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  • Brunswick dog day-care business has tails wagging

    BRUNSWICK — When she opened Blue Dog Day Care in November, Meghan Osborne suspected business would be good, but she didn't expect to have a full house every day. "I don't know if I thought we were going to reach the limit in the first two months," Osborne said, in an interview at the...

  • Harpswell town planner heading to Topsham

    HARPSWELL — Carol Eyerman, who has led the town's Planning Department for seven years, is leaving, but she isn't going far.  Eyerman, who was hired as Harpswell's town planner in 2007, has accepted a position as assistant town planner in Topsham. She expects to start in ear...

  • University of Southern Maine Osher Map Library to reopen in Portland

    PORTLAND — After being closed for nearly two years, the Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine will open its doors to researchers and the general public this weekend with a range of events. The reopening of the map library at the corner of Bedford Street and Forest...

  • District 1 seat is Portland's only City Council contest

    PORTLAND — The three City Council seats up for election on Nov. 3 generated little interest from candidates, with only one contested race. Four residents of Peaks Island are also running unopposed to serve on the Peaks Island Council. Marjorie Phyfe, a Sandpiper Road resident, and Rut...

  • Only 1 contested race in Portland School Committee election

    PORTLAND — There are three seats up for election Nov. 3 on the School Committee. But only the ballot in District 2, which represents the West End and Parkside, has a contested race. In District 1, newcomer Jenna Vendil, 25, is running unopposed for the seat being vacat...

  • Portland neighborhoods get go-to police officers

    PORTLAND — The Portland Police Department is now only a text message or phone call away for residents concerned about crime or other issues in their neighborhoods. Police Chief James Craig on Oct. 9 unveiled the department's new "Senior Lead Officer" program, which makes... 1

  • Car excise tax: Too high or necessary?

    Maine voters get the chance to vote for lower motor vehicle excise taxes, thanks to a citizen's initiative that placed it on the Nov. 3 ballot, though municipal officials who oppose the change say there will be consequences if the question is approved. The proposal would cut motor vehicle exci...

  • Time to give up on school consolidation?

    Since its passage in 2007, Maine's school consolidation law has been the subject of much debate, from parents at school board meetings to lawmakers in Augusta. Now Mainers will decide whether or not to repeal the law, which appears as Question 3 on the Nov. 3 ballot. The law was designed to re...

  • Same-sex marriage veto question tops ballot

    The question topping Maine's Nov. 3 ballot asks voters whether or not they want to repeal the same-sex marriage law passed earlier this year. Though Maine was the fifth state to legalize same-sex marriage, it was the first where the Legislature approved the measure and it was signed by the gov...

  • Scarborough council approves TIF for Route 1 project

    SCARBOROUGH — Town councilors on Wednesday unanimously approved a tax increment financing agreement with a developer who intends to rework a vacant Route 1 building into office space. The council also voted 5-1 to oppose Question 2 on the statewide November ballot, which would re...