Community Development

Aaron Shapiro

Aaron Shapiro, Director

Cumberland County Community Development Office
142 Federal St. Suite 102
Portland, ME 04101
Tel. 207-871-8380
Fax 207-871-8292



Cumberland County Community Development News

Below are recent articles and videos describing projects and activities funded in part through Cumberland County CDBG Funds.

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Habitat home spells security for immigrantPortland Press Herald

Habitat home spells security for immigrant
By Meredith Goad
Staff Writer

A teacher's assistant who grew up in Sudan and her family are moving into a new complex in Freeport.

Nyapeni Doulthan and her family will be the first people to move into a new eight-unit complex in Freeport built by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland.

The home, located on Hummingbird Lane off West Street, will be dedicated at noon Tuesday with a short ceremony, refreshments and tours of the space. ---->more

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Work underway to repair leaks to sewer system

Work underway to repair leaks to sewer system Bridgton News

By Gail Geraghty, Staff Writer
Posted: September 12th, 2013

BRIDGTON - Wondering why strange orange symbols and letters have suddenly been spray-painted on the sidewalks, parking lots and streets in downtown Bridgton?

The markings indicate "suspect" areas underneath the pavement, where the town's sewer system may have developed leaks. And for the next month or two, the town's Public Works and Wastewater Departments will be working with Dearborn Construction and Wright-Pierce Engineers on the three E's "Excavation, exploration and remediation," to control inflow and infiltration into the system, explained Town Manager Mitch Berkowitz. ---->more

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Planking 'war' heats up summer - An exercise class in Westbrook has started a new craze and has won dozens of new fans.American Journal

Planking 'war' heats up summer By Suzanne Hodgson
Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2013 7:13 pm
WESTBROOK – An exercise group in Westbrook is changing lives and making workouts fun by starting a so-called "planking war."

The group, Train Your Inner Athlete, meets five days a week in various locations in Westbrook. When the class is held in the Fred C. Wescott Community Center gym, the room is often packed, despite the 5:30 a.m. start time.

The “war” started when two members of the group, Barbara Sawyer and Melissa Foye, were traveling a few weeks ago and took pictures of themselves working out to show their peers they hadn’t stopped while on vacation. In some of those pictures, the women were planking, a core exercise where people lay flat and hold themselves off the ground by their forearms. The women planked on the ground and they planked on top of a car. ---->more

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A great day to live in New Gloucester" - Town finally breaks ground on municipal water system. Lakes Region Weekly

A great day to live in New Gloucester" - Town finally breaks ground on municipal water system. By John BalentinePosted: Saturday, July 27, 2013 4:22 pm |Updated: 4:38 pm, Sat Jul 27, 2013.
NEW GLOUCESTER – Anna and John Hunnewell have spent thousands of dollars replacing corroded well-water systems at their home on Bald Hill Road in New Gloucester.

When the wellhead stops pumping, which has happened several times in the past dozen years – even on Christmas Eve, it's usually due to the salt- and benzene-laced water that churns through the groundwater and up into their well. John Hunnewell knows the drill. He heads outside to the well cap, hauls out the 400-feet of line, and replaces it with a new pump that can cost several hundred dollars. ---->more

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A new look at Little Falls, South WindhamAmerican Journal

A new look at Little Falls, South Windham By Robert Lowell
Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 11:23 am
GORHAM – The once-bustling Little Falls and South Windham community looked desolate Monday after the morning commute on Route 202 dissipated, but Gorham and Windham are beginning joint efforts to rejuvenate the neighborhood.

Many people see Little Falls in Gorham and South Windham as one, single neighborhood and one that has long needed a boost upward. A dilapidated mill building off Route 202 blights the scenery on the Windham side of the Presumpscot River bridge that divides Gorham and Windham. ---->more

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Elders group shopping for new busKeep Me Current! Logo

Elders group shopping for new bus By Matthew Stilphen
Posted: Monday, July 1, 2013 6:36 pm
FREEPORT – The Freeport Elders will ride again, as the 325-member senior association has reached its fundraising goal of $65,000 to purchase a 2014 mini-bus.

The bus will replace a prior 14-passenger vehicle that was taken out of service on July 19, 2012, after failing a yearly state inspection.

A $15,000 grant from the Community Development Block Grant program has been awarded to the town of Freeport on behalf of the Freeport Elders Association for the purchase of the bus. During the last few years, group members have raised more than $49,000 for the bus, and the grant will complete the fundraising efforts. The bus will be used for regular trips for shopping, to parks, theaters, museums, cemeteries, the YMCA and other points of interest. The bus should be ready for purchase in September. ----->more

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Where Seniors Spend Their Time

Photo Credit - Rich ObreyWhere Seniors Spend Their Time - By Suzanne Hodgson, American Journal
Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 10:03 am
WESTBROOK – If there were enough room to set up a bed in the Fiber Arts room at the Westbrook Community Center, Rita Estabrook probably would never leave.

Estabrook is part of a growing number of senior citizens who spend the bulk of their time at the community center, located on Bridge Street in the Fred C. Wescott Building, either working, teaching, volunteering, or just having a good time.  ----->more


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On Eagles' Wings" Wellness center ready to open

BRIDGTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - For Ann Ruel, the "On Eagles' Wings Wellness Center" is more than just a building: it's a manifestation of her strength as a breast cancer survivor. ---->more

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