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Two Maine natives featured in Portland Ovations tours

Portland Ovations, with four top National Broadway tours coming to Merrill Auditorium in the winter and spring, will feature two Maine natives in starring roles, an Ovations press release noted.
Portland Ovations presents: "Sister Act" — Jan. 17 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; "Million Dollar Quartet" — Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; the 2010 Tony Award-winning Best Musical "Memphis" — March 14 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and — back by popular demand — "Mamma Mia!" — right after Mother's Day on May 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. All performances are at Merrill Auditorium in Portland.
"Million Dollar Quartet," the Tony-award-winning musical inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed and historic recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins at the Sun Record Studios in Memphis, stars Scott Moreau from Litchfield as Johnny Cash.
Chelsea Williams, a Maine native and 2008 Windham High School graduate, is now playing the role of Sophie in the "Mamma Mia!" National Tour. After high school, she moved to Boston where she earned a BFA from Emerson College, worked with the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, the Gloucester Stage Company, the Berkshire Theatre Group, and collaborated with the SITI Company on Café Variations, directed by Anne Bogart.
Tickets for all four National Broadway Tours are now on sale, online at www.portlandovations.org, by phone at 842-0800 or in person at PortTIX, the box office at Merrill Auditorium. Ticket prices range from $40 to $63 for Portland Ovations Members and $45 to $70 for the general public.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 01:12

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Memorial fund established for victim of Noyes St. fire

Ashley Summers and family are the beneficiaries of a memorial fund set up in the aftermath of the death of Steven Summers, who died as a result of injuries sustained in an apartment fire erupted at 20-24 Noyes St., a two-unit, three-story building, according to an announcement about the fund. Summers, 29, of Rockland, was severely burned and ultimately died from his injuries in the Nov. 1 fire that killed six people, officials reported.
Hallett Whipple Law Firm of Portland is facilitating the Steven Summers' Children Memorial Fund (see http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/steven-summers-children-memorial-fund-/275898).
"This fund is set up for Steven Summers' two young daughters Audryn (aged 5) and Maliyah (aged 3)," the site explains. "We are heartbroken to share with you that Steven died as a result of a tragic house fire in Portland, Maine. This horrific fire occurred on November 1, 2014 and claimed the lives of six young people. Steven adored his children and his wife. His life and dreams for his family were senselessly destroyed. His children and wife have been robbed of his emotional and financial support, forever. In memory of Steven Summers, this fund is set up to help pay for his daughter's educational and living expenses over the coming years. Steven was a proud father, U.S. Navy veteran, musician, and family man who loved life, family and music. Contributions can be made either online or directly to the memorial fund at Key bank as 1. By Mail or Hand Delivery: Please mail private donations directly to: Steven Summers' Children Memorial Fund c/o Key Bank, 400 Forest Ave., Portland, ME 04101, www.youcaring.com/stevensummers or go to www.youcaring.com and search for 'Steven Summers' Children Memorial Fund.'"

Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 00:57

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Officials: Watch out for charitable scams

Governor Paul LePage and Commissioner Anne Head from the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation are encouraging Maine residents to check the legitimacy of unknown charities. Potential donors are urged to research charitable organizations before making a contribution.
"Mainers are very generous and known for lending a hand to those in need," Governor LePage said. "Because many people choose to support charities at this time of year, criminals are especially active during the holidays in trying to take advantage of the generosity of others."

Information about charities can be obtained through the Department's website (www.maine.gov/pfr), specifically at www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/charitable. Links allow for the search of licensed charitable organizations, as well as disciplinary actions. Questions and complaints can also be made by calling the Charitable Solicitations Program at 624-8525.

Additional tips and advice can also be obtained from the Federal Trade Commission (www.ftc.gov/charityfraud/).


Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 02:47

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Mayor, Portland City Council invite public to holiday open house

Portland Mayor Michael Brennan and members of the Portland City Council will host a holiday open house on Thursday, Dec. 18, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the city reported.
This holiday gathering is open to the public and is an opportunity for citizens to meet with the mayor and councilors and discuss any priorities. For details, visit www.portlandmaine.gov.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 02:16

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People's United provides funding to Boys & Girls Clubs, other groups

The People's United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People's United Bank, announced that it has awarded grants to a variety of nonprofit groups in Maine. These include:
• An award of $5,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, an affiliate of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, serves more than 2,700 members annually at its clubhouses in Auburn, Portland and South Portland, as well as on-site in Portland's Riverton Park and Sagamore Village public housing communities, the foundation noted. The funding from People's United Community Foundation will support the organization's Junior Staff Program, which provides approximately 60 teen and pre-teen members with job skills and work experience to prepare them for career success, according to a press release.
"Boys & Girls Clubs are grateful for the ongoing support of People's United Community Foundation for helping to ensure that more teen members are building great futures at our Clubs," said Robert Clark, executive director.
• An award of $7,500 to Habitat for Humanity York County.
An independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat for Humanity York County builds and sells homes to hard-working, low-income families in need of decent and affordable housing. So far, Habitat for Humanity York County has revitalized neighborhoods and changed lives by providing 26 homes to deserving families, a press release reported.
"The donation from People's United Community Foundation will allow us to move our Veterans Build Project forward at a more rapid pace for Veteran Waylon Holbrook and his family," said Steve Bolton, executive director, Habitat for Humanity York County. "We truly appreciate that People's United Community Foundation has joined Honorary Project Chairman George H.W. Bush in our quest to provide affordable housing to our veteran families."
• A grant of $10,000 to Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn.
Good Shepherd Food Bank sources and distributes nutritious food to low-income individuals and families in Maine. The funding from People's United Community Foundation will support the Food Mobile Hunger Relief program in the Auburn-Lewiston and Bangor regions, a press release reported.
• A $3,000 grant to Tri-County Literacy in Bath.
The merging of Literacy Volunteers of Greater Bath and Lincoln County, Casco Bay Literacy chapter, and Read With Me created Tri-County Literacy, an organization better equipped to meet the literacy needs of adults and families in Northern Cumberland, Sagadahoc and Lincoln counties, a press release reported. The funding from People's United Community Foundation will provide free, confidential adult literacy tutoring to English-language learners in the areas of reading comprehension, writing, speaking, math, computer-skills, and other literacy-based life skills, the foundation reported.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 02:53

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