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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
"The NEW West End NEWS is HERE!"
Volume 2 Number 8   Portland, Maine
Monday, September 1, 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.
Portland police worried about continuing intown car
burglaries...This year's
Sea Dogs team may be the best
UMaine's Derrick Johnson hoping to catch on with New
England Patriots...Martin's Point
sponsoring Grandparents
at Hadlock...New West End NEWS developing a collection
of young writers...
Terra Firms'a Lori Dorr set to open a sock
store on
Preble Street...Steven Scharf making new enemies on
John McDonald's morning show...WPOR's Rachel Flehinger
just tired of getting up so early every day...Cliff Gallant getting
serious about writing his first novel...
Sarah Colton back home
from a blazing hot

When we last left
DeliveryMan and PaperBoy, they were
somewhere on a beach on the
Mediterranean Sea in their
Speedos, sipping their traditional bottle of inexpensive red wine.
NewsHound was happily digging a hole in the white sand. They
had run the
WestEndNewsMobile off the Maine State Pier into
Casco Bay, and they had taken an oath that newsprint would
never again blacken their newly-scrubbed workingman hands (or
paws). But when you have talent like they do, people find you.
Their cell phone rang, and after a few moments of reflection,
they were on a plane back to
Portland to resume their true
calling. 'Whose idea was it to get rid of all the winter clothes?'
NewsHound from under the business-class seat...
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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.

Labor Day Partly sunny. Areas of fog in the
morning. Humid with highs in the upper
70s. Light and variable winds...becoming
south around 10 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night  Partly cloudy. Humid with
lows in the lower 60s. Light and variable

Tuesday  Partly sunny with a chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Humid with
highs in the mid 70s. Light and variable
winds. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Tuesday Night  Mostly cloudy with a
chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Humid with lows in the mid 60s. Light and
variable winds. Chance of rain 50 percent.

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....
Summer Music Series Kicks Off
in Congress Square
On May 29th, the local band Boyfriends was one of three acts to
kickoff SPACE Gallery's series of free music and other events
scheduled this summer in Congress Square Park. For a complete
listing of the events, go to:
Portland to Hold First Annual Greenfest
The Natural Resources Council of Maine and the City of Portland -
working to become one of the greenest cities in New England - will
cosponsor Portland Greenfest 2014 on Saturday, September 13th in  
Monument Square from 10 AM to 4PM.
More information is available at:

Portland Greenfest is slated to be southern Maine’s premier annual
celebration and festival of all things green. There will be live music, local
food, and locally made sustainable products. Also featured will be more
than 60 exhibiting groups and organizations who are working hard every
day to make Maine more sustainable. The Greenfest will also have local
art, a free eco-film or two, and an eco-fashion show and eco-poetry
Anyone interested  in exhibiting or selling goods at Portland Greenfest
2014 should submit an application soon, as space is limited. Sponsorship
information is also available on the event website.
West End NEWS Enters a
New Era
When we published the first issue of the West End NEWS on St. Patrick's
Day, 2001, we really had no idea what we had created or of the
incredible adventure that lay ahead. Nearly twelve years, and numerous
neighborhood meetings, breaking stories, political intrigues, malfunction-
ing computers, stolen bicycles and financial crises later, it was time to
take a break. So, in the fall of 2012,
the West End NEWS stopped
publishing its print edition (its online edition kept chugging along) and lay
low for nearly two years, waiting to see where our journalistic instincts
would lead us.

Well, the time has come to put on our reporters' hats again and get back
into the newsroom. Welcome to the new
West End NEWS! Our new
publisher, Tony Zeli, has a lot of new ideas, and lots of energy, and is
ready to roll up his sleeves and lead our little journal into the unseeable
  Over the past dozen years, whenever I have been introduced to a
stranger as the publisher of
the West End NEWS, the one response that I
almost always received - unsolicited - was 'Oh, I
LOVE the West End
' You can imagine how gratifying that has been. What has made
the West End NEWS what it is has been the enthusiasm, hard work, talent
and generosity of a long list of readers, writers, artists, advertisers and
other contributors, most especially my friends Harlan Baker, Steven
Scharf, Liz McMahon, Orlando Delogu, Marge Niblock, Bobby Lipps
and so many others who have contributed to our success in so many
   I hope that Tony will get all the help and feel all the love in the exciting
years ahead. I know that
PaperBoy and DeliveryMan will be around to
keep things in order and make sure the newspaper gets into your hands.
Thank you all, and welcome to the new
West End NEWS!

                                                                                  -Ed King
Parkside to Celebrate African
Culture with Gala Party
  The Parkside neighborhood will be the site of an African Gala
celebrating African food and culture on Saturday, September 20th at the
Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Church. The colorful event, which will run
from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., is a fundraiser for a parish that is a vital source of
financial and spiritual assistance for many local residents.

The gala will feature traditional dishes from Burundi, Rwanda, South
Sudan and many other countries. Burundi dancers and drummers will
entertain at the gathering, which will also include performances from Les
Voix des Anges, a choir comprised of nearly 30 men and women, most
from central African countries, that sings in four different languages.

Proceeds from the gala will benefit the Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Capital
Campaign, which aims to make necessary repairs to the historic church
located on the corner of Mellen and Sherman Streets. To date, the parish
has raised close to $150,000 with a campaign goal of $200,000.  

Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Parish provides countless community
programs, social justice presentations, and workshops for local residents,
including Catholic Charities Refugee & Immigration Services. The
parish’s food pantry distributes close to 3,000 pounds of food each
week, and when in need, hundreds in the neighborhood turn to the parish
for clothes and household items.
Bill Clinton to Come to Portland
for Michaud Rally
Former President Bill Clinton will appear in Portland on Tuesday,
September 2nd at a rally to benefit Congressman Mike Michaud in his
race for Governor. The event will take place at the Ocean Gateway
Terminal beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are free but the
event has already reached its capacity, and a waiting list is being
developed for possible openings.
Superintendent Will Bike to
School on Opening Day
Emmanuel Caulk Also Will Participate in the
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

  Portland School Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk will visit several
schools on the first day of classes, September 2nd, and weather
permitting, he will travel by bicycle.  At each stop, he will greet students
and staff and encourage them to make the most of the new school year.  
At his final stop, King Middle School, Caulk will answer the challenge
from Karen MacDonald, a King teacher and 2014 Maine Teacher of
the Year, to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

  Superintendent Caulk will leave Central Office at 353 Cumberland
Avenue at 7:30 AM and will visit the following schools: Portland High
School, Presumpscot, Elementary School, Ocean Avenue Elementary
School, Lincoln Middle School, Longfellow Elementary School, Deering
High School, King Middle School.  He will take the ALS Ice Bucket
Challenge at 1 p.m.

The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised millions of dollars for the ALS
Association, a national nonprofit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s
disease. Karen MacDonald took the challenge and publicly challenged
Superintendent Caulk and Kathleen Casasa, former president of the
Portland Education Association, to do the same. MacDonald and her
students will watch as Caulk and Casasa take on the challenge.

Caulk will make a donation to the ALS Association in honor of the late
Nan Urban, a social worker at Deering High School for nearly 25 years
who died of ALS in 2009.  He also will call on some prominent Portland
residents to take the Ice Bucket Challenge.