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Hola, estudiantes: Portland kindergartners immersed in Spanish

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PORTLAND — Lyseth Elementary School is Maine's first public school with a full-immersion program in Spanish.  The School Department hired Susana Balasch, formerly of Pam [...]

Historic listing sought for Chebeague Island golf course

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CHEBEAGUE ISLAND — Six years shy of its 100th anniversary, the Great Chebeague Golf Course could soon be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The nine-hole golf course was recentl [...]

Backpacks bridge the gap: Brunswick-based program eases students' weekend hunger

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Volunteers Jennifer Iacovelli and Nicky Roche, at the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program in Brunswick on Tuesday, Sept. 9, pack crates with bags full of food headed to hungry school children.  [...]

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  • Bath incumbent faces neophyte challenger in House District 52

    BATH — In her bid for a second term in the state House of Representatives, Rep. Jennifer DeChant, D-Bath, faces a challenge from Republican Ryan Daniels. The two Bath residents are vying to represent House District 52, which before redistricting was District 62. Daniels, 35, o...

  • Bar Harbor couple sue Portland police officer for false arrest

    PORTLAND — A Bar Harbor couple claim they were illegally arrested in the city May 24 after observing and attempting to record police "interaction" with a woman on Fore Street, according to a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in Hancock County Superior Court. Jill A. Walker and Sabatino Sca...

  • Portland City Council OKs Midtown project revisions

    PORTLAND — It may be a month before the opponents of the Midtown development in Bayside get their day in court, but City Councilors on Monday moved forward with revisions to the Somerset Street project. Four orders were passed to accommodate the timing of the lawsuit filed in Cumberl...

  • Aid to undocumented immigrants vexes Portland officials

    PORTLAND — City officials are grappling with how to get state reimbursement for general assistance to undocumented immigrants while fighting a state policy prohibiting aid to anyone who cannot prove they are in the country legally. The policy and court strategy were discussed Monday ...

  • Portland family escapes Deering Avenue fire

    PORTLAND — Four people escaped an early morning house fire Tuesday at 40 Deering Ave. Homeowner Nancy Teras said she, her husband, step-daughter and mother escaped the 1890s-era home shortly before dawn when flames broke out on the back wall of the building, where part of the ro...

  • Portland city councilors may weigh proposed hike in minimum wage

    PORTLAND — Mayor Michael Brennan last week said a proposed ordinance to raise the minimum wage in the city might be vetted next week by a City Council committee, and could go before the full council for consideration next month. Brennan advocates hiking the minimum wage to $9.50 an h...

  • Auction adds meat to annual Cumberland County Fair schedule

    CUMBERLAND — Fans of local pork, lamb and beef may want to flock to an auction at the Cumberland Fair on Sept. 24. The auction, to be held at the fairgrounds show arena at 4 p.m., will allow people to buy meat raised by area 4-H members. Sold "on the hoof," the animals will be...

  • North Yarmouth incumbent faces Durham challenger in Maine House District 46

    NORTH YARMOUTH — State Rep. Anne Graham, D-North Yarmouth, must fend off a challenge by Durham Republican Paul Chace on Nov. 4  to win a third term in the Maine House of Representatives. The candidates are running in House District 46, a redrawn district that includes North Yarm...

  • $100K on the line, online, for Portland school principal

    PORTLAND — A city high school principal has a one-in-six chance of landing his school $100,000. Derek Pierce, who has been principal at Casco Bay High School since it was founded nine years ago, has been nominated for the Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s Larry O’Too...

  • Portland School Board District 4 election draws 1st-time candidates

    PORTLAND — Two newcomers are squaring off for the School Board seat in District 4, and an incumbent seeking a third term is unopposed in District 5. The District 4 seat, which covers the area from Back Cove to Stevens and Allen avenues, was previously held by Justin Co...