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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. ...

  • Event to mark 50th anniversary of the fall of Portland's Union Station

    PORTLAND — At the turn of the 19th century, Union Station was Maine's transportation hub, greeting and sending off tens of thousands of travelers every year. Steam trains from all over the country brought tourists to the region, and parents sent their sons away to war and, with a lit...

  • Portland Girl Scouts earn gold, unearth history at forgotten cemetery

    PORTLAND — Samantha Allshouse and Kayla Theriault set their sights on cleaning up a forgotten cemetery in East Deering to earn a Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive.  But their project took them all the way to the National Archives in Washington, D.C. T...

  • Builder 'under the gun' to complete Merrill's Wharf project in Portland

    PORTLAND — Last Friday afternoon, Anthony Gatti, of Waterfront Maine, hopped onto a loading dock to gain access to the former Cumberland Cold Storage building on Merrill's Wharf. Gatti walked past piles of construction debris covered in dust. He pointed to a brand new elevator and th...

  • Students tend to flee Portland's most diverse schools

    PORTLAND — As city schools work to streamline and centralize student placements, the number of parents asking to have their children placed in schools outside their local districts has continued to increase. A breakdown of these out-of-district requests, and demographics provided by ...

  • Southern Maine shelters struggle to assist growing homeless population

    PORTLAND — Fifteen minutes before the Oxford Street Shelter begins assigning beds for the night, a line has formed outside. It snakes down the ramp and out into the patio, where men are standing with umbrellas to deflect a light rain.  Recently, the line has grown longer than it... 2

  • Audit finds incapacity, not fraud, at Maine Green Energy Alliance

    AUGUSTA — An audit found that the agency in charge of Maine’s energy programs gave a $3 million grant to a startup nonprofit that was incapable of taking on the responsibility of the contract. And while the audit found no misuse of funds, it concluded that Efficiency Maine Trus...

  • Hope floats for curing MS

    Tugs, trawlers, sailboats, schooners: there's a good chance that if it floats, it was in the water off Portland's Fort Allen Park on Sunday for the final events of the MS Harborfest weekend, a fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. A regatta on Saturday was followed by lobster boat ...

  • Riverton library branch to reopen in Portland

    PORTLAND — The Riverton branch of the Portland Public Library will reopen Wednesday after a three-week closure for renovations. The Friends of the Portland Public Library will sponsor an open house Thursday, Aug. 25, from 5-8 p.m. to show off the updated space, which includes rearran...