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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 ...

  • Cold message about global warming

    The Natural Resources Council of Maine staged its annual Polar Plunge at noon Dec. 31, 2010, at Portland's East End Beach. The fundraiser and global warming awareness event attracted almost 100 hearty souls who dashed briefly into the frigid waters of Casco Bay.

  • Maine libraries partner to meet demand for eBooks

    PORTLAND — Recognizing a nearly 80 percent increase in eReader sales in 2010, public libraries are working to accommodate the new technology. The Portland Public Library is among a growing number of public libraries allowing patrons to download books for free through a state service....

  • Bringing the arts to Bayside: Mayo Street Arts aims to involve community in its mission

    PORTLAND — One year ago, a small group of ambitious artists, writers and musicians took over an old church building on Mayo Street to turn it into a neighborhood arts mecca. While some may have questioned their decision to build artist studios and a performance space far from the Art...

  • Portland Trails offers new 'Winter Walk' series

    PORTLAND — Anyone looking for something to do on nice winter weekends is in luck: Portland Trails has announced a free "Winter Walk" series beginning on Jan. 8. The series, made possible by a $250 grant from Healthy Portland, will provide informal guided walks along various trails on...

  • Southern Maine schools prohibit some restraints as state considers policy changes

    PORTLAND — After school superintendents received two letters from the state Department of Education – one in July 2009, the second last September – several southern Maine schools have updated their therapeutic restraint and seclusion policies to prohibit holds that res... 1

  • Portland council requires cameras outside Bayside bar

    PORTLAND — The City Council on Monday approved an 18-month contract that includes raises for police officers. But much of the council's meeting was spent discussing a Bayside bar. Rockin' Rickey's Tavern, 94 Portland St., received its liquor license from the City Council, but ...

  • Cohen, credited with restoring voter trust, ends tenure as Portland city clerk

    PORTLAND — Linda Cohen said she tries not to think "lasts." Not the last time she will climb the winding staircase at City Hall. Not the last birth, marriage or death she will certify. But Friday, Jan. 7, will be full of lasts, when Portland's city clerk for the last decade st...

  • Passport security concerns put squeeze on municipal services

    HARPSWELL — A change in federal law governing handling of passport applications is causing problems for some towns, and may cost them thousands of dollars in income. The change prevents offices that provide certified copies of birth certificates from also processing passport applicat...