Urban Run Off & Green Neighbor Fest: April 22, 2017


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Start Time:
5 km Run/Walk: 9:00 a.m.

Start & Finish Location:
Deering High School, 370 Stevens Avenue, Portland, ME 04102

Race Location:
The race will start on Ludlow Street near the tennis courts behind Deering High School. The race ends on Stevens Avenue in front of Deering High School.

Free parking will be available behind Deering High School, at Longfellow Elementary School, and on the surrounding neighborhood streets. Parking will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis with normally scheduled events taking place at local fields. Please arrive early to park in the parking lots close to the school. A parking map is available here.

green neighbor

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Deering High School, Stevens Avenue, Portland
Cost: FREE!

The Urban Runoff leads into the Green Neighbor Family Fest, where families and community members take part in hands-on activities about water, learn steps to becoming a green neighbor, and have an all-around good time!

The festival is the City of Portland’s annual kick off for their Greener Neighborhoods Cleaner Streams program, which encourages residents to help keep Capisic Brook clean.

DCNA will have a table – drop by and say hello!


Earth Day E-Waste Recycle


Evergreen Cemetery Woodlands – Forest Management Project Begins

News from the City’s Forestry Division

Evergreen Cemetery Woodlands – Forest Management Project Begins

The Evergreen Cemetery Forest Management project began this week. Crews mobilized equipment to Evergreen Cemetery over the February 18 weekend in preparation. Equipment access to Evergreen Cemetery woods is via Brentwood Street Gate.

Trail access in the work area will be closed Monday – Friday for the next couple of weeks while the work is in progress. The snow cover is ideal to minimize impact to the forest floor, though disruptive to cross country skiing. As with similar work conducted at Pine Grove Park in 2013 and Riverton Trolley Park and Riverside Golf Course last year, the sustainable forest management work will have long term benefits.

The Evergreen Cemetery woodlands forest management plan was recommended by the Maine Forest Service via a grant from the US Forest Service to help communities with better management of their woodlands. The proposed thinning work will remove risk trees and thin sections of the woods to improve health. Conducting this type of work in an urban setting requires patience as the project looks ‘messy’ and disruptive when in progress while the results of reduced risk and improved forest health will last for decades. The window to conduct this work is relatively short as frozen ground and snow cover are needed to reduce impact to the forest floor. The project is expected to last two to three weeks depending on conditions.

Thank you for your patience as we complete this important work.

For more information: http://www.portlandmaine.gov/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2299


Book talk: Deering Center Community Church, March 18


Literary Lunch with David Little: Feb. 22


Literary Lunch: David & Carl Little talk about Art of Acadia with Bob Keyes

Wednesday, February 22 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Portland Public Main Library
Audience: Adults

David and Carl Little will sit down and discuss their new book  Art of Acadia with bob Keyes, Art Critic at the Portland Press Herald.

About the book:

The Mount Desert Island and Acadia region of Maine has been the subject of artists for hundreds of years and many of America’s most celebrated painters have been inspired here. From Thomas Cole to Richard Estes, painters have captured the exquisite beauty of the island on canvas. Their work has drawn visitors year after year and helped inspire the preservation of its extraordinary natural beauty through the creation of Acadia National Park. This view of the region through the works of talented artists grants a new perspective to our collective appreciation of this unique convergence of land and sea.

About the Series » Literary Lunch Series


Portland Public Library’s Literary Lunch series is held monthly and features authors from New England in conversation about new works.  Authors are interviewed by literary friends, colleagues or critics.

– See more at: https://www.portlandlibrary.com/events/literary-lunches-david-carl-little-talk-about-the-art-of-acadia/#sthash.yANWexEx.dpuf

Community Meeting on School Bond Issue: Wednesday December 21

The Longfellow and Lyseth Parent Teacher Organizations are jointly hosting a community meeting with our District 5 City Councilor David Brenerman and School Board Member Marnie Morrione regarding the Elementary School bond proposal.  We welcome all District 5 residents (not just parents of elementary school children) to come and hear from Councilor Brenerman and Board Member Morrione and provide them with your thoughts and views.  Both Councilor Brenerman and Board Member Morrione are very interested in providing an update to residents and hearing from constituents directly.

WHEN:                 Wednesday, December 21 at 6:30pm

 WHERE:               Casco Bay High School, Room 200

 WHY:                    Learn the latest and respectfully speak your mind 


As many of you may be aware, the School Facilities Ad Hoc Committee is meeting on Thursday December 22 at 5pm in City Council Chambers.  The School Facilities Ad Hoc Committee was formed by the City Council to further review and provide a recommendation on the proposed school bond.  The Ad Hoc Committee is comprised of 4 School Board Members, 3 City Councilors and the Mayor.  Once the Ad Hoc committee makes its recommendation, it will be sent back to the Board of Public Education for their approval, reviewed by the Council’s Finance Committee and then ultimately voted on by the full Council.  Bond proposals need to be approved by 7 members of the City Council in order to go on the ballot for voters to decide upon.  Both Councilor Brenerman and Board Member Morrione serve on the Ad Hoc committee.


Please feel free to contact Kim Cook, member of the Longfellow PTO, with any questions at kcook@gsmaine.com


We hope to see many of you then!


Angela Richards, Longfellow PTO Co-Chair and Jen Gribbin, Lyseth PTA Co-Chair


Missing Dog: Beagle


FOUND!! Thanks to the PPD, and everyone who helped bring him home.




Owner’s Name: Mary L Gabriele

Message: Please post a missing dog notice for our community. I reside at A1 Clairmont Court on Coyle Street across from Trinity Episcopal Church parking lot. Gunner is a rescue dog from Tall Tails Beagle Rescue 9 weeks ago. He is a tri-color beagle 13 inches tall and 32 lbs. He was last seen at the intersection of Brighton and Woodford 3 pm yesterday.


Please Contact Us if you have any information