joe says “gra ham”

Joe loves using the Time & Temp to educate Portlanders of amazing organizations they may not know of. This is one such message, which is promoting Grahamtastic Connections, an organization that provides free laptops, tablets, robots and internet access to seriously ill children for educational purposes. This non-profit envisions all seriously ill children in America continuing their education uninterrupted despite their medical condition or financial limitation. They provide the tools and support needed to connect children, face-to-face with their classrooms and teachers, family and friends and medical teams.

Leslie Morissette founded Grahamtastic Connection in honor of her son Graham who sadly lost his battle to cancer in 1997 at age 8. While spending many hours with Graham at the hospital, Leslie became keenly aware of a great need for children and families to access the internet. It was this need that inspired her to create Grahamtastic Connection. In 1998 Grahamtastic supported 10 children in Maine. The program has grown to provide computers to more than 150 recipients a year.

Joe offers his thanks to the folks at Grahamtastic Connections for the important service they provide to children battling illness, and urges you to learn more about this organization here.

Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.

            Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey’s photos here and here.

Joe says “wcyy mark”

This isn’t the first time Joe has promoted the Center for Grieving Children, a Portland-based organization that serves more than 4,000 grieving children, teens, families, and young adults annually through peer support, outreach, and education. Since its founding in 1987, the Center for Grieving Children has served more than 66,000 children, teens, and their families.
One of Joe’s favorite local radio stations, WCYY, is lending a hand to the CGC. When you donate to the Center for Grieving Children, DJ Mark will play ANY song, ANY style by ANY artist. Listen all week, around the clock on 94.3 WCYY!

Joe offers his thanks to the folks at the Center for Grieving Children for the amazing work they do, and also sends his thanks WCYY for helping a great cause. Find more about the Center for Grieving Children here, and more about this campaign here.

Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.

                  Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey’s photos here and here.

joe says “buy locl”

Every holiday season, Joe is reminded of the importance of local merchants to the Maine economy. The Portland Buy Local campaign is a partnership of local business-owners and citizens, whose mission is ” to support locally owned, independent businesses in Portland, to maintain our unique community character, provide continuing opportunities for entrepreneurs, build community economic strength, and prevent the displacement of community-based businesses by national and global chains.”

Joe applauds the Buy Local campaign, and is happy to spread the positive message to Portland. Find more about the campaign here. Happy holidays, everyone!

Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.

                   Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey’s photos here and here.

joe says “boys sing”

As he tends to do, Joe is currently promoting a local organization you may be unaware of. The Boy Singers of Maine is a non-profit educational organization incorporated in December 1979 and managed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Their choirs rehearse once or twice a week at St. Mary’s Church in Falmouth and perform in two self-produced concerts each season.

The Boy Singers of Maine provides an opportunity for boys who enjoy singing to come together in an atmosphere that supports the whole boy, to study music and perform an exciting repertoire that comes from a wide range of cultures and traditions.

This Sunday, December 4th, TBSM will be holding its annual Holiday Concert at the First Parish Congregational Church in Gorham. Find more information here.

Joe hopes the event is a success, and offers his thanks to this organization for providing an outlet for talented young men.

Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.

                    Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey’s photos here and here.

joe says “thnx paul”

The Time & Temp Blog’s first guest photographer is Paul Conley, a Portlander who got this cool aerial photo of the Time & Temp and sent it into portlandtimetemp@gmail.com. Joe says Thanks Paul!

Portlanders, Joe wants to get more of you involved with this project. We all know that the Time & Temp is visible from countless spots in Portland- can you see it from your office? From your apartment? From your walk to lunch? If you can, try to grab a photo from your unique perspective. Pass it along to Joe at portlandtimetemp@gmail.com, and maybe you’ll see it on www.PortlandTimeTemp.com, along with a special shout-out. If you’re a photographer and your photo makes it onto the page, Joe will also post a link to an online portfolio if you have one. Bonus points for cool new perspectives.

Photography by Paul Conley.

Photography by Paul Conley.

joe says “give tday”

Readers of this blog are by now familiar with Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources. For a local twist on this global event, check out the Maine Association of Nonprofits website, which provides information on how you can give back to your local community. Joe hopes you consider joining this important movement and thanks the good people who work tirelessly to ensure that Maine benefits from countless nonprofits, many of which are promoted on the Time & Temp!

Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.

                     Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey’s photos here and here.

joe says “give thks”

A time to be with family and reflect on all of the blessings in life, Thanksgiving has always been one of Joe’s favorite holidays. Joe hopes that you were able to spend the holiday in the company of loved ones, and wishes you a happy and safe holiday season.

Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.

            Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey’s photos here and here.

joe says “btls nite”

Joe says be sure to check out the 14th Annual Beatles Night at the State Theatre, where a great local band will be performing Magical Mystery Tour in it’s entirety as well as other Beatles favorites, hits, deep cuts and solo jams complete with live orchestration. Proceeds from the event will go to support the Locker Project, helps ensure food security for all Maine children through local schools, as well as the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra, a local organization dedicated to providing young classical musicians with training and opportunities to play in live music venues with real touring rock bands.

Find more information about the show here here, and more information about these local organizations here and here.

Rock on, Portland!

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