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  • Portland councilors respond to aid concerns

    PORTLAND — While continuing strong rebuttals to state accusations of mismanagement in its General Assistance program, the city is preparing for possible administrative and financial changes to it. Members of two City Council committees discussed responses last week to a state Departm...

  • Greens ready to launch liveable wage drive in Portland

    PORTLAND — A petition to create a minimum wage of $15 per hour in the city by 2019 should be ready for signatures by April 3, Portland Green Independent Committee Chairman Tom MacMillan said March 12. The proposed ordinance would require companies employing 500 or more people to star...

  • Portland gets $200K in development help

    PORTLAND — At Coffee by Design on Diamond Street on March 11, Mayor Michael Brennan recalled his first impressions of East Bayside. "Thirty-eight years ago, no one wanted to develop in East Bayside, and very few people lived here," Brennan said as he commented on a $200,000 grant, re...

  • Portland, Cumberland County may get FEMA storm aid

    PORTLAND — Up to 75 percent of city expenses related to cleanup from the Jan. 26-28 winter storms may be reimbursed by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency. The aid to Cumberland, York and Androscoggin counties was announced March 13 by Gov. Paul LePage after a disaster decla...

  • Portland legislators host forum on state budget

    PORTLAND — The biennial budget recently proposed by Gov. Paul LePage and its possible effects on the city and state will be discussed at an April 2 public forum hosted by members of Portland's delegation to the Maine Legislature. The 5:30 p.m. forum in Rines Auditorium at Portland Pu...

  • Casco Bay Lines rate change: 'Fare' play or financial folly?

    PORTLAND — Is it a family-friendly marketing tactic that could boost tourism, or a costly mistake that will cause an unsustainable revenue loss for Casco Bay Lines? Opposing perspectives surround a proposal to increase the eligibility age for CBL children's fares from 9 to 13. The pr...

  • St. Patrick's Day parade braves cold weather in Portland

    Keira O'Brien, of Falmouth, dances a jig along with a 50-member dance troupe Sunday during Portland's annual St. Patrick's Day parade on Commercial Street. The dancers are from the Gorham-based Stillson School of Irish Dance.

  • School food tested after 22 Portland students vomit

    PORTLAND — State and city health officials were investigating Friday after 22 students at Reiche Elementary School suddenly came down with a stomach ailment over the past week. District food services officials have sent samples of the food served at the school to a state laborat...

  • 2 men arrested in South Portland shooting, stabbing

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Two men were arrested Thursday after an altercation late Wednesday night that injured two South Portland men.  Police charged Essa Sayed, 18, of Portland, and Zachary Swain, 18, of Cape Elizabeth, with aggravated assault and attempted murder in connection w...

  • Cape councilors talk about ... talking

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Town councilors on Monday took another look at the proposed 2016 municipal budget, but spent much of their meeting discussing how to improve their own communications with residents. Town Manager Mike McGovern presented the draft budget to councilors, although not muc...