Articles by William Hall

Brad Choyt, center, at an Oct. 5, 2011, ceremony marking his installation as head of school at North Yarmouth Academy in Yarmouth.

Head of North Yarmouth Academy to leave private school at end of June

By William Hall on April 22, 2014, at 2:53 p.m.

Portland offers ‘rewards’ for people who weigh in on street redesign plan

By William Hall on Jan. 28, 2014, at 4:53 p.m.
A plastic shopping bag, one of thousands littering the landscape at the Bath municipal landfill, flaps in the breeze in this April 19, 2013 file photo.

Paper or plastic? Both would cost a dime under Portland plan that opponents say will spawn ‘bag police’

By William Hall on Jan. 28, 2014, at 1:11 p.m.
Greg Shinberg, a Portland-based consultant for The Federated Cos., surveys an industrial lot along Somerset Street that may become part of the developer's proposed Midtown housing and retail complex.

Developers, opponents eye next moves after Portland planners OK major project

By William Hall on Jan. 22, 2014, at 5:43 p.m.
Ed Suslovic

Portland eyes new fees on plastic, paper bags in check-out lines

By William Hall on Jan. 14, 2014, at 10:50 a.m.
A city worker in a sidewalk snow plow drops salt on pedestrian surfaces on Dec. 9, 2013 in Portland.

Portland already more than halfway through winter snow-clearing budget

By William Hall on Jan. 07, 2014, at 1:59 p.m.
 Peaks Island resident Daniel Sonenberg is almost finished composing "The Summer King," an opera based on the life of Negro Leagues baseball great Josh Gibson.

Portland composer writes opera about Negro Leagues baseball star

By William Hall on Jan. 07, 2014, at 11:16 a.m.
Portland planners are proposing two designs for rerouting traffic around the intersection of Falmouth Street and Deering and Brighton avenues, seen here from the University of Maine School of Law.

Portland eyes funding to fix two dangerous intersections

By William Hall on Jan. 02, 2014, at 3:53 p.m.
Maine Army National Guard Sgt. Nathaniel Grace, center, and other military veterans recount their personal experiences at a recent "story exchange" at the University of New England in Portland, under the guidance of Art At Work director Marty Pottenger.

Portland program seeks funding for project involving veterans recounting military experiences in public forums

By William Hall on Jan. 02, 2014, at 1:50 p.m.
A rendering of the first phase of the proposed Midtown complex in Portland's Bayside neighborhood, showing the first of four apartment towers, right, along Somerset Street.

Portland residents sharply divided on plan for four new 15-story buildings

By William Hall on Jan. 01, 2014, at 10:05 a.m.
An artist's rendering of the latest design for the proposed addition, right, to the St. Lawrence Arts Center in Portland. The Historic Preservation Board will discuss the revised design at a workshop on Wednesday at City Hall.

Controversial plan to expand historic Portland church-turned-theater is revived

By William Hall on Dec. 23, 2013, at 10:55 a.m.
Pedestrians navigate a portion of Congress Street in Portland, between Forest Avenue and Oak Street, where federally funded improvements to storefronts have hurt business.

Portland storefront upgrades good for some businesses, bad for others

By William Hall on Dec. 23, 2013, at 10:15 a.m.
The Portland Community Free Clinic, housed in city offices at 103 India St., nearly closed last year. Now clinic officials estimate it can remain open for another six months.

Free Portland clinic staves off closure, for now

By William Hall on Dec. 17, 2013, at 1:23 p.m.
Portland Pirate Petteri Wirtanen (26) maintains possession of the puck as Manchester Monarch Matt Ryan (21) tries to keep up during the second period of action at the Alfond Arena in Orono in 2007.

Portland Pirates could move out of state if lease dispute isn’t resolved soon, new majority owner says

By William Hall on Dec. 17, 2013, at 12:41 p.m.

Portland’s Meg Perry Center plans to expand, move to East Bayside

By William Hall on Dec. 09, 2013, at 7:31 p.m.
One of three protesters kneels before the audience, back to the City Council, during the Sept. 16 meeting. Two of the demonstrators wore tape over their mouths in part to protest the lack of public input they felt was included in a city deal to sell part of Congress Square park to private developers.

Portland uses $50,000 grant to promote civility, stem tide of public ‘nastiness’

By William Hall on Dec. 03, 2013, at 1:35 p.m.
Brick walls and chimneys are all that remain after a fire destroyed a hotel under development on Great Diamond Island in Casco Bay.

Massive island blaze prompts changes for Portland fire department

By William Hall on Dec. 03, 2013, at 11:21 a.m.
Portland City Councilor Ed Suslovic exits the federal courthouse in Portland on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Portland, Russia sister city spar over anti-gay laws

By William Hall on Nov. 25, 2013, at 11:12 a.m.
Portland's Bayside neighborhood, including the intersection of Chestnut and Somerset streets, is an area that is especially flood-prone. New government maps will determine the gravity of the flood risk for property owners.

New FEMA flood maps could reshape coastal development in York, Cumberland counties

By William Hall on Nov. 19, 2013, at 3:01 p.m.
Greg Shinberg of Shinberg Consulting goes over a proposed master plan for the Midtown development project in Portland's East Bayside at a neighborhood meeting in June.

Decision looms on whether to allow high-rise project in Bayside section of Portland

By William Hall on Nov. 19, 2013, at 2:40 p.m.