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  • Zoning request for Fore Street in Portland draws building height questions

    PORTLAND — A Nov. 18 waterfront stroll provided city Planning Board members and the public a chance to envision the future of the Portland Company complex at 58 Fore St. "We did the site walk to get a sense of scale of the site and what proposed heights would look like," property own...

  • Cape Elizabeth eases restrictions on students who fail

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The School Board has changed its extracurricular activities eligibility criteria so students will endure less-severe punishments for academic failure. The policy on student use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and other prohibited substances was also modified to spec...

  • Permit problem delays Brunswick culvert repairs

    BRUNSWICK — Work to replace culverts damaged during a punishing August rainstorm has been cancelled until the town can obtain a required federal permit for the project.  Town officials learned about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit this month, just as they were getti...

  • Harpswell starts planning for rising sea level

    HARPSWELL — The town is joining several coastal communities in Maine and beyond that are starting to plan for the effects of sea-level rise brought on by global climate change.  To kick off the process, the conservation commission and planning office are planning  an i...

  • Cell phone users urged to join Scarborough alert system

    SCARBOROUGH — With fewer people using landlines, police are trying to update the town's Code Red Emergency Alert system with cell phone numbers. The Code Red system has been in place 10 years and is used to quickly notify large numbers of people about an emergency. Lead dispatch...

  • Cape Elizabeth panel urges action on issues facing the elderly

    CAPE ELIZABETH — An advisory panel has presented preliminary recommendations to the Town Council about how life can be improved for the town's senior citizens. Brett Seekins, chairman of the Senior Citizen Advisory Commission, on Nov. 6 talked to councilors about several concern...

  • Workshop set on Harpswell zoning changes

    HARPSWELL — A second workshop on proposed ordinance changes will be held at the town office on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m. The Planning Board has proposed 10 amendments to the town's zoning ordinance that cover a breadth of issues, from how structures are defined to a ban on...

  • Harpswell water tower decision likely to go to voters

    HARPSWELL — As selectmen consider placing a decision on whether to dispose of an unused water tower at Mitchell Field in the hands of voters, public support for saving the structure is emerging. Selectmen are expected to place an article on the 2015 Town Meeting warrant asking v...

  • 'Cinema pub,' shoe store, jeweler to expand to Topsham mall

    TOPSHAM — The Topsham Fair Mall will be home to three new businesses in the coming months. Smitty's Cinema, Lamey-Wellehan Shoes and Day's Jewelers are all coming to the regional shopping center off Route 196. Smitty's and Lamey-Wellehan will occupy part of an approximately 73...

  • Falmouth council OKs 1 plan for cutting trees, defeats another

    FALMOUTH — The Town Council was split Monday night over harvesting plans in one forest, but unanimously approved harvesting in another. Councilors voted 6-0 for the 2015 Forest Harvesting Plan for the Woods Road Community Forest, but defeated a harvesting plan in the Blackstrap ...