Goodwill to offer free
computer recycling

PORTLAND — Goodwill Industries of Northern New England has partnered with Dell Computers to provide free computer recycling at its 25 stores located throughout Northern New England.
Through the ReConnect program, Maine residents can drop off used computers and computer accessories at any Goodwill store or donation center.  The donated computers are not limited to the Dell brand, nor do they have to be in working condition.
Dell has contracted with Michigan-based Resource Partners to disassemble the computers, recycling what can’t be used and reusing working parts.
ReConnect is also available to businesses. “The response has been terrific,” said Goodwill communications coordinator Michelle Smith. “We’ve already received truckloads of computers from businesses that have been holding on to old computers because they didn’t know what to do with them.”
Goodwill received over 70,000 pounds of computer parts in its first month of the program, and appear to be on track to reach its goal of recycling 950,000 pounds of computers in the first year.
Goodwill is the first nonprofit in Maine to offer free computer recycling. “Our hope is that this program helps divert computers from landfills and makes it easy and accessible for people to properly dispose of their  computers,” said Smith.

Talbot Ross earns
civil liberties award

PORTLAND — Rachel Talbot Ross of Portland, president of the Portland Chapter of the NAACP, was chosen by the Maine Civil Liberties Union for the Roger Baldwin Award.
Talbot Ross was chosen for the award in recognition of her longtime commitment to and advocacy of civil rights and civil liberties.
She also serves as director of Equal Opportunity and Multicultural Affairs for the city of Portland.

Portland author
debuts first novel

PORTLAND — Emerging author Jan Elizabeth Watson of Portland has had her first novel, “Asta in the Wings,” published by Tin House Books.
The novel, centered around a young girl growing up in rural Maine, has been well-received, earning starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist. 

New Hires/Promotions
Michael T. Abramson, formerly of Falmouth, has joined the Boston law firm of Cesari and McKenna, LLP, as an associate patent attorney.
Ann Ewing of Buxton has joined Portland-based Front Burner PR as a senior account director.
Angus Garfield of Cape Elizabeth has joined the Boundless Network, a promotional marketing company.
New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland promoted Adrienne Andrews of Buxton to wound care coordinator and Debora Berg of Westbrook to infection control coordinator.
Jared Buzzell of Scarborough was promoted to physical therapy manager at the OA Performance Center in Saco.
Yarmouth-based Islandport Press has hired Melissa Kim of Portland for Web site development and online communications.
Eric Doane of Scarborough was hired by ecomaine as the director of finance and administration.
Maine Bank & Trust has hired Stuart C. Williams, formerly of Chebeague Island, as senior vice president and wealth management regional manager.
Drummond & Drummond has promoted Stephanie N. Strouse of Scarborough to partner and has hired Christopher E. Pazar of Yarmouth to join the firm as senior real estate litigation counsel.
Emily Wever of Portland was hired as the camp director by the Susan L. Curtis Foundation.
Gail Cote of Portland was promoted from distributor to the director level for Reliv International, a nutritional supplement direct selling company.

Hannaford Supermarkets was named one of America’s ’10 healthiest grocery stores’ in a recent survey published in “Health” magazine.
The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project presented its 2008 Law Firm Pro Bono Award to Bernstein Shur in recognition of its commitment to providing pro bono representation to asylum seekers and other non-citizens.
Richard P. Coyne of Portland, a sales representative for Brown & Meyers, was awarded the professional certification designation of Certified Document Imaging Architect (CDIA+).
Weichert, Realtors – Waterglen Group awarded 2008 Broker of the Year – Units Sold to Mary Desjardin of Old Orchard Beach and 2008 Broker of the Year – Sales Volume to Jim Walsh of Cape Elizabeth.

New Ventures
Maine Heart Surgical Associates
has opened its Vascular and Vein Center at 21 B Northbrook Drive in Falmouth.
Five County Credit Union joined Invest in America, a program that offers discounts on new GM and Chrysler cars for credit union members.
Midcoast Maine Community Action was awarded the state contract for the Women, Infants, and Children Program for Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox, and Waldo Counties.
Jameson Gallery has relocated to 377 Cumberland Ave., Portland, formerly occupied by 3 Fish Gallery.
Mid Coast Hospital received grants totaling $70,000 from the Maine Office of Substance Abuse to provide teen substance abuse prevention programs in Brunswick, Bath, Topsham, and Richmond schools.
Peter Bennett of Cumberland Foreside, president of Portland-based Bennett Law Firm, contributed to a recently released book, “Courtroom Strategies: Leading Lawyers on Preparing for a Case, Arguing Before a Jury, and Questioning Witnesses,” published by Aspatore books.

Deborah Whitworth
of Portland, managing director of human resources consulting at Lebel & Harriman, was named president-elect of the Human Resources Association of Southern Maine and was appointed director of workforce readiness of the Society of Human Resources Management Maine State Council.
Dani Kelley of Gray has joined the board of directors of The Homeless Animal Rescue Team in Cumberland.
The Susan L. Curtis Charitable Foundation has named Phillips H. Sargent of Yarmouth as president of the board of trustees, and Richard A. Giles of Scarborough as an honorary trustee; new board members include Richard E. Lucas, president, KeyBank of Maine; Keith Burkley, president, Time Warner Cable New England Division; Charlene Glidden, vice president, Unum U.S. Program Office; and Mark Rajotte, president, Career Management Associates, Inc.




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