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  • 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...

  • Cookie sorting central

    Westcustago Hall in North Yarmouth was Girl Scout cookie headquarters Saturday morning. More than 35,000 boxes delivered to the hall will eventually make their way to Falmouth, Cumberland, Freeport, Yarmouth and several other nearby towns. It is the largest cookie delivery in the state. Girl Scou...

  • New law would let towns own their street lights

    AUGUSTA — A new law has been proposed that would give towns the ability to purchase and maintain their own street lights, rather than paying Central Maine Power Co., which is the only option towns have now. Last budget season, Falmouth targeted 174 street lights for elimination to sa...

  • Proposed Portland school budget cuts 81 jobs, increases taxes

    PORTLAND — The superintendent's proposed budget would eliminate nearly 81 positions next year, despite an almost 4-percent increase proposed in local property taxes. The final number of layoffs, however, will depend on the number of qualified school employees who take advantage of a ...

  • Recycling and trash management differs greatly for southern Maine towns

    PORTLAND — For every community, trash and recycling are a big deal. Whether the community has curbside pickup, pay-per-bag, carts or a transfer station, each town in Southern Maine does things a little differently. What most of them have in common is the non-profit waste management organiza... 1

  • Portland High School students offer kids online safety tips

    PORTLAND — On Friday afternoon, Abram Marr donned a homemade paper crown, picked up a large sword made out of something that looked like duct tape and took his mark about eight paces behind Carissa Porcaro. On the 14-year-old Marr's crown was written: "King of Creeps." The 16-...

  • Portland police plan predictive crime unit; present 2010 stats

    PORTLAND — The Portland Police Department is planning to launch a new crime suppression unit – one that will seek to predict when and where crimes are about to happen. The announcement is one way the department hopes to meet its goal of reducing crime in the city by 5 percent i...

  • Portland East End kids hip-hop into afterschool program

    PORTLAND — The cafeteria at the East End Community School was a little chaotic Monday afternoon, with kids wiggling and turning cartwheels while music blared in the background. But it was a controlled chaos, part of a six-week hip hop dance program offered by Portland Youth Dance to ...

  • Maine libraries upset about HarperCollins' eBook lending limits

    PORTLAND — Maine libraries are pushing back against one of the nation's leading book publishers looking to limit the number of times an eBook can be loaned. The resistance comes two weeks after HarperCollins announced it would be the first publisher to limit eBook checkouts to 26 tim...