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  • Early Cumberland budget proposes 10.6% hike

    CUMBERLAND — A draft of the town's fiscal 2016 general fund budget shows a 10.6 percent increase over current spending. Much of the hike is due to changes in the way the town accounts for programs it already funds. The preliminary $10.4 million budget for next year is still un...

  • Portland councilors, staff seek affordable housing solutions

    PORTLAND — A proposed requirement that affordable housing be included in new developments is likely to face additional City Council review later this month. On Feb. 25, city Planning & Urban Development Director Jeff Levine renewed the discussion of "inclusionary zoning" with the...

  • Freeport manager to propose budget cuts

    FREEPORT — Town Manager Dale Olmstead will present his suggestions to close a $366,000 budget gap at a Town Council meeting Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Olmstead's first tier of suggestions include emergency dispatch consolidation with Brunswick and reduction of per...

  • Falmouth, Yarmouth may share dispatch

    FALMOUTH — Yarmouth and Falmouth may soon be sharing dispatch services at the Falmouth Police Department. The consolidation would save Falmouth about $60,000 a year while keeping the service local, rather than joining Cumberland County to cut costs, Falmouth Town Manager Nathan Poore...

  • Freeport street extension plan needs more work

    FREEPORT — The Traffic and Parking Committee on Tuesday approved a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Park and School streets, but unexpectedly tabled a proposal to extend School Street to Bow Street after a two-hour discussion. The plan to extend School Street to Bow Street is co...

  • WinteRush remnants

    Although a lack of snow canceled this year's WinterRush festival in Portland, the Polar Bear 5K and Freezin' for a Reason Dip went on as scheduled on Feb. 13. The weather was bright and sunny, but judging from the dippers' faces, the water at East End Beach was still cold as heck.

  • Jumping for health

    Ben Fisher, left, takes a turn twirling the rope as his classmates Caleb Delano and Alex McGonagle jump during the "Jump for the Health of It" fundraiser at Longfellow Elementary School in Portland on Feb. 12.

  • Communities receive municipal energy grants

    YARMOUTH – Projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, energy use and energy costs will soon begin in communities receiving grants to help reach conservation goals. The Maine Public Utilities Commission announced the first round of energy conservation block grants on Friday, Feb. 12...

  • Cumberland-North Yarmouth school budget to be discussed in forum

    CUMBERLAND — School Administrative District 51 will hold a fiscal 2011 budget forum on Thursday, Feb. 25, to discuss the financial challenges the district faces and the latest information on revenues and expenses. The forum will be held in the Commons area of Greely High School ...

  • Brunswick School Board chairman, legislators spar over aid cuts, e-mail remarks

    BRUNSWICK — The School Board chairman and members of the town's legislative delegation are feuding over a proposed $3 million slash in state e...