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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 ...

  • Portland considers stiff fines for graffiti violations

    PORTLAND — The city could adopt an ordinance that would place stiff fines on property owners who fail to remove graffiti in a timely manner, and on people caught with "graffiti implements." The City Council's Public Safety Committee is also considering eliminating the "free wall" alo...

  • The next budget crisis: Maine's 'confidential' employee pension plan costs $3 million

    Fifth in a series by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting about the state’s debt to teachers and state employees for their pensions and retiree health care. AUGUSTA — While state employees and teachers protested over the governor’s proposal to take...

  • Bring on Camden Hills

    Cape Elizabeth's Theo Bowe, left, Joey Doane and Cam Brown celebrate their team's 61-47 victory over Yarmouth in the Western Class B basketball final last weekend. The Capers won their third regional crown in four seasons and face Camden Hills in the Class B state championship game.

  • Preliminary Cape Elizabeth school budget up 2.2%

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Interim Superintendent of Schools Ken Murphy presented a fiscal year 2012 budget to the School Board Tuesday n...

  • Promise kept: Iconic Red's Dairy Freeze returns in South Portland

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Looking for the scoop on the reopening of Red's Dairy Freeze? Laura Bolling, the owner's daughter, is coy about a specific date. Rather than dishing out the information, Bolling this week offered nuggets, like the little pieces of candy in Red's' tasty Nor'easters.

  • Scarborough considers beach smoking ban, changes to Black Point zoning

    SCARBOROUGH — A provision that would ban smoking and any other use of tobacco on public beaches received preliminary approval Wednesday. The Town Council voted 4-1 on the first reading. Councilor Ronald Ahlquist, who is a park ranger at Crescent Beach State Park in Cape Elizabeth, wa... 1

  • BNAS land for police station could cost Brunswick $20K-$40K an acre

    BRUNSWICK — Some of the mysteries surrounding buying property from the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority were cleared up on Tuesday when the group's executive director visited the police station subcommittee. Subcommittee members had been surprised and disappointed to learn i...

  • Bath council OKs downtown walkway, sewer improvements

    BATH — The City Council on Wednesday unanimously accepted a bid of more than $110,000 for construction of an improved downtown walkway. Councilors also gave final approval to a $2 million bond for sewer improvements. The bid, from LaBrecque Construction, is for a more than 100...