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  • Lighting up faces, tree boughs in Portland

    Jacob Lavigne, 7, and father Dan, of Dayton, cheer the lighting of Portland's Christmas tree Friday, Nov. 28, in Monument Square. Hundreds of people packed the square, despite sub-freezing temperatures, for the ceremony, a performance by singer Rick Charette and the Bubble Gum Band, and an appear...

  • Portland opens electric vehicle charge station

    PORTLAND — Electric vehicle owners can now get charged up at the Elm Street parking garage. Two Level II chargers are now in service at the garage, with one reserved for the city's Nissan Leaf. Vehicle batteries can recharge in four to five hours at the station, City Hall spokeswoman...

  • Curtain rises Sunday in South Portland on 5th 'Perform for a Cure'

    SOUTH PORTLAND — More than 200 kids will take to the stage at the South Portland High School Auditorium on Sunday, April 11, to display their talent and raise money for cancer research and treatment. The show, starting at 2:30 p.m., is the fifth annual

  • Bath Planning Board approves business park growth

    BATH — The Planning Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a final subdivision application for the third phase of the Wing Farm business park. While the 25-acre, nine-lot expansion will be built in West Bath, all the impact on roads will be in Bath, where the first two phases are...

  • Kites will soar as Brunswick celebrates its Cuban connection

    BRUNSWICK — Nestor Gil is admittedly conflicted about 1959, Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution. On the one hand, Gil, an artist doing a two-year fellowship at Bowdoin College, can appreciate Castro, who for 50 years has thumbed his nose at the United States, holding on to power de...

  • Brunswick council hears budget outline

    BRUNSWICK — The town could close Coffin Pond, reduce its allocation to the Curtis Memorial Library and dial back some street paving projects, even if the Town Council adopts a fiscal 2011 budget with a 2 percent property tax increase.  That scenario, which includes the eliminati...

  • Brunswick council OKs McKeen-Maine traffic signal

    BRUNSWICK — A proposal to put a traffic signal at the intersection of Maine and McKeen street received a green light from the Town Council on Monday. The council voted 6-3 to support the approximately $100,000 signal. Although some councilors worried it could become a nuisance for re...

  • Challenge threatened after Freeport council agrees to merge dispatch with Brunswick

    FREEPORT — A divided Town Council voted Tuesday to consolidate dispatch services with Brunswick, and some residents said they will fight to keep the service in town. The Town Council voted 5-2 in favor of consolidation, and aut...

  • Fee increases, layoffs part of Portland's proposed 2011 budget

    PORTLAND — The city Finance Committee began reviewing a proposed $196 million municipal budget proposal Tuesday evening. The package includes the elimination of the city's equal opportunity and multi-cultural director, new fees for credit and debit card use and a change in the price ...

  • Panel offers ideas for redevelopment of Falmouth Shopping Center

    FALMOUTH — As the owners of the Falmouth Shopping Center began advertising for tenants to fill vacant storefronts and possibly develop 28 acres of land around the Route 1 center, the Community Development Committee offered opinions to the Town Council about the future of the shopping center...