2008-03-31

* Peter Donatelli




THE PASTOR, LAUNDERER, HUSBAND + FATHER

Father Peter Donatelli manages and works at his family business, Liliana's Laundromat, located on Congress Street on Munjoy Hill. When he is not there, Donatelli spends much of his remaining time managing his church that is based in Brunswick, just north of Portland, called The Church of Christ Jesus Victor.

Locals say Donatelli is a vocal fixture on The Hill. As good as he is at pushing his customers' buttons for a spirited debate or to listen and laugh at his latest joke, he is a smart, honest person living life to its fullest.

God, community, service, family, laughter, and clean clothes make this man's world go 'round.

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Multimedia movie coming soon.

2008-03-30

* How to Shave a Cat: Part I

(March 30, 2008 - BOSTON, MA) Vinny being shaved by Lorna Reed, owner of Dewberry Dogs in South Boston, with the help of her partner Bill and daughter Michelle. This is Vinny's first time being shaved. And possibly his last. (Photos by Whitney J. Fox)
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2008-03-24

* Boston Common & Faneuil Hall

(March 24, 2008 - BOSTON, MA) HOOFING AND WOOFING AROUND BOSTON / PJ, a one-and-a-half-year old minature dachshund, motivates his owners, Jon Littler (left) and Patrick Chee (right) to get walking during Monday's sunny, mild-weathered lunch hour at Boston Common. England natives who now reside in New York City, the three are visiting Boston for the first time, but only for a night. (Photo by Whitney J. Fox)
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(March 23, 2008 - BOSTON, MA) BIRTHDAY BALLOONS / While leaving Faneuil Hall, Julia Milner, a student from Long Island, NY enrolled at Mount Ida College in Newton, dons a balloon hat she received at Dick's Last Resort where she and three friends celebrated her 20th on Easter Sunday night. The hat's hand-written birthday wishes read, "Bang me like a drum - it's my 20th birthday." (Photo by Whitney J. Fox)
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(March 23, 2008 - BOSTON, MA) BIRTHDAY BALLOONS / While leaving Faneuil Hall, Julia Milner, a student from Long Island, NY enrolled at Mount Ida College in Newton, dons a balloon hat she received at Dick's Last Resort where she and three friends celebrated her 20th on Easter Sunday night. The hat's hand-written birthday wishes read, "Bang me like a drum - it's my 20th birthday." (Photo by Whitney J. Fox)
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(March 24, 2008 - BOSTON, MA) HURLING ABOUT / Bernard O'Brien fields a ball (or sliothar) with his hurl (or stick) from mates in the outfield, Martin Murphy (left) and Shane Cody (right) during a relaxed game of the traditional Irish sport called hurling on Monday's sunny, mild-weathered lunch hour at Boston Common. The three men, along with two other friends, are on their first holiday to Boston from Ireland, spending a week in Beantown. O'Brien and Murphy live in Kilkenny and Cody lives in Wexford. (Photo by Whitney J. Fox)
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(March 24, 2008 - BOSTON, MA) TWO IS BETTER THAN ONE / Couples of people walk the park and sit on benches while a couple of pigeons court eachother during Monday's sunny, mild-weathered lunch hour at Boston Common. (Photo by Whitney J. Fox)
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(March 23, 2008 - BOSTON, MA) QUINCY MARKET / A quiet, empty Quincy Market on Easter Sunday night. (Photo by Whitney J. Fox)
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(March 23, 2008 - BOSTON, MA) FOUR WHEELS, FOR LEGS / As four-wheeled vehicles speed by, four-legged Jody, a Percheron horse, patiently waits for passengers to board her carriage at Faneuil Hall Marketplace on Easter Sunday night. (Photo by Whitney J. Fox)
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(March 24, 2008 - BOSTON, MA) TWO LEGS, TWO CHORDS / Independent singer and songwriter, John Gerard, patiently plays for passengers waiting to board the MBTA Green Line at the Park Street stop during Monday's lunch hour. (Photo by Whitney J. Fox)
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* Green Line Motion: John Gerard at the Park St. Station

(March 24, 2008 - BOSTON, MA) GREEN LINE MOTION / Independent singer and songwriter, John Gerard, patiently plays for passengers waiting to board the MBTA Green Line at the busy Park Street stop during Monday's lunch hour. His critics and fans say he plays music with e-motion - Gerard does just that as commuters in-motion whirl by. (Photos by Whitney J. Fox)
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* Casco Bay's Winds of Change: Captain Bill Rolls On

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2008-03-10

* Rising Gas Prices: A Community Issue in Portland, Maine

Considering America's current economic state - a recession, some experts say - the rising gas prices are a daily reminder for many citizens that only compound this status. Five members of the Portland, Maine community tell their story of how rising gas prices are affecting their livelihoods.


(March 10, 2008 - PORTLAND, ME) TAXI CAB CONFESSIONS - Walter Davenport, owner of Elite Taxi, says the increase in gas prices greatly affects his transportation company. / Walter Davenport, owner of Elite Taxi, says the increase in gas prices greatly affects his transportation company. “Gas has gone up over a dollar since last year. That’s a 33 percent increase, so we need all the help we can get, yes.” Davenport says a proposal in the city of Portland, which will be put before city council in a few weeks, to increase the initial drop charge from $1.90 to $2.20 is a step in the right direction. “That means that we’re getting and extra 30 cents with every trip, not 30 cents on every mile, so I’m not too sure. It’s a very good start, because it’s a difficult situation.” However, he fears losing his frequent riders with any price increase. “All kinds of people take cabs, you know, very poor people and people that don’t have cars, all of that. They’re our frequent riders, so starting to push everything off on them is very difficult. It’s just a shame to be part of the fact that everybody has to go up in price when we know what that is which is causing inflation and that hurts everybody. So I guess that’s just the reality.” ABC affiliate WMTW reported today the state average for the price of a gallon of gas is $3.24, which is 15 cents higher than last month's average and two cents higher than the current national average. (Photo by Whitney J. Fox)
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(March 10, 2008 - PORTLAND, ME) CRAB APPLES - Andi Flagg, clerk at the Big Apple Food Store and Gulf gas station on Congress Street, says customers are quick to point out the increasing gas prices when they come into the store to pay. / Andi Flagg, clerk at the Big Apple Food Store and Gulf gas station on Congress Street, says customers are quick to point out the increasing gas prices when they come into the store to pay. “Customers are cranky everybody’s crabbing. Seems like we’re doing a price change on the pumps every other day – up, down, up down. It varies, depends on what the other gas stations are doing. Like I said the customers get cranky. They never know what to expect, whether it’s going to be something that technically isn’t reasonable and want to know why it’s cheaper in Ohio and cheaper in other states than it is here. I think we need to put a crying towel out there. There’s several customers that would like to see one there. I don’t think the head office would appreciate it, but oh well.” Flagg reminds customers that the price affects everyone. “It affects all, I mean everybody. Even we have to travel to get to work and it bothers us too. We’ve got to pay way too much for way too little.” ABC affiliate WMTW reported today the state average for the price of a gallon of gas is $3.24, which is 15 cents higher than last month's average and two cents higher than the current national average. (Photo by Whitney J. Fox)
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(March 10, 2008 - PORTLAND, ME) CARPENTRY CALLS - Kevin Kane, a local carpenter, stops into the Big Apple and Gulf gas station on Congress Street to purchase a snack, not gas, and says the increasing fuel prices affect the bids he calculates for his jobs. / Kevin Kane, a local carpenter, stops into the Big Apple and Gulf gas station on Congress Street to purchase a snack, not gas, and says the increasing fuel prices affect the bids he calculates for his jobs. “I try not to drive as much as possible. If I’m going to make a trip I make sure I make it an efficient trip. I go to a certain place where I know whether gas is going to be cheap and there would be a lumber store nearby, and normally I wouldn’t if it was like $1.99, but you pretty much worry about the gas prices because it affects everything. Kane explains, “If you bid a project, for instance you don’t think about putting all that gas in there until it hits up to that and then you actually have to factor in the gas prices into your bid. I’ll factor in how many trips am I going to be making to the lumber store. And normally you wouldn’t really worry about it too much, but when you’re hauling lumber and all that you pretty much have to just because it’s so expensive.” ABC affiliate WMTW reported today the state average for the price of a gallon of gas is $3.24, which is 15 cents higher than last month's average and two cents higher than the current national average. (Photo by Whitney J. Fox)
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(March 10, 2008 - PORTLAND, ME) SMALL MONEY BAGS FOR STUDENTS - Emily Godan, a student at University of Southern Maine, realizes gas prices will be cutting deeper into her pocket when she moves out of town. / Emily Godan, a student at University of Southern Maine, realizes gas prices will be cutting deeper into her pocket when she moves out of town. “I live right here in Portland, so it’s kind of helpful, but soon I’m going to be moving to Old Orchard, so I’ll have to be commuting 20 miles each way and I’ve lived there in the past so it definitely hits you hard in your money bags.” For now, Godan walks and carpools where possible, but says being a full-time student poses the challenge of keeping a steady income. “I walk to work when it’s not too freezing or when I don’t have too much to carry. I’ll probably walk to school when it’s not so cold out also. I ride to work with my roommate, who works with me, whenever possible. It’s hard though ‘cause I can’t be working a lot, because I’m going to school full time, so I don’t have a lot of money to spare. The rising gas prices is definitely not good. Even a couple weeks ago it was getting down around three dollars and that was kind of hopeful, but it’s taken a quick turn in the other direction.” ABC affiliate WMTW reported today the state average for the price of a gallon of gas is $3.24, which is 15 cents higher than last month's average and two cents higher than the current national average. (Photo by Whitney J. Fox)
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(March 10, 2008 - PORTLAND, ME) THOSE WERE THE DAYS - After filling her car up with gas, Kim Floyd, owner of Spirited Gourmet, leaves the Big Apple Food Store and Gulf gas station on Congress Street. / Kim Floyd, owner of the local restaurant Spirited Gourmet, says although she drives a company car, she still understands the impact of increasing gas prices. “Gas prices affect me. I’ve actually moved to town in the last year. I was living outside of town and I spent probably an extra $100 a week on gas, and I think it’s outrageous. Gas, oil, diesel, everything – it’s definitely affecting our economy. For my day to day, I use a company car, so company pays for the gas.” Floyd longs for the old days when gas was considerably cheaper. “I’m not very happy with it. It could definitely be better. I liked when it was 99 cents a gallon, not almost four, “ she says laughing. “Those were the days.” ABC affiliate WMTW reported today the state average for the price of a gallon of gas is $3.24, which is 15 cents higher than last month's average and two cents higher than the current national average. (Photo by Whitney J. Fox)
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2008-03-03

* Portland Express Water Taxi

(March 2, 2008 - PORTLAND, ME) LINE DANCING - Captain Dave Laliberte unties the bow line of the Portland Express Water Taxi from the dock. / Captain Dave Laliberte, 26, unties the bow line of the Portland Express Water Taxi from the dock at Dimillo's Old Port East Marina. The company services passengers to approximately eight islands in Casco Bay. Laliberte, from Portland, who has worked on the water for years most recently as a lobsterman, started running the water taxi three months ago. He says, "I just love being on the water and any excuse to be out there is a good one, so I might as well do this one since I can pull together a few dollars at the same time." (Photo by Whitney J. Fox)
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(March 3, 2008 - PORTLAND, ME) FIRST RUN - The Portland Express Water Taxi heads out into Casco Bay. / The Portland Express Water Taxi, which docks the company's two taxis at Dimillo's Old Port East Marina, heads out into Casco Bay where it provides transportation to approximately eight islands. Passengers schedule the taxi at their convenience and are picked up from the city's public dock near the Maine State Pier. (Photo by Whitney J. Fox)
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(March 2, 2008 - PORTLAND, ME) WATER WORSHIP - Captain Dave Laliberte navigates the Portland Express Water Taxi through Casco Bay. / As the sun begins to set, Captain Dave Laliberte, 26, navigates the Portland Express Water Taxi through Casco Bay. The company's two taxis dock at Dimillo's Old Port East Marina and service passengers to approximately eight islands in Casco Bay. Laliberte, from Portland, who has worked on the water for years most recently as a lobsterman, started running the water taxi three months ago. He says, "I just love being on the water and any excuse to be out there is a good one, so I might as well do this one since I can pull together a few dollars at the same time." (Photo by Whitney J. Fox)
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(March 2, 2008 - PORTLAND, ME) - BECKONED BOAT - The Portland Express Water Taxi provides transportation to approximately eight islands in Casco Bay. / The Portland Express Water Taxi, which docks the company's two taxis at Dimillo's Old Port East Marina, provides transportation to approximately eight islands in Casco Bay. Passengers schedule the taxi at their convenience and are picked up from the city's public dock near the Maine State Pier. (Photo by Whitney J. Fox)
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(March 2, 2008 - PORTLAND, ME) WATER WORSHIP - Captain Dave Laliberte navigates the Portland Express Water Taxi through Casco Bay. / As the sun begins to set, Captain Dave Laliberte, 26, navigates the Portland Express Water Taxi through Casco Bay. The company's two taxis dock at Dimillo's Old Port East Marina and service passengers to approximately eight islands in Casco Bay. Laliberte, from Portland, who has worked on the water for years most recently as a lobsterman, started running the water taxi three months ago. He says, "I just love being on the water and any excuse to be out there is a good one, so I might as well do this one since I can pull together a few dollars at the same time." (Photo by Whitney J. Fox)
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(March 2, 2008 - PORTLAND, ME) A HARD DAY'S NIGHT - Captain Dave Laliberte ends his 12-hour shift working the Portland Express Water Taxi. / Captain Dave Laliberte, 26, finishes up paperwork at the end of his 12-hour shift running the Portland Express Water Taxi in Casco Bay. The company's two taxis dock at Dimillo's Old Port East Marina and service passengers to approximately eight islands in Casco Bay. Laliberte, from Portland, who has worked on the water for years most recently as a lobsterman, started running the water taxi three months ago. He says, "I just love being on the water and any excuse to be out there is a good one, so I might as well do this one since I can pull together a few dollars at the same time." (Photo by Whitney J. Fox)
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