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Vol. 11, No. 9
News of The City of Portland
Canadian official brings ‘facts’ about tar sands By William Hall PORTLAND — Although there still isn’t a formal proposal to pipe “tar sands” from Alberta, Canada, to Portland Harbor, the province sent a delegation Monday to counter critics of the practice. Diana McQueen, the Alberta minister of environment and sustainable resource development, visited the city to meet with lawmakers and discuss the province’s experiences with tar sands and its strategy for environmental management. “When there’s a policy that affects the use of Alberta (tar) sands, it’s important that people have the facts,” McQueen said. Alberta is home to the world’s third-largest proven reserve of oil, and nearly all of it is tar See page 23
New hope for JFK aircraft carrier berth By William Hall PORTLAND — Two years after the city turned away the USS John F. Kennedy – and more than 20 years after the ship last dropped anchor in Portland Harbor – a small volunteer group believes the decommissioned aircraft carrier can still make its permanent berth in Portland. The group called the USS John F. Kennedy Museum has been working since 2009. And it’s taking some unusual tacks to achieve its goal. After competing with the Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame for rights to the U.S. Navy ship, the museum is now backing Rhode Island’s bid. “The goal is, one way or another, See page 14
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Richard Fitzgerald shows off the medal that will be presented to a West Coast museum honoring the USS Hornet. Top photo: the USS John F. Kennedy enters Portland Harbor in 1989.
Advocates say Maine teachers, not restraint law, must change By Amber Cronin FALMOUTH — Proponents of recent changes to Maine law governing physical restraint and seclusion of students say a legislative attempt to loosen the restrictions are the result of a lack of understanding. At a Statehouse public hearing held Feb. 20, other parents and educators demonstrated support for LD 243, proposed by Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton, which seeks to loosen the guidelines. “I am really disappointed that teachers think See page 30
City arborist: Not too early to think spring By William Hall PORTLAND — When you’re known as “the Forest City” in “the Pine Tree State,” taking care of trees is a big job.
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Portland City Arborist Jeff Tarling inspects a young, but ailing, pin oak tree in Deering Oaks Park that may have to be removed as the the city prepares to restock its 19,000-tree urban forest.
And although it might be hard to believe, spring arrives in just three weeks – so the city is preparing for another busy season of tree planting. City Arborist Jeff Tarling and the Public Services Department’s six-person Forestry Division are already checking to see how the 19,262 city-owned trees have fared the
winter. Tarling is also talking to neighborhood groups, asking for suggestions about where new trees should be added this year in the city’s parks and open spaces and along 300 miles of streets.
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Police Beat.......................8 Real Estate.....................31 School Notebook............14 Sports.............................15
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Buses to take priority along Congress Street
By William Hall PORTLAND — Taking the bus along Congress Street could soon be a smoother, more efficient ride, thanks to a new traffic system approved Monday night by the City Council. The council voted unanimously to approve the recommendations of a longawaited report on making Congress Street a “bus priority corridor” between State and Franklin streets. The stretch is traveled by each of the city’s METRO buses, two buses operated by the city of South Portland, and ShuttleBus-ZOOM, which travels between Portland and the Biddeford area. Under the plan, instead of pulling to the side of the street, out of traffic, to pick up or drop off passengers, the buses will stop in the travel lane. The recommendations include installing five bus
shelters, four of which would be placed in the carved-out lanes where buses now pull over, instead of on the sidewalk. By eliminating the need for buses to re-enter the traffic flow after a stop, the city hopes to keep them running on time. Holm Avenue resident Robert Haines said he is worried that buses stopped in traffic will cause downtown traffic jams and frustrate drivers, especially tourists. “After they’re caught in traffic a couple times, you won’t see them again. They’ll find someplace else to go,” he told the council. But city Senior Planner Bill Needelman said that despite the inconvenience, the result of the in-line stops will be more predictable bus arrivals and smootherflowing traffic. “The goal is having traffic move better for everybody, but have everybody move
at the speed of the bus,” he said. The in-line stops will be tested with painted pavement lines at first, so that traffic engineers can gauge the impact of the stops before permanently adjusting the curbing, Needelman added. In addition, the corridor plan also tries to improve traffic flow by eliminating traffic signals at Brown and Casco streets, while improving the pedestrian crosswalks there with new surfacing and signs. Other changes include sign improvements and better coordination of signals between State and Pearl streets. Creating the bus corridor is expected to cost about $428,000, according to a city memo, with the bus shelters alone priced at $125,000. The city hopes to receive $100,000 from the Federal Transit Administration to help pay for the project;
the balance would be funded in the city’s 2014 capital improvement budget. The bus corridor concept was first proposed in the city’s 2009 Peninsula Transit Study, and has been studied since 2011 with the help the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System and the Greater Portland Council of Governments. The council’s Transportation, Sustainability and Energy Committee scaled down an earlier version of the plan last year in response to concerns of downtown business owners. “While (this plan) might not be everything everyone wanted, it’s a good, solid step in the right direction,” Mayor Michael Brennan said. William Hall can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter: @ hallwilliam4.
Simplification is goal of Portland-area public transit survey By William Hall PORTLAND — The area’s public transit providers are conducting an online survey to find ways of improving communications with riders. It’s an initial step in a process that may
ultimately create a single, common logo identifying bus stops and other transit locations. The survey asks riders and non-riders a short series of questions about the transit providers’ websites, schedules and
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Each transit provider is sharing the survey through email and its own online communications, and the deadline for responding is Friday, GPCOG Transit and Energy Planner Jennifer Puser said. “The survey will help shape a plan whose ultimate goal is to improve service for everyone,” Puser said. “There are a lot of different (transit) providers, and if you’re a rider, you don’t always know how to get from point A to point B.” Two focus groups were recently conducted to gather additional opinions, according to Puser. Representatives of PACTS and GPCOG staff will use the input to draft a marketing plan by the end of March. “We’re looking at what are the opportunities for a common brand, whether that means having one website, a common logo or a single color scheme,” she said. “It’s really about how can we tie things together so people can get where they’re going.” While the survey does not focus on how transit providers might work together to improve their operations, there’s still much that can be done to improve continued page 25
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Southern Maine YMCA adjusting its focus By Amber Cronin PORTLAND — When most people think of the YMCA, they probably see images of a fitness center. But that vision will soon change as the organization switches its focus to a more rounded approach to wellness. According to Helen Brena, chief executive officer of the YMCA of Southern Maine, clubs across the country are starting to look at more than just the fitness aspect of individual well being. She said YMCAs are now starting to look at nine different dimensions of wellness: health, achievement, belonging, relationships, meaning, safety, character, giving and inspiration. “(We know) that for some of our programs we have in the past addressed all of the different areas and those are some of our most successful programs,” Brena said. “Through our Healthy Living Committee, we are deciding to be more intentional in focusing on these nine dimensions in everything we do.” The YMCA of Southern Maine is in the early stages of implementing a change to
this more-focused approach to wellness. Brena said it has asked members to complete a survey on how the Y has influenced them; the responses will be used to create new programing. She also said the organization is examining all existing programming to ensure that it fits within the new parameters. “We are taking a look at all of the programs (we offer) to see what we can do to make sure we are addressing all nine of these aspects,” Brena said. She said after the Healthy Living Committee finishing inventorying the surveys, it will move toward educating staff and board members on the new programming so that they can be come advocates in the community. Brena said that after the nine aspects of wellness become ingrained within all of the YMCA of Southern Maine facilities – Casco Bay in Freeport, Greater Portland, Northern York County in Biddeford and Pineland in New Gloucester – her hope is continued page 24
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A Zumba class led by Chelsie Vega at the Casco Bay Branch of the YMCA in Freeport.
Forum to examine health-care access By William Hall PORTLAND — As thousands of residents stand to lose health-care coverage if scheduled cuts in the state’s Medicaid program take effect Friday, a nonprofit group is trying to show how Maine could make health care available to everyone. The group, Maine AllCare, is hosting an educational forum, “What If Everyone Had Health Care in Maine?” on Sunday, March 3. The event will also include a screening of a 2012 documentary film, “The Healthcare Movie,” narrated by actor Kiefer Sutherland. The movie contrasts the U.S. health-care system, with its patchwork of public and private services, and Canada’s governmentsponsored system, which guarantees care by hospitals, doctors and dentists for every citizen. Sutherland is the grandson of Tommy Douglas, a former premier of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, who pioneered the country’s efforts to create a universal health-care system in the 1960s.
Critics of U.S. health care often point to Canada as an example of how care can be provided more effectively and more economically. Research has shown that the United States spends more per capita on health care than any country in the world, while measurements of public health – such as average life expectancy and infant mortality rates – are consistently worse in the United States than in Canada and other developed countries. “Health care is a human right, but it certainly doesn’t seem to be in this country,” Philip Caper, a founder of Maine AllCare who will be moderating Sunday’s discussion, said last week. Caper is a Brooklin physician who once served as a health-care staffer to former U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and who writes a column about health care for the Bangor Daily News. Lack of health-care access was also the focus of a recent column in The Forecaster, and was addressed in the cover story of last
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School building woes force classes to move By Amber Cronin PORTLAND — Maintenance problems at the aging West School on Douglass Street have forced the School Department to move its day treatment program to the former Cathedral School. The department is also seeking a new home for adult education classes now based at West School. As it did after a fire last September at
Hall Elementary School, the School Department will rent Cathedral School from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, which owns the Locust Street building. “We are moving the students and staff in the day treatment program given deteriorating conditions in their part of the building,” Superintendent of Schools Emmanuel Caulk said in a prepared statement Monday. “We appreciate the
Diocese’s willingness to rent to us again at short notice.” The day treatment program, which can serve up to 40 students, made the move on Tuesday. For now, adult education programming at West School will remain there, official said, while the district explores suitable locations for those classes. The West School was built in 1962. Its problems include a roof that is beyond
its lifespan, according to the School Department. Since the blizzard in early February, several rooms have had leaks and repairs have not held. Additionally, the side of the building used by the day treatment program is sinking and would require significant stabilization efforts, school officials said.
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Bill to legalize marijuana has bipartisan backing By Christopher Cousins Bangor Daily News
AUGUSTA — Lawmakers from opposite ends of the political spectrum unveiled a bill last week that would give Mainers the chance to legalize marijuana for recreational use. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, and co-sponsored by Rep. Aaron Libby, R-Waterboro, would make vast changes in Maine’s drug law, ranging from making possession of up to 2.5 ounces of pot legal to imposing a tax of $50 per ounce. Russell and others argued during a Feb. 21 news conference at the Statehouse that laws against marijuana have enmeshed too many nonviolent offenders in the legal system and deprived government coffers of millions of dollars in revenue. Russell estimated that taxing and regulating marijuana could generate up to $13 million a year, three-quarters of which
she proposes routing into the state’s General Fund, which supports the majority of state government including public education and most social services. The rest of the revenue would pay for implementation of the law, substance abuse treatment and prevention programs, and research on the effects of marijuana. “We have retail establishments that grow and supply [medical] marijuana to responsible consumers,” said Russell, whose first effort to legalize marijuana failed in the Legislature two years ago. “We have proven here in Maine that this can be done for medicinal purposes and it’s now time to institute that same strict regulatory infrastructure for responsible adult recreational consumers.” Russell proposes making it legal for individuals to grow as many as six plants if they are cultivated in a locked space. She also supports allowing the transfer of the drug from one adult to another with-
out compensation, as long as they are at least 21 years old. The bill would make it illegal to smoke pot in public and calls on the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to license marijuana retail stores, cultivation facilities, product manufacturing facilities and testing facilities. Libby said his support for the bill isn’t about promoting drug use, but rather about taking government regulation out of what he called a “morality issue.” “I believe that ending marijuana prohibition is a true part of limited government,” said Libby. “As a fiscal conservative, I see great potential in the economic growth of removing these prohibitions.” David Boyer, who is the Maine political director for a Washington, D.C.-based group called the Marijuana Policy Project, argued that in many ways marijuana is far less harmful than alcohol. “Marijuana is objectively far less harmful than alcohol for the consumer and for the broader community,” he said. “It is irrational to punish adults who simply prefer to use the less harmful substance. Law enforcement resources should be
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News briefs Alleged bank robber caught within minutes PORTLAND — A Portland man robbed a downtown bank Feb. 19, police said, but was arrested minutes later. Joseph Blais, 49, allegedly entered the Key Bank in Monument Square around 2 p.m. and demanded money from a teller. No weapon was displayed, and Blais fled east on Congress Street with $1,000. After being notified by the bank, police responded and broadcast a description of Blais to patrol officers in the area. About nine minutes later, Officer Dan Rose spotted a man two blocks away from the bank wearing clothes described by the teller, at Cumberland Avenue and Chestnut Street. Police said Blais had the cash, still wrapped in a bank band, and evidence linking him to the crime. He was charged with Class B robbery, and was held at Cumberland County Jail on $15,000 bail.
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Media snooping, not public good, was motive for editorial By Rep. Corey Wilson In the wake of the Bangor Daily News sending letters to police departments across the state, demanding the names, addresses, and birth dates of all holders of concealed handgun permits in Maine, citizen activists and Republican leaders have spoken out in support of making that personal identifying information confidential. Meanwhile, the news media has made clear their opposition. Last week’s editorial, “Information Doesn’t Kill People,” listed 22 randomly-chosen items that are part of the public record, subject to Maine’s Freedom of Access Act. The point was that by default, every record and meeting in state and local government is subject to the FOAA. What the editorial didn’t sample was the 483 exceptions to the FOAA. That’s right, written into statute are 483 government records that can’t be obtained by the public. They include many measures that concern personal privacy and public safety, just like my bill to keep the personal identifying information of concealed handgun permit holders confidential, and the governor’s bill enacted last week to do so on a temporary basis while my bill goes through the public hearing and committee process in Judiciary. Last week’s vote was to enact FOAA exception No. 484. With it, Maine joined 35 other states that keep the personal information of concealed handgun permit holders confidential.
What other parts of the public record fall into an exception? The names of General Assistance recipients are an example. It doesn’t seem right that taxpayers can’t find out who is receiving their money in the form of welfare benefits, but anybody can find out if you hold a concealed handgun permit. What disturbs me so much about the news media’s outcry over this legislation is not the fact that they’re bashing a fairly common type of law – a FOAA exception – that was enacted with sweeping bipartisan support, 129-11 in the House and 33-0 in the Senate, as a temporary measure. No, what disturbs me is that unlike other issues they take an editorial stance on, here they have self-interest. Broader access to public records makes the media’s job easier, and so naturally they come to the defense of public records. But Maine people have other concerns that must be balanced. With the second highest rate of gun ownership in the country, Mainers are skeptical of organizations or individuals poring through their personal information, which happened to be publicly available until last week, in order to compile data on a controversial topic that could be used to thwart gun owners’ rights. Mainers are also concerned that if they go through the trouble to obtain a concealed handgun permit, their tactical advantage in personal protection may be jeopardized by the public availability of that information. What’s the point of concealed-carry if anyone can know you carry?
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And yes, there is the concern of firearms theft, a concern flippantly dismissed by the editorial as, essentially, “criminals are too dumb to think of that.” I hope they’re right, but I’d rather be sure. Finally, many Maine gun-owners simply believe that whether they have a concealed handgun permit is nobody’s business. The entire tone of the editorial was one of anger and self-interest, not one of deliberative thought and reflection on an issue of pressing public concern that deserves dispassionate review by one of the state’s major media outlets. To the paper’s clever sound-bite, “information doesn’t kill people, people kill people,” a play on the NRA’s famous slogan, I say this: does The Forecaster believe that it should have access to sensitive military information? If information doesn’t kill people, that shouldn’t be a problem. But we all know that it is. It must frustrate a newspaper whose job is made easier by more access to records that Mainers demonstrated late last week and, through their representatives in the Legislature, that they care more about keeping their personal information private than about a newspaper’s ability to snoop through it. To them, that’s worth creating FOAA exception No. 484. Rep. Corey Wilson, R-Augusta, serves on the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. Comment on this story at: http://www.theforecaster.net/weblink/151981
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I am not sure there was ever a time in my life when I thought I knew everything. Well, that is not entirely true. Every time I have ever told my husband something Abby’s was a time in my life when I knew I knew everything. That slice of life aside, I have always considered myself a work in progress. As I age, the homework piles up, with every life lesson splitting off into two more. One quiz I seem doomed to fail for the foreseeable Abby Diaz future is “what is the appropriate first response to conflict?” By “conflict,” I do not mean armed conflict or scheduling conflict, but interpersonal, attitudinal, emotional conflict. My instinctual response to even the first whiff of any such strife is to, quite adorably, lose my mind. The only redeeming aspect of this character flavor is that usually, the mind-losing is only internal. Exclamation points fly across my brain, asterisks and ampersands vaguely disguise swear words forming at my lips, and the backs of my eyes roll. As I drive the mean streets of Cumberland County, I craft scathing monologues, complete with stage directions for when I should angrily jab the air with my pointer finger. While I suppose it is helpful my dressingdowns remain private performances, they do not help the way I address conflicts publicly. The frustration or anger simmers down, but it still simmers. I view the situation not with rosecolored glasses, but through cheap frames with lenses made of whatever substance stamps out light. I do not aspire to be a dark, brooding person who scares puppies and makes children scan for the nearest exit. I must, therefore, regularly guide myself out of the indulgent playground where arguments become bullies and perspective nose dives into the sand pit. I hit the reset button, and I take a step back, take a deep breath, take a hike. I am starting to see a pattern in all this starting over. Whether it’s a counter-party making bizarre demands, an acquaintance behaving spitefully, or a stranger making a decision I disagree with, my point of re-entry almost always looks the same; proverbially speaking, it looks like that person’s
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Abby’s Road from page 6 shoes. Yes, my wisdom-with-age breakthrough is none other than the first maxim many learn as children: don’t judge someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. Perhaps I am not being fair to myself. Perhaps the lesson is not simply that trading shoes is important. Perhaps the lesson is the importance of the trading shoes part. The fewer cliffs I jump off, the more appreciation I have for the compact, elegant, fail-proof efficacy of the shoe trade. The more often I force myself to consider the other person’s concerns, their history, and their motivations, the more I see the landscape of our interaction in panoramic view. I see it not through the clouded eyes of Comment on this story at: http://www.theforecaster.net/weblink/147158
the emotionally invested, but with the brain of a casual observer. From this refreshed vantage point, I can stake out areas of common ground, however small. I can identify the things I might be able to change and the things I never will. I can feel less overwhelmed and more in control. The progress that comes from this position is humbling in its completeness, even if my carpooling is not quite as dynamic. I can formulate my argument better because I can focus on the prongs that might be convincing. I can gain credibility by acknowledging the merit(s) of the other side. I can let go of my righteous rightness. If there were infomercials for thought patterns, I would proudly hawk this one. I am convinced it makes molehills out of mountains and illuminates ways forward even in halls of mirrors. It is a one-size-fits-all tactic, helpful for the short-tempered, but also the grudgebearers and the passive-aggressors. I am so confident everyone would love the approach that I would have no qualms with a money-back guarantee. It’s not always easy for empathy to be your first responder. The front-end work required to develop this habit, though, surely requires less energy, in the long run, than what is required to be constantly frustrated. At least, that’s what my homework indicates. But what do I know? Abby Diaz grew up in Falmouth and lives there again, because that’s how life works. She blogs at abbysleftovers.blogspot.com and hellogiggles.com/abby-diaz, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Abby on Twitter: @AbbyDiaz1.
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Defending the Spencers Were I a prudent man, I would probably let wellenough alone and not comment on the Falmouth High School underage drinking case. But I am not, so I will. Back when news first broke that a party to celebrate a Falmouth baseball championship at the home of Paula and Barry Spencer had The Universal gotten out of hand and some students were found to have been drinking, I got the expected call from a reporter to ask what I thought about it. I tend to get trotted out every few years when there is an underage drinking incident in greater Portland because back in 1999, I was involved in a similar situation after a Edgar Allen Beem Yarmouth High School prom. For anyone interested in the sordid details, I tell the whole story in one of the essays in “Backyard Maine,” but suffice it to say that the Yarmouth prom fiasco was front-page news for a week and brought John Stossel of “20/20” to town to interview me. I said back then, and I say now, that I would not advocate that anyone do what I did, but I did what I felt I had to do at the time to help keep kids safe on a very vulnerable evening. Another father and I stood guard outside a party at which 300-plus teenagers celebrated, let off steam and, yes, drank beer. Our all-night vigil earned us the designation “gatekeepers.” The fact that I was on the School Committee at the time only aggravated the situation. It wasn’t my home, I did not supply alcohol, I did inform the police beforehand of what was going on, and, fortunately, no one got hurt. But I realized almost as soon as the party got going that it could have gotten wildly out of control
very quickly. One of the reasons it didn’t, I like to think, is that the students respected us for trying to protect them. In any event, when the reporter recently called to ask what I thought about the Spencers, I said I didn’t think anyone knew enough about the situation to judge whether they were guilty of anything or not. People were rushing to judgment. If what the Spencers did constituted a crime, half the parents I know would be convicted criminals. The reason the Spencers’ case ended in a deadlocked jury was that responsible adults could easily imagine themselves caught in just such a situation. The Spencers didn’t furnish alcohol to minors and they did not intend to furnish a place for minors to consume alcohol. The fact that stellar student-athletes, good kids with bright futures, could show up with 30-packs suggests that little, if anything, about our underage drinking laws and school athletic codes works. The Falmouth baseball and lacrosse teams, their friends and fans would have found another place to party if the Spencers had not hosted the championship celebration. I had a few parents call me during the Spencers’ trial to say they thought the couple was being railroaded and that I ought to write a column in their defense. I decided to await the outcome of the trial, both because I don’t know the Spencers and I didn’t know the facts. The facts suggest the Spencers were not guilty of anything. The outcome was – and should have been left at – a hung jury, half favoring conviction, half exoneration. It turned into a bad outcome when the Spencers had to agree to pay a $12,000 fine, make a $5,000 donation to a victim’s compensation fund, and do 100 hours of community service each in order to avoid being prosecuted again. There’s a word for that, and it’s not justice. 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/152205
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2/15 at 7 p.m. Derek A. Weeks, 32, of Portland, was arrested on High Street by Officer Christian Stickney on a charge of violation of bail conditions. 2/16 at 1 a.m. Vuni D. Luka, 25, of Portland, was arrested on Gilman Street by Officer Thomas Kwok on a charge of operating under the influence. 2/16 at 11 a.m. Michael E. Conlon, 49, of Portland, was arrested on Sherman Street by Officer Matthew Morrison on an outstanding warrant from another agency and a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 2/16 at 12 p.m. Laura B. Minnis, 30, of Portland, was arrested on Oxford Street by Officer Andjelko Napijalo on a charge of operating after suspension. 2/16 at 5 p.m. Charles L. Barr, 33, of Portland, was arrested on Sherman Street by Officer Christian Stickney on a charge of operating
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under the influence. 2/16 at 9 p.m. Thomas Wright, 33, of Cape Elizabeth, was arrested on Forest Avenue by Officer Charles Frazier on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 2/16 at 11 p.m. Keith A. Gamache, 43, of Portland, was arrested on Pearl Street by Officer Charles Hodgdon on a charge of burglary of a motor vehicle. 2/17 at 2 a.m. Adam Wilson, 41, of Portland, was arrested on Island Avenue by Officer Robert Lauterbach on a charge of aggravated criminal mischief. 2/17 at 6 a.m. Dave B. Covington, 26, of Portland, was arrested on Congress Street by Officer Sean Hurley on a charge of assault. 2/17 at 9 a.m. Lorna M. Bishop-Zezma, 18, of Portland, was arrested on Preble Street by Officer Andjelko Napijalo on a charge of assault. 2/17 at 3 p.m. Jarrod D. Howell, 21, of Portland, was arrested on County Way by Officer Thomas Reagan on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 2/17 at 4 p.m. James P. Price, 28, of Portland, was arrested in Congress Square by Officer Andjelko Napijalo on a charge of misuse of identification. 2/17 at 7 p.m. Brett J. Richard, 28, of Sanford, was arrested on Oxford Street by Officer Andjelko Napijalo on a charge of burglary (residential). 2/17 at 9 p.m. Roseanne Griffin, 60, of Portland, was arrested on State Street by Officer Thomas Kwok on charges of criminal trespass and criminal threatening. 2/17 at 10 p.m. Nicholas W. Alfiero, 20, of Bar Mills, was arrested on Grant Street by Officer Christopher Kelley on charges of probation violation and robbery. 2/17 at 11 p.m. Nelson Riley, 29, of Portland, was arrested on Riverside Street by Offcer Evan Bomba on an outstanding warrant from another agency and a charge of indecent conduct. 2/18 at 12 a.m. Andrew T. Young, 26, of Portland, was arrested on Valley Street by Officer Charles Ames on a charge of assault. 2/18 at 8 a.m. James MacMillian, 62, of Portland, was arrested on Elm Street by Officer Robert Doherty on charges of violation of conditional release and operating after suspension. 2/18 at 12 p.m. Gregory L. Calhoun, 55, of Portland, was arrested on Brighton Avenue by Officer Matthew Morrison on an outstanding warrant from another agency and a charge of
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operating without a license. 2/18 at 12 p.m. Michael C. Davenport, 34, of Buxton, was arrested on Park Avenue by Officer Matthew Morrison on charges of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and trafficking in prison contraband. 2/18 at 4 p.m. Scott M. Ferrie, 23, of Portland, was arrested on Mellen Street by Officer Charles Ames on an outstanding warrant from another agency and a charge of operating under the influence. 2/18 at 7 p.m. Ricardo Bennett, 54, no address listed, was arrested on Oxford Street by Officer Eric Johnson on a charge of criminal trespass. 2/18 at 7 p.m. Timothy Berry, 46, of Portland, was arrested on Forest Avenue by Officer David Schertz on a charge of operating after suspension. 2/18 at 7 p.m. Richard J. Croft, 28, of Portland, was arrested on Forest Avenue by Officer Gary Hutcheson on a charge of operating without a license. 2/18 at 9 p.m. Kevin Keane, 38, of Portland, was arrested on Bishop Street by Officer Matthew Pavlis on an outstanding warrant from another agency and a charge of unlawful trafficking in drugs. 2/18 at 10 p.m. Daniel B. Doody, 31, of Tenants Harbor, was arrested on State Street by Officer Joshua McDonald on a charge of public drinking. 2/18 at 10 p.m. Kyle F. Mitchell, 19, of Portland, was arrested on St. John Street by Officer Thomas Kwok on an outstanding warrant from another agency and a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 2/18 at 11 p.m. Sharon A. Bottari, 31, of Millinockett, was arrested on Massachusetts Avenue by Officer Jason Leadbetter on a charge of having a suspended registration. 2/18 at 11 p.m. Alexander N. Feldbauer, 24, of Portland, was arrested on State Street by Officer Christopher Kelley on a charge of operating after suspension. 2/19 at 12 a.m. Marissa R. Corliss, 19, of Portland, was arrested on Marginal Way by Officer David Schertz on an oustanding warrant and a charge of tampering with a witness. 2/19 at 12 a.m. Sean P. Snellman, 34, no address listed, was arrested on Oxford Street by Officer Kevin Murphy on charges of disorderly conduct and criminal trespass. 2/19 at 3 a.m. Virginia C. Cloud, 27, of Portland, was arrested on Munjoy South by Officer Jonathan Reeder on a charge of assault. 2/19 at 1 p.m. Arthur L. Morrison, 43, of Portland, was arrested on Marginal Way by Officer Daniel Rose on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 2/19 at 2 p.m. Joseph L. Blais, 49, of Portland, was arrested in Monument Square by Officer Daniel Rose on a charge of robbery. 2/19 at 4 p.m. Daniel McKelvey, 37, no address listed, was arrested on Deering Place by Officer Robert Hawkins on charges of assault and criminal trespass. 2/19 at 5 p.m. Wyatt Bowman, 56, no address listed, was arrested on India Street by Officer Gayle Petty on a charge of public drinking. 2/20 at 12 a.m. Arnold R. Kidla, 34, no address listed, was arrested on Forest Avenue by Officer Daniel Rose on a charge of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon. 2/20 at 11 a.m. Codey McIntire, 20, of Sanford, was arrested on Forest Avenue by Officer Marjory Clavet on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 2/20 at 5 p.m. Teresa Curran, 58, no address listed, was arrested on Cumberland Avenue by Officer Matthew Casagrande on a charge of criminal trespass. 2/20 at 7 p.m. Aregawi Gebrewahid, 27, of Portland, was arrested on Cumberland Avenue by Officer Thien Duong on a charge of operating after suspension. 2/20 at 11 p.m. Shuceyb A. Hersi, 23, of Portland, was arrested on Stevens Avenue by Officer Jeffrey Druan on a charge of operating
February 27, 2013 after suspension. 2/21 at 11 a.m. Patrick S. Flynn, 49, of Portland, was arrested on Forest Avenue by Officer Scot Mattox on a charge of criminal trespass. 2/21 at 11 a.m. Jessica R. Morrell, 24, of Portland, was arrested on Danforth Street by Officer Mark Kezal on an outstanding warrant from another agency and a charge of assault. 2/21 at 12 p.m. Aaron M. Veysey, 28, of Portland, was arrested on Portland Street by Officer Daniel Knight on an outstanding warrant from another agency and a charge of criminal threatening. 2/21 at 1 p.m. Charles B. Davis, 43, of Portland, was arrested on Portland Street by Officer Daniel Knight on a charge of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon. 2/21 at 3 p.m. Anthony M. Jones, 25, of Portland, was arrested on St. John Street by Officer Matthew Casagrande on a charge of operating without a license. 2/21 at 7 p.m. Thomas E. Meserve, 60, of Portland, was arrested on Oxford Street by Officer Chirstopher Coyne on an outstanding warrant from another agency and a charge of assault. 2/21 at 8 p.m. Walter D. McIlwain, 26, of Portland, was arrested on North Street by Officer Martin Ney on a charge of stalking. 2/21 at 10 p.m. Scott A. Moulton, 41, of Auburn, was arrested on Riverside Street by Officer Eric Nevins on a charge of operating after suspension. 2/22 at 12 a.m. Linda J. Annis, 26, of Portland, was arrested on State Street by Officer Jonathan Roberts on a charge of criminal trespass. 2/22 at 1 a.m. Teresa J. Curran, 58, of Portland, was arrested on Cumberland Avenue by Officer Sara Clukey on a charge of criminal trespass. 2/22 at 2 a.m. Nicholas R. Saball, 19, of Portland, was arrested on Marginal Way by Officer Matthew Rider on charges of criminal mischief and criminal trespass. 2/22 at 2 a.m. Christopher J. Shiffer, 30, of Portland, was arrested on Fore Street by Officer Ryan Gagnon on charges of criminal mischief and criminal trespass. 2/22 at 7 a.m. Robert Reynolds, 53, of Portland, was arrested on Congress Street by Officer Matthew Casagrande on a charge of public drinking. 2/22 at 11 a.m. Candace L. Brown, 50, of Portland, was arrested on India Street by Officer Matthew Casagrande on an outstanding warrant from another agency and a charge of assault. 2/22 at 10 p.m. Joshua G. Miller, 18, of Portland, was arrested on State Street by Officer Dan Aguilera on a charge of burglary (commercial). 2/22 at 11 p.m. Jarrod D. Howell, 21, no address listed, was arrested on Middle Street by Officer Thien Duong on a charge of public drinking. 2/23 at 3 a.m. Preston Jackson, 19, of Caribou, was arrested on the Casco Bay Bridge by Officer Heather Brown on an outstanding warrant from another agency. 2/23 at 8 a.m. Shawn M. Turner, 23, of Portland, was arrested on Oxford Street by Officer Andjelko Napijalo on a charge of criminal trespass. 2/23 at 9 a.m. Jason F. Lamott, 36, of Portland, was arrested on Locust Street by Officer Benjamin Noyes on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 2/23 at 10 a.m. Destiny M. Doucette, 27, no address listed, was arrested on Riverside Street by Officer Thomas Reagan on an outstanding warrant and a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 2/23 at 7 p.m. Abdulkedir Jama, 30, of Portland, was arrested on Deering Avenue by Officer Joshua McDonald on a charge of aggravated furnishing or trafficking in scheduled drugs. 2/23 at 11 p.m. Sawyer L. Shevawn, 49, of Portland, was arrested on Congress Street by Officer David Hemond on a charge of failure to give correct name or date of birth. 2/24 at 1 a.m. Elizabeth Sparrow, 49, no address listed, was arrested on Bramhall Street by Officer Mathew Dissell on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.
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Julia Dorothy ‘Duddy’ Simoneau Ball, 56: Led the way with empathy and kindness
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PORTLAND — Daniel D. Lorello, 87, of Portland, died peacefully Feb. 19 at Brentwood Manor in Yarmouth. He was born on Aug. 4, 1925 in Portland, the son of Frank and Sarah McMonagle Lorello. Daniel attended local schools and was a 1943 graduate of Portland High School. Following high school, and during the height of World War II, Lorello enlisted in
the U.S. Navy. He was 17. He served in the South Pacific Theater of Operations aboard USS Cabot. Following the war, he returned to Portland and started a lifelong career in sales. He worked at Armor and Company of Portland for almost 25 years before accepting a position with Fitzgerald and Vito Food Brokerage Company of Massachusetts, where he worked until his retirement in 1990. In 1952, he married the former Vivian M. Curry in Portland at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Lorello was a sports enthusiast and enjoyed all sports. As a young boy he was an active member of the Boys Club of Portland where he enjoyed swimming and playing basketball. In 1948, he served as president of the Portland Boys Club. Golf was his real passion. As a teenager, he caddied at the Portland Country Club, where he developed his love for the game. For most of his adult life, Daniel was a member of Riverside Golf Course. In 1967, he won the coveted City Championship. He also served as vice president and board member of the Riverside Golf Association. One of his biggest enjoyments in life was playing a round of golf with his three sons, who like their father, took up the game he so loved. Lorello was also a member of the Italian Heritage Club and enjoyed playing bocce ball. He also was a member of the Portland Elks Club and an alumni member of the Boys and Girls Club of Portland. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Vivian, in 2011; four brothers, John, Francis, Richard and Angelo; and two sisters, Suzanne Mullin and Marie Sutton. Lorello is survived by his sister, Evelyn Ward, of Cousins Island; three sons, Daniel D. Lorello, and wife, Rosemary, of North Greenbush, N.Y., Thomas F. Lorello and wife, Paula, of Gray, and Stephen Lorello and wife, Janice, of Wells; six grandchildren, Stephen Lorello, Andrew Lorello, Sarah Sullivan, Maria Doubrava, Angela
Lorello, and Matthew Lorello; six greatgrandsons; and several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, followed by burial at Evergreen Cemetery.
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PORTLAND — Julia Dorothy “Duddy” Simoneau Ball, 56, of Portland, died Feb. 14 from injuries sustained in a fire. She was surrounded by loved ones. Ball was born Dec. 30, 1956, to Eugene and Elaine Farr Simoneau and graduated from Portland High School with honors in 1975. She was a self-employed housekeeper, companion, and confiBall dant. Her clients were truly part of her extended family. She had been with many of “her people” for generations and did special things for them and their pets regularly. One client commented that her dog, Ginger, missed her birthday present. All of her clients were very special to her and are deeply saddened by this tragic loss. Family and loved ones were of utmost importance to her. She led the way with her common sense, wit, empathy and kindness. She taught forgiveness and compassion among other things. It was her goal in life to make everyone she knew feel special and loved. She was a true friend. Her friends and family could always go to her in times of need. Ball had many talents. She was the family historian and spent hours upon hours researching genealogy. She enjoyed scrap booking, gardening, crossword puzzles, making pieces of art and listening to music. She also threw elaborate, themed birthday parties and gatherings. She enjoyed holidays and decorated to the fullest extent for the benefit of children during the holidays. She set a table with care and pride. Every gift was decorated beautifully, perfectly wrapped and donned with bows. The family always gathered at her home for Christmas and many Easter eggs were hidden in her yard. Ball was a supporter of Friends for Feral Felines. Her adopted cat, Ebony, survived the fire and is with her son Corey. She was predeceased by her mother, Elaine Farr Simoneau; her father, Eugene Simoneau; and a brother, Eugene Simoneau. She is survived by her son, Corey Dubay, of Portland; a sister, Renee Wright, of Portland; her brothers, Arthur Simoneau, and his wife, Joanne, of South Carolina, and Tracy Simoneau and his wife, Judy, of Saco. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. A memorial Mass was celebrated last Thursday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Portland Firefighter’s Children’s Burn Foundation, 380 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101.
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Good Deeds A group of students and faculty from St. Joseph’s College of Maine travelled to Haiti in January for a service trip. The group, which included Associate Professor of Business Administration Beth Richardson and Molly Blumenthal, a nursing student. Both are Portland residents, and they worked with Partners in Development, a Massachusetts-based organization, in laying a house foundation, volunteering in a health clinic and providing expertise in developing budget spreadsheets, job descriptions and other administrative tools. Their work is part of ongoing efforts to help the people in a village on the outskirts of Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. Clark Insurance has launched a year-long TV campaign to support a number of area nonprofit and civic causes. The employeeowned insurance agency is using half its TV advertising budget to highlight eight different organizations on channels in the Time Warner Cable service area, using 300, 15-second announcements for each organization. The first two announcements spotlight “teaching excellence” and the Portland Stage Company. Other featured organizations will include Preble Street, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland, Woodfords Family Services, Port Resourc-
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The Sun Media Group’s launch of Kidsville News was boosted by a visit from publication mascot Truman to the Family Ice Center in Falmouth last Wednesday. Truman is a friendly 6-foot dragon who promotes literacy for children.
seum of Art. Cartland will be responsible for managing the museum’s fundraising staff, overseeing the implementation of a major gifts program, managing an overall strategy of annual leadership giving programs, and acting as lead fundraiser for the institution. Charlie Woodworth has been named the new executive director of Maine Huts & Trails. Woodworth has been a member of Maine Huts & Trails for many years and replaces Nicole Freedman, who has returned to Boston. Maine Huts & Trails is a nonprofit organization which contributes to the economic, social and natural environment of Maine’s western mountain region.
Grants As a result of a $30,300 March of Dimes grant, Maternity Care at Mid Coast Hospital will be expanding its CenteringPregnancy program. The grant will support the program by allowing for increased scheduling opportunities and patient capacity. CenteringPregnancy is an evidenced-based model of group prenatal care that integrates basic prenatal health assessment and education with social support. Facilitated by a Certified Nurse Midwife and Maternity Care nurses, the centering program at MidCoast Hospital allows women with similar “due months” to meet in a group setting and participate in their own care by weighing themselves, checking blood pressures and recording in their own charts.
Innovations Fluid Imaging Technologies, a Yarmouthbased laboratory instrumentation manufacturer, earned U.S. Patent No. 8,345,239 for the development of a new system and method for imaging birefringent particles in a fluid. The patented technology features two cross-polarizing filters that automatically detect the presence of anisotropic particles and microorganisms, take a digital image of each one and provide more than
30 different parameters of measurement data, all saved in a variety of formats. Light passes to the camera for imaging only after passing through the particles and both polarization analyzers. The new advance effectively isolates birefringent targets of interest for analysis. Highland Green in Topsham, Maine’s first and largest master planned active adult community, launched its redesigned website, www.highlandgreenlifestyle.com, iniated by Highland Green Owner and Developer John B. Wasileski.
Recognition Bruce Balfour was named as the top producer for the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage real estate office in Cape Elizabeth.
New Endeavors Sun Media Group, The Forecaster’s parent company, has been granted a license to distribute Kidsville News, an award winning children’s publication, in Cumberland and Androscoggin counties. The full-color, educational tabloid is now available to all K-6 grade classrooms in Cumberland County free of charge, along with an educational web resource with downloadable worksheets broken out by grade levels. Beginning Friday, The Sun Journal, also a member of Sun Media Group, will begin distribution in Androscoggin County. Kidsville News mascot Truman, a friendly, 6-foot dragon, visited the Family Ice Center in Falmouth on Feb. 20 to promote the publication.
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Deering senior ready to speak it ‘Out Loud’ Iman Omar, a senior at Deering High School, will compete in the state Poetry Out Loud competition March 20 at Gra-
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cie Theater in Bangor. Iman was one of five students competing in the Feb. 13 Southern Maine Regional Poetry Out Loud competition who advanced to the state contest. Omar won Deering’s Poetry Out Loud competition and competed against 20 other students at the regional competition in Biddeford. Omar recited “The Song of the Smoke,” by W.E.B. Du Bois, “On Monsieur’s Departure,” by Queen Elizabeth I and “a song in the front yard,” by Gwendolyn Brooks. The Maine competition will air live on Maine Public Radio. The winner adBut if the Navy isn’t satisfied that Rhode Island has a suitable harbor, financial resources or public support for the 46-yearold “Big John,” Portland would have another opportunity to present a bid – this time, aided by its former competitor.
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Cheverus senior selected for elite honor Cheverus High School senior and Gorham resident Ian Lawson has been selected for recognition by the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The invitation only program annually honors approximately 3,000 graduating high school seniors nationwide. Lawson is one of 47 Maine students receiving an invitation this year.
Siting a mothballed carrier involves a long, multi-phase selection process. But with talks between the Navy and Rhode Island unsuccessful so far, Portland’s opportunity could happen in as soon as six months, according to Fitzgerald. “Basically, we may get another ‘at bat’ soon,” he said. In another unusual move, Fitzgerald is working to win support for his initiative from a similar museum in California. Earlier this month, he purchased a rare medal commemorating the victory of another Navy ship, USS Hornet, over the British ship Penguin during the War of 1812. The original medal, presented by Congress to Navy Capt. James Biddle in 1815, is now lost. But Fitzgerald has one of seven bronze copies that were later commissioned, and said it’s worth about $2,000. He plans to present it on loan to the USS Hornet Museum, in Alameda, Calif., later this year. Fitzgerald hopes to leverage the endorsement of officials at the Hornet museum, site of a World War II carrier of the same name as the 1812 ship. “This can only be good for them,” he said, “and for us.” Fitzgerald, a Portland native, said he’s not related to the former president despite their similar names, and is not a military veteran. But his mother worked for the Navy on the Maine State Pier during World War II, and he speaks passionately about the city’s role in the war. “In the age of the Internet, there’s a real danger that Americans, and people in Portland, may forget their own naval history,” he said. “The Kennedy is a reminder of that past.” •
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And he’s optimistic that his museum will be successful. “The Navy knows what a great harbor it is, what a safe harbor it is,” Fitzgerald said. “And certainly President Kennedy, a Navy man, would have understood.” But not everyone is so optimistic. In 2011, the City Council unanimously refused to support a site for the JFK along Portland’s eastern waterfront, despite expressing general enthusiasm for the idea a year earlier. In response to strong resident input, councilors cited concerns that the 1,052foot ship would block views of the water and end up costing the city money. Councilor Nicholas Mavodones Jr., who served as mayor at the time, said those concerns “probably remain” today. Mavodones said the council had been worried about the lack of a business plan or specifics about how the JFK would be operated as a museum. While Fitzgerald has said such detail would have been premature, Mavodones said “the numbers just weren’t there.” In addition, he said, he and other councilors heard “consistent opposition” to the museum from residents. “I applaud (Fitzgerald) for what’s he trying to do ... but I wouldn’t be optimistic,” Mavodones said. Sarah Milliman, an East End resident strolling near the Ocean Gateway marine terminal Saturday, echoed that feeling. “It sounds like a terrific idea, and I’m impressed someone is still trying to bring the ship here,” she said. “But I just can’t imagine the way it would dominate the waterfront.” William Hall can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or whall@ theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @hallwilliam4.
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McAuley (again), Waynflete (at last) reach state finals Cheverus, Deering fall just short (Ed. Note: For the complete game stories from the Western A and Western C quarterfinal, semifinal and regional final rounds, most with detailed box scores and photos, please visit theforecaster.net) By Michael Hoffer One of the most memorable weeks in the city of Portland’s girls’ basketball history produced an endless supply of drama, valiant efforts and ultimately, two regional champions. Two-time defending Class A state champion McAuley survived challenges from Gorham, Scarborough and Cheverus to return to the state game. The Stags had made history with playoff wins over Sanford and Deering, which had gotten past Thornton Academy in its first game. In Western C, after losing in the regional final three of the past four seasons, Waynflete finally got over the hump and will play for a championship.
McAuley entered the tournament undefeated, riding a 44game win streak and appearing invincible. After last week, the Lions are still standing, but they reminded everyone that winning a championship does not come easily. McAuley, 18-0 in the regular season, good for the top seed in Western A, opened tournament play last Monday with a 46-31
win over No. 8 Gorham. The game was tied, 9-9, early in the second quarter, but the Lions went on a 17-2 run to open it up and advance behind 12 points apiece from juniors Allie Clement and Jackie Welch. “I felt pretty good shooting,” Welch said. “Sometimes I don’t always take advantage when I have a hot hand. I’m glad I made my shots.” “We started out slow,” said McAuley coach Billy Goodman. “Again. We haven’t started games off good this year. Once we got going and started moving the ball, it got much better.” Friday, in the semifinals, the champs met No. 4 Scarborough and raced to a 8-0 lead. The Lions extended their advantage to 26-12 at halftime, but the Red Storm didn’t buckle and got as close as seven in the third period before McAuley closed on a 6-2 run to restore a double digit lead. Scarborough never seriously threatened from there and the Lions went on to a 47-38 victory, their second narrowest of the season. Welch had 13 points, while junior Olivia Smith added 10 points and nine rebounds. “We really pushed for a good start,” Smith said. “We wanted to get out there and get a good start to prepare us for the rest of the game. When it got close, we got our head straight. We knew we could pull through.”
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Waynflete senior Martha Veroneau, at long last, cuts down the net after the Flyers beat Madison in the Western C Final Saturday night, 63-41. Right: McAuley junior Olivia Smith blocks the shot of Cheverus senior Brooke Flaherty as Lions senior Molly Mack defends during the teams’ Western A Final showdown Saturday evening. Despite a spirited Stags’ rally, McAuley won its 47th straight game and third consecutive regional crown, 47-36.
That sent McAuley to the regional final where Cheverus awaited. The Stags posted a programbest 16-2 regular season, good for the No. 3 seed, but entered the tournament having never advanced past the quarterfinals. That changed last Monday with a 31-26 win over No. 6 Sanford. A buzzer-beating 3 just before halftime from senior Mikayla
Mayberry helped Cheverus overcome a slow start and take the lead. The Stags held on for dear life down the stretch and advanced behind nine points from junior Georgia Ford and five apiece from Mayberry, senior Brooke Flaherty (who forced a critical late turnover) and freshman Jess Willerson. “It didn’t come easily, but it means a lot to us,” said Flaherty.
Portland, Waynflete boys eliminated (Ed. Note: For the complete Portland-South Portland and Waynflete-Dirigo game stories, with additional photos and box scores, please visit theforecaster.net) By Michael Hoffer Championship dreams danced in the heads of the Portland and Waynflete boys’ basketball teams, but those hopes were extinguished last week. In Western A, the Bulldogs lost to eventual champion South Portland in the semifinals. In Western C, the Flyers enjoyed a stirring semifinal round win over defending state champion Dirigo, but were then ousted in the championship game by Boothbay.
Too little, too late
Portland was 14-4 in the regular season, earned the No. 4 seed, then handled No. 5 Westbrook in the quarterfinals, 54-32. The semis were a different story, as the Bulldogs couldn’t hold an early 7-2 lead, fell behind,
22-14, at halftime, by 12 points in the third period, then rallied. With 5:36 to play, Portland junior Matt Talbot knocked down a 3 and just like that, the Bulldogs were on top, 38-37. After South Portland went back ahead, 40-38, Talbot made a jumper, then hit a free throw with just 2:26 to go and it was 41-40 Portland. The Bulldogs wouldn’t score again, however, and the Red Riots closed on a 9-0 run to prevail, 49-41, ending Portland’s season at 15-5. Portland was paced by nine points apiece from Talbot (who also had 11 rebounds and three steals) and senior Nick Volger. The Bulldogs only committed 12 turnovers, but only shot six free throws, sinking four. “If we’re going to play that poorly, we should just get pounded,” longtime Portland coach Joe Russo said. “We couldn’t play much worse than that. As poorly as we played, we still had a chance to win. That made it a
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“We’ve worked for it for four years. People have called us a choke team. We wanted to prove people wrong today and I think we did that. We were really prepared for this game.” “We have 10 upperclassmen, so there’s a ton of leadership,” Ford said. “No matter what, anyone can be a leader. Games like this, we used to get nervous. This game, continued page 18
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Portland senior Nick Volger tries to slow South Portland senior standout Tanner Hyland during the teams’ Western A semifinal last week. The Bulldogs were eliminated, 49-41. Right: Waynflete senior Mohammed Suja goes up for a shot during the Flyers’ thrilling 58-51 come-from-behind win over Dirigo in last week’s Western Class C semifinal round. Waynflete’s title hopes were then dashed in the regional final by Boothbay, 70-52.
tougher loss.” Portland had high hopes entering the year. The Bulldogs did manage to win 15 games, but their goal was to get to Augusta for the state game, not to fall two
wins shy. “It’s a disappointment,” Russo said. “Sometimes the lows are overwhelming. We had the capability to do some things. We had a good record and I’m sure there
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are teams who would trade with us, but we didn’t have a good year in terms of what we could have done. Our (second half) spurt is continued page 20
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Cheverus swim title highlights memorable championship week By Michael Hoffer There was a lot more than just basketball playoffs being contested during vacation week. The state indoor track, swimming and skiing meets were also going on and now it’s time to turn our attention to boys’ hockey, which began its postseason last weekend. Here’s a glimpse:
Cheverus’ boys’ swim team hadn’t won a state title since capturing Class B back in 1979 and had never won in Class A. Now, the Stags have that elusive title. Cheverus posted 372 points last week to outdistance runner-up and perennial champion Bangor (298). Deering (190) was a distant third,
while Portland (37) placed 16th. The Stags were paced by Trebor Lawton, who won the 100 yard butterfly in 51.23 seconds and the 100 backstroke in 52.12. Michael O’Donovan finished second in the 500 free (4 minutes, 49.4 seconds). Cheverus was also runner-up in all three relays. Michael Gordon was third in diving (284.55 points). “The meet was a great win for the team, more importantly for Cheverus and for all the members since 1979 who tried to dethrone Old Town in Class B, then for many years Bangor,” said Stags coach Kevin Haley. “I’m very proud of this team. They worked very hard throughout the season. All of our kids had their best times by far. It
certainly took everyone together to accomplish that goal. The boys swam extremely well in the morning. That’s where the meet is won and lost. In the finals, we were able to move up a few places and secure our relays. They knew what was at stake. This team was the strongest and most deep in Cheverus history. I took them in the gym to show them the banner of 1979. They were locked in as soon as we left campus. They wanted it and they swam and dove their hearts out. I am very proud of this team and very happy for the Cheverus community.” Cheverus also won the sportsmanship award. Deering’s Eric Delmonte was runner-up in the 200 individual medley (1:58.31) and
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third in the breaststroke (1:00.22). Lucas Adair placed third in the fly (53.78) and sixth in the backstroke (56.23). Portland’s top finisher was Eric Worden, 11th in the 500 free (5:28.06) and 13th in the 200 free (1:58.04). In the girls’ meet, won by Cape Elizabeth (282), Deering (248) was a solid third, just 20.5 points behind runner-up Brunswick, Cheverus (199) placed fifth and Portland (27) tied Sanford for 18th. The Rams, yet again, featured standout Genevieve Worthley, who won the IM (2:05.46) and the breaststroke (1:03.72) and also anchored the champion 400 freestyle relay team (which also included Emma Pontius, Kate Pontius and Sophie deOlivieria). Worthley was named Performer of the Meet for the second year in a row after winning a third straight IM crown and a fourth successive breaststroke state title. “Both the boys’ and girls’ teams impressed me again this year, exceeding my expectations and their own,” said Deering coach Angie Marcotte. “The teams were energized and enthusiastic, their excitement heightening the anticipation of their swims that much more. Relays were competitive and focused, each swimmer valued their opportunity to contribute to the teams overall standing in the meets. The girls came to support the boys at their meet and vice versa. I can easily say this has been the best team to coach in my four years.” For Cheverus, Sarah Nappo won the backstroke (57.4) and came in fourth in the 50 free (25.03). Tessa Lindsley was runnerup in the 100 free (54.44) and third in the 50 free (24.89). Courtney Kane placed third in diving (246.65). “The girls were amazing,” Haley said. “We had several school records broken. The seven girls that qualified came in fifth (as a team) and we didn’t have an entry in the IM or the fly. That is truly amazing and shows the testament of work ethic that our program has.” Like the boys, the Stags girls won the sportsmanship award. In Class B, the Waynflete girls once again turned heads, scoring 223 points to come in fourth (Mt. Desert Island took the top spot with 295.5). McAuley (186) was fifth. Colby Harvey won the 200 free (1:55.49) and the fly (56.22). The Flyers 200 free relay squad of Amelia Deady, Walker Foehl, Harvey and Ellen Silk was first in 1:40.13 and the 400 relay team of Harvey, Silk, Foehl and Deady won in 3:41.00. Deady was the runner-up in the 100 free (53.92) and the 200 free (1:57.72). Silk placed second in the fly (58.26) and third in the 500 free (5:27.67). Foehl came in third in the backstroke (1:02.72) and was fourth in the 50 free (25.38). The Lions featured Katie Call, third in the fly (59.16) and fourth in the IM (2:16.13), Libby Gajewski, fourth in the 200 free (2:02.29) and fourth in the 500 free (5:32.42), and Taylor Church, who was fifth in the backstroke (1:04.75) and sixth in the 500 free (5:37.01). In the boys’ meet, won by Greely (303), Waynflete (75) came in 10th. Luke Jeton was second in both the 200 free (1:46.63) and the 500 free (4:57.31).
Cheverus and Deering also turned heads at the Class A state track meet. continued page 17
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from page 16 The Stags boys finished four points behind Scarborough for second place. Deering (17) placed 11th. Portland didn’t score. Cheverus won both the 800 (James Campbell, Brady Foshay, Jake Dixon, Jackson McMann, 1 minute, 32.96 seconds) and the 3,200 (Elijah Yeboah, Colin Grove, Campbell, Foshay, 8:13.85) relays, setting a new record in the former. Foshay also took the 800 (1:57.47). The Stags pushed Scarborough, but the Red Storm turned late pole vault points into the difference. “That meet was unbelievable,” said Cheverus coach Steve Virgilio. “It was exciting, it was fun, as much fun as we’ve had all season, even if the ending wasn’t as we planned. It unfolded in a way that no one could predict. We did everything we could to win. There was no failure. (Scarborough) simply won it. It was one of the greatest events and greatest group efforts I’ve ever been a part of.” Deering’s Jared Bell took the shot put with a top throw of 56 feet, 00.25 inches. On the girls’ side, Bangor was the champion with 70.5 points. Cheverus (41) came in fourth, Deering (25) was seventh and Portland (4) tied Hampden Academy for 16th. The Stags got a win from Kiera Murray in the two-mile (11:35.01). “The girls were near flawless, as they recorded 11 of 15 personal bests,” Virgilio said. Deering placed Edie Pallozzi (800, 2:17.27, a new state record) and Alexis Elowitch (shot put, 35-4) on the winner’s podium. “I’m very pleased with our finish at states,” said Rams coach Kevin Campbell. “Having two state champions on our team is a nice statement of our program. Coming from the fourth seed to win the shot put championship was a real boost for Alexis. She had her best throws of the season just when she needed them the most. Edie ran the perfect race in her 800. She hit her splits and then used her strength to pull away from the rest of the field to win.” Portland’s points came from Madison Bolduc, fourth in the triple jump (33-1.5). In Class B, McAuley had 2 points to tie North Yarmouth Academy for 24th in the girls’ meet (won by Waterville with 112). Elsa Curran was sixth in the shot put (3100.75).
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McAuley’s Elizabeth Houston competes in the pole vault at last week’s Class B state indoor track and field meet. Houston did not score. The Lions tied for 24th as a team.
to Falmouth. Abby Popenoe was second in the freestyle (15 minutes, 6.9 seconds) and third in the classic (17:04.9). Sadie Sarvis placed ninth in the classic (18:42.2) and Lizzy Landry was 10th in the freestyle (16:42.8). In boys’ competition, won by Falmouth, Portland placed fifth and Deering sixth. Portland’s Ben Allen was second in the freestyle (12:21.9) and seventh in the classic (14:52.8) and Kuba Chandler of Deering was fourth in the freestyle (12:39.6) and fifth in the classic (14:40). No city teams scored on the Alpine side, but Deering’s Kevin Goldberg placed fifth in the slalom (a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 25.37 seconds) and 14th in the boys’ giant slalom (2:41.2). Cheverus’ Hanna Sonesson finished 36th in the girls’ GS (2:09.47) and teammate Lizzie Fossett was 39th in the slalom (2:05.25). In Class C, the Waynflete boys were seventh and the girls 10th. The boys were paced by Dylan Kingsbury (sixth in the
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freestyle, 14:44.2 and 14th in the classic, 18:31.4). The girls featured Marijke Rowse (22nd in the freestyle, 20:05.6; 23rd in the classic, 23:24.7). Waynflete didn’t score as a team in Alpine, but Louis Frumer won the slalom (1:33.05) and came in third in the GS (1:29.34).
Cheverus and the Portland/Deering coop squad will compete in the boys’ hockey playoffs. The Stags finished 12-6, good for the No. 4 spot in Western Class A, after closing with a 9-2 home win over Windham and a 5-3 home loss to top-ranked Scarborough. Cheverus hosts No. 5 Thornton Academy (8-9-1), the two-time defending Class A state champion, Wednesday at 4:10 p.m., at the Portland Ice Arena. The Stags won both meetings, 6-2 and 3-2, in the regular season. The teams last met in the playoffs in the 2003 quarterfinals (10-0 Cheverus victory). A win Wednesday will likely send the Stags to Lewiston to face No. 1 Scarborough (17-1) in the semifinals Saturday. Portland/Deering wound up sixth in the region at 14-4 after a 6-2 victory at Gorham and a 3-1 home triumph over Bonny Eagle to close. The Bulldogs visited No. 3 Gorham (11-6-1) in the quarterfinals Tuesday. Portland lost, 6-5, at the Rams back on Jan. 19. The Bulldogs are in the postseason for the first time in three years. If Portland sprung the upset, it would meet No. 2 Falmouth (14-3-1) in Saturday’s semifinals. The regional final is Tuesday of next week and the state game is Saturday, March 9. Those rounds will be contested at the Colisee in Lewiston. Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@ theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.
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breathing room. Senior Chelsea Saucier hit a baseline jumper and Deering’s defense didn’t allow a single field goal in the fourth period as the Rams held on. Deering got 12 points from Saucier, 10 from MacMillan and forced 20 turnovers. “We were very determined,” said Saucier, the Rams’ undeniable defensive stalwart and heart and soul. “We knew had to keep our defense going and be calm with the ball on offense,” MacMillan said. “Obviously, I’m pleased with our defensive output,” Deering coach Mike Murphy said. “Offensively, we have to do better than that.” In the semifinal showdown, the first ever playoff meeting between Cheverus and Deering, the Rams led, 18-14, at halftime. The Stags could have been in serious trouble, but senior Victoria Nappi made a couple 3s. Cheverus came out hot in the second half as ratcheted up its defense and senior Kylie Libby took over, controlling play at both ends of the floor during a third quarter run as her ridiculously athletic left-handed leaner off the glass with 3:28 to go in the frame gave the Stags the lead for good. Cheverus clung to a two-point advantage when the fourth period began and took what seemed (on this night anyway, when offense was at a premium) a safe 27-22 advantage on a third Nappi 3 with 5:04 to go. Deering is nothing if not proud, however, and as expected, the Rams twice rallied within a point, but the clutch foul shooting of Ford (four free throws in the final two minutes) and two more freebies from Flaherty allowed the Stags to hold on as Deering couldn’t get a final shot away
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before the horn. Cheverus got nine points from Nappi and seven apiece from Flaherty and Libby as it prevailed, 33-31. “We’re all just so excited,” Libby said. “It’s such a great feeling. It’s such a milestone for the program. We’re so happy to be a part of it. It’s been such a great year. We’re such a family. There’s not a better feeling.” “It was such a fun experience,” Nappi said. “At halftime, we came together and really wanted to win and do something we’d never done before.” “It was a battle, but it was a good one,” Flaherty said. “I feel like we’ve been holding on a lot lately. We’ve finally gotten good at it. I just flashed back those years when we couldn’t do it. This year’s different. We don’t want to see it end.” Despite 10 MacMillan points, Deering’s season came to a crushing end at 17-3. “It’s been a grind for us offensively,” lamented Rams’ coach Mike Murphy. “Sometimes we came out on top. Some games we didn’t. I’m just disappointed in the decision-making the last three, four minutes. God Almighty. We had frozen looks on the faces of the kids. I love this group. I really do. It’s just disappointing to finish this way. “(The girls) really have come a long way. It’s a tremendous group who really cares for each other. Basketball-wise we got better. Skill-wise, offensively, we were limited. We had tough games down the stretch and we showed that.” That set up the “Holy War” in the regional final. Cheverus its first ever regional final having never beaten McAuley in 18 all-time meetings, most of which weren’t even close. It appeared the Lions were en route to another romp when they led 18-4 late in the first half, but the Stags closed on a 5-0 run to earn some confidence. McAuley eventually went up by 13 in the third, but Cheverus roared back and when Nappi hit an NBA-range 3 with 2:03 left, the Stags were only down four, 37-33. After sophomore Victoria Lux made an up-and-under layup for the Lions, Libby answered with a driving layup to make it a four-point contest again, 39-35, but McAuley hit all eight of its free throw attempts in the final 80 seconds and held on, 47-36. “It was nervewracking, but I have a lot of confidence in my teammates,” said Clement, who had 15 points, eight continued page 19
Finals from page 18 rebounds and six assists and was named the Edward “Red” McCann Award winner as the regional tournament’s outstanding player-sportsperson. “We have experience. We weren’t going to back down. We kept playing. We just had to stay strong.” “It’s an awesome feeling,” said Lux. “I love it. I feel like we play with more intensity when we have tough competition. Cheverus played really well tonight.” “This is a new group,” added Goodman. “These younger girls all year have faced the other team’s best effort. We knew we’d get Cheverus’. We knew they’d get pressure. At halftime, we figured we were back to zero. It isn’t easy. I give my players and my coaching staff the credit. They push the kids everyday in practice not to settle.” Cheverus got 16 points from Flaherty and 11 from Nappi as it finished 18-3, earning much admiration in the process. “McAuley’s heart rate went up a lot,” Ashley said. “They’ve got a great team and they knew they were in a game. We started knocking down some shots, but the deficit was just a little too much. You have give them credit for knocking down free throws. A bounce or two one way or the other and it’s a different game. They made the plays at the end, but I wouldn’t trade anybody on my team for anybody on any other team. My girls had the heart of a champion and I’m awfully proud of them. “Right now it’s sad, obviously, but I talked to the girls about thinking about all they accomplished. Eighteen wins, two playoff wins, but more importantly, the lessons they learned. Being part of a team, a family. The girls believe in that no matter what.” McAuley advanced to meet Bangor (174) in the Class A state final Saturday at 4:05 p.m., at the Augusta Civic Center. Not only are the Lions riding a 47-game win streak as they seek to become the first squad since the Cindy Blodgett-led Lawrence Bulldogs (1991-94) to win three straight titles, they also boast an almost incomprehensible streak of 257 minutes and 11 seconds in tournament play without trailing (dating back to the 2011 regional final). “We’re very excited, but we’re not satisfied,” Clement said. “We have to come out and play defense like we’ve been playing and I think the game will come to us. We have one game left and we’re not willing to lose it.”
within 11 in the third quarter, the Flyers went on a 12-2 run to extend their advantage to 21 and they never looked back, cruising to a 73-52 victory, behind 31 points from Veroneau and 16 from Jackson. “The quick start was crucial, getting in (Boothbay’s) heads,” said Veroneau. “We went off from there and never looked back.” “I think one of the things I was nervous about was the start,” said Jackson. “Coming out strong was really important. We had to win the game from the beginning.” That put Waynflete on the verge of a trip to Bangor for the championship, but first, the Flyers had to get past the regional final round, where they’d lost in 2009, 2010 and again last season. This time, Waynflete left no doubt. The Flyers’ defense saved them early, forcing 13 turnovers in a first period which ended with them up, 8-6, despite poor shooting. Then, in the second quarter, Waynflete’s offense got going and the Flyers opened up a 31-18 advantage at the break. The Bulldogs did go on a run and got within 38-34 midway through the third period, but Waynflete got a huge putback from senior Catherine Veroneau. “I’ve worked a lot on getting into position to rebound and to get putbacks,” Veroneau said. “I just followed in behind (Martha).” “Catherine had the game of her life,” Martha Veroneau said. “She came out so strong. She took control of that moment. She was unstoppable. The clutch player for the game.” The Flyers scored the final 11 points of the stanza and never looked back, pulling away to a 63-41 victory and setting off a celebration many years in the making. Martha Veroneau led the way with 26 points and was named the Robin Colcord Award winner as the regional tournament’s outstanding player/sportsman. “We’re ecstatic,” said Veroneau. “It’s so exciting. Madison gave us a run for our money.” “It’s amazing,” Catherine Veroneau said. “We’re so excited. It’s been a long couple years. We’ve all been through some hardships.” “It was pretty cool to watch (the girls) go up that ladder (to cut down the nets in celebration),” Waynflete coach Salway added. “It validated a lot of hard work and time we put into this.” Saturday, Waynflete has the daunting task of meeting 21-0 Calais at the soon-to-be-
problems for us, but we’ll go up there thinking it’s our time and we’ll fight for it,” Martha Veroneau said. “Calais has good guards, they pass well, shoot the 3 and have good post players,” Salway added. “It’s a winnable game, but we’ll have to withstand a loud crowd. This is the team I want to take in there. We’re happy to extend the season. I think we’ll enjoy it.”
demolished Bangor Auditorium. The Flyers and Blue Devils have no playoff history. They did square off in the regular season two years ago, a 56-48 Waynflete win. Waynflete has long wanted to get to the state game. Now that the Flyers have, don’t think for a second they’ll be satisfied. “We’re so excited,” Catherine Veroneau said. “We’ll have a good week of practice and hope we can come out it with a win. We absolutely want the Gold Ball. We’re not stopping.” “They have quick guards who can cause
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Speaking of Augusta, that’s where Waynflete made history last week. The Flyers, after a stellar 15-3 regular season, only earned the No. 4 seed for the Western C tournament, but had to like their chances. After toying with No. 13 Carrabec in a 73-36 preliminary round victory, Waynflete went north and easily dispatched all three regional foes to finally cut down the nets. In the quarterfinals, the Flyers were never seriously tested by No. 5 Dirigo in a 69-39 victory. Senior standout Martha Veroneau had 24 points. Senior Rhiannan Jackson had 15, while sophomore Julianna Harwood added 11. Sophomore Helen Gray-Bauer chipped in nine off the bench. In the semifinals, against top-ranked Boothbay, Waynflete looked like the top seed, never trailing and racing to a 22-11 lead after one quarter behind 12 Veroneau points and eight forced turnovers. By halftime, Waynflete was up, 36-20, and even though the Seahawks momentarily drew
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Waynflete posted a program-best 15-1 regular season mark and earned the No. 2 seed for the Western C playoffs. Against No. 10 Monmouth in the quarterfinals, the Flyers rolled, 78-47, behind a 27-point explosion from senior Mohammed Suja off the bench, 18 points from junior Serge Nyirikamba and 17 from senior Max Belleau. Thursday, Waynflete met No. 3 Dirigo, the team which has been the gold standard in the region, and rallied from an early nine-point hole. The Flyers took their first lead, 38-36, on a Suja 3 in the third period, then went ahead to stay, 44-42, when Nyiri-
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kamba finished a Belleau feed 47 seconds into the fourth quarter. Waynflete held on down the stretch to advance, 58-51, as Nyirikamba led all scorers with 17 points, sophomore Harry Baker-Connick added 12 and senior Paul Runyambo and Suja had eight apiece. “It was the most emotional game I’ve ever been a part of,” said Baker-Connick. “We came in knowing Dirigo was a very good team, but we knew if we played fundamentally sound, we could stay in it and we could win it.” “Finally!” said Runyambo. “We were here sophomore and junior years and we lost. We were ready. We wanted this game. It feels good.” “It wasn’t really one thing (that led to the comeback),” said Belleau. “Harry
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got moving a little bit. Suja came off the bench. They hit some shots at the end, but I felt very confident. It just feels so good, especially for those of us on the team the past two years. It speaks to the work that (athletic director) Ross Burdick and Coach (Rich) Henry have done. Since they’ve gotten here, the program has gotten better and better and you can see the results.” “I don’t think we could’ve played worse in the first quarter given the atmosphere and magnitude of the game, but we bounced back and I’m just so honored to coach this team,” Henry added. The end of the line finally came Saturday versus top-ranked Boothbay in the regional final, the first for the Flyers since 1983. Waynflete trailed most of the way, rallied to tie the game at 43-43, but the Seahawks gradually pulled away to win, 70-52, despite 20 points from Flyers senior Jack Cutler. “We started slowly, which has been an issue for us, and struggled a bit against Boothbay’s zone,” Henry said. “In the third quarter, we finally had some success against their zone and were able to tie things at 43, but we had a poor shooting night.” While the loss stung, there’s little doubt that the Flyers had a magical run, one that
their coach won’t soon forget. “It’s tough when it ends, there’s no gradual winding down of activities,” Henry said. “Things ramp up to such a degree, physically and emotionally, and then...nothing. On the other hand, when one looks back at our record and the things the team accomplished, there’s reason for a certain amount of pride and optimism going forward. I tend to forget our won/loss record pretty quickly once the season ends, but I believe we were 12-6, 15-4, and 17-2 over the past three years. That’s something our seniors should feel really good about. Working with this group has been a singular pleasure.” The Flyers were thrilled to get to the regional final this winter. Next time, they’ll aim even higher. “Next year, we’ll have two starters back, in Serge and Harry, which is a great nucleus to build around,” said Henry. “(Juniors) Henry Cleaves and Joe Schnier are ready for increased roles and we have some underclassmen who have developed very nicely through our freshman and JV teams. The cupboard isn’t bare by any means and I’m getting excited to work with this group just talking about them.” Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@ theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.
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Sunday 3/10 Mostly Puppets: “King Pong”s Ping Pong Rodeo.” 2 p.m., Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland. 6153609.
Mid Coast Auditions Brunswick 2013 Hometown Idol is seeking participants for this year’s contest, held April 27 at 7 p.m. at the Orion Performing Arts Center in Topsham. Applications are available in Brunswick, Topsham and Harpswell schools and at Shaw’s at Cook’s Coner and Riley Insurance. For more information visit brunswickmainerotary.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Books & Authors Thursday 2/28 Poetry Express, 7 p.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 4435141 ext. 25.
Film Friday 3/1 “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” 7 p.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 443-8285. Foreign Film Series: “Children of Heaven” (Iran), 7 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 725-5242.
Bonnie Duncan performs “A Squirrel Stole My Underpants,” Sunday at 2 p.m. at Mayo Street Arts as part of its Mostly Puppets Festival series running through April. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children and may be purchased in advance by calling 615-3609. For a schedule of performances, visit mayostreetarts.org. Mayo Street Arts is located at 10 Mayo St., Portland. table discussion, 7 p.m., Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, 725-3375.
Saturday 3/2 “Chasing Ice,” 7 p.m., Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, 725-3375.
Friday 3/8 Foreign Film Series: “Shall We Dance” (Japan), 7 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. 725-5242.
Saturday 3/9 “Get Away Jordan,” 4 p.m., Bath United Methodist Church, 340 Oak Grove, Bath, 443-4707.
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Maine Maritime Museum, open daily 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m., 243 Washington St., Bath, 443-1316 or mainemaritimemuseum.org. Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Hubbard Hall, Bowdoin College, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Sundays; closed Mondays, 725-3416, bowdoin.edu/ arctic-museum. Pejepscot Historical Society Museum, CSI Brunswick: The Forensic Work of Dr. Frank Whittier, and Pejepscot”s Early Scots-Irish History, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.- 4
“Quake,” 7 p.m., Wish Theater, Memorial Hall, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, 725-3375.
Friday 3/1 “Quake,” 7 p.m., Wish Theater, Memorial Hall, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, 725-3375.
Saturday 3/2 “Quake,” 7 p.m., Wish Theater, Memorial Hall, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, 725-3375. “The Good Swimmer,” 9 p.m., Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, 7253375.
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Theater & Dance Friday 3/1 “Tribute,” 7 p.m., Deering High School, 370 Stevens Ave., Portland, 874-8260. First Friday 10 Minute Showcase, 5-9 p.m., Meg Perry Center, 644 Congress St., Portland, 766-6204.
Saturday 3/2 “39 Steps,” 6:30 p.m., Falmouth High School, 74 Woodville Road, Falmouth, falmouththeater.org. “Tribute,” 7 p.m., Deering High School, 370 Stevens Ave., Portland, 874-8260. “Once Upon a Mattress,” 8 p.m., Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer St., South Portland, 874-8260.
Sunday 3/3 Mostly Puppets Festival: “Squirrel Stole My Underpants,” 2 p.m., Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, Mayostreetarts.org. “39 Steps,” 3 p.m., Falmouth High School, 74 Woodville Road, Falmouth, falmouththeater.org
Monday 3/4 Naked Shakespeare: The Apprentice Showcase, 8 p.m., Wine Bar, 38 Wharf St., Portland, 854-0065.
Wednesday 3/6 “Dead Man Walking,” 7 p.m., Cape Elizabeth High School, 345 Ocean
DANCE MARATHON WEEKEND at The Maine Mall March 2nd - 3rd Join over 1000 participants as they dance in support of STRIVE. A local nonprofit serving over 800 tweens, teens and young adults with developmental disabilities. Overnight marathon starts at 9pm and goes through 9am and will include: live music, DJ’s, Moon bounces, Fashion Show, Psychic Readings, Prizes, Tons of Food & much more! Kids and Families- plan to join STRIVE for Dance Day on March 3rd from 10am-6pm. FMI: www.STRIVErocks.org STRIVE would like to acknowledge the following supporters:
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‘Once Upon a Mattress’ in South Portland By Scott Andrews A classic musical comedy from the middle of the 20th century takes center stage this week in the arts and entertainment calendar. Lyric Music Theater’s current community production of “Once Upon a Mattress” is a very funny and very tuneful fairy tale for adults. It’s based on the classic yarn of “The Princess and the Pea.” Portland Symphony Orchestra has its annual major choral work scheduled for March 5. Franz Joseph Haydn’s “The Creation” will be presented with the Masterworks Chorus of the Choral Art Society as featured vocal ensemble, three solo vocalists plus guest maestro Donald Neuen on the podium. One Longfellow Square has a topnotch instrumentalist slated for Saturday: Johnny A, who ranks among America’s guitar gods. ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ What a hoot! That was my first impression of “Once Upon a Mattress,” the exceedingly funny Broadway musical comedy that’s running through this weekend at Lyric Music Theater. If the latest turns in the weather have you longing for some belly laughs, turn to this wonderful community production. Dating from 1959, “Once Upon a Mattress” is based on the classic fairy tale, “The Princess and the Pea.” With script by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer, lyrics by Barer and music by Mary Rodgers (daughter of legendary Broadway composer Richard Rodgers) “Once Upon a Mattress” has become a staple of community and school companies. The libretto is characterized by campy satire performed by overdrawn, overblown characters and several delightfully surprising turns of the plot. Tops in Lyric’s community production are John Robinson as Prince Dauntless, who is played as an
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overgrown schoolboy, and Crystal Giordano as Princess Winifred, a loudmouthed comedienne who also serves as the show’s improbably forward ingenue. I also liked several of the supporting actors, especially Patricia Davis, as the domineering Queen Aggravain, and John Schrank as her long-suffering husband, King Sextimus the Silent. Kudos also to Vince Knue as The Minstrel and Joe Swenson as The Jester. Director Michael Donovan maintains the fast pace this style of show requires to succeed. Lyric’s costumer, Louise Keezer, also excels in her longtime role. Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer St. in South Portland, presents “Once Upon a Mattress” at 8 p.m. March 1-2. Call 7991421.
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“This is the ‘Representation of Chaos,’ before creation, and to say it was ahead of its time is to understate the case.” Over the course of “The Creation,” Haydn musically develops the elements of the text in myriad and fascinating ways. For example, one passage mimics the waves on the ocean, while the section on the creation of the animals evokes a delightful musical zoo. Taken as a whole, “The Creation” is an overwhelming work. “The spaciousness of his design, the rich colors of his orchestra palette, his harmonic genius and his devotion to the text all combine into an awe-inspiring grandeur full of glory and profound thanksgiving,” according to Rohr. Three soloists have been engaged: soprano Lisa Saffer, tenor John McVeigh and bass Laurence Albert. Saffer and McVeigh are Maine residents, and both enjoy thriving careers on the global operatic circuit. Both have performed with the PSO and other Maine musical organizations numerous times. Albert made his professional debut with the Detroit Opera in 1977, and has since performed a repertoire of over 50 operatic roles. Neuen currently serves as the University of California, Los Angeles Distinguished Professor of Choral Conducting and Director of Choral Studies. In addition, Neuen regularly directs the UCLA Chorale and the UCLA Chamber Singers and is the artistic director of the Angeles Chorale. The Masterworks Chorus, directed by University of Southern Maine professor Robert Russell, is part of the larger Choral Art Society, southern Maine’s largest ensemble devoted to singing. Portland Symphony Orchestra presents “The Creation” at 7:30 p.m. March 5 at Merrill Auditorium at Portland City Hall. continued page 24
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Bulletin Board Wednesday 2/27 Entreverge Award nominations with PROPEL, 5:30 p.m., Hannaford Lecture Hall, 88 Bedford St., Portland, 772-2811.
Friday 3/1 Portland Recovery Community Center Open House, 1 p.m., Portland Recovery Community Center, 468 Forest Ave., Portland.
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Arborist from page 1 The division will plant about 200 trees in May and June, he said, funded by a mix of city, state, federal and private funds. That’s roughly the same as the number planted last year. Deciding which trees go where is a complex process. It involves aerial photography and onthe-ground evaluations to determine how a sapling might be affected by factors including the size of a potential site, nearby utility lines, pedestrian and vehicle traffic, water drainage and the salt used to de-ice
Tar sands from page 1 sands, a sludge-like mixture of sand, oil, clay and an oil known as bitumen. Some environmental advocates say Canadian energy company Enbridge intends to pump tar sands 236 miles through the 72-year-old Portland-Montreal Pipeline. But because it is more corrosive than other forms of crude oil, the advocates claim, the thick goo could damage the pipeline and endanger water resources, including Sebago Lake and Casco Bay. Environmentalists also claim that increasing the extraction, refining and eventual use of tar sands will increase greenhouse gas emissions and be a disastrous “gamechanger” for the earth’s climate. Dangers like these drew hundreds of people to Portland streets in protest last month, and led the City Council to consider – but ultimately table – a proposal to ban the city’s use of fuel derived from tar sands. At a breakfast meeting Monday at the Portland Regency Hotel, McQueeen said Alberta tar sands account for only a tiny percentage of greenhouse gas, and that the province has stringent industry regulations and monitoring protocols to minimize the danger of pipeline leaks. “Developing (tar) sands is important to Alberta, but what’s equally important is our environment,” she said. But industry regulations can do little to clean up a tar-sands spill, according to City Councilor Dave Marshall, who chairs the Transportation, Energy and Sustainability Committee that drafted the council’s proposed ban. In the event of a spill in a body of water, the heavy oil would sink to the bottom, where it would be almost impossible to remove, he said. Unlike oil spills of light crude oil, “you can’t boom it, you can’t skim it, you can’t evaporate it away. “My concern is that we don’t have the
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Dining Out Saturday 3/2 Spaghetti Supper Serenade, 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. Freeport Community Center, 10 Depot St., Freeport, 846-0705. Public supper, 4:30 p.m., Cape Elizabeth Methodist Church, 280 Ocean House Road, Cape ELizabeth, 774-7241. Baked Bean Supper, 5 p.m., Triangle Club of Casco Lodge, 20 Mill St., Yarmouth, 846-4724.
sidewalks. Tarling also has to consider where plantings are most needed, such as tree-poor sections of the peninsula, and streets where trees have died or had to be removed. Individual residents request trees, and developers pay for the city to install trees next to new buildings. The Bayside and Parkside neighborhoods are often high-demand locations, Tarling said. More suburban parts of the city, such as Stroudwater, require fewer plantings. “But we get requests from everywhere,” he said. “People have an emotional attachment to trees. ... Sometimes, especially for people in town, that little tree on the sidetechnology to clean it up, “ said Marshall, who was one of about a dozen people invited by the Consulate General of Canada to New England to meet with McQueen. “You can put the responsibility on industry to do that, but you’re still going to have a polluted body of water.” Marshall mentioned a much-publicized 2010 pipeline burst that spilled millions of gallons of tar-sands oil into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan. But that spill was unique and largely the result of operator error, said Tristan Sangret, another Alberta official at the meeting. In response to a question from state Sen. James Boyle, D-Gorham, Sangret also explained that because tar sands are diluted and processed before they are transported, they’re no more corrosive than other crude oil. “Basically, by the time (tar sands) leave the plant gate,” he said, “they’re a diluted heavy oil that meets pipeline specs.” Sangret also said that a study released Monday by Penspen Integrity, a British pipeline company, was new proof that tar sands are no more corrosive than other crudes. As the meeting wound up, McQueen urged Mainers to see the big picture when it came to the use of tar sands. “The world is looking for energy from responsible (oil) producers,” she said. “If not Alberta, then someone else is going to be doing it. ... Is it fair to say to other countries that they can’t have what we have? “Alberta has stepped up to the plate,” she continued. “I challenge other jurisdictions to (produce oil) as well, with as much transparency, as we have.” But Marshall said he, too, is looking at the big picture. “We’ve reached a point where our addiction to fossil fuels will ensure the destruction of the planet,” he said. “I don’t see that as sustainable for future generations.” William Hall can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or whall@ theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @hallwilliam4.
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Saturday 3/2 Worm Maineia, 9 a.m., Prince Memorial Library, 266 Main St., Cumberland, 829-2215.
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walk is their only green space.” At the same time, Tarling is talking with nurseries to find out the quantity and types of trees available. He looks for trees whose size, shape and growth needs match the sites. “We have to figure out which trees are going to be tough enough. We also have to step back and think about what a tree is going to look like not just today, but someday in the future,” he said. “There’s a lot of strategy about where we want (trees) to go. By the end of April, we have to be pretty much locked in.” The short height of hedge maples and tree lilacs make them well-suited for some city streets. The city has been trying dwarf sugar maples for the same reason. Green pillar oaks have a column-like shape that led Tarling to plant several in Boothby Square on Fore Street. Portland’s public spaces boast dozens of
tree varieties. Some are unusual, such as tupelo, more often found in the deep South. The city also has about 100 American elms, a species that was nearly wiped out locally by disease in the 1960s. The city is home to a rare, 80-foot-tall dawn redwood, near Sacred Heart Church on Mellen Street, Tarling said. And one of the city’s oldest trees, a white oak more than 250 years old, stands in Deering Oaks Park. Once this year’s plantings are in the ground, the work won’t stop, Tarling said. In the summer, the young trees have to be carefully watered and cared for in order to survive. (About 90 percent of them do, he said.) In the fall, trees have to be fertilized, pruned, removed, braced and prepared for the next winter. Which, after all, is less than 300 days away. William Hall can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or whall@ theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @hallwilliam4.
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POETICGOLD FARM DogTraining: A Sound Education For Every Dog, Because we want all dogs to get an education, we offer some puppy and basic classes like Canine Good Citizen for 120& to keep them reasonable. Please write to Ljilly28@me.com or sign up at www.poeticgoldfarm.com 2/ 20 Wednesday Nights with Amy Herbert ABCDT, 3pm Help! My Dog is Out Of Control! (this class is for people who are frustrated and ready to give up on fixing naughty behavior) $140 for 6 weeks. The classes below are all $120 for 6 weeks: 4pm Intermediate Obedience (prep for competition in Novice), 5pm Basic Obedience, 6pm AKC Star Puppy, 7pm Conformation/Show Ring Handling. Saturday March 2 with Judy Moore CPDT-KA, 9 am STAR Puppy, 10 am Manner I, 11am Control Unleashed,11am Outdoor Adventures For Shy/Insecure Dogs, 1pm Leash Lungers/Frustrated Greeters, 1pm Control Unleashed, Sunday, March 3 to April 7, 9 am to 10 am STAR Puppy with Jill,10 am to 11 am Family Dog Manners with Jill,11am to 12pm Canine Good Citizen/Therapy Dog Prep with Jill, 1pm to 2pm Rally O with Jill, 2pm to 3pm Rally O with Jill, 3-m to 4pm Noseworks with Elisa (THIS CLASS IS FULL). 4pm to 5pm Control Unleashed with Elisa (THIS CLASS IS FULL). Monday March 4 with Judy Moore CPDT-KA, 12pm Basic Manners I,1 pm Control Unleashed, 4pm Canine Good Citizen, 5pm Human Directed Aggression(T.A.C.T. Program), 7pm Manners II, Tuesday Mornings March 5 to Tuesday April 9, 9 am to 10 am Rally O Excellent with Jill (THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL), 11 am to 12 am Control Unleashed with Elisa (THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL) Wednesday, Day times: February 27 to April 3 (Jill) All these classes are 120$ per session, 8 am to 9 am Rally Excellent and Rally Excellent Advanced (THIS CLASS IS FULL) 9am to 10 am STAR Puppy, 10 am to 11am Canine Good Citizen/Therapy Dog Prep, 12pm to 1pm Family Dog Manners. 1pm to 2pm Rally O, Thursdays Afternoons and Evenings with with Nancy FreemanSmith CBATI, Tricks Class 6pm Freestyle Class 6pm Growly Dogs (THIS CLASS IS FULL), BAT Instruction, Fridays at PoeticGold Farm Dog Training: Friday, March 1 to April 5, 10 am to 11am Rally O (Jill) 11 am to 12 pm Breed Handling with Amy Herbert. PoeticGold Farm Dog Training 207.899.1185
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Restraint from page 1 that using restraint is the answer to challenging behavior,” said Deb Davis, a disability rights advocate and Falmouth parent. “One of the last things they talked about at the public testimony was all these suggestions to use positive alternatives instead of 5 restraint and asking how you could do that
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in this economic climate. We can’t afford to train our teachers properly on restraint, but we will instead restrain (students). I find that unsettling.” She said the problem with Chapter 33, the Maine Department of Education’s rule governing physical restraint and seclusion, lies not with the law itself, but with teachers’ understanding of the law. “(Teachers) didn’t read the law, they
don’t understand the law and the stories they told at the public hearing prove that,” Davis said. “Teachers said, ‘I was bitten by a student and I couldn’t do anything about it.’ But the law says if there is imminent danger to the student or others, you can use restraint. Time after time it is teachers blaming Chapter 33, when it isn’t the law, it is the lack of training.” Chapter 33 was passed in June 2012,
after a 2010 series published by The Forecaster revealed that physical restraint was being used frequently in Maine schools, in some cases in violation of existing policies. In response to the reports, the Maine Department of Education formed a working group to examine the state’s restraint laws; stakeholders presented their revisions to the Legislature in early 2012. continued page 31
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Those changes included clearer definitions of physical restraint and seclusion, and limits on the use of both except in cases where “a student presents imminent risk of injury or harm to the student or others” and where less-intensive interventions have been unsuccessful. Complaints from educators who said the law is too limiting prompted Saviello to propose his changes. “Teachers want to teach,” he said during a press conference Feb. 20 in Augusta. “The way Chapter 33 was written, it took that ability out of their hands. Chapter 33 is well intended, but it needs to be clarified. It needs to be modified to allow our teachers to teach again.” Among other things, the law now prohibits any action that restricts a child’s free movement, including guiding them with a hand on a shoulder or back. Saviello’s proposal replaces the ban on such “physical escort” with language that allows “temporary touching or holding of the student who is acting out, for the purpose of inducing that student to walk to a safe location.” It also allows “a brief period” of physical restriction by person-to person contact in order to protect and prevent a student from causing injury or harm, property destruction or disruption of the school. It asks that Chapter 33 be amended to
say that restraint or seclusion may be used in cases where a student may cause “significant property damage” and to “prevent disruption of the educational environment.” Finally, it allows restraint or seclusion of students when precise circumstances are described in a written document signed by the student’s parent. The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine said the proposed changes to the law go too far. “Chapter 33 was crafted as part of a thoughtful, year-long process involving key stakeholders including educators and the Department of Education, and should not be gutted by legislators in a matter of days,” said Rachel Healy, director of communication for the ACLU. “We believe that there is a lack of information and understanding about what Chapter 33 actually says and does and we should focus on clarifying the rule, not undermining it with emergency legislation.” She added that the safety of teachers and students is “absolutely paramount,” but, like Davis, said the Department of Edcuation should do more to make sure that teachers are educated on what the law actually allows. Davis said that Chapter 33 requires teachers to receive training on restraint and seclusion from an approved training program, but there is a significant gap between the law and training that is actually taking place.
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When asked whether the Department of Education could do a better job providing training to teachers on physical restraint and seclusion, Deborah Friedman, director of policy and programs for the department, said she is not sure what that training could look like or that the Department would go around from school to school explaining the rule. “We don’t have the resources to do that and I’m not sure whether it is necessary,” Friedman said. “(But) we’d be interested in hearing suggestions about what would be helpful and feasible to improve understanding of the rule.” What Friedman does think needs to happen is some clarification of language within Chapter 33, instead of a complete unraveling of what the law. “Giving teachers back the tools they have used in the past to manage student behavior, as long as those tools have minimal risks of physical injury to the staff or student, because that is the underlying reason for the rule change (proposal),” she said.” She said that changes could include language to allow “shepherding” of students or brief contact between teachers and students should be made. But Maine Education Association president, Lois Kilby-Chesley, said the language tweaks need to go further because the current wording is too restrictive. Kilby-Chesleysaid that word “imminent” in the law needs to be more clearly defined
as it relates to an imminent threat, because the definition of the word could be different from person to person. The Maine Disability Rights Center agrees with that assessment. “One of the things mentioned by the Maine Education Association in their testimony (at the Feb. 20 public hearing) was that it makes sense to remove the word ‘imminent,’” said Karen Farber, a disability rights advocate at the center. “We have heard stories of teachers holding back and saying, ‘Is it imminent yet?’ No one wants to have people sitting there not following their good instincts; if the word ‘imminent’ is causing a hang-up, creating pause where people feel like they are torn, (it should be changed).” Saviello’s bill was scheduled to go before the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs on Feb. 5, but Friedman said Monday that the committee has not moved forward on it. Davis said she hopes parents of affected children will have another opportunity to speak on behalf of maintaining Chapter 33 as it was written because the Feb. 20 public hearing was during school vacation, which may have prevented some from attending. She said the proposed changes to the law go too far and suggested teachers can use tools like positive reinforcement to curb undesired behavior in students. “There is so much that can be done instead of restraint,” Davis said.
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