Articles by David Harry

Jess Knox announces formation of a political action committee to defeat a Nov. 3 referendum question on zoning. “Question 2 could halt responsible and sustainable growth in Portland,” he said Aug. 19.

PACs square off over Portland zoning referendum

By David Harry on Aug. 25, 2015, at 10:48 a.m.
An electoral fight pitting the “soul” of the city against its “future” was joined Aug. 19 with the creation of a new political action committee. At the core of the disagreement is a referendum proposing revisions to the city code that would create a new waterfront protection …

Portland police ask AG to review civil rights complaint

By David Harry on Aug. 19, 2015, at 11:53 a.m.
Police Chief Michael Sauschuck said his department will ask the state attorney general to decide whether an alleged altercation in the Congress Square area on Aug. 11 rises to the level of a civil rights violation. City resident James Melanson tried to file the criminal complaint that …
Mohamud Mohamed enters court Aug. 14 in his first appearance after being accused of the murder of Portland resident Fred Akoa. He, Abil Teshome and Osman Sheikh entered no pleas and remain in jail.

Portland murder suspects remain in jail

By David Harry on Aug. 18, 2015, at 11:02 a.m.
Three men accused of killing Cumberland Avenue resident Fred Akoa in his apartment Aug. 9 remained in Cumberland County Jail this week after making court appearances Aug. 14. Abil Teshome, 23, Mohamud Mohamed, 36, and Osman Sheikh, 31, entered no pleas while appearing in front of Justice …
“We want victims to come forward,” Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck said Aug. 14, after a woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted Aug. 12 on the Back Cove Trail recanted her story.

Portland police may charge woman for false sexual assault claim

By David Harry on Aug. 18, 2015, at 10:56 a.m.
A 34-year-old woman who admitted falsely claiming she was sexually assaulted along the Back Cove Trail may be charged with a crime. Police Chief Michael Sauschuck on Aug. 14 said the Police Department was still investigating, after the the woman recanted earlier that morning. “No crime occurred,” …
Paul Drinan examines masonry damage at Fort Gorges that comes from more natural than military causes, including water seepage and ice.

Fort Gorges restoration effort renewed

By David Harry on Aug. 13, 2015, at 11:44 a.m.
PORTLAND | Crossing Portland Harbor on a sun-splashed morning, Paul Drinan talked about his newest endeavor. “It is not hard to be passionate about this project,” he said of a renewed effort to restore Fort Gorges. Drinan, who became executive director of Friends of Fort Gorges in 2014, said …
City-owned Somerset Street property in Portland, intended to be sold to Federated Cos. for the Midtown project, had not been remediated Aug. 10, although the sales contract considered void by the city required a city cleanup before the sale could be completed.

Portland, Midtown developers at odds about Bayside cleanup

By David Harry on Aug. 11, 2015, at 2:09 p.m.
The dispute over the validity of the sales contract for the Somerset Street land slated to become the Midtown project continues, with the city and developers at odds about when the land will be cleaned up. Federated Cos. principal Jonathan Cox on Tuesday said his company believes …
Preble Street Associate Director Jon Bradley urges Portland city councilors on Monday to provide more assistance in the Community Support Fund.

Portland council sets aid guidelines for asylum seekers

By David Harry on Aug. 04, 2015, at 2:54 p.m.
While it may not help everyone who needs it, the city will move forward with limited aid for asylum seekers after city councilors approved guidelines Monday night. The $2.6 million Community Support Fund will be open to people who were receiving General Assistance vouchers in June, but …
Oscar Mokeme on July 31 at the Museum of African Art & Culture on Brown Street in Portland. He is moving the collection to Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Portland museum of African art moving to Portsmouth

By David Harry on Aug. 04, 2015, at 11:41 a.m.
On Thursday, the Museum of African Art & Culture at 13 Brown St. will celebrate its 17th anniversary. It will be its last anniversary in the city. “I felt a call to come to Portland, now I feel I am being called to come to Portsmouth (New …
CPB2 principal Jim Brady outside the Portland Co. complex at 58 Fore St. in Portland on May 29. A referendum question affecting how the property can be redeveloped will be on the Nov. 3 city ballot.

Portland council puts measure aimed at Fore Street project on November ballot

By David Harry on Aug. 04, 2015, at 11:01 a.m.
A referendum question designed to limit development at the Portland Co. complex could be costly and emotional. The manner in which it was added to the Nov. 3 ballot by city councilors on Monday night guaranteed it will be a long, expensive read for voters. Councilors unanimously …

Portland councilors grapple with new assistance funding questions

By David Harry on July 28, 2015, at 1:14 p.m.
As City Councilors prepare to vote on establishing a fund to help some immigrants left ineligible for General Assistance, they are also aware of its limits. “The one thing we know is there is an insufficient amount of money to run a really good program,” Councilor Jon …

Portland board moving forward on India Street historic district

By David Harry on July 28, 2015, at 12:04 p.m.
A smaller-than-originally planned India Street Historic District is the preferred choice for the city Historic Preservation Board. City Historic Preservation Manager Deb Andrews on Monday said she will prepare a revised district map for consideration by the board when it meets at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. …
A used syringe found on Lancaster Street in Portland on July 23, a week after forensic anthropologist Marcella Sorg told a city subcommittee on substance abuse the number of drug overdose deaths compared to the general population in Portland is increasingly outpacing the rest of the state.

Portland drug addiction, overdose rates exceed the rest of Maine

By David Harry on July 28, 2015, at 11:08 a.m.
An expert on the state’s increasing problem with opioids said the problem is complex, and worse in Portland than the rest of the state. “I’m urging you not to try and simplify it, because it is not simple,” Marcella Sorg told the Mayor’s Subcommittee on Substance Abuse …
Portland City Councilor Jill Duson (right) speaks during a workshop on Sept. 3, 2014, while fellow councilors Cheryl Leeman (center) and Nicholas Mavodones look on.

Portland council puts $15 hourly minimum wage on November ballot

By David Harry on July 21, 2015, at 10:59 a.m.
City voters on Nov. 3 will decide whether to establish a $15-per-hour minimum wage by Jan. 1, 2019. City councilors on Sept. 9, meanwhile, will revisit the minimum wage ordinance they passed July 6, amended to specify how service employees will be paid. The July 6 minimum …
Johnny Ouch (right) and attorney Amy Fairfield listen to Justice Joyce Wheeler in court in Portland July 19. Ouch pleaded not guilty to murder and aggravated assault charges in connection with the May 25 shootings that killed Treyjon Arsenault and wounded Mohamed Ali.

Suspect in Portland recording studio shooting held without bail

By David Harry on July 21, 2015, at 10:32 a.m.
The suspect in the death of one person and the shooting of another May 25 at an Old Port recording studio remained in Cumberland County Jail Tuesday without bail. Johnny Ouch, 20, of Westbrook, was indicted July 10 by a Cumberland County grand jury in the murder …

Portland residents promote solar power ‘farming’

By David Harry on July 21, 2015, at 9:03 a.m.
A group of city residents are trying to generate interest in life on the farm – a community solar farm. In a 6:30 p.m. open house Wednesday at St. Luke’s Church, 143 State St., members of Sierra Club’s Portland Climate Action Team will explain how solar farms …
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Portland City Councilor Kevin Donoghue will not seek re-election

By David Harry on July 15, 2015, at 11:57 a.m.
City Councilor Kevin Donoghue, who is completing his third term representing District 1, Tuesday announced he will not seek another three-year term. “I believe I have had a very successful tenure at City Hall, but also know I am ready for a change,” Donoghue said in a …

Portland minimum wage argument continues with July 20 hearing

By David Harry on July 14, 2015, at 2:22 p.m.
The debate over pay will be waged again Monday, July 20, when the City Council will hold a public hearing on a “livable wage” ordinance. The council will choose between enacting an ordinance creating a $15 per hour minimum wage, sending the ordinance to the polls in …

Portland fund to help asylum seekers for 1 year

By David Harry on July 01, 2015, at 8:06 a.m.
Operating details are unclear, but a new city fund will assist immigrant asylum seekers with basic housing, food and medical costs. The $2.63 million Community Support Fund was created June 24 when the City Council approved a $225 million municipal budget for fiscal year 2016. It will …

Proposed historic tag adds to Portland Co. complexity

By David Harry on June 29, 2015, at 6:07 p.m.
The contentious development process for the Portland Co. complex at 58 Fore St. could soon include an added level of oversight. On Wednesday, the historic preservation board recommended placing most of the 10-acre parcel owned by development partnership CPB2 and principals Jim Brady, Kevin Costello and Casey …
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan and Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, head of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, listen as members of the public weigh in on a proposal to raise the minimum wage in this August 2014 file photo.

Move to raise Portland’s minimum wage gains momentum

By David Harry on June 23, 2015, at 2:31 p.m.
Efforts to enact minimum or “livable” wage ordinances in the city will progress next month and possibly Nov. 3. A bill that would have banned municipalities from setting their own minimum wages failed in the Maine House Monday by a 83-60 vote. The bill, requested by Gov. …