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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
"Yes. It Really is Summer!"
Volume 2 Number 7   Portland, Maine
Friday, July 25, 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.
Portlanders Charlie Furbush and Ryan Flaherty in a Major
faceoff between the Mariner and Orioles at Safeco Field
in Seattle...WENA to hold August meeting/potluck picnic in
Clark Street Park...And still no traffic lights in Gorham's
Corner...Michael Quint
brunching at Artemesia with Pete and
Adrian Farris...Newlyweds Erin Curren and Bob Barrett met at
Lucid Stage...Portland Sun has dropped the daily from its
Casco Bay Lines board members to get free ferry rides
according to
Zack Barowitz...One third of the Maine legislature
will not be running for re-election...
Get LOCAL news
every day at
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.

Thursday Partly sunny. Highs in the upper
70s. North winds around 10 mph.

Thursday Night  Mostly clear. Lows in the
mid 50s. Light and variable winds.

Friday Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper
70s. Light and variable winds...becoming
southwest around 10 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night Mostly clear. Lows in the mid
50s. South winds around 10 mph in the
evening...becoming light and variable.

For complete updated forecast, click HERE.
Part Time Baker Bomb Diggity Bakery
(Portland, ME)
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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:
Pulitzer Prize Journalist to
Speak at USM Amid
Accusations of Plagiarism
Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, in the midst of a
burgeoning plagiarism scandal, will be the keynote speaker at the Peace
Action Maine Annual Peace Gathering on Monday, June 16th, at 7 pm in
Hannaford Hall, USM Portland campus.  Hedges will speak on “The
Wages of Rebellion.”
Hedges has been accused in a recent article by Christopher Ketcham of
The New Republic of plagiarizing other writers in a number of instances
dating back to 2002
. See http://www.newrepublic.

As a foreign correspondent for the New York Times and other major
newspapers, Hedges witnessed the brutality of war in Central America,
the Balkans, and the Middle East.  He was part of a team of
New York
reporters that won the 2002 Pulitzer prize for their coverage of
global terrorism.

Preceding the talk by Hedges, Peace Action Maine will be giving its
annual Peace Worker Award to longtime peace activist Robert Shetterly,
who lives in Maine, and is known for his series of portraits of Americans
Who Tell the Truth, a series that includes Chris Hedges.

Doors will be open at Hannaford Hall for Peace Action Maine's Annual
Meeting at 5 p.m. Open to the public.  The talk will begin at 7 p.m., and
will be followed by a book-signing.  Suggested donation is $10. All are
welcome, Students Free.  
Buy Local Members  to Host  
Gubernatorial Candidates
Portland Buy Local members will host a discussion and Q&A with
Maine's gubernatorial candidates beginning with a meeting with
Congressman Michael Michaud on June 13th. Members will have a
chance to interact with the candidates in a small group setting, hear
remarks from the candidates, and see where they stand on the issues
that matter most to small business and Maine's economy at large. The
conversation with candidate Eliot Cutler has been scheduled for June
24th. An event with Governor Paul LePage has not yet been scheduled.

June 13th - Conversation with Michael Michaud, 2:00 - 3:30 pm,
Remarks and Q & A to commence at 2:30. DiMillo's On The Water,
25 Long Wharf, Portland, 207-772-2216

This event is for Portland Buy Local members and their employees
only. Attendance is free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP (to by Wednesday, June 11th:

Organizers of the event will be accepting questions for the candidates
prior to the event. Include 1-2 questions in your RSVP. If you are not
yet a member but would like to participate, join today -  visit
Ex-Con Accused of Stealing
$250,000 Worth of New Cars
Portland police, in conjunction with several other area police
departments, have charged 46-year-old Robert G. Steiner with multiple
counts of forgery and theft.  Steiner is accused of using an alias and
convincing car dealerships to sell him cars with no money down.  Steiner
forged paperwork to complete the transactions and left the dealerships
with the fraudulently obtained vehicles, according to Portland police. He
allegedly stole at least seven vehicles from six different dealerships.  The
total value of stolen vehicles exceeds $250,000.00.

Portland Police first began investigating Steiner when Berlin City Toyota
on Riverside Street reported the theft of two vehicles on June 2, 2014.  
The dealership said they were deceived by a man using a false name and
other information.   A detective recalled investigating Steiner for similar
crimes several years earlier.  It was discovered that Steiner had recently
been released from prison and was currently on probation.   

A statewide alert was sent advising other law enforcement agencies of
the scam.  This resulted in several other victims being identified.  Police
departments from Scarborough, South Portland, Yarmouth, Westbrook
and Saco reported dealerships being victimized.  All the agencies are
working cooperatively and have now recovered all the vehicles known to
have been stolen.  It should be noted that Steiner used several false
names while committing these crimes.  Aliases known to police are Scott
Allen, William Wheeler, and Adam Cohen.  Police are asking car
dealerships that may have been scammed by Steiner to notify their local
police departments immediately.

Steiner was arrested on June 5, 2014 by South Portland Police while
attempting to steal a vehicle at another dealership.  He was taken into
custody for violating terms of his probation and is currently being held at
the Cumberland County Jail.  

Portland Police Detectives charged Steiner with two (2) Counts of Class
B felony theft and four (4) counts of Class B Aggravated Forgery.  
Additional charges from other jurisdictions are expected.  
Mayor to Present Former Heavyweight
Champ with Key to City
Mayor Michael Brennan will present five-time former heavyweight
champion Evander Holyfield with a key to the city today (Friday, June
13th) at 2:30PM at the Portland Regency Hotel and Spa on Milk Street in
the Old Port. Holyfield is in town as the special guest of the All Star
Boxing Event to be held at the Portland Expo on Saturday at 7:30PM.
Constellation Gallery Looking
for New Space
Portland’s non-profit art collective, the Constellation Gallery at 511
Congress Street, is looking for a new home.

Portland City Councilor David Marshall is the gallery’s previous owner
and founder. Three years ago Marshall sold the gallery for $1 to the
nonprofit artists' collective he helped form. The price of a membership in
the collective is $60 a year.

The building the gallery operates out of was recently sold and the new
owners have placed a sign in the gallery window offering the space for
lease. The collective has been able to work out of the space because of
an understanding the previous owner had with Marshall. The gallery paid
a percentage of sales to the landlord in exchange for occupying the
space.  The collective will have thirty days to find a new location after a
new tenant is found.

“What ever happens, the collective will continue,” said Marshall.

The art collective can be contacted by calling Marshall directly at  
207.409.6617 or Joseph Ruks at 207.228.5964. For more information
about the gallery and collective go to:
Portland Firefighter Dies of
Heart Attack While Scuba Diving
Portland firefighter Captain Michael Kucsma, 43, died of a heart attack
while scuba diving in Casco Bay on June 17th, according to the State
Medical Examiner. The death occurred at Maine Yacht Center, 100
Kensington Street, in the East Deering neighborhood.  Police responded
to a call at 3:40 P.M. on that an unconscious man was in the water of
Casco Bay where the facility is located.  Efforts by the Portland Fire
Department to resuscitate the victim were unsuccessful.  
Portland's  Dyke March rolls through
Congress Square on June 20, 2014.           
Photo by Doug Emerson
Armed Robbery at High
Noon in the East End
Portland police officers responded to the area of 116 Mountfort Street (at
the foot of Munjoy Hill, near the Eastern Cemetery) for the report of a
robbery at 12:01 PM on Monday, June 23rd. A male adult victim
reported he was walking in the area when he was approached by three
black males and was robbed at gunpoint.

The suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of money and the victim's
backpack. One suspect was described as about 6 foot 3 inches tall,
wearing all black clothing, dreadlocks with shoulder-length hair, wearing
a black hat and a bandana over his face. Another suspect was described
as 5 foot 9 inches tall, also wearing all black with a bandana covering his
face. The third suspect was described as wearing all black clothing and a
bandana covering his face as well.

The crime is under investigation, and the police department urges anyone
who witnessed the crime to contact the Portland Police Department
Criminal Investigation Division at 874.8533.
LePage Says Social Security is
'Welfare, Pure and Simple'
AUGUSTA – Governor Paul  LePage issued a statement on June 25th
about Maine’s personal income growth, which shows net earnings
growing 8% in the first quarter of 2014—higher than the national growth
in net earnings.

“While the Obama administration and other states use the increase of
welfare payments as a measure of personal income growth, my
administration has reduced welfare and added real jobs,” said Governor
“Since I took office, 18,000 private-sector jobs have been created,
Maine’s unemployment rate has stayed below the national average, and it
is now the lowest since 2008. We have fewer government jobs, fewer
people on welfare, and we have stopped the growth of Medicaid.”

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) claims the other five New
England states saw higher personal income growth than Maine, but that
growth was driven by an increase in what LePage referred to as "welfare
benefits, especially in the form of Medicaid expansion." According to
LePage, "The BEA conceals welfare benefits by calling them “Personal
Current Transfer Receipts.”
These “Transfer Receipts” include: Social Security benefits; Medicare
payments; Medicaid; and state unemployment insurance benefits.

"In addition to counting welfare benefits as personal income, the BEA
includes another category called “all other personal current transfer
receipts,” said LePage. "These are the health insurance premium
subsidies paid as tax credits to enrollees of the Obamacare exchanges."

“It doesn’t matter what liberals call these payments, it is welfare, pure
and simple,” said LePage. “Liberals from the White House all the way
down to Democratic leadership in Augusta believe that redistribution of
wealth—taking money from hard-working taxpayers and giving it to a
growing number of welfare recipients—is personal income. It’s not. It’s
just more welfare expansion. Democrats can obfuscate the numbers any
way they want. The fact is that we have created thousands of jobs, more
Mainers are working, and their income is going up.”

On Tuesday, June 24th, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released
preliminary estimates of state personal income for the first quarter of
2014, along with revised estimates for all four quarters of 2013. Total
personal income for Maine grew 0.5% in the first quarter of 2014, with
net earnings – the largest component of personal income – growing 0.8%.

The largest contributors to Maine’s increase in earnings were in the
construction industry and the manufacturing of nondurable goods, with
growth of $96 million and $60 million. “These are real jobs with real
incomes, not welfare handouts,” said Governor LePage.

Maine’s growth in net earnings was in line with the other New England
states, which ranged from 0.8% to 1.0% growth. Net earnings growth in
Maine was actually higher than for the U.S., which saw growth of 0.7%.

The release from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis is available at:
LePage Denies calling Social
Security 'Welfare'
Governor Paul R. LePage issued the following statement on June 26th
with regard to what he termed "erroneous interpretations from the
Portland Press Herald of his Medicaid expansion-related comments."

“I don’t think Social Security or Medicare is welfare. Only the most
liberal interpretation of my statements about Medicaid expansion would
twist my words to include Social Security and Medicare. Welfare
expansion is not a reliable, nor is it a sustainable income source for
personal growth income earnings.

"While my opponents are fighting for welfare expansion, my
Administration is committed to preserve funding and resources for Maine’
s elderly. Some seniors may be forced out of their homes because of
financial troubles within Maine’s nursing homes and it is why I have
pushed so hard to adequately fund those facilities.

"Furthermore, I have advocated for the elimination of income taxes on
pensions to protect our seniors. I have stood up for Maine’s seniors and
I will continue to support them.”
Local paparazzi catches up with West End celebrities
Jenny Anastasoff and Ed King at Forest Avenue &
Congress Street
.                            Photo by Doug Emerson
Chipman to Run for
Re-Election in Parkside/Bayside
Parkside State Representative Ben Chipman has announced that he will
run for a third term in the Maine House of Representatives in the
upcoming November election. Chipman, an independent, represents the
Parkside, Bayside, Oakdale, and USM neighborhoods. He is the first
candidate to make an official announcement in the District 119 race.
Chipman was most recently active in supporting the ballot initiative that
voided a sale of part of Congress Square Park to the Westin Hotel chain.
Zombies' Wrap Party Held in
West End
Maine native Kyle Rankin's film "Night of the Living Deb" and Old Port
Media hosted a celebration with the conclusion of principal photography
in Greater Portland with a wrap party at 54 Danforth Street in Portland's
West End on Thursday, July 3rd.

The red carpet pre-party began at 7:30 pm with director Kyle Rankin and
film stars Maria Thayer (Deb) and Michael Cassidy (Ryan), along with
supporting cast members, crew, and investors - followed by the
festivities from 8pm to midnight. The vintage automobile and assorted
props  highlighted key scenes from the motion picture which is expected
to be released later this year.

Area residents have enjoyed Hollywood's foray throughout Greater
Portland as they have met the celebrities and have even had cameos in
the film this past month. On-location shoots have included Coffee By
Design and various buildings on India Street, a Western Prom mansion
owned by Portland Magazine publisher Colin Sargent, Scarborough
Downs, MPBN studios, Andy's Old Port Pub and GoBerry in the Old
Port. There was even a thrilling rooftop scene outside Top of the East on
the roof of the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel on High Street.

Fans of the film actors were able to meet them, get autographs - and
even selfies - while the performers stayed at Portland Harbor Hotel,
attended Portland Sea Dog games, bought the specially-released "Night of
the Living Deb Coffee" at Coffee By Design, and appeared at a race
dedicated to the film's VIPs at Scarborough Downs.
World Cup Games to be Shown at Reiche
The West End Neighborhood Association is looking for a couple of
volunteers to help supervise the semi-final World Cup game on
Wednesday, July 9, at 4 PM at the Reiche Community Room. Volunteers
can just show up shortly before 4, help set up, be there during the game
and then help close up when it's over. The games are usually about two
hours long. The US team is no longer in the competition.
July 4th Portland Activities
Postponed to Saturday, July 5th
The activities planned for July 4th in Portland, including the fireworks,
have been postponed until Saturday, July 5th due to the inclement
weather coming from Hurricane Arthur. The same schedule
(see here)
will be in effect - just everything moves to Saturday. Visit
www.  for the most up to date information or call the
City’s hotline at (207) 756-8130.
SoPo City Council Vote on Tar
Sands Pollution Law Delayed
On Monday,July 7th, the South Portland City Council was scheduled to
hold its first reading and first vote on the Clear Skies Ordinance, the
proposed new ordinance designed to protect South Portland from tar
sands, according to its supporters. The meeting was postponed to
Wednesday, July 9th, however, to accommodate the overflow crowd
that showed up for the original meeting. No location has been announced
for the re-scheduled meeting.

On June 25th, the City Council held a workshop on the ordinance, which
received overwhelmingly positive support from more than 220 residents
in attendance. The Clear Skies Ordinance was drafted by the City
Council-appointed Draft Ordinance Committee, a volunteer committee of
land-use experts, which spent more than 60 hours reviewing thousands
of pages of documents, and meeting with a wide range of stakeholders.

The new, narrowly-crafted Clear Skies Ordinance will prohibit the bulk
loading of crude oil - including tar sands - onto tanker vessels, as well as
prohibiting new related infrastructure in the City of South Portland that
critics say would create significant new sources of air pollution,
negatively impact waterfront scenic values and property values, and
adversely impact Bug Light Park, Willard Beach, SMCC, and the Betsy
Ross House.
City Council Repeals Planned
Parenthood Buffer Zone Law
The Portland City Council voted 7-1 on July 7th to repeal an ordinance
which established a 39-foot buffer around the Planned Parenthood clinic
on Congress Street in downtown Portland. Councilor Jill Duson was the
lone dissenting vote.
The buffer zone had been established to separate anti-abortion protesters
from clients of the clinic, but a recent Supreme Court ruling in a similar
case established the zone as unconstitutional because it is in violation of
First Amendment rights. The City of Portland has also been sued in court
over the issue.
City Councilors said that they will continue to work on the issue to find a
legal way to provide protection for those who use the facility. They had
approved the buffer zone unanimously on November 18, 2013.
Planned Parenthood Urges City Council
to Remain Vigilant on Patient Safety
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England will consider a range of
options over the coming weeks to protect the safety and rights of staff
members and patients at the Portland health center, according to a

The Portland City Council on July 7th repealed its buffer zone ordinance,
enacted in November, that has kept anti-abortion protesters at least 39
feet away from the health center entrance on Congress Street in
downtown Portland.

Nicole Clegg, vice president of public policy for PPNNE, said she
accepts and understands the City’s decision, but she will urge councilors
to remain vigilant on the issue and "quickly pursue any alternative
proposals that will mitigate the harassment and intimidation patients
experience walking through the gauntlet of protesters."

Clegg said harassment and privacy invasions are distressing and
frightening, not only for women seeking abortions, but also for the men
and women going to the health center for cancer screenings, birth
control, prevention and treatments of STDs, breast health services, pap
tests, sexual health education, information, and health counseling, which
comprise more than 96% of the services provided at PPNNE.
Tar Sands Ordinance Passes on
Initial Vote In South Portland
South Portland—The South Portland City Council voted 6-1 on July 9th
to pass the Clear Skies Ordinance, a new, narrow ordinance that will
protect the city from tar sands. A crowd of 355 people, wearing sky-
blue tee shirts, turned out in support of the ordinance, and those from
South Portland speaking in support of the ordinance outnumbered
opponents 9-1.
The new, focused ordinance will prohibit the bulk loading of crude oil,
including tar sands, onto tankers, as well as prohibiting new, related
infrastructure in the city—an activity never before undertaken in the city.
The ordinance does not affect gasoline, diesel, home heating oil, or any
other refined petroleum product.
A small committee of land-use experts, appointed by the City    Council,
developed the ordinance over the last six months. They were painstaking
in their outreach to all stakeholders, including the oil industry, and
reviewed thousands of pages of documents, meeting 20 times for more
than 60 hours before finalizing the new ordinance.

Last week, Environment Maine released a new report,
Inside the Big Oil
Playbook: Strategies and Tactics Used in the Industry’s Battle to Ship
Tar Sands Oil Out of Casco Bay
, which analyzed how the oil industry
spent $750,000 last fall to narrowly defeat the Waterfront Protection
Ordinance. The report found that the industry used four “tried-and-true”
strategies in South Portland last fall—spend big, downplay the role of out-
of-state Big Oil, deny any plans to bring tar sands to Maine, and
manufacture and play up economic concerns.
The Planning Board will consider the ordinance next Tuesday, and then
the Council is slated to take final action on the ordinance on July 21st.
Fighter Planes Fly Over
Portland to Honor Retiring Pilot
Three F-15 fighter planes were seen and heard in the skies over
Portland at about 3 PM on Thursday, July 10th. The flyover was
planned to honor Lt. Colonel Eric Samuelson, of Gorham,  who is
retiring after a 24-year career in the military and Air National Guard.

Samuelson made several approaches to the Portland Jetport and flew
over the city in his McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle. Samuelson is also
the senior pastor at the  Rock Church in Scarborough.
Attorney General Mills Warns of
 Rise in Heroin Mix Overdoses
(Augusta) Based on communications with law enforcement and
substance abuse professionals about a spate of overdoses in early July,
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills is warning that a fatal mix of
heroin, caffeine and fentanyl, and a new admixture called acetyl
fentanyl, appear to be causing users to overdose more quickly than in
cases of straight heroin. The dangers of these chemicals cannot be
underestimated or overstated. Attorney General Mills and law
enforcement officials are asking that friends, family members and
professionals who come into contact with users be keenly aware of
this problem, which has caused a number of deaths in other New
England states in recent months, and refer people to the 24-hour
statewide hotline at 888-568-1112 or to the State of Maine hotline at
Fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin and can cause death very
quickly, even in experienced users. Fentanyl analogs, such as acetyl
fentanyl, are even more deadly. The mixture reportedly has caused
100 deaths around the country in recent months. Officials suspect that
overdoses in Bangor, Lewiston and Saco recently are linked to these
new chemical combinations, and both fentanyl and fentanyl-laced
heroin have been seized recently around the state.

Signs of overdose include unconsciousness, loud snoring caused by
respiratory distress, and obvious signs of drug ingestion. Maine
experienced 176 drug overdose deaths in 2013, according to the Maine
Chief Medical Examiner, with an increasing number of those deaths
attributable to heroin.
"People who are tempted to use drugs should understand that there is
simply no safe batch, no safe dose, no safe amount of heroin that you
should put into your body," Mills stated.

"Heroin alone or heroin laced with either fentanyl or acetyl fentanyl, or
these drugs alone without heroin, can all be fatal," Mills added.
"Nobody should take a chance on any of these substances."
New Effort Targets Underage
and High Risk Drinking
   July 15, 2014- A coordinated effort will be launched this month to
raise awareness of the laws, penalties, and best practices for underage
and high risk drinking prevention. Community partners – including
Portland Police, liquor licensees, colleges, landlords, and Portland’s
Business Licensing office in City Hall – will all be committing resources
to this effort.

The effort will include:
-Responsible Beverage Server trainings
-Police training on Liquor Enforcement.
- Educational materials on underage drinking laws and penalties
distributed to hundreds of students and young adults through colleges
and landlords.

Portland passed an ordinance in 2010 requiring all on-premise servers of
alcohol to complete an approved seller-server training within 90 days of
employment.  According to Katherine Jones, Portland City Clerk, the
Business Licensing office will be adding language to the liquor licensee
application specifying the responsibility of the licensee to certify
completion of this requirement.  The City Clerk’s office will conduct
periodic compliance verification.

Frank Lyons, a former Liquor Enforcement Officer and current trainer,
will provide the Responsible Seller Server and Administrative Law

The police training will cover liquor laws and their administrative
requirements, as well as protocols and what to look for when conducting
compliance checks.  Portland police have increased their focus on
conducting compliance details in the past year.  Following a high failure
rate during details in October 2013, they saw significant improvement in
compliance rates in February 2014.
Portland Launches Plan to
Study City's Open Spaces
The City of Portland, The Trust for Public Land, and Portland Trails
announced on July 16th that they will launch a citywide open spaces
assessment and comprehensive planning initiative. The effort will engage
interested organizations and residents in achieving a holistic vision for a
system of fully functional open spaces. Those would include green
spaces, city parks, gardens, and trails. Portland Trails announced that it
was recently awarded an $18,000 grant by the Lerner Foundation for the

This past March, the City of Portland requested technical assistance
from The Trust for Public Land – a leading national nonprofit land
conservation organization – to help create a vision and a plan for the
City’s open spaces and parks.
West End Installing
Neighborhood Herb Garden
As part of WENA’s adopt-a-park activity, the West End Neighborhood
Association is working with the City to install an apothecary garden
(think medieval herb garden!) in the back portion of the Clark Street
park. If anyone has any of the following plants in their own garden and
would like to contribute a division, please contact Sanda Kynes (sandra., Liz Parsons (, or the
West End Neighborhood Association. If you’d like to be involved in any
other way on this project, contact WENA.

List of herbs sought:
-Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) biennial, 2 - 3 feet tall
-Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) perennial, 2 - 4 feet tall
-Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) perennial, 1 - 3 feet tall
-Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) perennial, 1 - 3 feet tall
-Common Sage (Salvia officinalis) perennial, 2 - 3 feet tall
-Tarragon, French (Artemisia dracunculus var. sativa)   
perennial, 2 feet tall
-Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) perennial, 6 - 18 inches tall
-Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) perennial, 3 - 4 feet tall
Neighboring Governors to Come to
West End for Michaud Fundraiser
Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts and Governor Peter Shumlin
of Vermont will be at The Cumberland Club on High Street on Monday,
July 21st for a fundraising luncheon for Congressman Mike Michaud, the
Democratic candidate for governor of Maine.

Many of Maine's Democratic legislators, past and present, will be at the
event, including State Senate President Justin Alfond, former Governor
John Baldacci, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, US Senate candidate
Shenna Bellows and others.
Fires Leave Two Homes in
Portland Unlivable
    The Portland Fire Department responded to 246 Auburn Street  at 3:
50 PM  on July 18th for a reported fire in a room.  The first arriving fire
units reported heavy smoke billowing from the apartment.  

Crews quickly evacuated the multi-unit apartment building and
extinguished the fire, but not before the kitchen area of the apartment
was destroyed. The remainder of the apartment had also sustained heavy
smoke damage and is considered unlivable.  Crews that first entered the
building did report that smoke detectors were sounding.

On Monday, July 14th, Portland Fire crews responded to 1087 Riverside
for a kitchen fire that also left that residence unlivable.  The owners of
that home were told to have the electrical system inspected and to install
working smoke detectors.  In that case, a resident was transported for a
medical issue not related to the fire.  

Information provided by the National Fire Protection Agency indicate that
cooking equipment was involved in 43% of all home fires, and 38% of
fire injuries in the home are related to cooking equipment.  Most were as
a result of “unattended equipment.”  There were no reported injuries as a
result of either incident.  Investigators consider both fires accidental and
are working to determine the exact causes.
Armed Home Invasion, Robbery
Reported on Munjoy Hill
     Portland Police are investigating a home invasion and attempted
robbery that occurred at about 9:30 PM on Sunday, July 20th at 66
Smith Street on Munjoy Hill.  The victims reported that two men entered
their apartment demanding money.  The apartment was occupied by four
adults and three children.  The perpetrators were both armed with
handguns.  One gunshot was fired during the robbery.  No one was
injured; a bullet struck the door of another apartment in the building.  The
perpetrators fled on foot without taking any money.  

     Both perpetrators are described a black men in their twenties,
between 5'7" and 5'11" tall.  One man was bald and the second had either
cornrows or dreadlocks.

   Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the
Portland Police at 874-8533.
South Portland Law Prohibits  
Loading of Tar Sands, Crude Oil

South Portland—In an historic vote, the South Portland City Council on
July 21st voted 6-1 to pass the Clear Skies Ordinance, which prohibits
the bulk loading of tar sands onto tankers on the waterfront, and forbids
the construction of infrastructure for that purpose. According to
proponents of the new ordinance, bulk loading of tar sands would
increase air pollution, including volatile organic compounds and
hazardous air pollutants, on the waterfront and surrounding the tanks
next to schools and throughout the community. Two 70-foot tall
combustion smokestacks on the pier next to Bug Light, such as those
previously permitted by the city and state for bulk loading of tar sands,
would also harm scenic views and property values.

   South Portland has been at the center of a battle over tar sands for
more than a year, in reaction to the possibility of tar sands coming to the
port city from Canada, as has been discussed by the oil industry. South
Portland is the only U.S. city on the East Coast with a deep-water port
and that is connected to a crude oil pipeline. The American Petroleum
Institute and its allies spent $750,000 last fall to narrowly defeat a citizen’
s initiative to block the tar sands terminal by attacking it as overly broad.

The South Portland Planning Board found in a 6-1 vote last week that the
Clear Skies Ordinance is consistent with South Portland’s comprehensive
plan, which is rooted in a decades-long planning process.

The ordinance was developed by a Draft Ordinance Committee,
comprised of three volunteer experts on land use, law, science, and
environmental management, as well as a moderator, who met 20 times
over several months in a highly transparent process to gather
information, hear from the public and stakeholders, and develop a policy
that addressed concerns about tar sands without adversely affecting
South Portland’s existing refined oil operations.