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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 …
Portland's Congress Square Park, as it appeared on Jan. 16, 2014. The City Council approved a sale of 9,500 square feet of the publicly owned space to a private hotel developer in September.

Portland council eyes April 28 vote on rule change for sale of city parks

By David Harry on March 25, 2014, at 12:36 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — City councilors on Monday scheduled an April 7 first reading of an ordinance amendment governing council and Parks Commission roles in the stewardship and possible sale of parks. A draft of the ordinance was presented during a 90-minute council workshop Monday night, drawing praise and some suggestions …
An overhead view of Portland's Ocean Gateway terminal, with areas designated for use by the Nova Star ferry.

Terminal leases, ship arrival highlight final steps in restart of Portland-Nova Scotia ferry service

By David Harry on March 17, 2014, at 4:18 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — An eventful week for the return of ferry service between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, was capped Saturday by the departure of the Nova Star from Singapore. Dennis Bailey, spokesman for Nova Star Cruises, on Monday said the ship is expected to arrive in Yarmouth by mid-April, …

Woman accused of microwaving TV remote in Portland hotel as ‘pay back’

By David Harry on March 17, 2014, at 10:10 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A woman prosecutors believe was angry at a guest at a downtown hotel allegedly started a fire that caused more than $2,700 in damage when she cooked a TV remote control in a hotel-room microwave oven. Kaylee Howland, 21, of 87 Cumberland Ave., was indicted on a …

Portland Planning Board gets parking data for Thompson’s Point development

By David Harry on March 12, 2014, at 8:47 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Parking calculations headed the list of topics for renewed Planning Board discussion Tuesday about the Forefront at Thompson’s Point. New data supplied by Randy Dunton of Gray-based Gorrill-Palmer Consulting Engineers better quantified how many vehicles could use the site during peak and evening hours, and it revised …
Congress Square Park in Portland in October.

Portland council continues work on ordinance to compete with one proposed by foes of Congress Square Park sale

By David Harry on March 11, 2014, at 11:59 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — City councilors are preparing to put an ordinance designed to protect city parks on a fast track to enactment by April 14. Elements of the ordinance were discussed at a council workshop Monday night, and the full text is expected to be discussed at a March 24 …
Somali immigrant Saharo Sharif-Isaack helped recruit volunteers in the Riverton neighborhood for a Photovoice research project at the University of New England in Portland about health hazards in her community.

Portland photo project helps immigrants break language barrier, express concerns about city

By David Harry on March 11, 2014, at 11:24 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Riverton residents Saharo Sharif-Isaack and Safiya Mohamed know the proverbial value of a picture. “I think it shows what we are really capable of doing. We are people that want a change,” Sharif-Isaack said last Friday about a project called Photovoice, where she and fellow Somali immigrant …
Portland's 1907 Nathan Clifford School, seen in October, was closed in 2011 after the construction of the city's new Ocean Avenue Elementary School nearby.

Developer promises ‘funky cool’ conversion of historic Portland school he bought for $1

By David Harry on March 04, 2014, at 12:56 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Some desks still sit in empty classrooms, and blackboards have not been erased, but change is coming to the 107-year-old former Nathan Clifford School at 180 Falmouth St. Kevin Bunker, a principal with city-based Developers Collaborative, expects what will be called the Nathan Clifford Residences to be …
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