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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 School Board takes up CBHS expansion, West School changes

    PORTLAND — Expanding the city's expeditionary high school and refocusing programming at the district's special education school are among the topics before the School Board this week. The board was scheduled to take up two reports, among other items, in a workshop session on Tuesday....

  • Portland may reinvent bulky waste pick-up, test larger recycling bins

    PORTLAND — The city is considering creating a call-in service for hauling unwanted couches, mattresses and other bulky waste from residences. The Solid Waste Task Force is also expected to forward a recommendation to the City Council to implement a pilot program that would place 96-g...

  • Falmouth students return from Miss. with stories of ongoing recovery

    FALMOUTH — For the third year in a row, Falmouth High School students traveled to Bay St. Louis, Miss., to help residents there rebuild from Hurricane Katrina. What struck this year's students most was how much rebuilding there is still to do. "On the drive from the airport in...

  • Yarmouth school budget could increase 1.75%

    YARMOUTH — The School Committee's initial budget estimate is an increase of $340,000, or 1.75 percent, in fiscal 2012. Superintendent of Schools Judy Paolucci said the approximately $19.8 million budget would not reduce any programming, but a few teaching and educational technician p...

  • Yarmouth school budget could increase 1.75%

    YARMOUTH — The School Committee's initial budget estimate is an increase of $340,000, or 1.75 percent, in fiscal 2012. Superintendent of Schools Judy Paolucci said the approximately $19.8 million budget would not reduce any programming, but a few teaching and educational technic...

  • Portland teachers, students begin transition to new elementary school

    PORTLAND — Walking up to the main entrance of the new Ocean Avenue Elementary School, it's apparent that one is about to enter a school like no other.  A finely cut awning with a bright yellow underbelly is propped up by bright red pylons. A bank of windows of various sizes, hei...

  • Regional economic development board taking shape

    PORTLAND — A group created to market greater Portland as a place to do business is deciding who should serve on its first board of directors. The Greater Portland Economic Development Corp. includes Portland, South Portland, Westbrook, Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth and Scarborough. In add...

  • Retiring city manager reflects on 40 years of change in Portland

    PORTLAND — When Joe Gray flew into the city more than 40 years ago, he arrived on the only airline serving the then shoebox-sized Portland Municipal Airport. The airline, Northeast, no longer exists. But the airport does, and has now grown to several terminals with service from seven...