• The Portland Press Herald recently hired three people to its news staff.
Michael Warshaw was hired as a business editor. Most recently, he was director of communications and public affairs for Becker College. He also worked at the Boston Globe as an assistant business editor. There, he oversaw a team of reporters, ran technology coverage and managed the Daily Business Updates news site. He also directed high-end Globe business magazines, including The Globe 100 and Top Places to Work.
Mary Pols joined the Press Herald as a feature writer. Pols was most recently a movie critic for Time Magazine. She has been a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, the Seattle Times and the Contra Costa Times and freelanced for a variety of outlets, including The New York Times, NPR Books, Slate, Parenting and Marie Claire UK. The author of the memoir “Accidentally on Purpose,” Pols has taught film history at the University of Maine Augusta and lives in Brunswick.
Mark Emmert was hired as sports reporter. Most recently, he worked at the Des Moines Register. He also worked as assistant managing editor and executive sports editor at the Duluth News Tribune, and assistant sports editor at the Indianapolis Star. He lives in Portland.
• Michael Dubyak, chairman and chief executive officer of WEX Inc., was awarded the Alton “Chuck” Cianchette Business Hall of Fame award from the Maine State Chamber of Commerce.
He was recognized “for his commitment and dedication to the people and the progress of (the) state,” a press release said.
Past recipients of the award include Sen. Angus King, retired Sen. Olympia Snowe, Bill Ryan and Leon Gorman.
• Chewonki was honored with the prestigious Top-Rated Nonprofit Award by GreatNonprofits, a provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.
The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that Chewonki received – reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients. People posted their personal experience with the nonprofit.
• Bow Street Market, of Freeport, was chosen as 2013 Grocer of the Year; and Grandy Oats, of Brownfield, was named 2013 Producer of the Year during the recent 2013 Maine Food Means Business Summit.
Bow Street Market recently tripled the size of its downtown Freeport operation, which currently employs nearly 100 people. Grandy Oats is capitalizing on its recent success with its granola-producing facility.
• Tracy Harding, BerryDunn’s director of quality assurance and principal-in-charge of the firm’s Financial Services Group in Bangor, was named to the Regulatory Response Committee of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.
Harding is an independent concurring partner reviewer on many audits for both public and nonpublic companies.
• CARF International announced that it has accredited The Rehab Center and the Specialty Care Rehab Suite at St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion in Lewiston.
It’s the first accreditation for the Specialty Care Rehab Suite, which opened early in 2013.
• Dee Emple was recently named president of The Cedars Auxiliary.
Emple, a physician’s assistant with OA Centers for Orthopedics, has been an active member of the Auxiliary for more than eight years.
• Bernstein Shur was ranked in 120 metropolitan-area practice categories and received 43 tier 1 distinctions in the 2014 Best Law Firms directory by U.S. News – Best Lawyers. The firm has been recognized every year since the award’s inception.