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Westfield State University sends attorney general $273.48 bill for California car rental by ex-president Evan Dobelle

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Westfield State University has forwarded a $273.48 rental car bill from July to the state attorney general’s office because it appears to be from former president Evan S. Dobelle who resigned nine months ago. The bill came from Enterprise Rent-A-Car in San Francisco and lists Evan Dobelle as the renter of a car from July 24 to 27. Westfield State University officials said they are not entirely sure why the … 0

REPORT Ex-president Dobelle charged Westfield State $180K for weeks at private club, vacations, electronics, self portrait, more

Thursday, July 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Nearly nine months after Evan S. Dobelle resigned as president of Westfield State University, the state inspector general on Thursday released a stinging review of his spending, suggesting a leader who repeatedly abused his authority, exploited more than $180,000 of public money for personal use and violated the public trust. The … 0

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 obey a stop sign, police said. According to police, about 8:39 a.m., Flynn was traveling … 0

Westfield State president faces no-confidence vote from faculty over spending probe

Sunday, October 6, 2013

WESTFIELD (AP) — Faculty members and librarians at Westfield State University are planning a no-confidence vote in school President Evan Dobelle later this month. The Oct. 16 vote was scheduled after Dobelle missed a Thursday deadline to explain … 0

Higher education commissioner freezes $197,000 for Westfield State after President Evan Dobelle fails to provide report

Friday, October 4, 2013

WESTFIELD (AP) — State Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland froze $197,000 in funding for Westfield State University late Friday after its president missed a deadline to explain travel spending criticized by its outside auditor and the state inspector general. Freeland also announced he’s recommending withholding another $2 million … 0

Westfield State president seeks extension for report

Friday, October 4, 2013

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle is asking state education officials for more time to provide detailed explanations of his travel expenses amid an inquiry about his spending. The Springfield Republican reported that Dobelle’s lawyer Ross … 0

Primary election Tuesday for special election to fill former state senator Knapik’s seat

Friday, October 4, 2013

With primary elections on the horizon Tuesday, the four candidates for 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District senator are campaigning hard to be their party’s candidate in the Nov. 5 special election to fill the seat. Democratic voters will … 1

Westfield State president seeks extension for report

Thursday, October 3, 2013

WESTFIELD (AP) — Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle is asking state education officials for more time to provide detailed explanations of his travel expenses amid an inquiry about his spending while on school business. The Republican reports Dobelle’s lawyer Ross Garber asked state Higher Education Commissioner Richard … 0

Westfield State University faculty, students want answers from president Evan S. Dobelle

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University’s faculty union wants to see President Evan S. Dobelle’s explanations about his spending habits before taking a vote on whether to back the embattled president, whose use of public money has come under … 0

Gas taxes to abortion: Monday's debate between Democratic state senate candidates Bartley, Tautznik

Monday, September 30, 2013

EASTHAMPTON — At a debate at the city’s new high school Monday, the two Democratic candidates hoping to win the Oct. 8 primary for 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District agreed that it is time a Democrat occupy the … 0

Kevs Foundation in Southampton donates defibrillator to Northampton High School

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — Sudden cardiac arrest, a condition that occurs during intense physical activity such as team sports, kills 5,000 people each year between the ages of 14 and 34, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control. But sudden death can be averted if the right equipment is … 0

Candidates for state Senate plan campaign events in Easthampton, Holyoke

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Two of the four candidates for the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District Senate seat have announced campaign kick-off events as they gear up for the primaries Oct. 8. Easthampton Mayor Michael A. Tautznik is holding an open house … 0

Churches plan peace vigils; National Prioritities Project estimates cost of military action in Syrian

Friday, September 6, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — While lawmakers consider whether to use military force in retaliation against Syria’s alleged use of nerve gas on its citizens, the National Priorities Project has calculated such action may cost hundreds of millions or billions of dollars. Meanwhile, events are planned throughout the Pioneer Valley to … 0