Pious Ali earned his U.S. citizenship almost a decade ago, but his emphasis on the importance of voting is easy to understand. On the same day Donald Trump was elected president, Ali was elected to Portland’s City Council, continuing the political rise of the one of the first African-born Muslims to hold public office in Maine.
The nonprofit, Jetpac, trains potential candidates regardless of party affiliation, with a goal of increasing civic engagement within Muslim communities.
Unseasonably high temperatures this past week warmed up winter-weary New Englanders, but they also gave a dose of spring to trees. Fruit tree experts say they hope it doesn’t get so warm the trees blossom early.
Pasha has a rule in her house. Her kids are never allowed to tell each other to shut up. It’s not just a matter of politeness, she says. Shutting people up can be dangerous.
The plan calls for redeveloping a former movie theater site off of Interstate 91. East Windsor beat out the other remaining competitor, Windsor Locks.
No serious injuries were reported after the Saturday evening storm. Six properties were significantly damaged.