Written by Zoo Cain
I very much appreciate notice for my art opening at HopeGateWay, this Friday.
A couple of corrections if I may. Just for the record I did not win any awards last year at Mill Creek art show. Years ago I won second place and following year first place, for best in show. I have been doing art with tremendous vigor for the past 37 years rather than the reported almost 30. That said, I love your paper and read whenever possible. Thank u very much.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 22:07
Written by Kathleen McKeon
To Residents of Portland,
I am concerned about the proposed development called Munjoy Heights by Redfern Properties at 79 Walnut Street in the area that is presently known at the "Jack Path" and maintained by Portland Trails. This area extends from Walnut/Sheridan Street up to the North Street Community Gardens by East End School. It supports a unique urban ecosystem and is the only remaining tree covered area on the Southwest portion of the Eastern Prom.
The City Planning Board will be reviewing the plan on Dec. 17 at a 3:30 p.m. meeting at City Hall. A decision for approval is pending and the public is welcome to attend.
This project proposes 29 townhouses built on a very steep hillside. Prices for each unit are in the $500,000-$600,000 range. This is unaffordable housing for the majority of Portland residents. There is no proposal for affordable housing in this plan. Portland Trails has attempted to retain some public access to the Jack Path but the new development will be a paved road that cars will be driving on to residences, quite different from the existing peaceful and quiet path in the woods.
A recent survey of trees and other vegetation counted over 160 plants that grow in the Jack Path area. Although some of the existing plant species are non-native, all will be clearcut for this development. Clear cutting is an unsustainable practice that will increase soil erosion, noise and wind in this area. The canopy of trees have deep root systems that prevent erosion of soil while leaves help disperse highway and city noise and provide protection from wind.
Redfern Properties plans to replant 69 trees and shrubs with a focus on native plant repopulation. This unfortunately does not compensate for the loss of wildlife habitat or public space enjoyment and will take years to grow tall and large enough to provide viable habitat for wildlife.
The City of Portland Planning Board has based their approval of this project on only one survey of the area. This report discussed at the Nov. 26 meeting found that due to the presence of non-native plant species, there is no ecological value to the area. Thus, the planning board concluded that clear cutting and building development is an acceptable future for the Jack Path.
When I recently took a walk down this path I counted over twenty bird nests. Destruction of this habitat will change Portland forever. Once habitat is gone the animals and birds will no longer be a presence on the Hill and our children will bear the cost of this short-sighted decision with the loss of green space.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 21:56
Written by Steve DiMillo
(Regarding Natalie Ladd's column, "A Regular Love Story," Wednesday, Nov. 27)
I always enjoy your column but yesterday you were dead on with your thoughts on our regular customers. Sometimes we get caught up in the frenzy of service and forget about the special relationships we foster in our restaurants. Your story of the recently separated couple is a great example of how important our restaurants are or were to their life. I wish them the best and my best wishes to you and your girls this holiday season.
Owner, DiMillo's restaurant
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:46
Written by Lori Parham
I write in response to the recent article by Tony Payne "Maine Employers, Meet Aging Workforce" (Beyond Business blog, Wednesday, Nov. 27). The author raises some excellent points regarding the challenges faced by Maine's experienced workers. In today's tough economy, many older employees are staying in the workforce longer than they had originally anticipated to boost their savings. Others who have already retired find they must return to the workforce part-time or even full-time in order to make ends meet.
Many companies and recruiters already recognize the benefits of employing 50 and over workers. Older employees are typically loyal, maintain a strong work ethic, have lower rates of turnover and absenteeism, are dependable in crises, and are committed to quality work. In 2012, AARP launched an interactive tool called Work Reimagined, www.workreimagined.org, to serve as a gateway to the resources one needs to get the right job. In partnership with LinkedIn, Work Reimagined also showcases employers who are not only hiring, but who value the skill set of experienced workers. This is one tool that can help Maine employers meet experienced workers in our state.
Additionally, AARP is working with the Small Business Administration (SBA) to help entrepreneurs by connecting them to small business development resources including live workshops, conferences and mentoring programs. Our online resources at www.aarp.org/startabusiness can serve as a starting point for building the perfect marketing plan and offers tips for every aspect of starting a new business.
Through the development of policies and practices that attract, educate and retain age-diverse employees, together we can build a stronger economic future for Maine.
AARP Maine State Director
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 18:54
Written by L. Barter
(Regarding "Another snowbird," Bob Higgins guest opinion on Friday, Nov. 22): Hey, hey. My favorite columnist in my favorite newspaper! So glad for the update from Bob Higgins. Hope to hear more.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 21:51