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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. ...

  • New curriculum requires Portland classroom teachers to handle sex ed

    PORTLAND — The School Department has decided to do away with its current sex education program and integrate the instruction into the health curriculum. The current Family Living and Human Sexuality program for younger children is run by several specially trained instructors who come... 2

  • Portland owes $1M for easement, sells land for $2.3M

    New city manager gets 3-year contract PORTLAND — What one hand gives, the other takes away. That was the tough lesson learned Monday by the City Council, which approved the sale of seven city-owned parcels in Bayside for $2.3 million, but had to shell out nearly $1 million f...

  • Portland elementary school may provide iPads to students

    PORTLAND — Students at the East End Community School may soon join the growing number of school children using Apple iPads as learning tools. EECS Principal Marcia Gendron, who moved from the Reiche School to EECS last year, has asked the School Department to purchase iPads and possi...

  • Portland, South Portland kids learn to squeeze a buck

    Hundreds participate in Lemonade Day Maine SOUTH PORTLAND — Bradford Redmond and Max Maniaci hit the sidewalk Sunday with a mission. The two children joined more than 750 others who signed up for Lemonade Day Maine, an event designed to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit i...

  • Portland City Council closes housing loophole, asked to press Eastland Hotel owners to keep rentals

    PORTLAND — The City Council on Monday closed a regulatory loophole that exempted the new owners of the Eastland Park Hotel from an ordinance intended to preserve affordable rental housing. The previous language left a broad exception to a rule that seeks to preserve affordable housin...

  • Out-of-state leadership moves into 2 Portland schools

    PORTLAND — Portland High School and Riverton Elementary School will have new leadership next year, bringing in principals from out of state. Deborah Migneault, from Dover, N.H., will become the new Portland High School principal, taking over for Michael Johnson, who has been reassign...

  • Food, music, more Sunday at 38th Old Port Festival in Portland

    PORTLAND — The 38th Old Port Festival will take place Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. City Hall spokeswoman Nicole Clegg said a large portion of the Old Port will be closed to traffic. Streets within, but not including, Temple, Congress, Pearl and Commercial street will be close...

  • 3 Peaks Island residents arrested on drug charges in South Portland

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Three Portland residents have been arrested  in South Portland on drug charges, the Maine Department of Public Safety said in a press release Monday afternoon. According to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, 31-year-old Justin Cram, 32-year-old Andrea Tuttle and...