Articles by David Harry

Portland City Councilor Cheryl Leeman

Heated contests likely in races to succeed Portland city councilors who aren’t seeking re-election

By David Harry on July 14, 2014, at 2:09 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Nomination papers are available for candidates to be on the ballot in the Nov. 4 city election. Early interest suggests two City Council races, in District 4 and District 5, will be lively. Councilors Cheryl Leeman, of District 4, and John Coyne, District 5, last month announced …
Patrons enter Sangillo's Tavern on Hampshire Street in Portland last March.

State liquor oversight panel sets date for Portland tavern’s appeal to keep license

By David Harry on July 14, 2014, at 1:53 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The owner of Sangillo’s Tavern will get a chance to argue why he shouldn’t lose his liquor license in an appeal hearing scheduled Sept. 11 in Council Chambers at City Hall. The bar at 18 Hampshire St. lost its license after a 5-4 city council vote April …
File photo of Planned Parenthood's controversial buffer zone sign in Portland.

Anti-abortion protesters, clinic patients in Portland react to Supreme Court ruling

By David Harry on June 28, 2014, at 11:37 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Waterboro resident Donna Hebert stood on a Congress Street sidewalk Friday morning, one of about 10 anti-abortion activists hoping to engage with women going into the Planned Parenthood of New England offices across the street. “People come and talk with us, and we talk about the Lord …
Portland City Councilor Cheryl Leeman announced she would not seek re-election to the council after serving three decades in office.

‘At some point, we have to say no to something’: Departing Portland councilors discuss direction of city

By David Harry on June 27, 2014, at 6:48 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — City Councilors Cheryl Leeman and John Coyne sit opposite each other in City Council meetings, while agreeing on most fiscal issues facing the city. “I don’t think there is any question I am fiscally more conservative,” Leeman said Friday. “I’m probably the second-most conservative [member] on the …
An overhead view of traffic calming measures presented June 19 at a public meeting shows the variety of raised surfaces, land constrictions and stop signs that will be added to cross streets between Congress Street and Brighton Avenue.

Portland adding bumps, circles, islands to slow speeding drivers in 2 neighborhoods

By David Harry on June 24, 2014, at 12:52 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — With a bump here, an island there and two mini-traffic circles, the city hopes to make motorists slow down in the Libbytown and Rosemont neighborhoods between Congress Street and Brighton Avenue. At a June 19 meeting at the Clarion Hotel on Congress Street, the public got a …
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan

Portland panel struggles to ensure city-wide minimum wage won’t be ‘arbitrary’

By David Harry on June 24, 2014, at 12:29 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — As it considers a city-wide minimum wage, Mayor Michael Brennan’s Minimum Wage Advisory Committee is now looking for wage earners to tell their stories on July 16. The committee, comprised of business leaders, academics and activists, met for the third time June 18 and considered poll results …
Customer Martin Connelly who works at a creative agency nearby grabs lunch at Small Axe Truck in Congress Square on June 4.

Portland awards six park spots to food trucks, carts

By David Harry on June 17, 2014, at 4:06 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Six of seven city park spots available to food truck and cart owners were filled last week. City Hall spokeswoman Jessica Grondin released the results from bids received earlier this spring. Small Axe Food Trucks will continue to operate in Congress Square Park and will be joined …
The planned sale of most of Congress Square Park to developers of the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel is uncertain after voters last week added the park to the city land bank.

Hotel developers unsure whether to continue to pursue sale of Congress Square

By David Harry on June 17, 2014, at 4:04 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The planned sale of most of Congress Square Park to developers of the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel is uncertain after voters last week added the park to the city land bank. Question 1 passed June 10 by 287 votes. On Monday, Mayor Michael Brennan said there will …
After being homeless and then living in an apartment building he thought was unsafe, George Hall moved into Elm Terrace in February 2013.

Portland distributes another $25,000 to help developer build apartments for the chronically homeless

By David Harry on June 10, 2014, at 12:30 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — George Hall took a look around his one-bedroom High Street apartment Thursday afternoon and said, “I can’t afford a lot of things, but what I bought, I call my own.” Hall, 60, is a resident of Elm Terrace, formerly a hospital and a University of Southern Maine …
Danbury, Connecticut, resident Robert Reynolds and 217 Films Production Manager Ramsey Tripp prepare for Reynolds' interview on his recollections of the Great Depression on Monday.

‘I haven’t had this much fun since I got married’: Man recounts stories of Great Depression to documentary filmmakers in Portland

By David Harry on June 10, 2014, at 12:26 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Bob Reynolds came north to tell a story Monday morning, and Michael Maglaras came north to hear it. Maglaras, co-owner of 217 Films, sat with Reynolds in the library on the third floor of the Masonic Temple at 415 Congress St. “It happened in 1930, when my …
Expansion of the International Marine Terminal in Portland could begin this summer, after the Maine Department of Transportation bought about 15 acres and railroad lines along Commercial Street.

State completes deal to buy land for Portland waterfront terminal expansion

By David Harry on June 03, 2014, at 12:36 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Expansion of the International Marine Terminal on Commercial Street could begin this summer after the state purchased adjacent land and rail lines. Maine Department of Transportation spokesman Ted Talbot confirmed Monday the department finalized the purchase of about 15 acres from Pan Am Railways. Talbot did not …
Congress Square Park in Portland

Portland takes steps to protect 10 downtown parks — but not Congress Square land proposed for sale

By David Harry on June 03, 2014, at 11:45 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — In a 50-minute meeting Monday that set an ambitious agenda for June 16, Portland city councilors approved rezoning 10 urban squares and parks to prevent additional development or sale. By a unanimous vote, Bramhall, Boothby, Congress, Longfellow and Monument squares, along with Lobsterman Plaza and Bell Buoy, …
A crushed Styrofoam coffee cup lays on the ground in New York, Feb. 15, 2013.

‘It would be a tax on a very targeted business in Portland’: Council votes loom on bag fee, Styrofoam ban

By David Harry on May 27, 2014, at 10:34 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Proposals to ban polystyrene foam containers and cups, and to place a fee on paper and plastic shopping bags, will return to the full Portland City Council for first readings on Monday, June 2. The amendments to Chapter 12 of the city code were last considered in …
The mobile shower unit under construction for New England Mobile Showers will resemble this one.

Portland mobile shower company getting ready to roll

By David Harry on May 27, 2014, at 8:58 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Zach Schmesser has an idea that is all wet. The Libra Future Fund will help him splash it around. Schmesser, 28, is the coordinator of the BikeMaine trek for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. During last summer’s trek across the state with 250 riders, he noticed bicyclists …

Urban planning group urges Portland, South Portland not to ignore climate change warnings

By David Harry on May 21, 2014, at 2:13 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — After five days of tours and conversations, eight members of the Urban Land Institute found Portland and South Portland are making headway in preparing for rising sea levels and climate change. Which is not to say they didn’t find much more could be done. “It is …
Portland City Councilor Cheryl Leeman listens to local restaurateur and President of the Downtown District, Doug Fuss, speak during the public comment period regarding a new food truck ordinance Monday night July 16, 2012.

Portland passes $221 million budget that raises taxes 3 percent; residents fret about being taxed out of city, mayor blames state government

By David Harry on May 20, 2014, at 11:57 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Budget season concluded Monday night with city property taxes increasing 3 percent to a plateau some councilors and speakers called worrisome. By a 7-2 vote, with Councilors Jon Hinck and Cheryl Leeman opposed, the City Council adopted a $221 million fiscal year 2015 budget that, when combined …
A rendering of the apartment building Avesta Housing plans to construct at 134 Washington Ave., Portland.

Agency seeks tax break for Portland housing project geared toward veterans

By David Harry on May 20, 2014, at 10:48 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A proposed $3 million project to provide housing for veterans is moving forward on two fronts. On June 2, city councilors are expected to have a first reading on the creation of a tax increment finance zone at 134 Washington Ave. that could net $207,000 in operating …
Shucks Maine Lobster is looking to lease space in this building, the Portland Ocean Terminal, which is located on Portland's Maine State Pier.

Lobster processing firm to expand, add jobs in Portland without harming whale mural

By David Harry on May 19, 2014, at 5:37 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A new lobster processing business could bring more than 50 jobs to a city-owned waterfront building that displays an iconic mural facing the Maine State Pier. On May 14, the planning board approved the site plan and conditional use permit allowing Shucks Maine Lobster to occupy almost …
A police officer collects the contents of a trash can on Congress Street in Portland near a drug store robbery crime scene on April 11, 2014.

Man whose bomb threat closed Congress Street in Portland pleads guilty to robbing pharmacy

By David Harry on May 19, 2014, at 11:14 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A man who caused a bomb scare and shutdown of Congress Street last month pleaded guilty to robbery charges Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Portland. Jason Campbell, 39, of 40 Alder St., faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty …
Portland City Manager Mark Rees listens Monday, April 7, while city councilors discuss Community Development Block Grant allocations by the city for fiscal year 2015.

Proposed $221 million budget in Portland would raise tax rate 3 percent, increase fees

By David Harry on May 13, 2014, at 1:18 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Late revisions to the $221 million municipal budget for fiscal year 2015 have slightly reduced Portland’s proposed tax increase, but the property tax rate is still expected to increase 3 percent to $20 per $1,000 of assessed value. In a brief workshop Monday night, councilors reviewed changes …
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