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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. ...

  • Scarborough council cuts $225K from school budget as it heads to voters

    SCARBOROUGH — A $35.5 million school budget is heading to voters Tuesday after the Town Council slashed $225,000 from the School Board's proposal on Wednesday night. The School Board had added $545,000 into the budget initially, reducing the number of positions the superintendent cut...

  • Brunswick school budget axes 40 jobs, 15 teachers

    BRUNSWICK — The School Board accepted a $33.3 million budget for fiscal 2012 on Wednesday night. The spending plan eliminates nearly 40 jobs, terminating the contracts of 15 teachers and temporarily closes Jordan Acres Elementary School. The board voted unanimously three times...

  • Bath municipal taxes could rise nearly 1.7%

    Ban on 'smart' meters passes 1st hurdle BATH — City taxes could increase 1.69 percent next year under a preliminary spending plan City Manager Bill Giroux presented to the City Council Wednesday night. With school and county expenses added into the mix, Bath's total tax prop... 1

  • Both sides disappointed with Harpswell-Brunswick border talks

    BRUNSWICK — A bill that would change the boundary between Brunswick and Harpswell is heading back to the Legislature Friday for another work session. When the Committee on State and Local Government last met to discuss LD 69 on Feb. 16, legislators told the two towns to come up with ...

  • Moratorium proposed on construction in South Portland's Willard Square

    SOUTH PORTLAND — A plan to build a new market and catering business at Willard Square is in limbo after the City Council tabled a proposed 180-day moratorium on construction in the neighborhood. Councilors voted 5-1 on Monday, with Councilor Maxine Beecher opposed, to delay the discu...

  • South Portland school budget heads to ballot with modest increase

    Fore River Sound Stage to lease armory SOUTH PORTLAND — Voters on Tuesday, May 10, will be asked to OK a proposed $42.8 million school budget, which represents a 1 percent increase over this year.  The City Council on Monday unanimously approved the spending plan, which...

  • Bath Planning Board OKs 3rd amended business park decision

    BATH — The Planning Board approved a third amended notice of decision on Tuesday for the third phase of the Wing Farm business park. Although the board approved a second amended notice last month, it had not added one clause as another condition of approval. That clause states that w...

  • RSU 1 board to vote on 2.5% tax hike

    BATH — After a two-hour public hearing and hour-long discussion April 28, the Regional School Unit 1 Board of Directors directed Superintendent William Shuttleworth to present a fiscal 2012 budget with a 2.5 percent tax increase. Consensus did not come easily to the board, which disc... 1