancer Community Center Free Programs / Services The Cancer Community Center continues to support and strengthen people throughout their journey with cancer. In addition to offering FREE organized events, the Center is a welcoming place to drop in, read a book, or bring a lunch and a few friends for socializing around the kitchen table. At the Cancer Community Center there is no doctor’s referral required, no income verification process and families & friends are welcome, with or without the patient. Several people in the community, including Center participants, have volunteered their time and talent to lead a discussion, workshop, or leisure activity. These free activities promote camaraderie, sharing and bonding. • Networking & Support Groups—16 different groups, cancer specific, bereavement and general support • Wellness programs—include physical and mental fitness, diet and cooking classes • Creative Expression—includes painting, scrapbooking, crafts & knitting • Maine Buddy Program—a one-to-one peer support program • Library of books, resources & information with a computer and WIFI • Workplace Support—one-time or ongoing • Social Activities—games, movies & music. For instance, on any given Thursday in March, you might have gone to an Anusara Yoga class in the morning, 9-10 am; or
Beginning with a comprehensive needs assessment, the steering committee conducted in-depth interviews with many community leaders and oncology professionals. Their findings not only confirmed the need for a support center in Maine, but established guidelines on program emphasis, a facility "wish list" and other factors critical to success. In the fall of 1998, the Cancer Community Center opened its doors. Today, the Center serves adults living with cancer and their loved ones without referral and at no cost. It is no coincidence that "community" is the middle name. After all, this is a center envisioned and created by fellow members of the Greater Portland community. They offer free programming, thanks to a community of neighbors who donate time, money and talent to make it all possible. Guiding Principles •
Provide free programs in a special and comfortable setting.
Offer ongoing support groups led by trained facilitators.
Provide sources of information, learning and networking in the broader community.
Develop a community of volunteers to support the mission of the Center.
Provide a place where bonds between people are strong.
Include caring and humor in every day.
Remember our history and acknowledge our supporters.
Having to cope with cancer is never easy, but it is a path traveled by many people these days, and through the Cancer Community Center, a number of these individuals have chosen to give back and help others who must make their way along the same path to recovery. For information and schedules of activities, visit www.cancercommunitycenter.org. Cancer Community Center, 778 Main Street (Route One), South Portland. 774-220, Toll Free: (877) 7742200, email: info@CancerCommunityCenter.org.
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riends of Eastern Promenade President Diane Davison and Maine Historical Society Executive Director Richard D’Abate pose before a painting of James Phinney Baxter. Courtesy photo.
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FoEP Eastern Prom Preview: Restoration, Relocation & Recreation
Friends of the Eastern Promenade Events: Sat, April 9: April Stools Day • Wed, May 4: FoEP Annual Public Meeting • Sunday, July 10: Hidden Gardens Tour
Relocation of the Commercial Boat Ramp Rehabilitation of Fort Allen Park Invasive Species Management Restoration of Cleeves Monument (including design for trail from monument to Cutter Street) • Informational Signage and Kiosk.
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Each is a key recommendation suggested within the Master Plan for the Eastern Promenade. We’re rolling up our sleeves and arranging preliminary steps in each of these categories by researching funding opportunities, design options, landscape treatment strategies and educational opportunities. For more information, contact info@ friendsofeasternpromenade.
April Stools Day April 9, 2011 from 9 am to 11 am. It’s time to report for doo-ty for the 19th Annual April Stools Day! Dog owners will unite Saturday, April 9 from 9-11 am to help clean up a winter’s worth of un-scooped poop and prepare the Prom for spring. East End locations include: top of Cutter Street along the Prom; entrance to East End Beach; the Eastern Prom Trail; and Fort Sumner Park on North Street. Additional Portland locations include Evergreen Cemetery and Reiche School on the West End. If you’re in Belfast, check in with Friends of Belfast Parks. The lucky registered scooper who finds the Golden Turd at each location will win a special prize! Tidying the Trails: For those who’d prefer to help us clean a Winter’s Worth of leftover litter (not poop), join us at either the Loring Memorial Trail and/or the Fort Allen Trail. Volunteer to help keep our parks,
neighborhoods and open spaces clean – and help us spread the word! April Stools Day is sponsored by Fetch Pet Supply Store andFriends of the Eastern Promenade. FMI contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the date: 2011 Hidden Gardens Tour coming July 10
Pink Tulip Project Fundraiser
Mark your calendars for the Hidden Gardens of Munjoy Hill! This year's garden tour will be held on Sunday, July 10, offering a self-guided visit of a dozen gardens on Portland's East End. Members of the Society for East End Arts will also open their studios to the public. For more information and to buy tickets, visit hiddengardensofmunjoyhill.org.
Friends of the Eastern Promenade is holding a fundraiser for the Maine Cancer Foundation's Pink Tulip Project on May 7 at the home of Rob and Robin Whitten. FOEP sponsors the tulip garden at the top of Cutter Street on the Prom. Please visit friendsofeasternpromenade.org for more information and to learn how to donate to the garden, which benefits cancer research.
Photo by Lisa Peñalver
Get to know the Friends of the Eastern Promenade and learn about the 3 R’s, Restoration, Relocation & Recreation, on Wednesday, May 4 from 6:30-8 pm at the East End Community School. We’ll fill you in on the projects we’re working on, and you’ll have a chance to ask questions and meet fellow Friends of the Eastern Promenade. Board members will discuss the project priorities outlined in their recent Strategic Planning session:
Summer Concerts return to Fort Allen Park Friends of the Eastern Promenade is putting the band back in the bandstand at Fort Allen Park. In July and August, the Friends will present six Thursday evening concerts. Stay tuned for more information.
James Phinney Baxter Birthday Bash Held in March Friends of Eastern Promenade President Diane Davison and Maine Historical Society Executive Director Richard D’Abate welcomed guests to the reception, held in the Society’s Shettleworth Lecture Hall. Maine State Historian Earle Shettleworth Jr. gave a presentation about Baxter’s impressive career and significant contributions to Portland. Baxter, who served as mayor of Portland for six terms, led efforts to develop the boulevard around the Back Cove, create a master plan for the Eastern Promenade and build the original Baxter Library. Baxter also built a number of architecturally important buildings and was a well-respected businessman, historian and philanthropist. His son, Percival Baxter, grew up to become governor of Maine. Party-goers sang “Happy Birthday,” enjoyed a birthday cake and toasted “Portland’s benefactor” with sparkling cider. Eric Baxter, the great-greatgrandson of James Phinney Baxter, attended the celebration
Friends of Eastern Promenade President Diane Davison and Maine Historical Society Executive Director Richard D’Abate pose before a painting of James Phinney Baxter. Courtesy photo.
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At left, "Reflecting on the Night," painting by David Marshal (below).
Artist Highlight • DAVID MARSHALL By Marin Magat David Marshall is an artist and a Portland City Councilor. He is deeply committed to the city he paints and works for. Dave’s connection to Munjoy Hill is a perfect illustration of the blend of the passion that emerges through his two professions. In his words: “I painted the St. Lawrence Church before it was torn down. It was a really personal experience because the St. Lawrence got money from the City of Portland CDBG to do the demolition. The year before, [Executive Director] Deidre came to me to help her with funding. I was really skeptical because I love the building and what it meant for the city. But I got inside and saw how it was braced and how the walls were crumbling. It was in danger of falling. I knew we had to help and the City was the only place that could.”
Art Soul Abyssinian Meeting House, from front page the roof. Can you imagine the scene as the fire blew a gale around him? When it was over all the stately mansions that once lined India and Congress Streets were gone—the city itself was a forest of chimneys—but the Abyssinian stood and is standing still. I met with David Paul of the Abyssinian Restoration Committee recently to talk about the new developments. The actual front windows await funding but the Palladian louver above them is complete and true to descriptions of the building in the later 1860s. It is not a window or vent but a decorative touch popular in architecture at the time. I asked him if there was any information on the architect and he said no, but they do know it was “scribe built” which means it was built on the ground then raised, and also it was a wooden building replicating what was going on in stone at the time—the Spring Street fire station being a contemporary structure of similar design. It
Dave’s story of becoming a city councilor is an interesting one. He and District 1 City Councilor, Kevin Donoghue, were roommates in the West End. One evening they were talking about issues they wanted to see changed in Portland. So they decided to do something about it…by running for City Council…both of them! Dave helped Kevin find an apartment on Munjoy Hill and then they both worked together on what became successful campaigns. Dave sees that Portland has a really special mix of artists and creatives in the community. He envisions this base expanding to “better our society.” He says that artwork can reflect the challenges of our society and community so that people are inspired to respond to our more pressing social and environmental issues. Dave decided to be a professional artist when he was a student at the University of Southern Maine. He said he did a lot of soul searching and “came to terms with the fact that in order to be happy I had to make art part of my life, fully accepting both the positives and challenges that might come.” Ten years later he says he wouldn’t change a thing. Dave is most proud of his optimism for the City of Portland and for life in general. He externalizes this in full vibrant colors when he paints. He works in acrylic and most often paints Portland city scapes. These end up in people’s homes and restaurants throughout the city, helping us to see Portland as brightly as David Marshall does. Most recently, Dave has been working on paintings that include political commentary. “Bull” is a painting of a “raging bull” symbolizing how our economy has come to be a false idol in our lives. This painting and more of Dave Marshall’s work is displayed at Constellation Gallery at 511 Congress St. | constellationart.com
is the largest and best quality of the three earliest African-American meeting houses existing today. I had read recently that the Committee had been asked to be part of a discussion in Boston in February. He said the Abyssinian restoration and the local film “Anchor of the Soul” were actually a focus of a presentation as part of Black History month which was an honor for the project. I asked about several funding sources that appeared to be in the works for the restoration and he informed me unfortunately, none of those had materialized. It was a great disappointment. The work proceeds as funds are available, he informed me. “If the money’s not there, we stop. The 1772 Foundation has been our lifeline—they provided the money for the fącade, and at this point we have enough to tackle the basement—finish the dig, and control the water issue. It’s our goal to recreate in the basement a replica of the old school room we know was here, and a space we can heat.” Last year, about 20 school groups visited the building in private tours, though the Meeting House is not ready for regular open hours. They are willing to bring people in there and I encourage anyone who might be interested to give David Paul (773-4141) or Leonard Cummings (7727767) a call. This historic building is a treasure. Go see for yourself and learn what you can do to help restore it.
pilgrim gil helmick trapped between smoking columns of propaganda and gossip the fingers of man shout through a window. why is our hour tone deaf. i listen to an age where dreams smolder in silence as our meager moments are extinguished remembering futures that don’t exist. beyond and before the horizon fascism changes it shirts and skirts yet, it smells the same. its flair for dishonesty and disgust is like cocaine is to morning like ponzi is to wall street like reincarnation is to ice. this syllogism repeats itself in different verse all the way to zen and back where we walk away empty handed and joyful. i say it is time to stop feeding our inner dinosaurs when the fortune teller gazes into our palms, shrugs and returns our money. anesthetized on enigma we forget to take action, seriously. war has evolved its own imagination. greed bears children. hate is heavy bread served from the raging ovens of talk radio. if only for today, let’s go deaf. if glaze is to a pot like personality is to the soul, perhaps we should listen to our emptiness. perhaps the question survives the answer. perhaps, “who the hell am i?" remains the best window between the columns of propaganda and gossip where i stand, at the moment, waving at you. _____________________________________ About the Author: Gil Helmick lives in Portland and organizes weekly poetry readings for Port Veritas, now being held at the venue, Blue, downtown. Recently, he completed a collection of poetry, Wounded by Zen. His poem, "The Evolution of Apocalypse" was composed into a movement of a jazz opera. "I live in the midst of wounded angels. I have the scars to prove it."
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Resiliency and the Gift of Spring
This change of seasons offers so many An essay by Elizabeth Miller, Waterville Street examples of resiliency: crocuses and Warmer weather. Longer days. Receding daffodils emerging from the depths even snow banks. At last I’m able to resume my daily walks along East End Beach, the before the last snowbanks have retreated. Eastern Prom and the streets of our won- How do my hosta and day lilies, planted derful neighborhood. This is truly one of now four years ago in the sidewalk “esplathe delights of living on Munjoy Hill; it’s nade,” survive the too-frequent deposits of snow, salt and sand (as well as those such a walkable neighborhood. too-frequent deposits left by neighbors’ The trees along the Prom, branches thickdogs)? And those neighbor woodchucks, ening but still awaiting their buds, draw opossum and skunks, awakening from my eyes upwards. I marvel at the birds’ their long winter’s nap, are even now connests that survived winter’s harsh winds. templating what delights will await them And then I see it. Did Charlie Brown in my garden this summer. move into the neighborhood last fall? In a tree not far from the monument at the Talk about resiliency. head of Congress Street, nor far from I need only turn to my adult ed students Mike Chitwood’s bench, a kite was firmly to reflect further on the resiliency of the lodged amidst the branches. human spirit. Some dropped out of high school ten, twenty, even thirty years ago. Juggling families and jobs, they have re-
Talk about resiliency.
turned to work on high school diplomas, facing their own fears of and prejudices about classroom life. Others have started new lives in the US, learning English and negotiating adult life in a strange culture. Some come with a secondary education, or even beyond, but in their first language. Regardless they have to start over. One student I tutored fled her home with two garbage bags stuffed with some clothes and family photos. Another spent years walking from a refugee camp in Ethiopia to one in Kenya. Talk about resiliency. Think about New York City after 9/11, New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. I’m writing this essay just a few days after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The images are riveting, disturbing and tragic. How will Japan recover from such a disaster? Most of us, by the
The tale of a Trawler By Carol McCracken (reprinted with permission from her blog at munjoyhillnews.org, Post #742) Munjoy Hill resident Cullen McGough wrote “The Last Fish in the Sea,” premiering at the 10th Annual Maine Playwrights Festival in April at the St. Lawrence Arts Center. “I have tremendous respect for the crews and that’s why I’ve written this play,” said Cullen McGough recently. “They don’t have access to power brokers. There is no cohesive forum for their issues to receive the attention they should,” McGough said at the Hilltop Coffee Shop last week. He was speaking of the crews on trawlers who go to sea to make a living under extremely harsh circumstances. Men get hurt all the time, said McGough. McGough, a Hill resident, worked as a subcontractor for the National Marine Fisheries Service, “NMFS”, for almost a year as a sea monitor. About 20 days of each month he went to sea with the crews of deep sea trawlers in the area - monitoring the number of fish caught and then reporting those figures to his now former employer. In mid-January, McGough returned from a particularly hard 10 day fishing trip. (Trips lasted anywhere from 1 to 10 days at sea.) There were big seas and the crew and Captain on the trawler were not on the same
page – it was a bad trip in every way. McGough saw a poster calling for entries for the 10th Annual Maine Playwrights Festival presented by Acorn Productions. He’d really had it with his job, and although he’d never written a play before, he decided to give it a try. Within hours, this Boston University A trawler on the Portland Waterfront liberal arts graduate, personable young man, the job had a manuscript ready to sub- was really getting him down. mit to Michael Levine, Acorn “No one liked me because I’m an Productions. It was accepted. It’s employee (subcontractor) of the a 30 minute play with four male NMFS,” he said. actors in it and it takes place on the deck of a trawler at sea. “It’s “The Last Fish in the Sea” is diabout the tensions for fishermen rected by Michael Levine and is between growth and sustainabil- part of Schedule A in the 10th Annual Maine Playwrights Fesity,” said McGough. tival for 2011. The Festival is at This topic is an important one in the St. Lawrence Arts Center the press these days. Ever since and can be seen on Thursday, the implementation of the 2006 April 14th at 7:30 pm – following Magnuson-Stevens Act, fish- which there will be a ”talkback” ing has become so much harder, with McGough. It can also be partly because there are so many seen on Saturday, April 16th at 8 more rules to follow. Because of pm; Friday, April 22nd at 7:30 pm his work as a sea monitor for the and Saturday April 23rd at 5 pm. NMFS, McGough wasn’t very popular with the crews either, For tickets, please call 854-0065 which usually were composed or www.acornproductions.org. of 3 – 5 men. An intelligent and
Maine Storytellers and Poets Wanted Freeport, Maine: The Harraseeket Inn, in conjunction with the Maine Mountain Heritage Project, is currently seeking submissions for a publication tentatively titled "Voices From Maine's Mountains." Stories, poems and essays must be limited to 1,700 words and can involve outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing, skiing, hiking, living or vacationing in or near the mountains of Maine. "We're looking for year-round and seasonal Mainers, young and old, who have a story to tell about the mountains they love," says Penny Gray, coowner of the Harraseeket Inn and published author of nine books. "We want to create a lasting legacy
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that honors our mountain heritage and the important role these special landscapes have played in our lives." The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2011. All submissions will be published on-line, and the best will be compiled in book form and released to the public. Chosen essays will be announced in October. Any photographs sent should not be originals. Electronic copy preferred. Please send contact information and a brief bio with submission to Maine Mountain Heritage Project, C/O Harraseeket Inn, 162 Main Street, Freeport Maine 04032, or email to harraseeke@ aol.com.
time we reach middle age have first-hand experience with deaths or life-threatening diseases. Or divorce. Or job loss. So perhaps we have figured out that the way back from grief is by taking a step at a time. But an entire country? Pray for resiliency. Closer to home, I note the passing of a neighbor who epitomized this spirit of resiliency: Mr. Casales. His first name was Daniel but he was always “Mr.” to me. A crusty guy, he was a fixture on Waterville Street as each day we’d see him doggedly perambulate around the neighborhood. My husband and I would remark: we hope we can do that when we’re in our 80s. So embrace spring for the gift that it is, my friends and neighbors, with its promise of renewal. And for its lessons in resiliency.
Casco Bay High School Student Creates Logowear for Earthquake Relief Yuki Hall, a senior at Casco Bay High School in Portland, feels so connected to Japanese culture that she adopted a Japanese name meaning “courage.” She speaks Japanese and she has visited Japan many times throughout her life, returning from her latest trip just a week before the magnitude-9.0 earthquake struck. She has worked night and day in March to raise funds for earthquake relief and to start programs that will help the victims. Using her graphic design skills, she created an arresting logo of a weeping face with the words “Help Japan” underneath. Yuki has arranged to sell logowear with the design through the website Zazzle. All proceeds will go to the Red Cross. She also will be selling the logowear to her classmates and the staff at Casco Bay High School to raise additional money for the Red Cross. Yuki started a penpal program that will make a more direct connection between earthquake victims and those wanting to help. She will match English-speaking Japanese with penpals in the U.S. And she is exploring additional ways to help. Yuki said the catastrophe affected her deeply because she has many friends in Japan and she considers herself part Japanese. “I feel for everyone whose families are still there,” she said. You can contact UNICEF and the Red Cross to make a contributions— google Japan Relief for more aid efforts.
SAINT PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH ~ Established 1763 ~
Congress And Locust Streets at the foot of Munjoy Hill
Easter in the Anglo-Catholic Tradition PALM SUNDAY- April 17 Masses at 8 and 10 (High)
MAUNDY THURSDAY - April 21 Masses at 10 am and 5:30 pm EASTER- April 24 Masses at 8 am and 10 am (High)
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Tai Chi On the Prom
Open classes every Wednesday, 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tai Chi led by instructor Fred Brancato. Outdoors: We usually go to the Prom (Fort Allen Park) in June and continue there through September (depending on how cold it is). Indoors: In the colder months, we practice in the parish hall of First Parish Church on Congress Street, near City Hall. Classes are on-going every Wednesday at 9 and 6. They run about an hour and a half. The first half of the class consists of Qigong exercises and the second half the practice of Chen style Tai Chi (Taiji), with a 5-minute break when I usually do a little read-
ing from one of the world's spiritual traditions (such as from the Tao Te Ching, the Sufi poems of Rumi, etc.). There's nothing to sign up for; folks just come as it suits their schedule and interest. There's a little box where people put in whatever they can afford. Payment is not a requirement. I do keep an email list of folks interested so I can contact them if for some reason class is cancelled. FMI email: email@example.com.
May Day Celebrations
BELTANE (MAY 1) May Eve, April 30th-May 1st. Most important to pagans, Beltane is the great Fertility rite of life, starting at dusk on the 30th of April and continuing until the dawn of the 1st. The union of the God and Goddess to conceive the sun-child to be takes place upon this holiday, no matter which tradition of paganism is involved. Beltane is the one holiday most discouraged by the Christians, who didn't even use it as a point for a holiday of their own because the power and nature of the day involved. Still, even in Christianized Ireland the May Day dance of the Maypole remained, as did the giving of flowers to those you loved or cared for as friends. Food, drink and love are the order of the evening. Clothing is very optional in most get-togethers on this holiday, and mostly it is sensual and colorful. Even those sects that are prudish about things tend to accept the rules of the holiday, as it is the holiday of free love. (source: witchway.net)
Portland Farmers' Market From April through November, find us on Saturdays at Deering Oaks Park in Portland from 7am-12pm • on Wednesdays in Monument Square in Portland from 7am to 2pm. • and on Mondays in Monument Square in Portland from 7 am to 2 pm! portlandmainefarmersmarket.org/
Portland Awarded Mental Health Grant By Marge Niblock The Portland Police Department has been awarded a grant of $184,900 by the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program to increase public safety through innovative cross-system collaboration for individuals with mental illness, and will now also serve as a training site for other law enforcement agencies. The police department has been working for many years to improve police response to community members suffering from mental illness. In 1999 the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) was established, giving officers specialized training to respond to people undergoing a mental health crisis. Many times these trained personnel are able to de-escalate tentative situations without force being involved. About three-quarters of the officers have now been given this training. The department’s mental health response capability will be increased due to the grant money, enabling a full-time Mental Health Coordinator to oversee the entire program. Jo Freedman has been appointed to this position. She had worked in the capacity as a part-time Crisis Mental Health Police Liaison for four years in partnership with Youth Alternatives Ingraham. Freedman specializes in de-escalating psychotic, homicidal, or suicidal people. Bob Rockett has taken over Freedman’s
previous job and she says: “We are excited to welcome him and he is already exemplifying a great fit.” Under the program, Freedman will also oversee an internship program to train people studying to become social workers and counselors. Freedman stated, “It provides us an opportunity to expand our program to support our officers, with the increasing mental health issues in our community.” She says that having the new program will provide mental health professionals to team up with officers in a co-responder model, and the process will allow for a team approach. “I absolutely love my dream job. . . and am continually amazed at the work they [police officers] do.” Freedman says, “Another important aspect of the grant will be evaluating and implementing new tracking measures to analyze the effects on reducing calls to service, reducing time spent on calls for officers, while also facilitating people into treatment and hospitalization with a more long-term approach.” This will ultimately help reduce the increasing responsibilities on police, while also providing more support to those in crisis.
March into May— 5K Walk /Run March into May is excited to announce that we will be holding our second March into May 5K Walk/Run as a wrap-up to the 2011 program. The event will take place on Sunday, May 22nd, and our weekly fitness tips will be tailored to help participants prepare for the event if they wish to join. May 22, 9 am • Back Cove Trail, Portland, Maine/ MIM 5k is free to all registered March into May participants. How do I sign up for the 5k? Registration forms are available online, under “March into May” .at healthyportland.org to fill out the form — send it to Marice Reyes Tran via fax 541-6959 or mail it to 134 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101. Registration deadline is May 5, 2011. March into May (MIM) will celebrate its thirteenth successful year in helping Maine community members “Get more out of life.” MIM is a FREE ten-week physical activity improvement program that helps communities, friends and families improve their health through increased physical activity. FMI healthyportland.org.
SeaDogs MOTHER'S DAY 5K—Sunday, May 8 The Portland Sea Dogs in conjunction with the Maine Track Club, Paradigm Window Solutions, and Key Bank will be hosting the 11th Annual Mother's Day 5k Road Race on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 8th, 2011. Proceeds from the event will benefit Maine Breast Cancer Research. There will also be a Kid's Run that is free of charge. Slugger and his mom lead the way on the flat 5K course which begins in front of the Portland Expo building, travels down Congress Street, turning down Stevens Avenue, and making a right onto Brighton Avenue back down Deering Avenue into Fitzpatrick Stadium. The race culminates inside Hadlock Field in front of the third base dugout.
The top overall male and female finishers will receive a trophy, a pair of 2011 Season Tickets for the remainder of the 2011 Sea Dogs season, and throw out the ceremonial first-pitch prior to a future Sea Dogs game. The top three male and female finishers in each age group will also be presented with awards. All participants of the race will receive a complimentary ticket to attend a future Sea Dogs game.
Mother's Day Registration/ Packet Pickup Friday, May 6th from noon to 6 PM at Maine Running Company located at 563 Forest Ave in Portland and Saturday, May 7th from 10 AM to 2 PM at Maine Running Company at 563 Forest Ave in Portland. Online at SeaDogs.com.
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A Progressive's (and Everyone Else's) Nightmare By Seth Berner The Portland Phoenix ran in its March 18, 2011 issue a story of the "Progressive Nightmare" unfolding in Augusta. Author Deirdre Fulton's characterization of the new policy directions as a nightmare is accurate; her characterization of that as a "progressive" nightmare is not. When the safety net gets shredded, the taxpayers are committing themselves to putting more people behind bars, since people with no resources or hope break the law. When the State gets more power to distinguish between "legal" and "illegal" immigrants, more people will end up behind bars. This is far from free: according to the National Institute of Corrections this costs $44,000/year/ inmate in Maine. You might object to giving handouts or taking care of those not born here, but whatever we spend on a safety net, it is less than what we are spending on incarceration. And since we have a budget crisis, what we spend on incarceration is necessarily money that will not be spent on programs essential to the way life should be. When we remove protections for living wages and safe working conditions for working people, we are increasing the chances that working people are not going to be able to support their families, thereby increasing what the State will have to do to protect children. And it means that workers will not be able to spend money to support the economy, which will adversely impact small businesses and jobs in Maine. When we devastate the environment, we are jeopardizing the tourism that is one of Maine's leading
sources of income. And unless it is just coincidence New Construction that 14 of the 15 globally hottest years on record have renovations been 1997-2010 (United States National Oceanic and Carpentry Atmospheric Administration's National Climate Data Center), we will be encouraging the climate changes 207-671-3951 that in 2010 brought us 90-degree days in September in Portland for the first time in history, and drought and flooding cycles that are devastating agriculture Ad-Tuttle construction.indd 1 and raising food costs.
April 10 Bike Swap At USM
When we label healthcare a privilege rather than a right, we are increasing the chances that our illnesses will cost us our jobs, our homes and our future health. And since germs don't care who is rich or Americanborn, and since we can't avoid coming into close contact with other people on the streets and in elevators and everywhere, we are increasing the chances that "their" illnesses will become our illnesses. What's happening in Augusta is the same policy of shortterm support for the affluent, dressed up as fiscal responsibility, that has resulted in the biggest federal deficit in American history, with the fewest benefits for those shouldering the burden. What's happening in Augusta is going to turn a poor state poorer, as more people become more desperate and investors lose confidence in the long-term prognosis. Progressives may be the first to care, but it will not take the average Mainer long to realize that a nightmare is perhaps the only asset we will all be sharing.
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The Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Great Portland Bike Swap at the University of Southern Maine’s Sullivan Gym is on April 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find hundreds of affordable bicycles for sale—mountain bikes, road bikes, classic cruisers, kids’ bikes and hybrids. A large test riding area will allow shoppers to try out bicycles. Volunteer advisors will help with pricing and bike fit. A video on the coalition’s website (www.bikemaine.org/events/ bike-swap) explains how the swap works. See displays by local bikes shops and community organizations, refreshments and information about Maine biking events. Sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition in partnership with USM’s Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. The Portland swap attracted more than 1,600 people last year. Admission is $3, with free admission for students at USM, the University of New England, Southern Maine Community College and the University of Maine as well as children 12 or younger. A 15 percent commission on bike sales will support the coalition’s work to improve bicycling in Maine. Those wanting to sell bicycles should drop them off at Sullivan Gym between 8 and 9:30 a.m. on the day of the swap. To arrange an earlier drop-off, please call the Bicycle Coalition at 623-4511. People who would like to donate bicycles for sale at the swap may drop them off at Gorham Bike & Ski, 693 Congress St., Portland during regular, business hours anytime before April 10. Donated bicycles should be in decent condition. Proceeds from their sale will support the Bicycle Coalition’s work to improve bicycling in Maine. The Great Orono Bike Swap will be held at the University of Maine’s Student Recreation and Fitness Center on May 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. FMI visit www.bikemaine.org/events/bike-swap or call (207) 623-4511. The Bicycle Coalition of Maine has been working since 1992 to make Maine a better place to bicycle. The coalition advocates for Maine cyclists at the Legislature and in Washington, D.C., teaches bicycle safety to thousands of Maine school children each year, partners with state agencies on a Share the Road media campaign and serves as a resource on local bicycling issues.
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Living With Peace Living With Peace is a dynamic local grassroots community support organization investing in the future of our immigrants by providing information, resources, and training to newcomers to the community and culture.
We Need to Build Peace in Their Honor By Christina Feller, President, Living With Peace As readers of this column may know, Living With Peace organizes regular "Dialogues on Common Topics of Interest" across a broad swath of leaders and youth from the communities here in Maine from Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, and Somalia. Our Dialogue on February 19th at the Root Cellar elicited a strong response from the assembly. The youth have a lot to say especially to their parents and community members, and expressed their hopes and dreams as well as their fears and concerns with the audience. The next Immigrant Youth Summit hosted by Living With Peace will be conducted over a twoday period, June 26 and June 27, commencing on Sunday with sports competitions, moving on to oral debates on current topics, and then an international dinner of foods from across Africa as a fundraiser for the sports and thespian teams.
or engineering. The ILC will be located on Washington Avenue and highly accessible to East End residents and on the bus line. Living With Peace is partnering with many groups and communities of people in this endeavor. Please email cfeller@ maine.rr.com for more information.
Aserela: Building A Future For Sudanese Children
Saturday, April 9 at 5:30pm, 16th Anniversary Feast for the Children Dinner to Benefit Aserela and the 2011 James Angelo Scholarship Recipient, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Guild Hall, 307 Congress Street, Portland. Call: (207) 829.1011 or send check to Aserela, PO Box 7782, Portland, 04112.
Monday will be a day of intense dialogue about how the youth are going to shape their lives in the right way so that all the people benefit from their efforts. We will give them opportunities to apprentice at local companies, to volunteer at local non-profits, to mentor East End or Reiche or another Elementary School child. As the youth themselves have said,
Thursday, April 7 at 7 PM: The National Council of Jewish Women Southern Maine Section is launching a Darfur Community Read to be followed by a forum at Temple Beth-El, 400 Deering Ave. in Portland. The book is Tears Of The Desert By Halima Bashir. The Forum is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 329-3353 or 712-1784.
“We need a means of giving back because we are here in America, and our cousins are still dying back home. It is our generation that will save Africa. Let us speak. We are here. We know our parents cannot do it; they spend 24/7 working hard jobs. We need guidance from our elders in the ways of the community, but we need guidance from some group of adults who are going to show us how to build a civil society. We need to help our people!”
Monday, April 11 at 7 PM: Douglas M. Schair Memorial Lecturer on Genocide and Human Rights. John Prendergast will speak on “Turning Bystanders into Upstanders: You and the Struggle for Human Rights in Africa.” He is an internationally known activist who has led the movement against some of Africa’s worst human rights crimes including the ongoing Genocide in Darfur. USM, Hannaford Hall. First come, first served.
Monday, June 27th will end the two day event with an evening at Bayside Bowl for a fundraiser for the International Learning Center (ILC), which will be a brand-new venue for youth and adults to come together and build a stable future for themselves and their families through job counseling, application mentoring, and interview coaching. Living With Peace will host networking evenings among area and regional business owners and employment agency managers and will present specialists who will speak about job opportunities in specific fields of specialization like health care
Saturday, April 23, 7 – 9 PM: “Millions Have Died and We Will Never Hear Their Stories,” a quote from El-Fadel Arbab, representative of the people from Darfur in Sudan who are living in Maine and new author about his grandfather’s stories. El-Fadel’s organization, Fur Cultural Revival, will host at PEACE RALLY FOR DARFUR featuring speakers from the Darfur community and local activists, MEG PERRY CENTER, 221-5197.
Dunia Moja/One World: A Peregrine Press And Zanzibar Print Exchange On exhibit at the Lewis Gallery in the Portland Public Library
April 1 — May 28, 2011
The Gallery will be open for First Friday in both April and May Prints will be for sale* during First Fridays in April and May, and at the Opening Reception, April 8th. Opening reception: Friday, April 8 from 5–8 PM with a special presentation at 7 PM by Mark and Aimee Bessire: "Reflections on Contemporary East African Art." Mark Bessire is the Director of the Portland Museum of Art and Founder and Curator of the East African Biennial. Aimee Bessire is Assistant Professor of African Studies at Bates College and Founding Director of the Africa Schoolhouse, Ntulya, Tanzania. Ravishing colors. Breathtaking images. And above all, utterly astonishing results. These are the hallmarks of “Dunia Moja” (or “One World” in Swahili), a new exhibition of collaborative prints created jointly by the artists of Peregrine Press in Portland, Maine, and the artists of Women Networking in Zanzibar, Tanzania. This unique print exchange was conceived by Alice Spencer, a founding member of Peregrine, after visiting Zanzibar in early 2010 and teaching the fundamentals of stenciling and block printing to 12 professional Muslim henna artists, all women.
Demographics of Immigration in Maine Test Yourself*: Which nationality makes up the greatest percentage of the foreign born in Maine? a) China; b) England; c) Sudan; d) Somalia; e) Canada; f) Bermuda; or g) Rwanda Portland, Maine is a relatively small city of about 63,000 people, a number that has not moved significantly up or down in the last thirty years. Many families used to live ten to an apartment back in the old days when everybody had large families. Then, families moved to the suburbs and were replaced with single professionals and young families with one or two children. The city changed in the sixties, seventies, eighties, and throughout the nineties. Somalis, Sudanese, Kenyans, Ugandans and peoples from many other African nations starting settling in Maine beginning in 2001. They came first to Portland and to the Lewiston/Auburn area. From a small number in 2001, it is now estimated that recent immigrants might make up
almost 8% of the population in both metropolitan areas. The Migration Policy Institute reports 2009 Census Bureau data that Maine’s foreign born population topped out at almost 44,000 people in 2009 with almost 20% of the increase coming in the years 2000 to 2009. Of these foreign born residents in 2009, Africans represented a relatively small share at 15.3% while Europeans, principally the British, represent 25%, Asians represent 22.6%, North Americans, almost all Canadians, represent 28%, with only 8% of the residents born originally in Latin America. Of these foreign born, 60% reported their race as white alone, 18% Asian and 17% self-reported as black or African American. To show how small the immigrant population is in Maine, it is interesting to note from the data that these residents make up only 3.3% of the population and of the 3.3%, 1.8% or more than half, are naturalized citizens. As the debate rages in the Legisla-
ture about a paltry $3.5 million a year spent on immigrants of a $5.6 BILLION budget, it is just simply regrettable that the message has come down to this. It is important to remember that none of these proposals pertain to illegal immigrants. Illegal immigrants have never received benefits whether under Baldacci, King, or LePage. These proposed budget "savings" fall on the backs of legal, non-citizens. An immigrant is required to wait five years after their legal arrival before they can apply to take the citizenship test. The test now costs over $800 per person to take it and if you do not pass, you forfeit the fee and have to start over. Luckily, most pass first try. According to the state economist and others who plan for future workforce requirements, it is clear that Maine needs more immigrants, not less, as the labor (oops, that nasty word again) pool continues to shrink. We need more business development. Economists state that getting rid of "onerous" regulations has nothing to do with
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business development. The only thing that will help business development is a skilled, educated workforce. There is no business without skilled labor. Our focus should be making sure that every immigrant child graduates from high school and goes to college. From the statistics, we know that the overwhelming majority of adult immigrants with non transferable degrees are in college and university. The President of Wright Express said that right now there is a need for 1800 computer science majors in the Greater Portland area but only 60 students are now enrolled in computer science majors. This is the problem. Taking benefits away from elderly refugees is simply not the point. *Answer: Canada! Canada has always been the top source of immigration into the state since the time records have been kept. Like our Governor, most foreign-born legal noncitizens come from French-Canadian stock, as well as from other Canadian cultural or ethnic groups .
Your Help Is Needed! Atlantic Global Aid is heading to Eastern Kenya in May to bring needed medical supplies to rural areas. All contributions are fully taxdeductible. Please help. Send your donation to AGA, PO Box 618, Auburn, ME 04212. We thank all of the sponsors to date. Questions? Call Dr. Abdi at 617-953-8717 or Christina Feller at 207-939-3800. Thank you. And yes, we are taking solar powered blood pressure cuffs, and amazing new clean water systems. Can you help?
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People gathered in Portland gathered on March 30 at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church on Congress Street to observe Cesar Chavez's birthday, and to honor Cesar's organization of this nation's poorest rural workers into the United Farm Workers of America. Robert F. Kennedy characterized Chavez as "one of the heroic figures of our time." The event was organized by the Maine League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC); Ralph Carmona is president of Lulac.
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While Gov. Paul LePage failed to attend Thursday's annual observance of Cesar Chavez's birthday, he was definitely on the minds of its organizers. Ralph Carmona expressed disappointment at the Governor's absence at the event, at the removal of the labor mural in Augusta and at the renaming of the Chavez room. However, the good news is that Governor LePage has said he'll meet with the Maine LULAC group on April 12.
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East End Business Focus Silly's Chili a Winner In February, Silly’s restaurant tied for First Place with Bayou Kitchen in the annual WMPG Cajun Cook-Off and won several categories in the Phoenix Readers Poll. This is the second year Silly's participated in the Cook-Off and the second year they took the prize. Owner Colleen Kelly was delighted. "Thank you to everyone who came by, tasted, and voted. It’s a great community event and we are proud to be a part of it. Cooking up something new and different is always a fun time for us and we love that you enjoy us doing so. It’s encouragement for us to try even more new things!" As for the Phoenix poll, this year Silly's won Best Dessert Place, Best Sandwich, and Best Service/Waitstaff. This is the first time they'd won Best Dessert and second year running for the other two categories. Colleen responded, "Thank you, thank you! We love you and totally vote
you 'Best Customers Ever.' We’d also like to congratulate all of the winners but most especially 13th Cookie. Nicholas Stevens, the man behind the cookie, who is a former Silly’s employee—we are so thrilled at his success." A banner year for recognition, 2010 saw Silly's restaurant also honored as the Editor’s Pick in Yankee Magazine’s New England Travel Guide! Colleen explains, "In July, Silly’s will be 22 years old and it’s amazing to think how much the restaurant has grown and changed. Back in the day, who would have thought a tiny little shop on the East End would end up in Yankee Magazine? It’s humbling and awesome and makes us so happy. But we thank you all again, because none of this could have happened with out the love and support of our friends, customers and community."
Visit online at www.sillys.com/ about/. Silly's is at 40 Washington Ave., 772-0360.
Mainely Herbals, back to basics By Carol McCracken ((reprinted with permission from her blog at munjoyhillnews.org, Post # 736) The fragrance from the many herbs at Mainely Herbals is a delightful experience that can be savored by just opening the Green Door, stepping inside and taking a deep breath – of lavender and other herbs. Mainely Herbals is located at 253 Congress Street and today marks the opening of this business by its attractive owner Samantha Kobs, 29. Sammy is offering samples of tea and lavender cookies to visitors today. “My goal is to help people get off their addictions and find a natural healing remedy,” said Sammy, several days ago at her new store. She has natural remedies for chronic ailments, such as back pain, headaches and mood enhancements. Almost covering one entire wall, there is a bulk herb display of the many herbs for sale. There is a press available from which cups of tea can be made on site to sample the herbs. She is offering “an alternative to medicinal solutions,” in this calming setting she said. Her products for sale include herbal smoke and smoking accessories which are attractively displayed beside books and other items. In the center of this peaceful setting, there are comfortable chairs in which clients can talk to Sammy about their herbal needs. “The walls are painted in ‘herby earth’ colors to enchance a relaxing environment,” she said. She’s been working hard since March 1st to make it just that and has succeeded in her task. We talked about
At left, Sammy Kobs, Owner of Mainely Herbals at 253 Congress Street. Above, part of the bulk herb display at Mainely Herbals
herbal medicines - a subject on which MHN.com is among the uneducated – and more personal matters as well. Originally from Michigan, she and her family have been making their way to the northeast over the years. “We’ve moved a lot recently, but we intend to stay here for a good long time. I love it here,” she said smiling. “I want to encourage people to come in and try out different products,” she said. She makes her own line of products as well – such as lovely soaps which she is marketing to local natural food stores. Mainely Herbals is open six days a week from 10 am to 6 pm. Sunday is family day. FMI, call 877489-herb (4372), 253 Congress Street, her web page www.manelyherbals.com is still under construction.
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All in a Day's Work— Day’s Jewelers—the Munjoy Hill Years By Lisa Peñalver Last fall, I took a tour along the Eastern Promenade with life-long Hill resident Carolyn Israelson. As we passed Moody Street, Mrs. Israelson pointed to a home at the corner, commenting that it once belonged to the Day’s Jewelers family. With its amazing panoramic views of the Casco Bay islands and sunny hillsides, the Promenade must always have been sought after by prominent members of the community, but I was curious about the connection, so I sent an email to the Day’s Jewelers site to see what I could learn about the Day’s/Munjoy Hill connection. Shortly thereafter, I was contacted by Johnny Fickett. Born in 1935, Johnny grew up on Munjoy Hill, and as it turned out, he spent his entire career of 43 years working for Day’s Jewelers (he did not want me to use the title, "Mr."—it was a family business after all; everyone there always knew him as Johnny). This is a man who knows firsthand the history of this business. What follows is from his account and recollections, the story of the Day’s Jewelers empire. The year he started high school, Johnny Fickett began to work at the Day’s Jewelers main store located beside the Longfellow House. He started by working part-time as an errand boy and worked his way up to the jewelry service shop, progressed to working as a craftsman and moved on up into management. Known for having a good eye for the cut of diamonds, he was often called upon to “grade out a package of diamonds” and to negotiate the terms for the purchase. He worked his way up the ladder, eventually overseeing as many as 21 stores. Johnny Fickett explains the need to maintain a “tight ship.” With valuable gold and jewels lying around, one could not afford to be lax. He recounts how there was a time during the 1960s when, “during the height, things were really humming. I had gold at $800/ounce, and two girls to manage five telephone lines, I had calls coming in and going out to all over the country, and I stood at that counter for 4 days straight!”
According to the website, Day's Jewelers was “founded in 1914 by Captain Harry Davidson, whose ill health forced him to abandon a life at sea. The first Day's was a small pawn shop/auction center located in the Old Port of Portland Maine.” Johnny offered a more colorful description of the Captain, a man who dressed sharply in suits and spats, and was a well-known character in the bars about town. Johnny explained that the early Day’s stores carried electronic equipment as well as jewelry–high-end Zenith® and Symphonic brand stereo players and televisions during the 1950s and later, the Panasonic brand equipment and kitchen appliances. (Who knew?) Early on, Captain Davidson was joined in the business by his three sons. "Sidney, David and Herman; their sister Peggy worked for them," recalls Johnny. During the ensuing 30 years, the Davidson brothers opened 21 Day's stores throughout northern New England. Day's quickly became one of the most formidable jewelry store chains on the East Coast.
It was the two sons, Sidney and David Davidson, who came to own homes for many years on the Eastern Prom of Munoy Hill. And it was they who hired Johnny Fickett, the young man who lived just a few houses down from their own on Moody Street, to play a vital role in their growing business. David only lived on the Prom for a short period in the first high-rise. The two Davidsons, along with Fickett, travelled the world. In the accompanying photo from the 1970s, Sidney and David appear together in London. “It’s one of few times you’ll ever see those two in the same place; they couldn’t agree on anything.” Even so, in 1988, the two agreed to retire at ages 85 and 80, respectively. Sidney and David Davidson found new owners for Day’s Jewelers in Jeff, Jim, and Kathy Corey, and Mark Ford. Jeff and Jim's father, Robert Corey, had worked for David and Sidney for several years before co-founding his own company in Northern Maine with his wife Enid.
As Johnny tells it, "The Captain came to the store daily, dressed in 1930s style. None of the 3 sons ever Above, Day's Jewelers founders and former Munjoy Hill residents, spoke to him. He always wore spats Today, Day's operates Sidney and David Davidson, on a trip to London during the 1970s. Sidney is at the left, beside David, right. Photo by Johnny Fickett. and had a flower in his lapel; his false six stores throughout teeth didn't fit well and he would take New England. The a can of powder out of his pocket and shake it all over nearest Day’s is now in South Portland at 415 Philbrook, them and himself. Peggy married a Mr. Sully Selegman Hannaford Plaza, (See more at Daysjewelers.com) As some time before I came in. Sully worked in the store owners, the Coreys have combined skills and knowledge and lived with Peggy and Goldie (mother of the family) from the "old" Day's with modern technology. The busiat the corner of Moody & Morning St. They never even ness carries on a pride in its Day’s legacy and a reputation dimmed the lights in the store when the Captain died. for fine quality and customer service. No great surprise The Captain lived by himself at the corner of Cumber- then, that Day’s has some of its roots in Munjoy Hill. land Ave and Franklin St."
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Mayo Street Arts, Performances & Classes 10 Mayo Street, mayostreetarts. org —Times vary. Classes: Tango, Belly Dancing, Kids Yoga, Juggling, Zumba and Pilates. Artist Studios, theater, poetry, music and more. Contact email: Blainor McGough, email@example.com, 615-3609, or info@ mayostreetarts. org Port Veritas Spoken Word Night Poetry Readings, Every Tuesday 7-10 pm, @ Blue, 650 Congress St., Portland, All Ages,Gil Helmick, 400.7543, SOCCER PICK-UP GAMES Interested in playing SOCCER in the East End? We're organizing pick-up games a few times a week, No fancy leagues, no super-competitive play just to have fun, keep in shape, and celebrate the wonderful sport of soccer! All ages/skill levels welcome! Contact Andrew: 670-8041 or firstname.lastname@example.org 3rd Mondays: Seanachie Nights (stoytelling) every third Monday of the month. Free ($9 suggested donation). Bull Feeney's Irish Pub/Restaurant, 375 Fore Street, Email Lynne Cullen at thetwacorbies@ yahoo.com or call 207-846-1321 for further details. OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE – OLLI is an academic stimulating program for adults over 50 years old. Bedford Street, on the USM campus, Portland. Spring catalogues available. For more information, please visit www.maineseniorcollege.org or call Rob Hyssong at 228-8336.
Sat ApR 9, at 5:30-pm, 16Th Anniversary Feast For The Children Dinner To Benefit Aserela & The James Angelo Scholarship Recipient For 2011, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Guild Hall, 307 Congress Street, Portland. Call: (207) 829.1011 or send check to Aserela, PO Box 7782, Portland, 04112. Sat Apr 9, April Stools Day, from 9-11 am, It's time to report for doo-ty for the 19th Annual April Stools Day! Dog owners will unite to help clean up a winter's worth of un-scooped poop and prepare the Prom for spring. Mon Apr 11, Genocide and Human Rights/Darfur Lecture: at 7 PM: John Prendergast —Turning Bystanders into Upstanders: You and the Struggle for Human Rights in Africa.” . USM, Hannaford Hall. First come, first served. Sat and Sun, Apr 15-16, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad: 10am- 3pm, Museum will be open and trains will be running on the hour, www.mngrr.org Sat Apr 16: BIG THAW Arts, Crafts
Easter Activities Sat Apr 23: Easter Egg Hunt and Stories: Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., 11 a.m. Saturday: The museum has hidden eggs all over the facility for children to find. Stay for Cool Science at 11:30 a.m. to dye the eggs you've found. Free with museum admission of $8 per person (free for children under age 1). 8281234; www.childrensmuseumofme.org. Sat Apr 23: Kids Easter Activities: Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St. (behind Catherine McAuley High School), 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday: Activities will include egg decorating, lunch for children, face painting and a visit from the Easter bunny. Ages 1 to 11. RSVP at: easter_ email@example.com. For more Easter holiday activities beyond Portland see http://www.pressherald.com/ life/go/easter-events_2010-04-01.html
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memorial service Sunday, April 10, 2 pm to 9 pm
Seventh Day Adventist Church on Allen Ave.
Memorial Service and Remembrance of the Tutsi Genocide in Rwanda when almost 1 million people were murdered.
Root Cellar Calendartherootcellar.org— 774-3197, 94 Washington Ave. MOMS IN RECOVERY – Meets every Friday morning – 11a-1p, at The Salvation Army, Cumberland Ave.. Gatherings are FREE and free onsite child care available. Hosted by the City of Portland Public Health Division, Substance Abuse Prevention Program. fmi:Amanda at 786-8053. Pineland Farms- Family-friendly agricultural, equestrian, ecological programs run thryoughout the month, see www.pinelandfarms.org/visitors/ Recycle/Go Green: City of Portland selling bins, pails, barrels, diggers The following items are available for purchase from the city of Portland: Home compost bin and how-to guide: $40. fmi: portlandmaine.gov Thurs Apr 7, Darfur Community Read, from book TEARS OF THE DESERT by HALIMA BASHIR. at 7 PM: hosted by the National Council of Jewish Women Southern Maine Section, to be followed by a forum at Temple Beth-El, 400 Deering Ave. in Portland. Free and open to the public. FMI; 329-3353 or 712-1784. Sat ApR 7, GLITTERATI 6-10 pm, Port City Music Hall, a literary ball to benefit the Telling Room’s free programs for youth. Featuring some of Maine’s finest writers, FMI: tellingroom.org
and Vintage Sale. 10a-4p, Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo St.: featuring 40 artists, crafters and vintage sellers from Maine Sat, Apr 23, PEACE RALLY FOR DARFUR 7 – 9 PM, featuring speakers from the Darfur community and local activists, MEG PERRY CENTER, 221-5197 April-May: Sea State Public Lecture Series GULF OF MAINE RESEARCH INSTITUTE – 350 Commercial Street. The popular, FREE Sea State Public Lecture Series begin with: 4/7 – Ocean Acidification: The Risks and Challenges for Maine, Bob Steneck, University of Maine; 5/12 – A Coastal Flood Climatology for Maine and New Hampshire, John Cannon, National Weather Service; and 6/9 – Clilmate Change: Perspectives from the Past, Ken Weber, U of New Hampshire. 7 pm – 8 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. RESERVATIONS by email to Olivia at ovega@gmri. org or by calling 207 228-1622. www.gmri/ org/seastate Sat may 7, Pink Tulip Project Fundraiser, Friends of the Eastern Promenade fundraiser for the Maine Cancer Foundation's Pink Tulip Project . fmi: friendsofeasternpromenade.org
Fri ApR 22, URBAN EARTH DAY | menskmaine.org 11 am- 6 pm, Monument Square, Portland, info@ menskmaine.org
Sat, ApR 23, Dogwood Tree Planting on Bayside Trail, 9 am - 1 pm, Meet at the Elm St. trail head (behind Trader Joe's) to help Portland Trails plant 101 dogwood trees on Saturday! Rain date is May 7th, for more information and to sign up, call 775-2411 or e-mail Portland Trails.
a small and vital, mixed use community. Meet in the room above Micucci's, entry from Newbury Street. Our guest will be Trish McAllister, Neighborhood Prosecutor, Portland Police Department. FMI: www.indiastreet.org FMI indiastreet.org, email robbflynn@ mac.com Sun May 22: Maine Comics Arts Festival, 10-5, Ocean Gateway , OVER 100 COMIC writers, artists and publishers will be guests for this event!! cost $5.00, kids 12 and under FREE. fmi: mainecomicsfestival.com Sun, June 5: LEMONADE DAY MAINE Children around Portland set up stands and start making and sellng their own lemonade. Children learn how to develop a business plan, set goals, estabish a budget, seek investors, market their lemonade and provide customer service. For more details, please email: kristin. firstname.lastname@example.org June 9-11: THE ITALIANS ARE COMING - A three-day celebration of Italy’s boisterous culture and bold cuisine. Co-sponsored by the Spannocchia foundation, Portland and Siena, Italy-based group. At Ocean Gateway, FMI italianlifeexpo.com Sun-Mon, June 26-27, Immigrant Youth Summit, "Dialogues on Common Topics of Interest" across a broad swath of leaders and youth from the communities here in Maine from Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, and Somalia, hosted by Living With Peace .FMI:email email@example.com Mon June 27: FUNDRAISER for the INTERNATIONAL LEARNING CENTER, 7 pm, Bayside Bowl. (see p 14 of this Observer for details) FMI cfeller@
Sun July 10: HIDDEN GARDENS OF MUNJOY HILL Tour FMI call KE Smith, 232-6413 or kesmith@maine. rr.com, fmi: friendsofeasternpromenade.org
Plant Sales Sat May 21: South Portland Land Trust Plant Sale, 9 am—an amazing variety of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, wildflowers, groundcovers, etc, for sale, as well as baked goods and coffee. FMI: Helen Slocum at 799-3574 , hfslocum@ maine.rr.com
Zombie kickball returns to the Prom, Sunday June 26th at 1 pm, Carter Field
Sat & Sun, May 21&22, Not-Your-Garden-Variety Plant Sale, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Boothbay, ME, 207-6334333, www.mainegardens.org/calendar/ native-plant-sale, firstname.lastname@example.org Sat-Mon, May 28-30: Friends of the Maine Wildlife Park Annual Plant Sale: Learn about ongoing projects and enjoy great bargains on spring plants with annual and perennial flowers, vegetables and floral baskets grown in their own greenhouse! Plants will be available all day each day.. www.friendsofmainewildlifepark.com A Plethora of Plant Sales: www. pressherald.com/life/_eed_2010-05-09.html
Above: 10-year-old Alistair Smith, in convincing moulage, is looking forward to another round of Zombie Kickball in this 2010 photo, provided by K.H. Stӧbel. Visit the Zombie Kickball site on Facebook for updates and more photos.
Fri May 6: ADDISION WOOLLEY GALLERY First Friday Opening Reception, from 5 - 8 pm. Show runs from noon to 5 pm Thursdays thru Saturdays, March 4 – 26, 2011. At 132 Washington Ave.. (207) 653-7874. “Serving Greater Portland Since 1980”
Sat May 7: Kennebunk MaYDay Celebration and Parade in Kennebunk is day of fun and family-friendly activities all along Main Street in downtown Kennebunk. FMI call Teri at 985-6009.
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