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Vol. 33, No. 11

Yarmouth resident sues town, police over 2018 arrest By Kate Irish Collins

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Greely High School senior Camden Bubblo, left, and sophomore Annalise Pancini play Tony and Maria, the two leads in “West Side Story.” It is the first major production to be held at the Greely Center for the Arts in Cumberland.

Greely Center to tell ‘West Side Story’ By Alex Lear

CUMBERLAND — “Could it be? Yes, it could. Something’s coming, something good.” The “West Side Story” lyric is particularly fitting because the musical will light up the Greely Center for the Arts at Greely High School this month as the first major production to be staged at the new School Ad-

ministrative District 51 facility. The show at 303 Main St. will run March 28-30 at 7 p.m., and March 31 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults, and box office information is available at msad51.org or tickets@greelydramaboosters. org. The romantic musical tragedy has provided an eye-opening

experience for its teenage cast and crew. Along with stretching their singing, dancing and acting chops and learning the rigorous technical aspects that go on behind the scenes, they have also been immersed in the divisions within American society that arguably exist as much today as when the 1957 show premiered

YARMOUTH — The town faces a federal lawsuit alleging unlawful arrest and civil rights violations stemming from an incident last year at a Cornfield Point Road home. Selcuk Karamanoglu claims his reputation was harmed and he suffered other negative effects when he was arrested for alleged domestic violence assault June 15, 2018. Within a week, the Cumberland County district attorney’s office declined to prosecute the case. The town, Police Chief Michael Morrill and Officer Brian Andreasen are defendants in the complaint, filed Jan. 14 in U.S. District Court in Portland. Karamanoglu is seeking unspecified punitive damages, among other remedies that could include fees for attorneys or expert witnesses. Town attorney Ed Benjamin,

of Drummond Woodsum in Portland, this week said that while the district attorney declined to prosecute, there is also another standard at play. He said all a police officer needs to arrest someone is probable cause, while a prosecutor must prove a crime occurred beyond a reasonable doubt. Benjamin also said just because the prosecutor didn’t pursue the case doesn’t mean Andreasen acted inappropriately. Without getting into the details of his defense, Benjamin said under the federal protections cited by Karamanoglu he has to prove that Andreasen was intentionally trying to violate his civil rights. “In essence,” Benjamin said, Karamanoglu “feels he should not have been arrested.” Benjamin said the town has until July 26 to complete the disLawsuit, Page 22

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Falmouth student takes on racial issues Katie Han, a senior at Falmouth High School, organized two school assemblies on racial awareness. In a place like Maine, she said, it’s too easy to be complacent.

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FALMOUTH — When Katie Han moved to Falmouth with her family 10 years ago, she experienced culture shock because other places she’d lived were much more racially and culturally diverse. Now, Han, who is Asian

Greely High School teammates swarm goalie Jared Swisher after Greely defeated Old Town/Orono in the Class B state championship Saturday, March 9, in Lewiston. Sports, Page 13.

American, has organized two racial awareness assemblies at the high school. The events, held Monday and March 5, were part of her required senior project. But Han also planned them in direct response to discovery of a SHAWN PATRICK OUELLETTE / PPH

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INSIDE Index Arts Calendar.............. 19 Classifieds................... 26 Community Calendar.. 21

Meetings..................... 21 Opinion......................... 8 Out and About ............ 20 People & Business...... 18

Police Beat.................. 12 Real Estate.................. 23 School Notebook........ 17 Sports......................... 13

Hoops season gave us plenty of drama Page 13

Cumberland council sets hearing on moving sand, salt sheds Page 2

Yarmouth student website encourages teen volunteerism Page 4


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Cumberland council sets hearing on moving sand, salt sheds By Alex Lear

This visual shows a 1,000-foot radius around Cumberland’s proposed relocation of its sand and salt sheds, and compost and brush areas. A rail line runs to the northwest (left) of the Greely Road site, with Mustang Lane and the Twin Brook Recreation Area on the other side.

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back from Greely Road on unused land at Twin Brook Recreation Area, near Mustang Lane. Review and approval of the project by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection could occur by fall, followed by construction of the compost pad and brush area. The potential $2 million sand and salt shed construction project would depend a council vote and bonding in spring 2020, with opening of the new buildings that summer. The sand shed would be 9,600 square feet, about twice the size of the salt shed. Restoration of the vacated Drowne Road areas with topsoil and tree plantings would occur in fall 2020. “This was one of the sites that we had originally looked to move the entire town garage complex to, probably two to three years ago,” Town Manager Bill Shane told the council Monday. With plans to move the entire facility having fallen through, the town has explored ways to move comCumberland, Page 3

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Proposed Falmouth muni budget adds little to tax rate By Kate Irish Collins

FALMOUTH — The proposed municipal budget for 2020 is up 3.6 percent and adds just under 1 cent to the current tax rate of $16.47 per $1,000 of valuation,

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ponents, such as the bus fleet and sand and salt buildings. Times of operation would include daytime stacking of sand and salt and storm preparation, Shane said; recent storm events requiring sand and salt ranged from 43 in 2014 to 21 in 2016, with 28 this year. The sheds would have lighting. The brush facility would be open Saturdays and Tuesdays April through November, and compost loading available only on Saturdays. Alex Lear can be reached at 780-9085 or alear@ theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

according to Town Manager Nathan Poore. The School Department is scheduled to release its budget for the new fiscal year on Friday, March 15, during a day-long workshop. The combined municipal and school budgets will be presented to the public at 5:30 p.m. March 27, and be followed by a public

Corrections A story in the Feb. 28 edition about North Yarmouth’s proposed Public Works expansion should have stated that while the Yarmouth Water District supports upgrades to the facility’s existing fuel systems, it does not favor an expansion of that site. Last week’s story, “Freeport names former senator, library director Citizen of the Year,” misspelled Betheda Edmonds’ first name.

hearing at 7 p.m. April 3. Both meetings will take place at Town Hall. Poore said his proposed municipal budget of $13.5 million is an increase of nearly $475,000 over current spending. The Town Council had little comment Monday when it set the date for the public hearing on the budget. Budget drivers include a 5.3 percent increase in wages, health insurance and retirement costs for town employees. New positions requested this year include new part-time slots at the Fire Department to cover increases in call volume, Poore said. In addition, he said the Fire Department would like to hire someone to conduct an outside review of department operations. Other budget drivers include more than $263,000 in new debt payments for the $6.6

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Yarmouth student website encourages teen volunteerism By Kate Irish Collins

YARMOUTH — With a new website designed to simplify the process of volunteering, two Yarmouth High School students hope they can help other teens feel empowered to make a difference in their community. Sophomores Parker Harnett and Zoe Siegel launched HowToHelpInMaine.org, with the goal of making it easier for their fellow students to connect with volunteer opportunities. “We simply want to help Maine make use of a very underutilized resource – students,” the girls say on the website. “We believe in taking action ... about some of the most pressing issues facing Maine today.” Harnett and Siegel say their website is a one-stop resource where teens can discover places to donate their time, goods or money.

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The girls said they started the site because they realized that they had a lot of friends who wanted to volunteer, but didn’t know how to get started. “(We) wanted to create an engaging space where students can learn about the benefits of volunteering and then link to charities which reflect their specific interests,” Harnett and Siegel say on the site. The girls also want to encourage other students “to step out of their comfort zone and help out whenever and however possible.” The list of organizations on the website currently ranges from Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors, to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine in Portland, to Camp Sunshine in Casco, to Special Olympics Maine in South Portland. Harnett has spent the past year or so volunteering at Midcoast Humane, an Website, Page 27 195 N. Gorham Road Gorham, ME

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council. Vice Chairman Claudia King is term-limited from running again and the seats held by Councilors Aaron Svedlow and Andrea Ferrante are also on the ballot. There are two seats available on the School Board. Vice Chairman Caryn Bickerstaff is termed out and the seat held by Jennifer Libby is also available. The municipal election will be held 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, in the gym at Falmouth High School, 74 Woodville Road.

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Maine students to participate in Youth Climate Strike By Kate Irish Collins

PORTLAND — Area students who believe climate change action can’t wait until the next general election plan to participate Friday in a national Youth Climate Strike.

Library extends services through Friday FALMOUTH — Falmouth Memorial Library is extending its inter-library loan services for an extra week, while staff continue to pack up in anticipation of the move to the Mason-Motz Activity Center on Middle Road. Inter-library loans will be available 3-5 p.m. Thursday, March 14, and 9:30 a.m.noon Friday, March 15. Patrons must use the Russell Room entrance. Call 781-2351 for more information.

Bus service to hold Yarmouth meeting YARMOUTH — Greater Portland Metro will hold a public session at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Town Hall to discuss proposed bus fare changes and the switch to new automatic fare payment options. Call 774-0351 or email info@gpmetro. org for more information.

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Maine Transportation Commissioner Bruce Van Note advised regional planners to think long term but focus on short-term goals, March 7, at the Casco Bay Lines ferry terminal in Portland.

PORTLAND — Officials from the entire realm of public transportation in greater Portland are taking a long, hard look down the road. As announced at a March 7 news conference at the Casco Bay Island ferry terminal, Transit Tomorrow is a regional collaboration aiming to create a 30-year plan for the best and most efficient use of all manner of public transportation from Brunswick to Biddeford. The planning will determine how to better link services and communities while leveraging federal and state funding. Stewarded by the Greater Portland Council of Governments and Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System, which merged two years ago, the planning involves seven regional transportation agencies and includes rail

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Keep your religion to yourself

I know I’m skating on thin ice when I talk about someone else’s religion. I’m very apt to be accused of intolerance. But religious tolerance simply means accepting the religious views of others as long as they don’t try to force them on you. For instance, I accept the recent United Methodist Church re-assertion of its ban on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBTQ ministers, as long as they The Universal don’t try to ban same-sex marriage for non-Methodists. In fact, their anti-gay policies are dividing Methodists. When our Congregational church voted to allow our pastors to bless same-sex unions, a handful of families left the church. But by the time the congregation voted a decade later to become an Open & Affirming church, one that welcomes LGBTQ people into the full life and ministry of the church, the vote was unanimous. Back in 2009, when Maine voters repealed legislatively au- Edgar Allen Beem thorized same-sex marriage, the Catholic Diocese of Portland led the charge. But when Maine voters legalized same-sex marriage in 2012, the Catholic Church blessedly stayed out of it. As long as they were not required to perform same-sex marriages, it was none of their business what the rest of us did. The Catholic Church, of course, is on pretty thin ice itself preaching about sexual morality. I admire Pope Francis’ liberal instincts on many social issues, but there are limits to his ability to drag the Holy See out of the dark ages and into the sunlight of the 21st century. The recent Vatican summit on sex abuse by priests failed to take any meaningful action, according to survivors of sexual

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abuse, such as adopting a code of conduct for bishops or creating a lay commission to review all complaints of sex abuse by priests. As a Protestant, it has always seemed to me that the Catholic Church could solve a lot of its problems simply by doing away with celibacy, allowing priests to marry and ordaining women. But historian Garry Wills, author of “Why I Am a Catholic,” wrote a Boston Globe column in January entitled “Celibacy isn’t the cause of the church sex-abuse crisis; the priesthood is.” The most destructive religious force in this country is evangelical Christians like Mike Pence, who support Donald Trump despite the fact that Trump is not a Christian in any meaningful way and has a history of dishonesty, infidelity and lechery that would make a true Christian cringe. Trump embraces the prosperity theology of charlatans such as Paula White the same way he embraces the American flag – creepily and insincerely. Mega-church televangelists preach that God will make you rich if you donate to religious causes. Baloney. Trump’s charitable giving is non-existent and the only people prosperity theology makes rich are prosperity theologians. The Christian right is the primary reason “religious freedom,” which once meant the freedom to worship as one chooses, has been perverted to mean the freedom to force one’s religious views on the American people. The Christian right tries to dictate national policy on sex education, birth control and abortion, same-sex marriage and gay rights, stem-cell research and evolution, and so much more. And that’s why I have no compunction about criticizing them. It’s fine to believe whatever you like as long as you keep your religion to yourself. But it becomes everyone’s business when you try to turn our democracy into a theocracy. Freelance journalist Edgar Allen Beem lives in Brunswick. The Universal Notebook is his personal, weekly look at the world around him.

Sun always shines on local journalism

News consumers in the age of Trump open government, and that most everycan’t help but notice the disturbing con- thing government officials do – even their email – is available upon request. joining of journalism and government. Sunshine Week, held March 10-16 Alleged leaks – the FBI tipping this year and begun by off CNN to an upcoming Here’s the American Society of raid, or Democrat congresNews Editors in 2005, sional aides distributing seems even more importdocuments to the media ant now because, as we’re before giving them to seeing especially on a Republicans – prove how national scale, secretive government officials and plotting behind the scenes journalists secretly rely on is corrupting both governeach other to further their ment and journalism. As own aims. such, detoxifying sunshine Conservatives have long should be shed on journalrecognized mainstream ism, not just government, media’s bias, but these this Sunshine Week. journalists’ opposition to As our national media Trump and knee-jerk supdevolves into tribal facport of anything DemoJohn Balentine tions with conservative crats propose has revealed and liberal biases on full this fact to all Americans. However, there’s always a way out of display, local news outlets are proving the darkness in America, whose founda- their worth as go-to sources of relatively tional principles of free speech and a free unbiased news. Why? It’s because they press give us hope that even when some are closer to – and, as such, more acactors in government and journalism are countable – to their readers and viewers. Just as there are three levels of repretoo cozy for comfort, something eventusentative government – local (town or ally will clean up their act. Every year around the time we spring city), regional (county or state) and fedforward and welcome more light into our eral – there are three levels of journalism: lives, the media world marks Sunshine local, regional and national. The smaller Week. It’s a chance for news outlets to the institution, whether it be government remind everyone of the importance of or news outlets, the more accountable

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it is. Just as it’s nearly impossible to talk directly with President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or Sens. Angus King or Susan Collins if you have a federal government issue, you can’t call and talk to the editors of national media outlets such as The New York Times or NBC Nightly News. At best, you’ll reach an aide giving you a polite goodbye the minute after you called. National-level institutions are out of reach. State- and regional-level institutions aren’t much better. Compare that to local government and news outlets where you can directly talk to a town councilor, town manager, reporter or editor at the hometown newspaper. Local officials and local journalists can’t hide from their constituents and readers. When it comes to transparency in government, local is better. This is why conservatives don’t want a world government or too much federal control. The bigger the government institution, the more corrupt it can become. Same with journalism. While a national reporter may get away with issue advocacy, fudging details, omitting facts or writing to a biased narrative, local reporters can’t because they must face their sources and readers on a regular Balentine, Page 10

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How to find our own star

I turn 70 this month. I might feel young- physics, organic chemistry. Nope. Will I ever attain the unattainable? And er than my parents looked and felt at 70. Thanks to two new hips, I will walk without will wanting to stretch beyond the stretchthat limp my dad sported at 70. And due to able continue to live with so much energy, so much intensity, in me? I some genetic fluke, I won’t Life mean, Buddhists often take have a head of gray hair like an oath, “Beings are nummy mom at 70. berless. I vow to save them What will I have? What all.” That’s a reach. will I want to have? A quesFifty-two years after high tion we answered as high school graduation, I’ve noschool seniors for our 1967 ticed much less reaching out. yearbook was: “Ambition?” Unlike my earlier outward I wrote words from my and upward shooting for then-favorite song, “to reach stars – or holiness or prothe unreachable star.” fessional aspirations – I do What was I thinking? things like care for people And will I have reached the near me: husband, mom, unreachable by mid-March? kids, grandkids, a small Will I have touched that star? I didn’t even know Susan Lebel Young number of other people’s children, some cherished what shiny brilliance meant. friends and, oh, myself. The inner cheerToward what would I be ambitioning? At 18, I had long ago abandoned my leader in me has quieted a bit, the one with girlhood wish for a calling as a nun. Once I all that effervescence also noted under my learned of the vows of poverty, chastity and yearbook photo. My questions at 70 are more like, “How obedience, my middle school brain rejected that vocation. I then entertained striving do I keep my feet on solid ground? How do to be a dentist, since my dad was an oral I reach into what’s here, on who I am, not surgeon and he shone bright for me. But I who I hope to be one day? How will any of would need other vows for dentistry: math, us live fully in the short life we have while

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we stand, as my dad would say, ‘on the right side of the grass?’” I won’t love my diminishments, an achy back and changes in how I look; my white hairs here and there, wrinkles. But as I age, I want to like what’s not wrong, what’s working, what’s right – my curious mind, still eager to learn; a body that can dance; a heart willing to grow; spirit enough to laugh with grandchildren. As the lyrics from my “Man of La Mancha” song say, “this is my quest.” Maybe what’s unreachable is here. Maybe at 70 we won’t have to back-bend toward what no longer exists in our lives (i.e., I was a balance beam champ in gymnastics). Nor will it mean forward leaning into some

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unworkable future. Maybe the reach is inward, to love, to live and to feel into 70 as a place to land, to inhabit fully. Here are lines from “Weathering,” poet Fleur Adcock’s compassionate ode to the space of getting old: “Now that I am in love with a place that doesn’t care how I look, or if I am happy, happy is how I look and that’s all ...” Not by dreaming impossible dreams, rather by claiming here-and-now happiness, our own glow is reachable at any age.

Falmouth author Susan Lebel Young is a retired psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher. She can be reached at sly313@ aol.com or at www.susanlebelyoung.com.

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An unpopular opinion about the popular vote

Oh swell, now I’m in bed with a racist. radio interviews. The ultra-liberal Maine There I was half-awake on a peaceful People’s Alliance jumped all over that, Saturday morning, musing about what a declaring that not only was the former Republican chief executive horrible thing it would Politics & a racist (true enough), but be if a bill before the so was the entire Electoral Legislature to bypass the College (which, in a bizarre Electoral College in prestwist, means the alliance idential elections and rely agrees with LePage about it instead on the popular empowering white voters). vote becomes law, when I The National Popular Vote rolled over to find myself initiative works like this. face to face with former Participating states (so far, Gov. Paul LePage. there are 11 plus the Dis“Actually, what would trict of Columbia) agree to happen if they do what give all their electoral votes they say they’re gonna to whichever presidential do is white people will candidate wins the popular not have anything to vote nationwide. So, if in say,” LePage whispered Al Diamon 2020, Maine voted for a to me. “It’s only going to be the minorities that would elect (the candidate I’ll call “Donald” (just to pull a name out of thin air), but another canpresident).” didate I’ll arbitrarily dub “Hillary” got Then, he blew me a kiss. I awoke screaming from this nightmare, the most votes at the polls all across the only to discover that the LePage quote is country, “Hillary” would receive all four real, spewed out during one of his bizarre of Maine’s electoral votes.

Other Mistakes

Even though we didn’t vote for her. Aside from this unfairness, there’s the matter of Maine’s quirky system of awarding electoral votes to the winner of each congressional district. If “Donald” defeated “Hillary” in the 2nd District, “Donald” would be entitled to one electoral vote, reflecting the wishes of voters in the part of the state where most restaurants wouldn’t be caught dead serving kale. The new rules say that won’t happen; “Hillary” gets all the electoral votes. The anti-kale crowd can pound sand. To give LePage his due, the overwhelming majority of those disenfranchised voters in northern Maine are white, while in the state’s 1st District ... hmmm, the overwhelming majority of voters are also white. In reality, the Electoral College protects small states like Maine from big states like California by giving us twice as much influence in selecting a president as our meager population would otherwise allow. Is this undemocratic? Yes, but we don’t live in a democracy. The college was the Founding Fathers’ (partially successful) attempt to make the choosing of the president as representative of all viewpoints as possible. It also protected us from what the Proprietary Pops called the tyranny of the majority. Wait a minute. Wasn’t that majority composed almost entirely of white men? It appears that, as usual, LePage has it exactly backwards. The National Popular

Vote would allow the largest segment of the population – white people – to impose its will on every other ethnic group. The Electoral College is the institution designed to protect us from that happening. That it doesn’t always work perfectly (see Richard Nixon, Warren G. Harding, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump) is no reason to abandon it for reckless experimentation in ceding presidential selection to the most populous states. Most of which are full of sketchy white people. Unlike one-person-one-vote, you can email me as often as you like at aldiamon@herniahill.net.

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basis. They’ll be found out and corrected, sometimes humiliatingly so. Despite the inherent advantages of smaller government and smaller journalism, unfortunately we’re seeing a trend toward bigger. But just as service after the sale is why many shop locally, remember this Sunshine Week that local is almost always better for news and government for reasons of accountability. John Balentine, a former managing editor for Sun Media Group, lives in Windham.

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Building STEM-minded students

In December 2012, a White House news skills in a more engaging manner is resorelease predicted the United States would nating with students and staff alike, because need approximately 1 million more STEM STEM-based labs require collaborative problem solving and critical professionals than were projected to graduate by Superintendent’s thinking. Recently, our School 2022. Board had the opportunity This statement about to visit STEM classrooms science, technology, engiat the Durham Community neering and mathematics School. Board member Madprofessions is as true today dy Vertenten reported that she as it was then, as the need and Chairwoman Michelle for professionals in these Ritcheson were challenged to fields continues to rise. program a small robot, giving According to the U. S. them an introduction to the Department of Commerce, skills we expose our students in 2015 there were 9 milto in engineering and computlion STEM workers in the er science. United States – about 6.1 As she approached the percent of all workers, up Becky Foley task, she initially felt unsure, from 5.5 percent just five because like so many women years earlier. Employment in STEM occupations grew much faster she never considered herself a good math than employment in non-STEM occupa- or science student. The teacher didn’t offer tions over the last decade (24.4 percent ver- assistance, but watched as the two of them sus 4.0 percent, respectively), and STEM grappled with the task at hand. “We felt happy and excited by our ability occupations are projected to grow by 8.9 percent from 2014-2024, compared with 6.4 to figure it out, and the teacher verbally percent growth for non-STEM occupations. reinforced our accomplishments,” Maddy STEM workers also command higher said. “That was a huge a-ha moment about wages, earning 29 percent more than their one of the ways education has evolved since I was a young student. I see how in this non-STEM counterparts in 2015. In response to this need, Regional School kind of learning environment, kids emerge Unit 5 continues to expand STEM educa- more confident and excited about their tion. Over the past couple of years, we have ability to learn.” Facilitating learning and promoting stutransitioned from traditional computer labs in the elementary schools to STEM class- dent discourse are currently two areas of rooms, expanding the opportunities for our focus in RSU 5. Additionally, we are partstudents to be inspired and engaged in more nering with community groups to expand and enhance STEM education. authentic learning. The Freeport, Pownal and Durham EdThe focus to teach needed technological

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LETTERS

Yarmouth councilors ignore oversight role

I want to personally thank former Town Councilor James MacLeod for his public comment at a recent Yarmouth Town Council meeting, when he encouraged the sitting council to create or update the job description for the town manager. Unbeknownst to many, we currently do not use a job description for our town manager, the position is not annually reviewed, there is no process for overseeing raises, and according to MacLeod and other

sitting councilors, his full compensation package is not even known. I strongly disagree with Councilor Tim Shannon, who has stated he feels attention to this would be a waste of time. This process should be void of friendship bias and politics. In municipal government, it’s about using organizational best practices to help serve and represent the people of Yarmouth and about making the best decisions that maintain a healthy and vibrant community. Benjamin Stevens, Yarmouth

Pre-Kindergarten Registration Pownal Elementary School is currently registering Pre-Kindergarten students for the 2019-2020 school year. All children who reside in Pownal and will 4 years of age on or before October 15, 2019 are eligible for Pre-K in the fall. Our Pre-K program is designed to prepare students with the basic skills needed to be successful in Kindergarten. The Pre-K program is a partial week, full day program that follows the RSU5 school calendar. For more information about the Pre-K program or to pre-register please visit the Pownal Elementary School website through www.rsu5.org or contact the office at 688-4832.

ucation Foundation has generously funded 11 engaging STEM-related projects over the last four years in each of our schools. This has included having a Family Engineering Night, creating a high school competitive robotics team, and hosting a guest scientist at Durham Community School. By exposing our students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, we hope to ignite new passions that may lead them to pursue a job in a STEM-related field after

they graduate from Freeport High School. This will fill a need in our local and global economy. As we continue to improve and expand our STEM offerings, we hope it will inspire and support every learner by challenging minds, sparking creativity, and nurturing passions. Becky Foley is superintendent of schools in Regional School Unit 5 (Freeport-Durham-Pownal). She can be reached at foleyb@rsu5.org.

AQUACULTURE LEASE HEARING AQUACULTURE PUBLIC HEARING POSTPONED

POSTPONEMENT OF HEARING: This is notice that the hearing on Chebeague Island Oyster Company, LLC’s application for a 20-year, standard aquaculture lease on a 1.96-acre site located northwest of Little Chebeague Island, Casco Bay, Chebeague Island, Maine for suspended culture of American/Eastern oysters scheduled for April 2, 2019 has been postponed and will be held on the previously advertised alternate date of April 8, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Chebeague Island Hall Community Center, 247 South Road, Chebeague Island, Maine. At the hearing, the Department will take evidence relating to the criteria for granting a lease as listed in 12 M.R.S. §6072(7-A) and DMR Rule Chapter 2.37, including the effect of the proposed lease upon riparian owners’ shore access, navigation, fishing, ecology, and other uses of the area. INFORMATION ON DMR WEBSITE: See the Department of Marine Resources’ website, http://www.maine.gov/dmr/index.html, for the lease application and DMR site report (follow links for pending lease applications). Under “Public Participation in Aquaculture Leasing,” the following are posted: the lease criteria, hearing procedures, and suggestions for effective public participation in the hearing. For paper copies, contact DMR at the address below. SPEAKING AT THE HEARING: Any interested person may attend the hearing and ask questions of the parties or testify under oath about the effect of the proposed lease. You do not need to be an intervenor to submit comments or testimony. INTERVENING: You may testify at the hearing without becoming an intervenor. If the proposed lease will substantially and directly affect you, you can apply for intervenor status. If DMR grants you intervenor status, you become a legal party and will receive all subsequent correspondence and can comment on the draft decision. Intervenor application forms are available at http://www.maine.gov/dmr/aquaculture/forms/standard. html. Applications to intervene are due at DMR no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 29, 2019. The Department will decide whether to grant intervenor applications no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 3, 2019. Address questions to: Maine Department of Marine Resources Attn: Angel Wilson, Resource Management Coordinator 21 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0021 (207) 624-6546 Send e-mails to angel.wilson@maine.gov For disability accommodations, contact Meredith Mendelson at (207) 624-6553 or amy.sinclair@maine.gov; or 877-243-2823, TTY 711 Authority: 5 MRS §9501 et seq. & 12 MRS §6072


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FALMOUTH Arrests

3/5 at 9:27 p.m. A 16-year-old male was arrested on Woodlands Drive by Sgt. Jeffrey Pardue on charges of assault and criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon. 3/7 at 5:47 p.m. Marjorie D. Humeniuk, 66, of Woodville Road, was arrested on Woodville Road by Officer Steve Crocker on a charge of operating under the influence.

Summonses

2/13 at 4:40 p.m. Meggan Lyn Loker, 34, of Middle Road, was issued a summons on Falmouth Road by Sgt. Kevin Conger on a charge of negotiating a worthless instrument. 3/4 at 1:48 a.m. Rachel N. Moyse, 26, of Winn Farm Lane, was issued a summons on Winn Road by Officer Alex Beaton on a charge of violating conditions of release.

Fire calls

3/1 at 1:09 p.m. Accident on Gray Road. 3/1 at 4:02 p.m. Assist Portland. 3/2 at 9:45 a.m. Alarm on Ramsdell Road. 3/2 at 4 p.m. Disabled motor vehicle on Gray Road. 3/2 at 4:12 p.m. Alarm on Clearwater Drive. 3/2 at 5:51 p.m. Disabled motor vehicle on Bucknam Road. 3/3 at 11:33 a.m. Accident at Depot and Foreside roads. 3/3 at 10:45 a.m. Assist Yarmouth. 3/4 at 7:14 a.m. Accident on Clearwater Drive. 3/4 at 1:06 p.m. Assist Yarmouth. 3/4 at 1:20 p.m. Accident on Foreside Road. 3/5 at 1:36 p.m. Vehicle fire on Bucknam Road. 3/5 at 9:17 p.m. Assist Cumberland. 3/5 at 10:34 p.m. Assist Yarmouth.

3/7 at 10:03 a.m. Alarm on U.S. Route 1.

a charge of operating under the influence.

Falmouth emergency medical services responded to 26 calls March 1-8.

2/25 at 8:40 p.m. David Hoidal, 50, of Johnson Road, Falmouth, was issued a summons by Officer Ryan Pynchon on Tuttle Road on a charge of attaching false plates. 2/25 at 9:07 p.m. Joseph Marchyshyn, 19, of Littlefield Road, Lisbon, was issued a summons by Officer Benjamin Burnes on Gray Road on a charge of attaching false plates. 3/2 at 11:07 a.m. Brittany Boudreau, 28, of Highland Avenue, was issued a summons by Officer Scott Hendee on Gray Road on a charge of operating after suspension.

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FREEPORT Arrests

No arrests were reported from March 5-11.

Summonses

3/5 at 1:48 p.m. Tyler M. Brady, 22, of River Road, Woolwich, was issued a summons on Lower Main Street by Officer Steven Milton Jr. on a charge of habitual motor vehicle offender. 3/10 at 10:34 a.m. Sean C. Grady, 34, of Baribeau Drive, was issued a summons on Maine Street and Double L Street by Officer Beck Kavanaugh on a charge of operating while license is suspended or revoked.

Fire calls

3/4 at 3:57 p.m. Accident on Pownal Road 3/10 at 10:36 p.m. Accident on Interstate 295

EMS

Freeport emergency medical services responded to 18 calls from March 5-11.

No arrests or summonses were reported from March 5-11.

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EMS

Cumberland emergency medical services responded to three calls from Feb. 27 to March 5.

Arrests

No arrests were reported from March 4-10.

Summonses

No criminal summonses were issued from March 4-10.

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Arrests

2/27 at 2:54 a.m. Dayla Babula, 26, of Spring Road, Portland, was arrested by Officer Benjamin Burnes on Longwoods Road on

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Fire calls

3/2 at 9:54 p.m. Motor vehicle accident in Gray. 3/3 at 1:25 p.m. Alarm system activation on Tuttle Road. 3/4 at 9:48 p.m. Ceiling fire on Farms Edge Road in North Yarmouth. 3/5 at 8:07 a.m. Smoke detector activation on Town Landing Road.

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3/4 at 1:06 p.m. Accident on Main Street. 3/4 at 1:31 p.m. Lines down on South Street. 3/5 at 3:40 p.m. Accident on Main Street. 3/6 at 5:28 p.m. Fire on Old Farm Road. 3/6 at 7:29 p.m. Alarm on Princess Point Road. 3/6 at 8:25 p.m. Water issue on Glen Road. 3/8 at 7:45 p.m. Alarm on Newell Road. 3/9 at 7:13 a.m. Assist Freeport. 3/9 at 8:31 a.m. Smell of smoke on McCartney Street. 3/10 at 12:43 a.m. Disabled motor vehicle on U.S. Route 1. 3/10 at 5:49 p.m. Accident on Interstate 295.

EMS

Yarmouth emergency medical services responded to 16 calls from March 4-10.

NORTH YARMOUTH Arrests

No arrests or summonses were reported from March 4-10.

Fire calls

3/4 at 9:34 p.m. Building fire on Farms Edge Road. 3/5 at 11:05 p.m. Accident on Mountfort Road.

EMS

North Yarmouth emergency medical services responded to five calls from March 4-10.

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Greely caps dominant season with Class B state title By Michael Hoffer

(Ed. Note: For the complete Greely-Cape Elizabeth and Greely-Old Town/Orono game stories, with photos, see theforecaster.net) Greely’s boys’ hockey team faced plenty of expectations this winter and the Rangers embraced them, nurtured them, then turned them into destiny, capping a dominant season last week by winning the fourth Class B state title in program history. Greely, which dropped an agonizing 3-2 overtime decision to Old Town/Orono in last year’s state game, won 16 of 18 regular season contests this year, losing only to two-time defending Class A champion Lewiston and this year’s Class A champion St. Dom’s. The Rangers earned the top seed in Class B South and with it a bye into the semifinals, where Greely crushed No. 5 Gorham, 10-1, behind a seven-goal third period uprising. Wednesday, the Rangers went to the Colisee in Lewiston for a showdown with No. 2 Cape Elizabeth in the regional final and a slow start, Greely did more than enough to advance. The Capers scored twice in the first period and enjoyed a 2-0 lead, but then, the second period began and the juggernaut Rangers showed up. Goals from freshman Alexander Wallace and captain Andy

Super Six Poll By Michael Hoffer

Our final poll for boys’ hockey. This poll considers games played through Saturday, March 9, and was first released on Twitter at Twitter.com/foresports Sunday. The poll includes our core coverage area (coastal Cumberland County from Cape Elizabeth to Freeport) and is based solely on my opinion. 1) Greely 2) Cape Elizabeth 3) Portland/Deering 4) SP/Freeport/Waynflete 5) Scarborough 6) Cheverus

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Greely’s Alex Wallace handles the puck during Saturday’s state final.

Moore in a 43-second span tied the game and captain Jackson Williams struck to give Greely the lead. “In the context of this game, the second period was probably the most important period of the year,” said Rangers coach Barry Mothes. “We haven’t been behind a lot this year, but there wasn’t panic.” Cape Elizabeth tied the score, but Williams’ second goal put the Rangers on top to stay and Jake MacDonald scored to cap a five-goal period and make it 5-3 heading for the third period. There, Greely ended all doubt, as Moore and freshman Evan Dutil scored early, MacDonald scored on the power play and

Moore completed his hat trick to close out a 9-4 victory. “It’s been a long season and we have a lot of experienced guys on our team, so we just weren’t worried,” Moore said. “We were just waiting for the first one, then we got going.” Saturday, the Rangers took the Colisee ice again for the state final, in a rematch against Old Town/Orono and this time, the dream wouldn’t be denied. One year after letting an early two-goal lead slip away against the Black Bears, Greely shot to a 2-0 lead again, as Dutil scored at 2:14 of the first period and Williams struck on the power play at 3:46, but this time, the Rangers weren’t finished.

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the quarterfinals, but Freeport managed to advance to the regional final for the second year in a row. In Class C South, the North Yarmouth Academy girls’ team enjoyed its best season this century and made it to the regional final. Here’s one last look at the best memories from this basketball season:

Greely’s Jake MacDonald exults after one of his three goals in Saturday’s 8-0 victory over Old Town/Orono in the Class B state final.

Not even close. MacDonald scored for the first time, short-handed, midway through the first period and Greely held a 3-0 advantage after 15 minutes. “I was pleased with our energy and focus from the minute we got on the bus to drive to the rink,” said Mothes. “We had a great first period. It was probably our best

first period of the playoffs.” Old Town/Orono played much better in the second period, matching the Rangers in shots, but the only two goals of the frame went to Greely, as MacDonald scored on the power play and Ryan Moore tickled the twine as well to make it 5-0. “I was a little frustrated at the Hockey, Page 15

Class A South, then after rallying from a halftime deficit to beat No. 6 Brunswick in the quarterfinals, the Yachtsmen downed second-seeded York in the semifinals. Falmouth wasn’t able to solve now three-time champion Greely in a 64-48 regional final setback, but they’re set up to make a run at a title next year. 4) Freeport girls steal headlines again Freeport’s girls’ team reached the regional final in 2018 for the first time in over four decades, but the Falcons weren’t expected to go back this winter, due to a coaching change, plus the departure of several key contributors. Freeport would be just fine, however, as new coach Seth

Farrington put the right pieces in the right places and junior standout Caroline Smith and a strong supporting case produced a 14-4 record, good for the No. 3 seed in Class B South. The Falcons then defeated No. 6 Mountain Valley in the quarterfinals and survived seventh-ranked Cape Elizabeth’s upset bid in the semifinals. Freeport gave eventual state champion Gray-New Gloucester, the top seed, a scare in the regional final, as Smith scored 24 points, but the Falcons lost, 42-31. Freeport also will be on the short list of favorites when next winter begins. 3) NYA girls enjoy best season in 20 years There was a lot of buzz around Hoops, Page 14

Hoops season gave us plenty of drama The 2018-19 basketball season will be remembered in Forecaster Country for more dominance in Cumberland and North Yarmouth and strong efforts from several other local programs. Greely’s boys won the Class A state title for the third year in a row, while the girls went back-toback, before their star was named the state’s finest female player. Falmouth’s boys’ team made a nice run to the regional final before running into Greely. In Class B South, Freeport and Yarmouth’s boys’ squads made it to the quarterfinals, but were ousted by Cape Elizabeth and Maranacook respectively. Yarmouth’s girls also lost in

Michael’s Top Five Stories 5) Falmouth boys reach regional final Falmouth’s boys enjoyed another strong campaign this winter, going 13-5 in the regular season, earning the No. 3 seed in


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Plummer, was bolstered by players from the erstwhile Maine Girls’ Academy, including Serena Mower and do-everything Catherine Reid. The Panthers then went out and lived up to billing, going 14-4 in the regular season, earning the No. 3 seed in Class C South, then beating No. 6

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Nicco Pitre helped the Falmouth boys get to the Class A South Final.

Monmouth Academy (52-35) in the quarterfinals and second-seeded Winthrop (55-34) in the semifinals. NYA played in its first regional final since 1999 and despite a promising start, lost to eventual champion Boothbay, 49-31. 2) Greely boys three-peat Greely’s boys proved a little more mortal this winter, but not when it mattered most. The Rangers lost three regular season games, but closed on a eight-game win streak to earn the top seed in Class A South again. Greely then left no doubt

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Catherine Reid helped the North Yarmouth Academy girls’ squad enjoy its best season this century and reach the Class C South Final.

that again, it was the finest team around, beating eighth-seeded Mt. Ararat (70-46) in the quarterfinals, No. 4 Kennebunk (69-62) in the semifinals and third-ranked Falmouth (64-48) in the regional final before handling upstart Lawrence, 62-45, in the state game to three-peat for the first time in program history. 1) DeWolfe caps sensational career with Gold Ball, top award Senior standout Anna DeWolfe helped the Greely girls’ squad keep up with the boys at the top of the heap, as she capped one of the finest careers in state annals. DeWolfe and the Rangers met every challenge and went 18-0 in the regular season. As the top seed in Class A South, Greely rolled to a second straight state championship, downing No. 8 Fryeburg Academy (66-28) in the quarterfinals, beating No. 4 Kennebunk (67-52) in the semifinals, ousting second-ranked Brunswick (54-33) in the regional final, then defeating Hampden Academy (54-42) in the state game. In that one, DeWolfe suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter, but wouldn’t be sidelined, returned and led the way with 28 points. DeWolfe wasn’t done yet, as she won the coveted Miss Maine Basketball award Friday, her final achievement before taking her show to Fordham University in New York City. Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@ theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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end of the period because I thought after a good start, we got a little loose with the puck and we were a little slow to make plays and suddenly, they went from no pressure to pressure, so we revisited the theme of keeping it simple and made sure everyone understood that,” Mothes said. “I’m glad we were able to turn it around.” The Rangers continued their onslaught in the third period, as Peter Lattanzi scored unassisted, MacDonald completed his hat trick and Andy Moore added one final goal for good measure as Greely prevailed, 8-0, completing the season 19-2. “It feels great,” said MacDonald. “We had it in the backs of our minds all year that we wanted to get back here and play them in the state championship game again and beating them 8-0 is really sweet.” “Last year, Coach Mothes said we’d be back here and we wouldn’t have the same emotion and lo and behold we did,” Williams said. “It’s pure jubilation. Awesome.” “We had a lot of respect for what we needed to do today,” Mothes added. “None of us took anything for granted. We won all three periods today. That usually turns into something good. “It’s very rewarding. I’m very happy for the players. I feel lucky enough to have been part of this as a coach a few times. I know how hard the guys worked. We were a heavy target all year. To come up here and score 27 goals in three games, that’s the way to finish.” Greely enjoyed a commanding edge in shots on goal (31-14) and got 14 saves from goalie Jared Swisher.

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DEWOLFE CAPS STELLAR CAREER WITH TWO HONORS Greely standout Anna DeWolfe, right, shows off the most coveted trophy in Maine high school girls’ basketball, the Miss Maine Basketball Award, Friday evening in Bangor (DeWolfe is joined by Bangor’s Matt Fleming, the Mr. Maine Basketball Award winner). Gorham’s Mackenzie Holmes and Boothbay’s Faith Blethen were the other finalists. DeWolfe, who scored 1,948 career points and led the Rangers to Class A state championships in 2018 and 2019, joined Morgan DiPietro (2001) and Ashley Storey (2015) as Greely players to win the top honor. DeWolfe will play at Fordham University in New York City next year.

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Greely only graduates two seniors, but Lattanzi and Williams will be tough to replace. “I’m really happy for Peter and Jackson,” Mothes said. “They’ve been good leaders. They came to work every day. They had a tough freshman year and to get over the hump today and have them

Monday evening, at the Western Maine Conference awards banquet in South Portland, DeWolfe, left, was given the Bob Butler Award as the conference’s top player, who also demonstrated great citizenship and leadership. Gray-New Gloucester’s John Martin, right won the boys’ Butler Award. The awards were presented by former York coach Rick Clark. “Every coach should have the opportunity to work with a young person of (Anna’s) quality,” said Greely coach Todd Flaherty. “I’ve been blessed.”

both play well today, I’m happy for those two guys.” Greely will return a ton of talent next winter and will likely be the favorite to repeat. It’s hard to imagine the Rangers not enjoying another deep playoff run in 2020. “It would be fantastic to do it one more time,” said MacDonald.

“I hope the returning guys are hungry to have this experience again,” said Mothes. “It’s a lot of fun to play postseason hockey. Once you get a taste of it, you want it more. We have a great group of returners who will give us a great nucleus.” Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@ theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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Maine’s first Korean BBQ eatery opens in Old Port Fuji Restaurant, a cornerstone in Portland’s historic Old Port district at 29 Exchange St., has undergone renovations and reopened with a soft launch last week as Maine’s first and only Korean fusion and Korean barbecue restaurant called N To Tail. “Portland has unbelievable diversity and quality of food and beverage options from all over the world but Korean Barbecue was missing. ... it makes sense we should have the first Korean Barbecue restaurant in northern New England,” said owner Jung Hur. The name of the new restaurant is a play on “nose to tail” – which emphasizes that all cuts of meat from the animal will be utilized. Hur runs his own family farm in Auburn, so the restaurant with its rustic décor will be utilizing farm-fresh seasonal vegetables, plus high-quality

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CEO of Portland chamber garners top honor Quincy Hentzel was presented with the 2019 Junior League of Portland Award on Feb. 8 at the League’s 11th annual gala at Cellardoor Winery at The Point for her community engagement and leadership. This year’s event raised $30,000 to support JLP’s mis- Hentzel sion to develop the potential of women, improve the community, and promote voluntarism—as well as its current issue area of reaching youth at risk. Hentzel is the first female chief executive officer of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce and has greatly

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Hires, promotions, appointments Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook has hired Dr. Cathleen Small, as the director of Behavioral Services and Spring Harbor Academy. Baker Newman Noyes accounting and advisory firm has promoted Ilona Davis Davis to principal in the Risk & Business Advisory practice. AARP Maine has selected Portland resident Patricia Pinto to serve as its new Volunteer State President. Pinto Two South Portland residents, Lisa Bowdler and Sarah Gonneville, were recently promoted to assistant vice president at Saco & Bidd-

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Granted The Rotary Club of South Portland/ Cape Elizabeth has donated $500 to the Thomas Memorial Library for materials for youth literacy programs. The club began the program in 2007. Catholic Charities Maine in Portland is receiving $100,000 in federal grant funding to support 165 Senior Corps volunteers.

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ARTS CALENDAR

March 14, 2019

Auditions “Calendar Girls,” City Theater, Biddeford, 6:30 p.m. March 18 & 19, 282-0849, citytheater.org/auditions.

Exhibits Landscape Photographer Rick Berk, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., through March, www.rickberk.com. “Drawing Now,” Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland, 30 abstract artists from 11 countries in their first U.S. showing, to March 22. “Maine’s Four Seasons for Art,” Thos. Moser, 149 Main St., Freeport, through March.

Film Maine Jewish Film Festival, through March 17 at various venues, see bit.ly/2Tbxjos for full schedule.

Sunday 3/17 “Ready for a Change” film series, 3 p.m., Congregational Church in Cumberland, 282 Main St. “Tomorrow,” documentary about fighting climate change, and “The Lorax,” based on Dr. Seuss’ book.

Galleries “Building Block,” works by Andrew Scripter and Jimmy Viera, Akari, 193 Middle St., Portland, through April. “Ground Signals” by Portland

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Blues Legend James Montgomery, 8 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $30/$35, onelongfellowsquare.com.

“My Primary Ghost,” photos by Smith Galtney, Woodbury Campus Center, USM Portland, to March 29.

The Voices of the Foyle, 2-5 p.m., Maine Irish Heritage Center, corner of Gray & State streets, Portland, chorus from Derry, Northern and Pihcintu Multicultural Chorus. Free.

“Gardens & Peoples,” Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, MP Landis abstracts, to March 31.

Son of Fuego Open Mic Music Night, Polly’s Barn, 312 Hodsdon Rd., Pownal. Musicians, singers, storytellers, poets and entertainers of all ages and abilities invited, doors at 6:30 p.m. Free, but seating is limited.

“Ephemeral,” Stonewall Gallery, 118 East Elm St., Yarmouth, land and seascapes, still lifes, and figural studies by Freeport artist Shelley Breton, to May 4. Joanne Arnold Photography, Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Maine St., Yarmouth, to May 4.

Sunday 3/17 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, 1-4 p.m., Maine Irish Heritage Center, corner of Gray & State streets, Portland, food, music and dancing. Free.

Friday 3/15 Marguerite Lawler: A Passage in Time & Richard Keen: Monhegan Abstracted, opening reception 5-7 p.m., Elizabeth Moss Galleries, 251 US Route One, Falmouth, to April 6.

Museums Maine Jewish Museum, “Art of the Vegetable” by Lynn Karlin, “Glasslight” by Martin Kremer and “Revisiting Stu Nudelman,”to May 10. “Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago,” Portland Museum of Art, Seven Congress Square, to May 5. Youth Art Month, Portland Museum of Art, multimedia exhibit sponsored by Maine Art Education Association, through April 1.

Theater/Dance

“Cinderella” will be performed by Maine State Ballet in Falmouth weekends from March 22-April 27. “Rewinding Romanticism,” photos by Greg Shattenberg, Maine Museum of Photographic Arts, USM Glickman Library, 314 Forest Ave., Portland, mainemuseumofphotographicarts.org/, to May 24.

The Hot Sardines, 7:30 p.m. March 16; 2:30 p.m. March 17, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., selections from Gershwin, Rodgers and Copland, tickets at 842-0800 or porttix.com.

Skyline Farm Carriage Museum, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth, open 1-4 p.m. Sundays through March 31, free admission.

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“Cinderella,” weekends March 22-April 7, Maine State Ballet, 348 add in Please US Route One, Falmouth, $21-27, Change Hou mainestateballet.org, 781-3587.

Friday 3/15 Celtic Music Concert and Reception, 7 p.m., St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 885 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth, by donation to support church missions and ministries.

“A Doll’s House, Part 2,” Wednesday-Sunday to March 17, Good Theater at St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland. Modern, darkly comic play inspired by the Ibsen classic, $25-$32, goodtheater.ticketspice.com/dolls.

Traditional Irish Music, 1:30 p.m., Freeport Woman’s Club, Freeport Community Library, with local musicians George Pulkinnen, Mike Gentile and Whit Ford. Free and open to the public.

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PSO Pops! serves up Hot Sardines

A symphony orchestra, a jazz combo, a blues band and a string quartet comprise the musical offerings coming up soon in southern Maine. The biggest show by all measures will be the Portland Symphony Orchestra’s pair of Pops! programs this weekend, which will feature the Hot Sardines, a New York jazz combo. James Montgomery’s Boston-based blues band will take the stage in Portland this Saturday. The DaPonte String Quartet is currently in the middle of a seven-venue concert series, with Portland and Brunswick performances slated for March 21 and 24.

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You never know what you’ll find on Craigslist. In 2007 Evan Palazzo, an underemployed jazz pianist, found Elizabeth Bougerol, a wannabe jazz singer. Finding harmony in their respective artistic styles and philosophies, together they founded the Hot Sardines, a wildly popular oldstyle jazz combo that took New York by storm and is now making waves around the world. On Saturday and Sunday the Hot Sardines get together with the Portland Symphony Orchestra for a pair of Pops! concerts. Jayce Ogren will be guest conductor. The Sardines represent a joyous, retro

The Hot Sardines, a New York jazz combo, will team up with the Portland Symphony Orchestra for a pair of Pops! concerts this weekend.

style that harks back to the 1920s – jazz the way Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan would have heard it, with maybe some cops chasing bootleggers in the background. Sonically the eight Sardines are anchored by Palazzo’s stride piano, a hallmark style of early jazz, and Bougerol’s smooth, facile voice which seems to happily wrap itself around any lyric. They’re backed by winds, brass, bass and drums, and occasionally by Bougerol’s

deft washboard. They’ve played around the world at this point, and have adapted their show to sync with symphonic pops programs, the first of which debuted five years ago with the Boston Pops under Keith Lockhart and received enthusiastic reviews. They play mostly standards of the preWorld War II period, but they feature at least one original, “Wake Up In Paris,” penned by Bougerol, who grew up in the City of Light and sings a few songs in French at most concerts. Writing for the London Jazz News, reviewer Sebastian Scotney commented: “It’s a show, it’s slick. Bougerol is a characterful singer and genial host, and engages the audience well. The seven men of the band are suited, two wear fedoras, and pianist/bandleader Palazzo is dressed to walk straight into a tale by Damon Runyon.” The Portland Symphony Orchestra and Hot Sardines play two concerts this weekend at Merrill Auditorium at Portland City Hall: March 16 at 7:30 p.m. and March 17 at 2:30 p.m. Call PortTix at 842-0800.

James Montgomery Band

I’ve always admired people who can take something tiny and make it big. In the world of music, there’s not much tinier than a harmonica, yet James Montgomery has parlayed his signature blues harp style into a successful career that’s been going strong for five decades. In 1970, while studying at Boston University, Montgomery formed the James Montgomery Band. His inimitable harmonica playing combined with his incredibly energetic live shows catapulted him to the top of the New England music scene. Within two years, his band was among the hottest acts in the Hub, rivaling J. Geils and Aerosmith. Capricorn Records soon offered a major recording contract, and Montgomery’s career went ballistic. It’s still flourishing. Out & About, Page 23


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Benefits The Telling Room Presents Show & Tell: A Literary Spectacular, tickets available for April 2 fundraiser at State Theatre, Portland, bit.ly/2XsJyew.

Books/Authors Show & Tell: A Literary Spectacular, tickets on sale for April 2 event at State Theatre in Portland for multimedia showcase of stories from a variety of storytellers, bit. ly/2XsJyew.

Bulletin Board Thursday 3/14 MEREDA Spring Networking Social Registration Deadline for March 21 event at Ri Ra’s in Portland, http://bit.ly/2BVoGDx.

Saturday 3/16 Irish Flag Raising Ceremony, 1 p.m., Portland Observatory, hosted by The Maine Irish Heritage Center and Greater Portland Landmarks with bagpipers, speaker.

Saturday 3/23 Community Fun Run, 9 a.m. Payson Park parking lot, Portland. Free, all welcome, sponsored by YMCA of Southern Maine. Spring Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., W. Cumberland United Methodist Church, 5 Upper Methodist Rd., silent auction with Easter and May baskets, cookie walk, candy, craft tables, white elephant and lunch. Snow date March 30.

Call for Volunteers The Maine Flower Show seeks volunteers to help run the show March 28-31 in exchange for free admission and a T-shirt, https:// maineflowershow.com/volunteer.

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Sunday 3/17 Durham Community Pot Luck, 1-4 p.m. Eureka Community Center, bring a dish or drinks to share (no alcohol, please), by donation, jouliaj@gmail.com.

Health The Good Morning Program, free safety check-in call 7 days/week for seniors/disabled in Brunswick, Harpswell and Freeport. Call Brunswick Police Department for details at 725-6621, ext. 4310. Southern Maine Agency on Aging on Aging specialist available 11 a.m.3 p.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays, Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, support & resources for older adults & caregivers, 835-9866 or mbrosnan@yarmouth.me.us.

Saturday 3/16 Southern Maine Autism Conference, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 363 Maine Mall Rd., South Portland, maineautismconference.org.

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Textile Day, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m, Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, free demos, handson activities, crafts for kids.

Preschool Story Time with Gunta, 10:30-11 a.m. Saturdays (note new time), Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., through May 18.

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Casco Bay Walk, 2 p.m., Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport, 1-mile scenic trek, meet at the second parking lot. Free with admission.

Sign Language Story Time, 10:3011 a.m. first Tuesday from March through May, Freeport Community Library, open to newborns to age 6.

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Wednesday 3/20 Painting with Poscas, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Thomas Memorial Library, 2 Scott Dyer Rd., Cape Elizabeth, for ages 11 and up.

Workshops/Walks/ Talks Essentials of College Planning: March 25, 1 p.m., Goodwill Workforce Solutions, 190 Lancaster St., Portland; March 26, 10 a.m., Greater Portland Career Center, 151 Jetport Blvd.; March 27, 10 a.m., Portland Adult Education, 14 Locust St., register at 800-2813703, meoc.maine.edu. Winter in the Woods, 2 p.m., Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport. Guided walk to learn

“Young Winston Churchill and the British Empire,” by historian Nancy W. Ellenberger, 7 p.m., Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm St., $5 for nonmembers. Foreside Garden Club: The Ergonomics of Gardening, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Mason Motz Activity Center, Falmouth.

Wednesday 3/20 Maine Skeins Crafters, noon, Mechanics’ Hall, 519 Congress St., Portland. All welcome to work on a project; coloring books, pattern books, yarn and knitting needles available, 773-8396, mcma1857@ gmail.com.

Thursday 3/21 “Maine Calling” host Jennifer Rooks, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Rd., Cape Elizabeth.

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and Popham. Zitske said Audubon is throwing the Piping Plover Party because “we wanted the opportunity to celebrate Maine’s coastal birds ... (and) we also wanted to support the next generation of conservationists.” She said the event on Saturday is not only a chance for “die-hard plover lovers from around Maine to connect,” but also an opportunity “for families to get out

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covery phase of the lawsuit, and sometime after that he anticipates Yarmouth would move for summary judgment – a ruling in the town’s favor without the need for a trial. He doesn’t expect a resolution of the case, however, until at least the end of this year. Benjamin said he’s met with both Morrill and Andreasen to get their sides of the story and, based on what he’s learned,

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and learn and play together.” Zitske said since piping plovers can only nest on sandy beaches, things humans do that damage our beaches put the birds and their habitat at risk. “We hope that people walk away having had a fun afternoon learning about our coastal birds, and understanding how we can all share the beach,” she said. “Hopefully, people will leave knowing some of the things they can do to help, like keeping pets on a leash and flying kites away from nesting areas.”

In all, Zitske said Maine Audubon manages about 20 beaches in the southern half of the state to support piping plovers, least terns, and other coastal birds. Audubon partners with both Maine and federal wildlife services to put up protective fencing, work with landowners and municipalities, monitor the nests and chicks, educate the public and more, she said. Easy things that people can do to share the beach include keeping a safe distance away from piping plovers, filling in holes

or not digging holes in the sand, flying kites and playing other beach games away from fenced-off areas and keeping pets at home or leashed, Zitske said. Piping plovers “are capable of raising chicks (even) on our busiest beaches when they get the space and respect they need,” she added. Other steps include removing any trash, especially food, from the beach when leaving for the day.

Karamanoglu and the woman who filed the domestic violence charge had been living together for about three years when a physical altercation occurred between them last summer. He said when Andreasen first met with the woman, who is identified as RH in the lawsuit, “she was very emotional, she had blood on her clothing and was complaining of an injury to her ribs.” At some point, RH was checked out by Yarmouth emergency medical staff. RH later told Andreasen that Karamanoglu had grabbed her around the throat, pulled her by her hair and attempted to push her down a set of stairs. “This was a very serious allegation,” Benjamin said. And in making the arrest, Andreasen was faced with trying to determine who was the “primary aggressor” and whether a “reasonable amount of force” was used by Karamanoglu to remove RH from his property. Karamanoglu is being represented by Gene Libby and Tyler Smith, attorneys at Libby O’Brien Kingsley & Champion in Kennebunk. In the lawsuit, Libby and Smith claim their client “suffered damages that were proximately caused by his unlawful arrest, including but not limited to stress, fear, and embarrassment ... reputational harm

... (and) defending against protection from abuse proceedings that were triggered by the unlawful arrest.” In sum, Karamanoglu alleges “his civil rights were violated because (he) has a constitutional right to be free of arrest without probable cause,” according to the suit. Andreasen is also accused of acting “with malice” in making an arrest “without legal justification.” What all sides seem to agree on is that RH entered Karamanoglu’s home without his knowledge while he was sleeping and then woke him up to confront him over allegations that he was cheating on her. RH admits to throwing a remote to the garage door and breaking it, and hitting Karamanoglu in the chest as he tried to remove her from the house. That’s where the stories start to diverge. In his civil lawsuit against the town, Karamanoglu said RH “erupted into a rage after finding a message that she perceived as corroborat(ing) her suspicions and attacked Karamanoglu by hitting him with the garage door opener in her left hand and with the phone in her right hand.” But in her written complaint filed with Andreasen, RH said Karamanoglu “kept pushing me and at one point I fell to the ground and got back up again. He pushed me again and again.” She claimed Karamanoglu “pulled me up by my hair ... I continued to resist and he then tried to throw me down the steps ... I got back up and this time he grabbed me by my throat.” In his lawsuit, however, Karamanoglu

said he “suffered several defensive wounds that are consistent with being struck by an assailant.” He also said he told RH to leave “and attempted to escort her out of the house when she refused.” That’s when RH “physically resisted leaving, continuing (to strike) Karamanoglu.” When Andreasen came to his house, the lawsuit says, Karamanoglu “showed his defensive wounds to the officers as evidence of what happened,” but Andreasen “failed to note Karamanoglu’s defensive wounds in his police report.” And, Karamanoglu argues, Andreasen didn’t end things there. He claims Andreasen called RH the next day “to see how she was doing. She said that she remembered more details, and Andreasen asked her to write another statement.” The lawsuit claims the Yarmouth Police Department acted incorrectly when it didn’t “investigate or pursue any criminal charges against RH, even though (her) admitted criminal conduct included domestic violence assault, aggravated criminal trespass, and criminal mischief.” The lawsuit says the district attorney’s office dropped the case against Karamanoglu at his request. In a June 21, 2018, letter to Karamanoglu’s attorney, a prosecutor said “I have reviewed the case involving Mr. Karamanoglu. ... It is clear from the report that any force used by your client was in defense of his premises, or in self‐defense.”

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from page 20 I attended one of his Portland shows a few years ago and I was extremely impressed by his musical skills and artistic aura. Still based in Boston, Montgomery and bandmates maintain a busy touring schedule. The next Maine date will be Saturday, March 16, at 8 p.m. at One Longfellow Square, corner of Congress and State in Portland. Call 761-1757.

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Maine’s classical music scene, also known as the DaPonte String Quartet, are in the midst of their first seven-town 2019 concert series, which began last weekend in Georgetown. The two southern-most venues, Portland and Brunswick, are scheduled for March 21 and 24. Ever since the invention of the string quartet genre during the 18th century, by Franz Joseph Haydn, composers have ventured into explorations of musical form. Haydn, Dmitri Shostakovich and Bela Bartok occasionally worked with cyclical ideas, writing music

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that I, as a white girl, would never experience.” To fully bring her message home, Han lined up a slate of guest speakers for each assembly, including Chanel Lewis, a community and cultural activist; Marpheen Chann, a writer and speaker on LGBTQ and immigrant rights, and Danielle Conway, dean of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, she also asked two students – Kameron Ali and Rose Riversmith – to speak. Falmouth High School Principal Peter Badalament said he gave Han permission to organize the racial awareness assemblies because “diversity is definitely a topic always worthy of school-wide discussion.” He said the assemblies were voluntary and, to his knowledge, no one objected to them. However, he did meet with one parent to discuss that person’s concerns. Badalament said students did not miss any class time for the assemblies because they were held during the regular advisory period, which is provided as a chance for students to catch up on homework,

from page 1 swastika carved into a table at the high school last fall, and several of her own experiences. “I wanted to hold these assemblies to spark more discussion surrounding race and identity in the community,” Han said this week. “Since Falmouth has such little racial diversity, I’ve found that people often become uncomfortable when race is brought up. I hope these talks will lead to more dialogue about topics such as implicit bias, white privilege, stereotypes and discrimination,” she said. And it seemed to work. Han said at each assembly, several students asked interesting questions, “ranging from topics of intersectionality to institutional racism,” as well as what people could do individually to combat racism. “I think the talks were well-received overall,” she said. “Many students said they had a chance to think about topics that are not usually discussed in school. Han said one student called the assem-

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Danielle Conway, dean of the University of Maine School of Law, speaks during a racial awareness assembly held Monday at Falmouth High School. She was invited to speak by student Katie Han.

bly “a splash of cold water in the face when (one of the presenters) was talking about just the small stuff she experiences

work in groups or get help from teachers. He attended the first assembly, which was aimed at freshmen and sophomores, and said he appreciated the message being shared by the speakers, which was all about “listening to others and remaining open-minded.” As a follow-up, Han said, at the end of the month she will attend a training at the Racial Equity Institute in Portland, along with five other students and one teacher. In addition, she hopes the Civil Rights Team can continue this work in the coming years. Han said the “the Falmouth schools community (is) often well-meaning, (but) has not taken enough action to raise awareness of these issues.” She hopes the stories told by the speakers “will prompt people to become more open-minded to different points of view.” In the current political climate, Han said, “racism is front and center. Living in a comfortable, homogeneous town like Falmouth, we cannot be complacent about racial issues.” Kate Irish Collins can be reached at 780-9097 or kcollins@theforecaster.net. Follow Kate on Twitter: @ KIrishCollins.

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cluding its devastating impact on wildlife. With the climate strike, Siegal said she hopes to show “I am doing something. I’m not helpless. I am taking action.” The Portland climate strike is scheduled for 1 p.m. at City Hall on Friday, March 15. Several area schools are holding in-service days for teachers, which means students who choose to take part in the strike will not be missing classes. Unlike March for Our Lives, which was held nearly a year ago, several school superintendents said they were unaware of the Youth Climate Strike and could not say whether any of their students planned to attend. The exceptions were Portland, South Portland and Brunswick. Students from Casco Bay High School in Portland are planning to attend the climate strike Friday, but Principal Derek Pierce couldn’t say how many. “I do know some students from CBHS are planning to participate, but this is still a fluid and developing situation,” he said. At South Portland High School, Principal Michele LaForge said students are planning an alternative, on-campus event at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 14, which is being organized by the Student Senate and the Earth Club.

www.theforecaster.net LaForge said South Portland students are holding their own gathering, at least in part, so as many students can participate as possible. She said administrators, both at the high school and district level, gave permission for the Youth Climate Strike because “our young people are citizens, too, and their efforts to find ways to speak and be heard respectfully should be supported, especially by educators.” She said students will be responsible for making up classwork they miss. In Brunswick, students from Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School and Brunswick Junior High School will march to Town Hall beginning at 3:10 p.m. Friday to ask town officials to take bigger steps to fight climate change. “We just want the grown-ups to start doing more to stop destroying Earth,” fourth-grader Zander Simpson said. “We need a new climate change plan. Now ... before it gets too late,” fifth-grader Reva Shende said in an open letter to the Town Council. “We, the children and teens of this town ... will not take ‘no’ for an answer.” A follow-up to the local Youth Climate Strike is being planned for April 23 in Augusta, where Maine youth will take part in a Day of Action, according to Siegal. “The goal,” she said, “is to have 1,000 youth (go to the capital) to speak with lawmakers, lobby, and participate in a

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day of civic engagement and education.” The Youth Climate Strike in Maine will coincide with protests taking place in up to 150 cities around the world. The global strike was inspired by Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish activist, who addressed the United Nations climate conference in December and berated global leaders for their inaction. Since then Thunberg has called on young people everywhere to demand action, and students have answered that call by holding demonstrations and school walk-outs. The Youth Climate Strike website says the event is being held across the U.S. on Friday because “it’s going to take bold action to bring about bold solutions to this crisis.” “We’re not afraid to show our elected officials that we mean business (and) on March 15th, youth in the U.S. will join thousands of youth across the globe striking from school for climate action,” the website states. “With our futures at stake, we call for radical legislative action to combat climate change and its countless detrimental effects.” The Youth Climate Strike movement says its demands include transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, no investment in additional fossil fuel infrastructure and creation of a Congressional committee to oversee implementation of a Green New Deal.

Overall, the climate strike website says, “the world needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030, and 100 percent by 2050 (and) we need to incorporate this fact into all policymaking.” Cassie Cain, youth engagement coordinator for 350 Maine, said her group is acting as an adult ally “to do behind-thescenes tasks” supporting activities across the state Friday. She while adults can join in the Youth Climate Strike, “they should keep in mind that this a youth-led and centered action (and) they should aim to take listening roles.” Cain called the event “a critical step for youth activists who are demanding climate action.” She said it’s key for young people to take a leading role “because they are the ones inheriting this planet and climate.” Siegal said her hope for the Youth Climate Strike is, no matter how many students show up, they “realize that they have a voice. They do have power, and can make change.” “I wish for adults to understand that if they love their children, climate is an issue that should be on the forefront of their minds,” Siegal said. “This strike is being held because we need legislative action and waiting for it isn’t an option.” Kate Irish Collins can be reached at 780-9097 or kcollins@theforecaster.net. Follow Kate on Twitter: @ KIrishCollins.

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on Broadway. Set in 1950s New York City, the production depicts a romance set against a turf war between two teenage street gangs: the Sharks, who come from Puerto Rico, and the white Jets. Former Jets member Tony falls for Maria, the sister of the Sharks’ leader. Liz Rollins is the director of the show, possibly best known for its 1961 film incarnation. Senior Camden Bubblo and sophomore Annalise Panici play Tony and Maria, star-crossed lovers inspired by Romeo and Juliet. Senior Cameron Sarchi is the stage manager. They, along with arts center manager Jen Segal, on March 7 discussed the significance of “West Side Story” as a social educational tool and a way of showing off the center’s state-of-the-art capabilities. The 26,000-square-foot building, which seats 510, is a distant cry from the “cafetorium,” a combined cafeteria and auditorium Greely student performers used in the past. “Being in here ... there’s so much new equipment, a much larger stage, which gives us a greater opportunity to do bigger shows like “West Side Story,” and also just a better space to host events that also aren’t for theater,” like the Maine Music Educators Association’s District II Honors Choir and a naturalization ceremony, Bubblo said. “It feels like a whole new life has not only been breathed into the Greely drama program, but also performing arts in our community as a whole,” Panici said. “It just feels like there’s a new-found respect with this space, which is really beautiful to see.”

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animal shelter in Brunswick, and is also working with a local group interested in banning plastic bags in Yarmouth. Siegel has been active with the Boys & Girls Clubs by creating a writing program she dubbed Creative Corner at the Sagamore Village clubhouse in Portland. She said it was Harnett’s idea to put together a website. “Parker had to search all over the web

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The large ensemble bringing “West Side Story” to the Greely Center for the Arts this month includes Annalise Panici (Maria), left, Camden Bubblo (Tony), stage manager Cameron Sarchi, arts center manager Jen Segal, and director Liz Rollins.

“Everybody was used to us being like this little corner of the school,” Bubblo added. “And now that we have a big, brand-new building, everybody’s suddenly very aware of the drama program.” The program has boosted his confidence in singing and acting, allowing him to grow from his first show two years ago, to the physically and emotionally challenging role of Tony, Bubblo noted. He plans to study business and theater in college, and perhaps someday run a space like the Greely Center. “Being in a space like this, being able to learn all the ins and outs of how to run it from Mrs. Segal, and all the new technology ... is incredibly helpful for something I want to do for a career,” Bubblo explained. The production has a cast and crew of about 60, which include music director Sar-

ah Bailey, choreographer Vanessa Beyland, technical director Kevin Rollins, costumer Brenda Clark and Puerto Rican cultural consultant Enid Arvelo. Panici was drawn to the music sung by Maria, as well as the character’s evolution throughout the course of the story from childlike innocence to premature adulthood forged by tragedy. The play’s harsher scenes contrast with the lighter romance of Maria and Tony, Panici said. Reflecting that softer theme is the song “Somewhere,” a ballet scene cut from the film in which the entire cast sings in sixpart harmony. Liz Rollins called it a “gorgeous, hopeful song” that longs for a day when “maybe there’ll be a place that is safe and beautiful, and there are no problems

to find an organization that seemed to fit,” Siegel said. “We talked about how, for about a year, we had both been very interested in volunteering but didn’t know how to take the next step.” “Growing up today, it can be hard to find one’s own voice,” she added. “Even though the problems of our state, country, and world might seem daunting, it’s important for youth to lead a new generation of problem-solvers and thinkers.” While Harnett decided to start out by spending her free time with animals, her

goal is to eventually work directly with people in need. “I really think that issues like food insecurity and homelessness can be solved if everyone, especially students, put time in to help others,” she said. Siegal said what she most enjoyed about starting the writing program at the Boys & Girls Club was “even though it can be hard to talk about our lives, writing is a great way to share and develop a sense of community.” Their key goal with the website is to help students “find an organization that

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and everyone can get along.” She said she hopes the production will “illuminate the devastation xenophobia creates in society and the awareness that we should celebrate both our human similarities and cultural differences.” The issues of prejudice, immigration, sexual assault and gun violence that “West Side Story” spotlighted six decades ago remain all-too-present today, Rollins noted. “It’s really interesting, doing this play now as compared to even like 10 years ago, just because of our political climate and how negatively charged it is, and how it’s really one side versus the other side,” Panici said. “I hope the audience can take it in a modern context ... as well as looking back at when it actually took place,” she added. The story’s calamitous conclusion demonstrates “a good example of what we don’t want things to come to at some point,” Sarchi said. “Because in this show, the only way that their conflicts are even resolved for a brief moment is with the death of two ... children.” The lessons the audience learns from watching a play go hand-in-hand with those the cast experiences from performing it. To embrace what it’s like to be someone else, and better understand that person’s struggle, by immersion in that role, and portraying it on the stage. “Educational theater, in particular, gives (students) the great opportunity to really stretch that empathy muscle,” Segal said. “To teach empathy, and learn empathy, by stepping into somebody else’s shoes.” Alex Lear can be reached at 780-9085 or alear@ theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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On the whole, ridership on regional public transportation has increased from 3.7 million in 2013 to 4.3 million in 2017, according to PACTS. Within the agencies, the largest share of users remains the Metro bus system serving Portland and communities as far away as Gorham and Brunswick. Metro added service to Gorham and the University of Southern Maine last August, and a new route that runs along the western edge of Portland, through Westbrook, and on to the Maine Mall in South Portland. The Zoom line from Biddeford to downtown Portland, and the Regional Transportation Program service connecting Bridgton and Portland, have also seen ridership increases in the last five years. The Lake Region Explorer has gone from 6,300 to 10,400 boardings in four years. Zoom ridership has increased 4 percent since 2018 and now represents 8 percent of the regional usage measured by PACTS. More people are riding the rails and ferries, too. John Melrose, chairman of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Author-

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ity, said Amtrak Downeaster service from Brunswick to Boston had 550,000 riders last year. He said a primary challenge is getting people to use the service for local transportation. “There are too many waits at sidings, too little parking in some places,” Melrose added, noting an additional 6 miles of double tracks south of Portland could make the Downeaster more attractive as a commuter train to Portland. Hank Berg, general manager of Casco Bay Island Transit District, said ferry passenger traffic increases at least 2 per-

cent annually, and freight traffic as much as 10 percent. About 36,000 vehicles use the service each year. “We are quite literally the lifeline to the islands,” Berg said. The total picture is one Portland City Councilor Belinda Ray – who is also president of the Greater Portland Transit District/Metro board – said can improve economic opportunities and sustainable living and promote affordable housing throughout the region. But collaboration is critical, she said, to getting the funding to implement plans.

In moving forward, South Portland Mayor Claude Morgan, also representing his city’s bus service, said planners can learn from the past. South Portland finished its streetcar lines about a century ago, and restored bus service in 1983. Both systems succeeded despite initial criticism, Morgan said. “We have to demonstrate new projects are no less realistic,” he said, “than those taken on by our parents and grandparents.” David Harry can be reached at 780-9092 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @ DavidHarry8.

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