Saturday, November 22, 2014

Nutcracker & Sweets

Nutcracker & Sweets Friday, Saturday & Sunday, December 12, 13 & 14
The best thing about the holidays is Massachusetts Academy of Ballet’s Nutcracker & Sweets at Wistariahurst Museum! Join us in imaging the ballet as it might have been produced in the 1890's when the Skinner family lived at Wistariahurst. Student dancers will perform the magical story filled with lively choreography and accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score. Sparkling dancers and sugarplum fairies will alight, mice will scamper, snowflakes will scatter, colorful nutcracker soldiers will march, and there’s so much more to the story!  

For show times, visit or call the Museum at (413) 322-5660. Reservations necessary. Tickets $12.50 / children eight years and under $3.50 (children are seated on the floor)

A Recital for Rockers: Emerging Artists of All Ages Perform at The Singer's Cafe

Presented by Celia's Voice Studio, 24 experienced and amateur singers perform with top-
notch backing band.

Holyoke, MA December 14, 2014

Sunday 7pm December 14th at Gateway City Arts on 92 Race Street Holyoke, MA.Tickets $5. All ages. Beer and wine bar.

Celia Miller coaches singers to kickstart their own gigging, recording, music making machine. On the way she gives them plenty of performance opportunities and The
biannual Singer's Café is one of them. Rather than a staid formal recital affair, these singers perform in a full on pop­rock show, with three of the best musicians in the valley, Joe Boyle on guitar, John O'Boyle on bass, Joe Fitzpatrick on drums and guest keyboardist Elena Ciampa. Some of the singers performing in this Singer's Cafe have never been on stage before while others are racking up a bio of great gigs, like Peter Gilbert who with his band ATI (Aspire to Inspire) opened for national rap/hip­hop artist Huey Mack in October, Matt Maloney who has plenty of experience as a trombonist in local funk band Fat Bradley's, or Luna Puchalsky who came in 3rd in her age group in the Franklin County Fair's Got Talent this last summer. The singers will be covering songs by contemporary artists like Jesse J and Wil.I.Am or the greats like Etta James and Sam Cooke.

For singers of R&B or pop, rock or musical theater, Celia's Voice Studio is the place to go to learn vocal tools that really impact your sound on stage ­ and in the studio ­ expanding power and range. Teaching full­time since 2007 Celia studied with L.A. vocal coach Seth Riggs whose own clients include(d) Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Natalie Cole. Certified in his method ­ Speech Level Singing ­Celia's teaching and studio took off, just when the US economy was tanking. This will be the 12th Singer's Cafe since then. Come out for a multi­genre multi­age night to hear the powerful pipes of a small young girl, the soulful angst of an adolescent diva, the confidence of a college­going crooner and the reedy tones of a Williamsburg father and forester.

To hear past performances at The Singer's Café visit or For more information on the event please visit or get in touch at or 413-650-2670.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Holiday Breakfast and visit with Santa

Sunday, November 30th 9 -11:30 am

$10.00 pp includes 
Sitting with Santa and gift
Arts and crafts
All day admission to the Museum

Visit the website to check all details/PayPal accepted

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thanksgiving dinner at Kate’s Kitchen

Kate’s Kitchen, which is located in the rear of 51 Hamilton Street in Holyoke, will once again serve a complete turkey dinner for the needy of the greater Holyoke area on November 27, 2014.

The doors will open for guests starting at 12:00 noon, with continuous service for all until 1:00 pm.

The menu, prepared by the Knights of Columbus, Council #4044 will include a traditional holiday turkey dinner with gravy, potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, assorted vegetables, bread, dessert, and a beverage.

Food donations may be brought to Kate’s Kitchen any day of the week, 9-5 pm. For more information please call 413-536-9109.

Holyoke Police Announce Annual Senior Citizens Christmas Event "Aloha Christmas"

The Holyoke Police Department’s 14th Annual Senior Citizens “Aloha Christmas”, presented by Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, Police Chief James M. Neiswanger and the Holyoke Police Department will take place on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. This year’s event will be held at the “Huke Lau Restaurant” which will serve a stuffed chicken breast dinner. Reservations are required thru the Police Department.

Holyoke senior citizens should contact The Chief’s Office at 413-322-6901 for reservations and information beginning on Monday, November 24, 2014 after 9:00 am. Reservations will be taken Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 PM.

Mayor Morse Issues Executive Order on Immigration, Creates Human Rights Advisory Committee

Mayor Morse is proud to announce two steps the City will take in an effort to protect basic human rights and to improve public safety.

This afternoon, the mayor signed an executive order requiring that the Holyoke Police Department not comply with civil immigration detainers requests from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to hold individuals past the point when they would ordinarily be released. This order codifies already existing practice within the police department.

The ICE orders will still be enforced if the individual is subject to a criminal warrant or court order for their detention; if they have been convicted of a serious crime or violent felony; if they are arraigned for
the crime; or if they are a current Registrant of the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry.

Holyoke joins communities such as Somerville, Boston, and Northampton in codifying similar police department practices.

Additionally, the Mayor is pleased to announce the formation of an Advisory Committee to the Mayor on Human Rights. The committee will work to ensure that issues of basic human rights are brought to the foreground, especially regarding marginalized communities. The committee will then facilitate dialogue and work to resolve specific issues and complaints. Overall, the committee’s focus will be to help make Holyoke a more just, equal, and inclusive community.

What follows is a statement from Mayor Morse:

“About a month ago, I announced that my administration would be unrolling a series of initiatives to address issues of race and class in the community. And today, I’m proud to announce two of those initiatives.

“These steps reflect my administration’s continued commitment to the principles of justice, fairness, and a respect for the dignity of all persons. The executive order, through codifying existing police department practice, sends a clear message that Holyoke is a compassionate community -- a place where our undocumented residents need not live in fear of being stripped from their families. And further, the order will unburden our police department from an unfunded federal mandate, and allow our officers
to use time and resources on actual threats to public safety. And at a time when a polarizing debate about immigration is on the national stage, the City of Holyoke will demonstrate a sane, responsible, and humane approach to the issue -- an approach that respects human beings and keeps the public safe.

“The new Advisory Committee on Human Rights is another important signal of my administration’s priorities. In too many instances, the city government’s approach to race and class issues has been reactive, rather than proactive. With the formation of this committee, my hope is that marginalized members of our community will have a constant, persistent voice in our city government. The committee will facilitate dialogue between community members of my office, and will advise me on the best way
to address these concerns. If you have any interest in serving on this committee, please contact my office.

“As we move forward, I am confident that Holyoke can set an example as a community equally committed to safety and justice.”

Holyoke Medical Center Recognized for Outstanding Record in Patient Safety

Holyoke Medical Center has long been recognized for its stellar patient safety initiatives, including 24/7 intensivist coverage in the Intensive Care Unit, computerized physician order entry and electronic medical records and its work on lowering hospital readmission rate for high-risk patients with chronic diseases including Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) and a new initiative focusing on patients with Diabetes.

For its excellent record in patient safety, HMC was awarded an "A" in the Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score by the Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog group.

The Hospital Safety Score, compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading experts on patient safety, rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

"This award shows the work and dedication that our employees are doing to make our new patient standard a reality. I'm very proud of our staff and their commitment to patient safety," said HMC Vice President Clark A. Fenn, who oversees Quality Improvement, Risk Management, Compliance and Human Resources. "That said, this is nothing we can take our eye off of. We need to continue to work hard to maintain our "A" standard, and to improve upon it."

Fenn mentioned the consistency of having intensivist coverage in HMC's ICU Department; utilizing a highly functioning electronic medical records system; and continuing to meet and surpass healthcare research and quality safety goals on a regular basis as some of the ways in which HMC achieved the "A" score.

"Patient safety needs to be a 24-7 priority for hospitals, as errors and infections are all too common and often deadly," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. "We commend the "A" hospitals, including Holyoke Medical Center, for helping us to raise the standards of health care nationwide, and demonstrating that they've made the well-being of patients a top priority."

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single "A," "B," "C," "D," or "F" score representing a hospital's overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in fall 2014, with about 31-percent receiving an "A" grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, with a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades available online.

To see how HMC's score compares locally and nationally, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the newly updated Hospital Safety Score website at Consumers can also go to for a free download of the Hospital Safety Score mobile app.