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  • Railroad quiet zone debate flares again in Yarmouth

    YARMOUTH — Town councilors will revisit establishing quiet zones near railroad crossings in response to complaints from residents that the Amtrak Downeaster is ruining their quality of life. One of the residents, Joleen Estabrook of 65 Leighton Road, lives near the Elm Street cr...

  • Explorer's Harpswell home gets national historic status

    HARPSWELL — The island home of Arctic explorer Adm. Robert Peary has been recognized as a national historic landmark by the federal government, one of fewer than 50 such sites in Maine.  The state's Bureau of Parks and Land, which owns the 17-acre island and summer home abo...

  • Falmouth councilors delay vote on library; residents criticize process

    FALMOUTH — The Town Council delayed a vote Monday on the library space needs resolution after a consultant's final report came in late on Oct. 22, after the council agenda was published. The report by consultant Nolan Lushington presented a recommended range of net usable space to ad...

  • Ben & Jerry's gets the boot in latest L.L. Bean plan for downtown Freeport

    FREEPORT — L.L. Bean has submitted a plan to the Project Review Board to demolish the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream shop on Main Street and creating a pedestrian plaza with brick walkways, landscaping and seating.  The proposal includes building a new, 1,300-square-foot Ben & ...

  • Cumberland council sets hearing for moratorium on gravel pits

    CUMBERLAND — The Town Council voted Monday to hold a public hearing Nov. 8 on a proposed 180-day moratorium on gravel pits and water extraction sites. The discussion was scheduled after Elvin Copp and his son, Randy Copp, said they intended to seek a permit for a pit on land Elvin ow...

  • Yarmouth council sets final Comp Plan vote for Dec. 2

    YARMOUTH — The Town Council held a second public hearing on the 2010 draft Comprehensive Plan and completed the review process on Thursday, Oct. 21. Councilors are expected to hold a final public hearing and vote to adopt the plan in early December. The plan was presented to t...

  • Portland police arrest 2 in series of assaults

    PORTLAND — Police have arrested two men who allegedly assaulted several people downtown Monday night. David Brochu, 22, of Windham, and Christopher Conley, 22, of Portland, were arrested early Tuesday morning on charges of assault and robbery. Brochu was also charged with terrorizing...

  • Rail deliveries to disrupt Portland traffic

    PORTLAND — Delivery of rails for the upcoming Amtrak Downeaster service expansion to Freeport and Brunswick is expected to cause traffic delays at railroad crossings in the city on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 27 and 28. The delays are expected on Riverside Street near Washington Ave...

  • Portland residents eye educational reuse of Nathan Clifford School

    PORTLAND — With the new Ocean Avenue Elementary School scheduled to open in January, the School Committee is preparing to transfer ownership of the Nathan Clifford Elementary School to the city.  While the city has yet to start the process for determining the future of the more ...

  • Portland begins work on cruise ship 'mega-berth'

    PORTLAND — Work on the much-anticipated cruise ship "mega-berth" at Ocean Gateway has started and the governor will be in Portland on Friday to visit the construction site. The 1,000-foot floating pier will be constructed at the end of the Ocean Gateway terminal on the city's Eastern...