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Lee: Porchlight wins state re-accreditation

Porchlight Home Care, a division of Porchlight VNA/ Home Care, has earned re-accreditation from the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts.

The Home Care Alliance, which represents 190 home health and elder care agencies across Massachusetts, launched this Accreditation Program for private pay agencies (agencies that are not paid by Medicare or Medicaid), in July 2010.

Since that time, more than 60 agencies have submitted documentation to show they meet the standards established by the Alliance.

Porchlight VNA/Home Care provides services to nearly 60 communities in the Berkshires and the Pioneer Valley.


BBPW names new officers, directors

Tracey M. Richards of General Dynamics has been named president of Berkshire Business and Professional Women’s board of directors for the 2014-15 year.

Amy Dunn of CompuWorks has been named president-elect; Audrey Hartley of Colt Insurance, Kate Leene of the Berkshire County Chapter of the American Red Cross and Carolyn Valli of Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity were named vice presidents; Kathleen Cleary of Heart & Soul Copy was named treasurer; and Danielle Trumbull of Nuclea Biotechnologies and Moments House was named secretary.

The BBPW’s next meeting will be the Career Advancement Scholarship Reception on Monday, Sept. 8 at Zucchini’s Restaurant in Pittsfield. Information:

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Chamber to host benefit online auction

The Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce has launched its second annual online auction to raise funds for community events like Summerfest, the Haunted Hayride and the Holiday Stroll.

The auction runs through Monday, June 23. Bidding takes place at SouthernBerkshires.

More than 125 businesses have donated items with a total value of over $20,000, according to the Chamber’s Executive Director Betsy Andrus.

They include premium tickets to major sporting events, day camp experiences, restaurant gift certificates, and passes to premier cultural sites and summer music events.


Mildred Elley places all early ed. grads

Mildred Elley Pittsfield’s early childhood program has achieved 100 percent placement from all of its graduates, the school has announced.

Program graduates have accepted positions at the Lenox Children’s Center, the Gladys Allen Brigham Center, the Pittsfield Family YMCA Childcare Center, and Tot Spot.

The program, in existence at Mildred Elley for less than two years, is aligned with Massachusetts Early Education and Core Standards, and National Association for Education of Young Children standards.


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