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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. ...

  • Education secretary impressed by expeditionary learning in Portland

    Student Keyly Martinez explains a student-led oral history project to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan during Duncan's visit to King Middle School in Portland on Tuesday. Awaiting their turns to speak are students Joanna Quinn and Mohamed Nur.

  • Portland's Back Cove residents get advice for quelling crime wave

    PORTLAND — Lock your doors, remove valuables from cars – and lock those, too – and don't leave items unattended outside. That was the advice for about 60 residents of the Back Cove neighborhood who gathered at Cheverus High School Aug. 26 to hear from City Councilor ...

  • Back from the ashes: Tenants to begin moving into rebuilt building on Route 1 in Yarmouth

    YARMOUTH — More than a year and a half after a fire displaced more than two dozen businesses at 500 Route 1, the first tenant will soon move into the rebuilt office building. The orthodontic practice of Dr. Mark Fischer is expected to reopen by the end of the month. He has been ...

  • The art of traffic control

    Motorists creep along Maine Street during the Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival on Saturday, Aug. 21, an event that doubled as an experiment to close the thoroughfare's middle two lanes. Town officials wanted to see if the closure would make Maine Street more pedestrian friendly. The closure drew m...

  • S.P. gets grant to boost OUI enforcement

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Motorists can expect to see extra patrols and checkpoints on the roads from now through Labor Day as police ramp up enforcement of drunken driving laws. The Police Department received a $5,000 grant from the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety to increase patrols through ...

  • Online vehicle registry adds Harpswell

    HARPSWELL — Residents can now renew their motor vehicle registrations online. The service, known as Rapid Renewal, is offered through the secretary of state's website. It allows residents to renew their registrations via the Internet by connecting municipal and state governments thro...

  • Brunswick library unveils self-checkout

    BRUNSWICK — Curtis Memorial Library now has an automatic checkout system. The book-lending system, called Self-Check Selma, will allow patrons to check out books on their own, rather than waiting for a librarian to assist them. According to a press release from the library, Se...

  • Correction

    Last week's story about the South Portland City Council approving a collective bargaining agreement with public works employees should have said employees, not the Maine Labor Relations Board, decided to create a separate bargaining unit for bus drivers.