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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 …

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 …

Westfield State University names presidential search committee

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University has established a search committee for choosing its 20th president. Former president Evan Dobelle retired Nov. 8, 2013, after being placed on paid administrative leave amid an investigation into reports of extravagant spending during domestic and overseas travel and improper use of school credit cards. Elizabeth Preston, the university’s vice president of academic affairs, was named interim president …

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 …

Air National Guard at Barnes alerts public about training flights next week

Friday, November 14, 2014

WESTFIELD — The 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard will conduct evening flight trainings Monday through Thursday of next week, and wants to alert local residents to the possible sound of planes at night. The planes will launch from Barnes-Westfield Regional Airport in Westfield between …

State Sen. Donald Humason Jr. and challenger Patrick Leahy talk goals, experience in 2nd Hampden & Hampshire District

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The candidates running in the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District for the state Senate on Tuesday’s ballot have very different backgrounds. And if Republican incumbent Donald F. Humason Jr. or Democratic challenger Patrick T. Leahy knock …

VIDEO Women take the lead on Habitat for Humanity project in Easthampton

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Women swinging hammers at an East Street house-building site this fall bring new meaning to the term homemakers. The Pioneer Valley chapter of Habitat for Humanity has designated the Easthampton project, building two homes for low-income …

Candidates for 2nd Hampden and Hampshire Senate seat to debate Thursday in Easthampton

Monday, October 13, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The candidates seeking the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District state Senate seat will meet in Easthampton for a televised debate Thursday. Incumbent Donald F. Humason Jr., R-Westfield, will debate Democratic challenger Patrick Leahy of Holyoke at …

MAP Is Western Mass a tattoo mecca? Two new tattoo shops in Northampton and Easthampton drawing customers from near and far

Monday, October 6, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Local community leaders like to talk about the things that draw visitors to the Pioneer Valley — art, culture, events, outdoor opportunities. Another attraction bringing people to Hampshire County is the quest for high quality tattoos, …

Two more members appointed to Westfield State University board of trustees

Friday, October 3, 2014

WESTFIELD — Two more members have been appointed to the Westfield State University board of trustees, completing the 11-member board, officials announced Friday. Madeline Landrau and Linda Slakey were appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick to five-year terms, joining several other new members who have joined the board this …

Bird Sightings

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A short-billed dowitcher was found in the town of Washington. An upland sandpiper, a marsh wren, American pipits,and a Connecticut warbler were in Northampton. Over the last two days, more than 2,500 broad-winged hawks …

Westfield State University to break ground on $33 million science center

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University will break ground Thursday on a $33 million science center, the first new academic building on campus in more than 40 years, according to university officials. State Secretary of Education Matthew Malone is expected to speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony behind the …

Guard colleagues at Barnes recall ‘Moose’ Fontenot as natural leader

Sunday, September 7, 2014

WESTFIELD — Just seven months into his tenure at the Barnes Air National Guard Base, Lt. Col. Morris M. Fontenot Jr. already made an impact on those around him by inviting members of the fighter squadron to his …