ANGELA GOSPODAREK, a teacher at Gorham Middle School, was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Gospodarek, a seventh grade science teacher at the middle school, met with Sen. Susan Collins shortly after receiving the award.


TENDER LIVING CARE, a program of the Center for Grieving Children, is offering a free eight-week program for families affected by a serious illness. The program, set to begin on Jan. 31, will offer group support to children ages 3 to 18; young adults ages 19 to 30; and adults with illness and adult caregivers. To register, call 775-5216.


CITY OFFICIALS will meet with residents in the Rosemont neighborhood to help them establish a crime watch.

Portland City Councilor Ed Suslovic and Police Officer Tim Farris will discuss strategies that can be used to establish a crime watch at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Ansgar’s Church on Woodford Street. For details, call Farris at 650-8763.


WINNERS OF THE Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6548 of Kennebunk’s Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest and Voice of America contest have been named.

Wells Junior High School student Julianne Fitzpatrick placed first, with classmates Bryan Marrero placing second and Heather Licardo and Tamar Cimenian tying for third at the schoolwide level. Fitzpatrick, an eighth-grader, placed third overall in York County and now qualifies for statewide competition.

In the VFW’s Voice of Democracy audio essay competition, Wells High School student Brett Davisson won first place for his essay “Does My Generation Have a Role in America’s Future?” He went on to place second at the district level.


AN ANNUAL HOLIDAY light display, organized by residents Stan and Melissa Norton, has raised $11,000 to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine grant the wish of a Scarborough boy. The Nortons, founders of Norton’s Lights, began the seasonal light show as a family competition five years ago. This year, the money raised will be used to grant the wish of 9-year-old Sam Cassellius, diagnosed with a life-threatening kidney disorder. His wish is to go on a Nickelodeon cruise with his parents and four siblings. The family will board the Norwegian Cruise Line ship Jewel for a trip to Florida and the Bahamas in February. For details, go to www.wish.org/help/fundraising/adopt or call Jim Christie at 236-3171.