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  • Lines drawn over proposed Cumberland beach purchase

    CUMBERLAND — A public hearing on the town's proposed $3 million purchase of beach property off Foreside Road packed Town Council chambers Monday and drew many comments for and against the deal, which goes to referendum Nov. 4. Supporters have pointed out how the purchase, which would...

  • Portland City Council continues buffer zone talks

    PORTLAND — Improvements on Great Diamond Island, a revised process for seeking block grants, and the preservation of a historic Munjoy Hill home headed a brief City Council agenda Monday night. During an hour-long meeting, councilors also granted an extension for Public Safety, Healt...

  • Mettle for metal: Portland bands face prospect of vanishing rehearsal space

    Superorder, an instrumental progressive-metal band from Portland, performs at Grime Studios last month. The rehearsal space for more than 25 bands will soon be razed to make way for a multimillion-dollar development on Thompson's Point. From left are bassist Kyle Scofield, drummer Justin Hadley a...

  • Dion all but a shoo-in for re-election in Portland-Falmouth House District 43

    PORTLAND — The election in Maine House District 43 is contested, but only in theory. Republican Shannon Rafferty-Roy is not making an effort to unseat the incumbent Democrat, Rep. Mark Dion. "I'm not a politician," said Rafferty-Roy, who said she had planned to withdraw from t...

  • Expect delays on Martin's Point Bridge

    PORTLAND — Traffic delays are expected on the Martin's Point Bridge Wednesday, Oct. 7, through Friday, Oct. 9, while construction crews prepare to pave the roadway. Traffic in both directions will be restricted to one alternating lane of traffic from 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and delays...

  • House Island historic designation moves forward

    PORTLAND — House Island, the privately owned, 24-acre Casco Bay island once used for military and immigration purposes, could become a historic preservation district. The Historic Preservation Board unanimously forwarded a nomination to place the island under the city preservation or...

  • Uber rideshare service gets rolling in greater Portland

    PORTLAND — Uber, a startup ridesharing service that has frustrated the taxi industry in other U.S. metropolitan areas, has launched its first Northern New England operation in Portland. Kaitlin Durkosh, a spokeswoman for the company, confirmed the launch on Thursday, Oct. 2. T...

  • Franklin Street study eyes slower speeds, narrower lanes

    PORTLAND — The road to a redesigned Franklin Street will not be fully charted until next spring, but the steps along the way were presented to about 100 people Oct. 1 at the Portland Public Library.

  • SBA chooses Portland for small-business grant

    PORTLAND — Aid to local small businesses will be bolstered by a federal Small Business Administration grant worth as much as $1.6 million over the next five years. SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced Portland is one of eight communities awarded funding through the inaug...

  • Portland Museum of Art to take time out for cleaning, reorganization

    PORTLAND — The Portland Museum of Art will close for about six weeks early in 2016 as it works to make its collection more accessible to patrons. The work is part of a new strategic "vision" for the museum, which will close in mid-January 2016 and reopen in mid-February. ...