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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. Lamy Alkurdy was identified as the victim Friday night by Sgt. Joel Davis of the Office of the State Fire Marshal. Alkurdy will be examined by the medical...

  • 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...

  • Freezin' for a reason

    First-time participant Tina Louis, left, of Portland, and veteran Meredith Manning of Buxton make a dash for the beach and hopefully a little warmth after their brief exposure to the cold waters off East End Beach in Portland on Saturday during the fourth annual Polar Dip to benefit Camp Sunshine...

  • Special Town Meeting approves funding plan for new Chebeague Island fire truck

    CHEBEAGUE ISLAND — Voters overwhelmingly approved every warrant item at a special Town Meeting on Feb. 12, Town Administrator Eric Dyer said Monday. The approximately 45 people at the 1 1/2-hour meeting approved the use of $115,000 from the town's Undesignated Fund, and $5,000 from f...

  • Ethics panel staff opposes probe of Portland newspaper ads

    PORTLAND — The state Ethics Commission should not investigate allegations against the state's largest daily newspaper for its role in Portland's 2010 elected mayor referendum, the panel's executive director said. But Jonathan Wayne, executive director of the Maine Commission on Gover...

  • The Forecaster receives 7 New England journalism awards

    BOSTON — The Forecaster received seven awards Feb. 12 when the New England Newspaper & Press Association announced its annual Better Newspaper Contest award winners. A panel of 24 judges reviewed nearly 3,000 entries produced by staffers at daily, weekly and monthly publications ...

  • Governor, lawmakers have questions about grant to green energy group

    AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage said it is “imperative” to find out if the state exercised appropriate oversight of the Maine Green Energy Alliance, which surrendered the balance of a $1.1 million contract with Efficiency Maine Trust after it failed to meet milestones set by the agen...

  • Neighbors sue over Cape Elizabeth house, driveway

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Residents have filed two lawsuits over building and driveway permits issued for a house under construction at 6 Stonegate Road. David and Tracey Weatherbie of 14 Stonegate Road filed a complaint in Maine Superior Court on Jan. 27 against the town of Cape Elizabeth. R... 1

  • South Portland receives $340K security grant

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council on Monday accepted a nearly $340,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security. Most of the money will be used to purchase public safety equipment, high school security cameras and pass cards, communications equipment, and training. The remainin...

  • South Portland police raid marijuana grower who claims to be a caregiver

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Police on Wednesday dismantled a marijuana growing operation run in the basement of a Harborview Avenue home by a 37-year-old man who claims to be a primary caregiver for medical marijuana patients. Police Lt. Frank Clark said police seized about 135 marijuana plants...