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Posted on: October 22, 2021

FRIDAY NEWS ROUND UP FOR OCTOBER 22, 2021

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 City News Round Up: Friday, October 22
Please check our agenda center for the full schedule of upcoming Committees, Boards, and Commission meetings. The City Council’s next regular meeting is on Monday, November 1 at 5:00 PM via Zoom. View the full Meeting Calendar. 

Float/Ramp Removal

Little Diamond Island: Ramp will be raised on Friday, October 22. Floats will not be accessible to and from the wharf.

LDI, Cushing and Peaks: Ramps will be pulled on Tuesday, October 26 - weather permitting.

East End Beach: Floats will be pulled on or before Tuesday, November 2. 


*Cancelled*October 25: Mayor’s Monthly Zoom *Cancelled*

Join Mayor Kate Snyder Monday, October 25 at 12:00 PM for her monthly Zoom in which constituents can get recent updates from the Mayor and discuss any issues. Zoom details here.


Fall Curbside Leaf Pickup Starts Next Week

Curbside leaf pickup begins Monday, October 25 through Friday, November 19. Place your biodegradable leaf bags curbside on your normal trash/recycling day & City crews will take care of collecting them on weekdays! Learn more.


October 29: Trunk or Treat 2021
The Portland Police will host their annual Halloween event Friday,10/29 from 4:00-6:00 PM. Officers will be handing out treats from police cruisers in several Portland neighborhoods. Where to find them: Payson Park (by the Little League Field) 4:00-6:00 PM; Riverton Park 4:00-4:30 PM; Sagamore Village 4:45-5:15 PM; Presumpscot School 4:00-4:30 PM; East Bayside Community Policing Center 4:45-5:15 PM; Munjoy South Playground 5:30-6:00 PM.


For safety guidelines for Halloween and trick-or-treating this year, check out this flyer from our Public Health division. 


New Round of Business Assistance Grants and Modified Microenterprise Grant

Now accepting applications! Portland businesses can apply for a new round of Business Assistance Grants as well as a modified Microenterprise Grant. Learn more about both programs and the application process via the Housing and Economic Development Department website

 

Annual District Meetings 

Annual district meetings will be held remotely during the months of November and December. All meetings will be from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. District 2 will be scheduled after the November elections. District 1: Wednesday, December 1; District 3 on Thursday, November 18;

District 4 Tuesday, November 30; District 5: Wednesday,  November 17. Find your district info and meeting access information here.

Portland Seeks Tree for Monument Square
Portland Downtown and the City of Portland are seeking the next “perfect tree” to grace Monument Square this holiday season. Residents and property owners who wish to donate a tree are encouraged to submit the tree for consideration at portlandmaine.com/tree by November 1. ⁠Learn more


Absentee Voting Information for November 2 Election

In-person absentee voting has begun in the Clifford Richardson Room (Room 24) of City Hall. The public must enter City Hall on Myrtle Street, and masks are required. Regular hours are 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, M-F. The last day to in-person absentee vote is October 28, and on that day only the Clerk’s Office will be open until 7:00 PM. 

The external ballot drop box is ready to receive completed absentee ballots 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To request an absentee ballot online, learn more here


November 6: Congress Square Redesign Public Forum

The Planning and Urban Development Department will host a Public Forum for the Congress Square Redesign and public art installation by artist Sarah Sze on November 6th, 1:00 PM, at the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel, Longfellow Room. The forum will feature remarks from City staff and presentations from design consultant WRT and artist Sarah Sze. Learn more.


November 8: Deering Roundabout Ribbon Cutting 
The City will host a Ribbon Cutting to recognize the completion of the Deering’s Corner Roundabout and public art installation, titled “Passing the Torch,” by Maine artist Mark Pettegrow on November 8th, at 3:30 PM. The event will feature remarks from City Staff, Community members, and artist Mark Pettegrow. Learn more.  


Volunteers Needed to Shovel Snow for Elderly Neighbors

The Age-Friendly Portland Steering Committee is looking for volunteers willing to shovel snow for an elderly neighbor this winter. Neighborhood volunteer coordinators are also needed to help match Portland residents aged 65+ with local volunteer groups and individuals willing to help. Contact Linda Weare, Portland Office of Elder Affairs with any questions or to sign up: agefriendlycommunity@portlandmaine.gov, or 207-541-6620. Learn more.


Parks & Recreation Updates

Join the fun - Youth Basketball and Futsal Deadlines Approaching
Registration is still open for Youth Basketball, Winter Foot Skills and Futsal League - come play! Check the brochure for additional program details. Two easy registration options are available, through Community Pass, or via this registration form. Don't hesitate with any questions, contact our main office at 207-808-5400, or email recreation@portlandmaine.gov.


Pay Increases! Apply Now to Be a Part of our Recreation Team 
Our starting pay has increased and we have fun positions open now as Recreation Programmers in our Before and After the Bell Programs and Community Centers. We offer some great incentives such as 50% of USM tuition reduction and City benefits for Permanent Staff. Learn more here, and apply on the City Employment website


Need a Flexible Schedule? Hiring Event Staff 

Don’t miss this chance to work Maine Celtics games, performances at Merrill Auditorium, and many more fantastic events! Be a part of the guest experience at Merrill Auditorium, the James A. Banks Exposition Building, Hadlock Field, Fitzpatrick Stadium, Ocean Gateway, William B. Troubh Ice Arena and other outdoor parks and City properties. Perfect roles if you need a flexible schedule! Learn more


Work With Us

We currently have multiple job openings across a variety of departments. Positions include: Zoning Specialist, Permitting and Inspections; Community Services Coordinator, Police Department; Senior Human Services Counselor, Health and Human Services; Public Health Director, Health and Human Services. For more information and additional job opportunities, visit: www.portlandmaine.gov/jobs.


**Construction Project Updates & Traffic Alerts**


Bramhall Street:  From Chadwick to West Street

Cote Crane will be setting up on Bramhall Street starting Monday, October 4 at 7:00 AM and will remain onsite until Wednesday, October 20. See the Traffic Plan Map.


Fox Street Paving

Fox Street is scheduled to be paved Monday, October 18; traffic will be running one-way. Full details.


Utility Work 

Unitil will be working in multiple areas: 1) Congress Street from 2400 Congress to the Westbrook line: Monday, October 11 through Friday, October 22. On Forest Avenue from Congress Street to Park Avenue; starting September 7, for approximately six weeks. There will be traffic detours during this time, please seek alternate routes. Full details.


Baxter Boulevard Traffic Impacts 
**NEW** Baxter Boulevard Additional Traffic Impacts, November 1-19

The Baxter Boulevard Closure will be extended from Dartmouth Street to Preble Street starting Monday, November 1. Dartmouth Street at Ricker Park will also be closed. This closure is scheduled to last three weeks through the end of day, Tuesday, November 19. Full details.   


Baxter Boulevard from Payson Park to Dartmouth Street is closed. Vannah Avenue is closed from Clifton Street to Baxter Boulevard. This closure is scheduled to last until December 2022. Back Cove Trail is open during the entire construction project. Full details.


Ocean Avenue Sewer Separation Project
The nearby sewer separation project on Ocean Avenue is nearing completion and should be wrapped up in November. Ocean Avenue is still down to one lane during the day (approximately 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM) while they do construction work using flaggers. However, the road is open to two-way traffic on nights and weekends. Full details.



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