Protest from Mississippi shipyards forces Bath Iron Works to tread water on $21 million Coast Guard cutter design contract

By Beth Brogan on April 24, 2014, at 3:52 p.m.
BATH, Maine — Bath Iron Works has halted preliminary design work on a new fleet of Coast Guard cutters after two Mississippi shipyards eliminated from a competition to build the vessels filed a protest with the federal government. In February, BIW secured a $21 million contract to perform preliminary design …

More than 30 Maine doctors victimized in tax fraud case with national reach

By Darren Fishell on April 24, 2014, at 3:20 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — More than 30 Maine doctors have reported to the Maine Medical Association that fraudulent tax returns using their names and Social Security numbers were filed this year. The cases could be linked to a broader breach of doctors’ personal information that the U.S. Secret Service is investigating. …
Robert Lee Nelson of Anson was found guilty Tuesday by Justice John Nivison at Somerset County Superior Court for fatally shooting Everett Cameron in October 2009.

State supreme court upholds murder conviction of Anson man in 2009 slaying

By Judy Harrison on April 24, 2014, at 2:52 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday upheld the murder conviction of an Anson man who fatally shot a man over drugs 4½ years ago. The court did not issue an opinion but posted a one-page memorandum affirming the lower court decision. The justices heard oral arguments …
Ryan Gilligan

Two teens arrested, others charged in connection with Westbrook party

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 24, 2014, at 2:20 p.m.
WESTBROOK, Maine — A pair of teenage boys were arrested and multiple other teens were summoned in connection with an underage drinking party on Tuesday night, according to police. Arrested were Ryan Gilligan and Owen Gillis, both 18, Westbrook Police Chief Michael Pardue said. Officers were dispatched to a Sargent …
Maura McDonald, a nurse practioner and South Portland resident, speaks on Thurs., June 6, 2013, at a rally organized by the Concerned Citizens of South Portland against the prospect of pumping oil sand crude, also known as tar sands, from Montreal to South Portland harbor.

South Portland adds 6 months to tar sands moratorium

By Shelby Carignan, The Forecaster on April 24, 2014, at 11:40 a.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — The South Portland City Council on Wednesday extended a moratorium on tar sands and approved a transfer of $15,000 additional funds to the city property tax assistance program. Councilors also authorized a $10,000 business loan for a start-up consignment shop in the Mill Creek-Knightville neighborhood, and …

Portland man sues Petco, supplier claiming rodent from Maine store gave him rat-bite fever

By Judy Harrison on April 24, 2014, at 9:04 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A local man has sued a national chain of pet supply stores and a Connecticut company, alleging that a rat he purchased to feed his son’s pet snake infected him with rat-bite fever. Dominic Profenno Jr., 51, of Portland on Wednesday sued Petco Animal Supplies Inc., based …

Outside light ignites fire in Freeport mobile home

By Beth Brogan on April 24, 2014, at 8:43 a.m.
FREEPORT, Maine — A light on an outside wall ignited a small fire in a Port Drive mobile home Wednesday evening. Freeport firefighters responded at about 7 p.m. to the home near Winslow Park and found an exterior fire that had spread to the mudroom entrance, Deputy Chief Eric Sylvain …
A color-coded map of Falmouth shows where Summit Natural Gas plans to install gas distribution lines over the next four years.

Towns just north of Portland prep for $42 million natural gas ‘backbone’ project

By Ben McCanna on April 23, 2014, at 2:33 p.m.
FALMOUTH, Maine — The first phase of a $42 million natural gas distribution project is imminent, but it’s still unknown when residents will be able to begin using the fuel in their homes. That was the takeaway from an informational meeting held Thursday, April 17, at Town Hall by Summit …
Falmouth Town Councilor Claudia King, right, looks at designs for the Route One Infrastructure Plan in this photo from a public meeting at Falmouth Memorial Library in October 2013. The $12.3 million project is set to begin early next month.

Falmouth business district facelift to begin in early May — at a cost of $12.3 million

By Ben McCanna on April 23, 2014, at 1:07 p.m.
FALMOUTH, Maine — A long-planned, $12.3 million construction project that will change the face of the U.S. Route 1 business district will begin the week of May 5. The Route One Infrastructure Plan was the subject of a short presentation to the Falmouth Town Council on Wednesday, April 16. The …
From the community

Free Comic Book Day May 3 at Nemo Publishing

Bangor Daily News on April 23, 2014, at 9:36 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine – Nemo Publishing has announced it will be celebrating Free Comic Book Day May 3 with Casablanca Comics! Maine comic legend Jay Piscopo (Sea Ghost, Capt’n Eli, Squigglevision, Moonstone Comics) will be on hand to sign books and do free sketches fromNoon until 2 p.m. Free copies of Sea Ghost #1, …
PORTLAND, MAINE -- 04/15/14 -- Neil Reiter (left) along with Stella and Guy Hernandez, are opening a restaurant called Lolita on Portland's Munjoy Hill.

Old World style in new world setting, Munjoy Hill welcomes Lolita

By Kathleen Pierce on April 23, 2014, at 8:44 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — After seven years, Stella and Guy Hernandez closed Bar Lola in November. While regulars lamented, the Munjoy Hill restaurateurs promised they were committed to Portland’s East End and would return. When their new venture, Lolita, opens next month the culinary crowd will see the couple walks their …

NH man indicted on homicide charges in crash that killed Biddeford pastor, wife

By Liz Markhlevskaya, Foster's Daily Democrat on April 23, 2014, at 6:34 a.m.
DOVER, N.H. — Barrington resident John Shaw was indicted last week on four negligent homicide charges, alleging he caused the death of an elderly couple while driving under the influence of alcohol in August. Shaw, 49, of Barrington was involved in a two-vehicle collision on Aug. 31, 2013. Shaw was …
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud speaks at an Earth Day press conference on Yarmouth waterfront on Tuesday. He blasted Gov. LePage's stance on renewable energy.

On Earth Day, Michaud takes digs at LePage’s environmental, energy record

By Mario Moretto on April 22, 2014, at 6:33 p.m.
YARMOUTH, Maine — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud on Tuesday took several shots at Republican Gov. Paul LePage regarding the incumbent’s record on energy and environmental issues. Speaking during an Earth Day event organized by the Sierra Club of Maine at the Yarmouth Town Landing, Michaud said LePage has stood …

Michaud blasts LePage for not supporting renewables

By Troy R. Bennett on April 22, 2014, at 6:29 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Michaud, who is running for governor, blasts Gov. LePage for not supporting renewable energy options like wind and solar.

Four men arrested on elver charges in two incidents

By Bill Trotter on April 22, 2014, at 6:04 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Two men, a father and a son from Massachusetts, are facing criminal charges after Maine Marine Patrol officers found them with 31 pounds of elvers in their vehicle here over the weekend. In a separate incident, two other men from New York were arrested Saturday in Wiscasset …
Gov. Paul LePage

Anticipating sale of company, union representing FairPoint workers blasts LePage veto of new standards for telecom mergers

By Darren Fishell on April 22, 2014, at 4:53 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Officials at the union that represents most employees of FairPoint Communications say telephone and broadband customers remain exposed to the negative consequences of a bad merger or acquisition after Gov. Paul LePage on Friday vetoed a bill setting new standards for such a deal. The bill, LD …
Brad Choyt, center, at an Oct. 5, 2011, ceremony marking his installation as head of school at North Yarmouth Academy in Yarmouth.

Head of North Yarmouth Academy to leave private school at end of June

By William Hall on April 22, 2014, at 2:53 p.m.
YARMOUTH, Maine — North Yarmouth Academy’s top administrator, Brad Choyt, will resign at the end of the school year. Choyt, who has served as NYA head of school since 2011, will step down June 30. In an interview Tuesday he would not disclose the reason for his resignation. The NYA …
 North Yarmouth Memorial School, shown here in a file photo from The Forecaster, could be closed if voters in the towns of School Administrative District 51 agree with a school board proposal.

From school to ‘community septic system’? North Yarmouth considers options for building that will close in June

By Alex Lear on April 22, 2014, at 2:25 p.m.
NORTH YARMOUTH, Maine — With the fate of the soon-to-be-closed North Yarmouth Memorial School still far from certain, one proposal is to convert its septic system to handle community waste water. The Board of Selectmen will hold a workshop on the idea in the town office meeting room at 7 …
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan

Portland Mayor Michael Brennan leads trip to sister city in Japan

By David Harry on April 22, 2014, at 2:06 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Trips to Shinagawa, Japan, are becoming a Brennan family tradition. But to get there, Mayor Michael Brennan first had to get elected. Following in the footsteps of his sons, who visited Portland’s sister city with youth and sports cultural exchanges, Brennan left Saturday for a week in …
A crushed Styrofoam coffee cup lays on the ground in New York, Feb. 15, 2013.

Ban on Styrofoam food containers in Portland headed to council vote; grocery bag fee on hold

By David Harry on April 22, 2014, at 1:55 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Portland city councilors will vote on a proposed ban on food and beverage containers made of polystyrene foam, but an ordinance to charge fees for plastic take-out bags at supermarkets and convenience stores remains on hold. As of Tuesday, no information was available on when the council …
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