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The Phoenix Potpourri: Former Red Claws executive Jennings takes the helm at City Hall

Portland has hired a new city manager.Jon Jennings, who had a hand in one of Portland’s biggest land-use projects with the Thompson’s Point development; who was an NBA Development-League Executive of the Year and one-time assistant coach for the Boston Celtics; and who worked most recently as the assistant city manager for economic development in the city of South Portland, will now helm the city of Portland.

Phoenix Potpourri: Another city administrator gives his notice

Schools superintendent Caulk leaving Portland school district for Kentucky jobEmmanuel “Manny” Caulk, who was hired three years ago, in July 2012, to lead Portland's school system, is leaving for a job in Kentucky.On Saturday, the Fayette County Board of Education — head of the 40,000-student Lexington, Ky. public school system — confirmed that Caulk has been selected as their new schools superintendent.

Bats, bag fees, foam bans all part of spring in Portland

Two signs of spring in Portland: Opening Day at Hadlock Field, and litter removal efforts in city parks.When the snow recedes, the Portland Sea Dogs can start swinging the bats. The team announced that Opening Day pre-game ceremonies will start at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, with the first-pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. The Sea Dogs open their 22nd season at Hadlock Field against the Reading Fightin Phils.

The Phoenix Potpourri: Minimum-wage hike tweak deferred until Sept. 9 workshop, meeting

Confusion about tipped employees prompts do-overThe Portland City Council will reconsider the mechanics of a minimum wage hike on Wednesday, Sept. 9, when councilors will take a closer look at tipped employees.This order was originally approved at the July 6 City Council meeting, when the rate was upped to $10.10 an hour, effective Jan. 1, 2016. The City Council’s 6-3 vote made Portland the first city in Maine to enact a local minimum wage. Tipped…
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