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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. ...

  • 3 candidates compete for 2 seats on Topsham Board of Selectmen

    TOPSHAM — This year's Board of Selectmen election has three candidates for two seats. Two incumbents, James Trusiani and Ronald Riendeau, both of Main Street, are being challenged by David Douglass Jr. of Foreside Road. David Douglass Jr. Douglass, 38...

  • Brunswick School Board at-large election draws 2 candidates

    BRUNSWICK — While two sitting School Board members are expecting easy victories in uncontested re-election bids this November, that's not the case in the race for an at-large seat. Incumbent Jack Jones is challenged by first-time candidate William Thompson. With varied backgro...

  • Japanese restaurant to replace O'Shea's in Brunswick

    BRUNSWICK — It's been less than a month since O'Shea's Irish Restaurant & Cantina closed, but renovations are already underway for a new restaurant to take its place at 94 Maine St. The owners of the Mediterranean Grill in Freeport are planning to open Aki, a Japanese featuring s...

  • Search on for new Freeport town manager

    FREEPORT — Dale C. Olmstead Jr. will retire next April after 30 years as town manager. Olmstead said he has planned to retire at 62, and will reach that age in March 2012. He became town manager in 1982. Town Council Chairman Jim Cassida said Olmstead's early announcement is h...

  • Portland panel floats ban on plastic shopping bags

    PORTLAND — A City Council committee will discuss a possible ban on disposable plastic shopping bags and requiring businesses to charge a fee for paper bags provided to customers. The Energy and Environmental Sustainability Committee on Thursday will hear a presentation from the

  • Leadership changes as Falmouth library eyes future

    FALMOUTH — Falmouth Memorial Library is regrouping and getting new leadership after the failure of a June referendum that would have moved the library to the former Lunt School building on Lunt Road. The library's executive director, Lynda Sudlow, announced Monday night at the librar...

  • Correction

    Last week's story, "Picking Portland's Mayor: The candidates on strengthening neighborhoods," should have said Charles Bradgon is not enrolled in a political party.

  • Judge sides with Bath planners on business park road decision

    BATH — A Sagadahoc County Superior Court judge has affirmed the Planning Board's decision concerning the third phase of the Wing Farm business park. Justice Andrew Horton's Sept. 28 written decision followed a hearing on the matter three weeks earlier. At issue were waivers the Plann...