Saturday, April 30, 2016

Adopt-an-Island Program in Holyoke Looking for Participants

Mayor Alex Morse is looking for organizations, businesses, and individuals to take part in the Adopt-an-Island program. In past years, the program was run by Tighe & Bond Inc., and now the city is working to make sure the program continues.

The program is aimed at building a community that helps to beautify the city. By having individuals, community organizations, and businesses participate, the city is able to promote itself while also giving the opportunity to create an aesthetic, vibrant place to live. Right now, there are over 50 participants in the program.

Participants are provided mulch, water, and a customized sign for a small fee of $50.

Mayor Morse is glad to have the opportunity to carry on this program. Mayor Morse said, “I want to thank Diane from Tighe & Bond for doing such a great job at running this program in the previous years, and we are more than excited to have the chance to make sure it continues. Programs like Adopt-an-Island are so important for the community not only for the fact that it is a small step that can make a huge difference in how the city looks, but because it gets people involved. It allows people to promote their business, remember a loved one, or simply get the chance to have a garden.”

If you are interested in participating in the program, please contact Heather Ducharme at 413-322-5510

"Informance" on Steel Pan Jazz

"Informance" on Steel Pan Jazz
The Sounds of Trinidad and Tobago
With the Ron Reid Sunsteel Quartet
Presented by The Valley Jazz Network (An outreach arm of the Umass Fine Arts Center)

MAY 5 / 7:30-9:30pm

Tickets: $15 Suggested Donation at the door (Proceeds go towards supporting future VJN events)

Location: Gateway City Arts, 92 Race Street, Holyoke, MA 01040

Contact: Gateway City Arts / 413-650-2670 /

About: Join us for an info-sharing and performance session, where you can experience and learn more about steel pan jazz and caribbean Rhythms! Berklee facultry Ron Reid and his quartet will perform and answer questions. More about Valley Jazz Network at

Friday, April 29, 2016

Mayor Morse Announces Annual Spring Open House Extravaganza

Mayor Morse announces the open houses that will be taking place all throughout the city of Holyoke with the annual Buy Holyoke Now Spring Open House Extravaganza. On May 1st, 2016, the locations below will be hosting open houses at the specified times for potential buyers:

84 Bemis Road, Murphy’s Realtors, Bonnie Woods, $189,900, 11am-1pm

25 Orchard Street, Keller Williams, Erin Brunelle,$185,900, 11am-1pm

1050 Northampton Street, Keller Williams, Christine Libardi, $289,900, 11am-1pm

2 Hawthorne Lane, B&B Real Estate, John Brunelle, $270,000, 11am-1 pm

204-206 Locust Street, BKaye Realty, Shawna Gutowski, $152,800, 11am-12:30 pm

38D Saint Kolbe Dr, Century 21, Maria Calderon, $105,000, 11:30am-1pm

1180 Northampton Street, Keller Williams, Erin Brunelle, $325,000 12-3pm

2C Arbor Way, Century 21, Beth Brogle, $64,900, 12-1 pm

3 Brenan Street, Keller Williams, Erin Brunelle, $239,900, 12-3 pm

209 Locust Street, Keller Williams, Erin Brunelle, $149,900, 12-3pm

101 Cabot Street, Unit 503, Keller Williams, Erin Brunelle, $179,900, 12-3 pm

225 Sargeant Street, Century 21, Jose Colon, $168,900, 1-3pm

8 Liberty Street, Century 21, Beth Brogle and Marie Calderon, $199,900 1-2:30 pm

23 Dicsal Lane, Century 21, Beth Brogle, $479,900, 1:30-3pm

For more information, visit

Holyoke Police to Hold “Drug Take-Back Day” on Saturday, April 30th, 2016

The Holyoke Police Department, in collaboration with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will be holding a prescription drug take-back day on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Personnel will be available in the lobby of the Holyoke Police Department, located at 138 Appleton Street, Holyoke, to accept your unused or unwanted prescription drugs.
Residents should turn in their unused prescription drugs because:
  • Children and animals could be poisoned if they find and swallow drugs.
  • Drugs can be scavenged and illegally sold.
  • Unused pharmaceuticals are environmental toxins; flushing them down the toilet or sink can release them into our drinking water and soil.

For additional information, and a list of accepted prescription drugs, please refer to

Have questions? Call The Holyoke Police Department @ 413-322-6900 or The DEA @ 1-800-882-9539.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The 2016 Holyoke Police “Foot Pursuit” Road Race

On May 14, 2016, the Holyoke Police Officer’s Ball Committee will be sponsoring the 6th Annual Holyoke Police Foot Pursuit at the Holyoke Elks. Registration opens at 9:00 am and the race starts at 11:00am. Interested participants should register before May 5, 2016 to guarantee their race t-shirt.

Keeping with tradition, the Holyoke Police Officers Ball Committee’s goal is to raise $1,000 for a Holyoke Youth Program. The chosen recipient for the 2016 year is the Holyoke High Musical Group, directed by Mr. Mark Todd.
Participants can register online.
Come enjoy the day and help the Holyoke Police Department support Holyoke’s youth and Holyoke’s future leaders. For further information contact:

Captain Matthew Moriarty
Phone: 413-322-6969

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Holyoke Medical Center Receives an A Rating from The Leapfrog Group

Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) has again earned an "A" rating from The Leapfrog Group, ranking them among the safest hospitals in the United States. The Leapfrog Group is a national patient safety watchdog assigning Hospital Safety Scores of A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide.
"This A rating acknowledges on a national stage the hard work of HMC's physicians, nurses and each and every member of our staff for their commitment to safety and patient centered care," said Spiros Hatiras, President and Chief Executive Officer of Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems, Inc.
"Avoidable deaths in hospitals should be the number one concern of our health care leaders. Hospitals that earn an 'A' from Leapfrog are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued vigilance," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C.diff and MRSA. To see Holyoke Medical Center's full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Holyoke Veterans’ Services Becomes Commemorative Partner with U.S. Vietnam War Commemoration

On Wednesday, April 27th at 2:00 PM in the Mayor’s Office at Holyoke City Hall, Mayor Alex Morse will be joined by the city’s Veterans’ Services Department as well as Delfo Barabani Jr., President of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 111 to celebrate the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.

The Veterans’ Services department at city hall was awarded a proclamation by President Barack Obama declaring May 28, 2012 through November 11, 2025 as the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. This is a thirteen year program to honor and give thanks to those who served in a significant and difficult time in our nation’s history.