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The Maine-made film, “The Wrong House” will be distributed nationally on Tuesday, June 7th

The Maine-made  film, “The Wrong House” will be distributed nationally on Tuesday, June 7th

The Maine-made  film, “The Wrong House” will be distributed nationally on Tuesday, June 7th.

It all began when Sue Stevens came home from work and found the front door open, their house ransacked.  When venting about the burglary, she and husband Shawn French came up with an idea for a horror movie about a group of kids who rob an isolated home such as theirs and pay dearly for the mistake.  They decided to play the killers themselves and film at their own home to help blur the lines and make it as real as possible.  “The Wrong House” was born.

Filmed in Limerick, ME, this horror film was written and directed by Shawn French, produced by Sue Stevens and stars Stacy Ann Strang and Brendan Potter. “For Sue and I, this was a way to get over the break-in and make something positive out of it,” French said.

Cream Spill... or ART?

Cream Spill... or ART?

I was in my favorite coffee shop this morning, Coffee By Design on Congress street and I noticed this cream spill.  At first I thought to clean it up with a napkin.  I'm a mild neat freak so I don't mind doing things like that.  But then I thought, "Hey that kind of looks cool!"  It's actually quite pretty in an organic kind of way!  So is it just a cream spill or is it art?  I suppose it's sort of accidental art and I thought I'd share it!  What does it look like to you?

PS:  This is not meant in any way to slight the cleanliness of my favorite coffee shop!  CBD is the BEST Coffee Company I have ever known and clearly this had just happened!

The City of Portland Fire Chief Frederick LaMontagne announces the promotions of three firefighters

The City of Portland Fire Chief Frederick LaMontagne announces the promotions of three firefighters

The City of Portland Fire Chief Frederick LaMontagne announced the promotions of three firefighters to the position of Deputy Chief, Fire Captain and Fire Lieutenant today. 

Captain David Pendleton, a career firefighter with the city since 1985, has been promoted to Deputy Fire Chief. Pendleton has served as island liaison and was most recently the Marine Division Captain, overseeing the operations of the city’s water-based firefighting crews.  Pendleton was instrumental in the design, purchase and delivery of the city’s new fireboat, City of Portland IV.

Lieutenant Christopher Goodall has been promoted to Fire Captain. Goodall, a twelve-year veteran, is a member of the Fire Investigative Team, the Weapons of Mass Destruction Team, served as Lieutenant on Engine Company Six (located at the Bramhall Station), and is trained as an Emergency Medical Technician, Intermediate Level.

Freeport High School band The Modest Proposal was judged best of the MAMM SLAM

 Freeport High School band The Modest Proposal was judged best of the MAMM SLAM

Port City Music Hall played host this past Saturday to the MAMM SLAM Finals, where six bands competed for the title of Best High School Band in Maine in front of more than 300 fans.  When the dust had settled, Freeport High School band The Modest Proposal were judged best of the lot and took home a prize package that included $1,000 in cash and a suite of other prizes that should get them well on the way to a career in the music business. The event was put on by the non-profit Maine Academy of Modern Music, with help from the Portland Music Foundation and MaineToday.com.


In addition to the cash prize, The Modest Proposal (www.facebook.com/themodestproposal) also were awarded the opening slot for Saturday night’s all-ages gig with Sparks The Rescue at Port City; a slot to play the Old Port Fest on the Maine Academy of Modern Music stage; and an opening slot for an Alive at 5 summer concert at Monument Square.

The 2nd Annual Stiletto Challenge on May 19th at Dimillo's on the Water

The 2nd Annual Stiletto Challenge on May 19th at Dimillo's on the Water

On Thursday, May 19th at 5:30 PM Dimillo's on the Water/ Dimillo's Floating Marina in Portland will host the 2nd Annual Stiletto Challenge. This is a women's and men's [YES! Men's!] race whose proceeds benefit three charities; Lift Up Foundation, Susan G. Komen, and Flight PGLA. This event will feature three, 100-yard dashes [men, women and team relay (4 people)]. All races require a 3" stiletto heel, NO wedges, but buckles and straps are OK!

Beyond the obvious “bragging rights”, each winner will receive a fantastic prize package.