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  • Scarborough fire injures 1

    SCARBOROUGH — A fire Wednesday morning injured a woman and destroyed two apartments at 223 Gorham Road, near Mussey Road. The blaze was believed to have started in the garage of Tailor Done Lawn Care, and spread to the building's connecting apartments, according to reports. ...

  • Tony's Donut Shop leaves South Portland

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Saturday, March 21, was the last day for Tony's Donut Shop, the popular bakery at 1095 Broadway. Owner Rick Fornier instead plans to expand the original Tony's operation, at 9 Bolton St. in Portland. That shop was opened in 1965 by Fornier's father, Anton...

  • Portland Greens may seek referendum to hike minimum wage

    PORTLAND — The Portland Green Independent Committee will hold a City Hall meeting Wednesday, March 11, to discuss two proposals to put a minimum wage ordinance referendum on the city ballot. The 5:30 p.m. meeting in Room 24 will outline proposals for a citizen initiative to create a ...

  • Early Cumberland budget would keep tax-rate growth almost flat

    CUMBERLAND — A preliminary version of the next municipal budget would add 2 cents to the tax rate, an increase of less than 1 percent, Town Manager Bill Shane said last week. Expenses could increase about $950,000, due largely to costs from the Val Halla Golf & Recreation Center ...

  • Yarmouth town planner resigns to launch consulting business

    YARMOUTH — Town Planner Vanessa Farr is resigning after six years to start a private-sector business. Farr, who will be stepping down April 17, is launching a new company called Maine Design Workshop. She said it is a "collaboration of freelance consultants" who will work from home.

  • Portland yoga classes bring balance to recovering addicts

    PORTLAND — The road to recovery may not always be paved with sweat, but for yoga instructor Kelly Benson, it works. "A spiritual practice is the foundation of recovery," Benson said last month. "Once your mind/body system is more in balance, it opens up the space to really tap i...

  • Portland vote on Hall School construction likely to be delayed

    PORTLAND — Architects and city officials expressed skepticism at a March 4 meeting that a referendum to replace the aging Fred P. Hall Elementary School will make it to the November ballot. Members of the Hall School Building Committee also discussed, but expressed reservations about...

  • Pigging out in Portland: PATHS showcases the art of butchering

    PORTLAND — They may not have gone hog wild, but students at Portland Arts and Technology High School got a close-up look last week at where some of their food comes from. Two culinary classes of aspiring chefs received butchering demonstrations on March 4 from two local experts. Each...

  • Maine Jewish Film Festival returns for 18th year

    PORTLAND — This year's Maine Jewish Film Festival, from March 14-21, features 23 movies, including comedies, dramas, edgy documentaries, a French film noir and even a documentary starring "the Israeli Bruce Springsteen." The festival, now in its 18th year, is bringing movies to ...

  • Portland vape shop has smokers kicking butts

    PORTLAND — Cigarettes may be a health hazard, but they're a hard habit to break. Now, a growing trend called “vaping” is offering an alternative for smokers who wish to quit, and some Mainers are finding business success in the process.