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Support of Holyoke Soldiers’ Home by area politicians appreciated: Letter to the Editor

This article originally appeared on MassLive.com On behalf of my extended family and my grandfather, Charles E. Allard, a WWII veteran, I would like to thank the five out of 22 Western Massachusetts politicians who attended theHolyoke Soldiers' Home public Board of Trustees meeting on Dec. 23. The elected officials included: Representatives John Velis, D-Westfied, [...]

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Chelsea official Cheryl Lussier Poppe named interim head of Holyoke Soldiers’ Home: Gov. Charlie Baker

This article originally appeared on MassLive.com HOLYOKE -- Gov. Charlie Baker said he is appointing Cheryl Lussier Poppe, superintendent of the Chelsea Soldiers' Home, interim director of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home while a search committee is formed to find a permanent superintendent. "She has led the Chelsea Soldiers' Home with distinction, and I am grateful [...]

By |December 22nd, 2015|General|Comments Off on Chelsea official Cheryl Lussier Poppe named interim head of Holyoke Soldiers’ Home: Gov. Charlie Baker

Holyoke houses on Central Park Drive, Papineau and Taylor streets win decorating contests

This article originally appeared on MassLive.com HOLYOKE -- Homes on Central Park Drive, Papineau Street and Taylor Street were declared winners Monday in state Rep. Aaron M. Vega's Christmas house decorating contest. "It was so fun and heartwarming to see all the great holiday decorations. My family and I truly enjoyed seeing the pride and [...]

By |December 21st, 2015|General|Comments Off on Holyoke houses on Central Park Drive, Papineau and Taylor streets win decorating contests

State Rep. Aaron Vega says state support of Holyoke Soldiers’ Home questioned

This article originally appeared on MassLive.com Updated at 7:18 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015 to clarify that it is the board of trustees that is authorized to appoint the Holyoke Soldiers' Home superintendent. But state Rep. Aaron Vega said he still favors having a search committee appointed to solicit candidates and increase community involvement. This [...]

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Gov. Charlie Baker signs veteran protection bills into law

This article originally appeared on MassLive.com BOSTON - Gov. Charlie Baker signed five laws on Monday to help Massachusetts' veterans, three of which were proposed by Western Massachusetts representatives. "In Western Massachusetts, we have a lot of veterans...These are obviously issues that are near and dear to our heart," said state Rep. John Velis, D-Westfield, a [...]

By |November 23rd, 2015|General|Comments Off on Gov. Charlie Baker signs veteran protection bills into law

Holyoke Veterans Day marks sacrifices of military personnel and work of Jesus Pereira

This article originally appeared on MassLive.com HOLYOKE -- Jesus M. Pereira sat on stage with dignitaries at the city Veterans' Day commemoration Wednesday because he felt veterans shouldn't have to sacrifice when it comes to medical care. Pereira, 36, of Holyoke, was honored by the United Veterans of Holyoke as Veteran of the Year for [...]

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Massachusetts lawmakers call for moratorium on high-stakes testing of students

This article originally appeared on MassLive.com BOSTON - Massachusetts lawmakers, including state Reps. Benjamin Swan of Springfield and Aaron Vega of Holyoke, are calling for a moratorium on tying standardized testing to graduation requirements and teacher evaluations. “I support assessment, when it’s properly used,” said Rep. Swan, who joined seven other state lawmakers at a State [...]

By |October 27th, 2015|General|Comments Off on Massachusetts lawmakers call for moratorium on high-stakes testing of students

Holyoke Councilors, state Rep. Aaron Vega clash on how to seize overdue sewer bills

This article originally appeared on MassLive.com Updated at 2:38 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015to include additional details from City Council President Kevin Jourdain about why state Chapter 40N is ill-suited for the city, including that its adoption would strip bonding authority from the City Council. HOLYOKE -- The City Council approved an order calling on [...]

By |October 12th, 2015|General|Comments Off on Holyoke Councilors, state Rep. Aaron Vega clash on how to seize overdue sewer bills

Holyoke domestic violence awareness event also honors survivors: video

This article originally appeared on MassLive.com HOLYOKE -- Karen B. Cavanaugh said the domestic violence awareness event Thursday (Oct. 1) was to remember not only the killed but also the survivors. "We are celebrating those victims and survivors who were able to leave abusive relationships and live independent, violence-free lives," Cavanaugh, executive director of Womanshelter/Companeras, [...]

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Legislators recognize Hispanic Heritage Month in Boston

This article originally appeared on MassLive.com BOSTON — Local Latino state representatives were in Boston Wednesday to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. State Rep. Jose Tosado (D-Springfield), State Rep. Carlos Gonzalez (D-Springfield) and State Rep.Aaron Vega (D-Holyoke) joined others from across the state to sign a resolution recognizing September 15 to October 15 as Hispanic Heritage [...]

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