Low cost yoga offered in Brunswick

Jai Yoga in Brunswick will be offering very low, or no cost, classes to kids, parents and teachers this summer, thanks to a Teaching For Diversity Grant recently awarded by Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in western Massachusetts. Schedule and class details can be found at JaiYogaHome.com or by calling Jai Yoga at 725-7874. More information about Kripalu’s Teaching For Diverstiy Grant can be found at Kripalu.org.

Giving Back

People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, has awarded $2,500 to the Iris Network in Portland. The Iris Network provides vision rehabilitation, specialized low vision services and vocational rehabilitation to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

New Hires, Promotions and Appointments

John W. Braccio was appointed president and chief executive officer of Wright-Pierce, a New England based water, waste water and infrastructure engineering firm. Braccio has been with the firm for 30 years and has served as a senior vice-president in charge of waste water engineering in southern New England.

George Burns was elected by his colleagues to serve on Bernstein Shur’s Board of Directors for a three-year term.

Maine Connections Academy hired Karl J. Francis as the new principal of the state’s first full-time, tuition-free virtual public charter school for students in grades 7-12. Francis will manage school operations, working with teachers, staff, parents and students both online and in-person, from the new teaching facility located at 75 John Roberts Road, South Portland.

The board of directors of the Maine Real Estate & Development Association named Shelly R. Clark, of Portland, vice president of operations.

The Cumberland County Regional Assessing office recently welcomed Renee Lachapelle as assistant assessor and Joe Merry as appraiser.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine has promoted Andrew D. Ellis to the position of vice president, provider engagement and contracting.


The Portland International Jetport was named Best Airport in this year’s poll of Down East Magazine readers’ favorites. Thousands of Down East readers voted February through April for their statewide selections, and Portland Jetport made the list. The full list of the “Best Of” honored businesses, places and more, appears in the July issue of Down East.

Yarmouth Boat Yard, of Yarmouth, completed the highest tier of the Marine Industry Certified Dealership Program. As a Five Star MICD, Yarmouth Boat Yard has demonstrated a commitment to delivering an exceptional boat-buying experience to consumers at the retail level.

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