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Vol. 10, No. 17
News of The City of Portland
Councilors give chilly reaction to school budget
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Portland Community Free Clinic volunteer Dr. John Saucier, right, discusses a patient’s paperwork with clinic program coordinator Leslie Nicoll, left. The clinic at 103 India St., which provides health care to those with no insurance, is set to lose all city funding in September and is scrambling to find new financial resources to continue its work.
Funding loss threatens India Street free clinic By Andrew Cullen PORTLAND — The Portland Community Free Clinic will lose its funding from the city in September, but staff and volunteers say they will fight the odds to continue offering free health care to
those in need. Word that the clinic would have to close was met with “outcry from the volunteers, and panic from the patients,” said Caroline Teschke, Public Health Department program manager and administrator of
the clinic. Now Teschke and her fourperson staff are scrambling to come up with a shoestring budget to keep the clinic going after September. The clinic, which offers primary and some specialized
medical care to Cumberland County residents without health insurance, was supported for nearly two decades by a partnership between Mercy Hospital and the city. See page 27
By Andrew Cullen PORTLAND — The City Council sent the School Board’s proposed $94.9 million budget for fiscal 2013 to the finance committee Monday night with little response to school officials’ pleas for increased investment in education. Some councilors, including finance committee member John Coyne, have said that the proposed school budget, which includes a $5 million increase over this year’s spending and a 3.7 percent hike in property taxes, is a tough sell. The School Board asserts that after several years of reduced budgets and cuts of roughly 100 jobs, it is time for the city to emphasize its commitment to education. Board Chairwoman Kate Snyder, School Board finance committee Chairman Justin Costa, and Superintendent of Schools James C. Morse Sr. took that argument to the council Monday. “I feel we’ve reflected the realities of the times,” reducing budgets and staff to keep taxes down after financial mismanagement left the system $2.5 million short in 2007, followed by the nationwide economic meltdown the next year, Snyder said. “I believe we’re in a much better place today than we were See page 27
Sales of prescription painkillers spike in greater Portland By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling PORTLAND — In 2010, Maine doctors prescribed 1,100 pounds of powerful painkillers like Vicodin and Percocet to their patients – more than triple the amount they prescribed just 10 years ago. Carolyn Wallace, a Portland-
based drug and alcohol counselor, said that fully half of the people she treats for addiction are hooked on painkillers. The source of the drug is no secret. “Almost to a client, they start out with a prescription,” she said.
Tom Kivler, director of the Division of Behavioral Health at Brunswick’s Midcoast Hospital, said that the majority of Maine’s painkiller addicts get their drugs from a doctor, either directly, or through a friend or family member. “Only 5 percent get it from
the Internet or a drug dealer,” he said. For local communities along Maine’s coast, prescriptions for oxycodone and hydrocodone have skyrocketed. In 2010, so many painkillers were prescribed that they could have supplied every man,
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the crime ever occurring, which is much better than a crime occurring and us finding and arresting (a suspect),” Konopka said. That’s because it is difficult to return stolen property or the victim’s sense of safety, she said, and because once a person enters the criminal justice system, recidivism rates are high. But pulling the data necessary to pinpoint the most important trends with the department’s existing software was an exasperating process. There was no simple or comprehensive search function, and mapping had to be done mostly by hand. And it was slow – so slow that Konopka bought a Rubik’s Cube to play with as her computer chugged along, sifting through databases to answer her queries. So Konopka decided to build her own software. “I had to do the best I could with what I had,” she said. “I didn’t feel like what I had was good enough for my community, or my officers.” Last September, Konopka enlisted the help of a friend, Portland software developer Mike Santerre, to help her turn her ideas Comment on this story at: http://www.theforecaster.net/weblink/120756
to reality. The pair has worked since then to produce a program called Predictive Policing that can search by type of crime or call for service, by time of day and day of the week, by neighborhood, or by work shift. Now in a beta-testing phase, the program exports and maps information via Google Earth, and can track the amount of money that is spent on each service call in terms of officer salary. “Now I can do things that are less data pulling ... and get back to the basics of crime analysis,” Konopka said. Konopka, a former military intelligence officer, is clearly thrilled with the new program. Three computer monitors share her desk so that she can run numbers, upload new data, and perform the rest of her job at once. The Rubik’s Cube now gathers dust on a small table. “I think it’s kind of rare that someone could develop software with (a programmer) that closely,” Santerre said. “I think continued page 27
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Improvements at Reiche seen as vital for West End By Gillian Graham PORTLAND — When Judy Watson’s daughters walk to Reiche Elementary School alone, their mother insists they take a long route that ensures they cross the street on well-marked crosswalks. When they all walk together, they take a direct route that is shorter, forcing them to step well into the street to look for traffic before crossing without a crosswalk. Watson would like to see that change with the addition of crosswalks and other measures to make sure pedestrians are safe as they move around the neighborhood. City Councilor David Marshall and city staff are collaborating with the Reiche Parent Teacher Organization and West End Neighborhood Association to respond to concerns like Watson’s. They hope to improve access, enhance safety and better utilize space at the school and community center. Marshall hosted a community forum Tuesday night to provide information and get feedback from residents about the city’s five-year capital improvement plan and improvements around Reiche, which was built in the 1970s. “Reiche is in many ways the heart of the neighborhood. Whether it’s the school or the community center, the building serves as a gathering place for our residents and provides a space for our community to connect with each other,” Marshall said. He said the city’s capital improvement plan calls for $3 million to be spent on Reiche improvements in 2016. Residents have concerns about pedestrian and traffic safety on the crowded streets around the school, and there are issues within the school that need to be addressed, he noted. Visitors to the community center pool during the day must walk through the school cafeteria. Additionally, office staff have a hard time monitoring the front entrance because of its configuration, and access to the second floor is not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Marshall said. “It needs an investment in order to solve some of these design issues and improve safety and handicap accessibility,” he said. “... The facility is really indispensable.” The next step, Marshall said, is to use $60,000 to hire an architect to create drawings of possible renovation plans. He said he may ask that money be allocated from a fund set aside from the sale of $Ave at ne over 19 Mai s! golf course
Martin’s Point for school improvements. Watson, co-chairman of the Reiche PTO, estimated about 150 of the school’s 311 students walk to school and another 20 or so families drop off their children by car. The school uses one bus to transport students. Watson said pedestrian safety is an issue she brought to the attention of city officials at the beginning of the school year. She said she was surprised and appreciative of the city’s quick response to make fixes where possible, as well as the commitment to look for solutions to long-term issues. Bruce Hyman, the city’s bicycle and pedestrian program coordinator, said the city developed a short-term action plan
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to make the trip to and from school safer for students. City crews trimmed tree branches that were covering school zone lights and painted stop lines at intersections around the school to make them more visible. The city also upgraded crosswalks from a two-line style to a more visible black-and-white style resembling piano keys, Hyman said. “(Parents) felt there were some crosswalks needed leading to the entrances of the school,” he said. “We’ve expedited the installation of a couple crosswalks and will install more.”
Hyman said the city will take a closer look at long-term traffic management and pedestrian safety in the area and is examining pending crosswalk requests. He said safety is a top concern in the area because of the narrow, busy streets and the high volume of students walking to school. “It’s a pretty chaotic area out there in the morning and afternoon,” he said. Watson said it is important neighborhood residents are involved in the process. “(The school) really is the center of this very vibrant neighborhood,” she said. Gillian Graham can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter: @grahamgillian.
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Mentoring program at PHS marks 20 years of changing lives By Andrew Cullen PORTLAND — When Mark Crasnick retired from a career in the insurance industry in 2011, the Portland High School graduate and self-described die-hard Bulldog thought he might return to his alma mater to do some volunteering. “I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, but I didn’t want to waste time. I wanted it to be valuable,” Crasnick said. His inquiries led him to the Portland Mentoring Alliance, and he was paired with high school junior Hussein Mohamed. A year and three months later, Mohamed is set to graduate. Crasnick has guided him through the college application process and taken him to college interviews; Mohamed hopes to study criminal justice at Kaplan
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Falmouth resident Mark Crasnick, right, began working with Hussein Mohamed in 2011 through the Portland Mentoring Alliance to prepare the Portland High School senior for college. The mentoring program which celebrates it 20th anniversary this week, has matched more than 1,100 students with adult mentors.
University. Now, as Mohamed prepares to move to the next step in his life, his mentor said he can’t imagine not being part of the teenager’s life. “I find it extremely rewarding,” Crasnick, a Falmouth resident, said. It’s just one success story among many as the Mentoring Alliance marks its 20th year. More than 1,100 students have participated in the program, started in 1992 by then-PHS Principal Dana Allen, Richard Balser and Kevin Healey, current director Glenn Nerbak said. Any student can participate in the mentoring program, but it started as a way to
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provide support for students who were at risk of dropping out. At first, it wasn’t terrifically successful, Nerbak said; students who weren’t committed to school were often equally disinterested in forging a relationship with an adult mentor. The program picked up steam as increasing numbers of students came to Portland from other countries, first from Cambodia and Vietnam, then from the Balkans, and now from central Africa. Today, about 80 percent of student participants speak English as a second language, and sometimes as a third, fourth, or fifth. Most of the mentor-mentee relationships work out these days, Nerbak said. Perhaps 10 percent do not, he said, sometimes because the student isn’t committed to the program, and sometimes because the men-
tor changes jobs or moves away. In many of these cases, the student is successfully paired with a new mentor, Nerbak said. The minimum requirement is that mentors spend one hour a week with their students, Nerbak said. Usually, mentors help the students prepare for graduation and life beyond high school, but “some of these mentors go above and beyond.” “It’s deep personal connection that makes for a great mentoring relationship,” he said. “I really gained so much that I didn’t expect from the mentor program,” said Pacifique Jabiro, now a second-year student at Southern Maine Community College. “For me, it’s like having a second dad,” he said about his mentor, Chris Rosado. continued page 26
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By David Treadwell YARMOUTH — Andy Bertocci has spent the better part of one or two Saturdays a month from April through October for the past 20 years helping monitor the quality of water in the Casco Bay. “Andy is amazing,” Casco Baykeeper Joe Payne said. “He works hard at everything he does; he has a talent for improving things – ideas, process, programs. And he’s a genuinely nice person.“ Comment on this story at: http://www.theforecaster.net/weblink/120978
That’s high praise coming from the visionary who launched the award-winning, Environmental Protection Agency-certified volunteer water quality-monitoring program that has made Casco Bay one of the most thoroughly documented water bodies in the world. Payne co-founded Waterkeeper Alliance with six other waterkeepers in 1999, and today there are 200 on six continents.
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home to Falmouth. Piers trains with Barry, who lives in Scarborough. She said she has run the Boston Marathon five or six times and says it is “good motivation” to keep up her training through the winter. “It’s probably one of the hardest courses to run,” Piers said. “It beats you up a bit physically. (But) I seem to go back to it every year.” There was some confusion after the race when results posted by the Boston Athletic Association incorrectly listed Mayumi Fujita as a U.S. citizen, which would have bumped Piers out of the top American woman position. Race officials later determined Fujita is a Japanese citizen.
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The farcical debt debate Brace yourselves. We’re about to enter a season of protracted angst and anger over the national debt and the federal budget deficit. We are entering the campaign season, and so we can expect outrage – outrage, I say – over the profligacy of our government, the irresponsibility of the Obama administration and the immorality of saddling our children and our grandchildren with debt. We will be admonished that is absolutely necessary to cut government expenditures and therefore to live within Global our means. We will hear of the woes to befall us unless we eviscerate “non-essential” programs and restore sanity in Washington. We will be reminded that every household must balance its budget (this will be accompanied by imagery involving a kitchen table and a family making “tough decisions”) and that we should demand nothing less of our government. For the sake of our country, my fellow Americans, we Perry B. Newman must stop the bleeding. There are at least two fallacies associated with these rants. The first relates to the nature of our debt, and the second relates to the so-called evils of debt in the first place. In this column we’ll look at the question of government expenditures, which, according to most debt critics, are the principle cause of our indebtedness. My take on the other fallacies will have to wait until next month. Our government “expends” revenue in essentially two ways: first, by actually spending money on goods and services, and second, by foregoing revenue the government would otherwise collect through taxes, absent a policy decision, such as a tax break, not to do so. The first kind of expenditure is familiar to us and is what deficit hawks in Congress decry the loudest. Everything the government spends money to acquire or provide should, in
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all their lives, that they damn well expect to receive their benefits and that, by the way, they vote. Others argue that eligibility for Social Security is sacrosanct and that it wouldn’t be fair to move the goal posts for those now in the workforce. Strike three! What’s left? The remaining 40 percent of the federal budget is spent on the social safety net (13 percent), veterans’ and federal retirees’ benefits (7 percent), interest on the debt (6 percent), transportation infrastructure (3 percent), education (2 percent), research (1 percent) and all other expenses (7 percent). Any rational person would look at the two elephants in the room, defense and health care, and posit that we can achieve some big savings. Let’s end these wars. Let’s get a grip on heath care costs. But deficit hawks focus instead on cutting programs for the neediest Americans, who are, not coincidentally, those with the least political power. Yet safety net programs comprise just 13 percent of the budget. Or they seek to reduce the government’s health care expenditures by offering consumers vouchers with which we can purchase health insurance coverage. But no one explains how vouchers will do anything to contain costs, unless that’s accomplished simply by capping the government’s exposure once we’ve exhausted our vouchers. You might ask, what about tax expenditures, i.e., the revenue we might raise by eliminating some tax breaks? Or how about raising some taxes on certain segments of the population? We’ll get to those in a future column, but I think you know how that discussion goes. Next time we’ll discuss whether debt and deficits are really the boogiemen some make them out to be. Until then, however, you have to wonder whether those most vehemently opposed to debt are those least disposed to do anything meaningful about it, unless it comes at the expense of those least able to wield political power and influence. Perry B. Newman is a South Portland resident and president of Atlantica Group, an international business consulting firm based in Portland, with clients in North America, Israel and Europe. He is also chairman of the Maine District Export Council.
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These boots are (not) made for walking This is day number three for me in New York City, but if you asked my feet, they’d say we’ve been here at least a few months. When heading to NY, I consistently make the mistake – or perhaps choose to maintain the fantasy – that women stroll around looking as if they just walked out of a fashion magazine: the trendy shoes, the flawlessly No Sugar fitted skirts, the dresses blowing in the Manhattan breeze. I imagine they’ve put some serious thought into their wardrobe choices – and they most certainly don’t sweat, or have BandAids covering the blisters on their dainty feet inside of their Manolo Blahniks. When readying for an adventure here, I pack accordingly – which means one thing: my cowboy boots. Of course then I Sandi Amorello arrive and after one day of strolling up and down city streets and pounding pavement, I’m nearly reduced to tears from the pain of wearing inappropriate footwear. I’m clearly being punished for my vanity, because the truth is, you cannot walk 127 blocks in cowboy boots. Actual cowboys never walked that far; they rode horses most of the time.
Now, my cowboy boots are a cherished possession, and they never fail to make me feel fashionable and at least slightly hip. Of course, using the word “hip” clearly makes me unhip, but please try to work with me here. On my 30th birthday, Drew gave me a pair of very cool black boots (of the cowboy variety) from a store in Boston. He’d been shooting a commercial downtown, stumbled upon a boot shop and thought they would be the perfect gift. Upon receiving said boots, I immediately ascertained that my husband knew not one iota about my taste or what would constitute a good birthday gift for the woman he’d known for over a decade. I pretended to like them, but deep down I thought he was somewhat of an idiot and couldn’t believe he hadn’t just bought me a simple piece of jewelry. Something I could wear every day and show off to my girlfriends. Being age thirty and childless meant that I was obviously still immature and completely out of my mind. Of course, years later, I wore those boots enough to break them in and they became my most prized possession. And I marveled that Drew could have known that a girl from New Jersey had an inner cowgirl longing to wear boots with her pearls, and just hadn’t tapped into that part of herself yet. He had bought for me what turned out to be not merely a gift, but a life transforming one. Two years after his death, when the boots were about 13 years old and had gone through numerous re-solings, I finally had to break down and buy another pair. The
exact same ones. And now those are getting up there in age, as well. My point is, they are my comfy, broken-in footwear of choice. And they make me feel fashionable and have become one of my trademarks of sorts, and so I generally wear them in situations that might, perhaps, find other women – possibly smarter, more practical women – wearing sneakers. Or orthopedically correct shoes from Sweden. Or something designed by “Dr. Scholl.” But not me. So here I am in New York, and I think I may have logged more miles in three days than I’ve logged on my walks on the beaches of Maine in the past three years. And each day I’ve had to come home around 2 p.m. and give my feet the chance to recuperate. Yesterday, I walked so much that I acquired blisters in places I didn’t know you could get them. Band-Aids are my friend. And the funny part is, I’ve realized that all of those glamorously attired women don’t actually walk anywhere. They take cabs. And go the gym to get their exercise. Duh. Today I saw an ad for a pair of white, high-top, comfy sneakers with a hot pink high-heeled pump printed on the side. Apparently, I’m not the only one here who wants to have her cake and eat it too. I think I may have found my next birthday present. No Sugar Added is Cape Elizabeth resident Sandi Amorello’s biweekly take on life, love, death, dating and single parenting. Get more of Sandi at irreverentwidow. com or contact her at email@example.com.
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Beem column provokes thought about violence Thank you, Edgar Allen Beem, for your thought-provoking column, “Stop watering the seeds of violence.” Violence, in all its forms, blinds us from seeing ways of working together and appreciating the importance of humanity. Leigh Donaldson Portland
County commissioner explains increase A recent article in the Forecaster reviewed the plight of the town of Scarborough and their 2013 budget. The article outlined the various areas of increased spending, including the school budget of $39 million, the municipal budget of about $27 million and the county budget represents about 3 percent of the total of just over $2 million. The 5 percent increase in the county budget is based on state valuation of the municipalities within the county, and depending on increases and or decreases of each municipality, affects the individual municipal share of the county budget. The total increase for Scarborough from the county is $99,598, less than 1 percent of the total town budget increase. Valuation represented $58,704 of that and county increases were $40,984. The county budget is scrutinized annually by a Finance Committee made up of municipal council members from each of the five commissioner districts. They review the budget over the course of several weeks, and approve it before sending it to county commissioners for final approval. County government provides many services to our taxpayers, and does so for a cost of less than $2 per thousand. The county budget has averaged less than 2 percent per year increase over the past five years. Cumberland County recognizes that the municipalities have to provide many necessary services for their citizens and we continue to help by providing regional services on a consolidated basis, serving our taxpayers efficiently and effectively, and protecting our citizens. We welcome your comments and suggestions regarding all issues impacting county government. Commissioner Neil Jamieson Scarborough
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ALEC empowers the power crazy Those smart ALECs are still at it. Back on Nov. 11, 2011, I wrote about how Gov. Paul LePage’s administration was taking its agenda straight from the playbook of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative lobbying group closely allied with the ultraconservative Koch brothers. Now ALEC is all over The Universal the news as Maine’s Majority, the group that arose in opposition to LePage’s business-before-people agenda, has been calling attention to the ALEC fingerprints all over bills submitted to the 125th Legislature. In a March 15 report entitled “Who Is Writing Maine’s Laws?,” Maine’s Majority reported that 20 ALEC bills had been submitted Edgar Allen Beem to the Legislature in the past 14 months. Chief among them are those related to the administration’s education reforms, namely privatizing public schools by creating charter schools and allowing public tax dollars to subsidize religious schools. Then there’s the newly enacted vigilante bill that prohibits state officials from disarming citizens during a state of emergency. Really? Was that a big concern of Maine citizens? There’s also the regulatory takings bill, so broad, unprecedented and complex that even LePage’s own attorney general had to oppose it, otherwise we’d have property owners suing left and right any time a new land use or zoning ordinance was enacted. And now we have ALEC leading the charge for a new Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) fight. ALEC has been a shadowy background player in conservative politics for decades, but the rise of the tempestuous tea party has apparently emboldened it to step out of the shadows to start dictating social and economic policies to elected officials. Maine’s Majority identified eight members of the Legislature as ALEC members (Reps. Cushing, Hamper and Harmon; Sens. Langley, Plowman, Rector, Rosen, and Thibodeau) and another 13 who have introduced ALEC copycat bills.
Nationally, the Center for Media and Democracy has drawn attention to the organization with its ALEC Exposed project, and there is an ALECWATCH website that calls the group “Corporate America’s Secret Political Arm.” The issue that generated the most mainstream media coverage has been ALEC’s promotion of Stand Your Ground laws, such as the one in Florida at the heart of the Trayvon Martin killing. ALEC has blamed “liberal bullies” for attacking its supposedly benign free-market agenda and scaring of corporate contributors. If Shoot Your Neighbor laws are free-market policies, then I’m pleased to be a liberal bully. There is nothing wrong, of course, with either party or any politician using model legislation to draft bills. It’s done all the time. What we are seeing nationally and here in Maine, however, is not simply a Republican subscription to ALEC model legislation. We are witnessing the remote control of our elected representatives by far right ideologues in the employ of billionaires. This Republican administration isn’t about problem-solving or even addressing real Maine issues; it’s about doing the bidding of its masters. If LePage had been truthful and forthcoming about the agenda he would pursue if elected, he would not be in office today. Remember LePage pooh-poohing expressed concerns about his positions on social issues during the campaign, insisting he was just all about job creation? Who knew that job creation meant privatizing public education, gutting environmental regulations, disbanding the Land Use Regulation Commission, attacking public employees and organized labor at every turn, reducing workers compensation benefits, throwing tens of thousand people off MaineCare, running a private four-lane highway through the woods, allowing guns in the Statehouse, and letting landowners sue if they’re not permitted to build a Walmart in their cow pasture? Who knew? Boss Paul, that’s who. What we have been seeing in the 125th Legislature is a power-crazy Republican Party trying to enact everything on the right-wing wish list in one session. Why? Because they know they’ll be out on their keisters as soon as the good people of Maine realize whose interests they are serving. Hint: it’s not ours. Freelance journalist Edgar Allen Beem lives in Yarmouth. The Universal Notebook is his personal, weekly look at the world around him.
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the Little League district president in the mid-1970s. DiDonato was an Airman First Class in the U.S. Air Force when he met and married Carmela “Bunny” Antenucci on Nov. 29, 1952. He began his career as an insurance agent and later wend to work as a salesman for Cudahy Meat Packing Company. After working there he worked for many years at Commercial Fruit on India Street behind the meat counter until they closed. DiDonato worked at Smaha’s in South Portland for many years until his retirement. After retiring, he enjoyed playing cribbage every morning in South Portland with his friends. DiDonato was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Bunny. He is survived by his daughters Mrs. Warren (Kathy) Knowles
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of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Carleen Hamel of Saco; son, Fran DiDonato of Portland; grandchildren Nicholas and Brian DiDonato of Portland, Amanda Clemm of Brunswick; four great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and extended family members including his former daughter-inlaw, Brenda MacDonald, whom he thought of as a daughter. Visiting hours were held on April 18 at A.T. Hutchins LLC. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery in South Portland. The family would like to give special thanks to Linda, Deb, Todd, VNA Hospice and the many friends at The Rock Church for their care and support during DiDonato’s last weeks.
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Cheverus’ Hoyt named AD of the Year
Cheverus’ Gary Hoyt, the MIAAA’s Athletic Director of the Year for 2012.
By Michael Hoffer Longtime Cheverus High School athletic director Gary Hoyt got more than a little relaxation and social time when he traveled to the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators’ Association’s spring conference earlier this month. His long tenure and many contributions to high school athletics in the state were rewarded as Hoyt was named the MIAAA’s Athletic Director of the Year for 2012. “The MIAAA is proud to honor Gary Hoyt in recognition of his long tenure at Cheverus,” said MIAAA executive director Marty Ryan. “Maine interscholastic athletics is very fortunate to have a person with the qualities Gary possesses working with out young people in Maine.” Hoyt, who has been the director of athletics and student activities at Cheverus for 32 years, had no inkling he would be honored. “It came totally out of left field,” Hoyt said. “My wife had been warned in advance, but she kept the secret well. It was very exciting. The room was packed with 126 athletic directors from across the state. It was elegant.”
Hoyt’s tenure has included enlarging sports programs and facilities and establishing a girls’ program when the school went co-ed in 2000. Hoyt has also initiated a community service requirement for all athletes and broadened the school’s booster club’s support to all student activities and service efforts in greater Portland. Hoyt has coached a varsity of sports, has been the director of the Cheverus Basketball Day Camp for 30 years and has served as the Southern Maine Activities Association’s league president and its liaison for outdoor track, boys’ ice hockey, girls’ ice hockey, sportsmanship, boys’ lacrosse, assigners’ contract committee chair and as a member of the SMAA/ Western Maine Conference collaborative. “(Gary’s) contributions not only to this league, but to the state cannot be measured,” said Marshwood High athletic director Rich Buzzell. “He’s done more for the student-athletes, coaches, ADs and communities involved with athletics than you could ever imagine. He’s been a guiding light for all of us in the business and quite frankly, has made a lot of
our jobs easier with the foundation he has laid in his 30-plus years of service.” Hoyt, a Thornton Academy and University of Southern Maine graduate, has become synonymous with Cheverus over threeplus decades, a span which has seen him serve on countless Maine Principals’ Association committees and moderate or present numerous MIAAA and National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators’ Association seminars. “How fitting that a man who has dedicated his entire professional career to the formation of Cheverus’ student athletes is being recognized as Athletic Director of the Year,” said Cheverus principal John Mullen. “Gary is the consummate high school administrator, always seeking to provide opportunities for students from which they can carry the value of sportsmanship, hard work and respect for others. I’m extremely grateful for his 36year commitment to Cheverus. As a colleague and friend, I’m extremely proud.”
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Spring sports season off to successful start (Ed. Note: For the complete Deering-Portland boys’ lacrosse and Waynflete-NYA girls’ lacrosse game stories, including photos and detailed box scores, as well as the complete Cheverus-Bonny Eagle baseball game story, with a detailed box score, please visit theforecaster.net) By Michael Hoffer The 2012 spring sports season has started and virtually every local club will have participated in at least one game or meet by the end of the week. Here’s a glimpse at what you might have missed on the diamonds and lacrosse fields over the April vacation week (track and tennis began this week).
Baseball-Stags open title defense in style Cheverus’ baseball team won a state title for the first time in 2011 and returns plenty of firepower, meaning the Stags will wear a bulls-eye all spring. That was reinforced in their opener Friday afternoon, at home versus Bonny Eagle. Cheverus was able to win, 11-3, but it was anything but easy. Senior ace Louie DiStasio allowed 11 hits in his seven innings, but with the exception of
a three-run fifth, managed to work out of every jam. Offensively, the Stags had 13 hits (from nine different players) and broke the game open with six runs in the sixth inning. “It was a good first day,” said DiStasio, who had three hits, stole a base and scored two runs. “The team looked good. We just have to keep our energy up for a whole game. We let down for one inning, but we picked it back up.” Cam Mullen and new catcher Chris Tinsman each had two hits. Drew Ferrick, Tyler Flaherty and Mullen all drove in a pair of runs and Brandyn Chretien came off the bench to drive in a run with a squeeze bunt and flash the leather (he made a great catch of a foul pop to end it). “Coach put me in to play defense,” Chretien said. “That’s what I like to do. I like to help the team however I can. It was fun. It looked close. I just threw my glove out and got it. I was leaning over the fence. My feet were off the ground a little bit.” It wasn’t pretty, but we’ll take it,” said Cheverus coach Mac McKew. “I think we weren’t totally engaged initially. I give Bonny Eagle credit. They battled. Brandyn made some super great
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Deering’s Rick Murray tries to get past Portland senior captain Anthony Bowden during the teams’ showdown Friday evening.
plays at third base and executed the squeeze play to perfection. We hit the ball. I’m happy for the most part. We were aggressive.” The Stags were at Windham Tuesday, visit Marshwood Thurs-
day and host Noble Saturday. “We’re making progress,” DiStasio said. “We have to keep the energy up and act like we have a target on our back.” “It’s a tough week (coming
up),” McKew said. “We’ll get a better sense where we’re at.” Deering opened the Tim Eisenhart Era with a 7-1 home win over
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Portland team reaches finals of NE tournament The Our Lady of Hope boys’ basketball team from Portland had a strong weekend at the New England U-12 (grade six) championships in Foxboro, Mass., April 14-15. The boys defeated teams from New Hamphire, Vermont and Massachusetts before falling to Worcester, Mass., 49-45, in the Silver Bracket finals. “We proved we could compete with any team in New England and I’m very proud of all the boys,” said coach Peter Buckley. “The team will break for baseball season before considering a bid to AAU Nationals in July.” Front (left to right): Emmanuel Yugu, Connor Buckley, Griffin Buckley, Sabri Najar, Andy Ilody. Standing: Coach Peter Buckley, Griffin Foley, Blaize Vail, Charlie Egeland, Owen Martinson, Terion Moss, Zach Broome. contributed photo
Recap from page 13 Massabesic. Nick DiBiase, the Rams’ lone returning starter, spun a three-hitter, fanning eight batters. Dominic Arris homered and Jared Bell doubled, tripled and drove in a pair of runs. Deeirng was at Gorham Tuesday, hosts Thornton Academy Thursday and visits Westbrook Saturday. Waynflete also began with a win, 212, in five innings, over visiting Greater Portland Christian School. Sophomore Joey Schnier earned the win and junior Luke Jeton had quite a day with the bat, doubling three times, tripling and driving in seven runs. The Flyers were scheduled to host Old
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Orchard Beach Monday (that game was moved to Tuesday due to rain), play at Gray-New Gloucester Wednesday and visit Old Orchard Beach Monday of next week. Portland was the lone city team to drop its opener, 10-5, to visiting Sanford. Junior Nate Smart had three hits. The Bulldogs hosted Scarborough Tuesday, go to Noble Thursday and welcome Marshwood Saturday.
Boys’ lacrosse-Rams earn city bragging rights
Deering’s boys’ lacrosse team started the season 2-1, but the wins came over city rivals Cheverus and Portland, giving the Rams city bragging rights, for the regular season at least. The Rams edged the Stags, 4-2, behind two goals from senior Matt Flaherty. After a 7-4 home loss to Marshwood (junior Rick Murray had a pair of goals), Deering hosted Portland Friday. The Bulldogs opened with a 3-2 home loss to Thornton Academy (sophomore Mike Fuller and junior Max Pierter scored goals), then rallied to beat visiting Massabesic (behind four Pierter goals), but had no answer for Rams’ senior All-American Karl Rickett Friday. Rickett won 14 of 18 faceoffs and
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Deering seniors Karl Rickett (2) and Anthony Verville celebrate one of the Rams’ nine goals during Friday’s 9-5 home victory over Portland.
Recap from page 14 despite being a defensive minded longstick middie, he scored four times to key a 9-5 victory. Senior Anthony Verville added three tallies for Deering. “Freshman and sophomore year, (Portland) beat us like 20-0,” Rickett said.. “It’s been nice to reverse the momentum. They’re all my friends. I grew up with them so it’s fun to get some bragging rights.” “It’s a huge deal,” first-year Deering coach Jon Dubois said. “It’s something I looked forward to since I got the job. We’ve beaten both the city schools and both Eastern A opponents we’ve played this year. Going forward, that bodes well for us with Heal Points. It’s nice to be on top of the city for a year at least.” “Rickett’s a stud,” said Portland coach Eric Begonia. “He beat us in every aspect of the game. He’s an All-American and showed why.” The Bulldogs were at Gorham Tuesday then begin a brutal stretch Monday when they host defending Class B state champion Falmouth. After being as competitive as anyone between 2005 and 2011 (going 84-20 with three regional titles and one state championship in that span), Portland has found the going more challenging. “It’s one period at a time for us,” Begonia said. “There are a lot of growing pains.
Hoyt from page 13 Hoyt deflected praise for the honor, seeing it as a lifetime award, with credit going to many. “For 32 years, I’ve worked six and seven days a week so it was gratifying that my colleagues recognized that,” Hoyt said. “It isn’t just about me. It’s about a lot of other people, from my parents on down. It’s a collective body of work. At the presentation, they talked about things I’ve done at the local and national level. It’s a reflection of a career.” A career unique in this state and one which merited acclaim. sports editor Michael hoffer can be reached at mhoffer @theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.
Hopefully we’ll get better each day. It doesn’t get any easier. There won’t be any easy games for us this year. It’s a matter of working hard and seeing what comes of it.” Deering is at Westbrook Wednesday and visits Bonny Eagle Saturday. Then, the Rams have their litmus test when they visit Scarborough (May 2). They also have games remaining versus Falmouth, Greely, Thornton Academy and Kennebunk. While there’s still work to do, Deering has to be viewed as a top threat once again. “I feel like the boys are really working hard and we’re where we want to be,” Dubois said. “It’s one game at a time, one quarter at a time, one one-on-one matchup at a time. We’re looking forward. There are good teams on our schedule. We have a meaty schedule coming up. It’ll be tough to wade through, but if we focus and do what we need to do, we’ll have some team success.” Cheverus (which got two goals from sophomore Jack Sutton in its opening loss to Deering) bounced back to win at Thornton Academy (5-2) and South Portland (5-4). Spencer Amberson had two goals, Colie Walsh grabbed six ground balls and goalie Colm Pusey stopped 16 shots against the Golden Trojans. In the win over the Red Riots, Sutton scored three times, including the winner on a 30-yard rocket with 4:01 remaining. Brent Green and Cody O’Brien also had goals in the victory. “We have a lot of things we need to work on, but in the past couple years, we’ve had some tough early games, so to win this one is a big moral boost,” said Stags coach Deke Andrew. “I thought (South Portland’s) defense was outstanding. I thought their offense was patient. They played well.” Cheverus is home with Noble Wednesday and welcomes Waynflete Saturday. Speaking of the Flyers, they were scheduled to open Monday at York, but that game was rescheduled due to rain to next Monday. Prior to going to Cheverus Saturday, Waynflete hosts Greely Wednesday.
Girls’ lacrosse-Flyers soar in opener Waynflete’s storied girls’ lacrosse program has lost each of the past two seasons in the state final, but plans to get the job done this spring. The Flyers opened in style with a 15-5 home win over North Yarmouth Academy, as junior Sadie Cole had five goals, classmate Martha Veroneau four and
sophomore Walker Foehl three. “It’s really exciting for our first game,” said Cole. “I didn’t really know what to expect. Everyone meshed really well. We played so well. The new players and the players who didn’t get to play last year were so excited. The energy really showed.” continued page 16
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Recap from page 15 “We definitely wanted to keep the momentum going,” said Foehl. “I think we really surprised ourselves. We were all fired up for the first game and it showed. There
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was exciting.” The Flyers were scheduled to go to Wells Monday (the game was postponed to Thursday due to rain), host Yarmouth in a state final rematch Wednesday and travel to longtime rival Kennebunk Saturday. Deering’s first game resulted in an 18-8 loss at Gorham. Nyalat Biliew and Cole Spike both scored three times. The Rams were home with Windham Monday and go to McAuley Saturday. Cheverus, a regional finalist in 2011, was scheduled to open at Massabesic Monday. The Stags are home with McAuley Thursday and welcome NYA Saturday. McAuley opened at two-time defending Class A state champion Scarborough Monday, visits Cheverus Thursday and hosts Deering Saturday. Portland played its first game Monday at
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home against Biddeford. The Bulldogs, in their first year under coach Kait Johnson, opened with a flourish, racing to a 10-0 halftime lead en route to a 15-2 triumph. Senior Raechel Allen had four goals and junior Drew Barry had three goals, an assist, collected 16 ground balls and won 12 of 19 draws. “We played pretty well,” Johnson said. “I’m pretty excited about it. A lot of the girls just got back from break, so we haven’t had the whole team together a lot, but I’m very proud of them. They did awesome. We focused on pushing the tempo of the game. The girls are working hard and it’s paying off. I can’t wait for the next game.” After hosting perennial contender Kennebunk Thursday, the Bulldogs welcome Sanford Saturday.
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Designations Scarborough’s Acapello Salons was recently named to the Salon Today 200 by Salon Today Magazine. The magazine’s 15th annual Salon Today 200 issue profiled the selected salons in its January 2012 edition. The 200 salons were selected for their best business practice from applications submitted by readers. Terry Driscoll, broker and owner at Maine Home Realty, recently completed a specialized course in short sales and foreclosures conducted by the Council of Residential Specialists of the National Association of Realtors.
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Merrill Memorial Library Readers Circle discussion of “The Tigers Wife,” 7 p.m., Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-4763.
Friday 4/27 Local Author Series presents Carolyn Gelland Frost, 12 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700.
Sunday 4/29 Chris Van Dusen/Matt Tavares reading, 1 p.m., Longfellow Books, One Monument Way, Portland, 772-4045.
Wednesday 5/2 Brown Bag Lecture Series presents John MacDonald, 12 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700.
Thursday 5/3 Ellen Alderman book discussion, 12 p.m., Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, 781-2351. Michael Shuman book discussion, 7 p.m., SPACE, 528 Congress St., Portland, 828-5600.
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Thursday 4/26 Student Exhibit, Portland Public Schools, through May 10, Portland City Hall, 389 Congress St., Portland.
Friday 4/27 ”Gaining Perspective,” Yarmouth High School Art Show, 6:30-8 p.m., 317 Main St. Community Center, 317 Main St., Yarmouth, through May 25.
Tuesday 4/24 ”Linotype: The Film,” 7 p.m., SPACE, 538 Congress St., Portland, 828-5600.
Saturday 4/28 ”One Tuesday Morning,” 7 p.m., Freeport Performing Arts, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport.
Galleries ”Chronology of A Life:” Artists Books, Poems, and Publications of Georgiana Preacher, through April 30, Glickman Library, USM Portland, 228-8014. Frank Poole’s Holga Photography, runs through the end of May, Portland Photo Works, 2nd Floor, 142 High St., Portland. ”Scenes from Maine,” through April 29, Richard Boyd Gallery, Peaks Island, 712-1097. ”Smokin’ Hot,” April 29-June 1, Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main
”May Group Exhibit,” 10 a.m.-5 p.m., exhibit runs through May 27, Richard Boyd Gallery, Peaks Island, 712-1097. ”New Mainers” Photography Exhibit and Talk, 12-1 p.m., Lewis Gallery, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700. ”The Secrets That Objects Share,” 5-8 p.m., exhibit runs through May 26, Addison Wooley Gallery, 132 Washington Ave., Portland, 4508499. ”Where Everything is Color,” 5-8 p.m., exhibit runs through May 26, 3fish gallery, 377 Cumberland Ave., Portland, 773-4773.
Museums Victoria Mansion opens for tours starting May 1, 109 Danforth St., Portland, for more information on tours visit victoriamansion.org.
The Theater Company at Falmouth High School will bring “Beauty and the Beast” to the stage starting on Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m. Performances will take place on May 4 at 7 p.m, May 10 at 7 p.m., May 11 at 7:30 p.m. and May 12 at 7:30 p.m. All performances will take place at Falmouth High School, 74 Woodville Road, Falmouth. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children and students.
Thursday 5/3 Portland Pathways to Contemporary Art: Paintings Purchased at Temple Beth-El Art Exhibitions 1962-1973, 5-8 p.m., Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St., Portland. 329-9854.
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Arts & Entertainment Calendar from previous page land Public Library, 482 Broadway, South Portland, 767-7600. Van Gordon Martin Band, 9 p.m., Empire Dine and Dance, 575 Congress St., Portland, $5 advance/$7 door, 21+, portlandempire.com.
Sunday 4/29 Future Islands, 7:30 p.m., SPACE, 538 Congress St., Portland, $8, 828-5600.
Oratorio Chorale, 3 p.m., Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, $20 advance/$25 door, 798-7985. Portland Rossini Club concert, 3-4 p.m., Cathedral of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland, $10 general public/$5 seniors, 797-8318.
Tuesday 5/1 Yarmouth High School Spring Concert, 7 p.m., Yarmouth High School, 286 West Elm St., Yarmouth.
Thursday 5/3 Violinist Jennifer Koh, 7:30 p.m., Hannaford Hall, USM, Portland, $34 general public/limited $10 student tickets available, PortTix 842-0800, portlandovations.org. Wren Saunders and Nicole Rabata, 12:15 p.m., First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 425 Congress St., Portland, 775-3356.
Friday 5/4 Darrell Scott with Mark Erelli, 8 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $20 advance/ $23 door, 761-1757.
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Sunday 5/6 Greater Freeport Community Chorus, 7:30 p.m., Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main St., Yarmouth, $10 adults, $8 students, 751-6301. Primo Cubano, 8 p.m., Empire Dine and Dance, 575 Congress St., Portland, $6, 21+, primocubano.com. Shape Note Singing, 1-4 p.m., The New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland.
Theater & Dance Saturday 4/28 Contra Dance and Dinner, 6-9 p.m., Wescustogo Hall, 275 Walnut Hill Road, North Yarmouth, $10 individuals/$20 family, 846-9559.
Thursday 5/3 Circle Mirror Transformation, runs through May 20, Thu. 7:30 p.m., Fri./Sat. 8 p.m, Sun. 2 p.m., $22 advance/$20 student, Lucid Stage,
Arts are Elementary is looking for artists to submit artwork to the Brunswick 10x10 Benefit Art Exhibit and Sale, for more information on submission requirements visit 10x10brunswick.org. Purr and Caw: Talking About Species, community members are welcome to read or sing entries during the May 22 performance, Frontier Cafe, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, no walk-in entries will be allowed, contact Liz McGhee 725-8820.
Books & Authors Wednesday 4/25 Joanne P. McCallie book signing, 5:30-7 p.m., Brunswick Golf Course, 165 River Road, Brunswick, 729-5156.
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”American Teacher,” 7 p.m., Bowdoin College, Kresge Auditorium, Brunswick, 725-3465.
Studio 48 Performing Arts Center Country Rock Concert, 7 p.m., Crooker Theater, Brunswick High School, 116 Maquoit Road, Brunswick, $10 advance/$12 door, 798-6966.
Saturday 4/28 ”Facing the Giants,” 1 p.m., Corliss Street Baptist Church Annex, 17 Weeks St., Bath.
Galleries ”Creatures of the Sea and Sky,” through April 30, Markings Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath, 443-1499. ”Return to Sender,” April 20-May 31, Whatnot Gallery, Spindleworks, 7 Lincoln St., Brunswick, 725-8820.
Thursday 4/26 ”Edge of the Sea,” 5-7 p.m., runs through June 9, Chocolate Church Art Gallery, 804 Washington St., Bath, 653-9334.
Thursday 5/4 Karl Saila and Peter Asselyn Exhibit, 4:30-6 p.m., Thornton Oaks,
Oratorio Chorale, 7:30 p.m., Morse High School, 826 High St., Bath, $20 advance/$25 door, 798-7985.
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”The Dragon King,”2 p.m., Frontier Theater, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, $14, 725-5222.
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Season draws to a close with musical theater, concerts By Scott Andrews The end is coming. That’s one message from this week’s arts and entertainment calendar, as several of the region’s producers and presenters call it quits for 2011-2012. Lyric Music Theater calls down the curtain on its subscription season of musicals with a fine community production of “Pirates of Penzance,” a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta that has enjoyed enduring success for well over a century. Oratorio Chorale puts the coda on its season with a pair of concerts titled “Cold Fusion,” that features a collaboration with the Orchid Ensemble. Portland Symphony Orchestra closes its Pops season with a pair of concerts this weekend. Titled “One Vision,” Maestro Robert Moody’s program focuses on the music of pop rockers Freddie Mercury and Queen. Portland Ovations wraps up its season on May 3 with a performance by Jennifer Koh, a virtuoso classical violinist. One Longfellow Square – which isn’t ending anything – brings in Canadian fiddling champion April Verch on April 27.
‘The Pirates of Penzance’ In the late 1800s, the librettist-composer team of William Schwenck Gilbert and Arthur Seymour Sullivan dominated British and American musical theater. Perhaps the ultimate G&S show is “The Pirates of Penzance,” a whimsical and satirical look at Victorian society of the 1870s. With extremely clever lyrics and extraordinarily fine melodies, “Pirates” endures in South Portland via a fine community production by Lyric Music Theater. The plot follows a band of pirates who are so kind-hearted that they’re utterly ineffective in capturing ships or booty of any sort. But they’ve captured the hearts of theater-goers since 1879. Director Don Smith has assembled a fine cast, topped by three men and one woman. Mark Dils as a pirate king, Bill McCue as a British major-general, and John U. Robinson as a police captain, are the best of the men, while 17- year-old Michaela K. Boissonneault is superb as the ingenue. They’re among a cast of two dozen, with musical direction by Sylvia Infantine and choreographer Celeste Green. Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer St. in South Portland, presents “The Pirates of Penzance” through May 5 with 8 p.m. performances Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Call 799-1421.
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is venturing far from its artistic home base this weekend with a pair of concerts and an innovative collaboration with the Vancouver-based Orchid Ensemble. The program, billed as “Cold Fusion,” explores the music of the Chinese-Jewish diaspora. One example is Moshe Denberg’s composition which looks at the Jewish presence along the famed Silk Road, which linked pre-Renaissance Europe to China. The Chorale will perform with the Orchid Ensemble’s Lan Tung, of Taiwan and Canada, on the erhu (Chinese violin), Yu-Chen Wang, of Taiwan and the U.S., on the zheng (Chinese zither), and Jonathan Bernard, of Canada, on percussion. This ensemble blends these ancient instruments and traditions from China and beyond. Add the Chorale’s 20-plus voices and the result will be very interesting. Two performances are scheduled: April 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Montgomery Theater at Morse High School in Bath, and April 29 at 3 p.m. at Woodford’s Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St. in Portland. Call 798-7985.
Portland Symphony Orchestra Pops “We are the champions of the world.” Concert-goers will hear that audacious musical assertion this weekend as the Portland Symphony Orchestra wraps up its
Pops season. Champions of the world? Have Maestro Robert Moody and the orchestra copped some sort of global competition? No, but rock fans will recognize the familiar phrase as one of the iconic lyrics of Freddie Mercury and Queen, a British pop group that ruled the Billboard charts in the 1970s through the 1980s. And Moody’s Pops program, titled “One Vision,” will focus on music of Queen and its irrepressible front man, Freddie Mercury. For this weekend’s two concerts, singer and song stylist Michael Shotton will play the Freddie Mercury part (the original died in 1991) and lead a Queen tribute band. Additional vocal power will be provided the University of Southern Maine Chamber Singers. Plus, of course, the PSO itself, with Moody on the podium. Musical selections include most of Queen’s best-remembered hits, such as “Another One Bites the Dust,” “We Will Rock You,” “Under Pressure,” “We Are the Champions” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” There are two performances at Merrill Auditorium at Portland City Hall: April 28 at 7:30 p.m. and April 29 at 2:30 p.m.. Call PortTix at 842-0800.
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virtuoso Jennifer Koh presents a recital on May 3. Recognized for her passionate and commanding performances, Koh is known for both consummate musicianship and the probing intellectual acuity that she brings to both the traditional and contemporary repertoire. A graduate of the Curtis Institute, Koh earned a silver medal in the 1994 Tchaikovsky Competition. Her seven CDs include one nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance. With a rousing musical curiosity Koh chooses works that both inspire and challenge her while constantly searching for similarities of voice among diverse composers and associations within the works of a single composer. Believing that past plus present form a continuum, the May 3 program, titled “Bach and Beyond,” pairs sonatas and partitas written by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) with works by modern and contemporary composers. The 7:30 p.m. concert is slated for Hannaford Hall in the Abromson Community Education Center at 88 Bedford St. on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus. Call PortTix at 8420800.
Canadian national fiddle champion April Verch is what’s called a complete package: She’s not only a consummate fiddler, but she also sings, dances and composes. Now on tour promoting her eighth album, Verch and her two-man band will be stopping at One Longfellow Square in Portland this Friday. Expect a little of all three four talents as Verch sings old songs and new compositions from “That’s How We Run,” her latest CD. This project, released earlier this year, ventures south from her native Ontario into the Appalachian Mountains of the U.S. south. Her native idiom is Celtic fiddle, which has a musical vocabulary that’s not far removed from other varieties of roots music. Verch’s band, comprising guitarist Hayes Griffin and bassist/banjoist Cody Walters, jibes perfectly with the new artistic directions and geography on this album, which includes several bluegrass stylings plus other numbers that might have come from a Nashville recording studio in the 1950s. Catch April Verch at 8 p.m. April 27 at One Longfellow Square, corner of Congress and State in Portland. Call 7611757.
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Thursday 4/26 Dining Out for Life, participating restaurants will donate profits to the Frannie Peabody Center for people living with HIV/AIDS; for more information and a list of participating restaurants, visit diningoutforlife.com or www.peabodycenter.org. Little Black Dress Event to benefit Goodwill Workforce Solutions, 6-9 p.m., The Portland Club, 156 State St., Portland, $40, 774-6323, goodwillnne.org.
Friday 4/27 Pitchfork to Plate: An Evening of Champagne and Desserts to benefit Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 7-10 p.m., Haraseeket Inn, 162 Main St., Freeport, wolfesneckfarm.org/ gala, 865-4469.
Saturday 4/28 Food Drive to benefit the Scarborough Free Baptist Church Community Food Pantry, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 55 Mussey Road, Scarborough. Heart in Hand Auction to benefit First Universalist Church, 97 Main St., Yarmouth, $20.
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Sunday 4/29 Poker Tournament to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters, 12 p.m., The Portland Club, 156 State St., Portland, $100, seating limited, 773-5437 or somebigs.org.
Saturday 5/5 Spring Art Festival to benefit the Cancer Community Center, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thornton Heights United Methodist Church, 100 Westbrook St., South Portland, $3, 939-6966.
Sunday 5/6 Zumbathon to benefit the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, 1-4 p.m., Finley Gym, UNE, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland, $15/$10 students and faculty.
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The Maine Mustang Project is now accepting applications and deposits for its 10-week summer program. For more information call 590-1890. Operation Overboard: Daring to Go Deep with God, Vacation Bible School now accepting summer registrations, $60, sofreeportchurch.com, 865-4012.
Wednesday 4/25 American Cancer Society Relay for Life Greater Portland meeting, 6-7 p.m., South Portland High School, 637 Highland Ave., South Portland. Business to Business Expo, 1-5 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 5 Park St., Freeport, 725-8797. Fort Allen Park Final Hearing, 7 p.m., Portland City Hall, 389 Congress St., Portland, easternpromenade.org. USM School of Business Alumni Chapter annual reception, 5:30 p.m., Glickman Library, 96 Falmouth St., Portland, RSVP, usmsba.org.
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Colts Soccer Registration and Information Night, 6:30 p.m., Yarmouth Elementary School, 121 McCartney St., Yarmouth, $120, must bring copy of birth certificate and credit card for online uniform purchase, yarmouthcolts.com.
The Big Night, The Telling Room’s Anthology release night, 7-9 p.m., USM Abromson Center, 88 Bedford St., Portland, 838-5570.
Storytelling Circle with Deena R. Weinstein, 6:30 p.m., The Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St., Portland.
Friday 4/27 Document Shredding, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Gorham Savings Bank, 202 Route 1, Falmouth.
Saturday 4/28 Faux Paws Accessory Swap, 1-4 p.m., Casco Lodge, Mill St., Yarmouth, $15, hartofme.com. Good Cause Thrift Shop Drop Off, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Catherine McAuley High School, 631 Stevens Ave., Portland, FMI 772-4903. The Jane Austen Society Maine Chapter Meeting, 11:30 a.m., Royal River Grill House, 106 Lafayette St., Yarmouth, $30, register by April 20, 725-2386. The Local Buzz Poetry Event, 2 p.m., The Local Buzz, 327 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, capelocalbuzz.com. Rummage and White Elephant Sale, 8:30-11 a.m., Holy Martyrs Church, 266 Foreside Road, Falmouth, 781-2705.
Sunday 4/29 Great Maine Bike Swap, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., USM, Sullivan Gym, Portland, $3, 623-4511. Lymebuddies 5k, 10 a.m., Jimmy the Greeks, 150 Philbrook Road, South Portland, lymebuddies.com. Memorial-Kaler 5k, 8 a.m., South Portland High School, 637 Highland Ave., South Portland, $10 students/$15 adults/$20 day of race/$30 family.
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Saturday 5/5 25 Cent Sale, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Morrison Center, 60 Chamberlain Road, Scarborough, 883-6680. Cinco de Mayo 5k, 5 p.m., starts on School St., Freeport, for more information on the race visit habitatportlandme.org. Falmouth Trail System Information Session, 9:30 a.m., Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, 781-4727. Yard Sale, indoor/outdoor, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., West Scarborough United Methodist Church, Route 1, Dunston Corner, Scarborough, 883-2814. Annual Mad Hatter Affair, Maine Historical Society, 5-11 p.m., The Woodlands, 39 Woods Road, Falmouth, 774-1822. Auction, North Yarmouth Academy’s 28th annual, 6-10 p.m., Travis Roy Arena, 148 Main St., Yarmouth, $30 advance/$35 door, 847-5422. SLAP Superhero Lady Armwrestlers of Portland Inaugural Tournament, 7 p.m., Mayo St. Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, $5. Spring Carnival, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 99 South Freeport Road, Freeport. WMPG’s Annual Fashion Show, 6:30 p.m., Asylum, 121 Center St., Portland, $10/$5 students, portlandasylum.com.
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Scarborough Historical Society meeting, 7:30 p.m., 647 Route 1, Scarborough.
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Portland Public Schools needs one parent and one student from each public high school to join an advisory council for The Pathways to Success Initiative. Candidates should submit a page about their interest and experience along with their e-mail address and phone number to Kim Lipp at klipp@jmg. org by April 25.
RSVP needs volunteers 55 and older to work in a Scarborough assisted living home. For more information call 396-6521.
South Portland National Little League needs volunteer umpires for the upcoming baseball and softball seasons. Volunteers must attend a training April 21-22, reimbursement for the training is available. For more information call 767-4681.
Spring Point Light House needs docents for the 2012 season, starting June 23, springpointledgelight.com.
Job Fair and Open House, 12-1:30 p.m., Coastal Humane Society, 190 Pleasant St., Brunswick, RSVP 7255051 ext. 14.
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Our Lady of Hope Parish Dinner, 5-6:30 p.m., St. Pius X Hall, 492 Ocean Ave., Portland, $8 adults/$4 children.
Public Baked Bean and Macaroni and Cheese Supper, 5-6:30 p.m., First Parish Congregational Church, 116 Main St., Yarmouth, $8 adults/$4 children.
Public Baked Bean Supper, 5-6 p.m., Haraseeket Grange, 13 Elm St., Freeport, $7 adults/$3 children.
Public Bean Supper, 5-6 p.m., West Falmouth Baptist Church, 18 Mountain Road, Falmouth, $7 adults/$3 children, 791-4066.
Roast Beef Dinner, 4:30-6 p.m., Stevens Avenue Congregational Church, 790 Stevens Ave., Portland, $9 adults/$7 college students/$5 children.
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Wednesday 4/25 Getting Back to Work, 12-2:30, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, 781-2351. Your Money and the Media, 6-8 p.m., Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth.
Monday 4/30 Europe Through Arab Eyes: Encounters in the Early Modern Period, 6 p.m., UNE, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland.
Wednesday 5.2 Online Education Information Session, 5-6:30 p.m., Abromson Center, 88 Bedford St., Portland, registration required, 780-5900.
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Callings: In Search of an Authentic Life, 7 p.m., Luther Bonney Auditorium, USM, Portland, $25, chimeofmaine.org.
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Sunday 5/6 ”Free Trade and Sailor’s Rights:” Maine, Casco Bay and Freeport in the War of 1912, 1:30 p.m., Freeport Historical Society, 45 Main St., Freeport, $5, 865-3170.
Monday 4/30 Alzheimer’s Yarmouth Conversation Group, 7-9 p.m., St. Bartholomew’s Church, 396 Gilman Road, Yarmouth, 632-2605.
Health & Support Friday 4/27 Active Caring: Live Stories of Helping in a Challenging Environment, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., USM, Portland, 780-4150. Health and Wellness Spa Party, 6-8:30 p.m., Dr. Northrup’s Offices, 12 Portland St., Yarmouth, 7293526. Medication Drop-Off, 10 a.m.-2 p.m, Maine Medical Center, 141 Chadwick St., Portland and MMC Scarborough Campus, 100 Cam-
Maine Buddy Training Program, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, registration required, 774-2200.
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Kids and Family Saturday 4/28
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Best Friends/Worst Enemies, 7 p.m., Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center, 88 Bedford St., Portland, 781-6321.
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Unsung Heroes from page 5 During that time, he also made several presentations to school groups and the wider community on issues surrounding marine algae. “I participated in the establishment of one of the first EPA-certified water-monitoring programs in the country in 1992,” Bertocci noted with pride. He went on to explain that it’s important to compile baseline data covering all parts of the bay to know when and where to take remedial action. Since that time, he’s been an invaluable asset to Friends of Casco Bay, primarily as a volunteer, but sometimes in a paid role. In addition to monitoring water quality, Bertocci has trained and tested volunteers in classroom and field environments and managed a vessel pump-out program. Today, dozens of volunteers trained in EPA-approved techniques collect samples in 30 sites around Casco Bay. Bertocci has also instilled a love for the bay and an ethos of service in his daughter Maggie, now a student at North Yarmouth
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Crime from page 2 it’s exciting because they can have software that works the way they want it to work.” Other department members are excited about the program, too, perhaps none more so than Jo Freedman, the department’s mental health coordinator. “So awesome,” Freedman said as Konopka summarized its uses. “So awesome.” As far as Konopka and Freedman know, their program makes Portland the only department in the country that can search and pull mental health calls along with crimes. Officially, mental health calls account for 4 percent of the department’s total, but Freedman believes that the true
Clinic from page 1 The hospital took care of funding and the city provided a small staff and space in its Public Health Center at 103 India St., Public Health and Human Services Director Doug Gardner said. Mercy stopped providing money to run the clinic last July, leaving the city to pay clinic staff salaries. The Public Health Department fiscal 2013 budget proposal includes funds for those salaries only until September. “We never provided any financial assistance for the programming up until recently. So the entire program would have to be shifted onto the general fund, and we can’t,” Gardner said. The partners had decided in early 2011 to focus their resources elsewhere, in part because of increased capacity for primary care at Mercy and Maine Medical Center, and at the city’s federally qualified health center at 180 Park Ave., he said. Officials believed they could shift care of the more than 500 patients the free clinic treats each year to those facilities. But the process of transferring patients to new care centers has been harder than anticipated. “We haven’t been as successful as I think anyone thought we would,” Gardner said. Almost a year after the clinic began trying to refer patients to other care providers, the clinic’s patient roster has barely shrunk. The city has continued to underwrite the program to have enough time to strike a balance between the clinic’s services and others in the city. “I’m hoping that we will be able to get people connected to other primary care practices in the community,” Gardner said. “I don’t know how that’s going to play out.” For patients being shuffled from the clinic to other care providers, even to other free programs at Mercy and Maine Med that Teschke said provide excellent care once a patient is enrolled, “there are barriers that our patients find it hard to overcome.” Other free programs often have long waiting periods before new patients can even fill out the paperwork needed to join and harsh penalties for missed appointments, Teschke said. They may not have evening hours, as the free clinic does, or they may not have a phone system that the patient can navigate, she said. Often, patients of the free clinic are reluctant to join other programs out of fear of being charged, even for small copays or diagnostic tests, she said.
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number is much higher, and that many mental health calls are incorrectly categorized as crimes. Freedman responds to calls with officers, offering support and often taking the reins when it becomes clear that a situation is not criminal. She also makes follow-up calls and visits to make sure that people who need help get it. “Sometimes arrest is most appropriate, but that doesn’t mean that treatment isn’t needed. Sometimes avoiding arrest is the most appropriate,” Freedman said. For Freedman, the Predictive Policing program means she can track growing mental health crises across the community the same way a patrol officer might track burglaries or assaults. And that makes it easier for her to follow up, or catch a person in the early stages of a psychological downward spiral before they hit bottom.
All are deterrents for the clinic’s patients, 85 percent of whom work but don’t have any health insurance or even MediCare, Teschke said. “They’re the real working poor,” she said, ranging from employees of the city’s hotels and restaurants, to construction workers, and self-employed yoga instructors and massage therapists. For many patients, the clinic is a “medical home,” said Kathleen Fairfield, a Maine Med doctor who has volunteered as the clinic’s medical director for a decade. The volunteer medical and administrative staff, about 120 in all, thinks of the clinic as a reminder of years past, when doctors had “years of oral history” and time to treat individual patients thoroughly, staff public health nurse Bob Barrett said. When Mercy provided funding, the clinic’s annual bud-
Before Konopka and Santerre developed the program, Freedman said, it took an intern an entire semester of 20hour weeks to slog through data and determine the most important times to have several mental health providers on duty. “With this program, we could have the information by next week,” Freedman said. “When it comes from a research mindset and a statistical mindset, we’re able to access information that we know is there and weren’t able to before,” she said. Konopka said she hopes to have Predictive Policing accessible by every officer in the department within a year, so that they can keep track of crime trends in their patrol areas themselves. Andrew Cullen may be reached at 781 3661 ext. 100 or acullen @theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @ACullenFore.
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get was about $210,000, said Teschke. She is the administrator for all six programs housed in the India Street health center, including the free clinic, and would not lose her job if the free clinic shuts for good. She and the clinic’s four paid staffers – a program coordinator, a nurse, a volunteer coordinator, and a special projects coordinator – hope to raise between $150,000 and $200,000 to keep the clinic going for a year after city funding disappears. Their first fundraiser, an invitational dinner event at a doctor’s home, will take place in May. If they can raise the money, the city would continue to act as a partner and provide space for it, Gardner said. Andrew Cullen can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or at acullen @theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: ACullenFore.
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from page 1 last year or the year before,” she said, repeating a mantra that she has adopted publicly since Morse first presented his budget recommendations in March. This year’s budget process, she said, “feels like a real transition away from crisis.” Still, the proposed budget has not been greeted warmly by city councilors. “Here’s the question that everybody asks: How can we increase the school budget by $5 million?” Snyder said. The proposed budget renews the city’s dedication to making its schools a community anchor that can attract and retain new residents – or, if marginalized, could keep people away – she said. It maintains but does not add to staff levels, with a handful of eliminated positions replaced by others. The proposed budget also allows investment in technology, Snyder said. “The tech situation is as bad as the facility problem at (deteriorating Fred P.) Hall school,” she said. The proposed budget supports expanded pre-kindergarten services, which Morse said has received the most vocal support from parents during School Board budget discussions, and may be linked to improving student performance in neighborhoods like Riverton. It includes $70,000 to expand the city’s adult education English as a Second Language program, which has lost $140,000 in state funding in recent years, Morse said. Adding some of that funding back to the budget would cut the waiting list for ESL classes in half, he said.
Morse also spoke in support of continued funding for Portland High School’s Latin program, saying it should be “a point of pride” that nearly 500 students at the school are studying the “dead language” that also forms the backbone of the legal and medical vocabulary. The council finance committee will take up the school budget in meetings on Wednesday, April 25, and Monday, April 30, giving members of the public opportunities to voice their opinions, finance committee Chairman John Anton said. The Wednesday meeting will also be the first opportunity for the public to comment on the city’s looming general assistance crunch, Health and Human Services Director Doug Gardner said. Gardner said the city would have to move forward expecting that the state will limit general assistance payments for housing to nine months, reduce maximum monthly assistance by 10 percent, and reduce the reimbursement rate for municipal general assistance spending from 90 percent to 85 percent. The state’s baseline reimbursement rate is 50 percent, and the higher rate kicks in only after municipal spending reaches a set point. Still, the reduction in the reimbursement rate will represent “several hundred thousands in unreimbursed expenses,” Gardner said. Andrew Cullen can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 of at acullen @theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @ACullenFore.
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AUTOS Body Man on Wheels, auto body repairs. Rust work for inspections. Custom painting and collision work. 38 years experience. Damaged vehicles wanted. JUNK CAR removal, Towing. 878-3705. 2007 TOYOTA PRIUS Hatchback 4DR. Great condition. Dealer serviced. New tires. $11,490. (207) 650-3875
BOATS 23’ CHRIS-CRAFT 1987. 350el GMC Rebuilt, OMC Outdrive Rebuilt with 2010 8’6” Inflatable Dinghy. Sleeps 2, Stove, Fridge, Sink, Hcad, GPS-Fishfinder. $7500. 2331676. SELLING A BOAT? Do you have services to offer? Why not advertise with The Forecaster? Call 781-3661 for advertising rates. 26 ft. TIARA PURSUIT CUDDY CABIN. Excellent shape, low hours. 350 MPI Horizon. Asking $20,000. Please call 207-272-0462. 18FT. Aluminum GRUMMAN CANOE. Sturdy & Great condition. $150.00. Call 846-9067.
Early Bird Day Care Cumberland day care has an opening starting in July and Sept. for a child 12 months-5 years old. Meals and snacks provided. Kindergarten readiness program included in daily routine. Reasonable rates but more important a fun, home-like atmosphere where children thrive. Come join our family! Hours 7am-5:30 pm 829-4563 BRINDLE BEAR DAYCARE 06:30-05:30 Mon-Fri, $130.00 per week full time State licensed 24 yrs exp. Breakfast, lunch and snack provided, Weekly progress notes, Activities and outdoor play. Openings 1yr to school age. Call Renee at 865-9622. BRINDLEBEARDAYCARE.COM
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Bookkeeper Wanted: Town of Chebeague Island 8 – 16 hours per week. Duties include but are not limited to monthly check reconciliation, accounts payable processing, and audit preparation. High school diploma or GED is required. Please submit a letter of interest, resume and three references to: Town Administrator Eric Dyer Town of Chebeague Island 192 North Road, Chebeague Island, ME 04017 by May 11th, 2012. For more information call 207-846-3148 or email email@example.com
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Apply on or before Mon., April 30, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. Salary is competitive and contingent upon qualifications and experience. Please submit resume and cover letter to: Donald I. Brewer, Human Resource Director City of South Portland 25 Cottage Road South Portland, Maine 04106 firstname.lastname@example.org Equal Opportunity Employer
Public Services Worker Town of Chebeague Island Average of 30 hours per week. Duties include but are not limited to vehicle and equipment maintenance, road maintenance and repair, marine infrastructure maintenance and repair, and maintenance of town property. Possession of a valid State of Maine Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is required. Please submit a letter of interest, resume and three references to: Town Administrator Eric Dyer Town of Chebeague Island 192 North Road, Chebeague Island, ME 04017 by May 11th, 2012. For more information call 207-846-3148 or email email@example.com
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If these are important to you and you are a kind-hearted person looking for meaningful part or full time work, weâ€™d love to speak with you. Comfort Keepers is looking for special people to join us in providing excellent nonmedical, in-home care to area seniors. We offer a vision & dental plan, along with ongoing training and continuous support.
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Painkillers from page 1 In March, the state Office of Substance Abuse sounded an alarm with a report on substance abuse trends that identified prescription drugs as “a serious health concern.” “Prescription drug misuse continues to have a large impact on treatment and hospitalizations in Maine,” the report said. Kivler said staff at Midcoast Hospital’s Addiction Resource Center saw a trend in 2005. “We were noticing that a third of our patients were showing up for opiate addiction,” he said, “and we had a hard time keeping them in treatment because the withdrawal symptoms are so severe.” Wallace said that the costs of addictions go beyond the use of hospital resources. “People who are addicted will do anything to get the drug,” she said. “They’ll go to any means to get it. Almost anybody that steals, that breaks into your home to take things to sell, that’s why.” Wallace said that rather than face severe withdrawal symptoms, people will turn to other illicit drugs in a desperate effort to stave off the pain. “Painkillers cost $10 a gram on the streets,” she said. “They turn to heroin because it’s cheaper.”
Underlying cause According to Kivler, the reason behind the dramatic increases in prescriptions is fairly simple. He says that they are largely due to a single decision by the Joint Commission, which accredits and certifies 19,000 health-care organizations across the country. In 2001, the Joint Commission revised its pain management standards to require that doctors recognize the right of patients to have their pain assessed and managed. It further requires that doctors “screen patients for pain during their initial assessment.” “Pain really became somewhat of a vital sign that physicians were asked to pay attention to,” Kivler said. Because of this, it is now standard practice for doctors to ask all patients whether they are experiencing any pain. Those that answer yes begin a conversation about painkillers. “There were pharmaceutical companies that were involved in lobbying that through,” Kivler said. The nature of the doctor-patient relationship has been
How have painkiller prescriptions grown in your town? For Maine communities with Zip Codes beginning in “041” – a stretch that includes Portland, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth and Cumberland – sales of the drugs have essentially doubled over the past 10 years. Oxycodone, a painkiller that is often prescribed under the name Vicodin, went from about 17,200 grams in 2000 to more than 31,700 grams in 2010, according to the most recent figures released by the Drug Enforcement Agency. Hydrocodone, the main ingredient of Oxycontin and Percocet, increased from about 4,000 grams in 2000 to about 8,000 in 2010. In communities with a “040” Zip Code prefix - an area that includes much more real estate and the communities of Brunswick, Topsham, Harpswell, Yarmouth, North Yarmouth and Freeport, the trend is much more startling. There, hydrocodone sales spiked from nearly 8,900 grams in 2000 to more than 28,600 grams in 2010. Oxycodone went from about 28,400 grams to more than 102,000 grams over the same period. Statewide, hydrocodone prescriptions went from about 42,000 grams in 2000 to 126,000 grams in 2010; statewide oxycodone prescriptions went from 127,800 grams to 383,000 over the same period. While the raw number of drugs prescribed more than tripled in greater Portland, the statewide population increase over the 10 years was only 4.2 percent. — Matt Hongoltz-Hetling changed on a fundamental level, he said, accelerating an American trend toward excessive treatment. “There are cultural issues at play here. In other cultures, pain is an expectation if you have an injury,” Kivler said. “In this country, pain is something that must be treated and managed.” In Maine, he said, the prescriptions happen on a grand scale, largely because many local workers are in jobs
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Dispose of unwanted meds This Friday and Saturday, various communities are hosting drug take-back programs, and residents are encouraged to bring in their medications, in original packaging if possible. Pet medications are also accepted. In Portland, on Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., drugs are accepted at Maine Medical Center; Rite Aid Pharmacy, 290 Congress St., or University of New England, 716 Stevens Ave. Residents of Falmouth, Freeport, Cape Elizabeth, Brunswick, Yarmouth and Cumberland can take their drugs to their local police departments on Saturday, April 28th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. In Harpswell, a collection site will be active at Town Hall, 263 Mountain Road, on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
that expose them to aches, pains, and injuries. “We have a lot of industries like fishing and logging and farmers, where people have a lot of legitimate pain,” Kivler said.
Kivler said that doctors are only part of the solution. “Doctors are in a really hard position,” he said. “They can either not prescribe and they have a patient who is really unhappy and might register a complaint, or they can be accused of overprescribing.” But he said the situation is likely to improve. “I predict it to be getting better in the next 10 years. I really do,” he said. “This is an issue that we’re starting to grapple with.” He expects the solutions to come piecemeal, as doctors, legislators, pharmacists, and law enforcement officials respond to the new reality of painkiller prescriptions. Hospitals need to do a better job of tracking and holding staff accountable for painkiller inventories, Kivler said. One positive change is the use of automated dispensers that dole out drugs to hospital staff like highsecurity vending machines. “When you have a lot of painkillers sitting around in medicine cabinets for over a year, and it looks like no one might miss them, that’s a problem,” he said. The state also now provides a prescription monitoring database, which allows doctors to see whether their patients are getting drugs from other practitioners. “We find that there are people out there who have scrips from multiple doctors,” Kivler said. “It’s not that hard to do.” Patients also have to be kept more accountable for the pills that are put into their hands, he said. This is accomplished by administering drug screenings, and requiring patients to bring in their pill bottles halfway through the treatment period, to demonstrate that they have been taking the correct amounts. Kivler also said that the state must be more proactive in promoting the use of suboxone, a drug that can help people to get off of painkillers more easily. “It doesn’t get an opiate addict high, but it keeps them out of withdrawal. The medication is what allows them to sit in treatment,” he said. At the end of the day, Kivler said, the response has to be coordinated statewide. “Best practices will have to become more widespread. Let’s say Midcoast Hospital starts ... to tighten up,” he said. “That doesn’t really help, because they just go to the next place. We’re talking about an 18-to-25 demographic here. They all have iPhones. When something is working for someone, the word gets out.” Matt Hongoltz-Hetling can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or matthh @theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @hh_matt.