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  • Bath Iron Works union sues shipyard over job ‘reallocation’ plan

    AUGUSTA — The largest union at Bath Iron Works has sued the shipyard, alleging the company violated its contract with the workers by seeking to modify job descriptions outside of a formal contract negotiation. “There are more than 100 changes and additions to people’s job...

  • Portland orders building inspections after tenant dies in fall from porch

    PORTLAND — The death Wednesday of a Cumberland Avenue man prompted a city inspection of the apartment building where he lived, City Hall spokeswoman Jessica Grondin said Thursday. Donald Stain, 53, of 563 Cumberland Ave., was smoking a cigarette on a second-story porch when the raili...

  • Portland city manager says jobs, services to be eliminated; City facing $8M budget shortfall

    PORTLAND — City Manager Joe Gray will begin meeting this week with department heads in an attempt to close a projected $8 million budget gap. For the third year in a row, Gray said jobs and services will have to be cut. In the 2009 budget, major departments were merged or eliminated ...

  • Nearly 100 jobs, middle school sports targeted in Portland school budget

    PORTLAND — Cutting middle school athletics and eliminating nearly 100 jobs were expected to be part of the superintendent's proposed budget presentation to the School Committee on Wednesday. Meanwhile, increased staffing for multi-lingual students is also being proposed, along with a...

  • Portland offering deals on composting equipment

    PORTLAND — Composting food and yard waste can reduce how much households spend on those special blue garbage bags each year, and for the next two months the city is offering residents incentives to do just that. For the third year, the city's Public Services Department is offering di...

  • Yarmouth council approves dispatch contract with Falmouth

    YARMOUTH — The Town Council voted unanimously to turn over town emergency dispatch services to Falmouth following a public hearing on Monday. Councilor Kent Peterson was not in attendance. The council approved a proposal from Falmouth to provide dispatch services on a con...

  • New BBQ cart rolled out in Portland

    Washington Avenue resident Ron Gan opened a new barbecue cart this week. Skinny Cart BBQ is located at 202 Washington Ave., in front of a dilapidated garage Gan painted bright green and yellow last fall. The offerings are simple - you can get a barbecuish, based on a beef barbecue sandwich recipe...

  • Committee releases grant funding recommendations for Portland social services

    PORTLAND — The committee in charge of reviewing which agencies and projects should get federal community development money will present its final recommendations to the City Council March 8. The city expects to dole out about $2.1 million in Community Development Block Grant money fo...

  • Proposed Scarborough school budget would eliminate 43 jobs

    SCARBOROUGH — More than 100 residents packed the standing-room-only Town Council Chambers for the first public hearing Thursday, Feb. 25, on Superintendent David Doyle’s proposed $34.3 million School Department budget. The proposal for fiscal 2011 would eliminate 43 jobs to hel...

  • Storm surge

    Scarborough senior Heather Carrier raises the championship plaque while her classmates exult after winning a first-ever regional basketball title on Feb. 20 at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland. The Red Storm take on Skowhegan in the Class A state game on Saturday, Feb. 27. Sports, P...