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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...

  • Yarmouth schools set budget schedule, prepare for reduced funding

    YARMOUTH — School officials are working to find savings and plan for the future in light of a nearly $520,000 reduction in state funding this year and an estimated $1.2 million reduction in fiscal 2011. Superintendent of Schools Judy Paolucci said the schools have nearly made up...

  • Brunswick councilors frustrated by lack of details on tax deal for Maine Street Station

    BRUNSWICK — A proposal to return a portion of property taxes to the developer of the Maine Street Station project elicited a near unanimous chorus of frustration from the Town Council on Monday. Most councilors appeared willing to support the so-called credit enhancement provision, w...

  • Free cervical cancer screenings on Saturday

    PORTLAND — Free cervical cancer screenings will be available this month in honor of National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. The screenings will take place Saturday, Jan. 30, at Maine Medical Center Breast Care Center, 100 Campus Drive, Scarborough. The program is being offered by t...

  • Public Utilities Commission delays vote on probe of Casco Bay Lines

    PORTLAND — The Maine Public Utilities Commission wants more information from the public and Casco Bay Lines before it decides whether to open an investigation into last year's fare hikes by the ferry operator. The commission was expected to vote Monday, Jan. 25, on a recommendation f...

  • $63.1M bid to replace Veterans Memorial Bridge

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Only three companies submitted bids to replace the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Mark Latti of the Maine Department of Transportation said the lowest bid was submitted by Reed & Reed Construction, which said the project could be completed for $63.1 million. La...

  • Art dealer/wrestler to lead auction for school

    PORTLAND — Casco Bay High School will hold a benefit auction Saturday for Project Graduation, featuring about 50 chairs painted by parents, students and local artists. The “Have A Seat” auction will be held Jan. 30, at 6 p.m. at The Maine Studios, 225 Presumpscot St. ...

  • Mayor: Portland rises to the challenge of aid for Haiti

    PORTLAND — Mayor Nicholas Mavodones Jr. last week encouraged all residents to do whatever they could to help victims of the earthquake that hit Haiti on Jan. 14. People apparently took the message to heart. On Jan. 21, city officials partnered with WGME and the School Department t...

  • Drivers, residents savor 1-year respite from Route 1 truck traffic

    FREEPORT — As a truck driver for 14 years, Herman Hughes of Leeds has had to regularly maneuver his 100,000-pound, six-axle truck around Route 1medians in Yarmouth, tourists in Freeport and traffic in Falmouth to deliver gasoline. Because his heavy truck was not allowed on Interstate...