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  • Invasive green crabs creep back into Casco Bay

    FREEPORT — Despite cautious optimism earlier this year that midcoast mudflats would be spared, invasive European green crabs were apparently only waiting for warmer water to scurry back into the area and begin wreaking havoc on the shellfish industry. “Since the beginning of la...

  • Cure for the summer slide in Portland

    Nataly Mendez, a soon-to-be first-grader at Reiche Community School, joins her peers in a game of bouncing balls within a parachute Thursday during a Summer Success picnic at Deering Oaks Park in Portland. The event, which was hosted by Portland ConnectED, featured a free meal for children, tours...

  • Rosa Scarcelli: Political 'newcomer' with old-fashioned connections

    Editor’s note: This examination of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rosa Scarcelli by the non-profit Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting is part of a series examining the claims and records of some of the leading candidates for governor. PORTLAND &m... 1

  • Sister-city celebration

    Takenobu Honda, chairman of the Shinagawa Assembly, sights a green marker bouy in Casco Bay as he takes a turn piloting a ferry on the way to Peaks Island on April 26. Honda and Shinagawa Mayor Takeshi Hamano, left, are part of a delegation visiting Portland to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ...

  • Thank you, Falmouth: Residents donate school supplies for Iraqi children

    FALMOUTH — When U.S. Army 1st Lt. Mark Seelen called home to Falmouth from Iraq to tell his mother he needed school supplies for the children in the area he where he was deployed, Barbara Seelen leaped into action. She called her friends, her church, the Falmouth Rotary and anyone el...

  • Topsham cell tower proposal returns to Planning Board

    TOPSHAM — A cellular communications tower proposed for the Heights neighborhood returns to the Planning Board on Tuesday, May 4. The 7 p.m. meeting at the Municipal Building will be preceded by a 6 p.m. site walk, at 14 Oak St., of the tower's proposed location. Mariner T...

  • Residents call for reversal of proposed budget cuts in Brunswick

    BRUNSWICK — If the Town Council uses Monday's public comments as the only metric for determining spending in fiscal 2011, residents can probably expect a property tax increase beyond the proposed bump of 2 percent.  Even with a 2 percent increase, the council will be forced to r...

  • Falmouth council OKs $34.9M budget, no tax increase

    FALMOUTH — The Town Council unanimously approved a $34.9 million municipal and school budget after a public hearing Monday evening. The budget, which avoids a property tax rate increase, includes $24.5 million for the school system, 1.63 percent less than last year. That is st...

  • Yarmouth council election will depend on write-in candidates

    YARMOUTH — The only contested town election will be for a seat on the Water District Board of Trustees after the deadline for submitting nomination papers expired on April 26. There are two, three-year seats available on both the Town Council and School Committee, but only three...

  • Portland's Ocean Gateway attracts events, but can it pay for itself?

    PORTLAND — Despite losing its main tenant this year, events scheduled for the Ocean Gateway cruise ship terminal and revenue from berthing is expected to cover operating costs for the city's 2-year-old facility. Still, the city is counting on construction of a long-awaited megaberth ...