People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, has awarded $3,000 to Community Financial Literacy. Founded in 2008, CFL empowers refugees, immigrants and low-income individuals in the Portland and Lewiston/Auburn areas through financial education. The organization offers three free financial literacy courses, and one-on-one free financial counseling. To date, CFL has helped more than 600 people. The foundation also awarded $7,500 to Maine Housing and Building Materials Exchange. The grant will support the BME Building Materials Supply Fund, which offers new and recycled roofing, exterior doors and heating systems at an affordable price to low-income homeowners, allowing eligible participants to maintain, repair and improve their homes.
Mechanics Savings Bank donated $500 to the Bath Area Family YMCA Freedom Tour Program. The program teaches eighth-grade students how history and culture have influence in social behavior, impact the world today, and focuses on building leadership, self-esteem, and conflict resolution skills. The program concludes with a week-long trip to Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, and New York City.
Mid Coast Senior Health Center’s Mere Point Long-Term Nursing Home and Bodwell Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility were recently recognized in the 2013 US News and World Report’s Best Nursing Homes list for being among the highest rated in Maine. The list is comprised of those facilities with a rating of five stars from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for their overall performance in health inspections, nurse staffing, and quality of medical care. About 30 percent of Maine nursing homes earned an overall five-star rating, and Mid Coast’s Mere Point is one of two facilities in Mid-coast Maine that received the highest possible rating.
Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap recognized the Merriconeag Grange in Harpswell for achieving 100 years of incorporation during its March 1 anniversary celebration.
Six attorneys from Lambert Coffin, a law firm with offices in Portland and Blue Hill, where it does business as Lambert Coffin Hanley, have been named in the 2012 New England Super Lawyers publication. Those designated as Super Lawyers include John F. Lambert Jr., for civil litigation; Samuel K. Rudman and Peter Del Bianco, for general litigation; and Philip M. Coffin, for medical malpractice defense. Associates Jeffrey D. Russell and Maureen M. Sturtevant were named Rising Stars in the field of medical malpractice defense.
Tedford Housing Executive Director Craig Phillips recently presented Topsham Girl Scout Troop 966 with a Certificate of Recognition. During the past year the Scouts collected, sorted and boxed food for Tedford’s family shelters in Brunswick and low-income housing units in Brunswick and Bath. The Scouts also provided birthday boxes for children and the family shelter. Several of the Scouts are working to earn Silver Awards in Leadership. The Silver Award is the highest level of recognition a Girl Scout cadette can earn, and recognizes demonstrated leadership in planning and executing projects improving the community. Tedford Housing thanks the Scouts and their leader, Aleta Pickins, for their generosity. Tedford Housing works to end homelessness in the Mid-Coast, Auburn, Lewiston and Augusta by providing, in collaboration with others, shelter, housing and services to those in need.
New Hires & Promotions
John Wasileski and Seacoast Management recently hired Michael Todd as director of sales and marketing at Highland Green in Topsham. Beginning March 25, Todd joined Will Honan and Amber Grant as part of the sales team. Prior joining Highland Green, Todd was director of development at Mid Coast Health Services, sales director at Thornton Oaks Retirement Community in Brunswick, and vice president of sales for Coventry Resources of Baltimore.
The Iris Network announced Dareth Law is now organization’s low vision occupational therapist and Low Vision Clinic coordinator. A graduate of Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland, Law worked as an occupational therapist in the United Kingdom and has also worked with individuals with congenital blindness, vision loss secondary to cerebral palsy, head injuries and strokes in San Francisco, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh.
South Portland resident Tollef Olson was recently named to the board of directors of Friends of Casco Bay. Olson has been a commercial fisherman, marine salvage diver, urchin harvester, blue mussel grower, and now a principal in Ocean Approved, a company that develops kelp products such as kelp noodles, kelp slaw, and kelp salad.
United Ambulance Service has recently earned full re-accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. To date, United remains as the first and only nationally accredited ground ambulance service in Maine.