Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holyoke Police Announce STEP Traffic Enforcement Grant

The Holyoke Police Department has begun its “Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program” (STEP), increasing its presence in enforcing important traffic safety laws in the Holyoke community. The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Highway Safety Division (EOPSS/HSD) awarded Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grants totaling $3,200,000 to the state police and fourteen selected police departments for enhanced traffic enforcement in their communities. The funds were made available to EOPSS from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The STEP grant will help these departments maximize the effect of sustained, high-visibility, traffic enforcement and reduce fatalities and injuries on Massachusetts roadways. Holyoke will receive a grant of up to $150,000 as their individual award amount. 

Specifically, more police officers will be out in the community on streets and intersections with a history of traffic violations, including speeding, drunk driving, crosswalk and stopping violations, texting and seat belt use. “Holyoke citizens should be aware, said Police Chief James Neiswanger, that there will be more officers out and that they are working hard to make roads and traffic intersections safer.” This campaign runs through the end of September 2015. For additional information, go to www.mass.gov/highwaysafety.

Monday, November 24, 2014

City of Holyoke to Hold Tree Lightning Saturday Nov. 29

This Saturday, November 29, join Mayor Morse at the annual Holyoke City Tree Lighting. Festivities begin at 4:30 PM at Heritage State Park and City Hall. All are welcome to come and enjoy horse drawn carriage rides, holiday songs, hot chocolate, crafts, cookies, to visit with Santa onboard the Polar Express train, and to ride the Merry-Go-Round at this family friendly event. 

Rides on the Merry-Go-Round are $2 per person. Santa will arrive on the Pioneer Valley Railroad’s Polar Express in Heritage State Park at 5:00 PM, and the tree will be lit shortly thereafter at City Hall.

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 www.wistariahurst.org 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. http://www.gatewaycityarts.com. 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 Facebook.com/celiasvoicestudio or www.celiasvoicestudio.com. For more information on the event please visit www.gatewaycityarts.com or get in touch at hello@gatewaycityarts.com 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.