Joe's mission as an attorney is to provide all Mainers with access to justice-- above his desk hangs a sign with the words "Justice justice shalt thou pursue". Justice for all Mainers means equal rights for all Mainers, which is why Joe is proud to again promote EqualityMaine's 35th Annual Gala, which is Saturday, April 6th, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay. EqualityMaine works to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Maine through political action, community organizing, education, and collaboration. With special guest governor Janet Mills, this year's annual gala will feature dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. Find more about this great organization at its website, and more about the gala here. Joe hopes the event is a success and fully supports EqualityMaine's vision of the day when lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons and their families have full equality in the hearts and minds of Maine people and in all areas of the law.
Every day, many of our neighbors in the Greater Portland community are faced with tragedy. It could be a car accident, an unexpected death of a loved one, or a traumatic event that shakes their world. When events like those happen, the Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) volunteers are there. TIP is a program run by Maine Behavioral Healthcare (formerly known as the Community Counseling Center), which develops and provides quality, outcome-based services that enhance the emotional strength and well-being of Maine residents throughout their lives. Find more about the Maine Behavioral Healthcare here, and if you can, try to make it to the Heroes with Heart celebration tonight, April 4th, 5:30 - 8:30 PM, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, to celebrate the TIP volunteers, as well as first responders, police officers, firefighters, and hospital personnel, who go above and beyond in helping victims of traumatic events each and every day throughout the year.
Through his work at the law firm, Joe sees Mainers facing unbelievable hardships everyday. He extends his heartfelt thanks and admiration to the heroes who help their fellow Portlanders everyday, and hopes the event is a great success. Joe urges you to learn more about the TIP here.
Joe was saddened to hear of the recent loss of an important member of our community. Dave Noyes was a skilled and dedicated musician who gave Portlanders great joy from his performances with the local band Rustic Overtones, and was also a husband and father to his beloved wife and son. Joe urges you to learn more about this impressive man by reading his obituary here.
Tonight, April 3rd, the State Theatre is hosting Good Grief: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Dave Noyes, featuring performances by Rustic Overtones, The Fogcutters, Royal Hammer, Kenya Hall, Jaw Gems, The Ghost of Paul Revere, Lyle Divinsky, Model Airplane, Red Eye Flight Crew, Micromassé, Raging Brass and more. The afterparty will be held at the Portland House of Music. Proceeds will benefit the Noyes family. Learn more about the event here.
If you can't attend the event, Joe encourages you to support the family directly by visiting this GoFundMe page.
Joe offers his condolences to everyone who knew and loved Dave, and his thanks to everyone supporting his family during this difficult time.
One of our favorite nonprofits in Portland celebrates their new spring fundraiser tonight! Show & Tell: A Literary Spectacular takes center stage at The State Theatre and is the primary fundraiser for The Telling Room in support of their free writing programs for Maine youth. The 90-minute literary cabaret will showcase stories across mediums from a variety of storytellers including poet Kaveh Akbar, writer and editor Heidi Julavits, novelist Dolen Perkins-Valdez, and more. Steve Almond, writer, podcaster, and troublemaker, will host an evening that will raise awareness of young peoples’ need for confidence-building creative literacy instruction.
Joe hopes the event is a great success and urges you to learn more at http://showandtellportland.com/
One of Joe's favorite parts about his hometown of Portland is its historic architecture; from the peninsula all the way up through Deering, Portland has no shortage of beautiful historic homes and other landmarks. Today Joe is promoting Greater Portland Landmarks, a Portland organization that works to increase the public’s connection to greater Portland’s historic built environment by providing leadership, advocacy, educational publications, programs and resources, and by acting as steward of the Portland Observatory (1807) for future generations. Founded in 1964, Greater Portland Landmarks' mission is to preserve and revitalize greater Portland's remarkable legacy of historic buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes and parks.
This weekend, March 30th and 31st, join Greater Portland Landmarks for its annual Old House Trade Show, Maine's premiere event celebrating historic preservation, high quality craftsmanship, traditional construction and sustainable practices in Maine and New England. This great event will be held at the Holiday Inn by the Bay and will feature workshops and demonstrations that anyone interested in old homes will find fascinating. Joe hopes the event is a great success and he offers his thanks to Greater Portland Landmarks for the important work they do to preserve what we all love about Portland.
Here's a cause that's new to Joe, and one that is certainly worthy of promotion: the Dash for Dyslexia, an opportunity to stretch your legs, have some family fun, and support a great cause! Come on down to The Mast Landing School in Freeport at 9am on Sunday April 7th to walk/run a 15K, 5K, or Family Story Walk, and stay for a pancake breakfast and festivities afterwards. All proceeds support the Children's Dyslexia Center - Portland, which provides FREE tutoring to dyslexic students and FREE teacher training to educators.
The mission of the Children's Dyslexia Center is to provide, free of charge, the highest quality, state-of-the art, multisensory tutorial reading and written language instruction to children with dyslexia, and also to train tutors in the art, science, and practice of tutoring children using the Orton-Gillingham approach to multisensory teaching of reading, spelling, and writing. Joe applauds the great work this organization does, and hopes you consider joining them for this year's Dash!
Joe loves to support any group that lends a helping hand to those who have bravely served our country, and that's exactly what Veterans Count does. An organization that sprung from Easterseals, another fantastic nonprofit, Veterans Count is a compassionate, responsive, highly-targeted care program for veterans and their families who were “falling through the cracks” as a result of service to their country.
Veterans Count has received the highest praise and support from our national and local elected officials and is viewed as a comprehensive and successful model to emulate throughout the country. As more and more service members and their families continue to struggle with the challenges of multiple deployments, the need to provide support continues to grow. That's why groups like Veterans Count are so vital to our country, and why Joe is happy to spread their message atop the city this week.
This Wednesday, March 27th, is the annual Make 12 Hours Count Radiothon, on the radio station WGAN. Be sure to tune into WGAN on Wednesday and offer your support.
Joe loves to learn about fun new programs in southern Maine, so here's a new one: Farm to Table Kids, Inc. is a local farm and nonprofit based in North Yarmouth that also operates a summer camp for kids. The mission of the camp is to inspire children & families to play in kitchens and gardens through healthy, happy, hands-on learning experiences. Showing children the power of a seed, healthy earth, and an educated mind, the wonders of growing - from SEED TO PLATE. Farm to Table Kids shows children how to plant, grow, harvest, and prepare healthy foods at their organic farm and solar powered greenhouse STEAM Lab.
Learn more about this great camp, including how to register, here.