www.theforecaster.net August 19, 2011
Vol. 10, No. 33
News of South Portland, Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth
Democrat wins special election to fill House 121 seat By Amy Anderson CAPE ELIZABETH — Democratic candidate Kim Monaghan-Derrig narrowly defeated Republican candidate Nancy Thompson in a special election Tuesday night for the House District 121 seat. Monaghan-Derrig beat Thompson 1,340 to 1,164.
“I feel very elated, very thrilled and very relieved,” MonaghanDerrig said Tuesday night. “It has been an amazing five weeks and I am so glad we did it. I am going to work very hard to reach out with a civil tone and work with everyone.” Monaghan-Derrig said she wanted to thank Thompson for
running a great campaign. “Her hard work made me work even harder,” she said. The District 121 seat represents the northern portion of town. It became available when Cynthia Dill won a special election in May to fill a vacancy See page 26
S. Portland councilors see merit, if not savings, in iPads
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Cape Elizabeth artist Rose Kennealy visits with fellow Cape artists Susan L. Fisher and Marty Clark during the 32nd Annual Art in the Park last weekend at Mill Creek Park in South Portland.
Man dies after plummeting from I-295 overpass in Scarborough By Mario Moretto SCARBOROUGH — A man who fell from an overpass onto the road below died Wednesday night at Maine Medical Center, according to Scarborough police. A 52-year-old West Enfield man fell or jumped from the Interstate-295 Scarborough Connector overpass above U.S. Route 1 and was struck by a car Wednesday afternoon. According to Scarborough Police Sgt. Rick Rouse, the man had family in Scarborough and was believed to have been staying with them. Index Arts Calendar.................16 Classifieds......................21 Community Calendar......18 Great Outdoors...............12
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With the results in less than an hour after the polls closed, Democratic candidate Kim Monaghan-Derrig celebrated her victory with her sister, Patty Franson (back to camera) and other supporters at the Local Buzz coffee shop. Monaghan-Derrig defeated Republican candidate Nancy Thompson to win the House District 121 seat vacated by Cynthia Dill who won a seat in the Senate.
Police could not confirm whether the man fell or jumped from the overpass, approximately 30 feet above the road. The victim, whose name is not being released pending notification of his relatives, was rushed to Maine Medical Center with what police described as “serious injuries.” O’Neill said the police department had received several calls around 2 p.m. about a man standing on the overpass. No car was left at the scene, leading officers
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By Mario Moretto SOUTH PORTLAND — Councilors on Monday once again took up the question of whether to pursue paperless city council meetings through the purchase of Apple iPads. Going digital would mean spending $3,755 more over three years, according to estimates provided by City Manager Jim Gailey during a council workshop, but he and several city councilors said the “opportunity” or “soft” savings more than make up for what looks like a net cost on paper. After first discussing the proposal earlier this month, the councilors charged Gailey with drafting a cost comparison between continuing with the bulky printed packets and going with iPads. They also asked for a draft policy for councilors using the tablet computers.
The total cost for the iPads over three years — that’s the lifespan expected by the city’s IT director, Shawn Pennington — is $10,703. That price tag includes seven 16 GB tablets each equipped with a 3G network monthly data plan. In comparison, estimated printing costs over three years came in just shy of $6,950. “There is a bit of the gap between printing savings and iPad costs,” Gailey said, but that gap would be more than made worthwhile by the efficiency afforded by the iPads and in the city pursuing what Gailey and others said was a more sustainable model. Councilor Tom Blake also emphasized the three hours each staff member involved in printing the near 100-page council packets would save each week. See page 25
Council approves $39M Wentworth referendum for November ballot By Mario Moretto SCARBOROUGH — Voters will decide in November whether to approve a $39 million bond to build a new intermediate school to replace the ailing Wentworth school building. Town Councilors on Monday approved the ballot language for the referendum. The project includes a nearly $3 million geothermal heating and cooling system, as recommended by the School Board. The committee in charge of planning for
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the new school had originally said the geothermal system may be a separate referendum question. Harriman and Associates, who designed the building proposal, has estimated it will take 10 years for the district to see a return on its investment in the geothermal system. Council Chairwoman Judith Roy said the bond could carry a 30-year term with an interest rate as high as 4.5 percent. At that rate, with the $39 million principle, the total cost of the school would be
more than $66 million. “It’s a lot of money,” said Councilor Michael Wood. But, he said, getting the wording settled now allows plenty of time for supporters to pitch the new school to voters. With a good education campaign, “individuals will see this is the time to build this school and replace Wentworth.” About 775 third- through fifthgrade students attend Wentworth. Supporters say the school must be See page 26
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New construction begins at Scarborough retirement community By Mario Moretto SCARBOROUGH — Piper Shores, the luxury retirement community near Higgins Beach, is growing. On Aug. 12, a ceremonial groundbreaking was held at the facility to mark the beginning of a yearlong construction project that will yield a new pool, fitness center, spa, salon and 180-seat multipurpose space. Management at the nonprofit senior living complex hope the new additions will help attract the next generation of retirees: baby boomers. “It’s not just about enhancing the residents’ lives right now, which is extremely important, but we also need to be ready for the next group,” said Piper Shores’ marketing director, Andrea Killiard. “Fitness, the spa, large spaces for educational lectures or music
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performances are all really important to the next generation.” The new multipurpose room will be built where the current pool and fitness center are located. To avoid inconveniencing current residents, Killiard said the new pool and fitness center will be completed before work starts to demolish the old ones. That way, residents won’t have to go without at all. The new structures will be upgrades to what the facility already has: the new multipurpose room will be able to accommodate about 100 more people than the current one. It will be two stories and face the ocean, with sweeping views of the Atlantic. The pool will be bigger and deeper and will have a ramp.
The new exercise facility will hold more equipment on a fitness circuit and feature a separate classroom space. The plan for the upgrade is six years in the making, Killiard said. In 2005, Piper Shores surveyed its residents to see what, if anything, they thought was missing. Respondents said they needed more space for exercise and events. So planning began on the new additions. The project will be handled by Hebert Construction Corporation of Lewiston. Killiard said Hebert recently built a new operating room at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. She said the firm’s work on that job proved they could build without interfering with residents’ lives. “They were able to build a brand new operating room adjacent to the old one, which
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On Aug. 12, Piper Shores broke ground on an expansion that will provide new exercise and multipurpose facilities to its residents. Left to right: Dick Roderick, Piper Shores Board Chair; Mike Bierley, Piper Shores Executive Director; Tim Hebert of Hebert Construction; and architect Stan Gawron of Gawron Turgeon.
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was still being used. That’s pretty phenomenal in my opinion,” Killiard said. “The sensitivity to the needs of our residents needs to be acknowledged. Hebert really embodied the ability to have that sensitivity.” The project is expected to be complete in about a year. Piper Shores differs from traditional retirement communities in that it supports all levels of care— from independent and assisted living to traditional nursing care— all for the same monthly price, which starts as low as $1,600 per month. Residents pay a large entrance fee— starting at $133,000 when they move in. If they move out, 90 percent of the fee is returned to them. If they die as residents, the 90 percent reimbursement is passed on to their estate. Mario Moretto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @ riocarmine.
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Parking at ever-growing SMCC a ‘nightmare’ Rideshare program, park-and-ride plan seek to alleviate crowded lots By Mario Moretto SOUTH PORTLAND — Parking at the ever-growing Southern Maine Community College is tricky. For the more than 7,000 students — the net total of five straight years of 10 percent enrollment increases — there are about 1,300 parking spots. Of course not all the students have cars, and they’re not all on campus at once. But SMCC Security still handed out $65,120 worth of parking tickets last year. That’s 4,341 tickets in the ninemonth school year. Two new projects aim to ease the college’s parking woes. One, an online rideshare program, would link students with similar commutes to one another so they can carpool. The other would study the feasibility of satellite parking off campus, where students could leave their cars and catch a ride to campus on public transit, easing the parking burden and congestion along Broadway. SMCC recently announced a partnership with GO MAINE, a website that links Mainers with similar commutes so they can share rides, save gas money and decrease their carbon footprints. The partnership with the community college is a first-of-its-kind arrangement, in which every student will be signed up for a rideshare program operated by GO MAINE. Students would input their route and schedule and be linked with students whose trips overlap theirs. Park-
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ing officials at SMCC said they may even designate some prime parking spaces on campus as carpool-only spots. “It’s as simple as ‘give a ride, get a ride,’” said Carey Kish, GO MAINE’s program manager. Students will be able to sign up for the service starting Aug. 22. Katherine Drew, a 24-year-old student studying English at SMCC, said she drives an hour to class from her home in Lewiston. She said she’s lucky to have access to faculty parking spots, because she works for the billing and athletic departments. Without access to her faculty spot, parking would be a “nightmare,” she said. Drew said that while there are often spots available in more remote locales, like the municipal lot at Bug Light Park, which is open to SMCC students, she would still rather find a spot closer to her classes. The reason? The massive load she has to lug around campus. “The thing is, the average student is carrying a lot,” she said. “I’m not just carrying one class worth of books. I’m
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N.Y. man arrested on crack cocaine charges In Scarborough, town and nonprofit By Mario Moretto SCARBOROUGH — The regional SWAT team was called in Wednesday to assist in the arrest of a New York man on drug charges. Rahman K. Williams, 29, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was arrested at 129 Sawyer Road on charges of trafficking scheduled drugs and possession of crack cocaine. Police said additional charges are possible as the investigation continues.
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By Amy Anderson The owners of Nosh Kitchen Bar are planning to open a taco restaurant at 548 Congress St. Taco Escobar is currently under construction and is scheduled to open this fall. Deux Cochon in the Public Market House in Portland has closed. According to a recent Facebook post, owner Adam Alfter wrote “Due to an unforeseen change of wind direction, Deux Cochon has unfortunately been put on immediate kibosh. Stay tuned for future Deux Cochon battle cries.” East End Cupcakes recently opened at 426 Fore St. The business is committed to using local eggs, cream and butter to bake the cupcakes. Silly’s, located at 40 Washington Ave., is planning to open Silly’s with a Twist right next door. The new space, located at 38 Washington Ave., will serve Silly’s menu, but will include a bar. Also new to the neighborhood is Fez,
a Mediterranean restaurant, located at 30 Washington Ave. Owners of the Venue Music Bar located at 865 Forest Ave. in Portland, will reopen the restaurant with a different name – 865 Forest. The restaurant is at the same location and will feature the same concept but with a new staff and a different name. A draft menu submitted to the City of Portland as part of a liquor license application includes wraps, salads, burgers and sandwiches. They also plan to include an outside seating area for 25 patrons. After extensive renovations, the White Cap Grille has opened at 164 Middle St. on the corner of Middle and Market streets. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., chef Tim Eaton serves lunch, dinner and late night offerings highlighting local Maine products and Northern New England cuisine. In September, the Greater Freeport Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the first Freeport Kitchen Tour. Seven different local kitchens in the Freeport area will be
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Trim, clip, mow: A farewell to summertime maintenance Last week I got a note from the guy who mows my lawn. He’s headed back to college, and with him goes my yard maintenance. Sad? Not really. Although I’m in no hurry to bid the summer ado, and would actually love to have my children on permanent vacation so I’d never again be subjected No Sugar to the symphony of early morning alarm clocks, the news of my lawn boy’s departure makes me smile, not because I dislike him, but because it signals a decline in the two types of maintenance that cause me distress in the warmer weather – yard and body.
Although these two things may seem unrelated, they are really close cousins.
First, let’s talk about yards. Most of us know that the majority of yard maintenance in suburban America is performed by men. You are either married to the man who mows your lawn, dating him, have given birth to him, or you are paying a man, (or a veritable team of men), to do deal with yard-related chores. Yes, lots of woman mow their own lawns and trim their own shrubbery. We are certainly capable of it. I’ve
Wentworth School info available in Scarborough On behalf of the Wentworth Intermediate School Building Committee, I would like to thank the Scarborough Town Council and School Board for their swift action and unanimous, ongoing support of the proposed New Wentworth School. Both the council and board have been committed to the project from the beginning and instrumental in bringing this issue before the citizens of Scarborough for approval this November. The public information campaign kickoff will be during Summerfest on Aug. 19 at the high school athletic fields. Committee members will be available to answer questions about the project. Come see preliminary designs and floor plans for the new school. We hope to see you there. Kelly Noonan Murphy WISBC public information chairwoman Scarborough
Haiti relief effort shouldn’t be allowed to whither Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti (January 2010), many countries, organizations, and businesses pledged millions of dollars to assist in Haiti’s reconstruction. Here in Maine, a group of companies formed “Maine Line Haiti” and pledged to build 10 schools for the children of Haiti. This was a noble and praiseworthy promise. Eight months later, it was reported that Maine Line Haiti was abandoning their school project because the consultant they hired was unable to execute the plan. I would like to see this much-needed project resurrected. I am a retired educator and building contractor. During the past 13 years, using personal funds, I have built in Haiti an eight-room school, 33 new homes, done major repairs to 120 homes, completed construction of an orphanage, and am planning to build a vocational
done it. My lovely mother, who is 25 years my senior, does it. She claims to actually enjoy yard work. I used to enjoy it, but that was because I was doing it in tandem with my husband – and getting sweaty together held a certain sex appeal. In truth, I could not have cared less about the length of our grass or the state of our weeds. When I moved to Maine with my children, one of my objectives was to find the smallest parcel of lawn possible. My fantasy is to live in the middle of a pine forest, with nothing but a soft carpet of pine needles underfoot. Or directly on the beach. Sand never requires mowing. Sure it’s lovely when the grass begins to turn green after a long Maine winter. Sure it’s lovely when the first flowers begin to burst forth into bloom. But by August, things are out of control. We are growing prize-winning weeds that are taller than our birdbaths. The holly bush has expanded enough to potentially cause bodily harm to the meter-reader man, and I’m once again receiving threatening yellow notes from the electric company, demanding that I locate my hedge clippers. In addition to a cessation of yard care, the gradual decline in body maintenance as summer winds down puts a lilt in my step, as well. The endless cycle of hair removal is enough to make any woman consider a life of sweatpants and possible celibacy, even in the dead of winter, but in the summer, things are ramped up to hyper-speed. And if you’ve shaved in the past few years, and have shopped for new razor blades, you know that they are now stored under lock and key. Like candy in
school. The m.o. followed in carrying out these projects is simple and can easily be replicated. If Maine Line Haiti were to resurrect their school project, I would gladly volunteer my time and expertise, pro bono. I would also match all funds raised by Maine Line Haiti, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000 for this needed project. Maine citizens are not quitters. Maybe Maine Line Haiti owes it to their employees and clients, as well as to the children of Haiti, to review their promise. Coleman P. Gorham South Portland
Closing small post offices is the wrong approach It is no secret that the U.S. Postal Service is experiencing a time of financial instability, partially due to the decline in mail volume. However the root cause of the Postal Service’s struggles are largely due to the way Congress extracts Postal profits. The Postal Service does not utilize tax revenue to support its operations. It is self funded through the sale of postage. For years Congress has used the Postal Service as a cash cow, requiring billions in over-payments to the retirement system as well as about $4 billion each year to pre-fund retiree health benefits. No other agency is required to pay these fees and this is nothing less than Congressional extortion of Postal Service employees. The Postal Service is not a private business; it is a public service that is provided to all citizens of this country. This includes the neighbors and friends of the StationA Post Office on Congress Street in Portland, which is being considered for closure. Requiring customers to travel to other offices shows a troubling disregard and the Postal Service should recognize that customer service should be their first priority. Eliminating the point of sale in response to reduced revenues invokes a devastating spiral of death
a vending machine, you push the button, but it rarely works, and intervention from a CVS employee is usually required.
Of course, the reason razor blades are held under such tight security is due to the fact that, ounce for ounce, they now cost roughly the same price as diamonds.
I’ve read that women are supposed to use a brand new razor blade each time we shave our legs. If we lived in southern California, we could ostensibly be spending as much on razor blades as we do to have our lawns mowed. And clearly, that just wouldn’t be right.
Recently, I felt that first foreboding chill in the air on an otherwise perfect summer’s day. Initially, this made me a bit sad, but then I found myself breathing a sigh of relief as the following thought overtook me: “Why bother weeding or mowing? Another six weeks or so, and the frost will kill off everything anyway. Hooray!”
For me, less weeding and less shaving puts a decidedly positive spin on the otherwise melancholy feelings that arise as our abbreviated summer season here in Maine sweetly, but surely, comes to an end.
And really, we need to grasp onto whatever we can to gain strength, as we prepare to face that first heating bill.
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for any business. Former Congressman Berkley Bedell stated: “Show me a company that ignores revenue and focuses on cutting costs, and I will show you a firm that is headed for failure.” Closing small post offices is the wrong approach to put us back on track and postal workers will be ensuring that the public is aware of the current plans. Together with our customers we will fight to keep small post offices open for business. Tim Doughty President, Local 458 American Postal Workers Union
Beem’s attitude contradicts his opinion I occasionally read Edgar Allen Beem’s columns and less occasionally I am mildly illuminated by his insights. However, the value of the insights he provides are usually outweighed by his opinionated, judgmental and sanctimonious attitude. I am speaking of the opinions expressed in the July 28 edition. He claims to be a lifelong member of the “progressive” United Church of Christ, while he attacks the entire Maine Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, of which I am a member. I am confounded that a selfproclaimed “progressive” would attack the entire membership of the Catholic Church, on account of the obvious failings of a very few of its priests and administrators. While their acts and omissions were truly reprehensible and our Church’s response was wholly inappropriate and frankly unfathomable, that is a problem we Catholics wrestle with every day. However, Beem’s “my Church is better than your Church” attitude is not only immature and supercilious, but the rigidity of his thought process manifests someone who is closer to the thinking of Christian Science and Govs. Perry and LePage than he would like to believe. Gregory Smith Cumberland
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Beem keeps twaddling along I had often wondered what became of the self-indulgent, tie-dyed flower children until I discovered Edgar Allen Beem living and pontificating “progressive” twaddle. His recent attack on Gov. Paul LePage and Texas Gov. Rick Perry for supporting a Day of Prayer as a “cynical political ploy,” and characterizing the American Family Association as a hate group for its views on homosexuality, is a typical smear campaign by Beem. The AFA has negative views on gay issues, but it is a strong advocate for family values. Given the “War on Poverty’s” destruction of inner-city families, where single-parent homes are now endemic and gangs become the “family” of choice for disaffected youth, the AFA has a point. Beem is out to get Perry with insinuations of “dogged rumors of his own dalliances surfacing during the primary.” Perry had a tough primary fight with Kay Bailey Hutchinson and an equally tough general election. If either of his opponents had any evidence of “his dalliances” it would have been used against him in those elections. Beem’s real issue with Perry is the threat he represents to Obama in the 2012 election. Texas under Perry is the only bright light in an otherwise gloomy U. S. economy. Over 47 percent of all private-sector jobs created in the United States since 2009 have been in Texas. What Perry, and equally, LePage, understand is “the hope for America” rests in a resurgent free-enterprise system and the creation of good private-sector jobs, something about which Beem knows nothing. Jim Coull Cliff Island
Smarten up, Beem Airheads? Beam, look in the mirror! Yes, most Americans do want their entitlements and expect someone else will pay. Beam summed up the Dem’s platform pretty well in his Aug. 10 column, “Smarten up, America.” The stupidity in this is that no matter how much you tax rich Americans, all the new revenues still can’t support these social programs. From the IRS: 50 percent of Americans pay little or no income tax at all while the top 5 percent paid 60 percent of taxes. And from historian Alexander Fraser Tytler, “A democracy… can only exist until a majority of voters discover they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury.” If only our airhead journalists would wise up. Alex Piper Freeport
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Blame it on the poor, Standard & Poor’s, that is Let’s face it, I don’t know squat about the U.S. economy. You don’t know squat about the U.S. economy either. We just do our jobs. We work hard. We pay our bills. We pay our taxes. It’s not our faults the economy is in a tailspin and taking us down with it. A quarter of the mortgaged homes in the country are underwater, meaning they are no longer worth what the owners owe on them. The price of gas is not coming down any time soon. The price of everything else is going up exponentially. Young people The Universal can’t find jobs and old people can’t afford to retire. Savings have been drained. IRAs have tanked. Investments have evaporated. American cities and towns are going bankrupt. And austerity measures in Europe are causing riots in the streets. We better hope the poor in this country don’t figure out that 1) the rich are Edgar Allen Beem getting richer, 2) the rich are not creating new jobs, and 3) the rich are not paying their fair share. The national debt is on the rise. America can’t pay its bills. But the U.S. Congress, scared to death of a handful of tea party twits, refused to raise any new revenues despite the fact that the vast majority of Americans want to end the Bush era tax breaks for the wealthy and raise taxes on the rich. The tea party poopers, however, seem to have persuaded weak-minded congressional leaders that the poor are somehow to blame for the lousy economy. They can’t pay the mortgages on homes they couldn’t afford in the first place. They’re lazy. They get unions to make exorbitant demands for them. They have no incentive to get off the liberal welfare system. They soak up tax dollars and contribute nothing. Half of them are
illegal aliens. The other half are Muslim extremists bent on imposing Sharia law and ushering in a worldwide caliphate. Welcome to tea party Amerika! The fact that the U.S. has been fighting the Third World War on credit for 10 years now apparently has nothing to do with the mess we’re in. Nor, for that matter, does it seem to occur to the conservative cowboys and cowgirls in congress that the very people who are supposed to know something about the U.S. economy know less than you and I do — meaning less than squat. The proximate cause of the plunging stock market in recent days was Standard & Poor’s decision to lower the U.S. credit rating from AAA to AA+. People who invest in the stock market, meaning people who don’t work for a living like you and me, panicked and fled the market. The S&P 500 folks will tell you they were simply responding to the irresponsible congress that almost allowed the U.S. to default. Remember, those tea party pirates are the same folks who wanted to let every bank in the country go belly up rather than bail them out with tax money. They’d rather the country come crashing down around their ears than 1) resort to socialism or 2) raise taxes on their rich masters. But did the bean counters at Standard & Poor’s really think the American people would forget that they are the same duplicitous dolts who gave AAA ratings to worthless investments such as securities backed by subprime mortgages? The reason we’re in the mess we’re in today is very much Standard & Poor’s fault. Just ahead of them in line are George “Asleep at the Wheel” Bush, Goldman Sachs and the Republican Party. If I weren’t philosophically opposed to incarceration for economic crimes, I’d be urging the government to back paddy wagons up to Standard & Poor’s, Goldman Sachs, and GOP headquarters to haul those shiftless mendicants off to jail for crimes against the American people. Freelance journalist Edgar Allen Beem lives in Yarmouth. The Universal Notebook is his personal, weekly look at the world around him.
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8/5 at 6:42 p.m. Robin Roberts, 49, of South Portland, was arrested on Soule Street by Officer Richard Mearn on a warrant. 8/6 at 1:25 a.m. Traci L. Garceau, 40, of Fairfield, Conn., was arrested on Broadway by Officer Jeff Levesque on a charge of operating under the influence. 8/6 at 2:22 p.m. Christopher Williams, 38, of Portland, was arrested on Maine Mall Road by Officer Adam Howard on charges of possession of scheduled drugs, criminal trespass and violation of bail conditions. 8/7 at 8:48 a.m. Merlon Sargent, 51, of Limerick, was arrested on Bonnybank Terrace by Officer Kevin Gerrish on a charge of violation of conditional release. 8/7 at 4 p.m. David McNeil, 30, of Portland, was arrested on Maine Mall Road by Officer Jeffrey Pooler on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking. 8/10 at 12:25 a.m. Keith McIsaac, 31, of South Portland, was arrested on Main Street by Officer Brian McCarthy on a charge of operating after revocation, habitual. 8/10 at 4:13 p.m. Christopher Griffin, 19, transient, was arrested on Maine Mall Road by Officer Jeffrey Pooler on a warrant. 8/10 at 9:33 p.m. Amy O. Sczerzen, 18, of Maynard, Mass., was arrested on Maine Mall Road by Officer Erin Curry on a charge of theft. 8/11 at 4:12 a.m. Alexander B. Catrett, 19, of South Portland, was arrested on Carroll Street by Officer Brian McCarthy on a charge of possession of marijuana, sale and use of drug paraphernalia and refusing to submit to arrest or detention. 8/11 at 6:01 a.m. Brooks Cannon, 18, of South Portland, was arrested on Hillside Avenue by Officer Chris Gosling on a charge of domestic-violence assault. 8/11 at 4:13 p.m. Thomas A. Annis, 46, of Portland, was arrested on Maine Mall Road by Officer Jeff Levesque on a warrant. 8/12 at 10:32 p.m. Jason Frisco, 22, of South Portland, was arrested on Main Street by Officer Jeffrey Levesque on a warrant.
Summonses 8/5 at 2:19 p.m. A 17-year-old boy from Portland was issued a summons on Maine Mall Road by Officer Adam Howard on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 8/5 at 5:18 p.m. A 15-year-old boy from Westbrook was issued a summons on Maine Mall Road by Officer Andrew Nelson on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 8/5 at 7:13 p.m. A 15-year-old boy from Westbrook was issued a summons on Maine Mall Road by Officer Andrew Nelson on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 8/5 at 9:13 p.m. A 14-year-old girl from South Portland was issued a summons on Westbrook Street by Officer Andrew Nelson on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 8/7 at 3:47 p.m. Two 13-year-old girls and one 11-year-old girl, all from Saco, were issued summonses on Maine Mall Road by Officer Rocco Navarro on charges of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 8/9 at 9:11 a.m. Reed Joseph, 43, of South Portland, was issued a summons on Maine Mall Road by Officer Michael Matheson on
a charge of assault. 8/9 at 2:28 p.m. A 15-year-old boy from Windham was issued a summons on Maine Mall Road by Officer Steven Connors on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 8/9 at 3:03 p.m. A 16-year-old girl from Clinton was issued a summons on Maine Mall Road by Officer Steven Connors on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 8/10 at 1:02 a.m. Mica Lee, 31, of Laguna Beach, Calif., was issued a summons on Market Street by Officer Chris Gosling on charges of possession of marijuana and sale and use of drug paraphernalia. 8/10 at 3:05 p.m. Bethany White, 29, of Portland, was issued a summons on Maine Mall Road by Officer Rocco Navarro on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 8/10 at 6:02 p.m. Elizabeth Labelle, 19, of Buxton, was issued a summons on Maine Mall Road by Officer Rocco Navarro on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 8/10 at 9:33 p.m. A 15-year-old girl from Shirley, Mass., was issued a summons on Maine Mall Road by Officer Erin Curry on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 8/12 at 10:16 p.m. William Henry O'Brien, 22, of Scarborough, was issued a summons on Providence Avenue by Officer David Stailing on a charge of operating an unregistered motor vehicle.
Wild in the streets 8/11 at 4:12 a.m. Officers responded to a report of a loud disturbance involving three men and a woman in the road on Sawyer Street. The police found the group running on Carroll Street, and were able to apprehend one of the men — Alexander Catrett, 19, of South Portland — who allegedly resisted detention. Catrett was arrested for refusing to submit to arrest. Police reportedly found marijuana and a glass pipe on Catrett, leading to further charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Shots in the dark 8/11 at 9:11 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the Old English Village area for a report of gun shots, but were unable to locate the source.
Fire calls 8/9 at 2:01 a.m. Smoke odor investigation on High Street. 8/9 at 5:54 a.m. Unauthorized burning on Exton Avenue. 8/9 at 11:17 a.m. Gas leak on Evans Street. 8/9 at 5:37 p.m. Hazardous conditions on Sawyer Street. 8/9 at 7:56 p.m. Sprinkler activation, no fire, on Gorham Road. 8/10 at 7:31 a.m. Alarm system activation, no fire, on McKernan Street. 8/10 at 4:15 p.m. Oil or other combustible liquid spill on Sawyer Street. 8/11 at 9:25 a.m. Alarm system sounded due to malfunction on Maine Mall Road. 8/12 at 7:24 a.m. Alarm system activation, no fire, on Clark Street. 8/12 at 4:55 p.m. Building or structure weakened or collapsed on Philbrook Road. 8/13 at 5:44 a.m. Fire alarm, no fire, on Clark Street. 8/13 at 9:22 p.m. Smoke alarm, no fire, on Latham Street. 8/14 at 11:03 a.m. Alarm, unintentional, on Ocean Street. 8/15 at 10:01 a.m. Motor vehicle accident with no injuries on Westbrook Street. 8/15 at 10:21 a.m. Motor vehicle accident with no injuries on Broadway. 8/15 at 9:38 p.m. Smoke alarm due to malfunction on Broadway.
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Cape Elizabeth Arrests 8/12 at 11:59 p.m. Brett Jefferson Neville, 34, of Fowler Road, was arrested by Officer Rory Diffin on Spurwink Avenue on a charge of operating under the influence.
Summonses 8/9 at 12:20 a.m. Fall Ndigal, 18, of Cape Elizabeth, was issued a summons by Officer Mark Dorval on Hannaford Cove Road on a charge of criminal mischief. 8/10 at 3:02 p.m. Arland Mornhinweg, 24, of Portland, was issued a summons by Officer Ben Davis on Shore Road on a charge of operating after suspension.
A bag of tricks 8/10 Police met with a resident in the Scott Dyer Road area who found a Ziploc bag containing drug paraphernalia and marijuana outside a local business. Police report there was no way to identify who the bag belonged to, and it was destroyed.
Distracted walker 8/13 While on a routine patrol on Ocean House Road, police came upon an accident where a bicyclist ran into a pedestrian. Police report the pedestrian did not see the cyclist and the two collided. Both the pedestrian and cyclist had minor injuries, police report.
Fire calls 8/9 at 5:37 a.m. Fire alarm on Ocean House Road. 8/9 at 2:32 p.m. Power lines down on Longfellow Drive. 8/10 at 3:08 p.m. Mutual aid to Scarborough. 8/15 at 8:54 a.m. Fire alarm on Charles E. Jordan Road.
EMS Cape Elizabeth emergency medical services responded to 10 calls from Aug. 9-15.
Scarborough Arrests 8/11 at 12:37 p.m. Tessa A. Dennison, 29, of Diamond Drive, North Waterboro, was arrested on Black Point Road by Officer Brian Nappi on a warrant. 8/12 at 8:14 p.m. Kimberly Hayford, 31, of Ashland Drive, was arrested on Gallery Boulevard by Officer Shawn Anastasoff on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 8/12 at 11:35 p.m. John M. Terfry, 49, of Gloucester, Mass., was arrested on Spring Street by Officer Shawn Anastasoff on a charge of operating under the influence. 8/13 at 2:48 a.m. James C. Jutras, 31, of Route 1, was arrested on Broadturn Road by Officer Michael Beeler on charges of criminal mischief and criminal trespass. 8/13 at 8:38 p.m. Wayne Robert Curlew, 46, of Chapel Street, South Portland, was arrested on Scarborough Downs Road by Officer Robert Moore on a charge of operating under the influence (refused sobriety test, three priors). 8/14 at 12:01 a.m. Roger L. Edgecomb, 71, of Clover Leaf Lane, was arrested on Mussey Road by Officer Scott Vaughan on a charge of operating under the influence. 8/14 at 3:45 a.m. Douglas P. Michaud Jr., 21, of Sherman Street, Portland, was arrested on Interstate 295 northbound by Officer Andrew
8/8 at 12:32 p.m. A 17-year-old boy from Scarborough was issued a summons on Route 1 by Officer Timothy Dalton on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 8/8 at 3:33 p.m. Beth A. Bentley, 34, of Rothay Avenue, South Portland, was issued a summons on Gallery Boulevard by Officer Timothy Dalton on a charge of failure to give motor vehicle accident information. 8/10 at 9:46 p.m. Casey J. Bell, 18, of Two Rod Road, was issued a summons on Two Rod Road by Officer Eric Lippincott on a charge of criminal mischief. 8/13 at 7:14 a.m. Deanne M. Mead, 33, of Clearview Drive, was issued a summons on Clearview Drive by Officer Brian Nappi on charges of violating bail conditions of release, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and failure to make an oral or written accident report.
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8/13 at 8:38 p.m. Employees of Scarborough Downs called police to handle an allegedly drunken argument in the racetrack's clubhouse. By the time officers arrived, the two men had parted ways, and one of them was found walking toward Route 1. Officers learned the man — identified as Wayne Robert Curlew, 46, of South Portland — had reportedly driven his maroon 2004 Buick Regal onto the sidewalk near the track's grandstand. Suspecting Curlew was drunk, officers attempted to make him take a field sobriety test, which he refused. Curlew was charged with operating under the influence, a charge of which he has three priors.
Scarborough Downs, take 2 8/14 at 12:31 p.m. Two women came to the police station to report that Moaning Myrtle — their jointly-owned four-year-old mare, valued at $3,000 — had been stolen from Scarborough Downs. The two claimed they knew who had stolen the animal, and police are investigating.
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August 19, 2011
Obituaries Marjorie D. Knight, 84: Former Cape Elizabeth librarian SCARBOROUGH — Marjorie D. Knight, 84, died Aug. 11 at a Portland hospital. Born in Scarborough, a daughter of Viola Urquhart, she was raised by her grandparents, Harvey and Sarah Urquhart of Scarborough. She was educated in the Scarborough schools and graduated from Gorham State Teacher’s College. After teaching in Scarborough schools she served as a librarian in Cape Elizabeth
from 1964 to 1989. After her retirement she and her husband George spent many winters in Spring Hill, Fla. Her hobbies included watercolor painting, scrapbooking and golf. Knight She was a member of the Black Point Congregational Church
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August 19, 2011
New Hires, Promotions Town & Country Federal Credit Union has appointed two new branch managers. Scott Peters of Falmouth has been named manager of Town & Country’s Northgate branch at 3 Auburn St. in Portland. Walter McCallister of Standish recently joined Town & Country as manager of the Scarborough branch at 257 U.S. Route One. Allen & Selig Realty of North Yarmouth and Bath has added three realtors to its growing team: Eleanor “Ellie” Carolan of North Yarmouth, Jessica Jensen of Durham, and Ellen Vaughan of North Yarmouth and Monhegan Island. BerryDunn, a certified public accounting and management consulting firm, has made the following recent hires: Michael Schoenbaum, systems administrator; Reid Butler, staff accountant, General Practice Industry Group; Ashley Hawkins-Kimball, staff accountant, General Practice Industry Group; Nicholas Crosman, tax specialist, Tax Industry Group; Melissa Gouin, staff accountant, General Practice Industry Group. In addition, the firm has made the following promotions: Alyson deWildt, senior manager, Tax Practice Group; Lisa S. Trundy, senior manager, Health Care/Not-for-Profit Industry Group; Ryan Gough, manager, Health Care/Not-for-Profit Industry Group; Kristen Perry, manager, Financial Services Industry Group; Jennifer Sanctuary, manager, Financial Services Industry Group; Sandra S. Pappajohn, manager, Commercial Industry Group; Sheena Curtis, manager, Tax Industry Group; Christopher Ellingwood, manager, Management and Information Technology Consulting Group. Dahlia D. Lynn of Gorham has been named the University of Southern Maine’s interim associate provost for academic affairs, responsible for the General Education Core, Women and Gender Studies, the Honors Program, and Russell
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Exploring the Sam Ristich Trail System in North Yarmouth
From the North Yarmouth Town Office near the junction of Route 9 and Route 115 in North Yarmouth, four trails connect to provide a peaceful four-mile round-trip walk through a beautiful forest landscape. Plan for a three-hour walk if you bring your binoculars and are intent on enjoying a wide variety of bird sightings as we did on our 6 a.m. start from the Town Office parking lot. As we walked down the Old Railroad Bed Trail toward the turnaround point out near Route 231, we heard the piercing call of a hawk up ahead. The call got closer and closer. We suddenly looked up into a trail-side oak and saw a majestic hawk sitting on a dead branch peering down at us. It kept calling as we zeroed in on it with our binoculars.
Suddenly a flock of blue jays descended into the branches around the hawk and started an absolute racket, all the while flitting about the hawk. Bothered by all the commotion, the hawk swooped off into a nearby tree, and the jays seemed happy for a few minutes. Then we heard another hawk calling from a tree 20 yards off the trail. The jays began hounding our original hawk again and it flew to yet another perch. There might have even been a third hawk. With all the hawk calls, the screaming of jays, and wings beating through the trees it was hard to keep track of the players.
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We have always been used to seeing hawks at the edge of open fields or soaring over meadows looking for prey. But what a surprise to see them in a deep, dark forest. We imagined how excited Sam Ristich would have been at our discovery. The “Mushroom Man” to many, mycologist Ristich inspired children and adults alike to discover the fascinating treasures of forest and fen over his many years of living in the Yarmouth area. Check out the Ristich website (samristich.com) for more information about this remarkable man. The Old Railroad Bed was originally part of the Maine Central Railroad system, but in 1911 it was abandoned for today’s current route near the Royal River. A slight rise coming out of Walnut Hill village required the consumption of more coal and of course more money as the price of coal increased. The flatter route allowed more profitability. Note the granite culverts placed along the railroad bed to direct the flow of water. This area also had a thriving granite industry for many years. You will see evidence of two small quarries on the Sam Ristich Loop Trail just south of the Old Railroad Bed Trail. The gray granite from the Yarmouth and Pownal areas was used to help build the New York State Capitol in Albany and the Pillsbury mills in Minneapolis, as well as the Cribstone Bridge to Bailey Island.
From the railroad bed you will pass by a beaver flowage filled with the sounds of bullfrogs, and a few hundred yards later reach the end of the mowed rail corridor, the turnaround point. We spent 40 minutes here munching on succulent sweet raspberries, and scanning the marshy area to the west for birds. Goldfinches were everywhere, perched on the tops of dead trees, boldly outlined against the milky early morning sky. Unlike most birds goldfinches start their families in August and September because they are seed-eaters and must wait for the seeds to finally appear in late summer to feed to their young. Tree swallows darted here and there in search of insects. Cedar waxwings, red-winged blackbirds, and a number of sparrows were also seen. We headed back through the two whiteblazed Ristich Trails, eventually walking out the Parsonage Road to sit awhile in the Veterans Memorial Park at the corner of Route 9. A granite bench provided by the Cole Land Transportation Museum was inscribed with “All Gave Some – Some Gave All.” A beautiful morning walk, warmth and sun, a breeze rustling through the trees – we felt extremely lucky. Many large white pine tower above the open forest floor throughout the trail system. Beech trees with their smooth gray bark are in great abundance as well. Oak, birch, and hemlock round out the dominant species along the trails. Benches are placed at peaceful spots along the way for rest and reflection. To the west of the Sam Ristich Nature Trail you will note a gigantic sand continued page 19
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Seavey leaves Scarborough for USM By Michael Hoffer Jim Seavey, who inherited a struggling Scarborough girls’ basketball program and turned it into an undefeated state champion, is leaving the Red Storm to become an assistant coach to Gary Fifield with the University of Southern Maine women’s program. Seavey said in a recent interview that while he found it difficult to part with a promising group, he felt it was time to explore the next level. “I have nothing negative to say about Scarborough,” Seavey said. “It was a great experi-
ence, but (coaching in college) has always been in the back of my mind. I’ve had aspirations of coaching at the next level. It’s time. I had it offered to me several years ago, but I wasn’t ready to give up my own program at that time. Now, I have to take that step and find out if it’s what I want to do. Gary has a great track record of placing his assistants.” Seavey inherited a Scarborough program that went 5-13 in 2006 and guided it to an 8-11 mark the following year and a trip to the preliminary round of the playoffs, where the
Red Storm lost to Kennebunk. By 2008, Scarborough was a 13-game winner and reached the Expo for the first time before falling to Westbrook in the quarterfinals. The 2009 squad won 17 games and hoped to upset Deering in the regional final, but wound up dropping a heartbreaking decision to Biddeford in the semifinals. In 2010, nothing could stop the Red Storm. Scarborough gained confidence with an early-season come-from-behind home win over Deering (then the twotime defending champion) and
rolled to an 18-0 record. After barely surviving Biddeford and Deering (in the semifinals and regional final rounds, respectively), the Red Storm dominated Skowhegan in the final to finish 22-0. After graduating the core of that special team and suffering through untimely injuries, Scarborough finished 6-12 last winter and missed the postseason. Overall, Seavey was 67-32 with the Red Storm. “I’ll always reflect on that first continued page 14
Jim Seavey won 67 games in his five years with Scarborough and led the Red Storm to the 2010 Class A Gold Ball, the first ever for the school.
My favorites players are... By Bryan O’Connor Two weeks ago, I compared the 20 best baseball players in the game today to my 20 favorite bands. In celebration of the subjectivity of the music list, I thought I would share a rundown of my favorite baseball players, position-by-position. Naturally, the list will be Red Sox-heavy, so I’ll provide an alternative choice at each position where I choose a Boston player.
Catcher: Jason Varitek, Red Sox In 2011, I’m less excited to see Varitek’s bat in the lineup two of every five games, but until someone else shoves a glove in Alex Rodriguez’s face during a bitter pennant race, Varitek will be my favorite catcher. He’s caught four no-hitters, won two World Series, and served as a bridge from the hardworking, blue-collar Red Sox who broke the curse to the highpriced, must-win powerhouse they’ve become. My alternate choice is the Athletics’ Kurt Suzuki. Catching is all about defense, and Suzuki is as thrilling defensively as anyone who regularly dons the tools of ignorance, whether he’s laying out for diving catches or picking off baserunners from his knees.
First Base: Albert Pujols, Cardinals It’s not like me to pick the best player and call him my favorite, but I’ve always found Pujols admirable, particularly for a superstar. Since so many athletes at Pujols’ level — Alex Rodriguez, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James come to mind — are arrogant, uncomfortable with their level of
fame, or just plain unlikable, it’s truly refreshing to know Albert Pujols only as the greatest player of his generation, not as an international brand who happens to play baseball. Pujols is also (allegedly) almost precisely my age (he’s 37 days older), which makes his ascent to the top of the game all the more impressive as it corresponded with my slow crawl to the middle of the nonprofit accounting game. It’s hard to dislike the Sox’s Adrian Gonzalez, but with all the RBI opportunities his new uniform has afforded him, I think he’s on the fast track to overratedville.
Second Base: Orlando Cabrera, Giants I’d prefer to think of Cabrera as a shortstop forever, but he’s primarily played second this year. Before he came to the Red Sox, I remember watching a slick-fielding young Expo and wondering why he didn’t win Gold Gloves every year. When the Sox traded for him in July 2004, he homered in his first game and I was in love. To me, he’ll always be the centerpiece of that World Series team, the guy who energized a clubhouse full of bigger stars than himself, inventing personalized handshakes with every teammate and trading hugs with Big Papi all the way to the championship. He’s been bad enough in subsequent years that I’m finally willing to accept Theo Epstein’s decision not to re-sign him in 2005, but I’ll never forget Orlando Cabrera in 2004. Dustin Pedroia, of course, could contend for this spot and if Pokey Reese were still active, I would
have to move Cabrera or Reese to shortstop.
Third Base: David Wright, Mets Wright came up in the spotlight, joining the Mets in 2004 amid great hype. New York’s other team was in need of a great player and a lovable personality to counter Derek Jeter, and Wright fit the bill instantly, batting over .300 with 25-plus homers every year from 2005 to ’08. He led the Mets to the brink of the World Series in ’06 and challenged for MVP Awards in ’07 and ’08. Just when he seemed poised to steal Jeter’s crown, the Mets moved into a new stadium in 2008 and Wright couldn’t figure out how to get a ball out of it. He only hit 10 home runs in 2009 and his defense took a big hit, all while the crosstown rivals won their first title in nine years. Now Wright is an injury-prone, poor fielding, average-hitting player on a middling team. But he’s still not Derek Jeter, and that’s good enough for me.
Shortstop: Yuniesky Betancourt, Brewers That’s right; I picked the best hitter in the game as my first baseman and the worst hitter as my shortstop. Betancourt is a sabermetrician’s nightmare, rarely taking a walk and playing putrid defense at the most important position on the field. It’s because he’s so bad, though, that he’s brought me so much entertainment, as baseball writers love to slam Yuni, and some are quite good at it. I have some admiration, too, for players able to escape Cuba to live a better
life playing baseball in the States. And how many shortstops in big league history have had better names than Yuniesky Betancourt?
Left Field: Wily Mo Pena, Mariners Any fan of the Reds, Red Sox, Nationals, Diamondbacks, or Mariners (who signed Pena last week) who says he doesn’t love Wily Mo Pena has to be lying. At 29, I’m not sure if he’s figured out how to hit a curveball yet, or whether he’ll ever take another walk, but when Wily Mo gets a hold of a pitch, someone in the cheap seats is getting a souvenir. I like Carl Crawford, but I’d like to see him prove he can handle the Boston spotlight before I call him my favorite left fielder.
Center Field: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates I’ve only seen McCutchen play in three games, but it doesn’t even take that long to feel his electrifying presence. McCutchen can field, run, throw, hit for average, and hit for power. Best of all, he’s doing it in Pittsburgh, a city with a great ballpark and a great history; one that deserves its first superstar since their last one left for San Francisco in 1992 and took the Pirates’ postseason aspirations with him. Jacoby Ellsbury and Nyjer Morgan are also among my favorites, but Red Sox are ineligible and my list has plenty of Brewers without Tony Plush (Morgan’s alter ego).
Right Field: Kosuke Fukudome, Indians I like Fukudome for the stoic look on his face at the plate, for
his crisp swing, and for his willingness to take a walk. More than anything, though, I like his name. I started playing recreational softball in 2008, and I named my first team Welcome to the Fukudome (a nod to Public Enemy as well as the Cubs’ newest import). We weren’t particularly good, but we had the best name in the league.
Fukudome was just traded to the Indians to fill in for another of my favorites, injured right fielder and SABR darling Shinsoo Choo, who could easily have held this spot.
Designated Hitter: David Ortiz, Red Sox
The easiest pick of all. You have to root against the Red Sox to dislike Ortiz. He has made a career out of October heroics and walkoff hits. He’s second to Orlando Cabrera in handshake ingenuity, and he has arguably the greatest smile in the history of sports.
My alternate choice is the Orioles’ Vladimir Guerrero, for all the years he spent toiling in relative obscurity north of the border before achieving great fame limping around outfields in Anaheim, Arlington and Baltimore. In his six full seasons in Montreal, he was worth almost 35 marginal wins to the Expos, combining prodigious power with excellent on-base skills and a cannon for a right arm. And he never met a pitch he couldn’t turn into a hit.
Right-Handed Pitcher: Zack Greinke, Brewers
I love that one of baseball’s greatest pitchers is also one of its greatest enigmas. Greinke suffers from a social anxiety disorder that continued page 15
Local hurling team competes at tournament
The Maine Gaelic Sports Alliance U-12 boys and girls participated in the recent National Continental Youth championships in Canton, Mass., which showcased all Gaelic Sports. The Maine GSA, in its inaugural year, fielded a spirited youth hurling team known as the Gael Force. The team of kids, between the ages of 8 and 14, has practiced all summer long at Wainright Field, gearing up for this event. The Gael Force went 0-4 for their efforts, competing against teams from Philadelphia, New York and Chicago and with much more experience and longevity, with some of the teams playing Gaelic football and/or hurling since they were 4 or 5 years old. Bottom row (left to right): Jack Vose-Gimble, Clay Hatch, Jack Tierney, Patrick Martin, Zach Johnson, Andy Leblanc. Middle row: Lucy Hartley, Jackson Martin, Aiden Hatch, Frank Tierney, Ceillum Madden, Jack Kelly, Daniel Murphy. Back row: Coaches John Hartley, Rob Hatch, James Tierney. Not pictured: Sean Raupe, Keagan McIntyre.
August 19, 2011
Local baseball players compete in S. Carolina The Maine Squeeze U-12 baseball team took part in a recent tournament in South Carolina and placed fourth behind teams from Florida, Pennsylvania and Virginia. From the left: Coach Lee Buzzell, Connor Garland, Mark Buzzell, Matt Crockett, Contributed Kohl Ross, Casey Sudbeck, Gage Cote, Jimmy Dibiase, Nic Berube, Cameron Guarino, Troy Johnson and coach Wayne Berube.
Local tennis team wins district crown Local women’s tennis players competing for The Racquettes, playing out of The Woodlands Club in Falmouth, won the level 3.5 district title last week. The Racquettes next play in the USTA Sectionals Aug. 26-28 in Springfield, Mass. Front row (left to right): Mary Fitzgerald, Anne Lafond, Kali Bennert. Back row: Kathleen Hart, Joan Drake, Melinda Eaton, Lois Lengyel, Patrice Fallon, Sue Strausenburg, Carolyn Cianchette. Missing from photo: Deb Duryee, Betsy Todd, Leandra FreemontSmith, Cathy Robinson, Bronwyn Huffard, Prisca Thompson, Sandy Stone.
Seavey from page 13 and so far only state championship,” Seavey said. “I had a lot of neat kids and great parents and boosters. I always had a lot of support.” Seavey (a three-time Forecaster Coach of the Year selection) and his wife Heather are parents of a son, Quincy, and a daughter, Sydney. Seavey said that ultimately spending time with his family helped influence his decision.
“My kids are very important,” he said. “I want them involved with my coaching. Gary and USM are open to me bringing the kids with me. Quincy can sit on the bench and go on the bus.” Scarborough will seek to fill its position quickly. One prospective candidate could be longtime Biddeford coach Ron Cote, who had joined Seavey as an assistant with the Red Storm program during the summer. Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@ theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.
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Baseball from page 13 was once so crippling that he contemplated retiring from baseball in his early 20s and playing professional golf. Despite his social issues, he’s married to a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. He throws a fastball that reaches the upper 90s, a devastating slider he throws in the upper 80s, and an eephus pitch he lobs occasionally at 50 mph. Statistically, Greinke is just as enigmatic. In 2009, he led the AL in ERA at 2.16 and won the Cy Young Award. In 2010, his ERA was 4.17 and he lost more games than he won. In 2011, he was traded to the weaker league, but his ERA has gone up again, to 4.21. Behind that ERA, though, lies a performance closer to that of his Cy Young season than last year’s bust. Greinke has struck out a league-leading 11.27 hitters per nine innings and walked just 2.1, the second best figure of his career. Sounds like a lot of bad luck to me, but then, Greinke’s 10-4. Even more, Greinke gets it, having acknowledged in postgame interviews that he doesn’t let base hits bother him because he has little control over them.
Left-Handed Pitcher: Cliff Lee, Phillies No one has a cooler presence on the mound. No one is better on the big stage in October. And no one strikes fear in the Yankees (whose wooing he has spurned on more than one occasion) like the softspoken, soft-tossing Clifton Phifer Lee.
Relief Pitcher: Joakim Soria, Royals From 2008 to 2010, Soria was more dominant even than the great Mariano Rivera, striking out 10 batters per nine innings with an ERA under 2. The irony, of course, is that the Royals need a closer like Terry Francona needs a hairbrush. Rather than trying to make a starter out of Soria or trading him for useful prospects, the Royals
have kept him in the bullpen, locking down the few leads he’s handed and assuring that the Royals keep winning 65 games a year, rather than 63. Oddly, seven of my 12 picks have changed teams in the past year, two of them traded from the Royals for prospects. But the one guy who offers no real value to the Royals, while any contending team would love to have him, is stuck in Kansas City. That’s baseball. Read more about the best, greatest, most valuable, and most likable players in the game at replacementlevel.wordpress.com.
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South Portland Parks and Recreation is offering a youth soccer league for boys and girls in grades 1-6, beginning Sept. 10. Fall soccer equipment and information pick-up day will be held on Thursday, Sept. 1, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the South Portland Community Center. The fee is $60 per child. Volunteer coaches are also needed. FMI, 767-7650.
Casco Bay Sports has open registration for Sunday flag football, frostbite softball, golf and tennis leagues, as well as Wednesday co-ed bowling, starting in September. Outdoor soccer, basketball, volleyball and dodgeball leagues are also offered. FMI, cascobaysports.com.
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Greater Portland Auditions, Calls for Art Sunday 8/21 Snowlion Repertory Company, auditions for holiday musical “The Christmas Bride” seeking varied musical theatre performers ages 18+, 5-8 p.m. auditions at Hutchins School, 24 Mosher St., South Portland, showtimes Dec. 15-21 at Lucid Stage in Portland, must call 518-9305 for audition appointment, FMI, snowlionrep. org.
Books, Authors Monday 8/22 Reader’s Circle Book Group, discussing “This Boy’s Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff,” 7 p.m., Yarmouth Town Hall community room, Main Street, Yarmouth, Stephen Strand, sstrand@ maine.rr.com.
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“Drawing the Line #7” new work by Susan Groce, Kimberly Convery, Ken Greenleaf, Robin Mandel, 5-7 p.m. opening reception, exhibit through Sept. 24, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, 522 Congress St., Portland, 699-5083.
Friday 8/19 Freeport Third Friday Art Walk, 5-8 p.m., for map, participating galleries, freeportusa.com/artwalk2011.html.
Saturday 8/20 15th Annual Maine Audubon Arts and Fine Crafts Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, admission $4 suggested/ $3 Audubon members, Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, 781-2330, maineaudubon.org. Ferdinand 10th Anniversary Celebration, hand-crafted, vintage products and more, 5-8 p.m., Ferdinand, 243 Congress St., Portland, ferdinandhomestore.com, 761-2151. Freeport Art and Craft Fair, Mainemade jewelry, pottery, art and more, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., First Parish Church, Main St., Freeport, firstparishmarket.com.
Maine Audubon Arts and Fine Crafts Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., admission, $4 suggested/ $3 Audubon members, Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, 781-2330, maineaudubon.org.
Movies at the Museum, “The Tree,” 6:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $7, Portland Museum of Art, Seven Congress Square, Portland, 775-6148 or portlandmuseum.org.
Tuesday 8/23 Summer Documentary Film Series and discussion, “Last Train Home,” 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Aug. 23, free, Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument
Thursday 8/25 Martha Burkert: “Near and Far” and Jon Kolkin: ”Dreamscape,” 5-7 p.m. opening artists’ reception, exhibit through Oct. 9, Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth Shopping Center, 251 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth.
Saturday 8/27 Peaks Island Saturday Art Walk, 3–7 p.m., Peaks Island, for map of participating galleries, Gem Gallery, the Inn on Peaks or peaksislandartwalks.org.
Museums Tate House Museum, museum tours June 18-Oct. 9; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Sundays, $8 adults, $6 seniors $3 ages 6-12; architecture tours first and third Thursday of each month; and garden tours, call for times, Tate House Museum, 1267 Westbrook St., Portland, 774-6177, tatehouse.org. The Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Garden, guided tours through October, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. MondaySaturday, 12-4 p.m. Sunday, $12 adult, $10 senior/student, $3 child, garden is free to the public, Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822, mainehistory. org.
Saturday 8/20 A Stitch in Time: Quilts, The Fabric of Our History, presentation, with quilt appraisals to benefit museum, $10 per quilt/ $17 for two, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Falmouth Heritage Museum, 60 Woods Road, Falmouth.
Portland Chamber Music Festival, 18th Summer Season, Aug. 11–20, $25, Abromson Center, USM Portland, 88 Bedford St., Portland, tickets, 1-800-320-0257, concert schedule at pcmf.org.
Public Meeting Invitation – the Long Range Planning Committee invites all interested residents and property owners to attend a neighborhood meeting to discuss some new ideas for zoning in the Pine Point area.
Tedeschi Trucks Band rocks Ocean Gateway Aug. 19
Friday 8/19 Hungry March Band, 7-9 p.m., free/ donations encouraged, all ages, Local Sprouts Cafe, 649 Congress St., Portland, 899-3529, localsprouts.coop. Marty Dread, reggae, 9 p.m., $6, Empire Dine and Dance, 575 Congress St., Portland, 879-8988, tickets, portlandempire.com. The Tedeschi Trucks Band, with guest Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, 6 p.m, $41 advance/ $46 Door/ $76 VIP, Ocean Gateway Terminal, Commercial St., Portland, portcitymusichall.com.
Saturday 8/20 The Bobs, a cappella, 8 p.m., $25 advance/ $28 door, One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, 7611757, onelongfellowsquare.com.
Husband and wife roots-rock and blues duo, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, are performing as The Tedeschi Trucks Band, rain or shine, at Ocean Gateway Terminal, 14 Ocean Gateway Pier in Portland, on Friday, Aug. 19. Tickets are $41 advanced / $46 door/ $76 VIP. The all-ages show begins at 6 p.m. Concert grounds include a 21+ beer garden. Tickets are available at the Port City Music Hall box office at 504 Congress St., Portland, and online at portcitymusichall.com.
Barb Truex with August Ensemble, house concert hosted by Jay York, 8 p.m., $10 suggested donation, 58 Wilmot St., Portland, advance tickets, Barb Truex, 892-7578, or babstruex@ gmail.com.
Portland Music & Arts Festival, proceeds benefit The Maine Children’s Cancer Program, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., free until 4 p.m., $5 after 4 p.m., with Skyler, Pete Miller, Amanda Gervasi, Lyle Divinsky and more, 128 Free St., Portland, theportlandmusicandartsfestival.com.
Tuesday 8/23 Chelsea Chen, Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ Summer Concerts, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 30, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, listings, tickets at foko. org.
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Standard Issue, Jazz from The Great American Songbook, 6-9 p.m., free, Grace Restaurant, 15 Chestnut St., Portland, wrsedutainment.com.
Danielle Miraglia and Paddy Mills, acoustic folk, 7:30 p.m., $10, Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, 45 Seashore Ave., Peaks Island, 766-4421. Craig Bickhardt in concert, 8 p.m., $15, Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, 615-3609, mayostreetarts. org.
Saturday 8/27 The Baseball Project, 8 p.m., 18+, $15 advance/ $15 door/ $25 VIP, Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, tickets, portcitymusichall. com. Songwriter Workshop with Craig Bickhardt, 1–5:30 p.m., $35, Mayo Street Arts, 317 Main Street Music Center, 317 Main St., Yarmouth, 8469559, 317mainst.org.
Theater & Dance ”The Passion of the Hausfrau,”
comedy, Aug. 18-27, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, $15 adults/ $12 seniors and students, Freeport Factory Stage, 5 Depot St., Freeport, tickets, freeportfactory. com, 865-5505.
”Welcome to Homo Hollow” 17 Years of Queer Country Living Celebrated through Music, Satire, Juggling and Drag,” presented by The Eggplant Faerie Players, 6 p.m., 21+, $3 minimum suggested donation, Slainte Wine Bar, 24 Preble St., Portland, 282-0900.
Portland Improv Experience, PIE, 7:30 p.m., $10, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd, Portland, 899-3993.
Birdie Googins: Maine’s Only Supermodel and Possible Future Queen, 8 p.m., $12 adults/ $10 students, seniors, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, 899-3993.
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August 19, 2011
Out & About
‘The Wiz’ closes in Brunswick By Scott Andrews Fields of yellow goldenrod and white Queen Anne’s lace herald the end of the summer season, and that’s exactly what’s happening in Brunswick and Portland. In the former, Maine State Music Theatre opened its final show of 2011 last weekend: “The Wiz,” the seven-time Tony Award-winner of 1975, is a re-telling of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” in an African-American cultural context. In the latter, the Portland Chamber Music Festival wraps up its 18th season with concerts on Thursday and Saturday. Arundel Barn Playhouse has a fine jukebox music running through this weekend: “A Taffeta Wedding” is a continuation of a long-running series that showcases pop music of the 1950s and 1960s.
‘The Wiz’ The iconic story of Dorothy’s adventures in the imaginary Land of Oz has been dramatized on stage and film for more than a century, beginning with author L. Frank Baum himself. The best-known adaptation was “The Wizard of Oz,” the 1939 MGM film extravaganza starring Judy Garland. One of the most innovative and imaginative of those re-tellings appeared on Broadway in 1975: “The Wiz” had a book by William F. Brown and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls. Their unique contribution was re-imagining the story in the context of African-American culture with an all-black cast. “The Wiz” won seven Tony Awards – including Best Musical and Best Original Score – and ran for four years and nearly 1,700 performances. Maine State Music Theatre is closing its 2011 season with a fully professional (Equity contract) production of “The Wiz” with a cast that includes a slew of Broadway veterans. Smalls’ score combines soul, rock and gospel music, and Brown’s book emphasizes the themes of finding oneself and finding the way back home – both of which resonate powerfully in both the original tale and the 1975 Broadway version. “Home,” “Ease
on Down the Road,” “Believe in Yourself” and “Brand New Day” are among the most powerful songs. MSMT’s cast, directed by Donna Drake, stars LaQuet Sharnell as the little girl from Kansas who is transported to Oz by a tornado. On her long and tortuous way back home she’s helped by three friends she meets in Oz: a straw-stuffed scarecrow, tin timber cutter and cowardly lion (Eric B. Anthony, E. Clayton Cornelious and Nikkieli DeMone) plus two good witches (Gwen Stewart and Gayle Turner). Before returning to Kansas Dorothy confronts the Wiz himself (Bobby Daye) and has to kill the Wicked Witch of the West (Stewart doubling). I loved MST’s production of “The Wiz,” which pulses musical and dramatic energy and excitement from curtain up to denouement. Maine State Music Theatre presents “The Wiz” through Aug. 27 at Pickard Theater on the Bowdoin College Campus in Brunswick. Call 725-8769 or visit www.msmt.org.
Portland Chamber Music Festival “After 18 years, I’m still totally invigorated by the festival,” says Jenny Elowitch, artistic and executive director of the Portland Chamber Music Festival. It certainly showed last Saturday, when 300-plus people flocked to the second of the festival’s four concerts. I’ve been attending PCMF for all 18 years, and it was one of the largest crowds I’ve ever seen. Two concerts remain, and both exhibit Elowitch’s penchant for mixing masterworks of the classical canon with modern pieces by currently active composers. All the players are world-class musicians with years of playing at the highest professional level, and several hold first chairs with major orchestras. The new work on the Aug. 18 concert is a short piece by Melinda Wagner, who won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Scored for oboe plus string quartet, this 2010 bit of musical joviality was inspired by Wagner’s cat and bears the onomatopoetic title of
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‘A Taffeta Wedding’
Two good witches are among the cast of characters that Dorothy encounters in the Land of Oz in “The Wiz,” the seven-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of 1975. It’s the final 2011 production of Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick.
“Scritch.” Elowitch notes: “This is really lighthearted, short, humorous – and immediately likable. It’s a fun piece that’s also a vehicle for virtuosic oboe playing.” “Scritch” is sandwiched between two long-established masterpieces: a string trio by Ludwig van Beethoven and a sextet for winds and strings by Francois Poulenc. The festival concludes on Aug. 20 with a lyrical piece for clarinet, flute and strings by Osvaldo Golijov, a modern American composer who was born in Argentina and has absorbed influences from Europe and Israel. Elowitch has programmed works by Golijov several times before, and the composer himself attended the festival in 1995. The 18th season wraps up with Franz Schubert’s octet for winds and strings, performed for only the second time in the festival’s history. All concerts take place at 8 p.m. at the Abromson Community Education Center, 88 Bedford St. on the University of Maine Portland campus. Visit www.pcmf.org.
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Every summer theater has a jukebox musical on its schedule nowadays, and Arundel Barn’s current offering of “A Taffeta Wedding” is an archetype of the genre. Times two. Typically these shows revolve around a period musical ensemble, in this case the Taffetas, a female foursome from the 1950s and 1960s. The moniker comes from the costuming; their dresses are constructed from lustrous taffeta that was so popular at the time. For this show – fourth in a series that began more than a decade ago – the Taffetas are joined in holy matrimony by the Cardigans, four fraternity brothers who sing close harmony. And the four weddings take place in front of a national television audience. “A Taffeta Wedding” is textbook model of a jukebox musical, showcasing about two dozen hit songs, centered around eight stereotypical characters and connected by the flimsiest plot imaginable. The music, representing the apogee of Tin Pan Alley, is first and foremost. Songs include “Mister Sandman,” “To Know Him Is To Love Him,” “Goin’ To the Chapel,” “The End of the World,” and “Put Your Head On My Shoulder” and “It’s In His Kiss.” (The latter is perhaps better known as the “Shoop Song.”) Many of these wonderful tunes have become part and parcel of American pop culture. The cast comprises college students of musical theater and recent graduates of these programs. They’re all appealing fresh faces who lend fresh energy to these golden oldies. Although I liked “A Taffeta Wedding” very much, I was disappointed in the overall homogeneity of Lewis’ vocal arrangements – most of them created specifically for this show – which allowed precious few opportunities for individual characters and voices to stand out. Arundel Barn Playhouse, 53 Old Post Road (just off Rt. 1) presents “A Taffeta Wedding” through Aug. 20. Call 985-5552 or visit www.arundelbarnplayhouse.com.
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Benefits Friday 8/19 Benefit Cookout, fundraiser for No Marine Alone Project, 11 a.m.1 p.m. lunch, $5-$6, parking lot at Evergreen Credit Union, 799 Broadway, South Portland, FMI, Debi, 799-0074.
Saturday 8/20 Paws for a Cause Walk for the Animals, hosted by The Coastal Humane Society, to benefit homeless animals of CHS, 9:30 a.m. register, 10 a.m. walk, Discovery Park, L.L.Bean campus, Main Street, Freeport, register, firstgiving.com/ chsdogwalk, FMI, coastalhumanesociety.org.
Tuesday 8/23 Stonyfield Cafe fundraiser for ITNPortland; 10% of total sales from 4-8 p.m. will benefit ITNPortland, a non profit providing rides for seniors, Stonyfield Cafe, 240 US Route One, Falmouth, 7818889.
Wednesday 8/24 “Cruising Away Cancer” to benefit the Maine Children’s Cancer Program, hosted by the
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Dining Out Saturday 8/20 Baked Bean Supper, 4:30-6 p.m, $7 adults, $3 children, West Scarborough United Methodist Church, 2 Church St., Scarborough, 883-2814, wsumc.us.
Maine Elks Association, 6-9 p.m. sunset cruise on Casablanca, $25, with music, raffles, cash bar, Portland Harbor, tickets, fundraising.mmc.org/netcommunity/sslpage.aspx?pid=700, Kathleen Cotterly, 998-2282.
Saturday 8/27 Picnic Music and Arts Festival, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free admission, rain or shine, Lincoln Park, Congress St. and Franklin Arterial, Portland, picnicportland.com.
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Roast Beef Dinner, 4:30-6 p.m., $8 adults, $6 college students w/ID, $6 children over 13, $4 ages 12 and under, Stevens Avenue Congregational Church UCC, 790 Stevens Ave., Portland, 797-4573.
Estate and Yard Sale, to benefit Cousins Island Chapel & Cousins, Littlejohn Island Improvement Association, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Chapel and Community House, Cousins Island, Carey Trimble, 846-9347.
Sunday 8/28 Annual Muskie Lobster Bake, with guests Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree, fundraiser hosted by Maine Democratic Party, 12-3 p.m., $40-$50 individual tickets, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Freeport, FMI, directions, tickets, mainedems. org/muskie.
Gardeners Needed, to harvest produce, 8-10 a.m. Tuesdays or Saturdays, Yarmouth Community Garden, East Main St., Yarmouth, extra produce donations needed, Tracy Weber, tracela8@yahoo. com, 829-8194. Portland/Westbrook Meals on Wheels need volunteer drivers to deliver meals to homebound elderly, once a week, once a month or more on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., mileage reimbursement offered, call Alice or Laurie at 878-3285.
Tuesday 8/23 PROPEL Networking Event, at Portland Sea Dogs game, section 213, $8, Hadlock Field, Portland, tickets Liz Riley, 874-9300, PropelPortland.org.
Fort Williams Arboretum Volunteer Workday, 9 a.m.-noon, bring tools, gloves, no small children or dogs, Fort Williams, South Portland, FMI, Janet, 899-1657.
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Baked Bean Supper, 5-6:30 p.m., $7 adults/ $3 child, First Parish Congregational Church UCC, 116 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-3773.
Gardens & Outdoors Cumberland Farmers Market Assoc. Summer Markets: Wednesdays, 12-4 p.m., Walmart parking lot, US Route 1, Falmouth; Fridays, 10am 12:15 p.m. Cricket Hunt School, U.S. Route 1, Freeport, and 2-5:30 p.m., L.L.Bean Campus, Coyote Parking Lot, Freeport; Saturdays, 9 a.m.noon, Cumberland Town Hall, Tuttle Road, Cumberland, all markets rain or shine, FMI, cumberlandfarmersmarket.org. Eastern Cemetery History Tours, led by Spirits Alive, 1:30-3 p.m., Sundays through October, meet at Congress Street gate at 1:15 p.m., $7 adults, $4 senior, ages 12 and under free, cash only, cancelled if rain, Eastern Cemetery, Portland, spiritsalive.org. Fresh Start Farms Farmers Market, 2-6 p.m. Mondays, through summer, Whole Foods Market, 2 Somerset St., Portland, 774-7711. Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, open daily, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. through Labor Day; and first two weekends in September, daily guided and self-guided walks; canoe and kayak rentals; guided tours of the marsh; exhibits, nature store; schedule of programs at maineaudubon.org/scarbmarsh, rental registration at 883-5100. Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Daily Nature Programs, 2 p.m., through Labor Day, free with admission, 426 Wolfes Neck Road, Freeport, 865-4465.
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A Walk Around the East End with Friends of the Eastern Prom, 5:30-6:30 p.m., free for Portland Trails members/ $5 nonmembers, meet at the Gazebo on Eastern Prom at Ft. Allen Park, Portland, 775-2411, trails.org.
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ments Tour,” 1:30-3 p.m., Sundays through October, meet at Congress Street gate at 1:15 p.m., $7 adults, $4 senior, ages 12 and under free, cancelled if rain, Eastern Cemetery, Portland, spiritsalive.org.
in separation or divorce, 8:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., $60 person/ $100 couple, Kids First Center, 222 St. John St., Suite 101, Portland, 761-2709.
Public Input Session, Maine National Alzheimer’s Project Act, 10-11:30 a.m., Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, FMI, napa.alz.org, register, jill.conover@ alz.org. or 1-800-272-3900.
2011 Discovery Trek Series, “A bit of history on the Eastern Promenade” walk led by Herb Adams, 5:30-7:30 p.m., free for Portland Trails members/ $5 nonmembers, space limited, must preregister, 775-2411, trails.org. Skillin’s Gardening Class, “Dividing, Relocating, Transplanting Class,” 10 a.m., free, space limited, must preregister, Skillin’s Greenhouses, 201 Gray Road, Cumberland, 829-5619, and 89 Foreside Road, Falmouth, 781-3860.
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iPads from page 1 By all accounts, councilors go through lots of paper. Every week, they receive three-ring binders full of orders, proposals, position papers, attachments and plans. These packets are printed and put together by the city clerk’s office or the city manager’s office. Some documents are printed for each councilor three times: once for a workshop meeting, once for a first reading and once again for final approval. Though most councilors support the initiative, they weren’t in total agreement
about whether the $25 per month, per iPad for 3G network access was necessary, especially for councilors who had ready access to Wi-Fi. “It’s a consideration whether we need the 3G or not,” said Councilor Jim Hughes, who said he has more than one wireless network in his home. “Some councilors would be happy with just Wi-Fi. Maybe they could opt-out.” Councilors were also uneasy about some key policy provisions. A section in the proposed policy that would require them to replace their iPad if it was stolen was met with criticism, as was another that
said violation of the policy would result in councilors losing their iPads. Because the proposal is for iPad use to be mandatory, thus negating any need for printed packets, Councilor Maxine Beecher wondered whether a councilor would be left inept if they violated the policy and lost their tablet privilege. Corporate Counsel Sally Daggett attempted to assuage her concerns by explaining that the council would police itself on the policy, and that no punishment could be meted out without council approval. By the end of the meeting, Mayor Rosemarie De Angelis said she felt there was
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Willard Sq. construction moratorium extended SOUTH PORTLAND — City councilors on Monday voted unanimously to extend a construction moratorium in the Willard Square neighborhood by 30 days, setting it to expire on Oct. 7. The moratorium was enacted June 6 to give the city breathing room to address the residents’ concerns raised earlier this year when a plan to open a Europeanstyle eatery at 7 Pillsbury St. ignited the passions of residents worried about density, traffic, pedestrian safety and design standards. It was originally set to expire Sept. 9. The city council decided it needed more time to iron out the details of Planning Director Tex Haeuser’s proposed zoning amendments. “I’ve always thought there’s only one way to do something, and that’s the right way,” said Councilor Tom Blake. “Dozens, if not hundreds, of people have worked on this, and we’re this close. ... Extending the 90 days to 120 days is totally appropriate.”
Referendum from page 1 replaced because of asbestos, overcrowding, poor design and a lack of air conditioning in the warm months. The new Wentworth would stand two stories and contain 40 classrooms. It would feature a large, internal courtyard to maximize natural light to classrooms, and a large gym. The school would be home to operations larger than just Wentworth: The high school basketball and track teams would be expected to use the gym, the kitchen would provide food for all the district’s schools, and space would be reserved for community services. The building would total about 163,000 square feet, for a construction price of about $240 per square foot, if the plan includes the geothermal heating and cooling system. Councilors, who unanimously supported
in Senate District 7, representing South Portland, Cape Elizabeth and a portion of Scarborough. The special election to fill the House seat was set for August because of a special legislative session scheduled for September to discuss congressional redistricting. Monaghan-Derrig, 52, of Russet Lane, is a marketing and communications professional, currently working for Segway Tours of Portland. She is also working on a master’s degree in public policy and management at the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine. Monaghan-Derrig is a member of the Cape Elizabeth School Board and said she plans to resign from that post. “I will step down, I’m just don’t know when, yet,” she said Tuesday. “It will be well in time for the November election though.” But nomination papers for two School Board seats scheduled to be on the November ballot have been available since Aug. 1 and are due back to Town Hall by Sept. 9. Town Clerk Debra Lane said she is still unsure if an additional open seat could be added to the ballot halfway through the process.
the measure, said now the work would be in educating the town about the proposal in an attempt to earn the popular support that eluded supporters of a new intermediate and middle school when a similar plan was defeated at the polls in 2006. “We need to get out there and educate the public now and make sure they understand what this project is, what it entails, and that the committee that put this together has been very careful to make sure the citizens get the most bang for their buck,” said Councilor Ronald Ahlquist. In other council business: • Councilors approved a motion to create a 12-acre habitat for the state-endangered listed New England Cottontail near the Wiley Recreation area for 10 years. The project will be funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and will entail minor landscaping work, such as removing tall trees and plating indigenous shrubbery. • Councilors accepted a study on pedes-
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“I haven’t called (the Maine Municipal Association) to get their opinion yet since we were unsure of the outcome of the election,” Lane said Tuesday before the polls closed. “But, if necessary, that call will happen very quickly.” Lane said the Cape voters were undeterred by the rain, the summer vote, or a special election and came out in droves. The unofficial results indicate voter turnout was 33 percent, and Lane reported that 2,509 ballots were cast, 708 of them absentee. “Cape wants its voice heard,” Lane said. “The residents are very engaged.” Cape residents Pamela Outwin, 25, and Jacqueline Mylroie, 24, said they don’t ever miss a chance to vote. Mylroie said the off-year elections can be the most important. “These elections are an indication of the temperature of the population,” she said. “It is a good way to gauge how people feel.” Outwin said having the opportunity to vote is important to her since people her age often don’t exercise their rights. “It makes me burn to think of how many people ... are dying to have their voices heard,” she said. “I am disappointed in my generation for taking for granted what people long for, fight for and in some cases die for on a daily basis.”
Thompson, 52, of Pine Ridge Road, works at Living Wealth Partners insurance company in Portland. She is the mother of five and serves on the executive board and is the vice president elect at the Center for Grieving Children. “I’m a little disappointed,” Thompson said Wednesday morning. “But, as a newcomer to politics, it was a great experience. I learned a lot, I received a lot of help from some wonderful people and I developed a lot of strong friendships through the process.” In the meantime, Thompson said she will continue to volunteer and stay active in the community. She said since this is the second legislative session, she may be out campaigning in the future. “Don’t be too surprised if you see Nancy Thompson knocking at the door,” she said. Even though the vote was close – a 176 vote difference – Thompson said she would not seek a recount. Emily, Thompson’s daughter, came from Boston to support her mother in her final night of campaigning. “I am so proud of her,” she said. “She stuck her neck out there to do something good. I am very excited she did this.” Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter: @amy_k_anderson.
Councilor announces resignation On Wednesday, two-term Councilor Michael Wood announced his resignation from the Town Council effective in November, in time for an election to be held for the remaining two years of his seat. Wood, who works as an air traffic controller for the Federal Aviation Administration, said he was resigning to accommodate a new job he accepted with the Boston Central Airport in Nashua, N.H. Wood said he has no intrian-based improvements to Oak Hill. The study, conducted by ALTA Planning and Design and funded by Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System, outlined a strategy for making the Oak Hill Region more pedestrian-friendly. This included the construction of more crosswalks and
tention to move, but that time considerations force him to abandon his post. “I take it very seriously, this position that folks have voted me to,” he said. “I think it’s very important that I have enough time and preparation to represent you folks in the manner I’ve become accustomed to. I look forward to the new challenge and know that in the long run this will be best for me and my family.” — Mario Moretto
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through a system that’s already proved itself to work, and to supplement the group’s work to the benefit of all its programs. Not only that, but the town and the nonprofit have had a working relationship with one another for years: The town gave Project GRACE about $10,000 last year and the two bodies have “a great relationship,” Rollo said. Predicting an even bigger need for heating oil assistance this winter, Hall has been working with a committee of Project GRACE’s board of directors on a proposal he put together for the town and the nonprofit to work together to provide support. So Hall, working with a small group of Project GRACE’s board of directors, hatched a plan. Under the proposal, the town would conduct a community-wide fundraising campaign using the local access television
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• About 75.61 percent of Maine homes use #2 heating oil or kerosene, or 410,296 households out of 542,617 households. This is the highest proportion of heating oil dependency by states. • The percentage of households that use oil or kerosene is down from 80 percent only a few years ago. • Maine homes collectively use channel, the e-newsletter and council meetings as a “bully pulpit” to boost the project, Hall said. If it is successful, the town will disburse funds for Project GRACE in increments of $5,000, earmarked for heating oil, up to the project goal of $50,000. The nonprofit would distribute the funds as it saw fit, following a set of agreed-upon guidelines. Hall said he was first spurred to look at actions he could take to help people with their heating bills by the high price of his own fuel last winter. Fuel oil prices climbed past $2.90 per gallon, according to the Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security. “I had an inkling of this idea as I was looking at my own household,” he said. “It’s more than $1,000 to fill my tank, and luckily I can do that. But I fear there are a number of Scarborough residents who can’t.” It doesn’t hurt that he’s no stranger to fuel assistance. As Town Manager of Rockland, Hall facilitated a similar program in the 2004-2005 heating season. That year, the price of heating oil rose from about $1.75 to more than $2.05 per gallon, according to the energy office. Even still, the success of Rockland’s program, and the proposed partnership with Project GRACE, make him optimistic about his chances in Scarborough.
about 300 million gallons heating oil per year, or about 731 gallons per home per year. • Maine’s per capita natural gas consumption is low and supply is used primarily for electricity generation. About 3.68 percent of Maine homes (19,957 households) use natural gas. Source: Governor’s Office of Energey Independence and Security Comment on this story at: http://www.theforecaster.net/weblink/96919
Rollo was optimistic too, about the state of charity in Scarborough. “We can make a difference here because of the way the scales are tipped,” she said. “There is so much generosity that we can at least come close to fulfilling the need.” Now that the town has approved the plan on paper, all that’s left is for Project GRACE’s board of directors to decide officially whether to sign on. Rollo said the board wouldn’t make a decision until the town made the proposal official. If Project GRACE approves the plan, Hall said the city would jump head-first into fundraising efforts. “Heating season is just around the corner,” he said. “It’s taken us all summer just to coalesce the idea and get everyone on board.” Hall said he’s hopeful residents and fuel companies will support the program. “It’s universal in that everyone can appreciate that times are different,” Hall said. “A warm home is a basic human right, and a necessity. ... It’s all about being neighborly. In times of need, neighbors help neighbors.” Mario Moretto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @riocarmine.
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