August 15, 2019
Grab your family and friends and join us for our annual Summerfest event. Festivities begin on the High School Fields at 5:00 pm and feature a road race, musical acts and entertainment, food, games, and so much more. This fun-filled evening will end with a spectacular fireworks display. This is a great family event -- be sure not to miss it! You can check out the full schedule on our website.

Date: Friday, August 16
Time:  5:00 to 10:00 pm
Location:  Clifford Kippy Mitchell (High School) Sports Complex

Nomination Papers Now Available
Nomination papers are available in the Town Clerk's office on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, for seats on the Town Council, the  Board of Education and the  Scarborough Sanitary Board of Trustees. All nomination papers must be returned to the Town Clerk's office by close of business on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Town Clerk's office at 730-4020.

Residential Revaluation Update
Thank you to everyone who has made an appointment with KRT to discuss your updated assessment. KRT has added two days for in-person meetings: Thursday, August 15 and Wednesday, August 21. Please follow the same procedure as before by calling 1-855-228-4033 to schedule an appointment.

We understand how stressful this process is for many of our residents. Our Assessing Department is working hard to provide residents with timely answers to questions while still doing the work that needs to take place in order for taxes to be committed at the end of the month. As soon as we have a tax rate, or mill rate, set it will be shared with the public. Tax bills are expected to be mailed on September 15. In the meantime the Assessing Department page of our website is full of information about revaluation, assessing in general, exemptions residents may qualify for, and more. 

Looking to learn more about revaluations? The State of Maine published a handy guide that answers some common questions. Still have additional questions? Give us a call at (207) 730-4060, stop in to the Town Hall, or send us an email .

Share Your Voice
The Town of Scarborough is forming  two ad hoc resident committees . The first, the Downtown Development Committee, will lead the effort to define and  refine the elements and costs of a downtown development at the Downs. The second, the Community Center Exploration Committee, will work to define and refine the elements and costs of a community center to be located within the downtown district at the Downs. Interested residents should be prepared to spend a few hours each month over the course of 12 - 24 months in meeting these committee's goals. To share your interest please complete the Ad Hoc Committee Interest Form.

The Blue Point Preserve is Coming Soon!
Rich Bard, Executive Director, Scarborough Land Trust
Scarborough Land Trust has completed their fundraising campaign to create the Blue Point Preserve. Over 120 individuals, families, and businesses understood the value of preserving open space in a growing town like Scarborough - and they stepped up to support this campaign. The Land Trust will purchase the property from its current owners sometime early this fall. Once some initial work is done to improve it for public access, SLT looks forward to inviting everyone to enjoy the Blue Point Preserve later this year.
In addition to the donors mentioned above, significant funds came from the Friends of Scarborough Marsh and from the Scarborough's Land Acquisition Reserve Fund, also known as the land bond fund. With this award from the Land Acquisition Reserve Fund, the fund is depleted for the first time since its inception in 2000. Voters have approved the land bond three times, in 2000, 2003, and 2009, for a total of $5,000,000 invested to conserve open space, preserve wildlife habitat, protect Scarborough Marsh's ecosystem, and to aid public access to Higgins Beach.

Your Time Equals More Trail for Everyone!
Carole Brush, Executive Director, Eastern Trail Management Division
The IRONMAN 70.3 triathalon is right around the corner - August 25th - and for each volunteer we recruit the Eastern Trail is compensated! Funds raised through this effort will help the ETA build more trail for everyone to enjoy!
Want to join us for a fast paced, inspiring day supporting incredible athletes? Great!

Volunteers are needed at the Run Aid Station #3 Hosted by the Eastern Trail (when you sign up make sure you indicate in the organization box that you are with the "Eastern Trail Alliance"). This station is on the Eastern Trail in Scarborough and parking is provided if needed.

There is a morning shift (8 am to noon) and an afternoon shift (11:30 am to 4:30 pm).

This would be a GREAT opportunity for kids looking for community service hours.

You can sign up online. Let us know if you have any questions, ( 207) 284-9260!

Or, if you are not available on Sunday, Aug. 25, there are plenty of other positions available on Friday and Saturday, and the ETA will be compensated as well. 

Check out our website to see all the great events that are happening on the Eastern Trail!

News from the Scarborough Public Schools
Kelly Johnston, Central Office
As we turn the calendar to August, we gradually start thinking of returning to school!

Many of our staff have been very busy over the summer with several trainings and professional development opportunities. Many of our students have also been busy this summer. Some attended our Extended School Year program, others participated in our Summer Reading Academy, and some of our newest and youngest students took part in KinderKamp.

This year we welcome back staff on August 26th. Students will start progressively coming back to school beginning on August 27th - this day will be for students in grades 3, 6 and 9. On the 28th, students in grades 3-12 will attend and on August 29th students in grades 1-12 will be in attendance. Like in past years, there will be no school for staff and students on Friday, August 30th and Monday, September 2nd for the Labor Day weekend. On Tuesday, September 3rd, all kindergarteners will be notified of their teacher assignment and are invited to attend an Open House at 4:00PM at their primary school where they can meet both their teacher and their classmates. Beginning on September 4th, all students from kindergarteners through seniors are expected to be in class. Shortly the bus schedule for the upcoming school year will be available on our website and it will be emailed to homes.

We are look forward to welcoming back our returning staff and students and to meet our new staff and students. We hope you continue to enjoy the rest of this beautiful summer and hope you are energized and excited for the start of the new school year!
About the Scarborough Town Newsletter
Welcome to the official newsletter of the Town of Scarborough, Maine.  Brought to you by a team of Town staff, our mission is to keep you informed about town events and activities.  

Please note that the newsletter articles are intended to be brief and will often point you back to a link on the Town's Website or Facebook page. The website is the heart of the communication network within town and is the central repository for information on Town government.

Thanks for reading!  If you have ideas for stories, please email us.  

Your newsletter team:

Tody Justice, Town Clerk Catherine Morrison, Public Library
Audra Keenan, Community Services Sean Bushway, IT
Heidi McNinch, Human Resources Brian Longstaff, Codes & Planning
Kelly Johnston, Scarborough Public Schools
Michael Thurlow, Fire Department
Kim Sperlich, Police Department Ruth Porter, Finance
Leona Oceania, Public Works Larissa Crockett, Administration
Magdalena Slawiec, SEDCO

2019 Scarborough Town Council
Peter Hayes, Chair
Katy Foley, Vice Chair
Jean-Marie Caterina
John Cloutier
William Donovan
Don Hamill
Paul Johnson