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HOLYOKE CITY COUNCIL WARD CANDIDATES FORUM

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Listen to the Holyoke City Council Ward Candidates Forum in its entirety. This public forum was recorded at Kelly School, on November 1st, 2017, and allowed the Candidates of Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6, to answer question and debate about several issues of concern for the community.

This event is a collaboration of The Holyoke Neighborhood Associations, Holyoke Media, El Sol Latino, Holyoke Herald, The Gándara Youth Development Center, and Radioplasma, with the support of Holyoke Public Schools.

You can watch the full session on video, thanks to the coverage and production by Holyoke Media.

Conversatorio del Día de Muertos. A Day of Dead Conversatory.

El Día de Muertos, Day of Dead, is a complicated date that goes beyond the sugar skulls so much visible everywhere in the pop culture in U.S. as evidence of cultural appropriation. On this conversatory, Mexican Chef, Educator, and Activist, Neftalí Durán(Oaxaca); Artist, Performer, and Dancer, Michelle Marroquín (México DF); Xicanx Artist, Songwriter, Singer, and Educator, Diana Alvarez (Texas); Chicano Playwright and artist, Jason Montgomery (California); and Radioplasma’s Host and Producer, Iohann R Vega (México DF), we had a conversation to share and learn from each other’s perspectives, backgrounds, experiences, and meaning of what Day of Dead is, and is not.

 

Also, there are activities planned around this Day of the Dead, 2017 in Easthampton and Holyoke, providing an opportunity to learn and share the ways to honor, acknowledge and remember the departed:

On November 2nd, there will be an art-making workshop at The Wistariahurst Museum’s Gallery, for the creation of pieces and elements to add to our Ofrenda de Muertos.

Continue reading “Conversatorio del Día de Muertos. A Day of Dead Conversatory.”

HOLYOKE HERALD MAYORAL CANDIDATES FORUM

Holyoke Herald Staff Reporters Isabella Courchesne, Brendan Leahy, and Feroze Sibdhanni, prepared a series of questions for the Mayoral Candidates, Alex Morse and Jason Ferreira, for a special radioplasma broadcast at the Shevlin Studio in the Holyoke High School. This forum will be also re-aired on Channel 12.

This Forum was a collaboration of The Holyoke Herald and Radioplasma partnership.

Full credit goes to the Herald Staff Reporters, hosting the forum, and to Holyoke High students of the Video Journalism class, operating the cameras, and master control. TV and radio podcasting live produced by our youth.

Special thanks to Joe Courchesne and Mike Hines.

At-Large City Councilor Candidates Forum

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Listen to the At Large City Councilor Candidates Forum in its entirety, on this special coverage of the 2017 Election by radioplasma. This is part of the series “Know Your Candidates”, and also a collaboration with The Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, The Holyoke Taxpayers Association, The Holyoke Youth Task Force, The Gándara Youth Development Center, and Holyoke Media.

Holyoke Mayoral Candidates Forum

Listen to the full debate with the four Mayoral Candidates, Michael Siciliano, Jason Ferreira, Paul Bowes, and Mayor Alex Morse, recorded on September 20th, at El Mercado, in South Holyoke, previous to the preliminary election on September 26th, 2017.

This is a special feature of the Radioplasma podcast, in partnership with the Holyoke Neighborhood Associations, El Sol Latino, Holyoke Media, and Councilor Nelson Roman.

The Radioplasma’s audio podcast, and the video, produced by Holyoke Media, are available for the public on this posting.

 

Holyoke Herald interview with Mr. Dana Brown

The Holyoke Herald, in partnership with Radioplasma, present a special edition of the Podcast, with an interview produced and hosted by Isabella Courchesne, Feroze Sibdhanny, and Siobhan Brennan. They interviewed Mr. Dana Brown, new Principal of the Holyoke High School, previous to the start of the school year 2017-2018.

You can follow the Holyoke Herald at their website: https://hhsherald.com/

 

 

Michael Thomas Siciliano – Mayoral Candidate

The series of interviews “Know Your Candidates” resumes, with the first Mayoral Candidate, Michael Thomas Siciliano. You will have the opportunity to know about Mr. Sicilano’s motivation to run for Mayor, and he presents his platform for the Mayoral Campaign.

You can visit the official website of Michael T. Sicilano, at www.oneholyoke.us

Also, you can follow his campaign and events on his Facebook page

 

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The Victory Theater Storefronts

The morning of June 23rd, 2017, the storefronts of the Victory Theater became the center of attention and were visible and exposed for the first time in decades.

Radioplasma was there and we got to talk with Kathy McKean, Managing Director of the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts (MIFA). While this conversation happened, people stopped by to take a look, and we met Michael McLaughlin, who worked at the Victory Theater, back in the ’70s.

For more information about the Victory Theater and MIFA, you can visit their website: www.mifafestival.org

Lecture by Ginetta Candelario: “Immigrant’s Incorporation and Life Chances in Holyoke”, at the Wistariahurst

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As part of the events celebrating National Immigrant Heritage Month, The Wistariahurst Museum hosted on June 14th of 2017, the lecture “Immigrant’s Incorporation and Life Chances in Holyoke” by Professor Ginetta Candelario.

This radioplasma special feature includes the entire lecture, recorded during this event, and allowing the community to listen to this well-documented presentation about Holyoke’s history.

For more information about the events planned for Immigrant Heritage Month, you can visit the Wistariahurst website: wistariahurst.org

 

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