Sidewalk Art Festival artist application


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- This year's WCSH 6 Sidewalk Art Festival will be Aug. 22. From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Downtown Portland will be a sea of artists and art lovers.

This year will mark the 50th year of the Festival. The Festival takes place in Portland's Arts District (on both sides of Congress Street from Congress Square to Monument Square). Streets are closed, providing a safe and truly festive atmosphere for shoppers and artists alike.

The Festival is professionally-judged show with cash prizes. Artists have the option to participate in the judging.

The application will go live at March 1 at 12:01 a.m.

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Portland leaders respond to claims of mismanaging General Assistance funds


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – City and state leaders from Portland pushed back Friday against claims by the LePage Administration that the city is in violation of the General Assistance program.

A state audit of the program found that some long time users of the city's shelter had large sums of money in the bank and are not eligible for assistance. However, the city was billing the state for the residents as if they were eligible for general assistance. It's the latest chapter in the Governor's efforts to crack down on welfare abuse. Portland officials call it an attack on their city.

"Is someone really getting away with something by getting this mat to sleep on? How on god's green earth could offering this meager service be considered too generous," said Mark Swan of Preble Street.

Church converting to Jewish community center


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine announced a major donation Thursday to help them construct a new Jewish community center.

The Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine has a purchase and sale agreement in place for the former St. Patrick's church on Congress. The Alfred and Dorothy Suzi Osher Foundation donated $2.5 million to help with construction, which would allow it to expand its preschool program and services for the poor.

"It's going to enable us to really have a true community home where people can congregate for events, for meetings, for performances, lectures, programming, our current facility doesn't allow for a lot of that to happen," said Alliance member Steve Brinn

A hard-learned lesson about shingles

A hard-learned lesson about shingles

It was the beginning of a Labor Day weekend when Al felt a strange sensation on his right buttock, just underneath his back pocket where he carried his wallet. It was kind of sore and kind of itchy.

Although it wasn’t easy to do, he took a look and saw a red area. He figured his skin was irritated from rubbing against the corner of his wallet.

The red area got larger and the painful itch became more intense. Al hated to bother his doctor on a holiday weekend, so he waited three days to call for an appointment.

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“This week, the pen was mightier than the pipeline.” – Laura Dorle, Environment Maine


As anticipated, President Obama vetoed legislation to force approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline this week. Environment Maine’s Laura Dorle issued the following statement:

Banking on Gary’s House at the Annual Gourmet Gala

Banking on Gary’s House at the Annual Gourmet Gala

 

 

Bankers are accustomed to crunching numbers, checking balances and turning over cash…but at the Gourmet Gala they will be banking on their cooking expertise and raising dough for Gary’s House.  Bangor Savings Bank, Bank of Maine, Key Bank, and TruChoice Federal Credit Union will be competing in a shorter version of the popular television show “Chopped” on April 16 at the Ocean Gateway on Portland’s waterfront.  During this portion of the Gourmet Gala event, they will be provided with mystery ingredients, provided by Whole Foods Market.  The Gourmet Gala benefits Gary’s House, Mercy Hospital’s home away from home for families with a hospitalized loved one.  Named after Gary Pike, the home is a tribute to this young man’s final wish before succumbing to cancer at just 21 years old.   

Woman allegedly bites clerk during attempted robbery


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Police are looking for a woman that bit the clerk during an attempted robbery.

On Wednesday around 1:10 a.m., a woman entered the 7 Eleven at 27 Washington Ave. and asked for a carton of cigarettes. She then allegedly tried to spray the clerk with pepper spray. The clerk briefly grabbed the suspect, said police, but let her go when he bit her on the hand.

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