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  • November referendum unlikely in Portland on sale of Congress Square Park

    PORTLAND — A nearly 90-minute City Council workshop Monday evening showed there are many directions the future of Congress Square Park could follow. The least likely is the Nov. 4 referendum ballot. “I didn’t hear anybody tonight say they wanted to start that proce...

  • Spark grows for electric vehicles in greater Portland

    PORTLAND — Turning over a new Leaf has worked well for Scarborough resident Marc Lausier. "I can say with confidence that I’ll never own a gas-powered car again,” Lausier said, standing next to his Nissan Leaf outside Revision Energy on Presumpscot Street. Lausier ...

  • Downtown Bath playground proposal goes to economic development panel

    BATH — A proposal for a playground and parking area at the vacant former YMCA property on Summer Street is going to the city's Economic Development Committee. The panel will determine to what degree the land can be developed, and how that might impact the plan as presented to the Cit...

  • Portland-based aviation camp turns kids into fliers

    PORTLAND — When Tim Lesiege took over two years ago as director of Portland's Maine ACE Camp, a week-long summer session for aspiring aviators, he was excited about the opportunity to teach kids about all aspects of the aeronautics industry. Lesiege, who every summer takes a wee...

  • South Portland City Council enacts tar sands ban

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The city made history Monday night when city councilors voted 6-1 for a land-use ordinance designed to prevent the bulk loading of tar sands oil on the waterfront. The law – widely expected to be challenged by the oil industry – makes ...

  • Mayor proposes $9.50 Portland minimum wage by 2015

    PORTLAND — With a preliminary plan in mind, Mayor Michael Brennan and members of his Minimum Wage Advisory Committee want residents, business owners and workers to share opinions next month about increasing the $7.50-per-hour minimum wage in the city. Brennan, who first convened the ...

  • Main Street Bath director takes state tourism job

    BATH — After five years as director of the Main Street Bath organization, and many more as a board member, Jennifer Geiger has resigned to do public relations and communications at the Maine Office of Tourism. The job change "was professional development for me, an opportunity to gro...

  • Grant funds assessment of Portland's open space

    PORTLAND — With and $18,000 grant in hand, Portland Trails is ready to assess city-owned open space with an eye to the best future use of the land. Kara Wooldrik, Portland Trails executive director, announced the grant from the city-based Lerner Foundation at a news conference July 1...

  • Cumberland seeks input on Twin Brook dog rules

    CUMBERLAND — In the wake of the Town Council's July 14 approval of an ordinance governing where and when dogs can be off-leash on public lands, the town has launched a ...

  • Unsung Hero: Steve Ingram of Harpswell, friend of Eagle Island

    HARPSWELL — Some connections were meant to be. Steve Ingram bought a piece of property in Harpswell in 1967, just two years after graduating from Bowdoin College. He built a house on the land 33 years later, in 2000. Adm. Robert E. Peary bought Eagle Island in Casco Bay in 188...