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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. ...

  • Portland councilor wants to revisit dumping snow in harbor

    PORTLAND — A City Council committee last week rejected revisions to the snow removal ordinance regarding sidewalk shoveling, but the issue is expected to return to a different committee this summer along with the controversial prospect of dumping snow in the harbor. The Transportatio...

  • Peaks Island residents pack anti-secession meeting

    PEAKS ISLAND — More than 150 people turned out Saturday for the first meeting of a group formed to defeat the latest campaign for island secession from Portland, organizers said. The former Peaks Island Council, meanwhile, has outlined cost-of-living issues on the island and proposed...

  • Portland bus service may back bid to loosen billboard ban

    PORTLAND — A bill submitted by a Portland legislator would allow advertising in bus shelters, which is currently banned by the state's anti-billboard law. District 116 Rep. Denise Harlow, D-Portland, said her bill would allow towns and cities to decide whether they want to allow adve...

  • Portland state rep's solidarity road trip to Wisconsin generates national buzz

    PORTLAND — Somewhere between New Hampshire and Illinois, state Rep. Diane Russell become the political talk of the nation. While traveling through New Hampshire, the Munjoy Hill Democrat was interviewed by a reporter for the 4

  • Retirement fund surplus nets nearly $9M for Bath

    BATH — The city has a unique problem on its hands, given today's economic climate: what to do with an extra $8.8 million. The surplus is with the Maine Public Employees Retirement System, thanks to excess employer contributions the city made from the late 1970s to mid 1990s, accordin...

  • Film about student stress to be screened in Cumberland

    CUMBERLAND — An independent film being screened next week tells stories of over-stressed students, exhausted teachers, kids who are not learning essential skills and parents trying to do the best for their children. "Race to Nowhere" will be shown at the Cumberland Congregational Chu...

  • Portland seeks more input on new Amtrak station

    PORTLAND — The Transportation Committee wants the city to assert itself when it comes to planning the future of passenger rail service. But before that can happen, policy makers must develop a uniform vision to guide land use decisions. The new effort comes at a time where the... 1

  • Portland police to host forum for deaf community

    PORTLAND — The Police Department will host a forum Thursday, Feb. 24, to discuss safety concerns in the city's deaf community. Deaf residents, their family members, employers and neighbors are encouraged to attend and share concerns with officers. "This forum will help facilit...