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  • Class structure evolves at Scarborough Middle School

    SCARBOROUGH — A season of change is on the way at Scarborough Middle School. Based on school officials' research on best practices at nearby and out-of-state schools, the middle school classroom structure and teacher development will change dramatically when classes begin on Thu...

  • Quarantine lifted, Coastal Humane shelter to reopen Saturday in Brunswick

    BRUNSWICK — Coastal Humane Society will reopen at noon Saturday, Aug. 23, after a quarantine ordered by the Maine Animal Welfare Program was lifted two weeks early. The shelter was forced to close Aug. 8 after ringworm, a fungal skin infection, was found on five dogs rescued from a k...

  • Proposed school budget shrinks in Freeport, Pownal, Durham, but avoids job, program cuts

    FREEPORT — The first budget presentation in Regional School Unit 5 was rolled out Tuesday night with a 2.7 percent reduction from last year. Superintendent Shannon Welsh said the $597,000 reduction projected in the fiscal 2011 budget was achieved without eliminating educational ...

  • Portland Planning Board likes proposal for Old Port hotel

    PORTLAND — A plan for a mixed-use development at the former Jordan's Meats property on India Street was fast-tracked Tuesday, when the Planning Board decided only minor changes are needed before the proposal goes to a public hearing in April.  Developers said they want to begin ...

  • School districts benefit from proposed increase in state subsidy

    School systems in Portland's northern suburbs would lose less school funding in fiscal 2011 after Gov. John Baldacci last week proposed adding $20 million to general purpose aid for education. School Administrative District 51 had expected to receive $10.88 million in funding, a loss of mo...

  • Hearings set on Cumberland budget, higher trash bag fees

    CUMBERLAND — The Town Council set public hearing dates on Monday for the fiscal 2011 budget and a proposed increase in trash bag fees. The budget hearing is set for Monday, March 22. Town Manager Bill Shane has proposed a $7.99 million budget for next year, a 0.3 percent drop fr...

  • Falmouth panel seeks 'middle ground' on natural resource protections

    FALMOUTH — The Community Development Committee has amended the work completed by the Long Range Planning Advisory Committee in its Natural Resources report. The panel introduced the document, described as an attempt to balance natural resource protections and property owners' rights...

  • City Hall art wall

    Liz and Joe DeCourcey of Portland take in the fourth annual exhibit of artwork by city employees and their families at Portland City Hall on March 5. The exhibit, sponsored by the National Arts Program, includes works by nearly 100 employees and family members. The display is open weekdays through M...

  • 4th candidate joins Senate District 11 race

    GRAY — Chris Miller, a Maine Green Independent, announced his candidacy in state Senate District 11. Miller's candidacy creates a four-way contest in the district, which includes Cumberland, Chebeague Island, Long Island, Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, Falmouth and Gray. The G...

  • Freeport rocks: Former Wings, Hollies members to perform Saturday

    FREEPORT — One worked side-by-side with Paul McCartney for 10 years. The other will be inducted with his band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday. And both will be performing Saturday night at the Venue Music Bar at 5 Depot St. Denny Laine, who co-founded Wings ...