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  • Work continues on Freeport Charter; public hearing set for September

    FREEPORT — The Town Council held a workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 10, to discuss proposed updates and amendments to the Town Charter. Town Attorney Goeff Hole of Bernstein Shur and former Charter Commission members Vaughndella Curtis and Edward Bonney attended the meeting. Hole presented ...

  • Voters to decide on Cumberland County Charter in November

    PORTLAND — Cumberland County has finalized its proposed Charter and will send the document to voters for approval Nov. 2. For approximately the past 250 years, the county has operated without a Charter, instead following rules set by the state Legislature. But in November 2008, count...

  • Portland pier owners drop bid to add recreational dock space

    PORTLAND — Reacting to a late-in-the-game outcry from fishermen, a group of wharf owners hoping to change the city's rules for waterfront use are dropping a request for increased space for non-commercial ship berths. "We dropped the 50-foot request because it was clouding the overall...

  • Portland council sends Charter changes to voters, quashes Peaks Island taxi competition

    PORTLAND — Voters will be asked in November whether they want the city to have an elected mayor. The City Council on Monday night put three Charter Commission questions on the ballot. It also told a teenage provider of taxi service on Peaks Island he has to play by the same ru... 1

  • Daily grind: A lot goes into the price of a cup of coffee in Portland

    PORTLAND — For most Americans, the cost of cooling off with an iced coffee has gone up this summer. Green coffee beans are commanding higher prices, forcing major manufacturers like J.M Smuckers, which owns national brands like Folgers and Dunkin’ Donuts, to hike the price of t...

  • Construction bids lower than expected for Portland's cruise ship mega-berth

    PORTLAND — The bids are in and it appears that local tax dollars will not be needed to build the so-called mega-berth for large cruise ships at Ocean Gateway. Three companies submitted bids for the project, originally estimated to cost as much as $8 million. Paul Pottle, assis...

  • Wanted: Caretaker for Cushing Island, Maine

    PORTLAND — A summer community in Casco Bay is looking for a year-round caretaker to watch over island homes. Cushing Island, off the coast of South Portland and next to Peaks Island, has about 45 homes. The island is a part of Portland, but is privately owned. Island Associati...

  • Portland firefighters hope to add pet oxygen masks to life-saving tools

    PORTLAND — In a city that caters to its dog population with special parks, day-care centers, playgroups and boutiques, it's should be little surprise the city has launched a fundraising effort to purchase oxygen masks for four-legged friends. Fire Chief Fred LaMontagne, Planet Dog an... 1