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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...

  • Scarborough Buy Local campaign nears 200 members

    SCARBOROUGH — Dozens of people turned out for the Scarborough Buy Local kick-off event Tuesday evening. The new campaign aims to encourage consumers to purchase goods and services from locally owned businesses, and help create connections between those businesses. "We wanted to put a...

  • Topsham selectmen send revised conduct code to public hearing

    TOPSHAM — The Board of Selectmen voted March 18 to send a proposed code of conduct, as well as code changes related to Town Meeting, to an April 1 public hearing. The Government Improvement Committee met with the board in a workshop March 1 to discuss tweaks to both documents, w...

  • SAD 75 looks to trim budget by about 5%

    TOPSHAM — School Administrative District 75 is hoping to build a budget for next year that is almost 5 percent smaller than the current spending plan. The district budgeted $36.25 million for fiscal 2010. But Superintendent of Schools Mike Wilhelm said a $1.5 million decline in ...

  • Sullivan travels to Freeport

    Composer and pianist Paul Sullivan performs March 20 for the Freeport Historical Society's "Spring Serenade" fundraiser at the Freeport Community Center. Nearly 100 people enjoyed a silent auction and the performance by Sullivan, a Maine resident who is known for his work as a soloist, as part of a ...

  • Popular Brunswick eatery expanding, but not everyone is happy

    BRUNSWICK — Owners Becky and Dave Shepherd were thrilled when they were offered a lease that would allow them to expand Wild Oats Bakery & Cafe at the Tontine Mall. The Shepherds had been eyeing expansion of the 19-year-old eatery for years. They even considered moving to the old...

  • Topsham doctor faces child porn charges

    TOPSHAM — A doctor faces child pornography charges after being arrested at his Congress Circle home Tuesday. Dr. David A. York, 59, a physician with Concentra Medical Centers in Augusta and Lewiston, is charged with five counts of possession of sexually explicit materials of chi...

  • Proposed Freeport budget holds the line on taxes; dispatch consolidation still an option

    FREEPORT — About 50 town employees filled Town Council Chambers Tuesday night to hear councilors discuss the 2011 budget. Previously faced with a $366,000 budget gap, Town Manager Dale Olmstead suggested personnel reductions, service cuts and dispatch consolidation as a way to fill ...

  • Proposed Falmouth budget calls for cuts in staff, teachers; Flyer gets 1 more year

    FALMOUTH — The Town Council will hold a special meeting Wednesday, March 31, at 7 p.m. to hear comments from the public on the proposed school and municipal budgets. Despite decreases in state subsidies and revenue sources, neither the municipal nor school budgets call for an increas...