Boston Bruins anthem singer Todd Anguilly and co-author Rachel Goguen will be signing copies of their multi-nominated children’s book, ‘The Adventures of Owen and the Anthem Singer’ August 27 from 1-4 p.m. at Nonesuch Books & More in South Portland.
Owen the Pug will also be signing the book that follows his hockey-filled adventures with the famous anthem singer. The books will be available for purchase from the authors, and all proceeds will go to the Bruins Foundation, a non-profit organization that partners with charities that demonstrate a commitment to health and wellness, education and athletics.
Plus, for every book purchased, one entry will be made into a draw for two tickets to the Boston Bruins for the upcoming season. The fundraiser will take place at Nonesuch Books & More at 50 Market St., South Portland. Capacity limits will be managed as needed.
Law establishing green housing standards comes into force
New legislation sponsored by Rep. Rebecca Millett, D-Cape Elizabeth, to codify green housing standards went into effect Monday, August 8.
As amended, LD 1656 will increase Maine’s energy-efficient affordable housing stock by requiring new construction projects funded by the Maine State Housing Authority to meet certain housing design standards and sustainability requirements.
New projects will be required to meet at least one of many national and internationally recognized design standards or similar recognized third-party certification or Maine State Housing Authority-approved state program that considers both sustainability and energy efficiency. They will also be required to use cost-effective systems for heating, cooling and hot water that are less dependent on fossil fuels. Infrastructure should be included for the installation of solar photovoltaic systems and energy storage, where applicable, including the provision of sufficient interior space to allow energy storage.
“We want to make sure new projects don’t just rely on old technology that will cost residents more in the long run,” Millett said in an Aug. 5 press release. “Giving these projects the ability to use and adapt to new technologies will help us address both the climate crisis and the housing crisis while reducing costs for residents.”
The Maine State Housing Authority now has until January 1, 2024 to pass rules to implement the new law.
Millett is serving his first term at Maine House and represents District 30, which is part of Cape Elizabeth. She is a member of the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee. Prior to representing House District 30, Millett served eight years in the state Senate, representing Senate District 29, which includes South Portland, Cape Elizabeth and part of Scarborough.
South Portland seniors can apply for a free, confidential home safety accessibility and modification program
The South Portland Housing Authority has opened applications for 2022 for its Seniors Housing Modification Scheme. This free program for qualified South Portland residents over the age of 60 or with disabilities provides necessary home repairs and modifications to improve accessibility and function so residents can live safely and age in place.
To apply, residents should contact Phillip Smith, LCSW, Director of Resident Services for the South Portland Housing Authority at [email protected] or 207-773-4140, ext. 234. The authority will work with residents to confirm eligibility, schedule a home visit to assess safety and accessibility needs, and determine scope of work, plan of site and schedule. Eligibility and income guidelines apply; residents will be asked to verify their 2021 income and proof of ownership. All inquiries and participation in the program are kept confidential. Each project will be limited to a total cost of $2,500 for labor and materials per household.
Repairs and modifications may include, but are not limited to, the installation of grab bars, handrails, lever door handles, faucets, assistive devices, carbon monoxide detectors, threshold ramps, maintaining dryer venting, maintaining refrigerator venting, and moving appliances where possible. The program is administered by the South Portland Housing Authority and funded by a grant from MaineHousing, with support from Age Friendly South Portland.
“As we and our housing age, safety factors overwhelm us,” Maxine Beecher said in an email. “I fell a few years ago and broke my hip. I live alone and couldn’t get into the tub or shower. South Portland Housing came and installed security bars. It was truly a gift. A neighbor of mine had them install new stairs in front of her house because she couldn’t manage the stairs without railings.
Beecher is Co-Chair of Age Friendly South Portland, an official City of South Portland committee established to ensure that the city’s older adult residents have access to services and infrastructure to enable them to live safely and with dignity in as they age.
“The Elderly Home Modification Program is a great example of collaboration between the South Portland Housing Authority, Age Friendly South Portland and other community partners,” said Larry Clifford, consultant for the Maine Council on Aging, in a Press release. “This will go a long way in preventing falls in older people, which can sometimes be devastating to quality of life.”
Gloria Twomey, a South Portland resident, was able to use the program to move her laundry room to the same level as her bedroom. “Living alone after back surgery, I was faced with the difficulty of having to carry my laundry up and down three small stairs and the possibility that I could no longer stay in the house I had lived in for 46 years. ,” Twomey said in an email.
“I contacted several agencies and heard about South Portland’s aging in place program. It was even more helpful than I could have imagined, and I’m grateful to them and that program, for making this possible. The team also found other ways to improve my safety, such as installing handrails and smoke alarms. My thanks to everyone involved in this process to make my life safer.
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