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  • Peaks Island secession poll raises questions

    PORTLAND — About 60 percent of Peaks Island residents who participated in a straw poll on Saturday supported launching another effort to secede from the city. But there are questions about the validity of the survey. Peaks Island Councilor Sid Gerard said registered voters vot...

  • Student activities hit as Portland schools make mid-year cuts of $60K

    PORTLAND — Deering High School girls' ice hockey and the Portland High School literary magazine are among organizations hit by $60,000 in mid-year cuts to co-curricular activities. Superintendent James C. Morse Sr. said the reductions are an administrative response to a School Board ...

  • Adams School condo project reduced to 16 units

    PORTLAND — Avesta Housing has scaled down its proposal for an affordable housing condominium project at the former Marada Adams School on Munjoy Hill. The project now calls for 16 townhouse-style two- and three-bedroom condominiums along the Vesper Street side of the property, and is...

  • New group hopes to attract businesses to greater Portland

    PORTLAND — A new organization wants towns in greater Portland to play nice in the sandbox – and, by doing so, to attract new businesses. The Greater Portland Economic Development Corp. aims to bring together officials from Portland, South Portland, Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth, ...

  • Transportation officials, legislators call for gas tax increase

    PORTLAND — Increase the gas tax and increase user fees to support transportation infrastructure was the message sent to everyone who attended Monday's Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System meeting at Ocean Gateway. "Transportation as we know it is crumbling," PACTS policy...

  • Citizen of heaven: Israel Ortiz found faith on his way to Portland

    PORTLAND — Israel Ortiz, co-pastor of the first Latino Evangelical church in Portland, is speaking silently to God. Two illegal border crossings, close calls with the Mexican police, marriage to his American-citizen wife, and countless jobs have led him to this moment. Tonight, four ...

  • Acid illegally dumped in West Falmouth, 2 hospitalized after exposure

    FALMOUTH — Two public works employees were taken to the hospital after being exposed to muriatic acid dumped illegally behind the West Falmouth shopping center at about 10:30 a.m. Monday. The acid, which is highly corrosive and used in masonry cleaning, leaked out of a large recyclin...

  • Cape councilors pick Sherman as chairman

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The Town Council nominated Councilor David Sherman Jr. to serve as chairman for 2011. He will replace Councilor Anne Swift-Kayatta, who served this year. Sherman was the chairman of the Ordinance Committee in 2010 and is in his third year on the council. ...

  • Follow-up 'smart' meter forum scheduled

    SCARBOROUGH — A continuation of the Nov. 29 "smart" electrical meter forum has been scheduled for Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Scarborough Municipal Center. The forum will cover cyber security and electrical fire risks critics some have associated with the new meters, which are being ins... 1

  • Input sought on next Cape school chief

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Residents are invited to a meeting with the School Board and search consultant Jackie Roy on Wednesday, Dec. 15, at Town Hall. Roy, of J.A. Roy Associates in Dennisport, Mass., is assisting in the search for a replacement for Superintendent Alan Hawkins, who will ret...