People and Business

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Cumberland Farms held a grand opening celebration Jan. 28 for the remodel of the Portland store at 801 Washington Ave. Featuring a modernized design and architectural features, the Portland store is the first of four in the area to be remodeled and updated, and now offers a range of hot food items, from pizza to grilled hot dogs to fried favorites. To celebrate the store’s remodeling, Cumberland Farms also kicked-off a month-long fundraiser for Spurwink Services, a local nonprofit providing mental health and educational services for children, adolescents, adults and families in the area. Over the next three weeks, 10 cents from every Cumberland Farms’ hot coffee purchased at the newly renovated location will be donated directly to Spurwink Services.

Maine Beer & Beverage Co., a local beer and wine store originally in the Portland Public Market and more recently in the Public Market House on Monument Square, is the newest recipient of an agency liquor license. The Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations, Division of Liquor Licensing and Enforcement approved Portland’s ninth agency liquor license for the Monument Square location. The store is currently receiving deliveries and building up its stock of spirits to compliment its beer and wine selection.

The Portland Public Schools has bought the former Goodwill Industries of Northern New England building at 353 Cumberland Ave. The three-story building with 50,000 square feet of space will house 100 employees at the school district’s central office and Multilingual and Multicultural Center and up to 40 students at the West Program. It is large enough to accommodate future expansion of the program. The school department plans to move to the new space by the start of the next school year.

Giving Back

The Maine Women’s Fund, the only Maine foundation focused exclusively on advancing women’s and girl’s economic security, received $30,000 in grants to support a needs assessment and asset mapping project. The Emanuel & Pauline A. Lerner Foundation, The Sam L. Cohen Foundation and the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation each granted the Maine Women’s Fund $10,000 in support of the project.

New Hire, Promotions and Appointments

Diane Richard has joined The Iris Network as the Iris Park Apartments’ recreation and volunteer manager. A graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a degree in social work, Richard brings depth and breadth of experience to her position.

Kate Skog joined Crescendo Consulting Group as a communications and research consultant. She brings strong healthcare expertise to the position, including healthcare improvement initiatives, project management and social media marketing.

Tom Nastro, of Yarmouth has joined the Portland chapter of Service Corps of Retired Executives as a certified SCORE mentor. He brings a broad range of small-business experience with a focus on business operations to the volunteer position.


Calien Lewis, who retired in 2013 after serving for 16 years as executive director of the Maine Bar Foundation, received the 2014 Howard H. Dana Jr. Award during the Maine State Bar Association’s annual meeting. Established in 1988 by the Maine Bar Foundation, the award is presented annually to honor an individual for outstanding contributions to the development and implementation of private bar projects and for his or her commitment to the goals of the Foundation.

Holbrook Health Center at Piper Shores, Scarborough, received the Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award from the American College of Health Care Administrators. The award was established in 2008 to recognize skilled nursing facilities for achieving excellence well beyond the five star rating system used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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