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"Markathon" on WCYY raises money for The Center for Grieving Children

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --  WCYY is turning its format upside down and inside out once again for the good of the Center for Grieving Children.

"Markathon" has been a successful on air benefit carried out in December of 2008 and 2009, by Mark Curdo, a disc jockey for Portland, Maine's 94.3 WCYY. The idea, simple and fun: listeners can request anything they want, anything (in compliance with FCC guidelines of course) and Mark will play it for a donation to the Center for Grieving Children based in Portland, Maine.

On the air for over 100 straight hours in 2009, stationed in the CYY studio around the clock with only 5 hours of sleep, Curdo through CYY's airwaves raised $25,000 for the CGC in just four and a half days.

Portland pedestrians to be guided from above

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The streets of Portland will be the testing grounds for a new system designed to help pedestrians cross intersections more safely.  Stereo cameras connected to computers have been installed at two intersections and will trigger crossing signals when people approach.

"The function of the equipment that Migma Systems is putting in is very similar to a detection system in a standard intersection with regards to vehicles," explained Portland Public Services director Mike Bobinsky.  "Instead of vehicles being detected, now we will have people being detected."

Portland pedestrians to be guided from above

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The streets of Portland will be the testing grounds for a new system designed to help pedestrians cross intersections more safely.  Stereo cameras connected to computers have been installed at two intersections and will trigger crossing signals when people approach.

"The function of the equipment that Migma Systems is putting in is very similar to a detection system in a standard intersection with regards to vehicles," explained Portland Public Services director Mike Bobinsky.  "Instead of vehicles being detected, now we will have people being detected."

Fitzpatrick Stadium in the midst of a major facelift

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Fresh off of hosting three  high school football state championship games, Fitzpatrick Stadium is a buzz with activity as construction crews demolish the bleachers as part of a major renovation project.

"Some of the older portions of the bleachers have been suffering from all the age," said Portland's athletic facilities manager, Ethan Owens.  "What we were finding underneath is a lot of the concrete footers were broken.  A lot of the concrete footers were hanging and swinging free.  Some of the old structural steel that was underneath, you could see that it was really starting to sag."

Crews from the city have spent the past few days tearing down the grandstands.  The aluminum bleachers and steel supports are being recycled, not only for the environmental benefits, but to reduce the costs of the work.

Hanaman murder trial opens in Portland

PORTLAND, Maine  (NEWS CENTER) -- The murder trial of William Hanaman got underway Tuesday in Cumberland County Superior Court.

He's accused of stabbing his girlfriend Marion Shea repeatedly at his Portland apartment last November. Jurors won't have to decide if Hanaman did indeed kill Shea, that is not in dispute.

Hanaman's attorney told jurors today his client acted in self defense.

"He looks up and he sees a knife and the knife is in the hands of Marion Shea and is above her head and it is glinting in the light and is coming down at him", defense attorney Robert Levine told jurors in his opening statement.

Topping off ceremony held for new hotel at old Jordan's Meats factory

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The skyline near the Ocean Gateway Terminal in Portland has been altered yet again.

The iron framework on the new hotel, going up where the old Jordan's Meats factory used to be, is finished.

The last beam was raised today. It was signed by the crew and adorned with the traditional flag and tree which represents growth.

It is called a topping off ceremony. It means the ironworkers are almost done with their phase of the project. Now other crews will take over.

The first floor of the six story building will house the new Sebago Brewing restaurant, and the lobby of the Hampton Inn hotel. On the 6th floor there are 12 condo units, all of which are under contract.

Sebago Brewing is expected to be finished by mid-May and the hotel by mid-June.

Police: Alcohol involved in crash in Portland

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Police say alcohol was a factor in a crash that took out a utility pole in Portland early Sunday morning.

Portland Police say that just after 2:00 AM a man drove his car into a utility pole near 175 Auburn Street, breaking the pole.

The man was taken to Maine Medical Center.  Police have not released his identity.

The pole had to be replaced but Police say power was not disrupted during the accident.