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News of The City of Portland

Environmentalists seek quicker fix for city’s $170M sewer problem

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By Randy Billings PORTLAND — Two environmental groups are pressing the city to complete projects sooner rather than later that will reduce the raw sewage being discharged into the city’s waterways. The City Council held a workshop Monday on a plan to address the discharges into Back Cove, the Fore River and Portland Harbor. A plan to address the remaining Combined Sewer Overflows must be submitted to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection by June 30. The council is expected to vote on a final abatement plan

‘It looks like it’s going to be a burden. The teachers here are amazing, but I feel that it’s an unfair burden on them.’ By Emily Parkhurst PORTLAND — Improv- ­— Julie Ziffer, Reiche parent ing communication was the overarching theme of a special Parent Teacher Organization meeting at Reiche School Monday night. Ironically, two e-mails went out with different start times for the meeting.

By Randy Billings PORTLAND — Developers planning to build a mixed-use project on Thompson’s Point are on track to receive a nearly $31.5 million tax break over the next 30 years. But some City Councilors raised concerns Monday, not about whether to give the company the break, but about their own commitment to investing in public transportation. The Thompson’s Point Development Co., led by two owners

Tatiana Busch, 5, and her sister Rachel, 3, have great seats for the parade.

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However, once discussion began, the 45 parents and teachers who attended spent several hours discussing the new teacher-led school and a time line for See page 24

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Thompson’s Point developers in line for $32M tax break

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Top, William Jordan, 4, of New Bedford, Mass. holds a Superman inflatible that he won at the Old Port Festival on Sunday. Despite damp, chilly weather, the 38th annual festival drew people from near and far to downtown Portland. The Q97.9 music stage, above, drew a large crowd at Middle and Temple Streets.

on June 20. Staff is recommending the city submit a plan that would take 25 years to implement. But the Conservation Law Foundation and the Friends of Casco Bay are pushing for a 15-year time line. The city agreed to a consent and enforcement agreement with Maine Board of Environmental Protection in 1991 to eliminate 33 of the city’s 39 CSOs, which discharge raw sewage during significant rain storms. The consent agreement re-

of the Maine Red Claws basketball team and a Lewiston-based real estate investor, are seeking the tax break to help offset the costs of building a 700-space parking garage and improving the Amtrak Downeaster crossing on the property. The City Council held a workshop and special meeting to discuss a tax increment financing agreement with the company. It conducted a first See page 32

Church rejects lease proposed by city schools Plans in doubt for West School, Riverton preschool By Emily Parkhurst PORTLAND — A plan to move the West School to the Woodfords Congregational Church Parish Hall at 202 Woodford St. has been scrapped. The congregation voted 7625 against the Portland School Department’s proposed 10-year lease. The school would have made use of Memorial Hall and classrooms for the district’s day treatment program for students

with behavioral and emotional issues. Approximately a quarter of the congregation’s 400 members turned out for last Sunday’s vote. “There were a variety of reasons,” Moderator Jeffrey Jordan said. “For some it’s a tough admission, for those who grew up in the congregation, to give up almost half the building.” As part of the proposal, the

School Department would have paid $90,000 for the first year’s rent, with a 3 percent increase each year for 10 years. Woodfords would have moved its parish operations into the chapel and spent an estimated $600,000 to renovate offices under the sanctuary. Currently, the West School shares space with Portland Adult See page 30

INSIDE Index Arts Calendar.................20 Classifieds......................26 Community Calendar......22 Meetings.........................22

Obituaries.......................10 Opinion.............................8 Out & About....................21 People & Business.........12

Police Beat..................... 11 Real Estate.....................31 School Notebook............19 Sports.............................13

Waynflete sweeps Class C tennis titles Page 13

Founder of Center for Preventing Hate turns the page in civil rights fight Page 2

Latin, Greek programs soar at PHS Page 4



June 15, 2011

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By Randy Billings PORTLAND — Stephen Wessler remembers sitting in the living room of his parent’s Cambridge, Mass., home as a young boy watching Walter Cronkite report on the civil rights movement. Later, in 1968, Wessler recalled Cronkite reporting on the assassination of civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They were events that put Wessler on a path to becoming a leading voice against discrimination, harassment and hate.

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ally winding down its operations, now that Wessler has decided to step down as executive director to tackle other pursuits. Wessler has been the center’s dominant voice and fundraiser, and its trustees decided last month that it would be too difficult to replace him. Wessler, a Harvard College and Boston University School of Law graduate, came to Maine about 20 years ago and worked in the state attorney general’s office from 1992 to 1999. He established a civil rights unit in the AG’s office, designed to enforce the Maine Civil Rights Act of 1989, which allows state prosecutors to seek restraining orders against people who threaten or commit violence out of bias. But before even starting his state job, hate landed at his front door. He said someone painted “F--- you, Jews” on the white picket fence surrounding his Litchfield home. “My oldest son came in looking kind of pale,” he said. “The impact of hate crimes is extraordinarily strong and leads to a real deep-seeded fear. ... Behind the message is a treat of violence.”

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But rather than cower and hope it was an isolated incident, Wessler called local news outlets, because he felt the “shame factor” from a public response and repudiation of the hate crime would be the best deterrent against future acts. It’s that organized community response to hate speech that has been the center’s hallmark. The group often organizes demonstrations and candlelight vigils to show support for hate crime victims and denounce perpetrators. During his work in the AG’s office, Wessler discovered that hate-based violence was the result of an escalation of hate speech. “It starts with the routine use of degrading language that goes interrupted,” he said. “What they’re getting from the silence is that everyone thinks it’s OK.” As an attorney, Wessler was frustrated with dealing with the aftermath of hate crimes, whether it was a cross-burning in Hallowell, an ex-boyfriend shooting into a second-floor apartment window in Brunswick where he thought his ex and a black


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Greater Portland among communities getting funds for land detox By Randy Billings PORTLAND — Local, state and federal officials on Friday gathered at the former Mirada Adams School on Munjoy Hill to announce nearly $3 million to assess, clean up and redevelop contaminated lands. The Greater Portland Council of Governments was awarded $400,000 in assessment funding and the Southern Maine Regional Planning Association received $500,000 for a revolving loan account. Caroline Paras, GPCOG community and business development specialist, said some of the new funding will likely be used to assess environmental hazards at Thompson’s Point, an industrial site that is expected to become a new arena, convention center and offices. It is the second time the state has been awarded the Environmental Protection Agency grant to clean up so-called Brownfields, a designation for properties where redevelopment may be impeded because of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants. Developers of the former Adams School at 48 Moody St. received part of $400,000 awarded two years ago to GPCOG. Prior to becoming a school in 1958, the site housed several different industrial uses, including a trolley repair facility, a lead paint company and a grenade factory. City Councilor Jill Duson, an affordable housing advocate, said the EPA grants are critical to make it feasible for people to clean up and redevelop former industrial sites. “Brownfields represent a costly and challenging hurdle to reclaiming blighted and neglected properties,” Duson said. Ethan Boxer-Macomber, Avesta Housing’s director of acquisitions and assets, said the agency received about $70,000 to conduct an environmental assessment of the former school. Boxer-Macomber said the funding is critical for planning asbestos abatement, which totalled $100,000, and other environmental issues associated with the former industrial site. “Mostly, what we’re dealing with here are urban fills,” he said of the $300,000

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in soil clean-up associated with redevelopment. In addition to the assessments, the program funded the removal of an underground storage tank and a pre-demolition survey, GPCOG said in a press release. The Adams School project is also receiving remediation grants from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, according to the release. Boxer-Macomber said Avesta has largely completed the removal of asbestos, including 17,000 square feet of tile. In the coming weeks, crews will begin deconstructing the building, a process expected to take three weeks. He said the project still needs final site approval by the city’s Planning Board in July. If approved, Boxer-Macomber said he hopes to break ground this fall on 19 affordable town houses, a public playground and a park on the 1.5 acre property. That would put the development on track to be completed by next summer, with units suitable for a family of four

expected to sell for about $250,000. Paras said the last round of funding was used to assess five other sites in addition to the Adams School. Two projects are currently being eyed for the round of funding announced on Friday: the Maine Rubber Factory in Westbrook and the proposed, $100 million development on Thompson’s Point. Paras said she had been contacted about another clean-up effort in South

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Latin, Greek programs soar at PHS

By Emily Parkhurst PORTLAND — For many of us, our knowledge of Latin is limited to “E pluribus unum,” “semper fidelis” and possibly “et tu, Brute?” But at Portland High School, Latin is cool. Or frigus, to be exact. “This is my least stressful class,” said freshman and first-year Latin student Annette Denekas. “It’s definitely a comfortable atmosphere in here.” Denekas takes Latin with Michelle Tucci, who has worked at the school for 15 years. She teaches Latin and Greek to some of the school’s hundreds of foreignlanguage scholars.

Latin teacher Michelle Tucci, center, plays a student-designed Latin trivia game with Portland High School freshmen Ben Allen, Annette Denekas and Justin Zukowski, and sophomore Megan Kelly. The Latin and Greek programs at the school are popular and growing.

“The classes are brain-based,” Tucci said. “It’s a theory of flow, like in sports, when you’re in the zone – except you’re in the Latin zone.” Tucci believes that students’ cognitive powers increase when they connect emotionally with their teachers. Her class is laid back. Her students call her “Mama Tucci.” While some may see that as coddling the students, Tucci gets results. This school year, 82 percent of the PHS students who took the Medusa Mythology Exam, a Latin test, earned national awards and 48 percent of students who took the National Latin Exam earned national Emily Parkhurst / The Forecaster

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Election clerks: Absentee ballots more problematic than same-day voter registration By Nat Herz BRUNSWICK — As a bill to eliminate same-day voter registration worked its way through Maine’s Legislature last week, proponents frequently cited the plight of the state’s municipal clerks. One of those proponents was Secretary of State Charles E. Summers Jr., who, in testimony before a legislative committee in May, argued that the clerks are overwhelmed with work in the days leading up to elections, and need some “breathing room.” “They do not have the flexibility or the resources to simply bring in more staff to handle the final days of an election, and they struggle to perform their regular municipal functions alongside this increasingly concentrated voter registration and

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absentee ballot process,” Summers said. But in a canvass of area clerks last week, not all agreed with Summers. Some said they welcomed passage of the measure, saying that same-day registration gave them headaches, and resulted in long lines at the polls. But others, like Brunswick’s Fran Smith, were opposed, since their offices, bolstered by extra workers, are capable of withstanding the onslaught. “It’s really not about me. It’s about my voters,” Smith said. “It’s my job to get people to vote.” According to Smith, in the 2008 presidential election, Brunswick officials registered nearly 800 new voters on Election


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Day and in the two business days prior – the period restricted by LD 1376. The measure would also prohibit people from requesting absentee ballots in that period. In Brunswick, Smith said, almost 400 residents did so in 2008. To accommodate all those voters, Smith said she hires extra staff, at a cost she estimated at $500 for the three-day window. “We’re very fortunate that we have a community that’s supportive, and a council that’s supportive,” she said. “Because I have enough people to do it, I have a

hard time supporting something that takes something away from the people that I’m trying to get to vote.” Like Smith, the Maine Town and City Clerks’ Association opposed the elimination of same-day voter registration, according to Patti Dubois, the association president. But it did support restrictions on the issuing of absentee ballots. “The shift is on, statewide,” she said. “We’ve been at the point for several years


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Ballots from page 6 now, saying that something has to give with absentee voting.” Indeed, in Yarmouth, Town Clerk Jennifer Doten said that absentee voting takes up a “phenomenal” amount of her time. In her office on Friday, as she printed and highlighted envelopes containing absentee ballots for this week’s local election, Doten said she supported both restrictions contained in LD 1376, although she emphasized that accommodating absentee voting is her biggest problem. In the weeks prior to a big election, Yarmouth also brings in extra staff and sets up a community room to accommodate the “constant” influx of absentee voters, Doten said. All the work distracts from the preparations for conventional, election-day voting. “Most clerks, including myself, are so tired by Election Day, because we have spent, literally, 16-hour days printing lists, preparing lists, highlighting things that

need to be highlighted, setting up polls, getting notices out,” Doten said. “When we have people coming in all day doing absentee voting, the only other time to print that list, set up your polls, and do everything else is either before that time, or after that time. And it’s crazy.” In South Portland, which can process as many as 6,500 absentee ballots in a big election, City Clerk Sue Mooney said she would also welcome restrictions on that type of voting – even if it was just a single business day – to give her office more time to prepare for Election Day. “If (voters are) around the day before the election, (they) should be able to get to the polls on Election Day,” she said. As for same-day registration, Mooney said she didn’t see a need for a ban. But she did note that over the last few years, political parties performed “significant” outreach to citizens emphasizing the right to register on Election Day. It would be better, Mooney said, if the parties helped people to do so earlier. “Rather than telling everybody, ‛oh, don’t worry about it, you can go and you


challenge ballots, which grinds voting to a halt. “You’re getting a line out the door, you’re getting people very upset at you, because they don’t understand the procedure,” she said. “We do have those people in line that are legit, and have every right to be able to come in and vote, and we have to stop it for those who don’t take responsibility to come in ahead of time.” Responsibility was a theme that was echoed by Smith, the Brunswick clerk, who said that she is concerned about the impact of the LD 1376. She worries she’ll have to turn people away from the polls. “It’s going to break my heart when someone walks in, and they’re not able to vote because of the new law. Doesn’t mean they weren’t responsible to know about the new law, but it’s really difficult. Especially if it’s a first-time voter, or someone who’s passionate about what they believe in,” she said. “I’ve been in this profession ... for about 17 years, and to do that is really difficult. But we will respect the law.”

can register to vote on Election Day,’ it should be in the opposite, that people are encouraged to make their change of address, or register to vote, before the election, and then come down and vote on Election Day,” she said. While Mooney said she’d like to see same-day registration preserved for the benefit of those who “get behind the eight-ball,” Bath City Clerk Mary White wants to hold her residents to a higher standard, and she said she would support elimination of same-day registration. “You have to pay your registration on your car, you have insurances, you have all this stuff,” White said. “You know that an election is coming up, you need to be more responsible.” White said she keeps her office open on Saturdays prior to elections, so that residents can come in and fill out necessary paperwork. But, she said, Bath still averages 250 new or changed registrations each year, out of a total of 6,000 voters. And because some of those people neglect to bring identification, or proof of residency, White occasionally has to

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Salute to our graduates We have just completed graduation season in the Portland Public Schools. All of the graduates of our four high schools and Portland Adult Education deserve praise for their accomplishments in completing their degrees. Since my space is limited, I will tell you about a representative sample. Joseph Luka, a Deering Superintendent’s High School graduate, survived an attack on his home village in southern Sudan, a malaria epidemic and many other hardships before immigrating to the U.S. in 2003. Joseph discovered a love of running as a child and track became his entree to acceptance in high school. For the past two years, he has been a captain on the Deering cross-country, indoor track and outdoor track teams. He often squeezes in practice James C. Morse Sr. after his job at downtown restaurants by running home to Riverton Park at midnight. Joseph has done well academically while helping to support his family and care for his younger siblings. He will attend Clark University and hopes one day to become a doctor in a developing country. Emma Robinson, Casco Bay High School salutatorian, wrote and received two grants to create a community


garden on the school grounds. She was the first CBHS student to lead one of the school’s week-long intensive classes, working with other students to start the garden that will grow vegetables for the school salad bar. Emma also launched a CBHS milk bottle recycling program and she worked with another student to create the school yearbook. She will attend Bard College, where she plans to study sustainable agriculture. Simon Carroll, a Portland High School graduate, has excelled in academics and athletics during the past four years. He was a national winner on the Latin Exam. He lettered in swimming, ran track, played trumpet in the school band and participated in the sailing team and Science Bowl team. Next year, he will attend Florida Institute of Technology. He plans to major in engineering. Samantha Dow, a graduate of CBHS and the Portland Arts and Technology High School commercial art program, remembers her first visit to the art class, “stepping nervously into an open room full of bright colors and more raw materials than I had ever considered using. It was a room full of possibilities, and it absolutely enchanted me.” In a graduation essay, she described the art room as her “sanctuary.” Samantha will attend Colby College and she is considering a major in illustration. Joe McMann, a Deering graduate, was diagnosed with a severe case of Crone’s disease at the age of 12. He spent the next four years in the hospital, undergoing several operations, and missed school from sixth grade to ninth grade. His positive attitude helped him make friends and succeed academically at Deering. He also graduated from

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the graphic arts program at Portland Arts and Technology High School. Joe will attend Southern Maine Community College, where he plans to study computer technology. Judith Abdalla, a Portland High School graduate, started the school’s “What’s Next” club as a freshman. Partnering with the school’s health center, club members educate peers about teen pregnancy, depression, anxiety and other health and mental health issues. Judith also has been involved with the school’s annual International Show and the Gear Up program. She will attend Southern Maine Community College, and she is exploring future careers in nursing or human services. Yugu Yobo, 37, fled Sudan as a refugee and has studied at Portland Adult Education since 2004. After being laid off in 2008, he resolved to complete a high school diploma. A clerical error placed him on a list that barred him from obtaining his citizenship. Having lost family members and his homeland to terror, it has tormented Yobo to be wrongly associated with terrorists. As he continues to work to clear his name, he has persisted at school, completing 35 courses at PAE and simultaneously preparing to serve as a minister. Congratulations to the Class of 2011. James C. Morse Sr. is Portland’s superintendent of schools. His column runs monthly in The Forecaster and on He can be reached at morsej@

A dance recital reveals more than ballet cliche By Mike Langworthy I was in no mood to go to our daughter Elizabeth’s dance recital at Maine State Ballet in Falmouth. It was the Saturday after the Tuesday I got my new hip. Before minimally invasive surgery, hip replacement meant days in the hospital, weeks of inactivity and months of painful rehab. I had been out of the hospital in a day, with a pain-free, bionic joint and muscle soreness that receded every day. The mandatoryfor-the-first-week walker gave me mobility, and, no brag,


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whole tableau was riveting. Elizabeth, one of two non-Down dancers, was in the second row, next to a delightful girl with a medical history that makes my bad hip look like a nosebleed. Further down was the other non-Down child, also delightful, with a strong personality to match Elizabeth’s, which may explain why our daughter has always had a difficult relationship with her. For whatever reason, Elizabeth has butted heads with her over everything from restaurant seating to speech volume, but at that moment, they coexisted peacefully, their faces were nearly identical masks of concentration. It took about a nanosecond to forget about my sore leg as the class performed a warm-up. The teacher explained that besides stretching cold muscles, the exercises got the dancers listening and moving to the music. Each girl has physical and developmental challenges that impact her coordination, but when the African-sounding drum track began, each found the part of the beat that spoke to her and responded as she heard it and felt it. They didn’t move together or even complement each other, but between them, they seemed to express every beat of the rhythm

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Forecaster Forum from previous page in a complex, well, ballet. I wanted to concentrate only on my own child, but I couldn’t. Everybody else was too interesting. Make no mistake. Elizabeth and her classmates will probably never interpret “Giselle” at the American Ballet Theater (on the other hand, at ABT you probably won’t see one of the ballerinas’ heads pop out of the bottom of the curtain and check out the house – a moment I would put up against, say, Fonteyn’s dying swan, for pure entertainment value). Still, they were dancers. In one number, they crossed the stage one at a time, personifying in dance different animals. If dance is self-expression through movement, each trip across the floor was pure dance. As each girl showed us exactly who she was, how she perceived the world, and what was necessary to communicate that perception, I wondered how many times I had missed the point at a recital or concert or play, so concerned about whether the performers were “doing it right” that I completely missed that for them, they were doing it perfectly. Even on the “doing it right” scale, there was real art, those priceless times when you lose sight of yourself and just experience the moment. It is amazing to see anyone, much less a special needs teenager, capture the erratic rhythm of a butterfly in flight, moving to contemplate the enormous achievement of 10 girls with a variety of physical and mental challenges all doing the same tap routine. Maybe it was just these dancers. Maybe my weakened state broke down some barrier. All I know is, I found myself experiencing the recital, not just watching it, and now, sitting in judgment at a performance seems beside the point. For a glimpse of what the human spirit is really capable of, I recommend a recital of the Maine State Ballet’s adaptive dance class. Portland resident Mike Langworthy, an attorney, former stand-up comic and longtime television writer, is fascinated by all things Maine.

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The perils of parking in Portland While attending the First Friday Art Walk earlier this month, I got a $25 ticket for parking in a noparking zone on Oak Street in Portland. I must say, I got no sympathy from my lovely wife Carolyn: “You saw the no-parking sign. You parked there anyway. You got a ticket. And you’re complaining about it?” As I explained to her, The Universal there didn’t seem to be any obvious reason for a no-parking zone – no fire hydrant, no driveways, no businesses. So I figured it wouldn’t hurt anything if I parked there for a few minutes while I ran into a gallery before it closed. Anyway, why would anyone be ticketing at all after 7 p.m. on a Friday night, right? Edgar Allen Beem Wrong. Until the economic downturn, Portland had an enlightened approach to parking tickets. Drivers could get one ticket forgiven every six months. But in the money-starved second decade of the 21st century, the city decided it needed the estimated $500,000 in parking ticket revenues it was giving away. I’m not sure Portland was getting a half-million in good will from its ticket forgiveness program, but I do know I appreciated not having worry about getting towed or booted. And I also know a lot of people rarely if ever go into Portland because it’s such a hassle to park. I have no sympathy for them. I go into Portland several times a week and I’ve never failed to find a legal place to park – until now. Usually, I just drive around a widening block once or twice and something opens up. People will go to the mall and happily park the equivalent of three city blocks away from the stores just because


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parking is free and they can see their destination. My biggest complaint about parking in Portland – until now – is cheater meters that eat your first quarter without registering the 15 minutes you just purchased. Happens to me at least once a week. When I complain about it, I am told to report the offending meter. That’s the only way the city knows a meter’s battery is running low. Oh, really, maybe checking batteries would give the meter men something to do that is actually useful. By early fall, Portland will be piloting its first 10 to 15 multi-space meters, mid-block pay-and-display machines that will accept coins or credit cards. I can only begin to imagine the perils of giving your credit card numbers to a parking meter. When you get a parking ticket in Portland, you also get a handy-dandy parking ticket blue map showing 37 downtown parking lots and parking garages. Like most people, however, I have an aversion to parking garages. In the first place, it’s just wrong to drive a car inside a building. But, more importantly, parking garages are dangerous. Nationally, close to 40 percent of muggings and assaults take place in parking lots and garages. Then, too, parking garages tend to smell like urine, serving as they do as the public toilets the city doesn’t have. Upon inquiring about the no-parking zone at the foot of Oak Street, a very nice gentleman in the Portland Parking Division explained to me that Oak Street was probably too narrow to have, as it does, parking meters on both sides of the street, but that the city’s traffic engineers had only designated the foot of the street a no-parking zone because they felt the hill was too steep for cars to park in winter. They didn’t want cars sliding down into Cumberland Avenue. But – I got this ticket on June 3. When was the last time we had snow on the ground in June? See, honey, I was right. There is no good reason for a no-parking zone at the foot of Oak Street – unless, of course, there’s snow on the ground. Now, can I borrow $25? 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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Helen T. Gillis, 87: Active community volunteer, former forklift driver SOUTH PORTLAND — Helen Theresa (McCue) Gillis, 87, died June 9 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House following a brief illness. Born Oct. 19, 1923, in Portland, she was the youngest daughter of John B. and Helen A. McCue. The family lived on Munjoy Hill, and she attended Cathedral Grammar School, graduating from Cathedral High School in 1941. After high school, she worked at the South Portland Shipyard, where she

drove a forklift and loaded munitions on ships during World War II. On June 25, 1945, she married Edward F. Gillis at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. They lived in Portland until 1952 when they moved to South Portland, where she was a homemaker and active parent of four sons. After her boys were older, she entered the real estate business with her husband, eventually taking over the management of several Portland apartment buildings.

She was a 50-year member of Beta Sigma Phi, a women’s service organization, which served as a source of great enjoyment and lifelong friendships for her. She was a longtime parishioner of Holy Cross Church and dedicated volunteer at the Maine Gillis Medical Center. Over the years, she enjoyed traveling, shopping on Congress Street and later at the Maine Mall, where her nearly daily trips were more about the people she met up with; she seldom came home with purchases. When her granddaughters entered Catherine McAuley High School, she gladly attended many McAuley events, including nearly every basketball game over the past six years. Three weeks ago, she was an honored alumna at her granddaughter’s graduation ceremony. Unable to drive these last two years, her niece, Jerralyn Cadigan and friend, Allison Skillings, were her willing drivers, enabling her to continue living in her beloved home until the end. She was predeceased by her husband,

Eddie, in 2000, a son, Mark T., in 2003, and sister, Mary E. McCue, in 2010. Survivors include her sister, Jane Flint of Yarmouth; three sons, Ed of Key West, Fla., Michael and his wife Karen of San Diego, and Peter and wife Susan of Cape Elizabeth; two granddaughters, Helen M. and Nona E. Gillis of Cape Elizabeth; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorial services were held Monday, June 13. Arrangements are by Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. Memorial donations may be made to Catherine McAuley High School, 631 Stevens Ave., Portland, ME 04103 or Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 U.S. Route 1, Suite 1, Scarborough, ME 04074. Online condolences may be expressed at

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6/8 at 4 p.m. Jose Gil, 40, of Portland, was arrested on Park Avenue by Officer Bethany Edwards on a charge of public drinking. 6/8 at 4 p.m. Daniel R. Perry, 36, of Portland, was arrested on Congress Street by Officer Kevin McCarthy on a charge of criminal threatening. 6/8 at 5 p.m. Michael Patrick Hale, 40, of Portland, was arrested on Forest Avenue by Officer Mark Kezal on charges unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and violation of bail conditions. 6/8 at 7 p.m. Kara A. Evans, 23, of Portland, was arrested on Woodford Street by Officer Jessica Brown on charges of assault, cruelty to animals and disorderly conduct. 6/8 at 8 p.m. Benjamin Roy Hills, 29, of Portland, was arrested on Washington Avenue by Officer Martin Ney on charges of marijuana cultivation and refusing to submit to arrest or detention. 6/9 Ramell S. Marcus, 29, of Portland, was arrested on Sherwood Street by Officer Zachary Finley on a charge of operating without a license. 6/9 Peter McGowan, 46, of Portland, was arrested on State Street by Officer Christopher Dyer on charges of criminal trespass and public drinking. 6/9 at 5 p.m. Troy E. Day, 24, of Portland, was arrested on Congress Street by Officer Jacob Titcomb on charges of operating after suspension and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. 6/9 at 5 p.m. Lee P. Major, 54, of Portland, was arrested on State Street by Officer Nicholas Goodman on charges of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and operating with a suspended registration. 6/9 at 6 p.m. Dana J. Alderson, 42, of Portland, was arrested on Park Avenue by Officer Thein Duong on charges of assault and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 6/9 at 7 p.m. Frederick Smith, 36, of Portland, was arrested on Front Street by Officer Jessica Brown on a charge of criminal threatening. 6/9 Ricardo Bennett, 53, of Portland, was arrested on State Street by Officer Christopher Dyer on charges of criminal trespass and public drinking. 6/9 Elizabeth Mary Selberg-Stross, 21, of Portland, was arrested on Marginal Way by Officer Cong Van Nguyen on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 6/10 at 1 a.m. Nicholas A. Saindon, 30, of Portland, was arrested on Veranda Street by Officer Jonathan Roberts on a charge of assault. 6/10 at 2 a.m. Lebron Moses Bruno, 38, of Portland, was arrested on State Street by Officer Christopher Dyer on a charge of theft of services. 6/10 at 4 a.m. Heather Joan Bay, 19, of Old Orchard Beach, was arrested on Falmouth Street by Officer Henry Johnson on charges of criminal mischief and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 6/10 at 4 a.m. Patience Ann-Marie Boutin, 20, of Portland, was arrested on Falmouth Street by Officer Henry Johnson on charges of criminal mischief and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 6/10 at 4 a.m. David Allen Hall, 20, of Portland, was arrested on Falmouth Street by Officer Henry Johnson on charges of criminal mischief and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.


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The board of directors of Clark Insurance has elected Jeffrey Lind of Limington as treasurer and Lee Ramsdell of Scarborough as secretary. The Commission on Adult Basic Education recently elected Thomas Nash of Falmouth, director of Windham Raymond Adult Education, as the Region One Representative on the board of directors. Nash will serve a three-year term representing New York and all of New England. Aaron Pratt has been elected to Drummond Woodsum’s board of directors for a three-year term. Pratt, a member of the firm’s business services group, joins current board members, Harry Pringle, Dan Rose, Jerry Crouter and Ben Marcus. Maine State Ballet has recently added new members to its board of directors and named a new president. Langston Snodgrass of Lewiston, co-founder of Androscoggin Dance in Lewiston-Auburn, has been elected president. New members include Steve Carter of Falmouth, president of Mason Associates Inc.; and Jeffrey Thomas of Falmouth, vice president of instrument development at IDEXX. Returning to the Maine State Ballet board of directors after a 6-year absence is Dr. Judith Kimball. Kimball had formerly served as board president for 18 years. Robert Clark of Yarmouth, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, has been appointed to serve on a subcommittee to promote a youth in philanthropy initiative in northern New England. As a member of an Association of Fundraising Professionals - Northern New England subcommittee, Clark will help to publicize the AFP-NNE Demont Scholarship Award for outstanding youth in philanthropy and will participate in the final selection process.

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Waynflete sweeps Class C tennis titles

(Ed. Note: For additional photos from the Class C boys’ and girls’ state final matches, see the online version of this story at By Michael Hoffer It wasn’t easy, but for the first time since 2006, both Waynflete tennis teams sit atop Class C. Saturday afternoon, at Colby College in Waterville, the Flyers boys managed to win their fourth championship in a row, but it took a highwire act to do so, in a 3-2 win over George Stevens Academy. The girls, who rose from the eighth and final seed in their region, capped their Cinderella run with a 4-1 victory over GSA.

Fight to the finish Waynflete’s boys entered the season as three-time champion, riding a 46-match win streak. That string ended in the opener, a 5-0 loss to defending Class B champion Cape Elizabeth. The Flyers, who graduated five players from the 2010 champion and lost standout Brandon Thompson, who chose to run track, went 7-5 in the regular season, falling twice to the Capers and eventual Class

B champion Falmouth and once to York. As the No. 5 seed, Waynflete had to get the job done on the road in the postseason and did so with wins at No. 4 St. Dom’s (5-0), topranked Winthrop (3-2) and No. 3 Hall-Dale (5-0), in a match played on a neutral court in Lewiston. Saturday, the Flyers got wins at second singles (Sam Martin and Jonathan Tao, 6-2, 6-3) and first singles, where state singles champion Patrick Ordway rolled, 6-3, 6-1. Georges Stevens Academy (which finished 13-3) got victories at second singles and second doubles and the match came down to Shapiro and Alexander Heilner. Shapiro led in the first set, but ultimately lost, 5-7. He rallied to take set number two, 6-3, but in the decisive set, Shapiro trailed early, 1-3, and was down 4-5 and served down love-40 with the championship on the verge of slipping away. Shapiro would save his best for last, saving those match points before ultimately winning the game and the next. Then, looking to close it out, Shapiro twice put Heilner on the brink only to see his counterpart answer. Then,


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The Waynflete girls’ team celebrated its first championship since 2006. Brian Beard / For The Forecaster

Waynflete sophomore Ben Shapiro exults late in his decisive match Saturday. Shapiro fought off three match points and won his match to give the Flyers their fourth successive Class C state championship.

finally, Shapiro closed it out and won, 7-5, giving Waynflete a 3-2 triumph. “It was a very interesting and dramatic day,” said Flyers coach Jeff Madore. “Full of emotion. It was a very close one. We felt awful for (Heilner) when it was over. “We came back with just two

starters this year and a backup doubles player. The kids worked hard. We tried to do the best we could.” Waynflete will go for a fifth successive crown in 2012, and with only Eric Ordway graduating, has to like its chances. “George Stevens also has most of their players back, so if we’re fortunate to make it that far, it’ll be another tough battle,” said Madore.

Journey’s end Girls’ coach Linda Cohen described the Flyers’ championship

as the end of a journey as they ended North Yarmouth Academy’s four-year reign. Waynflete started the year 1-2, but turned things around and wound up 8-4, losing only to NYA, eventual champion Falmouth and top Western B contenders Cape Elizabeth and Yarmouth. The Flyers wound up with the eighth and final seed in Western C, but had no trouble with No. 1 Hall-Dale (5-0), or No. 4 Dirigo (5-0). Waynflete then got a big break continued page 18

Cheverus baseball reaches first regional final since ’93

Deering, Waynflete ousted

By Michael Hoffer The Cheverus baseball team partied like it’s 1993 Monday afternoon when it beat South Portland to reach the Western Class A Final for the first time in 18 seasons. The Stags, the top seed in the regional playoffs, eliminated No. 8 Thornton Academy, 5-2, in the quarterfinals. Then, after rain postponed Saturday’s semifinal versus No. 5 South Portland to Monday, Cheverus took care of business again, winning, 8-2, in a game moved to The Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach. That set up a No. 1 versus No. 2 regional final showdown Wednesday at 3 p.m. against preseason favorite Westbrook at St. Joseph’s College in Standish. Two other city teams weren’t as fortunate. Perennial powerhouse Deering, ranked third, suffered its first quarterfinal round setback since 1998 as a last-ditch rally fell just short in a 7-5 loss to No. 6 Marshwood. Waynflete, ranked sixth in Western C, defeated No. 3 Wiscasset, 5-1, last Wednesday in the

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Cheverus freshman Mitchell Powers prepares to catch a throw to force out Thornton junior Dillon Dunbar at second base during the Stags’ 5-2 quarterfinal round playoff win over the Golden Trojans Friday.

Cheverus players (from left) Nic Lops, Louie DiStasio, Nick Melville and Joey Royer meet in the infield to exchange high-fives after Royer’s diving catch ended the Thornton Academy game. The Stags went on to beat South Portland Monday to reach the regional final.

quarterfinals to reach the semifinal round for the first time since 1994. There, Saturday, at No. 2 Dirigo, the Flyers were decisively eliminated, 15-1, in five innings.

son, edging preseason favorite Westbrook in the finale to earn the top seed in the region. Cheverus originally hosted Thornton Academy Thursday, but with the Stags leading, 3-0, in the fourth, the contest was suspended and ultimately called off, necessitating starting it from scratch Friday. There, the Stags trailed 1-0 early, but went ahead to stay on a wild pitch and an RBI single by senior Peter Potthoff. An RBI double from junior Tyler Flaherty and a two-run single from senior Nic Lops made it 5-1. “Mentally, (the postponement) was a little tough,” said Lops. “We

Superb year continues Cheverus has enjoyed a magical school year when it comes to boys’ sports. The football team won its first state championship in 25 years back in the fall and basketball reached the state game before falling to Bangor. Now, the baseball team, which includes familiar names from those other champions, is doing its part. The Stags, who surprised by going 14-2 in the regular sea-

were sitting there for a couple hours just waiting and wondering if we were going to play. But coach preaches three things: character, effort and energy. It’s the type of thing that really tests your character, to come back and get it going on day two — to just kind of get rebooted. It’s not an easy thing to get up and do it all over again, but it’s what we do. It’s what we love to do. The more baseball, the better for me.” Junior Louie DiStasio had some breathing room and the hurler did the rest, allowing just three hits (fanning seven) as Cheverus won, 5-2. “(Louie) was motivated today,” said Stags coach Mac McKew. “He knew what he needed to do. He was 3-0 coming in. He was just solid — a solid pitcher and solid competitor. That’s what he does every time he goes out there.” Saturday, Cheverus was supposed to host No. 5 South Portland (an upset winner over No. 4 Scarborough in its quarterfinal), but again, bad weather intervened and the teams played on Monday several miles south than expected. In OOB, the Stags fell behind 2-0 early, but erupted for eight runs in the fourth.

Senior Joey Royer doubled to lead off. After Flaherty grounded out, senior Jack Bushey blooped a double. Royer only made it to third as he had to wait to see if the ball dropped. Junior Harry Ridge knocked home Royer and Bushey with a single, tying the game at 2-2. Juniors Spencer Cooke and DiStasio followed with singles to load the bases. Lops hit a twoRBI single. Back-to-back walks to Potthoff and junior Nick Melville pushed another run across. Royer, up for the second time in the inning, singled to left to drive in Lops. After Flaherty struck out, Bushey singled to plate the final two runs, making it 8-2. Royer did the rest on the hill, allowing just three hits and striking out 10 in his six innings. Freshman Mitchell Powers fanned the side in the seventh to end it. “(Royer) hasn’t pitched in a month, other than two innings in the (league) championship game,” said McKew. “He threw 96 pitches, 62 strikes. Pretty impressive. His first pitch strikes were out of sight, too.” “I was just going by feel,” Royer said. “Coach had a pitch

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Baseball from page 13 count on me. When he visited me on the mound, he’d let me know my pitch count and ask me how I’m doing. I felt fine. I don’t know if it was adrenaline or what, but I felt great today. I wasn’t expecting to go that long today.” Looking ahead to Wednesday, the Stags defeated Westbrook 6-2 in eight innings in the regular-season finale, then topped the Blue Blazes again in eight innings, 3-2, in the non-countable league championship game. “Is it third time’s a charm, or you can never beat a team three times in one season?” said McKew. “We’re going with third

time’s a charm. We look forward to it. You look at it and these are the two teams that should be in the finals.” The matchup will be extra special for Royer, who hails from Westbrook and played with many of the Westbrook High seniors in the past — on the 2005 team that went to the Little League World Series and the 2008 team that finished as runners-up in the Babe Ruth World Series. “We hang out all the time,” Royer said. “But we haven’t been hanging out lately.” The Class A Final is Saturday at 2 p.m. at Morton Field in Augusta. If victorious, Cheverus will meet Lewiston (17-1) or Bangor (15-3).

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contender, went 13-3 this spring under new coach Mark Sutton, good for the No. 3 seed. The Rams, like Cheverus, had their quarterfinal round game interrupted and postponed by bad weather. Unlike the Stags, Deering was trailing No. 6 Marshwood, 3-1, at the time, so it viewed the thunder and lightning as a repreive. Friday, playing at the University of Southern Maine since Hadlock Field was unavailable, the Rams fell behind 4-0 in the top of the first and trailed 7-1 in the fifth. An RBI double from senior Nick Colucci got a run back and Deering produced a near-rally for the ages in the bottom of the seventh. Down 7-2 with two outs and no one on, three straight hits (the last by senior Matt Bevilacqua) produced one run and a throwing error with the bases loaded scored two more and put the tying runs in scoring position. Senior catcher John Miranda was next, but he struck out looking and the season ended at 13-4 with a 7-5 loss. “Marshwood did a good job executing.,” said Sutton. “They got hits when they needed to. They’re competitors. They don’t think they’re going to lose.” The Rams (13-4) went home faster than most expected and next year’s team will have a dramatically different look. “I’m only losing 10 out of 12,” Sutton said, with a laugh. “Our JVs went 15-1 this year. Will that relate to next year? It’s a good sign. We’ll definitely be a different team.” In Western C, meanwhile, Waynflete built on last year’s success and posted an 8-4 mark this spring, good for the No. 6 seed. The Flyers went to third-ranked Wiscasset last Wednesday and won a quarterfinal for the first time ever in Class C, 5-1. Freshman Nik Morrill drove in the key run with two outs in the fourth inning to give Waynflete a 3-0 lead. In the field, senior Alex Hadiaris, freshman Joey Schnier and sophomore Andrew Butler all made multiple excellent plays and sophomore ace Charlie Laprade pitched a complete game to move his record to 6-2. Junior center-

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fielder Mitch Newlin had three hits. Saturday’s semifinal would prove to be a different story as the Flyers went to No. 2 Dirigo. Junior Sam Murphy had an RBI hit, but that’s all the offense Waynflete could muster. Dirigo, meanwhile, put up 15 runs and ended the contest in the fifth inning by virtue of the mercy rule. The Flyers finished 9-5 and should only get better going forward. “It was an amazing season for our program,” said Waynflete coach Steve Kautz. “After the loss, the kids circled up and listened to the just-graduated seniors talk about what it meant to them. It’s weird, we just got beat, 15-1, yet that postgame meeting felt like a high point of the season. The seniors spoke to the team about how great it felt to finish strong last year, then go 8-4 this year and win a playoff game. All of this following their ninth and 10th grade years when we regularly got beat by the 10-run rule, which didn’t happen once this year until the Dirigo game. “It was a bummer to go down like that, we just couldn’t hold together the pieces, but they are defending champs and the kids felt like the effort was there, but we were simply outplayed by the better team yesterday. We certainly feel that we gave it our all. Of course, we are thrilled with this season but we learned a lot from that Dirigo game about how we need to bring our ‘A’ game every day if we want to get to the next level. “We’re graduating five starters and we are going to feel that, but four of our top five hitters are returning and our pitching is young, so we plan to pick up right where we left off. After the game yesterday the seniors talked about how the young players brought a winning attitude to the team. Next year those young players will be the veterans and will be the leaders of the team. I look forward to watching them work.” Freelance writer Tom Minervino contributed to this story.

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Deering boys, Cheverus, Waynflete girls reach lax regional finals (Ed. Note: For the complete WaynfleteGreely girls’ and Portland-Lewiston boys’ playoff game stories, visit By Michael Hoffer One win away from the state final, three city lacrosse teams remain. Deering’s second-ranked boys’ team is in the regional championship game for the first time after edging No. 3 Messalonskee, 8-6, in Saturday’s Eastern A semifinals. The Rams will battle top-seed Lewiston in the regional championship game Wednesday night. Portland and Waynflete weren’t as fortunate. The Bulldogs’ two-year reign as regional champion ended Saturday night with a 15-6 semifinal round setback at Lewiston. The Flyers were ousted, 17-1, in the Western B semis by powerhouse Falmouth. On the girls’ side, Waynflete once again reached the regional final game. The No. 1 Flyers barely survived No. 4 Greely’s upset bid, 12-11, in Saturday’s semifinals and will host third-ranked Cape Elizabeth in the Western B Final Wednesday. Cheverus continued its improbable run. The Stags, who were 1-9 at one point in the regular season before earning the sixth and final playoff seed, upset both Messalonskee (10-8) and Cony (11-9) to make it to Wednesday’s Eastern A Final at top-ranked perennial power Brunswick. Fifth-seeded Portland’s run ended in the Eastern A quarterfinals with a 12-9 loss at

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First time Deering enjoyed its best regular season to date, winning 11 of 12 games, losing only at Kennebunk. The Rams earned the No. 2 seed and hosted dangerous No. 3 Messalonskee Saturday afternoon in the Eastern A semifinals. Deering had no history with the Eagles and had its hands full. The Rams were down 2-0 early, which had to bring up memories of last year’s 3-0 quarterfinal round loss to Lewiston, but Deering, playing without suspended senior Zach Poulin, finally hit its stride. Trailing 5-4 at the start of the second half, the Rams scored thrice in the third quarter and went on to an 8-6 win. Senior standout Carleton Allen had three goals. Senior Noah Whittenburg added a pair and junior Anthony Verville scored to put Deering ahead to stay as the Rams improved to 12-1. “We had possessed more and our defense was all over them, but they were ahead,” said Deering coach Bob Rothbart. “In the second half, our defense was swarming on people. (Senior Karl) Rickett was unbelievable. I said at halftime, ‘Look guys, we’ve outplayed them.’ I told them to keep shooting. We’re a second-half team.” The Rams are at 12-1 Lewiston Wednesday at 7 p.m. The teams didn’t meet last year, but squared off in the aforementioned quarterfinal a year ago. “I expect it will be a good game,” said

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Waynflete sophomore Martha Veroneau battles Greely’s Paige Tuller for a loose ball during the Flyers’ 12-11 Western B semifinal round win Saturday.

Rothbart. “It’s a brave new world for us. Lewiston’s good. They have great athletes, good defense and a great goalie. I think defensively right now, we’re playing as well as anyone. Winning Saturday, without Zach, they guys are starting to believe in themselves.” The Deering-Lewiston winner will meet either defending champion Scarborough or Thornton Academy in the Class A state final, Saturday at 10 a.m., at Fitzpatrick Stadium. Portland, seeded fourth after a 9-3 regular season, pulled away to beat No. 5 Brunswick, 15-6, in the quarterfinals. The Bulldogs only led, 6-5, after three periods, then pulled away behind seven goals from senior All-American Caleb Kenney and three from senior Charlie Marr. Saturday night, however, at No. 1 Lewiston, Portland’s season came to a close.

Waynflete sophomore Jack Cutler soars for a shot, but Falmouth junior Cam Bell holds his ground during the teams’ Western B semifinal Saturday. The Flyers’ season came to an end with a 17-1 loss to the powerhouse Yachtsmen.

The Bulldogs beat the Blue Devils in last year’s semifinals and 9-8, in overtime, back on May 3, but this time, despite grabbing an early 2-0 lead, Portland was no match for hungry Lewiston, which went on an 8-1 run in the second and third periods and cruised, 15-6, ending the Bulldogs’ season at 10-4. Junior Seamus Kilbride led the way with two goals. “It’s kind of the story of our year,”

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On May 23, the Cheverus girls lost, 143, at Thornton Academy to fall to 1-9. The playoffs were a pipe dream. Anything more was sheer folly. Wednesday at 4 p.m., the Stags will play at Brunswick in the regional final. Say what? By virtue of regular season ending wins over visiting Windham (12-10) and Gorham (a 15-14 stunner), Cheverus snuck into the Eastern A playoffs as the No. 6 seed. Last week, the Stags ousted host No. 3 Messalonskee (10-8) and No. 2 Cony (11-9) to advance. Against the Eagles, Cheverus shot to a 6-0 lead and never looked back behind freshman Elyse Caiazzo’s four goals. Saturday, at the Rams, the Stags had to come from behind, but scored the game’s final four goals to win. Junior Paige Lucas had three goals and six others came from the team’s group of fabulous freshmen. “It’s fun playing in June, especially when you don’t expect to,” said Cheverus coach Jamie Chamberlain. “It doesn’t seem like

anything phases us. We weren’t as sharp in the Cony game as we were against Messalonskee. We weren’t moving around on offense. They scored with five seconds left in the half. Earlier in the year, we wouldn’t have recovered. This time, we scored off the second half draw. We held them scoreless the last 12 minutes, 40 seconds. Our defense bent, but didn’t break. (Junior) Sarah LaQuerre made some big plays. Everyone now has confidence in the flow of the game.” The Stags didn’t meet No. 1 Brunswick (10-3) in the regular season. The teams have no playoff history. Cheverus will travel north knowing it’s again the underdog with nothing to lose. “We feel we can still play better,” said Chamberlain. “Athletically, I think we match up well even though Brunswick has balance and works well together. They’re fundamentally sound and take care of the ball. We’ll go out and play hard for 50 minutes. Since Gorham, we’ve been the

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McAuley’s best ever softball season ends By Michael Hoffer The 2011 McAuley softball team went somewhere that no previous Lions team had ever gone: the regional semifinals. Friday afternoon, 24 hours after a game was interrupted and eventually postponed by severe thunder and lightning, the Lions, ranked fourth in Western Class A, held off No. 5 Kennebunk, 7-6, in the quarterfinals. Saturday, however, the run ended with a 14-2 (five inning) loss at defending state champion South Portland. McAuley posted a program best 12-4 regular season mark, losing only to defending Class A champion South Portland and perennial powerhouses Scarborough, Thornton Academy and Biddeford. The Lions’ quarterfinal round win was scintillating and will be remembered long after the semifinal loss. After play was interrupted Thursday with the teams tied at 1-1 in the fourth, McAuley fell behind 3-0 in the top of the second of take two Friday, but erupted for six runs in its half of the inning. An infield hit by senior Kayla Daigle scored classmate Maura Esten. An error brought in a second run. Sophomore pitcher Gabby Townsend then helped herself with a two-run single to put the Lions on top. After an error, senior Sara Mercier singled in two more runs. “I think once we got a good hit, then we all followed through,” Townsend said. “We haven’t been scoring many runs,” McAuley coach Robby Ferrante added. “I said, ‘Let’s play for one.’ I shuffled the lineup a little bit. That inning gave us momentum. We told them to cut down on their swings and choke up. We put it in play and had more baserunners. We only had one strikeout. When we got to six (runs), I thought we needed more.” Sure enough, Kennebunk rallied for a run in the fourth, but the Lions went up 7-4 in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single from Daigle. In the meantime, first Townsend (who threw the first two and last two innings),

then senior Jen Field (who hurled innings three through five) kept working out of jams. The Rams had the bases loaded and no one out in the fifth, but couldn’t score. Then, in the sixth, Townsend stranded runners at second and third. Just three outs from history, Townsend got in trouble in the seventh, giving up a walk, a single, then a triple to Kelsey Livermore to make it a 7-6 game, putting the tying run at third with no one out. After the runner held on a ground out to Mercier at second, Livermore broke for home when the next hitter also bounced to Mercier. Mercier’s throw home to sophomore catcher Sam Schildroth was just in time and Schildroth applied the tag for out number two. “I was very, very scared, but we’d been (getting out of trouble) all day,” Mercier said. “We’ve been doing it all season. We’ve walked a very thin line. I thought we could get out of it and if they scored a run, I thought we’d go and get it with our bats in the next inning. I looked up and saw (the runner) was going. Sam was ready. I threw the ball. I was hoping she’d get it and tag her out. I was nervous she’d drop it, but she got it. It was perfect. She made a great play.” “The ball was hit to our senior captain twice,” Ferrante added. “We had the infield in. The catcher blocked the plate and made a nice tag. That was it.” The next hitter bounced out to Daigle at short and McAuley had a 7-6 victory. “It’s definitely a thrill,” said Field, who earned the win (Townsend got the save). “My freshman year, we only won a couple games. Senior year, it feels good to have all this success. We’re playing well as a team. We’ve had our ups and downs, but we fight through it. We’re one of those teams that battles. We like the close games. We like to come through in the end. We like to show we can dig deep and go for it. It feels good. I’m really proud of the program.” Saturday didn’t go nearly as well. The Lions only lost to the Red Riots by a 1-0 mar-

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gin in the regular season finale and scared them in last year’s quarterfinals (falling 6-4), but this time was all South Portland. The Red Riots opened it up immediately with four runs in the first inning. They added a pair in the second and pushed across four more in the third. McAuley got on the board with two in the fourth (Schildroth tripled home Mercier, then scored on a wild pitch), but South Portland scored four times in the fifth to bring about the mercy rule and end the game at 14-2. Field took the loss and junior standout Shelby Bryant also tripled. “We got outplayed in the field,” said Ferrante. “We lost 1-0 to them 10 days ago, but they had too much for us today.” The Lions have had successive stellar seasons and hope to build on this year’s excellence in 2012. “We had a good season,” said Ferrante.

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McAuley senior third baseman Maura Esten collides with South Portland’s Kelsey Morton during Saturday’s game. Esten recorded the out, but the Lions’ season ended with a 14-2 (five inning) loss to the defending Class A champion Red Riots in the Western A semifinals.

“The kids worked really hard. We had a different hero each game.” Freelance writer Henry Loughlin contributed to this story. Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@ Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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Roundup Locals compete at NE track Several local athletes took part in the 66th New England outdoor track championship meet Saturday in Burlington, Vt. Deering’s Bryan White placed eighth in the shot put (51 feet). Cheverus’ Jack Terwilliger came in eighth in the mile (4 minutes, 19.18 seconds). Kane Molleo was 22nd in the javelin (141-9). Matt Cushing was 27th in the javelin (134-0). The Stags boys’ 3,200 relay team was 28th, as Lars Murphy, Lukas Temple, Adam Zieba and Chris Jerome posted a time of 8:31.46. On the girls’ side, Cheverus’ Katie Shapiro came in sixth in the discus (114-7). Caroline Summa tied for 10th in the high jump (5-0). The Stags 1,600 relay squad (Allison Thomas, Summa, Lizzie Gwilym and Annie Slattery) placed 25th (4:17.40). The

Tennis from page 13 when NYA, playing without three suspended players, was upset by Winthrop, the No. 6 seed, in the other semifinal. Waynflete beat Winthrop, 3-2, in the regional final to reach states for the first time since 2006. There, the Flyers took care of business. All three singles players triumphed, as sophomore Kaitlyn Thompson won at No.

400 relay team (Armani Alonzo, Thomas, Taylor Spang and Summa) was 27th (52.43 seconds). Deering’s Ella Ramonas was 16th in the 800 (2:23.29).

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Air It Out Passing Academy coming this summer The inaugural Air It Out Passing Academy football camp, for offensive and defensive skill players, run by Scarborough football coach Lance Johnson and former Portland High and current Wesleyan University quarterback Andrew Lieberman will be held this summer in Scarborough. Players will get personal instruction, play 7-on-7 and get advice on college recruiting. A camp for high schoolers will be held June 27-30. Middle school camp runs from July 25-28. A youth camp will run Aug. 8-11. FMI, 1 (6-1, 6-1), freshman Emily White at No. 2 (6-3, 6-4) and senior Maddie High at No. 3 (6-3, 6-3). The first doubles team of senior Elena Britos and junior Hilary Niles also won in straight sets, 7-6 (3), 6-2. “It was very much a wonderful four-year journey to this point,” said Cohen. “Every year we got one step closer. This team had exceptionally good chemistry. Kaitlyn had a very good season with maturity and taking the next step. Maddie was with me all four years. We had new blood this year with

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The Seacoast United “Crew” U-13 boys’ soccer team won the Maine State Cup recently, beating Phoenix MCU, 3-1, in the finals on June 5. The team next competes in the U.S. Region I championship in Lancaster, Penn., June 30-July 5. Left to right: Assistant coach Chris Wade, Nick Pronovost (Cumberland), Landon Pope (Auburn), Tyus Ripley (Harrison), Mackenzie Hoglund (Portland), Josh Morrissey (Scarborough), Nick Kamra (Oakland), Jacob Nason (North Yarmouth), Andrei Vile (South Freeport), Sam Farr (Portland), Brady Cyr (South Portland), Jordan Kruguer (Fryeburg), Tylar Burgess (Springvale), coach Jim Wade. Sitting: Brady Darnell (Gray), Keenan Welzel (Brunswick), J.D. Souza (Wiscasset), Mitchell Duncan (Springvale), Lucas Watt (Cumberland).

Emily at second singles and Hilary, who came from crew.” Waynflete loses Britos and High and will look to win it all again next spring. “We have good depth and returners,” said Cohen. We’ll try to get the best out of them.” Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@ Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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unwelcome houseguest. We’ll just go and play our game. We have athletes. Anything’s possible.” Portland was the No. 5 seed in Eastern A after a 6-6 campaign. Last Tuesday, at No. 4 Mt. Ararat, the Bulldogs were eliminated, 12-9, despite five goals from sophomore Drew Barry, and wound up 6-7. In Western B, perennial powerhouse Waynflete had another strong season, winning 10 of 12 games to earn the top seed in the region and a bye into the semifinals. Saturday afternoon, hosting No. 4 Greely, the Flyers got pushed the limit, but survived, 12-11, behind four goals from sophomore Sadie Cole, three from senior Mica Thompson and solid defense with the game on the line. The Rangers had a look to tie in the waning seconds, but the shot went wide and Waynflete advanced. “This was a really fun game,” said Flyers coach Cathie Connors. “(Greely’s) very well coached and I wasn’t going to underestimate them at all. I knew it would be really, really tight. They played beautiful lacrosse.” Waynflete is now 8-1 all-time versus the Rangers in the playoffs, but like so many previous battles, this one came down to the wire. “It was really scary at the end, but we pulled through,” Cole said. “Playoffs changes everything. Greely has really good players. They’re a really good team and I could tell they were really pumped. We didn’t know what to expect in playoffs, but we were ready for anything.” The Flyers host No. 3 Cape Elizabeth (10-3) in the regional final Wednesday at 4 p.m. On May 17, Waynflete won at the Capers, 13-6. The Flyers have won the prior five playoff meetings, including a 9-5 regional final triumph two years ago. “It’ll be really tough,” Cole said. “Cape’s a really good team. In the playoffs, everyone brings their best. It should be a really good game.” Looking ahead, the Class A girls’ state championship is Saturday at 12:30 p.m., at Fitzpatrick Stadium. The Class B girls’ state final is at the same location at 5:30 p.m., Saturday. Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@ Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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Portland High School Class of 2011 Top 10 Students Valedictorian: Marc Korobkin, son of Paul and Susan Korobkin. Activities and Awards: Academic Decathalon Team; Future Business Leaders of America club member, captain and state secretary; Key Club; math team; peer tuKorobkin tor; yearbook staff; Jewish Community Alliance volunteer; Harvard Book Award, History Award and the National Spanish Exam Award. Future Plans: Haverford College. Salutatorian: Mikhaila Fogel, daughter of William Fogel and Melinda Molin. Activities and Awards: Appointed to serve as U.S. Senate Page by U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe; Executive Board, Student Council; Model U.N.; drama club; Shakespeare Club; Fogel Seeds of Peace volunteer; attended Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center; completed French immersion program at Edu-Inter in Canada; American History Award, Princeton Book Award, Harvard Book Award, English Award, Social Studies Award and Mathematics Award; served as an intern in the office of Senator Snowe. Future Plans: Harvard University. Emma DaPonte, daughter of David and Ileen DaPonte. Activities and Awards: Key Club; drawing club; Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program volunteer; Smith Book Award. Future Plans: University of Toronto. DaPonte Oliver Hagelin, son of Nathan and Tobin Hagelin. Activities and Awards: Executive Board; Student Council; football; sailing; cross-country; lacrosse; Boys Singing Group/Glee Club; co-founder of the school music and lead singing role; Blunt Youth Radio volunteer; SMAA All-Academic Team Award for lacrosse; U.S. Marine Corps recognition for outstanding academic Hagelin achievement. Future Plans: Colorado College. Casey Hart, daughter of Paul Hart and Lynn Abood. Activities and Awards: Key Club; Students Against Drunk Driving; basketball; soccer; rugby; Excellence in Math and Science Award; Preti Award; Catherine Morrill Day Nursery volunteer; Women in Harmony singing Hart group. Future Plans: St. Lawrence University.

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Greater Portland Auditions, Calls for Art Sunday 6/26 Freeport Players Auditions, for “The Foreigner,” 1-2:30 p.m., and 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, June 27, be prepared to cold read from script, try southern and/or British accents, Freeport High School cafeteria, Holbrook St., Freeport, FMI,, 865-2220.

Books, Authors Wednesday 6/15 Melissa Coleman, author of “This Life is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family Undone,” 6:30 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., Freeport, “Out & Allied Anthology,” book launch of LGBTQ performance pieces, by UNE’s Add Verb Productions, 7 p.m. reading and book signing, Longfellow Books, One Monument Square, Portland,

Thursday 6/16 Dispatch Magazine Release Party, 7:30 p.m., free admission, 21+, The Big Easy, 55 Market St., Portland, Emma Straub, author of “Other People We Married,” 7 p.m., Longfellow Books, One Monument Way, Portland, 772-4045.

Friday 6/17 Book Sale, Friends of Portland Public Library, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, preview for members 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Catherine McAuley High School gym, 631 Stevens Ave., Portland, Book Sale, Friends of the Scarborough Library, June 17-19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 12-5 p.m. Sunday bargain day, Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, Scarborough, 883-4723, scarboroughcrossroads. org/libraryfriends. Brown Bag Local Author Series, with Helen Rivas-Rose, author of

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Thursday 6/23 Maureen Stanton, author of “Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: Seeking History and Hidden Gems in Flea-Market America,” 7 p.m., free, open to public, Longfellow Books, One Monument Way, Portland, 772-4045. Summer Reading Book Sale, for adults and children, proceeds benefit library, June 23-25; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Thomas Memorial Library, Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth, Ann Googins 799-1916.

Friday 6/24 Michael C. Connolly, author of “Seated by the Sea: The Maritime History of Portland, Maine, and Its Irish Longshoremen,” 7 p.m. reading, book signing, Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland, Vinny O’Malley, 232-2001. Summer Reading Book Sale, for adults and children, proceeds benefit library, June 23-25; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Thomas Memorial Library, Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth, Ann Googins 799-1916.

Comedy Thursday 6/16 Jerry Seinfeld, 7 p.m., $86-$56, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets, or Merrill box office, 842-0800.

Rated Local: Short Works from Maine Filmmakers, monthly film screenings at St. Lawrence Arts Center, 7 p.m., $5, 76 Congress St., Portland,, 347-3075.

Galleries Wednesday 6/15 “Shift: Vivien Russe & Mary Hart,” 5-7 p.m. opening reception, exhibit through July 9, Aucocisco Galleries, 89 Exchange St., Portland, 775-2222,

Monday 6/20 “Three Summer Artists,” paintings, collage by Julie Waterman, Susan Roscoe, and Carol Beyna, 6-8 p.m. opening reception, exhibit through mid-August, The Royal Bean coffee shop, Main St., Yarmouth, 829-5082.

Museums Saturday 6/18 Falmouth Heritage Museum, museum hours 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, June-August; closed for holidays, 60 Woods Road, Falmouth, Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, tours 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays, June 18-Sept 5; Sundays July 3-Sept. 5, $5 suggested donation, ages under 13 free, SMCC campus, off Fort Road, South Portland,, 799-6337. Tate House Museum, museum tours June 18-Oct. 9; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Sundays, $8 adults, $6 seniors $3 ages 6-12; special tours include achitecture tours and garden tours, call for times, Tate House Museum, 1267 Westbrook St., Portland, 774-6177,


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The Decemberists, 7:30 p.m., $39.50, State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, tickets, 800-7453000,

Films Wednesday 6/15 ”Cheaters,” Teens Through Time film series, 4:30 p.m., The Portland Public Library Rines Room, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700 ext. 773.

Friday 6/17 ”Forks Over Knives,” 7 p.m. documentary screening, followed by discussion led by Meg Wolff, NickelodeonTheater,Temple St., Portland, FMI, Patty McCarthy, 799-8882.

Portland Jazz Orchestra, 8 p.m., $5 students, seniors, and advance/ $9 door, One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, 761-1757, Songwriter’s By The Sea, acoustic folk concert with Vanessa Torres, Putnam Smith and Connor Garvey, 7:30 p.m., $10, Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, 45 Seashore Ave., Peaks Island, Phil Daligan, 766-4421.

Friday 6/17 Loop 243 with Zemya, 8 p.m., $10, Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland,

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Band Concert, Civil War Sesquicentennial, with Excelsior Cornet Band, 4 p.m., $10 person/ $15 family, Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, 45 Seashore Ave., Peaks Island, 766-3330,

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Brzowski, ”A Fitfull Sleep,” album release party, with Prayers For Atheists and Dollfight! 9:30 p.m., $8, Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, Hattie Simon, jazz, with bassist Nick Thompson-Brown, 6-9 p.m. Azure Cafe, 123 Main St., Freeport, 865-1237.

Sunday 6/19 Michael Franti & Spearhead, 4 p.m. doors, 6 p.m. show, $35 advance, $40 door, Concerts on the Waterfront at Ocean Gateway, 14 Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland, tickets at, 800-745-3000 or at Cumberland County Civic Center, One Civic Square, Portland.

Monday 6/20 Dinosaur Jr., 8 p.m., $25 advance/ $30 door/ $40 VIP, Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, tickets at

Friday 6/24 International Piano Festival, presented by Portland Conservatory of Music, June 22-29, public evening concerts: Frank Glazer, 7:30 p.m. June 24; Tamara Poddubnaya, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 26, Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland,, 775-3356.


Birdie Googins, a.k.a. the Marden’s Lady, provides a “fun-filled evening of stories of high adventure,” at the Freeport Factory Stage, 5 Depot St., Freeport. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. June 17 and 18. Tickets are $22.50 for adults, $17.50 for seniors and students, and can be purchased in advance at, 865-5505.

”Cafe Vienna,” presented by PORTopera’s Young Artists Program, 7:30 p.m., Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, 5 Monument Square, Portland, tickets, 8420800,, 865-5505.

Satoko Fujii and the Ma-Do ensemble, hosted by Dimensions in Jazz, 8 p.m., $10 students/ $15 advance/ $20 door, Portland Club, 179 Woodford St., Portland, advance tickets at Starbird Music or Jet Video in Portland, or 828-1310.

“Cymbeline Underground,” presented by the Acorn Shakespeare Ensemble, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26, free/ $10 suggested donation, Battery Steele, Peaks Island, nakedshakespeare. org or 854-0065.

Sunday 6/26

”Ida’s Havin’ A Yard Sale,” presented by Freeport Factory, June 22-July 2, 7:30 p.m. WednesdayFriday; 4 p.m., 8 p.m. Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday, $22.50 adult / $17.50 senior or student, Freeport Factory Stage, 5 Depot St., Freeport, tickets, Brown Paper Tickets,, 865-5505.

International Piano Festival, presented by Portland Conservatory of Music, June 22-29, public evening concerts: Frank Glazer, 7:30 p.m. June 24; Tamara Poddubnaya, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 26, Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland,, 775-3356.

Theater & Dance ”The Blue Moon Chronicles,” 7 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, June 9-26, $20, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, 899-3993, Birdie Googins, a.k.a. the Marden’s Lady, 7:30 p.m. June 17 and 18, $22.50 adult/ $17.50 seniors and students, Freeport Factory Stage, 5 Depot St., Freeport, freeportfac-

Wednesday 6/15 “Bloomsday Portland 2011,” presented by the Maine Irish Heritage Center and American Irish Repertory Ensemble, “Ulysses for Beginners,” humor piece by AIRE, 7:30 p.m., free and open to public, Bull Feeney’s Pub, 375 Fore St., Portland, FMI, 799-5327.

Thursday 6/16 “Bloomsday Portland 2011,” presented by the Maine Irish Heritage Center and American Irish Reper-

tory Ensemble, 7-10 p.m., readings from Ulysses, live music, Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland, FMI, 799-5327.

Monday 6/20

Naked Shakespeare North, 7 p.m., $10, Freeport Factory Stage, 5 Depot St., Freeport, tickets, Brown Paper Tickets, freeportfactory. com, 865-5505.

Wednesday 6/22

Soul Clap and Dance-Off Competition, 9 p.m., $5, 21+, Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, tickets, Bull Moose Music stores,

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Curtis Friends Library Book Sale, June 24–26, 10 a.m.– 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Brunswick Junior High School gymnasium, 65 Columbia Ave., Brunswick, all proceeds benefit Curtis Memorial Library, 725-5242, curtislibrary. com/booksale.

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Out & About

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Girl groups and female artists of the 1950s and 1960s are fondly recalled in “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” a jukebox musical that opens the 2011 summer season at Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick.





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geeky, while Suzy (Danielle Erin Rhodes) is the archetypal dumb blonde, complete with a mouth full of malapropisms and bubble gum. The second act is the class reunion 10 years later. The tone is more somber, and the women, now in their late 20s, have logged some experience in life, including unfaithful boyfriends and philandering husbands. The music that Bean has selected recycles about two dozen hit tunes, including the Chordettes’ two biggest: “Mr. Sandman” and “Lollipop.” Others fondly recall an assortment of different girl groups and female artists. Among the most memorable songs are “Lipstick On Your Collar” and “It’s My Party (And I’ll Cry If I Want To).” I loved this very tuneful, joyfully nostalgic show. MSMT’s four very appealing actresses boast fine voices and excellent stage presences, and their big crinoline skirts gaily recall the fashions of the times. “The Marvelous Wonderettes” is a perfect way to start the summer theater season on just the right note. Maine State Music Theatre presents “The Marvelous Wonderettes” through June 25 at Pickard Theater on the Bowdoin College campus in Brunswick. Call 725-8769 or go to

It’s been a blue decade for Maine’s bluegrass fans, with two major festivals going out of business and a third transforming itself into something else. But one of the best of the rest is getting better. The Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival has a new venue at the Litchfield Fairground and the 2011 lineup of artists includes major national acts plus a variety of local artists. Most of the music is scheduled for Friday afternoon and evening, all day Saturday and Sunday into the early afternoon. Bring your own lawn chairs, plus sunscreen, bug dope and clothing suitable for chilly Maine evenings. (In case of rain, there’s a tent.) The top three national headliners are Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Nothin’ Fancy and Dan Paisley & Southern Grass. New England acts include Cumberland Crossing, Wilf Clark & The Misty Mountaineers, White Mountain Bluegrass and the host band, Blistered Fingers. The top Canadian act is Bluegrass Diamonds. I’ve attended this alfresco shindig several times in the past, and this weekend I look forward to reacquainting myself with the Blistered Fingers Festival, and with Greg and Sandy Cormier, the energetic and affable Waterville couple who run the show. For details, including the full schedule, call 873-6539 or visit

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Summer theater schedules are traditionally dominated by fluffy, funny, tuneful musical fare. That’s exactly what’s offered in Brunswick through June 25 as Maine State Music Theater opens its 2011 season with “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” a nostalgic stroll down memory lane. “The Marvelous Wonderettes” is an exemplar of the “jukebox musical,” a stage show where a selection of unrelated pop songs that were originally written and performed by various disparate artists are assembled around a minimal story line, thinly drawn characters and a few other unifying features. Roger Bean wrote the script, and his unifying aesthetic is the female artists and girl groups of the 1950s and 1960s. It was a period when solo singers Connie Francis and Brenda Lee were at their peak of popularity. Ditto an assortment of all-female close-harmony vocal ensembles such as the Chordettes, Marvelettes, Shirelles and Crystals. Some of these groups formed in high school and scored their biggest hits before they reached their twenties. That’s the story of “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” four teenagers who won a high school competition. The setting is the 1958 Springfield High School senior prom, and Bean’s young ladies are performing at the big dance. Cindy Lou (Linda Seibert) is the prettiest, most popular and most poised. She knows it, and acts accordingly. Betty Jean (Brittney Morello) is her rival and tends to act out. Missy (Morgan Smith) is awkward and

example of sophisticated, virile manhood who is a perfect fit for the hero role, while Jessica Morgan adroitly plays his three dim-witted love interests. Robert Rice and Danny Prather gallop through a wide gamut of secondary parts, including policemen, railroad conductors, vaudeville actors and assorted villains. Needless to say, the fiendishly clever Nazi plot unravels and Britain’s secrets are saved – with a million laughs. Arundel Barn Playhouse, just off Route 1, presents “The 39 Steps” through June 25. Call 985-5552 or go to


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By Scott Andrews We’re still a week away from the astronomical start of summer, but Maine’s seasonal theater and music festivals won’t wait for the solstice. In Brunswick, Maine State Music Theatre lifted the curtain on its 53rd summer season last week with a wonderful professional production of “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” a tuneful and nostalgic jukebox musical that recycles many popular songs associated with female artists of the 1950s and 1960s. Arundel Barn Playhouse opened its 2011 summer season last week with a professional production of “The 39 Steps,” a comical send-up of the famous Alfred Hitchcock spy thriller. Maine’s bluegrass aficionados have seen the number of festivals dwindle over the past few years, with several going out of business entirely or morphing into something else. But one of the state’s best is getting better: The Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival has a new home at the Litchfield Fairground and top national and local artists are slated to appear daily through June 19.

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Community Calendar All ongoing calendar listings can now be found online at Send your calendar listing by e-mail to, by fax to 781-2060 or by mail to 5 Fundy Road, Falmouth, ME 04105.

Greater Portland Benefits Call to Register Vehicles for benefit car show, to benefit Portland Police Youth Activities League, open to classic, new, green or muscle cars, trucks, motorcycles, $15 registration fee, includes T-shirt; June 25 show in Portland; hosted by Portland Police Department and Portland Motor Club, register at, Kal Rogers, 233-9970. Spring into Summer Online Auction, to benefit Hour Exchange Portland, June 7-21, auction at, FMI, 619-4437.

Wednesday 6/15 “Infusathon Event,” specialty cocktail tasting competition, to benefit Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, 4:30-7:30 p.m., $15, participating downtown Portland bars, tickets required, available at infusathon or 775-2126.

Saturday 6/18 Annual Yard Sale, fundraiser for Scarborough High School Academic Decathlon Team, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 311 Gorham Road, Scarborough. Inaugural Maine 5K VisionWalk, fundraiser hosted by The Foundation Fighting Blindness, 9 a.m. registration at Payson Park; 10 a.m. walk at Baxter Blvd., Portland, to register, donate,, or Sara Hammel, 410-423-0624. ITN Portland Walk For Rides, 9 a.m.-noon, Back Cove, Portland, to


Thursday 6/23

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4 p.m. Island Advisory Comm. Casco Bay Ferry Terminal 4 p.m. Public Art Committee CH 5 p.m. Terminal Expansion Building Committee Jetport Conference Room A Wed. 6/15 5 p.m. Historic Preservation CH Wed. 6/15 5:30 p.m. Transforming Forest Av. Public Advisory Com. CH Thu. 6/16 4 p.m. Downtown Portland Corporation CH Thu. 6/16 5:30 p.m. Noise Advisory Comm. Jetport Conf. Room A Mon. 6/20 3 p.m. Fish Pier Authority CH Mon. 6/20 7 p.m. City Council CH Tue. 6/21 12 p.m. Sustainable Storm Water Funding Task Force CH Tue. 6/21 5 p.m. Health and Recreation Committee CH Tue. 6/21 5:30 p.m. Transportation Committee CH

register, sponsor, volunteer, 8540505, Deering Historic House Tour, tour of seven homes, 3 gardens, presented by Greater Portland Landmarks, proceeds benefit Greater Portland Landmarks programs, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., advance tickets, $30-$35; door, $40-$45, tour begins at Woodford’s Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, advance tickets,, 774-5561 ext. 102. Durham Eureka Community Center Yard Sale, table rental proceeds benefit Durham Eureka Community Center, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., U.S. Routes 9 and 136, Durham, FMI, Nancy Decker, 751-1323. Maine VisionWalk, to benefit Foundation Fighting Blindness, 9 a.m. registration; 10 a.m. walk begins at Payson Park, Back Cove,

PSO Night at Local Buzz, to benefit Portland Symphony Orchestra’s Maestro & Musicians Fund, with raffles, door prizes, 5:30-8:30 p.m., hosted by The Local Buzz, 327 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth,

Portland, with family-friendly activities, register at, Sara Hammel or Maribel Joa, 401423-0624. Neighborhood Yard Sale/Barbecue, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Elm Street United Methodist Church, 168 Elm St., South Portland, 799-0407, Wolfe’s Neck Farm Art Fest & Plein Air Event, to benefit the Wolfe’s Neck Farm Foundation, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free admission, art exhibit/sale by 50+ artists, kids activities, silent auction, live music, more, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, 865-4469.

Tuesday 6/21 Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Annual Pizza Party and Fundraiser, 5-9 p.m., Flatbread Pizza Co., 72 Commercial St., Portland,, 623-4511.

“Light on the Point,” Southern Maine Community College celebration and fundraiser, with music by Floydz Boyz, refreshments, 5:308 p.m., $30, SMCC campus, Fort Road, South Portland, kwaindle@

Friday 6/24 Allagash Victoria Ale Premiere, to benefit Victoria Mansion, with music by the Pete Kilpatrick Band, self-guided tours of Victoria Mansion, ale tastings, light supper, 5-8 p.m. advance tickets, $15 members/ $20 non-members/ $25 door, Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., Portland, 772-4841,

June 15, 2011 Activities League, with raffles, live music, demonstrations, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Portland Motor Club, 275 Presumpscot St., Portland, FMI, Officer Ray Ruby, 233-1151.

Maine Philanthropy Center, annual meeting, 3-5 p.m., $25 members/ $45 non-members, Abromson Center, USM Portland,

Trot for Tots 5K Run/Walk, fundraiser for Youth and Family Outreach, 8:30 a.m., Back Cove, Portland, register at, FMI,, 874-1073.

Thursday 6/23

June Jog 5K, to benefit RSU 5 Recreation and Community Education Scholarship Fund and The Port Teen Center, 7 a.m. registration; 8 a.m. 5K, $15; 8:30 a.m. 1 mile kids fun run, $2; Mast Landing School, 20 Mollymauk Lane, Freeport, 8656171, Quilter’s Market, to benefit First Parish Church, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., free admission, with 30+ vendors, First Parish Church UCC, 40 Main St., Freeport,

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Greek Food Festival, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. June 23-25, with artisans, live entertainment, church tours, more, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church grounds, corner of Pleasant and Park Streets, Portland, 7740281.

New Gloucester Strawberry Festival, 6-8 p.m., Congo Vestry, 19 Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester, 926-3188.

Call for Volunteers

Falmouth Heritage Museum needs volunteers/docents for new season, 60 Woods Road, Falmouth, 899-4435.

Freeport Factory Stage seeks volunteer ushers for shows, 865-5505,

Book, Jewelry and Art Sale, 3-day festival fundraiser for scholarships, hosted by South Freeport Church Mission Committee, Friday: 9 a.m.7 p.m. sale, 5-7 p.m. lobster dinner, $15-$20; Saturday: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. sale, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Gardens of South Freeport self-guided walking tour, rain or shine, $12; Sunday: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. sale, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. picnic lunch with free concert, South Freeport Church, 98 South Freeport Road, South Freeport,, 865-4012.

Falmouth/Cumberland Community Chamber annual meeting, 7:30–9 a.m., members free/ $10 non-members, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, register by June 14 at or 772-2811.

“Food/Hunger,” silent auction of prints by 10 artists, to benefit Cultivating Community, 4-7 p.m. reception June 24, auction ongoing June 20-26, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, 112 High St., Portland, view artwork at

Ecomaine Annual Meeting, with guest speaker Maine DEP Commissioner Darryl N. Brown, 11:30 a.m., free, open to public, 64 Blueberry Road, Portland,

Old Fashioned Bean Supper, seatings at 5:30 and 7 p.m., $8 adult/ $5 child, Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, 45 Seashore Ave., Peaks Island, 766-5514 to reserve seat.

”Night of Champions,” USA boxing and dinner show, with host Micky Ward, 5:30 p.m. doors, $65$75, The Landing at Pine Point, 353 Pine Point Road, Scarborough,


Saturday 6/25 “Calling All Cars:” Giant Car Show, to benefit the Portland Police Youth

Thursday 6/16 Business After Hours, hosted by Martin’s Point Health Care, 5-7 p.m., Chamber members free/$15 nonmembers, Martin’s Point Health Care, Veranda St., Portland, register,, 772-2811.

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Dining Out Saturday 6/18

Baked Bean Supper, 4:306 p.m. $7 adult/ $3 child, West Scarborough United Methodist Church, 2 Church St., Scarborough, 883-2814,

Cumberland Farmers Market Association Summer Markets, Wednesdays, 12-4 p.m., Walmart

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parking lot, US Route 1, Falmouth; Fridays, 10am - 12:15 p.m. Cricket Hunt School, U.S. Route 1, Freeport, and 2-5:30 p.m., L.L.Bean Campus, Coyote Parking Lot, Freeport; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon, Cumberland Town Hall, Tuttle Road, Cumberland, all markets rain or shine, FMI,

Friday 6/17 Portland Trails Discovery Trek Series, “A bit of history on the Eastern Promenade” 5:30-7:30 p.m. guided history walk with Herb Adams, members free/ $5 non-member suggested donation, space limited, must preregister for meeting place, 775-2411,

Saturday 6/18 Fort Williams Arboretum Project Community Volunteer Workday, 9 a.m.-noon, bring tools, no dogs or children, Fort Williams, South Portland, Janet Villiotte, 899-1657,

Monday 6/20 Eastern Trail Walk, 10 a.m., meet at Scarborough Memorial Cemetery parking lot, Old Blue Point Road, Scarborough, canceled if raining, FMI, Jim Monroe, 934-3834.

Friday 6/24 Hands-On Historic Gardening Workshop, hosted by Maine Historical Society, 9-11 a.m., registration required, 489 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822.

Getting Smarter

Neighborhoods Cleaner Streams, 6:30-8:30 p.m., free, Riverton Community Center, 1600 Forest Ave., Portland, FMI, 776-1066. Wisdom at Work Series, hosted by Portland Public Library, “How to Make a Professional Impact” by Amy Wood, 12-1 p.m., free, open to the public, Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700. World Affairs Council of Maine annual meeting, presentation by Admiral Dennis C. Blair (Retired), “Threats, Opportunities and Possibilities in Asia,” 5 p.m. business meeting, 6:30 p.m. dinner/presentation, Portland Country Club, 11 Foreside Road, Falmouth, register,, 221-4386.

Saturday 6/18 Book Review Brigade: A TwoSession Workshop on the Art of Book Reviewing, with William D. Bushnell, hosted by Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, 1-4 p.m. June 18 and July 9, $75 MWPA members/ $125 non-members, Glickman Library, USM Portland, fellowships available,, 228-8263. Family Finances Seminar, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., $50 adult/$75 couple, hosted by The Institute for Financial Literacy, 260 Western Ave., South Portland, registration required, 221-3601.

Monday 6/20 Mid-Summer’s Eve at Stonehenge,” 7 p.m. lecture by Patrick Peoples, 8 p.m. presentation on the astronomy of Stonehenge, free/ by donation, USM Southworth Planetarium, USM Portland campus, 780-4249, North Yarmouth Historical Society Meeting, “Maine in the Civil War,” 6:30 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. presentation by Steve Bunker, Old Town House, U.S. Route 9, North Yarmouth, 595-2997. Yarmouth Historical Society Meeting, “Baked Beans and Fried Clams: How Food Defines a Region” presentation by author Edie Clark, 7:30 p.m., $3 members/ $5 nonmembers, Log Cabin, 196 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-6259.

Tuesday 6/21 Small Business High Speed Growth Tour, workshop hosted by Portland SCORE and American Express, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., free, open to all persons who own a small business, Holiday Inn By The Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, must preregister,, 772-1147.

Health & Support Wednesday 6/15 Parkinson’s Support Group, 1–2:30 p.m., free, open to the public, Bay Square at Yarmouth,

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Friday 6/17 “Real Solutions to Life’s Problems,” kirtan, spiritual teachings by Radanath Swami and Shyamdas, 7-10 p.m., $25-15 suggested donation, Sadhana: The Meditation Center, 100 Brickhill Ave., South Portland, 772-6898, sadhaname. com.

Tuesday 6/21 Gong Meditation, hosted by Dragonfly Taijiquan to celebrate Summer Solstice/(post)Full Moon, 7-8:30 p.m., $12-$18 suggested donation, 222 St. John St., Suite 240, Portland, 761-2142, or

Wednesday 6/22 Maine Women’s Network annual event, 1-7 p.m. with presentations, silent auction, dinner, more, Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, register at

Friday 6/24 The Awake Collective Grand Opening Event, 4-9 p.m., healing arts clinic 4-6 p.m.; 6 p.m. space blessing; 7 p.m. dance event; 8:30 p.m. Gong bath, free and open to the public, 509 Forest Ave., Portland,, Mo Bankey, 703-475-6392.

Just for Seniors RSVP of Southern Maine is looking for volunteers ages 55 and older for community work, sponsored by Southern Maine Agency on Aging, variety of positions, including gardening, office work, crafts and more, call Priscilla Greene, 396-6521, pgreene@

Kids & Family Stuff

Family Finances Seminar, 6:308:30 p.m., $50 adult/$75 couple, hosted by The Institute for Financial Literacy, 260 Western Ave., South Portland, registration required, 221-3601.

Thursday 6/16 Cumberland Historical Society Meeting, 150th Civil War anniversary presentation and reenactment, 7 p.m., free and open to the public, 1853 Schoolhouse, 4A Blanchard Road, Cumberland, Carolyn Small, 415-4589. “How to Green Your Lawn,” workshop hosted by Greener

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“The Legend of the Banana Kid,” puppet show by Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers, 2 p.m. Kick-Off Event for “One World, Many Stories” Summer Reading Program, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., Freeport,

Children’s Summer Reading Program Kick-Off, 3-4 p.m., with magic show, music, Children’s Room, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland,, 871-1700.


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as well as nonprofit agencies and community leaders. Other agencies to receive funding are the city of Augusta, $400,000; town of Belfast, $400,000; town of Canton, $200,000; and the Kennebec Valley Council of Governments, $1 million. Maine DEP Deputy Commissioner Pattie Aho said there are 2,000 potential Brownfield sites in Maine. “The grants are being invested in cleaning up the past,” Aho said. “But the payoff truly is a healthier environment and a revitalized economy for all of Maine.”

quired the city to complete the project by 2008, but the city has only addressed nine of the CSOs, largely by separating sewer lines from storm-water lines. But the city’s consultant, John Gall, vice president of Camp Dresser & McKee, said it would cost the city an additional $525 million to address the remaining CSOs through separation alone. Gall recommended the city create a plan that continues some of the separation work, while relying more heavily on increasing storage and treatment capacity during rain storms, as well as incorporating some green solutions, such as rain gardens and green roofs. The recommendations, which total about $170 million, also include a new $45 million East End treatment facility and associated pumps, pipes and a new outflow.

Voters in 2007 approved a $61 million bond to finance the current separation project. But it’s unclear how the next phase of the project will be funded. Also unclear is the time line for implementation. Both the 25-year and 15-year plans would roughly triple the sewer bill of a residential customer, from about $450 a year currently to more than $1,300 a year. The Conservation Law Foundation pressed the city in a June 3 letter to implement a 15-year plan, noting the city’s CSOs violate the federal Clean Water Act. Public comment was not taken at Monday’s meeting, but Casco Baykeeper Joe Payne, who represents the Friends of Casco Bay, said afterwards that, while he supports the technical aspects of the project, he “strongly disagrees” with the 25-year plan. Payne said the city’s reluctance to address the problem over the last 20 years

to improve student performance at the struggling elementary school. As part of the deal with Woodfords, the Portland Conservatory, which currently uses the Memorial Hall space, would have been left homeless only a few years after the conservatory moved to the church space. Jordan said the church would consider working with Portland Conservatory

in the future, as the program looks to expand. In the 1960s, the Woodfords Congregational Church was the largest United Church of Christ on the east coast, with more than 1,500 members. The congregation has shrunk considerably since then, cutting staff and working on ways to offset reductions in income. Last year, the church put out a request

when there is a hate crime, people expect something to happen,” he said. Wessler said he expects the center will be shuttered this fall. But he is confident that two of the center’s signature programs will continue: The Unity Project, which works to discourage bullying in schools, and the New Migration Project, which fights bias and discrimination against immigrants. Those programs, especially the Unity Project, have not only been successful in Maine, but in 26 other states and eastern Europe. Wessler said the Unity Project has at one time or another been implemented in 80 to 90 schools, including 12 schools in Northern Ireland.

Although he is stepping down from the center, Wessler, who will turn 60, this summer, said he does not pine for a tranquil retirement. He plans to write at least one more book (Wessler previously authored “The Respectful School: How Educators and Students Can Conquer Hate and Harassment”) and continue teaching courses at the University of Southern Maine and Bates College. He also plans to continue lecturing at conferences and training human rights workers, which has taken him to Israel, Palestine, Cairo, Jordan, and Morocco, among other places. Wessler said he is disappointed the cen-

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Wessler from page 2 boyfriend were staying, or a biracial woman getting a brick thrown at her in Portland. “Prosecution is at the wrong end of the spectrum,” he said. Wessler said he started the center to take a more proactive stand against discrimination and harassment, trying to nip hate speech in the bud before it flowers into violence. And Wessler said he has noticed a shift in the state’s culture since the center, which once employed 13 people, began its work. “The great thing about Maine is that

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has already resulted in significant cost increases. Payne said the 1993 abatement plan, which was to be implemented over 15 years, was originally estimated to cost a little more than $100 million. Now, he said the entire project is estimated to cost more than $250,000. “That’s the cost of dragging their feet,” Payne said. “Just the cost of inflation is going to kill us in the 25-year plan.” Payne said he would like to see the momentum gained over the last three years continue. “Over the last three years they have done a marvelous job,” Payne said. “If they kept up that same pace over the next 15 years, we’d be done.” Randy Billings can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or Follow him on Twitter: @ randybillings.

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for proposals and considered a plan to convert the Parish House into senior housing. That proposal was also ultimately rejected by the members, Jordan said. Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or Follow her on Twitter: @ emilyparkhurst.

ter will close and a group of hardworking people will lose their jobs. “That’s been among the hardest part,” he said. “My overwhelming emotion is feeling sad – for the employees and for the loss of the work.” But he takes pride in knowing that the aim of the center’s work will continue in one form or another, whether by other nonprofit groups or through his writing and speaking events. “It’s really gratifying,” he said. “We have a model we know can travel.” Randy Billings can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or Follow him on Twitter: @randybillings.


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from page 1 reading of the TIF on Monday, clearing the way for a vote on June 20. Jon Jennings, a Thompson’s Point Development Co. managing partner who is also president and part owner of the Red Claws, said the project has an aggressive schedule and the city’s cooperation is needed to move the project forward. “When you’re talking about a $100 million real estate development, the window opens and then it closes,” Jennings said. “The economy, construction costs, any member of our investment group – any number of things could impact if we extended this out for a long period of time.” Jennings touted the public benefits of the project, which would include a new arena for the Red Claws, a medium-sized concert hall, a hotel, restaurants and office space. He said an economic impact analysis predicts the project would result in $169

million in one-time economic activity during construction, including $49 million in wages for more than 1,200 people. Once complete, potentially by winter 2013, the development could result in $31 million in annual sales and support $11 million a year in wages for about 450 employees, he said. City Economic Development Director Greg Mitchell said the city would also receive financial benefits from the project, including drawing more visitors to the region for conventions, athletic events and concerts. The city would still receive about $26.4 million in taxes over the next 30 years. Three percent of those funds, or $1.7 million, would be set aside for investments in public transit. Creating the TIF would also protect state education funding and revenue sharing agreements, which decrease as property values increase. Michell said that benefit equates to about $12.2 million over the 30-year term.

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Mitchell said some of the city’s portion of the TIF money would be used to plan for investments in public transit. But several councilors wondered whether that set-aside was enough to make a dent in transit projects, including increasing bus schedules and making bicycle and pedestrian improvements along outer Congress Street. “This dollar figure is fairly puny compared to the demand,” Councilor Edward Suslovic said. Councilor David Marshall said he plans to amend the TIF to increase the transit set-aside. The proposed 3 percent funding level would not increase bus runs adequately to connect the point to other parts of the city, he said. Councilor Kevin Donoghue, meanwhile, said he is concerned the council will not stick to the original intent of the TIF. He said similar accounts in the past have been tapped to supplement the general fund and reduce property taxes. “I’m wary, because the city has a history of adopting purposeful TIF districts, but not funding the purpose,” Donoghue

June 15, 2011 said. “I’m concerned this could easily tip down to zero, when it could – and probably should – tip up to a higher percentage.” The council must also decide whether to set a firm cap on the tax benefit the developers receive. Mitchell estimated that two of the city’s 12 TIF districts currently have such caps. Chris Thompson, who is also a Thompson’s Point Development Co. managing partner, said the group would rather stick to the percentages outlined in the current plan, than capping it at a specific dollar amount. “To cap it at a number I think creates almost a disincentive to be able to work hard ourselves and work with our users to find ways to add value,” Thompson said. A neighborhood meeting about development has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 21, at 6 p.m., in the Renaissance A meeting room at the Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress St. Randy Billings can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or Follow him on Twitter: @ randybillings.

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