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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. ...

  • New principal invites Portland community to help continue Riverton School turnaround

    PORTLAND — Riverton Elementary School has new leadership this year, as the small school on outer Forest Avenue works to meet state and federal benchmarks. After more than half the school's teachers were replaced over two years as part of a turnaround plan, Jeanne Malia is stepping in...

  • New school awaits students; all-day kindergarten begins in Falmouth

    Artist Sean Foley, of Columbus, Ohio, puts the final touches on a two-story art installation at the new Falmouth Elementary School on Woodville Road. The artist and his assistant, Katie Bullock, installed the work, including an interactive "curiosity cabinet" for students, over the summer as part... 1

  • Library of Congress exhibit to visit Portland

    PORTLAND — A traveling exhibition of the Library of Congress will offer free public tours in Monument Square this weekend. "Gateway to Knowledge," a customized 18-wheel trailer that expands to three times the road width, will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on Sept. 2 and 3. The e...

  • Portland peace activists: 'It's time for light'

    PORTLAND — Nearly 10 years ago, terrorists flew two passenger airliners into the World Trade Center in New York City, destroying two pillars of Manhattan's famous skyline and killing more than 3,000 people. The terrorist attack – the deadliest on U.S. soil – changed ...

  • Cumberland man continues fight against terminal disease; Portland fundraiser for ALS research to be held Sept. 10

    CUMBERLAND — Four years after he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Dr. Bruce Churchill's will to battle the terminal and still-incurable disease remains strong. The disease, more commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease, gradually immobilizes its victims. It robb...

  • Changes throughout Portland schools this year

    PORTLAND — Teachers and students the Portland Public Schools are saying goodbye to summer and preparing for the first week of school. For grades 1-12, school starts Sept. 6. Kindergarten students begin Sept. 8. This year, some schools in the district are seeing substantial cha...

  • Backing up the Blue Angels: Hey, hey, hey, it's Fat Albert

    Hurricane Irene puts damper on Brunswick air show ticket sales BRUNSWICK — Just after 3 p.m. on Friday, Casey Brey's feet floated 6 feet off the ground. But only for a second, before the U.S. Marine Corps staff sergeant came crashing back down to the belly of Fat Al...

  • Coastal Maine state parks to close Sunday because of hurricane

    PORTLAND — As Hurricane Irene bears down on the eastern seaboard, state parks are preparing by asking visitors to stay away. On Sunday, when the storm is expected to hit Maine, 27 state parks will be closed, including all the state's coastal parks. Ferry Beach in Scarborough, ...