www.theforecaster.net August 26, 2011
Vol. 10, No. 34
News of South Portland, Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth
South Portland council: Keep Willard Square commercial
Pine Point motel owners again seek conversion to condos
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By Mario Moretto SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council has again sent the Planning Department back to work on a proposed zoning amendment that will dictate the rules of development in Willard Square. Among the changes requested by councilors during a workshop Monday was the removal of a measure in the amendment that would allow residences on the first floor of new developments. The Village Commercial Willard zone, or VCW, currently allows only commercial uses on the first floor. Planning Director Tex Haeuser said his department’s proposal included repeal of the residential prohibition because of the public comments received while the amendment
‘The character of the neighborhood is at stake’
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Election to fill vacancy added to Cape Elizabeth ballot By Amy Anderson CAPE ELIZABETH — Newly elected state Rep. Kim Monaghan-Derrig submitted her School Board resignation on Tuesday, in time to allow a special election Nov. 8 to fill the seat. Potential candidates for the unexpired portion of her term, and for other elected offices on the November local ballot, have until Sept. 9 to gather and return nomination papers. Monaghan-Derrig, a Democrat, was elected to the School Board last November. She then ran a successful special-election campaign against Republican Nancy Thompson and was elected on Aug. 16 to the House District 121 seat vacated in May when Cynthia Dill was elected See page 22
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Jake Viola, South Portland High School’s valedictorian in 2009, leads a tour of the high school for alumni from the Class of 1961 on Aug. 21. The Class of ‘61 was the first to graduate from the current SPHS, moving to the new building their senior year after attending what is now Mahoney Middle School for their first three years of high school.
By Mario Moretto SCARBOROUGH — The owners of a 22-unit seasonal motel on Pine Point are making initial moves toward converting the building into 12 luxury townhouse condominiums, a move that could reignite a sixyear neighborhood feud. Nicholas Truman, who coowns the Lighthouse Inn at Pine Point with his brother, Peter, has requested an advisory opinion from the Planning Board about the plan to build and sell the condos. The board will eventually give its opinion to the Zoning Board of Appeals, which will make a final decision about the conversion. It’s not the first time the Trumans have explored conversion. In 2005, they started working on a plan to turn the motel at 366 Pine Point Road into six luxury condos. The plan ultimately failed, thanks at least in part to opposition from the Pine Point Residents Association, which formed to fight the plan.
In 2009, a controversial land swap between the Trumans and the town resulted in what is now Snowberry Ocean View Park at the end of Pine Point Road. It also allowed the motel owners to put parking next to their building, although the swap reduced the number of spots from 28 to 22. The neighbors opposed that deal, too. They claimed it wasn’t a fair deal for the town to lose Depot Street, which used to run between the motel and its parking strip, where the park now sits. Depot Street was a dead end at Pine Point Beach. The association isn’t expected to like the condo plan this time, either. “It’s too dense a project,” said Judy Shirk, a member of the group. “They don’t even own an acre of land. I’m not against them being residential or having condos, I’m not against that. It’s just the amount. ... It’ll be a big impact going from a seasonal operation to a year-round operation. We have a lot of concerns.” Shirk also said she has concerns about parking, and about the stress on the town’s services See page 22
Shelters struggle to assist growing homeless population By Emily Guerin PORTLAND — Fifteen minutes before the Oxford Street Shelter begins assigning beds for the night, a line has formed outside. It snakes down the ramp and out into the patio, where men are standing with umbrellas to deflect a light rain. Recently, the line has grown longer than it’s ever been, and the main shelter no longer has room for everyone. Those at the end of the line, or who check in late, might have to stay at the Preble Street Resource Center, a day-use facility that has opened up its doors at night to accom-
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A man sleeps on a bench on Congress Street in Portland last week.
modate the overflow. But that space is almost full as well, and shelter officials are trying to
come up with “Plan C.” The situation is the same at other homeless shelters in
Cumberland county. In Portland, the Florence House for women and the Family Shelter are often completely full, if not overflowing. At the Tedford Shelter in Brunswick, which unlike Portland does not have a policy of providing housing to everyone, almost 50 adults were turned away in July. Shelter officials blame it on the economy, on a shortage of low-cost housing or lack of housing vouchers. Whatever the cause, “it certainly feels like it’s growing into a crisis, if it’s not See page 23
INSIDE Index Arts Calendar.................18 Classifieds......................26 Community Calendar......20 Meetings.........................20
Obituaries.......................12 Opinion.............................8 Out & About....................19 People & Business.........13
Police Beat.....................10 Real Estate.....................32 School Notebook............14 Sports.............................15
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Election hopefuls take out nomination papers in Scarborough By Mario Moretto SCARBOROUGH — New faces and familiar candidates have taken out nomination papers for elected offices in town. Residents will elect four town councilors, two School Board members and three sanitary district trustees on Nov. 8.
Corthell has also taken out papers to complete the two years remaining in the term of Councilor Michael Wood, who announced his resignation last week. Corthell can only run for one seat, and hasn’t decided which office she’ll seek. Eagle’s Nest Drive resident Kelly Noonan-Murphy has taken out papers for one of two three-year terms on the School Board. Robert McSorley and Jason Greenleaf, both current trustees of the Scarborough
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Potential candidates emerge in South Portland SOUTH PORTLAND — Potential candidates for City Council and School Board have begun the process of running for three open seats on each body. City Councilors Tom Coward and Patti Smith have taken out nomination papers for re-election in District 1 and District 2, respectively. As of Wednesday, no one had taken out papers for Councilor Jim Hughes’ District 5 seat. Hughes will be ineligible to run again because he has served the maximum three consecutive terms. School Board members Tappan
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Candidates must gather signatures from between 25 and 100 registered
Fitzgerald in District 5 and Karen Callaghan, at-large, have both taken out papers to run for re-election. Board Chairman Ralph Baxter Jr.’s term also will expire this year, but he said he will not seek re-election to the at-large seat. Jeffrey Selser, of 17 Summit St., has taken out papers for the at-large post. Candidates must return papers with signatures from at least 100 registered South Portland voters by Sept. 12 to appear on the Nov. 8 ballot. — Mario Moretto
Scarborough voters and turn them in to the town clerk by 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 to get on the November ballot. Mario Moretto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him Twitter: @ riocarmine.
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Charter school proposed for greater Portland By Emily Parkhurst PORTLAND — The area’s first official charter school is planning to open its doors in 2012. The Baxter Academy for Technology and Science will be the first high school focused on educating students in science, technology, engineering and math in southern Maine. It was made possible when Gov. Paul LePage signed a state law in June that allows the creation of charter schools. Another charter school has also been proposed in Skowhegan. John Jaques, Baxter Academy executive director, said the non-residential school will accept 80 freshman and 80 sophomores next year, followed by an additional 80 freshmen
the following two years, for a total population of 320 students. “We need to be small,” Jaques said. “That’s kind of the point of charter schools.” Jaques, who has a master’s degree in education and has worked in public schools for 15 years, said until now the only choice for parents looking for science-focused schools has been the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone, a residential magnet school in Aroostook county. “I think there’s just a real need for (STEM schools) in Maine and there’s a real interest in our area,” Jaques said. “Currently the only choice parents have is to send their child up to the school in Limestone. I’ve talked to numerous parents who struggled with that
Police ID man who died in overpass fall SCARBOROUGH — The man who died last week after falling about 30 feet from an Interstate 295 connector overpass was identified Monday as 52-yearold Phillip Faulkner of West Enfield. Faulkner fell from the overpass sometime between 2 and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, according to police reports. He was struck by a car on Route 1, and died at Maine Medical Center in Portland around 10 p.m. Faulkner’s sister, Denise Scales, said her brother had been staying at her home in Scarborough, along with their mother. Scales said Faulkner left for a walk shortly before 2 p.m. Police Sgt. Rick Rouse said it was still unknown if Faulkner intentionally
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SOUTH PORTLAND — Copies of the first “South Portland Trail Map & Guide” are now available at City Hall, and will soon be available at area bookstores. On one side, the map lists all trails, proposed trails, open spaces, lighthouses, schools and parking in South Portland. The reverse side lists and describes 10 trails between the Greenbelt and Clark’s Pond. There is a description of each trail as well as boating access indicators and information regarding dog-walking, bicycling and trail difficulty. The guide costs $4.95 and was produced by the South Portland Land Trust with help from several local businesses.
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‘Bring ’em on’: New principal ready at South Portland High School By Mario Moretto SOUTH PORTLAND — Students at South Portland High School this year may not notice anything new right away. The quickest route from one end of the school to the other is still outside. The senior lockers are still taller than everyone else’s. News articles about student achievement will still be posted near the main entrance. But there has been a big change at SPHS, right at the top. His name is James Holland. That’s Principal Holland, to students. Holland was hired by the School Board in early August to replace Jeanne Crocker, who retired after 13 years as principal to take a position with the Maine Principals’ Association. Prior to accepting the position at SPHS, Holland was principal at Liver-
more Falls for a year. Before that, he was assistant principal at Cony High School in Augusta for six years, where in 2009 he was nominated for Assistant Principal of the Year by the MPA. He taught science at Cony for 18 years before going into administration. Now, just four weeks into his new job, Holland is ready for the school year to begin. “The school is ready for kids, so bring ‘em on,” he said Wednesday. Holland hesitated to draw comparisons between himself and Crocker, saying only that he could tell she had left an indelible impression on the school. Instead, he focused on his goal: to make sure every student at SPHS is ready for life after high school. “I don’t think education should be hypothetical,” he said. “We’re moving forward.”
In this case, that involves a lot of professional development, Assistant Principal Laurie Wood said. She said SPHS and the rest of the school district are making a strong push toward “institutional practices for the 21st century.” The district has enlisted the help of an expert, Ray McNulty, president of the International Center for Leadership
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ESL teacher ready to thrive at Scarborough’s Wentworth School By Mario Moretto SCARBOROUGH — It’s been a whirlwind few days for Katherine SchierWebster, full of training, meetings and classroom preparation for the English as Second Language teacher at Wentworth Intermediate School. But her classroom at the end of Wentworth’s west wing is nearly ready for kids. It’s the realization of a years-long dream for Schier-Webster. “This has been my goal ever since I got my master’s degree,” she said during an interview in her classroom Wednesday. Schier-Webster has been an ESL ed tech in Scarborough for three years. The full teaching position became available this year when Sally Boardman resigned. As the intermediate school’s ESL instructor, Schier-Webster will be responsible for the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills of about 40 children who are not native English speakers. Before landing her job in the Scarborough system, she was an ed tech in Lewiston schools, working primarily with Somalian refugees. The things she learned and the experiences she had with those students are an example of why she wanted to study ESL, she said. She wanted to know about other cultures and other people – even if it wasn’t always pretty. “They told me people in their village had been killed by lions ... they told me stories about how friends and family had been shot and killed,” she said. “It was really eye-opening. We expected these kids who had no boundaries ... who could run and
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play and do whatever they want, and then I’m asking them to sit down at a table and listen, learn and function in a classroom when that’s not part of their world at all. They’d be plucked from that village and put in my classroom.” The situation is different in Scarborough, Schier-Webster said. Many of the children are sons or daughters of educated immigrants who came to Scarborough to work in one of the town’s many medical, research or biotech facilities – mostly from Asia. She estimated that more than 20 languages are spoken throughout the school district. About half the ESL students in Scarborough are on “monitor status,” meaning they don’t have to be pulled from the classroom to study with Schier-Webster. The other half will have some time with her, either in her classroom or during their regular classes. Schier-Webster graduated from Cumberland public schools before moving to Atlanta, where she got her first taste of teaching as an after-school instructor at a private school.
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A few years and another teaching gig later, she and her husband, Falmouth Spanish teacher Peter Webster, moved back to New England to get their master’s degrees – her husband’s in Spanish from University of New Hampshire and hers in literacy from University of Southern Maine. That was also when she earned the state endorsement to be an ESL instructor. Schier-Webster said her job will be to focus on the content of the students’ classwork, and on the vocabulary necessary for a new kindergarten through fifth-grade curriculum called “Math in Focus.” It’s the nature of ESL work to be flexible to provide language help that supports the classroom, she said. And while her job is new, Schier-Webster said it wouldn’t be too much of an adjustment. Not only because she’s been in the school district for several years already, but because she’ll have some students in Wentworth this year who she worked with last year, when they were in second grade. It’ll be nice, she said, to have familiar faces around. “I’ve learned so much that it’s all in (my head),” Schier-Webster said. “I just need to start practicing it. I’m very excited.” Mario Moretto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or email@example.com. Follo him on Twitter: @ riocarmine.
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Julie Devine, wearing an orange swim cap, runs out of the ocean after a 500-yard swim off Crescent Beach in the Tri for Preservation on Aug. 21. She reached her goal of finishing the triathlon in under two hours.
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By Amy Anderson CAPE ELIZABETH — As a mother of three boys under 7 years old, Julie Devine knows how important it is to find personal time to recharge, relieve stress and stay healthy. She does it by swimming, running and riding a bike – all in less than two hours. Devine, 42, participated in the Tri for Preservation on Aug. 21, her fifth triathlon in two years. “I never ran a day in my life before 40,” she said. “But as a mom who needed to find her sanity, I used the training as a healthy outlet.” As a part-time recovery room nurse at Maine Medical Center, wife, mother and active community member, Devine has a lot on her plate. After she discovered she had high cholesterol, she decided to combine the need to get healthy with the need to carve out some personal time. She started walking, then running, then decided to “try a tri” in 2009. “I was woefully under-prepared, but wanted to get out there,” Devine said.
After an injury kept her from participating in any triathlons in 2010, she started again in 2011 and completed the Polar Bear Triathlon in May, the Tri for a Cure in June, the TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K on Aug. 6, and the Tri for Preservation last weekend. She trains with two groups, sheJAMs and the Triers. Devine said sheJAMs was founded by three friends who wanted to encourage women to participate in outdoor activities. The Triers is a group of women in Cape Elizabeth who get together to motivate each other and train together. “There is no downside to training,” Devine said. “The groups are filled with wonderful women of all ages and sizes who are non-competitive and nonjudgmental.” The Tri for Preservation is a sprint race with a 500-yard ocean swim along Crescent Beach, a 14-mile bike course and a 3.1-mile run along the shore to Kettle Cove and back along Route 77. Ted Darling, race director and president of the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, said CELT has held a triathlon for seven years, but this was the first one at Crescent Beach.
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Audit finds incapacity, not fraud, at energy alliance By Naomi Schalit AUGUSTA — An audit found that the agency in charge of Maine’s energy programs gave a $3 million grant to a startup nonprofit that was incapable of taking on the responsibility of the contract. And while the audit found no misuse of funds, it concluded that Efficiency Maine Trust should have known that Maine Green Energy Alliance, the nonprofit set up by Gov. John Baldacci’s former counsel, “lacked the capacity to adequately administer federal funds when the grant was received.” The report by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability, or OPEGA, was released Monday to the Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee. “The good news is nobody stole any money,” Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, cochairman of the committee, said. “The bad news is the people’s business is not being conducted in a way we should expect.” Sen. Margaret Craven, D-Lewiston, defended the alliance at the Statehouse hearing: “As far as I can see, there was no criminal activity or wrongdoing once the questions were asked.” The OPEGA report said the grant was given to “an organization that was not yet set up to administer, account for and make decisions about use of those funds in the manner expected of entities that spend public funds.” The report also said there were “no instances of inappropriate uses or missing funds.” Efficiency Maine Trust was established by the Legislature in 2002 to promote energy savings, improve the environment and promote “sustainable economic development.” Its $41 million grant program is funded by fees on consumer electric bills, federal grants and the greenhouse gas program. In May, OPEGA was asked to conduct a review of how the grant funds to the alliance were used and if they were properly accounted for. That request came from the Legislature’s Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology after media reports that the alliance had failed to fulfill its grant requirements. Under a federal stimulus grant, the alliance was to have signed up 1,000 households for energy retrofits. Six months into the grant, they had signed up only 50 and the program was terminated by the trust. During the six months of the grant, state investigators found, the alliance had poor financial controls, didn’t follow federal requirements for hiring or procurement, failed to maintain important expense records, allowed the executive director to approve his own expense records, and engaged in apparent conflicts of interest when it paid a board member for his services. Those failures have led a federal auditor to question $272,000 of the alliance’s expenses. Efficiency Maine Trust should have recognized the alliance’s shortcomings before awarding it the grant, according to OPEGA’s investigators. They said it was “questionable” whether the award should have been given to the alliance in the first place. The staff at Efficiency Maine Trust, they concluded, “was not sufficiently diligent in assuring MGEA had the capacity, controls and structure in place to properly administer and account for grant funds before the initial grant disbursement. Extra efforts to mitigate the financial and compliance risks associated with MGEA would have been prudent ... .”
The reported added that “the questionable decisions and actions resulted from MGEA pursuing its performance goals before having its administrative house in order, rather than from any unethical or illegal intentions.” News reports earlier this year also questioned the ties between alliance founder Tom Federle and Baldacci, a Democrat. Federle had worked as counsel to Baldacci before starting a lobbying firm in Hallowell and then founding the alliance, which was awarded the grant by Efficiency Maine at the urging of a Baldacci staffer. The reports documented the large number of Democratic legislators hired by the alliance, as well as those seeking Democratic office in the 2010 election. OPEGA wrote that “the public questions raised about the motivations and performance of individuals involved with MGEA are reasonable given the facts associated with this organization and the sequence, timing and nature of certain activities and decisions.”
While OPEGA determined MGEA staff did not engage in inappropriate partisan activities while on the job, the report said, “in the early months of this project both (Efficiency Maine Trust) and MGEA failed to recognize, or sufficiently address, the financial, compliance and public perception risks associated with MGEA.” And, the probe said, taxpayers’ money was wasted: “Grant funds were used to cover start-up
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and certain administrative costs that would not have been necessary if (the trust) had contracted for this work with an already established entity. We also identified several instances of expenses incurred that might have been avoided with better planning, and some goods and services that may have been more economically purchased if more continued page 31
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Bowling for health care Back in 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed Newton N. Minnow, a respected Chicago attorney, to serve as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Shortly after his appointment, Minnow addressed the annual convention of the National Association of Broadcasters and challenged attendees to spend a day – without distraction or interruption – simply watching commercial television. “You will see a procession Global of game shows,” Minnow said. “Formula comedies about totally unbelievable families, blood and thunder, mayhem, violence, sadism, murder, western bad men, western good men, private eyes, gangsters, more violence, and cartoons. And endlessly commercials – many screaming, cajoling, and offending. And most of all, boredom. True, you’ll see a few things you will enjoy. But they will be very, Perry B. Newman very few.” Minnow famously concluded that commercial television was a “vast wasteland,” and one can certainly argue that little has changed in the intervening half-century. True, these days one can tune in a classic drama, watch specialty channels focusing on nature, even scrutinize the workings of Congress at any time of the day or night. The proliferation of broadcast channels, available by cable or satellite and increasingly over the Internet, ensures that there is something to watch somewhere for everyone of
every taste. But more is not necessarily better. Much of what is broadcast today, 50 years later, remains just as Minnow described it. In particular, one genre of television programming that has flourished is the game show, a kind of contest where ordinary people, just like those in the viewing audience, compete for prizes. In the early days of television, the prizes were modest amounts of cash or material goods considered luxuries that would be nice to have. Thus, contestants answered trivia questions or engaged in amusing takes on familiar parlor games in order to win a washer and dryer, or even a new car. These days, the prize money is gaudy and the games bizarre, but people still love to compete and many more love to watch. An especially popular feature of modern television is a twist on the traditional game show that has come to be called the “reality show.” Reality shows involve real people in real-life situations, or quasi real-life situations, captured in unscripted and unrehearsed action by the camera as they compete for prizes ranging from a job to a vacation to a husband. It does not make for inspiring viewing. Yet of all the depressing oddities on television, perhaps none is more pathetic than “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” This show features families who are facing financial or personal crises and are just barely getting by, living in homes that are falling apart, unhealthy, or even dangerous. These families are often remarkable for their spirit, for their commitment to community, for the love they share with each other and with those still less fortunate. They spend what little they have on others, and they often have
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nothing left to spend on themselves. They don’t deserve what has befallen them. Then, happily, in response to a neighbor’s intervention, or at the request of the family itself, in swoops the team from “Extreme Makeover,” and the entire community works together to build the family a new and healthy home. A tearfully happy ending ensues. Don’t get me wrong: the show is quite moving, and the families featured are often extraordinary, as is the generosity of the community that donates time and materials to build the home that will literally change the family’s life. Recently, however, the prizes awarded to families have been going beyond home and hearth, beyond appliances and additions. In several episodes, families have actually been awarded checks from drugstore chains with which to purchase needed medication. In other words, we have now come to the point where Americans compete on national television not only to win creature comforts, or even cash, but somehow to secure prescription drugs not covered by their insurance. There is something grotesque about families – and they are inevitably hardworking, decent people – living in the richest society in the world, sending in audition tapes and hoping to be chosen by the producers of a television show that will give them not only a new home but, if they are really fortunate, life-saving medication. Back in Minnow’s day, a popular game show featured ordinary people “Bowling for Dollars,” hoping to win cash at their local bowling alley. Today, the zeitgeist has produced what might be called, “Extreme Makeover: Health-Care Edition.” Whatever we call these shows, Minnow’s characterization of commercial television remains accurate, but in ways he could not have foreseen. Today, much of commercial television remains not only vapid, but has become tragic beyond words. And that is a sad reality indeed. Perry B. Newman is a South Portland resident and president of Atlantica Group, an international business consulting firm based in Portland, with clients in North America, Israel and Europe. He is also chairman of the Maine District Export Council. Comment on this story at: http://www.theforecaster.net/weblink/98138
‘Yeah, well, when I have kids …’ We moved east largely to be near our son Bobby when we finally, begrudgingly admitted boarding school was the best thing for him. I was determined to be a positive, supportive presence for him in ways I hadn’t experienced as a child. I was what my parents The View called “too sensitive.” One disapproving, i.e., “not adoring” look made me feel like a failure for weeks. Since adoration was dished out sparingly in my house, this was clearly all my parents’ fault. I spent a lot of time moping in my room, saying, “Yeah, well, when I have kids, I’m gonna tell them they’re great.” And I did. FYI, don’t let your children tear your heart out – I Mike Langworthy mean go to boarding school – unless you’re willing to let them make their own decisions, even wrong ones, like I did. I was a scholarship boy myself years ago. I routinely broke curfew, drank, and smoked to be accepted by the rich kids who really belonged there. I even stole to finance a visit to the rich girlfriend who was only dating me to hurt her parents. Bobby’s mistakes seemed quaint by comparison: he lived on pizza and coffee, slept through classes because he stayed up all night with his friends, and skipped athletics because exercise was for the weak. But by the end of his junior year he was a strong candidate for some great schools. We visited some on a whirlwind college tour last summer. He was animated and engaged, poised and well spoken, seemingly on track for a seamless transition to the
next level. I was feeling pretty good, parenting wise, until he lapsed into a sullen silence in the car on the way home. Quick tip: when your teenage son lapses into a sullen silence, let him. I learned this the hard way. “You’re pretty quiet. What do you need from me right now?” “How should I know? I’m just a kid. I have no idea what I need. You’re the parent. Why don’t you, you know – parent.” I know. I get a little misty myself just remembering it. He watched upstate New York go by. I shut up. Half a county later, he said, “I was thinking about how one of your shortcomings as parents ...” “One of” our shortcomings? There was a list? “... Is you never gave me any kind of work ethic. You never made me stick to anything.” Really? Because I remembered the childhood where if I got back the time we spent fighting about homework, I could live another couple of years. But this was about his perception, not mine. “So now I’m in this place where I can’t just coast, and all these other kids are doing way better than me because their parents taught them how to work. I spend most of my time feeling like a failure. I think of all the stuff I could have done by now and it’s like – I haven’t done any of it. And what sucks the most is, if I ever am going to do anything, I have to overcome an entire lifetime of conditioning.” I made a joke to defuse the tension. Mine. “On the up side,” I said, “it’s only been a short life.” He looked like he might actually punch me. When he finally spoke, he had to stop every couple of words. “Dad. So. Not helpful. So not the thing to say right now. You. Not what I need to hear.” “But it’s crazy. You’ve done lots of stuff. What about the two math classes you taught yourself last summer so
you could take AP calculus?” He rolled his eyes. “Dad, math is easy.” For him, maybe. Monkeys with typewriters would finish “Hamlet” before I could do it. “OK. How about that summer school teacher? Remember? He offered to write a college recommendation after he read your political science paper?” “Yeah, but that was fun.” “So basically, no matter what anybody else thinks, nothing you do is any good just because you did it. What can I even say to that? It’s not accurate, and it’s not healthy. It’s like, crazy?” He looked at me like he was trying to decide if I was playing with his head. “Dad. It’s all you ever do.” So after years of doing the opposite of what was done to me, I reproduced myself anyway. I could just see him moping in his room: “Yeah, well, when I have kids, they’re not getting any praise out of me unless they do something great.” That was then. A year later, the sullen boy who thought he was a failure is headed for the University of Chicago. He’s grateful for his sweaty summer job. He also works out, plays ultimate Frisbee and occasionally refers to himself as “a giant slice of awesome” – with irony. I guess I didn’t do too much permanent damage.
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It takes stupid to know stupid In support of his proposition that “American politicians are too stupid to govern,” Edgar Allen Beem cites Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., whom he describes as a “right-wing idealogue.” Presumably, Mr. Beem reached this conclusion because Ryan had the temerity to propose a plan which would reduce government spending and reform our entitlement programs so that they might be available for future generations. With this kind of thinking, it appears that some columnists are too stupid to be provided a public platform. Dana A. Cleaves Portland
Couldn’t agree more with Beem I just picked up The Forecaster in order to read Edgar Allen Beem’s opinion column, as I always do prior to getting on the ferry to Diamond Cove. I read “Blame it on the poor, Standard & Poor’s, that is.” I have to say that I couldn’t agree more and further have to add that I continually have to thank the gods in the heavens above that there are still those individuals out there that have a public forum and are willing to say the things that need to be said, despite the fact that they may not necessarily win a popularity poll. I often feel (and I hope many of you do, too) that I am outnumbered by those who do not share both my social and political views; especially since the election of our esteemed governor. So it is indeed comforting to read a voice that every now and again gives credence to your own and let’s you know you are not alone. Thank you, Edgar. Keep on truckin’. Donna Schwartz Portland
Beem provides enlightenment The Aug. 17 edition of The Forecaster had four letters to the editor, three being anti-Edgar Allen Beem. Most letters about him disagree with him, some vehemently; the more conservative the writers the more vehement they are. I assume liberal readers probably agree with most of what he writes, but they seem to rarely write to say so. His column, “Blame it on the poor, Standard & Poor’s that is,” is the very first one I’ve read that recalled that S&P, which recently downgraded the U.S. credit rating, apparently a first-ever event, was the same S&P that gave all those fatal mortgage-based investments its highest AAA rating – investments that soon blew up and caused the banks to have to beg the government to bail them out. Neither The New York Times nor the Washington Post’s reports on S&P’s downgrading mentioned that fact, which amazed me. So where do I read that truth? In a column by a curmudgeonly guy named Beem in the weekly Forecaster from the little town of Falmouth, Maine. Pretty amazing. J.D. Cowie Portland
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Education for suckers Right after the paddy wagons finish hauling away the duplicitous malefactors at Standard & Poor’s (see last week’s column), they might want to begin rounding up the con artists who run the University of Phoenix, Kaplan University, and Education Management Corp. The Universal If former Gov. John McKernan gets swept up in the raid it will be because, as chairman of the board of EDMC, he’s been selling sketchy educations to suckers and saddling them with loans they can’t afford. Education is not a business and should not be run as a business. Any time you see the words “for-profit institution of higher Edgar Allen Beem education” you should beware. Personally, I’m offended that Kaplan University has a sign on the Maine Turnpike as though it were a real university that someone might actually be trying to find. But then the Maine Turnpike Authority is a pretty shifty outfit itself. EDMC is in the news these days because the U.S. Department of Justice is suing it for fraud, alleging that its “colleges” – Art Institute, Argosy University, Brown Mackie College and South University – illegally paid recruiters to sign up students for $11 billion in loans between 2003 and 2011. The University of Phoenix paid a $78 million fine for similar practices. The former CEO of University of Phoenix is now the CEO of EDMC. For-profit colleges essentially exist to attract state and federal student financial aid monies. If someone gets an education in the process, all to the good, but that’s a byproduct of the education loan scheme. So what’s wrong with paying recruiters to sign students up for loans? Well, the bright boys at University
Beem deserves a Pulitzer If there is a weekly newspaper category for Pulitzer Prize opinion writing, please submit Edgar Allen Beem’s column, “Smarten Up, America.” Beem should not despair. Hopefully, our education system will ultimately teach Americans – liberals, conservatives, et. al. – the basics of Western culture, covering
of Phoenix actually went recruiting at homeless shelters. Want to turn your life around? Get an education. Can’t afford $10,000 to $20,000 a year? No problem, buckaroo, we’ve got a federal loan just for you. The “colleges” get the loan money, the students get the debt. No wonder Goldman Sachs owns 41 percent of EDMC. It’s a money machine designed to quickly transfer taxpayer dollars to private pockets. Questionable correspondence schools have been around for years. Draw the pirate. You can become an artist. EDMC actually started as an art correspondence school, but like for-profit education in general, it has now become a big business. But a degree from one of these online universities is about as valuable as ordination papers from the Church of Universal Life. “Oh, Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, I see you both got your degrees from Argosy University.” It’s easy to see in retrospect how Jock McKernan might have found himself on the slippery slope to online education. He started out as governor with a legitimate interest in raising the educational aspirations of Maine students. In order to make higher education attainable, you have to make it accessible. Inclusiveness replaces selectivity as the primary value. It’s just a hop, slip and a jump from there to providing loans to hundreds of thousands of unqualified students who may or may not be able to pay them back. McKernan will no doubt survive the federal fraud charges. EDMC will simply pay a big fine to make them go away. With the mad hatters of the tea party already snapping at her high heels, however, you have to wonder whether the ever-popular Sen. Olympia Snowe will survive the revelation that she and her husband have become millionaires by virtue of tax dollars flowing their way. Freelance journalist Edgar Allen Beem lives in Yarmouth. The Universal Notebook is his personal, weekly look at the world around him. Comment on this story at: http://www.theforecaster.net/weblink/98176
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8/13 at 1:01 a.m. Hector Pablo Gonzales, 55, of South Portland, was arrested on Ocean Street by Officer Chris Schofield on a charge of operating under the influence. 8/13 at 1:31 a.m. Darolyn Feeney, 28, of South Portland, was arrested on Granby Road by Officer Kevin Theriault on a charge of domestic-violence assault. 8/13 at 2:45 a.m. Casey R. O'Donovan, 18, of Cape Elizabeth, was arrested on High Street by Officer Chris Schofield on a charge of operating under the influence. 8/13 at 8:23 p.m. Alexander Munson, 19, of Scarborough, was arrested on McKinley Street by Officer Peter Corbett on charges of disorderly conduct, violating conditions of release and on a warrant. 8/15 at 1:06 a.m. Angel Hamilton, 37, no hometown given, was arrested on Elm Street by Officer Scott Corbett on charges of criminal mischief, criminal trespass and burglary. 8/16 at 7 a.m. Tracy Harland, 56, of South Portland, was arrested on Westbrook Street by Officer Steven Connors on a charge of aggravated criminal mischief. 8/17 at 8:56 p.m. Two 17-year-old girls from South Portland were arrested on Dawson Street by Officer Jeffrey Pooler on charges of domestic-violence assault and disorderly conduct. 8/17 at 9:21 p.m. Paulette M. Brannon, 56, of Portland, was arrested on Main Street by Officer Erin Curry on charges of operating under the influence and operating after suspension. 8/18 t 5:05 p.m. Adam Callen, 25, of South Portland, was arrested on Westbrook Street by Officer Jake Hall on a charge of operating after suspension. 8/18 at 9:52 p.m. Blaine Allen Sawyer, 22, of Portland, was arrested on Broadway by Officer David Stailing on a charge of operating after suspension. 8/19 at 10:49 a.m. Tina M. Hershberger, 43, of Scarborough, was arrested on Maine Mall Road by Officer Steven Connors on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.
8/15 at 7:30 p.m. Officer responded to Albany Street on a report of a youth wearing a purple shirt entering and removing something from a vehicle. The officer located the boy on nearby Pine Haven Terrace. The 14-year-old boy was found in possession of an iPod allegedly taken from the Albany Street vehicle, as well as the sleeping bag and toys reported stolen two days earlier from a Massachusetts Avenue vehicle. He was summonsed on charges of burglary and theft from a motor vehicle and released to his mother.
Fire calls 8/16 at 2:10 p.m. Detector activation, no fire, on Waterman Drive. 8/16 at 3:27 p.m. Power line down on E Street. 8/17 at 4:49 a.m. Smoke alarm due to malfunction on Margaret Street. 8/17 at 5:52 p.m. Vehicle accident with injuries on Minott Street. 8/17 at 9:32 p.m. Vehicle accident with injuries on Main Street. 8/18 at 10:50 a.m. Unintentional alarm on Mechanic Street. 8/18 at 11:55 a.m. Arcing, shorted electrical equipment on Foden Road. 8/18 at 8:48 p.m. Smoke or odor removal on Cooper Street. 8/19 at 1:55 p.m. Vehicle accident with injuries on Congress Street. 8/19 at 3:44 p.m. Vehicle fire on Front Street. 8/20 at 9:58 a.m. Hazardous conditions on Cottage Street. 8/20 at 2:24 p.m. False alarm on Preble Street. 8/21 at 9:32 a.m. Breakdown of light ballast on Southborough Drive. 8/21 at 10:04 a.m. Vehicle accident with injuries on Cottage Road. 8/21 at 11:36 p.m. Vehicle accident with no injuries on Highland Avenue. 8/22 at 1:38 a.m. Sprinkler activation due to malfunction on Main Street. 8/22 at 6:29 a.m. Power line down on Preble Street. 8/22 at 10:03 a.m. Water or steam leak on Berwick Street. 8/22 at 3:55 p.m. Alarm due to malfunction on Westbrook Street. 8/22 at 10:42 p.m. Gas or other flammable liquid spill on Broadway. 8/23 at 5:09 a.m. Smoke alarm, no fire, on Chambers Street.
8/15 at 7:30 p.m. A 14-year-old South Portland boy was issued summonses on Pine Haven Terrace by Officer Jeffrey Pooler on charges of burglary of a motor vehicle and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 8/16 at 1:12 p.m. A 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy from South Portland were issued summonses on Sawyer Street by Officer Theodore Sargent on charges of possession of marijuana. 8/17 at 12:40 p.m. A 17-year-old girl from Tampa, Fla., was issued a summons on Maine Mall Road by Officer Steven Connors on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 8/17 at 3:26 p.m. A 16-year-old girl from South Portland was issued a summons on Haskell Street by Officer Jeffrey Pooler on a charge of domestic-violence assault.
South Portland emergency medical services responded to 63 calls from Aug. 16 - 23.
Halfway there 8/15 at 1:06 a.m. Officers responded to an Elm Street residence on a report of a woman trying to break into the home. Arriving officers allegedly found the woman partially inside the house, entering through a broken cellar window. The woman was identified as Angel Hamilton,
Scarborough Arrests 8/15 at 11:10 a.m. Kenneth L. Jones, 48, of Saco Avenue, Old Orchard Beach, was arrested on Route 1 by Officer Garrett Strout on a warrant. 8/16 at 6:38 a.m. Kirsten L. Morton, 36, of Waterboro Road, Hollis, was arrested on Scarborough Downs Road by Officer Michael Beeler on charges of operating while a license was suspended or revoked for OUI and violating bail conditions of release. 8/17 at 6:06 p.m. Brandon Duane Huff, 32, of Gorham Road, was arrested on Beech Ridge Road by Officer Garrett Strout on a charge of domestic-violence assault 8/21 at 1:22 a.m. Michelle Iler, 29, of Broadturn Road, was arrested on Broadturn Road by Officer Scott Vaughan on two warrants. 8/21 at 3:18 a.m. Steven Caiazo, 23, of Mosier
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Summonses 8/17 at 9:21 p.m. Dane A. Tupper, 20, of Webster Street, Westbrook, and Bradley Joseph Stiles, 19, of West Pleasant Street, Westbrook, were issued summonses on Gallery Boulevard by Officer Garrett Strout on charges of impersonating a public servant. 8/18 at 8:09 p.m. Joseph P. Carpine, 43, of Sand Beach Road, Standish, was issued a summons on Black Point Road by Reserve Officer Derek Laflin on a charge of failure to register a motor vehicle. 8/19 at 4:36 p.m. Debbie B. Ward, 48, of Brackett Street, Portland, was issued a summons on Gallery Boulevard by Officer Garrett Strout on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 8/20 at 1:35 p.m. Kathleen A. Roukey, 43, of Beech Ridge Road, was issued a summons on Spring Street by Officer Timothy Dalton on a charge of assault. 8/20 at 2 p.m. Duyen T. Nguyen, 44, of Sawyer Road, was issued a summons on Payne Road by Officer Timothy Dalton on a charge of theft by deception. 8/21 at 2:48 a.m. Louis Perrotta, 18, of Granby Road, South Portland, was issued a summons on Broadturn Road by Officer Scott Vaughan on a charge of possession of liquor by a minor.
There's an app for that 8/17 at 9:21 p.m. According to police, two young men pranked an unsuspecting driver by impersonating police officers. The two men allegedly pulled over a vehicle on Route 114 by flashing blue and red lights out their front windshield. When the victim of the prank pulled over, the men pulled in behind her, then quickly drove off. The woman noted the license plate and called the police. Officers located the 2004 Dodge Stratus on Gallery Boulevard. According to police, the two men — Dane A. Tupper, 20, of Webster Street, Westbrook, and Bradley Joseph Stiles, 19, of West Pleasant Street, Westbrook — admitted to using a cell phone app to simulate police lights. They were both charged with impersonating a public servant.
Woman charged for more than sale price 8/20 at 2 p.m. A loss prevention officer at Marden's reportedly saw a woman removing sale stickers from different articles of clothing and replacing them with stickers for even lower prices. When the woman tried to check out, the officer detained her and called in the Scarborough police. When an officer arrived, the woman was identified as Duyen T. Nguyen, 44, of Sawyer Road, and was issued a summons on a charge of theft by deception.
Fire calls 8/15 at 11:35 a.m. Masterbox alarm at Maine Veterans Home on Route 1. 8/15 at 2:55 p.m. Masterbox alarm at Maine Veterans Home on Route 1. 8/15 at 4:31 p.m. Carbon monoxide alarm on East Grand Avenue. 8/15 at 5:09 p.m. Carbon monoxide alarm on Payne Road. 8/16 at 3:54 a.m. Carbon monoxide alarm at Maine Health Professional Park on Route 1. 8/17 at 10:10 a.m. Elevator check at Piper Shores on Piper Road.
8/18 at 5:10 a.m. Carbon monoxide alarm on Asselyn Drive. 8/18 at 4:34 p.m. Wires, mulch, burn, smell on Houghton Street. 8/20 at 10:29 a.m. Wires, mulch, burn, smell on Waters Edge Terrace. 8/20 at 10:55 p.m. Wires, mulch, burn, smell on Running Hill Road. 8/21 at 12:21 p.m. Marine rescue near Pillsbury Drive. 8/21 at 12:29 p.m. Marine rescue near Cleaves Street. 8/21 at 12:38 p.m. Vehicle fire on Maine Turnpike southbound. 8/21 at 4:56 p.m. Burn permit complaint on Spurwink Road. 8/21 at 6:06 p.m. Carbon monoxide alarm at Higgins Beach Inn on Ocean Avenue. 8/21 at 8 p.m. Carbon monoxide alarm on Southborough Drive.
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Cape Elizabeth Arrests There were no arrests or summonses reported from Aug. 16-23.
Thou shalt not steal 8/15 Police were notified of a missing lawn statue, allegedly stolen from the Ocean House Road area. Police report the 24-inch Virgin Mary statue is valued at about $100.
Sunday morning target practice 8/22 Police met with a resident of the Wells Road area who reported someone shooting at the Rod and Gun Club before the club was open. After notifying the club president of the incident, police discovered the person shooting was not a club member and was trespassing on the property.
Fire calls 8/16 at 5:05 p.m. Fire investigation on Ocean House Road. 8/17 at 2:49 a.m. Fire alarm on Pheasant Hill Road. 8/17 at 7:15 a.m. Fire alarm on Zeb's Cove Road. 8/17 at 10:55 a.m. Fuel leak on Trundy Road. 8/18 at 12:33 a.m. Fire alarm on Woodland Road. 8/20 at 11:44 a.m. Vehicle accident on Bowery Beach Road. 8/20 at 3:29 p.m. Vehicle accident on Ocean House Road. 8/21 at 9:58 a.m. Mutual aid to South Portland. 8/21 at 6:01 p.m. House struck by lightning on Fowler Road. 8/23 at 7:21 a.m. Fire alarm on Scott Dyer Road.
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Gabriel of Cape Elizabeth, Robert Eberhard, II, and his wife Fotini of Bath, and a brother, Norman Mackinnon of Sault Ste. Marie, Canada; her grandchildren Jocelyn Gabriel, Lauren Gabriel, and Liza Gabriel Ross and her husband Scott, and Robert Eberhard, III; and step grandchildren, Joshua and Elia Nichols. A memorial service was held Aug. 24 at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland.
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The Dermatology office of Dr. Joel Sabean in South Portland has just introduced a non-surgical ultrasound therapy for counteracting the effects of time and gravity on your skin. This procedure, called Ultherapy uses the body’s own regenerative response to gradually restore memory to the skin and underlying tissue. According to Dr. Sabean “Baby boomers are unique in they are the first generation that wants to look like they feel, and don’t want to feel like they look.” And that’s what this new treatment offers, the possibility of a freshened and younger look. But while surgery has always been an option, this ultrasound therapy can provide many of the same results, but is completely noninvasive. This treatment uses ultrasound
which has been in use for over 50 years in medical procedures. It works by applying low levels of heat to just the right depth beneath Dr. Sabean the surface of the skin. The natural response of the skin to this energy is to stimulate the growth of collagen. A gradual tightening and firming occurs, which results in a natural lift of the skin over time. “There’s two components, there’s an immediate lift for most people and then there’s a late lift that works in ninety five plus percent.” says Sabean. Because this treatment utilizes ultrasound, it is the only procedure that allows the practitioner to see
below the surface of the skin, thereby allowing them to specifically target the area to be treated. As with surgery, the deep foundational layers of the skin are treated. Because the skin is treated so precisely, from the inside out, the procedure is both safe and effective, with no down time. Dr. Sabean comments “with this procedure people can literally walk out and then go to the gym.” There is slight discomfort while the treatment is being performed, but it is quite low and dissipates quickly. This is an indication that the collagen-building process has been initiated. This is in fact one of the key benefits of this procedure. Esthetician Michelle Correia says of her patients, “They’re very excited for something that they can do within the hour, and then it will be
their own body naturally repairing itself.” Those who are good candidates for this procedure include people whose skin has relaxed to the point of looking and feeling less firm. A lowered brow line, sagging skin on the eyelids, loose neck skin or the appearance of jowls are often the first signs of maturing skin. Ultherapy has been available in Europe for over 4 years, and has proven to be an inviting alternative to surgery. It has been in the U.S. for just over a year. For More information about Ultherapy, contact the office of Dr. Joel Sabean: 350 Cottage Road, S. Portland
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will operate out of a temporary location at 316 Bath Road in Brunswick. In 2012 it will move to Main Street in To p s h a m a c r o s s the street from the Lemieux soon-to-be-built Lee Toyota. Lee Nissan of Brunswick offers new Nissan Cars, Trucks, SUVs and Vans, specializing in hybrids and electric cars. In addition, Lee Nissan of Brunswick has access to over 600 used and factory certified vehicles, as well as parts, service, and car rentals. Lee Nissan will also host Lee Credit Express, specializing in helping people facing challenges with their credit.
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New Ventures John Lemieux recently opened a general law practice in Portland at 12 Revere St., where he will focus on family law, probate law, property and business disputes, guardian and mediation services. Lemieux previously practiced at Desmond Rand in Westbrook. His new office phone number is 347-3198. The Bank of Maine recently celebrated the grand opening of its Portland branch and headquarters at 2 Canal Plaza with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and performances by local dancers and musicians. With the Portland opening, The Bank of Maine now has 33 branches statewide and more than $830 million in assets and $124 million in capital. Alison van Zandbergen of Falmouth, RN, BSN, and certified BodyTalk practitioner, has recently opened her practice, BodyTalk Healthcare LLC, at 202 U.S. Route 1, Foreside Place, Falmouth. BodyTalk is a non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical healthcare system that incorporates western medical knowledge, energy dynamics of acupuncture, osteopathic and chiropractic philosophy, applied kinesiology, modern physics and mathematics. For more information, please visit bodytalkhealthcare.com. Tire Warehouse has opened its newest location at 731 U.S. Route 1 in Yarmouth. The discount tire chain now operates 13 stores in Maine, and 46 throughout New England. Tire Warehouse specializes in discount sales and express installation of major brand tires. The Yarmouth location carries passenger, light truck, and performance tires and offers tire mounting and balancing, auto alignment, tire pressure monitoring system maintenance, flat repairs and nitrogen fills. Mike Morey,
Kim Garrett, owner of Dunkin’ Donuts on Main Street in Yarmouth, recently donated $2,500 in support of the Yarmouth Clam Festival. Pictured here from left, are “Steamer,” Terry Seavey, Carolyn Schuster, Ray Fernald, Kim Garrett and “Cuppy.” Garrett and her father, Ed Wolak, who is also a local Dunkin’ Donuts business owner, have supported the festival for the past five years.
a five-year Tire Warehouse employee, will serve as store manager with Ethan Dumont as his assistant. Catholic Charities Maine recently celebrated the grand opening of the Catholic Charities Thrift Store with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the store located at 244 Saint John St., Union Station Plaza, Portland. The 10,000 square foot store is stocked with donated clothes, furniture, toys, books, movies, music, and more. CCM established the store as a way to raise funds for emergency needs that arise in the community. The Market Basket of Rockport has re-opened its Brunswick location in a historic 1828 Victorian home on The Mall at 157 Park Row. Also new to the Market Basket is chef Esau Crosby II, formerly with Bath’s Solo Bistro and Portland’s Fore Street and Street and Company. The Market Basket is an upscale specialty market offering an array of food products ranging from Maine-
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made meads to international truffle oils. Seating has been expanded to an upstairs room for small private parties. Hours are Monday through Friday 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. A group of professional landscapers in Maine have recently established a new organization, Maine Landscape Professionals, MeLP. The organization’s mission is to promote professional landscaping and educate the public about the value of a engaging a professional landscaper. Local landscapers to join MeLP are Rick Campbell of Gnome Landscape and Design in Falmouth, Jonathan Snell of Jaiden Landscaping in Durham, and Shai Levite and Kelly Connors of Sabra Property Care in Cumberland. Lee Auto Malls recently celebrated the grand opening of Lee Nissan in Brunswick, making it Lee’s second Nissan dealership. The dealership
The Portland Quartet is a new local jazz group whose members include Mark Tipton on trumpet and vocals, Jesse Feinburg on piano, Peter Eberhardt on acoustic bass, and Rob Schreiber on traps. The Portland Quartet uses The Great American Songbook as their primary repertoire source. All four members of the quartet are trained in the American jazz tradition and perform world, classical, blues, soul, folk, rock and pop genres.
Bright Matter Marketing and Public Relations of Custom House Street in Portland has merged with Fuseideas, a national marketing and interactive agency based in the Boston area. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fuseideas, the company will now do business as Fuseideas-Maine, announced Steve Mason of Bright Matter.
Molnlycke Health Care recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for construction of a 79,000 square foot state-of-theart manufacturing facility at Brunswick Landing, formerly the Brunswick Naval Air Station. This new facility will use medical foam produced at Rynel in Wiscasset and add other materials for its product line of advanced wound care dressings. Molnlycke plans on hiring up to 100 new employees.
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Award at Saint Joseph’s College for compassion, excellence and leadership, and the Sister Consuela White Award for excellence in scholarly achievement for highest grade point average among senior nursing majors. Schwarz was also inducted to the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing at Saint Joseph’s College.
Awards, Recognitions Justin Gorham of South Portland earned the Senior Greek Award at Saint Joseph’s College for excellence in the study of Greek. Gorham was also selected to win a national prize from Pearson higher education publishers for his essay that answered the question, “Why study history?” Emily Schwarz of Cape Elizabeth received the Department of Nursing
Sean Meagher of Cape Elizabeth, received the 2011 Britton C. McCabe Award for outstanding academic achievement at Springfield College. Angela Giordano of South Portland, a senior at Connecticut College, was awarded the Susan J. Rose ‘62 Prize, given for work with the THINK S.A.F.E. Project implementing new policies on sexual assault and for an excellent academic record with gender and women’s studies. Giordano was
also awarded the Gender and Women’s Studies Award for Feminist Collective Action for her work with the THINK S.A.F.E. Project. Scarborough resident Emma Judkins received two outstanding student achievement awards at Connecticut College. She was presented with the Esther C. Cary Prize, awarded to exceptionally gifted students of French, and the Jose Limon Award for outstanding accomplishments and dedication to the field of dance. Tricia Thibodeau of Cape Elizabeth, an earth and oceanographic science major at Bowdoin College, earned a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship in a national competition. The Rotary Club of Scarborough awarded four $1,000 scholarships to
Fraudster Bilked Investors for Millions—Learn to Protect Yourself By Gerri Walsh, FINRA Investor Education Foundation Between January 2005 and November 2009, Florida businessman Nevin Shapiro defrauded dozens of victims in a multimillion dollar Ponzi scheme—a fraud in which he used new investors’ money to fund payments to existing investors. His victims thought they were investing in a wholesale grocery distribution business. Shapiro promised his investors returns of up to 26 percent—far higher than the returns investors would expect to earn in the stock market. In reality, there was no grocery distribution business. Instead, investors were funding Shapiro’s extravagant lifestyle—a mansion in Miami Beach, a yacht and luxury car, attendance at highprofile sporting events and payment for gambling debts. He collected more than $930 million before the scheme eventually collapsed. In June 2011, Shapiro was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. How did Shapiro con these investors? He used a persuasion tactic known as “phantom riches”— playingoffinvestors’desirestomake money fast and guaranteeing the prospect of wealth. He promised investors risk-free securities. He showed investors fake documents that highlighted the company’s
exaggerated profitability and projected growth. Shapiro also reassured investors by boasting of his own wealth and showing off his extravagant lifestyle. Shapiro is just one of many recent examples of fraudsters who have taken billions of dollars from Florida investors. The good news is there are simple steps investors can take to protect themselves from investment fraud. (See sidebar for details.) You can become a smarter investor by ordering a free copy of Trick$ of the Trade: Outsmarting Investment Fraud, a 60-minute documentary produced by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation that reveals unexpected details about the profile of a fraud victim, uncovers the persuasion tactics used by fraudsters and highlights tips and tools investors can use to defend against fraud. Order your free copy today at SaveAndInvest.org/ TricksOfTheTrade or by calling (866) 973-4672. SaveAndInvest.org is a project of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation in collaboration with the Maine Department of Professional and Financal Regulation Office of Securities, AARP Maine and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
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How to Avoid the Promise of “Phantom Riches” “Phantom riches” is a tactic used by fraudsters to con you with the prospect of future wealth. Protect yourself: 1. Learn to recognize the red flags. Beware of any seller who guarantees returns, promises high returns or offers a risk-free investment. 2. Take time to think through the pitch. What is the salesperson really saying? Is he dangling incredible returns? Guarantees? Is he saying that the investment itself will lead to a different—and much better—lifestyle? 3. Ask questions. Ask the seller if the investment is registered with the SEC or the Florida Office of Financial Regulation. 4. Check the answers before investing. Don’t just take the seller’s word for it. Check the information you receive with the proper authorities. More information is available at SaveAndInvest.org/Maine.
graduating seniors from Scarborough High School. This year’s recipients of the Rotary Youth Scholarship Award are Alison Reynolds, who will be attending Haverford College; Jenna Lin Posey, who will be attending Saint Joseph’s College of Maine; Megan Giles, who will be attending Bryant University; and Abigail L. Chick, who will be attending Middlebury College.
Dr. Sarah E. Buckingham, formerly of Scarborough and a recent graduate of Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, received recognition for her excellence in neurology and was awarded the Arthur Krieger Memorial Prize in neurology. Buckingham was selected for Yale School of Medicine’s four-year Neurology Residency Program.
Ben Stanley of Cape Elizabeth Middle School was recently awarded first place in the 2011 Native American Essay Contest. Lily Turner of Cape Elizabeth Middle School was awarded second place. The statewide essay contest is sponsored by the Secretary of State and is open to students in middle and high schools.
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A Mainer’s baseball pilgrimage to NYC
By Ken Levinsky I visited three special, but very different major league ballparks this summer: Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium and Citi Field (home of the New York Mets). Whereas Fenway will be marking its 100th anniversary next season, the two New York ballparks both opened in 2009. Still, there is a lot new about Fenway Park and a lot old about Yankee Stadium and Citi Field. There have been many improvements at Fenway over the past few years including spectacular new seating areas and enlarged concourses. The new Yankee Stadium is a modern replica of the original 1923 “House That Ruth Built,” while Citi Field evokes memories of Ebbets Field, abandoned after the 1957 season, when the Brooklyn Dodgers moved to Los Angeles. The pre- and post-game festivities in the lively Kenmore Square/Fenway Park area offer much more than what is found around either of the New York stadiums. Yankee Stadium does have a convenient new train station, but one must cross a very loud and busy street to reach the entry gates. Citi Field has the most comfortable immediate surroundings of the three stadiums, featuring a wide plaza and an excellent exterior sound system. I attended Maine Day at Fenway Park on July 24. The Red Sox played Seattle that day and I was permitted on the field before the game. I peered into each dugout, and was pleased to see the Mariners’ usually stoic Ichiro Suzuki laughing with a teammate. Ichiro, a native of Japan, is tied with Pete Rose as the only Major Leaguer to have 200 hits in 10 different seasons. With just 37 games to go as of August 21, the 37-year-old outfielder needs an almost impossible 62 more hits to reach the double century mark for the 11th consecutive year. In the Boston dugout, Manager Terry Francona was chatting with Red Sox traveling secretary Jack McCormick. McCormick is best known for being shoved to the ground in 2008 by the infamous Manny Ramirez in an argument over Ramirez’s ticket allotment. I had a trouble-free, five-hour drive from Portland to New York on Aug. 10 en route to the Yankees-Angels game. Once past Hartford, I took the scenic,
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cars-only, Wilbur Cross/Merritt/ Hutchinson River parkways. I parked in Tarrytown and took a pleasant 20-minute train ride along the historic Hudson River to Yankee Stadium. The trip to Citi Field was much longer, having to travel well past Yankee Stadium and catch the “7 Train” to Willets Point. The train home from Yankee Stadium was full, but not uncomfortably overcrowded, as was the subway ride from the Mets game. Exiting Fenway Park is more relaxing for me, and I enjoy the walk to my usual parking spot around 1100 Beacon Street. The Yankee fans were a pleasant surprise. They were friendly, down to earth and knowledgeable. Clothed in traditional Yankee navy blue, very few were wearing the fashion colored team apparel seen at Red Sox and Mets games. I enjoyed the “Roll Call” when the Yankees took the field in the top of the first inning. Fans in the bleachers called out the name of each Yankee until they were acknowledged, usually with a tip of the cap. At one point, a group in front of me attempted to start the wave. “We don’t do that here!” admonished a young man. “Go
to Queens and do that,” he said, referring to the Mets stadium. Later, a distant group launched a rather feeble wave, but ironically, I saw no waves at all the next day at Citi Field. Ticket prices and availability at Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium are about the same. Because the Mets are less successful and have fewer marquee players, tickets at Citi Field are not as expensive and easier to get. The Red Sox have sold out every home game since May 15, 2003, while the Yanks are generally at or near capacity. Seats in Fenway’s alcohol-free family section in the left field grandstand cost $76 each, while similar, somewhat more distant seats in Yankee Stadium were $57. Equally good Mets tickets were only $20 for adults and $10 for children. Our experience was enhanced by arriving before the gates opened, two hours before game time. Early birds are permitted to get close to the playing field at each stadium to watch batting practice, warm-ups and collect autographs. My son Greg did well at Citi Field. Hanging out at third base, he collected half a dozen signatures. The day before at Yankee Stadium, he got just
Dan Haren, of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, signs autographs prior to a game at the new Yankee Stadium.
one autograph, but it was from the Angels’ gracious all-star pitcher Dan Haren. I enjoyed the pregame time checking out the views from various parts of the stadiums. Of special interest were the padded leather box seats at Yankee Stadium and the bridge over the bullpens at Citi Field. A positive at both New York stadiums was the listing of calorie counts for all food and beverages. Having that information influenced my choices. At Yankee Stadium I passed up the pizza in favor of tasty Boar’s Head sliced turkey on too-chewy bread. My son enjoyed his dish of Spanish rice and chicken. At Citi Field, my veggie burger and his chicken sandwich were bland, until improved by the sautéed onions and tomatoes from the condiment bar. So which stadium did I enjoy the most? This time it was Citi Field,
the closest National League Park to Maine. I enjoyed the lower-scoring, small-ball, pitcher-bats game. The San Diego Padres, trailing 2-0, scored single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings; and their All-Star closer Heath Bell shut out the Mets in the ninth for a 3 -2 win. And even Slugger the Sea Dog would have chuckled at the Mets’ grounds crew dancing in sync between innings to “YMCA.” Seeing the three stadiums within 18 days was a terrific way to get immersed in the game and to share perspectives with three sets of baseball fans. The Red Sox/Yankee rivalry is well known, but I had no idea that most Yankees and Mets fans had so little regard for the other team. All in all, the experience at each stadium was great, and just different enough to enrich my enjoyment and appreciation for the game of baseball.
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Red Sox vs. Yankees: How they match up By Bryan O’Connor With five weeks left in the season, the Red Sox and Yankees find themselves separated by less than a game in the standings, again dueling down to the wire for the division title. They’re also clearly the class of the American League, and while the playoffs are unpredictable, there’s a good chance they’ll meet in the ALCS for the first time since 2004. The Red Sox have won 10 of 12 headto-head matchups, outscoring New York 73-46 in those games. The Yankees have dominated lesser teams, going 75-38 (a 107-win pace) when not playing Boston. To best determine which team is most likely to win the division (and best suited to win in the playoffs), let’s compare the teams position by position.
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First Base: Mark Teixeira vs. Adrian Gonzalez Both first basemen are big stars and great players, but they provide value in very different ways. Teixeira has power (33 home runs vs. 18), but Gonzalez gets on base far more often (.406 vs .347, with almost a 100-point disparity in batting average). Gonzalez has great range at first base, while Teixeira saves runs by scooping up errant throws from infielders. Gonzalez has been at the forefront of the MVP conversation all year, while Teixeira has struggled to hit .250, but until Gonzalez starts hitting more home runs (playing more games in New York would help), the difference between them is not all that big. Slight Edge: Red Sox
Second Base: Robinson Cano vs. Dustin Pedroia Cano was my preseason MVP pick, but it’s Pedroia who has played well enough to win the award this year. Pedroia has reached base a staggering 41 more times than Cano, and has stolen 16 more bases, creating more runs than Cano despite 16 fewer extra base hits. The real difference between the two comes in the field, where Pedroia has been the best defensive infielder in baseball this year, while Cano has cost his team five runs on defense. Edge: Red Sox
Shortstop: Derek Jeter vs. Marco Scutaro
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One of the rare positions at which neither team has a great player, this one’s not an easy call. Jeter has come alive after a miserable first half, hitting .413/.453/.500 in August. His defense has been nearly average making him a somewhat useful player. Scutaro has struggled to keep his job as Jed Lowrie and Mike Aviles come and go, but he’s played well when his name is in the lineup, reaching base at a .342 clip and playing slightly above-average defense. As with the catcher position, the Red Sox have the advantage of versatility at short, as
Lowrie is an excellent hitter when healthy. However, the notion that the Yankees are burdened by an unproductive former superstar has been proven foolish again and again. Jeter will come through in a big spot in October. Will Scutaro? Slight Edge: Yankees
Third Base: Alex Rodriguez vs. Kevin Youkilis When healthy, Rodriguez has hit nearly as well as Youkilis this year, with only a few walks separating them. On the defensive end, Youkilis has been overmatched by third base, while Rodriguez has played it surprisingly well, saving 11 runs above average. Youkilis’s advantage here should be health, as Rodriguez has missed over 30 games due to injuries. When Youkilis hit the disabled list last week, that advantage was neutralized, as Rodriguez is on his way back and may be strong by October. Slight Edge: Yankees
Left Field: Brett Gardner vs. Carl Crawford I refuse to believe that Carl Crawford is as bad as he’s been for most of 2011. He will not have an on-base percentage under .300 next season. Alas, he hasn’t come around much from his miserable start, and it’s probably safe to say at this point that he’s a lesser player than Gardner. Gardner gets on base (.357 OBP), steals bases (36 in 47 attempts), and has saved more runs on defense (19) than any player in either league. In October, Crawford may summon some of the tools that made him a star in Tampa, but that doesn’t make him the better player. Edge: Yankees
Center Field: Curtis Granderson vs. Jacoby Ellsbury If the voters look past Jose Bautista’s superior season with a non-contending team, these two may be at the center of the MVP debate. Granderson rediscovered his ability to hit left-handed pitching and has become an offensive force, hitting 34 home runs and
slugging almost .600. Ellsbury, meanwhile, is batting .313 with a surprising 22 home runs of his own, and has stolen 33 bases in 44 tries. Granderson’s offensive advantage is countered by Ellsbury’s far superior defense. Ultimate Zone Rating claims that Ellsbury has saved 20 more runs in the field, which gives him more Wins Above Replacement (per fangraphs) than Granderson. It’s possible that Gardner’s extraordinary range is making Granderson look bad, as Gardner patrols more of left center field than the average left fielder. For this reason I can’t give Ellsbury the edge. Edge: Push
Right Field: Nick Swisher vs. Josh Reddick
Right field has been a sinkhole for both of these teams in 2011. Swisher was nearly unplayable for the first half of the season, but Boston’s J.D. Drew was even worse, and backup Darnell McDonald was no help. As the season progresses, Swisher is finding his game, hitting .304/.423/.500 over the last month. Boston has also found the answer in Josh Reddick, who has cooled off after a hot start, but is still hitting .307/.357/.515 for the season. Both are good defenders. Swisher’s only real advantage is a track record of success. Slight edge: Yankees
Catcher: Russell Martin vs. Jarson Varitemacchia
Martin started the season on a hot streak, and may be heating up again, with three homers in his last two games, but for the season, he’s been bland, creating two more runs than the average catcher. In less playing time, Jarrod Saltalamacchia has hit slightly better than Martin, a little more power balanced by a little less patience. Jason Varitek has caught about two of every five games, though, keeping Saltalamacchia fresh but sacrificing a little offense and a little defense when he plays. continued next page
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Roundup Riptide tryouts The RipTide ASA travel softball team is holding tryouts at the Greely Road field in Cumberland, Saturday from 9-11 a.m and Sunday from 1-3 p.m.
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Sox/Yankees from previous page ‘Tek has hit a little more than Martin’s backup, Francisco Cervelli. The teams’ total production from the catcher position has been similar, but considering they have the better starter and the better backup: Slight Edge: Red Sox
Designated Hitter: Jordruw Josada vs. David Ortiz Jorge Posada has had a miserable season, reaching base in barely 30 percent of his plate appearances and clogging the bases when he gets there. Andruw Jones seems to have taken his spot, and has shown patience and some power in a limited role. Rodriguez may get some DH at bats if Eric Chavez plays third. What the Yankees won’t get from the DH position is David Ortiz’s production. Years removed from his peak, Ortiz is still raking, hitting .300/.388/.557 in a full-time role. And we all know Big Papi loves October. (Huge) Edge: Red Sox
The SHS Alumni Scholarship fundraising committee is holding the third annual Memorial Golf tournament Sunday, Sept. 11 at Nonesuch River Golf Course. The to their postseason roster, but it’s hard to predict how Jesus Montero and Ryan Lavarnway will react to the big stage. Edge: Push
Number 1 Starter: C.C. Sabathia vs. Josh Beckett Sabathia is closest to a sure thing in either rotation. Oddly, he’s anything but a sure thing against the Red Sox, against whom he’s 0-4 and has yielded 43 baserunners in 25 innings. Still, Sabathia has been one of the three best pitchers in the AL, consistently pitching deep into games and striking out 184 batters in 197 2/3 innings. Beckett, who started the season in the fourth spot in Boston’s rotation, has been the team’s ace, but has faded some lately. He’s struck out a career low 7.85 batters per nine innings and only pitched into the eighth inning five times all year. Still, from a run prevention standpoint, Beckett has been as good as Sabathia, as his 2.46 ERA indicates. Slight Edge: Yankees
No. 2 Starter: Bartolo Colon vs. Jon Lester
The Yankees’ best backup infielder, Eduardo Nunez, plays the whole infield, but not particularly well. Chavez doesn’t hit much anymore, but still plays a slick third base. If Jones, their fourth outfielder, assumes regular DH duties, the speedy Chris Dickerson may make the postseason roster. After acquiring Aviles from the Royals and getting Lowrie back from the DL, the Red Sox have attractive options to back up their infield, but neither has shown much of a bat or a glove this season. Outfield depth is not a strength, as McDonald can play defense and pinch run, but doesn’t hit much. Both teams may add a slugging catcher
There’s no guarantee that the Yankees use Colon as a number two starter in the playoffs, but he’s arguably been their second best starter throughout the season. He hasn’t pitched into the eighth inning since May, but he’s still striking out batters (over seven per nine innings) and may actually be convinced that it’s 2003 again. Lester, on the other hand, is a candidate to start Boston’s first game. He’s walking too many batters right now, but he’s still striking out almost a batter an inning and has kept his ERA close to three. No contest here. Edge: Red Sox
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No. 3 Starter: Phil Hughes vs. John Lackey
each team will go out of its way not to use a fourth starter in the playoffs.
This is a gut feeling. Freddy Garcia has the best ERA and strikeout/walk ratio among the Yankees’ third starter candidates. Ivan Nova has the most wins, and A.J. Burnett has the big contract and playoff experience, but Hughes has great stuff and a month to audition for a spot in the rotation and I think he may actually claim the number two spot. As for the Sox, this call isn’t much easier. Clay Buchholz’s injury dictates that someone from the pool of Lackey, Erik Bedard, and Tim Wakefield has to start that game. None of them feels like a third starter, but Lackey, for all his faults, strikes out more than twice as many batters as he walks and has gone at least 5.2 innings in each of his last eight starts. Edge: Yankees I won’t go any deeper into the rotation, as
Late inning relief: Mariano Rivera and David Robertson vs. Jonathan Papelbon and Daniel Bard
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Greater Portland Auditions, Calls for Art
Names of Love,” 6:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $7, Portland Museum of Art, Seven Congress Square, Portland, 7756148 or portlandmuseum.org.
Musica de Filia’s Fall 2011 Auditions, 6 p.m. Wednesday, and 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, Musica de Filia studio, 550 Forest Ave., Portland, call Cyndy for appointment, 807-2158, musicadefilia.com.
Rooftop Film: ”The Karate Kid,” hosted by MENSK, 9 p.m., free, Spring Street Parking Garage, 45 Spring St., Portland, menskmaine.org.
Saturday 9/3 Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, auditions for fall shows, “The Jungle Book,”“Youth Voices on Stage”and“Santa’s Reindeer Revue,” 1-4 p.m., Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234 ext. 247, kitetails.org.
Books, Authors Wednesday 8/31 Author Brown Bag Lectures, with Paul Doiron, author of “Trespasser,” noon, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 8711700 ext. 723. Meet the Author event, with Philip Conkling, author of “Islands in Time,” 6:30 p.m. slide presentation, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., Freeport, 865-3307, freeportlibrary.com.
Friday 9/2 Southworth Planetarium Full Dome Double Feature, “Two Small Pieces of Glass,” 7 p.m., “Ibex,” 8:30 p.m., Fridays, through September, $6 adults/ $5 children, students and seniors, Southworth Planetarium, USM Portland, 780-4249, usm. maine.edu/planet
Saturday 9/3 “Up Up, Down Down,” by Portland filmmaker Allen Baldwin, 7 p.m., $5, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, 347-3075, stlawrencearts.org.
Galleries Friday 8/26
“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.
Comedian Bob Marley, 7 p.m. opener, 8 p.m. show, $25, The Landing at Pine Point, 353 Pine Point Road, Scarborough, 774-4527, thelandingatpinepoint.com.
Arts and Crafts Event, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., First Parish Church, 40 Main St., Freeport, firstparishmarket.com.
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Thursday 9/1 “Still Life in Variation,” paintings by Grant Drumheller, 5-7 p.m. opening reception, exhibit through Oct. 1, Greenhut Galleries, 146 Middle St., Portland, 772-2693.
Friday 9/2 “Gateway to Knowledge” Library of Congress Traveling Exhibit, 12-8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2, and Saturday, Sept. 3, free, open to public, truck parked on Monument Square, downtown Portland, hosted by Portland Public Library and Portland Downtown District. ”Intercambio:” Interplays & Exchanges, new work by Suzanne Hunt, Larinda Meade, and Lizz Sinclair, 1-8 p.m. First Friday; 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8 opening, exhibit through Sept. 30, 3 Fish Gallery, 377 Cumberland Ave., Portland, 773-4773, 3fishgallery.com. Photographs by Mariah K. Brinton, 5-8 p.m. Open House Artist Reception, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, 347-3075, stlawrencearts.org. ”Portraits,” group show curated by Heidi Powell, 5-8 p.m. opening, followed by LIT, a literary happening curated by Megan Grumbling, Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, 615-3609, mayostreetarts.org. ”Present Parent?” new art show by Marin Magat, 10:30 a.m.-noon “Children’s opening;” 5-8 p.m. First Friday opening, exhibit through September, show benefits Birth Roots, Constellation Gallery, 511 Congress St., Portland, 252-9520.
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“The Passion of the Hausfrau,” features Bess Welden in a one-woman comedy show profiling the misadventures of mommyhood. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, through Aug. 27 at Freeport Factory Stage, 5 Depot St., Freeport. Tickets are $15 adults / $12 seniors and students and are available at freeportfactory.com, 865-5505, or at the venue’s box office.
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. Monday-Saturday, 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.
Music Friday 8/26 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.
Local Circus, 7-9 p.m., free/ donations encouraged, all ages, Local Sprouts Cafe, 649 Congress St., Portland, 899-3529, localsprouts.coop.
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Songwriter Workshop with Craig Bickhardt, 1–5:30 p.m., $35, Mayo Street Arts, 317 Main Street Music Center, 317 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-9559, 317mainst.org.
Classical Concert with Ray Cornils and the Kotzschmar Festival Brass, Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ Summer Concerts, 7:30 p.m., $15, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, listings, tickets at foko.org.
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.
Wednesday 8/31 Marcia Ball, Singer/pianist, 8 p.m., $25-$35, The Landing at Pine Point, 353 Pine Point Road, Scarborough, 774-4527, thelandingatpinepoint. com.
Sunday 9/4 Shape Note Singing, 1:30-4:30 p.m., donation appreciated, The New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland.
Theater & Dance ”The Passion of the Hausfrau,” comedy, Aug. 18-27, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sun-
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Saturday 9/3 Greater Portland Community Contradance, 7:15 p.m. lesson, 8 p.m. main dance, $9 adult, $5 child, Falmouth Congregational Church Hall, 267 Falmouth Road, new dancers welcome, no partner needed, 756-2201.
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Bela Fleck, Richard Thompson in concert By Scott Andrews August is winding down, and summer vacations will soon end for some kids. And Maine’s vibrant summer arts and entertainment schedule is slowly winding down, too. But the slowdown has a measured pace, and there’s still a flurry of final summer activities over the next couple of weeks, including visits by two major musical touring acts. Both have a common thread of crossing artistic boundaries and jumping genres. First up is this Saturday’s concert by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. A banjo virtuoso, Fleck is one of the world’s most innovative musicians. Fleck and his band have a flair for cross-genre styles. Catch them Aug. 27 in Portland. Another top act for this coming week is Britain’s longtime troubadour, singer/ songwriter/guitarist Richard Thompson. He got started in the folk scene of the 1960s, and some say Thompson’s still at the peak of his creative powers. You can check out those claims at Westbrook’s new performing arts center on Aug. 31. Go for Baroque this weekend, when the White Mountain Bach Festival wraps up its 28th year with a trio of concerts in Fryeburg featuring mostly musicians from Maine.
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones Multiple Grammy Award-winning banjo picker who plays with classical symphony orchestras: That’s a highlightreel summary of the career of Bela Fleck, a former Boston street busker who has blossomed into a crossover artist and redefined the meaning of banjo on today’s world music scene. Fleck gained his first national exposure with New Grass Revival, a progressive bluegrass group that Fleck played with for nine years, and the title of his 1979 first solo album presaged things to come: “Crossing the Tracks.” His long career has included artistic forays into pop, jazz, country, fusion, world music and occasional appearances with classical orchestras, most notably in a double concerto for banjo and bass that he co-wrote and plays with double bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer and debuted with the Nashville Symphony. One of Fleck’s nine Grammy Awards came from another collaboration with Meyer and other classical musicians. Nowadays he mostly tours with the Flecktones, a band he formed in 1988. Two of Fleck’s Grammys have come from recordings with this ensemble. WCLZ presents Bela Fleck and the Flecktones at 8 p.m. Aug. 27 at the State Theatre, 609 Congress St. in Portland. Call 956-6000. P H Y S I C I A N
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Richard Thompson Richard Thompson may be close to the age when most people retire, but he’s still hard at work at three jobs he’s done so well for nearly 50 years: songwriting, singing and playing the guitar. And you can find him working those three jobs on Aug. 31 in Westbrook, when Dave McLaughlin’s Heptunes presents the British-born artist for his first Maine visit in three years. Despite his 62 years, this decade may mark one of the most prolific periods of Thompson’s astonishing career. His recent CD, “Dream Attic,” was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Contemporary Folk Album, and he curated London’s prestigious 2010 Meltdown Festival at South Bank Centre. For his long service to music he found his name on the Queen’s 2011 New Year Honours List as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. You can also call him “Doctor,” for his honorary doctorate from an Australian university. Thompson’s genre-defying mastery of both acoustic and electric guitar, along with his dizzying energy and onstage wit, continue to earn him generations of new fans and a place as one of the most distinctive and iconoclastic virtuosos in rock history. His ever-present black beret adds visual identity. His personal professional history began in 1967 as a member of Fairport Convention, where his dazzling guitar stylings first impressed listeners. Soon audiences – and producers and promoters – started appreciating his songwriting talents, too. After leaving Fairport Convention’s regular lineup, he teamed up with wife Linda as a folk-rock duo for a decade. Since splitting with Linda Thompson, he been performing mostly as a solo act with small backing band for the past 30 years. A brief listing of his discography numbers 20 releases in his own name, plus many dozens more as guitarist and collaborator; count dozens more recordings where another artist has covered a Thompson tune. His song “1952 Vincent Black Lightning,” from 1991’s “Rumor and Sigh” CD, is a personal favorite of mine and an obvious favorite with the myriad artists who have covered it. The opening act will be Robin Lane, a fixture of the 1970s folk scene in Los Angeles, where she sang on Neil Young’s landmark album “After the Gold Rush.” In the late 1970s she formed a group called Robin Lane and the Chartbusters and became one of the first rock divas to achieve steady rotation on MTV. She and the Chartbusters are currently putting
Richard Thompson has been a mainstay of the world’s music scene since the 1960s. Heptunes presents the singer/songwriter’s first Maine appearance in three years Aug. 31 in Westbrook.
together a documentary chronicling the group’s history. Heptunes presents Richard Thompson and Robin Lane at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center (471 Stroudwater St.) at 7 p.m. Aug. 31. Call 978-4629630.
White Mountain Bach Festival Although the White Mountain Bach Festival is entering its 28th season, the performers have mostly been Mainers in recent years. That’s because four years ago the festival named violinist/violist/ conductor Rob Lehmann as music director, and he’s gathered many of his col-
leagues from the Portland area, where he teaches at the University of Southern Maine and directs several musical ensembles. And starting last year the White Mountain Bach Festival’s main concerts have been held in Maine, in the new Leura Eastman Performing Arts Center on the Fryeburg Academy campus. The finale of the festival will be three concerts Aug. 26-28. Performers will include pianist Frank Glazer, a remarkably active nonagenarian who lives in Topsham and still teaches at Bates College, and Ashley Emerson, Maine’s rising young operatic soprano who starred in this past summer’s PORTopera production of “Daughter of the Regiment.” Other performers include members of the Portland Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Maine Symphony, the latter directed by Lehmann. The Bach Festival Chorus comprises singers from Maine and New Hampshire under the direction of Paul McGovern, who is also the chorus master for PORTopera. The repertoire is worth the drive. Selections obviously focus on compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, but will also include other Baroque masters such as George Frideric Handel. No other music festival in the region includes so much Baroque. White Mountain Bach Festival concerts are slated for Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon. For detailed information, call 603-356-5935 or visit mwvevents.com.
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Greater Portland Benefits Saturday 8/27 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.
Baxter Blvd and Back Bay Trail, Portland, register at arlgp.org. Paws in the Park, Back Bay walk to benefit Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, with or without dog, 10 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. walk, 12 p.m. dog contests, parade, $15 advance/ $20 day of, Payson Park, Portland, register at arlgp.org.
Monday 9/5 Car Show, to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Toys-For-Tots, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., car admission is new unwrapped present per passenger / free for spectators, toy donations welcome, rain or shine, Portland Motor Club, 275 Presumpscot St., Portland, Stan and Cheryl Page, 615-8365 or Portland Motor Club, 775-1770 or PortlandMotorClub.com.
Furry Friends 5K Race, to benefit Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, 9 a.m. 5K race along
Friday 8/26 Annual Maine Republican Lib-
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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.
Saturday 9/3 September Open House, New Gloucester History Barn, 9 a.m.noon, free, open to public, U.S. Route 231, behind the Town Hall, New Gloucester, 926-3188. Inaugural Portland Brew Festival, 25+ brewers, scheduled sessions, 12-3:30 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m. Sept. 3; 12-3:30 p.m. Sept. 4, $30, Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore St., Portland, register, port landbrewfestival.eventbrite.com,
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Saturday 8/27 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.
Monday 8/29 Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum, seeking Restoration Team volunteers, help restore historic passenger car from 1880s, 9-11 a.m. training session and train ride, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum, 58 Fore St., Portland, Christina Aliquo 828-0814, main enarrowgauge.org.
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$7 adults/ $3 child, First Parish Congregational Church UCC, 116 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-3773. Public Bean Supper, 5-6 p.m., $7 adults, $3 ages 6-12, West Falmouth Baptist Church, 18 Mountain Road, Falmouth, 797-4066. 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.
Sunday 8/28 Breakfast by the Sea, 8-11 a.m., $7 adult/ $4 ages under 10, Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, 45 Seashore Ave., Peaks Island, 766-3330.
Saturday 9/3 Baked Bean Supper, 4:30-6 p.m., $6 adults/ $3 ages under 12, North Pownal United Methodist Church, 851 Lawrence Road, Pownal, Nan-
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, cumberland farmersmarket.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,
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Open Range Day at Royal River Rod & Gun, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., free, bring own firearm, Royal River Rod and Gun Club, Fish Hatchery Road, New Gloucester, Pete Thoits, 657-4184 or Bob Muir, 892-6096.
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.
Friday 8/26 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. L.L.Bean Annual Hunting Expo, hands-on activities, demos, clinics and more, Aug. 26-28, Main Street, Freeport, schedule, FMI, llbean. com/freeport, 877-552-3268.
Sam Ristich Nature Trail Walk, with Caryl Widdowson, 9:30-11:30 a.m., free, meet at ball field lot next to Memorial School, Parsonage Road, North Yarmouth, rain or shine, SamRistich.com. 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, 7813860.
Friday 9/2 2011 Discovery Trek Series, “Indian Trail in the Peaks Island Land Preserve” led by Ellen Mahoney, 5:30-6:30 p.m., take 5:35 p.m. Ferry to Peaks Island at Casco Bay Lines Ferry Terminal, tour starts at dock on Peaks Island, free for Portland Trails members/ $5 nonmembers, space limited, must preregister, 775-2411, trails.org.
Sunday 9/4 Skyline Farm Nature Walk, for all ages, abilities, 1 p.m., free/donations welcome, meet at Skyline Farm Visitor Center, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth, Patti Mikkelsen, 926-5660.
Getting Smarter Tuesday 8/30 Women’s Networking Event “Where Diversity Powers Success,” hosted by Rick Vogel, Financial Services of The Prudential Insurance, 6 p.m., The Portland Regency Hotel, 20 Milk St., Portland, register by Aug. 26, Ashley.Kaplan@prudential.com, 482-4222 ext. 6224.
Saturday 9/3 “Quakers in Maine,” talk by Dana Edgecomb, The Greater Portland Chapter of Maine Genealogical Society, 12:30 p.m. social, 1 p.m. program, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 29 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, FMI, Deb, 329-6438.
Health & Support Bereavement Peer Support Groups, for children, teens and adults, hosted by Center for Grieving Children, groups ages 3-18 and ages 19-30, groups start Sept. 6, for schedule, 775-5216, cgcmaine.org. ”Legs for Life,” free vascular disease screenings for August and September, hosted by Vascular & Interventional Physicians of Spectrum Medical Group, 84 Marginal Way, Suite 985, Portland, call for an appointment, 347-2660.
Saturday 8/27 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.
Just for Seniors PROP’s Foster Grandparent Program is accepting new applications from persons aged 55 and older, FMI, 773–0202 or 1-800698-4959.
Sept. 29, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700.
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Saturday 8/27 North Yarmouth Fun Day, ”The Great North Yarmouth Air Show,” all day, with live entertainment, participatory events, food, free admission, Village Green, next to Wescustogo Hall, U.S. Route 115, North Yarmouth, schedule at nymeevents.com.
Sunday 8/28 North Yarmouth Family Triathlon, Tri-NY, family-friendly, 2-mile canoe, 1-mile run, 1-mile bike leg, 2 p.m., $15 per team, Wescustogo Park, U.S. Route 231, North Yarmouth, register, nymeevents.com.
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Boothbay Harbor Princess Evening Cruise, Meals on Wheels fundraiser, music, dancing, raffles, advanced registration, $20/person, FMI, Spectrum Generations, 729-0475.
The Ladies Tee, Charity Golf Tournament, sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick, golf teams needed, $50 donation per golfer, register at bbbsbathbrun. org, 729-7736, tournament at Country Fairways, Bowdoin.
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Owners of the Lighthouse Inn at Pine Point are in the preliminary phases of turning their 22-unit hotel into 12 townhouse-style condominiums. Mario Moretto / The Forecaster
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from page 1 if year-round residents move in. In an email, she said abutting property values are at stake, although the town’s assessor, Paul Lesperance, said the conversion would undoubtedly increase the hotel’s property value. “The character of the neighborhood is at stake,” Shirk said. Nicholas Truman said the time is right for the conversion. He and his brother are ready to give up the motel game, he said, and a successful appeal to the town would mean a broadened tax base and closer conformity to the area’s zoning rules. “We’re trying to do a very, very nice project,” Truman said. “The Truman family has been on this street corner for 52 years. We’ve always had a reputation for keeping nice property. I guarantee this will be a very nice project that will blend in well with the new (Beachwalk) subdivision.” With the dispute about the land swap and parking behind them, Truman said this is as good a time as any to seek the appeals necessary for condo conversion. The inn is a nonconforming building in a district zoned for residential use. Converting to condos would mean moving closer to zone compliance, though it would still require special permission because of the number of units in the building. Truman said the condo renovation would include adding a third floor to the building, and that each townhouse would be about 1,200 square feet and have two bedrooms.
Though design is in the preliminary stages, he said he hopes the condos will cost less than the homes in the Beachfront subdivision. Shirk, meanwhile, has sent an email urging other neighborhood association members to be involved in the Planning Board hearings. “This corner is among the most visible in Pine Point,” she wrote. “The public, through the town’s ordinances and the planning and zoning board, have rights to be heard in this process.” At the Aug. 22 Planning Board meeting, where the advisory opinion was to be sought, the item was tabled to give the Trumans more time to complete the advisory request. “We just wanted to make sure we had crossed all our T’s and dotted all our I’s,” Truman said. “We thought we were ready, but we just wanted to make sure.” As for the neighborhood group, Truman said he doesn’t doubt it will have a bone to pick with his plan. But he said he doesn’t plan to meet with the group outside Planning Board or ZBA meetings, as he and his brother did the first time they broached the idea of condominium conversion. “They’re citizens, and they have a right to their opinion,” he said. “But those meetings are the appropriate forum now.” Mario Moretto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follo him on Twitter: @riocarmine.
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to the state Senate. The School Board voted 5-0 on Tuesday, Aug. 23, to allow Monaghan-Derrig to remain in office until December, when a newly elected board member can fill the vacancy. Monaghan-Derrig said she will continue to juggle the local and state offices until a new board member is seated. “I am committed to doing whatever is in the best interest of the town and the board,” she said Wednesday. “I wish I was able to do both, because I love serving on the School Board. It is a great group of members and I truly enjoyed my time with them.” Superintendent of Schools Meredith Nadeau said the board accepted MonaghanDerrig’s resignation effective the first week of December and called for a special election, to be held during the regular November municipal election, to complete her unexpired term. “I appreciate Ms. Monaghan-Derrig’s service to the school district and community and her willingness to serve until after the election,” she said in an e-mail Wednesday. “We wish her well in her continued public service endeavors.” The Town Council was expected to add Monaghan-Derrig’s unexpired School Board term to the Nov. 8 municipal ballot in a special meeting Thursday, Aug. 25.
Triathlon from page 6 Changes for the inaugural triathlon included the ocean swim and the time of year. Darling said having the swim in a pool restricted the number of participants to about 144 people and holding the race in September made for unpredictable weather, usually rain. “And, by September, participants have completed a lot of races and it is considered late in the season,” he said. “This year there were over 300 registrations and 31 teams, so about 350 to 360 people participated in the Tri for Preservation.” Participants ranged in ages from 15 to 70 and came from New England and Canada, California, Texas, Colorado, Michigan and Maryland, he said. “The event is organized by four people and made possible with the help of about 60 volunteers,” he said. For those who didn’t want to compete in each leg of the triathlon, there was a relay portion and an aqua-bike event that excludes the run, he said. And the triathlon was a qualifying event for the Maine Senior Games. Darling said preliminary numbers
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Town Clerk Debra Lane said the Town Charter dictates that when there is a vacancy on the School Board within six months of a regular municipal election, the board can call a special election to fill that vacancy. The charter also states that nomination papers have to be filed with the town clerk by the 60th day prior to the election day. Lane said town officials examined Maine statutes and discovered that even though nomination papers have to be available 40 days before the filing deadline, the council may shorten that time period to 10 days. Nomination papers for the remaining two years of Monaghan-Derrig’s term on the School Board will be available on Friday, Aug. 26, Lane said. Papers are also available for two other seats on the School Board, now held by Kathy Ray and Mary Townsend. Lane said no one had taken out papers for the School Board as of Wednesday. But Ray has taken out and returned papers for one of the Town Council seats available. The seats are held by Chairman David Sherman and Councilor Anne Swift-Kayatta. Sherman has also returned his papers, and Swift-Kayatta has taken them out, but not returned them, Lane said. All papers are due back to the Town Hall by 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9. Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or email@example.com Follow her on Twitter: @amy_k_anderson
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showed CELT raised about $17,000 for land conservation. “With such positive feedback, we are looking forward to using the same layout next year,” he said. “The parking is convenient, the course is beautiful and it is compact for transitions.” “One runner who has been doing triathlons since 1982 said he has seen a lot of courses, but the Tri for Preservation was one of the best run, most scenic races he has ever participated in,” Darling said. “That kind of feedback is great to hear.” Devine said she finished the Tri for Preservation in 1 hour 47 minutes, and reached a personal goal of completing it under two hours. She said if she can do it, anyone can. “I want to tell everyone who thinks they can’t, to just get out there and try,” she said. “It is worth it, you are worth it. Get a babysitter and get outside. Join a group, plug in your favorite music in and just take a walk. It will make you a better person, a better mom and more healthy.” Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her onTwitter: @ amy_k_anderson.
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Record numbers In fiscal year 2011, the Oxford Street Shelter housed close to 1,500 men and more than 200 women and provided nearly 84,000 bed nights – the highest number since 2001. Overflow was used 70 percent of the time, and in July the shelter was over capacity by an average of 31 men every night, according to the shelter’s year-end report. While technically a men’s shelter, Oxford Street since January has housed the women that Florence House’s 25 emergency beds couldn’t accommodate. In July, an average of 23 women stayed at the men’s shelter each night. Steve Horton, 53, is one of the men who stayed at Oxford Street last year. Originally from Cape Cod, Horton lived in Massachusetts with his long-time girlfriend until two years ago, he said, when she died from a prescription drug overdose. After her death, he struggled with depression and anxiety. He lost their house and began living out of his boss’s car, sleeping near the tire shop where he worked. He said his mental illness led him to quit his job, and he bounced around, staying with family in Georgia and Massachusetts until he wound up sleeping on benches in Boston’s South Station. “Every night, you don’t know if you’re going to wake up,” he said of the experience. “It’s not fun.” Horton said his daughter finally insisted he check into a hospital, where he was diagnosed with the mental illnesses he believed he already had. After that, he moved into a homeless shelter in New Hampshire, but said he wasn’t getting the support he needed. So he came up to Maine, a place that family members told him had better services. After a brief couch-surfing stint, he came to Oxford Street last September and has been there ever since. Horton is part of the 15 percent of Oxford Street’s guests who stay for longer than 60 days. More than half stay between four and 60 nights, and less than 2 percent stay for more than 244. About half of them are from Portland, although the percentage of people coming from out of town and out of state has climbed in recent years to 49 percent and 33 percent, respectively. A new trend is the increase in refugees at Oxford Street. The Family shelter has long hosted refugee families, who made up 23 percent of the shelter population last year. But historically, few adults sought shelter at Oxford Street each year, O’Brien said. “We might have seen one to two refugees a year in the past, and now we’re talking about 30, 40-plus folks coming over a few month period,” he said. There are also more homeless women than shelter officials expected, and Florence House has been full almost every night since it opened last April. Kim, 24, who asked that her last name not be revealed, said she has been staying at Oxford Street because there is no space at the women’s shelter. Originally from Knox County, she said she has been in and out of shelters since she was 18. She has a young daughter, but her mother has custody and Kim hasn’t seen either of them in a while. In the past, she has rented apartments in Lewiston and Portland, but never for longer than a year due to trouble with roommates. “If you want to have a roommate,” she
www.theforecaster.net said, “you got to know who you can trust.” But Kim doesn’t like living by herself, so she alternates between staying at the shelter and on friends’ couches. Her most recent stint at Oxford Street began a week ago, and she’s hoping to find an apartment in Portland with her fiance, who is working towards his GED. Young people are still among the smallest group at Oxford Street, where the average age is between 41 and 55. But that shelter, and the Tedford Shelter in Brunswick, have both seen noticeable increases in homeless 18- to 24-year-olds, which Tedford Housing Executive Director Don Kniseley said can be problematic. More than other age groups, Kniseley said, the young are hard to place in apartments because many of them have never had their own places and don’t manage the situation well. They tend to stay at the shelter a long time, he said, and clash with shelter employees more than older guests. “We’re not sure what’s going to happen with them,” he said of the young people now at Tedford.
Housing shortage Shelter officials in Portland attribute much of the increase in the homeless population to a decrease in low-cost housing. According to Bob Duranleau, director of social services at the city’s Health and Human Services Department, there are simply more people vying for fewer apartments. “The rental market has become so tight in the past six months, it’s really had a huge impact on our ability to place people,” he said. Because the market is tighter, people who wouldn’t ordinarily consider single-room occupancies – efficiency apartments that are the go-to for many homeless adults – are now looking for them. That means landlords can choose from more tenants, and be pickier. According to Oxford Street’s O’Brien, more property owners are now asking for security deposits, rental histories and background checks – factors that work against the homeless. “We’re now competing with a different level of other folks looking for housing than we have before, and it’s making it a significant challenge. ... We have to make a real compelling argument that they’ll be good tenants,” he said. Housing homeless women has proved to be particularly challenging for shelter officials. Patty Robinson, Florence House’s coordinator, said the women’s shelter just isn’t big enough, and wasn’t designed to accommodate the number of women who need housing. When the women’s shelter was being planned, the former YWCA still offered 25 shelter beds and 35 single-room occupancies, so there wasn’t a need for a larger women’s shelter. With the Eastland Park Hotel under new ownership, another 50 single-room occupancies are disappearing. Even with an abundance of apartments, housing women can be trickier than hous-
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A recent scene outside the Oxford Street Shelter in Portland, five minutes before intake begins.
ing men, Robinson said, because women must feel safe in an apartment and won’t move in if they don’t. Robinson said that can make it harder to find a place that works, especially for a woman who has been a victim of domestic violence. While shelter staff can’t do anything about the housing shortage, they can be better prepared to know who is ready to move should something open up. To that effect, the Oxford Street Shelter has added three additional housing counselors in the past month. Unlike Portland, Brunswick has no housing shortage. With the departure of thousands of former Brunswick Naval Air Station employees and servicemen, there is no lack of housing in the area, according to Tedford Housing’s Kniseley. “Generally, the rental market has softened,” he said, and there has been an increase in vacancy rates. But with the average monthly rent in Brunswick at $714, according to 2009 Census figures, many people can’t afford what’s available and there is a long wait for subsidized housing vouchers, even though the Brunswick
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Josh O’Brien, director of the Oxford Street Shelter, and Tara Snider, weekend supervisor, talk in the day room before opening it up to guests at night. At night, the day room is used by men who cannot sleep on mats on the floor and require cots.
Housing Authority has a preference for homeless families. Back in Portland, Steve Horton has been waiting to be assigned an apartment for almost a year. His anxiety prevents him from working, so he spends a lot of time walking around the city and going to the library. Getting woken up in the middle of the night, sleeping on a mat on the floor – these things don’t bother him as much as the waiting. The worst part, he said, is “finding something to do with your time.” Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext.123 or email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter: @guerinemily.
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uses were allowed on the first floor, the whole zone would eventually skew residential. “Some of us felt that would move us away from what village commercial was intended to be,” De Angelis said after the meeting. “The idea of creating the VCW in 2004 was that it be villagecommercial. If it went all the way to being residential, we could have this zoning issue back before us again in a few years. We felt like we needed to keep in the spirit of village/commercial, and one way to ensure that is to require there to be business on the first floor.” Councilors also asked planners to add the following changes to the amendment: • A requirement that new nonresidential development include public bicycle racks.
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WE REMODEL INSIDE & OUT Call 776-3218 Residential/ Commercial
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Interested applicants should apply in person, e-mail or fax a cover letter and resume to: Falmouth by the Sea/Foreside Harbor Attention: Connie Chabot, Housekeeping Manager 191 Foreside Rd., Falmouth, ME 04105 fnsfbts@ﬁrstatlantic.com · Fax (207) 781-7356
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formal procurement practices had been in place.â€? Michael Stoddard, executive director of the Efficiency Maine Trust, provided the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting with a draft of a new policy that the trustâ€™s board will consider at its September meeting. It establishes a checklist for determining the capacity of organizations that want to apply for grants like the one awarded to the alliance. It states, in part, that â€œthe Trust will exercise due diligence during and after the grant application and award process to determine if the named sub-recipient could pose to potential risk to the Trust, the administration of the grant and/or the success of the program(s) funded by the grant.â€? Likewise, the OPEGA reports suggests that legislation could be passed in order to ensure that state grant recipients have the capacity to handle the reporting and administrative demands related to public funding. After Mondayâ€™s report, Seth Murray, the allianceâ€™s former executive director, said â€œAre there things I would have put in place in terms of our controls? Definitely.â€? But, he said, â€œwe were a start-up organization trying to get going as quickly as possible to hit our performance goals.â€? The report was presented to the legislative committee by OPEGA Director Beth Ashcroft. The committee on government oversight meets again Sept. 6 to hear responses to the report from the Efficiency Maine Trust staff and the Maine Green Energy Alliance. Naomi Schalit is a senior reporter at the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service based in Hallowell. The center can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and at pinetreewatchdog.org.
AUGUSTA â€” Last week, lawmakers on the Government Oversight Committee were outraged that information from a draft audit on the Maine Green Energy Alliance had been leaked to the press. At the committeeâ€™s Monday meeting, lawmakers postponed further action on the leak until they question Maine Green Energy Alliance and Efficiency Maine Trust staff at a hearing in two weeks. State Sen. David Trahan, R-Waldoboro, a member of the committee, had asked the attorney general to investigate the leak because he said it may have violated the state law that governs investigations by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability. He agreed to suspend that request in light of the committeeâ€™s action. Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, co-chairman of the committee, said â€œall of us take it very seriously. A breach occurred here, this report was leaked to a number of legislators â€“ not including anyone on this committee â€“ and also to the press.â€? Katz proposed that the full committee ask the attorney general to investigate the leak, but yielded to opposition by Democratic lawmakers, who wanted a delay. Sen. Bill Diamond, D-Windham, told the committee, â€œI agree with the chair that I want to find out whatâ€™s happened, whatâ€™s gone on, but before I would vote to send to A.G. I want to see in the next hearing and put off to after the Sept. 6 meeting.â€? At the time of the leak, the draft
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from page 3 schools that will be run through alreadyexisting school districts do not count toward that cap. Baxter Academy’s board of directors is made up of an array of education and business professionals, including Shaun Meredith, who worked with former Gov. Angus King on the Maine Learning Technology Initiative; Robert Sanford, a professor and the environmental science chairman at the University of Southern Maine; Katherine Merseth, the director of teacher education programs at Harvard Graduate School of Education; Sarah Skillin-Woodard, the development chairwoman at the St. Lawrence Arts Center in Portland; and several other science and education professionals. The school will begin accepting applications this fall. The DOE is expected to review the charter application in January. “If we don’t have enough spots, we’ll hold a lottery in March,” Jaques said. Acceptance into the school will be firstcome, first-served until the maximum number of students is met, and will not be based on merit. However, prospective students will have to write an essay explaining why they want to attend a STEM school. By law, the charter school cannot accept
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