Stained Glass Restoration Lecture

Sponsored by the Holyoke Restoration Guild – this Saturday, October 20th from 11am-12pm, at Gateway City Arts (92 Race Street) Mr. Roberto Rosa will be presenting a 40-60 minute slideshow on the care, maintenance and conservation of stained glass windows.  Mr. Rosa’s experience in the restoration field and his studies in art began in Rome where he lived for twelve years.  He joined Serpentino Stained Glass in Needham, MA in 1988 – making it his goal to specialize ...

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Posters Inc. one of the largest publishers of military issued posters

Posters Inc. of Holyoke is one of the largest publishers of military issued posters in the United States. The company was recently featured in an article on Masslive, highlighting their long history of selling posters, postcards and magnets to customers across the country, that feature prints such as the iconic Uncle Sam recruiting poster from World War I.  Posters Inc. is located in the Center City at 214 Maple Street and owned by Helene and Maurice Casey, both born ...

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WIN: Century 21 Hometown Associates

Century 21 Hometown Associates has opened a new location at 580 Appleton Street, along a gateway into the Center City, making it the first national real estate brokerage firm to invest in an office in the City. The firm has been a founding participant of Buy Holyoke Now, an association of real estate professionals, attorneys, lenders, insurance agents, inspectors and others dedicated to ensuring an efficienct home buying experience in Holyoke. The group is organizaing Open House Holyoke Day, this sunday, ...

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Envision Depot Square kicks off with event October 13

With passenger rail service returning to Holyoke, The UMASS Architecture and Design Program is kicking off four community organized events to provide residents with an opportunity to learn more about what that means for economic and community development in their neighborhood.  A Pop-up Block Party will be held on Saturday October 13th, 2012 from 4pm-9pm at the corners of Main and Dwight Streets as a kick off event. The next three events will each cover a different topic relating ...

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HRA holds public information sessions on Connect. Construct. Create.

The Holyoke Redevelopment Authority (HRA) held three public informational sessions throughout the Center City Wards to present their urban renewal plan entitled, “Connect. Construct. Create.: A Plan for the Revitalization of Center City Holyoke”. The last session was presented to the Holyoke Planning Board as part of their regular meeting on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 and was attended by over 40 members of the community.

These three sessions featured a presentation of the recently released plan, each being held on a different day ...

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Assets for Artists in Holyoke

Assets for Artists has announced their Fall 2012 grant cycle for art entrepreneurs living and working in Massachusetts. Eligible applicants include artists in all disciplines – visual artists, performers, designers, photographers, film-makers, artisans, etc. — whose practice would benefit from the opportunity to receive working capital funds and improve their financial and business management skills to make valuable investments aimed at growing their creative enterprises. By meeting savings goals and by completing required training, participating Massachusetts artists can receive $2,000 ...

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Letter to the Editor

Published in the Springfield Republican on September 18, 2012 (click here for link)

By Jacqueline Watson, Holyoke Redevelopment Authority Board Member & Vice Chair

I have lived in Holyoke for over 45 years.  I remember the hustle and bustle of thriving businesses on downtown’s High Street and Main Streets.  Apartment blocks were full, home ownership at its peak.  However, like everywhere else, times and technology started to change.  Malls emerged, manufacturers moved ...

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Connect. Construct. Create.: A Plan for the Revitalization of Center City Holyoke

The Holyoke Redevelopment Authority (HRA) today publicly released its urban renewal plan titled “Connect. Construct. Create. – A Plan for the Revitalization of Center City Holyoke.”

Based on the Center City Vision Plan, this plan establishes the actions that the HRA will undertake within the Center City to promote a vibrant, diverse and economically sustainable Holyoke. The plan identifies specific actions to stimulate private investment and development of diverse commercial, residential and industrial areas that already exist in the Downtown, the ...

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Jeffrey Bianchine named as Creative Economy Coordinator

In an effort to enhance economic environment for creative firms in Holyoke, the City announced the hiring of Jeffrey Bianchine to serve as its first Creative Economy Coordinator. in ordre to support the City’s efforts to develop existing and attract new industries related to arts, culture, design and media.

Jeffrey has spent his career managing and collaborating with artists across many disciplines. He worked for several years as a Director of Photography and Marketing in a high-volume portrait company ...

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Holyoke 2nd in State in Solar Capacity

A recent study by Environment Massachusetts Research and Policy Center ranked Massachusetts communities in terms of their solar energy capacity. Holyoke has the capacity to generate 4.5 megawatts of solar-powered energy, which is good for 2nd place behind Boston. A press conference was held on Tuesday, July 17th, at the Mueller Road Solar Facility, a joint venture between Holyoke Gas & Electric (HG&E) and Constellation Energy.

The City of Holyoke and the HG&E ...

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