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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 …

Former Westfield State President Dobelle offers to settle wrongful termination suit; university says no

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Former Westfield State University president Evan S. Dobelle is interested in settling with the state and university officials he sued last year, his attorney said in court Wednesday, while the defendants’ lawyer said they will not …

In wake of Dobelle debacle, Westfield State interim president adds spending safeguards, increases transparency

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Six months after taking over as interim president of Westfield State University in November, Elizabeth H. Preston has instituted changes in financial practices to bring accountability and oversight to campus along with greater transparency to restore …

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 …