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  • Falmouth, Cumberland, Yarmouth, Freeport seek joint Route 1 study

    FALMOUTH — Four towns are applying for a transportation planning study of the U.S. Route 1 corridor. The Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System is seeking municipal transportation planning study proposals for 2016-2017. Fal...

  • Falmouth School Board to decide how aid windfall is used

    FALMOUTH — The Town Council on Monday continued its conversation on how unanticipated education funding from the state should best be used. Councilors didn't take action, and acknowledged that use of the nearly $522,000 falls under the jurisdiction of the School Board. The cou...

  • Portland councilors grapple with new assistance funding questions

    PORTLAND — As City Councilors prepare to vote on establishing a fund to help some immigrants left ineligible for General Assistance, they are also aware of its limits. "The one thing we know is there is an insufficient amount of money to run a really good program," Councilor Jon...

  • Cumberland officials blast Rep. Timmons' reversal on conservation bonds

    CUMBERLAND — Town officials this week pilloried state Rep. Mike Timmons, R-Cumberland, for reversing his position and not voting to override Gov. Paul LePage's veto of the release of conservation bonds. Some of those funds were earmarked for the local purchase and preservation of Kni...

  • Portland Lights Festival shifted to Maine State Pier

    PORTLAND — A multi-act music festival planned Saturday, Aug. 8, on the Eastern Promenade has been moved to the Maine State Pier. Herb Ivy of Townsquare Media said Tuesday the shift was made because the pier is now available and better suited for the festival. "(The pier h...

  • Portland board moving forward on India Street historic district

    PORTLAND — A smaller-than-originally planned India Street Historic District is the preferred choice for the city Historic Preservation Board. City Historic Preservation Manager Deb Andrews on Monday said she will prepare a revised district map for consideration by the board...

  • Retiring Portland Principal Michael McCarthy 'proud of what we have accomplished at King'

    PORTLAND — After nearly three decades at the helm of King Middle School, Principal Michael McCarthy is retiring. McCarthy, who has been principal at the 92 Deering Ave. school since 1988, announced last week that he would step down effective Sept. 1. A search for his replacement is u...

  • Portland drug addiction, overdose rates exceed the rest of Maine

    PORTLAND — An expert on the state's increasing problem with opioids said the problem is complex, and worse in Portland than the rest of the state. “I'm urging you not to try and simplify it, because it is not simple,” Marcella Sorg told the Mayor's Subcommittee on Su...

  • Freeport summer camp has girl power down to a science

    FREEPORT — While most kids at summer camps expect to play outside or do arts and crafts, campers at Coastal Studies for Girls go to learn about science and the environment. CSG, at Wolfe's Nec...

  • Salt Institute of Portland explores Maine College of Art partnership

    PORTLAND — The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies may be reborn in a partnership with Maine College of Art. Kimberly Curry, who leads Salt’s board of directors, on Monday said the group is in discussions with MECA that could involve locating somewhere on the art college&rsq...