Monday December 05, 2011 | 09:45 PM

Pledging to focus on education and local, sustainable initiatives, Mayor Michael Brennan garnered repeated rounds of applause during the speech he gave at his inaugural reception held this evening at Ocean Gateway on Portland's waterfront. Mayor Brennan was sworn in as Portland's first popularly elected mayor in 88 years earlier in the day at City Hall. Among those applauding during the speech were his wife, Joan Martay, his son Tavis Brennan, his daughter-in-law, Daniella Swenton, and his son Ryan Brennan, seen in the snapshot above.

The party featured music from Chipped Enamel, featuring Phillip Hoose, who won the National Book Award in 2009. Ryan Brennan and Sadie Lloyd also performed for the crowd.

And boy was it a crowd! The huge function room that does double duty as a cruise ship terminal was jam packed with politicians and community leaders out to wish the new mayor well.

For all the details on the inauguration and Mayor Brennan's speech, check out Tom Bell's story in tomorrow's Portland Press Herald. Should you care to see my party snapshots or read what guests had to say about the new mayor, be sure to look for the Scene & Heard section in the Dec. 11 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram.

Until then, I hope to see you out and about.

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