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  • Incumbent Portland independent faces 2-party challenge in House District 40

    PORTLAND — Incumbent state Rep. Benjamin Chipman believes Maine House District 40, encompassing Parkside, West Bayside and the area around the University of Southern Maine, needs its independent voice in the Legislature. Democrat Herb Adams and Republican Mark Lockman are out to prov...

  • At Portland school, music and learning go hand in hand

    PORTLAND — For students at a city elementary school, subjects like math will now sound like music to their ears. Kindergartners at Reiche Elementary School are participating in a music immersion program, as part of a partnership between the school and the Portland Symphony Orche...

  • District 1 seat is Portland's only City Council contest

    PORTLAND — The three City Council seats up for election on Nov. 3 generated little interest from candidates, with only one contested race. Four residents of Peaks Island are also running unopposed to serve on the Peaks Island Council. Marjorie Phyfe, a Sandpiper Road resident, and Rut...

  • Only 1 contested race in Portland School Committee election

    PORTLAND — There are three seats up for election Nov. 3 on the School Committee. But only the ballot in District 2, which represents the West End and Parkside, has a contested race. In District 1, newcomer Jenna Vendil, 25, is running unopposed for the seat being vacat...

  • Portland neighborhoods get go-to police officers

    PORTLAND — The Portland Police Department is now only a text message or phone call away for residents concerned about crime or other issues in their neighborhoods. Police Chief James Craig on Oct. 9 unveiled the department's new "Senior Lead Officer" program, which makes... 1

  • Car excise tax: Too high or necessary?

    Maine voters get the chance to vote for lower motor vehicle excise taxes, thanks to a citizen's initiative that placed it on the Nov. 3 ballot, though municipal officials who oppose the change say there will be consequences if the question is approved. The proposal would cut motor vehicle exci...

  • Time to give up on school consolidation?

    Since its passage in 2007, Maine's school consolidation law has been the subject of much debate, from parents at school board meetings to lawmakers in Augusta. Now Mainers will decide whether or not to repeal the law, which appears as Question 3 on the Nov. 3 ballot. The law was designed to re...

  • Same-sex marriage veto question tops ballot

    The question topping Maine's Nov. 3 ballot asks voters whether or not they want to repeal the same-sex marriage law passed earlier this year. Though Maine was the fifth state to legalize same-sex marriage, it was the first where the Legislature approved the measure and it was signed by the gov...

  • Scarborough council approves TIF for Route 1 project

    SCARBOROUGH — Town councilors on Wednesday unanimously approved a tax increment financing agreement with a developer who intends to rework a vacant Route 1 building into office space. The council also voted 5-1 to oppose Question 2 on the statewide November ballot, which would re...

  • Miles of smiles

    Lisa Kostopolous, right, of The Good Table restaurant, serves a salad using fresh apples and walnuts as part of the third annual 20-Mile Meal on Oct. 4 at Turkey Hill Farm in Cape Elizabeth. The fundraiser for Cultivating Community has area chefs prepare dishes using meat, seafood and produce raise...