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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...

  • Police seek suspects in South Portland jewel heist

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Police are looking for three people suspected of stealing $125,000 worth of jewelry from the Maine Mall on Monday. Police Sgt. Steve Webster said in a press release that two black men and a black woman were part of an elaborate theft scheme to steal jewelry from GM Polla...

  • Reading for literacy

    Susan Steele, Portland School District's Safe and Drug Free Schools coordinator, reads to students Tuesday morning at Hall Elementary School as part of Read Across America Day, a program to promote literacy. Steele was among 17 guest readers at Hall, which included Portland Police Chief James C...

  • Chefs gone bad, on display; Plus, a special lecture by cookbook editor and writer Judith Jones

    PORTLAND — Mug shots of food industry workers who broke the law will be on display at Rabelais beginning Friday. And on Tuesday, the editor behind Julia Child's many cookbooks, speaks about her experience in the food world. The collection of mug shots features cooks, chefs, ba...

  • 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...