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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...

  • Risky business: Les Otten and the rise and fall of American Skiing Co.

    Editor’s note: This examination of gubernatorial candidate Leslie B. Otten’s role in American Skiing Co. by the non-profit Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting is the first in a series examining the claims and records of some of the leading candidates for governor. If yo... 1

  • School districts benefit from proposed increase in state subsidy

    School systems in Portland's northern suburbs would lose less school funding in fiscal 2011 after Gov. John Baldacci last week proposed adding $20 million to general purpose aid for education. School Administrative District 51 had expected to receive $10.88 million in funding, a loss of mo...

  • Hearings set on Cumberland budget, higher trash bag fees

    CUMBERLAND — The Town Council set public hearing dates on Monday for the fiscal 2011 budget and a proposed increase in trash bag fees. The budget hearing is set for Monday, March 22. Town Manager Bill Shane has proposed a $7.99 million budget for next year, a 0.3 percent drop fr...

  • State grants help local towns, businesses harness energy

    AUGUSTA — Installation of solar hot water heaters and the conversion of landfill gas to electricity are among the projects funded by nearly $635,000 in grants awarded last week by Efficiency Maine, the conservation arm of the Public Utilities Commission. More than $220,000 worth of g...

  • Portland agencies, councilors question grant methodology

    PORTLAND — The City Council on Monday ordered another review of grant funding recommendations for social service providers, despite objections that doing so would further muddy what some believe is an already a flawed process. The council voted 6-2 for a committee to explore percenta... 1

  • Blacksmith barn burns at Cumberland County Fairgrounds

    CUMBERLAND — Firefighters quickly extinguished a blaze at a Cumberland County Fairgrounds blacksmith barn early Tuesday morning. Fire Chief Dan Small said his department received the call around 5 a.m. Firefighters were able to knock the fire down within 10 to 15 minutes, but we...

  • Residents speak out against music cuts proposed in Portland school budget

    PORTLAND — Dozens of parents, residents, teachers and students on Monday asked the School Committee to reconsider proposed budget cuts in school music and special education. Monday night's public hearing, attended by more than 100 people at the Fred. P. Hall Elementary School, was the fi...

  • Added state funding could reduce cuts, tax impact of Portland school budget

    PORTLAND — The School Department could receive $1.3 million more in state education funding than originally anticipated. Last week, Gov. John Baldacci announced that with state revenues exceeding expectations, he would allocate an additional $20 million in general purpose aid to loca...