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  • Plan for Portland-Auburn commuter train gets ‘game changer’ grant

    PORTLAND, Maine — A long envisioned passenger rail service connecting Portland with Auburn took another important step forward Thursday as a national Realtors group announced it has awarded a grant to study, in part, new ways to fund the 29-mile public transit line. The promise of a ...

  • Maine entrepreneurs take a lesson from Google

    PORTLAND — C.H. Becksvoort, a maker of fine furniture in New Gloucester, is on the Web, but not enough potential customers are finding their way to the site. So Peg Becksvoort spent Friday morning with some experts in se...

  • Religious freedom, zoning may clash again in Portland

    PORTLAND — The city could again find itself tangled in a question of religious freedom, after ruling that a Washington Avenue building does not meet zoning requirements to be a Muslim house of worship. But the purpose of the building at 978 Washington Ave., which the city believes...

  • Facilities report notes need to quickly address Portland elementary school inequities

    PORTLAND — A draft report on programming and maintenance needs of the city's school buildings recommends hiring a consultant to review delivery options for the district's stand-alone services and addressing educational inequity in two elementary schools within the next year. The ...

  • Plans would give old Portland school new life

    PORTLAND — The development arm of the Westbrook Housing Authority will present its plans on April 28 to convert the former St. Patrick's School into affordable housing. Westbrook Development Corp. won a conditional zone change on April 6 from the City Council that will allow it t... 1

  • Portland may get designated, free parking for mopeds, motorcycles

    PORTLAND — The city may add 31 free parking spaces for motorcycles or mopeds on the peninsula. The change is aimed at encouraging two-wheeled transportation, and to open up regular parking spots for cars. The City Council Transportation Committee was scheduled to review the new p...

  • Portland schools to consider $137K in budget cuts

    PORTLAND — The School Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 28, to decide how to reduce next year's proposed budget by more than $137,000. The district was asked by the City Council's finance subcommittee April 14 to further reduce its $91.4 million budget, which eliminates 17 jo...

  • Portland seeks input on future of Franklin Arterial

    PORTLAND — Redesign of the major corridor that slices across the city's peninsula will be the subject of a community workshop on Wednesday, April 29. The Franklin Street Arterial Study Committee is looking for ideas from the public about how the arterial should be redesigned to be... 4

  • Portland Hall developer trades parking for park

    Deering Street change removes preservation concerns PORTLAND —  Plans to turn the former college dorm at 645 Congress St. into apartments have been altered in response to concerns from neighbors and historic preservation officials. Greg Shinberg, a partner in ...

  • Charges dropped against 2 former DHS coaches

    PORTLAND — The Cumberland County district attorney's office dropped charges last month against two former Deering High School assistant baseball coaches who were accused of furnishing a place for minors to consume alcohol. Communications Director Tamara Getchell of the DA's offic...