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Thursday, February 21, 2019
  • Policing and Mental Health, Part 2: Collaboration Offers Solutions
    They resemble wheelchairs, but the straps for binding shoulders and limbs suggest a different purpose. The apparatuses with gray seats and black push handles are parked in a corner, where the facility’s administrator is happy to report ...

  • Policing and Mental Health: An Ongoing, Incomplete Story
    Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden picked up an envelope from a corner of his desk. The card inside was from a woman his officers had arrested on multiple occasions, including 16 times in a single summer. She was a glaring ...
  • Rockland Council Rescinds Amendment
    Rockland City Council voted on Monday to abandon a zoning amendment that became the subject of a lawsuit by one resident and a petition that was likely to place the issue before voters. At the start of Monday’s regular council meeting ...
  • Rockland Zoning Amendment Opposed by Appeal, Petition
    The passage of a zoning ordinance amendment has sparked a legal appeal and a petition drive by residents opposed to changes they believe are too sweeping and threaten the character of some city neighborhoods. . . .
  • Recycling Station Workers Recognized
    Keeping basket- balls, bedding, boots, and other bits of trash out of recycling materials earned recognition for a group of employees of the Three-Town Solid Waste Cooperative in South Thomaston. The cooperative, which handles . . .
  • The purchase of the house at 63 Washington Street in Camden by Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition (MCRC), a nonprofit that supports individuals and families recovering from alcohol and drug addiction, is set to close on January 17. . . .
  • Waldo County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) will participate in a grant-funded program beginning in March to train “recovery coaches” who will strengthen substance abuse recovery support services. Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center . . .
  • Rockland Amends Zoning to Allow for “Infill” Construction
    On Monday night, over the vocal objections of some residents, Rockland City Council passed Ordinance Amendment 48 by a vote of 3-1, with Mayor Lisa Westkaemper and Councilors Amelia Magjik and Valli Geiger voting in favor. . . .
  • “Tiny House” Concerns Dominate Hearing
    A special workshop with the Rockland City Council on Monday brought out residents who, in large part, opposed prospective changes to a zoning ordinance that will affect residential neighborhoods. Ordinance Amendment 48 . . .
  • Fallout of Student Loan Debt Felt in Midcoast
    A recent survey about financial difficulties resulting from student debt found that in some categories, midcoast residents were harder hit by the repercussions of education loans than the rest of the state. The “Student Lending Reform” . . .
  • Developers have submitted an initial proposal to develop apartments in the building that once housed Peirce Elementary School in Belfast, which will require zoning changes but minimal exterior alterations. Yet some neighbors . . .
  • Container Bans Arriving In New Year
    Rockland is one of a trio of midcoast towns, including Camden and Damariscotta, that are set to join an ever-growing movement of communities adopting bans on containers believed to harm the environment. . . .
  • Moorings Moratorium Rejected in Camden
    Camden residents defeated a proposed inland moorings moratorium during a December 18 special town meeting that saw passage of two other warrant articles — confirming a parking lease and establishing a town charter . . .
  • Tight Recycling Market Forces Adjustments
    Maine prides itself on being a leader in recycling as part of its long commitment to preserving the state’s natural beauty and resources. While trash burning still occurs, recyclable materials largely remain out of the flames even as . . .
  • The Maine Department of Education has cooled plans for Camden and Rockport schools to launch a program that could eventually replace traditional snow days with remote learning. The school district had planned to test a two-day . . .
  • Conference Addresses Consumer Protection
    A former federal official and leading expert on the student loan crisis spoke to Maine consumer protection advocates Monday, urging them to organize their efforts to defend consumers while offering both criticism and hope for the . . .
  • Goose River Exchange Closing After 41 years
    They started out calling themselves “the trunk merchants of Rockport.” Now after four locations and 41 years in business, Ken Shure and Joe Reilly have decided to close the doors of Goose River Exchange. The shop at 21 Bay View Street in . . .
  • Farley, Inc. of Rockport will take up an effort to clear a Warren site of a large amount of carpet material that has been decomposing there for years after the state Department of Environmental Protection chose its cleanup bid earlier this . . .
  • Rockland’s Wastewater Department will receive a $10 million infrastructure investment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for work on the wastewater facility and the city’s sewer infrastructure. The USDA’s Rural Development . . .
  • Ferry Fees Hearing Draws Large Opposition Crowd
    More than two hours were needed to hear all of the area residents and municipal officials who lined up inside Belfast’s Hutchinson Center on November 28, waiting their turn to speak about a new fee structure for the ferries . . .
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