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Whitley Newman & David Marshall Wed in Church Ceremony

on Sept. 21, 2013, at 7:32 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,533) Whitley Newman and David Marshall were married this afternoon in a ceremony at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church.  The Rev. Christina Sillar performed the 45 minute ceremony on the East End of Portland. City councilor Kevin Donoghue served as best man and Ainsley Wallace, sister …

TD Bank Robbed This Morning by White Male; No Weapon Visible

on Sept. 21, 2013, at 5:53 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,532) At roughly 11:22 am., Portland Police Officers responded to TD Bank, 449 Forest Avenue, for a robbery for an undisclosed amount of cash, according to a press release issued this afternoon by Lt. James Sweatt. The male entered the bank and approached a teller and demanded …

Three Alarm Fire on Fore Street Starts at Joe Soley Property

on Sept. 19, 2013, at 4 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,531) Seth Condon was working this morning at Joe’s New York Slice Bar & Pizza, 420 Fore Street,  when he smelled smoke.  He opened the door to the basement around 1:30 am and billows of smoke came up into his face.  Immediately he dialed 911. The …

Congresswoman Pingree on Proposed Cuts to Food Stamp Program

on Sept. 19, 2013, at 9:26 a.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,530) House Republicans have introduced a bill this week to cut $40 billion in food stamp benefits, which would force 4 million people off the program next year according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.  Traditionally the SNAP program has been part of the Farm Bill, …

Naturalization Ceremony Held at Ocean Gateway Yesterday; 30 Countries Represented

on Sept. 18, 2013, at 1:42 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,529) Seventy-five immigrants and their families walked into Ocean Gateway on the Portland waterfront yesterday afternoon – about an hour later they walked back out into a  beautiful late summer day – with the rights and responsibilities afforded to all United States citizens.  All 75 immigrants …

City Approves Plaza Sale to RB & to be Sued for Petition Rejection

on Sept. 16, 2013, at 10:38 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,528) By a vote of 6 – 3, the City Council voted in favor of the controversial proposed contract to sell 2/3 of Congress Square Plaza to RockBridge Capital for its construction of an events center adjoining the former Eastland Hotel, soon to be a new …

Public Workshop on India Street Neighborhood Planning; 9/17

on Sept. 16, 2013, at 2:06 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,527) The public is invited to attend a workshop on the future of the India Street Neighborhood scheduled for tomorrow evening from 6:30 pm – 8:00 at the Maine Jewish Museum at 267 Congress Street. This is a continutation in a series of public meetings held …

Retail Moves Coming to Portland’s Old Port This Fall

on Sept. 14, 2013, at 3:43 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,526) “We need more space,” said the manager of J. L. Coombs, 22 Exchange Street, this afternoon.  That’s why the chain store is moving into the space vacated by Serendipity a few months ago; a high-end womens’ clothing store that closed due to the death of …

City Denies Congress Sq. Petition Filed by Opponents of Its Sale to RockBridge

on Sept. 13, 2013, at 2:21 p.m.
Frank Turek and Attorney Robert H. Levin on a Previous Occasion By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,525) Early this afternoon Portland’s Corporation Counsel announced that it had ruled against the legality of a petition submitted a week ago by the Friends of Congress Square.  Following a seven-day review period of the proposal, as mandated in the …

First BBQ & Blues Festival Coming to Maine State Pier; 9/20 – 22

on Sept. 12, 2013, at 9:02 a.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,525) Blues, BBQ & New Orleans food lovers -  save some portion of the September 20 – 22 weekend for the first-ever Festival on the Maine State Pier on Portland’s waterfront.  More than a dozen Blues bands and featured performers will rock the stage Friday – Sunday. The Blues Prophets & …

Three Injured & Taken to Hospital for Non-LIfe Threatening Injuries

on Sept. 11, 2013, at 7:28 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,524) Three individuals were injured at 255 Oxford Street on the east end of Portland this afternoon during an altercation.  Two individuals were stabbed and the third hit with some type of blunt object, according to a press release issued by the Portland Police Department. …

Congresswoman Pingree on Possible Diplomatic Solution in Syria

on Sept. 10, 2013, at 5:45 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,523) While many are awaiting the speech of President Barack Obama this evening at 9 pm on the Syrian situation, US Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D), has issued the following statement on the evolving situation there:  that Russia is willing to receive all of Syria’s chemical weapons in …

City Delays Vote on Sale of Congress Sq. Plaza to RockBridge

on Sept. 10, 2013, at 12:15 a.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,522) After almost four hours of public comment in which the opponents of the sale of the Congress Square Plaza to RockBridge Capital easily doubled those who testified in favor of the sale, the City Council voted to postpone its vote until its next meeting – next …

Ferrar Arrested; Person of Interest in Munjoy Hill Bulgaries

on Sept. 09, 2013, at 6:04 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,521) David Michael Ferrar, 32, Portland, was arrested and taken into custody on Saturday morning at 6:30 in Buxton according to a press release issued by the Portland Police Department.  Ferrar was wanted last month by the Police Department as a person of interest in connection with …

Congresswoman Pingree Uninjured in Boat Accident on Casco Bay Last Night

on Sept. 08, 2013, at 10:34 a.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,520) Late last night US Representative Chellie Pingree and her husband S. David Sussman, hedge fund owner, were involved in a boat accident while returning from a wedding of a former staffer of hers on Great Chebeague Island in Casco Bay. Pingree, her husband and current staffers, …

Rare Lecture Series for Political Junkies Coming Later This Month

on Sept. 07, 2013, at 7:49 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,519) If you are a political junky, this upcoming series of lectures is one that you won’t want to miss!  “Politics Then and Now, In Maine and the Nation” is the theme the eight high-profile politicians will address.  OLLI at USM and the Muskie School …

“Friends” File Petition With City to Protect All Parks From Private Development

on Sept. 06, 2013, at 12:07 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,518) Late this morning Frank Turek, President of the Friends of Congress Square Plaza and the group’s attorney Robert H. Levin, filed a petition with the city clerk’s office intended to prevent this controversial piece of property from being sold by the city to RockBridge Capital for …

Moving Tribute Honors Naval Heroes at Eastern Cemetery Today

on Sept. 05, 2013, at 5:13 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,517) Three naval heroes were honored this afternoon as family members of two of them participated in a wreath laying ceremony at Eastern Cemetery on Munjoy Hill.  Today, September 5th marked the 200th anniversary of the Battle between the HMS Boxer and the USS Enterprise …

Crime Rate on Munjoy Hill Decreases in Last Half of August

on Sept. 05, 2013, at 3:35 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,516) The number of burglaries on Munjoy Hill has decreased significantly during the second half of August according to Police Department figures just released.  For the second half of August, there were two home burglaries on the Hill and no vehicle break-ins.  This information was provided to  City …

“CP” Supports Sale of Portion of Congress Square Plaza to RockBridge for Events Center

on Sept. 04, 2013, at 8:29 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,515) This afternoon Creative Portland voted decisively to support  the sale of a portion of Congress Square Plaza to RockBridge Capitol for its construction of an events center for its soon to open four star hotel, the Westin. Not supporting the motion was Marty Pottenger.  Patrick Costin, architect for the …
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