News from our members

New Beginnings Home Care would like to share this exciting news with all of you

New Beginnings Home Care would like to share this exciting news with all of you. We are so happy to announce that we are officially moving to a bigger space. Since growing so rapidly and adding more staff to the office, and hiring more aides. This building is going to be perfect and this will be our new home for a long time. With this move we are going to be able to accommodate every need that is requested.

We are officially moving as of this weekend. We will definitely be up and running for Monday, October 30th, 2017. We will not be interrupting any services for all the care we provide to our elders.

Our telephone number and fax number is going to stay the same.

Our new address is:

368 Central Street

Leominster, Ma 01453

Once we are all settled in we will be scheduling an open house for all of the case managers, supervisors and also including our aides.  It’ll be coming soon.

Feel free to stop by before then to check out our new home.

I would just like to thank you so much for your support.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Bercume Associates, Inc. adds the Market’s Newest Selection Assessment, PXT Select™ to Business Offering

Bercume Associates, Inc. partners with PXT Select™ to help organizations make smarter hiring decisions.

Bercume Associates, Inc. adds innovative new selection, coaching, & development assessment PXT Select™ to their business offering. The new assessment empowers organizations to navigate the competitive talent landscape with confidence and ease.
“We are proud to partner with Bercume Associates, Inc. to bring this new assessment to market”, said Scott Allison, Vice President and Director at Wiley. “Our partners are trusted advisors to their clients and have a powerful impact on organizations. Great organizations know that success begins with hiring the right people. By working with PXT Select and Bercume Associates, Inc., organizations of all sizes experience greater insight and confidence in their hiring process.

Too many organizations make crucial hiring decisions based solely on impressions rather than data. Powered by the latest advancements in assessment technology, PXT Select provides the hiring manager with insight into a candidate’s cognitive abilities, behavioral traits, and interests, including tips about the candidate’s potential job fit and relevant job-specific interview questions.

“Selecting, onboarding, and developing talent are crucial for the success of your business, as well as, for attracting and retaining top talent. PXT Select provides effective tools for leaders at all levels and sizes of organizations.” said Deb Bercume, Executive Coach & Consultant, Bercume Associates, Inc.
About PXT Select™ PXT Select makes the very human decisions about hiring simpler and smarter. Combining over 20 years of research with powerful assessment technology, PXT Select and its intuitive suite of reports helps fill the gap between the resume and the interview. This powerful selection assessment provides organizations with actionable objective data about candidates and employees in a simple to understand format that helps them to interview better and hire smarter. PXT Select™ is available exclusively through the PXT Select Authorized Partner network. Learn more at

Three Encaustics Artists Will Be “Waxing into Winter” with Stunning Colors and Textures at Gallery Sitka in Fitchburg

With an opening on Saturday, Nov. 4, three fascinating local artists will present works all in the waxy medium of encaustic, yet each approaching it by way of her own distinctive aesthetic. Each artist has a different take on the possibilities of this remarkable medium.

Painter Kellie Weeks considers herself an abstract, not a representational, artist. Indeed her paintings are dynamic studies of pure color, light, and form. She has spent a number of years experimenting with various media but now is focusing on encaustics, incorporating dry pigments, metal leaf, shellac, and other materials. The medium gives her a means of expression of unsurpassed quality, depth, and brilliancy.

Ms. Weeks is continually seeking to make her insights into a transcendent world concrete and permanent, searching for what Mark Rothko called “an anecdote of the spirit.” As in her “Memory Series” of paintings, she explores the world of memories that undoubtedly change over time and which take on something of a life of their own in our dreams. The work seeks to express “what’s lost and what’s remembered,” that tension between our thoughts and feelings that may always be near the surface and those that may remain deep within us, influencing us in sometimes mysterious ways.

Paintings such as “A Place of Rest” indeed express harmony and balance, with the colors and shapes complementing each other. In other pictures, by contrast, various elements seem to be competing. “Holding Ground,” for example, seems to be the site of a battle among various shapes and colors. The artist appears to have dripped some pale yellow wax on top of already cured layers, but the little streams of yellow wax are somewhat jarringly horizontal, not vertical! Obviously at time of dripping the molten wax ran down from what at that stage must have been the top of the picture. Once it solidified, the finished painting showed us wax dripping “across” the canvas, not down, as it would have to do in a more mundane, predictable world. This defiance of gravity is audacious enough, but then stark, thick bands of yellow and red seem to be just as defiant and uncooperative. Even so, the lines are all encountering each other at right angles, all verticals and horizontals, so that a “logical” pattern seems to appear amid the chaos.

Ms. Weeks received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Bradford College in 2001. She has exhibited nationally in many juried and group shows, and in 2011 was included in a group show called “Imagination” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Jeanne Borofsky has a wonderful work ethic: “I like to have fun when I work,” she says. “Combining two of my favorite activities—folding origami and painting with wax, I construct images that explore the use and interaction of color with whimsical references to my dreams and fantasies.”

This is evident in some of the paintings she will be showing at this exhibition. A number of these involve the intricate origami structures that take on color and life from the hot wax layered overall. In the mix, various personalities—Ms. Borofsky likes to call them “creatures”—appear in unexpected places. In “Home Sweet Home,” for example, viewers may find two persons, one a giant and one a “normal”-sized person who nevertheless both seem to be creatures from another world. They don’t even seem quite at home in the castle itself, which is much more machine-like than organic, with various dials and ducts and main-boards showing (although some of the structure defies the techno-motif, plainly being made from tree branches).

In “City Block 1,” the structure appears to be literally a cube or a wood block but could also be a package, what with it carrying a postage stamp and a postmark superimposed. But once again the creatures so familiar to fans of Jeanne’s work appear. In this case it may be a diminutive brontosaurus poking its head out from the three pointed-roof houses that ride on top of the cube. Is this block meant to be stationary, a feature of the city—one block, to use another sense of the word, on the streetscape? Or is it a package, making its way all around the world, or anyway around the world of Jeanne’s imagination? One could make a case for both.

Concert at Fitchburg Historical Society on Thursday, October 26 will Feature Songs from the Gaslight Era

Looking Back to Popular Music of 100 Years Ago

The Fitchburg Historical Society invites the public to a free concert of “Songs from the Gaslight Era”, presented by professional singer and keyboardist John Root on Thursday, October 26, starting at 6:30 p.m. John Root is based in Amherst and has performed these lyrical and historical songs all over New England. He will be performing for free on October 26th, at the Fitchburg Historical Society, located in the Phoenix Building at 781 Main Street.

One hundred years ago, the first World War was raging, and young people sang along to music with lyrics about “moon, June and spoon.” These popular songs were the basis of the famous musical genre known as the American Songbook. John Root has researched this musical period as part of his career as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist.

John Root is the Founder and Lead arranger for the Swingtime Quartet, the Pioneer Valley Jazz Society and the Pioneer Valley Jazz Society Big Band, who are known for their jazz and swing concerts across Western Massachusetts. Root is a graduate of Oberlin College and has taught science in addition to teaching piano and woodwinds in Springfield, Northampton and Deerfield. This concert will be appropriate for adults and children 11 years old and up.

The Fitchburg Historical Society has been welcoming the public to learn more about local history for 125 years. The Fitchburg Historical Society is located at 781 Main Street, Fitchburg in the historic Phoenix building. There is abundant on-street parking near the Historical Society and free parking behind the building. The building is handicapped accessible. The concert is free, though donations will be accepted. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Fitchburg Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

For more information on the concert, upcoming Fitchburg history programs or local history research, call 978-345-1157, email welcome (at), visit or

Join DCU on Mon. 10/23 for the Grand Opening of our new Leominster, MA Branch

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place at 8:45am and complimentary refreshments will be served.

We are truly excited and committed to continue playing a vital role in the Leominster community by assisting residents with their financial needs, and through our charitable and educational initiatives.

The newly built branch will offer a full-compliment of financial services and amenities including an Education Banking Center, iPad banking technology, complimentary internet access, a Drive-Up ATM and Teller, virtually unlimited parking and much more.

Additionally, as part of the Grand Opening Celebration, we will be raffling off an iPad mini 4 (128GB) each month during the months of November, December, and January.

We hope that you can stop by to meet the entire DCU Leominster team and help celebrate the opening of our new branch.

Leominster Credit Union Named Credit Union of the Year by the Cooperative Credit Union Association

Leominster Credit Union was named Credit Union of the Year at the 2017 Cooperative Credit Union Association Annual Meeting and Convention. The CCUA represents credit unions in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Delaware.

LCU also received two additional awards. It was recognized with the Excellence in Advocacy award for its outstanding work with the communities it serves. This award is presented to credit unions that go above and beyond in advocacy and educational outreach in support of credit unions.

The third award for Young Professional of the Year was given to Kathy Hurley, HR Generalist at LCU. This award recognizes the outstanding work of young professionals within the credit union industry. Hurley was recognized for her dedication to the business, including her development of the LCU employee wellness programs, as well as her efforts supporting the needs of employees and the overall business.

“We are honored to have been recognized as the 2017 Credit Union of the Year, and for winning an Advocacy award as well as a Young Professional of the Year award,” said LCU President & CEO John J. O’Brien. “These awards are a great example of our employees working together to improve the financial well-being of our members and to further the credit union cause through our support of our local communities.”

Founded in 1954, Leominster Credit Union (LCU) is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative with a full range of deposit, lending and other financial services. Headquartered in Leominster, Massachusetts, LCU is proud to claim nearly 50,000 members and more than $600 million in assets. LCU has seven branch locations in Leominster, Worcester, Clinton, Holden, Sterling and North Leominster with ATM services at all branch locations. LCU also provides 24 hour banking via Mobile and Online services. Visit or call 800-649-4646.

BUSINESS ACHIEVERS BOOT CAMP to raise funds for MVOC Wellness Programming

The Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center (MVOC) will be hosting an exciting and unique fundraising event entitled, the “Business Achievers Boot Camp”.  The event will be held on November 15th, from 9am to 3pm, at the Great Wolf Lodge New England conference center, 150 Great Wolf Drive, in Fitchburg, MA.

This event is open to the public and will provide an interactive and exciting day of professional development for individuals, and the owners, leaders, and s


taff members of the area business community. Lunch is provided at both ticket levels. It will feature presentations from professional certified business coaches of the Boston-area firm InnerOvation and special guest DYNAMIC national speaker, coach and author, Kendall Ficklin.


About Kendall Ficklin & InnerOvation:


Kendal Ficklin will be appearing in New England for his first time.  As a purpose-driven, inspiring, and dedicated professional, Kendall Ficklin has changed the lives of thousands of individuals. Kendall’s distinction is that he is not only passionate about his gift of empowerment, but he recognizes that in order to reach the world – he must always lead by example, by believing in his own abilities.

While based in Atlanta, GA, Kendall has established a strong clientele and led a broad array of professional development and training sessions with major corporations such as Delta, Home Depot, Arby’s, HoneyBaked Ham, and PepsiCo, as well as workshop facilitation and coaching with AT&T, The Atlanta Dream, and United Way, respectively.

As an author of four published books, Kendall continues to change the lives of others through his literary works and impactful speaking style.  His presentation at this event will focus on his latest book, “Your Work Has to Match Your Want: Your Guide To GREAT”.

InnerOvation is a professional development firm based from Cambridge, MA and comprised of a diverse team of certified business coaches who specialize in a variety of topics.  During the November 15th event, their team will provide a presentation mini-series of interactive and informative topics such as leadership, work-life balance, and diverse work teams.

Energize, educate, and empower yourself or your business by attending this one of a kind event.

ALL proceeds will go to support the expansion of wellness and mental health programming for our area veterans at the Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center in Gardner, MA.  Each general admission ticket will equate to four counseling sessions to a veteran or a family of a veteran.  VIP tickets are also available and represent 10 counseling sessions.  VIP tickets also feature premier seating and a free copy of Kendall Ficklin’s latest book.  Both ticket levels include a business luncheon on site.

The Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center is a 501c3 Nonprofit organization that has been providing comprehensive support services to veterans and their families since 1981.  Such services include professional mental health counseling, wellness activities, housing for homeless and low income veterans, benefits and claims support, food pantry services, a drop-in center, plus more.  The MVOC is committed to serving all veterans no matter discharge status, time, place, or branch of military service, to include Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserves military service members and their families.  Currently, there is urgent need for additional and expanded wellness services.  Please help us help our veterans in need, and by doing so, you will enjoy a very rewarding experience.

Tickets can be purchased and reserved online at

For more information please follow updates on the MVOC Facebook page:

Or, contact MVOC Executive Director, Bill Edson, at with questions or to schedule an interview.


FREE COMMUNITY TRAINING Presented by Facing Addiction In Fitchburg And Beyond

FREE COMMUNITY TRAINING Presented by Facing Addiction In Fitchburg And Beyond When: Thursday, Oct. 19th, 3:00 – 7:00 PM. This is a 4-hour event which includes dinner (pizza). Where: Fitchburg Senior Center, 14 Wallace Ave., Fitchburg. The Senior Center is close to downtown Fitchburg and is handicap accessible. Who should attend? Anyone who is concerned about addiction and wants to gain the tools we need to shift public perception, tackle stigma and create real solutions to the addiction crisis. You do not have to live in Fitchburg to attend. Everyone is welcome! What will people learn at the training? Participants will learn best practices for creating positive change in our community. Topics covered will include: community organizing, messaging (including social media), policy and advocacy. For more information and to register for this FREE training, please…  Visit us at Facing Addiction In Fitchburg And Beyond  Email us at Facing Addiction In Fitchburg And Beyond: Background and FAQ
What is Facing Addiction?
Facing Addiction Inc. is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to unifying the voices of the more than 45 million Americans and their families directly impacted by addiction. The organization was launched in 2015 in front of tens of thousands on the National Mall in Washington DC and was co-sponsor of the launch of the U.S. Surgeon General’s seminal report, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health which was released on November 17, 2016.
How can I learn more about Facing Addiction?
If you want to learn more about Facing Addiction Inc., go here:
or you can just Google “Facing Addiction”.
What is Facing Addiction In Fitchburg And Beyond?
Facing Addiction In Fitchburg And Beyond is a Pilot Project of Facing Addiction, Inc.
What does it mean to be a Pilot Project with Facing Addiction?
As a Pilot Project, we have the opportunity to work directly with Facing Addiction. Specifically, Facing Addiction has committed to working with us to:
 Secure increases in localized funding to adequately address the crisis
 Train advocates on proper organizational and advocacy techniques to reform their community’s response
 Invest time and resources in communication opportunities with elected officials and other policy makers
 Provide media guidance to garner press coverage to further highlight the solutions to the problem
 Develop political strategies and aid community stakeholders in the development of an overarching “campaign strategy”
How did Fitchburg become a Pilot Project?
In February of 2017, the City of Fitchburg applied to be a Pilot Community with Facing Addiction. The application was submitted by the Joint Coalition on Health (JCOH) after requesting and receiving the full support of Fitchburg leadership including Mayor DiNatale, Chief Martineau and Fitchburg Board of Health Director, Stephen Curry.
Facing Addiction received more than 50 applications from communities across the country. In March of 2017, it was announced that Fitchburg, MA was selected as one of 15 communities to participate in the organization’s pilot community project.
In addition to Fitchburg, MA the following communities were selected to participate:
Annapolis, MD – Baton Rouge, LA – Billings, MT – Boise, ID – Chicago, IL – Cumming, GA – Martinsburg & Berkeley Springs, WV – New Canaan, CT – Rochester, NY – Safford, AZ – San Diego, CA – Springfield, MO – West Bend, WI – West Linn, OR
Why was Fitchburg chosen?
Fitchburg was chosen because we were able to clearly demonstrate in our application that we are a community which is facing addiction head-on. As a community, we have demonstrated a willingness to try new and innovative approaches, collaborate and work with each other, seek knowledge and learn from each other. Our community has a strong foundation on which to build and Facing Addiction has committed to helping us.
Who can join Facing Addiction In Fitchburg And Beyond? Anyone who is interested In promoting recovery, awareness and positive changes is welcome to join us. You do not have to be an expert or a professional and you do not have to live in Fitchburg. If you are concerned about addiction and want to help make a difference, we urge you to join us!
What are some ways to get involved?
 Join our mailing list to receive updates and invites to events and meetings:
 “Like” us on FaceBook: Facing Addiction In Fitchburg And Beyond




10/16 from 12-1 pm EST The Secret to Living a Long and Healthy Life is Healthy Eating

You know the saying “You are what you eat?” Well it really is true! In fact, according to the latest research, “about half of American adults have one or more preventable, diet-related chronic diseases and healthy eating is one of the most powerful tools for prevention.” Attend this informative webinar and become educated on what, when and how much to eat! Learn how MyPlate can help you and your family make and enjoy healthy, balanced meals and prevent diet-related chronic disease. Meal planning doesn’t have to be time consuming, costly or frustrating. All you really need is a basic understanding of the food groups, portion sizes and label reading then your equipped and ready to eat healthy, prevent chronic disease and stay within your budget! Make the decision to eat better so you can feel better starting today.


10/25 from 8-9 pm EST Choosing to Shop Better to Feel Better?  

You know the old saying ” you can’t judge a book by its cover”, well, that applies to product labels too. The front of the label doesn’t necessarily tell the whole story about the product! Learning to read labels, ingredient lists and navigating the grocery store can help avoid advertising pitfalls and turn unhealthy choices into healthier ones. Attend this webinar, practice while you learn, become an ingredient detective and put your favorite “healthy” product to the test! Make the decision to shop and eat better so you can lower your risk of developing chronic diseases.


11/1 from 8-9 pm EST Prediabetes…Could It Be You?  

According to the CDC, “there are 84.1 MILLION adults living in the US with prediabetes and 9 out of 10 don’t know it.” COULD YOU BE ONE OF THEM? Attend this life changing webinar on prediabetes, complete the ADA risk screening questionnaire and learn the simple proven lifestyle changes you can start today to reduce your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes and its serious, often life- threatening complications by 58-71%! Diabetes prevention is within your reach! Start today to change your tomorrows. Take the first step now and register today!


11/8 from 8-9 pm EST The Key to Type 2 Diabetes Management is in Your Daily Routine

Ever feel overwhelmed, frustrated and distressed having to live with and manage your Type 2 Diabetes? If so, this webinar is for you! Attend and you will learn that the key to successful management is simply having a basic understanding of Diabetes and following the seven AADE recommended daily self-management behaviors. Making small changes to your daily routine will lead to achieving your blood sugars goals and significantly reducing your risk of developing potentially serious long-term complications! Choose to feel better and live longer! Register today.


11/15 from 8-9 pm EST Living a long and healthy Life with Type 2 Diabetes

Did you know that Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, lower limb amputations and adult onset blindness? They result from chronic elevated blood sugars. The good news is you can help decrease your risks of developing these complications by achieving your Diabetes ABC goals and having regular screenings recommended by the American Diabetes Association. Attend this webinar and start taking control of your Diabetes instead of letting your Diabetes take control of you! It is possible to live a long and healthy life with Type 2 Diabetes. Register today

Celebrating 65 years at the Arc on November 17th

 Since 1952, The Arc has been a civil and human rights movement supporting individuals with disabilities and their families in North Central Massachusetts. We invite you to help us celebrate this accomplishment at our Annual Auction fundraiser, directly benefitting the Family Support program.


Join us on November 17, 2017, from 7pm- 10pm at the DoubleTree in Leominster, where supporters of The Arc will come together for a fun night filled with Live Auctions, Silent Auctions, Raffles, Generosity & Hors d’oeuvres!


Some of the auction items available this year:

  • Trips to Wells, ME, Cape Cod, Key West & Northern New Hampshire
  • NASCAR, Bruins, Celtics, and Premium Red Sox Tickets
  • Disney World Park Hopper Passes & Boston Pops Tickets
  • Foursome Golf Package to Oak Hill Country Club
  • And lots of fun and unique silent auction baskets!


Please register online at:

to be part of the fun and to “Leave an Impact.”

$25 per person