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Vol. 10, No. 29

News of The City of Portland

Police seek man believed to have witnessed shooting By Andrew Cullen PORTLAND — A week after the fatal, early morning shooting of a Portland man, police have interviewed all potential witnesses but one.

Not all have been cooperative, Chief Michael Sauschuck said Tuesday, and the identity of the final witness remains a mystery. No arrests have been made, and police have yet to identify

a suspect in the shooting death of Matthew Blanchard, 24, who was killed at the intersection of India and Congress streets at about 1 a.m. July 11. Blanchard’s death was the

city’s first homicide of 2012. Two other men, John Howard, 20, and 24-year-old Joshua Hersom, both of Portland, were also shot. Howard and Hersom underwent surgery that day and

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Jonathan Loft helps a customer at Photo Market in Portland last week. The shop is the only one left in the city dedicated to photography, and has only a few competitors in the region. For the few that survive, diversifying beyond selling film and printing photos has been a key.

Photo shops in slow race to extinction By Andrew Cullen PORTLAND — It’s difficult to get around in Photo Market, the camera store at 945 Forest Ave. The place isn’t large, and what

space there is is packed with boxes of photo and printer paper stacked near shelves full of camera bags and precariously perched tripods, with a quartet of digital imaging stations squeezed in between racks of camera accessories. Customers wind their way

through, careful not to snag anything with a trailing elbow or camera strap. There’s too much inventory in the bursting store, says owner Peter Doe. From the looks of things, the imaging industry must

survived. A fourth man with the group was not injured. The men walked through the East Bayside and India Street See page 21

Baxter Academy charter school opening delayed until Sept. 2013

By William Hall PORTLAND — Proposed charter school Baxter Academy of Technology and Science has received conditional approval from the state to open in September 2013 – a year later than originally planned. In a 6-0 vote, the Maine Charter School Commission gave the school conditional approval at a Tuesday meeting in Augusta. The approval requires Baxter to revise its charter application with additional information by Sept. 30. Baxter would then have until Jan. 30 to negotiate a charter contract. The decision comes two weeks after the commission postponed a vote because it had questions about the school’s budget. The 2013 opening is necessary because Baxter needs more time to complete preparations for its first day, including making handicapped-accessible changes in space the school leases at 54 York St., Baxter Executive Director John Jacques said. “It was just getting to be too short a time-frame, and too impractical to finish everything we had to do,” he said. “Opening in 2013 is better for all concerned.” Boosting applications will be a priority for the school over the coming year, he said. Fifty-one students already had applied to Baxter before Tuesday’s vote. The academy was aiming for an enrollment of up to 160 freshmen and sophomores to start in September. Reaction to the commission’s decision was

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Panhandling restrictions fail to get council support By Andrew Cullen PORTLAND — An ordinance that would have corralled panhandling, but billed as a public safety measure, spurred a debate about poverty and homelessness before being defeated Monday Index Arts Calendar ................18 Classifieds .....................24 Community Calendar.....20 Meetings ........................20

night by the City Council. “Simply put this is a pedestrian safety ordinance brought by request of the police,” Councilor Ed Suslovic, chairman of the Public Safety, Health, and Human Services Committee,

Obituaries ...................... 11 Opinion ............................6 Out & About ...................19 People & Business ........12

said in his introduction of the proposed rule, an amendment to the city code that would have banned pedestrians from road medians unless they were crossing the street. The proposal, which was de-

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feated 6-3 with Suslovic, Councilor John Coyne, and Mayor Michael Brennan in the minority, would have forced people using signs to ask for money at intersections to stand on the sidewalk, but would not have

City councilors give food trucks a green light Page 3

banned panhandling outright. “Panhandling appears nowhere in the ordinance,” Suslovic said. “For today what I’m trying See page 28

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short intervals in all directions are not safe and possibly cause cancer while also harming household appliances. CMP spokesman Jon Carroll said meter installations are nearly complete, with about 2,000 meters left to install. The company began installing meters in late summer 2010, using economic stimulus funding from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. Shortly after the installations began, consumers including Friedman and Scarborough residents Elisa Boxer-Cook and Suzanne Foley-Ferguson raised questions about the health and security risks posed by meters transmitting customer information via a wireless grid. Moratoriums on installations were passed by town councils in Bath, Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough as separate complaints were filed with the commission. The complaints were eventually combined for the commission to hear. Carroll said about 8,000 customers have opted out of the program. The utility initially balked at allowing customers to choose not to have the meters installed, but was ordered by the PUC in January 2011 to create an opt-out plan. Customers who want to keep their old meters must pay an initial $40 fee and $12 monthly. Customers who want the wireless transmission capability of a new meter disabled must pay an initial $20 fee and $10.50 monthly. In the opinion written by Justice Jon Levy, the state’s highest court agreed the PUC ignored its legal responsibility to ensure CMP was safely and reasonably delivering power by taking no stance on the safety of the new meters. Commission lawyers Jordan McColman and Catherine Connors argued during the May 10 court hearing that the PUC was allowed to dismiss Friedman’s complaint because it had already resolved questions about smart meter safety in earlier hearings that created the opt-out plans. The court disagreed, saying “(the PUC) may have considered, to a limited extent, the health and safety issues Friedman raised, but it did not resolve those issues.” But the court ruled against the plaintiffs’ claims the PUC violated the Fourth, Fifth and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution and Article I of the Maine Constitution by allowing CMP to install the meters against the wishes of its customers. Friedman said he was disappointed the court ruled against the broader questions of property rights, especially because Levy’s opinion said the PUC was not the venue to decide Constitutional questions. “It was a small step forward in the right direction. I don’t think the court could have done anything less,” Friedman said, adding he is disappointed the court did not require a stay of opt-out fees charged by CMP. When the commissioners consider the smart meter safety questions, Friedman said he hopes their decision will lead to a total recall of the meters. “If there is conflicting evidence, how can you possibly ensure safety?,” he said. “There is plenty of precedent in history for recalling unsafe products.” The PUC hearing will be held Tuesday, July 24, at 10 a.m. at 101 Second St. in Hallowell.

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By David Harry PORTLAND — The Maine Public Utilities Commission will take a fresh look next week at a portion of a consumer complaint about wireless electric meters installed by Central Maine Power Co. PUC Chairman Thomas Welch and Commissioners David Littell and Mark Vannoy will re-examine the possible health hazards associated with radio frequency waves used to transmit consumer data and determine monthly billing for

more than 600,000 CMP accounts. The commission was ordered last Thursday by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to reopen the portion of a complaint the commissioners dismissed without comment last summer. The complaint, filed by Bowdoinham resident Ed Friedman and 18 other utility customers, sought to eliminate fees charged by the utility to customers who opt out of the so-called “smart meter” program. Friedman said he wants the meters re-

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City Council gives food trucks a green light By Andrew Cullen PORTLAND — No longer will food trucks have to be contestants in a nationally televised reality show to ply city streets. A unanimous City Council vote Monday night established the regulatory framework for licensing and operation of the mobile food vendors. Although councilors voted as a unified bloc to approve the recommendations that originated with a specially created food truck task force and sent to them by their Public Safety, Health, and Human Services Committee with minor amendments, city residents who commented on the issue were divided. Previously, food trucks were banned except during festivals, and during the filming in June of an episode of the Food Network show “The Great Food Truck Race,” when the competitors were granted special permits. The ordinance that was passed Monday takes effect in a month and restricts the trucks to some city parks, a handful of streets around the edges of downtown, and industrial off-peninsula locations during the day. The rules also ban food trucks from operating within 65 feet of any working kitchen on the peninsula, or within 200 feet from another establishment off the peninsula. Food trucks will be allowed to operate

on private property in any non-residential section of the city during the day, but will still have to keep their distance from existing restaurants. The vote also established a fee structure for food truck licenses: $500 for a standard license and $200 for one that allows the vendor to operate between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Since the task force created to look at the subject began meeting in early March, some critics have said that the ordinance amounts to protectionism on behalf of the city’s brick-and-mortar eating establishments, and several speakers again lobbed that charge during Monday’s meeting. Resident Charles Bragdon called the rules “unworkable,” and a “way to make food trucks not exist.” Bragdon said food trucks will not compete with restaurants because of limits to their own production capacity, and that the regulations “would limit my potential to operate during the times of the day that would allow me to be profitable” as a food truck operator. “Most of the places on the map” where food trucks will be allowed – in the Bayside neighborhood, on most of the Eastern Promenade, and along parts of West Commercial, Commercial, Spring, and St. John streets, and Park Avenue – “are going to be places where there are not real people,” said Steven Scharf, a

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regular speaker against perceived overregulation. Bragdon suggested the council revisit the entire ordinance before taking action. “We really should go back to the drawing board,” he said. “We’re potentially closing the door on one of the most potentially diverse experiences (Portland) could offer.” But Michael Mastronardi, owner of 164 Middle St., which houses the White Cap Grille, said that while he supports food trucks, the ordinance before councilors threatened the restaurant culture that supports Portland’s food-centric reputation. He said those establishments pay significant taxes and hire year-round staff, and are already at risk because of the general economy. Mastronardi said “food trucks should compete with food trucks,” and suggested tabling the ordinance in order to create a more level playing field, one in which food trucks would not be allowed in the heart of the city: “Not Cumberland, Spring, Middle, not parks, not private property.” Doug Fuss, the owner of Bull Feeney’s owner and president of the Portland Downtown District, who also served on the task force, said that the licensing fees

are too low and should be increased to offset the cost of health inspections and to make the fees “palatable” to other food establishments. But councilors said the ordinance makes concessions to both sides. “This is a careful balance,” said Councilor Ed Suslovic, who spearheaded the Public Safety Committee’s effort to push the task force’s recommendations to the council. The fee structure is fair, given the restrictive operating area for food trucks, he said, while forcing food trucks to follow posted parking regulations will push them toward setting up on private property. “I don’t think there should be much fear,” Councilor David Marshall said. “There might be a few (food trucks) that are able to pull this off. There’s not a lot of territory that’s available to be utilized that has a pre-existing clientele.” “I feel as though this is a great place to start,” he said. Monday’s meeting may not be the last time the council is called upon to address the issue: Suslovic said that given the strict nature of the initial rules, he would not be surprised to see councilors voting on amendments to open more of the city to food trucks a year from now. Andrew Cullen can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or acullen@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @ACullenFore.

New Asian in Portland, and Frosty’s ventures to Freeport By Amy Anderson There are a handful of new restaurants, bars and markets opening (or reopening) this summer, just in time to entice tourists and locals alike. At 865 Forest Ave. in Portland, Venue has reopened as The New Venue with new management and a different menu. The restaurant/club offers lunch and dinner, wood-fired brick-oven specialties, karaoke, DJ’s and live bands, and daily happyhour specials. Veranda Asian Market opened recently at 695 Forest Ave., Portland, in what used to be Aubuchon Hardware. The market also offers take-out food from the Veranda Noodle Bar and Veranda Thai restaurants. The owner of Benkay on India Street in Portland plans to open another restaurant at 653 Congress St. called Kushiya Benkay. The menu will include traditional sushi and Yakitori options. The restaurant is expected to open this month. A Chinese restaurant called Zen Bistro will occupy the space most recently known as District at 45 Danforth St. in Portland. The owners plan to open later this month. Melissa Bouchard, executive chef of DiMillo’s on the Water in Portland, will compete in the Great American Seafood Cook Off in New Orleans on Aug. 11. The culinary competition emphasizes the importance of cooking with domestic and sustainable seafood. Bouchard will compete against more than a dozen seafood chefs from across the country, who are

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encouraged to showcase sustainable fish and shellfish native to their home states. Timothy Pierre Labonte is the new executive chef at the Portland Harbor Hotel restaurant Eve’s at the Garden. Labonte has created a new lunch, dinner and bar bites menu for Eve’s. Thanks to chefowner Jay Villani of Sonny’s restaurant, 83 Exchange St., there is free public WiFi in Portland’s Post Office Park. The new WiFi network is called “Free Public WiFi,” and no password is needed. In Yarmouth, a new restaurant called Gathering is under construction at 189 Main St. Chad Conley, who has worked at Jean-Georges in New York, Hugo’s in Portland and the Miyake farm in Freeport, will be the executive chef. The casual, family-friendly restaurant is expected to open this fall. Brunswick’s iconic Frosty’s Donuts is expanding to Freeport this summer. The second doughnut shop will be at 45 Main St. Freeport also has a new wine shop and a coffee shop. The Wine Shack is next to Buck’s Naked BBQ at 554 Route 1; Moses Dyer Coffee is at 12 School St. The coffee shop is owned by Erika and Jeffrey Yingling of Isabella’s Sticky Buns. Sweet Angel at 136 Pleasant St. in Brunswick offers authentic Thai vegetarian, barbecue and seafood dishes. The restaurant is open Monday-Friday

11 a.m.-9 p.m. and on weekends from noon-9 p.m. India Taste, at 435 Cottage Road in South Portland has closed, but Thai Taste has expanded into the former Mojo’s

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Martin’s Point Bridge will remain open during replacement By William Hall PORTLAND — The state has released the design of a replacement for the aging Martin’s Point Bridge, which connects East Deering with U.S. Route 1 in Falmouth. The design of the $23 million replacement bridge was unveiled at a Maine Department of Transportation public meeting at Portland City Hall on July 10. The replacement bridge will be built next to the current one, which will remain open during construction. The design calls for two traffic lanes, a pedestrian lane on the bridge’s western side, a multi-use pathway on the eastern side, and two “bumpouts” that will provide space for fishing. While the new structure will closely follow the current bridge’s footprint, it will be 112 feet shorter than the current span of nearly 1,400 feet, because fill material will be added around the bridge approaches, MDOT said. No public or private property will be taken for the bridge. Five contractors competed to design and build the replacement bridge, which was awarded to the team of CPM Constructors of Freeport and engineering firm Vanasse Hangen Brust-

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completed in December 2014, according to MDOT project manager Leanne Timberlake. The current bridge, more than 70

years old, carries 15,000 vehicles a day across the Presumpscot River. The bridge was renovated in 1991, but MDOT determined in 2010 that a replacement was necessary because of the bridge’s deteriorating condition. “This bridge really needs to be replaced,” said Bonny Rodden, a nearby resident and Falmouth town councilor. “With the new design, we’ll have a bridge that is much improved, and is suited for more uses.” The design creates more space for walking, biking, and fishing on the bridge deck, and more vertical and horizontal clearance for boats passing below. In addition, the design carves out a small recreational space on the Falmouth side of the bridge. Rodden called the space a “lookout” because it offers a panoramic view of the river. “The Presumpscot has always been a vital part of our town, and this is a beautiful spot to see it,” she said. MDOT is considering suggestions for landscaping the space, as well as for lighting, railings, and other finishing touches to the bridge. As part of this process, the department will hold another public meeting on Aug. 7. “The design was well-received (at last week’s meeting),” Timberlake said. “But obviously, there were some concerns, especially on the part of Falmouth, about issues such as truck traffic and parking in the area. We want to be very careful of the impact this project has.” Rodden said the construction will only be a temporary inconvenience. “In the end,” she said, “we’ll have a bridge that is better and safer for everyone.” William Hall can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or whall@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @hallwilliam4.

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Inspection provides up-close look at historic dam By Andrew Cullen PORTLAND — The floodgate opened, and the Stroudwater River poured forth Monday, rushing out at a pace rarely seen. Within hours, the small tributary of the Fore River was reduced to a mere stream, its muddy banks revealed as a wading bird splashed in the shallows. Typically opened only during periods of extremely heavy rain, this draining of the dam was planned as the city conducted its first inspection of the structure in nearly 15 years. The inspection was prompted when city officials noticed that the dam off Westbrook Street had sprung leaks around the sluice gate, which was damaged by floating debris several years ago. The gate, which is meant to be operated mechanically, has had to be opened manually since that time – no easy task because the heavy metal slab was bent and off its tracks. On Monday afternoon, Public Services Department workers took turns straining against the temperamental gate’s crank for at least half an hour as they closed it at the end of the inspection. The dam isn’t in danger of failing or being torn down, city officials said. But they needed to be sure that the structure is sound before planning repairs to the gate or anything else, said Jon Emerson, the city’s utilities coordinator. The city hired a contractor, William Peterlein, of Lewiston-based Summit Geoengineering Services, to do the inspection. While Peterlein had little to report on Monday – his final report should be ready in a few weeks, he said – “in general,” Peterlein said, “it’s in good condition.”

The dam plays an important role in the area’s history and contemporary life, city officials and Stroudwater residents say. The river has been dammed since 1733, when it served to power a mill. The current structure, which looks from a distance like a jumbo-sized New England stone wall with an arch above the sluice gate, was built in the 1840s to control the flow of logged trees. It was later used to widen the river for the purpose of commercial ice harvesting, and was deeded to the city in 1944 – with the condition that commercial icing operations not be allowed, one Public Services employee said. Today, the dam exists “for historic and aesthetic purposes,” Emerson said. “For those who live on the river, it’s a great place for recreation,” said Stroudwater Village Association President Elizabeth Hoglund. In summer, the river provides a place to canoe and kayak, fish, or swim. In winter, it becomes a fine upstream ice skating lane for a few days before snow covers its surface, she said, providing a unique experience in urban Portland. Neighborhood residents try to share the river with the rest of the city, Hoglund said, and there are access points at the dam and the Stroudwater Burial Ground on Westbrook Street, across Congress Street from the dam. There’s a great deal of wildlife in the area, Hoglund said, from birds to foxes and deer that depend on the river as a water source. When the river was drained for a few days last year for another maintenance project, neighbors saw numerous animals confused by the sudden disapcontinued page 23

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Vacationland isn’t for sissies Who knew that living at the beach could be so torturous? Me: Who wants to go for a walk on the beach? My children: Ohhh Mom, do we have to? Or, the equally charming response: Not me! It’s July. I drive down the street to the beach – it’s so close to my home that the engine of my car barely warms up by the time I’ve arrived. How lucky am I? When I first began plotting my move away from the Boston suburbs, I clearly remember my goal being to live within a 20-minute drive of the ocean. That was my greatest hope. Nirvana. I imagined how wonderful it would be to pile my kids into the car, throw in a canvas tote bag brimming with sunscreen and snacks and chilly beverages, toss in a good-sized stack of oversized, colorful towels, and in one third of an hour, have our toes in the Atlantic.

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distant loved one along these lines: ”Hi, we just got here. Traffic wasn’t too bad. It’s so beautiful! We’ll be home next Saturday.”

The first time I overheard a conversation like that, I froze in my tracks, and felt a sense of great fortune, realizing that while I was Sugar merely on my daily beach stop, these people only got to experience this for maybe seven days out of 365.

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Of course, I wouldn’t ever shout something like that to a visitor, because that would just be cruel, not to mention ill mannered. But there’s something inside of me that feels so fortunate, I often need to tape my mouth in order to contain my

emotion.

Who knew I’d be so fortunate as to end up with an ocean view (at least from my driveway.) I recall the first summer I lived here I was in awe of the fact that I did, as my license plate clearly stated, reside in “Vacationland.”

Last night, I was walking on the beach at sunset with two of my teenage offspring. (Yes, they do sometimes succumb, although prying the male child from the comfort of his hi-speed fan was no easy task.)

And now, as we’re on the verge of celebrating the seventh anniversary of our move to Maine, I’m still slightly shocked when I overhear someone on a cell phone, standing in the parking lot at my beach, looking longingly out at the ocean, and saying something to a

Heaven? No. Just an ordinary evening in Vacationland. A couple of summers ago, we arrived home one evening to find an envelope wedged in our kitchen door, containing a note from a man visiting from the other

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side of the country. His aunt apparently used to own our home, and he had treasured memories of summers spent visiting her while he was growing up. The envelope contained what was apparently our old cellar door key, along with a handful of photos documenting our house from various incarnations in the early and mid 1900s.

It was one of the sweetest and most meaningful gifts anyone had ever given us – partly because it was so unexpected, and spoke so quietly of such sentiment and love for this special place.

As my kids and I gaze into the photos, we talk wistfully about what it must have been like back then, when the trees that now block most of our ocean views were small or nonexistent, when farmers owned most of the land, and when you could sit on the porch and see only water for miles and miles.

And as I entertain romantic visions of the loving mothers who came before me, strolling to the beach with picnic hampers and checkered blankets and happy bathing-suited children wanting to frolic at the seashore, I’m quite certain my own prodigies are imagining all of the generations of poor, helpless children that came before them, being dragged against their will to the beach by annoyingly enthusiastic mothers. Ahhhh, “Vacationland.”

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Teachers hit the classroom in summer Lots of people envy teachers for having the summer Talent Development program. Portland High is considering adoption of that model, which draws “off.” But many of our teachers in the Portland Public Schools are spending these Superintendent’s on students’ interests and aspirations to prepare them for post-secondary education beautiful, sunny days in class, learning new and/or careers. content and new teaching strategies that will improve their practice. The Nellie Mae grant is paying for staff

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to attend both of those national conferences. The grant also will pay for Casco Bay High School’s summer institute for faculty in August, when teachers will develop and refine learning expeditions for the coming year. Casco Bay High School is a member of Expeditionary Learning’s national network that involves students in rigorous, multidisciplinary projects addressing real-world issues.

This summer, many of our high school teachers are working on the Pathways to Success initiative aimed at providing more Ira Waltz Portland school staff also are involved in options for Portland’s students. Funded by many other types of professional developa $5 million grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the initiative will implement new ment this summer, including work focused on supporting learning models at Deering and Portland high schools beginning in the 2013-14 school year. This summer, teachers and other professional staff are learning more about the models under consideration. Nine Deering teachers and I attended a conference in New York sponsored by the International Studies School Network. The network’s mission is to prepare every student to succeed in college or other post-secondary education and to help students learn how the world works as the foundation for success in a global era as well as how they can take action and make a difference. Deering is considering adoption of the network’s learning model. Portland High School will send about 10 staff people to a conference sponsored by Johns Hopkins University’s

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7/9 at 7 p.m. Daniel F. Lynch, 53, of Portland, was arrested on Congress Street by Officer Eric Johnson on a charge of disorderly conduct. 7/9 at 7 p.m. Warren H. Hyman, 37, of Portland, was arrested on Oxford Street by Officer Michael Bennis on a charge of assault. 7/10 at 1 p.m. Raymond Richard, 51, of Portland, was arrested on Exchange Street by Officer Robert Hawkins on a charge of criminal trespass. 7/10 at 1 p.m. Lisa Marie Witham, 33, of Westbrook, was arrested on Congress Street by Officer James Keddy on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 7/10 at 3 p.m. Anthony Budzko, 46, of Portland, was arrested on Middle Street by Officer Daniel Knight on a charge of public drinking. 7/10 at 4 p.m. Janet M. Storer, 46, of Arundel, was arrested on Congress Street by Officer Jacob Titcomb on charges of violation of conditional release and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. 7/11 at 12 a.m. William S. Hunt, 28, of Portland, was arrested on Shepley Street by Officer Laurence Smith on a charge of criminal mischief. 7/11 at 12 a.m. Troy Welch, 45, of Portland, was arrested on Middle Street by Officer Christopher Shinay on a charge of public drinking. 7/11 at 12 a.m. Sherwood J. Smallidge, 35, of Raymond, was arrested on Riverside Street by Officer Matthew Pavlis on a warrant from another agency. 7/11 at 8 a.m. Melinda B. Belanger, 52, of Portland, was arrested on Oxford Street by Officer Daniel Knight on a charge of assault. 7/11 at 9 a.m. Robert M. Smith, 31, of Portland, was arrested on Middle Street by Officer Cong Van Nguyen on a charge of criminal trespass. 7/11 at 3 p.m. Trevin Magee-Fullam, 31, of Portland, was arrested on Commercial Street by Officer Eric Nevins on a charge of assault. 7/11 at 4 p.m. Brian J. Valente, 35, of Portland, was arrested on Middle Street by Officer Daniel Knight on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

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from previous page 7/11 at 5 p.m. Robert R. Reynolds, 55, of Portland, was arrested on Commercial Street by Officer Gayle Petty on a charge of criminal trespass. 7/11 at 5 p.m. Joseph Bowie, 24, of Portland, was arrested on Cumberland Avenue by Officer Thien Duong on charges of violation of conditional release, violation of protection order, and assault. 7/11 at 7 p.m. Nicholas Joseph Leeman, 23, of South Portland, was arrested on India Street by Officer Gayle Petty on a charge of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. 7/11 at 10 p.m. Logan C. Sewall, 27, of Bath, was arrested on State Street by Officer Sean Hurley on a charge of public drinking. 7/11 at 10 p.m. Kenneth J. Delano, 41, of Portland, was arrested on Park Avenue by Officer Christopher Roy on a charge of criminal trespass. 7/12 at 2 a.m. Alan M. Curran, 38, no address listed, was arrested on Frederic Street by Officer Zachary Finley on a charge of violation of conditional release. 7/12 at 2 a.m. Daniel J. Mitchell, 46, no address listed, was arrested on Park Avenue by Officer Christopher Roy on a charge of criminal trespass.

7/12 at 8 a.m. Abner P. Clarkson, 23, of Alfred, was arrested on Oxford Street by Officer Anthony Ampezzan on a warrant from another agency. 7/12 at 10 a.m. Douglas K. Moore, 24, no address listed, was arrested on Cutter Street by Officer Cong Van Nguyen on a warrant from another agency. 7/12 at 10 a.m. Ronald W. Spiller, 64, of Portland, was arrested on Congress Square by Officer Eric Nevins on a charge of criminal trespass. 7/12 at 12 p.m. Louis A. Burns, 54, of Kennebunk, was arrested on Stevens Avenue by Officer William Stratis on a charge of violation of conditional release. 7/12 at 12 p.m. William S. Conley, 52, no address listed, was arrested on Commercial Street by Officer Stephen Black on a warrant from another agency. 7/12 at 3 p.m. Abdi F. Ali, 23, of Portland, was arrested on Washington Avenue by Officer Anthony Ampezzan on charges of violation of conditional release and operating under the influence. 7/12 at 6 p.m. Robert L. Joy, 51, of Congress Street, was arrested by Officer Jeffrey Viola on a charge of assault. 7/12 at 9 p.m. Michael Sargent, 45, no address listed, was arrested on Walton Street by Officer Eric McCusker on a charge of violating conditional release. 7/12 at 11 p.m. Michael McElhaney, 53, no address listed, was arrested on Commercial Street by Officer Jeffrey Viola on a charge of public drinking. 7/13 at 2 a.m. Hersi A. Shuceyb, 22, of Portland, was arrested on Forest Avenue by Officer Eric McCusker on a charge of operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

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area of Portland, was a magnet for frequent visits from her many brothers and sisters. The house was also a favorite spot for her children’s many friends. The couple loved to travel and took many Caribbean cruises with their large circle of friends. Driving to Montana to visit with Marty’s brother, Eddie, and driving around New England for yearly World War II reunions was also a favorite pastime. Derrig loved the Italian Heritage Center. As a 50-year member, she never missed a weekend function. She always talked about what wonderful people and friends she had made at the center. Up until her recent illness she could be counted on to visit there at least once a week. Derrig was predeceased by her husband, Marty; her sisters Antoinette Joyce, Adeline Quattrucci, Susie Fuller, Camilla Anderson and Emma Carrigan; and brothers Frank Toppi and Rocco Toppi Jr. She is survived by her sister, Yolanda Noyes; a daughter, Kathleen Lee; two sons, Michael and wife, Robyn Derrig,

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Portland edition Spring Coaches of the Year By Michael Hoffer

Spring 2012 Portland edition Coach of the Year Boys' Team DEKE ANDREW Cheverus Lacrosse No one has done more to promote the sport of boys' lacrosse in Maine than Deke Andrew and this spring, finally, Andrew got to bask in the glow of coaching a team in a state championship Andrew game. After the Stags fell short of the postseason in 2011, Andrew guided them through a difficult regular season slate and a challenging postseason crucible. Andrew has been a part of Maine boys' lacrosse since the sport was in its infancy. Andrew discovered the sport at North Yarmouth Academy. Andrew also played at Yarmouth High and Waynflete and was an honorable mention all-star his senior year. Andrew got into coaching out of high school, helping with the Yarmouth Middle School program. In 1999, Cheverus began its varsity program and Andrew became the coach, the only coach the program has had to date. The Stags were often competitive, but hadn't been able to take the final step until this spring. Cheverus lost its opener to Deering, 4-2 (remember that team and score), then won six straight. The Stags wound up 8-4 and were primed to make a playoff run. After dominating Messalonskee in the quarterfinals, Cheverus upset unbeaten Brunswick in overtime in the semis, then avenged their earlier loss with a 4-2 victory over Deering in the Eastern A Final. The Stags weren't able to cap their magical season with a championship, however, falling to three-time champion Scarborough, 9-4, in the state game. “I thought we'd be more competitive than anyone expected,” said Andrew. “We had an experienced defense, good athletes like (Cam) Olson and (Brent) Green at the midfield and youth on attack. The guys didn't care who or where they

played. The Marshwood game (a 10-9 overtime loss in the regular season finale) gave me the feeling we'd be able to push deep into the playoffs. Brunswick was a big game emotionally. They're a great program with a great tradition, but the kids weren't fazed. I'm most proud of our preparation for states. Every single player came to (Fitzpatrick Stadium) planning to and expecting to win.” Andrew has been fortunate to have Jason Hurley. the former Falmouth High and St. Mary's College of Maryland coach, as his assistant. “Jason brings an incredible depth of knowledge about the game. I give him free reign to do whatever he thinks is best.” Andrew runs 207 Lacrosse, which runs leagues and clinics for players from kindergarten age through adults. He hopes to continue coaching indefinitely. Cheverus and the sport on a local level are in great hands as long as our Coach of the Year, Deke Andrew, is leading the way. 2011 winner: Mac McKew (Cheverus baseball) 2010 winner; Steve Kautz (Waynflete baseball) 2009 winner: Eric Begonia (Portland lacrosse) 2008 winner: Mike D'Andrea (Deering baseball) 2007 winner: Mike D'Andrea (Deering baseball) 2006 winner: Stephane Pejic (Waynflete tennis) 2005 winner: Eric Begonia (Portland lacrosse) 2004 winner: Mike D'Andrea (Deering baseball)

Spring 2012 Portland edition Coach of the Year Girls' team CATHIE CONNORS Waynflete Lacrosse Nobody breaks hearts like Cathie Connors. For years, her Waynflete girls' lacrosse team has dashed the championship hopes of the likes of Greely, Kennebunk, North Yarmouth Academy and Yarmouth. This spring, Cape Elizabeth and Falmouth learned how difficult Connors and her team are to beat on the big stage as in the regional playoffs, Waynflete somehow rallied against all odds to shock the Yachtsmen on a goal in the final minute of the semifinals and the Capers in overtime in an epic

regional final. No one wins games like Cathie Connors. In her 20 years at the helm of the juggernaut Flyers, she's won 236 contests and 11 state championships (including nine in the Maine Principals' Associationsanctioned era). Under sunny skies or in the rain, against the best competition or those teams filling out Waynflete's schedule, this coach has no peer. No one is more synonymous with girls' lacrosse in the state of Maine than Connors Cathie Connors. Connors, who grew up in the lacrosse hotbed of Long Island and played at Castleton State (Vermont) College, took the Flyers' job as a 22-year-old, fresh out of college. “Taking this job changed my whole life,” Connors said. “When you really love what you do, you're lucky.” She's coached days after giving birth to her now 15-year-old son Joe and guided Waynflete the 2003 state title just a few months shy of giving birth to her almost nine-year-old daughter Jessica. While opposing coaches have come and gone and new programs have been added every

year, she's the one who's seen it all. And done it all. Without peer. This year was special. The Flyers had lost in the state final in 2010 to NYA and 2011 to Yarmouth and most “experts” didn't think they were title-worth this spring, but Waynflete went 11-1 in the regular season (falling at home to Falmouth in its one blemish). The Flyers then faced a pair of playoff challenges unprecedented in the storied program's history. A rematch with Falmouth came first and Waynflete trailed late, but rallied to tie and won the game on Sadie Cole's goal with 26.1 seconds to go. That was a mere appetizer for what was to come at undefeated Cape Elizabeth in the regional final. There, the Flyers were down 8-4 in the second half and appeared doomed, but again, they found a way, tied the score and forced overtime. After six minutes of overtime failed to settle matters, Waynflete won it in “sudden victory” OT on a goal from Walker Foehl. The Flyers then dominated Freeport in the state final to end (by their standards) a title drought. Through it all, Connors got her charges to believe in their abilities and their teammates with her nonpareil part-coach, part-mother style. It worked like a charm and Waynflete is

champion once more. “This team was unique,” said Connors. “The way they pulled together was tremendous. Those two playoff wins were so incredible.” C o n n o r s , w h o l ive s i n Scarborough and works at Waynflete as the Assistant to the Upper School Director, credits middle school Drew Dubuque for much of the varsity team's success. Connors hopes to be on the sidelines for the foreseeable future. “I cannot imagine not coaching,” she said. We can't imagine her not coaching either. Our Coach of the Year has set the standard for excellence and this spring was her crown jewel performance. 2011 winner: Linda Cohen (Waynflete tennis) 2010 winner: Robby Ferrante (McAuley softball) 2009 winner: Bonnie Moran (Portland tennis) 2008 winner: Cathie Connors (Waynflete lacrosse) 2007 winner: Jamie Chamberlain (Cheverus lacrosse) 2006 winner: Jamie Chamberlain (Cheverus lacrosse) 2005 winner: Rick Supinski (Cheverus softball) 2004 winner: Cathie Connors (Waynflete lacrosse) Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

Change of Sox hasn't helped...yet By Bryan O’Connor The Red Sox went into the All-Star break at 43-43 and that felt about right. Their offense scored the second most runs in baseball in the first half, but was prone to team-wide slumps. The starting pitching was mostly dismal, but saw a few shining moments from Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz and even Aaron Cook. The bullpen looked like a disaster in April, but by July, it had the third-best earned run average in the American League. One trend that has defined the 2012 season is that almost every change has been for the worse. September’s collapse aside, the 2011 Red Sox played like the team with the best roster in baseball, which they may very well have been. Something had to change after the team fell apart and while the core of the team is back in 2012, some personnel did turn over.

General Manager Theo Epstein bolted for Chicago in the offseason and former assistant Ben Cherington took over. Cherington’s first few moves included trading rightfielder Josh Reddick, who has emerged as one of the best outfielders in the American League, for reliever Andrew Bailey, who has yet to throw a pitch for the Red Sox due to injury. Jed Lowrie, who has been the best shortstop in the National League this year, at least offensively, went to the Astros for Mark Melancon, who did his best work for the Red Sox when he was exiled to Pawtucket. Clayton Mortenson, the reliever obtained from Colorado in the Marco Scutaro trade, has been serviceable, but has only thrown 20 big league innings so far. That’s seven Wins Above Replacement (per fangraphs) shipped off for three relievers who have thrown a combined

36 innings for Boston (and accumulated 0 WAR, in case you were wondering). Ouch. What about last year’s Red Sox bullpen? Jonathan Papelbon left for Philadelphia, where he’s struggled, but he is striking out more batters per nine innings than any current Boston reliever. You may remember Daniel Bard, the closer-in-waiting, who was moved to the rotation only to walk more batters than he struck out, including six in 1.2 innings in the June 3 start that bought him a trip to Pawtucket. Cherington’s other highprofile move has been the worst of all. Terry Francona, probably the best manager in Red Sox history, left on ugly terms and was replaced by the inimitable Bobby Valentine, who has likely cost the Red Sox several games in 2012. It’s hard

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Red Sox from page 13 to put a number on a manager’s effect on a baseball team, so I won’t make too much of the team’s .500 record despite having outscored opponents by 43 runs in the first half. I will point out though that Valentine loves to hang a pitcher out to dry (see Bard’s bases-loaded walk, his seventh of the day, long after he should have been pulled against the Rays on Patriots Day, or Josh Beckett’s

126 pitches in a loss against the White Sox immediately before he missed the start that kicked off the golf controversy). I’ll also point out Valentine’s willingness to use strategies that have been proven fruitless again and again, like the intentional walk (see the one issued to Hideki Matsui on July 14 right before Matt Albers walked in the tying run) and the sacrifice bunt (like the one hot-hitting Pedro Ciriaco botched with no outs and a runner on second an inning later, killing what looked like a game-tying rally). Val-

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As if his in-game decisions and his Dusty Baker-esque propensity toward hitting low-OBP guys in the leadoff spot are not enough to sink the Sox' ship, Valentine’s done further damage off the field. His criticism of Kevin Youkilis’ work ethic in a TV interview led to a situation in which the Red Sox had to trade Youkilis for pennies on the dollar.

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Three boys from Portland (from left), Terion Moss, Owen Martinson and Connor Buckley, won the grade 5/6 division of the Beach Blast 3-on-3 tournament in Old Orchard Beach. The boys, who attend Lyman Moore Middle School, finished the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record and are members of the Our Lady of Hope basketball team which is competing in the AAU D3 nationals in Hampton Beach, Va.

The YES! 5th Grade girls’ basketball team won the 2012 AAU Division 2 Classic national championship last month. This was the first time the YES! 5th Grade girls had been to a national tournament. The tournament was held in Franklin, Tenn. Coaches: Lenny Holmes, Bob Emery Back row: Mackenzie Holmes (Gorham), Claire Brady (Yarmouth), Meg Kelly (Portland), Julia Martel (Westbrook), Mandy Mastropaqua (Portland). Front row: Isabel Dawson (Portland), Catherine Reid (Brunswick), Mackenzie Emery (Limington), Meghan Hoffses (Windham), Lucy Leen (North Yarmouth), head coach Dudley Davis, coach Eric Dawson.

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Red Sox from page 14 had outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, Cody Ross, Ryan Sweeney, Jason Repko, and Darnell McDonald on the disabled list at the same time in May, they had to call up Daniel Nava, who’s carried a .379 on-base percentage and played great defense in left, leaving fans to wonder whether Carl Crawford will even be an improvement. Similarly, reliever Franklin Morales was pressed into starting duty when Beckett and Buchholz hit the DL together in June and Morales struck out 24 in his first three starts, giving up just four total earned runs. Even Aaron Cook, who has struck out just two hitters all year, threw a completegame, two-hitter against the Mariners in a June 29 spot start. Necessity, for the Red Sox, is the mother of adequacy. With the Red Sox still fighting for a wild card spot, but struggling to push their record more than a few games above .500, some fans and writers are calling for more change. Starting pitchers like Zack Greinke, Cole Hamels and Ryan Dempster may be available at the trade deadline and would certainly represent upgrades over the current rotation. The bullpen, as strong as it’s been, could always use a boost. Should they make a change now? Here’s a vote for the status quo. Ellsbury is back in the fold and should put a charge

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down the stretch. That leaves the rotation, naturally, as the target of an upgrade, and it certainly would be nice to see Greinke or Hamels in a Red Sox uniform, but are we sure such a move is necessary? Neither Jon Lester nor Josh Beckett has pitched as well as expected, but both are keeping the walks down and pitching better than their ERAs indicate. The only option is to keep throwing those guys out every fifth day and hoping for shades of past glory. Buchholz, once the worst pitcher in baseball, hasn’t had a disastrous outing in almost two months, and his strikeout and walk rates are both trending in the right direction. Felix Doubront has been serviceable and represents the future, so there’s no sense in moving him from the rotation. That leaves the fifth spot, currently occupied by Daisuke Matsuzaka, as the only variable. While Matsuzaka’s newspaper stats (0-3, 6.65 ERA) look ugly, he’s striking out more batters than he has since 2009 and walking fewer than ever. If he can keep the ball in the park, he can be the fifth starter on a contending staff. If he can’t, Morales can step in as a starter and Andrew Miller or Rich Hill can get lefties

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out in the bullpen. It would be naive to assume that the Red Sox play the second half in perfect health after the perfect storm of injuries that derailed their first half. That said, their roster is built to contend for a championship, and there is a better plan B in place than there was last year, when the team had no answer for Buchholz’s absence late in the year. Trading for a starter could add a win or two, but this team is probably a favorite to win one of the two wild cards if the stars stay healthy and a train wreck if they don’t. Depleting the farm system to pick up another high-priced pitcher who may not survive in the brutal AL East might make little difference in the short term and slow progress in the long term. Change has been a dirty word for the 2012 Red Sox. Let’s keep things the same and see if a few healthy players can lead the way to October baseball.

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Tuesday 7/24 “The O’Briens,” Peter Behrens, 6 p.m., Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, 781-2351.

Thursday 7/26 John MacDoald’s “Maine Trivia: A Storyteller’s Useful Guide to Useless Information,” 5:30 p.m., Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822 x 231. “The People’s Pension,” Eric Laursen, 5:30- 7 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Sq., 441-8007. “The People’s Pension,” Eric Laursen, 1-2:30 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., Freeport, 441-8007.

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Friday 7/20 Tommy Bazarian, 7 p.m., Local Sprouts Cafe, 649 Congress St., Portland, localsprouts.coop. Weekday Music Series: Stan Davis, 12 p.m., Post Office Park, 772-6828.

Saturday 7/21 Michael Kelly Blanchard, 6:15 p.m., show and dinner, Church of the Holy Spirit, 1047 Congress St., chsportland@gmail.com.

Wednesday 7/25 Don Campbell Trio, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Mill Creek Park, South Portland, 767-7650. Matisyahu & the Dirty Heads, 8 p.m., State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, 800-745-3000, $30 advance/$35 day of. Sunset Folk: Brad Strause, 7:45 p.m., Western Promenade, Portland, 756-8275.

Thursday 7/26 Artists of Tomorrow, 2 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Sq., Portland, 871-1700. Chandler’s Band Concert, 7 p.m., Eastern Promenade, Portland, 7568275. Jimmy Dority, 7 p.m., Local Sprouts, 649 Congress St., Portland, 899-3529. Time Pilots, 6:30 p.m., Memorial Park at Oak Hill, Scarborough, 7722811 x 234.

Friday 7/27

Maine Landscapes by Frederic Church, runs through Sept. 30, Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, 775-6148.

Alba’s Edge, 8 p.m., May Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, neilpearlman.com, $10 students/$15 adults.

Portland: Capturing a Changing Neighborhood, Rush Brown, July 19 through Sept. 10, Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St., Portland, 400-7510.

Johnny Corndawg, 9 p.m., Empire Dine and Dance, 575 Congress St., Portland, portlandempire.com, $8 advance/$10 day of.

Skyline Farm Carriage Museum’s summer exhibit, Summer Transportation: From Horse to Horseless, is open Sundays through Aug. 19 from 1-4 p.m. or by appointment, Skyline Farm, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth, skylinefarm.org. Wired!: How Electricity Came to Maine, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., runs through Aug. 5, 2013, (Mon.-Sat.), 12-5 p.m. (Sun.), Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822, $2-$7.

Music Wednesday 7/18 Darien Brahms, 7:45 p.m., Western Promenade Park, 756-8130. The Mallett Brothers Band, 6:30 p.m.- 8 p.m., Mill Creek Park, South Portland, 767-7650.

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Mindy Smith, 8 p.m., One Longfellow Sq., 181 State St., Portland, 761-1757, $25.

Spindleworks is looking for entries for “tiny” to be exhibited at Whatnot Gallery, 7 Lincoln St., Brunswick. Contact Liz McGhee for specific information on size requirements or other questions, 725-8820 or emcghee@iaofmaine. org.

Books & Authors Let’s Talk About It registration now open for discussion groups, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, each group is limited to 25 people, begins June 13 and runs 5 weeks, 443-5141 ext. 12.

Films Thursday 7/19 “Captain America,” dusk, Nathaniel Dusk Park, Brunswick, 729-3828.

Galleries A River Lost and Found: The Androscoggin in Time and Place,” July 13 through Sept. 16, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 3900 College Station, Brunswick, 725-3964. Back to the Garden, runs through June 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Markings Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath, 443-1499. Promenade: A Walk in Style Through Pejepscot’s Past, 10 a.m.4 p.m., through October, Pejepscot Historical Society, 159 Park Row, Brunswick, Tue.-Sat., 729-6606. Studio Selection2, Spindleworks, through Aug. 5, Topsham Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham, 7258820.

Saturday 7/28 Shanna Underwood, 7 p.m.,Local Sprouts, 649 Congress St., Portland, 899-3529.

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Friday 7/20

Tuscany to Pompeii, and Beyond, opening and tea, 1-5 p.m., Gallery at Widgeon Cafe, Rte. 123, Harpswell, 833-6081.

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” 7:30 p.m., The Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick, 729-8584.

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“Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” 7:30 p.m., The Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick, 729-8584.

Thursday 7/19 French Boys Choir, 7:30 p.m., First Parish Church UCC, Maine St. and Bath Road, Brunswick, 729-7331.

Wednesday 7/25 Music on the Mall: Apple Scruffs, 6-8 p.m., the mall downtown, Brunswick, 729-4439.

Thursday 7/26 Frontiers of Music, 7 p.m., Frontier Restaurant, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, jdescherer@hotmail.com.

Sunday 7/29 Summer Hymn Series, 7 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 725-5342. The Campbells, 6:30 p.m., Bath Senior Center, 45 Floral St., Bath, 389-2259.

Museums Subdue, Seize, and Take: Maritime Maine in the unwelcome interruption of the War of 1812, ongoing, through Oct. 12, Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath, 443-1316.

Sunset Boulevard, July 18-Aug. 4, Pickard Theater, 1 Bath Road, Brunswick, 725-8769.

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“Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” 2 p.m., The Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick, 729-8584.

Thursday 7/26

“Guys and Dolls,” 7 p.m., Midcoast Youth Theater, Orion Performing Arts Center, 50 Republic Ave., Topsham, 233-3899, $10 adults/$8 students and seniors.

Friday 7/27

“Guys and Dolls,” 7 p.m., Midcoast Youth Theater, Orion Performing Arts Center, 50 Republic Ave., Topsham, 233-3899, $10 adults/$8 students and seniors.

Sock Hop Dinner & Dance, 4-8 p.m., Winship Green Nursing Center, 51 Winship St., Bath, 443-9772, $6.

Saturday 7/28

“Guys and Dolls,” 2 p.m., Midcoast Youth Theater, Orion Performing Arts Center, 50 Republic Ave., Topsham, 233-3899, $10 adults/$8 students and seniors.

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‘Madama Butterfly’ in Portland, bluegrass in Brunswick By Scott Andrews No fewer than four singers from New York’s famed Metropolitan Opera will be appearing next week in PORTopera’s 2012 mainstage production of “Madama Butterfly,” Giacomo Puccini’s heartbreaking tale of love and abandonment. PORTopera’s artistic director Dona D. Vaughn directs the stage action, while Stephen Lord returns to conduct the orchestra. You might think it’s the good old days at the Grand Ole Opry at White’s Beach in Brunswick this weekend. The annual White’s Beach Bluegrass Festival, which showcases mostly Maine singers and ensembles in an alfresco setting, runs July 20-22.

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operatic work and has worked in the pit for several prior PORTopera productions. All of the musicians are professionals, including many members of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. PORTopera presents “Madama Butterfly” at Merrill Auditorium at Portland City Hall for two 7:30 p.m. performances, July 25 and 27. Call PortTix at 842-0800.

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‘Madama Butterfly’ A heartbreaking tale of love and abandonment: That’s the quick take on “Madama Butterfly,” Giacomo Puccini’s celebrated opera. With its gripping libretto and gorgeous melodies, “Madama Butterfly” has fascinated audiences for more than a century. PORTopera, Maine’s only resident company producing fully staged operas with nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, presents “Madama Butterfly” at Merrill Auditorium July 25 and 27. The opera will be sung in its original Italian, with English supertitles projected above the stage. “Madama Butterfly” debuted in Italy in 1904. The story is wholly fictional, but it reflects contemporaneous events and interests at the turn of the 20th century. At that time the United States was emerging as a world power, particularly via the U.S. Navy’s growing presence in the Pacific Ocean. Europe was fascinated by Japanese art and culture about that time. “Madama Butterfly” takes place in early 20th century Japan and represents a clash of American and Japanese values. The tragedy is set up when indulgent, carefree U.S. Navy Lt. Pinkerton casually marries a naive geisha, Cio-Cio San, although he fully intends to marry a “real” American wife once he returns to the U.S. The American consul, Sharpless, warns that his young Japanese bride may not take her vows so lightly, but Pinkerton ignores him. Pinkerton and Cio-Cio San savor their love – until he leaves for the U.S. and deserts her for three years. Despite pleas from Sharpless and her maid Suzuki, Cio-Cio San remains tirelessly and desperately devoted to her absent husband, believing that he will return some day. When Pinkerton does return he’s got his “real” American wife in tow, and tragedy follows. For PORTopera’s production, stage director Dona D. Vaughn (she’s also the organization’s longtime artistic director) has picked four singers with major experience in the New York’s Metropolitan Opera, this country’s flagship company. The coveted title role will be sung by Inna Los, praised for her round soprano voice with luscious, silvery upper register. Los reprises the role of Cio-Cio San after two critically acclaimed performances with Finland’s Savonlinna Opera Festival and Opera New Jersey. Originally from Moldova, Los began singing professionally in 2004 with the Vienna State Opera. After numerous ap-

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Inna Los sings the starring role of Cio-Cio San in Opera New Jersey’s recent production of Giacomo Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” Los will be reprising her role in PORTopera’s upcoming production of the heartbreaking tale of love and abandonment, with performances July 25 and 27 at Merrill Auditorium in Portland.

pearances with various European companies, she made her American debut with Opera New Jersey in 2011. Los joined the Met for its 2011 productions of “Faust,” “La Boheme” and “Otello.” As Pinkerton, Adam Diegel boasts a tenor voice characterized by powerful top notes and a reputation for dramatic performances. Plus his handsome visage and dashing appearance promise to exasperate audiences: How can such a callous cad look so good? A native of Tennessee, Diegel is an up-and-coming singer with the Met, engaged for this past season in “Das Rheingold,” “Nabucco” and “Madama Butterfly.” Mezzo soprano Heather Johnson also comes to PORTopera following an illustrious season with the Met. The native Minnesotan made her Met debut in the Summer Recital Series. Following her dramatic portrayal of Cio-Cio San’s maid Suzuki, Johnson will return to New York for the Met’s production of “The Enchanted Island.” Johnson has performed with PORTopera in the past, as Hansel in the 2010 production of “Hansel and Gretel.” Johnson was also one of PORTopera’s Young Artists while a student at the University of Southern Maine. Plus, she has sung several times with the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra. As consul Sharpless, Vaughn selected Edward Parks, a young charmer with a hauntingly emotive baritone voice. Parks graduated from the Met’s Lindemann

Young Artists Development Program (directed by Vaughn) before making his debut in its 2009-2010 season. He has since appeared in several performances with the Met, including Puccini’s “La Fancuilla del West.” I’m a huge fan of PORTopera, and I particularly admire Vaughn’s emphasis on believable staging and credible characters, featuring artists who are equally comfortable as singers and actors. In the musical department, conductor Stephen Lord has been widely acclaimed for his

Old-time country music performed by your neighbors on the front porch: That’s the big idea behind one of Maine’s smallest bluegrass festivals, happening July 20-22 in Brunswick. White’s Beach Bluegrass Festival, now in its 15th season, features mostly Maine bands who perform on a stage built to resemble a front porch from days of yore. The venue is White’s Beach campground on Durham Road. The stage schedule runs Friday evening, all day Saturday and most of the day Sunday. Informal field picking is continuous throughout the three days. Most of the bands are from Maine. These include Cliff Randall Band, Back to Basics, Cribstone Bridge, Back Woods Road, Grasshoppers and Bobby & Ted. If there’s any star of the weekend, it’s Ted DeMille, a versatile guitarist and singer from Bath who is also a superb songwriter. Some years ago DeMille emerged as the leading figure in North Star. When North Star disbanded, he continued with a partnership with fiddling phenom Erica Brown. At White’s Beach, DeMille appears as the lead singer/emcee with Cribstone Bridge and as half of Bobby & Ted. The other half? Mandolinist Bobby St. Pierre hails from Harpswell; he has been a musical partner with DeMille in both North Star and Bits and Pieces. I’m also quite fond of Back to Basics, a Midcoast band that boasts a number of very funny original songs. Cliff Randall Band, from Gardiner, specializes in oldtime country music -- not just bluegrass. I’ve heard a number of their MP3s, and they’re very impressive. As with all alfresco festivals, bring lawn chairs, sunscreen and bug spray. Call the campground at 729-0415.

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

Greater Portland Benefits Thursday 7/28 Sgt. Johnsey and Sgt. Betters Benefit Memorial Ride, 9:15 a.m., registration, 11 a.m. ride, Parker’s Restaurant, 1349 Washington Ave., Portland, jrob@portlandmaine. gov, $20 per bike/$5 per passenger.

Bulletin Board Clam Festival, Yarmouth, many events and locations, July 20-22, clamfestival.com A Time of Peace, every third Tuesday of the month, 12-1 p.m., State Street Church, 159 State St., Portland, 774-6396. Drum Circle, every third Friday of the month, 6-8 p.m., Museum of African Art and Culture, 13 Brown St., Portland.

Saturday 7/21 South Portland High School Class of ‘77 Reunion, 7-12 p.m., J.P. Thornton’s, Broadway, South Portland, 632-4058. Super Reunion Dance, Classes 62-71, 9:30-11 p.m., NYA Tent, Clam Festival, Yarmouth, nrichardsto@ igc.org.

Meetings Portland Wed. 7/18 Wed. 7/18

CH Casco Bay Ferry Terminal Public Art Committee Portland Public Library Historic Preservation CH Transportation, Sustainability, Energy CH Public Safety, Health & Human Services CH Zoning Board of Appeals CH Planning Board Workshop CH CDBG Priority Task Force CH Planning Board Public Hearing CH

Church UCC Summer Fair, 9 a.m.- 2p.m., 236 Pine Point Road, Scarborough, 883-6540.

assisted living home. For more information call 396-6521.

Dining Out

Call for Volunteers Free volunteer training, 21 hour program, in July, Sept., and Oct., Beacon Hospice Center, 54 Atlantic Place, 772-0929. Big Brother Big Sister seeking runners for Beach to Beacon, contact:773-5437.

Sunday 7/22

Stuffed Peppers and Salad, 5-6:30 p.m., VFW Post 832, 50 Peary Terrace, South Portland, commander@vfw832.org, $16.

Wednesday 7/25

CASA child advocacy volunteers needed, email: CASA@sourts. maine.gov or call 287-5403.

Saturday 7/28

Saturday 7/28 Basic Conservation Workshop, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Spirits Alive, Eastern Cemetary, Portland, pre-registration, ec.stonegroup@gmail.com, $10. Blue Point Congregational

Bean Supper, 5-6 p.m., Harraseeket Grange #9, 13 Elm St., Freeport, 856-3363, $3 children/$7 adults. Roast Beef Dinner, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Stevens Avenue Congregational Church, 790 Stevens Ave., Portland, 797-4573, $5-9.

Sunday 7/29 Ice Cream Social, 6-7 p.m, West Scarborough United Methodist Church, 2 CHurch St., Scarborough, 883-2814.

International Cultural Exchange Services seeking families to host a foreign exchange student, 83833868.

Garden & Outdoors

Maine Audubon’s Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center needs volunteers. Canoe tours, sales, canoe rentals and odd jobs. Call: 883-5700.

Portland Rugby Club, training and auditions, through June and July, 329-3630.

RSVP needs volunteers 55 and older to work in a Scarborough

Computer Training Workshop, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Sq., Portland, 871-1700.

Saturday 7/21

The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network needs volunteer weather observers, visit cocorahs.org for more information.

Storyteller John MacDonald, 5:30 p.m., Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822.

Thursday 7/26

Natural Compassion: Meditation Retreat, Lama Willa Miller, 10 a.m.4:30 p.m., Portland Regency Hotel, 20 Milk St., Portland, 773-6809, $75.

Wednesday 7/25

Help Someone Write Their Business Success Story, become a SCORE volunteer, 772-1147.

SCORE Workshop: Writing a Business Plan, 6-9 p.m., Portland SCORE, 100 Middle St., Portland, 772-1147, $35.

Saturday 7/21

Storytelling Workshop: West End, 6-8:30 p.m., Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822.

Babysitter Certification, 9 a.m.2 p.m., Martin’s Point Health Education Center, 331 Veranda St., Portland, 800-260-6681, $110.

Tuesday 7/24

Mimosa Morning, 8:30-10 a.m., open to women, 19 Oaks, Custom Sales Team, Illuminated Life, Zapoteca Restaurant, 505 Fore St., Portland, emachez101@yahoo. com, $25.

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Thursday 7/26

SCORE Workshop: Basics of Buying or Selling a Business, 6-9 p.m., 100 Middle St., Portland, RSVP: scoremaine.com, $35.

Health & Support

Bean Supper, 4:30-6 p.m., West Scarborough, United Methodist Church, Route 1, Scarborough, 883-2814, $3 children/$8 adults.

Committee Members Needed for the annual Shop Falmouth event. If interested or for more information call Anne Theriault at 838-3244 or visit FalmouthMaineblogspot. com.

Ikebana Japanese Flower Arranging, 1-3:30 p.m., UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Dr., Flamouth, 781-6099.

Friday 7/20

TD Beach to Beacon needs volunteers for race day. For more information or to register as a volunteer visit beach2beacon.org/ volunteer.

Storytelling Workshop: Bayside, 6-8:30 p.m., Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822.

One-on-One Computer and Facebook Training, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Sq., Portland, registration required: 871-1700 x 708.

Thursday 7/19

1 p.m. Street Vendor Task Force 4 p.m. Island Advisory Committee

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Maine Essential Tremer Support Group, 2-3:30 p.m., MMC Scarborough Learning Re source Center, 100 Campus Dr., Scarborough, 510-1402.

Just for Seniors Cards & Coffee, 10 a.m., Tuesdays, Casco Bay YMCA, 14 Old South Freeport Road, Freeport, 865-9600. The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of Southern Maine Agency on Aging is looking for people age 55 and over to volunteer; local opportunities include an arts center in Portland; school mentoring or tutoring; spend time with residents in long term care facilities; volunteer as a tax aide or at a nonprofit, Priscilla Greene, 396-6521 or 800-427-7411, ext. 521.

Kids and Family Preschool Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m. July 24, and 31, children ages 3-5, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Sq., Portland, 871-1700.

Wednesday 7/18 Pattern Play, arts and crafts, 10:30 a.m., Lobsterman’s Park. 772-6828

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Sammie Haynes, 12:30 p.m., concert, Deering Oaks Park, bandstand, Portland, 756-8130.

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“The Boxcar Children,” 10:30 a.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Sq., Portland, 871-1700.

Basket Weaving, 9-11 a.m., Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main St., Darimiscotta, 563-1383.

Wednesday 7/25 Wayne from Maine, kids show, 11 a.m., Royal River Park, Yarmouth, 846-2406.

Thursday 7/26 USM Chemistry Club, kids concert, 12:30 p.m., Deering Oaks Park, bandstand, Portland, 756-8275.

Mid Coast Bulletin Board Winter Street Center Open House, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, during July and August, 443-2174.

Thursday 7/19 People Plus Anniversary Celebration, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Brunswick Landing, Brunswick, RSVP: 7290757, $5.

Friday 7/20 Book Sale, 11 a.m.-2p.m., Cundy’s Harbor Library, 935 Cundy’s Harbor Road, Harpswell, 725-1461.

Saturday 7/21 Book Sale, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Cundy’s Harbor Library, 935 Cundy’s Harbor Road, Harpswell, 725-1461.

Sunday 7/29 Harpswell Festival and Harpswell Lobster Boat Races, 10 a.m.- 9 p.m., Mitchell Field, Route 123, Harpswell, 833-0562, harpswellfestival.org.

Call for Volunteers Pet food needed for Meals on Wheels, Spectrum Generations, 521 Main St, Damariscotta, 7290475 x 107.

Dining Out Wednesday 7/18 Lunch and Health, 11:15 a.m., Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main St., Darimiscotta, 563-1383, $4.

Saturday 7/21 Chowder and more, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Bailey Island Church, Route 24, $4 children/$8 adults.

Saturday 7/28 Chicken BBQ, 5-7 p.m., Kellogg Church, Route 123, Harpswell, 725-

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Tuesday 7/24

Basket Weaving, 9-11 a.m., Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main St., Darimiscotta, 563-1383.

Thursday 7/26

Astronomy 101, Ron Thompson, Curtis Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 725-5242 x 510.

Health & Support

Grieving Parents Peer Support Group, every first and third Tuesday from 3:30-5 p.m., CHANS, 45 Baribeau Dr., Brunswick, 7211357.

Support Group for Women Survivors of Sexual Violence, 5 week program, begins end of July, Brunswick, 725-2181.

Thursday 7/19

CHANS Blood Pressure Clinic, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m, People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick, 729-6782.

First Aid and CPR, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Plum St., Darimiscotta, 563-1383, $25.

Friday 7/20

Safe at Home Solutions: Medication Station, 10 a.m., Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Plum St., Darimiscotta, 563-1383.

Thurday 7/26

Information Session, 2-3 p.m., Center for Weight 7 Lifestyle Change, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, 406-7446.

Friday 7/27

CHANS Blood Pressure Clinic, 9:30-10:30 a.m., 36 Pejepscot Terrace, Brunswick, 729-6782.

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AARP Money Management 11:30 a.m., Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Plum St., Darimiscotta, 563-1383.

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from page 1 neighborhoods for several hours before the incident. Sauschuck told reporters Tuesday that some interactions the quartet had with other pedestrians during the course of the evening may have been hostile or confrontational. “We do believe there was some kind of interaction that led to this (shooting),” Sauschuck said. Police still hope to speak with an Asian man in his late teens or early 20s who was a likely witness, the chief said. Sauschuck described the man as 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a stocky build and a visible tattoo on his neck. The man was one of several people who were at the Big Apple convenience store at 16 Washington Ave. shortly be-

Video surveillance footage from the area shows him walking with a small group of people toward the scene of the shootings minutes before the shots were fired. Police have spoken to the other people who are seen with the man on the videotape, but have not been able to identify the man. Others who were in the group either do not know his name or are not telling police, Sauschuck said. Sauschuck did not call the man a suspect. “I’m just saying we’d like to have a conversation ... and see what he knows,” he said. Blanchard’s group left the Auburn continued page 27

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mixed. Jacques said parents, staff, and school supporters were “thrilled” that the school is approved — conditionally — to open. But some parents are impatient.

be thriving.

“We as parents and taxpayers deserve choice, and one magnet school four hours north of Portland is not much of a choice,” said Ruth Dean, who is a member of Friends of Baxter Academy, a group of Portland-area parents. Charter schools, which receive public funding, but are operated by parents and community members, typically offer classes in specialized academic areas. Baxter plans a curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. If it had opened this fall as proposed, Baxter would have been Maine’s second charter school. The commission may charter as many as 10 schools over the next 10 years. william hall can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or whall@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @hallwilliam4.

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Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck addresses reporters July 11 at a press conference about a fatal shooting on India Street early that morning. Matthew Blanchard, 24, of Portland, was killed, and two other men were injured in the crime, which is still under investigation.

But these days there are hardly any photo stores left. When Maine Photo Express, another Forest Avenue photographic print shop, closed its doors for the last time on June 29, it left the city with just one store dedicated to the art. In the entire greater Portland area, no more than four true photo stores are left, down from the perhaps dozens that freckled street corners a decade ago. Most traditional players in the photography market – from industry titans like Kodak to mom-and-pop camera dealers – have been pushed to the brink of survival, and often beyond. “Endless competitors have faded away, and yes that’s helped us,” Doe said. “But I wouldn’t wish that on anybody, to lose their jobs.” “I prefer friendly competition,” he said. “We can’t carry everything.” For the few that remain – Photo continued page 23

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from page 21 Market, Hunt’s Photo & Video in South Portland, and Inness Photo and Focused on You in Scarborough – diversification has been the key to survival. The Internet era is awash with visual images, but the explosion of digital photography, home printers, and web-based photo browsers since 2000 has turned an industry that was producing images on emulsion-coated plates of glass little more than a century ago on its head almost overnight.

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There are more photographers, including part-time self-described professionals who work from home, than ever before, Doe said. They buy more cameras than ever before, since digital technology becomes outmoded so quickly, and they snap more images than ever before. Picture taking is up ten-fold from 10 years ago, said David Sproul, owner of Inness Photo, at 25 Plaza Drive in Scarborough. But printing, once the heart of the industry and a service that guaranteed multiple visits from customers to drop off and pick up, has dropped precipitously since then. Sproul estimated that a single of his printing machines – the shop once processed three quarters of a million photos a year – could handle every print order in greater Portland, including those from drug stores and other low-price printers.

“We’ve had to adapt into a digital world,” he said. “The raw product is not printing anymore.”

Instead, Sproul, Doe, and other shop owners have branched out into new services, like printing images on posters, t-shirts and coffee mugs; transferring movie film into digital formats, and scanning old slides and negatives. They also take print orders online, allowing customers to upload images from home.

Where Photo Market was mainly a film store a decade ago, it has become one of the only independent camera retailers in northern New England, keeping business fresh by moving new models as they hit the shelves.

Doe said the industry isn’t dying, despite the changes. “Maybe we work a little harder to make it ...,” he said.

Sproul has a more dire outlook. He said he hopes to stay in business as long as he can pay his bills, but “the future for the photo finisher is bleak,” doomed by disregard for the archival qualities of a true photographic print.

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walking down India Street toward the waterfront when the shooting occurred.

from page 21 Street area on a walk at about 10:30 p.m. on July 10, Sauschuck said. Blanchard, who Sauschuck said had a cast on one foot due to a previous injury, was on a bicycle, while the other three men were on foot.

Witnesses said there was an argument or altercation before the shooting. Witnesses also said that two black or Asian men were seen in the area before the shooting, and that two men were seen running west on Congress Street away from the scene afterwards, Sauschuck said on the day of the shooting.

The men traveled along Baxter Boulevard to Franklin Street before taking Fox Street to Washington Avenue, and finally making their way to India Street in the early hours of July 11. They were

“This is an act of gun violence, so until we have individuals in custody, (having the alleged perpetrators on the loose) is certainly a concern of mine,” Sauschuck said during a press confer-

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ence on July 12. Police were unsure where the alleged shooter went, but suspect it was north from the scene toward the Kennedy Park neighborhood. A rapid police response to the scene means the escape was made very quickly, Sauschuck said last week. Blanchard was facing felony charges for allegedly causing the death of another person while operating after suspension in connection with a June 22 automobile crash in Falmouth that killed a Cumberland woman. There does not appear to be a con-

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from page 1 to do is provide a public safety answer to a tragedy that is waiting to happen," he said, after Police Chief Michael Sauschuck described his experience as a beat officer responding to daily calls of intoxicated people in medians who were in danger of getting hit by cars.

unteers as an advocate for Homeless Voices for Justice. "It's hard for people living on streets," he said, "and it's hard for people who have to see them."

Only two residents urged the council to adopt the amendment, which was forwarded by a 3-0 vote of the Public Safety Committee. But a series of speakers opposed to the measure were in attendance. Many were formerly homeless; a few said they had panhandled in the past.

"We believe this is a punitive measure" for people in need, said Donna Yellen, director of the Maine Hunger Initiative at Preble Street.

Steve Huston, who said he has been homeless and panhandled in the past, said it is safer to panhandle from the median than from the sidewalk, which requires solicitors to walk into traffic more often. Most of the opposition speakers regarded the rule as a thinly veiled attempt to hide the uncomfortable realities of homelessness and poverty from a squeamish public. "It's hard to see homelessness for what it is: hard," said Thomas Ptacek, a U.S. Navy veteran who was homeless in Portland for more than a year and now vol-

The public safety concern is not significant enough to take that right away, Heiden said.

Although Sauschuck had argued that the rule barring standing in medians would give police another, broader option to deal with the issue, city attorney Gary Wood said the city has tools in place already to deal with or remove panhandlers who are endangering themselves or others, including rules against public intoxication, aggressive solicitation, and blocking public ways.

The proposed rule amounted to criminalizing homelessness, Ptacek added.

"Homelessness is dangerous," she said, noting that life expectancies for the homeless are 20 years lower than for the general public, and that she had learned of the deaths of two members of the homeless community in the 24 hours before the council meeting.

Suslovic and Coyne maintained that the concern is primarily about public safety and "not inconsistent with caring for and seeking solutions to homelessness and poverty in Portland." But the council majority disagreed.

"We would respectfully submit that there are several more pressing issues" than panhandling, she said.

Councilor David Marshall, who voted in favor of the amendment at the committee level, but reversed his vote at the council meeting, said the issue was more complex than he thought previously.

Other speakers argued that the measure would do little to address the real issues of homelessness, and some addressed potential conflicts with the Constitution's free-speech clause. The rule as written would have also banned political candidates from standing in medians.

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