EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 20, 2013

Business briefs

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LOWELL — Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union announces the donation of $2,165 to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, thanks to the generous contributions of the Credit Union’s employees.

The Merrimack Valley Food Bank, based in Lowell, is a nonprofit organization committed to providing food and personal care items to emergency feeding programs serving the low-income, homeless, and hungry. It is one of four food banks in Massachusetts that serves food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, day and residential programs that, in turn, serve individuals and families.

NORTH ANDOVER — A Little Easier Recovery announces that it has received a grant from The Massachusetts Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure (Komen MA) in the amount of $39,989 to fund “The Jacki Program.”

A Little Easier Recovery, a nonprofit organization located at 43 High St., Suite 120, in North Andover, provides a recovery jacket called the “Jacki” that appears to be an everyday jacket when in reality, it aides cancer patients enduring treatment and recovery. The Jacki has necessary pocketing, Velcro seams, and sensitive fabric that allows for a full range of motion while keeping patients stylish and comfortable. Top hospitals provide the Jacki, free of charge, to all breast cancer patients. This is only possible through grants and donations to A Little Easier Recovery. The company donates directly to hospitals to distribute at the discretion of nurses and surgeons. Since its inception, over 8,900 Jacki recovery jackets have been given to patients as a gift, and the nonprofit aims to supply thousands more.

HAVERHILL — Rebuilding Together Greater Haverhill, Inc. (RTGHI) has been awarded a grant from the Merrimack Valley General Fund, a fund of the Essex County Community Foundation. RTGHI will use the grant funds to repair homes of low-income homeowners.

BRADFORD — Lochinvar, LLC, a leading manufacturer of high-efficiency water heaters and boilers based in Lebanon, Tenn., announces that Joseph DiPietro of DiPietro Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Bradford was selected as the winner of a drawing for an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Nashville. The prize package includes accommodations for three days, as well as tickets to the world’s largest country music festival in June 2013.

Lochinvar hosts the Nashville Experience every year for members of its VIP Contractor Program. For each registration of a qualified Lochinvar boiler or water heater, participating contractors receive an entry into a drawing for the monthly giveaway. When the drawing was held for November, DiPietro’s registration card was randomly selected as the winner.

NORTH ANDOVER — After 35 years in business providing their clients with the highest level of technical expertise combined with superior client service and counsel Toscano & Ardito, PC celebrates a new name. Effective January 2013, the firm will be known as Ardito, Toscano & McCollum, PC, in recognition of partner Roberta McCollum’s years of service and contribution to the firm’s growth and success.

An equity partner for over 15 years, McCollum is invested in all areas of business and tax planning for the firm’s clients. McCollum consistently evolves to meet the ever-changing needs of her varied clients. Committed to researching and mastering changes in financial and taxation regulations and codes, she delivers solid strategies and solutions for clients in many industries. In addition, she has been instrumental in completing numerous merger and acquisition engagements.

In addition to her practice responsibilities, McCollum plays an active role in business and civic affairs in local, regional and national organizations, including the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, New England Women’s Business Owners Organization, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the UMASS Lowell Manning School of Business Advisory Board.

HAVERHILL — The George C. Wadleigh Foundation, Inc., continues its program of grants to local charitable organizations. President of the Wadleigh Foundation, Edmund J. Cote Jr., reports that in December 2012, more than $577,000 was distributed to 17 Greater Haverhill organizations involved in the care and housing of the aged indigent, indigent and homeless.

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