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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 board to discuss CMP substation, new Main Street zoning

    CUMBERLAND — The Planning Board on Tuesday will hold public hearings on a Central Maine Power Co. transmission substation and new zoning on part of Main Street. CMP is undergoing major site plan review of its proposal to build the Raven Farm Substation at 37 Greely Road. The Planning...

  • Council OKs farmer's market, sets CIP hearing

    PORTLAND — The City Council on Monday approved an emergency zoning amendment to allow a winter's farmers market on Saturdays. Councilors also scheduled a public hearing on the city's Capital Improvement Plan. The zoning amendment will take effect immediately to allow a winter'...

  • Portland school librarian wins national award

    PORTLAND — The King Middle School librarian is one of 10 librarians to receive national recognition from the Carnegie Corp., The New York Times and the American Library Association. Kelley McDaniel, who was selected from a pool of more than 1,400 nominees, will travel Thursday to New...

  • Secession, public safety on agenda for Peaks Island residents

    PORTLAND — The Peaks Island Council will hold two meetings this weekend focusing on public safety and secession from the city. The council has scheduled a public safety meeting for Friday at 6:30 p.m. at either the Inn on Peaks Island or the MacVane Community Center. A straw p...

  • Portland mayor calls for 'vigilant watch' on Augusta

    PORTLAND — Mayor Nicholas Mavodones, leading the City Council for a second consecutive year, said Monday that he hopes to capitalize on an electorate energized by the November elections. Also, in a nod to the tide that swept Republicans into control of state government, Mavodones in ...

  • Portland chamber members going mobile

    PORTLAND — The Portland Regional Chamber has gone mobile. Last week, the chamber announced a new smartphone application that will make it easier for shoppers to find local shops and bargains.  Spokeswoman Laura LeBrun said the app will eventually be available for download...

  • Sudanese to rally in Portland for Darfur independence

    PORTLAND — The Sudanese community is coming together Thursday for a Monument Square rally to draw attention to continued violence in their former homeland. Organized by the Fur Cultural Revival and Sudanese Community Association of Maine, the rally will be held from noon to 2 p.m. an...

  • Portland tests camera-activated crosswalk signals

    PORTLAND — New crossing signals that use video cameras to detect pedestrians are being tested at two city intersections. The systems being tested at the Commercial-Franklin street and Park-Deering avenue intersections are designed to make it safer for pedestrians, especially the visu...