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  • Portland plays down fishing heritage to justify waterfront changes

    PORTLAND — City officials are downplaying the role of commercial fishing on the waterfront in an effort to convince the state to approve new zoning rules. Proposed changes to the city's waterfront zoning that would allow more non-marine uses are being reviewed by the shoreland zoning...

  • Portland Museum of Art to discuss mural dispute

    PORTLAND — The Portland Museum of Art will host a round-table discussion Friday about the removal of the Maine labor history mural from the Department of Labor building in Augusta. The panel will include PMA Director Mark Bessire; Sharon Corwin, director and chief curator of the Colb...

  • Bail system best Maine can afford, or threat to due process?

    Third in a series by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on "Maine’s bail system: a 19th century holdover." Next: How to improve the system. Jon Gale, a Portland attorney, periodically serves as “lawyer of the day” in district court, representing defen...

  • The Art Forecast: No shortage of discoveries in Portland Museum of Art Biennial

    PORTLAND — Open juried group art shows tend to be eclectic grab bags, but the 2011 Portland Museum of Art Biennial, the seventh in the museum’s biennial series since 1998, strikes me more as three shows in one. Somehow, the three predominant strains of the exhibition – in...

  • Conservation district honors Billings for environmental reporting

    GORHAM — Staff writer Randy Billings of The Forecaster was among nine individuals and groups honored March 30 at the Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District's annual meeting. Billings, who covers South Portland and Portland for the weekly newspaper, was named the dis...

  • ZBA likely to approve 370-space Scarborough Beach parking lot

    SCARBOROUGH — A new parking lot, picnic area and beach access point at Scarborough Beach came closer to reality Thursday evening. After a more than six-hour meeting, members of the Zoning Board of Appeals reached consensus on allowing a special exception to the land use ordinance for...

  • Jazzapalooza returns to South Portland April 5

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Student jazz musicians from across the city will converge on the South Portland Auditorium stage on Tuesday, April 5, for the annual Jazzapalooza. Jazz musicians from the high school and middle school ensembles, bands and combos will begin performing at 7 p.m.

  • Makin' whoopie at the mall

    Amy Bouchard of Isamax Snacks provides direction, center, as her assistants guide the top layer of the world's largest whoopie pie onto a mountain of creamy filling last Saturday at the Maine Mall in South Portland. Construction of the huge treat attracted hundreds of spectators and was the idea of ...

  • Film about Merrymeeting Bay premieres April 9

    TOPSHAM — Merrymeeting Bay, a historic place where six rivers meet and borders that reach into three counties, has inspired a local filmmaker to work with the Cathance River Education Alliance and other sources to create a 48-minute documentary about the body of water. "Merrymeeting ...

  • Cape Elizabeth reopens search for school superintendent

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The School Board has reopened its search for a superintendent and will accept new applications through April 25. According to Chairwoman Mary Townsend, the board decided to extend the