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  • South Portland High School faculty OKs student-led change in Pledge of Allegiance routine

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Leaders of all 12 faculty departments at South Portland High School have unanimously approved a formal change in the daily recitation inviting students and faculty to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.  Principal Ryan Caron said he received word Wednesday ...

  • Harpswell school sale remains on track for April 15

    HARPSWELL — The Board of Selectmen decided unanimously Monday to allow the sale of the West Harpswell School to close on April 15, and not try to reopen negotiations on a section of the sale agreement. At issue was a specific clause in the agreement with the Harpswell Coastal Ac...

  • Community Center, Linda Bean restaurant get Freeport approvals

    FREEPORT — The Project Review Board approved plans for a new restaurant at the corner of Bow and Main streets. It also OK'd an addition to the Freeport Community Center and an expansion of Petrillo's restaurant on Depot Street. After tweaking the conceptual designs and ta...

  • Cumberland council sends Doane Property agreement to Planning Board

    CUMBERLAND — The Town Council on Monday sent a contract zone agreement for part of the Doane Property Revitalization Project to the Planning Board. The Planning Board will hold a public hearing next month and make a recommendation on the agreement. Then the matter will return to the ...

  • Falmouth councilors find consensus on town center compromise

    FALMOUTH — After more than a year of debate and discussion, the Town Council reached consensus Monday on a plan for Falmouth Memorial Library and a community center at the soon-to-be vacated Plummer-Motz and Lunt school buildings. "This has been like herding amoebas," Council Chairma...

  • Portland sidewalk snow removal, a 'perennial council discussion,' is back again

    PORTLAND — As sure as the snow will fly, clearing snow and ice from sidewalks has residents riled up and demanding the city re-examine into its sidewalk clearing policy. "People obviously get frustrated this time of year," Councilor David Marshall said this week. "Sidewalk clearing h...

  • Councilor's position could jeopardize new Falmouth development rules

    FALMOUTH — By casting the deciding vote to reduce open-space requirements for new developments, a town councilor with a subdivision currently under review may have opened the town's zoning regulations to a legal challenge. Councilor and real estate developer Fred Chase introduced the...

  • Portland councilors seek broad plan for city entertainment venues

    PORTLAND — The Finance Committee wants to look into how the city can better manage its "quasi-business" operations – some of which are losing money every year. The committee in January asked city staff to present information about management at Riverside Municipal Golf Course, ...

  • Winter farmers' market thrives at Irish Heritage Center in Portland

    PORTLAND — A steady flow of people found their way into the Irish Heritage Center on Saturday morning to peruse winter offerings from Maine farmers and listen to a little local music. About 15 vendors filled tables with potatoes and carrots, canned goods, honey and meat. Lots of meat...

  • Portland schools up the ante to encourage retirements

    PORTLAND — The School Board approved a retirement incentive designed to help cope with an anticipated revenue shortfall of $6 million next year. The incentive increases the maximum payout to age- and experience-eligible employees from $10,000 to $20,000. The package, however, ...