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  • Cumberland church nets eco-friendly certification

    CUMBERLAND — In the case of the Congregational Church in Cumberland, perhaps it is easy being green. The 282 Main St. church is Maine's first to earn certification from GreenFaith, a pro-environment interfaith coalition founded in 1992, according to a church press release. To ...

  • Portland seeks buyers for Cliff Island property

    PORTLAND — Island living could become a little more affordable with the city seeking a buyer for a Cliff Island home and fuel station. On Aug. 27, the City Council Housing & Community Development Committee finalized a request for proposals for the 19,500-square-foot lot at 16 Fis...

  • Regional planning in southern Maine gets a $1.6M boost

    PORTLAND — Will the future of southern Maine be determined by sprawl, traffic snarls and environmental degradation? Or, will it resemble a thoughtful plan that emphasizes sustainability and quality of place? Those are the questions that regional planners in greater Portland wi...

  • Portland diner, delis targeted in Back Cove crime spree

    PORTLAND — Police are investigating a series of overnight burglaries at businesses in the Back Cove area. The break-ins are the latest crimes in an area where residents came together during the summer after what was perceived as an increase in home and vehicle burglaries. The residen... 1

  • Portland School Committee seeks its own CIP for facilities needs

    PORTLAND — The School Committee is lobbying the City Council to create an account separate from the city's for funding school facility improvements. School facility improvements are now included in a single line item in the city's Capital Improvement Plan, a $10 million allocation ty...

  • Legend in the making: Portland Ballet prepares 'Sleepy Hollow' world premiere

    PORTLAND — Black and red ribbons outline the cream-colored antique lace hand-stitched onto each of the 11 dancers' costumes hanging from a ballet bar in the back room of Portland Ballet's Forest Avenue studio. In the hallways, on the dance floor and in the dressing rooms, there's a f...

  • Greater Portland communities get $600K-plus for transportation projects

    PORTLAND — Five southern Maine municipalities are receiving more than $600,000 in federal and state transportation funds through the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System. The organization last week announced the money is going to Portland, Falmouth, Cumberland, Cape Eliz...

  • The next budget crisis: Pension ‘time bomb’ MIA from candidates’ platforms

    Fourth in a series by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting about the state’s debt to teachers and state employees for their pensions and retiree health care. A widely-respected think-tank calls the $4.2 billion that taxpayers owe to Maine’s retirement system ... 1

  • The Forecaster receives New England journalism award for coverage of Brunswick base

    NATICK, Mass. — The Forecaster was one of six weekly newspapers in the region honored with a Publick Occurrences award for Outstanding Journalism by the New England Newspaper & Press Association at its annual fall conference on Oct. 21. The Forecaster's award was for coverage of ... 1

  • Correction

    An Oct. 8 candidate profile of Howard R. Farr Jr., the Republican candidate in South Portland's House District 122, should have said he volunteers twice a month at the Preble Street Soup Kitchen in Portland.