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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 ...

  • Scarborough gathering set to encourage small businesses

    SCARBOROUGH — By maintaining strong connections with each other, sharing strategies and working collaboratively to combat the effects of a poor economy, small businesses can increase their chances for success and growth during hard times. That's the message organizer Karen D'Andre...

  • RSU 5 delays budget vote, wants to put brakes on reorganization; state won't allow it

    FREEPORT — Some members of the Regional School Unit 5 Board of Trustees want to press the state for a timeout in the consolidation of Freeport, Pownal and Durham schools. But Superintendent Shannon Welsh and other board members disagree. They say the legal implications would be de...

  • South Portland City Council openly reviews policy, manager

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council on Monday held a spirited and public discussion about the city manager's job performance and, to some extent, the city's personnel policy. Councilors generally described the city's personnel policy as a flawed document, and City Manager Jim Gaile...

  • South Portland may dim street lights to balance budget

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council is considering a proposal to turn off more than 100 street lights to generate savings needed to balance next year's budget. The city estimates it could save nearly $20,000 a year, or $1,600 a month, by turning off 112 street lights along some of ...

  • South Portland board refuses to recommend zone change to council

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The Planning Board on Tuesday rejected a zone change that would have allowed 59 units of age-restricted housing to be built in a wooded area southeast of Wilkinson Woods. The unanimous board vote, however, is only a recommendation to the City Council, which is ex...

  • Lawmakers reject Harpswell border claim

    AUGUSTA — A bill that would redraw a portion of the Harpswell's boundary with Brunswick suffered a major setback Wednesday when the Legislature's State and Local Government Committee voted 10-3 against the measure. The bill had been advanced by a Harpswell group known as the Carry...

  • Next phase of Bath business park should be ‘shovel ready’ by fall

    BATH — The second phase of one of the city's prime job-creation engines should be "shovel ready" with lots to sell by this fall, officials said last week. Bath has chosen Harry C. Crooker & Sons to do the site work and infrastructure development on the next phase of...

  • Topsham Town Meeting will include new invocation

    TOPSHAM — In trying to get more people to attend Town Meeting next week, the Topsham Government Improvement Committee has added several changes, committee Chairman John Rensenbrink told the Board of Selectmen. Town Meeting will take place at Mt. Ararat High School at 7 p.m. on We...