Thursday, May 31, 2007

The West End NEWS
June 1-13, 2007
Volume 7, Number 7

Portland, ME

Liz Looks at the Stars

June 1 - June 13
*** Your leg bone’s connected to your ankle bone***

ARIES (March 21 - April 19)
Your self-confidence hits a high note this June. Last summer you experienced a disillusionment, or disappointment, but by the end of June you will have completely worked through that. Your positive nature is back!
Aries governs: The head. You are prone to headaches, particularly migraines, sunstroke, neuralgia and depression. Your “leap before you look” mentality makes you liable to accidents and physical injuries. Your high-strung personality is related to the high amount of activity whiz-banging around in your head. Not a negative, btw, just who you are.

TAURUS (April 20 - May 20)
The first week of June may be a whirlwind of emotions, and could cause you to worry about how you are seen by others. My advice? Take lots of naps, drink Airborne, and be grateful you don’t have oozing abscesses all over your body.
Taurus governs: The neck and the throat. While Taurans often have beautiful voices, they are vulnerable to laryngitis, sore throats, and thyroid problems. You should also beware of goiter (swelling in thyroid gland), respiratory ailments like asthma, diseases of abscesses and rheumatism.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
Happy Birthday on June 9th to Anne Bagley, composer Cole Porter and Johnny Depp. Gemini friends, is there a small mistake or personal failure that keeps bugging you? Just keep moving forward, and when the thought comes nagging at you, make a decision to think about something else. Hope this helps. On another note, many planets are passing through fire signs right now. Your mercurial nature allows you to take the most positive qualities from these alignments, meaning, instead of anger, you absorb the intensity of the heat and turn it into brightness, cheeriness, and energy. Wonder twins, activate!
Gemini governs: Hands, arms, shoulders, and lungs. Geminis are susceptible to accidents and strains involving the arms and hands. You’re also inclined to get bronchitis and respiratory ailments.

CANCER (June 21 - July 22)
You may have earned something wonderful, like a new job, a raise, or compliments on your weight loss, and yet you put the accomplishment in your back pocket and sit on it. Go out there and accept what you’ve earned with pride, and don’t be afraid to let other people know how great you are!
Cancer governs: Breasts and stomach. Cancers are often great cooks, and enjoy eating. They are also liable to gain weight and experience digestive problems. Tension and emotional stress will bring on stomachaches for many Crabs. The disease Cancer, which can affect any part of the body, is sometimes said to have taken its name from this sign. The real derivation of the word, however, is the Latin “cancer” meaning gangrene as well as crab.

LEO (July 23 - August 22)
Vivacious Venus will be in your sign on June 5th, lending a certain “Je ne sais quoi” to your aura. Take stock of your quest for approval from others, though. Sometimes you need extra attention and praise, and in order to get it, you go to extremes showing off. It can turn from a cute personality quirk into an annoyance before you realize it!
Leo governs: The back, spine, and heart. Back and spine ailments plague Leos, especially during physical exertion and/or emotional stress. Leos are also vulnerable to diseases of the heart and blood, sickness in ribs and sides, convulsions, and fevers including, (in the olden days, when they were common) plague, pestilence, and jaundice.

VIRGO (August 23 - September 22)
The image I have for you this June, Virgo, is of a line of equipment ready to start working. The weed whacker, the calculator, the mountain bike, the power drill, the metal-detector, the turbo-hydraulic crane…they are the personification of you standing and waiting to be used. You are raring to go inside, but you need that spark of something to get you going. I don’t know where you’ll find it, but once you do, look out West End!
Virgo governs: The spleen, the central nervous system, and the intestines. Virgos are susceptible to ulcers, catarrh, cold, coughs, pleurisies, pneumonia and nervous instabilities. Your tendency to worry makes you vulnerable to stomach and bowel troubles, including colic and ulcers. Though you may’ve experimented with drugs, alcohol, and spicy food, your delicate stomach rarely tolerates abuse.

LIBRA (September 23 - October 22)
Mid-June you’ll experience the effects of Mercury in retrograde (spinning backwards). Prepare for it by planning anything for the last two weeks of June ahead of time. Any trips or jobs you’re doing will need extra attention to detail in order to avoid communication screw-ups and missed connections.
Libra governs: The lower back, lumbar region, butt, and kidneys. Librans often suffer from low back strain, problems in the lumbar region, and kidney infections. Be careful not to let your back get weak. Watch out for troubles in the kidneys and bladder, especially gravel and stone. Avoid bingeing on food and/or drink, and you’ll be much healthier!

SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21)
You may be faced with some choices to make, small or large, in which you’re uncertain of the right way to go. There may be temptations on one side that will stroke your ego, or reward you financially, but please stop and consider which decision bolsters your integrity. In the long run, choosing the path that will lead to a clear conscience will benefit you the most.
Scorpio governs: The genitals, pelvis and reproductive systems. Scorpios are susceptible to urinary infections and venereal disease. Beware of Scorp’s volatile emotions, which can cause exhaustion. (That was meant to be cryptic.) Abscesses, boils, carbuncles, fistulas, piles, and ruptures may also affect Scorpions. Blecch, see the doctor, already!

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21)
Expect tons of energy and razzle-dazzle for the first week of June. My only caution to you, Sags, is to respect the feelings of those non-Sags around you who may find your superhuman-like strength intimidating. Have some mercy and shove some of that light under a bushel.
Sagittarius governs: The liver, hips, and thighs. Sags need lots of outdoor exercise to keep happy. You have a sensitive liver, which makes them susceptible to hepatitis. Sciatica and rheumatism are common, and because you often engage in adventurous pastimes, you are subject to sporting accidents. The ancient astrologers mention falls from horses and injuries from them and other four-footed animals, and for some reason you are also apt to have accidents with fire and heat. Yikes!

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19)
Unfortunately, the stars show me some tension in your life come early June. You may be feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or concerned about an ongoing situation. You could try to relinquish some control, and show trust in others to take on more responsibility. Try to rely more on friends and family, and talk through the issues rationally. Analyzing something objectively is one of your strong suits, so even though tempers may be flaring, step back and apply those lawyer/politician/academician skills to yourself.
Capricorn governs: Bones, joints, knees and skin. Capricorns have strong bone structure, but are prone to stiff joints, rheumatism, and orthopedic problems. You may be liable to fractures and strains of the knees and other defects of the legs. Digestive trouble may be caused by the tendency of Capricorns to stress out or suppress emotions. Anemia, Bright's disease, catarrh, skin diseases from rashes and boils to leprosy and rickets are also said to threaten the natives of this sign. Don’t worry too much about the leprosy. Unlikely.

AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18)
High-energy days in early June may cause irritability, from road rage to losing your patience with someone you care about. Take deep breaths and think of the word “expansive”. No, not expensive, expansive. During any bout of crankiness, remind yourself of the bigger picture. An annoying driver, your co-worker’s laziness, your sister’s bossiness… these things will all become trivial when you image your life in the universe. Your life is about being a positive force, gratitude and love. At least I hope it is.
Aquarius governs: The circulatory system (blood flow), and the legs from the knees to the ankles. You’re prone to ankle sprains, varicose veins, and hardening of the arteries. You could put those lyrics to music!

PISCES (February 19 - March 20)
Your competitive side is rarely seen, but when provoked can turn combative. Use the force for good, Han Solo. The Moon in Pisces June 6th - 9th is an important time for you to face any addictions and attempt a change. Sometimes the attempts don’t last, and you need to try again, but this week the Moon is on your side! If you need a project, how about making a reflecting pool in your garden?
Pisces governs: The feet. You have beautifully shaped feet. Unfortunately, they are sensitive, and vulnerable to aches, bunions, and corns. Watch out for poorly fitting shoes! Pisces also governs the lymphatic system, making you predisposed to anemia, boils, ulcers, gout and inflammation of the eyelids. Ouch.

May Brown
May Brown was a lovely lass;
Golden curls and lots of class.
She went out for a walk
On the first day of June
By the railroad tracks.
The train came too soon.
And so, my friends, I'm sorry to say
That the first of June
Was the last of May.

Saturday, June 2
Harry S Truman Awards Dinner

Portland Democrats will host their Harry S. Truman Awards Dinner at the East End Community School on North Street on Munjoy Hill, June 2nd from 5:30 to 8:30pm.

Receiving awards will be former Mayor and Portland City Councilor Nathan Smith and civil rights activist Darlene Huntress.

Speakers will include Governor John Baldacci, Attorney General Steven Rowe and Representative Tom Allen. The keynote speech will be delivered by Ed Gorham, President of the Maine AFL-CIO. Nathan Smith is currently President of the United Way, and President and Co-Founder of Portland Trails and a Commissioner of the Maine State Housing Authority. He is currently a Trustee and vice President of the Portland Public Library.
Darlene Huntress is currently the Public Policy Director for Equality Maine. She was one of the leaders of the successful Maine Won't Discriminate campaign in 2005.
The dinner will include spaghetti with marinara sauce (meatless) with meatballs on the side, salad, desert and beverage. Suggested donations are $10 for individuals and $20 for a family. Tickets can be reserved in advance by contacting 772-9640.
Saturday, June 2
Bayside International Fair & MarketCrafts, Food, Entertainment, Flea Market
The Bayside International Fair & Market fills the old Portland Public Market on Cumberland Avenue Saturday, June 2 from 1-8 p.m.
This vibrant event includes a flea market and a festival, where food, music, dance, kids activities, arts and crafts from a diverse range of cultures will be showcased. Hosted by the ethnically diverse Bayside Neighborhood Association (known for its annual Black Frame Art Sale), the event allows neighbors and others in the Greater Portland community to experience the international flavor of Maine’s most urban neighborhood.

A limited number of flea market tables are still available and rent for $20. Call Emily Koehn at 749-1008 to reserve a table.

Admission to the market is free. Parking is available in the attached garage. For more information call: Dory Waxman at 415-0769.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED from 8AM to 10PM on June 2 and 2-7:00 on Friday June 1. Please call 415-0769 or email
Saturday, June 2
Hike the Forest City
National Trails Day

Celebrate National Trails Day by hiking the Forest City with Tom Jewell, Portland Trails Co-founder, 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and see Portland in a whole new way!
This 10-mile walk starts on the Stroudwater Trail at the end of Blueberry Road, off Outer Congress Street. There will be shuttles back to the starting point at the end of the walk. Please bring: plenty of water and snacks, a cap, sunglasses, bug spray, sunscreen, and any other provisions you may need for the day. There is one stop for lunch and several rest stops along the way.
Open to the public; free admission. Reservations suggested. Register for the hike by calling Portland Trails at (207) 775-2411 or emailing

For more information contact:
Isabel Aley, Development and Outreach Associate
207 775-2411 or

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Man Assaults Cop With Beer Can

On May 7, at 1:00 PM, Peter J. Land, 43, of Portland, was drinking a beer and playing a guitar at Oxford and Preble Streets. Officer Eric Libby informed him that drinking in public was against the law, and Land said “Go f--- yourself,” and took another sip from the can.

When Libby went to place Land under arrest, he was hit in the face with the beer can. Libby, who lost a molar, said “I felt a crack inside my mouth and I began spitting out teeth.”

Land was arrested for public drinking and assault on a police officer, which is a felony charge.
Bomb Squad Not Amused by Threat
Man Charged With Terrorizing

On May 10, around 3:15 PM, an employee of the Community Counseling Center, at 343 Forest Avenue, was told by a male in the hallway, “You better get out. I just planted a bomb.”

The building was evacuated and closed, and Knuckles, the South Portland bomb dog, was sent to check the premises.

Scott Clark, who was known to people at the center, was arrested and charged with Class C Felony Terrorizing. He said he was angry at the center and was “only joking.”

Monday, May 21, 2007

Maine Voters Head to the Polls on June 12th

The League of Young Voters is urging Mainers of all ages to vote in a statewide Special Election on Tuesday, June 12th. Voters across the state will decide on two bond questions and Portland residents will decide the future of their public library.

Question 1 asks voters to bond $113 million for transportation improvements and Question 2 asks voters to bond $18 million to enhance wastewater treatment and to invest in drinking water infrastructure.

The proposal before the voters to move the Portland Public Library to the now vacant Portland Public Market building is expected to increase voter turnout.

Residents of Portland's District 3 will also elect a new school committee member, Peter Eglinton is the only candidate in the race for the seat that will be contested again in November.

In June of 2006 only 5,099 of Portland's 45,297 registered voters showed up. Young voters of all ages can learn more about the Special Election by logging onto the League's website at or by calling 772.3207 .
Gotcha Covered


My personal thanks for your coverage of the Town Meeting held at The Unity Church re: hundreds of gatherers there to educate and act upon the Impeach Bush and Cheney movement. So little media coverage is given to important events such as this one - I believe you are the only local paper to even mention the event.
Good for you! Keep up the good and fearless work!

Betsy Fecto
Political activist for Maine Impeach Bush and Cheney.
Hinck Introduces Free Speech Bill

Representative Jon Hinck, D-Portland, has presented a bill to the Judiciary Committee that would provide more places for residents to exercise their rights of free speech. The bill, LD 1540, would require malls and shopping centers to make reasonable accommodation for the right of free speech and the right to petition in common areas, as long as it does not interfere with business.

“For speech and petitioning to be meaningful, those who choose to exercise the rights need to be able to take their case to where people actually congregate,” Hinck said in his written testimony to the committee. “Today malls and shopping centers have largely replaced the traditional town center where people used to meet to discuss issues. For this reason, malls and shopping centers should host the forums that they have supplanted.”

The bill defines shopping centers as privately-owned complexes with at least five retail establishments and at least 75,000 square feet that allow access to the general public.

The bill would also prohibit shopping centers that allow the posting of announcements to reject postings based on their content. A work session on the bill was scheduled for May 16th in the State House.
Tagger Busted on Gilman Street
Portland police arrested Karl Parrott 20, of South Portland at 2 AM on May 15th after a Gilman Street resident saw Parrot painting his tag on a building and called police. He was on charged criminal mischief, and police said he was in possession of spray paint and latex gloves when he was arrested. Parrot may face more serious charges if a police investigation determines that he is responsible for other graffiti in the city.
Vendors Wanted For New Saturday Market
Shop and restaurant owners on Portland’s Monument Square have announced a new Market Day to encourage people to visit downtown on Saturdays.

The market will feature Maine-made crafts, art, antiques, and vintage goods in an outdoor, casual setting. The Monument Square Coalition is looking for people who would like to sell these types of products downtown during the summer.

The concept for the Saturday Market began last year as local business owners were discussing how to increase pedestrian traffic downtown on the weekends. After developing the business plan with the help of Portland’s Downtown District (PDD) the City was approached to approve the market.

The Saturday Market will allow up to 30 vendors to set up tables in Monument Square on Saturdays in July and August from 9 AM to 2 PM. The cost is $25 per Saturday and applications can be picked up at PDD, 549 Congress Street, Longfellow Books, One Monument Way or at
The West End NEWS
Volume 7, Number 6
May18-30, 2007

May 17 - May 31
*** Memorial Day is coming. Don't forget to take a photo of yourself reading the West End NEWS on your vacation! ***

ARIES (March 21 - April 19) When the Sun enters Gemini on May 21st, your mind will be hard at work. You will accomplish something you've been putting off for years. Watch out for distractions, like a Ralph Kramden-esque friend who has a get-rich-quick scheme for you. Use your intuition, but be aware that in this spring fever fugue, you may be blind-sighted to potential problems, especially if they involve money or romance. Aries vacation: Naples, Florence, or Marseilles. You are a fire sign who loves lists of things to see and do. Your vacation destination must have a lot to offer: shows, hip restaurants, unusual sites etc. You like doing and seeing new things. It's also important that the place doesn't roll its streets up by 8 p.m. You own the nightlife, energetic Aries! For a cheaper trip, try Provincetown. Plan to celebrate the 275th anniversary of Provincetown on June 14. At the tip of Cape Cod, surrounded by miles of dunes and beaches, Provincetown has been home to sailors, pirates, painters, and authors.

TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) This is Taurus' month, and also the sign of Iran. That country will continue to be closely watched, and not the best vacation spot, but perhaps one of interest to study. You currently have an abundance of sunshine to offer those in need of it. Your support and encouragement helps all those who are fortunate enough to receive it feel reassured that everything is going to be all right. Taurus vacation: Dublin, Lucerne, or St. Louis. As an earth sign, mingling with nature appeals to you. Camping in the Smoky Mountains would be fabulous! A trip out West to the Grand Canyon would be good, too. For a local trip, visit The Maine Highlands, a region spanning from Bangor, north to Baxter State Park. Take in the state's tallest peak, Mount Katahdin, and largest inland body of water, Moosehead Lake. Recreational activities include whitewater rafting on the Penobscot River, hiking the Appalachian Trail, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and biking.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Upon entering your birthday zone, I just want to assure you, Twins, that you are supposed to be the way you are. You were born with two sides, and sometimes they work together harmoniously, and other times one takes over. That's why one day you are charming, gregarious, and carefree, and the next you may be timid, cautious, and self-conscious. Both sides need to be expressed, and it's perfectly fine to explain to others that you are a Gemini, and if you seem moody, not to take it personally. Gemini vacation: Wales, London, Melbourne, San Francisco. Your vacation should have diversity. You may like to do "two" things at once, or stop at different places during your trip. Opt for places that can teach you new things. Cities well known for concerts, plays museums, tours, and places of historical significance are great choices to consider too. For a cheaper alternative, plan a weekend trip down the Southern Coast, taking in historic coastal towns like York, Wells, Ogunquit, and The Kennebunks. This trip will have a selection of shops, restaurants, theater, nightlife, lighthouses and forts.

CANCER (June 21 - July 22)
A Cancer Moon May 18th through the 21st will see the expression of true feelings that may have been previously hidden. Don't waste any time being critical of yourself or regretting past mistakes. You have too much that's waiting for you out there to spend your energy on negativity. People may be looking for reassurance under the Cancer Moon. If you get some critiques or complaints, try giving back a soothing message of security, and see if that was the issue all along. Cancer vacation: New Zealand, New York, or Venice. A water sign, you feel at home near lakes and oceans. Because you are a sensitive, sentimental person, you like having an emotional connection to places you travel. Historically rich cities like Savannah and Charleston may interest you. If you go to Charleston, visit the Magnolia Plantation Gardens to take in some intoxicating beauty. History entices you, as does anything to do with "the past." So, Civil War battlefields and towns with an Americana “feel" are good choices. Cancers are big on cruises, too. Watch out for the stomach bug people seem to get on cruises, though. Pack your own food, maybe.

LEO (July 23 - August 22)
Love at first sight on or around May 24th, when Venus in Cancer forms a trine with Uranus in Pisces. Trines are the luckiest formation, said to bring gifts, and highlight talents. This love at first sight may not last, but it will be a positive experience. Read Ghostwalk this month. A debut novel by Rebecca Stott's that's been called "a compelling contemporary love story and a fascinating historical investigation" that will "make readers think anew what history is." Leo vacation: Hollywood, Chicago or Prague. You sure do love the dazzle of a big city. If you haven't been to Vegas, you should go, because Leo is one the luckiest signs in the zodiac! Outdoor flea markets are popular with Lions, too. Shipshewana, Indiana, an Amish community, has a summer flea market with over 1,000 booths and vendors. Bring us back a souvenir!

VIRGO (August 23 - September 22)
Give in to your current hankering for travel, Virgo. It may bring you a valuable new friend or associate. Look forward to May 25th; the moon will be in your sign, increasing your powers of concentration and brilliant thought! Virgo vacation: Turkey, West Indies, or Paris. You know you're the worker bee of the zodiac, but you must take a break already! You are apt to be very thrifty with money, but just this once, why not spend it all? I suggest a resort spa in Arizona, if you prefer tranquil surroundings. Consider visiting Mackinac Island, Michigan: a magical place you can only access by ferry (cars are not allowed). It may be the perfect destination for you. A closer alternative is Boston, another Virgo-ruled city that could offer a stimulating vacation without too much travel. Take in the Aquarium, a game at Fenway Park, and the Isabella Stuart Gardiner Museum.

LIBRA (September 23 - October 22) The Libra Moon on the 26th will bring you a joyful day. Libra Moon energy strives for harmony, and this month you'll struggle with some aggression from the Moon opposite Mars. Blame any negativity on Mars. Libra vacation: Japan, Burma, Tibet, Copenhagen, or Vienna. Places of beauty and serenity draw the Libra, but you are a social butterfly too, so shopping, dancing and fine dining are a must. Libra love to dress up and paint the town, but you also crave a peaceful atmosphere. Booth Bay Harbor would be a great choice. You could drive through the winding countryside, stopping to sit on rocks overlooking majestic lighthouses and watch fiery sunsets. Watch out for swarming cicadas, though. Bring a vat of Raid with you.

SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) If you've been bothered by any sort of home or family problems, now's the time to air any grievances. Issues that have been plaguing you should be coming to the surface. Scorpio vacation: Norway, Algeria, Washington DC, or Halifax. Mystery, power, and sex attract a Scorpio, so you'll enjoy a city that offers those qualities. New Orleans is perfect because it combines ghosts, voodoo, casinos, and mystical bayous. New Orleans is a study of unlikely combinations of sensual experiences: a brass band playing in the boulevard; the sweet floral scent draping itself over the humidity; the explosive taste of Creole cooking. Ruins, decay, and the human spirit. Also, any place near water is an appealing vacation for you. Scorps need privacy, so an isolated log cabin surrounded only by nature would be satisfying.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21) Pay attention to a subconscious desire to get organized. A Virgo Moon May 23-25 will help you see clarity through clutter, and if you acknowledge your current wish for order, it will give you the extra push necessary to make it happen. The Full Milk Moon on May 31st hovers below planet Mercury, that tricky God of messages. Look for a hidden message while engaged in a playful activity around that time. Sagittarius vacation: Portugal, Mongolia, Spain, or Budapest. The Archer loves adventure and trying new things. You hate to be tied down, so you tend to travel alone more often than other zodiac signs. Your yen for the great outdoors could take you mountain climbing and hiking throughout the West. Foreign travel lets you learn about other cultures, which you are fascinated by. No schedules or long, tedious tours. You'll see the sights that appeal to your quirky curiosity, and are probably off the beaten path and away from tourist traps. Toronto is a Sag-ruled city that you'd love to see, but keep in mind Sagittarians embody the sentiment expressed by Lao Tzu, "A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving."

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19.)
You may need to ask for help in a chaotic situation toward the end of May. You are a natural-born leader, and we all know it, but once in a while even leaders need guidance. Hear me now and believe me later: It shows more self-confidence and power to ask for help than it does to struggle under the weight of obstinacy. Capricorn vacation: Delphi (an archaeological site and a modern town in Greece on the south-western spur of Mount Parnassus), Oxford, or Mexico City. Historical places with high-end accommodations please most Capricorns. You'd love to stay in an opulent hotel overlooking a pristine Caribbean beach. Capricorns want to go first class, but are also very down to earth, tree-huggers. Martha's Vineyard is a good local choice. You prefer hip spots recognized for their exclusivity, culinary delights and designer shopping.

AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18)
Hi Aquarius. It's time to check-in on your New Years resolution about refraining from gossip. How've you been doing? You may run into temptation on May 29th, with a Scorpio Moon and people spilling secrets around you. Before you go telling someone else what you've heard, do a mental time out to evaluate whether or not to blab or to keep your mouth shut. If you are a teacher, remind yourself that the best way to teach is to show. Aquarius vacation: Stockholm, Moscow, Salzburg, or Hamburg. You love to venture to places you've never been before. You like to travel in groups and with friends. Water bearers are very spiritual. The western part of the country is known to draw Aquarius, as you enjoy the warm weather and wide, open, untouched places. For a quick trip, try Acadia National Park. Some of the recreational activities include whale and puffin watching, sea kayaking, hiking and biking along the coast, fishing, and canoeing in the interior lake areas. Sightseeing attractions include Quoddy Point Light, the easternmost lighthouse in the U.S., and Campobello, FDR's summer home located across Passamaquoddy Bay in Canada. Look for the Lobster Boat Races and Blueberry Festival!

PISCES (February 19 - March 20)
May 23rd is World Turtle Day. For ways you can support turtles, check out On a heavier note, some news pertaining to The Meaning of Life: Your ruling planet, Neptune, will be turning around on May 24th, and starting to spin backwards instead of forwards! For you this means that you'll have six months to take stock of all of the things you've learned while Neptune was spinning forwards. Neptune forwards puts you into your Piscean daze… dreamy, spiritually in tune, open to the world. Now you'll need to process all of those experiences into clarity. This could mean a "light-bulb" moment for you, or simply a general shift towards maturity. Good luck! Pisces vacation: Portugal, Seville, or Jerusalem. Anywhere there's a fresh body of water, you'll find a Pisces type. As a Pisces, you love to "escape" from your everyday routine so vacations are important to you. Gambling is a favorite pastime so Atlantic City would be fun. For my Pisces friends of lesser means, try a sunset cruise on the Casco Bay mailboat.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Video Camera Stolen from Portland City Hall

One of the two video cameras that tape Portland City Council meetings at City Hall was stolen, and then recovered on May 17th. Police reportedly received a call from a local pawn shop operator saying that the camera had been offered to him by a “subject known to the police”.

A City Hall custodian and a video director for Portland Public Access reattached the camera, as a Portland police officer looked on The camera had disappeared at some point and reappeared in the Merrill Auditorium part of the building. Police interviewed a subject and let him go, but they are now re-seeking him. The officer stayed until the camera was up and running to make sure it still worked. The replacement cost of the camera is about $16,000

Monday, May 14, 2007

The West End NEWS May 17, 2007
Strimling to Announce Candidacy

State Senator Ethan King Strimling will announce his candidacy for the District 1 seat in the US Congress at the Reiche Community Center on Brackett Street on Sunday, May 20th at 1PM. Strimling has continued to say publicly that he was “considering” joining the race, while his supporters continued to build his campaign behind the scenes since last fall.

Strimling’s campaign group met for the first time six months ago, on November 15, 2006, just eight days after Strimling won re-election to his third term in the Maine State Senate. About forty people attended that event, which was held at The Works restaurant in the Old Port.

On May 8th, Strimling said in a prepared statement that he has not made a final decision on whether he will run. He is known to have held a number of ‘house parties’ over the last six months. According to the Portland Forecaster, a meet-and-greet for Strimling was held at a home in Falmouth in April, where the invitation said donations should be made payable to “Strimling Congressional Exploratory Committee.” Another meet-and-greet fundraiser was held by a Portland supporter of Strimling on May 11th.

Strimling joins a crowded field who will vie for the Democratic nomination for the seat in a Democratic primary to be held one year from now. Announced Democratic candidates so far include former State Senators Michael Brennan, Chellie Pingree and Mark Lawrence, and Portland attorney Adam Cote. Current District 1 Congressman announced last week that he will run for the US Senate in 2008 against Republican Senator Susan Collins.
Commute Another Way Week
Maine’s big statewide transportation event is happening now… Register now at (it’s fast & free) to get in on the PRIZE DRAWINGS for a commuter bike, a lobster feast, Downeaster rail travel, gift certificates for dining, shopping, entertainment.

THURSDAY, May 17 WALK or Anything Goes THURSDAY Walk it (or anything goes, you pick!)! Put on your comfortable shoes and walk to work! Too far? Drive to a Park and Ride lot and walk the rest of the way. Check for the location of a convenient lot, or call 800.280.RIDE. Check out the great walking routes listed by Healthy Maine Walks, too.

FRIDAY, May 18 NATIONAL BIKE to WORK DAY Bike it on "National Bike to Work Day"! Enjoy the fresh Maine air, and take advantage of the start of summer. Get great bike safety tips from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Too far to pedal all the way? Drive to a free Park and Ride lot and bike the rest! Check here for convenient Park and Ride lot locations or call 800.280.RIDE.
Reiche Library Undergoing Changes

The Reiche Branch of the Portland Public Library has been undergoing an extensive refurbishment which is due to be completed by May 17th.

The improved Reiche Branch Library on Brackett Street includes an open floor plan and increased public square footage. Children’s materials will be moved to the front of the library, and adult resources to the rear, to create a more functional and practical layout.

The refurbishment includes painting, replacing the current orange shelving with new white shelves, and intensive cleaning of the space and materials. The library will also replace the current plexiglass windows, which are battered, severely stained, and unsafe for patrons and materials.

The work is being performed by library staff and volunteers from the Department of Parks and Recreation, Portland West’s youth in-service work crew, West End Neighborhood Association members, and participants in United Way’s Day of Caring on May 17th.

Due to the renovations, the Reiche Branch will be closed until May 17th at 5:00pm.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

The West End NEWS Volume 7 Number 5 May 4-16, 2007

Liz Looks at the Stars
May 4th - May 16th

*** Flowers for you… to the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world ***

ARIES (March 21 - April 19) The new moon on May 16th will put you in the mood to go for broke. Picture one of those Nike ads with some sweaty, good-looking model. That'll be you. Opportunity is so ripe in the air, you can smell it. What does it smell like? New money? Freshly ground coffee? Stepping off the plane in Hawaii? Whatever it is, steam ahead full force! At the beginning of the month, you may feel some negative aftermath from the full moon in Scorpio that occurred on May 2nd. Losing your patience with children, being irritable for no reason…blame it on the moon. By the 16th, it's smooth sailing again. For Aries moms: A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest. ~Irish ProverbAries flower: Honey Suckle

TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) If you are a mother or have a mother who is a Taurus, planning a get-together on May 13th may spell conflict. After the 16th, communication will become much easier. The new moon in Taurus on May 16th signals good things for you. If you are taking a trip, insight will be revealed as to the cosmic reasons for your travel. Pay close attention to any lessons learned this month! To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, which is also British comedian Michael Palin's birthday, rent one of his travel documentaries and get an armchair view of another part of the globe. From his series Around the World in 80 Days: "The compulsive urge to travel is a recognized physical condition. It has its own word, dromomania, and I'm glad to say I suffer from it." Happy Mother's Day, Taurus! “You don't really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around - and why his parents will always wave back." ~William D. TammeusTaurus flowers: Rose, Poppy, Violet

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Optimism and joy are the prevailing emotions for you this month, Twins! With Venus in Cancer, you may find romance with a like-minded individual. If you find yourself getting stressed out for any reason, try saying this tongue twister ten times fast "Lilacs in bloom shed sweet perfume". For you Gem moms: “A mother is a person who, seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie." ~Tenneva Jordan. Gemini flowers: Lily-of-the-valley, Lavender, Lilacs

CANCER (June 21 - July 22) Interesting news, Crabs: Venus, the ruling planet of love, will be in your sign from May 8th until June 4th. While this transit may stoke the flames of your current romance, shaping May into your loveliest month of the year, watch out for your tendency to be clingy. If your partner or your friends comment on your complaining about imaginary wrongs and slights done to you, be sure that the love you are expressing is not your need to hang on to someone for fear of being alone. You may wish to consider professional help in order to overcome this negative aspect of your personality. From fellow Cancer Phyllis Diller: “It would seem that something which means poverty, disorder and violence every single day should be avoided entirely, but the desire to beget children is a natural urge." Cancer flowers: White Flowers, Particularly Roses

LEO (July 23 - August 22) Saturn, the planet of tests, trials and difficulties, is currently in Leo. It has a way of taking things away from you, either because they are no longer of any use to you, or to get you to grow up and take responsibility for your own actions and attitudes. You'll be glad to know that by August, Saturn will finally stop pestering you guys. If you haven't found your true love yet, try looking next door, so-to-speak. I haven't given you a new book to read, lately, Leo's, but here's your May selection: The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks by Susan Casey. It will get you in the mood for summer! Happy Mother's Day, Leo mamas! “Children are a great comfort in your old age - and they help you reach it faster, too. " ~Lionel Kauffman. Leo flowers: Flowers: Sunflower, Marigold

VIRGO (August 23 - September 22) Restless? You may have a yearning to meet new people and see new sights. Travel is favorable this month. If you love those days when it seems like everyone you know calls or stops by, look forward to May 11th! The Pisces moon brings up nostalgia for everyone, and Mercury has come “home" to its sign Gemini, enhancing communication. The combo will keep your phone ringing all day! For Virgo moms: "Mother - that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries." ~T. DeWitt Talmage. Virgo flowers: Small & Colorful, i.e. Forget-me-nots

LIBRA (September 23 - October 22) Look forward to expanding your horizons toward the end of May. Women will take the form of caregivers for you this month. Whether she's a family member, boss, or friend, let her know you appreciate the love. If you are a teacher or a student, May will be a productive month for you intellectually. The full moon in Scorpio on May 2nd, last quarter moon in Aquarius on May 9th, new moon in Taurus on May 16th, and first quarter moon in Virgo on May 23rd are all in fixed signs, meaning that type of energy for the month will be stubborn, intractable, but excellent for academic learning. Happy Mother's Day from fellow Libra Oscar Wilde "All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his." Libra flowers: Bluebell, Daisy

SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Are you finding yourself drawn to things just out of reach? This quality has two sides: the positive side is when you are looking forward to achieving or attaining something, and it fuels you to work hard to get it; the negative side is when you give up out of continual frustration. My advice is always to make a list of what you want (especially at new moon time - this month May 16th), and then look at the list next month to see what you can cross off. Scorpios, you know how you sometimes take criticism very, very deeply? Try not to do that this month, because it's more likely to be the critical person's own baggage than a serious flaw on your part. Don't judge yourself any more harshly than you'd judge a friend. Here's a funny one from Scorpio Fran Lebowitz: “Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he's buying." Scorpio flower: Geranium

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21) Do you have big plans for May? Sandwiched between the two full moons (May 2nd in Scorpio and May 31st in Sagittarius) are enough accomplishments to make any Archer proud. Productivity. Good job. “Your children vividly remember every unkind thing you ever did to them, plus a few you really didn't." ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook. Sagittarius flowers: Carnations, Dandelions (although, if shopping for a bouquet for your beloved Sag., I would not recommend these…)

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19)You don't have an inkling as to what fate may hold, but it looks brighter when you anticipate joyfully what is to come rather than damning the burdens of the moment. Your tension headache will disappear today when you believe that you are destined to accomplish something outstanding. Give your Capricorn mom a chuckle with this: “A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after." ~Peter De Vries Capricorn flowers: Ivy, Pansy, Amaranths.

AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18) If you're a writer, expect a visit from your muse during the last 2 weeks of May. The new moon on May 16th will inspire you to institute some changes in your surroundings. Somewhere in between moving, and switching your bedside table to the other side of the bed. A deep thought from Aquarian Oprah Winfrey: “Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother." Aquarius flower: Orchid

PISCES (February 19 - March 20) May is the second-best month for romance for you this year. The first was February, when Venus was in your sign, but expect some loving days ahead in May as Venus visits Cancer (your most compatible sign). Any relationships with children you may have become wide open for fun, creativity and empathy. To all the mothers out there, from fellow Pisces Dorothy Canfield Fisher “A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary." Pisces flower: Water Lily

No Wonton Soup to Go

On April 15, at 1:40 AM, Portland police offficer Charles Frazier observed a dark-colored Ford Taurus enter the Woodfords Corner area, traveling at an imprudent rate of speed. The car proceeded to Deering Avenue and didn’t stop when the officer activated his blue lights and siren.
The vehicle proceeded inbound on Deering Avenue to Devonshire Street, and then to St. John Street. It ultimately stopped at Lang’s Express at 325 St. John.

Jennifer Shoemaker, 37, of Portland was arrested for driving to endanger and failure to stop for a police officer. Even if Lang’s had been open at that time, she would not have been allowed to get any takeout to bring to jail. Marge Niblock

The Portland Independent Business and Community Alliance (PIBCA), the non-profit group behind Portland’s Buy Local campaign, has launched its newly- designed Web site at

The site’s new features include a new online directory of local, independent businesses participating in the campaign: the IndieBiz Directory, which currently has 209 listings.

Hinck’s Bill to Protect Renters from Lead

The Natural Resources Committee has unanimously approved a bill proposed by Rep. Jon Hinck, D-Portland, that would protect renters from the harmful health effects of lead, which is often found in paint in older buildings.

The bill, LD 555, would require landlords to give tenants 30-days notice if they are doing any renovation or repair activity that could disturb lead paint. A landlord could do the work sooner if all adult tenants sign a waiver form. Hinck worked with the Portland Tenants Union to develop the measure.

Lead is a toxic metal that can cause a variety of health problems including learning disabilities, nervous system disorders, problems during pregnancy and seizures. Children under 6 years old are particularly susceptible.

For more information on LD 555

Roof Peels Off PD Headquarters

The vicious Nor’easter that hit Maine on April 16th severely damaged the roof of Portland Police Headquarters at 109 Middle Street. The roof is one sheet of rubber with seams, which was glued to the surface at the top of the building. High winds peeled the rubber off the steel bedding, creating tears and causing it to flap in a menacing manner. Nothing could be done at the time because of the wind’s severity.

Water poured into half of the fourth floor ceiling. Many detectives were at work that day, even though it was Patriot’s Day, a state holiday. Computers and all valuable items were removed, and people were sent home.

The headquarters was built in the mid-1970s and the approximately 7,000-square-foot roof has received repairs, as needed, according to Bob Leeman, Director of Public Buildings for the City of Portland. It was thought that the entire roof might come off, and it was monitored throughout the night. Leeman said that had the rest of the roof come off, it would have been handled by “bucket management.” Plastic was placed on the ceilings and an alert crew watched and waited.

Deputy Chief Bill Ridge and Detective Lieutenant Tony Ward, along with other detectives in the Criminal Investigation Division were displaced by the destructive forces of nature. The cost for the damage sustained by the roof is estimated at $50,000. A crane set up on Middle Street was necessary to replace the destroyed rubber. It is possible that FEMA may reimburse the funds needed for the roof. Portland is self-insured, although the City also carries a policy for property and casualty insurance through the Maine Municipal Association; however, that policy has a $50,000 deductible.

Repairs which may take two to three weeks have already started on the interior, with the final carpeting hopefully being installed within a month.

The glass on one of the front doors was also damaged and shattered when it was blown open by the force of the wind, and the Police Benevolent Association’s men’s locker room in the basement was flooded.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

City of Portland Has Volunteer Opportunities Available on Board and Commissions

The City of Portland has various opportunities available for service on community boards and commissions. The City also has many committees and task forces, such as the Business Diversity Committee that was establishedas a result of the formula business ordinance. Other positions available include:

CATV – 1 Position
Civil Service Commission - 2 positions
Friends of the Parks – 1 position
Landbank – 2 positions
Portland Housing Authority – 1 position
Portland Public Art – 3 positions

Additional information is available in the City Clerk’s office, on the City’s website at http://www.portlandmaine.govor at 874-8677. Deadline for submission is May 14, 2007. Please send a resume and cover letter to Appointments Committee Chairman, c/o Linda C. Cohen, City Clerk, 389 Congress Street, Portland ME 04101 or
Applicants will be contacted for interviews.
Committee Sees First-Hand Demonstration of Ignition Interlock Device Used to Deter Drunk Driving
Maine’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee saw a demonstration on April 25th of how an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) might work if the legislature approves a bill sponsored by Senator Lynn Lynn Bromley, D-Cumberland County.

Paul Gaspar, a law enforcement official with the Maine Association of Police volunteered to demonstrate how the device would work. Prior to the committee meeting, Gaspar consumed three alcoholic drinks under close supervision. When he blew into the IID before the committee, the device indicated that the user had a blood alcohol content of .02 or higher. If the device had been deployed in a real world scenario, the IID would have prevented Gaspar’s car from starting. Additionally, the device has the ability to record failure rates, which could be sent back to law enforcement officials.

The goal of Bromley’s bill is to require certain OUI offenders to install an IID into their automobile. The duration of time the ignition interlock device would be required would depend on the number of OUIs.

The analyzer monitors the concentration of alcohol on the breath of any person who attempts to start the motor vehicle by using the ignition system. The device prevents the vehicle from starting unless the person provides a breath sample with a concentration of alcohol that is below a preset level.

More info about the bill, LD 856, An Act To Reduce Drunk Driving, is available online at:
Police Find Knife, Drugs on Theft Suspect
On April 9, Portland police were looking for Said Abdullahi, a suspect in a theft of cash from an acquaintance, when they saw him on Oxford Street a few minutes after the incident occurred.

Abdullahi, 19, of Portland, was stopped, and while being “patted down,” a steak knife was discovered in his pocket. He was placed under arrest for carrying a concealed deadly weapon and taken to jail.

While being processed at the jail intake, he was found to be in possession of marijuana and Suboxin. Suboxin is a schedule drug (like methadone) used for opioid dependence. An additional charge of trafficking in prison contraband was added to Abdullahi after the drugs were taken from him.
New law will allow law enforcement officers to
pull over unbelted drivers

The Maine House of Representatives gave final passage on April 25th to a bill that will make failure to wear a seatbelt a primary offense, and allow law enforcement officers to pull over unbelted drivers.

The House originally voted against the measure, but chose to approve the bill after a Senate amendment was attached requiring that violators only receive a warning if they’re pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt before April 1, 2008, and prohibiting searches of vehicles and occupants solely because of a violation of the seat belt law.

The bill passed the House with a vote of 76-61. Once the Senate gives final approval, the bill will go to Governor Baldacci to sign it into law.
Gifted Program Eases Standards to Attract New Students
A summer academic program which has offered unique summer programming for gifted and talented students in Southern Maine for 27 years has announced that it will no longer require prospective students to supply proof of qualification for the program, such as a high IQ.

John Glynn, founder and director of The Festival of Creative Youth, said that the change was being made in line with recent changes in public education, where G&T teachers now work within regular classrooms instead of G&T students being put in special classes.

Glynn retired last year after teaching Gifted and Talented programs in Southern Maine public schools for more than 30 years. He started the Festival in 1980 to provide services to Gifted and Talented students during summer vacations. Last summer, the program, which is run out of the Southern Maine Community College campus, offered 40 programs to 200 students.

In the past, the Festival had an IQ requirement or identification by a school system. With the new open enrollment policy, the program becomes less exclusive, said Glynn.
PDD to Show Marshall’s Paintings
Portland’s Downtown District will host the new art exhibit “Urban Landscapes” by West End City Councilor David A. Marshall, and a First Friday Art Walk opening on Friday May 4th from 5 pm to 8 pm. The show will hang from now until July 16th.

Acrylic paint is Marshall’s medium of choice. He describes many of his paintings as "Neon Classicism," citing his observational approach to portraying classic themes while going over the edge with bright color. Whether portraiture, still life, figure or landscape, Marshall's works are strong in composition, color, form, and perspective.

The paintings may be viewed between Monday and Friday, 8:30am to 5 pm at Portland’s Downtown District, 549 Congress Street. For more info see or
The May 4, 2007 Issue of the West End NEWS is on the street.
Impeachment Proponents Fill Church
Several hundred people attended a rally at the First Congregational Church on Congress Street on April 28th calling for the impeachment of President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

The event was sponsored by Peace Action Maine and Maine Campaign to Impeach. David Swanson of spoke about the status and the prospects of the current impeachment movement. Other speakers included Green Party gubernatorial candidate Pat LaMarche, independent congressional candidate Dexter Kamilevich, and Portland City Councilor Jill Duson.

About 30 people left the church after the rally and marched across the street to the offices of the Portland Press Herald to call for more thorough reporting of issues relating to the war in Iraq and the impeachment movement.