Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mayor Morse to Attend Mayors Innovation Project Meeting in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Tomorrow, August 20, Mayor Alex Morse will fly down to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to participate in the summer meeting of the Mayors Innovation Project.

Over the next four days, mayors from across the country will be gathering in Chapel Hill to discuss approaches to affordable housing, smart growth, civic engagement, and entrepreneurship, and to share and discuss ideas and experiences.

The Mayors Innovation Project is a learning network among American mayors committed to “high road” policy and governance: shared prosperity, environmental sustainability, and efficient democratic government. 
"I am excited for the opportunity to talk about the cutting-edge initiatives taking place in the City of Holyoke, and to learn from my fellow mayors about how to make our city government more efficient and effective. This is a great opportunity to grow and learn, and also to spread the word about our city. As always, I am proud to represent the City of Holyoke," Mayor Morse said.

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Brick Coworkshop Anniversary Party

Brick Coworkshop, a collaborative work, education, and event space, has been in Holyoke for a year, and we're getting everyone together to celebrate! We're turning our back alley into an outdoor gallery, bar, and music venue. Come indoors later in the evening for more art, drinks, and DJs onward into the late hours.


Live art and gallery exhibitions

High & Mighty Beer , High Horse Sangria and cocktails

Two roast pigs, house-made snacks and sides, and delicious hummus and falafel from Holyoke Hummus Company

$5 donation for entrance, cash bar(s) all night, dinner and snacks available for purchase from 6-10

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BBQ at Holyoke Canoe Club to Benefit Holyoke Organizations

Join three Holyoke organizations for an afternoon of food, fun, and live entertainment at the Holyoke Canoe Club, located on the scenic Connecticut River just off of Route 5. The family-friendly Barbecue Fundraiser will take place on Sunday, September 14 at 1:00 p.m. and will benefit PassportHolyoke, the Holyoke Latin Jazz Festival, and the Holyoke Winter Carnival. Tickets are $40 per person and must be purchased by Wednesday, September 10.

PassportHolyoke is teaming up with the Holyoke Latin Jazz Festival and the Holyoke Winter Carnival for an afternoon of live music and delicious barbecue including brisket, pork, and tasty sides from Seth Mias Catering. Vegetarians are welcome as an alternative meatless option will be made available; please indicate upon your ticket purchase. Enjoy lovely river views and the sounds of local bands Jazz Trip and The Way. Jazz Trip performs original instrumental compositions blending funk, rock, and jazz while The Way, a folk-rock-jazz jam band, plays both original songs and covers.

The Barbecue Fundraiser will help cover necessary costs for the following community events. PassportHolyoke’s three-day festival, Next Stop: Holyoke, builds on past Discover Holyoke day happenings with a variety of free and paid events during the weekend of October 10-12. Next Stop will feature visual arts displays and performances, food, music, recreational activities, and history programs – all of which highlight the many unique attributes of the City of Holyoke.

The Holyoke Latin Jazz Festival, which has provided Holyoke with exceptional live music for the past two years, will be a part of Next Stop: Holyoke’s festivities. On Friday, October 10, enjoy the rhythms and melodies of live Latin jazz and traditional salsa music in downtown Holyoke at the War Memorial.

The Fourth Annual Holyoke Winter Carnival, February 6-15, will bring community tradition to life once again with a full schedule of over 40 events spanning ten days. The opening night luminaria, sports tournaments, cooking contests, family day at Heritage State Park, and a free community pancake breakfast are just a few of the Winter Carnival’s offerings.

Tickets for the Barbecue Fundraiser may be purchased through the Holyoke Winter Carnival by contacting or calling (413) 244-6766 by Wednesday, September 10. Tickets are also available at Wistariahurst Museum, the Holyoke Parks and Recreation Department, and the Mayor’s Office during regular business hours. Want to support this event but aren’t able to attend? Please mail checks to PassportHolyoke: P.O. Box 1425, Holyoke, MA 01041, with “contribution” in the memo. For more information, contact Melissa Boisselle, President of PassportHolyoke, at 413-322-5660 or

Monday, August 18, 2014

Paving Projects in Holyoke

The Department of Public Works will begin preparing streets for resurfacing starting Thursday, August 21, 2014. Crews from Garrity Asphalt Reclaiming, Inc. under contract with the Department will begin removing the old asphalt surface on Whitney Ave from I-91 to Lower Westfield Rd, Gordon Dr. from Whiting Farms Rd. to end, Whiting Farms Rd. from Northampton St. to Sullivan Rd., Longwood Ave. from Northampton St. to Martin St., Hillcrest Ave from Martin St to E. Promenade, Michigan Ave. from Westfield Rd to Downing Ave., Pleasant St from Appleton St. to Highland Ave., Magnolia Ave. from W. Franklin St. to end, Beech Street, from W. Franklin St. to Hampshire St., Chestnut St. from Appleton St. to Dwight St., Sargeant St. from High St. to Commercial St., Mosher St. from Bowers St. to Canal St., Vadnais St. from Northampton St. to George St., Central Park Dr. from Mountain View Dr. to end, Lindor Heights from Easthampton Rd. to end, Discol Lane from Lindor Heights to end, Woods Ave. from Francis Ave. to Hillside Ave, Main St. from Prew Ave. to Anderson Hill and Apremont Hwy from Westfield Rd. to Dupuis Rd Resurfacing of these streets by the Palmer Paving Corporation of Palmer, MA will commence on August 27, 2014 and continue over the next month until completion.

Residents are reminded to heed the parking restrictions posted on these streets as work progresses and use care while traveling through these construction zones. The use of alternate routes where possible is strongly suggested.

This road resurfacing work is estimated to cost $880,000 and is funded through Chapter 90 State Highway Aid to cities and towns.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Groundbreaking ceremony for the Chestnut Park Apartments

The former Holyoke Catholic High School buildings are being converted into 55 apartments by Weld Management. This new project called, Chestnut Park, represents a $20 million investment in downtown Holyoke, and will officially break ground on Monday, August 18th. Snacks and refreshments will be available starting at 9:30 AM, and the official ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 AM. Speakers will include: Mayor Alex Morse, Denis Walsh of Weld Management, Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki, and others.

This groundbreaking ceremony represents the city's continued efforts to make downtown a vibrant place to live.

WHAT: Groundbreaking ceremony for the Chestnut Park Apartments

WHERE: Chestnut St, Between Dwight and Hampden Streets, Holyoke, MA

WHEN: Monday, August 18 at 9:30 AM

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Holyoke Public Library Announces “Library Card Month”

“With September the traditional start of the school year for thousands of youngsters, it is a perfect time for students and others to get their year off to a great start by signing up for a Holyoke Public Library Member Card,” said Library Director Maria G. Pagan recently. “In addition to providing easy access to an ever-expanding selection of books and other research materials, HPL Member Cards also open the door to online research, thousands of DVDs, CDs, and other materials.”

“HPL Library Cards are free to all Holyoke residents. Even the preschooler or very young can obtain a card by having a parent or guardian sign up for the youngster. With our restored and expanded library the availability of all types of material has more than doubled. We also have our own computer lab with two Computer Coordinators available throughout the week to assist patrons in how to use computers and how to take advantage of the many ways they can be utilized for research, resume writing, accessing online resources and in many other ways.”

“Holyoke Public Library Cards also guarantee entrance to a growing program of special events for both adults and children, including presentations by local authors, puppet shows, poetry readings and many other stimulating activities. When you add up all the opportunities and advantages an HPL Member Card provides it’s easy to see why thousands of your friends and neighbors agree, ‘They’re the smartest card in your wallet!’ and I agree,” Ms. Pagan concluded.

September is also the time of year when the Holyoke Library returns to its Fall-Winter schedule of hours, which are Monday through Thursday 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM, and Friday and Saturday, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. “Just a final reminder, your Holyoke Public Library Card is FREE, so what are you waiting for?”

Friday, August 8, 2014

Mayor Morse to Field Questions in Reddit "Ask Me Anything" Session

Mayor Alex Morse is pleased to announce that he will be participating in a Reddit AMA at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 15th. The Mayor invites anyone interested in learning about Holyoke’s latest initiatives or more broadly the purpose of government in cultural and economic growth to participate in the conversation.

Reddit is an online community where users all over the world can discuss a diverse range of topics from politics to pop culture. Reddit AMAs, short for Ask Me Anything, are discussions where users can ask a public figure questions in a Q&A format and expect an individual response from that public figure. The format has attracted well-known public figures such as President Obama, the New York Times Editorial Board, and Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates.

“A theme of this summer in the Mayor’s office has been increased accessibility,” Mayor Morse said. “I believe that a government is best able to represent its constituents when it listens closely to their needs and takes their thoughts seriously. This Reddit Ask Me Anything will continue the goal of my summer tour series in creating a strong dialogue between Holyoke residents and their elected officials in City Hall.”

Those interested in participating can create a Reddit account or sign in with an existing one and visit at 2:00pm next Friday. The conversation will be permanently accessible on the website for anyone unable to participate.

For additional information about the AMA format, visit