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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 ...

  • Yarmouth council backs dispatch merger with Falmouth; public hearing on March 1

    YARMOUTH — The Town Council voted 6-1 on Feb. 18 to support a merger of emergency dispatch services with Falmouth rather than the Cumberland County Regional Communications Center in Windham. No final decision had been made. A public hearing is set for March 1. About two ...

  • News Analysis: Questions remain for Brunswick base agency after departure of Bailey, Oxford Aviation

    BRUNSWICK — Last summer, when The Forecaster began examining Oxford Aviation's bid to expand at Brunswick Naval Air Station, Steve Levesque, the executive director of the agency redeveloping the base, warned a reporter that negative press could kill the deal. Perhaps Levesque is bles... 3

  • Market moves indoors

    Portland's indoor winter farmers market opened for a 10-week run at 85 Free St. on Saturday, Feb. 20, with a crowd of shoppers looking for fresh produce, cheese and meats.

  • 3 nominated to be college trustees

    AUGUSTA — Three Portland-area residents were nominated by Gov. John Baldacci this week to serve on the boards of trustees for the University of Maine and Maine Community College systems. Portland resident Victoria Murphy was nominated to the University of Maine System Board of Truste...

  • Cumberland voters to decide fate of Route 88 project

    CUMBERLAND — Whether the town should borrow up to $4.5 million to improve Route 88 will be decided by voters on Tuesday, March 2. Monday’s Town Council meeting was packed with residents who heard representatives of Gorrill-Palmer Consulting Engineers describe the drainage ...

  • Feds will fund Portland IMT, skip cruise ship mega berth

    PORTLAND — The state won $5 million in federal Recovery Act funds to pay for improvements at the International Marine Terminal, but the city will have to find alternative funding to build a second cruise ship berth at Ocean Gateway. The federal Department of Transportation last week ...

  • Restaurant workers lobby for better pay, benefits

    PORTLAND — As local restaurants gear up for 10 days of special promotions designed to lure diners out of late-winter hibernation, advocates for servers and kitchen workers say restaurant working conditions must be improved. According to a study released by the Maine Restaurant Indust...

  • $255K grant brings high-speed Internet to classrooms in 3 Portland schools

    PORTLAND — King Middle School and Riverton and Presumpscot elementary schools will be equipped with wireless, high-speed Internet access thanks to a $255,000 federal grant. In addition to wireless Internet, each classroom will also be equipped with voice-over-Internet protocol equipm...