2012-05-11 / Community

Community News

Memorial Middle School held its fourth annual Multicultural Day last month. 
(Courtesy photo) Memorial Middle School held its fourth annual Multicultural Day last month. (Courtesy photo) Mill Creek Hannaford to celebrate reopening

Hannaford Supermarket and pharmacy at 50 Cottage Road in South Portland will host a grand reopening event Saturday to celebrate the completion of a project that brought many improvements to the store, including hundreds of additional natural and organic items and new equipment that reduces the store’s use of water and electricity.

The celebration will include food sampling, raffles and gift cards randomly valued between $5 and $250 for the first 300 customers. It begins at 7 a.m. and continues throughout the day.

At the renovated Mill Creek Hannaford, customers will find nearly 900 new organic and natural items; a 16-foot-long display of gluten-free products; and an easier-to-shop layout. Shoppers also will have access to an increased variety of seafood, meat, fine cheeses, olives and healthy options.

New iceless seafood cases will save more than 100,000 gallons of water a year. To cut down on electric use at the 47,000-square-foot store, cooling cases have added “night shades” and LED lights have been installed. State-of-theart GreenChill refrigeration equipment recaptures heat to help warm the store and cut energy use. This further limits the supermarket’s carbon footprint.

“We appreciate our customers’ loyalty and support as we made these improvements to their store,” said Store Manager Jeremy Ashe. “Hannaford is excited to celebrate the completion of this project and all the new features. This event is for our customers and a great chance to spend the day with the community.”

South Portland firm supports children’s center

The Multicultural Peer Support Program of the Center for Grieving Children has received a $25,000 grant from New York Life Insurance Company’s Community Impact Grant Program. Now in its 15th year, the award-winning Multicultural Program collaborates with Portland Public Schools to serve elementary and middle school students resettled locally from war-torn countries.

The Community Impact Grant program, which began in 2008, awards grants of up to $25,000 to local nonprofit organizations that are supported by New York Life agents and employees and address the needs of the community.

“New York Life encourages our employees to give their time and talents to help make a difference in our community,” said John P. Mosley, financial adviser of New York Life & Eagle Strategies LLC in South Portland. “The Center for Grieving Children is a critical community resource and its programs and events offer many rewarding opportunities to volunteers.”

Mosley is on the center’s board of directors.

Employees from New York Life Insurance Company’s field office in South Portland are actively involved with the center as volunteers, and were scheduled to assist the Multicultural Program’s Community Night Wednesday.

Robotics team places eighth in its division

The South Portland High School FIRST Robotics Team competed in the 2012 FIRST Championships in St. Louis, Mo., April 25 through 28. Seventeen students and more than a dozen mentors traveled to St. Louis.

The team competed in a field of 400 robots that were randomly divided onto four fields. After two and a half days of qualifying matches, the Riot Crew placed eighth out of 100 in its division, but lost in the quarterfinals. The team’s robot, Betty, performed excellently and the team is proud to have done its best. They are grateful for all sponsors, mentors, family members and supporters.

First Kaler-Memorial 5K was a success

The first Kaler-Memorial 5K & Kids’ Fun Run was held April 29 starting at the South Portland High School track. More than 50 area children participated in the Kids’ Fun Run to start off the event. Children in kindergarten through second grade ran one lap or 400 meters around the high school track, while children in grades three through five challenged themselves to two laps or 800 meters.

More than 80 registered participants that ranged in age from 8 to 66 years old ran or walked the 5K course for the inaugural event. First place for males went to Erik Phelan of Nobleboro with a time of 17 minutes, 47 seconds; first place for females went to Abby Isleborn of South Portland with a time of 20 minutes, 15 seconds. A complete listing of results can be found at http:// coolrunning.com/results/12/me/Apr29_ KalerM_ 13_ set1. shtml.

The committee for the event thanks local businesses that sponsored the event: Port Harbor Marine, Snap Fitness, RH Bryan LLC, The Maintenance Connection, Hannaford Supermarket and New York Life Insurance Company.

In addition, the committee thanks the local businesses that donated to the event: Snow Squall Restaurant, Greener Postures, Nonesuch Books, Soma Massage & Wellness, Best Western Merry Manor Inn, The Estuary, Target, Broadway Gardens and Shaw’s Supermarket.

South Portland school became world of culture

Memorial Middle School held its fourth annual Multicultural Day last month, when students rotated through learning experiences that introduced them to cultural foods, arts, languages, dance, movement and current events.

Students, teachers and community volunteers presented five 30-minute lessons that provided students with an opportunity to experience and understand the world on a more personal level. It was a celebration of the diversity in the school, community and world through the arts of henna, calligraphy, salsa dancing and Peruvian flute music. Students also participated in drumming, Ju jitzu, Korean dance and yoga.

One of the highlights of Multicultural Day is always the food. Every Memorial Middle School student had an opportunity to learn and sample a new cultural recipe. Hannaford and Whole Foods supported and donated food items for the event. Whole Foods provided sushi chefs to teach eighth graders how to roll their own vegetarian sushi. Hannaford donated food and supplies for the sixthand seventh-grade students to make tzatziki, hummus, guacamole and pico de gallo.

Eighth-grade French students turned the French room into “An Evening in Paris.” There were street performers and artists, a cafe, bakery, mini Louvre and a virtual fashion show. Eighth-grade Spanish students learned Spanish salsa dancing. They taught their salsa moves in Spanish, and shared chips and salsa with visitors.

Several Culture Club members shared research and experiences learning about living in various countries around the world. Country presentations included Afghanistan, Somalia, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Italy, Greece and China.

Memorial Middle School’s English Language Learners presented their personal stories about moving to Maine. Copies of their two published books were on display for parents and students to view and purchase.

The culminating event was an allschool flag ceremony to celebrate cultural diversity in Maine. Inkaswazi, a Peruvian flute group, provided live music and students presented the many handmade flags that represent South Portland.

Fundraiser supports CCC

Cancer Community Center in South Portland will host a barn dance tomorrow at East Coast Yacht Sales in Yarmouth.

“This is a fun-filled way to celebrate the wonderful programs the Cancer Community Center provides to many,” said event Chairman Nancy Pierce of Cumberland. “They charge no fees, so fundraisers like this are very important. It’s a bonus that is can be a great night out.”

Tickets include a barbecue dinner from New England Brisketeers served with wine followed by dancing to The Don Campbell Band. There will be a raffle of four Red Sox tickets in the State Street Pavilion Club, which were donated by TD Bank. Winners need not be present to win. Both raffle and event tickets may be purchased online at CancerCommunityCenter.org or by calling 774-2200.

During dinner a live auction will feature five items: a South African photo safari for two, potted planters from Estabrooks, a Maine Foodie Tour for 10, a lobster bake for 20 on Chebeague Island with transportation and an original custom oil portrait by Gayle Hichborn.


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