8th Annual Principals Only New Furniture Giveaway

Ruth's Reusable Resources, a Portland-based Educational nonprofit, will have  its annual Principals Only New Furniture Giveaway from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29. Last year, more than 66 principals from schools throughout Maine participated and took away $352,000 worth of brand new furniture and office items.

Ruth's Reusable Resources' mission is to ensure that students and classrooms in Maine have the basic tools for learning by transferring surplus business supplies and merchandise into the hands of school children and teachers.

3Rs helps schools meet the needs of students and staff where school budgets cannot.  A common theme shared by most participants is what a gift it is to receive such a generous donation, especially during these tough economic times and school budget cuts.

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Pink Tulip Project Planting

Robin Whitten, founder of the Pink Tulip Project, and Myron Graessle, a volunteer from Friends of the Eastern Promenade, plant bulbs at Cousins Memorial  on the Eastern Promenade on Oct. 23. The tulips will bloom in May along with thousands of others across Maine in remembrance of patients and survivors of cancer and to raise awareness of the disease. Begun in 2006 by Whitten, a breast cancer survivor, the Pink Tulip Project has raised more than $120,000 to date to benefit the Women's Cancer Fund at the Maine Cancer Foundation.The Cousins Memorial garden is sponsored by Friends of the Eastern Promenade. You can donate to the garden at pinktulipproject.org (click on Give to a Garden - Friends of Eastern Promenade).

Dedication of Loring Memorial Trail

Friends of Eastern Promenade dedicate Loring Memorial Trail
Paul Loring and Margaret Loring-Scott, brother and sister to war hero Maj. Charles Loring, snipped the ribbon to mark the dedication of the Loring Memorial Trail on the Eastern Promenade Thursday, Oct. 21.
The rain cleared out just in time for the ceremony, which took place at the top of the trail near the junction of Eastern Promenade and North Street.
Diane Davison, president of Friends of the Eastern Promenade, presided over the dedication. Speakers included Eliza Townsend, commissioner of the Maine Department of Conservation; Nan Cumming, executive director of Portland Trails; and Jeff Tarling, arborist with the City of Portland.
The trail is named in honor of Maj. Charles J. Loring Jr., a U.S. Air Force pilot who sacrificed his life in the Korean War and was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Coming up this week

Tuesday, October 26, 8:30pm
Sylvain's Cajun Aces
Bayside Bowl
58 Alder Street, Portland, ME

Thursday, October 28, 7pm
Boréal Tordu
live on 207
WCSH-TV Portland, WLBZ-TV Bangor

Gigafone Records


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Guardian Angels start Portland chapter

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A new community watch group is on the streets in Portland.

The Guardian Angels, dressed in red, have established a chapter in the city.  They met for the first time on Sunday with a group of residents in one neighborhood.

The angels started 30 years ago in the Bronx and their leaders say they have chapters in 14 countries and 140 cities.

The group tried to build support in Portland decades ago without any success. But they're back now because of what they consider escalating violence in the Old Port, and they're looking for more members.

"We are actually aggressively recruiting those who might at at the edge, hanging out with gang bangers and drug dealers but not necessarily tainted themselves," says Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels. "They're posers, wanna-bes, it's better they hang with us and become protectors."

Portland asks: Should noncitizens vote?

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Residents in Portland, Maine, are voting on Election Day on a proposal to give legal residents who aren't U.S. citizens the right to vote in local elections.

Supporters say noncitizens pay taxes, hold down jobs, volunteer in the community and serve in the military -- so it's only fair they should be allowed to vote.

But critics say immigrants already have an avenue to cast their ballots -- by becoming citizens. They say allowing noncitizens to vote dilutes the meaning of citizenship.

Chicago and half a dozen places in Maryland allow noncitizens to vote in local school board or municipal elections.

San Francisco residents will vote Nov. 2 whether to allow noncitizens to vote in school board elections if they are the parents, legal guardians or caregivers of children in the school system.

Parents of young man punched in the Old Port warn of "the knockout game"

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The family of a young man who was punched in Portland's Old Port and had to have brain surgery says something needs to be done to stop random violence. The parents of 23-year old Garrett McAdam say the attack left their son with a fractured temple bone, and a hematoma that required emergency brain surgery this week.

The McAdams say they decided to go to the media because they're frustrated. It's been 5 days since their son was hit, and they say they aren't getting any answers from the Portland Police.