Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Governor Finds Funding to Pay For New Drug Enforcement Agents, Judges, Prosecutors

Bill will go to Legislature on Thursday
Augusta, Maine - Governor Paul R. LePage will propose emergency legislation to fund his initiative to fight drug crime by adding Maine Drug Enforcement Agents, judges and prosecutors, which was a major initiative he outlined in his State of the State Address.

“Although my proposal was widely supported, it died when the Appropriations Committee failed to fund it,” said the Governor. “But this issue is much too important to let die. I am pleased that we have found the funding to help combat the drug epidemic that is ravaging our state. We cannot wait any longer. We must act now to crack down on drug dealers and make our streets safe for Maine families.”

The Governor will propose using revenue in the Unclaimed Property Fund account to pay for LD 1811, “An Act to Appropriate and Allocate Funds to Strengthen the State’s Efforts to Investigate, Prosecute and Punish Persons Committing Drug Crimes.” LD 1811 would add 10 new MDEA agents, two new District Court judges, deputy marshals and assistant clerks, and two prosecutors in the Attorney General’s office.

In addition, the bill would provide $750,000 to augment existing drug addiction treatment programs. The total cost of the proposal is about $2.5 million.

The proposal initially had broad bipartisan support in the Legislature, and it won endorsement from the judicial branch and law enforcement agencies across the state.

Bella Thorne To Co-Star In Teen Comedy ‘THE DUFF’ For CBS Films

"Bella Thorne may have graduated from the Disney Channel but she's heading back to high school for her next movie, as she's nearing a deal to star alongside Mae Whitman in CBS Films’ comedy “The DUFF,".

We are excited and thrilled that sixteen year old actress Bella Thorne is landing more role in movies. Please click above to read more about Bella landing this latest role via The Wrap.

Congratulations Bella Thorne!!

Maine Nursing Homes Facing Closure, Elderly At Risk

Governor provides funding solution in emergency bill
AUGUSTA, Maine – Governor Paul R. LePage will propose emergency legislation to immediately fund Maine’s nursing facilities, some of which are in jeopardy of closure. Governor LePage will send the bill to lawmakers Thursday, May 1, when they reconvene at the State House prior to adjourning the 126th Second Regular Session.

Maine nursing homes are struggling, and some are on the brink of shutting down. According to Rick Erb, chief executive officer of the Maine Health Care Association—an organization that represents 101 of the State’s nursing homes—funding is not adequate. “It is well documented that Maine under-reimburses its nursing homes by over $22 million per year already, threatening their viability,” he stated. “We believe this to be penny wise and pound foolish.”

The Governor’s bill will allocate funds for nursing homes from a one-time disbursement of tobacco settlement money (State of Maine v. Philip Morris, et al., Kennebec County Superior Court, Docket No. CV-97-134).

The Governor vetoed a bill (LD 1719) that would have used those funds for “pilot projects” and “outreach campaigns”, most of which could be funded with other grants. His veto message states:

There are nursing homes in Maine that are on the verge of imminent shutdown due to the decade-long failure of the Legislature to adequately fund them. They need funding now, not tomorrow, and not starting in June of 2015, which is when the Legislature’s proposed budget would start increasing their funding. The funding stream attached to this bill should be used to fund the pressing priorities of keeping the doors open at Maine’s nursing homes, as well as increasing adult day services, which help to keep seniors in their homes for longer. It’s time we figure out our priorities—a vote to override this veto is a vote to close nursing facilities.

“Our elderly and disabled should not be forced to live in fear of knowing if they will have a place to call home tomorrow, said Governor LePage. “I simply will not stand for this and it’s why I have provided a solution to pay our nursing homes to keep our most vulnerable Mainers safe.”

Cumberland Candidate Forum‏

Falmouth, Maine - On Tuesday, May 6 at 7:30pm, the Town of Cumberland will hold a Candidate Forum hosted by Chris Hall, CEO of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce.  This event will take place at Cumberland Town Hall and is open to the public. No registration is required.  Candidates will include Mike Timmons (R) and Joe Kumiszcza (R), candidates for Cumberland Representative as well as Steve Woods (D) and Cathy Breen (D), candidates for State Senate.  The schedule will be as follows:

7:30- 7:33 Welcome from Councilor Mike Edes

7:33 – 7:45 – Candidate Introductions

7:45 – 8:30 Candidate Questions

8:30 – 8:45  - Candidates Closing Remarks

8:45 – Closing Remarks from Chris Hall

For more information, please contact Bill Shane, wshane@cumberlandmaine.com.

The 100 "Contents Under Pressure" Airs Tonight April 30th

Fans of the CW series 'The 100' will be able to watch an all new episode tonight at 9pm ET/PT entitled "Contents Under Pressure". KATE VERNON ("BATTLESTAR GALACTICA") GUEST STARS IN THIS EPISODE - Clarke (Eliza Taylor) and Raven (guest star Lindsey Morgan) make contact with the Ark, and Abby (Paige Turco) guides Clarke through a dangerous procedure in a desperate move to save one of their own. Meanwhile, on the Ark, Abby is removed from the council, and former Chancellor Diana Sydney (guest star Kate Vernon) takes her place. Jaha (Isaiah Washington) reveals to Abby that there are not enough drop ships for everyone on the Ark to go down to Earth, and Kane (Henry Ian Cusick) begins to deal with his guilt over his recent decision. Thomas McDonell, Bob Morley, Devon Bostick and Chris Larkin also star. John Showalter directed the episode written by Akela Cooper & Kira Snyder.

Ninety-seven years ago, nuclear Armageddon decimated planet Earth, destroying civilization. The only survivors were the 400 inhabitants of 12 international space stations that were in orbit at the time. Three generations have been born in space, the survivors now number 4,000, and resources are running out on their dying "Ark" - the 12 stations now linked together and repurposed to keep the survivors alive. Draconian measures including capital punishment and population control are the order of the

Arrow "City of Blood" Airs Tonight April 30th

Tonight, fans of the CW series 'Arrow' will be able to watch an all new episode at 8pm ET/PT entitled "City of Blood". After Slade threatens to take everything Oliver loves away, Oliver decides the fastest way to stop further bloodshed is to surrender to his enemy. Knowing that surrender will surely lead to Oliver's death, Diggle and Felicity go to extreme measures to keep Oliver from confronting Slade. Meanwhile, Thea considers leaving town, and Laurel resumes her crusade against Sebastian Blood. Finally, Slade unleashes his assault on Starling City.


After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he's become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow - a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be - flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle - while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel's father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver's own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.

MELISSA & JOEY "Accidents Will Happen" Airs Tonight April 30th

Tonight, Wednesday, April 30th, fans of the ABC Family series 'Melissa & Joey' will be able watch an all new episode at 8pm ET/PT entitled "Accidents Will Happen". Mel gets shocking news from her doctor.

Mel is surprised by the news her doctor (guest star Beth Broderick) gives her but is unsure if she should share it with Joe while he’s in the middle of a major business pitch.

Meanwhile, Ryder forms a study group with the class genius and a hot girl, and Lennox and Zander (guest star Sterling Knight) have a major misunderstanding when Lennox covers for Mel.

“Melissa & Joey” stars Melissa Joan Hart, Joey Lawrence, Taylor Spreitler and Nick Robinson, and is executive-produced by Bob Young & David Kendall, Paula Hart, Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence.
Photos Credit: ABC Family

White House Schedule - April 30, 2014

Carolina Garcia Delfin, 94, a Filipina nurse who fought in the resistance against Japanese forces during World War II, kisses President Barack Obama after he mentioned her in his remarks to American and Philippine troops at Fort Bonifacio in Manila, Philippines, April 29, 2014.
In the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks on the importance of Congress passing legislation to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10, helping to ensure that no American who works full time has to raise a family in poverty. 
12:15 PM
The Vice President delivers remarks at the Atlantic Council's special tribute to NATO and the European Union
Atlantic Council
1:00 PM
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
3:10 PM
The President delivers remarks on the minimum wage
The East Room


Isabelle Fuhrman Attends Communities In Schools of Los Angeles Gala 2014

Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Communities In Schools of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California - Seventeen year old actress Isabelle Fuhrman looked really adorable in a white jacket, blue jean shirt and jean shorts with black boots as she steps out to attend the Communities In Schools of Los Angeles Gala 2014, Presented By CAA And EIF on April 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Isabelle Fuhrman born February 25, 1997 is an American actress. She is known for playing Esther in the 2009 horror/thriller film Orphan, and Clove in The Hunger Games.

Jennette McCurdy & Jared Eng Attends BCBGMAXAZRIA 25th Anniversary Retrospective Celebration

Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for BCBGMAXAZRIA
Vernon, California - Twenty one year old actress/singer  Jennette McCurdy looked beautiful in a white dress, black shoes and jacket as she and Jared Eng (looking good) steps out to attend BCBGMAXAZRIA 25th Anniversary Retrospective Celebration held at BCBG Max Azria Group, LLC Corporate Headquarters on April 29, 2014 in Vernon, California.

Jennette McCurdy is an American film and television actress, and country pop singer-songwriter. She is known for her role as Sam Puckett on the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly and is currently reprising her role in the spin-off series Sam & Cat.

Jared Eng is the founder and editor-in-chief of JustJared.com and JustJaredJr.com. Eng was only allowed to watch 30 minutes of television a week. Once he went to college, he was finally exposed to celebrities such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. His appetite for celebrities and pop culture led him to launch the site as a hobby. The website's name was inspired by a character from the show Will and Grace, Jack McFarland, who had a one-man show, “Just Jack.” Established in 2005, JustJared.com received over 3 million unique visitors a month in 2011.

Megan Martin Attends BCBGMAXAZRIA 25th Anniversary Retrospective Celebration

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Vernon, California - Twenty two year old actress Megan Martin looked lovely in a red dress with high heels as she steps out to attend BCBGMAXAZRIA 25th Anniversary Retrospective Celebration held at BCBG Max Azria Group, LLC Corporate Headquarters on April 29, 2014 in Vernon, California.

Meaghan Jette Martin born February 17, 1992 is an American actress and singer. She was best known for her role as Tess Tyler in the Disney Channel original movies, Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. She starred in the now canceled ABC Family television series 10 Things I Hate About You as Bianca Stratford, the main character Jo in Mean Girls 2 and for voicing Naminé in the video game series Kingdom Hearts since 2008.

Vanessa Marano Attends BCBGMAXAZRIA 25th Anniversary Retrospective Celebration

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Vernon, California - Twenty one year old actress Vanessa Marano looked beautiful in a black dress with high heels as she steps out to attend BCBGMAXAZRIA 25th Anniversary Retrospective Celebration held at BCBG Max Azria Group, LLC Corporate Headquarters on April 29, 2014 in Vernon, California.



Vanessa Nicole Marano born October 31, 1992 is an American actress. She has appeared on the TV series Without a Trace, Gilmore Girls, Ghost Whisperer, Scoundrels and The Young and the Restless, among others. She is currently a main character on Switched at Birth, where she stars as Bay Kennish. Her younger sister, Laura Marano is also a successful actress, starring on Austin & Ally.






Jordin Sparks Attends TriStar Picture's 'Mom's Night Out' Hollywood Premiere

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Hollywood, California - Twenty four year old actress Jordin Sparks looked simply beautiful in a orange dress with purple high heels as she steps out to attend the Hollywood premiere Of TriStar Picture's 'Mom's Night Out' held at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on April 29, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

Jordin Brianna Sparks is an American singer-songwriter and actress. In 2007, she came to prominence after winning the sixth season of American Idol; at age 17, she became the youngest winner in the series' history.

Digital Marketing Company to Expand in Rockland

Rockland, Maine - Dream Local Digital, Inc. is the latest Maine business to outgrow its existing facility. The digital marketing company was recently certified for a Maine Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) incentive package designed to assist the company's upcoming expansion in Rockland. Dream Local Digital's investment is expected to lead to the creation of up to 30 new jobs over the next two years.

"Congratulations to Dream Local Digital on its expansion plans," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "The entire state benefits when existing Maine businesses have the opportunity to expand. This is what we've been experiencing recently in communities all across our great state. My Administration will continue doing all it can to help grow our economy by empowering the private sector to invest money and create good jobs for Maine people."

Company founder Shannon Kinney spoke to the competitiveness of the DECD incentives. "We're very driven toward trying to focus our efforts on job creation in Maine. The incentives help provide us with greater financial stability and help us plan ahead and make long term investments."

Kinney also spoke to her working relationship with Governor LePage Account Executive Jaimie Logan and posed it as a crucial cog in the gears of Dream Local Digital's expansion. "Jaimie continues to be a great resource and has already helped by connecting us with key resources and potential clients; attending events; engaging with us on a monthly basis; and zeroing in with us on improvements that the company can make. We're really grateful for Jaimie's ongoing support."

Dream Local Digital is dedicated to helping companies use social media marketing to interact and engage existing customers, locate new clientele, and develop and execute strategy.

For more information on DLD, and the Department of Economic & Community Development, please visit the links below:

Dream Local Digital: www.dreamlocal.com

DECD: www.maine.gov/decd

Ryan Ochoa Attends TriStar Picture's 'Mom's Night Out' Hollywood Premiere

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Hollywood, California - Seventeen year old actor Ryan Ochoa looked handsome in a blue shirt, black jeans and shoes as he steps out to attend the Hollywood premiere Of TriStar Picture's 'Mom's Night Out' held at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on April 29, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

Ryan Ochoa was born on May 17, 1996 in San Diego, California, USA. He is known for his work on Pair of Kings (2010), A Christmas Carol (2009) and The Perfect Game (2009). Currently, Ryan is set to star in 'Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend' as Max Doyle which is filming now.

Abbie Cobb Attends TriStar Picture's 'Mom's Night Out' Hollywood Premiere

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Hollywood, California - Actress Abbie Cobb looked simply beautiful in a green dress with black high heels as she steps out to attend the Hollywood premiere Of TriStar Picture's 'Mom's Night Out' held at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on April 29, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

Abbie Cobb can be seen in the recurring role of "Kimantha" on the popular ABC series, Suburgatory. She also co-stars in two upcoming feature films: Mom's Night Out; from TriStar Pictures and the period drama, The Umbrella Man. Most recently, she starred in the ABC drama pilot, Warriors, expected to be picked up in The Fall which deals with a medical team that takes care of returning combat veterans. Prior to Suburgatory, Cobb had recurring roles on both CW's 90210 and ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Cobb grew up in Nebraska

Alyson Stoner Attends TriStar Picture's 'Mom's Night Out' Hollywood Premiere

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Hollywood, California - Twenty year old actress Alyson Stoner looked pretty in a white jacket, pink top and blue shorts with brown high heels as she steps out to attend the hollywood premiere Of TriStar Picture's 'Mom's Night Out' held at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on April 29, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

Alyson Rae Stoner born August 11, 1993 is an American actress, dancer and singer. Stoner is known for her roles as Max in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Sarah Baker in Cheaper by the Dozen and Cheaper by the Dozen 2, Camille Cage in Step Up, Step Up 3D and Step Up All In and Caitlyn Gellar in Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. She has been a background dancer for several artists, such as Missy Elliott, Eminem, Outkast and Will Smith. Stoner is also known as Sally from Mike's Super Short Show that ran from 2002–2007, and the voice of Isabella Garcia-Shapiro in Phineas and Ferb.

Sammi Hanratty Attends TriStar Picture's 'Mom's Night Out' Hollywood Premiere

Hollywood, California - Eighteen year old actress Sammi Hanratty looked lovely in a black top, white skirt, both with gold detail and black high heels as she steps out to attend the hollywood premiere Of TriStar Picture's 'Mom's Night Out' held at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on April 29, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

Samantha Lynne "Sammi" Hanratty born September 20, 1995 is an American actress and singer. In 2007, she began her acting career portraying young Charlotte "Chuck" Charles on the ABC series Pushing Daisies. Hanratty's first lead role took place in 2009 she portrayed Chrissa Maxwell in An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong. In 2011 She played the role Whitney Brown in the movie "The Greening of Whitney Brown." Hanratty currently serves as a StarPower Ambassador for Starlight Children's Foundation. Sammi currently stars in 'Chosen' as Megan Acosta.

Gabriela Isler Attends 11th Annual Project Sunshine Benefit Celebration

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New York City, New York - Twenty six year old Miss Universe Gabriela Isler looked stunning in black strapless dress as she steps out attend  the 11th Annual Project Sunshine Benefit Celebration held at The Waldorf=Astoria on April 29, 2014 in New York City.

María Gabriela de Jesús Isler Morales born March 21, 1988 in Valencia, Carabobo is a Venezuelan fashion model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Venezuela 2012. Isler was crowned Miss Universe 2013 on November 9, 2013 in Moscow, Russia; she is the third Miss Universe from Venezuela in six years.

Isler was born in the city of Valencia, but has studied and lived in Maracay since she was a little girl. She holds a BA in Management and Marketing. She is 1/4 Swiss and 1/4 German and also holds Swiss citizenship due to her Swiss grandfather from Lausanne. At age of 14 she started modeling as a way to cheer her mother and grandmother up after her aunt passed away.

Erin Brady Attends 11th Annual Project Sunshine Benefit Celebration

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New York City, New York - Twenty six year old Miss USA Erin Brady looked pretty in black as she steps out attend  the 11th Annual Project Sunshine Benefit Celebration held at The Waldorf=Astoria on April 29, 2014 in New York City.

Erin Brady born November 5, 1987 in East Hampton is an American beauty pageant titleholder who won Miss USA 2013. She then represented USA at Miss Universe 2013 in Moscow, Russia, on November 9. Brady is the first woman from the state of Connecticut ever to be crowned Miss USA.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE PUBLIC SCHEDULE APRIL 30, 2014

DEPARTMENT OF STATE
PUBLIC SCHEDULE
APRIL 30, 2014

SECRETARY JOHN KERRY

Secretary Kerry is on travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Kinshasa, DRC; and Luanda, Angola. He is accompanied by Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan Ambassador Donald Booth, Director of Policy Planning David McKean, Spokesperson Jen Psaki, Vice Admiral Kurt Tidd, JCS, and OPIC President Elizabeth Littlefield.

DEPUTY SECRETARY BILL BURNS
9:45 a.m.
 Deputy Secretary Burns meets with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius, at the Department of State.
1:45 p.m. Deputy Secretary Burns meets with Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati, at the Department of State.
3:15 p.m. Deputy Secretary Burns meets with Japanese Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party Shigeru Ishiba, at the Department of State.

DEPUTY SECRETARY HEATHER HIGGINBOTTOM
Deputy Secretary Higginbottom attends meetings and briefings, at the Department of State.

UNDER SERETARY FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS WENDY SHERMAN
Under Secretary Sherman is on travel to Brussels, Belgium, for meetings with the P5+1 Political Directors.

UNDER SECRETARY FOR CIVILIAN SECURITY, DEMOCRACY, AND HUMAN RIGHTS SARAH SEWALL
11:00 a.m. Under Secretary Sewall meets with Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement (DCME) of U.S. Africa Command Ambassador Phillip Carter, at the Department of State.

UNDER SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH, ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT CATHERINE NOVELLI
10:30 a.m.
 Under Secretary Novelli meets with President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan Jay Ponazecki, at the Department of State.
11:00 a.m. Under Secretary Novelli meets with Singapore Ambassador to the U.S. Ashok Mirpuri, at the Department of State.
2:00 p.m. Under Secretary Novelli meets with Executive Director of WildAid Peter Knights, at the Department of State.
2:30 p.m. Under Secretary Novelli meets with Assistant Secretary of Treasury Merissa Lago, at the Department of State.
4:00 p.m. Under Secretary Novelli meets with a team from the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD), at the Department of State.
COUNSELOR TOM SHANNON
9:15 a.m. Counselor Shannon meets with President of Boeing International Shep Hill and Vice President of International Government Relations Stanley Roth, at the Department of State.
10:45 a.m. Counselor Shannon meets with Vice President and General Counsel of Chevron Global Upstream and Gas Edward Scott and Chevron Manager of International Government Affairs Alexandra Valderrama, at the Department of State.
3:45 p.m. Counselor Shannon meets with Chairman of the German Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee Dr. Norbert Röettgen, accompanied by Foreign Affairs Committee staff member Sylvia Hartleif, Head of the German Embassy Political Section Ludger Siemes, and German Embassy Political Section member Marius Osswald, at the Department of State.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIAN AFFAIRS NISHA BISWAL
2:00 p.m. Assistant Secretary Biswal testifies before a subcommittee hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, on Capitol Hill. 

(MEDIA DETERMINED BY HOST)
6:00 p.m. Assistant Secretary Biswal attends the Atlantic Council Distinguished Leadership Awards reception, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington, DC.
ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR WESTERN HEMISPHERE AFFAIRS ROBERTA JACOBSON
11:00 a.m. Assistant Secretary Jacobson briefs members of the media at the Foreign Press Center, in New York, New York.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND LABOR TOM MALINOWSKI
Assistant Secretary Malinowski is on travel to Tallinn, Estonia and Vilnius, Lithuania.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR EUROPEAN AND EURASIAN AFFAIRS VICTORIA NULAND
Assistant Secretary Nuland is on travel to Oslo, Norway.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR POPULATION, REFUGEES AND MIGRATION ANNE CLAIRE RICHARD
6:15 p.m. Assistant Secretary Richard attends the Refugees International 35th Anniversary Gala Dinner, at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC.
7:15 p.m. Assistant Secretary Richard attends the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 2014 National Tribute Dinner, at the Washington Marriot Wardman Park in Washington, DC.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS EVAN RYAN
11:30 a.m. Assistant Secretary Ryan meets with Member of the German Parliament’s Council of Elders on Internal Affairs Bartholomäus Kalb, at the Department of State.
OFFICE OF GLOBAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE-STEPHEN RAPP
Ambassador Rapp attends a tree dedication ceremony in honor of Anne Frank and the National Commemoration of the Holocaust Days of Remembrance, on Capitol Hill.


Cassidy Wolf Attends 11th Annual Project Sunshine Benefit Celebration

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New York City, New York - Nineteen year old Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf looked fabulous in a long purple, black dress as she steps out attend  the 11th Annual Project Sunshine Benefit Celebration held at The Waldorf=Astoria on April 29, 2014 in New York City.


Cassidy Marie Wolf born July 5, 1994 is an American beauty queen who was crowned Miss Teen USA 2013.


While attending Great Oak High School in Temecula, she was crowned Miss Teen Riverside County. Wolf was crowned Miss California Teen USA in 2013, and later the same year Miss Teen USA 2013 on August 10, 2013 in the Bahamas. Wolf was crowned the 31st Miss Teen USA. She was 1st Runner-Up at Miss California Teen USA 2012.




"Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse" by Doug Mills
Schooners Heritage and Mistress meet at the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse.[07-06-2012]



Abigail Breslin Attends 11th Annual Project Sunshine Benefit Celebration

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New York City, New York - Eighteen year old actress Abigail Breslin looked beautiful in a long black dress with high heels as she steps out attend  the 11th Annual Project Sunshine Benefit Celebration held at The Waldorf=Astoria on April 29, 2014 in New York City.

Abigail Kathleen Breslin born April 14, 1996 is an American actress. She is one of the youngest actresses ever to be nominated for an Academy Award. Breslin appeared in her first commercial when she was three years old (1999), and in her first film, Signs (2002), at the age of five. Her other film roles include Little Miss Sunshine (2006); No Reservations (2007); Nim's Island (2008); Definitely, Maybe (2008); My Sister's Keeper (2009); Zombieland (2009); Rango (2011); August: Osage County (2013); and The Call (2013).

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

BETT On It: Mookie, Portland Power Past Reading 10-2

Betts, Shaw, Welch all with two out 2-Run Homers in win
Portland, Maine - The Portland Sea Dogs (15-7) offense came in averaging eight runs per game on the homestand and it exceeded that in the 10-2 win over the Reading Fightin Phils (11-11) Tuesday night at Hadlock Field. The win marks the second in a row, and third on the homestand for the 'Dogs.

The Sea Dogs jumped on Reading's starter Mike Nesseth with two down in the first. Travis Shaw hit a single to left and Stefan Welch crushed a two-run homer into the Portland bullpen and plated the first two runs of the game.

Nesseth (0-1) settled down and retired the next five in a row before he gave up a single to Mookie Betts in the third.

Support for Maine specialty crops announced

State officials say over $600,000 will support natural resource jobs

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) announced that it has been notified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that it will receive $600,343.41 in Specialty Crop Block Grants for projects that help support specialty crop growers, including locally grown fruits and vegetables, through research, programs to increase demand, and for additional agricultural projects. The DACF is currently accepting proposals (RFP #201403710) from qualified applicants through the State of Maine Division of Purchases until May 20.

"Specialty Crop assistance funds will support science-based research by the DACF, University of Maine and private industry to create and sustain natural resource jobs," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine has used these funds to conduct initiatives that assist producers of fresh fruits and vegetables and strengthen markets for specialty crops such as potatoes, wild blueberries, cranberries, other fruits, and horticultural crops."

DACF Commissioner Walt Whitcomb was equally pleased with the announcement, noting the importance and success of projects already conducted with Specialty Crop Grant Program funds.

"Maine specialty crops are world renowned for freshness, taste, and healthful properties," said Whitcomb. "Previously awarded grants have supported Maine growers and producers of wild blueberries, potatoes, vegetables, and other specialty crops. Successful Department initiatives have promoted: good agricultural, handling and manufacturing practices; research on ways to control invasive fruit crop pests; enhanced food safety education for organic and conventional producers; and the development of school agricultural programs."

Details on how to apply:

SPECIALTY CROP BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM (RFP #201403710)

The State of Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Division of Agricultural Resource Development has a requirement for grant proposals which, if approved, will become part of a State of Maine plan submitted for approval and funding from the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. In accordance with State procurement practices, the Department is hereby announcing the publication of a Request for Proposals (RFP #201403710) for proposals from qualified applicants.

A copy of the RFP can be obtained by contacting the Department's RFP Coordinator for this project: John Harker, Director of Market Development. The RFP Coordinator can be reached at the following email address: john.harker@maine.gov or mailing address: 28 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333. The Department encourages all interested vendors to obtain a copy of the RFP and submit a competitive proposal.

Proposals must be submitted to the State of Maine Division of Purchases, located at the Burton M. Cross Office Building, 111 Sewall Street, 4th Floor, 9 State House Station, Augusta, Maine, 04333-0009. Proposals must be submitted by 2:00 pm, local time, on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014, when they will be opened at the Division of Purchases' aforementioned address. Proposals not received at the Division of Purchases' aforementioned address by the aforementioned deadline will not be considered for contract award.

Maine and the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program:

Since 2006, the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, which is administered by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), has awarded over $2.6 million dollars to the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to support the growing number of Maine specialty crop producers who are selling into local and regional markets.

For more information about the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, go to: https://www.maine.gov/dacf/

Air Quality Resources Available Through Maine DEP

-The state's lead environmental agency is using the designated National Air Quality Awareness Week to remind Mainers about resources available for making informed decisions during elevated pollution periods, which have decreased in recent years-

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's air is clean and meets all of the federal air quality standards. With National Air Quality Awareness Week beginning today, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection is reminding Mainers of the free resources it offers for citizen tracking of the State's air quality.

Most of Maine's air quality concerns are a result of polluted air being transported into the state. In recent years, air quality in the State is the best it has been in decades, with only five days in 2013 when air quality was considered unhealthy for sensitive groups, compared to 19 days in 2002, during which there were also eight "unhealthy" days and one "very unhealthy" day.

DEP's meteorologists forecast air quality year-round using a color-coded air quality index. Two pollutants are of primary concern for impacts to the lungs and heart: ozone pollution, usually highest from May through September, and particle pollution, most elevated during the summer and winter months.

The people of Maine are fortunate that on most days in Maine, levels for both are measured in the "good" range (green) but when they rise into the "moderate" range (yellow), individuals who are sensitive to pollution should reduce their exposure and exertion. At the "unhealthy for sensitive groups" range (orange), even healthy individuals who are exercising or working strenuously can be negatively affected and should reduce their exposure in certain locations and during certain times of day.

Daily air quality forecasts are available on the department's website at http://www.maine.gov/dep/air and via a toll-free hotline at (800) 223-1196.

Forecasts can also be accessed each day on DEP's four air quality Twitter accounts, one for each region where alerts have been issued in recent years including midcoast (Twitter handle: meair_acadia), eastern interior (Twitter handle: meair_bangor), western interior (Twitter handle: meair_lewiston) and the southwest coast (Twitter handle: meair_portland).

People who are affected by poor air quality including asthmatics and those with heart conditions as well as sports coaches, elder care workers and nurses who are responsible for the welfare of people impacted by poor air quality are also urged to sign up for EnviroFlash http://www.enviroflash.info an automated, zip code based electronic alert system that warns when air quality is likely to be poor locally through text messages and email.

For more information about DEP's resources for monitoring air quality and recommendations on safe exercise during air quality events, visit http://www.maine.gov/dep/air.

May ArtLab for All Ages at CMCA -- Pins & Pendants

Rockport, Maine - Design and create wearable art at the third annual Mother's Day "Pins & Pendants" ArtLab for All Ages Workshop on Saturday, May 3, at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. These pins and pendants make great gifts for your favorite mom -- or for yourself! The workshop will run from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and is free and open to everyone. All materials will be provided. CMCA is located at 162 Russell Ave. in downtown Rockport.


ArtLab is made possible in part thanks to generous support from Camden National Bank, Harbor Square Gallery, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and individual donors. The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. CMCA's 62nd season opens on May 25. FMI: cmcanow.org.

Can You Fill These Shelves?

Waldoboro, Maine - Medomak River Community Market- a nonprofit Arts and Crafts cooperative located in Waldoboro Village- is excited to be kicking off its fourth season. It location – just steps away from Narrows Tavern, Harvest Moon, and Community Pharmacy-provides a steady stream of “waiters,” those waiting for a prescription, or a table at a busy restaurant!  that like to come in and look around the market.  The market is looking for up to 2 more antique or collectibles consignors to compliment current members.

This eclectic, always evolving market has a little of everything- beautiful painting by local artists, locally made baby and toddler clothing, beeswax candles, felted items,  hand blown glass ornaments, aboriginal reproductions, gently used books, soaps and lotions, hand-made whimsical critters of all sorts,  art supplies, tasty homemade chocolates and other treats-the list goes on and on!  Small antiques and collectibles have a history of doing well in the market- do you have a steady supply you would like to sell? The market would love to talk to you, please contact them at medomakrivercm@gmail.com

The market is still looking for a few more arts and crafts consignors as well,  so whether you are an experienced artist or crafter looking for a friendly shop to display your wares or a “newbie” trying to figure out how to sell your product in a cooperative setting, please contact the market at medomakrivercm@gmail.com for an overview and application.  Market members look forward to talking to you!

Coastal Plastic Surgery sets open house for May 7

The entire Coastal Plastic Surgery team will be available to offer tours of the newly opened office suite at 4 Horton Place, Suite 202, in Topsham. Cosmetic and skin care experts from Obagi, Sculptra, Jane Iredale, Juvederm, Voluma, Botox and Latisse will also be on hand.

Those attending the open house will have the opportunity to meet plastic surgeons Sarah Holland, M.D., Alan Harmatz, M.D., and Charles Foley, M.D., certified physician assistant Sarah Greven, and massage therapist and aesthetician Kate Conner.

Botox and filler demonstrations will be offered at 6:30 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.

Refreshments, door prizes, raffles and giveaways will be offered. A complimentary gift bag will be offered to the first 50 attendees.

Anyone wishing to attend the event is urged to RSVP by calling 795-7524, emailing coastalplasticsurgery@cmhc.org, or registering online at www.coastalplasticsurgerymaine.org/rsvp

Registration for Criminal Law, Juvenile Law, Child Protective and Emancipation Minimum Standards Training (Video Replay)

MCILS has scheduled Video Replays of the following Minimum Standards Trainings:

- Criminal Law, Thursday, June 12, 2014 (7 CLE credits, lunch provided)

- Juvenile Law, Monday, June 23, 2014 (7 CLE credits, lunch provided)

- Child Protection, Tuesday, June 24, 2014 (5 CLE credits, lunch provided)

- Emancipation, Tuesday, June 24, 2014 (2 CLE credits)

The trainings will be held at Room 110, 19 Union Street, Augusta http://goo.gl/maps/kN5Pg

These trainings satisfy the minimum requirements for assigned and contract counsel to be eligible to accept assignments in the areas of Criminal Law, Child Protective, and Emancipation matters under MCILS Rule, Chapter 2. These trainings have been approved by the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar for Continuing Legal Education Credits.

The minimum eligibility requirement for assigned counsel for Juvenile Law case assignments, as outlined under MCILS Rule, Chapter 3, include: attendance at the Juvenile Law minimum standards training and six months of criminal or civil experience. See our website for the Juvenile Panel Application http://www.maine.gov/mcils/procedures/docs/Juvenile%20Specialized%20Panel%20Application.pdf

Explore Unique, Innovative Businesses at the Greater Portland Business Expo May 1st.

Portland, Maine - Held annually, the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Greater Portland Business Expo features area exhibitors in a variety of industries, organizations and non-profits under one roof.  Beginning at 10 am and running through 4pm, the day takes place at the Holiday Inn By The Bay in Portland and includes a keynote luncheon, seminars and food sampling.  It is expected to attract 300-500 people.  This year’s keynote will feature State Senate President Justin Alfond (D) and Senator Andre Cushing (R) who will give an overview of this year’s legislative session (via video teleconference).

There will be free discussions throughout the day to help local entrepreneurs and business owners take their businesses to the next level.  Attendees can visit the expo floor for free to explore exhibitors’ displays as well.

Sweetgrass Old Port to Hold Mother’s Day Maine Wine and Chocolate Extravaganza

Sweetgrass Winery & Distillery, Old Port, is hosting celebrated Maine chocolatiers on Mother’s Day. You will have the opportunity to taste decadent chocolates and treats paired with this year’s vintage wines and spirits.   

Portland, Maine - Mother’s Day, Sunday May 11th, 2014, 11 am to 6 pm – Don't miss out on a chance to treat Mom to an unforgettable day of wine and chocolates!

Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery, a producer of wines and spirits including the popular Back River Gin and Three Crow Rum, is hosting Dean’s Sweets and KupCakes Inc. at their new Old Port Tasting Room and Shop, 324 Fore Street.  Dean’s Sweets, winner of the Best of Portland, will be sampling their truffles such as the new espresso buttercream and the popular salt caramels, always nut free.  Raspberry truffles dipped in dark chocolate pair wonderfully with our Bleujolais wine.  KupCakes Inc., a specialty cupcake baker in Portland, will be sampling chocolate delights like double chocolate, chocolate salted caramel, and specialty spring flavors like vanilla cappuccino and vanilla orange cupcakes. Double Chocolate cupcakes pair so nicely with Sweetgrass’s new Rhubarb Smash dessert wine.  Mother’s will receive a complimentary

May Events at the Presque Isle CareerCenter

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine - The Presque Isle CareerCenter announces May programming for job seekers and those who are considering training for a new career.

"Our unemployment rate is falling and our businesses are hiring," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "If you are searching for work but haven't been getting interviews, I encourage you to contact a CareerCenter for free help in improving that resume and practicing job interviews. CareerCenters will help you be in the best position to take advantage of our economic growth."

Job seekers and businesses interested in connecting with one another can also "like" the CareerCenter on Facebook at

Video and Photo: Hauling The 1916 Schooner Mercantile

Today they hauled the historic schooner Mercantile.  Built in 1916 she was part of Frank Swift's original windjammer fleet. She has been a working schooner for nearly 100 years.

Halston Sage & Zac Efron Attends Universal Pictures' 'Neighbors' Westwood Premiere

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Westwood, California - Twenty year old actress Halston Sage looked gorgeous in a black strapless dress with silver high heels as she and Zac Efron (looking handsome in a suit) steps out to attend Universal Pictures' 'Neighbors' premiere held at Regency Village Theatre on April 28, 2014 in Westwood, California.

Halston Jean Schrage born May 10, 1993, better known by her stage name Halston Sage, is an American actress known for her role as Grace on the Nickelodeon TV series How to Rock.

Zachary David Alexander "Zac" Efron born October 18, 1987 is an American actor and singer. He began acting professionally in the early 2000s, and became known as a teen idol after his lead roles in the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical, the WB series Summerland, and the 2007 film version of the Broadway musical Hairspray. Efron has since starred in the films 17 Again, Me and Orson Welles, Charlie St. Cloud, New Year's Eve, The Lucky One, That