Portland Regional Chamber Moves into New Portland Office

 The Portland Regional Chamber (PRC) announces its move to a new office. Formerly located on the corner of Pearl and Middle Streets, the Chamber’s new office is at 443 Congress Street, on the corner of Congress and Elm Streets. Situated across from Monument Square and in the center of the business district, the new location offers cost savings and visibility.

With the lease up at the Pearl Street office, the Chamber sought a smaller space to renovate according to its needs. PRC hired Jim Harnden of Malone Commercial Brokers to handle the deal, and after looking at a number of properties, decided the Congress Street location had the most to offer.

"By making the move we are able to save roughly $30,000 in the current fiscal year in rent," said Godfrey Wood, CEO of the Portland Regional Chamber.

Mike Bailey, Portland H.S. Football coach resigns

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- One of Maine's most legendary high school football coaches is stepping down.

Portland Bulldogs coach Mike Bailey has handed in his resignation. NEWS CENTER spoke with Bailey Friday afternoon, and he confirmed he is leaving the program.

Bailey has been with the Bulldogs for 31 years and has been the head coach of the team for the last 26 years.

Occupy Maine amends its petition to city

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Wall Street demonstrators seeking to keep their encampment in Portland have filed an amended petition offering to get liability insurance and to limit the number of people sleeping overnight.

The original petition filed last week by Occupy Maine would have reduced the size of the encampment in Lincoln Park, but it included no restrictions on the number of people or tents. The group also said the city's liability insurance requirement placed an unfair burden on free speech.

The amended permit request would allow only 50 people to sleep overnight. It was delivered Monday, two days before the City Council takes up the matter.

Last week, the council's public safety committee recommended that the full council reject Occupy Maine's request. Committee members expressed concern about sanitation and public safety.





Michael Brennan sworn in as Portland Mayor

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Former State Representative Michael Brennan was sworn in as Mayor of Portland during a ceremony at City Hall Monday.

It's the first time in 88-years the city has an elected Mayor in office. In the past, members of the City Council would appoint one of the council members to the position of Mayor.

Brenann says his priorities in office will be finding ways to boost the city's economy, improving portland's schools and protecting the city's neighborhoods and green spaces from becoming overcrowded.

After the ceremony he spoke about the difference between his role and the City Manager's role.

Oakhurst Dairy Launches 12th Annual Holiday Fundraising Effort to Support the Salvation Army

In Northern New England, Oakhurst Dairy Egg Nog hitting store shelves is a signal of the arrival of the winter holiday season. It is also means the arrival of the company’s annual holiday fundraising tradition of donating five cents to the Salvation Army of Northern New England for every container of Oakhhurst Egg Nog and Light Egg Nog sold. The family-owned dairy company continues the tradition this year – its twelfth year – and will raise money throughout the 2011 holiday season and into January 2012. To date, Oakhurst Dairy has donated more than $200,000 to the Salvation Army of Northern New England through this annual effort.

"Partnering with Oakhurst Dairy, for now our 12th year has been a true blessing for The Salvation Army and those who come to us for assistance," according to Major James LaBossiere, Divisional Commander of the NNE Division, headquartered in Portland, ME.

Fantasy artist Rebecca Guay


Casablanca Comics in Portland is welcoming fantasy artist Rebecca Guay on Friday, December 2nd.  Guay is know for her artwork for the Magic: The Gathering card game, as well as book illustrations.  She'll be signing copies of her latest book, "A Flight of Angels" at Casablanca from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday night, as part of the First Friday Artwalk series.

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Join Twenty Plus Local, Successful Companies as They Unite to Exhibit Their Career Opportunities

On Thursday, December 8 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Employment Times and My Job Wave will host the first annual Career event at Portland’s Ocean Gateway. This event is open to the public and encourages anyone interested in a new career path to attend. Employers will be ready to discuss their career opportunities and trends with anyone interested in learning more.

For a complete list of companies ready to hire go to In addition to these companies, you will have the opportunity to speak directly with the Department of Labor and resume/interview professionals. With the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 7.5%, these Maine companies look forward to meeting potential candidates face-to-face and discuss their needs.

The Ocean Gateway, located on the water side of Commercial Street at 14 Ocean Gateway Pier in Portland, has plenty of free parking.