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  • South Portland renews concern about contamination from dry cleaner

    SOUTH PORTLAND — For at least 25 years, a harmful chemical has existed in soil beneath and air around Pratt-Abbott Cleaners at Broadway and Cottage Road. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection recorded tetrachloroethylene contamination in the late 1980s and again in 20...

  • Scarborough School Board members urge defeat of revised budget

    SCARBOROUGH — The School Board finance committee, taking direction from the Town Council, eliminated $500,000 in a revised School Department budget proposal that goes to voters July 7. Board members said the reduction will cripple clubs, sports and after-school activities. ...

  • Portland's West School to move to former Cathedral School

    PORTLAND — The West School, a small school for children with emotional disabilities that has outgrown its space on Douglas Street, will be moving to the former Cathedral School at 307 Congress St. The School Board is expected to approve a 20-year lease for the 22,500-square-foot spac...

  • 'Risky bet'? Question 2 would add 2 racinos in Maine, create opportunity in Scarborough

    SCARBOROUGH — Supporters say it would be a boon to the economy and the tradition of harness racing in Maine. Opponents say it would make its owners a fortune, but have a negative effect on local economies. Either way, officials in Scarborough say Question 2 on the Nov. 8 ballot could...

  • Lobstermen oppose Portland company's plan for kelp farms in Casco Bay

    CHEBEAGUE ISLAND — A Portland company's proposal for kelp farms near Chebeague and Jewel islands is being opposed by lobstermen, who say the farms will interfere with their businesses. Paul Dobbins and Tollef Olson, of Ocean Approved LLC, have applied for three-year experimental leas...

  • Portland hopes to make parkway pedestrian friendly for Thompson's Point

    PORTLAND — The city is working on a plan to make the Fore River Parkway more pedestrian friendly. The problem, according to one Planning Board member, is the parkway was designed to move traffic, not people. The plan came to light during a recent site walk at Thompson's Point,...

  • Ranked-choice vote to pick Portland's mayor both simple, confusing

    PORTLAND — Election Day will be historic not only because the city is choosing its first popularly elected mayor in 88 years, but also for the way the mayor is elected. The city will be using a process known as ranked-choice, or instant-runoff voting. It allows a majority winner to b... 1

  • Portland planning director to step down

    PORTLAND — Penny St. Louis is stepping down as director of the city's Planning and Urban Development Department to pursue other professional opportunities, the city announced in a press release.  City Manager Mark Rees is expected to conduct a national search for her replacement...

  • Turnpike Exit 48 ramp closures planned

    PORTLAND — Drivers should expect ramp closures at Maine Turnpike Exit 48 over the next few days for paving. The northbound Interstate 95 off-ramp to Riverside Street will be closed Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Wednesday morning. On Wednesday, Oct. 19, either the ...

  • Advocate for Somali women takes on Portland School Board incumbent

    PORTLAND — Voters on Nov. 8 will choose between two at-large candidates for the School Board. Candidates for the District 4 and District 5 seats are unopposed in their races. Incumbent Elizabeth Holton is challenged by Josephine Okot for the three-year at-large term. Incumbent...