Area briefs: Bed-in for Cancer Connection; Charity car show in Holyoke; Sen. Mark office hours; new trash cans in Holyoke

Published: 09-03-2023 4:28 PM

Bed-in event to benefit Cancer Connection

NORTHAMPTON/HADLEY — Cancer Connection’s 2023 Bed-In will take place on Friday, Sept. 8, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hadley branch of Greenfield Savings Bank, located at 140 Russell St.

The Bed-In brings people together to share their stories, remember loved ones, and celebrate those who have been supported by the local nonprofit that provides free support, programs and integrative therapies such as massage to people living with a cancer diagnosis and their loved ones and caregivers.

The Bed-In started in 2021 as a mellower version of radio personality Monte Belmonte’s Camp Out that started in 2006 and ran for 15 years. Both events are designed to raise money and awareness about the Cancer Connection and its mission.

Belmonte this year will pass the torch to Tara Brewster, the vice president of business development and director of philanthropy at Greenfield Savings Bank and host of the Western Mass. Business Show on WHMP.

People are encouraged to stop by the event, or watch on Facebook Live through Cancer Connection’s Facebook Page. Throughout the day there will be special guests, music and surprises.

Charity car show to benefit Veterans’ Home in Holyoke

AGAWAM — Pro & Local Detailing will host its fourth annual Charity Car Show at the Polish American Club of Agawam on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free with donations required to enter a vehicle into the show. All makes and models are welcome. There will be food, drinks, and awards.

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All proceeds will benefit the Veterans’ Home in Holyoke.

Previous years have raised over $4,600 for veterans, and owner Paul Frasco hopes to continue to make a local impact.

This year’s event is hosted by Pat Kelly of Rock 102.1 and sponsored by other local businesses in the area.

Sen. Mark office hours in Hampshire County

State Sen. Paul W. Mark’s staff will hold office hours in Williamsburg for two days in September. Residents of any of the 57 municipalities in the Senator’s Berkshire, Hampden, Franklin, and Hampshire District are encouraged to ask for assistance with issues involving any state agency or to share ideas on current or potential state legislation.

Appointments are not required.

The events will take place in Williamsburg on Sept. 12 and Sept. 26, from 1-3 p.m., at the Town Offices, 141 Main St., Haydenville.

Holyoke residents to receive new trash carts

HOLYOKE — Starting Sept. 18, the Department of Public Works will distribute new, 96-gallon trash carts to city residents. Effective the week of Sept. 25, bags of garbage left in front of homes will no longer be picked up.

Garbage placed in cans, containers, or carts other than the city-issued models also will not be picked up. Only trash in the new carts will be collected. All trash must be bagged before being placed in the cart.

Postcards announcing the distribution of the new carts were mailed on Friday.

There is no charge for the new trash carts. Single-family homes will receive one trash cart. Two-, three- and four-family homes will receive one trash cart per family. Residents must start using the new trash carts the week of Sept. 25. Residents’ collection day will remain the same.

Also, Holyoke is recommitting to dual-stream recycling, which had been suspended during COVID because of the deluge of cardboard brought on by online shopping.

All recyclables must be separated into two bins — one for paper and cardboard and a separate one for glass, metal, and plastics. Residents can obtain additional recycling bins at the Department of Public Works office, 63 North Canal St., for $10 each. Residents with their own trash cans can use them for recycling, as well as for leaves and yard waste.

The city plans to roll out recycling carts in the future.

To dispose of an old trash can, label it in large letters “TRASH” and place it beside the new cart on your collection day for disposal.