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Community Newsletter

Issue #304

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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Current County Transmission LevelsHIGH

What does this mean?  The City of South Portland has adopted a policy based on guidance from CDC.  Effective September 2, 2021, all visitors and employees entering city facilities are required to wear face coverings regardless of vaccination status.  Public meetings are encouraged to be held remotely. 
For more information, visit www.southportland.org/covid
For a schedule of all City Meetings, Events, Public Hearings & Current Notices, please visit the City Calendar on the City's website.
All City Council meetings are currently being held remotely due to COVID-19.
Click here for a schedule of construction projects happening in the City

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
City-wide overnight Winter Parking Ban on public streets from 12:00 midnight to 6:00am is in effect from December 1 to April 1. During the winter months, public parking lots at Waterman Drive and the Boat Launch at Bug Light Park are available for city residents and their guests to temporarily park overnight during the winter parking ban.  Read more...

Sand Buckets for Seniors

Winter means snow and ice and, invariably, an increased risk of falling.  Aprogram launched in 2019 from South Portland Public Works and Age Friendly South Portland hopes to make winter a little safer. Seniors (aged 65+) and any other residents with mobility challenges can receive a five gallon bucket of sand/salt mix, delivered to their home, to help maintain their steps and walkways.

To order your Sand Bucket, please call Public Works (207) 767-7635, or email publicworks@southportland.org. Sand Buckets for Seniors is a free service, with costs being underwritten by the Senior Steering Implementation Committee (Age Friendly South Portland), South Portland Public Works, and South Portland Professional Firefighters Local 1476. Stay safe!




Last year, our team kickstarted a snow shoveling program for our older adult neighbors in need of having key walkways cleared around their homes during the snowy winter months. And it was a great success thanks to our fantastic volunteers.

This year, we've continued to receive incredible response from those in need of snow shoveling services and, as a result, we need additional volunteers to support our program. Help us continue to serve more of our older adult friends and family members this season. If you think you may be able to provide snow shoveling services to at least one (1) older adult resident's household this winter, please consider signing up to become a volunteer by completing the following form: https://forms.gle/a2HDHngQMLYDAo5y5
Download the City's Winter Operations Brochure
City of South Portland
2022 Community Development Block Grant
Applications are now available

Applications are now available for City of South Portland 2022 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.  Click here for more information! 
Funds come from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. Eligible projects include public facilities and infrastructure, housing, economic development, planning, and public services. Projects should primarily benefit low-moderate income communities or individuals/households.
Program staff are available to discuss project ideas, answer application questions, and make site visits. 

For more information, please contact City of South Portland CDBG Coordinator Courtney Kemp at 207- 619-1036 or ckemp@southportland.org.   
Download the Winter/Spring Program Brochure
Community Events & News
Thanks to resident Russ Lunt for sharing this image of the familiar sight of the South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club set up in Mill Creek Park for the annual selling of Christmas Trees & Wreaths.  For more information, click here.   'Tis the Season! 

Event date:          November 22 – December 20, 2021

Event:                  Diaper Drive

Place and time:   South Portland Public Library, business hours

                    • Main Library, 482 Broadway

                    • Branch Library, 155 Wescott Road

The South Portland Public Library is hosting a Diaper Drive between Monday, November 22 and Monday, December 20. Those wishing to donate may drop off diapers at either the Main Library or the Branch Library location, during business hours and we will deliver them to a Maine Diaper Bank.

1 in 3 U.S. families experience diaper need.  Babies without clean diapers are exposed to more potential health risks & are less likely to be accepted to daycares, leaving parents unable to attend work. The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) provides basic necessities required to build the strong foundations all children, families, and individuals need to thrive and reach their full potential.

Maine’s diaper bank networks provide nearly 300,000 diapers annually to families in Maine, including the South Portland community. Currently, there is a particular need for larger diaper sizes (5 & 6 preferred) as well as wipes.

To learn more about the National Diaper Bank Network, visit www.nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org.

For more information about SPPL's Diaper Drive, visit www.SouthPortlandLibrary.com or call 767-7660 x2.

SP Land Trust Annual Meeting to Feature
Presentation on “Re-Wilding Your Land/Yard”

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — South Portland Land Trust (SPLT) members and the public are invited to attend the organization’s virtual annual meeting on Thursday, December 9, at 6:30 pm. This year’s annual meeting will feature a special presentation on “Re-Wilding Your Yard and Land” by Anna Fialkov, Program Manager of The Wild Seed Project

The annual meeting is a great opportunity for attendees to learn more about the land trust’s goals and activities, to review some of the organization’s 2021 accomplishments, to honor the many volunteers that have dedicated nearly 200 hours throughout the year, and to help elect officers and new members of the board of directors.

“Though this has been a challenging year for all of us,” said President Richard Rottkov, “we took some important steps for moving SPLT forward, ensuring we stay focused on our mission: conserving open space, creating and connecting trails, and engaging our community with the natural world.”
In partnership with Maine Audubon, the Wild Seed Project is offering this talk and more in-depth training on transforming home lawns and gardens into layers of native plants. The emphasis will be how to adopt mindful practices that benefit wildlife and the planet’s health, and planting native trees that support local food webs.
The South Portland Land Trust is a private, non-profit land trust dedicated to the conservation of open space and the expansion of trail networks that are significant historically, educationally, recreationally, or ecologically to the people of South Portland.
For more information, contact the SPLT at: info@sopolandtrust.org, or visit the SPLT’s Facebook page and website, http://www.southportlandlandtrust.org/.

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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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