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Vol. 10, No. 49

News of South Portland, Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth

Scarborough councilors reject bid to limit fireworks By Mario Moretto SCARBOROUGH — Town councilors on Wednesday rejected an attempt to limit the use of consumer fireworks, and instead sent the proposal back to committee.

Unless the town enacts its own limits before Jan. 1 – an option that now seems all but impossible – the decision means fireworks will be legal as of Jan. 1, governed by a state law that allows their use from 9 a.m. to

10 p.m. all year and even longer on holidays. The Town Council rejected a proposed ban on the use and sale of consumer fireworks at its Nov. 16 meeting. On Wednesday, Town Man-

ager Tom Hall proposed limiting the times fireworks could be used to between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Hall called the ordinance a

stop-gap, intended to control fireworks until the council decides on more permanent rules regarding the sale and use of fireworks.

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New foundation hopes to grow Scarborough school funding By Mario Moretto SCARBOROUGH — A new group has formed to help fund local public school education. Organizers of the Scarborough Education Foundation met with the School Board Dec. 1 to unveil their goals and mission statement. The group says it will fund “innovative and creative educational programs and initiatives that fall outside traditional school budget considerations.” Foundation President Will Leadley said SEF will provide funding for educators who have plans to enhance teaching. That could mean funding technology, teacher training or other means to boost learning. “Our primary focus is not to develop the ideas and advancements, but to help fund them,” he said. “We hope to solicit private donations from families, individuals and businesses in Scarborough and really make this a very broad-based thing that people can get behind and support.” Leadley and Larissa Pratt, who will chair the foundation’s Governance Committee, told board members they have met with representatives from other education foundations – including the ones in Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth and Kennebunk – who gave them advice for starting the group in Scarborough. Those groups have distributed cash to fund many projects, including the purchase of interactive SMARTBoards for classrooms and new curriculum See page 32 Index Arts Calendar.................23 Classifieds......................25 Community Calendar......23 Meetings.........................23

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Carter Hall, a Yarmouth High School freshman, works on his team’s robot during a break in competition at the VEX Robotics Tournament Dec. 3 in Gorham.

Cape Elizabeth students qualify for national, world robotics contests

Cape Elizabeth High School sophomores Anothony Castro, left, and Luke Dvorozniak guide their robot during a match at the VEX Robotics Tournament Dec. 3 at USM in Gorham. The pair went on to win the Excellence Award for their robot, and were part of the tournament-winning alliance with a Cape Elizabeth Middle School team. The team qualified for its third consecutive World Championship, and the National Championship.

By Mario Moretto GORHAM — Cape Elizabeth students have qualified for the third consecutive year to compete in a worldwide robotics championship. Two teams, one from the high school and one from the middle school, competed in the Vex Robotics Tournament held at Hill Gymnasium at the University of Southern Maine’s Gorham campus on Dec. 3. They bested 15 teams from five other schools, with their robots competing against each other in a complex game. Teams were paired up against each other in “alliances” of two teams. Each alliance placed their robots in 12-foot square pens and competed for points by placing barrels and balls into baskets or into the corner of the See page 24

Gourmet market planned near Cape Elizabeth High School By Amy Anderson CAPE ELIZABETH — Resident Michael Concannon hopes to build a gourmet market and offices at the corner of Route 77 and the high school driveway. The Planning Board heard a preliminary proposal to build the

two-story business at 349 Ocean House Road at a workshop on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Concannon, the president of Port Printing Solutions in South Portland, said he intends to move his consulting and marketing business to Cape Elizabeth,

if the project is approved. The 3/4-acre property once housed a real estate office and had approval for a fitness center that was never developed. It is a few hundred yards from the Pond Cove Shopping Center, which includes the Pond Cove

IGA supermarket, Ocean House Pizza and Local Buzz coffee shop and wine bar. In 2004, a developer proposed building a “Cape Commerce Center” that included a Dunkin’

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INSIDE Obituaries.......................14 Opinion.............................9 Out & About....................22 People & Business.........21

Police Beat.....................12 Real Estate.....................30 School Notebook............14 Sports.............................15

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City asks judge to reject lawsuit filed by School Board member By Mario Moretto SOUTH PORTLAND — The city on Monday filed court documents defending its personnel policy against charges that the rules violate the First Amendment rights of its employees. South Portland School Board member Karen Callaghan, who is a city librarian, and former School Board member Burton Edwards, who is a part-time Parks and Recreation Department employee, sued the city in Cumberland County Superior Court in September. Callaghan and Edwards contend the policy violates their right to freedom of political speech and is too broadly written in limiting other kinds of political activity for city employees. At issue is whether running for office is a fundamental political right protected by the First Amendment, as the plaintiffs claim, and whether the city has a right to restrict the political activity of its employees inside and outside the workplace. The plaintiffs and their attorney, David Lourie, previously filed papers with Justice Thomas Warren seeking summary judgment – a finding that no material dispute of fact exists and that they are entitled to judgment as a matter of law, without a trial. In South Portland’s response and its own request for summary judgment, attorney Sally Daggett said the city has an “important government interest” in limiting its employees’ political activities, and that the personnel policy purpose is to ensure employees don’t use their employment status with the city, or spend city time, to influence local elections. “The Supreme Court, the Maine Law Court, and other federal and state courts have unanimously held that seeking political office is not a fundamental right, and that certain restrictions upon such political activity for government employees are constitutionally permis-


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sible,” Daggett wrote. Callaghan and Edwards stressed the independence of the School Department from the city, arguing that Callaghan’s position on the School Board and her job with the city don’t have sufficient overlap to fall under the policy. Daggett responded that the city – specifically through the city manager, Jim Gailey – has regular dealings with the School Board, and that overlap between the two is likely only to increase. She pointed out that the board is required to issue financial statements whenever the city manager requests them and noted the manager’s role in crafting the city budget, which includes the school budget. “There are municipal and school services that are being consolidated into single operations to serve both the municipal and the school side of the city’s overall operations,” Daggett wrote. “It would be inappropriate for a City employee to serve the municipal side of City operations by day and the School Board/School Department side of operations by night.” She said information technology services have already been consolidated, and the city’s filing included affidavits from the city’s finance and human resources directors, who wrote about their dual roles with the city and School Department. The city revised its personnel policy a year ago to specify that elected offices include the school board. When Callaghan turned in the necessary signatures to have her name placed on the ballot this year, City Clerk Susan Mooney told her she couldn’t run unless she resigned from the library, according

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Fitzgerald, Gilboy to lead South Portland School Board SOUTH PORTLAND — Immediately following the City Council inauguration and the election of Mayor Patti Smith on Monday, the School Board inaugurated its new members and chose Tappan Fitzgerald as its chairman. Fitzgerald said the next year will be full of challenges, and will likely be the toughest budget year for South Portland schools in a long time. But he remained optimistic. “In South Portland, we do it right and we get it done,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s that Red Riot pride that continues to allow us to move forward

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Councilor Jerry Jalbert, Mayor Patti Smith and Councilor Tom Coward take the oath of office from City Clerk Susan Mooney at South Portland City Hall Monday, Dec. 5.

New South Portland mayor pushes for green activism By Mario Moretto SOUTH PORTLAND — The new mayor is urging her fellow city councilors to create an activist, environmentally conscious city government. Councilor Patti Smith was unanimously elected mayor at a special meeting of the City Council on Monday. She replaces Rosemarie De Angelis, who continues as a city councilor. Smith asked other councilors to be courageous and active advocates for the residents of South Portland, and told them to imagine a greener city, one that champions alternative transportation, bans plastic and paper shopping bags, operates a fleet of hybrid vehicles and expands community and personal gardening. “These are not extreme ideas,” she said. “They are happening elsewhere in the U.S. where towns and cities with courage and foresight are taking action. I ask that we imagine, and take action.” Smith has been on the council for three years, and has lived in South Portland for

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six. She said that sitting next to longtime residents on the council, she felt like an acorn among oaks, but promised that her dedication to the city is as strong as anyone’s. “During my short residency in South Portland, I’ve plugged into this community,” she said. “This is my home. You are my neighbors, my friends and my colleagues.” Smith thanked the city staff, residents, small business owners and others for con-

tributing to making the city a place she’s happy to call home. She also thanked her partner, Susan, whom she said she hoped to one day legally marry, drawing applause from the audience. The new mayor said she was sure her term would be full of “opportunities and challenges that invite us to lead,” and said

together.” James Gilboy was unanimously elected vice chairman. Members commended outgoing Chairman Ralph Baxter Jr. on his 13 years of service. Fitzgerald and newcomer Jeffrey Selser will serve three-year terms. Board member Karen Callaghan was also scheduled to be inaugurated, but was not present. Callaghan, who works at the South Portland library, is suing the city over a personnel policy that bars city employees from running for elected office. — Mario Moretto

she hopes councilors will focus on how they work together, and that South Portland would be a model for other cities. “When we come together with an open heart, a better city is not only our goal, but our destiny,” she said. In her first term, Smith was an advocate for open space in the city, and supported the launch of South Portland Buy Local. Recently, she has pushed for a revision of

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Lawmaker hopes to see breast cancer plates expand to motorcyles By Alex Lear CUMBERLAND — Don’t be surprised if the Harley-Davidson motorcycle you see coasting down the road soon sports a license plate with a pink ribbon. The plate – Maine’s first specialty motorcycle license plate – would continue the cause promoted by pink ribbon automobile plates. More than 15,000 of those have been issued, raising more than $400,000 since October 2008 for breast cancer support and research. The driving force behind the automobile

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Ya gotta have art Portland Stage Company’s production of Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage” is set in a lofty, austere, modern apartment in Paris, with all that city connotes about culture and civilization and art. Veronique and Michel Reille have asked Alain and Annette Houllie over so that they can mediate a playShort ground fight between their 11-year-old sons: Ferdinand Houllie hit Bruno Reille in the face with a stick and knocked out two teeth. Veronique is an art lover and writing a book about the civil war in the Darfur region of Sudan. Her husband is a hardware salesman. Veronique wants to resolve the boys’ conflict with an apology that comes from the heart of bullish Ferdinand. Annette has dragged her Halsey Frank husband to the negotiations. Alain is an attorney in the midst of counseling a drugmanufacturer client experiencing a public relations disaster because of the harmful side-effects of one of its pharmaceuticals. His attention is constantly being diverted by calls from his client to his cell phone. As a counterpoint, Michel is regularly interrupted by calls from his mother, for whom he affects an all-is-wellwith-the-world bonhomie, which is only tested when she confides that she has been taking Alain’s client’s medicine. When focusing on the negotiations at hand, Alain instinctively objects to any admission of guilt by his son, just as


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he counsels his client against making any public concessions about their drug. Alain argues that 11-year-olds are incapable of real malice, that what happened is just boys being boys, and he observes that the original rule of law was that might makes right. Annette goes further and accuses Bruno of being a gang member who provoked the fight by calling Ferdinand a snitch. Both Houllies point out that if anyone was a snitch it was Bruno for telling his parents. By this point, it doesn’t seem like there are any adults in the room. The negotiations deteriorate to the point where everyone starts drinking, clothes loosen, and Annette pukes on Veronique’s coffee-table art books. In the process, Michel admits to having belonged to a gang himself as a kid, and to abandoning his children’s beloved hamster, which he always reviled, to an awful fate in the streets of Paris. Michel gets the last word as he asks who knows how to resolve such disputes. It’s not a pretty picture. The only thing saving us from despondency is that much of the dialog is hysterically funny, as we laugh in recognition of our common experience and all the unseemly impulses we resist. Coincidentally, at the same time that Portland Stage was playing “God of Carnage,” Acorn Productions was performing “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” in Westbrook. Woolf is the 1962 Edward Albee play set in that bastion of American civilization, the small New England college. As I remember that plot, history professor George is married to the college president’s daughter, Martha. An established couple, they invite a new biology professor named Nick, and his wife Honey, over to their house after a party and quickly repudiate all social conventions. Rather

than show the young couple hospitality, George and Martha humiliate each other, drink, argue, fight and play malicious games that eventually turn on their guests. Martha tries to seduce Nick. The play ends with Martha admitting she’s afraid of Virginia Woolf. Woolf was a member of The Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals that gathered in London in the early 1900s. She is widely credited with inventing modernist styles of fiction, such as impressionism and lyricism, and techniques such as stream of consciousness. The group rejected the conventions of Victorian life in favor of the unrestrained pursuit of knowledge, truth, beauty, art, love and pleasure. Woolf in particular believed in the power of art to transform life. The plays and Bloomsbury Group make me wonder whether we human beings can be responsible, can govern ourselves and our passions and do something positive, or whether we are instead destined to pursue short-sighted self-interest to meaningless oblivion. Greece, a cradle of western civilization, can’t support its level of social spending. The European Community is reluctant to bail it out. Arab oligarchs, heirs to the Islamic Golden Age, won’t give their people any freedoms. Russia seems to be going backwards. Here at home, Washington can’t do anything. The supercommittee is just as ineffective as any other. Even that sacred cow, college football, is tainted by scandal, arrogance, irresponsibility and worse. Maybe art is the answer. It’s the quintessential job creator, passionately pursuing some inspiration. Making something out of nothing. Something intrinsically beautiful and transcendent. And taking satisfaction from it. Or at least getting a laugh. Halsey Frank is a Portland resident, attorney and former chairman of the Republican City Committee.

Rails or roads? Do the math By Tony Donovan There are legitimate questions as to whether the U.S. made correct decisions around transportation since the 1960s, particularly the decisions to subsidize highway systems while regulating and penalizing the railroads. Let’s say for the benefit of the doubt that an average car costs $25,000. Eight cars cost $200,000, 80 cars $2 million and 800 cars $20 million. Twenty million dollars represents the number of cars in less than one hour driving on an interstate highway, or the number of cars around you in a rush-hour traffic jam. A 2005 Maine Department of Transportation cost feasibility study shows that reconstruction of the state-owned rail between Portland and Yarmouth costs $25 million, including rebuilding the East Deering railroad trestle bridge. Stations and operating equipment, e.g. rail cars, bring the total cost to $35 million for a commuter passenger rail service operating parallel to I-295 (on which every morning there are 5,000 cars driving into Portland). Rail construction is $1 million dollars a mile. The reconstruction of the one-third-mile Martins Point auto bridge between Portland and Falmouth is a cost to taxpayers of $38 million. According to MDOT, the cost of reconstructing a roadway, which is needed every eight to 10 years, is approximated at $200,000 per lane mile. Include lanes,

shoulders, crossing and signaling systems and the cost to taxpayers is $50,000 per mile every year. A railroad built for speeds that compete with or exceed auto speeds will last more than 50 years, requiring only minimal annual maintenance. An auto-road requires expensive/extensive maintenance every year and a complete rebuilding every 10 years. One mile of rail: $1 million every 50 years. One mile of road: $500,000 every 10 years. Rail: $20,000 per mile per year. Roads: $50,000 per mile per year. The investment in a modern, 21st century transportation system (inherited from the 19th century) could realistically allow commuters and consumers to live with one car, a $25,000 savings. Additionally, consumers would save the $8,000 to $10,000 required to operate their cars annually. Automobiles depend on roads. Roads in turn are designed around an oil-based pavement system, requiring government subsidies. Taxpayers are just wrapping up a $1 trillion investment in the Mideast, so that firms like Exxon can acquire oil in distant lands like Iraq. Local, state, federal and household budgets are going broke supporting a system that is simply not sustainable. We should be seeking the greatest return on taxpayer investments. Rail offers a common-sense approach that uses a system running on steel, wood and rocks (all available

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domestically) that transports thousands of commuters, consumers and taxpayers to service communities along the routes. The goal is to operate a robust regional commuter passenger rail system on Maine-owned railways, capable of traveling in excess of normal highway speeds, serving service center communities in the region. Maine owns two railway corridors out of Portland: the Mountain Division from the Portland Transportation Center to North Conway, N.H., and the St. Lawrence & Atlantic from Portland’s waterfront to Auburn, eventually terminating in Montreal, Canada. What is a higher return on investment: rebuilding roads every 10 years for tens of millions of dollars? Or a “road” for $25 million that lasts 50 plus years? There are private developers and there are market needs that can be matched if and when government funds are invested in a robust regional commuter passenger system. Proof can be found in the 10 years of operations of the Amtrak Downeaster, where hundreds of millions of private dollars have been invested. It’s train time. Tony Donovan is a Portland Realtor and president of the Maine Rail Transit Coalition.

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That was the week that was your right to know If you’re an advocate for freedom of information and Maine’s Freedom of Access Act, it was a pull-your-hairout kind of week. In Brunswick, town councilors and the town manager held an unannounced, private meeting with representatives of the Brunswick West neighborhood group. Then in Freeport, town councilors had to be reminded that their personal email accounts are not immune to FOAA requests. And finally, in Scarborough, the School Board was poised to increase public information document fees that – guess what? – already exceed the legal limit. What the heck is going on? Unfortunately, it’s the same old thing: the people we trust to honor the public’s right to know are either ignorant of state law, or choose to dwell in its gray areas, when it comes to providing public information. Maine’s FOAA is clear: a gathering where three or more members of an elected government body, like a town council, convene to discuss municipal business is (with only specific exceptions) a meeting that must have advance public notice and must be open to the public. But that didn’t happen Nov. 28 in Brunswick, where Town Council Chairwoman Joanne King, three other councilors and Town Manager Gary Brown met privately and without public notice with the board of Brunswick West. Their topic was the neighborhood group’s continuing opposition to an Amtrak Downeaster layover facility. After The Forecaster’s Emily Guerin learned who attended the meeting, councilors tried to spin the private meeting the best way they could. It was a Brunswick West meeting, they said, not a council meeting. Or they were there only to listen, not discuss. Those arguments fail the straight-face test. The councilors were there because the issue is one that has been front and center in Brunswick for several months, and because they hoped – as Brown later said – to establish

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Board on Dec. 1 was prepared to enact fees as high as $50 an hour for School Department compliance with records requests – until The Forecaster’s Mario Moretto pointed out that state law caps those charges at $10 per hour. Not only that, it turned out the town’s existing fees already exceed the statutory limit. To its credit, the board removed the item from its agenda and was expected to consult an attorney. But there shouldn’t be much consultation needed: Scarborough’s fee structure, which now varies from $10 an hour to $30 an hour, should quickly be revised and brought in line with the FOAA. Although the School Department said it has never charged anyone the inflated fees, refunds should be provided to people who can produce receipts that show they were overcharged for public documents. From one end of The Forecaster’s coverage area to the other, last week proved there’s still plenty of room for improvement when it comes to local government compliance with Maine’s Freedom of Access Act – and plenty of need for vigilance by the public and the press.

Buy local (I dare you) One of the reasons I moved to Maine was because it has coastline. It also has Portland, with a wonderful arts community and fabulous array of restaurants and shops. Particularly the shops in the Old Port. Fancy little boutiques, quaint bookstores and No Sugar toy shops with finely crafted treasures. When I first visited Portland, it was holiday time. December. I remember walking down Commercial Street and up through the maze of streets that make up the beloved Old Port. I was taken in by the cobblestones, festive lights and the smell of the sea. It was magical. I wandered in and out of shops, browsing and buying trinkets for my Sandi Amorello children’s Christmas stockings. I think it may have even been snowing. It was like a fairyland to me – a scene from “It’s a Wonderful Life.” It felt like “home.” That was when I knew I could live here. I’ve now been a Maine resident for nearly seven years, and have spent seven holiday seasons trying to spend my shopping dollars in the Old Port. And I realize one thing: Portland does not want my money. For six years and nearly five months, I have been assaulted by those blue stickers that admonish us to “Buy Local.” Let me say here and now, in the presence of God and all of The Forecaster readers, “I would happily buy local if I could find a few stores that would stay open past dinner time.” Every holiday season, I look forward to one or two holiday shopping trips in the Old Port. I’m not a mall person, and love the romance of Christmas shopping outdoors, wandering around while sipping a steamy hot cocoa. If it happens to be snowing, so much the better. Bring it on, I say. But Portland seems to want me to shop at the dreaded mall. Or drive to New Hampshire or Massachusetts, where stores seem aware that staying open past dinner time during the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas means you may attract holiday shoppers. Which – hello! – equals holiday profits. Economics 101.


I remain befuddled by the entire situation. And I’m tired of the whining about buying local. Last December, a friend and I got together for some spontaneous Christmas shopping and a dinner. As we wandered through the Old Port, darkness set in. But since that occurs around 4:15 in December, it wasn’t exactly time to roll up the sidewalks. We saved our favorite shop for last, and as we turned the doorknob, were greeted by an anxious looking saleswoman who informed us they were closing. A handful of other shoppers were still milling about. The saleswoman jingled her keys like a prison guard as we almost apologetically said we’d just take a quick peek. I’d barely made it to the back of the store when another saleswoman hit the lights, thereby leaving a fellow shopper and me in semi-darkness. They obviously wanted us gone. Heaven forbid they stay five minutes longer and make a sale. Never mind that – when did it become good manners to throw customers out on the sidewalk? I imagine they didn’t own the store. At least I pray not, because that would be truly tragic. I’m not proposing 24-hour shopping. Or Walmart hours. But I might suggest it would be profitable to stay open long enough for people who get out of work at 5 to have sufficient time to then spend some of the money they’ve just earned. As we left, the saleswoman with the keys smiled awkwardly and said in a hushed tone, “Please do come back.” To which I silently replied, “I wouldn’t wait up, sweetheart.” I have accepted that my only local grocery store closes at 8 most evenings. Honestly, I think it promotes family togetherness. But please, it’s Christmas. I don’t know the numbers, but I imagine quite a large percentage of yearly retail profits are racked up during the happy holiday season. So let’s get with the program, Portland. Take my money. Please! Or I’m going to use those “Buy Local” stickers to decorate the gift boxes of the presents I just bought in Newburyport. At 8 o’clock at night. No Sugar Added is Cape Elizabeth resident Sandi Amorello’s biweekly take on life, love, death, dating and single parenting. Get more of Sandi at or contact her at Comment on this story at:

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I heartily disagree with Edgar Allen Beem in his essay against the extraction of oil from tar sands in Alberta and the pipeline to bring it to Texas. Until the time we can rely on wind power, sun power, natural gas and other sources, this country needs a reliable source of oil to heat and light our homes and factories, and run our transportation system. We do not need Canadian oil if we increase our imports from Venezuela, Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries, but I believe our neighbor to the north is a much more reliable supplier. The pipeline will be safe and I doubt that 100 percent of those trees will be cut down to extract the oil. As for the increase in carbon dioxide, that should come to zero as the same amount of oil will be consumed whether it comes from overseas or Canada. the pipeline should lower the cost of oil and gasoline, provide thousands of jobs, and I am 100 percent in favor of it. Richard D. Levin Jupiter, Fla.

Seeing Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” a few weeks ago reminded me what I like so much about Woody Allen. He’s an existentialist. His imagination and humor are rooted in reality. I’ve never cared at all for sci-fi, fantasy or horror in books or movies, but Allen’s shifting of time, sending contemporary characters back to 1920s Paris, works because, other than the willing suspension of disbelief required to enjoy any motion picture, it’s realistic. Everyday reality, as opposed to the fantastic or the dramatic, permeates my favorite movies, as does a focus on iconoclasts, anti-heroes, nonconformists and outsiders – people at The Universal odds with the prevailing orthodoxy. I suppose my Top 10 list argues a fundamental shallowness on my part when it comes to cinema, but, hey, when I go to the movies I just want to be entertained and amused. These movies amuse me no matter how many times I watch them. “Hannah and Her Sisters” (1986) is Woody Allen’s best movie as Edgar Allen Beem far as I’m concerned. The dysfunctional family dynamics set against the background of New York City and existential dread at holiday time are priceless and, ultimately, comforting. “As Good As It Gets” (1997) is my favorite Jack Nicholson movie, the story of an obsessive-compulsive misanthrope forced to become “a better man” to win the love of a good woman who teaches him a lesson in compassion. Cranky old conservatives seem to identify with Nicholson’s manic Melvin Udall, perhaps not realizing Udall is a very sick man and Nicholson himself is a liberal. “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986) is a wonderfully slapstick screw-the-system comedy. If you can’t identify with Ferris and his anti-authoritarian determination to enjoy his own life, you’re probably an ISTJ (introversion, sensing, thinking, judgment) on the Myers-Briggs charts. “Empire Records” (1995) features two of my favorite actresses, Liv Tyler and Renee Zellweger, in a

Candidate appreciates voters’ support I want to express my thanks to the 5,617 voters who supported my campaign for Cumberland County commissioner, and my theme of thoughtful, moderate governance. We received a respectable 45 percent of the vote. I am particularly humbled by the 85 percent vote of support in Gray from those who know me so well after my years of service to its citizens. It was interesting to see that more voters in Brunswick left their ballots blank than voted for either candidate. Perhaps I was unsuccessful at getting out my message to its residents that I believe someone independent of party connections can be well-suited to bring reform, moderation, and teamwork to government. In any case, I congratulate Commissioner-Elect Gorden – I am confident that he will serve the public responsibly and competently. Mark D. Grover Gray

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comedy about an independent record store’s fight for survival. Empire Records gave the world the concept of “Rex Manning Day,” meaning the best day ever. In our family, for example, the day the annual bonus is announced is referred to as Rex Manning Day. “Rancho Deluxe” (1975) is an anti-western about a couple of loser cattle rustlers in modern-day Montana. Based on a novel by Thomas McGuane, who also gave us “92 in the Shade” and “The Missouri Breaks.” Jeff Bridges and Sam Waterston are superb. “Desperately Seeking Susan” (1985) is the only thing Madonna has ever done that I liked, but it’s enough. The revenge-of-the-bored-suburban-housewife movie of all times. “Good Will Hunting” (1997) is Matt Damon and Ben Affleck at their best in an offbeat town-gown story that is perfect for Boston: MIT janitor solves math problems the profs can’t. “War of the Buttons” (1994) is one I bet you haven’t seen. Rival gangs of Irish kids fight a parochial little war, the leaders of the two gangs discovering they have more in common than not. From a French novel, but it works well in the Irish countryside. “The Graduate” (1967) came out the year I graduated from high school. It is the great nonconformist movie of my youth, giving voice and vent to the sense of disillusionment and alienation that swept across my generation in the 1960s. Whatever happened to Dustin Hoffman? He hasn’t been in anything good since “Tootsie” (1982). I just want to say one thing to you, Dustin: “Kung Fu Panda.” And finally, “A Christmas Story” (1983), very possibly the pitch-perfect American movie. Jean Shepherd’s story lovingly sends up every consumer Christmas convention there is in this affectionate yet irreverent tale of a 9-year-old boy’s quest for a Red Ryder BB gun. Let’s face it, we’re all Ralphie Parkers. And there you have it. All this time you probably thought I was an angry old man. Now you know I’m just an old softie addicted to chick flicks and romantic comedies. Freelance journalist Edgar Allen Beem lives in Yarmouth. The Universal Notebook is his personal, weekly look at the world around him. Comment on this story at:

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11/27 During a routine patrol, police observed an open door in the back of a home on Two Lights Road. The house is unoccupied and police report the interior was undisturbed. Police will contact the owner.

Sticky situation 12/3 Police were notified of three young children who were allegedly caught trying to shoplift gum from a local business. Police spoke with the children and later released them to their parents.

EMS Cape Elizabeth emergency medical services responded to nine calls from Nov. 29 to Dec. 5.

Scarborough Arrests 11/29 at 3:18 p.m. Charles D. Lawrence, 36, of Oxford Street, Portland, was arrested on Gallery Boulevard by Officer Andrew J. Flynn on a charge of violating bail conditions of release. 12/2 at 2:28 p.m. Clark J. McLean, 39, of Taunton, Mass., was arrested on Ashley Drive by Officer Craig Hebert on a charge of criminal trespass. 12/2 at 8:25 p.m. Ronald J. Blanchard, 43, of Auburn Street, Portland, was arrested on Cabela Boulevard by Officer Scott Vaughan on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 12/3 at 3:39 p.m. Robert P. Trumpler, 46, of Saratoga Lane, was arrested on Saratoga Lane by Officer Garrett Strout on a charge of domestic-violence assault. 12/3 at 11:21 p.m. Christina M. Moore, 22, of Hurlin Smith Road, Buxton, was arrested on Route 1 by Officer Scott Vaughan on a warrant.

Summonses 11/28 at 10:58 a.m. Mary L. Messer, 34, of Lacey Lane, Buxton, was issued a summons on Payne Road by Officer Andrew Flynn on a charge of operating with a suspended or revoked license. 11/29 at 1:16 p.m. Michael A. Roy, 27, of Sawyer Road, was issued a summons on Sawyer Road by Officer Andrew Flynn on charges of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, forgery, theft by deception and violating bail conditions of release. 12/3 at 11:23 p.m. Edward G. Brady, 56, of Snowberry Drive, was issued a summons on Payne Road by Officer Shawn Anastasoff on a charge of operating under the influence after refusing a sobriety test.

The wheels on the bus go ... 12/2 at 3:41 p.m. After its driver suffered from an unknown medical ailment, a Scarborough school bus pulled into the parking lot at Sparkle Car Wash at 285 U.S. Route 1. The driver allegedly blacked out and accelerated the bus, striking a vehicle and ramming into the car wash. There were no passengers on

11/28 at 1:10 p.m. Masterbox alarm on Pin Oak Drive. 11/29 at 8:27 p.m. Carbon monoxide alarm on Pine Point Road. 11/30 at 12:41 a.m. Wires, mulch, burn or smell on Maple Avenue. 12/2 at 9:45 a.m. Vehicle fire on Route 1. 12/2 at 3:41 p.m. Bus into building on Route 1. 12/3 at 7:45 p.m. Carbon monoxide alarm on Route 1. 12/4 at 8:51 a.m. Vehicle crash cleanup on Pleasant Hill Road. 12/4 at 1:08 p.m. Electrical problem on Running Tide Road. 12/4 at 3:06 p.m. Masterbox alarm on Highland Avenue.

EMS Scarborough emergency medical services responded to 28 calls from Nov. 28 through Dec. 4.

South Portland Arrests 11/26 at 2:09 a.m. Sarah E. Moin, 23, of South Portland, was arrested on Veterans Memorial Bridge by Officer Scott Corbett on a charge of operating under the influence. 11/27 at 6:14 p.m. Jared Palmiter, 30, of South Portland, was arrested on Western Avenue by Officer Rocco Navarro on charges of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and operating under the influence. 11/28 at 4:50 p.m. Eric L. Gray, 31, transient, was arrested on Ocean Street by Officer Erin Curry on a warrant. 11/28 at 5:01 p.m. Joshua S. Ochmanski, 18, of Augusta, was arrested on Cottage Road by Officer Jake Hall on charges of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and displaying a fictitious inspection sticker. 11/30 at 4:21 a.m. Kelvin D. Crutcher, 47, of Cordova, Tenn., was arrested on Main Street by Officer Kevin Theriault on a warrant. 12/1 at 1:09 a.m. Robert Whiteford, 24, of South Portland, was arrested on Westbrook Street by Officer Kevin Theriault on a charge of operating after suspension and on a warrant. 12/1 at 1:09 a.m. Cuong Nguyen, 30, of South Portland, was arrested on Westbrook Street by Officer Kevin Theriault on a warrant. 12/1 at 10:49 a.m. Sean Ross, 29, of Portland, was arrested on Pleasant Avenue by Officer John Bostwick on a warrant. 12/1 at 8:22 p.m. Adam Brown, 26, of Farmingdale, was arrested on Broadway by Officer Benjamin Macisso on charges of operating without a license and improper license plates (alteration of plates). 12/2 at 1:14 a.m. Alexander R. Munson, 19, of Buxton, was arrested on Evans Street by Officer David Stailing on a warrant. 12/2 at 6:50 a.m. Richard Afuma, 45, of South Portland, was arrested on Rollins Way by Officer Theodore Sargent on a charge of domestic-violence assault.

Summonses 11/27 at 3:58 p.m. Robert Banks, 42, of South Portland, was issued a summons on Evans Street by Officer Scott Corbett on a charge of displaying a fictitious inspection sticker. 11/28 at 12:55 a.m. Daniel J. Jamieson, 21, of Biddeford, was issued a summons on Casco Bay Bridge by Officer Chris Gosling on a charge of possession of marijuana. 11/28 at 7:04 p.m. John Danieri, 50, of Portland, was issued a summons on Walnut Street by Officer Richard Mearn on a charge of operating with a suspended registration. 11/29 at 12:52 a.m. Glenn A. Richardson, 18,

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Janet G. Whitney, 95: Avid golfer and hospital volunteer BRUNSWICK — Janet Gwillim Whitney, 95, died Nov. 16 at Midcoast Senior Health Center in Brunswick. Born Nov. 5, 1916 in Passaic, N.J., she was the daughter of Edward Pierpont Gwillim and Mabel Sweet Gwillim. Her family moved to West Newton, Mass., where she graduated from Newton High School. She later attended the Chamberlain School for Women in Boston and, after graduating, worked for Liberty Mutual Insurance and Loomis-Sayles Investments, commuting by train from her family’s home in Newtonville. In 1942 she married her next-door neighbor, Donald Forte Whitney. As newlyweds they lived in Flint, Mich., later moving to Wellesley Hills, Mass., where they raised their two daughters, Susan and Lee Ann. The family spent summers on Chebeague Island, moving there permanently after

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Fall 2011 Athletes of the Year sion was mine, based on seeing all or part of 96 sporting events since Sept. 2. The following athletes weren’t always the most prolific players on the field or even nec-

essarily in the spotlight, but I feel that each of them helped elevate their respective teams to greatness. Congratulations to all of the winners!

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December 9, 2011

By Michael Hoffer As usual, selecting the top male and female fall athletes from each school was a challenge. While coaches and athletic directors were consulted, the ultimate deci-

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South Portland Red Riots Fall Athletes of the Year football in high school, he’s also a forward on the always competitive boys’ basketball team and Gaddar has played longstick middie (but will move to defense this spring) in lacrosse. This fall, South Portland returned to prominence, but it didn’t come easily as the Red Riots opened with a 59-21 loss at defending Class A champion Cheverus. South Portland then took six of its next seven and Gaddar played a huge role. Gaddar caught touchdown passes in pivotal wins over Sanford and Massabesic and snared a pair against Kennebunk. He finished with 500 receiving yards and six touchdowns, but his work on defense was even more impressive. The Red Riots were lit up for

109 points in their first three games, but allowed only seven points in regulation in each of their final five as Gaddar roamed the secondary, picking off 11 passes. His biggest play might have come in the season finale, the “Battle of the Bridge” at Portland. With South Portland trailing 7-0 in the second half and doing nothing on offense, the Bulldogs drove for what could have been a backbreaking score. Instead, Gaddar intercepted a pass, returned it 96 yards for a touchdown and sparked a 20-0 run that served as a perfect coda to the regular season. He caught two more TD passes in a quarterfinal round playoff win over Sanford, the Red Riots’ first in 11 seasons. The following week, however, South Portland fell a yard shy in a 20-15 loss to Thornton Academy in the semifinals. Gaddar also paced the special teams with his long snapping and punt returns. Gaddar isn’t just a top athlete. He also is the secretary of the Interact Club, treasurer of the

Spanish Club, belongs to National Honor Society, works for the city refereeing basketball games, coaches elementary school aged kids and works at Wainwright Farms. Next year, Gaddar will matriculate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, where he plans to study to be a civil engineer. He hopes to play football as well for the Division III school. It’s safe to say that whatever he does, he’ll do very, very well. Logan Gaddar, South Portland’s Fall 2011 Male Athlete of the Year, has been a student-athlete worthy of emulation. Coach Steve Stinson’s comment: “Logan has an amazing work ethic. He’s hard working, conscientious. He leads by example and does the right things. He can jump and has great ball skills. He’s been a super kid for us. He was an eraser at safety. He’s a great kid.” 2010 winner: Nem Kaurin (Soccer) 2009 winner: Ryan Curit (Football) 2008 winner: Ryan Chapin

(Soccer) 2007 winner: Nick Gaddar (Football) 2006 winner: David Knowland (Cross country) 2005 winner: Endy Carrera (Soccer) Pan 2004 winner: Nolan Moon (Cross country) 2003 winner: Eric Giddings (Cross country) 2002 winner: Eric Giddings (Cross country) 2001 winner: Devin Shaw (Cross country)

of great praise, something The Forecaster is happy to bestow as we name him Scarborough’s Fall 2011 Male Athlete of the Year. M o r ris is from Scarborough and started running at the youth Morris level, seriously getting into the sport in middle school. He was 10th in the state as a sophomore. By his junior season, Morris was first at the state meet, as was Scarborough. This fall, Morris was superb throughout and he won the regional meet with a time of 17 minutes, 3.30 seconds, and with the individual and team titles on the line at states, he hit the tape in 16:46.81, a mere .02 of a second better than Ladd. Had Morris wound up second, the Red Storm would have been second as a team to Bangor. Instead, he had a finish for the ages. “Nick’s winning finish this year

was the closest finish in Maine history,” said Scarborough coach Jim Harmon. “Nick had to give 100 percent throughout the whole race and then still believe in himself enough to overcome about 20 meters in the last 60 meters of the race to out-kick Harlow Ladd.” Morris runs distance in indoor and outdoor track and coach Derek Veilleux wants him to make a run at winning the 800, mile and two-mile, the “triple crown,” outdoors. Morris plays the saxophone in the band and is in the process of choosing a college. He will likely stay in New England and study business or engineering while making his mark as a runner. What a legacy he leaves in his wake. Nick Morris, Scarborough’s Fall 2011 Male Athlete of the Year, truly saved his best for last and will long be hailed for his excellence. Coach Jim Harmon’s comment: “Nick was a pretty good runner as a freshman, but he really started developing as he trained with our high school team. He

showed great improvement as a freshman and then really took off as a sophomore. In his high school career, he’s been a big part of three state championship teams and the year we didn’t win, we still came in second in the state meet. We’ve had some pretty good leaders in recent years and I think Nick learned from all of them and added his own twist. Nick is an exemplary leader on the team. He never misses practice, he always gives 100 percent and he always has a positive attitude, but he also has a great sense of humor. Then you have his performance in meets. He’s patient and always does what you’ve planned with him. He knows his strengths and trusts his coaches, so it’s a perfect situation. I can’t say enough good about Nick. He’s an exceptional student-athlete and we’ll truly miss him next year.” 2010 winner: Mike Cyr (Football) 2009 winner: Trevor Hoxsie (Soccer) 2008 winner: Ian Philbrick (Soccer)

2007 winner: Nate Gove (Soccer) 2006 winner: Jack Snyder (Golf) 2005 winner: Derek Poulin (Soccer) 2004 winner: Brad Carlson (Soccer) Bona 2003 winner: Tim Waterhouse (Cross country) 2002 winner: Travis Hitchcock (Football) 2001 winner: Nial DeMena (Football)

FA L L 2 0 1 1 M A L E Gaddar grew up in South PortATHLETE OF THE YEAR: land and started playing football in the third grade. In addition LOGAN GADDAR, to playing Senior - Football * SMAA All-Star, first-team defense * SMAA All-Star, second-team offense * SMAA All-Academic team It’s fair to say that Logan Gaddar did a little of everything for one of the best football teams in Western Maine this fall. He was a top receiving threat on offense, shut down the opposition’s passing game on defense and even got involved on special teams as the Red Riots got to the semifinals and posted their best record since 2000. While he boasts height and athleticism, he’s also a hard worker and great team leader and all of that convinced The Forecaster to select Logan Gaddar as South Portland’s Fall 2011 Male Athlete of the Year. He continues a family tradition as Logan’s older brother, Nick, was South Portland’s Fall 2007 Male Athlete of the Year.


* All-State, honorable mention * SMAA All-Star, first-team * New England qualifier Watching Nyajock Pan race down the trails it’s amazing to think that she didn’t even start continued page 18

Scarborough Red Storm Fall Athletes of the Year FA L L 2 0 1 1 M A L E ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: NICK MORRIS, Senior Cross country * Class A individual state champion * All-State * SMAA All-Conference, firstteam * SMAA All-Academic Nick Morris’ legacy as one of the state’s great cross country runners was secure before he traveled to Cumberland’s Twin Brook Recreation Center on Oct. 29. There, he entered into the realm of legend. Morris appeared headed for a runner-up individual finish far behind Messalonskee’s Harlow Ladd, but somehow he willed himself to soar toward the finish line and at the last second, eclipsed Ladd to win the race and give Scarborough another state title. A runner who’s committed to training and making his teammates better, he enjoyed a truly magical senior year and is worthy


* All-State The Scarborough volleyball team produced its best season in memory this autumn and it wasn’t hard to figure out who played the biggest role. continued page 18

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Cape Elizabeth Capers Fall Athletes of the Year FALL 2011 MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: TIM LAVALLEE, Senior - Soccer * All-State * Western A regional all-star * Senior All-Star * WMC Class B All-Star, first-team * WMC All-Academic team Tim Lavallee is best known for his lacrosse prowess, which will send him to Providence College. But you can argue that his play on the pitch is equally dominant. Lavallee was once again the focal point for opposing defenses, who only occasionally were able to slow him down as Lavallee tickled the twine with abandon and led Cape Elizabeth back to the postseason this autumn. For his willingness to do whatever it takes to be successful and for delivering big goals time and again, even though the other team knew what was coming, Tim Lavallee is The Forecaster’s choice for Cape Elizabeth’s Fall 2011 Male Athlete of the Year. Lavallee grew up in Cape Elizabeth and while lacrosse has been his top sport, he made his mark in the autumn and he had many top moments this season. Lavallee had a goal to help the Capers beat defending Class B champion Yarmouth in the opener, handing the Clippers their

first loss since 2009. He had a goal and two assists in a win over Greely, scored the first goal in a victory over Fryeburg, had two goals against Gray-New Gloucester, scored his team’s lone goal in a tie versus York, had two goals in a second win over Greely and struck twice again in a regular season-ending tie at Falmouth. In a preliminary round playoff win over Kennebunk, Lavallee scored twice, giving him 15 goals for the season and 25 for his career, which ties him for 10th all-time in this storied program. Lavallee The Capers were eliminated at eventual state champion Windham in the quarterfinals. Lavallee plays squash and basketball recreationally in the winter, then will look to win a final lacrosse championship in the spring (he played a huge role on a titlist his sophomore season). He’s also a musician, playing the piano and drums. Lavallee was looking at several schools, but had Providence at the top of the list. He plans to study business. While his soccer career is likely over, Tim Lavallee, Cape Elizabeth’s Fall 2011 Male Athlete of the Year, was pretty amaz-

ing at his “second” sport. Coach Ben Raymond’s comment: ”Timmy’s been a huge part of our program for four years. He played almost every position on the field and did them all very well. He always did whatever the team needed. This year, we needed him to score and that’s what he did. He’s an incredibly hard worker and a good leader. He was tops on the team in every fitness activity and was extremely well respected by teammates, opponents and other coaches. He’s a great young man who we’ll miss greatly. He’ll be very successful in college.” 2010 winner: Jack Queeney (Soccer) 2009 winner: Ezra Wolfinger (Football) 2008 winner: Nate Lavallee (Football) 2007 winner: Jim Bump (Football) 2006 winner: Graham Egan (Cross country) 2005 winner: Mike Kertes (Football) 2004 winner: Ron Kelton (Golf) 2003 winner: Elliot Cohen (Football) 2002 winner: David Croft (Soccer) 2001 winner: Jeff Hodge (Soccer)

FALL 2011 FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: MELANIE VANGEL, Sophomore - Soccer * All-New England * All-State

* Western A regional all-star * WMC Class A all-star, first team Heading into the 2011 season, there were rumblings that a special girls’ soccer player had arrived at Cape Elizabeth. One who would affect the balance of power in the Western Maine Conference and Western Class A. As it turned out, the advance reports didn’t do Melanie Vangel justice. Vangel was a human highlight reel from start to finish this fall and even though she was Vangel marked as closely as anyone in state, consistently delivered, helping the Capers produce a much better than expected campaign. For being so skilled and tenacious, and fitting right in to help her team do great things, Melanie Vangel is The Forecaster’s choice for Cape Elizabeth’s Fall 2011 Female Athlete of the Year. Vangel grew up in Rhode Island, moved to Camden for middle school and arrived at Cape Elizabeth this fall, where she immediately elevated her team with

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Fall Coaches of the Year FALL 2011 SOUTH COACH OF THE YEAR - BOYS’ TEAM STEVE STINSON — SOUTH PORTLAND FOOTBALL * Mike Landry Award winner (SMAA Coach of the Year) The 2011 season did not begin auspiciously for the South Portland football team. It was bad enough that the Red Riots had to open at reigning Class A champion Cheverus, but after surrendering 42 second half points in a 59-21 loss and with a challenging slate upcoming, South Portland appeared doomed for a rough season. The Red Riots were anything but doomed. In fact their season wound up sprinkled with stardust as they bounced back from that initial loss with five successive victories, won seven games in all, triumphed in a home playoff game and reached the semifinals for the first time in over a decade. Not a shabby turnaround. While a plethora of devoted athletes made it happen, coach Steve Stinson was pulling the strings. Stinson didn’t just get the most of his kids physically, but he pushed all the right emotional buttons as well and South Portland, one of the state’s proudest programs, woke up the echoes. In light of the way he got his unheralded team to buy in from Day 1 and for orchestrating such a memorable season, Steve Stinson is The Forecaster’s choice for our Fall 2011 Southern edition Coach of the Year, of a boys’ team, the second time he’s

earned this designation. Stinson didn’t appear bound for athletic greatness when he entered Portland High but he was convinced to give football a try and soon turned from a self-described “doughy, 250-pounder” into a lineman extraordinaire who eventually went to the University of Maine and made his mark on the line with the Black Bears while studying kinesiology and exercise psychology. Right after graduStinson ation, Stinson got involved in coaching, first at UMaine, then as an assistant at Portland High. In 2002, he took the job at Greely, a program just entering the varsity level and after three seasons, he came to South Portland, which was only five seasons removed from its latest championship, but in reality, was light years from its glory days. Stinson lost his first 17 games as South Portland’s coach, but he stayed upbeat and by the end of his third year the Red Riots had won three times and just missed the playoffs (earning him this award for the first time). They finally got to the postseason in 2010 and this season was something special. After the Cheverus loss, South Portland upset Thornton Academy and outslugged Sanford, then turned up the defense, allowing seven points in regulation in its



final five contests (the only loss being a triple-OT setback at Windham) finishing 6-2, punctuating the regular season with a “Battle of the Bridge” triumph over Portland. South Portland then downed Sanford in the quarterfinals (its first playoff win in 11 years) before taking second-ranked Thornton Academy down to the final play in a gutwrenching 20-15 loss in the semifinals. Making the run even more impressive was that starting quarterback Jordan Muller was lost in Week 2, but backup Michael Salvatore rose to the occasion. The line was dominant on both offense and defense (making Stinson proud) and a new attitude permeated the program. “We had good energy coming off last year and each year showed more and more progress” said Stinson, who’s an ed tech at South Portland High. “The kids stepped up in a major way in the offseason and created momentum.” Stinson, who lives in South Portland with his wife Susan and second grade son Nicholas, was chosen by his peers as the league’s Coach of the Year. He’s built up the youth program and is very excited about the future. “We’re built on the line for next year,” Stinson said. “It’s easy to find skill kids. The youth program is paying off. It has 195 kids now. Having former players Jason Cook (who quarterbacked the 1995 and 1996 Class A champions) and Joe Hezlep (a member of the 1999 title winner) on the staff is big. Success breeds success.” It’s safe to say the Red Riots have turned the tide and will be a force again for many

years. Steve Stinson, our Fall 2011 Southern edition boys’ Coach of the Year, has seen his hard work and optimism finally pay off. 2010 winner: Lance Johnson (Scarborough football) 2009 winner: Aaron Filieo (Cape Elizabeth football) 2008 winner: Mark Diaz (Scarborough soccer) 2007 winner: Steve Stinson (South Portland football) 2006 winner: Aaron Filieo (Cape Elizabeth football) 2005 winner: Mark Diaz (Scarborough Roberts soccer) 2004 winner: Jim Harmon (Scarborough cross country) 2003 winner: Mark Diaz (Scarborough soccer) 2002 winner: Jack Flynn (Scarborough football) 2001 winner: Jack Flynn (Scarborough football).


The Scarborough volleyball program wasn’t much of a factor on the state level prior to this autumn. This year, however, the Red Storm was fantastic, reaching the state match for the

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running until the eighth grade. She certainly picked it up quickly. Pan added to her burgeoning legend this fall with strong performances from start to finish and made it to the New England championships as an individual. For being such a natural talent who really shines at the big meets and for being a great teammate and school citizen, Nyajock Pan gets The Forecaster’s nod as South Portland’s Fall 2011 Female Athlete of the Year. Pan came to South Portland from Portland in the seventh grade and the following year took up running because her friends did it. That twist of fate would bode well

Scarborough from page 15 Standing at over 6-feet and featuring a non-stop supply of athleticism and tenacity, Brittany Bona made sure the Red Storm not only had a good regular season, but reached the state championship match for the first time. While her stats were dazzling, her all around game and commitment to her teammates were also worthy of praise and The Forecaster will do just that by naming Brittany Bona Scarborough’s Fall 2011 Female Athlete of the Year. Bona grew up in Scarborough and started playing volleyball in the eighth

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for both Pan and the Red Riots once she got to high school. Although she doesn’t seriously train until school starts, Pan finished 14th at the Class A state meet as a freshman and moved up to sixth as a sophomore. Her excellence continued this fall as Pan was second in the first race of the regular season and never looked back. At regionals, she placed fifth as the Red Riots came in fourth and qualified for states. Then, at the state meet, Pan finished seventh (fifth for scoring purposes) and qualified for the New England meet. She hoped to finish in the top 25 there, but settled for the 41st-best time. Pan is running distance in indoor track for the first time this winter after playing basketball previously. She hopes to make it to New Englands. She also runs distance

races in outdoor track, mentors and is involved with French Club. She hopes to run in college. First, she figures to make a run at being one of the finest in the state her senior year. Nyajock Pan, South Portland’s Fall 2011 Female Athlete of the Year, has much greatness to come. Coach Karen Reardon’s comment: “Nyajock has a good personality and gets along well with all the girls to start with, but it is more than that. She works hard at practice, takes an interest in others, pushes herself to do her best, thereby setting a good example and is humble in her manner. One thing that makes her good as a runner is her competitiveness – she hates to lose. The other girls know that she is going to give it her all, so that helps them do the same. She is a

lot of fun to work with and a pleasure to see run.” 2010 winner: Rebecca Roberts (Field hockey) 2009 winner: Karleigh Bradbury (Soccer) 2008 winner: Annelise Donahue (Cross country) 2007 winner: Annelise Donahue (Cross country) 2006 winner: Kristina Aceto (Field hockey) 2005 winner: Emily Haeuser (Cross country) 2004 winner: Courtney Albin (Soccer) 2003 winner: Christina Aceto (Soccer) 2002 winner: Andrea Giddings (Cross country) 2001 winner: Andrea Giddings (Cross country)

grade. She joined the varsity team as a sophomore and soon became a standout. Honing her game in the summer playing beach volleyball with Greely standout Maggie Bradley, Bona was hungry for a big senior year and produced time and again. The Red Storm won 12 of 14 regular season matches and Bona regularly demoralized the opposition. She had eight kills and four aces in a season-opening win over Cape Elizabeth, eight and six against Lake Region, 13 kills versus Kennebunk, 13 kills and 13 digs in a loss to Greely, 17 kills and eight digs in a five-set win over Falmouth, 12 and 11 against Gorham, 15 kills in a second loss to Greely, 15 kills and seven digs in

a win over eventual Class B champion Yarmouth and 15 kills, 14 digs and five aces against defending Class A champion Biddeford in the regular season finale. Scarborough then ousted Ellsworth (Bona had 11 kills, five aces and four digs) and Gorham (13 aces, 14 kills and three digs) in the playoffs to meet Greely again for the Class A crown. Despite another superb effort from Bona (14 kills, eight digs, four aces), the Red Storm fell in four tough sets. Bona finished the year with 186 kills, 48 aces, 98 serve receptions, 10 blocks and 104 digs and was chosen as one of the state’s best players. Bona also plays with the 18-Gold Maine Juniors volleyball squad and

is now involved with basketball. She was a role player in that sport when Scarborough won the 2010 Class A title. She belongs to the Pink Ribbon Club for Breast Cancer Awareness. Bona is being recruited by several Division III schools, but is also entertaining the possibility of playing volleyball at the Division I level. She plans to study architecture. She certainly helped build a winner this autumn. Brittany Bona, Scarborough’s Fall 2011 Female Athlete of the Year, was a special player on a memorable team. Coach Jon Roberts’ comment: “Brittany was a huge part of what we were

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The soccer all-state teams were announced Sunday and several local players were honored. The boys’ Western Maine squad included Cape Elizabeth senior midfielder Tim Lavallee, Greater Portland Christian School senior back Jordan Peters and Scarborough senior forward Andrew Jones. The girls’ Western Maine team featured Cape Elizabeth sophomore forward Melanie Vangel and Scarborough senior forward Haley Carignan and senior back Emily Tolman. Scarborough’s Jones was also named to the boys’ All-New England team. Cape Elizabeth’s Vangel

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from page 17 first time and giving perennial champion Greely all it could handle before falling in four close sets. The run was helped by some talented and driven players, but was overseen by a longtime volleyball aficionado at the top, coach Jon Roberts. In just his second year, Roberts helped Scarborough double its win total from the prior season and almost capture a first Gold Ball. For his commitment to the sport and ability to get so much out of this group, Jon Roberts is The Forecaster’s selection as our Fall 2011 Southern edition Coach of the Year, of a girls’ team. Roberts grew up playing volleyball in

Scarborough from page 18 able to do. She doesn’t get as much credit as she deserves for her passing and defense. She’s a great player. She’s a coach’s dream. If I had her at setter or at libero, she’d be one of the best in the state. She’s so competitive at everything she does.” 2010 winner: Cortney Hughes (Soccer)

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Katelyn Benson had 18 points and six rebounds in the win against Unity. Benson had 18 points while Marissa Welch (16 points, 13 rebounds) and Kristan Saavedra (10 points, 11 rebounds) had double-doubles. The men split over the weekend, beating Paul Smiths College (93-75, behind Josh Mackie’s 30 points) and losing to Vermont Tech (87-61, despite 14 points from Emmanuel Donalson). SMCC is now 5-6 overall (3-4 in conference). The Seawolves were at Nashua CC Wednesday (men only), visit St. Joseph’s Saturday and host rival Central Maine CC Wednesday of next week.

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The good times keep rolling for firstyear coach Kendra Reichert and the Southern Maine Community College women’s basketball team. The Seawolves improved to 9-1 (7-0 in the Yankee Small College Conference) with weekend home victories over Unity (8036) and Vermont Tech (61-31). Freshman

Storrs, Conn., and was on the club volleyball team at U. Conn. He started coaching at Coventry High School in Connecticut then took over a program at Scarborough that had contended, but never made a serious run at a championship. “Expectations were low when I took over,” Roberts said. “I had to get the kids to buy into competitive practices and the inclusiveness of the JV team into the varsity program.” After a 7-8 campaign in 2010, which ended with a loss to Falmouth in the playoffs, Scarborough turned heads early this fall, winning four straight matches before falling at home to Greely. After four more victories, the Red Storm was beaten by the Rangers again. Scarborough would end up 12-2 and earned the No. 3 seed for the Class A playoffs.

After a 3-0 quarterfinal round victory over Ellsworth, the Red Storm ousted Gorham by the same margin, punching its ticket to the state final for the first time. There, Scarborough and Greely went toe-to-toe, but with the match on the line, the Rangers won the key points and the Red Storm fell just short. Don’t be surprised if Scarborough is right back in that final match next year and for many seasons to come. Roberts, who lives in Scarborough and works as a City of Portland police officer, also coaches a club team in the winter and sees himself coaching high school for awhile. That’s good news for the Scarborough program and the sport as a whole. For as long as Jon Roberts, our Fall 2011 Southern edition girls’ Coach of the Year, is running

the show, triumph figures to follow. 2010 winner: Mike Farley (Scarborough soccer) 2 0 0 9 w i n n e r : Ke r r y M a r i e l l o (Scarborough field hockey) 2008 winner: Ron Kelly (Scarborough cross country) 2 0 0 7 w i n n e r : Ke r r y M a r i e l l o (Scarborough field hockey) 2006 winner: Jody King (Scarborough volleyball) 2005 winner: Mary Ann Doss (Cape Elizabeth cross country) 2 0 0 4 w i n n e r : Ke r r y M a r i e l l o (Scarborough field hockey) 2003 winner: Mary Ann Doss (Cape Elizabeth cross country) 2002 winner: Maureen Curran (South Portland field hockey) 2001 winner: Erin McLaughlin (Scarborough field hockey)

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tion before striking again as the Capers advanced on penalty kicks. Cape Elizabeth then had defending Class A champion Scarborough on the ropes in the semifinals, but the Red Storm tied things up late and won in double overtime. Vangel ended with 20 goals and five assists and was honored at the conference, regional, state and New England levels for her excellence. “It was a really fun and successful season,” Vangel said. “I made a lot of friends. It was a very united team.” Vangel plays for the Phoenix U-17 premier team and may play basketball this winter. She hopes to play soccer in college and will certainly have a lot of schools clamoring for her services. She certainly arrived on the scene with a splash, scoring goals with abandon. Melanie Vangel, Cape Elizabeth’s Fall 2011 Female Athlete of the Year, is a shining star on the soccer field. Coach Luke Krawczyk’s comment: “Mel had a really positive effect on the

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Christmas concerts, Jewish drama By Scott Andrews The holiday season continues on the arts and entertainment front, with interesting Christmas concerts slated for this weekend and an intriguing Jewish drama playing in Westbrook. Two choral concerts are scheduled for Saturday. Mid-afternoon in South Portland is the annual holiday performance of Musica de Filia – “daughters of music.” Led by Jaye Churchill, Musica de Filia embraces girls from second grade through adult women. The Freeport Community Chorus gives two performances of its annual holiday program this weekend. The first is on Saturday in Freeport, with the program repeated Sunday in Yarmouth. On Dec. 13, St. Mary Schola, one of Maine’s few early music ensembles, performs its annual Christmas concert in Portland. In the drama department, Acorn Productions has mounted the world premiere of “The Wandering Beggar,” a specially commissioned stage adaptation and translation of classic Yiddish tales about a pious Jewish mendicant in 19th-century Russia.

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Greater Freeport Community Chorus Christmas is a beloved time for people who love choral music, both from the point of view of the singers and the listeners. Among the former are the members of the Greater Freeport Community Chorus, who have been performing Christmas concerts since 1994. This year’s Christmas program will be given twice under artistic director Virgil Bozeman. “Our music is a blend of serious and fun pieces and audiences can tell how much fun our members are having when they attend our concerts,” member Sandy Banas said. “Our program has a holiday theme, but the music is varied. We begin with Josef Rheinberger’s ‘Abendlied’ (‘Evensong’) and Felix Mendelssohn’s ‘How Lovely are the Messengers.’ In addition to three lovely Christmas carols by composer, John Rutter, is Rutter’s exciting and fun tune, ‘Good Ale.’” Rutter is perhaps the most popular 20thcentury composer of choral music. “His music, characterized by inventive melody and well-crafted arrangements, indicates a keen sense of what human voices to best and love most,” Bozeman explained. Another intriguing piece is Stephen Chatman’s “Blow, Blow the Winter Wind,”

A pious mendicant (Hal Cohen) confronts a learned rabbi (David Handwerker) in “The Wandering Beggar,” running through Dec. 16 at Acorn Studio Theatre in Westbrook.

a setting of a text excerpted from William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Two performances are planned. First is Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Jude Church, 134 Main St. in Freeport. The concert repeats Dec. 11 at 2:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main St. in Yarmouth. Call the chorus at 751-6301.

St. Mary Schola Early music, defined roughly as compositions dating from before the 18th century, is a wonderful special branch of classical music. But regrettably there are few practitioners in Maine. One happy exception to that generality is St. Mary Schola, an ensemble of 20 professional singers and instrumentalists based in Falmouth. Most ensemble members have formal classical training and several teach music in various schools and venues. On Dec. 13 they’ll give their annual Christmas concert in Portland. Titled, “Prepare the Way,” the concert will artistically journey to England, France and Germany. Director Bruce Fithian, a professor of music at the University of Southern Maine, has selected a program that includes composers Heinrich Schutz, Dietrich Buxtehude,



For more than a dozen years our region’s cultural landscape has been enriched by Musica de Filia, an organization that is entirely devoted to female voices directed by Jaye Churchill, a professionally trained singer and graduate of the University of Southern Maine School of Music. For some years in the 1990s, Churchill directed the Boy Singers of Maine. When she sensed a desire for a parallel ensemble of girls, she took the initiative and started it herself. Musica de Filia is an auditioned training and performance program that includes five separate choral sub-units. These begin with

girls in second and third grades and progress to the Women’s Choir, which is open to ages 18 and older. This year’s 13th annual holiday concert will feature all five ensembles. Perhaps the most intriguing single item on the program will be Colin Britt’s contemporary setting of “There Is No Rose,” a 15th-century poem from the Trinity College Library in England. The composer is the son of Susan Britt, a member of the Women’s Choir. “It’s quite rich and quite complicated and very beautiful,” says Churchill. “It’s one of the most difficult pieces I’ve ever done with the Women’s Choir.” Catch Musica de Filia’s holiday concert at 2 p.m. Dec. 10 at the South Portland Auditorium, 637 Highland Ave. Call 807-2158.

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‘The Wandering Beggar’

Acorn Productions, a professional theater company based in the Dana Warp Mill in Westbrook, is observing Hanukkah by instituting an annual series of plays on Jewish themes. This year’s choice is the world premiere of “The Wandering Beggar,” a series of dramatic sketches that were specially commissioned by Acorn impresario Mike Levine, one of the most active members of Maine’s theatrical community. The inspiration came from director Harlan Baker, who fondly recalled a Yiddish language book written about a fictional beggar in 19th-century Russia by Solomon Simon, published in the 1930s. With the assistance of the author’s son, the stage script was penned by Howard Rosenfield of Brunswick. The story line is minimal. In the opening scene, “Simple Shmerel” is sent “into the world” to beg bread and lodging from kindhearted folks. Each subsequent scene is a vignette depicting the character’s interaction with lowly townspeople, wealthy tradesmen and haughty princes. In each case, Shmerel’s naive wisdom proves superior to his social and economic betters, and his simple faith in God’s goodness makes a positive mark wherever he travels. The early episodes are light and humorous, but the drama turns serious in the second act when Shmerel confronts the deadly pogroms of Czarist Russia – and successfully challenges the perpetrators. I liked Hal Cohen in the title role. His grizzled beard, rough manners and ragged clothing contrast with a gem of a human being whose simple goodness shines through the dross. He’s supported by a cast of 11, directed by Baker. The “Wandering Beggar” runs through Dec. 16 at Acorn Studio Theatre, located in the Dana Warp Mill, 75 Bridge St. in Westbrook, with 7:30 p.m. performances Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Call 854-0065.

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Benefits Christmas Tree Sale, South Portland & Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club, Mill Creek Park,

Friday 12/9 About Face to benefit Merrill Memorial Library, 6 p.m., 215 Main St., Yarmouth, FMI 725-9436.

Sunday 12/11 Wishing Tree fundraiser for Seeds of Independence, 2-5 p.m., Sanctuary Holistic Health Center, 50 Forest Falls Dr.,Yarmouth, 846-1162.

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202 Woodford St., Portland, FMI Holiday Craft Fun, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., $5, Falmouth Corner Preschool, 18 Mountain Road, Falmouth, FMI 878-1192.

Sunday 12/11 Advent Vespers Candlelight Service, 5:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland. Live Nativity, 6- 8 p.m., West Scarborough United Methodist Church, Rt. 1 Scarborough.

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Center for Maine Craft, in the Maine Mall through December 2011, open regular and extended Maine Mall hours, FMI 772-8653.

YES Art Works Holiday Arts Fair, 2-6 p.m., Creative Works Systems, 619 Brighton Ave., Portland, FMI 879-1140.

Circle of Musicians, Sundays, 2-7 p.m., 263 Pine Point Road, $3/ person, $5/couple, hosted by Ron & Sherri Nick, FMI sheriwaves@

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Winter Farmers’ Market, 10 a.m-2 p.m. every Sunday, South Portland Planning Office, corner of Ocean St. and Rt. 77.

Friday 12/9 Freeport Women’s Club Meeting, 1 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Liberty Dr., Freeport, 865-1017. Safe Passage Open House, 5:307:30 p.m., 81 Bridge St., Yarmouth.

Saturday 12/10 Designing Women Craft Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Woodford’s Church,

Best Shot Youth Free Throw Tournament, 1 p.m., Portland Expo Center, 239 Park Ave., Portland, FMI 879-3605.

Call for Volunteers AARP Foundation Tax Aide program seeks volunteers, contact Joan Jagolinzer, 883-8415 or ASSE International Student Exchange Program is looking for volunteers to be area representatives to recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad, and supervise the visiting exchange students in their community. Volunteers will be reimbursed for

Ajkun Ballet Theater, New York City-based dance company, holding auditions in February and March 2012 in New York City; FMI visit

Books & Authors . Sunday 12/18 Book Discussion of “Cleopatra,” 6:30 p.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, FMI 443-5141.

Film ”Conversations with Edd Bonney,” now available for sale at Freeport Public Library, 10 Liberty Dr., Freeport,

Galleries Saturday 12/10 Kapital Ink #5 magazine release party, 6:30 p.m., Zero Station, 222

Music Friday 12/9 ”Elmo Makes Music,” runs through Dec. 11, Cumberland County Civic Center,

Saturday 12/10 Carolyn Currie, 7 p.m., Southworth Planetarium, 70 Falmouth St., Portland, $8 adults/$6 children, FMI 780-4249. Musica de Filia Holiday Concert, 2 p.m., South Portland Auditorium, 637 Highland Ave., South Portland, $10/$5 seniors, Fmi 807-2158. Spirituals, Carols and Holiday Favorites, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m., St. Jude’s Church, Main St., Falmouth, and Dec. 11, 2:30 p.m., Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main St., Yarmouth, $10, FMI

Sunday 12/11 A Baroque Christmas, 3 p.m., The

Sunday 12/11 VFW Post 832 Breakfast, 8:3010 a.m., 50 Peary Terrace, South Portland, FMI 767-2575 after 3 p.m.

CATCH Healthy Habits, an afterschool program that brings teams of adults, age 50+, together with children to learn about healthy eating habits and active play, is looking for volunteers for its winter sessions, 396-6523.

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Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad’s Polar Express needs volunteers, Nov. 25-Dec. 23, Jennifer, 871-0618.

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Maine Handicapped Skiing needs intermediate/advanced skiers, snowboarders and nordic skiers with training in adaptive skiing. Lift tickets provided, volunteers supply their own gear, commit to three days of training. FMI or 824-2440. SCORE is seeking volunteers to work in the “counselors to America’s small business” program, FMI, Nancy, 772-1147. South Portland Meals on Wheels needs drivers for South Portland, Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth, 1-3 hours per week, mornings. Mileage reimbursement, Liz Engel, 767-2255.

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Roast Beef Dinner, 12 p.m., Cummings Center, 134 Congress St., Suite 2, Portland, reservations by Dec. 13, $5/$7, FMI and reservations 878-3285.

Saturday 12/10 Winter Hiking Workshop, 6-9 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Liberty Dr., Freeport, FMI 2155306.

Getting Smarter Focus on Philanthropy: the act of leadership, 10 a.m., Haraseeket Inn, 162 Main St., Freeport, FMI and to register, Parents in Stepfamilies Workshop, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Kids First Center, 222 St. John St., Suite 101, Portland, $60 per person/$100 per couple, FMI and to register 761-2709.

Chowder Meal, 4:30-6 p.m., First United Methodist Chruch, 179 Ridgeland Ave., South Portland, $8, FMI 767-2688.

Staying the Course, 7:15-9 a.m., Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland.

Lions Club Seafood Chowder Dinner, 5-8 p.m., $10/$5, Bowery Beach School House, Two Lights

Basic Computer Training, 1-4 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5

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Tuesday 12/13 Freeport 5th grade band holiday concert, 7 p.m., Falmouth Elementary, 58 Woodville Road, FMI 781-3988.

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Music and Muffins: Malachi Graham, 10:30 a.m., Prince Memorial Library, 266 Main St., Cumberland, FMI 829-2215.

Sunday 12/18 Christmas Winds, 3 p.m., Haraseeket Grange Hall, 13 Elm St., Freeport, donation to Freeport


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Monument Square, Portland, 8711700 ext. 708. Women and Wealth Seminar, 6-7:30 p.m., 12 Portland St., Yarmouth, FMI and to register 7293526.

Health & Support Leukemia & Lymphoma Support Group meets on the third Tues. of every month, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, FMI (508) 810-1329.

Thursday 12/15 Holiday Care Giving, 7-8 p.m., Two Lights Home Care, Pond Cove Shopping Plaza, Cape Elizabeth, FMI 799-4465.

Celtic Folk duo Castlebay will warm up the holidays at the Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. For more information call 729-8515.

Portland String Quartet Concert Series: The Art of the Fugue, 2 p.m., Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, 761-1522.

Hoboe, 9:30 p.m., Slainte Wine Bar and Lounge, 29 Preble St., Portland, 21+, $5 advance/$7 door, FMI 252-7378.

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Cathedral of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland, $15/$10 seniors and students, FMI 772-5434.

Food Pantry admission, 865-4747.

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Public Church Supper, 5-6 p.m., First Parish Church, 40 Main St., Freeport, $8 adults/$4 children, FMI 865-6022.

expenses and have some opportunity to travel. FMI Joyce McKenney 737-4666.

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The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of Southern Maine Agency on Aging is looking for people age 55 and over to volunteer; local opportunities include an arts center in Portland; school mentoring or tutoring; spend time with residents in long term care facilities; volunteer as a tax aide or at a nonprofit, Priscilla Greene, 396-6521 or 1-800-427-7411 Ext. 521.

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Creativity Time, 9:15 a.m., Royal River Books, 355 Main St., Yarmouth.

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Mid Coast Books & Authors Friday 12/9

David Solmitz, Howard Watzman reading, 7 p.m., Gulf of Maine Books, 134 Maine St., Brunswick, FMI 729-5083.

Sunday 12/11

Martha White book signing and reading, Gulf of Maine Books, 134 Maine St., Brunswick, FMI 7295083.

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Book Discussion “The New Frugality: How to consume less, save more, and live better,” 5:30 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, FMI 725-5242.

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”Love’s Old Sweet Song,” Dec. 9-10, 8 p.m., Mayo St. Arts Center, 10 Mayo St., Portland, $10 suggested donation, FMI

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”Fixing the Future:” Creating Local Jobs and Building Prosperity, screening, 7 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, FMI 725-5242.

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to court documents and interviews with parties in the dispute. After Callaghan threatened to sue, Gailey decided she could be “grandfathered” for one more term on the School Board. Policy language approved by the City Council in November included that provision. Edwards claims he was deterred from seeking an appointment to the School Board in December 2010 after being told he would have to give up his Parks and Recreation Department job. Now that both sides in the lawsuit have asked for summary judgment, Warren will either issue a ruling or send the case to trial.

playing area. Robots had to start the match at no larger than 18 inches by 18 inches, though they could extend and grow after the starting buzzer, and could have a maximum of 10 motors. Aside from that, the students were free to design however they liked. “These kids learn (science, technology, engineering, math), teamwork, game theory,” said Ethan Thayer, a Cape Elizabeth teacher who was master of ceremonies at the competition. “They learn everything.” Cape Elizabeth’s winning high school team – sophomores Luke Dvorozniak and Anthony Castro – will be headed to the World Championship in Anaheim, Calif., and the National Championship in Omaha, Neb. The middle school team – seventh-graders Sam Price, Kyle Long, Mac Brucher, Mac Huffard and Will Costello – also qualified for the National Championship. Teams worked about a year designing robots to compete in the game. Some robots picked up objects, others pushed them into the corner to score quick points. The more complex robots, like the one operated by the winning Cape Elizabeth High School team, sucked up objects three at a time on a conveyor belt and deposited them into the baskets. “We’ve gotten better every year,” Dvorozniak said during a break in the

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competition. The team has already made it to the world contests twice. Kathy Barber, Dvorozniak’s mom, said that last year in Orlando, Fla., the kids ended up on an alliance with a Chinese team. They strategized and worked together in the absence of a common language, she said. But back to the robot, and its teenage masters: “With this robot, we wanted to score as quick as possible,” Dvorozniak said. “So we knew we had to pick up as many items as we could at one time.” The high school duo’s robot featured 10 motors, two pneumatic cylinders and 10 sensors. It had four different programs that allowed it to function autonomously during the 20-second start of the match, when controllers weren’t allowed to work their robots. “We started designing this robot right after the Worlds contest last year,” Castro said. “We just started writing down ideas.” The team had the help of a few professional engineers, Barber said, but the kids did all the actual design and construction. “When they were in eighth grade and got to Worlds, the pressure was immense,” she said. “Anthony’s mom and I said we needed to get an engineer

Market from page 1 Donuts franchise, but the project was scuttled because of high construction costs. According to John Mitchell, principal at Mitchell & Associates landscape architects in Portland, the proposed market would be about 3,500 square feet on the first floor and about 1,500 square feet on the second floor. Concannon, a resident of Harriman Farm Road, said he and his wife have wanted to start another business for a while. He said with two small children in the Cape Elizabeth schools, they plan to live in the community for quite some time. “I’ve wanted to do a market-bakerydeli with high-end sandwiches, funky food and gourmet prepared meals,” he said.”You see these in other communities and they seem to fit nicely. We’d love to try to do it.” The market would sell bagels, coffee, fresh bread, meats, fresh produce and wine, Concannon said. There will be no formal table service, but customers

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on board to help them with their build process.” The duo started in fifth grade with Legos, and she said they’d always wanted to dive in and start building. The professional engineers taught the kids not to pick up the wrench until they had a solid design. A team from North Yarmouth Academy, whose robot was similar to the CEHS team’s, came in second place as part of an alliance with a Sanford High School team. As would be expected, the NYA team members were disappointed at not winning the gold, but said they felt good about their work. “Last year, our team was seventh,” said Katherine Roche, a junior on the team. “This year, we’re third overall and second in the tournament. So I’ll sleep well tonight. That’s monumental from last year.” There are 35o VEX contests worldwide. The southern Maine contest and another in Orono are sponsored by Fairchild Semiconductor. Mario Moretto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or Follow him on Twitter: @riocarmine.

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would be able to order food and sit at a table to eat. He said he would bring his 4 1/2 employees to Cape Elizabeth and the market would have a mix of part-time and full-time employees. Concannon said he would like the market to be open from about 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., but no hours of operation have been determined. Given what he expects to be a lengthy approval process, Concannon said he would not expect to open the business until 2013. He has to complete a land survey, and sewer and traffic studies. Concannon must also ask the Town Council for permission to use the high school driveway as an exit, since the town owns the drive. He is scheduled to address the council on Monday, Dec. 12, in executive session. “We feel the market will fill a void in the town,” Concannon said. “I wouldn’t consider us competition for the Local Buzz or the IGA. There will be some crossover, but it is different. We are very excited to make this happen.” Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or Follow her on Twitter: @amy_k_anderson

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not yet been appointed by council Chairman Ronald Ahlquist. Councilors on Wednesday also agreed to extend the term of the Municipal Tax Increment Finance District for another three years. TIF districts are a financial tool that allow municipalities to earmark tax revenue increases to pay for certain area for development projects. The Municipal TIF District was enacted in 1985 to fund construction of the Municipal Offices, the addition of the police station to the fire station on Route 1, and renovation of the Scarborough Public Library. The town needs to pull in more than $600,000 from the TIF to break even on

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modules. Cape Elizabeth’s foundation has given almost $900,000 to education projects since 2002, according to its website. This year, it gave nearly $60,000 in the spring alone, most of it going to provide iPads to high school students and teachers. The Scarborough group began meeting this fall, and has the support of Superintendent of Schools George Entwistle III. Entwistle had been meeting with parents and residents since being hired in March, and said several people told him they were interested in getting together to help fund education. “There were certain individuals who indicated they wanted to get more actively involved in the schools, maybe a half-dozen folks, that seemed to be good

people to bring together,� Entwistle said Monday. “The rest is history.� Leadley and Pratt emphasized the group does not intend to supplement the school budget, pay salaries, or fill gaps in basic curriculum funding. Rather, they said, the group would seek out applicants who show foresight and creativity in making schools in the district “first-rate.� “We’re looking to things that aren’t already, traditionally, in the school budget,� Pratt said.� We’re not trying to reduce the pressure on the Town Council relative to the school budget. We’re actually hoping to increase the pressure by showing that there’s a dedicated group of parents who are very serious about education in this town ... and we’re willing to put our money where our mouths are.�


and have a little fun at the same time. Team member and Waynflete senior Sam Hansen, of Falmouth, said questions ranged from personal finance and the rules governing credit card companies, to global finance and the Eurozone. Senior Alysa Grindlinger, also from Falmouth, and the team’s only girl, said she was one of two girls who competed in Boston. “I don’t know why there aren’t more girls,� she said. “I’m trying to convince

from page 6 the part of many Americans in the areas of finance, economics and math skills connected to those concepts contributed to the financial crisis of 2008, and the problems we continue to face today.� For the students, the competition in Boston was an opportunity to show off all they’ve learned in their finance classes,

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Ahlquist elected council chairman SCARBOROUGH — Councilor Ronald Ahlquist was elected Town Council chairman Wednesday in a 5-2 vote, with Councilors Karen D’Andrea and Carol Rancourt in the minority. Former Chairwoman Judith Roy was named vice chairwoman, with D’Andrea and Rancourt again dis-

senting. D’Andrea nominated Rancourt for both leadership positions, but the nomination failed to receive a second. The meeting was also the first for Councilor James Benedict, who defeated Paul Andriulli by just 79 votes in the November election. — Mario Moretto

those expenditures, Hall said. “We’ve not performed sufficiently enough, meaning the value of the TIF has not performed well enough to pay for those projects,� Hall said. The TIF district will expire in 2016. The town must capture the full cost of

district improvements in tax revenue by then, or risk losing money, because state law limits TIF districts lifespans to 30 years.

Pratt told the School Board that there are plenty of residents and parents of students who want to do what they can to help the schools. She said she saw it first hand in the lead-up to voters approving the $39 million Wentworth building project. “We heard people say before the election, ‘Raise my taxes. Take more of my money,’� she said. “We know that’s not really that easy, so we have decided to be the organization that says, ‘We’ll take your money.’� The group is assembling the paperwork and documents to become a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. That jumble of numbers is significant, because it means the group won’t be allowed to use its funding toward political ends. “We all agreed that we won’t be political,� said SEF board member Chris

Brownsey, who until recently was the chairman of the School Board. “We’ll advocate for funding, but we’re strictly nonpolitical.� Brownsey said he’s confident the group eventually will be as successful as the education foundations in Cape Elizabeth and Falmouth, which gave out more than $64,000 in 2009, according to its most recent IRS filings. Leadley agreed. “We’re really trying to keep a narrow focus for right now, and not focus on what this could be or will be,� he said. “We know what we want this to be right now, which is a way to focus our efforts to support our teachers in making Scarborough’s systems really above and beyond first-class.�

some (Waynflete) juniors to get involved, so they can go next year.� She said she doesn’t plan to study economics in college, but she said it’s important to learn about this, particularly personal finance, just to be a productive citizen. “To understand how the Fed works is really important in order to be an informed voter and citizen,� St. Onge-May added. He and team members Peter Stein, of

Portland, and Mitch Newlin, of Brunswick, said they plan to study finance in college. Hansen said he hopes to study behavioral economics because he’s fascinated by the economic choices people make. “People don’t always act in their own best economic interest,� he said.

Mario Moretto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or Follow him on Twitter: @riocarmine.

Mario Moretto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or Follow him on Twitter: @riocarmine.

Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or Follow her on Twitter: @emilyparkhurst.

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