Skate park opens in Portland

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It took five years of planning and fundraising but the new skate park in Portland opened Saturday.

The City of Portland donated the land on St. James Street and families from the community raised $100,000 to be combined with grant money to build the $325,000 park.

The park includes aspects for both boarders and bikers of all skill levels such as a transfer gap, A-frame pyramid and hubba ledges.

Those using the park for the first time Saturday said it offered a very smooth ride.  They also say it's nice to have a designated space to practice rather than building make-shift obstacles throughout the city.

Fire in Portland started by space heater

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER)- A fire on Ocean Avenue has damaged a two-unit apartment building.

It was reported a little after 7:30 and quickly went to two alarms. When fire fighters arrived, smoke and flames were showing from the second floor of the two-unit apartment building. The building sustained heavy to moderate fire damage on the second and third floors.

The recent owners of the building were the only ones living there while they were renovating. The owner tells NEWS CENTER she left her space heater on to keep her dogs warm when she went out, and that may have led to the fire. The dogs escaped the fire unharmed.

There was no central heating in the building.

Maine lawyer to head national lawyer group

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A Portland lawyer has been named to a top position of a national association of family law attorneys.

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers says Ken Altshuler has been named president-elect.

Altshuler works at the Childs, Rundlett, Fifield & Altshuler law firm. He is also well-known as the co-host of a morning radio talk show in Portland.

Founded in 1962, the AAML is comprised of more than 1,600 of the country's top divorce and family law attorneys.



State of Emergency

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Emergency calls for ambulances in the city of Portland are on the rise. They were up 13 percent last year.

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The economy and our aging population are certainly factors. But paramedics tell us relatively few calls they answer are actual emergencies. They often see the same people every shift.

Some are addicts, some have mental health issues, and some, they say, seem to feel entitled to drive up the cost of a system for which they don't pay.

Paramedics are quick to say that not everyone on MaineCare abuses the system. The vast majority do quite the opposite, hesitating to call an ambulance even when they really need one. Emergency responders never want anyone to do that. They say they are there to help.

Rally for peace in Sudan scheduled

On Thursday, December 9, 2010, The Sudanese Community Association of Maine, in association with Fur Cultural Revival (a Darfur community organization) will present a rally for peace in Sudan in support of the January 9 referendum for independence for South Sudan.

This rally will take place in Monument Square on Congress Street in Portland, Maine, across from the main library, from noon until 2 PM. Rain date: Friday, December 10 also from noon until 2 PM. Supporters of this referendum are encouraged to meet in Monument Square to show their support.

There will be guest speakers from the local Sudanese community, and local peace activists. There will also be music from CG Sudanese Band.

Old Port Businesses Hit By Vandalism

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Portland man has been charged with criminal mischief after police say he vandalized two Old Port businesses overnight.



 Old Port card works and Merrill Lynch both had a brick thrown through their window around 1:30 Tuesday morning.

Police say witnesses pointed out 30-year old Thomas Coolbirth at the scene and after talking to him, they summonsed him to court.

Last Thursday, both Fetch and Port Bean on Commercial Street had windows broken by bricks. Police say they doubt the incidents are related.  In all four incidents, nothing else was damaged or stolen.











Fit at Five: Visual Motivation

(NEWS CENTER) - Work out, eat healthy, step on the scale, and then stare at the fridge. It seems never ending, and when you can't envision a final outcome it's a recipe for disaster. Now there are tools that can help you visualize your goal. It's the power of visual motivation on this Fit at Five.


Have you ever tried a visual motivation site? Share what you thought, and the name of the site in the comment section below. We have posted a links of some of the sites featured tonight. Enjoy, and have fun envisioning the new you!