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.

TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race 2014

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- This year marks the 17th year for the road race founded by Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson. It is set for Saturday, Aug. 2 in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

The online portion of the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race registration filled 4,000 slots in a record-setting 4:32 on Friday morning.

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A woman who has experienced the fallout from a tar sands oil spill is speaking out about the issue in Maine.

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A woman who has experienced the fallout from a tar sands oil spill is speaking out about the issue in Maine.

Genevieve Long of Mayflower, Ark., joined the "Protect South Portland" organization at a press conference Friday.

Long said she lives a quarter of a mile from the Exxon Mobil Pipeline that ruptured in March 2013. She said her family's health has suffered since the spill.

Environmental groups have been working to keep tar sands from flowing through the Portland-Montreal Pipeline that travels from Canada to Casco Bay.

Long told Maine residents to educate themselves about tar sands Friday.

"No one's going to protect the air you breathe like you do," Long said. "No one's going to protect your aquatic life, your children, like you do. It is your home. You have to fight for what is right for you."

How you might get a little extra time to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act

How you might get a little extra time to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act

If you're having trouble enrolling in a health plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you may be able to breathe a short sigh of relief. The deadline for open enrollment is next Monday, March 31, but the Obama administration has decided to allow extra time for some people who haven't been able to do so yet. Read more ...

Local churches raise money for laid off workers.

(NEWS CENTER) -- While many mills across Maine have shut down, a few remain the lifeblood of some communities. Now, workers at two of them are facing a lot of uncertainty. More than 200 employees at the Great Northern Paper Mill in East Millinocket were laid off while the company restructures its operations. Another 200 were laid off at nearby Lincoln Paper and Tissue after an explosion destroyed a boiler. Paper and pulp making operations there are shut down indefinitely.

More than 3 hours and nearly 200 miles away, parishoners and clergy at St. Bartholomew's Church in Cape Elizabeth decided they needed to so something.

Father Mike Seavey of the Diocese of Portland said, "We thought what a wonderful opportunity to show people in northern Maine, with the local resources that we have, that we do care. We care about them and we want to help."