South Portland Chicago Dogs show helps family of ill child
This comedy show redefines "paying it forward."
At Chicago Dogs in South Portland at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, comics Dennis Fogg and George Hamm will perform a benefit show, with all proceeds going toward "helping Mason Walk."
The announcement explains, "Last year, Mason's Dad Joshua Dall-Leighton answered a stranger’s plea written on her car for a new kidney. Now Dall-Leighton’s family is facing their own medical challenge. One of their twins has a rare brain condition called PVL, and he also has cerebral palsy. Doctors said Mason, 2, would never walk or talk. Mason is a bright and active 2.5-year-old and was just accepted for SDR surgery in St. Louis, Mo. This surgery could change his life forever."
Tickets to Mason's benefit Comedy Show are $10 with reservation or $12 at the door. Call Tammy at (207) 615-4079 to reserve tickets. Chicago Dogs is at 671 Main St. in South Portland. Click here for Facebook event.
Youth Engagement Partners on ballot for foundation prize
Portland Empowered’s youth group, Youth Engagement Partners, is on the ballot for the Nellie Mae Education Foundation Youth Engagement Contest – and the group could win $50,000 if it gets the most online votes, Portland Public Schools announced.
Supporters are urged to vote for YEPs, which works to elevate student voice across Portland’s public schools, throughout the month of November at: http://studentsatthecenterhub.org/award-nominees/.
The deadline is Nov. 30.
"Portland Empowered is a project of the University of Southern Maine Muskie School of Public Service that works as a community partner, championing the voice of parents and families to improve educational outcomes for students," a press release explained.
Girl Scouts of Maine, NRCM team up on PaintCare program
On Tuesday, the Girl Scouts of Maine and the Natural Resources Council of Maine announced and unveiled a new program — the first ever “Sustainable Maine” patch — to be earned by Girl Scouts "who take personal actions toward a more sustainable future," NRCM reported.
This year’s goal is for Girl Scouts to increase awareness about safely recycling paint in Maine for free at 94 convenient drop-off locations (https://www.paintcare.org/drop-off-locations/) across the state, through Maine’s new PaintCare program. It is free for everyone, regardless of when or where an individual bought paint, a press release explained.
The PaintCare program began in 2015, and many Mainers are not yet aware of this new, free paint recycling opportunity, and still have old, used paint cans piled up in their basements and garages.
“We are pleased to partner with the Girl Scouts to help protect Maine’s environment,” says Lisa Pohlmann, executive director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine and former Girl Scout. “Through the patch program this year, Maine Girl Scouts can help raise awareness about how to put unused paint to good use, while keeping valuable resources out of our landfills.”
"Girl Scouts inspires girls to be active and engaged citizens who contribute in meaningful ways to make their communities, and their world, a better place," says Joanne Crepeau, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Maine. "We are proud to have such an important partnership with NCRM to give Girl Scouts in Maine another opportunity to develop the strong core values we offer in Girl Scouts."
For more about the Sustainable Maine Patch Program, visit www.girlscoutsofmaine.org/content/dam/girlscouts-girlscoutsofmaine/documents/Sustainable-Maine.pdf.
Outsiders dominate Nov. 8 presidential election
(Editor's note: Following is an abbreviated version of an election roundup that appeared online in the Phoenix.)
On Nov. 8, outsiders enjoyed a rousing general election, both in Portland and across the country.
Locally, District 3 City Council incumbent Ed Suslovic lost to challenger Brian Batson (3,561-3,219, 52.52 percent to 47.48 percent). Another outsider to City Hall (but not to Portland politics), Pious Ali won an at-large three-year term, besting incumbent Jon Hinck and challenger Matthew Coffey (Ali, 21,010 votes; Hinck, 6,840; Coffey, 5,720).
On the raft of state referendum questions, voters in Portland gave their across-the-board support: Question 1, marijuana legalization, 65 percent to 35 percent; Question 2, a 3 percent tax on income above $200,000 to fund student learning, 65 percent to 35 percent; Question 3, firearm background checks, 79 percent to 21 percent; Question 4, raising the minimum wage, 72 percent to 28 percent; Question 5, ranked-choice voting, 72 percent to 28 percent; Question 6, $100 million bond for transportation infrastructure, 78 percent to 22 percent.
Statewide, marijuana legalization appeared destined to pass, the Press Herald reported at 2 a.m. Wednesday (see a related story on page 4.); the background check expansion for firearms, however, appeared destined to fail, the newspaper reported. Ranked-choice voting won support from 52 percent of voters statewide, according to the Press Herald. On the minimum wage, the newspaper reported, “As of 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Associated Press called the vote with 70 percent of precincts reporting, with 56 percent of voters for Question 4 and 44 percent against.”
Outsider status didn’t help everyone. Democratic challenger Emily Cain lost to incumbent Republican Congressman Bruce Poliquin.
The Press Herald reported, “With 73 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press declared Poliquin the winner of the race with 55 percent of the vote compared to Cain’s 45 percent.”
In the presidential election, around 2 a.m., John Podesta, chairman of the Hillary Clinton campaign, announced that the campaign would not comment after Donald Trump surged to a lead of 254 electoral votes and enjoyed narrow leads in Michigan (48.4 percent to 46.5 percent with 89 percent of precincts reporting), Pennsylvania (48.9 percent to 47.6 percent with 97 percent of precincts reporting) and Arizona (49.6 percent to 45.5 percent with 68 percent of precincts reporting). Trump needed 270 electoral votes. Clinton ended the night with 218 electoral votes. (Not all news agencies agreed on the 2 a.m. totals; the Associated Press called Pennsylvania for Trump, setting his total at 264 electoral votes to Clinton’s 215.)
The New York Times called Pennsylvania for Trump, awarding him the 20 electoral votes with a 76,000-vote advantage at 89 percent reporting.
According to the AP, Maine split its electoral votes, awarding three to Clinton and one to Trump.
- Published in The Phoenix Potpourri