Portland charter commissioners debate hiring independent counsel

Several members of the Charter Commission expressed the desire last week to replace their city-provided attorney with a hired independent legal counsel. The change was...

‘Upsetting an ecosystem:’ Portland revaluation delivers unwelcome news

Rosanne Graef said she expected the city’s long-overdue revaluation process to result in a higher assessment of her West End property. But she wasn’t expecting...

Pandemic creates opportunities for some Portland eateries

The economic hardship brought on by the pandemic the last year and a half forced several Portland restaurants, bars, and stores to close permanently. But...

Not many winners in Portland’s tight housing market

Massachusetts resident Lee Burgess had his heart set on moving to Portland this summer after he was offered several jobs in city restaurants and...

Portland council to return to City Hall meetings

It seems almost implausible, even impossible to imagine, but the end of this month could mark the transition back to in-person meetings for Portland’s...

Portland council has ‘check-in’ with Jennings as he begins final year

Portland City Manager Jon Jennings, who plans to leave his job when his contract expires next July, received a private, interim performance review...

Making Portland Work: COVID-19 a test of Chris Rienzo’s technical knowledge

A year ago, when rapid testing for COVID-19 was in peak demand, Christopher Rienzo was providing live technical phone support for the compact, intricate...

Supplemental state budget includes $6.2M for Portland schools

City Councilors will decide whether to approve an additional $6.2 million in state education funding that would reduce Portland's property tax rate by 1...

Maine DHHS chief Jeanne Lambrew: Medicaid expansion ‘set us up for success’

To say it’s been a wild ride for Jeanne Lambrew might be an understatement. When Lambrew went to work as commissioner of the Maine Department...

For some, vaccinations alone don’t ease pandemic stress

While many Mainers may be excited at the prospect of life returning to a strong sense of pre-pandemic normalcy this summer, for others the...