South Portland Community Newsletter

Issue 243

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Seasonal commercial fishing boat slips available for rent at Portland Street Pier. For more information, please contact Michelle Erskine a 207-767-7650 ext. 7518 or at merskine@southportland.org.

Water main replacement work on Broadway between Elm Street and N. Kelsey Street from April 30 to May 4. Expect delays. 
For a schedule of all City Meetings, Events, Public Hearings & Current Notices, please visit the City Calendar on the City's website.
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 Council lectern was dedicated to Richard Reed, former Parks & Recreation employee of the City of South Portland, at the April 17th Council Meeting.   Richard Reed hand-crafted the Council lectern and other wood furniture featured in City Hall during his years of service with the City.  Family of the late Mr. Reed were in attendance.  Pictured here, Mayor Linda Cohen says a few words before Mrs. Reed unveils the lectern.   
(Thanks to Councilor Dowling for the photo.) 
The Griffin Club, a fixture in South Portland's Knightville neighborhood since the 1970's, was demolished on Tuesday, April 17.   
(Thanks to Russ Lunt for the photo.) 
The South Portland Historical Society’s museum – the Cushing’s Point Museum at Bug Light Park – will open for the 2018 season on April 28, 2018. The museum will then be open every day from 10am to 4pm, through the end of October.

 Exhibits for the 2018 season include 100 years of Shipbuilding in South Portland (sponsored by Bath Savings Institution), Lighthouses and their Keepers, the Civil War, Sardine Factories, History of Local Schools and South Portland's harness racing tracks. The featured exhibit, “Our People: At Work and Play” covers the history of South Portland’s people, and has been refreshed for 2018 will new photographs and artifacts pulled from the Society’s archives. The Society has been researching the history of the South Portland Police Department; findings from that research will be included in the exhibit, as well. The 2018 exhibit is sponsored by Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Town & Country Federal Credit Union, Noyes Hall & Allen Insurance, and the Marc Gup team at Keller Williams Realty.  
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. 
Your Opinion Wanted:  LED Street Lights
The City of South Portland is conducting a pilot project to test new LED streetlight fixtures. Five pilot sites will be open for comment until Tuesday, May 1.  Read more about this project and take the survey here.

Broadway Avenue corridor and Mill Creek signal improvements, bicycle accommodation improvements and other misc. improvements from the Erskine Drive intersection to the Cottage Road intersection.
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
in the City Hall Council Chambers, 25 Cottage Road

Please join MaineDOT at a formal public meeting to discuss this transportation project. Representatives of the Maine Department of Transportation will be present to listen to concerns, receive comments, and answer questions from anyone with an interest in the project. The Department is particularly interested in learning local views relative to project consistency with local comprehensive plans, discovering local resources, and identifying local concerns and issues. Anyone with an interest is invited to attend and participate in the meeting. Accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Auxiliary aids will be provided upon advance request. Any inquiries regarding this project may be directed to the attention of Brian Keezer, Senior Project Manager, Maine Department of Transportation. Multimodal Program, 24 Child Street, 16 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0016, Telephone: (207) 624-3612. Email: brian.keezer@maine.gov
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
  • Arts & Historic Preservation Committee
  • Library Advisory Board
  • 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
The Swap Shop at the Transfer Station, 929 Highland Ave, is now open!

Staffed entirely by volunteers, our shop is not able to open on days when there is no coverage. We are currently seeking volunteers and have many available shifts. Perfect for a retiree or college student who has a 3-4 hours to donate each week.
Saturday, May 19, 2017, 8/9AM-1PM
South Portland 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. Or you can renew in advance online!

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 18th. Baked goods and plant donations can be brought to the American Legion Hall on Friday, May 18th between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Baked goods can also be donated Saturday morning between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Volunteers will also be available to dig plants at your home on weekends starting April 28, weather permitting.

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. If you can help, please contact Mary Linneman at marymlinneman@yahoo.com or 207-409-4253.
Invite your friends and get last-minute updates on Facebook!
Spring is here!  Thank you to Russ Lunt for sharing these photos of South Portland. 
What: A Night of Music and Mystery a benefit for Lyric Music Theater
When: Saturday, May 5, 6:00-9:00 PM
Where: Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer St. South Portland
How much: $30.00; includes appetizers and desserts and a ticket to the show
Tickets: lyricmusictheater.org, (207) 799- 1421

Details: Join us for Lyric Music Theater's 4th annual silent auction and show. There is a murderer among the actors rehearsing for Lyric's next musical. Can you solve the mystery before it's too late? This year's benefit show features songs from our 2018-2019 season. Join us at 6:00 for appetizers and a cash wine bar. Bid on items in our silent auction featuring local artists and artisans, theater tickets, and food and dining experiences. Then move in to the auditorium for an interactive murder mystery show. All funds raised benefit our accessibility fund (ASL Interpretation and Sensory Friendly performances) and our building maintenance fund.

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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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