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  • 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 ...

  • Lack of support may lead to change at Cape Elizabeth bottle shed

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The bottle shed at the Recycling Center may be restructured so a third-party vendor, rather than community groups, will sort bottles. Town Manager Michael McGovern on Nov. 6 outlined a proposal to the Town Council for a vendor to sort bottles off-site. A committee wo...

  • Cape Elizabeth police add tool to identify wanderers

    CAPE ELIZABETH — At the request of parents of children with special needs, the Police Department has created a database of individuals prone to wandering. Police held an open house Nov. 8 for residents to sign up relatives who have wandered or ran away in the past, or who could do s...

  • Scarborough councilors tap Holbrook as chairwoman

    SCARBOROUGH — Three newly elected town councilors on Wednesday were sworn into office, while Councilor Jessica Holbrook, previously vice chairwoman of the council, was unanimously elected its chairwoman. Taking seats for a 2015-2017 term were incumbent Councilor Katherine S...

  • Petition urges Cape Elizabeth to allow cell tower

    CAPE ELIZABETH — While the town and Verizon Wireless await a court ruling in their dispute over the company's desire to put a cell tower in Shore Acres, residents have started a petition in support of the project. Teddy Stoecklein in October created

  • Bath may pay West Bath $1.2M to settle RSU 1 budget lawsuit

    WEST BATH — Five months after a Superior Court justice ruled that the town overpaid its share of the Regional School Unit 1 budget by $1.9 million over four years, the Bath City Council will consider whether to approve settling the civil suit for $1.2 million. The Bath City Council w...