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  • 'Escape room' games arrive in Portland, South Portland

    PORTLAND — After the doors lock, you have 60 minutes to find your way out. And the people with the keys are betting against you. This isn't some diabolical dungeon with fiendish creators. It's the latest, trendy entertainment venture to come to Maine, and it's happening in Portland a...

  • Portland's debt a 'scary monster in the closet'

    PORTLAND — About 18 hours after the four members of the City Council Finance Committee opposed the new $225 million municipal budget, they warned city debt is becoming unsustainable. "We need to put ourselves on a bit of a diet with the capital improvement plan and make some tough de...

  • Bath likely to borrow $450K to tear down old YMCA; council to discuss fireworks ban

    BATH — The City Council on Wednesday gave unanimous first approval to borrowing up to $450,000 to demolish the former YMCA on Summer Street. The bond ordinance is expected to receive final approval next month. The council also scheduled a workshop for Nov. 9 to discuss a ban o...

  • Portland Public Library may add 'portable library' service

    PORTLAND — After a random telephone survey of 400 Portland residents, the Portland Public Library has decided to move forward with plans for a "portable library" to service areas of the city that do not have library branches. "What the survey told us, what we already know, is that sp...

  • Correction

    Last week's story, "Freeport CATV program explores lives of WWII veterans," should have said Arthur Cooper was a bombardier aboard a B-17.

  • Cape Elizabeth Town Council revives debate on fees for Fort Williams Park tour buses

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Depending on the outcome of renewed Town Council discussions, commercial buses and trolleys may have to pay entrance fees at Fort Williams Park in 2012. In a workshop on Monday, Oct. 3, councilors reviewed the recommendations of the Fort Williams Advisory Commission ...

  • State's OK for fireworks fizzles in South Portland

    City officially cracks down on owners of 'disorderly' houses SOUTH PORTLAND — Fireworks enthusiasts joined the owners of firebrand houses Monday as targets for new citywide regulations. City councilors gave initial approval to a local ban on the sale and personal use of fire...

  • South Portland finds money for stop-gap repairs to Liberty Ship Memorial

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Today, Bug Light Park is home to a grassy field leading up to the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse. But during World War II, a colossal shipyard buzzed with thousands of workers who built 236 Liberty Ships between 1941 and 1945. In 2001, the Liberty Ship Memoria...

  • $5M grant will help train Brunswick workers

    BRUNSWICK — The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a nearly $5 million grant to Coastal Counties Workforce to train 300 unemployed high-tech workers. The grant is intended to help businesses at Brunswick Landing hire local workers instead of relying on foreign workers using visas, ...

  • Town Council candidates court Scarborough Republicans

    SCARBOROUGH — Only three of the six town councilor candidates were able to attend an informal forum Tuesday with the Republican Committee, but those three vied for the GOP's support in the upcoming election. Paul Andriulli and James Benedict, who attended the round-table meeting, are...