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  • Midtown opponents to hold fundraiser

    PORTLAND — Opponents of the proposed Midtown Towers project on Somerset Street will hold a fundraiser for legal expenses at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Aurora Cafe, 64 Pine St. Keep Portland Livable co-founders Peter Monro and Tim Paradis estimated as much as $75,000 will be nee...

  • Portland arts projects earn NEA grants

    PORTLAND — City artistic endeavors will receive $107,500 in federal grants this year, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, announced April 16. Included in the funding from the National Endowment for the Arts is $35,000 for the city to stage a production and tour of "Hearts, Minds, and...

  • Topsham education alliance blazes trail with solar-powered cart

    TOPSHAM — The Cathance River Education Alliance has a new solar-powered cart. Now all it needs is sunshine. A rooftop panel weighing only 3.75 pounds is powering the alliance's trail maintenance golf cart. A State Farm Insurance grant to the alliance's sustainability education p...

  • 2 boats in 1

    Portland new $3.2 million fireboat, The City of Portland III, docks for the first time on Sunday at the Maine State Pier. The vessel was built in Nova Scotia at the A.F. Theriault & Sons shipyard.

  • Goodbye to Baxter

    Demolition of the old Baxter Elementary School began in earnest on Monday. Workers from Gorham Sand & Gravel started tearing down the old building as the first step toward a new neighborhood school on nearby Ocean Avenue.

  • Cumberland teenager clowns around with Circus Smirkus

    FREEPORT — Circus Smirkus will roll into town next week, bringing a troupe of clowns, jugglers and acrobats ages 10-19 to perform for the local community. Jared Mongeau, a 17-year-old clown from Cumberland, will perform for the second year on the Smirkus tour. "For me, the ...

  • Maine Eastern Railroad seeks Brunswick base property, passenger service to Augusta

    BRUNSWICK — Maine Eastern Railroad has been flying under the radar while the proposed extension of the Amtrak Downeaster to Brunswick, and the operational funding for the passenger service, has held the attention of local officials and advocates of rail and alternative transportation for some... 6

  • Neighbors end challenge to credit union in Cumberland

    CUMBERLAND — A lawsuit alleging the Town Council acted inappropriately in approving a Main Street contract zone for Atlantic Regional Federal Credit Union was dropped last week, leaving no more obstacles to the credit union's plan to begin construction this fall. The lawsuit was f...

  • Second referendum OKs $23.4M RSU 5 budget for Freeport, Pownal, Durham

    FREEPORT — Voters in Freeport, Pownal and Durham approved the $23.4 million Regional School Unit 5 budget Tuesday by 242 votes after initially rejecting it nearly a month ago. More than 600 additional voters cast ballots this time, approving the fiscal year 2010 school budget 1,0...

  • Updated: Portland gets $880K federal grant to hire, retain 6 police officers

    PORTLAND — The White House announced Tuesday morning that Portland will receive more than $880,000 in stimulus money to hire or retain six police officers. Six positions were on the chopping block during budget deliberations this spring, but police unions agreed to a one-year wage...