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  • Siblings challenge Portland School Board incumbents

    PORTLAND — All three School Board members whose terms are expiring are seeking re-election in November. So far, two of them have potential challengers in a pair of brother-and-sister candidates. Nominating petitions became available June 30. As of July 24, several candidates h...

  • Portland poised to acquire 43 acres to protect Capisic Brook

    PORTLAND — A proposed $800,000 land deal off Warren Avenue could hasten improvements to Capisic Brook, one of the city's longest waterways. On Monday, Aug. 3, the City Council will vote on the purchase of 42.5 acres of land behind Happy Wheels and other businesses in the 300 blo...

  • Service costs among issues for North Yarmouth selectmen candidates

    NORTH YARMOUTH — Three business owners are competing for two seats on the Board of Selectmen in the June 14 town election. The three-year terms are being vacated by Selectman Carol Burgess, who has served four terms, and by one-term Selectman Mark Verrill. Hoping to fill those...

  • School board backs adding $115K to RSU 5 budget

    FREEPORT — The Regional School Unit 5 Board of Directors supports adding $115,000 to the proposed 2012 school budget for professional development and literacy support. In a straw vote taken during a meeting on May 11, six of nine members said they favor adding the money to the b...

  • Exit ramp closings expected on I-295

    PORTLAND — Paving between Exit 20 in Freeport and Exit 28 in Brunswick on Interstate 295 will force ramp closures beginning this week. Ramps will be closed periodically, according to the Maine Department of Transportation. Crews will be working on the roads nightly from 7 p.m. to 6 a...

  • Portland teens charged with vandalizing Deering High School

    PORTLAND — Two teenage boys allegedly smashed several windows at Deering High School in the early hours of May 13 before being caught by a neighbor of the school. Joseph Reali, 18, and Jason Alexander, 19, both of Portland, were charged with aggravated criminal mischief at about 1 a....

  • Maine PUC says Central Maine Power must allow customers to refuse 'smart' electric meters

    AUGUSTA — Central Maine Power Co. customers who do not want "smart" electric meters will be able to opt out of the program, after a decision Tuesday by the Maine Public Utilities Commission. The PUC ruled that customers who do not want the wireless meters on their homes or businesses...

  • Casco Bay Lines union 'reluctantly' agrees to contract in Portland

    PORTLAND — It took more than two years, but Casco Bay Lines and its unionized employees have reached an agreement on a three-year contract. The two sides were deadlocked over issues like wage increases and health insurance when the dispute went to arbitration. The arbitrator i...

  • Portland city manager finalists to meet the public

    PORTLAND — Interim City Manager Patricia Finnigan and two Massachusetts managers are finalists for the city's top administrative job. Julian Suso of Framingham, Mass., and Mark Rees of North Andover, Mass., are expected to be in Portland on Friday to meet with the public. The City Co...

  • Tax hike of 2.5% likely after Yarmouth council OKs $10.7M municipal budget

    YARMOUTH — The Town Council unanimously approved a $10.65 million municipal budget that will maintain current services. Town Manager Nat Tupper said the budget was adopted by the council Thursday, May 5 without any changes. No residents offered public comment. The