Articles by Dylan Martin


Brunswick Development Corp. adopts new ethics policies after loan comes under scrutiny

By Dylan Martin on Dec. 19, 2013, at 8:33 a.m.
Brunswick Development Corp. adopted amended bylaws and new ethics policies Wednesday, several months after being criticized by residents and some town officials for making an unusual and unprecedented loan. BDC’s policies and its directors, which recently included two town councilors and two town staff members, came under …
An Amtrak Downeaster train idles near the proposed location of the train layover facility between Church Road and Stanwood Street in Brunswick. The Brunswick West Neighborhood Association has opposed the location since 2011.

Opponents of Downeaster service expansion depot in Brunswick vow to ‘refute everything’ at federal hearing on project

By Dylan Martin on Sept. 18, 2013, at 2:03 p.m.
Opponents are optimistic they will prevail when the Federal Railroad Authority hears public response to plans for a proposed train layover facility near Bouchard Drive in Brunswick. The proposed facility’s impact on the neighborhood will be discussed at a public hearing 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26, in Room …
The Capt. Daniel Stone Inn on Water Street in Brunswick.

Hotel firm led by former Hilton chief in India aims to acquire historic Brunswick inn

By Dylan Martin on Sept. 13, 2013, at 11:59 a.m.
A company led by a former Hilton Hotels executive in India is in the process of acquiring the historic Captain Daniel Stone Inn. Abhijit “Beej” Das, president and chief executive officer of Boston East India Hotels, said Tuesday that he could not confirm any potential transactions that …

New veterans center to open Sept. 19 at former Navy base in Brunswick

By Dylan Martin on Sept. 11, 2013, at 2:30 p.m.
After the loss of the former naval air station, area veterans will once again have a central place to meet and support each other. The Mid-Coast Veterans Resource Center will have its grand opening Sept. 19 with Gov. Paul LePage and other guests at 62 Pegasus St. …

Council chairwoman deflects questions about Brunswick Development Corp. loan

By Dylan Martin, The Forecaster on Sept. 05, 2013, at 11:10 a.m.
Residents and town councilors had questions and comments Tuesday after last week’s report about an unusual loan by the Brunswick Development Corp. to a business owned by the husband of a former councilor and corporation director. Last week, Councilors John Perreault and Benet Pols criticized Brunswick Development’s …

Coastal Enterprises Inc. signs options to buy Brunswick town properties, eyes consolidating operations there

By Dylan Martin on Aug. 23, 2013, at 12:11 p.m.
A Wiscasset-based nonprofit organization has signed an option to buy the Brunswick Town Hall and Recreation Center properties for $300,000. Coastal Enterprises spokeswoman Liz Rogers on Tuesday said signing the option will allow CEI to continue to assess the viability of consolidating its Portland and Wiscasset offices …

Brunswick council tweaks budget to avoid bigger tax hike; school budget vote set for Aug. 20

By Dylan Martin on Aug. 13, 2013, at 1:12 p.m.
There will be no additional tax hike after the Brunswick Town Council approved changes to the municipal and school budgets on Aug. 8. Residents will have to approve the amended school budget in a referendum on Aug. 20, as required by state law. Councilors had to revisit …

Brunswick residents split on reopening boat launch near popular swimming area

By Dylan Martin on Aug. 08, 2013, at 2:21 p.m.
The Marine Resources Committee heard arguments for and against reopening Simpson’s Point to motorized boats Wednesday night, but it remains unclear what action the panel will take. While the committee is still waiting for clarification on a new study that triggered the debate, members encouraged Simpson’s Point …
An Amtrak Downeaster train idles near the proposed location of the train layover facility between Church Road and Stanwood Street in Brunswick. The Brunswick West Neighborhood Association has opposed the location since 2011.

Brunswick train depot opponents seek more information on noise, air quality impacts

By Dylan Martin on Aug. 01, 2013, at 1:56 p.m.
After meeting with rail officials twice in July, opponents of a proposed $12 million train layover facility remain skeptical about assurances it won’t have a negative impact on their neighborhood. At a Tuesday meeting, members of the Brunswick West Neighborhood Coalition repeated their call for rail officials …
Brunswick High School students Catlin Compton and Will Bessey said they've been coming to Simpson's Point since 2008 and might be receptive to an off-season opening for motorized boats.

Fight over reopening Brunswick boat launch pits swimmers against clammers

By Dylan Martin on July 31, 2013, at 9:28 p.m.
Recreational users of Simpson’s Point may confront fishermen and clammers head-on next week, when Brunswick’s Marine Resources Committee is expected to discuss reopening the boat launch. The Rev. Frank Strasburger, who lives adjacent to the Middle Bay landing, said he and others will oppose town efforts to …
Richard Wood, an engineering manager at Molnlycke Manufacturing, gives guests a tour of the company's new $14 million facility at Brunswick Landing on Friday, March 15. Full operations are expected to begin later this year.

Brunswick council approves tax deal for development of former Navy base

By Dylan Martin on July 31, 2013, at 3:17 p.m.
The Brunswick Town Council on Monday OK’d major tax deals with the developer of the former naval air station that officials hope will boost the local economy. The council unanimously approved tax increment financing development programs with the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority for Brunswick Landing and Brunswick …
Brunswick Junior High School Principal Walter Wallace knocks on one of the sixth grade classrooms' thin walls in a February file photo from The Forecaster. "This is not very good for sound," he said at the time.

Brunswick school upgrade plan could trigger 10 percent property tax increase

By Dylan Martin, The Forecaster on May 30, 2013, at 4:47 p.m.
The School Board reconvened Wednesday on plans to upgrade two schools, nearly three months after architects presented a $38 million estimate for major renovations. But no further decisions are likely to be made for Coffin Elementary School and Brunswick Junior High School until the board meets again …
Brunswick Superintendent of Schools Paul Perzanoski

Brunswick board to ‘reboot’ school upgrade discussions after seeing $38.3 million price tag

By Dylan Martin, The Forecaster on May 22, 2013, at 1:15 p.m.
The $38.3 million plan to renovate two public schools will come under “significant evaluation” beginning next week, a School Board member said this week. The board will hold a special facilities meeting at 6 p.m. May 29, at 16 Station Ave. — its first since March 6, …

Harpswell charter school moves to lease former elementary school

By Dylan Martin, The Forecaster on May 08, 2013, at 4:27 p.m.
The state approved a charter school contract for Harpswell Coastal Academy on Tuesday, as the school moves toward a lease of the former West Harpswell School. John D’Anieri, head of Harpswell Coastal Academy, said the contract approved by the Maine Charter School Commission sets performance indicators the …

Midcoast residents, officials respond to proposed Route 24 changes

By Dylan Martin on May 01, 2013, at 1:43 p.m.
TOPSHAM | Midcoast residents and officials had the chance to provide feedback Monday night on a plan that would recommend several changes to Route 24. Some of the most significant proposals include re-routing a portion of Route 24 away from the Brunswick and Topsham downtown areas, making the road …

With state cuts, Brunswick could face nearly 17 percent tax hike

By Dylan Martin on April 24, 2013, at 5:03 p.m.
Property owners could face a nearly 17 percent tax hike if budget cuts proposed by Gov. Paul LePage are approved by the state Legislature. But for now, the town is moving forward as if that won’t happen. That was the message from Town Manager Gary Brown on …

Brunswick entrepreneur hopes new lab will help Maine inventors turn ideas into products

By Dylan Martin, The Forecaster on Jan. 16, 2013, at 5:10 p.m.
Local inventors and visionaries may soon have a place to meet and fabricate their own creations using sophisticated technology. Sarah Boisvert, a Brunswick resident and co-founder of a Maryland micro-manufacturing company, said she is in talks with a private school to start the Maine Fab Lab, a …

Westbrook father of three girls charged for possessing child pornography

By Dylan Martin on Aug. 22, 2012, at 4:12 p.m.
PORTLAND | A Westbrook man was charged with possession of child pornography Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland after a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security discovered him downloading and sharing videos using file-sharing software, according to court documents. Joel Dudley, 28, said after he was …
Mara Higgins

Portland style website reaches 5,000 members after two years of staying small

By Dylan Martin on Aug. 18, 2012, at 10:34 a.m.
Mara Higgins has kept the focus of, her style-focused deal website, limited to boutiques, salons and spas in the Portland area, but that hasn’t stopped her from finding prosperity and reaching 5,000 members in the two years it has been running. “I always thought, ‘maybe I’ll …
Ezekiel “Zeke” Callanan, a licensed lawyer and UMaine Law graduate, said he started Opticliff ESQ in June as a way to help artists that have been seeking more legal counsel.

New Portland law firm opens with focus on affordable services for artists

By Dylan Martin on Aug. 15, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.
For Ezekiel “Zeke” Callanan, the timing is just right to start a law firm that focuses on art and entertainment law. The licensed lawyer and UMaine Law graduate said he started Opticliff ESQ in June as a way to help artists that have been seeking more legal …