Thursday, January 19, 2017

SPARK Entrepreneur Program Offers “SPARK:Learn” Series

DATE: Tuesday, January 24
TIME: 6 - 8PM
LOCATION: Holyoke Public Library
Free and open to public

The Greater Holyoke Centennial Foundation and the SPARK Entrepreneurship program invite aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners to attend a free workshop as part of the SPARK Learn series.

This workshop will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 from 6:00 -8:00 P.M. at the Holyoke Public Library at 250 Chestnut Street. The workshop will be presented by Hubert “Hugh” Pfabé and will cover the topics of Patents, Copyright & Trademarks.

There is no cost to attend this workshop, but those interested in attending should register with Janet Crespo at the Holyoke Chamber of Commerce at (413) 534-3376 or by email at Guests can register online using the Eventbrite Link.

About the Speaker:

Attorney Hugh Pfabé is the owner & Principal of The Law Offices of H.W Pfabé, with locations in Massachusetts and Connecticut. He handles all Intellectual Property matters, with extensive experience in Patent Law, Trademark, Copyright, Nondisclosure Agreements, Trade secrets, and in working with Start -ups and Small Businesses.

Prior to entering the legal field, Atty.Pfabé was an engineer for 15 years, working in the medical devices field. His experience includes running Research and Development divisions of multiple companies and directing R&D, Project Management, Process Development and Manufacturing teams.

Atty. Pfabé has degrees in Engineering and Biomedical Engineering from Dartmouth College and J.D. from the University of Connecticut school of Law, with a certificate of Intellectual Property.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

January 23 - Seventy Years of Summer Theater on Mt. Tom - Holyoke Public Library

Monday, January 23
6:00 PM

Holyoke Public Library

Jacqueline T. Lynch presents her new book:

Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain
70 Years of Summer Theatre on Mount Tom
Holyoke, Massachusetts

Please join us for an evening of local theater history with
Jacqueline Lynch and Barbara Bernard.

From the 1890s through the 1960s, live performance and summer theater were a fixture at the Mountain Park amusement park on Mount Tom.  In the 1950s, it was the place to go on a Saturday night for a Valley Players' production of "Harvey" or the "The Philadelphia Story." Drawing on archival collections and first-hand accounts, Ms. Lynch's book is the first comprehensive treatment of the rich history of theater at Holyoke's beloved park, from its vaudevillian beginnings to the final act of the Mount Tom Playhouse. A companion exhibit of materials from the Holyoke History Room's collections will be on view on the third floor of the Library for the month of January. 

Special guest Barbara Bernard will introduce the author.

Ms. Lynch is the author of several novels, plays, and non-fiction works, including a biography of the film career of actress Ann Blyth.  Her work as a playwright has received recognition at regional festivals in New England and beyond. 
This event takes place in the Community Room and is free and open to the public.  For more information, please call the Holyoke History Room at 413-420-8107.

Friday, January 13, 2017

2017 Manuary Event

It’s that time of year for the men of the Holyoke Police Department to don “Manly” mustaches, goatees and beards to support our Veterans. The Holyoke Police Officer’s Ball Committee is sponsoring “Manuary”. The event runs for the month of January and sponsors a local Veteran cause. Holyoke Police Officers donate $20 for a mustache, $25 for a goatee and $30 for a full beard. 100% of the proceeds are donated to a local Veteran cause. This year we are honored to support HOMEWARD VETS, INC.

HOMEWARD VETS is based out of Southampton and the CEO is David Felty.

The following was taken from their web site.

Mission & Vision:

“We have a simple mission: to help veterans in need. We do that by providing previously homeless veterans with home furnishings when they transition from homelessness and move into the community. We make a difference in every life we touch.”

Meet the President:

“I have been incredibly fortunate in my life to never have had to experience the difficulties I see in the clients we work with. I can’t imagine what it’s like to not have a place to call home - and I think it’s a shame that in a country as great as ours, anyone should be faced with this challenge.

With that desire in my heart, my wife and I formed Homeward Vets Inc. We were looking to make a difference in our world and believed that by focusing on our community we're going to make the most substantial impact. The world is made up of these important social connections and if you foster them positively, they’ll pay huge dividends - in love, care, and a better world.” David Felty

Donations from the community are welcomed and appreciated. In the past citizens that joined us in this noble cause helped the Holyoke Police Department raise several thousand dollars for past groups (Honor Flight, Westfield State University Veteran Office and Service Dogs for Veterans). A simple donation will help establish a fortifying resource for our Military, Veterans and their family’s.

For citizens willing to support and help our brave Veterans, that volunteered to give everything for us, I thank you.

Send donations to:

Captain Matthew Moriarty
Holyoke Police Department
138 Appleton St.
Holyoke, MA 01040

Checks are to be made out to H.P.O.B.C (Holyoke Police Officers Ball Committee)

We are accepting donations until February 10, 2017.

Questions can be directed to Captain Moriarty

The end of Manuary will be celebrated at JP’s in Holyoke February 3, 2017 at 6pm until 11pm.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Greetings from the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round!

Check out all the great events taking place at the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round in January and February. 

Click here to read the monthly newsletter!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Holyoke Council for Human Understanding Hosts Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast

The Greater Holyoke Council for Human Understanding presents the 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Breakfast

Guest Speaker: Dr. Willie Hill
When: Friday, January 13, 2017
Where: Slainte Restaurant, 80 Jarvis Avenue, Holyoke
Time: 8:00 am

HOLYOKE - The Greater Holyoke Council for Human Understanding would like to invite the public to join in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Breakfast. The event will be held at Slainte Restaurant in Holyoke at 8:00 am with a ticket price of $15 at the door.

The breakfast aims to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr by featuring a guest speaker who has done extraordinary work.

The guest speaker this year will be Professor Willie Hill who is the Director of the Fine Arts Center and a Professor in Music Education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst . He is a member of the national board of directors for Young Audiences Arts for Learning, Inc. and a trustee for the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. Additionally, Dr. Hill was the past-president of various organizations including The National Association for Music Education, the International Association for Jazz Education, the Colorado Music Educators Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.

His professional activities in the Denver/Metro area included the following: a former member of the Denver Broncos Jazz Ensemble, a regular performer at the Denver Auditorium Theater, Paramount Theater, Boettcher Concert Hall and a variety of nightclubs; guest soloist with the Garden City Community College, Hastings College, the University of Colorado, and the University of Denver Jazz Ensembles; a freelance performer with George Burns, Liza Minneli, Lena Horn, Lou Rawls, Ben Vareen, Lola Falana, Johnny Mathis,Sammy Davis Jr., Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Jon Faddis, and many others. As a woodwind specialist, he has been a faculty member of the Clark Terry Great Plains Jazz Camp; Founder and Co-Director of the Rich Matteson-Telluride Jazz Academy, and Founder of the Mile High Jazz Camp in Boulder, CO. The Colorado Clarinet Choir was chosen to represent the United States in London, England at the International Clarinet Symposium and Dr. Hill was a member of that touring organization. His conducting experiences include numerous Citywide Honor performances, All-State Jazz Ensembles, All-County Bands, Musical Director at The Schwayder and Bonfils Theaters.

He and his wife Beverly reside in Amherst and have one adult son who is also a musician.

There will also be a musical performance by the Holyoke High School Madrigals directed by Mark Todd.

For more information, please contact the Council for Human Understanding at

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Coding and Robotics in the New Year!

We're trying a new schedule with most workshops on weekends. We've heard from a number of families that weekday evening workshops are challenging - we hope this new schedule is easier! Let us know!


Saturday, January 7
9:30 - 11:30 am
Learn how to build your own robot and teach it to dance!
We’ll build robots with LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 kits and then learn how to make them move with functions and loops to make them come to life. We’re looking forward to the DanceBot disco!
Ages 10+
Register here for DanceBots!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Passing of Holyoke Police Sergeant David O'Connell

It is with great sadness that I announce of the untimely death of Sergeant David O’Connell. Dave was 54 years old.

Sergeant O’Connell was found deceased early this morning while he was off-duty.

Sergeant David O’Connell joined the department as a Reserve Police Officer in March of 1985 and in July 1986, as a member of the Class # 7 of the Municipal Police Officers Course (MPOC), he completed the Western Mass Police Academy and began his full time career. Dave was a dedicated law Enforcement Supervisor and a seasoned veteran who was assigned to the Uniformed Patrol on days at the Holyoke Police Department. He proudly served our community with honor and distinction for the past 31 years.

His many awards and commendations for heroism and valor attest to his care and concern for the citizens of Holyoke. These include 3 medals of Commendation; 6 Letters of Commendation and numerous letters received from citizens praising Dave’s professionalism while assisting them during times of need.

Dave was passionate about basketball and fitness, helping others inside the department to improve their health and fitness levels. He was an active member of the Massachusetts Police Association; The Holyoke Police Relief Association; The Holyoke Police Athletic League and always supported the Holyoke Boys and Girls Clubs by giving of his time and knowledge.

He leaves behind his beautiful wife Mary, his talented son and pride of his life, Joey; his brothers, Fran and retired Holyoke Police Officer John O’Connell and his sister, Mary Britton. Sergeant O’Connell’s Father was the former Holyoke Police Deputy Chief, Francis O’Connell.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. The Holyoke Police Department lost a dear brother and loved one today. All of us are grieving his loss. I respectfully ask others to consider his family’s privacy during this extremely difficult and trying time.

Sergeant David O’Connell will be greatly missed.

Information regarding funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.
James M. Neiswanger, Chief of Police
Holyoke Police Department