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  • Falmouth hires firm to create 1-stop code database

    FALMOUTH — The town has hired a Texas-based consulting firm to lead the effort of reorganizing its land use codes and developing a new Unified Development Code. The firm, Kendig Keast Collaborative, will be paid $90,000 for the year-long effort of simplifying and clarifying land use ...

  • Falmouth, Freeport break-ins could be work of traveling gang

    FALMOUTH — A series of vehicle break-ins in Falmouth and Freeport have police investigating a possible connection to a national string of similar crimes. The forced vehicle entries at Foreside Fitness on Route 1 in Falmouth and at the Casco Bay Regional YMCA on Old South Freeport Roa...

  • Portland woman aims to crowdsource lobstering career

    PORTLAND — When Marianna Tracy first went lobstering 15 years ago on Cliff Island, she knew she'd found her calling. "I just loved it, I tried it one day when I moved to the island and I fell in love with being on the water," Tracy said last week. She said she went out for the...

  • Peaks pond purchase preserves island pleasures

    PORTLAND — A tradition of outdoor recreation will continue on Peaks Island as the Peaks Island Land Preserve this week completes its purchase of the Ice Pond for $60,000. “It is wonderful, we literally have been looking at the pond for nearly 20 years," PILP President John Whit...

  • Weapons, and more, for cops: Portland-area police get $2M in surplus military equipment

    In the past nine years, Portland-area police departments have received more than $2.07 million worth of combat rifles, armored vehicles and other equipment through a Defense Department program that transfers military supplies to domestic law enforcement agencies. A review of inventories

  • Portland fire victim's family faces obstacles beyond finances

    PORTLAND — Ashley Summers wears her husband's identification badge from his job at Boston Financial. "I feel like I have him right with me,” she said Dec. 23 as she talked about a new fundraising website to assist her family after the death of Steven Summers on Nov. 4. S...

  • North Yarmouth development study results postponed

    NORTH YARMOUTH — A Portland architectural firm is now expected to deliver a final facilities study report to the Board of Selectmen no earlier than mid-January, Chairman Steve Palmer said last week. The $18,000 study involves three development options on the town's horizon. A ...

  • Portland, Westbrook police investigate Saturday-night gunfire

    PORTLAND — Police in Westbrook and Portland are investigating shots fired into a home and a car overnight Saturday, but would release few details Sunday afternoon about either case. Citing an ongoing investigation, Police Lt. Bob Doherty said Sunday that shots were fired sometime ove...

  • Cumberland-North Yarmouth school district considers turf field, performing arts center

    CUMBERLAND — An artificial turf field and performing arts center will be subjects of a School Administrative District 51 Board of Directors workshop Monday, Jan. 5. "There's been a lot of interest, I think, in the community" around both projects, and committees have been tasked with ...

  • UPDATED: Cape Elizabeth woman, 65, died before kitchen fire started

    CAPE ELIZABETH — A 65-year-old woman died of natural causes Friday, Dec. 26, before a fire broke out in the kitchen of her 75 Starboard Drive home. The determination on the death of Lamy Alkurdy was made Saturday after an autopsy by the state medical examiner's office, Maine Dep...