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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 ...

  • Route 1 corridor in Falmouth may see revamp starting next year

    FALMOUTH — Changes are coming down the road for Route 1. The Maine Department of Transportation has scheduled the highway for resurfacing in the 2012-2013 construction season. However, before that happens, the town has to decide what, if any, changes it will make to the corridor....

  • Freeport peddler spot available for lease

    FREEPORT — The PORT teen center and Freeport High School All Sports Boosters were granted a peddler cart location behind Starbucks at 49 Main St. and are inviting lease proposals. The proceeds from the lease will be shared by the two organizations. The lease is from May 1, 2011...

  • North Yarmouth budget panel favors 2.3% tax cut

    NORTH YARMOUTH — The Budget Committee last week recommended a fiscal 2012 budget of $3.4 million. Nearly $824,000 would come from taxes, a 2.27 reduction from the current year. The budget continues to be a work in progress, Administrative Assistant Marnie Diffin said last week...

  • Facilities committee to address Freeport High School needs

    FREEPORT — The Regional School Unit 5 Board of Directors will form a committee to address the safety, accessibility and appearance of the high school. The 16-member Freeport High School Facilities Study Advisory Committee will include three teachers, three administrators, six parents...

  • Portland's new city clerk dives into election planning

    PORTLAND — When Katherine Jones stepped into the position of city clerk at the beginning of the year, she got to work researching ways to save the city money in the upcoming mayoral elections. On April 4, Jones was officially appointed city clerk by the City Council. She replaced Lin...

  • Catholic elementary school in Portland to close in June

    PORTLAND — The Roman Catholic Diocese announced April 15 that the 145-year-old Cathedral Catholic School will close in June, at the end of the school year. Communications Director Sue Bernard said in a press release that the closure is the result of long-term financial problems at th...

  • Portland schools cut $125K from budget proposal

    PORTLAND — The City Council will hold a public hearing Monday on the proposed $89.5 million school budget for fiscal year 2012. The City Council Finance Committee approved the budget April 14. It is $125,000 smaller than the original proposal because the School Board was able to remo...

  • Portland teachers' pact puts full-time union chief on city payroll

    PORTLAND — Two weeks ago, Portland school officials held a press conference to announce a three-year contract agreement with unionized teachers. Officials applauded the educators for making concessions that would save the city approximately $700,000, including limits on professional ...