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  • Hill-Christian to be acting city manager in Portland

    PORTLAND — Deputy City Manager Sheila Hill-Christian awaits only a Wednesday, Sept. 3, City Council vote to be named acting city manager. The vote is scheduled immediately after councilors formally accept the resignation of City Manager Mark Rees, who will step down that day. Hill-Ch...

  • Brunswick pair charged with federal tax-evasion scheme

    BRUNSWICK — A federal grand jury indicted two Brunswick men in their 70s for allegedly conspiring to defraud the U.S. government of hundreds of thousands of dollars. David E. Robinson, 75, and F. William Messier, 70, are charged with multiple counts of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. ...

  • South Portland council cautious about Jetport zone change

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council gave initial approval to zone changes that would allow the Portland International Jetport to expand its runways and build an aircraft de-icing pad. But rather than simply forwarding the proposal to the next business meeting, the request will be d...

  • Parties still discussing Brunswick intersection changes

    BRUNSWICK — Proposed changes to a troublesome intersection near Bath Road and Maine Street are still being discussed by stakeholders, town and Maine Department of Transportation officials. Improvements to the intersection have drawn a lot of attention ever since MDOT last summer u...

  • Freaky Bean grinds to a halt, likely to liquidate

    Creditors force coffee company into bankruptcy  SCARBOROUGH — With more than $1 million in debts, Freaky Bean Coffee Co. has closed its stores after being forced into bankruptcy by creditors. The Westbrook-based business became an almost overnight success with ...

  • 'People have lost confidence in their government'

    Residents amp up pressure on City Council to review layoffs SOUTH PORTLAND — About 40 protesters braved wind and driving rain Monday night to show their support for five city workers who were laid off last month and to demand answers from city officials. P...

  • Parents urge support for school budget

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Nearly a dozen parents voiced their support for the School Department's proposed budget at a public hearing Wednesday night. Meanwhile, after a protest Monday night about the layoffs of five veteran city employees, there was no mention in the hearing of the actio...

  • Maine Health reveals design details for former Orion Center in Scarborough

    SCARBOROUGH — Architects and engineers for the new MaineHealth facility will continue to tweak the redesign of the former Orion Center on Route 1. The project was before the Scarborough Planning Board Monday night for site plan review.  But the presentation was "treated as a...

  • High court rules for 'Secret Beach' homeowner

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court this week affirmed a lower court decision enforcing a negotiated settlement of a 4-year-old beach access dispute that has polarized a Broad Cove neighborhood. According to one attorney involved in the case, the ruling in favor of R...

  • Bath council to vote on new finance director

    BATH — Contingent on approval from the City Council, Juli Millett of Topsham will be Bath's next finance director, City Manager Bill Giroux said this week. The council is scheduled to vote on Giroux's recommendation on Wednesday, April 15. Giroux said six of 24 applic...