Articles by David Harry

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 …
Adam Shepherd, Rippleffect marketing director, stands near the landing spot for the May 16-17 fundraiser where at least 80 people will rappel down the side of One City Center to Federal Street.

More than 80 people to rappel down the side of 12-story Portland building

By David Harry on May 08, 2014, at 5:37 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Anna Marie Klein Christie took in the windblown view of Greater Portland from the roof of One City Center on Monday afternoon. “Over there,” the executive director of Rippleffect said, pointing toward Bayside and Back Cove, “you can see the homes of some of our kids on …
Portland City Manager Mark Rees

Portland council sends $101.6 million school budget to voters, takes input on city spending

By David Harry on May 06, 2014, at 2:25 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Property owners could face a tax increase of 62 cents per $1,000 of assessed value if the proposed fiscal year 2015 education and municipal budgets are enacted. The increase would result in a tax rate of $20.03 per $1,000 of assessed value. On Monday, the City Council, …

Portland land trust makes public pitch for affordable housing program

By David Harry on May 06, 2014, at 7:40 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Leaders of a new effort to create affordable housing in the city are hoping the public will put its trust in their concept. Members of the Machigonne Community Land Trust will host a 5 p.m. meeting Saturday, May 10, at the East End Community School, 195 North …
A new mobile command unit to be used by Portland and South Portland police and fire departments sits outside Portland City Hall on Monday. The unit doubles as a conference and communications center.

Portland, South Portland public safety officials show off new $500,000 mobile command unit

By David Harry on April 30, 2014, at 11:48 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — City councilors entering City Hall for Monday’s meeting got an up-close view of almost $500,000 in new law enforcement and emergency equipment. Police Chief Michael Sauschuck, Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria and their South Portland counterparts, Police Chief Ed Googins and Fire Chief Kevin Guimond, greeted the councilors …
Emmanuel Caulk

Portland councilors, public weigh in on $101.6 million school budget proposal

By David Harry on April 29, 2014, at 2:47 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — City residents have one more opportunity to weigh in on the $101.6 million fiscal year 2015 education budget. The City Council will hear public comment and take a final vote at its Monday, May 5 meeting, after the budget was accepted in its first council reading Monday …
Patrons enter Sangillo's Tavern on Hampshire Street in Portland on March 17.

Portland council delays final action on Sangillo’s liquor license, OKs reggae fest

By David Harry on April 29, 2014, at 2:41 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — While moving ahead on a reggae festival and a study to convert State and High streets to two-way traffic, City Councilors on Monday also delayed final action on the denial of a liquor license for Sangillo’s Tavern. Councilors in a 5-4 vote on April 7 denied the …
An October 2013 file photo of Congress Square Park in Portland.

Critics pan Portland park sales rule changes as ‘too little, too late’

By David Harry on April 29, 2014, at 2:35 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Portland parks and squares gained additional protection Monday when city councilors enacted ordinance revisions governing potential sales, while strengthening the role of the Parks Commission. But passage came with a possible loss of trust from some residents. By a 7-2 vote, with Councilors Kevin Donoghue and David …
Pro-choice protesters gather near Planned Parenthood on Congress Street in Portland on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.

Portland attorneys ask federal judge to reject Planned Parenthood buffer zone challenge, order plaintiffs to pay city’s legal costs

By David Harry on April 29, 2014, at 1:17 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Attorneys for the city are asking a federal judge to uphold a buffer zone established to control anti-abortion protests at the Congress Street offices of Planned Parenthood of New England. “The actions of the city in adopting the ordinance was a valid exercise of its authority to …
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan

Portland Mayor Michael Brennan leads trip to sister city in Japan

By David Harry on April 22, 2014, at 2:06 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Trips to Shinagawa, Japan, are becoming a Brennan family tradition. But to get there, Mayor Michael Brennan first had to get elected. Following in the footsteps of his sons, who visited Portland’s sister city with youth and sports cultural exchanges, Brennan left Saturday for a week in …
A crushed Styrofoam coffee cup lays on the ground in New York, Feb. 15, 2013.

Ban on Styrofoam food containers in Portland headed to council vote; grocery bag fee on hold

By David Harry on April 22, 2014, at 1:55 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Portland city councilors will vote on a proposed ban on food and beverage containers made of polystyrene foam, but an ordinance to charge fees for plastic take-out bags at supermarkets and convenience stores remains on hold. As of Tuesday, no information was available on when the council …
Meg Perry Center board members William Hessian (left) and Brian Leonard at the organization's new headquarters at 36 Market St. in Portland, which is scheduled to open May 1.

Meg Perry Center finds new place for its feisty leftist politics, social change incubator in Portland’s Old Port

By David Harry on April 15, 2014, at 11:52 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — After losing its lease at 644 Congress St. last fall, the Meg Perry Center is ready to reopen May 1 in the basement at 36 Market St. in the Old Port, below Market Street Eats. A reopening celebration is tentatively scheduled for 5 p.m. that day, and …
Thompson's Point Development Co. partner Jed Troubh and Portland City Manager Mark Rees chat after the groundbreaking April 11 for infrastructure at the Forefront at Thompson's Point.

Portland developer adds beer to golden shovels for groundbreaking at site that will host circus arts school

By David Harry on April 15, 2014, at 11:51 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Chris Thompson brought more than golden shovels to the party. He also brought the beer. The shovels were for the ceremonial groundbreaking for $3.8 million of infrastructure needed to connect the city to the $110 million mixed-use Forefront at Thompson’s Point along the Fore River. The beer …
Portland resident Jennifer Hall plays with her dogs Raoul, left, and Beau in Baxter Woods on Friday, April 4. Parks officials could ask the City Council to impose a leash law in the park because of complaints about dogs running loose and owners not cleaning up pet waste.

Dogs may no longer run free at Baxter Woods in Portland if owners don’t pick up their poop

By David Harry on April 08, 2014, at 7:22 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Unfettered dog access in Baxter Woods could be on a short lease due to complaints about pet owners who may not be cleaning up after their dogs. Jeff Tarling, the city’s parks and forestry operations manager, and Parks and Cemeteries Manager Joseph Dumais are preparing to meet …
 Bill Olsson said he normally shops the Annie's Book Stop in Wells, but spent part of Friday afternoon, March 28, at the Portland store, which closed Saturday after 30 years in business.

Annie’s Book Stop in Portland closes after 30 years

By David Harry on April 01, 2014, at 12:51 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — It was not easy for Alice Moisen to close a 30-year chapter of her life Saturday, but she said the time had come. “I was not able to pay enough attention here,” she said. “I have wonderful employees, but it is not the same.” The owner of …
Burundians Alain Nahimana (left) and Sonia Irambona will be part of a meeting Thursday of landlords, city officials and immigrants to improve communications and understanding.

‘New Mainers should be able to talk for themselves’: Portland gives voice to immigrant renters

By David Harry on April 01, 2014, at 12:30 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Organizers hope a meeting Thursday will take a big step toward improving the relationship between landlords and immigrants. The gathering at King Middle School from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. will include Mayor Michael Brennan, Regina Phillips of Refugee Services, Housing and Neighborhood Services Director Mary Davis, members …
Invasive cattails last week at Capisic Pond have reduced open water to about two acres. A plan to remove most of the growth and replace it with native species was initially approved by the Portland Planning Board on March 25.

Portland planners support proposal to yank cattails from city’s largest pond

By David Harry on April 01, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A $2.2 million restoration of Portland’s largest freshwater pond gained Planning Board approval last week. The work to remove three acres of invasive cattails in Capisic Pond, above and below the Capisic Street bridge, still needs state and federal permits and funding from the city. But city …
Windham resident Sherri Matzke knocks out a strike Monday at Spare Time Portland on Monday. A bowler since childhood, Matzke said she is thrilled to learn the PBA will stop in Portland early next year.

Professional tour, ESPN visit creates ‘buzz’ around bowling in Portland

By David Harry on March 25, 2014, at 1:27 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The bowling thunder from local lanes has been heard, and the professionals are responding. Brian Corcoran, president of Shamrock Sports & Entertainment, confirmed Friday that the Professional Bowlers Association tour will make its first Maine stop next February. Ten-pin events and competition are slated for Spare Time …
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