People and Business: Jan. 6

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Giving Back

Avesta Housing has been awarded a $100,000 affordable housing grant through TD Charitable Foundation’s Housing for Everyone program. Part of the grant will help build 19 more apartments for low-income elderly individuals at Blackstone Apartments in downtown Falmouth. The remainder will be used to renovate existing apartments for low-income elderly tenants at Blackstone.

The funds will be used to fix up 20 garden-style apartments that are subsidized under the Section 8 program from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The apartments have not been upgraded since they were built in the 1970s, and require significant work. Avesta Housing plans to install new siding, doors, windows, cabinets and flooring, improve accessibility, improve walkways and upgrade the community area.

Morrison Center received a $6,600 donation from the proceeds of the first annual Maine Commercial Association of Realtors Golf Tournament at Prout’s Neck Country Club in Scarborough this fall. Maine Commercial Association of Realtors donated an additional $1,000. Established as the Cerebral Palsy Center in 1956, the Morrison Center serves people who have a variety of developmental disabilities, with locations in Scarborough, Portland and Wells.

Evergreen Credit Union in Portland donated to multiple Cumberland County food pantries from year-round fundraising efforts by members and staff. The appeal is made in conjunction with the Ending Hunger Campaign, which is managed by the Maine Credit Union League.

Hires, Promotions, Appointments

Maine Medical Partners, an affiliate of Maine Medical Center in Portland, has added three physicians to the practice. Heidi Golden, M.D., has joined Maine Medical Partners – Endocrinology and Diabetes Center. Christine Kleinman, D.O. has joined Maine Medical Partners – Hospital Medicine. She will work at both MMC and Stephen’s Memorial Hospital, as well as the Family Medicine teaching service. Kathryn M. Brouillette M.D.C.M. has joined Maine Medical Partners – Hospital Medicine. She completed her residency at MMC, where she is a clinical associate with Tufts School of Medicine.

The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, based in Hallowell, has named veteran journalist and new media entrepreneur Jack Beaudoin as its new publisher. Beaudoin, a Brunswick resident, took over as the new publisher and senior reporter on Jan. 4. Beaudoin, 51, was the founding editor and CEO of HIMSS Media, based in New Gloucester. He was editorial page editor for the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel, an editorial writer and statehouse reporter for the Portland Press Herald, and a reporter for The Journal Tribune in Biddeford.

Donna Snyder of Scarborough was elected to Project GRACE board of directors at its October meeting. She will be serving as the nonprofit’s treasurer, a role held for many years by Jack Callahan, who will be remaining on the board. Project G.R.A.C.E., which stands for Granting Resources and Assistance through Community Effort, is an organized volunteer effort to exchange resources from those that have and are willing to share, to those who need and are willing to receive.

Aly Finn has joined the American Red Cross in Maine as its new disaster program specialist, and is responsible for disaster preparedness, response and recovery programs in Southern Maine, as well as management of government partnerships.

Julia Tate joined Scott Simons Architects in Portland this past fall. She is a registered architect who lives in Portland. Dylan Baker also joined the firm earlier last year as the newest architectural designer. Dylan is a Portland native.

Baker Newman Noyes accounting and consulting firm elected Jeffrey Wheeler, CPA, as director of audit, effective Jan. 1. Wheeler succeeds Carl Chatto, who was named managing principal upon the announcement of Eleanor Baker’s retirement in June 2016.


The Portland Water District recently was awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association. The award reflects a commitment to the highest principles of governmental budgeting.


Cardente Real Estate of Portland announced that Venture III Holdings, LLC has purchased the former bank site at 6 Barra Road, Biddeford. The transaction was brokered on behalf of the seller, Neil’s Motors, Inc by Greg Perry, and on behalf of the buyer by Karen Rich, both of Cardente Real Estate.