Feb. 15, 1984

Mayor Phillip Spiller thinks the city should be making people tear down a building if it’s put up in violation of Westbrook’s rules. “If we make one or two examples, we’re not going to have the

problem. The city is lax about this. It’s the same problem we have in the schools. It’s a matter of discipline, and making people do what they should do.” He spoke in a Planning Board Zoning Appeals Board conference on zoning matters, and after listening to several reports that there is widespread disregard of the city’s building permits, he responded. Dr. James Calderbank, chairman of the Appeals Board, said, “There have been times when what we denied was built anyway. What can you do? You have to go to court. The code enforcement officer realized it wasn’t worth doing to make a fellow do what he should have done.” Judy Verrill, an alternate Zoning Appeals Board member, said,”I know of many situations. Nobody’s going to report them. It’s causing people to be dishonest.” Spiller said, “If we make an example of them, and people see that they can’t get away with anything, they’re not going to do it. That’s the problem here. As long as we’re lax, we’re not going to get compliance.”

Lisa Blais, the do-everything star of three Westbrook High School

state championship basketball teams, is a regular starter this year on the women’s basketball team of Old Dominion University, Norfolk Va., now ranked about seventh highest in the nation.

Old Dominion has won 16 of its 20 games this year. Among its

victims were the University of Southern California, top-ranked in the nation until it met Old Dominion, who beat them 102-90,

Westbrook Police Patrolman Charlotte Adams was transferred to the police department’s Youth Aid Bureau at the end of January.

Chief Carmine Russo has been planning since early last year to

make that change in assignment but lacked the manpower to take her off patrol duty, he said. Four patrolmen have been added in the last month or so. Adams has been a patrolman since March 1975.

Westbrook police notes: A woman said there were cows on

Stroudwater Street at 6:45 p.m. Police found about 50 of Mr. Randall’s Herefords were loose. He wasn’t home, but police finally corralled them. Arnie Beck, 18, was taken to the Maine Medical Center by the Rescue Unit after a three-car cash at Monroe and Stroudwater streets at 7:30 a.m., Jan. 23.

Feb. 16, 1994

Three Gorham men are vying for the two open Town Council seats

that will be decided on March 8. They are Councilor Calvin Hamblen, Hamblen Road; Matt DeRienzo, Queen Street; and John G. Alden, State Street. Hamblen, 62, a Gorham native and father of three grown children, including Robert Hamblen, town planner for Windham. He attended Gorham schools and Northeastern University, Boston. A Marine Corp veteran,

he is a certified public accountant. Hamblen is an incumbent serving his third term, DeRienzo, 18, was born in Saco and moved to Gorham with his family when he was 5. He attended Gorham schools until the eighth grade. He was home schooled for high school and attended Tocca Falls College in Georgia for one year. He is employed by Market Decisions, a South Portland market research firm. He is also the Scarborough reporter for the American Journal. Aldin, 41, was born and raised in Gorham. He is married with two children in Gorham schools. A 1970 graduate of Gorham High School, Alden is employed by Nynex as a telephone lineman.

Gorham has its first lodging place. That is, the first in recent years. Pine Crest Bed & Breakfast opened Jan. 15 at 91 South St., one of Gorham’s most historic houses, extensively refitted for its new career. The owners are Jane and Joe Carlozzi, and daughter Linda. The Carlozzis had been interested in owning a bed and breakfast for several years, searching the seacoast for a suitable location. “I think we are offering an important service to area towns,” Linda said. “We are the closest bed and breakfast to Portland.”

James O. Pickard, president, and Sumner Oleson, senior vice

president, have announced the formation of a new company, Oleson Saw Technology Corp., a joint venture of Pickard and Fred and Sumner Oleson of the former E.G. Oleson & Son, Westbrook. The new venture has acquired E.G. Oleson & Son and will continue to operate in Westbrook as well as Sayre, Pa., where E.G. Oleson operated both a saw blade maintenance facility and a full-line sales office. Pickard said Oleson Saw Technology intends to be the most complete saw related supplier in the industry, and will be expanding its sales and technical force as well as its product lines.


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