South Portland Food Cupboard celebrates new space

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- For more than a decade, the South Portland Food Cupboard operated out of the basement of a church on Main Street.

They didn't have to pay rent or utilities, but it was difficult to keep setting up and tearing down the tables and food each time.

When the church closed, the cupboard was without a home. After thousands of dollars in donations, the South Portland Food Cupboard has moved into a new space.

Now located at 130 Thadeus Street, the cupboard has its own facility.

According to Executive Director Sybil Riemensnider, it took a community to make the transition possible.

"I think the people get very proud of their own food pantry," said Riemensnider. "We're all volunteers, we always have been. We're like a family and we treat our clients with dignity."

Lyme Run to raise awareness for disease

(NEWS CENTER) -- The Jimmy the Greeks at Maine Mall is hosting the 5k for Lyme Disease Sunday. The run/walk is to raise awareness and support for those with Lyme Disease. All proceeds support "Lyme Buddies," an organization that provides hope, support and advocacy for the disease.

It's $16 to pre-register or $20 the day of the race. There are several events happening before and after the race including free massages, gift certificate drawings, a pizza buffet, speakers and an auction.

Sharon Rose Vaznis is the emcee for the event. For more information, visit:

South Portland police arrest N.Y. man on forgery charges

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- South Portland police arrested a man Monday after recovering more than $1000 in counterfeit $100 bills.

A police officer was patrolling the Maine Mall when a store employee approached him and said a young female had attempted to buy an item with an obvious $100 counterfeit bill. The officer located the female, a 16-year-old juvenile, and spoke with her. The conversation revealed that there were three other juvenile females from New York City at the mall trying to use similar bills.

Clean Water Bond could correct mistakes by investing in water quality improvements.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- With more than 6,000 lakes and ponds and roughly 32,000 miles of streams and rivers, Maine is a water rich state, but aging infrastructure and development pressures have had a negative impact on some of that valuable water resource.

In years past, when engineers were looking to build a bridge or install a culvert, the majority of the design work focused on getting vehicle traffic from one side to the other, with how fish would travel beneath the road surface being an afterthought.

Million Meals Maine feeds starving children

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Hundreds volunteered for the Million Meals Maine event, preparing meals for starving families worldwide.

Through a partnership between a local volunteer committee and donors and global hunger charity Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), 600 volunteers prepared 100,000 meals on Sunday.

200 members of the White Pine Community Church in Cumberland volunteered. Pastor Joe Campbell said it canceled Sunday service for the event.

According to FMSC, approximately 870 million people are starving worldwide, and 1 in 4 are children under the age of 5.

A car struck a pedestrian in Scarborough

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A car struck a pedestrian at the corner of Route 1 and Hannaford Drive in Scarborough.

North-bound traffic on Route 1 is closed between Oak Hill and Hannaford Drive. Hannaford Drive approaching Route 1 will also be closed.

We'll update this story when we have more information.

The closure of a small section of Higgins Beach has ruffled some feathers in Scarborough.

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- When signs were erected late last week closing off a small section of Higgins Beach to the public, complaints started rolling in to town and state officials from residents concerned that they'd lost access to that part of the beach forever.

"Higgins is a huge beach, and what we are cordoning off at the tip is actually a small portion of that beach," explained Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Assistant Regional Biologist, Brad Zitske. "It is one of the few beaches in the state that piping plovers have used historically."

Zitske says the state took similar actions last year to protect the endangered birds. He says the move has nothing to do with an incident last year where a plover chick was mauled by a dog on nearby Pine Point Beach.