People and Business: Oct. 14

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TD Banknorth rebrands,
offers new services

PORTLAND — TD Banknorth held a celebration on Sept. 25 at its downtown Portland headquarters to mark the company’s official name change to “TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank.”

The impetus for the name change comes after its parent company, TD Bank Financial Group, purchased the former Commerce Bank and rebranded it TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, in November 2008. The recent name change now brings all TD Banknorth locations under the TD Bank umbrella.

The bank will also be rolling out new customer-friendly features and launching a “Days of Convenience” campaign for customers, with GPS units and camcorders giveaways at each bank location.

Northeast Hearing
and Speech relocates

PORTLAND – Nonprofit Northeast Hearing and Speech Center, Inc. has moved from a smaller location on Baxter Boulevard to a 7,830 sq. ft. office in the historic Portland Star Match Building at 75 West Commercial St. in Portland.

Scarborough-based Gawron Turgeon Architects led the project from the initial space needs analysis to interior design and move coordination services.

Monaghan Woodworks, Inc. of Portland was contracted for the construction. 

Portland artists earn
fellowship awards

AUGUSTA — The Maine Arts Commission selected two Portland artists as recipients of the 2010 Artists’ Fellowship Awards.

David C. Wolfe, a master printer, received an award for traditional arts category and Lauren Fensterstock, interim director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, won the visual arts fellowship.

Each recipient will receive a $13,000 grant award, and will be publicly honored during an awards showcase and ceremony to be held on Friday, Oct. 23 at the Strand Theatre in Rockland.

New Ventures

After 27 years in journalism, John W. Porter, formerly the opinions page editor of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, has formed John Porter Public Strategies. The firm will provide the full range of media and public relations services, including new media strategies and Web design. 

Bowdoin Medical Group is becoming an affiliate with Martin’s Point Health Care, making Bowdoin Medical Group a not-for-profit subsidiary of Martin’s Point delivering primary care services.

One2One BodyScapes, located at 25 Plaza Drive, Suite 4, in Scarborough, was recently opened by certified trainer Laura Haskell. BodyScapes offers individualized personal training sessions with no membership or monthly fee. 

Maine People’s Alliance, a health care advocacy group, has launched a new Web site, or The website enables people on social networks and text messaging to dialogue on health care reform and easily contact their government representatives directly.

Pine Tree Society, a Bath-based nonprofit whose mission is to help Mainers with disabilities, has chosen the artwork of Jeannine Staples of Topsham and Joyce Eames Clark of Waldoboro to be featured on its 2009 holiday cards. Sales from the cards directly benefit Pine Tree Society programs and services. 

Two Maine-based companies, L.L. Bean and Planet Dog, have collaborated on a customized gift tote geared for dog lovers for the holidays. The L.L.Bean Holiday Gift Set for Dogs includes Planet Dog’s “Bean Ball” dog toy, “Boat N Tote Travel Food and Water Bowl” and other Planet Dog specialty products.  

The Maine Center for Enterprise Development has formed a cooperative partnership with Work it UP, a professional group who will be offering free counseling in marketing, finance, project management and other aspects of business functions to MCED clients. 

BEK Inc., a computer services company, has moved its Brunswick office from 56 Bibber Parkway, Industrial Park to 9 Industrial Parkway, a larger, more visible office within the park. 

After a two-year review process, Friends School of Portland has been approved as a full member of the Friends Council on Education, a professional development network of Quaker schools throughout the country.  

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty has become affiliated with The Highland Green Adult Resort and Golf Club in Topsham to introduce potential buyers to the homes and the amenities offered to residents. The realty company has also formed a marketing agreement with Frontgate, a fine home furnishings distributor and direct marketing company, to showcase its properties.


Jeremy R. Fischer of Portland, an attorney with Bernstein Shur, has joined the board of directors of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Portland Ovations has named two new members to its board of directors: Mary K. Noyes of Freeport and Felicia Knight. Janet Bowne of Falmouth was named president of the board and J. Spencer Jones of Yarmouth is the new vice president of the board.

Pine Tree Society recently named the following to its board of directors: Deborah Regan of Cumberland, volunteer coordinator for Cumberland/North Yarmouth Schools and Bruce Albiston of Falmouth, CEO of Maine Oxy. Wendy Paradis of Falmouth, attorney with Bernstein Shur, was elected president of the board.

Cumberland County Commissioner Malory Shaughnessy was appointed vice chair of the justice and public safety committee of the National Association of Counties. 

University of Southern Maine Muskie School of Public Service economist and associate dean of research, Barbara Fraumeni of Dresden, was selected to join a joint task force on measuring sustainable development by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

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UWay1014.jpgAt the update breakfast for the fundraising campaign of United Way of Mid Coast Maine, campaign co-chair Michael Jones, pictured above, announces $729,859 – nearly 38% of its $1,900,000 goal – has been raised. Volunteers came together to gear up for the Nov. 4 finale for its 2009 “LIVE UNITED” campaign.