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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...

  • Portland's East Bayside area to be part of national planning effort

    PORTLAND — A group of architects and urban planners this spring will work on a plan to make East Bayside a more vibrant, pedestrian-friendly and connected neighborhood. The neighborhood was chosen by the American Institute of Architects as one of seven communities in the United State...

  • UPDATE: A snowball's chance in Portland: No snow means no WinteRush festival

    PORTLAND — A shortage of snow has foiled the city's plan to hold a winter festival at Deering Oaks Park this weekend. The second annual WinteRush was scheduled for Saturday. But the activities, including a snow plow parade, a man-made sledding hill, animal tracking and a snow sculptu... 1

  • Portland urges landlords to take advantage of rehab program

    PORTLAND — The city wants owners of multi-unit buildings to take advantage of new funding it has to help them spruce up their properties. The city's Housing and Neighborhood Services Division plans to offer low-interest loans of up to $15,000 per unit to apartment building owners int...

  • Falmouth teachers, students get creative with Haiti fundraisers

    FALMOUTH — In the weeks since a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, Falmouth teachers, staff and students have employed a variety of creative ways to raise money to help the struggling country. According to Service Learning Coordinator Holly MacEwan, a lot of different school organizat...

  • An hour is an hour is an hour: Time-based trade network creates cash-free economy

    PORTLAND — Charlene Roberts Erlebach's eyes brightened when she recalled her wedding day. “The flower girl baskets were just beautiful, with little ribbons and rosettes, they were so pretty,” the Brunswick bride gushed. “We actually did pictures twice, once on the ...

  • Jewish groups offer reward for arrest of Portland cemetery vandals

    PORTLAND — The Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine and Anti-Defamation League New England Region are offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of vandals who painted swastikas on headstones at a local cemetery. The vandalism at Mount Carmel Cemetery, on H...

  • Innkeepers cut rates to benefit Habitat for Humanity

    FREEPORT — As a way to promote spring travel and help support Habitat for Humanity, local inns will slash their rates in April and May. The program is in its seventh year and has been a g...

  • New Veterans Memorial Bridge due by July 2012

    PORTLAND — Plans to replace the Veterans Memorial Bridge between Portland and South Portland were unveiled by the Maine Department of Transportation on Feb. 4 at Mercy Hospital's Fore River campus. The $63 million replacement bridge will be taller than the existing structure, wi...