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  • Portland WinterFest takes off

    Snowboarder Zander Stearns, 24, of Old Orchard Beach, glides across a C box Friday during the Portland WinterFest Rail Jam. The city closed an eastbound, one-block stretch of Spring Street to accommodate the terrain park, which included a steep pile of snow and three rail features. It was built d...

  • Why and how behind Portland's new storm-water fee

    PORTLAND — The Portland City Council this week approved new storm-water fees, signing off on a measure that was once controversial, but over years of deliberation become an accepted inevitability. Christopher O’Neil, a government liaison for the Portland Community Chamber ...

  • LePage wants to replace Maine secretary of state with lieutenant governor

    AUGUSTA — Republican Gov. Paul LePage wants to get rid of the secretary of state position and replace it with a lieutenant governor. The duties of the secretary of state, from running elections to licensing drivers, would come under the lieutenant governor, who would also be first in...

  • South Portland, Cape Elizabeth to celebrate Winterfest

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Winterfest returns Friday, Jan. 30, with two days of seasonal activities including ice skating, competitive chili- and chowder-eating contests, organized snowshoe hikes, and a hockey tournament. Hosted by the

  • South Portland schools see dramatic increase in homeless students

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The number of homeless students in city schools has doubled in the past two years to 102, a figure that is unprecedented in South Portland history.  "I am worried," Assistant Superintendent of Schools Kathy Germani said. In 1987, President Ronald Rea...

  • Cape Elizabeth superintendent doesn't get Massachusetts job

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Superintendent of Schools Meredith Nadeau was not hired as the new superintendent of Weston Public Schools in Massachusetts. Nadeau was one of three finalists for the position, but ultimately the job went to Dr. Thomas Campbell, director of human resources for the Ne...

  • Cape Elizabeth shooting range changes taking shape

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The Spurwink Rod and Gun Club has begun construction to improve safety and reduce noise, but the town has yet to hire a safety evaluator.  The town issued a request for qualifications seeking a safety evaluation of the shooting range. The request seeks bids...

  • South Portland council considers zoning change for senior housing

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council on Wednesday heard a first reading of the proposed rezoning of two parcels in the Running Hill Road Executive Park for the purpose of constructing a congregant-care housing facility for senior citizens. The rezoning of a four-acre parcel and a f...

  • Cape Elizabeth library fuels big budget, tax increases

    CAPE ELIZABETH — A 6.3 percent increase in municipal spending is expected for the 2016 fiscal year, according to a budget outlook prepared by Town Manager Michael McGovern. McGovern created the overview because councilors last year asked if he could start preparing them early each ye...

  • Scarborough Town Council's top goal: Realistic budget

    SCARBOROUGH — Town councilors outlined 10 goals they hope to accomplish in 2015, including building a responsible and realistic budget and emphasizing economic development.  Councilors were given colored markers and asked to write checks next to the issues that were most im...