South Portland Community Newsletter

Issue 210

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.

Don't miss these upcoming events....
(Click on an event to learn more about it!)

Saturday, July 30: Food Cupboard BBQ  (St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, Scarborough, 5:45pm)

Tuesday, August 2:  National Night Out - America's Night Out Against Crime (Redbank Community Park, 6:00-8:00pm, followed by a movie beginning at 8:30pm)

Wednesday, August 3: Protect South Portland's Fundraiser and Raffle
; 8% of all proceeds will benefit the City of South Portland’s Clear Skies Legal Defense Fund. (Elsmere BBQ and Wood Grill, 4-7 pm)

Saturday, August 13: Art in the Park (Mill Creek Park, 9am-4pm)

Saturday, August 13: Knightville Street Festival (Ocean Street, 4pm-7pm)

Thursday, August 18:  Author Talk with Monica Wood (South Portland Public Library, 6:30pm)

Sunday, August 21: Rotary Spring Point 5K Classic (South Portland Historical Society, 7am-12pm)

Also, don't forget about Mill Creek Wednesday night concerts & Bug Light Movie Series!

Volunteers needed!

The South Portland Swap Shop, a new resource at South Portland's Transfer Facility for reuse recycling of gently-used items, will open to residents of South Portland on Tuesday, August 2nd. We expect it to be open Tuesday-Saturday, 8am-3:30pm, though hours will depend on availability of volunteers. More information, including rules and an accepted items list, will soon be found on our website here!

We are still seeking volunteers to fill shifts. Morning and afternoon shifts are available (8am-noon & noon-3:30pm) Tuesday through Saturday. Work as few or as many shifts as you'd like.  Duties will include keeping items organized and assisting residents (shoppers and those dropping off goods) in following the rules of the Swap Shop. If you would like to volunteer or if you have any questions, please call South Portland Public Works at 207-767-7635.

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.  
For a schedule of all City Meetings, Public Hearings & Current Notices, please visit the City's website.

Nomination Papers for City elected offices will be available starting Thursday, August 4 at 8:00am at the Clerk's Office in City Hall, 25 Cottage Road.  

The following offices will be up for election:

City Councilor - At Large
City Councilor - At Large
Board of Education - District 1
Board of Education - District 2
Warden - All Districts 
Ward Clerk - All Districts


Nomination papers must be 
returned by September 12.

The General Election is 
Tuesday, November 8.

For more information, visit the City Clerk's website here.


It is "Construction Season" in Maine!

For a full list of traffic notices, please visit the home page of the City's website under "Current Notices" www.southportland.org
New!  To increase accessibility, Google Translate has been added as a feature to the City of South Portland's website.  You may now easily view all content of the website in several different languages.  Use the Google Chrome browser to enable this feature.  If you don't have this browser, you may download it here:  https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/   
(A solution is being worked on to provide access across all browsers.)
Energy & Recycling Committee (ERC) Newsletter:  Sailing and Sustainability in Portland Harbor
"The Portland area recently achieved international recognition as Portland Harbor was host to and international sailing race, the class 40 Atlantic Cup on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11. The race featured 8 class 40 sailboats, which are 40 foot monohull boats that conform to design specification set by the International Class 40 Association."  Read more...
"COP CAMP" Monday, July 11, 2016, was the opening day of J-PAC 1 – and what an exciting time it was! Twenty-Five middle school-aged youth from Old Orchard Beach, Westbrook, Scarborough, Portland and South Portland participated in a week long Junior Police Academy Camp. The officer-led camp combined fun and skill-building activities into a terrific experiential learning experience for the youth.  Each day members of the South Portland’s Army Recruiting Office worked with the cadets with marching practice and exercise drills.  These activities helped to develop skills such as self-discipline, physical fitness, respect and self-esteem.
Guests from the Maine Warden Service, the Portland Police Bomb Squad, and South Portland’s Dive and SWAT Team, K-9, and Evidence Technician provided the cadets with insight into the many roles law enforcement have in our community. The United States Coast Guard and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary along with the Portland Harbor Master provided educational information on their role in keeping America safe. They also escorted the youth to and from Fort Georges during their kayaking adventure. Participating youth had tons of fun participating in activities such as Kayaking to Fort Gorges, Rock Climbing and Geo-Caching that develops skills such communication, teamwork, leadership and decision-making. Additionally, the cadets learned the importance of the guiding values of law enforcement – Respect, Service, Leadership and Discipline.

The South Portland Police Department committed 11 sworn officers and 2 VIPS to the week-long camp. Officers worked one-on-one with the youth to help them achieve their personal goals for the week. The officers worked alongside members of South Portland Recreation to provide the campers with an experience that was second to none! We’d like to extend special thanks to Lisa Thompson and Jeff Caldwell from SP Parks and Recreation and United States Army Recruiters, Staff Sergeants, Maddox, Montgomery and Alward for their work throughout the entire week.
Thanks to Russ Lunt for these photos! 

The City of South Portland corporate track team began with humble, grass roots beginnings in 2010 essentially organized off the shoulders of four people – Matt Green, Kari Voelker, Andrew Lupien, and Peter Corbett. We have since grown into a dominant force in the Maine Corporate Track Association (MECTA). On July 23, 2016 we solidified our name in the MECTA record books as we claimed our 7th straight state meet title! The SP corporate track team not only set a record for the most consecutive team state titles, but also set records for number of team participants, and most points scored at a state meet among the largest state meet league field in MECTA history. 

We are comprised of people of varying athletic abilities and of all ages who all work together toward a common goal: healthy team competition with an aim of self-improvement and wellness. One thing that has made South Portland successful is the willingness to try new events and grow as athletes. We also love working together on relay teams for the betterment of the team. Everyone is valued, and everyone helps us succeed!

We are always looking for new teammates! The team is open to all employees (and retirees) of the City and School Department as well as their adult family members. For more information please visit www.mainecorporatetrack.org or email Captains Hollie Corbett (harnish4@yahoo.com), Matt Green (sptrackteam@gmail.com) or Andy Wallace (atw@spsd.org).


South Portland, ME, July 27, 2016 – The South Portland Housing Authority (SPHA) held their Grand Opening for the newly-built and fully occupied Ridgeland Gardens on Monday, July 25th. Residents, staff, construction and financial partners gathered with local officials and other guests to celebrate.
Executive Director Michael Hulsey stated, “This building really capitalizes on the success of our building next door, Ridgeland Estates, with 80 units. This is a great neighborhood for our elderly to live in, and this new building provides them with beautiful new units. Close to highways and the bus line, this location works well.”
Mr. Hulsey also noted, “The cooperation of the City on density has helped to make this building possible. The tight rental market also makes it difficult for families to afford current rental rates. We hope to address this issue with future development if possible.”
John Gallagher noted the important role of MaineHousing in financing the building through tax credits, and added, “MaineHousing will continue to assist communities with the demand for affordable housing throughout the State of Maine. I congratulate South Portland Housing Authority on their new building.”
South Portland Mayor Tom Blake mentioned, “The Housing Authority has always been a great partner with the community, and continues to focus on their mission of providing safe and decent housing for our residents. Their continued growth helps with the more immediate problem of severe housing shortages in the housing market.”
“This is a long-awaited, momentous occasion not only for South Portland Housing Authority, but for South Portland residents” stated Chairman-Emeritus Kevin Glynn. “Affordable housing is desperately needed for our aging population,” he added. “South Portland Housing Authority will continue to look for properties that can be developed into affordable housing for elderly, disabled, and handicapped.” Glynn’s Chairmanship of the Board ushered in the effort to construct more housing by the Housing Authority.
The new building was designed by David Lloyd, a principal at Archetype in Portland, and financed through the Low Income Tax Credit Program.
Ridgeland Gardens is 44 units for those whom are 55 or older.  Rents are $860 per month and include utilities, free laundry, a fitness room, wi-fi and community gardens.
Currently the South Portland Housing Authority owns or manages 685 units of housing as well as subsidizing 389 housing choice vouchers for the elderly, disabled, and families.
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