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News of South Portland, Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth

Unhappy city residents to share grievances about oil tank fumes By Krysteana Scribner

SOUTH PORTLAND — Residents will meet July 18 to air concerns about how fumes from a Clark Road tank farm have affected their quality of life. Neighbors of Global Partners LP are expected to discuss everything from health concerns to  financial distress and fears about environmental damage linked to Global and its emission of volatile organic compounds from heated tanks that store asphalt and residual

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South Portland Police Chief Edward Googins served in both the Portland and South Portland police departments over a decades-long career.

Longtime South Portland police chief to retire

By Krysteana Scribner

SOUTH PORTLAND — After 47 years in law enforcement, Chief of Police Edward Googins will retire in January. Googins, who announced his retirement July 10, said his relationship with the community

and working closely with city residents was one of the most rewarding aspects of his career. “Good relationships don’t happen overnight. You have to establish a rapport and gain trust before forming meaningful connections,” he said Wednesday.

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Cape Elizabeth donates $10K for asylum-seekers By Jenny Ibsen

“And I believe an agency is only as strong as the relationships it builds with its community. That for me was always very fulfilling to try and accomplish.” Most recently, he said, po-

No. 6 fuel oil. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Massachusetts-based petroleum storage company’s 10-tank facility has exceeded its VOC emissions cap for several years. The allegations were made public March 25, when the EPA announced a consent agreement with Global Partners. Under terms of that deal, the company, which denies the government’s allegations, must

CAPE ELIZABETH — The Town Council voted unanimously Monday to donate $10,000 to two social service agencies to support the recent influx of asylum-seekers in Portland. More than 300 asylum-seekers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola have arrived in Portland over the last few weeks, and more than 250

are still housed temporarily at the Portland Expo sports arena. In response, a metro-regional coalition of town representatives has formed through the 26-member Greater Portland Council of Governments to help the asylum-seekers. Town Manager Matt Sturgis and Councilor Jeremy Gabrielson represent Cape Elizabeth on the coalition. The major identified need is Asylum, Page 22

Scarborough athletic field reopens after vandalism By Krysteana Scribner

SCARBOROUGH — The high school athletic field was reopened Wednesday, 10 days after being damaged by someone driving on the field. The investigation into who caused approximately $2,500 in damage is continuing. Police said July 10 that a vehicle has been im-

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pounded and they are still working on who may have been responsible. While the field was closed, Town Manager Tom Hall said, sports teams, clinics and camps made alternative arrangements and played at other town facilities, including the school baseball field, Memorial Park and at the middle school.

The field and track area are used by school football, soccer, lacrosse and field hockey teams, as well as summer soccer leagues, Hall said. “We were able to do some repairs to take care of any immediate safety issues,” Hall said. “Extensive damVandalism, Page 22

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The Scarborough High School athletic field was reopened July 10, more than a week after someone drove onto the turf and caused significant damage.

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Police Beat ................. 10 Real Estate ................. 23 Sports ........................ 11

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Survey hopes to save historic buildings from impacts of climate change By Kate Irish Collins

PORTLAND — Historic structures face many challenges, including development pressures and fragility. Now comes the threat of sea level rise and increases in storm intensity related to climate change. In response, Greater Portland Landmarks is conducting a first-of-its-kind survey this summer in two vulnerable neighborhoods: Bayside in Portland and Ferry Village in South Portland. The survey is designed to document historic resources that are at increased risk due to the impacts of climate change, according to Julie Ann Larry, director of advocacy for Landmarks. Those impacts include not only flooding, but high winds and increasing heat. While several local initiatives have looked into how climate change could affect the infrastructure in waterfront communities, there has been no study addressing the impact of sea level rise on historic structures, Larry said. The goal of the project, she said, is to help property owners and civic leaders take steps toward making important historic structures more resilient to climate impacts. Landmarks also hopes the survey will help the cities of Portland and South Portland as they compile a joint Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. The project to document at-risk historical structures has taken on increased urgency because the Natural Resources Council of Maine said the two cities are among the top 20 communities in the

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Located on Pine Street in South Portland’s Ferry Village neighborhood, this home was built circa 1889 and is one of the historic structures Greater Portland Landmarks fears could suffer from climate change impacts.

state to be affected by sea level rise. In addition, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association has recently increased its projections for sea level rise expected in the Casco Bay region, which will lead to more frequent tidal flooding associated with storm surges and King Tides. Portland’s Bayside neighborhood is a 230-acre area bounded by Cumberland Avenue, Interstate 295, and Forest and Washington avenues, Larry said. It encompasses approximately 266 historic residential, industrial, and commercial resources built before 1969 and it’s already been impacted by extreme tidal flooding. The neighborhood is so vulnerable because it was created, in part, by filling in mudflats along Back Cove during the mid-19th century. Ferry Village is South Portland’s oldest

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Greater Portland Landmarks is surveying hundreds of historic structures in Portland and South Portland most at risk through climate change.

neighborhood and historic commercial center. Located between the Fore River and Broadway, near Southern Maine Community College, it’s now a popular residential area, according to Landmarks. The neighborhood is roughly 175 acres in size and encompasses approximately 280 historic resources built before 1969. Interns are conducting the historic resources survey and are working to photograph each historic building in both neighborhoods, Larry said. She said information on each building’s style, materials, and resiliency to climate change will be recorded and entered into the Maine Historic Preservation Commis-

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sion’s database. The survey is being partially funded with a grant from the National Park Services’ Historic Preservation Fund, Larry said, as the first phase in a longer-term effort. Ultimately, Landmarks hopes to provide property owners with a variety of key resources and assistance in terms of hazard mitigation. For more information see portlandlandmarks.org/climate-change. While the climate change debate is still raging in political circles, Larry said the effects of increasing heat, sea level rise and other extreme weather events are already impacting historic resources in Survey, Page 23

Cape to take fresh look at short-term housing rentals By Jenny Ibsen

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CAPE ELIZABETH — Residents brought concerns over the town’s regulation of short-term rentals and the dog ordinance to the Town Council on Monday. Town Manager Matt Sturgis also reported July 8 on the implementation of pay-anddisplay parking at Fort Williams Park. He said parking generated more than $33,000 in gross revenue during the first week of operation, or just over 8% of the $396,000 expected between now and Nov. 1. Also on Monday, the 2019 Comprehensive Plan, which determines land use management and policies for the town, was approved 6-1 and will be submitted to the state for review. Councilor Christopher Straw found fault with several sections of the plan and did not support it. A workshop on implementation of the proposed plan is scheduled for Sept. 4, according to the town website. After four workshops over the past year to draft the 10-year plan, the council hosted public hearings June 10 and July 8; no members of the public spoke at either hearing. During Monday’s public comment, Richmond Terrace residents Tim Hebda and Barbara Cummings complained Rentals, Page 24


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State board approves $68M concept for S. Portland school By Rachel Ohm Portland Press Herald

AUGUSTA — The State Board of Education on Wednesday unanimously approved the concept for a new $67.7 million middle school in South Portland. A total of $59.2 million of the project, which now heads to voters in a Nov. 5 referendum, would be funded by the state with a remaining $8.4 million to be raised locally. The proposal would replace the city’s two aging middle schools, both of which house grades 6 through 8, with one 5-8 school to be built on the site of Memorial Middle School on Wescott Road. The new school would house about 900 students. “This is the first state-funded project in South Portland history and we’re just tremendously excited to have received approval at the concept level from the

state board to receive over $59 million in state funding that will serve all of the students in South Portland,” Superintendent Ken Kunin said. He said the project also will allow the district to expand pre-K programs by moving fifth-graders to the middle school, freeing up classroom space in elementary schools. According to a timeline approved by the state Wednesday, the project would go to referendum in November, design would be complete by April 2020 and the project would go out to bid in December 2020. Final funding would be approved by the commissioner of the Department of Education in the fall of 2021 with substantial completion of the project by September 2023. Rachel Ohm — 207-791-6388 rohm@pressherald.com, Twitter: @rachel_ohm

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Cop camp gives kids an inside look at police work By Krysteana Scribner

Now in its fourth year, the week-long SOUTH PORTLAND — A group of camp for sixth, seventh and eighth graders 30 day campers, both delighted and con- gives kids an inside look at a career in cerned, reacted in energetic shouts and public safety. In addition to learning from the K-9 screams at the Community Center July 9 unit, campers also worked with the deas Zak the police dog took a bite of Police partment’s bomb squad, the SWAT team Officer Ezekiel Collins. “I’m just going to walk him in, get him and members of the U.S. Coast Guard. “We try to capitalize on every specialty worked up, and feed him on the arm,” Officer Shane Stevenson said as Zak we have,” Stevenson said. “We want to made a quick lunge and latched onto the touch on everything, so people can see what we do day in and day out, and learn protective bite suit Collins wore. The demonstration was one of several what police work involves.” He said 7-year-old Zak, who has been acivities the campers enjoyed thisFriends week asof Fort Williams Park presents thefive9thyears, Annual KRYSTEANA SCRIBNER / THE FORECASTER in the K-9 unit for more than part of the Junior Police Academy Camp, South Portland Police Officer Shane Stevenson, right, leads K-9 Zak in a demonstration for campers at led by officers from the South Portland the Junior Police Academy Camp in South Portland on July 9. Officer Ezekiel Collins, wearing the bite Camp, Page 23 suit, is Zak’s target. Police Department.

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City Council accepts $300K EPA grant, airs pot concerns By Krysteana Scribner

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SOUTH PORTLAND — City councilors on July 9 accepted a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to remediate waterfront properties. Councilors also discussed distances and buffers related to the growing number of marijuana establishments in the city.

The Brownfields Assessment Grant, which was accepted unanimously Tuesday with Councilor Kate Lewis absent, will go toward environmental assessments of commercial industrial properties. Two-thirds of the money will be used to address hazardous substances; $100,000 will be used for petroleum.

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the damage. “The intent of these funds are to help property owners and former industrial sites,” Assistant City Manager Joshua Reny said. “Funds can’t be used in a situation where a property owner has contaminated the site. This is addressing an issue of historic properties.” Reny said the plan includes building a Council, Page 24

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The great Americas pastime

Were it not for immigrants, baseball would be a far less lively game. When the starters were announced for the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, five of the National League starters were Hispanic, as were four of the American League starters. And NL starting pitcher Mike Soraka is Canadian. Baseball truly is the great AmerThe Universal icas pastime. Just as urban playgrounds all over the U.S. account for the fact that 40% of players in the National Basketball Association are African-American, sandlots all over the Caribbean explain why 30% of MLB players are Hispanic. When I was a kid in the 1950s, it was closer to 6%. Of course back in 1959, when I was 10, and at the height of my passion for baseball, there were only 16 major league teams. Most kids collected baseball cards that we Edgar Allen Beem stored in shoe boxes. We’d trade cards and select our own all-star teams in an analog forerunner of fantasy baseball. Between 1959 and 1962 MLB actually played two All-Star games each season, in hopes of raising more money for the players’ association. Having half the number of teams probably contributed to the quality of the players of the era. The rosters of the 1959 All-Star teams included 20 future Hall of Famers, among them Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Al Kaline, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Stan Musial, and Ted Williams. I doubt the 2019 All-Star games will produce 20 future Hall of Famers, in part because this year is a young crop, with 31 first-time All-Stars.

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The Latin players on the ‘59 team included Minnie Minoso, Louis Aparicio, Orlando Cepeda, Pedro Ramos, and Vada Pinson. When I was a kid I think I knew just about every player in the major leagues. Perhaps because it’s a young group and because some of the players play in small, remote markets, I confess there are players on the current teams that I have never heard of. Ketel Marte? Nolan Arenado? Easy to forget there are MLB teams in Arizona and Colorado. Over the years MLB has done everything it can to inspire fan interest in the All-Star game, surrounding it with home run derbies and old-timers games. Between 2003 and 2016 the league that won the All-Star game was given home field advantage for the World Series. This year’s Red Sox contingent includes three Hispanics: manager Alex Cora, designated hitter J.D. Martinez, and shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Red Sox Hall of Famers of the past included just a handful of Latin players, several of whom are more associated with teams they played with earlier in their careers – Aparicio, Cepeda, and Juan Marichal, as well as Pedro Martinez and, in a few short years, David Ortiz. There is one other Red Sox Hall of Famer who could be added to the list of Hispanic players: Ted Williams, the Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived. Williams’ mother, May Venzor, was a Mexican-American from El Paso, a fact that he was apparently ashamed of until late in life. “If I had my mother’s name,” he said, “there is no doubt I would have run into problems in those days, (considering) the prejudices people had in Southern California.” These days Teddy Ballgame would fit right in with the players of Hispanic background that have come to dominate the sport. Edgar Allen Beem lives in Brunswick. The Universal Notebook is his personal, weekly look at the world around him.

RV models among Maine’s stranger things

Now that it’s summer, we’re seeing electricity is neither needed or wanted, stranger things not only on Netflix, but RVs require lots of voltage, made possible by an electrical hookup, to make life on Maine’s roads. Of course, we have the usual ob- in a campground possible and bearable. Since noticing that Voltage camper noxious drivers from away, in a hurry hurtling up the turnpike, because they’re more Here’s I’ve taken note of other RV important than everyone model names. Some have apelse. We also have tons propriate descriptors such as of bicyclists, runners and Vacationer, Holiday Rambler walkers and, as I saw the and Summerland. Others are other day, a cross-counpoetic or enigmatic: Imagine, try skier on roller skis. Shadow Cruiser, Spirit, TranStrange indeed. scend, Solaria and ReflecBut the strangest has to tion. It seems manufacturers be the ubiquitous recreare trying to conjure certain ation vehicle, also known feelings from potential buyas a camper or motor ers in picking these names. home – you know, those Other model names are behemoths that bring all just plain funny or ironic. the comforts of home But they reflect RV life, to a far-off campground John Balentine since RV enthusiasts do evdestination. Some campers are sleek and showy erything they can to defy nature and tame and cost more than houses. Others are the elements, even while yearning to be rudimentary, sheet-metal contraptions among them. Consider: Pioneer — Who are we kidding here? that allow the occupants to avoid paying Every destination you travel to in an RV exorbitant hotel prices. What they have in common, however, has already been discovered. Cougar — Cougars are shy and rarely are their odd names. I’d never really noticed how each camper has its own model visit RV campgrounds. Mallard — If you get too close in an name, printed conspicuously on the front or back, until earlier this summer when I RV, you’ll scare one off across the pond. Alpha Wolf — This sounds like the saw one called a Voltage. That was the perfect description for owner thinks he’s a tough guy. Prowler — Face it, you can’t sneak up life in an RV, I thought. Unlike “real” camping in a tent in the woods, where on anything in something as big as an RV.

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Starcraft — Because RVs have roofs to keep out the rain, you’ll never see a star, even on the starriest of nights. Endurance — Unlike tent camping, the RV lifestyle doesn’t require any outlay of energy whatsoever. Storm — I’m surprised a manufacturer would use this name or anyone would buy one. Sounds like tempting fate, and you’ll be stuck inside your camper playing cards all day if one hits. Windsport — Is this so named because it’s a sport to drive one in highway crosswinds? Forester — No matter how good a driver you are, you can’t fit an RV down a forest trail. For a forest experience you have to get out and walk. Sorry. Chateau — If you’ve ever been to a chateau, you know this isn’t one. Vista/View — There’s no clear view until you get out. Freedom Traveler/Freedom Express — Sounds nice, until you realize you’re a slave to that electricity and water hookup. Viking — I’m pretty sure Eric the Red didn’t explore Greenland in an RV. Outback — Sorry, you can’t drive this to the real Outback. There’s an ocean in the way. But no matter your RV model name, happy camping to all this summer and to all RV owners a rain- and bug-free night. John Balentine, a former managing editor for Sun Media Group, lives in Windham.


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Democracy’s dark side

Looking for a little direct democracy? vent the state from granting civil rights to LGBTQ people, to upend tax reform and Maine has just the thing. to restore ranked-choice Before we get to that, Politics & voting – all excellent examkeep in mind what H.L. ples of Mencken’s collecMencken once so wisely tive wisdom of individual noted: “Democracy is a ignorance. pathetic belief in the collecTo institute a People’s tive wisdom of individual Veto, the aforementioned ignorance.” individuals must get balIn other words, a little lot-question wording apdemocracy goes a long proved by the secretary way – usually in the wrong of state, after which they direction. have to collect more than That brings us to the Peo63,000 signatures of regisple’s Veto, a constitutional tered voters within 90 days amendment that allows following the Legislature’s ordinary Mainers to block adjournment. This year, laws approved by the LegAl Diamon the deadline is Sept. 18. islature and signed by the governor, forcing these issues to a popular To accomplish that, you need a band of vote. In recent years, it’s been used to pre- relentless fanatics.

Other Mistakes

Speaking of which, the Christian Civic League of Maine, a bunch of homophobes and a coalition of science deniers who refuse to vaccinate their children before sending them to public schools have four People’s Veto campaigns in the works. The league wants to overturn a measure allowing the state Medicaid program to fund abortions for low-income women, and it wants to nullify a bill to allow physician-assisted suicides. The gay-haters seek to halt a measure outlawing subjecting kids to conversion therapy to make sure they grow up straight. The anti-vaxers are trying to restore religious belief as a legal reason to let kids spread serious childhood illnesses. These sorts of issues involve muddled mixtures of emotion, tradition and magical thinking, with only the faintest traces of logic. Those aren’t considerations best dealt with in a winner-take-all battle for political supremacy. As William Coogan, then a political science professor at the University of Southern Maine, put it in a Bangor Daily News story back in 1997, “(The People’s Veto is) what amounts to a shotgun behind the door – so if the Legislature does something particularly stupid or particularly violative of the public interest, people can repeal it. It’s used with a great deal of restraint in the state of Maine, and it should be used with a great

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deal of restraint.” When Coogan made that statement, there had only been 22 People’s Veto attempts in the 87 years since the process was created, an average of one every four years. Since then the pace has increased, with such ballot questions going to voters approximately every three years. That’s too little restraint and way too much democracy. The four current People’s Vetoes are being organized through a network of evangelical churches. While these institutions will probably be able to muster enough disgruntled reactionaries to gain the necessary signatures for most of these vetoes, their overall numbers are relatively small when compared to the electorate at large. Conventional wisdom says they’ll have little luck at the ballot box in November. Conventional wisdom, like direct democracy, is a dangerous concept in which to put one’s faith. With little else of consequence on the ballot this November, turnout for the People’s Veto questions will be low. Only fanatics will be motivated to vote. And who are the supporters of these initiatives? The collective wisdom of individual ignorance strikes again. Collect your wits and email comments to aldiamon@herniahill.net.

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Lawmakers’ final grade: Accomplishments, and some incompletes

The painful memories of the 2017 state compromise, with newly elected Gov. Janet government shutdown that ruined that year’s Mills working with legislators to adjust bills July 4 weekend for lawmakers and state as they worked through the process, rather workers faded this year, as the Legislature than brandishing a last-minute veto pen. The Democrats get credit for the new completed its business, passed a budget tone under their control, and and went home in time for Capitol they passed much of their fireworks and parades. agenda, including expandThe budget impasse and ing Medicaid coverage, and government shutdown of protecting abortion rights two years ago over the holiand providing those services day weekend was forced by under Medicaid. then Gov. Paul Lepage, who One important health-care refused to compromise and initiative brought the toughstormed out of a late-night est battle of the session. A Blaine House meeting in the proposal to tighten vaccinahours before the shutdown. tion requirements brought Much has changed this crowds to Augusta, many year, as the first legislative who objected to the changes. session under Democratic But the tighter vaccination rule ran smoothly, and much rules, which eliminate rewas accomplished. For the Marian McCue ligious and philosophical most part, the atmosphere was civil, with the pain and vitriol of the LeP- vaccination exemptions for kids entering age years quickly receding from memory. school, was finally passed in response to There were tough debates, as minority lower rates of vaccination and recent inRepublicans strained to use their diminished creases in childhood illnesses. One important bill, backed by Mainers leverage to stall some measures, most notably bond issues that should be considered in opinion polls, but perennially stalled in by voters in November and will probably Augusta, finally passed this year. Although require a return legislative session. But the Gov. Mills was cautious about the Death atmosphere was one of negotiation and with Dignity Act, her final signature on the

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measure adds Maine to the list of states that permit this option for people facing terminal illness. It carries safeguards, such as several written determinations by doctors, that should prevent its misuse. But there are always some perennial proposals that stall in the Legislature. Gun-control efforts, as in past years, mostly fizzled as both Democrats and Republicans balked at gun restrictions and an energized gun lobby fought hard against them. Legislators also rejected a red flag law that would have allowed police officers to confiscate guns from people deemed a threat; it morphed into a compromise bill that linked gun confiscation to the traditional process of involuntary commitment after a mental health evaluation. And municipalities still can’t prohibit guns in their public spaces and polling places, since legislators rejected a bill from Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth,

that would have changed that rule. A big change in Maine’s election system will allow voters to take part in a presidential primary on Super Tuesday next March, rather than using the caucus system – which was a disaster in 2016, with long lines and disgruntled voters. While Maine results may get obscured in the multi-state event, it will enable more voters to participate. And each party will have the option to allow independent voters to participate in their primary. The biggest logjam as the Legislature wound down in late June was an impasse over bond issues, including a large bond for transportation spending. Republicans who wanted to decide the various bond items separately flexed their muscle, and the whole bond package was rejected. Several of these laws may be up for reconsideration, as right-wing Christian groups McCue, Page 9

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I’ve never met Amy Regan Gallant, but I sure do like her style. In the face of the overwhelming negativity and need facing our nation and our state, she did something truly courageous: she created beauty and joy. More specifically, this South Portland resident created a picnic, a community picnic on the Fourth of July, to welcome the newest members of our community, those seeking asylum from various countries in Africa. Well done, Amy.

It would have been far more predictable, and undoubtedly easier on the logistics, to instead organize a vigil or a protest. You know the drill: Earnest, angry, well-intentioned people carrying signs and urging a call to action. I don’t mean to slag on protests. Goodness knows I’ve been in my share and I know: the folks with signs care. Heck, they could be home reading a book or eating ice cream, but they’re not. They are showing up with their literal, actual selves on the line to fight for what is right.

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I respect that. That said, I am just not sure how effective the protests actually are. Obviously, we are all tasked with standing up in the face of evil and doing our bit to make it stop. Agreed. But is the traditional protest the way to go about it? Does it work? It seems to me that at the most fundamental, a protest is, by its very definition, against something. Against, against, against. I do not mean to belittle that; there is plenty of really awful stuff going on right now that warrants opposition. I am against kids Heather in cages. I am against taking kids from their parents. I am against the slaughter of whales, the pollution of our environment, letting rapists off the hook. The list of what I am against is long and exhaustive. But my point is, there is also a weight to “against” that is incapacitating. It takes passion, dedication and commitment to organize a protest. I would argue, however, that it takes vision, clarity of purpose, and more than a little chutzpah to respond instead with an invitation to gather and celebrate.

The brilliance of the picnic, aside from its foundation in the ancient and established practice of “breaking bread” together, is that it is for something. It is for who we can be, at our best. It is an invitation to join, to learn, to meet, to actively create community. By loudly and joyfully proclaiming who we are and what we are for, we haven’t stopped fighting the good fight. We are still rejecting the evils we see around us, but we are now doing so with a momentum and spark. Instead of building a wall, D. Martin we are creating new paths. We are making space for possibility. I like this. I like it a lot. I want to be a part of a world where we gather, welcome new voices and ideas to the table, share some laughs and get busy creating solutions. There is certainly a long list of dire and pressing concerns before us, so let’s keep the bread basket moving around our communal table. Brunswick resident Heather D. Martin wants to know what’s on your mind; email her at heather@heatherdmartin. com.

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Balentine’s negativity is overwhelming It has become apparent that the cave in which John Balentine resides is devoid not only of information, but of color. In his black-and-white world, any thoughtful citizen who criticizes what can be improved in this nation is labeled a “hater,” capitalism will save humanity (no adjustments allowed), and Democrats offer nothing but doom and gloom. It is rather patriotic and quite American to criticize what needs to be improved in this country, and our very system encourages it.  Democrats have indeed criticized President Obama, and we’ll do so for whomever requires our input, because we expect better from our leaders and lawmakers.  Take a look around and think about this: The opposite of capitalism isn’t socialism, it is democracy (a concept for

which capitalism allows little room), and this country still has enormous potential to get it right. So cheer up, John, and take a break from your negativity. Jim Corbin, Portland

Diamon right, Beem wrong about schools Regarding public funding of religious schools, Al Diamon is right on the mark and Edgar Allen Beem is confused. Proponents of public funding of religious schools haven’t considered the consequence of schools of all religions receiving public funds, e.g., Muslim, Bahai, Jewish, Buddhist, etc. Public schools are a manifestation of American inclusiveness, i.e, any American child may attend. Religious schools tend to exclude those who don’t practice the school’s sponsored religion. Cheverus High School is an exception since it has historically welcomed students of all faiths. Steve Romanoff, Falmouth

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and others are vowing to reject the new laws in People’s Veto campaigns. Papers have already been drawn at the secretary of state’s office for People’s Vetoes of the vaccination bill; taxpayer-funded abortion and the Death with Dignity Act will also be targeted, and others are expected. But gathering the required 63,000 signatures and winning at the polls will be a tall order. Portland resident Marian McCue is the former editor and publisher of The Forecaster.

Balentine column off the mark on 4 issues

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might support abortion where you disagree. As an atheist, my belief system is different from yours, and I do not need yours crammed down my throat. An abortion is between a woman, those she wants to have involved, and her medical provider. It is not between the woman, you and your priest. • You need to look at more pictures of plastic choking the planet instead of demanding more single-use plastic bags. I have a canvas boat bag that has served its purpose in shopping and boating for 40 years. You should look into one. • Seventy-four percent of the public favor a ban on hand-held cell phone use while driving, which you oppose. Cell phone use while driving accounts for 1.6 million crashes a year. A ban is a start. Phil Davies, Falmouth

Thanks for successful Scarborough book sale The Friends of the Scarborough Library would like to express their gratitude to the many dedicated volunteers and patrons who helped make the 2019 Book Sale a great

success. Hundreds came during this year’s event to browse our collection of more than 18,000 donated books, audio books, and DVDs. The funds earned help provide supplemental support to the library for their collections and programming. Unsold items were donated to nonprofit organizations, local teachers, and Goodwill. The annual Book Sale would not have been possible without the support and cooperation of the Scarborough School Department, especially Facilities Manager Todd Jepson and high school Principal Susan Ketch. The maintenance people and custodial staff at the high school, along with members of the Class of 2022 and their adviser, Sarah Belton, were also a great help. We would like to acknowledge the volunteers who transported the donated books, as well as all the book sorters. A special thank you to the local businesses who assisted us with our advertising. And finally, Scarborough Public Works is to be highly commended for their support; many thanks to Director Mike Shaw, Dave Pinkham and the rest of the SPW crew. Jessica Clough, Scarborough

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7/6 at 2:30 a.m. Andrew S. Morrill, 32, of Waterford, was arrested at Kettle Cove by Officer Ben Davis on an outstanding warrant.

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7/3 at 12:20 a.m. Austin Baker, 33, of Raymond, was issued a summons on Two Lights Road by Officer Tammy Schafran on a charge of speeding. 7/4 at 8:45 a.m. A 17-year-old male was issued a summons on Shore Road by Officer Rory Benjamin on a charge of towing an unregistered trailer.

7/5 at 12:59 p.m. Manuel Arbaiza, 18, of Grant Street, Portland, was arrested on Pine Point Road by Officer Michael Beller on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking and violating conditions of release. 7/6 at 2:31 a.m. Travis Hayes, 31, of River Street, Sanford, was arrested on Payne Road by Officer Jacob Murphy on an outstanding warrant from another agency. 7/7 at 8:28 a.m. Margaret F. Brochu, 48, of Miranda Circle, Saco, was arrested on Payne Road by Officer Aaron Erickson on a charge of operating with a suspended or revoked license.

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7/2 at 1:38 p.m. Alarm call on Minuteman Drive. 7/3 at 9:42 a.m. Alarm call on Cottage Lane. 7/3 at 11:03 a.m. Marine water rescue on White Sands Lane. 7/3 at 1:10 p.m. Mulch fire on U.S. Route 1. 7/3 at 8:14 p.m. Carbon monoxide detected on Cottage Lane. 7/5 at 9:18 a.m. Smoke odor investigation on Pipe Road. 7/5 at 9:25 p.m. Smoke detector problem on Ballanytyne Drive. 7/6 at 3:38 a.m. Vehicle fire on Haigis Parkway and Gateway Boulevard. 7/6 at 9:21 a.m. Smoke odor investigation on King Street. 7/6 at 9:36 a.m. Smoke odor investigation on Fogg Road. 7/6 at 10:27 a.m. Structure fire on King Street. 7/6 at 4:08 p.m. Marine water rescue on Wavelet Street. 7/6 at 4:50 p.m. Marine water rescue on Oceana Avenue. 7/7 at 5:52 a.m. Alarm call on Westbrook Street. 7/7 at 3:37 p.m. Electrical wires down on Westbrook Street. 7/7 at 9:03 p.m. Smoke odor investigation on Richards Way.

7/1 at 2:43 p.m. Bryan J. Rasche, 34, of Ocean Fire calls 7/3 at 8:59 a.m. Carbon monoxide alarm on Park Road, Old Orchard Beach, was issued a summons on U.S. Route 1 and Pine Point Salt Spray Lane. 7/4 at 7:27 a.m. Fuel leak on Mitchell Road. Road by Detective Robert Pellerin on a charge 7/6 at 5:27 p.m. Lightning strike on Shore of operating with a suspended registration. 7/2 at 1:53 p.m. Brandie MacIntyre, 45, Road. 7/7 at 12:34 p.m. Lines down in Delano Park. of Spring Street, Westbrook, was issued a 7/8 at 11:25 a.m. Fire alarm on Shore Road. summons on Gallery Boulevard by Officer Shawn Anastasoff on a charge of theft by EMS unauthorized taking. Cape Elizabeth emergency medical services 7/6 at 12:10 p.m. Jerrold D. Yazzie, 33, of responded to 10 calls from July 1-8. U.S. Route 1, was issued a summons on Pleasant Hill Road and U.S. Route 1 by Officer Michael Thurlow on a charge of operating SCARBOROUGH under the influence. EMS 7/7 at 12:02 a.m. Santu Logugune, 20, of Scarborough Police Department received 43 Arrests 7/1 at 12:05 a.m. Emily Jane Yates, 28, of Kennedy Park, Portland, was issued a sum- calls from July 1-7. Wesley Avenue, Old Orchard Beach, was mons on County Road by Officer Christopher arrested on Snow Road by Officer Aaron Gerossie on a charge of assault. SOUTH PORTLAND Erickson on a charge of domestic violence 7/7 at 12:02 a.m. A 15-year-old male, of Portland, was issued a summons on County assault. Arrests on a add in: 7/2 at 1:23 a.m. Jordan D.B. Rosado, 19, of Road by Officer Christopher GerossiePlease 6/30 at 12:51 a.m. Patrick Usengimana, Change Hours to: Cambridge, Massachusetts, was arrested on charge of assault. 29, of South Portland, was arrested on Hoyt U.S. Route 1 and Stewart Drive by Officer Fire calls Street by Officer Kevin Gerrish on charges Aaron Erickson on a charge of operating 7/1 at 3:45 a.m. Smoke odor investigation of operating under the influence, criminal under the influence. on Camperdown Elm Drive. speeding and failing to stop for an officer. 7/4 at 7:17 p.m. Cody J. Logan, 22, of Town 7/1 at 5:26 a.m. Smoke odor investigation 7/2 at 5:31 a.m. Lucile M. Dundon, 19, of Farm Road, Buxton, was arrested on Payne on Camperdown Elm Drive. Portland, was arrested on Main Street by Road and Cabela Boulevard by Officer Ben- 7/1 at 6:12 p.m. Alarm call on Washington Officer Zachary Quadland on charges of jamin Landry on an outstanding warrant from Avenue. refusing to submit to arrest and obstructing another agency. 7/2 at 8:04 a.m. Alarm call on U.S. Route 1. government administration. 7/2 at 5:31 a.m. Yusuf Jama, 19, of South Boston, Massachusetts, was arrested on Main Street by Officer Zachary Quadland on a charge of criminal trespass. 7/3 at 2:44 a.m. David L. Bryer, 25, of Cape Elizabeth, was arrested on Summit Terrace by Officer Zachary Quadland for violating Summer is Here. New Shipments Weekly! conditions of release. Our Throws and Blankets make Great 7/4 at 6:55 p.m. Jason Chadbourne, 34, of South Portland, was arrested on Ocean Wedding/Shower Gifts for Brides to be. Street by Officer Taylor Stroup on a charge Maine Woolens Freeport Store of operating under the influence. 124 Main St., Freeport, ME 04031 Tel: 207-865-0755

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7/3 at 6:20 p.m. Unpermitted burn on Ocean Street. 7/4 at 12:20 a.m. Carbon monoxide detected on Cottage Road. 7/4 at 10:45 a.m. Gas leak on Maine Mall Road. 7/4 at 8:59 p.m. Brush fire on Western Avenue. 7/5 at 1:55 p.m. Refrigeration leak on Liberty Lane. 7/5 at 5:11 p.m. Mulch fire on Thomas Street. 7/7 at 6:10 a.m. Electrical wiring problems on Philbrook Avenue. 7/8 at 11:14 a.m. Alarm call on Main street. 7/8 at 10:20 p.m. Vehicle fire on Route 703.

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By Michael Hoffer

It was an all-star caliber spring

(Ed. Note: The SMAA boys’ lacrosse All-Academic team and SMAA outdoor track All-Academic teams weren’t available at press time) The spring sports season once again provided an abundance of starry performances and fittingly, an abundance of local standouts were named to postseason all-star teams. Here’s a recap:

Baseball

Scarborough’s baseball team won a surprise Class A state title this spring, beating South Portland in the regional final, and both teams had players named to the Southwestern Maine Activities Association all-star team. South Portland’s Hunter Owen won the Edson Hadlock Award as the league’s Most Valuable Pitcher and made the All-Conference firstteam, as did teammates Anthony Poole (second base) and Noah Lewis (pitcher). South Portland’s Caden Horton shared the Fred Harlow Award for all-around dedication and attitude with Deering’s Luke Hill. The SMAA second-team included Scarborough outfielder Noah Frink, pitchers Jack Clark and Nick Thompson and designated hitter Peter O’Brien and South Portland’s Lewis (shortstop) and first baseman Tyler Small. Scarborough’s Nolan Lamontagne and South Portland’s Anthony Perron were honorable mention selections. South Portland’s Gus Lappin (third base) was named to the SMAA All-Defensive team. Scarborough’s Jack Clark, Nolan Lamontagne, Michael LeGage and Mathew Ricker qualified for the SMAA All-Academic team. The Western Maine Conference Class A/B baseball all-star firstteam included Cape Elizabeth senior utilityman Jameson Bakke. South Portland’s Horton represented the Class A/B South team in the Senior All-Star Game. Horton also qualified for the Maine team for the Maine vs. New Hampshire Senior All-Star Game.

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Scarborough’s softball team won its third consecutive Class A state championship last month and placed Bella Dickinson (pitcher)

and second baseman Courtney Brochu on the SMAA first-team. They were joined by South Portland outfielder Grace Rende. The second-team included Scarborough outfielder Caitlin Noiles and utility player Katie Roy and South Portland pitcher Mia Micucci. Honorable mentions included Scarborough’s Sylvia Foley and Mollie Verreault and South Portland’s Elise Connor and Hylah Owen. Scarborough’s Dickinson was named SMAA Pitcher of the Year. Scarborough’s Tom Griffin was named SMAA Coach of the Year. The SMAA All-Academic team included Scarborough’s Courtney Brochu and Mia Kelley and South Portland’s Courtney Luce, Sydney Sherburne and Kaylee Whitten. In the WMC, Cape Elizabeth senior pitcher/first baseman Jessie Robicheaw and sophomore pitcher/first baseman Anna Cornell made the first-team. Cape Elizabeth sophomore second baseman Julia Torre and freshman second baseman Kathryne Clay were named to the second-team. Scarborough’s Brochu and South Portland’s Rende played in the Senior All-Star Game. Scarborough’s Dickinson, Noiles and Roy and South Portland’s Micucci took part in the Underclass All-Star Game.

Cape Elizabeth’s Archie McEvoy was a Western Maine Conference all-star this spring.

Cape Elizabeth’s boys’ lacrosse team enjoyed an undefeated regular season and placed several players on the WMC Class A/B all-star team. The first-team included Cape Elizabeth sophomore attack Archie McEvoy, senior midfielder Sam Dresser, junior defenseman Max Patterson, junior longstick middie Andrew Carroll, junior goalie Jack Dresser and senior faceoff specialist Devon Lathrop. Second-team selections included Cape Elizabeth senior attack Nick Martin and senior middie Phil Tarling. Cape Elizabeth’s Patterson was named WMC Class A/B Player of the Year. Cape Elizabeth’s Sam Dresser qualified for the WMC All-Academic team. The SMAA boys’ lacrosse all-conference first-team featured

South Portland senior attack Cooper Mehlhorn, senior middie David Fiorini, senior defenseman Shippen Savidge and senior utilityman Josh Doan. The SMAA second-team included Scarborough utilityman Nicholas Quartararo and South Portland goalie Quinn Watson. Scarborough senior longstick middie Jared Nelson and South Portland senior defenseman Ryan Loring were honorable mentions. Cape Elizabeth’s Sam Dresser, Scarborough’s Nathan Taggart and South Portland’s Mehlhorn were Senior All-Stars. Cape Elizabeth’s Carroll, McEvoy, Patterson and Jack Dresser, Scarborough’s Josh Baba, Aiden Joyce and Ethan Kavanaugh and South Portland’s Jack Kingsley and Nick Tolan played in the Underclass All-Star Game. Cape Elizabeth’s Patterson and

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the first-team. Scarborough sophomore goalie Kathleen Murphy and South Portland senior attack Molly Walker and junior midfielder Savannah Dunbar were second-team selections. Scarborough freshman Ashley Farrington and South Portland freshman Zoe Baker were named to the SMAA All-Rookie team. South Portland’s Molly Walker qualified for the SMAA All-Academic team. Cape Elizabeth’s Foley and McGrath, Scarborough’s Erin Stolz and South Portland’s Leckie and Walker took part in the Senior All-Star Game. South Portland’s Leslie Dyer served as a coach. Cape Elizabeth’s Foley was named one of Maine’s three All-Americans.

Outdoor track

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South Portland ace Hunter Owen was one of the elite pitchers this spring and was named to the SMAA baseball all-star team.

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Scarborough’s Emily Labbe qualified for the SMAA outdoor track girls’ allstar team.

South Portland’s Fiorini and Mehlhorn were three of Maine’s nine All-American selections. Cape Elizabeth’s Jack Dresser and Sam Dresser qualified for the US Lacrosse All-Academic team.

Girls’ lacrosse

On the girls’ side, repeat Class B state champion Cape Elizabeth placed junior midfielder Karli Chapin, senior midfielder Tory McGrath and senior goalie Erin Foley on the WMC girls’ lacrosse first-team. Cape Elizabeth senior midfielder Brooke Harvey was named to the second-team. Cape Elizabeth’s Morgan Stewart was an honorable mention selection. The WMC All-Academic team featured Cape Elizabeth’s McGrath. In the SMAA, South Portland senior attack Jena Leckie made

The SMAA girls’ outdoor track first-team included Scarborough’s Anna Gardner (pole vault) and Emily Labbe (100 hurdles) and South Portland’s Rebekah Hunnewell-Dunphe (shot put). South Portland’s Anna Folley (800) qualified for the second-team. Scarborough’s Labbe (300 hurdles) and South Portland’s Hunnewell-Dunphe (discus) made the third-team. On the boys’ side, Anthony Clavette (high jump) and Jarett Flaker (100 and 200) of Class A state champion Scarborough, along with South Portland’s Joseph Emery (long jump), made the first-team. Scarborough’s Clavette (110 hurdles and triple jump) and Ben Hatch (long jump) and South Portland’s Jacob Costin (racewalk) qualified for the second-team. Scarborough’s Jayden Flaker (110 hurdles and 300 hurdles) and Harrison Osborne (800) and South Portland’s Emery (high jump) and Eben Drolet (racewalk) made the third-team. In the WMC, the Division I girls’ first-team featured Cape Elizabeth’s Darcy Cochran (100 hurdles and 300 hurdles) and Jaya McClure (long jump). The Division I second-team included Cape Elizabeth’s Kelsey Kennedy (mile) and Emma Clarke (discus). Sports, Page 12


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FOKO welcomes new executive director Shireen S. Shahawy of Shahawy Communications in Portland is the new executive director of The Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ, effective June 17. Her work includes creating and executing strategic marketing communications programs for EffiShahawy ciency Maine, Bath Savings Institution, Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce and IDEXX. The voice of Shawhawy, who has been a professional voiceover actor for almost 30 years, can be heard in local, regional and national commercials and podcasts. Her community involvement includes Good Theater and the Institute for Civic Leadership.

Hires, promotions, appointments The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine announced that Julie Butcher Pezzino, formerly of Grow Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, has been hired as the next executive director, effective July 8, upon the retirement of Suzanne Olson. Olson, who led the Museum & Theatre for nearly two decades, will remain with the nonprofit as a consultant for the Museum & Theatre’s “Imagine” Capital Camp.

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The World Affairs Council of Maine named three new members to the board of directors on June 6. Clifford Gilpin is a former World Bank executive and lives in Falmouth. He is a trustee of the Falmouth Land Trust and former president of WACM. Ross Hickey is assistant provost in the Office of Research Integrity at the University of Southern Maine. Yueying LaFleur is

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assistant vice president and legal counsel at Unum. In addition, Lynne Houle, outgoing assistant secretary of the World Affairs Council of Maine, received the Bea Chapman Minott Award in recognition of her commitment to global citizenship in the organization. Petty Officer 2nd Class Arielle Baxley, a Portland native, participated in a Baltic Operations exercise with 18 other nations June 8-21 in Kiel, Germany, and beyond. Baxley is an operations specialist aboard the USS Mount Whitney. Katahdin Trust welcomed Karyn MacLeod as vice president, commercial Services officer; she will be based at the Scarborough branch at 144 U.S. Route 1. Donna Larson joined Sebago Technics this spring as community planner. She previously served as the town planner in Freeport for 19 years, and was also the planner for the town of Cumberland. Philip O’Hearn of Scarborough has joined Malone Commercial Bankers. Blaire Knight-Graves is the newest member of the Telling Room team, having recently been hired as the new communi-

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from page 11 On the boys’ side, in Division I, Cape Elizabeth’s Jack Bassett (mile and twomile) made the first-team. The Division I second-team featured Cape Elizabeth’s Matthew Conley (high jump) and Will Pearson (racewalk). The WMC All-Academic team included Cape Elizabeth’s Will Pearson.

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Cape Elizabeth’s girls’ tennis team placed Blair Hollyday and Isa Berman on the WMC singles first-team. Cape Elizabeth’s Ellie Hilse and Amanda Mikulka made the doubles team. The WMC boys’ singles first-team included Cape Elizabeth’s Alex Hansen. Cape Elizabeth’s Maximo Kesselhaut and Gus Larou made the doubles team. Cape Elizabeth’s Lauren Abrahamsen,

July 12, 2019 cations manager. A self-described Jackie of All Digital Trades, Knight-Graves is a video producer, digital content strategist, audio producer and copywriter with a specialty in branded LaFleur content. She comes to Portland by way of Chicago, where she worked for a number of years at DePaul University as a content producer. The Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Baxley Church welcomed two new ministers on July 1. The Rev. Dr. Mary Jane O’Connor-Ropp will serve as the minister of Congregational Care and Spiritual Growth. The Rev. Priscilla Dreyman will McLeod serve as the minister of Spiritual Ecology and Creativity. The new ministers are replacing the Rev. Casey Collins, who will retire June 30.

Open for business Kids First Center Executive Director Timothy Robbins along with staff, board members and members of the community came together June 10 to hold a ceremonial ribbon cutting and open house at the center’s new location at 51 U.S. Route 1, Suite S in Scarborough. Now in its 21st year, Kids First Center provides classes to families going through separation and divorce.

Acquisitions Portland-based BlueTarp Financial, a business-to-business trade credit financing company, announced June 21 it entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Capital One Financial Corp. BlueTarp’s management team and associates will continue to work from their offices in Maine and will join Capital One’s credit card partnership business.

Meghan Gerety and Emelie Jarquin Manegold qualified for the WMC All-Academic team. In the SMAA, the girls’ singles second-team included Abby Ricker and Carrie Timpson of Class A South champion Scarborough, as well as South Portland’s Zoe Collins. Scarborough’s Amelia Hardy and Mayne Gwyer were named to the doubles firstteam. The SMAA All-Academic team included Scarborough’s Samuel Curtis, Rajashekar Muthyam, Shaelyn Poulin and Tegan Tanner and South Portland’s Michael Feely, Dylan Houle, Max Saffer-Meng, Sejia Brkic, Kiley Callow, Britni Cole, Eileen Porterfield, Grace Steady, Amy Tran, Abby Trieu and Chaomei Wang. Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @ foresports.


ARTS CALENDAR

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Greater Portland Exhibits

Southern ing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport Players present behindthe-scenes look at a small theater group. $10/$15/$20, www.fcponline.org.

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The Barbara Morris Goodbody Collection, The Maine Museum of Photographic Arts, USM’s Glickman Library, 314 Forest Ave., Portland, 90+ works, to Oct. 30.

Lady’s Labyrinth, 7:30 p.m., July 19-21, St. Lawrence Arts, Portland, spin-off burlesque sequel of the 1986 film “Labyrinth,” $20/ advance, $23/door.

Zoo Cain Paintings, Mayo Street Arts, Portland, local artist known for kaleidoscope abstracts and use of old license plates, to Aug. 15.

Midcoast Exhibits

Stephanie Berry, oil and oil/cold wax paintings, Yarmouth Memorial Library, 215 Main St., to Sept. 7.

“Second Nature,” by Ed McCartan, Thornton Oaks Retirement Community, 25 Thornton Way, Brunswick. Paintings and mixed media inspired by the American chestnut tree, to July 31.

Friday 7/12 Artisans Collective, exhibit opening 5:30-7 p.m., Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm St., Yarmouth.

Friday 7/12

Galleries Elizabeth Moss Galleries: Anne Ireland, “Walking Green” and “Sunlight on Sweet Clover” by John Knight, Route 1, Falmouth, to July 27. Ann Tracy, self-proclaimed “Digital Alchemist,” Wellness Connection, 685 Congress St., to July 27. “The Missing Half-Second,” curated by John Fireman, Able Baker, 29 Forest Ave., Portland, to Sept. 1.

Museums Thursday 7/18 “Global Warnings,” Marjorie Moore artist talk, 7 p.m., Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St., Portland.

Music Friday 7/12 T’Acadie, 6:30 p.m., Falmouth Con-

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Saturday 7/13 One Longfellow Square Staff Show, 7 p.m., 181 State St., Portland, music from Tom DiMenna, John Nels, The February Ballet, Christopher Denoncourt and Jeff Beam, pizza and a local draft included with

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2018 Musician of the Year, $30, www.cadenzafreeport.com.

Zootz 2019: Ultimate Dance Party, 8 p.m., Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., original DJs return, $20, www.portcitymusichall.com.

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“Laughing Stock,” July 12-14, 19-21, Friday/Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m., Freeport Perform-

Scott Shaw, The Mix, 2nd Friday 4-7:30 p.m., 53 Maine St., Brunswick, unique combinations of acrylic paint and wood burning, includes musical entertainment. 2nd Friday Brunswick, 5 p.m., 30+ venues, artists, businesses, restaurants, and museums.

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Galleries Maine Art Gallery, 15 Warren St., Wiscasset, Marjorie Arnett, Peter Bennett, Susan Bennet, Michele Caron, Stew Henderson, Jay Sawyer and Abby Shahn, through July 27. “Life by the River,” Joanna Pool and her newest works, Centre St Arts Gallery, 11 Centre St., Bath, to Aug. 23. “Sears Gallagher, William Thon and 20th Century Maine Art” Wiscasset Bay Gallery, 67 Main St., works from the estate of Sears Gallagher, including rendition of Monhegan Harbor, to Aug. 2.

Saturday 7/13 Painter Richard Brown Lethem & Sculptor William Zingaro, artists’ reception 4-6 p.m., ICON, 19 Mason St., Brunswick, to Aug. 10.

Museums “Suspense: Key Moments in Midcentury Art,” Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 245 Maine St., explores the vision of iconic artists of the ‘50s and ‘60s, to Aug. 18.

“Above and Below the Sea,” tales & music with Lynne Cullen & Kurt Kish, 7 p.m., Bull Feeney’s, 375 Fore St., Portland, by donation.

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Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival opens

By Scott Andrews

Among the many concerts and music festivals that I attend, one stands out especially: The Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival combines the highest caliber musicians with a lovely, almost dream-like rural venue. The 47th annual edition of this five-Tuesday series opens at Deertrees Theatre and Cultural Center on July 16. The first half of the Bowdoin International Music Festival wraps up on Friday with the first of its two large orchestral concerts, featuring violin virtuoso Tessa Lark. Prefer classic pop? You’ll find it in spades this Friday as the Doo Wop Project motors into Vinegar Hill Music Theatre in Arundel. This vocal quintet brings fresh energy to the classic pop tunes made famous by 1950s-1960s groups such as the Crests, Belmonts and Four Seasons. Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival They came to the Lake Region to enjoy their summer vacations. They stayed and became a musical magnet of Vacationland. That’s the quick take on a fascinating story of how five musician friends from central Indiana, five of them teaching to Ball State University, created the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival 46 years ago. The story was related to me last summer by Homer Pence, bassoon virtuoso and leader of the group. Long since retired, Homer now lives year-round in a cozy cabin in Harrison and attends every concert. The formula has been unchanged for decades. About two dozen professional

Historic Places. The Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival presents five concerts at Deertrees Theatre, 156 Deertrees Road in Harrison, at 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday, beginning July 16 and ending August 13. Call Deertrees at 5836747 or visit SLLMF.org.

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The Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival opens for its 47th season on July 16.

musicians, representing the full spectrum of sound, gather each summer to perform five Tuesday evening concerts at Deertrees Theatre and Cultural Center, one of Maine’s loveliest venues for music and drama. The current artistic director is Mihae Lee, a Korean-born piano virtuoso who lives in Connecticut, where she also directs a classical concert series. Repertoire is strictly chamber music, ranging from trios

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to ensembles as large as 12. I’ve been a regular attended for about 20 years, and much of my summer schedule revolves around this festival. I love both the music and the venue, a huge wooden edifice constructed in 1936. Deertrees is one of the most active summer venues for the performing arts in the Northeast, and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Maine Register of

Two amazing women will showcase their talents this Friday as the Bowdoin International Music Festival reaches its halfway point, marked by an orchestral concert in its largest venue. Violinist Tessa Lark, recipient of a 2018 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Silver Medalist in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and winner of the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition, is one of the most captivating artistic voices of today. Born in Kentucky, Lark’s earliest musical experience was in her father’s bluegrass band. Today she’s a graduate of the New England Conservatory and the Juilliard School, and tours the globe appearing with symphony orchestras. On Friday Lark will handle the solo part in Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, the one and only concerto written by the famed Finnish composer. Its extended cadenza for the soloist demands consummate virtuosity. Contemporary composer Melinda Wagner garnered widespread attention when she won the Pulitzer Prize in 1999. Recipient of many other prizes, honors and commissions, Wagner is currently a composer in residence at the festival. One of her newer works, “Scritch,” written for oboe plus string quartet, will be featured on Friday. Also on the program will be Edvard Grieg’s “Holberg Suite,” composed for string orchestra. This concert is scheduled for July 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Brunswick High School, 116 Maquoit Road. Call 373-1400 or visit BowdoinFestival.org.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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Greater Portland Books/Authors Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St, Yarmouth, closed Saturdays to Aug. 31.

Thursday 7/18 “Still Hidden Everywhere: Enslaved Blacks in the Massachusetts Province of Maine,” by noted author Patricia Q Wall, 6:30 p.m., Tate House Museum’s Means House, 1267 Westbrook St., Portland, $12/$15 nonmembers, reserve at 774-6177.

Ongoing Morning Book Group, 9:30-11 a.m. second Wednesday, Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Rd., Cape Elizabeth, thomasmemoriallibrary.org. Writers’ Accountability Group, 10 a.m.-noon, third Wednesday, Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth, all levels of expertise and genres welcome.

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Betsy Ross House Book Group, 1:30 p.m. first Thursday, hosted by South Portland Library at Betsy Ross House in South Portland. Members choose books that are part of the mainstream cultural current, 767-7660, bit.ly/2EUGguO. Life 101, South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway, 10:30 a.m. fourth Tuesday, books that improve quality of life, establish good habits, and live more creatively and happily, bit.ly/2KyESg4. Morning Book Group, 10:30 a.m. third Tuesday, South Portland Public Library, informal group where newcomers always welcome, southportlandlibrary.com/bookgroups. The Branch Book Group, 6 p.m. first Monday, Memorial Branch Library, 155 Wescott Road, South Portland, new members always welcome, 775-1835. Reader’s Circle, 7 p.m. lastThursday, Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth; free and open to the public, registration not required.

Evening Book Group, 7-8:30 p.m., third Thursday, Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth.

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Come! Sit! Read!, reading dog program, 3:30-5 p.m. first and third Tuesdays, Portland Public Library; 3-4 p.m. first and third Mondays, Riverton Branch Library, registration required, portlandlibrary. com/highlight/come-sit-read.

Yard Sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Scarborough Lions Club, 273 Gorham Rd. (Route 114).

Journaling in the Library, 5:30-7 p.m., third Wednesday, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, for teens and adults. Many Voices Teen Book Group, 1-2 p.m., last Saturday, Portland Public Library, open to ages 12-19 interested in exploring diversity through contemporary YA fiction, teens@portlib.org, 871-1700, ext. 773. Peaks Island Book Group, 129 Island Ave., 7-8 p.m. first Tuesday, 766-5540, portlandlibrary.com/ highlight/love-bookgroups. Portland Public Library Book Group, 5:30-6:30 p.m., third Tuesday, 871-1700, ext. 705, portlandlibrary.com/highlight/ love-bookgroups. Riverton Book Group, 1600 Forest Ave., Portland, 6:30-7:30 p.m. second Thursday, 797-2915, portlandlibrary.com/highlight/ love-bookgroups.

Meetings Cape Elizabeth Tues. 7/16 7 p.m. Tues. 7/16 7 p.m. Wed. 7/18 10 a.m. Wed. 7/18 6:30 p.m. Wed. 7/18 7 p.m.

Planning Board Planning Board Special Workshop Riverside Cemetery Committee Thomas Memorial Library Committee Fort Williams Park Committee

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1700 x 707, Childrens@portlib.org.

Camp Snacks, 10:30 a.m., Portland PublicLibraryChildren’sLibrary,Monument Square, turn local produce into camp food classics, ages 5-12, register at the children’s desk, 871-

Sunday 7/28 Portland Kids Duathon, bike/ run short course for 5-8-year-olds & run/bike/run long course for

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Foreside Garden Club: Begonias, 6:30 p.m., Mason-Motz Activity Center, Falmouth, all welcome.

Alzheimer’s Family and Caregiver Support Group, 6:30 p.m. second Tuesday, First Congregational Church, 301 Cottage Rd., South Portland, alz.org/Maine.

Workshops/Walks/ Talks Eastern Cemetery Walking Tours, 11 a.m. daily July-October, reserve at www.spiritsalive.org/index.htm or day of, Congress Street gate, Portland, $10, students/seniors $5, cash or check only, benefits Spirits Alive!

Pickling Basics, 5:30-8 p.m., $20, UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Dr., Falmouth, $20, http://bit.ly/2IV60aS. “Rocks of Fort Williams,” 6:30 p.m., South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway, photographic tour through the rocks and geologic structures in Cape Elizabeth.

Friday 7/17 “What’s the Buzz About Bees,” 6 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr.

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Saturday 7/20

City at Your Feet, Portland Trails Scavenger Hunt, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., see details at trails.org/events-2/ city-feet-scavenger-hunt.

Cape Elizabeth Garden Tour, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., presented by Friends of Fort Williams Park, featuring eight private gardens, $40/day of, $30/advance at www.cegardentour.com, FFWP, 299 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth.

Tuesday 7/16 “Scam Alert – Don’t Be a Victim,” 6:30-7:30 p.m., Thomas Memorial

Wednesday 7/17

Call for Volunteers Dempsey Challenge, volunteer registration open for Lewiston fundraiser to fight cancer, see bit. ly/2MY9NbG for details.

Dining Out Free Dinner, 5:30-6:30 p.m. every Thursday, St. Peters Episcopal Church, 678 Washington St., Portland, handicapped accessible, 878-1989.

Health Browntail Moth Information: 211 Maine, 866-811-5695, text zip code to 898-211, info@211maine.org.

Just for Kids Wolfe’s Neck Center, Freeport, variety of farm/nature programs daily for all ages, www.wolfesneck. org/calendar. Shadow Puppet Workshop, 3:30-5 p.m., July 16 & 23, Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St, Yarmouth, registration required.

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lice have been working closely with residents on how to reduce speeding in several areas of the city. He said by meeting with residents and coming up with a strategy to address their concerns, people feel more respected and heard, and are more likely to have respect for the department. Googins joined the Portland Police Department as a cadet in 1971 went on to a successful career with the department, retiring as captain of patrol after 25 years of service. In September 1994, he became South Portland’s chief of police. He said working in law enforcement isn’t easy; every officer has their own style, he noted, and every person they work with in the community is dealing

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age was done to the grass areas and the natural turf. The estimated cost of repairs is $2,500, but we’ll have the same vendor coming back next week to do a follow-up and touch-up work.”

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housing, Sturgis said during the July 8 council meeting. “Thank you to (the University of Southern Maine) and Bowdoin College to provide a bridge of housing. … That has helped somewhat, but there are still a number of families that are in need for housing.” GPCOG is working to find host families for asylum-seekers, and officials from the metro-regional coalition have been reaching out to landlords to find vacancies that might host families. The town’s financial contribution will go to Opportunity Alliance, the Community Action agency for Cumberland County, and Preble Street, a Portland-based hub that serves the homeless. “We don’t have places to put people (in Cape) other than host families, and I think that activity is just starting to gain traction,” council Chairman James Garvin said. According to Sturgis, South Portland donated $40,000 to the Immigrant Legal

July 12, 2019 A committee that includes the city manager, the director of human resources and the chairperson of the city Civil Service Commission will determine the top candidate, who will have to be approved by the City Council. According to Human Resources Specialist Karla Giglo, the timeline for application submissions is yet to be determined. Googins said he hopes officers in his department – past, present and future – remember to treat their people well and do the best they can. “It is the people you work with, and work for, that make the difference,” the chief said. “You always have to try and do  the best you can because not everything we try and  accomplish  comes out well. But that’s just part of the job.”

with something entirely different from the next. “Law enforcement is ripe for learning and mentorship opportunities, and in this day and age when the job is so complicated, it’s good to have people to lean on and learn from,” Googins said. “We deal with mental health issues, substance use, social disputes, and they require different skills and traits then your typical work of investigating crime and catching bad guys.” He said “failures” in different cases through the years have had the biggest impact on him, and influence how the department addresses similar issues in the future. While he wouldn’t specify, he said those failures gave him an opportunity to reflect, re-evaluate and relearn. “It’s very hard to look at your failure, acknowledge it and try to figure out

how you can do it better in the future and learn by it,” he said.  “We’ve had  many more  successes than failures,  but it’s those few failures that have had the biggest impact on me.” Lt. Frank Clark, who has worked with Googins for almost 25 years, said his boss is a person who demonstrates integrity and thoughtfulness every day. “He’s so down to earth, and talks to any one of us here about anything,” Clark said. “He really cares about the men and women in the department, and that will be a part of his legacy.” According to the city website, the human resources department will advertise the position. Applicants for chief of police must be certified by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. Applications will be reviewed two weeks after the closing deadline.

Hall said other work was not done immediately because it’s more of an aesthetic issue, and the goal was to get the field reopened as soon as possible to avoid complications of scheduling sports teams elsewhere for the summer. Hall said the town hopes to seek restitution for damages once someone is held

accountable. According to a press release from the Police Department, officers responded to the high school athletic field at 6 a.m. July 2 for a report of vandalism. Damage was done to the turf field, a grassed area near the track, as well as two nearby ditches in the Wentworth School parking lot.

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Advocacy Project, Portland Metro has provided free and discounted transit to families, and the Amtrak Downeaster may provide lower fares for families traveling to Boston for paperwork. Councilor Christopher Straw said he does not support waiving fees for anyone. “You are in effect picking winners and losers, which, from my perspective, the government should never be involved in doing,” Straw said. Councilor Valerie Randall said making a large donation as a town is an important gesture and suggested the Thomas Jordan Trust might be a viable fund to financially support Cape host families. Councilor Caitlin Jordan said she was concerned about draining the Jordan fund too quickly if it is relied on as a financial source. “There’s not one solution, one answer,” Sturgis said. “There’s multiple little answers that might help us move along.” Councilors discussed how much money to donate, whom to donate to, and if a financial contribution is the most effective way to be helpful as a town. “I have felt for many, many, many

years that the city of Portland has beared the brunt for social services for vulnerable populations,” Councilor Penelope Jordan said. “I think what the asylum-seekers have done for communities around Portland is raise awareness of what that city does every single day.” She suggested adopting a longer-term perspective that “Cape Elizabeth is going to step up and say that we will stand with Portland,” not just for this influx of asylum-seekers, but also for other marginalized populations. “Asylum-seekers have raised that flag and I think we need that discussion,” Jordan said. Straw agreed that the population atlarge that includes asylum-seekers should be helped, rather than focusing exclusively on the newcomers. “There’s a housing crisis and there are a lot of people suffering from that … it’s a larger issue,” he said. “I’d rather focus it by diverting resources to an entity that helps out everyone uniformly.” The town has funds allocated in its municipal budget for donations to Opportunity Alliance, which includes Preble

Street. In 2017, the town donated more than $1,300; it has budgeted $1,400 for 2020. Straw pointed out that in a threeyear period, the budget increased by only $74, which Sturgis explained accounts for a standard 2% increase each year. The council unanimously voted to donate $10,000 from the unassigned fund balance, split equally between Opportunity Alliance and Preble Street. Straw framed the donation with the perspective that the town “should have been giving more over the last couple of years” to assess a growing housing crisis in the greater Portland area. “We’re giving (financial assistance) to an entity that we historically have supported, as an attempt to shoulder our share of the burden,” he said. Moving forward, Sturgis said he will pursue non-monetary avenues through which the town and its residents can provide assistance, such as serving as a host family and donating furniture. Councilors said they also hope to revisit discussions of Cape Elizabeth’s long-term commitment to social services.

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greater Portland. “It’s important to plan for how to mitigate or protect historic resources from the effects of these events, just as we would protect properties from fire, winter storms, or other causes that can lead to deterioration or loss,” she said. Landmarks is not the only organization focusing on the impacts of climate change locally.

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South Portland Police Officer Jeff Warren leads a game of capture the flag with Junior Police Academy campers July 9 at the Community Center.

and use it is a more dynamic situation where they have to remember it all at once and have competitiveness at the same

time,” said Officer Jeff Warren. “That’s where activities like the relay race come in – we apply what we learned in self-de-

In May, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s High Water Mark Initiative provided Portland with signs at Portland Pier, the Eastern Promenade, Back Cove and the Fore River Trail that indicate where sea levels are expected to be by 2050. The hope is the signs will be helpful in encouraging residents and policymakers to come together and create solutions. The city also has several other efforts underway to combat sea level rise and flood risks, including the Bayside Adapts project and the Climate Action initiative, which

aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 and move Portland toward 100 percent clean energy operations by 2040. In addition, the Nature Conservancy in Maine has worked with Bowdoin College in Brunswick, the Maine Geological Survey, and Blue Sky Planning Solutions to develop the Coastal Risk Explorer, a web-based mapping tool that uses projected sea level rise scenarios to better understand which locations would be cut off from emergency medical services due to road flooding.

fense and our physical fitness training with the Army, so they can work together.” Olivia Knudsen, who is 13 and a firsttime camper, said she enjoyed the presentation Stevenson gave about the K-9 unit. “It’s important to understand why there are officers and how they do their job,” Knudsen said. “I came here because one of the things I want to do when I grow up is either be a police officer or a game warden, so I figured why not learn about it now.” Twelve-year-old Daniel Cook, who has been attending J-PAC since 2017, said his favorite camp experience was conducted by the SWAT team members, who threw down a stun grenade to demonstrate how they are used during hostage rescue and high-risk situations. “If you want to be a police officer or be in the military, you get to learn self-defense, what game wardens do, what K-9 units do … you get to see so much,” Cook said. “I just come here for fun, and the opportunity is very cool.” Krysteana Scribner — 207-780-9094 kscribner@theforecaster.net, Twitter: @Krysteana2016

According to the 2018 National Climate Assessment, sea level rise and precipitation are expected to surge in coastal areas over the next several decades. “The ocean is now rising at an ever-faster rate, and the possibility that we could see a 6-foot increase is now more likely than ever,” a recent Nature Conservancy in Maine newsletter said, adding the state has already lost $70 million in home values due to coastal flooding. Kate Irish Collins — 207-780-9097 kcollins@theforecaster.net, Twitter: @KIrishCollins

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comprehensive inventory of potential sites, hopefully a dozen or more, and then inviting the public to participate. He said the city hopes by “dangling the carrot of grant money” in front of residents, there will be higher interest in the program. When asked which properties would be eligible, Reny said properties on the waterfront where historic shipbuilding and oil pollution have been most prevalent are most likely. Mayor Claude Morgan was in full support of accepting the grant funds, but expressed concern some residents wouldn’t see the incentive in getting the evaluation if they didn’t intend to sell their property. Reny noted that if someone already intends to sell or redevelop, they will do their due diligence and go through the process. “This program is not designed for the individual property owner that won’t do anything with their property,” Reny said. “If you want to sell your property, the stones will be unturned.” The grant funds won’t be available until October, Reny said, and any initial steps will be completed through the remainder of 2019, with a steering committee likely to be formed in the fall.

Marijuana establishments

In a workshop Tuesday, councilors dis-

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about a proliferation of short-term rentals. “People are buying the properties just to have as rental properties,” Cummings said. “They don’t live in the neighborhood. They don’t live in the houses.” Council Chairman James Garvin said residents should file complaints with Code Enforcement Officer Ben McDougal, who will then determine if property owners are not complying with the town’s ordinance. “As the current ordinance is written and constructed, it’s a permitted use,” Garvin said. But hearing feedback from residents

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The South Portland Planning Board has approved two recreational marijuana facilities, Sea Weed Co. at 185 Running Hill Road and another shop at 27 Ocean St. Four medical marijuana shops have also been approved. Authorization for one recreational facility is still pending, along with two medical shops.

cussed increasing the minimum distance required between marijuana stores. Planning Director Tex Haeuser also proposed additional revisions to the adult use marijuana ordinance, suggesting changes to eliminate shops in mixed-use

buildings and a plan to monitor odor control. Currently, the setback between stores is 300 feet; councilors discussed changing it to 500 feet, 750 feet or as much as 1,000 feet. Haeuser warned if the distance is set

about the current policy is an important step to effect change, he said. Councilor Caitlin Jordan responded that short-term visitors could be following the rules in the ordinance, but the problem might lie in the principle of short-term rentals in this neighborhood, not the violations. Cape Elizabeth does not have a local ordinance that specifically limits the existence of short-term rental properties. In 2012, councilors amended the “disturbing the peace” section of the miscellaneous offenses ordinance in an attempt to give police and the code enforcement officer more power to enforce violations for “excessive volume of music.” The or-

dinance also sets quiet hours beginning at 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and from 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. It holds property owners responsible for noise violations. “They could be doing everything right, everything according to the rules, and it’s still a problem,” Jordan said to summarize residents’ comments. “The issue is not violating the ordinance; the issue is perhaps the ordinance.” Hebda explained that it feels like there’s no sense of community during the summer if nearby residents have week-to-week turnover. South Portland and Portland have both enacted policies governing the increasing number of short-term rentals popularized by websites including Airbnb, Vrbo and HomeAway. On Jan. 1, South Portland instituted a ban on non-owner-occupied, short-term rentals in strictly residential neighborhoods. Owners of allowable hosted and non-hosted home stays must register their properties with the city. In Portland, residents must also register short-term rentals with the city. The city, which enacted its most recent short-term rental rules in 2017, has issued warnings this summer to residents who fail to register their properties, and now plans to enforce compliance. Sturgis, the town manager, said he plans to speak with McDougal before next month’s council meeting to discuss complaints, how many short-term rentals exist in town, and how the prevalence of short-term properties has grown since the ordinance was amended. The council also voted to set a public hearing on the dog ordinance for Aug. 12 that would ban leashed or unleashed dogs

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to 1,000 feet, marijuana establishments will be far and few between. The Planning Board previously approved two recreational facilities, Sea Weed Co. at 185 Running Hill Road and another shop on 27 Ocean St. in Knightville. Four medical marijuana shops have also been approved: Dirigo Naturals, Wellness Connection, Grass Monkey Medical Storefront and Beach Boys Cannabis. One unnamed recreational facility application at 343 Gorham Road is still pending authorization, as well as two medical shop applications, Elevate Maine and The Pot Shop. While all medical marijuana stores can begin operating fairly quickly upon approval from the Planning Board, recreational stores must wait for state regulations to kick in to obtain a state license. Councilor Deqa Dhalac suggested setting a cap on the total number of licenses, but Reny warned against the idea, saying it would make more sense to address the allowable distance between shops and would take much less effort to implement. Reny said it may take a few weeks to bring forward an ordinance on distances. Several scenarios will be laid out for City Council, he said, and councilors can make amendments to the proposed ordinance during the first reading. Krysteana Scribner — 207-780-9094 kscribner@theforecaster.net, Twitter: @Krysteana2016

on town athletic fields at any time during the year. The ordinance changes will be voted on during the Sept. 9 meeting. “It would be a stronger public hearing if we are of the position that dogs are going to be banned from athletic fields,” Jordan said. Councilors said they hope residents will turn out to discuss language in the dog ordinance draft. In May, the Council referred amendments to the dog ordinance committee, and in June, the committee reviewed amendments and sent them back to the council. It recommended that the council discuss the presence of dogs on athletic fields, including off-leash areas at Fort Williams. Resident Tom Meyers thanked the council and Police Department for enforcing recent ordinance changes regarding dogs at Cliff House Beach, and expressed the opinion dogs should not be allowed on athletic fields, leashed or unleashed, at any point during the year. Current drafted updates to the ordinance categorize town properties by levels of dog management: Category 1 does not allow dogs, Category 2 allows only leashed dogs, and Category 3 allows dogs on leash or under voice control. At Cliff House Beach, which has multiple category dog rules, dogs are not allowed in the summer between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., are allowed after 6 p.m. on leash, and are allowed off-leash before 9 a.m. and in the off-season. The council decided to set the August public hearing so residents can discuss the proposed amendment to the dog ordinance. “I just want to be clear that this is just, as you noted, to increase interest,” Councilor Christopher Straw said. “It does not mean that we’re necessarily voting ‘yes’ at the end of the day on this.”

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