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  • North Yarmouth firefighter's firing ignites employee rights dispute

    NORTH YARMOUTH — Two former Fire-Rescue Department paramedics claim town officials have violated their civil rights. Jeff Toorish, a lieutenant medic with the department, resigned Dec. 11. Deputy Chief of Emergency Medical Services Bill Young was fired the same day. Toorish on...

  • Portland man injured in Brunswick I-295 crash

    BRUNSWICK — A Portland man was seriously injured Thursday morning after losing control of his car on the exit 28 ramp from Interstate 295, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said in a press release. Christopher Doran, 35, suffered head injuries and was taken...

  • Cumberland’s draft Comp Plan headed to public hearing

    CUMBERLAND — A new draft Comprehensive Plan is being reviewed by the Planning Board before being sent to the Town Council for adoption later this year. The Planning Board will continue a public hearing on the document – more than three years in the making – at Town Hall at ...

  • State to host meeting on reconstruction of I-295 Exit 7 in Portland

    PORTLAND — The state's plan to widen the northbound and southbound ramps at Exit 7 of Interstate 295 will be the subject of a public hearing next week. The project is aimed at relieving traffic jams coming on and off of Franklin Arterial, but opponents say the state's plan could b...

  • Group links trails, communities while raising awareness of Presumpscot watershed

    FALMOUTH — A coalition that hopes within the next few years to have a contiguous trail in place joining Sebago Lake to Casco Bay has scheduled a public meeting next week to discuss ideas for the Falmouth-Portland portion of the project. The Sebago to the Sea Coalition represents m...

  • Open house at ecomaine

    Arlene Hall, 9, of Windham, tests the acidity of three water samples as Anne Hewes, ecomaine environmental manager, explains how the facility helps monitor water quality. The demonstration was one of several on Saturday, Oct. 10, during an open house at ecomaine's 240-acre landfill off outer Congres...

  • Cumberland councilors speak out against excise tax initiative

    CUMBERLAND — Town Council Chairman Ron Copp plans to draft a public letter stating the council's opposition to the proposed motor vehicle excise tax reduction and second so-called Taxpayer Bill of Rights on the Nov. 3 ballot. Several councilors on Monday evening spoke against the ex...

  • Parkside block party aims to build bridges toward a safer neighborhood

    PORTLAND — Several neighborhood organizations are pooling their expertise and resources to throw a block party on Oct. 17 for the city's Parkside residents. Saturday's party will take place from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Sherman and Mellen streets, next to the Sacred Heart/St. Dominic's Pa...

  • Yarmouth council opposes excise tax repeal

    YARMOUTH — The Town Council last week unanimously opposed Question 2 on the statewide referendum ballot, which would reduce the motor vehicle excise tax and provide tax exemptions for owning or buying new energy-efficient vehicles. In a letter to The Forecaster, councilors said p...

  • Portland schools to study security, elementary facility needs

    PORTLAND — After adopting a report on the programming and space needs of the city's school buildings, the School Committee last week wasted no time taking the next steps toward drafting work plans for the city schools. The committee passed two resolutions on Oct. 7 calling for an...