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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. ...

  • Regional School Unit 5 passes $23.4M school budget

    FREEPORT — The Regional School Unit 5 Board of Trustees will send a $23.4 million budget for fiscal 2011 to the annual budget meeting on May 26. A total of $65,400 was added to the budget on May 12, including $60,000 for the contingency fund and $5,400 to fund library books. T...

  • Falmouth council rejects harbor panel's recommendations

    FALMOUTH — Despite protests from the chairman of the Harbor and Waterfront Committee, the Town Council last week unanimously accepted a list of harbor management implementation steps suggested by the committee. The council, however, removed what committee Chairman Steve Archambault s...

  • Reading is right

    Karen Baldacci, Maine's first lady, begins the annual Read With Me campaign at Hall Elementary School in Portland on Tuesday, reading to a group of kindergarten students from this year's featured book, "The Circus Ship" by Chris Van Dusen. The program's goal is to improve literacy and reading skills...

  • MCLU challenges Falmouth council's proposed rule changes

    FALMOUTH — The Maine Civil Liberties Union is challenging a Town Council resolution passed last week in response to "abusive, bullying and threatening" language directed at councilors. In a May 12 letter to the council, the MCLU said the resolution and proposed council rule changes w...

  • Libby Mitchell: Augusta insider again seeks statewide success

    Editor’s note: Part of a series by the non-profit Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting examining the claims and records of some of the leading candidates for governor. Elizabeth “Libby” Mitchell has enjoyed a highly successful legislative c...

  • Falmouth Town Council, School Board candidates discuss the issues

    FALMOUTH — Voters will elect three town councilors and two School Board members on June 8. There are five candidates for the council and four for School Board. Here's where they stand on some of Falmouth's most significant issues. Town Council 1

  • Brunswick residents blast freshman sports school budget cut

    BRUNSWICK — Coaches and parents stunned by the School Board's May 12 decision to ax freshman sports vented their frustration to the Town Council on Monday, potentially adding a late hurdle to a budget process that seemed to be in the home stretch. Until Monday, the majority of the co...

  • Improvements planned for Portland's St. John, Valley streets

    PORTLAND — A $100,000 improvement plan for the St. John Street-Valley Street neighborhood is expected to begin later this year, pending approval from the City Council. The streetscape improvements include new crosswalks, traffic islands, trees and more traffic signs. The city will al...