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  • Portland Daily Sun publisher shuts down free paper weeks after buying Portland Phoenix

    PORTLAND — Portland Daily Sun Publisher Mark Guerringue confirmed Friday that the free newspaper will publish its final edition on Dec. 23. The paper’s two full-time staff members will move to the Portland Phoenix, which The Sun Newspapers Group, parent company of the Daily Sun...

  • Portland fire safety panel suggests new inspection department

    PORTLAND — A new city department dedicated to enforcing fire safety and housing ordinances, and conducting inspections, could be a recommendation of the task force set up in the aftermath of the Nov. 1 Noyes Street fire that killed six people. In their Dec. 17 meeting, task force mem...

  • Peaks Island selected for state-sponsored wind test program

    PORTLAND — The Peaks Island wind project was one of six selected to receive free wind measuring equipment from the state. But before the island can begin measuring wind speeds in Trott-Littlejohn Park, it must first raise enough money to insure the equipment, which includes wind anemomet...

  • Portland cleaning service offers help for cancer patients

    PORTLAND — Sally and Dan Libby, owners of the Maids Home Cleaning Services, have partnered with a non-profit organization to provide complimentary home cleaning for women undergoing cancer ...

  • Cumberland County passes $40.5 million budget for 2010

    PORTLAND — The Cumberland County Commissioners last week unanimously approved a  $40.5 million budget for 2010. The approved budget is not expected to increase the tax rate for municipalities in Cumberland County. The budget maintains a mil rate of 52 cents per $1,000 of valuati...

  • After three decades, 'right time' for Loughlin to leave Portland PD

    PORTLAND — Assistant Police Chief Joe Loughlin had no intention of becoming a police officer when he graduated from St. Joseph's College in 1975 with a degree in natural science. "I wanted to be a park ranger or naturalist," Loughlin said, but there was a lack of jobs at the time, and th...

  • Portland's Parkside neighborhood gets 'medical home' for those without health insurance

    PORTLAND — The city has used a $1.3 million federal grant to open up a new health care facility in the Parkside neighborhood. The Portland Community Health Center, 180 Parkside Ave., is a full ...

  • SMCC scholarship honors slain Sudanese security guard

    PORTLAND — Reward money intended to help catch a killer is now being used to help Africans enter the law enforcement profession. Southern Maine Community College announced last week that a portion of the $20,000 reward being offered to help solve the murder of James Angelo will be us...

  • The year in review: Beware of snark

    For the last several years, it's been a tradition at The Forecaster to review the last 365 days with a lengthy satire of local news. This year we're trading parody for snark. We've also scrubbed assigning anthems to the faux news stories. Why? Because we're in a recession. Snark is cheaper...

  • Not on the naughty list

    Willy Bryan, 72, wasn't bashful when Santa patted him on the head for being a good boy this year during a breakfast visit Sunday, Dec. 20, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Bath.