It was apparently a "pretty crazy" morning at Gritty's, whose building's roof had a fire earlier - smoke was visible around the downtown. But they're open for business, so not to worry.
And we suggest sampling some Gritty's this very evening - not at Gritty's, but at Port City Music Hall, where we at the Portland Phoenix are throwing a party to celebrate our 10th anniversary!
Come one, come all (well, all 21 or older) to the Portland Phoenix's 10th anniversary party.
Tonight, Wednesday, September 16. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St, Portland, from 7 to 11 pm.
Admission is FREE.
Free food from local vendors like Local Sprouts, Loco Pollo, Buffalo Wings N Things, and more!
Live music by Gypsy Tailwind, Dave Gutter & Evan Casas, Miss Fairchild, and Labseven.
Amid all the 9/11 memorials and healthcare debates, you might not have heard about a new law that actually will affect your daily life. Specifically, Maine has outlawed "distracted driving," which includes txting while driving, but goes far beyond that, to anything a police officer thinks is distracting you.
They can't just pull you over for being distracted, but if you do something for which they can pull you over - say, swerving across lane lines or running a red light - you can get a ticket not only for that infraction but also for being distracted.
I've written a fair amount about how bad the FairPoint deal would be was, and is. But I'll hand it to the Concord Monitor, who not only were able to attend the tri-state grilling session, but also noticed a small detail that's going to blow up quickly.
FairPoint was able to convince state regulators in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont that broadband expansion was possible quickly, and that FairPoint would do it.
Former Portland Phoenix food writer Jessica Porter has begun her "Chew-A-Thon 2009" campaign, encouraging people to chew their food more carefully and more mindfully - and to tell her about the results!
Here's the video to get you started:
Richard Connor is clearly not in the real-estate business.
He bought a landmark Portland
property in June and sold it in July for no profit. And while he paid
significantly less than the assessed value according to city records, perhaps
he was just trying to break
even on that part of the deal, which bought him three newspapers and rather a
lot of real estate for a total of an estimated $30 million to $40 million.
Maine Coast Vineyards rosé at Rosemont over the weekend. Drank it. The light,
fruity wine - which hit shelves just last month - was made right in Falmouth's "Hurricane Valley," from Maine-grown grapes. Here's
what the Forecaster found out;
and here's from the vineyard's Web site:
1. Maine Coast Vineyards wine is
produced under federal regulations that ensure that the certified growing area
I got a chance to try Maine Mead Works's new Dry Strawberry Mead on cask at Novare Res last night. It was delicious and fruity (fruit meads are called melomels, btw) and when I drained the cask with my last glass there was a bit of bee balm floating in it. Hooray for the waning days of summer!
At 6 o'clock this morning, a woman who appears to be from Buffalo New York left what amounts to a 14-minute voicemail (it was split into two messages) on my phone. She announced her name and even gave her phone number (a reverse lookup online matches that number to her name, at a Buffalo address).
I'll let you listen to it for yourself, but I'll tell you that it's a treat.
We'd mostly given up on MTV actually putting music and musicians on television, but apparently they're trying again, and there's a Portland band in the running!
Sparks the Rescue are one of four bands vying to win the "I Want My Music On MTV" contest. The winner will get a music video in rotation on MTV and a trip to the Woodie Awards, MTV's awards show for bands picked by college listeners.