Looking Back: Feb. 1

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Carr's Shoe Store operated out of this location at 3 Bridge St. for many years before going out of business in the early 1970’s. Robert J. Thuotte became the next tenant when he opened Paul’s Shoe Store. Thuotte later closed his business and the building remained vacant until Phil Audet relocated his business, Phil's Pizza, from the Scates building. The Scates building sustained damage when the vacant Men's Shop building was destroyed by fire Jan. 8, 1978. Several years later Jack and Edith Whippie purchased the business from Audet and opened the Cornerstone Restaurant, which they eventually sold to Joe Reali. The Cornerstone Restaurant closed and Chicky's Fine Diner was the next occupant. The Frog & Turtle Restaurant presently occupies the building. Photo and research courtesy of Mike Sanphy

Feb. 3, 1993

There will be no heavily muscled Marine ordering kids around in Westbrook Junior High School, Superintendent Edward Connolly told the School Committee Wednesday. The committee went on to vote to hire a disciplinarian “with an ego” for the school. Connolly said he was angered by a cartoon in the American Journal showing a tough Marine at the school. The cartoon grew out of comments made in the Jan. 20 School Committee meeting and reported in the American Journal. Assistant Principal Robert Welch gave an account of discipline problems at the school, requesting a person to take charge of the students in detention. Ex-Mayor Philip Spiller suggested hiring someone with a military background, and Welch replied that he had an application from a Marine. Connolly said the report of Welch’s remarks caused “a furor” and “every TV station” had been calling him.

Westbrook City Clerk William L. Clarke returned to his desk in City Hall briefly last week after having been sidelined by illness since Dec. 11. Trudy J. Storer, his deputy, is acting city clerk when he is absent.

Donald and Tracy Littlefield of Saco have bought Sportsman’s Hardware in Westbrook from Jim, Nancy and Ken Sanderson. The sale happened at the first of the year, and Don’s been on the scene since then, working alongside Jim and Nancy. The Littlefields are keeping all the current staff, and they believe in the stock-everything, old-time hardware store philosophy that has built the business. Don Littlefield, 32, grew up in his family’s paint business, M.F. Bragdon Co., on Exchange Street in Portland.

Harold and Beverly Chadburn, Jonathan and Heather, of Field Stream Way in Gorham, held an open house Jan. 24 in their new house. Fifty-six relatives and friends came. The Chadburns are former residents of the Mosher Road.

The Prides Corner Kiwanis Club has inducted its first woman member, Jennifer A. Huston, 90 Woodland Road, Westbrook. She was invited to join after she gave a presentation on the Westbrook School Volunteer Program. Huston has been director of the Prides Corner Nursery School for eight years and also is volunteer coordinator for the Westbrook schools. As the first woman, she automatically becomes a charter member of the club.

Feb. 5, 2003

The Westbrook Housing Authority has learned that federal subsidies could be cut by 30 percent because of “faulty accounting” at the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. The cuts would come at a time when a poor economy has caused unemployment rates to rise and affordable housing is becoming more scarce in Greater Portland. “We have to keep the lights on and we have to keep people warm,” said John Gallagher, housing authority director. “But we probably won’t be doing any long-term maintenance, which is counter-productive. The hope is to make cuts that won’t affect residents or staff.”

A 10-year-old Gorham girl was still hospitalized in intensive care Tuesday after being seriously injured last week when a basketball backboard fell on her at Narragansett School. Superintendent of Schools Michael Moore said it appeared the girl was hurt when a crank mechanism used to raise and lower the backboards apparently failed and the board fell. The School Department has barred the use of the equipment at schools throughout the town until a thorough safety inspection can be completed.

A former history professor at Kharkov State University in Ukraine, Oleg Semko, recently visited his friend and business partner, Dean Street, in Gorham. Street, who taught English at Kharkov State for several years, met Semko in 1989. They are partners in a Ukrainian business that buys and sells measuring equipment, Street’s wife, Victoria, who is a native of Ukraine, graduated from Kharkov State University.

The Westbrook City Council delayed Monday a plan to slow traffic on Forest Street after residents on the street complained that the council was moving too fast. The council is considering installing two speed tables and a stop sign on the street, as well as signs on other streets directing traffic away from it. Residents, who had previously complained that people were driving too fast in their neighborhood, asked for a stop sign. “None of us wants a speed bump at the end of our street,” said resident Charles Marsters. “This has changed from a stop sign to a license for the Public Works Department to basically do whatever they want,” said Laura Randall, another Forest Street resident.

Carr’s Shoe Store operated out of this location at 3 Bridge St. for many years before going out of business in the early 1970’s. Robert J. Thuotte became the next tenant when he opened Paul’s Shoe Store. Thuotte later closed his business and the building remained vacant until Phil Audet relocated his business, Phil’s Pizza, from the Scates building. The Scates building sustained damage when the vacant Men’s Shop building was destroyed by fire Jan. 8, 1978.
Several years later Jack and Edith Whippie purchased the business from Audet and opened the Cornerstone Restaurant, which they eventually sold to Joe Reali.
The Cornerstone Restaurant closed and Chicky’s Fine Diner was the next occupant. The Frog & Turtle Restaurant presently occupies the building.
Photo and research courtesy of Mike Sanphy