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  • Portland promenade goes red for the 4th

    Portland's Eastern Promenade turns red Saturday night, the Fourth of July, as fireworks explode above the thousands of people gathered to celebrate Independence Day at the city's annual Stars & Stripes Spectacular.

  • 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...

  • SAD 51 students raise money for children in Zambia

    NORTH YARMOUTH — Although wearing hats in school is typically frowned upon, North Yarmouth Memorial School will make an exception on Friday, Feb. 18. Students will be allowed to wear hats – if they pay a dollar. The funds will be used to help build a school study room in Zambia...

  • Freezin' for a reason

    First-time participant Tina Louis, left, of Portland, and veteran Meredith Manning of Buxton make a dash for the beach and hopefully a little warmth after their brief exposure to the cold waters off East End Beach in Portland on Saturday during the fourth annual Polar Dip to benefit Camp Sunshine...

  • Special Town Meeting approves funding plan for new Chebeague Island fire truck

    CHEBEAGUE ISLAND — Voters overwhelmingly approved every warrant item at a special Town Meeting on Feb. 12, Town Administrator Eric Dyer said Monday. The approximately 45 people at the 1 1/2-hour meeting approved the use of $115,000 from the town's Undesignated Fund, and $5,000 from f...

  • Ethics panel staff opposes probe of Portland newspaper ads

    PORTLAND — The state Ethics Commission should not investigate allegations against the state's largest daily newspaper for its role in Portland's 2010 elected mayor referendum, the panel's executive director said. But Jonathan Wayne, executive director of the Maine Commission on Gover...

  • The Forecaster receives 7 New England journalism awards

    BOSTON — The Forecaster received seven awards Feb. 12 when the New England Newspaper & Press Association announced its annual Better Newspaper Contest award winners. A panel of 24 judges reviewed nearly 3,000 entries produced by staffers at daily, weekly and monthly publications ...

  • Governor, lawmakers have questions about grant to green energy group

    AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage said it is “imperative” to find out if the state exercised appropriate oversight of the Maine Green Energy Alliance, which surrendered the balance of a $1.1 million contract with Efficiency Maine Trust after it failed to meet milestones set by the agen...

  • Neighbors sue over Cape Elizabeth house, driveway

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Residents have filed two lawsuits over building and driveway permits issued for a house under construction at 6 Stonegate Road. David and Tracey Weatherbie of 14 Stonegate Road filed a complaint in Maine Superior Court on Jan. 27 against the town of Cape Elizabeth. R... 1

  • South Portland receives $340K security grant

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council on Monday accepted a nearly $340,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security. Most of the money will be used to purchase public safety equipment, high school security cameras and pass cards, communications equipment, and training. The remainin...