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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 later that month. The Westfield State University …

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 now accepting applications and have open house events scheduled for prospective students. Admission into charter …

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 4:30 and 5:30 p.m., and land between 6 and 7 p.m. according to 104th Fighter …

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. …

Bird Sightings

Friday, May 9, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Southerly winds and sunny days brought an arrival of resident songbirds from the south. The most notable were ruby-throated hummingbird, great crested flycatcher, least …

Westfield State University alumnus John Walsh offers to create $100,000 scholarship fund if Evan Dobelle drops lawsuit

Friday, April 11, 2014

WESTFIELD (AP) — A Westfield State University alumnus has offered to create a $100,000 student scholarship fund if ex-president Evan Dobelle drops his lawsuit against the school. John Walsh, owner of skin care company Elizabeth Grady Co., said Dobelle will accept the offer “if he has the best …

Lawsuit filed by former Westfield State University president Evan Dobelle advances

Thursday, April 10, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A federal magistrate judge has allowed a lawsuit filed by former Westfield State University president Evan Dobelle against several people to move forward. The Republican reports that in a decision filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, the judge allowed the suit against three school trustees …

State Supreme Judicial Court denies Bryan Johnston’s appeal for a new trial in slaying of UMass student David Sullivan in 2004

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

AMHERST — Bryan Johnston was not suffering from mental illness when he put six bullets into his friend and University of Massachusetts student David Sullivan in 2004, according to the state Supreme Judicial Court. The state’s highest court denied Johnston’s appeal for a new trial in a 14-page …

Lawyers duke it out over Dobelle’s federal lawsuit

Monday, March 17, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Seven lawyers took the first step in U.S. District Court Monday to argue the merits of former Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle’s federal lawsuit against university trustees, the state’s higher education chief and an accounting firm. The 40-page civil suit, filed in October, alleges …

Commonwealth to have greater oversight in Westfield State University president search

Friday, February 28, 2014

As Westfield State University’s trustees ramp up their search for a new president, state education leaders will have more oversight than they did when Evan S. Dobelle was hired in 2007. New guidelines for the search, selection, appointment …

Nanci Salvidio, named in Westfield State presidential spending probe, no longer employed at university

Monday, February 10, 2014

WESTFIELD — Nanci Salvidio, whose name surfaced in a report last year critical of former Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle’s spending habits, no longer works in the president’s office at the school. Salvidio had worked at …

Westfield State University faces at least $1.2 million in legal bills resulting from battle with former president Evan Dobelle

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

WESTFIELD (AP) — Westfield State University’s legal battle against its own former president is expected to cost at least $1.2 million. The university’s top financial officer told trustees Monday that $500,000-plus in bills already received from the Boston law firm of Fish & Richardson will likely double, and …

Stories that Endure: Dobelle’s troubled tenure at Westfield State University

Monday, December 30, 2013

Westfield State University made headlines across the state in 2013 for reasons that tarnished the school’s proud 175-year history. Reports surfaced in August of lavish spending by Evan S. Dobelle, university president since 2007, who earned $240,900 a …