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State Board of Higher Education approves Ramon Torrecilha as new president of Westfield State University

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The state Board of Higher Education on Tuesday formally approved Ramon S. Torrecilha as the 20th president of Westfield State University. A lifelong educator from California who immigrated to the United States as a migrant worker at age 17, Torrecilha will be the first Latino to serve as president in the university’s 176-year history. His term is scheduled to begin Jan. 25, 2016. “I am delighted by the appointment of …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …