People & Business: Dec. 27

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PATHS alum designs pizzas to benefit schools

Adam Gale, a former Maine resident, has created two seasonal pizza recipes for Portland Pie Company’s latest menu. Through March, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each pancetta and fontina and the merguez lamb and Brussels sprouts seasonal pizzas will benefit the high school culinary programs at Portland Arts and Technology High School and Westbrook Regional Vocational Center. 

Gale, a Maine native and Portland Arts & Technology High School graduate, began his career at David’s 388 in South Portland, where he worked as a dishwasher while attending Casco Bay High School. During his junior year, he enrolled in the Culinary Concepts program at PATHS. After graduating, Gale enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. After graduating from the CIA, Gale worked at Amass in Copenhagen, then Quince in San Francisco. In the fall of 2016, Gale returned to his East Coast roots and joined the team at Eleven Madison Park in NYC.


Vets First Choice was among a half-dozen companies recognized with a Governor’s Award for Business Excellence. Vets First Choice is a leading provider of technology-enabled health care services for companion and equine veterinary practitioners. Founded in 2010 with a seed grant from the Maine Technology Institute, Vets First Choice is headquartered in Portland and employs more than 800 people.

This year, 60 businesses participated in Portland Downtown’s annual Holiday Window Display Contest, in which winners were selected in the following  categories: Best Overall, David Wood; Best Theme, Waterlily; Most Original, Motifs; Best Use of Merchandise, Gus & Ruby Letterpress; Community Choice, first place, Still A Good Cause; Social Media Choice, The Blazin’ Ace; Good for a Giggle, Cool As A Moose; All-Star, Treehouse Toys. 

Matthew Cardente has been accepted into the Forbes Real Estate Council, an invitation-only community for executives in the real estate industry. Members are part of a curated network which has the opportunity to submit leadership articles and short tips on industry-related topics on

New Ventures

Ocean State Job Lot opened its sixth store in Maine recently, its 128th in the region, located in Falmouth Shopping Plaza. The grand opening included a ribbon-cutting ceremony with local officials and Job Lot executives, a $500 donation to the Falmouth Food Pantry by Ocean State Job Lot’s “Close to the Heart” program, along with donated pallets of food to the Good Shepherd Food Bank, and a pallet of pet supplies for the Coastal Humane Society from the Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation.

ConvenientMD, which provides urgent care and walk-in medical services, announced it has expanded into Maine, with locations in Portland at 191 Marginal Way, and in Westbrook at 950 Main St. The clinic will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week; insurance is accepted, but not required. 

Hires, promotions, appointments

The newest class of graduates from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy includes the following local officers: Brandon G. Barragan, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office; Joshua N. Bernier and Bethany S. Nyberg, Brunswick Police; Drew I. Bunick, USM Police; Kyle P. Forbes and Jacob J. Gibbs, Portland Police; Colin A. Gordan, Falmouth Police; Isaiah C. Jones and Lydia M. Ruetty, Scarborough Police; Gabrielle M. Mathieu, Topsham Police; Kim J. Theriault, Anthony J. Verville and Eric R. Young, South Portland Police. 

Maine Technology Institute in Brunswick announced that Richard Ganong of Brunswick and Stacey Huth of Yarmouth have joined the board of directors. MTI is a publicly financed, private, nonprofit organization created by the Legislature in 1999 to stimulate research and development leading to the commercialization of new products, processes and services in the state’s seven targeted technology sectors.

Clifford Gilpin and his dog, Amigo, at Falmouth Landing on Dec. 6 during a king tide, which happens when the sun and moon are aligned.


Chef Betsy of OceanView at Falmouth won the People’s Choice Award for roasted red pepper and tomato with smoked gouda at Falmouth’s annual Hot-in-A-Pot Cook-off. The event is part of Very Merry Falmouth and benefits the Falmouth Food Pantry.