People and Business: Nov. 11

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Recycling event to benefit
Habitat for Humanity

SOUTH PORTLAND — On Saturday, Nov. 14, eWaste Recycling Solutions is providing an opportunity for individuals to recycle unwanted electronics and small appliances to benefit the The Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland.

In exchange for a small, suggested donation to Habitat for Humanity, eWaste will dispose of the items which typically cost up to $25 per item at a local transfer station.

Maine residents can bring items from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to six staffed Habitat for Humanity trucks in the Maine Mall parking lot between Pizza Hut and Hannaford Bros.

Items accepted for disposal include household electronics, such as TVs, DVD players, VCRs, stereos, microwave ovens, computers and accessories, batteries, cell phones, and gaming consoles.

Large appliances, including ovens, washer/dryers, items with freon, including refrigerators, air conditioners, fluorescent bulbs, or items with mercury will not be accepted.

For more information, please visit or call 449-1709.

Scarborough Public Library
expands staff, programs

SCARBOROUGH — The Scarborough Public Library has added two new members to its Youth Services staff allowing for more family programming.

Travis Tschacher will lead the children’s room staff as Youth Services librarian, and Rita Swidrowski joins the library as Youth Services assistant.

Swidrowski will be offering a weekly family story time at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays geared for preschool through second grade. She will also host the popular program, “Pajamarama,” held on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for ages 4-8 and their families.

Tschacher is implementing a new multicultural story time on the second Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. for ages 5 and older and their families. “Stories from Around the World” will feature guest presenters, stories and crafts.

All programs are free and open to the public.

Local PR firms earn
industry awards

PORTLAND — The Maine Public Relations Council recently held its annual meeting where it presented the Golden Arrow Awards in recognition of excellence in Maine’s public relations industry. Submitted entries were reviewed by out-of-state public relations professionals and awarded based on a point system.

Portland-based gBritt PR received five Golden Arrow Awards, including the “Best In Show” award; Burgess Advertising and Marketing, and Vreeland Marketing and Design were presented with four Golden Arrow Awards; KG Partners earned two Golden Arrow Awards; with Garrand, NL Partners and Rinck Advertising each earning one Golden Arrow Award.

New Ventures

Dava Davin of Cumberland Foreside and Mark Small of Portland have formed a new real estate team, Davin Small Real Estate with Re/Max by the Bay. Previously, the pair worked together as managing brokers on a high volume real estate team.

“Heritages francophones: Enquetes interculturelles,” written by Falmouth residents Jean-Claude Redonnet and Julianna Nielsen, with co-authors Susan and Ronald St. Onge, has been published by Yale University Press. The book introduces American Francophone cultures and is designed for college French classes.

The law offices of Preti Flaherty has newly created a climate strategy group to address the issues that climate change presents to businesses in Maine, New Hampshire and throughout the region.

David R. Ciullo is the new owner and president of Career Management Associates, a Portland-based human resources and career management consulting firm. Former owner Mark Rajotte will remain with CMA as executive vice president.

Distribution for Freeport-based Cold River Vodka, featuring the classic vodka and blueberry vodka, has expanded to four new states, making the premium vodka available now in 19 states, western Canada and London through the Republic National Distributing Company.

Debra Sparks of North Yarmouth, a professor at Colby College, has recently had her third novel published, “Good for the Jews.” She will hold a free reading and book signing at Portland’s Longfellow Books on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.

Jonathan Douglas Salon and Spa has relocated from the Old Port to Scarborough. The salon is now located at 253 U.S. Route 1 in Scarborough, just south of the Gorham and Black Point Road intersection.

Planet Dog has enlisted the services of New England distributor, Pet Food Experts of Cumberland, R.I., to distribute its products in the New England, New York metro area and upstate New York.

Shear Joy Hair & Body Salon in North Yarmouth has added Nicole Fordham to full-time staff and she is currently accepting new clients.


Piper Shores, a nonprofit retirement community in Scarborough, has elected the following to its board of directors: Suzanne McCormick, president and CEO of the People’s Regional Opportunity Program; Dennis J. O’Donovan, partner in the law firm of Epstein & O’Donovan, LLP; Brenda Maloy-Fiorini, formerly the chief business development and health plan officer for Martin’s Point Health Care; Sylvia Most, principal of SJ Most Consulting; and Kathy Barber, shareholder at Barber Foods.

Seven new members have joined the board of directors for the Center for Grieving Children. They are Tim Brewer of Peak Performance, Michael Gendreau of Central Maine Medical Family, Paul Letalien of Baker Newman Noyes, Colleen McGrory of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Scott Whytock of Aurora Financial Group, Michael Moore of Cape Elizabeth and David Wheaton of Windham. New Officers elected to the board are Patrick Veroneau of Achieving Your Apex, board president; Burr Duryee of Clearpoint Communications, vice president; Nancy Thompson of Guardian Life-Living Wealth Partners, secretary; Paul Letalien of Baker Newman, Noyes, treasurer; and Kim Anderson of True, Taylor, McCormack & Frame, LLC, past-president. 

The Portland Ballet Company has elected three new members to its board of directors: Leslie A. Sewall of Cape Elizabeth, an information technology project leader at Unum; Jonathan A. Block of Portland, a partner at Pierce Atwood; and Susan K. Barnicle, a certified financial planner at U.S. Trust.

Eliot Stanley of Portland was elected to serve as the chair of Maine’s Regulatory Fairness Board, along with new board members, Michael Meisner of Brunswick, and Elizabeth Shissler of Portland.

Eric R. Allen of Bath, co-owner of Bath Printing Company, was selected to serve as a trustee of the Davenport Trust Fund, one of Maine’s oldest private foundations. 

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Carolyn Small, president of the Cumberland Historical Society since 2003, received a surprise recognition award by the society Sept. 17 for her work in historical preservation. Nelson Haynes presented her the award.