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  • Hill-Christian to be acting city manager in Portland

    PORTLAND — Deputy City Manager Sheila Hill-Christian awaits only a Wednesday, Sept. 3, City Council vote to be named acting city manager. The vote is scheduled immediately after councilors formally accept the resignation of City Manager Mark Rees, who will step down that day. Hill-Ch...

  • Brunswick pair charged with federal tax-evasion scheme

    BRUNSWICK — A federal grand jury indicted two Brunswick men in their 70s for allegedly conspiring to defraud the U.S. government of hundreds of thousands of dollars. David E. Robinson, 75, and F. William Messier, 70, are charged with multiple counts of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. ...

  • As usual, no contests for Freeport Town Council; 5 candidates in sewer district election

    FREEPORT — Unless there are write-in candidates, the Nov. 3 Town Council elections will be uncontested – again – because only three candidates returned nomination papers by the Sept. 9 deadline. District 4 Councilor James Cassida and Councilor-at-Large Charlotte Bishop are se...

  • Computers to help track cash transactions in Portland school cafeterias

    PORTLAND — The School Department is installing computerized cafeteria terminals that will make it easier to track cash transactions – a need highlighted by an audit of the 2008 budget. The system is being installed at all mainland and island schools. The cost of the hardware and software ...

  • Birds shot to death at Portland cemetery

    PORTLAND — Someone has killed seven birds, including a blue heron, at Evergreen Cemetery in the past month. Cemetery workers were first alerted to the dead birds about three weeks ago, said Joe Dumais, the Parks, Playgrounds and Cemeteries coordinator for the city. He said a man c... 2

  • Portland Democratic leadership regroups

    PORTLAND — The Democratic City Committee has a new executive board and is hoping the new composition attracts more involvement from rank-and-file Democrats. Although nearly half the city's enrolled voters are Democrats, the local committee has struggled to find members during the...

  • Peaks Island wind test hits a snag, seeks new source for equipment, analysis

    PORTLAND — After months of wrangling over zoning, two wind power tests in the city will be delayed until a Public Utilities Commission program chooses its next round of recipients for free testing equipment. A test proposed at the East End Community School by the School Department...

  • Seasonal flu vaccination clinics begin throughout southern Maine

    PORTLAND — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control on Sept. 9 released expanded recommendations for who should receive the seasonal influenza vaccine, and local organizations and businesses are responding by launching seasonal flu clinics throughout southern Maine.

  • New year begins new era for historic Portland synagogue

    PORTLAND — When worshippers attend services for the new Jewish year this weekend at Etz Chaim synagogue, they will bear witness to a vision that has been discussed for the last five years. That long-term vision is to return the 1920s synagogue to its original luster and establish a museum of ...

  • Cumberland company plans statewide registry of deeds Web site

    CUMBERLAND — John Simpson envisions a one-stop Web site in which a researcher can access land records from across the state. The Cumberland company for which he serves as general manager, MacImage of Maine, plans to expand its