AARP: Portland, South Portland among the best cities for folks over 50 to make new friends

Class instructor Joe Mizda (left) helps Flow Hawkes with uploading her photos to her Facebook account during a class to help senior citizens with social media and computers Thursday at the Hammond Street Senior Center in Bangor.  (BDN photo by Ashley L. Conti)

The AARP — formerly known by the spelled out American Association of Retired Persons — issued its new livability index Monday, rating the country’s cities on a variety of metrics important to the group’s age 50-plus clientele. The two neighboring cities of Portland and South Portland shined particularly bright, according to the AARP, in its analysis […]

Why is everybody leaving City Hall? It’s complicated

Former Portland City Manager Mark Rees (BDN photo by Seth Koenig)

Acting Portland City Manager Sheila Hill-Christian announced last week she’s leaving to take a job as the assistant city manager of Cincinnati. Hill-Christian would have been a frontrunner to be named Portland’s permanent city manager if she’d wanted to be (she didn’t), and she seemingly remains widely liked and respected in the city despite having been […]