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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 …

Fighter jet crash victim Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr., seasoned F-15 pilot, decorated combat veteran

Friday, August 29, 2014

The pilot who died in an F-15C fighter jet crash Wednesday was a seasoned pilot and decorated combat veteran who moved to western Massachusetts earlier this year to join the 104th Fighter Wing. Officials at the Barnes Air …

Wednesday crash sobering for tightly knit community at Barnes

Thursday, August 28, 2014

WESTFIELD — Several hours before officials at the Barnes Air National Guard confirmed that the pilot whose F-15C Eagle fighter jet crashed in a remote area of Virginia had died, talk at the regional airport next door centered …

Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr . of Barnes Air National Guard identified as pilot who died in F-15C Virginia crash

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The pilot who died in an F-15 fighter jet crash has been identified as Lt. Col. Morris "Moose" Fontenot Jr. A search for a missing 104th Fighter Wing pilot ended Thursday evening after rescue crews found Fontenot dead …

Westfield State University sends attorney general $273.48 bill for California car rental by ex-president Evan Dobelle

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Westfield State University has forwarded a $273.48 rental car bill from July to the state attorney general’s office because it appears to be from former president Evan S. Dobelle who resigned nine months ago. The bill came from Enterprise Rent-A-Car in San Francisco and lists Evan Dobelle as …

REPORT Ex-president Dobelle charged Westfield State $180K for weeks at private club, vacations, electronics, self portrait, more

Thursday, July 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Nearly nine months after Evan S. Dobelle resigned as president of Westfield State University, the state inspector general on Thursday released a stinging review of his spending, suggesting a leader who repeatedly abused his authority, exploited …

Leeds man cited after collision

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Leeds man was cited after police say he ignored a stop sign and was struck by an oncoming truck at the intersection of Cooke Avenue and Hatfield Street Tuesday morning. James Flynn, 65, of 421 North Main St. Apt. #26 was cited for failure to …

Tara Kuchyt & Joshua Wise

Friday, July 11, 2014

Family and friends are announcing the engagement of Tara Kuchyt and Joshua Wise, both of Easthampton. Tara is the daughter of Tammy and Stan Kuchyt of Easthampton, and Joshua is the son of Laurie and Ray Gougeon of …

Richard Rovelli, of South Hadley, denies attempted murder charge related to kayak oar beating Victim: 'I feared for my life'

Monday, June 30, 2014

WESTFIELD — A South Hadley man is being held without bail on attempted murder and other charges after he allegedly attacked another man with an oar and held his head under water at Hampton Ponds. Richard Rovelli, 23, …

Bird Sightings

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A red crossbill was heard calling as it flew over New Salem. A northern shoveler was seen flying low over Pittsfield. A hooded warbler …

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 …