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    September 8, 2014

    Rockland Fire Department to commemorate 9/11

    The Rockland Fire Department will hold a ceremony in honor of the New York firefighters killed Sept. 11, 2001 at the 9/11 memorial in front of the station at 118 Park St. on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 9 a.m. The NYFD 343 emblem featured on the memorial honors the 343 firefighters who lost their lives responding to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. The memorial also features two stone pillars in homage …

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    September 5, 2014

    CMCA delays demolition of Winter Street building

    The demolition of the building at 21 Winter St. scheduled for Monday, Sept. 8 has been delayed with no new date yet determined, according to the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. CMCA received planning board approval in April for a $2.5 million, 11,886-square-foot contemporary art center. The demolition of the existing building onsite is the first step in the construction process. According to a news release …

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    September 5, 2014

    Planning board rejects building design restrictions as too 'precious'

    The planning board sent the city back to the drawing board rejecting proposed changes to building design rules in its Sept. 2 meeting, saying the new rules were too strict, and could result in a “precious” Rockland that mimics the past and discourages modern development and innovation. “I look at these amendments and see anything but flexibility,” said planning board member Charles Jordan. The planning board was …

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    September 5, 2014

    Rare white lobsters caught in Rockland, Owls Head

    Two rare white lobsters were caught by two different fishermen on Sept. 4. Joe Bates caught one white lobster and a rare orange lobster in Rockland. The other white lobster was caught by Bert Philbrick in Owls Head. The three rare crustaceans, currently in Owls Head, will soon be moved to the Maine State Aquarium in Boothbay Harbor, according to Alexandra Knight, of Owls Head Lobster. “Someone caught a blue …

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    September 4, 2014

    Former mayor bashes councilor over Facebook posts

    Former Mayor William Clayton said Councilor Elizabeth Dickerson’s Facebook posts are harmful for Rockland in the Sept. 3 City Council meeting. Without naming Dickerson, Clayton criticized a councilor’s social media engagement in the public comment portion of the meeting. He said he brought the issue to the attention of the council earlier, but it had not been addressed. He said also that the public should be …

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    September 4, 2014

    Hebert bows out of City Council race

    City Councilor Eric Hebert announced Sept. 3 he will not seek reelection. “There has been much speculation regarding the possibility of me running for a fourth term on City Council,” said Hebert in a press release. “I was personally torn about running for a fourth term,” Hebert said. “In the end, after considerable soul-searching, I have decided not to seek another term.” Hebert said his decision was influenced …

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    September 3, 2014

    Former Mayor Clayton joins City Council race

    Former Mayor William Clayton has taken out nomination papers to possibly be placed on the November ballot for a seat on City Council. Clayton, mayor from 2012-2013, is the second candidate to take out nomination papers. Valli Geiger, who serves on the city’s Economic Development Advisory Committee and is the chairman of the Comprehensive Planning Committee, took out papers on Aug. 28. The two seats currently held …

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    August 28, 2014

    Error in tax bills, total amount due is correct

    Rockland tax bills were sent out with an error in valuation and homestead exemption values, according to an email from City Assessor Dennis Reed. A misplaced decimal resulted in incorrect amounts being displayed on the bills, said Reed. As an example he noted that Homestead Exemption displayed as $100.00 should be $10,000.00. In spite of this error, the total amount due is correct. Payment is due September 26, 7% …

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    August 27, 2014

    'Poop Police' campaign for dog park

    “Are you going to clean up after your dog?” This is the question Linda Athearn and Valerie Hooper ask pet owners that seem oblivious to the mess they leave behind. A common response is “Who are you? The Poop Police?” While that is not a term they would use to describe themselves, Athearn and Hooper have taken on the challenge of enforcing the law that demands the proper disposal of dog feces. “We stepped into it …

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    August 26, 2014

    UPDATED: CMCA to begin demolition on new building site; work may begin Sept. 8

    The Center for Maine Contemporary Art has all of the necessary permits in place to start demolition of the 21 Winter St. building to make way for the new contemporary art center, according to the code office. CMCA received Planning Board approval in April for a $2.5 million, 11,886-square-foot contemporary art center. During the project the east-bound side of Winter Street will be closed to traffic immediately …

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