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  • Cumberland council to hears pros, cons of $3M beach purchase

    CUMBERLAND — The proposed $3 million town purchase of beach property off Foreside Road goes to a public hearing Monday, Oct. 6, before heading to referendum in November. The purchase of the property, including nearly 14 acres of shoreline property and almost nine acres of forest, wou...

  • Volk versus Boyle for Scarborough senate seat

    SCARBOROUGH — In a match-up of two serving legislators, two-term state Rep. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough, is challenging incumbent first-term Sen. Jim Boyle, D-Gorham, in Senate District 30.  Formerly Senate District 6, the new district includes Gorham, Buxton and most of Scarbo...

  • First-ever Greenfest coming to Portland

    PORTLAND — Green will be the color of the day in Monument Square Saturday, Sept. 13, when the inaugural Portland Greenfest runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Organized by groups and agencies including the Greater Portland Sustainability Council, Portland Public Library, the University of South...

  • Portland Trails seeks runners, volunteers

    PORTLAND — Ten days of preparation begins Friday at 7 a.m. with a practice run on the 15th annual Trails to Ale 10K course along the Eastern Promenade, Back Cove and Bayside trails, sponsored by Portland Trails. The annual race is at 9 a.m. on Sept. 21. Besides the warm-up run...

  • Portland Buy Local hires new 'ambassador'

    PORTLAND — Portland Buy Local has a new employee, who also happens to be its only employee. Brett Wagenheim has been hired as the new, part-time ambassador for the campaign. She said she was attracted to the organization because its mission was close to her heart: she gre...

  • Portland prepares for Fort Allen bicentennial

    PORTLAND — The cannons are back and the dignitaries are coming as Fort Allen prepares to celebrate its bicentennial Sept. 19-20. On Sept. 2, two restored Civil War-era field pieces were returned to the park on Eastern Promenade near Fore Street. On Friday, a gun salvaged from the USS...

  • Portland school chief scraps online school plan

    PORTLAND — A virtual school program proposed for the Portland Public Schools has been scrapped. Superintendent of Schools Emmanuel Caulk in August announced the program, aimed at stemming the flow of students, and tuition, from city schools to the Maine Connections Academy virtu...

  • Hola, estudiantes: Portland kindergartners immersed in Spanish

    PORTLAND — Lyseth Elementary School is Maine's first public school with a full-immersion program in Spanish.  The School Department hired Susana Balasch, formerly of Pamplona, Spain, to teach the program. Most of her work in Spain was teaching English to Span...

  • Mixed reviews for proposal to change Portland traffic patterns

    PORTLAND — Residents told members of a city panel Monday night that converting two of Portland’s busiest downtown thruways from one-way streets to two-way streets could help restore the “neighborhood feel” along those routes. But others questioned the plan to add th...

  • Portland council appoints Hill-Christian acting city manager

    PORTLAND — On a night when decisions by acclamation were elusive, city councilors on Sept. 3 unanimously promoted Sheila Hill-Christian to acting city manager. Councilors also listened and debated for almost 90 minutes before narrowly rejecting a contract zone amendment sought for a ...