joe says "meca art"

Joe's team continues to be impressed by how many local businesses and nonprofits are adapting in order to fulfill their missions during these challenging times. Well, add another to the list: Maine College of Art (MECA) is hosting its annual COLLECT sale virtually this year.

The annual COLLECT Art Sale is online at! Buyers have the opportunity to purchase over 450 works from local artists - MECA students, alumni, staff, and friends of the college. During these challenging economic times, artists need your support more than ever.

The sale begins with an online preview, available by reservation now. The sale begins with a virtual opening reception on June 24th. Decor Maine editor Susan Grisanti will host a panel of artists, collectors, and professionals to discuss collecting for both first time and experienced buyers and share highlights from the over 450 pieces of artwork available. Online sales will open at 6pm on June 24th.

Joe's team hopes the event goes off without a hitch, and wishes everyone continued safety and health.

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

joe says "love whit"

Today Joe's team 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.

There are two ways you can honor Whit's legacy: either by donating blood at a drive held by the American Red Cross, or by donating to the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital. Joe's team encourages you to learn more about Whit's inspiring life and ways to honor this extraordinary boy here.

joe says "prde mnth"

Joe's team loves how diverse 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. Unfortunately this year's festivities have been postponed due to the pandemic, but you can find more about this organization, including a schedule of upcoming events, at its website. Joe's team hopes the festivities can resume soon, and applauds this community for their resilience and strength.

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

joe says "give 2usm"

Joe's team is truly appreciative of the role the University of Southern Maine plays in our community, so we're helping out by spreading the word about USM's current fundraiser. Today, May 24th, is USM's Day of Giving. Thanks to a generous matching gift, the first $10,000 donated to the Student Emergency Fund through the end of May 24 will be matched, dollar for dollar! Your donation will help keep students in school so they can complete their degree, graduate with less debt and allow students to focus on learning valuable skills they will use to live and work in Maine. Will you help USM reach their 100 donors goal today with a gift?

Please consider giving to USM by going here.

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

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

joe says "strv rcks"

A perennial favorite message of Joe's Team, "STRV RCKS" is once again flashing on the Time & Temp to promote Strive Rocks, an annual dance marathon that benefits Strive U, a comprehensive program providing post-secondary education and training to young adults with developmental disabilities in the realms of residential, employment, and community skills with the goal of enabling its graduates to live and work as full community members with maximum independence, productivity, and dignity. This year Strive U is taking Strive Rocks virtual-- beginning at 8pm tonight, May 7th, the fun will go until 8am on the 8th. Find more about the event and the organization here. The goal is to have as many people as possible participate in the overnight marathon and to raise the most money of any Strive Rocks marathon yet. Joe's Team hopes Strive U reaches these goals and continues to do the amazing work on behalf of young adults!

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

joe says "ariv aliv"

In our line of work, Joe's team has seen too many lives ruined by dangerous driving. To raise awareness about this important issue, we hold the Arrive Alive Creative Contest each year for graduating high school seniors throughout Maine. Now in its 17th 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.

Only three days until the deadline for this year's contest. A complete set of rules and all past winners can be found at ArriveAliveCreativeContest.comJoe's team 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 "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 almost 400!) 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, Monday night, May 3rd. Given these strange times, tonight's meeting will be held via ZOOM. Lending a helping hand as part of a strong community has never been easier- you can do it from the comfort of your own home!

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 "fstr care"


Joe's Team believes that children are our greatest resource and that we therefore must invest in them, as they are our future. Today we're promoting an organization that does just that: KidsPeace is a private charity dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children, families and communities. Founded in 1882, KidsPeace provides a unique psychiatric hospital; a comprehensive range of residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; and a variety of foster care and community-based treatment programs to help people in need overcome challenges and transform their lives. The experts at KidsPeace provide emotional and physical health care and educational services in an atmosphere of teamwork, compassion and creativity.

KidsPeace has a presence here in Maine: its campus in Ellsworth Programs offers treatment for youth on the autism spectrum, and highly structured expert psychiatric care for youth who require 24-hour clinical, residential and educational services and supervision.

There are nearly 400,00 children in foster care in the US, with over 250,000 entering each year. Here in Maine, there are roughly 2200 children in our care, with 1700 licensed foster homes. If you think foster parenting may be in your future, please learn more about this process here.

                   Photo from KidsPeace facebook page.