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DESCRIPTIONThe Forecaster, Portland edition, January 2, 2013, a Sun Media Publication, pages 1-20
By William HallPORTLAND Elected of-
ficials and public employees in greater Portland didnt get rich on their wages during 2012, but some individuals came closer than others.The information was compiled
by The Forecaster, which obtained the names and annual compensa-tion of the highest-paid officials or
employees in 14 cities and towns.The newspaper asked each
community for its top 10 earn-ers; some provided more, some provided fewer. The request was for compensation based on a year of salary, overtime and any sig-nificant stipends. In some cases, the data was from calendar years; in others, fiscal years or school years.
Based on the data, Portlands top earners also topped the region, bringing in an average of $99,329.The average would have been
even higher, had it included the full-year salary of City Manager Mark Rees, who started work in July 2011. Rees salary in the current fiscal year is budgeted at $143,000.Portland Mayor Michael Bren-
nan, who began his first term in December 2011, also has not served long enough to make the list. But at $65,400, his current
fiscal year salary wouldnt have placed him in the top 10 anyway.The higher compensation of
Portland officials and employees isnt surprising, according to Eric Conrad, director of communica-tion and educational services at the Maine Municipal Association.The size of the municipality
INSIDEAnother terrific sports year has come and gonePage 10
Business owner plansanti-anti-abortion rallyPage 2
January 2, 2013 News of The City of Portland Vol. 11, No. 1www.theforecaster.net
IndexObituaries ........................9Opinion ............................6People & Business ........12
Police Beat ......................8Real Estate ....................20Sports ............................10
Arts Calendar ................13Classifieds .....................16Community Calendar .....13Meetings ........................13
Iconic career comes to a close for Sen. Olympia SnowePage 4
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We finally feel equalMaines first married gay couple ties the knot
By Abigail Curtis and Seth KoenigBangor Daily NewsPORTLAND The first
gay couple to be married in the state of Maine took their vows in a short ceremony in the city clerks office at approximately 12:25 a.m. Saturday.We finally feel equal and
happy to live in Maine, said Steven Bridges, who married Michael Snell less than a half-hour after same sex marriages became legal in the state on Dec. 29.By 2 a.m., the line had
emptied out after 15 gay and lesbian couples had acquired marriage licenses, with six of those couples exchanging vows on the spot. Another couple was married on City Halls front steps and then went back inside to return their license.The hand-holding grooms
sported purple carnation corsages, matching T-shirts printed with the phrase love is love, and grins so big they hardly seemed to fit on their faces.Snell and Bridges, both of
Portland, have been together for nine years and had a com-
Steven Bridges and Michael Snell exchange rings after getting married at Portland City Hall early Saturday
morning, Dec. 29.
BRiAn FEulnER / BDn
Melanie Lavoie, left, waits in line outside Portland City Hall Saturday morning with her friend Roberta
Batt, right, before Batt is wed to her partner of more than 30 years, Mary
School districts gird for subsidy lossBy David HarryPORTLAND The freeze is
here, and not just because of the weather.With more than 200 school
districts in Maine facing the loss of a cumulative $12.58 million in general purpose aid from the state Department of Education, school officials are reviewing purchase orders and combing budgets for possible savings.Portland schools stand to lose
the most, with $870,000 cut from a $14 million subsidy. Chief Aca-demic Officer David Galin said the amount is exactly what was expected.We knew going in to this year
the budget would be tight, and put a number of budget control steps in early, Galin said.While capping spending on
supplies, Galin said the depart-ment will now review every va-cancy more closely to see replace-ments are absolutely necessary. He said keeping current staffing is a priority.South Portland School Superin-
tendent Suzanne Godin also said she knew the curtailment was coming. South Portland schools stand to lose $411,000 of their $3.1 million in state subsidies.It was actually a little less
than what we were anticipating,
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sang hymns. A couple of children handed out tracts.The clinic, which offers a range of re-
productive health care, provides abortion services on Fridays.Nearby stood Mike Fink, a pawnbroker
whose shop, Guitar Grave, is next door and who also owns a restaurant a few yards away. Fink said he is organizing what he calls an anti-anti-abortion rally for Friday, Jan 4.Although Fink supports the availability
of abortion, he said the reason for his rally is not the demonstrators beliefs, but their tactics.Theyre getting in peoples faces, he
said. I used to enjoy walking to work on Friday, but not anymore.According to Fink, the demonstrators
sometimes shout at people entering or leaving the clinic, as well as pedestrians on their way to neighboring businesses or just passing by.These stupid people are deliberately
trying to be confrontational, he said in a letter. ... They do not understand that they are aggravating and insulting people and they are not promoting their views in an appropriate place and time.
Pro-Life Mission organizer Donna Hebert said her groups members limit themselves to handing out pamphlets and explaining that there are alternatives to abortion.Many of us have walked in the shoes
(of Planned Parenthood clients), she said.While the protesters last week were all
from her group, according to Hebert, she said she couldnt vouch for the behavior of other groups and individuals that sometimes join the demonstrations.She emphasized that Pro-Life Mission
members were standing on the public sidewalk, and said they were careful not to overstep the threshold to the clinic, where a Planned Parenthood volunteer and an off-duty police officer were stationed.(The demonstrators) are on their best be-
havior because youre here, the volunteer told a reporter.While not crossing the threshold, dem-
onstrators have overstepped boundaries in other ways, according to Megan Hannan, director of public affairs for Planned Parent-hood of Northern New England.Theyve followed people down the side-
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Business owner plans anti-anti-abortion rallyBy William HallPORTLAND Despite a storm that
dumped 10 inches of snow on the city the night before, anti-abortion demonstrators were out in force along Congress Street Friday morning, Dec. 28 as they have been every Friday since the summer.They expect to be back this week, too,
when a downtown business owner hopes to stage a counter-demonstration of his own.Last Friday, about a dozen members of
Pro-Life Mission of Maine stood outside the Portland clinic of Planned Parenthood, at 443 Congress St. Most held signs show-ing aborted fetuses. Some recited prayers or
Larry Lunt / For the ForecasterAnti-abortion demonstrators hold signs outside
the offices of Planned Parenthood, at 443 Congress St. in Portland on Friday, Dec. 28.
Pro-Life Mission of Maine organizer Donna Hebert outside the Portland office of Planned Parenthood on Friday, Dec. 28: Many of us have walked in the shoes (of Planned Parenthood clients).
The residents and staff from thePortland Center forAssisted Livingwould like to sincerely thank those
who generously provided theirtime & money as well as good cheer
during the holidays!
The Boulos Property ManagementThe 1st Lutheran Parish Church
The Salvation ArmyVolunteers and local neighbors whocame to PCAL with Cookies and sang
Christmas carols.Wishing you all a very
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