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  • Portland school chief gets 3-year contract extension

    PORTLAND — Superintendent of Schools Emmanuel Caulk has had his contract extended to June 30, 2019. The School Board unanimously approved the three-year extension Nov. 18. Caulk's previous contract ran to 2016. The extension includes a 1 percent cost-of-living increa...

  • Tips remain focus of Portland minimum-wage debate

    PORTLAND — Discussions revolved around tipped-wage workers when the City Council Finance Committee held its first review of Mayor Michael Brennan's plan to institute a citywide minimum wage. Committee Chairman Councilor Nick Mavodones Jr. and Councilor Ed Suslovic were the only commi...

  • Portland Food Co-op opens Congress St. store as membership grows

    PORTLAND — It was a week before Thanksgiving when Portland Food Co-op member Anne Riggs made her first trip to the new store at 290 Congress St. The visit put her in mind of another holiday. "It's a li...

  • Harpswell selectmen earn at the top, while town employee wages lag

    HARPSWELL — The Board of Selectmen is considering salary increases for some town employees, who on average earn less than their peers in other towns. But according to Selectman Elinor Multer, ...

  • South Portland armory to become store-cafe-gas station

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The former Maine Army National Guard Armory, a fixture on Broadway for more than 70 years, may have a new future as a convenience store and cafe. City Manager Jim Gailey this week said the city has been offered $700,000 for the armory by Topsham-based

  • Portland's Christmas tree goes the distance

    A tractor-trailer climbs to the top of Deering Avenue in Portland on Thursday morning on its way to delivering its payload: a Christmas tree for Monument Square. City worker Jay Ash-Cuthbert, left, walks alongside the truck to lift any low-hanging utility lines out of the way, while police keep t...

  • Cape councilors make communication a goal

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The Town Council met Tuesday to discuss a wide range of goals for the year ahead. A consistent theme in the workshop discussion was the need for more effective communication, from the councilors to the public, the public to councilors, or members of the public w...

  • South Portland councilors put nuisance property discussion on back burner

    SOUTH PORTLAND — In its last meeting under the helm of outgoing Mayor Jerry Jalbert, the City Council on Monday postponed for a second time a decision on whether to declare property at 29 Willard St. a public nuisance. On Aug. 4, the council heard public testimony claiming prope...

  • Knightville residents seek return to 2-way traffic on Ocean Street in South Portland

    SOUTH PORTLAND — A committee of Knightville business owners and residents has wrapped up meetings on traffic and parking issues in the neighborhood, but some members have reached contrasting conclusions on what should be done. Last week, committee member Melanie Wiker, of 71 D St., c...

  • California man who supplied marijuana to Scarborough dealer gets 2 years

    PORTLAND — A California man who supplied a Scarborough drug dealer with more than 770 pounds of marijuana was sentenced Nov. 17 in U.S. District Court to two years in federal prison. Michael Bretzing, 55, of Grass Valley, California, pleaded guilty in June to one count of conspiracy ...