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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 ...

  • Spare change? Brunswick school chief hopes residents will donate it

    BRUNSWICK — Critics of Maine's public school funding often say it puts an unfair burden on local property taxpayers, many of whom don't have school-age children. Brunswick schools Superintendent Paul Perzanoski couldn't agree more. Which is why Perzanoski is drafting a plan to... 1

  • Amid opposition, Brunswick council Oks inn tax rebate

    BRUNSWICK — Weighing the unpopularity of another financial concession to the developer of Maine Street Station against the prospect of losing its entire investment in the project, the Town Council on Monday approved a controversial tax rebate program for a 54-room inn. The council vo...

  • Goodwill store on St. John Street to close March 20

    PORTLAND — As Goodwill Industries of Northern New England prepares to open its new flagship store in South Portland later this month, the nonprofit is also preparing to shutter its store on St. John Street in Portland. The news has some shoppers, who either cannot afford a car or can...

  • Falmouth Planning Board approves Norway Savings Bank Rte. 1 relocation

    FALMOUTH — The Planning Board voted unanimously Tuesday to grant conditional approval to Norway Savings Bank to relocate to 266 Route 1, the site where a vacant Mobil service station now stands next to the Foreside Tavern Restaurant. Norway Savings Bank Chief Financial Officer Brian ...

  • Keeping Faithfull, winning championships

    Cheverus senior Indiana Faithfull (center) and his teammates receive the Gold Ball after defeating Edward Little, 55-50, for the Class A state title Saturday night. It was the Stags' second championship in three seasons. More in sports, page ? 1

  • Interest piques in South Portland mental health partnership

    SOUTH PORTLAND — For nearly three years, officials at the Community Counseling Center in Portland struggled to find a way to keep its doors open while continuing to provide quality care to patients. Last year, the ...

  • SAD 51 superintendent predicts staff reductions in budget rollout

    CUMBERLAND — Superintendent Robert Hasson plans to meet his mandate for a no-growth 2011 operating budget when he presents the spending plan to the School Administrative 51 Board of Directors on March 15. The Cumberland-North Yarmouth schools superintendent has been directed by...

  • Freeport town manager offers recommendations to fill $366K budget gap

    FREEPORT — Residents may be focused on a proposal to consolidate dispatch services as a way to save money, but Town Manager Dale Olmstead has provided other options to fill a $366,000 gap in the operating budget for fiscal year 2011. In a document posted on the town Web site, ...