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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 ...

  • Weapons, and more, for cops: Portland-area police get $2M in surplus military equipment

    In the past nine years, Portland-area police departments have received more than $2.07 million worth of combat rifles, armored vehicles and other equipment through a Defense Department program that transfers military supplies to domestic law enforcement agencies. A review of inventories

  • Portland fire victim's family faces obstacles beyond finances

    PORTLAND — Ashley Summers wears her husband's identification badge from his job at Boston Financial. "I feel like I have him right with me,” she said Dec. 23 as she talked about a new fundraising website to assist her family after the death of Steven Summers on Nov. 4. S...

  • North Yarmouth development study results postponed

    NORTH YARMOUTH — A Portland architectural firm is now expected to deliver a final facilities study report to the Board of Selectmen no earlier than mid-January, Chairman Steve Palmer said last week. The $18,000 study involves three development options on the town's horizon. A ...

  • Portland, Westbrook police investigate Saturday-night gunfire

    PORTLAND — Police in Westbrook and Portland are investigating shots fired into a home and a car overnight Saturday, but would release few details Sunday afternoon about either case. Citing an ongoing investigation, Police Lt. Bob Doherty said Sunday that shots were fired sometime ove...

  • Cumberland-North Yarmouth school district considers turf field, performing arts center

    CUMBERLAND — An artificial turf field and performing arts center will be subjects of a School Administrative District 51 Board of Directors workshop Monday, Jan. 5. "There's been a lot of interest, I think, in the community" around both projects, and committees have been tasked with ...

  • UPDATED: Cape Elizabeth woman, 65, died before kitchen fire started

    CAPE ELIZABETH — A 65-year-old woman died of natural causes Friday, Dec. 26, before a fire broke out in the kitchen of her 75 Starboard Drive home. The determination on the death of Lamy Alkurdy was made Saturday after an autopsy by the state medical examiner's office, Maine Dep...

  • Portland-area schools get grants from ecomaine

    PORTLAND — Nonprofit waste management company ecomaine has been awarded nearly $20,000 in educational grants to southern Maine schools to foster sustainability and recycling efforts. Erik Street, a member of the ecomaine board of directors who chairs its recycling committee, said in ...

  • Portland pair roll the dice on robot board game

    PORTLAND — Giant, battling robots are coming, but not the kind made of iron and steel. These robots are made of playing cards, and their attacks are dictated by the roll of dice. They are part of a card game called PBL Robots, designed by W...