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  • Bath Iron Works union sues shipyard over job ‘reallocation’ plan

    AUGUSTA — The largest union at Bath Iron Works has sued the shipyard, alleging the company violated its contract with the workers by seeking to modify job descriptions outside of a formal contract negotiation. “There are more than 100 changes and additions to people’s job...

  • Portland orders building inspections after tenant dies in fall from porch

    PORTLAND — The death Wednesday of a Cumberland Avenue man prompted a city inspection of the apartment building where he lived, City Hall spokeswoman Jessica Grondin said Thursday. Donald Stain, 53, of 563 Cumberland Ave., was smoking a cigarette on a second-story porch when the raili...

  • Revitalized GrowSmart settles into Portland, receives grant

    PORTLAND — Nearly three months ago, GrowSmart Maine, the grassroots organization that sponsored the 2006 Brookings Institution report, "Charting Maine's Future," almost folded. Founder and Executive D...

  • Several Portland candidates to run uncontested in November

    PORTLAND — City elections in November could be a quiet affair, with several elections uncontested unless write-in candidates appear. Nomination papers were due at the city clerk's office Monday, Aug. 24, for candidates to be on the Nov. 3 ballot. Of the three City Coun...

  • Maine State Ballet holds open house, auditions

    FALMOUTH — The Maine State Ballet will hold an open house for students and their families from 5-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8, at its studio on Route 1 in Falmouth. The dance company will also hold open auditions for "The Nutcracker" Thursday and Friday, Sept. 10 and 11: ...

  • PROP to close Redbank Head Start center in South Portland on Sept. 30

    PORTLAND — The People's Regional Opportunity Program last week announced it will close the Redbank Head Start/Child-Care Center at 72 MacAurthur Circle in South Portland.  Although the center is equipped to serve 30 children, about 14 children are expected to be affected when the...

  • Portland school officials to hold hearing on alternative plan for laptop computers

    PORTLAND — The School Committee has scheduled a public hearing for Wednesday, Aug. 26, on a plan to purchase more than 2,000 netbook computers for high school students. Buying netbooks surfaced as an alternative to participating the Maine Laptop Computer Initiative, which is being...

  • Principal, 2 teachers leaving Peaks Island school, where the mission may change

    PORTLAND — Radical changes could be in store for the 50-student Peaks Island Elementary School, considered by many islanders the life-blood of the community. The School Department is poised to revise the school's mission, which could change from traditional education to an expedit...

  • Back to school means free flu vaccinations for Portland students

    PORTLAND — When students return to schools on Sept. 3, they will be welcomed back with an unprecedented immunization effort to prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus, known as the swine flu. Portland schools will offer free immunizations this fall in a concerted effort to reduce th...

  • Convicted arsonist charged with setting Portland blaze

    PORTLAND — A man on probation for setting fire to several buildings in 2004 is allegedly responsible for an Aug. 20 blaze that destroyed one Forest Avenue building and damaged another. Phillip Caron, 25, was reportedly found inside a building at 745 Forest Ave. at about 11:15 p....