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South Portland Community Newsletter

Issue 281

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We miss all of you and hope you all are staying safe. We are continuing to operate city services despite being closed to the public. Please give us a call or check online for ways we can assist you at this time. http://www.southportland.org/

Thanks to resident Russ Lunt for the photo!
List of City and State Emergency Regulations (with hyperlinks)

No Passport appointments are being scheduled at this time.  Visit travel.state.gov for the latest information.   The City Clerk's Office and Finance Office will be closing at 4:30pm on Thursdays until further notice. 

The deadline to submit 4th Quarter taxes for 2020 has been extended to June 1, 2020.

For more information on the City's Emergency Regulations and preparations regarding COVID-19, as well as useful links and documents, please visit the coronavirus page our City website.


To register to receive Emergency Notification Alerts related to your neighborhood, follow this link:  

The Transfer Station is now open with modified hours. The modified hours are Tuesday - Friday, 8am-3pm. Visitors are limited to 10 vehicles at a time. Please maintain social distancing upon entering our facility. As always, this facility is for South Portland residents only - please present your vehicle's sticker, or proof of residency upon entry. Landscape contractors may dispose of yard debris from South Portland residential properties only. During this time of social distancing, the Swap Shop will remain closed. 

Notice about Public Meetings
During this time, City committees have been authorized to meet remotely to conduct business. City Boards & Committees, including the City Council, have been holding meetings via "Zoom" video conferencing. Although this is a temporary way of conducting business, and is a new format for many of us, the City remains committed to transparency and ensuring open public meetings. The City has posted helpful information about how the public can both observe and participate in these remotely-held meetings on the City's website under "Agendas & Minutes" (where you can find posted agendas) and on SPC-TV during live meetings.

For those who would just like to watch/listen in -- City Council meetings, School Board meetings, and Planning Board meetings, and certain City committee meetings will continue to be recorded and live-streamed and available online via SPC-TV and on TV Channel 1301.

For any meetings, you may participate by following the directions on the posted agenda to join the Zoom meeting at the posted time by phone or computer. To indicate your wish to speak during the meeting, please press *9 (if joining by phone) or use the "Raise Hand" feature if joining by computer (found under the "Participants" button in the lower panel). If you are having any technical difficulties during the meeting, use the Chat feature or Press *9 to alert the meeting host. Members of the public who join meetings to participate will not have the ability to share their screen or turn on their cameras, so those in the meeting will not be able to see you, but they will be able to hear you.

The State Primary Election will be held
on July 14, 2020.  
You may click here to request an absentee ballot. Know that for this election, applications for absentee ballots may be made in writing or in person up to and including the day of the election, without specifying a reason, in order to permit voters to obtain an absentee ballot and return it before the polls close on July 14, 2020. To check your voter registration status or request a voter registration application be mailed to you, please call the City Clerk's office at (207) 767-3201.
Notice from South Portland War Veteran's Memorial Association Regarding Memorial Day
It was agreed upon by the Commanders of both the American Legion Post #35 and the Veteran’s of Foreign War Post # 832 that there would not be a Memorial Day Parade in South Portland this year. Due to the cancellations of many other events and school closing, due to the CONIV-19 outbreak, it was considered a prudent move to eliminate any unnecessary contact.

The South Portland War Veteran’s Association will be doing their annual flag placing at the South Portland cemeteries on a date to be determined, most likely before the traditional Memorial Day.

Memorial Day this year will be observed on May 25
, the last Monday of May.
We recently asked you on our City's Facebook page to share stories about the "good" things you see happening here locally during the COVID-19 crisis.  We received several replies, and we wanted to share and THANK ALL OF YOU for sharing these stories and for those individuals, organizations and businesses who are giving so much and making us all proud during this time.     

Have something to share?  Send it to us at news@southportland.org 

Here's just some of what you had to say....
When I was out for my early morning walk I saw someone picking up trash walking way ahead of me... they were picking it up with one of those grabber things so they didn’t have to touch anything.... they had a very full trash bag... I wanted to thank them but they were moving aehad ahead of me really fast! - Mara Whiteford

To all employees of South Portland Nursing Home, my personal favorite unsung heroes; like with many other businesses, just keep on ticking! To the residents, they have become, first, the only "family" allowed to visit. In their endless efforts to keep our loved ones safe, they wear many hats - as card & board game partners, contact to the "outside world", volunteers, technology specialists, social programmers, entertainment, absolute Einsteins - when it comes to keeping 6'-apart rules; and the list is endless! As a resident family member, my words cannot praise SPNH staff and administrators enough, for "Just doing what they get paid for "; because they have gone way beyond the call of duty during these very tough times! T H A N K Y O U S O U T H P O R T L A N D N U R S I N G H O M E ! -- Ollie LaChapelle

Seeing a few businesses like Dock’s Seafood who haven’t raised prices and in fact have been feeding people with great specials, great customer service and great attitudes! Glad they stayed open  -- Cathy Sheehan

The other day when it was raining and super windy I lost the helium balloon I got for my kiddo’s birthday and was gearing up to go back in for another but when I stepped through the door, the gentleman behind me in line had already purchased a replacement for me after watching it blow out of my hands. I could have cried. People being nice is just the coolest. -- Bryna Latham

I'm happy to see more neighbors out walking with their kids and dogs. I'm a dedicated dog walker, and now I feel like more of my neighbors know how lovely our neighborhood is to walk in, and getting fresh air and exercise after a long winter. Also I hope the adaptions to prevent movement of people are applied going forward since its making a nice improvement on our greenhouse gases. working from home, means a lot more time as a family unit, lunches together, less time commuting, etc. There is a lot of positive we can take from this situation. I do hope the best for the service industry to get back on their feet <3 -- Kim Downing

Not that all I've been doing is eating but Mainly Grains on Broadway has been churning out fresh breads, rolls etc with window pickup! Great owners who also appreciate the business and are working very hard to accommodate their customers! -- Cathy Sheehan

I've Taken Great Note At The Experience Of Seeing More Folks Smiling At Each Other,More Than Usual,And I Commented On This New Trend To My Husband. When We Go TO The Grocery Store,Strangers Are Saying Hello* More,And The Thrill Is The "SMILE." Also,Just To Have Dunkin Donuts Remain Open,And The Pizza Joint Still Serving It's Very Best,Is Contributing To More Vigorous Normalcy.  - Katherine Burke

I appreciate how the City is constantly evaluating and balancing the dynamics among salaries, services and safety in determining what services can be provided to us. A good example is the evolving decisions about leaf and brush pickup. It’s a fine and wavy line you need to follow and I think that most of us thank you for your efforts. - Ralph Cabana

People are learning about personal space!! - Alissa Ann Kelley

SERVPRO of Portland - Free fogging of our police cruisers to ensure they are sanitized.

Hannaford Supermarkets Setting aside Clorox wipes for the City so we can use them to sanitize Police and EMS vehicles between different people using them.

Yankee Ford - Donating $5,000 to both our Police and Fire Depts to assist with COVID-19 response.

GWI - They have set up a free WiFi hotspot for anyone without internet access to utilize at our Redbank Community Center.

Heidi's Brooklyn Deli of South Portland - Giving out free loaves of freshly baked from scratch bread on Saturdays as part of a "Share the Loaf" program in South Portland & Auburn.

Boys & Girls Club for supplying bagged "grab and go" meal service to anyone 18 and under and their family members from 4-5pm on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays.

South Portland Food Cupboard for continuing to operate and run entirely by volunteers -- and for all who support this food pantry in making donations.  Thank you!!!!   (P.S.  To sign up to volunteer, check out their online scheduling program:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040d4dafa928a4f58-april)
The City recognizes that during this time, citizens may be looking for assistance or asking how they can assist others. The City would like the public to know that there are a number of established services and resources that are available. The intention of this page is to direct those who may be seeking guidance with available resources.

(207) 347-4177
Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm

For more information, visit: southportland.org/community
Happy Earth Week!

How have you celebrated? 

Here are a few great ideas to keep the spirit, shared by the South Portland Land Trust
The Maine Recreation and Parks Association announces that John “Linky” Erskine, Park Operations Manager and City Arborist at South Portland Parks, Recreation and Waterfront has been awarded the 2020 "Outstanding Parks Professional Award"
Linky is being recognized by his professional peers with an award by the Maine Recreation and Parks Association. John "Linky" Erskine has worked for the City of South Portland for over 30 years in a variety of capacities from Animal control officer, Parks mechanic, Parks foreperson, and is currently the Parks Supervisor in charge of overseeing the day to day operations of the entire parks division. During these past 30 plus years Linky has always brought un-waivered vision and passion to serving the residents of South Portland. His ability to think outside the box in a variety of situations has made him not only a great steward for the City of South Portland, but more importantly his ability to share and teach his techniques and vision with the countless people who have the pleasure of working with him over the years.

The formal presentation of this award will take place at a future MRPA event.
Click Here for more information about SoPo To Go
Click here for more information & the application for the Cumberland County Woodstove Changeout Program
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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