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  • Cure for the summer slide in Portland

    Nataly Mendez, a soon-to-be first-grader at Reiche Community School, joins her peers in a game of bouncing balls within a parachute Thursday during a Summer Success picnic at Deering Oaks Park in Portland. The event, which was hosted by Portland ConnectED, featured a free meal for children, tours...

  • Train barn foes, Downeaster official clash in Brunswick

    BRUNSWICK — A meeting of an advisory group for a proposed train layover facility Thursday lapsed into an acrimonious exchange between opponents of the project and representatives of the agency that runs the Amtrak Downeaster. At the meeting, three members of the Brun...

  • RSU 5 boasts new school in Durham, new program in Pownal

    FREEPORT — Regional School Unit 5 will welcome students back on Tuesday, Aug. 31, with new athletic opportunities, a new self-contained special education classroom in Pownal and a new school in Durham. Superintendent of Schools Shannon Welsh said the biggest change will be the Durham...

  • 'Ambitious' goals set for Yarmouth school year

    YARMOUTH —  Teachers and administrators have been working through the summer to ensure a successful 2010-2011 school year, which begins Tuesday, Aug. 31. Superintendent of Schools Judy Paolucci said teachers will continue to move the curriculum forward without any major changes ...

  • United Way beats food collection goals

    PORTLAND — The United Way's Pantry Project more than doubled its food collection goals, the non-profit announced on Monday. The group collected 860 boxes of food since December, surpassing its goal of 400 boxes. The food was collected by placing specially branded boxes and shelves at...

  • 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...

  • 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