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Re-election fundraiser

For Linda Vacon, City Councilor Ward 5
Monday, May 11, 2015
6 - 8:00 p.m.
at JP's Restaurant
200 Whiting Farms Road

Thank you to everyone who is supporting my re-election campaign! My kick off event at JP's exceeded expectations.
I was so grateful to be surrounded by so many of you with your positive energy and surprised by your incredible generosity.
With encouragement like this, I am more motivated than ever to do my best "for you...for Holyoke"!

Truly Yours,

VIEW MINUTES from the Feb. 11, 2015 forum

Letter to the Editor by Councilor Vacon about the Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center use of the former Geriatric Authority building

See Letter on line
Letter to Editor:
On April 7th the City Council adopted an order "That the City of Holyoke through the Mayor reach out to the Sheriff's department for the possibility of relocating the Howard Street program to the site of the former GAH building."

This order was redundant since the Mayor had already contacted Sheriff Ashe two months prior to the order, when it was noted the renovation costs might be too costly per the Sheriff's department. (April 13th Republican article).

It was understood that a proposal would come before the City Council for review prior to any approval.
Click here to continue reading ...

However, on April 16th it was announced that a lease arrangement had been completed. Then on April 21st the City Council was given a legal opinion that the Mayor did not need to come before the City Council as the agreement is NOT a lease, but a license to use the property. At that same meeting Sheriff Ashe made a statement indicating the space needed very little renovation.

What happened to the promise of transparency made by Mayor Morse? Again, a lack of transparency by this Mayor and his administration is the rule when doing business in Holyoke.

Then, on April 23rd at the neighborhood meeting at Devonshire, a resident asked for a traffic study for the intersection at Lower Westfield Road and Holy Family Road as that intersection was already problematic when the Geriatric Authority was open. A review of the Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center website indicates there will be 182 inmates the former GA building (164 men and 18 women), twice the number of residents when the GA was open. While it was stated that a traffic study would not be completed, the increase in residents and trips indicate that this request is reasonable. As a good neighbor, maybe the Sheriff's department can assist with this matter, perhaps with the $120,000 annual savings they will realize with the agreement the Mayor has approved.

If the City Council had an opportunity to review this deal some questions I would ask include:
  1. What is the safety plan?
  2. What is the mitigation plan for increased traffic at an already problematic intersection?
  3. Why is the agreement providing a $120,000 savings per year for the program when we are in a $3 million dollar deficit?
  4. What assurance is there that this program will vacate the property in 18 months?
  5. What steps will be taken in the next 18 months to ensure that the highest and best use of the former GA property will be realized?
While we can all agree that we need added revenue, can we also agree that it is better to do the business of the city in public?

Submitted by
Linda Vacon

City Councilor, Ward 5
Finished reading

January 15th, 2015
I was so pleased to present this proclamation on behalf of the Holyoke City Council to Dina Levesque today as she celebrated her 100th birthday with her family at our Senior Center!
Dina and her sister and a lovely birthday cake provided by our Senior Center Acting Director to honor Dina's 100th birthday! Very Nice!

"Homeless Hotel" issue

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

2015 Holyoke St. Pat's Road Race

We were rooting the runners on from the sidelines!


Meet with Linda at Mrs. Mitchell’s
located in the plaza at Homestead and Westfield Road (Rt. 202)
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 6:00 p.m.
  • Gary Rome proposal
  • HCC road update
  • Holyoke Hotel
  • Whiting Farms zone update
  • Dollar Store update
  • Other issues, Geriatric Autjhority, crosswalks, signs
VIEW MINUTES from the forum


Meet with Linda at Mrs. Mitchell’s
located in the plaza at Homestead and Westfield Road (Rt. 202)
Thursday, September 18th 6:00 p.m.
  • Lower Westfield/Homestead intersection project
  • Gary Rome proposal
  • Dollar Store update
  • HCC road update
  • Holyoke Hotel
  • Whiting Farms zone update-next meeting Sept 30th
  • Other issues as requested
VIEW MINUTES from the forum

Memorial Day Observances, May 26th, 2014

Holyoke remembers war dead with Green Beret Max Bowers asking they be honored 'now and forever'
Linda & John with State Senator Humason

Linda & John with Ward 4 School committeeman Cesar Lopez

Ward 5 Citizen Forum - Apr. 23rd

  • Wednesday April 23rd, 7:00 p.m.
  • Mrs. Mitchell’s - Homestead Avenue and Westfield Road
with updates on:
  • Lower Westfield Rd./Homestead intersection project
  • Marcotte Ford proposal
  • Dollar Store update
  • HCC road update
  • Update on Officer gun issue
  • Whiting Farms zone update
  • and other topics of interest as requested
  • Read Minutes of the Meeting

Ward 5 Citizen Forum - Dec. 12th

  • Thursday December 12th from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Mrs. Mitchell’s - Homestead Avenue and Westfield Road
with updates on:
  • Marcotte Ford expansion ideas (Whiting Farms Road)
  • Geriatric Authority update
  • Crosswalk issues
  • and other topics of interest
  • Read Minutes of the Meeting

Ongoing Events:

Neighborhood Crime Watch Meeting

"Neighbors Looking After Neighbors"
Meetings are on the third Tuesday of each month
from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Hosted by Glen Sexton, Wards 3 & 5 coordinator
Location: Holyoke Community College
Kittredge Center, (Room # may vary, see agenda)
303 Homestead Avenue
More more info, call Glen at 413/858-0851
All Ward 5 residents are encouraged to attend

Linda and John Vacon attended the flag raising at the Holyoke City Library where the American flag and the State flag were raised on the one year anniversary of the renovation of our library

Pursuant to Agenda Item 23 of October 21, 2014 City Council meeting, the following report on delinquent fees and taxes of over 6 months of appointed or elected Holyoke officials:
View or Print report

Ward 5 City Councilor Linda Vacon honored to present "2014 Veteran of the Year" Award on behalf of
State Senator Don Humason to Tom Paul

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


Thank You for your vote of confidence with the highest total votes of any ward councilor! I promise to continue to represent you to the best of my ability.
An Appreciation Reception for all supporters will be held at Mrs. Mitchell’s:
Saturday November 16th at 3PM.
A Citizens Forum will follow where updates on the HCC road, water issues and other updates will be provided.
Read Meeting Minutes

Call 533-6498 with any questions or check on www.lindavacon.org for more info.

Linda's Opening and Closing statements from the Candidate Forum,
October 23, 2013 Click here

Linda and John at the Big E on Holyoke Day, 2013 Standout group at Strum's Plaza

Re-election fundraising event

Thanks for the great turnoout!

Join Linda for food, fun and talk of Holyoke’s future
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 9TH, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
at JP’S on Whiting Farms Road

View Event Flyer Here
Printable version of Event Flyer


Holyoke, MA…Today in front of a large group of friends, family, and neighbors at JP’s Restaurant, Holyoke Ward 5 City Councilor Linda Vacon announced her re-election campaign.

“I have worked hard to make a difference on the City Council for Ward 5. Whether it is solving a constituent problem or holding the line on wasteful spending, the people of Ward 5 can count on me,” said Vacon. ... Continue reading ....

Public Hearing and Meeting about Holyoke Hotel

View/Print August 20 Public Hearing & Meeting Agenda
See links below for Construction Plans and Site Review
  • Tuesday, August 20
  • 6:00 p.m.
  • 4th Floor, City Hall Annex

Citizen's Forum

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
6:0 p.m.
at Mrs. Mitchell's
Homestead & Rt. 202
View/Print Meeting Minutes
  1. Walmart
  2. Homestead Road Improvements
  3. Geriatric Authority Lease View Gendara Lease information
  4. Holyoke Hotel Reconstruction Plans
  5. Q & A

You are invited to a forum on the Holyoke Budget
Hosted by Holyoke Ward 5 City Councilor Linda Vacon
Thursday, May 28, 2013
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Holyoke Community College
Kittredge Center
PeoplesBank Conference Room

The purpose of this forum is to follow up on the Tax Abatement Workshop where the budget overview was presented to explain how the tax bills are generated. Citizens were informed that the time to have input on city expenses (leading to the tax bills) is now, at budget time.

A summary of the budget will be presented at the forum. Those in attendance will have an opportunity to ask questions and offer suggestions for changes desired in the proposed budget.
View/Print Press Release

Citizen's Forum at Mrs. Mitchell's
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
6:00 p.m.
View/Print Minutes of the meeting
  1. Walmart
  2. Homestead Road Improvements
  3. Geriatric Authority Lease - View Gendara Lease information
  4. Holyoke Hotel Reconstruction Plans
  5. Q & A

Citizen's Forum

Thursday, May 9, 2013
6:30 p.m.
at Mrs. Mitchell's
Homestead & Rt. 202
  1. Traffic/speeding/parking issues: A Traffic Officer will attend
  2. HCC Road Update
  3. Big Y Project
  4. City Budget
  5. Q & A
View/Print Meeting Minutes
Event photos:
(photos courtesy of Mike Franco)

Linda with Mayor Elaine Pluta and Odette...Saturday Feb 23, 2013 at the Grand Opening for our new Senior Center on Pine Street. I encourage everyone to visit the new senior center. It is wonderful!
WWLP Ch. 22 - Holyoke Senior Center holds grand opening


John and I attended our 3rd New Horizon Foundation Event this year. Cesar and Felicita (Nina) Lopez are the wonderful leaders and role models and founders of the New Horizons Center. They focus on mentoring young people, encouraging education, community and giving back to help others. We are happy to support such efforts here in Holyoke!


St. Patrick's Day Parade, 2013

Sunday, March 17, 2013

photo by David Molnar,
Springfield Republican staff photographer

Citizen's Forum

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
6:30 p.m.
at Mrs. Mitchell's
Homestead & Rt. 202
  1. Big Y Project
  2. Parking Issue at McMahon School Area
  3. HCC Road Update
  4. Trucks on Homestead Ave., Engine Braking
  5. Other issues
  6. Q & A

Read/Print the Meeting Minutes

Read/Print the Agenda for the Meeting

Election night, November 6, 2012

On election night, John presents Linda with red roses for running a
great race and giving people a choice for State Representative.

Citizen's Forum

Saturday, June 9, 2012
2:30 p.m.
at Mrs. Mitchell's,
Homestead & Rt. 202
  1. Budget review: Council will vote on any cuts June 19th
  2. Geriatric Authority
  3. Parking Issue at McMahon School area
  4. Big Y
  5. Trucks on Homestead Avenue
  6. Q & A

Click here to view/print event Minutes

Citizen's Forum

Monday, January 23, 2012
6:30 p.m.
at Dino's,
Homestead & Rt. 202
  1. Big Y Update (next public hearing January 24th)
  2. HCC Road Update:
  3. Geriatric Authority
  4. Parking Issue at McMahon School area
  5. Truck issue on Homestead Ave (report from Chief Neiswanger)
  6. Other issues
  7. Q & A

Read the Minutes of the Meeting


Citizen's Forum

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
7:00 p.m.
at Mrs. Mitchell's,
Homestead & Rt. 202
  1. 1) Big Y Update:
    Francesca Maltese, Development Manager
    Andrew Crystal LEED AP, Vice President
    from O’Connell Development Group
  2. Q & A

Read the Minutes of the Meeting


Citizen's Forum

Saturday, November 5, 2011
2:00 p.m.
at Dino's,
Homestead & Rt. 202
  1. Charter Commission Report Review
  2. Big Y Update (will probably occur in October)
  3. HCC Road Update: Jeff Hayden
  4. Geriatric Authority Retirement Issue
  5. Parking Issue at McMahon School area
  6. Other items as requested
  7. Q & A

Read the Minutes of the Meeting


Citizen's Forum

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
at Mrs. Mitchell's,
Homestead & Rt. 202
  1. Charter Commission Report Review
  2. Big Y Update (will probably occur in October)
  3. HCC Road Update: Jeff Hayden
  4. Geriatric Authority Retirement Issue
  5. Census/Ward boundary Approval
  6. Other items as requested
  7. Q & A

Read the Minutes of the Meeting


Citizen's Forum

Wednesday, May 25th
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
at Holyoke Community College,
Kittredge Center, Room 203
  • Atlas Copco/Big Y: Francesca Maltese, O'Connell Co.
  • HCC Road Update: Jeff Hayden
  • Geriatric Authority
  • Census/Ward Boundaries
  • Q&A Plus More!

Read the Minutes of the Meeting


Citizen's Forum

Thursday, Apr. 28th
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
at Holyoke Community College,
Kittredge Center, Room 205

Read Minutes of the meeting here

  • Budget Workshop - "Holyoke City Budget 101"
      • Why are my taxes going up?
      • How can we stop my taxes from going up each year?
      • What can we do? The practical and the political
  • Reservoir Tree Update
  • HCC Road
  • Charter Commission
  • Geriatric Authority Update
  • Other items as requested

    Get Flyer Here

    January 13, 2011
    Public Hearing, Holyoke Charter Commission
  • Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
  • Holyoke High School Auditorium
    Holyoke registered voters are requested to attend the Holyoke Charter Commissions preliminary report public hearing so that they my be informed as to the changes that are being proposed to the City's Charter as well as allow for further testimony to be submitted orally or written by Holyoke registered voters.
    January 15, 2011
    5th Annual Tax Abatement Workshop
    Linda will moderate this popular workshop
  • Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - Noon
  • PeoplesBank Conference Room in the Kittredge Center at Holyoke Community College
  • See Sunday Republican article here
    where taxpayers learn the ins and outs of filing for a property tax abatement and for filing an appeal if an abatement request is denied. Free event, open to all greater Holyoke area property taxpayers.
    Simply call Linda at 533-6498 or Keith at 533-4258.
      November 30, 2010

    Citizen's Forum

    See Event Flyer
    Signature Engraving Systems
    120 Whitings Farm Road
    (enter thru Door C, NE corner of building)
    Tuesday November 30, 2010
    5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

    Chris Parent
    Traffic design idea
    Whiting Farms Road
    See picture of proposal
      November 8, 2010

    Citizen's Forum

    See Event Flyer
    Cracker Barrel Restaurant
    Whitings Farm Road
    Monday November 8, 2010
    6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

    Jim Lavelle and Brian Beauregard
    Holyoke Gas & Electric
    Info on proposed solar field
    Mueller Road
    Approximate Location

    Traffic design idea
    Whiting Farms Road


      August 26, 2010

    Conservation Commission Meeting

    City Hall Annex
    4th Floor Conference Room
    Thursday August 26, 2010
    5:00 p.m.


    Request for Determination of Applicability
    Applicant Name: Holyoke Gas & Electric
    Project Address: Mueller Road
    Project Description: Installation of solar field with associated infrastructure
    Plan to remove trees and install large field of solar panels
    Approximate location

      July 20, 2010

    Ward 5 Update

    A Ward 5 meeting was held on July 20th at Pilsudski Park for interested residents. The topic was a project update on the old Mountain Road Firing Range.

    The City of Holyoke owns 19 acres where the firing range was put into place a number of years ago. The land was taken under eminent domain in 1924 to provide shooting practice for the National Guard. The city obtained a grant to assess the land for any contamination. High levels of lead were found in expected areas that were heavily utilized for shooting practice. It is anticipated that clean up will start in the fall. Approximately 2 (two) of the 19 (nineteen) acres are contaminated.

    It is hoped that the available funding will reduce the contamination from the level of imminent danger. There are also wetlands and endangered species on this land that complicate the situation.

    As understood at this time, if the initial clean up is successful, then the land could be used for passive, green, or commercial purposes, but not other purposes. It is possible to seek additional funding for further clean up. The land is currently zoned RA.

    Those in attendance were promised an update as progress continues on the site.

    For further questions on this project please contact Karen Mendrala at the Planning department at 322-5575.

      June 1, 2010

    Ward 5 Informational Meeting

    WARD 5
    Holyoke Community College
    June 1, 2010
    Sponsored by Ward 5 City Councilor, Linda Vacon
    Hosted by Jeff Hayden, Director, Kittredge Center, Holyoke Community College

    Linda thanked Jeff Hayden for hosting this informational meeting.
    Approximately 20 residents met at the Kittredge Center at 5:30 for an information session on the proposed roadway between route 202 and the HCC ring road provided by Jeff Hayden.
    Updates for Ward 5 and city wide project updates were provided by Linda Vacon.
    Linda gave an overview from the May 19th meeting at Pilsudski Park, including updates on the library, the senior center and the data center, which are all on track at this time.
    She noted that the last budget hearing will take place Wednesday evening and if there are any budget concerns, to please contact her with any issues or questions.
    The list of roads to be reconstructed (Bayberry Dr., Blackberry Circle, Applewood Lane, and Blossom Lane) was provided. The resurfacing of the upper portion of Apremont Highway is also to take place later in the year.
    Jeff Hayden provided an overview of the road project: The proposed road will run from the day care on the HCC campus out to route 202 across from Sunset (with a light at that intersection).
    The proposed road is designed for the following reasons:
    1. To alleviate traffic congestion on Homestead Avenue
    2. Safety (2-3 accidents per year at each intersection near HCC
    3. To develop land near the day care for increased learning and employment opportunities on land adjacent to the college, owned the HCC foundation.
    Issues related to the road project include:
    1. Permit must be granted by the National Heritage group (re: endangered species)
    2. Permit must be granted from the Holyoke Conservation Commission (there are wetlands on the parcel).
    3. The Water Commission owns the land that the proposed road will run through and HCC is currently discussing options with them.
    4. There is money available for the project that will expire if not used. HCC has filed for an extension and they hope to hear by mid-summer.
    Jeff Hayden also provided an update on the transportation center:
    The transportation center is slated for completion this summer. It will include the bus terminal and day care services, as well as Holyoke Community College programs and other adult education providers. Classes such as GED, English as a second language, and three different credit courses, hopefully offered during one block of time will be scheduled at this location. The hours of operation will be from 8AM to 10PM. It is anticipated that this programming will relieve some traffic at the main campus of HCC and increase positive activity downtown.
    This update is intended as a summary. For more details re: HCC projects, please contact Jeff Hayden. For more info on Ward 5 or general city projects, please contact me at any time.
    Linda Vacon, Ward 5 City Councilor

      May 19, 2010

    Ward 5 Open Forum

    See results of this meeting

    Ward 5 City Councilor, Linda Vacon invites Ward 5 and interested Holyoke residents to an open forum Wednesday, May 19, 2010
    at Pilsudski Park* (County Road)
    From 6:30-8:00 p.m.

  • Guest speaker, Head of Department of Public Works, Bill Fuqua, will provide an update on projects in Ward 5
  • A copy of the proposed city budget will be available Your feedback on current issues is important and welcomed!
    This informal forum will provide an opportunity to hear updates, share ideas and discuss issues.
    For more info, call Linda at 210-6077

    * meeting will be held in the event building

    February 25, 2010
    First Open Forum
    On Thursday February 25th, a group of about 20 residents gathered at Dino’s Restaurant on Homestead Avenue to hear updates, ask questions and make suggestions. The topics were wide ranging, from traffic to publishing a list of those who owe back taxes.

    Two traffic studies for the intersection near the old Atlas Copco and the intersection at the Mall were distributed for review. Linda explained that grant funding was available for the studies, but money is not available to make the changes at this time. One idea is that the improvements could be made as part of a plan for any future business development either at the Atlas Copco site or on the Whiting Farms Road site.

    Linda gave the following updates:
    • Streets in the berry bowl and Apremont, from Pucs to Rock Valley will be resurfaced this year, spring or fall. Route 202 will be resurfaced from the reservoir to the Westfield line.
    • The sidewalk on Apremont will be resurfaced this year, also.
    • Dunkin Donuts will be going in at the Shell station near the entrance to the Mall as the plan has been approved.
    • During orientation to different city departments, Linda learned that the Geriatric Authority owes the city $552,742.77 for health insurance expenses for the past three years.
    • A proclamation will be requested in celebration of Florence Nightingale at the request of Jean Walachy. It will be presented at the 1st City Council meeting in May.
    Suggestions made or issues raised by those in attendance included:
    • When there is a lot of heavy snow, could the small city plow or private plowers help elderly who have a hard time clearing the end of the driveway after the large plows go by?
    • Ashley Road area curling to Mason has a line of evergreens on city property that need trimming or cutting
    • It was questioned if the loops at the Atlas Copco intersection are working. It was thought that the lights are now timed only
    • Publish a list in the paper of those who have not paid their taxes
    • Please place the speed monitor on Mountain Road. Speeding cars continue to be a problem
    • Could Holyoke look into setting up the automated wellness call program for elders such as the one in Amherst?
    • It was noted that a plow at one point after the last storm was plowing water rather than snow
    • a request to extend the sidewalk from Sunset to the reservoir while the road is being resurfaced
    Thanks to all who attended!
    January 9, 2010
    4th Annual Tax Abatement Workshop
    Linda will moderate this popular workshop
  • Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - Noon
  • PeoplesBank Conference Room in the Kittredge Center at Holyoke Community College
    where taxpayers learn the ins and outs of filing for a property tax abatement and for filing an appeal if an abatement request is denied. Due to the popularity of this event, pre-registration is requested this year.
    Simply call Linda at 533-6498 or Keith at 533-4258.
  • In the News: Press Release in Holyoke Sun
    Tuesday November 24, 2009
    Tuesday November 10, 2009
    Planning Department Hearing on the proposed Lacasse subdivision off County Road
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • In the Annex Building next to City Hall, 4th floor Conference Room
    The Holyoke Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. in the 4th Floor Conference Room, City Hall Annex, Holyoke, Massachusetts to hear the application for a Definitive Subdivision Review for Lacasse Estates, submitted by Raymond Lacasse for the property located at 44 County Road, parcel 197-00-009.

    Raymond Lacasse is proposing to subdivide the 6.15 +/- acres into 2 parcels, including the construction of a roadway.
    The original idea called for 3 lots, but the 2 acre minimum per lot could not be met after the roadway area was factored in.
    Now calling for 2 lots and a short cul-de-sac off of County Road called "Robby Circle".

    The Planning board gave the go-ahead for this project, subject to resolving a couple of mior details related to utilities. The plan enters into a 20-day appeal period, starting from the day the City Clerk's office time stamps the documents, which should be on or about Nov. 30.

    A complete copy of this petition may be seen in the Holyoke Office of Planning & Development, One Court Plaza, 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

    Properties on Sequoia Drive, Blackberry Circle, Applewood Lane, County Road and Bayberry Drive abut this property.
    Aerial view of parcel Proposed layout of lots Proposed layout of houses on lots
    Click links or thumbnail pictures above, then view pictures at full size for best clarity

    Inauguration Day
    January 4, 2010
    Election Night
    November 3, 2009
    Quick video
    Linda's Supporters at a Standout
    October 31, 2009
    Quick video
    October 15, 2009
    Springfield Republican covers Holyoke debate
    Click here
    Voters met with Linda to get their issues heard at 3 convenient gatherings:
    October 7
    6:00 p.m.
    Cracker Barrel
    Whiting Farms Rd.
    October 14
    6:00 p.m.
    Dino’s Pizza
    Homestead Ave.
    October 22
    6:00 p.m.
    Pilsudski Park
    County Rd.
    Thanks to all who attended for expressing your suggestions and feelings on issues affecting Ward 5!
    September 12, 2009
    Campaign Kickoff Event!
    Come, join Ward 5 residents for free pizza and soda at Dino's Pizza on Homestead Avenue, 12 O'clock Noon on Saturday, September 12th. At 10:00 a.m. we will also be doing a standout at the corner of Homestead Avenue and Rt. 202. For more information, Click Here
    January 17, 2009
    3rd Annual Tax Abatement Workshop
    Linda moderated this popular workshop and over 50 people heard the ins and outs of filing for a property tax abatement and for filing an appeal if an abatement request is denied. Look for Linda to once again host the workshop on January 9, 2010.

    2nd Annual Tax Abatement Workshop article in the Holyoke Sun
    January 19, 2008
    at Holyoke Community College
    Linda was once again the moderator for the workshop, where homeowners came to find out how to correctly file for a tax abatement if they thought their property was assessed too high. Linda has helped Holyoke taxpayers realize real savings on their tax bills while the City Council and Assessor's Office work hard to pass an ever-increasing share of the City's budget on to the homeowner.

      October 24, 2007
    Candidates Forum, Holyoke High School

    October 2007
    Voice of Holyoke Youth Question & Answer Forum, Holyoke High School
    Labor Day, 2007
    Updates from the campaign trail....
    Standout crews hit the streets ... Watch for Linda as she goes door-to-door
    Please feel free to let Linda know of any concerns about Ward 5 or Holyoke issues you might have. Your opinion is the number 1 concern!

    On Saturday, September 1st, 12 people were at 3 locations in Ward 5 to kick off the campaign season. Thanks for all the toots and waves! Watch for Linda's dedicated teams at many of Ward 5's busy intersections in September, October and up to election day, November 6th.
    We hope to see you passing by!

    If you would like to become part of our 'outstanding' team, please call Keith at 533-4258, or simply fill in our Contact Form .
      Friday-Sunday, August 17-19, 2007
    Maple Street Music Festival
    Veteran's Park, Holyoke
    The 2nd annual Maple Street Music Festival was a big hit this year. Without the Celebrate Holyoke event, the City needed a boost and great weather and an even greater turnout spelled success in 2007. Linda had a table and enjoyed seeing the Holyoke and Ward 5 residents stop by to say hello!


    Thursday, May 10, 2007
    Campaign Kickoff Party
    Pilsudski Park, Holyoke
    An upbeat, crowd danced to the Floyd Patterson Band at the Campaign Kick off party by the Committee to Elect Linda Vacon, held on May 10th at Pilsudski Park. Announcements included a Thank You to those who signed the sheets for Linda Vacon to appear on the November ballot for Ward 5 City Councilor. The signatures were filed before the kick off party! Linda also promised to reject a pay raise for City Councilors should it come to a vote should she be elected. She cited the high taxes and increased fees throughout the community as reasons for City Councilors t o serve as role models for fiscal restraint. The campaign team is ready to go with many past supporters already pledging their assistance. Look for Linda in your neighborhood.

      May 5, 2007
    Holyoke Tax Abatement Workshop, Linda Vacon, Moderator
    A Property Tax Abatement workshop was held Saturday, May 5th at the Kittredge Business Center at HCC. The event was hosted by the Holyoke Ward 5 Republican Committee and all Holyoke taxpayers were invited to attend.
    Residents showed up and learned how to fill out a tax abatement form and also how to appeal the decision if an abatement request is denied by the Assessor's Office.

      May 1, 2007
    Signatures Certified
    The Committee to Elect Linda Vacon announces that more than 50 signatures have been certified to have her name appear on the ballot in November.

    August 23, 2006
    Holyoke Tax Forum, Linda Vacon, Moderator
    Local Organization Helps to Raise Tax Awareness
    HOLYOKE, MASSACHUSETTS (WWLP) - Wednesday night in Holyoke, one civic group was trying to help residents become more informed. The purpose for the public forum was to educate citizens on how real estate property taxes work, and how people can help keep future rates in check. About 50 people attended the forum at the new Kittredge building on the campus of Holyoke Community College. “It's to educate people so when they hear of plans and ordinances by the city committee, tax rates setting and all that, they'll hopefully know if this is a good thing for us in the long run or not” said Keith Davis, the coordinator of the tax forum event. The Ward 5 Republican Committee organized the meeting. Previously, the group had a public forum on charter schools, and will hold future events as well.

      From the 2005 Election
    2005 Archived events

    More Campaign
    & Election Day
    November 8, 2005
    Election night ....
    The Election ends!
    In a very close race, Linda narrowly misses winning the Holyoke Ward 5 City Council seat. She wins Ward 5 Precinct A, 554 to 526 votes, but loses in Precinct B, 402 to 257 votes.
    The campaign team met after the polls closed at JP's Restaurant in a very celebratory mood. Linda thanked the dedicated team that helped with the campaign. Linda's husband John presented her with a bouquet of flowers.

    October 30, 2005
    Updates from the campaign trail....
    The Election Nears ...
    What a great reception we are getting at our standout locations around Ward 5. Thanks to all the waves, toots and thumbs-up. The volunteer group is growing by leaps and bounds. Enthusiasm and optimism is at an all-time high as the last week of the campaign begins. See you at the polls!

    If you would like to become part of our 'outstanding' team, please call Keith at 533-4258, or simply fill in our Contact Form .
      October 30, 2005
    Hi All,

    I can finally say I have personally visited people on every street in Ward 5, many a couple of times. It has been rewarding, invigorating and informative! Thank you to all who have taken the time to speak with me or review my information sheet. If I missed you when I came around and you wish to meet me in person, please call 210-6077 or email me at Lindavac@aol.com and I will get in touch with you. This campaign has been a hugely positive experience for me and I feel fortunate to have met so many of you! Thanks for all your support and good wishes. It looks like the campaign might have played a small part in getting a few things done around here in Ward 5! Hope to see you around the city.....and especially on voting day November 8th!
      September 23, 2005
    Thanks to the Rock Valley Neighborhood Association for hosting a 'Meet the Candidates' night, September 23, 2005, held at the Hampton Ponds Accociation building on Rt. 202 in Westfield.
    Over 15 candidates, both incumbents and challengers, from Wards 5 & 7, At-Large and Mayoral races in Holyoke attended. Like each candidate, Linda spoke of her plans to help the Ward 5 and all Holyoke residents and later fielded questions from interested individuals.
      September 22, 2005
    During the last three weeks I have had a chance to meet and speak with many of you here in ward 5. The weather has been great and so far the daylight has given me a couple of hours each evening during the week along with weekend visiting. Going from home to home reminds me of my "visiting nurse" days and I am developing a good list of issues and ideas from our discussions. I look forward to meeting more of you in the next few weeks. Thank you to all who have allowed me to place signs in front of your homes. The positive feedback so far is very encouraging! As your Councilwoman, you could count on me providing continued opportunities for your input and participation in your city government.
    September 21, 2005
    Thanks for Neighbor to Neighbor for hosting a Candidates" Night at the Donahue School. Over a dozen candidates participated in the forum. Special thanks to Lena Entin who provided Spanish translation since my second language includes only a little bit of French! Following the formal question and answer session, we were all treated to some great food prepared by the Neighbor to Neighbor volunteers. It was a worthwhile and interesting evening.
    Labor Day, 2005
    Updates from the campaign trail....
    Standout crews hit the streets ...
    Watch for Linda's dedicated teams at many of Ward 5's busy intersections. We hope to see you passing by!

    If you would like to become part of our 'outstanding' team, please call Keith at 533-4258, or simply fill in our Contact Form .
    August 30, 2005
    Updates from the campaign trail....
    The yard signs are going up all over Ward 5!
    Linda says, "As I visit throughout ward 5, your encouragement and support are inspiring. Many of you who are displaying my lawn signs give an extra boost of energy to my campaign. Thank you! I look forward to meeting many more of you over the next few weeks to hear your ideas and answer any questions you may have."

    For anyone who would be willing to display a yard sign, please call Linda at 533-6498 or Keith at 533-4258, or simply fill in our Contact Form .
    August 25, 2005
    The Committee to Elect Linda Vacon
    in Holyoke, on Thursday, August 25th from 6-9PM

    There was food, music, cash bar and a silent auction as Ward 5 residents talked with Linda and listened to our special guest.

    And, our special guest was Peter Bearse, author of "We The People," who made a presentation about his most recently published book, 'We, the People - A Conservative Populism'.

    June 14, 2005
    Updates from the campaign trail continued.....
    During the weekend of May 28th our team visited many homes throughout the neighborhood. We had a chance to visit with some of you since it was one of the first nice weekends. By the end of the first week in June my team and I have visited over 1,000 homes in Ward 5. I feel fortunate to have met so many friendly people and look forward to listening to you and talking with you in the future. Thanks go out to my campaign committee members, Keith Davis and Pres Macy, Door hanger project team members, Gary and Laurie Gaulin, Mike Franco, Marie White, and last, but not least, my husband John! We met a lot of nice people, got some fresh air and some good exercise!

    May 21, 2005
    Updates from the campaign trail:
    During the weekend of May 21st a team of volunteers helped Linda Vacon get the word out to over 500 Ward 5 households, introducing her campaign. Door hangers were distributed and Linda visited with a number of residents over the weekend. Look for Linda or her campaign volunteers in your neighborhood over the next few months! Please feel free to contact Linda with any questions or concerns and if you have a group that has an interest in a guest speaker, she would love to meet with you.

    Thanks for your interest,
    The Committee to Elect Linda Vacon

      May 10, 2005
    The Committee to Elect Linda Vacon sponsored a KICK OFF CAMPAIGN EVENT at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant in Holyoke. Linda would like to thank all who attended for their generous contributions to her campaign and hopes everyone enjoyed the dinner.
      February 10, 2005
    Linda served as the event committee Chairperson for this community dinner forum held at the Elks Lodge in Holyoke, February 10, 2005. The guest speaker was Stephen Adams from the Pioneer Institute who gave an informative and interesting talk on Charter Schools and vouchers. The event was attended by over 40 people. Many in attendance commented favorably about the food and the quality of the event.
      Fall, 2004
    Linda hosts Ward 5 coffee for regional candidates in the fall of 2004.
      May 21, 2004
    Linda attends a local caucus held at the Edward Bellamy House in Chicopee as a candidate for the State Committeewoman position.
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