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California sociologist Ramon Torrecilha chosen as Westfield State University president

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

WESTFIELD — A lifelong educator from California has been named the next president of Westfield State University, pending confirmation by state higher education officials. The university’s board of trustees Wednesday unanimously recommended Ramon S. Torrecilha, a professor of sociology and former provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Dominguez Hills, for the job. If approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, Torrecilha would be the …

Westfield State University expected to select 20th president

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

WESTFIELD — The Westfield State University board of trustees is expected to select the school’s 20th president at a special meeting Wednesday. The open session is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in the president’s board room at the Horace Mann Center on campus. The three finalists are: • Linda Vaden-Goad, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Framingham State University; • Ramon S. …

Man crushed to death by falling tree in Huntington

Thursday, October 1, 2015

HUNTINGTON — A man died Thursday afternoon after he was pinned beneath a tree off Goss Hill Road in Huntington, according to according to State Trooper Michael O’Neil. MassLive.com reported that the victim crushed to death by a falling tree was a 44-year-old Westfield man. Huntington Police Chief Robert Garriepy reported to MassLive that the man, who police did not identify, was cutting …

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 …

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 …