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  • Portland teachers contract freezes salaries in 1st year

    PORTLAND — The School Board unanimously agreed to a new two-year contract with city teachers on Dec. 16. The agreement freezes salaries in the first year and provides a 2 percent cost-of-living increase in the second year. The contract also includes more instructional time for...

  • Portland lights up the winter solstice

    Headlights streak around Portland's holiday-bedecked Longfellow Square in this long-exposure photo taken on the winter solstice, Sunday, Dec. 21. Sunset was 4:06 p.m. on the shortest day of the year; by Christmas, sunset will occur a few minutes later at 4:09 p.m.   

  • Harpswell incumbent faces 2 opponents for seats on SAD 75 board

    HARPSWELL — Three women – a Realtor, a retiree, and a TV assistant/spiritual counselor – are competing for two seats on the board of School Administrative District 75. Incumbent Jane Meisenbach, who has served on the School Board for the past six years, is being challenge...

  • Window of opportunity

    David Wilson of Harpswell digs clams in Quahog Bay on Feb. 17. He and a small group of diggers cut through the ice at low water after the bay was reopened for digging after many years of closure because of bacterial pollution. According to Darcie Couture of the Maine Department of Marine Resources, ...

  • Film studio proposal for South Portland armory may be in jeopardy

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Negotiations between the city and a potential tenant for for the former National Guard Armory have apparently reached the final stage. But whether an agreement will be reached remains unclear. Both sides are expressing frustration with the length and direction of the...

  • South Portland schools brace for influx of special ed students

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Schools are preparing for an influx of special education students next year, according to the superintendent. Superintendent of Schools Suzanne Godin said the district anticipates four times as many kindergarten students with special needs will enter the school syste...

  • Brunswick police station panel addresses transparency, public information

    BRUNSWICK — The Police Station Subcommittee met Tuesday to determine how best to address people who claim the group has not been transparent enough or made enough information publicly available. The committee was formed in December in response to opposition to the site selection proc...

  • Dead River donates to 'Share the Warmth'

    SCARBOROUGH — Dead River Co. announced this week that it has partnered with the United Way of Greater Portland to match donations collected from people and businesses to provide fuel assistance to needy people in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The program, called Share the Warmth,...

  • Restaurant opening a milestone for South Portland plaza

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Jeff Applegate has vacationed in southern Maine for the last 20 years. Two years ago, Applegate, who owns three restaurants, started making plans to move to the area from Champaign, Ill. "Originally, it was my idea of semi-retiring to Maine and opening a resta...

  • Correction

    Last week's Page 1 story, "Group presents $3.5M plan for Freeport fields, trails," should have identified Kristen Dorsey as a former Regional School Unit 5 board member. It also should have said the three youth playing fields would be sodded with grass.