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Shirley Forrest Nomakeo: We need a warrior in Washington
07-15-2024 5:17 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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My Turn: No summer break for mental health
06-10-2024 6:23 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...


U.S. Rep. Neal scopes out new veterans home in Holyoke
04-04-2024 11:49 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

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...


Ex-superintendent, medical director of Holyoke Soldiers’ Home change pleas
03-26-2024 7:49 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Four years after reports of veterans’ deaths at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke began to grow in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the legal cases against the home’s former superintendent and medical director came to an end at a...


Film illuminates power of shared experiences to uplift incarcerated women
03-21-2024 5:58 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

HOLYOKE — Sonia Mendez never imagined how writing could give her a second chance.She attended her first creative writing workshop while incarcerated, and spent most of the class clowning around, joking with the class facilitator and poking fun at the...


Digging out from deluge: Municipal clerks scramble amid flood of ballot requests, paperwork
02-12-2024 5:20 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

A temporary worker in the Holyoke City Clerk’s Office brought on to deal with the influx of mail-in ballot requests for the presidential primaries is ensuring that 2,700 or so ballots are already in the hands of those who want to cast their votes...


Guest columnist Pema Latshang : School leaders need to further invest in their teachers
02-05-2024 4:47 PM

By PEMA LATSHANG

Over the past three years, it’s become clear just how essential teachers are to the everyday lives of the western Massachusetts community. In remote and hybrid settings they were there for us throughout the pandemic, with many stepping up to do this...


Company picks Holyoke for clean-tech cement plant
01-14-2024 10:00 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HOLYOKE — A developer of low-carbon cement has firmed up plans to build its first commercial manufacturing plant in Holyoke, bringing 70 new jobs to the city.Sublime Systems, a Somerville start-up company producing what it calls “the only...


One for the record books? Florence man’s 40-mile pumpkin paddle ends with ‘only one near-capsize’
11-08-2023 6:51 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Hop in a car at the Stillwater Bridge in Deerfield and you can make it to the Dinosaur Footprints in Holyoke in about a half-hour. A bicycle can you get you there in roughly 2½ hours and walking will likely take you eight hours. Dave Rothstein now...


Gourd big or gourd home: Pumpkin paddler looks to draw attention to Conn. River with record attempt
11-08-2023 6:51 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

If you wake up on Saturday morning and see a man paddling a pumpkin down the Connecticut River or the Deerfield River, don’t fret — you aren’t hallucinating. It just means the conditions are right for Dave Rothstein to try to break a Guinness World...


DA Sullivan presses for legal drug-use sites at State House hearing, saying need has never been more urgent
10-24-2023 4:22 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

BOSTON — Stressing that the need for legal drug consumption sites would save hundreds of lives and that there wasn’t a moment to waste, Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan implored lawmakers on Monday to muster up the courage to pass...


Always for the girls: After 16 years, regional Girl Scouts CEO to step down
10-22-2023 11:31 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

HOLYOKE — Every decision Pattie Hallberg made as the top Girl Scout in western and central Massachusetts over the past 16 years has been with one thing in mind — empowering and honoring the thousands of girls who participate in its program each...


Greenfield man held on $100K bail for alleged hit-and-run that injured trooper in Holyoke
09-28-2023 6:34 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HOLYOKE — A Greenfield man facing eight criminal counts in relation to an alleged hit-and-run in which he dragged a state trooper was ordered held on $100,000 bail at his arraignment Wednesday in Holyoke District Court.Michael J. Williams, 45, is...


Greenfield man faces 8 charges in hit-and-run that injured trooper in Holyoke
09-28-2023 5:56 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

HOLYOKE — A Greenfield man is facing eight charges related to an alleged hit-and-run last Friday that injured a Massachusetts State Police trooper and led to a extensive search with K-9s throughout nearby woods after the suspect escaped on...


Holyoke Police arrest Greenfield woman walking with weapons in trash bag
09-18-2023 3:35 PM

HOLYOKE — A Greenfield woman with no license to carry or FID card was arraigned in Holyoke District Court on Monday after being arrested by police while walking on High Street carrying weapons in a trash bag.Sheri Sulewski, 58, pleaded not guilty on...


Florida man arrested, charged in Turners Falls shooting case
08-30-2023 7:20 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — The Florida man who was the subject of an hours-long search on Tuesday after allegedly shooting a Turners Falls man in the thigh was arrested as a vehicle passenger in Holyoke later that day and arraigned in Greenfield District Court on...


Millers Falls woman catches record-breaking catfish on Connecticut River
08-29-2023 2:31 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

HOLYOKE — While the term “catfish” has come to refer to deceptively portraying oneself online to manipulate others, know that you’re not being catfished here — the jaw-dropping images you’re about to see are real.Millers Falls resident Brandy...


GCC readies for new students with launch of free community college program
08-25-2023 4:31 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACHand CHRIS LARABEE

More than 1,300 students age 25 and older attend Holyoke Community College, where the Itsy Bitsy child watch center, the Homestead Market and the Adult Learning Center are among the offerings aimed at improving their educational careers.With thousands...


‘A time for renewal’: At Holyoke groundbreaking, veterans look to future with new $483M home
08-14-2023 6:17 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HOLYOKE — Dennis Thresher, an Air Force veteran who served the United States from 1950 to 1954, was at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke when he contracted COVID-19 in 2020, was hospitalized with the illness four times and died from pneumonia in January...


Mass Humanities awards $160K to Pioneer Valley cultural organizations
07-28-2023 3:24 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Mass Humanities has awarded more than $160,000 to five cultural organizations in the Pioneer Valley to help them sustain or increase their staffing, with the larger goal being to help those groups “create, restore and grow humanities programs.” The...


Judge keeps $50K bail for Holyoke man facing gun, drug charges
07-13-2023 5:44 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A Franklin County Superior Court judge on Thursday declined to adjust the bail of one of the Holyoke men facing drug and gun charges after allegedly leading police on a vehicle chase and foot pursuit in January 2022.Judge David Hodge...

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