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  • Bath council approves downtown TIF amendment for hotel

    BATH — The City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved an amendment to the city's downtown tax increment financing district, an expansion that will encompass the future Hampton Inn hotel. The 55,000-square-foot Hilton-chain hotel is being constructed on the Prawer Block, boun...

  • City Council supports sound stage, balks at rezoning South Portland armory

    SOUTH PORTLAND — More than a dozen residents attended Monday's City Council workshop to discuss the fate of the former Maine Army National Guard Armory on Broadway at the foot of the Casco Bay Bridge. The workshop was prompted by a Cape Elizabeth resident's proposal to convert th...

  • Feds issue first report on June 13 plane crash that killed South Portland man

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report on Tuesday about the events leading up to a June 13 plane crash that ...

  • Richardson calls for new 'protocols' to discuss Brunswick Naval Air Station redevelopment

    BRUNSWICK — Caught between a need to ease anxiety about the closing of Brunswick Naval Air Station and protecting the identity of prospective tenants at the base, the commissioner of the state Department of Economic and Community Development on Monday called for new communication "protoc...

  • Topsham selectmen opt for Middlesex Road safety improvements instead of speed change

    TOPSHAM — The Board of Selectmen voted 3-2 June 18 against asking the Maine Department of Transportation to reduce the Middlesex Road speed limit. However, the board voted unanimously to have town staff look into safety improvements, such as a new crosswalk, intersection signs an...

  • Topsham Government Improvement Committee seeks more input

    TOPSHAM — The Government Improvement Committee is reviewing surveys from more than 100 people at Town Meeting last month and hopes to survey a broader spectrum of residents. Committee member John Rensenbrink said on Monday that the Town Meeting surveys were a first step, while a...

  • Denning dedication

    Jordan Denning, brother of the late Hanley Denning, founder of Safe Passage, places a small stone inscribed with Hanley's name on it on a new memorial bench at Yarmouth High School on June 18. Friends and relatives of Hanley Denning helped dedicate the memorial and shared stories of her courage, com...

  • Baldacci reassures Brunswick councilors, Bowdoin College about Downeaster

    BRUNSWICK — Gov. John Baldacci last week reassured officials from Brunswick, Freeport and Bowdoin College about his commitment to the Amtrak Downeaster and the proposed extension of the passenger service. The meeting with Baldacci was sparked by concerns that the governor's suppo... 2

  • Commercial Street work could start next month in Bath

    BATH — Improvements to Commercial Street could begin by mid or late July, after the City Council and Maine Department of Transportation have approved a contractor to conduct the work, City Planner Jim Upham said Wednesday. He said three contractor bids were opened Wednesday morni...

  • Brunswick base redevelopers hope Congress backs no-cost transfers

    BRUNSWICK — The U.S. House of Representatives this week was expected to hear a bill sponsored by Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, that could help speed redevelopment of Brunswick Naval ...