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Developers seeking to build a mixed-use, $100-million-plus project on Portland's Thompson's Point peninsula recently distributed updated renderings to city planning staff of what that development would look like when complete.

Major $105 million waterfront development in Portland will force widenings of nearby road, offramps

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 11, 2014, at 10:44 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A highly anticipated $105 million waterfront development on Portland’s Thompson’s Point peninsula will trigger a series of off-site road widenings to help the area absorb the traffic generated by the ambitious project’s new sports arena, concert site, circus college and other attractions. The extra roadwork was detailed …
Developers hope to construct this condominium building, depicted in an early rendering by Bild Architecture, where an African immigrant church once stood. Developers have since swapped out the blue color scheme with a terra cotta coloring.

Developer plans to demolish former African immigrant church in Portland, build condos

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 11, 2014, at 8:23 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — In the latest project in what has been a development rush on Portland’s Munjoy Hill, developers are hoping to demolish a former African immigrant church and replace it with condominiums. The city’s Planning Board unanimously granted the project conditional site plan and subdivision approvals at its Tuesday …

Bath Iron Works secures $21 million contract for work on new Coast Guard cutters

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 11, 2014, at 6:44 p.m.
BATH, Maine — Bath Iron Works has secured a $21 million contract to perform preliminary design work for the next generation of offshore patrol cutters, the Coast Guard announced Tuesday. Bath Iron Works, Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, La., and Eastern Shipbuilding Group in Panama City, Fla., will compete for a …
Developers plan to demolish the Rite Aid at 713 Congress St. in Portland and replace it with a larger one.

Owner wants to replace high-traffic ‘eyesore’ Portland pharmacy with new one 50-percent larger

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 11, 2014, at 6:14 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Owners of a high-traffic Rite Aid Pharmacy location in Portland want to demolish the drugstore currently there and replace it with one about 50 percent larger. “This building has outlived its useful life,” Mark Sengelmann of ALPHAarchitects, representing store owner Skowhegan Plaza Limited Partnership said during a …
Bangor International Airport announced that United Airlines was returning to the airport to offer seasonal, round-trip service to Chicago effective June 5. It will be the airport’s first direct service to Chicago since United pulled out in 1993 because low passenger numbers made the service uneconomical.

Bangor’s size, ‘tremendous’ summer tourism bring United Airlines back to Queen City

By Whit Richardson on Feb. 11, 2014, at 5:50 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — United Airlines’ decision to return to Bangor after a 20-year hiatus hinged on a number of factors, including the city’s promising economy, according to those familiar with the airline industry. On Monday, Bangor International Airport announced that United Airlines was returning to the airport to offer seasonal, …
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White House to serve Maine trout tonight

on Feb. 11, 2014, at 5:32 p.m.
At the White House this evening, guests attending the state dinner for French President François Hollande will have the opportunity to try smoked trout from Maine. According to U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree’s office, the smoked trout comes from Ducktrap River of Maine on Belfast. It will be the only Maine product served …

Three Maine community colleges selected to compete for $1 million Aspen Prize

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 11, 2014, at 5:31 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Three community colleges in Maine have been selected by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program as being among the top 150 in the nation for their commitment to student success and community college excellence. The selection of Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle, Kennebec Valley …
This rendering, submitted to the Portland Planning Board by representatives of Maine Health, depict a 40,000-square-foot expansion of Maine Medical Center in Portland. The expansion will house surgical suites and preparation areas.

Maine Medical Center to begin construction on operating room expansion

on Feb. 11, 2014, at 5 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Maine Medical Center has won state approval for a $40 million plan to expand and update several of the hospital’s operating rooms. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ certificate of need unit announced the approval late Monday, paving the way for construction to begin, according …
Site manager Dave Tonini of the contracting firm CDM walksthrough the former HoltraChem facility in Orrington in 2008 where, among other materials, large amounts of mercury were used to manufacture chemicals for papermaking and other industries.

Maine’s highest court hears appeal of state’s handling of HoltraChem mercury pollution case

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 11, 2014, at 3:28 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Maine Supreme Judicial Court justices on Tuesday questioned whether state environmental regulators were too disorganized in their handling of a longtime Orrington mercury polluter. But in a Tuesday hearing on a case with decades-old roots, the judges also challenged claims by Mallinckrodt LLC, which ran the Penobscot …

Class A high school basketball state finals will be televised by MPBN

By Larry Mahoney on Feb. 11, 2014, at 3:04 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — With Time Warner Cable and the Cumberland County Civic Center reaching a three-year production agreement, the Class A high school basketball state finals will be televised on March 1, the cable company announced in a news release Tuesday. The agreement will allow Time Warner Cable to extend …

After 88 years in business, it’s the end of the road for Century Tire in Portland

By David Harry on Feb. 11, 2014, at 1:57 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Nearly as old as its name, Century Tire Co. will close on Friday. “Business, like a book, has a beginning and an end,” company President Dick Aronson said Tuesday after announcing the company will close after 88 years in business. Established on Washington Avenue in 1926, Century …
The Hannaford store on Route 1 in Yarmouth will undergo major renovations throughout much of the next year.

Hannaford supermarket in Yarmouth to add online ordering, curbside pickup

By Brendan Twist, The Forecaster on Feb. 11, 2014, at 11:07 a.m.
YARMOUTH, Maine — The Hannaford Bros. supermarket on Route 1 in Yarmouth later this year will begin offering online ordering and curbside pickup services. The move comes as part of a major renovation of the store that began late last month and is scheduled for completion in fall 2014. The …
The 30,000-square-foot Brewer Public Safety Building that Nickerson & O’Day finished in 2008 houses the city police and fire departments on Parkway South.

Brewer construction firm has built many local projects

By Michelle Troutman, Special to The Weekly on Feb. 11, 2014, at 10:26 a.m.
BREWER — Nickerson & O’Day has done many projects in the greater Bangor area, from the new Bangor Police Department to Hermon High School to projects at Bangor International Airport and the University of Maine in Orono. In 2012, under a $33 million contract, Nickerson & O’Day finished the 108,000-square-foot …
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Understanding super rates and thresholds for 2013/14

By Oncore Services on Feb. 11, 2014, at 9:37 a.m.
Taking the time to understand the changes to super rates and thresholds will be time well spent, according to Oncore CFO Grant Gee. As of 1 July 2013, the concessional contributions caps for over-60s have increased to $35,000, while the concessional cap for everyone else remains at $25,000. There are …
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Louis Vuitton, The Perfect LV Handbags

By jorn abrams on Feb. 11, 2014, at 9:31 a.m.
Louis Vuitton Handbags have turn into so well-liked in most components inside the country. The artist brand originates from France in which the artist carries a tremendous customer’s base. Other than these bags, Louis Vuitton produces other options which satisfy customer’s needs. Basically, the brand artist is acknowledged from the …
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Letting the Workers Decide: The Fight Over Unionization at VW’s Tennessee Plant

on Feb. 11, 2014, at 9:14 a.m.
  Ok, I have to begin with a disclaimer:  I love Volkswagens.  I believe my love dates back to my early childhood, when I watched Herbie the Love Bug countless times.  That affection grew to near-obsession when I was in first grade and started the Beetle Club, an exclusive association …
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Tropical Landscape Design and Garden Maintenance Services

By Anne Layman on Feb. 11, 2014, at 4:33 a.m.
Tropical landscaping can turn your garden from ordinary to exotic-looking. Apart from providing you with a relaxing, resort-style haven and tropical landscapes do not need complicated Garden maintenance service. They can be very low maintenance, provided you plan your garden in advance. Here are some tips on how to achieve …
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Small Business Insurance: Where to Start

By janis conn on Feb. 11, 2014, at 12:07 a.m.
New business owners may not know where to begin when looking for business insurance coverage for their startup. While you might have an idea of the types of policies available, sorting through the various providers, quotes and fine print can be an overwhelming process. Small business owners shared the characteristics …
 
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