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SymQuest Appoints New VP of IT Services
South Burlington, Vt. (December 5, 2016) – SymQuest Group, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc., and regionally based IT and document sales and service provider, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Davis as Vice President of IT Services.
“I’m thrilled to announce the appointment of Kevin Davis as our newest VP,” says SymQuest President and CEO, Larry Sudbay. “Kevin has shown excellence in leadership throughout his nine years of service at SymQuest. His ability to drive results in a fast-paced technology marketplace, and develop future leaders in IT, is vital to his position as Vice President.”
Prior to his appointment as VP, Davis served in various positions within the company including: Incident Response Engineer, Field Support Engineer, Field Services Supervisor, Field Services Manager, Solution Delivery Manager, and most recently as Director of Support Services. Davis has a demonstrated ability to leverage multiple technologies to meet business-to-business networking needs, driving innovation and cybersecurity to the forefront of strategic business decisions. Davis’s passion for process improvement, cloud services, and customer excellence has advanced him to management positions leading to his present role as VP of IT Services, and member of SymQuest’s Senior Management Team.
When Davis is not leading at SymQuest, he gives back to his New Hampshire community through running. Most notably as a participant in the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) Hero half-marathon, the Spartan circuit, and various charitable marathons and 5k’s throughout the year. Davis also takes an active leadership role in SymQuest’s annual United Way fundraising campaign.
Davis will be responsible for the Network Operations Center (NOC), Professional Services, Technical Account Management, and Internal IT departments throughout SymQuest’s nine office locations; and will be based in SymQuest’s South Burlington, VT and West Lebanon, NH offices. Davis was a member of the True Profits Group, and holds various IT certifications including: Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), Help Desk Institute Support Center Analyst (HDI-SCA) and Support Center Director (HDI-SCD), and VMWare Technical Sales Professional (VTSP), among others.
Junior League of Portland names Shikha Vasaiwala president
PORTLAND, ME – The Junior League of Portland, ME recently announced the appointment of Shikha Vasaiwala as President for 2018-2019. The announcement was made to League members on Thursday, November 10 at Anna Phillips Nail Bar. Vasaiwala has been an active member of the Junior League of Portland, ME since 2012, taking on multiple leadership roles with great success. She is currently serving as Community Impact Committee Chair as The League begins to work on their new issue area focused on reaching youth at risk. Vasaiwala’s appointment will be made official on Nov. 30 when she is voted in at The League’s General Membership Meeting. Vasaiwala’s experience and expertise will undoubtedly benefit the League as it begins to work with its new community partners, the Maine Freedom Project and the Community Partnership for Protecting Children. Since 2011, she's dedicated herself to various charitable organizations in the greater Portland area in addition to her work for the Junior League of Portland, ME.
In 2009, Vasaiwala founded Glamour Gone Good, Inc., a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, to offer free training to salon, spa, fashion and beauty industry professionals in the art of charitable fundraising. Glamour Gone Good distributed more than $15,000 in cash and in-kind donations to Dress for Success Worldwide, GEMS and Sister to Sister: The Women's Heart Health Foundation in 2010.
In 2007, Vasaiwala joined actress and cancer survivor, Fran Drescher, as the founding Executive Director of her women's cancer charity, the Cancer Schmancer Movement, whose mission is “to shift the nation’s focus from just searching for a cure to prevention and early detection of cancer in order to save lives.” Previously, Vasaiwala served as Director of Programs at Do Something, Inc., where she managed social change programs for teens, including the 2005 Kids Tsunami Relief Fund, through which she distributed more than $475,000 to NGOs rebuilding schools, children's camps and health clinics in India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
Vasaiwala holds a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College in International Studies and Modern Languages. ### About the Junior League of Portland, ME The Junior League of Portland, ME is a non-profit organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League of Portland, ME reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism. To learn more, please visit us at www.jlpmaine.org and find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jlpmaine.
Budget Document Technology is now partnered with Continental Business Systems November 1, 2016 Budget Document Technology of Lewiston, Maine, is pleased to announce that they are now partnered with Continental Business Systems, a Xerox dealer / agent based in Manchester, NH. As one company, the Budget /Continental combined team will be 35 employees strong. “We are very pleased to partner with Jason and the Continental team in the New Hampshire marketplace. By partnering with Continental, our service manpower expands throughout the state and lays the groundwork for immediate growth,” stated Budget Document Technology President, Thomas G. Ouellette. “We look forward to working with Jason Knight and the dedicated Continental team that he has built,” continued Ouellette. “Continental clients will continue to experience the local, personalized attention they have been accustomed to,” said Jason Knight of Continental Business Systems, “but now we will have expanded offerings in product solutions, managed print services, and back-end support services for our clients,” continued Knight. As separate companies, both shared similar identities. Budget Document Technology and Continental Business Systems were single-person start-ups with beginnings in 1989 and 1999 respectively. Combined, they are a comprehensive dealership of document imaging technology, content management, and cost-recovery software solutions. The company sells and services Konica Minolta, Xerox, and Lexmark office products, provides managed print services, and postage and mailing equipment solutions from FP. Offices are now located in Manchester, NH, Lewiston, and Bangor, ME.
More than 50 Verrill Dana Attorneys Named 2016 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
- Robert Laplaca (Business Litigation) - Karen A. Mignone (Environmental Litigation) - Andrew B. Nevas (Business Litigation) - Frank J. Silvestri, Jr. (Business Litigation) - Calvin K. Woo (Business Litigation)
- Scott D. Anderson (Environmental) - Robert C. Brooks (Employment & Labor) - Juliet T. Browne (Environmental) - Roger A. Clement, Jr. (Bankruptcy: Business) - James I. Cohen (Utilities) - Douglas P. Currier (Employment & Labor) - Harold J. Friedman (Personal Injury Products: Defense) *Top 100 - Gregory S. Fryer (Securities & Corporate Finance) - Martha C. Gaythwaite (Personal Injury Products: Defense) - John P. Giffune (Construction Litigation) - James G. Goggin (Intellectual Property Litigation) - Mark K. Googins (Business/Corporate) *Top 100 - William S. Harwood (Utilities) - Nora R. Healy (Utilities) - Kurt E. Klebe (Estate & Probate) - Suzanne E. Meeker (Employee Benefits) - Richard G. Moon (Employment & Labor) - Thomas C. Newman (Business Litigation) - Raymond A. Pelletier (Real Estate) - Robert A. Ruesch (Construction Litigation) - Karen Frink Wolf (Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense) *Top 100, Top 50 Women
Rising Stars (Portland)
- Tawny L. Alvarez (Employment & Labor) - Joanna S. Bowers (Employment & Labor) - Braden M. Clement (General Litigation) - Seth S. Coburn (Intellectual Property Litigation) - Benjamin E. Ford (Business Litigation) - Katie M. Gray (Energy & Natural Resources) - Nathaniel R. Hull (Bankruptcy: Business) - Marie J. Mueller (General Litigation) - Gordon R. Smith (Environmental) - Mathew J. Todaro (Environmental)
- Thomas O. Bean (Business Litigation) - Gene Dahmen (Family Law) - Harlan M. Doliner (Environmental) - Michael L. Fay (Estate Planning & Probate) - Keith E. Glidden (Business Litigation) - Jeffrey L. Heidt (Health Care) - Regina M. Hurley (Family Law) - Hon. Robert W. Langlois (ret.) (Alternative Dispute Resolution) - Elizabeth Murdock Myers (Business/Corporate) - Gary A. Rosenberg (Health Care)
Rising Stars (Boston) - Kristin S. Doeberl (Family Law) - Eugene H. Ho (Mergers & Acquisitions) - Kyle T. MacDonald (Family Law) - Andrew P. Rusczek (Health Care)
About Verrill Dana: Verrill Dana, LLP is a full-service law firm conducting a nationwide practice from offices in Boston, Mass.; Portland and Augusta, Maine; Providence, R.I.; Westport, Conn.; and Washington, D.C. To learn more, visit www.verrilldana.com. ###
Yarmouth Boat Yard and Moose Landing Marina Qualify for Five Star Maine Industry Certification Status October 4, 2016 Yarmouth, Maine — Yarmouth Boat Yard is proud to announce that it has successfully requalified for the Marine Industry Certified Dealership (MICD) Program and that its sister property, Moose Landing Marina earned the highest tier of the certification for the first time.
The MICD Program is an initiative managed and administered by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA).
The program sets standards of excellence for all U.S. and Canadian marine dealers in terms of sales, service and follow-up processes, human resources, employee training, and facility upkeep. Comprised of three steps, each of which is earned by meeting ten individual standards, compliance requires evaluation by an independent, third-party consultant. Participating dealerships retain their certified status for two years, after which time they must be re-evaluated and re-certified.
With its roots in the international quality movement, the Marine Industry Certified Dealership program applies these qualities and continuous improvement principles to retailing in the recreational boating industry.
“We’re very proud that Moose Landing has earned Five-Star Marine Industry Certified Dealership status and that Yarmouth Boat Yard has been able to maintain theirs,” noted Steve Arnold, Owner of Yarmouth Boat Yard and Moose Landing Marina. “This certification helps quantify all the hard work our team has undertaken to provide exceptional customer service at both of our locations, from customer satisfaction to operational quality, business performance, and practices. It signifies our commitment to meeting and exceeding customer expectations.”
By achieving this certification status, both Yarmouth Boat Yard and Moose Landing Marina have demonstrated that they are dedicated to providing their customers with a consistent and positive experience every time they visit our dealerships. Customers will know when they see the Five-Star Marine Industry Certified Dealership logo in the window that our dealerships care about their boating experience from purchase to service and beyond.
About Yarmouth Boat Yard Located on the Royal River, Yarmouth Boat Yard has been providing sales, service, storage and maintenance of high quality new and used power boats since 1948. A full service marina with boat and slip rentals, Yarmouth Boat Yard is conveniently located with easy access to Casco Bay. We have the expertise and the facilities to perform a complete range of boat repair services - from painting, detailing, and seasonal boat prep to fiberglass work, electronics package installs, full engine overhauls, and more. For more information on Yarmouth Boat Yard, visit www.YarmouthBoatYard.com or call 207-846-9050. About Moose Landing Marina: Moose Landing Marina, the largest on-water boating facility in Maine’s Lakes Region, is a full service marina offering sales of new and pre-enjoyed boats, as well as slips, parts, service, and rentals. Moose Landing is the highest volume quality boat dealer in Maine and the largest pontoon and deck boat dealer in New England. For more information on Moose Landing Marina, visit www.MooseLandingMarina.com or call 207-693-6264. Attachment(s): Marine Industry Certified Dealership logo
Bernstein Shur Welcomes Labor and Employment Attorney Sara Hellstedt PORTLAND and AUGUSTA, Maine and MANCHESTER, N.H. (August 29, 2016) – Bernstein Shur, one of northern New England’s largest law firms, welcomes Sara Hellstedt to the firm’s Portland, Maine office.
Hellstedt joins the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, where she will focus primarily on education law and Title IX investigations, as well as general employment advice, counsel and litigation. She is also experienced in grievance resolution, all aspects of management-side labor representation and collective bargaining, special education and student rights, and employee discrimination investigations and complaints levied before the Maine Human Rights Commission.
“We are enormously pleased to have Sara join our large and growing labor and employment team,” said Practice Group Co-Chair and shareholder Ron Schneider. “As an employment attorney with experience from many different perspectives, Sara’s insight will be an invaluable asset to our group, the firm and, most importantly, our clients.”
Prior to joining Bernstein Shur, Hellstedt was Labor Relations Manager for the University of Southern Maine, and an associate at a local law firm. Hellstedt earned her J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law, magna cum laude, and her B.A. from Middlebury College. In 2013, she was awarded the Kathadin Council Award by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in recognition of having donated over 50 hours of free legal services to clients in civil matters within a 12-month period.
Hellstedt is admitted to practice in Maine, and she resides in North Yarmouth with her family.
About Bernstein Shur Founded in 1915, Bernstein Shur is a New England-based law firm with clients across the U.S. and around the world. The firm has more than 100 award-winning attorneys and professionals who provide practical and innovative counsel in more than 20 key areas, catering to a broad range of clients and industries. Bernstein Shur is known for simplifying complex issues and winning through steadfast persistence. The firm is Maine’s exclusive member of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms. More information is available at www.bernsteinshur.com.
KFI has a job opening for a Customized Employment Coordinator
KFI has an immediate opening for a Customized Employment Coordinator, to be based in the Greater Portland Area. Part of the agency’s management team, this position provides “Career Planning & Discovery”, customized job development, and fosters cooperative working relationships with the local business community, case managers, VR Counselors, and other KFI staff.
Responsibilities include: Initiating Discovery by gathering information about individuals through interviews, conversation, observation and spending time with the person, family, friends, neighbors, and staff within many different environments; Documenting Discovery through the “Maine Career Planning Tool – Discovering Personal GeniusTM”; Networking with the business community and negotiating a customized job with an employer or creating a self-employment opportunity for the individual; and Coordinating all efforts leading to successful outcomes for persons supported, which satisfy the quality standards of DHHS/OADS and DOL/VR.
Qualifications: Candidates must possess both the Employment Specialist and Career Planning & Discovery credentials, or agree to participate in these certification trainings. Preference given to candidates with success in a sales environment. Must demonstrate creativity and ability to “think outside the box”, familiarity with the Greater Portand area, proficiency with computers, exemplary writing, communication, and interpersonal skills. Must have valid Maine driver’s license and proof of auto insurance.
Competitive Benefits Package: Benefits package includes options for health, dental, life, long and short term disability insurance as well as a matching Simple IRA plan and health savings account. This position is eligible for generous outcome bonuses. Employee portion for health insurance is less than $30 per month. Paid holidays and earned leave time are also benefits available to all regular employees.
Wage range: $16.00/hour - $17.50/hour, based on experience
Work Schedule: 40 hours/week - flexible schedule - including evenings and/or weekend time as necessary
Anticipated Starting Date: September 2016
Application Deadline: August 19, 2016
Apply on-line at www.kfimaine.org Please attach current resume and letter of application.
As Controller, Beaupre is responsible for the financial health of the organization and works directly with the Konica Minolta finance team to ensure accounting controls and policies are met. Beaupre’s attention to detail, project management skills, and fearless commitment to learning, has afforded her the new position in the company.
“It’s been a privilege to watch leaders within our organization excel professionally into senior management positions,” says Larry Sudbay, President and CEO of SymQuest. “Claudine has been an asset to SymQuest’s finance team for many years and will continue to drive revenue while maintaining our organizations’ fiscal responsibilities.”
Beaupre began her career with SymQuest in 2002. Prior to her appointment as Controller, Beaupre played a key role in the migration of Metrix, SymQuest’s customer service and inventory platform, and led SymQuest’s implementation of ADP® and Microsoft Dynamics™ GP software for payroll and accounting, respectively. Additionally, Beaupre was instrumental in the acquisitions of Auburn, Maine based Downeast Networks, Inc. in 2012, and Plattsburgh, NY based Office Systems in 2016.
Beaupre is an alumnus of Champlain College and a graduate of Leadership Champlain, Northern Vermont’s premier leadership training program supported by the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. Before her appointment as Controller, Beaupre held positions as Accounts Payable Specialist, Staff Accountant, Accounting Supervisor, and Accounting Manager. To learn more about career opportunities with SymQuest visit www.SymQuest.com/Careers.
About Konica Minolta Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is a leader in information management focused on enterprise content, technology optimization and cloud services. Our portfolio of offerings deliver solutions to improve our customers’ speed to market, manage technology costs, and facilitate the sharing of information to increase productivity. The All Covered IT Services division offers a range of IT strategy, support, project and cloud computing solutions across all verticals. Konica Minolta has won numerous awards and recognition, including placement in the Leaders Quadrant on the Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for Managed Print Services (MPS) and Managed Content Services (MCS). Konica Minolta has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for nine consecutive years. Konica Minolta, Inc. has also been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for four years in a row. For more information, please visit: www.countonkonicaminolta.com and follow Konica Minolta onFacebook,YouTube, andTwitter@konicaminoltaus.
Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery expands distribution to Massachusetts
Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery of Union and Portland Maine expands distribution to Massachusetts.
Union, Maine, July 7, 2016 –Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery, one of America’s premiere craft distilleries will expand distribution to Massachusetts with fine craft spirits distributor HUB Beverage. Founded in 2005 as Maine’s first farm winery distillery, Sweetgrass’s commitment to quality Maine ingredients and expert craftsmanship have led them to become an award-winning, internationally renowned craft spirits manufacturer. Founders Keith and Constance Bodine returned home to Maine to build their business after illustrious careers; Keith as expert Winemaker/Distiller with a Master’s degree in Food Science Enology (Enology is the science of making wine and Viticulture is the science of growing grapes) from University of California at Davis and Constance as an Operational Research Scientist. “We’re thrilled to be expanding our distribution efforts as our customers have been asking a long time for this and we look forward to working with the innovative team at HUB Beverage,” said Keith Bodine. Sweetgrass’s foremost product Back River Gin (43% Alc.) recently won the Fifty Best Gins in the World 2015 competition with a double gold first place finish. This contemporary gin made with London style dry botanicals includes wild Maine blueberries as one of the botanicals. The blueberries are sourced less than a mile from the distillery. Back River Gin has received many awards and has been named in the Top 50 Spirits by Wine Enthusiast, Maine’s Best Gin by Down East Magazine, rated 95 in Wine Enthusiast, and is highly recommended by the Spirit Journal.
Full-time and Part-time Direct Support Positions Available in Greater Portland
KFI employees support adults with intellectual disabilities to be active, contributing, and valued members of their communities. Our unique approach to providing supports focuses on supporting people to live in their own homes and apartments.
Our approach to providing supports includes at its core a belief that all people of working age can and should work therefore it is critical that all employees fully embrace this ideal. Qualifications: All Direct support Professionals at KFI have the following minimum qualifications: · HS Diploma or GED · Valid Maine Driver’s License · Safe & Reliable Vehicle · Minimum 3 year clean driving record · Written and Verbal English proficiency
Maine Real Estate & Development Association Names New President and Announces 2016-17 Officers
PORTLAND, Maine (July 19, 2016) - Paul Peck, attorney at Drummond & Drummond and real estate developer with LWS Development LLC is the new president of the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA), a statewide organization of commercial real estate owners, developers and related service providers. Founded in 1985, MEREDA promotes responsible development and ownership of real estate in Maine through legislative advocacy, educational programs and professional networking opportunities.
Paul succeeds Michael O'Reilly of Bangor Savings Bank who has led MEREDA for the past two years. "Mike has been a great inspiration to our fellow board members, and under his leadership, MEREDA remains committed and positioned for future growth and success", said Peck. "I welcome the opportunity to guide the organization in its continued pursuit of advocating for legislation in Augusta that encourages responsible development and sensible planning, as well as providing quality opportunities for learning and business development."
Since joining the Board of Directors in 2010, Paul has chaired the Conference & Seminar Committee and also serves on its Executive Committee.
MEREDA also announced its 2016 / 2017 slate of officers which include President Paul Peck of Drummond & Drummond, Vice Presidents Bruce Jones of Creative Office Pavilion and Brian Curley of PDT Architects, Treasurer William Shanahan, of Northern New England Housing Investment Fund and Secretary Shelly R. Clark, who also serves full time as MEREDA's Vice President of Operations.
For further information, please contact MEREDA's Vice President of Operations, Shelly R. Clark at 207-874-0801 or visit www.mereda.org.
L-R: Bruce Jones, Brian Curley, Bill Shanahan, Shelly R. Clark
Craft beer in the courtyard at Eve's Portland Harbor Hotel
PORTLAND, Maine - Eve’s at the Garden, a hidden courtyard located in the Portland Harbor Hotel at 468 Fore St., is planning a series of craft beer Wednesdays starting Wednesday, July 6.
Each Wednesday in July and August a different craft brewery’s beer will be poured for that night only. The craft beer Wednesdays will run from 5-7 p.m. and will also feature special outdoor snacks prepared by Executive Chef Tim Labonte.
Wednesday, July 6 welcomes Austin Street Brewery, named after the brewery’s origin’s in a home on Austin St. in Westbrook. Today the brewery is located at 1 Industrial Way, Portland and is known for its small-batch beers.
Located inside the Portland Harbor Hotel with views of the courtyard garden, Eve’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In warm weather, guests may opt to enjoy lunch on Eve’s patio, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Portland. Complimentary valet parking is available for restaurant guests.
More information about Eve’s as well as complete breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus can be found online at evesatthegarden.com.
About the Portland Harbor Hotel:
Nestled in the heart of Portland’s historic Old Port district, the Portland Harbor Hotel’s old world charm, distinctive design, and top-notch service has earned the distinction of the AAA Four Diamond rating for 12 straight years. The Hotel offers 101 tastefully appointed rooms to suit all guest needs, including suites with Jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces. On-site services and amenities include complimentary Lincoln Towncar transportation to and from the airport and Amtrak station, covered valet parking, 24-hour room service, certified concierge services, nightly turndown service, wireless high speed Internet access throughout the hotel and three function rooms for corporate and social events. Contact Portland Harbor Hotel by calling (207) 775-9090 or toll free, (888) 798-9090, or visit www.portlandharborhotel.com.
Broadreach Public Relations Adds Award-Winning Senior Executive to its TeaM
PORTLAND, Maine (June 15, 2016) – Broadreach Public Relations, a strategic communications firm located on Portland’s historic waterfront district, announces Susan Tompkins will join the firm as a Senior Account Executive.
Tompkins brings significant agency and account management expertise from market sectors including energy, hospitality and non-profits. At Broadreach, she will manage client projects, ensuring brand continuity and developing public relations strategies to achieve client goals. Prior to joining Broadreach, Tompkins operated Rising Tide PR, a boutique public relations firm specializing in cause-based clients. Signature clients included the Maine Appalachian Trail Club and Maine Food Strategy and most recently, the inaugural New England Brew Summit in collaboration with Broadreach Public Relations. Tompkins’ work has earned her industry recognition such as WGME-TV’s Joy of Sharing toy drive and the State of Maine’s Fall Foliage Reports. In 2012, she received the prestigious Edward L. Bernays award, the highest honor bestowed upon public relations professionals in Maine.
“As Broadreach continues to grow, our success and that of our clients is reliant on great talent,” said Broadreach PR president and founder, Linda Varrell. “Susan has been a long-time collaborator and we’re proud to bring someone of her caliber into the service of our clients and team.
A graduate of the University of South Florida in Tampa, Tompkins serves on the board of the Maine Public Relations Council and chairs the annual conference committee. She lives in her childhood home in South Portland with her husband, Scott and daughter, Julia. About Broadreach Public Relations Broadreach Public Relations, located on Portland, Maine's historic waterfront, provides high-level strategic communications, public affairs and marketing services to some of New England’s most highly regarded firms and organizations. The Broadreach team takes pride in helping clients build their credibility, raise their profile, and expand their reach. Learn more at www.broadreachpr.com.
Business Class Service Addresses the Substantial Demand for an Affordable Fiber/Wireline Alternative Broadband Solution for Maine’s Businesses and Commercial/Residential Buildings.
June 15, 2016 – Rockland, Maine. Redzone Wireless, LLC, a leading local Maine wireless Internet service provider (WISP), announced an expansion of broadband services for Maine businesses featuring breakthroughs in speed and affordability.
The commercial broadband service offers symmetrical speeds of 100 Mbps service for only $99 per month, and 200 Mbps at a monthly cost of $159. Redzone’s BusinessBroadband, initially introduced in Camden, is now available to businesses in Portland and Rockland. The company announced further expansion plans to include Westbrook, Waterville, Lewiston/Auburn, Bangor, Augusta, and Sanford to also be completed in 2016.
“Redzone’s 200 Mbps commercial Internet service is a catalyst for new business development,” said Jim McKenna, Redzone Wireless, LLC President. “The expanded availability of these commercial Internet services dramatically increases Maine’s capacity for business formation & expansion, and enhances opportunities for Maine businesses to succeed in the digital economy. It is particularly notable that this broadband expansion was completed in a few short months, and did not require any taxpayer funding.” explained McKenna.
“The greater Portland area is a collective of many unique business areas, and neighborhoods. All of these areas share a common need for superior broadband access and connectivity,” said Chris Hall, CEO of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Redzone’s investments in state of the art broadband network infrastructure will benefit local businesses across the Portland region and help them succeed in an increasingly digital economy.”
“Redzone now offers commercial office buildings, Hotels, Motels, and residential complexes an ultrafast & affordable option for broadband connectivity,” said Michael Forcillo, Redzone Vice President. “While 200 Mbps symmetrical broadband speed represents major improvement vs previous capabilities, Redzone has a clear development pathway to further increase performance and ultimately deliver gigabit speeds to our commercial customers,” added Forcillo.
Commercial customers interested in Redzone’s Business Broadband can view service plans for individual businesses or request multi-tenant service proposals directly on the company website at www.redzonewireless.com/biz.
Camden National Bank to Honor Outstanding Leadership in the Nonprofit Community Annual Leaders & Luminaries competition will recognize four board members with awards totaling $20,000 CAMDEN, Maine – June 7, 2016 – Camden National Bank, through The Bank of Maine Charitable Foundation, is accepting nominations for the 2016 Leaders & Luminaries Award competition. The statewide search honors four of Maine’s leading nonprofit board members and presents them with cash awards for their organizations. Leaders & Luminaries recognizes board members who have effectively used inspiration, creativity and ingenuity in board governance and whose contributions have led to the organization’s growth, successful transition or financial stability. Each of the selected leaders will be presented with cash prizes totaling $20,000.
“We believe in honoring individuals who have made important contributions in their communities through outstanding strategic leadership,” said Greg Dufour, president and chief executive officer of Camden National Bank. “Our nonprofit sector is frequently challenged with limited resources and funding, yet there are people doing amazing work despite the challenges that exist. As a community bank, we want to be able to recognize these inspirational leaders and provide financial support to help them further their organization’s goals.”
The Leaders & Luminaries Award competition is open to any board director of a 501(c)(3) organization based in Maine who can demonstrate how inspiration, creativity and ingenuity in governance has led to his or her organization's success. Four awards totaling $20,000, presented through The Bank of Maine Charitable Foundation, will be awarded to this year’s winners at a special ceremony held during the Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP) Executive Leadership Forum, “Building Board Engagement,” on November 10, 2016 at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport.
An independent selection committee, appointed by Camden National Bank, will select the four winners. Each Leaders & Luminaries award winner will receive $5,000 for his or her nonprofit organization. Last year’s award recipients included Catherine Powers of Bath Housing Authority, Pete Bixler of Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, William Branch of Kennebec Behavioral Health in Waterville, and Lynn Gierie of the Robbie Foundation in Scarborough.
About Camden National Bank Camden National Bank is a full-service community bank that offers state-of-the-art online and mobile banking resources through a network of 63 branches and 85 ATMs in Maine, as well as lending offices in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Headquartered in Camden, Maine, the bank employs over 650 people who are dedicated to providing the best banking experience for customers every day. To learn more, visit www.CamdenNational.com.
About The Bank of Maine Charitable Foundation The Bank of Maine Charitable Foundation, a private charitable foundation operated by Camden National Bank, has been strengthening local communities through charitable giving and partnerships throughout Maine for over 25 years. Originally established as the Gardiner Savings Institution Charitable Foundation in 1988, the goal of the Foundation is to address the critical needs that exist in the communities the Bank services and maintain a strong history of community trust and support. Major charitable contributions awarded through the Foundation focus on supporting the vital signs of a healthy community which include education and youth services, health and human services, arts and culture, and economic development. For more information on Camden National Bank’s philanthropic efforts, visit www.CamdenNational.com.
The Junior League of Portland, ME Inaugurates its 2016-2017 President and Board of Directors
Portland, Maine – The Junior League of Portland, ME is proud to announce the inauguration of its President and Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 League Year, which begins on June 1, 2016. The Junior League of Portland, ME is a volunteer, non-profit women’s organization. Since 1922, the League has worked to affect change and improve the Greater Portland area by developing effective volunteer leadership and executing community projects.
The League will be led by President Katie Clark.
Katie has been an active member of the Junior League of Portland, ME for five years. She has previously served in League leadership roles as Public Relations Vice President and President Elect. She has led ad hoc committees for the League, focusing on membership requirements and strategic planning, and served on the New Member and Public Relations committees. Katie received the Junior League of Portland, ME’s Outstanding First Year Active Award in 2013.
Katie is a social media, market research, and personal branding consultant for small-to-medium size businesses, non-profit groups, and academic institutions across the country. Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College and a Master’s of Philosophy degree from Trinity College Dublin. She resides in Falmouth, Maine with her husband and identical twin daughters.
Katie said, "As incoming President of the Junior League of Portland, Maine, I'm honored to serve with the 2016-2017 Board of Directors. Part of our League's mission is to develop the potential of women, and we serve as a leadership laboratory for civic and nonprofit management. The 2016-2017 Board of Directors are a powerhouse group of women giving their time and talents to work towards positive change in our community.”
The Board of Directors for the League’s 2016-2017 year includes:
President: Katie Clark President Elect: Jillian Rich Treasurer: Christine Babb Recording Secretary: Allison Gjeltema Community Vice President: Alayna Hebert Membership Vice President: Allison (Frazier) Oldham Public Relations Vice President: Sarah Day Fund Development Vice President: Jessica Nason Mentoring & Placement Vice President: Morgan Beauregard
From June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017, these Maine women will lead more than 270 members of the League through the introduction of new partnerships and projects to reach youth in need and affect positive change in the Greater Portland area.
The League’s current issue area is “Reaching Youth at Risk,” and it is presently developing and implementing projects to help youth know what options are available after high school, identify risky situations and make wise choices, and have concrete support in times of need. This year’s projects will also include empowering mothers to lead their children to success and raising awareness for human trafficking in Maine.
“We have recently finished an in-depth assessment of unmet or underfunded community needs and are now establishing new relationships with community partners to kick off programs that address the needs of youth at risk in our community. I look forward to working with the Board and our membership this year to reach youth at risk in meaningful ways, as well as to educate the greater Portland community on the League's 94-year history and impact on the city," said Katie.
Former League projects include founding the Children’s Theatre of Maine; the Children’s Museum; and the Parenting Center at USM; co-founding the Kids First Center, and Beacon Teen Center; co-implementing the BackPack Program with the Good Shepherd Food Bank; and charter funding or raising funds to support the Portland Museum of Art, Maine Audubon Society, Maine Medical Center, the Center for Grieving Children, and Preble Street Resource Center.
About the Junior League of Portland, ME The Junior League of Portland, ME is a non-profit organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League of Portland, ME reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism. To learn more, please visit us at www.jlpmaine.org and find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jlpmaine.
Bicycle Coalition of Maine offering free valet services and discount tickets at Hadlock Field!
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine will be offering FREE Valet Bike Parking service at all Sunday Portland Sea Dogs home games in 2016 (excluding July 3 night game). Valet Bike Parking is FREE to use, quick, and the best way to get to the game.
The Valet Bike Parking area will be located at the ballpark entrance at Hadlock Field on Park Ave. and will be open from 11:30am-4:30pm for Sunday home games. DATES: 6/12, 6/26, 7/17, 7/24, 8/7, 8/28
VALET DISCOUNT PRICING: All Valet Bike Parking users receive discounted tickets to Sunday home games when they purchase their tickets in advance (Only $6 for a General Admission Ticket. SPECIAL OFFER CODE: BIKEME
Volunteer to receive free admission to most of the game! Our volunteers receive free admission to see the majority of the game. Email Bridgette at email@example.com to sign up for a shift! To learn more about the Coalition’s Valet Bike Parking service, visit bikemaine.org/valet.
Maine Real Estate & Development Association Awards Top 6 Notable Projects of 2015
Projects from York County to Dover-Foxcroft Received Special Recognition at MEREDA's 2016 Annual Spring Conference
PORTLAND, May 19, 2016 - The Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA), the state's leading organization for commercial real estate professionals, has announced the recipients of its 2015 Notable Projects Awards at its annual Spring Conference in Portland on May 17.
"MEREDA is thrilled to recognize these exemplary projects, all of which not only embody MEREDA's belief in responsible real estate but also involved a significant investment of resources and job creation statewide," noted Michael O'Reilly, President, MEREDA Board of Directors and Senior Vice President, Southern Maine Commercial Banking Team Lead, at Bangor Savings Bank.
Each of the selected six projects were selected for recognition based upon criteria including environmental sustainability, economic impact, energy efficiency, social impact and job creation.
The recipients of MEREDA's Top 6 Most Notable Projects of 2015 included:
In Bangor, the Circular Block Building: Robert Perry Builders;
In Augusta, the Capital Judicial Center: Maine Judicial Branch;
In Portland, the Press Hotel: Brady Enterprises;
In Dover-Foxcroft, The Mill at Dover-Foxcroft: Arnold Development Group;
In Portland, West End Place: LWS Investments and Redfern Properties; and
In Biddeford, Pepperell Mill Campus: Doug Sanford
For more information about each of these impressive projects, please click here.
Left to Right: MEREDA President Michael O'Reilly accepting the 2015 Notable Project Award for The Press Hotel, Doug Sanford for Pepperell Mill Campus, Telford Allen, Bob Perry for the Circular Block Building, Paul Peck for West End Place, Alan Kuniholm for the Capital Judicial Center, and Christian Arnold for The Mill at Dover-Foxcroft.
Budget Document Technology announces the addition of Gerry Gelinas Budget Document Technology is pleased to announce the addition of Gerry Gelinas to the position of Field Service Manager. “As Budget Document Technology continues to grow it is imperative that we strengthen our organization with individuals committed to customer service,” says Thomas G. Ouellette, President of Budget Document Technology. “With the addition of Gerry, we have added both industry expertise and the dedication to customer service that our clients have come to expect.” Gelinas bring over 20 years of industry knowledge serving as senior technician to digital print production specialist. In the management role as Field Service Manager, Gelinas will be overseeing the Budget Document Technology service team from dispatch to field service technicians. Founded in 1989, Budget Document Technology is an independently-owned industry leader in digital office technology providing solutions for copying, printing, scanning and document workflow. Budget Document Technology supports clients throughout Maine and seacoast New Hampshire and maintains offices in Lewiston and Bangor, ME. To learn more please visit www.bdtme.com.
Junior League partnering with Alaina Marie
Alaina Marie, noted local designer of handmade clutches inspired by a lobsterman’s bait bag, believes in doing well by doing good.
For the second consecutive year, Alaina Marie will launch a new print as part of her Spring collection, pledging ten percent of proceeds to the local women’s volunteer organization. These limited edition bait bag clutches and wallets will come in gingham print in two color options, Serenity and Rose Quartz. These bait bags will be available for purchase from April 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016 at the Alaina Marie store at 332 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101 or online at www.alaina-marie.com.
“I’ve always loved gingham patterns because of the effect they can achieve. Depending on what colors are paired, the pattern can take on a different look and feel, making it completely versatile, yet remaining a classic. The two colors I chose for the launch of this collection are the 2016 Pantone colors of the year, making this collection the perfect fashion statement to bring in the spring season,” shared Alaina Marie. The limited edition wallet will retail for $50 and the limited edition clutch will retail for $70. If purchased together, the set will retail for $100.Ten percent of proceeds will benefit the Junior League of Portland, Maine, and funds raised will support the League’s mission to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women, and improve our community through the effective action and leadership of over 270 trained volunteers. “Working with the Junior League of Portland has been and continues to be an honor. They are a wonderful group of poised women who are devoted to affecting change in our community. I am thrilled to see these women not only supporting my brand, but wearing it proudly. I have loved the opportunity to be able to support their mission and create lifelong friendships along the way,” shared Alaina Marie.
New England Cancer Specialists and Tufts Medical Center form partnership to advance cancer care in New England
BOSTON and SCARBOROUGH, Maine (March 4) ̶ Tufts Medical Center and New England Cancer Specialists (NECS) today announced a clinical affiliation that will greatly expand patients’ access to advanced cancer care, innovative clinical trials, and survivorship resources. NECS is the largest provider of cancer services in Maine, with nearly 45,000 patient visits in 2015 at locations in Scarborough, Brunswick and Kennebunk. Tufts Medical Center’s Cancer Center is a leader in cancer treatment in Boston, with a deep history of innovation and a specialization in complex cancer treatments. Through the affiliation agreement, Tufts MC will be NECS’s preferred academic medical center when patients need complex treatments such as bone marrow transplants, second opinions, or access to innovative clinical trials. Together, NECS and Tufts MC will:
Expand survivorship care services for adolescent and adult cancer survivors
Promote an Oncology Medical Home to measure, ensure, and deliver the highest possible quality cancer care
Collaborate on virtual tumor boards where patient cases are studied by a group of highly experienced cancer experts across the care continuum
Partner on "precision medicine" and the application of immunotherapy specifically targeted to individual patients and to enhance the immune system
“Tufts Medical Center has a long tradition of working collaboratively with physicians outside Boston to ensure patients throughout New England have access to the best possible cancer care,” said Tracey F. Weisberg, MD, President and lead physician at NECS. “When we were looking for a partner to help us bring the most advanced care possible to our patients, Tufts MC was the clear choice in Boston.”
“NECS is the recognized leader in providing excellence in cancer care to patients in Maine,” said Andrew Evens, DO, MS, FACP, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Tufts Cancer Center. “We are thrilled to form this strong and close partnership with NECS to advance cancer care for patients throughout Maine and to enhance both our programs through collaborative patient care and innovative research.”
Notably, both organizations are involved with ongoing broad-based initiatives to intensely focus resources and efforts on promising new cancer therapies across a variety of institutions. As part of a multidisciplinary group of health care experts, Dr. Evens was an invited member of the clinical leadership convened by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong to meet with Vice President Biden at his Naval Observatory residence last December, one of a series of private meetings to help inform the Vice President on cancer care as part of his Cancer Moonshot initiative.
“The vice president was highly engaged and challenged us to accelerate the potential of combination immunotherapeutics, using the body's immune system against cancer, and to extend these innovative treatments throughout the community,” Dr. Evens said. Dr. Soon-Shiong helped facilitate the collaboration between Tufts Medical Center and NECS.
The Tufts Cancer Center is a robust academic tertiary cancer center with a number of unique assets. It has an oncology physician-led survivorship program serving both pediatric and adult patients provided via the Reid R. Sacco Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Program. It also has northern New England’s only Gamma Knife Center, a special program that uses highly targeted and concentrated radiation therapy to treat brain tumors without surgery. Tufts MC is also one of the few hospitals in the region that provides hyperthermic intraperitoneal (heated) chemotherapy for advanced abdominal cancers. Additionally, it is an internationally renowned bone marrow and stem cell transplant program, with a rich history as one of the original pioneers of this treatment since the late 1950s. New England Cancer Specialists is an independent oncology group with 25 medical oncologists and nurse practitioners. The physicians at NECS participate in more clinical trials than anywhere else in Maine, and are often the first to offer leading-edge protocols and drug treatments based on the latest research. They also hold appointments at Tufts University School of Medicine. By partnering with Tufts Medical Center, they aim to further increase the availability of and access to these novel cancer therapeutics and advancements.
### Media Contacts Victoria Foley Marketing Manager, New England Cancer Specialists 207-396-8550 Julie Jette Director, Media Relations and Publications Tufts Medical Center 617-636-3265 About Tufts Medical Center Tufts Medical Center is an exceptional not-for-profit, 415-bed academic medical center that is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and Floating Hospital for Children. Located in downtown Boston, the Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Floating Hospital for Children is the full-service children’s hospital of Tufts Medical Center and the principal pediatric teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts Medical Center is affiliated with five community hospitals and with New England Quality Care Alliance, its community physicians’ network. For more information, please visit www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org. About New England Cancer Specialists NECS is an independent oncology group with 25 oncologists and nurse practitioners who are on staff at Maine Medical Center. The physicians at NECS participate in more clinical trials than anywhere else in Maine, and are often the first to offer leading-edge protocols and drug treatments based on the latest research. By partnering with Tufts Medical Center, they aim to further increase the availability of and access to these novel cancer therapeutics and programmatic advancements. For more information, visit http://www.newenglandcancerspecialists.org/.
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Camden National Bank Collects Supplies for Maine’s Shelters
Banking centers host drive to create ‘Hope Kits’ to support state’s homeless
Camden, ME – February 16, 2016 – In conjunction with its Hope@Home initiative, Camden National Bank has launched a company-wide drive to collect urgently needed items for Maine’s homeless shelters. Across all of the Bank’s 64 locations, employees, customers and local businesses are partnering together to gather personal items, toiletries and non-perishable food items for “Hope Kits” to be delivered to shelters in each of the communities Camden National Bank serves. The collection will take place throughout the month of February, and donations can be delivered to any of the banking centers in Maine.
“When we first introduced Hope@Home in January of last year, there were a lot of unknowns,” said Greg Dufour, president and chief executive officer of Camden National Bank. “We didn’t know how the program would be received by our customers and communities or whether our dedication to this single issue would resonate with everyone the way it did with us. We knew we wanted to raise awareness around the issue of homelessness in Maine, and we knew we wanted to use our position and visibility to help make a difference.”
Through the community-based, statewide program, for every home Camden National Bank finances, $100 is donated to a homeless shelter in the community of the new homeowner, and in the homeowner’s name. In 2015, Camden National Bank financed 442 new home purchases and raised $44,200 for Maine’s homeless shelters.
Dufour added, "With a year under our belts, we can now report that response has been great. In addition to donations of over $44,000 to Maine's shelters, Hope@Home is also helping to increase awareness in our communities. Whether it is someone stopping me on the street to thank us, a new homebuyer sending a note to one of our lenders complimenting the program, or our employees donating their own time to area shelters, we have seen an increase in engagement to help the homeless. Our 'Hope Kits' are another way we can provide support and raise awareness for those in need in our state."
To donate items for Camden National Bank’s “Hope Kit” collection effort, visit your local banking center, or go to CamdenNational.com to find a location near you. For more information on Hope@Home or how to join Camden National Bank’s efforts to help Maine’s homeless individuals, children and families, please visit CamdenNational.com/hopeathome .
About Camden National Bank Camden National Corporation is the holding company of Camden National Bank and Acadia Trust, N.A. Headquartered in Camden, Maine, Camden National Corporation has $3.7 billion in assets and is the largest publicly traded company in Northern New England (NASDAQ: CAC). Camden National Bank is a full-service community bank that employs over 700 people, features a network of 64 banking centers and 85 ATMs in Maine, and offers state-of-the-art online and mobile banking resources as well as brokerage and insurance services through its division, Camden Financial Consultants. Acadia Trust offers investment management and fiduciary services through its offices in Portland, Bangor and Ellsworth. To learn more, visit www.CamdenNational.com.
BlueTarp Financial seeks Customer service Rep.
BlueTarp Financial, Inc. Customer Service Representative Job Description
Job Title: Customer Service Representative Department: Customer Service Supervisor: Manager Customer Service FLSA Status: Non-Exempt Location: Portland, Maine
BlueTarp Financial is a B2B credit management company that pays suppliers upfront for their sales and protects them from risk, so they can fund the growth of their business. Since 1998, we’ve helped over 2,000 suppliers grow and protect their business.
BlueTarp is located in modern, sunny offices overlooking Monument Square in downtown Portland. Employees enjoy complimentary parking, yoga and tickets to local sporting events. The company also awards a quarterly “Wish Grant” of $1500, offers casual dress and provides mid-year and annual reviews. Employees are encouraged to share their ideas in a friendly, supportive environment. These are among many reasons why BlueTarp has been awarded one of the Best Places to Work in Maine, three years in a row. Learn more about us at bluetarp.com.
SUMMARY: Customer Service Representatives act as the day-to-day ‘face of BlueTarp’ providing excellent service and support to our suppliers and their customers. On a daily basis, CSRs will interact with customers to answer questions, fulfill requests, and solve problems. Maintaining strong customer relationships is critical to BlueTarp’s success, and we enable and empower our employees to do just that.
We are hiring for a full-time and part-time position. Both positions are well suited for current Customer Service professionals or candidates with previous careers who want to explore this field in a supportive environment. The part-time position is 25 hours a week and offers mid-day hours, ideal for someone with school-aged children.
RESPONSIBILITIES CSR responsibilities at BlueTarp span a broad range of customer support functions -providing task variety and exposure to many different aspects of the company. CSRs primarily service the customer through inbound phone and email, but also support outbound calls, particularly as follow-up to customer inquiries/issues. Specific tasks supported by BlueTarp CSRs include:
Effectively representing the offerings, role, and benefits of BlueTarp to its customers
Account configuration and maintenance
Billing/invoice inquiries and information delivery
Credit line/availability questions/requests
Educating customers on use and benefits of their on-line web account
Problem resolution and escalation
As CSRs build their knowledge and proficiency, there are opportunities for additional responsibilities and project work.
Successful CSRs will have the opportunity to progress their careers within the Customer Service track as well as explore opportunities in other parts of the company.
High school diploma or equivalent
1-2 years’ experience in customer service call center
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Organized and detail-oriented
Service-oriented mentality, with sense of urgency toward both internal and external customers
Self-initiated and motivated
Innovative problem solver, able to deal with ambiguity
SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland & YARMOUTH, Maine--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of DeLorme, a privately-held company that designs and markets consumer-based satellite tracking devices with two-way communication and navigational capabilities. The completion of the acquisition, which is subject to customary conditions, is expected to occur within 30 to 60 days. One of the most compelling products in the DeLorme portfolio is its inReach series of two-way satellite communication devices. These GPS-enabled devices allow the user to send and receive satellite text messages or trigger an SOS for emergency help, anywhere in the world. In addition to inReach, DeLorme has an extensive library of digital cartography and enterprise GIS software, as well as traditional mapping. “DeLorme is a respected brand with exciting products and technologies that are a natural fit in the Garmin portfolio,” said Cliff Pemble, Garmin’s president and CEO. “We look forward to completing the acquisition and welcoming them onto our team. We are looking forward to leveraging their expertise to further enhance the Garmin lineup of products.” “Our inReach technology is invaluable to hikers, hunters, boaters, and pilots who often find themselves in remote areas – Garmin’s core customers. We are looking forward to completing the acquisition and are excited to help leverage our expertise into enhancing their already outstanding products,” said Michael Heffron, CEO of DeLorme. “Garmin has extensive R&D capabilities and a global distribution network that will allow us to provide this technology to customers across many markets and around the world.” Garmin will retain most of the associates of DeLorme and will continue operations at its existing location in Yarmouth, Maine following the completion of the acquisition. The Yarmouth facility will operate primarily as a research and development facility and will continue to develop two-way satellite communication devices and technologies. Financial terms of the purchase agreement and acquisition will not be released. For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom, contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at facebook.com/garmin, twitter.com/garmin, oryoutube.com/garmin.
Junior League of Portland Honors Kristen Miale at The 2nd Annual Fire & Ice Fête
Portland, Maine – The Junior League of Portland, ME hosted The 2nd Annual Fire & Ice Fête on Friday, February 5 at The Portland Club. This fundraising event was open to the public and featured a cocktail reception with live entertainment, live auction, raffle, and the Junior League of Portland Award ceremony. The ceremony honored Kristen Miale, President of Good Shepherd Food Bank, with the 2016 Junior League of Portland Award for Outstanding Community Leadership. Past Junior League of Portland, ME President, Nancy Thompson accepted the award on behalf of Miale, who was unable to attend due to inclement weather.
Junior League of Portland, ME President, Ellen Berg, explained the selection of Kristen Miale as the Junior League of Portland Award recipient:
“The Junior League of Portland, Maine, has been improving the Portland community for more than ninety years. Since 1922, our Junior League has identified needs in Portland, built partnerships with great organizations, and improved our community by funding needed programs and training volunteers for hands-on impact. Last year, our volunteers spent over 500 hours volunteering in the community.
In 2009, we identified the need in our community as Hunger and Food Insecurity and looked for a way that we could tackle this issue head-on. After partnering with Good Shepherd Food Bank in 2010, we brought the BackPack program to Portland. The BackPack program sends bags of food home with children who would otherwise go hungry. When we started the program in 2010, we sent BackPacks home with 40 students per week. By 2013, the program was serving over 500 students per week. To ensure that this wildly successful program would live on, we created a step-by-step manual that anyone could use to bring the BackPack program to their community.
As our organization launches its new issue area, Reaching Youth at Risk, we knew it was the perfect time to honor and thank one of our outstanding community partners from our Hunger and Food Insecurity focus.”
[Junior League of Portland, ME President, Ellen Berg, at the 2nd Annual Fire & Ice.]
In 2012, Kristen Miale was named the president of Good Shepherd Food Bank, the largest hunger relief organization of Maine. Good Shepherd Food Bank, headquartered in Auburn, works with more than 400 partner agencies across the state to acquire and distribute food to those in need.
The BackPack program and the Good Shepherd Food bank have had an extremely positive impact on our community. The Junior League of Portland, ME is proud to honor Kristen, her commitment to improving our community, and her successes with the 2016 Junior League of Portland Award for Outstanding Community Leadership.
The event was hosted by TV Personality and Owner of Style Me Portland, Master of Ceremonies Erin Ovalle, with music provided by Andy Buonaiuto.
The event was made possible by generous contributions from Baker Newman Noyes; Bangor Savings Bank; Iberdrola; McCloskey, Mina & Cunniff, LLC; Orthodontic Associates; Patriot Insurance; and Tyler Technologies. Maine Magazine was the exclusive media sponsor.
Funds raised will support the Junior League of Portland, ME’s mission to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women, and improve our community through the effective action and leadership of over 270 trained volunteers.
About the Junior League of Portland, ME The Junior League of Portland, ME is a non-profit organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League of Portland, ME reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism. To learn more, please visit us at www.jlpmaine.org and find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jlpmaine.
BO Byrne named new Executive Chef at TIQA
TIQA is proud to announce the promotion of Bo Byrne to the position of Executive Chef. Byrne takes the position after working as TIQA’s chef de cuisine since October.
“Bo is well respected in the local restaurant community, and it’s been a great pleasure to have him on our team at TIQA,” noted TIQA owner Deen Haleem. “We’ve seen the incredible work he’s capable of, and look forward to seeing his touches to our seasonal menus.”
As Executive Chef, Byrne will lead a team of skilled kitchen staff, introduce new Mediterranean-inspired cuisine to TIQA’s menu, host exclusive prix fixe meals at the restaurant's Chef’s Bar and assist in planning menus for special events.
Bo Byrne was a member of the first graduating class at SMCC’s culinary school, where he studied under Will Beriau. Byrne spent 13 years working with restaurateur David Turin, acting as head chef at each of three different restaurants during that time – David’s in Monument Square, David’s 388, and, most recently, David’s Opus Ten. In 2014 he was designated a Certified Executive Chef by the American Culinary Federation. He is a resident of South Portland.
About TIQA: TIQA serves pan-Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, high quality ingredients and authentic flavors in its seasonal menus. The restaurant has its own bakery, providing a wide range of Mediterranean breads and sweets for guests, and recently added a retail stand for sales of its baked goods.
The space offers six distinct venues for guests to enjoy: the main dining room, lounge, chef’s bar, main bar, patio, and private dining area.
TIQA is open Monday – Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Thursday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., with lunch and dinner offered daily and a brunch menu available on Sunday. TIQA’s Chef’s Bar is offered every night of the week but Saturday, giving guests an exclusive opportunity to see the kitchen in action and celebrate the cuisine of specific Mediterranean regions. Complimentary valet services are available to dinner guests.
TIQA is located at 327 Commercial Street in Portland, Maine, for more information visit www.tiqa.net.
Portland Defense Attorney Matthew Nichols Welcomes 2016 with New Law Partner
Attorney Sarah Churchill has become a partner with Attorney Matthew Nichols to establish the law firm Nichols & Churchill, P.A. as of Jan. 1, 2016. Churchill comes into partnership after three years as an associate at Attorney Nichols’s prior firm, Nichols & Webb, P.A.
“Sarah is one of the most well-respected attorneys in our state. She’s not only an outstanding criminal defense lawyer, but also a very accomplished civil litigator. Sarah is among the rare breed of attorneys possessing the skillset necessary to be considered a trial lawyer,” says Attorney Nichols of his new partner.
As an associate with the firm, Churchill made her mark advocating for clients in workplace discrimination, sexual harassment and personal injury cases. She continues to excel in representing these types of civil matters, providing clients with the highest level of comprehensive legal service.
Attorney Churchill is qualified to take on the full range of criminal case types that the firm handles, including drunk driving, arson, burglary, assault and homicide. Nichols and Churchill regularly collaborate on cases. Currently, the partners are co-defending a client charged with six counts of manslaughter stemming from an accidental fire in the client’s building.
“We represent people from every socioeconomic background, because the government accuses people from every socioeconomic background, and every race, religion and ethnicity,” says Nichols on the firm’s core mission. Attorney Churchill agrees, and adds “I look forward to our continued collaboration in that vital work. Clients and consumers in the communities we serve can expect the same top-notch legal work that we’ve been doing for years.”
About Nichols & Churchill, P.A.
Attorney Matthew Nichols has been in private practice in Maine since 1988, when he began his career as a defense lawyer in Portland. For 28 years, Attorney Nichols has never wavered from his commitment to defend citizens who stand accused of serious crimes ranging from major felonies to misdemeanors. He has successfully defended thousands of clients accused of drunk driving, and is widely regarded as the state’s preeminent OUI attorney.
Attorney Sarah Churchill is an outstanding criminal defender and an exceptional civil litigator. As partner, she brings her unique set of legal skills to all areas of the practice. Known for her abilities as a true trial attorney, she utilizes her experience in courtroom storytelling to present or dispute the facts in favor of her clients.
Joanne Deering is the Legal Assistant and backbone of the law practice. She worked in the criminal division of the Cumberland County Courthouse for ten years, and brought her procedural knowledge and court system experience to the firm in 2000. Deering readily communicates her abundant knowledge of court and BMV procedure to the firm’s clients. According to the partners, clients and court personnel, she is a Godsend and continues on as the foundation of the firm.
Contact Details Nichols & Churchill are located at 1250 Forest Ave., Suite 10 in Portland, Maine 04103. For more information, please call or email Attorney Nichols: Matthew Nichols, Esq. 207-879-4000 firstname.lastname@example.org www.nicholschurchill.com Twitter: @PortlandMElaw
ELITE AIRWAYS ANNOUNCES EXPANDED FLIGHT OFFERINGS FROM PORTLAND
Additional Flights added to Orlando/Melbourne, new continuing service to Naples, Florida starts February 29 Portland, Maine – Elite Airways today announced additional flights to Orlando/Melbourne International Airport. The additional flights are in response to strong bookings. Elite also announced that beginning February 29th the Orlando/Melbourne flight will continue on to Naples, Florida. Both destinations are available for sale at the Elite Airways website www.eliteairways.net. “It is great to see Elite Airways adding capacity to the market” said Paul Bradbury, Airport Director of the Portland International Jetport. “Florida is our number one underserved market and the Elite service has been such a hit, they are adding additional flights to meet demand. The continuation of the flight on to Naples will give us access to Southwest Florida which we believe will be very popular among local flyers.” “Naples Municipal Airport is a hidden gem in the heart of the Paradise Coast as it offers close access to the downtown area and beachfront resorts, plus the ease and convenience of flying into a smaller regional airport,” said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. “We are thrilled to provide direct flights to Portland, Maine, and we thank airport and community leaders for their support and assistance to help us introduce this new service.” Elite Airways enjoys a well-earned reputation as a top-tier charter service provider to professional and college sports teams, private company executives, and also offers commercial jet service to leisure travelers. The company operates a fleet of Bombardier CRJ-200 and CRJ-700 jet airliners that are known for comfort and efficiency. All scheduled flights are sold by BransonAirExpress and operated by Elite Airways LLC, and available for purchase by calling 877-393-2510 or visiting www.eliteairways.com. About Elite Airways Elite Airways LLC was founded in 2006 by airline veterans with the goal to provide passengers a better travel experience with non-stop flights, competitive prices, and exceptional service. Elite Airways is a U.S. Part 121 Air Carrier and provides charter and scheduled service throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, and South America. The airline’s routes connect underserved communities with popular destinations including New York City/Newark NJ, Portland ME, Orlando/Melbourne FL, Vero Beach FL, Naples FL, Denver CO, Houston TX, and Branson MO. Headquartered in Portland, ME, Elite Airways’ maintenance operations center is located in Melbourne, FL on Florida’s Space Coast. For more information, call 877-393-2510 or visit www.eliteairways.com. For Reservations: 1-877-393-2510 Customer Service: 321-265-5100 ext. 103 Email: email@example.com ### PWM Media Contact: Zach Sundquist, Assistant Airport Director, 207-756-8027, firstname.lastname@example.org Elite Media Contact: Rebecca Crisafulli, 321-259-1795, Rebecca@mcbridemarketinggroup.com
Red cross seeking communications position
As an employee at the American Red Cross, you could be on the front lines making a positive impact on our community. You could provide your services directly to the American public or support to the people who do. Both roles help further the mission of the Red Cross. Join our non-profit organization, where your heart and mind go to work!
We are currently seeking a Director of Communications to work in our Portland office.
This position plans, recommends, implements and participates in the development of internal and external communication strategies that support Chapter and National key initiatives and objectives. Responsible for raising the local visibility of the Red Cross to help the community understand how to access local Red Cross services and support its mission. The position will potentially work directly with the marketing group and assist with various marketing campaigns.
Responsibilities include: Coordinate media relations, public relations, marketing our brand, and government relations. The director of communications will develop and build a volunteer communications team throughout the state. The position includes on-call duties in times of disaster.
Westbrook, ME -- Goodwill Industries of Northern New England’s opened a new store in Westbrook, Maine.
The new store and donation center is at 200 Larrabee Road in Westbrook. The new 12,600 square foot building features a convenient covered donation area, polished concrete floors (which eliminates the need for harsh chemical cleaners), and indoor and outdoor LED lights to reduce electricity use.
“We are delighted to bring a Goodwill retail store and donation center to Westbrook,” said Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England. “Revenue generated from our retail stores is invested in services that help Mainers build stability in their lives and strengthen their communities through the power of work.”
The new store will feature a wide variety of donated goods as well as a limited selection of new items to create a complete shopping experience.
The Westbrook location is replacing the Goodwill Retail Store and Donation Center on Forest Avenue in Portland. The Park Danforth, Goodwill’s landlord at Forest Avenue, is beginning a long-planned housing project at the site.
“As our lease winds down, we are grateful to the staff and Board of Directors of The Park Danforth for their support of Goodwill’s Forest Avenue location,” said Roosevelt.
Goodwill has operated the retail store and donation center at Forest Avenue since 1999.
Goodwill operates several retail stores and donation centers in Greater Portland – including Falmouth, Gorham, Maine Mall – South Portland, Mill Creek – South Portland.
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About Goodwill Industries of Northern New England
Goodwill Industries of Northern New England has a 10-year goal of being instrumental in moving 10,000 households out of poverty and into stability in our territory of Maine, New Hampshire and northern Vermont. We not only create training opportunities and jobs within Goodwill, our Workforce Services helps local businesses build their own workforce. As an employer of more than 2,100 people and a social service provider, we have a unique perspective that can help other employers find and keep reliable employees. We operate 30 retail stores across northern New England. Goodwill Neurorehabilitation Services in Portland, Maine and Lewiston, Maine offers comprehensive brain injury services and treatment options for people with acquired brain injuries. At Goodwill Neurorehabilitation Services, comprehensive, community-based therapies are provided to assist individuals with cognitive, emotional and physical needs – so lives can get back on track after a brain injury. Goodwill NNE also operates Good Clean Property Services – a full service commercial property maintenance company offering the perfect combination of quality, customized, eco-friendly services. Recycled Cycles, a Goodwill NNE service in New Hampshire, is a partnership with the Central New Hampshire Bicycling Coalition to create job training opportunities repairing and maintaining bicycles. Program participants also benefit through individualized training and mentoring. Recycled Cycles is focused on increasing community awareness about the health, environmental and cost benefits to transportational cycling. Our services are funded by revenue from retail and recycling operations, grants, fees, and philanthropic gifts. Please visit www.goodwillnne.org for more information.