Portland Police claim progess in cleanup of Parkside neighborhood

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Police are reporting  significant progress in their effort to clean up a neighborhood in the city of Portland.

A community meeting was held this Monday morning on Grant Street, in front of a building that police say had become a magnet for drug users and people drinking in public. The purpose of the meeting was to update the residents of the area about a joint investigation led by local police and state drug agents.

Over the past two months, police say their investigation has resulted in 18 arrests and the seizure of nearly $6,000 in crack cocaine and heroin.

Police Chief James Craig says people involved in unlawful activity need to hear loud and clear that they're not welcome and police will be there to ensure it stops.

Debate set on Portland noncitizen voting proposal

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- The proposal on Portland's Nov. 2 ballot to give legal residents who are not U.S. citizens the right to vote in local elections will be the subject of a debate Monday.

The election-eve exchange will be held at Bates College in Lewiston. Andrew Ian Dodge, the Maine Coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots, will debate Ben Chin of the Maine People's Alliance.

Supporters say noncitizens hold down jobs, pay taxes, own businesses, volunteer in the community and serve in the military, so it's only fair they be allowed to vote. San Francisco and Chicago are among the places that have loosened the rules or are considering it.

Opponents say immigrants already have an avenue to cast ballots by becoming citizens. They say allowing noncitizens to vote dilutes the meaning of citizenship and could lead to fraud or skew elections.

Paying it forward to help others

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A group in Portland spent their Sunday morning helping complete strangers.

Krystal Kenville launched the 'Pay it Forward' campaign after seeing a video online of a similar project in other communities.

She posted her plans on Facebook and several people showed up to play a part in the plan for each person to spend $10 of their own money to help change the life of someone else.

Some bought fruit and cookies with their money and handed the goods out to those walking through the city.  







March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction, Nov.1

FALMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.   It carries  funds research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies' lives.

Train delivering rail is through Woodfords Corner

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The train delivering rail for the expansion of the Amtrak Downeaster has cleared Woodfords Corner in Portland and is expected at Congress Street around 11 a.m. Friday.

The train could cause traffic delays because it stops for about 30 minutes at each street crossing so that the crew can cut the rail line.  That way the line doesn't block the road.  Another crew will install the rail line at another date.

The train was supposed to be through Portland by now, but it faced serious delays the past two days.  Work started on time Friday morning.

Trader Joe's is now open!

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Friday is a big day for Portland-area foodies, because Trader Joe's opens its doors.

We got a look inside today, as workers were busy stocking the shelves.

The store has been described as a cross between a traditional grocery store and a specialty food store -- often with more affordable prices.

It's located in the old Wild Oats building on Marginal Way.

People in the Portland area have been lobbying for the store. A Facebook page called "Bring Trader Joe's to Portland" attracted more than 4,000 members.

The grand opening is at 8:00 Friday morning. There will be live music, and giveaways to as part of the celebration.

















Work begins on deepwater pier

PORTLAND, ME (NEWS CENTER) --  Construction is set to begin today on the Deepwater Pier in the Portland Harbor.

This marks the beginning of the "Ocean Gateway Pier 2" project. It is estimated that it will cost nearly five million dollars by the time it concludes.

The Pier-- also called a Megaberth-- is being built in hopes of attracting more large ships to the harbor. The deepwater pier will double the capacity for cruise ships and other large commercial vessels.

The pier is being funded by a bond that was approved this past June.