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Holyoke Herald Podcast

Holyoke Herald Staff reporters Owen Lavelle and Feroze Sibdhanny report on the most relevant topics of this week at Holyoke High School.

Don’t forget to visit The Holyoke High Herald website:

Immigrant Stories: Marikler Toensmeier

June is the National Immigrant Heritage Month. The City of Holyoke is celebrating with several activities dedicated to recognizing the contributions of immigrants from different cultures, and countries. As part of this celebration, radioplasma will feature during June, a series of stories from immigrants, living in Holyoke.

Our first feature story is with one of the honorees of this year’s Immigrant Heritage Month celebration: Marikler Toensmeier, a native of Guatemala, and a beloved member of our community.

You can follow the activities for this celebration at the Wistariahurst Museum’s website:

And also at the City of Holyoke calendar website:


This episode is a conversation about the story of Lighthouse Holyoke, with one of the Co-Directors, Josiah Litant. This is a beacon of inspiration and personalized education for youth. Know the story and development of Lighthouse and its achievements after two years in the city of Holyoke.

To know more about Lighthouse Holyoke, its classes, activities, achievements, and get in contact with their Co-Directors, Catherine Gobron or Josiah Litant, you can visit their website:


Holyoke Herald Podcast – The Melva Awards

Holyoke Herald Staff Reporters Owen Lavelle and Feroze Sibddhany, report the details of the Melva Awards ceremony, celebrated at Holyoke High School on May 23rd. Also, both hosts were recipients of an award themselves for their outstanding work on journalism.



Bruce Fowler and Dean Nimmer are the creators of the Great Holyoke Brick Race. A fun event that brings the community together, with a unique race, where cars made of a brick, try to outrun the others, utilizing gravity as the only motion source. Listen to their story about how this race was created, and the plans for their 6th installment, scheduled for June 10th, 2017.  
You can find more information about The Great Holyoke Brick Race on their website:


Holyoke is a city of immigrants. Known as the “Ireland’s Parish”, even before being officially named as the City of Holyoke, the “Paper City” has always been home for different cultures, nationalities, traditions, and influences. For this reason, the recognition of the immigrants who made and still make Holyoke what it is, becomes a month-long celebration of diversity, community, and identity during June, National Immigrant Heritage Month.

Mayor Alex Morse, talk about the celebration, some of the activities planned for the month of June, and the importance of recognizing the different communities in the city.

The Wistariahurst Museum will be hosting several of the activities of this celebration, becoming the main hub to welcome everybody in the community to share and celebrate our diversity. Their website, provides the information of the scheduled events.

You can find more information about the opening ceremony, and the calendar of activities during the month of June, in the City of Holyoke website:





Holyoke Herald Podcast – interview with Tessa Murphy-Romboletti

Holyoke Herald staff reporters Owen Lavelle and Feroze Sibdhanny, interviewed Tessa Murphy-Romboletti, Manager of the SPARK Program, an entreprenurial series of classes, workshops, tools, and network of business-oriented support for the community in Holyoke.




MARCOS MARRERO – The Office of Planning and Economic Development

Our guest is Marcos Marrero, Director of The Office of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Holyoke. We talked about the planning of the Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway – Cabot Street Corridor, that will connect the Willimansett Bridge in South Holyoke, to the Canal Walk on Race Street.

Marrero is inviting people from the community to provide feedback, comments, questions, ideas, suggestions, and participate in a Public Engagement Session that will take place at El Mercado, 413 Main St. Preliminary plans for the corridor will be presented and the Office wants to know what people think. This Public Session is scheduled for Thursday, May 18th at 5:30 pm. Also, you can reach out to the Office of Planning and Economic Development through their website
Also, you can see the progress and updates of the Office on

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