Articles by David Harry

Banners in memory of the six victims of the Nov. 1, 2014, fire at 20-24 Noyes St. remain outside what remains of the building’s foundation. The house was torn down last winter, and a remembrance service will be held Sunday, Nov. 1, at nearby Longfellow Park.

Apartment fire that killed 6 changes Portland, divides neighborhood

By David Harry on Oct. 28, 2015, at 9:59 a.m.
The remembrance service has become a source of contention between neighbors, some of whom object to the use of the park.
File photo of Planned Parenthood's controversial buffer zone sign in Portland.

Portland ordered to pay $56K to Planned Parenthood protesters

By David Harry on Oct. 27, 2015, at 1:34 p.m.
A failed attempt to limit where anti-abortion activists could gather on Congress Street has become costly for the city.
Three candidates for Portland's mayor's seat (from left) Tom MacMillan, Ethan Strimling and Michael Brennan, spar in Hannaford Hall at the University of Southern Maine on Oct. 7.

Election 2015: How to lead is the issue in Portland mayoral race

By David Harry on Oct. 23, 2015, at 11:36 a.m.
“Leadership” is the key word in the mayoral race between incumbent Mayor Michael Brennan and challengers Ethan Strimling and Tom MacMillan.
Portland City Hall

Portland City Council votes to mandate developers include affordable housing in projects

By David Harry on Oct. 20, 2015, at 5:16 p.m.
New housing developments of more than 10 units will be required to include affordable homes or apartments after a 7-2 City Council vote Monday night. “I’m grateful to have been on the council just long enough to see this through,” District 1 Councilor Kevin Donoghue said after the vote. “Inclusionary …
Some Munjoy Hill residents are concerned that redevelopment of the Portland Company at 58 Fore St. will lead to taller buildings that block views of Portland Harbor.

The ‘view’ on Portland’s Question 2: Preservation or prohibition?

By David Harry on Oct. 20, 2015, at 5:04 p.m.
The views on ballot Question 2 are squarely in the eyes of the beholders. Supporters call it a necessary response to protect views of Portland’s waterfront and ensure city officials balance the interests of residents and developers. “I think it is good for the city because it is protecting the 400-foot …
A new purchase and sales agreement between the city and Federated Cos. is expected to lead to groundbreaking for the “Midtown” project on Somerset Street by the end of the year.

Portland’s Midtown project ‘back on track’

By David Harry, The Forecaster on Oct. 19, 2015, at 5:06 p.m.
The city and developers Federated Cos. have negotiated a new agreement.
Portland Community Chamber of Commerce liaison Christopher O'Neil

Portland may require developers to include affordable housing in projects or pay

By David Harry on Oct. 13, 2015, at 3:19 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Developers of housing projects with more than 10 units could soon be required to set aside 10 percent of the units as affordable housing. On Monday, Oct. 19, city councilors will hear public comments and vote on a set of zoning amendments that include the so-called “inclusionary …
Nikki Brooks mixes a drink Oct. 7 at DiMillo’s on the Waterfront in Portland. She said she worries an increase in her minimum tipped wage would reduce the tips she receives from customers.

Debate over $15-per-hour minimum wage heats up as Portland referendum looms

By David Harry on Oct. 13, 2015, at 3:12 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Nikki Brooks reflected on a financially satisfying career in the restaurant industry as she served drinks at DiMillo’s on the Waterfront last week. “I’ve been a server and tender for 13 years,” she said. “You can directly see the fruits of your labor.” Heather McIntosh, meanwhile, sitting …
Rachel Talbot Ross

Portland appoints interim fire chief, allows civil rights director to take leave

By David Harry on Oct. 13, 2015, at 3:03 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Assistant Fire Chief David Jackson was named the interim replacement on Oct. 9 for departing Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria. On the same day, City Hall spokeswoman Jessica Grondin revealed Rachel Talbot Ross, director of Equal Opportunity & Multicultural Affairs, has been on leave since Aug. 27. Grondin …
From left: Nick Mavodones, Matthew Coffey, and David Foster

Homeless libertarian, Air Force veteran challenge longtime Portland city councilor

By David Harry on Oct. 13, 2015, at 12:35 p.m.
Portland City Councilor Nick Mavodones Jr., seeking a seventh at-large term, is being challenged by two newcomers.
Portland city councilors will consider an ordinance to regulate companies that immobilize vehicles for parking violations at privately owned lots available for public use, like this one operated by Unified Parking Partners at Monument Square.

Portland ordinance may tighten rules for parking boots

By David Harry on Oct. 13, 2015, at 7:58 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Companies that immobilize vehicles for violations at private parking lots could soon be regulated by a new city ordinance amendment. The City Council Transportation, Sustainability & Energy Committee last week recommended that the full council amend Chapter 28 of the city code to require companies using “boots” to …

Portland City Council approves landlord registration fees

By David Harry on Oct. 07, 2015, at 10:51 a.m.
Landlords will be paying $15-$35 per unit annually beginning Jan. 1, 2016, after city councilors on Monday approved a registration fee schedule. The City Council also approved the sale of the former Adams School parking lot at 65 Munjoy St. for redevelopment as affordable housing, and 3 …
A Portland Public Services loader mixes sand and salt in a giant pile in preparation for an oncoming snowstorm in this file photo.

Portland fills top planning vacancy, but now must find new public works leader

By David Harry on Oct. 01, 2015, at 2:13 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The city has named a replacement to lead its Planning Division, but will be searching for a new public services director. Current Planning Board Chairman Stuart “Tuck” O’Brien will begin his new job leading the Planning Division the middle of next month, city spokeswoman Jessica Grondin said …
Apothecary by Design, which opened at 84 Marginal Way in 2008, has been sold to a private New York investment firm.

Independent Portland pharmacy Apothecary by Design sold to New York investors

By David Harry on Sept. 22, 2015, at 12:15 p.m.
Apothecary by Design, the independent pharmacy based in Bayside, has been sold to a privately held New York investment firm. “We want to continue to grow and advance, they are an excellent partner to provide that capital to do that,” Mark McAuliffe, Apothecary by Design chief executive, …
Portland City Councilor Ed Suslovic expects an Oct. 5 vote on new annual registration fees charging landlords as much as $35 per rental unit. The fees will fund increased inspections and take effect Jan. 1, 2016.

Portland landlord registration fee discounts headed to City Council

By David Harry on Sept. 15, 2015, at 10:29 a.m.
City landlords will begin paying an annual registration fee of as much as $35 per housing unit on Jan. 1, 2016. But discounts to the fee, part of an ordinance requiring landlords to register with the new Housing Safety Office, are expected to have a first reading …
The small and large of Portland’s cruise ship industry: the 98-passenger Independence heads out to sea Saturday, Sept. 5, while the 2,000-passenger Grandeur of the Seas is docked at the Ocean Gateway terminal.

Portland’s cruise ship season opens with high hopes

By David Harry on Sept. 12, 2015, at 7:24 a.m.
Portland is expecting a very successful year for cruise ship visits, with 84 arrivals bringing as many as 97,000 passengers.
Portland City Councilors David Brenerman, left, and Jon Hinck listen as Andy’s Old Port Pub owner Jennifer Fox speaks out against increasing the tipped wage in the city at a Sept. 9 City Council hearing.

Portland sets minimum wage to $10.10, adjusts tipped wage

By David Harry on Sept. 10, 2015, at 2:10 p.m.
The ordinance will increase the minimum wage to $10.68 per hour on Jan. 1, 2017.
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine.

Pingree backs legislation to shorten wait time on work permits for asylum seekers

By David Harry on Sept. 01, 2015, at 2:02 p.m.
PORTLAND | Federal officials and their aides Monday said they are ready to try to help asylum seekers more quickly obtain permission to work. But they were also blunt about the likelihood of speedy results. Immigration reform “is a slow political turtle in the House,” U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, …
Portland City Hall may see new occupants after the Nov. 3 election, as four candidates have announced intentions to run for mayor. Five have filed nomination papers to run for the City Council District 1 seat.

Candidates set for Portland’s November elections

By David Harry on Aug. 26, 2015, at 10:22 a.m.
The field of candidates for mayor in 2015 will not be nearly as large as in 2011. It will not even be as large as the City Council District 1 race. The full list of candidates for the Nov. 3 election was released on the city website …
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan talks about his time in office and looks forward to his re-election campaign in an interview with the Bangor Daily News.

With Strimling in, Brennan defends record as Portland mayor

By David Harry on Aug. 25, 2015, at 1:54 p.m.
Mayor Michael Brennan on Monday said he intends to run on his record as he faces a new challenge from the runner-up in the 2011 mayoral election. “It is the responsibility of the mayor to address the policy issues facing the city,” Brennan said almost a week …