Cumberland County government announced it has been awarded $447,624 by that the U.S. Department of Justice to fund a coordinated response to domestic and sexual violence for the next three years through the Violence Intervention Partnership. The 2018 award will add new VIP services, including support for transitional housing and other needs for victims in transition; new support for victims later in life; and enhanced collaboration with Sexual Assault Services of Southern Maine, which will provide assault advocacy services to the Latino community and help for trafficking victims.


Sherry Huber, a lifelong conservationist, was honored for her leadership, energy, and dedication to protecting Maine’s natural legacy by Maine Conservation Alliance and Maine Conservation Voters with the 2018 Harrison L. Richardson Environmental Leadership Award on Oct. 3 at The Evening of the Environment.

Portland’s local, independent business community was celebrated with the annual Indie Biz Awards on Oct. 6, when winners in almost a dozen categories were announced: Flavor of Portland, Boda; Healthy Portland, Coastal Pharmacy and Wellness; Environmental Hero, Maine Island Trail Association; Portland’s Best Kept Secret, One Longfellow Square; Business to Business, Portland Flea-for-All; Portland Ambassador, Portland Public Library; Made in Portland, Holy Donut; Creative Crusader, Maine Academy of Modern Music; Best New Business, Rose Foods; Portland Icon, Harbor Fish Market; and Local Love, Silly’s.

Three awards were announced during the Spurwink Humanitarian Award Ceremony held Oct. 12 at Thompson’s Point in Portland. Danielle M. Conway, dean and professor of law at the University of Maine School of Law, was honored with the Humanitarian Award. Sun Life Financial in Scarborough was given the Corporate Care Award for its community involvement. Dick Tryon was honored with the Going the Distance Award. Tryon and his wife founded what is now Community Partners, Inc., a nonprofit that develops support services for people with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities.

The Chaplaincy Institute of Maine announced its 2018 Planetary Chaplain Award will be bestowed upon Anne D. “Andy” Burt during the annual OMComing celebration Oct. 20. Burt has worked for over 40 years for social change and environmental justice with such organizations as Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, the Maine Council of Churches, and the Sierra Club.

Marianne Field, RN, of Mid Coast Senior Health, recently received the Maine Health Care Association 2018 Celebrating Excellence in Caregiving Award during a recognition ceremony held at the Augusta Civic Center. Field was one of 10 caregivers statewide who received the honor.


OceanView at Falmouth retirement community received Bronze Level for the American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index Recognition for the second year in a row.


After 10 years with New Ventures Maine as Midcoast Regional manager in the Aroostook and Midcoast offices, Erica Quin-Easter is moving on to new opportunities as a loan officer with Genesis Community Loan Fund in Brunswick. In related news, Rachel Boynton is the new operations manager for New Ventures. 

Nearly 200 people gathered for a Mass in the chapel at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland on Oct. 4, to thank and honor the Sisters Adorers of the Precious Blood for their 84 years of ministry in the Diocese of Portland. The Mass was celebrated on the anniversary of the sisters’ arrival in Portland in 1934, but it also marked the end of their ministry here. The remaining sisters, Sister Mary Jo and Sister Theresa, were to leave for Monastery of the Precious Blood in Manchester, New Hampshire, the diocese from which the sisters originally came.

Giving back

The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable arm of TD Bank, recently donated $30,000 to the Avesta Housing NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center.

Hires, promotions, appointments

St. Andre Home, a private, nonprofit Catholic organization based in Biddeford that serves Maine women and children, welcomed two local women to its board of directors. Joanne Bean of Scarborough is executive director of the Diocesan Bureau of Housing’s Deering Pavilion in Portland. Yvonne Borelli-Chace, Esq., a Topsham resident, is director of the Missions Office, Catholic Relief Services and the Victim Assistance coordinator for the Diocese of Portland. 

Katahdin Trust has announced the hire of Sarah Bowie as vice president, business development 0fficer. Bowie, who grew up in Freeport and lives in Gorham, will be based in the Scarborough office. 

RE/MAX Shoreline welcomes Jocelyn Grover, an agent with extensive global client service experience and contract negotiation skills, and a longtime presence in Yarmouth, to its Portland office.

Anna DeMunn, a resident of Applegate in Falmouth, turned 100 in late summer and celebrated her centennial at the apple orchard on the property. DeMunn is still active and can often be seen walking, riding her tricycle or sitting on the bench overlooking Casco BayBoyntonBowieMargot Snyder, OceanView at Falmouth resident and member of Legacy Legs, with her daughter Abby Snyder during the annual Alzheimer’s Walk last month. Coming up from behind is Jan Wentling. Grover

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