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Sep 18
Reflections on Community and the Essex House

As the weather begins to change, I can’t help but take note of the passing time. It’s hard to believe yet another fall is approaching. With the shortening days and the increased...

Posted on September 18, 2014 in Mayor's Blog, News
Sep 17
City of Holyoke Refinances Debt, Saves $151,037

Jon D. Lumbra, City Treasurer, received competitive bids from bond underwriters on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 for a $4,482,000, 20-year Series A bond issue and a $3,855,000 2-year Series B refunding bond...

Posted on September 17, 2014 in News
Sep 15
Application Being Accepted for School Committee Vacancy

The City of Holyoke welcomes applicants to apply to fill the vacant Ward 4 seat on the School Committee. This vacancy is for the remainder of the term, which ends December 31,...

Posted on September 15, 2014 in News
Sep 11
Chamber Annual Clambake

The Chamber’s Ambassador Club presents the Annual “Clambake” Outing at the Holyoke Country Club. A feast of lobster, steamed clams, clam chowder, sweet corn on the cob, boiled red potatoes,  tossed salad, iced tea,...

Posted on September 11, 2014 in Events, Featured
Sep 10
2014 Primary Election Results

The following are the election results from the 14 precincts in the city of Holyoke. Please note that these are unofficial results. Please follow this link for the official precinct breakdown as...

Posted on September 10, 2014 in News
Sep 09
Friends of the Library Annual Cocktail Party

The cocktail party will be held on the second level of the Library where guests can enjoy the spaciousness and architectural accomplishments of blending the old with the new. Hors d’oeuvres from...

Posted on September 9, 2014 in Events, Featured
Sep 08
Holyoke Announces Call for Art for Mosher Street Bridge

In recognizing that public art creates a unique sense of place and pride for all citizens and visitors to our community; and in preparation for the return of passenger rail service, the...

Posted on September 8, 2014 in News
Sep 05
State Primary Election Tuesday Sept. 9th

The State Primary election is coming up on Tuesday Sept. 9th. Follow this link for information about who will be on the ballot and to find sample ballots. Polls will be open...

Posted on September 5, 2014 in Community News, Homepage Slideshow, News, Special Announcements
Sep 03
Celebrating Holyoke

In August of 2015, Celebrate Holyoke is coming back. Last week, I announced a new initiative to revive this weekend-long event. Just two days after launching it, the Celebrate Holyoke 2015 Facebook...

Posted on September 3, 2014 in Mayor's Blog, News
Aug 28
Mayor Morse Announces New Celebrate Holyoke Initiative

Today, Mayor Morse announced a new initiative to revive Celebrate Holyoke, a weekend-long community event in downtown Holyoke. The much-beloved event will come back to Holyoke in August of 2015. Celebrate Holyoke consists...

Posted on August 28, 2014 in News
Aug 28
Youth Sports Sign Up Information

If you are new to programs in Holyoke or just need to know when to sign up your child, here is a helpful guide for youth sport sign ups in the City....

Posted on August 28, 2014 in News
Aug 22
Holyoke Alleyway Revitalization Project Launches Fundraiser

The Holyoke Alleyway Revitalization Project (HARP) consists of a group of Holyoke residents whose mission is to clean up and transform an urban alley for daily use as an attractive, connecting walkway/...

Posted on August 22, 2014 in News
Aug 22
Brick to Hold One-Year Anniversary Celebration Aug. 23

The group of artists, designers, and other creative people known as Brick will be holding its one-year anniversary celebration on August 23 at its headquarters of 384 Dwight Street. The party is...

Posted on August 22, 2014 in News
Aug 20
Family Fall Fun Run/Walk

The Greater Holyoke YMCA’s Family Fall Fun Run/Walk has something for the whole family: a four mile run for adults and a two mile run/walk for adults and children. After the races...

Posted on August 20, 2014 in Events, Featured
Aug 20
Holyoke Senior Fest a Big Success

On Tuesday, August 19, over 600 seniors and numerous elected officials and candidates celebrated the 16th Annual Senior Fest indoor picnic. The City of Holyoke’s Parks and Recreation Department organized the event,...

Posted on August 20, 2014 in News
Aug 19
The Fish Return: Reflections on Coral Reef Restoration and Downtown Holyoke

Did you know that a Holyoke man has made it his personal mission to restore a coral reef off the coast of Puerto Rico? Would you believe me if I told you...

Posted on August 19, 2014 in Mayor's Blog, News
Aug 19
Department of Public Works to Begin Repaving 19 Streets

Starting August 27, the DPW will begin repaving the following streets: Whitney Avenue from Interstate 91 to Lower Westfield Road. Gordon Drive from Whiting Farms Road to the end. Whiting Farms Road...

Posted on August 19, 2014 in News
Aug 18
Nearly 100 Gather for Chestnut Park Apartments Groundbreaking Ceremony

This morning, nearly 100 people gathered to mark the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Chestnut Park Apartments project. Mayor Morse emceed the event, and other speakers included Ward One City Councilor Gladys...

Posted on August 18, 2014 in News
Aug 12
Holyoke Teen Pregnancy Rate Drops by 32%

According to figures released by the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy, the City of Holyoke’s teen pregnancy rate dropped by 32% between 2010 and 2012. The 2012 statistics are the most recent...

Posted on August 12, 2014 in News
Aug 08
Mayor Morse to Hold “Ask Me Anything” Session on Reddit

Next Friday, starting at 2 P.M., Mayor Morse will be holding an “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) session on Reddit. An AMA consists of a series of questions from Reddit users. The mayor...

Posted on August 8, 2014 in News
Aug 07
19 Holyoke Students Complete Summer School, Receive High School Diplomas

This afternoon, in a ceremony at Holyoke High School, 19 Holyoke students received high school diplomas. The 19 students — 13 from Holyoke High and 6 from Dean — officially earned their...

Posted on August 7, 2014 in News
Aug 05
Ripples of Hope: Reflections on the Roca Initiative

Just yesterday, I announced a new blight reduction initiative with Roca, an organization whose mission is to help disenfranchised young people move out of lives of poverty and violence. Under a new...

Posted on August 5, 2014 in Mayor's Blog, News
Aug 04
Holyoke Students Awarded Scholarships from Dunkin’ Donuts Scholarship Program

The 2014 Dunkin’ Donuts Western Massachusetts Franchisee Scholarship Program selected Holyoke students Marissa Bernard, Sydney Castonguay, Erin Hebert, Ryan Kirton, and Grace Lavelle as recipients of $1,000 scholarships. Scholarships were awarded to...

Posted on August 4, 2014 in News
Aug 01
Open Burning Prohibited

Fire Chief John A. Pond reminds residents that Holyoke is among 22 cities and towns in the state where all open burning is prohibited because of the density of population and the...

Posted on August 1, 2014 in News
Jul 31
School Committee

Regular Meeting of the School Committee SCHOOL COMMITTEE AGENDA DATE:                ­­­­­MONDAY, AUGUST 4, 2014 TIME:                 6:00 PM LOCATION:     Fifield Community Room Dean Technical High School, 1045 Main Street   CALL TO ORDER  ...

Posted on July 31, 2014 in News
Jul 31
Absentee Ballots Now Available

Absentee ballots for the September 9 primary election are now available through the registrar of voters’ office. Any registered voter interested in voting absentee may download a form here, request a ballot...

Posted on July 31, 2014 in News
Jul 30
Renovated Avery Field Now Open to Public

Yesterday, several hundred residents gathered in the newly renovated Avery Field to mark the ribbon-cutting of the improved park. Mayor Alex Morse addressed those in attendance about the importance of parks to...

Posted on July 30, 2014 in News
Jul 28
Volleyball Bill Awaits Governor’s Signature

The Massachusetts Senate and House have both voted to designate volleyball as the official team and recreational sport of the Commonwealth. Volleyball was invented in Holyoke, Massachusetts by Dr. William Morgan in...

Posted on July 28, 2014 in News
Jul 24
Fill Out Transportation Improvement Projects Survey

The Pioneer Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has released “Transportation Improvement Projects that are Important to You,” a survey seeking feedback from members of the public. The one-page survey can be found...

Posted on July 24, 2014 in News
Jul 22
Reflections on the Summer Tour: Democracy in Action

Last week, I kicked off what will be a summer-long series of neighborhood meetings throughout the city. I am calling it my summer tour—because it makes me feel like I’m in a...

Posted on July 22, 2014 in Mayor's Blog, News
Jul 22
Take Holyoke Food Cooperative Survey!

Organizers of the Holyoke Food Cooperative have been working to bring a co-op to downtown Holyoke, which would provide downtown residents with access to fresh fruit, vegetables, and meat. Please take this...

Posted on July 22, 2014 in News
Jul 21
Holyoke Alleyway Revitalization Project in the News

The Holyoke Alleyway Revitalization Project is composed of area residents, and is funded in part by the city’s Cultural Council. This organization’s project is to turn the city’s many alleyways into clean,...

Posted on July 21, 2014 in News
Jul 21
Holyoke Senior Center Opens YMCA-staffed Fitness Room

The Holyoke Senior Center now offers a fitness room staffed by the YMCA. The Fitness Center offers supervised exercise activity utilizing cardiovascular and weight equipment designed specifically for seniors. The Fitness Center’s...

Posted on July 21, 2014 in News
Jul 18
Holyoke Awarded $230,000 Green Community grant

The City of Holyoke has been awarded $230,000 in competitive Green Community funds to go toward improvements to City Hall, to the City Hall Annex, and to the Exhibition Hall, which is...

Posted on July 18, 2014 in News
Jul 16
SBA Assistance for those Affected by Dwight & Elm Fire

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest disaster loans to residents and businesses affected by the June 16 fire on the corner of Elm and Dwight streets. To read the...

Posted on July 16, 2014 in News
Jul 14
Holyoke Hosts Four-Day Hispanic Family Festival

This past weekend, the Hispanic Family Festival celebrated its 28th year. The festival, which is organized by La Familia Hispana Inc., an organization entirely composed of Holyoke residents, was marked by food,...

Posted on July 14, 2014 in News
Jul 09
Update on the State of the City

In this edition of From Room One, I would like to take an opportunity to bring folks up to date on some of what’s been happening here in Holyoke. All across the...

Posted on July 9, 2014 in Mayor's Blog, News
Jul 08
Building Department Extends Hours

As of July 1, 2014, the Building Department has new office hours. The goal is to increase the availability of services to the citizens of Holyoke. The office will now be open an additional 7...

Posted on July 8, 2014 in News
Jul 02
Holyoke Housing Authority Board Meeting

  NOTICE OF SPECIAL BOARD MEETING  Notice is hereby given in accordance with Sections 18-25 of MGL Chapter 30A of the general laws that the Special Board Meeting of the members of...

Posted on July 2, 2014 in News
Jul 02
Permaculture FEAST

Permaculture FEAST   for ecological & social transformation a certificate course in permaculture design   with Lisa DePiano, Jonathan Bates, Javiera Benavente, and friends   September – December 2014 Holyoke, MA  ...

Posted on July 2, 2014 in Events, Featured