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People and Business: July 28

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People and Business: July 28

Good Shepherd Food-Bank
opens Portland location

AUBURN — Good Shepherd Food-Bank opened its new Portland Warehouse and Distribution Center on July 12 at 111 Pine Tree Industrial Parkway.

The 20,000 square-foot facility will supply food items to more than 140 food pantries, soup kitchens, after school programs, shelters, and other non-profits in Cumberland and York counties.

Funding for the warehouse was provided by the JTG Foundation, Libra Foundation, Virginia Hodgkins Somers Foundation and Feeding America.

The Food-Bank is raising funds to equip the Portland warehouse with a refrigerator and freezer. For more information or to make a donation, please contact Christine Force at 782-3554 ext. 1124 or cforce@gsfb.org.

Currently, the food bank is seeking donations of canned fruit and vegetables, peanut butter, macaroni & cheese, family-size juices, canned meals, pasta, rice, cereal and canned meats.

Donations can be dropped off at the Portland Warehouse and Distribution Center Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m.- 3 p.m., and Friday 8 a.m.- 12 p.m.  

Nominations sought for
top Scarborough garden

SCARBOROUGH —  The Scarborough Garden Club's annual community event, the Green Thumb Contest, is accepting nominations for the town's best flower garden.

To qualify for the contest, the garden must be located in Scarborough and must be maintained by the homeowner. Vegetable gardens are not included.  First, second, and third place winners will receive a gift certificate from local garden centers.

To nominate a garden - including your own - call 839-4033 or email gardenz@maine.rr.com with the address of the garden, and include your name, phone number and/or email address.

The deadline for nominations is July 31.

Cape captain chairs
security committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Capt. Jeffrey Monroe of Cape Elizabeth, a a licensed master mariner for over 35 years, was selected as the Chairman of the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee.

The committee advises the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security on maritime security matters, including national security strategy and policy of the maritime transportation industry.

A graduate of Maine Maritime Academy, Monroe has worked extensively on security and safety issues in ports, the marine transportation system, aviation, and surface transportation. In 2008 he received the Meritorious Public Service Medal from the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard for his contributions to national maritime safety.

New Ventures

Tony Vine of Cumberland has launched a new driving school in Falmouth, IndieDriver Educational Services, LLC, and is currently accepting registration. IndieDriver is located in the Falmouth Shopping Center above Radio Shack on U.S. Route 1. Classes are available on weekends, before or after school, or midday. Private sessions available upon request. For more information, call 838-INDI or indiedriver.com.

KG Partners
, a Portland-based advertising, public relations and interactive agency, has launched The Retail Innovation Group, offering manufacturers and retailers a combination of shopper-based research, behavioral analysis and retail design. Tim Mathis heads the department as director of retail innovation. Formerly Mathis led strategy, design and implementation with Gillette's Retail Innovation Lab. For more information visit kgretailinnovationgroup.com, or the Group's blog at shopperinsightsblog.com.

Portland-based Monaghan Mortgage has joined Residential Mortgage Services, Inc., as a subsidiary. RMS is an independent mortgage banking operation with locations in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Connecticut. The partnership with RMS allows Monaghan Mortgage to offer direct funding of loans, local decision making with national financing resources. Liz Monaghan can be reached at 761-0100 or monaghanmortgage.com.

Rachel Ambrose  recently launched a home furnishings shop located at 83 West Commercial St. in Portland called Home Remedies. The store sells fine fabrics, furniture, and creates custom products. To help the business get started, the City of Portland, in partnership with Bangor Savings Bank, provided Home Remedies with a gap financing loan from its revolving loan fund. For more information about Home Remedies, visit mainefabrics.com. For information about the city’s revolving loan fund program or other business assistance programs, contact the Economic Development Division at 874-8683.

Two Portland-based fiber optic project management firms, Tilson Technology Management and Telecom Strategies and Facilities, have joined forces to establish Tilson Fiber Technology, LLC. Tilson Fiber Technology will focus on construction and project management, business start-up, sustainment and administration for dark fiber networks. TFT is under contract with Maine Fiber Company, Inc. to manage a $32 million, 1,100 mile, high-capacity fiber optic network funded in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act economic stimulus bill.

Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, MaineGeneral Health and MaineHealth, are now working together under a new partnership, OneMaine Health Collaborative, to conduct a statewide study to better understand community health needs. To conduct the comprehensive survey, OneMaine Health Collaborative selected the University of New England's Center for Community and Public Health, which includes a team of consultants from the Muskie School at the University of Southern Maine, and local survey firm, Market Decisions.  Results of the study will be used to help develop Maine’s State Health Plan. Comparative county level findings will be available to the public in early 2011.  

Perry & Banks Integrated Sales & Marketing
, a strategic advertising and marketing company in Portland, in partnership with Policy One Research, has been retained by Maine’s Midcoast Council of Governments, a non-profit development corporation that supports the improvement of the regional economy in southern mid-coast Maine.

Vreeland Marketing & Design of Yarmouth has been named the marketing contractor for the Efficiency Maine Home Energy Savings Program. The agency will assist Efficiency Maine in promoting initiatives, including cash incentives to help homeowners make their homes more energy efficient. Funding is through economic stimulus funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.