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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. ...

  • Cumberland has big projects in store for 2011

    CUMBERLAND — The town saw several new projects in 2010 that will send ripples into 2011, including a proposed residential development and substation, as well as an overhaul of one of its major roads. The proposed development of the approximately 40-acre Doane Property in the center o...

  • Freeport council continues work on financial policies

    FREEPORT — The Town Council and Finance Director Abbe Yacoben discussed fund balance policies and investment practices Dec. 21 as the council continues to try to update town financial policies. Concerns brought to light by resident Marie Gunning prompted the council to take a closer ...

  • Bath saw several projects launch in 2010, more to come in '11

    BATH — This year saw several key projects get off the ground in the City of Ships, including as a new downtown hotel and improvements to address traffic, water and sewer problems. At the same time, proposed artificial turf for McMann Field and the development of the third phase of th...

  • Falmouth teacher pleads innocent to pot charge

    FALMOUTH — A high school English teacher who was charged with possession of marijuana after a raid of the school parking lot pleaded innocent to the charge on Dec. 16. Mark Melnicove, 58, of Dresden, was charged in November after a search of the high school parking lot allegedly turn...

  • Topsham selectmen build special Town Meeting warrant

    TOPSHAM — The Board of Selectmen on Dec. 16 approved several February 2011 special Town Meeting warrant items, including an ordinance governing medical marijuana dispensaries. The Planning Board in October unanimously recommended zoning changes that would allow medical marijuana dis...

  • State agency opposes Portland waterfront zoning changes

    PORTLAND — Beginning Jan. 20, pier owners may have the flexibility to allow more non-marine tenants in waterfront buildings. But the change in rules still must be approved by the state and one agency is recommending the city's request be denied. Mayor Nicholas Mavodones said t...

  • Economic reality spawns new Portland workplace

    PORTLAND — If necessity is the mother of invention, imagination is often its father. Take the developer Peter Bass, who, as he cast around for a new project in the fall of 2009, found his prospects looking bleak. He had a great deal of experience building affordable condominiums as ...

  • Musicians perform to benefit Safe Passage

    PORTLAND — New York-based violist Kallie Ciechomski will perform a recital on Sunday, Jan. 2, at 3 p.m. to benefit Safe Passage.  Ciechomski will perform works by Bach, Schumann, Carter and D...