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The bandstand at Fort Allen Park enjoys the morning sun as a Cruise Ship arrives from parts unknown, a familiar sight of summer to those on Munjoy Hill.

So Much To Do on Munjoy Hill!

Our community is host to a wealth of summer activities, many within easy walking distance. Among these are the events at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, swimming at the East End Beach, relaxing on the grassy slopes of the Eastern Promenade, sight-seeing and shopping in the Old Port and the downtown district. We have a exceptional variety of fine entertainment choices available, from the restaurants and shops in our own neighborhood and an extensive trail system for hiking and biking, to all the events in the greater Portland area. So what are you waiting for? If you need more ideas for how to entertain those summer visitors, see page 14.

Traffic Conundrum on Walnut Street

MHNO Annual Meeting and Elections

City councilor talks with Observer about neighborhood concerns By Lisa Peñalver It all started when people realized that the Walnut Street traffic cresting the hill at North Street posed a hazard for pedestrians, with no stop sign requiring up-hill drivers to stop. Children walking to the East End school, and others on foot on North Street, clearly faced an unsafe situation on a daily basis. Enter City Councilor Kevin Donoghue. The most obvious solution appeared to be to put a 4-way stopsign at that intersection, But the hill at this juncture is very steep, to such a degree that city traffic engineers had ruled that a stop sign was not safe for drivers there (in icy weather, or for those with standard transmissions) and that cars should just pass through without stopping. Councilor Donoghue had proposed the existing compromise solution on a trial basis: to block all uphill traffic at Sheridan Street, requiring a significant detour for unsuspecting drivers

heading for the East End Community School. The result has been less than seamless. Many drivers, accustomed to the old traffic pattern, have largely ignored the direction restriction, resulting in a number of close calls as downhill drivers, expecting a one-way environment, suddenly came face-to-face with oncoming traffic coming up.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 5:30 snacks & social time

6-8 pm, @ East End Community School

The current traffic pattern was intended to be a trial period, ending when school lets out. In evaluating the response from locals, Councilor Kevin Donoghue had identified 4 possible alternatives: 1) Restore to the old setup: no stop sign for Walnut drivers crossing North St.; 2) Keep the partial one-way section from Sheridan to North St. 3) Install a 4-way stop with seasonal warning flags during times of slippery conditions; 4) Make Walnut Street one-way all the way down to Washington Ave.

Above, one of the three stop signs at the Walnut St. and North St. intersection. Photo by Lisa Peñalver

Councilor Donoghue will be attending the annual meeting of the MHNO (Weds, June 22, from 5:30-8 pm at East End Community School) and this would be a good opportunity to express your preferences and concerns - or contact him directly by email: kjdonoghue@ As part of his report to the MHNO, Councilor Donoghue will discuss Capital Projects in the area for this summer, which include improvSee page 4, Neighborhood Concerns


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At the Helm

The Munjoy Hill Observer is published

MHNO President, Christina Feller

Sights, Sounds and Smells of a Vibrant Neighborhood

by the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization (MHNO) at 92 Congress Street Portland, Maine 04101 207-775-3050 Editor: Lisa Peñalver (207) 766-5077 Observer Committee Katie Brown, Tamera Edison, Andrea Myhaver, Alison Nason, Kristin Rapinac, Turner Kruysman, advertising Turner Kruysman, turner@munjoyhill. org or 332-4355- or - Tamera Edison,, 9397998 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 Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization Christina Feller, President 773-4336 Kristin Rapinac, Vice President . .................... Delores Lanai, Treasurer 773-9235

What is it about a neighborhood that makes people want to live there? Why do people settle in one neighborhood instead of another one? We asked people what made Munjoy Hill special several years ago and we got a lot of interesting replies such as the views, the experience, the friendly people and dog traffic, the local businesses, the restaurants, the St. Lawrence, the Prom, the Trail, the Narrow Gauge Railroad, the smell of beans roasting and hops fermenting down at Shipyard Brewery. All of a sudden, with the economy beginning to improve, we are seeing another, new “assault” on development in the East End. I urge readers to get in touch with the India Street Neighborhood Association and understand

the potential undermining of a quality residential experience due to parking garages, hotels, and increased traffic congestion due to idling buses waiting for ship’s passengers to disembark or increased rush hour traffic between the waterfront and northern suburbs. We have also been able to welcome the renewal of such historic features of the East End as the Abyssinian Church, the St. Lawrence Performing Arts Center, and the rehab of the Marada Adams Elementary School into homes, all in the heart of Munjoy Hill. Coffee By Design has two East End locations and the aroma of roasting beans fills the air regularly. We salute our own neighborhood icon Shipyard Brewery and the tempting aromas that manage to

overwhelm the wastewater treatment plant beautifully. But the true vitality of the neighborhood, just like the human body, is the strength of its heart—the manifestation of the care and love the residents feel toward their own special place. That is why our fundraising goal is based on our “heart.” We love Munjoy Hill, not only because of its sights, sounds and smells, but because of the people who live here who make this a quality place to live, play, pray, visit, enjoy and learn. Thank you for your contributions to the Hill— just by reading this newspaper you are contributing to what social scientists call Social Capital and Social Capital is what makes the heart throb heartily – so I salute everyone who has ever served on the Board of Directors

of the MHNO or one of its committees or volunteered for its programs –it is YOU that makes all the difference. Have you thought about joining the Board of the MHNO? Anyone over 18 who wants to be able to help out and improve life for folks who live here just needs to email us at info@munjoyhill. org and let us know. Elections will be held in late June. It has been a pleasure serving ast he MHNO president this past year and I look forward to continuing to serve on the Board and supporting MHNO programming.

From the Editor, Lisa Peñalver

Gotta wear shades The world is green again; a soothing sight to the eyes & soul, (though a glimpse of the sun would also be welcome). The plants are loving the damp weather and the flowers are in rare form. Summer on Munjoy Hill has a personality all its own. Not only does it bring the warmer weather, the breeze blowing up off the bay, and school vacation, summer brings visitors— those who come to stay with us, and those who are just wandering through. Summer is a time of people-watching and event-planning (and attending). Families, friends and tourists will soon be filing our streets, and filling our favorite haunts. Be sure to mark your calendar for the Hidden Gardens of Munjoy Hill Tour

– Sunday, July 10. It gets more impressive every year! And don't forget Observatory tours - fun and educational for the whole family (a favorite of my young daughter!) It’s time to clean out the spare room, brush off the grill, and brush up on the hot spots in the area. With our own lovely beach and water access, extensive urban trail system, and our many unique shops, restaurants and cafés, on the East End, the only thing you may be short on, is the time to “do it all!” But if you DO find yourself with some spare time—or the desire to meet some new people and build community, please consider volunteering for the neighborhood organization. Your MHNO is

dedicated to monitoring concerns in the community and providing a voice so that the East End continues to grow and be one of the most livable communities—anywhere!

"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

Andrea Myhaver, Secretary . .................

Sunday , June 5—MHNO hosts LEMONADE DAY MAINE Children around Portland set up stands and start making and selling their own lemonade. Children learn how to develop a business plan, set goals, establish a budget, seek investors, market their lemonade and provide customer service. For more details, please email:, and see page 9.

Ralph Carmona 518-9177 Elaine Mullin 671-6132   Fred Brancato Katie Brown............... Cynthia Fitzgerald..................................................... ....................

WHO YOU GONNA CALL?- You can help prevent crime on the Hill!

Joan Sheedy 774-7616

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 Munjoy HilL t-shirts available for $15. Send your check to MHNO: Various Sizes and colors available, email inquiries to info@

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


4) 911--Emergencies

BULLETIN Board the munjoy Hill neighborhood Organization MUNJOY HILL OBSERVER

MHNO "Wish List" Items

MHNO Board of Directors

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

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Congress St. and we sure could use your help!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Do you have some time, (very) gently-used office equipment, or

5:30 snacks & social time

money that you could donate to

6-8 pm, @ East End Community School

our efforts? We’d love to hear from you! Please email us: Info@munjoyhill. org with “Hill House Spruce Up” in the subject line.

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 • Postcards and e-mails will be sent to members and look for posted fliers. Share your neighborhood concerns and hear from program leaders.

Please Volunteer for one of our MHNO Committees­: • 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)

• M e m b e r s h i p • 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

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• Re co r d kee p i n g • Wa l ka b l e Neighborhoods To s i g n u p, please call 775-3050 to leave a message, or email

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MHNO Needs You! We are particularly in need of special donations to fund the repair and 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. All donations will help us cover costs for this wellused 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 volunteers to make it all happen!

STAY INFORMED! Send us your name and 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.) "Like" the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization on Facebook! Just visit us online at and click on our Facebook link. Follow our updates, join the conversation, post photos and share links, all on our FB page.

Would you like to get involved in your neighborhood? Do you want to know what your neighborhood association is all about and be an integral part of the wonderful programs we have in place now and help develop the programs of the future? Would you like to bring your thoughts and collaborative focus to work with other community-minded people? The MHNO has 8 open seats this year on the Board of Directors, in addition to four current members running for re-election. The MHNO Board is elected at the annual meeting in June by the membership present. Votes are counted and new board members are announced at the meeting. The President and Vice President are also elected at this meeting. The Secretary and Treasurer are then elected by the board at the first meeting of the new fiscal year in July. Candidates are encouraged to contact Elaine Mullin at elaine., or call 207-671-6132. The process is simple. There is a brief questionnaire, along with demographic information to complete. You must be a member of the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization to run. If you are not yet a member, you can go to the MHNO website for information, The completed membership form with payment can be dropped in the locked mailbox outside MHNO Hill House, 92 Congress St. You can also join at the annual meeting. During the meeting, you will be given a few minutes to introduce yourself to the membership and speak about why you would like to join the board. The annual meeting is June 22nd from 5:30-8:00 at East End Community School. There will be social time from 5:30 to 6 followed by a business meeting and the elections from 6:008:00. Please come to meet, talk, and listen, and consider joining us on the board!



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Tower update

St. LaWrence Resurrected

Flag Day Celebration­—June 14—Tower Tours have begun!

How dedicated Munjoy Hill neighbors came to transform the Crumbling St Lawrence into a shining beacon For the ArtS

By Jeanne Bull It’s summer in Portland and the Observatory is open for the season! We’re ready to welcome visitors from around the globe, newcomers to our fair city, and old friends as well. Mark June 14, Flag Day, on your calendar as that’s the day the Tower offers free admission and activities to the public. It’s a great time to climb to the top for our world class view, and if you’re a long time resident, it’s a great way to get a bird’s eye view of all the changes we’ve experienced recently. In addition to the trip to the top there are a number of other events going on that day including; Munjoy Hill walking tours at 1 & 3 pm, Eastern Cemetery tours at 2 & 4 pm, a presentation at 11 am by Don Whitney and Mike Daicy, authors of the new book, Portland’s Greatest Conflagration ( a mustread for anyone interested in the Fire of 1866), spirited sea shanties all afternoon by David Peloquin, along with face painting and flag making activities for the children. It’s a great way to launch the new season.

By Joan Sheedy

Observatory is looking forward to 2011. We welcome seven new docents-graduates of this year’s Portland History Docent Training-and a new site manager as well. The Tower will be open again in July& August on Thursday evenings till 8pm for the sunset views, and don’t forget the raffle to win tickets to see the 4th of July fireworks from the top. See you on Flag Day!

Everyone involved with the

The Observatory is located at 138 Congress Street, on Munjoy Hill in the East End of Portland. Guided Tours will be available daily from Memorial Day weekend in late May through Columbus Day in mid-October. Our tours are educational and entertaining for the whole family. For more information, visit At left,, the Portland Observatory with flags. photo by Bill Hall, courtesy of the Portland Observatory

Neighborhood Concerns, continued from front page

ing several crosswalks around Munjoy Hill to ADA standards with extended curb ramps and markings. There are also a couple of new bus shelters slated to be installed.

A car share service is in the works, to be based near the Cummings Center across from Colucci's Market. U Car Share® allows you access to a vehicle by the hour without the hassle of gas, insurance, parking fees and maintenance costs. (fmi:

Hill Hospitality—Hostels According to Wikipedia, "Hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodations where guests can rent a bed, often a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are generally cheaper for both the operator and the occupants; many hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk clerks or housekeeping staff in exchange for free accommodations." Councilors Duson and Waxman had proposed that Hostels be permitted in residential areas of Munjoy Hill, specifically in the "R-6" zone, which includes all of urban residential zones on the Hill, but does not include businesses on Congress and portions of Bayside. Kevin Donoghue said he supports this use, but he feels that the initial proposal should not have excluded businesses from participating, "Hostels should also be allowable in business zones." This zoning proposal will be discussed and voted upon in the fall.

About the St. Lawrence Arts Center The St. Lawrence Arts Center is owned and operated by the non-profit corporation Friends of the St. Lawrence a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization created in 1996 to restore the historic St. Lawrence Church and return it to use as an arts center. The St. Lawrence has a 3-part mission: Arts & Culture: creating an affordable and accessible venue for a diverse offerings of arts including but not limited to theater, dance, music film and workshops; Neighborhood & Community: adding activity, entertainment, cultural enrichment, social interaction, renovation and investment that serve both the surrounding neighborhood of Munjoy Hill as well as the residents of Greater Portland. Historic Preservation: rehabilitating this local and national landmark with the adaptive reuse of an arts center

Editor's note: The Saint Lawrence Arts Center on Congress Street at the top of the Hill adds vibrancy and energy to the heart of Munjoy Hill, but there was a time when the historic stone building was in such a dangerous state of disrepair that demolition was its most likely fate. Instead, a small group of neighbors who loved this old church got together and devised a plan to save it. Thanks to their vision, efforts and funding, the St. Lawrence still stands today as both a treasured historical site and as a popular venue for live performances. The tide began to turn for the St Lawrence almost 20 years ago. The following is an account by Joan Sheedy one of the volunteers who made preservation of the old church their personal mission. In 1993 local resident Deirdre Nice bought the St. Lawrence Church property, using funds she had just inherited, with a proposal to restore the building as an arts and community center. The building was 96 years old at that time, and had been unoccupied for 8 years. It had no working parts and it desperately needed a new (slate) roof — it leaked in many, many areas! It had to be entirely "gutted," and it was going to take a long, long time. Dierdre told Cheryl Leeman, member of the City Council, what she was going to do and, so I heard, Cheryl exclaimed, “Have you lost your mind?!" (Cheryl wasn’t the only one who asked Deirdre this over the years.) Anyway, Deirdre plodded on, but she had no money to DO much of anything in the way of progress. There happened to be only a handful of people on the Hill here who were even interested in the restoration. A handful of us began working on this project, myself included; we all started having meetings in different peoples' apartments and in the Hill House etc. We had little money and our prime purpose was to "brainstorm" for ideas to raise funds for the remodeling of the Church. 1996: the Friends of the St. Lawrence Church, the official 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation, was formed by several neighborhood residents with the mission: to save the historic St. Lawrence Church. In order to pay for the filing fee, we actually passed the hat to come up with the money. There were 8 ladies and Bill Milliken, the Executive Director, and Deirdre, who met periodically to think up ideas for raising money! Deirdre had a pickup truck, and we decided to collect bottles and cans each first Saturday of the month—door-to-door all around the Hill. We would put signs up on telephone poles with the date and time we'd be collecting. (This was done year-'round and we were all very diligent about it!) The next idea came from me. I had done cooking in restaurants before and I knew of those huge jars for mayonnaise & pickles; so we collected some of those jars- (there weren't a lot of restaurants on the Hill back then.) We cut slits in the jar covers and set

them next to all the cash registers in all the businesses around here. We taped signs on all the jars saying "CHANGE FOR THE CHURCH." It was a pun: it wasn't going to be a church anymore, it would become an arts center. Also the idea was, don't put your change in your pocket—put it in the jar!! After that we began getting $1 $5 and $10 bills then we were OFF & RUNNIN'! In September of 1997, with the help of a loan from the Genesis Fund, Friends of the St. Lawrence Church purchased the St. Lawrence Church from Deirdre, who sold the building to the non-profit for what she paid for it. In 1997 St. Lawrence renovation effort really started to roll along, as we obtained grants and formed partnerships —progress was being made. Our effort received grants from the Unum Foundation ($10,000), Libra Foundation ($15,000, $50,000), Davis Family Foundation ($25,000, $25,000), the State of Maine New Centuries Program ($20,000), over $260,000 from the City of Portland in Federal Community Development Block Grants, plus thousands of dollars in private donations. By 1998, significant work began on the St. Lawrence with the rebuilding of the Northwest corner with help from YouthBuild. The replacement of the rotten main stairwell was made possible by grants from the Davis Family Foundation and Unum Foundation, respectively. Then in June of 1999, the replacement of the Parish Hall slate and copper roof was completed with City of Portland CDBG funds. With the help of Jill Duson, Northern Utilities donated 2 large furnaces. The first restored stained glass windows were reinstalled in the lobby entryway by Mike Lorello, a former Hill boy and stained glass artist. Mike not only fixed the windows, he started a class in the St. Lawrence Arts Center to teach others the trade. Writer Joan Sheedy is a life-long activist and longtime resident of Munjoy Hill. She lives at Bayview Heights on North Street. On this topic she commented, “The whole thing is so amazing, how extremely grassroots it was when it all started and I am SURE this story has never been written (published) anyway! "

CapitAl City City Update | City Councilor Kevin Donoghue

Dear Munjoy Hill Neighbors, It has been a busy year and it is shaping up to be a busy summer. The site remediation and demolition of the former Adams School is now underway with construction expected to begin in September. Following the retirement of Joe Gray earlier this year, the City Council is in the thick of the interview and selection process for hiring a new City Manager, the conclusion of which should provide new opportunity to resurface and readdress those issues that have been on our minds all spring - like fixing all these potholes! As spring maintenance and clean up concludes, sum-

mer construction season begins along with some exciting new neighborhood improvement, including the construction of a sidewalk on the east side of Franklin Street between Middle Street and Congress Street to complement the new sidewalk associated with the brand new Hampton Inn, installing accessible crossings to the Eastern Promenade at Wilson Street and at Moody Street, and installing new bus shelters on Congress Street and near the East End Community School. Some of the most exciting (and challenging) work, however, concerns “Safe Routes to School.” When our neighborhood school shifted from the former Adams Community School to the East End Community School, several of the dominant school walking routesalso shifted The city

has responded by reopening the former Jack Path to allow Sheridan Street, which goes all the way from Fore Street to Walnut Street, to allow for a direct cross-hill walking route ending at the expanded North Street Community Garden. This summer, we will finally construct a new brick sidewalk up Eastern Promenade Extension from Washington Avenue up to North Street, at last improving upon the well-worn path with a safe (and plowable) walkway for the students climbing the Hill. North Street has also become a key walkway and, as such, improving pedestrian safety along the corridor has become a new district priority. We were successful in installing a four-way stop at North Street and Cumberland Avenue, but we have been less successful at achieving similar safety improvements at


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North Street and Walnut Street. The climbing traffic on Walnut Street making blind non-stop crossing might not have been a problem before the creation of several dozens of new apartments at Island View (in addition to Bayview Heights) and opening of the East End Community School (atop the old Jack School), but the increase in activity since have made the calls to do something about it more frequent. We had requested a four-way stop here as well, but this solution has not met the “warrant,” or the permit that comes with the approval of a licensed traffic engineer, because of winter hazard. We had instituted a one-way downhill between North Street and Sheridan Street on a trial basis during the second half of the school year, but it is inconvenient and,

even worse, is not observed. Remaining options appear to include instituting a one-way downhill for the entire segment from North Street to Washington Avenue, which would likely be observed, but still more inconvenient. They also include reevaluating a four-way stop or simply putting it back to the way it was before. In either of the latter two cases, I believe it is essential that we improve pedestrian visibility here, which can be addressed in part by extending the sidewalks as they are on State Street in Parkside. Please let me know how you believe we will be best able address this most difficult intersection! In Service, Kevin Donoghue City Council, District One

City Bulky Waste Pickup Editor's Note: Councilor John Anton replied to my question about "Big Trash" pickup: The FY 12 budget includes a Bulky Waste program (missing since 2008) but does not restore Heavy Item Pickup as it existed in the past. We will instead have a heavy item by appointment program come on line over the course of FY 12 (7/1/11 - 6/30/12). I've cc'd Mike Bobinsky (the head of Public Services) and Troy Moon (Solid Waste Director) so they can send you information on the details of the new program. There are several reasons why we did not restore HIP as it had been: Bedbugs - There are a lot of bedbugs in town. They live in furniture (among other places). Residents acquiring furniture from the curb is a vehicle for bedbug infestations. Enforcement - HIP was often abused. While there were limits regarding the quantity and types of materials that residents could place at the curb, it was, in practice, difficult to get people to remove or reduce their piles once the items were at the curb and it was also difficult to keep people from setting additional items out after City crews had collected items from that street. Volume - The large quantities of material awaiting collection at the curb required the City to deploy most of the (then) Public Works Department’s maintenance workers and between 20 – 30 dump trucks and rubbish packers to remove the bulky waste during the program’s scheduled weeks. Time - The demand that HIP placed on Public Works’ resources effectively shut down other services, such as street and sidewalk repair, for the duration of the program. Given the short construction season in Maine, the HIP hurt the Department's ability to fulfill other service needs.

For updates, visit the Calendar link at City Meetings- June 2011 Tue, May 31 5 pm—2 Portland Fish Pier - Suite 105 - Board of Harbor Commissioners Workshop

Wed, June 1, 3:45 pm, Room 24 - City Hall Basement Creative Portland Corporation, 5 pm, Historic Preservation, Room 209

romental Sustainability Committee 6:30pm, Room 209 - Zoning Board of Appeals

Mon, June 6 5 pm, Council Chambers - City Council Workshop 7 pm, Council Chambers - City Council Meeting - Evening Session

Tues, June 7

Thur, June 2

5 pm, Room 209 - Housing Committee

5 pm, Room 24 - City Hall Basement - Land Bank Commission 5:30 pm, Council Chambers - Energy & Envi-

Wed, June 8

5 pm, Room 209 - Community Development Committee 6 pm, Public Safety Conference Room - 109 Middle Street - Police Citizen Review SubCommittee

Thur, June 9 5 pm, 55 Portland Street - Parks Commission 5 pm, South Portland Council Chambers - Board of Harbor Commissioners Public Hearing 5:30pm, Room 209 - Finance Committee

Adams School Asbestos Abatement winding down — Demolition to come By Ethan Boxer-Macomber Abatement of the asbestos contained in the school's interior started last week and will continue through to the end of May. In early June the deconstruction of the building will begin. On 5/12/11 Avesta held a neighborhood meeting regarding the abatement and demolition process and timeline. Avesta's demo contractor and inspec-

tors from the City of Portland and Maine DEP were also on hand to present information and answer questions. All direct and across-the-street abutters were noticed with flyers in mailboxes. About eight neighborhood residents were in attendance. The scope of demolition involves the Adams School building only and does not affect the surrounding grounds.

After the building is removed, the foundation pad area will be level graded and loamed and seeded leaving clean grassy area in the interim period until construction stars in the fall. If anyone has questions or concerns related to the demolition process they may contact Ethan Boxer-Macomber of Avesta Housing at EBoxer-Macomber@ at 553-7777.

Neighborhood Prosecutor hears India Street concerns By Hugh Nazor Trish McAllister is the Neighborhood Prosecutor with the PPD. At a meeting of the India Street Neighborhood Association (ISNA) on May 19, she detailed her assignment and her work to date. What started as a part time, grant-funded operation went full time last October and is ready to continue with the goal of protecting quality of life issues for our neighborhoods. Trish focuses on non-criminal situations that are hard to deal with for the police. Such civil violations do not cause an arrest but the issuance of a citation (a summons to court), where the violator of city ordinances may be fined or otherwise punished. Various forms of public misbehavior (drunkenness, dumping

of waste, urination, graffiti etc.) may be dealt with more effectively by civil prosecution than by any other means.

neighborhoods looking for illegal trash on public property. Removal is quicker and fines result where possible.

The new graffiti ordinance (Council hearing June 6 and vote June 20) will criminalize what is now a misdemeanor but prosecution of a criminal offense will still require a greater burden of proof than is needed for a civil offense. One way or the other, the new approaches will have an effect. The most proven way to decrease graffiti is still rapid removal (within 24 to 48 hours), something the proposed ordinance will encourage.

There was considerable discussion of the very high number of intoxicated homeless on the streets of the India Street area. The cause of such a concentration may, in part, be attributed to the location of the only wet shelter in the city. Seeking answers as to how to reduce the problem produced no likely results.

The ordinance defining a “disorderly house” is also changed to allow more effective intervention. The city has a new position of a person who travels the

Many questions were asked and answered in a free-flowing and satisfying way. Attendees left satisfied and informed. For info on public meetings and news, visit ISNA online: FMI:


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East End Business Focus Shipyard Owners Serve up a Proposal for Expansion By Lisa Peñalver

Shipyard Brewery with its trademark logo on the face of the building at the corner of Newbury Street and Hancock Street, is a familiar landmark and fixture on Munjoy hill. Not only a significant employer, Shipyard beverages grace tables in eateries throughout the city, the state and beyond. Actively philanthropic, Shipyard Brewery sponsors numerous Community and nonprofit events.

it would bring jobs and business to the area, while revitalizing an area that has gotten neglected in recent years. Student living space would need to be secured, trafficflow issues would be addressed, and parking could be worked out among the various garages and lots in the area. The advantage to the locations is that so much is already within easy walking distance

brew pubs and working breweries. Within two years, demand for Shipyard beer outpaced the small operation and, in April 1994, Forsley and Pugsley opened the Shipyard Brewing Company in the heart of the waterfront in Portland, Maine, on the site of the former Crosby Laughlin Foundry. • Shipyard brewery is the 19th largest craft brewery and 28th

Recently, Shipyard Brewery owner Fred Forsley has announced his goal of expanding Shipyard by creating a culinary school and convention space. “We’re still in the conceptual phase,” said Forsley. “Building over and around the brewery, we could expand the structure to include a hotel and convention space, which would tie into the school.” It would be a 4 year hospitality and culinary arts program. Portland is well-known for its varied and quality dining, so it already attracts the sorts of people who would find such an offering appealing. “I want to tie it into what goes on at the waterfront, and capitalize on the cruise industry.” With a tentative goal of 5 years for the completion of the transformation, Forsley admits that there are hurdles to overcome, including getting buy-in from the neighbors. “This can be a very positive development for the area. We can design it is such a way to benefit the community.” Forsley believes

f o o d f ro m f r i e n ds , f amil y & tr ave ls “We are still at a very preliminary stage,” continues Forsley, There will be meetings and hearings and people will be kept informed of developments. “The whole point is to work with the community and neighborhood to make this work for everyone.”

Biz Focus: The Shipyard Brewing Company was founded by master brewer Alan Pugsley and entrepreneur Fred Forsley. Shipyard first began in 1992 at Federal Jack’s Restaurant and Brew Pub in Kennebunk, which is one of Maine’s original

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largest brewery in the country. The brewery employs over 60 people • Award-winning Shipyard beer is available in 38 states and markets for our freshly brewed, hand-crafted ales continue to expand. • Maine’s largest brewery produces 17 varieties of awardwinning English style and seasonal ales and 7 flavors of hand-crafted Capt’n Eli’s Soda.

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In the Garden

Art Soul


June 2011


The Contented Container Gardener By Kathleen Carr Bailey

Before you shop, visualize a color palette. Think outside the box. Almost anything can be used as a container: tea kettles; colanders; old shoes, and colorful Crocs™ are favorites. Consider a thrift store basket If you can fill it chances are you can plant in it. Materials: It needs to be weatherproof. Cheap plastic may fade or deteriorate from UV rays. Resin planters and fiberglass are light-weight, come in many shapes, sizes & colors AND there's no need to store them for the winter. Not Great: Terra-cotta and clay are porous and dry out too quickly. Wooden containers are susceptible to rot. Avoid containers treated with creosote, penta or other toxic compounds. Ceramic and or Glazed pots will crack or break if left out in the winter. If you use these remember to store them in the garage/basement before it starts snowing. Display indoors, or outside when all threat of a deep freeze has passed. Other considerationS: Choose containers that complement existing architecture if used in close proximity to structure. Take into account size and scale in connection to surroundings Allow for proper drainage Drainage holes should be at least an inch. Line them with newspaper, coffee filters or old screening to avoid soil loss. Use perlite or vermiculite to fluff the soil. Set pots on brick or ‘pot feet’ to allow for air circulation and avoid staining wooden decks. Refrain from using containers that are too narrow or shallow. Preparation: • New container or using a recycled item: Wash with mild bleach solution. Allow to dry thoroughly. • Use Potting Soil or Mixes only. Do not use soil from your garden; no need to replace all soil each year, re-use half of existing potting mix. Add organic matter such as worm castings. • No need to plant directly in container. Purchase inexpensive plastic pots sold at all nurseries. Use these as the container, then place within decorative planter. • Avoid creating a ‘too heavy’ pot. Tuck lightweight leftover plastic pot in the bottom of larger planters to take up space, or line the bottom with packing peanuts. Separate from soil w/material from an old screen. • To get more organized, purchase plastic shelves designed for containers Choosing plants: Right plant/right place • Combine plants with like light/watering needs.

• For drama remember these 3 words: Thrill, Fill & Spill. Thrill: Tall plant as focal point. Fill: Any plant that will surround the focal point Spill: Cascading plant. Pots are not just for annuals: Many perennials make excellent container plants. Heuchera, small hostas, astilbe, dwarf shrubs. Avoid plants with tap roots other than that use your imagination! At the end of the season these perennials can be planted in garden. Some will over-winter in the container: sedums, dianthus, chives, day lilies, Beyond Color: Incorporate texture (varied shapes), and movement: grasses, perennial flax, heuchera (all are thrills) Coordinate scale of plant with the container The size of the Thrill should be in balance with the container. Plants shouldn’t be more than twice the height of the pot or one-and-a-half times as wide Simple plants show off an ornate pot Showy plants will complement a simple pot Create themes: Try a desert theme using succulents; or a Fairy Garden Woodland using mini hosta, ferns, & moss. Color Crazy: Monochromatic: elegant & soothing. Lightness or darkness or strength of the color may vary, but only one color is used Analogous Colors: calming. Colors closely related to one another on the color wheel (blue & purple, orange & red, yellow and orange) More dramatic than monochromatic patterns. Complementary Colors: Demands attention. Colors opposite one another on the color wheel (yellow & purple, orange & blue). Neutral: makes other colors look brighter and deeper Add depth to the composition; divide colors that clash or are too strong; tone down complementary color schemes in daylight; and glow in the dark Black, gray, and white. Polychrome: Many mixed color work (most of the time) flowers naturally blend together. How to plant: Fill container full with potting soil mix. Place ‘Thrill’ plant in center of the container, Add more soil around plant. Alternate fill/spill plants and place as close to the inside. Add & push-in more soil around plants to avoid air pockets Water in. Add more soil if needed. After Market, Ongoing Care: Keep plants watered & fed. Turn and reposition when possible, use Lazy Susan plant stands. Place a pot on a large dish filled with marbles. Remove spent blooms. Change and re-create if necessary or if mood dictates. Odds & Ends Add whimsy, and include decorative elements; experiment and above all, have fun! Kathleen Carr Bailey is a writer and Master Gardener who has her own gardening business, Finishing Touches.

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Sarah Sorenson-Coppi — Earth & Soul Pottery By Marin Magat Sarah Sorenson-Coppi is one of those amazing people who seem to have always done the work they love—making pottery and teaching the craft. She owns Earth & Soul Pottery on Washington Avenue where she sells her work and teaches out of her studio. She also sells work of other artisans she has met from around the world. Sorenson-Coppi comes from an artistic family and says she has always known she would work as an artist. “I went with my gut… Yes, I am one of those lucky people. Others would dream about [making art]. I have an idea and get up and do it.” Sarah uses motifs of dog paws, leaves, fish on her pots to reflect the importance of nature to her. As a teacher, Sarah wants kids to see a connection between their art and nature. “Nature is so beautiful, it can create so much stuff!” Six years ago, Sarah and her husband purchased their house and studio after flipping a coin. They knew they wanted to be in Portland, having gradually moved north over the years from rural Massachussetts. The big yellow house at the bottom of Munjoy Hill seemed like a great location for the business Sarah had been dreaming of starting. Plus it had the perk of a big back yard for her avid gardening. Sarah loved the house but decided to leave it up to chance to tell them whether it was “meant to be.” As it turns out fate made the right decision. Opening the shop was a proud time for Sorenson-Coppi. Although, Sarah has been teaching, making pottery, and coordinating pottery programs for the last 15 years, Earth & Soul is the first business she has owned. Sarah envisioned a space where she could display her own work complemented with art from around the world. “I really like walking into my own shop every day” she smiles. Being part of a global community is important to Sorenson-Coppi. She traveled abroad for ten years and is a volunteer for Cultural Survival which partners with indigenous groups to defend human rights and cultural heritage. By selling their work at her shop, Sarah supports the vendors she has met from around the world who now feel “like family.” In Portland, Sarah likes that she is neighbors with diverse businesses—Mitpheap Asian Market, the Somali restaurant Hamdi, and the Salvadorian restaurant Tu Casa. She also likes creating an inviting business district by planting the area in front of her shop and supporting other beautification projects. “It is a good place to start a trend to make change,” she says. To see more of Sarah Sorenson-Coppi’s pottery stop by the shop on 34 Washington Ave. Or to check out her teaching schedule go to: www.earthandsoulpottery. com.





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June 2011


MEET YOUR MUNJOY NEIGHBORS David Sherman and Ed Hurley

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By Elizabeth Miller

Great Investment Opportunity with this 2-unit in Bayside. Needs some love, but a great equity builder!

Life rarely comes out the way you think it will when you’re a teenager. It can be even better than your wildest dreams. Talking recently with Morning Street residents David Sherman and Ed Hurley, reminded me that life often takes amazing twists and turns. The key is being open to change and walking through that door when it unexpectedly opens, …at any age. David is a colleague at Portland Adult Education and I became intrigued with his balancing act of being a math teacher, a computer teacher, a music teacher and a pianist. But after watching him perform recently at the Elizabeth Burnham Music Festival in Ogunquit, I need to switch that order. He is a pianist who is also a natural teacher, whatever the subject. David’s inspiration is his grandmother Nadia Reisenberg, judging from his warm reminiscences about this talented, determined woman whose career spanned continents. Growing up Jewish in Vilnius, Lithuania, then part of Czarist Russia, Nadia’s family struggled to provide her with the musical training she merited in St. Petersburg. The family fled in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, finally making their way to New York City. Anecdotes about her performances and her encounters with New York musical literati, pepper David’s explanations of musical choices and perspectives. His grandmother’s own resilience in the face of the worst of the 20th century atrocities, and her ability to embrace the best of her century, echo in the music David plays on her own grand piano, lovingly ensconced in the Morning Street apartment. After years as an elementary school teacher in the USA and in Spain, David moved to Portland in 1993, living first on Atlantic Street. In 2000, he purchased the apartment building where he and Ed now live, remarking that he wouldn’t want to live anywhere else in Portland. Ed Hurley grew up in Rumford, one of seven siblings. His life’s path first took him to the seminary to become a Catholic priest, with studies in Baltimore and Ottawa. He served in parishes in South Portland, Portland and Augusta. But then that path changed dramatically as he acknowledged his homosexuality, a recognition that helped propel him out of that first vocation into the larger secular world. Seeing couples he had married and former parishioners he had ministered to here in Portland are poignant reminders of life’s choices and life’s courses. It wasn’t just a job he relinquished, it was the heartfelt connection with the Church built over generations of family life and worship. Ex-Catholics know this void, but also know they can’t go back. Those ministering skills are applied now to his work as a Senior Disability Specialist at UNUM. Not precisely a “corporate type,” Ed’s abilities to relate easily to people and to understand the crises they are facing make him just the person on the other end of the telephone I’d want if I were in that situation. David and Ed share a love of music. They met in the Maine Gay Men’s Chorus and have been involved in musical theater at Portland Players and City Theater in Biddeford. They share a passion for travel; recent adventures have taken them to Turkey, Bulgaria and the Caribbean. The respect they have for the other’s background—New York Jew and Maine mill-town Catholic—and the appreciation for the life choices each has made permeate their conversations. And best for us, they share a commitment to city living, having built a superb network of friends and colleagues. They’re on the Hill and we’re glad they are.

"Secret Gardens" Tour in Portland Benefits Public Schools The Portland Education Foundation's "Secret Gardens of Portland" tour will take place on June 11 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., rain or shine. Funds raised from this event will go to grants for Portland Public School teachers to use on innovative projects that enrich student learning. The self-guided tour includes 10 beautiful private gardens around Portland. The tour offers a rare opportunity for gardening enthusiasts and others to sneak a peek at these sheltered in-town oases. This year’s gardens circle around Deering Center. Something new this year is highlighting a few gardens with features such as composting, vertical growing, chickens, bees, community gardening and worm farms, along with flower and ornamental gardens. There will be opportunities for gift basket drawings. Tickets are available for $20 in advance and $25 day of the event at: Jet Video – (Deering Center) 199 Pleasant Ave, Portland; Big Sky Bakery Co – 536 Deering Ave, Portland; Rosemont Market and Bakery – 559 Brighton Ave, Portland; Allen Sterling & Lothrop, 191 Rte 1, Falmouth; Risbara’s Greenhouse – 26 Randolph St, Portland; O’Donal’s Nursery – 6 County Rd, Gorham, and Skillins Greenhouses – Falmouth, Cumberland, Brunswick. Fifteen grants were distributed by the foundation this year. Projects that were funded ranged from enriching a high school physics class to supporting an elementary literacy/math/origami/cooking project and helping a middle school language arts study Eastern culture and literature. The grants committee expects to receive a much higher number of grant applications in the next year, as budgets continue to be cut back and more teachers become aware of the grant program. The Portland Education Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3), formed in 2009. Its mission is advocating for excellence in education, connecting schools and the community and supporting students and teachers.

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Center for Preventing Hate to Wind Down Operations Citing the retirement of its founder and Executive Director, Steve Wessler, the Board of Trustees of the Center for Preventing Hate announces that it will be winding down operations over the next several months. Additionally, the Center is seeking to transfer key programs to allied organizations to ensure that the Center's core mission of working with young people and adults to prevent and respond to bias, harassment, and violence will continue to benefit Maine people. The Center's Board of Trustees learned earlier this year that Wessler was planning to leave the Center for Preventing Hate in December 2012 to pursue writing, teaching and other work. After concluding it is unlikely to find a new Executive Director with the unique blend of passion, experience and fundraising ability of Wessler, the Board examined the viability of continuing the Center without Wessler at the helm, and ultimately decided to work with him to bring the organization's activities gradually to a close in a way that will allow the Center's work to be carried on into the future. It is a decision the Board makes with deep gratitude for Wessler's years of leadership and vision. "The Center for Preventing Hate, under the leadership of Steve Wessler and with the aid of a highly skilled and dedicated staff,

has led the way in helping our schools and communities adjust to major societal changes for more than a decade. On very sensitive and emotional issues, the Center has guided us in how we can improve as citizens and members of our communities. As an individual, I have learned from its programs – and Lewiston-Auburn is a better place because of the work the Center has done here," said Chip Morrison, President, Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce. "For 12 years, the Center for Preventing Hate has helped to keep schools and communities safe, giving students and citizens the tools to understand and combat the bias that so often leads to harassment and violence," said Board President Diane Kenty. "The students and community members who have received training from the Center will continue to make a difference in Maine and beyond through their strong, informed advocacy for tolerance and civility," Kenty added. The Center for Preventing Hate will be conducting "training-thetrainers" conferences to prepare school personnel and others to lead bias prevention workshops in their institutions. Additionally, the Center will explore with other nonprofit organizations possibilities to assume both programmatic and fiscal responsibility for the Center's key New Migration and Unity Projects.

June 2011


Take Time to Taste the Lemonade! Young entrepreneurs hope to taste sweet success on Lemonade Day

Nothing tastes better on a summer day than fresh lemonade. And on Sunday, June 5, you’ll have a chance to sample plenty of the sweet-and-tangy drink – and encourage budding entrepreneurs at the same time. On the first Sunday in June, hundreds of youth from all over the Portland area, including a couple dozen on Munjoy Hill, will set up lemonade stands and start selling lemonade for the inaugural Lemonade Day Maine. Lemonade sellers will lure potential customers with unique lemonade recipes, creative stands and clever marketing tactics. “Everyone has a job on Lemonade Day – either selling or buying lemonade,” says Kate Krukowski Gooding, executive director of Lemonade Day Maine. Lemonade Day’s goal is to teach kids how to start and run their own lemonade business. Participants in Lemonade Day Maine learn how to develop a business plan, set goals, establish a budget, seek investors, market their lemonade and provide customer service. The young entrepreneurs are encouraged to spend a little, save a little and share a little of their hard-earned cash with a charity of their choice. "Lemonade Day gives young people a taste of what it's like to run their own business," Gooding says. "It's a great way to spark their entrepreneurial spirit and help them realize their potential." Founded in 2007 by Prepared 4 Life in Houston, Texas, Lemonade Day has captured the imagination of kids and communities across the country.

In 2010, more than 66,000 young entrepreneurs participated in Lemonade Day. This year, 31 cities in the United States and Canada celebrated the event, which was held on the first Sunday in May in most parts of the country.

the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, the Boys and Girls Club, the Portland and South Portland Recreational Departments, Learning Works, the Portland Public Library, the Root Cellar and the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization.

Bangor Savings Bank is Lemonade Day Maine’s title sponsor. Partners include

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The Summer Rain

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862) My books I’d fain cast off, I cannot read, ‘Twixt every page my thoughts go stray at large Down in the meadow, where is richer feed, And will not mind to hit their proper targe. Plutarch was good, and so was Homer too, Our Shakespeare’s life were rich to live again, What Plutarch read, that was not good nor true, Nor Shakespeare’s books, unless his books were men. Here while I lie beneath this walnut bough, What care I for the Greeks or for Troy town, If juster battles are enacted now Between the ants upon this hummock’s crown? Bid Homer wait till I the issue learn, If red or black the gods will favor most, Or yonder Ajax will the phalanx turn, Struggling to heave some rock against the host. Tell Shakespeare to attend some leisure hour, For now I’ve business with this drop of dew, And see you not, the clouds prepare a shower-I’ll meet him shortly when the sky is blue. This bed of herd’s grass and wild oats was spread Last year with nicer skill than monarchs use. A clover tuft is pillow for my head, And violets quite overtop my shoes. And now the cordial clouds have shut all in, And gently swells the wind to say all’s well; The scattered drops are falling fast and thin, Some in the pool, some in the flower-bell. I am well drenched upon my bed of oats; But see that globe come rolling down its stem, Now like a lonely planet there it floats, And now it sinks into my garment’s hem. Drip drip the trees for all the country round, And richness rare distills from every bough; The wind alone it is makes every sound, Shaking down crystals on the leaves below. For shame the sun will never show himself, Who could not with his beams e’er melt me so; My dripping locks--they would become an elf, Who in a beaded coat does gayly go.


June 2011

Art Soul


An essay by Elizabeth Miller, Waterville Street The Craigslist ad promised a lovely apartment in an in-town neighborhood: tree-lined streets, coffee shops, stores and restaurants and no hill. This implied rivalry between the West End and Munjoy Hill got me thinking about THE HILL and its role in our neighborhood’s own qualify of life. If you haven’t noticed, Munjoy Hill has some San Francisco caliber streets, especially Walnut, Cumberland, Congress and my own street, Waterville. If you’re a walker or drive a standard shift car, then you might be swayed to think of the various approaches to the top of the Hill as obstacles to be overcome, not embraced. When I first moved to Waterville Street four years ago, I tried to find the “least steepest” way of getting back to my home. Congress to Ponce to Monument? Federal to Mountfort to the walking path above Munjoy South to Monument? Which cut-through Munjoy South to Adams was easiest? Any zigzag had to be better than just tackling the Hill head-on. This search for the “least steepest” way intensifies in the winter. If on foot, one must add to the calculus which streets are safe to walk in, because sadly not all property owners keep their sidewalks safe for pedestrians. When it snows, determining a route becomes even more challenging, as this driver tries to guess which streets have been plowed, with the ultimate goal of driving down (never up) our usually unplowed or semi-plowed street. Straight up Congress? Hope for a green light at Washington. Around the East End School

along the Prom? Who knew that end of Congress was short but steep? Gradually, for that is how one often overcomes challenges, I came to relish the sense of accomplishment at reaching my front door with enough breath left to greet neighbors and climb the stairs to our third floor apartment. Pursuing the “least steepest” route no longer figured in the walk back home strategy. Like Nike touts, “just do it.” I found myself tackling Congress Street, even Cumberland Street, all the way to the top, no side-routes to diminish the incline. The reward? Expansive views of inner Casco Bay, sailboats dancing across the harbor, tankers and fishing boats plying their way to and from distant waters, islands so close but so far. With summer’s arrival, the rewards present themselves in the route itself: monitoring renovations and repairs, peeking into gardens abloom, greeting children at play and people on stoops. Because it’s more than the physical qualities that distinguish our neighborhood, it’s the people diversity. The world has come to Munjoy Hill and we are the richer for it. Diversity makes us a vibrant place: all ages, ethnic and religious identities, sexual orientations, socioeconomic levels, longtime residents and new comers, renters and owners. Such an opportunity to embrace it all. We may live close together, but there’s room for everyone. So as we gird ourselves for the July 4th invasion to the Eastern Prom, greet our visitors with a warm Munjoy welcome, just for the Hill of it.


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Save the Date: July 2011

Hidden Gardens Tour

Friends of the Eastern Promenade

Mark your calendars for the Hidden Gardens of Munjoy Hill on Sunday, July 10. This year’s tour will offer a selfguided visit of about a dozen gardens on Portland’s East End. Members of the Society for East End Arts will also be opening their studios to the public. For more information and to buy tickets, visit

Pierce Atwood Hits the Trail Volunteers from local law firm Pierce Atwood helped with several seasonal tasks here on the Promenade and throughout the City as part of the firm's annual "Day of Service" work day. Collaborating with Friends of the Eastern Promenade, work was done to grade the newest stretch of the mid-slope path connection from the Loring Memorial Trail to the already existing mid-slope path just across from Walnut Street. Jaime Parker from Portland Trails was on hand to provide instruction and tools for the job. (photo B). Tackling the invasive patch of knotweed near Fort Allen Park was another job for these ambitious helpers.

FoEP announces Project Priorities Friends of the Eastern Promenade announced the following Project Priorities at the Eastern Prom Preview meeting May 4 at the East End Community School: • Relocation of the Commercial Boat Ramp: FoEP is working with the City and stakeholders to consider relocation of the commercial ramp at the East End Beach, due to numerous safety hazards imposed by the conflict of heavy industrial use within this recreational area. This is among the top priorities recommended within the 2004 Master Plan. • Rehabilitation of Fort Allen Park: In anticipation of the 200th anniversary of Fort Allen in 2014, we are devel-

With limited resources and time sensitive projects, the City truly benefits from this day of service. Other teams worked with crews from the City's Public Services department, to clean and mulch near the East End Bath house and to mulch the trees along the Promenade. Deering Oaks, the Eastern and Western Cemetery, Baxter Woods and Riverton Trolley Park also received attention in the way of raking, litter patrol and debris clean up, brush removal and mowing. In all, over 80 volunteers spread throughout the City's parks and green spaces for the event. "We're grateful that the City thought of us when looking for oping a plan to restore the park, including restoration of the bandstand, cannons and carriages; landscaping, site furnishings, lighting and fencing. A landscape design consultant has been selected to develop the plan. • Invasive Species Management: We are working with the city of Portland to manage invasive species in the park, starting with a large patch of Japanese knotweed along the edge of Fort Allen Park. • Restoration of Cleeves Monument: We plan to restore the 1883 monument and design a trail from the memorial to Cutter Street. • Informational Signage and Kiosk: Directional and interpretive signage and kiosks will offer park visitors guidance and point out environmental and historical aspects of the Promenade.

Photo by Kristin Rapinac

Summer Concerts

return to Fort Allen Park

tasks to be assigned. We can always use the help with our Prom projects" said Diane Davison, President of Friends of the Eastern Promenade. "The Pierce Atwood teams were real go-getters; our thanks go to them as well," she said.

Friends of the Eastern Promenade is presenting seven Thursday evening concerts in July and August at the Fort Allen Park bandstand. Check out the lineup on our website at

Photo© John Alonso, used with permission

Herb Adams to Lead Historical Walking Tour Join historian Herb Adams on a fascinating walking tour of the Eastern Promenade from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 18. Adams will share colorful anecdotes about the development of the Eastern Promenade and the people who shaped its history. The tour will begin at the bandstand in Fort Allen Park. Cost: $5 for members of Friends of the Eastern Promenade and $10 for nonmembers. Reservations are required and space is limited. Please RSVP to info@

FoEP Garden Party

Photo by Kristin Rapinac

The May Garden Party raises funds for Pink Tulip Project Rob and Robin Whitten opened their gorgeous Munjoy Hill garden May 14 for a party to benefit the Pink Tulip Project, including Friends of the Eastern Promenade’s Pink Tulip Garden at the top of Cutter Street. The garden featured hundreds of tulips in full bloom as well as many other beautiful spring flowers and plants. The Pink Tulip Project, founded by Robin Whitten in 2006, has raised more than $200,000 for the Women's Cancer Fund at the Maine Cancer Foundation.


June 2011


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Maine’s Community Spay-Neuter Clinic Pet pick-up and delivery makes pet-care easier for Hill residents Maine’s Community Spay-Neuter Clinic (CSNC) opened its doors November 22, 2010, in a new, state-ofthe-art facility at 475 US Route 1 in Freeport. The clinic provides high-quality, low-cost spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats whose owners cannot otherwise afford this service. Located at 475 US Route 1 in Freeport, CSCN fills an urgent need in Maine, where every year thousands of cats are killed at shelters for lack of homes, and hundreds of dogs unnecessarily have litter after litter of unwanted puppies. The goal is to make the essential services of spay and neuter accessible to all people in an effort to combat the problems of pet homelessness and euthanasia. Since opening, CSNC has performed more than 1,300 sterilizations of dogs and cats, the vast majority of which are adult and had never been to a veterinarian before. Starting this May, the clinic has started offering free transport for pets living in the Waterville and Augusta areas as a way to help reduce pet overpopulation in those locations. Transport can also be arranged for pets living in the Munjoy Hill area. Maine's clinic is a Humane Alliance Clinic, modeled after the Humane Alliance Clinic in Asheville, NC. That clinic, which performs 24,000 sterilizations per year, is widely recognized as the premier medical training facility for high-volume spay-neuter in the country (see Where Humane Alliance is active, area shelters have experienced a 75% reduction in intakes. Because of Humane Alliance, there are tens of thousands fewer euthanasias of unwanted dogs and cats each year in North Carolina alone. As a Humane Alliance Clinic, CSNC’s facility, equipment and training all adhere to the highest existing medical, ethical and animal-welfare standards for the provision of

Community Spay-Neuter Clinic receives support from donations to Center for Wildlife Health Research, and does its best work when it is busy. To help reduce the number of unwanted litters, please consider a donation. For more information or to schedule an appointment for your pet, visit www., or call 865.0772. Photo courtesy of CSNC.

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sterilization services for animals. The clinic’s equipment and surgical procedures are state-of-the art; its goal is to provide the highest standard of veterinary care while reducing the number of unwanted pets. The clinic staff includes Drs. Elizabeth Stone and Beth Sperry, both graduates of Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine with a combined fifteen years of clinical and surgical experience with dogs and cats; Jess Williams, Head Technician, a licensed graduate of the University of Maine Veterinary Technology Program in Augusta; Kim Flood, Office Manager, is a former veterinary technician and former owner and General Manager of the Acton Veterinary Hospital. Individual donations, and funding from organizations including PetSmart Charities and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, help keep costs low. The efficiency of the clinic’s sterilization procedures also enables the clinic to charge lower rates. The focus on just one small set of veterinary services (dog and cat spays and neuters) allows the staff to be both efficient and proficient, allowing 2030 surgeries to be safely performed each day.

East End

Silly’s Restaurant

Outer Congress

Bayview Heights

Squid & Whale Tattoo

Tony’s Donuts

Blue Spoon

St. Lawrence Arts Center

Outer Forest

Buffalo Wings-n-Things Coffee By Design Colucci’s Market Cummings Center Donatelli’s Custom Tailor Shop Liliana’s Dry Cleaner & Laundromat East End Community School Library

Two Fat Cats Bakery Tu Casa Restaurant

Old Port Bard Café City Beverage Dunkin Donuts Fit to Eat Resturant Norway Savings Bank

Big Sky Bread

Off-Peninsula Barron Center Park Danforth Punky’s Market Steve & Renee’s Diner

Congress Street Hot Suppa! Restaurant State Theater

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Becky’s Diner

The Good Egg Cafe

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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.

When Humanitarian Aid Turns into Sustainable Development By Christina Feller, President, Living With Peace From any point of view or religious belief, we all recognize humanitarian aid: it is FEMA and the local Red Cross rushing in after killing tornadoes touched down in Joplin, MO; it is neighbor helping neighbor during harsh winters and broken levees; it is the UN High Commission on Refugees working tirelessly to ensure that refugees’ rights are met and basic needs accounted for in camps across the world and especially in East Africa’s largest refugee camp called Dadaab where more than 300,000 people live in three sub-camps called Hagadera, Ifo and Dagahaley. Humanitarian aid is a Live Aid Concert to fund food for millions of people in Africa. It is volunteers working for Doctors Without Borders tending to the sick and dying throughout Africa with compassion, integrity, and a sense of graciousness. It is organizations we have all contributed our quarters to when we were in grammar school the biggest of course are UNICEF and WHO, the World Health Organization. Today the greatest part of American humanitarian aid is carried out by multinational and international non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) like the Red Cross, Mercy Corps, CARE, and Save the Children. These thousands of volunteers are carrying out the Refugees Act of 2006 legislation that provides for the basic freedoms of refugees and migrants: freedom of movement, freedom from harassment, freedom to register as a refugee, freedom to seek a livelihood, etc. A good website to know more is The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights at While straight-up assistance to enable individuals to survive on a daily basis is the basic goal of humanitarian aid, (such as Preble Street Resource Center or Community Counseling Center right here in Portland),, the development of systems and structures to affect the quality of life for large groups of people turns this into a form of sustainable development. In this way, volunteers, governments, religious groups, and civil society organizations partner together, and with small, locally based NGO’s, they are able to build a web of support across sectors (e.g., education, health, governance, civil society building) and across lifestyles (i.e., farmers or pastoralists, professionals or blue collar), . In urban as well as rural areas, they raise the collective hopes, aspirations and skills of the poor and marginalized to succeed on their own. Sustainable development in all of its forms seeks to raise the standard of health, education and welfare of a large group of people on a long term basis. When I think of local sustainable development organizations, I immediately think of Cultivating Community and our neighborhood organizations, such as the MHNO, that cares for the elderly in winter heating season and the youth in the summer. In rural northeastern Kenya where pastoralists have tended their herds of goats, camels,

giraffes, and cows for thousands of years, drought and climate change in the northern arid lands have pushed these people to the brink of starvation through the sheer magnitude of the ravages of disease, malnutrition and hunger as a result of the loss of their herds, their livelihoods, and their known way of life. When huge change happens to large numbers of people, solutions have to be equally massive and multi-faceted. On its first medical mission to Africa, with the help of Elizabeth McClellan and her team at Partners for Global Health right here in Scarborough,

Maine, team members of Atlantic Global Aid, a Maine-based international NGO, delivered a long list of desperately needed items (see picture above of elders and team members holding up items and see receipt for the delivered items) to the Masalani HospitalIjara District, this is an area in far northeast Kenya about fifty miles from the Somali border and about one hour’s drive to the coast of the Indian Ocean. “At no time did I fear for my safety,” said trip organizer and board member of AGA Christina Feller, “in fact, one-hundred percent of the people I met assured me that I was perfectly safe and they were deeply appreciative that I ‘brought their grandsons back home with Panadol (Aspirin) in tow,’ which no one had done before, and for that, they told me, they are deeply grateful.”

WomenKind Kenya AGA’s key local partner is WomenKind Kenya, a registered NGO that manages a girls' boarding school in Garissa, Kenya. This group, WKK, has started two other boarding schools for boys and girls as well as a farm for “pastoralist dropouts”, as president and founder, Hubbie Al Haji explained. We visited the farm and saw the results of hard work by more than 120 families—watermelon, bananas, chili peppers, other vegetables. It is supposed to be the rainy season just now but in the four days we were there, it rained just once somewhat hard, and twice, softly, for about five minutes. Even then, the mud formed quickly and deeply. We saw women and children with yellow jerry cans walking tens of miles a day in search of water. We saw the jerry cans attached to roofs to gather rain water and we saw jerry cans strapped to the backs of camels and

burros. The children rolled them using metal hooks that attached to the center of the top and bottom and they pulled them along behind them. Hubbie explained the difference between humanitarian aid and sustainable development. “When we get girls in school and they learn to read and write,” she said, “I call that humanitarian aid. When we free four-yearold girls from the horror of female genital mutilation through female circumcision, then we have something that I call sustainable development. Until we stop mutilating our girls, we will not have a just society. Our Kenyan Constitution provides that 30% of all government bodies and committees must be women. How can our girls look forward to serving their country living with their own mental and physical health trauma that was inflicted on them before they even were old enough to read or write? We must stop marrying our girls off when

they are thirteen, fourteen, or fifteen years old. We must stop child trafficking. We must protect these girls first and provide for their safety. We now house 287 girls in our school and it costs us $50 a day per girl so you can only imagine how we need Americans to help us. In the whole school there are only three toilets. We need books and food and medical care and help paying for their uniforms and their school fees.” If readers wish to support the work of WomenKind Kenya, please make your tax-deductible contribution made payable to Atlantic Global Aid, and send to PO Box 618, Auburn, ME 04212. Please write WKK in the Memo Line. For more information please go to or email “We are seeking experienced disaster relief workers, international aid donors and volunteers, medical and health care professionals, especially those from East African nations, and most important of all we want our friends in Maine and New England to know how much we appreciate their ongoing support to the immigrant community as we not only stabilize ourselves here in America but now can reach back and re-stabilize our own countries,” finished Dr. Abdifatah Ahmed, Executive Director of Atlantic Global Aid and Trip Leader for the Medical Mission to Kenya.

Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite By Katie Brown Dear gods, goddesses, devils, mother nature, old man in the moon have mercy! You found a bed bug. The important thing is to NOT PANIC. People who panic make bad choices. People who panic when they find a bed bug, will range in bad behaviors from the extremes of not sharing this critical information w/ whom it needs to be shared, to soaking their homes, pets, children, and spouse in some Agent Orange equivalent. Stay calm, and follow these basic steps: 1. Confirm. Look online and compare it to what you see. 2. Call your landlord. If you’re the landlord, call an exterminator. Get sound counsel. Let the neighbors know, after you’re informed of the procedure for elimination.


stuff you’ve been wanting to dump for a long time. But don’t throw it into the street or a donation bin. Bag it, tie it, garbage it. 4. Put anything cloth that can fit into a dryer for 20 minutes (FYI, bed bugs croak at 115 degrees. TG.). Seal it all in a bag until the bugs have been eradicated from the premises. 5. Bag up tight anything else you want to keep that can’t go into a dryer (books, picture frames) and keep the bags sealed for a year. Presto. 6. Let the specialists come in and do their job. 7. When out cruising yard sales this summer, think hard and ask questions. If you don't know where it came from, it's best to step away from that over-stuffed chair or pillow. Think twice before hauling it home. You might get more than you bargained for.

3. Throw away the stuff you just don’t need in your life anymore, that

Free Skin Screenings at MMC Wednesday, June 8

This screening is a must if you have freckles, sunburn easily or have a family history of skin cancer. You should attend this screening if you are over 60 and you do not have a regular dermatologist. Get a thorough visual exam from a qualified health professional along with useful prevention tips. Appointments will be made between 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on the following date: Wednesday, June 8 at the Maine Medical Center 22 Bramhall St. Portland. Space is limited and patients who have never been screened by a dermatologist will be given priority. Please call 396-8517 to schedule your appointment. Interpreter service is available. To register on line visit Free Skin Screenings sponsored by the Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute, Mercy Oncology-Hematology Center and Southern Maine Medical Center and Greater Portland Area Dermatologists, and co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society.



'Don't Fry Day' Raises Skin Cancer Awareness 5/26/2011 By Associated Press, Scott Cherry, World Scene Writer "Don't Fry Day" reminds people about the dangers from exposure to the sun's rays. May 27 was "Don't Fry Day," and we're not talking chicken or french fries. This was a day to remind people about the dangers from exposure to the sun's harmful rays. Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, is on the rise in America and is the most common cancer among young adults ages 25-29, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Skin cancer affects more than 2 million people each year, outnumbering the cases of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers combined. The EPA's SunWise program

and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention have provided these tips to reduce overexposure to harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun. 1."Slip, Slop, Slap, Wrap!" Slip on a shirt, slop on SPF 15-plus sunscreen, slap on a hat and wrap on sunglasses. 2. Seek shade during the sun's peak hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 3. Check the UV index when planning outdoor activities to identify the times that pose the greatest risk. To find the UV index, go to tulsaworld. com/uvindex -

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d n u o r a & n I o J u n n e i y d a B o c o s t Ca s g in h T At left, an image of the old pier pylons at shoreline below Munjoy Hill. Photo by Portland High School student, Joe Menard.

Sunday June 12 11 am -5 pm, Rain or Shine

Courtesy Photo—SailMaine


SailMaine's 4th Annual Open House June 12 - Rain or Shine Our fourth annual Open House is coming up Sunday, June 12th, 10 AM - 3 PM, rain or shine. There'll be free sailboat rides in Portland Harbor for people ages 8 and older, with shore-side boat rigging, knot tying demonstrations and a marine yard sale among the other fun activities. We’ll have a hot dog cart nearby and other snacks available throughout the day.


IIt's a great way to get to know a local nonprofit and learn a little bit about sailing! Last year we introduced over two hundred people to our boats and coastal waters at the second annual Open House. We're anticipating another successful year! We have a dedicated crew of volunteers coordinating this event. Please pass the word to folks who have an interest in sailing and might not be familiar with SailMaine. Join us! (Details at

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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 reading 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:


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Join Portland Trails for the Grand Opening of the Forest City Trail

Volunteer Training Day at the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad June 4, 10 am to 4 pm - lunch provided. Retired? Interested in history? Looking for a fun part-time activity? The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad has immediate openings for train crew! We are looking for individuals who enjoy talking with visitors and residents about the history of Maine. Volunteer whenever is convenient for you ˆ- we run trains seven days a week along the waterfront. We

Photo by Gabrielle Dumas

Saturday, June 4th — National Trails Day Walks take place rain or shine. Guided Walks throughout the Portland area. visit for times of the various walks and a downloadable map. Some hikes have limited space so an RSVP is recommended. Call 775-2411 or email

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offer a fun and enjoyable environment to volunteer in the community this summer. No technical skills are needed ˆ training provided. Website: www. Limited seats available on June 4th, so please RSVP to 828-0814 or e-mail:, See website: for Railroad Museum and train ride info.

Ride A Train

Going Somewhere with Lulu? Dog Zone: The off-leash dog zone on the Eastern Prom changed last year! Dogs are allowed to romp off leash under voice con-

trol in specified areas on the Eastern Prom and the East End Beach before 9 am and after 5 pm between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Off-leash areas include the area below Cutter Street, the East End Beach, and the Mid-Slope trail. Here is a link to the new map (off-leash areas in gold): uploads/2010/12/ East_End_Dogs.pdf Or just navigate from the Friends of the Eastern Promenade website:

Winter Cache Community Gardenting Spirits Alive—Eastern Cemetery Tours • Longfellow House & Garden •

Sunday June 26 @ 1 pm, Carter Field

Zombie kickball returns to the Eastern Promenade

Keep an eye out! Monthly Film Screenings at the St. Lawrence Arts


Friday June 17th/ 7PM / $5, For more information: www.—The St. Lawrence is thrilled announce the emergence of our local monthly film series. Each month, we'll screen new locally-crafted films. Please contact Whitney McDorr at the St. Lawrence for inquiries or film submissions -

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The Observatory tower museum is open Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day, 10a-5p daily. All tours require a guide for the safety of our visitors. Details;, 774-5561

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Rated Local: Short Works from Maine Filmmakers

See live performances at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, Mayo Street Arts, and Lucid Stage!

Italian Life Expo—June 9-11 Experience Italy on the Portland, Maine waterfront at the Ocean Gateway Center (details online at and sample the best from a new generation of artisans producing Italy’s finest specialties in centuries-old traditions including: hand-crafted Italian cheeses and hams; exclusive regional wines and olive oils; traditional copper pans, housewares and ceramics. Discuss Italian travel ideas and traditions with experts, from navigating the backroads of Italy to cooking authentic

Tuscan cuisine. Learn about organic farms and luxurious villa rentals. Tickets for Friday and Saturday sessions are $35 each and include: • •

Access to the exhibitor hall, where you can meet all of our fantastic exhibitors. A complimentary wine glass for sampling the many wines brought over exclusively for the Expo. Samples of high quality Italian products.

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Culinary treats provided by our local restaurant partners. Opportunity to attend optional presentations or guided wine tours through the Expo (depending on the session). A chance to win fabulous door prizes. Opportunity to purchase products directly from exhibitors.

Proceeds of this event will support the educational programs at Spannocchia and the Institute for Italian Studies.


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Concerts By The Sea Fifth Maine Museum on Peaks Island: the 2011 concert and event series - Just a 15 minute ferry ride from the Old Port! Vist www.fifthmainemuseum. org for schedule of events & map, and see for the boat schedule.

Throw a Pot Or buy one. Portland Pottery Studio, Classes & supplies. 118 Washington Ave, 772-4334. www.

LLBean Summer in the Park Concert series and acivities. Details online at retailStores/summerInThePark/

Bird's Eye Views

...can be seen from the top of the Portland Observatory. Take a tour, hear about the histoy, and take in the views when you climb the wooden stairs to the top. See page 13 for more information.

Portland Farmers' Market From now through November, find great local produce 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!

SUDOKU: Fill in the grid so that every row, every column and every 3 x 3 box contains the digits 1-9. For more info, visit

Portland Trails Volunteer Orientation June 7, 5:30pm. Portland Trails is hosting an evening volunteer orientation on June 7th at 5:30pm for community members interested in getting involved with the many volunteer opportunities available throughout the year. At the workshop, participants will learn about Portland Trails’ ongoing projects and get a chance to talk to Portland Trails staff about what each volunteer job entails. “Volunteer tasks range from trail work to events and wellness fairs throughout the city,” said Nan Cumming, Executive Director of Portland Trails. “This is a chance for folks to see what we’re up to and get involved with one of our many volunteer opportunities." Portland Trails hosts regularly scheduled volunteer work days throughout the summer and fall which draw over 200 volunteers who come to help bushwhack, clear, plant or resurface trails. At the orientation, Charlie Baldwin, Trails Foreman, will talk about the techniques Portland Trails uses for trail maintenance. The orientation will also cover Portland Trails’ “Trail Stewardship” program, an opportunity for individuals to steward a trail in the Portland Trails network on a year-round basis. Rachael Weyand, Outreach Manager, will talk about the outreach volunteer opportunities at Portland Trails events. The orientation will be at the Portland Trails office at 305 Commercial Street from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and refreshments will be served. Participants are asked to RSVP before June 6th to Rachael Weyand: info@trails. org or (207) 775-2411.Online at

Maine Ghost Hunters explore paranormal behavior at the Portland Public Library Wednesday June 1, 2011, and Wednesday August 3, 7-9 pm, in the Portland Public Teen Library The Maine Ghost Hunters return to the Portland Public Library this summer for another round of investigations with teens, after hours, in the Main Library. Join the Teen Library and the Maine Ghost Hunters to explore paranormal activity in the Main Library. On their last visit they hunted throughout the building and heard and saw definite sounds of paranormal behavior. This summer, they are coming back to reexamine those areas and find other areas in the library that might have spirits present. The Maine Ghost Hunters use scientific and psychic methods to determine if a building is occupied by ghosts or spirits. Setting up video cameras,and audio recorders, and taking photographs, they record their interactions as they communicate with the spirits and help to evaluate what the spirit is doing. Teens ages 12-18 years old are encouraged to tag along with the Maine Ghost Hunters to carry out these paranormal investigations. The ghost hunt will take place on Wednesday, June 1st, and Wednesday, August 3rd from 7-9 pm. Teen After Hours is a collaborative program between the Portland Police Department and the Portland Public Library. Once a month, the library is open late, for teens only, with different programs offered each time. For more information about Teen After Hours contact Justin Hoenke,, Teen Librarian at 207-871-1700 EXT 772.,


Thurs. June 16: Portland Public Library Kicks off Giant 3-Day Book Sale The Portland Public Library’s annual book sale will be held on Thursday, June 16th through Sunday, June 19th at the Catherine McAuley High School Gymnasium, 631 Stevens Avenue, Portland. The event is hosted by the Friends of Portland Public Library and all proceeds will benefit the public library system.

Public Library) on Thursday, June 16 from 5 to 7 pm. The $10 membership fee can be paid at the door or online at

The Friends of Portland Public Library is a membership organization made up of library supporters and run by a volunteer board. We raise funds for the library, host library events and hold the annual book sale.FMI:

If you want first crack at the book selection, come early to the members-only preview event (for members of the Friends of Portland

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New members are always welcome. The public hours for the book sale are 10 am to 7 pm on Friday June 17; Saturday June 18 and 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday June 19.

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2- Goat's milk cheese

37- Pair

43- Guadalajara gold

3- Complain

39- Horn-shaped bone

44- Martini's partner

4- Killer whales

40- Altdorf's canton

45- Conductor ___-Pekka

5- Boring tool

41- Fatty part of milk

6- Sharp instruments

46- Herb


9- Little hooter

46- Trifle

7- Chieftain, usually in Africa

47- A type of suite or party

14- Drop of water expelled by

49- Compass pt.

8- Small blemish

48- Go between

50- 1980's movie starring Bo

9- Detestable

50- Rich cake

10- Mistaken

52- Have a feeling about

the eye 15- Freeway access

Derek and Dudley Moore

16- Honeybee

51- Narrow inlets

11- Single

53- Carson's predecessor

17- Auricular

53- Edict

12- Children's author Blyton

54- Ascend

18- Pinza of "South Pacific"

60- Monument

13- Gumshoe

55- American space agency

19- Grecian architectural style

61- Autobahn auto

21- Monetary unit of India

56- Restrain

20- Unfairly meted out

62- Christmas

22- Louvre pyramid architect

57- Linguist Chomsky

23- River to the Moselle

63- Stickum

25- Monetary unit of Botswana

58- Division of a school year

24- Drinking cup

64- Ladies of Sp.

26- Link

59- Oil of ___

25- Big bang cause

65- Franklin D.'s mother

27- Aquarium fish

60- Tax pro

28- Parts of feet

66- Staggering

29- Palpitate

31- Become an ex-parrot?

67- Competent

30- Where It.'s at

34- Listens

68- TV award;

31- Edible red seaweed

36- Color

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Flag Day Celebration at the Portland Observatory Tuesday June 14, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Portland Observatory Museum, 138 Congress Street The Observatory tower museum is open Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day, 10a-5p daily. All tours require a guide for the safety of our visitors. Details at, 774-5561 Flag Day commemorates the date the Continental Congress first approved a design for a national flag, June 14, 1777. Each year we celebrate with a free community day that includes tours of the Portland Observatory and walking tours of the Munjoy Hill area, flag-making and art activities for children and families, and a flag raising ceremony to call attention to the original purpose of the tower as a maritime signal station.


32- Bridge declaration

37- Delude


33- Causing goose bumps

38- Like afterschool activities

1- Energy source

35- Boring

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Addison Woolley Gallery 132 Washington Avenue (MAP) Portland, ME 04101 First Friday of each month: Opening Reception, 5 - 8 pm Following each First Friday, the Gallery will be open from 12 - 5, Wednesday through Saturday (207) 450-8499, St. Lawrence Arts Center 76 Congress Street, stlawrencearts. org/ fmi,, 347-7177 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, director@, 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: 6708041 or 3rd Mondays: Seanachie Nights (storytelling) every third Monday of the month. Free ($9 suggested donation). Bull Feeney's Irish Pub/Restaurant, 375 Fore Street, Email Lynne Cullen at or call 207-846-1321 for further details. India Street Neighborhood Assoc. assisting a small and vital, mixed use community. THE NEXT Board of Directors meeting will be June 7 at 5:30 in the evening at 129 Newbury Street. FMI: www. FMI, email 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 or call Rob Hyssong at 228-8336. Brown Bag Lecture Series/ Portland Public Library Wed, noon-times, starting June 8; schedule online: portlandlibrary. com/programs/programs.htm Root Cellar Calendarsummer camps, classes, healthcare, see— 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

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: Maine Rock Gym 127 Marginal Way. Call to set up climbing time. (Cooled with AC.) TUES-THURS 2 pm -10 pm, FRI 2 pm -8 pm, SAT 12 -6 pm SUN 12 -6 pm. Closed on Mondays in the summer Available for large groups or private function Call ahead for school vacation and holidays. 780 6370,, www.

FRI, June 3 FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK SAT, June 4 Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Volunteer Training Day 10 am to 4 pm - lunch provided. No technical skills are needed. Limited seats available so please RSVP to 207-828-0814 or e-mail:, SAT, June 4 Portland trails Volunteer Orientation: at the Portland Trails office at 305 Commercial Street from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., refreshments. Participants are asked to RSVP before June 6th to Rachael Weyand: info@trails. org or (207) 775-2411.Online at george clinton & parliament funkadelic www. 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: Tue, June 7 National Trails Day Grand Opening of the Forest City Trail— National Trails Day Walks take place rain or shine. Guided Walks throughout the Portland area. visit for times of the various walks and a downloadable map. Some hikes have limited space so an RSVP is recommended. Call 775-2411 or email Thurs, June 9-11 ITALIAN Life festival - A threeday 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

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Old Port Festival 11am-5pm Rain or shine. Commercial Street. SUn, June 12 SailMaine Free Sailing & Open House, 10 AM - 3 PM, Portland Harbor, Ages 8 and up.

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Pineland Farms- Familyfriendly agricultural, equestrian, ecological programs run throughout the month, see www.pinelandfarms. org/visitors/

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Tues, June 14 Flag Day Celebration at the Portland Observatory, 10 am - 5 pm Portland Observatory Museum, 138 Congress Street


Fr, June 16-19 Giant Book Sale—Portland Public Library, at the Catherine McAuley High School Gymnasium, 631 Stevens Avenue, Portland. Sat, June 17 SLANT, a storytelling series 7:30 p, hosted by the Telling Room,, Location: SPACE Gallery Sat, June 17 Rodney Atkins ConcertState Pier

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Sat, June 18 Herb Adams to Lead Historical Walking Tour 10 a.m. to noo, Join historian Herb Adams on a fascinating walking tour of the Eastern Promenade. Adams will share colorful anecdotes about the development of the Eastern Promenade and the people who shaped its history. The tour will begin at the bandstand in Fort Allen Park. Cost: $5 for members of Friends of the Eastern Promenade and $10 for non-members. Reservations are required and space is limited. Please RSVP to Tues, June 21 Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Annual Pizza Party, 5pm Flatbread Pizza Co. on Commercial Street. all are welcome. SAT, June 25 Giant Car Show —raffles, food, live music, muscle cars, street rods and much more.Where: Portland Motor Club, 275 Presumpscot Street Portland, 775-1770,

Come try our own fresh, homemade Italian Sausage.

Lunch and dinner plates made fresh daily

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

Open 7 Days a week Weekdays: 6 am – 10 pm Fri. & Sat: 6 am – 11 pm

135 Congress St • 774-2279

Mon, June 27 FUND-RAISER for the INTERNATIONAL LEARNING CENTER, 7 pm, Bayside Bowl. FMI cfeller@maine. July 8,9,10 Boatbuilding festival FMI: w Sun, July 10 HIDDEN GARDENS OF MUNJOY HILL Tour Take a peek into the lovingly tended backyard gardens that grace the neighborhood, speak with the gardeners, visit with local artists, and follow the map on this botanical "treasure hunt." FMI call KE Smith, 232-6413 or kesmith@, fmi:

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Maine Ranks Second In Most Bike-Friendly State Every May during National Bike Month, The League of American Bicyclists releases its rankings of the most bike friendly states. This year Maine has moved up from its previously held third place last year to second place in 2011! To read more about the ranking system, check out the full story on the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s website www.bikemaine. org/maine-ranks-second




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June 2011


June 2011 Munjoy Hill Observer  

The June 2011 Munjoy Hill Observer published by the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization

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