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The Annual Meeting of the Association will take place on

May 19

7:30 p.m.

11 Cumberland St. (home of Marybeth and Jim Burbank)

Please come, and bring ideas for how the Association can better serve the neighborhood!

Elections for the NWBNA Board will also be held.

Light refreshments provided!

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Tuesday 14 October

People Plus Center (Union and Cumberland Sts.)

7 p.m.

Meet the candidates, enjoy some of Marybeth’s famous apple pie!

Candidates for the Town Council at-large seat will be John P. Portela and Katherine E. Wilson.

John Portela is featured in a Times Record story from 8/20/2014.

Katherine Wilson is featured in a Times Record story from 8/19/2014.

School Board candidate-at-large William H. Thompson will also join us.


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The NWBNA Our Neighborhood & Apple Pie night on October 22 was a “Meet the Candidates” night. Candidates for Town Council Alison Harris and Jane Millett, and candidate for School Board Janet Connors, participated.

The event was introduced by association president Marybeth Burbank, and moderated by neighbor Fred Horch.

Candidate prepared remarks (including responses to questions given them in advance) were recorded. Watch the video (about one hour long) below.

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The NWBNA hosts:

Our Neighborhood & Apple Pie Night

Tuesday, October 22

7 to 9 p.m.

People Plus Center, Union and Cumberland Sts.

Candidates for town offices will attend and discuss their vision and plans, as well as engage attendees in a Q & A period.

Town Council: Alison Harris and Jane Millett (incumbent Margo Knight is not running for reelection)

Brunswick School Board: Janet Connors (incumbent) and Daniel R. Hammond Jr.

Please plan to attend!

Can you help spread the word? Tell your neighbors, or print and give out a flyer for the event!

Please note: this event is intended for those living within the association boundaries. (see this page for a map showing boundaries)

If you are interested but live beyond the NWBNA boundaries: we intend to video and post the event– check back after 10/22.


The Brunswick Downtown Association is holding a candidates’ forum open to the general public:

Tuesday 29 October, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Council Chambers, 16 Station Ave.

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PDF Flyer: Spread the word! All neighbors are invited.

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The League of Women Voters for Brunswick has once more agreed to host a televised forum for candidates for Brunswick Town Council. There is just one contested race this year. Byron Watson, Bill Dana and Benet Pols are vying for the At-Large spot being vacated by Debbie Atwood.

While the candidates are provided with one advance question, the rest of the questions come from the audience. Typically, audience members write questions on cards and a league member sorts them to avoid repetition; the question is then put to all the candidates by a moderator.

The larger the audience, the broader the spectrum of questions. Please come with questions.

Thursday the 29th of September
7:00 PM
Municipal Meeting Room
Maine Street Station

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Today’s Brunswick Times Record has a good story by Beth Brogan that covers the Brunswick Town Council Election for District 6 (encompassing the NWBNA), a race between incumbent Margo Knight and Scott Taylor.


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The two candidates for Cumberland County Commissioner are Malory Shaughnessy and Susan Witonis. I requested information from each as follows:

“Would you care to send further information for my neighbors and me that would help us learn more about your candidacy and why we should support it? Or if there’s a newspaper story I should be aware of, perhaps you could let me know?

Here are the replies: Malory Shaughnessy responds:

“The three Cumberland County commissioners are elected by voters to function as the chief elected officials and policy making board for the county. The board of Commissioners is similar to a city council in their oversight responsibilities. Their primary role involves policy making, approval of the county budget and annual expenditures. The commissioners also provide representation on several boards and committees to further the goal of interagency and interlocal co-operation.

“Each Commissioner currently represents about 87,000 people. In my district, I represent fifteen municipalities. These are Baldwin, Bridgton, Brunswick, Casco, Freeport, Gray, Harpswell, Harrison, Naples, New Gloucester, North Yarmouth, Pownal, Raymond, Sebago and Windham. The County Charter that is also on the ballot in November would expand this Board of Commissioners to five so as to offer somewhat better representation to the taxpayers.

“Being a Commissioner is an elected office and brings with it a stipend of about $8,000 per year. I would say I spend round 15+ hours a week. Some weeks it is far more and other weeks less. If I didn’t need to earn a living as well, it could easily be full time. There are many facets to the position and many additional duties of Boards we are part of and committees we serve on.

“We meet as a Board twice, and have between 2 and 5 workshops, monthly. We divide up the other duties (which you can get a sense of from the attached summary) and I have concentrated on the newly created Cumberland District Public Health Council (which was one of the initiatives I ran on four years ago and helped to found in 2007), the People’s Regional Opportunity Program Board, working with GP COG on several new regional transportation initiatives (also my focus when I ran the first time), and criminal justice/corrections work. I serve on the state’s Sentencing and Correction Practices Coordinating Council as Chair. We are working on several initiatives in modernizing our bail system, utilizing deferred disposition as an alternative to incarceration, as well as a review of the sentencing practices in use across Maine.

“I hope this has given you some idea of the variety of the work we do as county commissioner. I also hope to be seeing us involved in more delivery of public services in years to come. If we can use the county model employed across the country for regional service delivery I truly believe we can have the services we need but enjoy the savings from the economy of scale county can bring.

Please check out the county website to see more about our county at www.cumberlandcounty.org . Also I have a campaign website at www.malory.info.”

Summary of Cumberland County Services

Malory Shaughnessy Bio

Shaughnessy Announces 2010 Candidacy

Archive: 2006 article on Malory Shaughnessy Candidacy

Susan Witonis responds:


I am attaching my palm card which will give you information on myself. There will be an article coming out in the Lakes Region Weekly newspaper soon.  Hope this will help you. Please feel free to contact me. My number is 650-8029.

Susan Witonis Palm Card

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Here is a sample ballot for District 6 (the Brunswick district encompassing our neighborhood).

Click here for the sample ballot (PDF)

(For those visiting from beyond District 6: see the Town of Brunswick web site for more sample ballots.)

Please prepare for the election! Please vote!

State of Maine: Information for voters

Know your rights as a voter: See the Maine list of voter rights

Voting will take place at the Brunswick Junior High School on Tuesday Nov. 2, 2010. BJHS is at 65 Columbia Ave., between Barrow and Baribeau Sts. Columbia Ave. is parallel to and south of McKeen St.

Follow this link to see BJHS on Google Maps

Alternatively, you may cast an absentee ballot. You may pick up an absentee ballot at the Brunswick town office, or request an absentee ballot via US Mail or phone (725-6658). You may also cast an absentee ballot at the town office from now till Nov. 2 (hours: 8:30 to 4:30 M-F).

Click here for Town of Brunswick elections info

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