2013-08-09 / Community

Community News


Portland Water District President Guy Cote presents Alyssa Marchant with the 2013 Joseph A. DiPietro Scholarship. (Courtesy photo) Portland Water District President Guy Cote presents Alyssa Marchant with the 2013 Joseph A. DiPietro Scholarship. (Courtesy photo) Rotary elects new president for 2013-2014

Ellie Speh has been named president of the Rotary Club of South Portland-Cape Elizabeth for the 2013-2014 year. Speh assumed presidential responsibilities as of July 1 and will serve for one year, succeeding Rob Flynn.

During her presidency, Speh, who is a Cape Elizabeth resident, will focus on Rotary’s theme: “Service Above Self.”

The club has more than 60 men and women of all ages and backgrounds. Members share one thing in common: a desire to give back to communities – both locally and internationally.

Through hands on projects and yearly fundraisers (annual Christmas tree sale at Mill Creek Park; South Portland Winterfest; The Spring Point Classic; and theater night at Portland Players), the club has been able to provide assistance to food cupboards, scholarships for deserving Cape Elizabeth and South Portland high school and Southern Maine Community College students, and veteran’s initiative programs. Recent projects include the design process for the children’s garden at Fort Williams, funding and building a new skating shelter at Mill Creek Park and the restoration and continued maintenance of Bug Light.

Serving on the incoming board with Speh are Bob Flynn, Dave Bagdasarian, Paul Butler, Kathy Cotter, Anamaria Gonzalez, Nancy Irving, Scott Irving, Brian Murphy, Bill Phillips and Chuck Redman.

For more information, visit Rotary International’s site at www.rotary.org or the club’s website at www.sp-csrotary.org.

Forum on health of Atlantic scheduled

A public forum regarding Friends of Casco Bay, the health of the Atlantic Ocean and how personal habits affect the ecosystem will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 at the Betsy Ross House Community Room, 99 Preble St., in South Portland. Use the entrance located off Stanford Street.

The program will feature Casco Bay keeper, Joe Payne. Being one of only seven water keepers in the country, Payne is best able to answer all questions about the Casco Bay habitat.

The Willard Neighborhood Association will host the event. A brief business meeting will follow the speaker. For more information, visit www.willardneighborhood.org.

Final summer concert features Cuban music

Thomas Memorial Library’s final outdoor summer

concert will feature Cuban dance music by the band Primo Cubano, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 22. Formed in 2006 by band leader Paul D’Alessio after an inspiring visit to Brunswick’s sister city, Trinidad de Cuba, Primo Cubano is a five–piece band committed to rendering Cuban “Son” faithfully for audiences back home who otherwise would probably not be able to experience it live. “Son” is the most popular style to come out of Cuba and is the primary contributor to the blend of Latin styles today known as salsa. The concert will be held on the library’s front lawn (in the event of rain, the concert will be moved indoors). More information about the band, including videos of live performances, can be found on the library’s website at www.thomasmemoriallibrary.org.

Cut-a-thon at Bug Light will benefit pantry

Dani Nisbet, owner of Belissimo in South Portland, will host a cut-a-thon for South Portland Buy Local’s first Bug Light Festival.

It will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. The cut-a-thon will benefit The South Portland Food Cupboard. Participating salons are Belissimo from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; Flair for Hair from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Creations from 1 to 2:30 p.m.; and Ocean Waves from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Stylists ask for donations to cut hair for children, men and women. Blow dry styles will be extra.

Sign up for co-ed basketball leagues in South Portland

The South Portland Recreation Department will offer a co-ed Adult Basketball League this fall.

It is a recreational league and is designed for both the average and competitive adult to have fun while exercising. Standings will be kept and the league will conclude with playoffs to determine a champion. All players must be at least 18 years old and graduated from high school. Limited number of teams allowed.

Basketball will be held Thursdays September through November at South Portland Community Center.

For more information and registration forms, contact Sabrina Best, recreation coordinator, at 767-7650.

Southern Maine Flame to hold tryouts this month

The Southern Maine Flame, a fastpitch softball organization, will hold tryouts for the 2014 season.

Winners of 72 championships, the Southern Maine Flame has won four New England championships, 15 state championships and 53 other titles since 2000. A fee is required at tryouts. Tryouts will be held at Wainwright Fields, Gary Maietta Parkway, South Portland at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25.

Preregister at southernmaineflame.com.

Water district gives scholarship to South Portland student

The Portland Water District Board of Trustees recently awarded the 2013 Joseph A. DiPietro Memorial Scholarship to Alyssa Marchant of South Portland.

Marchant will attend the University of Southern Maine this fall to study biology and hopes to pursue a medical degree and a career as an anesthesiologist.

She attended South Portland High School, where she earned a 3.0 GPA.

Marchant works several jobs and volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House. She is the first in her family to attend college.

The Joseph A. DiPietro Scholarship was established in 2003 in memory of businessman and longtime Portland Water District Trustee Joe DiPietro.

It serves students in the Portland Water District’s service area who have the same mission as PWD – protecting public health and the environment.

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