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    1. Holyoke Innovation District hears from Gerardo Ramos on coral, Simple Diaper and Linen, on their creativity in Holyoke

      Holyoke Innovation District hears from Gerardo Ramos on coral, Simple Diaper and Linen, on their creativity in Holyoke

      "My name is Gerardo Ramos and I'm an entrepreneur with a passion for coral," Ramos said at the Jan. 30 annual meeting of the Holyoke innovation District. The meeting brought together the creative-minded, business operators and city and state officials to discuss what they do in the continuing effort to highlight innovation and economic development anchored by the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center.

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    2. Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse touts grant opportunities, benefits to city of attending mayors' conference in Washington, D.C.

      Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse touts grant opportunities, benefits to city of attending mayors' conference in Washington, D.C.

      Mayor Alex B. Morse said a four-day trip to Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Conference of Mayors helped the city because he established and strengthened contacts with officials that can spur receipt of grants. "The conference is a great opportunity to connect with mayors all across the country, from small cities to big cities, and learn best practices. Also, (mayors) have access to nine federal cabinet secretaries while here to discuss federal grants and programs," Morse said in a text message Thursday.

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    3. Holyoke City Council considers proposal to limit utility department's ability to buy, sell property

      Holyoke City Council considers proposal to limit utility department's ability to buy, sell property

      The Holyoke Gas and Electric Department would need approval of the City Council and mayor to buy or sell property under a proposal the council referred to committee Tuesday. The proposal filed by council President Kevin A. Jourdain follows concerns in the past few years about the possibility that a so-called big-box store like Walmart or Lowe's could open on a parcel of nearly 19 acres on Whiting Farms Road the department owns.

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    4. Holyoke Creative Arts Center moving to downtown site near other arts-related ventures

      Holyoke Creative Arts Center moving to downtown site near other arts-related ventures

      The non-profit Creative Arts Center opened nearly a century ago with a mission of teaching the creative arts and trades. Classes can last several weeks or consist of one-day workshops in crafts like quilting and upholstery to wood-carving and making of cupcakes. The center, at 400 South Elm St., is an independent non-profit that has received city funding to help with its rent since county government stopped funding such centers statewide. Funding from the city for this year is $42,000, said Bianchine, who is president of the center's board.

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    5. Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse participates in 'Innovation for Growth' forum with state officials in Worcester

      Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse participates in 'Innovation for Growth' forum with state officials in Worcester

      Holyoke is one of 26 gateway cities, which the state defines as cities that add to the state's "overall economic success by taking advantage of their distinctive ability to be desirable locations for innovators, entrepreneurs and businesses and places where people with choices choose to live." The event was held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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    6. Dean Tech's $5.7 million upgrade in Holyoke showcased during state treasurer's visit to Western Massachusetts

      Dean Tech's $5.7 million upgrade in Holyoke showcased during state treasurer's visit to Western Massachusetts

      State Treasurer Steven Grossman and authority Executive Director Jack McCarthy were among officials at Dean. They saw equipment that included science experiment stations for students equipped with gas and water, ventilation systems and cabinets of goggles, fire extinguishers and other safety supplies.

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    7. Holyoke to host design contest on ways to be innovative using energy

      Holyoke to host design contest on ways to be innovative using energy

      The city has been chosen as the focus of a design competition dealing with innovation in energy consumption. "The competition invites student designers to envision ways Holyoke could lead the way as a sustainable city of the 21st century by using renewable energy and energy efficiency to fuel an economic revitalization," said Marcos A. Marrero, director of the Office of Planning and Economic Development. The competition is organized by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, an organization founded in Greenfield in 1974 that works on efficient building techniques and finding ways to bring clean, renewable energy into everyday use.

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    8. Holyoke Health Center opens children's dental care wing with $2 million federal grant

      Holyoke Health Center opens children's dental care wing with $2 million federal grant

      Holyoke Health Center at 230 Maple St. held a grand opening Sept. 20 of its Pediatric Dental Wing, which features 13 dental chairs for children in the renovated fourth floor. The goal is to get families patterned into children receiving dental care at an early age by forming "dental homes" of regular visits to the dentist, said Jay A. Breines, Health Center executive director.

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    9. Holyoke Creative Economy Coordinator Jeff Bianchine marks busy first year linking City Hall with entrepreneurs of art, culture, innovation

      Holyoke Creative Economy Coordinator Jeff Bianchine marks busy first year linking City Hall with entrepreneurs of art, culture, innovation

      Artists made $4,000 in a three-day "pop up" store on High Street before Christmas last year. Businesses seeking new sites are helped through the permitting process daily. About $100,000 in grants are helping artisans and merchants. The City Council Redevelopment Committee Thursday will review these steps and others that officials said are part of the first year of work of Creative Economy Coordinator Jeffrey C. Bianchine. The City Council in voting 11-4 to establish the position in June 2012 insisted on two conditions: the coordinator be a city resident and a review be done to ensure the job ...

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    10. Holyoke gets $247,000 grant to remove asbestos, other hazards from former Hart Wool Combing factory, 216 Appleton St.

      Holyoke gets $247,000 grant to remove asbestos, other hazards from former Hart Wool Combing factory, 216 Appleton St.

      The property is key to market and redevelop because it is in the Arts and Innovation District downtown that features the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, said a press release from Marcos A. Marrero, director of the city Office of Planning and Economic Development. The factory is across the canal from the computing center.

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    11. Walmart withdraws controversial plan for Holyoke supercenter, citing site pollution

      Walmart withdraws controversial plan for Holyoke supercenter, citing site pollution

      The Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce hadn't taken a position on the plan from Walmart. Representatives of the retailer were due to present the plan to the chamber Oct. 24, President Kathleen Anderson said. "I suppose if there were environmental issues for them there would be environmental issues for someone else also. It's also disappointing that the (Walmart) jobs won't come," Anderson said.

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    12. Holyoke teens paint murals and learn restoration at Gateway City Arts

      Holyoke teens paint murals and learn restoration at Gateway City Arts

      The windows' revivication will cost $400,000. Grants, donations and fund-raising have covered $320,000 and the hope is the youths' murals will be another way to direct attention to the windows' restoration to raise the remaining $80,000, those involved in the project said. "I think this is the beginning of showing how capable our young people are and if they get the opportunity, to show it, they can do amazing things," said Vitek Kruta, artist, muralist, art restorer, set designer, teacher and founder of Gateway City Arts at 92-114 Race St.

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    13. New Holyoke Medical Center CEO Spiros Hatiras vows to work with public schools, discusses tenure at Hoboken hospital

      New Holyoke Medical Center CEO Spiros Hatiras vows to work with public schools, discusses tenure at Hoboken hospital

      The new boss at Holyoke Medical Center pledged his vision for the hospital will include working with the public schools, such as a collaboration with the city's vocational school and scholarships. "I think it's not (just) a nice thing to do, it's a must do," Spiros Hatiras, president and chief executive officer, told The Republican and MassLive.com Thursday at the hospital.

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    14. Mount Tom Power Station in Holyoke has no plan to close, official says

      Mount Tom Power Station in Holyoke has no plan to close, official says

      Seventy-five rail cars of coal were delivered to the Mount Tom Power Station this week in a sign the plant isn't planning to shut down, a spokesman said Tuesday. "I know some people have been misinterpreting that we're going to close because we're going to go off-line in 2016, and that's not entirely true," said Charles B. Burnham, manager of government and regulatory affairs with plant-owner GDF Suez Energy North America/FirstLight Power Resources, of Glastonbury, Conn.

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    15. Holyoke to get $80,000 annually as voluntary payment and scholarship fund from tax-exempt computing center

      Holyoke to get $80,000 annually as voluntary payment and scholarship fund from tax-exempt computing center

      The tax-exempt high performance computing center downtown would pay the city $80,000 a year in lieu of taxes under a new agreement. The payment in lieu of taxes, or “pilot,” is much less than the $500,000-a-year Mayor Alex B. Morse sought in a January letter to the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, as the entity is formally known. Yearly payments under that plan were to escalate to more than $1.5 million by 2022.

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    16. Holyoke U.S. Tsubaki plant gets OK for expansion of up to $7 million and 15 jobs

      Holyoke U.S. Tsubaki plant gets OK for expansion of up to $7 million and 15 jobs

      Construction on a $6 million to $7 million expansion at U.S. Tsubaki Inc. at 821 Main St. is scheduled to be done by fall, adding at least 15 jobs, officials said. "We are excited to see this investment, as this is part of a larger trend happening in Holyoke -- businesses expanding and growing and starting to invest again," Mayor Alex B. Morse said.

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    17. Holyoke honored for energy efficiency by the Pioneer Valley Sustainability Network

      Holyoke honored for energy efficiency by the Pioneer Valley Sustainability Network

      The Pioneer Valley Sustainability Network praised the city for getting most of its electricity from the hydroelectric dam owned by the Holyoke Gas and Electric Department, planning a platform for the return of passenger train service, and supporting groups like Nuestras Raices and the Holyoke Food and Fitness Policy Council that try to improve residents’ access to healthy food, a press release said.

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