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Shirley Forrest Nomakeo: We need a warrior in Washington
07-15-2024 4:54 PM

There are migrant families sleeping on mats in the international terminal at Logan Airport, and as reported in the Boston Globe, Gov. Maura Healey said that a man accused of a recent migrant crime entered the U.S. through a federal program. We are a...

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The play’s the thing: Governor swings by Boys and Girls Club in Holyoke to kick off 10th year of Summer Nights program
07-18-2024 4:25 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

HOLYOKE — All children deserve the best and nothing less. That’s the message LaTasha Monroe, a hip-hop artist from Springfield who performs under the name Mz. Tash, celebrates in the theme song she wrote for Parent Villages, a Springfield grassroots...


Playing catch-up on housing: Affordable projects in pipeline around Valley as gap keeps growing
07-12-2024 4:59 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

Thousands of new affordable housing units will be built in western Massachusetts in the next few years, but local housing advocates say this still will not be enough to meet the massive regional demand for housing relief.The lack of affordable housing...


Man arrested in shooting that damaged Holyoke City Hall Annex
07-12-2024 3:11 PM

HOLYOKE — A man who police say was involved in a shooting Thursday afternoon that damaged the City Hall Annex building faces a raft of weapons and drug charges following his arrest soon after the shooting.Hector Rivera, no age given, of Holyoke was...


Music in the sky: Summit House Sunset Concert Series returns to its 173-year-old home
07-12-2024 3:00 PM

By PAIGE HANSON

For the first time in two years, The Friends of Mount Holyoke Range have returned the Summit House Sunset Concert Series to its namesake, Skinner State Park’s historic Summit House. The Summit House, which sits at a 935-foot elevation on top of Mount...


150 years at home: Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke to open retrospective exhibit July 22; reception July 17
07-12-2024 2:50 PM

By PAIGE HANSON

On July 22, the Wistariahurst Museum will open a new retrospective exhibit, “Wistariahurst at 150: Reflections of the Museum.”“This exhibit looks at Wistariahurst’s history as a building in the City of Holyoke — first as a family home; then as a...


One arrested in shootout that took out Holyoke City Hall Annex window
07-11-2024 5:57 PM

Staff Report

HOLYOKE — One man is in custody, and another has been identified but was at large in the wake of a shootout Thursday at 1:45 p.m. near High Street and Worcester Place, the mayor’s office reported.Police said five shots were fired in the exchange. Two...


Ray Ahearn: Republican extremism at root of gridlock
07-10-2024 6:00 PM

I read Joe Gannon’s July 4 column [“Broken political infrastructure on display”] with considerable empathy. While I share his pain traveling up and down I-95, I have to say that help is on the way for improving our physical infrastructure.The vastly...


Peter Gallivan: Like a dream come true
07-09-2024 3:00 PM

Like a dream come true I read with such joy the article, “Like a dream come true” [Gazette, July 5], about the 55 new American citizens who pledged an oath to support and defend the Constitution. This happened within a week of our Supreme Court...


Developer secures $2M for High Street apartments in Holyoke
07-06-2024 4:00 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

HOLYOKE — Urbanist Development has secured $2 million through the state’s Housing Development Incentive Program (HDIP) for the construction of 19 new apartments on High Street. The Wrights Block development resides on one of the oldest contiguous...


School arts nonprofit Enchanted Circle pauses to regroup, refinance
07-05-2024 2:56 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HOLYOKE — Enchanted Circle, a regional arts nonprofit that has worked for decades with area school districts on integrating performing arts into their curricula, has announced it is going dormant for a year.The 48-year-old arts organization cited...


Victory Theatre rehab in Holyoke nears key hurdle, as bid docs for $71M project nearly ready
06-30-2024 3:00 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HOLYOKE — Construction bid documents for the $71 million planned rehabilitation and reopening of the 1920 Broadway-style Victory Theatre in downtown are expected to be finalized by the end of summer — a good sign for a project that many believe will...


New middle school in Holyoke reaches construction milestone
06-25-2024 12:48 PM

HOLYOKE — The city marked the next milestone in its construction of a new two-story, 107,475-square-foot middle school on Monday with a “topping-off” ceremony. That’s when the highest steel beam signed by key stakeholders is placed atop the...


HCC awarded $832K to train clean energy workforce
06-21-2024 1:50 PM

Staff Report

 HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College has been awarded an $832,000 state grant to help train workers for clean energy sector jobs.The two-year grant, announced earlier this month, is part of an overall $3.4 million allocation from the Healey-Driscoll...


Photos: Going out in style
06-20-2024 9:07 AM


Pot company to pay $350K fine over worker’s death at Holyoke plant
06-17-2024 1:19 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A leading cannabis company has agreed to pay a $350,000 fine to the Cannabis Control Commission to settle allegations that lax safety protocols at its Holyoke production plant led to the death of a worker there in January 2022.The...


Leading lights: Four Hampshire County women receive state honor as ‘heroines’
06-14-2024 5:48 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

Four Hampshire County women are being recognized for the remarkable work they have done to support their communities throughout the years. Alisa Klein, Henia Lewin, Mildred Lefebvre and Amanda Milazzo have each been nominated by their respective state...


Guest columnist Khadene Harry-Stoby: No summer break for mental health
06-11-2024 6:41 PM

By KHADENE HARRY-STOBY

 As summer break arrives, the joyous anticipation of freedom from school routines fills the hearts of adolescents. Yet, amid the excitement lies a poignant reality: Mental health concerns do not take a hiatus when classrooms empty and textbooks gather...


D-Day hero: Holyoke native honored as only chaplain killed during initial days of Normandy invasion
06-07-2024 5:04 PM

By SAMUEL GELINAS

SOUTH HADLEY — “No greater love.”That phrase stands out prominently at the grave of the Rev. Capt. Ignatius Maternowski, a Holyoke native who died 80 years ago on D-Day, June 6, 1944. The Purple Heart recipient and candidate for sainthood was the only...


Federal funds heading to Amherst, Holyoke for purchase of more than two dozen electric school buses
06-05-2024 5:50 PM

By Alexa Lewis

School districts in Amherst and Holyoke are well on their way to transporting students to and from school in buses that run entirely on clean energy.The two districts were among 17 in Massachusetts to secure portions of $42 million in federal funding...


Holyoke man facing rape, assault charges remains in jail
06-05-2024 11:30 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke man remained jailed on $25,000 bail after pleading not guilty last week in Hampshire Superior Court to an eight-count indictment charging him with aggravated rape, kidnapping and indecent assault and battery, among other...

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