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  • Incumbent Portland independent faces 2-party challenge in House District 40

    PORTLAND — Incumbent state Rep. Benjamin Chipman believes Maine House District 40, encompassing Parkside, West Bayside and the area around the University of Southern Maine, needs its independent voice in the Legislature. Democrat Herb Adams and Republican Mark Lockman are out to prov...

  • At Portland school, music and learning go hand in hand

    PORTLAND — For students at a city elementary school, subjects like math will now sound like music to their ears. Kindergartners at Reiche Elementary School are participating in a music immersion program, as part of a partnership between the school and the Portland Symphony Orche...

  • Cumberland County sheriff a candidate for Portland-Falmouth House seat

    PORTLAND — Cumberland County Sheriff Mark Dion this morning announced he will seek the Democratic nomination to represent the North Deering neighborhood and West Falmouth in the state House of Representatives. Dion, who will not seek a fourth term as sheriff in November, would replac...

  • Maine groups, businesses continue relief efforts in Haiti

    SCARBOROUGH — Several groups of Maine people and businesses want the residents of Haiti to know that they have not been forgotten in the six months since the earthquake that devastated the country. A group of 40 local businesses, including Preti Flaherty, Reed & Reed and UNUM, ba...

  • South Portland council gives initial OK to plan to boost land bank

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council on Monday gave preliminary approval to a plan to increase funding for the city's land bank, which is used to buy and maintain open space. Councilors also voted to make Thomas Street near City Hall one way in preparation for a new transit hub and bus ...

  • Beehives in Cape Elizabeth do double duty: Pollination, pain relief

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Melinda Johnson believes in bees. Johnson, a 31-year-old Portland resident, has rheumatoid arthritis. She was diagnosed with the painful joint disorder at age 20, and now keeps bees for the holistic health benefits of their venom. "The bee sting mimics a react...

  • Scarborough council approves Cabela's plaza zoning changes

    SCARBOROUGH — Shoppers may soon enjoy the convenience of drive-through restaurants, see new signs and participate in special events at Gateway Plaza now that a fifth amendment to the contract zone has been approved. The Town Council voted 5-1 Wednesday to approve the amendment to the...

  • South Portland OKs demolition of Red's Dairy Freeze

    SOUTH PORTLAND — A Cottage Road landmark ravaged by fire two months ago seems headed for the wrecking ball. Whether Red's Dairy Freeze will be rebuilt remains unknown. Code Enforcement Officer Patricia Doucette said the owner of Red's has obtained a city permit to demolish the...

  • Ram Island Ledge light off Cape Elizabeth for sale, in need of care

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The Ram Island Ledge lighthouse needs a steward and is for sale to the highest bidder. Paula Santangelo, public affairs officer at the U.S. General Services Administration, said the property was first made available to government agencies, education institutions and ...

  • Topsham selectmen send cell tower ban to November vote

    TOPSHAM — Voters will decide in November if the town should establish a retroactive ban on new cellular communications towers in the Urban Residential zone. The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously July 15 to schedule the Nov. 2 referendum, after receiving a petition that calls ... 1