Articles by Will Graff


Falmouth bans bow hunting on some town properties

By Will Graff on Sept. 24, 2013, at 2:33 p.m.
The Falmouth Town Council on Monday night banned bow hunting on several town-owned properties where traditional hunting with shotguns is already prohibited. The unanimous decision by the council expanded the current no-hunting-with-firearms ordinance on some densely populated, publicly owned property to include archery. “This is not anti-hunting …
Crews clean up after a three-alarm fire on Wharf Street gutted the basements of several businesses early Thursday, Sept. 19.

‘How do you get that smell out?’: Business, building owners take stock after Old Port fire

By Will Graff on Sept. 20, 2013, at 10:02 a.m.
PORTLAND | A three-alarm fire gutted the basements of several Wharf Street businesses in the Old Port early Thursday morning. The fire, which started at about 1:30 a.m. and burned until after 5 a.m., displaced about 10 people, none of whom were injured, Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria said. Fire …

‘Duped’ parent among 12 cited in recent Falmouth underage drinking cases

By Will Graff on Sept. 17, 2013, at 6:36 p.m.
Police issued a dozen summonses related to underage drinking in connection with two recent incidents, including charging a parent they believe was unaware of the use of alcohol at her home. The charges brought the total number of citations for underage drinking to 20 since late May. …

Boy apprehended in connection with attack on 6-year-old girl in South Portland

By Will Graff on Sept. 17, 2013, at 2:33 p.m.
A 6-year-old girl was hospitalized after she was attacked by a child twice her age Monday near Brown Elementary School on Highland Avenue. After initially asking for the public’s help identifying and finding the alleged attacker, police on Tuesday afternoon said they had located a boy …

Falmouth delays action on $930,000 plan to address mold, rodent waste and other problems at Town Hall

By Will Graff on Sept. 11, 2013, at 2:37 p.m.
A decision on whether to move forward with $930,000 in Falmouth Town Hall renovations is on hold until the Town Council can discuss financing and construction management in more detail. While councilors Monday agreed the building needs many of the fixes recommended in a 125-page study by …
Architect Scott Simons discusses conceptual designs for the expansion and renovation of Falmouth Memorial Library on Tuesday in the Russell Room of the library.

Falmouth gets three designs, $5 million cost estimate for library project

By Will Graff on Sept. 11, 2013, at 2:02 p.m.
Preliminary conceptual designs of an expanded and renovated Falmouth Memorial Library call for doubling the size, the purchase of adjacent property, a possible rerouting of Depot Road and the demolition of the historic Iverson House. It could also cost about $5 million, Scott Simons, principal of Scott …
Dr. James Koelbl, founding dean of University of New England's new College of Dental Medicine, shows images of the training equipment to be used in the school's proposed $14.5 million Patient Care Center on June 19, 2012. The College of Dental Medicine campus on Stevens Avenue opened last week, with an inaugural class of 64 students.

Maine’s first dental school hopes to increase number of rural dentists

By Will Graff on Sept. 03, 2013, at 10:42 a.m.
PORTLAND | The University of New England has opened the first school of dentistry in northern New England and plans to use the school to provide oral health care for rural communities. The College of Dental Medicine campus on Stevens Avenue opened last week, with an inaugural class of …

Portland schools to lease former Falmouth school building

By Will Graff on Aug. 28, 2013, at 8:20 a.m.
The Portland School Department has signed a 10-month, $75,000 lease for the former Sampson D. Plummer Elementary school, to house its West Day Treatment Program. The West program provides education to about 40 children who have emotional disabilities and mental health diagnoses. It previously operated at the …
Portland Adult Education temporarily moved its academic classes into a former elementary school building on Douglass Circle nearly 27 years ago.

Delay continues on new home for Portland Adult Education

By Will Graff on Aug. 21, 2013, at 9:07 a.m.
Portland Adult Education is still without a facility with only about two weeks left before the start of the school year, although the School Department is expected to have a lease signed for a short-term home within the next week. The School Board was expected to vote …

New leader picked for Catherine McAuley High School in Portland

By Will Graff on Aug. 16, 2013, at 2:49 p.m.
A former head of private schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey will be the new leader at Catherine McAuley High School. Deborah Kost will begin work Aug. 25 at the Catholic all-girls school, succeeding Margaret Downing, who is returning to her family and professional life in Massachusetts, …

Portland study: Add school administrators, ‘balance’ salaries

By Will Graff on Aug. 14, 2013, at 9:04 a.m.
A study of the School Department’s structure recommends adding administrative jobs and re-examining the department’s compensation system. The study, conducted by Evergreen Solutions, a Tallahassee, Fla.-based company, found that teachers in Portland are paid more than their peers at 21 similar institutions. The study also looked at …
Jaimey Caron

Retiring Portland school board leaders advocate for building upgrades

By Will Graff on Aug. 13, 2013, at 2:50 p.m.
Two retiring Portland School Board members this week said the school department has come a long way in recent years, but plenty of work remains to put the city’s schools on par with the best in the state. Board Chairman Jaimey Caron and member Kate Snyder are …
Falmouth Town Hall is undergoing regular maintenance on its front steps, Tuesday, Aug. 6, but more renovations could be on the horizon. According to a new report, the building needs more than $900,000 in renovations.

Mold, rodent waste in Falmouth Town Hall create need for $930,000 in renovations

By Will Graff on Aug. 08, 2013, at 11:11 a.m.
A new study recommends about $930,000 in renovations to Town Hall, ranging from air quality repairs to aesthetic improvements. The study, which cost $20,000 and was completed in July by Oak Point Associates of Biddeford, details deficiencies in configuration, appearance, energy efficiency, structural integrity and indoor air …

Projects to promote walking in Portland on track for completion before schools reopen

By Will Graff on Aug. 05, 2013, at 2:56 p.m.
Construction projects designed to create safer walking and biking paths on Portland streets are nearly complete. Throughout much of the summer, the East Deering, East End and North Deering neighborhood sidewalks and crossings have been receiving enhancements as part of a project called Safe Routes to Schools. …
The Wal-Mart on U.S. Route 1 in Falmouth Tuesday, July 30, with the empty, former Regal Cinemas at the far end of the building. Wal-Mart is not moving forward with plans to expand the store from 92,000 square feet to 124,000 square feet.

Wal-Mart cancels expansion in Falmouth

By Will Graff on Aug. 01, 2013, at 7:59 a.m.
Almost two years after receiving the town’s approval to expand its store on U.S. Route 1, Wal-Mart has dropped the plan. Wal-Mart spokesman Bill Wertz on Tuesday said the company has told the town it will not proceed with plans to expand the 92,000-square-foot store at 206 …
 Portland Superintendent of Schools Emmanuel Caulk reads the "summer pledge" to kids at a July 24 Deering Oaks Park event promoting the city's summer meals program as Slugger, the Portland Sea Dogs mascot, lends a paw. The pledge encourages kids to eat right, exercise and learn throughout the summer.

Participation in Portland schools’ summer meals program doubles

By Will Graff on July 30, 2013, at 11:58 a.m.
As students enter their last month of summer break, early reporting on participation in the city’s summer meals programs indicates a dramatic increase from 2012. After a concerted effort by the School Department to advertise and offer food at more locations, Food Service Director Ron Adams said …
Presumpscot Elementary School in Portland.

Citywide vote on $39.9 million Portland school rehab project unlikely until June 2014

By Will Graff on July 29, 2013, at 3:04 p.m.
Despite a push from the Portland School Board, parents and school administrators, a $39.9 million project to renovate three elementary schools will likely have to wait until June 2014 before going to voters. City Council Finance Committee members last week shot down a board proposal to hold …

Portland school officials seek August vote on spending added state aid

By Will Graff on July 23, 2013, at 12:13 p.m.
Extra state aid is leading school officials to urge the Portland City Council to schedule a public referendum in early August on a revised school budget that could restore some jobs. The School Board is scheduled to vote Tuesday night on whether to send the supplemental school …
 Clint and Andrea Goodenow of Freeport attempt to shut the lid on a bin full of the invasive species known as green crabs caught Monday as part of a trapping experiment in the Harraseeket River.

As green crab invasion takes toll on Maine clams, researchers worry that lobsters are next victim

By Will Graff on July 09, 2013, at 12 p.m.
FREEPORT | Clammer Clint Goodenow motored his skiff up to a small white buoy in the Harraseeket River on Monday afternoon and began pulling up yards of rope from the bay floor below. After reaching the end of the rope, he leaned over the side of the boat and …

Teens charged after allegedly squatting in Falmouth summer home, burglarizing others

By Will Graff on July 01, 2013, at 2:04 p.m.
Two teenagers were arrested after they were allegedly found on June 25 living in a summer home that did not belong to them. They now face multiple charges of burglary and trespassing in Falmouth and Cape Elizabeth. The owner of the Falmouth house entered the Huston Road …