The Coastal Packet

The longtime national journal, Progressive Review, has moved its headquarters from Washington DC to Freeport, Maine, where its editor, Sam Smith, has long ties. This is a local edition dealing with Maine news and progressive politics.


Thursday July 9

WCSH - The Bureau of Consumer Credit has ordered 15 so-called "foreclosure rescue" companies to stop doing business in Maine, because those companies have been scamming consumers. Dave Stolt of the Bureau says the companies use a variety of public records to identify homeowners who may be behind on their mortgages, then target those people with phone calls, mailings and e-mails, claiming to be able to "fix" the mortgage problems for them. Stolt says those companies charge an up-front fee ranging from five hundred to three thousand dollars, and then do nothing for the homeowner.

The Turnpike Authority
reports 162,000 vehicles coming into the state over the holiday weekend as compared with 153,000 last year.

Gay marriage foes are claiming enough signatures to force a vote on the matter on November. If their signatures are approved, then the law won't go into effect until after the fall vote.

Food Inc, a film about the evils of America's food industry, will be shown at the Frontier Cafe & Cinema in Brunswick's Fort Andross July 17-22. Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA.

That young moose, caught on a small island in the Androscoggin River between Bruswick and Topsham, waited untll all the spectators went home for the evening and then made his break. . . Brunswick Times Record: As late as 11 p.m., [state animal officer Pat Johnson] was telling people to shut off their headlights and stay in their vehicles so the moose could swim away. At about 11:30 p.m., when all was quiet, he did while Johnson and others watched by lights shining on the riverbed from Sea Dog Brewing Co. in Topsham. "I couldn't believe how much he could swim," Johnson said. On the moose's second try, he successfully negotiated the current over a barrier of floating orange barrels, underneath the Frank J. Wood Bridge and onto the Brunswick riverbank.

Kennebec Journal: Maine-related films at the Maine International Film Festival
  • "The Rivals" -- World premiere of Maine-based story, writer, director, producer (July 10, 11)
  • "Infestation" -- Maine-based filmmaker, Kyle Rankin; also includes bug tour of L.C. Bates Museum at Good Will-Hinckley (July 11, 16)
  • "Carousel" -- Parts of the film were shot in Boothbay and Camden (July 11)
  • "Of Blood and Lost Things" -- U.S. premiere of documentary on award-winning crime novelist John Connolly, who sets his stories in Maine (July 10)
  • "The Kings" -- World premiere of movie filmed in Waterville (July 18)
  • "Neighbor by Neighbor" -- Documents development and community organizing in Lewiston (July 16, 17)
  • "Maine Shorts" -- Includes new Maine-made short films "Life by Lobster," "Once More to the Cabin," "Road to Katahdin," and "Music of the Sugarbush" (July 13, 14)


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