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  • Midtown opponents to hold fundraiser

    PORTLAND — Opponents of the proposed Midtown Towers project on Somerset Street will hold a fundraiser for legal expenses at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Aurora Cafe, 64 Pine St. Keep Portland Livable co-founders Peter Monro and Tim Paradis estimated as much as $75,000 will be nee...

  • Portland arts projects earn NEA grants

    PORTLAND — City artistic endeavors will receive $107,500 in federal grants this year, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, announced April 16. Included in the funding from the National Endowment for the Arts is $35,000 for the city to stage a production and tour of "Hearts, Minds, and...

  • North Yarmouth nomination papers due April 23

    NORTH YARMOUTH — Nomination papers for the June 8 municipal election are due at the town clerk’s office on Friday, April 23. Two seats are available for three-year terms on the Board of Selectmen. Incumbent Selectman Robert Wood has taken out papers, but Selectman Anne Gra...

  • Low bid drives Cumberland's Route 88 improvement cost down to about $4M

    CUMBERLAND — Although the Town Council voted last December to borrow up to $4.5 million for improvements to Foreside Road (Route 88), the low bid for the work will reduce the cost to between $4 million and $4.1 million, Town Manager Bill Shane said Monday. The Town Council is ex...

  • Face-lift for Monument Square

    Portland Public Services crews began constructing new granite planters this week at Monument Square, in anticipation of tree planting in May. The square will get 15 new trees, most likely ginkgos, according to city Arborist Jeff Tarling. Eight will be installed along storefronts (shown), three in...

  • Kites will soar as Brunswick celebrates its Cuban connection

    BRUNSWICK — Nestor Gil is admittedly conflicted about 1959, Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution. On the one hand, Gil, an artist doing a two-year fellowship at Bowdoin College, can appreciate Castro, who for 50 years has thumbed his nose at the United States, holding on to power de...

  • Brunswick council hears budget outline

    BRUNSWICK — The town could close Coffin Pond, reduce its allocation to the Curtis Memorial Library and dial back some street paving projects, even if the Town Council adopts a fiscal 2011 budget with a 2 percent property tax increase.  That scenario, which includes the eliminati...

  • Brunswick council OKs McKeen-Maine traffic signal

    BRUNSWICK — A proposal to put a traffic signal at the intersection of Maine and McKeen street received a green light from the Town Council on Monday. The council voted 6-3 to support the approximately $100,000 signal. Although some councilors worried it could become a nuisance for re...

  • Challenge threatened after Freeport council agrees to merge dispatch with Brunswick

    FREEPORT — A divided Town Council voted Tuesday to consolidate dispatch services with Brunswick, and some residents said they will fight to keep the service in town. The Town Council voted 5-2 in favor of consolidation, and aut...

  • Fee increases, layoffs part of Portland's proposed 2011 budget

    PORTLAND — The city Finance Committee began reviewing a proposed $196 million municipal budget proposal Tuesday evening. The package includes the elimination of the city's equal opportunity and multi-cultural director, new fees for credit and debit card use and a change in the price ...