October 15, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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The Western Maine Homeless Outreach shelter at the Living Waters Assembly of God church in Farmington could even open before that target date.

The Rev. Steve Bracy says he already has a list of people who have called for help.

Bracy told the Sun Journal that volunteers have already finished the carpentry and plumbing work. They are waiting on an electrician, and 20-plus volunteers still need to be trained to staff the shelter. About 30 mattresses, including some for children, have yet to be bought, and beds will need to be assembled.

The shelter will also serve meals.


Residents group opposes ‘midtown’ project in Bayside

A group of Portland residents has formed an organization to oppose development projects that members consider out of scale and out of character for Portland.

The group, Keep Portland Livable, opposes the “midtown” project proposed for the city’s Bayside neighborhood. The project could include 675 market-rate apartments in four towers of about 15 stories each, two parking garages and 93,000 square feet of retail space.

The group’s founders, Tim Paradis and Peter Monro, said in a statement Monday that the group hopes to stir greater interest and activism in the broader development plans for Portland. Group members also want to maintain the city’s unique qualities.

“We should be creating lively, livable communities like Portland’s other neighborhoods,” said Monro, a landscape architect whose office is in Bayside. “The midtown project is a concrete canyon that will destroy our uniqueness.”

Ridership increases 3.5% on Amtrak’s Downeaster

Amtrak says ridership was up in two of its three northern New England routes in the last fiscal year.

Amtrak said Monday that ridership increased 3.5 percent on the Downeaster, which travels from Boston to Maine and includes stops in New Hampshire. Ticket revenue grew 6 percent during the year.

The Vermonter service from St. Albans to Washington, D.C., also saw an increase in ridership and sales, with ridership going up 2.5 percent and sales going up just under 6 percent.


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