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  • Cumberland council backs bid to buy 215 acres for conservation, recreation

    CUMBERLAND — The Town Council on Monday unanimously supported efforts to obtain a grant that would help acquire and preserve a nearly $1 million, 215-acre parcel of undeveloped land in Cumberland and North Yarmouth. Penny Asherman, president of the Chebeague & Cumberland Land Tru...

  • Council reviews Portland parks ordinance, sets initial vote

    PORTLAND — City councilors on Monday scheduled an April 7 first reading of an ordinance amendment governing council and Parks Commission roles in the stewardship and possible sale of parks. A draft of the ordinance was presented during a 90-minute council workshop Monday night, drawi...

  • Cumberland council OKs $9.4M municipal budget

    CUMBERLAND — The Town Council on Monday unanimously approved a $9.4 million municipal budget for fiscal 2015, an increase of 4.09 percent over current spending. The spending plan includes $6.5 million for operations (a 0.87 percent increase), an approximately $696,000 Cumberland Coun...

  • Police arrest museum fire suspect; other Portland fires still under investigation

    PORTLAND — A Portland man was arrested Sunday night on arson charges after allegedly lighting a fire outside the Portland Museum of Art. But police are still investigating a string of dumpster and trash fires set in the city on Saturday night. Robert Johnson, 19, was arrested ...

  • Portland minimum-wage hike gets mayor's endorsement

    PORTLAND — Higher wages could be coming by fall for people who work in the city. The first steps were taken March 20 when Mayor Michael Brennan convened the first meeting of his Minimum Wage Advisory Committee for a 90-minute discussion on if and how the city might enact its own mini...

  • Administrators claim USM enrollment, tuition freeze force cuts; Portland protesters say, ‘They’re lying’

    PORTLAND — Nearly 125 University of Southern Maine students and faculty members walked out of classes at midday Monday in protest of deep cuts proposed by President Theo Kalikow that would eliminate four programs and between 20 and 30 faculty positions. The group gathered outside the...

  • UPDATE: Third suspect arrested after Falmouth burglary, assault

    FALMOUTH — A third suspect who was wanted in connection with a daytime burglary, car theft and assault last week on Merrill Road turned himself in to police Monday. Police said Christopher Girard, 30, was one of three men who were allegedly in the midst of a home burglary Friday, Mar...

  • Yarmouth, Falmouth students advance to regional drama fest

    YARMOUTH — Yarmouth High School took first place for the second consecutive year at the Maine Drama Festival's Class B state finals last weekend. The students performed "Josephine's Stories," an original adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's 1902 collection "Just So Stories." The fe...