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 15th 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.

This year's contest has come and gone, and as usual Joe was floored by the quality of the entries. Be sure to check out winning submissions at ArriveAliveCreativeContest.com. Only 298 days left to enter next year's competition-- Joe encourages any and all high school seniors in Maine to submit an entry into the contest, and more importantly encourages everyone on the road to practice safe driving techniques.

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

joe says "tri4 cure"

Like so many other people, Joe's life has been touched by cancer. As heartbreaking as the disease can be, few things inspire Joe more than survivors and their resilience. Each year, over a thousand women (many of them survivors) gather in South Portland to swim, bike & run as they Tri for a Cure in Maine's only all-women's triathlon. The Tri for a Cure, held by the Maine Cancer Foundation, has become the largest triathlon in the state, providing a unique opportunity for women to engage in the fight against cancer here in Maine. The triathletes share a unique bond; some are cancer survivors, others are racing in support of their loved ones, but all of them share the desire to create a cancer-free Maine, a desire that Joe shares. This year's event is this Sunday, July14th, in South Portland. Find more about the Tri at the here. Joe wishes good luck to the competitors and to everyone who has ever suffered from this terrible disease, and he hopes that all female readers of this blog consider participating next year (or at least coming to watch and cheer!)

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

joe says "meca sale"

Who wants to support local Portland artists? Joe sure does, which is why he's excited that the Maine College of Art (MECA) will again be holding its annual "Collect" art sale in support of MECA's scholarship fund and participating artists. Collect will be held from 10am-6pm this Thursday, June 27th, through Saturday, June 29th. This fundraiser features a unique, diverse and unexpected array of work in a variety of genres with a range of prices, sizes and media, including original jewelry, textiles, prints, furniture, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, drawings, photography, textiles and more. Artwork will be rotated daily with fresh work on display each day. Find out more about the event here. Admission to the sale is free, so be sure to stop in and find the perfect gift, crafts, and fine arts by MECA students, alumni, faculty and staff. Who knows, you might even run into Joe!

                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 1935...at 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 here. Since it's that time of the year, the Portland Adult Education graduation ceremony 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 "MANP 25th"

As Portlanders know, Joe spends more time promoting local nonprofits than his own law firm on the Time & Temp. Well, today he's promoting a local non-profit that *promotes* local nonprofits. Get it? The Maine Association of Nonprofits is celebrating their 25th anniversary. Joe applauds them on 25 years of noble and necessary work for our communities.

Join MANP  on June 20th for an evening to honor and celebrate the incredible work of Maine’s nonprofits and those who power the common good! No matter where you are in Maine, what mission area you serve, whether you’re a staff member, board member, or a volunteer – this evening is a chance to connect with peers and friends who are all working hard every day to make Maine a great place to live work and visit.

Learn more about MANP here and their 25th anniversary event here.

 

joe says "love whit"

Today Joe honors the legacy of Whitby Tousignant, who led an extraordinary life. Born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, Whit was saved several times by donated blood. While Whit's family had to say goodbye to him in January of 2012, they celebrate his birthday each year by hosting a memorial blood drive.

On Tuesday, June 25, from 10am to 4pm, the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland will be the site of the annual Love Whit Blood Drive, held by the American Red Cross. Joe hopes you consider attending, as a single blood donation can save up to three lives, and the need for donated blood is constant.

Learn more about Whit's amazing life here, and more about the blood drive here- just be sure to type in the sponsor code "Love Whit."

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 "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 13th to June 22nd. 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.