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December 19, 2014:
January 21, 2015:
Holyoke City Treasurer Jon Lumbra says he will resign by Feb. 14

January 20, 2015:
Holyoke Council opts against immediate slashing of Treasurer Jon Lumbra's pay by $50,000 with committee referral

January 16, 2015:
Holyoke to begin seeking buyer for former Geriatric Authority

January 14, 2015:
Holyoke police called to deal with homeless-family issues at Holyoke Hotel slightly less in 2014 than 2013

January 12, 2015:
Holyoke Council wants Treasurer Jon Lumbra paid only for hours worked

January 7, 2015:
Holyoke voters to consider nonbinding ballot questions on City Council size, switch from mayor to city manager

December 23, 2014:
Holyoke Officer John DiNapoli would prefer the 300 people at candlelight vigil instead be celebrating, daughter JoBeth DiNapoli says

Holyoke police supervisors president Fred Seklecki 2nd union head in week to criticize councilors Jossie Valentin, Rebecca Lisi for march

December 17, 2014:
Holyoke Council sets tax rate that favors home over business owners

December 17, 2014:
Holyoke City Council resolves 12-1 to call the Christmas tree at City Hall a 'Christmas tree'

December 16, 2014:
Holyoke patrol union president Ed Moskal criticizes councilors Rebecca Lisi, Jossie Valentin participation in march that included 'antipolice' chants

December 10, 2014:
Holyoke City Treasurer Jon Lumbra's work arrangement clashes with views of some Councilors

December 10, 2014:
Holyoke Council Ordinance Committee votes 3-2 to block Christmas tree discussion, but Councilor Dan Bresnahan vows to continue

December 9, 2014:
Holyoke Board of Assessors sets public hearing on tax classification

December 2, 2014:
Holyoke Council Finance Committee recommends rejection of Mayor Alex Morse plan to use $700,000 from reserves to balance budget

November 30, 2014:
Holyoke Council Finance Committee readies debate on $5.5 million in proposed transfers with new tax rate imminent

November 20, 2014:
Holyoke Councilors to debate $5.5 million in proposed transfers, from rainy day fund to court settlement to snow-removal costs

November 14, 2014:
Homeless Hotels Continue to See Problems

November 11, 2014:
Holyoke hotels and motels that house homeless families and show problems could be required to hire police as security

November 11, 2014:
Veterans Day 2014: Tom Paul, Holyoke veteran of the year

October 27, 2014:
Holyoke Councilors want documentation about library leak repairs after $14.5 million renovation

October 23, 2014:
Holyoke City Council overrides Mayor Alex Morse veto, and the debate about public art keeps going

October 22, 2014:
Holyoke City Council wants report showing if elected, appointed officials owe taxes, utility bills

October 2, 2014:
Holyoke has 191 homeless families living in hotels, but an official said state also tries to help people avoid that arrangement

September 19, 2014:
WWLP Ch. 22 Video - Holyoke residents voice concerns over homeless hotels

September 18, 2014:
Holyoke homeless-in-hotels burden unlikely to change soon, legislators tell councilors

September 16, 2014:
Holyoke Ward 5 Councilor Linda Vacon sets forum to discuss intersection project, Gary Rome proposal, homeless in hotels

September 15, 2014:
Holyoke Council committee to get update about issues like water-sewer merger, homeless in hotels, liquor licenses

September 5, 2014:
Ex-Holyoke solicitor Heather Egan could seek job with city but only after Mayor Alex Morse gone

September 3, 2014:
Holyoke code inspectors would visit hotel that houses homeless families; such hotels might be required to hire security: Councilors

September 2, 2014:
Holyoke Council wants state legislators to help with problems of homeless living in hotels

August 28, 2014:
Heather Egan agreement with Holyoke: State orders release of details to The Republican/MassLive

August 25, 2014:
Holyoke councilors lament number of police calls to hotels-motels housing homeless

August 5, 2014:
Holyoke would permit medical marijuana facility by City Council special permit under new vote

August 5, 2014:
Holyoke City Council, Mayor Alex Morse discuss Geriatric Authority in closed-door meeting; just an update, officials say

August 5, 2014:
Holyoke City Council votes merely to receive law firm's exit letter in relation to Heather Egan exit agreement

August 5, 2014:
Holyoke Council tees up agenda: 4 Heather Egan-related orders, 1 on medical marijuana, 1 for $1.45 million to raze building

August 1, 2014:
Holyoke License Commission restores Double Six bar's liquor license, but more scrutiny, possible sanctions to come

July 29, 2014:
Holyoke councilors clash about adding new post of licensing inspector

July 23, 2014:
Holyoke council committee to consider $1.45 million to raze the breaking-apart Essex House on High Street

July 22, 2014:
Holyoke survey shows open space preferred use for Whiting Farms Rd. site, followed by mixed retail

July 22, 2014:
Holyoke survey results to be aired for Whiting Farms Rd. site once desired by Walmart, Lowe's

July 17, 2014:
Holyoke Geriatric Authority board votes to seek buyers for closed nursing home, won't appeal bankruptcy dismissal

June 29, 2014:
Holyoke planners will take survey answers on Whiting Farms Road property until July 7

June 24, 2014:
Holyoke patrol union head Ed Moskal calls council President Kevin Jourdain 'windbag,' Jourdain vows won't be intimidated by 'union thug'

June 20, 2014:
Holyoke council-mayor clash over $45,000 Heather Egan agreement yielded revelations amid the frustration

June 18, 2014:
Holyoke City Council strikes $45,000 blow 'for taxpayers' in response to Heather Egan payment; cuts $457,000 from budget

June 17, 2014:
Holyoke City Council will decide how much to cut from Mayor Alex Morse's proposed $125.5 million budget

June 13, 2014:
Holyoke councilors ask Mayor Alex Morse to lift 'veil of secrecy,' but Morse says councilors trying to goad city into liability

June 12, 2014:
Holyoke taxpayers kept in dark by city as released records fail to show why former solicitor Heather Egan got $45,000

June 3, 2014:
Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse to address City Council on ex-solicitor Heather Egan's $45,000 exit agreement

May 28, 2014:
Holyoke councilors thwarted in questioning Springfield lawyer Meghan Sullivan about Heather Egan $45,000 buyout

April 24, 2014:
Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, Councilor Linda Vacon clash on police 'Quinn Bill' funding, other budget issues

April 22, 2014:
Holyoke rules for use of municipal vehicles could be tightened by City Council after arrest, unauthorized use of mayor's car

April 14, 2014:
Holyoke Finance Committee to debate meals tax, charging municipal officials for taking home city vehicles

April 11, 2014:
Holyoke considers adopting meals tax, and restaurants and officials line up on both sides

March 24, 2014:
Ch. 40 - State’s Dept. of Public Health to Help Geriatric Authority Until Facility Closes

March 18, 2014:
Patients from Holyoke Geriatric Authority heading to homes in Holyoke and Westfield

March 18, 2014:
Holyoke residents criticize City Council, Planning Board for denying zone change they wanted to reduce traffic

March 12, 2014:
WWLP - Holyoke City Councilors to discuss travel policy

March 12, 2014:
Holyoke Geriatric Authority board discusses seeking loan, becoming funded city dept.; mayor, City Council president: not going to happen

March 8, 2014:
Holyoke Geriatric Authority OK to close, state says, and informational meeting set for residents, families

March 3, 2014:
Holyoke Geriatric Authority board votes 3-2 to contact state and begin closing amid financial problems

March 3, 2014:
Holyoke Geriatric Authority board meets with bankruptcy lawyer, considers fund-raising, other options

February 28, 2014:
Holyoke Geriatric Authority board has discussed bankruptcy with lawyer and Mayor Alex Morse says sale, receivership, state takeover also possible

February 20, 2014:
Holyoke Geriatric Authority board plans special meeting with closed session to discuss 'future' of facility; Patti Devine resigns

February 5, 2014:
Holyoke City Council fails to establish regulations to govern medical marijuana facility, which is coming, regulations or not

January 31, 2014:
Massachusetts grants 20 medical marijuana licenses, but only 2 in Western Massachusetts

January 29, 2014:
Holyoke Morgan School placed under control of receiver, Project GRAD USA, because most students have trouble reading, writing, doing math

January 14, 2014:
Holyoke public hearings to continue on regulating medical marijuana shop, zone change on Whiting Farms Road

January 4, 2014:
Holyoke residents try to protect neighborhoods with upcoming hearings for zone changes, which property owners consider restrictive

December 17, 2013:
Holyoke City Council sets residential tax rate of $19.05, commercial rate of $39.75

December 14, 2013:
Holyoke City Council OKs taking $790,000 from emergency fund to balance budget; tax rate expected to be finalized Tuesday

December 10, 2013:
Holyoke sets public hearing on zone change for site formerly proposed for a Big Y

December 9, 2013:
Holyoke needle exchange program praised as effective, blamed as causing discarded syringes by speakers during hearing

December 8, 2013:
Holyoke sets public hearing on needle exchange program

December 4, 2013:
Holyoke City Council defeats proposal to increase sewer rate

November 26, 2013:
Holyoke public hearing set on proposal to change zone of Whiting Farms Road land once eyed by Walmart, Lowe's

November 26, 2013:
Holyoke tax and sewer rate decisions loom as property values and free cash diminish

November 21, 2013:
Holyoke City Council seeks legal advice on its role if Geriatric Authority is sold

November 20, 2013:
Needle Exchange Debate Reignites; Holyoke City Council Delays Vote

November 19, 2013:
Holyoke council committee to schedule public hearing on needle exchange

November 19, 2013:
Holyoke City Council Finance Committee reviews appropriation requests

November 17, 2013:
Holyoke City Council to consider needle exchange, sewer rate, how to sell Geriatric Authority

November 13, 2013:
Holyoke Ward 5 Councilor Linda Vacon sets thank-you reception, issues forum

November 1, 2013:
Holyoke Geriatric Authority discusses possible sale of 45 Lower Westfield Road campus with Tryko Partners of New Jersey

October 31, 2013:
Holyoke Ward 5 Councilor Linda Vacon vows to keep battling needle exchange

October 19, 2013:
Moose on the Loose in Holyoke

September 26, 2013:
State audit finds Holyoke Geriatric Authority mismanaged funds, missed revenue chances; new authority leadership commended

August 28, 2013:
Holyoke Sewer Rate Increase Proposal
Ch. 40 News


August 18, 2013:
Holyoke plan for 4 restaurants, 2 hotels replacing Holiday Inn and Friendly's continues before Planning Board

August 13, 2013:
Holyoke Geriatric Authority plan to lease space for detention facility for low-risk males unresolved after public hearing

August 4, 2013:
Holyoke Walmart controversy in line with retailer's record of pleasing and angering the masses

August 2, 2013:
Holyoke City Council OK's taking land to widen Homestead Avenue-Lower Westfield Road intersection

August 2, 2013:
Holyoke Geriatric Authority to offer open houses on plan for Gandara Center to lease space to house low-risk young males awaiting court

July 16, 2013:
Holyoke voters likely to face crowded 2013 preliminary election ballot with races for mayor, clerk, City Council, School Committee

July 12, 2013:
Redevelopment Committee mulls eminent domain

July 10, 2013:
Holyoke City Solicitor Heather Egan declines to issue a formal opinion about the residency of mayor candidates

July 1, 2013:
Holyoke City Solicitor Heather Egan to issue opinion about residency that could thwart candidates challenging Mayor Alex Morse

July 1, 2013:
Holyoke Solicitor Heather Egan, Mayor Alex Morse criticized for effect of residency rule interpretation on rivals

June 25, 2013:
Holyoke Councilor Gordon Alexander's share-pain bid to cut councilors' pay goes down

June 19, 2013:
Holyoke Council defeats bid to cut $200,000 from police Quinn Bill incentives

June 18, 2013:
Big Y Foods reevaluating Holyoke store in wake of Walmart supercenter announcemement

June 15, 2013:
Holyoke property taxes to be determined by City Council vote on mayor's $123.6 million budget proposal

June 11, 2013:
Holyoke taxpayers can expect pension costs for city retirees to keep rising

June 5, 2013:
Holyoke Geriatric Authority again frustrating councilors after city forced to pay $146,000 in health insurance

June 4, 2013:
Holyoke City Council President Kevin Jourdain tells police options painful: layoffs, using up emergency fund, more taxes

May 29, 2013:
Holyoke councilors question Mayor Alex Morse about police spending, which Morse defends as necessary

May 23, 2013:
Holyoke talking with developer about large retail store on Whiting Farms Road

May 16, 2013:
Holyoke $16 million retail project with Big Y still set for construction to begin in 2014

May 15, 2013:
Holyoke McDonald's would get extra drive-through lane under plan councilors support

May 14, 2013:
Holyoke City Council to question financial officials about money projected to come in, go out at hearing on $123.6 million budget

May 13, 2013:
Holyoke City Hall basement rest rooms will be available by requested key after complaints about drug use, sex, blood

April 30, 2013:
Holyoke Councilor Linda Vacon to hold forum on traffic, Big Y project, other issues

April 25, 2013:
Drug use, spilled blood, sex mean Holyoke City Hall bathrooms would be locked with keys

February 19, 2013:
Holyoke to pay $60,000 to settle suit filed by fired employee Donna Dowdall in split City Council vote

February 6, 2013:
Holyoke City Council hears foes and supporters of nonbinding casino question headed for Nov. 5 ballot

January 24, 2013:
Holyoke City Council Finance Committee recommends rejecting settlement of $60,000 to end suit from fired employee

January 17, 2013:
Holyoke to consider nonbinding question on needle exchange on Nov. 5 election ballot


October 11, 2012:
Alex Morse - NO DICE - A casino would hurt, not help, Holyoke’s economic redevelopment efforts

November 24, 2012:
Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse to announce casino resort plan for Mountain Park with Eric Suher

December 13, 2012:
Holyoke Mayor Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse's flirtation with casino issue ends as he declares he is back to 'No' on gaming


January 16, 2013:
Holyoke City Council votes to put nonbinding casino gambling referendum before voters

January 9, 2013:
Holyoke Councilor Linda Vacon sets forum for residents to air views on proposed Big Y, traffic, other issues

January 8, 2013:
Holyoke School Committee shuns Cesar Lopez' attempt to change how school assemblies are held as Gay Straight Alliance event set

January 4, 2013:
Holyoke municipal workers would get criminal background checks under proposal from Councilor Linda Vacon

December 30, 2012:
Property tax abatement workship to be held at Holyoke Community College

December 12, 2012:
Holyoke councilors still deciding about discipline of assessors over Macy's tax dispute, one assessor's certification

December 5, 2012:
Holyoke's new tax rate is $18.35 for residential property, $39.97 for business property

December 5, 2012:
Holyoke councilors will consider whether to discipline assessors over tax dispute with Macy's that cost $956,420

November 29, 2012:
Holyoke needle exchange ruling has councilors saying their authority supported, mayor glad injunction denied

November 29, 2012:
Hampden Superior Court Justice Richard Carey denies preliminary injunction against Holyoke's needle exchange program

November 20, 2012:
Holyoke City Council to discuss budget transfers, possible cuts with setting of new tax rate soon to follow

November 17, 2012:
Holyoke councilors seek to define legal work of solicitor as President Kevin Jourdain, Mayor Alex Morse clash

November 7, 2012:
Holyoke officials debate using $500,000 from free cash to avoid $40 business tax rate

October 18, 2012:
Holyoke City Council committee to discuss banning elected officials from holding other elected offices

October 17, 2012:
Holyoke's needle exchange lives for at least another week as court hearing seeking halt postponed

October 15, 2012:
Holyoke City Council files lawsuit against Mayor Alex Morse over approval of needle exchange

October 27, 2012:
Holyokers consider state representative candidates Jerome Hobert, Linda Vacon and Aaron Vega

October 24, 2012:
5th Hampden District candidates Aaron Vega, Linda Vacon, Jerome Hobert debate ways to attract business to Holyoke, improve education

October 13, 2012:
Holyoke City Council will hold public hearing on sewer issues amid chance of rate increase

October 10, 2012:
Holyoke councilors debate solutions to rising costs including higher sewer fee, imposing stormwater tax

October 1, 2012:
Holyoke Finance Committee supports spending $323,532 for 8 new police cars, including 7 cruisers

September 30, 2012:
Viewpoint: Charter schools essential to Western Massachusetts’ future

September 27, 2012:
Holyoke hearing on state review of proposal for traffic improvements draws 50 people

September 14, 2012:
Holyoke councilors, mayor debate raise for Treasurer Jon Lumbra

September 9, 2012:
Holyoke pays Macy's $960,000 after assessors overvalued store, resulting in 3 years overtaxation

September 6, 2012:
Holyoke state rep race will include Councilor Linda Vacon as Republican nominee as she secures write-in win

September 5, 2012:
Holyoke City Council OKs up to $1,000 in tax help for veterans (Valor Act, sponsored by Linda Vacon) & establishes process to auction properties

September 4, 2012:
Holyoke Big Y project still set for construction to begin in spring and take 7 months

August 15, 2012:
CBS3 Video: Board of Health votes to permit Holyoke needle exchange program

August 13, 2012:
Holyoke Board of Health to reconsider needle exchange with potential legal clash looming

August 8, 2012:
Holyoke needle exchange program an attempt to bypass proper authority, city councilors say

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August 7, 2012:
State auditors begin reviewing whether Holyoke Geriatric Authority uses proper controls over revenue and spending

August 6, 2012:
Holyoke City Council back in business with triple-digit agenda including needle exchange, veterans issues

August 3, 2012:
Holyoke Board of Health must hold another needle exchange meeting because 1st was improper, solicitor says

August 3, 2012:
Holyoke Council President Kevin Jourdain alleges Open Meeting Law violation on needle exchange vote

July 31, 2012:
Holyoke's top officials disagree whether City Council approval required for needle exchange program

July 31, 2012:
Holyoke Geriatric Authority OKs payment plan as Mayor Alex Morse says plan 'unsatisfactory' and facility faces hard decisions

July 18, 2012:
New needle exchange program in Holyoke invalid, City Council President Kevin Jourdain says

June 27, 2012:
Holyoke Council approves $43,000 salary for new position of creative economy coordinator

June 20, 2012:
Holyoke City Councilor Linda Vacon to run write-in bid as Republican for state representative

June 20, 2012:
Holyoke City Council hands victory to Mayor Alex Morse by voting 11-4 for arts director

June 20, 2012:
Holyoke City Council preserves police, fire budgets in approving Mayor Alex Morse's $124 million spending plan

June 14, 2012:
Holyoke Geriatric Authority pays $89,000 in move called good first step but much more debt remains

June 5, 2012:
Holyoke City Council seeks help for veterans by proposing partnership between Geriatric Authority, Soldiers' Home

May 31, 2012:
Holyoke councilors fault proposed $250,000 Lynch School lease as bad deal

May 30, 2012:
Holyoke's next budget of $124.4 million could force nearly 70 school layoffs; police Quinn Bill pay could be on line

May 26, 2012:
Holyoke Geriatric Authority to pay city $89,000, enter plan to repay $465,000 in worker-retirement costs

May 22, 2012:
Holyoke proposal for coordinator of arts, culture wins councilors' support but also raises questions

May 15, 2012:
Holyoke City Council has 45 days to consider, possibly cut Mayor Alex Morse's proposed $124.4 million budget

May 15, 2012:
Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse to present budget of $124.4 million, up from current $120 million

May 5, 2012:
Holyoke Geriatric Authority board, City Councilors agree to seek state audit of agency

April 25, 2012:
Former Holyoke councilor Patricia Devine voted new chairwoman of Geriatric Authority board after resignations of Steve Kravetz, John Counter

April 24, 2012:
Holyoke Geriatric Authority board could experience more than 1 change at next meeting

April 16, 2012:
Holyoke Geriatric board candidates pitch medical background, skills to help the nursing home

April 11, 2012:
Holyoke City Council to interview 5 candidates for Geriatric Authority board opening

April 5, 2012:
Girl Scouts break ground on service center

April 3, 2012:
Holyoke City Council delays early vote on proposal to increase mayor's term from 2 to 4 years

March 31, 2012:
Holyoke Geriatric Authority meeting abruptly canceled; city solicitor says Helen Arnold ineligible to participate in meetings

March 27, 2012:
Holyoke City Council punts on $344,000 transfer for schools, will try again next month

March 22, 2012:
Holyoke Planning Board approves $16 million retail project including a Big Y supermarket

March 20, 2012:
Holyoke Big Y site plan approved

March 18, 2012:
Holyoke officials disagree whether city should pay full Quinn Bill costs for police after court rules it unnecessary

March 12, 2012:
Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse close to appointing task force to address Geriatric Authority woes

March 7, 2012:
Holyoke Geriatric Authority lawyer to confer with state Ethics Commission on eligibility of former councilor Patricia Devine for board position

March 1, 2012:
Holyoke Geriatric Authority employees and care praised, its board and financial troubles criticized

March 1, 2012:
Holyoke Planning Board meeting on $16 million Big Y project postponed

March 1, 2012:
Holyoke senior citizens work for tax credit program expands

February 21, 2012:
Holyoke City Council approves Elizabeth Rodriguez-Ross as city solicitor; sends second mayoral request back to committee

February 20, 2012:
Holyoke Planning Board closes public hearing after 10 hours on $16 million project that will include Big Y

February 14, 2012:
Holyoke Geriatric Authority board finally meets, argues, holds closed-door meeting for more than an hour

February 12, 2012:
Holyoke councilors pepper acting personnel director Adam Pudelko and acting solicitor Elizabeth Rodriguez-Ross with questions

February 7, 2012:
Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse to appoint task force to deal with Geriatric Authority issues

February 7, 2012:
Massachusetts election office clears Holyoke Geriatric Authority officials in Elaine Pluta complaint

February 4, 2012:
Holyoke Geriatric Authority board, turns out, won't have Donald Welch as a member

February 2, 2012:
Holyoke wonders: When will the Geriatric Authority board next meet?

January 28, 2012:
Holyoke public hearing on $16 million Big Y mini-plaza will resume for a third night

January 24, 2012:
Traffic big concern at Holyoke hearing on proposed $16 million Big Y mini-plaza

January 21, 2012:
Holyoke awaits first meeting of Geriatric Authority board with new member Donald Welch

January 18, 2012:
Holyoke considers $16 million Big Y project: jobs and tax revenue vs. traffic and possible fast-food drive-up window

December 24, 2011:
Holyoke City Council fail to override mayor's veto on tax rate

December 21, 2011:
Holyoke Mayor Elaine Pluta vetoes City Council tax rate as unfair to homeowners; veto prompts tax-bill scheduling problems

December 21, 2011:
Holyoke solar power project, among largest in New England, starts up

December 20, 2011:
Holyoke homeowners' tax bills going up 11 percent on average; commercial rate lowered

December 12, 2011:
Holyoke officials urged to cut business taxes and pursue revenue from tax-exempt groups

December 7, 2011:
Holyoke City Council reluctantly OKs transfer to pay Geriatric Authority bills

December 6, 2011:
Holyoke city councilors' frustration growing over $465,000 in unpaid Geriatric Authority bills

November 22, 2011:
Holyoke city councilors want to consult attorney general, district attorney about Geriatric Authority

November 9, 2011:
Holyoke City Council to get six new members, but much turnover due to incumbents not seeking reelection

November 5, 2011:
Curbside debris collection starts Monday in Holyoke

November 5, 2011:
Holyoke voters face Election Day ballot question on whether to establish new city charter

November 5, 2011:
Holyoke voters have School Committee races, but most incumbents unopposed

October 12, 2011:
Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce endorses ballot question to establish new city charter

October 7, 2011:
Holyokers to get mailings about city charter ballot question, despite officials' squabbles

October 6, 2011:
Holyoke taxpayers face paying an additional $465,000 in costs because Geriatric Authority unable to make payments

October 5, 2011:
Holyoke City Council seeks property tax and other economic-impact details of proposed $500 million casino

September 6, 2011:
Holyoke City Council deals with casino-related items, including plans for a public hearing about Wyckoff Country Club

August 15, 2011:
Holyoke Treasurer Jon Lumbra commended by inspector general for improving management

August 9, 2011:
Holyoke Retirement Board could opt to put delinquent Geriatric Authority costs on taxpayers

July 26, 2011:
Holyoke filing deadline yields preliminary elections for mayor and Ward 7 Council

July 14, 2011:
Holyoke Mayor Elaine Pluta wants to sell Geriatriac Authority

July 14, 2011:
Holyoke adopts residency rule for Fire Department employees

June 21, 2011:
Holyoke School Committee approves spending plan of $88.2 million

June 16, 2011:
Holyoke redistricting plan would move 1,200 to different wards

June 7, 2011:
Holyoke City Council grants zone change for proposed $16 million Big Y project

May 28, 2011:
Holyoke sets public hearing on redistricting proposals

May 27, 2011:
Holyoke Ward 5 City Councilor Linda Vacon announces reelection campaign

May 26, 2011:
Holyoke gives a largely welcoming response to a plan for a Big Y store

May 21, 2011:
Holyoke City Council approves increase in senior citizens' tax break

May 19, 2011:
Holyoke Geriatric Authority at center of another dispute

May 17, 2011:
Debt in dispute

May 11, 2011:
Councilors to examine Pluta's city budget

May 8, 2011:
Holyoke Geriatric Authority battle has residents stuck in the middle

May 6, 2011:
Holyoke could be getting a Big Y supermarket near the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside

April 23, 2011:
Holyoke computing center partner Cisco Systems declares commitment regardless of problems

April 23, 2011:
Holyoke planners to begin reviewing 90,000-square-foot plan for the high performance computing center

April 20, 2011:
Charter commission fumes at being unable to do its desired ward plan

April 14, 2011:
Benefits touted of solar plan

March 30, 2011:
Holyoke commission urges passage of new charter to modernize government

March 15, 2011:
'Tax Squad' to find ways to lower taxes

March 15, 2011:
David Guzman named new Holyoke tax collector

March 14, 2011:
Holyoke city councilors left without answers regarding Geriatric Authority finances

March 13, 2011:
Holyoke Councilor Donald Welch moves to force Geriatric Authority to pay $2.84 million owed to city

March 15, 2011:
David Guzman named new Holyoke tax collector

March 14, 2011:
Holyoke city councilors left without answers regarding Geriatric Authority finances

March 13, 2011:
Holyoke Councilor Donald Welch moves to force Geriatric Authority to pay $2.84 million owed to city

March 12, 2011:
Holyoke could be seeing the first change in decades in the tax collector's office

March 8, 2011:
Holyoke city councilors zero in on a tax collector after interviewing 11 candidates

March 8, 2011:
Holyoke Mayor Elaine Pluta names task force to find ways to reduce property taxes

March 7, 2011:
A roast honoring retiring Holyoke Police Chief Anthony Scott will be held at the MassMutual Center

March 3, 2011:
City charter plans made for Holyoke

March 2, 2011:
Collector faces residency rule

March 2, 2011:
Geriatric Authority's outstanding bills trying the patience of Mayor Elaine Pluta and other officials

February 18, 2011:
April 1 deadline for outstanding tax liens no joke

February 12, 2011:
Duties that are the responsibility of the Holyoke treasurer are mistakenly listed under tax collector in ad error

February 2, 2011:
Holyoke Collector Robert Kane said city councilors have no reason to question his ability to do the job with integrity

February 1, 2011:
Holyoke City Council to advertise for tax collector; Robert Kane keeps position until new hire finalized

January 31, 2011:
Rules squabbles send Holyoke city councilors into circles on whether to reappoint Tax Collector

January 20, 2011:
Holyoke government could change in numerous ways under charter study proposals

January 13, 2011:
Hearing on plans to change Holyoke government draws 50 people

January 8, 2011:
Holyoke charter commission considers reducing size of City Council, increasing length of mayor’s term

January 1, 2011:
Holyoke to teach property owners how to file for tax abatements

December 12, 2010:
Holyoke DPW gets national "Distinguished Infrastructure Award"

December 10, 2010:
City of Holyoke, tax collector Robert Kane and former Mayor Michael Sullivan sued by fired employee Jacquelynne Williams

December 9, 2010:
Holyoke raises property taxes as councilors Joe McGiverin and Kevin Jourdain spar and then apologize to each other

December 8, 2010:
Holyoke saves on bond costs

December 8, 2010:
Holyoke home and business owners all will get higher bills under the new tax rate

December 5, 2010:
Holyoke to set city's tax rates

November 12, 2010:
Sewer fee increase 'unacceptable'

November 10, 2010:
Holyoke sewer rate would jump 18.5 percent under plan that gets ridiculed

November 9, 2010:
Holyoke Charter Commission eyes plan to reduce size of city council from 15 to 11 members

October 29, 2010:
Holyoke Councilor Kevin Jourdain says a discussion about the sewer rate doesn't necessarily mean the rate will increase

October 15, 2010:
Filtration looms for water system Holyoke water facing filtration

October 8, 2010:
Holyoke councilors say no to responsible employer ordinance

August 17, 2010:
Holyoke officials seek ruling on whether text messaging during meetings violates Massachusetts' Open Meeting Law

August 10, 2010:
Holyoke officials, merchants discuss anticipated benefits of state's planned high performance computing center

August 9, 2010:
Mastex selected for computing center (Ch. 22)

August 4, 2010:
Holyoke City Council approves agreement for $14.5 million library project

August 4, 2010:
Council to weigh limits on texting

July 30, 2010:
Holyoke's $10.1 million 'rainy day fund' good news for taxpayers, Mayor Elaine Pluta says

July 29, 2010:
No decision yet on research site

July 21, 2010:
Holyoke City Council delays agreement to take library ownership

July 20, 2010:
Council faces packed agenda

July 18, 2010:
Massachusetts casinos contenders list now includes Wyckoff Country Club in Holyoke

July 10, 2010:
Charter study committee approved by state

July 8, 2010:
Council targets nursing home The bottom line is the taxpayers of Holyoke are subsidizing the Geriatric Authority

July 7, 2010:
Council president defends schedule

June 26, 2010:
Holyoke high performance computing center location decision might be delayed

June 23, 2010:
Holyoke slates library takeover

June 23, 2010:
Holyoke City Council approves Mayor Elaine Pluta's $117 million budget

June 22, 2010:
Holyoke OKs school budget

June 22, 2010:
Auditor wants accountability

June 20, 2010:
Holyoke chicken plan on back burner

June 15, 2010:
Schools struggle with cuts

June 15, 2010:
Holyoke City Council to vote on $117 million budget that's $1.7 million less than current budget

June 8, 2010:
Holyoke chicken issue lives on: City Council Ordinance Committee rejects proposal, but proponents vow new one

June 8, 2010:
HCC road plan moves ahead

June 7, 2010:
Controversial Holyoke chicken plan set for City Council debate

June 4, 2010 - Holyoke Sun:
City honors veterans with ceremony

June 2, 2010:
Problem-free budget hearing occurs between Holyoke Police Chief Anthony Scott and the City Council

June 2, 2010:
Council reviews police budget

June 1, 2010:
Holyoke feral cats ordinance proposal tabled at City Council meeting

June 1, 2010:
Computing center site in Holyoke will be decided in July, Boston University

June 1, 2010:
Holyoke feral cats plan up for vote by full City Council

May 26, 2010:
Holyoke celebrates Nightingale, nurses
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May 24, 2010:
Holyoke councilors begin hearings on Mayor Elaine Pluta's $117 million budget

May 24, 2010:
Holyoke councilors ready to regulate the feeding of feral cats

May 21, 2010
Holyoke Sun:
City councilors help with Scott Tower cleanup,
Library expansion plans


May 19, 2010:
Holyoke Geriatric Authority faces tough financial questions from City Council

May 18, 2010:
Holyoke debates morality, quality life issues in dealing with feral cats

May 12, 2010:
Holyoke Charter Commission hopes special legislation will allow it to hire consultant in study of city government

May 11, 2010:
Holyoke Police Chief Anthony Scott announces plan to retire

May 8, 2010:
Holyoke City Council completed marathon debate before approving borrowing for library renovation

Apr. 29, 2010:
Holyoke Mayor Elaine Pluta preparing $140 million budget

Apr. 27, 2010:
Deadlines loom for school plans

Apr. 27, 2010:
Chicken debate on back burner

Apr. 25, 2010:
Holyoke awaits audit decision

Apr. 25, 2010:
Council to vote on fate of library

Apr. 21, 2010:
Holyoke votes mean chickens and cats will remain debate topics

Apr. 20, 2010:
Controversy continues over proposed ordinance to allow keeping of backyard chickens in Holyoke

Apr. 19, 2010:
Deadline nears for vote on Holyoke charter review commission

Apr. 18, 2010:
Computer center tax payments unclear

Apr. 11, 2010:
Open Square and the former Mastex Industries Inc. facility named as 'finalist' sites for Holyoke's high performance computing center

Apr. 8, 2010:
Holyoke charter commission votes to seek legislation to give itself authority

Apr. 5, 2010:
Holyoke School Committee adopts additional sex ed program

Mar. 29, 2010:
High performance computing center to be located either at Open Square or former Mastex Corp.

Mar. 24, 2010:
Former worker must repay funds

Mar. 21, 2010:
Holyoke mayor encourages efforts of charter study panel

Mar. 20, 2010:
Holyoke defends its use of $3.87 million in community development money

Mar. 20, 2010:
Holyoke Chamber of Commerce to learn details of high-speed computing center on March 29

Mar. 18, 2010:
Holyoke community development officials say they abided by federal rules despite an audit's findings

Mar. 17, 2010:
Holyoke Councilor John J. O'Neill proposes a new City Council committee be established to handle charter review issues

Mar. 17, 2010:
Audit critical of use of Holyoke's use of $3.87 million in federal money to be reviewed by redevelopment committee

Mar. 16, 2010:
Charter panel awaits its fate

Mar. 11, 2010:
Holyoke charter board asks for legal advice

Mar. 10, 2010:
Much promise, but little news

Mar. 5, 2010:
Charter panel fears for its fate

Mar. 4, 2010:
Charter study commission considers options

Mar. 3, 2010:
Recycling bill splits council

Mar. 1, 2010:
Holyoke debt triggers caution

Feb. 28, 2010:
Holyoke administrator job studied

Feb. 25, 2010:
Holyoke targets deadbeat taxpayers

Feb. 18, 2010:
Site selected for high-performance computing center in Holyoke

Feb. 18, 2010:
Holyoke OKs funds for IRS

Feb. 17, 2010:
Holyoke OK's choice for solicitor

Feb. 14, 2010:
Holyoke council to vote on solicitor

Feb. 11, 2010:
Holyoke fined $48,000 by IRS for failing to file 2006 payroll records

Feb. 9, 2010:
Holyoke officials, Cisco Sytems plan teleconference on collaboration

Feb. 9, 2010:
Holyoke OKs education effort

Feb. 9, 2010:
Holyoke awaits news on center

Feb. 7, 2010:
Charter panel given pep talk

Feb. 4, 2010:
Holyoke library plan reviewed

Feb. 3, 2010:
Tax abatement requests received

Jan. 31, 2010:
Holyoke library plan seeks support

Jan. 26, 2010:
Council chief assigns duties

Jan. 25, 2010:
Parade committee to honor winners

Jan. 22, 2010:
Holyoke City Council considers use of city-sanctioned e-mail system

Jan. 15, 2010:
Treasurer correcting records

Jan. 13, 2010:
Council caught in maze of rules

Jan. 12, 2010:
Computer center force to meet

Jan. 1, 2010:
Mayor-elect makes picks

Dec. 16, 2009:
Holyoke raises rates for taxes
** How They Voted **

Dec. 8, 2009:
Assessors Set Valuations, Tax Burden

Dec. 5, 2009:
Lowes Project on Whiting Farms Road is Dropped

Jun. 11, 2009:
Holyoke to be site of high performance computer center

 
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