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Local farmers get creative to stand out

With a limited growing season and high demand for local food, Maine farmers have a short window of time to get their products to the public.
The fruits of their labor
By AMY ANDERSON  |  July 20, 2012

Young activists explore police department

There are three streets in Portland that police lieutenant Janine Roberts won't walk down alone, learned a group of interested citizens organized by the League of Young Voters on a visit to the Portland Police Department last Wednesday.
Portland 101
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 23, 2011

Playing tourist

Last weekend, more than 2300 people stepped off cruise ships into the Old Port seeking all things Maine: lobster, anything blueberry, and a taste of the way life should be (some probably hoped to spot a moose on the corner of Fore and Exchange).
Experiencing Portland like a visitor — and liking it
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  August 19, 2011

Review: The Well

Foodie snobbery and "locavore" sanctimony have become so egregious that the New York Times Magazine recently made a cover story of one writer's description of participating in a two-day backyard feast in the Napa Valley.
The Well dispenses with snobbery, focuses on food
By BRIAN DUFF  |  August 12, 2011

Sampling summer standards

Crescent Beach in Cape Elizabeth offers a chance to experience two varieties of summer dining.
Two beachside meals, compared
By BRIAN DUFF  |  June 17, 2011

Middle of the road

LePage has accomplished something no Maine governor has ever been able to achieve: He's spread joy across the entire ideological spectrum.
LePage pleases everyone -- sort of
By AL DIAMON  |  April 22, 2011

Cleaning house

Maine’s government contains more than 300 boards and commissions — ranging from the influential, such as the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) and the Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC), to the obscure, such as one that oversees landscape architects a
Board overhaul
By AL DIAMON  |  September 17, 2010

Secret desires

Everywhere I go, people keep asking me, “Who’s going to win the election?” Often, my answer depends on my mood (which ranges from bad to horrendous).
Who's going to win the election?
By AL DIAMON  |  June 04, 2010

Food on stage

Maine is home to a nationally renowned locavore culinary scene, the oldest organic farming association in the nation (MOFGA), and a plenitude of farms that has increased by nearly 1000 in the past five years — and yet economic pressure to develop acrea
Locavores + thespians = understanding
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 08, 2010

The winner and other losers

By my count, there are approximately 14,308 people running for governor of Maine.
The governor's race, brought to you by “Internet Riches Made Easy”
By AL DIAMON  |  October 09, 2009

Injustice everywhere

Thank you for the timely interview with Harvey Silverglate.
Letters to the Portland Editor, October 9, 2009
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 09, 2009


Take the fifth

Among the issues you'll see tackled at the Camden International Film Festival this year are poverty, overfishing, peak oil, and the plight (and/or) ambition of children who grow up too quickly.
The Camden International Film Festival hits a half-decade, with momentum building
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 25, 2009

Which way the wind blows

The venting of wind-power skeptics in the Phoenix piece “ Why wind power blows ” really misses a major point: global warming. When we finally get down to grappling with dangerous climate disruption, all forms of non-carbon emitting power will rise.
Letters to the Boston editor, August 28, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 28, 2009

The 12th Annual Muzzle Awards

With the era of repression and secrecy fostered by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney finally over, this should be the best of times for freedom of expression, open government, and civil liberties. Yet change comes slowly.
A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 10, 2009
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(10) days of celluloid

Among the many treats at last year's Maine International Film Festival were a future Oscar winner (James Marsh's documentary Man on Wire ) and one of the biggest art-house hits of 2008 (Scandinavian teen-vampire flick Let the Right One In ).
From the gridiron to gritty realism at the Maine International Film Festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 10, 2009

Low expectations

There are some important qualities I'd like to see in the next governor of Maine. But they're all pretty boring. So let's get to what I wouldn't like to see.
Talking Politics
By AL DIAMON  |  July 03, 2009


Hope for young homebuyers

Good news if you're in a sufficiently stable financial situation to think of bailing from greater Portland's rental-housing morass.
The lousy economy — and Obama's stimulus package — has a silver lining
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 18, 2009

Some people have real problems

Mainers are facing grievous financial burdens. Stores and factories are shutting down. Businesses that stay open are laying people off. Unemployment is rising as fast as the foreclosure rate on homes. And housing prices are sinking like the value of ret
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 11, 2009

The Year in Green

I don't know whether it was the sky-high gas prices or what, but Portland sure caught an eco-bug in 2008.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 23, 2008

We sing, we dance, we steal things

Last week, I profiled the Democrats running for governor of Maine in 2010. Thousands were taken ill.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 26, 2008

Planning a promenade

Presumably, most people who enjoy the to-be-built Bayside Promenade will experience it differently than I did last Saturday.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 26, 2008

Fabulous flicks

A new crop of local entrants, including a professional filmmaker, won awards at the third annual Portland Phoenix Maine Short Film Festival, which turned out to be the most competitive ever ... and the most fun!
Our third short-film festival crowns all new winners
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 19, 2008

Running for Maine Senate

For this year’s candidate profiles, we assembled some basic information on each person seeking election, and then asked them to explain what their top priority would be.
Five candidates in two districts
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2008

Lost in the sound of separation

While it’s true that candidates’ falsehoods, fibs, and fabrications make a columnist’s job easier, I could still eke out a living even if every politician in Maine suddenly became a fountain of factuality.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 29, 2008

Out for a spin

Driving a 2008 Porsche Boxster RS 60 Spyder Limited Edition is an exercise in ridiculous, indulgent impracticality. But it's fun.  
One week, one limited-edition Porsche — what to do?
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 02, 2008


Pick what you eat

In just a few hours, go beyond the agri-tourism of picking berries or apples, and actually learn something about the land.
Fans of organic food: Stop talking, start weeding
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 20, 2008

Hydrogen cars come and go

Despite a lingering lack of infrastructure and research dollars, hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles and their zero-emission technology are being hailed as our environmental saviors.
Fuel sell
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 05, 2008

What I learned from Free Fare Friday

Truth be told, I am an elitist asshole who rarely takes the bus.
Bus stop
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 23, 2008

It's easy staying green

This summer, don't leave home without your environmentalism.
New England offers a variety of eco-friendly lodging options
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 09, 2008