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  • Portland School Board panel proposes tighter nepotism rules

    PORTLAND — The School Board policy committee is recommending an updated, more restrictive nepotism policy to the full board. The new policy, approved by a 2-1 vote, would more tightly govern the hiring of family members of existing School Department employees and School Board members...

  • Portland's Old Port Festival expanding to 4 days

    PORTLAND — For 41 years, the Old Port Festival has provided plenty of food, music and other entertainment. On Monday, festival organizers said visitors should expect plenty more when the 42nd festival expands to four days, June 11-14, and adds a showcase of local merchants to the mix...

  • Portland eateries will aid Nepal earthquake relief

    PORTLAND — Several restaurants and food trucks will jointly raise money June 1 for earthquake relief in Nepal. "Pop-Up for Nepal" will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. at O’Maine Studios, 54 Danforth St., according to a press release Monday. More than a dozen participants will serve fo...

  • Portland City Council postpones budget vote

    PORTLAND — A second reading, public hearing and City Council vote on the proposed $221 million budget was postponed Monday to June 15. City Hall spokeswoman Jessica Grondin said the decision was made to delay the vote for four weeks "given the number of uncertainties around impacts f...

  • Investigators seek cause of Falmouth house fire

    FALMOUTH — A fire that damaged portions of a home at 1 Victoria Lane late Sunday is being investigated by the state fire marshall's office and local officials. Fire Department Chief Howard Rice Jr. on Monday said it was "too early to tell" what caused the fire that spread to all thre...

  • Maine opponents of smart meters take case to court of last resort

    PORTLAND — A citizens group is appealing a decision by the Maine Public Utilities Commission on "smart meters" to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. The Maine Coalition to Stop Smart Meters believes the PUC's decision does not do enough to protect the public's health and safety. ...

  • Portland developer sees promise in West End parking lot

    PORTLAND — More affordable housing could be coming to the West End, and a neighborhood resident wants to provide it. "For me, it is much more than a housing development," Todd Alexander said May 15. "It is an opportunity to build affordable housing and tackle some neighborhood issues...

  • Survey hopes to quantify Maine's homeless youth

    PORTLAND — Social service provider Preble Street is conducting a first-ever count of homeless and runaway youth in Maine. The count, which began May 18 and will last a week, was funded by a $35,000 grant...

  • Falmouth teen pleads guilty to 3 charges, gets jail, probation

    FALMOUTH — Logan Valle, the teenager police suspected of setting fire to his family's home last November, has pleaded guilty to charges of theft, criminal mischief and tre...

  • Lone suspect sought in Portland bank robbery

    PORTLAND — Police continue to search for a suspect in connection with Thursday's armed robbery at the University Credit Union at 1071 Brighton Ave. Portland Police Lt. James Sweatt said the robbery was reported at 2:47 p.m. after a lone suspect demanded money while displaying a black...