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  • Portland budget means 3.1% increase in property tax

    PORTLAND — A protracted budget process was climaxed by a marathon meeting, but city spending for fiscal year 2016 was set June 24. The 5-4 City Council vote appropriating $225 million in municipal spending means city property owners will see an overall 3.1 percent property tax increa...

  • Portland fund to help asylum seekers for 1 year

    PORTLAND — Operating details are unclear, but a new city fund will assist immigrant asylum seekers with basic housing, food and medical costs. The $2.63 million Community Support Fund was created June 24 when the City Council approved a $225 million municipal budget for fiscal year 2...

  • Red Cross to host unemployment forum

    TOPSHAM — The Mid-Coast chapter of the American Red Cross will sponsor a community forum, "Responding to Vocational Disaster," at its Community Drive headquarters from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18. The forum will feature strategies for people who feel in danger of losi...

  • Topsham to hold development forum

    TOPSHAM — Topsham Development and town staff will host a presentation next week on economic development challenges and opportunities. The economic development forum will be held at the Topsham Municipal Building from 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16. The forum will focus on the econ...

  • Bath library hosts 'Food for Fines'

    BATH — Patten Free Library is hosting "Food for Fines" from Nov. 17-28. Each packaged food item brought to the library will earn a $1 reduction in fines for overdue books. The benefit will not apply to lost or damaged items. The library will not accept food i...

  • Groundbreaking for Brunswick elementary school slated for Nov. 19

    BRUNSWICK — Workers continued to prepare the site of the new elementary school on McKeen Street this week, setting the stage for a Nov. 19 groundbreaking. Technically speaking, they have been turning earth all summer to make way for the Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School. Th...

  • United Way campaign raises more than $2M

    BATH — United Way of Mid Coast Maine exceeded its fundraising goal by nearly $110,000 and raised pledges of more than $2 million in its annual campaign. "What a wonderful community we have," said Dodie Jones, who chaired the campaign with Michael Jones. "What gene...

  • Correction

    A story last week incorrectly reported that the Brunswick School Department had frozen wages for non-union employees for nearly a year. According to the School Department, the only spending freeze has been in non-essential programs.

  • Arsonist to serve 11 years, pay $3.7M to businesses displaced in Yarmouth, York

    PORTLAND — Everett S. Stickney of Exeter, N.H., was sentenced in U.S. District Court Thursday to 11 1/2 years in prison for setting fires that destroyed 26 small businesses in Yarmouth and an office building in York. He was also ordered to pay $3.7 million in restitution to the 2...

  • State, town pass the buck, delay Scarborough pawn shop

    SCARBOROUGH — A local business owner says his attempt to open a pawn shop in Scarborough is being held up by the town's lack of a local licensing ordinance. Town officials say he can obtain the license he needs through the state, which makes a local ordinance unnecessary.