South Portland Community Newsletter

Issue 226

This City of South Portland Community E-Newsletter includes information about City sponsored events, projects and special announcements from South Portland's non-profit community.    Sign up if you would like to receive the newsletter directly to your inbox.


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For a schedule of all City Meetings, Public Hearings & Current Notices, please visit the City's website.
There are so many events happening at the South Portland Public Library each month for all ages!  Check out the South Portland Public Library's website  to see current and upcoming events. 
The City of South Portland Social Services has updated
our Resource Information Directory.  
Please visit southportland.org/Social Services – click on link on the right side of page “Community Resource Directory.”
Upcoming Events 
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 8/9AM-1PM
Annual Plant and Bake Sale
American Legion Hall, 413 Broadway, South Portland
This fundraiser offers plants, baked goods, and gardening supplies donated by local businesses and individuals, including annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, wildflowers, and groundcovers. This fundraiser is also a benefit for the Community Garden Collective.
The sale opens to South Portland Land Trust members at 8 a.m. and to the general public at 9 a.m. Doors close promptly at 1 p.m. For those who want to make sure they get the good stuff before it’s gone, the Land Trust allows gardeners to join or renew their membership on the day of the sale.
The South Portland Land Trust and Community Garden Collective are seeking donations of plants and baked goods from individuals and businesses. Potted plants will be accepted up until Friday, May 19th. Baked goods donations can be brought to the American Legion Hall on Friday, May 19th, any time prior to 4 p.m., or on Saturday morning between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. 

The Land Trust and Garden Collective are also looking for volunteers to assist in digging and potting donated plants, transporting and arranging plants the day before the sale, and helping customers on the sale date. 

Contact Crystal Goodrich at crystalgoodrich@gmail.com or 671-6393 for additional information.
Invite your friends on Facebook!
 Conservation Commission Announces Community Service Grants
The South Portland Conservation Commission is accepting applications from individuals or groups who want to improve our City’s freshwater resources. Small grants (up to $2500) will be given to projects that will help restore wetland habitat, monitor or improve water quality in our urban impaired streams, or help to manage the impact of stormwater on Casco Bay.
School groups, service organizations, youth groups, businesses and individuals are eligible to apply. The types of projects that could receive funding include:

● Water quality monitoring
● Rain garden design and installation
● Invasive plant control
● Erosion control
● Solutions to harmful disposal of yard and household waste

To receive a grant application or request more information, please contact Commission member Bob McKeagney, rmckeagney@aol.com or 805-1097.
On Saturday May 20 at 9:00 am the South Portland Conservation Commission members will provide a guided steam walk of Barberry Creek.
The group will meet at the trail head behind Docks Seafood Restaurant (15 Evans St.) in South Portland.
The walk is scheduled for rain or shine, but please check back on the South Portland Conservation Commission Facebook Page Friday night and early Saturday morning in case the walk needs to be rescheduled because of weather.
We are looking forward to seeing you there!!!


Mobile Vending Units (Food Trucks, Food Carts, etc)
in South Portland:

As of May 20, 2017, the City of South Portland allows the operation of mobile vending units (food trucks, food carts, etc) to operate on certain private and public property at certain designated locations (Bug Light Park/Boat Launch and Wainwright from 8am-8pm, 7 days a week), subject to rules and regulations, in addition to operating on City-owned or controlled property with permission as part of a City-sanctioned special event.  

All mobile vending units must be licensed and must comply with the regulations put forward in Chapter 14-104 of the City's Code of Ordinances as well as the Rules and Regulations Governing Mobile Vending Units on City Property

TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017

Portland Water District Board of Trustees
(South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Representative)
School Budget Validation Referendum
State Referendum – Bond Question

All City residents will vote at the South Portland Community Center (21 Nelson Road) on June 13
Polls open at 7:00am and close at 8:00pm
Residents may request an absentee ballot through
 Thursday, June 8, 2017.  To request your absentee ballot online, click here.
Absentee ballots must be returned to the City Clerk’s office no later than 8:00pm on June 13.
Congratulations and happy retirement to Sybil Riemensnider, after 20 years of service as the Executive Director of the South Portland Food Cupboard.  The City Council of South Portland, through Resolve #14-16/17, recognized Sybil for her accomplishments at the May 15 meeting.  Sybil was also recognized by the State of Maine Legislature earlier this month.  
Junior Police Academy Camp (J-PAC) 
Do you know an incoming 6th, 7th or 8th grader who might like to spend a week at camp with some of South Portland’s Finest?  Check out J-PAC-2, running the week of July 10 – 14, 2017!

"Where is it?"(Cont. from last issue) This was a tough one!  This photo is of the small brook that runs down to Willard Beach.  Only one submission was correct -- congrats to Matthew Phillips!  (Thanks to Russ Lunt for the photo!)
Employment Opportunities

Looking for a career?  The City of South Portland is hiring for several positions.  View the current job openings and learn how to apply online here.  
The City of South Portland Community Newsletter is published by the City of South Portland.  It is a compilation of the best available information at the time of publication.  Events may be subject to change without notice in the time between publication of this e-newsletter and the actual event.  To send information to be considered for inclusion into this newsletter, send to news@southportland.org.
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