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  • Portland School Committee to vote on $92M budget

    More state aid headed to Portland PORTLAND — The School Committee will vote Wednesday, April 1, on a more than $91 million budget proposed for next year. Prior to the vote, however, the committee must resolve two remaining issues: whether to budget $100,000 for ...

  • Federal grant beefs up Cumberland fire coverage

    CUMBERLAND — Grant funding is no stranger to the Cumberland Fire Department. Since 2000, the department has been awarded $1.3 million of the $2.9 million it's sought. The most recent grant, awarded in January, will help fund a full-time firefighter/EMT for the next 5 years, allow...

  • Town, schools hold the line on Falmouth budget

    FALMOUTH — The municipal and school budgets presented at a special Town Council meeting last week will neither increase nor decrease the existing property tax rate. Councilors all praised school administrators for their efforts to bring in a nearly flat budget. Coming in at just o...

  • Portland Water District to get $4.5M in stimulus

    PORTLAND — The Portland Water District expects to receive $4.5 million in federal stimulus money to replace aging infrastructure, without increasing water rates. PWD Public Relation Manager Michelle Clements said the district expects to fund 14 projects, mostly water main replace...

  • Community garden worries cemetery advocate

    PORTLAND — A vacant parcel owned by Evergreen Cemetery could become a community garden, orchard and tree farm if the city approves leasing the land to a neighborhood group. The founder of Friends of Evergreen Cemetery, meanwhile, said she is concerned that turning the cemetery pa...

  • Portland school gets grant to jumpstart Nason's Park project

    PORTLAND — An anonymous grant from an out-of-state foundation with ties to Portland has been awarded to Breakwater School for what is being called the "greenovation" of Nason's Corner Park.  The $85,000 grant is expected to allow the private school to complete the desig...

  • Sewall attorney says company could recover in 6-12 months

    BATH — An attorney for M.W. Sewall & Co. this week said the company, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on March 27, could be back on its feet in as little as six months.

  • Portland library considers service, job cuts

    PORTLAND — The director of the city's public library system says hours at Portland's branch libraries will be cut if the library is flat-funded in its 2010 budget. The library is asking for $3.2 million in funding from the city for 2010, which is about $118,000 more than the curre...

  • Durham school chief tapped by RSU 5

    FREEPORT — Shannon Welsh, superintendent of School Union 30 in Durham, was named chief of Regional School Unit 5 last week. She was narrowly selected over Freeport and Pownal Superintendent Elaine Tomaszewski after a 2 1/2-hour closed-door meeting of the RSU board.

  • Portland City Council accepts manager's CDBG decisions

    PORTLAND — The City Council voted unanimously Monday to adopt Community Development Block Grant recommendations from City Manager Joe Gray. The decision followed two public hearings marked by pleas from social service agencies and largely reflected that of the CDBG Allocations Com...