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Mayor Garcia At Habitat For Humanity Event 2022 11 18

Mayor Speaks at Habitat for Humanity Celebration of New, Unusual House

Posted on November 18, 2022

Mayor Speaks at Habitat for Humanity Celebration of New, Unusual House   HOLYOKE — Mayor Joshua A. Garcia spoke on Friday to a gathering of builders, vocational education students and Habitat for Humanity volunteers and staff at a ceremony marking progress on a unique new house. The house at 360 Chestnut Street is being constructed using...

Holyoke Holiday Food Drive To Benefit Kate’s Kitchen

Posted on November 18, 2022

Photo credit: Holyoke Mayor’s Office Photo caption: This food drive collection box outside the Holyoke Mayor’s Office is one of four set up in City buildings.   HOLYOKE — The city of Holyoke is holding a food drive to benefit Kate’s Kitchen, one of the charitable services of Providence Ministries at 51 Hamilton Street. Collection...
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Thanksgiving Food Safety Tips

Posted on November 16, 2022

Thanksgiving Food Safety Tips With the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, the Board of Health would like to share some food safety tips to keep your family and friends safe from food borne illnesses.   Store Turkey Properly Frozen raw turkey should be stored in the freezer until you are ready to thaw it. Make sure...

Mayor Presents Polish-American Leader Joseph M. Kos with Proclamation

Posted on November 16, 2022

PHOTO CREDIT: HOLYOKE MAYOR’S OFFICE CAPTION: Mayor Joshua A. Garcia presents Joseph M. Kos with a Mayoral Proclamation saluting his leadership of the Western Mass Polish-American community.   HOLYOKE — Joseph M. Kos of Holyoke, now in his 21st year as President of the Polish-American Congress of Western Massachusetts, was presented with a Mayoral Proclamation...

Veterans Day Ceremony to be held Friday at War Memorial Building

Posted on November 10, 2022

Photo credit: Holyoke veterans services Photo caption: Dress uniforms of veterans who served in three branches of the U.S. Armed Forces from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries will be on display at the War Memorial Building during the Veterans Day event from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.   HOLYOKE — United Veterans of Holyoke and...

Collaborative Workspace Program Funds Project on Holyoke’s Race Street

Posted on November 9, 2022

Collaborative Workspace Program Funds Project on Holyoke's Race Street   (Photo credit:  Mayor's Office) State Rep. Pat Duffy (far left) and Holyoke Mayor Joshua A Garcia (right of center) pose for a group photo with individuals who received state Workspace Program grants.   HOLYOKE — Mayor Joshua Garcia, State Rep. Pat Duffy, Planning Director Aaron...

Proposed FY23 Supplemental of the Supplemental Budget

Posted on October 31, 2022

This communication is a snapshot overview of the submitted supplemental of the supplemental budget for FY23 proposed to the City Council for review and approval which results in adjustments in areas to get us closer to our target objectives. The city budget concludes with an additional $124,911 to the overall budget from what was last...

Statement of Interest – ARPA Funds

Posted on October 23, 2022

The City of Holyoke received nearly $40 million in American Rescue Plan Act -Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF), a part of the American Rescue Plan, delivered $350 billion to state, local, and Tribal governments across the country to support their response to and recovery...
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OPED Seeking Volunteers for Cannabis Citizens Review Committee

Posted on September 22, 2022

Cannabis Citizens Review Committee The Office of Planning & Economic Development (OPED) is looking for resident volunteers from Wards one and two to serve on a Cannabis Citizens Review Committee (CCRC). The CCRC will review proposals for spending the city's Cannabis Impact Innovation and Impact fund. The Impact Fund is created by an Impact fee...

PRESS RELEASE: City Projects briefing and Enforcement Plans

Posted on September 19, 2022

Holyoke Mayor Joshua A. Garcia, along with Planning & Economic Development Director Aaron Vega, will provide an update on projects and plans for the City of Holyoke on Wednesday September 21, at 1 p.m. in the Mayor’s Office at Holyoke City Hall. "The Office of Planning & Economic Development (OPED) has been busy," Director Vega said....

NOTICE: High Street Repaving Schedule

Posted on September 19, 2022

The City of Holyoke will be repaving High Street starting Thursday morning, Sept. 22. Mayor Joshua A. Garcia asks members of the public to plan accordingly. “We will need the cooperation of the public in the process,” Garcia said. “Please take notice of the following and plan ahead.”  Milling of High Street is to be...

PRESS RELEASE: Holyoke CERT launches relief support for residents of Puerto Rico

Posted on September 19, 2022

HOLYOKE — The City of Holyoke's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) has been activated to help with relief efforts in Puerto Rico, which has sustained catastrophic damage by Hurricane Fiona. The response team is made up of community organizations, city officials, and volunteers dedicated to helping their community during emergencies. Currently, a local business owner who is on...

Holyoke takes up challenge of Kmart Plaza possibilities

Posted on August 31, 2022

  HOLYOKE — City officials, including Councilors Linda Vacon and David Bartley, and members of the City's Office of Planning and Economic Development (OPED), met Monday at Kmart Plaza to discuss opportunities to boost business at the shopping center. Located on Route 5 at the corner of Northampton Street and Whiting Farms Road, the Kmart...

Municipal Resources, Inc. contracted with for Police Department Audit

Posted on August 23, 2022

A notice of award was given to Municipal Resource, Inc. for the police department audit project. A sub-group from the Police Relations Advisory Committee reviewed the proposals and selected Municipal Resources as the most advantageous. The audit looks forward to analyze the organizational structure/governance; the communications, cross functionality, and horizontal integration of the departments’ internal...

Back to School Information

Posted on August 22, 2022

If you are a family that is still thinking about where to enroll your child, consider the Holyoke Public Schools! Students in grades 1 through 12 begin on Monday, August 29. Students in preschool and kindergarten begin a week later on Tuesday, September 6. To enroll, please visit www.enrollholyoke.com and complete the enrollment process as soon...
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MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE PASSES BILL SUPPORTING VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILIES

Posted on August 17, 2022

The following was retrieved from https://senatorjohnvelis.com/massachusetts-legislature-passes-bill-supporting-veterans-and-military-families/   (BOSTON–07/29/2022) The Massachusetts Legislature today passed comprehensive legislation, An Act relative to military spouse-licensure portability, education and enrollment of dependents, addressing the Commonwealth’s most immediate needs in the veteran community and making necessary updates to service member quality-of-life issues and acknowledgements of our military branches and individual service, including supporting...

Office of Outdoor Advertising to Hold Public Hearing for 3 Country Club Rd

Posted on August 16, 2022

Please be advised that on Thursday, September 8, 2022 the Office of Outdoor Advertising will hold a public meeting at 11 AM. Please note that this hearing will be conducted as a virtual online event – a registration link will be provided. The agenda includes application by Lamar Central Outdoor, LLC to replace an existing,...
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Sully’s Baby Pantry

Posted on August 11, 2022

State Grant Funds Improvements to Holyoke’s Anniversary Hill Park

Posted on August 10, 2022

Yoni Glogower, Director of the Holyoke Office of Conservation and Sustainability, has landed a $100,000 Mass Trails grant for improvements at Anniversary Hill Park. The funding for a new ADA accessible trail, informational kiosk, and other trail upgrades is part of a larger vision to revitalize Holyoke's largest park. MassTrails is an inter-agency initiative of...
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PACT Act and your VA Benefits

Posted on August 5, 2022

The PACT Act is a new law that expands VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances. This law helps us provide generations of Veterans—and their survivors—with the care and benefits they’ve earned and deserve. This page will help answer your questions about what the PACT Act means...

Heat Advisory issued Thursday 8/4 & Friday 8/5: Public Cooling Centers Available

Posted on August 3, 2022

The National Weather Service is forecasting high heat and humidity for tomorrow 8/4/22 and Friday 8/5/22. A heat advisory has been issued from 11am Thursday to 8pm Friday. If you are looking to cool off and get out of the heat, here are a few options. All of these are free to enter, air conditioned...

Heat Advisory Thursday 8/4 and Friday 8/5 – How to Cool Off

Posted on August 3, 2022

    The National Weather Service is forecasting high heat and humidity for tomorrow 8/4/22 and Friday 8/5/22. A heat advisory has been issued from 11am Thursday to 8pm Friday. If you are looking to cool off and get out of the heat, here are a few options. All of these are free to enter,...

PUBLIC NOTICE: Delay in Trash & Recycling Pickup

Posted on August 2, 2022

This is an important message from the Department of Public Works. Due to various staffing concerns, the DPW has fallen behind in trash and recycling collection. If you are a Tuesday pick up and have not been picked up, trucks are expected to be completing your route tomorrow. Please expect this delay for the remainder...

PRESS RELEASE: Holyoke’s Christmas Tree Selection

Posted on August 2, 2022

Holyoke Mayor Joshua A. Garcia invites anyone in the local area who wishes to donate a tree for possible selection as this year’s City Christmas tree to contact the Mayor’s Office at (413)561-1600.   Trees must be located within the local area and must be away from electrical lines. The deadline for tree submissions is Friday,...

Holyoke Invites Applications for Ward 3 School Committee Seat

Posted on July 22, 2022

The City of Holyoke invites any interested residents of Ward 3 to apply for interim appointment to the Ward 3 School Committee seat vacated by the recent resignation of Rebecca Birks. The original application deadline was July 22nd, however members of the Ward 3 community can still apply until the open seat is filled.  Candidates...

City Officials Participate in Dedication of Two Habitat Houses on Jackson Street

Posted on July 22, 2022

Photo caption: Holyoke Mayor Joshua A. Garcia (right) congratulates first-time homeowner Juan Gonzalez at July 18 ceremony. Photo credit: Holyoke Mayor's Office   HOLYOKE — Several Holyoke city officials participated in the dedication of two Habitat for Humanity houses at 117 and 113 Jackson Street on July 18. Also present were the newly minted homeowners...

NOTICE: Mayor reminds residents of responsibility to keep areas clean

Posted on July 21, 2022

Message from Mayor Joshua A. Garcia: We all have a shared responsibility to keep our city clean, not only because it’s required by our city laws but because it’s the right thing to do for each other and for our environment. This means making sure the areas of which you occupy and/or own are free...

Local Ways to Cool Off in the Extreme Heat & Humidity Expected Wednesday and Thursday

Posted on July 20, 2022

The National Weather Service is forecasting oppressive heat and humidity this week. Today and tomorrow will likely be the worst of it, with a heat advisory issued through 8pm Thursday. If you are looking to cool off and get out of the heat, here are a few options. All of these are free to enter,...

Proposed FY23 Supplemental Budget

Posted on July 20, 2022

On Tuesday, July 19, a proposed supplemental budget for FY23 was submitted to the City Council - to review, visit: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Kh_18g8g1YRrdH5lLqqNbOhh_mrSW27M9Yj96kxy3Ds/edit?usp=sharing The updated figures are based on current revenue and expense projections to-date including revenue figures from the senate preliminary budget proposal, which was voted on July 18, 2022; and an understanding of Holyoke’s municipal...
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Fire Department Accepting Applications for New Firefighters

Posted on July 18, 2022

The Holyoke Fire Department is seeking new firefighters. Learn about a career in fire service and apply to take the 2022 Firefighter Exam       Take the first step toward a career as a municipal firefighter. Attend the next Western Mass Open House Thursday, July 28th 6:00 - 7:30 PM or Saturday, July 20th...

City of Holyoke Seeks Community Input on COVID-19 Recovery

Posted on July 6, 2022

City of Holyoke Seeks Community Input on COVID-19 Recovery Enter to Win Lunch with Mayor Joshua Garcia or a $200 Gift Card The City of Holyoke received over $40 million in American Rescue Plan Act Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds from the United States Treasury to aid in recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic....

ARPA Community Survey

Posted on July 6, 2022

City of Holyoke Seeks Community Input on COVID-19 Recovery The City of Holyoke received over $40 million in American Rescue Plan Act Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds from the United States Treasury to aid in recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The first half of ARPA-CSLFRF funds were provided to projects like small business...

Organizations Accepting Donations to Support Residents who Lost their Possessions in Friday’s Fire

Posted on July 1, 2022

HOLYOKE — Providence Ministries, Enlace de Familias and Nueva Esperanza are accepting donations — monetary as well as supplies — to support the 25 individuals who lost their homes and possessions during an early morning fire at 551 South Bridge Street. Providence Ministries, which is located a block from the fire scene, served as a...

Massachusetts Public Health Officials Confirm Eight New Monkeypox Cases

Posted on July 1, 2022

BOSTON (June 30, 2022) – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced eight additional cases of monkeypox in adult males within the past week, bringing the total number of monkeypox cases in the Commonwealth to 21 since the first Massachusetts case was announced May 18. DPH provides public updates on monkeypox in Massachusetts on...

Holyoke Invites Applications for Ward 3 School Committee Seat

Posted on June 29, 2022

The City of Holyoke invites any interested residents of Ward 3 to apply for interim appointment to the Ward 3 School Committee seat vacated by the recent resignation of Rebecca Birks. The application deadline is July 22nd. Candidates will be interviewed at an August 4th joint meeting of the Holyoke School Committee, City Council, and...
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OPED and PVPC Present on Holyoke Historic and Cultural Tourism Plan

Posted on June 28, 2022

  On Wednesday, June 22nd, the City of Holyoke Office of Planning and Economic Development (OPED) and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) hosted a public meeting at the Senior Center. OPED and PVPC presented information about the Holyoke Historic and Cultural Tourism Plan, the new Explore Holyoke website and Community Calendar, and the Holyoke...

Mayor Joshua Garcia Speaks at Opportunity Academy Graduation

Posted on June 17, 2022

HOLYOKE — In English then in Spanish, Holyoke Schools Superintendent Anthony Soto congratulated the Opportunity Academy’s Class of 2022 at commencement exercises Thursday morning. Soto cited the students’ “never give up” attitude for navigating hybrid learning and the pandemic on top of their high school curriculum. The Academy is an alternative school that enables students...

Annual Citywide Trash Cleanup Planned for June 25th

Posted on June 15, 2022

HOLYOKE — The annual citywide trash clean-up, organized by OneHolyoke and the Mayor’s Office, will take place Saturday, June 25, starting at 10 a.m. Supplies, tools and guidelines for picking up trash will be available at OneHolyoke’s Community Building at 43 North Canal Street in the Flats at 10 a.m. on the 25th. Individuals who...

Mayor and Superintendent Participate in School Lockdown Drills

Posted on June 14, 2022

HOLYOKE — On Friday, June 10, Mayor Joshua A. Garcia and Schools Superintendent Anthony Soto participated in a lockdown drill at Kelly School. Such drills were already standard practice in Holyoke schools before the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas. But, in the wake of that shooting, Mayor Garcia said he wanted to better understand how Holyoke’s...

Eversource to Begin Transmission Work in Holyoke and Surrounding Communities

Posted on June 13, 2022

This month, Eversource will begin transmission work in Holyoke, Chicopee, and South Hadley, which includes replacement of 10 lattice structures with new steel structures and installation of a new optical grounding wire (OPGW) at the top of all structures within the right-of-way. The OPGW will be installed between Mt. Tom Substation in Holyoke and the...

Holyoke Water Works Receives Runner Up Award for the 2021 Water and Wastewater Impact Award

Posted on June 10, 2022

Sherwin-Williams has announced the 2021 Water and Wastewater Impact Award Winners   The Impact Award recognizes exceptional projects that feature high-performance coating and lining materials from Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine. As the runner up award winner, Holyoke Water Works realized major savings in the restoration of five surface water storage tanks for the City of...

Mayor’s Proposed FY23 Budget

Posted on May 12, 2022

The following is a snapshot overview of the proposed budget and the FY23 proposed budget in detail (note: these are subject to change between now and June 30): FY23 Holyoke Consolidated Budget Workbook - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12wSsfKieel2ljRRpDng9XT3DnJJ0Tkp8/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=116914758029716249319&rtpof=true&sd=true Proposed Working Budget Detailed - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/111428Z6FXhLjRv52dTH8vbk64cnDkN-xWtHFOSV6cXE/edit?usp=sharing This budget is based on current revenue and expense projections and a balanced understanding...

Sheriff’s Department Cadets Take On Holyoke Clean-Up

Posted on May 10, 2022

HOLYOKE — Aspiring corrections officers now undergoing training with the Hampden County Sheriff's Department will undertake a day of community service in Holyoke on Wednesday, May 25, from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Thirty-four correctional officer cadets in training will spend the day removing litter and trash from alleys, vacant lots and other sites in Holyoke....

Holyoke Announces Collaboration with Conway School to Study Improvements to Holyoke Food Systems

Posted on May 4, 2022

    The City of Holyoke is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Conway School of Landscape Design. During Conway's winter term, three talented graduate students--Kyle Finnell, Sean Hagan, and Harrison Takeno Houser--prepared a study in support of the Holyoke's food system, based on community engagement results, previously conducted research, and the student team's...

Request For Proposals 2022-017 Performance Audit Holyoke Police Department

Posted on May 3, 2022

Request For Proposals 2022-017 Performance Audit Holyoke Police Department The City of Holyoke is seeking sealed proposals from qualified and experienced firms or individuals to conduct a complete performance audit of the Holyoke Police Department. Proposals will be received by the Chief Procurement Officer, Room 15, Holyoke City Hall, Holyoke, MA 01040 until 2:00 PM...

City of Holyoke Fireworks

Posted on May 2, 2022

HOLYOKE —   The City of Holyoke will be hosting the annual 4th of July fireworks on Friday, June 24th (with a rain-date of June 25th). The event will take place on the grounds of Holyoke Community College, on 303 Homestead Avenue. Vendors interested in taking part in the event should contact the Parks and Recreation Department...

Road Paving Schedule

Posted on April 25, 2022

In preparation for upcoming repaving work, Palmer Paving will be milling several roads Tuesday, April 26, 2022, including: Rock Valley Road from Southampton Road to the Easthampton line Green Willow Drive McLellan Drive Village Road Ross Road Lenox Road Work will begin at 7:00 AM and continue throughout the day. There will be some traffic...
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Office of Planning and Economic Development Announces Holyoke Restaurant Week

Posted on April 12, 2022

Save the date for Holyoke Restaurant Week! The Holyoke Office of Planning & Economic Development (OPED), in collaboration with Glammoré Premier Events, is happy to announce an exciting cultural event called Explore Holyoke Restaurant Week (EHRW). Building off the 2019 Holyoke Tourism Plan, OPED has been working with a large tourism stakeholders’ group to move...

National Borinqueneers Day Flag Raising at City Hall

Posted on April 11, 2022

The public is invited on Wednesday, April 13, from noon to 12:30 to attend a flag-raising ceremony at City Hall as Holyoke observes National Borinqueneers Day. On January 1, 2021, Congress declared that April 13 would be designated National Borinqueneers Day to honor “the bravery, service, and sacrifice” of the 65th Infantry Regiment, a U.S....

Holyoke Gas & Electric Commission Meeting – April 12, 2022

Posted on April 8, 2022

HOLYOKE GAS & ELECTRIC COMMISSION MEETING APRIL 12, 2022 5:00 PM Agenda available here
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CALL FOR LOCAL ARTISTS! HOLYOKE TOURISM PLAN: ARTISTIC BIKE RACKS

Posted on April 6, 2022

The City of Holyoke Office of Planning and Economic Development (OPED), Department of Public Works (DPW), and the Biking and Pedestrian Committee are excited to announce a strategy to amplify the access to biking facilities around the city through an RFP. A chosen vendor will install 2-3 artistic bike racks that represent the city's community,...

Mayor Garcia Attends Conference in Brockton

Posted on April 1, 2022

On Wednesday, March 30, Mayor Garcia, Community Development Director Alicia Zoeller and Mayor's Aide Stephen Fay traveled to Brockton (population 106,000) to attend a mayors' conference sponsored by the Massachusetts Mayors' Association (MMA). The topics discussed were housing, homelessness and ARPA. Mike Kennealy, Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, talked about...

Employee Retention Incentive announced

Posted on March 21, 2022

Over the course of the pandemic, City of Holyoke employees have worked diligently to pivot and adapt to the changing environment to keep up with our municipal obligations while attempting to keep our staff and the public safe. The pandemic had created a set of new challenges on top of existing pre-covid challenges employees faced...
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Holyoke Historic and Cultural Tourism Survey

Posted on March 21, 2022

    The City of Holyoke has a variety of historic and cultural resources for residents and guests to enjoy. By responding to this survey you will help the City gain insight as to which resources are valued the most and to offer suggestions for what you would like to see further developed or provided...

Road Closure Information for Parade Weekend

Posted on March 15, 2022

With the return of the annual Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Road Race and Parade, certain roads will be closed along race and parade routes. Drivers traveling around Holyoke should take note of the following information:   Saturday, March 19th Road Race Downtown will be closed at the following locations 7am High Street from Lyman Street...

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Detected in Migratory Water Birds

Posted on March 4, 2022

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has been detected in migratory water birds in the Atlantic Flyway in Nova Scotia, Canada, South Carolina (SC), North Carolina (NC), Virginia (VA), and Florida (FL), Maryland (MD), and New Hampshire (NH), Massachusetts(MA), Connecticut(CT), New York(NY), Maryland(ME) and others. It has recently been found in a commercial turkey flock in Nova...

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Updates to Stop the Spread Testing Program

Posted on March 4, 2022

Due to a significant decline in demand at state sponsored Stop the Spread testing sites and the wide availability of rapid antigen tests, the Baker-Polito Administration today announced updates to the Stop the Spread (STS) testing program. As the Commonwealth continues to evolve in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Stop the Spread testing...

From the Mayor’s Desk 2/19/2022

Posted on February 22, 2022

In just a few weeks, we will mark two years since the pandemic began. In that time, Holyoke has weathered a period of suffering and loss that has become far too common for communities across the Commonwealth and around the world. Recovering from this crisis has and will continue to be one of the top...

Holyoke Firefighter Honored As a “Hometown Hero” for Life-Saving Intervention

Posted on February 17, 2022

  At right: Holyoke Fire Captain Kevin McDonnell shows his award after Wednesday’s ceremony in West Springfield. At left: Holyoke Fire Captain Kevin McDonnell (center) listens as Agawam firefighter Bob LaFrance talks to reporters after Wednesday’s ceremony. At right is Westfield firefighter Sean Major. Photo credit: Holyoke Mayor’s Office   HOLYOKE — Holyoke Fire Department...

Vendor Deadlines for Holyoke St Patrick’s Day Parade Weekend

Posted on February 16, 2022

To assure permits are considered and approved in time for this year's St Patrick's Day Parade weekend festivities, local officials are asking potential vendors to be aware of deadlines to apply for various permits that will be required. Any food permits to be approved by the Board of Health must be filled out by March...
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Mayor Garcia Announces Pop-Up Warming Shelter for Saturday, Feb 5

Posted on February 4, 2022

In anticipation of the upcoming freezing temperatures, Mayor Joshua A. Garcia is announcing an agreement between the City of Holyoke and Providence Ministries to offer a pop-up warming shelter. The shelter is located at 51 Hamilton Street in Holyoke and will be open for any residents in-need from 5:00pm on Saturday, February 5th, to 9:00am...

Holyoke Property Preservation Group releases its first 5 year report

Posted on February 1, 2022

The Property Preservation Group is a working group started in 2015 comprised of professional employees who work for the City. Each of these participating members have some part in addressing vacancy and blight in the City. Since December of 2015, this group has met once a month to focus on long standing issues in the...

Holyoke Launches Partnership Encouraging Businesses to Increase Employee Vaccinations

Posted on February 1, 2022

The City of Holyoke has partnered with Archipelago Strategies Group (ASG) to launch an unprecedented project in the region to empower and encourage Holyoke businesses to get their employees vaccinated against COVID-19. The city is providing this handbook to assist, educate, inform, and promote business who get their employees vaccinated. Inside this document you will...
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Community Preservation Act Committee Seeks Public Input on New Project Proposals – Closed

Posted on January 31, 2022

The Holyoke Community Preservation Act Committee is seeking the public's input as they work toward making determinations on which projects to support for fiscal year 2022 round of allocations. CPA funds, a program approved by voters in 2016, can provide support for programs that fall under the categories of open space protection, historic rehabilitation, affordable...

Holyoke Mall Vaccine Clinic – Closed 1/29/22

Posted on January 28, 2022

The Holyoke Mall Vaccine Clinic will be closed this Saturday, 1/29/22 due to the forecasted snowstorm. Appointments for this clinic will be honored 2/5/22.

Stop the Spread Testing Sites Closing

Posted on January 27, 2022

The Stop the Spread Testing Sites in Holyoke will be closed on Saturday, January 29, 2022 due to the forecasted snowstorm. We apologize for any inconvenience.

City of Holyoke Tackles COVID-19 with Business-Focused Vaccine Awareness Initiative

Posted on January 27, 2022

Innovative “Educate to Vaccinate” campaign teams up with local businesses to ensure that vaccination rates stay on the rise. HOLYOKE, Mass. – January 25, 2022 – The coronavirus pandemic has affected communities in the Greater Springfield area in an intense and sudden way, especially those with large percentages of daily commuters - the city of...

Mayor Garcia Appoints Chairs of Mayoral Advisory Councils

Posted on January 24, 2022

(HOLYOKE) — Mayor Joshua A. Garcia has appointed seven Holyoke residents to act as Chairs for each of the Mayor’s Advisory Councils. The appointments and their respective Advisory Councils are as follows: Community Collaborations & Communications - Cynthia Espinosa; Executive Director, Nueva Esperanza Government Restructure - Devin Sheehan; Fmr. Holyoke School Committee Member & Senior...
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Mayor to Hold Promotion Interviews for Police Officers

Posted on January 24, 2022

On Wednesday, January 26th, February 2nd, and February 9th, Mayor Garcia will hold interviews to determine promotions for police officers. To make the process more transparent, he will plan to hold the interviews publicly via Zoom as well as broadcast over local access Channel 15. The interviews will take place in City Council Chambers from...

Mayor Garcia Announces Pop-Up Warming Shelter

Posted on January 21, 2022

(HOLYOKE) — In anticipation of the upcoming freezing temperatures, Mayor Joshua A. Garcia is announcing an agreement between the City of Holyoke and the Mount Tom Masonic Lodge to offer a pop-up warming shelter. The shelter is located at 235 Chestnut Street in Holyoke and will be open for any residents in-need from 4:00pm on...

Notice of Availability of FFY2022 Community Development Block Grant Proposal Applications

Posted on January 21, 2022

On January 14, 2022, the City of Holyoke Office for Community Development released the FFY2022 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Proposal Applications for funding of activities in the City of Holyoke to benefit low and moderate income persons or low and moderate income areas.  Eligible activity categories include Public Services, Public Facilities, Housing, Infrastructure, and Economic...

American Rescue Plan Act Funds Provide Relief and Recovery Grants to Holyoke Businesses

Posted on January 18, 2022

American Rescue Plan Act Funds Provide Relief and Recovery Grants to Holyoke Businesses Over $400,000 to date committed to helping small businesses in hard-hit sectors make it through the winter months HOLYOKE - Small businesses in Holyoke that have been hard hit by the Covid 19 pandemic and resultant restrictions have been accessing a Relief...

COVID-19 MASK MANDATE 1/6/2022

Posted on January 4, 2022

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS CITY OF HOLYOKE BOARD OF HEALTH COVID-19 MANDATORY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR WEARING OF MASKS OR OTHER FACE COVERINGS IN THE CITY OF HOLYOKE  WHEREAS, the City of Holyoke continues to see an alarming increase in positive COVID-19 cases, especially in the younger population; and WHEREAS, the Delta and Omicron variants are...
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At Home Covid-19 Testing Kits Available

Posted on December 21, 2021

The city of Holyoke has received at-home COVID-19 test kits from the State. We will be sending kits home with every student in the Holyoke Public Schools. Kits will also be available from the following agencies. Tests are available on a first come first serve basis so please verify availability.   Holyoke Public Library Holyoke...
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Massachusetts Residents Encouraged to Plan Ahead For the Shutdown of 3G Cellular Networks

Posted on November 22, 2021

The federal government and cellular providers have announced that older phones and devices will lose call and data functions, including the ability to contact 911   The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) is supporting efforts by carriers and the federal government to raise awareness about plans by major cellular providers to phase...
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Baker-Polito Administration Encourages COVID-19 Boosters for All Fully Vaccinated Individuals 18+

Posted on November 18, 2021

BOSTON– Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced that effective immediately, all Massachusetts residents aged 18 and over are eligible to get a COVID-19 booster six months after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or two months since receiving a Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine. Massachusetts residents can access booster doses from more than 1,000...
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MassDevelopment to Hold Public Hearing on Bonding for Gándara Mental Health Center Project

Posted on November 9, 2021

MassDevelopment is considering approval of a conduit bond financing for a project being undertaken by Gándara Mental Health Center, Inc. in the cities listed on the attached notice. By having MassDevelopment issue the bonds, they can be sold to investors at a lower interest rate because interest on the bonds is exempt from federal income...
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CDC Recommends Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 5-11 years

Posted on November 5, 2021

CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation that children 5 to 11 years old be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine. CDC now expands vaccine recommendations to about 28 million children in the United States in this age group and allows providers to...
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Lyman Street Bridge to be Reopened to Traffic on Friday November 5th

Posted on November 3, 2021

After over 2 years of construction by MassDOT and their contractor New England Infrastructure, the City of Holyoke is pleased to announce that the Lyman Street Bridge over the 1st Level Canal will be reopened to traffic on Friday, November 5th. Construction will continue through November so there will still be traffic delays in the...
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VIRTUAL DESIGN PUBLIC HEARING / REUNIÓN PÚBLICA VIRTUAL DE DISEÑO – Resurfacing on Cabot and Race Streets / Re-pavimentar en las Calles Cabot y Race

Posted on October 29, 2021

A Live Virtual Design Public Hearing will be hosted on the MassDOT website below to present the design for the proposed Resurfacing and related work on Cabot Street and Race Street (Center City Connector) project in Holyoke, MA When Wednesday, , November 10, 2021 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Attend www.mass.gov/massdot-highway-design-public-hearings   Una reunión pública...

Covid 19 Relief & Recovery Grants Available

Posted on October 14, 2021

Covid 19 Relief & Recovery Grants for Small Businesses and the Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism Industry are launched in Holyoke $800,000 in American Rescue Plan Act Funds allocated by Acting Mayor Terence Murphy to address the local negative economic impacts of the pandemic to be distributed as grants  HOLYOKE - As part of his initial...

Northampton Street Roadway Milling, Paving and Related Work from October 14th through October 21st

Posted on October 8, 2021

Effective Thursday October 14th through Thursday October 21st roadway milling, paving and related work will occur on Northampton Street (Rte.5) from Allyn Street to Mountain Park Road. This much needed project is being completed by Northeast Paving as part of the City’s roadway maintenance program. This work will provide a smooth pavement surface for the...

Citywide Mask Mandate to Go into Effect 10/6/2021

Posted on October 5, 2021

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS  CITY OF HOLYOKE  BOARD OF HEALTH  COVID-19 MANDATORY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR WEARING  OF MASKS OR OTHER FACE COVERINGS IN  THE CITY OF HOLYOKE  WHEREAS, the Delta variants are now accounting for approximately 99% of positive cases in Massachusetts (source https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#variant-proportions) and cases have appeared in Holyoke and WHEREAS, these variants are...

Office of Planning and Economic Develop to Host ‘Doors Open Holyoke’ Event

Posted on September 21, 2021

The Holyoke Office of Planning & Economic Development (OPED), in collaboration with Glammoré Premier Events, is happy to announce an exciting cultural event called Doors Open Holyoke. Doors Open Holyoke, which will take place on Saturday, October 16th, 2021, will let visitors experience historical, cultural, and architectural treasures and look behind doors that are not...
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Community Preservation Act Committee Seeks Input (Closed)

Posted on September 15, 2021

This survey has now been closed and is no longer being monitored. The Community Preservation Act Committee is looking for your input. In an effort to understand the public's level of awareness of CPA funded projects, the Committee is encouraging participation in a survey. The survey will also help the Committee understand how much the...

Notice of Availability – ARPA Round II

Posted on September 14, 2021

Acting Mayor Terry Murphy In conjunction with the City of Holyoke Office for Community Development Notice of Availability of American Rescue Recovery Act Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Round II - $3,850,000.00 (County funds) Date of Notice: September 14, 2021 Round II ARPA consists of $3.85 million allocated to the City of Holyoke by the...
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Office of Planning and Economic Development to Host ValleyBike Share Ribbon Cutting Event

Posted on September 2, 2021

The Office of Planning and Economic Development (OPED) invites the public to join the ValleyBike Share Ribbon Cutting Event on Friday, September 17 starting at 10am at one of three new ValleyBike stations in the City of Holyoke, El Corazón Station located at 282 Main Street.   ValleyBike Share is the first bike share program...

Tropical Storm Henri – Guidance and Resource Page

Posted on August 22, 2021

10 PM Update - Schools will be open at their regular times tomorrow morning. The tropical storm was downgraded to a depression earlier this evening. A flood watch will remain in effect until 8 PM on Monday.   5:30 PM Update - Due to the potential for high wind gusts later today and overnight the...
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MassDOT to Hold Public Hearing on Proposed Improvement Design for High & Maple Streets

Posted on July 30, 2021

A Virtual Public Meeting will be posted on the MassDOT website to present the proposed Improvement design and related work on High streets & Maple in Holyoke, MA. The purpose of this meeting is to offer the public the opportunity to become fully familiar with the proposed Road Sign Improvement and related work on High...
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City of Holyoke Seeks Citizens Advisory Committee Members

Posted on July 29, 2021

City of Holyoke Seeks Citizens Advisory Committee Members July 29, 2021   The City of Holyoke seeks residents to serve on the volunteer Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) to assist the Office for Community Development in identifying community development and housing needs in the City and to review federal grant applications and make funding recommendations to the...
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Planning and Economic Development Transitions El Corazón/Heart of Holyoke Placekeeping Project Management to Nueva Esperanza

Posted on July 21, 2021

HOLYOKE, MASSACHUSETTS -- JULY 21, 2021 El Corazón / The Heart of Holyoke is a cultural placekeeping project celebrating the Puerto Rican Cultural Area of Holyoke. The project commissions public art works, including banners, large-scale art works, dynamic lighting, murals, food trucks, and art festivals on Main Street, to reflect the vital culture of the...
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City Seeks Input on Composition of School Building Committee

Posted on July 6, 2021

Mayor Murphy and Superintendent Soto are seeking input on the composition of a School Building Committee. After receiving the input, the information will be used to develop a recommendation/application form. He will also meet with the Mayoral candidates to solicit their input to ensure this is a committee that has the support of the incoming...
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Mass VaxMillions Registration Details Announced

Posted on June 30, 2021

The Baker-Polito Administration and the Massachusetts State Lottery announced registration details for the Massachusetts VaxMillions Giveaway, which will begin on July 1.   Beginning Thursday, July 1, eligible residents will be able to enter the giveaway at VaxMillionsGiveaway.com   Click here for the announcement and full details!
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Mayor Murphy to Make Important Announcement on Creation of a Community Police Relations Board

Posted on June 23, 2021

Acting Mayor Terry Murphy is inviting the press for a very important announcement on Thursday June 24 at 4:00 pm at his office. Mayor Murphy will speak about establishing a “Community Police Relations Board” which will work directly with Room 1. Acting Mayor Murphy is seeking applications of interest from Holyoke residents to be submitted...
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Board of Health Releases Findings from Holyoke Covid-19 Antibody Study

Posted on June 21, 2021

The Board of Health recently completed an antibody test study on COVID-19 that was done in collaboration with the Harvard-MGH Global Health Initiative. The infographics below explains the primary results of the study. The documents provide a report that contains more in depth details of the study. City of Holyoke Serosurvey Report   Informe del...
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State of Massachusetts Launches VaxMillions Giveaway

Posted on June 16, 2021

The State of Massachusetts is launching the Massachusetts VaxMillions Giveaway as one of many strategies to increase awareness of the availability and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines and to encourage residents to get vaccinated and be safe   The VaxMillions Giveaway will consist of five weekly statewide drawings with participants being eligible to win one of the prizes below:  Massachusetts residents 18 years of age...
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June 15th City Council Meeting to be Held at City Hall

Posted on June 14, 2021

Holyoke City Council to resume meetings at City Hall The Holyoke City Council will hold its first meeting at City Hall since going remote over a year ago due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Acting Mayor Murphy, the Board of Health, and Holyoke Media have been working with the City Council over the last several weeks...

Mayor Murphy Invites the press to a round table on Tuesday June 15

Posted on June 11, 2021

HOLYOKE - Acting Mayor Terry Murphy and Andrew Melendez from the Latino Chamber of Commerce are inviting the press to a Latino Business Forum on Tuesday June 15 from 5:30 PM – 6:30 on the first floor of City Hall in Room 6. The goal is to gain greater understanding of any unique challenges these...

Acting Mayor Murphy invites the press to a listening session on Monday June 14

Posted on June 11, 2021

Acting Mayor Murphy invites the press to a listening session on Monday June 14 HOLYOKE - Acting Mayor Terry Murphy is inviting the press to a listening session on Monday, June 14 at 3:00 PM at 208 Race Street, STEAM building. This is the location of the Opioid Substance Abuse Task Force and the Crisis...

Free Car Checkup Event Hosted by Holyoke Fire Department

Posted on June 8, 2021

  Holyoke Fire Department will be hosting a free car check up. Do you have the right car seat for your child? Have your car seat checked by trained car seat technicians. 600 High Street Friday, June 11, 2021 1pm-4pm
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