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  • Federal plan could alter Portland-Brunswick rail upgrade funding

    Grant could replace state borrowing PORTLAND — Rail advocates are hoping the $35 million needed to upgrade tracks between Portland and Brunswick will qualify for grant funding under a new strategic plan being drafted by federal Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

  • Portland agencies, businesses plead for piece of federal funds

    PORTLAND — City Councilors listened to two hours of testimony Monday from representatives of social service agencies competing for federal Community Development Block Grant funds doled out annually by the city. A committee charged with reviewing applications and then ranking them ...

  • Sheriff: Coach's escorted release from prison not a policy violation

    PORTLAND — An intake sergeant who helped a former Deering High School baseball coach avoid the news media when the coach was released from the Cumberland County Jail did not violate jail policy and did not provide special treatment to the prisoner, Sheriff Mark Dion said last week. ...

  • Preliminary report says Portland schools are under-utilized

    Task force seeks more nuanced information PORTLAND — The group studying school facilities received a preliminary report on building capacities Monday night that suggests most schools are under capacity. However, members of the Comprehensive Use and Facilities Ta...

  • Portland School Committee OKs retirement incentive

    PORTLAND — The School Committee approved a retirement incentive for qualifying teachers that could save the district hundreds of thousands of dollars next year. More than 200 employees are eligible for the retirement incentive that offers either a one-time payment of $10,000 or s...

  • Portland condo owners still oppose East End wind study

    PORTLAND — The School Department still faces strong opposition from residents of a condominium complex who are opposed to a plan to test wind speeds near East End Community School, because they fear it will lead to a more than 200-foot turbine on Munjoy Hill. School officials met...

  • Gala opening for Jim Daniels photography

    Jim Daniels, an international photojournalist with a career spanning three decades, has recently made his favorite photographs available to the public for purchase. To celebrate this new venture, there will be a grand opening reception on Friday, March 27 from 4:30-8 p.m. at the Baxter Place Bu...

  • Maine Historical Society reopens library

    PORTLAND — Tucked behind the Wadsworth-Longfellow House on Congress Street, the Maine Historical Society library isn't a destination for many people. But with its newly renovated main wing and a new addition, the research facility definitely warrants a peek, even if you're not tra...

  • Play aims to break silence, spark discussion about eating disorders

    PORTLAND — A socially charged and emotionally moving play about a teenager with an eating disorder will be performed for Freeport High School students on April 1 to illuminate eating disorders and how they affect individuals, their families, friends and communities. The national t...

  • Maine Festival of the Book returns April 2 in Portland

    PORTLAND — The third annual Maine Festival of the Book will bring book enthusiasts together for four days of literary celebration beginning Thursday, April 2. The free event is presented by the non-profit Maine Reads, chaired by first lady Karen M. Baldacci and will include daily ...