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Community Newsletter

Issue 296

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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The Finance Office (Tax Payments & Vehicle Registrations) has moved back to City Hall (25 Cottage Road). 
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.  
Click here for a schedule of construction projects happening in the City
Construction for the section of the Westbrook St Multi Use Path (MUP) between Exit 3 and Broadway will begin the week of July 12th. North bound vehicle traffic on Westbrook St in this area will be down to one lane. There will be no pedestrian access through the project area during construction.
For a schedule of all City Meetings, Events, Public Hearings & Current Notices, please visit the City Calendar on the City's website.
All public meetings, including City Council meetings, will be resuming in person starting 7/31.

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 is looking for residents to serve on Boards & Committees. 
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
Nomination petition papers for offices of City Councilor (District 3 & District 4) and Board of Education (District 3, District 4, District 5) will be available starting Monday, July 26, 2021 at the City Clerk’s office, and must be filed by Friday, September 3. Election Day is November 2, 2021.

  Thinking about running for public office?  
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Real Estate Property Revaluation
Property assessments have been posted to the Assessor's page.  Notices have recently been sent regarding property assessments and tax bills have been mailed.  The first installment is due September 2.

The City has posted FAQs about the City's revaluation process, links to look up your assessed property value, and get answers about tax exemption and assistance programs.  Read more at http://www.southportland.org/reval or call the Assessor's Office at (207) 767-7604 for more information.
Conservation Corner
Why Go Native?
by: Cathy Chapman, Conservation Commission

I used to think that a bird feeder would be all that was needed to feed our shrinking bird population. I was wrong. Baby birds need native insects to live! 96% of our bird species here in Maine need them. Research has shown that most native insects would rather starve than eat a non native plant. Natives also provide cover and nesting material for birds and wildlife.

The answer then is simple. To keep our birds, our wildlife and ourselves from going extinct we need to plant native plants, shrubs and trees that native insects need to live. The bonus is that natives are low maintenance and cheaper to grow. They are born to live in our Maine climate and soil conditions. Once established, they need little or no extra fertilizer or watering. So do yourself as well as the environment a favor and GO NATIVE!
Community Events & News
Join the South Portland Public Library as we bring back storytime on location at Bug Light Park in South Portland. Destination Storytime will be held on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. starting on June 15th and running for the foreseeable future as our outside program space will be out of commission this summer due to construction.
Destination Storytime will be meeting near the Liberty Ship in Bug Light Park and will include stories and songs. All ages are welcome, and we will have storytime blankets available to sit on but you are more than welcome to bring your own.

Thanks to our friends at South Portland Parks and Recreation are helping us take storytime on the road.

For more information, or if you have any questions about Destination Storytime, call Youth Services at 767-7660 x3 or visit SouthPortlandLibrary.com.
All Events and Times are Subject to Change 
Please visit our
Facebook Page for updates.

Friday, July 23rd
Summer Movie Series @ Bug Light Park, 8:30pm
Wednesday, July 28th
Summer Concert Series @ Mill Creek Park, 6:30pm - Down East Soul Coalition
Tuesday, August 3rd
National Night Out @ Redbank Community Center, 5:30pm -7:30pm
Saturday, August 14th
Art in the Park @ Mill Creek Park, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday, September 8th
Bug Light Park Fall Classic Car Show @ Bug Light Park, 4:30pm – Sunset
(Rain Date 9/11)
For questions on events, contact Robert Carter at rcarter@southportland.org.
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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