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Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 2:26 pm | Updated: 2:36 pm, Wed Jun 19, 2013.

The developer who created the Gateway Shoppes project anchored around the newly opened Cabela’s has announced two new planned developments in Scarborough, one of which could become home to South Portland’s Fairchild Semiconductor.

Connecticut-based developer Gene Beaudoin said he has submitted plans for preliminary review by the Scarborough Planning Board for Phase 2 of the Gateway project, to be known as Gateway Square, which will include a 90,000-square-foot office serving as Fairchild Semiconductor’s East Coast headquarters and replacing its offices on Running Hill Road in South Portland.

However, a Fairchild Semiconductor spokeswoman said last week that the company has not finalized any agreement with Beaudoin.

“We’re actually looking at several different sites,” spokeswoman Patti Olson said. “… It’s by no means a done deal.” She said that the Scarborough site is on a short list of three potential sites for a new office, but a number of different factors could be deal-breakers.

Fairchild Semiconductor’s lease on 82 Running Hill Road, owned by the Dead River Company, expires in 2009, Olson said.

The new Red Brook hiking trail is several steps closer to completion, after volunteers cleared brush and paths last weekend.

City Councilor Tom Blake, a founder of the South Portland Land Trust, said that about 14 people turned out for National Trails Day, June 7, to help clear an urban hiking path near the Maine Mall.

The trail is on land where Sappi Paper is located, and its employees have pledged to become volunteer stewards for the wooded hiking path that runs for about two-thirds of a mile.

The passengers who perished Sunday when their small plane crashed have been identified as Edward and Maryann Mainardi. The couple were traveling from Millinocket to their New Jersey home, when the Cessna plane went down about 18 miles east of Portland. Edward Mainardi was an experienced pilot. The crash is under investigation.

A press conference is being held tonight at the U.S. Coast Guard Station in South Portland after the remains of a small plane and the bodies of two passengers were found off the Cape Elizabeth coast.

The Cessna plane, traveling from Millinocket, apparently went down about 1:30 today, according to media reports

An oily sheen and debris were spotted after Boston air traffic controllers reported losing contact with the aircraft.

A Falcon jet crew from the Coast Guard station in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, was sent to the scene and found the fuel sheen and debris.

A U.S. Coast Guard vessel from South Portland and local fishermen had combed the area for the plane and possible survivors.

The Cape Elizabeth School Board voted at a special meeting Monday to resubmit its original, $19.9 million school budget to the Town Council, after the council’s pared-down, $19.7 million budget failed in a town-wide referendum.

Before the budget can go to voters a second time, it will have to be passed by the Town Council, which could choose to cut it again.

However, councilors have indicated that they would respect the will of the voters, who were asked in a non-binding question on the June 10 school budget ballot whether they felt the council’s $19.7 million budget was too high or too low.

The majority of voters said it was too low.

With the arrival of 65-gallon, blue recycling bins at every South Portland home, the city is sending an urgent message to residents: Recycle more.

On July 8, the city launches its single-sort recycling system, which allows residents to put recyclables together in one lidded can that is wheeled to the roadside for pickup each week.

The bins are expected to make it easier and more efficient for residents to recycle household waste and lower the city’s trash disposal costs in the future.

The large bins also will accommodate a growing list of items that can be recycled.

A Lewiston man faces felony charges after a high-speed chase that involved two police departments and ended in Saco with his arrest June 10.

According to Scarborough Sgt. Rick Rouse, a Scarborough officer spotted a pickup truck with a defective exhaust pipe at about 7 p.m. in the Dunstan area of Route 1 and tried to pull it over. The vehicle initially slowed down to about 15 mph but then accelerated to speeds as high as 80 to 90 mph as the driver tried to elude police, Rouse said.

Saco police took over the pursuit at the town line and chased the vehicle in heavy traffic along Main Street, eventually pulling back because of the heavy traffic volume on the four-lane, 30-mph highway. Saco police estimated the truck was traveling at about 70 mph, putting other motorists and pedestrians in danger.

Saco police were eventually able to stop the vehicle after the driver pulled into the parking lot for City Hall, possibly planning to flee on foot, Saco police said. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and turned over to Scarborough police.

Town councilors have decided to privatize the town-owned fitness center due to financial losses at the facility.

“Because of employee benefits and the number of employees we had, we were not turning a profit,” said Sue Weatherbie, Community Services director.

Weatherbie said the council plans to lease the facility to Susan Janasik, a former employee of the facility.

“We think we’ve found just the person to lease it,” Weatherbie said. “This is just a great opportunity for (Janasik) to have her own business.”

Scarborough’s Ryan Hunt didn’t beat the Gorham Rams single-handedly in the Class A lacrosse semifinals on Saturday, but a glance at the scorebook sure made it seem that way.

Hunt outscored the Rams all by himself, pumping in seven of his team’s goals to help lead the Red Storm to a 14-6 win on the road. The win moved Scarborough into the Class A regional finals against No. 8 Kennebunk

The Cape Elizabeth softball team moved a step closer to its third straight Western Maine Class B title with a 3-0 extra-innings win over Maranacook on Saturday in Readfield.

The No. 3 Capers (17-1) scored three times in the top of the eighth and got a complete-game shutout from pitcher Tricia Thibodeau to earn the road win over the No. 2 Black Bears.

Whenever Scarborough and South Portland’s softball teams get together, everyone expects a pitching duel with the game being decided by just one run.

That certainly was the case on Saturday in the Western Maine semifinals, but what was completely unexpected was that the game’s only run came on a hit batter. Scarborough’s Grace Ledoux was hit on the left arm with the bases loaded to knock in Jenn Colpitts to lead the Red Storm to a 1-0 win over the Red Riots.

“I don’t really know what to say, with the bases loaded, Grace did the best she could and it happened to be a pitch that hit her and drove in a run,” said Scarborough’s Heather Carrier.

“That’s one for the books,” said Scarborough head coach Tom Griffin.

The Cape Elizabeth boys lacrosse team wanted to take Waynflete out of the game early. What the Capers did was deliver the knockout blow before the Flyers even knew what hit them.

No. 2 Cape (9-4) scored the game’s first 12 goals on its way to a 15-3 rout of No. 3 Waynflete (4-9) in Saturday’s Western Maine Class B semifinal game played at Hannaford Field in Cape Elizabeth.

Cape went up 8-0 after the first quarter against Waynflete and held the Flyers off the scoreboard until 23.1 seconds remained in the half. It was 12-1 in favor of the Capers at the break.

“You couldn’t have asked for a better start to the game,” said Cape coach Ben Raymond. “You always want to get off to a fast start, especially in the playoffs. When a lower seed comes in, you don’t want to give them any confidence to begin with. You want to score the first goal, not let their goalie get into a rhythm, then take it from there.”

Mike Holden paced the Caper offense with five goals and three assists. Zach Belden added three goals and four assists, and Jim Wilcox scored a pair. Then there was the fast and physical Cape defense that frustrated the Flyers throughout.

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