Articles by Chris Shorr


Maine lobster shedding its shell caught in photos

on July 23, 2014, at 9:38 p.m.
When a lobster first sheds its shell, the new shell is so soft that it feels like a rotten banana. Occasionally they come up in lobster traps, and are commonly referred to as “jelly bellies”. They’re so soft that an elastic band would crush their claws, and they can’t be …

14 piece band “Tredici Bacci” performs in Congress Square Park

on July 21, 2014, at 10:28 p.m.
In their ongoing collaborative effort to revitalize Congress Square Park, the Friends of Congress Square Park and SPACE Gallery have launched a free summer concert series. On Sunday afternoon, a fourteen piece band called Tredici Bacci put on an excellent show for the roughly 150 people in attendance (plus a …

Fighting the Tides feeds the seagulls (hundreds of them)

on July 15, 2014, at 11:20 p.m.
I take a lot of pictures from the lobster boat, and sometimes I worry that it looks like all we do out there is goof around and enjoy the scenery. The reality is, for 10-12 hours (occasionally more) we’re busting our humps just to make a decent days pay, but …

“Festival of Lights” brings Christmas in July to Portland harbor

on July 13, 2014, at 8:47 p.m.
Last winter I did a piece covering the Portland harbor dredging project. Portland’s Deputy Harbor Master Lance Hannah invited me to tag along for a patrol to take some up close pictures and get the inside take on the project. Whether it was my reporting on the issue or my …

Virtual tour of Portland’s Longfellow Gardens reveals hidden gem

on July 13, 2014, at 7:47 p.m.
Whether you’re a local or a tourist, if you haven’t paid the Longfellow Gardens on Congress Street a visit, you’re missing out on one of Portland’s prettiest, most peaceful hidden gems. Located right in the heart of downtown, the gardens sit behind the historic Wadsworth-Longfellow house which was the family …

14 sweet pics of #PortlandMaine celebrating Independence Day

on July 06, 2014, at 6:06 p.m.
So I finally jumped on the Instagram wagon and instantly realized how awesome the site is, especially since it was Independence Day weekend. My “feed” was loaded with awesome pictures of people rocking out, grills loaded with food, and fireworks exploding. If you’d like to follow me on Instagram, click …

#USMFuture raises more than $2,800 in first day of #NoMoreNice campaign

on June 25, 2014, at 11:44 p.m.
On Wednesday morning members and supporters of the #USMFuture group held a rally on the University of Southern Maine campus in Portland to help spread awareness for their #NoMoreNice campaign. #NoMoreNice, which was announced via this blog last week, is a fundraising effort to pay for things like an audit of …

Favorite pics of Pride Portland

on June 23, 2014, at 5:58 a.m.
Thanks to windy marine conditions on Saturday I was able to take the Maine Green Independent Party‘s leadership up on their invitation to march with them in the Southern Maine Pride Parade. The experience was not what I expected it to be. Almost immediately I felt the need to document …

#USMFuture group announces #NoMoreNice campaign- “we’re lawyering up”

on June 18, 2014, at 10:18 p.m.
The #USMFuture group has released an exclusive statement to ‘Fighting the Tides’ announcing several new developments in their mission to stop what they call “draconian measures” taken by University of Southern Maine president Theo Kalikow’s administration. The student led group has launched a crowd funding campaign with the goal of $10,000 …

Dead whale and a huge turtle in the Gulf of Maine

on June 16, 2014, at 10:41 p.m.
For all the great pictures that I take on the lobster boat, there’s one that I really missed out on. About two years ago my captain, Skip Werner, and I spotted a dead whale floating several miles off the coast of York County, but I didn’t get a chance to …

Maine lobstermen star in hilarious ‘shrinkage’ videos

on June 12, 2014, at 10:54 p.m.
When my boss Skip Werner told me last fall that he had helped make a short film, I figured it was just for some fun project, especially when he told me the video was a joke about “shrinkage”. For most people familiar with the show “Seinfeld”, the term shrinkage conjures …

Message to the Portland Press Herald- Green Independents are NOT Republicans

on June 11, 2014, at 4:27 p.m.
I got off the lobster boat today with an unusual Facebook update. Maine Green Independent Party member Asher Platts, who is running for state senate out of Portland’s district 27, tagged me in a post: “@PressHerald please list the @mainegreens candidates under their own party, not the GOP. Thx.” Platts is …

Portland parks advocate Frank Turek- “Tuesday’s vote a once in a generation opportunity”

on June 08, 2014, at 11:09 p.m.
Here’s what president of the Friends of Congress Square Park, Frank Turek, has to say about Tuesday’s vote on the citizen referendum question asking Portlanders if they want to be able to vote on sales of the city’s public parks: “There’s a fundamental battle taking place in Portland right now …

Local historian Abraham Schechter gives his take on Congress Square Park

on June 06, 2014, at 11:43 p.m.
I’ve lived and worked near Congress Square Park since its inception in 1982. As a teenaged MeCA student, living in the Eastland, I survived the building’s fire. I also witnessed a positive transformation by tandem virtue of the Park and Museum. The public space became the fulcrum point for our …

Students for USMFuture Responds to Faculty Senate Budget Proposal

on June 06, 2014, at 11:27 p.m.
Statement released to Fighting the Tides by Students for USMFuture member Meaghan LaSala: “On May 29th the Faculty Senate of the University of Southern Maine released an alternative budget proposal for the university, including 1.26 million dollars worth of “savings” presented as an alternative to the faculty retrenchments originally proposed …

Voter Education Brigade Announces Endorsements for June Elections

on June 06, 2014, at 11:32 a.m.
Press release from the Voter Education Brigade: “Grassroots Group Announces Endorsements for June 10 ElectionsPortland, Maine — Portland’s Voter Education Brigade, a new grassroots organization working to engage community members in local politics, announced today that it is endorsing a YES vote on the Parks Protection Ordinance (referendum Question 1) …

Protect Portland Parks member Pat O’Donnell- “Parks are good for business”

on June 06, 2014, at 11:16 a.m.
On June 10th Portland voters will have the opportunity to enact into law the citizens’ initiative that 4200 Portland voters signed last November. Your vote makes a difference. This is a local election with one question on the ballot. Your vote counts. This vote is for all parks. 60 parks …

Local activist Adam Marletta on Congress Square Park- “council’s allegiance does not lie with voters”

on June 05, 2014, at 4:03 p.m.
Adam Marletta is a writer, educator and activist. He maintains the radical opinion blog, Guerrilla Press (, which he updates weekly. Adam is the former chairman and current secretary of the Portland Green Independent Committee. His stories and theater reviews appear regularly in the southern Maine-based Tourist News. Here’s what …

Portland activist Jay York makes his case for Congress Square Park

on June 04, 2014, at 9:08 p.m.
Jay York is an outspoken member of the Bayside Neighborhood Association in Portland. He owns a home in Bayside, undoubtedly the city’s most troubled neighborhood, and is deeply ingrained in the fabric of his community. Here is his take on the city’s attempt to sell Congress Square Park: The City Council’s …

Portland native living his NBA dream coaching for the Oklahoma City Thunder- ‘I want to make Maine proud’

on May 28, 2014, at 10:59 p.m.
As a kid growing up in Portland’s North Deering neighborhood, Josh Longstaff was known for his love of basketball. Back in the 90′s it was a regular sight to see him dribbling down Summit Street on his way to the basketball courts behind Lyman Moore Middle School. Even in the …
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