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  • Cure for the summer slide in Portland

    Nataly Mendez, a soon-to-be first-grader at Reiche Community School, joins her peers in a game of bouncing balls within a parachute Thursday during a Summer Success picnic at Deering Oaks Park in Portland. The event, which was hosted by Portland ConnectED, featured a free meal for children, tours...

  • Train barn foes, Downeaster official clash in Brunswick

    BRUNSWICK — A meeting of an advisory group for a proposed train layover facility Thursday lapsed into an acrimonious exchange between opponents of the project and representatives of the agency that runs the Amtrak Downeaster. At the meeting, three members of the Brun...

  • Lawsuit returns against owners of State Theater in Portland

    PORTLAND — An attorney for a former State Theater tenant said a lawsuit between his client and the owner of the theater is gaining momentum. Attorney Dan Skolnik said this week that the 3-year-old suit, which has been dormant since 2007 – along with the theater – has come bac...

  • Students vs. the economy: College grads face uncertain times

    PORTLAND — University of Southern Maine seniors Brandon McKenney and Gwen Merrick have taken the last few weeks one day at a time. Both are wrapping up projects, finishing papers, and preparing for the final exams that will allow them to graduate this Saturday, May 16. Neither ha...

  • $1M grant to help at-risk elementary students in Portland

    PORTLAND — The school district is teaming up with local nonprofit groups to increase academic support and cultural enrichment opportunities for about 110 economically disadvantaged and at-risk youth. Over the next five years,

  • Portland gets additional $570K in community development funds; budget set for May 18 hearing

    PORTLAND – The City Council on May 18 will decide how to allocate $570,000 in federal stimulus funding earmarked for community development projects. At the May 18 meeting, the council is also scheduled to have a final hearing and vote on a proposed $189 million city budget that wo...

  • Artist, local painters finalizing details for South Portland tank art project

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Jaime Gili's artwork revolves around three central elements: color, speed and repetition. At times, those elements come together in a figurative sense, as in a gallery. ...

  • Long Island to hire town administrator

    LONG ISLAND — The town's three selectmen will soon have some hired help to manage island business. Island residents voted 74-17 at the annual Town Meeting on May 9 to hire a part-time town administrator. A new selectman and a new school board member were also elected. ...

  • Salvation Army gets back-up from Portland businesses

    PORTLAND — The Salvation Army usually conjures images of holiday-time bell ringers or volunteers distributing blankets to victims of fires or other disasters. This week, a local advertising agency has teamed up with at least 50 local businesses to come to the Salvation Army's aid...

  • Downeaster faces uphill battle as Maine rail projects vie for funding

    PORTLAND — Patricia Quinn knows exactly how to bring the Amtrak Downeaster to Brunswick – and how to make sure the state continues paying its share of the passenger rail service's cost. The trouble is, Quinn, the executive director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Auth... 1