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.
Boston Red Sox former pitcher Pedro Martinez waves to the crowd before game two of the MLB baseball World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park on Oct. 24, 2013.

‘Growing Up Pedro’: Maine writer pens book about Red Sox legend

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 10, 2015, at 12:46 p.m.
PORTLAND | “Growing Up Pedro,” a children’s book about Boston Red Sox great Pedro Martinez by Ogunquit author and illustrator Matt Tavares, went on sale Tuesday. Tavares, a graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, has written and illustrated other children’s books about baseball stars Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and …

City lines up new finance director

on Feb. 09, 2015, at 3:39 p.m.
Tonight, the Portland City Council is expected to name Brendan O’Connell the city’s new finance director, the latest hire in what’s been a carousel of department head comings and goings at Portland City Hall since 2011. With O’Connell’s hiring and the December arrival of new Department of Health and Human …
Workmen raze the building at 20-24 Noyes St. in Portland on Friday morning where six people died in a Nov. 1 blaze.

Portland seeks legal action to prevent embattled landlord from renting out apartments

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 09, 2015, at 1:14 p.m.
Embattled Portland landlord Gregory Nisbet, whose 20-24 Noyes St. property was the site of Maine’s deadliest fire in four decades, must vacate another of his properties because of code violations found there. On Friday, Portland city officials announced they had filed a legal complaint against Nisbet seeking …
Clothes still hang on the back of an upstairs door as workmen raze the building at 20-24 Noyes St. in Portland on Friday morning where six people died in a Nov. 1 blaze.

‘Six people died senselessly’: Neighbors find solace in demolition of Portland fire site

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 06, 2015, at 11:42 a.m.
Neighbors of the 20-24 Noyes St. building where six people died in a fire said Friday morning that the charred structure had haunted the neighborhood too long, and it was cathartic to see it finally demolished. The razing of the building came as a surprise to nearby …
University of Southern Maine professor and chair of the faculty senate Jerry LaSala listens (right) as Dr. Jose “Zito” Sartarelli, one of three finalists for the presidency of the university, speaks to faculty members  on Thursday in Portland.

USM presidency finalist says he has experience driving up enrollment, fundraising numbers

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 05, 2015, at 5:13 p.m.
PORTLAND | The first of three finalists for the University of Southern Maine presidency told faculty at the school Thursday that recruitment of more students would be his top priority. On Thursday, Dr. Jose “Zito” Sartarelli started a two-day visit to the university, with stops scheduled at all three …

Casco woman claims supervisors at Portland vacation company made sexual comments, sent inappropriate texts

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 05, 2015, at 12:29 p.m.
A Casco woman is suing a Portland vacation company for sexual harassment and discrimination, saying her supervisors made the workplace hostile through lewd comments and inappropriate texts. The defendant is Festiva Development Group LLC, a privately owned company that operated a sales office in Portland and sells …
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Report: Maine worst in the nation for student bullying online

on Feb. 04, 2015, at 3:27 p.m.
The finance site WalletHub has gotten into the business of data analysis and comparison — usually with an angle toward the financial ramifications of any number of good or bad societal trends. This week, the website released its findings on the best and worst states for controlling school bullying, using …
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Website ranks Maine’s 10 ‘most dangerous’ cities

on Feb. 04, 2015, at 11:17 a.m.
The real estate blog Movoto crunched the numbers on the latest FBI crime data and released its list of what it called the “10 most dangerous places in Maine.” Movoto recognizes, to some extent, that what qualifies as “dangerous” in Maine still isn’t particularly dangerous by the standards applied in …
Portland Acting City Manager Sheila Hill-Christian listens to public testimony Tuesday night after a city task force announced its recommendations for changes to fire and codes inspections procedures. Hill-Christian appointed the task force in the aftermath of a Nov. 1 fire on Noyes Street that claimed the lives of six people.

Tenants want involvement on Portland apartment safety task force after deadly fire

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 04, 2015, at 5:38 a.m.
Questions about tenant involvement — or lack thereof — continued to needle a Portland task force charged with reviewing city fire and codes inspections procedures Tuesday night. Interim City Manager Sheila Hill-Christian appointed the panel, aided in part by Boston Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Fleming, in the …

Maine hits new high in human trafficking case calls, national center reports

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 03, 2015, at 5:28 p.m.
PORTLAND | A national organization that tracks human trafficking activity in part through a telephone hotline says 2014 marked a high point in Maine cases since it started keeping data. The nonprofit Polaris Project and its National Human Trafficking Resource Center has been compiling and reporting information gathered through …
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Another list of America’s best small towns? This time, Maine’s got two on it.

on Feb. 02, 2015, at 3:20 p.m.
The latest trend in clickbaiting? Ranking America’s small towns. People aren’t as interested any more in comparing New York City to Chicago or Los Angeles. These days, if you want to drum up traffic and get your website passed around social media, listicles rating the quaint little Mayberrys of the …
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Can a groundhog predict the length of winter? Depends which part of Maine you’re from

on Feb. 02, 2015, at 12:42 p.m.
Every year on Feb. 2 — today — a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil climbs out of his hole on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and determines whether winter will end early or go on for six more weeks. Like most groundhogs, Phil studies long-term weather indicators — atmospheric pressures, prevailing global wind …
Paul Kendrick, an outspoken advocate for victims of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests, stands outside the Falmouth home of former Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland Bishop Richard Malone in this 2012 file photo.

Maine man accused of defaming former priest says he defied a court order to protect more kids from sex abuse

By Seth Koenig on Jan. 30, 2015, at 4:40 p.m.
PORTLAND | Child sex abuse victims rights advocate Paul Kendrick told a federal judge Friday he defied a court order and distributed confidential information because he believed more children were in imminent danger of abuse. Former Catholic brother Michael Geilenfeld and a nonprofit in which he’s involved are suing …
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One Maine town is in the running to be named ‘America’s Coolest Small Town’

on Jan. 29, 2015, at 3:36 p.m.
It’s not often that Maine’s quaint, small towns get big, nationwide recognition… oh, who am I kidding, yes it is. Only a month ago, Camden was named by lifestyle website Impulcity one of the country’s 19 most beautiful small towns, and places like Bath and the Kennebunks are frequently popping …
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Maine has some of the nation’s poorest rich people, think tank finds

on Jan. 28, 2015, at 4:04 p.m.
The left-wing think tank Economic Policy Institute produced an analysis of wealth distribution in each of the 50 states — plus Washington, D.C. — in an effort to illustrate the country’s increasing income inequality. In short, that the gap between the rich and the poor is getting wider, and that fewer …
Darah Kirstein is the head of digital workplace employee engagement at BNY Mellon.

Study finds fewer than 1 in 3 Maine workers are engaged in their jobs

By Seth Koenig on Jan. 28, 2015, at 2:10 p.m.
PORTLAND | Nearly seven of every 10 Maine workers is not engaged in their jobs, according to the results of a recent Gallup study. But that number — in which 68.5 percent of Maine respondents were determined to be either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” in their work — …
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Maine TV: Which of these 10 fictional television towns would you want to call home?

on Jan. 27, 2015, at 2:43 p.m.
Maine’s wild — in many cases, mysterious — landscape has provided fertile ground for imaginations for decades. So it’s perhaps no surprise that when television producers have wanted to locate fantastical or supernatural stories someplace on Earth, they’ve often turned to the Pine Tree State. Even when the subject matter …
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Westbrook police use ‘Star Wars’ meme to blast home point on blizzard parking ban

on Jan. 26, 2015, at 4:55 p.m.
Perhaps no major cinematic sequence evokes thoughts of harsh winter conditions like the scenes from the snow planet of Hoth from “Star Wars Episode V: Empire Strikes Back.” In the age of the Internet meme, the fleet of massive four-legged AT-AT vehicles used by the evil Empire forces in the Hoth …
A city loader mixes sand and salt in a giant pile Monday in preparation for the oncoming snowstorm.

Portland officials say blizzard conditions could limit police, snowplow drivers

By Seth Koenig on Jan. 26, 2015, at 4:47 p.m.
Portland officials said Monday that the impending blizzard could be severe enough to keep even police and snowplow drivers off the roads, adding that they’re calling for a rare 32-hour parking ban in Maine’s largest city. Portland Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria, Police Chief Michael Sauschuck and Public …
Sliders leap onto the slippery wet surface set up down a cordoned-off street of Salt Lake City last summer during a Slide the City event there. The company holds similar events around the country, and hopes to hold one in Portland in the upcoming summer.

Company seeks to convert Portland street into 1,000-foot summer waterslide

By Seth Koenig on Jan. 26, 2015, at 12 p.m.
A Utah company is hoping to cordon off a Portland street to set up a 1,000-foot-long water slide this coming summer. It’s something to look forward to as Maine gets hit with blizzard conditions Monday night into Tuesday, perhaps. A representative of Slide the City and the …
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