Articles by William Hall

Cars traverse on Tuesday on Congress Street in Portland, where the City Council on Monday voted to increase the minimum wage for Portland workers to $10.10 per hour starting Jan. 1, 2016.

Portland’s minimum hourly wage to rise to $10.10

By William Hall on July 07, 2015, at 12:09 p.m.
Dressed in blue T-shirts, more than 200 supporters of banning tar sands from South Portland applauded the work of the special draft ordinance committee at Mahoney Middle School in this June 2014 file photo.

South Portland sets aside almost $500,000 to defend tar sands oil ban

By William Hall on June 17, 2015, at 3:50 p.m.
A close-up picture shows "love locks" that are attached to an iron grill on the Pont de Arts over the River Seine in Paris, France, in this May 31, 2015, file photo.

Keys to the heart: Love locks fall in France, remain in Portland

By William Hall on June 09, 2015, at 10:54 a.m.
Caleb Johnson, a subcontractor of Northeast Turf of South Portland, smoothes freshly laid artificial turf at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland on Thursday, May 7.

Turf wars: Cancer debate accompanies Portland-area artificial fields

By William Hall on May 12, 2015, at 2:06 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Yarmouth, founded more than two centuries ago, has been at 346 Main St. since 1889. Church members have been surprised to learn of a new Baptist church opening next week less than a mile away.

Is there room in Yarmouth for a new church congregation?

By William Hall on April 23, 2015, at 8:45 a.m.

Yarmouth councilors question use of school budget windfall

By William Hall on April 22, 2015, at 10:51 a.m.
A recent aerial photo of the former site of the Brunswick Naval Air Station.

Price tag for recreation area at former Navy base spooks Brunswick councilors

By William Hall on March 19, 2015, at 12:30 p.m.
A water main break on Pearl Street in Portland caused the federal courthouse to shut down for the day in this June 2013 file photo.

Portland-area water rates rising as pipes break, infrastructure costs mount

By William Hall on Dec. 09, 2014, at 12:53 p.m.

Landmark Scarborough restaurant to be converted into high-end market

By William Hall on Nov. 26, 2014, at 2:37 p.m.
Scarborough Town Councilor Jessica Holbrook.

After voters throw out two incumbents, Scarborough council picks new chairwoman

By William Hall on Nov. 20, 2014, at 10:27 a.m.
The former Cumberland County Civic Center, know known as the Cross Insurance Arena, in Portland.

Proposed Cumberland County budget would increase taxes, driven up by civic center costs and ‘draggy’ revenues

By William Hall on Nov. 11, 2014, at 2:24 p.m.
State Rep. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough, serves as board chairwoman for Maine Connections Academy, the state's first virtual charter school. Volk was elected Nov. 4 to serve in the Maine Senate.

Republican Volk to move from House to Senate in battleground southern Maine district

By William Hall on Nov. 07, 2014, at 1:55 p.m.
Portland Mayor-elect Michael Brennan speaks to a reporter in front of City Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, in Portland.

Portland mayor won’t push for higher minimum wage for tipped workers; council could see proposal next month

By William Hall on Sept. 16, 2014, at 11:04 a.m.
The former Cumberland County Civic Center, now known as the Cross Insurance Arena, in Portland.

Private firms — including group that runs Cross Center — in talks to manage Portland civic center

By William Hall on Sept. 10, 2014, at 8:37 a.m.
The Olympic flame is reflected in the window at the Olympics Park during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Games in February 2014.

Will Maine sites be included in regional Boston 2024 Olympics bid?

By William Hall on July 22, 2014, at 8:46 p.m.
A recent aerial view of Fort Allen Park, on the southern tip of Portland's Eastern Promenade, shows the roadway and pedestrian paths that have been restored to their original dimensions.

‘This is a sacred landscape’: $1.4 million restoration of Portland’s Fort Allen Park nears completion

By William Hall on July 01, 2014, at 1:59 p.m.
In Portland, Corey Saenz rents her three-bedroom Munjoy Hill apartment to short-stay visitors for up to $380 per night.

Maine hotels say under-the-radar room rentals are ‘illegal,’ undercut business

By William Hall on May 27, 2014, at 5:29 p.m.
Brunswick Superintendent of Schools Paul Perzanoski

Brunswick School Board nixes deeper cuts, approves $36.2 million budget that would hike tax rate by 4.4%

By William Hall on May 01, 2014, at 10:50 a.m.

Brunswick board approves plan for Goodwill, other stores at Cook’s Corner

By William Hall on April 30, 2014, at 3:11 p.m.

Brunswick officials chip away at proposed budget, aiming to limit tax rate hike to 6 percent

By William Hall on April 24, 2014, at 2:13 p.m.