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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...

  • After 5 years, Portland's Morrill's Corner project expected to begin

    PORTLAND — The city expects a developer to begin work by summer on the $20 million first phase of the Morrill's Crossing project. Penny Littell, director of the city's Planning and Urban Development Department, said she expects Packard Development to obtain a building permit soon....

  • Portland schools on track for $700K budget surplus

    PORTLAND — The School Committee will receive a third-quarter finance report that predicts at least a $700,000 surplus at end of the fiscal year.  Also, in a workshop following its meeting on Wednesday, April 15, the committee will hold preliminary discussions about creating two ...

  • Waynflete meets with residents to discuss Portland school's future

    Neighborhood group seeks to stop campus expansion PORTLAND — More than 100 residents – most with homes on the Western Promenade – gathered at a neighborhood church Monday evening to discuss the possible expansion of the Waynflete School campus. Waynflete,...

  • 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...

  • Portland Police Beat

    4/5 at 8:21 p.m. Paul Cann, 34, of Portland, was arrested by Officer Thomas Reagan on a charge of violation of conditional release. 4/5 at 9:46 p.m. Brian Corliss, 53, was arrested by Officer Nicholas Goodman on a charge of violation of bail conditions. ...

  • Portland City Council expected to seek budget cuts of $275K

    Police, fire chiefs say they can cope with job cuts PORTLAND — In an effort to keep property taxes at current levels, the City Council will look for nearly $275,000 in cuts to the proposed fiscal year 2010 municipal budget. The council Finance Committee met Tue...

  • Portland Charter Commission election likely to stand alone

    Cost to city: $20K