People and Business: June 16

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Health office collecting
goods for animal shelter

PORTLAND — HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab in Portland is offering a free community health screening or a free 15-minute massage in exchange for a donation to the Animal Refuge League.

Animal treats, chew toys, animal food and monetary donations will be accepted at the offices located at 949 Brighton Ave. and 1321 Washington Ave. from now until June 30.

Individuals are encouraged to call 780-1070 or 878-3030 to set up an appointment.

For more information about the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, please visit

Good Deeds, Donations

The Maine Historical Society was the recipient of a $2,500 grant from the Rines/Thompson Fund of the Maine Community Foundation for general program support.

Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick received a grant of $15,000 from the Davis Family Foundation of Falmouth to purchase 700 additional large print books in multiple interest areas for the library’s collection.

Maine Poetry Central was awarded a $3,000 grant from The Maine Humanities Council to fund a pilot for a series of videos that celebrate poems about Maine written by Maine poets. The project, entitled “A Minute With the Muse,” will be produced by Leighton Images of Durham, and will be made available to the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded PORTopera a $10,000 Access to Artistic Excellence grant to support its production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel on July 29 and July 31 at Merrill Auditorium.

The Frances Hollis Brain Foundation and the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust have each awarded $5,000 grants to the Cromwell Center to support its disabilities awareness programs in Maine schools.  

Portland Ovations
was recently awarded a multi-year, $200,000 operating grant from Jane’s Trust, a Boston-based foundation to support its community-based performing arts programming and educational opportunities.

Maine College of Art recently received a $2,500 grant from the Maine Charity Foundation Fund of the Maine Community Foundation and a $5,000 grant from the Morton-Kelley Charitable Trust to increase the holdings of the Joanne Waxman Library, contributing to the purchase of 500 new titles in fine art, design and photography.
Angela Holland of Portland, an appeals specialist for the insurance division of Prudential Financial, was awarded $250 on behalf of her charity, the Portland Area Youth Soccer Association as part of the Prudential CARES Volunteer Grants Award. Holland has been serving as the team administrator for PASYA for the past 2 years, supporting its goal of providing quality, age appropriate soccer experiences for youth.

The Hannaford Charitable Foundation has donated $500,000 to support the construction of a simulation learning center at Maine Medical Center. The $5.82 million facility, which will be called The Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation at Maine Medical Center, will be an 18,000 square-foot facility located at MMC’s Brighton Campus in Portland.
The Gelato Fiasco in Brunswcik raised $2,024 for the Brunswick Teen Center by its Fool’s Day Fiasco fundraising event.

Time Warner Cable
donated $35,000 to The Maine Commission for Community Service in support of service learning projects in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math at Maine schools. The donation was made as part of Time Warner Cable’s new science and technology education initiative, Connect a Million Minds.

The Flavors of Freeport event, hosted by Destination Freeport, a group of Freeport Hotels, Inns and Bed & Breakfasts, raised $500 for the United Way of Portland, Androscoggin and Mid Coast Maine, and Freeport Community Services.
Panera Bread of South Portland recently presented a check for $2,500 to its local charity partner, the REACH School, a pre-school for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. The money was raised through Panera’s Operation Dough-Nation program.

The Southern Maine Agency on Aging received a Walmart Foundation Grant of $12,000 to support its Meals on Wheels program.

Sidebar Elements

The Scarborough Fire Department was designated as a Maine Heartsafe Community at a recent ceremony in Augusta. The HeartSafe Communities program is based on the American Heart Association’s Chain of Survival, which promotes early access to emergency care, early CPR, early defibrillation and early advanced care.  Scarborough Fire Department is now one of 51 EMS services in Maine designated as a HeartSafe Community. Pictured here from left are Tony Attardo, Deputy Chief of the Scarborough Fire Department, cardiac arrest survivor and Scarborough resident Jim Merry, Governor John Baldacci, and B. Michael Thurlow, Chief of the Scarborough Fire Department.