Regional Notebook: Jan. 26, 2023

  • Although a mild drought is persisting in the islands region, the northeastern part of the state and on Cape Cod, the Connecticut River Valley has returned to normal conditions following rain and snow events. Courtesy Graphic/Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Published: 1/25/2023 3:00:53 PM
Modified: 1/25/2023 3:00:28 PM
Tax help available in Greenfield, Orange and Northampton

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) clinics are available in Greenfield, Orange and Northampton from Jan. 30 to April 11.

The VITA program helps lower-income taxpayers to maximize their refunds and reduce their taxes due. Taxes are prepared by IRS-certified volunteers and then filed electronically.

Schedule an appointment through Community Action Pioneer Valley by calling 413-376-1136 or online at

Tapestry Health CEO stepping down

SPRINGFIELD — After nearly nine years as CEO of Tapestry Health, Cheryl Zoll has announced she will be stepping down in June 2023.

Since joining Tapestry in 2014, Zoll has been the driving force behind the organization’s growth. Tapestry now serves 19,000 western Massachusetts residents annually. The agency has:

■Broadened the reach of its syringe program throughout Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties.

■Expanded offerings of vital services, including gender-affirming hormone care and health services for people who use drugs.

■Improved access to its programs with extended on-the-ground outreach in addition to telehealth, virtual appointments and online trainings.

■Expanded breastfeeding peer-support services for parents in its Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.

■Provided testing and vaccination for COVID-19 and monkeypox.

Oona Cook, chair of Tapestry’s board of directors, expressed gratitude for Zoll’s vision and leadership.

“As the board of directors embarks on a search for a successor, we are confident that Cheryl has fostered a strong organization that will attract a dynamic and experienced leader with a deep commitment to Tapestry’s mission,” Cook said in a statement. “While she will be greatly missed by Tapestry staff, board and community partners, we wish Cheryl the very best in her future endeavors.”

Zoll, reflecting on her decision to step down, stated, “I am deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to serve Tapestry for close to a decade. Though I know that this is the right decision for me at this time, I’ll miss being part of this extraordinarily passionate team serving such a vital and unique mission. I’m excited to map out the ways I can put my skill set and interests to best use in other contexts, knowing that the organization that I love so dearly will not only survive, but thrive, as it addresses the challenges of the future.”

Tapestry Health has engaged DRG, an executive search and consulting firm, to conduct a search for its next CEO. Once available, information regarding the position will be posted at

Connecticut River Valley returns to normal conditions following drought

Although a mild drought is persisting in the islands region, the northeastern part of the state and on Cape Cod, the Connecticut River Valley has returned to normal conditions after rain and snow events.

According to a notice from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the state’s Drought Management Task Force will continue to meet until water levels return to normal in all affected regions of the state. The task force will meet again on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m.


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