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November 16,2022

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You won't catch me bird watching this fall, instead, I'm on the lookout for our first snowfall. The fluttery flakes didn't arrive in Portland this morning, a welcome relief for many I'm sure. 

This week we're following the story of a missing man, 21-year-old Samuel Mugisha, who was last seen in North Deering more than 10 days ago. His family and police are asking for any information you can offer. 

Last night, we learned some hourly staff in Portland schools haven't been getting paid on time. In a time when so many live paycheck to paycheck, the superintendent acknowledged the issue is placing the highest burden on some of the lowest-paid staff. 
 
And two Portland coffee shops will soon be closing their doors. Munjoy Hill's Hilltop Coffee announced their closure late last week, while the newly unionized Starbucks in Old Port plans to close just before Christmas — raising fears of union busting. 

I'd love to hear what stories you want to read about our city, send a note here anytime. 

- Until next week, Julia

Missing: Samuel Mugisha
He was last seen leaving his apartment on Auburn Street in North Deering on Nov. 4. The Congolese immigrant community is rallying around his family to find him. 
Related: Police, family need new information in search

Paycheck delays
Some Portland schools employees haven't been getting their paychecks on time, a problem the superintendent attributes to staffing issues. 
Related: Staff shortages take toll on education services for students with disabilities

Feeding the Eastern Prom
The city released the results of its Eastern Prom food truck survey this week, and the response is certainly a mixed bag. 
Related: Portland suggests keeping food trucks at middle lot

City manager search resumes
The City Council is considering opening applications for city manager in February or March. The position has been open for more than a year while the city waited for the results of a referendum. 

Closing up shop
The Starbucks in the Old Port will close just before Christmas. The news comes one month after employees voted to unionize. They're crying foul.

A last latte on Munjoy Hill
Hilltop Coffee Shop is closing its doors next month after more than a decade in the historic, tight-knit neighborhood. 

Hunting lodge chic
Portland bars and restaurants say they're honoring the state's avid love of the outdoors with full tableaus of Maine wildlife.

ONE OF US

One of Us: Perhaps you’ve seen him out running. They call him ‘the Route 1 Boxer.’ Stephen Bouchard, 66, has been running along Route 1 for well over four decades. Check out his story in our new feature about lives in Maine. Photos and video by Derek Davis, Staff Photographer

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Julia Arenstam is the city editor of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. She spent several years reporting in the bayous of south Louisiana before becoming an executive producer in the big city of Baton Rouge. Story suggestions are always welcome and follow her on Twitter @JuliaArenstam.

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