Friday, September 23, 2016

The Friends of City Hall Oktoberfest

The Friends of City Hall cordially invite you to a fun-filled “Oktoberfest” benefit event on Friday, October 7th from 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. in the historic grand ballroom of Holyoke City Hall. This fundraising event continues the efforts to restore thirteen magnificent stained glass windows that loom large over the gothic ballroom.

Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door.  The price includes a contemporary take on the bavarian family-style dinner, dessert and hor d'oeuvres featuring the talent behind Damn Yankee BBQ, and four sample beers of your choosing from White Lion and several regional craft breweries.

Throughout the night choose from your favorite regional craft beers, featuring White Lion, and a full cash bar provided by the Waterfront Tavern. . . and don't forget to bring your dancing shoes!


From 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., during the cocktail hour, nosh, sample beer and enjoy the traditional folk sounds of the Senior German Band of Western Massachusetts

During dinner from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. guests will be serenaded by local accordion player Luke Baillargeon

After dinner from 8:00 - 11:00 p.m., there will be dessert, a full cash bar, polka and dancing with music by the Beer Hall Boys

Friday, October 7, 2016
6:00pm – 11:00pm
Holyoke City Hall
536 Dwight Street
Grand Ballroom, 2nd floor
Holyoke, Massachusetts

$40 in advance | $45 at the door
Ticket includes dinner and four (6 oz.) sample beers. Senior citizen discount available

ADVANCE TICKETS are available online at

Please contact 413-322-5634 or with any questions.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

PMSN needs Food, Clothing and Volunteers

Providence Ministries Service Network (PMSN) is in desperate need of both volunteers, food, and clothing items.  PMSN oversees Kate’s Kitchen, which serves a hot noon-time meal 365 days/year to anyone in need no questions asked; Margaret’s Pantry provides three balanced meals plus three snacks (per person) for a four day-period monthly to individuals referred to the program; and St. Jude’s Clothing Center offers clothing and additional small household items at minimal cost to its visitors. Kate’s Kitchen is located at 51 Hamilton Street and Margaret’s Pantry and St. Jude’s Clothing Center at 56 Cabot Street, Holyoke.

Please consider volunteering with PMSN from 9:00-2:00 p.m., or anytime between those hours, Monday through Friday at Kate’s Kitchen, Margaret’s Pantry and St. Jude’s Clothing Center, and additional hours Saturday and Sunday 9:00 - 2:00 p.m. at Kate’s Kitchen.  To volunteer please contact Brenda Lamagdeleine at 413-538-8026 or by email:  We need your help now!

Food items are at a critical low point at Margaret’s Pantry. Shelves need to be replenished with staples like peanut butter/jelly, tuna, hamburger helper, pasta/sauces, soups, stews, canned vegetables, baked beans, cake and cookie mixes and snack items. Please deliver to Margaret’s Pantry location.

For more details on our needs, call PMSN’s main office at 413-536-9109.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Rhythm and Flow World Music / Spoken Word at GCA

Frank and Vinny Raniolo
Guitar Extroardinaires
Show + Guitar Workshop
Saturday, October 1
Workshop: 4:00-6:00pm
Show: 7:30pm

Workshop and Show Special: $30 Adv / $35 Door
Workshop Only: $20 adv / $25 door
Show Only: $20 adv / $25 door

About: The duo mixes original material with unique renditions of contemporary tunes to create a smoking-hot blend of contemporary acoustic rock, gypsy jazz, bluegrass, swing, and blues. The workshop will include warm ups, plenty of jam time, rhythm guitar, improvisation and direct instruction.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Holyoke Medical Center To Hold Prostate Health & PSA Testing Lecture


Join Holyoke Medical Center for a lecture on Prostate Health & PSA Testing, on Tuesday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the HMC Auxiliary Conference Center.

Dr. Alexander Berry from the HMC Urology Center will discuss what you should know about prostate health and explain prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood testing. Some experts recommend that most men be offered the tests starting at age 50, while others donĂ¢ t feel it offers enough benefit to recommend to anyone except those at highest risk. Dr. Berry will cover this and more, as well as answer any questions attendees may have.

This program is free and open to the public, and is part of the Medical CenterĂ¢ s community education programming, one in a series of dozens of workshops held throughout the year to help people learn about specific health issues, wellness, prevention and treatment. To register for this event, ( ) or call 413.534.2789.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Nuestros Senderos Community Archiving Day

                                            Every family has a story. Come share yours.

Family stories are at the heart of the Nuestros Senderos Project of the Holyoke History Room, Holyoke Public Library. The aim of the event is to begin to build a community archives that documents the origins and history of Puerto Rican life in Holyoke, and, more broadly, the development of local Latino culture. 

Do you have old photographs of your family, your neighborhood, or other memorabilia? Photographs of ancestors? Material from clubs, teams, or musical groups in Holyoke to which you or a family member belonged? At the Nuestros Senderos Community Digitization Day at Enlace de Familias on September 24, you may have up to four of these scanned for free. You may keep all your originals and a digital copy will go into the collection of the Holyoke History Room of the Holyoke Public Library. 

Planning to attend? 

You may arrive anytime between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM.
 You will be guided through a series of “stations” where you will register, tell us about the items you brought, and have them scanned.
You may also, if you wish, visit the Oral History Station, the Keepsake Photo Station, and learn how to best preserve your documents and photographs.It all takes about 30-45 minutes and is a family-friendly event!

Have other questions? See:
Call: (413) 420- 8107 and ask for Eileen.
Or stop by the Holyoke History Room, 3rd Floor, Holyoke Public Library.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Michael McManus Named New Superintendent of Holyoke DPW

Mayor Alex B. Morse has named Michael McManus of Holyoke as the new Superintendent of the Department of Public Works in Holyoke. Mr. McManus will begin his new position on Monday, September 19th with an annual salary of $81,000.
Michael McManus has been a resident of Holyoke since 1988 and is a graduate of Holyoke Catholic High School. He earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University and earned his Masters in Science in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). He is also certified as a Wastewater Operator Grade 6 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Given Michael’s residency in Holyoke and his engineering background, he meets all qualifications set out by the city to be the permanent DPW Director.

During his time at Northeastern, Mike interned with Camp Dresser & McKee Smith (CDM) in Hartford and went on to work there full time after graduation. At CDM Smith he worked on a variety of municipal public works projects that included parking lots and streetscapes, recreational facilities, storm drainage, and water/sewer infrastructure rehabilitation. In 2007, Mike began working with Tighe & Bond in their Westfield office where he continued to work on all aspects of municipal public works projects, from planning, design, permitting, funding, bidding, construction, and start-up. He currently serves as the City Engineer in Easthampton.

Mayor Alex Morse believes that Mr. McManus has the expertise and experience necessary to handle the demands that come with being Superintendent of the DPW, “Mr. McManus has the qualities we are looking for. He lives in Holyoke, has the education, expertise, and experience, and he’s passionate about serving our community. I also want to thank Debra Reardon, who has been Acting DPW Superintendent throughout this transition. The City is lucky to have her and she will no doubt be vital to ensuring the success of our new Superintendent.”

The search process and interviews included a number of municipal representatives and department heads, including Chief of Staff Rory Casey, DPW Commissioner Dave Moore, outgoing DPW Superintendent Bill Fuqua, Personnel Director Bob Judge, City Attorney Sara Carroll, and Director of the Office of Community Development Alicia Zoeller.

Mr. McManus is eager to begin his work with the City. “I look forward to working with the dedicated staff of the Department of Public Works and other city departments as we advance the mission of the DPW,” says Mr. McManus, “I’ve met with several of the city's staff and I am impressed at their knowledge, enthusiasm, and satisfaction that they take in their work. I look forward to the opportunity to work for, and with, the community that I have grown up in and love. This is a very exciting time to be joining the Mayor’s administration, and I look forward to getting to know this community more than I already do.”