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  • Portland proposed budget includes fee hikes for trash bags, apartments, cemeteries, more

    PORTLAND — The municipal budget headed for a May 18 City Council vote could boost property taxes 35 cents. But total funding for the $175.3 million includes much more than the budgeted $79 million in property tax revenue, and will be raised in part through a variety of fee increases....

  • Portland pair charged in drug bust on Interstate 295

    PORTLAND — Two city residents face a variety of charges following a traffic stop on Interstate 295 in Gardiner on May 5. Andre Hicks, 27, and Michelle Bourget, 23, were arrested by Maine State Police after Bourget was stopped for speeding, state Department of Public Safety spokesman ...

  • Women nail it for Habitat in Freeport

    Kelly Boudreau hammers a nail alongside a long line of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland volunteers Friday, May 8, in Freeport. About 50 volunteers turned out for the day, which was part of National Women Build Week – a program that encourages women to help build affordable...

  • Judge denies attempt to block Cumberland beach acquisition

    CUMBERLAND — A Maine Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the town and a local land trust by the heirs to a Foreside Road beach property. "T...

  • Topsham-area school budget could shrink at last minute

    TOPSHAM — Although the School Administrative District 75 Board of Directors on May 7 unanimously approved a $38.1 million budget, a smaller spending plan will be going to voters later this month. The fiscal 2016 budget as approved would increase total taxes in SAD 75's four towns by ...

  • Freeport next stop for Maine popcorn purveyor

    FREEPORT — Paul and Julie Roberts' unique business will soon be popping up in Freeport. Coastal Maine Popcorn, which also has gourmet popcorn stores in Boothbay Harbor, Portland, and Ro...

  • Portland officials form united front against racism

    PORTLAND — An array of city officials last week condemned three recent, racially motivated incidents. In a May 7 press conference organized by City Councilor Justin Costa, city councilors, Mayor Michael Brennan, and School Board member Pious Ali said the city must remain open an...

  • Cape Elizabeth panel: Gun club paperwork incomplete

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The firing range committee has rejected the Spurwink Rod and Gun Club's license application as incomplete. The committee on May 4 reviewed the Sawyer Road club's application and found seven of the approximately 50 items missing or not explained in enough detail....

  • Computer costs command attention at Scarborough budget forum

    SCARBOROUGH — A proposal to provide computers to each high school student next year dominated discussion at Wednesday night's Town Council budget forum. The final reading of the approximately $44 million fiscal 2016 school budget, which would be an increase of about 13 percent o...

  • Scarborough weighs pay-per-bag trash disposal

    SCARBOROUGH — The town will consider adopting a pay-as-you-throw waste disposal program.  The Town Council on Wednesday referred the proposal to the energy committee, which will determine whether the program would reduce waste and save money. The committee will then prepare...