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  • Portland church to host wage, equality forums

    PORTLAND — The First Parish Church will host community forums on living wages, and bisexual, lesbian, gay and transgender advocacy on June 1 and June 8, respectively. The forums begin at 6 p.m. at 425 Congress St. and are free and open to the public. The forum on wages will fe...

  • Martin's Point drops bid for former South Portland school

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Two days after presenting a revised plan for a medical office building at the former Hamlin School, Martin's Point Health Care on Friday withdrew its proposal. Neighbors since March have opposed the plan, which would significantly reduce green space and a commun...

  • Rooftop equipment fire closes King Middle School in Portland

    PORTLAND — King Middle School at 92 Deering Ave. was closed Friday morning after two rooftop ventilation system motors caught fire, sending smoke into a storage room. Deputy Fire Chief Robert Thompson said firefighters responded to a call at 9:14 a.m. and found staff and students alr...

  • Police: Speed a factor in fatal motorcycle crash on Brighton Avenue

    PORTLAND — Police on Thursday, May 21, said they tried to stop a speeding motorcyclist on Brighton Avenue shortly before a fatal crash around 1:40 a.m. Lt. Clifford Strout said one cause of the crash that killed John H. Fontaine, 38, appears to be excessive speed, although Fontaine w...

  • Woman's body found along Portland waterfront

    PORTLAND — Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was discovered in the Fore River near 58 Fore St. early Friday morning. Lt. James Sweatt said the woman, described as an Asian female between 50 and 60 years old, was discovered by a pedestrian on the East End Trail ...

  • Suicide victim's body found in Scarborough

    SCARBOROUGH — A man's body and a shotgun were found Tuesday in the woods along Cabela Boulevard, police reported Wednesday. Although the person – whose death was deemed a suicide – has been identified, police said, his name was being withheld until his family co...

  • The 8th councilor: South Portland's Russ Lunt is a City Hall fixture

    SOUTH PORTLAND — City councilors come and go, but Russ Lunt is forever. Since his retirement from the Public Works department in 2012, where he worked for 34 years, Lunt, 57, has attended more than 100 City Council and Planning Board meetings and workshops. Just for kicks. ...

  • Scarborough council approves budgets, 5.8% tax hike

    SCARBOROUGH — Town councilors Wednesday approved municipal and school budgets totalling approximately $59.3 million. The fiscal year 2016 budget includes a 5.8 percent tax increase. The mil rate is expected to be $15.97 per $1,000 of assessed value, which is an increase of 87 ce...

  • Topsham Town Meeting OKs $9M budget

    TOPSHAM — Town Meeting Wednesday approved a $9 million municipal budget, up 5.7 percent from this year. The Mt. Ararat High School gathering ran a little more than an hour, drew fewer than 100 voters, and spurred little public comment. Topsham's current tax rate is $17.33 per ...

  • Harpswell oyster kill raises questions about shellfish protection

    HARPSWELL — An apparently legal oyster kill in Quahog Bay is raising questions about shellfish management in town. It also reveals the web of jurisdictional questions surrounding protection of the resource. It all started at the Board of Selectmen meeting on April 30, whe...