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  • Marijuana question qualifies for South Portland ballot

    SOUTH PORTLAND — City officials confirmed Wednesday that a citizen initiative to make recreational possession of small amounts of marijuana legal for adults over age 21 has qualified for the November ballot. The City Council will consider the petition in its next meeting, A...

  • Topsham chairwoman resigns from Riverwalk committee

    TOPSHAM — The co-chairwoman of a committee trying to develop a Brunswick-Topsham riverwalk resigned abruptly this week, citing a desire to refocus her attention on other projects and in apparent frustration with the pace of the project's Brunswick section. "I have way too many c...

  • Cape Elizabeth planners begin farm zoning overhaul

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The Planning Board Tuesday began looking at agricultural zoning, the next scheduled zoning overhaul as required by the town's Comprehensive Plan. The most recent Comprehensive Plan laid out a schedule of zoning changes, which most recently included changing the B...

  • Scarborough Council works on energy, sign regulations

    SCARBOROUGH — Wednesday's Town Council meeting was adjourned in an hour after councilors quickly worked through several agenda items. They unanimously approved the creation of a new, ad-hoc Energy Committee to serve for the next year. The committee will consist of at least one cou...

  • Scarborough receives grant, considers energy projects

    SCARBOROUGH — The town has been allocated $84,300 from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds through an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program. According to the Web site, eecbg.energy.gov, the grants "represent a presiden...

  • Cape Elizabeth panel will examine employee health insurance

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Health-care coverage, benefits and costs for town and school employees will be the focus of the Town Council's newest committee. Health insurance coverage costs the town about $3.5 million annually, or about 10 percent of the town's combined budgets. But according...

  • Drugs, alcohol a factor in South Portland shooting

    PORTLAND — A 50-year-old Skowhegan farmer accused of fatally shooting a South Portland man pleaded not guilty May 18 in Cumberland County Superior Court. Malcolm Bruce Lavallee-Davidson is charged with manslaughter for killing his friend, Fred Wilson, a 50-year-old computer progr...

  • South Portland solicits planning help for Mill Creek Park

    SOUTH PORTLAND — A process is underway that may produce a long-term plan for Mill Creek Park by next January. Meanwhile, city leaders are shopping around for a new gazebo, which is expected to be installed this fall. Earlier this month, the city began soliciting offer...

  • Topsham voters approve $7.8M municipal budget

    TOPSHAM — Voters at Wednesday's Town Meeting approved a $7.8 million municipal budget for fiscal 2010. The meeting at Mt. Ararat High School drew 201 of Topsham's more than 7,400 registered voters, or fewer than 3 percent. One component of the budget is $1.4 million...

  • February layoffs continue to divide South Portland City Council

    SOUTH PORTLAND — In late February, City Manager Jim Gailey decided to balance the budget by laying off five veteran employees. The move sparked protests and outrage from some residents and city councilors because of the way it was handled. Acting on the advice of an attorney, Gail...