Maine Students Score Better Than in Most States on National Science Test

Maine students outperformed students in most other states on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the only test of student achievement that allows comparison of student performance across states.

Maine tied for the fifth highest science score in grade 4 and tied for eighth highest in grade 8. By some measures, such as percent of student proficiency, Maine ranks even higher on the test, which was administered in 2009 and is being reported today.

Statewide at the fourth grade, 42 percent of students in Maine scored at the “proficient” level or above. In the eighth grade, 35 percent of students scored at or above the “proficient” level.

Maine’s lower-income students are doing well compared to in other states and the nation as a whole. In Maine, 29 percent of students eligible for free or reduced lunch in the 4th grade scored at or above the “proficient” level compared to 16 percent nationally.

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Chinese New Year Festival

The Chinese and American Friendshaip Association of Maine is having its 21st annual Chinese New Festival on Saturday, February 5th, at Catherine McAuley High School, 631 Stevens Avenue, Portland, ME, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Very colorful and cute traditional Chinese dance and music performances by the children of the CAFAM Chinese School which will be from 11:00 a.m to noon.  Also, Tess Gerritsen, the New York Times best selling author and creator to the TV series Rizolli and Isles will be speaking at 3:00 p.m. about her experiences growing up Chinese in Southern California and living in mid-coast Maine (Camden).  She will do a book signing after she speaks.
There will also bea Dragon Dance, arts and crafts for children, mahjong, lectures and demonstrations for adults Chinese craft items and books for sale and delicious Chinese food.
This event usually draes 750+ attendees.

State Fire Marshal issues urgent warning about contaminated kerosene

GORHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The State fire Marshal's office is warning customers of the Lampron Energy Little Mart in Gorham about using kerosene mistakenly contaminated with gasoline.

About 300 gallons of contaminated kerosene was sold between Tuesday afternoon and Thursday afternoon this week at the store near the intersection of Routes 237 and 202. Lampron Energy Little Mart says fewer than 50 people bought the contaminated kerosene

Using the fuel could have disastrous results according to John Dean, the State Fire Marshal.  Customers who purchased kerosene from the store on those dates are urged to not use it and contact the store or the Gorham Fire Department.

"We have had fatalities where the wrong product, gasoline, was put into a kerosene heater and people have died,' said Dean.  "It's very, very serious."

Adventures in coupon clipping services.

Adventures in coupon clipping services.

Last week when I was writing about coupon contingency plans, I mentioned the possibility of buying coupons from an online clipping service. I’d considered it before, but always got big case of the lazy (with a side of cheap), and decided that it wasn’t worth the risk of buying a bunch of coupons that I might not ever have the occasion to use.

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Big 20 Celebrating 60 Years!

Big 20 Celebrating 60 Years!

The Big 20 Bowling Center on Route 1 in Scarborough is celebrating their 60th year with new owners Mike Walker and Rick Jones. Visit them on facebook and receive special offers, updates and events. And no, this ain’t no big ball, this is Candlepin Bowling! Check out Rock-N-Bowl every Friday and Saturday from 7pm-10pm, for only $10 bucks and think about joining a league next season.

Hours: M-Sat 9am-10p

          Sun 11am-8pm



"Love Should Not Hurt" Live 80's Dance to Benefit Family Crisis Services

"Love Should Not Hurt" Live 80's Dance to Benefit Family Crisis Services

On Sunday Febuary 13, the Italian Heritage Center in Portland at 40 Westland Ave. (behind Westgate Shopping Center) will host an event to benefit Family Crisis Services. Time Pilots, with the help of the very talented Veayo Twins, will be jamming 80's hits between the hours of 5 and 9pm. All ages are welcome! Proceeds go directly to Family Crisis Services.

Prices of admission are as follows: Adults - $20; Ages 13 to 17 - $5; Ages 12 and under - FREE

For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, call Family Crisis Services at 207-767-4952


Maine Children's Cancer Program - Dance Away Cancer Fundraiser


Scarborough’s preeminent social event of the year will take place at the pulse Ballroom Dance Studio on Friday evening, February 11, from 6:00 to 11:00 pm.

The Kiwanis Club of Scarborough is selling tickets to its 12h Annual fundraiser for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program.  The event is organized by Kiwanis each year and made possible through voluntary donations from local businesses and ticket sales to the public.  All net proceeds are donated to the Maine Children’s Cancer Program (MCCP).

A contribution of $25.00 per person; $175 for a table of eight includes an evening complete with live dance music by the Tony Boffa Band,  showcase dancing, dance lessons, hors d’ oeuvres and desserts along with a wonderful silent auction.