Mainers To Participate in National Diabetes Clinical Study

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 diabetes. The study, conducted by the National Institutes of Health, is a large-scale $40 million endeavor that will work to determine whether Vitamin D can prevent Type 2 diabetes.

The Maine Medical Center Research Institute in Scarborough is currently seeking 600 to 700 who are possibly at risk for becoming diabetic to agree to take part in the study. Participants will be asked to tae either a Vitamin D pill or a placebo pill, and in addition may be asked to have their blood drawn. The clinical trial at the Scarborough research center will be among the largest to ever be held in Maine, with Maine Medical Center being given a $1.6 million budget to conduct the process and analyze the findings.

The study will take over a year to complete with participants being followed-up with screenings every six months to see if they went from being at risk of diabetes to having the disease.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of Mainers with diabetes has doubled since the mid-1990's, and furthermore, Type 2 diabetes is the more common form found among our state's residents.

Per the Portland Press article, within the ongoing research and studies on diabetes, the working medical theory is that Vitamin D helps the body produce insulin. Diabetics have a difficult time producing insulin thus eventually requiring those with the disease to use insulin shots.

While the study will be focused primarily on those who are already at risk for diabetes, medical professionals believe that the findings could also be helpful in determining if Vitamin D can help slow the progression of the disease. In addition, doctors want to be clear that even if the study is effective and the results are conclusive, Vitamin D should not be used as an alternative for diet, exercise and leading a healthy life style as means to prevent diabetes. 

The national research, called the "D2d" human clinical trial, will be led by Tufts Medial Center in Boston and will include thousands of participants from several states.

Those interested in learning more about participation in the study can call (207) 661-7624. The research institute is currently accepting applications from people who might be at risk for Type 2 diabetes. For more information please visit: www.d2dstudy.org 

Joe Bornstein and Portland Celebrate ART WALK

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 of our city's vast creativity. On the first Friday of a new month, downtown galleries and businesses host a big artistic, cultural open house party. Over 3,000 people flock to the downtown area each month to enjoy live performances, support local street artists, visit galleries and museums and take in Portland's eclectic restaurants while strolling along Congress Street. 

Art Walk is sponsored by Creative Portland, "a nonprofit organization that leverages, grows and sustains Portland's creative industries, enterprises and workforce." 

The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is proud to honor Art Walk and Creative Portland with the following message on the Time & Temperature Building - 'ART WALK.' For an interactive GIF of the sign, please visit: www.timeandtempblog.joebornstein.com 

Cheers to our city's many talented artists and to our communities who come out each and every month to love, appreciate and celebrate their work. 

Walk on, Portland!  

I'm Your Neighbor, Portland Supported by Joe Bornstein

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 this series celebrate the increasing diverse immigrant and multicultural population in Greater Portland.

As part of this program, on August 8, 2013, 160 young readers will attend an event that celebrates one of the nine books, A Path of Stars, written and illustrated by Anne Sibley O'Brien. During the event, O'Brien and the book's cultural consultants, Veasna and Peng Kem, will present the story with families in addition to hosting events and sharing Cambodian food.

A Path of Stars, a children's picture book that has been honored by the Asian American Pacific Association, tells the story of a Cambodian American girl who tries to bring her grandmother peace and happiness in the midst of an upsetting family situation. 

Our beautiful city of Portland, Maine continues to evolve into one of multiracial and mutlicultural diversity. We are proud to celebrate Portland's growing immigrant population and the I'm Your Neighbor, Portland program.

"Stories build understanding. Understanding builds neighborhoods. Neighborhoods build a strong city." - I'm Your Neighbor, Portland's website.

A Path of Stars: A Celebration of Cambodians in Maine
An I’m Your Neighbor Event

Date: Thursday, August 8th
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Children’s Room, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, Maine
Info: Curious City, 207-420-1126, kirsten@curiouscity.net
Featured Book: A Path of Stars
Featured Community:
Cambodian American
Theme: Home

New Maine Bicycle Law Improves Road Safety

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 law thanks in large part to the tireless efforts of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Erik Jorgensen of Portland, will work to improve the safety and accessibility of cycling for riders around the state. This particular bill, which was passed into law without the signature of Governor LePage, will hold motorists more accountable and responsible for the safety of neighboring cyclists.

Our state's new bicycle law is comprised of several significant provisions, including:

  • The cyclist/operator of the bicycle can determine the location they feel is safest when traveling on a particular roadway. In addition, when a cyclist feels the need to use a travel lane, they have every right to do so.
  • Any collisions of cars with bicycles will be considered in violation of the 'three-foot law' which clearly states the amount of room motorists must give nearby cyclists and vice versa.
  • Vehicles are not allowed to make turns in front of bicycles when doing so interferes with a rider's ability to safely operate their bicyle.

For more information on Maine bicycle laws, please visit the Maine Department of Transportation's website: http://www.maine.gov/mdot/bikeped/safety/laws.shtml

Here's to safer and improved riding and driving on our state's roadways.

Maine Food Service Program Expands Statewide

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 children in Maine. There are currently 307 sites throughout the state which provided meals to more than 85,000 students during last year's school year. Those same children are eligible to receive meals during the summer.

Despite being readily available and promoted in schools statewide, only 16 percent of students who qualify took advantage of the opportunity. For a family trying to make ends meet, the opportunity to receive free or reduced price meals can make a big difference.

At the Law Office of Joe Bornstein, we strive to give back to the communities we work and live in, and that includes supporting and promoting causes such as the Food Service Program. If you or your children are in need of food, the Food Service Program was established do to exactly that - help you in a time of need. Often times, spreading the word can help make a big difference in the lives of our children.

For more information and a list of participating meal sites, please visit: http://www.maine.gov/education/sfs/sfsp.html

Operation Delta Dog Helps Suffering Veterans

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, sleepless, and unable to cope.

The US Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that about 20 percent of all veterans suffer with these disabilities right now.

Massachusetts based, Operation Delta Dog, was founded to help these veterans. The non-profit organization rescues dogs and trains them to work with veterans who are suffering with PTSD and TBI.

Assistance animals are a practical and successful way to help reduce stress, treat depression, and manage panic attacks. However trained dogs are in short supply and it often takes two to five years to match a veteran with an animal. That's where Operation Delta Dog comes in to assist.

Their trainers find the best canine candidates, rescue them from shelters, and train them for a new life filled with purpose and affection. There is no cost to the veteran to receive a service dog as the organization spends approximately $8,000 to train each veteran/dog team.

At the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein, we work to help veterans get all the disability benefits they deserve and are proud to help promote the services of Operation Delta Dog. For more information please visit: www.operationdeltadog.org.

'TRUE NRTH' - Join Joe In Supporting The Annual Wellness Walk

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, education and research

Proceeds from the walk support True North's education, research and access programs and general operations. Post-walk festivities including smoothies at the finish line provided by Modern Vegan.

True North believes in a healthier model of health care based on:

  • viewing health as a positive vitality, not merely the absence of disease
  • providing enough time for patients and practitioners to meet together to establish trust and allow the full details of a person's history to unfold
  •  providing a way for physicians and complementary therapists to collaborate, which gives our patients access to the best combination of appropriate therapies
  • offering a Functional Medicine approach to treat the underlying causes of illness through highly individualized therapies providing a physical environment designed to emphasize healing, partnership, and relaxation

Join the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein this Saturday in supporting True North while taking steps toward a healthier life!

For more information please visit: www.truenorthhealthcenter.org/<http://www.truenorthhealthcenter.org/>

HUB 100 - Portland's Hub Furniture Celebrates 100 Years

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 a "benefit bash" at the Holiday Inn by the Bay. The party will host many local contemporaries of the Novick family who are now in their fourth generation owning the business and feature music by the Fogcutters, an 18-piece big band from Portland.

The evening is a celebration of success and philanthropy as proceeds will be donated to the Preble Street Resource Center, the United Way of Greater Portland and the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine.

The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is proud to support and congratulate our good friends Sam and Bette Novick on their continued service and generosity of Hub Furniture as it enters the second century serving Greater Portland.

For more information on the Hub Benefit Bash please visit: www.facebook.com/Hub100<http://www.facebook.com/Hub100>.
 

WALK 4HRT - Southern Maine Heart Walk Supported by Joe Bornstein

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 taken a step back, as millions of Americans are at risk for heart disease and stroke. Statistics show that 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women are at risk for heart disease with cardiovascular disease the No. 1 killer in the U.S.
 

The funds raised in the Heart Walk support various projects including:

  • Research for doctors so they can better prevent and treat heart disease among patients
  • Acquiring life-saving information and influencing those who need it most, in ways such as how to eat better, recognize the warning signs of heart attack, and speak with a doctor about critical health choices.


Between obesity and the risk of heart disease and stroke, some experts today predict children are not expected to live as long as their parents -- the first time ever for an entire generation’s life expectancy to drop.


The goal of the American Heart Association is to improve cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% by 2020 and they are doing so by focusing on healthy eating, physical activity, and children’s health. This movement is a national initiative for change through simple behavior adjustments that help people embrace a healthier lifestyle to feel better and live longer.

We are proud to support the American Heart Association and their ongoing efforts to put healthy back into peoples' hearts.

Joe Bornstein Puts KIDS FIRST

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 Maine’s social services. Their mission is to minimize the emotional and sometimes physical trauma children experience during the separation and divorce of their parents.

The Kids First Center:

• Gives children a place where they can freely express their feelings about the separation or divorce of their parents and better understand the changes in their families
• Equips parents with the skills they need to work together to raise healthy and well-adjusted children through the transition of separation and divorce and beyond
• Provides resources, continuing education and collaboration opportunities for professionals who work with separating families

Along with their staff and a volunteer board of directors, the Kids First Center works together to put “kids first” during a challenging time in their lives. In 2013, the nonprofit organization will have a positive impact on over 3,000 families in Maine.

This year’s Kids First Gala will be held at the Woodlands in Falmouth on Thursday May 16th and includes a live and silent auction, dinner and dancing, along with emcee Lee Goldberg.

For more information on the Kids First Center and their annual Gala and fundraiser, please visit: www.kidsfirstcenter.org.

Greater Portland March of Dimes Supported by Joe Bornstein

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 March of Dimes organization works to prevent infant mortality and birth defects. It does this by raising awareness, supporting community programs that educate and provide resources to moms, and funding life-saving research to help babies begin healthy lives. Since 2003, the March of Dimes’ "Prematurity Campaign" has addressed the more than half a million babies born prematurely each year.

Their biggest fundraiser each year is the March for Babies. Over 7 million people across the U.S. will participate in walks in 900 communities. The Greater Portland March for Babies walk is taking place this Sunday, May 5, at 9:00am. Participants will be meeting at Cheverus High School and walking 3.5 miles around Portland’s Baxter Boulevard. The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein not only will be walking on Sunday but will also have a check point set up to pass out water and other goodies. Be sure to stop by and see us!

For a complete list of the March of Dimes events happening in Maine click here.

Arrive Alive Creative Contest 2013 - Happening Now!

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. The contest is open to graduating seniors who wish to send a message to their peers about the dangers of drinking and driving and the dangers of distracted driving.

First place winners receive a new laptop computer, second place winners receive a new iPad, third and fourth place winners receive a new iPod, and all entrants receive assorted prizes from our law firm.

Past winners have submitted essays, poems, paintings, videos, original songs, public service announcements, t-shirt designs, board games, drawings and more. Some incredibly moving, all equally real.

In the past 8 years, the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein has given away over $50,000 in prizes to graduating high school seniors who have helped educate their peers on the dangers of drinking and driving and the dangers of distracted driving.

A complete set of rules and all past winning entries can be viewed online at our website: www.arrivealivecreativecontest.com or by becoming a fan on Facebook.

The deadline for the contest is: Friday May 24th, 2013.

'CNY FEB9' on Time & Temperature Building Meaning

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 illuminated sign will display the message: 'CNY' 'FEB9.'

According to CAFAM's official website, the Chinese New Year, which will be celebrated on February 9th, draws a crowd of approximately 750 people each year. It is the organization's largest and most anticipated event. For more information on the Chinest New Year celebration details and CAFAM's other events, please visit: http://cafammaine.org/cny/

Founded in 1988, CAFAM is a nonprofit organization that provides educational outreach and promotes awareness of the Chinese culture. The group strongly believes in forging cultural exchanges and promotes friendship between non-Chinese Americans, Chinese-Americans and Chinese people. The organization is proud to "invite and welcome anyone with an interest in China to become a member."

The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is pleased to help celebrate the Chinese New Year and honor CAFAM through Portland's only skyscraper, the Time & Temperature Building.

'North Woods Law' Documents Maine Game Wardens

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 their eventful and often dangerous daily lives.

The Maine Warden Service consists of approximately 95 armed field officers who are trained at our state's police academy as well as a warden academy. In collaboration with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, these officers establish and enforce laws relating to hunting and fishing.    

Night and day, the Wardens of Maine are on call, patrolling more than 18 million acres of terrain filled with wild animals, and often risking their live to protect and serve the public.

Filmed entirely in Maine, the series is produced by Engel Entertainment, a production company that has filmed documentaries for the Discovery, Travel and History channels. The current second season of the show features 10 new episodes that will air into April, and follows officers as they track bears, perform search and rescue missions and navigate our state's hunting season.

North Woods Law, which gained an impressive following during its first season, offers a straightforward look at the lives of game wardens and has educated others on the important work that these offiers do. 

Interested in learning more about the jobs and responsibilites of Maine's game wardens? Tune into North Woods Law - Thursdays at 9pm on the Animal Planet channel.

Supporting Lewiston's 'Store Next Door' and Homeless Students

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 such as clothing and personal hygiene items.

Store Next Door and Lewiston area students had a need and we feel grateful to have been able to respond. Our employees collected and distributed an array of items including but not limited to: new snow boots and jackets, snack food and personal hygiene items.

Each year, the Store Next Door assists hundreds of Lewiston-area students who can't afford backpacks, groceries, clothing and other items that help the students stay in school and recieve a diploma.

If you are interested in ensuring that Store Next Door keeps their shelves stocked for Maine teens in need, please call Mary at (207) 795-4190, ext. 2214 to discover ways you can help.

Store Next Door is a dedicated program that has a lasting impact on Maine's young adults and our office is honored to have contributed to their endeavors this year.

The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein wishes you and yours a happy and safe holiday season filled with caring and sharing.

'ITLN' 'BAZR' on Time & Temperature Building Stands For...

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 fundraising and community event for St. Peter's Church the Italian Parish of the Diocese of Portland. It is a celebration of Italian Heritage. This weekend marks the 86th annual event and will be full of food, fun and games.

The Bazaar is Saturday, August 11th at 5pm - Sunday, August 12th at 9pm. It will be held at St. Peter's Church at 72 Federal Street in Portland. The pasta dinner is Sunday 1-3pm and other events will take place during both days.

For more information on the Bazaar and to see photos from past celebrations, please visit the event's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/StPetersBazaar

Our law firm is thrilled to support St. Peter's Church's Italian Street Bazaar and honor the rich Italian heritage in Portland.

Joe Bornstein's Office Farm Share

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, our Portland office receives four "family share" deliveries from Fresh Start Farms. With each share, there is a new rotation of ten employees who get to take part of the share home. Our employees use recycled plastic grocery bags to transport their produce.

This initiative has been very well-received by our office and we are thrilled to be supporting Fresh Start Farms and local farmers. 

Fresh Start Farms, based in Portland, aims to grow "sustainable communities through utilizing organic, sustainable practices to grow food in our community, school gardens and at partnering farms that feeds those among us who are most vulnerable."

The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is proud to take part in the organization's important and worthwhile effort.

Here's to happy and healthy eating, and supporting Maine farmers!

Arrive Alive Creative Contest 2012 Winners Announced

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 Arrive Alive. 

We would like to especially congratulate and recognize the following students for their creativity, talent and thoughtfulness. The following students are winners of our contest:

First Place

Maxwell Brown- Waterville High School

Bronwynn Eaton- Dexter Regional High School

Casie Frederick- Hermon High School

Jenn Jasmin- Thornton Academy

Zach Martin- Calvary Chapel Christian High School

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Pine Tree Legal Assistance Supported by Joe Bornstein

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 is a dedicated non-profit organization that works tirelessly to help provide free, civil legal assistance to Mainers with low income. They have offices in Augusta, Bangor, Lewiston, Machias, Portland and Presque Isle.

Pine Tree Legal's mission is "to ensure that state and federal laws affecting poor people are enforced while also addressing the systemic barriers to justice that low-income Mainers face. We are committed to to ensuring that all Mainers have access to justice."  

Our law firm is proud to celebrate Pine Tree Legal Assistance and honor the important work they do within our communities. Cheers to 45 years!

Time & Temperature Building Supports Youth & Family Outreach

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 take place on the Back Cove, at the corner of Preble Street and Baxter Boulevard in Portland.

If you are interested in registering for the race, please click here: http://www.active.com/running/portland-me/youth-and-family-outreach-trot-for-tots-5k-2012

Youth & Family Outreach is a non-profit organization located in Portland's Bayside neighborhood. The agency, which currently acts as an early education and childcare facility, also helps underprivileged children and single mothers.

Our law firm is proud to support this wonderful organization and its 2nd Annual Trot for Tots event.

Maine AIDS WALK Supported on Time & Temperature Building

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.

In honor of the walk, AIDS awareness in Maine and the Frannie Peabody Center, our law firm has donated the space on the Time & Temperature Building's illuminated sign. This week, Congress Street's infamous sign reads: 'AIDS' 'WALK.'  

Frannie Peabody Center is Maine's largest HIV/AIDS advocacy organization with offices in both Portland and Ogunquit. For more information on the tireless work the organization does to support and help people in Maine living with AIDS, please visit: www.peabodycenter.org.

**Registration for Saturday's walk begins at 9:30 am and the walk starts at 10:30am sharp.**

The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is proud to support this extremely important cause and bring attention to the wonderful work of the Frannie Peabody Center.

Morrison Center Supported by Joe Bornstein

It's the season for spring cleaning and there's nothing better than cleaning with purpose!

Our office is proud to have recently donated  a dozen bags of gently used clothing, toys, books and household items to the Morrison Center in Scarborough, for them to sell at their annual Spring Sale.

The 5th Semi-Annual 25 CENT SALE will be held in the multi-purpose room at Morrison Center on Sat., May 5th from 8am-12noon.

The Morrison Center, located at 60 Chamberlain Road in Scarborough, is a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive services to people of all ages with disabilities. The Center currently serves approximately 125 children and adults and is a member of the Greater Portland United Way. The center offers a broad range of day programs and services that support individuals and their families while encouraging maximum growth and independence.

The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is proud to clean house and support such a wonderful Maine organization.

Great Maine Bike Swap Promoted on Time & Temperature Building

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 purchase used bicycles at an affordable price or sell their own unused bikes.

Shoppers at the swap will be able to choose all different types of bicycles including: mountain bikes, road bikes, hybrids, recumbents, children's bikes and more. If you want to sell your bike, volunteers at the event will help you determine and set an appropriate price.

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Joe Bornstein and Community Bicycle Center Provide Free Helmets for Children

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 and distributed by the center.

Community Bicycle Center is a youth development program that empowers kids through cycling and cycling-related activities and experiences. The program's community outreach efforts are focused on youth considered 'at risk.' 

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Portland Phoenix's 'Best' Celebrated on Time & Temperature Building

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 with their annual 'Best Of' list. The magazine wants your opinion!

Go here to nominate your favorite people and places for the 2012 BEST issue. Categories include: food and drink, shopping, arts and entertainment and city life.  

In support of Portland's 2012 best of the best, the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein has proudly donated space on the Time and Temperature Building. This week, the illuminated sign will display 'BEST' 'OF' to celebrate the most extraordinary things in our fine city.

The Phoenix will announce their readers' choices for '2012 Best of Portland' on Wednesday, April 11th, 7pm at Port City Music Hall. There will be complimentary (and delicious) food from Black Tie Catering. This is a 21+ event and admission is free.  Please click here for more details.

Join The Portland Phoenix and our law firm in celebrating everything that makes our city so wonderful!

Joe Bornstein Celebrates Portland Public Library and Poetry

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 notice that once again the Time and Temperature Building’s standard ‘CALL’ ‘JOE’ illuminated sign has been temporarily changed. For one week, our city’s skyscraper will convey the message ‘READ’ ‘POEM’ in support of National Poetry Month and the Portland Public Library.

Throughout the month of April, the Portland Public Library is featuring several exciting events to commemorate this month of creative expression. These celebrations include:

·         Poetry Contest for Adults, Teens and Children

·         One City, One Poem:  City Trees by Edna St. Vincent Millay (encouraging the city to read this poem to get people excited about poetry)

·         Edible Books Contest (includes poetry category), April 6th

·         Children’s event: Andrew Fersch, April 7th

·         Poetry Month award ceremony – Saturday, April 28th 12:00-1:00pm in Rines Auditorium. Poetry Contest winners will be announced, and Lady Zen will do a short talk about the process of poetry and a performance.

 

For more information on the library’s celebrations, please visit: http://www.portlandlibrary.com/programs/Poetrysignage2012.pdf

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Arrive Alive Creative Contest For Maine High School Seniors

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. The contest is open to graduating seniors who wish to send a message to their peers about the dangers of drinking and driving and the dangers of distracted driving.

First place winners receive a new laptop computer, second place winners receive a new iPad, third and fourth place winners receive a new iPod, and all entrants receive assorted prizes from our law firm.

Past winners have submitted essays, poems, paintings, videos, original songs, public service announcements, t-shirt designs, board games, drawings and more. Some incredibly moving, all equally real.

In the past 7 years, the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein has given away over $50,000 in prizes to graduating high school seniors who have helped educate their peers on the dangers of drinking and driving and the dangers of distracted driving.

A complete set of rules and all past winning entries can be viewed online at our website: www.arrivealivecreativecontest.com or by becoming a fan on Facebook.

The deadline for the contest is: Friday May 25th, 2012.

STRIVE Rocks Dance Marathon Supported By Joe Bornstein

Portlanders strolling along Congress Street might have noticed that the Time & Temperature Building sign has a temporary new message right now.

What does 'STRVE RCKS' stand for, you ask?

STRIVE ROCKS! In other words, Strive Rocks Dance Marathon - Portland's only all-night dance marathon.

The overnight groovefest, held at USM's Sullivan Gym, will kick off at 8:00pm on Saturday, March 3rd and will end at 8:00am on Sunday, March 4th.

The STRIVE Organization advocates for and works to improve the lives of teens and young adults living with emotional and intellectual disabilities.

Please click here to learn more about participating in the Strive Rocks Dance Marathon.

The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is very proud to support this wonderful organization and event.

Boogie on down, Portland!

Maine Red Claws Pink Night Supported By Joe Bornstein

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 take place at the Claws' home game against the Dakota Wizards on Thursday, February 16th from 6pm - 9pm. The Red Claws are donating 20 percent of their ticket sales from the evening to benefit breast cancer research and awareness. 

Our office will have a large contingent of staff on hand at the Expo Center to display our team spirit and cheer on the home team (who will be wearing pink uniforms!)

The evening will feature an award presentation to Mercy Hospital’s Breast Care Specialists of Maine as Home Court Heroes for their work in breast cancer treatment and there will be members of the Oncology and Mammography staff handing out free goodies to the loyal basketball fans. 

We are thrilled to support this wonderful cause and event.

THINK PINK and Go Maine Red Claws!

Joe Bornstein Uses Time & Temperature Building To Support Patriots

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 email announcing this weekend's message on the illuminated sign - "The Giants may have the Empire State Building but our call to action message can be seen for miles!" says Beitzer.

The sign was switched from its usual 'CALL JOE' message to 'GO PATS' today at approximately 1:30pm.

We are proud to join other Mainers in celebrating the Patriots and encouraging them as they try to bring another championship home to New England!

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Maine Driver Education Programs To Be Reviewed And Updated

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 vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death of 16 to 24 year olds. In 2008, people among those ages constituted 14 percent of all drivers and accounted for nearly 37 percent of all crashes and nearly 32 percent of all fatal crashes.

This trend is beyond disturbing and often results in tragic outcomes.

Charles Summers, Maine Secretary of State, is advocating for an overhaul of Maine's driver education curriculums in hopes that stronger programs and enforced education can bring change.

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Maine Social Security Administration Offers Informational Workshop

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 more about Social Security.

The interactive presentation lead by Social Security Adminstration staff will guide participants through accessing and using www.socialsecurity.gov. The website, which offers services including but not limited to: retirement benefit estimates, online application for retirement, Medicare and disability benefits, applying for assistance with Medicare prescription drug costs, replacing a lost Medicare card.

**To register for the workshop, contact the Auburn Public Library at (207) 333-6640, ext. 4. **

'END HNGR' Time & Temperature Building Message Supports Preble Street

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 honor Preble Street's efforts to help this statewide problem.   

Food insecurity in Maine, which started to surge in 2008 at the start of the economic downturn as a result of people losing their jobs, homes and financial resources, remains a very prevalent and troublesome issue today. 

According to studies, nearly 49 million Americans were food insecure in 2010. That equals 1 out of 6 people lacking access to proper nutrition.

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Portland Buy Local Campaign Proudly Supported By Joe Bornstein

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 locally owned businesses in the community and demonstrate to consumers the importance of supporting the local economy. 

Here are the Top Five Reasons to Buy Local This Holiday Season: 

#5 Make Portland Stand Out - Portland places a high value on individuality and residents consider our local businesses a source of pride. Where we eat, shop and hang out makes our neighborhoods, city and state our home.

#4 Benefit From Local Owners' Expertise - Local business owners and employees possess a level of expertise and a passion for the products they sell. Independent businesses are owned by people who live and work in our community and are committed to investing in Portland's future.

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'READ W- ME' Time & Temperature Building Message Celebrates Maine Reads And Literacy In Maine

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 Maine and the nonprofit organization, Maine Reads  

Kindergartners throughout Maine are receiving a brand new book to start the school year. The books are a gift from Read With ME., an official program of Maine Reads. Since 2000, Read With ME has donated books to more than 19,000 Maine students annually with the goal of improving literacy skills while making reading a fun and interactive experience.

At the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein, we are dedicated to giving back to the communities that we live and work in, and are proud to be a leading corporate sponsor of Maine Reads.

Each year, a committee consisting of parents, educators, literacy professionals, writers and librarians reviews numerous children's books by Maine authors and selects one to be Read With ME's featured book of the year. This year's book is The Very Best Bed, written and illustrated by Rebekah Raye of Blue Hill and published by Tilbury House Publishers of Gardiner.

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Walmart Store In Auburn Opens Community Health Clinic

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 run by St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

The health facility, known as The Clinic At Walmart, is located in the store at 100 Mount Auburn Avenue in Auburn. Hours of operation are 8am - 8pm Monday through Friday, 8am - 6pm on Saturday and 11am - 5pm on Sunday. The small satellite St. Mary’s office features two exam rooms, a bathroom and a reception area.

The clinic, overseen by a doctor, features a rotating group of a physician's assistant and two family nurse practitioners and will see patients for a variety of ailments. The Clinic At Walmart offers treatment for acute health problems including, but not limited to:

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2-1-1 Maine: Resource Hotline Provides Answers And Options

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, is available all across Maine and can be accessed from a cell phone or landline phone. Simply dial the digits, 2-1-1.

How to use 2-1-1:

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That's A Wrap! Arrive Alive Creative Contest 2011 A Smashing Success

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 would like to especially congratulate the following students for their creativity, talent and thoughtfulness. All of them are winners of our contest:

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Maine Boating Safety Tips - Be Smart And Responsible At Sea

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 that summer is in full swing, there’s no better time to enjoy our region’s many great bodies of water.

Boating in Maine provides benefits aside from leisure and relaxation. Each year, boating adds approximately $153 million to our state’s economy. With the additional revenue comes more watercrafts on our waterways, which in turn leads to an increase in boating accidents.

In 2010, the United States Coast Guard reported 4,604 recreational boating accidents in the United States, resulting in 672 fatalities, 3,153 injuries and approximately $35.5 million in property damage.

The following are important boating safety tips that all Mainers should know before they transition from land to sea:

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Temporary Maine Handicap Parking Passes To Be Issued By Medical Providers Under New Law

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 behind this bill was first thought of by Waterville police Chief Joseph Massey and was introduced to the Legislature by state Rep. Thomas R.W. Longstaff, D-Waterville.

Under this impending law, medical professionals will be able to issue the temporary,  21-day parking passes to patients who are recovering from surgical or other medical procedures and therefore need to park close to pharmacies or doctors’ offices in order to obtain their medication.

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'CROM WELL' Time And Temperature Building Message Honors The Cromwell Center For Disabilities Awareness

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 space on Portland’s Time & Temperature Building to bring awareness to the organization and its event. For one week, Congress Street’s illuminated skyscraper will display the message ‘CROM WELL’ to honor the extraordinary, tireless efforts of those who advocate for disabled children and adults in Maine.

The 2011 Annual Dinner & Silent Auction is scheduled for Thursday, June 23, 5:30pm to 9pm at Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks in South Portland.

The evening will commence with a social hour and silent auction followed by dinner and presentation of the Guest of Honor to former Boston Red Sox All Star, Dwight “Dewey” Evans. The evening will conclude with an exciting live auction followed by dancing to the disco sounds of Motor Booty Affair.

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'ITN RIDE' Time And Temperature Building Message Supports Independent Transportation Network (ITN)

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 on Portland's Time and Temperature Building to promote this worthwhile cause. The illuminated skyscraper sign will display the message 'ITN RIDE' for one week.

The Walk for Rides fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, June 18th at 9am at Back Cove across from the Hannaford on Forest Avenue in Portland.

ITNPortland is a service that provides safe, accessible and dignified mobility options to seniors and visually impaired adults. The local non-profit organization provides approximately 16,000 rides to 1,000 members annually.

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"PTLD TRLS" Message On Time And Temperature Building Honors Portland Trails

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 life in Maine.

Portland Trails is proud to announce the grand opening of the Forest City Trail. The 10-mile trail connects the city of Portland, including the Fore River Sanctuary, Evergreen Cemetery and Presumpscot River Preserve.

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Springvale Public Library Computer Donated By Joe Bornstein

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 community with free access to high-speed internet services in the area.

The funds from contributors will help to sponsor and maintain computers at the library that can be used for research, job searching and social networking purposes.

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Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month Helps Decrease Motorcycle Accidents In Maine

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 Month is a national initiative aimed at getting drivers and motorcyclists to coexist on the road. Typically, May is one of the deadliest months for bikers, as many begin riding again after taking the winter months off.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the two key factors in motorcycle accidents resulting in injuries and fatalities are:

  • Age - As bikers get older, their reaction time starts to diminish. Nearly half of all motorcycle accidents involve a rider over the age of 40.
  • Helmets - A recent study found that motorcyclists are 37 percent less likely to die in an accident when wearing a helmet, yet only 20 states have mandatory helmet laws. Maine bikers are urged to carefully consider wearing a helmet when they ride.

At the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein, we see firsthand the effects of tragic motorcycle accidents and would like to remind bikers of some critical safety tips to keep in mind this season:

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'ARVE ALVE' Time And Temperature Building Message Stands For...

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 who wish to send a message to their peers about the dangers of drinking and driving and the dangers of distracted driving.

Through Friday, May 6, the electronic sign atop Congress Street’s Time and Temperature Building will display the sequence ‘ARVE ALVE’ immediately following the local time and temperature. ‘ARVE ALVE’ represents ‘Arrive Alive’- the name of our contest as well as an important reminder for all.

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Joe Bornstein Launches New Website

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 frequently asked questions. In addition to learning about personal injury and Social Security Disability law, visitors will find biographies on our team of experienced attorneys, directions to our six conveniently located offices, past settlement and verdicts, as well as client testimonials.

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Deck Collapse At Sugarloaf-Area Bar Sends Five People To Maine Hospitals

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 they were standing crashed to the ground, striking rocks.

Two men and two women were brought by ambulance to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, Maine. Another injured individual was taken to the hospital by private vehicle. Three of the people were treated and released, while one was admitted to the hospital and another was transferred to Central Maine Medical Center.

The cause of the collapse at the The Rack bar and grill restaurant in Carrabassett Valley is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office. The names of the victims have not been disclosed.

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Motorcycle Fatalities Down Two Percent According to Governors Highway Safety Association

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. While there were 80 fewer motorcycle deaths from January to September, 2010, the number of fatalities began to creep up in the last three months of 2010.

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Green Spring Cleaning In Maine: Eco-Friendly Ways To Freshen Your Home

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 and maintenance checklists. After being in winter mode for so long, our homes are in need of some sprucing up. Spring symbolizes new beginnings and change, both seasonally and personally. Why not try something different this year while doing something simple - such as cleaning your home?

As we all begin the annual event of spring cleaning, the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein would like to encourage Mainers to try out these safe, environmentally-conscious cleaning tips:

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Girls' Day at the State House Proudly Supported By Joe Bornstein

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 State House in Augusta, served as an opportunity for young girls to learn about our state’s government and the legislative process. The event was attended by more than 100 eighth-grade female students from all across Maine.

Working with lobbyists, journalists and communications professionals, participants of this year’s event were taught how to testify at a public hearing, create a message and organize a mock press conference. In addition, the girls held a mock debate to argue for or against an actual bill that is currently being discussed, met several elected and appointed female leaders and got to explore the State House during a scavenger hunt.

Founded in 1990, the Maine Women’s Policy Center aims to enhance the social and political status of women and girls in Maine by teaching them valuable leadership skills and helping them to find and amplify their voices within society and public policy.

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LULAC And César Chávez Celebrated By Joe Bornstein And Local Community

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 take place on Thursday, March 31st at 9:00 a.m. at The First Parish In Portland, Maine, located at 425 Congress Street, Portland. The event will include speeches by local politicians, activists and LULAC representatives.

The observance, which is expected to draw 500-800 attendees and will last for an hour and a half, will also feature live music and a march through the city of Portland.

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ILAP CeleSoirée Sponsor Joe Bornstein Promotes Event On Time And Temperature Building

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 - 9 p.m. at The Portland Company complex at 58 Fore Street in Portland.

This vibrant night of entertainment and fundraising will help to further ILAP’s outstanding, steadfast work on behalf of Maine’s immigrants and their families. In addition, this year’s very special CeleSoirée will also commemorate ILAP’s 10th anniversary as a legal aid agency.

ILAP, a nonprofit organization, advocates for our state’s low-income immigrants and works to improve their overall well-being. By providing education and affordable legal assistance to clients from over 100 different countries hailing from all 16 of Maine’s counties, ILAP helps immigrants stabilize their immigration status and improve their quality of life within Maine society.

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Joe Bornstein's Arrive Alive Creative Contest 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 contest is open to graduating seniors who wish to send a message to their peers about the dangers of drinking and driving and the dangers of distracted driving.

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'TWO DROP' Polio Awareness Message Supported By Joe Bornstein

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 the illuminated sign to promote an important worldwide cause- polio awareness.

The Time and Temperature Building, which typically flashes ‘CALL’ followed by ‘JOE’, will read ‘TWO’ followed by ‘DROP’ through the end of this week. ‘TWO DROP’ reflects the two drops of oral vaccine that are administered to children in an effort to protect them from the highly infectious disease known as polio.

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Law Night - Call Joe Bornstein Until 10 P.M.

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 until 10pm, so feel free to call us at 1-800-CALL-JOE with your legal questions.

Our staff will be ready to answer your questions about:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Personal Injuries
  • Social Security Disability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Injuries Related to Darvon/Darvocet

When you call on Law Night, you will speak directly with one of our experienced legal professionals.

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Joe Bornstein's Social Security Team Provides Education and Support To Maine Health Care Providers

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 our knowledge and experience with others in an attempt to educate Mainers on their legal rights.

As a special service to health care and social service providers, we are delighted to offer our free Social Security Outreach Program.

Led by our team of experienced and specialized Social Security attorneys, our Outreach Program travels to the offices of physicians, social workers, psychologists, case workers and psychiatrists to provide information about how to assist Mainers who may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSDIB) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

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Joe Bornstein's Community Connections

At the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein, we believe ‘tis always the season for giving. As we welcome a new year, we feel privileged that we are able to continue giving back to the communities in which we live and serve.

We see the efforts of numerous charities and organizations that are dedicated to improving the quality of life in Maine. It is with great pleasure that we commend these efforts with our respect, gratitude and financial support.

Through a variety of resources, we are able to address important issues such as education, healthcare, civil rights and access to public transportation. It is an honor to have represented more than 18,000 Mainers in our 36 years. It is an honor to be able to give back to the state we love so much.

Some of the charities and events that we have supported over the past few years include:

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Help For Maine's Veterans: Website Offers Legal Information And Resources

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 website is to help veterans:

  • Access their benefits
  • Find free legal help
  • Better understand their legal issues

In addition to providing easy-to-understand relevant and helpful information, Stateside Legal also includes interactive forms, videos, legal analysis and links to other military-related organizations.

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Food Insecurity Continues To Rise In Maine

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 year. Maine is currently tied for ninth in the country for food insecurity rates and is second in the country for ‘very low’ food security.

Hunger rates in Maine first started to surge in 2008 at the start of the economic downturn and have continued to increase steadily as a result of people losing their jobs, homes and financial resources. While unemployment is the main cause of food insecurity, even those who are working and bringing in steady incomes are still feeling the burden.

Though the holidays provide some relief in the form of food drives and donation baskets, food banks throughout the state are working tirelessly to try and feed everyone in need.

Good Shepherd Food-Bank, the state’s largest distributor of emergency food, delivers food to 600 food banks and pantries statewide, and provided 12 million pounds of food during the 2009-10 year. In addition, the Salvation Army delivered 197 food baskets this past Thanksgiving, almost triple the amount of baskets that were handed out last year.

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Free Eyeglasses For Students: A Vision Of Charity

Portland School Department officials have joined eye care providers and local organizations in an effort to provide eyeglasses for students with poor vision.

Thus far, $11,500 in donations has been collected for Glasses for Students, a fund created in September with the goal of assisting children whose families are covered by MaineCare or don’t have health insurance.

Many local eye care clinics have stopped dispensing glasses despite a recent increase in dispensing fee from the state. On September 1, 2010, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services raised the amount optical stores are reimbursed from $8.00 to $14.40, yet many stores are still operating at a loss.

As a short-term solution, Casco Bay Eye Care is offering free eye exams to students with MaineCare and Eyes on Rosemont in Portland is providing lower-cost eye care services to children in need. School nurses are currently administering vision screenings to Portland students and are referring those who need glasses to eye doctors for full, comprehensive exams.

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Attorney C.J. Newman Joins The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein

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 and is responsible for much of the firm's legal research and writing.

A graduate of the University of Southern Maine and the University of Maine School of Law, Newman served as an editor for the Maine Law Review, a biannually published law journal.

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National Take-Back Day Helps Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse

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 Day initiative is a service to public safety and public health concerns. The day is designed to help educate Mainers on the dangers of prescription drugs, and drop zones will be located throughout the state in secure and confidential locations.

Prescription drug abuse is on the rise throughout the U.S., with the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses increasing at alarming rates. Studies show that prescription drugs are often obtained from family and friends, with many of the users unaware of their effects and dangers. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away, both of which are potential safety and health hazards.

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Maine Open Lighthouse Day Shines Light On Our State

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 normally open to the public.

The state-wide event is a rare opportunity to walk inside light towers, peak into keepers’ houses, and see the wondrous views that the lighthouses shine upon.

Measuring nearly 5,500 miles and home to approximately 2,000 islands, Maine’s coastline is illuminated by 60 lighthouses that help vessels navigate the rocky coast. Of the 60 lighthouses, over 30 will be open to the public during the one-day event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Last year, more than 15,000 people attended what is the largest lighthouse festival in the country.

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Time and Temperature Building Urges Portland To CALL-JOE

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 a repetitive sequence of four that begins with the current time and temperature, our ad flashes: “CALL” and then “JOE”

Located at 477 Congress Street, the Time and Temperature Building is a longstanding fixture in the Portland skyline. Built in 1924, the building was once home to Maine’s first indoor shopping center on its ground floor. Today, the 14-story office building is home to many prominent businesses, including local television and radio stations, and is visible throughout Portland and as far away as Peaks Island.

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Portland's Bayside Trail Now Open For Leisure

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 ribbon cutting ceremony on August 19th. The 1.2 mile trail runs parallel to Marginal Way and travels through the Bayside Neighborhood connecting the Eastern Promenade with Deering Oaks.

Funded in part by federal grants, city funds and private money, the $2.3 million trail connects some of the city’s most used trails and parks. The paved and lighted trail runs from Elm Street to the Eastern Prom Trail allowing pedestrians and bicyclists to travel from Bayside to the Back Cove trail, East End Beach, or Portland's waterfront. The trail’s design and construction incorporated many green elements including rain gardens, LED lighting, and concrete that captures stormwater and avoids run-off.

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Over The Limit? Under Arrest!

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 Americans on the dangers of drinking and driving while attempting to put an end to it.

Each year, nearly 12,000 people die in accidents in which a driver was at or above the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit of .08. Recent studies show that 32 percent of fatalities in motor vehicle accidents involve an intoxicated driver, with the highest percentage of alcohol impaired drivers in fatal crashes age 21-24.

 

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Harold Alfond Challenge Grant Helps Maine Babies Prepare For College

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 basis, the program is now offered to all newborn babies in Maine to help their families plan for their children’s college education.

Every baby born in Maine is eligible, and there is no income limit or additional money needed to receive the grant. $500 is deposited into a NextGen fund for the newborn and is to be used for education beyond high school. To qualify for the grant, a NextGen enrollment form must be filled out before the baby’s first birthday.

Harold Alfond was life-long Mainer who founded the Dexter Shoe Company and later established the Harold Alfond Foundation in 1950. Alfond’s love of Maine was apparent through his many charitable causes. His giving focused on education and health care, with the Harold Alfond College Challenge his legacy gift to every Maine baby.

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Portland Pulls It's Parking Forgiveness Plan

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, Portland is forgoing the so-called “forgiveness program” which costs the city an estimated $500,000 a year. Previously, drivers could incur minor parking infractions such as an expired meter twice per year and not have to worry about paying the fine. Now, however, Portland is no longer providing the friendly service to its 1,450 parking meters throughout the city.

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Bornstein/Aronson '81 Challenge Grant Gives Back To Law School

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 a unique fundraising idea: The Bornstein/Aronson ’81 Challenge Grant.

The grant challenged fellow law school alumni to donate to the Annual Fund Campaign, only to see their donation matched by the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein. With six days left in the fundraising efforts and over $10,000 left to raise, the Bornstein/Aronson ’81 Challenge Grant matched 50% of every unrestricted gift up to $2,500.

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Cromwell Center Raises Money For Disability Education

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 is the past Chair of TD Bank and has been a supporter of the Center since its inception.

The Cromwell Center is a leader in disabilities awareness education. The goal of the Center is to inform people without disabilities by teaching them about those who have a disability. The Center strives to make sure that people with disabilities - be it learning, behavioral and emotional, developmental or physical - receive the same respect, recognition and opportunity that every person deserves regardless of physical or mental condition.

By teaching kids, educators, employers and employees, the Cromwell Center has reached more than 25,000 students in over 100 schools since 2004. In addition to hands on education, the Cromwell Center provides public and school libraries with collections of informational books on special needs.

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Tick Season Brings Uptick In Lyme Disease

Because of Maine’s mild winter and early spring, tick season in Vacationland will be more severe than in the past. Unfortunately, with the increase in the amount of ticks comes an increase in the amount of Lyme disease incidents. In 2008, there were 780 confirmed and 128 probable cases of Lyme disease in Maine.

Lyme disease was named in 1977 when several children in Lyme, Connecticut suffering from similar symptoms came down with an unidentified illness later found to be transmitted by deer ticks. Over 20 years later, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that there are nearly 29,000 cases of Lyme disease annually in the U.S., with the majority occurring in the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions.

It is estimated that more than 75 percent of Lyme disease cases are contracted within 100 feet of the home and that 80 percent of Lyme disease cases occur between May and August.

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Muskie Fund Creates Access To Justice And Honors Dr. Robert McAfee

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 our community.

Founded in 1995, the Muskie Fund for Legal Services celebrates the commitment of those who work for an access to justice on behalf of Mainers. Named after Maine Senator Edmund S. Muskie, the nonprofit organization supports legal services throughout the state while carrying out the legacy of the late senator who worked on behalf of poor, elderly, and disadvantaged Maine residents.

 

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Click It Or Ticket Campaign Helps Save Lives

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 in 1993, Click It or Ticket has spread nationwide. A recently approved $30 million grant from Congress for television and radio advertising helped promote the campaign which was observed from May 24-June 6.

During the two-week window, police cracked down on seatbelt usage, or the lack there of, in an attempt to help save lives while educating the general public. Fines during the Click It or Ticket campaign for drivers and passengers not using their seatbelts ranged from $70 to $310.

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MCLU Scolnick Dinner Honors Nan Heald

On May 6, the Maine Civil Liberties Union (MCLU) celebrated their 42nd anniversary with their annual Justice Louis Scolnick Award Dinner. Each year at the dinner, the MCLU honors an outstanding member of Maine’s legal community. This year’s event celebrated Nan Heald for her work with disadvantaged Mainers including Native Americans and young people.

Founded in 1968, the MCLU works to advance and preserve the civil liberties of Maine residents. The organization is the state affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), whose mission is to assure that the Bill of Rights is preserved for people of all races, colors, and backgrounds. Today, nearly ninety years after being formed, the ACLU defends one’s right to express his or her opinion in nearly 6,000 cases annually.

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Maine African Film Festival Gets Two Thumbs Up

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.

In its second year, the non-profit festival screened 15 films at the Nickelodeon Cinemas, including full length features, documentaries, and shorts. All MAFF movies and associated events are open to the general public, and most of the films shown were selected through the New York African Film Festival’s Traveling Series.

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Girls' Day at the State House

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 future women leaders of Maine.

Girls from across the state had the opportunity to meet with political leaders, explore the State House, engage in a mock public hearing, participate in a mock press conference, and meet other politically active and involved students.

Over 60 volunteers, including lawyers, journalists, lobbyists, professors, students and social justice activists met with the girls, who each wore a T-shirt stating, "Girls Rock the House...and the Senate." The students also had the opportunity to meet Governor John Baldacci and the Speaker of the House, Hannah Pingree.

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Maine Jewish Film Festival Comes Of Age

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 Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

Hosted at the Nickelodeon Cinemas in Portland, 22 films were screened out of a submitted 150. Though Jewish in nature, the festival includes films for everyone featuring comedies, love stories, thrillers and documentaries. In 2009, over 2,400 people attended the highly acclaimed festival.

Over the 13 years, the film festival has grown in stature and style. In 1998, the festival started in the South Portland Congregation Bet Ha'am with six videos shown on a television set.

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ILAP's CeleSoiree Raises Money For Maine Immigrants

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 and Middle Eastern music, and a silent auction featuring photographs, paintings, fiber arts and jewelry, donated by over 100 Maine artists and businesses. The event filled the Portland Company with all walks of life who came together to support equality and access to justice.

Immigrants have long helped shape Maine’s culture and economy. Today's immigrants from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East follow in the footsteps of those from Africa, Canada, China and Europe who have come to our state for generations. ILAP estimates that there are over 55,000 immigrants living in Maine today.

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Gary's House Helps House and Feed Mainers

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 by local businesses.

The fundraiser is one of the most celebrated in Portland and helps raise money to house the families of those receiving medical treatment at Mercy Hospital or the Maine Medical Center.

Located less than a block from Mercy Hospital and close to Maine Medical Center, Gary’s House provides guests a place to rest and recuperate while dealing with emotional and physical stresses of illness and hospitalization.

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Tread Lightly When Enjoying The Great Outdoors

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.

As Mainers, we are fortunate to have an abundance of land and water available for recreation. Be it in the open ocean or on one of Maine’s 6,000 lakes, in the fields or on the trails, or on the mountains or at the beach, the state’s vast outdoors provides endless amounts of adventure. And because we are lucky enough to explore nature’s playground, it’s equally important that we maintain it.

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Sea Dogs Strike Out Cancer In Kids

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 Wyndham Hotel. The evening, known as the Strike Out Cancer in Kids Hot Stove Dinner, raises money for children undergoing cancer treatment at the Maine Children’s Cancer Program in Scarborough.

The Strike Out Cancer in Kids Program was developed in 1994. Through the program, people and businesses can pledge money for each strikeout thrown by a Portland Sea Dogs pitcher.

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Court Fees Can Be Paid Online In Maine

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 court docket number. Those that use the new service will be charged a premium service fee of $6.

When paying an outstanding fine or fee online, you will need:

  • Your name and date of birth or court docket number
  • A valid credit card (Discover, Visa or MasterCard)
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Free Colon Screening For Maine Residents

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 Maine develop colon cancer each year with roughly a third of them dying from the disease. It is estimated that 90% of these deaths are preventable with proper screenings and follow-ups starting at age 50.

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Free Tax Preparation For Mainers

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 per family. In 2009, an estimated 25 percent of qualifying Maine residents did not apply for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), missing the opportunity to collect upwards of $5,657.

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Health Care Reaches Out To Veterans

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 miles of backcountry, Maine was awarded two of the new vehicles, one based out of Caribou and the other out of Lewiston.

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Free Fishing Days Hook On With Mainers

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 has been revoked or suspended. All normal fishing laws and regulations apply. 

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Operation Keep ME Warm Helps Heat Maine

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 ME Warm is to raise money to help those who do not qualify for federal, state, or local fuel assistance. 

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MLK Jr. Breakfast Celebrates Diversity Locally

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 his continuing impact on society today.

In addition to keeping King’s dream alive, the 29th annual breakfast recognized the work of Greater Portland’s civil rights community over the past year and featured key note speaker, Melissa Harris-Lacewell, an Associate Professor of Politics and African American Studies at Princeton University and best-selling author. Other prominent speakers in the program included Portland Mayor, Nick Mavodones, and Maine Democratic Congresswoman, Chellie Pingree.

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Maine Housing Search Makes Moving Easy

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 Department of Health and Human Services, and 2-1-1 Maine, the website is designed to help Mainers with all of their house hunting needs.

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Maine Heating Assistance Helps Keep You Warm

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 Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists those who cannot afford to heat their home or pay electric bills. The federally funded program aids those in need both throughout Maine and nationwide.

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Maine High School Hockey Invitational Shoots And Scores

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 of the leading high school hockey tournaments in New England, the competition consisted of 18 of Maine’s finest teams, as well as 20 schools from New Brunswick, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Rhode Island. The round-robin tournament takes place in four Southern Maine ice arenas and benefits all teams that participate, as the teams get to play squads they wouldn’t normally, who have different styles of play than they are accustomed to.

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Message To Maine Drivers: Survive Your Drive

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 educational campaign focuses on seat belt usage, impaired and distracted driving, speeding, and other unsafe driving behaviors. The underlining message the safety campaign sends is for drivers to be responsible when behind a wheel.

Thanks in part to similar safe driving programs in recent years, driving statistics in Maine have improved. However, these same statistics show that there is still work to be done.

The Survive Your Drive campaign emphasizes four key components:

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Maine Law Firms Celebrate Pro Bono Week

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 first annual Pro Bono Week was held nationwide October 25-31, 2009, both celebrating the work of lawyers who donate their goodwill, as well as recruiting others to get involved. Though a national initiative, the charitable week attempts to establish relationships in local communities with local lawyers. Across the nation, many Americans are faced with legal issues and cannot afford a lawyer. Through the help of generous lawyers, their legal issues can be resolved.

In Maine, there are many opportunities for lawyers to volunteer and give back to the communities they work in. Some have time and others make it, while at the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein, access to justice is our top priority. With a statewide practice and five conveniently located offices in Biddeford, Portland, Lewiston, Augusta, and Bangor, the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is accessible to Mainers of all walks of life. But that’s just the beginning of the firm’s goodwill.

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Maine Cracks Down On Drunk Driving During Holiday Season

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, five county Sheriffs' offices, and the Maine State Police are participating in the campaign, as over $270,000 has been awarded to fund their enforcement efforts. Nationally, more than $7 million dollars will be spent to educate, raise awareness, and curb drinking and driving during the holiday season.

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Portland Community Health Center Now Open For Patients

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 Medical Center have become overcrowded.

The clinic has the capacity to service 5,000 patients and will focus primarily on the uninsured and those on MaineCare and Medicaid. Those with no insurance will pay on a sliding scale.

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Flu Shots Available In Maine

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 the Maine Department of Health and Human Services have put together a website to educate Mainers on the symptoms and preventative care for both the seasonal and H1N1 flu. The website passes on tips and information on how to prevent from contacting the flu viruses, how to best treat a sick person, and explains who is most at risk. The website also explains what to do if you feel sick.

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Maine Cancer Survivors Day Preempts Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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 event celebrated Mainers who have beat cancer, with music, food and fun. Inspirational stories from survivors resonated throughout the attendees and standup comedy by Maine humorist Gary Crocker added entertainment to the free event. This year’s theme was “Inspiration for Life.”

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Maine State Bar Association Prepares Students To Be "On Your Own"

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 available for high school seniors statewide.

On Your Own is available in booklet form and can be downloaded on the MSBA website or ordered through high schools. The 84-page guide covers the rights and responsibilities of adulthood: 

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Fire Prevention Week Honors Local Firefighter

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 Hartland died while responding to a house fire in Detroit, Maine. Snowman was the lone fatality of the fire, and one of 103 firefighters who passed away in 2008 while on call in the U.S. On October 4, 2009, each was honored at the 28th annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

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Biddeford Celebrates Chalk Art Festival

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 Main Street with their favorite chalk art renditions with local musicians providing the soundtrack. In addition to the sights and sounds, visitors were treated to the tastes of street vendors and the many delicious ethnic restaurants on and around Main Street.

As a proud supporter of the Biddeford-Saco Chamber of Commerce and a tenant at 193 Main Street, the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein was once again in attendance. Our resident artist depicted in chalk the car accident that ultimately closed our Biddeford office for nearly two months early this year. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the accident, and hopefully both the driver, who was intoxicated at the time, and many other locals learned the lesson to Arrive Alive and not drink and drive.

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UBM Toy Run Rides Its Way To Success

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 of charity. Bikers begin their day at the Augusta Civic Center where they meet before riding in unison to the Windsor Fairgrounds. With toys affixed to handlebars and attached to fenders, the bikers ride one after the other, through the state capital before finishing at the fairgrounds, where the real fun begins.

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Labor Day Celebrates The Working Class

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 overall well-being of the United States.

Established over 100 years ago, Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September. Typical celebrations include Bar-B-Q’s, camping trips, and soaking up the end of the summer sun. But long before the holiday became a well deserved day off from work, its foundation was built by the American workforce. 

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Sights At State Fairs Fill Walls Of State Capitol

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, fairs and festivals are a longstanding fixture in Maine. And now, through December, those familiar feelings will be on display in the State Capitol.

A new art exhibition showcasing work by some of Maine’s finest photographers highlights one of Maine’s most popular pastimes. Over 60 photographs depicting Mainers' experiences at state fairs and festivals are on display at the State House and Blaine House in Augusta, as well as in the offices of the Maine Arts Commission. The exhibit, known as “On and Off the Midway,” spotlights 26 popular statewide events and captures Maine residents in a relaxed and fun loving state of mind, at a fair.

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Explore Maine Before You Go

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 state parks that span over 600,000 acres, it can be overwhelming when deciding where to go and what to do. Now, thanks to the Maine State Bureau of Parks and Lands, information is just a click away.

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Day Long Festivals Celebrate Diversity In Maine

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 day is a hit with all races and religions throughout Greater Portland, and is a showcase of music, dance, performing arts, and cultural traditions from around the world.

The Festival of Nations is Maine’s oldest cultural festival and will be celebrating its 7th anniversary Saturday. The event is free to the public and runs from 2pm - 8:30pm.

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Caring Through Charity

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 of numerous charities and organizations that support the wellbeing of Mainers. It is with great pleasure that we commend these companies with our respect, gratitude, and financial support.

Here is a partial list of some of the organizations we have supported in the past few years:

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Operation Dry Water Keeps Our Boaters Safe

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 to facilitate a crackdown on impaired boat operators nationwide.

Boating Under the Influence (BUI) is an all too common occurrence on the waterways of Maine. Each summer, approximately 20% of boating fatalities are caused by intoxicated boaters, as alcohol impairs one’s judgment, balance, vision, and reaction time. Intensifying the effects of alcohol are sun, wind and motion, all commonly associated with time on the water.

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Festival Season Is Festive

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 enjoyment in our great state. But when it comes to family affairs, perhaps nothing tops Maine’s historic fairs and festivals.

For roughly four months, fairs and festivals take center stage in “Vacationland.” Be it agricultural, musical or culinary, these summer and fall events showcase all things Maine. From native animals, vegetables and pies, to parades, entertainment and amusements, the fairs and festivals attract visitors from near and far. Lasting anywhere from one day to one week, some towns have seen generations upon generations file through their fairgrounds for over 100 years. Tradition is what keeps the fairgrounds open, fun is what keeps the families coming back. 

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Cromwell Center Celebrates Caring

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 been the Center’s Chairman of the Board of Directors for the past five years.

The Cromwell Center is an innovative leader in disabilities awareness education. The goal of the Center is to change the attitude of people without disabilities by educating them about those who have a disability. Through teaching kids, educators, employers and employees, the Cromwell Center strives to ensure that people with disabilities - be it learning, behavioral and emotional, developmental, or physical - receive the same respect, acceptance and opportunity that every person deserves regardless of physical or mental condition.

In addition to hands on education, the Cromwell Center provides public and school libraries with collections of educational and informational books on special needs. Since 2004, the program has reached approximately 25,000 students in over 100 schools.

The Cromwell Center is named after a young boy, Jeremiah Cromwell, who was institutionalized in the early 1900s in the Maine School for the Feeble-Minded. It is not known why he was institutionalized or the nature of his disability, or whether he had one at all. But what is known is that Jeremiah Cromwell was alone. He died at school at the age of 16 and no family member came to retrieve his body for a proper burial.

It is because of Jeremiah’s hardship, and the hardships faced by many children today, that the Cromwell Center is working on behalf of children with disabilities. Through hard work and dedication, the Center envisions that one day no one will ever again experience the anonymity and suffering of Jeremiah Cromwell.

The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is proud to support the Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness for their efforts and achievements in educating the youths of today. As a proud member of the Board of Directors, Joe Bornstein, would like to congratulate colleague Les Otten, a deserving honoree, for his leadership and hard work. May the Cromwell Center’s hard work today pay dividends tomorrow.

For more information on the Cromwell Center please visit: www.cromwellcenter.org.

High School Seniors Send Message To "Arrive Alive"

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 to “Arrive Alive” and not drink and drive. This year’s contest set a record for number of participating students.

Seniors in nine Maine high schools – Biddeford, Thornton Academy, Deering, Portland, Casco Bay, Edward Little, Lewiston, Cony, and Bangor – were invited to participate in this year’s Arrive Alive Creative Contest. Entries consisted of poems, posters, videos, paintings, bumper stickers, and fashion designs. Many of them moving, all of them real.

Five first-place winners won new laptop computers, while second and third-place winners received iPods, and all students who entered the contest took away a bag full of gifts in appreciation of their efforts.

The 2009 first place winners are:

  • Athena Andoniades – Lewiston High School
  • Jacqueline Cone-Ausiender – Thornton Academy
  • Lindsey Giles – Bangor High School
  • Ikram Mohamed – Deering High School
  • Abbe-Jaye Soohey - Bangor High School

Every year, communities across Maine and America are devastated by drunk driving accidents. At the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein we see firsthand the end results of these tragic accidents. In the past five years we have given away over $20,000 in prizes to graduating seniors in an attempt to raise awareness on the dangers of drinking and driving. We urge you to help send the message to teenagers to stay safe and arrive alive, and hope that you will encourage your high school to support next year’s sixth annual Arrive Alive Creative Contest.

For more information on the Arrive Alive Creative Contest and to view all current and past winning entries, please visit our website: www.ArriveAliveWithMe.com.
 

Local Mainers Honored At Muskie Dinner

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 Fund For Legal Services celebrates the commitment of those who work for an access to justice for all Maine residents. Named after Maine Senator Edmund S. Muskie, the nonprofit organization raises money to support legal services throughout the state and carries on the efforts of the late senator, who worked tirelessly on behalf of poor, elderly, and disadvantaged Maine residents.

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MCLU Celebrates Scolnick Dinner

On May 6, the Maine Civil Liberties Union (MCLU) celebrated their 41st anniversary with their annual Justice Louis Scolnick Award Dinner. Each year at the dinner, the MCLU honors an outstanding member of Maine’s legal community. This year’s event celebrated James E. Mitchell for his “commitment to the vitality of the Constitution.”

The MCLU was founded in 1968 with the purpose of advancing and preserving the civil liberties of Maine residents. The organization is the state affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), whose mission is to assure that the Bill of Rights is preserved for people of all races, colors, and backgrounds.

Through litigation, advocacy, public education, and lobbying, the MCLU works for the following basic principles:

  • The right of free expression.
  • The right to dissent.
  • The right to religious freedom.
  • The right to equal treatment for all people.
  • The right to fair play in encounters with government.
  • The right to be let alone, to be secure from interference in private matters.

Founded in 1920, the ACLU now has a nationwide network of over 300 affiliate offices. With a staff of over 60 attorneys collaborating with nearly 2,000 volunteer attorneys, the ACLU is the largest public interest firm in the country and appears before the U.S. Supreme Court more than any other organization except the U.S. Department of Justice. Nearly ninety years after being formed to protect the civil liberties of America, the ACLU defends one’s right to express his or her view in nearly 6,000 cases annually.

Now in its 41st year, the MCLU continues to fight for equality and justice in Maine. Representing victims whose civil liberties have been violated by government, helping educate students and organizing events in local communities, and advocating both state and federal legislature, are part of the goodwill the MCLU contributes to society. Coincidentally, on the day of the 2009 Scolnick Dinner, Governor Baldacci signed into law the end of a ban on gay marriage in Maine. Something the MCLU lobbied long and hard for, and is very proud of.

And like the MCLU, that has been working on behalf of Mainers for over 40 years, the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein has been protecting the rights of Maine’s injured and disabled for nearly 35 years. Supporting the MCLU is a WIN-WIN situation, and for that we are forever grateful. We would like to thank the MCLU for their outstanding work throughout the great state of Maine, and congratulate its 2009 Justice Louis Scolnick Award Dinner honoree, James E. Mitchell.

For more information on the MCLU and its annual Justice Louis Scolnick Award Dinner, please visit: www.mclu.org.

“The liberties of none are safe unless the liberties of all are protected.”
- U.S. Supreme Court, Justice William O. Douglas
 

Law Day Celebrated Throughout The Land

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 Day honored the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln with the theme: A Legacy of Liberty—Celebrating Lincoln’s Bicentennial. Lincoln is long considered one of America’s greatest presidents, however, before elected, he was a lawyer.

In January, Barak Obama became the 26th lawyer sworn in as president.

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Maine Rolls Out The Red Carpet For African Films

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 is the first African Film Festival in Maine.

MAFF is a non-profit arts organization created to provide cultural education, economic development, and community building opportunities in Southern Maine. The festival is committed to using African-themed films to promote cultural literacy, tolerance, and diversity, and showcases the everyday life of Africans. 

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USM Hosts Acclaimed Author And Human Rights Activist

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 homeland’s civil war and the overall effects war has on children. Beah is one of an estimated 300,000 kids who were forced to fight as a child in the Sierra Leone Civil War.

The fourth annual lecture was part of the evening’s focus on “War and Reconciliation: from Child Soldiers to Community Healers” and was the latest in the University of Southern Maine hosted Douglas M. Schair Memorial Lecture on Genocide and Human Rights.

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Maine Jewish Film Festival Considered A Hit

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 annual festival held in March.

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Girls' Day At The State House

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 of hands-on learning about the intricacies of the Maine government.

The eighth graders had the opportunity to meet with state legislative, participate in a mock public hearing and press conference, explore the State House, and meet other like-minded girls interested in politics.

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High School Seniors Arrive Alive With Joe Bornstein

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 their peers to “arrive alive” and not drink and drive.

High school seniors can enter by submitting an essay, poem, video, song, public service announcement, t-shirt design, board game, drawings and more. The more creative, the better. 

First prize winners receive a new laptop of their choice, while second prize winners get an iPod and all entrants receive a special gift bag from our law firm. 

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Celebrating Heroes With Heart

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 of traumatic events and their families in the first few hours following a tragedy. 

The Heroes with Heart celebration recognizes everyday heroes throughout the state of Maine. Awards are given to police officers, fire fighters, paramedics and hospital staff who have been nominated by chiefs, supervisors and TIP volunteers for showing exceptional compassion and kindness to those who have experienced a traumatic event.

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Gary's House Hosts Families And Functions

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 and bars, as well as gifts donated by local businesses for the silent auction.

The fundraiser is one of the most acclaimed in Portland, drawing over 400 people annually, and helps raise money to house the families of those receiving medical treatment at Mercy Hospital or the Maine Medical Center.

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Inauguration Brings Change To Life

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 people worldwide tuned in to join the sea of believers in our nation’s capital. With hope as palpable as in recent history, not only do African Americans want change, so does the rest of the world.  

 

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Joe Bornstein Settles One On The Ice

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 best in the North East and has grown considerably in its eight years. The exhibition encourages good sportsmanship and showcases top-notch teams and student athletes.

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Ride The Bus For Free On Fridays

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. This is the third promotion of free rides, following previous campaigns where ridership was up as much as 38%, as hundreds of new riders got to travel for free in their local communities.

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Law Night - Back By Popular Demand

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 give Mainers throughout the state the opportunity to call us with their legal questions and speak directly with one of our experienced legal professionals.

Our staff will stand ready to answer your questions about:

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Find and Compare Hospitals Online

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 the surgical and medical procedures they offer throughout the U.S. The data is derived from surveys to both hospital staff and patients, and is available free to the general public.

Medical conditions that can be researched on the website include:
 

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Keeping Seniors At Home

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 natural supports in place, the costs of the alternative living situations are astonishingly high to both seniors and the taxpaying public. 

Founded in 2003, Keeping Seniors Home is a statewide program designed to assist Maine’s low-income elders who would like to stay in their homes throughout the aging process. The program focuses on making homes safe, energy efficient, accessible and affordable, and partners with other community support services to ensure the health and well being of senior citizens.

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Free Screening Offered For Women With No Insurance

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 include mammograms, pap tests, and clinical examinations

Two free clinics will be offered to the general public:

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Local Artists Talk With Chalk

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 Saturday October 4th, as artists of all ages converged on the downtown sidewalks to showcase their favorite chalk renditions.

Attendees of the festival were privileged to the sights of local artists, the sounds of local musicians, the tastes of local restaurants, the generosity of local businesses, and the excitement of Zabby’s Traveling Farm Animals, a petting zoo and Pony ride that is always a favorite among kids.

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Bikers and Bornstein Team Up In Annual Toy Run

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 were pooled together and donated to the Salvation Army.

Despite a steady rain, thousands of bikers took part in the annual Toy Run, as participants wanted to help less fortunate families by ensuring that their children would receive gifts during the upcoming holiday season.

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Back To School Tips

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:

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Calculate Your Social Security Payments

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 earnings.
 

Apply Now For Home Heating Assistance

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.

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Better to Give

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 for our law firm in trying to make the great state of Maine even better.

In addition to providing thoughtful and quality representation to over 15,000 clients in 34 years of practice, The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is proud to give back to its fellow Mainers through philanthropic and charitable donations.
  We see firsthand the hardships and disabilities some of our clients have, and it's both a blessing and pleasure for us to be able to give back to our community.

In 2007, The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein donated to 48 separate organizations, including:

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Fourth Annual Arrive Alive Winners Announced

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 that warns their peers about the dangers of drinking and driving.  Students may enter the contest by submitting an essay or creative project of their choice that urges teenagers to stay safe and Arrive Alive

The 2008 First Place Winners are:

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On the Highways and Byways with Joe Bornstein

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 justice they deserve.

With five convenient offices in Biddeford, Portland, Lewiston, Augusta, and Bangor, The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein maintains a statewide practice and provides Mainers from all geographic locations with access to justice.

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Top 10 Safest States For Children

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 report went on to say, "Maine law limits the number of passengers a new driver can have in the car, restricts cell phone use, and can point to a graduated system in which drivers are not able to obtain a full license until their 17th birthday. Maine law is one of only nine states that stipulates all three.”

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