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  • Midtown opponents to hold fundraiser

    PORTLAND — Opponents of the proposed Midtown Towers project on Somerset Street will hold a fundraiser for legal expenses at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Aurora Cafe, 64 Pine St. Keep Portland Livable co-founders Peter Monro and Tim Paradis estimated as much as $75,000 will be nee...

  • Portland arts projects earn NEA grants

    PORTLAND — City artistic endeavors will receive $107,500 in federal grants this year, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, announced April 16. Included in the funding from the National Endowment for the Arts is $35,000 for the city to stage a production and tour of "Hearts, Minds, and...

  • Planning Board OKs Portland Hall demolition, renovations

    PORTLAND — The developer of a former college dormitory and hotel on Congress Street expects to begin demolishing part of the building this week. Bayside Maine won Planning Board approvals Tuesday night to renovate the main building at 645 Congress St. and turn it into apartments a...

  • Portland school budget passes by 4-1 margin; turnout disappoints

    PORTLAND — More than 80 percent of voters on Tuesday supported the $91.3 million school budget, which will take effect July 1. School leaders interpreted the 1,704 to 398 vote – a 4-1 margin – as a sign the public is regaining trust in the School Committee, following several y...

  • Falmouth librarian appointed to Newbery committee

    FALMOUTH —The children's librarian at Falmouth Memorial Library has been appointed to a national committee that will select the next book worthy of the most prestigious award in children's literature. Louise Capizzo was selected by the Association for Library Service to Children, ...

  • North Yarmouth plow decision up to Town Meeting on May 30

    NORTH YARMOUTH — Citizens will have a chance to vote on ordinance changes and the town budget at the annual Town Meeting on May 30. On June 9 they'll elect several town officials. Included in the Town Meeting warrant are a proposal to fund the purchase of a new plow, w...

  • Freeport farmer vows to create a market with local emphasis

    FREEPORT — Disgruntled farmers will participate in the Cumberland Farmers Markets Association in Freeport this season, but say they will form their own market for Freeport, Pownal and Durham vendors next year. At a Town Council meeting on May 5, Ralph Turner, owner of Laughing St... 2

  • Pownal faces 'perfect storm' after education chief withdraws offer to offset school taxes

    FREEPORT — Only days after she offered the Pownal School Department a $190,000 grant to help offset a potential 36 percent tax increase, state Education Commissioner Susan Gendron on Monday night withdrew the offer.

  • Brunswick incident ends with 2 men arrested for alleged kidnapping

    BRUNSWICK — Two Brunswick men were arrested and charged with robbery and kidnapping Monday night following a frantic 911 call from their alleged victims, who claimed the men were going to kill them. Scott A. Coombs, 32, of 3 Swett St., and Manesseh C. Massaline, 39, of 3 Heath St....

  • Temporary bridge to preserve pedestrian, bike access during Veranda Street closure in Portland

    PORTLAND — A temporary bridge will be built to preserve pedestrian and bicycle access between Martin's Point and Washington Avenue when the Veranda Street bridge is closed in June. Jim Wentworth, project manager of the Maine Department of Transportation, said the bridge will be cl...