Portland launches Baxter Boulevard Sundays

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The City of Portland announced Tuesday that it is launching "Sundays on the Boulevard," where it will close Baxter Boulevard to car traffic.

From May 4 to November 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Baxter Boulevard will be closed from Vannah Avenue to Payson Park. The city said it envisions the street to be an "urban oasis" for bike riding, running, walking, skateboarding and other recreational activities.

The city's public works project closed the for eight months last year, which inspired the idea. The city said there are more than 100 documented initiatives across North America, according to the Open Streets Project.

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Spurwink Services acquires downtown Portland clinic

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Mental health professionals in Maine say demand for services is increasing, while access is decreasing. It's difficult for some patients to afford treatment, and find transportation to appointments.

But Spurwink Services, one of the largest mental health care providers in the state, is addressing that issue, by expanding into space in downtown Portland.

Spurwink has acquired the Behavioral Health Resources clinic in Monument Square, and will be bringing more services, including psychiatric medication management and outpatient therapy, to the clinic.

Patients are told to expect a seamless transition through the acquisition, without any changes to care.

Portland man faces child exploitation charge

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Portland man has been arrested on charges that he made a video of himself having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

Paul Henry was ordered held pending a detention hearing at his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Portland on Thursday on a charge of sexual exploitation of a child.

Prosecutors say the videos were found on the 24-year-old Henry's phone while he was being investigated for allegedly holding a 19-year-old woman against her will in a Portland hotel and prostituting her.

The three videos were found after police executed a search warrant on the phone.

The detention hearing has been scheduled for

next week.

It was not clear if Henry had a lawyer.

When should you be concerned about heartburn?

If you were to ask me if I ever have heartburn, a week ago I would have answered no. It turns out I was quite wrong.

I had an endoscopy last week — Dr. Doug Howell, my gastroenterologist, threaded a scope with a camera on the end of it through my mouth, down my esophagus and into my stomach. Pleasant image — right? I’m grateful for the medication that prevented me from participating on a conscious level.

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Health Events in Maine April 21 to May 5

Health Events in Maine April 21 to May 5

Stress relief group

Community Partners space
56 North Street
Portland, ME

Monday April 21
2:30 to 3:30

Join board-certified music therapist Kate Beever for an hour of relaxation, discussion, and joy based in music (no musical experience necessary). Go home with simple tools for your own stress relief.

Two men face drug selling, possession charges after heroin was found in their home.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (NEWS CENTER) -- Two men face drug charges in Portsmouth after a search warrant was served on their home Thursday.

Portsmouth Police said their arrests were a part of an extensive investigation into local heroin sales.

Patrick Pickford and Chandler Ricker, both of Portsmouth, N.H., both face charges for selling heroin after Portsmouth Police Detectives served a search warrant at the mens' home on Sheridan Ave on Thursday.

Church leaders wash feet in ceremony outdoors

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Church leaders in Maine will wash the feet of individuals as part of a ritual imitating a biblical scene symbolic of humility.

The ceremony Thursday is being held outdoors at noon in Monument Square in Portland. Church leaders will pour water over people's feet and dry them with a towel, mimicking a biblical scene where Jesus Christ washes the feet of his disciples.

Personal stories of some of the participants, including immigrants and homeless individuals, will be read aloud during the service in several languages including Spanish, French and Arabic.

In 1955, Pope Pius XII restored the practice as a part of a general reform to encourage charity work and raise awareness of struggling individuals.