People and Business: April 29-May 10

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New website for ME, NH
job seekers, employers

LEWISTON – Sun Media Group, parent company of The Sun Journal and 11 weekly newspapers, including The Forecaster, has launched a new website with the Employment Times for job seekers and employers in Maine and New Hampshire at

“The power of two strong local businesses working together to offer a much-needed service in these challenging economic times is just one of the reasons we wanted to launch this product,” said Steve Costello, vice president of Sun Media Group.

“Many people entering the unemployed ranks have never used an online job board to search for a new career. We believe will be an easy-to-use tool, providing free resources for the job seeker and low-cost advertising for the employers.”

The Web site,, allows employers the flexibility of unlimited job postings at a low subscription cost while providing reliable, robust features for both recruiter and job seekers. This value is provided to all businesses including small businesses with fewer than ten employees.

The new partnership combines the power of both online and print to enhance a job seeker’s search and an employer’s reach to qualified job candidates. The partnership provides leading print vehicles, including The Employment Times, HR Times and the publications of Sun Media Group: The Lewiston Sun Journal; The Forecaster weekly group; Rumford Falls Times; Norway Advertiser-Democrat; Bethel Citizen; Franklin Journal; Livermore Falls Advertiser; Rangeley Highlander and the Penobscot Times. has also established an online education center where job seekers can find unique and topical information regarding resume writing and networking, as well as pertinent information regarding job search and career enhancement best practices.

The employer’s resource center provides information for HR professionals, hiring managers, business owners and recruiters.

Local companies
named ‘fit-friendly’

PORTLAND — The American Heart Association has designated four southern Maine companies as “fit-friendly” in recognition of exemplary employee wellness programs.

Cardiovascular Consultants of Maine earned the platinum award, the highest level in Maine.

Hannaford Supermarkets earned the gold level award, worksite innovation award and community innovation award.

L.L. Bean and Mercy Health System of Maine were each recognized with a gold level award.

Good Deeds

Scarborough-based Hannaford Supermarkets announced that its eighth annual Hannaford Helps Schools program raised $1.4 million in 2008, benefiting 2,700 schools throughout New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire. 

Mark McCain of Yarmouth recently spent a week volunteering in Mississippi with a 17-member construction crew through International Relief Teams, a San Diego-based non-profit, repairing homes of the poor and elderly damaged by Hurricane Katrina. 

The TD Charitable Foundation based out of South Portland donated $100,000 to Special Olympics Maine for renovations at Camp Tall Pines in Poland. 

The student-run Common Good Grant program at Bowdoin College has awarded grants totaling $15,630 to support projects by local non-profits, ArtVan, Bath Elementary PTA, Compass Project, Maine Housing Building Materials Exchange, Merrymeeting AIDS, MidCoast Hunger Prevention Program, and Tri-County Literacy Volunteers. 

New Ventures 

Next Day Art, an art licensing company in Portland, will be introducing 10 new artists and thousands of new images at the SURTEX 2009, a trade show for surface, textiles and art designs held at the Javitz Center in New York City May 17-19.

Jill Copeland, LCPC, has opened a private psychotherapy practice at 273 Main St., Yarmouth, focusing on issues facing children, adolescents, adults and families.

Marsha Hinton of West Bath has started Marsha Hinton: Secretarial Services to Go, a project-based administrative support service for small businesses.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has acquired Home Sellers, Inc., South Portland. The combined operations will be managed by Lucille Holt and Adrienne Murphy out of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office at 53 Baxter Blvd., Portland.

Island Treasure Toys, recently relocated from Main Street to U.S. Route 1 in Yarmouth, is now selling consignment clothing for children. Brand name, quality clothing, newborn through size 14, is being accepted for consignment.

Edward S. “Ted” O’Meara Jr., of South Portland, formerly the managing director of Pierce Atwood Consulting, has opened a public relations and public affairs consulting practice, Ted O’Meara Communications, at One Monument Square, 5th Floor, Portland.

Steven Scharf of Portland has joined William “Bill” Gowen of Portland and James “Jaime” Dayton of Harrison to form Real Estate Management Associates, LLC, a Windham-based foreclosure property management service for the real estate and mortgage industries.
teddybear.jpgMembers of the Portland Pirates recently visited The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland to deliver over 1,000 teddy bears donated from fans.
Pictured from left are Portland Pirates players Derek Whitmore, Kellen Briggs and Mike Kostka, bringing a teddy bear to 11-year old Hannah Robbins. (Courtesy Portland Pirates)