Jim Cole, a Portland-based director and owner of the production company Gum Spirits, is filming “Anniversary,” a low-budget, independent thriller, around many Portland suburbs. The film includes local actors Ian Carlsen, Aaron Duffey and Mian Benton. The cast also includes non-Portland-based actor Paul Cram. Cole, who earned an art degree from the University of Southern Maine, has written and directed six feature films. He was the winner of the New Visions/Emerging Maverick Director’s Award at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, Calif., and the Special Jury Prize for a Narrative Feature at the Independent Film Festival of Boston.
On Jan. 28, Friends of Casco Bay celebrated 25 years of protecting Casco Bay. The conservation organization, founded by volunteers, showed its gratitude at the 2014 Volunteer Appreciation Celebration and annual members meeting, held at University of Southern Maine’s Abromson Center in Portland. Friends of Casco Bay could not succeed without its valued volunteers, who help to clean beaches, stencil storm drains and stuff envelopes for fundraising. Of special note are the 79 volunteer water quality monitors who devoted 10 Saturdays in 2013 to collecting critical data on the health of Casco Bay.
Bernstein Shur continued its commitment to pro bono legal service in 2013 with nearly $500,000 in donated legal services. Significant projects included helping establish a new Maine legal clinic for the homeless, work in a domestic violence clinic, helping families whose lives are endangered seek asylum and new homes in Maine, organizing a charity to assist homeless veterans, and defending indigent people accused of serious crimes.
The Maine Women’s Fund, Maine’s only foundation focused exclusively on advancing women’s and girl’s economic security, announced the appointment of its CEO, Sarah Ruef-Lindquist, to the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women.
Kate Knox, shareholder of Bernstein Shur, was elected by her colleagues to serve on the firm’s board of directors. Knox, a member of the Legislative and Political Law Practice Group, will join the seven other board members for a three-year term.
Joan Benoit Samuelson, of Freeport, and Paul Gregory, of Portland were elected to the Board of Directors of Friends of Casco Bay/Casco Baykeeper. Samuelson is the founder and chairwoman of the TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race in Cape Elizabeth. Gregory is an environmental specialist in the invasive species program of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. His expertise in public relations has benefited Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine Board of Pesticides Control, and now Friends of Casco Bay.
Westport Educational Consulting, a college planning search and selection service for high school juniors and seniors and their families, has been established by Wendy Thompson, former admissions officer at Bowdoin College. Thompson guides and advises students through the college process to help them make informed decisions from applications through to enrollment. For more information and a complete description of services offered, email Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 882-9932.
Maine Maritime Museum, located in Bath, recognized its volunteer staff for their contributions to the museum’s successful 2013 season. With nearly 50,000 visitors coming through its doors from all over the United States and abroad, the museum saw a surge in attendance which rivalled that of other museums in the region. The museum hosts an annual event to recognize the men and women who volunteer their time, talents and energy to the museum. Nearly 19,000 hours of volunteer service were accumulated in the past year by more than 200 volunteers.
Each year, Bernstein Shur recognizes two attorneys for their exceptional commitment to pro bono and community service. Eben M. Albert-Knopp, member of the firm’s Business Law Practice Group and Litigation Group, received the Sumner T. Bernstein Pro Bono Award for his pro bono work. Philip H. Gleason, shareholder and member of the firm’s Business Law, Energy Law and Real Estate practice groups, received the Barnett I. Shur Civic Award for a career of volunteerism including his recent work with Bangor Theological Seminary.