Tag Archives: Portland

Why concussion revelations have me scared for my future

I'm #80, looking out onto the field as the pregame coin toss takes place before a game against Portland High School in 2001.

Things got hazy as soon as I took the fullback’s foot off my jaw. One of my teammates tackled him hard, right next to me, and he sort of helicoptered into my face. Immediately I felt a searing pain in my jaw, and I was seeing stars, but I was so jacked up to play […]

How Portland’s “Batman” saved a man’s life last night


If you aren’t familiar with Portland’s own Batman, allow me to introduce you to Roger Goodoak, founder of the Maine Homeless Veteran’s Alliance. I wrote about the remarkable work that Goodoak does for my column in The Portland Phoenix back in August. An excerpt from that column: “His job isn’t very clearly defined, but basically […]

Portland Police Department takes a cue from Ebenezer Scrooge


With the winter holiday season in full swing, the Portland Police Department took a cue from the likes of Ebenezer Scrooge last week when they had dozens of homeless encampments destroyed along Interstate 295. (Video from wgme.com) With the mild December weather that Maine has seen this year, many in Portland’s homeless community are choosing to […]

BuzzFeed ranks Anna Kendrick’s ‘life-changing’ tweets from 2015

Anna Kendrick. AdMedia Photo.

Portland’s own Anna Kendrick is a world-famous Hollywood A-lister with an Oscar nomination on her impressive resume. She’s also a Twitter icon with over 5 million followers. Her Twitter prowess is so strong that BuzzFeed compiled a list called, “28 Life-Changing Things Anna Kendrick Tweeted in 2015,” and it’s hilarious. A dozen of the “life-changing” […]

The funniest Portland Thanksgiving story ever- ‘The Turkey Day Streaker’

The view of "Fitzy" from "the hill".

On Thanksgiving Day, fifteen years ago in 2000, a teenaged Jon DiDonato stood shivering in an obscure corner of the west end of Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland, under the shadow of Hadlock Field. Roughly ten thousand people had shown up for that year’s annual Thanksgiving Day football game between storied crosstown rivals Portland High and […]

Doctor from Maine uses ‘Magic’ to fulfill patient’s dying wish

Dr. Elizabeth Mann, Fellow, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Mount Sinai Health System in New York.

“There’s a lot of things we can’t do in medicine, we can’t fix every problem,” said Dr. Elizabeth Mann, Fellow, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Mount Sinai Health System in New York. “But we can provide some happiness to our patients.” Mann, a 2002 graduate of Deering High School in Portland, was recently featured on […]