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  • South Portland companies get $1.5M in energy grants

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Two companies were awarded more than $1.5 million in grants for projects that will increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse emissions. The Maine Renewable Energy Consortium received $1 million and Fairchild Semiconductor received nearly $540,000, according to...

  • South Portland council OKs $35K e-mail upgrade

    SOUTH PORTLAND — A $35,000 upgrade to the city's e-mail system should make it easier for city officials to comply with information requests filed under the Freedom of Access Act. The new system, approved by a 6-0 City Council vote on Monday night, will automatically archive incoming ...

  • Bath rings out the old year

    Tom Hoerth rings the Paul Revere bell atop City Hall in Bath at noon on New Year's Eve. This was the eighth year of the tradition and it was accompanied by the simultaneous ringing of the bell at Winter Street Church. Organizers hope to get more bells participating next year.

  • Scarborough's 'Big 3' redevelopment projects on track

    SCARBOROUGH — Though some had expected faster progress, the town's three largest commercial property redevelopment projects continue to proceed, even through some unanticipated setbacks. For Marden's Surplus & Salvage, the progress hasn't come soon enough. The discount retailer final...

  • Seafood seller says he's trapped by Scarborough policy on home businesses

    SCARBOROUGH — Martin Macisso says he isn't looking for special treatment, just "a fair playing field." Macisso, the owner of Scarborough Fish & Lobster Market at 697 Route 1, has been selling lobster, clams, haddock and shrimp at Dunstan Corner for 25 years, carrying on the tradition...

  • South Portland pressed to allow private school students on public school teams

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The School Department's policy of excluding private school students from public middle school sports teams is being challenged by a group of parents. The School Board will hold a workshop after its regular business meeting on Monday, Jan. 11, to discuss the policy and co...

  • Stage set for significant cuts in South Portland services, staff

    SOUTH PORTLAND — City Councilors on Jan. 4 decided to build a budget for the next fiscal year that does not increase the local tax rate. Since non-property tax revenues are declining and operating costs are increasing, municipal and school services and staff, which accounts for more than...

  • Trial to begin in shooting death of South Portland man

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Jury selection begins Friday, Jan. 8, in Cumberland County Superior Court in the trial of a Skowhegan man accused of killing a 50-year-old computer programmer who lived in the Willard Beach neighborhood. Malcolm Lavalle-Davidson, 50, is charged with manslaughter in the a...

  • Bath council gives initial OK to borrowing $300K for turf field

    BATH — A bond issue of up to $300,000 for all-weather turf at McMann Field narrowly received initial approval from the City Council Wednesday evening. The council voted 5-4 to grant first passage to an ordinance that authorizes the borrowing , which will pay for the purchase and ins...

  • Finishing touch in Freeport

    Camden Acousti, left, and his dad Tom stand back and admire their work after topping a newly sculpted snowman with a winter cap Sunday, Jan. 3, on School Street in Freeport.