ICE agents search Asian restaurants

BREWER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE are executing a search warrant at a home on Elm street in Brewer, according to a Brewer police officer on scene.   Several ICE vehicles and Brewer Police cars were parked outside the home Wednesday morning. 

ICE agents could also be seen coming in and out of the  Super China Buffett in Waterville, and at the Twin Super Buffet in Brewer.  A sign on the both doors said they were closed.  Agents in Waterville escorted three workers in handcuffs out of Super China Buffet.

Agents were also at a home on Bridge Street in Westbrook.  They were seen talking to one of the tenants there.  In Portland, Kon Asian Bistro was closed Wednesday, as ICE agents walked through.

A short time later, ICE agents were seen removing evidence from New China Super Buffet in the Lewiston Mall.

Wealthiest Mainers call Portland home

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- An analysis of Maine Revenue Services numbers shows that the state's wealthiest residents are concentrated in the Portland area.

Maine has 6,838 tax filers who have annual incomes in the top 1 percent of all residents based on the latest figures.

Those households had an average annual income of nearly $811,000. The statewide average annual income for the same time was nearly $35,000.

Maine Today Media reports that the top-ranking community by income is Cape Elizabeth, home to 338 tax filers in the top 1 percent, with average earnings of about $1.1 million.

Windham is second with 69 filers in the top 1 percent with an average earnings of about $1 million.

Other affluent communities include York, Gorham, Falmouth and Scarborough.

The analysis doesn't include summer residents and is based solely on tax returns.





The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today announced that their Saturday, November 19 morning practice will be open to spectators. The practice, which begins at 10 AM at the Portland Expo Building, will be one of the last few during training camp before the 2011-12 Red Claws roster is selected.

Fans will be able to see behind the scenes as Red Claws Head Coach Dave Leitao puts the players through the paces. The final roster for the 2011-12 will be set Wednesday, November 23, and the 2011-12 Red Claws will open the season on the road at Springfield on Friday, November 25.

The Red Claws will play 24 home games at the Portland Expo this season, and individual ticket prices will be available at for $6, $10, $15, $20 and $30.  Of the 24 home games, 23 will be weekend contests with 12 falling on Sundays and featuring early start times to encourage families with young children to attend.

Better Neighbor Fund Winners to Be Announced

This evening, November 16, 2011, 65 non-profit community organizations from throughout Cumberland and York County will be gathering to see if they are one of eight organizations that have been selected by the public to share in $25,000 dollars in grants from the Town & Country Federal Credit Union's Better Neighbor Fund.

The Fund first introduced in 2010, was designed by Town & Country to support good works in the communities of Cumberland and York Counties. Utilizing the growing benefits of social media, during September, 65 local non-profit community organizations submitted their nominations for Better Neighbor Fund grants. Throughout October, the public and supporters voted online via Facebook for the charity or non-profit they thought most deserving of receiving one of three $5,000 grants and five $2,000 grants.

What is the price of "Affordable Housing"?

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - How much should it cost to build affordable housing? That question stirred hot debate in Augusta Tuesday, as the Commissioners of the Maine State Housing Authority criticized the staff for allowing high price projects...particularly the proposed Elm Terrace development in Portland.

That project would be built in a historic building on High Street but the developer recently said the per-unit cost had risen to $314,000 per unit. Members of the Commission were highly critical of the MSHA for that, saying the high price tag was far from affordable housing.

Rich Brooks on Black Friday and Cyber Monday


Rich Brooks is the president of flyte new media, a web design and Internet marketing company in Portland.

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Black Friday is a "real world" event. How can the Internet help us?  There are a number of websites that track BF deals, including Black Friday Ads.  You can download a Black Friday ad for when you're on the move, looking for the best "door busting" deal.  You can also support local retailers by checking out "Buy Local" sites for your area.

For more information on Black Friday Ads click here:  BLACK FRIDAY ADS

55' Blue Spruce to Be Delivered to Monument Square

Thursday, November 17 at approximately 10 AM, the tree that signals the start of the holiday season in Portland arrives in Monument Square.

The beautiful 55 foot Colorado Blue Spruce was donated by Lori and Allen Huff of 89 Evans Street, South Portland.  The owners are delighted that their tree was chosen to grace Monument square in downtown Portland for this longstanding holiday tradition.

"After an exhaustive search of Greater Portland, we found by far the best tree in South Portland. It will look beautiful when adorned with lights in Monument Square" says Jeff Tarling, City Arborist.

The tree will be lit with over 1,500 LED lights, donated by Efficiency Maine during the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday November 25th at 5:30pm.  Produced by Portland's Downtown District (PDD), the festive night includes entertainment by Rick Charette and the Bubblegum Band and the Maine State Ballet.