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  • Portland hires Florida head-hunter to find next city manager

    PORTLAND — The city has hired a consulting company from Florida to help find a new city manager. Colin Baenziger & Associates was selected last week by the City Council to assist in the process of hiring a replacement for Joe Gray, who retired Feb. 11 after 10 years as city manag...

  • Portland city councilors unhappy over housing ruling for new owners of Eastland Park Hotel

    PORTLAND — Some city councilors are displeased that the new owners of the Eastland Park Hotel won't have to pay for or replace the building's 50 residential apartments, which are planned for conversion to hotel rooms. A Feb. 23 ruling by Planning and Urban Development Director Penny ...

  • LePage, legislators back opt-outs for CMP's 'smart' meter customers

    AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage supports offering opt-outs to Central Maine Power Co. customers who do not want "smart" electric meters installed on their homes. "Philosophically, he believes people ought to have the right to opt out," LePage spokesman Dan Demerrit said. "He doesn't have ... 16

  • Portland Water District proposes rate hike

    PORTLAND — The Portland Water District wants to increase rates 1.9 percent, which would add about 32 cents to residential water bills. The district has filed a request to raise the rate with the Public Utilities Commission. A public hearing is scheduled for March 14. The water...

  • Science writing and self-analysis: All in a day's work for author Hannah Holmes

    SOUTH PORTLAND — It's a snowy Friday, and there are no footsteps leading up the sidewalk to author Hannah Holmes' house near Willard Square. She's holed up in the living room, sharing the snow day with a Diet Coke, her computer and two dogs. She likes it this way. "I'm crippli...

  • Best of the West

    Cheverus High School senior captain Peter Gwilym joins the celebration in the Stags' cheering section after Monday night's 30-27 win over Bonny Eagle in the Western A Final.

  • Casco Bay winter birding trip takes off on Saturday

    PORTLAND — The Casco Bay Lines mail boat will double as a birding trip this weekend, carrying birders around the bay for a glimpse of the area's feathered winter inhabitants. Bob Bittenbender and Margi Huber are leading the trip on behalf of Oceanside Conservation Trust of Casco Bay....

  • Maine restaurant inspection programs fall short of state mandate

    PORTLAND — Maine Restaurant Week returns this week, with restaurant owners hoping diners will turn out in droves to celebrate the state's culinary arts. In Portland, a city celebrated nationally for its dining scene, the nearly two-week promotion from March 1-12 is nothing short of a... 3