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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 ...

  • Coffin celebration slated for May 8 in Portland

    PORTLAND — A public celebration of former congressman and longtime federal appeals court Judge Frank M. Coffin will take place Saturday, May 8, at 1:30 p.m. at the University of Southern Maine Abromson Community Education Center on Bedford Street. Coffin, a resident of South Portland...

  • Flighty guests: Land trust hosts Falmouth nature walk to celebrate Migratory Bird Day

    FALMOUTH — On a humid, spring morning Caleb Hemphill tilted his right ear toward a quiet, insect-like buzzing in the distance. "Hear that?" he asked. "That's the blue-winged warbler. It's a really unusual bird for southern Maine and we've got some here." Hemphill is an avid bi...

  • Turnpike begins Scarborough-Falmouth repaving

    PORTLAND — Night work along an eight-mile stretch of the Maine Turnpike started this week and is expected to continue throughout the summer. The Maine Turnpike Authority said in a press release that residents and businesses between Mile 44 in Scarborough and Mile 52 in Falmouth may e...

  • Proposed Cumberland County Charter proposes job, district changes

    PORTLAND — A charter for Cumberland County that has been two years in the making is ready for public review, as its drafters prepare to send the document to a November vote. The Cumberland County Charter Commission was elected in November 2008 to create a charter for the county, whic...

  • SAD 51 sends $28M budget to Cumberland, North Yarmouth voters

    CUMBERLAND — The School Administrative District 51 Board of Directors on Monday unanimously approved a $28 million budget for fiscal 2011. Residents of Cumberland and North Yarmouth will have the opportunity to accept or reject the budget in a district meeting on June 3, followe...

  • Riverton library, minority affairs dominate Portland budget comments

    PORTLAND — The City Council is considering sparing two executive positions and a library branch originally marked for elimination in the fiscal 2011 budget. The city Finance Committee has also recommended that the Police Department receive about $26,000 to provide extra summer weeken...

  • City Council sends $90M Portland school budget to May 11 referendum

    PORTLAND — Residents will vote on the school budget on Tuesday, May 11, after the nearly $90 million spending plan was unanimously approved Monday by the City Council. The budget referendum will also ask whether residents want to continue voting on the school budget for another three...

  • Terminal expansion underway at Portland Jetport

    PORTLAND — A $75 million terminal expansion is underway at the Portland International Jetport, designed to add gates and separate inbound and outbound passengers. Crews began work at the Jetport last month, and visitors will find rerouted traffic patterns to get to the existing termi...