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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. ...

  • Yarmouth Clam Festival: Buy a ticket, win a car, help a nonprofit

    YARMOUTH — Each year, the Yarmouth Clam Festival attracts thousands of people who enjoy carnival rides, races, food, music, arts and crafts, a parade and fireworks. ...

  • Alive at Five concerts begin Thursday in Portland

    PORTLAND — The Alive at Five concert series in Monument Square opens Thursday with the Mallett Brothers and Paranoid Social Club. The free series will run through Aug. 4, from 5-7:30 p.m., and includes a beer garden run by Sebago Brewing Co. For more information and the comple...

  • Months of work slated for busy Portland intersection

    PORTLAND — A nearly five-month construction project at one of the city's busiest intersections was scheduled to begin Tuesday. The Maine Department of Transportation is making improvements to the Riverside Street and Warren Avenue intersection, including roadway widening, additional ...

  • Group markets greater Portland lifestyle at biotech conference

    PORTLAND — The Portland Technology Park may exist only on paper, but that isn't stopping the city's economic development director from marketing it to a global audience. Last week, Economic Development Director Greg Mitchell was among officials from the Greater Portland Economic Deve...

  • Portland-area schools stand to lose millions in state funding

    PORTLAND — School districts in southern and mid-coast Maine stand to lose millions in state funding next year, after a last-minute change to the way the state distributes money for essential programs and services. The change was narrowly approved by the state Senate late in the after...

  • Portland schools move closer to consolidating sports boosters

    PORTLAND — Before taking its annual summer recess, the School Board last week approved a work plan that would eliminate individual sports booster programs and fold each high school's boosters into a single entity, while creating a nonprofit organization to oversee the boosters' finances and...

  • Portland eyes borrowing $1.5M to fix century-old Kotzschmar organ

    PORTLAND — On Aug, 22, 2012, the Kotzschmar organ will be a century old, making it the oldest working municipal organ in the U.S. Its birthday present may be a $2.6 million make-over. The City Council is expected to conduct a first reading July 18 of a proposal to borrow up t...

  • Governor's son escapes injury in Freeport highway crash

    FREEPORT — Gov. Paul LePage's son, Paul LePage II, was unharmed last week in a crash that demolished his car on Interstate 295. Trooper Matt Williams of the Maine State Police said the 22-year-old, oldest son of the governor, was driving northbound Thursday, June 30, at about 6:33 p....