Signature-gathering to begin; wording defined for scenic-view protection referendum

on May 27, 2015, at 9:04 a.m.
Clashes between Portland residents and the city over its pace and scale of development just coalesced around a new idea – protecting views through zoning and “scenic viewpoint protection.” A referendum to change Portland’s rezoning process and protect scenic views of the working waterfront is closer to going to voters, …

Zodiac Zone

on May 27, 2015, at 9:02 a.m.
The desire to break free is strong as we warm up for Tuesday’s Sagittarius Full Moon. Mercury retrograde current sweeps us toward people and places from the past. Lighten your baggage and conversations to keep the undesirable effects of Mercury to a minimum. Aries: The excitement of  Sagittarius Full Moon …
A Portland police officer takes equipment into 26 Market St. Tuesday morning. Police say two people were shot at a recording studio in the building, which also faces Fore Street, late Monday night.

1 dead in Portland in spate of violent crimes

By Beth Brogan on May 26, 2015, at 6:17 p.m.
A 19-year-old Scarborough man has died and another man remains hospitalized after being shot late Monday night at a Portland recording studio. Police have yet to apprehend the alleged assailants, whom officers described as likely acquaintances of the two men who were shot. The shooting on Market …

Spate of violence sweeps Portland

By Troy R. Bennett on May 26, 2015, at 6:16 p.m.
Acting Portland Police Chief Vern Malloch speaks to reporters at a press conference in Portland Tuesday concerning an armed robbery, a credit union hold up, two shootings and a drug bust.
A masked and armed person robbed the TruChoice Federal Credit Union branch at the corner of Park Avenue and Forest Street Tuesday afternoon.

Robber holds up TruChoice Federal Credit Union branch in Portland

By Darren Fishell on May 26, 2015, at 3:44 p.m.
An armed suspect was still on the loose Tuesday afternoon after robbing a TruChoice Federal Credit Union branch at the intersection of Park Avenue and Forest Street. Vernon Malloch, assistant chief of the Portland Police Department, said in a news release the robbery occurred around noon at …

Maine company’s challenge to ‘fire cider’ trademark sparks legal brouhaha

By Darren Fishell on May 26, 2015, at 3:07 p.m.
PORTLAND | A Massachusetts company holding the trademark to the term “fire cider” has fired back at the owner of a Union-based herbal remedy company and two others, seeking to hash out a trademark dispute in federal court rather than the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The Springfield, Massachusetts-based …
Potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks to the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce in Salem, New Hampshire May 21, 2015.

Jeb Bush will have home built on family compound in Kennebunkport

By Erin Rhoda on May 26, 2015, at 2:41 p.m.
Jeb Bush will have a great excuse to visit Maine more often now that a house is being built for him in Kennebunkport. Bush, the former governor of Florida, is getting a home on his family’s compound, the Boston Globe reported. A rendering shows it will have a wraparound porch and views …
Karri Gilliam

Homeless Mainers getting better health care

By David Harry on May 26, 2015, at 2:01 p.m.
PORTLAND | Karri Gilliam said she makes friends easily. But few friendships she has made are as valued as the one with Shawna Holloway. “We hit it right off. We walked into a room and started talking, and she has been helping me ever since,” Gilliam said last week. …

Housing remains most likely reuse for former Portland school

By Colin Ellis on May 26, 2015, at 11:57 a.m.
The task force charged with finding a new use for the vacant Thomas B. Reed School in Portland has one meeting left before making its final recommendations. The Reed School Reuse Advisory Task Force came up with draft recommendations to change the zoning of the property to …
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan

Portland needle exchange program funding dropped to its last $10

By David Harry on May 26, 2015, at 11:47 a.m.
Progress on a program to divert nonviolent drug offenders to treatment and housing instead of jail has slowed, but state funding is a possibility, Mayor Michael Brennan said May 21. Brennan was speaking at a meeting with his subcommittee on substance abuse, where Caroline Teschke, the clinical …

Pet Contest!

on May 26, 2015, at 11:08 a.m.
Is your pet adorable?  Beyond cute? Do you have a photo to prove it? Would your pet like to be named Cutest Pet in Portland? Send an image of your pet to Ads@portlandphoenix.com Entry period ends June 4th.

The Maine Brew Bus Presents Greater Portland Beer Map

on May 26, 2015, at 10:58 a.m.
  Breweries 1 Maine Beer Company 525 US Route 1, Freeport 2 Allagash Brewing Company 50 Industrial Way, Portland 3 Bissell Brothers Brewing Co. 1 Industrial Way, Portland 4 Foundation Brewing Company 1 Industrial Way, Portland 5 Austin Street Brewery 1 Industrial Way, Portland 6 Rising Tide Brewing Company 103 …
Lawrence Winger

Portland attorney pleads guilty to child porn charge

By Staff Report, The Forecaster on May 26, 2015, at 8:44 a.m.
An attorney charged with possessing child pornography has been sentenced to 90 days in jail. Lawrence Winger, 64, a Falmouth resident who practices law in Portland, pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement on May 20 in Cumberland County Superior Court. He admitted having sexually explicit …
A Portland police officer takes equipment into 26 Market Street on Tuesday morning. Police say two people were shot at a recording studio in the building, which also faces Fore Street, late Monday night.

2 people shot at Old Port recording studio

Bangor Daily News on May 26, 2015, at 5:55 a.m.
PORTLAND | Two people were shot at a recording studio late Monday night in Portland’s Old Port. According to a release from the Portland Police Department, police were called to Da Block Studios on 371 Fore Street for a report of shots fired just before midnight. Officers found two …

Firefighters struggle to contain brush fire in Windham

By CBS 13 on May 25, 2015, at 6:14 p.m.
A brush fire broke out Monday, burning about 100 square yards before firefighters could contain it. Families in the Cornerbrook addition, off Route 302 in Windham, were the first to spot the smoke high on a ridge behind their homes. For firefighters, fighting a wildfire on a …
Protesters urge mandatory labeling for genetically modified food at a rally Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Portland.

GMO labeling advocates stage buzzy die-in in Portland

By Francis Flisiuk on May 25, 2015, at 3:04 p.m.
Monument Square was at the center of an unusual sight Saturday, when people dressed in black and yellow dropped to the ground after being sprayed with fake pesticide by a person dressed in a hazardous materials suit. Calling themselves the “Green Initiatives,” the group led a couple …
A Falmouth home was damaged when a fire from a barbeque grill caught the side of the house.

BBQ grill fire burns Falmouth home

By CBS 13 on May 25, 2015, at 6:53 a.m.
Firefighters say a fire reportedly from a grill burned a home Sunday afternoon. Crews responded a report from the homeowner that the grill set off a fire on Brookside Drive just before 5 p.m. No one was hurt, but the back of the home near the deck …
Sheep at North Star Sheep Farm in Windham get minerals from spent grain, which makes up 10 percent of their diet. Plus, they love it, says owner Lisa Webster.

Waste from brewers, coffee makers gets second life on farms

By Kathleen Pierce on May 25, 2015, at 5:29 a.m.
Spent grain, coffee chaff and grounds. Average beer drinkers and java junkies probably don’t ponder the waste byproducts generated during the production of their favorite drinks. However, behind the scenes, organic matter produced during brewing and coffee roasting processes is becoming a farming and gardening staple — an effective, low-cost …
Sean Johnson

Man allegedly fires gun at car in Scarborough road rage incident

By CBS 13 on May 24, 2015, at 4:01 p.m.
Scarborough police received a call about a road rage incident on Payne Road near the Christmas Tree Shop on Saturday evening. Police say the caller stated the driver of a red Jeep Cherokee pointed a gun out the window and fired a shot at another car. Police …
This surveillance camera photo shows a suspect in the Saturday night robbery of Art's Variety in Westbrook.

Police seek help identifying Westbrook robbery suspect

By Abigail Curtis on May 24, 2015, at 11:53 a.m.
A man with a black bandana covering his face stole money Saturday night from a Westbrook convenience store, and police are asking for the public’s help to find him. The man did not show a weapon during the robbery at Art’s Variety on Spring Street, which occurred …
ADVERTISEMENT | Grow your business
ADVERTISEMENT | Grow your business

See it. Fix it.

Submit your issues using this form. We’ll contact your city to try and get it fixed. Read more »