Area briefs: PDs land traffic safety grants; St. Philip’s consignment sale in Easthampton to return; Alianza to host domestic violence event in Holyoke

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Published: 10-19-2023 8:02 AM

Police departments land grants for traffic safety

Several police departments in area communities will receive grant funds to support traffic safety enforcement and outreach programming. The money is part of $5.4 million handed out by the Healey-Driscoll administration to help municipalities improve road safety.

The money has been awarded through the fiscal 2024 Municipal Road Safety Grant Program. The program is administered by the Office of Grants and Research and utilizes funds awarded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The annual program provides funding to municipal police departments who propose traffic safety projects in their community, including high visibility enforcement patrols, equipment to enhance road safety such as digital speed signs, pedestrian and bicyclist safety initiatives and public outreach campaigns intended to educate community members and youth about roadway safety.

Local police departments to land the grants include: Amherst ($24,486); Belchertown ($29,997); Easthampton ($30,000); Granby ($20,000); Hadley ($19,998); Holyoke ($39,880); Northampton ($39,195); Shutesbury ($12,478); and Sunderland ($11,939).

Consignment sale is back

EASTHAMPTON — After a four-year hiatus, an 11th semi-annual sale of consigned, gently-used women’s and teens’ clothing and accessories, footwear, jewelry, and new cosmetics, as well as small household, gift and seasonal items, will open to the public at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 126 Main St, Easthampton on Friday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m.

Sale hours will run from 6-9 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov 4, with most items reduced to half-price from 1-2:30 Saturday. For more information, visit or email:

Alianza to host 3rd domestic violence event in Holyoke

HOLYOKE — Alianza DV Services will mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month with an outside gathering at its 208 Race St. location on Thursday from 4-6 p.m.

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The event program will include remembrances of individuals from across Massachusetts who lost their lives this past year as the result of domestic violence; recognition of Alianza’s Allies in Action Award recipient, Survivor Theatre Project; and introduction of special guests including staff from the Puerto Rico Women Office who will speak briefly about their work and their visit to Holyoke.

Alianza Board members and special guests will read aloud the 23 names of victims of domestic violence homicide, including two victims from Hampden and Hampshire counties.

Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite article of purple clothing to the event.