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Unknown no more: WWII sailor finally comes home to Holyoke
01-26-2024 7:48 PM


HOLYOKE — X-21. For 82 years, that’s what a Holyoke Navy man’s remains were known as. But on Saturday morning, thanks to the doggedness of a retired police chief from Texas and something about the sailor’s teeth, Merle Hillman, pharmacist’s mate 2nd...

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U.S. Rep. Neal scopes out new veterans home
04-03-2024 5:18 PM


HOLYOKE — Congressman Richard Neal often frequented the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke years ago to visit his grandfather and uncle — the latter of whom served in the Korean War for exactly one year, one month and one day — and witnessed firsthand the...

Holyoke schools on path out of state receivership
03-26-2024 4:24 PM

By Sam Drysdale

HOLYOKE — Almost a decade after the state took control of Holyoke Public Schools through the controversial and rarely used receivership model, the district is now on the path back to local control.The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education...

Youth nonprofit Pa’lante moves forward with new digs in Holyoke
03-20-2024 5:14 PM


HOLYOKE — A community nonprofit focused on youth organizing and transformative justice is moving forward with space for everyone in its own three-story home.Providing a drop-in center and secure hangout space for teens, Pa’lante is also on “a mission...

St. Patrick’s Day Photos: A Great Day for Green
03-17-2024 5:12 PM

HOLYOKE — For the 71st year, thousands celebrated all things Irish by participating in the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday. Gazette reporter Alexander MacDougall captured these images from the annual event.

Holyoke prepares to welcome thousands for annual St. Patrick’s Day road race, parade
03-14-2024 5:23 PM


HOLYOKE — Paper City is expected to turn into a sea of green this weekend, with Holyoke’s storied St. Patrick’s Day festivities set to draw thousands of attendees.The events begin on Saturday with 47th annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s 10K Road Race, with...

Speaking loud with love: Icon MLK remembered at annual breakfast
01-14-2024 2:56 PM


HOLYOKE — The theme for this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Breakfast in Holyoke — “unselfish love” — is one that the late pastor and civil rights icon would likely would have strongly supported.Gina Nelson, president of the Council of...

Winn Development, Holyoke officials launch $55M redevelopment of former mill into affordable homes for 55-plus
11-20-2023 5:51 PM


HOLYOKE — Dozens gathered outside the Appleton Mill site on a chilly Monday morning to celebrate the launch of Winn Development’s $55.3 million housing project. “Everyone talks about affordable housing,” said company president and managing partner...

MassConnect helps boost enrollment at community colleges
11-13-2023 8:48 PM


After watching enrollment decline for years, local community college officials are feeling optimistic about rising numbers of students signing up for classes, in part thanks to MassReconnect. The new state financial aid program covers the cost of...

Helping people past brain injury barriers: Strive Clinic trains people with assistive technologies
10-17-2023 6:01 PM


HOLYOKE — Mel Hearne sustained a spinal cord injury in 2004 that left her paralyzed and unable to speak. For 17 years, she answered yes or no questions by raising her eyebrows for “yes,” and rolling her eyes back and forth for “no.”Today she “speaks”...

‘Housing rights are human rights’: Rallygoers in Holyoke call for state changes for renters; mayor promises new tenant protection office
09-15-2023 2:46 PM


HOLYOKE — Christiana Haramut has dealt with some of the same issues at her rental apartment inside a 113-year-old building near downtown for years — moldy ceilings, leaking drainage pipes and drafty windows, to name just some of the issues.Though her...

Happy birthday Holyoke: City collecting items for time capsule as yearlong events continue
07-28-2023 11:00 AM

By Mercy Lingle

HOLYOKE — Fifty years from now when Holyoke residents gather to celebrate the city’s bicentennial, the year 2023 will likely play a prominent role. That’s because organizers of the city’s 150th anniversary, currently being celebrated throughout 2023,...

‘This is only the beginning’: The Care Center graduates 15 young mothers
07-02-2023 9:55 AM


HOLYOKE — Donning a violet mortarboard and gown on a sweltering June afternoon in the back garden of the Wistariahurst Museum, Destiny Bermudez stood confidently at a podium and smiled.Facing a number of trials during her teenage years, the Bronx...

At Town Hall, Sen. Warren says democracy is on the line in 2024
06-25-2023 6:53 PM


HOLYOKE — Speaking to a small crowd of supporters gathered outside amid the humid heat, Sen. Elizabeth Warren lambasted the current U.S. Supreme Court for overturning Roe v. Wade one year ago, saying the court had been taken over by “extremists” who...

Holyoke mayor: No tax increase for new middle school
06-22-2023 3:55 PM


HOLYOKE — Mayor Josh Garcia, assisted by several Holyoke city and school officials, provided more details at a Thursday press conference on the city’s $85.5 million plan to construct a new middle school to replace the outdated William R. Peck...

School building authority OKs funding for new middle school in Holyoke
06-21-2023 4:54 PM

Staff Report

HOLYOKE — Construction plans for a new $85.5 million middle school in the city can move forward now that the Massachusetts School Building Authority has agreed to pay for a portion of the costs to build the school.The MSBA voted Wednesday to reimburse...

Former Speaker Bartley, architect of landmark special ed law, dies at 88
06-15-2023 12:03 PM


Former House Speaker David Bartley, one of the youngest lawmakers ever to lead the House and a champion of education access, died Tuesday at the age of 88.Nearly half a century passed by since Bartley’s speakership, and he was still remembered this...

Authenticity is the watchword at Holyoke Community College commencement
06-06-2023 2:22 PM

By Melissa Karen Sances

SPRINGFIELD — “Make some noise! Yeah, make some noise!” yelled an excited father from the rafters. On cue, the Holyoke Community College band began playing “Pomp and Circumstance” while 686 students proceeded to their seats. Each time the revved-up...

HCC lands $1.28M grant to create free human services internship program
05-24-2023 1:54 PM

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College has landed a $1.28 million grant to launch a free new certificate and internship program intended to help address a shortage of workers in the human services industry.The grant, from the Massachusetts Executive...

Housing advocates measure challenges at gathering
05-12-2023 8:01 PM


HOLYOKE — Twice facing the trauma of eviction and once making a vehicle home for herself and her four children, as well as living inside a mold-filled apartment, Shaundell Diaz of Springfield brings firsthand knowledge of homelessness.Now the...

Holyoke seeks proposals for 3 vacant properties
04-27-2023 11:38 AM

Staff Report

HOLYOKE — The city of Holyoke is requesting proposals for the purchase and redevelopment of the following properties: 736 Dwight St., 107 Clemente St. and 267 Elm St. The 736 Dwight St. and Dwight Street Parcel are vacant land lots with a combined...

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