www.theforecaster.net December 30, 2011
Vol. 10, No. 52
News of South Portland, Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth
Trial by fireworks Legality, penalties vary throughout greater Portland, despite state law By Emily Guerin PORTLAND — When Gov. Paul LePage signed a bill on July 1 legalizing the sale and use of consumer fireworks, towns around the state had six months to decide whether to enact their own restrictions. For some elected officials, it was easy: maintain the status quo, which outlawed consumer fireworks and stores that sell them. But other towns spent considerable time debating and making changes: some enacted outright bans, some selected partial bans, and still others voted to let the new state law take effect and see what happens. Of the 14 communities covered by The Forecaster, eight
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Basics Fitness owner Matt Marston shows off the gym’s hot water tanks, which are heated by solar panels installed on the South Portland business’ roof three weeks ago.
Businesses use tax incentives, grants to install solar panels By Emily Parkhurst PORTLAND — When Becky Rand renovated her iconic diner on Commercial Street four years ago, she wanted to add solar heating panels but couldn’t afford to do it. She made sure the necessary plumbing was installed, though, so if the funds became available, she would be able to add a solar hot-water system in the future. So when ReVision Energy called Rand and told her about
a grant available through Efficiency Maine and federal stimulus funds, plus a tax incentive, she jumped on the opportunity. “That made it affordable for me,” Rand said. Rand worked closely with ReVision over the next year and a half, filling out the many necessary forms and documents to make her solar-heated hot-water system a reality. Finally, last week, the eight panels and a 160-gallon water tank were installed. Rand
have banned the sale and use of fireworks and one has enacted a partial ban. In five towns and one city, fireworks will be legal as of Jan. 1, 2012. But the debate may not end when the new year arrives on Sunday.
Restrictions Concerns over safety and increased risk of fires dominated the discussion in towns that ultimately banned fireworks. In Yarmouth, Fire Chief Byron Fairbanks told the Town Council he was most concerned about injuries to children – a concern echoed by residents in nearly every town that considered a ban.
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Scarborough lawmaker’s bill targets gang recruitment
said that in the height of the summer, when the diner is the busiest and is using the most hot water, the panels should provide all the heat she needs for hot water. “We do see a lot of interest (in solar panels),” said ReVision Energy marketing and office manager Jennifer Hatch. “The challenge for most businesses is cash flow and coming up with the cash up front.” Even though Becky’s $25,000
By Mario Moretto SCARBOROUGH — Maine must do more to prevent the growth of criminal street gangs, whose numbers are rising in rural states like this one where they can operate under the radar. That’s the basic premise underlying a bill reintroduced for the second session of the 125th Legislature by Rep. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough. “An Act To Define, Prevent and Suppress Gang Activity in the State of Maine” would criminalize gang recruitment and add up
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to four years to prison sentences for crimes committed by gang members. “Youths can be brought into a gang and paid big money to commit crimes,” Volk said in a recent email. “If apprehended, they receive lighter sentences because of their age, while the adult-age gang members who recruited them get off scot-free.” The bill also outlines how law enforcement should identify gang members. It would allow a person
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Small elder-care facilities fear proposed MaineCare cuts Emily Parkhurst / The Forecaster
Island Commons on Chebeague Island is one of many small eldercare facilities throughout southern Maine that would be affected by proposed MaineCare budget cuts.
By Amy Anderson CHEBEAGUE ISLAND — Seven senior citizens call the Island Commons home. They have lived on Chebeague or other islands, and their caregivers are island residents. They are part of an “age in place” community that keeps the elderly in a familiar, nurturing environment where they can age
gracefully. But Island Commons, like nearly 160 other private, nonmedical institutions in Maine, could be forced to close if Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed budget cuts are passed. LePage’s proposal to cut $120 million from MaineCare to close a budget deficit in the state Department of Health and Human
Services would take place by July 2012, if federal waivers are granted, and could affect about 65,000 Mainers. Amy Rich, Island Commons administrator, said many rural and island communities are planning to join forces to make their voices heard throughout the budget process. She said the cuts would be devastating to small facilities
throughout Maine. “It has been from my research and findings that this would leave approximately 4,000 people displaced,” she said. Rich said Island Commons’ 15 employees, like its residents, come from Chebeague, Cliff, Peaks and Great Diamond islands See page 18
INSIDE Index Arts Calendar.................17 Classifieds......................21 Community Calendar......17
Meetings.........................17 Obituaries.......................12 Opinion.............................6 People & Business.........12
Police Beat.....................10 Real Estate.....................24 Sports.............................13
Farewell to a fantastic 2011 sports year Page 13
CEHS junior has Maine Board of Education’s ear Page 3
December 30, 2011
Unsung Hero: Peter McGuire, doctor on the house Comment on this story at:
One in a series of profiles by Brunswick writer David Treadwell about people who quietly contribute to the quality of life in greater Portland. Do you know an Unsung Hero? Tell us: heroes@ theforecaster.net
dentists volunteer their time and expertise to serve people in need of medical or dental care. Maguire estimated that the Prescription Assistance Program, overseen by Oasis, saves clients more than $1 million a year in prescribed medications, by dealing with drug companies to obtain free drugs. The Oasis Health Network receives no financial support from the state or federal government. Funding comes from an annual appeal, the United Way, churches, businesses, and foundations. McGuire said he spends eight hours a week with Oasis (all volunteer), down from 20 to 30 hours a week since his “retirement” a dozen years ago. In addition to answering the need for free medical care, McGuire said he devotes his time to the effort because, “It’s a lot more fun than working to meet productivity goals and dealing with a multitude of insurance companies. We have time to listen to the patients and really get to know them.” When asked about the state of health care in the United States today, Maguire minced no words: “I’d like to be out of this free clinic business. We need to adopt a single-payer health-care system, an expanded form of Medicare. People say, ‘Let the free market take care of the problem,’ but what rock are they living under? The free market has had its chance and it hasn’t solved the problem.” McGuire rattles off statistics to support
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By David Treadwell BRUNSWICK — The Vietnam War produced at least one good outcome; it was in Vietnam that Dr. Peter McGuire started doing free clinic work. “I was in Vietnam in 1967, and I’d go out in the central highlands and run free clinics for the Vietnamese people,” McGuire said. “We were trying to win their hearts and minds.” A graduate of Bowdoin College and the McGill University Medical School, McGuire had a successful medical practice in Brunswick for more than 30 years. As a member of the board of the Tedford Oasis Homeless Shelter (now the Tedford Shelter), he observed the need among the poor and uninsured to receive proper medical care. He and two other doctors established a free medical clinic at the shelter on Tuesday nights in 1992, but the demand soon overtaxed the shelter’s space, and a separate clinic – the Oasis Health Network – was established in 1995. The free medical clinic in Brunswick currently serves more than 1,500 people a year, and the numbers continue to rise. A free dental clinic in Bath, also overseen by the Oasis Health Network, serves more than 150 people a year. To qualify, patients must be adults (18 years of age or older), come from families with incomes not exceeding 175 percent of the federal poverty level, have no insurance, and live in the Bath-Brunswick area. In addition to a staff composed of two full-time positions and two part-time positions, more than 200 physicians and
his stance, too: “About 56 percent of the members of the American Medical Association support a single-payer health system. ... Physicians spend five hours a week, on average, trying to resolve issues with insurance companies, time that could be better spent serving patients. ... Our car companies spend $1,000 per car to pay for health benefits, whereas Japanese companies pay $47 per car. ... About 30 percent of our health-care dollars – which are the largest of any developed country in the world – go for profits and administrative costs for insurance companies, whereas only 3 to 5 percent of Medicare costs go to overhead. ... Each year, about 18,000 Americans die because they couldn’t get timely health care.” When McGuire talks about this critical issue, he does so calmly, never pounding the table, never raising his voice. Which isn’t surprising: he has had lots
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Dr. Peter McGuire, founder of Oasis Health Network, a free health-care network in Brunswick. Using loaned space, volunteer staff and donated medications, Oasis doctors and staff see more than 1,500 people a year.
of experience over the years giving clear diagnoses, often to patients who, without his help, would not even have a doctor.
News briefs Scarborough police probe supermarket robbery SCARBOROUGH — Police are investigating a robbery at Shaw’s Supermarket, 417 Payne Road, on Wednesday, Dec. 28. According to police, the robbery took place at 6:40 p.m. when the suspect, a white man in his early 30s, threatened to shoot a store clerk and demanded money. They said the suspect has a medium build and is between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet
10 inches tall. He was reportedly wearing tan coveralls, a dark blue knit watch cap and had a light blue scarf wrapped around his face. Police said the suspect did not show a weapon and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Detective Sgt. Rick Rouse of the Scarborough Police Department said anyone with information regarding the incident should call 833-6361.
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By Amy Anderson CAPE ELIZABETH — High school junior Chelsea Whynot is used to public speaking. And she better be. As a member of the school’s state champion mock trial team, she had to think on her feet, acting professionally in a courtroom, and use appropriate legal references. And now, as the student representative to the state Board of Education, she represents her town and Maine’s entire 1st Congressional District. She told the School Board all about the application process and experience with the Board of Education at a Dec. 13 meeting – again, using her public speaking skills. Since 2008, students from Maine’s two congressional districts have alternated as non-voting members of the state board. The students begin the application process their sophomore year, and if selected, serve two-year terms. Whynot said guidance counselor Brandy Lapointe gave her the application, which was “long and very intense,” and required essays and recommendations. Early last January Whynot found out she was one of six finalists from District 1, and participated in an interview with the members of the Board of Education in Augusta. She said the board members asked difficult questions – things like how education could help combat child
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Eateries make it easy to count lunch-time calories By Amy Anderson A new year often prompts a new weightloss plan or exercise program, and with a new Calories Count Lunch initiative in Portland, diners will have a little help. Several Portland restaurants are partnering with the city’s obesity prevention initiative, Smart Meals for ME, to offer a variety of lunch items at the price of their calorie count, making it easy to select a healthier option while saving a few dollars. The program kicks off on Tuesday, Jan. 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participating Portland restaurants include DiMillo’s On the Water, 25 Long Wharf; El Rayo, 101 York St.; Sebago Brewing Co., 211 Fore St., and the Spartan Grill, 24 Monument Square.
But before the dieting begins, many restaurants in greater Portland are offering New Year’s Eve dinners by reservation. The winter also brings a few new restaurants and new seasonal trends. Pai Men Miyake at 188 State St. in Portland will offer a $35 three-course New Year’s Eve dinner with a choice of appetizer, ramen and dessert. At Hugo’s, 88 Middle St., Portland, diners can enjoy a $95 five-course meal on New Year’s Eve. Starting Tuesday, Jan. 3, the six-course tasting menu will be half price and available Tuesday through Saturday through April. In addition to their regular hours of operation, the Pepper Club at 78 Middle St., Portland, will be open each Friday and Saturday from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., including
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New Year’s Eve. The Back Bay Grill at 65 Portland St., Portland, will offer a four-course, $85 New Year’s Eve menu. Customers can get a seven-course New Year’s Eve meal for $55 at Bar Lola, at 100 Congress St. in Portland. A few other Portland restaurants – Caiola’s at 58 Pine St., David’s at 22 Monument Square and Ribollita at 41 Middle St., – will offer their regular menus, plus additional New Year’s Eve specials. In Yarmouth, the Sea Grass Bistro at 305 Route 1 will serve four courses on New Year’s Eve for $65 per person. Henry and Marty at 61 Maine St., Brunswick, will offer a New Year’s Eve dinner, and is serving dinner New Year’s Day. Sea Glass at the Inn by the Sea, 40 Bowery Beach Road in Cape Elizabeth, will offer four courses for $75 per person
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Tragedy brings bipartisan focus to bail decisions Part of a continuing series by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on Maineâ€™s bail system. By John Christie AUGUSTA â€” Sometimes it takes a death. Sometimes it takes four deaths: a mother, her two children and the man who killed them and then killed himself. The deaths of Amy, Monica and Coty Lake at the hands of their husband and father, Steven Lake, may be the tragedy that brings major reform to how Maineâ€™s criminal justice system handles dangerous domestic violence cases. The June 13 triple murder-suicide in Dexter is becoming a rallying point for changes in the system from an unofficial coalition of domestic violence groups, leading Republicans and Democrats, and the stateâ€™s top judge and top cop. â€œChange will occur,â€? Brian Gagan said. â€œI can guarantee you that.â€? Gagan was part of a four-person team of former police officers â€“ now academics and consultants â€“ who recently released a â€œdomestic violence psychological autopsyâ€? of the Dexter incident. The team interviewed 69 people this year to discover the systemic causes behind the murders. It cites multiple failures by police, prosecutors, the courts, bail commissioners and the Legislature. Among the failures: bail commissioners set â€œridiculously lowâ€? bail of $2,000 twice after Lake was picked up for threatening and stalking his wife. In both cases, he was bailed out by his father in a matter of hours. Although this was the most damning report yet on the pre-trail criminal justice system, it is not the first time problems have been raised by experts and then mostly ignored. But this time, the response may be different. This time, the names coalescing behind a change include: Republican Gov. Paul LePage; his public safety commissioner, John Morris; state Rep. Emily Cain of Orono, the House Democratic leader; Supreme Judicial
Court Chief Justice Leigh Saufley; Attorney General William Schneider; a district attorney; and advocates with social service and law enforcement backgrounds. â€œIt takes a long time and sometimes a horrible tragedy for people to put this together,â€? said Julia Colpitts, executive director of the Maine Coalition To End Domestic Violence and vice chairwoman of the Maine Commission on Domestic and Sexual Abuse. One of the focal points of their legislative changes will be the way the state sets bail for defendants accused of domestic violence. Currently, except in murder cases, bail is not set by a judge. It is set by one of the stateâ€™s 115 bail commissioners. There are no job requirements to be hired for the job, they get one dayâ€™s training a year, and they are independent contractors paid by the people they set bail for, not the courts. This beleaguered system has been changed very little since it was established by the Legislature in 1883.
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Among them are nine changes to the bail system, including that in cases such as Lakeâ€™s, a district court judge, not a bail commissioner, should set the bail. They also recommend that in most cases where terrorizing, assault or other violence has occurred while the defendant has been ordered to stay away from a spouse, the defendant should be jailed until a trial. â€œThe training and the budget for bail commissioners has so drastically been restricted,â€? Gagan said, â€œitâ€™s no surprise that cases have slipped through the cracks.â€? â€˘ Morris, the public safety commissioner, said he has been meeting with the governor, Schneider and the Maine Commission on
Domestic and Sexual Abuse to come up with legislation for the 2012 session. The governorâ€™s bill is still being worked on, but Morris said it would address the bail issue. Like Gaganâ€™s group, among the ideas from the LePage administration is to take bail decisions in serious domestic violence cases out the hands of bail commissioners and have them handled by a judge. â€œJudges have more training and they are more experienced and are able to assess the danger associated withâ€? a defendant, Morris said. â€˘ Everet Fowle, the district attorney in Kennebec and Somerset counties, has been a critic of the bail commissioner system.
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The pessimist in the mirror has me worried People have been telling me I’m a pessimist for years. They may be right. Just my luck. What made me suspicious was where my head went when my son came home from his first semester at college. He did very well academiThe View cally, made friends, managed his money pretty well, and became a valued member of the Ultimate Frisbee Team. Whatever that is. He tried to explain the game to me. Apparently, they run around and throw a Frisbee. It’s like taking your dog to the park, only with teams. And no dogs. I’m sure I’m missing some of the finer points, but then, I see one football game a year, the Super Bowl, and it’s for the commercials. Mike Langworthy That’s me and sports. The point is, he did well and had a great time. He even managed to keep a longdistance relationship alive. If you read these things regularly – and who doesn’t? – you know Bobby went through some interesting times socially in high school. All’s well that ends well, though. A long-time friend who was a girl became a girlfriend at the end of the school year. It has continued despite him being in Chicago and her being on the East Coast, more than I was ever able to accomplish. She has been spending time with us over the holidays, and it has been lovely. She’s very nice, they’re good together, everything one would want your son to experience in a first serious relationship. You might say it’s all good. An aside: One of the more annoying expressions in our developing New Speak is “it’s all good,” partly because people usually say it when all is anything but good. I’ll never understand those movie scenes where some punk with a gun demands all the money in the register, and clerk says, “Hey, man, take it easy. It’s all good.” First of all, mister minimum-wage cashier, the correct answer to any question asked by somebody with a gun in his hand is, “Yes, sir.” I don’t care how many Samuel L. Jackson movies you’ve seen. Now is not the time to go hostage negotiator on a nervous junkie. Plus, I’ve had a gun pulled on me. It’s not all good. It’s all bad, with plenty of room to get worse. (I know. It’s crazy people call me a pessimist.) Anyway, even though the phrase is close to gibberish, in
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a farm. Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Clinton all came from modest circumstances. Even Reagan, fast becoming the patron saint of privilege, wasn’t born to it. During and after World War II, America created the most successful economic machine in history. This isn’t intended to argue the merits of American economic or foreign policy. This country is far from perfect and has done great harm as well as great benefit around the world. My point is about the mindset of the Americans I experienced growing up and for most of my life, those problem solvers I mentioned before. We seem to be looking over our shoulders now, as individuals and as a country, more fearful than challenged by the problems the world faced. Our leaders seem so busy arm wrestling over who gets to be in charge that they have lost sight of what they’re supposed to be in charge of. I hope this is only temporary. Fear mongering appears to be pandemic and isn’t helping us to stop worrying about losing what we have more than we dream about what we could be. That’s how I grew up, dreaming about what I could be. I felt like I was living in an extraordinary country when I was my son’s age. I don’t want him to prepare for his life believing it’s ordinary, or worse, that he is ordinary. That would really make me sad. Portland resident Mike Langworthy, an attorney, former stand-up comic and longtime television writer, is fascinated by all things Maine. You can reach him at email@example.com.
During this protracted period of national political paralysis, you may have heard the term “job creator” used on many occasions to describe our economy’s chosen people, i.e., the entrepreneurs and business owners Global whose skills, creativity and capital fuel the economy and make it possible for the rest of us to draw a salary and eke out a living. The exalted job creator has earned his wealth from the risk capital he has invested, the company he has created, and ultimately the products and services he has developed. The fruits of his labors are his royalties, his earnings, the value of company stock and the assets he Perry B. Newman has accumulated. Without the job creator and his relentless drive to innovate, produce and sell, the larger society of non-job creators, whom we call “workers,” would be idle and impoverished. Workers owe job creators their very existence and all the accouterments of daily life, from their homes and cars to the food on their tables.
Therefore let us humbly pay obeisance and offer tribute. Let us ensure that all resources at our disposal are made available to the job creator, that no hindrance be imposed upon him, that no tax or regulation bind him or keep him from the exercise of his efforts. Let us enshrine him in law and render him immune from efforts to extract from him resources he might otherwise invest, with which he might create more jobs, or simply accumulate and pass on to his children. Outraged? Whether or not you find the foregoing discussion patently offensive or perfectly descriptive likely depends upon where you stand on issues relating to our country’s deficit and ongoing efforts to reduce our burgeoning debt. We can probably agree that there’s nothing offensive about cultivating high regard for entrepreneurs, nor is it wrong to develop policies that encourage entrepreneurs to do more of what they do best. The problem is that the term “job creator” has become a kind of code, or even an alias, for “person of means.” If in the diatribe above we are referring to actual job creators, and not merely persons of means, the blather is a lot easier to stomach. The truth, however, is that this country and this state are awash in persons of considerable wealth, and many are not job creators. As a result, legitimate and rational efforts to continued page 9
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Bobby’s case, at the moment it really is all good, or at least pretty close. He’s doing well academically and socially at a school he likes, and his affections are being reciprocated. Any father should be happy, right? So how come whenever I watch them together I can’t stop worrying about the world they’re going to be launched into soon? Why do I feel sad because I’m afraid they’ll never know the America I grew up in? Maybe I’m looking more back than forward, and with nostalgia for a world that never existed outside my head. There’s more to it than that, though. I’ve never thought America was perfect, but when I think about this country that I love so dearly, it isn’t the similarity to the rest of the world that strikes me. Cultures have been destroyed by other cultures for millennia, in the name of everything from religion to racial superiority to manifest destiny and my personal favorite, “progress.” We have been guilty of that behavior both within and outside our borders. Of course many people were excluded, and many more had only limited access, but that has always been the norm in the world. The miracle of this country was how many people were included. That’s not surprising. Power will be abused. The surprise, and the source of my pride as an American, is that we did anything else. And call me brainwashed, but it seems to me we’ve done some things significantly differently, and I worry that now, as my son’s generation is poised to get involved, the national mindset is changing and the institutions that made us a model for other countries are being eroded. Of the presidents during my lifetime, Kennedy was born rich, but Harry Truman sold shirts. Eisenhower was born on
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As I write this letter on Christmas Day, I give thanks to all that conspires to teach me about life, including the sacred and the profane. In terms of the sacred, I thank Edgar Allen Beem for fearlessly giving voice to the progressive view and especially for his column on the blessings of giving and receiving. What could bond humanity more than the relationship of these acts done with gratefulness and compassion? On the profane side, I thank Christine Rousselle for her Forecaster Forum on dealing with “welfare queens.” As a fellow retail worker, I too have judged people as having “misused” their food stamp allotments, although, they have not done so nearly as egregiously as the 1 percent have misused what has been allotted them. During my 56 years, I have often struggled with the tension between head and heart, almost always landing on the latter’s side, with all its attendant bumps and bruises. And while I have moved toward my head in my later years, I have tried not to leave my heart behind. I realize that people struggle in this life and some are more blessed than others in how to deal with the complexities of life. So, I thank both writers, Beem and Rousselle, for instructing me further on what it means to be generous and forgiving and what it means to be judging and harsh. And what I have learned from these lessons is to be less judgmental and lead with my heart, without forsaking my head. Ted Markow Brunswick
I read with dismay Christine Rousselle’s meditation on wisdom gained as a Walmart cashier (Dec. 19 Forecaster Forum). I was particularly alarmed by the violence implicit in the reference to “steel drums and cement” as a solution for difficult customers paying with WIC. We often stereotype college students as idealistic, owing to their lack of real-world experience. Evidently, two summers at Walmart are sufficient experience for Rousselle to have developed a thoroughly hardened attitude and unimaginative outlook regarding how other people live their lives. (And perhaps she should examine her own more closely; assuming Rousselle does not fund her college education with Walmart earnings alone, she surely receives substantial financial support. I wonder if she believes that her benefactors, whether alumni donors who underwrite scholarships, the federal government, which subsidizes student loans, or her parents, have the right to scrutinize each purchase she makes.) Rousselle apparently merits all she has received, from an expensive, high-quality education to a decent summer job, while her unlucky customers deserve neither compassion nor public assistance but steel drums and cement, or at least the contempt of their fellow citizens. Alison McDonald New York, N.Y.
Beem talks well, should walk, too Weekly I grab a copy of The Forecaster to see upon what rant Edgar Allen Beem will embark. Beem rarely disappoints me and this week offered no exception. Here is a completely negative piece against Gov. LePage predicated upon Beem’s statement “profits before people,” as if this is a LePage creed. Sir, profits are the universe of businesses and not the province of taxpayer-fed governments of any sort or size. Since you view business and profits as evil, I nominate you to stand behind your words. Isn’t it time for Beem to take a vow of poverty and strip himself of all worldly goods? To truly commune with his brethren shouldn’t his obvious contradictions be donated to the cause? Why has he kept anything for himself? Help the state balance the budget by donating your personal worth. If you are unwilling is it perhaps because you are not your brother’s keeper in the true sense? Or is it that you subscribe to this Ayn Rand quote, “It only stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there’s service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master.” Yes, it is the Christmas season and a terrible time to expel people from the rolls of Maine health care. Sad that a dose of financial reality has caught anyone unprepared. Now you may step up and fill that void. Stand and be counted. Bruce LeClaire Windham
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In his recent column, Edgar Allen Beem proclaims that “conservatives blame the poor for requiring expensive services.” One need only read Christine Rousselle’s Forecaster Forum about welfare fraud to understand where conservatives stand on this issue. We blame the system that allows some individuals to suck off needed funds by abusing the rules. If we rooted out those fraudulent welfare recipients, there would be enough assistance for those who truly need it. By suggesting that conservatives blame the poor, Beem shows his lack of concern for real fiscal reform. People greedily hoarding their wealth notwithstanding, individual generosity will prevail, as has always been the case in America. We are a nation of generous people. Over the years large corporations, CEOs and some top wage earners have been allowed to gain more from tax loopholes. I might point out that both political parties are at fault for not fixing this problem. The government should never force its citizens to give to the poor. The progressive mantra “paying your fair share” is really a cop out. Eliminating the loopholes and reforming the tax code and welfare system will help immensely in attaining fiscal responsibility. In as much as it pains me to say this, I have to agree with Beem about Gov. LePage’s proposal to cut Maine-Care. But there needs to be a discussion of fixing the system rather than throwing around sophist ideas. We need to deal with the source of the problem instead of blaming each other. Lin White Pownal
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Christine Rousselle isn’t just a Walmart employee writing unbiased in last week’s Forecaster Forum. She’s heavily involved in right-wing causes. Her stated dream is to become another Ann Coulter, the ultra right-wing extremist who makes millions ranting about “welfare queens,” “luckless, lazy and incompetent welfare recipients,” those “utterly irresponsible animals” and the “39 million greedy geezers collecting Social Security.” Some of Rousselle’s anecdotes are obviously fabricated. Someone can’t use a 21-year-old welfare card. And if she claims it was for ID to buy alcohol, would she ask for ID from someone at least in his 40s? She didn’t try to write fairly. Like her idol, she wrote the most vindictive and lopsided account, to gain notoriety. And she succeeded. Right-wing fanatics have made her a national celebrity. I am sure there are dishonest people on welfare as everywhere. If Rousselle were honest, she would have also spoke of the majority on assistance who are honest and in real need. To get food stamps in Maine, you must have less than $2,000 in assets. It costs $55,000 per year to send Rousselle to Providence College. Like her idol, Ann Coulter, Rousselle’s success comes from using dishonesty to destroy people whose total possessions are less than she would spend on vacation. The Forecaster should send a reporter to Scarborough Walmart to learn how much time Rousselle spent on a food lane register and the opinions other register clerks have of those on public assistance. John Pankowicz Boothbay Harbor
December 30, 2011
Thanks for writing As 2011 comes to a close, The Forecaster is saying goodbye to one of its most prolific writers, Randy Editor’s Billings. Randy has been at the newspaper for about five years. He started as our news assistant, compiling calendar entries, School Notebook news and People & Business items. When he became our reporter in South Portland he produced relentless, award-winning coverage of city government. He also covered the Portland School Department, and eventually took Mo Mehlsak over the Portland City Hall beat, where we could count on his stories being days ahead of the competition.
Besides being an award-winning reporter, Randy is a cancer survivor, who chronicled his diagnosis, treatment and recovery in an insightful and touching blog. He is also a talented musician and singer, known around Maine for his love of Irish music (and Guinness stout). It was inevitable that Randy’s personal and professional growth would not go unnoticed and would produce other career opportunities, and we wish him the best in 2012 and beyond. As the Irish say, “As you slide down the banisters of life, may the splinters never point the wrong way.” ••• It’s easier than ever these days to get worked up about government, elections, social issues, the news in general, the Red Sox – you name it – and immediately blow off a little steam or express your opinion. You can tell your friends what you think on Facebook and Twitter, you can post comments directly on websites, you can blog, use your smartphone to post a video rant on YouTube – the possibilities increase every time the next great social media tool debuts.
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Compared to these newer methods, sitting down and writing a letter to the editor can seem, well, tedious. And so old-fashioned – even if instead of pen and paper or an IBM Selectric and the U.S. Mail you use an iPad, wireless Internet and Gmail. Putting together some well-chosen words, signing your name and putting your opinion out there for the scrutiny of others takes effort and courage. That’s why this week I’m continuing a practice we started last December, thanking and listing everyone who took the time to write, sign and submit a letter to the editor in the last 12 months. Whether you wrote once or half a dozen times, I appreciate your effort, your thoughtfulness, your candor, and your participation in what we do at The Forecaster. Mo Mehlsak is editor of The Forecaster. He can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 107 or email@example.com. You can also follow Mo on Twitter: @mmehlsak. Comment on this story at: http://www.theforecaster.net/weblink/109109 Judith Mushial, Scarborough Sarah M. Nash, Bar Mills Anna M. Nelson, Brunswick Rep. Mary Nelson, Falmouth Dr. Nicholas M. Nelson, Topsham Art Niedzielski, Newtown, Conn. Linda Lois Nutter, Falmouth Ryan O’Connor, Brunswick Joseph W. O’Donnell, Falmouth Daniel Olds, Falmouth Richard P. Olson, Falmouth Chris Orestis, Falmouth Ike Ostrove, Falmouth Stephanie Paine & John Pier, Freeport John Pankowicz, Boothbay Harbor Judy Paolucci, Yarmouth Nick Pappas, Cape Elizabeth Wendy Paradis, Falmouth Janice Parente, Scarborough Kathleen Parr, Falmouth Deborah Patten, Bath Linden Thigpen Pavloff, South Portland Edward Pearlman, South Portland Michael Perfetti, Cumberland Cody Perkins, Harpswell Anne Perry, Harpswell Joseph Perry, Bath Brian Peterson, Westbrook Dr. Jeff Peterson, Portland Julie Peterson, Falmouth Kent Pierce, Yarmouth Alex Piper, Freeport Jonathan Piper, Falmouth Jane Small Plante, Spofford, N.H. Barbara Powers, Falmouth Mike & Tina Pratico, Falmouth Lisa Preney, Falmouth C.H. Preston, Chebeague Island Cathy Prichard, Falmouth Gary Profenno, Freeport Christine Provencher, Scarborough Jerry Provencher, Bath Eydie Pryzant, Falmouth Rodger Pryzant, Falmouth Jeff Putnam, Cape Elizabeth Gaetano Quattrucci, South Freeport John W. Quinn, Falmouth Julie Rabinowitz, Falmouth Dr. John Radebaugh, Falmouth Patrick Rael, Brunswick Amanda Rand, Falmouth Maryella Rawnsley, Cumberland Emily Read, Scarborough Fran Reardon, Falmouth Abbey Record, Portland Kathy Hillman Reed, Falmouth Rachel M. Reed, Falmouth Pat Davidson Reef, Falmouth Michael C. Reis, South Freeport Jeff Reynolds, Brunswick Mark Richard, Falmouth Bill Richards, Cumberland Sybil Riemensnider, South Portland Richard J. Rizzo, Brunswick Mark Robinson, Biddeford Bonny Rodden, Falmouth Bob Roffler, North Yarmouth Jill Rose, Harpswell Sue Rowe & Serena Mercer, Yarmouth Betsy Ruff, Freeport Tom Rumpf, Brunswick John W. Russell, Portland Stephen C. Ryder, Falmouth
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Global Matters from page 6 help solve our budget deficit in part by raising revenues from persons of means, including persons who have never created a job, are being stymied by disingenuously lumping all such high-wealth individuals in the category of “job creators.” Yet the individual sitting on his assets or idly preserving his wealth is no more creating a job than the clerk who collects his modest paycheck at the end of the week and deposits in the bank what’s left after the groceries. What’s worse, when we bandy about terms like “job creator” and knowingly use them to mask our true policy objectives – exempting the wealthiest Americans from higher taxes – we demean our fellow citizens. By using the job creator trope so extensively we implicitly denigrate the worker, even as we lionize the entrepreneur. If you’re not creating a company, you are, in effect, a parasite. If you’re not signing the checks, you are a drain Comment on this story at: http://www.theforecaster.net/weblink/109632
on the coffers. Because you extract wealth and simply recycle it through spending, your efforts are less valuable to society. Thus, you should be taxed, while the job creator, who contributes more to the greater good and is therefore more worthy, should be relieved of as much of that burden as possible. It is an ugly exchange that we can ill afford as a nation, and certainly should not countenance in Maine. Geography, nature and history have long presented us with challenges, but we have so often overcome them by working harder, by working smarter, and by being reliable, consistent and dependable. The men and women who worked looms, stitched shoes, stamped metal, raked blueberries or pulled traps from the ocean are part of that rich legacy. They didn’t create the companies for whom they worked, but they enabled those companies to profit through their skill and dedication. It is no less true today that those who draw a paycheck enable the companies for whom they work to profit. The smart entrepreneur and the successful businessman know that treating workers with disdain is poor policy and a recipe for loss. Would that our policymakers understood that just as well. Sooner or later they will realize that calling someone a job creator doesn’t make him one, and that telling a man he is worthless will only lead to depression, both human and economic, for which no quick cure exists. 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.
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ing a winter of camping out for no substantial gain. The lack of clear goals, of course, is what most people find frustrating about the Occupy movement. A vague sense of unhappiness with the current economic situation isn’t enough to effect change. Whether they like it or not, Occupiers need clear, achievable goals – a Robin Hood tax on the rich, say, or a ban on home foreclosures. The Bonus Army of the 1930s camped out in Washington’s Hooverville to demand payment for their military service, in the process helping FDR to defeat incumbent President Herbert Hoover. Having come of age in the 1960s, I am more in tune with the civil disobedience and protest tactics of those tumultuous times, but it sure seems to me that a series of sit-ins, call them rolling occupations if you will, would be more effective than freezing your butt off in a downtown tent city. In 2012, occupy places of power, not marginal public parks. One of the prime offenders in overzealous home foreclosures is Bank of America. So occupy a different Bank of America branch each day. Establish by your presence (and probable arrest) how B of A has been complicit in creating the housing bubble that begat the recession when it burst and is now making things worse by foreclosing rather than renegotiating mortgage loans. Occupy brokerage houses. Make it clear that making a profit on paper without contributing anything to society is a destructive social enterprise. Occupy state legislatures. Occupy Congress. Demand tax equity. Occupy corporate offices. Occupy the courts. Insist that human beings have more rights than corporations. Confront the powerful where they work. The only issue OccupyMaine seems to be confronting is the legality of its presence in Lincoln Park. I’m afraid that’s just not an issue I find worth fighting for. Freelance journalist Edgar Allen Beem lives in Yarmouth. The Universal Notebook is his personal, weekly look at the world around him. Comment on this story at: http://www.theforecaster.net/weblink/109757
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South Portland Arrests 12/17 at 2:18 a.m. Rebekah Marie Schlosser, 23, of Gorham, was arrested by Officer Erin Curry on Highland Avenue on a charge of operating under the influence. 12/18 at 9:46 p.m. Franklin Lewis Glowczak, 49, of South Portland, was arrested by Officer Kevin Gerrish on Casco Bay Bridge on a charge of operating under the influence. 12/19 at 12:37 a.m. Ned Boxer, 54, of Standish, was arrested by Officer Kevin Sager on Main Street on a charge of operating under the influence. 12/19 at 10:22 a.m. Stephen Docal, 26, of South Portland, was arrested on a warrant by Officer Adam Howard on Exton Avenue. 12/19 at 9:41 p.m. Kristen Cobb, 20, of South Portland, was arrested on a warrant by Officer Kevin Theriault on Casco Bay Bridge. 12/19 at 9:41 p.m. Jason Frisco, 22, of South Portland, was arrested by Officer Kevin Theriault on Casco Bay Bridge on a charge of operating after suspension. 12/20 at 6:12 a.m. Derek McPherson, 39, of South Portland, was arrested by Officer Brian McCarthy on Westbrook Street on a charge of violating condition of release and operating after suspension. 12/20 at 1:05 p.m. Meagan Westervelt, 25, of Westbrook, was arrested by Jake Hall on Main Street on a charge of theft by deception and forgery. 12/20 at 4:49 p.m. Adam Rose, 37, of Portland, was arrested by Officer Richard Mearn on Broadway on a charge of operating after suspension. 12/21 at 2:09 a.m. Craig Durant, 26, of Buxton, was arrested by Officer Kevin Sager on Westbrook Street on charges of operating under the influence and operating after suspension. 12/21 at 10:04 p.m. Yvonne Wilson, 59, of South Portland, was arrested by Officer David Stailing on Broadway on charges of disorderly conduct, obstructing government administration and possession of schedule drugs. 12/21 at 10:21 p.m. Kellie Jean Connolly, 36, listed as a transient, was arrested by Officer Richard Mearn on Broadway on charges of discharging a firearm near a dwelling and criminal trespass. 12/22 Rory Christopher O'Toole, 29, of South Portland, was arrested by Officer Brian McCarthy on Main Street on charges of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, violation of conditional release and failure to appear (for sentencing). 12/22 at 5:40 p.m. Jamie Irish, 34, of Portland, was arrested by Officer Patricia Maynard on Cottage Road on charges of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, failure to give correct name/date of birth and failure to pay fines. 12/23 at 4:44 p.m. Christopher Tison, 24, of Sebago, was arrested by Officer Robert Libby on Maine Mall Road on charges of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and assault.
Summonses 12/17 at 3:35 a.m. Ahmed Mohamed, 25, of Portland, was issued a summons by Officer Jeff Levesque on Main Street on a charge of operating without a license. 12/17 at 6:36 p.m. Pamela Chandler, 30, of Buxton, was issued a summons by Officer Rocco Navarro on Maine Mall Road on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.
12/17 at 6:36 p.m. Andrew Blais, 20, of Westbrook, was issued a summons by Officer Theodore Sargent on Maine Mall Road on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking. 12/18 at 12:44 a.m. Maggie Dechslie, 27, of Portland, was issued a summons by Officer Kevin Sager in Portland on a charge of criminal speed. 12/19 at 1:57 p.m. Joseph Matthews, 42, of South Portland, was issued a summons by Officer James Fahey on Exton Avenue on a charge of disorderly conduct. 12/19 at 4:02 p.m. Troy Anthony Mello, 18, of South Portland, was issued a summons by Officer Jeff Levesque on Casco Bay Bridge on a charge of operating after suspension. 12/20 at 6:01 p.m. A 17-year-old boy, of South Portland, was issued a summons by Officer Jake Hall on Main Street on charges of sale and use of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. 12/21 at 5:49 p.m. Megan Rutherford, 27, North Deering, was issued a summons by Officer Jake Hall on Main Street on a charge of operating an unregistered motor vehicle. 12/23 at 10:31 p.m. A 17-year-old boy, of Limington, was issued a summons by Officer Philip Longanecker on Maine Mall Road on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 12/23 at 11:16 a.m. Arthur Hill, 21, of South Portland, was issued a summons by Officer Kevin Webster on Sokokis Street on a charge of criminal mischief.
Burgled vehicle 12/22 at 12:16 p.m. Officer James Fahey responded to the report of a motor vehicle burglary on Anthoine Street. The vehicle had been left unlocked, and more than $1,000 worth of computer equipment was stolen.
Fire calls 12/20 at 12:07 a.m. Carbon monoxide incident on Bowers Street. 12/20 at 12:48 p.m. Water problem on Main Street. 12/21 at 8:10 a.m. Well being check on Main Street. 12/21 at 8:18 a.m. Motor vehicle accident on Turnpike Spur. 12/21 at 8:24 a.m. Motor vehicle accident on Fickett Street. 12/21 at 5:32 p.m. Fire call on Pilgrim Road. 12/22 at 9:45 a.m. Good intent calls on Adams Street. 12/22 at 11:43 a.m. Aircraft standby on Westbrook Street. 12/22 at 5:13 p.m. Motor vehicle accident on Running Hill Road. 12/22 at 6:10 p.m. Motor vehicle accident on Western Avenue. 12/23 at 4:21 p.m. Motor vehicle accident on Broadway. 12/23 at 5:50 p.m. Motor vehicle accident on Main Street. 12/23 at 6:11 p.m. False alarm on Adams Street. 12/23 at 6:44 p.m. Chemical spill or leak on Chapel Street. 12/23 at 7:28 p.m. Chimney or flue fire on Sawyer Road. 12/23 at 11:39 p.m. Cooking fire on Landry Circle. 12/24 at 2:04 p.m. Motor vehicle accident on Skillings Street. 12/24 at 4:32 p.m. Smoke odor investigation on Kelley Street. 12/25 at 1:02 a.m. Assist invalid on Cottage Road. 12/25 at 8:51 a.m. Steam, vapor, fog or dust thought to be smoke at Southborough Drive. 12/25 at 8:14 p.m. Telephone or cable wire down on Broadway. 12/26 at 4:50 p.m. Electrical wiring/equipment problem on Rollins Way.
EMS South Portland emergency medical services responded to 67 calls from Dec. 20-27.
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Cape Elizabeth Arrests There were no arrests reported from Dec. 20-26.
Summonses 12/24 at 2:45 p.m. Carey Gregor, 20, of Cape Elizabeth, was issued a summons by Officer David Galvan on Spurwink Avenue on a charge of possession of marijuana.
Fire calls 12/20 at 8:48 p.m. Odor investigation on Two Lights Road. 12/21 at 7:33 a.m. Vehicle accident on Bowery Beach Road. 12/21 at 7:39 a.m. Vehicle accident on Ocean House Road. 12/21 at 8:36 a.m. Mutual aid to South Portland. 12/21 at 3:27 p.m. Smoke removal on Lydon Lane East. 12/21 at 5:30 p.m. Mutual aid to South Portland Mutual. 12/22 at 6:20 p.m. Vehicle accident on Ocean House Road. 12/23 at 7:27 p.m. Mutual aid to South Portland. 12/24 at 11:02 p.m. Fire alarm on Granite Ridge Road.
EMS Cape Elizabeth emergency medical services responded to 14 calls from Dec. 20-26.
Scarborough Arrests 12/19 at 11:23 a.m. Troy Martin Hewitt, 34, of Oregon Avenue, Old Orchard Beach, was arrested by Officer Garrett Strout on Route 1 and Pine Point Road on charges of operating after habitual offender revocation and violating bail condition of release. 12/19 at 4:45 p.m. Kate E. Cox, 27, of Old Orchard Road, Buxton, was arrested by Officer Scott Vaughan on Gallery Boulevard, on charges of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and violating bail condition of release. 12/20 at 12:01 p.m. Roland J. McFarland, 61, of Narragansett Street, Gorham, was arrested by Officer Andrew Flynn on Gallery Boulevard and Mussey Road on charges of operating with suspended or revoked license, possession of suspended driver's license and three counts of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. 12/20 at 12:04 p.m. Erinbeth A. Marotte, 33, of Pine Point Road, was arrested by Officer Garrett Strout on Pine Point Road and Old Blue Point roads on a charge of operating under the influence. 12/21 at 1:52 p.m. Emily Jean Sweeney, 33, of Chestnut Street, Portland, was arrested
by Officer Garrett Strout on Payne Road on charges of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and violation of bail condition of release. 12/22 at 1:47 a.m. Alexey N. Chistyakov, 25, of Broadway, South Portland, was arrested by Officer Scott Vaughn on a charge of operating under the influence. 12/23 at 10:13 p.m. Steven M. Goodine, 46, of Dakota Street, Portland, was arrested by Officer Timothy Dalton on Dunstan Landing and Pine Point roads on a charge of operating when a license was suspended or revoked.
12/21 7:51 p.m. Master alarm on Route 1. 12/22 at 5:37 p.m. Water problem on Black Point Road. 12/22 at 6:22 p.m. Smoke investigation on Running Hill Road. 12/22 at 7:13 p.m. Carbon monoxide alarm on Route 1. 12/23 at 2:53 p.m. Water problem on Second
Avenue. 12/23 at 3:19 p.m. Chimney, electric, gas, stove alarm on Route 1. 12/23 at 8:33 p.m. Carbon monoxide alarm on Waldron Drive.
Scarborough emergency medical services responded to 40 calls from Dec. 19-25.
Summonses 12/20 at 1:43 p.m. George J. Maldonis Jr., 49, of Bailey Court, Kennebunkport, was issued a summons by Officer Donald Laflin on Payne and Holmes roads on a charge of operating with a suspended or revoked license. 12/21 at 1:43 p.m. Derek A. Weeks, 31, of High Street, Portland, was issued a summons by Officer Garrett Strout on a charge of unauthorized taking or transfer. 12/21 at 5:13 p.m. Three 16-year-olds were issued summonses by Officer Timothy Dalton on Payne Road on charges of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 12/21 at 10:53 p.m. Kevin A. Fauslo, 19, of Quadrant Lane, was issued a summons by Officer Scott Vaughn on Black Point and Thornton roads on charges of possession of marijuana and sale or use of drug paraphernalia. 12/22 at 8:29 p.m. Chelsea A. Locke, 23, of Saco Road, Hollis, was issued a summons by Officer Timothy Dalton on Gorham Road on a charge of operating with a suspended or revoked license. 12/22 at 11:07 p.m. Kevin Joyce, 55, of Saco Road, Standish, was issued a summons by Officer Timothy Dalton on Holmes Road on a charge of operating under the influence. 12/23 at 5:41 p.m. Penny E. White, 60, of Kinfolk Lane, Bowdoin, was issued a summons by Officer Scott Vaughn on Gallery Boulevard on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 12/23 at 7:52 p.m. Dewitt Woods, 28, of Quaker Road, Westbrook, was issued a summons by Officer Melissa DiClemente on Payne Road on a charge of operating while a licence was suspended or revoked.
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Timothy D. Hagerman, 26: Basketball star and entrepreneur SOUTH PORTLAND — Timothy D. Hagerman, 26, died Dec. 26 at Maine Medical Center after a year-long battle with cancer. Born on July 21, 1985 in Malden, Mass., he was the son of Reis F. and Catherine P. Hagerman. He attended Scarborough schools, graduating from Scarborough Hagerman High School in 2004. An avid sportsman throughout his life, Hagerman participated in basketball, baseball, football and soccer. He played basketball for Scarborough High School
New Location Acapello Salons recently opened its fourth location in Freeport at 15 Main St. The Freeport location is home to an Aveda Lifestyles store on the first level where walk-in shoppers can experience complimentary mini services while the second floor features six operator style and color salon stations. Swanson, Eshelman & Gamage, a new full-service CPA firm has selected South Portland for its headquarters. Their office is located at 324 Cummings Road, Suite 201, South Portland, ME 04106.
New Hires Southern Maine EMS recently hired Marc A. Minkler as its new executive director. He brings with him more than 22 years of experience, beginning his career in Vermont and later moving to Maine to work for the Medcu division of the Portland Fire Department; there he served as a paramedic and firefighter, training officer, and Lieutenant. Minkler’s true passion is education, and over the years he has taught hundreds of EMS providers in Maine and New England. Dr. Benjamin Branch recently joined the attending medical staff of New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland. Branch received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree, with honors, from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his internship in family medicine at Trident Hospital and Medical University of South Carolina. During his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton, Ill., Branch served as chief resident. He is also on staff at Maine Medical Center. Kelly Kerner was recently named Bowdoin’s senior vice president for development and alumni relations. Kerner is currently the vice president for college advancement at Bates and brings with her two decades of fundraising and strategic leadership experience to Bowdoin’s awardwinning development team. Gary’s House, an affiliate of Mercy Health System of Maine, recently named Debra Lavoie as executive director to oversee the facility’s management and carry
and Southern Maine Community College. He played for SMCC’s Seawolves in 2007 and 2008, and was a member of the back-to-back Yankee Small College Conference Championship teams that went on to semifinal finishes at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division II national tournament. “Timmy was one of those guys that pumped life into your team,” said SMCC coach Matt Richards, “He was full of energy, cared for his teammates and always strived to make himself and others around him better. He took those qualities and became an outstanding young man and husband. I will truly miss him everyday.” out local outreach projects and initiatives in the community with health care providers. She previously served as the director of marketing and public relations at York County Community College and director of admissions and marketing at Catherine McAuley High School. Junior Achievement of Maine Inc. recently announced the hire of Michael Stone as their new president. Stone comes to Junior Achievement after a 35 year Maine banking and business background. For the past 10 years he has been a volunteer with Junior Achievement and brings with him a strong nonprofit background, most recently serving as president of the board for Victoria Mansion and has volunteered with several greater Portland nonprofits over the years. Peter F. Herzog recently joined the New England office of Fisher & Phillips LLP as an associate. His practice will focus on representing and advising management on various employment issues, including antidiscrimination laws, workplace harassment, FMLA leave, and FLSA issues. Herzog graduated from Boston University School of Law in 2008 and received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs. Preti Flaherty recently hired Robert “Benji” Borowski as an associate. Borowski will practice energy law from the firm’s Portland office. Prior to joining Preti Flaherty he was part of the firm’s summer associate program and a paralegal at Locke, Lord, Bissell, and Liddell in Boston where he researched and analyzed “Green” and “Cleantech” venture capitalist firms.
Good Deeds Tim Haley and his TeamHeadstrong recently completed the Pan Massachusetts Challenge, a bike ride across Massachusetts to raise money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Haley and his team are considered one of the “Heavy Hitters” raising $45,000 this year for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, meeting their goal by beating last year’s total of $25,000. Portland Pie Company’s Maine and New Hampshire locations recently raised $1,800 for two New England based nonprofits as a part of the annual Shipyard Prelude Special Ale Release Party. The event was held simultaneously Nov. 17 at all four Portland Pie Maine and New Hampshire restaurants. They raised a total of $1,400 for WinterKids and $400 for Northeast Passage. A group of Portland Rotarians recently
A natural and gifted entrepreneur, Hagerman received an Associate of Science degree in business from SMCC, and later started TDH Landscaping and Snowy Days Plowing. His most recent venture was the purchase of DJ Triggs disc jockey business; he also worked as a claims specialist for TD Bank. Hagerman married Molly Findlay on Oct. 9, 2010 at Holy Cross Church in South Portland. His family and friends will remember him as someone who could light up a room; his outgoing and charming personality immediately drew everyone he met into his large circle of friends. He is survived by his wife; his parents
of Scarborough; sisters Lauren and Lindsay Hagerman of Scarborough; father and mother-in-law, Matthew and Coleman Findlay of South Portland; paternal grandmother, Marie Hagerman of Zephyrhills, Fla.; grandfather and grandmotherin-law, Ron and Mary Costigan of South Portland; many loving aunts, uncles, cousins; and many friends. Visiting hours were held on Dec. 29 at Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. Burial will take place at New Calvary Cemetery in South Portland. Memorial contributions in Hagerman’s name can be made to Holy Cross School, 436 Broadway, South Portland, ME 04106.
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served Christmas lunch to a group of seniors at The Salvation Army’s Center for Healthy Aging in Portland. The Cumberland/North Yarmouth Lions Club’s First Annual “Give Thanks” Apple Pie fundraiser to benefit the Cumberland Food Pantry was a great success. Through apple pie sales they were able to raise $914.85. An additional $700 in supermarket gift cards was received from an anonymous donor, making the total donation $1,614. Gorham Savings Bank, along with Begelow Investment Advisors LLC, recently presented a $2,500 check to the Portland Youth Wrestling Boosters. The money will go toward purchasing wrestling equipment for young wrestlers in their program who otherwise would not be able to afford their own equipment. The Portland Youth Wrestling Boosters was established to raise money to expand wrestling in the Portland area. children from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 are eligible to participate in the program and can participate in free clinics and instruction classes. TD Bank, through TD Charitable Foundation, recently donated a total of $10,000 to Goodwill Industries of Northern New England as part of the bank’s
commitment to giving back to the community. Goodwill will use the funds to hire an AmeriCorps volunteer for the Maine Governor’s Children’s Cabinet in Augusta. The cabinet is committed to policies to ensure that every Maine child is safe, healthy, well-educated and productive. To align with the cabinet’s mission, the AmeriCorps volunteer will work for Great Strides Rural Education Corps, a Goodwill AmeriCorps program which places volunteers in rural schools throughout Maine to provide mentoring, academic support and service learning opportunities to at-risk youth. The recent Sit with Santa event that was held at the Planet Dog Company Store in Portland raised $800 for the Planet Dog Foundation, Planet Dog’s nonprofit grant making organization. The town of Scarborough and Project G.R.A.C.E. (Granting Resources and Assistance through Community Effort) teamed up to help raise funds for the Scarborough Fuel Assistance Program. The Board of Directors of the Scarborough Community Chamber of Commerce pledged $2,500 to the program and challenged chamber members to match an additional $2,500. A total of $7,000 was raised by the chamber and its members.
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Farewell to a fantastic 2011 sports year By Michael Hoffer Another year of high school sports action is in the rearview mirror, but the memories figure to linger for a long time. Local athletes turned heads last winter winter, dazzled in the spring and enthralled in the autumn. With a new year nearing, here’s one more look back to the thrills that made up 2011.
January When 2010 gave way to 2011, Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough and South Portland’s boys’ basketball teams all had playoff aspirations. On the girls’ side, Cape Elizabeth and South Portland were making postseason pushes. On the ice, the Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough boys and the Scarborough girls were turning heads. Skiing, swimming, wrestling and track teams and individuals made a mark as they geared up for the postseason.
February Scarborough wrestler Mike Cyr earned the first hardware of the new year, winning a Class A crown at 215 pounds. The coronations continued during February vacation week. In track, Scarborough won both the boys’ and girls’ Class A championships. Individually, Scarborough’s Nick Morris (800) and Orrin James (high jump) took boys’ titles. Scarborough’s Nicole Kirk (200) and Emilia Scheemaker (long jump, triple jump) were girls’ winners. In the pool, Cape Elizabeth’s boys finished second in Class A to Bangor and had a pair of multiple individual champs. Marcus Cloutier took the 100 freestyle and 200 individual medley and Evan Long won the 50 and 200 frees. Cape Elizabeth’s Sam Barber won the slalom at the Class B Alpine state meet. Attention then turned to the basketball championships. On the boys’ side, in Western A, Scarborough barely missed the playoffs but South Portland rode another strong season to a berth. The Red Riots’ title hopes were dashed with an upset loss to Portland in the quarterfinals. In Class B, Cape Elizabeth barely survived Wells’ upset bid in the quarterfinals, avenged a couple regular season losses to York in the semis, then outlasted Yarmouth in the regional final to earn a
third trip to the state final in four seasons. On the girls’ side, defending state champion Scarborough wasn’t able to get back to the postseason. Cape Elizabeth got to the Expo for the first time this century, but was the first victim of eventual Class B champion Leavitt (in the quarterfinal round). South Portland made the Western A quarterfinals, but was sent home by eventual state champ McAuley. Hockey saw the Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough and South Portland boys qualify for the postseason. On the girls’ side, Scarborough was the top seed in the West Region, but was upset in overtime by Biddeford in the semifinals.
March Cape Elizabeth entered the Class B boys’ state championship game as a decided underdog to Camden Hills, but behind the brilliance of Theo Bowe, the Capers almost sprung the upset. Despite Bowe’s 36 points, Cape Elizabeth lost a close contest. Both Scarborough and South Portland’s boys’ hockey teams were ousted in the Western A quarterfinals. Cape Elizabeth got to the Western B semis, but lost to eventual state champion York.
April and May The short spring regular season featured much excitement and triumph. Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough and South Portland’s baseball teams all impressed. Defending Class A champion South Portland’s softball squad appeared invincible, with Scarborough its top competitor. In Western B, Cape Elizabeth returned to playoff form. Boys’ lacrosse featured Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough as title contenders, with South Portland not far behind. On the girls’ side, Scarborough was gearing up for another title run, while Cape Elizabeth and South Portland also enjoyed strong campaigns. Area track stars geared up for the postseason. The tennis story featured excellence from Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough.
June On the 4th, Scarborough’s Nicole Kirk (100 and 200) and South Portland’s Adrian Reid (200) won Class A individual outdoor track titles.
Scarborough’s girls’ lacrosse team celebrated another Class A championship in June.
On the 11th, both Scarborough tennis teams made state championship debuts, but both were defeated by Lewiston. On the diamond, Cape Elizabeth’s title hopes were denied by Falmouth in an upset in the quarterfinal round. Scarborough was upset at home by South Portland in the quarterfinals. The Red Riots then were defeated in the semifinals by eventual Class A champion Cheverus. Cape Elizabeth’s softball team was ousted by Oak Hill in the Western B quarterfinals. In Western A, as expected, Scarborough and South Portland advanced to a regional final showdown and to the surprise of many, it was the Red Storm springing the upset. Scarborough then won its third Class A championship in five seasons, blanking Messalonskee in the finale. The top local boys’ lacrosse story was Scarborough, which won a repeat championship, holding off Lewiston in a closely contested Class A state final. Cape Elizabeth wasn’t able to repeat in Class B, losing to eventual champion Falmouth in the regional final. South Portland was ousted in overtime in the Western A quarterfinals. On the girls’ side, Scarborough didn’t go undefeated this time, but managed to repeat as Class A champion after holding off Brunswick
Michael Salvatore and the South Portland football team enjoyed a special season this fall, reaching the semifinals for the first time in 11 years.
in the Class A state game, 1311. Cape Elizabeth came so close to playing for the Class B championship, but lost to perennial power Waynflete by a goal in the regional final.
South Portland’s best season in years ended with a painful loss to Thornton Academy in the quarterfinals.
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Year in review from page 13
July and August High school action took a short break, while familiar names competed in road races and American Legion ball. By midAugust, fall practice was underway.
September Autumn brought football, soccer, field hockey, cross country, volleyball and golf excitement. On the gridiron, South Portland dropped its opener, but soon came to life. Scarborough opened with a big win, then struggled with inconsistency. Cape Elizabeth was once again one of the premier teams in Western B. On the pitch, all three boys’ teams impressed against tough schedules. The Cape Elizabeth girls, riding new addition Melanie Vangel, shot to the top of the Western A standings. Defending state champion Scarborough wasn’t far behind. Scarborough’s field hockey team returned to prominence. Scarborough’s volleyball team put together its best season to date. Cross country and golf teams hinted at success to come.
October Golf held its state championship on the 10th. Scarborough capped a solid season by placing fourth in Class A. Cape Elizabeth finished eighth in Class B. The Scarborough boys’ cross country team won another Class A crown on the
29th, thanks in large part to Nick Morris’ late heroics to win the individual title. Scarborough once again earned the top seed in field hockey, but was stunned in the quarterfinals by Windham, in a game that had to go to sudden victory penalty corners to be decided. The soccer playoffs saw South Portland’s boys once again have to go to Gorham for a tough quarterfinal and for the second straight season, the Red Riots’ run ended there. Cape Elizabeth also fell in the quarterfinals, to eventual state champion Windham. Scarborough once again made it to the regional final. On the girls’ side, South Portland lost in the preliminary round, to Windham. Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough both earned high seeds and met in the semifinals after the Red Storm eliminated Cheverus and the Capers rallied to down Deering in the quarterfinals. Cape Elizabeth had Scarborough on the ropes, but the Red Storm rallied and won in double overtime to advance to the regional final, at Gorham. All three football teams made the playoffs. Scarborough lost at Cheverus in the quarterfinals. South Portland won its first playoff game since 2000, over Sanford in the quarterfinals. Cape Elizabeth also passed a quarterfinal round test, defeating Greely.
November Soccer held its regional finals on the 2nd. The Scarborough boys became the next victim of the Windham Express, falling on a late goal. The Red Storm
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girls had better luck, scoring in the final minute to win at Gorham. At the state game three days later, Scarborough’s repeat hopes were denied by a superb Bangor team, which took the Class A crown, 4-0. Football then had center stage all to itself. In the semifinals of Western B, Cape Elizabeth went to powerhouse Mountain Valley and once again had its season end in the shadow of the mill. In Western A, South Portland played Thornton Academy tough to the very end, but a final play fell a yard short and the Red Riots were eliminated.
December Winter has returned and the fun begins again. In boys’ basketball, all three teams once again have impressed. Cape Elizabeth entered the holiday break 4-2 after a 52-43 home win over Lake Region last Thursday. The Capers are back in action Wednesday at Waynflete. Scarborough fell to 2-3 last week after dropping a tough 63-60 overtime decision at top contender Portland. The Red Storm is home Saturday against Biddeford and pays a visit to South Portland Tuesday. Speaking of the Red Riots, they entered the break 4-1 after a 57-42 win at Kennebunk last Thursday. South Portland goes to Massabesic Friday. On the girls’ side, Scarborough is off to the best start. The Red Storm won its first six, including a 50-38 home triumph over Portland and a victory at Biddeford Tuesday. Scarborough hosts South Portland Tuesday. The Red Riots improved to 3-2 with a 38-25 win over Kennebunk last Thursday. South Portland played at Deering Wednesday and welcomes Massabesic Friday. Cape Elizabeth entered the break 2-4 after falling, 50-18, at Lake Region. The Capers host Waynflete Wednesday. On the ice, Scarborough’s boys beat Kennebunk in its 2011 finale, 3-2, to im-
Theo Bowe almost single-handedly led Cape Elizabeth’s boys’ basketball team to a Class B state title back in March, but the Capers fell just short against Camden Hills.
prove to 4-0-1. Thursday, the Red Storm go to South Portland. The Red Riots improved to 2-3 with a 2-1 win at Gorham. Cape Elizabeth’s 8-2 win over Leavitt last Thursday gave it a 2-0-2 mark at the break. The Capers host Cheverus Thursday of next week. On the girls’ side, Scarborough is 6-2-1 entering a home game with undefeated Falmouth Friday. The Red Storm is at Cheverus Saturday. Cape Elizabeth fell to 2-6 with a 6-4 loss at Portland last Thursday. The Capers host Biddeford Monday. Swim and wrestling teams have provided positive glimpses and track and skiing are about to get underway in earnest. Say goodbye to the wonderful year that was. We welcome 2012 and look forward to a new batch of highlights. Happy New Year everyone! Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@ theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.
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Maine Elite Lacrosse is offering a range of activities at the new Riverside Athletic Center in Portland. On Sundays, boys’ K-8 Skills and Drills is at 3 p.m., K-6 game time at 4 p.m. and high school games at 5 and 6 p.m. Monday at 5 p.m., girls play a full field 7v7 game. Tuesdays, boys’ high school pickup is at 3 p.m., girls’ K-8 Skills and Drills at 5, Boys’ grades 7-8 games at 6 p.m. and boys’ high school full field games at 7 p.m. Wednesday, boys’ high school pickup is at 3 p.m., women’s collegiate pickup at 8 p.m. Thursdays, boys’ high school pickup is at 3 p.m. and men’s collegiate pickup is at 8 p.m.
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Scarborough Frozen 5K upcoming The Scarborough Track and Cross Country Boosters are sponsoring a 5K Sunday, Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. Registration begins at the high school at 11:30 a.m. Registration before race day is $15 and all pre-registered runners (by Jan. 6) will receive a performance race shirt. On race day registration is $20. The course will begin at the Memorial Park building and follow much of the Summerfest race course. The race will end in front of the high school. Proceeds from the race will help the Scarborough Track & Cross Country Boosters. FMI, rkelly01@ maine.rr.com.
MPL hosting Winter Classic Maine Premier Lacrosse is hosting its Indoor Winter Classic Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Portland Sports Complex, 333 Warren Ave. Several former high school stars will be part of the coaching staff, along with three Native American players. Proceeds from a raffle will benefit NikeN7. Teams will be divided into Pool A and Pool B and will play 10 versus 10 on a full field. Teams are guaranteed four games and all games will be videotaped. FMI, 939-0190, info@mainepremierlax. com or mainepremierlax.com.
Eggs & Issues, Thursday, January 5th Steve Abbott, Athletic Director of the University of Maine will highlight the athletic program and talk about the role it plays in Maine’s economy.
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Greater Portland Benefits Saturday 12/31 Polar Bear Plunge to support the Natural Resources Council of Maine’s work to reduce global warming, 11:30 a.m., East End Beach, Portland, register at supporters.nrcm.org/register.
Meetings South Portland Fri. 12/30 8 a.m. Tue. 1/3 6:30 p.m. Wed. 1/4 7 p.m. Wed. 1/4 7 p.m.
Cape Elizabeth Mon. 1/2 Tue. 1/3
TOWN OFFICES CLOSED 9 a.m. School Board Negotiations Committee Executive Session TH 7 p.m. Planning Board TH 7 p.m. Recycling Committee Public Works 7 p.m. Community Services Advisory Committee Cape Elizabeth Community Center
Center for Maine Craft, in the Maine Mall through December 2011, open regular and extended Maine Mall hours, FMI 772-8653.
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Circle of Musicians, Sundays, 2-7 p.m., 263 Pine Point Road, $3/ person, $5/couple, hosted by Ron & Sherri Nick, FMI sheriwaves@ yahoo.com.
Winter Farmers’ Market, 10 a.m-2 p.m. every Sunday, South Portland Planning Office, corner of Ocean St. and Rt. 77.
Friday 12/30 Fine Free Day, sign up for a finefree library card, Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, Scarborough, 883-4723 ext 6267.
Board of Assessment Review Assessor’s Office Comprehensive Plan Committee 496 Ocean St. Board of Appeals CH City Council CH
Mon. 1/2 TOWN OFFICES CLOSED Wed. 1/4 6:30 p.m. Appointments Committee Wed. 1/4 7 p.m. Council Goals Workshop Thu. 1/5 7 p.m. Board of Education
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Joan Jagolinzer, 883-8415 or email@example.com. 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 expenses and have some opportunity to travel. Joyce McKenney 737-4666.
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Open Sky New Year Celebration, 8 p.m., One Longfellow Square,
AARP Foundation Tax Aide program seeks volunteers, contact
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.
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.
Dining Out Saturday 12/31 Baked Bean Supper, 4:306 p.m., Tuttle Road United Methodist Church, 52 Tuttle Road, Cumberland, $8 adults/$5 ages 12 and under.
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New Year’s Planetarium, 8 p.m.12 a.m., Southworth Planetarium, 70 Falmouth St., Portland, suggested $6 donation, 780-4249.
unteers supply their own gear, commit to three days of training. FMI skimhs.org or 824-2440.
20 Mill St., Yarmouth, adults $8/ kids $5/ kids under 5 free, 846-4724.
Garden & Outdoors Wednesday 1/4
Extending the Temperate Hiking Season, 7 p.m., Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Getting Smarter Saturday 1/7
Integrative Art & Music Classes, Cricket Hunt School, through Feb. 11, $185, 865-9696 or email@example.com.
Health & Support Thursday 1/5
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Greater Portland Auditions, Calls for Art
”Maine, Past and Present,” graphite drawings by Tony Lisa, runs through Jan. 8, Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-4763.
Ajkun Ballet Theater, New York City-based dance company, holding auditions in February and March 2012 in New York City; FMI visit ajkunbt.org.
Free Acrylic Painting Demo, 12 p.m., Constellation Gallery, 511 Congress St., 409-6617.
Wednesday 1/4 Musica de Filia Girls’ and Women’s Chorus, 6-7:30 p.m., musicadefilia. com or 807-2158. Southern Maine Children’s Chorus, auditions, 5-7 p.m., open to children 12 and under, Corthell Hall, USM Gorham, usm.maine. edu/music.
Saturday 1/7 ”Wiley the Hairy Man” audtitions, looking for children ages 8-17, 3:30-5 p.m., Children’s Museum and Theater, 142 Free St., Portland, kitetails.org or 828-1234 ext. 247.
Monday 1/9 Musica de Filia Girls’ and Women’s Chorus, 4-6 p.m., musicadefilia. com or 807-2158.
Books & Authors Tuesday 1/10 Charlotte Beacon author discussion and book signing, 12 p.m., Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, falmouth. lib.me.us or 781-2351.
Film ”Conversations with Edd Bonney,” now available for sale at Freeport Public Library, 10 Liberty Dr., Freeport, freeportpubliclibrary.com.
Galleries Artwork by Patricia L. Ritzo, through Dec. 30, Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth, FMI 577-3874.
Saturday 12/31 ICING New Year’s Eve Bash, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., 21+, SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, $50, space538.org or 828-5600.
Thursday 1/5 ”More Than a Rap Sheet:” The Real Stories of Incarcerated Women, 1 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Liberty Dr., Freeport, 272-0090.
Friday 1/6 ”Around the House,” 5-8 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, runs through Jan. 28, 871-1700. ”Dance!” images by Lori Austill and Arthur Fink, 5-8 p.m., Harmon & Barton’s, 584 Congress St., Portland, 871-9474. ”Tireless Device,” artwork by Maria Paz Garaloces, 5-8 p.m., SPACE, 538 Congress St., Portland, 8285600.
Music Saturday 12/31 Open House with drummer Frank Sanfillipo, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Road, 781-4034 or email@example.com. The Mallett Brothers Band featuring This Way and The Kurt Baker Band, 9 p.m., Empire Dine and Dance, 575 Congress St., MalletBrothersBand.com.
Sunday 1/1 Ellis Paul Concert, 7:3o p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., $20 advance/$23 door, EllisPaul.com.
Shape Note Singing, 1-4 p.m., The New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland, 216-3890.
Thursday 1/5 Chiharu Naruse and Robert Dan, 11:15 a.m., First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 425 Congress St., Portland, 775-3356.
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Bail from page 5 The Morning Sentinel has reported he, too, is submitting a bill to put judges, not bail commissioners, in the decision-making role in the most serious domestic violence cases. • Rep. Ken Fredette, R-Newport, has submitted a bill that also puts bail decisions in violent domestic cases in the hands of a judge, who could require defendants to wear an electronic monitoring device that tracks their whereabouts. • Perhaps the most far-reaching idea would provide a “risk assessment” tool that would be used by police, bail commissioners.
Using science One such process used now in other states and Canada, the Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment, calculates how likely spouses are to re-assault their partner. The 13 yes-or-no questions in the assessment cover the defendant’s history of violence, antisocial behavior, substance abuse and other factors. Cain’s bill, which will be brought up next year, would mandate the use of a “standardized risk assessment in the management of domestic violence crimes.” It would require law enforcement and the state Department of Corrections to set up processes to implement risk assessment statewide over the next two years. “We need to learn from the horrible things that happened in the Dexter case,” Cain said. “We need consistency, reliability and accuracy in the bail process.” The governor’s pending legislation will offer a similar idea. Meanwhile, Sagadahoc Sheriff Mark Westrum, a critic of the bail commissioner system, is about to start a model program using as an assessment tool in his county. Westrum challenges the comments from some bail commissioners who say they can make a reasonable risk assessment with the information they have now because they personally know most of the people in their community. Brain Rideout, a bail commissioner in Piscataquis County, said, “90 percent of these guys, I know,” but he added that sometimes he has to “pry out” of police the criminal histories of a defendant. “The bail commissioner may think he knows, but you never really know what a person is capable of,” Westrum said, but a system based on verifiable data will go a long way to making better decisions. Rideout said the recent public attention on bail has created “a really touchy situation now,” and noted that Judge Robert Mullen, who oversees bail commissioners, has focused more on domestic violence in the recent annual training session. The Maine Commission on Domestic and Sexual Abuse has been working with legislators and the governor’s office on the pending bills. “One of the keys” to dealing with domestic violence “is the bail system,” Colpitts, the vice chairwoman of the commission, said. A central problem, Colpitts said, “is that bail commissioners don’t have enough information to make a reasoned decision in the case of someone arrested for domestic violence.” Even in the rare cases when a bail commissioner has access to a full criminal record, she said, that is not enough to assess the risk, which is why she is among those pushing for a scientifically-based assessment.
Saufley said she, too, hopes the state is moving to a more objective risk assessment tool. “Anyone can be misled by another human being,” the chief justice said. “The more we step away from that and rely on the science, I think the better we will be. But it’s all nascent now.” In the report by Gagan’s group, he and his co-authors address the political side of changing laws and attitudes about domestic violence. They say their recommendations should be adopted “in short order ... despite the roadblocks that will attempted by a dramatic minority of decision makers, leaders and professionals who do not accurately understand the importance of preventing (domestic violence homicides).” Colpitts’ comments, based on her years of experience on the front lines of the issue, echoed the report’s view: Reports, she said, “don’t get things done” on their own. “There’s been a history of inaction,” she said, “that needs to stop.” Contributing writers Emily Guerin, who is staff writer at The Forecaster, and Mary Helen Miller provided research for this story. The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting is a non-profit and nonpartisan journalism organization that provides indepth reporting as a public service to its Maine media partners. The e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org; the website is pinetreewatchdog.org.
Solar from page 1 solar-panel system will be half paid for by the Efficiency Maine grant, the family-run diner had to pay for the project up front, then get reimbursed by the grant. There will also be tax incentives that will help defray the costs. For Matt Marston, who owns the 7-yearold Basics Fitness on Western Avenue in South Portland with his parents, the incentives and help from ReVision Energy made it possible to install a $22,000 six-panel solar system with two hot water tanks. “This project isn’t something a small business can just do on its own,” Marston said. “ReVision held our hand through the whole process.” He said ReVision employees would call and remind him when paperwork came due, and helped him apply for the Efficiency Maine grant, which will cover half the cost of his company’s system. Both Marston and Rand said the decision to install solar panels on their businesses was about protecting the environment and cutting back on their use of fossil fuels. But it also made good business sense. “We’ll pay it all back in two years,” Martson said. “A system like this, it’s really a no-brainer.” “It’s free energy for the life of the system,” Hatch said. The systems are expected to last 25 to 30 years before they must be updated, and are warrantied for 20 years. There are few moving parts, so maintenance is simple and rarely necessary. It’s a decision business owners can feel good about, Rand said. “For people like me, with grandchildren, you want to think you’re leaving something nice for your grandchildren,” Rand said. “Maine is special – we don’t appreciate what we have here, how beautiful it is. I want that maintained.” Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter: @emilyparkhurst.
Assisted living from page 1 and the greater Portland area. The facility houses residents who predominantly utilize MaineCare, but there are a few private-pay beds, too, Rich said. “If these changes are put in place, our residents would be displaced and we would lose employees,” she said. “I don’t think we’d exist.” Susan Stranahan, a Chebeague Island resident and Island Commons board member, said the facility is an institution that plays an important role in island life. “It’s been a real lifesaver for many islanders who have been able to keep their parents close by,” she said. “But with all the proposed changes and (budget) cuts, the apple cart has been tipped for us. To change the way assisted living has been provided is devastating. We are not alone, but because we are an island, we have very few options.” She called the proposed cuts “an assault without any common sense.” But according to the LePage administration, the proposal would avoid more drastic, across-the-board cuts that would eliminate hundreds of state programs, affecting all Mainers. By making cuts to MaineCare services and the benefits program, instead of raising taxes, the administration hopes to avoid cuts to education funding. The governor’s plan will redesign the benefits program by eliminating some optional services that are not federally required, including chiropractic, dental, occupational and physical therapy, podiatry, adult family care and vision services. These proposed cuts may bring Maine more in line with the national average, but they could affect facilities similar to and larger than Island Commons. At the Pine Point Center, 67 Pine Point Road in Scarborough, administrator Leslie Currier said there are 70 beds and 12 are designated for assisted living. All 12 residents are eligible for MaineCare services, she said. “We are keeping an eye on the budget proposals, and have shared information with residents and families,” she said. “We are encouraging family members to get involved by advocating for themselves and their loved ones.” Barbara Walker, director of nursing at Seaside Nursing & Retirement at 850 Baxter Blvd. in Portland, said the budget cuts would “definitely affect all (private non-medical institutions).” At Seaside, which was established in 1974, Walker said there are 154 beds and 30 are designated for assisted living; most of those are MaineCare. “If the cuts were to pass in this form, I don’t know if we’d have (the assisted living beds),” she said. At Cape Memory Care, 126 Scott Dyer Road in Cape Elizabeth, there are 20 MaineCare beds. Cape Memory Care is owned by Woodlands Assisted Living, a private, family operated company that has six assisted living facilities and one independent residential facility. Matthew Walters, Woodlands chief executive officer, said the proposed cuts will not only significantly affect residents, but their families, the employees, and the state’s tax base. “If this is actually implemented, of the 400 residents we serve throughout the state, almost 50 percent will be affected,” Walters said. Walters said like some of the other facilities, the Woodlands sent a letter to family
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members when the governor’s proposal first came out. “We had to tell these families that their loved ones would be discharged unless they are able to pay the entire private amount,” he said. “We encouraged them to contact their representatives, their legislators and the commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services.” Walters said of the 200 residents who are on MaineCare, 80 have Alzheimer’s disease and cannot live on their own or in the community. He said he has written to LePage, testified at public hearings and will continue to spread the word about the proposed cuts. “It is hard to believe that (the governor) truly understands the economic impact of these cuts,” Walters said. “There are thousands of jobs at stake, and even bigger economic repercussions if the cuts pass – higher unemployment rates, loss of income taxes and property taxes.” He said even if even if more affordable housing becomes available, the people who live at assisted living facilities need the services provided and cannot live on their own. Walters said he supports trying to find ways to shrink MaineCare to be more in line with the rest of the country, but there is a difference between cutting benefits to a 19-year-old and a person with Alzheimer’s disease. “This proposal is a death knell for the whole industry,” he said. “The people that live with us are not welfare opportunists. Ninety percent of MaineCare residents are people who have worked their whole lives and spent their money on in-home care. And now they don’t have enough left over to cover 100 percent of the cost in their final years.” Sen. Richard Rosen, R-Bucksport, is the chairman of the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee. He said the federal government is not very supportive of the private, non-medical institutions model and has expressed concerns about continuing to provide matching funds to support these facilities. He said he is interested in understanding more about how the clients that still remain eligible for medical services can recieve those services – if not under the current system, then through an alternative. “I think at this point, we are going to look at alternatives to a complete defunding of PNMI as of July 1,” he said. “I don’t dismiss the evaluation of the situation, and I accept what (the owners, operators and administrators of assisted living facilities) are saying.” But Rosen said something has to be done. He said 28 percent of Maine’s general fund is slated for MaineCare, and the share is projected to grow at a rate of 7 percent per year. “It is important to understand that from a budgeting point of view, the program places a burden on the state,” Rosen said. “If we raise taxes, or take money away from the education program, that will get us through one, $18 million problem. But we will be back at it again for the next two year budget. “I think residents should appreciate that the members of the Legislature do understand and seriously consider the impact and magnitude of the governor’s proposal and we will be exert a tremendous amount of effort and energy to address it,” he said. There will be another joint work session with the Health and Human Services Committee on Jan. 3. Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter: @amy_k_anderson.
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plosives comes in an 1806 law – Taylor said the fire marshal’s office was also learning about consumer fireworks and how to license them while the bill was being passed. “I think everyone, law enforcement community, fire community, us, wish we had some time to go back,” he said, and learn more about consumer fireworks before introducing a bill to legalize them. As a result, Taylor said the law is likely to be revised in the future. “We just didn’t know enough about it, I don’t think,” he said. “We’re all learning.”
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from page 1 “My concern is that (fireworks) will get in the hands of the wrong people, and children will get a hold of these things, and harm is going to be done,” Fairbanks said in a Nov. 17 council meeting. High population density exacerbated safety concerns in Portland and South Portland, where city councils banned sale and use and, in Portland’s case, possession of fireworks. At a little less than 12 square miles, South Portland has a population density of about 2,100 people per square mile. That was too high for Councilor Tom Blake, a former firefighter who voted for the ban. “When I go to camp, where everyone has a 40-acre lot, it’s a different story,” Blake said on Oct. 3. “There’s a time and a place for everything.” Portland officials also worried that noise complaints about firecrackers around July 4 would increase if they were legalized, and heard from residents who said they frequently hear fireworks in their neighborhoods now, even though they are illegal. Other elected officials suggested that not banning fireworks would make their towns magnets for fireworks users. “I would not want to be the only town allowing fireworks when other towns around us do not,” Falmouth Town Councilor Bonny Rodden said Nov. 14. Only Cumberland chose to pass a partial ban on fireworks. Town councilors voted 4-3 to allow use of fireworks five days a year, around Independence Day and New Year’s Eve. Sale of fireworks is illegal. Councilors weighed personal responsibility and safety. Councilor George Turner called the matter “a freedom issue,” noting that “for us to sit here and micromanage what our fellow citizens can do, that generally speaking is relatively safe ... it’s a no-brainer to at least allow the celebration around the Fourth of July.”
Legal – for now Besides Cumberland, five other communities will allow fireworks to be used as of Jan. 1: Scarborough, Harpswell, Topsham, Bath and Chebeague Island – although Bath is expected to ban use and sale at a Jan. 4 City Council meeting. Bath city councilors have already voted once in favor of banning the sale and use of fireworks, but they must vote a second time. If the ban passes, fireworks would become illegal in the city on Jan. 25. Until then, sale and use will be allowed in Bath in accordance with the new state law. Topsham residents will have a chance to vote at their annual Town Meeting in May 2012. A poll on the town’s website revealed
How towns covered by The Forecaster will regulate consumer fireworks as of Jan. 1, 2012, when Maine legalizes sale and use: • Bath: Legal pending a Jan. 4 City Council vote on an ordinance to ban use and sale. Proposed fines for use are $200 to $400 for first offense, subsequent violations $300 to $600. Penalties for sale would be at least $500 for a first offense and $1,000 for subsequent violations. If passed, the ban would take effect on Jan. 25. • Brunswick: Illegal to sell or use. Penalties for sale are $300 to $500 for first offense, $600 to $1,000 for subsequent violations. Penalties for use are $200 to $400 for first offense, $300 to $600 for subsequent violations. • Cape Elizabeth: Illegal to sell, use, or possess with intent to sell or use. Penalties for use/intent to use are $200 to $400 for a first offense, $300 to $600 for subsequent violations. Penalties for sale/intent to sell are at least $500 first offense, $1,000 for subsequent offenses. • Cumberland: Illegal to sell yearround, but legal to use July 3 and 5 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., July 4 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., Dec. 31 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., and Jan. 1 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Penalty for violating the ordinance is $200. • Chebeague Island: Legal according that residents were nearly equally divided for and against allowing fireworks in town. Respondents voted 105-104 against banning the sale, and 95-91 in favor of banning the use of fireworks. Until the vote, fireworks are legal in Topsham. Harpswell and Chebeague Island haven’t drafted fireworks ordinances, and are allowing state law to take effect. Scarborough is the only town where elected officials voted to allow the sale, use and possession of fireworks. Taking a “wait-and-see” approach, town councilors voted not to ban the explosives and are working to amend the town’s noise ordinances to accommodate fireworks. Two national fireworks retailers, Alabama-based TNT Fireworks and Ohio-based Phantom Fireworks, have already contacted town officials and expressed interest in opening stores in Scarborough.
Changes ahead? Richard Taylor, senior research and planning analyst at the Office of the Maine State Fire Marshal, has been keeping track of local bans and restrictions on use and sale of fireworks.
to Maine law. • Falmouth: Illegal to use or sell, with penalties at judge’s discretion. • Freeport: Illegal to sell, use and possess with intent to sell. Penalties for violation range from $100 to $2,500. • Harpswell: Legal according to Maine law. • North Yarmouth: Illegal to use, sell, and possess with intent to sell. Penalties for violations range from $100 to $2,500. • Portland: Illegal to sell, use or possess. Penalties for using or possessing are $200 to $400 for a first offense, $300 to $600 for subsequent violations. Penalties for sale are at least $500 for first offense and $1,000 for subsequent violations, and city could seize the fireworks. • Scarborough: Legal according to Maine law. • South Portland: Illegal to use or sell. Penalties for use are $200 to $400 for first offense, $300 to $600 for subsequent violations. Penalties for illegal sale are $500 for first offense and $1,000 for subsequent violations. • Topsham: Legal according to Maine law, but a ban is likely to be considered at Town Meeting in May 2012. • Yarmouth: Illegal to sell, use, or possess with intent to sell. Penalties range from $50 to $200.
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who meets two of the following criteria to be identified as a gang member: • Admission of gang membership. • Identification as a gang member by a police officer, a parent or guardian, or another “reliable informant.” • Adopting a gang’s style of dress, tattoos, clothing or other markers. • A record of arrest while in the company of known gang members. Volk submitted the bill on behalf of Eric Perry, president of the Maine Gang Task Force. Perry also works at the Long Creek Youth Development Center, a South Portland juvenile detention and rehabilitation facility for boys. According to an FBI survey, there are 1,000-4,000 gang members in Maine, Perry told legislators in an October email. According to the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment Report, 20 gangs – including outlaw motorcycle clubs, the infamous Bloods and MS-13 – are in Maine. The report also said that gang proliferation in New England is growing at an alarming rate. “These numbers will have increased by the time the 2012 report comes out,” Perry wrote. “... We hope that Maine doesn’t allow this to worsen and that the message is gang members aren’t welcome in the state of Maine and if they are here, they will be dealt with.” Volk said that targeting recruitment is important because it would allow police and other law enforcement agencies to target gang’s ringleaders, who may have ascended the hierarchy to the point where they direct criminal activity without engaging in it. Her bill will enable police and Perry’s task force to use recruitment as a tool against senior gang members, Volk said. “If you’re a drug dealer and you take care of business, you might use youth as runners to sell drugs,” she said. “If the kid gets caught and says his neighbor got him
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The regulations vary so much, there’s no clear theme, he said, although he has detected a lot of interest in moratoriums, specifically on sale of fireworks. The intent, he said, is to avoid a situation where a fireworks retailer opens up in a town that later decides to ban them. “You can ban use after that, but I think you’re going to have a more difficult time telling the company to leave town,” he said. Taylor said he has also heard about a variety of restrictions on fireworks, including restricting them only on high fire-danger days, and banning the explosives only in densely populated neighborhoods, but allowing their use in rural areas. Municipalities around Maine are also realizing how difficult and labor-intensive fireworks enforcement will be. “In retrospect, a lot of (police departments) wished they were a lot more active when the bill was going through,” Taylor said. “... I think they’re having second thoughts.” Because the sale of consumer fireworks has been illegal in Maine for a long time – the earliest reference to restricting the ex-
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Gangs from page 19 involved in the gang, then police can question him.” Volk said that under current state law there’s no incentive for gang members to cooperate with police. But if they can be charged with gang recruitment, they may open up to officers and point them even higher up the gang ladder. Much of that recruitment occurs inside
Maine prisons, Volk said. There, prisoners from out of state are recruiting Mainers, who take part in gang-related crimes once they’re released, she said. The FBI report quoted by Perry and Volk also said that gangs in New England are combining their human- and drug-trafficking operations, using women to move drugs and engage in prostitution, both of which fund gang activities. “As a woman and as a mother, human trafficking terrifies me,” Volk said. “Women
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who are already under the radar, like people who are undocumented, might already be in trouble.” Volk’s bill is modeled after a similar law passed in New Hampshire in 2008, and the gang identification guidelines are modeled after similar ones adopted in Kansas. Volk
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