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Christmas tree transported to Monument Square

The city's Christmas tree arrived in Monument Square on Thursday."After an exhaustive search of Greater Portland, we found the perfect tree," said City Arborist Jeff Tarling. "It will look spectacular when adorned with lights in Monument Square. Special thanks to Mikki Jones-Little and David Little of Brentwood Street for this year's tree donation."Crews from the Forestry Section of Portland Department of Public Services prepped the tree for transportation to Monument Squares, with Keely Crane Services... Read more

Columns

Long Island tragedy

There's no place in the world quite like Long Island, Maine. The town, which has a whittled down year-round population of about 200 residents, is probably best known for its tradition in the maritime industries, its beautiful sand beaches, and its secession from the city of Portland in 1993.The measure to secede was passed with a citizen's vote amongst residents of the island, and it gave them a chance to truly embrace the idea of... Read more

Sun Sports

Undefeated Maine Red Claws home opener F…

The Maine Red Claws (2-0) are off to a great start, a nice reversal of last year’s season-ending six-game losing streak. After two wins on the road, the Red Claws play their home opener this evening at 7 p.m. at the Portland EXPO against Atlantic division rival the Canton Charge (1-1). Maine, NBA D-League affiliate of the Boston Celtics, then hosts another division foe, the Delaware 87’ers (1-0) on Sunday at 5 p.m.Each of the... Read more

Calendar

Music calendar

Friday, Nov. 21 Aztec Two Step at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $27; 8 p.m.www.onelongfellowsquare.com Saturday, Nov. 22 Tiger Man Woah with The Silks at Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland, $6; 10 p.m.www.portlandempire.com The Press Gang at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $8; 8:00 p.m.www.onelongfellowsquare.com Okbari and Aleric Nez at the SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, $5-$8; 2:00 p.m.www.space538.org Nels Cline and Julian Lage at the SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, $15 adv/$18 door; 8:30... Read more

Culture

Arthur Miller gem given added meaning by…

My New England upbringing puts me into a mood of yearning hearty fare when the autumn wind begins to howl. Meat and potatoes to stick to the ribs, nourishing through the long, dark, bitter winters. Our Soul and intellect hunger to be properly feed as well. Summer frivolity melts away into warm hazy memory. We are left naked against the elements, forced to deal with the realities of life once again. Voices from the Theater, for... Read more

All Things Digital

Instagram

My 20-something step-daughter mentioned the other day that she's hardly on Facebook anymore and prefers Instagram as her main social network. I'm familiar with Instagram and even have the app on my iPhone, but hadn't really played with it yet. "How could it be better than Facebook?" I wondered. I didn't realize how significant the photo captions were. Instagram is to smart phones what Facebook is to computers, which may offer an explanation as to... Read more

Local Business

What the heck is a Metropolitan Universi…

In the past year, the University of Southern Maine has been in the news as it navigates the white water of restructuring. It closed a $14 million deficit last year but now grapples with a current $16 million structural budget gap. Sadly, the operating costs of the university exceeds the revenue that USM receives from tuition, state aid and other sources of unrestricted annual support. With a financial crisis, it's a good time to reinvent USM... Read more

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