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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 ...

  • Freeport council continues work on financial policies

    FREEPORT — The Town Council and Finance Director Abbe Yacoben discussed fund balance policies and investment practices Dec. 21 as the council continues to try to update town financial policies. Concerns brought to light by resident Marie Gunning prompted the council to take a closer ...

  • Bath saw several projects launch in 2010, more to come in '11

    BATH — This year saw several key projects get off the ground in the City of Ships, including as a new downtown hotel and improvements to address traffic, water and sewer problems. At the same time, proposed artificial turf for McMann Field and the development of the third phase of th...

  • Falmouth teacher pleads innocent to pot charge

    FALMOUTH — A high school English teacher who was charged with possession of marijuana after a raid of the school parking lot pleaded innocent to the charge on Dec. 16. Mark Melnicove, 58, of Dresden, was charged in November after a search of the high school parking lot allegedly turn...

  • Topsham selectmen build special Town Meeting warrant

    TOPSHAM — The Board of Selectmen on Dec. 16 approved several February 2011 special Town Meeting warrant items, including an ordinance governing medical marijuana dispensaries. The Planning Board in October unanimously recommended zoning changes that would allow medical marijuana dis...

  • State agency opposes Portland waterfront zoning changes

    PORTLAND — Beginning Jan. 20, pier owners may have the flexibility to allow more non-marine tenants in waterfront buildings. But the change in rules still must be approved by the state and one agency is recommending the city's request be denied. Mayor Nicholas Mavodones said t...

  • Economic reality spawns new Portland workplace

    PORTLAND — If necessity is the mother of invention, imagination is often its father. Take the developer Peter Bass, who, as he cast around for a new project in the fall of 2009, found his prospects looking bleak. He had a great deal of experience building affordable condominiums as ...

  • Musicians perform to benefit Safe Passage

    PORTLAND — New York-based violist Kallie Ciechomski will perform a recital on Sunday, Jan. 2, at 3 p.m. to benefit Safe Passage.  Ciechomski will perform works by Bach, Schumann, Carter and D...

  • Temporary fuel tax rebate for fisherman starts Jan. 1 in Portland

    PORTLAND — Beginning this weekend, ground fishermen will be able to land their fish in Portland and receive a benefit that many have travelled to Massachusetts for: tax-free diesel fuel. But there's a catch. The privately funded program is only a temporary solution to what many belie...