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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 …

Arrest made after authorities determine apparent bomb threat at Holyoke Community College actually coded message about drug sale

Thursday, September 25, 2014

HOLYOKE — A juvenile who posted a message on social media that caused a bomb scare and evacuation of a building at Holyoke Community College on Thursday was arrested, but not for making a bomb threat. The social …

Radical ideas At the Paulo Freire charter school in Holyoke, learning is infused with ideas about social justice

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

HOLYOKE — Upon entering the Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School, there is a small room to the left with five flat-screen computers. These are for students who do not have computers at home. The room is also …

Heading Outdoors

Friday, September 19, 2014

∎■ Skinner State Park — Department of Conservation and Recreation sponsors free programs at Joseph Allen Skinner State Park, Route 47, Hadley: Sept. 20 and 21: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m., Summit House Tour (meet at Summit House); Sept. 22: 10 a.m., Advanced Hike for Seniors (meet at …

Court news

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Northampton ■ Daniel Flores, 21, of 605 Northampton St., Holyoke, denied a charge of assault and battery of a family or household member in Northampton District Court Thursday. According to court documents, Flores was arrested at the Northampton Police Station Wednesday at 2:40 p.m. after allegedly punching an …

Contessa Jade Bilodeau of Holyoke avoids jail in theft of jewelry valued at more than $24,000 from mother in Southampton

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON (AP) — A Holyoke woman charged with stealing more than $24,000 worth of jewelry from her mother has pleaded to sufficient facts for a guilty finding, but avoided jail time. Contessa Jade Bilodeau entered her plea this week to a single charge of larceny, and the case …

Two Holyoke women charged with trafficking after stop on Interstate 91 in Whately yields 1,000 bags of heroin

Saturday, September 6, 2014

WHATELY — Two Holyoke women have been charged with trafficking in heroin after an Interstate 91 traffic stop in July yielded 1,000 bags of the drug, according to police. There were also two small children in the car, …

Three-car crash on I-91 south in Holyoke backs up traffic Sunday

Sunday, August 24, 2014

HOLYOKE — A three-car collision on I-91 southbound in Holyoke backed up traffic for nearly two hours Sunday afternoon. No one was injured in the accident, which occurred around 4:10 p.m., according to Massachusetts State Police. The collision …

Response to survey shows overwhelmingly favorable response to possible bike-sharing program in Valley

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission received an overwhelmingly favorable response to its survey earlier this summer about the possibility of a bike-share program. During June and early July, the commission had a survey available on its website to …

Hop on the bus: PVTA to roll out new, expanded routes in Amherst, Northampton and elsewhere

Monday, August 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After nearly two years of study and an influx of state and federal money, the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority will roll out extensive changes this month in hopes of making it easier and more convenient to …

Sixteen-year-old Holyoke girl hospitalized after accident on Connecticut River throws her from Jet Ski 'like a rag doll'

Monday, August 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The victim of a Jet Ski accident on the Connecticut River Sunday evening has been identified as a 16-year-old Holyoke girl. She was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield after being thrown from the watercraft. …