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  • South Portland City Council bans tar sands

    SOUTH PORTLAND —  South Portland made history Monday night when the City Council voted 6-1 to pass a land-use ordinance meant to prevent the bulk loading of tar sands oil on the city’s waterfront. It makes South Portland the first municipality in the country to b...

  • Mayor proposes $9.50 Portland minimum wage by 2015

    PORTLAND — With a preliminary plan in mind, Mayor Michael Brennan and members of his Minimum Wage Advisory Committee want residents, business owners and workers to share opinions next month about increasing the $7.50-per-hour minimum wage in the city. Brennan, who first convened the ...

  • Freeport Sewer District picks chairman for paid job

    FREEPORT — The Sewer District Board of Trustees has added a part-time, paid general manager and voted 4-0 to appoint Chairman Leland Arris to the job. The action, taken by the board on Monday, Sept. 20, has at least one resident and one board member questioning the board's motives.

  • Freeport councilor, lawyer's opinion deflect conflict-of-interest claim

    FREEPORT — The Town Council on Sept. 14 forgave a portion of a loan to the Freeport Community Center, but not before one councilor's affiliation with the center raised questions about the decision. Councilor Sara Gideon, who sits on the FCS board of trustees, was one of four cou...

  • Falmouth Land Trust brings raptors to annual meeting

    FALMOUTH — The Falmouth Land Trust has invited some special guests to celebrate its 30th year – winged guests. The non-profit organization Wind Over Wings, from Connecticut, will present a live raptor show from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at the University of Maine Fou...

  • Yarmouth residents question proposed 48-house development

    YARMOUTH — Neighbors of a proposed subdivision off Hillside Street offered the developer more complaints than compliments during a community meeting last week. The developer of ...

  • Portland police get $185K to battle mental illness calls

    PORTLAND — The Police Department was awarded a nearly $185,000 grant to improve its response to services calls from people with metal illnesses.  The two-year grant from the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, will ...

  • Comedian Marley goes for world record

    PORTLAND — Comedian Bob Marley this week will try to break the Guinness World Record for "longest stand-up comedy show by an individual." Marley will attempt the feat at the Comedy Connection on Custom House Wharf. He is scheduled to begin his show Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 7 a.m. and ...

  • Woodfords Club to host candidates

    PORTLAND — Six gubernatorial candidates, or their representatives, will be at the Woodfords Club, 179 Woodford St., on Friday, Oct., 1 for a candidates night. The event is sponsored by Maine Successful Thinkers and is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $5. A dinner befo...

  • Conference on Sudan this weekend

    PORTLAND — Leaders of Maine's Sudanese community are sponsoring an all-day conference Saturday, Sept. 25. about the future of the war-torn African country. The conference will focus on a referendum scheduled for Jan. 9, 2011, to decide whether southern Sudan will become its own count...