Articles by Andrew Cullen

Michelle Sturgeon, Portland's food service industry health inspector, talks to Anthony Salvaggio, owner of The Maine Squeeze lemonade stand, on the Eastern Promenade on Sunday during the Gentleman of the Road festival.

Portland restaurant owners surprised by code violations, including no-open-door policy

By Andrew Cullen on Aug. 07, 2012, at 10:31 a.m.
A year into a new restaurant-focused health inspector’s tenure, the required checks are more rigorous than ever and include limits on outdoor dining. Restaurants and other food service businesses are seeing more violations noted on their inspection sheets than in the past, the inspector, Michelle Sturgeon, said. …

As more homeless cram into Portland shelters, less room for those with injuries

By Andrew Cullen on Aug. 02, 2012, at 1:41 p.m.
About a year ago, Rob Parritt began keeping a three-ring binder in his office at the Oxford Street Shelter to hold the growing stack of doctors’ notes asking the homeless shelter to provide special accommodations for clients with medical problems. The binder covers now strain to contain …
Taxis wait in a holding lot at the Portland International Jetport for their chance to queue outside the terminal. Renewed debate over the number taxis working the airport has spurred debate about whether the the city should limit the number of cabs across the city.

Airport debate raises broader question: Are there too many taxis in Portland?

By Andrew Cullen on July 25, 2012, at 11:13 a.m.
Even as city councilors on the Transportation, Sustainability and Energy Committee refrained from making recommendations last week about how to respond to complaints about overcrowding by specially licensed airport taxi cabs, another, broader question arose. Does the city just have too many taxis? Some drivers and councilors …

Proponents pushing for a return to street cars in Portland

By Andrew Cullen on July 25, 2012, at 7:30 a.m.
Tony Donovan, a commercial Realtor and rail transit advocate, stood on a busy section of Commercial Street on Friday afternoon talking about how a streetcar system would improve the city. “This is not nostalgia,” Donovan said. “This is the future.” As he talked, he counted cars with …