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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. ...

  • Brunswick hosts meetings to air concerns about Comcast service

    BRUNSWICK — The Cable TV Advisory Committee was scheduled at its regular meeting Thursday to host a discussion on complaints about Comcast services. Cable TV Coordinator John Goran said in an e-mail last week that Jay Somers, a representative of Comcast and member of the advisor...

  • Brunswick council OKs funding applications for Kestrel; rejects anti-war ballot measure

    BRUNSWICK — The Town Council on Tuesday unanimously approved two requests for state aid on behalf of Kestrel Aircraft Co., which is expected to be an anchor tenant at the redeveloped Brunswick Naval Air Station. One application was for a $200,000 grant from the Community Development...

  • 2 contested local elections this fall in Brunswick

    BRUNSWICK — Election Day will resolve two contests for the Town Council and School Board, and four other uncontested local races. Scott Taylor of High Street is challenging incumbent Town Councilor Margo Knight of Page Street in District 6. School Board incumbent Byron Watson of...

  • Topsham selectmen OK bridge trail construction

    TOPSHAM — The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Sept. 2 to authorize construction of the Bridge to Bridge Trail. Work on the off-road trail, which will run from across Front Street and down Bridge Street to the Swinging Bridge, is due to begin by early fall, according to Plan...

  • Freeport council sets Sept. 14 decision on charter amendments

    FREEPORT — The Town Council will vote Sept. 14 on whether to send proposed Town Charter amendments to voters on Nov. 2. The amendment discussions became necessary after a council decision to consolidate dispatch services with Brunswick's communication center prompted a group of resi...

  • Falmouth council delays town center ballot question

    FALMOUTH — A proposed bond referendum to fund a new town center at the Lunt and Plummer-Motz schools has been postponed and will not appear on the November ballot. The Town Council reached a consensus in a special meeting Tuesday to kill the question that, until this week, has moved ...

  • The next budget crisis: Maine voters locked pension 'cookie jar,' but the jar now needs more money

    Third in a series by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting about the state’s debt to teachers and state employees for their pensions and retiree health care. Next: Is there any way around the looming budget crisis? In 1995, fed up with the state's failure to adequat...

  • Portland League to host legislative candidates

    PORTLAND — The League of Young Voters will host two forums this month with candidates for the state Legislature. The forum for candidates for state representative from Districts 113 through 117 is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Borealis Bread, 182 Ocean Ave. ...