Stories about Portland

News from Greater Portland, including Cumberland and York counties.


Candy company owner passes the tasty torch

By Troy R. Bennett on Sept. 16, 2014, at 4:47 p.m.
Andy Charles talks about why he chose to sell Haven’s Candies to Erin Collins.

Traffic stop in Gray results in drug arrest

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 16, 2014, at 4:31 p.m.
GRAY, Maine — An early Tuesday morning traffic stop in Gray for speeding escalated to a case of multiple charges against a Massachusetts woman, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office announced. Carla Barbosa, 36, of Boston was arrested and charged with aggravated trafficking, possession of a usable amount of marijuana and …
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USA Today survey says Portland’s beer status is rising

on Sept. 16, 2014, at 4:24 p.m.
USA Today has thrown down the gauntlet (or is it the growler?) and is searching for the top 10 beer towns in the country. Portland, Maine is one of a handful of cities vying for the coveted reader’s choice title. Yes, there is death and destruction tearing up the world, …
Penny Jordan is a fourth-generation farmer. She started The Farm Stand in South Portland to keep her Cape Elizabeth farm solvent for the next generation.

A farm-to-table neighborhood market emerges in South Portland

By Kathleen Pierce on Sept. 16, 2014, at 4:22 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — A bumper crop of tomatoes from Martha Washingtons to romas shine like jewels from wooden bins. Blueberry pies from Portland’s Two Fat Cats Bakery surround a display of mums and pumpkins. Anchoring the back of the store, a butcher bends over the hind leg of a …

Call to action: help get Bill Murray to Maine for Portland Beer Week

on Sept. 16, 2014, at 3:12 p.m.
Ever since Portlander Shahin Khojastehzad announced his #billmurraybeerweekme campaign- an effort to convince Bill Murray to appear in Portland for Beer Week- about a week ago, word has spread around town like gophers on a golf course. Khojastehzad, a co-owner of the wildly popular Novare Res Biere Cafe on Portland’s …
From the community
USI Insurance Services volunteers

Volunteers spruce up gardens at Paul Hazelton House I and II

on Sept. 16, 2014, at 3:10 p.m.
SACO, Maine — On the most beautiful day of the summer, employees of USI Insurance Services had the choice of office work or weeding, digging, painting, cleaning, lifting and chopping. They chose to be outside, performing volunteer work at the Paul Hazelton House I and II — Volunteers of America’s …

Spectra, Northeast Utilities partner on $3 billion project to bring more natural gas to New England

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 16, 2014, at 2:39 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Houston-based Spectra Energy announced Tuesday that Northeast Utilities, New England’s largest electric utility, plans to be a co-investor in a $3 billion effort to expand two major natural gas pipelines in the region, one of which runs through Maine. Spectra’s pipeline expansion proposal was made public …

Falmouth punts plan to charge students to attend high school sporting events

By The Forecaster on Sept. 16, 2014, at 1:39 p.m.
FALMOUTH, Maine — After considering charging students $1 to see high school athletic events, the Falmouth school system’s athletic department decided to stay the course and let students in for free. Students will still be able to use their IDs to gain free admission. The fees would have applied to …
From the community

October 4: Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Thornton Academy

By Patricia Erikson on Sept. 16, 2014, at 12:53 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: Garland Auditorium, 438 Main Street, Saco, Maine For more information: 602-4460; SACO—Thornton Academy is pleased to announce the 2014 inductees and award recipients for the Athletic Hall of Fame. An awards ceremony will take place at TA’s Garland Auditorium …

Portland officer sued over arrest of Bar Harbor couple videotaping police action

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 16, 2014, at 12:38 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A civil rights group has filed a lawsuit against a city police officer on behalf of a Bar Harbor couple who was arrested this past spring for videotaping police officers on a public street. The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Hancock …
More than 100 runners participated Sept. 14 in the 16th annual Daniel Cardillo Memorial 5K in Falmouth, which raises money for under-served youth in Maine.

Falmouth road race honors local junior Olympian who died at 14

By Colin Ellis, The Forecaster on Sept. 16, 2014, at 12:27 p.m.
FALMOUTH, Maine — On a cool Sunday morning, runners and walkers gathered outside the high school to help raise money for underserved youth, and to honor a young man who died more than a decade ago. The annual “I Ran for Dan” Daniel Cardillo Memorial 5K was held Sept. 14, …
From the community
Diane Tousignant

Saco and Biddeford Savings promotes Diane Tousignant

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 16, 2014, at 11:57 a.m.
SACO, Maine – Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution recently promoted Diane Tousignant, an Old Orchard Beach native, to Vice President. Tousignant joined SBSI in 2010 as the bank’s Benefits Manager and will continue to be responsible for employee benefits administration, the 401(k) and pension administration, as well as assisting with employee relations …
A car pulls enters Babb's Bridge from the Gorham side on Tuesday. The bridge, which joins Gorham and Windham over the Preumpscot River, recently had holes cut in the roof by vandals wanting to jump into the river.

Vandals cut holes in roof of landmark covered bridge in Windham

By Jared Pelletier, CBS 13 on Sept. 16, 2014, at 11:46 a.m.
WINDHAM, Maine — A well-known local landmark in Windham has been vandalized. Someone cut holes in the roof of the Babb’s Covered Bridge, which has a history of vandalism, and police are investigating. The bridge was rebuilt in 1973 after arson destroyed the original bridge. Recent criminal activity has become …

Kittery man charged with stealing credit card

By Susan Morse, The York Weekly on Sept. 16, 2014, at 11:14 a.m.
YORK, Maine — York police have charged a 31-year-old Kittery man with theft, misuse of a credit card and forgery for allegedly stealing a credit card at one local gas station and using it to purchase items at another. Mathew Long, 31, was seen stealing the credit card from the …
Portland Mayor-elect Michael Brennan speaks to a reporter in front of City Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, in Portland.

Portland mayor won’t push for higher minimum wage for tipped workers; council could see proposal next month

By William Hall on Sept. 16, 2014, at 11:04 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Mayor Michael Brennan last week said a proposed ordinance to raise the minimum wage in the city might be vetted next week by a City Council committee, and could go before the full council for consideration next month. Brennan advocates hiking the minimum wage to $9.50 an …

Portland businesses tell CBS 13 they never agreed to AARP coupons distributed in their name

By Jon Chrisos, CBS 13 on Sept. 16, 2014, at 10:52 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Consumers love coupons. Research shows more than 70 percent of us use them. But several Portland business owners say they’re confused about coupons being offered to their stores; they tell CBS 13 they never signed up to offer the deals. The owner of a downtown business called …
Chocolate lobsters cool in their candied shells in Westbrook on Tuesday.

Westbrook’s Haven’s Candies sold to new owner before 100-year anniversary

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 16, 2014, at 10:46 a.m.
WESTBROOK, Maine — Andy Charles recalls one customer who bought a box of needham candies and started to gently complain: “They’re all different sizes and shapes.” Charles’ response? “I know, isn’t it great?” Over Westbrook-based Haven’s Candies’ nearly 100 years in business, the operation has added some factory chocolate mixers …

Woman, 19, indicted for arson for Portland hotel fire allegedly caused by remote control in microwave

By The Forecaster on Sept. 16, 2014, at 10:42 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A 19-year-old woman is the second person indicted for arson from a Dec. 14, 2013, fire at the Hampton Inn at 209 Fore St. Olivia Richards, formerly of Cumberland Avenue, faces a Class A arson charge after a Cumberland County grand jury handed up an indictment on …
From the community

Envision Maine Summit

By Broadreach Public Relations on Sept. 16, 2014, at 9:31 a.m.
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 5 Park St, Freeport, Maine For more information: 207-865-9511; Envision Maine announces its inaugural Envision Maine Summit, an inspiring one-day gathering for sharing and exploring ideas and actions to build Maine’s next economy. The business community …
A fire rages early Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 40 Deering Ave., Portland. Neighbor John DiBernardo said flames were shooting about 10 or 15 feet above the roof when firefighters arrived.

Family of 4 escapes fire that heavily damaged home on Deering Avenue in Portland

By David Harry and Ben McCanna, The Forecaster on Sept. 16, 2014, at 8:13 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Four people escaped an early morning house fire Tuesday at 40 Deering Ave. Homeowner Nancy Teras said she, her husband, stepdaughter and mother escaped the 1890s-era home shortly before dawn when flames broke out on the back wall of the building, where part of the roof eventually …
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