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Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle listens during a special meeting of the Board of Trustees Wednesday at the Horace Mann Center.
JERREY ROBERTS

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 education institution in the commonwealth, according to the agreement. The tentative settlement comes two months after Dobelle dropped a federal lawsuit against university and state officials after his attorneys requested to withdraw from the case, citing Dobelle’s failure to pay them. Dobelle had accused outgoing state Higher Education Commissioner Richard M. Freeland …

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 …

Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing will move to Westfield; Ashfield man buys most of its Shelburne Falls site

Saturday, March 28, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — After 178 years in Shelburne Falls, Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. will move to Westfield. Chief Operating Officer James Pelletier said he signed a lease Thursday that takes effect Wednesday. The lease was signed a day after 12.5 acres of Lamson’s 18-acre property and buildings were sold for $1.3 million to businessman John Madocks of Ashfield. Last fall, after the …

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 …

Lawyer for former president Evan Dobelle wants Westfield State to pay $99,000 in legal bills

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The attorney for former Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle has submitted about $99,000 in invoices to the university for legal work during the final months of Dobelle’s embattled presidency. The bills, released by a subcommittee of …

Top Westfield State University financial officer, Milton Santiago, resigns

Thursday, December 5, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — A top financial administrator has resigned from his post at Westfield State University, signaling more leadership changes at the school. Milton Santiago, the vice president for administration and finance, informed the school earlier this week that …

Westfield State University names Elizabeth Preston interim president

Monday, November 25, 2013

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University’s board of trustees formally named Elizabeth H. Preston interim president by a unanimous vote Monday evening, more than a month after she took on the responsibilities handled by retired president Evan Dobelle. At …

Ed Nied Jr. of Southampton, who died after motorcycle-bear collision, remembered by other riders as selfless

Friday, November 15, 2013

EASTHAMPTON — The growl of motorcycle engines filled the air outside Mitchell Funeral Home Friday morning as 45 leather-clad men and women started their motorcycles and turned two by two onto Route 10 in a funeral procession to …

Ex-president Dobelle bills Westfield State for legal costs; trustees to review spending, credit card policies

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — Westfield State University trustees will begin reviewing new travel and spending policies in committee Thursday, though discussion of invoices former President Evan S. Dobelle’s Hartford attorney submitted last month for Dobelle’s legal expenses has been shelved. …

Southampton motorcyclist Edward Nied Jr. succumbs to injuries after collision with bear

Friday, November 8, 2013

WESTFIELD — A Southampton motorcyclist who succumbed to his injuries after colliding with a bear Wednesday morning is remembered as a conservationist, photographer and friend. Edward Nied Jr., 63, of Dugan Lane, died Thursday at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield from injuries he suffered in the Wednesday morning …

Defiant Dobelle resigns amid Westfield State University spending probe

Friday, November 8, 2013

WESTFIELD — Embattled Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle announced Friday afternoon he is retiring from his post effective immediately. In a letter addressed to university trustees, Dobelle wrote, “It is with a tremendous sense of accomplishment that, …

Donald Humason defeats David Bartley for 2nd Hampden & Hampshire Senate seat

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

WESTFIELD — A one-time chief of staff to former state Sen. Michael Knapik was elected Tuesday to fill the seat vacated by his old boss. Republican state Rep. Donald F. Humason, 46, defeated David K. Bartley, 48, for …

David Bartley, Donald Humason compete in special state Senate election

Friday, November 1, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — When former state Sen. Michael R. Knapik stepped down in August to take a position at Westfield State University, it triggered a special election to decide his successor. Democrat David K. Bartley and Republican Donald F. …