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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...

  • All that jazz in South Portland

    The South Portland High School Jazz Band placed second in Division I on Saturday evening, March 27, at the State High School Instrumental Jazz Festival in South Portland. Eighty-nine bands and ensembles from 40 schools competed. Other winners included Cape Elizabeth, which finished third in Division...

  • Friends, foes greet Obama in Portland

    PORTLAND — President Barack Obama's visit to Portland on a nearly 70-degree day Thursday brought out hundreds of fans and foes alike. Obama's visit was one stop on a cross-country tour to promote the benefits of a sweeping health-care reform law he signed into law just over a week ag...

  • Obama touts health-care reform benefits in crowd-pleasing speech at Portland Expo

    PORTLAND — While the crowd outside the Exposition Building expressed mixed opinions about President Barack Obama and his new health-care reform law, inside thousands of spectators were so excited they cheered for the microphone check Thursday afternoon. President Obama visited the ci...

  • Full text of President Obama's speech in Portland

    PORTLAND — Here is the full text of President Barack Obama's remarks on health-care reform, as prepared for delivery on Thursday, April 1, at the Portland Expo: Hello, Portland! It is so good to be back in the great state of Maine. When I came here during the campaign, I made...

  • Cape students, residents urge caution on budget

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Nearly 125 residents, students, parents and teachers gathered in the high school cafeteria Wednesday, March 31, to discuss the fiscal year 2011 school budget proposals. The School Board has met six times to discuss three budget scenarios: • A zero pe...

  • Cookie Jar bakery in Cape Elizabeth may reopen by Memorial Day

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The Cookie Jar bakery, a fixture on Shore Road for decades, is being renovated and is expected to reopen in a couple of months. The business has been closed since a storm tore the roof off the building in October 2006. Attempts by owners Donna and Tom Piscopo to...

  • Acquisition should boost access to Higgins Beach in Scarborough

    SCARBOROUGH — The town and Land for Maine's Future closed a deal March 31 to purchase nearly 12 acres at Higgins Beach and along the Nonesuch River for $1.27 million. The property along Higgins Beach is of particular significance, as it could lead to opportunities for public parking,...

  • South Portland mayor: Public input needed on city budget

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Elimination of cross-town bus service to the Maine Mall, a fire safety education program for elementary school students and dog waste bags at city parks are among the cost-cutting measures eyed in next year's budget. City Manager Jim Gailey's proposed $27.1 million c...