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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. ...

  • Democrat wins special election to fill House 121 seat

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Democratic candidate Kim Monaghan-Derrig narrowly defeated Republican candidate Nancy Thompson in a special election Tuesday night for the House District 121 seat. Monaghan-Derrig beat Thompson 1,340 to 1,164. "I feel very elated, very thrilled and very reliev...

  • Councilor recovering well after heart surgery

    FALMOUTH — Town Councilor and local real estate developer Fred Chase is recovering well at his home after having six-way heart bypass surgery last week. "He's doing remarkably well," said his son, Dave Chase, on Tuesday. Dave Chase said his father was suffering from shortness ...

  • Chebeague ferry service offers online ticket discounts

    CHEBEAGUE ISLAND — The island's ferry service is offering parking and round-trip ticket discounts to non-residents. Starting late last month, the Chebeague Transportation Company made day-pass tickets available on its website,

  • 7 turn in papers to become Portland's first elected mayor

    PORTLAND — Seven of the 20 residents to express interest in becoming Portland's first popularly elected mayor in more than 80 years have turned in their nomination papers, as of Tuesday morning. Now, the candidates must wait as the City Clerk's office works to validate each petition....

  • Closed circuit: Local electrician business shuts down after 56 years

    FALMOUTH — Sitting in a small, partially de-constructed office on Route 1, Cheri Lozoraitis wiped tears from her eyes. Her father, Roger Burleigh, did the same. "You get to know people really well. We take this real personal," Lozoraitis said. "That's the hard part: the people...

  • City Council opposes closure of 2 Portland post offices

    PORTLAND — Post offices on Congress Street and Cliff Island under threat of closure got a boost Monday night from the City Council. Councilors unanimously endorsed a resolution opposing the closure of both the Station A office at 622 Congress St. and the Cliff Island post office....

  • Sports booster consolidation moves forward, ed tech positions set for restoration

    PORTLAND — Parents and athletic directors involved in sports boosters throughout the district will likely have the fall to put together their own bylaws to govern what will become consolidated sports boosters for each high school. Superintendent James Morse Sr. has recommended to the...

  • Portland council denies marijuana petitioners extra time to collect signatures

    PORTLAND — A petition effort aimed to make enforcement of marijuana laws the Portland Police Department's lowest priority has been snuffed out — at least for now. But proponents of an ordinance that would have codified marijuana laws as the city's lowest enforcement priori...