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By Steve Hirshon For decades, Hill residents who walked downtown along Congress Street barely noticed a big, boxy building set far back from the road at the top of India Street. The building, further shrouded by a stand of tall pines, was home to a small synagogue that was getting smaller as the years rolled by. Early in the 2000s a group began the dual processes of reestablishing the synagogue and creating a cultural home for Maine’s Jewish community. The ongoing progress of that work is now visible to all as The Maine Jewish Museum at Etz Chaim (Tree of Life) Synagogue. Etz Chaim is the last example of a traditional Eastern European synagogue in a neighborhood that once housed three such buildings. From the early Twentieth Century to the mid Fifties, the area from Munjoy Hill to Pearl Street and along Franklin and Middle was home to a thriving Jewish community. As the population moved to neighborhoods off the peninsula and

later to the suburbs, institutions moved away, stores closed and the vibrancy of community life dissipated. The Maine Jewish Museum honors that vibrancy, not only of this community, but of the many other Jewish communities around Maine. The Museum has been extremely fortunate to receive several major gifts which sparked its restoration. A beautiful stained glass window, once covered by brick, has been restored and may now be viewed from the street. A balcony that was hidden by a dropceiling has been uncovered. Almost miraculously, chandeliers and lighting, dark for almost 50 years, came to life with a thrown switch. New floors and windows and restored stairways have renewed the building’s faded beauty. An effort to raise funds for a major landscaping project is well underway. The Maine Jewish Museum has recently mounted its first exhibits. On the main floor is an exhibit of photo portraits: Soul Survivors. It’s an exhibit of Maine

The front of the Etz Chaim Synagogue on a sunny September morning, as seen from Congress Street. Photo by Lisa Peñalver

Holocaust survivors by photographer Jack Montgomery. Along with the photo exhibit is a video with interviews of survivors telling their stories. The balcony is home to the exhibit Maine + Jewish, a six panel display that tells the story of how Maine’s Jewish community came here and established lives, livelihoods, and communities. There are interactive

kiosks on the third floor as well. The exhibit was curated by Amy Waterman and was developed with the help of Documenting Maine Jewry (www.mainejews. org.), a virtual museum and history-gathering site. Cultural programming is expected to be a mainstay of the museum. In addition to live events, the museum has two large flat panel

Meet the New Senior Lead Officer

Officer Stephen Black by Janine Kaserman Munjoy Hill residents will soon be seeing a familiar face in the neighborhood. Officer Stephen Black will be taking on the role of Senior Lead Officer in the community, walking the beat on the Hill.

The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad has scheduled a special haunted train ride. Halloween trains will run Oct 30 & 31 (at 5, 6 & 7 p.m.). The MHNO is partnering with the MNGRR to present the annual Ghost Train. Family-friendly, and small prizes for best costumes. For more information, tickets or to volunteer, call the Narrow Gauge at 828-0814, or see www.mngrr.org/specialevents.html

This is not new territory for Officer Black, who has spent most of his career serving the neighborhoods of Munjoy Hill and Kennedy Park. He first came to the Portland Police Department in January of 2000. Officer Black had been assigned to the Patrol Division, where he served on various teams. Then, in the fall of 2006, he was assigned to Portland High School as the School Resource Officer. It soon became evident that, for Officer Black, the police motto, “To Protect and Serve” is much more than just a slogan. For Officer Black, it’s a personal mission. Officer Black’s dedication to the community has not gone unnoticed. OfSee page 10, Officer Black

Remembering Jackie Lipps By Liz MacMahon Munjoy Hill native Jackie Lipps died unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 7, 2010, at her home. A funeral service was held on September 13th, officiated by Pastor John Balicki of Grace Church. She will be hugely missed by her family and friends, as well as folks from the many organizations she participated in. Jackie volunteered at the Community Television Network and was President

of the Washington Square Homeowners Association. Jackie was a great customer and friend of Longfellow Books, where they would have a stack of advance copy books to give her every time she came in. Jackie read voraciously, and especially loved mystery novels. A particular favorite of hers, Irish author John Connolly, appreciated her enthuSee page 10, JackiE Lipps

Above, Jackie Lipps with children on a fall field trip in 2007. Photo courtesy of the Lipps family.

displays to broadcast events and programs from New York’s 92nd Street Y and other institutions. Gary Berenson is the Executive Director of the museum. The museum is in the process of training docents and establishing regular hours. Until then, please contact Mr. Berenson at Gary@treeoflifemuseum.org to arrange for tours and visits.

North Star Music Café Closes The popular East End café and performing arts venue, the North Star Music Cafe, closed its doors for the last time at the end of September. Citing insurmountable financial challenges, owner Kim Anderson bid a reluctant farewell to loyal followers on Facebook on Sept. 16. Though only 3 years old, the North Star was known along the East Coast as the place to visit in Portland for a taste of the local music scene. It will be missed.


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From the Helm

The Munjoy Hill Observer is published by the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization (MHNO) at 92 Congress Street Portland, Maine 04101 Editor Lisa Peñalver

observer@munjoyhill.org (207) 766-5077 munjoyhill.org/observer/ Observer Committee Katie Brown, Jeanne Bull, Turner Kruysman, Alison Nason, Liz McMahon, Kristin Rapinac advertising Turner Kruysman turner@munjoyhill.org or 332-4355 The Observer is Portland’s East End monthly paper, supporting projects within our community. It is is published the first week of the month.

October brings with it two big events for the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization:

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.

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On October 30th and 31st the MHNO will be partnering with the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad to present the annual Ghost Train ride. Please communicate with Janine Kaserman of the Community Policing Office if you know of a low income family who might qualify for free train tickets.

MHNO Quarterly Meeting: Wednesday, October 13th, is our Quarterly Meeting. We will be hosting a Candidate’s Night at the East End Community School. I urge everyone reading this to come out, whether you are an MHNO member or not. We will start promptly at 6 pm in the school cafeteria.

We need your help, dear readers. Our job is to help decorate the cars for the scariest possible Ghost Train! Would you like to volunteer an hour or two of your time to help decorate? The Narrow Gauge has the decorations. They just need the volunteers to put them up. Are you an Hour Exchange member? If so, we can pay you back in Time Dollars. What a fun way to earn Time Dollars! If you want to help, please email me at cfeller@maine.rr.com or call 773-4336 to leave a message. You can also contact the Narrow Gauge directly at 828-0814.

We will be hosting a debate among the candidates of State Rep and Senate races, AtLarge Council race, and spokespersons for and against each of the two key referenda questions: whether we should change the Charter to allow for 1) an elected Mayor, or 2) local city voting rights for legal immigrants. Exciting! And bring your children. It is never too early to introduce children to candidate debates on the issues.

3,000 Circulation 8,000+ Readership About our paper The Munjoy Hill Observer is published 12 times a year by the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization (MHNO) as a service to its members and to the community as a whole, to inform Portland’s East End residents of local issues and events, and of the services that can be found here. The Observer serves as a vehicle to connect and inform our neighbors, while enlisting community partners to help us help those who need it most.

MHNO President, Christina Feller

Our MHNO Committees are active and strong. Thank you for those who have emailed info@ munjoyhill.org to join the team. More volunteers are needed and very welcome. We are particularly in need of special donations to fund the maintenance and repair of our beloved Hill House —the building owned by the MHNO located next to the Hilltop Coffee shop at 92 Congress. All donations are fully tax-deductible and will be used for specific “upkeep” purposes throughout the year. We hope you will consider serving on our Events Committee—we have many ideas and need more organizers and leaders to lend a hand to make (more) things happen!

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From the Editor, Lisa Peñalver

A Time of Change

“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” As the cool winds pick up and the dark clouds begin to roll in, we can no longer ignore the fact that winter is on its way. Fortunately, we have October to get used to the idea. It’s a relatively quiet month, as far as holidays go; it allows us some breathing room to get collected before the next round of holidays are upon us.

~William Blake

It’s also a good time to look around the community and see if any of your neighbors may need some help. Make a point to say hello and check in with any elderly or ailing people you may know. Get to know some folks new to this country; they may need some pointers on preparing for the coming cold. The weather has been kind so far, but this can’t last forever.

It’s time to get out the end-of-season checklist and prepare: lawnchairs stowed? Check! Furnace or woodstove tuned up? Check! Summer clothes put away, flannel sheets pulled out? Check, check! Daffodil & tulip bulbs purchased and planted? Well, not quite yet…

You no doubt have heard the official Word that the Recession actually ended a whole year ago. What a load off my mind! (well, a load of something…), and no more swine flu either—though the regular flu can still pack a wallop, so keep washing those hands (see page 3 for flu clinic dates). The Farmer’s Al-

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manac predicts we can look forward to an “average” winter here in the Northeast, so maybe we’ll see more snow this time. As for the economy, we just need to come to terms with the new “normal,” and keep those belts tightened. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “Waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both. Without industry and frugality, nothing will do, and with them, everything.”

Christina Feller, President cfeller@maine.rr.com..................... 773-4336 Delores Lanai, Treasurer terra@maine.rr.com....................... 773-9235 Elaine Mullin elainevmullin@gmail.com............... 671-6132   Andrea Myhaver . ............................. andreamhno@gmail.com Fred Brancato opus2@maine.rr.com .....................774-3163 Katie Brown........................... info@munjoyhill.org Cynthia Fitzgerald..................................774-3526 Ali (Ndabaruta) Kabirigi akabirigi@gmail.com..................... 772-4539 Brendan O’Neil................. sheridanstr@gmail.com

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In advance of the Planning Board process we are conducting our own public outreach effort around the design and development of the public park space that will make up part of the overall development. The summary below describes the first of two neighborhood meetings on topic which was held on September 7. The next meeting will be held on October 12.

Avesta Housing, in conjunction with the City of Portland, held the first of its public outreach workshops for the proposed Marada Adams Park on Sept. 7 at the East End Community School. Over a dozen neighborhood residents met with City staff and Avesta Housing project representatives to provide input for the proposed public space, which will be turned over to the City following its completion. The new park will be located on the former Adams School site and is associated with Avesta Housing’s comprehensive school property redevelopment project that was approved by City Council earlier this year. Regina Leonard is the project’s landscape architect overseeing the creation of a new park and playground, which is slated for construction next year. Residents at the meeting expressed concerns that the main walkway bordering the housing

project and the park should “feel like a gracious pedestrian area.” All felt the park space should appeal to multiple age groups and should serve the entire neighborhood rather than only residents of the new housing development. The group discussed how the new park should balance a combination of open spaces and seating niches that are more intimate in scale. There also seemed to be consensus for the new playground. Most felt that the playground should integrate play equipment with natural features and play elements. Residents suggested that many natural features, such as stones, are very low maintenance and appeal to broader age groups. A majority also agreed that some manufactured play elements, such as swings and slides, should be included because they offer experiences that cannot be met with natural features. This feedback will be incorporated into schematic plan alternatives, which will be presented and discussed at a follow-up public meeting at the Cummings Center at 134 Congress Street on Tuesday, October 12th at 7 pm. These public meetings are open to everyone. Residents who would like more information on the project or process can contact Ethan Boxer-Macomber from Avesta Housing at 207-553-7777 or via email at emacomber@ avestahousing.org.


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Show neighborhood PRIDE! with this bumper sticker! (measures 6”x 4”). Buy one and support your Neighborhood Org. Send $3.50 per sticker to MHNO, 92 Congress St, Portland ME 04101. We also have MunjFest t-shirts available for $15. Send your check to MHNO: Various Sizes and colors available, email inquiries to terra@maine.rr.com.

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2010 Portland Flu Clinic Schedule Thursday, October 23 at Harbor Terrace, 284 Danforth Street from 11 AM - 3 PM Monday, October 27 at the Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Avenue from 9 AM to noon Tuesday, October 28 at St. Pius X Parish Hall, 492 Ocean Avenue from 1 PM to 4 PM Wednesday, October 29 at Peaks Island Community Center, 129 Island Avenue from 9 AM to noon Tuesday, November 4 at City Hall, Room 24 from 9 AM to 3 PM Sunday, November 9 at Cliff Island Community Center, Cliff Island from 9 AM to noon Friday, November 14 at St. Pius X Parish Hall from 1 PM to 4 PM Tuesday, November 18 at Sagamore Community Center, 21 Popham Street from 4 PM to 7 PM

We need Volunteers for these vital committees • • • • • • • • • •

F inanc e & Trea sur y ( inc lude s H ill Hou s e opera t ion s) G over nanc e C ommi t te e Communications (includes the Observer) M ember ship S er v ic e s St re e t s & N e ig hbor hoo d s E ve n t s A d Hoc : Building U s age & De velopme n t A d Hoc : W ind Tur bine St ud y G roup Par ner ship s & Fundrai sing

Flu shots provided at Portland Flu Clinics cost $10 per person, or are free with a Medicare Part B card.

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

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To sig n up, please call 775-3050 to leave a message, or email info@munjoyhill.org

Report from the Ad Hoc Building Committee

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To use the scanner: To the bottom right of the small door is a

small, round, red glass scanning window. Hold the barcode tag on the bag up to that red spot and the door will unlock. Then just gently let the bags slide down the ramp into the room. If the door does NOT open, leave the bag on the floor near the larger door and please tell the customer service desk that the small access door didn’t open. Everyone—Thank you all for supporting our heat assistance efforts on the Hill! Every bag yields about $4 and we are creeping up toward the $400 mark for this fall! If you need more bags, look for them in the green box on the MHNO office/Hill House fence (92 Congress St), or call Louise Little @ 780-0860.

Changing of the Guard at the MHNO: MHNO Board members Cynthia Fitzgerald and Ann Rand have stepped down to tend to family obligations. New member, Krisitn Rapinac has been elected to the MNHO Board and will be working on the Communications Committee.

Portland Schools Receive $5,000 Target Foundation Grant

The Target Foundation has awarded $5,000 to support field trips and individual student needs in Portland’s elementary schools. Five schools will share the funding: East End Community School, Nathan Clifford Elementary School, Presumpscot Elementary School, Reiche Community School and Riverton Elementary School.

Online at munjoyhill.org

Please get involved, support your neighborhood organization--volunteer! !

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In the Garden

Sown Together

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Parking Garage Slated for Jordan Meats Site

Musings on Visitors and gardens By Kathleen Carr Bailey The streets of Portland are clogged during the summer months. Tour busses, trolleys and the cute and lovable Duck make frequent journeys up and around the Eastern Prom/Old Port, the Western Prom and back. September/October has seen an increase in cruise ship berthings, all passengers eager to get a glimpse of New England fall foliage or an LL Bean flannel shirt. On warmer days, you can find me at any one of the Old Port restaurants’ open decks, cavorting with the tourists, sipping an ice tea or chomping a burger as we listen to a local musician. I enjoy playing tour guide when asked for a favorite watering hole, the best lobster, even if there is a sandy beach nearby. A frequent query and perhaps one of my favorites, “Does any bar around here sell regular, old fashioned mass-produced beer?” I am able to offer answers for the most part, but the latter does pose a problem. I don’t know, as I do not imbibe. With all the microbrews offered, I guess it is name recognition (“Did you say Bud?”) that those ‘from away’ are looking for. Having traveled, I enjoy chatting with the locals. I want to experience what the guidebooks neglect to mention. I hope those with whom I chat find it as satisfying. With my slight hint of a Brooklyn (NY) accent I often am asked where I am from. Why couldn’t I be from Maine? I don’t sound like I’m from Maine, but what does the average Mainer sound like? Most of us do not have the accent that the Maine humorists and storytellers portray. There is no Cabot Cove in Maine and for those who admittedly were fans of the show, know there is no train to Augusta from Portland. Our accents and origins may differ, but over the years I always find common ground: gardening! Early summer, with the first influx of cruise ship passengers, I met a couple from Bristol, England, who had just enjoyed a trolley ride around Portland and to “The Portland House Light” as it was

called. They voiced surprise at witnessing the full bloom of our azalea and rhododendrons as those in their hometown had come and gone six weeks earlier. The British Isles boast hardiness zones from “7a” in the extreme north to “10b” on the southwest coast. I remember my first visit to St. Ives. At first I wasn’t sure if the palm trees I saw were growing from the earth or in pots. Believe; palm trees are abundant in the southwest of the British Isles. Further north, they may be, but it’s all about the Gulf Stream. This past weekend, some folks from Texas were my table-mates. One woman in the group shared that it had always been a dream of hers to visit Maine. “I’m not sure if by sea is the best viewing,” I commented and she agreed. Her favorite sight so far? The hydrangeas! There’s a house on the Eastern Prom that boasts two mature PeeGee trees standing as sentries to the wraparound porch. PeeGee and Limelights are staples along the Western Prom. The panicle-shaped flowerheads mellow from cream to dusty mauve they truly are specimens to envy. It seems the grandiflora, in order to shine, needs a frosty winter. After, all, with blooms this showy, it does need a rest. Their excursion to the self-same lighthouse visited by the Brits displayed landscapes now dotted with hydrangea. My guest was very jealous of the outstanding effect created by grouping this longed-for shrub with black-eyed Susans and Autumn Joy sedum. Her husband and the other traveling companions hadn’t even noticed. Not everyone would. It is as if we gardeners have a secret. Yet these displays are there for everyone to behold. I’m not sure how my conversations with visitors, whether on my own turf or theirs, always come back around to gardening. It’s just a common thread that sows us together. Kathleen Carr Bailey is a writer and Master Gardener who has her own gardening business, “Finishing Touches.”

“Trees are Earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening Heaven.” —Rabindranath Tagore

Fall 2010 The best fitness center in town is on Munjoy Hill Get in shape and meet your fitness goals faster with cutting-edge techniques you’ll find nowhere else in Portland. At the Body Architect, you’ll have fun doing it while you enjoy expansive views of Mount Washington and Back Bay. TRX Training, Kettlebells, Strong Women, Zumba, Pilates, Power Yoga, Qi Gong and much more.

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Above, An artist’s rendering of the two-story garage (at left) to be built on the former site of the Jordan’s Meats factory at India, Fore and Middle streets; the entire site will include a hotel, with condos and a restaurant, as well as the garage. The 213-space garage is to be located to the east of a new six-story building housing a 122-room Hampton Inn, a 180-seat restaurant and 12 condominiums. The first floor of the garage, with access from Fore Street, will provide parking for the hotel, restaurant and condominiums. The top floor, with access from Middle Street, will be available for public parking. A fire burned down the vacant Jordan’s Meats factory in May. The project’s developer is Opechee Construction Corp. of Belmont, N.H. Image above courtesy of City of Portland Planning Department.


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Art Soul

Spotlight on SEA Artists (That’s the Society For East End Arts)

Jonathan Dunitz Take a guy who looks like he belongs in N.Y. City, add a passion for New Orleans, measure out ½ left brain, ½ right brain, and you have Jonathan Dunitz: a trumpet-playing photographer who does not play a lawyer on TV, just in real life.

So, Jonathan, where did you grow up? To the extent that I have grown up,

Interview by Lori Rae Curole

to see things that many people don’t see as photogenic and in my mind picture them in ways that capture the art of every day life - or what used to be every day life. Old broken down cars, trucks, buildings and the like have a beauty that most people drive or walk by without seeing something interesting or even beautiful. When I come across them I somehow see art. Since starting to do triptychs I find myself seeing things in sets of three

in Middletown, New York, about 60 miles northwest of Manhattan. Formerly a small town in a farming region, it is now largely a bedroom community for people commuting to NYC.

entire show of photos from New Orleans. My hope is to be able to get down there either more often or for extended periods of time, and get outside of New Orleans to photograph some of the interesting and amazing things that exist down there. It would be awesome to keep some of the same themes, like old cars, trucks, buildings, etc. to give a different perspective to the same themes. And, yes, more triptychs - possibly even some that combine Maine and Louisiana.

And you have lived since? I’ve lived

in Maine since 1993, where I moved the day after graduating from Syracuse University College of Law. I lived in various places in Portland until 2009 when I moved to South Portland.

When did all this crazy art business begin? I’ve been taking pictures

since at least high school. I had not considered doing it as a business until around 2006 or 2007. Until then my creative outlet was largely music. The music world can be complicated with scheduling rehearsals for groups, gigs for groups and egos. Doing photography allows me to follow my creative muse when I want, where I want, how I want without having to rely on others to have rehearsal time or being on the same page about where things are going. I started shooting more photos, taking more chances with my work - trying to find unique views of everyday objects - and starting to get good feedback on the work. Through Lollipop Art Productions and Lori Rae Curole, I was able to get my first exhibit, and things just starting picking up from there.

What draws you to your subject matter? It’s hard to explain how I am

drawn to the things I photograph. I tend

Is there anything else you want to share with our readers? After all, it is your 15 Minutes of Fame... - whether it is three boats that go together or three different angles of the same vehicle. The triptychs are definitely an area that I intend to expand, continuing with the theme of trios and triplets. The trios are three related things that go together - like three boats, three different pictures from the Farmers Market, etc. While triplets are three different photos of the same subject matter from different angles, different perspectives or even photos of smaller parts of a single subject, like the headlight, side view mirror and door handle of the same vehicle. Another area for future development is photography from New Orleans and Louisiana. In March or April, I did an

Subterranean Celebrity: The Strangers The East End Cemetery guards its secrets. In old burial grounds, a section was designated for those who could not afford a burial or grave marker, those who had no family or friends, those who were unknown, even stillborn babies: the Strangers’ Ground. The Eastern Cemetery had one, and in 1838 the city allowed the burial of two strangers per gravesite. Though we don’t know where this section is located, we do know the names of some of those who were buried as strangers: Adeline Drowne, 5 months, died 8-41846, daughter of James William Coffin, died 8-16-1846, son of William Joseph Anlry, died 11-17-1847, 20 years

Rest in peace, dear strangers. We know you are many. Learn more about the mysteries of the East End cemetery by visiting the website of Spirits Alive at www.spiritsalive.org Spirits Alive is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of Portland’s historic Eastern Cemetery through a range of activities including promotion and education. Founded in 2007, the group carries out an active program of seasonal tours of the cemetery and a winter lecture series. It has been conducting a stone-bystone inventory of the nearly 4,000 grave markers still existing in the 340-yearold cemetery. www.spiritsalive.org.

Only that I’m truly both blessed and happy to have landed in an area like Portland where the art scene is musically and visually so vibrant. We creative types have some great resources in this area—each other. SEA does a lot of great things to get us involved in supporting each other. If we take SEA’s lead and build on it, the creative economy, as it has been dubbed by people with degrees in that sort of thing, could really do some awesome things for Maine. Lori Rae Curole, is a SEA Member who shares a love for painting, writing, & raising awareness of emerging local artists. Join our SEA mailing list or become a member at www.seaportland.org


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October is one of my favorite months. I focus on the beautiful fall colors, crystal blue skies and the reemerging vistas to Casco Bay while ignoring the cruel reality that soon snow will fly. If I’m lucky, I’ll still be picking tomatoes, digging up leeks and clipping lettuce until Columbus Day. Columbus Day, a day to celebrate, a day to mourn, depending on one’s perspective. Do you wonder at the audacity of a Genovese mariner sailing west on an open deck ship to arrive “east”? Or do you acknowledge the decimation that awaited natives once those Europeans arrived? Ever the teacher, I prefer to think about the “Columbian Exchange,” a geo-cultural term that encompasses the life-changing exchanges that were set in motion on October 12, 1492. The Europeans brought horses, cows, sheep, apples, wheat, oats, onions, eggplant and rhubarb. The Native Americans presented potatoes, corn, turkeys, blueberries, tomatoes, vanilla and chocolate. Where would Italian cuisine be without this exchange? Wasn’t sharing our cultures the message of the first Thanksgiving? It certainly wasn’t all rosy: the Europeans also brought chicken

pox, measles and influenza, but the natives evened the score with syphilis, hepatitis and tobacco. Rather a dead draw, I’d say. What’s the lesson? That our lives are enriched when cultures meet, greet and merge. As the granddaughter and great-granddaughter of immigrants (the Lewandowskis), I am very grateful people in my past had the ambition and determination to build a new life in this new world. Top on the list for my ancestors’ goal to acculturate was becoming a U.S. citizen and voting in every single election, even one for dogcatcher. These history and genealogy lessons waft through my thoughts as I puzzle out how I will vote on Portland’s upcoming referendum regarding extending local suffrage to non-citizen legal residents. I know from teaching many adult immigrants that they are concerned about their children’s progress in schools. Many are confused about how to best support their children’s success. That the struggle to learn English and master more details about American civics and government than we require of our secondary students can be daunting, as well as prohibitively expensive. Just like their citizen neighbors (i.e. me), they pay tax-

es that support city government and schools, yet lack a voice to shape policies and expenditures. So part of me says yes, include them in our community in this most democratic way. What better way to remind our elected representatives and city employees about the needs of all of our residents? Maybe it could even lead to greater diversity on our School Board and City Council, so we would have representative government that actually looks like our community. Then, why bother to become a citizen? Isn’t voting the most important right of citizenship? It’s a privilege; it’s also a responsibility. Shouldn’t one have to earn it by attaining citizenship? Or is just moving here from another country, acknowledging all the sacrifices and challenges that entails, good enough? I just wish more native-born citizens took the right to vote more seriously. But when elections are settled by just 20%—or even fewer—of qualified voters casting ballots, I find my arguments about right, privilege and responsibility ring rather hollow. I wonder what Veronica and Josef Lewandowski would have wanted.

One Point of View on a matter coming before City Council

Responsible Contractor Ordinances Is The Right Direction For Communities And Economic Development by John Napolitano President MSB&CTC, UA Local 716 In these unprecedented times with the economy in a financial crisis and the American people looking for answers the President and Congress worked together to implement a plan to help stimulate the economy with major public financing called American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This has helped put people to work, extended unemployment benefits, helped those that lost their jobs maintain their health insurance, invested in training and implemented Davis Bacon provisions on projects using these funds which establishes rule and regulations for contractors to competitively bid and ensures that the workers are paid fairly. That is not the case on all publicly funded projects such as municipal projects or school construction which at times is 99% publicly funded, the rules and regulations vary from department to department and there are no prevailing wages. One way to ensure that public bodies protects the substantial investments they make in public works projects is through Responsible Contractor (RC) Ordinances or Policies which improves the pubic bidding systems. While the language of ordinances vary, they all restate principles of existing state laws concerning workers’ compensation insurance, unemployment insurance and proper classification of workers to ensure tax compliance This creates a level playing field for all bidders by insisting on the enforcement of clear and unambiguous rules as a matter of contract law, as well as removing violators from ongoing projects and debarring them from future bidding. This leveling of the playing field achieves two primary objectives: It informs all potential bidders prior to bidding that the city or municipality is serious about enforcing statutory requirements, and it encourages reputable contractors to bid on municipal projects. This is not just good government, its smart business. Experience shows that the use of unqualified or unscrupulous firms can lead to poor quality, high cost and many other problems. Hiring good, reputable firms for public contracts is essential. It’s also vital that public contractors employ trained, qualified, craft personnel who have the necessary skills and training to perform the project; preferably, such workers should be hired from within the local community. Firms benefiting from public projects should be required to re-invest in local skill training programs that provide employment. Participation in quality Apprenticeship programs that have proven track records offer valuable skill training and career opportunities for local residents and produce win-win results for the community. The Maine State Building & Construction Trades Council has introduced Responsible Contractor Language to the City Council’s Finance Committee, and is working to finalize coalition supporters and any amendments to the language within the proposed ordinance. Please let your elected public officials know that you support this initiative and that you want them to do what is right for your community.

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21 Reasons Secures Federal Funding to Curb Teen Drinking

SNEAK PEEK: Sample Ballot for the 2010 Municipal Election on November 2. Sample Ballot General Municipal Election Portland, Maine District One, Two, Four and Five November 2, 2010

21 Reasons is proud to announce it is once again the recipient of a competitive Drug Free Communities (DFC) grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This 5 year, $125,000 per year grant will allow 21 Reasons to continue its efforts to prevent underage drinking and other drug use in the city of Portland.

City Clerk

Instructions to Voters A. B. C.

During the first five-year DFC grant, teen

To vote, fill in the oval(s) pointing to your choice(s), like this: Follow directions as to the number of candidates to be marked for each office. To vote for a person whose name is not printed on the ballot, write the candidate’s name and address on the line provided and fill in the oval.

City Council At Large Three Year Term Vote for TWO

Charter Amendments

School Committee At Large Three Year Term Vote for TWO

QUESTION #1

Caron, Jaimey R.

YES

63 Spruce Street

19 Old Barn Lane

NO

Bragdon, Charles E.

Snyder, Kathleen M.

Anton, John M.

31 Munjoy South

Duson, Jill C. 101 Pennell Avenue

Shall The Municipality Approve The Charter Modifications Recommended By The Charter Commission To Provide For A Popularly Elected Mayor As Summarized Below?

31 Kenwood Street

Summary: This amendment provides that the at large council seat up for election in November, 2011 will become the seat of a full-time, non-partisan mayor elected at large by majority vote. The mayor’s term will be for 4 years, with a limit of two consecutive terms. The elected mayor will have these powers and duties:

Soule, Morton G. 70 Presumpscot Street

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• To be the official head of the city and to provide leadership for the city; • To preside as chair of council meetings; prepare agendas; and vote on all matters brought before the council, with the exception of the vote on a veto override described below; • To be able to veto, for reasons to be stated in writing, the annual municipal budget appropriation, subject to override by a vote of at least 6 members of the council; • To lead an annual council workshop to reach consensus on the city’s goals and priorities; • To facilitate implementation of city policy through the office of the city manager; • To represent the city with other levels of government, the business community and other organizations; • To consult with and provide guidance to the city manager in preparation of the city and capital improvement budgets and any other city budgets requiring council approval and provide the council with his or her comments on them when they are presented to the council; • To work with the city manager, city council, the schools and the public to secure passage by the city council of the annual city and school budgets; • To give an annual state of the city address and articulate the city’s vision and goals; • To work with other council members to establish performance guidelines for the council appointees (city manager, city clerk and corporation counsel), and to perform regular council evaluations of those appointees, which evaluations shall take into consideration, as applicable, the achievement of city policies and priorities; • To chair a council subcommittee to appoint or remove the city manager, city clerk or corporation counsel; • To appoint the members and chairs of the city council and ad hoc committees, subject to override of such appointments by a vote of six (6) council members; and • To appoint an acting mayor for absences or disabilities of up to 60 consecutive days; the council will appoint an acting mayor if the mayor is unable to do so; or if the absence is more than 60 consecutive days, until such time as a vacancy may be declared and an election held.

Portland Water District Trustee Five Year Term Vote for ONE

Levinsky, Kenneth L. 37 Hamblet Avenue .......................................................Write-in

The mayor’s compensation shall be set by the city council prior to the date nomination papers are available, and from time to time thereafter, but the salary shall be no less than 1.5 times the median household income in Portland as published by the U.S. Census Bureau. Compensation will include both salary and customary city benefits. The city manager will continue to be the administrative head of the city, in charge of its day to day operations and management of the budget passed by the council. VOTE BOTH SIDES

The mayor’s position only will be determined by ranked choice voting, in which the voter ranks candidates in their preferred order. If no candidate receives a majority of first place votes in the initial count, then the city clerk will conduct an instant runoff, in which the candidate with the fewest first place votes is eliminated from further consideration and the voters’ second choice on that candidate’s ballots is allocated to the remaining candidates. This is done in rounds until a candidate achieves a majority of the votes cast in that round.

Sample Ballot General Municipal Election Portland, Maine November 2, 2010

QUESTION # 3 YES NO City Clerk

• Preamble: Adds a Preamble stating the intent of the charter to reflect the ideals of self governance and of education. • Article I, Grant of powers to the council deletes the reference to a specific maximum fine for violation of ordinances and allows this to be governed by the applicable ordinance and/or by an applicable state law. • Article II, City Council, reflects the fact that the current Council appointed chairman is called the “mayor,” without changing any of that person’s authority (see Question 1 regarding an elected mayor, which would supersede this provision if passed). Makes consistent the reference to when nomination papers are first made available for signature. • Article III, Schools, substitutes “Chair” for chairman of school committee; allows the first meeting to be held on the first Monday in December “or as soon thereafter as possible,” as is currently allowed for the first meeting of the city council, in the event it is required to be delayed, e.g. because of severe weather. Permits the council to shorten the time frame for nomination petitions for a mid-term school committee vacancy in the event a special election is required as is currently permitted for mid-term council vacancies. • Article IV, Elections, is amended to clarify the relationship of this article to state law in regard to write-in candidacies, the form of the ballot, the counting of ballots, ballot notice and posting requirements and who may certify nomination petitions; clarifies that a person can get signatures for only one position for each election. • Article V, Recall is clarified as to when a member of the city council or school committee member may be subject to recall (no later than November 30 of the year prior to his or her next scheduled election), and distinguishes between recall of an at large member of either body and a district member in terms of the number of signatures needed to start the affidavit process and the number needed for the petition to place the member on the ballot for recall. The number of signatures needed for the district member is one-half of those needed for an at large member, with the at large number remaining the same: 500 signatures for the affidavit and 3000 signatures on the petition to require a recall election. Only residents of the applicable district can sign petitions and vote on the recall of their district councilor or school representative. • Article VI, Administrative Officers deletes obsolete reference to a board of voter registration and to the limit on the number of constables able to be appointed by the council. It authorizes the city manager to appoint an acting city manager in the event of absence or disability of up to 60 consecutive days; if a longer absence occurs, the Council would designate a person to perform the duties of the city manager. • Article VII, Business and Financial Provisions, is updated to reflect current terminology and ractice, requires the finance director to have in place adequate financial controls for paying bills; adds a reference to “generally accepted accounting principles”; permits the city council to authorize bonds for any purpose permitted by state law; clarifies the publication of notice of pending bond orders; deletes obsolete numerical references in the bond referendum requirement while retaining the current formula for determining when bonds must be put out to referendum, and clarifies that the public hearing on the school and city budgets do not have to be held at the same time.

Shall The Municipality Approve The Charter Modifications Recommended By The Charter Commission Relating To The Schools As Summarized Below?

Summary: These amendments change the name of the school committee to the board of public education (the “school board”) and include the following new provisions: • The school board shall be responsible for the sound fiscal management of the schools; • The chair of the school board shall deliver an annual state of the schools address to the city council and the public; • The amendments codify recent practice in regard to submission and review of the school budget prior to its submission to the city council. Within 30 days of submission of the superintendent’s budget to the board, the city council and the board, or their subcommittees, will hold at least two joint meetings to review the superintendent’s proposed budget. A budget format similar to that of the city budget will be provided for this review; • Language is added to encourage the city and school department to share staff and resources and cooperate to provide better city and school services in a cost effective manner; and • The members of the board of public education shall be compensated in the same amount as members of the city council, other than the mayor. The chair of the board shall receive an additional stipend to compensate for his or her additional duties as chair. All such compensation shall be set by the city council.

List of Maine Ballot Questions In their correct order, the following questions will appear on the November 2, 2010 General Election ballot in Maine are as follows (From www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming.html): Question 1: Citizen Initiative/ Maine Oxford VOTE BOTH SIDES Casino Initiative

Do you want to allow a casino with table games and slot machines at a single site in Oxford County, subject to local approval, with part of the profits going to specific state, local and tribal programs? Question 2: Bond Issue/ The Maine Dental Care Bonds Issue

Do you favor a $5,000,000 bond issue to be awarded on a competitive basis to increase access to dental care in Maine, $3,500,000 to be used for a community-based teaching dental clinic affiliated with or operated by a college of dental medicine to be matched by $3,500,000 in other funds, and $1,500,000 to be used to create or upgrade community-based health and dental care clinics across the State to increase their capacity as teaching and dental clinics?

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Summary: The technical amendments were recommended to the charter commission by the city clerk, the finance director and the corporation counsel. In general, they are intended to remove obsolete language or clarify and conform that language to current practice or law, as follows:

QUESTION # 2 YES NO

Shall The Municipality Approve The Charter Modifications Recommended By The Charter Turn over Commission As Technical Changes As Summarized Below?

QUESTION #4 YES NO

Shall The Municipality Approve The Citizen Initiated Charter Amendment Reprinted Below? ARTICLE IV. ELECTIONS Section 12. Qualification to Vote. Any other provision in this Charter notwithstanding, legal immigrants who are residents of Portland and 18 years old or older on the date of any municipal election shall be allowed to register to vote and vote in municipal elections. In order to register, a legal immigrant shall provide proof of identify, age and residency, pursuant to Title 21-A, and legal status according to standards established by the City Clerk. Such persons shall not have the right to run for and hold an elected municipal office.

Question 3: Bond Issue/ Maine Conservation Bonds Issue

Do you favor a $9,750,000 bond issue to invest in land conservation and working waterfront preservation and to preserve state parks to be matched by $9,250,000 in federal and other funds? A discussion of the history of these bills, pros and cons can be found at Ballotpedia.org.

drinking rates in Portland decreased by 20%, while community-level protective factors such as law enforcement, parental monitoring, and limited accessibility of alcohol were strengthened. In addition, 21 Reasons coalition grew from a small group of concerned individuals and agencies, to an organization with more than 675 members-including law enforcement, parents, youth, schools, businesses, faith communities, healthcare, substance abuse treatment providers, local government, youth serving organizations, media, and community volunteers. “We are pleased that 21 Reasons has been recognized with a new 5-year cycle of funding, because we still have a lot of work to do,” said Joanna Morrissey, DFC Project Manager for 21 Reasons. “For instance, student survey data shows that while youth substance abuse has gone down, alcohol still remains the most commonly accessed and abused substance by youth.”

“Community attitudes on underage drinking still need some work, too,” added Morrissey. “We cannot stress enough that two-thirds of youth alcohol deaths have nothing to do with motor vehicles. The majority of youth alcohol deaths are attributed to suicides, homicides, and unintentional injuries such as drowning, burns, and falls. There is also the increased risk of sexual assault, vandalism, academic failure, and other risky behaviors among youth who drink. Also important to note is thanks to new technologies we know more now than ever before about alcohol’s harmful effects on the developing adolescent brain. We want to empower all community members to prevent underage drinking.” As outlined in the new 5-year strategic plan, 21 Reasons Steering Committee, staff, and coalition members will continue to work collaboratively to stem youth access to alcohol. Continued strategies include increased enforcement of underage drinking laws, retail trainings, and a public education campaign with a focus on empowering parents.

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Living With Peace­Welcoming Neighbors New to the Community 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.

Appreciating our Neighbors By Roger Ruganzu, VP, Living With Peace My name is Roger and I have been Vice President of the nonprofit organization called Living With Peace for almost two years now. We are very involved in helping immigrants succeed here in Portland and become responsible citizens and contributing members of society. My African roots are from Eastern Congo in a province called South Kivu. My tribe is known as the Banyamulenge. We came more than 300 years ago to this part of DR Congo and established dozens of villages, many of which became small towns over the many generations. Because of the civil wars in DR Congo that raged off and on for almost a decade after the heinous Rwandan Genocide in 1994, many of our villages were completely destroyed and many of our families had to flee to Rwanda or Burundi or even live in the forest completely cut off from us. In my case, like in hundreds of thousands, no forgive me, millions of cases, my father and two brothers were murdered by the hated rebel forces. I went to live in Kilgali, Rwanda, with many members of our tribe.

Who Are the Banyamulenge?

I graduated from the law school at the University of Kilgali and worked for a nonprofit organization to help Survivors of the Genocide, especially the women and the children. We became an “outlawed” organization and the soldiers eventually closed us down. I was jailed. At my earliest opportunity, I got my passport and a plane ticket and got on a plane and escaped to America. I asserted at the airport that I was an asylum-seeker when I arrived. That sets the date for everything that happens thereafter in order to become a legal permanent resident of this great country, which I am proud to say I am now. Years later, I am married to my fiancée, whom I had not seen for five years, and we have a baby girl. I have a good job, an emerging career, and am in graduate school at Southern New Hampshire University. My whole tribe has been given what is known as P2 status by Homeland Security, which means we have priority status to have our families rejoin us here and get out of harm’s way back home. There are about 200 of us here in Portland and another six to eight hundred around the country in places like Maryland, Colorado, Texas, Missouri, Massa-

chusetts and New Hampshire. Each August the members of the Banyamulenge Tribe from all over America come together to remember the massacre and commemorate the souls of the 152 men, women, and children, including babies, who died by brutal and tragic means that terrible night in the Gatumba Refugee Camp in Burundi in 2004. Go to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gatumba

for more information about this “descent into Hell” as it was called by the terrorist organization responsible for the attack, the FLN, which was condemned by the UN and its leader put on an international terrorist arrest list. He fled, apparently to Tanzania, and has yet to be captured six years later.

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I tell you this so when you see gatherings of Africans from whatever country or tribe or clan celebrating their traditions or mourning

their losses, you will know that they have suffered dearly to be able to live here and they are crying out for joy for the privilege of living here and enjoying a safe and secure future, something not possible now or perhaps even for a very, very long time, in our homelands. My job on the Board of Directors of Living With Peace is to help asylumseekers find lawyers to make their

legal case to authorities that they have been or are threatened with persecution if they remain in their country of origin. They have ten months from their arrival date to prepare their case. This is very difficult to do. How many people when they get the opportunity to flee remember to bring original copies of the newspaper articles detailing the killing of their family members? We take whatever documents we can to prove our level of fear is warranted. But the decision by Homeland Security is not solely decided on our veracity and supporting documentation. The decision by Homeland Security is also

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In 2007, the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration at the U. S. Department of State, began resettling Banyamulenge from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Most of the refugees are survivors of a brutal massacre that took place at Gatumba Refugee Camp (on August 13, 2004). in Burundi, near the Congo border. The massacre was just the latest episode in a long history of violent persecution against the Banyamulenge in the Congo. The Gatumba survivors actually join other Congolese refugees that have been seeking refuge in the United States since 2000. The Banyamulenge live in the South Kivu province, the mountainous eastern region of the Congo. They speak Kinyamulenge, one of over 450 dialects spoken in the Congo. The name Banyamulenge itself means people of the mountain. The tribe has been known through history as pastoralists because they raised cattle, by comparison with their neighbors they were perceived as wealthy because of the value of their cattle, but by every other measure,

governed by the Congressionallyset limit on admittance of refugees and asylum-seekers each year into the country. I think that number is 77,000 for 2010. The situation right now in Eastern Congo is grave. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came and was the first American government official to visit the Refugee Camp in Goma, along the shore of Lake Kivu. The Camp itself is a place of violence where boys are kidnapped to be child soldiers and girls and women are systematically raped when all they are trying to do is gather wood. She spoke out about the rapes of hundreds of thousands of women in the Kivu Provinces over the past few years. She was very brave to come into the Camp because the security situation is quite fragile. While the sheer level of killing and torture makes the Eastern DR Congo events unique, the situation as an ongoing occurrence is unfortunately normal for those who have had to flee for their lives. Our story can be repeated by all immigrants. War, persecution, torture, killing—it is why we are here. Not to take advantage of American largesse, but to take advantage of the peaceful way people respond to change and challenge, and the very freedoms they have to do so. Thank you. Roger Ruganzu has lived in Portland for more than seven years. He may be reached at rruganzu@yahoo.fr.

they were poor. The misperception of wealth led to the discrimination they have endured. They were, and continue to be devout in their Christian faith. Before the Congo gained independence from Belgium in 1960, relations between the Banyamulenge and other tribes in the region were usually peaceful, but rebellion broke out and the Banyamulenge encountered war and forced displacement for the first time. During that period of history, many families were forced to flee their homes and villages for towns such as Uvira and Bukavu, which offered relative safety. The fifty years since 1960 have been filled with acts of violence and persecution toward the Banyamulenge. The genocide in neighboring Rwanda finally gained the world’s attention to the injustice of the long history of persecution. Nevertheless, since the Genocide of 1994 there have been regular massacres of Tutsi in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, which includes the Congo, Burundi, and Rwanda. Exerpted from www.linwoodchurch.org/ banyamulenge_history.php See additional Info at www.cal.org/co/pdffiles/backgrounder_tutsi.pdf


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Good Neighbor of the Month Jacqueline A. (Powers) Lipps in Memoriam By Liz McMahon Continued from page 1 siasm. “It didn’t matter who John was talking to—it could have been the critic from The New York Times, but if Jackie came by, John would drop everything to greet her heartily,” recalls Stuart Gersen of Longfellow Books. Connolly is a Dubliner who lives part-time in Maine, and many of his novels are set in Portland and Scarborough. Jackie had been a loyal fan of his, and met with him several times for coffee. Every time Jackie donated a bag of books to a yard sale or to give books back to Longfellow, she lamented that she didn’t have enough room to keep them all. Jackie was born in Portland on October 16, 1934, daughter of Theodore and Alice Powers. She graduated from Deering High School in 1952. Jackie had four sons: Robert, Theodore, John, and James. She was active in Scouting while her children were young, acting as a den mother; she also volunteered on several community events and projects in the Munjoy Hill area, including a “Mothers Group,” where several mothers watched

each other’s children on their days off. Jackie was still friends with those women, including her close friends Joy Katz, Ann Jordan, Carolyn Israelson, and Joan Massusos. Jackie’s pride in her children and grandchildren was always evident when she spoke of them. She loved recounting funny stories from the kids’ youth. “One time when Bob was little,” she told me, “I got a call from Adams School that the teacher had been reading a book to the class, and Bob had quietly disappeared. They were worried he had left the building. Well, I went up

Above, Mrs Jacqueline Lipps in her role as Cub Scout Den Mother, with Mrs. Patricia Winslow looking on, circa February 1964. Below, portrait of Jackie Powers in 1951. Photos provided by the family.

there, and by the time I got there they had found him. He had gone down to the basement with the janitor and didn’t want to leave. He was looking at all the tools! Well, after that, they would let him go and get one of the brooms and sweep for a while if he wanted to.”

Bob was always a companion and helper to Jackie. Over the many years that she worked at The Pancake Kitchen, Jackie would get to work at 4:30 a.m., and then shortly thereafter, Bob would show up every morning for breakfast. After breakfast, he would stay to clean and wash dishes before he went to work himself.

Another fond memory came out of the family trip to Seattle to visit her son Teddy. Jackie recounted how Bob would always point to Mt. Rainier and say, “That’s my mountain!”

Jackie was also politically conscious, ensuring that she always knew who the candidates for each local election were, and who she wanted to vote for. She appreciated local representatives who would make themselves

available to constituents if there was a concern. For 12 years, Jackie worked at the Department of Human Resouces for the Regional Manager for Child Protection. After retirement, Jackie raised two of her grandchildren, Danny and Heather. Jackie is buried in Brooklawn Memorial Cemetery. Anyone who might wish to send a card to the Lipps family is welcome to. Their address is 73 Mountfort St., Portland, ME 04101.

Officer Black, from front page ficer Black received an Award for Bravery in 2002; he was nominated as a “local hero” by the Portland School Committee and the Student Council, during National Heroes Week in September 2008; and named Officer of the Year in 2009. During Officer Black’s tenure as School Resource Officer, he received the Award for Bravery for his quick and effective response in 2009 to a situation that developed on school Above Janine Kaserman of Community Policing with Senior Lead Black in front of the Munjoy Hill Policing Center located at grounds involving loaded firearms. Officer 92 Congres Street. Photo by Katie Brown Officer Black had been performing Officer Black has received a number of comroutine duties associated with his responsibilities at the school when he ob- mendations throughout his career as a Portserved a male remove a rifle from a vehicle land police officer and is known for being parked in Freshman Alley and load the weap- approachable and proactive. Steve welcomes on with ammunition. Officer Black swiftly the opportunity to serve on the “Hill”! approached the male and gained control of him. On further investigation, the suspect was found to have multiple weapons in the vehicle as well as a large quantity of ammunition.

Officer Black resides in Standish and graduated from Bonny Eagle High School in 1987. Officer Stephen Black, Sector 1, STEPHENB@portlandmaine.gov Cell 650-8770

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756-8135 -Daytimes: Janine Kaserman with Community Policing 2) 650-8770 cell -11 am thru the night, 1)

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Spotlight on Non-Profits is a regular feature. To feature your favorite non-profit, please contact Liz at lizatlibrary@yahoo.com

Center For Grieving Children When I moved to Maine from Alaska four years back, some of the first new friends I made were, purely by chance, volunteers for the Center for Grieving Children. These people impressed me with their honesty and their willingness to put an ideology of caring into action. So early on I learned a bit about how the Center helps people—adults as well as children—come to terms with a tragic loss or crisis in their lives. My respect for these folks has continued to grow as I get to know them better, and I’d begun to build a mental picture not only of the Center, but of the sort of person who volunteers for the Center; it’s someone who cares enough to go through 30 hours of rigorous training to do this unpaid work, helping other people deal with their pain. They make a real commitment to the community. Having glimpsed the good work they do, I’ve set out to learn more about this small, home-grown organization that has had such a huge impact on our town, so I called on

Anne Lynch, Executive Director of the Center. What I learned is that the CGC does its work without receiving any state or federal funds, and it charges nothing for its services. Their mission is to “provide loving support to grieving children, teens, families and the community

through peer support, outreach, and education. We honor and encourage the safe expression of grief and loss. We provide a loving community to foster the discovery and development of each child’s own resiliency and emotional well-being.” The Center for Grieving Children

by Lisa Peñalver (CGC) was founded in 1987 by Bill Hemmens, following a loss in his immediate family. The project received a grant from the Junior League of Portland, and began its work with four families and twelve volunteers. Fast-forward to the present: the Center now serves 250 families and has 150 volunteers who come in weekly (and they always need more!). The Center for Grieving Children recently celebrated the fourth anniversary at their new location at 555 Forest Avenue. The Center offers programs in four key areas: Bereavement Peer Support meets 3 nights a week, and offers programs for children and families who have lost someone close to them. They combine family counseling with activities for the children that involve peer interactions and safe outlets for the grief. Anne Lynch described the “peer support” as having “an almost magic effect on children; it’s very important for them to see that others walk the same path, that they are not alone.” Tender Living Care, for those who have a family member with a seri-

ous, life-threatening illness. Community Outreach and Education programs for schools, organizations, and workplaces which are experiencing loss or are seeking education around grief. The Center works with teachers, social workers and “language-parent coordinators” to create a bridge for a child/ student new to this country. Multicultural Peer Support supporting Portland’s Multicultural Community. This last function offers programs for children who are newly arrived to this country, having had to leave their homeland under difficult circumstances. Language, scheduling and transportation often pose a challenge for parents, so this program is structured somewhat differently than the bereavement program. Parents may be struggling to navigate a complicated system of services and employment. These children may attend programs that their parents do not, where emphasis is placed on activities, especially art, through which children may express the

emotions they are feeling. The parents would also receive support through Community Nights hosted by the Center throughout the year. The Center has an extensive resource library (free to borrow) and links to useful articles on their website: www.cgcmaine.org. They also offer support over the phone, so anyone needing guidance should feel comfortable calling and speaking to an understanding ear. Because its survival rests entirely on the generosity and goodwill of the community and its businesses, and on a team of dedicated volunteers, the Center for Grieving Children is in constant need of volunteers and supporters. Please, if you are able to give of your time, talents or resources, give them a call—the amazing people you will meet there could very well change your life! The Center for Grieving Children is located at 555 Forest Ave. and can be reached at 775-5216. Visit www.cgcmaine. org to learn more.


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October 2010: Bizarre & Unique Holidays

(from www.holidayinsights.com)

MONTH: • Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month • American Pharmacist Month • Apple Jack Month • Awareness Month • Breast Cancer Awareness Month • Clergy Appreciation Month • Computer Learning Month • Cookie Month • Domestic Violence Awareness Month • Eat Country Ham Month • International Drum Month • Lupus Awareness Month • National Diabetes Month • National Pizza Month • National Vegetarian Month • National Popcorn Popping Month • Sarcastic Month • Seafood Month

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Weekly Celebrations Week 1 Get Organized Week Week 1 Customer Service Week Week 2 Fire Prevention Week Week 2 Pet Peeve Week Week 3 Pastoral Care Week Each Day: 1 World Vegetarian Day 2 International Frugal Fun Day - first Saturday of the month 2 National Custodial Worker Day 3 Oktoberfest in Germany ends, date varies 3 Techies Day 3 Virus Appreciation Day 4 National Golf Day 5 Do Something Nice Day 5 World Teacher’s Day 6 Come and Take it Day

Crossword Across 1- Dos cubed 5- Rent-___ 9- Atoll unit 14- Travel from place to place 15- Actor O’Shea 16- ___ lift? 17- Widespread 18- Draft classification 19- Corpulent 20- In private life 22- Tinged 23- Bottom line? 24- Degrees in a right angle 25- Seventh sign of the Zodiac 29- Month of showers 32- Entice 34- Lay bare 39- Agrees tacitly 40- Mother of Isaac

42- Defeat decisively 43- Costume 45- Go with 47- Western 49- Starbucks order 50- Unmitigated 54- Actress Gardner 56- Rips 57- Thin material for book pages 63- Wooden shoe 64- Chieftain, usually in Africa 65- Acting part 66- Clear the board 67- Aggregate 68- Supplements, with “out” 69- Fall bloomer 70- Treater’s words 71- Chair;

Physician Assistant Day Bald and Free Day World Smile Day American Touch Tag Day World Egg Day - second Friday of the month 9 Curious Events Day 9 Fire Prevention Day 9 Leif Erikson Day 9 Moldy Cheese Day 10 National Angel Food Cake Day 11 Columbus Day - second Monday of month 11 It’s My Party Day 11 Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day 12 Old Farmer’s Day 12 Moment of Frustration Day 13 Emergency Nurses Day- date varies 13 International Skeptics Day 14 Be Bald and Free Day

Down 1- Other, in Oaxaca 2- Haircut 3- Fit of resentment 4- Minerals 5- Love, Italian-style 6- Picture theater 7- “Hard ___!” (sailor’s yell) 8- Horse color 9- Infuse 10- Take hold 11- Sierra ___ 12- Something drawn out 13- Tawdry 21- Converse 24- Recess in a wall 25- Queue 26- A party to 27- Briefs, briefly 28- Ascend 30- Blender setting 31- Genetic messenger 33- Convocation of witches 35- Killer whale

36- Bender 37- Injure 38- Kitchen addition 41- Cockpit abbr. 44- Malformed animal 46- Hit with an open hand 48- Intolerance 50- Baffled 51- Brings up 52- Capital of Morocco 53- “______ by any other name…” 55- Piece of poetry 57- San ___, Italy 58- One-named supermodel 59- Ancient Athens’s Temple of ___ 60- Prod 61- Zeno’s home 62- Breather

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National Dessert Day White Cane Safety Day Bosses Day Dictionary Day International Newspaper Carrier Day Sweetest Day, Third Saturday of month 17 Wear Something Gaudy Day 18 No Beard Day 19 Evaluate Your Life Day 20 Brandied Fruit Day 21 National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day find a recipe, too. 22 National Nut Day 23 Make a Difference Day- fourth Saturday of the month, an opportunity for neighbors to help neighbors. 23 National Mole Day 23 Tv Talk Show Host Day 24 http://holidayinsights.com/other/

unday.htmMother-In-Law Day - fourth Sunday in October 24 National Bologna Day 24 United Nations Day 25 World Pasta Day 26 National Mincemeat Day 27 National Tell a Story Day - in Scotland and the U.K. 27 Navy Day 28 Plush Animal Lover’s Day 29 Frankenstein Friday - last Friday in October 29 Hermit Day 29 National Frankenstein Day 30 National Candy Corn Day 30 Mischief Night 31 Carve a Pumpkin Day - no surprise here 31 Halloween 31 Increase Your Psychic Powers Day


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East End Business Focus

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“...homes blurring the lines between historic and modern.”

Homegrown Herb & Tea by Lisa Peñaver Anyone stepping out into the world these days knows that it can be an unfriendly place; you need to wear a certain amount of emotional armor. But if you walk halfway up Munjoy Hill on Congress and turn in at number 195, you will find, in Sarah Richards’ Homegrown Herb & Tea shop, a sanctuary, a place where it’s safe to check your armor at the door. Sarah Richards believes in the healing power of herbal tea - it’s certainly changed her life. After 10 years in the Portland school system teaching Spanish, she felt the work just wasn’t a good fit, but still she struggled with the decision to shift gears and do something else. She traveled to Spain with the idea of continuing in teaching, but it became clear that it was not her path. A time of reflection brought her around to the realization that she wanted to offer others the comfort she herself had found in a cozy Moroccan tearoom, sipping a humble cup of peppermint tea. So when you enter Homegrown Herb & Tea, enjoy the experience. You’ll be charmed by its warm wooden decor, high ceilings, muted light, comforting herbal scents and apothecary-style tea storage drawers that together present an Old-World, welcoming atmosphere to those who venture in. Have a conversation with Sarah. The teas she prepares are tailored to each individual, and it helps her to know what sorts of challenges you might be facing, or the mood you are in. Or, if you’re not ready for that, just look over the menu and choose a whimsically named brew that appeals. The “Teacher’s Pet” can soothe the most jangled nerves. Sarah blends the herbs for your tea on the spot, and every ingredient used is organic and fresh, within three months of harvest. It will be beautifully presented, and the flavors are just wonderful. If you’re a coffee-lover, you may even become a convert to teas after you try the Chai with Yerba Mate. On the hot day when I stopped in, I ordered a refreshing peppermint iced tea for myself, prepared with a fresh sprig of mint and a juicy slice of lemon, and a cranberry tea-sicle for my child. As we sat watching Sarah prepare our treats, a “regular” came in and inquired about some of the tasty dessert items, As soon as my daughter heard that there was cheesecake to be had, she promptly handed me her tea popsicle and asked for a piece. I joined in with a rosemary crumpet and a lavender shortbread. As we chatted, Sarah explained that equally important for a therapeutic herbal tea is the “intention” with which it is crafted. When making a blend especially for you, the energy of that intention is imparted, thus enhancing the same well being and good health with which she imbues your tea. When you enjoy a cup from Homegrown Herb & Tea, you know it was made by someone who cares about helping you feel better. Sarah encourages people to give themselves time to drink tea daily. As I sat there, I felt as if I had received a gift, time itself seemed to have slowed. And you can feel the love with which Sarah runs her business. So the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed by errands or demands on your time, do yourself a kindness and stop in to sample Homegrown Herb & Tea.

10 Howard Street stairwell, Before and After: “With great local hangouts like Hilltop and the Front Room, Rosemont Market, and of course the great waterfront views, who wouldn’t want to live here,” says Tom Landry, owner of Benchmark Real Estate, located at 100 Congress Street. Landry is so confident in the market and the community’s draw that he has completely redone an 1859 Cape on Howard Street, for sale now. To tour the home, attend one of the upcoming open houses: come to the First Friday reception October 1st from 5 to 8 pm to meet the artists and crafts people who participated in the project, or stop by one of the Sunday afternoon open houses on October 3rd and 10th. To view the listing online, visit www.18HowardSt.com.

Portland’s Haunted Corner By Jeanne Bull It was a dark afternoon. I had just left Micucci’s heading for Harbor Fish when the waves of fog began blowing up India Street. I pulled up my hood and headed down to Commercial. The lone survivor of the Grand Trunk Railroad stood silent and empty against the swirls of mist. I heard something...what was that noise? I turned my head, but it was only leaves and a stray plastic bag blowing up against Benkay where the lights were a weak presence against the gloom. I looked at the empty windows upstairs - was that a shadow passing thru the rooms? No, no, it was only a trick of the fog... Or was it? The silence at the corner of India and Commercial, once the tourists are gone, belies its tumultuous past. Where our Ocean Gate terminal stands was for decades the steamship wharves where tons of goods and thousands of passengers moved thru Portland up and down the eastern seaboard, to Canada, and across the Atlantic. Some remained, but most stayed only a night or two before the Grand Trunk took them to Montreal or beyond. It was a noisy, rowdy intersection with steam engines, whistles, horses, wagons, automobiles, merchants and passengers milling about. #2 India, now Benkay, was one of several rooming houses on the street. For years it was the Liverpool Tavern with rooms upstairs for British immigrants heading to lumbering jobs in the Canadian west. It was a rough crowd and the Liverpool was infamous for robberies and brawls. A family friend tells of a new arrival who passed his one night in town at the Liverpool with a lady of the evening. Upon waking in the wee hours, he found his companion gone along with all his money. After confronting the woman’s employer outside, he stabbed the man leaving him to die on the sidewalk while he boarded a train across the street and was soon far away, and in 1929 the proprietress of the Liverpool was found strangled beside an open cash register. #43 India started its life in 1830 as the mansion of a Stephen Waite. He sold the property in 1850 to a group of “gentlemen and church officials” who en-

larged the building, turning it into a sailor’s home to accommodate up to 100 sailors at a time. After surviving the 1866 fire, it became a lodging house known as the Eagle House, then the Florence Hotel. A murder, which remained unsolved, occurred there in 1928 and the building succumbed to arson in 1939 before Leo Micucci acquired the property, adapting it for its present use. Several employees, who shall remain nameless, have reported seeing.., well, ...something, when they were alone in the shop after hours. But that was not the first blood. Right near the corner, was Fort Loyall where in 1690 the settlers of Falmouth Neck gathered against an attack by the French and their native allies. After a scouting party was ambushed at the top of the Hill the settlers managed to hold the attackers back for days until they ran out of ammunition. Deciding to accept the French promise of safe surrender they left the fort only to be slaughtered outside the gates. Somehow, the Reverend George Burroughs managed to escape with a few people to one of the islands where the reinforcements from the Plymouth Colony found them when they finally arrived. One of those survivors was the teenage Mercy Lewis who lost all her family in the massacre. They retreated with the ship to Salem, Mass., where the orphaned Mercy was taken in by a Puritan family and soon became involved with a group of girls claiming demonic possession, and where George Burroughs was accused and executed for witchcraft. No one went back to bury the 100 dead, and no one went back at all for two years until Benjamin Church, returning to Boston, stopped and buried the bones that still lay where they had fallen, “probably in a single pit at the foot of India Street.” I’ve often wondered what happened to those bones, and with every new construction project I peer over the fence looking, but I suppose we would have heard about that kind of discovery. Maybe the Grand Trunk removed them, or maybe they are still there... I started to walk faster as the fog horns suddenly seemed more insistent, and I decided to call my husband for a ride home.

Learn about Sarah’s special tonics on her website, homegrownherbandtea.com, Homegrown Herb & Tea, 195 Congress Street, 774-3484

Walk Among the Shadows III You will feel the presence of those buried within on an evening tour of a spooky colonial graveyard. • October 21-23 & 28-30 • 6:30 – 7:30 PM • Guided group tours every 15 minutes (can last up to 1 hour) • Admission $10 or $5 for ages 12 and under • First-come, first served, so get in line early! • Eastern Cemetery Gates: 224 Congress Street, Portland, ME In conjunction with Acorn Productions and Portland Playback, these family-friendly tours are led by shrouded specters through the cemetery in groups. Tours depart about every 15 minutes and last up

to1 hour. Cemetery residents come to life and voice their strange tales against the eerie, dimly-lit, gravestone-filled background. Ghosts are portrayed by actors from Acorn Productions (21st, 22nd, 23rd) and Portland Playback Theater (28th, 29th, 30th). Those who may manifest themselves on the tour include: • Susan Bluefield who died in the Great Fire • Samuel Proctor, the son of John Proctor of the Salem witch trials • Mortally wounded War of 1812 sea captains, William Burrows and Samuel Blythe • Dan Manley, Portland’s first bank robber Proceeds from this event will go back to the Eastern Cemetery to help restore the Congress Street fence.


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Friends of Eastern Prom to celebrate dedication of Loring Memorial Trail

Throughout october

SOCCER PICK-UP GAMES- Fall/Winter. Interested in playing SOCCER in the East End? We are organizing pick-up games a few times a week. No fancy leagues, no super-competitive play - just getting together to have fun, keep in shape, and celebrate the wonderful sport of soccer! All ages/skill levels welcome! Contact Andrew: 670-8041 or drewleadley@ gmail. com Classes at Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo Street, mayostreetarts. org —Tango, Belly Dancing, Kids Yoga, Juggling, Zumba and Pilates. Learn about available Artist Studios, theater, poetry, music and more. Contact email: Blainor McGough, director@mayostreetarts.org, 615-3609, or info@mayostreetarts. org Tuesdays 7 pm. Poetry Readings— Port Veritas Spoken Word Night! at Mayo St Arts, 615-3609, or info@mayostreetarts. org

By Kristin Rapinac The opening of a new trail linking Loring Memorial Park to the Eastern Promenade Trail, the Back Cove Trail and the brand-new Bayside Trail will be celebrated at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21. The Loring Memorial Trail, which replaces a steep, eroded path worn by walkers and joggers, will be dedicated in a ceremony sponsored by Friends of the Eastern Promenade. The event will take place at the trailhead just off Loring Memorial Park, located at the corner of Eastern Promenade and North Street. Fittingly, a member of the Loring family will cut the ribbon dedicating the new trail. Major Charles J. Loring Jr. was a U.S. Air Force pilot awarded the Medal of Honor after losing his life in a bombing mission in North Korea. Designed by landscape architect Regina Leonard, the trail features a new route with a more gentle slope, with retainers, plantings and steps created from salvaged granite curbing. Funding was provided through grants from the Maine Department of Conservation Recreational Trails Program and the Quimby Family Foundation. An interconnected pedestrian circulation system within the park is one of the recommendations of the Eastern Promenade Master Plan adopted by Portland City Council in 2004. The Fort Allen Trail, on the southeastern side of the park, was completed last fall and connects to the Eastern Prom Trail below. Friends of the Eastern Promenade partnered with Portland Trails and the City of Portland on the project. Volunteers from Bangor Savings Bank pitched in to complete work on the trail in September. A representative from Bangor Savings Bank, a benefactor of Friends of the Eastern Promenade, will attend the dedication. “We’ve been fortunate in having the opportunity to collaborate with our project partners in making these master plan recommendations a reality,” said Diane Davison, president of the Friends of the Eastern Promenade. “Not only do we now have a complete pedestrian loop here on the Promenade, but we’ve also been able to provide critical links to destinations beyond.” After the trail dedication, Friends of the Eastern Promenade will hold a brief annual meeting and elections at 6 p.m. at the East End Community School. Acclaimed historian Herb Adams will give a presentation of the history of the Eastern Promenade at 6:30 p.m, followed by an informal meet and greet social at 7 p.m. Friends of the Eastern Promenade members and non-members are welcome to attend all of the events. Reservations are appreciated but not required. RSVP to info@friendsofeasternprom.org. Friends of the Eastern Promenade is a nonprofit community organization committed to preserving the park’s significant historic public landscape, protecting its environmental integrity and enhancing recreational use. FMI visit www.friendsofeasternpromenade.org.

Spirits Alive TOURS of Eastern Cemetery—Sundays 1:30 pm. This tour will take you through the 6-acre site while a guide explains the history of the grounds, those buried within, the types of stones and an overview of how the site fits into the history of Portland. Email RSVP to reserve your space! Spirits Alive, www. spiritsalive. org/

Greenlight Studios: classes & play

space, cafe, eco-friendly, for kids & adults. Open 7 days a week; located In Portland’s Back Cove, 49 Dartmouth Street, Portland Maine. info@greenlightstudio. com, 899-1900. www. greenlight-studio. com/

WINTER CACHE Schedule of the

Work Party Sundays @ Farm Call ahead to join in carpool. http://sites. google. com/site/wintercacheproject, (888)-45-ROOTS

Preserving The Harvest

Hands-On Food Preservation Workshops: Oct. 7, 14, 29. see http://extension. umaine. edu/foodhealth/food-preservation/hands-onworkshops/

Paper Castles, music 8 pm. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St. Portland, 615-3609 www. mayostreetarts.org

Pineland Farms- Family-friendly agricultural, equestrian, ecological programs run thryoughout the month, see www.pinelandfarms.org/visitors/ events_calendar.htm

sun, Oct 3

Round Mountain with The Cajun Aces 8 pm $10. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St. Portland, www.mayostreetarts.org

Looking for Places to Play?

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

Thurs Oct 7

Sudanese “Walk for Freedom” from Portland to Augusta, to draw attention to the upcoming independence referendum in Sudan. Info at furculturalrevival.org/ 221-5197, email elfadelfcr@gmail.com

Thurs Oct 7 - Oct 24

Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine – various programs,

Six Degrees of Separation, Theater at Lucid Stage by John Guare, This play launches the opening of Mad

142 Free St. Portland, 828-1234 Cost: Free with admission

Tate House Museum Garden tours Cellar to Attic etc. , various

Horse Theatre Company’s 2010-2011 season Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Boulevard, 899-3993, www.lucidstage.com

Sat, Oct 9

Second Saturday Jazz 8 pm $5. Mayo Street Arts, Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St. Portland, 615-3609 www.mayostreetarts.org Sudanese Freedom Rally, noon at monument Square. To draw attention to the upcoming independence referendum in Sudan. Info at furculturalrevival. org/ 221-5197, email elfadelfcr@gmail. com

Mon, Oct 11- 13 & Oct 18-20

DARK NIGHT SERIES at Lucid Stage, 7:30 pm $10 “Midges Section” Three short entrees of comedy directed by Aurora White. Recruiting by James Noel Hoban; Canker Sores and Other Distrac-

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Fri, Oct 1

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Music with Glenn Jones, Meg Baird, Micah Blue Smaldone, Arborea, 8 pm $10.Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St. Portland, 615-3609 www.mayostreetarts.org

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New Connections 5:30-6:30 pm, meet at Fort Allen Park bandstand. This walk will lead to a sneak peak of the new Loring Memorial Trail. Discover how making a few connections within our trail network creates access and linkage across the peninsula. Led by Rachael Weyand of Portland Trails and Diane Davison of Friends of the Eastern Promenade. RSVP: 775-2411 or rachael@trails.org.

MNGRR Ghost trains will run Oct 30 & 31 (at 5, 6 & 7 p.m.).

Root Cellar C alendar

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

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Ladies Bible Class­—Thursdays 10am-11am—A time of Bible study and fellowship for women. Clothing Distribution — Thursdays 10:30–11:30 am. Donated children’s and adults’ clothing and household items are available. Pediatric Clinic—Thursdays 5:30 pm–7 pm—A volunteer medical doctor and nurses come in each week to see scheduled patients for a variety of medical needs including a child wellness clinic. This clinic is for children with no insurance or with only catastrophic insurance. The clinic can provide necessary vaccines for your child. They are associated with Mercy Hospital.

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MUNJOY HILL OBSERVER tions by Christopher Durang; and Sure Thing by David Ives All with a side order of improv. Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Boulevard, 899-3993, www.lucidstage.com

ment and trails. To register, visit cascobaycross.com or arrive early on race day to sign up. Registration begins at 8:30 am, with races beginning at 10 am.

Tues, Oct 12

THURS, OCT 21

Variety show: “Charity Hilarity” Maine Transgender Network is pleased to host the benefit show: “Charity Hilarity” Doors at 7:15PM Show at 8 PM; An evening of standup comedy that is sure to split your sides and bust your gut! Featuring comedian Ian Harvie and his special guests; Leslie Downes Cummmings, John Ater, Kevin Neales, Tuck Tucker and more...The event will also feature a silent auction/ticket sales for a number of raffles of fabulous prizes and give-a-ways through out the event. Event Location: Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave, (Ample on-site parking available) Tickets: www.mainetransnet. org Click the link for Brown Paper Tickets.

SAT, OCT 16

Loring Memorial Trail Dedication & Friends of the Eastern Promenade Annual Meeting 5 pm: Dedication ceremony at the new Loring Memorial Trail, Eastern Promenade & North Street. 6 pm: Friends of the Eastern Promenade annual meeting & elections, East End Community School. Followed by Herb Adams presentation on history of the Eastern Promenade and an informal meetand-greet social.

SAT, OCT 23 Fall Bulb Planting 10 am-(noon), meet at Cousins Memorial, Cutter Street & Eastern Promenade. Bring your gloves and gardening tools, roll up your sleeves and help plant bulbs for the Pink Tulip Project. Sponsored by Friends of the Eastern Prom-

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enade and the Maine Cancer Foundation. Information: friendsofeasternpromenade. org, pinktulipproject.org.

SUN, OCT 24 Guided Bird Walk 8-11 am, meet at Fort Allen Park bandstand. Join Derek Lovitch of Freeport Wild Bird Supply and learn about the many species of birds that make their home on the Eastern Prom. Sponsored by Friends of the Eastern Promenade. Donations welcome. Info: freeportwildbirdsupply. com, friendsofeasternpromenade.org.

Sat, Oct 30

Tiger Saw, Music with St. Claire, Winter Sons, Wesley Allen Hartley, 8 pm $8. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St. Portland, 615-3609 www.mayostreetarts.org

Sat, Oct 30 & 31

Ghost Train run by the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad. www.mngrr.org. —see story on front page.

Sun, Oct 31

Mayo Street Arts Haunted House and Costume Ball, 6-10 pm. Haunted house 6-8. Performances and dancing ‘til 10 with Blue Lobster Troupe, Hobgoblin, Violent Femmes cover band. Co-sponsored

Casco Bay Cyclocross Race 8:30 am to 3 pm, Eastern Promenade. Second annual Bikeman.com Casco Bay Cyclocross Race to benefit Friends of the Eastern Promenade. Cyclocross is a bicycle race consisting of many laps of a short course that includes manmade and natural obstacles, downhills, pave-

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