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Today starts National Nurses Week... And for the May print edition we meet Jordynne Copp, a registered nurse at Northern...
05/06/2021
Let's make this National Nurses Week like no other - The West End News

Today starts National Nurses Week... And for the May print edition we meet Jordynne Copp, a registered nurse at Northern Light Mercy Hospital in the intensive care unit. Nurses like Jordynne work tirelessly to deliver the best care possible to every patient.

Jordynne Copp is a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at Northern Light Mercy Hospital. Celebrating National Nurses Week, May 6 - 12, 2021. #WEN

Can we maintain the Reiche Community Center as a space for all community? If Public Health reorganizes and consolidates ...
05/04/2021
Build Back Better: Reiche Community Center - The West End News

Can we maintain the Reiche Community Center as a space for all community? If Public Health reorganizes and consolidates space on Forest Avenue, floor space at Reiche should be used for community of all ages. Rosanne Graef offers her view in La Vida Local.

Portland is considering consolidation of several Health and Human Services programs. What are the implications of this plan for the Reiche Community Center?

Master Knight of the Vine Layne V. Witherell looks at wine delivery services and wine clubs - plus a couple Burgundy sug...
04/30/2021
WINE DIRECT TO YOUR DOOR - The West End News

Master Knight of the Vine Layne V. Witherell looks at wine delivery services and wine clubs - plus a couple Burgundy suggestions! In the May edition of WEN - on shelves today!

We will look at some varied wine direct to your door delivery services. And our Master Knight of the Vine Layne V. Witherell shares some suggestions, too!

The success of the independent pharmacy at distributing Covid vaccines - outperforming bigger rivals - should surprise n...
04/12/2021
Bigger Isn’t Always Better: The success of the independent pharmacy - The West End News

The success of the independent pharmacy at distributing Covid vaccines - outperforming bigger rivals - should surprise no one. (Portland Buy Local's latest submission for the April edition...)

It’s an American mantra: Bigger is better. But it's not true. Consider our Covid-19 vaccination distribution and the success of the independent pharmacy...

From the Broader Picture section of the April edition, a look at the 5 healthiest beverages according to Dr. Oren Gerste...
04/08/2021
Top 5 Healthiest Beverages According to Dr. Oren Gersten - The West End News

From the Broader Picture section of the April edition, a look at the 5 healthiest beverages according to Dr. Oren Gersten. (And some good news for coffee drinkers...)

I’ll be listing what I believe are the top 5 healthiest beverages. This is more opinion than science, though there will be some science interspersed.

Honoring the past and future of our community newspaper, the latest La Vida Local: Irregular Notes on West End Life By R...
03/23/2021
Community Print News: Takes a Licking, Keeps on Ticking - The West End News

Honoring the past and future of our community newspaper, the latest La Vida Local: Irregular Notes on West End Life By Rosanne Graef. Part of our 20th Anniversary Edition currently in the free paper racks across Greater Portland.

Who would have thought with the death knell for print media constantly tolling, we’d be celebrating twenty years of positive community print news?

A brief look at small acts of kindness from a year of pandemic and thoughts on lessons from the past from Rosanne Graef'...
03/16/2021
Stay the Course, West End - The West End News

A brief look at small acts of kindness from a year of pandemic and thoughts on lessons from the past from Rosanne Graef's February edition of La Vida Local: Irregular Notes on West End Life

Rosanne Graef's La Vida Local: Irregular Notes on West End Life. Please, heed the posters and banners. We’ve come this far, Stay the Course!

Browntail Moth webs have been found in Deering Oaks Park for years. And now a new threatened area is the Western Prom. T...
03/15/2021
Browntail Moth Update Spring 2021: Problem Reaches Western Prom - The West End News

Browntail Moth webs have been found in Deering Oaks Park for years. And now a new threatened area is the Western Prom. The caterpillars of the browntail have poisonous hairs that can irritate skin and cause respiratory problems for some.

The city’s forestry crews first discovered browntail moth webs on the mainland in Portland in 2018, and now they've come to the Western Prom. #WEN

Grow the circular economy! Another 'Bright Idea' for our Climate Justice Section from the Portland Climate Action Team!
03/12/2021
GROW A CIRCULAR ECONOMY - Bright Ideas No. 21 - The West End News

Grow the circular economy! Another 'Bright Idea' for our Climate Justice Section from the Portland Climate Action Team!

A “circular economy” extends the lifespan of environmentally friendly materials and products while discouraging the use of others. #ClimateJustice #WEN

Celebrating 20 years of community news! Jenny Anastasoff from the 'Writer's Block' shares her experience writing for the...
03/10/2021
Jenny from the Writer’s Block - The West End News

Celebrating 20 years of community news! Jenny Anastasoff from the 'Writer's Block' shares her experience writing for the neighborhood as it changed over 20 years. Thank you for reading community news!

Jenny Anastasoff shares her experience writing for a community paper as the neighborhood reinvents itself over 20 years. #WEN

People First Portland organizer Kate Sykes discusses the city charter commission and how to run for a seat at the table ...
03/10/2021
Kate Sykes: Seeking diverse voices for a new city charter - The West End News

People First Portland organizer Kate Sykes discusses the city charter commission and how to run for a seat at the table when the Portland (ME) city charter is reviewed and amended. Also, a link to share your ideas and join the discussion.

Liz Trice interviews Kate Sykes, a community organizer, about issues for the city charter commission and how to be a candidate. #WEN #PelotonPosts

Emotional intelligence coach Michael Stern offers tips for facing a challenging year with health, positive energy and go...
02/25/2021
Practices for Making the Most of Challenging Years - The West End News

Emotional intelligence coach Michael Stern offers tips for facing a challenging year with health, positive energy and good habits.

Emotional intelligence coach Michael Stern offers tips for building good habits and living healthy, positively and effectively through challenging years.

The second installment on the toxic fumes from South Portland tank farms by local activist Espahbad Dodd.
02/05/2021
Toxic Fumes II: Living in a Sacrifice Zone - The West End News

The second installment on the toxic fumes from South Portland tank farms by local activist Espahbad Dodd.

Frequently referred to as “fence line communities,” these sacrifice zones to toxic fumes are scattered throughout the country. #ClimateJustice

The latest from our travel writer, Nancy Dorrans, who is stepping out of her comfort zone both as a travel advisor leadi...
02/05/2021
Out of Our Comfort Zone… - The West End News

The latest from our travel writer, Nancy Dorrans, who is stepping out of her comfort zone both as a travel advisor leading groups to Africa and as a dedicated substitute teacher right here in Maine.

By Nancy Dorrans As a travel counselor, I strive to navigate my clients on authentic experiences, safely out of their comfort zone and into an appreciation of other cultures, landscapes, traditions, food, music and people. In the spring of 2016, I organized and traveled to Southern Africa with a sma...

On a Monday morning city crews started chopping down large trees. But it was all part of a plan to remove an invasive pl...
01/20/2021
Western Prom Tree Removal Called 'Clear Cutting' - The West End News

On a Monday morning city crews started chopping down large trees. But it was all part of a plan to remove an invasive plant.

Removal of an invasive species of tree on the Western Prom concerns neighbors as they watch city crews fell large trees, but there is a plan.

The problem with being a hip city - all the great places that go unnoticed. Here's the Flying Under the Radar favorites ...
01/19/2021
Layne's Wine Gig - Flying Under the Radar - The West End News

The problem with being a hip city - all the great places that go unnoticed. Here's the Flying Under the Radar favorites (and some wine picks) by Layne V. Witherell, Master Knight of the VIne and WEN Contributor

Layne's Wine Gig - a monthly look at wines and pairings at local Portland (ME) restaurants. -By Layne V. Witherell, Master Knight of the Vine #WEN

Did you know? Transportation accounts for 31% of Portland’s greenhouse gas emissions. Learn about Portland's One Climate...
01/11/2021
More Efficient Transit - Bright Ideas No. 19 - The West End News

Did you know? Transportation accounts for 31% of Portland’s greenhouse gas emissions. Learn about Portland's One Climate Future plan for more efficient transit in the latest installment from Portland Climate Action Team.

Transportation accounts for 31% of Portland’s greenhouse gas emissions. One Climate Future (OCF) plan calls for more efficient transit. #WEN

Looking for something we might all be able to agree on? Portland's chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby has a word about c...
01/11/2021
Carbon Cash Back 4 ME - Coming together for change - The West End News

Looking for something we might all be able to agree on? Portland's chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby has a word about carbon cash back policies.

Have you been wondering what you could do to nudge our leaders into action? Then Carbon Cash Back 4 ME is an opportunity for you! This volunteer group...

The Western Cemetery has fallen into a sad state of affairs and author Harlan Baker wonders who will help save this Port...
01/07/2021
Western Cemetery in Need of Love & Attention - The West End News

The Western Cemetery has fallen into a sad state of affairs and author Harlan Baker wonders who will help save this Portland landmark cemetery.

One could consider the western cemetery the poor relation of the public cemeteries in Portland. -By Harlan Baker #WEN

Ever want to see your longest noontime shadow of the year? Or the precise moment of the winter solstice? Neighbor Rosann...
12/19/2020
Ever Onward to Winter Solstice and a New Year - The West End News

Ever want to see your longest noontime shadow of the year? Or the precise moment of the winter solstice? Neighbor Rosanne Graef has the important dates and times in this month's La Vida Local!

Important dates and times in December including the Winter Solstice. Don't you want to experience the exact moment at 5am on the 21st? #LaVidaLocal #WEN

A Yellow Zone (downtown) Parking Ban begins tonight at 10 PM Friday, December 18 through 6 AM Saturday, December 19. Veh...
12/18/2020

A Yellow Zone (downtown) Parking Ban begins tonight at 10 PM Friday, December 18 through 6 AM Saturday, December 19. Vehicles left on City streets within the yellow zone after 10 PM can be towed at the owner’s expense. (Borders of Yellow Zone are Cumberland Avenue, Franklin Street, Commercial Street, and State Street.)

Is this Leo's last forecast for us? Not quite, but his regular column is ending. So, Perspectives from Sky won't be cont...
12/17/2020
Turning A Corner… Into A Dark Tunnel - An Astrological Forecast - The West End News

Is this Leo's last forecast for us? Not quite, but his regular column is ending. So, Perspectives from Sky won't be continuing month to month, but you can look forward to reading Leo again in a future edition!

What's in store for December, the Winter Solstice and New Year? We are turning a corner with light at the end of a very dark tunnel... #WEN

Every month PelotonLabs founder Liz Trice interviews a community member for The West End News. This month Liz caught up ...
12/17/2020
Katie Shorey: Starting Up Maine - The West End News

Every month PelotonLabs founder Liz Trice interviews a community member for The West End News. This month Liz caught up with Katie Shorey of Startup Maine and Live & Work in Maine.

PelotonLabs founder Liz Trice interviews Katie Shorey of Startup Maine and Live & Work in Maine for December's PelotonPosts. #WEN

PORTLAND, ME - A Citywide Parking Ban begins TONIGHT, Thu, Dec 17 at 10 PM through 6 AM Fri, Dec 18. Vehicles left on Ci...
12/17/2020

PORTLAND, ME - A Citywide Parking Ban begins TONIGHT, Thu, Dec 17 at 10 PM through 6 AM Fri, Dec 18. Vehicles left on City streets after 10 PM can be towed at the owner’s expense.

Looking for last minute gift ideas? Shop local and support the great businesses featured in the Portland Buy Local Gift ...
12/16/2020
Support Local Business with the Buy Local Gift Guide - The West End News

Looking for last minute gift ideas? Shop local and support the great businesses featured in the Portland Buy Local Gift Guide. Learn more from PBL Executive Director Mary Alice Scott.

When you shop at a locally owned, independent business, 76% more of your money stays right here in Portland. Link to the Buy Local Gift Guide...

So why would a doctor write about an increase in the minimum wage? For one, fairly paid workers are healthier. -By Dr. O...
12/15/2020
Health care costs are eating up workers’ raises - The West End News

So why would a doctor write about an increase in the minimum wage? For one, fairly paid workers are healthier. -By Dr. Oren Gersten

So why would a doctor write about an increase in the minimum wage? There are several fascinating connections between workers’ wages and health care costs.

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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:
Petition to Reopen Schools May 18th -
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 ???
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.
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CIEE is looking to find a loving West End family to host an exchange student from China. This student will be attending Waynflete for the 2018-2019 school year. CIEE offers a $1,000 a month stipend to offset the costs of hosting. The host family must live in the West End, within walking distance to Waynflete. We are hoping to have the student placed by Friday, July 27th. CIEE is also offering a $500 referral fee to anyone who refers a family that ends up hosting.
Tiger Bomb~Muck &The Mires~Crunchtime - Bayside Bowl, Portland THIS Saturday, April 14. Three top groups on one bill, and it's FREE! Live Music: 8:00-11:PM. PRE-PARTY for Pro-Bowl Elias Cup Tourney! Come one - Come all... Dine - Dance - Bowl - Drink Specials!