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    "Tar beach" at the home of Elizabeth McGrady and her husband Jim Ohannes in Portland's West End. On Wednesday nights, Jim and Elizabeth bring together community members for a potluck-style dinner.

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    Host Jim Ohannes talks with friends as he hosts "tar beach." To the right is Stephanie Gartner of Portland.

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    Elizabeth McGrady enjoys the company of neighbors as she hosts "tar beach" at her home in Portland.

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    Elizabeth McGrady and her husband Jim Ohannes host "tar beach" every Wednesday night. They say about 15 to 20 people usually come, but the numbers don't matter: Tar Beach is a place for community to come together, even if it’s just a few.

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    Even during the height of the pandemic, the couple adjusted by spreading tables and chairs farther apart. One of their neighbors, Stephanie Fanburg, a rheumatologist at Maine Medical Center, said the dinners were the only time she saw people from outside her household. “Tar Beach was a saving grace,” she said.

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