People & Business: April 20

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Hires, promotions, appointments

Vantiel Duncan has joined the American Red Cross of Maine as  major gifts officer. Duncan will focus on developing and executing fundraising strategies throughout the state and serve as a liaison between the Red Cross, corporate and family foundations.

Inn by the Sea, a boutique hotel located in Cape Elizabeth, has announced that Caitlin Euler is the Inn’s new catering sales manager. 

Patricia Miles has been hired as community support program manager at Spurwink. Miles, who resides in South Portland,  previously worked as a child protective worker for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Two Catholic priests will be switching parishes. Bishop Robert P. Deeley  announced Fr. Fredrick H. Morse has been appointed pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in coastal southern Maine, effective July 1. Morse is parochial vicar at All Saints Parish, which includes St. Charles Borromeo Church, Brunswick, St. John the Baptist Church, Brunswick, St. Mary Church, Bath and St. Katharine Drexel Church, Harpswell. Fr. Thomas M. Murphy, who is now pastor of Holy Spirit Parish, has been appointed pastor of All Saints Parish.


WCSH 6 President and General Manager Steve Carter was named TEGNA Manager of the Year at a gala at TEGNA corporate headquarters in McLean, Virginia April 7.

Karen Jones of Falmouth, a sales associate with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Portland, has been recognized for her 2015 sales production, with the Coldwell Banker International President’s Circle award. The honor is awarded to the top 6 percent of approximately 85,000 Coldwell Banker- affiliated sales associates worldwide.

The Maine offices of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New England were named a Platinum Award winner by the Cartus Broker Network for their outstanding performance during the past year. Maine offices are located in Brunswick, Cape Elizabeth, Kennebunkport, Portland and Saco.

Giving Back

In 2015 Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine assisted more than 2,000 families through Ronald McDonald House Portland, the Ronald McDonald Family Room, and Ronald McDonald House Bangor. Grants were also awarded to five Maine dental health nonprofit organizations supporting more than 7,500 children. Celebrating its 1st year anniversary on April 1, the efforts were the result of the Ronald McDonald House Bangor and Portland merging with RMHC of Maine, which strengthened the impact and outreach of the organization. A Happy Meal promotion, in-store fundraisers and the RMHC donation box program resulted in $80,000 being awarded to Portland’s Children’s Oral Health Program, Community Dental, Maine Dental Health Out-Reach, Inc., Mid Coast Health Net/Knox County Health Clinic, and Aroostook Dental/St. Apollonia Dental Clinic.

During Maine Restaurant Week 2016, $5,500 was raised and contributed to Preble Street. The donation was raised through ticket sales to the Incredible Breakfast Cook-Off at Sea Dog Brewing Company in South Portland, MRW’s inaugural Spirit Quest and the Coffee & Dessert Pairing Competition, hosted at Coffee By Design’s roastery in Portland.

Henry and Marty Restaurant and Catering, LLC raised more than $7,000 during the ninth annual Dinner to Fight Hunger March 14 to benefit Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program in Brunswick. The event  brought the grand total to more than $57,000 over the past nine years.

Spurwink, which provides medical services for Maine residents, awarded the 2015 Rosser Award to  Debra Bunce, PhD, director of Clinical Supervision, and Nathanna McGivney, LCSW, regional director Cumberland County Outpatient and Community Services.

New Ventures

Maine Medical Center has announced the new pediatric intensive care unit has opened at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, which provides intensive care each year to more than 450 critically ill children from Maine and New Hampshire. Over the past 10 years, members of the community raised more than 70 percent of the $3.1 million needed for the project. “The new unit is one of the most sophisticated facilities for pediatric critical care in the northeast, with advanced therapies such as invasive and noninvasive mechanical ventilation and sophisticated monitoring techniques,” said Dr. Sandra Bagwell, division director of Pediatric Critical Care.  PICU serves children with acute critical illness, serious injuries from accidents, burns, severe neurological illness or injury, organ failure, and those who have undergone complex surgery. The unit features family-centered care and includes eight large state-of-the-art private rooms with single beds and accommodations for family members, including sleeper chairs, use of a kitchenette, refrigerators, room service, an Xbox entertainment system and extended family visiting hours.

Portside Real Estate Group is expanding, with a new Portland office at 330 Forest Ave. opening in April. An open house is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 28.