Maine Companies receive over $2 Million

At its November meeting, the Maine Technology Institute (MTI) Board of Directors approved six new Development Awards for Maine companies working in the areas of information technology, environmental technology, precision manufacturing and advanced technologies in forestry and agriculture. Awards ranged from $61,300 up to $500,000 combine for a total investment by MTI of $2,000,819.

Officer hit by distracted driver speaks out

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The police officer injured in an accident on the Casco Bay Bridge is speaking out against distracted driving.


 Officer Rocco Navarro was assisting a broken down car on the bridge when a pickup truck hit his cruiser. The driver admitted he was on his cell phone at the time of the crash. Navarro is recovering from head and neck injuries, but he knows it could have been much worse. His wrecked cruiser is on display outside the South Portland Police Department in the hopes of sending a message to drivers.

"We've got to find a way to send a strong message to these drivers that being on a cell phone is just as dangerous as being intoxicated behind the wheel, if not worse," Navarro told NEWS CENTER. "I mean, you're talking about taking your eyes completely off the road for three seconds or ten seconds."

Outcry over installation of smart meters growing louder

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Mainer's concerned over an ongoing project to replace thousands of old electric meters with new digital smart meters are making their voices heard.

The devices are being installed on over 620,000 homes and businesses across southern and central Maine as part of Central Maine Power Company's effort to upgrade and improve the technology which monitors and reports electricity usage by customers.

"A smart meter is simply a meter that records the information on your usage on an hourly basis and then it uses radio frequency technology, just like a cellphone or a simple radio signal, and sends that to us," explained CMP spokesperson John Carroll.

Elder Care Centers square off in cooking competition at SMCC

WHO: 15 culinary teams representing nursing homes and assisted living facilities from around the state will showcase their talent and creativity as food service professionals in the first Long Term Care Culinary Challenge…cooking for a cause. The event is sponsored by the Maine Health Care Association (MHCA) and Sysco Food Service of Northern New England.

WHAT: Teams will consist of two cooks each and must prepare a 3-course meal using specified proteins and ingredients supplied by Sysco. Teams will have 2 hours to complete the task and will be judged on a 100-point scale by a team of certified chefs, including Sysco Executive Chef Gary Sheldon. With no dietary restrictions to contend with, this competition provides teams with an opportunity to be creative and truly showcase their talents.

Maine, Montenegro talk partnerships

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Gov. John Baldacci will convene a meeting aimed at fostering future collaboration between Maine and Montenegro. The governor will open the meeting Monday in South Portland.

Participants will include U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Celeste Wallander; Montenegro Minister of Defense Boro Vucinic; and Maj. Gen. John Libby, adjutant general of the Maine National Guard.

As part of the National Guard State Partnership Program, Maine and Montenegro hope to build relationships on emergency management issues; military professional development; student exchanges; and the Maine National Guard advising the Montenegrin armed forces. Montenegro declared independence from Serbia in 2006.









Bull Moose Scarborough Adds Books Creating the Largest Store of its Kind in New England

The Scarborough Bull Moose Warehouse Store expansion to more than 13,000 sq. ft. will be complete on November 13, making this single store the biggest retailer of books, DVDs, video games, and CDs in New England.
The expanded Bull Moose will have room for over 20,000 books of all genres as well an even larger selection of music, movies, and video games.  People who expect Bull Moose to be a price leader will not be surprised to learn that all books will be 35% off list price. 
“Because we’re a cost cutting locally-owned business, we think we can operate more efficiently than big box retailers – this allows us to extend our low prices to books too,” says owner Brett Wickard. “And we’re going to carry a wide variety of books that appeal to everybody… we’ll have the best selling new releases, a kids corner with children’s books, books for young readers, older readers and everyone in between,” added Wickard.

Family holds fundraiser for reward in case of missing mom

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It's been 5 months since Megan Waterman, a 22-year old mom from Scarborough, disappeared.

Now her family is planning a fundraiser to collect money for a reward leading to information about where she is. Waterman was last seen on Long Island, New York with her boyfriend, Akeem Cruz.

Cruz has since been indicted on drug charges not related to this case. He's considered a witness in Waterman's disappearance. And Waterman's family is convinced that either he or someone else knows something they haven't told police. They say they think police are doing a great job with the investigation, and they're hopeful that a reward might just prod someone into saying something.