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GREG SAULMON 
A sign at the site of a memorial to Edward Nied Jr. on College Highway in Westfield. Nied was killed in November 2013 when a bear collided with his motorcycle. His family said items at the memorial site disappeared May 16.

Family, friends of the late Edward Nied Jr. plead for return of Route 10 roadside memorial

Friday, May 22, 2015

WESTFIELD — The family and friends of the late Edward Nied Jr. of Southampton say they don’t know why someone took the roadside memorial at the site of his 2013 motorcycle crash — they just want it back. The memorial — a decorated metal cross, flags, and three solar lights — was taken the evening of May 16 from the …

Former Westfield State University president Evan Dobelle to pay damages in settlement with state

Thursday, April 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Former Westfield State University president Evan S. Dobelle has agreed to pay the state $185,000 to settle allegations that he used school money for personal spending and vacations during his tenure. Dobelle also cannot accept any positions, paid or unpaid, as an employee, adviser, consultant or fiduciary of any public higher …

New Pizza Studio in Hadley combines food and art

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

HADLEY — A new pizza place aims to tap the creativity of its customers to design their pizza as an artist might compose a painting. Pizza Studio opens today at 34 Russell St., according to company spokeswoman Stephanie Jarm. She described the restaurant as the “Chipotle of pizza” where customers pick their own …

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 …

Friday morning crash kills 84-year-old Westfield man, hospitalizes another

Friday, December 27, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — A two-car crash at the intersection of North King and Elm streets claimed the life of one of the drivers and sent the other to the hospital. According to the Northwestern district attorney’s office, the deceased driver was an 84-year-old Westfield man, who was pronounced dead …

Former Westfield State President Dobelle says higher-ed chief refused to let him quit, forced firing

Thursday, December 26, 2013

WESTFIELD — Embattled former Westfield State University president Evan S. Dobelle has alleged in new court filings that state Higher Education Commissioner Richard M. Freeland refused to let him resign during a 10-hour private meeting back in October, instead ordering the university board to fire him. Dobelle, 68, …