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  • Portland zoning question heads back to council, amid debate over building heights, waterfront views

    PORTLAND — Height is the root of a dispute about zoning needed to redevelop the Portland Co. complex at 58 Fore St. CPB2, the development company owned by Jim Brady, Casey Prentice and Kevin Costello, is seeking two zoning changes for 10 acres of property and additional submerged lan...

  • Portland attorney announces council bid

    PORTLAND — The first hat is in the ring. Spencer Thibodeau, 27, of Pitt Street, announced in a May 18 press release he will seek the City Council District 2 seat currently held by Councilor David Marshall. Thibodeau, an attorney at Verrill Dana, said he would like to "shift th...

  • Falmouth council considers referendum on buildings, petition seeks more time

    FALMOUTH — Despite a citizen petition requesting more time to explore other options, a referendum question asking voters if they want to spend $9.5 million, including a $4.5 million bond, to move the Town Hall and library to the Plummer-Motz and Lunt school buildings may be headed for the N...

  • Falmouth gets Nostalgia-ic for lighting

    FALMOUTH — A fixture of Portland's Old Port for more than 30 years recently closed and moved into the old fire barn at the corner of Middle and Bucknam roads in Falmouth. Nostalgia Lighting, a shop specializing in custom lighting design and known for its authentic colonial-style fixt...

  • Yarmouth hires new finance director; aims to consolidate town, school duties

    YARMOUTH — Dawn Madden of Gorham will become the town's finance director in August. She will replace Maura Halkiotis, who has held the job for nine years. According to Town Manager Nat Tupper, Halkiotis said she is ready to do something different with her life. Madden, 41, sai...

  • Kotzschmar Organ tours slated for Aug. 4, Sept. 1

    PORTLAND — The Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ are opening up the instrument for public viewings at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 4 and Sept. 1. The public will be able to walk inside the windchest to see the inner workings of the organ, one of only two municipal organs in the U.S. There...

  • The next budget crisis: Looming pension payout will command larger share of Maine taxes

    First in a series about Maine’s debt to teachers and state employees for their pensions and retiree health care. Subsequent stories will examine how the state got into this hole, possible ways out, retirees' points of view and other aspects of the problem. Within ... 1

  • Ride for Ruth's takes place Aug. 7

    PORTLAND — Ruth's Reusable Resources began in Ruth Libby's basement after her oldest son's kindergarten teacher sent a note home asking parents to save household items that could be used in school craft projects. Now heading into its 17th school year, the "3R's" serves schools throug...

  • Cumberland town clerk to be replaced by deputy

    CUMBERLAND — After eight years of service that included rallying 83 percent of eligible voters to the polls in 2008, Nadeen Daniels will step down as town clerk and human resources director on Aug. 19. Deputy Town Clerk Tamara O’Donnell is expected to be appointed by the T...

  • Yarmouth committee to review school Honor Code

    YARMOUTH — The school Policy Committee will meet Aug. 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the Central Office to consider proposed revisions to the Yarmouth Extra Cur...