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Bragdon to Run
for Mayor
East End taxi driver Charles Bragdon
is the first announced candidate for
the elected mayor position that was
approved by Portland voters on
November 2nd. Bragdon was a
candidate for an at-large seat on the
Portland City Council in the recent
election. Incumbent City Councilors
John Anton and Jill Duson retained
their seats in that race.
Bragdon has previously been a
candidate for the District 1 City
Council seat (Munjoy Hill, East End,
Bayside, Downtown). He was
defeated in that race by City
Councilor Kevin Donoghue. Bragdon
also lost a Green Independent Party
primary race to Anna Trevorrow last
spring for the Green Party
nomination to run for the District
120 seat in the Maine State
Legislature . Trevorrow was recently
defeated by the incumbent
Democrat, Representative Diane
Bragdon is the owner of the A-Plus
Family Taxi in Portland. He is a
Portland native and lives in Munjoy
South with his wife and two
children. The mayoral election will be
held in November, 2011.
Police Recover Stolen School
Computers; Discover Pot  
Growing Operation
Portland Police detectives executed a search warrant at a residence on
Irving Street on Friday night, November 5th, and recovered 61 of the 78
computers that were reported stolen from the Ocean Avenue School on
November 4. There are 17 Apple IMAC and Apple Mac Book computers
still missing. Detectives also discovered a small marijuana grow in the
residence and recovered 12 marijuana plants. No arrests were made and
the case remains under investigation. The location is near the school.

The investigation has revealed that the computers were stolen from the
school over a period of several days. The 17 missing computers have
most likely been sold, say police, some of them even before they were
reported stolen. Police originally said that the 78 computers were stolen
from the Ocean Avenue School between the hours of midnight and 2AM
on November 4th. By prying open a window, thieves forced their way
into the school, which is still under construction, and  scheduled to open
in January.

Contractors arriving to work at the site at at 150 Ocean Avenue
discovered the burglary. There were 33 Apple iMac computers and 45
Apple MacBook computers stolen. The machines were new and were
still in boxes. Police say their value is approximately $60,000.
After entry was gained to the building, an inside door was forced open,
and this was where the computers were stored. Smaller construction-
type tools were also stolen.

Police expect to make an arrest and are hopeful that they can recover the
remaining computers.  Police are asking that anyone who has recently
purchased a new Apple IMAC or Apple MAC Book at a reduced price or
through a private seller to contact them. Anyone with information about
this case is asked to call Portland Police at 874-8533.

To provide information anonymously community members may contact
police by text, internet, or phone. To "Text a Tip", mobile phone users
should text the keyword “GOTCHA” plus their message to 274637
(CRIMES). Community members may also submit tips by going to the
Portland Police Department website:, and
clicking "Submit an Anonymous Crime Tip.” Finally, community
members can leave anonymous phone tips on the Department’s Crime
Tip line: 874-8584.
-Marge Niblock
Pants Stolen
in Robbery
Portland police reported that a
man’s pants were taken in a
strong-arm robbery at 6:30 PM on
November 18th. Along with the
pants, a cell phone and a wallet
were stolen.
Police say that two out-of-town
men, ages 23 and 24, went to visit
a friend at 255 Oxford Street, and
were jumped by two others when
they entered the building’s
hallway. One of the victims was
punched and threatened with a
A third suspect, a female, got the
keys  to the vehicle of one of the
victims, and removed his
backpack, containing cash and a
Police speculated that the victim's
wallet may have been attached to
his pants, and it may have been
easier for the robbers to take both
items, rather than to try to
separate them.
-Marge Niblock
"April Showers...!"
Volume 2 Number 4   Portland, Maine
Thursday, April 24, 2014        
West End NEWS
to Continue
The West End NEWS will continue
publication of its online edition until a
buyer is found for the print edition of
the local newspaper.
The sale of the newspaper was initially
announced in September. Several
individuals have expressed interest in
the paper, but no offers have been
The asking price is $20,000. Interested
parties may call Ed at 207-776-3841.
Local Concord Trailways employee being hailed as hero for
recent life-saving actions...Illegal
elver fishermen being nabbed
in town...
Baxter Boulevard to be car-free on Sundays starting
in May...
Orion Cooper hosting Spring Potluck Party on St.
John Street
...Former West Ender Crispy Christey now on the
island of
Jamaica...Irish Heritage Center to house  archives
Governor Joe Brennan...Nova Scotia ferry arrives in
...Early morning dog walkers caught off guard by
mid-April snow...Convergence of local editors and writers at
Downtown Post Office...Lawrence Kelly's dulcet tones at
Gingko Blue...
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Contributed Photo
WEN lover Adele Geraghty
reads an old copy of the paper
in front of the restored Castle
Rising, which was built
around 1140 in Norfolk,
England, and whose owner is
a direct descendant of the
Fire Hits City's
Recycling Facility
At approximately 6:10 PM Friday
evening, August 2nd, the Portland
Fire Department responded to a
report of black smoke at the Riverside
Recycling Facility at 910 Riverside
Street and found a large quantity of
construction debris on fire. Due to the
concentration of flammable material,
crews fought the fire for several hours
before finally leaving the scene at
approximately 1:30 AM Saturday
morning, August 3rd.
At 6AM that morning, firefighters
returned to the scene to address a few
hot spots that had reignited, which
took two hours to extinguish. Due to
the large area burning - approximately
two thousand square feet - engine
companies attacked the fire from
above using arial equipment and heavy
equipment to spread the pile and
reduce the depth of the fire. There
were no reported injuries. The cause
of the fire is currently under
Pomologist to Speak,
and Host Heirloom
Apple Tasting
The Maine Historical Society (MHS)
hosts pomologist John Bunker, of
Fedco Trees, on Thursday,
September 26, at 7PM, for a timely
program about Maine’s heirloom
apple varieties. Attendees are
welcome to bring apples to identify,
and a tasting of rare varieties will
follow the talk.

Bunker will talk about the history of
Maine apples and orchards, as well
as the value and challenge of
bringing back and cultivating rare
heirlooms. Participants will learn
about about Maine Organic Farmers
and Growers Association's
(MOFGA) 10-acre Maine Heritage
Orchard in Unity, which Bunker
himself established, and which
houses the only collection of apple
varieties originating in Maine. Cider,
and a selection of cheeses, will
accompany the apple tasting.
Five Bonds
Featured on
Upcoming Ballot
In August, the Maine State Legis-
lature approved five bond proposals,
totaling $149.5 million. The package
includes $100 million for infrastructure
investments in roads, bridges, ports,
and working waterfronts, including
There are also three education bonds
totaling $35.5 million that will fund
infrastructure upgrades to classroom
and science labs at the University of
Maine System, the Maine Community
College System, and Maine Maritime
Academy. The package also includes
$14 million for armory maintenance
and renovations.

Below are the text of each question,
along with some greater detail about
each bond question.

Question 1: Armories
Question 1 reads "Do you favor a
$14,000,000 bond issue to provide
funds for the State's share of
maintenance, repair, capital
improvement, modernization and
energy efficiency projects for Maine
Army National Guard readiness
centers and support facilities and the
purchase of land for training and to
draw down federal matching funds?"

Question 2: The UMaine
Question 2 reads "Do you favor a
$15,500,000 bond issue to enhance
educational and employment
opportunities for Maine citizens and
students by updating and improving
existing laboratory and classroom
facilities of the University of Maine
System statewide?"

This bond also includes support for
the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in

Question 3:
Question 3 reads "Do you favor a
$100,000,000 bond issue for
reconstruction and rehabilitation of
highways and bridges and for facilities
or equipment related to ports, harbors,
marine transportation, freight and
passenger railroads, aviation and
transit, to be used to match an
estimated $154,000,000 in federal and
other funds?"

This bond represents two-thirds of the
total proposed borrowing in these
bonds. The road, bridge, and
multimodal investments made are
critical for both job creation and

More than half of the bridges in Maine
are over fifty-years-old, and the
American Society for Civil Engineers
gave Maine a "C-" for their condition.
The same organization gave Maine
roads a "D".

Question 4: MMA
Science Facility
Question 4 reads "Do you favor a
$4,500,000 bond issue to provide
funds for a public-private partnership
for a building project for a new
science facility at the Maine Maritime
Academy to be matched by other
This bond will help the public Maine
Maritime Academy build the ABS
Center for Engineering, Science and
Research to help MMA maintain its
position as a leader in maritime
education. If approved, the bond will
receive a 2 to 1 match of private

Question 5:
Community Colleges
Question 5 reads "Do you favor a
$15,500,000 bond issue to upgrade
buildings, classrooms and laboratories
on the seven campuses of the Maine
Community College System in order to
increase capacity to serve more
students through expanded programs
in health care, precision machining,
information technology, criminal
justice and other key programs?"

The community college system is a
foundational piece of Maine's
education system, and schools across
Maine are dealing with an
unprecedented demand.

Today Partly sunny and windy. Highs in the
upper 50s. Northwest winds 20 to 30 mph
with gusts up to 45 mph.

Tonight Partly cloudy in the evening...then
clearing. Windy with lows in the lower 30s.
North winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to
40 mph...becoming northwest 10 to 15 mph
after midnight.
Friday Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 50s.
Northwest winds around 10
mph...becoming southwest in the afternoon.

Friday Night Partly cloudy in the
evening...then becoming mostly cloudy.
Lows around 40. South winds around 10
mph in the evening... Becoming light and

For complete updated forecast, click HERE.
Part Time Baker Bomb Diggity Bakery
(Portland, ME)
You are a hard-working individual who has a passion for baking and
have a minimum of 2 years of scratch baking experience.  You have a
positive attitude and willingness to learn, knowledge around a
commercial kitchen, and will ensure that you can assist the head baker
to produce our baked goods. You are punctual and self-motivated in....
Congress Square Design Team
to Hold Next Public Meeting
The design team for the Congress Square Redesign will hold a working
meeting for the members of the Congress Square Redesign Study Group
and the public to review the findings of their initial assessment and
discuss design directions going forward.  The meeting will be held
Tuesday, April 22 from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Rines Auditorium at the
Portland Public Library. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The design team of Klopfer Martin Design Group (KMDG), a landscape
architecture firm in Boston, was selected in December, 2013 as the top
choice for the project.  The design team will work with many different
groups in designing the square, including the community, the Congress
Square Redesign Study Group, the Portland Public Art Committee, traffic
engineers for the State and High study, and neighboring businesses and
institutions.  The project will also undergo review through the Historic
Preservation Board and the Planning Board.

In August and September of 2013, the Planning Division, working with
members from the Congress Square Redesign Study Group and Friends
of Congress Square Park, held a Visioning Process to capture insights
and input about the future vision of this important intersection.  The
results from that process along with the vision statement, and additional
resources about Congress Square can be found at  (4-4-14)
Congress Street Re-Opened, Robbery
Suspect in Custody, Suspicious Device
Portland police closed a section of Congress Street in downtown
Portland at about 10AM this morning (April 11th) after a robbery at
the CVS pharmacy.  The street was closed between Brown and Casco
Street, as police investigated a suspicious device discovered in a trash
can in front of the store.  The discovery was made while investigating
the robbery at the CVS located at 510 Congress Street.  

One man is in custody in connection with the robbery.  Police believe
the suspicious device is related to the robbery.  The street was
expected to remain closed for several hours, and was re-opened at
about 12:30 PM.
Portland police have arrested 39-year-old Jason Wayne Campbell of
Portland and charged him with the robbery of the CVS pharmacy at
510 Congress Street.  Campbell is accused of entering the store at
8:45 this morning (April 11th) and displaying what appeared to be an
explosive device.  He claimed to be suicidal and demanded drugs.  
Campbell fled the store on foot after being given an undisclosed
amount of prescription drugs.  No one was injured during the robbery.
 Campbell was identified by an employee of CVS who was familiar
with him.  He was arrested outside his residence at 40 Alder Street,
which is only about a five-minute walk from the store.  

Investigating officers discovered a suspicious device in a trash can
outside the store, prompting the closure of Congress Street for several
hours.  The Portland Police Department Hazardous Devices Unit
examined the device and determined it was not explosive.  The device
was manufactured using several different components, and was
intended to appear to be an explosive.  Police believe this is the same
device used by Campbell in the robbery
Portland Man Charged With
Robbery of Downtown  CVS Store
with Fake Explosive Device
New Law Will Double Property
Tax Credits for Seniors, Renters
and Middle Class Mainers
A measure that would bolster the state’s property tax fairness credit
for Maine families will become law. Governor Paul LePage on April
17th signed the bill, LD 1751, which will double property tax credits
for low and middle income residents and seniors. The Maine Senate on
April 16th gave final approval to the bill,.
The new law increases the dollar amount of property tax credits for
low and middle income residents under age 65 from $300 to $600, and
from $400 to $900 for filers 65 years of age and older. It also expands
eligibility to more renters.

The budget proposed by Governor Paul LePage last year eliminated a
key property tax relief program referred to as “Circuit Breaker” for
residents under 65, with the exception of veterans.  The bipartisan
budget passed by a supermajority of the Legislature contained a
compromise that sought to provide broad property tax relief to as
many Maine families as possible, but had to do so at a lower dollar
amount.  This new law aims to bolster that credit. The measure will
go into effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns.
                                          Photo by Abraham Schecter
Celebrating Urban Earth Day in Congress Square Park.
Mayor Leads Portland Delegation
to Japanese Sister-City
A Portland delegation, led by Mayor Michael Brennan, departed for
Shinagawa, Japan on Saturday, April 19th for a week-long program in
honor of the 30th anniversary of Portland’s first sister-city
partnership. Friends of Shinagawa, a nonprofit group that consists
mostly of former mayors, is organizing the trip. The 22-person
delegation – which also includes former mayors Anne Pringle, and Jim
Cohen, and former city manager Joe Gray – will meet with Shinagawa
city officials and spend much of their time discussing and exchanging
best practices related to education and youth issues.
Shinagawa, a city of roughly 350,000 people, is a suburb of Tokyo
and is the oldest of Portland’s four sister-city relationships. Through
this unique partnership, the cities have long shared successes and
challenges with each other in order to improve their communities.
Neighborhood Meeting to
Address Marine Terminal
Expansion in West End
There will be a neighborhood meeting to discuss  plans for a
proposed westward expansion of the International Marine Terminal at
460 Commercial Street (just east of the Casco Bay Bridge.) The
meeting will be held in the 3rd floor Conference Room, Gulf of Maine
Research Institute, 350 Commercial Street, on April 28th at 6:30PM.
The City code requires that property owners within 500 feet (1000
feet for proposed industrial subdivisions and industrial zone changes)
of the proposed development, and residents on an “interested parties
list” be invited to participate in a neighborhood meeting. A sign-in
sheet will be circulated and minutes of the meeting will be taken. Both
the sign-in sheet and minutes will be submitted to the Planning
Board.) Please call Joel Kittredge, MaineDOT at 207-624-3550 for
more information.
An applicant for a Level III development, subdivision of over five
lots/units, or zone change, is required by City Code to hold a
neighborhood meeting within 30 days of submitting a preliminary
application or 21 days of submitting a final site plan application if a
preliminary plans was not submitted. The neighborhood meeting must
be held at least seven days prior to the Planning Board public hearing
on the proposal. To offer additional comments on this proposed
development, you may contact the Planning Division at 874- 8721
or send written correspondence to the Planning and Urban
Development Department, Planning Division 4th Floor, 389 Congress
Street Portland, ME 04101 or by email: to
Urban Runoff 5K & Green Neighbor
Family Fest to Be Held This Saturday
Events correspond with Earth Day; raise awareness of
stormwater pollution & funds for clean water education

   The Urban Runoff 5K and Green Neighbor Family Fest will be held
this Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Deering High School. The 5K race starts
at 9AM and the Family Fest goes from 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM. The family
festival is free and will feature live entertainment, face painting, food
trucks and activities for kids. Both events serve the dual purpose of
raising awareness of stormwater pollution and funds for clean water
education programs in the greater Portland and Saco areas.

The race leads into Green Neighbor Family Fest, which is located on the
front lawn of Deering High. The festival also serves as the annual kick-
off event for the City of Portland’s Greener Neighborhoods Cleaner
Streams program. This City-funded program aims to clean up Capisic
Brook by educating Portland residents about maintaining a beautiful lawn
without weed and bug killers and reducing the use of fertilizer. Each year
since the inaugural festival in 2012, the event has attracted 750-1000
attendees from Portland and surrounding communities.

   The events are organized by the Cumberland County Soil and Water
Conservation District to satisfy a Clean Water Act permit requirement on
behalf of the 14 municipalities that make up the Interlocal Stormwater
Working Group, which includes the City of Portland.
    For more information, visit    ###
City Crews Continue Sweep
Through Neighborhoods

City work crews have made great progress with its spring cleaning
efforts of streets and sidewalks. The peninsula is substantially complete,
according to the City, with all neighborhoods having been swept once.
City workers will be doing another run-through of the West End
neighborhoods this week (April 22nd-25th.) The sweeping of all main
lines off-peninsula will also begin this week, following salt and sand
priority routes. These streets follow the odd and even parking
restrictions, and so the public is reminded to adhere to those protocols.
This phase of sweeping work will take the balance of the next few
weeks as the City prepares for its lane marking contractor to repaint the
traffic lines in early May.  

  Beginning April 28th, crews will focus on downtown areas to address
graffiti, winter damage and planting. Once the street and sidewalk
sweeping is complete, the focus will turn to city parks for mowing,
mulching of trees and road side planter beds, and street patching.

   Meanwhile, the West End Neighborhood Association is planning its
own neighborhood cleanup this Saturday, April 26th. (See details below.)