Retro arcade opens in South Portland


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NECN) -- Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Pong. If you're of a certain age, those were your first video games. Now there's a new business opening up in Maine that hopes to cash in on gaming nostalgia and introduce a new generation to the classics.

David Demers is only 20, but when it comes to gaming, he's an old soul. He grew up playing at the Funspot Arcade in New Hampshire, and was good enough to earn world-record scores.

"We started going to little tournaments and just getting into it, and we got a Dig Dug machine at our house, and it took off from there." Demers said.

Along with his family, he went from player to collector. Over the years he accrued an impressive amount of classic games, like Pong.

Cancer Risks for Firefighters: More Than You May Realize

Cancer Risks for Firefighters: More Than You May Realize

Two years ago, 43-year-old Maine firefighter Mike Nixon was diagnosed with malignant melanoma — the most dangerous form of skin cancer. "I had a spot develop in a weird place on my ear," he says. "It wasn't on top where you'd think people would get skin cancer, where there is sun exposure. It was up near the top part of my left ear, but underneath the fold in the shaded part — the one and only part that is shaded except the ear canal. My wife spotted it.

Paving on Broadway in South Portland to require detour


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The remaining paving operations on Broadway in South Portland will require an approximately 1.7 mile detour beginning Thursday.

The paving will take place on Broadway between Route 1 at Cash Corner to Westbrook Street. (Route 9) Westbound traffic will be detoured at Cash Corner and sent south on Route 1 to Westbrook Street from 7:00 a.m. to approximately 6:00 p.m.

It is anticipated this detour will be in place for three days but is weather dependent, so the schedule is subject to change.


South Portland fire quickly contained, no one hurt


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There was a two acre fire in South Portland Monday afternoon.

Some grass behind the ball field on Pine Street caught fire around 3:30 P.M. The smoke shot up right away and the wind blew the fire dangerously close to nearby houses.

Neighbors pitched in until the South Portland Fire Department arrived. Firefights were able to put the fire out within 20 minutes.

The cause of the fire is still unknown. Fire chief Kevin Guimond told NEWS CENTER police are talking to some children in the area who may have been playing with matches.

No one was injured in the incident.

Pro-marijuana groups seek to grow support in Maine.


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It's been just over six months since voters in Maine's largest city approved an ordinance which legalizes the possession of up to two-and-a-half ounces of marijuana by adults 21 and over. Now supporters of legalization have their sights set even higher as the seek to gather signatures on petitions in three more communities.

"We don't want adults to be punished for using marijuana, and right now they are," stated David Boyer, Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project. "We want to give adults a safer alternative and make them feel comfortable using marijuana."

Boyer says volunteers will begin collecting signatures in Lewiston, South Portland and York in the coming weeks. He says this is just another step toward a statewide referendum which his group is gearing up for in 2016.

Learn How to Do Hands-Only CPR to the Beat of Stayin' Alive

Learn How to Do Hands-Only CPR to the Beat of Stayin' Alive

You see someone collapse. You panic and stand there wringing your hands, thinking, "OMG, what am I supposed to do? CPR? I took that class several years ago — what was it I learned?"

Here's your chance to learn two simple steps that will empower, not derail you — and potentially save a life. Read more ...

Uncle Andy's Diner will receive a Food Network makeover as a part of a reality show.


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Uncle Andy's Diner in South Portland will be receive a makeover as a part of a Food Network show.

The restaurant will be featured on Food Network's show "Restaurant: Impossible," which aims to give new life to older restaurants.

Crews will take over the diner for two days in June to refurbish it. The restaurant will close on June 9 for the big makeover and will re-open June 11 with the new look.