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  • Portland zoning question heads back to council, amid debate over building heights, waterfront views

    PORTLAND — Height is the root of a dispute about zoning needed to redevelop the Portland Co. complex at 58 Fore St. CPB2, the development company owned by Jim Brady, Casey Prentice and Kevin Costello, is seeking two zoning changes for 10 acres of property and additional submerged lan...

  • Portland attorney announces council bid

    PORTLAND — The first hat is in the ring. Spencer Thibodeau, 27, of Pitt Street, announced in a May 18 press release he will seek the City Council District 2 seat currently held by Councilor David Marshall. Thibodeau, an attorney at Verrill Dana, said he would like to "shift th...

  • Walmart waits as Falmouth council considers retail limit

    FALMOUTH — The Town Council on Dec. 13 will consider limiting the size of new retail developments. In the process, it may risk losing a major Route 1 retailer. A proposed zoning change would limit single occupants to a footprint of 75,000 square feet and multiple-business comp... 2

  • Judge refuses to halt consolidation of dispatch by Freeport, Brunswick

    PORTLAND — A attempt to temporarily halt the transfer of Freeport emergency dispatch service to Brunswick was denied in Maine Superior Court, but a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the contract is continuing. Superior Court Justice Nan...

  • Portland inauguation ceremonies slated for Dec. 6

    PORTLAND — Newly elected city councilors and School Committee members will be sworn in at City Hall on Monday, Dec. 6. Councilors will take the oath of office at noon and School Committee members will be sworn in at 4 p.m. Mayor Nicholas Mavadones, an at-large councilor since ...

  • Hanukkah ceremony Dec. 1 at Portland City Hall

    PORTLAND — The annual lighting of the giant Hanukkah menorah at City Hall will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m. Hanukkah is celebrated by Jews to commemorate religious liberty and the triumph of light over darkness. The eight-day holiday continues through Dec. 8. ...

  • Small alpaca farm in Cumberland helps redefine an industry

    CUMBERLAND — Tom Munroe and his wife Stacey Whitton could be the new face of farming at a time when raising healthy, homegrown food and promoting sustainable living is on the rise, but time and money are in short supply. They bought Abbott Farm about five years ago and now run a smal...

  • Portland school to host anti-bullying expert

    PORTLAND — A national expert and author on bullying prevention will speak Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Hall Elementary School, 23 Orono Road, about strategies parents can use in guiding their children. Prior to his presentation, Stan Davis will spend the day teaching Hall students and staf...

  • Yarmouth schools get new business manager

    YARMOUTH — Herbert I. Hopkins Jr. of North Yarmouth is the new director of business services for the Yarmouth School Department. He replaces Carol Kinney, who is retiring after serving 19 years as the School Department's business director. Most recently, Hopkins was business m...

  • Money grows on trees: Falmouth forestry project moves into 2nd year

    FALMOUTH — In this financial climate, any little bit of revenue helps. So, last year as part of the Open Space Plan, the town approved a pilot forestry program in Hadlock Forest that would harvest 30 percent of the forest and sell the lumber and firewood to benefit the town. At its N...