Higgins Beach Association

Panoramic view of Beach

Welcome to the Higgins Beach Association

The 2017 season is over. We hope everyone had a fun summer and enjoyed the various events organized by the Association amd its members. Besides the doughnut breakfasts, dinners, beach raking, parade, bridge, golf, and concerts, we implemented the ice cream social, and book club. Next year we plan to implement a few new ideas and hope you participate. As we end this season, we would like to thank the many volunteers who spent a good amount of their time making the events special for our members. We are always looking for new volunteers to help us, please volunteer. We will keep the current information and pictures on the website until January, then begin a new year with a clean slate.

If any items of importance arise, we will post on the website, so keep checking back periodically. Until next year, be safe and healthy.

Latest News

Board of Directors

Due to a vacancy on the Board, per the by-laws, the Board selected Ceile Day to fulfill the vacant term. Also Lynn Shyrock is the new Merchandising Chairperson.

Weekly Bridge Tournament Results

Higgins Beach’s summer long weekly bridge games concluded their season with a tournament. David Haskell, an avid Bridge Master, has been running the sessions and teaching novice players the rudimentaries of the game for the last several years. Here are the results of this year's tournament.

Results of the Special Meeting on the new FEMA Flood Maps

Brian Longstaff from the Scarborough Code Enforcement Office gave a presentation on the new FEMA flood maps last night at the clubhouse.

Harvest Supper

The final event of the 2017 summer season, the Harvest Supper, was held Saturday evening. The event was hosted by Lisa Jesmain and her team. Members gathered to socialize over fine food one last time before heading home for the winter. As usual, the food was plentiful and delicious. Pictures of the event are on the Gallery page.

Pumpkin Painting

Pumpkins were painted and decorated Thursday and will be center pieces for the tables at the final event of 2017, the Harvest Supper. Menbers decorated these pumpkins as well as some of their own. Creativity and artisnal talent were on display by these talented members. There are pictures of the pumpkins on the Gallery Page.

Special Meeting on new FEMA flood maps

The HBA Civic Committee has scheduled Brian Longstaff, from the Town of Scarborough Planning & Code Department, to do a brief presentation on the new FEMA Flood Map on Tuesday September 19th at 6:30 pm at the Clubhouse. A map showing both the current floodplains at Higgins and the 2017 proposed flood map for Higgins will be available.

Board of Directors Election Results

The Annual Meeting was held Friday night. Incumbents Sue Naiden, Giff Reed, and new Board Member Bill Eager were elected. Board Member Amy Prue resigned from the Board and per the By-Laws, a replacement will be chosen by the Board to serve the final year of her term. Any one wishing to serve, please contact any of the Board members. The board also voted to have the current Officers continue in their current positions.

Sea Foam - What Is It?

Recently the Beach is seeing a lot of Foam washing up onto the shore on each tide. People are curious as to what is causing it and is it toxic. Our resident chemistry expert and Maine Healthy Beach Representative, Glennis Chabot, says that "the foam is from the breakdown of algae and algae blooms and is a natural process made worse by storms, strong waves etc. It consists of a large amount of organics such as proteins, lignin and lipids. The water had almost no bacteria when it was tested this week." So there is no health risk and you can try to avoid it if you find it unpleasant. Here is a picture of the on the incoming tide.

Election for Board of Directors

Three candidates are running for the Board. Two are incumbents, Sue Naiden and Giff Reed, and the third is Bill Eager. All three are running unopposed. The election will be held this Friday, August 25, 2017, 7:00PM during the annual meeting at the clubhouse.

HBA Open Golf Results

The 2017 HBA Open Golf tournament is now in the history books. Team USA won again. For complete results click on

Bayview Parking Will Now Have a Fee

The Town Council voted in May to start charging $1 per hour for the 13 spaces on Bayview Street in an effort to generate additional municipal revenue to reduce the burden on taxpayers. More information can be found in this article in the Scarborough Leader. The Parking fee could be implemented as soon as Friday September 1, 2017.

Don Campbell Concert

It turned out to be a beautiful Maine summer evening as the Don Campbell Trio entertained almost 200 concert goers on their chairs and blankets at the clubhouse lawn. Don sang his traditional folksy music including songs by Niel Young, Ricky Nelson, and Dan Fogelberg. Also mixed in was a little Bluegrass by Bruce Hornsby. Don Campbell has been entertaining us at Higgins Beach for many years. The seventy five minute concert was the last for this summer season. Thanks goes to Barbara O,Brien for organizing these concerts. Pictures of this event are on the Gallery Page.

HBA Board Election Is August 25

HBA members who wish to be a candidate for a position on the Board must contact the Nominating Chairman, Barbara Bombaci, before August 11 (14 days before the HBA annual meeting August 25).

Board members whose terms are up are Sue Naiden, Rodney Laughton, and Giff Reed.

Contact Barbara Bombaci at barbbombaci@gmail.com or 883-2060.

Sundae Sunday - First Ice Cream Social Held


(Update 7/23/2017)

HBA held its first ice cream social on Sunday evening. The event was decided upon by the Board based on survey results from members. Notification went out by email to members with email addresses on file with HBA. For two dollars, you got 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream with caramel or hot fudge sauce, with m&m's, crushed oreo cookies, whipped cream, and a red gummy swedish fish as toppings. The one hour event was enjoyed by the young and the young at heart. Games were played on the lawn by the children. This event was hosted by the Board and their families, but more volunteers will be needed for future events. Pictures of this event are on the Gallery Page. The next Sundae Social will be held Sunday August 6, from 7:00 to 8:00PM.

First Concert of Season Held in Clubhouse

The first concert of the season was held Thursday evening. Due to the cool damp weather, the concert was held in the clubhouse. The Jimmy Macisso Band with former Miss Maine, Susie Pepper, and John Hoekstra opened the evening with some mellow tunes. Then Jimmy's brother Tommy "Johnny Cash" Micisso entertained the audience with Johnny Cash songs. If you closed your eyes and listened to Tommy you would think Johnny Cash was singing. The Seventy Five minute free concert was enjoyed by all. Pictures of this event are on the Gallery Page.

Fourth Of July Parade

It was a great day for a parade, July 4, 2017. We hope everyone had fun and enjoyed this annual tradition at Higgins Beach. We would like to thank the many volunteers who helped setup and take down the tent and tables. Especially thank Lisa Jesmain for organizing registration and judging, Phil Conley and his crew of chefs and servers who did their usual great job of preparing, grilling and serving hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, and cake. Congratulations to the winners of the various parade categories. Enjoy the rest of the summer. Pictures of the Parade are on the Gallery Page. Results of the judging are on the Beach Page.

Plover Chicks

Several baby plover chicks were hatched on Higgins beach on July 3rd. Some nests were lost during the extraordinary high tides last month, but the birds built new ones and laid more eggs. A pictue of the chicks is

Organizational Meeting

The annual Organizational Meeting was held Friday evening. There was a presentation on Beach and Marine rescue by the Scarborough Fire Department. Captain Daryen Granata accompanied by interns Matthew Pantera and Austin McKearney made the presentation and also provided a hands on demonstration of hands-only CPR. Captain Granata said that the best way to assure survival in the water is with a safety vest. He also stated that a persons' survival in 50 degree water temperature with 55 degree air temperature is about 15 minutes. Scarborough Fire Department can respond to any 911 call in town within 3 - 5 minutes. Captain Bruce Quint of the Scarborough Police Department was also on hand to answer questions on safety and the actions of First Responders. After the presentation and demonstrations, the meeting continued with the Board Members introducing themselves with a brief summary of their duties. After adjournment, refreshments were served. Pictures of the event are on the Gallery Page.

Welcome Back Potluck Dinner

The annual Welcome Back Dinner was held this past Saturday. Thanks to Lisa Jesmain and her volunteers for hosting this event. "How was your winter?" was the question du jour as members caught up on news of their neighbors, friends, and the Beach. As usual the food; salads, main courses, and desserts, provided by the members was delicious. Roger Chabot presented Stephanie Cox of Project Grace, a check for $2,800. The money was raised at the silent Auction held a few weeks prior. Pictures of the event are on the Gallery Page.

Higgins Beach Zoning Audit Meeting

The meeting was held Sunday June 11 at the clubhouse. Residents of the Beach dropped in to see and hear the experience of the first year of the new Character Zoning at Higgins Beach. Members of the Consulting team and Town Officials were on hand to discuss what they learned from the past year and heard from the residents what they did and didn't like. Most of the feedback from the residents was positive. The Code was designed mainly for the core of the Beach with fifty by one hundred foot lots. There are some unusual and unique lots on the periphary of the beach that will require more discussion. More information can be found on the Town website HERE. Some photos of the meeting are on the Gallery Page.

Silent Auction Raises $2800 For Project Grace

Over 80 members attended the annual Silent Auction and Hors D'oeuvres evening. Members brought tasty appetizers and delicious desserts. Sandwiches were provided by Rodney Laughton of the Breakers, and wine provided by HBA. There were many interesting and competitive items up for bid. Some of the items included tickets for Red Sox and Sea Dog baseball games, Golf at three area courses plus a golf lesson. There were dinners at area restaurants and a two night stay at the Higgins Beach Inn. A number of gift certificates at area businesses were bid, and a historic tour of Higgins Beach and Prouts Neck, and of course a ride in the famous "Talking Car". A total of $2600 was raised for Project Grace. Stephanie Cox of Project Grace addressed the gathering enumerating all the work that is done to help people in need in our area. Thanks go to Maura Gwyer and Amy Prue and their volunteers for organizing and hosting this event. There are some pictures from the evening on the Gallery Page.

Higgins Beach Inn Opens Under New Management

Our members Bob Westburg and Diane Garofalo recently sold the Inn to the Migis Group. Over the winter some significant changes were made to the Inn and new restaurant, Shade. Walking in the front door, gone is the formal dining room to right, replaced by guest rooms. One room includes the porch as a sitting area. All the rooms now have private baths and are tastefully decorated in pleasing colors.

Gone, sort of, is the deck. A permanent roof was placed over the deck and side curtains will be placed around the perimeter to provide 3 season use. Heaters will be installed in the ceiling to provide warmth on cool spring and fall evenings. A larger bar with seating has been added. On the back wall of the bar is a mural of the façade of the Inn.

A link to their website is provided HERE and on our Links page. There you can find the new breakfast and dinner menus, plus other Inn information.

On Thursday evening, June 8, the new owners and staff provided an open house BBQ for over 300 residents of Higgins Beach. The event included tours of the Inn, live music provided by The Delta Knights Band, and food, drinks, and dessert. The Inn is now considered officially open. Pictures of this event are on the Gallery page.

A link to an article in the Scarborough Leader providing more background and information is HERE.

HBA Merchandise

Higgins Beach merchandise will be avaiable to purchase each Wednesday morning at Donuts. Merchandise will also be available at the Organizational meeting Friday June 30th.

Article on the surge of new apartment housing in Scarborough

There is an article from the Portland paper on the surge in new apartment housing in Scarborough. Read the article on the Civic page.

Meeting with Town and Police on the 2016 Season

The HBA Civic Committee recently met with the Town manager and the Police to review 2016. Those results are on the Civic Page.

Higgins Beach Zoning Repair Wins Award

This story was taken from the Town of Scarborough Newsletter and is on the Beach page.

Higgins Beach Zoning Repair

ARCH Daily, the world's most visited architectural website, has published an article titled "How to Foster Civic Engagement in the Age of Twitter". The article describes the process used by the Town and its consultants in coming up with a set of zoning rules specifically for Higgins Beach. Those of us who participated will recognize some of the elements of the process. The article describes other communities around the country following the same process. You can read the article HERE.


HBA urges you to bring your own coffee mug to reduce costs and help the environment

Clubhouse Use For Members Only

clubhouse Mid-May to Mid-Oct
Contact Sue Naiden for Details

Volunteers Needed

There are many activities that the HBA organizes for our members. Most of the time it is the same people doing all the work. If you would like to help at any of our activities, contact a Board member or email us.

Want to be a Board Member

Contact Barbara Bombaci, Nominating Committee Chairperson. Each year three positions become open. See the By-Laws for more information and deadlines.

The Talking Car

Barbara O'Brien

A Higgins Beach Icon for decades. Watch a 2016 TV special by WGME HERE

Higgins Beach is Pedestrian Friendly

25 speed limit
Protect the Safety of our Beach
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