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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 ...

  • Munjoy Hill gardens on display July 11 in Portland

    PORTLAND — The fifth annual Hidden Gardens of Munjoy Hill is scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 11. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., participants will be able to tour 11 private gardens and the Fort Allen Trail. The self-guided tour starts at the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization bui...

  • Cumberland seeks donations to complete veterans monument

    CUMBERLAND — After celebrating completion of the first phase of its veterans monument in May, the town hopes to raise enough money to finish the project in time for Memorial Day 2011. The 4-by-8-foot stone, which currently stands in Moss Side Cemetery on Main Street, recognizes ...

  • Portland Charter Commission to vote on final recommendations

    PORTLAND — A year's worth of work by the Charter Commission has resulted in major recommendations to change the way city government works. The Charter Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday, July 8, on sending its recommendations to voters in November. The biggest change the commis...

  • Accounting error leaves Portland agency LearningWorks in a pinch

    PORTLAND — LearningWorks, the West End-based education and community organization, is looking for help to fund its after-school program following an unexpected loss in federal grant money. LearningWorks (formerly Portland West) is the recipient of a five-year federal grant for its&nb...

  • Naked Shakespeare comes to Peaks Island this summer

    PORTLAND — Naked nights will be coming soon to Peaks Island – just in time for the balmy weather. Starting July 12, Westbrook-based theater troupe Acorn Productions will bring Naked Shakespeare to the Inn on Peaks Island. Producer Michael Levine, an island resident, said...

  • Woman hurt in Peaks Island crash, brother arrested

    PEAKS ISLAND — A woman was critically injured early Monday, July 5, when the Jeep she was riding in hit a stone wall and flipped over. Jessica Sherman, 30, was pinned under the vehicle, according to Portland Police Sgt. Troy Bowden. She was taken from the island to Maine Medical Cent...

  • Portland Adult Education celebrates its cultural diversity

    PORTLAND — Portland Adult Education hosted its first community get-together in 12 years on July 1 with large amounts of food and cultural spirit. Students, teachers, family and friends came together to put on a talent show of sorts in PAE's gymnasium on Douglass Street. With 1,700 st...

  • 48-Hour Film Festival seeks pros, amateurs alike

    PORTLAND — Have a movie idea you've been kicking around? Wondering what it might look like on the big screen? Well, here's your chance to find out. Registration is now open for the fifth annual 48 Hour Film Festival, scheduled to take place Aug. 13-15.  The 48 Hour Film P...