joe says "prbl love"

Joe has long admired the work done by Preble Street, a local organization whose mission is to provide accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty, and to advocate for solutions to these problems. With so many Mainers facing economic hardship and huge obstacles to success, Joe is so glad that there's an organization like Preble Street to lend a helping hand. He offers his thanks to all the men and women who staff this hugely important Portland resource, and urges you to learn more about Preble Street here.


joe says "end nf"

When possible, Joe likes to use the Time & Temperature sign to promote causes related to children and families. That's why the sign is currently flashing for the Children's Tumor Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by neurofibromatosis (NF), the term for three distinct disorders: NF1, NF2 and schwannomatosis. CTF's mission is to advance peer-reviewed research to develop treatments and cures for NF; support persons with NF and their families by making thorough and accurate information readily available; assist in developing clinical centers and best practices to improve access to quality healthcare for those who live with NF; and expand public awareness of NF to improve diagnoses, increase understanding of the challenges that NF presents, and encourage support for NF research. May is NF Awareness Month, so Joe wanted to spread the word about this great organization, which you can find more about here. He applaud's CTF's goal of one day eradicating NF and, in the meantime, doing what we can for those affected by it.

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

joe says "hist tour"

One of Joe's favorite things about Portland is the city's rich and textured history, and that goes for all of Maine, which is why the Maine Historical Society is such a fascinating organization. A growing museum, incomparable library and statewide educational resource, MHS is located in the heart of Portland's downtown cultural district. Founded in 1822, the Maine Historical Society is the third oldest state historical society in the United States. MHS's biggest event of the year is on the horizon! Taking place Friday May 11th and Saturday May 12th, the Magical History Tour is a self-guided exploration of historical places in Portland that are not usually open to the public, with access granted to a dozen little-known gems downtown and beyond that many have never seen, and maybe didn't even know exist. Equipped with a map, and at their own pace, participants are greeted by docents at each site ready to share the history of the location and answer questions. Find more about this special event and wonderful local organization here. Joe hopes the event is a great success!

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

joe says "food driv"

Joe thinks you should be extra friendly to your neighborhood mail carrier this week, because the United States Postal Service is conducting its annual Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive, the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive.

Led by letter carriers represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO), with help from rural letter carriers, other postal employees and other volunteers, the drive has delivered more than one billion pounds of food the past 25 years. Carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. Nearly 1,500 NALC branches in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands are involved.

Joe offers his thanks to the great folks at the USPS, and urges YOU to learn more about this inspiring movement here.

joe says "MGA 5 19"

Readers of this blog know that Joe likes to promote local educational institutions. Today he's spreading the word about the Maine Girls' Academy, the only school in Maine where everything is designed just for girls. At MGA, girls are surrounded by role models. Every top scholar, artist, team captain and student council president is a girl. MGA focuses on the distinct learning styles of girls, responding to the emerging brain research on the way girls learn best and introducing the “habits of mind” that will support them throughout their years in high school, college and beyond.

On May 19th, the MGA is hosting its annual Grace & Grit Traditions Auction. Enjoy live music and local fare from Elsmere BBQ and others. Plus, games, silent and live auction, raffles and more! Doors open at 5:30pm, and the fun will last for hours. Joe hopes the event goes off without a hitch, and he offers his thanks to the fine folks at MGA for the great work they do in our community.

Learn more about the Maine Girls' Academy here, and more about the event 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 (and third anniversary celebration) is this Monday, May 7th, at the Italian Heritage Center-- 40 Westland Ave, Portland, ME from 5-8pm. A silent auction will take place between 5-6:30pm, with time for networking, appetizers and a glass of wine before the meeting starts 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 "psc gala"

One of Joe's favorite elements of the rich, vibrant culture of Portland is the local theater scene, specifically The Portland Stage Company. Portland Stage is a team of professional theater artists, teachers and technicians who have been hand crafting quality theater in Maine since 1974 (the same year Joe opened the doors of his law practice). Beyond the productions that are at its core, Portland Stage supports a vast array of programs designed to educate, develop artists, and promote dialogue. If you're interested in Portland Stage and want to learn more, you should consider attending the Spring Gala Fundraiser-- the Cabaret Soirée.

This year's event will be held on Sunday, May 6th, at 5pm at the O'Maine Studios, and is sure to be a great time. The event will feature performances by Portland Stage Affiliate Artists and world-class circus performers, a tempting array of silent and live auction items from local businesses, and a small plates Sunday supper from local restaurants: Bolster, Snow & Co., Elda, and Isa. Wine from National Distributors, beer from Shipyard Brewing Company, and a special cocktail from Maine Craft Distilling are included in ticket price, as well as on-site parking.

Find more about Portland Stage here and more about the Soirée here. Joe says "thank you" to this Portland institution, a treasure of our community, and hopes that all Portlanders consider attending this event and maybe a performance or two as well!

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

joe says "dbr may4"

This isn't the first time Joe has promoted Portland Ovations, a non-profit performing arts organization in Maine connecting artists and audiences through diverse arts experiences. Tomorrow, May 4th, Portland Ovations presents Daniel Bernard Roumain: En Masse. Daniel Bernard Roumain—innovative composer, thrilling violinist, and fierce arts advocate—returns to Portland for an expansive musical spectacle that is part flash mob and part processional. Celebrating music and community, En Masse features an array of Maine musicians of all ages with Roumain as maestro and pied piper, leading a musical parade through the Arts District and culminating in a community jam. Known for his signature violin sounds infused with a myriad of electronic and urban music influences, DBR takes his genre bending beyond the stage and into the streets.

Learn more about Portland Ovations here and more about DBR En Masse here.

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