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Grants and Expansions

The Bob Crewe Foundation has awarded a $3 million gift to Maine College of Art to develop a new program that focuses on the study of contemporary music and its relation to visual art. The gift will support an innovative field of study in honor of internationally-known musician, artist, and entrepreneur, Bob Crewe, while supporting students from a wide range of backgrounds wishing to pursue a career in music, art or both.

New Hires, Promotions and Appointments

Catherine York, co-founder of the Gilded Nut Snack Co. and member of Maine Angels, has been named to the board of directors at Pika Energy.

Rachel S. Violette has joined the Portland law firm of Givertz, Scheffee and Lavoie, PA, where she will practice education and family law. Prior to joining the firm, Violette represented low-income children and their families at Kids Legal through Pine Tree Legal Assistance.

Dennis Duggan has joined Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty as a vice president, specializing in Mid-Coast real estate sales. He will be located at the Brunswick office at 141 Maine St., Brunswick.

Portland-based Winxnet hired Adam Gilsdorf as an outside sales executive; Brittany Moody as an administrative assistant; Liz Riley as a marketing analyst; and Scott Despres as a network engineer.

New Ventures

Andrew Shaefer, of Yarmouth, has written and published his own app. The app is an interactive science fiction novel – choose your own adventure for adults. For more information visit


Chaya Caron, owner of South Portland-based Chaya Studio Jewelry, recently  showcased at the 45th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, a highly competitive show that spotlights contemporary crafts.

Multi-media artist Victoria Statsenko of Portland and painter, Jan ter Weele, of Falmouth, have been named the 2014 Monhegan Island artists-in-residence by the Monhegan Artists’ Residency Corporation. Printmaker Scott Minzy, an art instructor at Erskine Academy in South China, has received the artist-teacher residency.

Attorney Jack Simmons received the Justice Louis Scolnik Award this week from the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine.

Norton Financial Services announced that Peter J. Fendler, president of Norton Financial Services, and Raymond A. Emery, one of Norton’s chartered financial consultants, have been recognized as leaders in their industry by Commonwealth Financial Network, one of the nation’s largest privately-held independent broker/dealer-RIA, and by the Million Dollar Round Table, the premier association of financial professionals.

Registered nurse Rachael Lewis has been recognized as a Central Maine Medical Center’s Daisy Award recipient. The award is sponsored by the Daisy Foundation and recognizes nurses who consistently demonstrate compassion, critical thinking skills, passion about life, patient-family-focused care, patient advocacy, support of all health care team members, and nursing profession role model.

WMTW has been honored with two regional Edward R. Murrow awards for its continuing pursuit of excellence in journalism.

The Alzheimer’s Association announced Susan DeWitt Wilder, of Scarborough has been selected as a published author in the new edition of “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias.” The book will help raise awareness of the Alzheimer’s epidemic and comfort those impacted by the disease.

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