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Sit down — or stand up — and paddle offshore

 Get off the beach
For sea kayakers, salvation is here, and there are no more excuses. Portland Paddle opened its hatches last weekend, right at the East End Beach.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 07, 2013
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A new crop of restaurants open in time for summer

Reap the delicious bounty
Just when you thought the Portland food scene couldn't get any better, a handful of new restaurants and bars are gearing up for the summer.
By AMY ANDERSON  |  June 21, 2012
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Casco Bay’s restaurants, bars, + markets

Island hopping
The islands of Casco Bay may seem remote (especially in the winter), but some are as close as a 20-minute ferry ride. As summer approaches, take a break from Portland's busy foodie scene and treat yourself to the tastes of the islands — after a breezy, salty boat ride across the ocean.
By AMY ANDERSON  |  May 23, 2012
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Just hold it

Portland loves its tourists, so why won't we give them relief?
To Portlanders, they're a familiar sight: out-of-town victims potty-dancing around town, pained expressions on their faces, one sip away from having polished off an iced coffee the size of a small child.
By ANGELIQUE CARSON  |  June 16, 2010
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Thesis defense

 MECA’s MFA students strut their stuff
Encompassing a broad range of themes, media, and levels of participation, each set of works in this year’s Maine College of Art exhibition by nine thesis-level Master’s of Fine Arts students achieves its own world and requires a separate toolkit to process and unpack.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  May 26, 2010



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Two and fro

Kolosko and Dimow’s Border Crossings
It can be easy to get wrapped up in Portland’s pop and rock scene, the singalong stuff you hear in the clubs and on the radio.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 24, 2010
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Turkish troubadours

Okbari get all lovey-dovey
I owe just about all my Turkish music knowledge to Okbari.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 24, 2010
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Community building

Mayo Street Arts opens the doors
"This is the vestibule," Blainor McGough says, gesturing at the entryway as she welcomes me into the former St. Ansgar's church on Mayo Street. She then explains that the purpose of the vestibule was to heighten people's experience as they enter the church, preparing for worship.
By ANNIE LARMON  |  February 10, 2010
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Two candidates for Portland Water District Board of Trustees

Hydro power to the people
Two people are vying for a vacant one-year term on the Portland Water District Board of Trustees. We asked each of them to write a few words about the importance of the water district.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 28, 2009

Casco Bay to Copley Square . . . via Hopkinton

Epic stupidity?
When Boston Marathon runners cross the Copley Square finish line next Monday and sponge the diarrhea off their thighs, Will Thomas and Seth Bradbury will have even more to celebrate than their fellow soiled athletes.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 15, 2009
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Thinking ahead

The coming year on the boards
On the civic side of things comes a new play, a public-service production about sex education, from ADD VERB PRODUCTIONS .
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 28, 2010
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Pushing for peace

War anniversary events
To mark the anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, activists nationwide have scheduled vigils and peaceful protests for this Sunday, March 19.
By SARA DONNELLY  |  January 28, 2010

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