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  • 1st graduating class at Portland's expeditionary high school sets a high standard

    PORTLAND — Seniors at Casco Bay High School are used to setting precedents. They were the first group of students to test an innovative expeditionary high school learning model for the city schools – a model that focuses on interdisciplinary, project-based learning that often o...

  • Portland City Council approves $189M budget; police, fire jobs still in doubt

    PORTLAND — City residents will not see an increase in property taxes in the next fiscal year, although parking at a meter or getting a marriage license will cost more. There may also be fewer police officers and firefighters on the job, after the City Council on Monday passed a $1...

  • Portland Harbor Museum finds new, temporary home in Arts District

    PORTLAND — About a year ago, the Portland Harbor Museum decided to open a special exhibition in an empty storefront on Congress Street in Portland as a trial run for moving its maritime history collection from its South Portland location. It eventually became apparent that the te...

  • Seminar series seeks to create more frugal lobster fishermen

    PORTLAND — Today's lobstermen are confronted with a vastly different lobster business than the one enjoyed by their fathers and grandfathers. Gone are the days of socking money away beneath the mattress, or hoping that wealth accumulated in a savings account will be enough to get...

  • State ready to begin widening Portland's Exit 7; activists want trail access

    PORTLAND — Widening of the northbound and southbound off ramps at Exit 7 of Interstate 295 should begin later this year, according to the Maine Department of Transportation. Work on the ramps at Franklin Arterial is intended to relieve traffic jams at the heavily used exit, MDOT p...

  • Portland police say man had rifle behind school

    PORTLAND — A police officer making his normal rounds at Portland High School Monday morning came across a man who was allegedly loading a high power rifle in the alley behind the downtown school. Officer Steve Black, a resource officer at the high school, was in Freshman Alley aro...

  • Portland school budget passes by 4-1 margin; turnout disappoints

    PORTLAND — More than 80 percent of voters on Tuesday supported the $91.3 million school budget, which will take effect July 1. School leaders interpreted the 1,704 to 398 vote – a 4-1 margin – as a sign the public is regaining trust in the School Committee, following several y...

  • Portland Police Beat: May 12

    5/5 at 12:49 p.m. Mark Lyon, 55, of Portland, was arrested by Officer James Keddy on a charge of theft. 5/5 at 5:17 p.m. Brent Hood, 23, of Portland, was arrested by Officer Daniel Knight on a charge of receiving stolen property.

  • Temporary bridge to preserve pedestrian, bike access during Veranda Street closure in Portland

    PORTLAND — A temporary bridge will be built to preserve pedestrian and bicycle access between Martin's Point and Washington Avenue when the Veranda Street bridge is closed in June. Jim Wentworth, project manager of the Maine Department of Transportation, said the bridge will be cl...

  • Downtown Portland hotel has new owners

    PORTLAND — The Holiday Inn by the Bay on Spring Street has a new owner. Bangor-based Lafayette Hotels announced May 11 that it had acquired the hotel from Harper Hotels of Vermont. The hotel, which opened in 1973 and is Maine's largest, has been approved by InterContin...