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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. ...

  • UNE, National Guard close land-for-Portland-armory deal

    PORTLAND — A land swap between the University of New England and the Maine Army National Guard has been completed. The deal giving the university the 65,000-square-foot armory at 772 Stevens Ave. in North Deering in exchange for 29 acres of land in Saco was closed last week, spokeswo...

  • Portland park vigil fights homelessness

    Homeless Voices for Justice advocate Jim Devine sings the blues in Portland's Post Office Park on June 19 during the eighth annual Longest Day of Homelessness Summer Solstice Vigil. From sunrise at 4:59 a.m. to sunset at 8:26 p.m., activists and supporters shared stories in the park on Middle Str...

  • Teaching pride in Portland

    The Pride Parade on Saturday, June 20, in Portland included the first formal participation by the city's School Deparment. Some students and staff have marched in the annual parade since the 1990s, but this was the first time the school district sanctioned participation by staff, School Board mem...

  • Portland panel maps procedure to reuse Reed School

    PORTLAND — The task force charged with recommending ways to reuse the vacant Thomas B. Reed School has completed its work. At its fifth and final meeting on June...

  • Interstate 295 ramp work begins in Portland

    PORTLAND — A ramp improvement project is underway at Interstate 295 Exit 6 at Forest Avenue. The $1.71 million Maine Department of Transportation project is designed to alleviate traffic backups on the ramps while improving accommodations for pedestrian and bicycle traffic on Fo...

  • Portland church's annual Greek Festival opens Thursday

    PORTLAND — Sweets, treats and dancing will be on tap this weekend at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 133 Pleasant St. The 33rd annual Greek Festival opens at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 25 and runs thr...

  • South Carolina church shooting victims to be remembered in Portland

    PORTLAND — A community event in response to the June 17 shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, will be held Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium, 18 Myrtle St. In a June 19 press release, Mayor Michael Brennan invited the public to attend the "Lift E...

  • Robber strikes Portland bank, credit union

    PORTLAND — Police on Monday increased to $10,000 the reward for information leading to the arrests of individuals responsible for robbing two banks this spring. In addition to a $5,000 reward being offered by TruChoice Federal Credit Union, cPort Federal Credit Union is also offering...