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  • Dispatch deal with Yarmouth adds jobs to Falmouth Police Department

    FALMOUTH — Emergency services are about to undergo some major changes. The Police Department is in the process of adding six new employees – a significant increase for a team of 17 sworn officers. The hirings come after three long-time members of the department retired a...

  • Proposed municipal budget raises Yarmouth taxes; school budget holds the line

    YARMOUTH — The Town Council on March 18 unanimously accepted the School Board's fiscal 2011 budget with a zero percent increase from this year. Councilors also received a preliminary municipal budget that would add 20 cents to the property tax rate. School Board Chairman ...

  • Cumberland Town Council approves municipal budget

    CUMBERLAND — The Town Council unanimously approved the proposed fiscal 2011 municipal budget Monday night. The $7.99 million budget is a 0.34 percent decrease from the current year, on expected revenues of $3.63 million – a nearly 1 percent decline. The projected impac...

  • She's got game

    Malia Cross-Roberts of Portland shows she's got skill, and gets an approving smile from Harlem Globetrotter Hot Shot Branch, on March 19 in the Reiche School gym. Branch was in town promoting the Globetrotters game in Portland on March 26 and the "CHEER For Character" program, which focuses on build...

  • Hate group targets performance at Portland's Waynflete School

    PORTLAND — A Kansas extremist group that openly hates homosexuals, Jews, Catholics and America in general is threatening to picket a local high school theater production. The Westboro Baptist Church, known for its frequent picketing of funerals for military veterans and gays, posted ...

  • Portland council OKs social service funds, calls for examination of process

    PORTLAND — Despite last-minute attempts by several city councilors to adjust funding for some social service agencies, the City Council on Monday made only one change to the recommendations from the city manager and a review committee. The city has about $785,500 in federal Community...

  • Portland, schools get $1.8M to fight obesity

    PORTLAND — The city will receive $1.8 million in federal grants over the next two years to combat obesity, Gov. John Baldacci announced last week. The grant was awarded to Healthy Portland, a city program run in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services. I... 1

  • Confusion precedes Portland school budget hearing

    PORTLAND — The School Committee on Wednesday, March 24, will hold a public hearing on next year's proposed budget, which eliminates dozens of jobs. The fiscal 2011 budget of $89.9 million is about $1.5 million smaller than this year's budget, but would require a 1.2 percent increase ...

  • Kosher Meals on Wheels expands to Falmouth

    PORTLAND — Jewish Family Services will soon be delivering kosher Meals on Wheels to Falmouth residents after winning a $10,000 grant from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation. The program, which will initially provide free hot meals twice a week, is set to start after Passover, which begins a...

  • Birders sought to monitor Evergreen Cemetery in Portland

    PORTLAND — As part of a forestry management plan for the woods at Evergreen Cemetery, the state is looking for volunteer birders to help keep an eye on the cemetery's avian population. The city was awarded funds through the state's Project Canopy program in 2007, and has used more th...