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Community Newsletter

Issue #347

In this Issue:

Upcoming City Council Meetings


Tuesday, November 14 at 6:30 PM - City Council Meeting
Tuesday, November 21 at 6:30 PM - City Council Workshop

See the City Calendar for all scheduled City Council and board meetings + locations/links to participate. All agendas and packet material can be found on BoardDocsThis material will be posted by 4:30 PM on Thursday the week prior to the scheduled meeting. 

The public may participate in most Council meetings in person only, but hybrid meetings are sometimes scheduled. Check
 BoardDocs for more info.

Election Results

South Portland voters elected Linda Cohen, Rachel Coleman, Steven Riley and Elyse Tipton to join Misha Pride, Richard Matthews, and Natalie West on the City Council. Voters also elected Claire Holman, Jennifer Ryan, Rosemarie De Angelis and Jennifer Kinney to the School Board. Join us for Inauguration on December 4, 2023 at 4 PM in the South Portland High School lecture hall.

See South Portland's official results from the November 7, 2023 election here: General Municipal Election Results / State Referendum - South Portland Results

City Holiday Schedule

Veteran’s Day Hours
City Hall + All Offices: CLOSED Fri, 11/10
Bus: Regular schedule Fri, 11/10 & Sat, 11/11
Community Center: CLOSED Fri, 11/10 OPEN regular hours Sat, 11/11
Library: OPEN regular hours Fri, 11/10 CLOSED Sat, 11/11
Transfer Facility: OPEN regular hours Fri, 11/10 & Sun, 11/12 CLOSED Sat, 11/11
Swap Shop and South Portland Electric Tool Library: CLOSED Sat, 11/11

For Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years hours, click here.

Leaf Collection & Transfer Facility Hours


The Transfer Facility will be open Sundays in November (Nov. 5, 12, 19, and 26) from 8 AM to 3:30 PM.

Curbside leaf collection begins on Monday, November 13. Leaves in biodegradable bags must be curbside by Sunday, November 12. Bags not curbside by that date may not be collected. Leaves may also be brought to the Transfer Facility, year-round, free of charge, during normal hours of operation and special November Sunday hours. 

If you have any questions, contact Public Works at 767-7635 or publicworks@southportland.org.

Swap Shop & SPETL Update

Closing for the season! The last day that the South Portland Electric Tool Library (SPETL) will be open is Saturday 11/18, and the last day that equipment can be taken out is Wednesday 11/15. The last day the Swap Shop will be open is Sunday, 11/19.

Online Services


Dog Licensing: Dog licensing for the 2024 year has begun! All dogs must be licensed per state law. Dog licenses expire annually on December 31. Licenses can be renewed online. Click here for information and the link to renew online.

Car Registration Renewal: Renew your car registration online, even if your registration has been expired for up to 7 months! The BMV will email you proof of registration and mail you stickers to put on your plates. Visit: https://apps1.web.maine.gov/online/bmv/rapid-renewal/

More Services: You can also look up and pay taxes, pay parking tickets, request a vital record and more! Visit the City of South Portland Online Services Hub.

Weigh in on Vision & Goals for South Portland's Future


 

What is the vision for the future of South Portland? What goals should we strive towards to make that future a reality?

You're invited to review the draft Comp Plan Vision Statement and Goals and submit feedback using the Community Review Questionnaire. Submissions will be accepted until November 30th.
 

Submit Your Feedback.

News from Age Friendly South Portland


 

Here are some important announcements from Age Friendly South Portland, the ad-hoc committee working to ensure that the City’s older adult residents have access to services and infrastructure enabling them to live safely and with dignity as they age:

  • SoPo Age Friendly Rides - The City invites income-eligible seniors age 65+ and adults with visual impairments to apply for this new program, which provides free rides to Portland-area health appointments (doctor and dentist visits, eye exams, and therapy sessions) free of charge. Call the South Portland General Assistance office to apply at (207) 767-7617. Learn more.
     
  • Sand Buckets for Seniors - Seniors age 65+ and residents with mobility challenges can receive a 5-gallon bucket of sand/salt mix delivered to their home for winter steps and walkway maintenance. To order a sand bucket, please call the Public Works office at (207) 767-7635 or email publicworks@southportland.org. Learn more.
     
  • Volunteer Shovelers Needed - Age Friendly South Portland is seeking volunteer shovelers to clear walkways for seniors in need of help this winter. This is a great opportunity to make a big difference in the life of a neighbor. An adult 18+ must sign up as the primary volunteer and can team with anyone in their household age 14+. You will then be matched with a nearby senior for the winter who has requested assistance. Volunteer shovelers are responsible for walkways only (no driveways or larger areas). To sign up, visit http://bit.ly/SoPoShovels or contact Sue Henderson at shenders@maine.rr.com with questions.

Greenbelt Pathway Detour


Beginning November 27, 2023, a one quarter-mile section of the South Portland Greenbelt Pathway will be temporarily detoured while South Portland Housing Authority builds a 52-unit expansion of Betsy Ross House to create additional affordable housing for seniors.
 
The detour will begin where the Greenbelt intersects with Preble Street on the grounds of the Betsy Ross House, continue down Preble Street to Broadway, and follow Broadway until Stanford Street, where pedestrians may resume the normal Greenbelt Pathway route.

While temporary, this detour will be in place for an extended period. The duration of the detour is contingent on the Betsy Ross House expansion construction schedule. This portion of the Greenbelt is tentatively expected to re-open in Spring of 2025.

What's New at SPC-TV

SPC-TV welcomes Kaycee Hendricks! Kaycee is a South Portland native who grew up in South Portland and attended SMCC before receiving her Bachelor's from Emerson College in Boston. She developed her production craft by creating short films at SMCC and participating in the 2012 Maine Mayhem short film festival. Emerson brought Kaycee to Los Angeles where she worked as a Post Production Coordinator on Netflix's Grace and Frankie (among others). She has hit the ground running at SPC-TV, cutting her first video and getting the lay of the land by attending various field productions. Kaycee's role at SPC-TV is to facilitate community engagement through the production of locally-focused videos. Look for her work in the coming months, and if you know of a fun community event in SoPo, please let her know! You can email her at khendricks@southportland.org.

Check out these great new videos from SPC-TV!
  • Age Friendly Resource Fair - Whether you were able to attend this year's Age Friendly Resource Fair or you're looking forward to the next one, check out this video to get a glimpse of the 40+ service providers who shared resources for seniors and their loved ones.
     
  • Spooky South Portland - Kevin and Chris put on quite the incredible Halloween sight right here in South Portland. Get a look at the spooky scene and hear from Kevin, one of the passionate people behind this creative community favorite.

Reminder from SPPD: Bus Safety

You may have seen new bus gates that were added to some South Portland school buses. These were a collaborative effort between the South Portland Police Department and the School Department to help improve safety and awareness around school buses.

SPPD would like to remind you to please drive carefully always, and especially during morning and afternoon hours when children are commuting to and from school.

Upcoming Events


The South Portland Dog Owners Group (SoPoDog) is hosting a Barksgiving community pet food drive on Saturday, November 18 to benefit the South Portland Food Cupboard. Drop off donations of pet food from 10 AM - 1 PM in front of Pet Supplies Plus, located in the Mill Creek shopping plaza or across from Hannaford on Cottage Road at Mill Creek Park.

Work With Us!


Join our team! The City of South Portland offers competitive pay and a robust selection of employee benefits, including an excellent health plan with affordable family coverage, matched retirement options, dental, vision, life, income protection, long term disability, flexible spending accounts, a condensed workweek for many positions, and more!

The City is proud of its talented and dedicated workforce and provides employees with a strong team environment; stability; a positive, family-friendly workplace where work/life needs are valued and supported; and the support, encouragement and tools for successful careers. 

The City values diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and embraces sustainable operations. Consider a job with the City of South Portland!
 

Coming Up at the Library

The South Portland Library regularly holds fun and engaging events for all ages. Check out books...and all the library has to offer!
 
Get connected with South Portland Schools! Stay up-to-date with SPSD news, School Board meetings, sporting events and more at: https://www.spsdme.org

Conservation Corner

Submitted by Barbara Dee, Chair of the Conservation Commission
Hello, my name is Shara Dee and I'm very happy to serve as the City of South Portland's Communications Officer!

I'd love to hear your feedback on our newsletter and other City communications, so feel free to send me a note any time at news@southportland.org.
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