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  • Freeport finance director moving to Arizona

    FREEPORT — The town is seeking a new finance director after Abbe Yacoben announced she is taking a job in Arizona. Yacoben, who has been finance director since March 2009, accepted a position as director of finance and budget in Avondale, Arizona. Her last day in Freeport will b...

  • Yarmouth appoints panel to study railroad quiet zones

    YARMOUTH — The Town Council has appointed a citizen's committee to research how trains could pass quietly through town in a way that would be safe and cost effective. Councilors on Nov. 20 approved formation of the Quiet Zone Citizens Advisory Task Force to gather information on ways...

  • Portland's new men in blue

    City Clerk Linda Cohen swears in the newest members of the Portland Police Department at a ceremony Aug. 14. From left: Jonathan "Chris" Havens, Eric Johnson, Charles Ames and Dan Aquilera. The men will be in training at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy for the next 18 weeks. (Photo c...

  • Portland's Somali community celebrates educational achievements

    Somali elders gathered together recent college graduates, younger students & family on Aug. 15 to praise the educational efforts of the students and stress the value of education as a basic part of making a better life in the United States. Here Osman Hersi (back to) tells of his struggles in co...

  • Tugging along

    The 2009 MS Harborfest this weekend was a success, with more than 800 people either volunteering or participating in the sail, power and tugboat events. The Multiple Sclerosis Society was on track to reaching its $110,000 goal by the end of the weekend, with money still coming in. Seen here the tug...

  • Portland Somali teens learn farming and business skills at Falmouth's River Point

    The Center for African Heritage's organic farming project at Falmouth's River Point has been teaching farming and job skills for the past two months to 10 low-income Somali teens from Portland. Mahad Warsame, left, and Sumaya Mohamed bring two of the goats out of the barn to graze. (Roberts photo)

  • Portland councilors eye music venue, public dock for state pier

    PORTLAND — The City Council in September is likely to approve several proposed improvements for the Maine State Pier. Councilors at a workshop Monday agreed with recommendations from the Community Development Committee for short-term renovations at the city-owned pier. Those impr... 1

  • Portland police report seizing more than 20 pipe bombs, crack

    PORTLAND — Police on a drug raid at an apartment near Hadlock Field early Monday morning reportedly found enough explosive devices to take out a city block. Police began investigating the possible drug distribution operation on Park Avenue two months ago, following the drive-by sh...

  • Peaks Island council considers options; No takers so far for November elections

    PEAKS ISLAND — The island advisory council created by the city two years ago in response to a secession bid is having trouble attracting candidates for the November elections. The terms of two members of the seven-member council, Betsy Stout and Tom Bohan, conclude in November. Ad...

  • Film makers take on 48-hour challenge in Portland

    On the 11th floor of the Portland House apartment building facing the Eastern Promenade, Horatio Baldwin, an animal rights activist, teeters on the balcony railing. He looks out at Portland Harbor. He looks down at the trees nearly 200 feet below his feet – and jumps. There is a ... 1