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  • Portland teachers contract freezes salaries in 1st year

    PORTLAND — The School Board unanimously agreed to a new two-year contract with city teachers on Dec. 16. The agreement freezes salaries in the first year and provides a 2 percent cost-of-living increase in the second year. The contract also includes more instructional time for...

  • Portland lights up the winter solstice

    Headlights streak around Portland's holiday-bedecked Longfellow Square in this long-exposure photo taken on the winter solstice, Sunday, Dec. 21. Sunset was 4:06 p.m. on the shortest day of the year; by Christmas, sunset will occur a few minutes later at 4:09 p.m.   

  • Incumbent Prescott defeats Tepler again in House District 60

    TOPSHAM — Republican state Rep. Kerri Prescott defeated Democrat Denise Tepler on Tuesday for the second time in House District 60. Prescott, seeking a third term, was a 2,385 to 1,835 winner over Tepler, according to preliminary results. Prescott also defeated Tepler in the 2008 ele...

  • Legislature: Downtown Portland district sends Chipman to Augusta

    PORTLAND — Independent Ben Chipman on Tuesday claimed the House District 119 seat previously held by longtime state Rep. Herb Adams, D-Portland. Voters in the district, which includes the Parkside, Bayside and East Bayside neighborhoods, elected Chipman over Democratic candidate Jill...

  • Flaherty loses House seat in Scarborough; Bartlett holds on in Senate

    SCARBOROUGH — It was a good day for Republican legislative candidates on Tuesday in Scarborough, with Amy Volk and Heather Sirocki knocking off two Democrats, including one incumbent. Volk unseated Rep. Sean Flaherty, D-Scarborough, in House District 127 and Sirocki defeated Democrat...

  • Peaks Island officially has no councilors

    PORTLAND — Three years after its creation, the Peaks Island Council has no councilors. Election results Tuesday night showed no votes for the three write-in seats on the ballot. The advisory board failed to attract any candidates for the three seats up for re-election this yea...

  • Brillant, Mason defeat incumbent Consolini for Topsham Board of Selectmen

    TOPSHAM — Marie Brillant and Andrew Mason won seats on the Board of Selectmen Tuesday, defeating incumbent Selectman Sandra Consolini. According to preliminary results, Brillant received 2,580 votes, followed by Mason with 2,338 and Consolini with 1,993. Selectman Steve Edmond...

  • Blake, Livingston elected to South Portland City Council

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Incumbent City Councilor Thomas Blake and School Board member Alan Livingston defeated two other candidates Tuesday for two at-large seats on the City Council. According to unofficial results, Blake received 6,140 votes and Livingston earned 3,858. Frequent School De...

  • South Portland voters OK high school renovations

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Voters on Tuesday approved a $41.5 million bond to renovate and expand South Portland High School. Unofficial machine tallies showed that the bond passed by a vote of 6,673 to 4,297. City Clerk Susan Mooney said 61 percent of the city's 18,691 voters turned out for t...

  • Topsham voters enact ban on cell towers

    TOPSHAM — Residents voted 2,358 to 1,933 Tuesday to ban new cellular communications towers in a residential part of town. The ban is retroactive to April 1 and was sought by a petition that collected 556 certified signatures. The Board of Selectmen voted in July to send the matter to...