Concert aims to ease burden on homeless

It was in the dead of fall and on the cusp of winter when John Ripley first heard the statistics about homeless deaths in Portland – 21 homeless died here in 2008. By Christmas, Ripley, who works in advertising, decided to do something about it. On Sunday, May 17, the idea he sprouted will run

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Action to aid homeless attracts help

PORTLAND – When someone references Live Aid, it’s usuallynecessary to tell them I was 5 years old when the multi-city benefit concert took place. Still, John Ripley is as sincere as a grade school love note when he talks about Acts for Change, which will be held Sunday. It’s a local festival to benefit the

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Rally marks longest day for the homeless

PORTLAND (NEWS CENTER) — Advocates for the homeless say more than two hundred men, women and children slept in shelters in the city of Portland last night. That fact was highlighted at a rally in Portland’s Monument Square Friday afternoon. It was pouring rain but there was no rain date for the rally. Organizers say

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Hunger on the rise in Maine and America

The economic downturn is increasing hunger across the country. Maine is being particularly hard-hit. What can we do about it? Host: Nicole Witherbee Guest(s): Mark Swann, Preble Street Resource Center; Joel Berg, New York Coalition against Hunger and author, All You Can Eat, How Hungry is America?

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