People and Business: Sept. 9

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Children’s book written
by Falmouth mom

FALMOUTH — Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino of Falmouth has written a new children’s book published by Bryson Taylor Publishing based in Saco.

“Blueberry – A Cat’s Eye View of Maine” is a story of a cat who leaves his home in York to explore the state of Maine.

Readers will find unique aspects to the book. “Blueberry” was illustrated by two teenagers from Saco, Katherine Trask and Emily Puleio. The students were chosen from hundreds of applicants around the state.

The book also includes a journal for readers to write in and, if desired, can submit their own drawings of Blueberry the cat.

Hamilton-Guarino has donated much of her time to children’s literacy efforts and was appointed as an Ambassador to Maine Reads in 2006. She is also the CEO and co-founder of a woman’s website and publication “Best Ever YOU.”

Book readings can be arranged by contacting Hamilton-Guarino has pledged to donate to a school or organization that hosts an author’s visit $1 per book sold at the event.

Labor workforce board
awarded $1 million grant

BRUNSWICK — Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc., a Labor Workforce Investment Board, was awarded a $1 million grant to serve aging workers.

The grant was issued to only 10 LWIBs throughout the country by the U. S. Department of Labor.

The “Aging Workers Initiative” grant will be used to provide services to Maine’s “seasoned workers,” ages 55 and older.

A primary goal of the initiative is to promote older workers as a solution for businesses and connect older workers to employment and training opportunities in high-growth, high-demand occupations through a “WorkReady 55plus” training program.

Partners in this project include Maine’s other three LWIBs, chambers of commerce, statewide community colleges, The USM Muskie School of Public Service, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, Bonney Staffing Solutions, AARP, National Able Network, and several state agencies.

New Hires, promotions

Janet Allen of North Yarmouth has recently joined Drake Inglesi Milardo, Inc., a human resources consulting firm, as vice president. Allen brings over 20 years experience as a human resources executive.

The MEMIC group has appointed Daniel J. McGarvey of Old Orchard Beach as chief financial officer and senior vice president for finance. McGarvey, a certified public accountant with 17 years in the insurance industry, is replacing retiring Robert S. McMann. 

Dr. Elizabeth Johnson of Cumberland Foreside was hired as the new chief medical officer at Martin’s Point Health Care. Johnson was previously the chief of internal medicine and adult urgent care at the Kenmore Center in Boston.

InfoSecurus, Inc., a South Portland information security services, has hired Tracee Patterson Falconer, J.D., as director of governmental affairs.  

Susan Pierter has joined the University of New England as associate director of communications at its Portland campus. 

Cumberland Foreside-based Norton Insurance Financial has hired Michael Schneider of Brunswick as an applications specialist. 

Carolyn Thomas of Falmouth was promoted to senior vice president of commercial administration at the Portland office of Norway Savings Bank. 

Debbie Jabar of Falmouth has joined Coldwell Banker Team Real Estate as a sales agent.  

Leslie K. Klenk, former senior vice president and counsel in Citigroup’s office of the general counsel, has joined the Bernstein Shur law firm at its Portland office. 

Certified public accounting firm, Macdonald Page & Co LLC, has hired Ekaterina “Kate” Pichugina of Portland and Sean Hutchinson of Portland as staff accountants at its South Portland office.  

Odias Bachelder II of Portland has joined Northeast Financial, located at Northeast Bank in Falmouth, as a new financial advisor. 

Woodard & Curran engineering firm has named five associates of the firm; Cary Parsons, Robert Severance, Sheldon Smith, Jim Sturgis and Carl Wilcox

Amanda Vamvakias Rand of Falmouth has joined the investment team at Spinnaker Trust as vice president of business development. 

The Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association in Falmouth has hired both Sarah Stepp and Cathy McGuckin as managers of development and special events. 

Ken Gardiner of Portland has joined Living Wealth Partners, LLC as a field representative at its Portland office. 

The Institute for Financial Literacy in Portland has hired Nicole Pelletier Holt as marketing and communications specialist and Lesley England as call center manager. 

Good deeds

Portland Shellfish donated $850 to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition from funds raised at Shaun McCarthy’s Dock Fore during the Old Port Festival.

Over 125 walkers raised nearly $22,000 in pledges at the Habitat for Humanity / 7 Rivers Maine 16th annual Spring Walk fundraiser held in Brunswick.

Maine Bank & Trust employees collected a total of $500 from a recent “Dress Down Day” to benefit the American Heart Association.

The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic foundation of Maine Bank & Trust, awarded $20,000 to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute to support “LabVenture!” a hands-on science education program for fifth and sixth graders.

The Maine Innkeepers Association raised $16,275 for Maine chapters of Habitat for Humanity during the sixth annual Hospitality for Habitat program.




Sidebar Elements

Googins and Gratto.JPGOfficers from the South Portland Police Department teamed up with youth enrolled in Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine in the mentoring program Badges to Baseball. Dennis Gratto of the South Portland Boys & Girls Club, left, presented a plaque to police chief Edward Googins commemorating the program and recognizing the volunteer efforts of the SPPD.