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  • Harpswell starts planning for rising sea level

    HARPSWELL — The town is joining several coastal communities in Maine and beyond that are starting to plan for the effects of sea-level rise brought on by global climate change.  To kick off the process, the conservation commission and planning office are planning  an i...

  • Cell phone users urged to join Scarborough alert system

    SCARBOROUGH — With fewer people using landlines, police are trying to update the town's Code Red Emergency Alert system with cell phone numbers. The Code Red system has been in place 10 years and is used to quickly notify large numbers of people about an emergency. Lead dispatch...

  • Portland council OKs social service funds, calls for examination of process

    PORTLAND — Despite last-minute attempts by several city councilors to adjust funding for some social service agencies, the City Council on Monday made only one change to the recommendations from the city manager and a review committee. The city has about $785,500 in federal Community...

  • Portland, schools get $1.8M to fight obesity

    PORTLAND — The city will receive $1.8 million in federal grants over the next two years to combat obesity, Gov. John Baldacci announced last week. The grant was awarded to Healthy Portland, a city program run in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services. I... 1

  • Confusion precedes Portland school budget hearing

    PORTLAND — The School Committee on Wednesday, March 24, will hold a public hearing on next year's proposed budget, which eliminates dozens of jobs. The fiscal 2011 budget of $89.9 million is about $1.5 million smaller than this year's budget, but would require a 1.2 percent increase ...

  • Kosher Meals on Wheels expands to Falmouth

    PORTLAND — Jewish Family Services will soon be delivering kosher Meals on Wheels to Falmouth residents after winning a $10,000 grant from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation. The program, which will initially provide free hot meals twice a week, is set to start after Passover, which begins a...

  • Birders sought to monitor Evergreen Cemetery in Portland

    PORTLAND — As part of a forestry management plan for the woods at Evergreen Cemetery, the state is looking for volunteer birders to help keep an eye on the cemetery's avian population. The city was awarded funds through the state's Project Canopy program in 2007, and has used more th...

  • Portland High School pairs with community to offer students Global Studies certification

    PORTLAND — A dozen students stayed behind at Portland High School Monday afternoon after their peers left with the ringing of the end-of-school bell. The students were not held back for detention, but stayed voluntarily for a new certification program in Global Studies, believed to b...

  • Portland principal's success at King Middle School merits repeat honor

    PORTLAND — When Michael McCarthy became principal at King Middle School in 1988, the Parkside school was not a place where parents wanted to send their children. "There was a lot of violence and there were low expectations for kids," McCarthy said. "I knew I had to do something dramatic....

  • Planners seek community input on future of Portland's East Bayside neighborhood

    PORTLAND — Urban planners from across the nation will be in Portland next week to find out what kind of improvements the community wants to see in East Bayside. In February, Portland was selected as one of seven U.S. cities to win a grant from the American Institute of Architects to tran...