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  • Portland proposals advance for minimum wage increase

    PORTLAND — Efforts to enact minimum or "livable" wage ordinances in the city will progress next month and possibly Nov. 3. A bill that would have banned municipalities from setting their own minimum wages failed in the Maine House Monday by a 83-60 vote. The bill, requested by Gov. P...

  • Falmouth prepares for Hat Trick Drive improvements

    FALMOUTH — The town has hired Scott Dugas Trucking & Excavating to begin long-anticipated construction work on Hat Trick Drive. Town Manager Nathan Poore said three bids came in, ranging from $468,000 to $545,000, and Dugas' was "the low b...

  • 'Seeds sown, weeds to pull': Portland memorial decries racism, violence

    PORTLAND — An estimated 1,300 people gathered at Merrill Auditorium on Monday to honor the victims of the June 17 shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The "Lift Every Voice and Sing" service organized by the city, the Portland branch of the NAACP, Portland&r...

  • Portland, Caulk await word about Kentucky school chief job

    PORTLAND — School Department officials are waiting to learn if Superintendent of Schools Emmanuel Caulk will leave for a school district job in Kentucky. On Friday, the department announced Caulk is one of two finalists for superintendent of the 40,000-student Fayette County Public S...

  • Color Run requires South Portland street closings

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Road closings will be in effect Sunday morning, June 28, for the Color Run 5K Road Race. Approximately 6,000 runners have signed up for the race, which begins at Southern Maine Community College, winds through Willard Square, and ends at Bug Light Park. During t...

  • North Yarmouth clerk makes sure veterans aren't forgotten

    NORTH YARMOUTH — When it comes to procuring cemetery memorials for the town's forgotten military veterans, Town Clerk Debbie Grover leaves no stone unturned. With Independence Day around the corner, she said, it's a particularly good time to remember those who fought to secure and ma...

  • North Yarmouth town manager gets 1-year contract extension

    NORTH YARMOUTH — The Board of Selectmen narrowly approved extending Town Manager Rosemary Roy's contract for another year. Selectmen voted 3-2 June 16 for the one-year contract extension. The panel voted

  • UNE, National Guard close land-for-Portland-armory deal

    PORTLAND — A land swap between the University of New England and the Maine Army National Guard has been completed. The deal giving the university the 65,000-square-foot armory at 772 Stevens Ave. in North Deering in exchange for 29 acres of land in Saco was closed last week, spokeswo...

  • Portland park vigil fights homelessness

    Homeless Voices for Justice advocate Jim Devine sings the blues in Portland's Post Office Park on June 19 during the eighth annual Longest Day of Homelessness Summer Solstice Vigil. From sunrise at 4:59 a.m. to sunset at 8:26 p.m., activists and supporters shared stories in the park on Middle Str...

  • Teaching pride in Portland

    The Pride Parade on Saturday, June 20, in Portland included the first formal participation by the city's School Deparment. Some students and staff have marched in the annual parade since the 1990s, but this was the first time the school district sanctioned participation by staff, School Board mem...