Stories about Portland

News from Greater Portland, including Cumberland and York counties.

Gareth Roberts (right) of the Portland Rugby Football Club scores a try between the uprights in the first half against Amoskeag during their match Saturday in Portland.

Portland Rugby Football Club opens season with victory

on Sept. 16, 2014, at 7:07 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Portland Rugby Football Club debuted in the newly formed Division 1 North Atlantic Rugby Conference with a victory over longtime rival Amoskeag Rugby Club of Manchester, New Hampshire, 46-10 Saturday. “We’ve picked up some exciting players this season, including recent college grads, some seasoned international players, and …
Greg Shinberg of Shinberg Consulting goes over a proposed master plan for the Midtown development project in Portland's East Bayside at a neighborhood meeting.

Portland allocates $2.7 million to raise street near four-tower Bayside project

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 15, 2014, at 9:24 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The city of Portland will devote $2.7 million to raising the street grade along one side of the four-tower, $150 million Midtown project after councilors passed a slate of measures related to the development Monday night. Construction on Midtown — which, if all four phases are completed, …

‘Between a rock and a hard place’: Portland’s big gamble on undocumented immigrants

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 9:13 p.m.
The city of Portland and the LePage administration have seemingly always had an uneasy relationship. As far back as 2011, a member of Gov. Paul LePage’s cabinet said the Republican administration wouldn’t work with Portland — which has been ranked the most liberal city in Maine and consistently has eight …

Police say bicyclist hit by car in Portland may have been drinking

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 15, 2014, at 4:37 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A bicyclist who was hit by a car crossing Forest Avenue in Portland on Sunday night may have been drinking, according to Portland police. Steven Bowie, 43, of Portland was taken to Maine Medical Center after the crash, which occurred in the area of 1871 Forest Ave. …
From the community

MCED has new chairman and three new board members

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 15, 2014, at 4:19 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development announces Catherine Renault as its new Chairman of the Board of Directors. Renault replaces Janet Yancy-Wrona, CEO of Bar Harbor Biotechnology, whose term ended in July. Catherine Renault was appointed for a two-year term. She is Principal of Innovation Policyworks, LLC, an …
From the community
Hannah Eglinton at temple in Chiang Mai.

Portland student spends month in Thailand helping elephants

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 4:09 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Hannah Eglinton, 16, of Portland spent a month during the summer in Thailand helping elephants and learning about Thai culture. Traveling with the Boston-based Loop Abroad, Hannah was part of a small team that spent a week working directly with rescued elephants at an elephant sanctuary, a …
From the community
Courtney Allen

Courtney Allen joins CBRE/The Boulos Company

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 15, 2014, at 3:44 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — CBRE|The Boulos Company is pleased to announce the addition of a new member of the team. Courtney Allen has been hired as an Executive Assistant to Drew Sigfridson, SIOR. Courtney will support Drew as he runs the day-to-day operations of the company, managing his schedule and coordinating …
From the community

Jeff Bye “Outside In” opening reception at Greenhut Galleries

By Peggy Golden on Sept. 15, 2014, at 2:55 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Greenhut Galleries, 146 Middle St, Portland, Maine For more information: 207-772-2693; Outside In is Jeff Bye’s third solo exhibition at Greenhut Galleries and continues his ongoing exploration of abandoned, neglected buildings throughout the Northeast. Through work as a conservator …
From the community

Exploring Nature and the Outdoors with Kids

By Michelle Smith on Sept. 15, 2014, at 2:55 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Location: Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, ME For more information: (207) 781-2330; Join us for a nature-based program and book signing for families with young children. Hosted in partnership by Maine Audubon and the Appalachian Mountain …

Michaud unveils 10-point healthcare plan in Portland

By Troy R. Bennett on Sept. 15, 2014, at 12:29 p.m.
Gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud unveiled a 10-point healthcare plan in Portland on Monday which includes lowering costs by expanding Medicaid.
York town officials and 16 White Birch Lane abutters take a site walk of the property to discuss the use of the proposed building.

Neighbors worry proposed York building will be expansion of controversial pot growing operation

By Susan Morse, The York Weekly on Sept. 15, 2014, at 12:03 p.m.
YORK, Maine — The York Planning Board on Friday morning took a site walk of 16 White Birch Lane, property located next door to a medical marijuana facility. Two neighbors also joined the walk to see where property owner Josh Stauble is seeking to build a 7,500-square-foot metal building next …

Multicultural students discuss diversity and discrimination

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 11:41 a.m.
U.S. Census figures show that Maine is one of the least diverse states in the country estimating that 95.3 percent of Maine’s population is white. According to Reza Jalali, coordinator at the office of multicultural student affairs, Portland is slowly becoming more diverse, but that there’s still a lot of …

Irish documentarian visits USM and shares success story

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 11:41 a.m.
When he was in college, Maurice Fitzpatrick decided he wanted to be a documentarian and fought to reach his goals despite naysayers. Now, Fitzpatrick has a documentary co-produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation, a book under his belt and said he is always looking for the next project. Last Wednesday, …
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Emerging ways to fund social change

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 11:31 a.m.
There has been a pop in articles and commentary since the start of September that focus on different ways to fund positive and effective social change. One New York Times piece, “Investing to Make a Difference Is Gaining Ground” affirms that we were onto something real when we started Giving …

‘This is an experiement’: Faculty expresses concerns for budget timeline

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 11:28 a.m.
The Faculty Senate was set to spend last week’s meeting discussing a report from the Metropolitan University Steering Group, but after reports from President David Flanagan and Provost Joseph McDonnell, the rest of the meeting was spent on topics that weren’t on the agenda: this year’s budget deficit, program eliminations …

Students on work-study waitlist may start receiving awards soon

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 11:27 a.m.
The financial aid office has recently started dispersing work-study funds to students who had been put on a waitlist. There were around 200 students on the waitlist and the first 80 have been awarded funding. According to Jami Jandreau, the assistant director of financial aid, the office will be monitoring …

Students, faculty demand BoT meeting to move back to USM

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 11:27 a.m.
The fate of three USM programs will stand before the University of Maine System board of trustees next Monday, but the meeting will not be held anywhere near a USM campus. The meeting, where the board of trustees is likely to finalize the elimination of geosciences, American and New England …

LePage a no-show for energy forum at USM

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 11:26 a.m.
An energy forum hosted at USM was supposed to be the first time Maine’s three gubernatorial candidates would speak in the same place, but come Friday morning Governor Paul Lepage refused to participate. After a continental breakfast and networking period, each candidate was given a half hour block of time …

Health insurance required for all USM students

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.
As of last Friday, there are 1,570 students at USM who have a $942 charge on their account for a new health insurance plan, but have not finished the plan’s enrollment process and are not receiving any benefits. The insurance plan was made mandatory by the University of Maine System …

Martin’s Travel Blog: My English adventure begins

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 11:20 a.m.
This past June a friend of mine, who had steered a ship across the Pacific using celestial navigation, pointed out the cycle of the stars across the sky. The path of the stars is something I have always known about, a fact stored from some second grade lesson in astronomy, …
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