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Get into the garden

Going green
As the city considers expanding its community garden program, Portland has the opportunity to delve deeper into urban permaculture ("permanent agriculture") — building ecological systems that model nature, with plants that work together with minimal maintenance to create self-sustaining biodiversity, on city land.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 14, 2012

City to revisit its late-night venue policies

After Party
Stock up on Red Bull: It might soon become more possible to stay out past 1 o'clock in the morning in Portland (without being crammed into someone's house party).
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 14, 2012


Vocational education opens new opportunities for all students

Blue collar girls
Walk around the cavernous "hard trades" wing of the Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) — which houses the auto-mechanic, carpentry, and welding programs, among others — and you're bound to witness a hubbub of activity, the bubbling-over energy of teenagers at work, the industrial sounds and smells of machinery and tools.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 07, 2012


A non-traditional career pioneer lives right here in Maine

Paving the way
Dale McCormick knows this fight.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 07, 2012


Telling Jessie's story

The soul inside
Julie Ross didn't always plan to blog about her experience as the mother of a 10-year-old transgender child named Jessie (who, until her 10th birthday in 2011, was known as George).
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 05, 2012


The second installment of a thriving Maine literary journal

Mixing old and New
Volume Two of The New Guard literary review is 140 pages longer than its predecessor, as though its creators decided to demonstrate its growing relevance by gleefully stuffing it with more material.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 22, 2012

Get in on the TV Show action

Lights, camera, action!
Each episode of TV Show, the multimedia collaboration between Bomb Diggity Arts and Shoot Media Project (itself a part of Creative Trails, a community support program for adults with intellectual disabilities), explores a diverse range of topics.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 22, 2012

Seeking redemption

Going green
Since 2006, CLYNK has been recycling bottles and cans at its South Portland plant (more than 270 million, according to the ticking counter on its website), allowing customers to accumulate balances in personal accounts that can be redeemed for cash or donated to education and charity organizations.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 15, 2012


A weekend in Maine's North Woods teaches lessons beyond survival

Woman versus Wild
Tim Smith doesn't think the apocalypse is coming. He's not into high-tech gadgets or high-drama, made-for-TV survival situations.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 10, 2012

Will the next Keystone fight happen in New England?

Dirty business
We may have narrowly avoided Keystone XL (for now), but local environmental activists say that Maine and New England are not safe from "the dirtiest oil on earth," with a huge Canadian oil company seeking other routes to pump crude oil out of Alberta.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 08, 2012

Local adjunct professors fight for their piece of the pie

Coming to the table
Even as Governor Paul LePage and others tout the importance of the community college system in Maine, the adjunct professors at Southern Maine Community College and the University of Southern Maine are without contracts.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 25, 2012

Truth to power

Going Green
It's the end of the world as we know it in author and environmental journalist Bill McKibben's latest book, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet (St. Martin's Griffin).
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 18, 2012

Will Ron Paul try for a win in Maine?

Primary School
Maine Republicans are gearing up for this state's presidential caucuses, scheduled for February 4-11 this year.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 18, 2012

Food sovereignty goes to court

Removing local control
The state is pursuing a lawsuit against a Blue Hill farmer that could have "a chilling effect on Maine's growing local food movement and the promise of real economic development in our rural communities," according to the Downeast activist organization Food for Maine's Future.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 11, 2012

Cut calories in the New Year

Getting healthy
Several Portland restaurants will offer menu items at the price of their calorie count on Tuesday, January 3 — a nod toward the city's obesity prevention initiative and recent efforts to get local, non-chain eateries to provide nutrition information to their diners.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 28, 2011


Going green
Governor Paul LePage dealt a blow to Maine's green building industry earlier this month when he issued an executive order expanding the types of "green" wood products that can be used in state building construction.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 21, 2011

Congress gives us all detention

Rights watch
The $662 billion military spending bill expected to go before both houses of Congress later this week includes controversial provisions allowing the US military to arrest and indefinitely detain, without trial, anyone suspected of terrorism-related crimes, including American citizens.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 14, 2011


Eat like the 1 percent

. . . but on a 99-percenter’s budget
Maine has some pretty amazing chefs and restaurants — many using our local bounty as raw materials for their incredible creations.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 07, 2011


Arrive with these locally sourced hostess gifts

Make Emily Post proud
'Tis the season of not wanting to show up to holiday parties emptyhanded.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 07, 2011


Interview: Sam Benjamin brings his history to SPACE Gallery

Sam Benjamin brings his history to SPACE Gallery
Soon after Brown University graduate Sam Benjamin moved to southern California in 1999, he started a website called  — an online journal about his nascent career in the porn industry.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 30, 2011

The poetry of tough decisions

Writers talk
Nationally acclaimed poet Arielle Greenberg and her husband had a marriage license and a death certificate (of a baby that died in utero) from Belfast town hall, but until this summer, they still lived full-time in Chicago, where Greenberg taught poetry at Columbia College.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 30, 2011

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