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Vol. 10, No. 2
News of The City of Portland
Changes ahead for India Street neighborhood
A new deal for art
Depression-era murals restored, headed for Ocean Avenue school
By Emily Parkhurst PORTLAND — The first thing Doug Sherwood had to do when the School Department decided to restore and move two 12-by-15 murals from the Nathan Clifford School was determine who owned them. “They were commissioned by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s or 40s,” Sherwood, the department’s facilities director, said. “So we had to get a formal ruling from Washington (D.C.) to find out who owned them.” Sherwood found out that if Depression-era art commissioned by the WPA was framed and easily removable, it belongs to the federal government. If it’s attached to the wall, it belongs to the municipality. At Nathan Clifford School, 180 Falmouth St., which was built in 1907 and was replaced last year by the new Ocean Avenue Elementary School, the canvas on which the murals
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Employees of the Williamstown Art Conservation Center take down one panel of the Depression-era mural that was installed at the Nathan Clifford School in 1940. The mural is being removed and restored, and will be installed in the new Ocean Avenue Elementary School in February. Left, one panel of a pastel-on-slate mural in one of the classrooms at the Nathan Clifford School. The panels, all depicting scenes from the story of Robin Hood, may be moved to another school if the building, now empty, is sold.
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USM economist issues pessimistic forecast for 2012 By Mario Moretto PORTLAND — A sustained economic recovery is at least a year away, according to University of Southern Maine economist Charles Colgan. Colgan gave his economic forecast for the year on Tuesday morning. The presentation is an annual tradition at USM, where he is a professor of public policy and management and chairman
By Emily Parkhurst PORTLAND — The latest changes for the India Street neighborhood include plans for the beleaguered Bay House condominium project to be built as apartments instead of condos, and the renovation of several existing buildings as work and living space for artists. The $30 million two-phase Bay House development was approved in 2006 for the lot where the Village Cafe once stood at 46 Market St. and would have included 176 condos. While initial interest in the building was reportedly high and 30 percent of the condos attracted potential buyers, interest died in 2008 when the recession hit and the project could not find financing. In July 2011, the Portland City Council approved an extension to the project’s conditional zoning permit until September 2012. “The financing scenario in terms of finding funds to build the project has been the challenge,” said Town & Shore Realtor Sandy Johnson, who represents the property. The new proposal is for 100 apartments instead of condos,
of the school’s community planning and development program. Colgan has also served as Maine state economist and headed the state economic forecasting commission. Colgan presented his forecast at the Hannaford Lecture Hall to about 300 members of USM Corporate Partners, a group of 100 businesses formed to support partnerships with the state
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university. In each year since Colgan the housing collapse and recession in 2008, Colgan seen some light at the end of the tunnel. All his projections have included the beginning of a sustained recovery. Until now. See page 22
By Emily Guerin PORTLAND — Oil terminals in South Portland, a ship manufacturer in Brunswick and a semiconductor fabricator in Portland are among Cumberland County’s largest emitters of toxic chemicals, according to new data released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory monitors the quantity of
toxic chemicals released into the environment by 84 companies in Maine. The latest data shows that 9.6 million pounds of chemicals were released in Maine in 2010 – an increase of 11 percent over the previous year. Emissions in New England dropped during the same time period by about 1 percent. But representatives from the
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Portland storefront opens art world to disabled adults By Amber Cronin PORTLAND — Creative Trails, a local nonprofit focused on community integration for adults with intellectual disabilities, has expanded to include a program that will allow clients to live an artist’s life. The Art Department, at 611 Congress St., on the ground floor of the State Theater building, is the brainchild of local artists Liz Mortati and Natalie Conn. Mortati, a studio artist, and Conn, who works in multi-media arts, were looking to use their own experiences to help Creative Trails clients develop their artistic skills and get their artwork into the community. “They both had great visions and dreams for the project,” Lauren Snead, Creative Trails’ Portland leadership pro-
gram manager, said. “They are both really inspired and talented visionaries who had dreams of pursuing their passion while fully integrating the mission of Creative Trails.” Through programs in the arts, agriculture, outdoor experiences, horsemanship and more, Snead said, Creative Trails guides clients toward more independent lives. “What community integration looks like for us is providing opportunities for people to have a full and enriching experience,” she said. With its location in the heart of the city’s Arts District, participants have the chance to live the life of an artist – visiting galleries, working with guest artists and working on their own projects.
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“In the morning we start the day by going to Coffee By Design, sitting and having coffee, reflecting and brainstorming what their artistic vision for the day is,” Snead recounts. “From there the day could be anything from going to a gallery to working on a project.” According to Mortati, the inspiration for The Art Department came from highly successful First Friday Art Walk showings of work created in two Creative Trails projects: Open Studio and the Shoot Media Project. continued page 28
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City Council kills proposal for rolling petition deadlines By Emily Parkhurst PORTLAND — The standard deadline for filing referendum petitions will not change after a proposal to allow rolling deadlines was narrowly rejected Jan. 4 by the City Council. The proposal by Councilor David Marshall would have allowed signature
gatherers to turn in pages as they are collected, and require the city clerk to verify each batch within 15 days after they are received. The existing process has a standard deadline for all petitions: 80 days from the day the petition is taken out. If signatures are rejected, petitioners do not have time
Post-surgery Brennan attends meeting, asks for patience PORTLAND — Mayor Michael Brennan attended the Jan. 4 City Council meeting a week and half after having surgery to remove a carcinoid tumor from his small intestine. Brennan attended a workshop about a wind energy ordinance before the 7 p.m. meeting, and eventually turned the council over to Councilor Nicholas Mavodones to run as mayor pro tempore. The mayor was in good spirits, joking that the first item on the agenda was “an update on the mayor’s condition, if he’s not present.” “I’m here and I just want to thank everyone in the city of Portland for their support and letters and emails,” he said. Brennan said he is not recovering “as quickly as I’d like, which would be tomorrow.” He asked the public and councilors to bear with him as he eases back
into his job. Brennan also fulfilled a promise made during his campaign to shrink the number of City Council committees from nine to six, and increase the number of councilors on each committee from three to four. The council approved merging the Transportation Committee with the Energy and Environmental Sustainability Committee, the Housing Committee with the Community Development Committee and the Public Safety Committee with the Health and Recreation Committee. The change leaves committees for Finance; Transportation; Sustainability and Energy; Housing and Community Development; Public Safety, Health and Human Services; Legislative, and Nominating. Brennan left the meeting at 8 p.m., about a half hour before it ended. — Emily Parkhurst
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to gather more. Marshall’s proposal came after a group called Sensible Portland gathered signatures to change the city’s rules about marijuana possession enforcement last fall. But its petition was rejected when not enough of the signatures were accepted because too many of the people who signed were either unregistered to vote or not Portland residents. The council was divided on the issue. A previous vote in November was tied, 4-4, and the proposal was delayed at a Dec. 19 meeting. On Wednesday, the council rejected the proposal 5-4, with Councilors Nicholas Mavodones, Cheryl Leeman, John Coyne, Ed Suslovic and Jill Duson in the majority. Councilors Kevin Donoghue, John Anton and Marshall, and Mayor Michael Brennan, voted in favor of the change. City Clerk Katherine Jones submitted a letter in November stating that the proposed “process makes it confusing and cumbersome for our office working with so many deadlines and different petitions during the same period.” She said it was her preference that the existing process remain, so the clerk’s office would not have to deal with multiple deadlines for multiple petitions. During the meeting Wednesday, Jones told councilors the clerk’s office verified nearly a quarter of a million signatures last year. She said the proposed change would create a cumbersome and confusing process that would be difficult to maintain. “One group having a problem getting signatures does not mean there’s a
problem that needs to add to the clerk’s workload,” Suslovic said.
Duson said the current process is transparent and makes sense. She said the issue for Sensible Portland was not that the process was unfair, but that they did not collect valid signatures.
Marshall argued that with a rolling deadline a group could go out and gather more signatures if the first batch did not contain enough verifiable signatures.
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Portland court filing asserts city’s right to evict OccupyMaine By Mario Moretto PORTLAND — The city on Jan. 6 filed court documents arguing it has a legal right to restrict the time, place and manner of OccupyMaine’s protests. The documents are a response to a lawsuit filed by OccupyMaine on Dec. 19 in Cumberland County Superior Court. In the suit, the protesters claimed their round-the-clock occupation at Lincoln Park is necessary for the group to send its message and compel government to address “grave economic, political and social injustices.” The protesters also challenged the constitutionality of city ordinances, including a “blanket prohibition on speech and assembly in a public park during certain hours.” OccupyMaine, in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York
City, has been camping in Lincoln Park for about three months. The groups oppose corporate influence in politics and government, and perceived economic injustices from a top-heavy distribution of wealth. At its peak, about 75 people were staying overnights in Lincoln Park. In its filing, the city also asked the court to decide quickly on OccupyMaine’s request for an injunction barring the city from carrying out an eviction approved 8-1 by the City Council on Dec. 7. The city wants a speedy decision because it pledged not to evict the protesters until a decision is made on the injunction. If a judge rules against OccupyMaine’s request for a temporary restraining order, the city can kick the protesters out. “Even if certain types of occupancy
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are considered activity protected by the First Amendment, state laws or local ordinances ... comprise reasonable time, place and manner restrictions on freedom of speech as protected by the Constitution,” City Hall spokeswoman Nicole Clegg said in a news release. The city’s filing cites federal and state laws, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Clark v. Community for Creative Non-Violence. It claims precedent supports “compliance with health, welfare and safety codes like the City’s Building Code and Fire Codes as well as park maintenance and protection requirements.” The city found OccupyMaine’s encampment in violation of several building
and fire codes after a site inspection by police, fire and city officials in November. Those violations, as well as ongoing concerns about the safety of the occupiers amid several arrests and disturbances in the park, fueled the city’s decision to end the occupation. The city also cites other lawsuits brought by Occupy-type groups in Augusta, Boston, Minneapolis and other cities. In those cases, courts deferred to similar case law in allowing municipalities to end the occupations. The city’s hired Mark Dunlap of Norman, Hanson & DeTroy to be its lead attorney in the case. Unless the court asks OccupyMaine to file sooner, their attorney will have seven days to respond to the city’s filing. Mario Moretto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @riocarmine.
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Board prepares national search for school chief 4 jobs to be added at elementary schools By Emily Parkhurst PORTLAND — After reviewing five proposals, the School Board was expected to hire an Illinois-based recruiting firm, Proact Search, to find a replacement for retiring Superintendent of Schools James C. Morse Sr., who is retiring in June. Superintendent Search Committee Chairwoman Sarah Thompson said the board received some unsolicited proposals and some recommendations from education resources in the community. “We viewed all the proposals and met with two of them,” Thompson said. She said the board had a video conference with the president of Proact and its regional president in New York, Steve Kupfler, who would head up the team in charge of finding Morse’s replacement. The company has done educationrelated recruitment all over the United States, and does between five and eight superintendent searches per year. In the work plan the company submitted as part of its proposal, it states that it averages 93 candidates for superintendent searches. The search will cost Portland $24,750 plus the company’s expenses, including travel to meet with candidates,
website postings, and postage, estimated to be between $1,000 and $3,000. Additionally, marketing and recruitment costs are estimated to be between $2,000 and $4,000. Thompson said one of the highlights of the proposal is Proact’s plan to set up a website for the district that would keep the public up to date about the process and provide a high level of transparency. If Proact is approved, the time-line would move quickly, beginning with stakeholder meetings this month; posting, recruiting and advertising the position in February; an application deadline in March; screening and background checks in April, and initial interviews in May. Ideally, the board would approve a candidate in June. “I think it’s doable,” Thompson said. “It’s just a guide. If we need to slow down, we can. We’re not going to settle. Someone’s got big shoes to fill.”
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The School Board was also scheduled to vote Tuesday night on creating four new positions at two of the district’s elementary schools. Federal grants would be used to pay for an assessment and intervention specialist to provide support to East End Community School students who are struggling with their school work, particularly those who are learning English. If the position is approved, the salary is $53,000 per year, prorated to $32,000 for the rest of this school year. The board will also be asked to approve three ed tech positions, all for the Ocean Avenue Elementary School and all required under federal special education laws. The estimated $81,000 for salary and benefits for the three positions for the remainder of this year would be offset by
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Education heads the list of the coalition’s activities. Each year volunteers provide training to more than 70,000 students in schools throughout the state. “We teach the basics, such as hand signals, traffic laws and the use of helmets,” Rubenstein said. “We also encourage kids to ride bikes to school rather than take the bus.” Such efforts address the obesity problem and help reduce dependence on gasoline. Other activities include an annual Lobster Ride in Rockland, a Woman’s Ride, a raffle and a Bike Swap. “The goal of the Bike Swap,” Rubenstein said, “is to get bikes out of garages and into someone’s hands.” In addition, 12 people serve as “Community Spokes” to lead advocacy efforts for bicycling in their local areas. In explaining his devotion to the sport of biking, Rubenstein said, “I love biking, and I love the people who bike.” Be assured, though, that Rubenstein is not just a one-trick pony. His many volunteer activities include being a member
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Events to mark annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day By Amber Cronin PORTLAND â€” Several events in greater Portland will mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year, including a March for Justice, a performance of one of Kingâ€™s sermons and a gospel concert. The holiday, always the third Monday of January, falls this year on Jan. 16. It celebrates the life of the slain civil rights leader, who said he wanted to be remembered not as a man with hundreds of awards, but as a man who lived his life serving others and acted as a â€œdrum major for justice.â€? The March for Justice, sponsored by the Portland branch of the NAACP, is intended to promote economic change. It will take place Jan. 14 from 2 to 5:30 p.m., starting at the Preble Street Resource Center with a discussion on poverty and the desire to adopt an â€œEconomic Bill of Rights.â€? Following the discussion, participants will march toward Portland City Hall with Portland Mayor Michael Brennan and other local civic and faith leaders.
The Portland NAACP will also sponsor a gospel concert and the 31st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration at the Holiday Inn By The Bay on Spring Street on Jan. 16 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. The breakfast will feature University of New England students leading a program on the importance of living a healthy life in order to reach oneâ€™s fullest potential. On Sunday, Jan. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m., Batimbo Beat and students from the UNE will perform a music and gospel concert at Merrill Auditorium, 389 Congress St.; admission is $5. Also on Sunday, the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church, 280 Ocean House Road, will hold a multi-cultural dialog and discussion from 5 to 7 p.m. Bowdoin College in Brunswick will join in the celebration of Kingâ€™s life on Jan. 16 with its annual â€œChildrenâ€™s Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.â€? Childrenâ€™s book authors Charlotte Agell and Rohan Henry will be on hand for â€œillustrated storytelling,â€? music and activities in remembrance of King.
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The Portland Housing Authority, in conjunction with Mayo Street Arts, will perform excerpts from Kingâ€™s speech â€œThe Drum Major Instinctâ€? on Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. at Mayo Street Arts. â€œWe chose that speech because the students are very familiar with the â€˜I Have a Dreamâ€™ speech, which has become kind of the quintessential King speech, and we wanted to try something different,â€? Emily Fitch, youth services coordinator for the Portland Housing Authority, said. â€œThe speech is all about how he wanted to be remembered,â€? Fitch continued. â€œHe wanted to be remembered for trying to help someone and we are trying to use
that speech and thought process to get the kids to think about what they could do to help someone not just on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but in the rest of their lives.â€? Also on Monday there will be a community pasta supper to benefit the Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program at Pilgrim House, First Parish Church, 9 Cleaveland St., in Brunswick. The supper will run from 5 to 7 p.m. and costs either a donation of non-perishable food or a suggested donation of $5. For more information about local events visit naacpportland.org. Amber Cronin is The Forecaster news assistant. She can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 115 or acronin@ theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @croninamber.
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I’m looking at the (old) man in the mirror You know that old man you’ve always hated at the bank? The one recounting every moment of his life to the teller while you stand behind him in line thinking, “Nobody cares if the mall used to be an orchard, Pops. Give the kid your rolls of pennies and beat it. I The View have to hit Hannaford’s and the bakery by noon.” You remember that guy? I’m turning into him. This isn’t a rant about getting older, although I would like to know when all that “wisdom of age” is supposed to kick in. All I’m getting is crankier and weirder. I’m not surprised, since I started out with a double helping of both, but still, it would be nice to fashion the occasional Zen-like insight. I’d settle for a greeting card aphorism. Mike Langworthy But not one, in the entire time since I realized aging wasn’t simply something that happened to other people. I still remember the day it happened, about 20 years ago. I was driving to work, and by driving I mean sitting in a car while pedestrians hooked up to oxygen bottles passed me like I was standing still. This wasn’t in Portland, where all the drivers are cherubs out of “Fantasia” and traffic moves like rainbows. This was Los Angeles, where freeflowing traffic is a chimera. The rare occasions when it goes smoothly are more than offset by the time spent at a dead stop. If you live there long enough, statistically your average speed goes into negative numbers. Anyway, I casually glance down at my arm – to see my father’s hand staring at me from the bottom of my sleeve. Somewhere along the way my hands got weather beaten and wrinkled just like his. It was quite a wake-up call:
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aging was going to happen whether I liked it or not, so I’d better get used to it. I thought I did. Losing a step wasn’t so bad, especially once the new hip gave at least half of it back. Lasik helped with the eyes. Previously water- and air-tight compartments are slowly becoming more, shall we say, semi permeable, but caution and planning minimize the inconvenience and embarrassment there. So far, brain functions are only marginally diminished. Or so I thought until a few weeks ago at the drug store. The clerk ringing me up asked the phone number my CVS card was registered under, and I hear somebody say, “Oh, geez. We probably got our CVS card when we moved to California back in the ‘80s. Have you ever been out there? Do they let you transfer from store to store like that?” Where did Methuseleh come from? And how does he know so much about me? “Because it would be neat to be able to move to another part of the country and know you had a job.” “Neat?” Who is this guy, Richie Cunningham? “We moved to Maine in like, ’08, and my wife usually handles all the shopping stuff –” Oh, my God, it’s coming from inside your mouth! “– So I don’t know if she got a new card, or changed the number or what.” Shut. Up. Can’t you see that look in his eyes? He’s gone to his happy place. “And we had so many different phone numbers out there. You can imagine, living in a place for 20 years –” Thankfully, before the shoppers behind me could finish the tar and feathers, the clerk snapped out of his daze enough to say, “Why don’t we try your current number?” “Which one, home or cell? Because we’re thinking of getting rid of our land line. Our son’s in college in Chicago and he says nobody uses a land line –” “Doesn’t matter! Give me your cell.” “– Any more.” It would be so nice if this was an isolated incident, but it keeps happening, at the bank, at the cleaners, restaurants. When I’m paying for gas. If I were half a man, I’d do Portland a favor and sew my lips shut. I’m not saying it’s wrong to be friendly. I’m sure the teller at my bank was flattered when I said her blouse was pretty. But did she need to know my wife can’t wear that shade of green because it makes her skin look khaki? Or that I was the best man at a wedding when I was 20, dressed in a blue window-pane plaid tweed Edwardian walking suit? And still have an incriminating picture of it? I think not.
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The only explanation that makes any sense to me is that I’m so afraid I’m not saying what people need to know that I try to tell them everything I know. It never used to occur to me that I might not be making myself understood. In fact, if somebody didn’t get what I was saying, he was the idiot. I used to tell people that, from the stage, in the middle of my act. And yet somehow I was labeled “too angry” by a lot of the club owners I worked for. Where do they get this stuff? But I digress. It’s scary to think that the first thing to go isn’t the ability to communicate, but the ability to know when to stop communicating. Maybe I’m the only one. Maybe it’s temporary. I hope so. Meanwhile, at least I haven’t turned into Driving With His Turn Signal On Constantly Guy. Yet. Portland resident Mike Langworthy, an attorney, former stand-up comic and longtime television writer, is fascinated by all things Maine. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rousselle’s Walmart snapshot is under-exposed Christine Rousselle’s Forecaster Forum in the Dec. 21, 2011, edition concerning welfare and why you vote Republican prompted me to respond. Most people agree that our country, as well as most of the world, is going through a very difficult economic period, but there is certainly not universal agreement on the causes of our dilemma. Many Republicans and tea party independents blame big government, deficit spending, and entitlement programs; Democrats and independent Occupy Wall Street supporters (a majority of Americans, according to most polls) impugn Wall Street, deregulation, increasingly skewed income distribution and the “entitled nature” of the very wealthy. Rousselle’s experience as a cashier at Walmart continued next page
January 11, 2012 from previous page exposed her to customers who abuse welfare. But many studies reveal that these people make up a small minority of welfare recipients. Most of the people who qualify for benefits work many hours, usually at minimum wage – they are the working poor. To understand what “is going terribly wrong,” you need exposure to a much broader landscape than Walmart provides. It might be a revelation to visit food banks, homeless shelters, and government welfare and unemployment offices and talk to Americans, many of whom once thought of themselves as middle class, who are now jobless and experiencing poverty, often for the first time. Especially in an election year, it is important that we question our assumptions and ask who benefits from the policies we advocate. Whose interests do Republican policies really promote? Not mine, and I suspect not yours either. William B. Fritzmeier, South Portland
Rousselle column surprises, enlightens The Forecaster Forum by the Scarborough native about her experiences while working at her summer job at Walmart was surprising. The usual weekly columns attack Gov. LePage and his administration. The following week’s edition ran more like your normal editing favoring the Democratic slant on politics. What continues to amaze me is the response liberals have to such a point of view that Christine Rousselle presented. Not once did I see where anyone agreed that the state has a problem with the welfare system; they attacked the college student personally. Not mature enough, ultra conservative, looking for abuses and not disclosing all the good the DHHS does for the state of Maine. Maine has at least our share of abusers who strive to stay on the system for generations. This problem has taken years to reach this boiling point and will take many more to right the ship in its proper path. I have no problems sharing our tax money with worthy citizens who have fallen on hard times and feel once we purge the abusers off this teat there will be more than enough money to provide for those in need. David Bruneau, South Portland
Brannigan should look in mirror for culprit While Sen. Joseph Brannigan is pontificating about Gov. LePage’s nascent budget cuts to the Department of Health and Human Services, he would be well put to tell us all exactly how the state happened to wind up with a $120 million deficit in those programs within one month of LePage’s inauguration. It wasn’t mentioned by the Democrats for eight years, and not much was heard from Brannigan during his six terms in District 9. If Brannigan was in office and didn’t know anything about it, then how does he expect the gov-
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Too much information Last night my lovely wife Carolyn called her sister Janice in Tokyo. As I wandered out into the kitchen to get a snack during the Celtics game, there was Janice, having just gotten out of bed because it was already tomorrow in Japan, jabbering away on daughter Tess’ laptop. I caught a glimpse of myself in the caller window and said a quick hello as I walked by. Janice held her iPhone out the window so we could see the view of Tokyo from her high-rise apartment. Amazing. I try not to be too much a rube about The Universal technology, but I am. I’ll be damned if I understand how Skype works, let alone how it can be free. I mean how can Skype be free if Microsoft paid $8.5 billion for it? Seeing that it is, however, why would anyone place an expensive international phone call ever again? How can phone companies survive? Will the telephone soon go the Edgar Allen Beem way of the post office, which itself is going the way of the telegraph, which went to way of the pony express, which went the way of smoke signals. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t Skype myself. And I don’t have one of those phones with Internet access, e-mail, GPS, Wi-Fi, HD, 3D, 4G, PDF, PDQ, Hulu, Roku and built-in Pez dispenser. But I live with and among people who do. A sonic vocabulary of beeps, boops, dings, dongs, chirrups and buzzes signaling the arrival and departure of e-mail, voice mail, text messages, meeting notices, downloads, upgrades and dying batteries punctuates my days and nights. When my own little flip phone goes off in my pocket, trying very hard to sound like a traditional ring-ring while it alters my DNA, I am always surprised. Who would be calling me? I’d turn it off, or better still, put it on vibrate, but I don’t know how. Last Sunday it went off in church. (“Sorry. Sorry.”) It was a text from daughter Nora, who was visiting her in-laws in San Antonio, wanting to know if Auntie
ernor to know about it until the rock of legislative secrecy is turned over? If as a senator he did know about the deficit, then why didn’t he do something about it?
Janice was OK after the earthquake in eastern Japan. Earthquake in eastern Japan? How would I know? Of course, if I’d had Carolyn’s turbo-charged iPhone I could have gone online and checked CNN or the Weather Channel. Come to think of it, the headline news service on her phone would probably have alerted Carolyn automatically. I have a graduate degree in information science, but it’s from the 1970s, pre-PCs. I worked at Portland Public Library back when research meant books, magazines, newspapers, government documents, and the indexes thereof. Microfilm was about as high-tech as we got. Well into the 1980s, every story I wrote for a magazine or newspaper began and ended with a visit to the library. These days, all my writing begins and ends online. What drives me nuts about information storage and retrieval these days is that it’s so undifferentiated. Doing a Google search just gets you a big bucket of electronic dirt. You have to sift through the rubble for the gold. You’d think if there’s a free international calling system there’d be a free online index service by now. Too much information. Too little knowledge. Instant access to all the info in the world has created expectations that are unreasonable and unhealthy. We seem to chase after the latest technology whatever it may be, without considering what its social, economic, ethical, or spiritual consequences might be. E-mail kills post offices. Websites kill newspapers and magazines. Amazon kills Borders. Kindle kills books. File sharing kills music sales. Bluetooth kills brain cells. Texting kills teenagers. Geez, Eddie, you’re a 21st century liberal, a selfproclaimed progressive; you’re supposed to believe in human progress. Well, I guess I’m just not sure if millions of plugged-in people living in electronic cocoons is progress, even if they are in constant contact. Something tells me we were better off, more human perhaps, when the only way to communicate was face to face. Oh, can you hold for a second? I’ve got a call on the other line ... Freelance journalist Edgar Allen Beem lives in Yarmouth. The Universal Notebook is his personal, weekly look at the world around him. Comment on this story at: http://www.theforecaster.net/weblink/110828
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12/31 at 8 p.m. Thomas Harmon, 27, of Portland, was arrested on Cumberland Avenue by Officer Dan Aguilera on a warrant for operating after a suspension. 12/31 at 11 p.m. Frederick L. Walsh, 44, of Portland, was arrested on Fore Street by Officer Jason Leadbetter on a charge of disorderly conduct. 1/1 at midnight Michael Cobb-Brown, 30, of Buxton, was arrested on Christy Road by Officer Thein Duong on a charge of assault. 1/1 at 1 a.m. Emily Capaldi, 30, of Portland, was arrested on Congress Street by Officer Jamie Beals on a charge of assault. 1/1 at 1 a.m. Richard Diaz, 24, of Westbrook, was arrested on Washington Avenue by Officer Jeffrey Druan on a charge of disorderly conduct. 1/1 at 1 a.m. Dorothy M. Gribbin, 39, of Windham, was arrested on Washington Avenue by Officer Zachary Finley on a charge of assault. 1/1 at 4 a.m. Felix Atienza, 31, of Windham, was arrested on Wharf Street by Officer Jonathan Reeder on a charge of assault. 1/1 at 5 a.m. Salpa Akuar, 26, of Portland, was arrested on Pine Street by Officer Charles Ames on a charge of theft. 1/1 at 1 a.m. Mohamed A. Hersi, 25, of Portland, was arrested on Riverside Street by Officer William Stratis on a charge of criminal trespass. 1/1 at 4 p.m. Matthew B. Cooper, 24, of Portland, was arrested on State Street by Officer Kalin Hagerty, Officer Eric Johnson and Officer Zachary Finley on charges of theft, burglary of a motor vehicle, possession of scheduled drugs and forgery. 1/1 at 6 p.m. David G. Meli, 22, of Somerville, Mass., was arrested on Free Street by Officer Matthew Pavlis on a charge of disorderly conduct. 1/1 at 6 p.m. Scott A. Suddy, 42, of Portland, was arrested on Washington Avenue by Officer Gary Hutcheson on charges of operating without a license, operating after suspension. 1/1 at 6 p.m. Carey L. Newman, 35, of Bath, was arrested on Washington Avenue by Officer Gary Hutcheson on a charge of theft. 1/1 at 7 p.m. Bobby Lee Wright, 44, of Portland, was arrested on Brighton Avenue by Officer Evan Bomba on a charge of operating after a suspension. 1/1 at 9 p.m. Matthew L. Ross, 22, of Portland, was arrested on Riverside Street by Officer Matthew Pavlis on a warrant for theft. 1/1 at 11 p.m. Matthew Grant, 34, of Portland, was arrested on Grant Street by Officer Joshua McDonald on a charge of criminal trespass. 1/1 at 11 p.m. Khalid Yaya Said, 20, of Portland, was arrested on Congress Street by Officer Dan Aguilera on a charge of assault. 1/2 at 4 a.m. Louis W. Chase, 46, of Cherryfield, was arrested on Forest Avenue by Officer Christopher Kelley on a charge of illegal attachment of plates. 1/2 at 2 p.m. Aaron J. Hazelwood, 27, of Old Orchard Beach, was arrested on Free Street by Officer Jason Leadbetter on a warrant for operating under the influence. 1/2 at 7 p.m. Paul North Bruneau, 52, of Portland, was arrested on Congress Street by Officer Gary Hutcheson on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon. 1/2 at 9 p.m. Christopher F. Williams, 38, of Portland, was arrested on Riverside Street by Officer Matthew Pavlis on charges of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, trafficking in prison contraband, theft, residential burglary and unlawful trafficking in drugs. 1/2 at 10 p.m. William David Therriault, 52, of Portland, was arrested on Pine Street by Officer Kalin Hagerty on a charge of operating under the influence. 1/2 at 11 p.m. Joshua Reynolds, 24, of Buxton, was arrested on County Way by Officer
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from previous page Matthew Pavlis on a warrant for reckless conduct. 1/3 at 1 a.m. Benjamin Cote, 31, of Portland, was arrested on Devonshire Street by Officer Matthew Pavlis on a charge of refusing to submit to arrest or detention. 1/3 at 3 a.m. Robert Nowlin, 35, of Gorham, was arrested on Allen Avenue by Officer Charles Hodgdon on charges of refusing to submit to arrest and operating a motor vehicle after license revocation. 1/3 at 11 a.m. Pablo Matos Martinez, 35, no town given, was arrested on Chapel Street by Officer Cong Van Nguyen on a charge of violation of a protection from abuse order. 1/3 at 11 a.m. Lynn Marie Garrison, 35, of Waterboro, was arrested on Congress Street by Officer Daniel Rose on a warrant for operation of a defective vehicle. 1/3 at noon Shawn Michael Turner, 22, no town given, was arrested on Portland Street by Officer Daniel Knight on charges of theft, residential burglary, unlawfully furnishing scheduled drugs and unlawful trafficking in drugs. 1/3 at 1 p.m. William S. Munroe, 32, of Gorham, was arrested on Cumberland Avenue by Officer James Keddy on charges of theft and operating after suspension. 1/3 at 2 p.m. Jeffrey C. York, 21, of Hollis, was arrested on Middle Street by Officer Daniel Rose on a warrant for exceeding the posted speed limit. 1/3 at 7 p.m. Andrea J. Ouellette, 52, of Portland, was arrested on State Street by Officer Eric Nevins on charges of assault and aggravated criminal trespass. 1/3 at 9 p.m. Kara Alanna Evans, 24, of Portland, was arrested on Casco Street by Officer Michael Galietta on a charge of acquiring drugs by deception. 1/4 at 2 a.m. Corinne M. Keeley, 22, of Portland, was arrested on Cumberland Avenue by Officer Christopher Coyne on charges of receiving stolen property and theft. 1/4 at 2 a.m. Otto Shorey, 22, of Portland, was arrested on Cumberland Avenue by Officer Samuel Turner on a charge of assault. 1/4 at 3 a.m. Magongo James Kouk, 23, of Portland, was arrested on Congress Street
by Officer Christopher Coyne on charges of criminal trespass and theft. 1/4 at 10 a.m. Gary Randall, 51, of Portland, was arrested on St. John Street by Officer Marjory Clavet on a warrant for theft. 1/4 at 11 a.m. Robert J. Minard, 44, of Portland, was arrested on Preble Street by Officer Charles Frazier on a charge of assault on a police officer. 1/4 at 2 p.m. Kaysean Darrien Moss, 40, of Portland, was arrested on Congress Street by Officer John Morin on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon. 1/4 at 3 p.m. Jordan C. Owen, 28, of Portland, was arrested on Forest Avenue by Officer Nicholas Goodman on charge of operating after suspension and on a warrant for violation of condition of release. 1/4 at 8 p.m. Samuel C. Sanders, 48, of Portland, was arrested on Brentwood Street by Officer Jeffrey Viola on a charge of operating under the influence. 1/5 at 8 p.m. Patrick M. Market, 38, of Portland, was arrested on Congress Street by Officer Edward Ireton on a charge of violation of a protection from abuse order. 1/6 at 11 a.m. Zachary Adrian Jewett, 22, of Saco, was arrested on Riverside Street by Officer Andjelko Napijalo on a warrant for receiving stolen property. 1/6 at 4 p.m. Susan D. Foss, 30, of Portland, was arrested on Congress Street by Officer Daniel Rose on a charge of assault. 1/7 at 1 a.m. Melissa G. Tucci, 39, of New Gloucester, was arrested on Washington Avenue by Officer Christopher Coyne on a charge of assault. 1/7 at 3 p.m. David Brian Keith, 49, of Portland, was arrested on Cedar Street by Officer Jason Leadbetter on a warrant for assault.
Woman arrested in drug bust on Pine Street 1/6 The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency seized nearly 1,000 prescription pills and 19 grams of what is suspected to be cocaine from a 36 Pine St. apartment. Agents obtained a search warrant for the apartment after neighbors complained of suspected drug activity. Briana Roberts, 23, of Pine Street, Portland, was charged with aggravated trafficking of Oxycodone. During the search, agents located 998 Oxycodone pills that Roberts was allegedly concealing on her body. The street value of the pills is estimated at $15,000. The $1,900 worth of cocaine was allegedly discovered in the bedroom and was packaged for resale. Roberts was taken to the Cumberland County Jail, where she was held over the weekend on $10,000 bail. She made her first appearance in court on Jan. 9.
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January 11, 2012
New year arrives triumphantly for city teams
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McAuley sophomore Allie Clement drives on Deering junior Chelsea Saucier during the teams’ showdown Friday night. For the scond year in a row, a late Clement 3-pointer forced overtime, where the Lions prevailed, 30-25, to stay unbeaten.
(Ed. Note: For the complete versions of the Waynflete-Cape Elizabeth boys’ basketball and Cheverus-Sanford, DeeringMcAuley and McAuley-Windham girls’ basketball game stories, please visit theforecaster.net) By Michael Hoffer If the rest of 2012 is anything like the first week, local sports fans are in for a non-stop treat. There was drama galore a week ago and plenty of big games to come. Here’s a glimpse:
Boys’ basketball The defending Western A champion Cheverus boys’ basketball team saw its regular season win streak end at 24 last Tuesday at Bonny Eagle. In a rematch of last year’s regional final, the Stags were up, 17-10, at halftime, but down the stretch, the Scots consistently got to the line and made their free throws while Cheverus went ice cold and Bonny Eagle prevailed, 46-39. Senior Louie DiStasio had 15 points and classmate Cam Olson 14 to pace the Stags. “I’m not surprised at all,” said Cheverus coach Bob Brown. “Bonny Eagle’s a very good team, they’re very well coached. They have two of the best players in the league. I thought we played great defense early on, holding them to 10 points in the first half. We played good defense until the fourth quarter. Offensively, we stunk. “Sometimes a team needs a wakeup call and hopefully that’s what we got. At some point we were going to lose because we’re a team that has to play well all the time and that’s pretty tough for high school kids to do all the time. We’ll find out about the character of the guys. We’ll find out if we have leadership with the captains and the seniors. This is not all bad.
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Portland senior Kylie Dalbec looks to center the puck as Falmouth senior Megan Fortier skates after her during Saturday’s contest. The Bulldogs couldn’t upset the undefeated Yachtsmen, falling 8-4.
I’ve got good kids and they will respond. That much I know.” Sure enough, the Stags responded with a vengeance Friday, dominating visiting Sanford, 7752, behind DiStasio’s 23 points. Cheverus (7-1 and second in the Western Class A Heal Points standings at the start of the week) hosted Scarborough Tuesday and have a huge showdown with unbeaten Deering Friday. Speaking of the Rams, Deering improved to 8-0 with wins last week over visiting Kennebunk (73-25) and at South Portland (40-29). Senior Jon Amabile had 24 points and junior Labson Abwoch 19 against the Rams. In the win over the Red Riots, Abwoch and Amabile each had 11 points. The top-ranked Rams were home with Biddeford Tuesday, then go to Cheverus Friday. Portland is now 6-2 and fourth in the region after wins last week over visiting Biddeford (61-52) and Windham (73-38). Sophomore Justin Zukowski had 14 points, senior Pete Donato 11 against the Tigers. In the win over the Eagles, Zukowski had a teamhigh 13. The Bulldogs hosted Kennebunk Tuesday and go to South Portland Friday. In Western C, Waynflete continues to dazzle and last week, enjoyed one of the biggest wins in recent program history. After starting 5-0, the Flyers faced a big test last Wednesday when reigning Western B champion Cape Elizabeth came to town. Waynflete’s defense smothered the Capers and tremendous ball movement and unselfishness on offense led to numerous easy hoops as the Flyers dominated from start to finish. They jumped out to a 24-11 lead at halftime and closed the game with a 9-4 run and defeated the Capers, 52-36. The Flyers, who were led by 19 points from sophomore Serge Ny-
irikamba and 10 from junior Jack Cutler, are now 6-0 and dropped Cape Elizabeth to 4-3. “It’s certainly a statement win,” said Cutler. “We’ve never beaten Cape. We knew they’d be tough, but we took care of business. It’s certainly a big win, especially on our floor.” “We just moved the ball on offense and broke their press,” said Nyirikamba. “Once we did that, we got a lot of easy baskets. We came in confident and knew we had to rebound and move the ball. We did so and got the win.” “It’s a big win for us,” added Waynflete coach Rich Henry. “Primarily because of the quality of their program and the respect we have for them. Some of the guys live in Cape Elizabeth, as do I. It’s nice to not get shellacked and have to keep my head down walking through town. This was big. We weren’t looking past anyone, but we were thinking about this game as a big test for us. Cape’s going to be in the middle of things, so hopefully this win will be a gift that keeps on giving.” The Flyers improved to 7-0 and third in the Heals Friday with a 54-38 win at Fryeburg (junior Mohammed Suja had 18 points). Waynflete was at Old Orchard Beach Tuesday and hosts Hyde Thursday.
Girls’ basketball The defending Class A state champion Lions of McAuley faced two stern tests last week and managed to pass both to stay unbeaten. First, McAuley went to Windham to face dangerous senior Meghan Gribbin and the Eagles. It scored 24 of the game’s first 29 points, then, after the Eagles battled back to within seven in the fourth quarter, the Lions clamped down defensively and
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Cheverus freshman goalie Allie Spinney sprawls to make a save during Saturday’s 5-0 loss to Scarborough.
hit clutch free throws to prevail, 41-32. Freshman Victoria Lux had a breakout performance with 14 points (12 in the first half) and six rebounds and seniors Alexa Coulombe and Sadie DiPierro spearheaded a dominant defensive effort that held Gribbin to 14 points. “My teammates really helped me,” Lux said. “I trust them. I wasn’t nervous out there. It was a team effort. Everybody played great on the court. It’s been fun and challenging. In the beginning, I was nervous, but now I feel like part of the team and I love everyone.” “I think we definitely have space to improve, but I thought we kept it together as a team,” DiPierro said. “We hustled. We definitely need to learn from this, because I think we’ll have more games like this.” “The first half was amazing,” added McAuley first-year coach Billy Goodman. “The defense was great. It starts with the defense.” Next, the Lions traveled to Deering to reprise what’s been the state’s most breathtaking rivalry over the past year. The Rams, who started 0-2 this winter, entered the game on a six-game win streak, capped by a 66-14 romp over Kennebunk three days prior (seniors Ella Ramonas and Emily Cole led the way with 12 and 11 points, respectively). Friday, the Rams scored the game’s first seven points to set the tone, but the Lions rallied to tie things up, 12-12, at halftime. Deering took the lead late in the third period and clung to a 2320 advantage late in regulation, but for the second year in a row, sophomore Allie Clement saved McAuley with a 3-pointer, forcing overtime in the process. In the extra session, even though Coulombe fouled out, the Lions found a way to prevail. A
bank shot from sophomore Olivia Smith, who gallantly gutted it out despite an ankle injury, put McAuley ahead to stay and Clement and Smith iced the victory with two late foul shots apiece as the Lions improved to 8-0 with a 30-25 win, dropping the valiant Rams to 6-3 in the process. “Deering always gives us a really good game, gives us a run for our money, makes us work for everything we get,” said Clement, who led all scorers with 12 points. “It’s always a tough atmosphere, especially since it’s such a big gym with so many people coming to watch. It’s always going to be a good game here.” “We prepared for a close game all week,” said Coulombe, who had nine points, seven rebounds and five blocks. “Every team gives us their best game. (Deering’s) still really good. I think it’s definitely a good thing for us. We’ve been waiting for a game like this.” “I felt Deering had a great game plan and did a great job,” Goodman said. “I felt we were a little out of control. Only Alexa, Allie and Sadie were on the floor last year. You can’t buy the experience we got tonight. Hopefully we learned a lot from it. No one won a championship tonight, but we got a lot of experience against a good team. Credit to (Rams’ coach) Mike Murphy for getting his team ready. They were well prepared. All the credit to them. They did a great job.” The Rams were led by 11 points from junior Marissa MacMillan and seven points and rebounds from Ramonas. “We had one defensive breakdown all game and it was that 3,” Murphy lamented. “We had four kids in zone and one playing man-to-man and she wound up with two jump shots all alone off
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Redskins, the teams were tied at 2-2 after a difficult first period, but the Stags opened up a 14-5 lead at halftime and gradually pulled away behind 13 points from Flaherty and a superb defensive effort to avenge last year’s playoff loss. “This win was definitely a little sweeter,” said Flaherty. “This is a tough place to play,” added Cheverus coach Richie Ashley. “(Sanford’s) very well coached. They play hard. They play excellent man-to-man defense.” The Stags hosted Scarborough Tuesday and go to Deering Friday. “We have a big stretch ahead,” Flaherty said. “I’m loving it. We’re a family. We say it before every game and in timeouts and we mean it.” “It doesn’t get easier,” Ashley added. “Since I’ve been coaching, this is the best overall the league’s been. There are eight teams that can beat you. You’ve got to come ready to play every single night.” Portland got in the win column last Tuesday, 55-42, at Biddeford (senior Nyaliep Deng had 16 points, classmate Angie Reali 11). Friday, the Bulldogs fell to 1-8 with a 66-34 loss at Windham (Reali and senior Kristina Brown both had seven points). Portland (15th in Western A) was home with Kennebunk Tuesday and goes to South Portland Friday.
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an inbounds play. I like where our kids are at. We started off and couldn’t defend a fire hydrant the first two games and we played these guys tooth-and-nail for 36 minutes. We didn’t back down. We played tough, we played hard. I’m proud. It didn’t happen for us, but some great things came out it.” Deering (sixth in Western A) was at Biddeford Tuesday and has another huge home test Friday versus Cheverus. The Rams host undefeated Scarborough Monday afternoon. “There’s plenty of season left for sure,” Murphy said. “We hope we can finish these games. Hopefully you get the same type of effort every game. We showed we can go toe-to-toe with the best.” McAuley (third in the Western A Heals) was home with Massabesic Tuesday and welcomes Thornton Academy Friday. “We have to improve on patience on offense and handling pressure,” Goodman added. “We started in the second half and hopefully from here, we get better.” Cheverus entered the week 7-1 and fourth in the Heals after wins last week over visiting Bonny Eagle, 46-40, and host Sanford, 31-19. Against the Scots, junior Brooke Flaherty led the way with 15 points. At the Iams Nutro Merrick Steves
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In Western C, Waynflete rallied its third straight win last Wednesday, 41-35, at Cape Elizabeth, as junior standout Martha Veroneau had 16 points and classmate Rhiannan Jackson added 11. Friday, the Flyers fell to 4-3 (and sixth in the Heals) after a 46-44 home loss to Fryeburg (despite Veroneau’s 15 points). Waynflete hosted Old Orchard Beach Tuesday and hosts Hyde Thursday.
Hockey On the ice, Cheverus’ boys’ hockey team returned to action Thursday and despite two goals from Harry Ridge, dropped a 5-3 decision to Cape Elizabeth to fall to 3-2 and eighth in the Western A Heals. The Stags are home with Brunswick Thursday. Portland is 0-7 (and 15th) after recent losses to Yarmouth (5-3) and Kennebunk (7-1). Mike Fuller had two goals and Ryan Jurgelevich one in the loss to the Clippers. The Bulldogs hope to earn their first win Wednesday at defending Class B state champion York. On the girls’ side, despite a pair of losses, Portland has already eclipsed last year’s win total. Last Monday, the Bulldogs rolled at Gorham, 8-2. They lost to visiting York (71) and powerhouse Falmouth (8-4) to fall to 6-4 (and fourth in the West Region Heals). Portland goes to Scarborough Friday. Cheverus is fifth in the West with a 4-6 mark. The Stags sandwiched losses to York (1-0) and Scarborough (5-0) around a 3-1 home win over Biddeford last week. Annie Delisio, Katie Roy and Staci Swallow scored in the win. Cheverus is at Biddeford Wednesday and hosts Gorham Saturday.
week. Last Wednesday, city teams took part in a seven-team meet. The Cheverus boys were runner-up to Scarborough. Deering came in fourth and Portland was sixth. Individually, Cheverus’ Jimmy Campbell won the senior 400 (53.24 seconds). Brady Foshay took the senior 800 (2 minutes, 5.37 seconds). Michael Orne was first in the senior high jump (5 feet, 8 inches). The Stags also won the 800 (1:36.35) and 3,200 (9:06.33) relays. Deering’s Richardo Delgado won the junior high jump (5-8), Anthony Miller took the senior 55 (6.73), Bryan White was first in the senior shot put (50 feet, 9.5 inches) and Tony Sen captured the senior 55 hurdles (8.18) and the senior long jump (18-11). On the girls’ side, Deering came in third, Cheverus fourth, McAuley fifth and Portland sixth. Individual winners included Cheverus’ Fiona Hendry in the 600 (1:38.79), Shannon Conley in the junior 800 (2:26.88) and the two-mile (11:51.82), Katie Shapiro in the senior shot put (34-1), Milena Opielowski in the junior long jump (14-6.75) and the Stags’ 3,200 relay team (10:14.76), along with Deering’s Casey Girsch in the junior 55 hurdles (9.64) and the open 55 hurdles (10 seconds) and Veronica Mitchell in the senior 800 (2:38.81) and senior 55 hurdles (9.33). Saturday, Cheverus takes on Massabesic, Thornton Academy, Westbrook and Windham; Deering and McAuley compete against Biddeford, Gorham and South
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The Cheverus girls’ varsity basketball team is holding free skill development clinics for girls in grades 3-8 Saturdays Jan. 14 and 21 at Cheverus, 267 Ocean Ave. in Portland. Grades 3-5 go from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Grades 6-8 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Participants will receive a free pass to be special guests at Cheverus’ home game versus South Portland on Jan. 28. FMI, 775-6792 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The 18th annual Dr. Noel Paradise Memorial Swish-Out and Junior SwishOut Childhood Cancer Challenge, the longest running, continuous 3-on-3 benefit basketball tournament in the state, is seeking teams to participate in this year’s event, which will be held Sunday, Jan. 29. The tournament is a benefit for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program. FMI, 773-5671, ext. 273, or jparadise@ mainecul.org.
Four boys and girls from the city of Portland were age group winners at the Elks Lodge 188 Hoop Shoot contest held Sunday at McAuley. Isabel Dawson took the girls’ 10-11 group. Brooke Dawson was tops in the girls’ 12-13 classification. Henry Westphal won the boys’ 10-11 age group. Jack Casale took first in the boys’ 12-13 division. The winners advance to the regional championships to be held at McAuley Sunday. Winners there move on to the state finals Jan. 29, at Cony High School in Augusta.
Bulldogs took part in the Redskin Invitational last weekend in Sanford, where they placed 12th. Nate Porter reached the consolation final at 285 pounds but lost to York’s Alex Mercurio, 6-3. Portland squares off against Marshwood and Wells Wednesday and hosts Kennebunk and Windham Monday. As for Deering, it took part in the Nokomis Tournament in Newport Saturday and came in 10th. Connor Darling made it to the consolation final at 170 pounds, but lost, 5-1, to Dirigo’s Nelson Pepin. Teammate Zack Bushey also made it to the consolation final at 152, but lost at 1:52 to Dirigo’s D.J. Webber. The Rams host Scarborough Wednesday and take part in the Kennebunk Duals Saturday. Monday, Deering matches up with Noble and Westbrook.
Recap from page 14 Portland; and Portland faces Bonny Eagle, Noble and Scarborough.
Swimming In the pool, Cheverus and Deering squared off Friday night. The Stags took the boys’ meet, 110-55. On the girls’ side, the Rams prevailed, 102-60. McAuley went to Cape Elizabeth and lost to the Capers, 126-55. Waynflete and Portland (along with Hyde) met Friday. The Bulldogs won the boys’ meet, 102-41 and the Flyers were tops on the girls’ side, 88-60. Waynflete also downed Hyde, 71-50 in the boys’ meet and 97-33 on the girls’ side. Deering goes to Scarborough Thursday, Cheverus swims at Greely Friday and Portland visits Kennebunk Saturday.
While snow continues to be lacking, the first Alpine ski race of the season was held Friday at Shawnee Peak. In the giant slalom, Cheverus’ boys were fourth out of six scoring teams, while the girls came in sixth. Individually, Ryan Hoffman placed fourth (with a two-run combined time of 40.73 seconds). Maddie Woods was eighth for the girls (45.76). Deering and Portland individuals also took part. Portland’s Max Semba was fourth in the girls’ race (43.79). Deering’s Kevin Goldberg came in sixth in the boys’ competition (41.37). Waynflete’s Nordic team is scheduled to open its season versus Yarmouth in a Classic race Wednesday at Twin Brook in Cumberland.
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New Website The Alex Tanous Foundation for Scientific Research recently launched their new website, alextanous.org. The group is very excited about the new features the website will offer and they invite submissions of articles or upcoming events.
Kathe Mickunas, proprietor of PassionFlower Farm, recently announced that her floral design business will return to its original family flower farm as of January 2012. Through its transition, PassionFlower will continue with phone orders, bouquets for local delivery and special event flowers.
New Businesses Carol Emerson recently announced the launch of Custom House Business Services LLC, a new consulting business specializing in accounting, human resources, operations and personalized business coaching. Emerson has more than 25 years of experience working in small businesses overseeing accounting, forecasting and budgeting, financial analysis, human resources and employee benefits administration, operations and overall business coaching. She works with clients throughout the greater Portland area as well as Lewiston/Auburn and Brunswick.
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Robert Smalley, a manager in BerryDunn’s financial services group, was recently selected to attend the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant’s third annual Leadership Academy this fall. This intensive program was designed to develop the skills necessary to become the next generation of leaders in business,
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industry, government and the accounting profession. Maine Angels, a company founded in 2003 to enhance regional economic development, recently announced the election and appointment of their new officers and executive committee. Sandra Stone, principal at Sea Cove Solutions is the new chairwoman of Maine Angels; Don Gooding, executive director of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development is now the vice chairman; Samuel A. Ladd III, president of People’s United Bank in southern Maine is treasurer; and Richard E. Curran Jr., founder and president of Spinnaker Trust is secretary. The Bicycle Coalition of Maine recently elected its new board president and appointed new board members. Larry Rubinstein of Scarborough will be the group’s new president. In his new role, Rubinstein will lead the coalition as it works to organize a major week-long bike ride across Maine; he has been a member of the board since 2005. Three new board members were also appointed: Joel Savilonis of Auburn, Pamela Fischer of New Gloucester, and Peter Hall of Falmouth. Sarah E. Helming, SailMaine director of programs and events, was recently appointed to serve as a board member for the Interscholastic Sailing Association. The ISSA oversees secondary school sailing throughout the United States. Portland Ovations recently named Kendall Harnett and Eileen Phelan to their Board of Directors. Harnett, a Yarmouth resident, works with a Chicago director
to produce documentaries and corporate films for organizations such as the American Hospital Association, Chicago Housing Authority and Goodwill, and teaches film and design classes at Southern Maine Community College. Phelan, a Cape Elizabeth resident, is the vice president of Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty in Portland and started her career in the film and television industry in New York City. Switching gears and entering publishing, Phelan worked for The Village Voice as the marketing and promotions manager. Bath Savings Institution President Glenn Hutchinson recently announced the election of the bank’s newest trustee, Kevin T. Burns. A resident of Falmouth, Burns is the vice president and treasurer of Quality Containers of New England, located in Yarmouth. Burns was elected to the bank’s Board of Corporators in 1999. Bernstein Shur announced that attorney and shareholder Arnold Macdonald has been appointed to serve on the American Bar Association Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Commission, which supports legal aid for those in need. A longtime champion of IOLTA, Macdonald’s new role as commission appointee will involve assisting the Maine branch of IOLTA in channeling funds from participating attorneys to provide civil legal aid for the poor, law-related education and administration of justice programs. Hurley Travel Experts recently an-
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Crisis Services, Pine Tree Society, Camp to Belong Maine, Wells High School Project Graduation, Thornton Academy Middle School, Women In Harmony, STRIVE, Woodfords Family Services, and the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program. These charities averaged $350 a day in earnings.
Three Portland police officers recently graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, officially joining the ranks of the Portland Police Department. The officers, Kali Hagerty, Kristan Steele and Edward Ireton, were selected from a pool of more than one hundred candidates who had taken the Portland Police exam.
Naya’s Trance recently announced that after 10 years with their company, Jessani, founder of Naya’s Trance and Artistic Director, has chosen to pursue a solo career.
Thank you In November 2011, Prouts Neck Association Community Grant Program awarded Scarborough Athletic Council a $200 grant. Scarborough Athletic Council would like to formally thank and recognize the Prouts Neck Community Grant Program for this gift. The grant will be used toward funding college scholarships for Scarborough graduating senior athletes and team managers.
Good Deeds Evergreen Credit Union recently donated $10,285 and hundreds of man hours to food pantries located in Cumberland county as part of the annual Ending Hunger in Maine Campaign. Local pantries benefiting from Evergreen Credit Union’s generosity include: Crosswalk Community Out Reach, Windham Food Pantry, South Portland Food Pantry and Root Cellar. Woodard & Curran’s recent employee outreach campaign raised over $62,000 for the firm’s Foundation, a 501(c)3 established in late 2010 to empower local and global solutions for a healthier world. The Foundation directs donations to causes incorporating environmental, health, civic and educational causes. In October, it issued a $5,000 grant to Engineers Without Borders’ University of Maine student chapter for its projects to improve sanitation in the village of Dulce Vivir, Honduras. The Maine Mall’s “Wrap for a Reason” program raised over $15,000 for 10 Cumberland Country nonprofits during the holiday season. The benefiting nonprofits included: Make-A-Wish, Family
Awards Berry Dunn, CPAs and Management Consultants, was recently awarded the United Way’s 2011 Leading the Way Award, honoring employee campaign managers and teams that have expressed their commitment to the United Way of Greater Portland’s mission by rallying their peers with the most innovative and creative employee campaigns. Berry Dunn was also recognized as a financial contributor to the 2011 Loaned Executive Class & Medicaid Services. The Portland Development Corporation recently awarded Planet Dog the 2011 Small Business of the Year Award. In addition to Planet Dog’s award, the Portland Development Corporation also presented awards to The Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau (2011 Economic Development Achievement Award) and the Via Agency (2011 Business of the Year Award). All three businesses were recognized for playing a major role in developing Portland’s economic vitality. Mayo Street Arts was recently awarded Coffee By Design’s 2011 Rebel Fund to support the Children’s Puppet Workshop. Funds from the $2,500 grant will allow neighborhood kids from East Bayside and Kennedy Park Housing to work with professional puppeteers, dancers, musicians, and Maine College of Art students at Mayo Street Arts to create scripts, puppets, music, and dances for a community performance and exhibit held in the spring. Funds will also allow workshop participants and other neighborhood kids to attend Saturday puppet shows at Mayo Street Arts. Sarah (Sally) Mackenzie of Brunswick, an associate professor of educational leadership in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Maine, has been awarded
a Fulbright Scholar grant at the Vietnam National University in Hanoi for spring 2012. In addition to teaching in the Vietnam National University’s College of Education’s department of research and international relations, she will consult with government officials and others throughout Vietnam on school reform, teacher preparation and leadership development. Stephanie N. Strouse, a partner at Drummond & Drummond LLP, was recently named to the Maine Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters business, a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas, who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. In late October 2011, Avesta Housing hosted an Appreciation Luncheon to thank their partners for sharing their commitment to providing quality, affordable housing for Maine communities. At the event, Avesta Housing honored Gorham Savings Bank with the Mike Yandell Award in recognition of their significant contribution to affordable housing. The award is named for the late Mike Yandell, a former Avesta Housing board chair and the former president of Gorham Savings Bank. The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland recently received a $5,000 grant from Town & Country Federal Credit Union’s Better Neighbor Fund, a social media initiative where the community voted online from a total of 65 nominated organizations. The Animal Refuge League plans to use the funds for its spay/neuter program for cats. Earle W. Noyes and Sons Moving Specialists, an agent of United Van Lines, was recently honored by the worldwide transportation company for exceptional professional achievement. They received the following honors: President’s Club Award, $1 million level, honoring agents who have generated at least $1 million in sales for the United system during the past year; Performance Excellence Award, recognizing agents who have a relentless focus on customers’ needs and expectations; and the Customer Choice Award, presented to United agents achieving exceptional service scores on the basis of post-move surveys completed by customers. Bangor Savings Bank was recently named the overall top Small Business Administration lender in Maine in 2011, lending $14,889,050 in loans to 68 new or existing businesses. The American Heart Association re-
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Greater Portland Auditions, Calls for Art
Film Wednesday 1/18 ”Where Soldiers Come From,” 5:30 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700.
Ajkun Ballet Theater, New York City-based dance company, holding auditions in February and March 2012 in New York City; FMI visit ajkunbt.org.
Thursday 1/19 40 West Maine Premier, 6:30 p.m., second showing 9:30 p.m., Nickelodeon Theater, 1 Temple St., Portland, 772-9751.
Books & Authors Friday 1/20
Brown Bag Lecture with Crash Berry, 12 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700 or crashberry.com.
Future Shorts Pop-Up Film Festival, 6-8 p.m., SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, 828-5600.
McKay Jenkins book discussion, 12 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700.
Urbanized, 7 p.m., SPACE, 538 Congress St., Portland, 828-5600.
J.R. Mackenzie book discussion, 12 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700.
”A Family Affair,” Two Lights Home Care, 337 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, 799-4465.
”Favorite Places,” 6-8 p.m., Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-4763.
Slam Poetry Performance, 7 p.m., Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-4763.
Patti Bradley’s Oil and Pastel, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Community Music Center, 317 Main St., Yarmouth.
Comedy What’s so Funny? You Are! Comedy Workshop, teen and adult workshops available, to register 650-7711 or ferrellcomedy@gmail. com
Museums ”Making faces:” Photographic Portraits of Actors and Artists, runs Jan. 14-April 8, Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, 775-6148 or portlandmuseum.org.
Saturday 1/14 B-RAD Comedy Blowout, 8 p.m., Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, $12, 899-3993.
Ongoing Children’s Museum and Theatre
of Maine, ongoing cultural, educational, fun and active workshops for kids and parents, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234 or kitetails. com. Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, by appointment, 45 Seashore Ave., Peaks Island, 766-3330, fifthmainemuseum.org. International Cryptozoology Museum, 661 Congress St., Portland, cryptozoologymuseum.com. Maine Historical Society Museum, ”Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In: Adornment & Identity in Maine,” through May 27, 2012 and “Images of the Longfellow Garden,” current exhibits, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 12-5 p.m. Sun.; 11 a.m.-12 p.m. children’s hour Monday and Wednesday; $8 adult, $3 child, 489 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822 or mainehistory.org. Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland, 780-0118, maineirish.com. Maine Jewish Museum, formerly called Tree of Life at Etz Chaim, open Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. or by appointment, 267 Congress St., Portland, Gary Berenson, 3299854, treeoflifemuseum.org. The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and Museum, daily trains from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., on the hour, from the museum, 58 Fore St., Portland, 828-0814, tickets, $10 adult, $9 senior, $6 child ages 3-12, price includes admission to museum. Museum of African Culture, 13 Brown St., Portland, 871-7188 or museumafricanculture.org. Neal Dow Memorial, 714 Congress St., Portland, tours 11 a.m.
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Portland Fire Museum, open first Fridays 6-9 p.m., $5 adults, $2 children age 7+, 157 Spring St., Portland, portlandfiremuseum. com. Portland Harbor Museum, Southern Maine Community College, Fort Road, South Portland, 799-6337, portlandharbormuseum.org. Portland Museum of Art, The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Maine, on view through Jan. 29, 2012; 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; and 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Friday; free on Fridays 5-9 p.m., first Fridays, Seven Congress Square, Portland, 775-6148, portlandmuseum.org Portland Observatory, 138 Congress St., Portland, 774-5561.
Skyline Farm Carriage and Sleigh Museum, by appointment, free/ donations accepted, 95 The Lane, Yarmouth, skylinefarm.org, 7938569.
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Portland Housing Authority study center students, volunteers and coordinators will present short plays depicting Martin Luther King Jr.’s sermon “The Drum Major Instinct.” The performance will occur on Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. at the Mayo St. Art Center, 10 Mayo St., Portland. For more information, contact Mayo St. Arts at 615-3609 or visit their website, mayostarts.org.
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Victoria Mansion, self-guided tours, 109 Danforth St., Portland, 772-4841, victoriamansion.org.
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Yarmouth Historical Society Museum, “Life Along the Royal River,” 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday, Merrill Memorial Library, Main St., Yarmouth, 8466259.
”Good Luck,” 1 p.m., $10 adults/$8 students, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, 899-3993.
Music Friday 1/13 Jacob Augustine, 7:30 p.m., St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress St., Portland, $12 advance/$15 door, 775-5568.
Sunday 1/15 The Rossini Club Concert, 3 p.m., Cathedral of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland, $10 suggested donation, 797-8318.
”Mamma Mia!” 8 p.m., additional 2 p.m. show Jan. 14., Merrill Auditiorum, 389 Congress St., Portland, $50-65, 842-0800 or portlandovations.org.
”Good Luck,” 7 p.m., $10 adults/$8 students, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, 899-3993.
”Defenders of the Funny,” 8 p.m., Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, $10, 899-3993.
Castlebay, 8 p.m., Blue, 650 Congress St., Portland, 774-4111 or castlebay.net.
”A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” 8 p.m., additional 2:30 p.m. show on Sundays, runs through Jan. 29, The Portland Players, 420 Cottage Road, South Portland, 799-7337 or portlandplayers.org.
Dean Ford and Young London, 7 p.m., Bayside Bowl, 58 Alder St., Portland, $5, itsdeanford.com.
Saturday 1/21 Hattie Simon, 11 a.m., Bard Coffee, 185 Middle St., Portland. Women in Harmony, 7 p.m., Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, $15/$10 seniors and students.
”Tap, Tap, Jazz,” 4 and 7 p.m., Maine State Ballet Theater, 348 U.S. Rt. 1, Falmouth, $15, 781-3587 or mainestateballet.org.
”Tap, Tap, Jazz,” 4 and 7 p.m., Maine State Ballet Theater, 348 U.S. Rt. 1, Falmouth, $15, 781-3587 or mainestateballet.org.
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Meetings Wed. 1/11 5 p.m. Community Development Committee CH Wed. 1/11 5:30 p.m. Transportation Committee CH Wed. 1/11 6 p.m. Police Citizen Review Sub-Committee CH Thu. 1/12 5 p.m. Parks Commission 55 Portland St. Thu. 1/12 5 p.m. Board of Harbor Commissioners Public HearingCH Thu. 1/12 6 p.m. Thompsons Point Rail Crossing Public Hearing CH Mon. 1/16 ALL CITY BUILDINGS CLOSED
Tuesday 1/17 Benefit Night at Flat Bread Company, proceeds benefit the Kismet Rock Foundation, 5 p.m., 72 Commercial St., Portland.
Bulletin Board Winter Farmers’ Market, 10 a.m-2 p.m. every Sunday, South Portland Planning Office, corner of Ocean St. and Rt. 77.
Middle St., Portland, $25, ppdrad@ portlandmaine.gov or 874-8643.
TMA Maine Social Hour, 5:30 p.m., Pat’s Pizza, 30 Market St., Portland, 619-1899.
Public input meeting addressing protection of water views, 7 p.m, Falmouth Town Hall, 781-5253 ext. 5335.
Friday 1/20 Freeport Women’s Club Meeting, 1 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Liberty Dr., Freeport, 865-1017.
Thursday 1/12 Basic computer training, 1-3 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700, registration required.
Saturday 1/21 Scarborough Basketball Boosters free throw clinic, 9 a.m., Wentworth School, Scarborough.
Business After Five, 5-7 p.m., Zone 3 Fitness, 71 U.S. Rt. 1, Scarborough, free for members, $15 non-members, portlandregion.com or 772-2811, register by Jan. 11.
WMPG “Power Up” Celebration, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 92 Bedford St., Portland, wmpg.org.
Call for Volunteers
Friday 1/13 WAMM Adult Rock Camp, runs through Jan. 19, $200, 18+, Breakwater School, 8596 Brighton Ave., Portland, maineacademyofmodernmusic.org or 899-3433.
AARP Foundation Tax Aide program seeks volunteers, contact Joan Jagolinzer, 883-8415 or email@example.com.
ASSE International Student Exchange Program is looking for volunteers to be area representatives to recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad, and supervise the visiting exchange students in their community. Volunteers will be reimbursed for expenses and have some opportunity to travel. FMI Joyce McKenney 737-4666.
Coffee Hour with Rep. Jane Eberle, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Ocean House Market, 512 Market St., South Portland, 776-3783. eReader Workshop, 10 a.m., Peaks Island Branch Library, 766-5540. Psychic & Crystal Fair, 11 a.m.-4 p.m, Leapin’ Lizards, 123 Main St., Freeport, 865-0900 or leapinlizards.biz.
Beacon Hospice is looking for volunteers, training runs from Jan. 12-Feb. 23, FMI Donna Teague, 772-0929.
Monday 1/16 Scarborough Republican Town Committee meeting, 6:30 p.m., Chicago Dogs, U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, scarboroughgop@ gmail.com.
CATCH Healthy Habits, an afterschool program that brings teams of adults, age 50+, together with children to learn about healthy eating habits and active play, is looking for volunteers for its winter sessions, 396-6523.
Tuesday 1/17 RAD Self-Defense Courses, 6-9 p.m., also on Jan. 19, 24 and 26, Portland Police Deptartment, 109
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SCORE is seeking volunteers to work in the “counselors to America’s small business” program, FMI, Nancy, 772-1147. South Portland Meals on Wheels needs drivers for South Portland, Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth, 1-3 hours per week, mornings. Mileage reimbursement, Liz Engel, 767-2255.
Dining Out Friday 1/13 Chowder Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., South Freeport Community Church, 98 South Freeport Road, $8.
Nature Programs run Sundays at 2 p.m. through Jan. 29 at Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport, free with admission, 865-4465.
Maine Essential Tremor Support Group, 2-3:30 p.m., Maine Medical Center Scarborough Learning Center, One Hundred Campus Dr., Scarborough, 510-1402
Matthew Norton Lecture, 7 p.m., The Woodfords Club, 179 Woodford St., Portland.
Forgiveness and Letting Go of the Past, 7 p.m., Kids First Center, 222 St. John St., Portland, registration required, 761-2709.
Wednesday 1/25 Naturalist Forum, 7-9 p.m, 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, 781-2330.
Getting Smarter Saturday 1/14 Getting Financially Fit in 2012, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Institute for Financial Literacy, 260 Washington Ave., South Portland, 221-3663, registration required.
Thursday 1/19 Financing Maine’s Clean Tech Sector, 7:15-11:30 a.m., Abromson Center, USM Portland.
Friday 1/20 Jump Start Your Life Writing, 10 a.m.-12 p.m, Two Lights Home Care, 337 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, $20, 799-4465.
Health & Support Friday 1/13 Play Our Way: Private Play Time for Families Affected by Autism, 5:30 p.m., Children’s Museum of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234.
Tuesday 1/17 Shamanic Healing with Bob
Just for Seniors The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of Southern Maine Agency on Aging is looking for people age 55 and over to volunteer; local opportunities include an arts center in Portland; school mentoring or tutoring; spend time with residents in long term care facilities; volunteer as a tax aide or at a nonprofit, Priscilla Greene, 396-6521 or 1-800-427-7411 Ext. 521.
Ongoing Bingo at Hillcrest, Friday 11:30 a.m., $2 unlimited, bring your own lunch, 108 Hillcrest Ave., Scarborough, 730-4150. Cards & Coffee, every Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m., play bridge, cribbage or just socialize, open to the community, Casco Bay YMCA, 14 Old South Freeport Road, Freeport, 865-9600. Enhance Fitness, group exercise program for 50 and older to improve strength, balance, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness, MWF 9-10 a.m. or 10:15-11:15 a.m., Basics Fitness Center, 380 Western Ave., South Portland, 774-3536 Freeport Elders Association,
The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of Southern Maine Agency on Aging is looking for people age 55 and over to volunteer; local opportunities include an arts center in Portland; school mentoring or tutoring; spend time with residents in long term care facilities; volunteer as a tax aide or at a nonprofit, Priscilla Greene, 396-6521 or 1-800-427-7411 Ext. 521.
Senior Breakfast Community Meals, hosted by Wayside Food Programs and the West End Neighborhood Association, 7-8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, free for seniors, must sign in, Reiche Community Center, 166 Brackett St., Portland, wenamaine.org.
Senior drop-in center, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, Salvation Army Senior Center, 297 Cumberland Ave., Portland, 7746304.
Yarmouth Seniors, second Wednesday, home-cooked meal and fellowship, 12 p.m. lunch, guest speaker follows, Community House, East Main St., Yarmouth.
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Turkey Dinner, 12 p.m., Cummings Center, 134 Congress Square, Suite 2, Portland, reserve place by Jan. 16, $5 60+/$7 under 60, 878-3288.
Saturday 1/21 Bean Supper, 5-6 p.m., Peoples United Methodist Church, 310 Broadway, South Portland, $7/$16 family.
Saturday 1/28 Our Lady of Hope Parish Dinner, 5-6:30 p.m., St. Pius X Hall, 492
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Blame from page 1 Maine Department of Environmental Protection said the federal data is of limited utility without a more comprehensive understanding of the health and environmental risks associated with toxic chemical releases. According to the TRI, the majority of Maine’s top 10 emitters were paper companies, including S.D. Warren in Westbrook, which discharged just over 270,000 pounds of chemicals into the air in 2010. The rest of Cumberland County’s emitters released chemicals on a much smaller scale than Warren and paper companies elsewhere in the state. The second largest in the area, Nichols Portland, which manufactures parts for engines and pumps, emitted about 1,700 pounds of zinc and disposed of just under 13,000 pounds of nickel and copper off-site. South Portland-based Fairchild Semiconductor’s 7,500 pounds of emissions included three acids and hydrogen fluoride, which are used to manufacture its semiconductor wafers. Joel Rouillard, the company’s environmental manager, said the chemicals pass through an acid scrubber before being released into the air. He said the company’s emissions were up over 2009, when less than 3,000 pounds of chemicals were released, because of an increase in production. Gulf Oil emitted the most of the four South Portland-based oil companies, just over 8,600 pounds of gasoline-related
New deal from page 1 were painted was glued to the wall. That made the art the city’s property. The two large murals, which used to be in the school’s auditorium, depict two typically Maine scenes: A group of potato farmers in the field and some boaters out for a sail around the bay. The murals were painted by Ralph Frizzell in 1940 and are now in Boston at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, where they’re being treated and
Colgan from page 1 Colgan said the case for pessimism is strong, convincing him to downgrade his forecast for the first time. While new claims for unemployment compensation have steadily declined since 2009, the average unemployed person today has been out of work for 40 weeks, Colgan said. In 2007, it was only 15 weeks. “Until (the long-term unemployed) number comes down, we can’t say there’s a recovery,” he said. Plus, the percentage of people who are employed seems to have plateaued at 59 percent, down about 5 points from prerecession levels. Income growth is weak and too narrowly distributed, Colgan said. Much of the growth in income has come to the top 1 percent of Americans, he said, with everyone under the 80th percentile looking at barely any growth at all over the past 30 years. That’s a problem, he said, because the top 1 percent can’t spend their money fast enough to spur recovery.
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chemicals like benzene, hexane and xylene. Just over half of Gulf’s emissions were from “point sources” – vents, stacks or other areas where chemicals are supposed to be released. The remainder are “fugitive
emissions,” which for a fuel company probably include gasoline and equipment leaks, according to Melanie Loyzim, director of the Bureau of Air Quality at the state DEP. Although the majority of the county’s emitters were in Portland or South Portland, Bath Iron Works’ Old Bath Road facility in Brunswick emitted 4,600 pounds of xylene, a solvent, and another 36,000 pounds of various chemicals at the Bath shipyard. Representatives from Gulf, BIW and Nichols did not respond to requests for comment. Many companies emitted much less in 2010 than they did 10 or 20 years ago. Gulf Oil, for example, vented more than 37,000 pounds of toxic chemicals from its South Portland oil terminal in the late 1990s, and Fairchild Semiconductor’s 2010 numbers are 97 percent lower than in 1987, when the company emitted close to 300,000 pounds of toxic chemicals. Certain chemicals have also been phased out. BIW no longer emits several chemicals that it used to discharge in large quantities in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including napthlene, the main ingredient in moth balls, and aluminum fumes and dust. Brian Kavanah, director of the DEP’s Division of Water Quality Management, said looking at trends in TRI data over a long period of time is more informative than emissions numbers from a given year. Just looking at the TRI data, he said, can provide an incomplete picture of the risks associated with emitting certain toxic
having some minor repairs made. The art conservationists will be stretching and remounting the canvases so they can be rehung after the restoration is complete. The $40,000 cost of the restoration came out of the budget for the Ocean Avenue Elementary School project. The murals will be installed at the new school once they are restored, likely in late February, Sherwood said. “(The conservationists are) doing some face-lifting, but they don’t have to do all that much,” Sherwood said. Additionally, when the Nathan Clifford
building was renovated in the 1970s, the workers uncovered a pastel-on-slate mural of Robin Hood in one of the classrooms, also likely from the Depression era. “This is a work in progress,” Sherwood said of restoring and protecting the slate art. The mural includes several slate panels depicting scenes from the Robin Hood story, including a marriage scene, Robin Hood shooting a bow and arrow, and a giant elm tree in Sherwood Forest. The art is unsigned and undated, but Sherwood said art experts in the area
Compounding that problem is that the value of the U.S. housing market has fallen $8 trillion, from $14.6 trillion in 2006 to $6.3 trillion in 2010, Colgan said. Up until the recession, consumption was spurred by rising home equity and credit card debt, neither of which are working to pad the average American’s pockets today. “Something aside from home equity and credit cards is going to have to be there to sustain growth,” Colgan said. “And it’s got to be income.” But Colgan’s presentation wasn’t all doom and gloom. He said there are some positive factors working in the economy’s favor that would suggest growth and steps toward recovery may continue in 2012. Steady, albeit meager, growth in gross domestic product and job creation since the height of the recession is a good signal for future economic health, he said, although Colgan said he’d like to see those areas growing faster. Maine has recovered 18 percent of the jobs lost since the recession, Colgan said. U.S. corporate profits are soaring to nearly $2 trillion, nearly double their lowest point during the recession.
Additionally, the housing market appears to be stabilizing, with U.S. home inventories appearing to have peaked, production up to about 600,000 homes per year and vacancy rates dropping. Demand for new homes is up to 1.35 million annually. Plus, the average American’s shaken confidence has led to a huge increase in the percent of their paycheck saved, bringing Americans back up to saving rates unseen since the mid-1960s, Colgan said. That’s a good thing, he said, but it’s also good that saving reports indicate people are opening up to spending a little of the money they’ve been squirreling away. “We’re easing up on the brakes a little and pressing on the acceleration of consumption,” he said. The picture for 2012 will depend on whether the positive forces of job creation and GDP growth outweigh the lingering downward pull of the recession. Then there are the “wild cards,” such as the European debt crisis, sabre-rattling in Iran over the Strait of Hormuz and ongoing political stalemate in Washington, D.C.
PORTLAND — According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxic Release Inventory, the top 10 reporters of on- and off-site environmental releases in Cumberland County in 2010 were: 1 – S.D. Warren Co., Westbrook: 271,940 pounds. 2 – Nichols Portland, Portland: 14,476. 3 – Gulf Oil, South Portland: 8,635. 4 – Fairchild Semiconductor, South Portland: 7,512. 5 – Sabre Corp., Raymond: 5,676. 6 – Bath Iron Works, Brunswick: 4,625. 7 – ExxonMobil, South Portland: 4,277. 8 – Citgo Petroleum, South Portland: 3,949. 9 – Silvex, Westbrook: 3,351. 10 – National Semiconductor, South Portland: 2,497. In Sagadahoc County, Bath Iron Works reported releasing 35,690 pounds.
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chemicals. “(TRI) is a public right-to-know kind of thing, it doesn’t have any context to it,” he said. Loyzim added that it’s important to understand that “what’s emitted is not necessarily what’s out there in the environment ... (TRI) is telling you how much was released, but some of what gets released drops out immediately.” DEP keeps its own numbers on toxic chemical emissions and discharges, and compares them with the TRI to make sure there aren’t any glaring discrepancies. According to Loyzim, none of the companies in Cumberland County violated their DEPissued air emission permits. That’s fairly common, according to Dwight Peavey, the TRI program coordinator at the EPA’s regional office in Boston, who said 99.9 percent of emitters are within the legal limit. As for Maine’s overall emission numbers from 2010, he said they weren’t particularly shocking. He attributed the up-tick in emissions to increased production, especially in the paper industry. As to why Maine’s emissions increased from 2009 to 2010, when emissions in New England dropped in the same time period, Peavey said it depends on the type of manufacturing. Maine has “the large plants that we don’t see in other states,” he explained. “Those types of companies have large air and water emissions.” Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext.123 or email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter: @guerinemily.
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speculated it was likely created around the same time as the murals. But now he has to figure out what will happen to the slate when it’s moved: Is it likely to crack? Will the pastels wipe off if they’re touched? “There are a lot of questions I still have answer about this one,” he said. Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter: @emilyparkhurst.
Colgan said 2012 will be a banner year for “fiscal follies” on Capitol Hill, with partisan bickering likely to hit a fever pitch as the 2013 budget is drafted, elections are held and with Congress needing to make a decision on the Bush tax cuts, which are set to expire after this year. In this society, Colgan said, the question isn’t about economic growth, but about distribution of wealth. “There is no win-win solution,” he said. Furthermore, “there’s nothing in our politics today that suggests we’re even looking for win-win solutions. We’re looking for ‘win’ solutions, and if that means ‘I win and you lose,’ that’s fine.” Colgan, perhaps made gun-shy by what he said were overly optimistic forecasts in the past four years, said his predictions are in line with the most conservative of forecasts offered by financial-research giant Moody’s Analytics. “So the best case for optimism is that (according to Moody’s), there’s a 95 percent chance my forecast is too pessimistic,” he said. Mario Moretto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter: @riocarmine.
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India Street from page 1 and would still include first-floor retail space. India Street Neighborhood Association President Allison Brown, who lives across the street from the project, said her group is frustrated with the Bay House delays. She expressed incredulity that the plan to build apartments instead of condos will have any impact on the project’s ability to attract financing. “I have no reason to believe they’re going to build apartments any more than condos,” she said. “I wish they’d just sell (the property) to someone.” She said the concept of rental apartments is even less appealing to the neighborhood group than condos, because renters don’t tend to stay in the area or maintain their property with the same care as owners. Brown said the neighborhood struggles from a lack of consistency caused by the number of contract zones the city has approved for the area. “The city needs to re-evaluate its plans.
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to work with local artists on workshops and create collaborative installations. The organizers also want to continue to consistently participate in First Friday Art Walks, hold more public screenings and art shows and extend their presence further than First Fridays. “The ultimate goal is to provide clients a sophisticated and meaningful experience, to build a relationship between the clients and community members,” Snead said. “We want to really create a circulation of people coming through, to be at the heart and hub of things. By being fully immersed, you really start to build relationships. Ultimately each artist will have their own product line or film series that we can promote with screenings, in the retail store or at First Friday.” CONTRIBUTED
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About 200 people attended the grand opening of The Art Department on Jan. 6; the new space was packed wall to wall from 5-9 p.m, with several people waiting in line to enter.
We have all these little contract zones and it’s very difficult to change it. There’s no consistency,” she said. While the group opposes the Bay House project, Brown said it will likely support a recent proposal to renovate a small neighborhood isolated when the Franklin Street arterial was built. A group of developers has joined forces with a Portland businessman to redevelop the block of buildings between Franklin and India streets, and turn the area into artist-compatible living and working space. Developers Collaborative signed a letter of intent last week with Donald Sussman, owner of Hampshire Street Properties, to partner on the redevelopment of buildings at 167 and 169 Newbury St., 32 and 40 Hampshire St., and 96 and 100 Federal St. Sussman is married to U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine. “They are mostly residential buildings, although some used to have little shops on the first floor,” said Portland attorney Tom Federle, who represents Hampshire Street Properties.
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Federle said the group is in the very early stages of deciding what to do with the properties, but that the focus is on creating an arts-compatible business space that could also contain residential space aimed at artists. One of the developers involved, Peter Bass, owner of Portland-based Random Orbit, has made a name for himself creating artist-friendly spaces, including Peloton Labs, 795 Congress St., which is an open-concept office where small businesses, freelancers and independent workers join by paying a membership fee, and can utilize work space, common areas and conference rooms. He is also working on converting the former Sacred Heart School on Mellon and Sherman streets into live/work space for artists. The challenge of the Hampshire Street Properties is how isolated the buildings are from the rest of Portland, Federle said.
“It’s part of a little neighborhood that used to be part of a bigger neighborhood before Franklin (Street) was built,” he said. Now, some of the buildings are falling apart and will have to be torn down and replaced. Others, he said, could be renovated and redeveloped. “The two on Newbury Street have some real fundamental structural issues,” Federle said, although he stressed that the company has not yet decided which buildings will come down and which will be replaced. All in all, though, the plan is to have more residences than are currently there when the project is finished. “I think there’s room there for a denser, more urban design,” he said. The group plans to spend five or six months putting together a plan, doing a feasibility study and then getting feedback from the neighborhood before presenting the project to the city, Federle said. Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter: @emilyparkhurst.
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