Foreclosure petitions rise in Berkshires in March

The number of foreclosure petitions filed in Berkshire County rose significantly in March as 27 were filed compared to 13 in March 2015, an increase of 108 percent.

Year-to-date, the number of petitions in the Berkshires has jumped 46 percent with 188 filed this year compared to 129 during the first three months of 2015, according to the Warren Group of Boston, which tracks state real estate transaction.

The number of foreclosure auctions in the Berkshires has risen 43 percent between last month and March 2015, and by 45 percent so far this year,

However, the number of foreclosure deeds dropped 4 percent between last month and March 2015, and is up 5 percent so far this year. Deeds mark the final step in the foreclosure process.

Porchlight CEO to speak at home health care conferences

Porchlight VNA/Home Care CEO Holly Chaffee will speak at The Home Health Administrators Summit in Las Vegas on Thursday, and The New England Home Care and Hospice Conference and Trade Show at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Conn. on Monday, May 16.

The conferences will feature up-to-date information for home care leadership, including a focus on regulatory compliance, technology solutions and growth strategies.


Ad Club of Western Mass. presenting Creative Awards

The Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts will present its 2016 Creative Awards on Thursday, May 19 at Open Square in Holyoke.

The award's represent the club's annual recognition of creative excellence. Tickets are $35 for members, $50 for non-members, and $20 for students. Info/tickets:, 413-736-2582.