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Readers take a journey through the mind of our very own Master Knight of the Vine prepping for and delivering a wine "im...
11/12/2021
South African Wines: Recent wine gig offers some twists - The West End News

Readers take a journey through the mind of our very own Master Knight of the Vine prepping for and delivering a wine "improvisation"... and along the way learn a lot about unique South African wines.

Let’s look at a recent gig: "South African Wines." I knew this was going to be tough! Layne's Wine Gig explores South African Wines. #WEN

Tune in today to Maine Public’s Maine Calling at 11 a.m. to hear Portland Buy Local's Mary Alice Scott discuss the Buy L...
11/12/2021
Shop Local this Season with Buy Local's Gift Guide - The West End News

Tune in today to Maine Public’s Maine Calling at 11 a.m. to hear Portland Buy Local's Mary Alice Scott discuss the Buy Local Gift Guide.

November brings lots of memories and traditions. For Portland Buy Local, November brings a perennial favorite: our Holiday Gift Guide.

Citizen participation can look like this: Young CCL volunteers lobbying Sen. Collins. But sometimes it can be effective ...
11/05/2021
Make A Call. Leave A Message. Be Happier. - The West End News

Citizen participation can look like this: Young CCL volunteers lobbying Sen. Collins. But sometimes it can be effective even if it's just a 30 second phone. call. Some thoughts from Portland Citizens' Climate Lobby volunteer Annie Antonacos.

A healthy democracy needs citizen participation. Voting, yes. But also talking with elected officials. Something that takes about 30 seconds.

Victoria Pelletier defeats Jon Hinck for District 2 City Council. Also, in a once in a lifetime occurence, at-large race...
11/03/2021
Victoria Pelletier Wins D2, At-large Race Ends In Actual Tie - The West End News

Victoria Pelletier defeats Jon Hinck for District 2 City Council. Also, in a once in a lifetime occurence, at-large race ends in a tie. The City Clerk will draw lots tomorrow to choose a winner. Serisously! This and other results in Portland - https://thewestendnews.com/victoria-pelletier-wins-d2-at-large-race-ends-in-actual-tie/

Victoria Pelletier wins District 2 seat defeating Jon Hinck. At-large seat will be determined by drawing lots after an actual tie. #WEN

This reader is exhausted with the tree removals they've witnessed and have something to say to the City and neighbors wh...
10/27/2021
Letter to the Editor: Stop Cutting Down Trees - The West End News

This reader is exhausted with the tree removals they've witnessed and have something to say to the City and neighbors who are cutting down trees.

A letter to the editor from a West End neighbor who is concerned about the City and private landowners cutting down trees. #WEN

Learn about the Blessing Box bustier and take a break with La Vida Local's HUMOROUS Notes on West End Life. #WEN
10/20/2021
Humorous Moments of West End Life - The West End News

Learn about the Blessing Box bustier and take a break with La Vida Local's HUMOROUS Notes on West End Life. #WEN

This month’s La Vida Local brings you some humorous moments of West End life, such as the Blessing Box Bustier. -By Rosanne Graef #WEN

A vibrant, fair, and regenerative future is still possible if enough of us change our minds and do something. But half m...
10/19/2021
Half Measures or a Regenerative Future - Bright Ideas No. 28 - The West End News

A vibrant, fair, and regenerative future is still possible if enough of us change our minds and do something. But half measures won't suffice. The latest Bright Ideas from the Portland Climate Action Team.

A vibrant and regenerative future is still possible if enough of us change our minds and do something. -By Portland Climate Action Team #WEN #ClimateJustice

Digital mammography did not exist 25 years ago, and the human genome was still a mystery... Dr. Suzanne Hoekstra reflect...
10/15/2021
Breast Care: Much has Changed in 25 Years - The West End News

Digital mammography did not exist 25 years ago, and the human genome was still a mystery... Dr. Suzanne Hoekstra reflects on changes in breast care after 25 years of practice in southern Maine. https://thewestendnews.com/breast-cancer-much-has-changed-in-25-years/

By Suzanne Hoekstra, MD, FACS I am a breast surgeon at Northern Light Mercy Breast Care, which was first established in 1996. Over the years, I have seen advances in breast health that have helped save many lives. October is Breast Care Awareness month, and this year it happens to coincide with my m...

Interested in Portland's political future? Then you've got to know what's happening with the Charter Commission. Luckily...
10/14/2021
Valerie Kelly: Volunteer with the Portland Charter Commission Research Team - The West End News

Interested in Portland's political future? Then you've got to know what's happening with the Charter Commission. Luckily, the LWV Portland Charter Commission Research Team has the low down for you! Learn more from volunteer Valerie Kelly. https://thewestendnews.com/valerie-kelly-volunteer-with-the-portland-charter-commission-research-team/

PelotonLabs co-founder Liz Trice interviews Valerie Kelly, who is leading the LWV Portland Charter Commission Research Team. #PelotonPosts

A lot has changed in breast care since the 1990s. In honor of breast care awareness month, Dr. Suzanne Hoekstra of North...
10/14/2021
Breast Care: Much has Changed in 25 Years - The West End News

A lot has changed in breast care since the 1990s. In honor of breast care awareness month, Dr. Suzanne Hoekstra of Northern Light Mercy Breast Care discusses changes she's seen in 25 years of practice. https://thewestendnews.com/breast-cancer-much-has-changed-in-25-years/

By Suzanne Hoekstra, MD, FACS I am a breast surgeon at Northern Light Mercy Breast Care, which was first established in 1996. Over the years, I have seen advances in breast health that have helped save many lives. October is Breast Care Awareness month, and this year it happens to coincide with my m...

From an actual job description in the real wine biz:"Helicopter observer occasionally to prevent potential intruders. Ca...
10/08/2021
Help... Help Wanted: A look at the real wine business - The West End News

From an actual job description in the real wine biz:
"Helicopter observer occasionally to prevent potential intruders. Can make citizen’s arrest of intruders. Removal of dangerous animals (inc. feral pigs). Provides transportation of family and guests… Assists with the care of family pets as needed… "
Layne Witherell takes readers on an insider look at jobs the real wine business.

As a reporter and not a rep, I decided to do a little digging, to pull the curtain aside and look at people’s roles in the REAL wine business.

It's been a tough year and local indie shops need your support. Shop early for the holidays at local stores. And if you'...
10/06/2021
October is the New December - The West End News

It's been a tough year and local indie shops need your support. Shop early for the holidays at local stores. And if you're a small biz owner, check out the info on Portland Buy Local problem-solving sessions later this month.

ast year, we implored community members to begin thinking about holiday shopping early. “October is the new December,” we said. #BuyLocal

Two candidates campaign for an open seat (vacated by Spencer Thibodeau when he took a job with the Biden admin last mont...
10/01/2021
Campaign for Open District 2 Seat - The West End News

Two candidates campaign for an open seat (vacated by Spencer Thibodeau when he took a job with the Biden admin last month). The election for District 2 City Council is Nov. 2nd.

There are two candidates vying for the open District 2 seat. One is a former councilor and another a newcomer with public policy experience. #WEN

It's thirsty Thursday. Looking for a good wine? Consider starting with these 3 wine lists from local Portland purveyors ...
09/23/2021
THREE WINE LISTS - The West End News

It's thirsty Thursday. Looking for a good wine? Consider starting with these 3 wine lists from local Portland purveyors and endorsed by Master Knight of the Vine Layne V. Witherell.

These three wine lists, in their own way are different styles that reflect their locales yet are perfect for their own distinctly different vibes. #WEN

Celebrate Downtown Worker Appreciation Day tomorrow from 10am - 12pm. The return of a beloved event sponsored by Portlan...
09/22/2021
Portland Buy Local busy with new and returning events - The West End News

Celebrate Downtown Worker Appreciation Day tomorrow from 10am - 12pm. The return of a beloved event sponsored by Portland Buy Local and Portland Downtown.

Portland Buy Local in-person events including the annual Indie Biz Awards have been largely on hold. See which events are returning. #WEN #BuyLocal

Mercy Hospital is announcing new features at the Fore River campus as the move from the aging State Street location near...
09/19/2021
An expanded healthcare campus on Fore River - The West End News

Mercy Hospital is announcing new features at the Fore River campus as the move from the aging State Street location nears completion. Learn more:

Learn more about Northern Light Mercy Hospital's move to the Fore River Campus, how it will look, and where services will be located. #WEN

Climate changes means ever bigger disasters. Be prepared. Pack a "go bag."  And find for climate justice. A message from...
09/17/2021
It's code red for humanity - Bright Ideas No. 27 - The West End News

Climate changes means ever bigger disasters. Be prepared. Pack a "go bag." And find for climate justice. A message from the Portland Climate Action Team.

Disaster preparedness becomes imperative when extreme events blow past all previous experience. Bright Ideas has a few tips to help you prepare.

The US Supreme Court struck down the CDC order to temporary protect tenants from eviction for nonpayment of rent. There ...
09/16/2021
Rental Assistance: Answers to frequent questions by Pine Tree Legal - The West End News

The US Supreme Court struck down the CDC order to temporary protect tenants from eviction for nonpayment of rent. There is now no restriction on evictions related to the pandemic. However, many Mainers are eligible for Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA). Here are some questions answered by Pine Tree Legal Assitance.

There is rental assistance available to tenants in Maine. Rules were updated in August. Pine Tree Legal Assistance has answers to frequent questions.

“There really is something magic about seeing a young woman, who came into our program hopeless and in fear, walk out of...
08/19/2021
A vibrant, growing community of hope - The West End News

“There really is something magic about seeing a young woman, who came into our program hopeless and in fear, walk out of our residence confident, full of life, and ready to take on the world... It fills you with hope,” smiles Melissa. Learn more about the McAuley Residence. #WEN #HealthandWellness

The McAuley Residence’s programming is well aligned with the state’s MaineMOM (Maine Maternal Opioid Model) program and offers a holistic approach.

Waste production has got to get under control if we're to confront climate change, say the Portland Climate Action Team ...
08/17/2021
Waste Production is a real big deal - Bright Ideas No. 26 - The West End News

Waste production has got to get under control if we're to confront climate change, say the Portland Climate Action Team in this month's Bright Ideas column.

Waste production multiplied tenfold over the past century and can be expected to double again by 2025. Households generate almost half. #ClimateJustice

Through policies like border adjustment taxes, European countries will indirectly come after US taxpayers... Unless, of ...
08/16/2021
US Taxpayers Line Up to Fund EU Welfare System - The West End News

Through policies like border adjustment taxes, European countries will indirectly come after US taxpayers... Unless, of course, we catch up with carbon tax policies of our own. Read more in this month's Citizens' Climate Lobby submission.

A border adjustment tax is used by countries that have a carbon tax, and it is levied against counties that do not, like the US. #WEN #ClimateJustice

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When someone mentions the word culture , it is in reference to a land, a country , a society , a community , a family and an individual . A nation is as healthy as its culture. Culture is the environment or a mechanism of which everything functions in a nation, and a nation is not a land but people. So the nation always decides a culture they need to live and operate in. Let's create a culture that allows our growth and live like great neighbors . #thanks to The West End News for this great article. Please check the newspaper out to see more about culture and the World Roots Culture Exchange purpose. https://thewestendnews.com/patrick-kiruhura-creating-an-environment-for-all-cultures-to-thrive/
Check out the July issue of The West End News for a feature on how local farms and markets have innovated in response to the pandemic! 📰 This feature highlights Pine Ridge Acres, Lakin's Gorges Cheese, Little River Flower Farm, and the Portland Food Co-op! Many thanks to Tony Zeli and The West End News team for shining a spotlight on the invaluable work our local producers have been doing so our community can continue to access nutritious local food as safely as possible. 📰 You can find The West End News on the Co-op’s newsstands and at over 180 other locations throughout Portland, Falmouth, Scarborough, South Portland, and Westbrook. You can also read online at: thewestendnews.com
The un-watched pot just might boil over! Hint: There's a bit of social commentary in the latest "La Vida Local: Irregular Notes on West End Life," by Rosanne Graef.
James Fereira shows respect in this month's The Portland Palate for the diverse and delicious take-out scene in downtown Portland. He visits Mi Sen, Figgy's, and Otto Pizza. Check out the print version here:
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"The one thing that has had a consistently transformative impact on every single client I’ve ever worked with is developing their emotional intelligence." https://thewestendnews.com/the-life-changing-power-of-emotional-intelligence/ Happy to share my first piece in The West End News: "The Life Changing Power of Emotional Intelligence" #emotionalintelligence #health #happiness #success #relationships
Could you add a section to this for people to view &/or download &/or print your advertisements Please ??? In the left column where it says home, about, photos, email signup, twitter, events, reviews, posts, & Community ???
The West End News did a great article about OLS's transition away from bottled water! Check it out to learn a little bit more about the switch and our new hydration station here: http://ow.ly/JvWq50ywM0b
Last night, my 2017 Toyota Tacoma was hit on Vaughan street across from McGeachey Hall somewhere between 6pm and 9am this morning. The driver drove off, and never reported the accident. The driver's vehicle pushed my truck foward 2.5 truck lengths up over the snow bank. There's blue paint on my truck, and a piece of the vehicle's bumper. After searching the numbers on the bumper, i believe the vehicle was a blue Ford F150. Does anyone know of a blue Ford F150 in the area? The vehicle probably has damage to its front right end. If you know of anything or heard anything, can you please contact me or the portland police department. Any help is appreciated.