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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. ...

  • New home's driveway raises objections from Cape Elizabeth neighbor

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The Town Council is expected to determine if a driveway permit for 6 Stonegate Road was issued incorrectly. Robert H. Stier Jr., of 9 Rock Crest Drive, is appealing Public Works Director Robert Malley's decision to issue the permit to Early Bird Group, developers of ...

  • Moore time for LePage

    Bristyn Leisure, left, and other eighth-graders greet Gov.-elect Paul LePage on Dec. 16 at Lyman Moore Middle School in Portland. LePage made brief remarks and then took questions from the students for a half hour before touring the building.

  • 'Polar Dip' to benefit SPHS Project Graduation

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Students from South Portland High School will plunge into the icy waters of Casco Bay on Jan. 1, 2011, for the school's first annual "Polar Dip." The event, taking place at 11 a.m. at the Southern Maine Community College beach, will be a fundraiser for SPHS Project G...

  • Scarborough school reacts quietly, visibly to bullying

    SCARBOROUGH — In light of some recent incidents of violence involving Scarborough High School students, the administration is reacting with a calm, but firm hand. "We are increasing our visibility," said Principal Dean Auriemma, who took his position at SHS this fall. Auriemma...

  • Cape Elizabeth mock trial team wins state title

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The high school mock trial team defeated eight-time winner Hampden Academy in the state championship on Dec. 9 to earn a chance to compete in the national competition in May. Mary Page, a high school social studies teacher and mock trial coach, said the win was excit...

  • Shop with a cop

    Coutia Giriteka, right, and Portland Police Officer Tony Ampezzan put the finishing touches on wrapping a Christmas gift at police headquarters Friday night, Dec. 17. Coutia and seven other kids from Portland Recreation's after-school program were selected for the third annual Kids Shop With a Cop p...

  • South Portland construction code change needs Augusta's OK

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council on Monday adopted a new ordinance that will allow flexibility in managing city and school construction projects. But whether the city will be able to take advantage of the change for the upcoming high school renovation project, as intended, will depe...

  • UPDATE: Interim replacement expected next month for retiring Portland city manager

    PORTLAND — The City Council is likely to appoint an interim city manger in January to serve until a permanent replacement for Joseph E. Gray Jr. can be found. Gray announced his retirement on Dec. 21 before a standing-room-only crowd at City Hall. Mayor Nicholas Mavadones on M...