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South Portland fills city committee posts

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Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013 2:39 pm

SOUTH PORTLAND – At recent meetings, the South Portland City Council has filled several key vacancies on volunteer board and committees.

Lowell Street resident Sara Oberton was put on the Board of Appeals to fill out a term that expires July 23, 2015. Largely retired, Oberton still works “very part time,” she said, for the Hospice of Southern Maine in Scarborough. She has lived in South Portland for 15 years.

Rita Thompson of Bowers Street was appointed to fill a term on the Energy and Recycling Committee to May 5, 2015. A funeral coordinator for the Roman Catholic Bishop of Portland, Thompson has lived in South Portland for all of her 72 years.

Christine Dearborn of Settler Road, who has served on the South Portland Housing Authority since 1998 was appointed to a new five-year term, to March 25, 2018. She is a senior implementation specialist for WEX Inc.

Fred Hagen, Susan Hasson and Rob Schrieber have all been reappointed to new three-year terms on the Planning Board, through April 1, 2016. Hagen, of Kaler Road, is an environmental specialist for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection who has lived in South Portland for 23 years. He has served on the Planning Board since October, when appointed to fill a vacant, unexpired term. Hasson, a self-employed attorney, lives on Pine Street and was first appointed to the board in April 2010.

Schreiber, of Stanford Street, has served three previous terms on the Planning Board, dating to 2004. He had announced when mounting a challenge for a City Council seat earlier this year that he would not return to the Planning Board, regardless of the outcome. However, saying he was “as surprised as anyone,” Schreiber relented when asked to reconsider by Councilor Michael Pock, to whom he had lost the special election in March. A life insurance and annuity specialist for AAA Northern New England, Schreiber also is well known in the area as a jazz drummer and leader of Rob Scheiber’s Standard Issue.

The city has openings on the Conservation Commission to November 2014, the Community Development Advisory Committee to January 2016, the Board of Assessment Review to March 2016 and the Civil Service Commission to March 2018. Applications can be submitted on the city’s website,, by navigating to the “boards and committees” page and clicking the “online application” link.

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