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  • Portland fire safety panel suggests new inspection department

    PORTLAND — A new city department dedicated to enforcing fire safety and housing ordinances, and conducting inspections, could be a recommendation of the task force set up in the aftermath of the Nov. 1 Noyes Street fire that killed six people. In their Dec. 17 meeting, task force mem...

  • Portland police offer self-defense class for women

    PORTLAND — Registration is open to women who would like to take Rape Aggression Defense classes sponsored by the Police Department in January 2015. Held over five sessions at the Police Department at 109 Middle St., the course will teach personal safety tips and physical self-defense...

  • Bath saw several projects launch in 2010, more to come in '11

    BATH — This year saw several key projects get off the ground in the City of Ships, including as a new downtown hotel and improvements to address traffic, water and sewer problems. At the same time, proposed artificial turf for McMann Field and the development of the third phase of th...

  • Falmouth teacher pleads innocent to pot charge

    FALMOUTH — A high school English teacher who was charged with possession of marijuana after a raid of the school parking lot pleaded innocent to the charge on Dec. 16. Mark Melnicove, 58, of Dresden, was charged in November after a search of the high school parking lot allegedly turn...

  • Falmouth panel develops survey in advance of new Comp Plan

    FALMOUTH — Members of the Long Range Planning Advisory Committee are organizing and drafting a survey to find out where residents stand on a range of issues. The committee's purpose is to create a new Comprehensive Plan for the town, something that is required by state law. The town'...

  • Topsham selectmen build special Town Meeting warrant

    TOPSHAM — The Board of Selectmen on Dec. 16 approved several February 2011 special Town Meeting warrant items, including an ordinance governing medical marijuana dispensaries. The Planning Board in October unanimously recommended zoning changes that would allow medical marijuana dis...

  • State agency opposes Portland waterfront zoning changes

    PORTLAND — Beginning Jan. 20, pier owners may have the flexibility to allow more non-marine tenants in waterfront buildings. But the change in rules still must be approved by the state and one agency is recommending the city's request be denied. Mayor Nicholas Mavodones said t...

  • Economic reality spawns new Portland workplace

    PORTLAND — If necessity is the mother of invention, imagination is often its father. Take the developer Peter Bass, who, as he cast around for a new project in the fall of 2009, found his prospects looking bleak. He had a great deal of experience building affordable condominiums as ...

  • Musicians perform to benefit Safe Passage

    PORTLAND — New York-based violist Kallie Ciechomski will perform a recital on Sunday, Jan. 2, at 3 p.m. to benefit Safe Passage.  Ciechomski will perform works by Bach, Schumann, Carter and D...

  • Temporary fuel tax rebate for fisherman starts Jan. 1 in Portland

    PORTLAND — Beginning this weekend, ground fishermen will be able to land their fish in Portland and receive a benefit that many have travelled to Massachusetts for: tax-free diesel fuel. But there's a catch. The privately funded program is only a temporary solution to what many belie...