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    1. Relocation of ex-Yankee Pedlar building scheduled in Holyoke with viewing areas arranged...

      Relocation of ex-Yankee Pedlar building scheduled in Holyoke with viewing areas arranged...

      The spectacle of yanking a building off its foundation at the former Yankee Pedlar property and moving it intact on a truck to a lot several blocks away is scheduled to begin at 6:15 a.m. Sunday. "We ask members of the public to stay off the streets, and to give the vehicle a very wide berth," Michael Moriarty, executive director of OneHolyoke CDC, a private nonprofit housing provider acquiring the building, said Monday. The plan is for trucks and hydraulic equipment to lift the red building at 1850 Northampton St. off its roots between 6:15 and 6 ...

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    2. Kathy Anderson leaving as Holyoke Chamber president for job at Holyoke Medical Center

      Kathy Anderson leaving as Holyoke Chamber president for job at Holyoke Medical Center

      Kathleen G. Anderson will leave after six years as president of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce July 31 for a job at Holyoke Medical Center, she said Monday. "The chamber has been probably the most rewarding job of my life. It has been so good to watch businesses grow," said Anderson, 60. At the hospital, at 575 Beech St., Anderson will be manager of community benefits, she said. "It's going out in the community, understanding the needs of the different parts of  your community. Like going into different senior centers and asking what their needs are. I'll ...

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    3. 400 students participate in 1st academy signing day as Holyoke redesigns high school...

      400 students participate in 1st academy signing day as Holyoke redesigns high school...

      About 400 students who will be sophomores during the 2018-2019 school year participated in the first academy signing day of the redesigned high school experience. "This is a major milestone for Holyoke High School, our students and their families," Stephen P. Zrike, state-appointed receiver in charge of the Holyoke public schools, said in a press release after the Thursday event. "We are all excited about next year and this new and innovative way to help our students achieve their goals," he said. The event at Holyoke High School at 500 Beech St. entailed students signing letters of intent to attend ...

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    4. $5,000 at stake as Holyoke entrepreneurs to compete in 'SPARK Tank' fundraiser

      $5,000 at stake as Holyoke entrepreneurs to compete in 'SPARK Tank' fundraiser

      A fundraiser will be held to benefit the SPARK business-calalyst program from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St. The $55 admission covers food, cash bar and silent auction, said a press release Monday from SPARK Program Manager Tessa Murphy-Romboletti. The "SPARK Tank" event will be based on the popular television series "Shark Tank," in which tycoons listen to pitches and decide whether to invest in businesses and products, the press release said.

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    5. Massachusetts gives Holyoke $131,600 grant for early college program for high schoolers

      Massachusetts gives Holyoke $131,600 grant for early college program for high schoolers

      Students can earn up to 12 college credits before they graduate from high school thanks to a $131,600 state grant. The funding is for an early college partnership between the city public schools and Holyoke Community College (HCC). "We are most appreciative of the state's critical investment in the sustainability and growth of early college access linked to our high school academies for more students in Holyoke," said Stephen K. Zrike, the state-appointed receiver managing Holyoke public schools.

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    6. $250,000 sale of Lynch School in Holyoke approved for retail use

      $250,000 sale of Lynch School in Holyoke approved for retail use

      The Colvest Group of Springfield will buy the former Lynch School at 1575 Northampton St. for $250,000, raze the building and build a retail site with a bank and other tenants after City Council approval at City Hall Tuesday. The Council voted 12-0 to approve the sale. To build the retail site, Colvest will need to apply to the City Council for a change in the designation of the former middle school property to a highway business zone from the current residential single family zone.

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    7. Holyoke SPARK to offer social media tips to businesses

      Holyoke SPARK to offer social media tips to businesses

      Business owners will get tips on how to make the most of a social media presence at a Holyoke SPARK event today from 5 to 7 p.m. at Holyoke Hummus, 285 High St. "Do you have burning social media questions you need answers to for the life of your business? Bring your questions and your knowledge and join the conversation," a press release said. SPARK stands for Stimulating, Potential, Accessing, Resource & Knowledge. The federal and state granted-funded program began in March 2015 to help entrepreneurs become business owners.

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    8. Youths to seek employment and employers to look for help at CareerPoint job fair in Holyoke

      Youths to seek employment and employers to look for help at CareerPoint job fair in Holyoke

      Hazen Paper, Six Flags New England and UPS are among companies scheduled to be represented at the annual CareerPoint youth job fair Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. at City Hall. The event at the 536 Dwight St. municipal building is intended to help young people get jobs and employers get started on hiring summer help, a press release said.

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    9. Youth summer job event set for Monday by CareerPoint in Holyoke with businesses' help sought

      Youth summer job event set for Monday by CareerPoint in Holyoke with businesses' help sought

      Businesses can learn how they can help young people get summer jobs at a CareerPoint event Monday. The "meet-and-greet" is set for noon to 2 p.m. at the Holyoke Community College MGM Culinary Arts Institute, 164 Race St. "The YouthWorks Summer Employment Program enables us to give youth ages 14 to 21 access to their first real job experience. This summer, CareerPoint again expects to place over 150 youth in full- and part-time summer jobs ...," said a press release Friday from CareerPoint's Gladys Lebron-Martinez and Saul Caban.

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    10. How to spend Community Preservation Act money subject of Holyoke forum April 18

      How to spend Community Preservation Act money subject of Holyoke forum April 18

      The board that will advise the City Council about how to spend money raised through the Community Preservation Act will hold a public forum April 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Senior Center, 291 Pine St. "The Committee will be explaining what types of projects are eligible and then we will gather recommendations from the public as to where they want to see the funding used on behalf of the city," said Elaine A. Pluta, chairwoman of the Community Preservation Act Committee. "We will also have a survey available that night and also available online," said Pluta ...

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    11. Trade secrets, copyright topics of workshops offered by SPARK Holyoke

      Trade secrets, copyright topics of workshops offered by SPARK Holyoke

      Workshops on topics such as intellectual property, copyright and trade secrets will be offered March 28 and April 4 by the SPARK Holyoke business catalyst program. ""It doesn't matter what stage you're at in owning a business, whether you're brand new or have been successful for years, there's always room for more education and growth," Program Director Tessa Murphy-Romboletti said Thursday. Both days' workshops will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Picknelly Center, 402 Maple St. Each workshop costs $15 to attend, she said.

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    12. Colvest Group of Springfield latest to try redeveloping Holyoke's Lynch School

      Colvest Group of Springfield latest to try redeveloping Holyoke's Lynch School

      The Colvest Group of Springfield is the latest possibility to redevelop the closed Lynch School at 1575 Northampton St. "The Colvest Group intends to construct an attractive retail development that is compatible to the surrounding area which will provide jobs and financial benefit to the city," Mayor Alex B. Morse said in a letter Wednesday to the City Council.

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    13. Over 35 companies and CORI help set for job fair in Holyoke

      Over 35 companies and CORI help set for job fair in Holyoke

      The MGM Springfield casino company, C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. and over 30 other companies will be represented at a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Gateway City Arts, 92-114 Race St. GTI Massachusetts NP Corp., which is opening a medical marijuana facility here at 28 Appleton St., is organizing the job fair with CareerPoint and the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, a press release said.

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    14. SPARK Holyoke offers introductory session for entrepreneurs with business plans

      SPARK Holyoke offers introductory session for entrepreneurs with business plans

      The SPARK Holyoke business start-up program run by the Greater Holyoke Chamber Centennial Foundation includes a nine-week course on how to launch a business, along with workshops and other help to new and prospective business owners. SPARK stands for Stimulating, Potential, Accessing, Resource & Knowledge. The federal and state granted-funded program began in March 2015 to help entrepreneurs become business owners. The next, nine-week SPARK class runs April 17 to June 19, Murphy-Romboletti said.

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    15. Smaller colleges get to plug into power of high performance computing center in Holyoke (video)

      Smaller colleges get to plug into power of high performance computing center in Holyoke (video)

      The Northeast Cyberteam Initiative is a new program that will extend the resources of the high performance computing center here to small colleges, an official said Wednesday. "The end result is more people can potentially gain access to the computers that change the way we do science," center Executive Director John T. Goodhue said.  A three-year, $1.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation will help in training college students to be "research computing facilitators," liaisons between computing centers and a biologist, say, at a small college, he said.

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    16. Women in leadership speaker series offered by Holyoke Chamber of Commerce

      Women in leadership speaker series offered by Holyoke Chamber of Commerce

      The "Women in Leadership: Leadership in Your Future" speaker series by the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce will begin March 7 and include four events. "We recognize the importance of creating local and affordable professional opportunities to help people grow professionally and personally," said Christina Royal, president of Holyoke Community College, one of the speakers. She will be joined by Kathleen G. Anderson, Chamber president and president of the Greater Holyoke Chamber Centennial Foundation, Shannon M. Rudder, executive director of Providence Ministries Inc. and Tricia Canavan, president of United Personnel.

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    17. $20,000 state grants helping Holyoke students in early college programs

      $20,000 state grants helping Holyoke students in early college programs

      The state gave its blessing and $20,000 Tuesday for "early college" programs for public school students working with Holyoke Community College and Westfield State University. The ties with colleges are part of the Holyoke public schools' redesign of the high schools and middle schools intended to establish a pathway for every student to college and a career, said Stephen K. Zrike, the state-appointed receiver in charge of managing the Holyoke public schools.

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    18. Cymba Bottle Opener Co. customizes the beverage-entry tools in Holyoke

      Cymba Bottle Opener Co. customizes the beverage-entry tools in Holyoke

      The Cymba Bottle Opener Co. at 362 Race St. is a growing company that makes a dozen versions of the devices built to access a beverage, mostly for breweries seeking openers that are branded with their logos or slogans. "We customize them to the customer's needs. We'll brand them, any kind of color they want," co-owner Edward Sordillo said Monday. Designs include the spike, which is an actual forged railroad spike obtained from steel makers in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and fashioned with a hook-and-space to lift a lid, he said.

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    19. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal to address Holyoke Chamber reception

      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal to address Holyoke Chamber reception

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, will be the main speaker at this year's Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce Candidates and Elected Officials Reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Gary Rome Hyundai. The intent of the event at the dealership at 150 Whiting Farms Road is to introduce elected officials to the business community with a format that is a little speaking and lots of mingling, organizers said. Spiros Hatiras, president and chief executive officer of Holyoke Medical Center, also is scheduled to make remarks, organizers said.

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    20. Coming for Holyoke E.N. White School students: STEM middle school

      Coming for Holyoke E.N. White School students: STEM middle school

      Courses in science, technology, engineering and math -- known as STEM -- will be the focus of a new middle school that will begin in the fall at Dean Technical High School, officials said Monday. "A STEM experience will offer our students highly engaging, hands-on learning that promotes strong problem-solving and communication skills," said Stephen K. Zrike, the state-appointed receiver in charge of managing the public schools. "These skills are critical to achieving success through college and in today's dynamic workforce," he said. The new school will be for middle school students from E.N. White School, 1 Jefferson St., because ...

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    21. How to get financial aid and other tips set for Holyoke workshop on college applications

      How to get financial aid and other tips set for Holyoke workshop on college applications

      Workshops in English and Spanish will be held on the college application process from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Holyoke High School, 500 Beech St. Representatives of numerous area colleges are scheduled to be available to talk with students, a press release  said. Topics will include strategies to succeed in college, information about financial aid and incentives for attendance, the press release said. Also, high school students can be put in touch with local college students to discuss their experiences, the press release said. The workshop is offered by Bay Path University, Elms College, Holyoke High School ...

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    22. Much work remains but improvements emerging at Holyoke's Dean Technical High School...

      Much work remains but improvements emerging at Holyoke's Dean Technical High School...

      The sign at Dean Technical High School facing Main Street read, "97 percent attendance keep coming." The public display about the rise in attendance from last year's 87 percent along with a drop in suspensions, upticks in the graduation rate and passing grades for all of the current seniors in all of their courses have educators in a Dean-boasting mode, kind of. "I think it's important that we get the word out about how things are going so well at Dean Tech," Principal Jeffrey Peterson said Monday.

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    23. Solar energy offered to Holyoke Gas and Electric Department residential customers

      Solar energy offered to Holyoke Gas and Electric Department residential customers

      Residents can get solar power without installing solar panels. Holyoke Gas and Electric Department (HGE) residential customers received information about the "Sign Up For Community Solar" program in the Energy Insights newsletter included with their latest bills. "Community Shared Solar is a unique model established by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources that allows multiple customers to share in the benefits of a solar project without having to install solar panels on their property," said Kate Sullivan Craven, HGE director of marketing and communications.

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    24. Up to 60 housing units envisioned in South Holyoke redevelopment

      Up to 60 housing units envisioned in South Holyoke redevelopment

      The part of South Holyoke around Carlos Vega Park would get 28 to 60 new units of housing as the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority said Thursday it was seeking "expressions of interest" from developers. "I'm proud that as an administration we've advanced work towards a significant home ownership development project in South Holyoke," Mayor Alex B. Morse said in an email. "This is an exciting time for South Holyoke." The project is beginning, with questions like cost, funding to pay for the construction and number of units unresolved, said Marcos A. Marrero, director of the Holyoke Planning and Economic ...

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