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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 ...

  • Maine Wailer: Falmouth musician who played with Marley is all about roots, Schrock, reggae

    FALMOUTH — When Glen DaCosta first met musician Bob Marley in Jamaica in 1972, DaCosta was a saxophone player in one of Jamaica's most popular bands, Zap Pow. "With Zap Pow everything was precise, so I guess that was what Bob wanted with his group, and so he asked us to com...

  • Old, new clash as Portland ponders regulating Uber

    PORTLAND — An official at Uber, the ride-share service launched in Portland in October, expressed wariness on Sunday about the city's possible regulation of the business. "We are eager to sit down with the city...

  • Portland teachers contract freezes salaries in 1st year

    PORTLAND — The School Board unanimously agreed to a new two-year contract with city teachers on Dec. 16. The agreement freezes salaries in the first year and provides a 2 percent cost-of-living increase in the second year. The contract also includes more instructional time for...

  • Portland lights up the winter solstice

    Headlights streak around Portland's holiday-bedecked Longfellow Square in this long-exposure photo taken on the winter solstice, Sunday, Dec. 21. Sunset was 4:06 p.m. on the shortest day of the year; by Christmas, sunset will occur a few minutes later at 4:09 p.m.   

  • Payson family sues Cumberland and land trust, as town acquires beach property

    CUMBERLAND — The heirs to a Foreside Road beach property filed a lawsuit Dec. 18 against the town and a local land trust, one day before the town and a developer completed the purchases of their portions of the approximately 100-acre parcel. Cumberland voters on Nov. 4 narrowly suppo...

  • Portland Daily Sun publisher shuts down free paper weeks after buying Portland Phoenix

    PORTLAND — Portland Daily Sun Publisher Mark Guerringue confirmed Friday that the free newspaper will publish its final edition on Dec. 23. The paper’s two full-time staff members will move to the Portland Phoenix, which The Sun Newspapers Group, parent company of the Daily Sun...

  • Portland fire safety panel suggests new inspection department

    PORTLAND — A new city department dedicated to enforcing fire safety and housing ordinances, and conducting inspections, could be a recommendation of the task force set up in the aftermath of the Nov. 1 Noyes Street fire that killed six people. In their Dec. 17 meeting, task force mem...

  • Portland police offer self-defense class for women

    PORTLAND — Registration is open to women who would like to take Rape Aggression Defense classes sponsored by the Police Department in January 2015. Held over five sessions at the Police Department at 109 Middle St., the course will teach personal safety tips and physical self-defense...