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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 …

Grand jury indicts two for allegedly misleading police, perjury during investigation of alleged attack at Westhampton house party

Monday, June 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Two new indictments were handed down by a Hampshire County grand jury last week in connection with an alleged attack against a Holyoke man during a Westhampton house party in May. Raymond Zachary Paquette, 21, of Westhampton was indicted on two counts of misleading police after …

Man stunned, arrested following high-speed chase through Northampton, Holyoke, Westfield

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

WESTFIELD — A man was arrested on Southampton Road in Westfield Wednesday evening, surrounded by Holyoke and Westfield Police and a State Police helicopter, after leading officers on a high-speed chase through three cities. Holyoke Police Sgt. Kevin …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Avril Lavigne — Sat., June 28, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $37.50-$57.50 foxwoods.com Earth, Wind & Fire — Mon., July 7, 7 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $45.50. mohegansun.com Katy Perry — Mon., July 7, 7 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $100.50, $150.50. mohegansun.com …

Survey seeks reaction to pilot bicycle-sharing program considered by Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A pilot bicycle-sharing program being considered by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and a regional Bike Share Advisory Committee is seeking reaction from the community. A survey is being publicized by members of the advisory committee, which includes Northampton, Amherst, Holyoke and Springfield. Other members include the University …

Eric Suher buys building housing Diva’s Nightclub, Pleasant Street Car Wash in Northampton

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — City business magnate Eric Suher has purchased the property at 480-492 Pleasant St., home of Diva’s Nightclub and Pleasant Street Car Wash, for $1.55 million from Matthew Pitoniak and Edmund Kamansky of Northampton. The multilevel building …

Mt. Tom coal plant to close in October; environmentalists celebrate

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Environmentalists are celebrating word that the Valley’s coal-fired power plant, a “dirty dozen” energy producer that received a $55 million upgrade just years ago, will close this October. But the news means the end of 28 jobs at …

Surprise theme of graduation at Holyoke Community College

Saturday, May 31, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Surprise was the theme during the 67th commencement ceremony for Holyoke Community College which was held at the MassMutual Center Saturday morning. Degrees were given to 1,078 graduates. James M. Knapp, a professor of biology at …

'Did everything go right?' Families that hired Ryder question past services

Friday, May 30, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — When Roger Beauregard’s wife Victoria died in March, he asked that she be cremated along with a pair of teddy bears that brought her comfort in her last stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Now, allegations of improper conduct lodged by the state against Ryder Funeral Home, …

Annual Treehouse Foundation conference on foster care Friday at Holyoke Community College

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Treehouse Foundation will hold its fifth annual Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America conference at Holyoke Community College from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday with speakers from around the country. The conference in the Kittredge Center, which is open to the public, will bring together people involved …

Michael Wellspeak of Westfield injured in rollover accident on Interstate 91

Monday, May 26, 2014

HOLYOKE — A 22-year-old Westfield man was injured in a rollover accident on Interstate 91 and taken to Holyoke Medical Center early Monday, according to State Police. The single-car accident occurred shortly before 1 a.m. on I-91 in Holyoke. The Northampton Fire Department responded and took Michael J. …