South Portland Community Newsletter

Issue 245

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.
Music teacher Jean Quinn leads the Memorial Middle School band in the Memorial Day performance at the ferry landing on Peaks Island, Saturday, May 26, 2018. Photo by Jeff Woodbury.
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. 
 Volunteer Effort Restores Long Creek’s Water Quality and Contributes to Hydro International Environmental Stewardship Trash Study
PORTLAND, Maine (May 31, 2018) ─ Portland, ME-based Hydro International, a global supplier of products and services used for the treatment of storm and waste water, is commencing its annual trash study at the Long Creek Watershed Management District cleanup event in South Portland on Friday, June 1 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. In collaboration with City of South Portland, this all-volunteer event aims to restore the health of Long Creek while furthering Hydro’s environmental stewardship trash study for a third consecutive year.

Over a decade ago the Long Creek, which runs through Westbrook, South Portland, Scarborough and Portland, was identified as an urban impaired watershed, which is why this location is particularly deserving of cleanup and research attention. This community cleanup event targets the area adjacent to the Maine Mall, with volunteers gathering at the Maine Mall Philbrook Ave entrance, across from the Maine Turnpike Approach exit. 
When completed, the latest 2018 study will be made available online as a free resource for Maine municipalities, some of which have used the previous 2016 and 2017 studies to guide policy decisions around plastic bags. The 2017 Hydro Trash Study is available online.
Calling SPHS Classes of 2012-2018!

The South Portland High School yearbook staff has been spring cleaning and have a limited number of copies of the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017 yearbooks available for purchase.  If you are interested in purchasing one or more of these past yearbooks, please contact Mr. Hunter at hunterje@spsd.org along with which year(s) you are looking to purchase.  If that year still has copies available, he will notify the main office that you will be coming in to finalize your yearbook purchase. 
Previous editions will be sold for $40 each (cash only) on a first-come, first-serve basis.   A limited number of copies of our 2018 yearbook are also available for $80 (cash only).
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/.


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
The last day to request an absentee ballot (without special circumstances) is Thursday, June 7.

The City Clerk's office is open for absentee voting and voter registration from 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday, and will remain open until 7:00pm on Thursday, June 7.

All polling locations will be open from 7:00am to 8:00pm.
You can register to vote on election day at your polling place.

Find your polling place here.
What: Auditions for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
When: June 11 & 12, 7:00-9:00 PM
Where: Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer Street, South Portland, Maine
FMI: lyricmusictheater.org
Thanks to Russ Lunt for sharing this photo taken outside of City Hall.
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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