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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 ...

  • Good form

    Brook Mitchell, 13, of Bath, plays soccer and lacrosse, but has the form of a javelin thrower while pitching limbs onto a brush fire on Friday, March 12. With temperatures in the 50s, it was a great day to clear up winter's mess.

  • Scarborough budget 'conversation' starts with 4.5% tax hike

    SCARBOROUGH — The town manager's draft fiscal 2011 budget calls for an increase of just over $2.3 million to be raised from taxes, despite an overall budget decrease of 1.4 percent. The property tax rate would rise to $12.70 per $1,000 of assessed value, compared to the current $12.1...

  • Cape Elizabeth school chief hopes for additional state aid

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Superintendent of Schools Alan Hawkins on March 15 told the School Board he does not expect to release a freeze on school supplies, but does expect to hear from the state about a possible $5 million in additional aid to schools. If the district receives addition...

  • South Portland budget would cut jobs, not people

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The city manager on Monday gave the City Council a budget proposal that eliminates jobs, but doesn't include layoffs. But the $27.1 million budget is also about $152,000 larger than the one requested by the council, which sought a spending plan that would not increase ta...

  • Pine Point park, access plan heads to Scarborough council

    SCARBOROUGH — The Planning Board gave advisory approval March 15 to the town's plan for a small park and beach access path at Pine Point Beach. The plan is part of a larger project that included a land swap between the town and the Lighthouse Inn, which was completed in late December 200... 1

  • Bickford expected to replace Landis as Cumberland recreation director

    CUMBERLAND — The Town Council will vote April 12 on Brian Bickford's appointment as community education and recreation director. Bickford, who will also remain in charge of golf operations at the Val Halla Golf & Recreation Center, will replace Bill Landis as recreation dire...

  • Yarmouth, Falmouth, Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough in drama festival finals

    YARMOUTH — The Yarmouth Playmakers took first place in the Class B regional competition of the Maine Drama Festival and will compete in the state finals this weekend. Winners from the Class A regional division include Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth and Falmouth. They will compete at Ca...

  • South Portland disability center gets federal grant to expand outreach, driving assessments

    SOUTH PORTLAND — At the age of 18, Dennis Fitzgibbons sustained a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down. But thanks to a program similar to the one being offered at Alpha One, a S... 1