Thursday, March 23, 2017

Holyoke Police - Promotion and Appointment Ceremony

On Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - at 6:00pm - at the Holyoke City Hall Ballroom (3rd Floor), the Holyoke Police Department will proudly promote several of our own and welcome several new officers to our department during a “Promotion and Appointment Ceremony”. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony.
Those being promoted are:
Lieutenant David Usher (from Sergeant)
Sergeant Patrick Leahy (from Patrolman)
Sergeant Troy Copeland (from Detective)
Sergeant Andrew DiNapoli (from Patrolman)
Those being appointed to Fulltime Patrolman:
Officer William LeBrun (from Reserve Officer)
Those being appointed Reserve Officers: (from the Civil Service List)
Reserve Officer David Soto
Reserve Officer Sean Kelly
Reserve Officer Zachary Ribeiro
Reserve Officer Kevin O’Conner
Reserve Officer Trevor Ortiz
Reserve Officer Evan Saia
Reserve Officer Samantha Cayer
Reserve Officer Michael Whelihan
Reserve Officer Thomas Spafford
Reserve Officer Ashley Taylor
Reserve Officer Matthew Goulding
Reserve Officer John Wagner
Reserve Officer John McCoy
Reserve Officer Andrew Urbanski
All are welcome to join us.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Grand Opening of Holyoke Hummus Cafe

Holyoke Hummus Company is happy to announce the Grand Opening of their new cafe at 285 High Street in Downtown Holyoke on Thursday, March 23 at 11am. Owners John Grossman and Dawn Cordeiro have been bringing falafel, hummus and other Middle Eastern treats to the people for the past three years first with a food cart and then a food truck, The Great Garbanzo. "We're excited to continue to grow our business in Holyoke and bring another lunch and dinner option for those living, working and visiting downtown." says John Grossman. The event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse at 11:00am. The event will run until 7 p.m. To thank customers, Holyoke Hummus will be giving away tubs of Holyoke Hummus.

In addition to falafel and hummus, the Holyoke Hummus Cafe's menu includes soups, salads, potato latkes (pancakes), babaganoush, and desserts like chocolate babka, all made from scratch. The menu is vegetarian and mostly vegan but Dawn Cordeiro states "it is hearty enough to satisfy the meat eaters in the crowd." For young customers that don’t love falafel yet, the cafe offers a $2 kids menu, with items like Pita Butter & Jelly and Pita Pizza. The cafe offers local Dean's Beans Coffee and Hot Chocolate and Tea Guys Tea. The cafe seats around 25 patrons with booth and table seating. There is also a small children’s area with books and activities for kids of all ages.

Cafe hours are Monday, 11-3, Tuesday-Thursday, 11-7 and Friday, 11-3.

For more information, please contact Grossman at 413-225-1755 or visit

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Books for Prison Program at Holyoke Public Library

Book Drive @ Holyoke Public Library
for the Prison Book Program

From March 6 to April 3, donation boxes will be located at Holyoke Community College and the Public Libraries in Westhampton, Easthampton, Holyoke, Southampton, Northampton and Florence.

The Prison Book Program serves prisoners in hundreds of facilities (state and federal prisons in 44 states). They collect donated books and send them to prisoners based on requests received from individuals. Prison Book Program accepts new and very gently used paperback books, and most especially needs dictionaries and thesauri. Other most-needed books are

  1. Language dictionaries and grammar books (Spanish, Japanese, Hebrew, ASL)
  2. Exercise (yoga, weight lifting)
  3. Business (small business start-up, real estate, applying for loans)
  4. Hobbies (piano music, guitar, drawing, crocheting, chess, crossword puzzles, word games)
  5. Bible dictionaries and concordances as well as non-mainstream religions such as Wicca, paganism, spirits, dreams, tarot cards, etc.
  6. GLBTQ fiction, nonfiction and memoirs
  7. Japanese Manga and comics
  8. Westerns
  9. Cultural books, especially African American and Native American

They can't accept hardcovers, spiral bound books or textbooks. A more complete list of what you can donate can be found on their website.
Date: Monday, March 6, 2017 to Monday, April 3, 2017
Time: During libraries hours
Location: Multiple Locations

For further questions on this entertaining event, please contact or413-420-8101.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

¡Palante, Siempre Palante!

Film Screening
¡Palante, Siempre Palante!
Holyoke Public Library Community Room
Monday, March 20th, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00PM

Sponsored by the
Community Colleges Public Humanities Center at Holyoke Community College

In advance of Iris Morales' visit to Holyoke Community College (on March 22) the Holyoke Public Library will host a screening of her 1994 documentary, ¡Palante, Siempre Palante! on Monday, March 20, at 6:00 PM.

Iris Morales is an educator, filmmaker, lawyer, and lifelong Puerto Rican community activist based in New York City. Over the last several decades, she has brought her legacy of social justice activism to the many projects she has developed with young people, educators, and media producers, to promote human rights and the decolonization of Puerto Rico.

About the Film: In the midst of the African American liberation struggle, protests to end the Vietnam War and the women's movement for equality, Puerto Rican and Latino/a communities fought for economic, racial and social justice. From the streets of Chicago to the barrios of New York City and other urban centers, the Young Lords emerged to demand decent living conditions and raised a militant voice for the empowerment of Puerto Ricans and other Latino/as in the United States and for the end to the colonial status of Puerto Rico.
Free and open to the public.

For more about Iris Morales, click here:

For details about her Holyoke Community College appearance, click here:

Saturday, March 18, 2017

2nd Annual Adult Spelling Bee

Please join the Homework House for their 2nd Annual Adult Spelling Bee!

Date: Thursday, April 27th
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Gateway City Arts (92 Race Street, Holyoke)

Hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, 50/50 raffle

Team registration is $150/3-person team and must be done in advance. Audience tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Registration is available online by clicking here.

For more information, please call 413-265-1017.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Casting Call

The Western MA branch of the Transformative Culture Project, based out of Holyoke and the surrounding areas, is creating a funny and educational video about reducing exposure to bisphenol-A (BPA), a substance that is used to coat thermal paper cash register receipts and can interfere with natural hormones. TCProject’s Teaching Artists will team with 4 Youth Producers to write, produce, film, and edit this short 2-minute film. Seeking more than 20,000 views, the project will educate a wide audience about the dangers of BPA and how to reduce exposure.

In the film, the main character - a woman shopping in a grocery store - gets increasingly concerned about BPA exposure as her surroundings start interacting with her. The woman learns that BPA is a hormone disruptor, and unlike BPA in hard plastics, the BPA in receipts literally rubs off onto one's skin. Counter-intuitively, using hand sanitizer and lotions actually increases the rate of absorption into the skin. The video features many ways that some consumers inadvertently expose themselves to higher levels of BPA: by using receipts to blot their makeup, or their pizza; by using them for origami or straws; or even using receipts as rolling paper.

The video will encourage viewers to ask their local stores to offer digital receipts by email in lieu of paper receipts, thereby reducing exposure to BPA at the source. The EPA states that even thermal receipt paper marketed as BPA-free still contains toxicants and the only truly safe alternative is using e-receipts.

The Transformative Culture Project (previously named Press Pass TV prior to 1/1/17) uses media arts and cultural programs as tools to transform lives and communities. TCP educates, employs and engages youth and adults to create a more equitable future. Questions can be addressed to the Western MA Program Director, Ali Pinschmidt at 413-320-0323.