A bridge that connects Chicopee and Holyoke that's been closed for nearly four years is scheduled to reopen in June, delighting businesses and political leaders in both cities.


A plan in one western Massachusetts city to crack down on crime-infested buildings by threatening landlords with civil or criminal penalties, if they don’t help the police, has gotten the attention of the owner of one problem property.

The Mount Tom coal plant is now retired.  The last coal-fired power plant in western Massachusetts shut down late last year. A discussion about what should be done with the plant will continue later today in Holyoke.

Holyoke city officials and local activists, who hope to influence the plant’s future use, are promoting a community workshop scheduled for tonight as part of a reuse study for the Mount Tom Power Plant.

The end is near for the last coal-fired power plant in western Massachusetts. Mount Tom Station in Holyoke is to shut down by the end of the month bringing a victory for environmentalists and a quandary about what will become of the plant’s property along the Connecticut River.  

State and local officials led by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick today marked the start of construction on a project to expand a pedestrian walkway around an industrial canal in Holyoke.  Officials say the canal walk will be an inviting place for both city residents and visitors.

Alex Morse

Alex Morse, who at the age of 22, was the youngest mayor in the history of Holyoke Massachusetts when he was elected in 2011 is seeking a second two-year term.  It appears he will face at least five challengers.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Morse about the young mayor’s first term.

Alex Morse

The mayor of Holyoke Massachusetts has changed his mind, again, on the casino issue. Mayor Alex Morse’s surprise decision  cuts the competition for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley News Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

   In another stunning switch, Mayor Alex Morse announced Thursday that he once again opposes any casino development in Holyoke.  The change came less than three weeks after Morse had angered many of his political supporters by announcing he would open the door to casino developers.

Alex Morse

The mayor of  Holyoke Massachusetts earlier this week, shockingly, opened the door to a casino development in his city.  Now a plan to build a resort casino on a golf course is being revived.  But is Holyoke too late in the casino game in western Massachusetts?     WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

Almost ten months after newly elected Mayor Alex Morse almost literally slammed the door of his city hall office  on their casino proposal, Paper City Development Company managing partner Joe Lashinger has asked for another meeting with the mayor.


Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick headed a list of hundreds of government, academic and business leaders who gathered in Holyoke Friday to mark the completion of an energy efficient high performance computing center.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

 Governor Patrick said the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center holds great scientific and economic promise, and he praised the partnership of government, academia and business that built the $165 million dollar center.


    The latest results of standardized tests taken by Massachusetts students were a mixed bag.  The  2012 MCAS scores were the highest in the 14 year  history of the test.  Education officials say the achievement gap is closing between minorities and whites.  But early childhood education advocates decry the lack of progress in third grade reading, which is a strong predictor of future success in school. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.