People and Business: Oct. 28

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UNE honors five women
with Deborah Morton Award

PORTLAND – The University of New England presented the Deborah Morton Award to five Maine women in recognition of exceptional career accomplishments or leadership in civic, cultural or social causes.

The five women to receive the award were Kate Cheney Chappell, artist and co-founder of Tom’s of Maine; Josephine “Dodie” Detmer, longtime teacher and community volunteer; Meredith Jones, president of the Maine Community Foundation; Laurie Lachance, president of the Maine Development Foundation; and UNE President Emeritus Sandra Featherman.

The university also awarded the 2009-2010 Deborah Morton Endowed Scholarship to nursing student Brenda Connell.

Boat donation
program underway

PORTLAND — “Sale Away,” the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine’s boat donation program has been recently launched.

Donated boats should be in working order and easy to move or have access to a trailer. Donors may be eligible for a tax deduction for the boat.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine serves young people between the ages of 7 to 17 in Cumberland and York Counties. Children are matched with adult volunteers from the community who serve as role models, mentors and friends.

To learn more about the boat donation program or other items that can be donated, contact the agency at 773-5437 or visit

Barton nominated for
ambassador position

PORTLAND – Frederick D. “Rick” Barton, founder of Portland-based communications firm, Barton & Gingold, was recently nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as the U.S. ambassador on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Barton is currently a senior adviser and co-director of the post conflict reconstruction project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

Registration open
for RestaurantWeekME

PORTLAND – Registration has begun for the second annual RestaurantWeekME to be held March 1 – 10, 2010.

RestaurantWeekME gives diners an affordable reason to sample new restaurants or visit old favorites while restaurants present their signature – or- newly created dishes in a specially-priced, prix-fixe menu.

Participating restaurants will serve three-course dinners priced at $20.10, $30.10 or $40.10, with a new option this year to serve a lunchtime prix-fixe menu at $15.10.

Registration forms for restaurants can be found or by contacting Amanda Flanagan or James Britt at gBritt PR, 775-2126.

Businesses launch
Elder Coalition

PORTLAND – A group of 17 businesses that provide goods and services to elderly have formed the Portland Area Coalition of Elder Services.

Rich Blumenthal, chairman of the board, is the president of Advantage Home Care, an in-home personal care company. Other founders include Mary Willson, director of community relations at Bay Square in Yarmouth, Phoebe Chandler, senior real estate specialist at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Paula Pelczar, president and owner of Make Thyme for Dinner, and Anita Bailey, owner of Run for You, a company providing transportation, errands and pet care.

The mission of PACES is to enhance the quality of life for seniors and their families by the participating businesses sharing best practices, joint marketing activities, and supporting existing community organizations that serve the elderly.

PACE is creating a free directory of senior services and expect to start distributing throughout greater Portland this fall.

To request membership information contact Phoebe Chandler at 773-0990.

New Ventures

Souzou Garden Design and Gallery has opened at 868 Broadway in South Portland. Andrea Parker, the designer and owner, is a self-taught Japanese garden designer who specializes in small urban landscapes, container gardens and indoor garden design. Gallery hours are Thursday-Sunday from 12-5 and by appointment Monday-Wednesday afternoons. 

Yogave, a donation-based yoga studio, has opened at 170 U.S. Route 1, Suite 130 in Falmouth. Daily classes are suitable from novice to advanced yoga students and offer several styles, including Vinyasa flow, basic Hatha, Kundalini and easy flow. For a complete list of classes, please visit 

Maine Prep will now provide 8-week SAT prep classes for Falmouth students at St. Mary’s Church Parish Hall, 43 Foreside Road in preparation for the January 2010 SAT test. Maine Prep now holds classes and private tutoring for the SAT, ACT, LSAT, GRE, GMAT, and SSAT. “Ten for Ten,” the curriculum developed by Maine Prep, is taught in the schools at Cape Elizabeth, Lewiston, and South Portland. 

The Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine has established the Catherine E. Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy. The Cutler Institute conducts analysis, program development, training and technical assistance projects in the areas of children, youth, and families, disability and aging, population health and health policy, and justice policy.

Windham-based Maine Bean Bakehouse & Deli has opened the Maine Bean Cafe at the corner of Pearl and Commercial Streets in downtown Portland. The Maine Bean Cafe will feature Maine-made gelato from The Gelato Fiasco alongside a similar menu from the Windham location, including breakfast selections, salads, sandwiches, soups, pastries and roasted coffee blends.

The Bath United Methodist Church has published a new cookbook, “Come to the Table,” consisting of 228 favorite recipes from church members, family and friends. The $10 cookbook can be purchased at the church office at 340 Grove Ave., Bath or by calling Letty Race at 443-6389. All proceeds go to the Bath United Methodist Church Building Fund.