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Tips to Protect Yourself Online

The internet is an amazing thing. It helps up keep in touch, connect, learn and share. It can make our lives easier but as all of us have learned at one time or another it can make our lives harder too. With news coverage of identity thefts, credit card theft, cyber stalking, cyber bullying, computer viruses and more how do we protect ourselves?

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Community Counseling Center Launches New Website

A new tool for the agency to increase awareness
about the effects of bullying and cyber-bullying

Portland, Maine – Community Counseling Center has launched a new website:  The dramatically redesigned site was created by VONT, an internet marketing firm located in Westbrook, Maine.  The site embodies Community Counseling Center’s forward-thinking vision and commitment to the growing needs of its clients.  The website provides rich content, direct access to program managers and intake staff, and streamlined searching for appropriate finding programs and services. 

“This website was designed so that clients and visitors could easily access the information they needed about our services and programs,” said Erin Smith, Community Relations and Grant Manager.

Free Coffee Friday!

Taste of Westbrook

Taste of Westbrook

March 27 – April 2

Visit these businesses during the Taste of Westbrook and a portion of your purchase will benefit the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland.

Angelone’s  March 28 only:  15% off all pizzas with 20% of all proceeds donated
Blue Burrito  All week:  $1 from any dinner entrée sold is donated
Casa Novella All week:  Choose a salad or appetizer, specialty entrée, and dessert for a fixed price of
$15 at lunch and $20 at dinner and 5% from the week’s proceeds is donated
Frog & Turtle  All week:  25% from every chocolate teardrop plate is donated
Guidi’s   March 28 only:  Get 20% off your meal and a portion of your cost is donated
Mister Bagel  All week:   5% from the daily special is donated (special changes daily)
Pizza Time  March 31 only: 10% of all proceeds for the day are donated
Profenno’s  March 29 from 4-1

Dress for success Southern Maine hosts women's clothing sale

PORTLAND, ME – Filene's Basement may be gone, but great bargains on new or nearly-new women’s clothing may be found at Dress for Success Southern Maine’s annual Spring sale! The sale will take place on Saturday, April 16, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Catherine McAuley H.S., 631 Stevens Avenue in Portland.
The event is open to the public and features new and nearly-new women's clothing in all sizes, shoes, jewelry and accessories - casual, formal, and everything in between. Proceeds go towards Dress for Success Southern Maine's annual operating budget.
Donations of new or nearly-new (less than 2 years old), clean, ready-to-wear women’s clothing (from casual to dressy) for the Spring sale, are welcome. The drop off site and times are: 51 Baxter Boulevard (in the Hannaford Shopping Center parking lot location) on March 19, April 2, and April 9 from 9:00 a.m. to noon, plus April 15, 5-9:00 p.m.

Early Socialization is Critical for Your Pup

Early Socialization is Critical for Your Pup

When you are out and about with your dog, have you ever encountered a person who is clutching their small dog to their chest as the furry bundle growls and spits and hisses and snarls?  The person usually says something like, "My dog just doesn't like other dogs!"  Sadly, chances are very good that the dog was not properly socialized early in life.

Professional dog trainers will tell you that you need to give your new pup "100 exposures in 100 days."  Research has shown that dogs imprint and integrate these new experiences and have a much greater chance of being open and enthusiastic (at best) and non-reactive (at a minimum) when encountering the same stimuli later in life.'s the kicker:  the window begins to close at around four months (16 weeks) of age, meaning that your pup becomes less and less open to new experiences from this age forward.

Award-Winning Novelists Paul Harding and Sarah Braunstein to Present at Maine Festival of the Book

PORTLAND, Maine – Paul Harding, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for Tinkers, and Sarah Braunstein, named one of 2010’s “5 under 35” fiction writers by the National Book Foundation for her novel The Sweet Relief of Missing Children, will present at the Maine Festival of the Book on Saturday, April 2 at 9:30 am at the Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine, Portland.  Admission is free and seats are available first-come, first served.

In a program titled “Wrestling a Book into the World,” Harding and Braunstein will talk about art, hysteria, and the long process of bringing a book into existence.  They will each also read from their acclaimed debut novels.

Harding’s New York Times bestselling novel Tinkers is the first independently published Pulitzer Prize winner since A Confederacy of Dunces received the award nearly three decades ago.  Inspired by his family’s history, Paul Harding began writing Tinkers after his rock band broke u