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The Cape Courier The Cape Courier is a free, independent, not-for-profit newspaper published since 1988, serving the community of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. A local newspaper serving Cape Elizabeth, Maine

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Congratulations to our holiday coloring contest winner! Sawyer Lippmann, age 6, with help from her dog Bula, age 3.Thank...
12/24/2020

Congratulations to our holiday coloring contest winner! Sawyer Lippmann, age 6, with help from her dog Bula, age 3.

Thank you to all the amazing entries we had. Cape Elizabeth has many budding artists!

Image submitted by dad, Erik

Important information about COVID-19 vaccination scams.
12/21/2020
Top Security Official Warns of COVID Vaccine Scams

Important information about COVID-19 vaccination scams.

As government rollout of the coronavirus vaccine begins, scammers looking for a payday will make bogus offers of treatments to steal your money.


12/20/2020

Hey Greenbelt Trail users!

It's great that many people are enjoying the outdoors on the greenbelt, especially with covid restrictions. The Town of Cape Elizabeth manages 18+ miles of greenbelt trails.

With increased usage, be mindful that you share this resource.

•Stay on the trail. Do not create your own trail. Trails are laid out to avoid trespassing on private property and minimize impact on sensitive resources. Trail users and their pets should never trespass on adjacent private property.

•Do not alter the trail. If you want to make trail improvements, contact the Conservation Committee with your proposal. Trail lands are often restricted by deed that limit what can occur on the land.

•Control your pet. Dogs must always be under voice and sight control or be on a leash. No exceptions. Both people and pets have been jumped on or menaced by dogs not under control. Many people do not want a dog to jump on them, even if the dog is "friendly."

•Respect signage. Trail sign markers are installed to guide the public. Removing a trail sign is a violation of town ordinance. It also exacerbates trespassing on private property when well-meaning trail users wander off the trail.

•Abide by trail rules. Trail head signs have been installed that summarize trail rules. Please respect these rules.

For more information, please contact the town planner, [email protected], or attend a Conservation Committee meeting.

The Class of 2021 Project Graduation is doing things a little differently this year. Consider doing the challenge or don...
12/18/2020

The Class of 2021 Project Graduation is doing things a little differently this year. Consider doing the challenge or donating to this years senior class. It’s not the Senior year they were expecting but doesn’t mean it can’t be great. Support them today!!

12/16/2020

From the Office of the Superintendent of Schools

Due to the impending snow storm expected tonight and tomorrow Cape Elizabeth School Department will switch to remote learning for our Maroon groups for Thursday, December 17, 2020. Should there be widespread power outages, we will communicate regarding alternate plans. Please visit our website for updated information.

Training Notice....
12/04/2020

Training Notice....

TRAINING NOTICE:
Tomorrow (12/5/2020) between the hours of 7am and 1pm, the Cape Elizabeth Fire/Rescue Department will be conducting a series of training exercises at 539 Ocean House Road. These activities do not involve the use of traditional live fire evolutions (also known as a training burn), but smoke will be visible in the area of the structure. The public should also expect to see a number of fire apparatus and personnel in the area during this time.

There is no plan to block or otherwise disrupt the flow of traffic. We ask the public to please exercise caution if you are traveling in the area.

Cape Elizabeth Police Department
12/01/2020

Cape Elizabeth Police Department

⚠️⚠️⚠️UPDATE⚠️⚠️⚠️

The system has been fixed, thank you for your patience

The Portland Regional Communications Center, which provides 911 and dispatching services for Cape Elizabeth is currently experiencing issues with 9-1-1. This issue has caused dispatch to be unable to answer 9-1-1 calls. If you have an emergency, please call (207) 767-3323 or (207) 874-8575 until further notice.

11/15/2020

Notice from Cape Elizabeth School Dept: All CEHS classes for Monday, November 16, 2020 will be held remotely. Please check email, or go to website for more information.

Remembering today and every day, all those who served. Thank you veterans!
11/11/2020

Remembering today and every day, all those who served. Thank you veterans!

11/03/2020
10/31/2020

Happy Halloween! Be safe out there!

Cape Elizabeth Police Department
10/20/2020

Cape Elizabeth Police Department

**UPDATE**

Use code “spooky” when signing up!

**HALLOWEEN CANDYLAND**

Looking for a fun AND safe way to celebrate Halloween? Look no further, the Halloween Candyland event has arrived!

Cape Elizabeth families with preschoolers through 4th grade are invited to decorate treat bags and make way along the Halloween Candyland gameboard. Town vehicles will be distributing (contact-free) treats. Costumes encouraged!

Date: Friday, October 30th

Time: Beginning at 4:15 pm. Advanced reservations required. Access Code will be provided/posted at 8:00 am on October 21st.

Reservations Open on October 21st.

Place: Community Center Back Parking Lot

Cost: Free

For reservations, please visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=s.SignupLogin&urlid=8050845A5AF2CAAFF2-halloween

Maine CDC Covid guidelines include contact tracing sign-in, temperature taking, hand and surface sanitizing, face coverings, social distancing, and outdoor public gathering compliance.

10/08/2020

ATTENTION!

Potential exposure by a hockey referee on the ice for 8 games.

Biddeford Ice Arena Oct 3, 8:35am and 10:05am games.

Biddeford Ice Arena Oct 4, four games: 7:40am 9:20am 11am 1pm

NYA for 1 game Oct 4 6:30pm until 10:15pm

Merrill Fay in Laconia, NH Oct 3- 5:45pm game

According to Dr. Shah from Maine CDC, if you or a family member were on the ice for one of these games, you should consider yourself a close contact, and quarantine for 14 days, and get tested for COVID.

09/26/2020

If you were unable to attend the open house today at Turkey Hill Farm, please note the farm is also welcoming people to stop by tomorrow, September 27 between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Recommended COVID protocols will be observed.

Cape Elizabeth Police Department
09/08/2020

Cape Elizabeth Police Department

SRO David Galvan and the rest of the Cape Elizabeth Police Department want to wish the students and staff at all three Cape Elizabeth schools a safe, happy, and healthy school year! Although things may look and operate a tad bit different at this time, we have no doubt that everyone can overcome the challenges presented.

In addition, please remember that Scott Dyer Road has a 15mph speed limit during the morning and afternoon school hours. Our portable speed limit sign has been placed on Scott Dyer Road to remind motorists of their speed limit. Officers will also be patrolling the school area to ensure that everyone gets to and from school safely.

Town of Cape Elizabeth, Maine
08/30/2020

Town of Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Incumbent Town Councilor Valerie Adams has announced that she will not be seeking another term on the council.Adams, currently council chair, will be moving to another community in the next few months and will not seek nomination for re-election in the Nov. 3, 2020 municipal election. She took out nomination papers in early August.

Two seats on the council, held by Adams and by Christopher Straw, are up for election. Grover Road resident Nicole Boucher is the sole candidate to complete nomination papers for Town Council as of Aug. 29. Also up for election are two seats on the School Board, currently held by Mohammed Nasir Shir and Hope Straw. Philip Road resident Cynthia Voltz has completed nomination papers for School Board as of Aug. 29. All are three-year terms.

Papers are due by 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4. Candidates may obtain and complete nominating petitions by contacting the Town Clerk's office, 207-799-7665, for an appointment.

For details on completing nomination papers please see news article, Nomination for 2020 Town Council, School Board, Portland Water District Trustee begins; COVID-19

These are so cute and such a good cause! Can’t wait until mine arrives 🥰
08/22/2020

These are so cute and such a good cause! Can’t wait until mine arrives 🥰

The Cape Courier has teamed up with Sea Bags to design a “Cape” bag! Order yours today. All proceeds go to helping the Cape Courier continue to bring you your community news!!

The Cape Courier has teamed up with Sea Bags to design a “Cape” bag! Order yours today. All proceeds go to helping the C...
08/20/2020

The Cape Courier has teamed up with Sea Bags to design a “Cape” bag! Order yours today. All proceeds go to helping the Cape Courier continue to bring you your community news!!

Today is the day! Congratulations to the Class of 2020! The class will be doing a “socially distanced” commencement cere...
08/05/2020

Today is the day! Congratulations to the Class of 2020!
The class will be doing a “socially distanced” commencement ceremony this evening at Crescent Beach. It is not the ceremony that you expected but the sun is shining and your town is very proud of you. Cheers to all the graduates and to their families! You did it!

State sets all Maine counties at "green"- up to local school districts to decide next steps, says DOE and Maine CDC. "Th...
07/31/2020
MEDIA RELEASE: Mills Administration Releases Guidance to Assist Schools with Fall Plans

State sets all Maine counties at "green"- up to local school districts to decide next steps, says DOE and Maine CDC.

"The initial assessment released today showed that 16 Maine counties are currently categorized as “green,” suggesting a relatively low COVID-19 risk at this time and that in-person instruction can be adopted as long as schools can implement the six Requirements for Safely Opening Schools in the Fall. While COVID-19 remains more prevalent in Cumberland, York, Androscoggin, and Sagadahoc counties than in other Maine counties, the assessment . . . "

https://mainedoenews.net/2020/07/31/media-release-mills-administration-releases-guidance-to-assist-schools-with-fall-plans/

Health Advisory System reflects relative risk by county, updated requirements to safely reopen schools promote public health AUGUSTA — The Mills Administration today released updated guidance to assist school communities in making their decisions about how to resume instruction this fall in the fa...

Please do not run Beach to Beacon on your own, asks CEPD
07/29/2020

Please do not run Beach to Beacon on your own, asks CEPD

**BEACH TO BEACON RUN ON YOUR OWN**

We have recently discovered that a large number of people plan on running the Beach to Beacon route on their own this Saturday, August 1st. We respectfully ask that people refrain from doing this due to several safety concerns. First, we are unable to control traffic, especially on the narrow and curvy Shore Road. During the regular race, we have dozens of law enforcement officers in town to shut down roads, direct traffic, and control the over 10,000 runners and spectators that come to town. We are unable to have any specialized traffic control this Saturday, which leads to a more dangerous situation with runners coupled with the busy weekend summer traffic.

We also realize that with a large number of runners, social distancing concerns will be an issue. The state is still in the midst of a public health crisis and it is imperative that members of the public do not intentionally or unintentionally create a risk to themselves or other people.

Lastly, we recognize that severe parking issues may occur if a large number of people/vehicles show up to run the race on their own. On a normal Beach to Beacon race day, many parking areas, including several acres of private property, are utilized to park the thousands of vehicles that come to Cape Elizabeth. Shuttle buses are utilized to ensure the smooth transport of people to and from these parking areas. Without these parking areas, there is very little space for people to park legally without causing traffic issues and concerns for emergency vehicle response.

We realize that many people want to get outside and run the race that they have come to love over the past 21 years. We respectfully ask that you refrain from running the race route this Saturday to ensure that the community stays safe and healthy. See you next year!

07/13/2020

CEHS Principal Jeffrey Shedd reported that a link has been sent to families of incoming Freshmen, welcoming them to the high school. He gives credit for the video to AP Nate Carpenter.

Here is the link. It's a positive, upbeat message that perhaps many residents could use these days.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0g3gts9_8Sk

Be safe, everyone. https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/news/fight-covid-19-governor-mills-strengthens-enforcement-face-...
07/09/2020
To Fight COVID-19, Governor Mills Strengthens Enforcement of Face Covering Requirement as Maine Reopens | Office of Governor Janet T. Mills

Be safe, everyone.

https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/news/fight-covid-19-governor-mills-strengthens-enforcement-face-covering-requirement-maine-reopens

In line with nearly every other state in the nation, Governor Mills also renews Maine’s State of Civil Emergency for another 30 days Governor Janet Mills today issued an Executive Order requiring large retail businesses, restaurants, outdoor bars, tasting rooms, and lodging establishments in Maine...

Cape Elizabeth Police Department
07/01/2020

Cape Elizabeth Police Department

***FIREWORKS ORDINANCE***

A reminder that the use, possession, and sale of fireworks is against Cape Elizabeth Town ordinance Article V, Sec 12-5-2.

The section states "No person shall use, possess with the intent to use, sell, possess with the intent to sell or offer for sale Consumer Fireworks within the Town of Cape Elizabeth. This section does not apply to a person issued a fireworks display permit by the Town of Cape Elizabeth and/or by the State of Maine pursuant to 8 M.R.S.A §227-A.

Although tempting, we ask that residents refrain from using fireworks during Saturday's July 4th holiday. Anyone with questions is asked to call the police department at 767-3323.

From the Superintendent...
06/23/2020
Superintendent Update

From the Superintendent...

Please click here to read the latest update from Superintendent Wolfrom.

Art Show Announcement
06/22/2020
Art Show Announcement

Art Show Announcement

Students, Families, Friends, & Community Members of Cape Elizabeth,You are invited to visit the C...

Dogs off leash again at Fort Williams Park, in those designated areas.
06/10/2020
Emergency ordinance amendment removes leash requirements for dogs in Fort Williams Park

Dogs off leash again at Fort Williams Park, in those designated areas.

In response to numerous requests from citizens, Town Councilors voted 5-1 to approve rescinding a portion of the emergency order which requires dog owners keep their dogs on leash at all times within Fort Williams Park before the June 30, 2020 expiration. As of June 9, dog owners will be allowed to....

Important message from the CEPD.
06/09/2020

Important message from the CEPD.

Did you know that your brain develops until the age of 25? Anything that you do to disrupt this process will affect how your brain develops. During the brain’s development stage, any type of trauma and/or changes in the brain’s wiring could affect brain function. Drug use is one of the ways that can mess up the wiring. How?

When you use drugs, it interferes with the normal traffic patterns that the neurotransmitters use. To learn more about how drug use affects the brain, please click on the link below:

https://www.justthinktwice.gov/how-does-drug-use-affect-your-high-school-grades?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Cape Elizabeth Police Department
06/08/2020

Cape Elizabeth Police Department

**COMMUNITY CONVERSATION WITH CHIEF FENTON VIA ZOOM**

The Cape Elizabeth Police Department has received calls and emails from concerned citizens on such issues as sensitivity training, racial bias training, community policing policies and procedures, and other departmental operations. For every citizen who has reached out to Chief Fenton, there may be many more who would like answers to the same questions. Chief Fenton would like to invite the entire community to join in the conversation. He will share information on department policies, training, and equipment. Even more importantly, he will share information about the department’s staff, vision, culture, and values. Joining Chief Fenton will be Town Manager Matthew Sturgis and Cumberland County District Attorney Jonathan Sahrbeck.

Please visit the following link to register:

http://www.thomasmemoriallibrary.org/community-conversation-with-chief-fenton/

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320 Ocean House Rd
Cape Elizabeth, ME
04107-2419

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