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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. ...

  • American Legion gives unofficial Topsham war memorial a permanent home

    TOPSHAM — A privately maintained war memorial has a new home after the Board of Selectmen unanimously supported moving the commemorative site from town property on Route 196 to the local American Legion post. Gordon Kinney of Tedford Road created the memorial on what was then state p...

  • Portland gets $100K neighborhood art grant

    PORTLAND — The city will receive a $100,000 grant for a new program that aims to reduce social and political tensions in neighborhoods through art. The city announced on Tuesday that Portland is one of 51 groups nationwide to receive an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for ...

  • Portland School Dept. plans sports boosters meetings

    PORTLAND — The Portland Public Schools will host a series of meetings on a proposal to consolidate sports booster clubs into two large organizations. According to a press release, the purpose of the meetings is to gain feedback about a proposed work plan that was approved by the Scho...

  • All in a weekend's work

    Manned by Oliver Terilli, left, Emily Damon and Elsie Parrot, the Breakwater School boat goes into the water at East End Beach in Portland on Sunday for its maiden voyage at the conclusion of the eighth annual Compass Project Boat Building Festival. Fourteen teams spent Friday and Saturday under a b...

  • Falmouth council meets privately with possible developer

    FALMOUTH — The Town Council held a closed-door meeting Monday night with the owner of OceanView Retirement Home and its development company in advance of producing a request for proposals for use of the Lunt and Plummer-Motz school buildings and development of the school property. Vo...

  • School's out for summer, but Falmouth construction is in full swing

    FALMOUTH — The first thing you notice when you walk into the new Falmouth Elementary School on Woodville Road is the natural light. That light accompanies you as you walk through the colorful halls in each wing, even on the lower floors, where thick glass inset in the floors allows l...

  • Mussel-bound: Shellfish farm nets complaints from recreational boaters

    FALMOUTH — Chuck McCatherin spent nearly $700 replacing the propeller for his 23-foot recreational fishing boat several weeks ago after the boat became entangled in kelp and ropes from an aquaculture farm while he was traveling between his Chebeague Island summer home and Falmouth, where he...

  • Rail work to snarl Portland traffic through August

    PORTLAND — The operators of the Amtrak Downeaster will be working on railroad crossings that will require temporary daytime road closures and detours through mid-August. Streets that will be affected over the next month include Walton Street, Riverside Street, Congress Street, Read S...