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  • Portland street studies center on better connnections

    PORTLAND — West Commercial Street and Tukey's Bridge are not physically connected. They are connected in concept, though, as a study group seeks public opinion on how both of them can better serve pedestrians and bicyclists.

  • After a wooly start, Portland company expects fleecy future

    PORTLAND — In this case, getting fleeced will have its benefits. Former City Councilor and School Board member Dory Waxman, now the owner of Old Port Wool & Textile Co. at 52 Danforth St., said she is expanding the business with the help of her son, Ben Waxman and former Brian Bo...

  • Falmouth candidates to debate

    FALMOUTH — The Forecaster next week will sponsor a public forum featuring candidates running for Falmouth Town Council and School Board. The debate-style event will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26, at Town Hall, in the Council Chambers. It will be televised live on Falmou... 2

  • Portland City Council approves $196.3M budget, tax hike

    PORTLAND — A $196.3 million municipal budget approved by the City Council Monday night includes an increase in the cost of trash bags and a decrease in the number of police officers on Peaks Island. The fiscal year 2011 budget goes into effect July 1. It is $7 million larger than the...

  • Officials concerned about spread of hemlock-destroying aphid

    HARPSWELL — State entomologists say a woolly adelgid infestation in Cundy's Harbor means the invasion of the hemlock-destroying aphid is farther north than ever and likely spreading. Officials with the state Fo...

  • 2 recommended for Portland school positions

    PORTLAND — The School Committee on Wednesday is expected to appoint two new school administrators. Superintendent James C. Morse Sr. is recommending Ira Waltz as the new principal of Deering High School and Hiram Sibley to fill the assistant principal position at King Middle School.

  • Saving trees to housing the needy: Fact-checking the Democratic candidates for Maine governor

    Editor’s note: Last of a two-part series by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting examining the campaign resumes of the candidates for governor. One takes credit for leading the fight to save the Maine forests. One takes credit for lowering M...

  • Highway headache

    Firefighters respond to a fully engulfed truck fire near Exit 22 on southbound Interstate 295 in Freeport shortly after 5:30 a.m. Friday, May 14. The driver of the truck, which is owned by Central Maine Disposal, escaped without injuries and said the flames apparently started in the cab's wiring. So...

  • Education alliance offers GPS, vernal pool programs in Topsham

    TOPSHAM — The Cathance River Education Alliance is offering programs on Global Positioning Systems and vernal pools this month. State forester Ken Canfield will discuss GPS at the Ecology Center on the Cathance River Nature Preserve from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 15. He will ...

  • Magical moment

    The fifth annual Mother-Daughter Princess Tea Party at the South Portland Community Center attracted more than 80 mothers, daughters and grandmothers last week, and found the princesses reaching excitedly for magic dust during a show by Dennis Labbe, a.k.a. Mr. Magic.