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March 24, 2013

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HAVERHILL — Merrimack Valley Hospice announces that the Merrimack Valley Hospice House expansion project is well underway and that two co-chairs have been selected to lead the fundraising campaign. Scott Cote, president of Pentucket Bank, and Mary Jane Werner, vice chair of the Board of Trustees, have agreed to lead the $2 million fundraising campaign to expand the Merrimack Valley Hospice House by seven additional suites.

Since Merrimack Valley Hospice House opened in June 2009, it has been operating at or near capacity, serving more than 1,500 patients. Licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for a 21 suite facility, the Hospice House was designed for a two-phase construction: the initial 14 suites, then, a final phase of seven suites at a time when occupancy and demand for services exceeded capacity. No one anticipated that time would come so quickly.

The addition of the new wing will allow for 21 private patient suites in total, of which two may accommodate pediatric patients. All suites feature skylights, a private bathroom and seating and space for loved ones to visit at any time of day or night. The wing will reflect the existing peacefulness of a home setting with patios, family gathering area, a care station and several common areas.

For more information, visit MerrimackValleyHospice.org.

METHUEN — Rockland Trust announces that Jeffrey McManus of Methuen has joined its Investment Management Group as vice president and financial consultant. An experienced financial advisor, McManus provides Rockland Trust’s wealth management services to clients in the Metro North area.

Prior to joining Rockland Trust, McManus was a financial advisor at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Andover and previously at AARP Financial, Inc. in Tewksbury. He worked in defined contributions as a plan sponsor representative at Putnam Investments until 2005.

LAWRENCE — Imajine That, an award winning educational indoor play space for children, gains a valuable partner. Sal Lupoli, president and CEO of Lupoli Companies, parent company of Sal’s Pizza, Salvatore’s Restaurants and Riverwalk Properties, joins hands with Susan Leger-Ferraro, founder of Imajine That, to take the children’s play space to new levels.

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