joe says "ilap 3 23"

As a descendant of immigrants himself, Joe is proud each year to sponsor and promote the CeleSoirée, a celebration of immigration through the arts, held by the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP). ILAP is a non-profit organization that helps low-income immigrants improve their legal status and works for more just and humane laws and policies affecting immigrants. Find more about this great organization here.

If you're a fan of immigration and a good party, come to the Ocean Gateway on Commercial Street on Friday,March 23rd, at 5:30PM, for the CeleSoirée 2018, where there will be a salsa dance party, a sumptuous international buffet, and incredible raffles and musical guests. Joe wants to thank ILAP for all the great work they do, and hopes to see you there! Find more about this event here.

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


joe says "ariv aliv"

Having been a personal injury attorney for over 40 years, Joe has seen too many lives ruined by dangerous driving. To raise awareness about this important issue, Joe holds the Arrive Alive Creative Contest each year for graduating high school seniors throughout Maine. Now in it's 14th year, seniors may enter by submitting a creative project that sends a message to their peers about the dangers of drinking and driving and/or distracted driving. Past entries have included essays, poems, paintings, public service announcements, videos, original songs, t-shirts, board games, drawings and more. The more creative, the better! First place winners receive a new laptop computer, second and third place winners receive a new iPad, and everyone who enters wins fun prizes from the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein. The deadline for this year's contest is May 11th and a complete set of rules and all past winners can be found at

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

joe says "xoxo joe"

To all the lovebirds out there, Joe Says Happy Valentine's Day.



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

joe says "car rie"

With this cryptic message Joe is once again promoting South Portland's very own Lyric Music Theater, whose current production is Carrie, based on the novel by Stephen KingFounded in 1952, Lyric Music Theater is community theater at its finest. The purpose and mission of this wonderful organization is is to foster and develop interest in the theater in the Greater Portland Area, particularly as applied to music and drama, and to provide a medium for the expression of such interest. Carrie will be running from February 9th to the 25th- Joe hopes you get a chance to check it out!

Learn more about the Lyric Music Theater here.

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


joe says "love gala"

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. Joe is happy to promote the "Love Really Counts" Gala, CGC's annual fundraiser that generates substantial community support to help keep the Center's services free for children and their families. This year's event will be held at Brick South on Thompson's Point on Friday, February 9th, and will feature auctions, raffles, entertainment and more, all for a noble cause. Joe hopes the event is a great success for a wonderful organization, and urges you to find more about the event here and about the organization here.

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

joe says "100 wmen"

Have you ever wanted to make a difference in your community but felt like you needed help? Joe knows how much being part of a group can empower an individual, and that's why he's proud to promote the Southern Maine chapter of 100 Women Who Care. 100 Women Who Care Southern Maine is a group of local women who are interested in supporting our communities by contributing to Southern Maine charities together as a group to increase the impact. The organization's mission is to reach out and help the community by finding 100 or more women (the count is currently over 150!) to each contribute $50 four times a year in order to give $20,000+ annually to local charities. All charities and organizations up for consideration must be in the Southern Maine area. The idea is to keep it local and have an impact that can be seen in our communities!

100 Women's next meeting is tonight, February 5th, at the Italian Heritage Center-- 40 Westland Ave, Portland, ME from 5:45-7:40pm. Networking over appetizers and drinks will take place between 5:45-6:30pm, with the formal meeting starting at 6:30pm. Come find out what a great group of generous and thoughtful women can do when they put their minds to it!

Find out more about this local organization here, and please consider joining the movement!

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

joe says "go pats"

This one speaks for itself-- Joe says GO PATS!!!

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joe says "jlp gala"

Readers of this blog are familiar with The Junior League of Portland, ME, a women's organization that works to affect change and improve the community through developing effective volunteer leadership. For over 90 years they have worked toward their mission to develop the potential of women while affecting change and improving the community, through the promotion of effective volunteer leadership. On September 9, 1922 twelve charter members met to organize the Junior League of Portland, ME. Since that day may years ago, the Junior League has been instrumental in transforming greater Portland.

The Junior League's annual Gala will take place this Friday, February 2nd. Held at the Cellardoor Winery at Thompson's Point, this great event will feature live entertainment, a live auction, and an awards ceremony. Joe is sure the event will be a great success and urges all Portland-area women to check this organization out!

Find more about the Junior League here and here.

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