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  • Ethical questions swirl around Brunswick councilor's zoning vote

    BRUNSWICK — Actions by four-term Town Councilor David Watson have raised questions about whether he violated the council's ethics policy by voting on a request to rezone a parcel of land partially owned by his cousin, contractor Ted Crooker. At a June 21 public hearing, Watson m...

  • Kestrel CEO: Financing puzzle still coming together, not complete

    PORTLAND — Alan Klapmeier, chief executive officer of the startup airplane manufacturer Kestrel, Wednesday said the company has secured a new foreign investor and put some employees back to work at its Brunswick Landing facility. But he declined to share many details. “A...

  • MMA hired for N. Yarmouth's top job search

    NORTH YARMOUTH — The Board of Selectmen took initial steps Tuesday toward hiring a new administrative assistant, retaining the Maine Municipal Association to open a search for candidates. Selectmen also set a meeting for Monday, April 13, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., to assess and discu...

  • Anti-poverty protest

    Elizabeth Ortiz demonstrates for the homeless in Portland's Monument Square on Monday, part of a week-long effort to bring economic human rights to the public's attention. Behind her is national anti-poverty organizer and housing rights activist Cheri Honkala, a former homeless single mother who now...

  • MaineHealth pulls out of Portland Bayside deal

    PORTLAND — A $40 million project that would have put an eight-story office building and a parking garage on city land in Bayside has become a victim of the economic downturn. MaineHealth last week announced the cancellation of the project, citing economic instability and financial...

  • School budget reduces Portland tax burden

    PORTLAND — The School Committee on April 1 unanimously approved a $91.36 million budget. The fiscal 2010 budget, which takes effect on July 1, is an increase of $1.86 million, or 2 percent, over the current $89.5 million budget. Next year's budget eliminates 17 positi...

  • Not your typical family heirloom

    Bomb squad called to Falmouth to destroy Civil War cannon ball FALMOUTH — A routine visit to the Police Department Monday quickly morphed into an episode that could rival some action films – with a plot line that Stephen Ryder and his wife, Helga, of Edgewater Road, will...

  • Dean's Sweets helps take the sting out of tax day

    Despite the tumbleweed atmosphere gripping Exchange Street in the Old Port, there is no shortage of new restaurants and bars opening up around Portland. But first – Dean's Sweets at 82 Middle St. is giving away truffles. Go in, tell them you heard about the "Tax Day T...

  • Freeport teens to present a curious version of 'Alice'

    FREEPORT — A handful of creative Freeport High School students, in collaboration with Carol and John Farrell and Ian Bannon of Figures of Speech Theater, have created an adaptation of the Lewis Carrol books "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass."

  • Portland council gets $189M budget proposal

    PORTLAND — The city manager presented a $189 million budget to the City Council this week, a 2.2 percent increase over the current budget. The schools, meanwhile, presented a $91.3 million budget that actually seeks less in local tax money than this year, because of an increase in...