Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Chasing Life "Unplanned Parenthood" Airs TONIGHT July 22nd

Tonight, fans of the ABC Family series 'Chasing Life' will be able to watch an all new episode at 9pm ET/PT entitled "Unplanned Parenthood". April sees a fertility doctor.

April sees a fertility doctor to learn about her options prior to starting chemotherapy and looks to her cancer support group for advice on how to tell Dominic about her leukemia. She gets Leo’s blessing to write a piece that paints Bruce Hendrie in an unflattering light and wins some hard-earned recognition at work.

Meanwhile, George makes an effort to help Sara cope with her emotions and the pressure of caring for April, and Dominic gets a surprising offer which could change everything.

“Chasing Life” is adapted from the successful Televisa Spanish-language Mexican television series and is a co-production of BV Family Productions, Lionsgate, and Televisa in association with ABC Family. The series is executive produced by Sean Smith (“Greek”), Susanna Fogel (“Life Partners”), Joni Lefkowitz (“Life Partners”) and Aaron Kaplan (“Terra Nova”). “Chasing Life” stars Italia Ricci (“Unnatural History”), Mary Page Keller (“NYPD Blue”), Aisha Dee (“I Hate My Teenage Daughter”), Richard Brancatisano (“The Elephant Princess”) and Haley Ramm (“Red State”), with Steven Weber (“Two Broke Girls,” “Wings”) and Scott Michael Foster (“Greek”) as recurring guest stars.

Pretty Little Liars "The Silence of E. Lamb" Airs TONIGHT July 22nd

Tonight, fans of the ABC Family series 'Pretty Little Liars' will be able to watch an all new episode at 8pm ET/PT entitled "The Silence of E. Lamb". Aria and Spencer go to great lengths to get answers, while Emily and Hanna are put in uncomfortable positions.

Aria begins her volunteer work at Radley and quickly gets down to business finding any answers she can about a patient of interest to the Liars. But she quickly hits a snag when she comes across an aggressive patient that may be the key to what the Liars are looking for. Also searching for answers, Spencer takes a note from Ezra’s play book by borrowing some of his spy equipment to keep a closer eye on the home front.

Meanwhile, Hanna is caught at odds when Ali and Caleb butt heads, and Emily seeks help from her friends

Sarah Hyland Attends Dizzy Feet Foundation's Celebration Of Dance Gala

Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Dizzy Feet Foundation
Los Angeles, California - Twenty three year old 'Modern Family' actress Sarah Hyland looked gorgeous wearing a white strapless dress with gray high heels to the Dizzy Feet Foundation's Celebration Of Dance Gala held at The Music Center on July 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Sarah Jane Hyland is an American actress. She is best known for her role as oldest sibling Haley Dunphy on the ABC sitcom Modern Family.
 Photos by Valerie Macon/Getty Images

25th Annual Maine Open Farm Day

A Maine tradition, farms will open their gates to the public this Sunday
AUGUSTA, Maine - Visit select Maine Farms this Sunday, July 27. All across the State of Maine, close to 90 family farms will open their doors to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Held each year, Open Farm Day is an opportunity for consumers to learn about Maine and Maine food producers and for farms to show the public their products.

"Open Farm Day recognizes the many contributions that farmers make to our economy and highlights the local communities they are located in," said Maine Governor Paul R. LePage. "Not only do our farms provide fresh food, but they also demonstrate the virtues of hard work and self-reliance. Despite the national decline in farms, the number of Maine farms is growing, as is the market value of the agricultural products our farms produce. That value has increased 24% since 2007 to more than $763 million. Maine agriculture is also creating more jobs. The number of operations with hired workers has increased 28% in the last five years."

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Commissioner Walt Whitcomb urged families

White House Schedule - July 22, 2014

In the morning, the President will meet representatives of Apollo 11 to recognize the 45th anniversary of the first mission to land on the Moon.
In the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks about new efforts to help expand opportunity for more workers by ensuring they have access to the training and skills they need for the good jobs of today. The President will sign H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which will help improve employer engagement and accountability across federally funded job training programs. The Vice President will also deliver remarks.
Later in the afternoon, the President will travel to Seattle, Washington
While in Seattle, the President will attend DNC and Senate Majority PAC events at private residences
In the evening, the President will depart Seattle en route San Francisco, California. 
The President will remain overnight in San Francisco.

10:35 AM
The President meets with Apollo 11 representatives
Oval Office
11:00 AM
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest
Brady Press Briefing Room
12:10 PM
The President signs H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; the Vice President also delivers remarks
South Court Auditorium
1:00 PM
The President departs the White House
South Lawn
1:15 PM
The President departs Joint Base Andrews
Joint Base Andrews
6:15 PM
The President arrives Seattle, Washington
Local Event Time: 
3:15 PM
Boeing Field International Airport
8:05 PM
The President attends a DNC event
Local Event Time: 
5:05 PM
Private Residence - Seattle
9:00 PM
The President attends a Senate Majority PAC roundtable
Local Event Time: 
6:00 PM
Private Residence - Bellevue
10:25 PM
The President departs Seattle
Local Event Time: 
7:25 PM
Boeing Field International Airport

Paving in South Portland at Two Locations

South Portland, Maine - A one day paving operation will take place in South Portland tomorrow, July 23rd, in two locations.

The first location will be on Market Street from Waterman Drive to Ocean Street beginning at 5 a.m.

Once Market Street is completed, crews will be on Cottage Road from Hinckley Street to Highland Avenue.

While both locations will be completed tomorrow, motorists should expect moderate delays with alternating one-way traffic controlled by flaggers and should seek alternate routes.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE PUBLIC SCHEDULE JULY 22, 2014

DEPARTMENT OF STATE
PUBLIC SCHEDULE
JULY 22, 2014
SECRETARY JOHN KERRY
Secretary Kerry is on travel to Cairo, Egypt. He is accompanied by Acting Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Frank Lowenstein, NSC Senior Director for the Middle East and North Africa Prem Kumar, Vice Admiral Kurt Tidd, JCS, and Spokesperson Jen Psaki.
9:00 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Kerry meets with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, in Cairo, Egypt.
10:30 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Kerry meets with Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Araby, in Cairo, Egypt.
12:30 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Kerry meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, in Cairo, Egypt.
1:30 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Kerry and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry deliver statements to the press, in Cairo, Egypt.
9:30 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Kerry meets with Director of Egypt's General Intelligence Service General Mohamed Farid el-Tohamy, in Cairo, Egypt.
DEPUTY SECRETARY BILL BURNS
11:30 a.m. Deputy Secretary Burns meets with Pakistan Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Syed Tariq Fatemi, at the Department of State.
DEPUTY SECRETARY HEATHER HIGGINBOTTOM
7:45 a.m. Deputy Secretary Higginbottom meets with Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs Caroline Atkinson and Treasury Deputy Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin regarding ongoing economic and financial issues, at the White House.
USAID ADMINISTRATOR RAJ SHAH
Administrator Shah and Ambassador Russell travel to London, UK to attend the Girl Summit.

UNDER SECRETARY FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS WENDY SHERMAN
Under Secretary Sherman attends meetings and briefings at the Department of State.

COUNSELOR THOMAS SHANNON
Counselor Shannon is on travel to El Salvador through July 23.
1:15 p.m. LOCAL Counselor Shannon delivers remarks at a USAID Youth Outreach Center Inauguration, in San Salvador, El Salvador.
4:30 p.m. LOCAL Counselor Shannon meets with President of El Salvador Salvador Sanchez Ceren and Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez, in San Salvador, El Salvador.
6:00 p.m. LOCAL Counselor Shannon meets with Technical Secretary Roberto Lorenzana and Secretary for Dialogue Hato Hasbun, in San Salvador, El Salvador.
UNDER SECRETARY FOR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS RICHARD STENGEL
11:15 a.m. Under Secretary Stengel meets with U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, at the Department of State.
ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR CONFLICT AND STABILIZATION OPERATIONS RICK BARTON
11:00 a.m. Assistant Secretary Barton meets with USIP Senior Advisors Ambassador Johnnie Carson and Ambassador Princeton Lyman, at the Department of State.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS CHARLES RIVKIN
4:00 p.m. Assistant Secretary Rivkin meets with the CEO of Alcatel-Lucent Michel Combes, at the Department of State.
ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR AFRICAN AFFAIRS LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD
2:00 p.m.
 Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield meets with members of the African diaspora and young African-American leaders to discuss U.S.-Africa relations and the upcoming Summits, at the Department of State.
AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE AND COORDINATOR FOR COUNTERTERRORISM TINA KAIDANOW
10:00 a.m. Ambassador Kaidanow participates in the U.S.-Turkey Working Group, at the Department of State.


"Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse" by Doug MIlls
Stephen Taber, Summertime and Rekord all meet at the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse.[ 07-16-2010]



Portland Battles Past Binghamton 6-4

Gibson collects four hits, Coyle drives home a pair in the series opener
Portland, Maine - The Portland Sea Dogs (65-37) broke a tie with two runs in the seventh and downed the Binghamton Mets (60-41) 6-4 in the opener of a three-game series, Monday night at Hadlock Field. Portland clinched the season series with the win; it now stands at 11-8 with two games to play.

The Sea Dogs held a 3-1 lead, heading into the seventh inning, but Brandon Nimmo changed that in a heartbeat. T.J. Rivera connected for a leadoff single against Mike McCarthy and Nimmo drove him home with a two-run homer off the video board in left-center. The blast was the centerfielder's fifth in Double-A.

Portland would respond and take the lead for good with a pair of its own in the bottom half of the seventh. Derrik Gibson connected for his fourth hit of the night to leadoff the inning and stole second against reliever Ryan Fraser.

Blake Swihart walked to put runners at the corners with nobody out. Ryan Lavarnway grounded to second

Kelli Berglund Attends Marvel's Epic Space Adventure 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' World Premiere

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney
Hollywood, California - Eighteen year old 'Lab Rats' actress Kelli Berglund looked gorgeous wearing black crop top, skirt and high heels with Jacob & Co. jewelry on the red carpet for the world premiere of Marvel’s epic space adventure “Guardians of the Galaxy,” directed by James Gunn and presented in Dolby 3D and Dolby Atmos held at the Dolby Theatre. July 21, 2014 Hollywood, California.

“I can’t wait for you guys to see my red carpet look,” Kelli teased her fans on Twitter earlier in the day and followed up with a sneak peek of her new hair color.

At the premiere Kelli Berglund showed off her beautiful blonde hair.

Kelli Michelle Berglund born February 9, 1996 is an American teen actress and dancer. She plays Bree Davenport, a bionic teenager with lightning speed in the Disney XD series Lab Rats. She will star in the Disney Channel Original movie How to Build a Better Boy, where she will play Mae Hartley, a tech-savvy young woman who, along with her best friend, devise a plan to create the perfect boyfriend.

 Photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Monday, July 21, 2014

Molly Quinn Attends Television Academy's Costume Design Nominee Reception

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage
Los Angeles, California - Twenty year old actress Molly Quinn looked simply beautiful wearing a black dress, tights and high heels to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Costume Design Nominee Reception at FIDM Museum & Galleries on the Park on July 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Molly Caitlyn Quinn is an American actress whose works have included theatre, film, and television. Since March 2009, she has played Alexis Castle, the daughter of the title character, on ABC's Castle.

2014 Sea Princesses visit Knox Center for Long Term Care

Rockland, Maine - Of all the stories I cover in a year accompanying the Sea Princesses to the Knox Center has to be one of the high points of the entire year.

The day starts with the viewing of the movie”Buggin” about the lobster industry on the coast of Maine. Throughout the day the girls will meet individually with the judges. After the film there are tables laid out with dozens of Lobster Festival posters for the girls to sign, these are given to the sponsors and others who have contributed to the Sea Goddess Coronation. Once these have all been signed and the writers cramps have subsided it is time for the girls to create their own bouquets for the coronation.

One of the Knox Center's cats
When the work is done it is time for the most important part of the day. It is time to meet and sing for the residents of the Long term care facility! The girls travel to each of the sections of the facility and have a chance to meet the residents and to sing songs that they remember, many of which were way before these girls were born. The big smiles and the residents singing along created great memories for all.

How do you follow that? With a lobster dinner put together by the staff of the Know Center For Long Tern Care. After lunch the girls made custom bags for themselves while the last of the girls had there one on one interviews with the judges.

One step closer to crowning the 2014 Maine Sea Goddess.


Energy Office Seeks Proposals to Assess Maine's Unrealized Hydropower Potential with New Technology

AUGUSTA, Maine – The Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) is soliciting proposals for an up-to-date inventory of the state’s untapped hydropower potential.

The GEO is currently updating the state's Comprehensive Energy Plan, and, as part of this process, has identified a need for a current inventory of the state's hydropower resources, as well as recommendations for regulatory modifications that could expand economic opportunities through additional production, consistent with the state's environmental objectives.

"Maine has not assessed its hydropower resources since the early 1990s," stated Energy Office Director Patrick Woodcock.  "Since that time, additional technologies have been developed, some right here in Maine, and numerous studies from the Department of Energy have highlighted significant hydropower potential.  It is time to review whether we can expand our hydropower resources with these new technologies, in a manner that works for our environment as well as our economy."

The expansion of small scale facilities, the utilization of run-of-river technologies, the use of currently non-

Energy Office Seeks Public Input on State Energy Plan

AUGUSTA, Maine – The Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) is updating the state’s Comprehensive Energy Plan, and is seeking comments from the public on how Maine should continue to move forward to reduce energy costs, and plan for the next decade.
“The state’s energy outlook has changed dramatically since 2008, which is when the last Comprehensive Energy Plan was developed," stated Energy Office Director Patrick Woodcock. “New technology has reshaped energy markets, creating new opportunities for Maine.  At the same time, this past winter revealed that our state's energy challenges are severe.  We must work to expand the use of cost-effective and clean energy to power our state's businesses, keep more money in our residents' pockets, and make the strategic energy investments that will make us more economically competitive and a more affordable place to live."
The Energy Office is using several documents as the foundation for the new plan: The 2013 oil reduction

Governor LePage Signs Agreement with New Brunswick Premier

AUGUSTA, Maine - Governor Paul R. LePage signed a memorandum of agreement today with Premier David Alward of New Brunswick to encourage economic development and support job creation between Maine and the Canadian Province.

The agreement, also referred to as a Memorandum of Understanding, is designed to strengthen relations between the two regions by working together to create jobs and cooperate areas of trade development, tourism, transportation, energy, culture and emergency preparedness.

"We are pleased to continue our strong working relationship with New Brunswick," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "We have a history of cooperating with each other, and this agreement further strengthens our commitment to regional efforts that will create economic development, improve government efficiencies and promote tourism and commerce between our state and the province."

Governor LePage has met with New Brunswick Premier David Alward several times since 2011 to discuss

Maine Artist Exhibits in Spain in September

When Portland Maine artist Ann Tracy was chosen as a finalist in the 2014 Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, she was also invited to exhibit that work at the 3rd Biennale of Documentary and Fine Art Photography in Malaga, Spain at the Municipal Museum beginning September 18th and running to November 20th.  A reception for this work and other new works will be held Wednesday, August 27th from 5 to 8 pm at Constellation Gallery, 512 Congress St in Portland.
Tracy has returned from New York where she showed her digital mixed media paintings based on historic artworks "The Green Graces Series" as well as new work based on her recent trip to Cuba this past January with Bilhenry Gallery at Art Expo New York 2014, on Pier 94.

She got to Cuba earlier this year on a people to people cultural exchange led by internationally renowned photographer Elizabeth Opalenik and organized by the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.  Tracy is also a member of the Maine Artists Collective.  She has also been vetted by U.S. Artists, a nonprofit group in Los Angeles, and successfully used their unique fundraising program for her "The Three Graces For Environmental Awareness" project which was shown in Portland at Akari and at the Spectrum Art Fair in Miami this past December.

This is the second time Tracy has shown work in New York City since moving here almost three years ago.  Although she grew up in Maine, NH and Massachusetts, her family moved to Colorado in 1969.  She most recently lived in Sacramento CA where she not only exhibited in many venues such as the Center for Contemporary Art and Asylum Gallery but her work has also been shown in galleries and museums in California, New Mexico, New York and Maui.  Her fine art photograph "Behind the Water: Mystery" was a juror's choice in the New York Center for Photographic Art's "Water" show which was exhibited at the Soho Digital Gallery in October of 2013.

In addition to her fine art, Tracy is also a portrait and editorial photographer.  Her studio is located within Running with Scissors, 250 Anderson St, Portland Maine.   Her studio is open by appointment by calling 916-804-6095 or emailing anntracy51@gmail.com.


The Rockland Report July 18, 2014

OFFICE OF THE FINANCE DIRECTOR/ACTING CITY MANAGER
 Approved Payroll Warrant.
 Attended Council Meeting.
 Preparing for Year End – audit work.
 Union Street Sidewalk work continues.
 Snow Marine Park remains closed as high E Coli counts were still detected after Wednesday’s rainfall.
 Met with EMS billing company to go over concerns.
 Met with employee who was laid off during reorganization plan of FY14. The open Reference Librarian Position has enacted the call back provision in the Teamster Contract for the Clerical Unit.
 Attended Website meeting with staff, mayor and two citizens on how to improve web design and information.
 Attended MidCoast Veterans Memorial Wall Committee meeting.
 Met with City Tree Warden Terry Pinto and Peter Fletcher of Dunkin Donuts to discuss Ulmer Park. We have decided to prune a tree in the park and to cut one down as half of it is unhealthy. Dunkin Donuts will also be redoing the flower garden near the cannon.

OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL FISH PIER DIRECTOR
 No permits were issued this week.
 Another bait cooler has arrived and has been put in place. Two more bait coolers to go.
 The f/v western sea has offloaded 430,000 pounds of herring this week.
 The f/v western wave has offloaded 120,000 pounds of herring this week.
 The price per pound for new shell lobster is $3.30 and old shell lobsters is $5.45.

OFFICE OF THE CITY ASSESSOR
 Processing Real Estate Transfers, updating parcel cards, sales book, property splits.
 Processing Personal Property accounts, updating ownership, owned items, depreciation, State BETR’S 801 returns, BETE exemptions.
 Processing building permits, reviewing, updating property cards and assessments.
 Analyzing qualified sales of all properties and neighborhoods for a fair and equitable assessment.
 Completing State forms and returning for processing.
 Listening and reviewing properties at the owner’s request.
 Updating Tax Maps and posting to the web site.

OFFICE OF THE LIBRARY DIRECTOR
 Another very, very busy week; among other things, the rainy weather made the Library a haven for locals and visitors.
 With Linda Barnes on jury service this week (and likely next), Patty King and Teresa Verrill have taken on the inter Library loan picking/packing and unpacking, etc. of the delivery service.
 Catinka Knoth’s Adult Drawing class worked on the theme of “Rosa Rugosa - Beach Roses by the Maine Seashore" and the Children’s drawing class theme was “Let’s draw Rockland!”
 I stopped in to a meeting of the volunteers of the Friends’ Bookstop; it was great to have the opportunity to thank so many of them for their dedicated service to the Library.
 A Documentary & Panel Discussion: Consider the Conversation was presented as a rare Tuesday evening program, co-sponsored by the Library and Kno-Wal-Lin Healthcare & Hospice and Pen Bay Healthcare. This is a documentary about advance care planning, followed by a panel discussion, featuring local experts.
 Representatives from Maine Controls were on site to work on the programming portion of the Cordjia work on the HVAC. Among other work, they updated the programming’s Java platform, which means the Automation system can be accessed from most computers, now, and a separate schedule added for the Community Room, so it will not need to be as warm or cool, when not in use, saving energy, and allowing the rest of the facility to heat and cool more quickly.
 I attended a meeting of the Friends’ Board.
 The free summer lunch program continues, and we are now seeing regular participants.
 Once again, Judith Anderson presented Wednesday Storytime this week. Boating was the theme of the week, and Dr. Anderson read , Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem, Where Go the Boats?, Flora McDonnell’s picture book, I Love Boats, as well as a handpicked group that Judith chose ( Mo Willems is favorite). After the stories the children helped Children’s Librarian, Jean Young decorate the large window with boats, lighthouses, waves, and buoys. Steve Seekins, brought Leeloo as this week’s therapy dog.
 Farley’s Landscaping brought the Library’s newest addition, a lovely young sugar maple; this was donated and planted by Casella, one of a number of trees generously donated to the City.
 Friends’ President, Rebecca Albright presented Storytime at the Farmers’ Market; once again, special thanks to Friends’ Board member (and adjunct) Jeanie, and Jim Schaden for doing the set-up and take-down this year!
 We hosted an Author Talk: Harry Gratwick-- Historic Shipwrecks of Penobscot Bay as the Thursday evening’s Arts & Cultural Event.
 On Saturday, the Children’s Room held a follow-up program with Hope Angier, who led a workshop entitled Painting Fruit on Fabric. Participants learned a few basic, traditional, decorative painting techniques and created three pieces of fruit by learning how to fit the elements of the design together like a puzzle using a
layering technique. After a brief practice session, each student was able to paint their own “finished” original Angier design on fabric.
 Ongoing—Summer Reading Program, with something for all ages. Check the Library’s website, or visit us in person for more information.
 Upcoming: A new Wellness Series, co-sponsored by the Library and the PenBay Chamber of Commerce, starts in July, and will be held on the last Wednesday of each month —Therapeutic Hypnosis is the first topic up.

OFFICE OF THE FIRE CHIEF
In addition to responding to the general response to fire and EMS calls, conducting apparatus checks, daily cleaning, routine repairs and maintenance to the fleet and of the quarters, the following occurred:
 Friday CEO Root and I met with an architect about possible changes to a downtown multiple use building.
 Continued to update the Maine Lobster Festival plan for this year and to incorporate the potential issues that come with the USCG Eagle visit.
 Tuesday through Thursday the FD detailed extra staff to cover confined space entry work at FMC. FMC reimburses the City for these extra details as the two personnel are dedicated to this duty and cannot be tasked with things that would prevent them from immediately responding.
 The City Manager, Wanda and I all met with our EMS billing company to ensure all parties were meeting expectations and to see what we might do to be more efficient and increase our revenue/reimbursement.
 On Wednesday I met with the Division Supervisor of Northeast Mobile Health to discuss mutual aid ambulance coverage.
 Personnel continued to trial the Phillips Cardiac Monitor/Defibrillator to ensure our upcoming bid process represents the best value for the City.
 Attended the Knox County Fire Chief’s Mutual Aid meeting in St. George on Wednesday evening.
 FF Whytock presented a training program on Rapid Intervention Teams. These groups are required to be standing by at the ready anytime firefighters enter a hazardous environment. We will be working with mutual aid partners to ensure our personnel are properly covered by this safety margin as well as our providing the same to them as necessary.
 The department responded to an arson fire at the Scott Street Beach area Wednesday evening and found that the two porta-potties there had been damaged when someone used the paper and sanitizer to light separate fires in each. RPD and the State fire marshals’ office are working on finding suspects.

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF POLICE The officers responded to 270 calls for service. Rockland Police Officers responded to nine motor vehicle crashes and 11 Animal complaints. Thirty-six (36) traffic stops and traffic violations were conducted. The officers made 20 arrests of individuals for various offenses, to include Bail violations, Domestic assault offenses, Assault, Theft
Offenses, Probation violations, Warrants of Arrest, Alcohol violations, Drug offenses, Disorderly Conduct and OUI.
 The North Atlantic Blues Festival this past weekend was a very quiet and orderly event.
 I attended the Sexual Assault Support Services of Mid- Coast Maine executive board meeting in Brunswick on Wednesday night.
 We have been working with the Department of Public Safety concerning our grants management program to obtain more funding to assist the department’s equipment and personnel costs to offset expenditures in the amount of $2,400.
 We are working with our partner Knox County Community Health Coalition in a study to evaluate the following areas of concern: Prevent substance abuse, Prevent tobacco use, increased physical activity, Prevent Lead Poisoning, Removed barriers to healthy eating, Broad Based Public Health Activities.

OFFICE OF THE SOLID WASTE DIRECTOR
 Met with St. Germain Consulting, the Public Works Director, and John Dutcher from the Waste Water Treatment Facility to review the City’s needs which will be part of the overall master plan at the Solid Waste Facility location.
 Began cover placement and created new southern cell in the landfill. Placed perimeter clay within the landfill.
 Woodard and Curran are now close to completing the gas collection installation drawings. I should have the Statement of Work for the gas collection project ready next week to go out to bid.
 Working on an educational ad that will be going in the Free Press that will explain the facts about the Solid Waste Facility and Pay as You Throw.
 Worked with SMS on changing the cash up report to make it easier for City Hall.
 Ordered tractor and trailer tires for the road tractor and trailers.
 Reviewed new proposed rules for the new paint consumer take back program that will be coming soon. Yes, you will be able to get rid of your old paint in the near future.

OFFICE OF THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY DIRECTOR
 Applied to Maine D.E.P. for a Non-Hazardous Waste Transportation permit for the vacuum truck.
 Began cleaning and inspection of the sewer mains on Pacific and South Streets.
 Checked a reported sewer backup at 109 Talbot Avenue. The problem was in the homeowners pipe, referred them to Interstate Septic.
 Inspected a sewer lateral repair at 56 Gay Street.
 Collected samples at Snow Marine Park and from the storm drain upstream for additional testing.
 Drove the vacuum truck to Pat Jackson/Tri-City Septic in Belgrade to dispose of waste from a project at the WWTP.
 Repaired the No. 1 Primary Clarifier rack arm and had it back on line Wednesday afternoon. Despite our sandblasting and coating of the clarifier metalwork over
the years, much of the metalwork is significantly corroded and metal is thin as a result.
 A DEP inspector was on site Thursday to conduct a laboratory audit.

OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR
 City receptacle trash pickup three days and building trash two days.
 Sweeping city streets for two days.
 Completed 100 Thomaston Street broken drain pipe repair for ½ a day.
 Reset art structure that was vandalized in Sandy Beach Park with guidance from Jay Sawyer, “Riding the Rails” owner.
 Catch basin road painting for 1 ½ days.
 Picked up cones, barricades, and signs that were used to close streets for Blues Festival.
 Removed concrete boat ramp at Chickawaukie Lake and replaced with 1 ½” stone for Recreation Dept.
 Dug out five locations around City and backfilled with loam in preparation for five trees to be planted.
 Sign maintenance for ½ a day.
 Picked up two loads of cold patch at Pike Industries in Sidney.
 Cold patching for a day.
 Tree/bush trimming around signs for two days.
 Repairing Lindsey Brook entrance at Broadway next to Eliza Steele Drive.
 Repairing Ferry Terminal Park granite table which was loose.
 Attended meeting at Transfer Station to coordinate the plans of the future operations at Transfer Station including the Public Works facility.
 Farley and Sons now working on installing brick sidewalk on west side of Union Street between Masonic Street and Grace Street.

OFFICE OF THE CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
 Dave is on vacation until 7/27/14 so John has been extra busy with permits, inspections and inquiries.
 Work has begun and preliminary inspections have been done at FMC Corporation’s new CNG Unloading Facility at 19 Lime Street.
 There were four complaints filed this week.
 The following permits were received by the Code Office this week:
o 1 Building permit
o 3 Electrical permits
o 6 Plumbing permits
o 1 Sign permit

OFFICE OF THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
 Outreach and introduction to two existing businesses in the City.
 Finalize documents, with assistance from City Attorney, for City Spot Housing program.
 Continued and near final research and drafting of Memo regarding necessary and recommended TIF Policy changes.
 Review status of TIF Investment Schedule and review proposed new statutory requirement form from DECD for TIFs.
 Undertake review of lot within Industrial Park for new development projects.
 Discuss plans with potentially three new businesses and investment interests in the City.
 Review and revise draft Signage Plan on behalf of Rockland Main Street, Inc. Design Committee.
 Preparations for and participation at Harbor Trail Committee meeting.
 Finalize contracts as part of beginning work on Cultural Planning Leadership Forum and Community Listening Sessions.

OFFICE OF THE RECREATION DIRECTOR
 With the help of Public Works, the boat launch area at Chickawaukie has been repaired and spruced up for the season. I am working with the State to get a new dock and new pads for the launch area.
 The men’s and ladies rooms have been repainted this week to add some color to the building and give the bathrooms a fresh look.
 We have replaced the ½” water supply by the lobster cooker with a new 1” line.
 The five trees donated by Casella have been planted this week and look good. Big thank you to Public Works for helping dig the holes.
 The summer art program has begun work on the mural in the Recreation Building


Switched at Birth “Girl with Death Mask (She Plays Alone)” Airs TONIGHT July 21st

Tonight fans of the ABC Family series 'Switched at Birth' will be able to watch an all new episode at 8pm ET/PT entitled “Girl with Death Mask (She Plays Alone)”. Daphne stirs up trouble while Bay meets a new cousin.

When John starts feeling a sense of built-up anxiety in Bay and Daphne, he suggests that a trip to Chicago to find Bay’s second cousin is a perfect opportunity for her to become more in touch with her roots and give Daphne a chance to tour prospective colleges. But the trip goes south when Daphne uses the opportunity to act out, and Bay discovers alarming news about Angelo’s family past.

Meanwhile, Kathryn tries to kindle a spark between two love-seeking candidates looking for something

The Foster "Mother" Airs TONIGHT July 21st

Tonight fans of the ABC Family series 'The Fosters' will be able to watch an all new episode at 9pm ET/PT entitled "Mother". The Fosters face an unforeseen tragedy.

In the episode titled “Mother,” tragedy strikes the Fosters and they must look to each other for strength. Stef confronts Mike about Ana, and he comes clean about why he was at the halfway house the night of Ana’s disappearance. Meanwhile, Wyatt seeks relationship advice from a very uncomfortable Brandon, and Mariana is still furious with Jesus for putting her in the middle of his girl problems. The episode was written by Joanna Johnson and directed by Lee Rose.

Staring in this series are

Sea Princesses Judges Banquet Is This Friday, July 25th

ROCKLAND, Maine - The Sea Princess Judges Banquet will take place at the Samoset Resort this Friday July 25, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. 

The local community is invited to join the Sea Princesses at this banquet.  Tickets are $32.00 per person, and a cash bar will be available.  See the Sea Princesses represent the Maine Lobster Festival in one of their many pre-Coronation events. 

For more information about the Judges Banquet or to make reservations, contact Sharon Lombardo at (207) 594-4559, or at coronation@mainelobsterfestival.com  

The Maine Lobster Festival attracts thousands of people to Maine’s Midcoast region, and has a long tradition of giving back to the local community.  In recent years, the Festival committee has given more than $500,000 to the local community through support for Midcoast Regional Child Development Services, Trekkers, Meals on Wheels, and much more!  The 67th Annual Maine Lobster Festival will take place July 30 – August 3, 2014.  For more information about the Festival, visit our website at http://www.mainelobsterfestival.com/. Be sure to “like” them on Facebook and follow on Twitter at @MELobsterFest.

Cross Insurance Announces Acquisition of Merchant, Needham & Associates Insurance of Northeast Harbor, Maine

Bangor, Maine - Today, Cross Insurance, a subsidiary of Cross Financial Corp., and one of the largest independent insurance providers in New England, announces the acquisition of Merchant, Needham & Associates Insurance, an independent insurance agency based in Northeast Harbor, Maine specializing in a wide variety of business, home, and vehicle insurance offerings for customers throughout Hancock, Washington, Penobscot and Knox counties.

The agreement, which is effective immediately, marks the fifth acquisition this year for Cross Insurance, a Bangor, Maine-based family-owned insurance agency, following the broker’s recent acquisitions of Troy, Pires & Allen Insurance of East Providence, R.I., The Driscoll Agency of Norwell, Mass., The Insurance Exchange of Stamford, Conn., and Willis of Northern New England.
Merchant, Needham & Associates will operate as a member of Cross Insurance but will retain both its name

Ciara Bravo Attends Fox Summer TCA All-Star Party

Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images
West Hollywood, California - Seventeen year old actress Ciara Bravo looked simply beautiful wearing a colorful dress, white suit coat and high heels to the Fox Summer TCA All-Star party held at the SOHO house on July 20, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.

Ciara Quinn Bravo is an American actress and voice actress. She is best known for her role as Katie Knight on Big Time Rush.
Actress Ciara Bravo speaks onstage at the 'Red Band Society' panel during the FOX Network portion of the 2014 Summer Television Critics Association at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. Photos by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Andre the Seal Documentary to Air August 6 on PBS‏




A documentary on Andre the Seal and Harry Goodridge is scheduled to be aired on PBS Wednesday, August 6, at 8:00 p.m.   Andre was a harbor seal found as a pup by Goodridge in 1961 in the waters off Rockport, Maine, near Robinson's Rock.  Goodridge raised the seal who lived for 25 years in both wild and human worlds, gaining attention and love from people around the globe.


The 50-minute film titled The Seal Who Came Home, is the final episode in the four-part series, My Wild Affair, and includes highlights of Andre’s life, the challenges, responsibilities and rewards of raising a wild animal as a pet, and includes actual footage, photographs, and interviews with people who were close to Andre throughout his life.

Enjoy a night to remember at the Owls Head Transportation Museum’s inaugural Barnstormers Ball

Owls Head, Maine - On the evening of Saturday, August 23 the Owls Head Transportation Museum will be transformed into the most happening joint around at the first-ever Barnstormers Ball fundraising gala. Guests are invited to dance the night away while enjoying bespoke cocktails, beer from Maine’s own Gritty McDuff’s, fantastic hors d’oeuvres and live music by the nine-piece band: Tony Boffa Music Presents: The Carmine Terracciano Band. Dappers, Dames and Fly Boys alike are invited to this ritzy affair set to the backdrop of our dazzling collection of WWI era aircraft and ground vehicles. Breathtaking WWI aircraft flyovers, a specialty silent auction, music and period-inspired games will add panache to this 1920s-themed, vintage aviation-inspired gala reflecting the era of OHTM’s core collection. 

The gala begins at 6:30 p.m. when guests will be greeted by the sight and sounds of thrilling aerial demonstrations performed in the Museum’s

Maine 7 Day Forecast

Today
 Sunny, with a high near 73. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
Tonight 
Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 59. Calm wind.

Tuesday 
Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday Night
 Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Southwest wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday
 Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. South wind 5 to 15 mph.
Wednesday Night 
A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65.

Thursday
 A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74.
Thursday Night
 Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.

Friday 
Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.
Friday Night
 Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.

Saturday
 Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.
Saturday Night 
Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.

Sunday 
Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.