2019-01-10 / Editorial

Did You Hear?

by Alex MacPhail

Did you hear? it was a great weekend of giving in Biddeford as Heart of Biddeford, the Main Street organization dedicated to revitalizing downtown, celebrated the statewide Day of Service on Saturday, Jan. 5 with a group of volunteers who met to help beautify an empty storefront at 148 Main St.

According to Americorp VISTA participant Nehemie Joseph, who just graduated high school in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and is in Maine for a year to train under the national service program with HOB, the goal is to bring positive attention to the property.

“If a place looks dark and empty, it tends to stay empty,” Joesph said. “But by brightening it up, it’s more appealing to anyone who may have an interest in the space.”

With permission from the owner of the property, the group of volunteers, made up of supporters of local businesses and like minded individuals, made snowflakes and other decorations to adorn the windows of the vacant space, which is centrally located across from Franklin and Washington streets. The Day of Service was an initiative by the newly elected governor to foster community and civic engagement in partnership with the Maine Commission of Community Service and various agencies and nonprofits across the state. For more information about HOB activities or events, visit www.heartofbiddeford.org.


Nehemie Joseph, an Americorp VISTA participant from Ft. Lauderdale Florida, who is working with downtown organization Heart of Biddeford (HOB), gets ready to participate in the Maine “Day of Service” at the HOB office on Maine Street this past Saturday. (Alex MacPhail photo) Nehemie Joseph, an Americorp VISTA participant from Ft. Lauderdale Florida, who is working with downtown organization Heart of Biddeford (HOB), gets ready to participate in the Maine “Day of Service” at the HOB office on Maine Street this past Saturday. (Alex MacPhail photo) Alex MacPhail is marketing/ membership outreachcCoordinator for the Biddeford Saco Chamber of Commerce, is on the Saco Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and is president of the Friends of The Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach, a non profit group dedicated to preserving the historic venue.

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