Seth Koenig

Seth Koenig

Portland Bureau Chief

Seth Koenig, formerly of the Brunswick Times Record, covers the Greater Portland area for the Bangor Daily News. He has been named both New England Journalist of the Year and Maine Journalist of the year.
Portland police released these images of men they believe were involved in a home invasion robbery Thursday morning at 127 Cumberland Ave.

Police: Portland home robbed, residents restrained

By Seth Koenig on April 09, 2015, at 3:46 p.m.
Portland police are on the lookout for three men they say broke into 127 Cumberland Ave. Thursday morning. “Two residents reported they were robbed by three black males with handguns, who forced their way into the apartment, restrained the two victims and demanded money,” Lt. James Sweatt …

Windham police find 3-year-old wandering alone in the snow

By Seth Koenig on April 09, 2015, at 12:19 p.m.
Commuters reported seeing a small child walking along Gray Road in his pajamas on Thursday morning, according to Windham police. Officers picked up the 3-year-old after fielding the 7:45 a.m. calls. “The child was uninjured and dry, indicating he had not been out in the drizzle for …

Foam food containers are about to become a ‘thing of the past’ in Portland

By Seth Koenig on April 09, 2015, at 5:47 a.m.
While shoppers in Portland can still acquire single-use plastic and paper bags if they want to pay for them after the city’s new litter-reduction ordinances take effect on April 15, the same can’t be said about polystyrene containers. “The traditional foam coffee cups are going to be …
Said Djama bags groceries at the Forest Avenue Hanford supermarket in Portland on March 23. Starting April 15, shoppers will pay a 5-cent-per-bag fee in the city.

Will Portland’s bag fees, polystyrene ban make a difference?

By Seth Koenig on April 09, 2015, at 5:47 a.m.
On April 15, the city of Portland will implement new fees on single-use shopping bags and will ban polystyrene containers altogether. Maine’s largest city now faces this question: What difference will it make? City officials and environmentalists say they expect the measures will cut down on toxic …
Acting City Manager Sheila Hill-Christian announced she has accepted a job in Cincinnati.

Acting Portland city manager accepts job in Cincinnati

By Seth Koenig on April 08, 2015, at 4:39 p.m.
Portland’s Acting City Manager Sheila Hill-Christian will leave Maine’s largest city for a new job in Cincinnati, Ohio, next month. The news comes about seven months after previous City Manager Mark Rees abruptly announced his resignation from the post and less than a month after Hill-Christian said …
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Teen locks herself in closet during alleged Portland burglary

By Seth Koenig on April 08, 2015, at 1:47 p.m.
A 16-year-old girl was home alone Tuesday night when she saw two suspicious men approaching her house, Portland police reported Wednesday. According to a news release by Lt. James Sweatt of the Portland Police Department, the two men used a ladder to enter the Luke Street home …

Portland hotspot named one of America’s best 10 doughnut shops

on April 06, 2015, at 11:30 a.m.
Fodor’s Travel issued its list of America’s top 10 doughnut shops this month, and The Holy Donut — with two stores in Portland — made the list. Reported the go-to travel publication: “Every bakery has its secret ingredient, and for Portland’s The Holy Donut, it’s potato. Owner Leigh Kellis uses …

Play ‘Pac Man’ through the streets of Portland on Google Maps

on March 31, 2015, at 2:10 p.m.
Tip of the cap to my colleague, Julia Bayly, who passed along the news that Google Maps is now letting you convert your city streets — including those in our beloved Portland — into “Pac Man” game boards. As you can see from the default screen shot of Portland after …

Maine ranked one of the worst states for doctors

on March 30, 2015, at 1:31 p.m.
Health care professionals are regularly shown to be in high demand in Maine, but the state’s work environment for doctors won’t do much to entice them, the latest WalletHub study reports. The finance website — which regularly churns out stacks of niche studies on state-by-state economics, as well as those nifty interactive …

Maine gourmet whoopie pies need votes in ‘Munch Madness’ tournament

on March 27, 2015, at 5 p.m.
The state of Maine takes a lot of pride in its whoopie pies, which in 2011 were famously declared the official state treat. That same year, Gardiner-based Wicked Whoopies broke a world record by making a 1,062-pound whoopie pie in South Portland. Well, now, our beloved sweet needs Mainers to defend …

Maine employer teams with Ben Affleck on award-winning project

on March 27, 2015, at 4:07 p.m.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association this month reported that Academy Award winner Ben Affleck, who has earned Hollywood honors for silver screen hits such as “Good Will Hunting” and “Argo,” has paired with a Maine employer to earn an honor of a different sort. In what AOPA described as the aviation …

A Portland newsletter served hot and fresh

on March 27, 2015, at 8 a.m.
  Some of you out there may have noticed that for almost two weeks now, I’ve been putting out a daily e-newsletter. I’d really started to appreciate news delivery services like Circa and the New York Times’ NYT Now, which condense the top stories from around the world into easy-to-digest …

1946 map charts America’s folk heroes; Maine doesn’t get Paul Bunyan

on March 26, 2015, at 1:35 p.m.
Maine and Minnesota have been locked in an ongoing tug-of-war over which state gets to claim the folk hero lumberjack Paul Bunyan. When the sculptor behind the 31-foot-tall landmark Bangor statue announced earlier this year he wants to add a giant statue of Babe, Bunyan’s companion blue ox, the mayor …

Cumberland County ranked one of 10 in the country most poised for growth

on March 25, 2015, at 3:54 p.m.
The Pittsburgh-based Fourth Economy Consulting this week released its list of 10 “large-sized communities” poised for economic growth across the country, and Maine’s Cumberland County ranked sixth. The so-called Fourth Economy Communities were rated based on a variety of factors often seen as precursors to — or drivers of — economic …

Maine’s got faster Internet than Mongolia, but not many other places, study finds

on March 25, 2015, at 3:27 p.m.
Using the results of Akamai Technologies’ new State of the Internet report, the Washington Post today mapped out the states based on relative Internet speeds, with Maine’s average peak speeds of 40.4 megabits-per-second down at No. 40 among the 50 states and Washington, D.C. While Maine’s Internet speeds lagged way behind the …

The top throwback jersey in Maine? It’s not Bird or Yaz

on March 25, 2015, at 2:53 p.m.
(Although I’d like to, I can’t take credit for finding this interesting tidbit of information, nor writing about it. This post was crafted by my colleague, Ryan McLaughlin. I’m just the one posting it up. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. For what it’s worth, I …

Maine ranked among 10 states most dependent on the federal government

on March 24, 2015, at 5:17 p.m.
(States least dependent on the federal government, with 1 being the least dependent 50 being most dependent) Source: WalletHub The finance website WalletHub is back with another state-by-state analysis, this time with a pair of studies timed to coincide with tax season.   In perhaps the eye-catching of the two, WalletHub …
New England Patriots strong safety Malcolm Butler (21) intercepts a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette (83) in the fourth quarter in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Patriots’ Devin McCourty, Malcolm Butler to visit Greater Portland

By Seth Koenig on March 19, 2015, at 9:26 a.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND | New England Patriots defensive backs Devin McCourty and Malcolm Butler are scheduled to make separate appearances in Greater Portland this weekend. Butler — whose late-game, goal-line interception preserved the team’s 28-24 Super Bowl XLIX victory over the Seattle Seahawks — is headlining an event Friday night …

‘It looks like poo': Californians taste test Maine foods for video spot

on March 18, 2015, at 2:09 p.m.
Movoto, the real estate blog that has become an all-around multimedia content producer, has created a series of web shorts featuring Californians taste testing some the popular foods from other states. In the one above, our friends from the opposite coast try out some of what Movoto has identified as …

Men’s Health calls Portland one of the ’10 best places to live now’

on March 17, 2015, at 4:50 p.m.
The magazine Men’s Health — which in 2012 named Portland second only to Washington, D.C., in terms of “where the babes are” — is now taking a more comprehensive look at Maine’s largest city. In a subset of its cover story “50 Best Places to Live” — an online gallery titled …
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