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  • Parlez-vous Francais? Cape Elizabeth 1st-graders do

    CAPE ELIZABETH — In an attempt to create global citizens and increase proficiency, Pond Cove Elementary School is now offering world language classes to first-graders. Prior to this school year, the school offered language classes to students in second grade and above. Now, firs...

  • Brunswick council weighs fire station upgrades

    BRUNSWICK — The Town Council is considering improvements to the heating and ventilation systems at the Emerson fire station on Bath Road. The discussion follows the recommendations of a engineering firm assigned to look into issues with the systems reported by members of the Fire Dep...

  • Report suggests slashing $2.5M from Portland special education budget

    PORTLAND — A new report on special education in city schools says the district could save $2.5 million a year through programming changes, staff reductions and reorganizing the administration.  The report, released on Jan. 28, is also critical of the "site-based" management...

  • Portland officials review response to school threats

    PORTLAND — School Department and city officials are reviewing how they respond to threats after two Portland schools were locked down on three occasions last week. Lyman Moore Middle School was first locked down on Jan. 4, then twice last week on Jan. 25 and 26. The following day, Portla...

  • With Portland-Brunswick rail extension set, focus switches to funding Downeaster operations

    PORTLAND — After last week's receipt of a $35 million federal grant brightened the prospects for extending Amtrak Downeaster service from Portland to Brunswick within three years, state and federal officials are now trying ensure that the passenger service has the money to keep running....

  • Portland seeks input on King memorial; waterfront spot eyed for fisherman statue

    PORTLAND — The city is looking for ideas from the public about how best to pay tribute to slain civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Meanwhile, a group that has been working for six years to erect a monument to honor Portland's fishing heritage is gaining momentum....

  • Preliminary Freeport municipal budget shows $366K shortfall for fiscal 2011

    FREEPORT — Town Manager Dale Olmstead and Finance Director Abbe Yacoben presented the Town Council with a preliminary overview of the 2011 municipal budget last week. On Jan. 26, Olmstead told the council that town departments have been doing more work with fewer employees. In Town ...

  • Haiti benefit concert a Super Bowl alternative

    FALMOUTH — Though the Super Bowl may keep some folks away, a concert for Haiti disaster relief on Sunday, Feb. 7, promises to be a super entertainment alternative. While The Who may be the Super Bowl halftime show, the who's who list at Sunday's concert includes three Maine performin...

  • Before the deluge

    Lisa Tallman of Harpswell and her niece, Laura, 3, climb around the playground at the Topsham recreational area on Foreside Road on sunny Saturday, Jan. 23, before warm, rainy weather interrupted winter.

  • Scarborough schools advocacy group attracts members, criticism

    SCARBOROUGH — An organization of residents, parents and teachers hopes to engage the public as it examines what the town must do to protect and improve its educational system while grappling with a drop in state education funding that could exceed $2 million next year. But the group ...