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Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative Hosts Back-To-School Event


An inflatable bounce house is not something typically associated with combating crime.

    But fun activities, food, and music will be featured at a back-to-school event this Saturday in Holyoke, Massachusetts organized by the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department.

    It is part of a safe neighborhood initiative where the strategy involves getting children from poor neighborhoods involved in activities so they don’t join gangs and commit violent crimes.

    WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Ed Caisse of the sheriff’s department.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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