Two recent meetings, one organized by concerned community members, and another hosted by the potential developer, have highlighted neighborhood concerns surrounding the development of the Sisters of Mercy property at 631 Stevens Avenue, as well as the future of Catherine McAuley High School.  Continue reading PLAN TO DEVELOP SISTERS OF MERCY PROPERTY RAISES NEIGHBORHOOD QUESTIONS, CONCERNS


by State Representative Richard Farnsworth

As a freshman State Representative I have had a chance to get involved with a number of issues, from the controversial to the obscure. Last session I served on the Committee on Health and Human Services. Discussions about “welfare”, homelessness, MaineCare and all of those things were pretty intense. However, my assignment this term is on the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee. Continue reading EDUCATION AT THE HEART OF IT


By Ellen Gilliam, Director, Burbank Branch, Portland Public Library

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Miss Phyllis

Little toddler squirrels peeking into the Burbank Branch of the Portland Public Library  on Wednesday and Thursday mornings would find 2 and 3-year-old little human children being entertained by the very special  Phyllis Forward!

Phyllis has been telling kids stories at PPL for over 35 years. Following a career teaching elementary school, where she said her “favorite part was always reading to the kids!” Phyllis ran an informal story time at the Riverton branch some years back. When budget cuts forced the branch to eliminate Phyllis’ substitute position, Riverton families ran a successful petition drive to keep her. “I still have a copy of that petition with 90 signatures,” Phyllis proudly says.   Continue reading MISS PHYLLIS


Welcome to Deering Tweets, an on-going occasional column about some of our most populous non-human neighbors: birds! We are Nathan Hall and Fleur Hopper, birders and Deering Center residents since 2012. In each column we will be sharing some basic birding tips, as well as interesting local sightings.

In Deering Center, we are very fortunate to be close to two excellent spots for urban bird watching: Capisic Pond Park and Evergreen Cemetery. Birding is a great family activity, fun for kids and adults alike, and a wonderful way to develop a deeper sense of connection to the local environment, even in our urban neighborhood. Continue reading APRIL BIRDING


By Michele Praught

coal-chuteWalking the streets of Portland like I do can be a dangerous proposition. I’m often strolling with my head either pointed down somewhere at my feet, or tilted back so far as to give me a wicked headache. Neither is the suggested mode of transportation for even the most desolate of city streets. That is unless you’re looking for old “stuff,” which is, in fact, what I almost always end up doing. If I’m not looking up I’ll miss the remnant of an old streetlight still clinging to it’s rusty post, or a faded white stenciled sign on the side of a brick building advertising a former business. If I’m not looking down I’ll miss – coal chutes. Continue reading COAL CHUTES AND LEAVES