Category Archives: School

America’s first circus college on why they picked Portland, and how they’re ‘serious about education’

Sarah Huling, an instructor for Circus Atlantic, dangles from silks during a demonstration of aerial acrobatics at the Portland YMCA. Circus Atlantic is a youth program started by the Circus Conservatory of America. (The Forecaster photo by Ben McCanna)

On the latest edition of the Ink & Pine podcast, we talked with Peter Nielsen and Alisan Funk, president and academic program director, respectively, for the Circus Conservatory of America. The conservatory will be America’s first circus college, and is an anchor part of the $100-plus-million redevelopment of Portland’s high visibility Thompson’s Point, potentially one […]

Former USM student posts viral classified ad after seeing woman he married for three days in 1989 on a busy NY train

(Reuters file photo by Eric Thayer)

… or did he? A supposed Craigslist post, under “missed connections,” tells a Hollywood-like tale of a boy who transferred from the University of Southern Maine to New York University in 1989, had a whirlwind romance with a fellow student in the big city, got temporarily married on a bet, and then lost contact with […]

Duson, Suslovic get re-election to Portland council, former state lawmaker Hinck to join them

Hinck (The Forecaster)

Incumbent Portland city councilors Jill Duson (at-large) and Ed Suslovic (District 3) claimed re-election tonight in contested races, while former state representative and U.S. Senate primary candidate Jon Hinck joined them. Hinck replaces at-large councilor John Anton, who opted not to seek re-election. This was with nearly 35 percent of registered Portland voters (17,875 out […]

Details on the $1 sale of a Portland school

(BDN photo by Seth Koenig)

Yesterday I filed a story on the proposed sale and redevelopment of Portland’s Nathan Clifford School, an approximately 46,000-square-foot building on about 67,000 square feet of property in the Oakdale neighborhood. If the City Council accepts the recommendation of its subcommittee, the city will sell the century-plus-old school to Developers Collaborative for $1, with the […]