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  • Portland capital budget will increase borrowing for fiscal 2016

    PORTLAND — The fiscal year 2016 capital improvements budget will have a second public hearing before the City Council Finance Committee at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24. An initial draft of the plan for ...

  • Postponed: Portland Polar Dip for Camp Sunshine

    PORTLAND — Organizers on Thursday postponed the eighth annual Portland Polar Dip, which was scheduled for noon Saturday, Feb. 21, at East End Beach, because of ice floes in the water. The event will be rescheduled, but the new date has not yet been determined. The dip into Cas...

  • Cumberland author's book tackles youth homelessness

    CUMBERLAND — Inspired by children who struggle against the odds, Jennifer Richard Jacobson has written "Paper Things," a juvenile novel about youth homelessness in Maine. The book, published by Candlewick Press, tells the story of 11-year-old Ari and her older brother, Gage. Their mo...

  • Portland restaurants try to weather the storms

    PORTLAND — It's been one storm after another this winter, with snow accumulations well above normal in the city. And while that may be great news for winter enthusiasts, it has many others hibernating. The parking bans, snow piles, bitter cold and blistering winds that keep people in...

  • Portland fire safety proposals face budget constraints

    PORTLAND — The city's Fire Safety Task Force has finished its work, but officials are wary of the cost of implementing some recommendations. "I am going to sit down with department heads and review the affe...

  • Portland High School fire alarm system failing, outdated

    PORTLAND — The fire alarm system in the city's oldest school is obsolete, but still operational for the time being. Replacement of the Portland High School system at a cost of $150,000 is included in the city's

  • Maine joins heroin task force as lawmakers question treatment strategy

    PORTLAND — With heroin overdose deaths and prosecutions for heroin trafficking increasing, Maine Attorney General Janet Mills said the state has joined a multi-state task force to reduce trafficking and abuse of the opioid. “Maine is very pleased to be working with our partners...

  • Maine Catholic schools get new superintendent

    PORTLAND — Catholic schools in Maine will have a new superintendent, effective July 1. James King, a native of Akron, Ohio, was named to the position by Bishop Robert Deeley. He will succeed the Rev. Louis J. Phillips, who has served as interim superintendent since July 1, 2014. ...

  • Housing authorities share in federal grants

    PORTLAND — Area housing authorities will share in almost half the $5.4 million in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funding awarded to Maine agencies Feb. 12. According to a HUD press release, the money is part of the the department's Capital Fund Program, which helps ...

  • Portland schools surveying parents

    PORTLAND — The School Department launched its second annual parent survey on Feb. 9, and will be accepting responses until April 17. The survey is available on the department website in seve...