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Vol. 9, No. 15

News of The City of Portland

Peaks secession debate moves to the Statehouse By Randy Billings AUGUSTA — Most of the 55 people who addressed a legislative committee on Monday agreed Peaks Island is a unique place, filled with passionate, opinionated people who create a vibrant community. But they were almost evenly split in their opinions about a bill proposed by Rep. Windol Weaver, R-York, that would allow the island to secede from Portland. In his introduction, Weaver asked the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government to support LD 1079 and give

islanders a vote on secession. Residents were denied that opportunity in 2007, when the committee voted 7-5 to kill a previous secession effort. That decision led to the creation of the Peaks Island Council, which is considered a failed experiment. Weaver portrayed the current secession effort as an epic fight for independence – a tale of David versus Goliath. “Put yourself in their position, since they are held captive by a bigger and stronger town,” Weaver

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Peaks Island resident Jane Gerard testifies in favor of LD 1079 on Monday in Augusta before the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government. The bill would allow islanders to vote on seceding from Portland.

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Lawmakers table ‘smart’ meter opt-out, kill moratorium By Emily Parkhurst AUGUSTA — A bill that would require Central Maine Power Co. to allow customers to opt out of new “smart” electrical meters was derailed Monday by a legislative committee. The House Energy and Utilities Committee unanimously voted to

Council panel to vote on school budget By Kate Bucklin PORTLAND — The city Finance Committee is scheduled to vote Thursday on an $89.6 million school budget proposed for next year. Finance Committee Chairman John Anton said this week he does not expect any major problems with the budget, although he questioned the School Board’s request to use city reserves to fund $480,000 of its spending request.

table the bill, introduced by Rep. Heather Sirocki, R-Scarborough, which would offer customers the ability to opt out of having the wireless meters installed on their home or business. The committee killed another bill, introduced by Sen. Larry Bliss, D-South Portland, that

would have put a one-year moratorium on installation of the meters until more safety testing could be done. “I think that was the appropriate thing for them to do,” said Eric Bryant, a lead attorney for the Maine Office of the Public Advocate.

The decision comes as the Maine Public Utilities Commission is poised to make its own decision about opt-outs, after seven complaints were filed with the agency, many of which specifically requested a way out of the program. Last week, in a decision on

one of the complaints, the PUC declined to reconsider its previous position that it will not investigate whether the meters pose a health threat. “We think the comments from representatives of the PUC and See page 29

Safer routes planned for walkers, bicyclists in Deering Center

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By Kate Bucklin PORTLAND — The city hopes to have a network of streets in place by the next school year that are safe for bicyclists and walkers to travel to schools, shops and parks. The pilot Neighborhood Byways program is part of the city’s effort to encourage physical activity and prevent obesity. Portland received $1.8 million in federal stimulus money last year for the initiative and would spend as much as $60,000 of that funding on the Deering Center byways project, according to city Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Coordinator Bruce Hyman. The program may also seek additional funding from money set aside for sidewalk improvements.

Highlighted streets are part of the network proposed of “Neighborhood Byways” for pedestrians and walkers in Portland’s Deering Center neighborhood.

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Index Arts Calendar.................18 Classifieds......................31 Community Calendar......20 Meetings.........................20

Obituaries....................... 11 Opinion.............................8 Out & About....................19 People & Business.........12

Police Beat.....................10 Real Estate.....................35 School Notebook............17 Sports.............................13

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April 13, 2011

Eastern Prom too crowded for boat ramp? By Kate Bucklin PORTLAND — A community group is making finding a new place for the city’s commercial boat ramp a priority for improving the Eastern Promenade park. As park use increases along the waterfront, the commercial boat ramp there is becoming a safety issue for the public, said Diane Davison, president of Friends of the Eastern Promenade. The commercial ramp is used to send heavy equipment and construction materials to the islands in Casco Bay. The

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city barge uses the ramp for island services, including hauling trash and Public Services equipment. It is at the foot of the Prom, south of the recreational boat launch. City Hall spokeswoman Nicole Clegg said moving the ramp is included in the master plan for the park, and the city plans to begin meetings with staff and the Friends in May. Relocating the ramp won’t be a quick process, she said. The state Department of Environmental Protection needs to be involved, along with engineers. Routes and travel time also need to be considered. Davison said truck traffic down Cutter Street causes “pedestrian conflicts.” She also said that the eastern waterfront has seen an increase in recreational use in recent years. “As recreation increases at the park, it pushes this issue to the foreground,”

PORTLAND — Applications for absentee ballots for the May 10 referendum on the proposed school budget for fiscal 2012 are now available, the School Department announced in a press release. Applications may be obtained from the city clerk’s office at City Hall, or may be downloaded under the elections and voter registration link on the city clerk’s website. Applications should be mailed or faxed (874-8612) to the clerk’s office.

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Other priorities Friends of the Eastern Promenade has developed a list of priorities based on the park’s Master Plan. In addition to moving the commercial boat ramp, they include rehabilitation of Fort Allen Park, management of invasive plant species, restoration of the Cleeves Monument and adding signs and an information kiosk. Fort Allen Park needs a complete restoration, Davison said. A request for proposals is being issued for an architect

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The School Board has proposed an $89.6 million budget for next year, although the spending plan will not be finalized until the City Council votes on May 2. Absentee ballots may be returned between May 3 and 10 at 8 p.m., and residents may vote early within that period during normal City Hall business hours. The clerk’s office will also be open on Saturday, May 7, from 8 a.m. to noon for early voting.

All polling locations will be open for voting on Tuesday, May 10, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Contact the city clerk at 8748677 with any voting-related questions. School budget information is available on the Portland schools website, www.

Correction Last week’s sidebar story with Part 3 of the Maine Center for Public Interest series on bail commissioners should have said commissioners can charge up to $60 in cases where a defendant is released on personal recognizance. Also, in Part 2 of the series, the name of Cumberland County bail commissioner Barbara Guimond was misspelled.

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Davison said. Commercial use in the winter is also an issue, she said, because heavy equipment is stored in the parking lot at the bottom of Cutter Street, causing safety issues for people sledding on the hill. Davison said one possibility is to move the ramp closer to Ocean Gateway.

to help with the project. Among the restorative needs are the cannon carriages, wrought iron fencing and painting the bandstand. Invasive bamboo north of Fort Allen Circle will be treated this summer, Davison said. The Cleeves Monument, at the end of Congress Street, needs a new wrought iron fence and some landscaping, she said. Davison also said the summer concert series at the bandstand will be revived this summer, with seven concerts. The Friends will host a neighborhood meeting May 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the East End Community School to discuss what is planned for the park. Davison also said that the Friends are seeking funding for projects from grants and private donors.

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“I’m so glad I could come back and do what I did before and be involved in my kids’ lives.”

Two years ago, Tyra Tarbox came home from work late one evening. The then 45-yearold mother of four suffered a significant seizure. Luckily her husband Jim was still awake. The major vessel providing flow to the base of her brain had torn, launching a blood clot which caused a stroke in her brain stem. Doctors could not understand what caused this very serious form of stroke. She was rushed to the local hospital, evaluated and quickly flown to a Boston hospital for surgery. When she first awoke six days later, Tyra had no body movement and could not move her eyes to the right. She was told that she had survived not only the stroke, but also a series of complications resulting from her brain’s lack of blood. After almost a month of inpatient rehabilitation in Portland, she returned home on her husband’s birthday and is now leading a full and productive life.

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Police chief: Man shot by officer used car ‘as a dangerous weapon’ Jonathan Mitchell in custody at Maine Medical Center By Kate Bucklin PORTLAND — A car chase through East Deering early Sunday morning ended with a burglary suspect being shot by police. Police Chief James Craig, in a press conference on Monday, said Officer Robert Miller fired two bullets at Jonathan Mitchell, a 29-year-old Bangor man. He said Mitchell allegedly “used his vehicle as a dangerous weapon” to escape officers, and the shooting is under investigation by the Police Department and the Maine attorney general.

Craig said Miller and Officer David Schertz approached Mitchell on foot on Fairfield Street and attempted to arrest him after the chase. Mitchell, he said, refused and tried to escape in his black Volkswagen Jetta. At that point, Craig said, Miller shot Mitchell in the neck and shoulder. Neither officer was hurt and Mitchell managed to get away. He was found at about 6:20 a.m. at 150 Washington Ave., in the apartment of a woman. Craig said officers found him after spotting his vehicle near the home. Mitchell was arrested and taken by ambulance to Maine Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition Monday afternoon. The incident began at about 4:40 a.m.

Sunday when Mitchell’s estranged wife called police to report that he had unlawfully entered her Allen Avenue home while she was asleep and was refusing to leave. Mitchell reportedly left while the woman was on the phone with police, but she was able to give them a description of his car. Miller spotted Mitchell on Washington Avenue a short time later and tried to pull him over, but Mitchell did not stop. Schertz joined the pursuit and the two officers followed Mitchell onto Presumpscot Street, to Sherwood Street and onto Veranda Street. Mitchell then reportedly turned onto the short dead-end, Fairfield Street. Craig said Miller, a three-year veteran of the Police Department, was placed

on paid administrative leave, which is routine in officer-involved shootings. Schertz, who has been with the department one year, did not fire his weapon. He said the officers followed the correct protocol in reporting the chase and pursuing Mitchell, who was charged with criminal trespass, operating after revocation for being a habitual offender, eluding police and reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon. He also was charged with probation revocation because he was on probation for aggravated assault. The case has been submitted to the district attorney, Craig said. Kate Bucklin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or Follow her on Twitter: @ katebucklin.

U.S. House panel to again consider curbs on restraint, seclusion of students By Emily Parkhurst AUGUSTA — Federal legislation that would restrict the use of restraints and isolation on children in school was introduced last week in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., the senior Democrat on the Education and Workforce Committee, introduced the legislation, which would limit schools’ use of physical restraint and locked seclusion. It would allow the practices only when there is imminent danger of injury and only when imposed by trained staff. The law would also require schools to notify parents after their children are restrained or secluded; outlaw mechanical restraints, such as strapping children to chairs, and prohibit restraints that restrict breathing. “The whole (disability rights) network is thrilled about this,” Maine Disability

Rights Center attorney Diane Smith said. “We’re really hoping it flies through this year.” A similar bill passed the House of Representatives in March 2010, but was never taken up by the U.S. Senate. Both of Maine’s representatives, Democrats Chellie Pingree and Michael Michaud, voted for the legislation. International disability rights organization TASH (formerly The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps) released a report last week, called “The Cost of Waiting.” It highlights dozens of instances of improper restraint and seclusion in schools across the country in the time since the first bill was passed. The report included The Forecaster’s report of restraint used on three special education students in the Scarborough school system, as well as dozens of other media reports of restraints and seclusions

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across the country. “We must provide children in all states equal protection from these dangerous techniques, and create a cultural shift toward preventative, positive intervention strategies backed by research,” the report states. “Teachers require the knowledge, training, tools and support to protect themselves and their students by preventing problem behaviors and maintaining a positive and healthy educational environment.” The Forecaster’s investigation turned up nearly 100 restraints used on three


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Challenge emerges to school-imposed activity fees in Maine Fee structure varies widely across local communities By Emily Parkhurst SCARBOROUGH — As more Maine school districts begin charging students fees to participate in sports and extracurricular activities, some people are questioning the legality of the charges. “A public education should be free,” said Mike Gilbert, the father of four children who attend Scarborough schools. Gilbert believes the fees charged by Maine schools are unconstitutional and is pushing legislators and the Maine Department of Education to remove them. His action follows a successful challenge to fees in California. Last September, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a civil lawsuit against the state of California challenging some school districts’ use of fees to cover the costs of activities and, in some cases, charging for textbooks and in-class materials. On Dec. 9, 2010, the ACLU reached a settlement with the state that bans the “pay to participate,” or two-tiered free/fee system. It also forced school districts that

had been charging the fees to reimburse parents or incur a financial penalty. “This is not just a Scarborough issue,” Gilbert said. “Everybody’s getting tired of getting fee’ed to death.” Gilbert, who paid $550 this year for his children to participate in activities, cited a Maine law that says all students between ages 7 and 17 “shall be provided an opportunity to receive the benefits of a free public education.” Until the state defines specifically what qualifies as a free public education, he said, it is in danger of lawsuits from parents forced to pay fees in one town while children in neighboring communities get the same activities for free. “Had my daughter gone to another school, she would have paid nothing,” Gilbert said. Gilbert sent letters to Gov. Paul LePage and the newly appointed education commissioner, Stephen Bowen, who responded in a letter that there is currently no state law that prohibits schools from charging fees for school activities. Maine Department of Education spokesman David Connerty-Marin confirmed that, saying that the state has no policies or rules on whether school districts can charge activity fees, or how

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much they can charge. There is, however, a state law that prohibits schools from charging for textbooks and other classroom materials. However, as school budgets get tighter, many Maine school boards are beginning to question what counts as a “free public education,” and what is extra.

Fees compared Cape Elizabeth charged high school students $150 to participate in sports this year, up from $125 the year before. Middle schoolers paid $45 per sport plus a one-time $25 administration fee for athletic programs, down from a $75 per sport and uniform fee plus a one-time $40 administration fee the previous year. Falmouth has a tiered system, where high school students participating in more expensive sports, such as hockey or football, pay $175 per season, while those participating in sports such as cross-country, pay $100. Participating in co-curricular activities costs $25 for the year. Middle school students pay $100 per sport, except cross-country and track, which cost $50. Participation in co-curricular activities costs $20 per year. School Administrative District 51 (Cumberland and North Yarmouth) charges a $75 fee for participation in each sport, with the exception of those sports, such as football and skiing, where booster clubs already collect participation fees. In Scarborough, the schools assess fees of $100 per sport and $50 per activity for high school students, and $50 per sport and $25 per activity for middle schoolers. The district also will begin charging intermediate school students (grades 3-5) $25 per activity starting next year. “Not even close,” Scarborough School Board Finance Committee Chairman Robert Mitchell said when asked if the fees cover the costs of running the sports and activities. Mitchell said the fees bring in about $150,000 per year, while the middle and

high school activities alone cost approximately $760,000. In Falmouth, the schools collect approximately $167,000 in activity fees, while the costs of middle and high school athletics is more than $675,000. “People think sports and co-curriculars are all part of an education,” Mitchell said, “but we have to balance that with the costs of teachers and classrooms. You can’t have everything.” Mitchell said with the cuts to school funding at the state level, districts must be creative to continue offering traditional programs. “We have to manage the whole picture,” he said. “We just don’t get a lot of state subsidy.”

Fee-free zones

The South Portland School Board recently declined to enact a fee policy and RSU 5 (Freeport, Pownal and Durham) considered creating a fee structure last year, but decided against it. “The cost was too significant for families in the RSU 5 area,” Superintendent Shannon Welsh said. “The (School) Board deliberated last year, but decided against it.” Welsh said the costs of collecting the fees seemed to be more than the benefit. Yarmouth also recently decided not to enact a fee system. Yarmouth Superintendent Judy Paolucci said the School Board has investigated the “pay-to-play” concept, but decided since parents already contribute so much to the sports program through booster support, the fees may have a negative impact. “(Charging fees) may not be as advantageous as one may think,” she said. “We thought the booster support may lessen if there was a fee imposed.”

Fee collection

In Falmouth, the town’s Community Services Department takes care of fee collections for the schools. Scarborough has added a new part-time

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Secession from page 1 said. “Peaks Island Council is at the mercy of the Portland City Council. Their input is ignored. They do not have a say in the council’s decisions.” He added, “We as humble state representatives should be like Moses, who said ‘Let my people go.’” The committee heard a full day of testimony from islanders on both sides of the issue. Many wore pins signifying their allegiance, and the two sides sat largely on separate sides of the room. The committee holds a work session on Wednesday. Legislative aid Anna Broome said she expected much of the discussion would focus on the bill’s proposed secession process. That process would require the city to negotiate its debts and assets with islanders and schedule an island-only secession vote for Jan. 10, 2012. Secession proponents said they are concerned about paying more in property taxes than they are receiving in services. They said, even by the city’s account, islanders generate about $5.5 million in revenue for the city, but only receive about $4.1 million in services. They support the bill, they said, because they feel it will force the city to negotiate with islanders, so residents can know what it would cost to be an independent town. Opponents, however, argued the process must not sidestep state law. They included Democratic Sen. Justin Alfond, Democratic Rep. Peter Stuckey, Mayor Nick Mavodones, City Councilor Ed Suslovic, and representatives of the PortComment on this story at:

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Scott Nash holds a petition he said was signed by more than 340 Peaks Island residents who oppose secession from Portland.

land Regional Chamber and the Maine Municipal Association. Mavodones said the islanders looking to split from Portland should not be allowed to pursue that goal without gaining signed petitions, holding open discussions, and an official vote on the island. “As an elected official I find it very troubling the effort to secede from the city of Portland could proceed without any of us in this room knowing the true wishes of the residents,” Mavodones said. “I would contend that allowing this bill to move forward would set a precedent that would embolden individuals around the state to try and rewrite the boundaries of their town,” he added. Secession proponents, however, argued that island residents have tried to mediate their differences with the city, but the city has not been responsive. They noted that last year the PIC all but dissolved amid frustration. Former PIC Chairman Michael Richards said he believes the success of the continued page 29

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Secession organizer Judy Piawlock speaks with state Rep. Windol Weaver, R-York, before Monday’s public hearing in Augusta on Weaver’s bill, which would open the door for Peaks Island to secede from Portland.

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Improvements incremental for Maine bail system By John Christie, Naomi Schalit, Mary Helen Miller and Emily Guerin Last in a series, “Maine’s bail system: a 19th century holdover,” by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed budget restores to the state judicial system a position that in the past has helped to improve the hiring and training of the state bail commissioners. According to Leigh Saufley, chief jus-

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tice of Maine Supreme Judicial Court, the governor has agreed to fund a criminal process manager, a position left vacant by the Baldacci administration since January 2010. The funding is subject to the approval of the Legislature. The salary range is $47,000 to $61,500 and the job requires a law degree. After the previous criminal process manager left the position, the selection and training of bail commissioners became the responsibility of the deputy chief judge of the district courts, Robert Mullen, who also has bench and administrative duties. Referring to the governor’s decision as “a piece of good news,” Saufley said filling the position will “improve training and oversight for the bail commissioner system.” Bail commissioners are appointed, trained and supervised by the state’s judiciary. “What you’ve heard very consistently – (bail commissioners) are independent contractors, legislatively created, a small amount of oversight from judicial branch and no resources to do it – that part hasn’t changed,” Saufley said, even after a 2005 state-commissioned study cited the system’s problems. The state’s budget problems limit making the needed improvements, Saufley said: “Improvements in a system that has very few resources are always incremental.” She also said she was “heartened” to

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hear that Mark Westrum, the administrator of Two Bridges Jail in Wiscasset, has received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for a pilot program that could improve the decision-making process when bail is set. In conjunction with the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine and Volunteers of America, Westrum, a former sheriff, will develop a “risk assessment instrument” to improve the amount and quality of information bail commissioners have when setting bail. As part of the intake process at the Lincoln-Sagadahoc County jail, Volunteers of America caseworkers will do a thorough interview of defendants and plug that information into a computer program that calculates flight risk and threat to community safety. The bail commissioner will have access to those calculations when setting bail. The program is being developed specifically for the Lincoln-Sagadahoc County jail, but Westrum hopes it will eventually be adopted by jails around the state.

‘Rogue’ commissioners In Maine, bail is usually not set by a judge or court clerk, as it is in most states. Instead, except in major crimes such as murder, Maine relies on bail commissioners, a position created by the Legislature in the late 19th century. Bail commissioners are not court employees and they are are not required to be certified, pass a test or have any educational credentials except for attending a one-day training session. Walter McKee, one of the state’s top criminal defense lawyers, has a problem with the state’s archaic bail system that

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he illustrated with one of his own cases. “I had a client in Penobscot County, a university student that was charged with sending threatening text messages. No prior record whatsoever, 19 years old, wonderful family,” McKee recalled. At the time of the arrest, the charge was a misdemeanor, a minor transgression often not punishable by jail time. Given the defendant’s clean past and the nature of the offense, McKee said he would have expected his client to be released on unsecured bail – released from custody without paying any cash up front, with an amount set that he would have to pay if he failed to show up for court. The call on whether McKee’s client would get to go home or come up with a large cash bail on the spot was in the hands of one the state’s 100-plus bail commissioners. Anyone setting bail – a judge or a bail commissioner – is required to abide by the U. S. Constitution, which says a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent. That means that bail should not be used to try to keep the person incarcerated until their trial unless there is reason to believe the defendant either will flee or is a risk to public safety. McKee said there was no reason to believe his client would not show up for trial, nor, given he had no record and the level of the alleged crime, was there a risk to public safety. “If you poll 30 bail commissioners, they’d all all say this is an unsecured

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Bail from page 6 bail situation every day of the week,” said McKee, who is the former president of the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a former Maine National Guard lawyer, known as a JAG. Instead, the bail commissioner on call that Saturday night set $5,000 cash bail, meaning the 19-year-old would have to come up with that much cash or he would be spending the weekend in jail with hope a judge would reduce his bail when court was next in session. “This bail commissioner, for whatever reason,” McKee said, “decided this was, quote, ‘a serious offense,’ even though it was only ticketed as a misdemeanor.” McKee said, “If this person didn’t have some incredible resources or luck of the draw, that the family knew somebody who could cobble together some money, they would have been sitting there in jail at least until Monday or maybe even Tuesday.” The defendant was eventually convicted, but was not sentenced to any jail time, which McKee said demonstrates a judge – unlike the minimally trained commissioner – recognized his client was not a risk. “I think what we’ve seen,” McKee said, “is a number of, for lack of a better term, rogue bail commissioners that will set bail at unreasonably high amounts for low-end crimes that wreaks havoc on a defendant.” McKee, a partner on the Augusta firm Lipman, Katz & McKee, said bail commissioners should be instructed to grant “a significant presumption for anyone who has been arrested on a misdemeanor charge of an unsecured bond.” In that instance, defendants with minor charges and good records would not be jailed for lack of a cash bail. in Portland, said that’s too long to wait for the sole reason that you don’t have the few hundred dollars or more to pay the bail. Ruffner said it would be better if the courts could handle these cases Monday through Friday. The current system, he said, places too much responsibility on “lay people,” although he said some have years of experience. “The problem with the use of the bail commissioners is they’re being asked to plug a hole that they were never asked to do” because the courts are not funded well enough to do the job themselves. Judge Mullen said the only way to conduct bail hearings every day would be to add judges and courtrooms “or not to do something else that we are doing now.” Faye Luppi, a former prosecutor and the current coordinator of the Violence Intervention Partnership, which works to prevent domestic violence, said despite improvements made over the past 10 years, the “biggest problem” is getting bail commissioners all of the relevant history about the defendant so the commissioners can make an informed decision. “There needs to be clarification whose responsibility it is to run the criminal history. Law enforcement? Dispatch? Jail intake?” she said. “How is the bail commissioner supposed to get the information at two o’clock in the morning when the jail calls him and says they need a bail set?” She said the solution doesn’t necessarily require more money, but everyone involved in the information-sharing needs



to get together and “figure out whose responsibility it is to to do each of the steps in the chain of information.” Luppi will be on a panel at this year’s bail commissioner training in May and said she intends to bring up that issue at the time. Ruffner said there will likely not be any major attention to the problems from the Legislature “until something so spectacular happens in terms of someone languishing in jail because of some oversight. ... I don’t think that there’s the will

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Teachers union works on behalf of Portland students, taxpayers Early in my education career, I served as president of the teachers union in School Administrative District 3. As I later made the move from teacher to administrator, a senior teacher offered some advice. “Jimmy,” he said, being one of the few people in my life who ever called me by Superintendent’s that name, “never forget about the worker. Without them, nothing gets done.”


I’m proud to say that I’ve never forgotten about the worker. My experience as a leader has taught me that those who work for you, by you and with you must believe in you. There must be mutual trust, respect and open communication. Next year, the Portland Public Schools will lose James C. Morse Sr. more than $6 million in revenue, resulting in many good people losing their jobs. Despite the layoffs, we have successfully completed negotiation of a new, three-year teacher contract. Throughout the negotiations, the Portland Education Association made extraordinary efforts to put the interests of children first. Next year, students in the Portland Public Schools

will attend classes for five additional days. That change bodes well for students, since the latest research shows that more student-teacher interaction results in improved student learning. And we have the PEA to thank for those five days. Across the country and even in Maine, some are blaming unions for not stepping up to solve the severe economic woes of our time. PEA representatives came to the bargaining table focused on helping the school system that employs them. They agreed to the extra five days in the student calendar with no increased pay in year one. The union wanted more time with children, not less. Teachers suggested that one professional development day and two days of personal professional time be replaced by additional student days. They also suggested adding two days to the calendar. The PEA asked for no pay increase as a result of more work time with students. The three-year contract will freeze base pay for two years. And there will be no increase in pay based on years of service next year. The new contract also makes changes to the salary increases, known as “lane changes,” which teachers earn for advancements in professional learning. Beginning next fall, the minimum time between lane changes will increase from three to four years. And the district will be able to connect lane changes and student learning in a more direct way than in the past. For example, the

district could require teachers to take courses in English as a Second Language, adolescent literacy and early childhood education in order to qualify for lane changes. Another very important part of the new contract gives teachers more of a voice in decisions involving student learning.

Teachers of the 21st century have advanced degrees, specialties and experiences that set them apart from the teaching workforce of my youth. As leaders, we must engage this workforce in problem-solving and long-term planning to increase student performance. Our contract adds a new article that emphasizes teacher voice, engagement and accountability.

This year’s negotiations, coming at a time of large layoffs, could have resulted in negative posturing and long-lasting recriminations. Instead, the PEA came to the table wanting to help raise standards and assist the school system through these difficult financial times. They succeeded. Unions are not the problem; rather, they are part of the answer.

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Maine’s phony pension crisis No more patience for Preble Street I was very dismayed to hear that the Portland Police Department’s concerns about Preble Street Resource Center’s operational style and low-barrier philosophy were squashed by the City Council. And that the Portland Public Safety Committee’s request for more dialog between the PPD, PSRC, and the Bayside Neighborhood Association was ordered ended before even getting underway. It seems that PSRC was able to once again use its “get-out-of-jail-free card” and avoid having to actually work with the community to make Bayside a safer place to live and work. I was at the Public Safety meeting where police Cmdr. Vern Malloch addressed the committee with his concerns about the dangerous environment in and around the PSRC. The residents, workers, and visitors of the Bayside neighborhood want to feel safe in their homes and on the streets. For many years working with the BNA I watched PSRC give us nothing but lip service when asked by the BNA to make changes to help conditions in our neighborhood. The BNA, always acquiescent, would continue trying to be fair with an organization they viewed as both problem and partner in the neighborhood. By dismissing police concerns and ordering them to back off PSRC the council is telling the Bayside neighborhood that our safety is not your concern. Maybe it’s time for new leadership in the Bayside Neighborhood Association and a “no more Mr. Nice Guy” approach to problems caused by the Preble Street Resource Center. Jay York Portland

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The Republican war on the poor is in full swing and their assault on the working class is heating up. Their goal is to cut government spending at all levels for social services, destroy unions, and privatize everything they think their corporate keepers can make a big buck on, things like Medicare and Medicaid. If it doesn’t make you want to throw a bagger overboard with the tea, you’re either stinking rich or you just don’t understand what’s in your The Universal own best interest. One of the chief justifications for all the havoc the GOP plans to wreak is the federal deficit, the Trojan Horse of the political right. And here in Maine, the right-wing extremist justification for trying to balance the state budget on the backs of teachers and public employees is the looming state penEdgar Allen Beem sion fund “crisis.” You may have read about it in these very pages in the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting series, “Pensions: The Next Budget Crisis.” In the-skyis-falling prose, the center described the unfunded actuarial liability of the state pension fund as a “time bomb” set to go off in 2028. Kaboom! Your pension, your retirement, your golden years, destroyed. But never fear. The Republicans-to-the-rescue will defuse that time bomb by cutting state pensions, raising the retirement age, and forcing public employees to contribute more to their pensions. Neat, huh? Well, folks, that 2028 D-Day is completely arbitrary and capricious. The date was set after state employees successfully sought a constitutional amendment in 1995 to mandate that the state fully fund the pension system over three decades, fearing the money wouldn’t be there when they retired. They did not, of course, reckon that a newly embolden Republican majority would one day use the deadline as an excuse to raid their pensions and destroy their unions. I read the five-part MCPIR series with increasing agitation and astonishment. When, I kept wondering, are they going to report that some knowledgeable people don’t think there is a pension crisis at all? Finally, way down in the weeds of the fourth installment, David Wakelin was quoted as saying, “These liabilities were built up over 40 or 50 years


and there’s no critical reason they need to be eliminated over the next 15 years.” Most of the people quoted in the pension series were politicians or policy wonks. David Wakelin is a pension attorney who served on the Retirement System Board of Trustees from 1988 to 2008. For my money, the MCPIR pension series should have quoted Wakelin much earlier and much more forcefully, but then that would have destroyed the urgency of their reporting. While State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin, a rich Republican also-ran for governor, barnstorms the state warning citizens about the state pension fund “monster” out there, Wakelin, one of the few people who knows what he’s talking about when it comes to the pension fund, has said, “That’s simply baloney, and they are scaring retirees.” In his March 4 testimony before the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriation and Financial Affairs, Wakelin explained the pension fund baloney: “I respectfully disagree with statements made to this committee by the governor and Treasurer Poliquin in two important respects: (1) Maine does not have a pension funding ‘crisis,’ and (2) it is not necessary to substantially reduce participant and retiree benefits to address this problem. The state has a problem that has existed for 40 to 50 years, which has been responsibly addressed by Republican, independent and Democratic governors over the last 20 years. In 1987, the system was only 26 percent funded (assets of approximately $1.0 billion and liabilities over $4.0 billion). Now, the system is over 70 percent funded. The unfunded actuarial liability today is far less than it was in 1987 in inflation-adjusted dollars.” Wakelin concluded that “a simple constitutional amendment can correct the problem.” A constitutional amendment created the artificial deadline and a new constitutional amendment can extended it or put it on a 20-year rolling average payment schedule. Oh, my gosh! We’ll never get it paid off! Our grandchildren will be paying our bills! Well, look, Chicken Little, we paid our grandparents’ World War II bills. The United States never retires its debt. General Motors never retires its debt. And there’s no reason Maine needs to do so in a way that threatens social services and public employees. It’s a simple fix. Don’t allow Gov. Paul LePage and his cronies to use a phony state pension fund crisis as a weapon in their war on the poor and working class. 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:

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Portland Arrests 4/4 at 5 p.m. John Aboda, 29, no address given, was arrested by Officer Eric Johnson on Hampshire Street on a charge of violation of protection order. 4/4 at 11 p.m. Keith Armstrong, 44, of Biddeford, was arrested by Officer Chris Shinay on Cumberland Avenue on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and violation of conditional release. 4/4 at 3 p.m. Anthony Dunton, 20, of Portland, was arrested by Officer Jessica Googins on Middle Street on a charge of robbery. 4/4 at 11 p.m. Joshua Kaufman, 25, of Portland, was arrested by Officer Jason Leadbetter on High Street on charges of criminal threatening and harassment by telephone. 4/4 at 2 a.m. Anthony Rideout, 21, no address given, was arrested by Officer Robert Miller on Revere Street on a charge of theft. 4/5 at 11 a.m. Joshua Kaufman, 25, of Portland, was arrested by Officer Timothy Farris on High Street on charges of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and violation of conditional release. 4/5 at 8 p.m. Nathaniel Manchester, 21, no address given, was arrested by Officer Kevin McCarthy on charges of assault, criminal threatening, obstructing report of crime/ injury and theft. 4/5 at 11 a.m. Lisa McAleer, 20, of Yarmouth, was arrested by Officer Timothy Farris on High Street on a charge of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. 4/5 at 9 p.m. Jermaine Rogers, 26, of Portland, was arrested by Officer Eric Nevins on State Street on charges of assault and obstructing report of crime/injury. 4/5 at 10 p.m. Jennifer Bickford, 23, of Rochester, N.H., was arrested by Officer Michael Galietta on Franklin Street on a charge of operating under the influence. 4/5 at 3 p.m. James Stewart, 47, of Westbrook, was arrested by Officer Kevin Haley on Brighton Avenue on charges of criminal mischief, leaving the scene of an accident, operating after license revoked for habitual offender status, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and threatening display of a dangerous weapon. 4/5 at 8 p.m. Christopher Veysey, 21, no address given, was arrested by Officer Kevin McCarthy on Congress Street on a charge of operating after suspension. 4/6 at 12 a.m. Modou Fall, 48, of Portland, was arrested by Officer Michael Galietta on Park Avenue on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon. 4/6 at 12 a.m. Monica McDonough, 48, of Portland, was arrested by Officer John Morin on North Street on charges of assault, criminal LEGAL NOTICE PETITION FOR EXECUTIVE CLEMENCY STATE OF MAINE Augusta, February 14, 2011 Notice is hereby given that a Petition for the Pardon of JOHN D. FRANCIOSE who was convicted of the crime of ENGAGING A PROSTITUTE is now pending before the Governor and a hearing will be conducted in the GOVERNOR’S CABINET ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, ROOM 245 at the STATE HOUSE in Augusta, on THURSDAY the 28TH day of APRIL, 2011, at 11:00 o’clock A.M.

mischief, criminal trespass and violation of conditional release. 4/6 at 11 a.m. Scott Smith, 35, of Portland, was arrested by Officer William Stratis on Park Avenue on a charge of violation of protection order. 4/7 at 8 p.m. Joe Bermudez, 50, no address given, was arrested by Officer Gayle Petty on India Street on a charge of criminal trespass. 4/7 at 1 p.m. Brian Chabak, 32, of Portland, was arrested by Officer Stacey Gagnon on Cumberland Avenue on a charge of theft. 4/7 at 9 a.m. Donato Colello, 51, of Westbrook, was arrested by Officer John Morin on Diamond Street on charges of burglary and theft. 4/7 at 11 a.m. Cary Ann Dyer, 27, no address given, was arrested by Officer Robert Hawkins on Portland Street on charges of burglary of a motor vehicle and theft. 4/7 at 7 p.m. Robert Howell, 47, of Portland, was arrested by Officer Christian Stickney on Ocean Avenue on a charge of assault. 4/7 at 4 p.m. Kenneth Hubble, 47, no address given, was arrested by Officer Jay Twomey on Deering Street on a charge of public drinking. 4/7 at 10 p.m. Dana Parker, 24, of Portland, was arrested by Officer Chris Dyer on A Street on a charge of threatening display of a dangerous weapon. 4/7 at 1 p.m. Jessica Parker, 28, of Gorham, was arrested by Officer William Stratis on Cumberland Avenue on a charge of theft. 4/7 at 1 p.m. Robert Peavey, 46, of Portland, was arrested by Officer Stacey Gagnon on Cumberland Avenue on charges of operating under the influence, sale and use of drug paraphernalia and unlawful use of license/ permit/ID card. 4/7 at 7 p.m. Richard Perkins, 67, of Portland, was arrested by Officer Christian Stickney on Ocean Avenue on a charge of assault. 4/7 at 4 p.m. Richard Rogers, 41, no address given, was arrested by Officer Jay Twomey on Deering Street on a charge of public drinking. 4/8 at 5 p.m. Brian Corliss, 55, no address given, was arrested by Officer Charles Ames on Cumberland Avenue on a charge of public drinking. 4/8 at 9 a.m. Tammie Lynn Doner, 31, of Portland, was arrested by Officer Andjelko Napijalo on Woodford Street on a charge of receiving stolen property. 4/8 at 5 p.m. Jason Lemay, 23, of Portland, was arrested by Officer Joshua McDonald on Congress Street on charges of assault and obstructing report of crime/injury. 4/8 at 7 p.m. Douglas Millington, 22, of South Portland, was arrested by Officer Dan Aguilera on Riverside Street on a charge of exceeding posted speed limit by 30 mph or more. 4/8 at 10 a.m. Michael Nelson, 33, no address given, was arrested by Officer Gavin Hillard on Congress Street on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon. 4/8 at 8 a.m. Todd Sprenger, 28, of Bay St. Louis, Miss., was arrested by Officer Mark Kezal on Westbrook Street on a charge of operating without a license. 4/9 at 8 p.m. Christopher Dennis, 26, no address given, was arrested by Officer Jason Leadbetter on Congress Street on charges of carrying a concealed weapon, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, unlawful trafficking in drugs and violation of conditional release. 4/9 at 3 p.m. Dusty Leo, 20, of Portland, was arrested by Officer Thomas Reagan on Congress Street on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon. 4/9 at 11 p.m. Raymond Moody, 51, of Smithfield, was arrested by Officer Jeffrey Druan on York Street on a charge of operating under the influence. 4/9 at 12 p.m. Emily Sweeney, 32, of Portland, was arrested by Officer David Argitis on State Street on charges of operating after suspension, trafficking of dangerous knives and violation of bail conditions.

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Helen F. Kilmartin, 97: Dedicated community volunteer PORTLAND — Helen Frances Kilmartin, 97, died April 6 at Mercy Hospital surrounded by her family. On March 14, 1914, she was born in Portland, the only child of John J. “Direac” and Annie (Faherty) Flaherty, and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1933. After she graduated from the Northeastern School of Business in 1935, she accepted a position at the Federal Kilmartin Court House. On Aug. 22, 1944, she married Stephen John Kilmartin, and they had nine children together. After her children were grown she returned to work and took a job at the New York Life Insurance Company, the Roman Catholic Diocese Chancery Office and at Cheverus High School. After retiring in the early 1980s, she began volunteering three to four days a week, and continued to do so well into her 90s. She volunteered at the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Good Cause Thrift Shop, McAuley High School, the Mercy Hospital Gift Shop and other organizations. Her volunteer work was recognized by the community in 1999 when she received the Spirit of McAuley Award and again in 2005 when she received the Scanlon Award as Mercy Hospital’s outstanding volunteer

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for logging over 2,000 hours of volunteer service. In addition to her busy volunteer schedule, she faithfully played Beano every Wednesday at St. Pius, and developed special friendships at the games over the years. She also enjoyed watching youth sporting events, including her childrens’ and grandchildrens’ games and McAuley High School basketball games. Every summer she returned to Peaks Island, where she had many happy memories with her children, grandchildren and lifelong friends. She was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church and a summer communicant of St. Christopher’s Church on Peaks Island. An avid traveler, she enjoyed multiple trips throughout the country and to Europe. With a zest for life, she never stopped developing her interests in people and places. Her husband, Stephen J. Kilmartin, predeceased her in 1985; an infant daughter,

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Maine Bar Foundation honors contributions to justice SOUTH PORTLAND — At the Maine State Bar Association conference held recently in South Portland, the Maine Bar Foundation, a non-profit grant-giving agency, presented awards to honor contributions to justice in Maine. Thomas A. Cox of Portland received the Howard H. Dana Jr. Award for his advocacy work on behalf of low-income Maine homeowners through the Maine Attorneys Savings Homes Project. His work was instrumental in forcing many lenders to agree to a nationwide foreclosure moratorium. During the event, the Maine Bar Foundation also recognized nine attorneys and three law firms in Maine for providing pro bono services to people in need. The Volunteer Lawyers Project Pro Bono Publico Awards include: Most hours on completed Volunteer Lawyer Project case by an attorney, Jennifer L. Eastman of Eaton Peabody; Most Volunteer Lawyer Project cases accepted by a solo practitioner, Benjamin S. Fowler; Most cases accepted by Domestic Violence Panel member, Leslie S. Silverstein; Most cases referred as Lawyer of the Day during a full year, Scott T. Maker of UNUM; Most Volunteer Lawyer Project cases accepted by a law firm, Drummond Woodsum & MacMahon; Most hours on complete Volunteer Lawyer Project cases by a law firm, Eaton Peabody; and firm donating the most Lawyer of the Day hours, Pierce Atwood. In addition to the formal awards, the Maine Bar Foundation also recognized 11 attorneys who had donated more than 100 hours of pro bono representation last year. They are: Ilse Teeters of Trumpy, Lipman Katz & Katz; Jennifer L. Eastman of Eaton Peabody; Robert E. Meg-



gison; James F. Molleur of Molleur Law Office; William Devoe of Eaton Peabody; Brian M. Rayback of Pierce Atwood; Jed J. French of Powers & French; Lauri Boxer-Macomber of Kelly Remmel & Zimmerman; Kurt E. Olafsen of Olafsen & Butterfield, LLC; David Plimpton of Plimpton & Esposito; and Amanda E. Ramirez of Holmes Legal Group.

Awards The Portland Water District was recently awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association. The EqualityMaine Foundation, the state’s largest and oldest LGBT political advocacy organization, recently held its 27th annual awards ceremony. The Cameron Duncan Award was presented to the Maine AIDS Alliance for its commitment and service within the HIV/AIDS community. The FE Pentlarge Award was presented to Paul and Jeanette Rediker for outstanding demonstration of family values. Betsy Parsons of GLSEN Southern Maine was recognized with the Youth Leadership Award. The OutFront Volunteer Leadership Awards for outstanding Volunteer Leadership within EqualityMaine were awarded to Suzanne Blackburn, Jenny Hall, Kate Pennington, Regina Pistilli and Ellen Ward. Friends of Casco Bay honored Oakhurst Dairy and the Bennett family at the organization’s annual meeting and volunteer recognition event. Oakhurst was lauded for its energy innovations that have conserved fuel and heating oil, and the Bennett family was noted for their involvement in community tree plant-



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ing and other volunteer efforts. Darren McLellan of Cape Elizabeth was also recognized for 15 years as a volunteer Water Quality Monitor for Friends of Casco Bay. Peter Milholland, the Citizen Stewards Coordinator for Friends of Casco Bay, was presented with the Gulf of Maine Visionary Award by the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, for his innovation, creativity, and commitment to environmental protection. Edward E. Langbein, Jr., of Brunswick, received the Bowdoin College 2011 Alumni Service Award for his decades of service and dedication to the college. Langbein Jr., a member of the class of 1957, will be presented the award by the Bowdoin Alumni Council during the Reunion Convocation on June 4. Over the years he has served as the reunion chairman for his class, and has served on the Bowdoin Alumni Council, Bowdoin Bath-Brunswick Alumni Club, chairman of Bowdoin Alumni and Schools Interviewing Committee, and chairman of the Association of Bowdoin Friends. He and his wife also established the Edward E. Langbein Sr., Summer Research Award. The couple was presented with the Polar Bear Award in 2008 for their outstanding support of Bowdoin athletics. Scarborough’s Bei Capelli Hair Salon was recently named to the Salon Today 200 by Salon Today magazine, a business publication for salon and spa owners. The salon, co-owned by Melissa Vigue and Nancy Cartonio, received a customer service award, making it the fourth consecutive year of being included in the Salon Today 200. Matthew Tabenken of Falmouth, Northern New England market manager for Moet Hennessy USA, received the



New Hampshire Liquor Commission’s Individual Supplier Representative Award for his outstanding customer service. McClain Marketing Group, a Portland-based strategic marketing firm, recently received 11 awards at the eighth annual Service Industry Advertising Awards, SIAA, national competition. The firm took home three gold awards in the categories of total ad campaign, logo letterhead design, and newspaper ad series; two silver awards for brochure and logo letterhead design; two bronze awards, total ad campaign, logo letterhead design; and four merit awards for website, employee communications program, website and logo letterhead design. Mass High Tech has recognized Jean Hoffman, CEO and founder of Putney, Inc., as a 2011 Woman to Watch. The Women to Watch award was presented to 22 entrepreneurs for their leadership and creative abilities to develop new business opportunities. Putney is a Portland-based pet pharmaceutical company focused on the development and sale of generic prescription medicines for pets. FairPoint Communications recently recognized its outstanding sales leaders at the annual company-wide sales meeting. James Graul of Falmouth and Karen Romano of Yarmouth were among 13 FairPoint employees in Maine to earn individual recognition for meeting customer needs and for outstanding service. Portland-based realty company, RE/ MAX By the Bay, recently named the following agents to its RE/MAX 100% Club for 2010 in recognition of outstanding sales production for 2010: Collette Conley, Kathie Hooper, David Marsden, and Elizabeth Dubois.

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Portland edition Winter Coaches of the Year The Coach of the Year awards are not necessarily awarded to a man and a woman, but to the top coach of a boys’ team and the top coach of a girls’ team. By Michael Hoffer

Winter 2010-11 Coach of the Year-Boys’ Team

JOE RUSSO Portland Basketball After coaching varsity boys’ basketball for over two decades and winning a pair of state titles, it’s pretty hard to produce the best job of your career, but many feel that longtime Portland coach Joe Russo did that very thing this winter. Attempting to mold a very untested crew, Russo appeared flummoxed with Russo five games to go. The Bulldogs were coming off a one-sided loss at Cheverus which dropped them to 6-7 on the season. Nearly throwing in the towel, Russo pledged to make the remainder of the year tolerable for his seniors, but it wound up being much, much more. Somehow, Russo’s button-pushing paid off. Portland didn’t lose another regular season game, made the tournament, upset South Portland and nearly beat seemingly invincible Cheverus before the run came to an end in the semifinals. The Bulldogs didn’t just salvage their season, they made it something special. For turning things around at the last moment and for being unrivaled at bringing a team along during the course of a season, Joe Russo is The Forecaster’s choice for our Portland edition Winter Coach of the Year, of a boys’ team. Russo has bled blue and white for over four decades. The Munjoy Hill native played three years of varsity basketball at Portland High (along with three of baseball and one of football) and was part of an undefeated team as a junior in 1974 (which was upset by Westbrook in the semifinals). He played four years of basketball at the University of Maine at Presque Isle and was a captain as a junior and senior (Russo was inducted into the UMPI Hall of Fame in 1996).

Right out of college, at the age of 22, Russo became the junior varsity boys’ coach at Portland. He served three years as the Bonny Eagle varsity coach, then came home in 1990 to become the Bulldogs’ varsity coach. He’s won 292 games as the Portland coach (eclipsed the 300 mark overall) and captured a Gold Ball in 1999 and 2004. This year’s team was an unproven entity, but did it ever peak at the right time. “In terms of coaching, I rank this year up there with the state championships,” Russo said. “The player development and team improvement was gratifying. The kids were fun to coach and watch. They showed that nothing’s impossible. We don’t have a feeder program. It’s takes awhile for the kids to get used to each other.” Russo, who has taught health and physical education at PHS for 21 years, lives in Portland and is the father of two boys and a girl. He’s not sure how long he’ll continue to coach, but hopefully will be around

for many years. Like a fine wine, this mentor simply gets better with age. Joe Russo, our Portland edition Winter boys’ Coach of the Year, arguably just delivered his piece de resistance.

Cheverus coach Bob Brown’s comment: “What Joey does as well as anyone is that he figures you out by the end. I thought this year he did as good a coaching job as he’s ever done. He really liked this group and they liked him. His kids had the right attitude and they played hard. That’s a tribute to him.” 2009-10 winner: Bob Brown (Cheverus Basketball) 2008-09 winner: Kevin Haley (Cheverus Swimming) 2007-08 winner: Bob Brown (Cheverus Basketball) 2006-07 winner: Bob Brown (Cheverus Basketball) 2005-06 winner: Dan LeGage (Deering Basketball) 2004-05 winner: Jack Lowry

(Cheverus Hockey) 2003-04 winner: Joe Russo (Portland Basketball)

Winter 2010-11 Portland Coach of the Year– Girls’ team AMY VACHON McAuley Basketball

While Amy Vachon has long enjoyed the Midas Touch, she faced a daunting challenge this winter. Taking over one of the state’s pre-eminent programs, one which was starving for a championship, Vachon faced plenty of pressure. Yet, she embraced it. Admitting that the Lions were the favorite from the get-go, Vachon made an immediate impact with her talented new charges, got the most out of some very diverse talents and led McAuley back to

the Promised Land. Featuring calmness and composure on the sidelines, even in the midst of heartstopping finishes, Vachon proved that she’s just as talented a coach as she was a player (which is saying a lot) and a happy ending ensued. For makVachon ing the most of her opportunity and for guiding the Lions to glory, Amy Vachon gets The Forecaster’s nod as our Winter 2010-11 Portland edition Coach of the Year, of a girls’ team. Vachon has long been one of the best known female athletes in the state. She starred for her

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Run for Hope reaches 5th anniversary By Michael Hoffer PORTLAND — The fifth annual Pouravelis Memorial Scholarship Fund 5K Run for Hope, honoring the memory of Jim and Maxine Pouravelis and raising money for a McAuley scholarship fund, will be held Saturday, May 14 in Portland. The race was founded in memory of the Pouravelises, who both passed away from cancer in 2006. Jim and Maxine’s daughters and McAuley alumnae Claudia and Justine Pouravelis oversee the event. Claudia, who played basketball prior to the Lions dynasty years and also ran cross-country in high school, is the Director of Graduate Admission at Regis College, outside of Boston. Justine, a member of the 2002 Class A state champion McAuley basketball team, is a Studio Producer at New England Sports Network. “It’s a wonderful event and so much a testament to the fantastic McAuley community, coaches, parents, friends and administrators who are all involved in the

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race planning and organization,” said Claudia Pouravelis. “Many athletic teams participate in the run and as volunteers. We’re extremely grateful to the McAuley community for their devotion to the run. They have only affirmed why our parents loved the school so very much.” The race begins at 10 a.m. A walk starts at 10:15 a.m. The course traverses the neighborhoods around the school. Nearly

200 runners took part a year ago, with an additional 60-plus walkers. Red Sox tickets will be awarded to one of the top six finishers, to the top fundraiser and as a raffle gift. There will be other giveaways as well. Post-race food and drink will be donated by local restaurants and companies, including pizza from Samuel’s and baklava baked by the ladies from St. Demetrios

Greek Church, where Jim Pouravelis was heavily involved. So far, funds from the race have resulted in over $35,000 awarded in scholarships to young women to attend McAuley. Registration for this year’s race is open at events/run_for_hope/register/. Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at He can be followed on Twitter @foresports

Casco Bay hockey travel team wins national title The Casco Bay Bantam Tier II travel team won the Tier 2 1a national championship for boys ages 14 and under earlier this month in Williamsville, N.Y., winning all four “Olympic” pool games before beating the Nashville Junior Predators, 5-0, in the title game. First row: Kyle Kramlich, Sterling Weatherbie, Will Coleman. Second row: Peter Hurley, Mitchell Donovan, Connor MacDowell, Reid Howland, Max Watson, Colin Contributed Merrill, Alden Weller. Third row: Zac Doucette, Mark Snyder, Ben Freeman, Griffin Py, Ted Hart, Stephen Barry, Zack Luce. Fourth row: Coaches Bret Watson, Dave Weatherbie, John Hart, Brad Weller.

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Coaches from page 13 father, legendary Cony coach Paul Vachon, and wound up winning the Miss Maine Basketball award in 1996. She was also a field hockey standout in college. At the University of Maine, Vachon continued to build on her legend as a standout player. Success in the coaching ranks took longer. Right out of college, Vachon coached the Waterville girls’ program for one season, then didn’t coach at the high school level again until 2008-09, when she assisted Billy Goodman at Greely. “Basketball’s such a big part of my life,” Vachon said. “I just needed a break.” This season, Vachon inherited a McAu-

ley squad which made it to the semifinals the previous winter and boasted two Division I-bound players, senior Rebecca Knight and junior Alexa Coulombe. While the Lions were clearly an elite team, a championship didn’t come easily as McAuley had a fierce rival down Stevens Avenue, the Deering Rams, that proved to be every bit its equal. The Lions won the first meeting with Deering, rallying for an overtime win on the road, but the next time out, McAuley was upset at Gorham. A regular season-ending home loss to Deering dropped the Lions to the No. 2 seed. Vachon and her staff had McAuley at its best come tournament time. The Lions had their way with South Portland and Gorham in their first two games, then somehow escaped Deering in the regional

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final. Twice, with Deering standout Kayla Burchill primed to shoot pivotal foul shots, Vachon called timeout. Both resulted in misses and McAuley advanced to the state final, where it had its way with Hampden Academy, capping a sensational campaign with a Gold Ball. “The state championship was the goal and expectation,” Vachon said. “I’m happy with how we became a team and adjusted to the coaches’ expectations.” Vachon is very different from her father (now the athletic director at Cony) in temperament, but she credits him for playing a big role in her professional life . “He’s a huge influence,” she said. “So supportive. He was very emotional and I’m just the opposite.” Vachon is a guidance counselor in the Westbrook school system and lives in Saco. She’ll have another very talented team again in 2011-12. That doesn’t bode well for the rest of the state. Amy Vachon, our Portland edition Winter girls’ Coach of the Year, has demonstrated that she’s every bit as good a coach as she was a player and that figures to spell more glory in the years to come. McAuley athletic director Joe Kilmar-

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The Seacoast United U-12 girls’ soccer team won the recent NEFC preseason tournament in Hopkington, Mass. After going through pool matches undefeated, Seacoast United beat the Massachusetts NEFC Swat, a nationally-ranked team, 1-0, for the title. Front row: Vanessa Hodge, Mckenzie Murphy, Raquel Hardin, Holly Spencer, Meghan Perrin, Ashley Perriello. Back row: Madelyn Leen, Arianna Giguere, Caitlyn Winn, Lauren Wendland, Gabby Bickford, Mariah Deschino, Sydney Littlefield, coach Josh Needle.

Local players named to boys’ hockey all-state team Portland defenseman Eddie Apon was named to the All-State, West region first team. Portland forward Bronson Guimond was a second team selection. John Gatti was an honorable mention. The Bulldogs also won the Sportsmanship Award. In Tier II/III, Deering forward Connor Petropoulos and Deering defenseman Kevin Crowley and Taylor Py made the all-star team. The All-Academic team included Portland’s Anthony Bowden.

Wins for SMCC softball The Southern Maine Community College softball team swept visiting rival Central Maine CC in a doubleheader Saturday, 3-2 and 4-2. Becca Roberts hit a 3-run homer to help Kim Hunt (13 strikeouts) to a win in the opener. Hunt fanned eight in the nightcap and Roberts homered again, driving in three more runs. Sunday, the Seawolves split a pair with visiting Dean College, losing the opener, 10-2, then winning, 5-1, behind a solid start from freshman pitcher, Casey Garrapy. SMCC returns to action Saturday with a doubleheader versus Briarcliffe College.

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Cheverus High School in the News The Cheverus Chess Team won the 2011 State High School Chess Championship held recently at the University of Maine in Orono. The winning team, led by Cheverus coach and teacher Dan LaVallee, includes Ethan Bergeron, Cameron Prescott, Zachery Dulac, Patrick Jerome, and Connor Mains. The Cheverus High School Reserve Team also went undefeated at the competition. The Reserve Team members are Payne Ciampi, Spencer Desrochers and Brian Chiozzi. The Cheverus High School Jazz Choir, Soulstice, earned state Championship honors for Division II at the State Vocal Jazz Festival held recently in Ellsworth. Soulstice, an a cappella jazz vocal group directed by Chris Humphrey, is comprised of Bobbiella Andoh, Jake Boyce, Rae Hawkinson, Paige Lucas, Will Maxwell and Samantha Pion. The Cheverus Jazz Singers earned a third place finish and a Gold Rating at the festival. Members of the Jazz Singers are Erin Bucci, Christian Cilley, Elaine Cilley, Kevin Connelly, Katherine Fitzpatrick, Austin Hayes, Will Maxwell, Hillary Morin, Marina Phillipps,

Samantha Pion, Channon Rose, Samantha SaVaun, Sam Scribner and Gabe Terraciano. The Vocal Jazz Ensemble scored a fifth place finish. Members of the Cheverus Vocal Jazz Ensemble are Gwen Bearman, Laura Bither, Molly Cloutier, Elise Coleman, Anthony Connolly, Dan DuDevoir, Peter Dutton, Erin Fitzpatrick, Abby Harrison, Aubrey Haskell, Kaylin Kerina, Ian Lawson, Will Lenk, Emily Manter, Aaron Mendro, Maggie Neidermeyer, Erica Papkee, Allison Saunders, Erin Shellene and Maddie Woods. Four Cheverus students also earned Musicianship Awards: Gabe Terracciano, voice/violin; Will Lenk, voice/ guitar; Jake Boyce, voice. Cheverus also earned an award for Outstanding Rhythm Section for the entire division. Three members of the Cheverus High School Chamber String Ensemble have been invited to perform as featured soloists at the upcoming Maine Youth Orchestra concert: Samantha Pion, piano; Emma Shapiro, bassoon; and Caroline Summa, violin. The MYO concert will be held on Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m. at the Yarmouth Performing Arts Center, 286 North Elm St., Yarmouth. Tickets are $20 per family; $8 for adults; and $4 for students, and may be purchased at the door. The Cheverus High School jazz combo, Merciless Onslaught, recently won second place in the state Instrumental Jazz Festival held by the Maine Music Educators Association. The Cheverus jazz combo members are Kevin Connelly, Will Maxwell, Sam Scribner and Gabe Terracciano. Terracciano and Maxwell also received individual

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The Cheverus High School Math Team, pictured here, recently won the Division B State Championship at the 35th annual Maine State Math Meet. Individual awards were presented to the following Math Team members: DaHyung Chung was named the second best freshman; Connor Mains placed fifth among sophomores; Colin Swords placed 14th among seniors; and Deidre Lambert and Jessica Krause tied for 15th place among seniors. Patrick Jerome, Deirdre Lambert, Emily LaVerriere and Jenna Rodrigues were invited to participate in the national math meet.

awards for their performances. Gaia Cloutier, a senior at Cheverus, was selected to represent Maine as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2011 Washington Journalism and Media Conference held this summer at George Mason University. Cheverus High School sent six teams to compete in the Junior Achievement of Maine fifth annual Titan Challenge. The day-long competition required students to run a virtual business where they manage and operate their business with the goal of outperforming competing teams for

top profit, sales and market share. Kevin Conley, Pat Jerome and Reid DesRusseaux won first place honors in the upper division and a cash prize of $100 each. Taking first place honors for Cheverus in the lower division were two teams: the team of HanGyul Kweon, Joe LaStoria, and Will Lenk, and the team of Britni Mikulanesz, Ethan Bergeron and Ryan Hoffman. Each team member won a $50 cash prize. The team of Josh Courtois, Ryan Ward and Sam Olore received an honorable mention for making it to the final round.

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Final weekend of ‘Brendan’ on stage in Portland

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Wednesday 4/13

“Living Downstream,” docuemtary on cancer and environmental pollution, 7 p.m., free, open to public, First Universalist Church, 97 Main St., Yarmouth, FMI, Isabel Denham, 846-5931

“Celebrate Writers 2011,” reading by poet Jennifer Moxley author of “Clampdown,” 7 p.m., free and open to public, Lee Auditorium, Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford St., USM Portland, 228-8393. Edward V. Thompson, author of “Printed Maps of the District and State of Maine 1793-1860: An Illustrated and Comparative Study,” lecture, reception, map exhibition preview, 6 p.m., free, open to public, Osher Map Library, USM Portland,

Friday 4/15 Poetry Reading with Ken Nye, 10:30 a.m., free, open to public, Bay Square at Yarmouth, 27 Forest Falls Dr., Yarmouth, 846-0044.<strong></strong>

Monday 4/18 “Tales of Selkies, Witches, & Weddings!” presented by Seanachie Nights, 7-9 p.m., free/$9 suggested, Bull Feeney’s Irish Pub, 375 Fore St., Portland, FMI, 846-1321, Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO, The Humane Society of the United States, and author of “The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them,” 7 p.m. discussion, free, open to public, University Events Room, 7th Floor, Glickman Library, USM Portland, Barbara Kelly, 780-4072.

Tuesday 4/19 Port Veritas 2011 Portland Slam Team Semi-Finals Round 2, 7 p.m. open mic, 8 p.m. slam, $3 seated, free for standing room, Blue, 650 Congress St., Portland,

Wednesday 4/20 Maureen Heffernan, director of the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, and author of “Native Plants For Your Maine Garden,” 6:30-8 p.m., free, open to public, Freeport Community Library, Library Dr., Freeport, Sarah Braunstein, author of “The Sweet Relief of Missing Children,” Author Brown Bag Lecture Series, noon, free, open to public, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700.

Comedy Laugh-a-Palooza ComedyFestival, April 14-17; Portland Improv Experience, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, $10; Improv Comedy Showcase, 8 p.m. Friday, $10; Benefit Comedy Showcase for Lucky Pup Rescue, presented by Gillero Comedy Productions, 8 p.m. Saturday, $20; Secret Lives of Comedians, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, $10; festival pass $30, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, 899-3993.

Friday 4/15

Sunday 4/24 ”American Violet,” Civil Rights Movie Nights, 4 p.m., free and open to the public, Talbot Lecture Hall, Luther Bonney Hall USM Portland, hosted by National Lawyers Guild student chapter and MCLU, 7745444.

Galleries Wednesday 4/13 ”Yardage:” New works by Alice Spencer, 5-7 p.m. 0pening reception, exhibit through May 7, Aucocisco Galleries, 89 Exchange St., Portland, 775-2222.

Friday 4/15 Women’s Studio Workshop – Make Art Here: From Innovation to Tradition, 4 p.m. lecture by Ann Kalmbach and Tatana Kellner, and reception for exhibit on view through April 30 “Hand, Voice & Vision: Thirty Years of Artists’ Books from Women’s Studio Workshop,” free, open to public, University Events Room, 7th Floor, Glickman Family Library, Portland, FMI, Rebecca Goodale, 228-8014.

Saturday 4/16 “Book Arts: From Content to Form,” workshop taught by Ann Kalmbach and Tatana Kellner, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., $55,Wishcamper Center, USM Portland, register, 780-5900. Marvis Cohen Memorial Exhibit, embroidery exhibit, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., free and open to the public, Eastland Hotel, 157 High St., Portland, hosted by Southern Maine Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America Inc., FMI, Barbara, Brit45@

Museums Friday 4/15 Mask-making for Ebune Parade, 5-7 p.m. free, Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland, presented by Museum of African Culture, 8717188,

Satuday 4/16 Mask-making for Ebune Parade, 5-7 p.m. free, Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland, presented by Museum of African Culture, 8717188, ”Meet the Artists: 2011 Biennial Talks,” informal talks by Biennial artists, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., April 16, April 23, free with Museum admission, Portland Museum of Art, Seven Congress Square, Portland, 775-6148.

Sunday 4/17

Films Wednesday 4/13 “Cooley High,” Teens Through Time film series, 4:30 p.m., The Portland Public Library Rines Room, 5

“Ebune! The procession of the Ram,” parade presented by Museum of African Culture, 12-3 p.m., free, parade begins at MECA, 522 Congress St., Portland, FMI, 8717188,

Music Wednesday 4/13 Maine Songwriters Association Monthly Showcase, 7-9:30 p.m., 8 performances, $5 at door, One Longfellow Square, Portland, 8420703,

Thursday 4/14 Spring Instrumental Concert, performance by USM School of Music’s Youth Ensembles, 7 p.m., Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, Two Old Friends, Irish and American Country music with musicians Mac McHale and Emery Hutchins, 6:30 p.m., free, open to public, South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway, South Portland, 7677660,

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Thursday 4/21 Club d’Elf, 9 p.m., $10 advance/ $15 door/ $28VIP, Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, 899-4990.

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Friday 4/22

Jeffrey Foucault, 8 p.m., $15 advance/ $18 door, One Longfellow Square, Portland, 761-1757,

Caravan of Thieves, gypsy jazz, 8 p.m., $12 advance/ $22 door, One Longfellow Square, Portland, 7611757,

Papadello, folk/pop, 7:30-10 p.m., free, all ages, Local Sprouts Cafe, 649 Congress St., Portland,

Saturday 4/23

Saturday 4/16 Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival, sponsored by the Portland Conservatory of Music, Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17, FMI, bands, schedule at Celebrity Concert with Cameron Carpenter, 7:30 p.m., $32-$15, free for ages 12 and under, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets, Port Tix, 842-0800, tickets. Record Store Day, acoustic performances at all Bull Moose stores, free and open to the public, The Sophomore Beat, 1 p.m., Portland Bull Moose; Zach Jones, 4 p.m., Scarborough Bull Moose,

Sunday 4/17 Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival, sponsored by the Portland Conservatory of Music, Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17, FMI, bands, schedule at ”The Thinking Heart:” The Life & Loves of Etty Hillesum, a history in poetry & music, 2 p.m. performance, $5-$15 requested donation, Sadhana, The Meditation Center, 100 Brickhill Ave., Suite C, South Portland, 772-6898, USM Chamber Singers, 5 p.m., $6 adult/ $3 seniors, students, Immanuel Baptist Church, High Street, Portland,, 780-5265.

Wednesday 4/20 Bayside with The Sophomore Beat & Man, The Reformer, 6 p.m., $13 advance/ $15 door, all ages, Empire Dine & Dance, 575 Congress St., Portland, tickets at all Bull Moose Music locations, Colin Hay in Concert, 7 p.m. opening by Chris Trapper, 8 p.m. concert, $25, 21+, The Landing at Pine Point, Pine Point Road, Scarborough, tickets,

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Cake, 8 p.m., $35, all ages, State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, tickets, 800-745-3000,

Theater & Dance 10th Annual Maine Playwrights Festival, short plays presented by Acorn Productions, Thursdays-Saturdays, April 14-16, April 21-23; and Friday April 29, $8, all ages, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, complete schedule, tickets at, 854-0065. ”Adventures with Peter Pan,” presented by Freeport Family Performing Arts, April 15-17, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; and April 22-23, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, $10 adult/ $5 student/ $25 family of 5; Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport, Tim Ryan, 415-6251. ”Brendan,” presented by AIRE, Maine’s Irish Theater Company, March 31-April 16, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday, $20-$15, Studio Theater, Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, tickets, 799-5327,

Don’t miss the last weekend of Maine’s Irish Theater Company, AIRE’s, production of “Brendan,” at the Studio Theater, Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Ave., Portland. The contemporary comedy centers around Irish immigrant Brendan Roche, played by Michael Dix Thomas, pictured here, upper right, as he envies his best friend’s ease with women. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. ThursdayFriday; 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets range from $20-$15 and can be purchased at 799-5327,

presented by Freeport Players & Freeport Historical Society, 7 p.m., free/ $5 suggested donation, Harrington House, 45 Main St., Freeport, 865-2220,

16-17; 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 17 reception with student artists, Brunswick Public Art Group, Morrell Room, Curtis Memorial Library, FMI, Susan Weems, 729-7624.

Talent Show, hosted by the Deering Players, 7 p.m., $5, Deering High School auditorium, 370 Stevens Ave., Portland, Kathleen Harris, 874-8260.

Patchwork Jacket Workshop with BarbaraTaylor, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 16 and April 30, Maine Fiberarts Center/ Gallery, 13 Main St., Topsham, reservations required, FMI, 721-0678.

Friday 4/15 Swing Dance, 8 p.m. lesson, 9 p.m. dance,$8,NorthDeeringGrangeHall, 1408 Washington Ave, Portland, FMI,, 653-5012.

Sunday 4/17 “The Mikado” presented by New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, 4 p.m., Merrill Auditorium, $34-$54, tickets, PortTix, 842-0800 or box office at Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland,

Mid Coast Books, Authors Saturday 4/16 Hara Marano, author of “A Nation of Wimps,” 7 p.m. presentation, free, open to public, Hyde School, 616 High St., Bath, Kate Phenix, 4437105, Let’s Talk About It Book Group, discussion of “Things Fall Apart,” 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., free, bi-weekly sessions through April 16, books available at library, Patten Free Library, Summer St., Bath, sponsored by Maine Humanities Council,

Tuesday 4/19

“Killer Joe,” directed by Sean Mewshaw, 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, April 22-23; April 29-30; ages 18+, $12-$10, Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland,

Jim Nichols, author of “Hull Creek” and Shonna Milliken Humphrey, author of “Show Me Good Land,” 7 p.m. book talk, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick.

Vaudeville Never Died! vaudeville style variety show presented by Dark Follies, 8 p.m. April 22-23, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, $12-$10, tickets, 899-3993,

Saturday 4/23

“Winnie the Pooh,” presented by the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, April 20-May 1; 1 p.m. Wednesday, 4/20; 4 p.m. Thursday, 4/21; 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Friday-Saturday 4/22-23; 4 p.m. Friday 4/29; 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 4/30-5/1, $7-$8; Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234,

Wednesday 4/20

Wednesday 4/13 “Ladies First,” one-woman portrayal of First Ladies by Robin Lane, 1 p.m., free, open to the public, OceanView at Falmouth, Blueberry Lane, Falmouth, reservations, 781-4460.

Thursday 4/14 “Cheaper by the Dozen” presented by Merriconeag Waldorf School students, 6:30 p.m., open to public, Merriconeag Waldorf School, 57 Desert Road, Freeport, 865-3900, “Freeport’s Pirate History,”

Used Book and Music Sale, 9 a.m.-noon, Unitarian Universalist Church, 15 Pleasant St., Brunswick.

Films “The Grateful Dead Movie,” 7:30 p.m., $12.50, Brunswick 10, 19 Gurnet Road, Brunswick.

Friday 4/22 “Including Samuel,” documentary about kids with disabilities, discussion with filmmaker Dan Habib to follow, 1 p.m., free, open to public, Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall, Bowdoin College, 725-3375.

Galleries Saturday 4/16 Frederick Lynch: New Work, 4-6 p.m. opening reception, exhibit through May 14, ICON Contemporary Art, 19 Mason St., Brunswick, 725-8157. Brunswick Public Art Project Proposals Exhibition, by Bowdoin students, community viewing of exhibit during library hours, April

Sunday 4/17

Brunswick Public Art Project Proposals Exhibition, by Bowdoin students, community viewing of exhibit during library hours, April 16-17; 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 17 reception with student artists, Brunswick Public Art Group, Morrell Room, Curtis Memorial Library, FMI, Susan Weems, 729-7624.

Museums Saturday 4/16

On Board Weather Forecasting Workshop, 1 p.m., $35 member; $40 nonmember, Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath, 443-1316 or

Music Friday 4/15

OLAS, live music celebrating Cuba Week, 7:30 p.m., $10 advance / $12 door, Frontier Cafe, Fort Andross, Mill 3, 14 Maine St., Brunswick,, 725-5222.

Yellow Roman Candles, acoustic, 7 p.m. open mic, 9 p.m. concert, $6-$5, Side Door Coffee House at Unitarian Universalist Church, 15 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 729-8515.

Saturday 4/16

Record Store Day, acoustic performances at all Bull Moose stores, free and open to the public, Marie Stella 2 p.m. Brunswick Bull Moose,


Annual Spring Dance Concert, presented by Bowdoin College Theater and Dance, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 14-16, Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall, Bowdoin College, free, but tickets required, available at David Saul Smith Union information desk, 725-3375.

“Jesus Christ Superstar,” presented by Midcoast Youth Theatre, April 14-17, 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, $12 adult/ $10 senior or student, Orion Performing Arts Center, Mt. Ararat Middle School, Topsham.

“Tall Tales from Long Lives,” staged readings presented by The Center Stage Players, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, April 16-17, free/ $5 suggested donation, The Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick.

Saturday 4/16

Bowdoinham Contradance Series, 7:30 p.m. beginners workshop, 8-11 p.m. dance, $9, Bowdoinham Town Hall, 3 School St., Bowdoinham, 666-3090 or 666-3709.

April 13, 2011



Out & About

A feast of musical theater in Portland By Scott Andrews Musical theater takes a pair of tasty turns this weekend in Portland. The biggest and flashiest event takes place Sunday, when a national touring production of “The Mikado,” a melodically delicious and visually scrumptious English operetta, plays Merrill Auditorium as part of Portland Ovations’ 2010-2011 season. A few blocks downhill and down in the basement, find tasty dollops of musical theater at Anthony’s Italian Kitchen, where proprietor/producer/restaurateur Tony Barrasso has spiced up his dinner-theater offerings with “There Is Nothing Like A Dame.” The Old Port restaurant is offering a four-course dinner interpolated with four delectable dames. On Saturday afternoon in Gorham, the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra gives its annual spring show, featuring internationally known mezzo-soprano Margaret Yauger.

‘There Is Nothing Like A Dame’ Of all the wonderful tunes from “South Pacific,” the famous and oft-produced 1949 classic Broadway musical that revolves around characters in the U.S. Navy during World War II, none is more memorable than “There Is Nothing Like A Dame,” a melodic comic gem about a crew of likable and lovesick sailors longing for a woman. But what if that celebrated song were performed by a group of women? That fascinating out-of-the-box possibility is the dramatic device that powers a new dinner theater offering at Anthony’s Italian Kitchen in the heart of Portland’s Old Port. Proprietor/restaurateur/showman Tony Barrasso, the affable patriarch of a very thespian family, has been producing dinnertime musical shows for about seven years. Recently he teamed up with Brian P. Allen, artistic director of Good Theater, to add some spice the offerings. Allen, who has been a major figure in Maine theater for about 30 years, drew on his vast experience, called on some of his favorite local professional show people and crafted a wonderful evening of musical entertainment around their talents. The result is “There Is Nothing Like A Dame,” a fresh and delightful evening of dinner theater centered around four women – three singers plus a pianist/music director – performing Broadway tunes that were originally written for male characters. I’ve been admiring Allen’s talents for about 20 years and I’ve always liked his vision, his casting and his direction. Plus we’re both self-described “show tune geeks.” With “Dame,” Allen scores another success in my book. His gender-bending gimmick is the show’s driving creative force and the attention-grabber. It opens with “Dame” performed by the trio of dames: Kelly Caufield, Deb Hall and Laura Hurd. Accompanist is Vicky Stubbs, who’s worked with Allen for years. It garners lots of laughs and is the perfect show-starter – and show-stopper. Other comic songs in this ilk performed by the trio include “It Takes A Woman” from “Hello, Dolly!” and “Standing On The Corner (Watching All The Girls Go By”) from “The Most Happy Fella.” But beyond the comic gems suggested by the “Dames” gimmick, I also enjoyed a number of other songs that suggested the universal qualities of human emotion

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and longing – whether sung by men or women. These include Caufield’s dramatic interpretation of “Corner Of The Sky” from “Pippin” and Hurd’s sad-clown rendition of “Mr. Cellophane” from “Chicago.” Hall’s moving performance of “I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face” from “My Fair Lady” also belongs in this category. “Dames” follows a three-part format interpolated among a four-course dinner of soup, antipasto, main dish and dessert. It was a thoroughly delicious and delightful evening. “Dames” is scheduled to run at 7 p.m. April 15-16 at Anthony’s Italian Kitchen, 151 Middle St. in Portland. Call 221-2267. A June reprise of “Dames” is in the works, but dates haven’t been finalized.

‘The Mikado’ Of the dozen or so operettas written by librettist William Schwenck Gilbert and composer Arthur Seymour Sullivan during the late 19th century, none is more beloved than “The Mikado,” a wonderful satire of English society and British social norms that’s implausibly set in Japan. The utterly fanciful story is typical of operettas of this period and written in the style of the West End music halls. It debuted in London in 1885 and has been in constant production around the world ever since. I’ve seen “The Mikado” many times and love this show. Bursting with catchy, melodic tunes and incredibly inventive lyrics, “The Mikado” will be performed this Sunday, thanks to a national touring production that’s hosted by Portland Ovations. The plot centers around a handsome and likable young prince in search of true love. To assure himself that he’s loved for his own merits – and not his exalted position as the royal son of Japan’s mighty Mikado – he disguises himself as an impoverished wandering minstrel. Needless to say, the disguised prince finds his true love, but not before overcoming a series of melodic and comic obstacles that are thrown up by Poo-Bah, a money-grubbing and officious government bureaucrat and religious divine who holds multiple offices and titles. And before the happily-ever-after ending with his beloved, the prince must also navigate the romantic shoals of a truly formidable older female who also vies for his affection, an unforgettable comic character who won’t take no


“Three Little Maids” is one of the scenes from “The Mikado,” a classic English operetta that’s offered this Sunday by Portland Ovations.

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Greater Portland Benefits Friday 4/15 Flaws for a Cause Benefit Sale, sale of usable but flawed pots to benefit Cultivating Community, April 15-30, Maine Potters Market, 376 Fore St., Portland, 774-1633. White Elephant and Rummage Sale Fundraiser, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, St. Patrick Church Hall, 1342 Congress St., Portland, 773-3610.

Saturday 4/16 Dress for Success Spring Clothing Sale Fundraiser, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., open to the public, Cath-

erine McAuley High School, 631 Stevens Ave., Portland, donations welcome, drop off in Hannaford parking lot, 51 Baxter Blvd., 9 a.m.noon April 9 and 5-9 p.m. April 15 at McAuley, 780-1686.

p.m., $5-$10 suggested admission, bring clean adult/children’s clothing, wearable accessories to swap, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, 347-3075,

White Elephant and Rummage Sale Fundraiser, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, St. Patrick Church Hall, 1342 Congress St., Portland, 773-3610.

Tuesday 4/19

Yard Sale, fundraisder for SMCC Horticulture Senior Class, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., SMCC Horticulture Building, 4 Jewett Dr., South Portland, Susan Snow, 632-9009.

Sunday 4/17 Clothing Swap, to benefit St. Lawrence Arts Center, 10 a.m.-2

End Polio Now Fundraiser, hosted by Rotary Club of Casco Bay Sunrise, 5-9 p.m., with raffles, Flatbread Company, 72 Commercial St., Portland.

Friday 4/22 Good Friday Walk, 25th anniversary, for Habitat for Humanity, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Cumberland UCC, 282 Main St., Cumberland or First Parish UCC, 116 Main St., Yarmouth, optional 3, 5, 10 or 20-mile courses,


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Saturday 4/23 Benefit Spaghetti Dinner, fundraiser for Freeport High School Project Graduation, 5-7 p.m., $8 adult/ $5 ages 5-12, Masonic Lodge, Mallet Dr., Freeport. Benefit Concert, with The Modest Proposal, Where’s Robert?, and Midnite Haze, to benefit New Beginnings Teen Shelter, and Reindeer’s Alternative Music Program, 7 p.m., $10 advance/ $12 door, Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St., Freeport,

Bulletin Board Wednesday 4/13 Deering Center Neighborhood Byway Meeting, hosted by City of Portland and Deering Center Neighborhood Association, 6-8 p.m., free, open to community, Hall School, 23 Orono Road, Portland, Dirigo Unit of Parliamentarians Meeting, 10 a.m., open to public, Norway Bank Community Room, 240 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, 839 3878. “Ladies First,” presentation on women in history by actress Robin Lane, 1 p.m., free, open to public, Hilltop Community Room, OceanView Retirement Community, 18 Blueberry Lane, Falmouth, 781-4460,

Thursday 4/14 Maine’s Finances at the Crossroads: Reform or Bust, talk by State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin, presented by Portland Regional Chamber’s Eggs & Issues, 7-9 a.m., $17 members/ $27 non-members, Holiday Inn By the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, register, 772-2811, ”Meet Your Legislator,” with Senator Phil Bartlett, Rep. Amy Fern Volk, hosted by Scarborough Community Chamber, 5-7 p.m., free, open to public, Maine Indoor Karting, 23 Washington St., Scarborough, register by April 13 at or 772-2811.

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Meetings Portland

Wed. 3/13 5 p.m. Community Development Committee CH Wed. 3/13 5:30 p.m. Solid Waste Task Force CH Wed. 3/13 6 p.m. Police Citizen Review Sub-Comm. 109 Middle St. Thu. 3/14 5 p.m. Parks Commission 55 Portland St. Thu. 3/14 5 p.m. Harbor Comm. Public Hearing S. Portland CH Thu. 3/14 5:30 p.m. Finance Committee Budget Review CH

Saturday 4/16 The BIG THAW Portland, Arts, Crafts and Vintage Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Mayo Street Arts Center, 10 Mayo St., Portland,

Wednesday 4/20 PROPEL and USM Networking Event, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Marriott Residence Inn Downtown, 145 Fore St., Portland, register, PropelPortland. org, 772-2811.

Thursday 4/21 Business After Hours, Portland Regional Chamber, 5-7 p.m., open to public, free for members, $15 non-members, Fireside Inn & Suites, 81 Riverside St., Portland, register,, 7722811.

Friday 4/22 Document Shredding Event, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., free, open to public, hosted by Gorham Savings Bank Long Wharf branch, 172 Commercial St., Portland, 773-4027.

Call for Volunteers American Red Cross Blood Drive, 1-6 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, Events on Broadway, South Portland, sponsored by Thornton Heights Lions, Carol Dembeck, 802-658-6400, ext. 3228. Hospice Volunteer Training, 5:308:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 19, 21, 26, and 28; and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays April 23 and 30, VNA Home Health & Hospice, 50 Foden Road, South Portland, Linda Hopkins, 400-8714.

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Friday 4/22

Freeport Woman’s Club monthly meeting, ”Ask Your Representative,” discussion with David Webster, State Rep. District 106, 1 p.m., free, open to public, Freeport Community Library, 5 Library Dr., Freeport, 865-0757.

Long Creek Trail Clean-up, 1-3:30 p.m., meet at Sadhana Meditation Center, 100 Brickhill Ave., South Portland, 772-6898,

Saturday 4/23 Fort Preble Volunteer Work Day, hosted by Fort Preble Preservation Committee, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., wear appropriate clothing, bring hand tools, Fort Preble, SMCC, South Portland, FMI, Leslie Barteaux, 7415975, raindate April 30. Earth Day Clean-up, hosted by South Portland Land Trust, 8:30 a.m. registration at Mill Creek Park, South Portland, 9-11:30 a.m. cleanup in South Portland, FMI, Jon Dore,

Dining Out Saturday 4/16 Bean Supper, 5-6 p.m., $7 adult/ $16 family, Peoples United Methodist Church, 310 Broadway, South Portland. Baked Bean Supper, $7 adult/ $3 children, 4:30-6 p.m., West Scarborough United Methodist Church, 2 Church St., and U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, 883-2814,

Tuesday 4/19 Local Foods Breakfast, 8 a.m., open to anyone working with local foods, farms, Local Sprouts Cafe, 649 Congress St., Portland.

Saturday 4/23 Baked Bean Supper, 5-6:30 p.m., $7 adult/ $3 child, First Parish Congregational Church, 116 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-3773.

Gardens & Outdoors

Gardeners Wanted, for 2011 season at Yarmouth Community Garden, 10 foot square plot, $25 resident/ $35 for non-residents, deer-free, organic garden, East Main St., Yarmouth, sign up at Yarmouth Community Services, 846-2406,

Portland Winter Farmers’ Market, 15+ farmers, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays until April 23, Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland,

Wednesday 4/13

Grow Your Own Organic Garden, workshop presented by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, 6-9 p.m., $5, Freeport Community Library, Library Dr., Freeport, must register, call 8653307.

Getting Smarter Wednesday 4/13

Social Media Hype: What Does my Business Really Need to Use? MCED Lunch and Learn Workshops, 122:30 p.m., $10, USM students free, Wishcamper Room 133, USM Portland, register, workshops@mced. biz.

Insurance & Investing Seminar, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $50 per adult/$75 couple, The Institute for Financial Literacy, 260 Western Ave., South Portland, registration required, call 221-3601.

Thursday 4/14

Architalx Lecture Series, Thomas Christoffersen architect and partner, BIG- Bjarke Ingels Group, Copenhagen, Denmark, 6 p.m. lecture, $8 advance/ $10 door, Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, tickets at, Lynn Shaffer, 8990588.

The Great Tax Divide: Maine’s Retail Desert vs. New Hampshire’s Retail Oasis, presented by Scott Moody, The Maine Heritage Policy Center, 12-1:30 p.m., $17 member/ $22 nonmember, DiMillo’s On the Water, 25 Long Wharf, Portland, register, 321-2550,

World Affairs Council of Maine, Breakfast Series, ”The Middle East, Iraq and the Kurdistan Region in a Year of Changes and Decisions,” talk by Qubad Talabani, 7-9 a.m., $15 member/$20 non-member, Ludcke Auditorium, UNE Portland, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland, register,

”Provident Living Mini-Classes,” Emergency Preparedness, 72-Hour Kits, 3-Month Food Supply, 7 p.m., free, open to public, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints chapel, U.S. Route 115 and Baston Road, North Yarmouth, Camille Soelberg, 370-1054.

“The Second Sex in Algeria:” Simone de Beauvoir’s Defense of Djamila Boupacha, lecture by Professor of Philosophy Julien Murphy, 1:15-2:30 p.m., free and open to the public, Wishcamper Center, USM Portland, 780-4258. or email

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nar, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., $50 per adult/$75 couple, The Institute for Financial Literacy, 260 Western Ave., South Portland, registration required, call 221-3601.

Monday 4/18

“Ecologies of War:” Racial Dispatches from the Aerial Empire, presented by Mike Hill, 7 p.m., free, open to public, Talbot Lecture Hall, Luther Bonney Hall, USM Portland, Dusan Bjelic, 699-8271.

“How the Great Depression Changed America,” presentation by Ted Gup, 6 p.m. lecture, WCHP Lecture Hall; 5 p.m. reception at UNE Art Gallery, both events free and open to the public, UNE Portland Campus,

Thursday 4/21

“Choosing Cohousing,” presentation by members of Belfast Cohousing and Ecovillage, 5:30-7 p.m., free, open to public, all ages, Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, 5 Monument Square, Portland,

“Valuing A Business,” presented by Portland SCORE, 6-9 p.m., $35, SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., Second Floor, East Tower, Portland,, 772-1147.

Health & Support

NAMI Portland, National Alliance on Mental Illness, support group meetings for people coping with a loved one’s mental illness; meetings are second, fourth Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m., The Dana Center, Maine Medical Center, Portland; and third Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m., Spring Harbor Hospital, Westbrook, 8990465 or 838-5733, namiportland@

Saturday 4/16

Parkinson’s Support Group, 1-2:30 p.m., free, open to public, Bay Square at Yarmouth, 27 Forest Falls Dr., Yarmouth, Mary Willson, 846-0044.

Wednesday 4/20

Workshop and Book Signing with Joan Chadbourne, author of “Healing Conversations Now,” 6-8 p.m., free, open to public, space limited, Beacon Hospice office, 54 Atlantic Place, South Portland, 7720929, register, 828-1339, Joan@

Friday 4/22

Earth Stations: A Planetary Way of the Cross, 4-5:30 p.m., free and open to public, Deering Oaks Park Bandstand, Portland, rain or shine, FMI, Rev. Kitsy Winthrop, 773-7738.

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Wednesday 4/13

Seasoned Worker Forum, 9 a.m.noon, free, presented by Seasoned

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Thursday 4/14

Wednesday 4/13 Understanding My Young Child: An Evening of Conversation, Camaraderie and Community, workshop led by Molly Thompson, Breakwater School Parent Education Series, for parents of toddlers through Kindergarten age, 6:30-7:30 p.m., free, open to public, Breakwater School Jessie Auditorium, 856 Brighton Ave., Portland, 772-8689. “What Not to Say,” workshop led by Sarah MacLaughlin, Breakwater School Parent Education Series, for parents of ages 6-11 years, 6:30-8 p.m., free, open to public, Breakwater School Jessie Auditorium, 856 Brighton Ave., Portland, 772-8689.

Saturday 4/16 Easter Egg Hunt, hosted by Coastal Wellness, 12 p.m., free, open to public, Coastal Wellness Family Chiropractic, 1231 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth, 799-9399. Healthy Kids Day, Cumberland County YMCA branches: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Greater Portland branch, 70 Forest Ave., Portland; 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Casco Bay YMCA, 4 Old South Freeport Road, Freeport, and Pineland Farms, New Gloucester, free and open to public, activities for kids, families, healthy snacks, raffles, and more, 8741111 Portland, 865-9600, Freeport, 688-2255 Pineland, Family-Style Music Concert, with Aaron Lee and Tucker Louisos-Daniels, 11 a.m., free, open to public, South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway, South Portland, 767-7660.

Music in April, gala fundraiser for People Plus, music, gourmet buffet dinner, live and silent auctions, 5-9 p.m., $50/ticket, $30 is tax deductible, Knights of Columbus Ballroom, 2 Columbus Ave., Brunswick, FMI, Frank Connors, 729-0757, Hari Kondabolu, stand-up comedy to benefit Japanese Red Cross, part of Bowdoin’s Asian Week, 8 p.m., $2 donation, Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall, Bowdoin College, Brunswick.

Friday 4/15 Lenten Haddock Supper, to benefit All About Prevention, 5-7 p.m., $8 adult, $4 youth, $2 under 5 years, pizza available, St. Charles Church, 132 McKeen St., Brunswick, Marcy McGuire, 729-3509.

Saturday 4/16 Project 5000 Mission, help support Bath area Food Pantry with donations of food or money, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., City Hall, Brackett’s Market, Shaws, or call Bath United Methodist Church, 443-4707. Stone Soup Institute Fundraiser, support agrarian arts; great food, live music by Folk Medicine, live auction with locally made arts and crafts, 5:30-9 p.m., $12 adult, $6 kids under 10, free under 5 years, Merriconeag Grange Hall, 529 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell, 833-2884. Retired Attire clothing sale, to benefit Volunteers of American Northern New England programs, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Fort Andross, adjacent to indoor Farmer’s Market, Brunswick, 373-1140 for donations or details.

”Lost in Lexicon:” A Fantasy Book Event for Families, 1-4 p.m., with author Pendred Noyce, games, puzzles for ages 8-14 and families, free/ by donation, to benefit Raising Readers, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700.

ASA Fashion Show for Japan, featuring Elemental, Obvious, Bowdoin Cheerleading, Anokha and Intersection, 9-10 p.m., walk the runway or sponsor a friend as a guest model, proceeds benefit earthquake relief, sign up at the Smith Union information desk, Bowdoin College, Sargent Gym.

Wednesday 4/20

Sunday 4/17

Pirate Fun for Kids, reading of David Shannon’s “How I Become a Pirate,” and “Pirates Don’t Change Diapers,” and craft project, 2 p.m., for ages 5-8, free, reservations recommended, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., Freeport, 865-3307,

Friday 4/22 Earth Day Event at Falmouth Memorial Library, screening of“Wall-E,” 2 p.m., free and open to the public, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, 781-2351.

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Friday 4/22 St. Matthew Passion by First Parish Choir, Ray Cornils conductor, 3 p.m., free/donations accepted to benefit The Oasis Health Network, First Parish Church, UCC, 9 Cleaveland St., Brunswick, 729-7331.

Saturday 4/23 Rabies Plus! Clinic, various services, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., all proceeds benefit animals, The Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, 725-5051,

Bulletin Board Cuba Week, April 8-17, annual celebration of Brunswick’s sister city, Trinidad; April 13, “East of Havana,” film, Frontier Cafe, 5 and 7 p.m., donations; April 15, Afro-Cuban music by Olas, Frontier Cafe, 7:30 p.m., $12; April 16, Afro-Cuban drumming workshop, 3-5 p.m., free, Cram Alumni House, 83 Federal St.; for a full list of events, visit

Saturday 4/16 Wabanaki Arts Festival at Bowdoin College, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., free, open to the public, David Saul Smith Union, Sills Dr., Brunswick, hosted by Bowdoin’s Native American Students Association, FMI, 725-3375 or Leslie Shaw, lshaw@

Getting Smarter Wednesday 4/13 The Maine Job Bank, 9-11 a.m., Workforce Solutions Center - BRAC, Naval Air Station, Brunswick, 3730754 to sign up. Resume and Cover Letter Workshop, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Bath CareerCenter, 34 Wing Farm Parkway, Bath, 442-0300 to sign up.

Job Search and Interviewing Workshop, 1-3:30 p.m., Bath CareerCenter, 34 Wing Farm Parkway, Bath, 442-0300 to sign up.

lins, 1:30 p.m., $3 admission, open to the public, Pejepscot Historical Society, 159 Park Row, Brunswick, 729-6606.

“The End of Western Water,” lecture by Anthony Rossmann, Berkeley School of Law, 4 p.m., free, Room 111, Adams Hall, Bowdoin College, 725-3291.

Bath’s Neighborhood Grocery Stores, illustrated lecture by Charlie Burden, 10:30 a.m., free, sponsored by Bath Historical Society, Community Room, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 443-5141, ext. 18.

“Green Business:” Doing Well by Doing Good, with Gary Hirshberg, chairman, president, and CE-Yo of Stonyfield Farm, 7 p.m., free, Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, Bowdoin College, 7987157.

Thursday 4/14 Spring Business Forum by BRAC, 10 a.m., open to the public, free but seating is limited, reservations, David Grima, 373-0754, BTC Office, Brunswick Naval Air Station, Building 150. Goodwill Workforce Solutions economic forum, “Put Some Spring into Your Business,” 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., free, open to the public, Goodwill Workforce Solutions office, Naval Air Station, Brunswick, Michelle Smith, 699-0724.

Friday 4/15 Women and Wealth, free seminar, with Larissa Haynes and Maggie Pierce of Team Northrup, registration 6 p.m., presentation 7 p.m., to register, Anne Olivo, 729-3526,, The Hampton Inn, 140 Commercial St., Bath. Restoring Maine Rivers: Wabanaki and Academic Partnerships, symposium, 1-4 p.m., Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall; 7:30 p.m., keynote address by N. Bruce Duthu, Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center; Bowdoin College, Brunswick, free, open to public, FMI Doug BoxerCook,

Saturday 4/16 Maine’s Response to the Attack on Ft. Sumter, talk by Brian Col-

Sunday 4/17

”Getting the Gospels,” 2 p.m., talk and discussion by Steven Bridge, professor of theology at St. Joseph’s College, St. Mary’s Church, 144 Lincoln St., Bath; third and final presentation, “Jesus’ Passion, Death, and Resurrection,” for the Lenten Read of All Saints Parish, 6 churches in the Midcoast area, free and open to all.

Monday 4/18

”Countdown to Zero,” screening followed by discussion, 1 p.m., Physicians for Social Responsibility, co-sponsored by Maine Model United Nations, Frontier Cafe Cinema, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, FMI, Roger Fenn,

Tuesday 4/19

Coastal Career Network meeting, presentations on composite technology and projects in Maine, 1-3 p.m., Goodwill Workforce Solutions Center, BRAC Transition Center, Building 150, Brunswick Naval Air Station, pre-registration required, 373-0754.

Thursday 4/21

Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table monthly meeting, lecture by James Nelson “Reign of Iron - The True Story Behind the First Battling Ironclads,” 7 p.m., free, open to public, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, information, Dan Cunningham 729-9520, or Jay Stencil 721-0235.

Dixieland Jazz Benefit Concert with the Moose Mountain Jazz Band, proceeds go toward building a Victorian bandstand on Mitchell Field, 3-5 p.m., $15 advance, $20 day-of, tickets available at Ship to Shore, The Common Table, The Vegetable Corner, and from Bob Modr, 833-2815 or Dan Huber, 8336762; The Harpswell Island School, Route 24, Harpswell. Save Our Swinging Bridge 5K, 10 a.m., Topsham’s Lower Village and Brunswick’s Downtown, FMI,

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challenges: Johann Sebastian Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Paris” symphony, Georges Bizet’s “L’Arlesienne” Suite No. 2 and Gustav Mahler’s “Songs of a Wayfarer.” USM artist faculty member Margaret Yauger is the featured soloist for “Songs of a Wayfarer.” Yauger was the leading mezzo-soprano of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf (Germany) for 10 years where she performed in more than

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among the parties. We have ended our discussions by mutual agreement,” Carroll said. Boxer-Cook said she was surprised the settlement discussions broke down, but that she was confident the PUC was listening carefully to the complainants’ concerns. At least 5,000 people have already requested to opt out of the meters, which have been installed on more than 150,000 homes and businesses in Maine. The wireless meters, which are part of CMP’s plan to create a “smart” grid network that would give customers the ability to monitor their electricity use in real time, have come under fire by citizen groups who question their safety and cybersecurity.

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from page 1 the Office of Public Advocate made a big impact on the legislators,” CMP spokesman John Carroll said Tuesday in a prepared statement. “The PUC staff helped them understand this is a highly technical issue, especially in regards to the possible costs of the redundant systems for customers who opt out.” Bryant said it was customary for the Energy and Utilities Committee to table bills that directly relate to issues being debated before the PUC, because the PUC has the expertise to rule on what can be highly technical matters.

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PIC should not be measured by whether it met regularly or submitted requests to the city. “The success of the (PIC) should be measured by whether the City Council does as the islanders ask,” Richards said. “In my view the islanders did what you asked; the city of Portland did not.” While proponents argued that the 2007 petition drive and advisory vote still accurately reflect islanders’ views on secession, opponent Scott Nash said that a lot has changed in the last four years. Nash held up a petition he said was signed by more than 340 registered Peaks voters who want the seces-

“We wanted them to table it until after the PUC’s decision,” lead PUC complainant Elisa Boxer-Cook of Scarborough said. “It’s been our position all along that we’re making great progress with the PUC. I trust that the PUC will grant the opt-outs.” Confidential settlement agreements between CMP and some of the PUC complainants broke down April 8. Now the issues will be debated in an open forum before the PUC, which will ultimately decide whether to force CMP to offer customers the option of a traditional, hard-wired meter. “While the process was productive to a degree, the discussions were not successful in resolving all differences

sion process to follow the established procedure. He said the petition is “current and real” evidence of island sentiment. “It’s bold to sign this given the climate this small (secession) group has created,” Nash said. But proponent Sidney Gerard said LD 1079 is the only way islanders will get the information they need to make an informed decision, since it would force the city to negotiate outstanding debts and assets. “We (will) settle that before we go to a vote,” Gerard said. Schools were another issue. Proponents suggested that secession is the only way to maintain and keep the island school open, which they said is critical to attracting year-round residents.

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BOOKS WANTED FAIR PRICES PAID Also Buying Antiques, Art Of All Kinds, and Collectables. G.L.Smith Books - Collectables 97 Ocean St., South Portland. 799-7060.


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BUSINESS RENTALS TIME TO MOVE OUT OF YOUR HOME OFFICE? Join us at 10 Forest Falls Drive in Yarmouth - bright, private professional office 10â&#x20AC;?x10â&#x20AC;?, within our space - free parking and shared waiting room. Bring your laptop and your cell phone & start to work! Suitable for accountant, real estate, designer, Industrial Hygienist, appraiser, entrepreneur, etc. $400.00 per month. Call Janet 207-847-9223 for details. PEDIATRIC THERAPY OFFICE SPACE- Join two other part time childrens speech and physical therapists in a bright, colorful child friendly professional space - 10 Forest Falls Drive, Yarmouth. Your share is $400.00 per month. Call Janet 207-847-9223 for details ROUTE ONE YARMOUTH. Great space for Office or Retail use. Easy access, lots of parking, great visibility.1000 to 3000 SF. Join other happy tenants. 8466380. PORTLAND- SWEET office space for rent; in-town; bright and sunny.$500.month. Be part of a welcoming community of counselors and therapists. Call Stephen at 773-9724, #3.

CARPENTRY WELDER/MILLWRIGHT WANTED for 2 week shutdown in ME starting April 30th. Longer e employment possible after. Call 207-225-2275 MondayThursday 9 to 3 p.m. Pre employment and drug screening may be required.

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Are you looking to make a difference in the life of someone in need? Advantage Home Care is seeking kind and dependable caregivers to care for seniors in their homes in the greater Portland area. We offer flexible hours, and full and part time shifts for days, nights and weekends. We provide training. Reliable transportation required. Call 699-2570 for more information and an application.

LANDSCAPE/GARDENING COMPANY seeking hardworking, detail oriented employees who love plants and gardening. Full and part time positions involve travel to and work in gardens in Prout’s Neck, Yarmouth, and Sebago lakes region. Work includes installation, pruning, and maintenance of large perennial gardens. Should have horticultural education and/or demonstrate substantial experience. Knowledge of perennials and shrubs a must. Submit work history and resume to: A Touch of Green, P.O. Box 1262, Raymond, Maine 04071.

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The Sun Journal is looking for an experienced news reporter to cover a general assignment beat in Oxford County, Maine. You will be based in our Rumford Bureau. The job includes covering live news events, courts, crime and town government, which involves a flexible work schedule, including some nights and weekends. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated capability to file timely and accurate reports. Must also display the ability and enthusiasm to tell stories visually with images and digital video. Candidate should be savvy and comfortable with using social media to curate stories, sources and story ideas.

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If this describes you and you have a desire to improve the lives of area seniors, please give us a call. We’re looking for special people to join us in providing excellent non-medical, in-home care to the elderly. We are especially interested in weekend and overnight staff. 152 US Route 1, Scarborough

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is looking for a Summer Coordinator for the openings of the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse located on the campus

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MARCO’S CONSTRUCTIONOver 10 years of experience. We are professional in general Constr uction,Remodeling, Roofing, Siding, Painting & Finish Carpentry. Marco 712-2307 or 899-9154. EXPERT DRYWALL SERVICE- Hanging, Taping, Plaster & Repairs. Archways, Cathedrals, Textured Ceilings, Paint. Fully Insured. Reasonable Rates. Marc. 590-7303. NEED SOME REPAIRS OR HELP?

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Everyone Needs Someone We need your help to make a difference in the lives of older adults in Cumberland County. We are looking for proactive, flexible people, who are looking for a challenging and satisfying part-time job. If you love the idea of being a “difference maker” call today to inquire about joining our team of non-medical in home CAREGivers. Part-time day, evening, overnight and weekend hours. Currently we have a high need for awake overnights and weekends.

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NO.YARMOUTH / POWNAL Contemporary 1 BR attached apartment. 1,000 SQ FT. Sun all day. New construction. Deck, skylights, gas stove w/ exhaust, storage. Surrounded by acres of woods. Close to Yarmouth & Freeport. 3 miles to Rte. 1/ I-295 & just 18 miles to Portland. $825/month + heat. Rent includes electricity & hot water. A Slice of Heaven. Sorry, no dogs. Call 671- 4778. FALMOUTH, NICELY RENOvated spacious and sunny, two bedroom apartment with new wood floors in dining and living rooms. Laundry room, garage, workshop, and storage area. Large, private yard. Close to schools and shopping. No Dogs/NS. $950/month. Call 207-899-7641.

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YARMOUTH VILLAGE- Large 1 bedroom, 3rd floor apt. Off street parking, W/D on site, H/W included. Walk to Royal River Park. $835.00/month. PETS/NO SMOKING. References/Security Deposit required. Call 846-6240 or 2338964. BRUNSWICK-Lovely, spacious 2 story condo, 2 master bedrooms, 2 bath, den/loft, W/D, basement, garage. Must see! N/S. 1 year lease, $1,400. Available May 1. 410-2632370. CUMBERLAND CENTERSunny, 1 bedroom, $800. All utilities included. W/D shared (new) laundry, owner occupied home. Off street parking. Pets considered. N/S. Quiet neighborhood. 829-9380.

CUMBERLAND- ROOM FOR RENT. Use of kitchen & W/D. Utilities included. $450/month. First month in advance. Available anytime. References. Call cell: 671-4647. BEDROOM FOR RENT. No Pets, N/S. Includes cable, utilities, & internet. $450/month. call 856-1146. GRAY- CABIN FOR rent. No deposit. Furnished. No pets. All utilities, cable, wireless internet. 657-4844. SHARE OUR HOME and garden, Sabattus, two rooms and bath $400/month. 522-2606 LEWISTON, 2 BEDROOM $715/mo, security deposit 207205-3792


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SC MOVING SERVICES - your best choices for local moves. Offering competitive pricing with great value for your Residential and Commercial Moves! For more information call us at 207-749MOVE(6683) or visit : VISA/MasterCard excepted! A&A MOVING SERVICES. Residential & Commercial. 25 years experience. 7 days a week. FULL SERVICE. PIANO MOVING. Packing. We also buy used Furniture and Antiques. SENIOR DISCOUNTS. Free estimates. 828-8699.

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by-state basis. “This group is effective and well-facilitated,” Smith said. “All indications are that the Department (of Education) is going to give us the time we need to work on this.”

waived. Gilbert sees that as a serious loophole. “You’re assessing a fee to a 13-year-old (high school) freshman. She doesn’t have any money,” he said. “She could apply for a waiver. Every kid can just apply based on the fact that they don’t have a job.” Gilbert said there is no way his daughter, who is a freshman this year, could afford the $300 in fees to cover the three sports she played.

The Maine Civil Liberties Union is watching the situation. “This is not something we’re currently working on,” MCLU Executive Director Shenna Bellows said, “but we encourage schools to provide services to students in an equitable way.”

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Fees from page 4 $15,000 per-year administrative position to its budget for next year to manage the district’s activity fee system. In Falmouth, Scarborough and SAD 51, students who receive free or reduced lunch through the schools are automatically exempt from paying the fees. Other parents can claim a financial hardship to have the fees


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from page 1 Hyman said landscaping, street trees, signs and banners and crossing treatments will be used to guide bikers and walkers along streets in the area from Woodford’s Corner to Nason’s Corner. “Most folks would prefer to bike and walk along quieter streets,” Hyman said. In the Deering Center neighborhood, residents have expressed concerns in the past about traffic issues. He said the use of bumped-out curbs and pedestrian refuge islands could help with that, while also making it safer for walkers and bike riders. The goal in Deering Center is to con-

nect to schools, trails and parks. There is a public meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Hall School to discuss the concept. “We have no set solution in mind,” Hyman said. “We are hoping people will be enthusiastic about the concept.” The streets included are Warwick, Ludlow, Wayside, Leland and Concord; Columbia Road, and Pleasant Avenue. In other cities, byways are called “Bicycle Boulevards,” Hyman said. But Portland wants to make sure its street safety measures also consider pedestrians. In Deering Center, many kids bike and walk to school, he said, and there is a parent group at Longfellow School




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encouraging more students to do so. Hyman said a separate effort is underway to provide bicycle racks at the schools. A project working group will work with city staff to develop a plan for the byways, following the Wednesday night

Budget from page 1 “They’ve put together a responsible budget,” Anton said. He said the School Board has already been told by the council that the use of fund balance reserves is ultimately a decision for the council to make, because it belongs to the city. There is no school fund balance. The city’s fund balance is more than $20 million, roughly 10.2 percent of the city’s overall spending. The undesignated fund balance is considered by bond rating firms and can affect interest rates for city borrowing. The city is trying to get its balance up to 12.5 percent. The proposed school budget for fiscal year 2012 is smaller than the current budget, but because the schools expect to lose millions of dollars in state and federal funding, the local property tax rate would increase nearly 2.8 percent

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on the school side. Combined with the current city budget proposal of more than $200 million, the overall tax rate increase would be about 2.2 percent. Anton said he would support an overall increase of 2 percent. He also suggested that if the council chooses not to fund the $480,000 request from the schools with fund balance, it could still decide to fully fund the school budget and instead look to make cuts on the city side. The school budget includes elimination of 31.5 locally funded jobs, and 35.6 positions that were funded by grants. The Finance Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing and vote on a school budget recommendation for the full council Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. Kate Bucklin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or Follow her on Twitter: @katebucklin.

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The Forecaster, Portland edition, April 13, 2011  

The Forecaster, Portland edition, April 13, 2011, a Sun Media Publication, pages 1-36