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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 …

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, …

Westfield nurse accused of stealing nearly $10,000 from 85 year-old Easthampton woman in her care

Thursday, December 26, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — A former visiting nurse faces charges after police say she stole nearly $9,800 from an 85-year-old woman she was caring for in Easthampton — and may have used some of the money to pay for a …

Manager of Easthampton clock shop pledges to return customers’ timepieces, catch up on repairs

Monday, December 16, 2013

EASTHAMPTON — The manager of Al’s Clock and Watch Repair Shop, which closed abruptly Nov. 1, pledged Monday to return clocks to customers, saying the business may reopen in the spring. Theresa Leveille said she was forced to …