Public Input Sought on Changes to Outer Congress Street

Next Tuesday, the City of Portland with the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) will host a public meeting to get feedback for recent changes made to traffic patterns along Outer Congress Street. Last month, MDOT carried out some preliminary repaving work on this stretch of Congress Street and striped new traffic patterns for the busy corridor. Following analysis of the public's feedback and traffic and speed analysis, the city and MDOT will complete the paving project and make any necessary adjustments to the current traffic patterns that will improve safety and mobility for all users. Commuters, bicyclists and motorists should be aware that the in the interim some sections of new bike lanes are incomplete and could be narrower than they will be when the final round of paving is complete later this month.

Portland ed. board approves new superintendent

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Portland's public schools have a new superintendent.

The city's Board of Public Education on Monday ratified a three-year contract for Emmanuel Caulk, 40, who most recently was regional assistant superintendent in Philadelphia.

Caulk said one of his primary initiatives would be to form parent advisory councils in the city's 16 public schools to help determine how money is spent and how the community can bring additional resources.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Caulk said parents should be engaged in partnerships with principals in "shared decision making."

His challenges include meeting the needs of the growing number of students who are from poor and immigrant families while at the same time providing the same rigorous education that private and suburban schools offer.

He starts Aug. 20.



Seagulls in the city

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- You expect to see herring gulls or seagulls along the coast of Maine. However, in recent years, they have been moving into the city in increasing numbers. A researcher from the University of New England is studying the cost and benefit of herring gulls nesting on roofs.

Drs. Noah Perlut and Peggy Friar are identifying and gathering baseline information about Portland's herring gull population. They are looking at why the birds are living on Portland's rooftops and comparing this population with herring gull populations on Maine islands.

"In the first year all of their breeding was identical," Perlut said.  He pointed out that causes of mortality varied.  On islands, the gulls face predators and flooding.  In the city, they fail from building management activities and extreme heat and dehydration.

Bowdoin alum signs NHL contract

NEWS CENTER- Jon Landry's road to the NHL is one that's certainly less traveled.  First it was playing at Div. III Bowdoin College.  Then it was bouncing around the U.S. and even Europe.  However, at the age of 29, he's finally signed his first NHL contract. 

    The 6-3, 220 pound defenseman signed signed a one-year, two-way contract with the New York Islanders, meaning he could either play on Long Island or with their AHL affiliate Bridgeport, whom he played for half of last season. 

    If Landry plays for the Islanders, he'd be just the second Bowdoin College product to play in the NHL.  Fred Ahern, a 1974 graduate, played in five season for the California Golden Seals, Cleveland Barons, and Colorado Rockies. 

Mainer makes Sea Dogs history

NEWS CENTER- Mike McDonald made history by becoming the first Mainer ever to play for the Sea Dogs.  His debut was much shorter than anyone could've anticipated. 

The Camden-Rockport alum started Sunday's game at Trenton and pulled in the first inning after sustaining an undisclosed leg injury.  McDonald retired the first two batters he faced before tweaking his leg as he gave up his first hit.  After allowing two more hits, he was pulled.  The former University of Maine pitcher last two thirds of an inning and gave up two runs. 

The Portland bullpen kept the Sea Dogs in it with 8 1/3 innings of shutout ball.  Jeremy Hazelbaker's RBI single in the ninth scored Ryan Dent as Portland completed the comeback 3-2.









Portland City Council considers removing panhandlers from medians

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --  The Portland City Council is considering an ordinance that would make it illegal for panhandlers to stand in medians.

There are several intersections in Portland where people typically stand with signs asking passing drivers for money. City councilor Ed Suslovic proposed an ordinance that would keep those people off of medians, because he says police are concerned about their safety. The panhandlers would still be allowed to ask for money on the sidewalks. But homeless advocate Steve Hustin says this is really just an attempt from the city to hide the homeless population.

Business cooperative tour bikes message to Portland

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A cooperative is often decribed as an organization or business that is owned and managed by the people who use its services, or the people who work there. It's a term that describes some credit unions, but it often refers to farmer cooperatives. Co-ops have helped save a number of small businesses survive the diving economy. It's a practice that has even helped businesses thrive... Businesses like Cabot.

Members of the Cabot Creamery Cooperative helped raise awareness of the benefits of co-ops with an east coast tour ending today in Portland.

The group made a number of different stops to pass along the message of how helpful co-ops can be to the nation's economy.

Following along, were 3 bicyclists... Making the 23-hundred mile trek to celebrate the volunteers that help keep co-ops running.