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Next May when gardens across Portland come back to life, a grassy triangle between two busy North Deering roadways will be awash in pink.  The North Deering Neighborhood Association (NDNA) has partnered with Town & Country Federal Credit Union to plant 700 tulips as part of Maine Cancer Foundation’s public awareness and education campaign called The Pink Tulip Project. 

Volunteers planted the bulbs on a strip of land where Washington Avenue and Auburn Street meet by Lib’s Dairy Treats.  (And that explains why so many people were crawling around in the dirt one recent sunny fall day!  Photo attached.)

NDNA President Tim St. Hilaire said, “This is an amazing cause that pulls all of us together to benefit the Maine Cancer Foundation.  It increases awareness, raises money for research, beautifies the neighborhood, and at the same time encourages a sense of community.” 

The City of Portland provided the garden soil.  NDNA Trustee Bill Gowen picked up the dirt in his truck; Paris Farmers Union provided mulch; Town & Country and the NDNA provided volunteers; and Shaw’s Northgate provided balloons.  Credit Union volunteers included Jessica Bishop and Scott Peters of the Northgate  branch; Bob Leger, CFO; Dave Libby, CEO;  and Linda Halleran, Marketing Manager.  NDNA volunteers included Tim St. Hilaire and Mike Pizzo.  Member Peter King facilitated the partnership between the organizations.  Tara Hill, Executive Director of the Maine Cancer Foundation, also attended. 

This is the second garden to grace this space with the help of the Neighborhood Association and the City’s ‘Adopt a Spot’ program.  The NDNA is made up of volunteers who work for the betterment of the North Deering neighborhood, advocating for traffic safety; running a crime watch program; encouraging construction of bus passenger shelters; and serving as a liaison with City Hall and the City’s Public Safety Services.  More information is available on line at .





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