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Pascucci joins health advisory council
NORTHAMPTON — Cheryl Pascucci of Northampton, western Massachusetts clinical director of the nonprofit Commonwealth Care Alliance, has been appointed to the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission Advisory Council.
Pascucci is a board certified nurse practitioner with more than 27 years of experience. She oversees a staff that cares for nearly 1,500 seniors eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare.
She holds an associate’s degree in nursing from Greenfield Community College and a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
The Health Policy Commission is a new, independent state agency that monitors health care delivery and payment systems reforms and develops policies with the overall goal of reducing cost growth while improving the quality of patient care.
Chamber hosts tasting
EASTHAMPTON — The Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce’s sixth annual Wine & Microbrew Tasting will be held Friday, 6-9 p.m., at the Wyckoff Country Club, 233 Easthampton Rd., Holyoke.
The event features more than 40 wines and 40 microbrews, hors d’oeuvres and a raffle of wine and beer baskets.
Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door and may be purchased at the chamber’s 33 Union St. office, by calling 527-9414 or online at www.easthamptonchamber.org.
Day joins contracting firm
NORTHAMPTON — Anne Day, of Florence, has joined Valley Home Improvement as office manager. She succeeds Dawn LeVay, of Westhampton, who retired after 15 years in the position.
Lyons joins real estate firm
NORTHAMPTON — Katie Lyons recently joined Maple and Main Realty, a new real estate company in Florence.
Lyons is a Northampton native with 10 years of experience working in real estate sales.
Writing workshop starts nonprofit press
NORTHAMPTON — Carol Edelstein and Robin Barber recently established Gallery of Readers Press, a nonprofit venture which aims is to “stimulate interest in, and access to, literature written by emerging creative writers.”
Edelstein and Barber have led writing workshops in Northampton for more than 20 years and sponsor the monthly reading series, “A Gallery of Readers.”
By expanding into a nonprofit, they have been able to produce collections of poetry and works of fiction from area writers.
Further information about all Gallery of Readers programs, including the reading series schedule and online audio archive, is available at www.galleryofreaders.org.
Ballet adds staff
EASTHAMPTON — Pioneer Valley Ballet recently named a new executive director, former office manager SerahRose Roth, of Greenfield.
Meanwhile, Noelle Serafino, of Northampton, has joined the staff as administrative assistant.
Roth is a director, producer, actress, educator, stage combatant and mother.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts from Brandeis University and a certificate from Boston University’s Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership.
Serafino holds a bachelor’s degree in dance and performance and Latin American and Caribbean studies from Hampshire College and a master’s degree in performance studies from the Tisch School of the Arts.
Prior to joining Pioneer Valley Ballet, she worked as an educator and administrator at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum in Hadley.