Nisbet’s jail sentence pushed until after Christmas

Good evening from BDN Portland’s outpost off Deering Oaks park. Tonight Nisbet’s jail sentence pushed until after Christmas; Portland has one of the best bakeries in America; and the holidays are upon us. Merry merry, everyone!

A programming note: There will be no newsletter next Monday nor on Monday, Jan. 2.

What we’re talking about

Gregory Nisbet won’t be spending Christmas behind bars“Thursday evening Superior Court Justice Thomas Warren offered a reprieve that will keep Nisbet out of jail at least until the court rules on his request for a new trial, made earlier this week. Following an eleventh-hour conference with the landlord’s lawyer, Warren ordered that the sentence be postponed until seven days after he decides on the new request,” BDN Portland reports.

Portland bakery named best in America — It won’t surprise to foodies who pop into Portland from away or locals who crave quality bread that Standard Baking Co. is the third best bakery in America, according to TimeOut Magazine. As the year winds down, we are not above elevating one more Portland listicle. After all, this French patisserie rises to the occasion and sets the standard. Puns (and buns) intended. — Kathleen Pierce

These guys are making spirits bright today in the Old Port — Tim Burns and Joshua LaChance brought their brass instruments to Portland’s Post Office Park today amid the hubbub of last minute shoppers. BDN Portland was there, too, with a camera. — Troy R. Bennett

New protections for Portland tenants start Thursday — City regulations meant to protect tenants that were passed last month took effect today, the Press Herald’s Randy Billings reports. The biggest change is that landlords will now needs to give tenants 75 days notice before raising the rent, up from the state mandated 45.

Hawkes Plaza sign eligible as national historic site — The 13-foot-tall TV repairman that stands outside Hawkes Plaza along Route 302 in Westbrook has been part of local history for more than 50 years, but he now has a place in national history, according to a group that advocates of area historic sites. Greater Portland Landmarks posted on its website Thursday that the repairman and sign he stands next to are eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places for their “significance within the areas of art and commerce.”

Grand menorah lighting and Chanukah party — Chabad of Maine will host a celebration for the first night of Chanukah at Portland City Hall at 6 p.m. Dec. 24. Festivities will include lighting the first candle, a buffet, dreidels and gelt as well as juggling by Steve Corning.

Tweet of the Day

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The Big Idea

A simple change could feed hungry people in rural Maine — The Mainers hit hardest by food insecurity are often the aging residents of the state’s rural regions. There’s a simple policy change that could help them, the BDN’s Erin Rohda and Matt Stone report, but it’s unlikely to happen.   

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