A center for homeless women in Portland will be built despite neighbors' complaints, Avesta Housing and Preble Street announced today. When the project was first proposed, developers hoped it would be finished by the end of this year. Now that a judge has approved the conditional rezoning that would allow the project to move forward, developers say it will be ready to house residents in the fall of 2009.
Next to a stack of five boxes of petitions, anti-Real ID activists held a press conference this morning to announce that they fell short of their goal to collect 55,087 signatures in order to get a Repeal Real ID referendum on the Maine ballot. They had 90 days to do so; but by the time the petitions are approved and printed, there are only about 60 useable days, they said.
Both the League of Young Voters (via email blast) and the Family Planning Association of Maine (via Facebook) are reaching out on behalf of Health Coverage for Maine to people who might have signed the Fed Up With Taxes petition without realizing what they were signing.
Here's the pitch from FPAM's grassroots organizer:
Tens of thousands of
FairPoint customers in Maine now have the option to become official
second-class citizens on the Internet, and the company is very proud, touting
the accomplishment in a press release (in PDF form here) and following it up with a cheery call
from a marketing person who couldn't answer any questions.
Brendon Whitney, the Portland resident better known as Alias - super-talented, well regarded, and humble DJ/recording artist on the excellent San Francisco label anticon - has been blowing up in my bookmarks of late. His first official solo album in five years, Resurgam, hits the streets at the end of August, and indie blogs are aflutter with comments on his new material.
Just got back from Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean's appearance at One Longfellow Square. Local political luminaries in attendance included Democratic candidate for Congress Chellie Pingree, State Senate candidate Justin Alfond, Speaker of the Maine House Glenn Cummings, and State House candidate Diane Russell
In a couple of hours, a public forum will start at the Merrill Auditiorium to discuss the Portland Peninsula Transit Study, which needs to be approved by the city council before it can be implemented. Some of the most intriguing proposals (put together by Boston-based Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates) include:
-- Getting city employees to set an example by providing universal transit passes, installing bike racks and showers at city buildings, and promoting carpooling.
Here's something a bit more relevant to Portland, taking place tomorrow evening, at 6:30 p.m., at the Merrill Auditorium.
City of Portland invites the public to attend a second public forum and
presentation on transportation and public transit and the City’s draft
Peninsula Transit Study. A presentation will be made of the results
from the first public forum including improved bus routes, alternatives
to downtown parking, improving access to car pooling and removing
barriers to biking and walking.
This post has very little to do with Portland -- although I'll justify it with the fact that Mamma Mia! will certainly screen at all the local movie theaters when it comes out later this month. And we got the soundtrack at work today. And there's not much else going on. And I'm obsessed with musicals and I can't let this soundtrack pass over my desk without some comment.
Eek. Time for me to do a little American History brush up. Just got 80 percent on this quiz, which is adapted from the latest version of the US citizenship test that applicants will take starting in October 2008. My understanding is that their test is even harder, in that they don't get multiple choice -- it's just fill in the blanks.
Robert Boorstin, a senior executive at Google, notes that
there are now 1.4 billion Internet users, and the number is growing by 250
million a year. Over 10 hours of video are uploaded to You Tube every minute of
every day. There are 3 billion mobile devices in use world wide, with another
billion coming in the next year. Boorstin described it as the largest increase
in expressive capability in history.
In case you answered the above question "Yes," there's an event (two, actually - or one, twice - or something) I'd like to tell you about. The "Bush Legacy Tour" is in Maine for the next couple of days. It's a biodiesel-powered bus operated by Americans United for Change (a 501(c)4 tax-exempt non-profit issue-lobbying organization largely funded by organized labor and based in Washington DC), with onboard exhibits to draw attention to, well, Bush's legacy.
Okay, so we're a little slow on the latest Weezer news (you'll have to forgive us), but we were just sent a link to this video, which not only references almost every major YouTube hit video, but spends a lot of time honoring the Eepybird folks from the Oddfellow Theater up in Harrison, Maine, whose "Extreme Diet Coke and Mentos Experiments" were, of course, quite popular.
UPDATE: Just before 11 am, the Tuesday news went live on the Press Herald's site.
For an organization that at least periodically claims to be looking to the Web as a key to the future, the Portland Press Herald is having a pretty rough few days. From Thursday night through Sunday morning, the site was unable to be updated - the best they could do was post stories in a small sidebar column on the site's front page.