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Event takes place on September 30, 2019 at 5:00 PM until 6:00 PM
Corner of Spring Street and Main Street

Mayor Alex Morse, City Councilors, and community leaders will be dedicating and renaming Spring Street to “Betty Medina Street” of beloved community leader Betty Medina Lichtenstein. The ceremony will be held Monday, September 30, 2019 at 5:00PM at the corner of Spring and Main Street.

Betty Medina Lichtenstein moved to Holyoke in 1978. She realized the importance of high-quality education as a means to break the cycle of poverty after she began providing legal assistance to Holyoke residents.

Education became her passion leading her to run a successful grassroots campaign for school committee in 1985. The election resulted in Betty being the first Puerto Rican woman elected to public office in the State of Massachusetts. Her election put Holyoke on the political map in this State and neighboring states. She served as Holyoke’s Ward 2 School Committee member for nine years.

Betty has worked for Baystate Medical Center, Mass Migrant Program, Centro Latino de Holyoke, HAP (Housing Allowance Program), and Nueva Esperanza. For the past 23 years, she has been the Executive Director of Enlace de Familias Inc. Enlace operates under the oversight of a Board of Directors who are both residents and professionals that support and value the mission of Enlace de Familias. Enlace has been the founder of the Holyoke Youth Task Force, the Holyoke Community Charter School and Holyoke Unites/Holyoke Se Une.

Betty is known in Holyoke for her grassroots community organizing efforts in the poorest neighborhoods around issues of equality, 100 % Graduation and social justice. She has assisted tenants organized in some of the public housing projects in Holyoke as they reestablish Tenant Associations, sanitary code enforcement, and community development. When asked where she gets the energy to continue her efforts, her answer is always the same: being part of the Puerto Rican community in Holyoke. She wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

“It is an honor and a privilege to have worked alongside Betty, she has always been someone I can count on. The City of Holyoke remembers the countless efforts that she has selflessly performed; from helping residents in the aftermath of the New Years’ fire or the intake of refugee families following Hurricane Maria. The people of Holyoke will be forever thankful”


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