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  • Ethical questions swirl around Brunswick councilor's zoning vote

    BRUNSWICK — Actions by four-term Town Councilor David Watson have raised questions about whether he violated the council's ethics policy by voting on a request to rezone a parcel of land partially owned by his cousin, contractor Ted Crooker. At a June 21 public hearing, Watson m...

  • Kestrel CEO: Financing puzzle still coming together, not complete

    PORTLAND — Alan Klapmeier, chief executive officer of the startup airplane manufacturer Kestrel, Wednesday said the company has secured a new foreign investor and put some employees back to work at its Brunswick Landing facility. But he declined to share many details. “A...

  • Portland schools' 'best guesstimate': $2.8M in budget cuts should absorb state curtailment

    PORTLAND — School Committee Chairman Peter Eglinton on Monday said a curtailment plan instituted last week to deal with a $2.7 million reduction in education funding by the state sets a target that is in line with cuts announced by the governor on Friday, Dec. 18.  "The governor's a...

  • Portland Public Library prepares for return to renovated main branch

    PORTLAND — Renovations at the Portland Public Library's main branch are nearing completion, and displaced services will begin moving back into the building on Monument Square later this winter. The library plans to move Children's Services in February from its temporary home at the East ...

  • Falmouth board sticks with Powers as school chief

    FALMOUTH — The School Board has called off its search for a new superintendent and plans to appoint interim Superintendent Barbara Powers as the district's new school chief. A consensus was reached in executive session during a Saturday, Dec. 12, special meeting. The board is expecte...

  • Salvation Army responds to rising demand for services in greater Portland

    PORTLAND — At 87, Bob Traill is an active member of the Salvation Army, the Rotary Club, the Patient and Family Centered Care Council at Maine Medical Center, and goes to the gym three times a week. On Saturday afternoon, the Cape Elizabeth resident could be found ringing a bell at ...

  • Grant program could help Portland businesses expand, create jobs

    PORTLAND — A walk through the Old Port reveals how the recession is affecting local small businesses. Over the past year, for-lease signs have replaced open signs in some of the city's most coveted storefronts. "I walk down the street and it's disappointing," Councilor Cheryl Leeman said...

  • Portland's LearningWorks, Literacy Volunteers merge

    PORTLAND — Literacy Volunteers-Greater Portland announced last week that it has merged with West End-based LearningWorks. The two non-profits each offer literacy classes for adults. The merger will allow Literacy Volunteers to take advantage of the resources and infrastructure of the lar...

  • Portland police presents

    Eight local kids who had the best answers to the question "Why I want to go shopping with a police officer?" were selected from more than 100 applicants last week to participate in the second annual Shop With a Cop program, sponsored by the Portland Police Department and it's two unions. The officer...

  • Foundation seeks online votes for $10K grant

    PORTLAND — An award-winning after-school program for low-income and under-served middle school students in Cumberland, York and Sagadahoc counties is one of 50 finalists for a $10,000 grant. The grant winner will be chosen through an online poll on Facebook, which will accept votes t...