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
|"The NEW West End NEWS is Coming!"
Volume 2 Number 8 Portland, Maine
Wednesday, August 20, 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.
Steven Scharf making new enemies on John McDonald's
morning show...WPOR's Rachel Flehinger just tired of getting
up so early every day...Cliff Gallant getting serious about
writing his first novel...Sarah Colton back home from a blazing
hot Nevada...Lemonade sales going strong outside
Reiche...Everybody's doing the 'ice bucket challenge'...Ellen
Sanborn moving from City Hall to the school department after
30 years...Shelton Waldrep first USM prof elected to Maine
Film Center board...Its 'Wait 'til next year' for WENA's annual
(rained out) picnic...Marge Niblock partying in East Bayside at
National Night Out...West End NEWS fans on Congress Street
getting excited about the imminent return of the popular local
rag...Casco Bay Ferry's new terminal officially open...Senate
candidate Shenna Bellows finishing up walk across Maine in
Monument Square...West End motorist chased down driver
who smacked her car and took off..
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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
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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: http://congresssquarepark.org/events/
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Coming Friday, August 22nd!
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.
firstname.lastname@example.org), Liz Parsons (email@example.com), 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
Downeast Magazine to Mark
60th Anniversary With Gala in
Portland's East End
Downeast Magazine plans to celebrate its 60th anniversary with a gala
party and fundraiser at the Portland Complex on Thursday, August 14th
at the Portland Company Complex at 58 Fore Street, on the East End
The gala will feature a raffle for artwork produced by six prominent
Maine artists, and will also have Maine-produced food and drink, and live
music from the Larry William's Band followed by a special performance
by Gunther Brown
Proceeds from the event will benefit six Maine organizations, including
The Locker Project/Good Shepherd Food Bank, Maine College of Art
Scholarship Fund, Colby College Museum of Art, Bowdoin College
Museum of Art, North Haven EMS, Maine Organic Farmers and
Gardeners Association, and the Penobscot Bay YMCA.
Green Party Candidate Drops
Out of West End Race After
Tom MacMillan, the Green Party candidate for the West End (District
38) seat in the Maine legislature, has dropped out of the race after losing
his West End apartment. MacMillan's campaign for State Representative
came to an end on July 28th.
On July 14th, MacMillan's landlord informed his partner and him that
their lease would not be renewed and that they must to move out of their
apartment of two years by August 31st. Since receiving the news, they
have searched for a new place to live within District 38 (West End, St.
John Valley neighborhoods) but have been unable to find an affordable
place. MacMillan submitted his withdrawal and is looking for a new
apartment in the City of Portland.
WENA to Hold Annual Potluck Picnic
The West End Neighborhood Association will hold its annual potluck
picnic at 6 PM on Wednesday, August 13th at the Clark Street Park.
WENA will provide plates, cups, napkins, cutlery (courtesy of Peter
Hall). Please bring some food to share - there is no grill available. Bring
your own chair, blanket and beverage. There will be a table or two, but
plan to sit on the ground unless you tote a chair with you.
There have been many changes made to the Clark Street Park over the
past few months which can be seen by visiting the WENA web site at
Sidewalk Buttlers Installed in
Congress Square Park
Two 'Sidewalk Buttlers' were installed on August 8th on the Congress
Street side of Congress Square Park, courtesy of the Friends of
Congress Square Park. The group hopes the Sidewalk Buttlers will help
lessen some of the cigarette butt litter on the sidewalk, as well as in the
West End Neighborhood Association President Rosanne Graef said that
residents can help further the effort to remove cigarette butts from
sidewalks, gutters and waterways by contacting City Councillors to urge
their support for the project. Butts collected from the 'Buttlers' are
recycled into pallets and other products.
Aside from the initial cost of the Buttler ($59), there is no further cost
for the receptacle, or for getting the butts to the recycler. Getting the
receptacles emptied is the issue that's holding up deployment of additional
Buttlers, according to Graef.
City Inspectors Shutter Munjoy Hill
Building for Numerous Violations
City inspectors have shut down a 10-unit Munjoy Hill apartment
building after discovering numerous safety violations at the site, including
exposed live wires, broken fire alarms and non-functioning sprinklers.
The inspectors were summoned to the building, which is undergoing
renovations, by the Portland Fire Department, according to local reports.
The building, at 193 Congress Street, is situated between Homegrown
Herb & Tea and Mama's Crow Bar. It was also the scene of a raid by the
Maine Drug Enforcement Agency in 2012 in which one man was
arrested and charged with dealing crack cocaine, according to the
Portland Press Herald.
About a dozen people live in the building. It is unknown when they will
be permitted to return to their apartments.
Governor Declares 'Maine Day'
AUGUSTA – Governor Paul LePage has proclaimed the third Saturday
of August as Maine Day. This year, August 16th will be a day to
celebrate the State of Maine by encouraging people within and outside the
State to try Maine-made food and beverage, and recognize the Pine Tree
State as a great place to live, work, and visit.
A proclamation signing was held at the Office of the Governor on
Monday, August 11th.
WENA Annual Picnic Rained Out
Because heavy rain is forecast for Wednesday, August 13th, the West
End Neighborhood Association's annual neighborhood picnic has been
cancelled. There is no rain date for this event, and the next regular
WENA meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 10th.
The Reiche Book Nook is also closed August 18, 19, 20, 25 and 26 due
to Reiche School staff training and kindergarten screening.
Heavy Rains Cause Damage
More than six inches of rain caused flooding and damage at many
locations across the city on Wednesday night, August 13th. The
damaged included the following:
-Flooding and sewage backup at Portland's City Hall and Merrill
Auditorium, which had to be cleaned up for a concert later this week.
-A street collapse at High Street, between York and Commercial
Streets, across from Becky'y Diner.
-Flooding at the Deering Oaks Pond on Park Avenue and at various
locations in the Parkside neighborhood. Cars were reported floating in the
area of the H.P. Hood milk processing plant on Park Avenue, and
flooding at the LaQuinta Suites Hotel in that neighborhood, where 200
guests were evacuated.
-Flooding on Marginal Way in the area around Trader Joe's.
-People reported being stranded in their car as it filled with water at the
bottom of Danforth Street in the West End. Firefighters rescued three
people who were stranded in cars.
-Some flooding was reported in businesses on Congress Street
The annual West End Neighborhood Association potluck picnic, which
had been schedule to take place earlier in the evening, was cancelled.
Thirteen manhole covers were blown off during the storm and later
Activity Escalates With Repeal of
Buffer Zone as Police Separate
Protesters, Patients and Pedestrians
With the repeal of Portland’s buffer zone, dozens of protesters
escalated their activities outside Planned Parenthood of Northern New
England’s Portland health center on Congress Street in early August,
requiring the intervention of the Portland Police Department.
According to Planned Parenthood spokesperson Nicole Clegg, protester
obstructed access of the sidewalk and health center entrance, and police
issued multiple warnings to protesters who were loud enough to be heard
clearly within exam rooms. Clegg called the actions " a violation of the
Maine Human Rights Act."
More than thirty protesters lined the street videotaping and
photographing patients and pedestrians as they walked along the sidewalk
on Friday, August 8th. The next day, police were contacted again when
more than a dozen protesters lined the sidewalk near the entrance of the
health center and were asked to stop obstructing access along the
“When the buffer zone was in place, we were able to operate in a
peaceful coexistence with the protesters," said Clegg. "Since its repeal,
the atmosphere has returned to one of routine harassment, bullying and
intimidation of patients and pedestrians alike."
Massachusetts Governor Patrick signed into law 'An Act to Promote
Public Safety and Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities',
and the City of Burlington, Vermont is considering alternatives in
response to recent protester activity. New York City, Los Angeles,
Colorado and other communities have various ordinances in place to
ensure the peace and security of reproductive health care facilities.
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 95% of the services provided at PPNNE.
Portland City Manager Mark Rees announced his resignation today-
August 18th- to the Mayor, City Council, and City staff. Citing the wish
to pursue other opportunities, both professional and personal, Mr. Rees
tendered his resignation to be effective Wednesday, September 3, 2014.
During his three years as City Manager, Mr. Rees’ administration
was able to move forward on many fronts, including:
· Initiated and implemented changes to the management structure of
the City government to enhance effectiveness and accountability
including setting of annual city council goals and departmental objectives.
· Established the City's first five-year capital improvement program
and received approval for over $92 million in capital expenditures
necessitated as a result of deferred maintenance of infrastructure and
·Presented three balanced operating budgets, each of which were
approved by city council with minimal changes. Concurrently,
unreserved fund balance increased from 9.5% of General Fund Budget to
· Coordinated a revised development review process for improved and
timelier regulatory approval supporting over $144 million in private
· Reorganized the Fire Department for better supervision and resource
allocation resulting in improved emergency response capability.
Rees added, “none of these achievements would have been possible
were it not for the hard work and dedication of our city employees.”
“I appreciate the work that Mark has done for three years as City
Manager,” said Mayor Michael Brennan. “He has instituted a number of
management changes that have enhanced the effectiveness of city
government. I’ve enjoyed working with him and I wish him well in his
Mr. Rees will continue to serve as City Manager until September 3,
2014. At the City Council meeting that night, the Mayor and Council will
appoint an acting city manager. A search for a new city manager will
begin immediately in order to ensure a smooth and expeditious transition.
“I’m pleased that Mark has agreed to work with us during a 90-day
transition period while we conduct a search for a replacement,” Mayor
Body of Missing Man
Portland police found the body Robert Koch, 52, in the Presumpscot
River on Tuesday, August 19th, just after 1PM. Mr. Koch left his
residence at 723 Riverside Street on August 15th at about 8:30PM and
mentioned going to the Trolley Park at Forest Avenue and Riverside
Street. The area of the Trolley Park was searched by officers and family,
but Mr. Koch's body was not located until four days after his
Mr. Koch suffered from medical conditions that may have altered his
mental state. His death does not appear to be suspicious at this point,
according to police.
Portland to Hold First Annual Greenfest
The Natural Resources Council of Maine and the City of Portland -
working to become one of the greenest cities in New England - will
cosponsor Portland Greenfest 2014 on Saturday, September 13th in
Monument Square from 10 AM to 4PM.
More information is available at: http://www.portlandgreenfest.org/
Portland Greenfest is slated to be southern Maine’s premier annual
celebration and festival of all things green. There will be live music, local
food, and locally made sustainable products. Also featured will be more
than 60 exhibiting groups and organizations who are working hard every
day to make Maine more sustainable. The Greenfest will also have local
art, a free eco-film or two, and an eco-fashion show and eco-poetry
Anyone interested in exhibiting or selling goods at Portland
Greenfest 2014 should submit an application soon, as space is limited.
Sponsorship information is also available on the event website.