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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. ...

  • Renovation, expansion begins at Yarmouth Health Center

    YARMOUTH — Preliminary construction has started for an expansion that will nearly double the size of the Yarmouth Health Center on Main Street. InterMed announced its plans to remodel and add 10,000 squa...

  • Portland poised to thwart Maine's legalization of consumer fireworks

    PORTLAND — The city is poised to be one of the first communities in Maine to enact a prohibition on the purchase and use of fireworks. The move is in response to the Legislature's legalization of the sale and use of consumer fireworks. After only five minutes of discussion Tue...

  • ATV, hunting ban moves forward in Falmouth; fines considered for negligent dog owners

    FALMOUTH — Ordinance changes that would ban ATVs on town land, restrict hunting in some areas and require dog owners to clean up after their animals passed a first reading Monday. The

  • Cumberland council approves Route 1 retail restriction

    CUMBERLAND — The Town Council voted 6-1 Monday to ban businesses that primarily engage in retail trade from a 1.25-mile stretch of Route 1. The decision, opposed by Councilor Shirley Storey-King, followed a recommendation from the Planning Board. Businesses with associated, or...

  • Falmouth council closer to seeking bids for school buildings

    FALMOUTH — The town is moving forward on a draft request for proposals to redevelop the former Lunt and Plummer-Motz schools. After some debate during a workshop Monday, the Town Council put together a draft call for offers. It will vote on the matter after a public hearing on Aug. 2...

  • Maine PUC upholds ruling on 'smart' meters; new complaint aims to end program

    HALLOWELL — The Maine Public Utilities Commission today declined to reconsider its earlier decisions on Central Maine Power Co.'s "smart" electric meter program, despite new scientific information on the possible health impacts of wireless radiation. The PUC also ruled that CMP... 7

  • Art returns to the park Saturday in South Portland

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Volunteer art enthusiasts are making ready for what one organizer called the city's "signature event," the annual Art in the Park. The show will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mill Creek Park. It boasts 185 artists and photographers, eight food vendors,...

  • Having a blast

    Workers from Amex, a Boston-based painting firm, apply a base coat of white to Tank 118 at the Sprague Energy oil terminal in South Portland on Monday. At the same time, an "abrassive blaster" crawls up the tank, removing the rust and old base coat and revealing naked steel. The work is being don...