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  • South Portland buys land to thwart potential Scarborough development

    SOUTH PORTLAND — When the City Council unanimously approved using $10,000 from its Land Bank to purchase less than a quarter acre of land off Berwick Street on Dec. 7, residents and city officials alike hoped the effort would set a precedent for future open space conservation efforts.

  • Falmouth man's 108th birthday brings generations together

    FALMOUTH — After more than a century of birthdays, presents can get kind of dull. For Barrett Nichols, who turned 108 on Monday, Dec. 14, a room full of children helping him celebrate last week was a present that really brightened his day. The students from teacher Amy Farmer'...

  • Fort Williams fees among budget-balancing options in Cape Elizabeth

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Aware of the foreboding financial outlook for the coming year, the newly elected Town Council and Chairwoman Ann Swift-Kayatta took steps to save money at their first meeting Monday, Dec. 14. Councilors accepted a

  • Challenges face new Cape Elizabeth School Board members, leaders

    CAPE ELIZABETH — With news of a reduction in state funds for this year, and a grim outlook for fiscal year 2010-2011, the newest members of the School Board were sworn in on Monday, Dec. 14. John Christie, Kate Williams-Hewitt and David Hillman took their oaths in a special business...

  • State board upholds South Portland tax assessment of Maine Mall

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The owners of the Maine Mall received some good news and some bad news this week. While the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York accepted General Growth Properties' plan for the reorganization of $10.25 billion in debt, the Maine Board of Property Tax Review on Tuesday ...

  • Freeport resident honored for conservation efforts

    FREEPORT — Dick Anderson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Coastal Conservation Association of Maine at the organization's annual meeting Dec. 7. Anderson was honored for more than 50 years of work on marine conservation. The 75-year-old outdoorsman said Tuesda...

  • Scarborough 'Redskins' nickname makes a comeback, this time on T-shirts

    SCARBOROUGH — Two elections ago, some Scarborough High School alumni's nostalgia for the school's retired athletics nickname, the Redskins, led to a referendum question that failed at the polls. Now,  it's inspired a T-shirt. An exact replica of an original shirt, the red...

  • Brunswick Downtown Association likely to manage rail station, despite state tax status

    BRUNSWICK — A local business organization is slated to manage tenants at a town-leased portion of the Maine Street Station development, but only if it re-establishes its non-profit status with the state. According to Tim Poulin, director of the Division of Corporations in the office ...

  • Agencies step up liquor law enforcement

    CUMBERLAND COUNTY — A task force created to combat underage drinking has awarded grants to nine local law enforcement agencies. The Cumberland County Underage Drinking Enforcement Task Force gave $2,000 each to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department and to police departments in F...

  • Police: South Portland bar tried to stop Cape woman who hit parked cruiser

    SOUTH PORTLAND — A 44-year-old Cape Elizabeth woman was charged with three felonies in connection with an accident that injured a police officer early on the morning of Dec. 12. Lisa Cioe was charged with operating under the influence at the scene of the Saturday-morning accident. On...