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  • Car-free Sundays on Baxter Blvd. resume May 4

    PORTLAND — Baxter Boulevard will be closed to motor vehicles on Sundays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., between Vannah Avenue and Payson Park, when Sundays on the Boulevard resumes May 4. City Hall spokeswoman Jessica Grondin said the boulevard will be open for for use by walkers, runners, bicyc...

  • Yarmouth council backs harbor improvements

    YARMOUTH — The Town Council on April 17 endorsed a plan that could transform Yarmouth Harbor and bring new life to the town's waterfront – if the necessary funding can be found. In a 6-0 vote, the council backed recommendations

  • Loss of federal waiver could be 'lethal blow' to laptop computers for Portland high school students

    PORTLAND — City schools may not be able to participate in a statewide initiative to expand the laptop computer program to the city's 2,200 high school students.  Participation in the program depended on the district securing a waiver from federal education officials to allow use ...

  • Portland hosts urban triathlon this weekend

    PORTLAND — The Zone Urban Epic Triathlon is set to happen this weekend, with an all-day festival afterwards. The waterfront triathlon, now in its third year, begins at 8:30 a.m. at East End Beach, were participants will – if enterococcus levels aren't too high – jump in for ...

  • Maine joins regional coalition to lobby for Downeaster extension, faster speeds

    AUGUSTA — With the filing deadline to present rail projects qualifying for stimulus funding fast approaching, Gov. John Baldacci announced Monday that he has joined a coalition of New England governors to create a unified rail vision for the region. Six priority projects were iden... 1

  • Updated: Auburn developer confirms bid for Brunswick base housing

    BRUNSWICK — George Schott, the developer behind several commercial successes in Auburn, confirmed Friday that he is trying to purchase the 702 military housing units associated with Brunswick Naval Air Station.  Schott, who last summer purchased the former Atrium Inn & Convention...

  • 22 South Portland graduates get scholarships from grassroots group

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Twenty-two high school graduates who would have otherwise gone without scholarships this year received some financial assistance, thanks to a local initiative launched in 2007. Pro...

  • Scarborough residents seek to buy former sludge dump

    SCARBOROUGH — A Tibbetts Road couple has expressed interest in buying a portion of a former sludge dumping ground owned by the town. Dennis and Susan Hall own 33 Tibbetts Road, the property that abuts the 69-acre lot that borders Saco. In a May 28 letter to the town, the Halls' attorn...

  • 233 years young

    A crowd gathered near the entrance to Bug Light Park last Saturday to hear John Kierstead, dressed as Ben Franklin, read the Declaration of Independence from the front porch of the restored headquarters of the South Portland Historical Society on the Fourth of July. (Rich Obrey photo)

  • RSU 5 board cuts $86K from budget for Freeport, Pownal, Durham

    FREEPORT — Regional School Unit 5 directors trimmed their proposed operating budget by an additional $86,000 on Wednesday and sent the $23.4 million spending package to a second tri-town meeting on Tuesday, July 21. The School Board passed the slightly reduced budget 9-2, with Po...