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  • Foundation's millionth dollar will plant greenhouse for Falmouth schools

    FALMOUTH — The School Board on Monday unanimously accepted a $40,000 grant to the School Department from the Falmouth Education Foundation. The board also unanimously approved the first proposed revisions to a policy regarding graduation requirements. FEF President Stacy ...

  • Portland council adds constables to library staff

    PORTLAND — It took two votes, but city councilors on Monday approved a new Portland Public Library policy allowing security staff to give trespass orders to unruly patrons. The new policy adds three constable positions beginning Jan. 1, 2015, despite warnings from homeless advocates ...

  • METRO plans buses from Portland to Yarmouth, Freeport, maybe Brunswick

    PORTLAND — Planning for proposed METRO bus service to Yarmouth and Freeport began Monday in Portland. At the same time, discussions began about expanding service to Brunswick. The Greater Portland Transit District on Monday began its community outreach with an information gath...

  • Portland enacts spending cuts in case of lost state aid

    PORTLAND — A potential budget pinch has put the clamps on city discretionary spending, at least until a court dispute over social assistance spending for undocumented immigrants is resolved. Acting City Manager Sheila Hill-Christian last week ordered freezes on hiring and travel, wee...

  • Smaller Midtown project returns to Portland Planning Board

    PORTLAND — A revised plan by Miami-based Federated Cos. to redevelop 3.5 acres of city land on Somerset Street in Bayside was back in front of the Planning Board on Nov. 12. Whether you call it Midtown 2.0, or Midtown v.2, it is smaller, less expensive, and seems to satisfy its ...

  • Mixed-use projects capture attention in Falmouth

    FALMOUTH — Two town committees came together for a second time last week to discuss how to encourage growth while preserving the town's rural character. The The Long Range Planning Advisory Committee and Community Development Committee met Nov. 13 with real estate developer...

  • Cumberland, North Yarmouth residents advocate arts, critical thinking, in SAD 51 planning forum

    CUMBERLAND — A community dialogue for School Administrative District 51 drew about 110 people and several ideas for the district's focus for the next few years. The district's Strategic Planning Committee, which hosted the Nov. 10 meeting, will use information and data from other sou...

  • Falmouth residents pack Route 100 forum

    FALMOUTH — A few days after the Town Council approved hiring Wright-Pierce for a consulting position on the Route 100 Vision project, residents crowded into Town Hall to have their voices heard for the first community forum on the project. There was no specific focus for the Nov...

  • Freeport council election recount confirms Rixon's victory over incumbent DeGrandpre

    FREEPORT — Bill Rixon officially defeated incumbent at-large Town Councilor Rich DeGrandpre after a recount Monday. While the Nov. 4 results said Rixon beat the 12-year councilor by six votes, Monday's recount showed the difference was five votes, 2,076 to 2,071. "I'm pleased ...

  • Proposed Portland storm water fee flows through 2nd public hearing

    PORTLAND — The City Council Finance Committee is expected to make a recommendation Thursday on a plan to charge property owners new fees to pay for storm-water infrastructure improvements. The proposal to charge $6 per month for every 1,200 square feet of impervious surface did not m...