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  • Cape Elizabeth woman, 65, dies in kitchen fire

    CAPE ELIZABETH — A 65-year-old woman died Friday when a fire broke out in the kitchen at her 75 Starboard Drive home. Sgt. Joel Davis of the Office of the State Fire Marshal said the woman would be identified when the investigation into what seemed to be an accidental fire concl...

  • Portland-area schools get grants from ecomaine

    PORTLAND — Nonprofit waste management company ecomaine awarded nearly $20,000 in educational grants to southern Maine schools to foster sustainability and recycling efforts. Erik Street, a member of the ecomaine board of directors who chairs its recycling committee, said in a press r...

  • Cumberland petition forces referendum on gravel pits

    CUMBERLAND — A petition drive has gathered enough signatures to send changes in gravel pit rules to a June 14 referendum. Town Clerk Tammy O'Donnell said she certified 600 signatures submitted March 31 by a citizen's group, the Cumberland Environmental Action Network. O'Donnell said ...

  • Renys opens next week on Congress Street in Portland

    PORTLAND — A "Maine adventure" joins the downtown retail mix next week. Renys will open at 540 Congress St. on April 14. The department store offers everything from packaged foods to hardware to housewares to clothing. "They sell everything," said Jan Beitzer, executive direct...

  • Portland takes a Mulligan on golf course restaurant plan

    City to run Bogey's instead of hiring an operator PORTLAND — A city decision to manage Bogey's, the restaurant at Riverside Municipal Golf Course, is leaving a bad taste in the mouth of at least one applicant who hoped to run the establishment. The city issued a request for ...

  • UPDATE: Maine PUC rejects complaint against CMP 'smart' electric meters

    Legislative panel considers bills regulating new meters AUGUSTA —The Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday rejected a complaint that sought reconsideration of the commission's 2010 approval of Central Maine Power Co.'s "smart" electric meter program. The complaint was one o... 4

  • Taxes up, but no layoffs in Portland municipal budget

    PORTLAND — The acting city manager is proposing a more than $200 million municipal budget for fiscal year 2012, up about $4.4 million over the current year's budget. The budget proposed by Pat Finnigan includes no layoffs – missing from the budget for the first time in thr...

  • Legislative hearing slated for Peaks Island secession bill

    PORTLAND — A legislative subcommittee will hold a public hearing on Monday, April 11, on a bill that would allow Peaks Island residents to vote on seceding from the city. The Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government has scheduled the hearing for 10 a.m. in Room 214 of t...

  • Pain and gain

    Rich Kimball feels the burn at the 2011 Behind Bars Bench Press Competition at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland on April 2. Almost $1,000 was raised for the Wounded Warrior Project by 16 officers who competed.

  • Portland businesses urge LePage to 'get back on track'

    PORTLAND — While the debate continues over Gov. Paul LePage's removal of a labor history mural at the Department of Labor, members of the business community are growing impatient about the legislative agenda in Augusta. The Portland Community Chamber is encouraging its members to use...