Thursday, October 2, 2014

Ribbon Cutting at The Shops at Cape Neddick

The Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting at The Shops at Cape Neddick on Tuesday, October 7, 2014.

In photo from left to right: Andrea Burzon, Georgia Dubois, Eliza Dubois, Jeanne Lombardi, Linda Forster and not pictured: Marcina Disidoro


About The Shops at Cape Neddick:

It's where to go for the most unique blend of local and hand-crafted gifts, art, furniture and decor for your home and garden.

From new to vintage designs from local artisan, seasonal and home decor,  cards, candles, gifts, jewelry and accessories, you never know what you will find at The Shops.

But if you find it, buy it, because everything is one of a kind, and it might not be there next time you come in.

It’s a unique shopping experience with 5 shops, under one roof, in a boutique-like environment featuring anything from European antiques to industrial and up-cycled furnishings, custom made lighting and furnishings that will inspire you and surprise others. Visit The Shops at Cape Neddick at 1300 U.S Route One, Cape Neddick, ME 03902. FMI: (207) 363-2500


Girl Meets World "Girl Meets World: Of Terror" Airs Tonight, Thursday October 2nd

Tonight, fans of the Disney Channel series 'Girl Meets World' will be able to watch an Halloween themed episode entitled "Girl Meets World: Of Terror". The kids face a trilogy of terror when Riley has a sleepover at Maya's with her Gammy Hart and pet ferret, Auggie confronts the monster under his bed and Farkle tackles his most terrifying fear yet - playing softball.

'Girl Meets World' series stars Rowan Blanchard as Riley Matthews, Sabrina Carpenter as Maya, Peyton Meyer as Lucas Friar, August Maturo as Auggie Matthews, Danielle Fishel and Ben Savage reprising the "Cory and Topanga" roles they made famous in ABC's hugely-popular sitcom "Boy Meets World" (1993-2000).

Ribbon Cutting at The Dog Wash Too on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

The Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting at The Dog Wash Too on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

The Dog Wash Too recently opened at 470 US Route One, York Maine!
The Dog Wash Too is a dog and cat pampering grooming spa where the dogs and cats are kings and queens! Helen Crocker is dedicated to the well being of your beloved companions. Be assured that your dog or cat will receive a grooming service that will meet your expectations. The bond and trust between the groomer and the animal is Helen's primary concern. Helen has been grooming in York for the last 20 years.
Please come by and visit us at our new convenient location!
207-363-4426


Piper Curda, Major Curda and Saylor Curda Disney's VIP Halloween Event Attendees

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Glendale, California - Seventeen year old 'I Didn't Do It' star Piper Curda with siblings Major Curda and Saylor Curda looked adorable as they stepped out to attend Disney's VIP Halloween event held at Disney Consumer Products Campus on October 1, 2014 in Glendale, California.

Piper Joy Curda is an American teen actress and singer, known for her role as Jasmine in I Didn't Do It.
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Francesca Capaldi Disney's VIP Halloween Event Attendee

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Glendale, California - Ten year old 'Dog With A Blog' star Francesca Capaldi looked super adorable wearing a blue dress with sandals to Disney's VIP Halloween event held at Disney Consumer Products Campus on October 1, 2014 in Glendale, California.

Francesca Capaldi is an American child actress. She currently co-stars as Chloe James in the Disney Channel sitcom Dog with a Blog.
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"A Room With A View" The Maine Windjammer Project

"A Room With A View" by Doug Mills
A room with a view at Marshall Point Lighthouse.[10-01-2014]



"Let your dreams take flight."


Rowan Blanchard Disney's VIP Halloween Event Attendee

Glendale, California - Twelve year old 'Girl Meets World' star Rowan Blanchard looked super adorable wearing a red/black dress with black boots to Disney's VIP Halloween event held at Disney Consumer Products Campus on October 1, 2014 in Glendale, California.

Rowan who plays Riley Matthews in 'Girl Meets World' faces life lessons through her parents, friends and school. Her best friend in this series is Maya Hart played by Sabrina Carpenter. 'Girl Meets World' airs Friday nights at 8:30pm ET/PT with an all new episode on October 2nd, 2014.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

VERSO ANNOUNCES CLOSURE OF BUCKSPORT, MAINE PAPER MILL

Bucksport, Maine - Verso Paper Corp. (NYSE:VRS) today announced plans to close its paper mill in Bucksport, Maine. The closure of the mill is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2014. The mill closure will reduce Verso’s coated groundwood paper production capacity by approximately 350,000 tons and its specialty paper production capacity by approximately 55,000 tons.

“The Bucksport mill unfortunately has not been profitable for a number of years, in spite of our employees’ dedicated efforts to make it so. Our assessment indicates that it is impossible for the mill to achieve profitability in today’s marketplace,” said Verso President and Chief Executive Officer, Dave Paterson.

“This decision is especially difficult because of the significant impact that the closure of the

Maine Department of Labor Assisting Workers at Verso in Bucksport

*Rapid Response team will schedule sessions and apply for Trade assistance*
Bucksport, Maine - The Rapid Response team of the Maine Department of Labor has contacted the owners of Verso Paper Corp. in Bucksport. The WARN notification will be issued today with an anticipated closure date of December 1, 2014. The power plant will stay open. This shut down is anticipated to affect more than 400 union workers and an additional 100-plus salaried employees.

"This is a true loss for the region," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "We are putting all of our available resources into assisting these workers, this industry and this region and we are also going to assist in the search for a buyer for this operation."

The Rapid Response team will be meeting with the union and company officials as soon as possible

Statement of Governor LePage on Verso Paper

Augusta, Maine - Governor Paul R. LePage released the following statement about today's announcement from Verso Paper:

"I learned about closure of the Bucksport mill late this afternoon. I have spoken to Verso Paper CEO David Patterson and I continue to receive information. I have called an emergency meeting with my economic development team who is committed to working with Verso and other interested parties in order to keep the mill open. We will assess any and all options as we move forward. I have rearranged my schedule to attend to this developing situation and will be in the Bangor region Thursday.

"My thoughts are with the workers and families who are affected by this closure. As an Administration, we stand ready to provide resources to them, including the training and support needed to transition into new job opportunities. The Department of Labor has mobilized a team to assist these workers and will do everything it can to help them during this difficult time. "

Maine CDC Confirms First Case of Powerful Virus

Practicing good hygiene is critical to reducing the spread of this virus, which mostly impacts children
Augusta, Maine - The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention today received confirmation from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) late on Tuesday that a Maine child from York County tested positive for the enterovirus D68 infection. The child, who was initially hospitalized, has returned home and is doing well.

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) may initially look like the common cold. It sometimes causes a fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough and muscle aches. The more severe cases across the country have caused difficulty in breathing and/or wheezing in children with a history of respiratory problems. There is no vaccine for EV-D68, it is highly contagious, and children with asthma seem to be at higher risk.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Sheila Pinette cautions parents to act quickly if changes in a child's health

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

*Maine Department of Labor helps businesses hire and retain people with disabilities* 
AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Department of Labor will be raising awareness of the benefits of employing people with disabilities throughout the month of October. The theme of this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month is "Expect. Employ. Empower."

"My administration is helping people focus on what they can do, not what they can't," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "More than 15 percent of our citizens have one or more disabilities and more than 50 percent of them are working-age adults. These Mainers contribute to our economy as customers and offer a great deal to employers in productivity, loyalty and perspective. I encourage Maine employers to work with the Department of Labor to diversify their workforce."

"Our Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) and Ticket-to-Work Program provide services to

The Goldbergs "Mama Drama" Airs Tonight, Wednesday October 1st

In the tonight's episode "Mama Drama", Adam’s desire to be the lead in the school musical, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” goes unfulfilled when he’s cast in something other than the leading role. Insistent her son is a star, Beverly casts Adam in a rival show, but when he becomes too self-obsessed for the rest of the cast, Beverly makes a drastic decision. Meanwhile, Murray’s disdain for traffic results in leaving every sporting event early much to Barry’s dismay, including a Flyers game that ends with an unprecedented event, on “The Goldbergs,” Wednesday, October 1st (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“The Goldbergs” stars Wendi McLendon-Covey (“Bridesmaids”) as Beverly Goldberg, Patton

Congress Street Named One of America’s Great Streets

American Planning Association bestows honor to 10 Great Streets Across America
PORTLAND, Maine – The American Planning Association (APA) today announced that Portland’s Congress Street has earned the designation as one of the 10 Great Streets for 2014. Each October during National Community Planning Month, APA’s Great Places in America program names 30 exemplary streets, neighborhoods and public spaces that add value to communities and foster economic growth and jobs.

“Congress Street is the heart and soul of Portland’s downtown,” said Mayor Michael Brennan. “It’s great to see Portland receiving more national attention, and to be recognized for the more than 30 years of work that the City planners have been doing to improve Congress Street.” 

Congress Street serves as the city's primary east-west commercial and transportation axis. Dating

Maine has cleanest ozone season yet

*-In 2014 there were no unhealthy ozone days in Maine-*
Augusta, Maine - Long known for its healthy environment, the State of Maine experienced an unprecedented ozone season this year with absolutely no unhealthy ozone days or exceedances of the federal ozone standard.

Since 1980, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection has tracked ozone, an indicator of climate change. This is the first time that ozone levels have not reached the unhealthy for sensitive groups level.

"2014 has been the an unprecedented year for Maine's air quality," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Long known as end of the tailpipe of the nation, the reality in Maine is quite different. The people of Maine can be proud of our air quality - some of the best in the country."

Overall, 2014 has been the cleanest ozone season. Ozone was at the lowest seasonal average and had the lowest number of moderate ozone days. Prior to the 2014 season, 2009 was the cleanest season when Maine had three unhealthy days for people with sensitivities.

"Go ahead and take a deep breath, Maine's air is clean," said Maine DEP Commissioner Patricia Aho. "We are fortunate in Maine to have some of the cleanest air in the country. Not only is it good for our environment, it's good for our health and our economy."

On Thursday, September 4, 2014, the department advised of a predicted unhealthy ozone day for sensitive groups in the Southern Coast for the following day but the actual air quality never went above the moderate level.

DEP measures ozone at five levels: Good, Moderate, Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, Unhealthy and Very Unhealthy.

For more information about Maine's air monitoring program, please visit: http://maine.gov/dep/air/ozone/index.html

Governor LePage Proclaims October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month

AUGUSTA, Maine – Governor Paul R. LePage September 30th joined state and local officials, representatives from law enforcement, business and community leaders and victims’ advocacy groups at the Blaine House to mark the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

In a special ceremony, Governor LePage expressed gratitude to business leader and philanthropist Ernie Boch Jr. for his gift of $25,000 to the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence. Mr. Boch, President and CEO of Subaru of New England, presented Governor LePage and Julie Colpitts, Executive Director of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic with the check. The funds will be used to raise awareness and provide much-needed funding to assist victims of domestic violence, especially children.

“I am very grateful for Ernie’s donation, which will help assist some of the most vulnerable victims,” said Governor LePage. “Domestic violence, in my opinion, is the worst kind of abuse. This crime has a devastating and lasting effect on our families and communities. Perhaps, those hurt the most are our children and it is heartbreaking. I know the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence will put this money to good use and the people who need it most will be helped.”

There have been 10 homicides in Maine this year – seven have been domestic violence-related. Every

Ansel Elgort Hits 'Men, Women And Children' Los Angeles Premiere

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Los Angeles, California - Twenty year old actor Ansel Elgort looked handsome wearing a suit and tie, leather jacket with black shoes as he hits the red carpet for the Los Angeles premiere of 'Men, Women And Children' held DGA Theater on September 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Ansel Elgort is an American actor, music producer, and DJ under the name "Ansølo". As a film actor, he is known for playing Tommy Ross in Carrie, Caleb Prior in Divergent, and Augustus Waters in The Fault in Our Stars.
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Kaitlyn Dever Hits 'Men, Women And Children' Los Angeles Premiere

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International
Los Angeles, California - Seventeen year old actress Kaitlyn Dever looked beautiful wearing a blue outfit with heels as she hits the red carpet for the Los Angeles premiere of 'Men, Women And Children' held DGA Theater on September 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Kaitlyn Dever born December 21, 1996 is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Gwen Thompson in the American Girl film entitled An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong, Loretta McCready in Justified, Eve Baxter in Last Man Standing, and Jayden in Short Term 12. Currently, she will be seen in the movie 'Men, Women & Children" which hits theater October 17th, 2014.
Photos by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage

"Curtis Island Lighthouse" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Curtis Island Lighthouse" by Doug Mills
Grace Bailey passing the Curtis Island Light in Camden Maine.[06-24-2010]



"Let your dreams take flight."

Katherine Hughes Hits 'Men, Women And Children' Los Angeles Premiere

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Los Angeles, California - Twenty one year old actress Katherine Hughes looked simply gorgeous wearing a blue crop top and skirt with heels as she hits the red carpet for the Los Angeles premiere of 'Men, Women And Children' held DGA Theater on September 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Katherine C. Hughes is an actress, known for Roadie (2011), Men, Women & Children (2014) and Surviving Family (2012).
Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage

Kerris Dorsey Hits 'Men, Women And Children' Los Angeles Premiere

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Los Angeles, California - Sixteen year old actress Kerris Dorsey looked simply lovely wearing a black dress with heels as she hits the red carpet for the Los Angeles premiere of 'Men, Women And Children' held DGA Theater on September 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Kerris Dorsey is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Paige Whedon on the TV series Brothers & Sisters from 2006 to 2011 and for playing Billy Beane's daughter, Casey Beane, in the 2011 film Moneyball. Dorsey currently plays Bridget, daughter of the titular character on the Showtime series Ray Donovan.
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Amanda Steele Hits 'Men, Women And Children' Los Angeles Premiere

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Los Angeles, California - Fourteen year old Beauty guru and Youtube blogger Amanda Steele looked really beautiful wearing a black tank top and pants with heels as she hits the red carpet for the Los Angeles premiere of 'Men, Women And Children' held DGA Theater on September 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Amanda Steele is a fourteen year old YouTuber. She is known on YouTube as MakeupbyMandy24. Steele channel has over one million subscribers and she has uploaded 231 videos. Amanda has a second channel on YouTube under the name of Maaannndddyy. This channel has just under three hundred thousand subscribers. Her videos feature beauty and fashion advice.
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Elena Kampouris Hits 'Men, Women And Children' Los Angeles Premiere

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Los Angeles, California - Teen actress Elena Kampouris looked simply beautiful wearing a green dress with heels as she hits the red carpet for the Los Angeles premiere of 'Men, Women And Children' held DGA Theater on September 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Elena Kampouris is an actress, known for Labor Day (2013), Jinxed (2013) and Men, Women & Children (2014).
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Dallas Texas Hospital Confirms Ebola Case

A Texas hospital patient has tested positive for Ebola, making the patient the first case diagnosed in the United States. The test was conducted at the state public health laboratory in Austin. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the positive result.

The patient is an adult with a recent history of travel to West Africa. The patient developed symptoms days after returning to Texas from West Africa and was admitted into isolation on Sunday at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

The Texas Department of State Health Services is working with the CDC, the local health department and the hospital to investigate the case and work to prevent transmission of the disease. The hospital has implemented infection control measures to help ensure the safety of patients and staff.

Ebola is a severe, often fatal disease. Early symptoms of Ebola include sudden fever, fatigue and

Camden International Film Festival Announces 2014 Festival and Points North Documentary Forum Awards

Camden, Maine  The Camden International Film Festival announced the award winning films from its tenth edition, which marked the end of a four-day weekend that included the screening of over 70 films from dozens of countries, as well as the 6th Points North Documentary Forum. The festival hosted over 150 filmmakers and industry leaders, with filmmakers in attendance for almost every public screening and an increased number of passes sold, despite the beautiful autumnal Maine weather.
This year’s Harrell Award for Best Documentary Feature went to CIFF’s Opening Night film VIRUNGA directed by Orlando von Einsiedel, who attended the festival to present his film and went on to accept the award via Skype. The Jury, consisting of Susan Margolin(President, Docurama), Banker White (Filmmaker, THE GENIUS OF MARIAN) and Cecily Pingree (Filmmaker, BETTING THE FARM) awarded their Special Jury Mention to J.P. Sniadecki’s THE IRON MINISTRY which had its US Premiere at CIFF and continues on to play the New York Film Festival later this week.
This year’s Emerging Cinematic Vision Award sponsored by Vimeo went to APPROACHING

Eastern Maine Community College Students to Partner with Orono Police Department to Stage Traffic Stops

BANGOR, Maine – Students in Eastern Maine Community College’s new criminal justice program will be participating in mock traffic stops with the Orono Police Department.

These exercises will take place on Wednesday, October 1st from 1:00-1:50pm and Thursday, October 2nd from 9:30-10:45am in the parking lot located on the east side of Penobscot Hall on the EMCC campus in Bangor.

Students will role-play as police officers and react to a mock-scenario that warrants pulling over a vehicle. These scenarios can range from a basic stop sign violation, to travelling at excessive speed, to swerving over the center line. According to Cornel Plebani, instructor for the criminal justice program, this will enable students to take what they have learned in the classroom and apply it to changeable factors and scenarios.

“These experiential exercises will test students’ ability to navigate a stop scenario,” says Plebani.

Portland's Parks Commission to Host 5th Annual Green Space Gathering

WHO: The City of Portland's Parks Commission members; Keynote Speaker Elizabeth Vizza, Executive Director, Friends of the Public Garden, Boston Common; Special Guest Speaker Wolfe Tone, Maine State Director, The Trust for Public Land.

WHAT: An annual gathering to discuss the past, present and future of Portland's parks and open spaces.

WHEN: Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

WHERE: Ocean Gateway, Portland.

City’s Façade Improvement Program Gives Facelift to Three Buildings & Six Storefronts on Congress Street

Portland, Maine - Thanks in part to the City of Portland’s Façade Improvement Program, three buildings and six storefronts on Congress Street have been, or are in the process of, getting a facelift. The City’s Economic Development Department created the program, and collaborates with the Planning & Urban Development to administer it. The funding, which helps to leverage private investment, comes from the City’s Community Development Block Grant through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

”The Façade Program produces such tangible results,” said Greg Mitchell, Portland’s Economic Developer Director. “This is an effective program to stimulate private sector investment. Thanks to the many property and business owners who have partnered with the City to rehab their storefronts, the experience of Congress Street continues to get better and better.”

Once this second round of the Façade Program on Congress Street has been completed, the public

Sadie Robertson & Mark Ballas Dances The 'Waltz'

Hollywood, California - Seventeen year old actress Sadie Robertson looked stunning as she danced the 'Waltz' with her partner Mark Ballas on the September 29th performance episode of Dancing With The Stars. They danced to a song from the movie UP! entitled "Married Life".

Watch their performance below:

Janel Parrish & Val Chmerkovskiy Danced A Perfect 'Jazz' Routine

Hollywood, California - Twenty five year old actress Janel Parrish and her dance partner Val Chmerkovskiy danced a perfect 'Jazz' routine. Their dance earned them a perfect 40 points during the September 29th performance night from the judges. All the dancers danced to their favorite movie songs.

Watch their dance below:

Collins, King Announce Nearly $2.5 Million to Support Job Training Programs for Displaced Workers in Maine


WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King September 29th announced that Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) will receive $2,499,977 in federal funding from the Department of Labor (DOL) to support and expand ongoing efforts to train displaced workers, including those eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance. The KVCC project, titled “Advancing Healthcare and Construction Careers in Mid-Maine,” will support job training programs in the construction, healthcare and social assistance industries.

“This grant represents an important investment in the development of Maine’s workforce,” said

Collins, King Announce More Than $400,000 in Grant Funding to Assist Maine Families Living in Public Housing


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development, and U.S. Senator Angus King September 29th announced that several housing authorities and municipalities in Maine will receive a total of $401,658 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The grant funding will come through HUD’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) and will be used to help public housing residents and individuals participating in the Housing Choice Voucher Program to increase their education and gain marketable skills that will allow them to find employment and advance in their current work.

“Public Housing Authorities in Maine play an indispensable role in helping some of our most