Greg Young, owner of Youngo's, has closed down the tiny coffeeshop which defied economic odds for two years. Opened in 2004, Youngo's Cafe was located in Bramhall Square, on the end of Congress Street where the commercial properties meld into a row of apartment buildings. The location was in some ways dubious - parking was practically nonexistent - and it's always tough to make a go of a business based on hawking $2 cups of coffee.
Try this on for size: You're walking your dog and it takes a
dump on a city sidewalk or greenspace.
The Portland Friends Meeting, a Quaker group, is sponsoring an eight-week film series on nonviolence to help local activists learn what worked and what didn't in past peace movements. The Phoenix caught up with this festival a little late (there have already been two screenings) but, don't worry, there are still six more full length documentaries to enjoy and learn from.
A baby born January 22 at Mercy Hospital was, sadly, not
named for the Phoenix newspaper, though his name is Phoenix.
"My husband picked the name," said mother Tara
Burke. Her husband's favorite car is a Pontiac Firebird, and the mythical
creature was also an inspiration.
As noted on the family's Web site, "The Phoenix is made
of all the most desirable parts of earth's creatures: the snake's neck, the
crane's forehead, the dragon's stripes, the fish's tail, the tortoise's shell,
the swallow's throat, and the fowl's bill.
Yesterday, South Dakota banned all abortions except those to save the life of the mother when the pro-life governor of the state, Michael Rounds, signed legislation severely restricting reproductive choice.
According to the New York Times, Rounds released a statement after signing the legislation saying:
"In the history of the world, the true test of a civilization is how well people treat the most vulnerable and most helpless in their society.
"It’s a hate movie, not a Date
Movie," chanted nearly 30 protestors outside the Regal Cinemas Clarks Pond
8 movie theater in South Portland this afternoon.
The movie, which opponents say contains a scene in which a
couple out on a date see a homeless person sleeping outside, yell
"Bumfight!" and attack the person, is a spoof of romantic comedies,
according to film publicity materials.
Portland's Green rep John Eder is soliciting activists for an anti-war demonstration on the city's Casco Bay Bridge. Called "Lights in the Darkness," the demonstration will coincide with the third anniversary of the start of the Iraq War.
Bring a candle or lantern to the bridge on Sunday, March 12 at 6 pm. If you don't have a candle, there will be some available.
Peter Bass is still plodding through the last permitting stages with the Portland Planning Board, but that doesn't mean he can't get rolling on selling the eight condos for artists he's developing at the Sacred Heart School. Bass's development company Random Orbit won the nod from the city council in January to buy the circa 1920s school.
group previously occupied 800 square feet in the old Calderwood Bakery building
on Pleasant Street in Portland.