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  • Cape Elizabeth Recycling Center change gets mixed reviews

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Residents this week had mixed views about a new traffic pattern at the Recycling Center. The new pattern, which no longer allows drivers to back up to the trash hopper, went into effect Jan. 21. It includes four diagonal parking spaces outside of the trash ...

  • Scarborough author crusades for convicted soldier

    SCARBOROUGH — On a chilly day late last March, author Don Snyder got a call from a phone number he did not recognize. Thinking it might be a fan who had somehow found his number and was calling to to talk about one of his novels, Snyder answered, reluctantly. The caller, ...

  • Effort to bring aircraft carrier to Portland waterfront hits strong headwind

    PORTLAND — Efforts to bring the USS John F. Kennedy to the Portland waterfront, where it would become a permanent museum and convention center, ran into opposition at a City Council workshop Monday night. Several councilors spoke against granting a memorandum of understanding for ber... 2

  • Portland councilors give raises to themselves, nonunion workers; OK new downtown noise rules

    PORTLAND — City councilors on Monday voted 7-1 to give raises to themselves and other nonunion city employees. The City Council also approved the creation of a sound oversight committee to mediate noise disputes between Old Port bar owners and other residents and business owners....

  • Portland man indicted for Parkside murder

    PORTLAND — A 25-year-old Portland man was indicted by a Cumberland County grand jury for the Aug. 12 murder of 58-year-old Richard Meyer. Shawn Garland is charged with intentional or knowing or depraved indifference murder in Meyer's stabbing death in a Grant Street apartment.

  • Skolnik launches write-in campaign for re-election to Portland City Council

    PORTLAND — Embattled City Councilor Dan Skolnik has changed his mind and will seek re-election in District 3. "Based on events, I am putting my money where my mouth is," Skolnik said, when reached Monday afternoon. "And I have a big mouth." Skolnik has been making headlines re...

  • 'Trashy behavior': Illegal dumping angers residents of Portland's Parkside neighborhood

    PORTLAND — Some Parkside residents say they have had enough of trash and unwanted furniture piling up in their neighborhood. Parkside Neighborhood Association President Chelsea Miller said her group has been working with city officials to confront a growing problem of illegal du...

  • Proposed Portland rules would give edge to local workers, contractors

    PORTLAND — The City Council Finance Committee on Sept. 23 will consider an ordinance requiring background checks on city contractors and giving preference to those who use local labor. The proposal, called the "Responsible Contractor's Ordinance," would require contractors to submit ...

  • County gets federal anti-drug grant

    PORTLAND — Cumberland County and a local substance abuse awareness organization have received a $625,000 grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to combat youth substance abuse in Falmouth, Cumberland, North Yarmouth, Yarmouth, Freeport and Pownal.

  • Councilor, former mayor lead campaign against elected mayor for Portland

    PORTLAND — Opponents of a proposed City Charter amendment that would have voters elect the mayor will launch their campaign this week. City Councilor Cheryl Leeman has organized what she is calling a "neighbor-to-neighbor" campaign against Question 1 on the Nov. 2 city ballot.