South Portland Community Newsletter

Issue 244

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, Events, Public Hearings & Current Notices, please visit the City Calendar on the City's website.
Standing at the end of Deake Street during the City Council’s site walk to inspect the Willard Beach stairs and ramp.  (Photo Credit: Councilor Adrian Dowling). 
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
CANCELLED:  Saturday, May 19, 2017, 8/9AM-1PM
South Portland Annual Plant and Bake Sale
American Legion Hall, 413 Broadway, South Portland

Why was this event cancelled?   The South Portland Land Trust has decided to cancel this event due to the pernicious winter moth, which has been shown to spread through plant sharing events.   
Important Notice for Dog Owners

Dog owners are reminded of the posted hours at Willard Beach that are now in effect for the summer months.   Dogs are allowed on the beach May 1-Sept. 30 between 7am-9am and 7pm-9pm only, and must be leashed or under immediate voice control at all times.  Thank you for helping to keep our beaches and parks healthy by picking up after your dog.

The South Portland Dog Owners Group has created a brochure to remind dog owners of important information. 
The Secretary of State's office has released official information and resources to help voters understand the new ranked choice voting method that will be in effect for certain State candidate races for the June 12th State Primary election.   

Now available on the RCV Resources page are:

  • Sample ballots for all ranked-choice voting races (Only races with three or more candidates will employ the ranked-choice voting process, which requires that one candidate receive a majority of the vote)
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • A printable PDF “RCV Fact Sheet” for voters to review and share with others in preparation for marking their ballot
  • An implementation plan showing the department’s progress and preparation for ranked-choice voting
  • A timeline showing how the State of Maine came to use this voting method in the June 12, 2018 Primary Election
  • The draft rules that will govern the process of administering ranked-choice voting, along with the public comments on those rules

Ranked-choice Voting:   For more information....

Matthew Dunlap, Secretary of State, will make four stops across the state during the month of May to provide information to voters regarding the new ranked-choice voting method that will be used in the June 12 Primary Election. Secretary Dunlap will host information sessions in:

  • Biddeford: Monday, May 14, 4-6 p.m., McArthur Public Library, 270 Main Street
  • Bangor: Tuesday, May 15, 4-6 p.m., Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street
  • Presque Isle: Monday, May 21, 4-6 p.m., Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Public Library, 39 2nd Street
  • Lewiston: Tuesday, May 29, 4-6 p.m. Lewiston Public Library, 200 Lisbon St.,

For those who are unable to attend the live presentations, Secretary Dunlap will also offer the presentation and question-and-answer session via Facebook LIVE on Thursday, May 24 at 6 p.m., on the Maine Department of the Secretary of State Facebook page.


Sample ballots will be available at the City Clerk's office at least 30 days prior to the election.   You can save time at the polls by requesting your absentee ballot be mailed to you. 

We love this "picture perfect" sunrise captured by Russ Lunt.  Thanks for sharing! 
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/

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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