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September 14,2022

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An introduction is in order this week. Hello, Portland. I'm Julia Arenstam, the new city editor here at the Press Herald. I come to the city by way of Louisiana's bayous. Growing up, I spent summers counting seashells on Goose Rocks Beach and building Lincoln Log homes in my grandparents' Saco sunroom. Returning to southern Maine feels like coming home. 
I couldn't have received a warmer welcome during my first two weeks in the city — though my calves are still adjusting to the elevation changes. 
I've always believed the best way to get to know someone, or in this case a whole city of someones, is over a meal. So please send me your favorite spots in the city for a lazy Sunday dinner. 
I encourage you to keep writing Nita who is now managing editor, and subscribe to her twice-monthly newsletter, Postcard from Maine for a snapshot of the Maine we all love.  

- Until next week, Julia

In need of attention
Residents of Franklin Towers say they feel forgotten in a public housing project in need of more care. 
Related: In photos: A spotlight on problems at Franklin Towers

Wait and see
With Kate Snyder stepping aside, who will run for Portland mayor in 2023? Many say it's too soon to tell — it all depends on the charter commission proposal to change city government's structure. 
Related: Portland Mayor Kate Snyder won’t seek reelection

Wave of violence
Two people were shot in Old Port early Monday morning. Not much is known about the shooting, or what's causing the recent uptick in shootings city-wide.
Related: Portland police ramp up patrols amid spike in violent crime

Fair pay
Some Portland restaurant workers are opposing a citizen referendum on the November ballot that would eliminate the tip credit and increase the minimum wage. Proponents say it's worked elsewhere, why not in Portland? 

On the hook
J's Oyster admitted to posting outdated information on Facebook in an effort to get more lobsters into Whole Foods stores.
Related: Boycotts, backlash over lobster fishery’s addition to ‘red list’

School's out?
Portland schools are working to avoid a shift to a four-day week for some students because of staffing shortages, particularly among education technicians.
Related: Chronic absenteeism on the rise in Portland public schools

Music legend
A beloved guitar spends decades in Saco, now finds itself in the hands of a three-time Grammy Award nominee. 

SWEET SUMMERTIME

Joshua Delgado gives a kiss to his nephew Julian as they get treats from Ryan Lowe’s ice cream truck in Portland. Estrella Delgado is holding Julian.

The driver of an old-fashioned ice cream truck that makes its way down Portland streets says he thinks the summertime favorite has fallen victim to video games and kids no longer playing outside. Read his story here.

VIEW THE GALLERY

Ray Routhier

Aimsel Ponti

Angie Bryan

Tim Cebula

Bonnie Washuk

MAINE'S LABOR CRISIS

Part 1: Where have all the workers gone? And when will they return?

Part 2: A wave of older workers was already headed into retirement. The pandemic worsened things.

Stay tuned for Part 3 in our Not Working series — The immigration solution — which will be published Sunday. 

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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