Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Professional Clothing Donations for Holyoke Career Closet

Holyoke Career Closet, which is located in Room 207 of the Kittredge Center at Holyoke Community College (HCC), is a collaboration between Providence Ministries Service Network and HCC. We provide professional clothing, at no cost, to those in the community and HCC students with a referral and who qualify.

Holyoke Career Closet is calling for donations of clean, gently used, and new professional men's and women's clothing (i.e. Suits, blazers, blouses, collared shirts, pants, skirts, sweaters, dress coats, etc.), accessories (i.e. ties and belts), and shoes in ALL sizes. NEW men's socks and women's pantyhose and socks donations will be accepted as well.

Professional clothing donations may be brought to Providence Ministries Service Network located at 51 Hamilton St., Holyoke, MA, 01040, any day of the week, 9-4 p.m. Please specify that your donation is for the Holyoke Career Closet. Any inquiries please call the main number at 413-536-9109.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

FMC Ice Sports Presents a Jolly DJ Public Skate Event and Food Drive

On Saturday, December 20th from 12:30pm - 2:20pm, FMC Ice Sports will be hosting a Jolly DJ Public Skate event and food drive at the Fitzpatrick Arena in Holyoke. Our live, ice-side DJ will be playing holiday favorites and the arena will be holding a food drive to benefit a local charity.

Public skate attendees are encouraged to donate two (2) or more non-perishable food items to benefit Margaret's Pantry and Kate's Kitchen. Guests who donate two (2) or more non-perishable food items will receive a free public skate admission pass for a future visit to the arena. A live ice-side DJ will be taking requests and playing today’s hottest hits throughout the event. General admission is $5 per person and rental skates are available for an additional $5 on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on this and other upcoming events, please visit the FMC Ice Sports official website, or call 1-888-74-SKATE.

Preferred non-perishable food items: No glass containers please! Peanut butter, jelly/jam, dry pasta, canned pasta/ravioli, tuna, canned beef, canned chicken, canned beans, canned soup, canned fruit (sugar free), canned vegetables, juice boxes, Ensure (vanilla flavor), pancake mix, cereal, oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti sauce

The Fitzpatrick Arena is located at 575 Maple Street in Holyoke, MA and is a Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) ice skating facility managed by FMC Ice Sports.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Mark Riffenburg Announces Candidacy for Ward 6 City Councilor

Mark Riffenburg, former Holyoke Deputy Treasurer, and and a 2013 Candidate for City Council At-Large announced in a letter, and video statement to Ward 6 residents today that he will be seeking the Ward 6 seat on the Holyoke City Council.

“I’m excited to announce that I’ll be running to represent Ward 6: my ward, and the ward I grew up in, on the City Council.”

“I’m looking forward to a spirited campaign that focuses on the issues we face in the City of Holyoke – not just petty politics.”

“As the City’s Deputy Treasurer I worked within the walls of City Hall to create change. I saw what worked, and what didn’t, and I know one thing is clear: Holyoke needs change. We need a City Council that’s ready to create progress, not division. We need a City Council that respects not only the title they hold, but the citizens they represent, and those working with them to build a better Holyoke.”

“Over the next few weeks I’ll be announcing my plan to help move Holyoke forward, and I hope you’ll join me in my pursuit of change.”

Riffenburg will hold a formal kick-off at City Hall, on January 5th. More details to come.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Ice Skating at Community Field

Outdoor ice skating resumes this Saturday! 
Celebrate the reopening of Community Field’s ice skating path with free ice skating this Saturday (12/13/14) between the hours of 12:00 pm and 9:00 pm and Sunday (12/14/14) between 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm! No charge to skate and if you need to rent ice skates there is a $3/person charge. Join with family and friends for the great New England tradition of outdoor ice skating at Holyoke’s four-season park, Community Field.

Too warm for ice? Not to worry, our 300′ ice skating path is refrigerated! There is a warming house with lockers and bathrooms for your convenience.

Holyoke Public Library Opens Exhibit of the 2013-2014 NESEA Student Design Competition

Mayor Alex Morse invites the public to the opening of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s (NESEA) 2014 Student Design Competition exhibition, displaying the work prepared by university students from New England and Canada focused on multiple Holyoke sites. The opening will take place on Thursday, December 11 at 11:00AM at the Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street and the exhibit will run until March 21, 2015.

Mayor Morse will be joined by Marcos Marrero, Director of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Holyoke, Jennifer Marrapese, Executive Director of NESEA, and Marc Sternick, Chairman of the 2014 NESEA Building Energy Conference.

To engage the next generation of designers and engineers in the key energy issues and strategies of the day, NESEA sponsors an annual design competition for college and university students. The target participants include college, university and building science design programs in the 10 states in NESEA’s region from Maine to Washington D.C., plus the Eastern Canadian Provinces.

The competition was completed earlier this year and focused exclusively on four design challenges in Holyoke that involved Net Zero Energy and Zero Carbon Emissions designs for both the new construction and rehabilitation of residential and commercial buildings. The exhibit features 28 posters (including two “double-posters”) presented by 15 different teams comprised of students from eight colleges and universities in New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Canada.

Students were challenged to design cost-effective super-insulated and net zero energy (post-carbon) proposals that have high aesthetic value to promote acceptance and adoption by owners, developers and the public. City officials worked with the design challenge team to select sites that both met the competition’s needs and provided the city with insights into possibilities for projects critical to its urban redevelopment: 

· 84 Sargeant Street (Parson’s Paper)
· Parcels around Carlos Vega Park
· 123 Pine Street (“The Alpine”)
· 1 Cabot Street (originally, the Riverside Paper Company building)

For more information about the Student Design Competition, visit

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Mother Mary's Christmas Sale

Mother Mary’s Thrift Store – 364 High St. Holyoke MA 01040 – announces Happy Holidays Christmas sale, to run Tuesday December 16th –Tuesday December 23rd.

Household items, clothing & furniture on sale 20% off!!! Stop in and take a look at what we have available for purchase! Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays.

Mother Mary’s is a fundraising project of Providence Ministries for the Needy, selling high-quality pre-owned housewares, furniture and clothing at reasonable cost to benefit the Ministries’ mission to feed, clothe and shelter the needy of Greater Holyoke.

Visit us at 364 High St. during regular business hours Tuesday – Friday 11am – 5pm and Saturday 10am-3pm.

For more information contact Raymond at 413-536-5200 or

High Street between Essex & Appleton in Holyoke Closed Until Further Notice

Due to the partial building collapse of 400 High Street, Holyoke Fire and Police Department officials have shut down traffic on High Street between Essex and Appleton Streets. Drivers and pedestrians are encouraged to avoid High Street if possible, and seek alternative routes by way of Beech or Main Streets. 

More details will be released as they become available.