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City News Round Up for Friday, November 12

11/12/2021 - 6:52 PM

City News Round Up: Friday, November 12

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 15 at 5:00 PM via Zoom. View the full Meeting Calendar.

Election Updates

Official election results for the November 2, 2021 election are now available, find them here. Following a recount that began on November 9th at Ocean Gateway, Roberto Rodriguez has been declared the winner of the At-Large City Council race. Read the full story.

Please help us >> help you >> NOT get towed! 

We need your help to remove leaves from neighborhood streets before we head into winter, and we are running out of time to sweep before it gets too cold at night. Street sweeping operations and regulations have been in effect since October 1, but our performance has been compromised due to lack of public compliance. Cars not in compliance with the City's Street Maintenance Signs will be subject to towing. Visit portlandmaine.gov/streetmaintenance to learn more.

Ocean Gateway Garage - Closing Date Extended
Thanks to unprecedented good weather the closing date for daily parking at the Ocean Gateway Lot has been extended to Monday, November 29. Find more information on where to park in Portland here

Last Week for Fall Curbside Leaf Pickup: November 15 - 19

Curbside leaf pickup ends next week. Place your biodegradable leaf bags curbside by 6:30 AM on your normal trash/recycling day and City crews will collect them. If you still have leaves to dispose of after the leaf collection truck has gone through your neighborhood, you can take them to Riverside Recycling for disposal. Learn more.

Monument Square Tree Arrives Next Week!

The Monument Square 2021 Tree is a 40' Balsam Fir it will be coming from the Riverton area. Work to move the tree will start around 8:00 AM on Thursday, November 18 with the tree move to Monument Square starting about 9:00 AM. The tree route will be via Forest Avenue to State Street, left onto Congress Street to Monument Square pending construction work zone review.

Virtual Annual District Meetings: Starting November 17

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 1: Wednesday, December 1; District 2: Wednesday, December 15; District 3, Thursday, November 18; District 4 Tuesday, November 30; District 5: Wednesday,  November 17. Find your district info and meeting access information here.

Ocean Gateway Lot - Winter Lottery
Thirty (30) parking spaces will again be made available to island residents selected by lottery; this temporary program will run from December 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022. Only one entry per household is permitted. Fill out this form to enter. Information requests and questions can be directed to: islandparking@portlandmaine.gov.

The Daily Path - Temporary Art Installation
A new public art project started appearing on the sidewalks around downtown and the West End the first week of November. The project uses temporary marking paint to show the walking paths of several Portland residents over the course of one day. The artwork was created by artist Caitlin Cameron with support from the Kindling Fund, a re-granting program of the Andy Warhol Foundation, administered by SPACE Gallery. The installation was reviewed and approved for a temporary art permit through the City of Portland. The lines are expected to weather and fade over the course of several months. Learn more via the project website: dailypath.art.

PPD Holiday Toy Drive: Toys for Tots

The Portland Police Department is collecting new, unwrapped toys for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots this holiday season! The department will host a toy drop-off on Wednesday, December 8, 2:00 PM-6:00 PM at the Portland Police Department, 109 Middle Street. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to the outdoor patio during these hours if you would like to donate. Contact Community Policing Coordinator Janine Kaserman at 207-756-8135, with any questions or for more information.


Parks & Recreation Updates


Registration Updates
You can still sign up for the 6th Grade Basketball, Gallagher League (K-3) and Futsal; registration has closed for the Caldwell Basketball League (4th-5th grades). Sign up here or check out the brochure for a full list of offerings.

Return of the 62+ Program

October was the first month back for the 62+ Program since March 2020! 🎉 Check out the November Calendar and learn how to sign up via the 62+ program page. The program is hiring for on-call bus drivers, if interested, please reach out to Meg: mcm@portlandmaine.gov, 207-808-5445.


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. For more information, visit: www.portlandmaine.gov/jobs.


**Construction Project Updates & Traffic Alerts**

Baxter Boulevard Traffic Impacts

November 1-19: Baxter Boulevard Additional Traffic Impacts

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.