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  • Portland interfaith exchange brings together youth from Maine, Israel

    PORTLAND — Their day started in a Baha’i school in Eliot, and ended in a downtown mosque. But this journey of faith exploration for 10 high school students on July 31 really began at home, in Israel. The students – Israeli Jews, Muslims and Christians &nd...

  • In Portland, Sen. Angus King promotes immigration reform

    PORTLAND — While admitting the odds of passage may be long, U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, said he wants to reform federal immigration rules that prevent asylum seekers from working. "The chances are it is going to take a lot of work," King said July 31 in front of City Hall.

  • Portland company to manage inn at Maine Street Station

    BRUNSWICK — The developers of Maine Street Station announced this week that they have selected The Olympia Cos. of Portland to manage the new Inn at Brunswick Station. "It was important to us to choose a local organization,” said J. Hilary Rockett, president of JHR Development....

  • New priorities mean a change on Maine Street

    Fred Horch decides to sell Brunswick store BRUNSWICK — For five years, composting toilets, solar drying racks, and CFL light bulbs have been synonymous with the name Fred W. Horch. But that will soon change. Last week, Horch announced that he is putting his sustainabl...

  • Freeport budget holds the line, town may use $2.3M in excess funds for fields

    FREEPORT — The Town Council was presented with a proposed $9.3 million municipal budget Tuesday night. Finance director Abbe Yacoben said the proposed fiscal year 2012 budget is up $42,000,  or 0.45 percent, from this year, and does not include a property tax increase. The munic...

  • Portland School Board OKs $89.6M budget that cuts jobs, increases taxes

    PORTLAND — The School Board on Tuesday night unanimously approved a nearly $89.6 million budget.  The spending plan for fiscal 2012 is about $360,000 smaller than the current budget. But the School Department's share of local property taxes is expected to increase by about 2.79 ...

  • Leaning into spring

    Like plants that lean in the direction of their light source, these snowmen, created at the corner of Middle and School streets in Freeport after last Friday's snowstorm, were leaning by Sunday in the direction of the warming noontime sun.

  • Court dismisses lawsuit challenging Freeport dispatch change

    FREEPORT — A Maine Superior Court justice has dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the town's transfer of emergency medical dispatch services to Brunswick.  Residents Marianne McGettigan, Judith Blanchard and Donald Rice did not agree with a Town Council decision last April to mo...

  • School budget divides Falmouth Town Council

    Several councilors question all-day kindergarten proposal FALMOUTH — Four of the seven town councilors spoke out last week against funding in the school budget for an all-day kindergarten program in the new elementary school. The proposed $26.2 million fiscal 2012 budget is ... 1

  • Falmouth seeks leftover stimulus funds to replace school furnaces

    FALMOUTH — The new school campus on Woodville Road may become an oil heat-free zone, if the schools wins a grant from the Maine Forest Service. The town applied last week for a grant of up to $500,000 to replace the middle school's two oil-burning furnaces, which are more than 50 yea...