South Portland Community Newsletter

Issue 225

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.

For a schedule of all City Meetings, Public Hearings & Current Notices, please visit the City's website.
There are so many events happening at the South Portland Public Library each month for all ages!  Check out the South Portland Public Library's website  to see current and upcoming events. 
The City of South Portland Social Services has updated
our Resource Information Directory.
Please visit southportland.org/Social Services – click on
link on the right side of page “Community Resource Directory.”


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

The 2017 Summer Program Brochure is now available online! 

Registration for Summer Programs began online Monday, April 24. Summer Rec Camp registration began Wednesday, May 3rd and After-School registration begins on May 10th.
TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017

Portland Water District Board of Trustees (South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Representative)
School Budget Validation Referendum
State Referendum – Bond Question

All City residents will vote at the South Portland Community Center (21 Nelson Road) on June 13
Polls open at 7:00am and close at 8:00pm
Residents may request an absentee ballot through
 Thursday, June 8, 2017.  To request your absentee ballot online, click here.
Absentee ballots must be returned to the City Clerk’s office no later than 8:00pm on June 13.
Upcoming Events 
Friday, May 12, 2017, 9AM
Get to Know Your Trails
Trout Brook Nature Preserve
47 Parrott St, South Portland

Join the South Portland Land Trust in our Get to Know Your Trails walk series. This walk will take us to the Trout Brook Nature Preserve where we will learn the history of the area and walk the trails.  This event is rescheduled from late March, when icy conditions forced us to cancel.
Everyone is welcome!  This walk is geared toward the whole family, from infants to grandparents -- well-behaved dogs included!  Our walk will be fairly easy (lasting no longer than one hour) and will take place on dirt trails.  We will meet at 47 Parrott Street, South Portland, where you can park on the street. Here's an interactive map of the trail.
This event is part of the Get to Know Your Trails series.
Invite your friends on Facebook!
Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 5-9PM
Pizza Party Fundraiser
OTTO Pizza, 159 Cottage Rd, South Portland

Join South Portland Land Trust members and supporters for a pizza dinner at OTTO's Cottage Road restaurant to benefit the Land Trust's new stewardship fund.  A portion of all sales from 5 to 9PM this evening will support maintenance and improvements on the trails and lands that we manage in South Portland, including the Clarks Pond Trail, Trout Brook Nature Preserve, Long Creek Trail, and Red Brook Trail, among others.
Invite your friends on Facebook!

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 8/9AM-1PM
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.
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 19th. Baked goods donations can be brought to the American Legion Hall on Friday, May 19th, any time prior to 4 p.m., or on Saturday morning between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. 

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. 

Contact Crystal Goodrich at crystalgoodrich@gmail.com or 671-6393 for additional information.
Invite your friends on Facebook!
While impressive, the clean-up event revealed a need for more compliance with dog waste clean-up laws.  Read more about the April Stools Day event here.

Information for Dog Owners: 

Sec. 3-28. Dog waste in streets, parks, beaches.
It shall be unlawful for any person to place, deposit, or permit to be deposited any dog excrement upon any street, park, beach, or within any storm sewer or storm drain of the city. Violation of this section shall subject a person to a fine of one hundred dollars ($100.00)for the first offense; two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00) for a second offense; and five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each violation thereafter.

Sec. 3-29. Dogs in parks or on beaches at certain times, beyond permitted hours.
No owner or keeper of any dog, licensed or otherwise, shall be permitted in city parks or on beaches beyond the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.; provided, however, that in the case of Willard Beach, between May 1 through September 30, dogs are not allowed except between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., and 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Violation of this section shall subject a person to a fine of one hundred dollars ($100.00) for the first offense; two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00) for a second offense; and five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each violation thereafter.

For more information on pet waste management, be sure to check out "What To Do With Doo". 
Notices from the
Department of Public Works:
  • Beginning May 2nd, Public Works will begin construction on the portion of the Greenbelt walkway which connects Mussey and Pine Streets. Work is anticipated to last approximately 2 weeks, and alternative routes will be marked as needed.
  • Public Works and Pine Tree Waste would like to remind residents that per City Ordinance, yard waste, including leaves, prunings and grass clippings, are not permitted in trash or recycle bins.  Leaves and grass clippings may be disposed of at the Transfer Facility, 929 Highland Ave, at no charge (there is a small fee for brush and branches.)  You might also consider purchasing a back yard composter for these items.  The Public Works office, 42 0’Neil St, offers Earth Machine composters for sale at $50 each.

Notice from the Department of Transportation:

The Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS) and Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) have partnered with the regions seven public transit agencies to embark on a regional transit development plan for the Greater Portland area.

This Plan will identify current transit challenges and future opportunities that exist across multiple transit providers in Southern Maine, and assist the agencies in prioritizing and identifying funding in the future.

The survey opens May 9.  Please click here to take the survey.
Congratulations to the City of South Portland's
Employee Wellness Committee!  

The City's Wellness Committee recently received the “Climbing the Highest Peak” award from the Maine Municipal Employees Health Trust (MMEHT). As inscribed on the award, the committee received this honor for “taking the Wellness Program to the next level.”

The Wellness Committee is made up of City employees who volunteer their time to organize wellness events and challenges for employees.  

"Where is it?"    Do you know where this photo was taken?  Submit your answer to news@southportland.org.  Winners will be announced in the next issue! 
Thanks to Russ Lunt for the photo! 
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 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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