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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 residents launch drive to save Riverton library

    PORTLAND — Residents have collected nearly 2,000 signatures in an effort to save the branch library at Riverton Elementary School. The effort comes as Portland Public Library officials are considering reducing the branch's in-house collection and staff to save money. Chip Edga...

  • Cumberland Town Council sets moratorium on gravel pits

    CUMBERLAND — The Town Council on Monday enacted a moratorium on gravel pits and water extraction sites. The moratorium, effective immediately and extending at least 180 days, is intended to give the town time to study the way those uses put pressure on development and to allow it to ...

  • House District 109 election recount planned for next week

    NORTH YARMOUTH — A recount in the House District 109 election is planned for next week, according to Deputy Secretary of State Julie Flynn. Republican Gary Foster of Gray lost to Democrat Anne Graham of North Yarmouth on Nov. 2 by 33 votes, 2,132 to 2,099. North Yarmouth resident Tyl...

  • Proposal would add affordable housing to Portland's Bayside neighborhood

    PORTLAND — Additional affordable housing may be coming to the Bayside neighborhood. Avesta Housing is seeking approveal for the second phase of Pearl Place, near the corner of Pearl and Lancaster streets. The project, which was scheduled for a Planning Board workshop Tuesday, ...

  • CMP: Opposition to new meters 'clearly unreasonable'

    AUGUSTA — Central Maine Power Co. has asked the Maine Public Utilities Commission to dismiss one of two complaints filed in October by residents concerned about the safety of "smart" electric meters being installed on every CMP customer's home or business. The complaint, filed Oct. 2... 3

  • Freeport cinema now expected to open next summer

    FREEPORT — The six-screen movie theater planned for the corner of Depot and Mill streets could open next summer. Al Yebba, chief operating officer of Berenson Associates, developer of Freeport Village Station, said it took several months but the money needed to continue the project h...

  • Yarmouth Glee Club needs votes to win $5K prize

    YARMOUTH — The high school Glee Club is competing to win $5,000 – a prize members will put toward the purchase of a new concert piano for the Performing Arts Center. The club is competing against four others from Buckfield High School, Moultonborough Academy, Camden Hills Regi...

  • Dining scene undergoes changes in Falmouth

    FALMOUTH — The local restaurant landscape is changing at Falmouth Sea Grille and the former Johnny's Bistro & Bar. On the Foreside, the Sea Grille has been demolished to make way for a new building. "The old building was very tired," said Handy Boat owner Jay Hallett. ...