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  • Portland zoning question heads back to council, amid debate over building heights, waterfront views

    PORTLAND — Height is the root of a dispute about zoning needed to redevelop the Portland Co. complex at 58 Fore St. CPB2, the development company owned by Jim Brady, Casey Prentice and Kevin Costello, is seeking two zoning changes for 10 acres of property and additional submerged lan...

  • Portland attorney announces council bid

    PORTLAND — The first hat is in the ring. Spencer Thibodeau, 27, of Pitt Street, announced in a May 18 press release he will seek the City Council District 2 seat currently held by Councilor David Marshall. Thibodeau, an attorney at Verrill Dana, said he would like to "shift th...

  • Cumberland council stands by permit fee requirement for youth lacrosse event

    CUMBERLAND — The Town Council voted unanimously on Monday, with Councilor Mike Perfetti absent, to issue a permit for a boys youth lacrosse jamboree. The town late last year lowered the threshold requiring a mass gathering permit from at least 1,000 people – players a...

  • Bath celebrates spring with Mayfair weekend

    BATH — The City of Ships rings in spring this weekend with its annual Mayfair festival. A yard sale will be held Saturday, May 1, featuring more than 40 participants, a Big Tent Sale downtown, maypole dancing and other attractions. The Big Tent Sale, where merchants will ...

  • Portland hires sustainability coordinator

    PORTLAND — The city's new sustainability coordinator, charged with creating policies and projects to advance energy conservation and efficiency, climate change initiatives and environmental sustainability, will begin his job May 10. The city received nearly $685,000 in federal Energy...

  • Old Cumberland photos sought for history project

    CUMBERLAND — Thomas Bennett led a tour through Cumberland’s history during Monday’s Town Council meeting, with a pictorial presentation of the people and places of yesteryear. The Prince Memorial Library director said his presentation was an outgrowth of the Maine Co...

  • Residents call for reversal of proposed budget cuts in Brunswick

    BRUNSWICK — If the Town Council uses Monday's public comments as the only metric for determining spending in fiscal 2011, residents can probably expect a property tax increase beyond the proposed bump of 2 percent.  Even with a 2 percent increase, the council will be forced to r...

  • Falmouth council OKs $34.9M budget, no tax increase

    FALMOUTH — The Town Council unanimously approved a $34.9 million municipal and school budget after a public hearing Monday evening. The budget, which avoids a property tax rate increase, includes $24.5 million for the school system, 1.63 percent less than last year. That is st...

  • Yarmouth council election will depend on write-in candidates

    YARMOUTH — The only contested town election will be for a seat on the Water District Board of Trustees after the deadline for submitting nomination papers expired on April 26. There are two, three-year seats available on both the Town Council and School Committee, but only three...

  • Portland's Ocean Gateway attracts events, but can it pay for itself?

    PORTLAND — Despite losing its main tenant this year, events scheduled for the Ocean Gateway cruise ship terminal and revenue from berthing is expected to cover operating costs for the city's 2-year-old facility. Still, the city is counting on construction of a long-awaited megaberth ...