Preble Street Resource Center to get $750,000 grant

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Portland shelter will receive a $750,000 grant from the federal government to help homeless veterans.

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree says the Preble Street Resource Center will receive the grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Maine Democrat says this is the second year Preble Street will receive the VA grant, in a partnership with the City of Portland and Pine Tree Legal Assistance.

In the first year, the funds helped more than 100 veterans to obtain VA benefits and receive financial assistance for housing deposits or rent payments.

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Flaherty homers again, O's win again

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Deering alum Ryan Flaherty entered the weekend with two Major League homer runs.  Two days into the weekend,  he's doubled that mark.  For the second straight night the Orioles third baseman hit a home run in Cleveland propelling Baltimore to a 3-1 victory over the Indians.   

He was joined in the home run festitivites by former Indian Jim Thome, who kept adding to his record tallies at Progressive Field.

Thome launched a go-ahead and winning two-run blast in the seventh inning -- his 190th career home run at the park.

In his first 11 games with Baltimore following a trade from Philadelphia, Thome went homerless; however, in both of what are likely his final games in Cleveland, he's left the yard he used to call home.

 

Maine moviegoers react to Colorado shootings

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Many moviegoers in Maine were eager to be among the first to see the final installment of director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, but were also shocked and saddened by the mass shooting in a Colorado movie theater.

"I'm appalled.  I'm in shock actually," exclaimed Demetrios Augustine as he prepared to catch the noon screening at the Nickelodeon Cinemas in downtown Portland. 

"You come to the movies to escape and kind of forget reality for an hour and a half, two hours and relax and enjoy.  How do you enjoy something like that when some bobblehead is going to come in there, you know lost his job and he is not all that upstairs, you know he's lost his marbles and just starts killing people randomly?"

The Age of Miracles

The Age of Miracles

I like post-apocalyptic fiction.  At least in theory.

Karen Thompson Walker's debut novel is The Age of Miracles, in which the Earth’s rotation slows down... a lot. Little do we realize that all life is dependent on that consistent 24-hour day. At 26 hours it’s disruptive but not awful; at 46 hours, it’s quite a lot worse. When the day is 60 hours long… and longer… it is toxic to all life on Earth. The unrelenting daylight is toxic, and so is the darkness.

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Andi Fawcett Has A Whole Lotta Love for Portland!

For over 10 years now Andi Fawcett has been a staple in the Portland music scene. From her bands Velvis to relishgruv to her current band Doubting Gravity, she has been singing her heart out in just about every venue in Portland.  She's played Pat Benatar, Gwen Stefani and Madonna in Portland's legendary Clash of the Titans and yes she won every one of them.  I had the chance to sit down and chat with Andi.  Read more HERE...

IF THE HIGH HEELS FIT ...

I had a really nice time last night. I went to a party at McCabe, Duval + Associates — they’re on the top floor of a building in the Old Port with amazing views of the waterfront. The theme was a summer picnic, French bistro style. I decided to dress in my version of casual French. I put on black capri pants and a long sleeved fitted dark purple t-shirt and slipped into a pair of black flats. My twenty something daughter is living with us for the time being and I’ve gotten into the habit of running outfits by her before leaving the house. Each time I realize that I am risking humiliation, but she has given me invaluable advice and claims to have saved me many times from public humiliation on a much grander scale.

Need a reason to smile? Watch this!

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A big smile can make everything better -- even Portland traffic.

That was the message that 20-year-old Destiny Bouchard tried to get across on Thursday.

She made it her personal mission to spread a little happiness by making a sign to ask passing drivers to flash their best grin.

Destiny took up her crusade at the corner of Park and High Streets, and was soon joined by several friends.  Drivers gave them just what they wanted by smiling and honking their horns in approval.

Encouraged by the response, Destiny kept asking for more smiles until her her voice finally gave out.