joe says "city cup"

With the Patriots winding down another successful season, it's easy to forget that there are other sports besides football, which is why Joe is here to remind you about the City Cup. The City Cup is the annual hockey game between Cheverus High School and Portland High school and is the primary fundraiser for Portland Middle School Hockey (PMSH), a program designed to provide Portland kids an opportunity to play competitive hockey. Staffed by volunteers and funded by donations, PMSH provides the first opportunity to play hockey to many kids who go on to play in high school and college. The Portland Bulldogs and the Cheverus Stags will face off on January 1st, 2018, at the Portland Ice Arena (225 Park Ave). The girls play at 4pm and the boys at 5:50pm. A graduate of Deering High School himself, Joe is unsure who to root for, but he's sure both games will be great. He hopes you can make it to this great event and hopes that all the teams play well.

Find out more about PMSH at its website.

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

joe says "angl wing"


Today Joe is spreading the word about an up-and-coming nonprofit that you've likely never heard of: An Angel’s Wing is a nonprofit organization focused on rehabilitation for individuals seeking treatment for drug addiction. Its primary revenue source will come from the sale of donated new and used upscale clothing and accessories. These funds will be used to provide scholarships and funding for those otherwise unable to access treatment for SUD (Substance Use Disorder). The long-term goal is to open a store in every state, be self-sustaining and create a camp for the children that are affected by this nationwide epidemic, to provide them with the support and skills they will need as they navigate their way through life. Once the first store is up and running, An Angel's Wing intends to employ the individuals that have gone through the rehabilitation process as a after care.

Joe wishes An Angel's Wing great success in providing such an important service to those who need it most.

Learn more about An Angel's Wing here.

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



joe says "amis tad"

Joe is a big fan of local organizations that shine a light on mental illness and offer support to those who live with it. Today he's spreading the word about one such organization: Amistad. Located in Portland, Amistad is a peer support and recovery group where everyone is always welcome on a first name basis without regard to diagnosis and where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

Amistad's various programs share a focus on peer support as the “magic” tool of recovery. Peer support is simply the idea of people who have struggled with mental illness or substance use in the past, stepping in to help people who are still in the throes of addiction, or still battling the symptoms of under-treated mental illness. It is a simple model, but it is a profound and effective one as well.

At its heart, Amistad is a place that believes fully in the ability of every person to experience recovery and a fuller life. Joe offers his thanks to the folks at this vital local organization for the amazing work they do, and hopes that you consider learning more by visiting their website.

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

joe says "tate xmas"

One of the things Joe loves most about his hometown is its rich history. Portland is filled with landmarks, memorials, and monuments that remind Joe of how far we've come as a city and a country. One such landmark is the Tate House Museum, located in Portland's Stroudwater neighborhood.

Originally built in 1755 for Captain George Tate and his family, who had recently arrived in the Colonies from Britain, this beautiful home was re-opened as an historic house museum in 1935 by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. Since then, the museum's primary goals of preservation and education have developed and expanded. Students throughout the state benefit from Tate House's resources and educational programs as they learn about the mast trade and life in the eighteenth century.

This weekend, the good folks at the Tate House invite you to join them in celebrating a Colonial Christmas. Join them for house tours on Saturday, December 9th and Sunday, December 10th begining at noon. The last tour will leave at 3:30PM. Once you've completed your tour, you are invited to take some refreshment in the parlor of the Means House. Joe is sure it will be loads of colonial fun!

Learn more about the Tate House here, and more about the Colonial Christmas event here.

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

joe says "girl scts"

Today's message promotes a group for which Joe has great respect: The Girl Scouts of Maine. The Girl Scouts seek to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Worldwide the Girl Scouts are 2.6 million strong—1.8 million girls and 800,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) to change the world.

Tonight, Thursday December 7th, is The Girl Scouts of Maine's Women of Distinction Gala, an annual event that celebrates women whose individual excellence and high levels of achievement distinguish them as outstanding members of their communities and exemplary role models for today's girls. Girl Scouts of Maine proudly announces that Dr. Laura Thompson, Director of Sustainable Development & Policy Initiatives at Sappi North America, will be honored at the 21st Annual Women of Distinction Gala on December 7, 2017, at The Westin Portland Harborview hotel.

Joe thanks the Girl Scouts of Maine for the great work they do, and hopes tonight's event is a smash success. Joe also says congrats to Dr. Thompson!

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


joe says "thnk snow"

Typically Joe reserves the space on the Time & Temp sign for local nonprofit organizations. On rare occasions he does make exceptions; usually when a private company makes a generous donation to a local nonprofit, which is exactly what Long's Board Shop did for the Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness, Joe's favorite local organization, whose mission is to promote safe, respectful and inclusive schools and communities.

Located at 333 Clarks Pond Parkway in South Portland, Long's Board Shop is a family skate shop, run by a family for the skate family. The family home to the community’s skateboard and snowboard needs. Holding true to the independence and self expression of skateboarding and snowboarding this is a place for skaters, boarders, and their families.

The crew at LBS is excited for the upcoming snowboard season and chose to use their time on the Time & Temp to encourage Portlanders to Think Snow. Joe offers his thanks to LBS for their generous donation to Cromwell and encourages Portlanders to check out this local shop for all your skating needs!

Learn more about Long's Board Shop here, and more about Cromwell Center here.

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

joe says "CTR4 GRVN"

Like anyone who's been through the grieving process, Joe knows that it can be made more bearable with companionship and support. The Center for Grieving Children, based in Portland, serves more than 4,000 grieving children, teens, families, and young adults annually through peer support, outreach, and education. Offering services for free, for as long as people need them, the Center's mission is to provide loving support that encourages the safe expression of grief and loss and fosters each individual's resilience and emotional well-being. Since its founding in 1987, the Center for Grieving Children has served more than 66,000 children, teens, and their families.

Next Monday, December 11th, begins WCYY's annual Markathon to support 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!

Learn more about the Center for Grieving Children here, and more about the Markathon 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.