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Chance Viles is a staff writer for the American Journal, covering Westbrook. He is a UMass Amherst graduate, studying journalism and political science. Chance spent a few years covering towns and cities throughout Massachusetts before moving to Portland. He enjoys all things weird, spicy food, and can probably be found walking around with his cameras.

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  • Published
    May 24, 2022

    Westbrook School Dept. pleased with insurance settlement from fire

    The Westbrook School Department will be responsible for $377,813 of the $1.6 million repair bill for the fire and water damage at the high school last July, according to the terms of a recently settled insurance claim. School officials have previously said they would cover their share of the repair costs through extra funds in […]

  • Published
    May 23, 2022

    Sibling Rivalry ready to rock in Westbrook

    The local band was on the brink of breaking up even before their first show because of a vocalist’s medical issue. They’re playing next weekend at Westbrook Together Days.

  • Published
    May 18, 2022

    Vertical Harvest garage redesigned to cut costs

    Residential units planned for above a new municipal parking garage in downtown Westbrook will now be built to the east side of it.

  • Published
    May 18, 2022

    Stricter cellphone policy for Westbrook Middle School starts in fall

    The School Committee votes 6-1 on the changes that will impact seventh graders next year and eighth graders the year after that.

  • Published
    May 17, 2022

    Westbrook Planning Board ward residency mandate no longer in place

    The Westbrook City Council on Monday voted to remove ward residency requirements tied to the Planning Board. The change comes after talks of redistricting in the city and councilors noted the Westbrook charter and rules do not call for board members to live in the area they represent. City administrators argued that, unlike councilors, members […]

  • Published
    May 17, 2022

    Westbrook Dog Park reopens

    The Westbrook Dog Park at the corner of William Clarke and Hannaford drives near Hannaford supermarket reopened Thursday reopen. Muddy conditions had forced the closure. The loose soil was removed and wood chips from the city’s stockpile have been added at no cost to taxpayers. This story was edited March 19 to update with the […]

  • Published
    May 17, 2022

    Westbrook council approves city, school budgets

    The Westbrook City Council approved a combined $74 million municipal and school budget Monday night. The vote was 5-2, with Councilors Gary Rairdon and Anna Turcotte voting against the budget because of concerns about school spending. The proposed school budget, which still needs residents’ approval at the polls June 14, is $43.9 million, up $1.8 […]

  • Published
    May 17, 2022

    Volunteers needed to help at annual fish migration

    Presumpscot Regional Land Trust is looking for volunteers to help with visitors at two fish viewing pools in Mill Brook Preserve in Westbrook during the annual alewife migration now through the end of June. Volunteers will answer questions and keep the areas safe and clean. Days and times are flexible, no prior skills are needed, […]

  • Published
    May 17, 2022

    Westbrook’s interim fire chief takes on job permanently

    Assistant Chief Steve Sloan will be sworn in as chief next month.

  • Published
    May 17, 2022

    Maine model train buffs show off their sets

    A model train show Saturday in Westbrook displays a number of specialties within the hobby.

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