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Vol. 11, No. 4

News of South Portland, Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth

Resident sues to end health benefit for councilors Scarborough Town Council Vice Chairwoman Judith Roy.


Town councilor pleads guilty to OUI in settlement

By Mario Moretto SCARBOROUGH — Town Council Vice Chairwoman Judith Roy has pleaded guilty in Cumberland County Superior Court to one charge of drunken driving. In a settlement approved by Judge Richard Mulhern on Jan. 13, Roy, 68, of Second Avenue, pleaded guilty to one charge of operating under the influence and paid a $500 fine plus $140 in court fees and agreed to a 90day license suspension. Considering the time her license has already been under suspension, Roy will be allowed to drive again on Feb. 10. Roy on Wednesday said it feels “very good” to have this episode behind her. She said she opted to take the plea deal to avoid the publicity a trial would have caused. “I didn’t want you, the media, out there all over me again, printing wrong material,” she said. “I didn’t want to face that again.” Roy was arrested Sept. 17 at her home after police received See page 24

By Mario Moretto SOUTH PORTLAND — A resident has filed a civil lawsuit against the city and its manager over what he claims is an illegal health insurance program for city councilors. Albert DiMillo Jr., of Colchester Drive, filed the lawsuit Monday in Cumberland County Superior Court in Portland, al-

leging the city violated its charter by offering employee health benefits to councilors. Article II Section 209 of the City Charter states: “The annual compensation of the councilmen shall be $3,000.” Since 1977, councilors who opt in to the health insurance program have received benefits in addition to their $3,000 annual stipend.

Last year, the city paid more than $50,000 to insure four councilors. If all seven councilors took the benefit, the expense to the city would have been $99,000. DiMillo is asking the court to stop all payments by the city in excess of the $3,000 limit set in the charter. The city has 20 days to file a response.

City Manager Jim Gailey on Thursday said he had no comment on the lawsuit itself, but did say there wasn’t much he or city staff could do about the health insurance policy. Budget decisions are the discretion of the council, Gailey said. The council passed the See page 25

Pawn-shop competition takes shape in Scarborough

Mario Moretto / The Forecaster

Cory Poulin, 22, stands behind the counter at Platinum Pawn & Loan in Westbrook. Poulin plans to open his second pawn shop, Golden Tech Trading Post, at 582 Route 1 in Scarborough.

By Mario Moretto SCARBOROUGH — Need cash? You’ll soon have a new way to get some when a young pawn entrepreneur opens his second shop at Dunstan Corner. Cory Poulin of Saco is preparing to open Golden Tech Trading Post at 582B Route 1. Poulin also owns and operates Platinum Pawn & Loan in Westbrook. Poulin said he feels optimistic about Scarborough. He received his pawnbroker’s license from the Town Council last week, and has already started moving in inventory from Westbrook. “I think (Dunstan Corner is) the perfect spot,” he said in an interview Monday at his Westbrook store. “More wealthy people will be there to buy, but there definitely are people in Scarborough who would pawn.” In Westbrook, the majority

of inventory is power tools and electronics, Poulin said, with a bit of jewelry thrown into the mix. Video game systems have the fastest turnaround, and gold fetches the highest prices. Poulin said he’ll focus on jewelry and other higher-end products in Scarborough. He said the new shop will have a more retail vibe than the store in Westbrook. At 22, Poulin may be barely old enough to drink, but that hasn’t stopped him from running a profitable business. He grew up working for his family company, Roof Pro LLC, in Biddeford. As a teenager, he said, he got into buying and selling on Craigslist and eBay. That’s when he got the resale bug, he said. So when he graduated from Biddeford High School, he took See page 27

Neighbors: Workforce housing proposal doesn’t fit By Mario Moretto SCARBOROUGH — A 17unit workforce housing subdivision planned off Broadturn Road met resistance Tuesday from some residents who would be its neighbors. The Scarborough Housing Alliance is partnering with

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland to construct single- and two-family homes on 6.5 acres of town-owned land between Interstate 95 and Saratoga Lane. The goal is to build homes affordable to households at Scarborough’s median income level of about $72,000 per year.

“Land value in Scarborough is very high,” Town Planner Dan Bacon in an interview. “An acre or two can cost $75,000 to $125,000. Tacking on home construction brings you quickly out of reach for the average wage earner.” At a neighborhood forum

hosted by the Alliance and Habitat, the project’s neighbors said they’re worried about whether the workforce housing will fit in with their neighborhood. Some were upset the town didn’t seek their input sooner. “I’m concerned about the value of my house,” said Larry

Mead, the Kennebunkport town manager, who lives at 6 Saratoga Lane. According to town data, the median home price in Scarborough is about $290,000. That’s $75,000 more than the See page 12

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

Meetings.........................20 Obituaries.......................12 Opinion.............................7 Out & About....................21

People & Business.........12 Police Beat.....................10 Real Estate.....................27 Sports.............................17

Winter sports seasons coming down the stretch Page 17

Cape panel offers limits on short-term renters Page 5

February is National Women's Health Month Pages 13-16



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Obama picks Cape Elizabeth lawyer for federal appeals court By Amy Anderson PORTLAND — Attorney William Kayatta Jr. was nominated Monday by President Obama to a seat on the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Kayatta, 58, lives in Cape Elizabeth with his wife Anne Swift-Kayatta, a former town councilor and Town Council chairwoman. U.S. Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree forwarded the names of Kayatta and Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Jon Levy to Obama in May for consid-

eration to replace Judge Kermit Lipez of South Portland, who is taking senior, or “active retired,” status. In a prepared statement, Michaud and Pingree said they are pleased Obama is moving forward with this nomination. Kayatta “We know he’s chosen an extremely qualified candidate who

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Schools defend surplus at first South Portland budget summit By Mario Moretto SOUTH PORTLAND — Schools are facing a budget gap of more than $1 million in fiscal 2013, the superintendent of schools said Monday at the first in a series of budget talks with the City Council. “As of right now, if we are to open the doors next year exactly like this year, we’d have a projected budget gap of $1.2 million,” Superintendent Suzanne Godin said. Godin told councilors the gap is the result of a reduction of more than $1.5 million in federal funding, uncertainty over how much the schools will receive in state subsidy and a recent history of having to dip into surplus funds. She said the surplus now totals $3 million. Godin also said the schools would likely have to dip into the surplus before the end of this year, making 2011-2012 the second year in a row the department will eat away at its savings. Godin said she fears that if the schools have to use $1.2 million of its surplus to cover budget gaps in fiscal 2013, reducing the surplus to only about $600,000, the schools could be perilously close to running out of money. The surplus is an ongoing source of contention for frequent School Board critic Albert DiMillo Jr., a retired corporate accountant, who said at the workshop that the district is lying when it says it has only $3 million in surplus. The real number is closer to $7 mil-

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lion, he said. “They’ve budgeted wrong for seven years,” DiMillo shouted. “South Portland has tons and tons of surplus because of budgeting errors.” The board often leaves DiMillo’s questions unanswered, but Councilor Tom Coward asked the board to address his concerns and explain the situation. “This isn’t quantum physics, it’s accounting,” he said. “There’s supposed to be an explanation.” The district’s business manager, Rafe Forland, said the discrepancy in accounting comes from what’s being counted as “surplus.” Reserve accounts – money stashed away to be used at a later date on projects such as new school buses and technology upgrades – are at $2.7 million, he said. The unassigned surplus, he said, is $3 million. Other accounts include a maintenance fund and a special education fund, which the district hopes will offset the gap created by a growing demand for special education. “We’re trying to create a little bit of a cushion, so we try to be aggressive in budgeting so that if the worst occurs, we have someplace to go,” he said. DiMillo said it is disingenuous accounting. He said if the schools must buy buses or computers, the department


could write those expenses into each budget as line items, rather than carrying over the savings in designated funds every year. He also accused the department of holding more surplus than the 3 percent

allowed by the state. But Godin said stimulus money from the federal government, starting in 2008, brought with it a waiver on the 3 percent limit, allowing the schools to save more money. continued page 4

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Dill confirms candidacy for U.S. Senate seat By Mario Moretto CAPE ELIZABETH — State Sen. Cynthia Dill, D-Cape Elizabeth, confirmed she will seek the Democratic nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe. “After giving it considerable thought and talking it over with my family and hearing from people all over Dill the state, I decided I’m going to go for it,” she said in an interview. Dill said she will bring “new energy and new ideas” to Washington if nominated and elected in November. “I’ll stick up for what I think are important Maine values: A strong economy first and foremost, but also a strong environment and education as well,” she said. Dill, a civil rights lawyer, was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 2006, and won a special election in Senate District 7 (Cape Elizabeth, South Portland, and the eastern part of Scarborough) in April, with nearly 70 percent of the vote. She joins a growing slate of candidates running in the June 12 Democratic primary: state Rep. Jon Hinck of Portland, former Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap of Old Town and Ben Pollard, a 39-year-old Portland home builder. Dill has been an outspoken critic of the GOP and Gov. Paul LePage. Last year, she founded “Friends of the Maine Woods” to support a proposed national park on land in

Aroostook County owned by Burt’s Bees founder Roxanne Quimby (who donated $12,000 to the Dill Leadership PAC on Dec. 1, 2011). The Legislature voted against studying the park in its last session, but Dill has still spend much of her time advocating for the park. Dill also writes a blog called “Dill’s Conventional Wisdom” and occasionally contributes to the Huffington Post. She has been criticized for accepting $4,000 from her own leadership PAC in the form of a blog writer’s fee. “Over the course of four years of blogging and reaching thousands of people across the state and the nation, the fact that $4,000 was used to support that effort is legal, good in my view, and approved by the (Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices),” she said. She said she is thankful Maine has good transparency and disclosure laws for political action committees and candidate contributions. “At the national level, we don’t have those laws,” she said. “Sen. Snowe did not support the DISCLOSE Act, which would have let us know where a lot of the superPAC money in Washington comes from.” Republican Snowe has represented Maine in Congress since 1978, and has never lost an election. “Sen. Margaret Chase Smith was unbeatable until she was beat,” Dill said. “It shouldn’t be that a senator who doesn’t vote in the interest of Maine people can

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Schools surplus from page 3 “They waived the standard knowing there would be a year when all that federal funding is gone,” she said. Last year, South Portland residents voted by a 2-1 margin in support of the department’s $42.8 million budget. Other than a pledge by the board to develop a “need-based” budget, no plans resulted from Monday’s meeting.

Kaenrath, 28, is an MBA student. He represents House District 124. The representative said his top priorities in the senate would be job creation, health care and environmental protection. “I’m aware we have limited resources in this state and we need to be conscious of how we spend them,” he said. — Mario Moretto

selectman, are coming at Snowe from further right on the political spectrum. The Republican primary is also held June 12. Mario Moretto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or Follow him on Twitter: @riocarmine.

Mayor Patti Smith set the stage for more budget work ahead of the March 12 deadline for a first draft of the city’s budget. “This is early, but we can tell it will be a difficult season,” she said. “This is a good starting point, and it’s good to set the table about what you’re thinking about.” Mario Moretto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or Follow him on Twitter: @riocarmine.

News briefs Scarborough Democrat to challenge Sirocki SCARBOROUGH — Real estate broker Jean-Marie Caterina, of Gorham Road, announced she will challenge state Rep. Heather Sirocki, R-Scarborough, in House District 128. Caterina, a Democrat, was Maine’s assistant commissioner of labor for two years in the mid-1980s. According to her LinkedIn profile, she taught Latin at Waynflete School for seven years until 2002, when she entered the real estate business. Sirocki, a Glendale Circle resident, was elected for the first time last year.

Auto dealership pays $5K to settle warranty case AUGUSTA — A Portland-area auto dealership will pay a $5,000 civil penalty in a settlement with the state over claims of “unfair and deceptive” warranty practices. The settlement approved Jan. 5 in Kennebec County Superior Court also prohibits Berlin City Auto Group from telling customers that the dealership is not responsible for serious defects in new cars. The company, which sells cars in Portland and South Portland, allegedly told buyers that only auto manufacturers could be held liable for defects. “One of the most important consumer rights in Maine law says that if you are sold a seriously defective product, the seller or the manufacturer has to repair it,” Attorney General William J. Schneider said in a Jan. 20 press release. “The dealer is required to share the re-

sponsibility for repair if a new car sold to a consumer turns out to have serious problems.” Berlin City did not admit any wrongdoing, but agreed to pay the $5,000 fine and to inform past customers who were improperly turned down that they can seek reimbursement for new-car repairs that should have been covered by warranties. Schneider’s press release said Maine implied warranty law protects consumers for up to four years after the purchase of all household or personal goods, excluding used cars.

South Portland officer clipped again

SOUTH PORTLAND — A police officer’s cruiser door was clipped by an allegedly drunken driver on Jan. 18. A Police Department press release said Officer Rocco Navarro was conducting a traffic stop on Broadway, near Scammon Street. As Navarro was getting out of his car, a Jeep Wrangler clipped his open door and drove off. Another officer found the Jeep on Mitchell Road. The driver, Elizabeth Hunt, 55, of Cape Elizabeth, was issued a summons on charges of operating under the influence and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle collision. Navarro was unharmed and his cruiser was only slightly damaged. Navarro was injured in 2010 when a distracted pick-up truck driver traveling 45 mph rear-ended his cruiser on the Casco Bay Bridge. He was knocked unconscious and received injuries to his head, neck and back.

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Cape panel suggests limits on short-term renters By Amy Anderson

complained about nearby rental properties causing traffic, noise and safety problems. The Ordinance Committee was charged with looking at ways to reduce the impact of rental properties on neighbors and held a series of public meetings.

CAPE ELIZABETH — A Town Council subcommittee is recommending the town cap the number of tenants and guests allowed to inhabit seasonal home rentals.

The recommendation is to limit the number of rental tenants to 12 per home, and their guests to six.

The committee, then made up of Councilors Jim Walsh, Frank Governali and former Councilor Anne Swift-Kayatta, met over four months to clarify the definition of a rental property; decide what an application process should require, and consider boundaries for events, rental periods and density issues.

The issue was raised in September 2011, when residents in the Lawson Road area

Walsh remains chairman of the committee, with new members Councilors

The Ordinance Committee has discussed the issue since last fall. Its unanimous decision last week sends the discussion back to the full Town Council.


David Sherman and Kathy Ray. Town Planner Maureen O’Meara said the recommended restrictions apply to properties on lots less than 30,000 square feet, or where the property owner is not living on the same lot or on a lot abutting the rental property while the house is being rented. “Even thought it has been discussed for a while, it is still the beginning of the process,� she said. “Ordinance amendments are not taken lightly.� The Town Council is expected to dis-

cuss the committee’s recommendation Monday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at Town Hall.

O�Meara said the recommendation must still be reviewed by the Planning Board, there must be a public hearing, it will go back to the council and the Ordinance Committee could review it again if there are changes.

To view the draft amendments to the zoning ordinance, visit the town website and supporting documents from the Jan. 20 committee meeting. Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or Follow her on Twitter: @amy_k_anderson.

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groups, or to take classes on Greek mythology. The center serves 44 children from ages 3 to 13, and there’s a waiting list for winter classes. The center appeals to both parents and their children. “The kids love it, and the parents talk shop,” Hyde said, comparing notes about home-schooling styles and curriculum. Home-schooling in Maine is on the rise, and not just in the Midcoast area. According to data provided by the Maine Department of Education, in 2004-2005, the earliest numbers on record, just under 4,100 students were home-schooled. That number rose to about 4,800 in the 20102011 school year. In order to home-school a child in Maine, parents must provide at least 175 instruc-

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You can’t get there from anywhere Maine is the best place I’ve lived. Love the scenery, the coast, the people. But loving Maine doesn’t make it perfect. Take the roads. No, seriously, take them. Rip the entire system out by the roots and The View start from scratch. Please. It wouldn’t be that hard. In the top half of the state you practically would be starting from scratch. There are Interstate 95 and a road around the edge. What’s up with that road around the edge, by the way? Are they trying to keep us out or something in? Makes me wonder if Steven King has been writing fiction all these years or if he’s an investigative journalist that nobody believes? Let’s talk about down here Mike Langworthy in Forecaster country, where the roads look like a web built by a spider who spent too much time in an Army drug experiment. How about we try, say, oh, I don’t know – a

grid system? Two sets of parallel lines set at ninety degrees to each other. It worked for the Romans and every other civilization since the invention of the wheel. Why not give it a try in Portland, or better yet, the area around Portland, where the roads are laid out like there was a law against straight lines? I asked somebody how far it was from Windham to Falmouth, and he said it was about 10 miles as the crow flies. That’s great if you’re a crow. In a car, it’s more like 30, on a road that’s laid out like Windham and Falmouth were hiding from each other. Whenever I float my crazy “straight road theory from Away” among my Maine friends, I get the same answer, “Hey, it’s better than Boston.” Granted. Our street system is better than the worst layout in the western hemisphere. How is that a virtue? Why do they even bring it up? It’s a known fact the Bostonians weren’t even building streets. They were building a labyrinth. If you dig a hole under North Church you’ll find the fossilized remains of a Minotaur. OK, I know a grid is never going to happen. Maine’s roads are what they are. You could even argue that it’s part of the charm, if by “part of the charm” you mean “one of the reasons hundreds of ‘summah people’ run out of gas

So Kestrel Aircraft, designer of the soon-to-be-but-as-yetunbuilt Kestrel turboprop passenger airplane, has decided to send the vast majority of the aircraft’s future production to Wisconsin, rather than build the planes in Maine, as Global originally expected. While Maine may still benefit from as many as 100 good jobs at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, some 600 manufacturing positions are slated to go to Superior, Wis. In the end it came down, as it often does in site location competitions, to a richer basket of incentives and enticements that, in this case, Wisconsin was able to offer. Maine was left at the altar Perry B. Newman (or in the hangar, if you prefer) wearing a wedding dress purchased at J.C. Penney after Wisconsin showed up in a Bentley and wearing Dior. Put another way, we tried to woo the captain of the football team with our sunny disposition and sensible shoes, but in the end he opted for the head cheerleader. As we shall see, it was ever thus. Kestrel’s decision, of course, marked the formal com-

mencement of the traditional Rite of Blame and Disparagement, which is characterized by finger pointing and the assembly of a circular firing squad from which, ultimately, no one benefits and few emerge unscathed. Surely somebody, somewhere dropped the ball in managing Kestrel’s expectations; somebody, somewhere should have been more creative in developing a package of competitive incentives; surely more could have been done to assemble those complex New Market Tax Credits; clearly the state needs to get into the tax credit business; obviously the state needs to get out of the way and let the private sector take over. Etc., etc. Blame game aside, however, the Kestrel saga is one that is replayed all over this country, in every state, every day, in communities large and small. There is a natural, human desire on the part of all well-intentioned economic developers, even the most seasoned and jaded veterans, to “land the big one,” i.e., to attract an employer whose investment can in one fell swoop be a game-changer. Who wouldn’t want to be able to say that on his or her watch, 600 jobs were established, an idle facility was put to use, home prices began to climb, new businesses sprang up, tax revenues rose, and so on? Nor did anyone in Brunswick or Augusta foolishly drink the Kestrel Kool-Aid. Kestrel had, and indeed has, many of the trappings of an economic development home run, including a credible management team, significant private investment and, above all, the promise of high-end manu-

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sometimes you have to slow down, like in school zones or near hospitals. But whose idea was it to change the speed limit on Congress Street every six blocks for no apparent reason? You need Dramamine to drive into town from the Maine Mall. Does this sound familiar? You’re doing 30 mph, suddenly it’s 35, no, it’s 40. OK , got it, 40 – and now it’s 30 again. And every time it changes somebody passes you on the right and gives you a dirty look while your inner ear is doing cartwheels. I exaggerate to clarify. Were there meetings about this? Is there any conceivable reason for it, or is some bitter guy in a windowless office at city hall exacting revenge for being stuck in a dead-end job? If so, it’s probably the same guy who decides to continued page 9

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facturing jobs. In the end, however, it came down to the freebies, the tax credits, that someone else had in abundance and that we were unable to secure in adequate quantity. It is very often the case in site location decisions that it comes down to the grants, or the tax credits, or the free land, or the free buildings, or some other giveaway that someone has, and that the company being courted needs in order to meet its ambitious goals. And Maine has learned, time and time again, that we can’t compete in the business attraction game if the ultimate determining factor in a company’s decision is cold, hard cash. We have neither the money nor the philosophical bent to indulge every would-be employer’s dream when it shows Comment on this story at:

up in Maine and touts its grandiose plans. The bottom line is that we took a run at Kestrel and it wasn’t good enough. Should we learn some lessons from this? Sure. Should we beat ourselves about the head and shoulders and force someone, somewhere to wear a hair shirt? No way. We do have to be true to ourselves. Economic development success is a long-term endeavor filled with unglamorous and small victories. The modest factory addition here; the fully occupied industrial park there; the new pier at continued page 9

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Buying local improves quality of life I arrived at a big-box store to buy some ink for my computer. I had put it off for days because I so hate going to one at all, but it was finally time. I arrived at 6:15 p.m., the door opened, and no one was in sight. Suddenly, a woman appeared to say, “We are closed. What are you doing in here?” I was stunned, since the door had opened. I explained that and said I only needed an ink cartridge, but she was adamant. As I left, I thought, “this is why I buy local!” It is more than getting a deal; it is a relationship, a partnership, and a commitment to community. Buy local is a way of life that improves the quality of how you live. The Winter Farmers Market is another example. If you do not support your local small businesses, they will disappear. The Farmers Market is no exception. Come to the former Hamlin School, now the city Planning and Code office, at the corner of Sawyer Street and Route 77, Sundays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for Maine-grown dairy, beef, chicken, turkey, pork, teas, vegetables, oils and baked goods. Meet the person who produces the product, ask questions, take your time, visit with neighbors and buy local. Shop early and often. Without your support, we will lose this great asset in our community. City Councilor Rosemarie De Angelis South Portland

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A cautionary tale about legal fireworks I would like to share a story with you about a little girl, age 7, who went to see the fireworks in Cumberland with her mom and dad. Since it was the Fourth of July, there was a large crowd of people. Everyone was anxiously awaiting the big moment when the fireworks would begin. Suddenly, there was a loud popping sound. It was some type firework thrown into the crowd. The little girl was standing very near a woman who was suddenly screaming, her hands over her face with blood streaming everywhere. She had been hit in the face with the firecracker. That little girl is now 73 and still sees that vision when she hears fireworks in the distance. I would not take my own children to see fireworks until the state of Maine ruled the sale of these items illegal. What is the saying? “Those who ignore history are bound to repeat it?” Joanne Jones Scarborough

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How to field dress a LURC The View from Away from page 7 change street names randomly. I’m not a cartographer, but I’m pretty sure there’s no geographically sound basis for turning Congress into Johnson Road for a block and then Maine Mall Road for a block and then something else. “You’re Lost, Stupid Avenue” or something, I’m not sure. Being sure would require seeing a sign with the street name on it. Most places I’ve been in Maine don’t deign to tell you what street you’re on, only what streets you’re passing. I don’t get this. Maybe some governor was a fan of Arthur Conan Doyle; so he decided we should all have to drive by Sherlock Holmes’ method of deductive reasoning. You don’t tell people where they are, only where they’re not. Once you’ve eliminated all the streets it is impossible to be on, that street which is left, however improbable, must be the one you’re on. The examples of this madness are legion. Rural roads with roundabouts designed for the sole purpose of insuring that no matter how little traffic there is, nobody will be sure when or where they’re supposed to be going. Signage that doesn’t tell you what road you’re on, only the road you’re going toward. It’s like the work of gremlins. My sense of logic hates all this, but I can’t help but smile at the pure Maineness of it. This is how Maine’s roads work: if you don’t know where you are, it’s your own damn fault, and if you don’t know how to get someplace, you probably shouldn’t go there. Portland resident Mike Langworthy, an attorney, former stand-up comic and longtime television writer, is fascinated by all things Maine. You can reach him at

Global Matters from page 7 the port; the slightly longer runway at the airport; a reliable, statewide broadband network. These are the building blocks that enable us to serve our current employers, and to effectively entice future employers. But I’m all for pursuing the Kestrels of the world. It was a rational play, and you miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. I hope the remaining jobs slated for Brunswick materialize and double in a year. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. We took a shot and we came up short. So, cease fire. Range closed. That’s really all there is to it. Now let’s get back to work. Perry B. Newman is a South Portland resident and president of Atlantica Group, an international business consulting firm based in Portland, with clients in North America, Israel and Europe. He is also chairman of the Maine District Export Council.

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Notebook under the headline “Billings Whips Republican Legislators into Line.” “I can’t ever remember an instance in which a legislative committee asked non-committee members to draft a committee bill,” Smith wrote. “Very unusual.” A coalition of environmental and conservation organizations immediately fired off a joint press release expressing their horror at such a backstabbing assault not only on land use regulation, but on the democratic process as well. “The chair of the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee handed over drafting of the committee’s bill to two citizens, and barred legislators from being involved,” complained Cathy Johnson, North Woods Project director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine. “In my 22 years following the Legislature, I have never seen a committee hand over drafting of a committee bill to unelected citizens.” The LURC Reform Commission was stacked from the start with seven of 13 members being openly in favor of abolishing LURC. The only member on record in support of LURC was Tom Rumpf of The Nature Conservancy. TNC is now viewed as a Quisling by some in the environmental community, both for collaborating on the LURC lynching and applauding the Plum Creek development around Moosehead. Rumpf still holds out hope that there will be an “open and transparent” public process after Beardsley and Medina get through drafting a new LURC bill. “My understanding from conversations with Commissioner Beardsley,” he said, “is that they wanted to ensure that the bill was a reflection of the commission’s recommendations and nothing else.” “Glancing at the draft legislation is horrifying,” said Jym St. Pierre of RESTORE: The North Woods. “It would unequivocally represent the end of LURC, the thin green line that has been safeguarding the statewide public interest in the Maine Wildlands for 40 years, however imperfectly.” When the governor announced his LURC reform posse, State Rep. John Martin, D-Eagle Lake, pointed out that it didn’t matter who LePage put on the committee because the Legislature, not the committee, and not the governor, makes the law. So now you know why LePage sent Deadeye Dan Billings in to stick up the Legislature and swipe the LURC legislation. He didn’t want legislators moderating any more of his crazy ideas. How’s that “people before politics” thing working out for you now? Freelance journalist Edgar Allen Beem lives in Yarmouth. The Universal Notebook is his personal, weekly look at the world around him. Comment on this story at:

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South Portland Arrests 1/13 at 5:18 p.m. Juan Vasquez, 22, of Andover, was arrested on Philbrook Avenue on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 1/15 at 12:52 a.m. Charles H. Ryder, 39, of Westbrook, was arrested on Running Hill Road by Officer Brian McCarthy on a charge of operating under the influence. 1/15 at 6:31 p.m. Joshua R. Hixon, 24, of Portland, was arrested on I-295 by Officer Jeff Levesque on a charge of operating after suspension. 1/16 at 1:57 a.m. Omar Abdi, 22, of Portland, was arrested on Broadway by Officer Kevin Theriault on charges of operating under the influence, operating after suspension and failure to give a correct name or birthday. 1/17 at 2 a.m. Ralph Ferrante, 39, of South Portland, was arrested on Keswick Road by Officer Brian McCarthy on a charge of operating after suspension. 1/17 at 12:14 p.m. Edward J. Darcy, 44, of Portland, was arrested on Philbrook Avenue by Officer Adam Howard on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking. 1/18 at 9:13 a.m. Ashlee F. Miles, 21, of South Portland, was arrested on Coach Road by Officer Jeffrey Caldwell on a warrant. 1/18 at 8:23 p.m. Elizabeth E. Hunt, 55, of Cape Elizabeth, was arrested on Broadway by Officer Scott Corbett on charges of operating under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. 1/18 at 9:37 p.m. Michelle L. and Sarah A. Bourget, both 19, of South Portland, were arrested on Westbrook Street by Officers Scott Corbett and Jeffrey Pooler on warrants. 1/18 at 10:43 p.m. Ronald G. Thurston, 23, of Yarmouth, was arrested on Howland Drive by Officer Christopher Todd on a charge of gross sexual assault. 1/19 at 2:32 p.m. Krista Haley, 30, of Brunswick, was arrested on Maine Mall Road by Officer Kevin Gerrish on charges of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and possession of a scheduled drug. 1/19 at 2:32 p.m. Melissa Elwell, 33, of Brunswick, was arrested on Maine Mall Road by Officer Kevin Gerrish on charges of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and violating conditions of release. 1/19 at 9:18 p.m. Kelly Rich, 22, of South Portland, was arrested on Cottage Road by Officer Rocco Navarro on charges of unlawful possession of a scheduled drug and possession of marijuana. 1/20 at 11:09 a.m. John E. Leighton, 40, of South Portland, was arrested on School Street by Officer Theodore Sargent on charges of operating a motor vehicle after habitual license revocation and leaving the scene of an accident.

of displaying a fictitious inspection sticker. 1/17 at 11:26 p.m. Randall A. Libby, 27, of Scarborough, was issued a summons on Broadway by Officer Scott Corbett on a charge of possession of marijuana. 1/19 at 9 a.m. Joseph C. McKee, 23, of South Portland, was issued a summons on Deake Street by Officer Theodore Sargent on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 1/20 at 1:59 p.m. James D. Rupard, 25, of Portland, was issued a summons on Main Street by Officer Michael Matheson on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.

Catch, release, catch 1/19 at 9 a.m. A man was reportedly seen concealing a bottle of Skye vodka and heading out the front doors of Hannaford on Cottage Road. An employee confronted the man in the parking lot, which ultimately led to the suspect giving back the illicit alcohol. After giving the vodka back, the man allegedly walked away, got in his car and drove off. The worker took down the license number and called the cops, who tracked down the suspect, Joseph C. McKee, 23, of South Portland, and arrested him the next day on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.

Play nice next time 1/14 at 1:12 p.m. Three young boys were playing in the area of Parrott Street when one of the boys allegedly pointed a pellet gun at a fourth youngster. The pointed-at child's parent called the police, who escorted the three children to their respective homes.

Fire calls 1/17 at 1:49 p.m. Fire alarm due to malfunction on Elderberry Drive. 1/18 at 8:36 a.m. Electrical wiring or equipment problem on Oakwood Drive. 1/18 at 9:30 p.m. Sprinkler activation, no fire, on Broadway. 1/18 at 5:12 p.m. Smoke alarm due to malfunction on Mussey Street. 1/18 at 7:46 p.m. Motor vehicle accident, no injuries, on Broadway. 1/19 at 3 a.m. Carbon monoxide alarm due to malfunction on Churchill Street. 1/20 at 1:26 a.m. Motor vehicle accident with injuries on I-295. 1/20 at 4:15 a.m. Hazardous material investigation, none found, on Sawyer Street. 1/20 at 10:25 a.m. Smoke alarm, no fire, on Fort Road. 1/20 at 12:08 p.m. Motor vehicle/pedestrian accident on Cottage Road. 1/20 at 4:52 p.m. Removal of victim from stalled elevator on Fort Road. 1/22 at 2:03 a.m. Carbon monoxide incident on Wermuth Road. 1/22 at 7:41 a.m. Steam, vapor, fog or dust thought to be smoke on Chestnut Street. 1/22 at 9:37 a.m. Smoke alarm, no fire, on Southborough Drive. 1/23 at 11:36 a.m. Natural gas odor investigation on Strathmore Road. 1/23 at 1:31 p.m. Smoke alarm due to malfunction on Westbrook Street. 1/23 at 6:12 p.m. Motor vehicle accident with injuries on Crockett's Corner.

EMS South Portland emergency medical services responded to 56 calls from Jan. 17 - 23.

Summonses 1/16 at 12:28 a.m. Kyle T. Davis, 20, of Alfred, was issued a summons on Lincoln Street by Officer Chris Gosling on a charge of possession of marijuana. 1/16 at 6:21 p.m. Michael Aguirre, 43, of Gorham, was issued a summons on John Roberts Road by Officer Kevin Theriault on a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration. 1/16 at 10:43 p.m. David Cole, 40, of Portland, was issued a summons on Cottage Road by Officer Kevin Gerrish on a charge

Cape Elizabeth Arrests 1/22 at 12:43 a.m. Ryan Strout, 21, of Spurwink Avenue, was arrested by Officer Galvan on Spurwink Avenue on a charge of operating under the influence.

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on charges of operating with a suspended or revoked license and failure to register a motor vehicle. 1/17 at 9:20 p.m. Edward W. Cleary, 43, of Tasker Avenue, was issued a summons on Route 1 by Officer Eric Lippincott on a charge of operating with a suspended or revoked license. 1/19 at 12:54 a.m. Carla Mains, 24, of Wayne Circle, was issued a summons on Cummings Road by Officer Garrett Strout on a charge of operating with a suspended or revoked license. 1/19 at 2:11 a.m. Justin A. Frazier, 29, of Raymond, was issued a summons on Pine Point Road by Officer Andrew Flynn on a charge of possession of marijuana. 1/20 at 2:20 p.m. Ashlea R. Boothby, 31, of Pine Point Road, was issued a summons on Route 1 by Officer Melissa DiClemente on charges of failure to register a motor vehicle and operating without proof of financial responsibility. 1/21 at 1:19 p.m. Wanda L. Foulks, 20, of Washington, D.C., was issued a summons on Ashley Drive by Officer Shawn Anastasoff on a charge of misuse of identification. 1/22 at 9:23 p.m. Jesse T. LeClair, 20, of Main Street, South Portland, was issued a summons on Haigis Parkway by Officer Ian Theriault on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and sale or use of drug paraphernalia.

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Fire calls 1/17 at 10:43 a.m. Carbon monoxide alarm on Cape Woods Drive. 1/17 at 2:24 p.m. Odor investigation on Shore Road. 1/20 at 7:22 p.m. Water problem on Surf Road.

EMS Cape Elizabeth emergency medical services responded to five calls from Jan. 17 - 21.

Scarborough Arrests 1/16 at 9 a.m. Amber L. Wallace, 22, of Green Ridge Drive, Buxton, was arrested on Payne Road by Officer Scott Vaughan on a charge of operating with a suspended or revoked license. 1/16 at 12:43 p.m. Christine M. Stilphen, 29, of Lassell Street, Portland, was arrested on Gallery Boulevard by Officer Donald Lafflin on a charge of violation of probation or parole. 1/17 at 1:17 p.m. Brian D. Dahlen, 32, of Main Street, Sanford, was arrested on Mussey Road by Officer Steven Thibodeau on a charge of operating with a suspended or revoked license and on a warrant. 1/19 at 10:55 a.m. Marcus B. Williams, 51, of West Wainwright Circle, South Portland, was arrested on Spurwink Road by Officer Douglas Weed on a warrant. 1/22 at 1:07 a.m. Peter A. Fournier, 46, of Cori Drive, Saco, was arrested on Route 1 by Officer Andrew Flynn on a charge of operating under the influence. 1/22 at 9:23 p.m. Samuel R. Palmer, 23, of Main Street, South Portland, was arrested on Haigis Parkway by Officer Ian Theriault on charges of refusing to submit to arrest or detention, sale or use of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

Fire calls 1/16 at 2:10 a.m. Chimney, electrical, gas or stove problem on Snow Canning Road. 1/16 at 1:37 p.m. Carbon monoxide alarm on Old County Road. 1/16 at 5:17 p.m. Problem with wires, mulch, burn or smell on Willowood Lane. 1/16 at 9:38 p.m. Water problem on Salt Marsh Circle. 1/17 at 4:28 p.m. Carbon monoxide alarm on Route 1. 1/17 at 6:03 p.m. Carbon monoxide alarm on Ashley Drive. 1/18 at 7:27 a.m. Fire alarm on Enterprise Drive. 1/18 at 10:01 a.m. Report of structure fire on Broadturn Road. 1/19 at 11:09 p.m. Problem with wires, mulch, burn or smell on Mallard Lane. 1/20 at 2 p.m. Clothes dryer problem on Dirigo Drive. 1/21 at 6:57 p.m. Water problem on Imperial Lane. 1/21 at 7:02 p.m. Problem with wires, mulch, burn or smell on Pin Oak Drive. 1/22 at 3:56 a.m. Carbon monoxide alarm on Cabela Boulevard.



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1/16 at 2:46 p.m. A 17-year-old Scarborough boy was issued a summons on Payne Road by Officer Donald Laflin on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 1/17 at 11:30 a.m. Suzanne E. Jordan, 48, of Bayside Terrace, Portland, was issued a summons on Haigis Parkway by Officer Donald Laflin on a charge of operating with a suspended or revoked license. 1/17 at 12:31 p.m. Christine H. Dill, 31, of Gorham Road, was issued a summons on Mussey Road by Officer Scott Vaughan on a charge of operating with a suspended registration. 1/17 at 1:27 p.m. Samuel Price, 22, of Primrose Lane, Gorham, was issued a summons on Payne Road by Officer Donald Laflin

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Lee Joseph Leavitt, 50: Dedicated, compassionate physical therapist PORTLAND — Lee Joseph Leavitt, 50, died on Jan. 4. Leavitt was born on Oct. 30, 1961. Although he accomplished much in his life, the gift he shared was the love that he demonstrated every day. His family and friends knew his willingness to continue to fight in face of the challenges he confronted throughout his life was beyond human

Appointments The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) recently announced its new Board of Directors. Officers include Woody Woodward, chairman of the board; Jim Ostrowski, president; Jeanne Carpentier, first vice president; Jean Ginn Marvin, second vice president; Sue Ferrell, treasurer; Alvion Kimball, at-large member; Jamey Kitchen, at-large member; Scott Cowger, at-large member; Gus Tillman, legislative chair; and Bob Smith, AH&LA representative. John Shumadine, an attorney and director at the Portland law firm Murray, Plumb & Murray, was recently elected secretary for the board of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland. Richard Peterson and Elizabeth O. Shorr were recently elected to the Board of Directors of The Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges. Peterson was named president and chief executive officer of Maine Medical Center in June 2009. Prior to serving in this role he was the hospital’s chief operating officer. His interest in the work of the community colleges is both personal and professional. Maine com-

comprehension. Everyone who knew him understood how much he cherished his family and friends. He was also an extraordinarily dedicated physical therapist and felt honored to be a part of other people’s healing. He had a generous heart and a gentle spirit that was always present in times of need or doubt. Leavitt was a compassionate man,

thoughtful and authentic, and his spirit and love will live on in all of those he cared for and loved. He is survived by his wife Manon; two children Alexandra and Zachary; parents Marilyn and Richard; sisters Ellen and Julie; brother Todd; and his extended family and friends. A memorial service will be held in his

memory on Jan. 28 at the South Portland Church of the Nazarene, 525 Highland Ave., South Portland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, c/o Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074 or to the Center for Grieving Children, 555 Forest Ave., Portland, ME 04101.

munity colleges contribute many workers to the skilled health care workforce, and he graduated from Broome Community College in Binghamton, N.Y. before continuing his education elsewhere. Shorr serves as president of The Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges. Prior to joining the organization, she served as vice chancellor of university advancement at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

throughout the region. Samson joined TD Bank in 2008 and has 13 years of experience in banking and lending. She previously served as a credit analyst at TD Bank. The Maine Army National Guard recently promoted the following individuals: Soksan Pao, Portland, Staff Sergeant; Matthew Kelley, Portland, Specialist; Eric Pierce, Cumberland, Specialist; Scott Peterson, Scarborough, Private First Class; Jacob Watson, South Portland, Private First Class; and Michael Peacock, Yarmouth, Master Sergeant.

and banking. In addition to serving as Eaton Peabody’s managing partner, he represents business entities and financial institutions in a variety of transactional matters. Both Raynes and Worthen are celebrating their first inclusion in the Rising Star category. Drummond Woodsum recently received the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project’s Pro Bono Firm of the Year Award for 2011; this is the second time the firm has been honored. The award was given in recognition of the firm’s commitment to handling political asylum cases; the firm accepted 11 political asylum cases in 2011. Numerous attorneys and staff members have taken on the challenge of working on these types of cases. Dennis J. O’Donovan of Epstein & O’Donovan LLP was recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. Additionally, his firm was chosen to be on the list of “Best Law Firms” established by Best Lawyers and U.S. News & World Report. Vic Labrecque, finance director for Cumberland County, recently received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 11th consecutive year. This award is given to government units and public employee retirement systems whose comprehensive annual financial reports achieve the highest standards in government accounting and financial reporting. This prestigious award is only received by 5% of the county governments across the United States.

Calling for Nominations Maine-based family-owned businesses with goals to improve their visibility and gain recognition will find those opportunities by applying for the 2012 Maine Family Business Awards. Nominations are now being accepted for the awards, which take place on May 14 at the Marriott Hotel in South Portland. Any Maine-based, familyowned business is eligible and nominations can be made by anyone inside or outside the business. Complete applications are due by March 30. Nomination forms can be obtained at or by calling 798-2667.

Promotions TD Bank recently promoted Dana L. Samson to vice president, portfolio manager III in commercial lending in Portland. She will be responsible for monitoring a portfolio of large, complex commercial loans, including assisting lenders in managing loan relationships and serving clients

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Awards Maine Running Company was recently recognized as one of The 50 Best Running Stores in America by two leading trade and consumer publications, Running Insight and Competitor Magazine. Four attorneys from Eaton Peabody were recently “top rated” by Super Lawyers New England Magazine, in 13 areas of practice. The 2011 edition announces the inclusion of Berney Kuybetz, Dan McKay, Matt Raynes and Matt Worthen based on the organization’s survey and peer review selection process. Kubetz currently practices general litigation, personal injury, general plaintiff matters and First Amendment/ media advertising law and celebrates his fifth year being recognized by the publication. McKay has been has been recognized four times for his expertise in the areas of business/corporate, mergers & acquisitions

Habitat from page 1 average first-home buyer in town can afford, according to the Scarborough Housing Alliance. Properties on Saratoga Lane are assessed at around $342,000 to $421,000, according to town assessment documents. Steve Bolton, Habitat’s executive director, said he didn’t have any data about the effect of workforce housing on neighboring home values, but he said he doesn’t think it will lead to depreciation of values on Saratoga Lane. Scarborough set a goal of creating workforce housing when the town acquired the 20-acre parcel from the Maine Turnpike Authority in 2006. The bulk of the land is planned for conservation, with the exception of the six acres at Broadturn Road. Trish Tremain, a member of the Housing Alliance, said the goal is for the people who work in Scarborough – teachers, firefighters, bank tellers, etc. – to be able to live in Scarborough. Right now, she said, many can’t afford to. “If we look at examples of incomes for teachers or police officers, even if you go to combined income, we’re looking at people who have maybe a household income of

$70,000,” Tremain said in an interview. “In order to get a mortgage, you have to be able to show you’re not spending more than 28 percent on housing. At that level, it isn’t possible to purchase property in Scarborough.” Habitat’s goal is to sell homes at cost, some through Maine’s first-time home-buyer program. The price is not set yet, but it’s likely the homes will go for significantly less than neighboring residences, although taxes will be collected at the assessed value. Mead said the homes proposed by Habitat – 1,200-square-foot single-family homes and 2,300-square-foot duplexes, without garages – would not mesh well with the larger single-family homes with garages on Saratoga Lane. He said he supports the nonprofit’s goal of creating “simple, decent, affordable” housing, but believes more can be done to make sure they are a good fit with the area. For starters, he said he’d like fewer than the 17 units planned. This project “lends itself to appearing and feeling more like a rental,” Mead’s wife, Denise Clavette, said. She works in the economic and community development department in Brunswick. She said she wants fewer units in the continued page 24

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Dear Friends, Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke - is still the No. 1 killer of women. That’s why Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is proud to be the statewide Maine Goes Red sponsor, and we are asking you to join us to Make It Your Mission to fight heart disease in women.

Why should you care? • 1 in 3 American women die of heart disease More women die of heart disease than the next five causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. • Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease

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“Maine Goes Red” Calendar of Events Save these Dates!

National Wear Red Day

Friday, February 3 All over Maine and the country! • Press Conference on Portland City Hall Steps (11:00 – 11:30 AM) • Portland City Hall lit red for month of February • Businesses across the state holding Wear Red Day fundraisers For more information, call your local AHA at 879-5700 or visit

American Heart Association Go Red! Night with the Portland Pirates Saturday, February 4 – 7 p.m. game

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The Portland Pirates would like to invite you to the Saturday, February 4th American Heart Association FUNraiser event. Through this special offer, you can save $2 off the day of game price for a Main Deck ticket, and the Portland Pirates will donate $5 from each ticket sold to the American Heart Association! Please Go Red at this game by WEARING RED to show your support of the AHA’s mission to fight women and heart disease. In addition, the American Heart Association will be selling Portland Pirates Mystery Pucks at the game these limited edition pucks carry the AHA logo and are signed by a member of the Portland Pirates hockey team. Some of the Mystery Pucks also contain additional prizes, including the Grand Prize — a 2011-2012 team autographed Portland Pirates jersey! You can purchase your Mystery Puck for just $10! To order your tickets, please contact Todd Jamison at the Portland Pirates at 207-828-4665 (ext. 377).

Brunswick Heart Ball to benefit the American Heart Association Thursday, February 16 – 7-10 p.m. Inn at Brunswick Station, Brunswick

Join us for a night of great food and dancing to benefit the AHA! Ticket price includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and dessert and dancing to the music of the Sam Anderson Band ($40 per person/ $75 per couple). Please call Amanda Similien at (207) 751-9452 or visit: to purchase tickets online. Dancing is good for your heart!


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Go Red For Women Luncheon Tuesday, March 6 – 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Holiday Inn By the Bay, Portland

The Go Red for Women Luncheon and Educational Forum is an event meant to educate women about their risks of cardiovascular diseases, and how to better protect themselves and their families, from heart disease and stroke. The event begins with educational break-out sessions covering all forms of womenfocused wellness, includes a wonderful silent auction and adds a multitude of exhibitors aimed at health and wellbeing in women. Once the Luncheon begins it is nonstop with educational speakers, entertainment and a fabulous, hearthealthy meal. For the second year in a row, the meal will be a creation of the culinary students at Westbrook Technical School. Loretta LaRoche is the featured keynote speaker. Loretta has starred in 7 one-woman PBS specials on humor and optimism (two of which received Emmy Award nominations), has authored and published eight books. The 2012 Crystal Heart Award will be presented to Eileen Skinner of Mercy Hospital, and local heart survivor Mindy Beyer will share her survivor story. For tickets and more information, call the AHA at (207) 879-5700 or visit:

Southern Maine Heart Walk Sunday, May 20 – 8:30 a.m. Payson Park, Portland Walk Route: Back Cove

The Heart Walk helps raises funds and awareness for heart disease, stroke and heart defects to support life-saving research and education to our entire community. This unique event blends the benefits of physical activity, community involvement, and personal giving. Organize a walk team within your company or amongst family and friends. Getting involved will help educate you on how to stay heart healthy and knowing what to do if someone has a heart attack or stroke. To register on-line or for more information, visit: or call Pauline Cormier at (207) 523-3009. For the latest updates and news from your local AHA: Visit us at: “Like” us on Facebook at: Follow us on Twitter at:

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Tales from the Heart:

Meet Heart Survivor Jennifer McCullum of Portland Throughout her life, Jennifer McCullum would become winded easily and unable to keep up with other kids. In her early twenties, she enjoyed college life with her friends with no knowledge her health was at risk. Although her stamina kept decreasing as she got older, her doctors said nothing was wrong. But Jen knew that something wasn't right with her health. While undergoing minor surgery, her blood pressure plummeted as she went into heart block – a condition where her pulse could not communicate with her heart muscle. After seeing a cardiologist, she was told to get a pacemaker if she wanted to live. Today, Jen is the mother of

two daughters – ages one and three. She spends her time keeping up with them with her husband Mike and also works as a speech pathologist. She consistently reminds herself how very lucky she is to still be here to enjoy her beautiful life, since her heart condition

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Stretch run begins in Forecaster Country (Ed. Note: For the complete Cape Elizabeth-Falmouth and South Portland-Bonny Eagle boys’ and Scarborough-McAuley girls’ basketball game stories, please visit By Michael Hoffer Believe it or not, but the winter sports regular season is coming down the stretch. We’re mere weeks from the first state championships being bestowed. Local teams continue to impress, but still have a long way to go. Here’s a glimpse:

Boys’ basketball South Portland’s boys’ basketball team won nine of its first 12 games, but faces a brutal schedule down the stretch. After holding off visiting Gorham, 38-37, Friday (behind 13 points from junior Ben Burkey), the Red Riots welcomed talented Bonny Eagle Tuesday. After South Portland held the explosive Scots to a mere four points in the first quarter, Bonny Eagle came to life and forged a 20-20 tie at halftime. Thanks to heroics of sophomore Dustin Cole, the Scots took the lead for good late in the third period and held on down the stretch for a 56-49 victory. Senior Jordan Muller led the Red Riots with 13 points, but 19 turnovers and an inability to get late stops sealed their doom. “There are positives we take out of this,” said South Portland coach Phil Conley. “We’re not happy we lost this game, but on a positive note, we were right with them. (Bonny Eagle’s) a very good high school basketball team and I think we’re a very good high school basketball team. For the most part in the second half, it was a four- or five-point contest. The Cole kid made big shots and got to the foul line. That was the difference in the game. With a defensive stop or a good possession, we’re right in that game. Physically, we matched them.” If Bonny Eagle wasn’t enough of a challenge, Friday, the Red Riots (now 9-4 and sixth in the Western Class A Heal Point standings) visit a Cheverus team coming off a home loss. Next Tuesday brings a trip to Deering and after an ostensible breather of a home game versus Noble, South Portland closes at Portland and at home with Cheverus. “I feel no game in the SMAA is an easy game,” Conley said. “We’ve got the top three or four teams the rest of the way. We want to win those games and

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stay competitive and hopefully it will make us stronger for the playoff push. I still have confidence in my guys. We’re 9-4, not 4-9, and know we can play with the guys right ahead of us. We have to put someone away down the stretch. I think we can.” Scarborough is sitting in the No. 7 spot in Western A with an 8-5 mark after Friday’s 63-60 win at Biddeford and a 60-44 triumph at Kennebunk Tuesday. Against the Tigers, senior Ben Wessel scored 26 points to help the Red Storm rally. In the win over the Rams, senior David Conceison had 17 points. Scarborough is home with Sanford Friday and welcomes Massabesic Tuesday. In Western B, Cape Elizabeth is 7-6 and eighth in the Heals after recent losses to visiting Falmouth (52-37) and at York (64-59, in overtime). Against the Yachtsmen, the Capers only trailed by a point early in the fourth period before undefeated Falmouth pulled away. Junior Henry Babcock had a team-high 13 points. “You need to go and you need to play with a little more heart,” said Cape Elizabeth coach Jim Ray. “You need to attack. We had chances. We have a tough time digging ourselves out of a hole. “The way we started this game, we played 100 percent unacceptable. Nonchalant passes. No bounce in their step defensively. Nobody talking. I’m sorry, you’re just not going to be successful against a team like Falmouth if you come out and play that way.” The Capers got 19 points from junior Chris Robicheaw against

Cape Elizabeth junior Henry Babcock, above, looks for an angle to get off a shot during Friday’s home loss to undefeated Falmouth. Cape Elizabeth’s Hannah Newhall, right, was first in the junior shot put at last weekend’s meet.

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the Wildcats, but couldn’t hold a fourth quarter lead. Cape Elizabeth is at Gray-New Gloucester Friday and welcomes Wells Tuesday.

Girls’ basketball The undefeated, magic carpet ride of the Scarborough girls’ team came to an end last Friday. Hosting defending Class A state champion McAuley in a highly anticipated battle of unbeatens, the Red Storm were no match for the Lions’ size, committed 22 turnovers and were outscored, 27-11, over the middle periods en route to a 49-37 loss. Junior Maria Philbrick had a team-high 11 points. “Basically, we got outplayed,”

visits Massabesic Tuesday. “If we win out, I don’t think we can go any lower than second and we could still be first,” Maines said. South Portland is very much in the playoff hunt at 6-7 and 10th in Western A. The Red Riots lost, 49-36, at Gorham Friday (despite 10 points from senior Logan Neal) and fell, 43-38, at Bonny Eagle Tuesday (junior Danica Gleason led the team with 16 points). South Portland goes to Cheverus Saturday and visits McAuley Tuesday. Cape Elizabeth fell to 3-10 and 15th in Western B after recent losses at Falmouth (46-33) and at home to York (41-16). Senior Kayla Raftice led the Capers with 10 points versus the Yachtsmen and six against the Wildcats. Cape Elizabeth is home with Gray-New Gloucester Friday and goes to Wells Tuesday. In Western D, Greater Portland Christian School is 4-4 and eighth in the standings. The Lions won a pair of games at North Haven last weekend, 47-35 and 45-20. GPCS is at Old Orchard Beach Tuesday.

Scarborough coach Tom Maines said. “We don’t like to lose, but we’ll use it as a learning tool. Their size certainly hurt us. If the ball goes over the top, we can’t do anything about it. We were a step slow on the press. It’s the coach’s fault for not having the kids prepared. Next time, we’ll do a better job preparing the kids. It’s great to have this before the tournament comes.” The Red Storm bounced back Tuesday with a 69-19 home romp over Kennebunk behind 15 points apiece from Philbrick and junior Mary Redmond. Scarborough (12-1 and second to McAuley in the Western A Heals) is at Sanford Friday and

The Scarborough boys’ hockey team is 9-1-1 and second to Thornton Academy in Western A. The Red Storm last played last Thursday and downed visiting Portland, 6-0, behind two goals each from Jordan Bathe and Cam Loiselle. Scarborough hosted Cheverus Thursday and goes to Biddeford Saturday. South Portland is 3-6 and 12th and returned to the ice after a 12-day absence Thursday when it hosted Cape Elizabeth. The Red Riots are at Cheverus Saturday and visit Yarmouth Wednesday. In Western B, Cape Elizabeth fell to 4-3-2 after Saturday’s 2-1 home loss to Gardiner. The Capers are currently holding on to the fifth and final playoff spot in the region. They went to South Portland Thursday, play host to Camden Hills Saturday and visit Camden Hills Wednesday.

Girls’ hockey

On the girls’ side, Scarborough improved to 11-3-1 and second to Falmouth in the West Region Heals after recent wins at Biddeford (3-1) and Portland (5-0). Kristina Block, Alyssa Hulst and Brenna Kent had goals against the Tigers. Block had a hat trick versus the Bulldogs. The Red Storm is home with St. Dom’s Saturday and closes the regular

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Indoor track

from previous page season at home versus Cape Elizabeth Feb. 4. Speaking of the Capers, they’re 4-9-1 and seventh in the West after a 9-4 home win over Gorham Saturday. Kathryn Clark and Gretchen Stevens each scored twice. Cape Elizabeth hosted York Wednesday and went to Cheverus Thursday. The Capers close the season next week at Portland and Scarborough.

Scarborough and South Portland’s indoor track teams squared off against each other and Biddeford, Gorham and Massabesic last weekend. The Red Storm won the girls’ meet, with the Red Riots coming in second. Scarborough’s boys were also first. South Portland came in third. Individually, the girls’ meet produced four multiple event winners. The Red Storm featured Morgan Rodway, who won continued next page

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Swimming Cape Elizabeth’s swim teams swept Falmouth last weekend. The boys won, 101-52. The girls triumphed, 117-67. Hannah Homans, Heather Kraft, Sydney Wright and Gabrielle Cloutier broke the school, pool and state record in the girls’ 200 medley relay with a time of 1 min-



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Skiing Cape Elizabeth’s Nordic ski team took part in the Maranacook Wave freestyle race Saturday at Black Mountain. The boys came in fifth and the girls were seventh. Individually, Dana Hatton was eighth in the girls’ competition (18 minutes, 29.8 seconds). James Yokabaskas was 11th on the boys’ side (15:40.7). Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough’s Alpine teams faced Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth and Freeport Tuesday in a slalom race at Shawnee Peak. The Capers boys were second to Yarmouth. The Red Storm came in third. Cape Elizabeth’s girls were also runners-up, to Falmouth. Scarborough finished fourth. Individually, Cape Elizabeth’s Schuyler Black was fourth in the boys’ race (a tworun combined time of 51.68 seconds). Scarborough’s Andrew Paradis placed fifth (52.94). On the girls’ side, Annesley Black of Cape Elizabeth finished fourth (54.30). Scarborough’s Rachel Paradis was 10th (57.52). Freelance writer Ryan Robb contributed to this story. Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@ Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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Saturday 1/28 Pie Luck, bring a pie to share and a food contribution to the Cumberland Food Pantry, 6:30 p.m., Tuttle Road United Methodist Church, 52 Tuttle Road, Cumberland, 829-3766.

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Monday 1/30 ”Miss Representation,” screening, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport, 774-9994.

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Singer-songwriters and classical ensembles Willie Nile is a singersongwriter and 30-year veteran of the New York music scene. He’ll be appearing at One Longfellow Square this Saturday, in support of his latest CD, “The Innocent Ones.”

By Scott Andrews Two genres of music dominate the arts and entertainment calendar for this weekend: singer-songwriter and classical. One Longfellow Square is Portland’s premier venue for singer-songwriters, and a pair of acts will perform on Friday and Saturday. Tracy Grammer and Dan Navarro frequently perform as a duo, and the pair will motor into One Longfellow Square on Friday. On Saturday the featured act is a 30-year veteran of the New York music scene. Willie Nile has just released “The Innocent Ones,” and his nationwide tour in support of the album brings him to the Square. Portland’s two premier classical ensembles both appear this Sunday. The Portland Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of guest conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky, will perform a program that features an Academy Award-winning work plus Felix Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony. The Portland String Quartet will also play on Sunday in a program that features Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Art of the Fugue.”

lie Nile has inevitably been compared with vintage Bob Dylan. That was certainly my first reaction. I like the assessment of Nile from Janet Goodman, writing in Music News Nashville: “Known for his live-performance energy, shades-of-Dylan vocal delivery, melodic rock ‘n’ roll and his healthy shock of hair, Nile hits home anthems for the common man, and charms the unsuspecting with off-beat love songs. “Nile is fond of sing-along choruses and catchy power-pop/retro-rock melodies that are as joyous and positive as his hopeful lyrics. But as sunny as the weather is here, it’s only after some clouds and rain for a slice of real life, resulting in messages that are far from Pollyanna fluff.” For the past 30 years Nile has been a fixture of the New York music scene. Some of his greatest success has been in Europe, while his following in this country tends more to the cultish than mainstream. That’s too bad, because his writing and performing talents deserve more widespread notice. I am particular impressed with his “Streets of New York,” which has both a captivating melody and a compelling lyric. Nile released his latest album, “The Innocent Ones,” this past November, and he’s touring in support. The CD, on the River House label, contains 11 original songs. The title refers to the innocent ones around the world who are victims of man’s inhumanity to man from all causes, including war, neglect and ignorance. Nile explains: “It’s an album with a number of songs dedicated to the downtrodden, the forgotten, the outcasts,

Tracy Grammer, Dan Navarro Two singer-songwriters who first achieved eminence in duo acts with other partners have joined forces with each other. That’s the quick take on Tracy Grammer and Dan Navarro, a duo that will appear Friday at One Longfellow Square in Portland. Grammer made her mark in the Dave Carter-Tracy Grammer partnership, winning awards for American songcraft and touring with Joan Baez. Since Carter died in 2002, Grammer has recorded a pair of CDs, “Flower of Avalon” (2005) and “Book of Sparrows” (2007). Navarro wrote, performed and toured with Lowen & Navarro for more than 20 years, and the duo’s material was recorded by the likes of Pat Benatar plus a several retro-music ensembles. Hear how the current enterprise sounds at 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at One Longfellow Square, corner of State and Congress in Portland. Call 761-1757.

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the hopeless, the innocent ones.” But don’t expect a down-in-the-dumps tone; that’s simply not Nile’s style. “The Innocent Ones” is an uplifting collection of songs, hopeful and upbeat. Catch Willie Nile at One Longfellow Square, corner of Congress and State in Portland, at 8 p.m. Jan. 28. Call 761-1757.

Portland Symphony Orchestra The Portland Symphony Orchestra’s Sunday Classical series resumes this weekend with two staples of the orchestral repertoire plus a modern piece that was written for Hollywood. The guest artist does double duty; Dmitry Sitkovetsky will play violin and conduct the PSO. First on the program is Gioacchino Rossini’s overture to “The Barber of Seville,” a light-hearted comic romp in a Spanish vein. The second piece was written by John Corigliano for “The Red Violin,” a Hollywood film which traces the story of a violin crafted centuries ago in Italy, following its fate in the hands of generations of owners. The movie wasn’t too successful, but Corigliano won the 2000 Academy Award for Best Film Score. Corigliano first gained notice as a composer in 1964, winning an award for chamber music at the Spoleto Festival. His opera, “Ghosts of Versailles,” was the first fully staged new work at the Met in 25 years. His two symphonies have been highly lauded.

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The first won a Grammy, while the second won the Pulitzer Prize for Music. The featured work on the program is Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 in A Major, best-known as the “Italian.” The composer was a child prodigy, and this symphony, considered one of his mature works, was premiered before his 25th birthday. It was a cheery result of the young German-born composer’s Grand Tour of Europe, and musically represents a happy excursion into sunny Italy. The Russian-born Sitkovetsky is the multi-talented violinist and music director of the Greensboro (North Carolina) Symphony. As violinist and/or conductor, Sitkovetsky has made more than 40 recordings and has been especially involved in performing contemporary works both in his home country and America. Catch the Portland Symphony Orchestra at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Merrill Auditorium at Portland City Hall. Call PortTix at 842-0800.

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The musical form of the fugue will be explored and celebrated this Sunday, when the Portland String Quartet performs a concert that was originally slated for last month. A fugue is a form characterized by a theme that is introduced by one musical voice and repeated in multiple variations by the other voices, often in a distinctly imitative pattern of entrances. In Sunday’s concert, the “voices” will be violins by Stephen Kecskemethy and Ron Lantz plus Julia Adams’ viola and Paul Ross’ cello. Two works are scheduled: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue plus Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Art of the Fugue.” Colby College musicologist Steven Saunders will explain the form of the fugue and its place in the historical development of music. Catch this concert at 2 p.m. Jan. 29 at Woodford’s Congregational Church, 202 Woodford Ave. in Portland. Call the LARK Society at 761-1522.

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Resident sues from page 1 order that gave themselves health care, so only the council or voters can take it away. “We’re living under a 1977 order of the City Council, the sole legislative body of this community” Gailey said. “That supersedes anything staff can do. The city has received two dissenting legal opinions on councilor health insurance. The first, a 2009 opinion from the city’s attorney, Sally Daggett, said simply that nothing in the charter “expressly prohibits” the benefit. In late November last year, DiMillo warned the councilors that he’d sue if they didn’t discontinue the benefit. “I’m hoping the city isn’t stupid enough to fight this, but they haven’t proved in the past that they care about taxpayers,” he said Wednesday, referring to the money it would cost the city to defend itself in court.

Home schooling from page 6 “I don’t even know anybody who just stays home with their children.” Every Friday morning, Siciliano takes her two children, ages 11 and 7, to a branch of Homeschoolers of Maine that meets in Scarborough. In certain subjects like science and history, parents all teach their children the same curriculum, enabling them to work on group projects at their weekly meetings. The group also performs one musical every year, offers a 4-H club, and organizes field trips to museums, musical performances and theater in Portland. Parents take turns teaching classes on subjects they have expertise in, Siciliano said. One of the upsides to home-schooling groups, Hyde said, is they allow children of different ages to socialize together.



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The city has been dogged by questions about the health insurance benefit for several years, with some residents asking the council to either end the benefit outright or put the issue to a public vote. Critics have said the system creates inequity on the council, that constantly increasing premiums amount to a yearly raise for councilors who take the benefit and that it’s inappropriate for the council to decide its own compensation. DiMillo has asked the city to stop paying for the benefit in 2009 and 2011, according to his court filing. The council has opted to maintain the status quo every time. Three councilors – Maxine Beecher, Tom Blake and Tom Coward – receive city health insurance and are the most strident defenders of the program. Coward dismissed the 131 residents who signed a petition calling to the end of councilor health insurance as a “few people” bringing up the issue “over and over again.” Gary Crosby, who circulated that peti-

tion and had previously urged DiMillo to hold off on the lawsuit, said now that it’s filed, maybe the city will finally address the issue. “I hope this encourages them to take it seriously, that it’s not a joke,” he said Wednesday. “I will continue to make an effort to get them to understand (the health insurance is) not appropriate..” Councilor Rosemarie De Angelis and Mayor Patti Smith have both said the council must take some action. Councilors Jerry Jalbert and Alan Livingston have said the question should be put to a voter referendum. Last November, William Plouffe, an outside attorney hired by the city to examine the issue, said health insurance benefits are a form of compensation that does not comply with the City Charter. Plouffe said the charter clearly takes compensation decisions out of the hands of the council and leaves it with the voters. “Since the $3,000 payment is the only

compensation contained in Section 209 that is presented to voters, this strongly suggests that the intention is to have the stated dollar payment be the only compensation received by councilors,” he said. In a December interview, De Angelis said she was so convinced the health benefit is wrong that if a lawsuit did come, she’d urge the city not to fight it. “We shouldn’t be expending legal fees to defend us in a lawsuit when I think the other side is right,” she said. “Do we need to spend money defending a position that so many residents think isn’t credible?” Daggett, Smith and Coward could not be reached for comment after the lawsuit was filed. Smith has previously said she’ll bring the issue up in a council workshop in February.

“Life isn’t only about being with people your own age,” she said. That also includes adults. Many parents said their children are very comfortable and well-behaved around adults, and don’t have an “us-against-them” attitude towards their parents. Another strength of home-schooling, many parents said, is the ability to teach the way their children learn. Hyde, who home-schools her 12- and 9-year old sons, said her oldest son struggled in public school because he was a very advanced reader, but learned at grade-level in other subjects. “He was two ages at the same time,” she said. “There was really no good fit.” Now that she home-schools, Hyde said, his varied abilities aren’t a problem. Keary Lay, of West Bath, who brought his two sons to the bowling alley last Friday as part of the Midcoast Maine Homeschool Center outing, said home-schooling allows

his 12-year-old son Nathaniel to spend more time on the subject he really loves: history. “We can let him pursue that at a level that would be difficult in school,” Lay explained. One reason parents say home-schooled children have more time to devote to personal interests is because teaching at home can be more efficient than in a school. Siciliano explained how at traditional schools, a lot of time is spent waiting in lines, walking to and from class and riding the bus. At home, there’s none of that. Home-schooling, she said, “leaves many, many more hours in a day to pursue the interests that are really going to be the life, work and goals of the children.” Lay said he’s usually done teaching his sons by 1 p.m., leaving the rest of the afternoon for field trips or other activities. But homeschooling also has its downsides, especially financially.

“All of us could benefit from a twoincome family, but we’ve just made the decision that we’d rather do this than take a big vacation every year,” Sicilano said. Every parent interviewed for this report said they rely on their spouse for income, and many acknowledged that it would be difficult to home-school as a single parent. Hyde said many home-schooling parents are highly educated, and often give up career ambitions to stay at home with their children. “We’re putting our own careers aside a little bit,” she said. Milva Smith, who drives from Whitefield to bring her three boys to classes at the Midcoast Maine Homeschool Center, said she used to teach Italian, but doesn’t miss working very much. Besides, home-schooling appeals to her “teaching gene,” something echoed by Claudia Simmons, of Brunswick, who home-schools her 8-year-old son Aiden. “We’re learning together,” she said.

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Pawn Shops from page 1 the money his parents had put away for college and spent it to open Platinum Pawn & Loan. He said he sunk $25,000 into the start-up. “At first it’s a lot of money out,” he said, to cover the cost of inventory and displays, licenses, rent and utilities. “After that though, after about three or four months, it’s solid. You’re making money.” One customer, Dana Hicks of Westbrook, was in the shop Wednesday to pawn some gold. He said he’s a regular of Poulin’s who comes in when he needs a little money at the end of the month for gas or other expenses.

“(Poulin) is honest, not like some other shops,” he said. “This is good for me, and the economy.” Poulin said he guesses that about 70 percent of his clients are repeat customers. He said about 60 percent of his business is in merchandise taken as collateral for loans. Poulin said his success at his age should not come as a surprise to anyone. He has worked hard, he said, and has a good business sense. “I see people come in here for loans, and they’re 22 or 23,” he said. “They’re struggling while I’m not. It’s just about motivation. It’s not real difficult, so I try to keep it simple.” Keeping it simple for Poulin means


always looking for a bargain. A few days ago, he said, he went to a liquidation auction at the Biddeford Lowe’s, which recently closed. He spent $2,600 on marked-down goods like garden equipment and shelving units that he thinks he can sell for about $50,000. Poulin’s won’t be the only pawn shop in Scarborough. Coastal Trading & Gifts, at 426 Route 1, opened in 2010. At the time, the town had no mechanism for distributing pawnbroker’s licenses. Coastal Trading owner Tom Bennett had to convince the town to write a rule. Bennett’s shop is less than two miles from where Poulin plans to open. Town Manager Tom Hall said it will

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