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  • Ethical questions swirl around Brunswick councilor's zoning vote

    BRUNSWICK — Actions by four-term Town Councilor David Watson have raised questions about whether he violated the council's ethics policy by voting on a request to rezone a parcel of land partially owned by his cousin, contractor Ted Crooker. At a June 21 public hearing, Watson m...

  • Kestrel CEO: Financing puzzle still coming together, not complete

    PORTLAND — Alan Klapmeier, chief executive officer of the startup airplane manufacturer Kestrel, Wednesday said the company has secured a new foreign investor and put some employees back to work at its Brunswick Landing facility. But he declined to share many details. “A...

  • Portland GOP, Greens replace candidates

    PORTLAND — City Republicans and Green Independent Party members have filled openings on the November ballot caused by post-primary candidate withdrawals. Brackett Street resident Thomas Loring is now the Republican candidate in House District 38, replacing Daniel J. Olson. The...

  • November referendum unlikely in Portland on sale of Congress Square Park

    PORTLAND — A nearly 90-minute City Council workshop Monday evening showed there are many directions the future of Congress Square Park could follow. The least likely is the Nov. 4 referendum ballot. “I didn’t hear anybody tonight say they wanted to start that proce...

  • Spark grows for electric vehicles in greater Portland

    PORTLAND — Turning over a new Leaf has worked well for Scarborough resident Marc Lausier. "I can say with confidence that I’ll never own a gas-powered car again,” Lausier said, standing next to his Nissan Leaf outside Revision Energy on Presumpscot Street. Lausier ...

  • Downtown Bath playground proposal goes to economic development panel

    BATH — A proposal for a playground and parking area at the vacant former YMCA property on Summer Street is going to the city's Economic Development Committee. The panel will determine to what degree the land can be developed, and how that might impact the plan as presented to the Cit...

  • Portland-based aviation camp turns kids into fliers

    PORTLAND — When Tim Lesiege took over two years ago as director of Portland's Maine ACE Camp, a week-long summer session for aspiring aviators, he was excited about the opportunity to teach kids about all aspects of the aeronautics industry. Lesiege, who every summer takes a wee...

  • South Portland City Council enacts tar sands ban, but 'fight is not over'

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The city made history July 21 when city councilors voted 6-1 for a land-use ordinance designed to prevent the bulk loading of tar sands oil on the waterfront. The law – widely expected to be challenged by the oil industry – makes South...

  • Mayor proposes $9.50 Portland minimum wage by 2015

    PORTLAND — With a preliminary plan in mind, Mayor Michael Brennan and members of his Minimum Wage Advisory Committee want residents, business owners and workers to share opinions next month about increasing the $7.50-per-hour minimum wage in the city. Brennan, who first convened the ...

  • Main Street Bath director takes state tourism job

    BATH — After five years as director of the Main Street Bath organization, and many more as a board member, Jennifer Geiger has resigned to do public relations and communications at the Maine Office of Tourism. The job change "was professional development for me, an opportunity to gro...