Recent Grand Openings

Grand Opening of Bellavita at Scarborough

BellavBellavita34Websiteita at Scarborough had its grand opening on Thursday, October 28, 2015. The ribbon cutting drew a large crowd from the community including Teague Morris – Senator King’s Staff, Amy Volk – State Senator, Bill Donovan – Scarborough Town Council, Gayle Brazeau and Andrea Killiard – SEDCO Board. Members of the Fire Department including Chief Thurlow and SEDCO staffers Karen Martin and Magdalena Slawiec also attended.

Bellavita of Scarborough is a Brookdale Senior Living Community. It offers two levels of quality care: Assisted Living and Memory Care. The facility is located at 18 Black Point Road in Scarborough, Maine.

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Open House & Ribbon Cutting at OPTA

Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Associates (OPTOPTA5Website1A) celebrated their new, larger facility in the Hannaford Plaza with an open house on Thursday, October 28, 2015. The event was well attended by the Scarborough community including Bill Donovan – Scarborough Town Council, Kevin Freeman and Stuart Axelrod from SEDCO Board and many others.

OPTA offers physical therapy, fitness and injury prevention services to individuals of all ages. The office is located just off Route One in Scarborough. They are 3 doors down from the Hannaford supermarket between Seacoast Vision Care and Goodwill Donation Express.

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Open House at Lighthouse Suites at Pine Point

The Lighthouse Suites at Pine Point had its open house on Thursday, October 28, 2015. The suites have been recently completely renovated. The new woodwork, furniture and appliances give the rooms a modern and fresh look. The lighthouse Suites are located at 3 King Street in Scarborough.

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Town of Scarborough Improves Efficiency with Tri-Generation System

SCARBOROUGH, MAINE (November 3, 2015) — A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the startup of a new combined heat and power tri-generation system at Scarborough’s Town Hall will be held on Tuesday, November 10 at 11:30 a.m. The Town of Scarborough has undertaken a new project that involves providing power to its Town Hall building in a whole new way. The building is in progress of changing over from a traditional electricity, heating, and cooling system to a combined heat and power system using what is called a tri-generation configuration. This new system will help to manage costs, improve energy efficiency, increase energy infrastructure resiliency, and reduce carbon emissions.

The decision to install this state-of-the art system came out of the cost reduction goal in the 2011 Comprehensive Energy Plan for the Town. This project was a key strategy in this plan, which was developed by the Town’s Energy Committee; the group has been working continuously to create a power generation capacity in the Town to reduce its reliance on market sources and reduce overall energy costs.

“The short return on this investment made it an obvious priority for the Town, and the savings on energy costs will get exponentially better when the system provides for the heating, cooling, and electrical needs of the future Public Safety Building,” said Scarborough Town Manager, Thomas Hall. “We hope other communities and businesses see the potential of these systems and the significant savings that accrue, and we are proud to show leadership in energy conservation and cost reduction.”

Making the transition to this new system required installing a natural gas fired 150 kW Kraft Power Systems combined heat and power unit. At this size, the system will be capable of handling future expansions at the Town Hall building, including the addition of the town’s new public safety building that is to be constructed on adjacent property. The overall system, designed by Self-Gen, an integrated energy solutions and services company based in Scarborough, will include the Kraft CHP unit, an absorption chiller and cooling tower for cooling, hot and chilled water piping systems integrated into the existing building, and a control system linked to the existing building’s automation system.

Paul Aubrey, president of Self-Gen, was enthusiastic about the project’s expected outcome, saying: “As an individual and company that resides in Scarborough and pays taxes, we were extremely excited to lead this project to provide long term energy cost savings, improved efficiency, and resiliency for the Town.  It was a great team effort by my staff, the Town, Efficiency Maine, and everyone involved to work towards bringing the project to completion and realizing the long term benefits.”

Bruce Gullifer, Scarborough’s Community Services Director, served as Project Manager.  In addition to working with Self-Gen, who designed and managed the project and provided oversight for the construction of the new system, the project required cooperation with various other firms. Cianbro, a construction services firm based in Pittsfield, ME, provided mechanical and electrical installation services, and Kraft Power supplied the actual combined heat and power unit. Woodard & Curran, a Portland-based integrated engineering, science, and operations company, acted as the town’s engineer and representative to review, inspect, oversee, and approve all aspects of the project. They were also responsible for administrating all aspects of the Efficiency Maine Grant program, which provided partial funding for this project.

Dan Kelley, Woodard & Curran’s Energy & Power Engineering Service Line Leader noted the complexities of working on a project like this, but expects a positive result for the town, saying: “Even though this technology and its applications have been proven and around for decades, it is new to municipal settings, and everyone goes through a learning curve before having the comfort level to move forward. I give Tom Hall, his staff, and the Energy Committee the credit on being trailblazers willing to move on a project like this. They saw the long-term benefits with cost savings and greenhouse gas reductions surpassed any concerns or reservations while also laying the groundwork for future expansions.”

The tri-generation system is expected to provide 100% of the Town Hall’s electricity, 100% of its heating in the winter, and 80% of its cooling in the summer, adding up to an estimated $40,000 a year in energy cost savings. The excess electrical output will be used under a Net Metering agreement with Central Maine Power to reduce electrical consumption at other town facilities, as well. Using a tri-generation system is a large part of the town’s energy management strategy for municipal buildings, which will allow for more control over their long-term energy costs and reduce exposure to changes in energy prices.

Using the metrics provided during the completion of a preliminary energy balance, the town estimates the project can achieve 50% overall energy savings for the Town Hall. They anticipate that savings could be even greater depending on the costs, revenues, and tax credits realized by the project.

Holiday Guide 2015

Welcome to the first ever HOLIDAY GUIDE for Scarborough, brought to you by the Scarborough Community Chamber of Commerce, SEDCO and Scarborough Buy Local.

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We’ve got a list of events in Scarborough, a selection of regional events and a mini guide to gifts with a Scarborough orientation. We’ve also included info on Project G.R.A.C.E.

The Guide is in a PDFs format and meant to be updated.  If you have gift ideas that you think we should include, send us a note and we will update the guide! Check back here for weekly updates.

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Scarborough Band Boosters’ eWaste Fundraiser

eWaste Electronics Recycling Fundraiser – November 14th, from 9am to 2pm at SHS parking lot. Make a cash donation to the Scarborough Band Boosters and drop off your old or broken electronics.  All money collected supports the band programs at Scarborough High School, Scarborough Middle School and Wentworth Elementary School. 

Please note: They receive no money from the eWaste collected. Cash donations for drop off items are requested in lieu of disposal fees.

Eligible items:  laptops, CPUs, monitors, keyboards/mouse/peripherals, PDAs, printers and ink cartridges, copiers/fax machines, electronic typewriters, scanners, stereos and speakers, CD players, tape players, two-way radios, cell phones/telephones, pagers, answering machines, projectors, camcorders, digital cameras, digital picture frames, microwaves, televisions/remote controls, VCRs, DVD players, game systems,  and medical electronics.

Sorry, they cannot accept:  Refrigerators/freezers, stoves, washing machines and dryers, air conditioners, dishwashers, water heaters, small household appliances, universal or hazardous household waste.

For more information contact Bert Follansbee: