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  • Cumberland's beach acquisition draws more heat as purchase looms

    CUMBERLAND — With a developer and the town just days away from consummating a beach property acquisition endorsed by voters on Election Day, opponents continue to claim the deal is illegal. Cumberland voters on Nov. 4 narrowly supported the town's $3 million purchase of the Payson pr...

  • Brunswick residents face Monday deadline for $117K in unpaid taxes

    BRUNSWICK — Seventeen residential properties in foreclosure for unpaid taxes may be sold if their owners fail to pay off the debts by a Dec. 15 deadline. While town officials hope to work with the taxpayers, the deadline is an effort to clean up a backlog of seized properties th...

  • Portland police destroy suspicious package at police headquarters

    PORTLAND — Police on Monday were still investigating the nature of a suspicious device brought to police headquarters on Dec. 11 after it was found by a contractor, prompting the temporary closure of Middle and Franklin streets. City spokeswoman Jessica Grondin said how the device en...

  • Oxford Street incident leads to weapons charge for South Portland man

    PORTLAND — A South Portland man faces charges after allegedly driving into several parked cars on Oxford Street on Thursday morning, and then using a pellet gun to threaten a witness who took his car keys. City spokeswoman Jessica Grondin said Noor Ibrahim, 27, was arrested Thursday ...

  • Maine regulators agree to trim Summit Natural Gas fine from $100K to $25K

    PORTLAND — Summit Natural Gas of Maine has agreed to pay one-fourth of a fine proposed by Maine Public Utilities Commission staff to resolve a charge that the company did not make sure its contractors and workers were qualified to perform some pipeline installation tasks. Regulators ...

  • South Portland council, School Board seek common ground

    SOUTH PORTLAND — City councilors and School Board members discussed preliminary budget items Wednesday night, many maintaining a grim and uncertain outlook for state aid.  "You know, we say every year, 'This is going to be a tough budget year'; frankly, I am more concerned ...

  • Cape Elizabeth to borrow $1.75M for school repairs

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The Town Council approved borrowing $1.75 million to fund several School Department capital improvement projects. 

  • Cape Elizabeth committee to study Recycling Center operations

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The town will form a citizens committee to review safety at the Recycling Center following a death there on Nov. 24. The Town Council on Dec. 8 approved creation of the five-member panel to "review solid waste and recycling options for the community." The...

  • Brunswick panel floats proposal for new public park

    BRUNSWICK — Advocates hope to preserve natural resources and try to meet the town's need for recreation facilities in a new public park. The 66-acre property, to be called the Capt. William A. Fitzgerald USN Recreation-Conservation Area, is a former U.S. Navy transmitter site off Old...

  • Harpswell road commisioner seeks 100% salary hike

    HARPSWELL — Selectmen are considering a 33 percent pay increase for the town's elected road commissioner. The proposed $20,000 annual salary is more than three times the $6,000 that Road Commissioner Ronald Ponziani was paid when he was first elected three years ago, but less th...