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Moustache man follow up

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - A chiropractor from Portland who's trying to raise money for cancer research with his mustache is a finalist in a nationwide contest!

 Dr. Lou Jacobs has made it to the finals of the American Mustache Institute's Mustached American of the Year competition.

The contest involves leaders in their communities, who have some amazing facial hair!

Dr. Lou has a website set up called mystachefightscancer.com where you can say whether he should keep the stache or shave it off.

Many Portland municipal buildings getting upgrades to make them greener

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Portland City Council unanimously approved issuing over $11 million in bonds to make energy efficient upgrades to over forty city buildings and schools.

The city, like many Mainers, had a company inspect many municipal buildings and perform an energy audit to see where they could make improvements that will not only save energy, but money as well.

"This is going to be a 10% reduction in energy costs and a 30% reduction in its carbon emissions," said the city's sustainability coordinator Ian Houseal.  "It's budget neutral. The debt that is taken out to pay for this project is offset by the savings that the city is going to get every year.  So the $11 million that the city has taken out, the payment that the city is going to have to make to fund this project is going to be equal to what is saved."

Police investigating smash and grab break-in at diner

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Shortly after four Monday morning, three young adults were seen leaving Steve and Renee's Diner on Washington Avenue carrying the restaurant's cash register.  The men had used a large plank to smash the side window to get inside according to a witness who called the police.

"It is frustration to work so hard because, when you are in a small business you work hard and you have a crew that works hard, and this throws you off entirely and just to regroup the loses it is going to be a couple days just to regroup the loses," said Renee Wright, the diner's owner.  "It doesn't even boil down to the money.  It is the point that, the disrespect for people and what they do for a living."

Wright says this morning's break-in was the third time in the past twelve months her business has been burglarized.

FABU cut-a-thon Sunday 11/7/10

In what is fast becoming a fall tradition in the Old Port, the Fabu Salon and Day Spa is once again sponsoring a 12-hour cut-a-thon and raffle to benefit Portland Charitable organizations which aid people in need. Fabu's staff of highly trained technicians will cut guests hair for $25.00. In addition, local restaurants and businesses have donated gift certificates and items that will be raffled off at the end of the day. To date, Fabu Salon and Day Spa has raised approximately $4000.00 for the Wayside Soup Kitchen. The Wayside Soup Kitchen is a non-profit center that has provided nutritious meals to the Greater Portland poor and homeless for more than 20 years. Wayside operates a food warehouse in Portland and distributes food - free of charge - to social service agencies throughout Cumberland County. "We are so fortunate to be part of such a generous community. Every year our cut-a-thon has been very well attended.

Portland looking for big ol' tree for the holidays

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The Portland Downtown District is looking for the perfect tree to usher in the holidays.

The District is looking for a 40 to 60 foot, well rounded tree.  It will be set up in Monument Square and decked out with hundreds of LED lights.

Portland's Arborist, Jeff Tarling, says they're looking for a "stately" tree within 10 miles of the Forest City.  Tarling says it will be cut down and taken away at no cost to the owner.

Submissions should be sent to info@portlandmaine.com.  Include a picture of the tree, the address and the owner's phone number.

You can also mail your submission to:

Foul weather closes streets in Portland

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The blustery sopfest of a Nor'easter has joined forces with the tides to force the closure of several Portland streets.

As of 9:30 AM Friday, portions of Somerset, Elm, Maple and Mellen streets are all closed.

Somerset and Elm are each closed from Lancaster Street to Pearl Street.

Maple is shut down from Commercial to York.

Mellen is closed at the intersection with Park Avenue.

The closures are likely to take a few hours and motorists are advised to seek an alternate route.

Work zone accidents are up on I-295

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- If you feel like there have been a lot of accidents on I-295 between Brunswick and Portland this year, you're not alone. And you're not entirely mistaken.

While the overall number of crashes is about average this year, there have been a significant higher number of crashes in work zones on I-295. There have been 57 work zone crashes so far this year, compared with 42 last year and just 11 the year before.