Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Holyoke Medical Center to Honor Cancer Survivors

In recognition of National Cancer Survivor's Day, Holyoke Medical Center will sponsor a luncheon for cancer survivors with comic Jane Condon, who will join survivors and lead a feature presentation on Friday, May 29. Condon will be available to speak with members of the local media following the presentation.

WHEN: Friday, May 29, 2015 11:30 am to 2:00 pm
WHERE: Mont Marie Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, 36 Lower Westfield Road, Holyoke.

"This is a very special day for us," said Jolene Lambert, R.N., Oncology patient navigator. "This is an opportunity for us to celebrate not only our patients, but also the medical advances in cancer treatment that are allowing survivors to live longer, better and more productive lives than ever before."

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Holyoke’s July 4th Fireworks Celebration

Mayor Alex B. Morse announced today that Holyoke’s July 4th Fireworks Celebration will take place on Friday, June 26th with the rain date of Saturday, June 27th on the beautiful grounds of Holyoke Community College, located on Homestead Avenue. "I am excited to attend the Holyoke Fireworks this year as Mayor. This is always a great family-friendly event that allows the entire community to celebrate the Fourth of July. As always, I would like to thank the dedicated staff of the Parks and Recreation Department, Holyoke Gas & Electric, and the other city employees and volunteers whose planning ensures that this event runs smoothly year after year."

The City of Holyoke fireworks are sponsored each year by Holyoke Gas & Electric and the event is hosted by Holyoke Community College. Mayor Morse encourages everyone to come early to enjoy the music and food. There will also be many activities for children. The event begins at 6:00 P.M., with the fireworks display scheduled to start at dusk.

Vendors interested in taking part in the event should contact the Parks & Recreation Department to obtain a permit application at (413) 322-5620. The permit fee is $150.00. No alcoholic beverages or bottles are allowed on the premises. Only vendors permitted in advance will be allowed on site.

For additional information contact the Mayor’s office at (413) 322-5510

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Public Art to be Installed under Mosher Street Rail Bridge in Holyoke

The City of Holyoke has announced work will begin on “Arrivals,” the selected proposal for the Mosher Street Underpass Art Project, designed by the Center for Design Engagement (CDE). The project will transform a key gateway between the flats neighborhood and downtown Holyoke into a safe, inviting and creative attraction. The project is the work of Caryn Brause and Joseph Krupczynski of the Center for Design Engagement (CDE), and both are UMass Amherst Department of Architecture faculty members. Funding of $35,000 comes from a Community Development Block Grant as part of a larger improvement project to upgrade sidewalks and crosswalks at the intersection of Mosher, Race and Main Streets.

The project will consist of a 30 foot long glowing wall of light that depicts a historic scene of Main Street in Holyoke, that image will be punctuated by three vertical light boxes containing excerpts of stories of “arrival” in Holyoke.

“The intention of the project is to contrast the singular image of the city with the multiple voices of residents’ arrival stories,” explained Joseph Krupczynski. “The project is also responsive to the immediate context of the Mosher Street underpass, which is adjacent to the H.H. Richardson train station - one of the City’s great historic gateways,” he said.

“Arrivals” will capture Holyoke’s rich immigrant and migrant experience—the many stories of “arrival” that are shared by all Holyoke residents—through several public input sessions to collect “arrival” stories. The artists creating this project want to capture as many arrival stories as possible, from families who arrived in Holyoke in 1890 to the present.

"I'm excited to be working on this project for so many reasons. The City of Holyoke is doing creative and ground-breaking work by considering art as an important part of public infrastructure,” said Caryn Brause. “The project also connects Holyoke's past and the historic train station with its future in an art installation that showcases the advanced capabilities of some of the area's fabricators."
“The Mosher Street Underpass Art Project is yet another example of what public art does for a community,” Mayor Morse writes in his blog. “When completed, the ‘Arrivals’ project will have the effect of making this heavily-traveled pathway better lit and more inviting. For folks traveling from the downtown to the flats, it will provide something educational and interesting to look at.”
Story Sessions will be held on the following dates and locations:

Thursday / May 28 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM + 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Gateway City Arts / 92 Race St, Holyoke
Monday / June 1 9:30 AM – 12:00 NOON
Enlace de Familia / 299 Main Street, Holyoke
Wednesday / June 3 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Holyoke Senior Center / 291 Pine St, Holyoke
Thursday / June 4 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Holyoke Senior Center / 291 Pine St, Holyoke
Tuesday / June 9 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Gateway City Arts / 92 Race St, Holyoke

Check for updates on the project website: www.holyoke-arrivals.org

Please contact the City’s Creative Economy Industries Coordinator, Jeffrey C. Bianchine at the Office of Planning and Economic Development (413-322-5575) or by email at bianchinej@holyoke.org with any questions regarding this project. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

City of Holyoke to Offer HAPHousing Residential Leadership Program

The City of Holyoke will offer the HAPHousing Residential Leadership Program to its residents. The program will be funded by the City of Holyoke Office for Community Development through the HUD Community Development Block Grant Program. The program will hold its sessions every Wednesday, starting May 27 and finishing on June 24.

The Resident Leadership Program (RLP) is designed to provide tools and techniques to develop and enhance leadership skills of anyone interested in building a stronger neighborhood community. The RLP will also provide a framework for hands-on learning and a forum for discussing specific neighborhood issues along with providing opportunities for sharing best practices and solutions.

WHEN: Between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Dinner at 5:30 PM. Ever Wednesday from May 27 until June 24.
WHERE: The Picknelly Adult and Family Education Center
(Located on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Holyoke Transportation Center at 206 Maple Street)
WHO: Residents of Holyoke
OTHER: Childcare, Spanish translation, and transportation can be coordinated.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Postal Workers Food Drive


Due to the generosity of residents from both Holyoke & South Hadley, and area Postal Workers, a little over 8 tons of non-perishable food was donated from both of these benevolent communities.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to not only the postal workers for their collection efforts, but also to the community who gave so generously, and the many volunteers who offered their valuable time.

The community can be assured that the emergency food programs, who participated in this endeavor, including Margaret’s Pantry in Holyoke, will be distributing the collected food to area needy residents.

Holyoke Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade on May 25

On Monday, May 25, the City of Holyoke will celebrate Memorial Day with a ceremony and a parade organized by the United Veterans of Holyoke. Ceremonies will begin at 8 AM at the JFK Memorial on Appleton Street. The parade will begin at 9 AM in front of the War Memorial Building, and conclude in Veterans Park for further ceremonies . 

WHAT: Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade
WHEN: May 25, 2015, 8 AM
WHERE: Ceremonies begin at JFK Memorial on Appleton Street; Parade will begin at War Memorial Building

8:30 AM Line up of Marching Units
9:00 AM Parade toward Veterans Park/Laying of the Wreaths

Memorial Ceremony
Closing Moments

The ceremony is our nation’s commemoration to the veterans and active duty personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our freedom alive.

The guest speaker will be Lieutenant Colonel John Paradis, USAG (retired), Deputy Superintendent, Holyoke Soldiers Home.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Celebrate Holyoke 2015 Planning Committee

For those looking to be a part of the revival of Holyoke’s most beloved community event, the Celebrate Holyoke planning committee has opportunities for the community to get involved in a variety of ways. Celebrate Holyoke will return to downtown Holyoke this year from August 21 to 23 in and around Heritage State Park. Please contact Project Manager Sigrid von Wendel with any questions about the following opportunities and upcoming events: 

  • Vendors: Celebrate Holyoke welcomes applications from local food, alcohol and other vendors, including artisans and community organizations. Interested parties should obtain an application by contacting the Vendor committee at vendors@celebrateholyokemass.com.
  • Gofundme Donations: It takes a lot of hard work and money to make an event like this happen! Donations of any size are being accepted online at the Celebrate Holyoke Gofundme page. No amount is too small! http://www.gofundme.com/celebrateholyoke
  • Corporate Sponsors: There are still plenty of opportunities for businesses and individuals to donate at various levels. Highly visible and cost-effective sponsorship of Celebrate Holyoke 2015 connects you and/or your business to a beloved local event. Your support fosters goodwill with your customers and employees and strengthens your involvement in the cultural life of your community. Visit the Celebrate Holyoke website for more information, or contact the Sponsorship/Finance committee directly at finance@celebrateholyokemass.com.
  • Volunteers: Volunteers are always needed, both before and during Celebrate Holyoke to help promote, plan and run the three-day event. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact the Marketing Committee at marketing@celebrateholyokemass.com.
  • Attend an Event in Support of Celebrate Holyoke: Join the planning committee for an evening of entertainment, refreshments, music, and more in support of Celebrate Holyoke 2015! Stop by the Yankee Pedlar on Thursday, June 4th from 6:30-10:30PM and enjoy live music from Holyoke performers including Ray Mason, The Corner Boys, The Knots, The FrannyO Show, and more! Cost is $15 per person, $25 per couple and checks can be made payable to The Great Holyoke Chamber Centennial Foundation (or GHCCF) with Celebrate Holyoke in the memo line.