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KEVIN GUTTING 
The Greater Holyoke YMCA at 171 Pine St.

Claim of rapes roils swim community

Friday, December 19, 2014

Sitting in a coffee shop in Southampton, Monica Strzempko of Westfield recalled when her now 20-year-old daughter, Anna, was a happy, popular 13-year-old who was good at most everything — especially swimming. She had Olympic aspirations and was training hard with the Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings club, an elite team that drew swimmers from across the region. But 2½ years …

Glenna O’Connell gets 18 months in jail after pleading to drug distribution charges

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Vermont woman was sentenced to 18 months in the county jail and two years probation after pleading guilty in Hampshire Superior Court on Thursday to drug distribution charges. Glenna O’Connell, 34, of Chester, Vermont, was sentenced after reaching a plea agreement on two cases against her. The charges resulted from traffic stops in July 2013 and March 2014 during which …

Is USA Swimming taking sexual abuse allegations seriously?

Friday, December 19, 2014

HOLYOKE — Indianapolis attorney Jonathan Little has represented many athletes who said they were sexually abused by their coaches or fellow athletes in sports, including swimming and track and field. After hearing Anna Strzempko’s account about being raped repeatedly by her former Greater Holyoke YMCA swimming coach, Little said he believed her case to be “on the more horrific end of things I’ve …

Gov. Deval Patrick to lead inaugural ride on Vermonter through ‘Knowledge Corridor’

Friday, December 19, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to lead an inaugural ride on the Amtrak Vermonter service along the “Knowledge Corridor” Monday afternoon. Later that night, the Ward 3 Neighborhood Association in Northampton will hold a forum to discuss the project and hear a safety presentation from an Amtrak officer. …

Area charter schools accept applications for enrollment

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Area charter schools are now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Public Charter School in South Hadley, Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in Easthampton, Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley and Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School in Holyoke are …

The Beerhunter: All-you-can-sample nights a weekly staple at Paper City Brewery

Friday, November 28, 2014

Throw down your coasters and pull up your stools — there’s a new beer column in town. You’ll be seeing The Beerhunter every month here. But who, exactly, is this wanderer of the night? Well, I could pretend …

Key players in medical marijuana industry air implications in community forum

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Panelists at a forum on medical marijuana Wednesday discussed the various complexities of using pot medically, from the legality of growing it to finding the right dosage and knowing when it is and isn’t safe to …

UMass, Hampshire and Holyoke Community colleges get $810,000 grant to combine clean-energy studies with sustainable agriculture

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

AMHERST — Agricultural students at the University of Massachusetts, Hampshire College and Holyoke Community College will benefit from an $810,000 National Science Foundation grant to create collaborative programs combining clean energy studies with sustainable agriculture. “The main purpose of the grant is to marry what has for the …

District attorney’s Safe School Summit focuses on positive learning environment

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

HOLYOKE — Charles D. Appelstein does not believe there is such thing as a “bad kid.” “I think any kid who wants to do something violent really doesn’t want to do it,” said Appelstein, a youth-care specialist from Salem, New Hampshire. He said he believes that most of …

Sexual abuse allegations aired against former Holyoke YMCA swimming coach

Sunday, November 16, 2014

HOLYOKE — Allegations of sexual abuse by a former swimming coach at the Greater Holyoke YMCA publicized in a magazine article prompted the organization to issue a notice to its members Sunday about how it is upholding its responsibility to children and their families. “Under the circumstances, we …

James Ainsworth denies negligent motor vehicle homicide charges in deaths of father and daughter

Monday, November 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Family and friends of Edward D. and Brittany D. McGrath packed a Hampshire Superior Courtroom on Monday for the arraignment of the man accused in the August deaths of the father and daughter. James Walter Ainsworth, …

Bird sightings

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A golden eagle was seen in Holyoke, and a northern goshawk was reported in Northampton. A greater white-fronted goose was found in Lee. A …

Late Hampshire County judge John F. Murphy Jr. recalled as ‘pillar’ of local legal community

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In her early days as a prosecutor, Bertha D. Josephson remembers well being one of many young lawyers who got a helpful, if stern, talking-to from the late Judge John F. Murphy Jr. “As an attorney …