People & Business: Feb. 24

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Maine Real Estate & Development Association presented its slate of 2016 awards last month.  William Shanahan, of Scarborough, a board member and president of the Northern New England Housing Investment Fund, won the Robert B. Patterson, Jr. Founders’ Award, for significant contributions. Jason Favreau, of Cape Elizabeth, a CPA and principal with BerryDunn, was chosen as Volunteer of the Year. The Public Policy Award went to Andrea Cianchette Maker of North Yarmouth, a partner at Pierce Atwood, for her advocacy for responsible real estate development in Maine. And, in an unprecedented move, MEREDA President Michael O’Reilly selected two individuals for the President’s Award: Bruce Jones, of Cumberland, business development manager at Creative Office Pavilion, and Brian Curley, of Portland, a partner with PDT Architects.

Assistant House Majority Leader Rep. Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, was named Northeast Clean Energy Council’s 2016 Clean Energy Champion. The award is given to lawmakers who demonstrate consistent leadership in advancing clean energy policies and technology in their state.

Bruce and Raye Balfour have been named top office producers for superior sales in January at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage real estate office in Cape Elizabeth.

Best Lawyers, a legal peer-review publication, named all four partners from Portland-based Petruccelli, Martin & Haddow – Gerald Petruccelli, Michael Martin, James Haddow and Bruce McGlauflin – for inclusion in the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in America.

Giving Back

Maine Youth Leadership received a $3,000 grant from the Yelp Foundation through its Yelp Foundation Gives Local contest, in which community members nominated nonprofits in 75 cities. Yelp’s mission is to address access to information, education, local economic development and freedom of expression. The grant will help fund the 2016 MYL Seminar, a four-day program in June that helps youth build leadership skills, volunteerism and character, open to a 10th grade “ambassador” from every high school in Maine.

New Ventures

On Feb. 1, InSphero AG, a supplier for the production, culture and assessment of organotypic 3-D cell culture models, began accepting orders and processing all financial transactions with North American customers through its U.S. subsidiary InSphero Inc., and its recently completed bioproduction lab at Brunswick Landing. 

Marshalls and HomeGoods will open a combined 60,150-square-foot store March 10, at the Scarborough Gallery, located at Spring Street and Gallery Boulevard.

Hires, Promotions, Appointments

TD Beach to Beacon’s Board of Directors recently appointed four new members: Sheri Piers of Falmouth, and Chandra Leister, George Fennell and Morgan Lake, all of Portland.

Maine Medical Partners announced that Heather Emery M.D. has joined MMP – Portland Pediatrics.

Lisa K. Keiski, D.O., has joined the staff at Bath Family Medicine, a Central Maine Medical Group practice located in downtown Bath.

Attorney Douglas F. Britton, a graduate of University of Maine School of Law and a resident of Scarborough, has joined Verrill Dana’s Real Estate Group in the Portland office.

Baker Newman Noyes promoted Merrill Barter and Stanley Rose to the position of director in the Portland office.

Port Resources in South Portland had added Terry Valcourt and Kristen Pietroski to its board of directors. Port Resources helps people in Cumberland and York counties with developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges.

Portside Real Estate Group in Falmouth has hired Jaye Gorham, Nancy Keast and Ben Ray.


Gulf of Maine Books at 134 Maine St., Brunswick, will celebrate 37 years of bookselling Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26 and 27 with a birthday party at 3 p.m. that will include refreshments, door prizes and readings by two local authors.

Wilbur’s of Maine owners Tom Wilbur and Catherine Carty-Wilbur pass the confectioner’s ladle to their son, Andy, who will take ownership of the 33-year-old family-owned Freeport company, which includes three retail stores and one chocolate factory. Educated at the University of Maine and USM, Wilbur rejoined his family at the chocolate factory in 2008 after a decade of teaching. “I plan to continue our recent efforts toward using locally sourced ingredients, improving recipes, introducing exciting new products, and creating Wilbur’s of Maine as a destination,” Wilbur said.