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- Medical errors may be third-leading cause of death
Posted on May 5, 2016
An analysis by two Johns Hopkins Medical School doctors finds that medical errors account for over 250,000 deaths a year - or almost 10 percent of the total deaths in the United States. That equates to nearly 700 deaths per...
- Police Warn Mainers About IRS Phone Scam
Posted on February 28, 2016
Law enforcement officials throughout Maine are advising residents to be cautious in light of a recent Internal Revenue Service (IRS) phone scam that is currently spreading throughout the state. Police and sheriff departments have reported receiving dozens of calls daily...
- Christmas Tree Safety: Decorate and Celebrate in Smart Style
Posted on December 5, 2015
As you deck the halls and get into the holiday spirit this season, remember to always make safety your number one priority. Christmas trees can pose serious dangers and potential threats if not properly cared for and utilized. According to...
- Safe Winter Driving in Maine
Posted on November 17, 2015
It's that time of year again. Temperatures are dropping, and before we know it, snow will be falling. While blankets of snow draping our towns and cities are nice to look at, they do not make for a winter wonderland...
- Portland Bans E-Cigarettes
Posted on October 22, 2015
Effective in less than a month's time, our city of Portland will have a ban on e-cigarettes in public places. The council voted 7-1 in favor of banning these smoking devices in all locations where regular tobacco products are also...
- Volkswagen Recalling Millions of Diesel Vehicles
Posted on October 9, 2015
Volkswagen is in the preliminary stages of planning a massive recall of diesel cars affected by the recent scandal, in which the company admitted installing software in some diesel cars that allowed them to pass United States emission standards. The...
- Dangers of Distracted Pedestrians & Texting While Walking
Posted on October 3, 2015
It is a common sight they we now are all accustomed to seeing - people strolling along and navigating city streets while using their cell phones. According to recent data from the National Safety Council and the American Academy of...
- Joe Bornstein's Community Connections
Posted on August 11, 2015
At the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein, it’s our pleasure and privilege to be able to give back to the communities in which we live and serve. We see the efforts of numerous charities and organizations that are dedicated...
- Lyme Disease Awareness Month - Safety Information
Posted on May 27, 2015
Lyme Disease Awareness Month is a public service campaign supported by the Lyme Disease Foundation to educate the public about prevention and treatment of Lyme disease, which is a growing problem in parts of the country, including Maine. The incidence...
- Harley Davidson Recall Information
Posted on April 27, 2015
Harley Davidson is recalling approximately 46,000 motorcycles in the United States due to defects with the clutch mechanism which can prevent the clutch from fully disengaging. This can result in the rider losing control of the motorcycle. The recall covers...
- Shark Vacuum Recall Information
Posted on April 27, 2015
The makers of Shark vacuum cleaners have issued a voluntary recall of four models: NV650W, NV651, NV652, and NV660 due to a possibility of electrical failure. The affected models are purple or maroon in color. There have been no instances...
- Study Examines Link Between Acetaminophen and Levels of Joy
Posted on April 19, 2015
According to a recent study published in Psychological Science, researchers have found that acetaminophen has the unexpected side effect of reducing pleasure while it reduces pain. Acetaminophen is the main ingredient in Tylenol and several hundred other medicines sold for...
- Spring into Motorcycle Safety
Posted on April 17, 2015
"For Those Who Ride - Keep Joe Bornstein On Your Side" At the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein, we see firsthand the effects of serious motorcycle accidents. The injuries and consequences are often severe, with over 5,000 fatalities and 100,000...
- Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning During Blizzard Season
Posted on January 28, 2015
Well, Mainers - we've made it through our first real snowstorm of the season. A blizzard or Nor'Easter as it were. Since Winter has only just begun, there are almost certainly several more inches of the white stuff to come...
- Space Heater Safety
Posted on January 19, 2015
Now that Winter (and chilly conditions) is in full swing, Mainers are looking for ways to safely heat our homes. Space heaters, commonly used portable heating devices, are great alternatives to expensive or inefficient central heating systems. These small heating...
- Extreme Cold Spell Strikes Maine
Posted on January 8, 2015
Maine, like most of New England, is currently in the midst of an extreme cold spell that should be ending this weekend. Temperatures have dropped to subzero levels today along most of the state, and heavy wind chills have contributed...
- 'Veterans Helping Veterans' Program Forges Connections and Friendships
Posted on January 4, 2015
Launched last February, Maine-based project 'Veterans Helping Veterans' has paired young and elderly veterans together to bond through shared experiences and stories from their military service. According to an article in the Portland Press Herald, the program, which benefits veterans...
- Federal Appeals Court Rejects LePage's Efforts to Eliminate Medicaid Coverage for Young Mainers
Posted on December 7, 2014
Last month, a federal appeals court rejected Maine Republican Governor Paul LePage's attempt to deny certain young adults Medicaid access. In its decision, The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that such a move would violate the Affordable Care Act,...
- Graco Recalling 11 Stroller Models Due to Fingertip Amputation Risk
Posted on December 1, 2014
The Consumer Product Safey Commission has announced that 11 different models of Graco Strollers are being recalled due to the risk of fingertip amputation. Included in the recall are strollers manufactured between August of 2000 and September of 2014. To...
- Laundry Detergent Pods Dangerous for Children
Posted on November 17, 2014
A recent study conducted by researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, found that from 2012 through 2013, U.S. Poison Control centers received reports of 17,230 children younger than age 6 being exposed to chemicals in laundry detergents. This...
- Breast Cancer Awareness Month Celebrated in Maine
Posted on October 23, 2014
With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mainers everywhere have been doing their part to raise awareness and contribute to fundraising efforts. Komen Maine, our state's Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliate, raised more than $200,000 through their signature...
- Airbag Recall: NHTSA Releases Updated List of Affected Vehicles
Posted on October 23, 2014
The U.S. Government has expanded a recent massive airbag recall to now include nearly 8 million vehicles. As part of this product recall, auto safety agency officials are urging drivers to have their airbags repaired due to potential dangers to...
- Maine Nurse Practitioners to Prescribe Medical Marijuana
Posted on August 8, 2014
Under a recent change to the medical marijuana law in Maine, nurse practitioners are now permitted to recommend medical marijuana to patients suffering from certain medical conditions. Before this change in the law, only physicians were allowed to prescribe medical...
- Suicide Rates Higher for Smokers According to Study
Posted on July 30, 2014
A recent study published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research raises the possibility that the link between smoking and suicide may be stronger than previously believed. The researchers compared suicide rates in states with aggressive anti-smoking policies with the...
- Moose-Vehicle Collisions Trending Down in Maine
Posted on July 18, 2014
According to a recent article in the Portland Press Herald, though there have been several moose-vehicle collisions in Maine in the month of July, the actual number of these crashes has decreased over the past three years. Statistics from the...
- United States Department of Agriculture Proposes New Rules to Improve Food Safety
Posted on July 17, 2014
The federal government is proposing changes in the rules governing the processing and sale of raw ground beef. The rule changes are designed to make it easier for the USDA to track the sources of contaminated meat, so that fewer...
- High Rate of Opiate Pain Medication Prescriptions in Maine Causing Concern
Posted on July 11, 2014
The National Center for Disease Control has expressed concern about Maine's high rate of prescriptions for opiate pain medication. According to recent data from the National Center for Disease Control, doctors in Maine prescribe opiate pain medications, including Oxycodone and...
- Mainers To Participate in National Diabetes Clinical Study
Posted on April 2, 2014
As was reported by the Portland Press Herald in an article on March 31st, Maine is one of 20 sites that has been chosen to participate in a nationwide medical study that will examine the relationship between Vitamin D and...
- General Motors Preparing to Recall 1.6 Million Cars
Posted on March 7, 2014
General Motors is preparing to recall 1.6 million of its cars due to problems with the ignition switch. In certain vehicles, this switch can turn off suddenly, which in turn disables the air bags and engines in the cars. Customers...
- Joe Bornstein and Portland Celebrate ART WALK
Posted on March 7, 2014
Today is March 7th, in other words - the first Friday of a new month. Portlanders know what that means... it's time for another First Friday Art Walk! Portland's Art Walk, which started 12 years ago, is a monthly celebration...
- Maine Affordable Care Act
Posted on March 2, 2014
Mainers are signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act in numbers that exceed the enrollment target established by the federal government. The vast majority of Mainers who have signed up for insurance under the Act will qualify...
- 2014 STRIVE Rocks Dance Marathon Supported by Joe Bornstein
Posted on February 24, 2014
Mainers, should you find yourself on Congress Street today, be sure to glance up at the Time and Temperature Building and see the new message on Portland's only skyscraper! The illuminated sign will display the words 'STRV ROCKS' until March...
- Maine Attorney General Sues Bangor Used Car Dealerships
Posted on February 20, 2014
Janet Mills, of the Maine Attorney General's office, has brought a lawsuit against several Bangor car dealerships, including: My Maine Ride, Bangor Car Care, Inc. and Bumper2Bumper, Inc. In her complaint, Mills accuses the dealership of targeting vulnerable consumers with...
- Portland Panhandling Ordinance Held to Violate First Amendment
Posted on February 19, 2014
Last week a federal judge in Maine declared Portland's Panhandling ordinance to be a violation of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Judge George Singal found that the ordinance violated the First Amendment's right to free speech. The ordinance,...
- Phone Scam Affecting Mainers
Posted on February 12, 2014
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- Graco Recalls 3.8 Million Child Car Seats
Posted on February 12, 2014
According to an ongoing investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Infant products manufacturer, Graco, has voluntarily recalled 3.7 million child car seats due to issues with a faulty buckle. With the company recalling 11 of 18 models...
- Maine Police Urge Drivers to Move Over, Please
Posted on January 1, 2014
Maine State Police have a request for motorists - move over, please. Law enforcement officials are renewing efforts to get drivers to slow down and give parked emergency vehicles plenty of space after two trooper cruisers were destroyed in crashes...
- Maine Drivers - Be Aware of Deer on Roads
Posted on November 25, 2013
According to a biologist in our great state of Maine, the population of deer is once again on the rise. More deer in our communities also means more deer on our roadways and a potential for dangerous vehicle/deer collisions. Maine...
- I'm Your Neighbor, Portland Supported by Joe Bornstein
Posted on July 29, 2013
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is honored to support and contribute to the Portland Public Library and the I'm Your Neighbor Portland Program. I'm Your Neighbor, Portland is a city-wide reading initiative featuring a nine-book set. The books in...
- New Maine Bicycle Law Improves Road Safety
Posted on July 23, 2013
A new bicycle law in Maine, passed as recently as last month, will help to ensure the safety of all who travel our state's roadways. On June 14, 2013, LD 1460 'A Bill To Revise Maine Bicycle Law" became a...
- Maine Tire Safety and Rainy Weather Driving
Posted on July 11, 2013
Following a series of car accidents that occurred on Interstate 295 in late June, Maine Police are urging motorists to be extra cautious and prepared when driving in wet weather conditions. Law enforcement officials have concluded that excessive speed and...
- Maine Food Service Program Expands Statewide
Posted on July 10, 2013
For the first time since inception, the federal free-meal program for kids 18 and under in Maine now provides meals in every county. The Summer Food Service Program was established in 1978 and provides free or reduced priced meals to...
- Operation Delta Dog Helps Suffering Veterans
Posted on July 9, 2013
Every day in the U.S., 22 veterans take their own lives. These vets serve their country and come home to face the often greater challenges of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) that can leave them debilitated,...
- 4th of July Celebrating: Firework Safety
Posted on July 1, 2013
With summer nights and the smell of BBQs in the air, the month of June has tuned to July. With this new month, comes one of America's favorite passtimes - the 4th of July holiday. While people celebrate Independence Day...
- 'TRUE NRTH' - Join Joe In Supporting The Annual Wellness Walk
Posted on June 14, 2013
On Saturday June 15th, True North will be hosting their second annual 5K Wellness Walk along Back Cove in Portland. True North is a nonprofit dedicated to changing health care and inspiring individuals to live healthier lives through integrative care,...
- HUB 100 - Portland's Hub Furniture Celebrates 100 Years
Posted on June 4, 2013
In 1913, two Jewish immigrants from Russia founded a furniture store on Congress Street making deliveries by horse and carriage. One hundred years later it's still going strong. On Thursday June 6th, Hub Furniture will celebrate its 100th anniversary with...
- WALK 4HRT - Southern Maine Heart Walk Supported by Joe Bornstein
Posted on May 20, 2013
On Sunday May 19th, the American Heart Association’s annual Southern Maine Heart Walk cruised around Portland’s Back Cove to raise money to fight heart disease. The annual event works to combat the fact that health today in the U.S. has...
- Joe Bornstein Puts KIDS FIRST
Posted on May 9, 2013
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is proud to support the Kids First Center and their annual night of entertainment – the Kids First Gala. The Kids First Center was founded in 1998, with hopes of filling a gap in...
- Greater Portland March of Dimes Supported by Joe Bornstein
Posted on May 3, 2013
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is excited to be participating in the Greater Portland March of Dimes - March for Babies for our 8th year in a row! Originally founded by President Franklin Roosevelt, to end childhood polio, the...
- Arrive Alive Creative Contest 2013 - Happening Now!
Posted on March 20, 2013
Maine High School Seniors, The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein's 9th Annual Arrive Alive Creative Contest is officially underway! Once again, we are pleased to announce the continuation of our Arrive Alive Creative Contest scholarship program for high school seniors....
- 'CNY FEB9' on Time & Temperature Building Meaning
Posted on February 6, 2013
Our law firm is proud to honor the upcoming Chinese New Year, and support the Chinese and American Friendship Association of Maine (CAFAM) with a message on Portland's Time & Temperature Building. From February 6th to the 11th, the building's...
- 'North Woods Law' Documents Maine Game Wardens
Posted on January 28, 2013
Last week, Animal Planed premiered the second season of North Woods Law, a television show that follows the elite Game Warden Service in Maine. The program, which debuted last year, documents our home state's game wardens as they go about...
- Skiing and Snowboarding Safety Tips
Posted on January 15, 2013
It's mid-January and do you know what that means? Winter sports season is underway! Whether you frequent some of our beautiful Maine mountains such as Sugarloaf, Sunday River or Shawnee Peak, or out-of-state areas, skiing and snowboarding is a wonderful...
- Drowsy Driving: A Dangerous and Common Road Behavior
Posted on January 2, 2013
Though drunk driving and distracted driving are the most publicized dangerous road behaviors, a recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is highlighting another all too common issue on the road: drowsy driving. The results of...
- Supporting Lewiston's 'Store Next Door' and Homeless Students
Posted on December 19, 2012
This holiday season, our law firm is proud to have collaborated with the very important, meaningful organization - Store Next Door. Located at Lewiston High School, this program assists homeless students by providing them with school supplies and everyday essentials...
- "Click It or Ticket" Campaign Enforced During Holiday Season
Posted on November 18, 2012
As the holiday season approaches, with it comes exceptionally heavy traffic on the road. As more people take to the highways as part of their holiday travel, road safety and seatbelt awareness take the national spotlight. According to the National...
- Stricter Driving Laws For Maine Teens
Posted on August 31, 2012
In an effort to protect everyone on the road and raise awareness about distracted driving, Maine lawmakers have decided to ramp up driving restrictions for new drivers. As of yesterday, there are new laws in effect pertaining to teenage drivers....
- 'ITLN' 'BAZR' on Time & Temperature Building Stands For...
Posted on August 8, 2012
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is proud to support the Italian Street Bazaar with the message 'ITLN' 'BAZR' on Portland's Time & Temperature Building. The event, put on by the St. Peter's Church on Munjoy Hill, is an annual...
- Joe Bornstein's Office Farm Share
Posted on August 7, 2012
Here at our law firm, we are always looking for new ways to support the Maine communities in which our clients and employees work and live. One program we are proud to introduce is our company farm share. Each week,...
- Arrive Alive Creative Contest 2012 Winners Announced
Posted on July 27, 2012
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein would like to thank all of the graduating Maine high school seniors who contributed to our eighth annual Arrive Alive Creative Contest and helped send the message to their peers - Stay Safe and...
- Pine Tree Legal Assistance Supported by Joe Bornstein
Posted on July 16, 2012
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is proud to join Pine Tree Legal Assistance in their 45th Anniversary celebration. To honor this tremendous milestone, Portland's Time & Temperature Building will display "PTLA" "ORG" for one week. Pine Tree Legal Assistance...
- Firework Safety Tips
Posted on July 2, 2012
The smell of crisp summer night air and BBQs is here, as well a favorite American pasttime - the 4th of July. More often than not, Independence Day festivities include dazzling fireworks displays, either at the beach or in your...
- Time & Temperature Building Supports Youth & Family Outreach
Posted on June 12, 2012
For one week, the sign on Portland's Time & Temperature Building will display the message: "TOTS TROT" in support of Youth & Family Outreach's 2nd Annual Trot for Tots. Scheduled for Saturday June 23rd at 8:30am, this 5K run/walk will...
- Maine AIDS WALK Supported on Time & Temperature Building
Posted on May 8, 2012
Mainers, looking to help make a difference this weekend? The 2012 Southern Maine AIDS 5K Run/Walk is this Saturday, May 12 on beautiful Ogunquit Beach. The walk, done on behalf of Frannie Peabody Center, is part of AIDS Walk Weekend....
- Morrison Center Supported by Joe Bornstein
Posted on May 2, 2012
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- Great Maine Bike Swap Promoted on Time & Temperature Building
Posted on April 23, 2012
For one week, the Time and Temperature Building will display the message 'BIKE' 'SWAP' in honor of the Great Maine Bike Swap, an event sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. The bike swap provides Mainers with an opportunity to...
- Joe Bornstein and Community Bicycle Center Provide Free Helmets for Children
Posted on April 20, 2012
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein, in collaboration with Community Bicycle Center of Biddeford, is donating bike helmets to local children in an effort to increase their safety while riding. 100 total helmets will be donated by our law firm...
- Portland Phoenix's 'Best' Celebrated on Time & Temperature Building
Posted on April 8, 2012
Attention Mainers - Do you have a favorite art gallery, pizza place or yoga studio in our city of Portland that you frequent? Well, 'The Portland Phoenix' wants to give these outstanding downtown spots the attention and recognition they deserve...
- Joe Bornstein Celebrates Portland Public Library and Poetry
Posted on April 2, 2012
As we welcome the new month with open arms, hoping for not too many showers but plenty of blooming flowers, we are saying hello to another annual April event – National Poetry Month. Portlanders strolling along Congress Street, will...
- Anti-Diabetic Medication Actos Linked To Bladder Cancer
Posted on March 19, 2012
As a result of Actos, a prescription anti-diabetic medication, being linked to reports of bladder cancer, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has updated the drug's label. The new Actos packaging now warns users that taking the medication for over...
- Arrive Alive Creative Contest For Maine High School Seniors
Posted on March 16, 2012
Maine High School Seniors, The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein's 8th Annual Arrive Alive Creative Contest is officially underway! Once again, we are pleased to announce the continuation of our Arrive Alive Creative Contest scholarship program for high school seniors....
- Transvaginal Mesh Linked To Serious Health Complications
Posted on March 5, 2012
Transvaginal mesh (TVM), a medical device used during during urogynecologic procedures, has been associated with serious health complications and countless class action lawsuits. TVM, also known as bladder slings, is a mesh device made from non-absorbent synthetic material that is...
- Joe Bornstein's Law Night - Call Us Until 10 P.M.
Posted on February 27, 2012
While the month of March will eventually bring warmer weather and signs of Spring, it also signals something else at our office - it's time for another Law Night! The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein will be extending business hours...
- Carmakers Encouraged To Implement Safer Navigation Systems
Posted on February 26, 2012
A recent article in the New York Times highlighed the potential dangers of dashboard entertainment and navigation systems and their potential to distract drivers. The federal traffic agency, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is strongly encouraging carmakers to consider designing...
- STRIVE Rocks Dance Marathon Supported By Joe Bornstein
Posted on February 22, 2012
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- Maine Red Claws Pink Night Supported By Joe Bornstein
Posted on February 14, 2012
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is proud to support the upcoming Maine Red Claws 'Pink Night' in support of the Maine Cancer Foundation and the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition. The event, which will help promote breast cancer awareness, will...
- Joe Bornstein Uses Time & Temperature Building To Support Patriots
Posted on February 3, 2012
GO PATS! The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is very excited to cheer on New England's beloved Patriots in Sunday's Super Bowl with a 'GO PATS' message on Portland's Time and Temperature Building. Portland Downtown Director Janis Beitzer released an...
- Maine Driver Education Programs To Be Reviewed And Updated
Posted on January 28, 2012
Maine teenagers and young drivers are injured or dying in car accidents at an astonishingly high rate and something needs to be done about it. Our state legislators are seeking to bring change by improving Maine driver education programs. Motor...
- Maine Social Security Administration Offers Informational Workshop
Posted on January 23, 2012
The U.S. Social Security Administration will hold an educational workshop on Thursday, January 19th at 9am at the Auburn Public Library. The informational session is open to any and all Mainers interested in applying for benefits, planning retirement or learning...
- What To Do When You're Injured: Tips To Strengthen Your Case
Posted on January 16, 2012
Being injured in a motor vehicle accident is devastating and instantly affects your daily life - your hours become consumed with doctors appointments and seeking medical treatment and legal representation. While an experienced attorney is working hard on building your...
- Preble Street Holiday Giving Supported By Joe Bornstein
Posted on December 20, 2011
The holiday season is all about giving, and this year, the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein are pleased to have partnered with Preble Street to provide essentials for Mainers in need. Working off of Preble Street's wish list, our staff...
- 'END HNGR' Time & Temperature Building Message Supports Preble Street
Posted on December 5, 2011
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is proud to support 'Preble Street and 'The Power of Sharing.' For one week, Portland's Time & Temperature Building will display the message 'END HNGR' to bring attention to Maine's food insecurity crisis and...
- Portland Buy Local Campaign Proudly Supported By Joe Bornstein
Posted on November 29, 2011
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is proud to support Buy Local, a campaign of the Portland Independent Business & Community Alliance, in an effort to keep Portland independent. Launched in 2006, Buy Local aims to give a voice to...
- What To Do Directly After A Car Accident - An Important Checklist
Posted on November 21, 2011
It is inevitable that car accidents happen. Even with proper safety precautions, accidents happen daily. With hope, they won’t include you or a loved one, but they are, however, accidents. And the worst part is that they’re unpredictable. While no...
- Law Night - Call Joe Bornstein Until 10 P.M.
Posted on November 16, 2011
It’s November and at this law firm that only means one thing – Law Night! Back by popular demand, on Thursday, November 17, the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein will be extending our business hours once again to accommodate Mainers...
- Halloween Safety Tips For Families
Posted on October 31, 2011
The air is crisp, the first snow has fallen and November is very near. Before we welcome a new month, however, there is that annual late October occassion to celebrate - Halloween! Though the holiday is fun and full of...
- Anti-Texting And Driving Mobile Applications Help Save Lives On The Road
Posted on October 3, 2011
Distracted driving, specifically texting while driving, has rapidly become one of the most pervasive problems among motorists of all ages –a problem that often results in devastating and tragic outcomes. Part of the solution for curbing this extremely dangerous and...
- Texting While Driving Becomes Illegal In Maine
Posted on September 20, 2011
On September 28th, Maine will put one final period on texting while driving as an official ban goes into effect. The law, which was unanimously passed by the Senate and House in May 2011, makes Maine the 33rd state to...
- 'READ W- ME' Time & Temperature Building Message Celebrates Maine Reads And Literacy In Maine
Posted on September 12, 2011
Mainers in greater Portland might notice that there is a new message flashing atop the Time and Temperature Building - 'READ W- ME.' The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is proud to dedicate the illuminated sign to promote literacy in...
- Medical Malpractice Stillborn Birth Cases: Article Highlights Disparities In Compensation
Posted on August 24, 2011
An interesting article in today's New York Times points out the wide discrepancies in damages awards in medical malpractice and personal injury cases. At the heart of the article is the disparity in medical malpractice cases involving stillborn births. In...
- Hip Implant Complaints Rising At Staggering Rate
Posted on August 23, 2011
As reported in the New York Times of August 23, 2011, there has been a dramatic surge in recent months in complaints to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration about hip implants. There have been more than 5,000 reports since...
- How To Pay Your Medical Bills Without Going Through Bankruptcy
Posted on August 17, 2011
Following a motor vehicle accident or another instance where you suffer a personal injury, doctors appointments and medical bills often begin to pile up and can seem overwhelming. While your treatment and recovery are the number one priorities, it is...
- Court Decision: Davis v. R C & Sons Paving, 2011 ME 88
Posted on August 16, 2011
The Law Court in Davis v. R C & Sons Paving, 2011 ME 88 (August 11, 2011), Gorman, J. issued an opinion affirming summary judgment entered against plaintiff Marilyn Davis who was injured when she fell in her employer's icy...
- How Do Maine Uninsured And Underinsured Motorist Insurance Coverage Work?
Posted on August 12, 2011
Each and every day, Mainers suffer personal injuries in serious motor vehicle accidents. When an unexpected accident occurs, it can strike anyone. You may be a careful driver and think that you have adequate motor vehicle insurance coverage only to...
- Maine's Contingent Fee System - The Next Best Thing To Free
Posted on August 8, 2011
Many Mainers who suffer from injuries and disabilities shy away from hiring a lawyer because they don't think they can afford one. The truth is that we don't charge our clients a dime unless and until they are successsful in...
- Walmart Store In Auburn Opens Community Health Clinic
Posted on August 4, 2011
Just when loyal Walmart shoppers thought that the giant superstore really had it all, the chain has added a giant perk for its consumers in the Lewiston-Auburn area. The Walmart store in Auburn now features a walk-in community health clinic...
- Extra Strength Tylenol's Maximum Daily Dosage Lowered In An Effort To Reduce Overdose Risk
Posted on August 2, 2011
Many of us have known the name since we were children. The red and white packaging is easy to spot on RiteAid and CVS shelves. It has become the catch-all, cure-all for headaches, sprained ankles, sore throats, fevers and more....
- Tweet Tweet - Joe Bornstein Joins Twitter!
Posted on August 1, 2011
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is now associated with the @ symbol and a little blue bird... in other words, we are officially on Twitter! We are always looking for new ways to reach and connect with members of...
- Cheers To 37 Years! The Law Offices Of Joe Bornstein Celebrates Anniversary
Posted on August 1, 2011
What do the numbers 6, 37, 65, 1974, 18,000 and 200,000,000 have in common? The answer to this question does not involve higher math. In fact, the answer is really quite simple. On August 1, 1974, The Law Offices of...
- Maine Summer Heat Advisory: Important Safety Tips
Posted on July 22, 2011
"Im walkin' on sunshine wooah, and don't it feel good!" says the popular song lyric. Well, this brutal July weather we are experiencing certainly makes it feel like we are walking on the sun.. but for many of us Mainers,...
- Anti-Smoking Drug Chantix Linked To Increased Risk Of Heart Problems
Posted on July 20, 2011
Chantix, the leading prescription drug for smoking cessation, has now added another serious health concern to its laundry list of potential risks: cardiovascular disorders for people who do not have preexisting heart conditions. Since its approval in 2006, the medication...
- 2-1-1 Maine: Resource Hotline Provides Answers And Options
Posted on July 15, 2011
2-1-1 Maine, a statewide resource directory that connects Mainers to over 8,000 health and human services, agencies and support groups, is celebrating its fifth anniversary. The toll free hotline Call Center, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,...
- Updated Baby Crib Safety Standards Implemented By CPSC
Posted on July 13, 2011
In an effort to ensure the safety of sleeping babies, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced new mandatory regulations for cribs. These federal restrictions, which went into effect on June 28, 2011, prohibit the manufacture and sale...
- That's A Wrap! Arrive Alive Creative Contest 2011 A Smashing Success
Posted on July 11, 2011
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein would like to thank all of the graduating Maine high school seniors who contributed to our seventh annual Arrive Alive Creative Contest and helped send the message - Stay Safe and Arrive Alive. We...
- Caution: HBO's Documentary On McDonald's Coffee Lawsuit A Hot Topic
Posted on July 6, 2011
The highly-anticipated, compelling HBO documentary, Hot Coffee, which premiered on June 27th and is scheduled to re-air during the next several weeks, is brewing up a great deal of chatter among legal professionals, film critics and journalists. The 90 minute...
- Supreme Court Decision: Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, 564 U.S. ___ (2011)
Posted on July 1, 2011
The U. S. Supreme Court, in a 7 - 2 decision issued in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, 564 U.S. _ (2011), on June 27, 2011, struck down a California ban on sales of violent video games to children. Justice...
- Supreme Court Decision: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 564 U.S. ___ (2011)
Posted on July 1, 2011
In Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 564 U.S. _(2011) , the United States Supreme Court, divided 5 to 4, refused to allow a class action suit against the retail giant to go forward. In the majority opinion issued on June...
- Maine Boating Safety Tips - Be Smart And Responsible At Sea
Posted on June 28, 2011
There are few states that can match the magnitude of waterways that our beautiful state of Maine has to offer. We boast over 6,000 lakes and ponds, 3,000 miles of coastline and 32,000 miles of rivers and streams. And now...
- Supreme Court Protects Generic Drug Companies In Pliva v. Mensing Decision
Posted on June 27, 2011
In Pliva, Inc. v. Mensing, 564 U.S. ___ (2011), a decision issued on June 23, 2011 by the United States Supreme Court ruled that generic drug makers cannot be sued under state law on the basis that they failed to...
- Temporary Maine Handicap Parking Passes To Be Issued By Medical Providers Under New Law
Posted on June 22, 2011
A new bill, expected to become a law in September 2011 after the current Legislature adjourns, will allow doctors, physicians’ assistants, nurse practitioners and registered nurses in Maine to provide certain patients with temporary, 21-day handicapped parking placards. The idea...
- 'CROM WELL' Time And Temperature Building Message Honors The Cromwell Center For Disabilities Awareness
Posted on June 20, 2011
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is proud to once again be a corporate sponsor of the Cromwell Center’s Annual Dinner & Silent Auction. As part of our pledge of support for this important cause, we are donating time and...
- 'ITN RIDE' Time And Temperature Building Message Supports Independent Transportation Network (ITN)
Posted on June 13, 2011
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is proud to be a corporate sponsor of the upcoming Walk For Rides, ITNPortland's 9th annual fundraising event. In honor of the organization and its upcoming event, we are donating the time and space...
- Maine Bans Texting While Driving
Posted on June 9, 2011
Governor Paul LePage has approved a bill that prohibits text-messaging while driving in Maine. With the Governor’s signature, Maine becomes the 33rd state to make texting while driving illegal and takes a crucial step towards fighting the national epidemic of...
- Maine Summer BBQ Safety: Be Smart When You Grill
Posted on June 2, 2011
Summer is almost here, and you know what the means for us, Maine - it’s barbecue season! It’s time to dust off that Weber or George Forman, gather up some family and friends (and your appetite of course) and get...
- "PTLD TRLS" Message On Time And Temperature Building Honors Portland Trails
Posted on June 1, 2011
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is using the advertising space on the Time and Temperature Building in Portland to support the wonderful accomplishments of Portland Trails, a nonprofit urban land trust organization that works to improve the quality of...
- Springvale Public Library Computer Donated By Joe Bornstein
Posted on May 26, 2011
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein recently gave $1,000 to the Springvale Public Library to benefit the ‘Future Access Technology Sponsorship’ program. As part of this initiative, the library works with local businesses and organizations to provide the Greater Sanford...
- Court Decision: Burns v. Architectural Doors and Windows, 2011 ME 61
Posted on May 25, 2011
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court sitting as the Law Court today upheld a jury verdict entered against the plaintiff in a product liability case arising out of an allegedly defective overhead door. Burns v. Architectural Doors and Windows, 2011 ME...
- Joe Bornstein Supports March Of Dimes And Healthy Babies
Posted on May 20, 2011
On Sunday, May 1st, 2011, the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein had the privilege of participating in the annual March of Dimes Greater Portland "March for Babies" walk at Payson Park/Baxter Boulevard in Portland. As official corporate sponsors of the...
- Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month Helps Decrease Motorcycle Accidents In Maine
Posted on May 19, 2011
Be it on our state’s rural back roads or the open lanes of I-95, motorcycles are back in action. The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein would like to remind Maine bikers about the importance of safe riding. Motorcycle Safety Awareness...
- Share The Road Maine: Safety Tips For Bicyclists, Motorists And Pedestrians
Posted on May 9, 2011
As the weather in New England continues to warm, May will quickly turn to June and Mainers are embracing the chance to spend more time in the beautiful outdoors. Sixty degree weather brings the the joy of taking refreshing jogs...
- 'ARVE ALVE' Time And Temperature Building Message Stands For...
Posted on April 26, 2011
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is using Portland’s only skyscraper to remind Mainers to practice safe driving behavior and to promote the firm’s annual Arrive Alive Creative Contest. The contest is open to graduating high school seniors in Maine...
- Joe Bornstein Launches New Website
Posted on April 22, 2011
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is proud to unveil our firm’s newly revised website: www.joebornstein.com. Our interactive, multimedia website provides Mainers with information on our areas of practice, the history and philosophy of our law firm, and answers to...
- Deck Collapse At Sugarloaf-Area Bar Sends Five People To Maine Hospitals
Posted on April 19, 2011
Five patrons of a restaurant near Sugarloaf were injured on Saturday, April 16, 2011, when the wooden fire escape where they were gathered collapsed. At least 10 people fell 15 feet to the ground when the landing and staircase where...
- Motorcycle Fatalities Down Two Percent According to Governors Highway Safety Association
Posted on April 19, 2011
According to a report released on April 19, 2011, by the Governors Highway Safety Association, motorcycle fatalities dropped by two percent in the first nine months of 2010. However, this may not represent a lasting improvement in safety, officials warn....
- Green Spring Cleaning In Maine: Eco-Friendly Ways To Freshen Your Home
Posted on April 15, 2011
April showers bring May flowers, as the saying goes, and Mainers can’t wait. As we bid farewell to snow and ice, we happily welcome sunshine and the first blooms. With warmer weather and fresh seasons come a variety of housekeeping...
- Court Decision: Fitzpatrick v. Cohen
Posted on April 14, 2011
U. S. District Court Judge Singal entered an order on April 12, 2011, in Fitzpatrick v. Cohen applying the amended Wrongful Death statute, 18-A M.R.S. sec. 2-804 in a case where the injury which allegedly precipitated the death of the...
- Girls' Day at the State House Proudly Supported By Joe Bornstein
Posted on April 5, 2011
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is pleased to announce our recent sponsorship of the Maine Women’s Policy Center’s 15th annual Girls’ Day at the State House. Girls’ Day, which took place on Thursday, March 24, 2011, at the Maine...
- "Move Over, Maine," Instructs State Police
Posted on April 5, 2011
IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR MAINERS: When approaching police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks or other vehicles with flashing lights in the breakdown lane, drivers are required by law to: slow down to a reasonable speed if possible, move into the...
- LULAC And César Chávez Celebrated By Joe Bornstein And Local Community
Posted on March 30, 2011
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is proud to join the newly established Portland, Maine League Of Latin American Citizens (LULAC) in honoring the life of America’s most prominent Latino civil rights leader, César Chávez. The César Chávez observance will...
- Court Decision: Peterson v. Jhamb, 2011 ME 35
Posted on March 22, 2011
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court, sitting at the Law Court, issued an opinion today, March 22, 2011, by Justice Jabar in Peterson v. Jhamb, 2011 ME 35. In this medical malpractice action for failure to diagnose recurrent breast cancer which...
- Rear Facing Car Seats Until Age 2 Recommended By American Academy Of Pediatrics
Posted on March 21, 2011
The American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending that children under two years of age be strapped into rear facing car seats, as announced in an article in the New York Times of March 21, 2011. Generally, toddlers are promoted...
- ILAP CeleSoirée Sponsor Joe Bornstein Promotes Event On Time And Temperature Building
Posted on March 15, 2011
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is honored to once again support the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project’s (ILAP) 7th annual CeleSoirée: Celebrating Immigration through the Arts event. The event will take place on Friday, March 25, 2011 from 5 -...
- Joe Bornstein's Arrive Alive Creative Contest 2011
Posted on March 14, 2011
Attention Maine High School Seniors: The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein's 7th Annual Arrive Alive Creative Contest is officially underway! We are pleased to announce the continuation of our Arrive Alive Creative Contest scholarship program for high school seniors. The...
- 'TWO DROP' Polio Awareness Message Supported By Joe Bornstein
Posted on February 23, 2011
Mainers strolling along Congress Street during this week might be surprised to see a different sequence flashing atop the Time and Temperature Building. The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein, current tenants of the skyscraper’s advertising space, are proud to use...
- Law Night - Call Joe Bornstein Until 10 P.M.
Posted on January 28, 2011
Back by popular demand, on Thursday, February 3, the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein will be extending our business hours once again to accommodate Mainers who are unable to phone us during the day. Our phone lines will remain open...
- Joe Bornstein's Social Security Team Provides Education and Support To Maine Health Care Providers
Posted on January 27, 2011
At the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein, we understand that Social Security Disability is a complicated process full of questions and uncertainty for everyone involved. As specialized injury and disability attorneys, we feel that it is our obligation to share...
- Maine Driving Law: Windshields And Windows Have To Be 100% Snow-Free
Posted on January 26, 2011
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein would like to remind our fellow Maine motorists that your car's windows and windshields must be clear of all snow and ice before you drive after a storm. According to Lewiston Police officer, Craig...
- State Legislators Looking To Ban Habits Of Distracted Pedestrians
Posted on January 26, 2011
The New York Times of January 26, 2011, cites further efforts by lawmakers across the country to curb iPod and cell phone usage by pedestrians and bicyclists. Not only are legislators in New York and Arkansas looking to curb distracted...
- Court Decision: Lyman v. Huber
Posted on January 24, 2011
In Lyman v. Huber, 2010 ME 139, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court sitting as the Law Court vacated a judgment issued by the Superior Court (Cumberland County, Delahanty, J.) in favor of the plaintiff, awarding her $106,000 for intentional infliction...
- Court Decision: State Farm v. Linton
Posted on January 17, 2011
Kennebec County Superior Court Justice Nancy Mills found that State Farm did not have to provide insurance coverage for an accident that killed one motorist, James Carey. State Farm brought a declaratory judgment action against Roger Linton, who was driving...
- The Risks Of Non-Recourse Loans In Personal Injury Claims
Posted on January 17, 2011
The New York Times, in an article of 1/16/11, exposes the risks of non-recourse loans to injured plaintiffs. The practice is unregulated in most states and is exempt from laws that protect borrowers from other lenders, such as banks. A...
- Joe Bornstein Opens Sanford Office
Posted on January 4, 2011
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is proud to announce the recent opening of our sixth office location at 913 Main Street in Sanford. Adjacent to Bergeron Shoes, we are located in the heart of historic downtown Sanford. This newly...
- Darvon And Darvocet Recall
Posted on December 16, 2010
In November 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that painkillers Darvon and Darvocet have been voluntarily recalled after studies showed potential harmful side effects. Two of the most commonly prescribed pain medications, the drugs have been associated...
- Help For Maine's Veterans: Website Offers Legal Information And Resources
Posted on December 13, 2010
In a cooperative effort, local nonprofit organization Pine Tree Legal Assistance and the Arkansas Legal Services Partnership have launched Stateside Legal, a website for veterans, current military members and their families and advocates. The objective of this comprehensive, interactive...
- Food Insecurity Continues To Rise In Maine
Posted on December 10, 2010
According to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 195,000 Mainers- nearly 15 percent of households in the state- are battling food insecurity and have struggled to provide enough meals for their families at some point during the...
- Free Eyeglasses For Students: A Vision Of Charity
Posted on December 6, 2010
'glasses for students' 'free eyeglasses' 'donations'
- Attorney C.J. Newman Joins The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein
Posted on December 3, 2010
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein – one of Maine’s leading personal injury and disability law firms – is pleased to announce the hiring of its 11th attorney, C.J. Newman. Attorney Newman joins a staff of nearly 60 legal professionals...
- Study of Patient Safety Yields Disturbing Results
Posted on November 29, 2010
According to a large, multi-year study of patient safety practices, hospitals’ efforts are still flawed and falling short. The study, conducted from 2002 to 2007 in 10 North Carolina Hospitals, found that not only was patient risk common, but also...
- Holiday Gift Giving: 'Tis The Season To Give Safely
Posted on November 26, 2010
This holiday season, The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein encourages adults to consult the 2010 toy recall list and be aware of any and all potential dangers prior to shopping for presents. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that...
- National Take-Back Day Helps Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse
Posted on September 7, 2010
On Saturday September 25th, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will be collecting unused, expired, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction. The service is free and anonymous, with the goal of reducing prescription drug abuse in the U.S. The National Take-Back...
- Maine Open Lighthouse Day Shines Light On Our State
Posted on September 3, 2010
On Saturday, September 18, Mainers can explore one of the state’s most beloved figures: The Lighthouse. The second annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day offers a unique chance to explore some of Maine’s most beautiful lighthouses, many of which are not...
- DePuy Hip Replacement Parts Recalled - Over 90,000 Patients Affected
Posted on August 27, 2010
A popular hip replacement part is being recalled. Johnson & Johnson, in conjunction with its DePuy Orthopaedics subsidiary, recently announced that it’s recalling parts used for hip replacements. An estimated 93,000 people will be affected by the product recall. The...
- Time and Temperature Building Urges Portland To CALL-JOE
Posted on August 24, 2010
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is pleased to announce its latest marketing venture. In an attempt to promote our new telephone number, 1-800-CALL-JOE, our new advertising takes us high above downtown Portland atop the Time and Temperature Building. In...
- Portland's Bayside Trail Now Open For Leisure
Posted on August 20, 2010
Nearly ten years after first envisioned, Portland’s Bayside Trail is open. In association with the city of Portland, Portland Trails, Trust for Public Lands (TPL) and the Bayside Neighborhood Association, the Bayside Trail officially opened to the public with a...
- Over The Limit? Under Arrest!
Posted on August 17, 2010
Maine State Police will be cracking down on impaired driving from August 20th - September 6th. In association with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the nationwide safety campaign Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest will help educate...
- Winslow Homer Stamp Honors Local Legend
Posted on August 12, 2010
On August 12, the United States Postal Service unveiled a new stamp depicting Winslow Homer's painting, Boys in the Pasture. The stamp is the 9th in the American Treasures Stamp series released by the Postal Service and honors the artist...
- Maine's "Move Over" Law Facilitates Safety
Posted on July 30, 2010
In attempt to help keep public safety workers safe and eliminate motorists from getting caught in accidents, Maine State Police are promoting Maine’s “Move Over” law. First introduced in 2001, the “Move Over” law requires drivers to move into the...
- Social Media Searches And What They Mean To Your Case
Posted on July 20, 2010
Social media websites are more popular than ever. With over 500 million active users, Facebook leads the way. But for as great as social media sites are for keeping in touch with friends and networking with prospective colleagues, they also...
- New Maine Motorcycle Law Reduces Noise
Posted on July 16, 2010
On July 12th, a new law in Maine made it illegal for motorcyclists to modify their exhaust system to make it louder. The law is designed to limit the “noise pollution” of motorcycles but applies to all vehicles and carries...
- Harold Alfond Challenge Grant Helps Maine Babies Prepare For College
Posted on July 13, 2010
A new program in Maine is giving newborn babies a $500 grant for college. The Harold Alfond College Challenge provides a $500 grant to every Maine baby to start a college savings account. Originally started in 2008 on a limited...
- Portland Pulls It's Parking Forgiveness Plan
Posted on July 9, 2010
Beginning July 1st, motorists parking in Portland will have to be more vigilant when they park. Once the norm, no longer will the city write off one parking ticket per car every six months. With a $196 million municipal budget,...
- Bornstein/Aronson '81 Challenge Grant Gives Back To Law School
Posted on June 28, 2010
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein recently helped raise money for the University of Maine School of Law. The state’s only law school was in the midst of collecting donations for their Annual Fund Campaign when they were presented with...
- Cromwell Center Raises Money For Disability Education
Posted on June 25, 2010
On June 24, the Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness held their annual awards dinner and silent auction. This year’s event celebrated William J. Ryan as the Center’s Person of the Year and raised over $100,000 for the non-profit organization. Ryan...
- Tick Season Brings Uptick In Lyme Disease
Posted on June 21, 2010
'Lyme disease' 'tick season'
- Muskie Fund Creates Access To Justice And Honors Dr. Robert McAfee
Posted on June 18, 2010
The Muskie Fund for Legal Services held their 15th annual Access to Justice Award Dinner on June 2nd. This year’s dinner honored Dr. Robert McAfee for his leadership in mobilizing healthcare providers to address the problem of family violence in...
- Maine Boating Safety Tips Help Summer Be Safe
Posted on June 14, 2010
With more than 6,000 lakes and ponds, 3,000 miles of coastline, and 32,000 miles of rivers and streams, few states can match the magnitude of water that Maine has to offer. And now that summer is in full swing, there’s...
- Click It Or Ticket Campaign Helps Save Lives
Posted on June 7, 2010
The two-week public safety campaign, Click It or Ticket, recently came to a close, but the effects may well last a lifetime. The campaign helps promote the use of seatbelts and increases awareness of their benefits. Started in North Carolina...
- Medical Malpractice Complaints In Maine On The Rise
Posted on May 21, 2010
Complaints to the Maine state medical board are on the rise. In the last ten years, the board has seen an increase in complaints of nearly 50 percent with the current pace expected to reach a record high in 2010....
- MCLU Scolnik Dinner Honors Nan Heald
Posted on May 14, 2010
On May 6, the Maine Civil Liberties Union (MCLU) celebrated their 42nd anniversary with their annual Justice Louis Scolnik Award Dinner. Each year at the dinner, the MCLU honors an outstanding member of Maine’s legal community. This year’s event celebrated...
- St. Mary's Hospital Loans Medical Equipment To Mainers
Posted on May 7, 2010
St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston is offering a unique service to residents of greater Androscoggin County. Those in need of medical equipment and unable to afford it are able to borrow various home healthcare equipment for free. Medical Equipment To...
- Motorcycle Safety Means Business In May!
Posted on April 30, 2010
Be it on back road byways or the open lanes of I-95, motorcycles are back. And what better time to remind riders of safety than the beginning of season, which is why May is national Motorcycle Safety Month. Unseasonable temperatures...
- Pet Safety Travel
Posted on April 27, 2010
Most everyone loves their pets, often treating them as an additional family member. However, not all people take the proper safety precautions for them when driving. Pet safety group, Bark Buckle UP, recently studied vehicles to see which are the...
- Moose Accidents Increase In Spring
Posted on April 22, 2010
Spring is a joyful time in Maine. Mainers emerge from the depths of winter to make the most of the warmer weather. But with the warmer weather comes the end of hibernation for Maine’s wildlife as well. And the end...
- Auto Insurance Rates Remain Low In Maine
Posted on April 20, 2010
Auto insurance is mandatory in all U.S. states but two, New Hampshire and Wisconsin. But despite being a requirement for most Americans, rates vary state-to-state and person-to-person. A recent report by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners ranked Maine as...
- Arrive Alive Creative Contest Continues
Posted on April 16, 2010
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is pleased to announce the continuation of its high school scholarship program with our sixth annual Arrive Alive Creative Contest. The contest is open to graduating seniors who wish to send a message to...
- Joe Bornstein Adds Fourth Social Security Disability Attorney
Posted on April 13, 2010
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is pleased to announce the addition of new attorney, Talia D. Timmins. Timmins specializes in Social Security Disability and rounds out a staff of nine attorneys and over 50 legal professionals. Attorney Timmins graduated...
- Maine African Film Festival Gets Two Thumbs Up
Posted on April 8, 2010
The 2nd annual Maine African Film Festival (MAFF) was held in Portland April 6th-10th. The festival is a celebration of the people and culture of Africa and helps bridge the gaps between the people of Africa and those of Maine....
- Girls' Day at the State House
Posted on April 5, 2010
For the 14th consecutive year, over 100 eighth grade girls spent the day at the Maine State House. Organized by the Maine Women’s Policy Center, Girls' Day at the State House is designed to inspire leadership and help shape the...
- Maine Jewish Film Festival Comes Of Age
Posted on April 2, 2010
On March 20-25, the Maine Jewish Film Festival took center stage for their 13th consecutive year. The theme to this year’s festival was “Coming of Age” – a play on the Jewish age when a child has his or her...
- Lead Poisoning Hits Home In Maine
Posted on March 30, 2010
Healthy Homes, Healthy Families recently sponsored a two-part class on the hazards of lead in Lewiston and Auburn. According to the Maine Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, Lewiston-Auburn has the highest number of lead poisoned children in Maine. Lead poisoning...
- ILAP's CeleSoiree Raises Money For Maine Immigrants
Posted on March 26, 2010
On March 25th, the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP) celebrated their 6th annual CeleSoiree. The event is an evening of fun that raises money to benefit Maine’s immigrants. The night featured international cuisine from local Portland restaurants, live African drumming...
- Horses Rule The Road
Posted on March 23, 2010
Maine has many miles of rural land with many farms, barns, and stables. With warm weather nearing, more and more horses will soon be out and about on our roadways. Therefore, it’s important to know the rules of the road...
- File Taxes Online For Free
Posted on March 19, 2010
Mainers can now file their state taxes online for free. Last year, over 375,000 residents took advantage of this free service. Maine's FastFile is considered the quickest, most accurate and efficient way to file income tax returns. Not only does...
- Gary's House Helps House and Feed Mainers
Posted on March 16, 2010
The 5th annual Dine Around the World was held February 11th at the Holiday Inn by the Bay. More than 250 guests were in attendance to sample food from twenty of greater Portland’s best restaurants and bid on gifts donated...
- Tread Lightly When Enjoying The Great Outdoors
Posted on March 12, 2010
The national non-profit organization Tread Lightly! recently held a seminar promoting proper outdoor ethics. The goal of the seminar was to teach people who love the great outdoors to balance their enjoyment with the need to maintain a healthy environment....
- Sea Dogs Strike Out Cancer In Kids
Posted on March 9, 2010
On January 15th, the Boston Red Sox and Portland Sea Dogs teamed up to help “Strike Out Cancer in Kids.” Sea Dogs players and coaches were joined by Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie for a night of fun at the...
- Gas Powered Generators Can Lead To Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Posted on March 5, 2010
In wake of the recent storm that left many Mainers without power, the Department of Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) has released an important message: Improper operation or placement of gas powered generators...
- Court Fees Can Be Paid Online In Maine
Posted on March 2, 2010
Mainers who have an outstanding fine or fee due in any of the state’s courts can now conveniently pay online. Outstanding fine amounts are updated online every Tuesday morning and can be searched by name and date of birth or...
- Free Colon Screening For Maine Residents
Posted on February 25, 2010
Underinsured and uninsured Mainers are now eligible for free colon cancer screening. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the U.S. among men and women over the age of 50. An estimated 900 people in...
- Free Tax Preparation For Mainers
Posted on February 18, 2010
If you earned less than $50,000 in 2009, you may be eligible to have your taxes done for free. Every year, thousands of Mainers miss out on income tax credits that they would qualify for, often totaling thousands of dollars...
- Social Security Backlog Delays Benefits
Posted on February 11, 2010
A recession, rising unemployment rates, and state budget cuts are making Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) application backlogs worse than ever. The Social Security benefits program provides monthly benefits to those who have health problems...
- Health Care Reaches Out To Veterans
Posted on February 9, 2010
Two new community outreach vehicles are travelling through Maine providing veterans with health care. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently unveiled a fleet of 50 new outreach vehicles that travel to rural communities to meet with veterans. With many...
- Free Fishing Days Hook On With Mainers
Posted on February 5, 2010
Mainers love fishing. This weekend they can do it for free. On Saturday, February 13th and Sunday, February 14th, people can fish for free on Maine’s waterways. The free fishing event is open to all anglers except those whose license...
- Heart Health Month Helps Mainers Get Healthy
Posted on February 1, 2010
February is Heart Health Month. Established in 1963, Heart Health Month is a nationwide campaign designed to educate Americans on the benefits of making healthy living choices to improve cardiovascular health. Considered among the most preventable diseases, heart disease is...
- Truck And Bus Drivers Banned From Text Messaging When Behind The Wheel
Posted on January 29, 2010
A new federal law prohibits truck and bus drivers from sending or reading text messages while driving. The new law was established to help reduce the number of accidents involving “big rigs” and is effective immediately. Truck and bus drivers...
- Keep Pipes From Freezing During A Cold Maine Winter
Posted on January 27, 2010
Every winter, cold weather comes to Maine, and with it the risk of pipes freezing. When pipes freeze, serious damage can result. When water freezes, it expands. For example, if you were to put a can of soda in a...
- Operation Keep ME Warm Helps Heat Maine
Posted on January 25, 2010
Operation Keep ME Warm is helping thousands of Mainers this winter cope with rising energy costs. The statewide energy and heating assistance program is a partnership between government foundations, private contributions, volunteers, and advocacy groups. The goal of Operation Keep...
- Distracted Pedestrians Walk Into Accidents
Posted on January 21, 2010
Distracted drivers have generated much attention over the past few years -- Enough to get many states to ban cell phone usage and text messaging while operating a motor vehicle. Lately, however, a new phenomenon has emerged: distracted walking. As...
- MLK Jr. Breakfast Celebrates Diversity Locally
Posted on January 19, 2010
On Monday, January 18th, the Portland Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) hosted a breakfast to honor Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. The annual event celebrates the life of the late doctor and...
- Winter Driving Safety Tips Help Prevent Accidents
Posted on January 15, 2010
Driving during the winter can be dangerous. Roads are slick with snow and ice, and it gets dark early, limiting one’s visibility. And despite the fact that many Mainers have lived in-state for much of their lives and have experience...
- Maine Housing Search Makes Moving Easy
Posted on January 13, 2010
A new website is making finding a new home or apartment in Maine easier. Mainehousingsearch.org is an online rental listing service that “links people who need housing with the housing they need.” Funded by the Maine State Housing Authority, the...
- Maine Heating Assistance Helps Keep You Warm
Posted on January 11, 2010
With winter in mid-season form, Mainers are feeling the freeze. Unfortunately, when temperatures drop, oil prices don’t typically follow. There are, however, programs that can help Mainers heat their homes during a cold frigid winter. The Low Income Home Energy...
- Car Accidents In Maine: Ten Important Steps To Take After An Accident
Posted on January 8, 2010
It’s inevitable that car accidents happen. Even with proper safety precautions, accidents happen daily. With hope, they won’t include you or a loved one, but they are, however, accidents. And the worst part is that they’re unpredictable. While no one...
- Snowmobile Safety Helps Prevent Accidents
Posted on January 7, 2010
After nine deaths in the 2009 season, the state of Maine is stressing snowmobile safety this winter. The safety campaign is asking snowmobilers to “ride right, ride smart, and ride responsibly.” Snowmobiling is one of Maine’s favorite pastimes. With 13,000...
- Texting While Driving Bans Increase
Posted on January 5, 2010
On January 1st, New Hampshire became the latest state to make texting while driving illegal. Maine’s southerly neighbor joined the ranks of seventeen other states, Guam, and the District of Columbia, where driver safety is of utmost importance. In New...
- Maine High School Hockey Invitational Shoots And Scores
Posted on January 4, 2010
The Maine High School Hockey Invitational was once again a resounding success. The ninth annual tournament featured 38 teams from Maine, New England and Canada, and wowed the locals with some of the best high school hockey around. Considered one...
- Message To Maine Drivers: Survive Your Drive
Posted on December 30, 2009
The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety has developed a campaign to help make highways safer. Survive Your Drive was created to inform Mainers on the importance of safe driving and how to avoid behaviors that lead to fatal crashes. The...
- 'Tis The Season To Say Thanks
Posted on December 23, 2009
The holiday season is a time to celebrate with family and friends. A time to be together with the ones we love, thankful for all that we have. And as the calendar turns the page on another year, into a...
- Obstructed Windshields In Winter: Clear The Snow
Posted on December 18, 2009
After a dusting of snow, sleet, freezing rain, or hail, it’s necessary to clean off your windshield. It’s necessary in order to see and drive safely, and now it’s necessary because it’s the law. Maine State Police are warning drivers...
- Carbon Monoxide Detectors Now Mandatory In Homes
Posted on December 15, 2009
New home owners in Maine must now prove that their house has a carbon monoxide detector. A new Maine law is designed to reduce the risk of poisoning by carbon monoxide. The colorless, odorless, and invisible gas is a byproduct...
- Maine Law Firms Celebrate Pro Bono Week
Posted on December 8, 2009
Lawyers have long donated their time and services to help many great causes. Today, amidst difficult economic times, access to lawyers and justice is more challenging than ever. Which is why the American Bar Association established Pro Bono Week. The...
- Maine Cracks Down On Drunk Driving During Holiday Season
Posted on December 4, 2009
The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety is supporting a statewide crackdown on impaired driving. The sustained holiday enforcement period runs from December 16th - January 3rd and will attempt to save lives during the holiday season. Thirty-two local police departments,...
- Portland Community Health Center Now Open For Patients
Posted on December 1, 2009
The Portland Community Health Center recently opened in the Parkside neighborhood of Portland, Maine. The healthcare center is a full-service primary care medical facility serving Greater Portland, and is a welcome addition to the area as Mercy Hospital and Maine...
- In Maine, Utilities Stay On During Winter Months
Posted on November 24, 2009
According to the Maine Utility Regulators, Mainers who make an attempt to pay their utility bills will not have them shutoff during the winter. The grace period runs from November 15, 2009 to April 15, 2010. The Public Utilities Commission...
- Flu Shots Available In Maine
Posted on November 20, 2009
As the number of people suffering from seasonal and H1N1 flu complications increases, more and more people are contemplating getting vaccinated. The good news is that help is available for Mainers. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and...
- Zimmer Hip Replacement Recall
Posted on November 16, 2009
Between 2006 - 2008, over 12,000 hip replacement patients were implanted with the Zimmer Durom prosthesis cup. The product was designed for use in young, active patients likely to outlive a conventional hip prosthesis. Unfortunately, many of these patients have...
- New Heating Law Saves Renters Money
Posted on November 13, 2009
A new energy law can save renters money this winter. The new law states that tenants and landlords can negotiate a rent decrease if heat in a place of residence is kept under 68 degrees. The idea is that by...
- Texting While Driving: A Dangerous Distraction
Posted on November 9, 2009
A new poll by CBS News shows that nearly all Americans think texting while driving should be illegal. According to the poll, 97% of those surveyed feel the dangers and risks of texting while driving and the subsequent results are...
- Maine Cancer Survivors Day Preempts Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Posted on October 30, 2009
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the United States. Two weeks prior, Maine celebrated cancer survivors. The 11th annual Cancer Survivors Day was held at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care in Augusta on September 12th. The...
- Maine State Bar Association Prepares Students To Be "On Your Own"
Posted on October 26, 2009
The Maine State Bar Association (MSBA) has prepared a booklet to help “prepare young people for some of the legal complexities of adulthood." The free booklet, On Your Own, is the MSBA's guide to law for young adults and is...
- Maine Smoking Laws Get Stricter
Posted on October 22, 2009
On September 12th, the State of Maine made smoking in public more difficult. Two new anti-smoking laws were established, making Maine one of the most smoke-free states in the U.S. New Smoking Law #1: Outdoor Dining Areas Must Now Be...
- Car Accident Fatalities In Maine And Across The Nation Down
Posted on October 20, 2009
Despite more distractions than ever for drivers on the road, car accident fatalities are declining. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), the rate of driver fatalities is at the lowest it’s been since the government began tracking...
- Maine ATV Accidents: New Law Respects The Rider
Posted on October 16, 2009
Prior to September 12, 2009, game wardens in Maine could stop an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) regardless if a violation had occurred. Now, a warden must have reasonable suspicion that an operator has violated the law before stopping an ATV. The...
- Fire Prevention Week Honors Local Firefighter
Posted on October 15, 2009
October 4th-10th was National Fire Prevention Week, a time when fire education spreads through the U.S. like wildfire. This year, however, the celebration hit close to home on a more somber note. On November 17, 2008, firefighter Michael Snowman of...
- New Motorcycle Helmet Law For Minors
Posted on October 13, 2009
Motorcyclists and passengers under the age of 18 must now wear a helmet. Previously, bikers and passengers on motorcycles under the age of 15 were required to wear helmets, however, a recently passed law is making motorcycle safety mandatory. Motorcyclists...
- Car Accidents In Rural Areas On The Rise
Posted on October 8, 2009
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorists in rural areas are more likely to die in motor vehicle accidents than those in urban areas. Despite more motor vehicle accidents occurring in congested areas, and only 20 percent...
- Levaquin Linked To Tendon Injuries
Posted on October 6, 2009
Used to treat bacterial infections of the skin, sinuses, kidneys, bladder, or prostate, the prescription drug Levaquin has been linked to an increased risk of tendinitis and tendon ruptures. First approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996,...
- Biddeford Celebrates Chalk Art Festival
Posted on October 2, 2009
On Saturday September 26th, downtown Biddeford filled with artists, musicians, and locals looking for a day of fun at the 5th annual Chalk on the Walk Festival. Organized by the Heart of Biddeford, the festival celebrated community as artists covered...
- Reglan Linked To Involuntary Muscle Movement
Posted on September 29, 2009
Reglan, the prescription drug used to treat gastrointestinal conditions in children and adults, is under investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Also known by the generic name, metoclopramide, the drug has been linked to Tardive Dyskinesia, an...
- Pedestrian Safety: Make Room For A New Law
Posted on September 25, 2009
Pedestrians, by law, now have more room to run and walk when on the road. A new law protecting pedestrian safety states that drivers must leave at least three feet of clearance between their vehicle and a pedestrian when passing....
- Swine Flu Prevention And Health Safety Tips
Posted on September 22, 2009
As the weather cools towards winter, colds, flu’s and virus’s become more and more prominent. And with the cooler temperature comes an increased amount of time spent indoors for Mainers, enhancing the opportunity for germs to spread throughout your home...
- Yaz/Yasmin Birth Control Drugs Under Investigation
Posted on September 18, 2009
The birth control drugs Yaz, Yasmin, and the generic Ocella, are under investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The oral contraceptive pills have been linked to blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes. Gallbladder disease is also a...
- UBM Toy Run Rides Its Way To Success
Posted on September 15, 2009
On Sunday, September 13th more than 14,000 motorcyclists rode to support underprivileged children in the 28th annual United Bikers of Maine Toy Run. The Toy Run, as it’s more commonly known, draws bikers from across the state for a day...
- Distracted Driver Law Keeps Eyes On The Road
Posted on September 10, 2009
Beginning September 12, a new Maine law will help alter the course of accidents. Now, no longer can a driver operate a vehicle while distracted without being penalized. The new distracted driver law is an attempt to cut down on...
- Back To School Safety Tips
Posted on September 8, 2009
With summer officially a thing of the past and cooler fall temperatures beginning to highlight the surrounding scenery, students are back in school. Between classes, extracurricular activities, and homework, children start the school day with gusto, with little rest until...
- Labor Day Celebrates The Working Class
Posted on September 4, 2009
Unofficially known as the end of summer, Labor Day is a celebration of the social and economic achievements of the American workforce. Highlighted by a long weekend, the holiday is a tribute to the contributions workers have made to the...
- Over The Limit? Under Arrest!
Posted on September 1, 2009
'Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest' 'Drinking and Driving'
- A Picture's Worth A Thousand Words
Posted on August 28, 2009
We’ve all heard the adage, “A Picture’s Worth A Thousand Words.” It resonates with vacations, childhood memories and family celebrations, telling the stories of time. A picture can be looked upon again and again to help recreate a moment and...
- Buckle Up For You And Your Baby
Posted on August 25, 2009
Each year, there are approximately 170,000 car crashes in the United States involving pregnant women. As a result, as many as 400 unborn babies die annually, making it the biggest injury related danger to the unborn. And while there has...
- Sights At State Fairs Fill Walls Of State Capitol
Posted on August 19, 2009
The tradition of Mainers passing through fairgrounds appeasing their senses is generations old. Between the sights of families together, the sounds of carnies on the midway, the smell of food in the air, and the taste of the good life,...
- Maine Holocaust Museum Recognized Nationally
Posted on August 12, 2009
The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine (HHRC) recently received an institute award for its structural design. The Center was one of eleven buildings recognized in the 2009 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program...
- Explore Maine Before You Go
Posted on August 5, 2009
There’s little wonder why Maine is known as Vacationland. From the mountains and the lakes to the beaches and the rocky coast, there’s no escaping our state’s natural beauty. Home to a renowned national park, a 92-mile waterway, and 35...
- Texting While Driving Is Dangerous
Posted on July 28, 2009
A recent study found that texting while driving is among the most dangerous things a driver can do. The study monitored truck drivers via in-cab video cameras to find that the risk of accident increases 23 times when sending or...
- Day Long Festivals Celebrate Diversity In Maine
Posted on July 24, 2009
On Saturday July 25th, The Festival of Nations will celebrate diversity in Maine. Over twenty different cultures and their traditions will be on display at Deering Oaks in Portland offering entertainment, education, and typical food from the representing nations. The...
- Nursing Home Neglect
Posted on July 20, 2009
Making the transition to a nursing home is a life changing decision. As our elderly become less independent, there comes a time when moving to a nursing home may be inevitable. It is our hope, expectancy, and assumption that our...
- Walk Safe As A Pedestrian
Posted on July 15, 2009
With summer in full swing, many Mainers are putting their feet to use. Whether it’s before work, after work or on the way to work, walking is en vogue again. The benefits of a summer stroll are numerous. Be it...
- Hooked On Fishing - Not On Drugs
Posted on July 10, 2009
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. – Chinese proverb With over 2,000 lakes and ponds and nearly 3,500 miles of coastline, opportunities...
- Caring Through Charity
Posted on July 8, 2009
At the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein we are proud to give back to the communities that our clients come from. With a statewide practice and five local offices in Biddeford, Portland, Lewiston, Augusta, and Bangor, we see the efforts...
- Grill Often And Grill Safe
Posted on July 6, 2009
In Maine, we don’t need an excuse like warm weather to fire up the grill. We’ll cookout come rain or shine, sleet or snow, morning, noon and night. But since the humidity is here, there’s nothing quite like a summer...
- Celebrate Independence Day The Right Way
Posted on July 2, 2009
This July Fourth marks the 233rd anniversary of America’s independence from Great Britain. It also represents what the United States is best known for, freedom. The national holiday commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and is...
- Operation Dry Water Keeps Our Boaters Safe
Posted on June 30, 2009
The weekend of June 26th marked the first ever nationally coordinated attempt to detect and decrease drinking while boating. Operation Dry Water, as the program is called, was intended to raise awareness on the dangers of drinking and boating, and...
- Festival Season Is Festive
Posted on June 26, 2009
Summer in Maine is a special time whether you’re a lifelong resident or a weeklong tourist. Be it lounging lakeside, sitting on the sand of your favorite beach, or navigating through one of Maine’s many nature trails, there’s no lack...
- Cromwell Center Celebrates Caring
Posted on June 22, 2009
On June 18, the Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness held their annual awards dinner and silent auction. This year’s event celebrated Les Otten as the Center’s Person of the Year and raised over $100,000 for the non-profit organization. Otten has...
- Maine Resident Receives Annual Art Award
Posted on June 19, 2009
Robert Indiana, a Vinalhaven resident best known for his work during the Pop Art movement of the 1960’s, has been named the recipient of the 2009 Maine in America Award. The annual award is given by the Farnsworth Art Museum...
- Plan To Drive In Maine This Summer Online
Posted on June 17, 2009
Traveling in Maine this summer? Worried about spending your summer stuck behind tourists and construction vehicles? Well, thanks to the Maine Department of Transportation’s travel information service, you may not have to. Commuters, tourists, and travelers alike can now access...
- Protect Yourself In The Summer Sun
Posted on June 15, 2009
As summer starts to heat up and the temperature rises, so does the strength of the sun. And while the hot and humid season is short in Maine and reason enough to be outside at all times, it’s important to...
- High School Seniors Send Message To "Arrive Alive"
Posted on June 12, 2009
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is pleased to announce that our fifth annual Arrive Alive Creative Contest has come to a close. The contest asks graduating seniors to think creatively and come up with a message for their peers...
- Be Safe In Your Boat This Summer
Posted on June 8, 2009
With warm weather on the horizon, Mainers are getting their boats ready for the upcoming boating season. Be it on the lake or in the open ocean, summer is the season to be on the water. But if floating freely...
- Don't Forget To Pack Your Passport
Posted on June 5, 2009
Beginning June 1st, travelers wishing to reenter the U.S. at land or sea borders must now show a passport. Neighboring countries that once accepted a valid driver’s license for such travel – Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean – now...
- Local Mainers Honored At Muskie Dinner
Posted on June 2, 2009
On May 27th, the Muskie Fund For Legal Services held their 14th annual Access to Justice Award Dinner. This year’s dinner honored Charlie and Ellie Miller for their commitment to strengthening Maine’s civil justice system. Founded in 1995, The Muskie...
- Law Offices of Joe Bornstein Adds Two Top Attorneys
Posted on May 29, 2009
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is pleased to announce the addition of two new attorneys, David R. Miller and Andrew J. Bernstein. The two lawyers specialize in Social Security Disability law and round out a staff of nine attorneys...
- Seniors Save On Car Insurance
Posted on May 27, 2009
The Association for the Advancement of Retired Persons (AARP) has been offering refresher courses for drivers age 55 and older for the past 25 years. Now, the same driver’s safety course is being offered online. And for those that take...
- MCLU Celebrates Scolnik Dinner
Posted on May 26, 2009
On May 6, the Maine Civil Liberties Union (MCLU) celebrated their 41st anniversary with their annual Justice Louis Scolnik Award Dinner. Each year at the dinner, the MCLU honors an outstanding member of Maine’s legal community. This year’s event celebrated...
- A Memorial Day Moment
Posted on May 22, 2009
Memorial Day in Maine unofficially marks the beginning of summer. The weather takes a turn for the better, the days are longer and the nights more mild. Many Mainers spend the long weekend cleaning out garages, watering perennials, and firing...
- Mesothelioma On The Rise In Maine
Posted on May 18, 2009
A new federal agency report states that Maine has the highest rate of death resulting from Mesothelioma in the United States. A study from 1999-2005 showed that there were over 170 fatalities during those seven years in Maine alone. According...
- Stamp Increase For First Class
Posted on May 13, 2009
On May 11th, the price of a first-class stamp increased by 2 cents to 44 cents. The rate increase is the fourth consecutive year postage has gone up in the U.S., and is an attempt to offset rising operational costs...
- May Means Motorcycle Safety
Posted on May 8, 2009
Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is a national initiative aimed at getting drivers and motorcyclists to “Share the Road.” Typically, May is one of the deadliest months for bikers, as many begin riding again after taking the winter months off. 2007...
- Law Day Celebrated Throughout The Land
Posted on May 5, 2009
On May 1st, Law Day was celebrated in the United States. The day is dedicated to highlighting how law and the legal process contribute to our country’s freedom. Each year, Law Day has a theme. This year’s 31st annual Law...
- Keeping Green With Joe Bornstein
Posted on May 1, 2009
As Earth Month comes to close, we at the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein would like to take a moment to highlight some of our environmentally conscious choices. With a state wide practice and five conveniently located offices, we cast...
- Bornstein's Blog Turns One
Posted on May 1, 2009
May celebrates the first anniversary of Maine’s premier personal injury law blog. With nearly 100 unique posts in the past year, The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein’s blog has kept Mainers both informed and entertained. With up-to-date information on the...
- Maine Rolls Out The Red Carpet For African Films
Posted on April 27, 2009
The Maine African Film Festival (MAFF) screened twenty-seven movies last week in what was their first annual celebration of the people and cultures of Africa. The weeklong event aimed to bridge the gap between postcolonial Africa and the U.S., and...
- USM Hosts Acclaimed Author And Human Rights Activist
Posted on April 21, 2009
Each year the University of Southern Maine hosts a lecture regarding genocide and human rights throughout the world. This year’s event featured guest speaker Ishmael Beah, a former child soldier in West Africa, who spoke of his experience in his...
- National Work Zone Week's Drive to Survive
Posted on April 17, 2009
Last week marked the 10th anniversary of National Work Zone Awareness Week. The weeklong safety campaign marks the beginning of construction season and educates drivers on the dangers of travelling through and working in highway construction and repair sites. Each...
- New Anthem Website Offers Help Around The Clock
Posted on April 14, 2009
For those who have health insurance through Anthem Blue Cross, there is a new website designed to make you and your family healthier. 360° Health is an all encompassing website that focuses on wellbeing and offers its members resources, links...
- Ask Medicare For Advice
Posted on April 10, 2009
Medicare has a new online service intended for caregivers. The website, Ask Medicare, is a resource for those who care for loved ones, friends and neighbors, providing information to assist in making educated healthcare decisions. The purpose of the website...
- Maine Jewish Film Festival Considered A Hit
Posted on April 6, 2009
Each year, the Maine Jewish Film Festival screens approximately 20 films from around the world. The films, while having ties to Judaism, are enjoyed by movie lovers of all ages, backgrounds, and religions. This year marked the nonprofit organization’s twelfth...
- Disaster Strikes Biddeford Office
Posted on April 2, 2009
On Friday, March 27, 2009, our law firm's Biddeford office became the victim of an accident caused by an alleged drunk driver. Our office at 193 Main Street received fairly extensive damage which can be seen in before/after photos....
- Supreme Court Rules Against Pharmaceutical Company
Posted on March 27, 2009
On March 3, 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a pharmaceutical manufacturer, stating that federal approval of prescription drugs does not prevent lawsuits from injured patients. The ruling came in the case of Wyeth v. Levine....
- Girls' Day At The State House
Posted on March 27, 2009
On March 19, 2009, the Maine Women’s Policy Center invited 100 eighth grade girls to Augusta to participate in the 13th annual Girls' Day at the State House. The students joined nearly 60 volunteers, lobbyists, and legislators for a day...
- Retire Online
Posted on March 23, 2009
With an estimated 80 million baby boomers expected to retire in the next twenty years, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has created a new service that allows Americans to apply for their benefits online. In keeping with the times, the...
- Moose Spring To Life
Posted on March 23, 2009
For as pretty and as sought after as the state animal may be, moose can present quite the problem for Mainers. Growing upwards of nine feet and weighing nearly 1,600 pounds, moose may be a joy to look at, but...
- High School Seniors Arrive Alive With Joe Bornstein
Posted on March 20, 2009
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is pleased to announce the continuation of its high school scholarship program with our fifth annual Arrive Alive Creative Contest. The contest is open to graduating seniors who wish to send a message to...
- Celebrating Heroes With Heart
Posted on March 13, 2009
On February 27, 2009 the Community Counseling Center held its fourth annual Heroes with Heart Awards Dinner and Silent Auction to celebrate their Trauma Intervention Program (TIP). The program trains citizen volunteers to provide emotional and practical support to victims...
- Kidney Injury Following Colonoscopy
Posted on March 6, 2009
Popular bowel cleansing products (Oral Sodium Phosphate) linked to kidney failure. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has become aware of problems associated with Oral Sodium Phosphate products (OSP). The products, which are used for bowel cleansing before certain...
- Law Night Ruled A Success
Posted on February 27, 2009
On Thursday February 26th The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein remained open well into the night to give Mainers everywhere an even greater access to justice. “Law Night,” as the promotion is called, is designed to give those who may...
- Fosomax The Next Vioxx?
Posted on February 20, 2009
A study recently published in the Journal of the American Dental Association says that people taking the drug Fosomax may be at risk of developing a rare disorder called osteonecrosis. The disease is a condition marked by pain, swelling, and...
- Gary's House Hosts Families And Functions
Posted on February 13, 2009
On February 12th, Gary’s House held its 4th annual Dine Around The World Food and Wine Tasting Extravaganza at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. The event featured food and drinks from some of the area’s top restaurants...
- Turnpike Tolls On The Rise Again
Posted on February 2, 2009
For the second time in four years the tolls on the Maine Turnpike have gone up. The increase comes one year earlier than planned, as the state looks to fund highway and bridge repairs, as well as combat the increase...
- Right Of Conscience Or Right Of Refusal?
Posted on January 27, 2009
A new federal regulation has expanded the rights of healthcare workers in the U.S. The law, known as the “Right of Conscience,” allows healthcare workers to deny services to patients in which they morally object. The new statute, which was...
- Inauguration Brings Change To Life
Posted on January 23, 2009
On Monday January 19, 2009, the United States celebrated the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. The following day’s presidential inauguration proved that the late doctor’s dream is very much alive. The commencement of Barack Obama’s presidency was historic, as...
- Tips For Maintaining Your Car In The Cold
Posted on January 19, 2009
With winter in midseason form and January on record as one of the coldest months in Maine’s history, Mainer’s have to do all that they can to keep themselves and their cars operating in tiptop condition. With greater Portland averaging...
- Joe Bornstein Settles One On The Ice
Posted on January 16, 2009
Each winter some of New England and Canada’s top high school hockey teams come to Maine to test their skills. This year’s Maine High School Hockey Invitational proved to be no exception. The round robin tournament is considered among the...
- Snowmobile Safety Tips
Posted on January 12, 2009
When winter hits Maine, many residents look to our vast winter wonderland for fun. And as soon as snow blankets the ground, so do snowmobiles. Snowmobiling may be a favorite pastime of Mainers, but while entertaining, it is also dangerous....
- New Website Rates Nursing Homes
Posted on January 9, 2009
The U.S. Government has created a new website that provides quality ratings for each of the nation’s 16,000 Medicare and/or Medicaid nursing homes. The website, Nursing Home Compare, rates each facility on a five-star rating in three critical areas: health...
- Ruff Ruff - It's Time To Register Your Dog
Posted on January 5, 2009
January is the month to register your dog in Maine, and all dogs over the age of 6 months must be licensed by the end of the month for 2009. The renewal and registration process can be completed online at...
- Joe Bornstein "Adopts-A-Family"
Posted on January 2, 2009
The holiday season is a special time for family, friends, and fun, but that special time can be difficult if you or a loved one has been seriously injured or disabled. The stress of a debilitating injury can leave one...
- Winter Driving Safety Tips
Posted on December 31, 2008
Over the course of a Maine winter, Mother Nature tests even the savviest of drivers with snow, sleet, and freezing rain. And with the ample amount of precipitation that our state receives, it is to be expected that roads will...
- Number Of Insured Drops With The Economy
Posted on December 26, 2008
As the economy continues its downfall, and unemployment rates reach new heights, more and more drivers are letting their car insurance lapse, putting both themselves and others at risk. According to the Insurance Research Council, several hundreds of thousands of...
- Joe Bornstein's Holiday Cheer
Posted on December 23, 2008
The season's changed to winter and the snow is yet to come. The holidays are upon us as the drums play rum pum pum. Candles illuminate windows, and burn in menorahs too, The holidays are a time to rejoice and...
- FDA Orders Suicide Warnings On Epilepsy Drugs
Posted on December 19, 2008
Makers of epilepsy drugs must now add a warning that states the medicines carry a risk of suicidal thoughts or actions. The companies must also develop a patient-friendly guide explaining the risks. In January 2008 the Food and Drug Administration...
- How To Deal With Weather Related Property Damage
Posted on December 15, 2008
In the wake of the ice storm on Friday December 12, 2008, the Maine Bureau of Insurance has outlined the proper steps to take when filing for weather reported property damage. Mainers are advised to follow these procedures when safe...
- Holiday Season Safety Tips
Posted on December 8, 2008
The holiday season is upon us, and that means an abundance of decorations, dreidels, and desserts. But with all of the causes for celebration comes an increase risk in all things safety-related. And while it’s exciting to be swept up...
- When Roads Get Slick - The Slick Wear Seat Belts
Posted on December 5, 2008
With winter upon us, and snow and ice inevitable, driving conditions can take a turn for the worse at the drop of a flake. And while it is mandatory for everyone in the state of Maine to wear a seatbelt,...
- Ride The Bus For Free On Fridays
Posted on December 1, 2008
In an attempt to increase ridership, public transit buses in Maine will be free on Fridays through the end of 2008. Free Fare Fridays is a month-long campaign designed to educate Mainers about low-cost transit options available throughout the state....
- A Time To Be Thankful
Posted on November 26, 2008
When talks turn to our economy, it’s easy to get anxiety in regards to our country’s current state of affairs. And with the uncertainty of the future, that anxiety is as much justified as it is tangible. But if there’s...
- Process To Renew Driver's License Changes
Posted on November 24, 2008
Beginning November 15, 2008, obtaining or renewing a driver’s license in the State of Maine has become more difficult. Applicants must now prove that they are both a Maine resident, and either a U.S. citizen or in the county legally....
- Don't Hang Out In The "No-Zone"
Posted on November 19, 2008
Buses, 18-wheelers and RV’s are notorious for having blind spots. In addition to not being able to see behind their vehicle, drivers also have difficulty seeing directly in front of them, and to either side starting at the end of...
- Medicare Plans Set To Change - Are You?
Posted on November 17, 2008
Each year Medicare plans are subject to change, and each year those individuals enrolled in the health care program may change their coverage during the “Open Enrollment Period” that runs from November 15th through December 31st. During this time, beneficiaries...
- Law Night - Back By Popular Demand
Posted on November 14, 2008
This Thursday, November 20, 2008, The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein will be extending our business hours once again for Mainers who do not have access to a phone during the daytime. Our office will remain open until 10pm to...
- Find and Compare Hospitals Online
Posted on November 11, 2008
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has created a website for consumers to compare hospitals and the medical procedures they provide. Visitors to the website: www.hhs.gov, can view data, graphs, and tables comparing and contrasting different hospitals and...
- Off-Road Vehicle Being Investigated For Safety
Posted on November 7, 2008
The Yamaha Rhino, a popular off-road vehicle, is being investigated for improper safety. The two-seat UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle), used primarily for trail riding, on farms, and for hunting, was recently featured in a front page article in the Wall...
- Joe Bornstein Opens New Augusta Office
Posted on October 31, 2008
Conveniently located in the state capital, our new office will give Mainers from Kennebec, Lincoln, Knox, and Waldo counties a piece of the pie (or in our case, cake!) and even more access to justice in their personal injury and...
- Health Care For Kids
Posted on October 24, 2008
The State of Maine is urging parents to enroll their children in health care coverage so they can get the medical attention they need to stay well and to succeed. With nearly 19,000 children and teens uninsured in the state...
- Trick Or Treat - Halloween Safety Tips
Posted on October 24, 2008
Halloween has long been one of children’s favorite holidays. Between dressing in costumes, bobbing for apples, and going door-to-door collecting candy, kids in the U.S. have been celebrating Halloween since the nineteenth century. But while costume parties, haunted houses, and...
- Keeping Seniors At Home
Posted on October 17, 2008
As the number of senior citizens in Maine continues to grow, fewer and fewer elders can afford to pay for assisted living, congregate housing, or nursing home care. And when compared to staying at home in one’s local community with...
- Life Flight Turns Ten
Posted on October 17, 2008
Since its inception, LifeFlight of Maine has transported over 8,000 critically ill and injured Mainers to state emergency rooms. Now, in its tenth year of operation, the nationally renowned helicopter service looks to expand its services by adding a helicopter...
- Free Screening Offered For Women With No Insurance
Posted on October 10, 2008
In celebration of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Southern Maine Medical Center and Leavitt’s Mill Health Center will be hosting free healthcare screening days for women ages 40 to 64 who have limited or no insurance. The screenings will...
- Local Artists Talk With Chalk
Posted on October 7, 2008
Each year local artists and businesses join together in Biddeford for a day of art, music, and fun in the annual Chalk On The Walk festival. Organized by the Heart of Biddeford, this year’s fourth annual festival took place on...
- Cold Remedies Not Advised For Children Under Four
Posted on October 3, 2008
In a concession to pediatricians who have long debated whether over-the-counter remedies are effective to young children, companies who produce medicines such as Dimetapp and Pediacare are now advising parents not to give cold and cough medicines to children under...
- Stop Identity Theft Before It Happens To You
Posted on September 30, 2008
According to the Federal Trade Commission approximately 9 million people have their identities stolen each year. Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal identifying information such as your contact information, Social Security number, or credit card number with the...
- Using A Woodstove Or Fireplace This Winter? Then Read These Safety Tips!
Posted on September 26, 2008
With autumn upon us and temperatures beginning to drop, Mainers will soon begin to heat their homes. And with the increased cost in heating oil, residents will be looking for other ways to keep warm. The two most common alternative...
- New Website Weighs Risk of Meds
Posted on September 22, 2008
A new website weighs the benefits and risks of medications. Pfizer, a leading manufacturer for pharmaceuticals, developed a website to educate people on relevant information regarding a variety of medicine. The interactive website is designed to be in “plain English”...
- Bikers and Bornstein Team Up In Annual Toy Run
Posted on September 18, 2008
The twenty-seventh annual United Bikers of Maine Toy Run took place September 14, 2008. Motorcyclists from around Maine gathered at the Augusta Civic Center with new toys in tow and rode in unison to the Windsor Fairgrounds, where their toys...
- Illegal To Idle
Posted on September 15, 2008
'Portland, Maine' 'idle law' 'Maine Law'
- Message To Parents: Avoid Children's Clothing With Drawstrings
Posted on September 12, 2008
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) advises parents to avoid dressing their children in clothing that have drawstrings around the neck of the garment, including sweatshirts, jackets, and other such items. The drawstrings have the potential to catch on...
- Preparing For An Emergency
Posted on September 9, 2008
The State of Maine is advising citizens to prepare and maintain a home emergency kit. With hurricane season in full effect and winter looming on the horizon, state officials recommend that now is the time to prepare for a natural...
- Illegal To Smoke In Car With Children
Posted on September 2, 2008
A new statewide law made it illegal to smoke in a vehicle with children. Beginning September 1, 2008, it is now illegal to smoke in a vehicle in the State of Maine when children under the age of 16 are...
- Back To School Tips
Posted on September 2, 2008
Summer is officially over and that mean it’s time for school. The Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offer the following advice for all parents to help assimilate their kids back to school: First Day Jitters:...
- Food Stamps Set To Increase
Posted on August 26, 2008
Beginning September 1, 2008, eligible Maine residents may see an increase in the amount of food stamps they receive due to higher home heating and other utility costs. Food stamps are distributed in the form of a rechargeable debit card...
- Motorcyclists Beware!
Posted on August 22, 2008
While fatalities involving motorists in cars and trucks, bicyclists, pedestrians, and even alcohol-related accidents dropped dramatically in 2007, highway deaths of motorcyclists soared for the tenth straight year, accounting for nearly one out of eight highway deaths. Experts expect this...
- Carotid Artery Device Recalled
Posted on August 13, 2008
The device used in patients to treat a blockage in the carotid artery has been recalled. The blockage of the artery is known as carotid artery disease. NexStent Monorail was manufactured by Boston Scientific between May 2007 to May 2008,...
- Vehicle Registration On The Rise
Posted on August 13, 2008
Beginning September 1, 2008, the cost of registering a vehicle in the state of Maine will increase by ten dollars. The cost of purchasing vanity plates and vehicle titles will also increase by ten dollars. Registration for passenger and commercial...
- Buckle Up For Safety! Becomes A Law
Posted on August 6, 2008
Prior to May 2007, people in Maine over the age of sixteen were not legally required to wear seat belts. Now everyone must wear one. A new Maine seat belt law states that all travelers in a vehicle must now...
- Calculate Your Social Security Payments
Posted on July 25, 2008
With the oldest of the baby boomers reaching the age of 62, more and more Mainers are now collecting Social Security. To find out how much Social Security you will receive in retirement, go to: www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator and calculate your estimated...
- Massachusetts Based Climbing Rope Recalled
Posted on July 18, 2008
Maxim Apogee and Maxim Pinnacle Dynamic climbing lines and ropes were recalled due to a fall hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of the lines and ropes on July 29, 2008, and advises consumers to stop...
- Apply Now For Home Heating Assistance
Posted on July 13, 2008
Maine residents of Androscoggin and Oxford counties can now apply for home heating assistance. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program was created to help low-income homeowners and renters pay for heating costs in the upcoming 2008-2009 winter....
- Better to Give
Posted on July 2, 2008
With five convenient office locations and a statewide practice, The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein provides Mainers from across the state with access to justice. But helping Mainers get the justice they deserve is just the tip of the iceberg...
- Fourth Annual Arrive Alive Winners Announced
Posted on June 24, 2008
The 4th annual Arrive Alive Creative Contest sponsored by The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein has come to a consummate close. The contest asks graduating seniors from local Maine high schools to think creatively and come up with a message...
- Don't Rock the Boat! - Maine Boating Safety
Posted on June 24, 2008
Although Maine has a low incidence of boating mishaps, a fatal boating accident on Long Lake last summer made us all stop in our wakes to take a second look at the rules and regulations that protect our water playgrounds....
- Homeowner Not Liable For Drunk Drivers' Accident
Posted on June 18, 2008
Is a homeowner liable for car accidents caused by drivers who have been drinking at his home? If the owner did not supply the alcohol and did not know about the alcohol consumption, then courts have found the answer to...
- Multi-Million Dollar Brain Injury Verdict Overturned
Posted on June 18, 2008
A sharply divided Maine Supreme Judicial Court recently overturned the nearly $3 million verdict a Cumberland County jury awarded last year to a young man with a brain injury. Tolliver v. Maine Department of Transportation, 2008 ME 83, (May 13,...
- On the Highways and Byways with Joe Bornstein
Posted on June 4, 2008
Perhaps you've seen us on the Maine Turnpike or the local roads of your hometown. With two custom shrink wrapped vehicles, The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein can be found traveling the great state of Maine, helping Mainers get the...
- Summer is Here - Everyone Into the Water!
Posted on June 4, 2008
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein wants all of its friends and family to have a fun-filled summer in the pool, at the lake, or by the ocean. Still, we caution everyone to know the safety rules of swimming and...
- Bicycle Safety
Posted on May 28, 2008
Spring has officially sprung, and that means kids all across the state will be riding bikes again. And with the influx of new riders on the road, it is important for both bicyclists and drivers to pay attention and follow...
- Good News For Social Security Disability Claims
Posted on May 28, 2008
There is good news for Maine attorneys who practice in the area of Social Security Disability Insurance Law and their clients. Due to an increase in funding for the Social Security Administration (SSA), the wait time for claims to be...
- Top 10 Safest States For Children
Posted on May 28, 2008
iVillage.com has compiled a list of the top ten safest states to raise children. Our beloved State of Maine scored a favorable ranking of sixth, and was heralded for passing laws with the safety of teenage drivers in mind. The...
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