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  • Portland hopes to have new city clerk by spring

    PORTLAND — The City Council could hire a new city clerk by April, filling the position responsible for running elections, recording council actions and overseeing vital records keeping. Linda Cohen left the job at the beginning of the year, following a 10-year run during which she wa...

  • Ethics panel seeks info from Portland chamber, newspaper ahead of hearing

    PORTLAND — Proponents of last year's successful campaign for an elected mayor have until Wednesday, Feb. 2, to respond to the state Ethics Commission's request for more information about nearly $47,000 in newspaper ads. Jonathan Wayne, executive director of the Maine Commission on Go...

  • 'Bleak' budget season begins for Portland schools

    PORTLAND — Only a handful of residents last week took advantage of a public hearing that opened the School Board's budget deliberations for fiscal 2012. Superintendent James C. Morse Sr. began the meeting at King Middle School by laying out a budget scenario in which the district wil...

  • 2 new districts approved for Cumberland County

    PORTLAND — The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners last week unanimously approved the creation of two additional districts, including one that combines a Portland neighborhood with several suburban communities. Residents in the new districts will vote for their respective commis...

  • Energy program shuts after questions about politics, effectiveness

    HALLOWELL — A lawyer who was once Gov. John Baldacci’s counsel set up a "green" nonprofit organization that got a three-year, $3 million no-bid contract in 2010 through a state agency with the help of the governor. That contract, designed to help Maine residents sign up for ene...

  • State looks for Portland's OK to expand marine terminal

    PORTLAND — The state is asking the city to approve $5 million in upgrades to the International Marine Terminal, a move it says will attract more cargo and container shipments. Maine Department of Transportation representatives are due before the Planning Board Feb. 8 to pitch the pro...

  • Maine squeeze: Lemonade Day aims to juice up kids' taste for business

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Lemonade stands are a childhood fixture in America. Driven either by boredom or an entrepreneurial spirit, children for decades have been mixing and selling batches of the sweet drink from makeshift roadside stands. Now there is an effort underway in central a...

  • Residents seek more say in zoning proposed for Scarborough neighborhood

    SCARBOROUGH — Some residents are not happy with portions of a zoning change proposed for a neighborhood along Black Point Road. The Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee has proposed rezoning a section of the road near St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, from the more-liberal Business...

  • South Portland residents sought to plan details of new high school

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The planning process for expanding and renovating South Portland High School is underway. But the School Board is looking for residents were are interested in participating in planning the new school, which could open in the fall of 2015. The School Board has ...

  • Scarborough proposal aims to protect aquifers

    SCARBOROUGH — A new protection district has been proposed that would affect any home or business sitting on top of one of the town's 10 fresh-water aquifers. The Aquifer Overlay Protection District, which aims to protect groundwater quality, would prohibit the storage of more than 10...