Kathleen Pierce

Senior Features Reporter

Kathleen Pierce is a Portland-based features writer in search of dynamic stories in Southern, Maine. Emphasis on arts, culture and food trends. Follow her on twitter @piercenews.
 
Paper hearts go up on Valentine's Day eve in Monument Square as Portlanders sleep.

A rare look at how the mysterious ‘Valentine Phantom’ covers Portland with red hearts

By Kathleen Pierce on Feb. 14, 2017, at 11:40 a.m.
BDN Portland followed along for the evening to see how the Valentine Phantom works. In return, the bandit insisted on anonymity.
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The Weald Bethel Food Pantry in Cherryfield.

New report lays out why so many Mainers go hungry

By Kathleen Pierce on Feb. 11, 2017, at 2:35 p.m.
About 16 percent of Maine households struggle to put food on the table, and the state ranks third in the nation for hunger.
Anthony Napolitano serves up sausage and spaghetti on a recent night at Maria's Restaurant in Portland.

Scenes from an Italian restaurant: How one classic Maine eatery thrives in changing times

By Kathleen Pierce on Feb. 10, 2017, at 7:06 a.m.
“It is our family restaurant,” said Anthony Napolitano. “It’s not mine, it’s ours, it’s our daughters. We are running it and will always be there running it.”
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Comedian Lewis Black says Portland brunch spot is best in country

on Feb. 08, 2017, at 12:03 p.m.
The wait there on weekends is already at least an hour, even in February.
Ayelet Waldman

‘LSD saved more than my marriage, it saved my life,’ Maine author says

By Kathleen Pierce on Feb. 08, 2017, at 7:19 a.m.
“LSD saved more than my marriage, it saved my life.”
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Here’s the lineup for Portland’s newest music festival

on Feb. 03, 2017, at 10:52 a.m.
We told you about this cool Thompson’s Point event back in November. Now tickets are on sale, bands have been announced and the beer lineup is hard to beat.
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Munjoy Hill native turns abandoned building into an ‘anti big box store’

on Feb. 02, 2017, at 5:30 a.m.
On the surface it seems there are no shortages of places to pick up fresh food in Portland. But native Joe Fournier, who grew up on Munjoy Hill, begs to differ.
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Munjoy Hill native turns abandoned building into an ‘anti big box store’

on Feb. 02, 2017, at 5:30 a.m.
On the surface it seems there are no shortages of places to pick up fresh food in Portland. But native Joe Fournier, who grew up on Munjoy Hill, begs to differ.
A cross section of Portlanders attended the launch of the Portland Food Council Monday night at Fork Food Lab.

A new group in Portland wants to make it easier to get healthy food

By Kathleen Pierce on Feb. 01, 2017, at 9:25 a.m.
“This is a newfound opportunity to bridge gaps and bring diverse groups together.”
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New Portland festival celebrating local food scheduled for the summer

on Jan. 31, 2017, at 11:54 a.m.
“This is not in any way for tourists,” said Eric Holstein, Fork Food Lab co-owner. “It’s local, local, local.”
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Inside a Portland chef’s newest restaurant on Sunday River

on Jan. 30, 2017, at 2:24 p.m.
Genevieve Morgan takes part in the march last week in Washington, D.C. She is marshaling energies to make changes in Maine.

How leaders of Maine’s women’s march plan to sustain momentum

By Kathleen Pierce on Jan. 27, 2017, at 6:13 a.m.
“In the same way that white, angry, male, Christian voters were feeling, now it’s time for the politicians to pay attention to some of the angry women.”
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Portland’s local food maven is opening his second restaurant. Again.

on Jan. 26, 2017, at 6:24 a.m.
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Sisters hope new Asian dessert stand sticks with Portlanders

on Jan. 24, 2017, at 4:01 p.m.
On the streets of Thailand sweet rice dishes are all the rage. On the streets of Portland, not so much. Until now.
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Here are some restaurants where you can still get a table for Valentine’s Day

on Jan. 23, 2017, at 3:52 p.m.
Under the proposed budget psychics like Pamela Loffredo at Leapin' Lizards in Portland might be taxed for their services.

Proposed tax on fortune telling? Psychics didn’t see it coming

By Kathleen Pierce on Jan. 23, 2017, at 2:02 p.m.
Psychics are paid to peer into the future, but few local clairvoyants saw this one in the tea leaves: Tucked into Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed budget is a 5.5 percent tax on psychic readings.
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Ada Yentes-Quinn, 6, waves her sign in the air during the Women's March on Maine outside the Burton M. Cross building at the Maine State House in Augusta on Saturday. The national rally was in support of women's rights, civil liberties and protection of the planet.

Marchers flock to Maine cities to stand up to Trump

By Kathleen Pierce on Jan. 21, 2017, at 2:48 p.m.
A day after President Donald Trump took the oath of office, thousands of Mainers gathered to demonstrate that his vision of America is not theirs.

By Kathleen Pierce on Jan. 20, 2017, at 12:20 p.m.
Organizers for Maine March, the local effort to get people to the Women's March on Washington, are from left Sarah Gaba, Cara Paulak, Genevieve Morgan and Sally Struever with son Jasper Eiermann. These women are headed to D.C., but there also will be two marches in Maine taking place the same day as the Women's March on Washington.

Sister marches planned for Augusta, Portland could attract thousands

By Kathleen Pierce on Jan. 17, 2017, at 4:23 p.m.
“The idea is to be in complete solidarity with other marches around the country,” said Kathryn Yates, 66, of Portland.
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Deidre McClure leads the Portland Street Choir in song last week in Portland. The a cappella ensemble is a politically active offshoot of The Phoenix Chorale.

A group of Portland singers organized a street choir to perform at protests

By Kathleen Pierce on Jan. 17, 2017, at 2:05 p.m.
“Most people love to sing, and many people want to find a voice for change right now.”