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Vol. 9, No. 20
News of The City of Portland
Bay House condos seeks maximum extension of permits
By Randy Billings PORTLAND — A Massachusetts development company is asking the city to extend its special zoning and site plan approvals for a mixed-used condominium complex on the former Village Cafe property. The company, Village at Oceangate, is seeking extensions that would allow it to build a five-story, 176-unit condominium complex at Newbury and Hancock streets with space for a 150- to 200-seat restaurant and sidewalk-level commercial space. Natalie Conn / For The Forecaster
Sosanya Pok, 20, of Scarborough, hugs the Martin’s Point Health Care mascot before joining the Southern Maine Heart Walk around Back Cove in Portland on Sunday. The event included health screenings, children’s activities and educational exhibits, with a fundraising goal of $335,000 for the American Heart Association.
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Teachers may assume leadership at Reiche By Randy Billings PORTLAND — Starting next year, Reiche Elementary School may be run by a small group of teachers, rather than a full-time, professional administrator. The School Board on Tuesday was scheduled to conduct a first reading of a proposal that would make Reiche a teacherled school. The board will hold a workshop on the proposal on May
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Village at Oceangate principal Demetri Dansco said only the first phase of the Bay House development, consisting of 82 units, has received site plan approval from the city. Two, fourstory buildings would be built on top of a single-story parking garage, he said. The site plans are set to expire in June, but the company has asked the city to extend the plans and the contract zone to Sept. 22, 2012, the maximum allowed.
31, before taking a second reading and vote on June 7. The board held a May 10 workshop on the plan, but decided it needed more information. School Board member Ed Bryan, who served on an exploratory committee, said the answers to two of the biggest questions – justification of the change and evidence the model See page 24
PUC: CMP must allow opting out of ‘smart’ meters By Emily Parkhurst AUGUSTA — Central Maine Power Co. customers who do not want “smart” electric meters will be able to opt out of the program, after a decision Tuesday by the Maine Public Utilities Commission. The PUC ruled that customers who do not want the wireless meters on their homes or businesses may have to pay an extra fee to use older meters, which
require manual meter readings. The wireless meters communicate billing information directly to CMP, saving the company the cost of employees who drive around checking meters. The decision was a partial victory for opponents of the meters, who have also claimed the wireless technology has negative health effects on some people, creates fire risks for homes with older wiring and can cause
interference with other wireless networks. The PUC previously declined to investigate the health-related claims. “Ignoring the concern is neither reasonable nor sufficient and addressing the concern is the only reasonable course of action,” Commission David Littell said during the deliberations. Littell said the decision should not suggest the meters are unsafe, as that is not an issue the
PUC will be investigating. “This decision is about customer responsiveness and the acceptance of new technology,” he said. Commissioner Vendean Vafiades agreed that the company should offer opt-outs. “I think it’s important that people feel safe in their own homes,” Vafiades said. “I believe customers should be able to make a subjective decision.”
Commission Chairman Thomas Welch did not participate in the deliberations. “I’m grateful and relieved that CMP cannot force customers to buy a product that’s wreaking havoc with people’s health and wi-fi systems across the country,” lead PUC complainant Elisa Boxer-Cook of Scarborough said. “Unfortunately, based on See page 24
INSIDE Index Arts Calendar.................18 Classifieds......................26 Community Calendar......20 Meetings.........................20
Obituaries.......................10 Opinion.............................6 Out & About....................19 People & Business.........16
Police Beat.......................8 Real Estate.....................30 School Notebook............10 Sports............................. 11
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The miracle foodie: Sybil Riemensnider of South Portland By David Treadwell
SOUTH PORTLAND — Fresh fruit first catches your eye: bananas, apples and oranges all displayed neatly on the long table. And across the room, on another table, baked goods beckon: pies, cakes, and doughnuts. In the next room two women sit at a desk, engaging in a friendly conversation, as one of them studies a computer screen. Beyond them you can walk among shelves stacked neatly with packaged food: cereals, spaghetti, and canned goods. Step into the walk-in freezer and frozen turkeys and chickens greet you. The setting, make no mistake, is not Hannaford or Whole Foods, but the food quality measures right up there. It is a Thursday morning between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., and you are in the basement of St. John the Evangelist Church at 611 Main St., the weekly home of the South Portland Food Cupboard, the brainchild and passion of an extraordinary woman. Meet Sybil Riemensnider, the miracle worker behind the scenes who has
Part of a twice-monthly series of profiles by Brunswick writer David Treadwell about people who quietly contribute to the quality of life in greater Portland.
dedicated her life to supplying people in need with life’s most basic necessity. As director of the Food Cupboard, she plays whatever role she must: volunteer coordinator, fundraiser, food-gatherer, public relations specialist. Riemensnider was a founding member of the Food Cupboard when it began in July 1997 at the Holy Cross Church as a project of the Social Justice and Peace Committee. “That first month we served 28 individuals. In July 2010 we served 261 families. And during the current year we’re serving about 20 to 30 percent more families every month than last year,” she said. Clearly, the need is real and growing every year. And Riemensnider is just the person to help the Food Cupboard cope with the rising demand. A microbiologist during her professional career, she explained her passion for what she does and why she does it: “I have no children, and I’ve always felt this great need to help people. And I love food – shopping, cooking and baking. Riemensnider takes great pride in the quality of the food served by the Food
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Riemensnider notes that the rewards come from the heartfelt “thank yous” she and the volunteers receive from many people. Sometimes people write notes that convey the message: “Thank you so much. I never would have made it without the Food Cupboard.”
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Finalists for city manager to meet the public By Kate Bucklin PORTLAND — Interim City Manager Patricia Finnigan and two Massachusetts managers are finalists for the city’s top administrative job. Julian Suso of Framingham, Mass., and Mark Rees of North Andover, Mass., are expected to be in Portland on Friday to meet with the public. The City Council is expected to begin interviewing the trio this weekend with the goal of selecting a new city manager in June. Finnigan, Suso and Rees were selected from a pool of about 65 applicants vetted by a council search committee, with the help of headhunter Colin Baenziger. The committee included Councilors Cheryl Leeman, John Anton and Jill Duson. Portland began looking for a new city manager at the beginning of this year, following the retirement of Joe Gray,
who held the position for 10 years and had worked for the city for more than 40. Finnigan, an assistant city manager, was appointed interim manager in January. Finnigan has been an assistant manager in Portland since 2007. Before that, she was the city manager in Auburn, which has a population of about 23,000. As an assistant to the manager in Portland, where the population is about 66,000, Finnigan handled economic development, waterfront marketing and development, neighborhoods and communications. Suso has been city manager of Framingham for about five years, and before that was a manager in Mentor, Ohio, for 16 years. In March, the Framingham Board of Selectmen voted not to renew Suso’s contract; his last day on the job there is June 30, according to a report in
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the Metrowest Daily News. Framingham selectmen said Suso had a “lack of long-term vision,” the newspaper said. Suso reportedly responded by saying there had clearly been differences of opinion about his professional style, as well as conflicts over the boundaries of policy and administration that sometimes occur in local government between managers and selectmen. Framingham’s population is approximately 65,000. Rees has been the town manager of North Andover since 2001. He also worked for the city of Framingham, where he was the chief financial officer. Prior to that, Rees was town manager of
Northbridge, Mass. North Andover has a population of about 30,000. According to the city manager recruitment profile created for the job search, Portland is willing to pay its new city manager between $120,000 and $170,000. Finnigan is currently making about $116,000. Rees’ salary is about $125,000 and Suso receives more than $152,000. A public reception for the finalists is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday in the State of Maine Room at City Hall. The resumes of the finalists, along with job qualifications and other Search Committee documents are posted online at portlandmaine.gov/citymanager.htm Kate Bucklin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or firstname.lastname@example.org Follow her on Twitter: @katebucklin.
Portland budget approval, 2% tax hike, a quiet affair By Kate Bucklin PORTLAND — The City Council Monday evening approved a nearly $202 million municipal budget for fiscal year 2012, an increase of about 1.2 percent over current spending. The municipal budget, combined with the previously approved school budget of $89.5 million, will increase the property tax rate 2 percent to $18.24 per $1,000 of assessed value. This year’s municipal budget did not include any layoffs or service cuts, and drew little public comment. Councilor John Anton, the chairman of the Finance
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Committee, said the committee concentrated this year on developing policy for city budgeting and spending, and will continue to do so. “This was a year of stability,” he said, referring to the nearly status quo budget. In the 2009, 2010 and 2011 budgets, more than 100 jobs were eliminated. Services were cut during those years, too, and city departments were combined. Councilor David Marshall said that although the tax rate will rise, there was
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Casco Bay Lines union ‘reluctantly’ agrees to contract By Randy Billings PORTLAND — It took more than two years, but Casco Bay Lines and its unionized employees have reached an agreement on a three-year contract. The two sides were deadlocked over issues like wage increases and health insurance when the dispute went to arbitration. The arbitrator issued a report outlining a compromise that was approved by the Casco Bay Island Transit District Board of Directors in late March. President William Harrigan said members of United Marine Division Local 133 of the AFL-CIO “reluctantly” agreed to the contract provisions laid out in the arbitrator’s report. The workers approved the contract by only two votes, he said. “We approved the deal not because it is
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a fair one for our hardworking members, but simply to put this chapter behind us and move forward,” Harrigan said. He said the contract gives the workers a 1 percent signing bonus. They will receive no pay raise for 2009, a 1 percent increase for 2010 and a 2 percent raise in 2011. But Harrigan said the contract maintains a sunset provision for health care. During the regular term of the contract, Harrigan said management and workers evenly split the cost of any health increases. But after the contract expires and during negotiations, the workers must pick up 100 percent of those costs.
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Harrigan said Casco Bay Lines will reimburse the workers for those costs. He said the contract provision is unlike any other public sector contract, which remains in force until a new agreement is produced. “That sunset clause needs to be corrected,” he said. “It’s a tool used against (the union), it puts pressure on the guys and it’s unfair in the public sector.” Harrigan said the union also sought more in wage increases, since workers handle freight in addition to docking boats, which should classify them as
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May 18, 2011
Rising to the occasion Parents call ‘therapeutic kindergarten’ a success
By Emily Parkhurst FALMOUTH — For many kids, starting kindergarten is an exciting time, even if it is a bit scary. But for children with disabilities or behavior disorders, starting kindergarten can be a traumatic transition, that, if not negotiated well, can set the stage for a lifelong struggle in school. So when the Falmouth School Department found out last spring that it had five incoming kindergartners who needed special attention, the district set up a “therapeutic kindergarten” to meet their needs. “What we really are doing is trying to serve the needs of a huge range of kids with a variety of disabilities,” Special Education Director Polly Crowell said. “We happen to have a group of young children with similar needs, but they are not the same by any means.” The district hired special education teacher Cindy Smith to design the program, and two education technicians to assist her. Two more education technicians were hired shortly after the program started, when the school realized two would not be enough. “When we talked about it initially, really, we said it was like we’re building a plane while we’re flying it,” Smith said. The entire therapeutic kindergarten staff, with the exception of one person, and all the students, were new to the district. “You have to try to protect and preserve the integrity and the dignity of your students and their families during this very important transition,” Smith said. “These kids are beginning to make one of the biggest transitions of their young lives. ... You try to make it look as smooth, as calm and as safe as possible.”
From restraint, to seclusion, to success For many children with disabilities, transitions can be incredibly difficult. For Deb Davis’ son Teddy, who has Asperger’s syndrome, that became immediately ap-
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parent when he started in Falmouth last September. “He was going from a half day to a full day,” Davis said. “We knew that would be a challenge.” Early in the school year, Teddy refused to go inside after recess and attempted to run away from the special education staff. He was restrained in a basket hold, where a teacher wrapped her arms around him from behind. “From that moment on, my family was very traumatized,” Davis said. Davis said she had read stories about the use of restraints in schools, but that she never thought it would happen to her son. After he was restrained two more times, including a prone restraint, she said, Davis in October asked for a meeting with the school. She pushed for a time-out room that would be a safe space for kids when they were upset, where they could be loud and physical without embarrassing or hurting themselves. The school immediately responded. “They really rose to the occasion,” Davis said. The school converted a Lunt School closet into a padded time-out room where Teddy and the other children could go if they needed to safely blow off steam. “I really do feel like I trust them now,” Davis said of the school staff. “Cindy Smith has been open to all my ideas.” Davis said she’d like to see an unlocked time-out room used only in emergency situations, when there are no other options. Smith said she agreed that restraints and seclusion should only be used at the end of a long line of interventions that have been discussed and decided upon by the parents and staff before they happen. “(Restraint and seclusion) is the last al-
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Six-year-old Teddy Davis stands on a chair at the counter at his home on Bentridge Drive in Falmouth while his sister, Jessi, 9, puts the final touches on some school work before the bus comes Tuesday morning. Teddy is part of the new Falmouth “therapeutic kindergarten” program, designed for children with special needs.
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The magic of a prom dress Along with a throng of other parents of high school seniors, I am, this morning, recovering from the prom. And for me, it’s not merely a physical recovery, but an emotional one. My daughter, Ophelia, is on the brink of college-dom, and the prom is one in a chain No Sugar of upcoming events that will assist in putting a padlock on her childhood years of mandatory classroom hours and holiday gifts for teachers, while simultaneously providing her with the key to the brightest of futures. Like her peers, she’s about to enter a brave new world of collegiate independence. I imagine that the first few weeks of actually using an alarm clock will be fraught Sandi Amorello with peril. But she will adapt. Either that, or she will be begging to move back into her bedroom here in Maine by Halloween. My daughter wore to the prom a dress that her grandmother wore to a dance back in her own high school days. A dance she attended with her high school sweetheart, the man who would later become her husband, and my father. They ended up divorced, so the significance of the white, tulle, ballerina-like vision of a frock doesn’t hold quite the sentimental significance that it could, but still, she wore my mother’s dress. And it brought tears to my eyes. I did not attend my own senior prom, so there was no fashion inheritance for Ophelia. I figured, if Bobby Sherman wasn’t available, why bother? This nonchalant attitude affected my mother more than it did myself. She thought I was missing out on a major milestone, whereas I thought I was missing out on fighting off the inevitable,
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The innocence of the prom no longer exists. Nowadays, they administer Breathalyzer tests along with a smile at the front door. Back in my day, in the decade following Woodstock and “Barbarella,” I imagine certain chaperones may have slipped something into the punch bowl themselves (although I have no evidence to support this suspicion). As Ophelia and I shopped for a variety of fashionable prom accoutrement, we had some of the most touchingly honest conversation in recent memory. We talked about her future and her dad and the melancholy feelings we had both, unsuccessfully, been trying to suppress. My mother’s dress ended up being a catalyst for feelings of love and sentiment, for reflection on time passing, of people no longer present, of days gone by and of the promise stretched before us. It provided the perfect bridge, both to the past and to this wondrous, new chapter in our lives. Sometimes, a few yards of white tulle and some thread is more than just a prom dress. Sometimes, it’s magic. 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.
Schools are grateful for grants Every year, the Portland Public Schools supplements local funding for our district with grants from the state and federal governments, private Superintendent’s foundations, businesses and other donors. Those grants lessen the burden on Portland taxpayers and allow us to offer programs and enrichment activities that otherwise would be unavailable to our students. During the current school year, the district will receive grants totaling more than $13 million. The vast majority of that money – $12.6 million – comes from federal programs such as Title 1, which pro- James C. Morse Sr. vides funding for low-income schools. But the district also receives dozens of smaller grants each year that pay for everything from field trips
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to schoolyard greening and computers for adult education students. Here are just a few examples: • A dedication ceremony will take place on May 19 at Longfellow Elementary School for a greenhouse funded by a donation of nearly $6,000 from Whole Foods Market. Longfellow students will start seedlings in the greenhouse and then transplant them to the school’s raised garden beds. Vegetables raised in the garden will be served in the district’s school lunch program. Longfellow teachers will use the garden and greenhouse as a tool for teaching science, social studies, art and other subjects. Another Portland elementary school, Reiche Community School, just received a $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant for its school garden.
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Superintendent’s notebook from page 6 • On May 23, a local credit union will give 15 college scholarships of $100 each to students at Riverton Elementary School. C Port Credit Union partners with the school on the “Riverton and Beyond” program to raise students’ aspirations and to get them thinking early about postsecondary education. Students work with a college advisor to identify what they love to do now and how that might carry into future college studies. They also learn about writing college scholarship essays. The credit union chooses scholarship recipients based on their essays. • Students in Bethany Kirkpatrick’s music classes at Lincoln Middle School students are using iPad computers to create original musical compositions as a result of a two-year, $14,000 grant from the McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation. This spring, students are completing work on their second CD and an iMovie to accompany their songs. • Fifteen teachers throughout the district received a total of more than $4,300 in grants from the Portland Education Foundation this winter. The grants paid for everything from snowshoes at Presumpscot Elementary School to curriculum materials at Lyman Moore Middle School to teach about unity and diversity through the history of New York City. • Ocean Avenue Elementary School purchased books for the new school’s library thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Stephen King Foundation and a $3,500 Drive for Education grant from Berlin City. The grant allowed the school to update its collection, replacing books that were old and worn. Many grants are written by teachers and other school employees in their “free” time. Parents often play a key role in securing grants from their employers or their own businesses. Recently, five of our schools each received $500 grants for projects initiated by students. The student grant writers range in age from elementary school through high school. A local philanthropy, Painting For A Purpose, awarded money to student projects such as installing occupancy sensors in school bathrooms, helping to build a Habitat for Humanity house and selling healthy snacks to raise money for Haitian earthquake relief. We appreciate all of the grants that enhance our educational programs. And we appreciate the support of Portland voters, who approved the 2011-2012 school budget on May 10 by a margin of 3 to 1. James C. Morse Sr. is Portland’s superintendent of schools. His column runs monthly in The Forecaster and on theforecaster.net. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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No end in sight When I drove through midtown Manhattan last week on my way to Queens, I noticed a lot of demonstrators on street corners with signs warning New Yorkers that the world was coming to an end on May 21. It reminded me of those cliched cartoons of false prophets walking around in sack cloth and ashes with signs that read “Repent! The End Is Near!” Someone has been The Universal prophesying the end of the world since time immemorial and, so far, they have all been wrong. You want to be tolerant of a person’s religious beliefs, but these poor followers of radio evangelist Harold Camping are surely wrong as well. The sheer human arrogance of one man to claim to know the mind of God and to be able to Edgar Allen Beem work out that Judgment Day will be May 21, 2011, is only surpassed in its misguided sadness by the fact that some unfortunate souls actually believe him. I wanted to reassure some of the doomsayers by offering to take their phone numbers and call them on May 22, but I’m glad I didn’t. When I read a bit more into the pathology of their millennial state of mind, I realized that when May 22 does come, as it surely will, Camping’s followers will convince themselves that the world did come to an end and that they are now in hell. Sick. Of course, Camping will probably have any number of other excuses for his error. After all, he first predicted the end of the world would occur in 1994. When that didn’t happen, he recalculated, came up with 2011, and acquired another big following of vulnerable, gullible individuals. As we have seen on the political front, the facts don’t count anymore (if they ever did). Back in the fall of 1844, during another time of great anxious revivalism and social upheaval in
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the United States, a farmer named William Miller convinced thousands of Americans that he, too, knew exactly when the end would occur. Here in Maine, there were a lot of Millerites. When the appointed day, March 21, came and went, Miller and one of his acolytes quickly redid the biblical math and came up with Oct. 22. True believers climbed up onto rooftops, into trees, and up mountains in anticipation of being taken up. What followed became known as the Great Disappointment. Boston minister Joshua Himes, a Millerite apologist, defended Miller by asking, “If we were mistaken about the time, what harm can result to the church or the world?” In his view, converting souls and preparing them to meet their Maker was a good thing whether or not the Rapture occurred on a specified day. On Oct. 26, 1844, however, the Portland Transcript explained exactly what was wrong with the Millerite folly – and by extension all other pretentious End Time prophecy: “We have observed with great regret, that by means of heedless publications, and otherwise, a panic has been produced in many families, and in cases where there was no pre-existing tendency to enthusiastic delusions, yet the general agitation of such a subject has created painful alarms and distress. Even in our schools, the agitation has been very mischievous, and little children have gone home to their parents in agonies of apprehension from frightful matters so commonly talked about.” To prey upon the hopes and fears of weak-minded, impressionable individuals by promising a trip to heaven come Saturday is a very disturbed and disturbing thing to do. I’ve never really understood why some people get so focused on sin, judgment, and damnation, because it’s pretty clear to me that Christianity is all about peace, love, compassion and forgiveness. Sometimes it seems that religion does as much harm as good. 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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May 18, 2011
Vachon leaves McAuley for UMaine
By Michael Hoffer PORTLAND — McAuley girls’ basketball coach Amy Vachon, who led the Lions to the Class A state title in her lone season at the helm, is leaving the program to become a women’s basketball assistant coach at her alma mater, the University of Maine in Orono, under the Black Bears’ new head man, Richard Barron. Vachon, the daughter of coaching legend Paul Vachon, was a playing standout at Cony High School and later in Orono (where she was a twotime captain and holds the program record for most assists in a season and the school, and America East Conference mark for career assists). Vachon won 20 of her 22 games last winter, capped by a palpitating regional final victory over Deering in overtime and a 39-23 win over Hampden Academy in the state final. Vachon said that she loved her time with McAuley and had no intention of leaving, but this was an opportunity that was too good to pass up. “It’s hard because I love McAuley,” said Vachon, who will work as a recruiter and on-court coach in
Orono. “I was so happy with the kids and with the community. Leaving the kids is the hardest part. I met with the girls and parents (Sunday night). It’s really hard. The kids were great last year. They did everything I asked. This is not fair at all Vachon to them. There are a lot of different feelings going on. “This wasn’t even on my radar screen at all. A week ago Saturday, (Barron) gave me a call and we talked. We met last week and talked some more. They offered and I accepted. He has so much energy and enthusiasm. I think he can do good things with that program. I’m not sure if I want to be a coach at the college level, but I have to take the opportunity to find out. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The UMaine program means so much to me. I want to be part of that excitement.” McAuley athletic director Joe Kilmartin praised Vachon for her
Gallant named new Deering football coach By Michael Hoffer The high-powered Deering football program has a new head coach. Jon Gallant, an assistant with the program for several years, and the Southern Maine Activities Association’s Assistant Coach of the Year in 2010, will replace Greg Stilphen (who stepped down earlier this year). Gallant played offensive and defensive line for Stilphen at Massabesic, graduating in 1994. He went on to play defensive tackle at the University of Maine, then immediately began coaching as a defensive coordinator for Deering in 1999. After six years with the Rams, Gallant went to Massabesic for two seasons, before returning to Deering in 2008. “I’m excited,” said Gallant. “There were a lot of things that appealed to me, but first and foremost is the connection I have to the student-athletes. It’s a great group of young men. I’ve put a lot of time into that program and keeping it strong is a challenge I’m looking forward to it. “The (players’) support has been great. I’m excited to start working. I plan to meet with them next week.” Deering High athletic director Bill LeRoy said that he had a solid pool of candidates from which to select, but that Gallant “rose to the top.” “I feel good that (Jon) was interested in continuing with Deering,” LeRoy said. “He has a good knowledge of the game, a strong work ethic and ability to prepare. He knows the kids and they know and respect him. I feel very good about the program
going forward.” The Rams went 8-3 in 2010, losing an epic 35-34 regional final to eventual state champion Cheverus. Standout quarterback Jamie Ross (Deering’s 2010 Fall Male Athlete of the Year) and several other key contributors will graduate, but the Rams expect to remain a top contender in 2011. “There won’t be much change,” Gallant said. “Defensively, I love what we do. Offensively, the switch we made to the spread takes full advantage of the athletes we have. (The players and I) know each other and they know what to expect from me. It’s going to be a learning curve for players and for me as well, but it’s a great group. It’s an easy first job in that regard.” Stilphen went 83-52 and led Deering to the 2003 Class A championship during his tenure. Gallant stressed that Stilphen’s influence on his life has been monumental. “Our relationship is really special, from coach-player to coach-assistant coach to best friends,” said Gallant. “I’ve seen the way he organizes practice and prepares for games and looks at film. He’s been a huge influence on my life. Not just in coaching.” Gallant lives in Old Orchard Beach with his wife and two young sons. He teaches physical education and health at Freeport High School. Deering opens the Gallant Era at Noble on Sept. 2. Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.
short tenure and said she would be missed. “The departure of Coach Vachon is a significant loss,” Kilmartin said. “In just the span of one year, Amy was able to meet and exceed the school’s expectation of a new coach for the basketball program. Her successful leadership on the court is undeniable. A year ago, I said that Amy was an ideal choice for our school, based on her basketball background and her personal characteristics and I was not wrong. “I wish otherwise, but I understand why newly appointed UMO coach Richard Barron has enlisted Amy to help rebuild the program at her alma mater where she was such a successful player. I thank Amy on behalf of the whole McAuley community
for all she has done for the school and wish her the best of luck in the future.” Kilmartin added that names of potential replacements have been explored by an initial search committee and that a public posting for the job will be forthcoming. “I know whoever comes in will do a great job,” Vachon said. “(He or she) will have kids that are willing to run through a wall for them.” In Orono, Barron, the new coach, said that he’s very excited to have Vachon join the program. “Amy has been a great success at everything she has taken on in her life,” Barron said. “She has coaching in her DNA. She has proved to be a strong coach and communicator. Her understanding of and networking
with Maine girls’ basketball will be a tremendous asset and her experience on great teams and as Maine’s all-time assist leader will help us as we communicate to recruits the potential of this program. I couldn’t be more pleased that she has accepted the offer.” Vachon will be very familiar with one Black Bear next season as she’s joined by incoming freshman Rebecca Knight, who was a key cog on the Lions’ championship team and was McAuley’s Winter Athlete of the Year. “Becca’s probably the only one that’s happy,” Vachon said. “She seems excited.” Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.
Good times continue for city ballclubs
(For the complete Deering-Portland game story, visit theforecaster. net) By Michael Hoffer The last time all four city baseball teams qualified for the playoffs in the same year was 2006. There’s a decent chance that it will happen again in 2011.
In Western Class A, Cheverus and Deering are in solid position in the Heal Points standings, while Portland still has a plenty of opportunity to move up. In Western C, Waynflete is building on last year’s playoff trip with a superb regular season to date.
A-plus In Western A, the Stags took an 8-1 record, a four-game win streak and the No. 2 spot in the standings (behind South Portland) into the week after home victories last week over Kennebunk (10-0, in five innings), Sanford (6-1) and Marshwood (7-1). Against the Rams, junior Louie DiStasio spun a three-hit shutout, striking out eight hitters. He also had two hits and scored three runs. Senior Joey Royer had three hits and two runs batted in, classmate Peter Potthoff had a pair of hits and three RBIs and juniors Nick Melville and Harry Ridge also had two hits. In the win over the Redskins, Royer allowed only four hits and fanned nine. Offensively, senior Nic Lops doubled, tripled and scored twice. Potthoff and Ridge both had two hits and two runs batted in and senior Jack Bushey had three hits, scored twice and drove in one. Against the Hawks, Ridge got the win behind a three-hitter. He struck out seven. DiStasio and Lops both drove in a pair. “It’s been a good start for us,” said Cheverus coach Mac McKew. “Certainly the strength of our team has been our pitching depth. Five different starting pitchers recorded the win in our first five victories and since then, Joey Royer, Louie DiStasio and Harry Ridge each have two wins. All three have sub-1.30 (earned run averages), which includes Harry’s ERA of 0.
Deering senior Nick Colucci gets the tag down in time to throw out Portland sophomore Tim Rovnak as he attempts to steal second base during Thursday’s game at Hadlock Field. The Rams rolled, 11-0, in five innings.
Portland senior Matt McInnis delivers a pitch against Deering. He worked a scoreless inning of relief for the Bulldogs. Tom Minervino / For The Forecaster
Ridge also has a save to his credit. Our catcher, Nic Lops, deserves a lot of credit for handling the pitching staff. He’s been rock solid behind the plate. “Our offense has significantly improved over last year. We have six starters hitting over .400 through the first eight games: Ridge (.538), Royer (.526), DiStasio (.484), Tyler Flaherty (.476), Lops (.464) and Potthoff (.438). We’re hitting the ball with more authority. Halfway through the season, we have more extra base hits than we had all of last year. “Our sore spot thus far in the
season has been our defense. We have made 15 errors in our first eight games. To get to the playoffs first and then be successful, we must improve defensively. The soft defense that we have played really comes down to a lack of mental toughness and focus, not ability. We must get better in the field.” The Stags were at Massabesic Tuesday, visit Portland Thursday and play at Bonny Eagle Saturday before hosting Deering in a pivotal showdown Tuesday of next week.
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Home games with Windham and Scarborough, and a season-ending trip to preseason favorite Westbrook ends the regular season schedule. Deering also began the week 8-1 and has won seven straight, placing it fifth in the tightly bunched Heals. Last week, the Rams disposed of host Noble (22-5, in five innings), visiting Portland (11-0, in five innings) and visiting Windham (11-2). Against the Knights, senior Anthony Balzano came on to pitch three innings of relief for the win. Seniors Sam Balzano and John Hardy and juniors Nick DiBiase and Jamie Gullbrand all hit home runs. Sam Balzano finished with three hits, three runs and four RBIs. Senior Jamie
Ross added three hits, three runs and two RBIs. Gullbrand drove in three and senior Nick Colucci scored three times. Deering hung a nine-spot against Portland in the first inning and cruised from there. The Rams paraded 14 batters to the plate as everyone in the order either scored or knocked in a run. Sam Balzano led off with a double to rightfield. Senior Matt Bevilaqua reached on an error. Colucci’s groundout plated Balzano. Walks to Ross and DiBiase loaded the bases for senior John Miranda, who took advantage by knocking a two-run single to center. Gullbrand followed with a walk. Senior John Hannigan singled to right on a two-strike pitch, scoring two more runs. Hardy, the No. 9 hitter, added a two-run double to left. Balzano walked during his second at-bat of the inning, chasing the Portland starting pitcher, sophomore Caleb Fraser, after just a
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third of an inning. Senior Rudy DiMillo moved from second base to the mound for the Bulldogs. Bevilaqua greeted him with a sacrifice fly to center that scored Hardy. Colucci was hit by a pitch, then Ross’ double knocked in Balzano. “That No. 9 looks so good up there,” said Deering coach Mark Sutton, nodding toward the scoreboard. “We kept the momentum going from the Noble game. Portland is always a very competitive team to play against. The fact that we got nine runs in the first inning is a great statement. I know the kids feel good about it. I feel good about it. The other thing is we have no errors up there. That’s always the most important thing for me.” Asked about the cause of the increased run production, Sutton could only smile. “I’d like to say it’s me, but I don’t think that’s what it is,” he said. “I think a lot of it is we’ve
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taken a little bit more batting practice. We’ve seen more live pitching now that we’re a third of the way through the season. And we’re starting to be more patient. We’re starting to swing at pitches we can hit, as opposed to the beginning of the year when sometimes you swing at pitches because you’re over-anxious.” A Gullbrand double and Hardy (2-for-2, three RBIs and two steals) single produced the 10th run in the second inning. “We just have a bunch of athletes who are great baseball players,” Hardy said. “For me, batting in the nine spot, I don’t mind at all. I started the season really slow, but I’m starting to come through now. The whole team is just hitting the heck out of the ball.” A Bevilacqua double and Miranda single made it 11-0 in the third. DiBiase did the rest, throwing a three-hitter and striking out nine while only walking one to earn the victory. “He’s always so efficient,” Sutton said. “He throws strikes. He’s always around the plate. If he walks somebody, it’s a surprise. It’s great to have him out there. He’s one of those lefties that puts the ball in play so that we can play behind him.” Saturday’s win over Windham actually went the allotted seven innings, but the Rams dominated again behind three hits, including a double and a triple, and four RBIs from Colucci and three hits and two RBIs from Miranda. Sam Balzano got the win, fanning seven while surrendering four hits. Deering was at Thornton Academy Tuesday, visits Gorham Thursday, then gets into the meat of its schedule, hosting Westbrook in a delicious showdown and playoff rematch Saturday afternoon, visiting Cheverus Monday and Scarborough next Thursday. Home games versus Marshwood and South Porltand close the regular campaign. While the Rams hope to continue their scoring tear, Sutton sees a league that is wide open. “It’s going to be the same old suspects,” Sutton said. “Cheverus, Biddeford, South Portland, Westbrook, Scarborough, us, Portland — don’t count those guys out, Portland can beat anybody on any day, Marshwood, Thornton. Those nine teams are going to be there until the end. You can’t take any game for granted.” Showing how topsy-turvy Western Class A can be on a given day, Portland preceded its loss with a 3-2 home win over defending regional champion Biddeford, but against Deering, little went right for the young Bulldogs. “We’re inconsistent,” said Portland coach Tony DiBiase. “Some games are good, some games you don’t know what is going to happen. (Deering’s) one of the best teams in the state and we got off to such a bad start. Give credit to them. They hit the ball hard. They just jumped all over us. We beat Biddeford, who was ranked No. 1, on Saturday. Then today we got beat 11-0. It’s been like that all year long, but that’s kind of expected when you have six sophomores out there.” Saturday, the Bulldogs fell to 4-5 and ninth in the standings (only the top eight make the playoffs) after a 7-4 home loss to Thornton Academy. Sophomore Kyle Reichert singled, doubled and tripled in the setback. Classmate Tim Rovnak also had three hits. Portland was at Sanford Tuesday, welcomes Cheverus Thursday and Noble Saturday. Next week, the Bulldogs visit Windham, Westbrook and Gorham before finishing the season at home against Scarborough May 31.
Better than last year
In Western C, the Flyers began the week 5-1 and seventh in the Heals. Last week, Waynflete held off visiting Old Orchard Beach (6-4) and rolled over Sacopee (8-1). In the come-frombehind win over the Seagulls, senior Alex Hadiaris had two hits and sophomore Charlie Laprade got the win with a seven-hitter. Against the Hawks, Laprade again dazzled, registering three hits, including a double, while throwing a four-hitter and fanning nine. “We’ve definitely played well so far and we are ready for the second half of our season,” said
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Playoff push begins in Portland (Ed. Note: For the complete CheverusYarmouth boys’ lacrosse game story, see theforecaster.net) By Michael Hoffer The spring sports season is rapidly winding down and even with Mother Nature taking center stage and causing some disruptions this week, there will be plenty of pivotal action in the days to come. The past week was highlighted by dramatic action in softball, lacrosse, track and tennis. Here’s a glimpse:
Softball McAuley’s softball team continued its highwire act and stayed undefeated last week. The Lions eked out a 2-1 win at Windham, held off visiting Noble, 4-3, had a relatively easy (by their standards) 8-3 triumph over host Deering, then had to go 10 innings before winning at Marshwood, 6-1, to improve to 9-0 (good for third in the Western Class A Heal Points standings, as of Monday). Against the Eagles, senior Jen Field had a pair of hits, hurled a three-hitter and struck out five. Field scored the go-ahead run on a double by junior standout Shelby Bryant. In the win over the Knights, Bryant had three hits, including a triple, scored twice and drove in the winning run. Sophomore Gabby Townsend earned the victory. At the Rams, senior Kayla Daigle singled and homered. Senior Sara Mercier also had a pair of hits. Libby got the win. Against the Hawks, the game was scoreless until the seventh when McAuley got a run only to see the hosts answer and tie the game. Finally, in the 10th, the Lions erupted for five to secure the victory. Libby scored the winning run, Bryant and sophomore Sam Schildroth belted triples and Townsend struck out 13, while giving up seven hits in 10 innings of work. McAuley was scheduled to host Gorham Monday, visits Massabesic Wednesday, hosts Thornton Academy Friday and goes to Scarborough Monday of next week. The other city teams have work to do to get in the playoff picture. Deering started the week in 15th in the Heals with a 2-7 mark. After being blanked by visiting Kennebunk (6-0) and dropping the 8-3 home decision to McAuley, the Rams were a 3-1 winner at Westbrook Friday. Junior Nicole Mason
had three hits versus the Lions. In the victory, senior Kaylee Wheeler had three hits, including a triple, and got the win on the mound with a five-hitter. Deering was home with Windham Monday, goes to Noble Wednesday, hosts Marshwood Friday and plays at Gorham Monday of next week. Cheverus was 1-9 and 14th as of Monday. The Stags lost last week at Marshwood (7-4), at home to Gorham (10-3), at Windham (8-4) and at Massabesic (12-3). Junior Erin Cianchette hit a home run against the Rams. Sophomore Emily Rodrigue had three hits versus the Eagles. Freshman Brittany Bell had a single and home run in the loss to the Mustangs. Cheverus hosted Thornton Academy in a playoff rematch Monday, visits Scarborough Wednesday, welcomes Biddeford Friday and plays at Portland Monday of next week. The Bulldogs were 17th with an 0-9 mark when the week started after setbacks last week to host Massabesic (7-5), Marshwood (16-0, in five innings), visiting Thornton Academy (16-0, in five) and host Scarborough (21-0, in five). Portland was home Monday against Biddeford, goes to defending Class A champion South Portland Friday and hosts Kennebunk Saturday and Cheverus Monday.
Boys’ lacrosse Portland and Deering’s boys’ lacrosse teams continue to set the pace, even though each suffered their first loss last week. The Bulldogs blanked visiting Biddeford, 14-0, last Wednesday (senior Bronson Guimond scored four times), but Saturday, at Messalonskee, Portland lost a regular season game for the first time since May 18, 2009 (11-9 at Yarmouth), ending a 24-game run. The game was tied, 5-5, at halftime, but the Eagles blanked the Bulldogs in the second half. Guimond had three goals in the loss. Portland (7-1, second to Messalonskee in the Eastern A Heals and fourth in the latest coaches’ poll) hosts Gorham Wednesday and goes to Deering Friday at 7:30 p.m. (that game was moved from its originally scheduled date of Saturday). After going to Westbrook Wednesday of next week, the Bulldogs close the regular season with a state final rematch at Scarborough June 1. The Rams’ best start to date reached six wins in a row last Monday after a 17-4 romp at Westbrook. Senior Zach Poulin and Noah
Whittenberg had five goals each. Junior Anthony Verville finished with four. Wednesday, however, Deering fell, 6-4, at Kennebunk. In that one, the Rams appeared to have tied the game at 1-1 early, but a stick check led to a ruling of an illegal stick, erasing the goal and forcing Deering to play a man-down. Kennebunk scored three times and the visiting Rams could never catch up as they unleashed 45 shots, but only scored four times. The next day, Deering bounced back with a 13-4 triumph at Morse behind four goals from senior Carleton Allen and three goals and four assists from Poulin. The Rams (7-1, third in Eastern A and fifth in the latest coaches’ poll) host Massabesic Wednesday, Portland Friday and Gorham Wednesday of next week. They close the regular season at Bonny Eagle June 1. Cheverus has some work to do if it wants to make the playoffs. The Stags lost a 7-6 (triple overtime) decision to Westbrook, then fell, 10-4, at Yarmouth to drop to 2-6 (seventh in Eastern A, where only six teams qualify). In the loss to Westbrook, junior Spencer Amberson, senior Stephen Ambrose, junior Cam Olson, sophomore Lucas Richio, junior Tommy Sullivan and freshman Jack Sutton all had one goal. Amberson, Ambrose, sophomore Warren Murray and junior Brian Whalen scored versus the Clippers. Senior Evan Jendrasko made 13 saves and, in a flashback to the fall, made several stirring runs up the field. “That was awesome,” said longtime Stags coach Deke Andrew. “We caused a lot of problems with their clearing, which was excellent. In the second half, I thought we did well. We’re athletic, we just don’t have anyone who’s especially experienced. Thank goodness, we have athletes from other sports to fill in the gaps.” Cheverus hopes to extend its postseason streak to 12 seasons, but likely needs to win out. The Stags host Noble Wednesday and Windham Friday (that will be played at Deering High School at 5:30 p.m.). They play a makeup game at Bonny Eagle on Monday and close at Gorham June 1. “We’ve got to look forward and play hard,” Andrew said. “Every day I go to practice, the
guys are smiling and excited to be there. When you’re 2-6, that’s what keeps you going. We’ve had three one-goal losses. We’re in a unique situation. Our skill players are inexperienced. Our best athletes have never played before. It’s an unusual combination. Obviously, our defense is pretty strong. We need to develop a little offensively. I’d love to make the playoffs. We just want to get there.” In Western B, Waynflete began the week third behind Falmouth and defending champion Cape Elizabeth in the Heals with a 6-2 mark. The Flyers dropped a 9-3 home decision to Yarmouth last Tuesday, but bounced back to down visiting Lake Region (16-2) and Camden Hills (17-2). Against the Lakers, senior Matt Butler and junior Chris Burke both scored five times. In the win over the Windjammers, freshman Henry Cleaves led the way with four goals. Freshman Jack Cutler finished with three. Waynflete was at York Monday, visits Wells Thursday, hosts NYA Wednesday of next week and finishes the regular year at Cape Elizabeth May 31.
Waynflete’s girls’ lacrosse team continues to set the pace in Western Class B after wins last week over visiting Greely (22-11) and host Cheverus (10-6). The Flyers began this week 6-1 and first in the Heals. The Greely win was a wild one as Waynflete scored its most goals in memory. Leading just 8-7 at halftime, the Flyers pulled away in the second half behind seven goals from sophomore standout Martha Veroneau, six from senior Liv Chap and five from sophomore sharpshooter Sadie Cole. Senior Mica Thompson added two goals and two assists. Freshman Walker Foehl scored a goal and finished with two assists. Sophomore goalie Katherine Torrey made seven saves. Against the Stags, Cole had four goals and Torrey made 10 saves. Waynflete was home against Cape Elizabeth Tuesday, welcomes Falmouth Thursday and goes to NYA Tuesday of next week and York
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years in beating Westbrook. It was a real team effort. Saturday, we were down 6-1, scored nine straight to lead 10-6, then they tied it. We were up, 11-10, with 1.2 seconds left when they tied the foolish game. We played two three-minute periods of overtime after which it was 13-13, then two more (‘sudden-victory’) periods. They scored halfway through the second. To add to the fun, were were a player down through the last 10 minutes of the game and all the overtimes, because an overexcited referee had given one of our players two yellow cards.” Deering was at Portland Monday, hosts Bonny Eagle Thursday and South Portland Monday of next week. The Rams close at home against Lewiston (May 26) and Massabesic (May 30).
from page 13 the following day. The Flyers close the regular season at Yarmouth June 1. In Western A, McAuley lost, 13-10, at Windham, then beat visiting Noble, 18-3, last week to improve to 4-3 (11th in the Heals). In the loss, junior Sadie DiPierro scored twice. In the victory, senior Tori Tenenbaum led the way with five goals, while junior Clare McLaughlin and sophomore Sam Paglia both scored three times. The Lions hosted South Portland Tuesday, welcome Sanford Thursday, go to Biddeford Saturday and visit Westbrook Monday. They close the regular season next Thursday at home versus Bonny Eagle. Cheverus got two goals from freshman Elyse Caiazzo and nine saves from junior goalie Ali Saxton in the loss to Waynflete. Two days prior, at Scarborough, the Stags were within a goal of the defending Class A champion Red Storm late in the first half, but went down 8-3 at the break. They never got closer than five in the second half. Junior Sarah LaQuerre had three goals and an assist, while Caiazzo scored twice. That loss left Cheverus 1-7 on the season. The Stags (ninth in Eastern A) hosted Windham Monday, go to Kennebunk Thursday and Thornton Academy Monday before closing at home next Thursday against Gorham. Portland would be the last team out if the playoffs started now. The Bulldogs began the week 4-4 and seventh in Eastern A, but only six teams qualify. Last week, Portland lost at Bonny Eagle (18-14) and at home to Thornton Academy (10-8) before winning at Camden Hills (16-13). Junior Raechel Allen scored five times against both the Scots and Golden Trojans. In the win, Allen and junior Catherine Flaherty had four goals apiece.
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Waynflete senior Tucker Geoffroy looks for an open teammate during last week’s 9-3 home loss to Yarmouth.
After hosting Deering Monday and going to Westbrook Thursday, Portland finishes with games at South Portland (May 26) and Marshwood (May 31). Deering was 10th in Eastern A at the start of the week with a 2-5 mark. The Rams did get their first two wins last week, 16-4 at Biddeford (senior Zahra Abu had five goals and Maddie Burns added four) and 12-6 over visiting Westbrook (Abu scored six goals, senior Kayla Vachon had four and goalie Lilly Worthley made nine saves). Saturday, they dropped a tough 1413 decision (in four overtimes) at Gardiner in a crossover game (despite four goals each from Abu and Veronica Mitchell) “We are playing much better now,” said Deering coach Andrew Gordon. “Last Thursday, we probably played our best game in a couple of
Outdoor track is a little over a week away from the start of its postseason as the Southern Maine Activities Association and Western Maine Conference meets will be held May 28. The Cheverus’ girls hosted Gorham, Kennebunk and Massabesic last Tuesday and the Stags came in first. Caroline Summa won the high jump and the triple jump. Katie Shapiro took the shot put (with a new personal record of 36 feet, 1.5 inches) and the discus. Brooke
Baseball from page 12 Waynflete coach Steve Kautz. “We have focused on throwing strikes and catching the ball for a few years and that is what we have done well so far this year. Our walks allowed are way down and our fielding percentage is way up. Charlie has been our best player and one of the best players in the conference. He is 4-1 with a sub-three ERA, has 33 strikeouts in 29 innings, is hitting over .500. and his strong work ethic is leading the young players to be their best. “In the field, we are being led by three players. Alex has been a rock at third base and it’s the first time he’s played the position. He’s making all of the routine plays and he’s made a few gems. (Sophomore) Andrew Butler is an amazing first baseman. He scoops it as well as any kid I’ve seen in Class C and he’s starting to show some power at the plate. (Junior) Mitch Newlin has made several highlight reel catches in centerfield and he has a great arm. “(Freshman) Joey Schnier has had a great start to his varsity career. He’s played a steady shortstop. Two other seniors have provided ex-
Flaherty set a new personal record with a javelin throw of 79-5. Emily Durgin won the mile. Shannon Conley took the 800. The 1,600 relay team (Summa, Alli Thomas, Lizzie Gwilym and Durgin) also came in first. The Cheverus boys competed against the same schools at Gorham and placed second. Deering joined Noble and Westbrook at Bonny Eagle. The girls finished second and the boys were third. In the boys’ meet, Anthony Miller took the 200 and the 3,200 relay team placed first. McAuley and Portland joined Biddeford and Marshwood in a girls’ meet at Scarborough, where the Bulldogs were fourth and the Lions fifth. Results for the Portland boys’ meet at Marshwood weren’t available. Waynflete joined Freeport, St. Dom’s and Wells at Cape Elizabeth. Both Flyers teams came in fifth.
The Maine Principals’ Association Region 1 tennis singles tournament is underway. Saturday, at Deering High School, featured the girls’ qualifying for the singles championships,
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cellent defense and timely offense. Sam Murphy had a long home run at Traip and Noah Aronson is hitting .350, playing a solid second base and filling in at third or short when needed. Finally, our catcher (senior captain) Tom Ryan has anchored this team with his leadership on the field. He calls a great game and handles our young pitching like a pro.” The Flyers host Traip Friday and have a home doubleheader versus North Yarmouth Academy Saturday before visiting Old Orchard Beach Wednesday of next week. A visit to NYA on May 28 brings the curtain down on the regular season. “We’ve got a tough road ahead,” said Kautz. “Three games against NYA still await us, along with one each with the other teams in the conference. These are all tough teams with big offenses and established records of success. We have to continue to play our game, throw strikes, catch the ones we should catch and execute our offensive strategies. If we do those things, we know we can compete.” Freelance writer Tom Minervino contributed to this story Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@ theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.
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Recap from page 14 to be held later this month in Lewiston. Six local players move on. Cheverus’ Maria Cianchette (seeded 11th) downed Lindsey Robinson of Yarmouth (6-4, 6-4). Teammate Abby Harrison (No. 15) also advanced by virtue of a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Cape Elizabeth’s Catherine Macdonald. McAuley’s Addie Devine (ranked sixth) was a 6-1, 6-2 winner over Megan Boisclair of Biddeford. Teammates Nicole Connolly (the No. 9 seed and a 6-2, 6-4 winner over Gorham’s Sarah Moir) and Paige Hickey (ranked 10th and a 6-0, 6-1 winner over Windham’s Vanessa Plante) also moved on, as did Portland’s Molly Gallagher (No. 12, a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 victor over Biddeford’s Ashley McCauley) and Waynflete’s Kaitlyn Thompson (ranked eighth, a 6-1, 6-4 winner over Windham’s Shaina Metevier). In the first round, Deering’s Georgia Hutchins beat Michelle Pham of Gorham, 8-4, to reach the qualifying round, where she lost to secondranked Annie Criscione, of Falmouth, 0-6, 1-6. Teammate Jackie Huynh lost in the first round to Greely’s Alison Eaton, 5-8. Portland’s Annette Denekas (3-8, to Windham’s Keisha Williams) and Kayla Berg (3-8 to Macdonald) and Waynflete’s Phoebe Suva (1-8 to York’s Emily Campbell) and Emily White (3-8 to Cape Elizabeth’s Sara Cummings) also fell in the first round. The boys’ competition was held in South Portland. Top-ranked Patrick Ordway of Waynflete beat Greely’s Peter Bailinson by default in the first round, then defeated Alex Parent of Massabesic, 6-0, 6-0 in the qualifying round. Eric Ordway, seeded 16th, won his first match, 8-1. Cheverus’ David Woodbury was also a first round winner, 8-2, over Adam Cotton of Biddeford. Ordway then eliminated Woodbury in the qualifying round, 7-5, 6-2. Cheverus’ Will Lenk, seeded ninth, moved on by virtue of wins over Sanford’s William Wallace (8-1) and Windham’s
Tyler Nadeau (6-1, 6-0). Cheverus’ Connor O’Neil was an 8-1 winner over Massabesic’s Kyle Christensen in the first round, but was eliminated, 1-6, 1-6 by second-ranked Matt Gilman of Cape Elizabeth. Waynflete’s Benjamin Shapiro eliminated South Portland’s Eric Berry-Sandilen, 8-2, then lost to Kennebunk’s Charlie Merry, 4-6, 2-6. Deering’s Dejan Varajic lost his first match, 0-8, to Cape Elizabeth’s Ross Sherman. Portland’s Isaac Jaegerman did the same, 0-8, to Jackson Towle of Marshwood. Portland’s Wil Chapman won his preliminary round match, 9-7, over Casey Brown of Marshwood, then lost to Ryan Lusty of York, 8-0. Portland’s Malcolm Henry was an 8-1 preliminary round loser to Thornton Academy’s Tyler Gaylord. Local teams are also sitting pretty. The Cheverus girls started the week first in Western Class A with a 7-0 record after downing visiting Portland, 4-1, last Wednesday. Portland is third at 6-2 after 4-1 losses at defending regional champion Gorham and Cheverus. McAuley sits in fourth at 6-1 after key wins over Scarborough (3-2) and Deering (4-1) last week. Deering is clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot at 4-3 after beating visiting Sanford, 4-1, Friday. In Western C, Waynflete began the week ninth in the standings at 4-3 after a 4-1 home victory over York Friday. On the boys’ side, in Western A, Cheverus is up to second in the Heals with a 7-1 win after downing Sanford (5-0), Portland (3-2) and Marshwood (3-2) last week to extend its win streak to seven. Deering started the week 5-2 and fourth after a 3-2 win at Sanford Friday. Portland was 1-7 at 12th at the onset of the week after dropping its seventh straight decision, 5-0, at Kennebunk Friday. In Western C, three-time defending state champion Waynflete lost 4-1 matches at Falmouth and York last week to drop to 4-3 (good for fifth in the Heals).
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Waynflete freshman Rowan Price takes part in the 800 at last week’s track meet in Cape Elizabeth. She finished third in the race.
Roundup Portland rugby team ties for 3rd in championships The Portland “Power Pigs” boys’ rugby team tied for third at the recent New Hampshire/Maine championships, held Saturday in New London, N.H. In the first match, thirdranked Portland lost to eventual champion Seacoast, 22-10. Flanker and captain Jack McDonald (Cape Elizabeth) had both of the Power Pigs’ tries. In the consolation game, flyhalf Parker Doyon (Cheverus) kicked a penalty with two minutes remaining to help Portland salvage a 22-22 tie with Amoskeag. McDonald had two tries while outside center Max McDonald (Windham) scored
the game’s first try. Doyon also added two conversion kicks. Portland ends its season with a record of 2-2-1. Any high school boy interested in playing rugby next season should visit, powerpigrugby.org/new_website/.
SMCC baseball ousted at national tournament
The Southern Maine Community College baseball team was eliminated from the USCAA national baseball tournament at the Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach. Saturday, the Seawolves fell, 9-0, to Rochester College. Sunday brought a 10-0 loss to Spalding University.
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Fitness awards presented by governor’s council AUGUSTA — The Maine Governor’s Council on Physical Activity recently named the winners of its 13th Annual Maine Fitness Awards. Awards were presented during a celebration at the State House Hall of Flags. Local winners include Scarborough Youth Sports Forum of Scarborough, Youth Community Category; Morning Exercise at Mt. Ararat High School of Topsham, Special Populations Category; Seacoast Management of Topsham, Adult Category; Jon Cahill, founder and director, Gym Dandies of Scarborough, Lifetime Achievement
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New Ventures Sandy Bonney and Arthur Gary have launched a new Portland-area business, Laser Focus Coaching, an integrated coaching and mentoring program that helps businesses and individuals reach their business goals. Pre-screened participants complete a six-month coaching program that focuses on increasing profits, coupled with oneto-one mentoring. To reach Laser Focus Coaching, contact Sandy Bonney at info@ laserfocuscoaching.com or call 318-9940. Kelly Smith Barham of Freeport has opened an in-home business, Bound for Glory Textiles. Barham, a recent graduate of New Ventures, an entrepreneurial training program, creates handwoven cloth-
ing and accessories using all natural fibers, natural dyes and local and/or and organic products when possible. Her work can be seen at 9 Hands Gallery on Congress Street in Portland, the Center for Chase Maine Craft in Gardiner, and online at boundforglorytextiles.com. Insight and Clarity, a consulting and coaching firm in Portland owned by Arthur Fink, has introduced a new User Interface Review service to help technology developers create products that are more user-friendly. By observing the tools used in business where users encounter difficulties, Fink devises a strategy for a revision or re-design creating an improved user experience. Berenson Associates, Inc., owner/developers of Freeport Village Station in Freeport, have announced two new stores, CorningWare Corelle & More Store and Talbots Upscale Outlet, and have signed leases in the outlet center located on Freeport’s Main Street. Cambium Enterprises, an internet business offering subscription-based ELearning educational and personal development programs led by CEO Betsy Peters of Freeport, has opened at Lower Falls Landing in Yarmouth. Cambium programs connect experts with members via its ELearning platform featuring on-demand video, live workshops and interactive software. For more information, please visit cambiumenterprises.com. Savvy, Inc., a Portland area public relations firm, has been hired by The Coaliton to Protect New York to help organize opposition to high volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a controversial method of gas drilling. Cumberland resident John F. Chase, CEO of Chase Custom Homes and Finance, is now part of a newly formed team called The Chase Team at RE/MAX By The Bay. Chase has formed a five-member team of real estate agents and can be reached at 553-7320. Cellular Sales, a Verizon Wireless re-
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tailer, has recently opened a new store in Portland at 3 Somerset St. For more information, call the store at 541-9230. Fireside Inn & Suites, on 81 Riverside St. in Portland, is renovating the hotel and updating many features, including a newly installed elevator and in-room gas fireplaces. New amenities include a complimentary continental breakfast, free guest wine receptions Monday through Thursday and live entertainment every Friday night in the hotel at Zackery’s Restaurant & Lounge. The hotel will continue to offer guests use of the indoor and outdoor heated pools, fitness center with sauna and Jacuzzi, free airport shuttle, free Wi-Fi and business center.
New Hires, Promotions
Tilson Technology Management, an information technology project management company in Portland, has recently hired Jeremy Downs as a construction manager, Elizabeth Mackie as a job cost accountant, Steve Greve and Ana Freitas as consultants, and members of the wireless and telecommunications group; and has promoted Amy Hayes to program manager of Maine Fiber Company’s Three Ring Binder project. Maine Coast Heritage Trust has named Tim Glidden as its new president. Most recently Glidden served as director of the state’s Land For Maine’s Future Program. Portland Ovations has hired Charles Kibort as the director of marketing and audience development. KeyBank has recently promoted Robert Davis to wealth credit advisor for Key Private Bank and Susan Pope to senior business banker of KeyBank’s southern Maine business banking team. Kenneth P. Giaquinto of Portland has been hired as a
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Volunteers report for doo-ty
Volunteers recently cleaned up the Eastern Promenade park from end to end during the 19th annual April Stools Day. The event is coordinated by Friends of the Eastern Promenade in collaboration with Fetch Pet Supply. For more information, friendsofeasternpromenade.org.
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Jenn Vogel has joined Yarmouth-based Brett Davis Real Estate and will be working as a team with Ulla Zrioka. Vogel or Zrioka can be reached at 846-0085.
Friends School of Portland, located on Mackworth Island, has hired Oren Stevens as director of summer programs. Stevens teaches with the Telling Room in Portland and also coordinates for the Men’s Resource Center of Southern Maine.
Portland-based LearningWorks has hired Donna Mrowka as the new director of juvenile justice and Emily Gilkinson as the new director of literacy volunteers for greater Portland. Mrowka is a licensed clinical social worker with 30 years of ex-
perience in social services. Gilkinson has a background in elementary education with specialties in both English language learning and special education. Jan Nelson of Cape Elizabeth has joined Martin’s Point Health Care as a vice president of delivery system operations, specialties and ancillaries. Nelson is responsible for specialty program development and the launching of the new Specialty Center located in the old Veranda Health Center in Portland. Ryan J. Wrisley has joined Berry Dunn McNeil & Parker, CPAs and Management Consultants, in its Portland office as a senior consultant within the government consulting group. Modern Pest Services of Brunswick has hired Anthony Silva Jr., as its newest bed bug canine handler for businesses and homes in Northern New England.
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‘Gershwin Girls!’ on stage in Freeport
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Greater Portland Auditions, Calls for Art Musica de Filia auditions for girls and womens choir, 5:30–7:30 p.m. May 17-18 and May 24-25, Musica de Filia studio, 550 Forest Ave., Suite LL5, musicadefilia.com, Cyndy, 807-2158. USM School of Music Youth Ensemble Auditions, for Southern Maine Children’s Chorus, Portland Young People’s String Consort, Portland Youth Junior Orchestra, Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, May 25-27, FMI, usm.maine.edu/music, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Books, Authors Wednesday 5/18 “Two Maines,” readings by Crash Barry, author of“Sex, Drugs and Blueberries,”and John McDonald, author of “A Moose and a Lobster Walk into a Bar,” 7 p.m., $10, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, 347-3075, stlawrencearts.org.
Thursday 5/19 John Manderino, author of “The H-Bomb and the Jesus Rock,” 7 p.m. reading, free, Longfellow Books, One Monument Way, Portland, 772-4045.
Friday 5/20 Meg Wolff, author “A Life in Balance: Delicious, Plant-Based Recipes for Optimal Health,” 3rd Friday Brown Bag Local Author Series, noon-1 p.m., Meeting Room 5, Portland Main Library, Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700.
Sunday 5/22 The Maine Comics Arts Festival, 100+ comic writers, artists, publishers and cartoonists, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $5 admission, ages 12 and under free, Ocean Gateway, Thames St.,
Portland, FMI, mainecomicsfestival. com, Casablanca Comics, 780-1676.
Monday 5/23 Reader’s Circle Book Discussion, “Caspian Rain,” 7 p.m., Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-4763.
Wednesday 5/25 Andre Dubus, III, author of “Townie,”Author Brown Bag Lecture Series, noon, free, open to the public, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700.
Annual Student Art Show, Cheverus High School, on view 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. May 16-20, open to public, Loyola Hall, Cheverus Campus, 267 Ocean Ave., Portland, 774-6238.
Museums Friday 5/20 Membership Open House, 6-8, p.m., Museum of African Culture, 13 Brown St., Portland, 871-7188 or museumafricanculture.org.
Films Wednesday 5/18 “Encino Man,” Teens Through Time film series, 4:30 p.m., The Portland Public Library Rines Room, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700 ext. 773.
“Refashioned,” by Lauren Gillette, Anne Lemanski, and Angelika Werth, on view May 21-July 31, Portland Museum of Art, Seven Congress Square, Portland, 775-6148 ext. 3244 or portlandmuseum.org.
“Grease: The Movie,” 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., live music between showings, $6, all ages, State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, statetheatreportland.com.
Saturday 5/21 “Seven Shades of Green,” 7 p.m., discussion to follow with writer/ director, $7 suggested donation, Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland, 780-0118.
Wednesday 5/25 “8 Weeks in March...with AIRE,” documentary by Jim Sharkey, 7 p.m. reception, 8 p.m. screening, $25 donation to benefit AIRE: American Irish Repertory Ensemble, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, 799-5327, airetheater.com. “The City Dark,” documentary, presented by Camden International Film Festival, 7:30 p.m. screening, discussion with director to follow, Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, tickets, space538.org.
An Evening of Bluegrass and Banjo: Steve Martin with Steep Canyon Rangers, and Tony Trischka & Territory, 7:30 p.m., $45-$65, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets, PortTix.com, 842-0800, presented by Portland Ovations. Banjo Workshop with Tony Trischka, open to all levels, 3 p.m., $20-$25, 317 Main Street Community Music Center, Yarmouth, register, 846-9559. The Clash of the Titans: Grease versus Rocky Horror Picture Show, 10 p.m., $5, 18+, Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, portcitymusichall.com.
Thursday 5/19 Songwriter’s By The Sea, acoustic folk concert by Shannon Wurst and David Ferrard, 7:30 p.m., $10, Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, 45 Seashore Ave., Peaks Island, 766-3330, fifthmainemuseum.org.
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“Gershwin Girls!” a cabaret-style musical revue of songs by George and Ira Gershwin, is being performed at the newly opened Freeport Factory Stage at 5 Depot St. in Freeport. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through May 29. Tickets are $18 / adult and $15 / student or senior and can be purcheased through Brown Paper Tickets. For more information, freeportfactory.org or 865-5505.
Friday 5/20 An Evening with Dar Williams, singer-songwriter, 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $35, One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, 761-1757, onelongfellowsquare. com.761-1757, onelongfellowsquare.com. OLAS, Flamenco and Andalusianinspired music, dance, and palmas, 8 p.m., $10, Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, 615-3609, mayostreetarts.org. Bell Ringers of The Pine Tree Academy, 7 p.m., St. Paul’s Church, 279 Congress St., Portland, Doris Krueger 865-3665. The Don Campbell Band, 6:30 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, $25-$15, The Landing at Pine Point, 353 Pine Point Road, Scarborough, tickets, thelandingatpinepoint.com.
Saturday 5/21 David Crosby and Graham Nash, 8 p.m., $61-$36, State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, tickets, statetheatreportland.com, Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office, 800-745-3000.
Sunday 5/22 Ever Grateful Spring, presented by The St. Mary Schola, 4 p.m., $20, Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, advance tickets, stmaryschola.org, 781-5285.
”Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” musical by John Cameron Mitchell, 8 p.m. May 14-15, and May 19-21, $20 general/ $18 students and members, Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, space538.org. ”Shameless! The Musical,” presented by Mad Horse Theatre, 7:30 p.m., May 16-18, by donation, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, lucidstage.com, 899-3993. ”Side Show,” presented by Portland Players, May 13-29, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, $15-20, The Portland Players, 420 Cottage Road, South Portland, portlandplayers.org. ”Spring Awakening,” presented by Mad Horse Theater, ThursdaysSundays May 5-22, $18/$20, by donation on Thursdays, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, 899-3993, madhorse.com.
Sunday 5/22 “The Thinking Heart:” The Life & Loves of Etty Hillesum, History in Poetry & Music, 3 p.m., $5-$15 suggested donation, Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Ave., Portland, 926-5983.
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Portland Rossini Club, final concert of the season, 3 p.m., $10 adult/ $5 for seniors, students free, Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland, FMI 797-8318.
Ernie Weiss, Holocaust survivor and author of “Out of Vienna: Eight Years of Flight from the Nazis,” 4-5 p.m., open to the public,Thornton Oaks, 25 Thornton Way, Brunswick, 729-8033.
Chris James, acoustic rock, CD release performance from “Fire To Light,” 6-9 p.m., $5 cover, includes free CD, The Big Easy, 55 Market St., Portland, bigeasyportland.com. Inanna, Sisters in Rhythm, with Dabadi Thaayrohyadi, music, ceremony, teachings from the Council of Otomi Elders and Wisdom Keepers, 7 p.m., $10-$15 suggested donation, First Universalist Church, 97 Main St., Yarmouth, tickets, inanna.ws, 332-5892.
Theater & Dance ”Gershwin Girls!” Cabaret-style musical revue of songs by George and Ira Gershwin, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, May 12-29, $18 adult/ $15 student or senior, The Freeport Factory Stage, 5 Depot St., Freeport, tickets at Brown Paper Tickets, freeportfactory.org, 865-5505.
Friday 5/20 3rd Friday Bath Art Walk & Drive, 5-8 p.m., brochures at Bath City Hall Group Show, 55 Front St., participating businesses, presented by Five Rivers Arts Alliance, fiveriversartsalliance.org, 798-6964. “Petals and Pearls,” new work by jewelry designer Judith Barker, 5-8 p.m. reception, exhibit through May 31, Markings Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath, 443-1499. “Up, Up and Away” art exhibit by ArtVan youth artists, public reception 5-8 p.m., on display through May 31, Just Framing, 149 Front St., Bath, 650-1608.
Music Friday 5/20 Bread and Bones, 7 p.m. open
mic, concert to follow, $5-$6, Side Door Coffee House at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 15 Pleasant St., Brunswick.
Ray Cornils,Portland’s Municipal Organist, 7:30 p.m. concert, free, open to public, Bowdoin Chapel, 798-4141.
Martin Swinger and Josephine Cameron, 2-4:30 p.m. concert, free, open to public, Crooker Auditorium, Brunswick High School, presented by Arts Are Elementary, artsareelementary.org.
Pete Kilpatrick, Marie Moreshead, and Sara Hallie Richardson, 7 p.m., $10 advance/ $12 door, Frontier Cafe, Fort Andross Mill 3, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, explorefrontier. com, 725-5222.
Al Gardner CD release party, 3:30–4:30 p.m., with music by Shavarsh Kef Band, Long Reach Hall, Maine Maritime Museum, Washington St., Bath, FMI, 443-5014.
Midcoast Symphony Concert, 2:30 p.m., $15 adult/ free for ages 18 and younger, Orion Performing Arts Center, Mount Ararat Middle School,RepublicAve.,Topsham,tickets, midcoastsyphony.org, 846-5378.
Susan Savell, singer/songwriter, with accompanist Flash Allen, 4-6 p.m. concert, $15 suggested donation, benefit for the Connecting Neighbors Capital Challenge of Bath UCC, Neighborhood Faith Community at Bath UCC, 150 Congress St., Bath, Marcia August, 443-5274, faithinbath.org.
“Voices from the Civil War,” recitations and songs performed by Una Connors, 1:30 p.m., free and open to the public, Pejepscot Historical Society, 159 Park Row, Brunswick, 729-6606.
The Who’s “Tommy” in Concert, presented by Studio Theatre of Bath, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 20-21, $15 adults/ $13 students and seniors, Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath, tickets, 442-8455, chocolatechurcharts.org.
Bowdoinham Contradance Series, 7:30 p.m. beginners workshop, 8-11 p.m. dance, $9, Bowdoinham Town Hall, 3 School St., Bowdoinham, 666-3090.
May 18, 2011
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By Scott Andrews Musical theater takes center stage this week, as two excellent productions opened last week and continue for a couple more weekends. Tops is “Side Show,” a Broadway musical that closes Portland Players’ 80th season, in South Portland. There’s a new theater company in Freeport. “Gershwin Girls, an original musical revue based on the songs of George and Ira Gershwin, is the debut offering of Freeport Factory Stage. Plus there are two excellent musical choices. The Midcoast Symphony Orchestra closes its season with a pair of performances: Saturday in Lewiston and Sunday in Topsham. Freeport pianist Laura Kargul will be the featured soloist. St. Mary Schola, a southern Maine ensemble that specializes in Renaissance music, has a concert in Falmouth on Sunday.
pianist will be Laura Kargul of Freeport, a University of Southern Maine School of Music professor who’s stepping in to perform this incredibly virtuosic part due to the illness of the previously announced soloist. I’ve heard Kargul many times and especially appreciate her devotion to the Romantic period – and this Chopin concerto is a brilliant exemplar of that style. The final work of the season will be Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, another celebrated landmark of musical history and a showpiece of the orchestral art form. Two performances are slated: Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Franco-American Heritage Center at St. Mary’s in Lewiston and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Orion Performing Arts Center at Mt. Ararat Middle School in Topsham. Call 846-5378.
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‘Side Show’ “Who will love me as I am?” That impassioned question underscores the central theme of “Side Show,” one of the most remarkable Broadway shows ever written. The 1997 musical, with book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger, deals with an assortment of characters from a circus side show that travels around America exhibiting a collection of freaks. The plot is a fictionalized account of two very real people. Daisy and Violet Hilton (1908-1969) were conjoined (Siamese) twins who learned to sing and dance and eventually graduated from the freak show to become highly respected and very highly paid vaudeville performers who thrived in the 1930s. The two Hilton sisters and the three men who loved them – or professed to love them – provide tremendous dramatic horsepower that’s exquisitely harnessed by the Russell-Krieger book and score. Portland Players has mounted a superb community production under the direction of Brian P. Allen (of Good Theater fame) that stars two of southern Maine’s top musical actresses: Jen Means and Marie Dittmer. Both possess fine voices and commanding stage presences. I also liked the three men who complete this interesting romantic quintet: Mark Dils as a vaudeville promoter, John Robinson as an aspiring vaudeville performer and Nate Williams as the freak show’s “cannibal man.” Despite its intense focus on a pair of remarkable ladies who faced extraordinary challenges, “Side Show” is really about every human being’s need for love, respect and acceptance. “Side Show” is an extraordinarily moving theatrical experience, and Portland Players’ current community production does full justice to the sweeping concept of its creators.
Pre-classical musical, especially of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, is a personal passion of mine, but Maine doesn’t have too many artists who specialize in this area. (Compare that to greater Boston, where there are dozens of ensembles and a choice of multiple concerts every week of the year.) St. Mary Schola is a Maine early music group of 15, singing five vocal parts and playing five instruments. The Schola is led by tenor Bruce Fithian an early music scholar and professor at the University of Southern Maine School of Music. This Sunday’s concert is titled “Ever Grateful Spring” and features works by two men, Italian composer Orazio Vecchi and Englishman Henry Purcell. The former’s piece is a setting of a Commedia dell’Arte play, performed in madrigal style on the first half of the program. After intermission the Schola will perform a trio of substantial excerpts from Purcell’s opera, “The Fairy Queen.” One 4 p.m. Sunday performance is scheduled at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 43 Foreside Road in Falmouth.
St. Mary Schola, an ensemble that specializes in music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, will perform on Sunday in Falmouth. Three members of the group are countertenor Michael Albert, left, soprano Christine Letcher and lutenist Timothy Burris.
Portland Players, 420 Cottage Road in South Portland, presents “Side Show” through May 29 with 8 p.m. performances Fridays and Saturdays plus 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Call 797-7337.
‘Gershwin Girls’ A new professional theater company launched last weekend in Freeport with an inaugural offering of an original musical collage that’s constructed around songs by George and Ira Gershwin, brothers who achieved outstanding success on Broadway in the 1920s and 1930s. The company moniker, Freeport Factory Stage, recalls the town’s shoe-making heritage as well as the present-day retail shopping mecca. The inaugural show is titled “Gershwin Girls,” and features five women accompanied by three instrumentalists who perform two dozen songs, mostly drawn from the brothers’ Broadway musicals plus “Porgy and Bess,” America’s most celebrated opera. Interpolated among the songs is a narrative about the Gershwins, who were born of Russian Jewish immigrant parents in the 1890s. The script was written by Jon Wojciechowski especially for this production. Of the five women, I particularly liked Caitlin Kelty Huber and Devin Dukes. The former’s rendition of “Funny Face” and
“Embraceable You” were high points of the show. Ditto Dukes’ passionate performance of “Someone To Watch Over Me.” The space, a reconfiguration of the former Venue music room, seats fewer than 100 on risers arranged in a U-shaped pattern around a small stage. My biggest issue with “Gershwin Girls” was the random and erratic lighting, which needs to be totally reworked. Freeport Factory Stage is on Depot Street just below the parking garage. Performances of “Gershwin Girls” run through May 29 at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Call 865-5505.
Midcoast Symphony Orchestra The Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, a community ensemble that draws its members from Casco Bay to Penobscot Bay, is wrapping up its 2010-2011 season with an exciting program that promises much for classical music aficionados. Maestro Rohan Smith’s program opens with the Maine premiere of “Javelin,” a celebratory work with much prominence given to the horn section. It was written by Michael Torke for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in connection with the opening of the Olympic Games in that city in 1996. The centerpiece is Frederic Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1, one of the celebrated showcases of its musical genre. Guest
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Greater Portland Benefits
Thursday 5/19 Kids First Gala Auction, with music by The Tony Boffa Band, food, open bar, silent, live auctions, to benefit Kids First Center, 6-10 p.m., $75, The Woodlands Club, Falmouth, register, kidsfirstcenter. org/annualgala.php. Stiletto Challenge, Women’s race, Men’s race, Team Challenge race, must wear 3-inch stiletto heels, to benefit Lift Up Foundation, Susan G. Komen, and Fight PLGA, 5 p.m., $30 person/ $75 team of 4, DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant, Commercial St., Portland, register, portsportsmaine.com.
Friday 5/20 An Evening of Storytelling for children and families, with storyteller Regina Carpenter, to benefit the Center for Grieving Children, 6-7:30 p.m., $10 suggested donation per family, Center for Grieving Children, 555 Forest Ave., Portland, 775-5216, cgcmaine.org. Build A Better Bird House, exhibit of birdhouses, 5:30 p.m. opening reception and silent auction of birdhouses, exhibit through June 25, Merrill Memorial Library, Main Street, Yarmouth. Grand Plants Auction Scholarship Fundraiser, hosted by Freeport Woman’s Club, 12:45 p.m., Winslow Park, Freeport, FMI, 865-0757. “Spring for 317!” benefit concert for 317 Main Street Community Music Center Scholarship Fund, with 15+ musicians and bands playing bluegrass, Celtic, folk, country, and more, 7-9 p.m., $20, all ages, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, advance tickets at BrownPaperTickets.com.
Saturday 5/21 Pancake Breakfast and Plant Sale, to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 8–10:30 a.m. pancake breakfast, $5 adults/ $3.50 children; 8 a.m.–4 p.m. annuals and herbs sale, Bay Square at Yarmouth, 27 Forest Falls Dr., Yarmouth, 846-0044. ”Cookies For Nancy,” cookie walk to benefit Nancy King Memorial Scholarship Fund, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., $5 donation, Shaws, U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, FMI or to donate cookies, Gail Mason, 781-3354,
Wed. 5/18 4 p.m. Island Advisory Comm. Casco Bay Ferry Terminal Wed. 5/18 4 p.m. Public Art Committee CH Wed. 5/18 5 p.m. Historic Preservation CH Thu. 5/19 6:30 p.m. Zoning Board of Appeals CH Tue. 5/24 3:30 p.m. Planning Board Workshop CH Tue. 5/24 5:30 p.m. Appointments/Non-Union Personnel CH Tue. 5/24 7 p.m. Planning Board Public Hearing CH
firstname.lastname@example.org. Fundraiser for 2011 Tri for a Cure registrant Tiffany Crawford, prize give-away to raise funds, Maine Cancer Foundation, 5:30-8:30 p.m., $2 per ticket, The Wine Bar, 36 Wharf St., Portland, FMI, mainetriforacure.org. Indoor Yard and Bake Sale fundraiser, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuttle Road U.M. Church, 52 Tuttle Road, Cumberland. “Will Juggle For Water!” A Benefit for Engineers Without Borders, “TWO: High Energy Juggling,” by Matthew and Jason Tardy to bring potable water to the Dogobom community in Ghana, Africa, 7:30 p.m. show, doors open at 6:45 p.m., $15, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Congress St., Portland, stlawrencearts.org.
Sunday 5/22 Perennial Sale, to benefit Yarmouth 5th grade Destination Imagination Team, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Yarmouth Town Green, 200 Main St., Yarmouth, in front of Yarmouth Municipal Building, to donate perennials and gardening accessories, email@example.com. Restaurant Dinner Series to benefit Share Our Strength, with cocktail reception, multi-course dinner by Rob Evans and Sam Hayward, with wine, auction, 5:30 p.m., $250, Hugo’s, 88 Middle St., Portland, tickets, Arlin Smith, 774-8538.
Monday 5/23 “Pots for a Cause - Made for Japan” fine pottery by Susan Horowitz to benefit Japanese earthquake relief efforts, May 23June 12, Maine Potters Market, 376 Fore St., Portland, 774-1633.
Saturday 5/28 Lucid Stage Flea Market fundraiser, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with live music, food, raffles and more, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, 899-3993. Spring Fair and Market fund-
raiser, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., plants, crafts, more, Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Road, Falmouth, 781-2584.
$10 non-members, Bull Feeney’s, 375 Fore St., Portland, register, PropelPortland.org.
Gardens & Outdoors
Scarborough Land Conservation Trust Annual Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., free and open to the public, Scarborough Town Hall, 259 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, scarboroughlandtrust.org.
Foreside Garden Club, plant and bake sale, 9-11 a.m., Falmouth Shopping Center, U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, Mimi Hinkel, 829-3578.
The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village Opening Weekend, 10 a.m. opening, with tours, exhibit “Creating Chosen Land: Our Home 1783-2010,” nature hikes, U.S. Route 26, New Gloucester, shaker. lib.me.us, 926-4597.
Saturday 5/28 20th Birthday Party, Friends of Evergreen, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., free, open to public, herb walk, new visitor’s sign unveiling, cake, music, Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave., Portland, Lisa Evans, 409-6293 or friendsofevergreen.org.
Small Business Week Celebration, May 16-20, daily events, Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, Scarborough, complete listings at library.scarborough.me.us.
Call for Volunteers
Freeport Factory Stage seeks volunteer ushers for shows, 865-5505, freeportfactory.com.
“Business After 5,” 5-7 p.m., free for Chamber members/ $15 nonmembers, sponsored by Atlantic Regional Federal Credit Union, 327 Main St., Cumberland, to register, 772-2811, portlandregion.com.
Thursday 5/19 Back Cove Neighborhood Association, Annual Meeting, 7 p.m., open to anyone who lives or works in the Back Cove area, or has a child attending Ocean Avenue School, Ocean Avenue School, 150 Ocean Ave., Portland, FMI, John Spritz, 773-0872. Public Forum with Deaf Community, hosted by Portland Police Department, to meet with members of deaf community, 6 p.m., Deering Masonic Lodge, 102 Bishop St., Portland, 874-8927.
Saturday 5/21 Maine Marble Show, antique, art glass marbles, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $3 adults, ages 12 and under free, Governor’s Resturant, 700 Main St., South Portland, Gary Stetson, 657-4165. WestFest Community Celebration, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., kids activities, silent auction, more, free, Reiche Community Center, 166 Brackett St., Portland, rain or shine, Rosanne Graef, 879-6024 WENAMaine.org.
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ITNPortland volunteer drivers needed to transport seniors and visually impaired adults, commit to one or more hours per month when available, 854-0505.
Eureka Plant Sale, 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m., Durham Eureka Community Center, U.S. Route 136 and Route 9, Eureka Corner, Durham, 353-4030.
Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-noon, Peoples United Methodist Church, 310 Broadway, South Portland. Saint Mary’s Garden Club, plant sale, 9-11 a.m., St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth,Wilma Sawyer, 781-4889. Southern Maine Daylily and Hosta Society, plant sale, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Southern Maine Community College Horticulture Building, Slocum Drive, South Portland. South Portland Land Trust, plant and bake sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; open at 8 a.m. for SPLT members, American Legion Hall, 413 Broadway, South Portland, to donate, Helen Slocum, 799-3574 or hfslocum@ maine.rr.com.
Tuesday 5/24 “Planning and Planting A Memorial Garden,” 5:30 p.m., free, registration required, Beacon Hospice, 54 Atlantic Place, South Portland, call Heather, 772-0929.
Saturday 5/28 Public Bean Supper, 5-6:30 p.m. $7 adult/ $3 child, First Parish Congregational Church, 116 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-3773. Public Bean Supper, 5-6 p.m., $7 adults/ $3 children 6-12, West Falmouth Baptist Church, 18 Mountain Road, 797-4066.
Portland Public Schools’ Amnesty Day, learn about options for getting high school degree, for Portland residents who have not completed high school, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., door prizes include tickets to Taylor Swift, Wiz Khalifa concerts, King Middle School, Portland, Beth Arsenault, 874-8250.
Monday 5/23 North Yarmouth Historical Society Meeting, “Moses Greenleaf, Mapmaker,”7 p.m. talk; 6:30 p.m. ice cream social, free and open to the public, presentation by Holly Hurd, NYHS Old Town House, U.S. Route 9, North Yarmouth, 595-2997.
Real Estate Spring Conference: “Commercial Real Estate 2030: Mega Trends, Mega Impacts” hosted by Maine Real Estate & Development Association, MEREDA, 12:45-6 p.m., USM’s Abromson Center, Portland, register, mereda.org.
“Armchair Traveler Series,” virtual tour of Mali, West Africa and Kabaale, Uganda, led by Amy Faulkingham, 6:30 p.m. free and open to the public, Scarborough Public Library, Gorham Road, Scarborough, 883-4723, library. scarborough.me.us.
Roast Beef Dinner, 4:30-6 p.m., $8 adults/ $6 students/ $4 ages 12 and under, Stevens Avenue Congregational Church UCC, 790 Stevens Ave., Portland, 797-4573.
Family Finances, 10 a.m.-noon, $50 per adult/ $75 couple, hosted by The Institute for Financial Literacy, 260 Western Ave., South Portland, registration required, 221-3601.
Big Plant Sale and Book Sale, 9-12 a.m. Riverton School, 1600 Forest Ave., Portland, hosted by Riverton PTO, 874-8210.
Bean Supper, 5-6 p.m., $7 person/ $16 family, Peoples United Methodist Church, 310 Broadway, South Portland.
Maine Audubon’s Scarborough Marsh Center needs volunteers to lead nature explorations for all ages, no experience needed, May 12 and May 17 trainings in marsh ecology and group management at Route 9 center in Scarborough, Linda Woodard, 883-5100.
“The Great Transition:” Solutions for a prosperous and sustainable economic future, 5:30 p.m. talk by Stewart Wallis, free and open to the public, Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland, hosted by Hour Exchange Portland and the New Economics Foundation, HourExchangePortland.org.
Long-Term Care Insurance, Seminar and Luncheon, hosted by Seth Cheikin, financial adviser with Edward Jones, 12 p.m., free, Edward Jones, 251 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth Shopping Center, Falmouth, pre-register, Carole Vreeland, 781-5057.
Family Finances, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $50 per adult/$75 couple, hosted by The Institute for Financial Literacy, 260 Western Ave., South Portland, registration required, 221-3601.
Thursday 5/19 Cumberland Historical Society Meeting, 7 p.m., free, open to the public, the 1853 Schoolhouse, 4A Blanchard Road, Cumberland, Carolyn Small, 829-4423. ”Sustainability through Innovation:” A New Perspective, 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m., $40 members/ $60 non-members, Harraseeket Inn, Main St., Freeport, hosted by Maine
Health & Support Saturday 5/21 Creating the Life You Love, workshop with life coach Deb Bergeron and interior designer Lisa Clement, 10 a.m.-3 p.m, $99, True North Health Center, Suite 200, U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, register, oceanofpossibilities.com, 797-9007. Team Northrup Events, 10 a.m. presentation on “Women and Wealth”; 12:30 p.m. spa event on
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Community Calendar from previous page good skin care basics, presentations on women’s health and financial independence; both events are free, led by Team Northrup members, offices of Dr. Christiane Northrup, 12 Portland St., Yarmouth, register, Anne Olivo, 729-3526. Multicultural Exercise for Health and Love, health fair for racial and ethnic minorities, with screenings, food, entertainment, more, 12-6 p.m., free, Portland Exposition Building, 239 Park Ave., Portland.
Wednesday 5/25 “A Look Inside the World of Alzheimer’s,” presentation by Mal Allard, nurse and Alzheimer’s consultant, 5-7 p.m., free, open to public, Bay Square at Yarmouth, 27 Forest Falls Dr., register, 846-0044.
Just for Seniors Thursday 5/19 AARP Driver Safety Class, for drivers age 50 and older, 9 a.m.1:30 p.m., $12 AARP members/ $14 nonmembers, Maine State Office, 1685 Congress St., Portland, register, Phil Chin, 846-0858, class size limited, register early.
Wednesday 5/25 National Senior Health & Fitness Day, celebration at OceanView
at Falmouth, senior exercise classes, wellness speakers, health screenings and more, OceanView at Falmouth, Blueberry Lane, Falmouth, free, must pre-register, Catherine Wilson, 781-4460.
Kids and Family Stuff Friday 5/20 “Sounds All Around” Percussion KinderKonzerts, presented by PSO, 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., East End Community School, North St., Portland; and 1 p.m. Reiche Community School, Brackett St., Portland, $4 per person, tickets, portlandsymphony.org, 773-6128. Suzanne Hersey, author of children’s book “My Maine,” 1 p.m. reading, free, open to public, Island Hall, Chebeague Island, kids welcome to bring something “Maine” for “show and tell,” Deborah Bowman, 846-4351.
Saturday 5/21 ”Fabulously Fun Fancy Nancy Special Event,” with “Fancy Nancy” books, activities, 2-3 p.m., South Portland Main Library, space is limited, must pre-register, call 767-7660 or 775-1835, FMI, SouthPortlandLibrary.com. Kindergarten Open House and “Five Senses Tour of Mackworth Island,” 10 a.m., Friends School
of Portland, 1 Mackworth Island, Falmouth, 781-6321, friendsschoolofportland.org. Open House, Morrison Preschool and Child Care Center, for prospective children and parents, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Morrison Center, 60 Chamberlain Road, Scarborough, 883-6680, morrisoncenter-maine. org/Preschool.htm.
Sunday 5/22 ”Fabulously Fun Fancy Nancy Special Event,” with “Fancy Nancy” books, activities, 2-3 p.m., South Portland Branch Library, space is limited, must pre-register, call 767-7660 or 775-1835, FMI, SouthPortlandLibrary.com.
Tuesday 5/24 Children’s Music Program with Sammie Haynes, 10 a.m., free, open to the public, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., Freeport, 865-3307, freeportlibrary.com.
Mid Coast Benefits Thursday 5/19 Spaghetti Supper and silent auction to benefit the Welliver family, 5-8 p.m., by donation, Bath Middle School.
Saturday 5/21 Plant Sale, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., pro-
ceeds benefit the animals at the Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, 725-5051, coastalhumanesociety.org. Charitable Community Yard Sale and Drive-In Car Show, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., vendor table $15, or 2/$25, Region Ten Technical High School, 68 Church Road, Brunswick, Susan Taylor, 729-6622. Plant Sale, Friends of the Bowdoinham Public Library, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Town Hall, School St., Bowdoinham, Jill Hooper, 666-3745.
Sunday 5/22 Plant Sale, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., proceeds benefit the animals at the Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, 725-5051, coastalhumanesociety.org.
Call for Volunteers Wednesday 5/25 Math and Computer tutor training by Literacy Volunteers, 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., free, Community Room, Patten Free Library, Bath, FMI, Tri-County Literacy, 443-6384, tricountyliteracy.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dining Out Saturday 5/21 Pulled Pork Supper, 4:30-6:30 p.m., $7.50/$3.50 under age 12,
proceeds support Bath Food Pantry and Camp Metchuwana Children Scholarships, United Methodist Church, 340 Oak Grove Ave., Bath, FMI/take-out, 443-4707.
Saturday 5/28 Baked Bean and Casserole supper, 4:30-6:30 p.m., adults $7, children $3.50, The Bath Area Senior Center, 45 Floral St., Bath, 443-4937.
Gardens and Outdoors Merrymeeting Audubon Field Trips: May 18, Florida Lake; May 19 Crystal Spring Farm; May 21, Morse Mountain and Seawall Beach; May 22, Green Point Farm WMA; May 25, Evergreen Cemetery; May 28, Thorne Head; for information and meeting places, visit maineaudubon.org/merrymeeting.
Wednesday 5/18 From The Ground Up, Brett Thompson, first of 6 gardening series for beginner gardeners, 6:45 p.m., free, open to the public, sign up for series or individual classes, Patten Free Library Community Room, Bath, 443-5141 ext. 12.
Saturday 5/21 Nature Walk and book signing by Tony Oppersdorff and Kyrill
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Wednesday 5/25 Landscaping: Garden Design, Wallace Pinfold, 2nd in gardening series for beginner gardeners, 6:45 p.m., free, open to the public, sign up for series or individual classes, Patten Free Library Community Room, Bath, 443-5141 ext. 12.
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Getting Smarter Wednesday 5/18 ”Financial Wellness” talk by Katy Longley, Money Works for Women lecture series, 5:30 p.m., followed by first meeting of the Women’s Investment Club, public invited, Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 725-5242 ext. 216, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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on Spring Street that charges tuition between $19,000 and $24,000 a year for grades one through 12, is the first school in the state to receive the award. The endowment will provide financial aid awards for gifted and talented students in grades seven and up. Segar said in an email Monday that students applying for the 2012-2013 school year will be eligible for the money. Recipients will be chosen according to academic strength and family financial need, he said. Segar said the school plans to award 5 percent, or about $2,500, of the endowment a year. That will be in addition to Waynflete’s existing scholarship program, which awards $2 million a year, he said. Founded in 1898, Waynflete enrolls more than 550 students from early childhood through high school.
ternative,” Smith said. “Using the baseline of safety, that is built in as part of a much larger protocol.” Instead, Smith said the students can choose to go into a specialized sensory area in the classroom, where there are bouncy balls, soft bean-bags and other physically therapeutic options to help kids unwind. Thanks to these kinds of options, Teddy hasn’t had an intervention since January, Davis said.
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‘Mirroring’ school at home Maureen Booth, who is a guardian for 5-year-old Isaiah, another student in the therapeutic kindergarten class, said she was thrilled he has been able to be part of the program. “When he was in a mainstream program, we were his case managers,” Booth said. “We used our best judgment, but we weren’t always right on.” Booth said the teachers worked closely with Isaiah, who has behavioral issues,
to integrate socialization with academic work. And now Isaiah loves going to school, Booth said. “He says, ‘I love the feeling of coming home after school and I love everything in between,’” she said. Isaiah even likes school lunch now because one of his classmates eats school lunch, something Booth said he never would try before. “We’re mirroring what’s happening at school, because they have such great results,” Booth said “I’m just so grateful for the resources they put into this program.”
Primary path If the school budget is approved in June, the district will spend $180,000 next year for the salaries, space and materials for the program, which will continue next year. “The fact that they took this major step last year, which I’m sure was difficult considering the resources, says a lot about the administration,” Booth said. “But not taking these steps costs the system later, down the road.” In the meantime, Smith and her team
will soon begin transitioning into first grade, with many of the children from the original therapeutic kindergarten joining them in a new “therapeutic primary” program. Smith said having the full day instead of half-day, so kids can transition between the mainstream class and therapeutic class more fluidly, will help significantly. “They need as much peer modeling as possible,” she said. Crowell said that while rules and regulations on special education change often – including a proposed federal law banning some types of restraints, and a group, including Deb Davis, that is working on changing state rules on the use of restraints and seclusion – at the end of the day, “you’re working with little human beings.” “The bottom line is, a little being walks into the room, and that’s the focus,” Crowell said. Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter: @ emilyparkhurst.
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Harvesting your own fresh produce brings you closer to the source of your food, saves on grocery bills, and is a relaxing activity to pursue with your family.
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How to Get Started? If you’ve never gardened before, I recommend starting small. A few containers and pots on your deck, or a small raised bed in the yard, is a great way to see if you enjoy gardening. Herbs are especially well-suited to container gardening, as are lettuces, “patio” tomatoes, green peppers and eggplant. If you’re more ambitious you can establish a garden plot, where, with careful research, planning and attention to planting dates and plant varieties, you can grow a significant portion of your family’s produce. A medium-sized garden can even produce enough extra produce to freeze and store for enjoyment all winter long. It’s a real treat, in the middle of dreary February, to open your freezer and pull out tomatoes and basil for a pasta that tastes like July! For even more variety, consider planting some fruit trees and berry bushes in your yard. A chicken coop with a small flock
of beautiful hens will provide not only the freshest eggs you’ve ever tasted, but wonderful fertilizer for your garden. Keep in mind that a successful garden needs enough sun (at least 8 hours a day of direct sun) and rich, well-drained soil. Have your soil tested and adjust the pH and nutrients as needed. Make sure to add at least several inches (more if your soil is mostly clay or sand) of organic matter, like compost, so your plants will thrive. Planning where to situate your garden or chickens, which varieties to raise and how to care for them can be daunting. There are many excellent resources on line and at the library, or you can hire the services of a professional garden coach to help answer your questions. With a little effort, you’ll soon be reaping some truly delicious rewards! Stacey Collins lives and gardens in Cumberland and runs Backyard Harvest, a garden and chicken consulting business, at MaineBackyardHarvest.com.
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from page 1 works – could remain elusive. “It’s out of the box,” he said. “Because this is so new, there really isn’t a lot of data out there. There aren’t that many schools around the country that are doing this. And most of them started as teacher-led schools.” Bryan said Reiche would be one of the first – if not the first – in the country to make the transition from a traditional, principal-led school to a teacher-leader model. The exploratory committee has been studying the teacher-led model since former Principal Maria Gendron was reassigned last year from Reiche to the East End Community School. Superintendent James C. Morse Sr. said Gendron cultivated teacher-leaders during her tenure at Reiche. When discussing how to replace her, Morse said the teachers expressed interest in taking over leadership of the school.
Morse said the Reiche proposal would turn over leadership to two teacher-leaders, but Bryan said leadership may be shared by three teachers. According to school documents, the plan was endorsed by 82 percent of teachers, 57 percent of ed techs and 70 percent of support staff. Eighty-four percent of parents surveyed at a forum also supported the plan. Morse said the teacher-leaders would be elected annually by school staff. Leaders would be supported by four committees comprised of teachers. The committees will focus on internal communication and climate; external communications and enrichment; instructional leadership; and professional development. A leadership team will be formed by two teacher leaders, the committee chairs, a central office representative and a parent, according to the plan.
“I was intrigued by it,” Morse said of the idea. “This could be a way for Reiche to stand out as unique.”
Teacher-leaders will receive stipends, but Morse on Monday couldn’t say how much. However, he said the new model will not cost more than the amount budgeted for a full-time principal, which, according to School Department documents, is $100,000.
When Gendron took over at East End, three teacherleaders were replaced with an assistant principal. That decision was made, Morse said, because the teacherleaders were dependent on the principal, which will not be the case at Reiche.
Leaders will be released from their classroom teaching duties on a half-time basis to focus on the duties that would otherwise be performed by a principal. Morse predicted all teachers would end up with a larger work load.
The Reiche proposal was made after a group of teachers visited five teacher-led schools, including the Boston Teachers Union School and the Denver Math and Science Leadership Academy.
Bryan said some parents have expressed concern about maintaining continuity in classrooms where teachers become leaders. But he said that impact may not be known until it’s clear who will be chosen to lead the school and whether their positions will have to be filled.
Morse noted that teachers and parents approached the idea with “healthy skepticism,” but ultimately decided
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the number of calls and emails I’m receiving, the problems with smart meters are getting worse. But at least now each customer can do their homework and decide for themselves whether they want one of these controversial devices on their private home.”
The second option would include installation of the smart meter, but its ability to transmit wirelessly would be disabled. This option would still allow CMP to turn off the meters remotely and would cost customers $20 initially and $10.50 per month.
PUC staff presented an analysis April 21 that outlined two possible opt-out procedures. The first would allow customers to keep their old meters for an initial charge of $40, and a monthly charge of $12.
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Morse said that both he and the teacher-leaders will be held accountable for student performance and school operations. The school must be run according to department policies and initiatives, and teacher-leaders must report regularly to the Central Office.
Morse said the benefits of a teacher-led model could include grassroots solutions to improve student learning, and the ability of teacher-leaders to hit the ground running because of their experience in the school, rather than having to “earn their stripes.” “What we’re hoping for as a result from a teacher-led model is more enthusiasm for the direction of the building and support for all the initiatives,” he said.
Morse said the department intends to survey teachers and parents through the next school year to see if they still support the concept. Those surveys, along with test scores and other assessments, will determine whether the model is a success, he said. The School Board will periodically review the program, too. The state Department of Education Spokesman David Connerty-Marin said being a certified teacher leader would meet any state requirements for having a building administrator.
Bryan said the teacher-led model could be a great opportunity for Portland schools, even though it is not without its risks.
“I’ve come over these many months to believe the teachers in the school and the staff in the school can pull this off,” Bryan said. “And if they do, it could be such an amazing story.
“If it doesn’t work,” he added. “You just go back to the traditional model.” Randy Billings can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @randybillings.
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The requests will be considered by the Planning Board on May 24. Although the board will rule on the site plan extension, it will only make a recommendation about the contract zone to the City Council. Village at Oceangate said in a letter to the city that the project has been delayed because the collapse of financial markets in 2008. “During this period the banks had no appetite for ground up residential construction projects of this nature,” the company said. “We will continue to invest in Portland,” the company added. “However, the potential for significant additional investment ... relies on the extension of our permits and approvals.” But neighborhood residents are wary, even if it means killing the project. Allison Brown is president of the India Street Neighborhood Association, which formed last year partly in response to neglected commercial and residential properties between Munjoy Hill and the Old Port. Brown lives across the street from the project property, which is bordered by Hancock, Middle and Newbury streets. She said many residents, including herself, are planning to oppose the extensions. “The consensus on the (neighborhood association) board, though it is not 100 percent, is that we are going to be extremely critical of them getting an extension,” she said. Brown said the now-vacant lot has been used as a virtual dump – for everything from snow, to trash to furniture – and the chain-link fence around it has fallen into disrepair. Hugh Nazor, the association’s treasurer, said he filed a complaint with the city’s code enforcement office three weeks ago about the condition of the lot. Although the property has since been cleared, Nazor said he is not convinced it was in response to his complaint or others, but rather reflects the timing of the company’s request that the city extend its approvals. “Of course, (spring is) a good time of the year to do it,” he said. “So, perhaps I’m being too cynical.” Dansco said he understands the neighbors concerns about the condition of the property. “We have heard those concerns,” he said. “We are 100
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percent determined to make a positive impact on the neighborhood by doing a better job to keep this site clean.” Dansco said his company is committed to the project, noting it has maintained an office on Market Street with a model unit on display. Dansco noted that the project, with a first phase estimated to cost $30 million, also includes public infrastructure improvements, including a traffic study, India-Middle street traffic improvements and a $200,000 payment to the city to extend Hancock Street between Middle and Commercial streets. “We’re still excited,” he said. “A lot of projects have come and gone, but we have maintained our commitment to the project.” Dansco said the Bay House project continues to generate interest from five to 10 prospective buyers a week. And the company said in a letter it’s “starting to generate traction with regard to financing.” According to the Bay House website, the company plans to break ground this summer on the “new metropolitanstyle condominiums in a historic waterside neighborhood.” Prices range from $170,000 for a studio to $550,000 for a three-bedroom condo. Dansco said he feels as though the financial markets are beginning to thaw. “It is frustrating to have a project that has a lot of market demand and the financial markets have collapsed,” he said. “(But) we remain very bullish about Portland.” But Nazor and Brown are not as optimistic. They said they feel the project will never get under way. Both expressed concerns about the size of the project and said they would prefer a smaller development that better fits the fabric of the neighborhood. Brown said the neighborhood association will meet on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on the second floor of Micucci’s on Market Street. She hopes to energize residents to speak at the May 24 Planning Board meeting. “Personally, I feel they have been a bad neighbor,” Brown said. “They haven’t really done anything other than treat it like a dump.” Randy Billings can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @randybillings.
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