98 Grant Street #5

Large condo on 3rd floor of brick building in the Parkside neighborhood of Portland. 5 Large rooms, updated kitchen & bath, & hardwood floors. Located close to Deering Oaks Park and all the downtown amenities. A true rental alternative at this price.

Boo…it’s almost Halloween!!

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Halloween is right around the corner, so it is time to carve out a spooky plan for your celebration. As little ghosts, goblins, princesses, and pirates around the country get ready for trick-or-treating, here are a few ghoulishly good ideas that will make your next Halloween fright night a scream.
Spooky candy treats. Add a few spook-tacular accents to your loot for trick-or-treaters: fake rubbery spiders, jiggly eyes, glow-in-the-dark rings, and other tricks that make Halloween special. Make everyone jump for joy by giving them bags of the Wonka Haunted Mix. This assortment of Howlin’ Laffy Taffy and SweeTARTS Spooky Gummies is sweet, sour and in fun Halloween shapes.
Cast a spell over your home. Welcome trick-or-treaters or partygoers young and old with decorating ideas that will make your house the best on the block.
• Hang glow-in-the-dark cats, skeletons and spiders from ceilings and trees.
• Write scary Halloween messages on your front walkway using colored chalk or washable fluorescent paint.
• Tie small glow sticks with string to helium balloons and let them float over your house like mysterious lights in the sky.
• Not just the trick-or-treaters are looking for candy on Halloween, so be sure to have plenty of fun-size candy like Butterfinger and Nestlé Crunch around the house for easy snacking.
Start booing. Start a new neighborhood trend – Halloween Booing. Booing is a new Halloween tradition, but its roots can be traced back to the 1980s. Booing is mysteriously dropping a special treat at the home of a friend. Kids of all ages will love leaving secret “Boo!” bags filled with goodies like fun-size boxes of cool candy like Wonka Nerds on their neighbors’ doorsteps. Then watch as eventually the whole neighborhood gets into the Halloween spirit.
Create a bewitching Halloween bash invitation. This is a terrific activity for crafty kids. Guests will practically hear the screams and smell the witch’s brew when they open your homemade party invitation. Creativity is always the best way to grab your guests’ attention. Make them especially memorable and sharable by attaching a piece of Wonka Howlin’ Laffy Taffy.
Celebrate with sweets and treats. The candy aisle is not your only option for serving up decadent delights this holiday. Whip up this ghoulish graveyard goody for the kids (or the kids at heart) in your house.
Spooky Graveyard Pie
Makes 8 servings
3 cups (about 32 cookies)finely ground chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs, divided
3 tablespoonsmelted butter
1 can (12 fl. oz.)Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk
2large egg yolks
2 tablespoonscornstarch
1 3/4 cups (11.5-oz. pkg.)Nestlé Toll House Milk Chocolate Morsels
8chocolate filled vanilla wafer cookies
Black and purple decorator writing gels
Wonka SweeTARTS Spooky Gummies Candy*, Wonka SweeTARTS Skulls & Bones, or other assorted spooky Halloween candies
Nestlé Butterfinger and Nestlé Crunch candy bars, crumbled
COMBINE 1 1/2 cups cookie crumbs and butter in 9-inch deep-dish pie plate. Press crumb mixture onto bottom and upsides of pie plate. Set aside remaining 1 1/2 cups crumbs for dirt topping.
WHISK together evaporated milk, egg yolks and cornstarch in medium saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is very hot and thickens slightly; do not boil. Remove from heat; stir in morsels until completely melted and mixture is smooth.
POUR into crust. Sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 cups cookie crumbs. Press crumbs down gently. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until set.
DECORATE cookie tombstones as desired with writing gels. Sprinkle crumbled candy bar topping over the top of the pie. Insert tombstones around edge of pie. With spoon, mound cookie crumbs to form “fresh graves.” Decorate graves with gummies and Skulls & Bones to make the pie as spooky as you want it to be!
*Found in bags of Wonka Haunted Mix.

The Garon Group is a proud sponsor of Girls on the Run


Girls on the Run, an international program that works with communities and schools to inspire pre-teen girls to lead confident, happy and healthy lives by combining running with a confidence-boosting curriculum.www.girlsontherunmaine.org and click on the “Get Involved” tab.

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Girls on the Run, an international program, works to build self-esteem in young girls through running. The program is new to Maine, but demand is high; 37 students from Longfellow Elementary in Portland make up the state’s only teams, but the Maine chapter is hoping to expand.

The girls, all in grades three through five, are participating in a10-week training program with

While running is at the heart of the program, it is not about who can run the fastest.

“It’s not about the running,” Principal Dawn Carrigan said. “It’s about participating and doing your best.”

At the end of the 10 weeks, each of the Longfellow students will participate in Cape Elizabeth’s 5k Turkey Trot on Nov. 18. But their coaches are not focused on how fast the girls go; they are hoping the students feel empowered by the process.

“The curriculum is far less about running,” Jen Rhode, Maine Girls on the Run council director, said. “At the end of the program the girls can walk, run, hop, skip or twirl through their 5k. If they don’t become runners in life, that’s OK, but it’s giving them an experience to teach them they have the power to take control of themselves.”

The Cumberland-based program began at Longfellow this fall after a successful pilot run in the spring, Carrigan said. When the school decided it wanted to do the program again this fall, expecting to field only one team, 37 girls signed up and they ended up with three teams.

The girls at Longfellow are the state’s only teams, but Girls on the Run Maine is hoping to expand over the next several years.

Rhode said that the international chapter only allowed the state to start with three teams while they build the infrastructure for more teams, but there is a lot of interest coming from communities across Maine.

“I get phone calls and e-mails daily asking when can we start a site at our school and what’s the process? Interest is coming from all 16 counties,” she said.

Their five-year strategic plan has them starting the growth process in Cumberland County and later moving into north. But if an enthusiastic community comes forward, they will work to bring a branch of the program to that community.

“Even though we have a strategic plan, if we find there is a community that is completely fired up and has strong support either at a school or a site and they can make a strong case to us, we’re going to evaluate everything at this point,” Rhode said. “We’re going to make sure that those communities that are eager and super motivated are accommodated.”

She said that while there are other running programs in several Maine communities, Girls on the Run is different because the program emphasizes participation and self-development instead of training runners.

“Running is a vehicle of building self-esteem,” she said. “If you make girls physically strong by completing a 5k, they become emotionally strong and better prepared to handle the challenges of middle school.”

A fundraising event for Girls on the Run Maine, the Hot Choco Trot 5k, will be held Oct. 21 at 9 a.m. in Deering Oaks Park.

According to Rhode, the 5k run is less about racing and more about having fun. Prizes will be awarded for best costume, best finish line dance and the finish festival features live music and family friendly activities. 

Registration for the run is $20 in advance and $25 the day of. All of the money raised by the event will go toward scholarships and program costs.

Rhode also said the program is looking for volunteer coaches to work with the spring Girls on the Run session and anyone interested should visit

The Portland Forecaster, October 17, 2012   www.theforecaster.net