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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...

  • Correction

    A photo caption on Page 1 of last week's Mid-Coast edition should have identified Tom Settlemire as co-owner with Seth Kroeck of the sheep enterprise at Brunswick's Crystal Spring Farm. The farm is owned by the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust, which leases the property to Kroeck and his wife, Maura....

  • CEEF seeks award nominees

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The Cape Elizabeth Education Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2010 Thompson Award through May 15. The award goes to a school faculty or staff member who goes beyond their requirements to mentor and guide students. The community is invited to partici...

  • South Portland council quickly OKs $4.3M capital spending plan

    SOUTH PORTLAND — When City Manager Jim Gailey asked the City Council last week to fast-track next year's $4.3 million Capital Improvement Plan and add $125,000 in funds for more street paving, he didn't expect it would be passed Wednesday night with no discussion. "Wow," Gailey said,...

  • South Portland sees way to turn oil into cash: 500% hike in tanker inspection fee

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The city is looking to cash in on the hundreds of tankers that annually dock and unload oil at eight local terminals to help fight the effects of declining revenues.  During budget deliberations last week, City Manager Jim Gailey unveiled a proposal, drafted wit...

  • South Portland signs group contract to clean up polluted Long Creek watershed

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council on Wednesday formally signed an agreement to work with other west end property owners to improve water quality in the Long Creek Watershed, an urban impaired stream spanning four municipalities that must be cleaned up by 2020.  The agreement mar...

  • New rules on farm animals, river protection, home businesses advance in Scarborough

    SCARBOROUGH — Proposed changes to the zoning ordinance to allow farm animals, gardens and farm stands in residential area are moving forward after a Town Council public hearing April 21.  Planning Director Dan Bacon explained the changes proposed by the Maine Department of Agric...

  • Cape Elizabeth properties to be revalued

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Residents can expect another property revaluation in the coming year, and will see changes to their property tax bills in October 2011 and April 2012. Town Assessor Matthew Sturgis said the last equalization took place in 2004 and increased the valuation from $763 mi...

  • Volunteers sought for Scarborough Marsh, beach cleanup day

    SCARBOROUGH — Earth Day is all about giving back to the planet, and nowhere is that more obvious than the annual marsh and beach cleanup day, the Saturday after Earth Day. More than 100 residents came out last year for the event, and Linda Woodard of the Audubon Society said she expe...