(Holyoke, MA) — The cousin of Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse has been arrested for DUI in Northampton. What’s more, 22-year-old Nicholas Duclos was driving a city-owned car that had been issued to the Mayor. Morse said Duclos took his car keys without permission at Bishops Lounge Friday night. Police say Duclos sped down Main Street, took an illegal turn onto Pleasant, turned into Union Station and drove onto the rail trail. Duclos is charged with DUI, speeding, driving without a license, failure to stop, and the improper use of a bike path.
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A traffic configuration change is coming to a busy Northampton intersection by 2018, according to state officials. A series of proposed upgrades to Route 9 calls for construction of a roundabout intersection at the Northampton side to the Coolidge Bridge.
Lengthening of the school day is part of a plan proposed by state officials in their three-year "turnaround" plan for Holyoke's schools, elements of which will be phased in beginning as early as next school year.
At a town council subcommittee informational forum on the issue earlier this week, one councilor suggested that the town should consider an ordinance imposing minimum air quality standards on home wood burning devices.
At last night's Council meeting, the owner of Packard's directly addressed City Council President Bill Dwight and Ward 3 Councilor Ryan O'Donnell condemning their choice to march with hotel workers to deliver a message of an intent to unionize, to Hotel Northampton owner Mansour Ghalibaf.