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New Year's Resolutions for the City of Portland

Like most people do during the first couple weeks of a new year, I’ve been thinking about resolutions. For some reason, I’m psychologically hardwired to think about bettering myself at the resetting of a unit of measuring time. I’m sure you’re having similar thoughts. In fact, I know you are, because I asked many of you while casually strolling Portland’s streets after last week’s storm. Most of you responded as expected. You said that 2017…

Let's Party: A (Completely Arbitrary) Ranking of New Year's Events in Maine

We imagine you've got an idea how to wind this year to a close. But in case you're still on the fence, we at the Phoenix have ranked ten weird-ass options in and around the city, using the criteria we look for in making an otherworldly night.   Go all out at the Red Carpet Event on Thompson’s Point This New Year’s Eve extravaganza is dubbed by organizers Felker x Derose as the biggest and most…

On The Cover

On the cover this week is featured artist Caroline Loder, an oil painter with a penchant for bold graphics, stalwart compositions and vivid textures. She lives on Chebeague Island in Maine, so it's no surprise that her themes and subjects are often nautical in nature. Below she gives some details on her background, experience and inspiration.  "In 2013, I moved to Chebeague Island with my family and was immediately struck by the varying coastal landscape.…

A Year in Review: The biggest local news stories of 2016 and why they mattered

If 2016 could be categorized with a film genre, it’d be some kind of horror, thriller, disaster movie hybrid, the kind of movie that builds tensions and anxiety throughout but doesn’t end with a satisfying or positive twist. Instead, 2016 the movie toyed with our emotions and instilled fear, confusion and rage in those who saw it unfold.   Reflect briefly on some of this past year’s events. Cancer took David Bowie. Opioids killed Prince.…

Just Don't Fall: The passions and pitfalls of making Portland a nexus for new circus

“Push up. Push up from your shoulders. You’re sagging.” I can tell I’m sagging. I’m upside-down, balanced on my hands above a concrete floor, my feet pointed at the ceiling like the cone of a rocket ship. And since I flipped into this handstand, my face has been slowly lowering. Push as I might, I can’t halt the descent. My shoulders are spent, won’t budge anymore, and as they fail I can feel my weight…

Gift Local: A Guide to Portland's Best Art, Music and Books

Intro By: Francis Flisiuk Now that the holiday seasons in full swing, it's time (if you haven't already) to fulfill that societal expectation to keep the consumer cogs greased and spend some money. If you're going to feed the machine, buy your gifts locally. Support the creatives around you. At least then, your earnings will stay in community coffers and out of the greedy hands of soulless- millionaire - corporate types. That's the idea right?…

Tender Mercies: the Comfort of Hospice Care

The word hospice comes from the Latin, hospes. It translates to both guest and host. In medieval times it referred to a place of shelter and rest for weary or ill travelers after a long journey. The goal of hospice care remains the same today: to provide rest and comfort, while gathering the courage to face the remaining days of the journey together, both guest and host. The Signs The priest who came to the house…

Maine's Place In A Warming World: What Climate Change Brings, And What We Can Do About It.

"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country." — Abraham Lincoln, 1862. Last month, Dario and Sabine Schwoerer docked in Portland with their five children to visit the Gulf of Maine Research Institute…

What Now? As anti-Trump protests continue in Portland and across the country, liberals demand radical reform

Last week a crowd of mostly young, teary-eyed folk from various religious backgrounds gathered in Monument Square for a candlelight vigil, spreading messages of love, hope and peace in the wake of what they deem a horrific event: the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.   Their initial message was clear: love trumps hate, and they'd shout it from the streets three separate times last week.   Sharon O’Neil,…

Outsiders rule: Trump's victory stuns across U.S., challengers prevail in Portland

Outsiders enjoyed a rousing general election, both in Portland and across the country. Donald Trump staged a major upset, based on results at 2 a.m. Wednesday, when he was within 16 electoral votes of winning the White House while enjoying leads in a handful of remaining states, including Michigan and Pennsylvania. Locally, District 3 City Council incumbent Ed Suslovic lost to challenger Brian Batson (3,561-3,219, 52.52 percent to 47.48 percent). Another outsider to City Hall (but not to…
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