Bragdon to Run
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
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
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: www.portland-police.com, and
clicking "Submit an Anonymous Crime Tip.” Finally, community
members can leave anonymous phone tips on the Department’s Crime
Tip line: 874-8584.
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
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
|"Spring is on the Way!"
Volume 2 Number 2 Portland, Maine
Thursday, March 6, 2014
West End NEWS
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.
Baxter Academy holds its first lottery to determine incoming
student body...Portland Flower Show attendance expected to be
10,000 to 12,000...Mark Usinger thinks former state rep Herb
Adams should get an Oscar for lifetime achievement...City's new
communications director Jessica Grondin to meet the press at
City Hall event...Asher Platts kicking off his state senate
campaign at the WMPG Mardi Gras party...Jenny Anastasoff
claims the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse were spotted
downtown... First skateboarders of the season at Federal &
Temple...Couple in Memphis shipped three copies of 'Just
Between You & Me' to Portland for the author's
autograph..."The Elephant Piece" will have its New England
premiere at the Portland Stage Studio Theater...Newest Coffee
By Design opens in East Bayside... Launch party for Crash
Barry's Marijuana Valley April 4th at Longfellow Books... First
robin sightings reported in the West End...Scott Scharf at an
Eagles concert in DC...Olympic figure-skating gold medalists
Meryl Davis and Charlie White to skate in Portland...Maine
Governor seated one row behind Emily Amborn on recent flight
home...East End School students taste-testing seaweed
pizza...Mittapheap Market moving from Washington Avenue to
Pine Tree Shopping Plaza on Brighton Avenue...Jed Rathband
showing potential buyers a splashy condo on High Street...Chris
Busby ready to abolish Presidents Day...USM election season is
in full swing...Longfellow Square Dishcrawl planned for
March...Maine's first Paint and Wine Bar to open in Portland...
Former Portland School Board member Stephen Spring getting
married in Texas...Lisa Walker (who was the owner of Ubuntu,
the African import store that was on Commercial Street) on a
bike tour in the Mekong Delta...Howie Carr addressing the
Cumberland County Republican Convention...Bazia Antoni
headed down to St. John Street to check out Big Boss...Tracie
Reed looking for a Downton Abbey party...
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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
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
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.
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
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
This bond also includes support for
the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in
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
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
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 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
Hold CPR Class
Portland firefighters will conduct
a free CPR class on Monday,
March 10th, at 6:30PM in the
Reiche Community Center
Community Room upstairs at
166 Brackett Street.
Sponsored by the West End
Neighborhood Association and
the Portland Fire Department, the
class will be limited to 20
participants, and if the class gets
filled up, WENA will schedule
Participants must be physically
able to kneel and perform chest
compressions. Class will last one
hour. Call 879-6024 to register
(leave your name and phone #).
Tattoo Artists to Raise Funds for
A local tattoo shop will be holding a fundraiser this month for another
local business owner who was diagnosed with cancer in December.
Just before the holidays, Amie (Lavway) Milo, who runs a therapeutic
massage practice - Apple Core Therapeutic Massage on South Street in
the West End - was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in her right
breast. Aggressive treatment was required, and she underwent a double
mastectomy just after the new year. She is now facing several months of
On Sunday, February 16th, starting at 9AM, Tsunami Tattoo on Pleasant
Street will be hosting a benefit to raise money for Amie to help support
her family as they weather the difficult days ahead. A fellow small
business owner who must be physically able to earn her living, Amie will
need to take time off from her practice to heal.
Several tattoo artists will be offering a small array of tattoos (lucky
numbers, cherry blossoms, etc.) for $150 each. All proceeds will go to
Tattoo sessions will be limited to one hour each, and the tattooers each
have 10 slots available. To book a tattoo for the fundraiser, call
(207)756-6766 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as
possible. Please specify an artist and general time of day.
Run for West
Tom MacMillan, Chair of the
Portland Green Independent
Committee, and chief organizer
of the 2013 marijuana legalization
ordinance, has announced his
campaign for the Maine House of
Representatives. He is seeking the
Maine Green Independent Party’s
nomination for the newly
redistricted District 38, which
includes the West End, St John
Valley and part of the Old Port.
MacMillan, a Portland native,
works in special education at a
local public middle school. He
garnered 27% of the vote when
he ran for the seat in 2012.
MacMillan will host a campaign
kick-off party at 17 May Street
on Friday, February 7th starting
at 7PM. He will also be speaking
at the Portland Green
Independent Committee’s caucus
at City Hall in the State of Maine
room, which begins at 1PM on
Thursday: Sunny. Highs in the mid
20s. Light and variable winds.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear.
Lows 1 below to 9 above zero.
Light and variable winds.
Friday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the
mid 30s. South winds 10 to 15
mph. Wind chill values as low as 8
below in the morning. For
complete, updated forecast, click
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree
said that trout from Maine was
featured as part of the state
dinner for French President
François Hollande at the White
House on February 11th. The
hardwood-smoked trout was
served during cocktail hour in a
dinner that featured food from
small and family farms around
The dinner was the first that the
Obamas have hosted in nearly
two years, and the first state visit
for a French president in twenty
years. The four- course menu
for the dinner included food
from thirteen states, as well as
honey, vegetables and herbs from
Mrs. Obama's kitchen garden on
the White House lawn.
Pingree has been a strong
advocate for local food and small
and family farms. The Farm Bill
that President Obama signed last
week included numerous
provisions Pingree backed that
will make it easier for farmers to
sell their products locally and for
consumers to access quality,
fresh locally grown food.
Public Schools Close Early
The Portland Public Schools closed three hours early on Thursday,
February 13th due to predictions of a storm with worsening
conditions in the afternoon. The release times were:
● High schools: 11:10 a.m.
● Middle schools: 11:35 a.m.
● Pre-kindergarten classes: 12 PM
● Elementary schools: 12:05 p.m.
There will be no second session at Portland Arts and Technology High
School. All afternoon and evening activities in the Portland Public
Schools will be canceled.
City Reacts to
The City of Portland has received
the Federal Court decision that
declares the City's median ordinance
unconstitutional. City Attorney
Danielle West-Chuhta said "While
we respect the Court's decision, we
are, of course, very disappointed. I
am not able to respond in detail at
this time as we have not had an
opportunity to fully review the
judge's ruling and are still in the
process of determining next steps
including whether or not to appeal
Pursuant to a prior agreement with
the Court, the Portland Police
Department had already suspended
enforcement of the ordinance,
pending the court's decision. That
suspended enforcement will remain
"Safety has always been our
primary concern," said Police Chief
Michael Sauschuck. "Although we
were hoping for a different outcome
we will certainly abide by the
Bayside Neighborhood to Hold Snow Festival
The Bayside neighborhood will hold a Snow Sculpture Festival on
Sunday, March 2nd, from noon to 3PM on Bayside Trail near
Franklin Street. Sponsored by Bayside Neighborhood Association
& East Bayside Neighborhood Organization. FMI, 321-1056.
Group Sues City
The group Keep Portland Livable has
filed a lawsuit against the City of
Portland regarding a major building
project in the Bayside. For the
complete story from both sides of the
issue, click HERE.
Portland police are investigating a
robbery that occurred on Sunday,
February 16th at the Walgreens
located at 340 Allen Avenue (at the
corner of Washington Avenue).
At approximately 9:02 am a female
entered the pharmacy area and
asked an employee working in the
pharmacy for prescription drugs.
The suspect indicated a threat and
referenced an explosive device. The
suspect left with an undisclosed
amount of prescription medication.
At about 10:59 AM, the female
suspect returned to Walgreens,
where she was arrested for
Robbery Class A. The suspect was
identified as Elisabeth Sanborn, 34
years old from Portland.
The Portland Police Hazardous
Device Unit and an Explosive
Detection K-9 were called to the
parking lot to conduct a protective
sweep of the suspect vehicle in the
lot. No hazardous devices were
The investigation is ongoing and
Portland police are asking anyone
with information about this robbery
to contact them at 874-8575.
Portland High Student Wins New
England Writing Competition
Francesca Butterfield, a junior at Portland High School, won this
year's Classical Association of New England (CANE) Writing Contest.
Francesca will read her essay, “Eros’s Decision,” at the CANE
annual banquet on March 7th at St. Anselm's College in Manchester,
Francesca advanced to the New England competition by winning first
place in Maine. This year’s topic was “What Mighty Contests Rise
from Trivial Things: Consequence in the Ancient World.”
Police Report Rash of
Snow-Blower Thefts in City
Portland police report that here have been four snow-blower thefts in the
Deering area over the past week, on Ludlow, Hodgkins, Allen Avenue,
and Forest Avenue. The suspect vehicle is believed to be a pick up truck.
All snow-blowers had been left outside or were visible from the
roadway, according to police, who urge owners to secure these items if
possible, and record the make, model, and serial number of their
snow-blowers. Anyone with information about these thefts is asked to
call the Portland Police Department at 874-8584.
Several Local Establishments
Cited for Underage Alcohol Sales
During the evening hours of February 15, 2014, the Portland Police
Department conducted an underage alcohol operation on liquor licensees
within the City of Portland. Four teams of officers and civilian volunteers
checked a total of fifty- six establishments selected at random. Of the
checked establishments, officers found no liquor law violations in forty-
eight, while eight were cited for selling alcohol to a minor.
Several local area college students under the age of twenty-one
volunteered to assist the department with the operation. The purpose of
the detail was to check the compliance of liquor license establishments
within the City of Portland in requiring identification from youthful-
looking purchasers of alcohol. Bars, convenience stores, and restaurants
citywide were checked.
The following locations were cited for sale of alcohol to a minor:
1.Hannaford Store at 295 Forest Ave.
2.Mobil Gas Station at 518 Forest Ave.
3.Walgreens at 127 Marginal Way.
4.Crow Bar at 189 Congress St.
5.Congress St Bar and Grill at 617 Congress St.
6.Local 188 at 685 Congress St.
7.Frosty Pint located at 965 Forest Ave.
8.Ruski’s located at 212 Danforth St.
Those locations that were checked and passed will be notified in writing
that they passed inspection.
Republican Guvs Launch 'Blue
New LePage Video Also Released
The Republican Governors Association announced on February 18th the
launch of Blue State Madness, a new website designed to serve as a
clearinghouse for "news, research and insight related to Democrat
governors and candidates: their backgrounds, their destructive policies,
and their massive shortcomings in leadership."
According to the Association, as the election year progresses, Blue State
Madness will present voters "an increasingly complete picture of the
downward spiral a vote for a Democrat governor can spark in the states."
The website's address is: http://www.rga.org/bluestatemadness/
The Association also released a new web video profiling Maine's
Governor Paul LePage:
New Sidewalk and Lighting
Planned for Bayside
The City of Portland has scheduled a meeting on March 6th to discuss a
project that will replace the sidewalk and add pedestrian scale lighting to
the north side of Cumberland Avenue from Preble Street to Mechanic
Street in the Bayside neighborhood. Avesta Housing will be making
similar improvements as part of their housing project from Mechanic
Street to Forest Avenue. Pedestrian crossings along and across
Cumberland Avenue will also be improved.
The purpose of the March 6th meeting is to share and gather ideas from
the neighborhood and interested parties. The meeting is scheduled for
Thursday, March 6th beginning at 6:00 at Avesta Housing, 307
Cumberland Avenue. The project is slated to be constructed in 2014.
Cops Get Cash and a Scooter
The Portland City Council has approved the transfer of $2432 in forfeited
assets, and a scooter, from the State of Maine to the Portland Police
Department. The cash, and the scooter were seized during several drug
investigations conducted by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency in
conjunction with the Portland police. The money will be deposited into
the Portland Police Department’s drug investigation account. Money in
that account is used primarily for drug investigations, training, and
Robbery at Angela Adams Store
on Congress Street
Portland police are investigating a robbery that occurred on Tuesday,
February 25th at Angela Adams Designs at 273 Congress Street in
Portland's East End.
At approximately 1:30 PM, a lone male entered the business and
approached the counter. The suspect spoke briefly to an employee and
demanded cash. The employee gave the suspect an undisclosed amount
of money and the suspect fled east on Congress Street, toward Munjoy
Hill. The suspect did not display a weapon, and no one was injured in the
The suspect is described as a white male with dark hair and a dark,
scruffy beard and mustache. He was reported to be between age of 25
and 30 years old, about 5’6” tall and weighing about 150 pounds. He was
wearing a blue, hooded sweatshirt and light colored baggy jeans.
Portland police are asking anyone with information about this robbery to
contact them at 874-8575.
Event to Raise
Awareness of Lyme
An event to raise awareness of lyme
disease and tick borne illness will be
held at the Katahdin Restaurant at
27 Forest Avenue on March 4th
from 4 to 7PM. The cost is $25 per
person and includes culinary
delights (and a cash bar). The
event is a fundraiser is for Jami
Morton's Appalachian Trail hike.
Fire at Local Assisted Living Facility
The Portland Fire Department responded to an automatic fire alarm at the Portland
Center for Assisted living at 68 Devonshire Street shortly after 11AM on Saturday,
March 1st, where they discovered a fire in a laundry dryer. It was quickly
extinguished by the first arriving units. Firefighters evacuated the residents in the
floor directly above the dryer room. They were sheltered in place on the other side
of a fire door. There were no reported injuries and the fire is not considered
suspicious at this time.
After the smoke was cleared and air quality was monitored and determined to be
safe, residents were allowed to return to their units.
The working fire alarm system minimized the damage and ensured the safety of the
buildings residents, according to the fire chief. Preliminary damage estimates are
$5000.00, and the damage was limited to the commercial dryer unit.
Shots Fired in the West End
Portland police say they received several reports from people
who heard shots being fired at State and Danforth Street in the
West End at around 7 AM on Saturday, March 1st. A witness
reported that two men were fighting when one man pulled a
gun and shot at the other before getting into a car and driving
away. It is not known if the man who was fired upon was
actually shot. There have been no arrests in the case, and
anyone with information should call the Portland Police
Department at 874-8575.
Man Arrested in Portland as Part of
Human Trafficking Investigation
Portland police arrested James Conrad Begin of Lewiston on February
28th and charged him with Engaging a Prostitute. The exact location of
Begin's arrest was not disclosed because it was part of an ongoing police
The arrest was made as part of an operation of the law enforcement
group - the Greater Portland Coalition Against Sex Trafficking and
Exploitation (GPCASTE) - which is conducting a collaborative operation
to target human trafficking. The purpose of the operation is to target
individuals involved in human trafficking, and individuals that further the
crime by soliciting prostitutes.
The following agencies participated in the operation; Portland Police,
South Portland Police, Westbrook Police, Cumberland County Sheriff’s
Office, The Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office, Scarborough
Police Department, MDEA, Maine Pretrial, FBI, and HSI.
In addition to Begin, three other individuals were arrested as a direct
result of the operation. Loyall F. Sewall,49, of Westbrook, charged with
Engaging a Prostitute; Chandler G. Marsh,24, of Hyde Park,
Massachusetts, charged with Eluding a Police Officer and Reckless
Conduct; and Bao T. Loc, 20, of South Portland, charged with Engaging
State Seeking Input on West
Commercial St. Rail Changes
The Maine Department of Transportation is seeking public input prior
to completion of the final plans for the proposed Rail Corridor and
Existing Laydown Yard Expansion, to be located along the existing West
Commercial Street industrial waterfront site. This work will include
relocation of rail track, reconfiguration and expansion of the IMT
container yard, and signalization of the Beach and Commercial Street
Representatives of the Maine Department of Transportation will be
present on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 6:00 PM to listen to concerns,
receive comments, and answer questions from anyone with an interest in
the project. The Department is particularly interested in learning local
views relative to project consistency with local comprehensive plans,
discovering local resources, and identifying local concerns and issues.
Anyone with an interest is invited to attend and participate in the meeting.
Accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Auxiliary
aids will be provided upon advance request.
Any inquiries regarding this project may be directed to the attention of
Joel Kittredge, Project Manager , Maine Department of Transportation,
Bridge Program, 16 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0016.
Telephone: (207) 624-3550. Email: email@example.com
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12th 6:00 P.M.
STATE OF MAINE ROOM (second floor)
PORTLAND CITY HALL, 389 CONGRESS STREET
Circus Coming to Reiche
Circus Atlantic will hold an open house from noon to 3 PM on
Saturday, March 8th at the Reiche Community School on Brackett Street
in the West End . Attendees can try juggling, tumbling and unicycling at
the free event.
A circus school is starting up at Thompson’s Point, and the free session
is a promotion for the school’s drop-in classes in Portland and Freeport.
The drop-ins are four days a week and cost $20 for 90 minutes of
instruction (or more, depending on the class) — no prior
acrobatics/unicycling training is required.