The week in review

The good: Maine Office of Tourism is reporting that tourist spending in 2016 is tracking to surpass last year's $5.65...

Newcastle considers code to enhance neighborhoods

A neighborhood-enhancement technique called form-based code could help Newcastle become more residential- and business-friendly.

MECA gets $300,000 grant for craft, other programs

A $300,000 grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation will boost the Maine College of Art's craft programs.

BIW gets $60M for contract modification

Bath Iron Works will get $59.4 million from the U.S. Navy in a modified contract for DDG 51 Artleigh Burke-class destroyers.

METRO Breez stop in Brunswick to expand work/shopping commuter rides

Extending the METRO Breez bus service to Brunswick, currently under consideration by the town council, could benefit commuters and shoppers.

Century-old iconic midcoast restaurant closes

A mainstay of Lincolnville since the early 1920s, the Lobster Pound Restaurant endured renovations, a flood and fire, but couldn't overcome mounting operational costs that drove it into bankruptcy last month.

Lauders' $5 million gift launches PMA endowment campaign

A $5 million gift from benefactors Judy and Leonard Lauder marks the official launch of the Portland Museum of Art's initiative to boost its endowment by $15 million.

Eight Maine hospitals named to 2016 'top hospital' list

Maine got accolades for having a higher percentage of top rural hospitals than any other state in the country, earning seven of the 21 top designations given out nationwide.

Travel writer weighs in on Portland vs. Portland

Portland vs. Portland: SmarterTravel tries to compare the two oft-confused locations known for their craft breweries and cultural similarities.

Millinocket Marathon gets town 26.2 miles closer to being rec destination

About 960 runners from across the country have signed up for the second running of the Millinocket Marathon & Half Marathon on Dec. 10, which has no entry fee but which race director Gary Allen is instead encouraging runners...

Luke's Lobster takes on Miami

Homegrown chain Luke's Lobster has hit the southern end of the East Coast by expanding with its first Miami location.

LincolnHealth expansion moves forward

Damariscotta's Planning Board gave the go-ahead to LincolnHealth to construct a new building estimated to cost $13.7 million.