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New Hires, Roles

Portland diocesan Communications Director Sue Bernard accepted a new job at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle.  After serving more than 10 years as the spokesperson for the diocese, Bernard will assume the position of director of development and college relations.

Royal River Conservation Trust recently welcomed new President Eugenie Francine and three new board members representing Pownal, New Gloucester, and Yarmouth: David Steckler, Terry DeWan, and Jeff Verrill. The trust also toasted Kyle Warren for completing two full years as our Stewardship Director.  

Tom Federle and Mike Mahoney have opened a law firm office for Federle Mahoney located on Merrill’s Wharf at 254 Commercial St., Portland. Federle Mahoney provides counsel to navigate Maine’s legal, legislative and regulatory environments.

Investment Management & Consulting Group (IMCG) recently welcomed Jay Flowers and Jason Foster, both will serve as Vice Presidents and Portfolio Managers. Flowers and Foster, who most recently worked together at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, will focus their services on comprehensive wealth management, including investment portfolio construction and monitoring, risk management, along with financial and retirement planning.

iBec Creative recently announced the hiring of Hugh Redford as a new operations coordinator for the web design and internet marketing firm. Redford will deal with internal and business operations, assisting with the overall growth and management the company. Redford graduated in 2010 from Grinnell College with a B.A. in Philosophy.

Putney Inc., has recently named Tracy Revoir manager of veterinary services. In this role, Revoir will deliver veterinary medical support to veterinarians, as well as solicit input from veterinarians about un-met market needs for future product development.

Friends School of Portland recently welcomed Aja Stephan as kindergarten teacher, beginning in school year 2012-13. Stephan earned a double major in elementary education and psychology from New York University and has extensive professional development pertaining to the social and emotional development of young children, the Reggio Emilia philosophy, and using science-based and emergent curriculum in the classroom.

The Portland Harbor Hotel recently hired Timothy Pierre Labonte as the new Executive Chef for its restaurant Eve’s at the Garden. Labonte was most recently Executive Chef at the Pier House Resort & Spa in Key West, Fla. Labonte earned a culinary arts degree from Johnson & Wales University.

Day’s Jewelers recently announced that company owner, Jim Corey, is now the Store Manager for the company in Brunswick. Most recently he was the store manager for Day’s Jewelers in Bangor. Jim has also served as manager of Day’s stores in Westbrook, Auburn, and South Portland.


Fred Weinberg, recently retired from Mt. Ararat High School, received the Walter J. Taranko School Library Media Specialist of the Year. The award is intended to honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to the library media profession on the local and/or state levels. It was noted that he has developed the library media curriculum and provides direct instruction to students in accessing and using a variety of online sources.

The University of Maine School of Law Foundation Board of Directors has established a permanent endowment fund that has been established in honor of Verrill Dana attorney Roger A. Putnam. The fund will be held and administered by the Foundation for the benefit of the University of Maine School of Law and students participating in the Law School’s clinical education program.

Dick Morrell of Downeast Energy received the top honor from the New England Fuel Institute at its 2012 Visions Conference. Morrell, co-chairman of the Downeast Energy Board, who joined his father’s company in the 1950s, was recognized as a “Legend of Oil Heat.”

Martin’s Point Health Care was recently the recipient of the IHM Power Award for Innovation. The TriZetto Group Inc., announced the 2012 recipients at their annual Payer Conference.  The IHM Power Awards recognize payer organizations that have demonstrated tangible success in the pursuit of Integrated Healthcare management.

Portland Public Schools was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from The Sam L. Cohen Foundation for expansion of it’s pre-kindergarten program. The district has adopted a multi-year plan to add more 4-year-old classrooms. The Portland Public Schools currently works with community partners to provide four-year-old classes at Riverton, East End and Cliff Island elementary schools and Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS). Longfellow Elementary School is partnering with Youth and Family Outreach Child Care on Cumberland Avenue on a 4-year-old classroom that is scheduled to open in September.


Plum, a high end women’s consignment store recently opened at 316A Congress St. on the corner of Franklin and Congress. Owner Kelly Williams, from Maine originally, has owned stores in Pittsbugh and in Massachusetts.

New Location

Tom Federle and Mike Mahoney have opened a law firm office for Federle Mahoney located on Merrill’s Wharf at 254 Commercial Street, Portland. Federle Mahoney provides counsel to navigate Maine’s legal, legislative and regulatory environments.


The Yarmouth Community Garden has teamed up with Yarmouth gardener Mary Webber to combine flowers grown in each garden for bouquets included with Meals on Wheels vegetable deliveries.