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New business offers
in-home care to seniors
PORTLAND — Rich Blumenthal of Portland has opened Advantage Home Care to help Cumberland County seniors stay independent in their homes.
Blumenthal or one of his 14 part-time caregivers will provide in-home, non-medical assistance including light housekeeping, transportation, and/or companionship.
After conducting an in-depth needs assessment, a care plan is created and the caregiver maintains a daily log that is signed off by the client, and family members if applicable.
Advantage Home Care also offers a complimentary phone service to clients where they call clients up to three times a day to remind them to take medicine, or just call to check up on them.
Blumenthal says he’s happy to provide this free service to his clients. “I’m in my early 60s, nearly a senior myself. I’m doing this for the joy of it,” he said.
Services are charged on an hourly basis and are available short or long-term, 24 hours, seven days a week.

Irving Oil acquires six
Webber Energy locations
BANGOR — Irving Oil has purchased six locations in Maine, including two in Freeport and one in Falmouth, from Webber Energy of Bangor.
The Freeport retail locations will be under management by Circle K and the Falmouth retail site will be operated by Lil’ Mart.

Scarborough designers
earn LEED accreditation
SCARBOROUGH — Interior designers Mary Turgeon and Lynn Pepin of Gawron Turgeon Architects have earned the green building industry designation of LEED Accredited Professionals.

VIA Group coordinates
3,000 lb. food donation
PORTLAND — The VIA Group, a marketing and advertising firm in Portland, coordinated with several businesses in its Danforth Street neighborhood to collect over 3,000 lbs. of non-perishable food for donation to the Good Shephard Food Bank.
Participating businesses included Common Dreams, Eastern League of Professional Baseball, Planet Dog, Stephen Blatt Architects, ttl-architects, Addo Novo, and Wright-Ryan.
Wright-Ryan president John Ryan also pledged one dollar for every pound of food donated by his employees, which totalled 1,506 lbs.

Personal Touch Catering
opens Events on Broadway
SOUTH PORTLAND — Personal Touch Catering has opened a new facility, Events on Broadway, at 729 Broadway in South Portland.
PTC, owned by certified executive chef Kevin Fallen, will offer full catering and bar service at the 7,500 square-foot event center.

New Hires/Promotions

Portland Museum of Art has hired Margaret Burgess of Portland as the associate curator of modern and European art

Melissa Glenn of South Portland has joined North Yarmouth Academy as assistant director of development.

Baker Newman Noyes has hired Robin Cyr as a manager in personal financial planning and Jacqueline Leclair as a senior consultant in the IT division.

TD Banknorth in Portland has promoted Kate Hatch of Portland to a workout officer in the commercial department and Dan Beressi of Falmouth to senior strategic sourcing manager.

Public relations agency KG Partners has hired Don Fibich of Cape Elizabeth as creative director.


The annual Golden Arrow Awards ceremony was held in Portland to recognize excellence in Maine public relations.
Burgess Advertising in Portland earned five awards, including Best In Show for its “License to Cure” specialty license plate campaign.
Vreeland Marketing and Design, gBritt PR, Rinck Advertising, and KG Partners each earned three awards. Lapchick Creative, Garrand, and the Portland Water District each took home one award.

St. Lawrence Arts Center’s Good Theater has been awarded three grants totalling $10,000: Maine Community Foundation, $5,000; Sam L. Cohen Foundation, $2,000; and Kirby Foundation, $3,000.

Douglas Darby of Portland, a Portland District Court criminal team volunteer, received the Volunteer of the Year Award from Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

Theater for social change non-profit, Add Verb Productions, was awarded four grants totaling $40,500 for 2009 programming: Bingham Program, $20,000; Beim Foundation, $10,000; Maine Community Foundation, $5,500; Sam L. Cohen Foundation, $5,000.

The McDonald’s restaurant owned by George, Edie and Scott Lydick, located at 332 St. John St. in Portland, was awarded “Best Grand Opening Plan for 2008” by the Boston Region McDonald’s corporate offices.


The Human Resources Association of Southern Maine has elected the officers of its 2009 board of directors: Kristine A. Avery, senior vice president of human resources at FISC, president; Deborah L. Whitworth, managing director of human resources consulting at Lebel & Harriman, LLP, president-elect; Debbie Nuttelman, finance manager for the Brunswick Sewer District, treasurer; Jodie Griffith, Portland branch manager at Manpower, secretary.

The Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine, known as E2 Tech, has named James S. Atwell of Sevee & Maher Engineers and Jeffrey A. Thaler of Bernstein Shur as co-chairmen of the board of directors, and Samuel Townsend of Cape Elizabeth as the executive director.

Richard Barringer, professor of public policy and management at USM’s Muskie School of Public Service, has been appointed to chair the New England Governors’ Commission on Land Conservation.