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  • Portland schools to add e-cigarettes to smoking ban

    PORTLAND — The School Board began updating its policies Jan. 20 by holding first readings of proposed new rules on service animals and tobacco use in schools. The policies are scheduled to be voted on at the Feb. 3 meeting. The policy prohibiting tobacco use now includes elect...

  • Portland bans street parking, cancels trash removal during blizzard

    PORTLAND — A citywide parking ban begins tonight at 10 and extends through 6 a.m. Wednesday, City Hall spokeswoman Jessica Grondin announced Monday. There will be no solid waste collection Tuesday and Wednesday, Grondin also said, because of the blizzard predicted for tonight th...

  • Portland mayor concedes minimum wage won't happen this year

    PORTLAND — A citywide minimum wage is probably coming, but not at the level or the speed sought by Mayor Michael Brennan. In a 90-minute meeting of the City Council Finance Committee on Jan. 22, Councilors Jon Hinck and Jill Duson and committee Chairman Councilor Nick Mavodones ...

  • Bath museum's latest exhibit is nod to its roots

    BATH — It started 53 years ago as a history book project. Now, the Maine Maritime Museum has grown into an institution known around the world. Its latest exhibit, "Ocean Bound: Three Centuries of Library Treasures," showcases the 243 Washington St. museum's research library, c...

  • Portland WinterFest takes off

    Snowboarder Zander Stearns, 24, of Old Orchard Beach, glides across a C box Friday during the Portland WinterFest Rail Jam. The city closed an eastbound, one-block stretch of Spring Street to accommodate the terrain park, which included a steep pile of snow and three rail features. It was built d...

  • Why and how behind Portland's new storm-water fee

    PORTLAND — The Portland City Council this week approved new storm-water fees, signing off on a measure that was once controversial, but over years of deliberation become an accepted inevitability. Christopher O’Neil, a government liaison for the Portland Community Chamber ...

  • LePage wants to replace Maine secretary of state with lieutenant governor

    AUGUSTA — Republican Gov. Paul LePage wants to get rid of the secretary of state position and replace it with a lieutenant governor. The duties of the secretary of state, from running elections to licensing drivers, would come under the lieutenant governor, who would also be first in...

  • South Portland, Cape Elizabeth to celebrate Winterfest

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Winterfest returns Friday, Jan. 30, with two days of seasonal activities including ice skating, competitive chili- and chowder-eating contests, organized snowshoe hikes, and a hockey tournament. Hosted by the

  • South Portland schools see dramatic increase in homeless students

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The number of homeless students in city schools has doubled in the past two years to 102, a figure that is unprecedented in South Portland history.  "I am worried," Assistant Superintendent of Schools Kathy Germani said. In 1987, President Ronald Rea...

  • Cape Elizabeth superintendent doesn't get Massachusetts job

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Superintendent of Schools Meredith Nadeau was not hired as the new superintendent of Weston Public Schools in Massachusetts. Nadeau was one of three finalists for the position, but ultimately the job went to Dr. Thomas Campbell, director of human resources for the Ne...