Replacement for Veteran's Bridge on schedule & under budget

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A lack of storms, mild temperatures and a well planned construction design are being hailed for work on the new Veteran's Memorial Bridge being slightly ahead of schedule and under budget. 

"The state asked us for a bridge design with a 100 year life in a salt environment, and it had very strict stipulations about what was allowed and what wasn't allowed," explained Charlie Guerette, project manager for contractor Reed & Reed.

Guerette says those specifications led his team to propose using giant concrete segments to build the 1600 foot long span.  He says the precast concrete sections saved on labor costs and allowed them to piece the bridge together faster.

"I'd say the biggest challenge of this job is that it is a design build project, so we are responsible for the design, for the build, and for the construction," stated Guerette.

Scarborough Downs getting ready to host summer concerts

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The same promoter who is responsible for bringing musical acts like Tim McGraw and Lynyrd Skynyrd to Bangor's waterfront is now helping Southern Maine get in on the action.

What is just an empty, dusty field right now is where Alex Gray, Waterfront Concert promoter, and Steven Cobbett, of Scarborough Downs, is hoping to fill up with hundreds of concert-goers this summer.  Cobbett says the "Music at the Track" concert series would help Scarborough Downs with their overhead costs, but also give an added boost to surrounding businesses.

"It's going to bring a lot of revenue into area businesses such as convenience stores, restaurants, hotels, motels," Cobbett said. "So I think it's going to be good for the community, good for Scarborough Downs.  It's a good partnership we have with Bangor Waterfront."

Playspace opens for homeless infants, toddlers

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Homeless infants and toddlers in Portland now have an indoor place to play.

The "Playroom at the Army" opened this morning at the Salvation Army's Portland office on Cumberland Avenue. It's right down the street from the city's family shelter, making it convenient for families to access. It's designed for kids 0-4 and includes areas for climbing, reading, dress up and other pretend play. Studies show that children learn best through play, and it helps them deal with stress, too. The Salvation Army will have volunteers on hand to help parents play with their kids as well.

According to the city of Portland, more than 430 children and their parents sought emergency shelter with the city.

Lawrence the Eagle


Lawrence the Eagle is the education ambassador for the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray. The bald eagle has been removed from the state and federal endangered species lists after intensive restoration and protection efforts brought them back from the brink of extinction in the 'lower '48'. Today, Maine has well over 500 pairs of nesting bald eagles statewide.

The Maine Wildlife Park will open for the season on Saturday, April 14th.

For more information on the park click here: MAINE WILDLIFE PARK


"Heroes" at Portland Stage Company


"Heroes" is the latest production at Portland Stage Company. The Tom Stoppard play follows three aging WWI veterans in a French retirement home who vow to undertake one last adventure together -- escape. "Heroes" will run through April 22nd.

For showtimes and ticket information click here: PORTLAND STAGE COMPANY


Fire damages home on Park Street in Portland

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- An early morning fire blocked off part of Park Street in Portland Monday.

Firefighters were called to 106 Park Street just before 1:30am, where they found flames on the fourth floor of a five floor residence.

They were able to knock it down, but crews say the building suffered moderate damage, and the family will need to find a new residence for the time being.

No one was injured in the blaze.  Crews are still investigating what sparked the fire.

Maine Christians celebrate Easter

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Christians all over the world are celebrating their most important holiday today.

Saint Paul's Church in Portland and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland were just two of the many churches across the state holding special services today. Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It also marks the end of Lent, a forty day period of sacrifice, penance, and prayer.

One church put an extreme spin on the traditional kids' Easter egg hunt. The Next Level Church in Portland dropped thousands of eggs from a helicopter in Payson Park on Easter Sunday.