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  • Nova Star arrives at Ocean Gateway Terminal

    Dock hands tie down the Nova Star on Thursday as it arrives in Portland from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The 529-foot ferry entered the harbor just before noon, escorted by a city fire boat. City officials including Mayor Michael Brennan and City Manager Mark Rees greeted the ferry at the Ocean Gatewa...

  • Latest proposal slightly reduces proposed Scarborough tax hike

    SCARBOROUGH — Changes to the proposed school and municipal budgets for fiscal year 2015 and the proposed dog leash ordinance are still works in progress after Wednesday night's Town Council public hearings. In the public hearing, Town Manager Tom Hall presented updated versions ...

  • Proposed Brunswick library budget cut could require weekend closings

    BRUNSWICK — Curtis Memorial Library could be open one or two fewer days a week if the Town Council endorses a proposed reduction in the library subsidy. The council is also considering cuts in staff salaries and the elimination of a popular inter-library loan service, according to li... 1

  • Cumberland council awards bid for Route 88 work, OKs higher trash-bag fees

    CUMBERLAND — The Town Council on Monday accepted a bid from Storey Bros. Excavating for improvements to Foreside Road (Route 88). Six councilors supported the decision, while Councilor Shirley Storey-King abstained. The company’s $3.79 million bid, plus construction...

  • Judge rejects Yarmouth honor code challenge

    PORTLAND — A federal judge Tuesday denied a student's request for a temporary restraining order that would have prevented her from being punished under the Yarmouth High School honor code. The 16-year-old student – identified in court documents only by the initials S.F. –...

  • SAD 51 OKs new use for Drowne Road School in Cumberland

    CUMBERLAND — The School Administrative District 51 Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday to move third-graders from the Drowne Road School to the Mabel I. Wilson School next year and find a new use for the Drowne Road building. Recommendations from the district’s Su...

  • Portland councilors mull school funding, Peaks Island police coverage

    PORTLAND — City Councilors lauded the schools Tuesday for the effort put in to a $90 million budget proposal, despite a 1.3 percent proposed increase in spending over this year. The police chief at Tuesday's Finance Committee meeting also presented the council with options to keep tw...

  • Call for help: Cumberland County sees itself as solution to dispatch dilemma facing towns

    FALMOUTH — When most people dial 911, their biggest concern is getting emergency service as quickly as possible. The location of the person who answers the call is probably far from the caller's mind. But as budget crises force more Maine communities to make drastic cuts, some towns ...

  • Portland Planning Board OKs Old Port hotel, North Deering bank

    PORTLAND — The Planning Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a new hotel development for the former Jordan's Meat property in the Old Port. Developer Mark Woglom, president of New Hampshire-based Opechee Construction Corp, said interior demolition has already begun at the 207-209 bl...

  • Portland's Congress Square: Upgrade or unload?

    PORTLAND — The city is exploring options for the Congress Square park at Congress and High streets, including redesign or sale of the property. The Congress Square Redesign Study Group, made up of local business and neighborhood representatives and city officials, is planning a publi...