My wife and I ate at Sonny's on Friday of Restaurant Week, and enjoyed ourselves very much. It was a full house - we had to wait a little bit for the table we had reserved to open up, and the staff were definitely running. But we never felt un-attended to, and as dinner service wound up, owner Jay Villani made the rounds of the tables and said hello.
In next week's Going Green column, I'll talk about what goes into raising eco-friendly, healthy, pasture-raised, organic meat. Today I met these fellows:
Yup, those are one-and-a-half-week-old piglets! Alice and Rufus Percy, of Treble Ridge Farm, were great hosts and I'm looking forward to writing this piece.
Read this disturbing op-ed in today's NYT, about New York's "choking loophole," which makes it so that "choking by compressing someone’s neck is not considered assault unless
there is evidence that the victim suffered physical injury."
"And yet choking very often leaves few or no visible signs," reads the op-ed, which was written by two women's-rights advocates.
An anonymous, lightly disguised employee of the Maine Department of Corrections has posted a pair of videos in which he presents a series of statements prefaced and followed by assertions that "Lance Tapley is ignorant."
These are the most detailed and substantive comments regarding our four-years-and-counting in-depth investigation into Maine's treatment of inmates to emerge from any source in the Maine Department of Corrections in many months.
Last night I had my first (and probably my only, given my calendar's packed state of affairs) Restaurant Week experience of 2010, at David's 388 in South Portland. (This guy is tackling Restaurant Week in a much more ambitious fashion.) These were our choices...
Have you applied for your rent refund yet? Yes, that's right -- not only could you get federal and state tax refunds, but if you rented an apartment in 2008 (they're one fiscal cycle behind and you'll need your 2008 tax return information) and the rent you paid was more than 20 percent of your income, you could get some money back from the state's "Circuit Breaker Program" -- up to $2000! Fill out the online form here
This video is on the PPH website. Watch through the end, and you'll understand why.
(The folks behind the medical-marijuana initiative are planning a June conference that will address the issue for all interested parties, including patients, caregivers, and dispensary operators. Several towns in Maine have issued temporary moratoriums on dispensaries, including South Portland.)
The latest McSweeney's is a literary tour-de-force, a 320-page newspaper (including two magazines) called the San Francisco Panorama, with stories and reporting by everyone from William T. Vollman to James Franco.
"We think that the best chance for newspapers' survival is to do what the internet can't: namely, use and explore the large-paper format as thoroughly as possible," an online explainer reads.
Been trying to help save the Earth by conserving water? The Portland Water District will thank you by raising its rates on the water you do use. At a public hearing on Monday, March 8, at 6:30 pm at the PWD headquaters (225 Douglass Street, Portland), PWD officials will explain why people using less water means everyone has to pay more.
Karen Gelardi and Meghan Brady have a dual show going up at the Coleman Burke Gallery in New York City on Thursday - if you're heading that way any weekend between now and and April 16, be sure to check it out! The gallery is at 638 West 28th Street, and is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 6 pm. The opening reception is this Thursday, March 4, from 6 to 8 pm.
Robbie Kanner over at Vision for Viewers has sent us another slideshow, this one of the Holy Boys Danger Club, whose disc The Boo Box is out today.