joe says "tall shps"

This weekend is the official start of the summer sailing season with the Portland SchoonerFest and Regatta! Hosted by Portland Schooner Co. and Tall Ships Portland, Maine, the weekend features several of the most famous schooners in the country racing and parading under sail together in Portland Harbor. Passengers will be participating on-board and ashore, as the event is sure to impress even the biggest landlubbers around!

Joe says sail on, Portland!

joe says "food fest"


Joe hopes you're hungry, because today is Portland Food Launch and Festival, Maine’s one-day celebration of food, wrapped into an interactive, educational experience. A true Maine Summer festival, the "Food Fest" will feature music, a central table with a food competition, and a large marketplace where you can interact with local chefs, brewers, and artists.

Be sure to swing by Thompson's Point in Portland to enjoy all that this festival has to offer.

Joe says eat up, Portland!

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

joe says "end alz"

Joe is always honored to help spread the important message of the Alzheimer's Association, whose mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Saturday, September 23rd, is this organization's annual Walk to End Alzheimer's. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions! Find more about the event here.

Joe says Walk On, Portland!

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

joe says "port frng"

If you're a regular viewer of this blog, you know that Joe is a big fan of the Portland Stage CompanyA true jewel of Portland, Portland Stage provides us not only with compelling productions, but also with the PortFringe Theater Festival. Launched in 2012 as a five-day, cutting-edge theater festival with 40 acts ranging from serious to silly and everything in between, PortFringe is a non-juried fringe theater festival that supports new, edgy, and experimental performance in our fine city. This year's festival runs from June 17th to June 24th. To learn more about the festival, including the calendar of events, click here. Joe hopes you consider attending one of the productions, and says break a leg to those putting them on!

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

joe says "lgbt prde"

Joe loves how diverse his hometown of Portland has become. Among the many tiles in the mosaic of Portland is our active LGBTQIA community. This week is a celebration of the strides they have made, both from a legal and social perspective. Pride Portland! is a celebration of Portland's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied community. The organization's goal is to bring people together to celebrate the achievements of the LGBTQA movement, remember its history, and raise awareness of the work that still needs to be done. Find more about this organization, including a schedule of upcoming events, at its website. Joe hopes the events this weekend are a great success, and applauds this community for their resilience and strength.

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

joe says "pae grad"

Few things inspire Joe more than seeing people better themselves through education. (One of Joe's heroes is his great-grandmother Esther, who graduated law school in age 65!) In Portland, there is an organization that helps adults in the area to lead better and more fulfilling lives. Portland Adult Education, PAE, is a wide-ranging community program that brings people and resources together for academic courses, for job skills or personal enrichment, for special needs, or just for fun. Classes are held throughout the city at different times. You can find more about this amazing organization at their website. Since it's that time of the year, the Portland Adult Education graduation ceremony (PAE GRAD) is coming up. At this lovely ceremony, PAE's graduates will be honored at Merrill Auditorium. Joe is sure it will be an inspiring event, and wishes the graduates all the future success!

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

joe says "book sale"

Who's up for some summer reading? Joe just might take a break from reading briefs and memos to pick up a book at the Portland Public Library's Annual Book Sale, held by the Portland Education Foundation. Portland Education Foundation is an independent nonprofit 501(c)3 organization aligned with Portland Public Schools in order to raise philanthropic support in response to District needs. Working in close partnership with the Library, PEF organizes an Annual Book Sale in which all proceeds benefit the Library. The book sale will offer tens of thousands of books under $3, and other rare books and related items.

This year, Portland Public Schools Educators are invited to shop the 2017 Portland Public Library Annual Book Sale and choose up to ten books free for a classroom or school library. Please bring employee identification with you to the sale.

The sale will take place in the Maine Girls Academy Gymnasium located at 631 Stevens Avenue from Thursday, June 15th through Sunday, June 17th. Find more about this local organization here, and more about this event here. As always, Joe hopes the event is a great success.

Read on, Portland.

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

joe says "buya bale"

It should come as no surprise by now that the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein family are avid animal lovers, and horses are no exception.  The Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals is New England's largest horse shelter. Today the Society is caring for 50+ horses in various stages of recovery from abuse or neglect.  Some are healthy, trained, and awaiting adoption into a new permanent home; others will live out their days at the Society’s Windham farm.

It takes 20,000 bales of hay to feed The Society's horses for a year. The 2017 Buy a Bale fund-raiser gives everyone a chance to help the horses. A $5 donation can purchase a bale of hay and feed a horse for an entire day. Learn more about the cause here, and to donate to Buy a Bale here.

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