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South Portland Community Newsletter

Issue 246

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For a schedule of all City Meetings, Events, Public Hearings & Current Notices, please visit the City Calendar on the City's website.
It's Summer in South Portland!
Mark your calendar for these family-friendly upcoming events! 
Celebrate the Start of Summer with a tour of the City's solar array

The City of South Portland is hosting a tour to celebrate the summer solstice on Thursday, June 21st at 9:00am at the City’s capped landfill (929 Highland Avenue). Julie Rosenbach, Sustainability Director, will discuss what the project means to the City. A representative from ReVision Energy will discuss project highlights, what the array is producing, and what it is offsetting for the City.
 
In late 2017 Portland-based ReVision Energy installed 2,944 photovoltaic panels on the 34-acre former landfill, which is behind the City’s transfer station and public services facility. The solar array is expected to generate 1.2 million kilowatt-hours of energy per year, roughly 12 percent of the electricity used by South Portland’s municipal and school buildings.
 
Come out to tour the array, ask questions, and celebrate the Summer Solstice!
 
This event is free and open to the public.
Summer in Maine
Auction 2018
The South Portland Historical Society's 12th annual Summer in Maine Auction will be live at the museum at Bug Light Park from June 16 – July 4. While this will be a silent auction with bids placed in person at the museum, people can also email their bids to the Society at sphistory04106@gmail.com or message them through the South Portland Historical Society Facebook page. Go to the South Portland Historical Society's Facebook page for more information on online bidding. Emailed and online bids will be accepted through July 3rd, but final bids will take place at the museum during the Independence Day Classic Car Show on the 4th of July. You don't have to be present at the car show to win, you just need to be the highest bidder!

The Summer in Maine Auction is themed on items that make summer fun in Maine - items like cruises, golf, theater, museums, hotels, restaurants, and other summertime activities. Some of the highlights of this year's auction include: a Sea Dogs skybox with seats for 22 people (donated by Captain Brian Fournier at Portland Tugboat); a sunset cruise for up to 28 people (donated by Portland Harbor Water Taxi); a one-day boat rental from Port Harbor Marine; Portland Symphony Orchestra tickets; a cruise for four on the Lucky Catch lobster boat; a cruise for two on the Steamship Katahdin at Moosehead Lake; and an original painting by Denise Michaud.
Independence Day
Classic Car Show & BBQ

Hosted by the South Portland Historical Society
 
We hope you’ll come and join the fun at Bug Light Park on July 4 when South Portland Historical Society will host its annual event, the Independence Day Classic Car Show,
sponsored by Yankee Ford
.  The museum will open at 10am, followed by the barbecue opening at 11am.  Proceeds from the barbecue go to support the museum.
 
From 11am to 2pm, we will enjoy a display of classic and vintage cars. This is a drop-in car show, but we do encourage people to call in advance to let us know that you plan to
be there – it will help us plan for the layout of the field. If you have an antique or vintage car, we encourage you to bring it for others to enjoy. Please give us a call at 767-7299 to register your car.
 
At 12 noon, we will hear a lively reading of the Declaration of Independence by Benjamin Franklin (performed by Society member, John Kierstead).  The event will also feature the conclusion of the Summer in Maine Auction.  We hope you’ll come and enjoy the show with us. There’s nothing quite like old cars and the reading of the Declaration of Independence to put you in the spirit of the day!
39th Annual Art In the Park
Saturday, August 11 

9:00am-4:00pm
Mill Creek Park, South Portland
Visit the Art In the Park website for more information!
http://artintheparkmaine.com/
SPHS Teachers and Students
“Green” Courtyard with Rain Garden

Addie Halligan – Water Resource Protection Department Stormwater Intern (6/6/18)

Last fall, the South Portland Conservation Commission in partnership with the City’s Water Resources Protection Department awarded $2,500 to Tania Ferrante, an English and Ecology teacher at the South Portland High School. The Conservation Commission recently established a Community Service Grant under the City’s Wetlands Compensation Fund, which requires new development and redevelopment projects to pay a fee for alterations to wetlands. The Community Service Grant awards up to $2,500 for projects that restore degraded wetlands, manage stormwater runoff for water quality improvement, control erosion and support public education. Read more...
South Portland Rolls out a Citywide
Food Waste Recycling Program

 
Because feedback from residents and data collected from the South Portland’s food waste collection pilot program were both positive, the City is now rolling out a food waste recycling program for all city residents. This will be an opt-in program.
Starting in July, the City will provide 12-gallon wheeled bins to residents who wish to recycle their food scraps while supplies last. Residents can opt in to receive a bin by signing up on the City's website here. It is okay to line these bins with plastic bags or use smaller clear bags to contain the food scraps.
 
Residents will then have two options for disposal:
 
1) You may bring your food waste to one of four designated
drop off sites free of charge. They are located at:
• Transfer station (929 Highland Ave)
• City Hall (25 Cottage Rd)
• Golf course maintenance building (221 Westbrook St)
• Redbank Community Hub (580 Westbrook St)
 
2) You may hire Garbage to Garden, a private food waste
hauler, to pick it up at your curb for a monthly fee. We
have negotiated a reduced rate for this service.
 
To foster and create vibrant landscapes that protect the health of people, pets, pollinators, and our critical waterways, the City of South Portland is restricting the use of toxic synthetic pesticides on all public and private property starting May 1st.  Click here read more about the ordinance and information on how to grow a healthy yard and garden. 
The City is looking for residents to serve on Boards & Committees.  Current vacancies exist on these committees:
  • Energy & Recycling Committee
  • Community Development Advisory Committee
  • Civil Service Commission
  • Harbor Commission
Residents are encouraged to fill out an application online or in person at the City Clerk's office located at City Hall during normal business hours.   You can read more about the City's boards and committees on the City's website here
South Portland Open Space Survey
 
The City of South Portland is developing an Open Space Strategic Plan and the committee needs your help!

Open space generally includes areas such as parks, trails, beaches and forested areas. The survey will ask about how you currently use open space in South Portland and how the city might prioritize the preservation of open space in the future.

The survey will take less than 10 minutes.  Click here to take the survey.

For more information, please visit http://www.southportland.org/our-city/board-and-committees/open-space-committee/.


An Open Space Public Forum is being held on July 31st
from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Community Center, so mark your calendars and attend!


 

 
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.  

To register to receive Emergency Notification Alerts related to your neighborhood, follow this link:  http://www.southportland.org/departments/police-department/code-red/

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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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