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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. ...

  • News Analysis: Questions remain for Brunswick base agency after departure of Bailey, Oxford Aviation

    BRUNSWICK — Last summer, when The Forecaster began examining Oxford Aviation's bid to expand at Brunswick Naval Air Station, Steve Levesque, the executive director of the agency redeveloping the base, warned a reporter that negative press could kill the deal. Perhaps Levesque is bles... 3

  • Market moves indoors

    Portland's indoor winter farmers market opened for a 10-week run at 85 Free St. on Saturday, Feb. 20, with a crowd of shoppers looking for fresh produce, cheese and meats.

  • 3 nominated to be college trustees

    AUGUSTA — Three Portland-area residents were nominated by Gov. John Baldacci this week to serve on the boards of trustees for the University of Maine and Maine Community College systems. Portland resident Victoria Murphy was nominated to the University of Maine System Board of Truste...

  • Cumberland voters to decide fate of Route 88 project

    CUMBERLAND — Whether the town should borrow up to $4.5 million to improve Route 88 will be decided by voters on Tuesday, March 2. Monday’s Town Council meeting was packed with residents who heard representatives of Gorrill-Palmer Consulting Engineers describe the drainage ...

  • Freeport club helps women make a fresh start

    FREEPORT — When Kathleen Harlow lost her job at L.L. Bean after 13 years, she decided to go back to school and improve her life. As a single mother living in Pownal, she wanted to further her education, but found paying for books and classes while providing for her two daughters...

  • Deering High to host March 9 blood drive

    PORTLAND — The Deering High School junior class will sponsor an American Red Cross blood drive on Tuesday, March 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the school gym. The drive is open to community members as well as staff and students. For more information, call 874-8260.

  • Feds will fund Portland IMT, skip cruise ship mega berth

    PORTLAND — The state won $5 million in federal Recovery Act funds to pay for improvements at the International Marine Terminal, but the city will have to find alternative funding to build a second cruise ship berth at Ocean Gateway. The federal Department of Transportation last week ...

  • Restaurant workers lobby for better pay, benefits

    PORTLAND — As local restaurants gear up for 10 days of special promotions designed to lure diners out of late-winter hibernation, advocates for servers and kitchen workers say restaurant working conditions must be improved. According to a study released by the Maine Restaurant Indust...