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Portland Green Independent Committee chooses party leaders

The Portland Green Independent Committee has chosen its leadership — following a year in which the Green Party nominated a combined six candidates for the Maine Legislature and Portland School Board, successfully supported John Eder in his election as a third Green on the Portland School Board and "played an integral role in passing the June referendum which protected Portland's parks from sale without a public vote," a press release reported.

The Greens met on Sunday to choose their 2014-2015 leadership team at their annual meeting.

Two leadership team members were re-elected, including Tom MacMillan (chair, third term) and Jack Safarik (treasurer, third term). Two new members were elected as well; Lauren Besanko, former candidate for the Maine House of Representatives was elected vice-chair and Mako Bates, former secretary of the University of Southern Maine Student Senate, was elected secretary of the Portland Greens.

Besanko, who received the highest percentage of the vote for any Green running for State Representative in the country, said, "I realized during my campaign that systematic change starts from the bottom up. Effecting change here in Portland will set the ball rolling toward progressive reforms on a larger scale"

"The Portland Greens have been a dynamic force for more than a decade," said MacMillan. "While chair, the Portland Greens have written an ordinance which legalizes marijuana for adults and been an integral part of the Protect Portland Parks campaign which stopped the sale of Congress Square Park and will prevent future parks from being sold without public consent. With our new leadership team in place for the coming year, the Greens will continue to be Portland's only grassroots and progressive choice."

The Portland Greens meet next on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at Portland City Hall at 5:30 p.m. All Green Independent Party meetings are free and open to the public.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 November 2014 00:54

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Cheverus High president leaving for Mass. position

The Rev. William R. Campbell, S.J. announced Thursday that he will assume the role of vice president for mission at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., next summer, Cheverus announced. His tenure as the president of Cheverus High School will conclude at the close of this academic year. Fr. Campbell has served in this position since 2008.
"This is a bittersweet moment," Fr. Campbell said. "For seven years, I have called the Cheverus community my home and made so many wonderful friendships. But Holy Cross has also served as a home for me. I'm an alumnus of the College and my vocation as a Jesuit priest was born on its campus. So, I am honored to return there and assume day-to-day leadership for all facets of the College's mission as a Jesuit and Catholic liberal arts institution."
Fr. Campbell served as a member of the campus ministry team at The College of the Holy Cross before joining Cheverus in 2008.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 November 2014 00:49

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NSA, Department of Homeland Security recognize UMS

U.S. Senator Angus King, I-Maine, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, will recognize the University of Maine System as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity during a Friday event, UMS and King's office reported.

The designation, awarded by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, "recognizes the capacity and curriculum that Maine's public universities have developed collaboratively to help address the critical national shortage of professionals with the skills needed to help defend the United States' national information infrastructure," King's office reported in a press release. The University of Maine System is the nation's first and only public university system in the country to earn the distinction as a national cybersecurity education leader, King's office reported.

The university system reported, "The CAE IA/Cybersecurity designation is based on academic criteria for Cybersecurity education and affords each CAE institution the opportunity to
distinguish its strengths in specific focus areas."

Prior to the presentation, Senator King will tour the Maine Cyber Security Lab located at the University of Southern Maine's Portland campus. USM President David Flanagan, Maine Cyber Security Cluster Leadership and Board Members, as well as UMS students, faculty, and staff will also be present, according to the advisory.


Last Updated on Friday, 21 November 2014 00:53

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MMC's triple kidney transplant chain 'a first' for the state

Maine Medical Center announced that it has performed the first-of-its-kind surgery in Maine — a triple kidney transplant chain involving three donors and three recipients, all Maine residents. All of the surgeries were done during a 15-hour, six-surgery marathon Nov. 4 at MMC, the hospital reported.
The transplant chain is unique for its size — a first for Maine — and because it was created using an innovative donor-recipient matching procedure called "Kidney Paired Donation," MMC reported.
"We have enthusiastically embraced 'Kidney Paired Donation' — one of the most exciting developments in recent years permitting matching of incompatible donor and recipient pairs," said MMC's Maine Transplant Program Director, Dr. John Vella. MMC is the only transplant center in the state, and has performed more than 1,500 kidney transplants since its opening in 1971, the center reported.
The successful transplant chain was made possible through the generosity of altruistic living donors: Stanley Galvin of Pemaquid, Mary Ann McLaughlin of Scarborough and George Shepard of Pittston, MMC reported.
Dr. Juan Palma performed surgery on the donors, and Dr. James Whiting performed surgery on the recipients, along with support of a team of approximately 50 other health care professionals.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 November 2014 00:43

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Christmas tree transported to Monument Square

The city's Christmas tree arrived in Monument Square on Thursday.
"After an exhaustive search of Greater Portland, we found the perfect tree," said City Arborist Jeff Tarling. "It will look spectacular when adorned with lights in Monument Square. Special thanks to Mikki Jones-Little and David Little of Brentwood Street for this year's tree donation."11-21-14-tree-1
Crews from the Forestry Section of Portland Department of Public Services prepped the tree for transportation to Monument Squares, with Keely Crane Services and Shaw Brothers Construction donating staff, crane and transportation services. The Portland Police and Portland Parking Control helped with traffic control.11-21-14-tree-5
The tree will be lit with over 3,000 LED lights, donated by Efficiency Maine, during the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m. Produced by Portland's Downtown District, the festive night includes entertainment by Rick Charette and the Bubblegum Band and the Maine State Ballet. A Make-A-Wish child will light the tree this year with help from a very special guest, the district reported.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 November 2014 02:30

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