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Salvation Army issues draft call

The Salvation Army is recruiting – recruiting donors, that is, to support its Portland Adult Rehabilitation Center. The center, which provides housing, work, therapy and other assistance for people facing a wide variety of life problems, is seeking donated goods on Friday, Aug. 21, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Forest Avenue Plaza, 449 Forest Ave., Portland. Furniture and other items donated will be sold in the Army’s thrift stores to help fund the center, located at 88 Preble St., Portland.

Hires, Promotions and Appointments

Ethan Boxer-Macomber and Bruce Kidman were recently named to the board of directors of GrowSmart Maine, a Portland-based nonprofit group that advocates for the balance of environmental conservation and economic growth in the state. Boxer-Macomber has 18 years of experience in real estate, housing and community development, and is the founder of Anew Development. His previous work includes serving as a planner and housing program manager for the City of Portland. Kidman has served for nearly 20 years with The Nature Conservancy in Maine, overseeing public policy and communications, and raising more than $100 million in bonding and grants for conservation projects. His previous experience includes work for the Maine Chamber of Commerce.

Cumberland resident Jessica A. Lewis recently returned to work as an of-counsel attorney at Bernstein Shur, a law firm with headquarters in Portland. Lewis was formerly an associate at the firm from 2006-2013. Most recently, she worked for a small firm where she represented consumer and small-business debtors. She holds a J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law and an undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Bowdoin College.

Albin, Randall & Bennett, a certified public accounting firm based in Portland, has named Jason C. LeBlanc as a principal. LeBlanc has extensive experience working with automotive and nonprofit clients, and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics from the University of Southern Maine.

Bruce White and Matt Wilder are the new owners and operators of Sea Tow Portland/Midcoast, part of Sea Tow Services International Inc., a commercial on-water assistance provider. White and Wilder, both marine captains with towing licenses from the U.S. Coast Guard, lead a fleet of five Sea Tow boats. The captains also operate a water-taxi service in Portland.

Giving Back

TD Bank, in Millcreek Plaza, South Portland, recently collected more than $2,100 for Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine in the bank’s “Bring Change” fundraising event. During the event, customers donated proceeds from their use of the bank’s coin-changing machine, and the bank matched the donations. Boys & Girls Clubs provide recreational and educational activities for 2,700 youth in greater Portland and Lewiston-Auburn.


The Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine, a statewide economic development organization based in Portland, was recently named a $50,000 winner in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. The council was honored Aug. 4 at “White House Demo Day,” an event celebrating inventors and entrepreneurs and hosted by President Barack Obama.

New Beginnings

Paul Leonard, of Yarmouth, has opened a Portland-area franchise of Kitchen Tune-Up, a nationwide network of kitchen and bath remodelers. Leonard has over 20 years of experience in the remodeling industry and previously owned a custom home-building and property management business.

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