Category Archives: Portland

Former IDEXX CEO presented Glenn Close with “boiled bunny” on their first date

In an interview on NPR All Things Considered, Glenn Close, the actress made famous earlier this year for her much acclaimed portrayal of Nova Prime Rael in Guardians of the Galaxy, discussed her first date with her now husband David Evans Shaw. Shaw, the founder and former CEO of Westbrook, Maine based IDEXX Laboratories, presented […]

Maine, Thankfully: Donna Galluzzo, Executive Director of Salt Institute

SALT INTERVIEW - 10.24.14-084

For this installment of Maine, Thankfully, I talked with Donna Galluzo, Executive Director of Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Salt is a non-profit school in Portland, Maine that offers semester-long intensive programs in documentary writing, radio, photography and new media.   I have long been an appreciator of Salt. I have had many friends who […]

Scenes from Sunday’s “March to End Violence” [video]


Yesterday the Portland Press Herald reported: More than 600 people marched down Congress Street Sunday afternoon to protest the killings of two black men by white police officers in Missouri and New York as Portland police blocked traffic along the route and escorted the crowd from Congress Square to Portland High School without incident. I […]

What surplus? Bangor Councilor Sprague says Augusta “shifted expenses to property taxpayers and seized local revenues”


Note from Alex: Bangor City Councilor Ben Sprague posted the following message on Facebook this morning and gave me permission to re-post it here. It was announced last week that the state government has a surplus. Good news? Well, here is what actually happened: First, Augusta (primarily through the governor and Republicans in the legislature) […]

Maine, Thankfully: Teyonda Hall, Director of LearningWorks’ Literacy Volunteers Greater Portland


For today’s installment of Maine, Thankfully, I talked with Teyonda Hall, Director of LearningWorks‘ Literacy Volunteers Greater Portland. LearningWorks is a not-for-profit umbrella community organization. Hall’s focus is on literacy, of course, and her the programs she oversees include efforts focused on family literacy, reading and mentoring for elementary school aged children and immigrants, and […]

I guess I should probably comment on this Phoenix v. Dig legal spat


As my Bangor Daily News colleague Seth Koenig reported on Monday: Less than a month after Portland officially became a two-alternative-weekly city, those two alternative weeklies are engaged in a legal dispute. The new publisher of the Portland Phoenix has announced his newspaper will sue the nascent Dig Portland over what he calls breaches of contract by two […]

Maine, Thankfully: Karan Cushman on AIGA Maine’s “uncoloring book” + Design for Good initiative


AIGA Maine, the state chapter of the national design association, is working on creating an “un-coloring” book entitled Imaginative You. The effort is part of the organization’s Design for Good initiative. The book will be designed by Maine artists and gifted to patients at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital and to other children facing health […]