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MunjoyHillNews.Com & Bangor Daily News Go Separate Directions!

on Oct. 04, 2013, at 5:39 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,532) Carol McCracken of the is announcing that due to a salary dispute with the Bangor Daily News, the affiliation between the two has been dissolved by the former, effectively immediately. About a year ago, the was approached by the Bangor Daily News  and asked to be on …

Court Sets Timetable for Friends of Congress Square Plaza Lawsuit Against Portland

on Oct. 04, 2013, at 12:51 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,531) The Cumberland County Superior Court Justice Joyce A. Wheeler has issued an order that sets a  briefing schedule and oral argument date in the matter of Friends of Congress Square Park vs. the City of Portland according to a press release issued this afternoon by …

Jen Burrall Designs Readies for First Friday Art Walk Tomorrow

on Oct. 03, 2013, at 5:09 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,530) “I really love what I do.  I feel so fortunate that I’m constantly inspired to make new designs and that I love what I do,” said Jen Burrall, one of the more talented jewelry makers in the area. She was focused on creating earrings sculpted from semi-precious metals to …

Monument Square Clock Restored by Portland’s Rotary Club

on Oct. 03, 2013, at 4:38 p.m.
A Blurred Rotarian Cyrus Hagge,  Hands the Key to the Clock to Mayor Michael Brennan This Morning, During a Ceremony in Monument Square. By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,529) “I’ve given out keys to the City of Portland, but I’ve never received a key to the Monument Square Clock,” said …

Nicole Clegg Resigns From Position as City’s Spokeswoman

on Oct. 03, 2013, at 11:48 a.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,528 ) Nicole Clegg, Portland’s Director of Communications, announced  yesterday that she will be leaving her post effective Friday, October 11th.  After almost ten years in that position, she has decided to return to a former employer of hers, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.  In …

Former Munjoy Hill Church To Be Converted to Condominiums

on Oct. 02, 2013, at 8:09 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,527) A former  church at 35 Lafayette Street was sold about a month ago to developer Peter Bass for condominium development.  The International Christian Fellowship will be developed into six loft units, Munjoy Hill resident Peter Bass said this afternoon. The name of his company is Random Orbit, Inc. …

B.Good Eatery Opens in Old Port Tonight; Bringing Fresh Ideas

on Oct. 02, 2013, at 1:18 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,526) “We will be serving food made by people and not by factories,” said Bill Zolper, as he discussed the opening of his B.Good eatery in the Old Port yesterday afternoon.  The eatery has a soft opening tonight between 6 – 8 pm at which free …

“Munjoy Heights” Condos Coming to Walnut Street; Neighborhood Meeting 10/26

on Oct. 01, 2013, at 5:25 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,525) Plans for a 29 unit condominium complex at the corner of Walnut and Sheridan Streets on Munjoy Hill were filed with the city’s planning department last month.  Munjoy Heights will consist of 6 buildings ranging from 4 units to 6 units per building, according …

Health Insurance Marketplace Opens for Business Today

on Oct. 01, 2013, at 1:49 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,535) Today, October 1st,  marks the first day that the uninsured can sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Heath Care Act and a coalition of groups hosted a press conference this morning on the waterfront to urge the uninsured to do just that.  We …

Pingree Statement on Government Shutdown

on Oct. 01, 2013, at 8:19 a.m.
By Carol McCracken   (Post # 1 ,534) Congresswoman Chellie Pingree issued the following statement after Congress failed to pass a bill last night to keep the government operating. “It is outrageous that the Republican obsession with weakening the Affordable Care Act has now led to a government shutdown.  I”m hopeful that …

Congresswoman Pingree Sets Up Web Page About Affects of Government Shutdown

on Sept. 30, 2013, at 7:22 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,533) Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D) Maine, has set up a web page to help explain the potential impacts on Maine of a potential government shutdown which is looking more and more likely as the clock ticks closer to midnight.  The web page can be accessed through Pingree’s …

Mitchell’s Message Resonates on Eve of Possible Government Shutdown

on Sept. 29, 2013, at 2:06 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,532) “When I was elected Senate Majority Leader, I called Bob Dole and went to his office. I told him there had to be trust between us.  I’d never surprise him, never embarrass him and not make it personal,” former Senator George J. Mitchell (D) …

Key Bank Robbed This Morning by White Male; Public Input Sought

on Sept. 27, 2013, at 4:39 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,531) A  male, in his twenties or thirties, is being sought for the robbery this morning of Key Bank, 400 Forest Avenue.  At approximately 10:30 am the white male entered the Bank and gave the teller a note demanding money.  The suspect did not appear …

Harvest on the Harbor Kicks off Sixth Year at Ocean Gateway Next Month

on Sept. 26, 2013, at 2:22 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,530) This afternoon Barbara Whitten, President of the Convention + Visitors Bureau, announced plans for the sixth annual Harvest on the Harbor which takes place from October 23rd until October 26, on the Portland Waterfront at Ocean Gateway Pier. A new feature of this year’s …

Street & Co. Restaurant Reopens Thursday After Nearby 3 Alarm Fire

on Sept. 25, 2013, at 6:37 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,529) The venerable old port restaurant, Street & Co., will be reopening tomorrow, Thursday, September 26th evening said Cathy Gore, its general manager this afternoon. The city’s inspection department inspected the property, located on Wharf Street, yesterday and notified owner Dana Street, it was cleared to open. Street’s reopening  follows …

Friends of Congress Square Park Sue Portland

on Sept. 25, 2013, at 5:26 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,528) This afternoon the Friends of Congress Square Park filed a lawsuit against the City of Portland to pursue its right to file a Citizens’ Initiative.  The Complaint and Emergency Motion for a Preliminary Injunction have been posted online at for the publics’ review.  The …

Jamie Vandegraaf Arrested for Robbery of TD Bank

on Sept. 25, 2013, at 3:16 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,527) Jamie Vandegraff,  22, was arrested on September 24th  at 6:45 pm for the robbery of the TD Bank branch, 449 Forest Avenue, Portland. The robbery took place on Saturday, September 21st in the morning. Vandegraaf is a Portland resident and has been charged by …

Michele Sturgeon Resigns Post as City Health Inspector

on Sept. 24, 2013, at 5:19 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,526 ) Michele Sturgeon, a former city restaurant inspector, acknowledged today that she resigned from her City of Portland position last month. The resignation was effective as of Aug. 23, a date which the city confirmed in an email from Nicole Clegg, city’s spokeswoman.  The city is currently looking for …

Somali Community Condems Terriorists in Kenya; No Connection to Portland

on Sept. 24, 2013, at 2:57 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,525) Leaders of the Somali community met with Congresswoman Chellie Pingree early this afternoon at their Portland Street office for about an hour.  Following the meeting, they held a joint news conference. Pingree said that the leaders were horrified to see what happened in the shopping …

East End Wastewater Treatment Facility Saves With New Equipment

on Sept. 23, 2013, at 7:39 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,534) The East End Wastewater Treatment Facility on Munjoy Hill has announced it has generated over $200,000 in savings annually.  This comes from new equipment and process changes installed in the recent past. The Portland Water District’s four wastewater treatment plants clean roughly 8 billion gallons of …