The Freeport Community Improvement Association recently granted the Freeport Community Library $4,000 to renovate its courtyard. Over the past 15 years, the original landscaping for the courtyard has outgrown the space and the fence which was intended to define the new courtyard discouraged its use. The grant from the Freeport Community Improvement Association will allow the library to add plants better suited to the space, move shrubs, relocate the entrance way and remove the existing fence.
The 13th Annual Stars of Hope program at The Highlands and Highland Green recently raised $1,035 to the Alzheimer’s Association. Residents and others in the community donated at a rate of $10 per star. John Wasileski, the owner and developer of both communities, also joined in the giving and matched the donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Hospice of Southern Maine received $50,000 as a part of the proceeds from the Hannaford Charity Auction which took place last November. The donation will allow Hospice of Southern Maine to continue to provide quality care for individuals throughout southern Maine.
Gelato Fiasco recently donated $3,367 to the Brunswick Teen Center. The donation was a result of the company’s annual Scoop-a-Thon and this year’s donation was $600 more than last year. On average, one dish or pint was served every 46 seconds for the entire twelve-hour event.
Mid Coast Hospital was recently awarded a silver level award from the Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network for its efforts in helping to change the community culture around tobacco-free zones. Signs around the hospital communicate the smoke-free policy. The hospital hopes its efforts will help patients who are smokers quit.
Matthew Jude Barker was recently the recipient of the Irish Echo’s annual 40 Under 40 Award. An Irish-American newspaper, the Echo picks 40 people under the age of 40 who have contributed to their community. Barker was also given the newspaper’s Young Ambassador Award which is given to five of the 40 who the newspaper call the “leaders of the future.”
Stephen Rogers was recently appointed principal of Lyman Moore Middle School in Portland; he has been serving in a one-year position as principal since last July.
Carolyn VanBeek-Outwin was recently elected president of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association. She is the first woman elected to the presidency.
R.M. Davis Inc. recently named Geoffrey Alexander as its new president. Alexander has been with the firm since 1997 as vice president and portfolio manager and has worked alongside the firm’s founder and CEO, Robert M. Davis.
Benjamin E. Marcus was recently appointed as the managing director of Drummond Woodsum. Marcus has been with the firm for the past 25 years and has served on the Board of Directors for the last 10 of those years. As a member of the business services group, his law practice focuses on corporate and commercial transactions and commercial litigation.
Lazarus Donato was recently appointed to Private First Class in the Maine Army National Guard.
Bath Savings Bank recently promoted Anne Marie McCoubrey and Jean Libby. McCoubrey was promoted to vice president of the South Portland branch. Libby was promoted to vice president of the Yarmouth branch.
Beattie Chicks Makery recently added Annie Young to their staff. Young is a certified regular and special education teacher, and will be working with the You & Me pre-school art program at Beattie Chicks Makery.
BerryDunn recently hired David Regan as a senior consultant in the firm’s government consulting group. He will focus his work on government and health insurance exchange consulting and the health care industry. Prior to joining BerryDunn, Regan worked for Health Dialog.
The Pejepscot Historical Society recently welcomed Jennifer Blanchard as its new executive director. Blanchard brings with her extensive experience in program development and public engagement needed to ensure a strong future for the society.
Karen Sherry was recently named curator of American art at the Portland Museum of Art. She will play a national role in promoting research and scholarship on American art, Winslow Homer and the significance of Maine in American art and cultural history.
Verrill Dana recently added Rachel M. Wertheimer to its litigation practice. Wertheimer represents financial institutions, insurance companies, real estate developers and manufacturers in state and federal courts.
Mercy Health System recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval in disease specific certification for its hip and knee replacement program. This certification means that patients are guaranteed the highest quality of service and care and recognizes Mercy’s dedication to continuous compliance with state of the art standards of care.
Karen Frink Wolf, a partner at Friedman Gaythwaite Wolf & Leavitt was recently named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Amy Abel of Portland’s Choice Realty recently obtained her associate brokers license.
William Van Twisk, owner of Will Van Mediations and Brunswick Realty, recently completed a specialized course in short sales and foreclosures conducted by the Council of Residential Specialists of the National Association of Realtors.
Dr. Nathan Corbell recently opened Seacoast Vision Eye Care at 25 Hannaford Drive in Hannaford Plaza off Route 1 in Scarborough.
Beginning August 1, Dr. Kristen Haddon, Dr. Andrew Tenenbaum and Dr. Margaret Zamboni along with pediatric nurse practitioner Karen Weiss will join InterMed to open a new pediatric office at 100 Foden Road in South Portland.
Green Bee Soda of Brunswick recently launched a new flavor, Ginger Buzz. The drink is crafted from fresh ginger, wildflower honey and coriander. The soda can be found in natural food stores, restaurants and select grocery stores.