Typically, Facebook groups for Bangor neighborhoods are full of the sort of posts you might expect from people living in a tight-knit residential area. Questions about trash pickup or snow plowing. Lost dogs. Girl Scout cookie sales. Gardening queries.
These are not typical times, however, and neither are the posts found in those groups these days. For the past 10 days, many residents of three of Bangor’s major neighborhoods — Little City, Fairmount and the Tree Streets — have found help, comfort and even a little bit of fun through their neighborhood Facebook groups in the midst of widespread social distancing and quarantine efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
In addition to coordinating help for seniors and other at-risk community members with grocery shopping and prescription pickup, these groups have provided an invaluable sense of connectedness for people of all ages and backgrounds.
It helps that in the case of many of Bangor’s historic neighborhoods, the relatively dense physical layout encourages that sort of interconnectedness to begin with — even absent social media.
“The neighborhood has been very tight since its creation,” said Paula Matlins, one of the Little City group’s administrators. “Our houses are close, our children are taught in some of the best schools.”
Group members share books, toys and educational materials for students currently at home from school. One Little City resident helped find some furniture for a sibling who found herself kicked out of her dorm at the University of Southern Maine, and had to come stay with her for the time being. Group members give away things such as extra tomato seedlings, sourdough starter for bread baking, and extra pet food.
Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.
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