Police release limited details in Forest Avenue crash

Portland police late Sunday night still had not released the name of a 75-year-old man who was struck by a car Saturday night on Forest Avenue.

Lt. Robert Martin said police have had some difficulty in notifying the man’s next of kin, which is why his name has not been released.

Martin said a 26-year-old woman who was driving the 2006 Toyota that struck the man was not injured. Her name also was not released.

Martin said the man was trying to cross Forest Avenue near Pitt Street around 7 p.m. when the accident took place. The man was taken to Maine Medical Center. His condition could not be determined Sunday night.


Police said the crash remains under investigation and that speed and alcohol do not appear to have been factors.


Firefighters quickly extinguish house fire

YORK – A fire that broke out in a York Village home late Sunday night was quickly extinguished by firefighters.

The York Fire Department said everyone in the 1.5-story home at 9 River Meadow Lane got out safely.

The fire, which was reported around 10:30 p.m., had been knocked down and controlled by 11:15 p.m. It is believed to have started in the chimney area.



Kennebunk River dredging to remove shoals gets started

Dredging to remove hazardous shoals is underway on a portion of the Kennebunk River.

Tons of fine sand will be removed from a channel at the mouth of the river to make passage for commercial boats safer, The York County Coast Star reported. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began the work on Feb. 28 and is scheduled to continue through Saturday.

Dredging of the 8-foot-deep channel will take place from Government Wharf to the end of the breakwater, in sight of a beach area.



Robust catches of lobster among topics for meetings

Robust catches of iconic Maine lobster will be among the topics discussed in a series of industry meetings.

The commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources, Patrick Keliher, will present proposed changes to the state’s most valuable fishery in regional meetings in March, and one in April.

The next meeting will be at the Waldoboro Municipal Building on Tuesday, beginning at 5 p.m.

Preliminary reports by the state show the lobster catch brought in a record $364.5 million and topped 100 million pounds for a third consecutive year in 2013.

A schedule of the meetings throughout Maine is available on the state website.



Family Focus to use two former air station buildings

A nonprofit that runs two early learning centers and provides before- and after-school care in five schools is taking over two buildings at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station.

Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Steve Levesque said having child care options on site will be a good thing for current and future businesses at Brunswick Landing.

Officials announced that the transfer of two buildings has been completed. Family Focus hopes to have one of them back in operation by year’s end.

Bob Parlin, executive director of Family Focus, said the organization intends to conduct a capital campaign for the renovations and create an endowment to assist families who could not otherwise afford preschool education and care.



Bridge connecting Maine, N.H. closing over 5 nights

The Memorial Bridge that connects New Hampshire and Maine is closing overnights for five days for adjustments.

The bridge that runs between Kittery, Maine, and Portsmouth, N.H., will be closed to all traffic – vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian – from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. The closures began Sunday.

– From staff and news services

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