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  • Portland Daily Sun publisher shuts down free paper weeks after buying Portland Phoenix

    PORTLAND — Portland Daily Sun Publisher Mark Guerringue confirmed Friday that the free newspaper will publish its final edition on Dec. 23. The paper’s two full-time staff members will move to the Portland Phoenix, which The Sun Newspapers Group, parent company of the Daily Sun...

  • Portland fire safety panel suggests new inspection department

    PORTLAND — A new city department dedicated to enforcing fire safety and housing ordinances, and conducting inspections, could be a recommendation of the task force set up in the aftermath of the Nov. 1 Noyes Street fire that killed six people. In their Dec. 17 meeting, task force mem...

  • Cape Elizabeth school budget opponents' claims questioned

    CAPE ELIZABETH — A citizen group claiming to provide "analysis and research for accurate decision making" on town budgets and projects has distributed inaccurate information about the school budget. A flier titled "Vote no, too high and don't compromise on the schoo...

  • Scarborough council gives $450K back to schools, approves budget

    SCARBOROUGH — A determination to hold the line on municipal spending and debate with the School Board over its proposed spending led to the approval Wednesday of a fiscal 2010 budget that maintains this year's property tax rate of $12.15 per $1,000 of assessed value. The final fig...

  • School budget squeaks past Cape Elizabeth council, heads to voters

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The Town Council narrowly approved the School Board's $20 million budget proposal, allowing taxpayers to vote on the 1.1 percent spending increase. Combined with municipal and county figures, the property tax rate would increase 0.6 percent, or 11 cents per $1,000...

  • Falmouth student classified with probable case of swine flu

    FALMOUTH — A student who attends Lunt School has been classified as having a probable case of H1N1 flu, according to Emergency Management Director Howard Rice Jr. The illness has not been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The student last attended school on Friday, May 1, a...

  • Proposed Bath budget shows less than 2% increase

    BATH — City Manager Bill Giroux on Wednesday rolled out a preliminary city budget for fiscal 2010 of $15.3 million. That budget, which also includes sewer, general, capital and landfill fund expenditures, represents a nearly 16 percent decrease from fiscal 2009 spending. Taxes a... 2

  • Harpswell, Brunswick air border dispute for legislators

    AUGUSTA — After nearly a year of building their case to reverse a 1998 border resolution with Brunswick, proponents of Harpswell's Carrying Place Assembly finally had the chance to present their argument to a legislative committee Wednesday. Nearly half of the Legislature's State ...

  • Brunswick starts clucking about chickens; board to consider allowing hens downtown

    BRUNSWICK – Backyard chickens could soon be coming to roost downtown, but the Town Council warned advocates not to count their fowl before a new ordinance is hatched. The council voted unanimously on Monday to begin reviewing an amendment that would allow some residents to keep up...

  • Brunswick council to consider grants for Oxford Aviation, fire station renovations

    BRUNSWICK — The Town Council on Monday set public hearings for $1.86 million in bonds for the School Department, but it may soon consider endorsing grant applications for several other projects, including Oxford Aviation's planned expansion to Brunswick Naval Air Station.  The to... 2