“Halloween Fire Prevention Festival” Relocated Due to Bad Weather Forecasted


Pumpkin Carving Time is Here!

Acting City Manager Sheila Hill-Christian, Convened the City’s Fire Task Force.  She Left Portland Shortly Thereafter for Another Position in a Larger City.

The location of the 2nd Annual “Halloween Fire Prevention Festival” and “Halloween  Blood Drive” has been relocated to an indoor location – the USM Sullivan Gym, 66 Falmouth Street, from Longfellow Park, due to the bad weather forecasted for tomorrow, Saturday, October 26, 2018 according to Carol Schiller, a resident of the University Neighborhood.

All are invited to attend – for free.

The event is to mark the anniversary of a 3-alarm fire that took place on November 1, 2014 on Noyes Street.  It resulted in the death of six young people.  The fire followed a Halloween Party the night before.

A city task force was set up to decide how to proceed in this matter.  Unfortunately, no renters were allowed to be on the Task Force.  A Housing Safety Office was established in December of 2015 at city hall.  Expert and consulting business owner, Arthur Howe, was hired to set the office up.  Shortly after that was accomplished, Howe was fired.  The tasks of that office were folded into Mike Russell’s inspection’s department.