Monday, October 2, 2023
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Ryan Scallon, Portland's new superintendent, stands in front of the district's central office in July 2023. Scallon assumed the role on July 1 and has adopted a listening phase in the early going. (Portland Phoenix/Evan Edmonds)

Scallon for Super: Portland’s new school district leader on the job ahead

After only a few weeks in town, the name of the game for Ryan Scallon, the Portland school district’s new superintendent, is what he...
Longtime staff members of the Vietnamese restaurant Cong Tu Bot are launching a new venture on 30 Market St., the former home of a Pat's Pizza. (Portland Phoenix/Colin Ellis)

Popular Portland restaurant plans for second location in Old Port

A popular Vietnamese fusion restaurant on Washington Avenue has announced plans to open a second restaurant in the Old Port to be headed by...

South Portland city employees will switch to condensed work week

The city of South Portland will switch to a four-day work week for a majority of its employees, officials announced last week.  The pilot program...
A shot of City Hall in early March 2023. (Portland Phoenix/Colin Ellis)

Planning Board to workshop eight-story Bayside development

The Portland Planning Board was slated to hold a workshop Tuesday night on the first phase of a master development plan to facilitate an...
The Portland Free Pantry, a 24/7 shed of food, hygienic products and other goods sourced from donations, opened its doors near Urban Farm Fermentory on Anderson Street in July, 2023. (Portland Phoenix/Evan Edmonds)

Mobile food pantry hits Portland streets

Posted up on Anderson Street, locals can find the newly launched Portland Free Pantry, a self-serve shed of supplies ranging from food and hygiene...
A shot of City Hall in early March 2023. (Portland Phoenix/Colin Ellis)

Council approves $262 million budget

The Portland City Council approved a nearly $262 million operating budget Monday night, which will result in a nearly 6 percent increase on the...
A shot of City Hall in early March 2023. (Portland Phoenix/Colin Ellis)

Council postpones discussion on initiative review process

Portland's City Council voted Monday night to postpone consideration of changes to the citizen initiative referendum process. The proposal would postpone that council action indefinitely....
builders stand and work around the brick Portland Company Complex building on Fore Street in Portland

Portland board reviews proposed East End development, largest in Maine history

The eight-story hotel proposed for the waterfront as part of the Portland Foreside development drew some concern from planning board members at a workshop...
The Portland police department building in 2021. (Portland Phoenix/Elizabeth Clemente)

Police review group plans transition into stronger oversight board

Ahead of the formation of the new police review board, some members of the Police Citizens Review Subcommittee expressed concerns with the city’s restrictions...

Portland officials want to sweep another homeless encampment by September

Portland officials will aim to clear out an encampment of several dozen tents set up by people experiencing homelessness along the Fore River Parkway...