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  • Portland appoints new social services director

    PORTLAND — David MacLean is the city's new director of social services. MacLean, who will oversee a $13 million budget and a staff of 78, was formerly general assistance program manager at the state Department of Health and Human Services, where he had worked for 37 years. Mac...

  • Former Portland cop convicted of theft

    PORTLAND — A former city police officer will spend 60 days in jail and has repaid funds he stole from a friend. Bruce Chase, 63, was sentenced Friday, May 1, on charges of Class B theft and Class D misuse of entrusted property, Cumberland County District Attorney Stephanie Anderson a...

  • State backs off on fees at Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth, Mackworth Island in Falmouth

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The state Bureau of Parks and Lands on Wednesday announced visitors will not have to pay mandatory entrance fees at two popular state parks starting in May. Instead, Gov. John Baldacci directed the state agency to allow visitors to Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth ...

  • Cape Elizabeth School Board sends $20.7M budget to Town Council

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The School Board unanimously approved a nearly $20.7 million school budget on April 13. The proposed fiscal 2011 budget is $672,000 more than this year's $20 million budget, an increase of 3.4 percent. If passed, the budget would increase the property tax rate 3...

  • South Portland City Council opts for tax increase

    SOUTH PORTLAND — A firefighter, a police officer and raises for nonunion employees have been added back into the proposed fiscal 2011 municipal budget. The City Council decided to restore more than $180,000 in proposed cuts, which may increase the local tax rate by more than 1 percen...

  • November vote eyed for South Portland High School renovation bond

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The Secondary Schools Facility Committee voted overwhelmingly April 8 to place a $42 million bond for high school renovations on the November ballot. The recommendation must now be accepted by the School Board, according to Assistant Superintendent of Schools Steve B...

  • South Portland council poised to fast-track capital improvements

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council is poised to fast-track this year's Capital Improvement Plan so workers can take advantage of the early construction season. Although the council typically approves the CIP in June, City Manager Jim Gailey asked to bump up that vote to Wednesday, Apr...

  • Nomination papers available for Yarmouth municipal election

    YARMOUTH — Nomination papers for the June 8 municipal elections are available at the town clerk's office at Town Hall. There are two Town Council seats, two School Committee seats and one seat on the Water District Board of Trustees to fill. All are three-year terms. The two s...

  • Sounds of silence

    Janis Eckeberg, right, strikes her gongs in time with other members of Inner Tapestry Sound Healing while visitors to the Yarmouth Wellness Fair enjoy the therapy. The fifth annual fair was held Saturday, April 10, at Rowe School and included more than 40 exhibitors, demonstrations and seminars.

  • Proposed Brunswick library budget cut could require weekend closings

    BRUNSWICK — Curtis Memorial Library could be open one or two fewer days a week if the Town Council endorses a proposed reduction in the library subsidy. The council is also considering cuts in staff salaries and the elimination of a popular inter-library loan service, according to li... 1