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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...

  • North Yarmouth draft budget shows 2.6% reduction

    NORTH YARMOUTH — The draft fiscal 2011 municipal budget, which faces a long review process before being approved in June, is 2.6 percent smaller than the existing budget. The total budget proposed by Administrative Assistant Marnie Diffin is $2.25 million, compared with $2.31 mi... 2

  • Brunswick budget forum draws small turnout

    BRUNSWICK — Fewer than a dozen residents voiced concerns about a projected $5 million budget gap during a Feb. 11 forum hosted by the Town Council. The town meeting-style event was designed to gather input on how the council and School Board should address a shortfall that officials ...

  • Financing plan for Brunswick inn offers developer 5 tax-free years

    BRUNSWICK — A proposed 10-year agreement with the town will rebate an average of 85 percent of property taxes to the developer of an inn planned at Maine Street Station and not tax the project at all during its first five years. An outline of the credit enhancement financing was pres...

  • WinteRush remnants

    Although a lack of snow canceled this year's WinterRush festival in Portland, the Polar Bear 5K and Freezin' for a Reason Dip went on as scheduled on Feb. 13. The weather was bright and sunny, but judging from the dippers' faces, the water at East End Beach was still cold as heck.

  • Jumping for health

    Ben Fisher, left, takes a turn twirling the rope as his classmates Caleb Delano and Alex McGonagle jump during the "Jump for the Health of It" fundraiser at Longfellow Elementary School in Portland on Feb. 12.

  • Communities receive municipal energy grants

    YARMOUTH – Projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, energy use and energy costs will soon begin in communities receiving grants to help reach conservation goals. The Maine Public Utilities Commission announced the first round of energy conservation block grants on Friday, Feb. 12...

  • Cumberland-North Yarmouth school budget to be discussed in forum

    CUMBERLAND — School Administrative District 51 will hold a fiscal 2011 budget forum on Thursday, Feb. 25, to discuss the financial challenges the district faces and the latest information on revenues and expenses. The forum will be held in the Commons area of Greely High School ...

  • Man charged with Portland murder makes 1st court appearance

    PORTLAND — The man police say gunned down a friend Feb. 10 made his initial court appearance Tuesday. Daudoit Butsitsi, 24, is charged with killing Serge Mulongo, also 24. Police believe Butsitsi shot Mulongo at around 11:15 p.m. Feb. 10 on the porch of an apartment building on Park ...