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Encyclopedia > Westbrook, Maine
Location of city of Westbrook in map of Maine
Location of city of Westbrook in map of Maine

Westbrook is a city in Cumberland County, Maine, United States. The population was 16,142 at the 2000 census. Originally part of Falmouth, the settlement once known as Saccarappa was incorporated as Stroudwater in 1814, but soon changed its name to Westbrook, after an early settler Col. Thomas Westbrook. Westbrook was incorporated as a city in 1891. Image File history File links Map_of_Maine_highlighting_Westbrook. ... Image File history File links Map_of_Maine_highlighting_Westbrook. ... Cumberland County is a county located in the state of Maine. ...


The Presumpscot River flows through the center of the city, with two prominent falls (Sacarappa Falls and Congin Falls) providing an ideal location for early mills. The smaller Stroudwater River also flows through the southwestern part of the city. The Presumpscot River is a 27-mile long river located in Cumberland County, Maine, and it is the main outlet of Sebago Lake. ... The Stroudwater River is a small river located mostly in Cumberland County, Maine. ...


The historic Oxford & Cumberland Canal, a primary commercial route for goods between the Lakes Region of Maine and Portland from the time it opened in 1829 to its discontinuation in 1871, also flowed through the city. Remnants of the canal can still be seen throughout the city, including Beaver Pond, along Stroudwater Street near the Maine Turnpike overpass, and in the woods between Westbrook High School and Oxford & Cumberland Canal Elementary School. The Maine Turnpike runs from Kittery to Augusta and is a toll road for all of its length except for a short section in Kittery and York. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ...

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Economy

Now primarily a suburb of the larger city of Portland, Westbrook itself has a growing business base and developing core downtown district. Several notable companies are headquartered here, including IDEXX Laboratories, Inc., Olympia Sporting Goods, Disability RMS, Acadia Insurance Company, JobsInTheUS.com, WPXT 51 and WPME 35 (Maine’s CW and MyNetworkTV affiliates) and the E.S. Boulos Company. Waterfront of Portland along the Fore River Portland is the largest city in Maine with a population of 64,249 citizens as of 2000. ... IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. ... WPXT is the CW affiliate for Northern New Hampshire and Southern Maine. ... WPME-TV My Portland is a television station licensed to Lewiston, Maine, but with studios in Westbrook. ...


In addition to the downtown area, many of the city's businesses are located within two industrial parks (the Col. Westbrook Industrial Park and Five Star Industrial Park), as well as in the area surrounding Maine Turnpike Exit 48. The Maine Turnpike runs from Kittery to Augusta and is a toll road for all of its length except for a short section in Kittery and York. ...


The city is home to Sappi Ltd.'s Westbrook Paper Mill and R&D Center. The mill, formerly the S.D. Warren Paper Mill, was once the city's largest employer and taxpayer, employing over 3,000 people and representing over 50% of the city's tax base. However, foreign competition and the age of the mill have drastically reduced its workforce and production. Today the mill has found a niche in the marketplace, becoming one of the nations top manufacturers of release papers and employing about 300 people. The Westbrook Energy Center has since surpassed the mill as the city's largest taxpayer. Sappi Limited NYSE: SPP is a South African pulp and paper company based in Johannesburg, South Africa. ...


The faith-based Mercy Hospital of Portland operates Mercy Westbrook, a small community hospital complete with minor emergency room and inpatient treatment facilities. Spring Harbor Hospital, Southern Maine's only private psychiatric treatment and recovery center, is also located within the city.


Westbrook was the home of the first Sebago-Moc shoe factory. Wolverine World Wide, Inc. ...


Geography

Westbrook is located at 43°41′7″N, 70°21′26″W (43.685348, -70.357116)GR1. The city is bordered by Portland to the east, South Portland and Scarborough to the south, Gorham and Windham to the west, and Falmouth to the north. Nickname: Motto: Resurgam (Latin for I will rise again) Country United States State Maine County Cumberland Settled 1632 Incorporated 1786 Government  - Mayor Nicholas M. Mavodones, Jr Area  - City  52. ... South Portland is a city in Cumberland County, Maine, United States. ... Scarborough is a town in Cumberland County on the southern coast of Maine. ... Gorham is a town in Cumberland County, Maine, United States. ... Windham is a town located in Cumberland County, Maine. ... Falmouth is a town located in Cumberland County, Maine. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 44.2 km² (17.1 mi²). 43.7 km² (16.9 mi²) of it is land and 0.5 km² (0.2 mi²) of it (1.17%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 16,142 people, 6,863 households, and 4,261 families residing in the city. The population density was 369.4/km² (956.9/mi²). There were 7,089 housing units at an average density of 162.2/km² (420.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.69% White, 0.88% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.82% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.89% of the population. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 6,863 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.9% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.90. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.8 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $37,873, and the median income for a family was $47,120. Males had a median income of $32,412 versus $25,769 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,501. About 6.7% of families and 8.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.7% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Education

  • Westbrook High School
  • Westbrook Regional Vocational Center
  • Fred C. Wescott Junior High School - Grades 6 - 8
  • Congin Elementary School - Grades 3 - 5
  • Oxford & Cumberland Canal Elementary School - Grades 3 - 5
  • Pride's Corner Elementary School - Grades K - 2
  • Saccarappa Elementary School - Grades K - 2

To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Oxford-Cumberland Canal School, (Canal School), [1] is an elementary school located in Westbrook, Maine. ...

Libraries

  • Walker Memorial Library
  • Warren Memorial Library

Notable neighborhoods

Similar to neighboring Portland and South Portland, Westbrook contains several distinct neighborhoods that are generally recognized by residents but have no legal or political significance. Unlike Portland, however, there is no official signage recognizing these neighborhoods. Some of the notable neighborhoods include: Nickname: Motto: Resurgam (Latin for I will rise again) Country United States State Maine County Cumberland Settled 1632 Incorporated 1786 Government  - Mayor Nicholas M. Mavodones, Jr Area  - City  52. ... South Portland is a city in Cumberland County, Maine, United States. ...

  • Birdland
  • Cumberland Mills
  • Deer Hill
  • Frenchtown
  • The Hamlet
  • Pride's Corner
  • Old Millbrook
  • Westbrook Pointe

Recreation

In addition to the sports complexes located at Westbrook High School and other schools, the city offers several public recreational areas and facilities, including: To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ...

  • Bicentennial Park & Skate Park
  • Riverbank Park
  • Westbrook River Walk - along Presumpscot River in downtown area
  • Cornelia Warren Memorial Trail - along Presumpscot River between Ash St. and Cumberland St.
  • Westbrook River Trail - along Presumpscot River north and east of the Sappi paper mill
  • Rocky Hill - network of trails behind Wescott Junior High School
  • Warren Little League Complex
  • Lincoln Street skating rink - ice hockey in colder months, roller hockey in warmer months
  • East Bridge Street skating rink - winter use only
  • Stroudwater Street skating rink - winter use only
  • East Bridge Street ballfields
  • Warren League Grounds
  • Warren Pool - outdoor public pool, summer use only
  • Davan Pool - indoor pool, open year-round

Westbrook is home to the 2005 Little League New England Regional Champions and 2006 Babe Ruth New England Champions.


The city is also home to three privately owned nine-hole golf courses - Twin Falls Golf Club, Rivermeadow Golf Course, and Sunset Ridge Golf Links.


While most of the lake is located in Windham and Falmouth, Highland Lake is also accessible from Westbrook via Duck Pond Road and Mast Road.


Notable inhabitants

Benjamin Paul Akers (1825-1861) was an American sculptor born in Saccarappa, Maine. ... George F. Gore (May 3, 1857 - September 16, 1933) was an American center fielder in Major League Baseball who played fourteen seasons for the Chicago White Stockings (1879-1886), New York Giants (1887-89, 1891-1892), and St. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet whose works include Paul Reveres Ride, A Psalm of Life, The Song of Hiawatha and Evangeline. He also wrote the first American translation of Dante Alighieris Divine Comedy and was one of the five members... Rudy Vallee (July 28, 1901 - July 3, 1986) was a popular United States singer, actor, bandleader, and entertainer. ... John Cumberland (born May 10, 1947 in Westbrook, Maine) is a former Major League Baseball player and coach. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Kevin Baines Eastman (born May 30, 1962) is an American comic book artist. ... The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. ...

References

    1. ^ (1967) Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Marquis Who's Who. 
  • ^ [1969] (1979) in Reichler, Joseph L.: The Baseball Encyclopedia, 4th edition, New York: Macmillan Publishing. ISBN 0-02-578970-8. 

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EPA Brownfields Assessment Pilot - Westbrook, ME (716 words)
Westbrook was also selected to receive additional funding for assessments at brownfields properties to be used for greenspace purposes.
Situated in the southern coastal section of Maine, just west of Portland, Westbrook (population 16,074) is a small, historic mill town struggling with the legacies of its industrial heritage and falling short in its efforts to reclaim lost business from the region’s ever-expanding strip malls.
The City of Westbrook will use Pilot funding to perform assessments in order to develop plans for cleanup, commercial redevelopment, open space, and public use of the Foye Mill and Sacarrappa Island brownfields sites on the Presumpscot River and the Maine Rubber site in the city’s downtown area.
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