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Vol. 11, No. 52

News of South Portland, Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth

Tablets a ‘new world’ for special-needs students 3 CEHS By David Harry SCARBOROUGH — Morrison Center teacher Paul Agnew circled the room, extending an iPad so his students could dress a snowman. Behind him, the image appeared on a screen as it went from naked white to fully clothed with a carrot nose. Sitting in front of him, students Mindy Bisson, Cassy Gannett and Tommy LaBerge focused on picking wardrobe items and saying them out loud as they touched the iPad screen. “The (students) all have a genuine interest for these,” Agnew said after the Dec. 20 tablet demonstration. Lynn Gierie, whose son, Robbie, was born with cerebral palsy, knew the tablets would be a good way to give back to the school where her son was educated through eighth grade. As president of the Robbie Foundation, a Scarboroughbased nonprofit that provides grants to buy adaptive equipment and fund services for children with special needs, she made it a goal to find the funding to buy tablets and training for students and staff at the Morrison Center. “I see the impact it has made,” she said. “It opens a whole new world for them.”

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Morrison Center teacher Paul Agnew guides student Tommy LaBerge through dressing a snowman, part of a lesson to increase verbal and vocabulary skills using iPads donated from grants by the Scarborough-based Robbie Foundation and the Davis Family Foundation of Falmouth.

With a $25,000 grant from the Falmouth-based Davis Family Foundation, Gierie supplied the Morrison Center with 24 iPads and three two-hour training ses-

sions to help launch a new way of learning at the center. The tablets, with audio and video programs, were donated to the school earlier this month.

“This is a more dynamic device,” Agnew said. “I’m a gadget geek, and it couldn’t be See page 12

School kitchens under close scrutiny Most get passing grades; problems in Portland

By Will Graff PORTLAND — One in six Americans – about 48 million people – get sick from foodborne diseases every year. Worse, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die. The most vulnerable population: children. Those statistics, the latest available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s 2011 report on foodborne illness, underscore

the importance of food safety in schools. In southern Maine, public school kitchens largely pass state health inspections. Only a handful have failed an inspection in the last five years. In fact, of the more than 200 Maine Department of Environmental Health kitchen inspection reports reviewed by The Forecaster, covering 64 public school cafeterias from Scarborough to Brunswick, state and city health inspectors have only failed six school kitchens since 2007. “The schools are great,” said Rebecca Walsh, senior health

program manager for the department. “... Really, their staff is among the best-trained staff as far as handling food and food safety.” And, unlike restaurants, in the last two years, the school kitchens have received no complaints about illness, according to Health Inspection Program Manager Lisa Roy. But, despite the high rate of passing schools, more than a dozen schools were on the brink of failure, coming within one violation of failing. Most had at least one violation that could spread See page 14


An electric warming box holds ground beef ready to ship to schools last Friday at the Reed Commissary, the central kitchen for most of Portland’s public schools. Food Services Director Ron Adams said the facility, housed in a converted school, is inadequate. The program is scheduled to move into a new kitchen next fall.

By David Harry CAPE ELIZABETH — Three juveniles were arrested and charged with drug trafficking – and at least two could be expelled from school – for their alleged roles in the distribution of marijuana-laced cookies Dec. 7 at Cape Elizabeth High School. Police Department Capt. Brent Sinclair on Wednesday said two 17-year-old boys and a 15-yearold boy were charged with aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs for allegedly selling the cookies to other students at the school. In addition to the drug trafficking charges, 18-year-old Samuel Sherman, who is the son of Town Councilor David Sherman, and seven boys were issued summonses for possession of marijuana. Four of the juveniles are 16 years old; three are 15. One of the 16-year-olds is from South Portland, the rest live in Cape Elizabeth. The students are alleged to have sold and ingested the cookies at school before some of them attended a day-long TEDxYouth event – part of a worldwide series of discussions designed to empower and inspire young people, which was being hosted for the first time by a Maine high school. The cookies were discovered after some of the students became ill and required medical assistance from the school nurse. The investigation involved at least three officers, Sinclair said. “We are hoping this concludes it,” he said. “(There is) no other information at this point.” The police investigation is likely completed, but Superintendent of Schools Meredith Nadeau on See page 12

INSIDE Index Arts Calendar ................13 Classifieds .....................15 Community Calendar.....13

Meetings ........................13 Obituaries ........................9 Opinion ............................6

Police Beat ......................8 Real Estate ....................20 Sports ............................10


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Mad Horse Theatre finds a home in Ferry Village Page 3



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Land trust closes deal on Scarborough woodlands By David Harry SCARBOROUGH — More than 150 acres of woods, fields and wetlands are now under the stewardship of the Scarborough Land Trust. Kathy Mills, executive director of the trust, said the purchase of 156 acres of land from Harvey Warren was completed last Friday after the trust met its $365,000 fundraising goal for the purchase and stewardship costs. The acreage, known as “Warren Woods,” is in the center of town, roughly bounded by Payne and Gorham roads and the Nonesuch River. The property includes frontage on the Nonesuch River, the largest freshwater source of the Scarborough Marsh. Six acres of the land will be turned over to the town for future use as a recreation

area off Payne Road. The Town Council approved that agreement on Dec. 19. Almost $229,000 of the purchase price came primarily from the town land bond fund. Trust President Paul Austin said more than $136,000 was raised privately, with contributions from the Davis Conservation Foundation, Phineas W. Sprague Memorial Foundation, Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust, Friends of Scarborough Marsh and more than 80 individual donors. Austin said plans to develop trails will be made beginning next year. She said biologists surveying the property discovered a rare pitch pine bog and habitats for carnivorous sundew plants, wild orchids and varied wildlife species. “There’s a lot of property planning and

stewardship work to be done. We’re thrilled to have protected this gem of a property,” Austin said. Warren Woods is named in honor of Harvey Warren’s late wife, long-time trust director Elaine Stimson Warren. The Warrens’ daughter, Becky Seel, was a founding trust director. “My father is very happy to be able to honor the memory of my mother by selling this parcel to the Scarborough Land Trust,” Seel said. “This land has been a very special part of my parents’ lives since they bought

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it in 1966.” Since 1977, the land trust has conserved more than 1,200 acres of land, including Fuller and Broadturn farms on Broadturn Road and Libby River Farm off Spurwink and Black Point roads. David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or Follow him on Twitter: @ DavidHarry8.

Christmas fire destroys S. Portland home

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A Christmas night fire that destroyed a home at 15 Bodge St. was accidental and not of suspicious origin, Lt. Robb Couture of the South Portland Fire Department said Wednesday. Firefighters were called to the home owned by Amy Maddox around 7:50 p.m. Tuesday night. Couture said firefighters saw flames coming from the rear of the residence. No one was home, but firefighters and a neighbor helped rescue a dog trapped inside. The neighbor sustained a cut hand helping rescue the dog, and Deputy Fire Chief James Wilson said he was treated at the scene. No other injuries were reported, and firefighters were on the scene for about three hours, Wilson said.

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Plan to restore Trout Brook almost ready By David Harry SOUTH PORTLAND — If all goes according to plan, there will be more bugs in the system. The Trout Brook ecosystem, that is. As he assessed conditions on the waterway that flows through the center of the city, South Portland Stormwater Program Coordinator Fred Dillon told city councilors at a Dec. 17 workshop the signs of recovery will be visible. “We are not seeing the kinds of bugs we should see,” Dillon said. He was outlining elements of the newly completed Trout Brook Watershed Management Plan, which Dillon, project scientist Kate McDonald of the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Wendy Garland of the Maine Department

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Trout Brook courses under Providence Avenue in South Portland and into a newly created six-acre preserve. The preserve is part of state and local efforts to restore the health and habitat of the brook that runs from Cape Elizabeth through Mill Creek Park.

of Environmental Protection believe can restore the health of the “urban impaired” watershed through fairly simple and costeffective steps. The urban impaired designation was made by DEP officials in 2004, meaning the watershed does not properly sustain life in its ecosystems as well as it could. Efforts to restore the 2.35-mile watershed have been going on for more than a year. Dillon, McDonald and Garland collaborated on the management plan, funded with a $70,000 DEP grant and $20,000 each from Cape Elizabeth and South Portland. The Trout Brook watershed has its continued next page

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‘Gypsy’ no more: Mad Horse Theatre finds a home in Ferry Village By David Harry SOUTH PORTLAND — As the curtain rises on a new year, it is also coming up on the new stage for Mad Horse Theatre Company in Ferry Village. After a small hiccup when the company discovered it was not legally allowed to stage public productions at its home in the former Hutchins School at 24 Mosher St., all permits and lease adjustments are in hand. The Jan. 17 Maine premiere of “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” will go on as planned. For Artistic Director Christine Marshall and board President David Jacobs, having the theater inside the building housing rehearsal and office spaces is a homecoming on at least two levels, since they and several other board members and actors live in the neighborhood. Now in its 27th season, this is the first time in about 20 years Mad Horse has a stage of its own instead of a shared space at Portland Stage, Lucid Theater or Oak Street Theater. “I’ve called us a gypsy theater because we have traveled so much,” Jacobs said.

in the building they were leasing. Marshall said former South Portland Economic Development Director Erik Carson showed strong support for the idea. After Carson’s resignation in August, City Manager Jim Gailey took up

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The Mad Horse Theatre Company has leased the former Hutchins School at 24 Mosher St. in South Portland for more than three years as rehearsal and office space, and is now allowed to stage public performances there, too.

Cultivate Peace of Mind & a Healthier Body in 2013 Christine Marshall, left, Mad Horse Theatre Company artistic director, and board President David Jacobs live within blocks of the company’s 24 Mosher St. offices and it’s “black box” performance space in Ferry Village.

In 2009, the company and city agreed on a five-year lease for the two-story building, built in 1900. The company paid $400 monthly rent for the first three years, and rent will double for the last two years. The company also made $24,500 in renovations and repairs to the building. Last summer, Mad Horse found out its performance space at the former Lucid

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Cumberland County plan seeks action on energy use By Amber Cronin PORTLAND — After two years of work, the Greater Portland Council of Governments and Cumberland County released the county’s first ever climate and energy plan last week.

GPCOG began an emissions inventory in 2007 to identify the county’s major problems. The study looked at how much is being spent on energy, energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. According to Jennifer Puser, transit and


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energy planner for GPCOG and director of the project, the inventory showed that Cumberland County as a region spent $1.36 billion on energy in 2007. Transportation was the most significant cost, at $631 million and 45 percent of all energy consumption in the county. Home heating costs were the next highest cost for county residents, at $131 million. “The data really gets at the heart of our energy problems in Cumberland County and across Maine: transportation and home heating,” Puser said in a press release. “It’s a huge economic drain. This plan provides numerous recommended actions aimed at solving these problems across all sectors.” After the energy inventory was completed, GPCOG put together 30 focus groups with county citizens and business owners to get ideas about how to counteract the problems identified in the study. Four working groups whittled down their responses and identified ways to meet the goals. Some of the recommendations include reducing single-occupancy car trips, establishing a transportation management association, pedestrian-oriented transit, alternative fossil fuels for home heating, improving energy efficiency in county buildings, capturing waste heat from

Trout Brook from precious page source in Cape Elizabeth and includes Kimball Brook, which runs through Hinckley Park. Kimball Brook empties into Trout Brook off Highland Avenue and Ocean Street, and the watershed empties into the Fore River beyond Mill Creek Park. Unlike efforts to restore the Long Creek watershed as it flows past the Maine Mall area into the Fore River, the management plan says Trout Brook can be restored by small changes including planting buffer zones in backyards to absorb nutrients now flowing into the brook, restricting use of manure and fertilizer on fields in Cape Elizabeth and using students to measure conditions like dissolved oxygen. The high chloride levels in certain portions of the brook could be remedied by small changes in how salt and sand are stored at the South Portland Public Works facility on O’Neill Street. The iron levels in Kimball Brook could be naturally occurring. If true, the brook could be taken off the impaired list, Dillon said. When remedies will cost money, McDonald told councilors, they would not be the first to be asked to contribute. “We will try to get funding from everybody but the municipalities as much as possible,” he said. A 2005 DEP survey of watershed conditions determined yard waste, stream bank erosion and a lack of adequate stream buffers contributed to the watershed impairment. According to the management plan, more than half the watershed, or about 750 acres, is in residential areas. The brooks pass through areas of varied population density, including compact neighborhoods near the newly created Trout Brook Nature Preserve off Providence Avenue. The preserve is about six acres of woods and wetlands set aside as a park by the

industrial processes, and supporting local, community-owned renewable energy generation. Puser said that while the county initiated this study, it cannot be the only one responsible for implementing changes; the responsibility falls on all residents and business owners to help make the improvements. “This is not a plan that the county should be implementing on its own,” she said. “There is room in there for everyone, homeowners, parents, schools, municipalities, everyone. It’s an across-the-board, shared responsibility about what we all need to be doing as a county and region to combat these problems.” Creating the plan is just the beginning of changes to come, Puser said, and the place to start making changes is in transportation, because that is the biggest expense for the county. She added that spending and consumption numbers need to be further examined before a plan for who can do what is put into place. “Now that we have this plan, we don’t want it to sit on the shelf,” she said. “We need shared action, we need shared responsibility and we need to start taking action on these things.” Amber Cronin can be reached at acronin@theforecaster. net or 781-3661 ext. 125. Follow her on Twitter @ croninamber.

South Portland Land Trust. The brook enters the preserve through a conduit beneath Providence Avenue and meanders toward Sawyer Street. Last spring, local students helped stock the area with trout, and the management plan reported anecdotal sightings of fish during the summer. But on the other side of the conduit, quaint homes built more than 50 years ago crowd the stream banks, which can lead to erosion and increased runoff. Farther upstream is the undeveloped Sawyer Marsh area, beyond that is more than 100 acres of land used for agriculture in South Portland and Cape Elizabeth. The plan divides the watershed into upper, middle and lower segments with individual strategies to manage the sections. In the upper, more agricultural section, Dillon said local farmers are already making voluntary efforts to curb the nutrient flow into the brook with barriers and more selective use of manure and fertilizers. The added nutrients reduce oxygen levels that sustain smaller organisms that build the aquatic food chain. In the middle section above Sawyer Marsh, the same strategy can be used to restore dissolved oxygen levels. In the lower section of the watershed, high school and college students will help plant buffers and test water quality this summer. There will also be workshops open to people living near the watershed to teach about better use of fertilizers and pesticides and planting rain gardens and other natural buffers to protect brook frontage from runoff. Dillon’s presentation to councilors left Mayor Tom Blake optimistic recovery could be seen in less than a decade. Dillon did not disagree, and was confident recovery can be combined with economy. “Fixes aren’t that big a deal in terms of expense,” he said. David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@ Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

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King looks forward to next session of U.S. Senate Sun Journal

BRUNSWICK — Thirty down, 69 to go. Angus King has his work cut out for him. As you might expect, since his election to the U.S. Senate in November, King has been a busy guy. Last week, the former two-term, independent governor of Maine was counting up the number of other U.S. senators he has been able to meet with one on one in Washington since being elected. The political independent had managed to meet with 30, so far, including 11 Republicans and 19 Democrats. Those meetings were not geared toward specific issues; they were mostly attempts to build relationships, King said. “I had a little trepidation going down,” he said. “I remember thinking, ‘How am I going to be received? Am I going to be treated like a rank outsider, as an interloper, as an enemy?’” King said he was pleasantly surprised to be “received very warmly” by his soonto-be peers in what’s been dubbed “the World’s greatest deliberative body.” “Now, I haven’t had to cast any votes yet, or any of those kinds of things,” King said, “but it was very positive. “The image of the Senate as full of sort of posturing, pompous guys with long white hair and suits is sort of gone,” King said. “These are regular people from all over the country. Nobody was the least bit pompous or arrogant or dismissive. All had advice, all had good thoughts, all said, ‘We are glad to have you here.’” King has decided to caucus with Democrats, but he’s still an independent, he said, and one of his key efforts for his first year in office will be to find ways to break down the long-standing partisan gridlock that has paralyzed the U.S. Senate. To that end, King asked to be appointed to the Senate Rules Committee, which literally makes the rules for how the U.S. Senate will function. The rest of the Senate has to vote to approve those rules but King said he believes people are determined to end the gridlock. King is already engaging other senators on the topic of filibuster reform in hopes of ending the process by which bills and even amendments to bills are kept from votes by extended debate. It has long been a stalling (or obstructionist) practice in the U.S. Senate. A filibuster can only be ended when 60 of the 100 senators agree to “invoke cloture,” which means ending the debate and voting on the bill. In a closely divided Senate, that’s been a problem, King said. In the past five years, RAIS * REGENCY * HWAM

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the filibuster tactic has been used nearly 400 times. King, like his predecessor Snowe, said he would take a conservative approach to changing the long-standing rules under which the Senate operates, but he would vote, if necessary, to adopt a new rule allowing a 51-vote majority to end debate. “I think the filibuster is an important protection for the minority, but it should be used sparingly and it should not be used as a routine part of the legislative process,” King said. He said the rules must be fair, and while Republicans, currently in the minority, are opposed to a simple majority “cloture” vote, he believes this change would be fair and he would support it regardless of which party retains the majority. “Where we are now is not acceptable,” he said, adding that “386 filibusters in the last five years is not the way the U.S. Senate was designed to work.” King said he hopes the Senate works something out so this practice doesn’t continue to be abused. To a great extent, he sees it as his primary reason for going to Washington. The issue was a key refrain from voters who supported him. “I’m prepared to vote for a change, because the public demands it,” King said. “This is what the people of Maine sent me down there for. Everything I heard in the campaign was, ‘Go down there and get something done.’ So to me, a 51-vote rule change is the worst option, except the status quo.” King said that as a member of the Rules Committee, he also will be positioned to work on campaign finance reform. King has been an outspoken opponent to undisclosed outside spending in U.S. election campaigns, a tactic used heavily against him in his bid for the Senate. King has said repeatedly the public should have the right to know who is financing attack and support ads, even if those ads are not officially sanctioned or commissioned by a campaign. Snowe also supported full disclosure. The former governor will serve on four committees, including Rules, Armed Services, Budget and Intelligence. As a member of the Armed Services Committee he will be positioned to advocate for the state’s largest employer, Bath Iron Works. But he said because of the reshaping of the U.S. military’s posture to be better equipped to have a greater presence in Asia and the Pacific, advocacy for shipbuilders isn’t necessarily a parochial stance. “I’m lucky in that I don’t have to be

pounding the table about something that may be questionable, strategically,” King said. “It’s going to require ships and there are only two places that build them.” He also said cuts in U.S. defense spending within the next decade are almost a given. “One of the realities of the next 10 years is going to be, ‘How do we reduce defense budget and not reduce defense?’” he asked. “How do we control this very large share of the budget and provide the defense the country needs?” That work will overlap the Armed Services and Budget committees, he said. King said he has met with Snowe and plans to meet with her again in hopes of learning which issues she’s still working on and would like him to continue. “We don’t want things to lapse,” King said. “She and I are very similar on our view of issues and things.” One of those issues is getting the Senate to vote on confirming U.S. federal court justices, including at least one from New England that’s been left in limbo, he said. King said he has an optimistic outlook as he heads to Washington in January to be sworn in. Earlier this week he announced that Kay Rand would be his chief of staff. Rand has a long history of working for King and has been among his top advisers for decades. He said details on the rest of his staff likely would be announced by the week’s end. He intends to keep open all of Snowe’s offices around the state and he may add one more. He said following in the footsteps of

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New Mayan prophecies discovered! (Don’t say we didn’t warn you) A team of archaeologists have revealed the discovery of an artifact of unquestioned historical significance: a confidential memo, apparently from a trusted royal soothsayer and prognosticator to one of the last kings of the Mayan Global empire. The memo refers to the Mayan calendar’s now discredited prediction regarding the end of the world on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, but goes well beyond and warns of other dire outcomes that may befall humanity. Here is the memo in its entirety: To: His Majesty Yiknoom K’ahk (“Jaguar Paw”) From: Yaknoom Pak’aahk Snyder (“Yaknoom the Perry B. Newman Greek”) Re: 2012-13 Predictions, etc. Date: Three suns before the sixth moon of the quadrennial solstice, more or less Sire, Let me begin by saying how much I like that new headgear you’re sporting these days. Very seasonal, very regal, very impressive indeed. May it bring you much nachas. Wear it in good health; you should live to be 120. Love ya. Which brings me to the end-of-the-year predictions that I’m required by royal fiat to offer up to Your Majesty. I’m not a big fan of these annual shindigs, as you know. First of all, no one gives me any credit when I’m right. (Remember last year? I predicted a year of sunshine and warm weather. Did I get a single thank you? Did anyone say, “Hey, he’s good?” No sir.) On top of that, everyone expects me to make dire predictions about the end of the world, meteors, floods, locusts, you name it. That’s not my style. We go back a few years, you and I, and, well, that memo about the world ending on Dec. 21, 2012? You know it didn’t come from me. And maybe this isn’t the best time to mention it, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to manage the junior prognosticators in this office without adequate funding. Last year’s budget cuts, well, now you see what happens when you impose austerity measures. We no longer have the personnel to supervise these little pishers who think that just because they predict the outcome of a battle or two, all of a sudden they’re experts. It takes some chutzpah to go from “Jaguar Paw, king of the Mayans, will be victorious,” to “The world will come to an end on Dec. 21, 2012.” But you get what you pay for, right? I’m just sayin’. Now, as for my predictions, I do have a few to offer and they also pertain to the period between December 2012 and the end of 2013. Here they are: • A few wing-nuts will once again predict that the world will end, albeit at some point in 2013. • Because of this, other wing-nuts will buy sophisticated weaponry and huge amounts of ammunition to protect themselves from still other wing-nuts. • Meanwhile, millions of law-abiding citizens will watch


in horror as these super-empowered wing-nuts threaten everyone, and as political wing-nuts everywhere bring the world to its knees with their blind adherence to dogma or willful blindness to facts. I hate to be negative, but it seems to me, looking at the bones, tea leaves and entrails in front of me (and really, what else do I have to go on?) that the world is in for a rocky ride in 2013. I could be wrong, but the situation up North in particular promises to be really ugly. Their political system is unbelievably captive to moneyed interests. They should do what Your Majesty did after the Supreme Council handed down the Incas United case. Nothing gets the attention of evil-doers like being tossed from the top of Chichen Itza! Not advocating. Just sayin’. But let me close on a positive note: • The New England Patriots will not only make the playoffs, they’ll make it to the Super Bowl. You can take that to the bank. Beyond that, Sire, I’m not prepared to say. I’ll need to see the injury report. Still, I am a bit worried about 2013. I’m just a modest prognosticator from a small town in the Yucatan, but am I

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missing something? Those folks up North have everything anyone could ever hope to have, and they’re on the verge of losing it all. Honestly, they seem to have lost touch with reality. If I could speak to them directly, I’d say, “Listen, schmendricks, don’t mess it up. Believe me, it can happen.” I’d tell them, “You’re never too big, too rich, or too smart to fall. Have you seen any Incas lately? I rest my case.” So, Sire, that’s it for this year. Sorry to get on my high horse. Oh, yeah. One more thing: Brady wins the MVP in a walk. And, again, I love that headdress. Very impressive, very regal. Almost, well, apocalyptic. Perry B. Newman is a South Portland resident and president of Atlantica Group, an international business consulting firm based in Portland, with clients in North America, Israel and Europe. He is also chairman of the Maine District Export Council. His website is

Who are you going to believe? I don’t mind that my wife is smarter than I am. I’ve known since childhood that women are fascinating individually and, collectively, The Borg. You know, from “Star Trek.” Hive-like alien collective with a communal mind and the catchphrase, “Resistance is futile.” You The View could parachute my mother into a market in Turkmenistan, and before the groceries were bagged she and the cashier would know each other’s names, their children’s names, and three identical ways their husbands were stupid. Thanks to a mind-melding telepathy triggered by saying, “I know, right?” I’m cool with it. Really. But couldn’t she/they leave me some dignity? Mike Langworthy Carol and a woman she has never met – and I have not seen since high school – bonded over the destruction of my reality. The woman was a friend of my high school girlfriend. (Yes, I had only one, because I was a sullen, taciturn loner in high school. No matter what anybody says.) She works for the parent of one of the places I worked. I thought we might compare experiences, sent her the usual reintroductory email, she responded, ending with, “I would love to hear from you. I have such great memories of you in high school.” A polite, generic statement. Carol jumped all over it, and I quote: “It is becoming increasingly apparent that your self-delusions span breadth and depth hitherto unknown. This successful woman you knew in – what? high school? – remembers you with great fondness and clearly has sto-

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Millett seeks input from constituents As we near the beginning of the new year and the start of the 126th Legislature, I want to express my deep gratitude to the residents of South Portland, Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough for giving me the opportunity to serve as your state senator. It is a privilege and an honor and I will work tirelessly for you. I met many wonderful people during the six months of my campaign and the experience was both gratifying and uplifting. I care a great deal about our cities and towns and the residents that make them such a great place to live. Since the election, I have been meeting with local elected, municipal, and business leaders to learn more about issues of concern. Most importantly, I want to hear from you. I welcome your input, suggestions, ideas and comments. Please feel free to contact me with your thoughts or questions through email at I also will be holding coffee hours throughout the year, the first of which is planned for Saturday, Jan. 5, 10:30 a.m. at Frosty’s Donuts on Broadway in South Portland. I look forward to getting to work in January with my Senate and House colleagues with the goal of getting Maine’s economy back on track. Again, I am honored to be your senator and I look forward to hearing from you any time. Sen. Rebecca Millett Cape Elizabeth

The View from Away from previous page of vindication for one more piece of evidence that she was right and I was wrong. Of course I should tell her. She was practically rubbing her hands together like a miser staring at a pile of gold, anticipating the story of this “hilarious” blind date. Don’t get me wrong. I’m sure this date happened, and I’m sure it was hilarious. To everyone on Planet Earth but me. My son, Bobby, who shares Carol’s joy at all my discomfort, was also present, burst out laughing just finding out it happened; he didn’t need to know the details. What did he care that the minute I recalled the details, I would be incinerated by a solar flare of embarrassment and shame? It all went downhill from there. The date story wasn’t as bad as I’d feared. She admitted that I put myself down all night, so I’m thinking, “OK, maybe not taciturn, but sullen for sure.” Then like a dagger in the heart, in closing, some nonsense about being wonderful, smart and funny. Insane gibberish. My point is this: Carol has never believed my experience of my adolescent self. She calls it “delusional” as a term of endearment. And when her vision doesn’t jibe with mine,

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The (almost) silent treatment After a brief flirtation with Facebook, I decided last week that the social media site was not useful to me. I deactivated my Facebook page. It was just more aggravation than it was worth, it was wasting my time, and, frankly, I didn’t care for some of the people who popped up on “my” page. I originally signed up for Facebook three years ago just to look at some high school reunion phoThe Universal tographs on a friend’s page. I didn’t do anything else with it until this fall when MaineToday Media (publishers of the Portland, Augusta and Waterville daily newspapers) began requiring people who want to post comments on its website to have Facebook accounts and use their real names. For a month or so, I tried to explain to Edgar Allen Beem people who wanted to “friend” me that I wasn’t really “on” Facebook, I was just registered so I could comment on Portland Press Herald news stories. Then, out of sheer curiosity, I decided a month or so ago to see whether Facebook might be useful in promoting my Universal Notebook column, my Yankee magazine art blog and the magazine articles I write. I posted a few links and “friended” a few folks I actually know. The “friend” phenomenon is very strange. You don’t need Facebook for your real friends. You see them, you call them, you have their e-mail addresses. Once you get beyond a few dozen people (and I think I got to 182 friends before I called it quits), your “friends” are really just acquaintances, friends of friends, acquaintances of acquaintances and professional associates. My “friend” policy was that I would just “friend” people I knew well enough to say hello to if I bumped into them on the street. Pretty soon I was feeling guilty about not confirming friend requests and feeling annoyed that I felt compelled to respond to people I


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didn’t really know. Minor annoyance turned to outright indignation, however, when I discovered that the comments of total strangers, people not my “friends,” were turning up on “my” Facebook page in response to comments I made online. It gave me the creeps, so I shut my page down. Not being on Facebook means I can no longer comment on MaineToday Media stories and editorials, but there’s nothing but bilge and bile on most comment pages, so I’m probably better off not pounding the keyboard in response to the outrage of the day. In a related development, I have decided as my 2013 New Year’s resolution that I will no longer respond to anonymous readers who post online comments about my Universal Notebook columns. The Forecaster uses Disqus (pronounced “discuss”) for the purposes of online comments and Disqus allows posters to hide behind phony screen names. I have long believed that if you don’t have enough courage to sign your name when you express an opinion, you’re not entitled to express it. But that’s not why I am no longer going to reply to anonymous readers. Just as I concluded that Facebook served no useful purpose in my life, I have also concluded that there is no point in “Disqus-ing” issues with people who won’t identify themselves. Believe me, I could care less what posters say about me, but I find it unfair and unprofessional for a newspaper to allow anonymous cranks to post nasty comments about people who write signed letters to the editor. I applaud MaineToday Media for switching to an online comment system consistent with its letter to the editor policy, and I hope The Forecaster will do so eventually. In the meantime, I’ll have my say in my columns and then readers can have theirs in letters and online comments. I’ve always had a bad habit of insisting on having the last word. Now, if you’re anonymous, you can have it. 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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at Town Hall. 12/20 at 5:59 p.m. Alarm call on Pine Point Road. 12/21 at 2:29 p.m. Wire arcing on East Grand Avenue. 12/21 at 2:23 p.m. Wire down on Broadturn Road. 12/21 at 2:39 p.m. Tree down on County Road. 12/21 at 2:49 p.m. Tree and wires down at Gorham Road and Wilderness Way. 12/21 at 3:22 p.m. Tree down on wires near Border Road and Postal Service Way. 12/21 at 3:40 p.m. Smoke odor investigation on Ash Swamp Road. 12/21 at 4:08 p.m. Smoke odor investigation at Charles Circle and Dunstan Avenue. 12/21 at 4:09 p.m.Smoke odor investigation on Sawyer Road. 12/21 at 4:39 p.m. Smoke odor investigation on Dragonfly Drive. 12/21 at 6:58 p.m. Alarm call on Winding Way.

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capE ElizabEth arrests 12/19 at 3:40 a.m. Aaron Gilchrist, 32, of Sweet Fern Road, was arrested on Fowler Road by Officer Aaron Webster on a charge of operating under the influence and operating beyond license restrictions. 12/19 at 6:47 p.m. A 17-year-old male, of Cape Elizabeth, was arrested on Ocean House Road by Officer Rory Diffin on a charge of aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs. 12/19 at 8:25 p.m. A 17-year-old male, of Cape Elizabeth, was arrested on Ocean House Road by Officer Rory Diffin on a charge of aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs. 12/19 at 9:08 p.m. A 15-year-old male, of Cape Elizabeth, was arrested on Ocean House Road by Officer Rory Diffin on a charge of aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs. 12/21 at 4:48 a.m. John Ferrieria, 37, of Cliff Avenue, was arrested on Cliff Avenue by Sgt. Kevin Kennedy on charges of domestic violence assault and violating conditions of release.

Summonses 12/19 - no time listed. Samuel Sherman, 18, was issued a summons at an undisclosed location by Officer Mark Dorval on a charge of possession of marijuana. 12/19 - no time listed. A 16-year-old male, of Cape Elizabeth, was issued a summons at an undisclosed location by Officer Ben Davis on a charge of possession of marijuana. 12/19 - no time listed. A 16-year-old male, of Cape Elizabeth, was issued a summons at an undisclosed location by Officer Rory Diffin on a charge of possession of marijuana. 12/19 - no time listed. A 16-year-old male, of Cape Elizabeth, was issued a summons at an undisclosed location by Officer Rory Diffin on a charge of possession of marijuana. 12/19 - no time listed. A 15-year-old male, of Cape Elizabeth, was issued a summons at an undisclosed location by Officer Rory Diffin on a charge of possession of marijuana. 12/19 - no time listed. A 15-year-old male, of Cape Elizabeth, was issued a summons at an undisclosed location by Officer Rory Diffin on a charge of possession of marijuana. 12/19 - no time listed. A 15-year-old male, of Cape Elizabeth, was issued a summons at an undisclosed location by Officer Rory Diffin on a charge of possession of marijuana. 12/20- no time listed. A 16-year-old male, of South Portland, was issued a summons at an undisclosed location by Officer Jeffrey Gaudette on a charge of possession of marijuana. 12/22 at 1:24 a.m. Ryan Cash, 39, of Cape Elizabeth, was issued a summons on Sawyer

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land. While on the island, Baldi spent much of his time volunteering at the library and was also very involved with the Lions Club. He is survived by is wife of 50 years, Judy; his son, James K. Baldi; his daughter, Kathleen Mary Kurkjian; and his five grandchildren. He was also the father of the late Matthew Baldi, who died in 1994. A private burial will be held at Pond Grove Cemetery, Peaks Island, with a celebration of his life to be held in the spring. Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral and Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland. Please visit www. to sign the guestbook.

SOUTH PORTLAND — Albert F. Baldi, 80, of South Portland and formerly of Peaks Island, died Dec. 22 at his home, after a long illness. He was the husband of Judith (Kirk) Baldi. He was born in Chicago on Feb. 26, 1932, the son of the late Albert and Mary (Panozo) Baldi. He graduated from DePaul Academy and then went on to obtain his bachelor's degree in engineering from DePaul University. In 1962, he married his wife, Judy, and together they raised three children. Baldi worked as an industrial engineer for the Nashua Corp. before retiring in 1992. After his retirement, he and his wife moved to Peaks Is-

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Scarborough’s Devan Kane, above, denies a Greely skater during the Red Storm’s 2-2 tie with the defending state champion Rangers Saturday. Kane stole the show by making 36 saves. Scarborough senior Kevin Manning, right, lines up three of his 19 points during the Red Storm’s hard fought 63-53 home loss to Portland last Friday.

Winter season off and running (Ed. Note: For the complete Scarborough-Portland boys’ basketball and Scarborough-Greely girls’ hockey game stories, please visit By Michael Hoffer A calendar year is coming to a close, but the new winter sports season is just getting going. Local athletes have already made their mark in several sports and the best is yet to come. Here’s a glimpse:

Boys’ basketball The news on the boys’ basketball front has been very positive in the early going. South Portland is off to a solid 5-0 start, beating visiting Windham (56-39), host Biddeford (68-43), visiting Westbrook (54-36), host Thornton Academy (56-54) and visiting Kennebunk (69-39). The Red Riots host Massabesic Friday, go to Scarborough Jan. 2 and have a home showdown versus defending Class A champion Deering Jan. 4. Scarborough has been competitive in its first season under coach Tony DiBiase. The Red Storm opened with a 66-49 victory over visiting Gorham. Scarborough then lost at Westbrook (63-59) and Marshwood (77-74) before downing visiting Windham (68-49). Last Friday, the host Red Storm gave visiting Portland fits before

losing, 63-53, to fall to 2-3 on the season. Scarborough is back in action Saturday at Biddeford and hosts South Portland Wednesday of next week. Cape Elizabeth has won four of its first five contests. After losing at home to Falmouth in the opener, 72-49, the Capers downed visiting Freeport (6634), host Gray-New Gloucester (64-38), visiting Greely (56-47) and host Lake Region (63-41). Cape Elizabeth goes to Fryeburg Saturday and has a home test with Western C contender Waynflete Jan. 3. In Western D, Greater Portland Christian School started 0-4 with losses to host Seacoast Christian (55-13), visiting Acadia Christian (40-31), host Pine Tree Academy (65-26) and visiting Islesboro (56-34). The Lions are back in action Jan. 11 at North Haven.

Girls’ basketball On the girls’ side, South Portland has turned heads with a 5-0 start. The Red Riots opened with a 48-27 triumph at Windham, then downed visiting Biddeford (53-38), host Westbrook (6142), visiting Thornton Academy (57-37) and host Kennebunk (47-27). The Red Riots are at Massabesic Friday, where longtime coach Mike Giordano will go for his 200th career victory. South Portland plays host

to Scarborough Wednesday of next week. The Red Storm is once again off to a hot start. Scarborough won at Gorham (56-23), at home over Westbrook (60-24) and Marshwood (44-31) and at Windham (64-45) and Portland (57-44) to improve to 5-0. After hosting Biddeford Monday, the Red Storm visits South Portland Jan. 2. In Western B, Cape Elizabeth has more than held its own against a tough schedule. The Capers lost, 54-42, at Falmouth to start the year, then upset host Freeport, 45-33. Competitive losses to visiting Gray-New Gloucester (45-42), host Greely (37-31) and visiting reigning regional champion Lake Region (46-23) followed. After hosting Fryeburg Saturday, Cape Elizabeth goes to Western C favorite Waynflete Jan. 3. In Western D, GPCS improved to 4-0 after wins last week at Pine Tree Academy (4437) and at home over Islesboro (41-33). The Lions are idle until Jan. 8 when they host Rangeley.

Boys’ hockey Scarborough’s boys’ hockey team has engaged in some exciting games in the early going this season. After opening with a 2-1 home win over perennial power Lewiston, the Red Storm traveled to face another storied pro-

gram, St. Dom’s, and suffered a 1-0 setback. After blanking host York, 1-0, Scarborough edged visiting Falmouth in overtime, 4-3, then rolled at Kennebunk, 13-1, to improve to 4-1. After hosting Gorham Saturday, the Red Storm goes to Cape Elizabeth Jan. 3. South Portland started 0-4 with losses to visiting Edward Little (7-0) and host Windham (5-4), Westbrook (5-4, in overtime) and Cheverus (13-0). The Red Riots hosted Noble Thursday, welcome Windham Saturday and go to Bonny Eagle Jan. 5. Cape Elizabeth opened with a 4-2 home loss to York, tied visiting Yarmouth, 2-2, won at Portland, 4-1, then lost at Greely (7-3) and Biddeford (4-2), to fall to 1-3-1. The Capers are idle until Jan. 3, when they welcome Scarborough.

Girls’ hockey On the girls’ side, Scarborough appeared invincible in its first seven games, winning by a composite 39-1, but Saturday, the Red Storm twice couldn’t hold leads and had to settle for a 2-2 home tie with defending state champion Greely. Scarborough returns to action Jan. 2, when it hosts Cape Elizabeth. Speaking of the Capers, Cape Elizabeth’s co-op team with Waynflete started 1-2-1, but is

now 3-2-3 after a 2-2 tie with Winslow Saturday. “Capeflete” is at Cheverus Saturday.

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Scarborough and South Portland’s indoor track teams already have two meets under their belts. On the first weekend, Scarborough’s boys and South Portland’s girls were first in a meet which also included Deering, Massabesic and Portland. The Red Storm girls were runnersup, while the Red Riots boys placed third. This past weekend, Scarborough and South Portland again were in the same meet, along with Massabesic, Westbrook and Windham. The Red Storm boys were first, with the Red Riots second. Scarborough’s Jerry Kenney was the junior division meet MVP. On the girls’ side, South Portland was tops and Scarborough runner-up. Red Riot Lauren Magnuson won the junior division meet MVP. Red Storm Avery Pietras was the senior division MVP. Both teams return to action Jan. 2 when they share a meet with Biddeford, Cheverus, Gorham, McAuley and Westbrook. Cape Elizabeth opens the Western Maine Conference season Jan. 4 versus Fryeburg, Lake Region, Lisbon, NYA, Poland, continued next page

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RAC hosting pick-up soccer The Riverside Athletic Club is hosting a year-round adult pick-up soccer league, Mondays from 8 to 10 p.m. The cost is $10 per night. FMI, orriversideathleticcenter. com.

MAINEiax holding tournament The MAINEiax Winter Whiteout high school lacrosse tournament will be held Dec. 29 for girls and Dec. 30 for boys at the Dome at the Portland Sports Complex. Registration includes clinics by NCAA head college coaches for girls and a choice of clinics for boys.

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Two Seacoast United Maine Soccer Club teams took part in the USL Super Y North American championships in Bradenton, Fla., earlier this month. The U-13 boys’ team, coached by Martyn Keen and Steve Twombley, advanced by winning the New England regional championship last summer. In Florida, the team went 2-1-1 and wound up fifth. Seacoast tied FC America of Orlando, Fla., 2-2, dropped a 3-2 decision to Match Fit Academy of New Jersey, then beat Southern Soccer Academy of Georgia, 3-1, and Ironbound FC of New Jersey, 5-1. Back row (from left): Coach Steve Niles (Saco), coach Steve Twombley (Saco), Garret King (Scarborough), Quinn Hewitt (Cape Elizabeth), Jonah Speigle (Falmouth), Hunter Graham (North Yarmouth), Carson Atherley (Bangor), Eli Clein (Bangor), Tim Baker (Portland), coach Martyn Keen (Cape Elizabeth). Middle row: Cam Twombley (Saco), John Nutter (Cumberland), Tyler Welch (Bangor), Chase Pierce (Saco), Bryce Hayman (Gray), Hayes Estrella (Saco), Noah Niles (Saco), Front row: Sebastian Lindner-Liaw (South Portland), Schuylar Parkinson (Falmouth), Kyle Townsend (Hermon), Calvin Barber (Cape Elizabeth), James Hutchinson (Topsham), Jackson Fotter (Gorham), Wes Parker (Cape Elizabeth).

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The 207Lacrosse boys’ U-15 travel team opened its inaugural season by winning the NESSL Holiday Laxfest Dec. 16 in Marlborough, Mass. The team is coached by Sam Manders and features the following eighth graders from around the area: George Fitzgerald - Midfield Falmouth, Christian Glover - Defense - Brunswick, Conrad Grimmer - Attack - Lewiston, Will Hall - Attack - Greely, Bryce Henson - Midfield - Falmouth, Ayden Henson - Defense - Falmouth, Peyton Jones - Attack - Cape Elizabeth, Andrew Langdon - Attack - Falmouth, Adam Lewis - Midfield - Biddeford, Ben Palizay - Midfield - Greely, Gabe Palizay - Defense Greely, Nate Richards - Midfield - Portland, Jack Scribner - Midfield - Falmouth, Liam Tucker - Goalie - Falmouth, Chase Walter - Midfield - Portland. Head coach: Sam Manders Assistant coach: Don Glover

Winter season from previous page St. Dom’s, Traip and Wells.

Swimming Cape Elizabeth’s boys’ swim team opened with a 116-51 loss to Cheverus, then beat Biddeford (124-51) and Westbrook (109-51). The Capers go to South Portland Friday and host Scarborough next Friday. The Red Storm opened with a 48-46 win over defending Class B champion Greely, then downed Falmouth (97-79) and Deering (106-79). Scarborough is home with Cheverus Friday. South Portland beat Falmouth (8477), then lost to Deering (115-54) and Cheverus (89-66). On the girls’ side, Cape Elizabeth beat Cheverus in the opener, 117-39,

then downed Biddeford (146-18) and Westbrook (124-28). The Capers go to South Portland Friday and host Scarborough and Windham next Friday. The Red Storm opened with a 5737 loss to reigning Class B champion Greely, the lost to Falmouth (96-83) and Deering (108-72). South Portland lost to Falmouth (10668), Deering (115-54) and Cheverus (82-68).

The U-15 girls did even better, finishing the national runners-up with a record of 3-11. Seacoast went 2-0-1 in preliminary round play, downing TNT Dynamite Soccer Club and TSF Academy by 5-0 scores and settling for a 1-1 draw versus Atlanta Fire United. In the semifinals, Seacoast beat the Long Island Rough Riders, 3-0. A 4-1 loss to Atlanta Fire United in the final prevented Seacoast from winning the championship. The girls’ team, coached by James Blackwell, included Kathryn Clark (Cape Elizabeth), Allison Coon (Cumberland), Anna Cowan (Brunswick), Tori Daigle (Dayton), Hannah Donovan (Falmouth), Katherine Hopkins (Gorham), Katherine Kirk (Scarborough), Kate Emma Kneeland (Windham), Mia Lambert (North Yarmouth), Elizabeth Lane (Parsonsfield), Abby Maker (Naples), Roshelle Morrison (Limerick), Melissa Morton (Windham), Elizabeth Mycock (Windham), Jordan Sargent (Windham), Jenna Soucy (Windham), Sam Sparda (Scarborough), Cassie Symonds (Windham), Shannon Valente (Windham), Alyssa Weigle (Kennebunk), Meaghan Wells (Portland).

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Tablets from page 1 more exciting.” Once the snowman was dressed, Agnew printed what could become a holiday card pieced together as students learned and retained vocabulary and maintained a strong sense of engagement in the lesson. The Morrision Center educates special needs students from preschool through high school, and provides adult services. Agnew said students from York and Cumberland counties who need more specialized learning than can be provided in mainstream public schools attend day classes at the center on Chamberlain Road. In South Portland public schools, tablets are also providing a new way to teach students who fit into the autism spectrum, according to Brown Elementary School

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from page 1 Thursday said more than one student faces possible expulsion because of the incident. “Our substance abuse policies spell out what the consequences are,” Nadeau said. Comment on this story at:

While uncertain how many students were suspended for 10 days, she said notices of expulsion hearings will be sent out next month to more than one student. Nadeau said the incident and ensuing charges should also prompt wider discussions with students, staff and administrators. “I think substance abuse issues are not new to schools,” Nadeau said. “This is an opportunity to have a dialogue.” David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or Follow him on Twitter: @ DavidHarry8.

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teachers Lynda Reddy and Dina Derrick. At a Dec. 10 South Portland Board of Education meeting, Reddy and Derrick presented ways the tablets help 10 students communicate, learn socialization skills and structure their daily environments, no matter where they might fit on the wide autism spectrum. “These are 10 children who are incredibly complex, bright and sometimes mysterious,” Reddy said. Within the spectrum, students can find social interaction difficult, become distressed when established routines are interrupted, and sometimes are completely nonverbal. “What all people with autism share is they have difficulty making sense of the world,” Reddy said. While considering it only one of the tools needed to reach and teach the students, the tablets provide versatility in programming, relative ease of use, and a center of atten-

Mad Horse from page 3 the cause. When the curtain rose on the production of David Mamet’s “November” in October on Mosher Street, former Mayor and current City Councilor Patti Smith was on hand to welcome the company to its new stage. Jacobs described the space as a “black box” theater, so-called because of it is simple and unadorned, focusing on the intimacies of story, writing and performance, rather than technical aspects of productions. A technicality lurked in the wings, however, when it was discovered the company needed a special exception in its lease and from the Planning Board for its building to become a legal place of public assembly. The omission had no repercussions on

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tion that attracts students. “We have their undivided attention, it draws them from every corner of the room,” she said. To cap the presentation, Derrick replayed a segment made by a student who pieced together a sentence by pointing at specific words on the touch screen. Although he was nonverbal when he started kindergarten, the student’s speech is progressing and the tablet offers him a way to say what he still doesn’t speak, Derrick said. In South Portland and at the Morrison Center, the tablets are also used to provide visual and verbal reinforcements of daily routines. At Morrison, Agnew showed one program where a screen changes colors to show elapsed time students likely would

the first show in a space seating about 50, and the lease amendment and Planning Board exception were approved this month. The amended permit allows the company up to 90 performances a year, and other groups can arrange to use the stage as part of that permitted total. Keeping rehearsal and performance space consistent benefits the actors, stage manager and director, and having its own space benefits the company as a whole, Marshall said. “You are at the mercy of the person from whom you are renting,” she said about being tenants in another theater. By staging shows in their own building, the company can also more easily extend runs of shows if attendance is strong, Marshall said. Mad Horse is just around the corner from the Lyric Music Theater on Sawyer Street, and not far from the Portland

not otherwise understand. He said the touch screen is easier to use than keyboards or writing utensils, although students may still need coaching in their motor skills. The tablets can also be programmed to guarantee success by limiting choices. After the snowman was dressed, Agnew guided Mindy Bisson through a demonstration naming the months of the year. With only one tab available to touch, she could not fail, but Agnew said the lesson is a building block that can be expanded to wider choices as Bisson progresses. Students use the tablets in groups of three to five, and the tablets can also be used to measure student progress by teachers. “It allows you to focus on the student more,” Agnew said. David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or Follow him on Twitter: @ DavidHarry8.

Players on Cottage Road. Being that close to other theaters is no worry for Jacobs and Marshall, who are confident Mad Horse has its own niche. “We want to make theater accessible, get people here and maybe move them in some way,” Jacobs said. As a company, Mad Horse steers away from musicals and more traditional shows to create an edge, Marshall said. “We are a totally different breed of cat in the best possible way,” she said. Schedules for Mad Horse and the Lyric indicate no dates when both theaters are staging shows, and with on-site parking for more than 25 vehicles, Marshall and Jacobs are confident they will fit in well. “We mean it, we want to be good neighbors,” Jacobs said. David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or Follow him on Twitter: @ DavidHarry8.

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Prints: Breaking boundaries, artist reception, 5-8 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700.

Thursday 1/3 Louise Minot: Adventure in art, opening and artist talk, 4 p.m., Thornton Oaks, 25 Thornton Way, Brunswick, 729-8033.

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lowing proper hand-washing procedures. On Feb. 8, 2011, at Freeport Middle School, inspectors found food service employees were washing their hands in bleach instead of in the sink and that sanitation solution levels were low in the dishwasher. At the Chebeague Island School May, 5, 2010, inspectors found 11 non-critical violations, ranging from employees not wearing hair nets to cutting boards in disrepair. The school was also cited because the person in charge “could not demonstrate required knowledge” and was told to review the health code. Although the reasoning for most of the violations is clear, the distinction between critical and non-critical violations is sometimes perplexing. Some violations the public might consider serious, such as evidence of rodents or insects, are non-critical violations, while dented cans (which must be discarded) are considered critical violations.

from page 1 foodborne illnesses. To fail an inspection, a kitchen must receive more than three critical violations and more than 10 non-critical violations, according to state inspection guidelines. Inspections are unannounced. Critical violations mean there is a risk of spreading foodborne illness. They can range from storing food at temperatures that allow the growth of bacteria, to serving food from damaged or compromised packaging, to employees not washing their hands before serving food. Non-critical violations can include food contact surfaces not being properly sanitized, equipment in need of repair, and general cleanliness issues. A failed inspection on Dec. 4, 2009, at Mahoney Junior High School in South Portland revealed hot and cold food was not being maintained at proper temperatures, food was not protected from contamination during storage and employees were not fol-

Schools take priority Schools are only required by law to be inspected every other year, although Roy

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754 3139



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December 28, 2012

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Barbecue Eat in,Take Out and Catering. America’s largest BBQ chain Dickey’s of Dallas is now in the Maine Mall, locally owned. Mouth watering meats like pulled pork and ribs that fall off the bone, smoked over Maine hickory, plus grilled and fried chicken items, and all the sides. Free ice cream for every customer. Kids eat free every Sunday! Catering: we deliver, setup, serve and clean up.

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FOR SALE: BRAND NEW, NEVER WORN: Woman’s Leather Chaps, size 12, $100. & 3 Woman’s Leather Vests size sm,12 & 14, $15.00 each. Men’s Leather Chaps size 40. Worn twice. $100. Woman’s Med. & Men’s Motorcycle Helmets great condition. $35.00 each. Call 653-5149 for more information.

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST Full-Time Eastern Maine HomeCare d/b/a Visiting Nurses of Aroostook (VNA), northern Maine’s leading non-profit home health agency, is currently accepting applications for a full-time Physical Therapist (minimum of 32 hours per week). Responsibilities are to provide and promote comprehensive health care services to individuals and families in the home and other community settings. These services include therapeutic care and rehabilitative service to the sick in the community and preventative health services within physical therapy competence. Qualifications/Experience: Must possess a current license to practice as a registered physical therapist as issued by the state of Maine Physical Therapy Licensing Board and must have one year of clinical experience.

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FURNITURE- Sectional slipcovered cottage style sofa. $450. Antique oak round table with 4 chairs. $350. Heavy pine Trestle table. $250. Falmouth residence. 781-2647.

If you are looking for meaningful part-time or full-time work, we’d love to speak with you. Comfort Keepers is a non-medical, in-home care agency that is dedicated to taking good care of those special people whom we call our caregivers. Quality care is our mission, hiring kind, compassionate, and dependable staff is our focus. Many of our wonderful Comfort Keepers have been with us for years because:

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Library Director needed for small community library. Bachelors degree, preferably in Library and Information Science. Budget management; strong writing and presentation skills. At least 2 years library experience. Demonstrated record of innovative library programming and outreach for children and adults. Fundraising and grant-writing skills desirable. Currently 17 hours/week, Salary starts at $12/hour commensurate with experience. Reply by January 15, 2013. Send resume and cover letter to: CHL Search, Cundys Harbor Library, 935 Cundys Harbor Rd, Harpswell, ME 04079.

SENIOR CITIZEN in Falmouth needs help for SNOW PLOWING my Driveway. Please call to give estimate. Very limited income. If interested call 7817166.

Rooter-Man of Southern Maine seeks plumbing and drain cleaning technicians for long term, full-time employment. The ideal candidates are self-starters, understand and value customer service and are seeking to play a leadership role. Must be goal oriented, eager to pitch in, flexible in work schedule, and looking for long term growth. Rooter-Man of Southern Maine provides services from: septic pumping, drain cleaning, grease trap services, routine preventative maintenance, and emergency plumbing repairs. We are committed to investing in our employees. We care about your health and welfare and we offer extensive employee benefits. Rooter-Man of Southern Maine requires all successful candidates to have a clean driving record, operate in a drug free environment and pass a criminal background check. To apply, please respond with resume and cover letter indicating availability to: Rooterman Southern Maine Attn: Jeff 151 Epping Road Exeter, NH 03833 Or apply on line at: portsmouth/locations/exeter-nh/


Direct Support Professionals - Southern & Central Maine – AND –

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York County

PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSISTANT The PT Assistant prepares the patient and equipment, administers treatments that have been prescribed by a physician and established by a physical theripist within the home of clients. Qualifications/Experience: The PT Assistant must posesse a current Maine licence as a PTA; must have the ability to orgaize and prioritize work; work in an independent manner following directions and seeking assistance as needed; should be experienced in observing, implementation and evaluation of individuals and families in terms of health and physical therapy needs.

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Caring and Experienced Advantage Home Care is looking for caring and experienced caregivers to provide in-home non-medical care for seniors in the greater Portland, Maine. If you possess a PSS or CNA certificate, have worked with clients with dementia or have provided care for a loved one in the past, we would like to talk with you about joining our team. We have part-time and full-time shifts available weekdays, nights and weekends.



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Do you want to leave work knowing you’ve made a real difference in someone’s life? Are you the kind of dependable person who won’t let a perfect summer day (or a winter blizzard) keep you from work? Are you trustworthy enough to become part of someone’s family? We’re looking for natural born CAREGivers: women and men with the heart and mind to change an elder’s life. Call us today to inquire about joining the greatest team of non-medical in-home CAREGivers anywhere! Flexible part-time day, evening, overnight, weekday and weekend hours.

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December 28, 2012

Cafeteria from page 14 and storage areas. The former gym is now a freezer. On the outside of the building, the age shows: worn brick, cracked windows and walls littered with graffiti. Its latest inspection report doesn’t look good either. The central kitchen failed its last available inspection Dec. 11, 2011. Portland Health Inspector Michelle Sturgeon cited the kitchen for 16 violations, five critical. Sturgeon cited the facility for inadequate food temperatures, employees not washing their hands, being out of soap at one handwashing sink, and wood-cutting tables in disrepair, among other violations. Although a newer building is being adapted to for the kitchen next year, the current building’s disjointed rooms make production awkward and the distribution to schools makes keeping food at proper temperatures a challenge, said Ron Adams, food service director for the city schools. “The food safety issues that we have are


keeping food at proper temperatures and also food’s quality,” he said. “I think that’s a big point around here. We’re the only district with a central commissary and many of the schools don’t have cooking kitchens in them, so we’re sending food out hot today to be served hot later.” Central kitchens are common in large, urban areas, Adams said, noting he’s visited kitchens in Los Angeles and Indianapolis recently in preparation for Portland’s move. Food is cooked at the kitchen, and put into electric warming boxes at “as high a temperature without destroying food totally,” Adams said. Then the boxes are loaded onto trucks and shipped to 10 schools. “It adds a lot to our day,” he said. “That’s a huge challenge to cook for that many schools that have nothing but a serving counter.” The central kitchen makes about 5,500 breakfasts and lunches every day, nearly a million per year, Adams said. In the future the city plans to upgrade kitchens at all the schools to allow food to be shipped out cold and reheated the schools, which will reduce waste and hope-

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fully make the food taste better, he said. Adams said the School Department has made efforts in recent years to improve food safety, including paying almost $4,400 to make all 35 central kitchen employees certified “food protection managers.” The certification is attained after passing a test that covers prevention of foodborne illnesses. At the new building, Adams said they’ll be able to make improvements including getting rid of Styrofoam trays, by adding a dishwasher that can handle the amount of reusable trays the school will go through. “It’s a pretty big, new world starting next fall,” he said. “The shortcomings of a facility designed over 30 years ago and how much that has changed, is a lot of the drive to push us into putting a new facility in place.”

Preventing foodborne illness Patricia Buck and her daughter, Barbara Kowalcyk, have become national food safety advocates since the death of Buck’s grandson Kevin Kowalcyk in 2001 from a preventable foodborne illness. He was 2 1/2 years old.



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Buck and Kowalcyk founded the North Carolina-based Center for Foodborne Illness in 2006. “One month before Kevin died, we where in Maine, in the Cadillac Mountains, and of all of the people that were there, he was the very youngest,” she said. “Within a month he was dead.” Kevin died from E. coli, Buck said. He ate contaminated meat processed at a major packing plant, where the bacteria originated. The center promotes outreach and education about issues related to food safety, from schools to congress. Buck, who now lives in Pennsylvania, stresses the importance of safe food handling. “Some of the biggest errors that can transmit illness are hand-washing and temperatures,” she said. Schools can improve food safety by doing all the things required in health inspections, Buck said, but one of the most effective ways that’s often overlooked is inserting it into the curriculum. “What we have to do to prevent foodcontinued next page





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borne illness and how we approach feeding children in institutional situations becomes more important,” she said, noting higher rates of disease from contaminated food in younger children. “There might be a need for more attention paid for food safety practices in lower grades, because these chil-

dren have to be told what to about almost everything. They’re curious and don’t think beyond what’s currently in front of them, which is true of all of us, but especially true in the 6-12 age group.” Buck, a former elementary school teacher, said teachers should be allowed time to teach about hygiene and food safety as part of the curriculum. “Over the course of the week, if teacher

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is allowed 10 minutes to spend on health, I’d be surprised,” she said. Younger children are also more likely to develop serious complications from foodborne illnesses, something that can turn into long-term health problems, Buck said. Foodborne illness is not only a problem at the prepared food level, but at a much larger, national, and increasingly international, level, she said, noting that the

Federal Drug Administration only inspects about 3 percent of food at processing plants, including imported food. “So, when you say one in six Americans, that’s a lot of people being impacted by contaminated food,” she said. “This problem isn’t going to go away, it’s only going to get larger.” Will Graff can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or wgraff@ Follow him on Twitter: @W_C_Graff.


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