2014 STRIVE Rocks Dance Marathon Supported by Joe Bornstein

Mainers, should you find yourself on Congress Street today, be sure to glance up at the Time and Temperature Building and see the new message on Portland's only skyscraper!

The illuminated sign will display the words 'STRV ROCKS' until March 3rd in honor of the wonderful organization, STRIVE and their upcoming 2014 STRIVE Rocks Dance Marathon.

According to their official website, the program, which is part of PSL Services, "is designed to address the many issues faced by young adults (ages 11-24) with disabilities." 

The 10th Annual overnight dance marathon, which will be held at The Maine Mall, begins on Saturday, March 1st at 9pm and ends on Sunday, March 2nd at 9am.  

STRIVE's goal is to have 1,000 people participate in the dance marathon. 

For more information on this wonderful organization, the important work that they do in our communities, and their upcoming exciting event, please visit: http://www.pslstrive.org/striverocks

 

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

4th of July Celebrating: Firework Safety

With summer nights and the smell of BBQs in the air, the month of June has tuned to July. With this new month, comes one of America's favorite passtimes - the 4th of July holiday. While people celebrate Independence Day in a variety of ways with family and friends, dazzling firework shows have become a staple of all celebrations.

Fireworks, beautiful and mesmerizing, can also be highly unsafe if not properly used and enjoyed. The following safety measures will help ensure that you and yours have a memorable, and safe, 4th of July celebration:

  • Purchase only Maine-permissible consumer fireworks, available at licensed stores in the state
  • Purchase only as many fireworks as needed, do not buy an extra quantity
  • Firework users must be age 21 or older
  • Have a hose handy in case of a fire
  • Wear eye protection and any other appropriate safety gear
  • Follow all of the instructions provided to you
  • Light only one device at a time
  • Keep spectators (including people or animals) at a safe distance away from you while lighting the device
  • Clean up all debris when you are finished setting off your fireworks
  • Set devices that do not discharge alone for 15 minutes, then place in water
  • Always be sure to keep unused fireworks, matches and lighters out of the reach of children.

For more information on safety tips and guidelines from the Maine Fire Marshal, please click here: http://www.maine.gov/dps/fmo/fireworks/index.html

The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein wishes you and yours a very happy and safe 4th of July!

'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.

Skiing and Snowboarding Safety Tips

It's mid-January and do you know what that means? Winter sports season is underway! Whether you frequent some of our beautiful Maine mountains such as Sugarloaf, Sunday River or Shawnee Peak, or out-of-state areas, skiing and snowboarding is a wonderful way to spend the cold Winter months. Skiing and snowboarding, like many other fun-filled pastimes, can be filled with potential risks if proper safety measures aren't taken. By following the below tips, you will ensure the safety of yourself and others out on the slopes:     

  • Ski or snowboard with a friend - Even if you are an advanced skier or boarder, it is always a good idea to have a partner there to look out for you. Select a designated meeting place at the bottom of the hill beforehand in case you are separated while on the trail.  
  • Observe slope etiquette - Remember that those in front of you or below you on the trails have the right of way. Prior to starting down a trail or merging onto a new trail, look uphill and yield to others. 
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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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Firework Safety Tips

The smell of crisp summer night air and BBQs is here, as well a favorite American pasttime - the 4th of July. More often than not, Independence Day festivities include dazzling fireworks displays, either at the beach or in your nearest city. Now that Mainers can legally purchase fireworks, we just want to take a few moments to remind you about firework safety, to ensure that you and your loved ones celebrate in style and in safety:

  • Purchase only Maine-permissible consumer fireworks, available at licensed stores in the state
  • Purchase only as many fireworks as needed, do not buy an extra quantity
  • Firework users must be age 21 or older
  • Have a hose handy in case of a fire
  • Wear eye protection and any other appropriate safety gear
  • Follow all of the instructions provided to you
  • Light only one device at a time
  • Keep spectators (including people or animals) at a safe distance away from you while lighting the device
  • Clean up all debris when you are finished setting off your fireworks
  • Set devices that do not discharge alone for 15 minutes, then place in water
  • Always be sure to keep unused fireworks, matches and lighters out of the reach of children.

For more information on safety tips and guidelines from the Maine Fire Marshal, please click here:  http://www.maine.gov/dps/fmo/fireworks/index.html

While fireworks are now legal in our beautiful state, proper safety precautions and measures must still be taken. By following the above guidelines, you can be sure to celebrate with your safety and the safety of others in mind.

The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein wishes you and yours a very happy 4th of July!

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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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.

Joe Bornstein's Law Night - Call Us Until 10 P.M.

While the month of March will eventually bring warmer weather and signs of Spring, it also signals something else at our office - it's time for another Law Night!

The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein will be extending business hours once again for Mainers who are unable to phone us during the day.

LAW NIGHT:
This Thursday - March 1, 2012
5 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Our experienced legal professionals will be on hand ready to answer your questions regarding motor vehicle accidents, personal injuries, Social Security Disability, medical malpractice, workers' compensation, maritime injuries or injuries resulting from certain prescription drugs.

We invite you to give us a call at 1-800-CALL-JOE (1-800-2255-563) on Thursday, March 1, from 5pm until 10pm to speak with a member of our legal team and be a part of "Law Night.”

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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Preble Street Holiday Giving Supported By Joe Bornstein

The holiday season is all about giving, and this year, the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein are pleased to have partnered with Preble Street to provide essentials for Mainers in need.

Working off of Preble Street's wish list, our staff purchased items such as: winter weather clothing items and accessories and personal care and hygiene necessities, including but not limited to: toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, soap, shampoo, hairbushes and diapers.

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'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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What To Do Directly After A Car Accident - An Important Checklist

It is inevitable that car accidents happen. Even with proper safety precautions, accidents happen daily. With hope, they won’t include you or a loved one, but they are, however, accidents. And the worst part is that they’re unpredictable.

While no one expects to be in an accident, it’s important to be prepared in the event that one occurs.

The following is an important list of steps to follow immediately after being involved in a motor vehicle accident:

STAY WHERE YOU ARE. State law requires that you not leave the scene of an accident.

TAKE NECESSARY SAFETY MEASURES. Use flags, flares, etc to make yourself visible to other drivers and prevent further accidents.

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

It’s November and at this law firm that only means one thing – Law Night!

Back by popular demand, on Thursday, November 17, the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein will be extending our business hours once again to accommodate Mainers who are unable to phone us during the day.

The following are some significant numbers associated with Law Night:

Five. Our law firm will remain open for five additional hours on Thursday, November 17 to accommodate Mainers. Our Law Night hours will be from 5pm until 10pm.

One. We are the one-and-only law firm to offer an additional five hours of office time to field legal questions from Mainers about: motor vehicle accidents, personal injury, social security disability, medical malpractice and workers’ compensation.

Zero. It costs zero dollars to call our office and seek the help of our experienced legal professionals. Law Night is a free and convenient way for Mainers to gain access to justice well into the evening.

We invite you to give us a call at 1-800-CALL-JOE (1-800-2255-563) on Thursday, November 17 from 5pm until 10pm to speak with a member of our legal team and be a part of "Law Night.”

Halloween Safety Tips For Families

The air is crisp, the first snow has fallen and November is very near. Before we welcome a new month, however, there is that annual late October occassion to celebrate -  Halloween! 

Though the holiday is fun and full of laughter, Halloween can also be chaotic and at times dangerous if proper safety measures are not taken. By following the below tips, you will help ensure that your little ghosts, goblins, superheroes and princesses are safe, smart and out of harm's way on Halloween.

Playing Dress-Up:

  • Fasten reflective tape to your child's costume and bag to help with visibility to drivers.
  • Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation
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Maine's Contingent Fee System - The Next Best Thing To Free

Many Mainers who suffer from injuries and disabilities shy away from hiring a lawyer because they don't think they can afford one. The truth is that we don't charge our clients a dime unless and until they are successsful in their claims. Under what is called the "contingent fee system," our law firm is paid a percentage of the settlements and benefits that our clients receive. If our client is not successful in getting paid, our law firm does not get paid.

We even pay all client costs up front while working on claims and there is never a retainer required for our legal services. Of course the vast majority of our clients do get paid, and so then does our law firm. The contingent fee system levels the playing field for Mainers without the financial means to pay a retainer to hire a law firm.

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Tweet Tweet - Joe Bornstein Joins Twitter!

The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is now associated with the @ symbol and a little blue bird... in other words, we are officially on Twitter!

We are always looking for new ways to reach and connect with members of our Maine communities, and we are thrilled to add Twitter to a social media repertoire that consists of: our newly redesigned website, www.joebornstein.com, our blog, www.mainepersonalinjurylaw.com, and our Arrive Alive Creative Contest Facebook fan page.

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Cheers To 37 Years! The Law Offices Of Joe Bornstein Celebrates Anniversary

What do the numbers 6, 37, 65, 1974, 18,000 and 200,000,000 have in common? The answer to this question does not involve higher math. In fact, the answer is really quite simple.

On August 1, 1974, The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein opened our flagship office on Portland’s waterfront in what would become known as the Old Port. In the beginning, there was one rotary dial phone, no support staff, no computers and precious few clients. Now 37 years later, our law firm has a support staff of over 65 legal professionals working out of six conveniently located offices in Maine’s leading cities and towns- all wheelchair accessible. Since that humble start, our team of attorneys have successfully represented over 18,000 Mainers in their personal injury and disability claims. The firm’s clients have collected over $200 million in settlements and benefits.

As we celebrate another anniversary at the firm, we sincerely thank our beloved Maine for 37 wonderful years for both our law firm and our clients. Here’s to at least 37 more!

As we say around the office, "The best is yet to come."

The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein - Maine Lawyers Working For Maine People.

Maine Summer Heat Advisory: Important Safety Tips

"Im walkin' on sunshine wooah, and don't it feel good!" says the popular song lyric. Well, this brutal July weather we are experiencing certainly makes it feel like we are walking on the sun.. but for many of us Mainers, it doesn't feel too good. If you have ventured outside the past couple of days, you are probably aware that Maine, along with much of the nation, is in the midst of an extreme summer heat wave. We are feelin' hot, hot, hot right now as temperatures have soared to 102 degrees Fahrenheit in many parts of our state. However, with the mix of humidity and thick air, it feels like 109 degrees.

There is currently a Severe/Excessive Heat and Code-Red Air Warning issued by the U.S. National Weather Service, meaning that the heat index and air quality  is dangerous and outdoor exposure should be limited.

With this current heat wave already having claimed 24 lives in the U.S., it has never been more crucial to take critical safety measures to try and stay healthy in these extreme hot temperatures:

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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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Updated Baby Crib Safety Standards Implemented By CPSC

In an effort to ensure the safety of sleeping babies, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced new mandatory regulations for cribs.

These federal restrictions, which went into effect on June 28, 2011, prohibit the manufacture and sale of drop-side baby cribs - cribs that contain a side rail that moves up and down, allowing parents to easily lift their child from their crib. From now on, all cribs sold in the United States must have fixed sides. 

According to the CSPC, drop-side cribs have been blamed in the deaths of at least 32
infants and toddlers since 2000. In the past five years, more than 9 million drop-side cribs
have been recalled.

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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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'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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Maine Summer BBQ Safety: Be Smart When You Grill

Summer is almost here, and you know what the means for us, Maine - it’s barbecue season! It’s time to dust off that Weber or George Forman, gather up some family and friends (and your appetite of course) and get cookin’.

Whether you’ll be hosting a big party on the Fourth of July or just a few guests over for a backyard BBQ, the safety of yourself and those cooking outside with you should always be your top priority.

By following these important steps, you will be sure to grill and chill safely:

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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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Joe Bornstein Supports March Of Dimes And Healthy Babies

On Sunday, May 1st, 2011, the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein had the privilege of participating in the annual March of Dimes Greater Portland "March for Babies" walk at Payson Park/Baxter Boulevard in Portland.

As official corporate sponsors of the event, our law firm had a table on the walking path on Baxter Boulevard. The dedicated walkers and joggers, including many members of our staff, stopped by for a quick hello, a refreshing cold water bottle and an official Law Offices of Joe Bornstein trucker hat.

Other sponsors of the event included: Emera Bangor Hydro Electric Company, Hannaford, Hollywood Slots Hotel & Raceway, The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital and WJBQ 97.9 radio station.

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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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Share The Road Maine: Safety Tips For Bicyclists, Motorists And Pedestrians

As the weather in New England continues to warm, May will quickly turn to June and Mainers are embracing the chance to spend more time in the beautiful outdoors. Sixty degree weather brings the the joy of taking refreshing jogs and bike rides, walking the dog in the park and going for relaxing drives up the coast.

As a result of these new spring activities taking place, our streets and roads undoubtedly become more crowded and being able to coexist on the roadways is crucial. We all have a shared responsibility for being street-smart and obeying the rules of the road.

So whether you’re cruising around on four wheels, two wheels or walking your friendly, four-legged companion on our state's roadways, remember to follow these important guidelines:

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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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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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"Move Over, Maine," Instructs State Police

IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR MAINERS:

When approaching police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks or other vehicles with flashing lights in the breakdown lane, drivers are required by law to:

  • slow down to a reasonable speed
  • if possible, move into the passing lane

In an effort to keep emergency responders and other motorists safe at the scene of an accident, Maine State Police are ramping up enforcement of the highway ‘Move Over’ law, first introduced in 2001.

The imposed fine for not obeying this law is a minimum of $311 per violation.

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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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Rear Facing Car Seats Until Age 2 Recommended By American Academy Of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending that children under two years of age be strapped into rear facing car seats, as announced in an article in the New York Times of March 21, 2011. Generally, toddlers are promoted from rear facing seats to front facing ones when they reach one year of age. However, based on a 2007 study by the University of Virginia, the experts are now extending that period for another year.

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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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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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Safe Winter Driving In Maine

It's that time of year again. Temperatures are dropping, snow is falling and we are officially in the midst of another Maine winter. While blankets of snow draping our towns and cities are nice to look at, they do not make for a winter wonderland on the roads. Cold weather conditions create many hazards and pose serious threats to safe driving.

At the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein, we see firsthand the effects of dangerous winter driving. Many hazardous driving conditions cannot be avoided, but being aware of important winter driving tips will help to lessen your chances of having an accident. The following guidelines will help Mainers navigate the frosty season:

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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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Christmas Tree Safety: Decorate and Celebrate in Safe Style

As you deck the halls and get into the holiday spirit this season, remember to always make safety your number one priority. Christmas trees can pose serious dangers if not properly cared for.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, each year fire departments respond to approximately 260 fires caused by Christmas trees. One-third of these fires are caused by electrical problems, while one in every five of these fires is caused from a heat source being to close to the tree.

Here are some important tips on choosing, maintaining and decorating your Christmas tree:

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Social Media Searches And What They Mean To Your Case

Social media websites are more popular than ever. With over 500 million active users, Facebook leads the way. But for as great as social media sites are for keeping in touch with friends and networking with prospective colleagues, they also invite the public into your life. And on occasion that might not be a good thing.

It is well known that employers and colleges take to the web to research a potential applicant, but now, insurance companies have started digging around online to help determine whether you are as injured as you say, or if you’re injured at all.

Due to this new style of background checking, it’s important to assume everything done online is public and can be used against you.

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Maine Boating Safety Tips Help Summer Be Safe

With more than 6,000 lakes and ponds, 3,000 miles of coastline, and 32,000 miles of rivers and streams, few states can match the magnitude of water that Maine has to offer. And now that summer is in full swing, there’s no better time to enjoy our many great bodies of water.

Each year, boating adds approximately $153 million to the state’s economy. But with the additional revenue comes more watercrafts on Maine’s waterways. And with the increase in boats comes an increased amount of boating accidents.

In 2008, there were nearly 5,000 recreational boating accidents in the United States. According to the United States Coast Guard, the accidents resulted in more than 700 deaths, 3,000 injuries, and $54 million in property damage. Of the 700 deaths, over 500 were from victims who drowned without wearing a life jacket.

At the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein we see victims of summer boating accidents each year, which is why we want to help educate boaters on how to be safe on the open seas. Because when it comes to boating safety, a little education can be the difference between life and death.

The following are a few boating safety tips that all Mainers should know before they shove off from land:

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Arrive Alive Creative Contest Continues

The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is pleased to announce the continuation of its high school scholarship program with our sixth annual Arrive Alive Creative Contest. The contest is open to graduating seniors who wish to send a message to their peers about the dangers of drinking and driving and the dangers of distracted driving.

First place winners receive a new laptop computer, while second and third place winners receive an iPod, and all entrants receive fun 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.

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Keep Pipes From Freezing During A Cold Maine Winter

Every winter, cold weather comes to Maine, and with it the risk of pipes freezing. When pipes freeze, serious damage can result.

When water freezes, it expands. For example, if you were to put a can of soda in a freezer to cool and forgot, it would explode. When water freezes in a pipe, it expands the same way. If it expands enough, the pipe bursts and water escapes.

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Winter Driving Safety Tips Help Prevent Accidents

Driving during the winter can be dangerous. Roads are slick with snow and ice, and it gets dark early, limiting one’s visibility. And despite the fact that many Mainers have lived in-state for much of their lives and have experience with winter driving, it’s important to refresh oneself on how to best navigate the slippery season.

At the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein, we see firsthand the effects of dangerous winter driving. The results often do not paint the picture of a winter wonderland. But by being careful and following a few winter driving tips, you’ll be much more apt to make it from point A to point B safe and sound. Because with only a few winter storms under our belt, it’s inevitable that Maine has many more to go.

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Car Accidents In Maine: Ten Important Steps To Take After An Accident

It’s inevitable that car accidents happen. Even with proper safety precautions, accidents happen daily. With hope, they won’t include you or a loved one, but they are, however, accidents. And the worst part is that they’re unpredictable.

While no one expects to be in an accident, it’s important to be prepared in the event that one occurs.

At the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein, we see firsthand the effects of auto accidents on a daily basis. In over 35 years, we have helped over 15,000 Mainers get the justice they deserve, which is why we’d like to pass along the following tips for what to do in the event that you’re in an accident. After all, accidents happen – we just hope they don’t happen to you.

Ten Important Steps To Take When In An Accident:

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Snowmobile Safety Helps Prevent Accidents

After nine deaths in the 2009 season, the state of Maine is stressing snowmobile safety this winter. The safety campaign is asking snowmobilers to “ride right, ride smart, and ride responsibly.”

Snowmobiling is one of Maine’s favorite pastimes. With 13,000 miles of signed trails in the state, there’s an abundance of room to ride for the 100,000 registered snowmobiles. Yet despite the land reserved for riders, it’s up to snowmobilers to maintain their safety.

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'Tis The Season To Say Thanks

The holiday season is a time to celebrate with family and friends. A time to be together with the ones we love, thankful for all that we have. And as the calendar turns the page on another year, into a new decade, we at the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein would like to reflect on our past while giving thanks to the present.

In 35 years, the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein has been blessed to represent over 15,000 Mainers in their personal injury and Social Security Disability claims. Inviting each and every client into our "family," we help Mainers through the worst of times, so they can be with their loved ones in the best of times. With five convenient offices throughout the state, access to justice and steadfast representation is our gift to Mainers. Our client's trust and confidence in our law firm is better than any gift we could ever imagine.

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Swine Flu Prevention And Health Safety Tips

As the weather cools towards winter, colds, flu’s and virus’s become more and more prominent. And with the cooler temperature comes an increased amount of time spent indoors for Mainers, enhancing the opportunity for germs to spread throughout your home and office.

More commonly known as the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, the 2009 flu pandemic is a global outbreak that can be fatal if contracted. Symptoms of the illness are similar to a normal seasonal flu, yet are escalated and prolonged, especially in the very young or very old. According to the World Health Organization, annual influenza epidemics affect an estimated 5 to 15 percent of the world’s population, causing nearly 500,000 deaths annually. The 2009 flu pandemic is expected to peak in North America by mid-winter.

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Back To School Safety Tips

With summer officially a thing of the past and cooler fall temperatures beginning to highlight the surrounding scenery, students are back in school. Between classes, extracurricular activities, and homework, children start the school day with gusto, with little rest until it ends. But with the added excitement of new classes, new friends, and new fun, comes the risk of unfortunate injury. Which is why we’d like to pass along a few back to school safety tips to you and your loved ones, to help make each and every school day a safe day.

When Traveling To School By Bus:

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A Picture's Worth A Thousand Words

We’ve all heard the adage, “A Picture’s Worth A Thousand Words.” It resonates with vacations, childhood memories and family celebrations, telling the stories of time. A picture can be looked upon again and again to help recreate a moment and elicit past thoughts, feelings, and emotions. In similar proportions, a picture can help in the event of an accident.

With a camera, one can capture an image that lasts forever. In the unfortunate event of a motor vehicle accident, pictures can document and depict an accident and help determine liability. Police departments, insurance companies, and law firms will want to see photographs when determining negligence. By taking pictures immediately following an accident you can help set the story straight right from the start.

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Buckle Up For You And Your Baby

Each year, there are approximately 170,000 car crashes in the United States involving pregnant women. As a result, as many as 400 unborn babies die annually, making it the biggest injury related danger to the unborn. And while there has long been a misconception that seatbelts can hinder the health of an unborn baby, a recent study found that nearly half, or approximately 200 babies, would be saved each year if mothers-to-be properly buckled up every time they get in a car.

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Walk Safe As A Pedestrian

With summer in full swing, many Mainers are putting their feet to use. Whether it’s before work, after work or on the way to work, walking is en vogue again.

The benefits of a summer stroll are numerous. Be it on the beach, around the block or on the boulevard, walking as little as 30 minutes a day improves one’s overall wellbeing. Exercise helps maintain body weight and blood pressure, lowers the risk of stroke, diabetes and cancer, and fresh air and vitamin D are good for the soul. Walking can also assist in treating anxiety, depression, sleep apnea, and arthritis.

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Grill Often And Grill Safe

In Maine, we don’t need an excuse like warm weather to fire up the grill. We’ll cookout come rain or shine, sleet or snow, morning, noon and night. But since the humidity is here, there’s nothing quite like a summer Bar-B-Q.

Burgers on the grill, shrimp on the barbie, hot dogs, chicken kabobs, steak tips, fish filets, potatoes, vegetables, and corn on the cob. You name it, we’ll grill it. Which is why we’d like to pass along a few Bar-B-Q safety tips.

If you follow these simple steps, you will be able to grill your food and eat it too.

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Celebrate Independence Day The Right Way

This July Fourth marks the 233rd anniversary of America’s independence from Great Britain. It also represents what the United States is best known for, freedom.

The national holiday commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and is often celebrated with family filled activities such as Bar-B-Q’s, baseball, and trips to the beach. Parades during the day and fireworks at night customarily cap off an enjoyable time for many Americans. Yet while we’re celebrating and relaxing this Fourth of July, it’s important to remember as a nation exactly what he have and exactly how far we’ve come.

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Protect Yourself In The Summer Sun

As summer starts to heat up and the temperature rises, so does the strength of the sun. And while the hot and humid season is short in Maine and reason enough to be outside at all times, it’s important to remember to protect yourself from the sun.

In an effort to educate and promote sun safety, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention dubbed the Friday before Memorial Day Don’t Fry Day. Designed to encourage people to protect their skin, the day also intends to save lives.

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Be Safe In Your Boat This Summer

With warm weather on the horizon, Mainers are getting their boats ready for the upcoming boating season. Be it on the lake or in the open ocean, summer is the season to be on the water. But if floating freely is your idea of fun in the sun, then it’s important to take the necessary steps to ensure safety. And that’s exactly what National Safe Boating Week (May 16-22) strives to do.

Every summer in the state of Maine, we see accidents on the water that could have been avoided. From minor injuries to major fatalities, boating can provide more than its share of problems. In 2007, nearly 700 boaters were killed on the water, with another 3,500 injured. An estimated 70 percent of these accidents were on vessels captained by sailors with no formal training. Inattention, carelessness, excessive speed, and intoxication are generally the main causes of boating accidents.

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A Memorial Day Moment

Memorial Day in Maine unofficially marks the beginning of summer. The weather takes a turn for the better, the days are longer and the nights more mild. Many Mainers spend the long weekend cleaning out garages, watering perennials, and firing up the Bar-B-Q while watching the Indianapolis 500. The reason Memorial Day is a national holiday, however, isn’t for America’s leisure, it’s to honor the men and women who died while serving our country.

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May Means Motorcycle Safety

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is a national initiative aimed at getting drivers and motorcyclists to “Share the Road.” Typically, May is one of the deadliest months for bikers, as many begin riding again after taking the winter months off.

2007 marked the tenth consecutive year that motorcycle fatalities increased in the U.S. With over 5,000 fatalities and 100,000 injured bikers in the year alone, motorcycle safety has become a national health concern. Overall, motorcycles accounted for 13 percent of total traffic fatalities in 2007, while totaling fewer than 3 percent of the registered vehicles on the road.

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Keeping Green With Joe Bornstein

As Earth Month comes to close, we at the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein would like to take a moment to highlight some of our environmentally conscious choices.

With a state wide practice and five conveniently located offices, we cast a large net to cover the vast and beautiful state of Maine. Therefore, it is important that we minimize our carbon footprint, while maximizing our effort to give Mainers access to the justice they deserve. In our office, we like to think that “going green” is synonymous with the name Joe Bornstein.

Our employees are continually in search of new ways to improve our office efficiency. Some of our current “green” practices include:

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Bornstein's Blog Turns One

May celebrates the first anniversary of Maine’s premier personal injury law blog. With nearly 100 unique posts in the past year, The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein’s blog has kept Mainers both informed and entertained. With up-to-date information on the latest current events in Maine, as well as ground breaking news on all things personal injury and Social Security Disability law related, visitors have been well-versed on all of the happenings in their home state.

In addition to keeping readers educated, our blog showcases our firm's good will throughout the state and highlights several worthy causes that we support. Seasonal safety tips, recent Supreme Court decisions, and special messages from attorney Joe Bornstein himself, add to the well-rounded blog that proves week-in and week-out to be a wealth of information.

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Disaster Strikes Biddeford Office

On Friday, March 27, 2009, our law firm's Biddeford office became the victim of an accident caused by an alleged drunk driver.

Our office at 193 Main Street received fairly extensive damage which can be seen in before/after photos.

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Law Night Ruled A Success

On Thursday February 26th The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein remained open well into the night to give Mainers everywhere an even greater access to justice. “Law Night,” as the promotion is called, is designed to give those who may not have access to a telephone during the day, a chance to call our law firm at night.

The extended service on Law Night is free to Mainers and is available statewide as our firm remains open until 10pm. Mainers with questions about personal injury and Social Security Disability law can call and speak with one of our legal professionals directly and confidentially from the comforts of their own home, and have their legal questions answered at their convenience.

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Tips For Maintaining Your Car In The Cold

With winter in midseason form and January on record as one of the coldest months in Maine’s history, Mainer’s have to do all that they can to keep themselves and their cars operating in tiptop condition.

With greater Portland averaging a daily temperature of 17.5 degrees for the month of January, Southern Maine felt the cooling effects of Mother Nature. But as with winter, the further north one goes, the colder it gets. 

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Snowmobile Safety Tips

When winter hits Maine, many residents look to our vast winter wonderland for fun. And as soon as snow blankets the ground, so do snowmobiles.

Snowmobiling may be a favorite pastime of Mainers, but while entertaining, it is also dangerous. Each year many Maine residents are injured in snowmobile accidents, with last year’s snowmobile season resulting in twelve deaths. With two deaths already recorded this winter, Maine’s snowmobile season is off to a perilous start. Both accidents involved drivers under the age of 20, both of whom were speeding.
 

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Joe Bornstein "Adopts-A-Family"

The holiday season is a special time for family, friends, and fun, but that special time can be difficult if you or a loved one has been seriously injured or disabled. The stress of a debilitating injury can leave one feeling incapable of helping others, and that feeling may be intensified during the holidays.

Each year at the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein we help Mainers who have been hurt or disabled through no fault of their own, and each year during the holidays we feel truly grateful for all that we have and all that we’ve accomplished. One of the ways that we like to show our gratitude is by “adopting a family” during the holiday season.

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Winter Driving Safety Tips

Over the course of a Maine winter, Mother Nature tests even the savviest of drivers with snow, sleet, and freezing rain. And with the ample amount of precipitation that our state receives, it is to be expected that roads will become slippery, and when roads become slippery, accidents happen.

While slick roads may be inevitable in the Pine Tree State, preparing for poor driving conditions is not. And with a little preparation and the right mindset behind the wheel, drivers will be more apt to travel safely and avoid any unforeseen complications that may arise amidst their winter commute.

Here are a few driving tips that will help keep you safe and sound during the winter, and help minimize the risks on the wintery roads:
 

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Joe Bornstein's Holiday Cheer

The season's changed to winter and the snow is yet to come.
The holidays are upon us as the drums play rum pum pum.
Candles illuminate windows, and burn in menorahs too,
The holidays are a time to rejoice and that's precisely what we should do.

You've heard of Dasher and Dancer, and the rest that pull Santa's sleigh,
Carrying holiday spirit, along with games for children to play.
Rudolph is the most famous reindeer, something everyone can recall.
But do you know the name of Maine's most favorite lawyer of all?

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Holiday Season Safety Tips

The holiday season is upon us, and that means an abundance of decorations, dreidels, and desserts. But with all of the causes for celebration comes an increase risk in all things safety-related. And while it’s exciting to be swept up in the sea of holiday spirits, it is important to remember to be conscious and careful. Because after all of the gifts have been given and all of the trees have been trimmed, the only thing that matters is that we are safe and sound, and together again for the holiday season.

Here are a few Holiday Season Safety Tips that we would like to pass along to our friends, loved ones, and clients. Following these guidelines will help everyone have a happy and healthy holiday season, which is all that we really want for the holidays.

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When Roads Get Slick - The Slick Wear Seat Belts

With winter upon us, and snow and ice inevitable, driving conditions can take a turn for the worse at the drop of a flake. And while it is mandatory for everyone in the state of Maine to wear a seatbelt, now is the time for a friendly reminder of all state seatbelt rules and regulations.

In May 2007, Maine passed regulation that made seatbelts mandatory for all motorists and their passengers. Children, however, have slightly different safety laws than adults to obey.

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A Time To Be Thankful

When talks turn to our economy, it’s easy to get anxiety in regards to our country’s current state of affairs. And with the uncertainty of the future, that anxiety is as much justified as it is tangible. But if there’s one thing the holiday season can do like no other time of the year, it’s lift the spirits of the young and the old, the wealthy and the less fortunate, the healthy and the injured, and everyone in between.

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful. It’s a time to be with the ones you love, and a time to be grateful for what you have. With so much dissension in the world, it’s easy to focus on what’s wrong. But if you stop to reflect on how fortunate we undeniably are, and how wonderful it is to live in the great state of Maine, you may agree with the adage that life here really is the way it should be.

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Joe Bornstein Opens New Augusta Office

Conveniently located in the state capital, our new office will give Mainers from Kennebec, Lincoln, Knox, and Waldo counties a piece of the pie (or in our case, cake!) and even more access to justice in their personal injury and Social Security disability claims.

The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is proud to announce the grand opening of our newest law office located at 285 State Street in Augusta.

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Trick Or Treat - Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween has long been one of children’s favorite holidays. Between dressing in costumes, bobbing for apples, and going door-to-door collecting candy, kids in the U.S. have been celebrating Halloween since the nineteenth century. But while costume parties, haunted houses, and trick-or-treating provide entertainment, the real key to having fun on Halloween is safety. 

On a night when innocent boys and girls transform into innovative ghosts and goblins, it’s important that both parents and children take the proper safety precautions. Here are a few tips from the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein to help ensure that you and your children have a happy and safe Halloween:

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Stop Identity Theft Before It Happens To You

According to the Federal Trade Commission approximately 9 million people have their identities stolen each year. Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal identifying information such as your contact information, Social Security number, or credit card number with the intention of committing a fraud. 

The severity of identity theft varies widely. Some cases may be resolved with as little as a phone call, while others require hundreds of dollars and numerous hours trying to clear a victim’s name. In addition, victims often miss or lose out on jobs, housing, education, cars, and in the most extreme cases, are arrested for a crime they did not commit. 

According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, identity theft is divided into four subcategories:

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Using A Woodstove Or Fireplace This Winter? Then Read These Safety Tips!

With autumn upon us and temperatures beginning to drop, Mainers will soon begin to heat their homes. And with the increased cost in heating oil, residents will be looking for other ways to keep warm.

The two most common alternative sources of heat in Maine are the woodstove and fireplace. Both can be effective and cost efficient ways of heating your home, however, safety precautions must be taken in order for them to be used properly. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers the following tips on how to properly use and maintain a woodstove or fireplace:

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Message To Parents: Avoid Children's Clothing With Drawstrings

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) advises parents to avoid dressing their children in clothing that have drawstrings around the neck of the garment, including sweatshirts, jackets, and other such items. The drawstrings have the potential to catch on playground equipment, fences, tree branches and school bus doors, and strangle a child.

In the past two decades, the CPSC has received reports of 27 deaths and 70 non-fatal incidents involving the entanglement of children’s clothing with drawstrings, and they recommend that parents remove or cut all drawstrings from their children’s clothing to eliminate the hazard.

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Summer is Here - Everyone Into the Water!

The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein wants all of its friends and family to have a fun-filled summer in the pool, at the lake, or by the ocean.  Still, we caution everyone to know the safety rules of swimming and to be aware that the water can pose dangers if we are not careful.

In 2005, 3,582 people in the United States drowned, with one in four fatalities occurring in children under the age of 14.  In an attempt to reduce this number, and to make sure we all have a safe summer in and around the water, the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein asks everyone to know these safety rules:

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Bicycle Safety

Spring has officially sprung, and that means kids all across the state will be riding bikes again.  And with the influx of new riders on the road, it is important for both bicyclists and drivers to pay attention and follow a few simple rules.  Doing so will make everyone's ride more enjoyable.

For bicyclists, regardless of your experience, it is important to remember

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