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Cold weather contributing to water main breaks


WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Crews spent much of Monday repairing a water main break on Stroudwater Street in Westbrook.

That's just one of many the Portland Water District and other public works departments across the state have had to repair this winter.

"We've had an awful lot of cold weather this past month," said Dave Jones, Lewiston director of Public Works.

February marked the coldest month in history for many Maine communities, and the large number of water main breaks is evidence of that.

"We've got four and a half to five feet of frost in the ground right now," Jones said.

Car crashes through Westbrook Rite Aid storefront


WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- One woman is hurt after a car crashed through the storefront of the Rite Aid in Westbrook. The accident happened a little after noon Sunday.

Westbrook Fire Department officials said the elderly driver was pulling into a parking spot when he hit the gas instead of the brake. He drove through the glass panel of the building and came to a stop inside the store.

Officials said the woman's injuries did not appear to be serious, but she was taken to Maine Medical Center for evaluation. The driver and the passenger, his wife, are okay.

"The store employees were really shocked, because where the car stopped was up against the cashier booth, and there was actually people at the cash register when the car came through the building," Deputy Chief Gary Caron of the Westbrook Fire Department said.

Westbrook man arrested for sexually assaulting juvenile


WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Westbrook Police arrested a man for seuxally assaulting a juvenile.

Police were investigating an incident that happened on Brown Street when they arrested 47-year-old Timothy Prins. Prins was arrested on charges of domestic violence assault, unlawful sexual contact and gross sexual assault involving a juvenile victim.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.


Another storm put snow removal on back burner


WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Normally after a storm, Westbrook Public Services storm crews would be heading back out for snow removal, making the streets a little wider and cutting down some of the big piles around the city.

Instead, they're forced to plow and sand operations because of a storm Friday.

"With the amount of snow we received Tuesday and Wednesday it would take us two full nights of snow removal in the critical areas downtown, but obviously we haven't had a chance to do that yet", said Public Services Director Tom Eldridge.

The plan is to continue plowing through the night, then switch the equipment to snow removal operations on Sunday.

The My Place Teen Center gets support from songwriters in effort to serve at risk youth


WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Some well-known Maine songwriters are coming together tomorrow night for a special concert to benefit the My Place Teen Center.

Don Campbell, Dan Merrill and David Good are all part of Songwriters in the Round, an intimate evening of original acoustic music by three longtime Maine singer/songwriters. They will share stories of songwriting, the origin of their songs, and take turns performing from their body of work. The evening also includes a Live Auction at intermission.

Meals on Wheels brings holiday cheer to your door


WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Westbrook Meals on Wheels program helps provide hot meals to those in the community who need it all year. On Christmas, it is more than just a hot meal on a platter for those who would otherwise be alone. Volunteers work to bring joy to 200 local residents.

Fernando Ventresco received one of the meals Thursday morning, "I knew somebody was coming, but I didn't realize I would get a big reception like that. I appreciate it. It means a lot to me because I don't speak to anybody all day long."

Fernando opened the door to longtime volunteer Philip Rhinelander who was decked out in his finest Santa costume.

Report: Maine's workforce needs to be better prepared


WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A new report released Monday found the quality of Maine's workforce needs to improve in order for the state's economy to remain strong into the future.

Maine Development Foundation put together the report. For the past several years, the foundation has been working with business and political leaders, looking at Maine's future. The nonprofit focuses on a productive workforce with the idea that educated, health and innovative workers can help Maine's longterm economic status. Using data based on the changing industries throughout the state and country, the group has mapped out what the state will need for a strong economy.