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  • Fire chief: Yarmouth will need new gear, truck

    YARMOUTH — Town councilors last week heard reports on long-range capital needs of the Fire and Rescue Department, on the Resource Protection District and on the preliminary draft of the 2011-2015 Capital Improvement Plan. Fire and rescue Chief Byron Fairbanks told the Nov. 19 council ...

  • Falmouth institutes voluntary pay-to-play; curtailment rattles area school budgets

    FALMOUTH — The School Department is requesting immediate, voluntary financial support from parents of students who participate in sports and co-curricular activities – an expense that costs the schools about $700,000 per year – to help offset a $702,000 cut in state education funding. Th...

  • Freeport committee, soccer club agree on development of Pownal Road fields

    FREEPORT — The Field Use Committee has reached a tentative agreement with Seacoast United soccer club to develop additional sports fields at the town-owned Pownal Road property. The preliminary agreement includes selling the lower portion of the Pownal Road Recreation Facility to...

  • Portland schools await more state budget cuts

    PORTLAND — The School Committee may have to consider implementing all $3.4 million in cuts identified by the superintendent of schools to cope with the mid-budget curtailment of state education funds. On Friday, Nov. 20, Gov. John Baldacci issued an executive order to cut $63 million...

  • Portland asks federal court to allow code enforcement at Islamic Center

    PORTLAND — The city claims the owner of a Washington Avenue building at the center of a religious rights dispute is not keeping her end of a temporary court agreement. Now, the city is asking the U.S. District Court to allow it to proceed with enforcement to bring unapproved propert...

  • Gun incident comes as Portland schools evaluate security systems, procedures

    PORTLAND — School officials got a sobering reminder last week that they must study and improve security measures, the School Committee chairman said, when a teaching assistant brought a handgun to Riverton Elementary School last week. The teacher's aide is licensed to carry a conceale...

  • Portland author wins National Book Award for civil rights narrative

    PORTLAND — For four years, Portland author Phillip Hoose sought an interview with Claudette Colvin, an African American woman who in 1955 at the age of 15 refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man.

  • Downtown Portland kicks off holiday season on Friday

    PORTLAND — The city's holiday season kicks off Friday, with the annual tree lighting and horse and train rides. The lights on the city's Christmas tree will be turned on at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 27 in Monument Square. The annual event will feature performances by members of the Portlan...