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  • Hill-Christian to be acting city manager in Portland

    PORTLAND — Deputy City Manager Sheila Hill-Christian awaits only a Wednesday, Sept. 3, City Council vote to be named acting city manager. The vote is scheduled immediately after councilors formally accept the resignation of City Manager Mark Rees, who will step down that day. Hill-Ch...

  • Brunswick pair charged with federal tax-evasion scheme

    BRUNSWICK — A federal grand jury indicted two Brunswick men in their 70s for allegedly conspiring to defraud the U.S. government of hundreds of thousands of dollars. David E. Robinson, 75, and F. William Messier, 70, are charged with multiple counts of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. ...

  • Portland pier owners offer concessions on waterfront zoning

    PORTLAND — Review of proposed waterfront zoning changes is expected to continue later this month, with several amendments aimed at making city officials and lobstermen more comfortable with pier owners' requests. A group of 11 pier owners have dropped their request to allow 50 more f...

  • Next stop?: Narrow Gauge Railroad may pull out of Portland

    PORTLAND — The Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum has been keeping the locomotive spirit alive for thousands of people a year on the city's waterfront, offering train rides and a museum along the Eastern Promen...

  • Education secretary impressed by expeditionary learning in Portland

    Student Keyly Martinez explains a student-led oral history project to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan during Duncan's visit to King Middle School in Portland on Tuesday. Awaiting their turns to speak are students Joanna Quinn and Mohamed Nur.

  • Portland's Back Cove residents get advice for quelling crime wave

    PORTLAND — Lock your doors, remove valuables from cars – and lock those, too – and don't leave items unattended outside. That was the advice for about 60 residents of the Back Cove neighborhood who gathered at Cheverus High School Aug. 26 to hear from City Councilor ...

  • Back from the ashes: Tenants to begin moving into rebuilt building on Route 1 in Yarmouth

    YARMOUTH — More than a year and a half after a fire displaced more than two dozen businesses at 500 Route 1, the first tenant will soon move into the rebuilt office building. The orthodontic practice of Dr. Mark Fischer is expected to reopen by the end of the month. He has been ...

  • Brunswick library unveils self-checkout

    BRUNSWICK — Curtis Memorial Library now has an automatic checkout system. The book-lending system, called Self-Check Selma, will allow patrons to check out books on their own, rather than waiting for a librarian to assist them. According to a press release from the library, Se...

  • Correction

    Last week's story about the South Portland City Council approving a collective bargaining agreement with public works employees should have said employees, not the Maine Labor Relations Board, decided to create a separate bargaining unit for bus drivers.

  • The art of traffic control

    Motorists creep along Maine Street during the Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival on Saturday, Aug. 21, an event that doubled as an experiment to close the thoroughfare's middle two lanes. Town officials wanted to see if the closure would make Maine Street more pedestrian friendly. The closure drew m...