“Horror over Hollywood” Descends upon the Eastland Park Hotel

The First Annual Ghoulwill Ball benefits Goodwill’s Supported Employment Services

Portland – Goodwill Industries of Northern New England announces the First Annual Ghoulwill Ball at the Eastland Park Hotel in Portland on Friday, October 22, from 7-11 pm.  The fundraising event will benefit Goodwill’s Supported Employment Services, which provides adults with disabilities the support they need to keep their jobs.  Tickets are available now on Goodwill’s website, http://www.goodwillnne.org/.

Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite Hollywood star.  The event features live music from the Bob Charest Band, heavy hor’dourves, and a cash bar.  The costume contest will be judged in four categories: Most Creative Use of Goodwill Finds, Best Group Theme, Hollywood Knock-out Costume, and a Grand Prize!  The winner of each prize will receive a $500 Visa gift card.  If you bring your Goo

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Portland Harbor welcomes 7 cruise ships in 7 days

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A total of seven cruise ships carrying nearly 14,000 passengers are calling in Portland this week.

Two ships -- Jewel of the Seas and the Crown Princess -- were due in port Sunday. The Jewel of the Seas was then scheduled to sail for Bar Harbor.

On Monday, the Carnival Glory calls before sailing for New Brunswick. Also on Monday, the high-end luxury Silver Whisper arrives. The recently refurbished yacht-like ship, Clelia II, arrives Wednesday.

The Celebrity Summit calls Thursday before sailing on to Bar Harbor.

And on Saturday, the Explorer of Seas arrives with 3,114 passengers, the most of the cruise ships visiting Portland this year.







Debate examines Oxford County casino referendum

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- The sides for and against a proposed casino in Oxford County will debate the statewide referendum question this week.

The Portland Regional Chamber is sponsoring the debate Wednesday morning in South Portland. The debate will be moderated by Chris Hall of the chamber.

In support of the casino will be Rob Lally of Black Bear Entertainment and Mount Abram Ski Resort, and Michael Chammings, town manager of Oxford.

In opposition will be Dennis Bailey of CasinosNO! and Dan Cashman representing Citizens Against the Oxford Casino.







Remembering Roger Wold

(NEWS CENTER) -- We here at NEWS CENTER are grieving the loss of longtime friend and contributor Roger Wold.  He passed away this week.

For more than 15 years, Roger was a regular Friday guest on the Morning Report.  His ability to simplify complex financial information helped thousands of Mainers understand the world of money.

Roger worked for A.G. Edwards in Portland for many years.  The company was recently purchased by Wells Fargo. 

Roger leaves behind his wife Ann and several children and grandchildren.  His son Larry Wold is currently the President of TD Bank.

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Portland's Monument Square sends a message in chalk

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- You may notice that Portland's Monument Square is covered in sidewalk art this weekend.

It's an effort to make people walking through the city think about how they can prevent underage drinking. The group 21 Reasons asked community members to write or draw their suggestions. Jo Morrissey the project manager of 21 Reasons said, "We're really hoping that the entire Portland community understands that there's a role for everyone here to prevent underage drinking, from store clerks to law enforcement, to concerned citizens."


Eric's Pizza Express has a succesful first year

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- In July, we introduced you to Eric Hughes, a young man with a developmental disability who started his own business.

Eric's Pizza Express closed for the season Friday, but Hughes says he has had a very successful season. He's made enough money to pay all his expenses, as well as his insurance and license costs for next year. And he has some money left over for himself.

Eric not only operated the business, but continued with his school work at Strive U, a post-secondary education program for students with developmental disabilities. Eric has Williams Syndrome, a genetic condition that causes developmental delays and other health problems. He graduates from Strive in June.

Eric says he will be back at his post on Marginal Way in Portland next April. But he will work two more Saturdays near Portland's ferry terminal.


Cuddledown, a Maine company known for their quality bedding, has launched their “Wicked Pathetic Pillow” contest at facebook.com/cuddledown http://www.facebook.com/cuddledown?v=app_95936962634. The contest is open to the public and runs through October 31.

To enter, people just need to post a photo including their most “pathetic” pillow and a creative description of why they deserve a new one. Pillow entries can be any style, shape, size or type! The public can vote on the entries (whether they’ve entered the contest or not), then the votes will be tallied, and the winner will be chosen from the finalists and announced on November 3. The prize is a luxury pillow package worth more than $500 – two standard Batiste 800 Fill Power European White Goose Down Pillows by Cuddledown plus two standard 100% Silk Pillow Protectors by Cuddledown, and two Standard Silk Pillowcases by NK Home.