People and Business: Nov. 17

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Bowdoin’s Common
Good grants available

BRUNSWICK — The Bowdoin College Common Good Grant Committee is now accepting grant proposals from local community organizations requesting support for current programs or new initiatives.

Nonprofits that serve the greater Brunswick area, including Brunswick, Harpswell, Georgetown, Phippsburg, Freeport, Topsham, Bath, Bowdoinham, Woolwich, Lisbon, Lisbon Falls, Bowdoin and Yarmouth, are welcome to apply for a grant up to $2,500.

Grant proposals will be reviewed and selected on a competitive basis by the student-run Common Good Grant Committee.

Interested organizations can attend a free, optional grant-writing workshop on Friday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the Bowdoin Campus. To register for the December 3 workshop, please contact Shawn Gerwig at or 798-4287 by noon Monday, Nov. 22.

Grant proposals should be postmarked by Friday, Feb. 4, 2011.

To download the application or to learn more about the Common Good Grant Program, please visit

Recipients of last year’s 2009-2010 Common Good Grants include Brunswick Elementary Schools, Brunswick Junior High School Music Boosters, Georgetown Central School, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland, Independence Association, MidCoast Maine Community Action, The Morris Farm Trust, Oasis Health Network Inc., People Plus and Volunteers of American Northern New England Inc.

Portland Pirates partners
with recreation association

PORTLAND — The Portland Pirates and the Maine Recreation and Park Association have established a formal partnership to support the MRPA and raise public awareness about statewide recreational opportunities and the importance of physical activity for all ages.

The public can now purchase discounted Portland Pirates vouchers at parks and recreation departments throughout southern and central Maine, with a portion of proceeds donated to support MRPA programs.  

In celebration of the new partnership, Saturday, Nov. 20, will be the MRPA Night at the Cumberland County Civic Center, with $9 tickets available for all ages.

To purchase MRPA Night tickets, contact the local parks and recreation department or call Caitlin Malloy at 828-4665 ext. 328.           

For more information, please visit


At the Southern Maine Photography Show, Paul Schreiber of Yarmouth earned first prize for his image, “Tulip.” Third prize was won by Dan Dow of Cumberland, for “Road to the Black Fort.” Heath Paley, owner of the Riverbend Gallery, presented the awards at his Arundel gallery.
Bryce Hamilton,
a sales associate at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Portland, was listed in the top 100 sales associates by transaction sides in The Wall Street Journal and Real Trends/LORE magazine’s Top 400 national Real Estate Professionals.  

Portland-based IT company, Winxnet, received the 2010 Northeast Area Technical Excellence Award at the Microsoft Worldwide Partnership Conference held recently in Washington, D.C.
Daniel G. Kagan. Esq. of Freeport, governor of the American Association for Justice, has been awarded the association’s Wiedemann Wysocki National Finance Counsel Award for his commitment to improving the civil justice system. Kagan is a partner at Berman & Simmons specializing in serious personal injury and products liability cases and insurance issues throughout Maine.

Human Resources Director Coleen Farrell at Mid Coast Health Services Human Resources department was presented with the 2010 Outstanding Chapter Officer Award by the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration. Christine Riendeau, Benefits & Compensation Administrator, is the recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Chapter Achievement Award.

At the annual Hope Awards reception, Shalom House Inc. presented Dr. James Maier with the Johnson & Korda Innovation Award for his work with adolescents and their families dealing with mental illness. Speaker of the House Hannah Pingree received the Community Excellence Award for her support of the need for a quality mental health system and affordable housing for all.

Portland chocolatier, Dean’s Sweets, took home awards in six categories in the 2010 Northeast Luxury Chocolate Salon Awards held recently in Boston, including a gold award in the best truffle and best traditional chocolates categories.

Planet Dog presented its annual employee awards to the following: Top Dog Award, Jessica Hussiere; “Our Hero”/Community Award, Kristen Smith; Agility Award, Pete Dubuc of Planet Dog’s Warehouse, Casey Warren of the Company Store, Vicki Regier for headquarters, and Diane Blahusch for the sales team; and the Hot Dog Award, Denise Saaf.
Goodwill Industries of Northern New England received the Champion of Employee Education Award at the Maine Development Foundation’s 32nd Annual Meeting. The nonprofit received the award in recognition of its employee education initiatives, including mentoring, college preparation programming, on-site college courses, tuition payment, and loaner laptops.

an integrated healthcare delivery network, received the Portland Regional Chamber’s Henri A. Benoit Award for leadership in the private sector. Portland Regional Chamber recognized MaineHealth for building a family of healthcare providers offering high-quality, cost-efficient care and services and for its contributions to the region’s health care, job creation and economic expansion.

At the annual membership meeting of The Home Care & Hospice Alliance of Maine, The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Carol Schoneberg of Hospice of Southern Maine in Scarborough.  

The University of Maine at Presque Isle recently held its annual alumni luncheon and awards ceremony, where it presented alumna Marjorie Queen of Portland with the Educator of the Year Award. Queen is currently an elementary-level educator in Portland Public Schools and serves as president of the Maine Alliance for Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

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