Carol McCracken (Post # 2,328)
The Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization elected a new slate of officers at this evenings annual meeting. Vacating her position after serving several terms as its president was Andrea Myhaver. She was given several mementos of the Hill and thanks for leading the non-profit during a transition period over the past few years. The meeting took place at Rising Tide Brewery.
Jay Norris, a board member, was elected president of the organization by a landslide. Sean Turley was elected its vice president.
Nini McManamy, Ned Chester and Lindsay Rowe, all Souls members, were elected to Board vacancies left by retiring members. Local business owner, Pam Macomber, also a member of the Souls, tried to win a seat on the Board, but was narrowly defeated. The “Souls” is a non-profit group that has dedicated itself to stopping the development at 58 Fore Street planned by CPB2, of which Jim Brady, is the managing partner. McManamy opposed the installation of the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum onto the same property in the 90s. She was also part of the recent protestors at a City Council meeting of the zone change for a proposed development for senior housing by developer Kevin Bunker. The City Council delayed the vote.
Also winning a seat on the Board was Colin Aspe. Terms begin on July 1, 2015.
Before the vote for new officers occurred, Matthew Kennedy explained that the MHNO decided not to take a position for or against the 58 Fore Street development, because a survey taken was so evenly divided. About 55 people attended the annual meeting, which is an unusually large turnout. In fact, Myhaver ran out of ballots and more had to be printed to accommodate the unexpectedly large turnout. It was obvious that the Souls had packed the room with its members in order to infiltrate the MHNO leadership.
MHNO has about 130 members currently, some of those joined at the meeting to accommodate the voting rules.
Miccucci’s donated delicious pizza for the troops.