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  • Hill-Christian to be acting city manager in Portland

    PORTLAND — Deputy City Manager Sheila Hill-Christian awaits only a Wednesday, Sept. 3, City Council vote to be named acting city manager. The vote is scheduled immediately after councilors formally accept the resignation of City Manager Mark Rees, who will step down that day. Hill-Ch...

  • Brunswick pair charged with federal tax-evasion scheme

    BRUNSWICK — A federal grand jury indicted two Brunswick men in their 70s for allegedly conspiring to defraud the U.S. government of hundreds of thousands of dollars. David E. Robinson, 75, and F. William Messier, 70, are charged with multiple counts of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. ...

  • State backs off on fees at Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth, Mackworth Island in Falmouth

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The state Bureau of Parks and Lands on Wednesday announced visitors will not have to pay mandatory entrance fees at two popular state parks starting in May. Instead, Gov. John Baldacci directed the state agency to allow visitors to Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth ...

  • Cape Elizabeth School Board sends $20.7M budget to Town Council

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The School Board unanimously approved a nearly $20.7 million school budget on April 13. The proposed fiscal 2011 budget is $672,000 more than this year's $20 million budget, an increase of 3.4 percent. If passed, the budget would increase the property tax rate 3...

  • South Portland City Council opts for tax increase

    SOUTH PORTLAND — A firefighter, a police officer and raises for nonunion employees have been added back into the proposed fiscal 2011 municipal budget. The City Council decided to restore more than $180,000 in proposed cuts, which may increase the local tax rate by more than 1 percen...

  • November vote eyed for South Portland High School renovation bond

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The Secondary Schools Facility Committee voted overwhelmingly April 8 to place a $42 million bond for high school renovations on the November ballot. The recommendation must now be accepted by the School Board, according to Assistant Superintendent of Schools Steve B...

  • Brunswick council begins debate over proposed job, program cuts

    BRUNSWICK — The Town Council's first dive into the fiscal 2011 budget revealed potential sticking points on Monday, as some councilors advocated to restore targeted jobs and service reductions, while others called for deeper cuts. Although the potential for a reduced workforce and se...

  • Freeport businessman tapped to lead Boys to Men

    FREEPORT — After working for nearly 10 years to develop programs that would reduce interpersonal violence and support the healthy development of adolescent boys, Layne Gregory will step down as executive director of Boys to Men and hand the reins to Drew Wing of Freeport. The nonpro...

  • Headed back to class: Adult education in demand in Scarborough

    SCARBOROUGH — Trisha Papa, a 23-year-old mother of two, has dreams of becoming a preschool teacher. Last week, with the help of the Scarborough Adult Education program, she took a big step closer to realizing her dream: Papa passed the math portion of the General Educational Developm...

  • South Portland council poised to fast-track capital improvements

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council is poised to fast-track this year's Capital Improvement Plan so workers can take advantage of the early construction season. Although the council typically approves the CIP in June, City Manager Jim Gailey asked to bump up that vote to Wednesday, Apr...