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  • Portland School Board OKs $89.6M budget that cuts jobs, increases taxes

    PORTLAND — The School Board on Tuesday night unanimously approved a nearly $89.6 million budget.  The spending plan for fiscal 2012 is about $360,000 smaller than the current budget. But the School Department's share of local property taxes is expected to increase by about 2.79 ...

  • Leaning into spring

    Like plants that lean in the direction of their light source, these snowmen, created at the corner of Middle and School streets in Freeport after last Friday's snowstorm, were leaning by Sunday in the direction of the warming noontime sun.

  • Court dismisses lawsuit challenging Freeport dispatch change

    FREEPORT — A Maine Superior Court justice has dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the town's transfer of emergency medical dispatch services to Brunswick.  Residents Marianne McGettigan, Judith Blanchard and Donald Rice did not agree with a Town Council decision last April to mo...

  • School budget divides Falmouth Town Council

    Several councilors question all-day kindergarten proposal FALMOUTH — Four of the seven town councilors spoke out last week against funding in the school budget for an all-day kindergarten program in the new elementary school. The proposed $26.2 million fiscal 2012 budget is ... 1

  • Falmouth seeks leftover stimulus funds to replace school furnaces

    FALMOUTH — The new school campus on Woodville Road may become an oil heat-free zone, if the schools wins a grant from the Maine Forest Service. The town applied last week for a grant of up to $500,000 to replace the middle school's two oil-burning furnaces, which are more than 50 yea...

  • Portland's East End Community School eligible for improvement funds

    PORTLAND — For the second year in a row, a city elementary school is on the state's list of under-performing schools eligible for special federal assistance. East End Community School is one of 10 schools in the state not making adequate progress in accordance with the No Child Left ...

  • Darrell, Renehan to leave Yarmouth Town Council

    YARMOUTH — Two town councilors will not seek re-election in June. Nomination papers for the June 14 municipal elections are available at the town clerk's office at Town Hall. Three council seats, two School Committee seats and two seats on the Water District Board of Trustees, all fo...

  • Cumberland petition forces referendum on gravel pits

    CUMBERLAND — A petition drive has gathered enough signatures to send changes in gravel pit rules to a June 14 referendum. Town Clerk Tammy O'Donnell said she certified 600 signatures submitted March 31 by a citizen's group, the Cumberland Environmental Action Network. O'Donnell said ...

  • Renys opens next week on Congress Street in Portland

    PORTLAND — A "Maine adventure" joins the downtown retail mix next week. Renys will open at 540 Congress St. on April 14. The department store offers everything from packaged foods to hardware to housewares to clothing. "They sell everything," said Jan Beitzer, executive direct...

  • Portland takes a Mulligan on golf course restaurant plan

    City to run Bogey's instead of hiring an operator PORTLAND — A city decision to manage Bogey's, the restaurant at Riverside Municipal Golf Course, is leaving a bad taste in the mouth of at least one applicant who hoped to run the establishment. The city issued a request for ...