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.

Hood Cook-Off Maine semifinalists

HP Hood today unveiled the list of 30 semifinalists who will be competing in the Hood® New England Dairy Cook-Off® Presented by Hood Sour Cream on Oct. 30th in Portland, Maine.

Five Maine residents are in the running for the $10,000 grand prize. They are:

Deborah Frank, Westbrook-Felicita Puffs (Breakfast/Brunch)
Kelly Ann Stanley, Raymond-Kel's Savory Spud Soup (Soups/Chowders)
Jessie Grearson, Falmouth-Bombay-Style Crunch Fish Tostada Bites with Sriracha-Lime Sour Cream (Appetizers/Side Dishes)
Danica Schroth, Freeport-Kickin' Chicken and White Bean Chili (Lunch/Dinner)
Kathleen Joyce, Falmouth-Pumpkin Profiteroles with EggNog Custard and Bittersweet Chocolate, Cranberry and Orange Sauce (Dessert)

VNA Home Health and Hospice named to HomeCare Elite Top 500

South Portland, Maine – October 20, 2010 – VNA Home Health and Hospice has been named one of the top 500 home health agencies in the country, according to the 2010 HomeCare Elite. Now in its fifth year, HomeCare Elite identified the top 25 percent of home health agencies in the United States, and further highlighted the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement, and financial performance.

'The 2010 HomeCare Elite winners continue to demonstrate a commitment to providing their patients with the best possible care while performing at the highest level," said Amanda Twiss, CEO of OCS HomeCare. "We congratulate VNA Home Health and Hospice on being one of the top home care agencies in the country. In addition, we salute all forward-thinking providers who are already working on measuring and improving their performance using OASIS-C outcomes and process measures and HH-CAHPS results.

"Human highlight reel" highlights diabetes management

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- NBA hall of famer Dominique Wilkins came to Portland Wednesday to inspire kids to take better care of their health.

Wilkins met with a group of young diabetes patients at the Portland Club, signing autographs and telling his own story of when he learned he had Type II diabetes.

Even though both his father and grandfather died of the disease, Wilkins says, he felt invincible as a 9-time NBA All-Star, and it never occurred to him that he could get it, too.  After his career ended in 1999, Wilkins says, he stopped working out, but continued to eat whatever he wanted.  He was diagnosed with diabetes in 2000.

Maine chefs to gather tomorrow at Grace!

Native Maine Produce & Specialty Foods, the states largest independent distributor of fresh fruits, vegetables and specialty foods is hosting Fancy Flavah, the states first ever micro specialty food show open to hospitality professionals only. The show is being held at the beautifully restored Gothic Revival styled Restaurant Grace, 15 Chestnut Street, Portland, Maine, from 1pm - 4pm.

"This is an opportunity for the professional Maine chef who features boutique proteins, artisanal cheeses and extraordinary specialty foods on their menus to meet local food producers and European specialty food purveyors in one place.

At this event, Maine farmers who raise pasture fed and sustainable proteins will be along side merchants who work with small, family-owned European artisans that produce cheese, olives, oils, vinegars & musts, thus bringing to Maine the finest flavors of the world.

Gritty McDuff's "Red Claws Ale" to be Expanded to 6- and 12-Packs

Ed Stebbins, master brewer with Portland, Maine-based Gritty McDuff's, today announced that beginning mid-November, its best-selling Red Claws Ale is expanding to six and 12 packs in grocery stores, convenience and beer stores throughout Maine.  It also will continue to be available in 22 oz. bottles and on tap.