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  • Nova Star arrives at Ocean Gateway Terminal

    Dock hands tie down the Nova Star on Thursday as it arrives in Portland from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The 529-foot ferry entered the harbor just before noon, escorted by a city fire boat. City officials including Mayor Michael Brennan and City Manager Mark Rees greeted the ferry at the Ocean Gatewa...

  • Latest proposal slightly reduces proposed Scarborough tax hike

    SCARBOROUGH — Changes to the proposed school and municipal budgets for fiscal year 2015 and the proposed dog leash ordinance are still works in progress after Wednesday night's Town Council public hearings. In the public hearing, Town Manager Tom Hall presented updated versions ...

  • Cape Elizabeth panel will examine employee health insurance

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Health-care coverage, benefits and costs for town and school employees will be the focus of the Town Council's newest committee. Health insurance coverage costs the town about $3.5 million annually, or about 10 percent of the town's combined budgets. But according...

  • Drugs, alcohol a factor in South Portland shooting

    PORTLAND — A 50-year-old Skowhegan farmer accused of fatally shooting a South Portland man pleaded not guilty May 18 in Cumberland County Superior Court. Malcolm Bruce Lavallee-Davidson is charged with manslaughter for killing his friend, Fred Wilson, a 50-year-old computer progr...

  • South Portland solicits planning help for Mill Creek Park

    SOUTH PORTLAND — A process is underway that may produce a long-term plan for Mill Creek Park by next January. Meanwhile, city leaders are shopping around for a new gazebo, which is expected to be installed this fall. Earlier this month, the city began soliciting offer...

  • Topsham voters approve $7.8M municipal budget

    TOPSHAM — Voters at Wednesday's Town Meeting approved a $7.8 million municipal budget for fiscal 2010. The meeting at Mt. Ararat High School drew 201 of Topsham's more than 7,400 registered voters, or fewer than 3 percent. One component of the budget is $1.4 million...

  • February layoffs continue to divide South Portland City Council

    SOUTH PORTLAND — In late February, City Manager Jim Gailey decided to balance the budget by laying off five veteran employees. The move sparked protests and outrage from some residents and city councilors because of the way it was handled. Acting on the advice of an attorney, Gail...

  • Brunswick power upgrade expected to bring out business park foes

    BRUNSWICK — A proposal to build a business park on Old Portland Road has been dead for nearly nine months. But the fight over development of the 114-acre parcel lives on. That was apparent Monday night, as business advocates spoke in favor of a $50,000 Community Devel...

  • No tax increase in Brunswick budget; preschool start-up jeopardized

    BRUNSWICK — The Town Council may get its wish for a budget with no property tax increase, but it remains to be seen if the mandate will come with a political cost. A long-desired preschool program could be a casualty if the council adopts what is now a $53.8 million spending plan...

  • Bowdoin College to award degrees to 452 graduates

    BRUNSWICK — Bowdoin College will graduate 452 students, including 56 from Maine, in its 204th commencement ceremony on Saturday. President Barry Mills will preside over a ceremony on the terrace of the college's Museum of Art. In the event of severe weather, graduation will be hel...