Portland City Council narrowly rejects Munjoy Hill Historic District

In a decision that appeared to surprise some councilors Monday night, the Portland City Council narrowly rejected a proposal to establish a Munjoy Hill...

Portland seeks private funding for new homeless shelter

The Portland City Council is considering a plan that would include private funding for a new city homeless shelter on Riverside Street. The 200-bed, 24/7...

Portland defends needle exchange program restrictions

Portland is standing by a decision to remain an outlier among the state's needle exchange programs. City councilors and other city officials, who have used...

Portland school finances get a lift while demand for school meals declines

Portland Public Schools are in a better financial position than officials anticipated after facing a nearly $200,000 deficit at the end of December. City schools...

Statehouse Report: Maine legislators may embrace criminal justice reforms

The crisis in Maine’s court system, with more than 9,000 criminal cases pending, could help drive the Legislature toward ambitious criminal justice reform measures...

Cooking up survival skills

Tina Cromwell had become used to business being slow at Bam Bam Bakery last spring when she got the call of a lifetime.  Her gluten-free...

Portland council to discuss fine points of Charter Commission election

The Portland City Council will discuss the upcoming Charter Commission election in a workshop on Feb. 3. Mayor Kate Snyder said the workshop will review...

Portland officials expect continuing budget challenges from pandemic

Portland officials on Monday night warned that the fiscal year 2022 budget would likely include lingering challenges from the coronavirus pandemic. While it will still...

Dating in Portland has never been easy; it’s even harder during a pandemic

In a year that made isolation and physical distance a necessity, Portland matchmaker Noreen Rochester had one of her busiest summers ever in 2020. “I’ve...

Despite increased commercial vacancies, Portland real estate experts have hope for 2021

Two words – "For Lease" – jump out at almost every turn in Portland. Whether it’s a single storefront or an entire floor in a high-profile...