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  • 'Escape room' games arrive in Portland, South Portland

    PORTLAND — After the doors lock, you have 60 minutes to find your way out. And the people with the keys are betting against you. This isn't some diabolical dungeon with fiendish creators. It's the latest, trendy entertainment venture to come to Maine, and it's happening in Portland a...

  • Portland's debt a 'scary monster in the closet'

    PORTLAND — About 18 hours after the four members of the City Council Finance Committee opposed the new $225 million municipal budget, they warned city debt is becoming unsustainable. "We need to put ourselves on a bit of a diet with the capital improvement plan and make some tough de...

  • Police offerings: Falmouth department gets into the giving season

    FALMOUTH — Two police officers, an office administrator and a newspaper reporter walk into a supermarket. No, it isn't a joke, but the contents of the shopping carts are certainly funny: 33 cans of tuna, 30 bottles of shampoo, an entire cart of toilet paper, more soap than you can sh...

  • Hero's heartbreak: Donors now recipients at Cumberland Food Pantry

    CUMBERLAND — Call it a sign of the times: people who donated food to the local food pantry in the past are now in need of the food it provides. But despite the increased demand, the Cumberland Food Pantry remains stocked for anyone to come and get a helping hand, thanks to a wide var...

  • Maine musicians, credit unions raise money for meals with new album

    FALMOUTH — While some people want to earn a million dollars when they sell a CD, Con Fullam wants to raise a million meals. The Windham producer recently released "The Amazing Music of Mainers, Volume One," which features songs by 26 Maine musicians, including Noel Paul Stookey of Pe...

  • Rosemont residents complain about halfway house, disorderly behavior

    PORTLAND — The establishment of a halfway house for recovering alcoholics was among the top concerns of Rosemont neighborhood residents who held a tense meeting with city officials Monday night in the St. Ansgar Church basement. Residents also complained about speeding cars, loud par...

  • Peaks Island secession poll raises questions

    PORTLAND — About 60 percent of Peaks Island residents who participated in a straw poll on Saturday supported launching another effort to secede from the city. But there are questions about the validity of the survey. Peaks Island Councilor Sid Gerard said registered voters vot...

  • Student activities hit as Portland schools make mid-year cuts of $60K

    PORTLAND — Deering High School girls' ice hockey and the Portland High School literary magazine are among organizations hit by $60,000 in mid-year cuts to co-curricular activities. Superintendent James C. Morse Sr. said the reductions are an administrative response to a School Board ...

  • Adams School condo project reduced to 16 units

    PORTLAND — Avesta Housing has scaled down its proposal for an affordable housing condominium project at the former Marada Adams School on Munjoy Hill. The project now calls for 16 townhouse-style two- and three-bedroom condominiums along the Vesper Street side of the property, and is...

  • New group hopes to attract businesses to greater Portland

    PORTLAND — A new organization wants towns in greater Portland to play nice in the sandbox – and, by doing so, to attract new businesses. The Greater Portland Economic Development Corp. aims to bring together officials from Portland, South Portland, Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth, ...