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  • Portland council bans fireworks, OKs $3.1M Peaks Island sewer extension

    PORTLAND — When a new state law legalizing the sale and use of fireworks in Maine takes effect Jan. 1, city residents still won't be able to celebrate with personal pyrotechnics. At least, not legally. The City Council on Monday voted unanimously – and without much discu...

  • Despite opposition, Civic Center bond proponents try to focus on success

    PORTLAND — Proponents of the $33 million bond referendum to renovate the Cumberland County Civic Center say the existing 45 Spring St. building, home of the Portland Pirates hockey team, costs the county money and impedes the Civic Center's ability to attract marquee performers. "For...

  • UPDATE: Scarborough council chairwoman skips meeting after arrest on drunken driving charge

    SCARBOROUGH — Chairwoman Judith Roy failed to attend Wednesday's Town Council meeting, four days after she was arrested and charged with drunken driving. The arrest, and her silence in the aftermath, leave unanswered questions about Roy's future on the council. Roy, 68, of Sec...

  • Portland hopes for a new top cop by the new year

    PORTLAND — City Manager Mark Rees said he will consider a national pool of candidates to find the city's new police chief. Rees said in a press release he would be accepting applications from Sept. 26 to Oct. 28, with the hope of hiring a new chief by Jan. 1. Rees said a compe...

  • East End School wins grant for iPads, early morning learning

    PORTLAND — The East End Community School on Munjoy Hill will use a $2.7 million federal school improvement grant to purchase iPods and iPads for its elementary school students. The grant will also provide funding for a morning extended learning program and professional development fo...

  • 140th Cumberland County Fair upholds farming tradition

    CUMBERLAND — The first Cumberland County Fair was held over two days in October 1868, three years after the final shot was fired in the American Civil War. The fair has survived two world wars, a flu epidemic and the Great Depression. And, from Sunday, Sept. 25, to Saturday, Oct. 1, ...

  • Forum set on plan for Fort Williams

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The Fort Williams Advisory Commission will hold a public forum on the update to the 2003 Fort Williams Park Master Plan on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m. There will be a presentation highlighting current recommendations, and members of the commission, town staff a...

  • Free admission at Portland Head Light

    CAPE ELIZABETH — As part of the state Office of Tourism's second annual