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The Cumberland County Civic Center Board of Trustees recently re-elected Portland attorney Neal Pratt as chairman of the board. He is a partner at Preti Flaherty and represents Falmouth, Scarborough and Westbrook on the board. The trustees also appointed Brian Dudley to the board. He is the development director at Cheverus High School and will represent Portland and Long Island.

Murray, Plumb & Murray is pleased to announce that Thomas Douglas has been made a shareholder and director of the firm. He joined Murray, Plumb & Murray in 2004 and litigates a variety of cases in both state and federal court, including general business disputes, intellectual property matters, probate contests, construction cases and personal injury claims. He was selected as a “New England Rising Star” in business litigation in 2009, 2010 and 2011 by Super Lawyers Magazine.


Kermit Stanley was the top sales producer for Portland’s Choice Realty for December 2011. His commitment to his clients’ best interests and his years of experience make him a true asset to Portland’s Choice Realty. He holds the professional designations of accredited buyer representative and seniors real estate specialist.

The Maine State Music Theater was recently awarded a $10,000 matching grant from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust which supports the efforts of nonprofit organizations located and operating in Maine. The award will be used to continue an upgrade to the theatre’s sound equipment.

Dream Local Digital, a digital marketing agency in Maine, is one of Mass High Tech’s “five you should follow.” The five to follow are start-ups nominated each week by readers of the newsweltter. Mass High Tech specializes in covering New England’s incubation of next generation technologies and the people and companies behind the innovation economy.

Literacy Volunteers-Greater Portland, a program of LearningWorks, was recently accredited status by ProLiteracy. Literacy Volunteers of Greater Portland has been serving adults in the area for 39 years, helping them to improve reading, listening, writing and speaking skills. This new accreditation will provide them with a comprehensive process for conducting self-assessments, developing program improvement plans, demonstrating that their program meets the highest standards for governance, program management, program operations and volunteer development. Literacy Volunteers is one of five ProLiteracy-accredited organizations in Maine and one of 130 accredited organizations in the country.

Good Deeds

In response to an urgent need to help offset cuts to LIHEAP, Maine’s credit unions made a collective contribution of $30,000 to the “Keep ME Warm” fund. This contribution will purchase nearly 9,000 gallons of fuel for families across Maine.

New Hires

The Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club recently announced that longtime environmentalist Glen Brand will serve as the first director in the organization’s history. As director, Brand will help build programs to protect Maine’s environment. He has served on the staff of several national and state environmental organizations, including Maine Conservation Voters, Greenpeace and the national Sierra Club. During his tenure at the national Sierra Club, he co-founded and directed the “Cool Cities” program, a grassroots campaign helping local communities across the country to adapt clean energy solutions.

Alexa Oestreicher recently joined Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty as a vice president. Oestreicher, a licensed associate broker, will be based in the greater Portland office. She has a business background in marketing.

Donna Greenwood recently joined James Katz and Mark Cieniawski at Mercy Portland’s Internal Medicine Practice. She earned her medical degree from the University of Vermont, College of Medicine and returned to Maine to complete her residency in internal medicine at Maine Medical Center. She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and currently resides in Scarborough.

Martin’s Point Health Care recently hired a number of new physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants in several of its Maine locations. Jeffrey Grassmann joins the Portland office and will split his time between the integrative medicine and family medicine practice. Andrea Truncali will be working in the Portland office’s internal and preventive medicine-public health practice. Allison Talon will join Portland’s nursing staff as a nurse practitioner. Joining the South Portland office will be Erin Delaney who will work with patients in several capacities including family medicine and chronic illnesses, and Paula Spanos who will be joining the nursing staff. Jacqueline Caldwell, a Brunswick resident, will be joining the staff at 6 Farley Road in Brunswick working in family medicine. Linda MacDougall will also join the staff on Farley Road as a nurse practitioner. Joining the team at 74 Baribeau Drive in Brunswick will be John Sommer, Katherine Swan and Kathellen O’Brien.

New Technologies

Parkview Adventist Medical Center recently went live with a new patient monitoring system for its cardiac patients. It is the first in Maine to utilize Nihon Kohden America’s latest generation of wireless telemetry monitoring, designed to improve clinical workflow.