Sunday, October 30, 2011
OccupyMaine in 'Make-or-
Break' Situation
The OccupyMaine encampment in Lincoln Park got pummeled by the
season's first snowstorm last night. The group reported that its
community tent is down and many other tents collapsed, and that it
needs assistance today in order to continue the occupation. The group
was planning an emergency meeting in the park at 2PM this afternoon
to address what it calls a "make or break situation."

The group was asking for donations of  2 x 4s or any spare lumber to
brace the community tent.

Saturday, October 29, 2011
City Asks Residents to Park Off-Street
During Storm If Possible
No Parking Ban Tonight
In anticipation of significant snowfall and strong winds, the City of
Portland has initiated its winter storm operations. To help facilitate the
city’s response and clearing of streets, the city is asking residents to
park off-street if possible
(THERE IS NO PARKING BAN).

To that end, public parking lots and school parking lots are open to the
public for overnight parking and the city-owned Spring Street garage
will remain open tonight at the reduced parking ban rate. With expected
high winds that may limit visibility, motorists are encourage to avoid
driving during the storm and are asked to wait until roads are safe for
travel.

Residents and visitors to the city can sign up
online, become a fan of
Portland Cityline on Facebook or a follower of PortlandCitylin on Twitter
to receive notices from the city when a city-wide parking ban is
implemented. People can also call the parking ban hotline at 879-0300
or check the Time and Temperature sign for up-to-date postings.

Firefighters to Roast Pig at
OccupyMaine Potluck
A group of Portland firefighters will be roasting a pig at the
OccupyMaine encampment in Lincoln Park on Sunday, October 30th at
2PM. The group invited the public to 'bring a dish, pull up a chair and
add to the conversation.'  The potluck dinner will be held from 4 to 7PM.
Meanwhile, the group is putting out a call for people and equipment to
help winterize the 30 tents on the site in anticipation of tonight's
snowstorm.

Friday, October 28, 2011
Press Herald's Boss Resigns
The Portland Press Herald announced this morning that MaineToday
Media CEO Richard L. Connor has announced his resignation and will
step down on December 31st.

According to the paper, the company, which owns The Portland Press
Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, The Kennebec Journal in Augusta and
the Morning Sentinel in Waterville, will be run by an interim
management team while a search is conducted for Connor's successor.

Connor highlighted the changes he has made in the company over the
past four years, calling it  "literally a new media company with an
emphasis on online." He cited his heavy work load in saying that it was
time for a change. He will remain a significant individual investor in the
company.

Maine to Get $3.3 Million for
Special Ed Teachers
The Maine Department of Education has won a five-year $3.35 million
federal grant that will fund substantial investments in training
opportunities to prepare teachers to work with students with autism and
visual impairments.

The grant will make funds available to local school districts and
organizations that are developing training programs that expand special
education teachers’ knowledge of the Common Core State Standards
for math and English language arts, and move more special education
teachers toward obtaining full certification.

Currently, one out of eight Maine teachers who work with special-needs
students is not fully certified.

The grant – which is meant to support training for special-needs
teachers of students from birth to 20 – will also fund training to help
special-education teachers develop plans that smooth their students’
transitions from early childhood to kindergarten and from high school to
college and careers.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education
Programs awarded Maine the grant on a competitive basis as part of its
State Personnel Development Grants program. Maine will contribute
$27,000 in existing state and federal resources to fund the program.

Thursday, October 27th, 2011
Deadline for Absentee Ballots
Just One Week Away
The new deadline for requesting an absentee ballot is the Thursday
prior to Election Day, as a result of the new state law cutting off
absentee balloting three business days before election day. For the
November 8th referendum election, the deadline to request an
absentee ballot is next Thursday, November 3rd. A voter may request
an absentee ballot after the deadline only under certain circumstances.
All absentee ballots must be submitted to the municipal clerk by 8:00
PM on Election Day.

Eligible Maine residents may still register to vote on Election Day
because the law banning same-day registration cannot be enacted
unless the Question 1 referendum fails to overturn it. Proof of identity
and proof of residency, such as a Maine driver’s license or utility bill, is
required to register.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Live Hawks and Owls to Come
to Reiche
A Live Birds Program featuring a live owl, peregrine falcon, and red
tailed hawk will be presented on Thursday, October 27th from 4:30 pm-
5:30 pm at the Reiche School Community Center on Brackett Street.
The cost is $5/person or $20/family  The program is presented by
Maine Audubon, Wind Over Wings, and Portland Recreation.

•Live Hawks and Owls! Feathers and Flight
• Join us to see and learn about these beautiful birds: a large owl to
demonstrate silent flight when she flaps her wings; a Peregrine Falcon,
the fastest creature on earth; a Red-tailed Hawk to show beautiful
feathers; and a Saw-whet Owl, Maine’s tiniest owl.

•  Presenters:  Cathy Stivers , Maine Audubon, Environmental Educator
and Hope Douglas and staff of Wind Over Wings.
• FMI: Call Maine Audubon at 207-781-2330, ext. 223 or check out their
website at
maineaudubon.org


Republicans to Demonstrate at
Home Show Against Same Day
Voter Registration
Portland Republicans are being recruited to support the No On
Question One effort to eliminate same day voting registration. A group
from Cumberland County is being organized to wave signs and pass
out leaflets to people attending the popular Portland Home Show this
weekend at the Portland Expo (239 Park Avenue in Portland)

The Cumberland County Republican  Committee is looking for
volunteers to work 2 to 3 hour shifts to distribute flyers and wave signs
opposing Question One. The demonstration is being coordinated by
local Republican activist  Steven Scharf.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Final City Hall Flu Clinic
Tomorrow
Flu vaccine available to adults
Tomorrow from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, the City of Portland’s Public
Health Division will hold its final seasonal flu vaccination clinic in room
24 at City Hall. The seasonal flu vaccine will be available for $10.00, or
at no cost for individuals with a Medicare Part B card.  Pneumococcal
pneumonia vaccine will also be available for $45.00. The clinics are
open to adults, eighteen and older.  

As many as 36,000 adults in the U.S. die from seasonal influenza and
its complications every year. Vaccination against both flu and bacterial
pneumonia (pneumococcal vaccine) are essential to protect the health
of seniors and others with chronic health conditions.  Vaccinations
reduce health care costs by limiting expensive therapies and
unnecessary hospitalizations, and decrease the spread of disease in
the home, workplace, and community.

Groups at especially high risk of seasonal influenza and its
complications include:

§  People over age 50;

§  People with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma,
heart  disease, or immune system problems;

§  Pregnant women;

§  People in long- term care or institutional settings;

§  Health care workers;

§  Caregivers and household contacts of those at high risk; and

§  Young children aged 6 months and up.

This year’s vaccination for the seasonal flu is recommended for
everyone. Parents and caregivers of young children are advised to get
flu vaccine from their regular doctor in the community.

For specific information please contact the City of Portland’s Flu Hotline
at 207-874-8946 or visit the Immunization Program website, http://www.
portlandmaine.gov/hhs/health.asp.  
Flu Clinic: Wednesday, October 26    Room 24, City
Hall                                                          11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Portland Unveils Storywalk in
Payson Park
    
The City of Portland  will unveil the city’s first permanent Storywalk
tomorrow in Payson Park,  featuring
The Bugliest Bug, written by Carol
Diggory Shields and illustrated by local artist Scott Nash.  The  
storywalk includes fourteen permanent signs, the first featuring the
cover of the book
The Bugliest Bug, followed by twelve signs with the
pages from the story, and a final page offering information for more
opportunities for physical activity in the city. Portland children will read
and move their way through the story traveling page to page. At the
bottom of each sign is a book character encouraging kids to move or
act out some aspect of the story.

Portland’s storywalks are the latest public health strategy  to encourage
active living and healthy eating. Other initiatives include the City
working with the Portland Farmers’ Market Association to accept SNAP
benefits, increasing the number of community gardens within the city,
working with local restaurants to add calorie information to their menus,
developing a citywide plan to increase safety and access to streets and
trails for pedestrians and cyclists, and the installation of salad bars at
Portland Public Schools.

Mayor Nicholas Mavodones will be joined by illustrator Scott Nash,
representatives from the Portland Public Library, and Ocean Avenue
Elementary School students in unveiling the pages of storywalk.
Portland Stage actors will then perform the story for the children and
other attendees as they progress along the book. One hundred copies
of
The Bugliest Bug will be distributed to local children who attend the
unveiling and explore the new storywalk.

City Homeless Shelter to Get  
Makeover
The City 's family shelter at 54 Chestnut Street is scheduled for a
makeover beginning on Thursday, October 27th, as part of the
Benjamin Moore Color Care Across America Project, which provides
free painting and color makeover for men’s, women’s, family, domestic
abuse and homeless shelters.

The shelter is one of sixty US and Canadian shelters to take part in the
project. Portland-based professional paint contractors from Stella
Esposito  Painting, Harnois Painting Co., Kelley Painting, Theodore
Logan & Sons and C.H. Rosengren Painting & Repair have volunteered
for the two-day project.

Mayor Nick Mavodones suggested the shelter as part of a search by
the US Council of Mayors.

The power of color has proven emotional impact, and even the simplest
painting makeover can yield an uplifting experience, say City officials.
Color Care was inspired in part by President Obama’s call to service
and also by the growing ranks of homeless.
                 
          Color Care Across America  launched this September with plans
for makeovers in all 50 U.S. states  within 60 days. All told, between
Canada and U.S., Benjamin Moore expects to donate more than 7,000
gallons of paint.

Monday, October 24, 2011
No Injuries in Bombing of
Occupy Maine Campsite
Portland police are looking for whoever tossed a homemade chemical
bomb into the camp kitchen of the Occupy Maine campsite at Lincoln
Park on Congress Street at about 4AM on Sunday morning, October
23rd. The bomb exploded but nobody was injured.

Witnesses said a silver, '80s or '90s four-door sedan, possibly a Toyota
or Nissan, slowed down, and the explosive was lobbed over the fence.
The blast reportedly lifted a table about a foot off the ground. The
target was the center of camp where an overnight security team was on
duty.

Police investigators were on scene for two hours to identify the
chemicals used, and to try to find out who is responsible.
Anyone with information about the attack is encouraged to contact the
Portland Police Department at 207-874-8575.


Friday, October 21, 2011
Police Explorer Post to Hold
Graduation
Acting Chief Sauschuck to present badges to graduates

Portland Police Explorer Post #2671 will graduate its third Portland
Police Explorer Academy class on Sunday, October 23rd.  The
ceremony will include a slide show and the presentation of the
individual youths' Explorer Badges by Acting Police Chief Michael
Sauschuck.  A pizza party celebration will follow.  Family, friends and
the public are encouraged to attend and support the department’s
future community and law enforcement leaders.  

With sponsorship from the Boy Scouts of America, the Portland Police
Department established the Portland Police Explorer Post #2671 in
2009. The program is open to young adults, ages fourteen to twenty,
who are interested in the field of law enforcement as a potential career.
Members attend regular meetings, participate in a ride-along program,
receive situational training and much more. For information about the
program, email
explorer@portlandmaine.gov or visit online at http:
//exploring.learningforlife.org/services/career-exploring/law-
enforcement/.

Sunday, October 23, 2011      1:00 PM     
Portland Police Department  109 Middle Street, Portland

Lucid Stage, Silly's Among
Winners of  Indie Biz Awards

Lucid Stage, Silly's and Longfellow Books were among the winners of
4th Annual Indie Biz Awards, which were held at SPACE Gallery on
October 18th.  The Portland Indie Biz Awards recognize leaders among
Portland’s vibrant independent businesses and community
organizations, and showcases the impact that independently owned
businesses have on Greater Portland and the state of Maine.

The 2011 winners are:
•Soul of Portland:  Longfellow Books
•Flavor of Portland: Silly's Restaurant
•Portland's Best Kept Secret: Lucid Stage
•Environmental Hero: Portland Farmers' Market
•Community Hero:  Sebago Brewing Company         
•The Business with No Front:  Portland's Farmers' Market     
•Global Hero:  Coffee By Design         
•Best New Business:  Athlete's Touch
•Portland Icon:  Micucci Grocery & Wholesale Foods

More than 100 supporters, Portland Buy Local members and their
employees enjoyed live music from the Kenya Hall Band and delicious
food from Dean’s Sweets, El Rayo Taqueria, Bam Bam Bakery,
Kamasouptra, Local Sprouts, The Pepperclub and Y-Lime's Gourmet.

Two Firefighters Suspended
After Fireboat Accident
Two Portland firefighters have been suspended without pay after a City
fireboat was damaged while returning to Portland harbor.

At about 6PM on October 15th,  the City of Portland MV IV, during its
return to the mainland, struck an underwater obstacle, causing damage
to the port shaft, prop and rudder,  sustaining damages of about
$38,000.

Upon notification of the incident, City of Portland Fire Chief Frederick
LaMontagne began an investigation into the circumstances surrounding
the striking of the underwater object. Based upon the investigation and
the facts as revealed, LaMontagne  found that  the incident appears to
have been a preventable event, and that Firefighter Joseph Murphy
and Captain Christopher Goodall of the Marine Division failed to comply
with common practices and US Coast Guard Navigation Rules to ensure
the safe operation of the vessel.

Based upon the findings of the investigation and the attendant
circumstances, LaMontagne took disciplinary action and suspended -
without pay - both Murphy and Goodall. Because such disciplinary
actions are covered by procedures set forth in collective bargaining
agreements, no further information can be released to the public at this
time.

Further facts from the investigation revealed that Captain Goodall
permitted the attendance of twelve civilians, including family members,
to accompany the crew on their training exercise. While civilian
passengers on City of Portland MV IV is a permitted practice under
certain circumstances, based upon the findings of the investigation,
LaMontagne directed Deputy Chief Pendleton to complete a
comprehensive review of current practices and policies, and implement
necessary changes surrounding the transportation of civilians.

Thursday, October 20, 2011
Traffic Alert-Franklin Street to
be Paved
On Friday night, beginning at 9:00 PM and continuing through Saturday
afternoon, Franklin Street from Marginal Way to Fox Street will be
paved. Traffic will remain open, however, motorists will encounter
delays. While the work is ongoing, commuters may want to seek an
alternate route to avoid traffic and delays. Motorists are urged to watch
out for bicyclists and pedestrians in the work zone.

Monday, October 17, 2011
Car Hits Pole, Catches Fire
Near Morrill's Corner
A Portland man was injured when his car hit a utility pole at about 7PM
this evening at Allen Avenue and Woodlawn Avenue, just north of
Morrill's Corner.

James Bowie, 42, was taken to Maine Medical Center after complaining
of neck pains, according to local TV station WMTW.

A section of Allen Avenue is closed to traffic while Central Maine Power
crew replaced the utility pole. No power outages were reported. The
car, a 1998 Plymouth Neon, was totalled.

Saturday, October 15, 2011
Police Catch  Local Thief,
Burglar
Portland police arrested James Emerton, 46, on Wednesday, October
12th, on two charges of theft and two charges of burglary. Police say
he stole a large amount of money from Becky's Diner on Commercial
Street, where he was caught on a surveillance camera.

Police say that Emerton entered open commercial businesses  - offices,
hotels, and restaurants - and stole purses and cash from workers or
patrons. Emerton has a criminal history of convictions for theft, and has
served time in prison. Police say he also targeted safes and cash
registers. He was also wanted by South Portland police on charges of
breaking into cars this summer. He was arrested at 485 Cumberland
Avenue in the Parkside neighborhood, and was also was charged with
possession of crack cocaine. He was held without bail at the
Cumberland County Jail.

Reiche Road Race, Yard Sale
to be Held Sunday
The Reiche International 5k Road Race will commence at 9;30 AM on
Sunday, October 16th, with runners of all ages participating, many in
costumes.  The 2011 road race theme is MONSTERS!   Registration
available online at
www.reicheinternational.com.   

A massive yard sale-flea market event opens at 10am and runs until 2
PM on the same day in the gym at Reiche School Community Center,
and is open to all.   Residents can donate items for the yard sale on
Friday, October 14, from 3:00 to 5:00pm, or Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:
00 pm.  Items can be left on the stage area at Reiche School.    All
proceeds from the 5k and the yard sale benefit enrichment programs
for the students at Reiche School.   Any question, email  
reichepto@gmail.com.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Governor in Town for Official
Opening of New Pier
Portland Mayor Nicholas Mavodones will be joined by Governor Paul
LePage, and representatives of Senator Snowe, Senator Collins and
Congresswoman Pingree tomorrow, October 12th at 3PM, in officially
opening the new cruise ship terminal. The ribbon cutting and
celebration will be held while the Celebrity ship, Celebrity Summit, is
berthed at the Ocean Gateway Pier II. Having arrived that morning, the
grand ocean liner will host the opening celebration. Carrying 2,038
passengers, the ship will depart later in the day headed north for Bar
Harbor.
The nearly 1200 foot long Ocean Gateway Pier II doubles the city’s
berthing capacity for cruise ships and other large commercial vessels,
providing economic benefits to the city, region and state. Costing
approximately $6 million, the floating pier consists of a series of
platforms and gangways affixed to four breasting, two fendering and
two mooring dolphins, and can berth some of the largest ships of the
seas.
This week, more than 13,226 passengers on five ships are scheduled
to call to port. Sixty-four ships carrying a record-setting 89,367
passengers are expected to call to the Port of Portland from June to
October this year. In an economic impact study from the University of
Maine at Orono released last year, researchers found that in 2008
47,841 passengers from thirty-one cruise ships spent $80 to $110 in
the Greater Portland area, generating $5.8 million to $8 million for the
regional economy and creating 69 to 96 full and part-time jobs.

Friday, October 7, 2011
Portland Activist Dies in
Windham Accident
Stephen Aylward, an active volunteer in the Portland community, was
killed on October 6th in a car accident in Windham.

Dr. Aylward, who was 57, was a Professor of Political Science and
History at St. Joseph's College. He won  Portland Trails' top volunteer
service award in 2010 for leadership in helping to bring teams of people
together to build trails for the local nonprofit group. He was project
manager and trail steward for the Riverton Rail Trail in Portland, and a
member of the City Council-appointed Portland Land Bank Commission.


City Breaks Ground on New
Taylor Street Park
West End playground to get significant improvements

The City of Portland officially broke ground on October 6th, kicking-off
construction for the renovation of the Taylor Street Playground and
Park. Mayor Nick Mavodones and West End City Councilor David
Marshall - both mayoral candidates - led a group of City officials and
neighborhood leaders in a ceremonial shoveling of dirt.
The new playground will have a basketball court, new seating area, and
new swings, as well as upgrades to the playground equipment. The new
playground, costing an estimated $83,000, will be funded by a grant
from the US Housing and Urban Development through the City’s
Community Development Block Grant program, and is expected to be
complete late this fall.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
City Hall Flu Clinic
Second of eight clinics open to the public

On October 5th,  from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, the City of Portland, HHSD’
s Public Health Division will hold its fourth seasonal flu vaccination clinic
in the State of Maine room at City Hall (full clinic schedule available
online at
(http://www.portlandmaine.gov/hhs/fluschedule.pdf).
The seasonal flu vaccine will be available for $10.00, or at no cost for
individuals with a Medicare Part B card.  Pneumococcal pneumonia
vaccine will also be available for $45.00. The clinics are open to adults,
eighteen and older.  

As many as 36,000 adults in the U.S. die from seasonal influenza and
its complications every year. Vaccination against both flu and bacterial
pneumonia (pneumococcal vaccine) are essential to protect the health
of seniors and others with chronic health conditions.  Vaccinations
reduce health care costs by limiting expensive therapies and
unnecessary hospitalizations and decrease the spread of disease in
the home, workplace, and community.

Groups at especially high risk of seasonal influenza and its
complications include:

§  People People over age 50;

§  People with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma,
heart  disease, or immune system problems;

§  Pregnant women;

§  People in long- term care or institutional settings;

§  Health care workers;

§  Caregivers and household contacts of those at high risk; and

§  Young children aged 6 months and up.

It should be noted that this year’s vaccination for the seasonal flu is
recommended for everyone. For specific information on the locations
and dates for Portland Public Health’s flu clinics, please contact the City
of Portland’s Flu Hotline at 207-874-8946 or visit the Immunization
Program website,
http://www.portlandmaine.gov/hhs/health.asp.  


Seasonal Flu Clinic Schedule
Wednesday, October 5      State of Maine Room, City
Hall                                 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Thursday, October 6                       Peaks Island Community
Center                               11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Friday, October 7                    St. Pius X Parish Hall, 492 Ocean
Avenue              2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Tuesday, October 18                                St. Pius X Parish Hall, 492
Ocean Avenue  2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Saturday, October 22                     First Lutheran Church, 132 Auburn
Street             10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Wednesday, October 26               Room 24, City
Hall                                                           11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Sunday, October 2, 2011
Munjoy Hill Festival Calls for Vendors
The Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization is looking for vendors for
the We Love Munjoy Hill Festival, which will be held Saturday, October
22nd, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at East End Community School. Openings
are still available for food vendors, artists, street goods vendors and
nonprofit organizations. Applications are available at
munjoyhill.org.

The We Love Munjoy Hill Festival is presented by the Munjoy Hill
Neighborhood Organization in collaboration with the Munjoy Hill
Community Policing Center and Portland Recreation. The festival will
feature live music, food, vendors, kids' crafts and activities, games and
demonstrations.

For more information, visit
munjoyhill.org or email
festival@munjoyhill.org.
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