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  • Obama touts health-care reform benefits in crowd-pleasing speech at Portland Expo

    PORTLAND — While the crowd outside the Exposition Building expressed mixed opinions about President Barack Obama and his new health-care reform law, inside thousands of spectators were so excited they cheered for the microphone check Thursday afternoon. President Obama visited the ci...

  • Full text of President Obama's speech in Portland

    PORTLAND — Here is the full text of President Barack Obama's remarks on health-care reform, as prepared for delivery on Thursday, April 1, at the Portland Expo: Hello, Portland! It is so good to be back in the great state of Maine. When I came here during the campaign, I made...

  • Cape students, residents urge caution on budget

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Nearly 125 residents, students, parents and teachers gathered in the high school cafeteria Wednesday, March 31, to discuss the fiscal year 2011 school budget proposals. The School Board has met six times to discuss three budget scenarios: • A zero pe...

  • Cookie Jar bakery in Cape Elizabeth may reopen by Memorial Day

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The Cookie Jar bakery, a fixture on Shore Road for decades, is being renovated and is expected to reopen in a couple of months. The business has been closed since a storm tore the roof off the building in October 2006. Attempts by owners Donna and Tom Piscopo to...

  • Acquisition should boost access to Higgins Beach in Scarborough

    SCARBOROUGH — The town and Land for Maine's Future closed a deal March 31 to purchase nearly 12 acres at Higgins Beach and along the Nonesuch River for $1.27 million. The property along Higgins Beach is of particular significance, as it could lead to opportunities for public parking,...

  • South Portland mayor: Public input needed on city budget

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Elimination of cross-town bus service to the Maine Mall, a fire safety education program for elementary school students and dog waste bags at city parks are among the cost-cutting measures eyed in next year's budget. City Manager Jim Gailey's proposed $27.1 million c...

  • South Portland residents organize for school advocacy, oversight

    SOUTH PORTLAND — When a $5.8 million bond for high school and middle school improvements was being presented to voters last year, a group of parents got together to build support and turn out the vote. Since the passage of the school improvement bond, the group, bolstered by parent o...

  • Bath council to weigh Armory purchase

    BATH — The City Council is expected next month to decide whether to purchase the former National Guard Armory as a possible future home for the Bath Youth Meetinghouse and Skatepark. The city has the option to buy the Old Brunswick Road property for $175,000. While a state law m...