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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. ...

  • CMP threatens lawsuit over 'smart' meter moratorium in Bath

    BATH — Central Maine Power Co. is threatening to sue the city if it does not reverse a moratorium on installation of wireless "smart" electric meters. The City Council discussed the matter in executive session Wednesday evening, but took no action after reopening the meeting to the p... 1

  • Building owner faces charges after Brunswick fire

    BRUNSWICK  — The owner of 45 Maine St. has been charged with criminal and civil violations in connection with the fire that destroyed the building in April. Police charged Orville Ranger, 84, with violating a public fire safety rule and failure to have more than one way of egres...

  • UPDATE: Portland's new city manager to start work July 20

    PORTLAND — The Board of Selectmen in North Andover, Mass., has cleared the way for Mark Rees to become Portland's city manager in July. North Andover board Chairman Daniel P. Lanen last week said selectmen unanimously granted Rees' request that they waive a 90-day notice requirement ...

  • Election may be over, but questions remain in Falmouth

    FALMOUTH — The dust hasn't settled from last week's local elections, when a record 42 percent of voters went to the polls. On Tuesday, town officials conducted a ballot recount at the request of School Board candidate Eydie Pryzant. The divisive campaign over Question 1 and t... 1

  • Pay-per-bag trash proposal gets cool reaction in Freeport

    FREEPORT — A proposal to implement pay-per-bag trash disposal and add an additional silver bullet recycling bin met resistance at a Town Council workshop Tuesday night. Nearly 30 people attended the workshop with the Recycling and Solid Waste Committee and 10 people spoke against the...

  • Portland library to host e-book forum

    PORTLAND — The Portland Public Library will host a forum about e-books and e-readers on Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Rines Auditorium. "E-book Sandbox: Embracing a New Way of Reading" will address common questions about e-readers, and library staff will demonstrate how to the...

  • Towns roll out text-a-tip to combat underage drinking

    FALMOUTH — In an effort to curb drinking by young people, six area towns are participating in a new text-a-tip program. The program, organized by Casco Bay Create Awareness Now and paid for by a grant, allows people to text, go online, or use a smart-phone app to let police know abou...

  • Jewish museum to dedicate garden

    PORTLAND — The Maine Jewish Museum at the Etz Chaim Synagogue on Sunday will dedicate its new garden and courtyard at 267 Congress St. The June 26 ceremony, which starts at 3 p.m., is expected to include remarks from U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, and Mayor Nicholas Mavodones.