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  • 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...

  • Train barn foes, Downeaster official clash in Brunswick

    BRUNSWICK — A meeting of an advisory group for a proposed train layover facility Thursday lapsed into an acrimonious exchange between opponents of the project and representatives of the agency that runs the Amtrak Downeaster. At the meeting, three members of the Brun...

  • Reading for literacy

    Susan Steele, Portland School District's Safe and Drug Free Schools coordinator, reads to students Tuesday morning at Hall Elementary School as part of Read Across America Day, a program to promote literacy. Steele was among 17 guest readers at Hall, which included Portland Police Chief James C...

  • Chefs gone bad, on display; Plus, a special lecture by cookbook editor and writer Judith Jones

    PORTLAND — Mug shots of food industry workers who broke the law will be on display at Rabelais beginning Friday. And on Tuesday, the editor behind Julia Child's many cookbooks, speaks about her experience in the food world. The collection of mug shots features cooks, chefs, ba...

  • Portland city manager says jobs, services to be eliminated; City facing $8M budget shortfall

    PORTLAND — City Manager Joe Gray will begin meeting this week with department heads in an attempt to close a projected $8 million budget gap. For the third year in a row, Gray said jobs and services will have to be cut. In the 2009 budget, major departments were merged or eliminated ...

  • Nearly 100 jobs, middle school sports targeted in Portland school budget

    PORTLAND — Cutting middle school athletics and eliminating nearly 100 jobs were expected to be part of the superintendent's proposed budget presentation to the School Committee on Wednesday. Meanwhile, increased staffing for multi-lingual students is also being proposed, along with a...

  • Portland offering deals on composting equipment

    PORTLAND — Composting food and yard waste can reduce how much households spend on those special blue garbage bags each year, and for the next two months the city is offering residents incentives to do just that. For the third year, the city's Public Services Department is offering di...

  • Yarmouth council approves dispatch contract with Falmouth

    YARMOUTH — The Town Council voted unanimously to turn over town emergency dispatch services to Falmouth following a public hearing on Monday. Councilor Kent Peterson was not in attendance. The council approved a proposal from Falmouth to provide dispatch services on a con...

  • New BBQ cart rolled out in Portland

    Washington Avenue resident Ron Gan opened a new barbecue cart this week. Skinny Cart BBQ is located at 202 Washington Ave., in front of a dilapidated garage Gan painted bright green and yellow last fall. The offerings are simple - you can get a barbecuish, based on a beef barbecue sandwich recipe...

  • Committee releases grant funding recommendations for Portland social services

    PORTLAND — The committee in charge of reviewing which agencies and projects should get federal community development money will present its final recommendations to the City Council March 8. The city expects to dole out about $2.1 million in Community Development Block Grant money fo...