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Solid Waste crews to collect trash, recycling on Patriot's Day

The city of Portland's Solid Waste crews will collect trash and recycling on Patriot's Day, Monday, April 21, city staff reported. City crews will also collect trash on most federal holidays in 2014.
All items need to be placed curbside by 6:30 a.m. to ensure collection. City Crews collect curbside recycling and trash every weekday except during the Thanksgiving holiday and Christmas Day.
Island residents' collection schedule has not changed. Residents of Peaks Island, Great Diamond Island, Little Diamond Island and Cliff Island will have their recycling and trash collection on the Tuesday following a Monday holiday. All items should be out by 6:30 a.m. to ensure collection, the city reported.
If residents have further questions about their trash/recycling collection, they can contact the Recycling Hotline at 756-8189. The Riverside Recycling Facility will be closed on Patriot's Day and will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, April 22. Further information is on the city website at http://recycle.portlandmaine.gov.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 00:23

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York registered nurse convicted of stealing drugs, falsifying records

A registered nurse working in York has been convicted of 10 counts of stealing drugs and three counts of falsifying private records in connection with the theft of the prescription opioids Meperidine, Hydromorphone, Fentanyl and Morphine, the Maine Attorney General's Office reported.
Former nurse Michael T. Worrick-Soule, a resident of Wells, pled guilty in York County Superior Court on Jan. 31, to the 10 counts in connection with a series of thefts of prescription opioids from York Hospital in 2011 and 2012, Attorney General Janet T. Mills announced. Worrick-Soule had recently become licensed as a registered nurse when he began stealing drugs from the hospital's emergency room, Mills reported.
On March 26, Worrick-Soule was sentenced on two of the charges of stealing drugs to a term of two years of imprisonment, with all but six months suspended, and a second, consecutive term of two years of imprisonment, all suspended, and four years of probation. He received concurrent sentences of two years of imprisonment, all suspended, on the remaining stealing drugs charges and concurrent sentences of six months, all suspended, on the charges of falsifying private records. Worrick-Soule was also ordered to pay $4,000 in fines and $8,318 in restitution. Among other conditions of probation, Worrick-Soule is prohibited from accepting any employment that would give him access to controlled substances. His nursing license is currently under suspension.
"The diversion of prescription drugs to fuel abuse continues to be a major problem in Maine," said Mills in a press release. "We have made progress in making these substances harder to abuse and more difficult to obtain, however pharmaceutical opioids caused 101 of the 163 drug induced deaths in Maine in 2012. We place great trust in our health care professionals to always be in control and not to put patients at risk. This office will not tolerate the kinds of dangerous actions Mr. Worrick-Soule engaged in and we are pleased with the result of this case."
The case was investigated by the Maine Office of Attorney General's Healthcare Crimes Unit, the York Police Department, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant Attorneys General Michael Miller and Valerie Wright prosecuted this case for the Healthcare Crimes Unit within the Criminal Division.
Mills said she has made it a priority of her office to stem the tide of prescription drug diversion and abuse, which she has called an "epidemic" in the state. Prescription drug abuse is the cause of hundreds of drug-affected babies being born each year, she noted. Drug-related deaths now exceed those caused by traffic accidents in Maine.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 00:24

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Farmers' Almanac editor to speak at Commencement for St. Joseph's

Saint Joseph's College in Standish announced that Peter Geiger, editor of the 197-year-old publication Farmers' Almanac and the executive vice president of Geiger, the largest privately owned promotional products business in the nation, will be this year's Commencement speaker.
Commencement is Saturday, May 10 at 10 a.m.
Honorary degree recipients for the college's ceremony include Geiger; Dr. Ann Lemire, Doctor of Public Service; and Maureen McCullough, Doctor of Public Service
Geiger, a former trustee of Saint Joseph's College, "has devoted much of his life to the advancement of educational and health care organizations, including establishing an Adopt-A-School scholarship program at Montello Elementary in Lewiston, Maine, in 1988. Geiger currently serves as the vice chair of the Maine State Board of Education," the college reported.
Lemire, the college reported, is an "advocate for the health of homeless children and adults." She is the medical director and the adolescent medicine coordinator for the Division of Public Health for the city of Portland. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Physicians.
McCullough is the Northeast regional director of Catholic Relief Services, based in Radnor, Penn. "The mission of CRS is to carry out the commitment of the U.S. bishops to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas," the college reported. "McCullough supports this mission through serving 39 dioceses, from Portland, Maine, to Richmond, Virginia. She also works with Catholic colleges and universities in the region to develop, implement, and oversee programs and resources that engage administration, faculty, and students in issues of global justice, international development, and peacebuilding."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 23:49

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Secretary of State warns of website charging fee for driver's license information

In what appears to be an extra expense for state vehicle owners, numerous Maine residents have contacted the Secretary of State's Office regarding the website, http://www.Drivers-Licenses.org/Maine, where residents can attempt to renew their driver's license online, only to pay a fee, state officials said.
After providing the website with personal information and being charged a fee, users receive information on how to renew their licenses but fail to receive a new license, the Secretary of State's Office reported. This website is not associated with the Maine Secretary of State's office or the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, state officials said.
The website correctly states that it is not a government agency, nor is it associated with any government agency. However, the form of the website and the way the information is presented may create the impression that this is an official government website, a state press release warned.
To renew a driver's license online through the State of Maine's Rapid Renewal, the public can enter http://www.maine.gov/online/bmv/dlr/ directly into the address bar on a web browser and not into a search engine bar.
Anyone with questions can contact the Secretary of State's office at 626-8400.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 23:34

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Passenger numbers up 6.7 percent from same time last year at Jetport

The Portland International Jetport reported strong passenger growth for the month of March. Jetport Director Paul Bradbury said March 2014 passenger boardings were 6.7 percent higher than March 2013. This represents an additional 4,021 passengers.

In addition, last year, flights averaged 59 passengers per flight, and this year, that number is up to an average of 68 passengers per flight, the Jetport reported.

The news comes on the heels of lower than anticipated passenger numbers for January and February when challenging weather affected flights nationwide. In fact, during the first three months of 2014, there were 338 fewer flights out of the Portland Jetport than the same time the year before.

"January and February were tough months due to hundreds of weather-related flight cancellations," said Bradbury. "It appears the same tough winter that canceled many flights has also reinforced a desire for leisure travel to warmer locales. I expect this to continue into April. This is an excellent springboard to our historically strong spring and summer seasons."

The Jetport continues to meet the rising needs of travelers, according to a Jetport press release. All five major airlines and all three of the major airline alliances are offering flights out of and into the Portland International Jetport for worldwide travel.

This summer also promises to be a busy one, with airlines offering more flights, bigger aircraft and new service.

"We are a vibrant and growing airport," said Bradbury. "It's an exciting time for the Jetport, and we are enjoying being an increasingly valuable resource and convenience to our travelers. We also want to remind our passengers that we are entering an extremely busy time with school vacation upon us. All flights will be full so you should plan to be at your airline ticket counter 90 minutes prior to departure."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 23:35

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