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Officials: Watch out for charitable scams

Governor Paul LePage and Commissioner Anne Head from the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation are encouraging Maine residents to check the legitimacy of unknown charities. Potential donors are urged to research charitable organizations before making a contribution."Mainers are very generous and known for lending a hand to those in need," Governor LePage said. "Because many people choose to support charities at this time of year, criminals are especially active during the holidays in trying... Read more

Columns

School daze

The debate rages between taking a bar-tending course to break into the business versus finding a place that will let an aspiring mixologist work their way up. Both have pros and cons but in most situations (note the C.Y.A. disclaimer), I am emphatically in favor of the latter route. In a restaurant setting, the best bartenders are those who have logged a fair amount of time waiting tables and learning the nuances of both the menus,... Read more

Sun Sports

Red-hot Red Claws attracting attention, …

The first-place Maine Red Claws, NBA D-League affiliate of the Boston Celtics, have drawn Celtics management and players to Portland recently to see the team play. The Claws (7-2), unbeaten at home and winners of three consecutive games, have the best record in the entire D-League. Celtics' President of Basketball Operations, Danny Ainge, was in town last Thursday to watch the team and particularly Celtics assignees James Young and Dwight Powell in action. Ainge participated in... Read more

Calendar

Music calendar

Wednesday, Dec. 17 David Beam & The Custom House Gang, blues and Bluegrass, Andy’s Old Port Pub, 94 Commercial St. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.http://www.andysoldportpub.com CLASH: Death Row vs Bad Boy at Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland, $6; Doors at 10 p.m.www.portlandempire.com APG, Hinote, Twist of Fate, and Sketch Rokk at Flask, 117 Spring St., Portland. 9 p.m.http://flasklounge.com Matisyahu with Judith Hill at the State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. $25 adv/$30 day of show; Doors at 7 p.m.www.statetheatreportland.com Thursday,... Read more

Culture

Trey Anastasio Band gets the State bounc…

Trey Anastasio Band came to the State Theatre Sunday, hitting the road to support "Traveler," Anastasio’s newest solo album released on Oct. 16. T.A.B. — Trey Anastasio Band's acronym — is also short for tablature. If you're learning a new song, there are the chords and the "tab," the guitar notes and melody.Anastasio, the front man for Phish, is an innovative composer and master of improvisational form and structure. He is a globally recognized virtuoso, involved... Read more

All Things Digital

Instagram

My 20-something step-daughter mentioned the other day that she's hardly on Facebook anymore and prefers Instagram as her main social network. I'm familiar with Instagram and even have the app on my iPhone, but hadn't really played with it yet. "How could it be better than Facebook?" I wondered. I didn't realize how significant the photo captions were. Instagram is to smart phones what Facebook is to computers, which may offer an explanation as to... Read more

Local Business

Macy's joins Make-A-Wish to fulfill drea…

Jorja Flynn, a 10-year-old from Lewiston who has a blood disorder requiring a bone marrow transplant, learned that she will have a wish — her dream to go to Hawaii — granted, thanks to a Macy's event. She also received a makeover and a shopping spree to get new clothes for her trip, Macy's reported.On Friday, Dec. 12, Flynn, a "Wish Child," spent the day at Macy's South Portland having a makeover and choosing a... Read more

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