Main Street

Main Street, the place where neighbors meet and exchange information. We want you to supply the content. We’re looking for your recommendations about local vendors, restaurants, events, services and places to visit, in brief, anything you think other residents might like to know about.

People come to the Village Center Activities Desk asking for this kind of information all the time, so your recommendations would be a big help to the staff.  Please email your recommendations for Main Street to

Snowbird Checklist

  • Email Sharon Murphy, with: 1) Your seasonal address and phone number, 2)Starting/ending dates of your seasonal address, 3) Contact information of the person   monitoring your unit.
  • Replace thermostat batteries and set temperature on “HOLD” at 55 or higher. Note: If the battery dies while you’re away, the heat shuts off.
  • Turn off main water supply to your unit. If you do not turn off the main water supply, turn off water supply to the washing machine.
  • Close water valves to outside faucets and open faucets to drain remaining water.
  • Turn off water heater at the motor or turn gas control to “pilot” or “vacation” setting.
  • Close and lock windows and doors.
  • Have mail held at post office, or forwarded, or picked up.
  • Cancel newspaper delivery.
  • Make sure the Management Office has a key to your unit and sign the Emergency Entry Permission Form. The key will be stored in a locked box in the Management Office.
  • If you use your alarm system, set it when you leave.

Do Not Turn Off Your Phone Service. It is connected to your alarm system. If you shut your telephone off, it will turn it back on at your expense plus a $100 charge by the Association.

The Lost & Found Bin, located in the coat closet in the Village Center, is where you may find an item you’ve mislaid or forgotten to take home with you. Very small items might be found in the Lost & Found bin on the Information Room counter. For valuable items such as keys, glasses, wallets or cell phones, please check with staff at the Village Center Activities Desk. Please respect others’ property and remove only items that belong to you. Thank you.

Refundable Bottles & Cans As many of you know (but newcomers may not), Betty & Bill Kelley have been collecting refundable bottles and cans for many years, the proceeds of which go to support a mission in Honduras. The Santa Rosa de Lima Clinic, located in Guaimaca, provides medical care and medications to approximately 40 patients every day. The medical clinic will be expanded to include a dental counterpart, as soon as funds allow. In view of this, the Kelleys ask that you continue (or start) to leave refundable bottles and cans at 7 Portside Drive whenever possible. Our thanks to all who have been able to support this in the past and we welcome newcomers. More information? Please call 508-477-8417. Betty & Bill Kelley

Southport Village Voices Archive An online archive of all 70+ issues of SVV, starting with May 2010 is now available on Click on “Happenings” then “Publications.” You’ll see the section for “Village Voices”; both the current issue and the archive can be found there. As a historical record, these issues are particularly interesting for the many interviews and articles about Southport residents they contain.

If you are not receiving your monthly issue of Southport Village Voices, it may be because your computer does not recognize mail from me and sends SVV to your spam folder. You can help prevent this by adding my email address to your address file. David Kapp —

Southport Village Voices If you are not receiving your monthly edition of Southport Village Voices via email — and wish to receive it — please send a note to David Kapp,

Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Swedish/Deep Tissue/Shiatsu available at the Village Center from nationally certified LMT. First session includes complimentary hot towel therapy. Gift certificates available. Echo Mellyn, 617-816-8828

Piano Lessons Available Southport resident and an experienced piano teacher with openings for new students beginning immediately. If you have ever wanted to learn how to play the piano, or perhaps to brush up on those earlier lessons, contact me at 301-335-5443 or                 Ellen Wilmarth  

Do You Need a Companion? I am an experienced companion to seniors in their homes or in assisted living. As a new resident of Southport, I’m looking for similar part-time work. If you  or a loved one need such assistance (non-medical) and would like more information, email or call 508-681-8171. Thank you. Linda Dolan

Can Southport Woodworkers Help You? The Southport Woodworkers are known for helping the community with projects like our street signs and personal projects such as those displayed in the Village Center, and we may be able to help you with a small project. You would be expected to provide or pay for the materials and to make a donation for the voluntary labor involved. If you think our woodworkers could make or modify something for you, contact one of our project managers (Dick Farrar 774-521-3559 or Lou DiFinizio 774-276-1096) to see if we can help. All work would be done in the shop, not in your condo.

Partners Bridge is an informal, friendly bridge game played Wednesday evenings at 6:45 in the Sports Lounge. Be sure to sign up with a partner each week on our bulletin board in the Information Room. You will also find a list of bridge players posted there. If you have any questions or would like your name added to the list, please contact Adrienne Guptill (508 477-1313) or me. Ilse Fersing, 508-477-5195

The Needle Arts Group (formerly Knitters and Crocheters) invites interested Southport residents to join us on Mondays from 2:00 to 4:00.  We are expanding our group to include all needle arts: crewel embroidery, needlepoint, bargello, rug hooking, weaving, cross stitch and/or any others you enjoy doing. This is a very informal, drop-in, social atmosphere in which to work. If you need assistance with your work, there is usually someone in the group with the experience to help you move forward. Come see for yourself. Jean A. Babcock

Social Bridge Do you want to learn the new conventions? Refresh your memory of the game? Have fun by helping each other? Are you interested in coming to our social bridge gatherings at the Village Center on Thursday afternoons at 2:00? Then please contact me at 508-681-0298 for the details. Stan Samuelson