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Jul 28
Volleyball Bill Awaits Governor’s Signature
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
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 24
The Life and Art of a Holyoke Treasure
The Life and Art of a Holyoke Treasure

Ask most people in and around Holyoke who Ed Kwiatowski was and they’ll probably say they don’t know. That’s a shame, because he was a great artist who called Holyoke home. A...

Posted on July 24, 2014 in Events, Featured
Jul 23
Summer Concert Series – Blue Devil Bluez
Summer Concert Series – Blue Devil Bluez

Holyoke Rotary Club presents ‘Positively Holyoke’ Summer Concert Series in cooperation with DCR’s Holyoke Heritage State Park. The concerts will take place Wednesdays from July 9 through August 6th from 6:00-8:00 pmat Heritage State Park on...

Posted on July 23, 2014 in Events, Featured
Jul 22
Reflections on the Summer Tour: Democracy in Action
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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
Jun 30
City Seeks Community Input to Help Guide Future Use of Site
City Seeks Community Input to Help Guide Future Use of Site

The City of Holyoke Office of Planning & Economic Development is seeking community input to determine desirable uses for a large site in the Ingleside area. We hope to use the results...

Posted on June 30, 2014 in News
Jun 27
Free Summer Lunches for Kid and Teens
Free Summer Lunches for Kid and Teens

Free Summer Lunches for Kids and Teens

Posted on June 27, 2014 in News
Jun 26
Holyoke Canal Walk Phase II Begins
Holyoke Canal Walk Phase II Begins

City and State officials recently broke ground for Phase II of the Holyoke Canal Walk project. Gov. Deval Patrick, former U.S. Rep., John Olver, Mayor Alex Morse and Transportation Secretary Richard Davey...

Posted on June 26, 2014 in News
Jun 24
Celebrating Reading Is Power At Morgan School
Celebrating Reading Is Power At Morgan School

Holyoke Community College and Morgan Full Service Community School have been partnering together to support student’s success in reading. During the past year, staff and faculty members made a difference by spending 45 minutes once...

Posted on June 24, 2014 in News
Jun 23
United Congregational Church Now Accepting Donations for Victims of Holyoke Fire
United Congregational Church Now Accepting Donations for Victims of Holyoke Fire

In an effort to provide recovery aid to those displaced by the apartment building fire that took place at the corner of Elm and Dwight Street on the morning of Monday, June...

Posted on June 23, 2014 in News
Jun 11
Conway School Urban Collaborative to Present Design Work in Holyoke
Conway School Urban Collaborative to Present Design Work in Holyoke

The City of Holyoke and the Conway School are excited to invite the community to its first Urban Collaborative presentations on Thursday, June 12 from 6:30-7:30PM in the storefront of the Latino...

Posted on June 11, 2014 in News
Jun 10
Follow-up to Lynch School Redevelopment
Follow-up to Lynch School Redevelopment

Amid the discussion of the pending sale and redevelopment of the former Lynch School at the June 5 meeting of the City Council’s Committee on Development and Government Affairs, I introduced a...

Posted on June 10, 2014 in Mayor's Blog, News
Jun 06
Collection of Delinquent Taxes
Collection of Delinquent Taxes

HOLYOKE – City Treasurer Jon D. Lumbra is pleased to announce that the City of Holyoke, for the second consecutive year, has collected in excess of $1,000,000 of delinquent taxes. Prior to...

Posted on June 6, 2014 in News
Jun 05
Zip Cars Are In Holyoke!
Zip Cars Are In Holyoke!

Holyoke Partners with Zipcar to Offer Car Sharing for Residents   New program provides a sustainable and cost effective alternative to car ownership Holyoke– Mayor Morse is proud to announce that today, June...

Posted on June 5, 2014 in News
Jun 03
Mayor Morse to Visit White House
Mayor Morse to Visit White House

Mayor Morse joins Mayor’s Challenge to end Veterans Homelessness, will visit White House Wednesday to launch initiative with other Mayors and First Lady Michelle Obama HOLYOKE – Mayor Morse is pleased to announce...

Posted on June 3, 2014 in News
May 30
Mass Mentoring Partnership Honored Mayor Morse
Mass Mentoring Partnership Honored Mayor Morse

Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), a statewide organization fueling the movement to expand quality mentoring for youth to meet the needs of communities across Massachusetts,  honored  Mayor Alex Morse with a Champions of...

Posted on May 30, 2014 in News
May 29
Join the City Wide Clean Up!
Join the City Wide Clean Up!

Mayor Alex B. Morse is seeking organizations, groups or individuals to participate in the City Wide Clean Up scheduled for Saturday, June 28th from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Please RSVP so...

Posted on May 29, 2014 in News
May 28
World Series Trophy Stopping in Holyoke
World Series Trophy Stopping in Holyoke

The 2013 World Series Boston Red Sox Trophy will be making a stop at the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round! The trophy will be here 2:30-4:30. Wear your favorite Red Sox gear and come take a...

Posted on May 28, 2014 in News
May 27
Pride Flag Raising Ceremony
Pride Flag Raising Ceremony

City of Holyoke to Celebrate Pride Month with Flag Raising and March HOLYOKE – Mayor Alex B. Morse invites the community to attend The 3rd Annual Pride Flag Raising Ceremony on Friday,...

Posted on May 27, 2014 in News
May 22
Memorial Day Program
Memorial Day Program

The Holyoke Memorial Day Program will be held on Monday, May 26th. The day begins with refreshments at the War Memorial at 9:00 am; immediately following at 9:30, a group of veterans...

Posted on May 22, 2014 in News
May 21
City of Holyoke to Receive State Funding for Park and Playground Renovations
City of Holyoke to Receive State Funding for Park and Playground Renovations

Holyoke’s Carlos Vega Park can expect a makeover this summer, thanks to funding provided by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.   Read more about the grant...

Posted on May 21, 2014 in News
May 19
Lynch School Redevelopment Brings Opportunity and Growth to Holyoke
Lynch School Redevelopment Brings Opportunity and Growth to Holyoke

When Lynch Middle School closed its doors for good in 2008, many wondered what would become of the property. After the School Committee voted to dispose of the site and give it...

Posted on May 19, 2014 in Mayor's Blog, News
May 19
John Murphy Summer Baseball League
John Murphy Summer Baseball League

SUMMER BASEBALL for 9-11 YEARS OLD & 12-14 YEARS OLD (see age details below) $25/Holyoke resident or $30/non-resident At least 10 games played from July – early August on 75’ baseball diamonds in Holyoke The...

Posted on May 19, 2014 in News
May 19
Working Cities Challenge Award
Working Cities Challenge Award

Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren to join Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse to Celebrate its $250,000 Working Cities Challenge Award   HOLYOKE – Mayor Morse is pleased to host Boston Fed President Eric...

Posted on May 19, 2014 in News
May 08
HG&E to Honor Mothers on Sunday
HG&E to Honor Mothers on Sunday

HG&E to Honor Mothers During Annual Shad Derby Free Entry – Top Prize $1,000  Holyoke, MA – Two fun-filled events this weekend, one beautiful location!  The 49th Annual Holyoke Gas & Electric Shad Derby...

Posted on May 8, 2014 in News
May 07
HCCS BOT – Finance/Facilities Committee Meeting
HCCS BOT – Finance/Facilities Committee Meeting

In accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 30A, Sections 18-25, notice is hereby given that the Holyoke Community Charter School Board of Trustees finance/facilities committee will meet on Tuesday, May 13, 2014from...

Posted on May 7, 2014 in News
May 07
Holyoke Hosts Individual Development Account Orientation Workshop
Holyoke Hosts Individual Development Account Orientation Workshop

The City of Holyoke and the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Springfield Partners for Community Action, would like to invite the public to attend the Individual Development Account (IDA)...

Posted on May 7, 2014 in News
May 01
Building a Better Holyoke, One Tree at a Time
Building a Better Holyoke, One Tree at a Time

Earlier this month, the Massachusetts Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs announced that Holyoke was named as one of three cities to receive funding from a $5 million grant to plant trees...

Posted on May 1, 2014 in News
May 01
HG&E Fishway Opens for the Season
HG&E Fishway Opens for the Season

Migrating fish get a lift over the Holyoke DamHG&E Fishway opens for the season—Free Admission Holyoke, MA – The first and most successful fish lift on the Atlantic Coast, Robert E. Barrett Fishway...

Posted on May 1, 2014 in News
Apr 22
Holyoke Legislature Sends Transportation Bond Bill to Governor
Holyoke Legislature Sends Transportation Bond Bill to Governor

State Representative Aaron Vega (D – 5th Hampden) joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature today to enact a $12.766 billion transportation finance bill to bolster the state’s transportation systems, improve existing...

Posted on April 22, 2014 in News