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KEVIN GUTTING 
The Greater Holyoke YMCA at 171 Pine St.

Claim of rapes roils swim community

Friday, December 19, 2014

Sitting in a coffee shop in Southampton, Monica Strzempko of Westfield recalled when her now 20-year-old daughter, Anna, was a happy, popular 13-year-old who was good at most everything — especially swimming. She had Olympic aspirations and was training hard with the Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings club, an elite team that drew swimmers from across the region. But 2½ years …

Is USA Swimming taking sexual abuse allegations seriously?

Friday, December 19, 2014

HOLYOKE — Indianapolis attorney Jonathan Little has represented many athletes who said they were sexually abused by their coaches or fellow athletes in sports, including swimming and track and field. After hearing Anna Strzempko’s account about being raped repeatedly by her former Greater Holyoke YMCA swimming coach, Little said he believed her case to be “on the more horrific end of things I’ve …

Westfield State University names presidential search committee

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University has established a search committee for choosing its 20th president. Former president Evan Dobelle retired Nov. 8, 2013, after being placed on paid administrative leave amid an investigation into reports of extravagant spending during domestic and overseas travel and improper use of school credit cards. Elizabeth Preston, the university’s vice president of academic affairs, was named interim president …

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. …

Repaving starts for Brookside Cemetery roads in Easthampton

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

EASTHAMPTON — Parks and Recreation Director John Mason said his department has received complaints about the roads in Brookside Cemetery for years. “There are potholes, huge potholes,” he said of the roads in the cemetery between Nashawannuck Pond and Williston Avenue. Mason said the Department of Public Works …

Easthampton mayoral candidate Nancy Sykes raises most money, but outspent by Karen Cadieux

Monday, October 28, 2013

EASTHAMPTON — Nancy L. Sykes has emerged as the top money raiser in the campaign for Easthampton’s second mayor, bringing in $1,194 more than her closest rival, Karen L. Cadieux. That’s according to campaign finance reports the candidates …

Family Wanted 9-year-old boy seeks home

Friday, October 25, 2013

Xavier is a resilient and bright 9-year-old Caucasian who says he wants to join the Army and protect the world. He is described as energetic and has a wide range of interests including sports, art, video games and …

Suspended Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle sues trustees, state’s higher education chief

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Just as his legal and public relations team threatened he would, Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle filed a federal civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court Thursday in Springfield against the university’s trustees, the state’s higher education …

State releases two grants to Westfield State University

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

WESTFIELD — The acting president of Westfield State University announced Wednesday the state has released $195,444 in previously frozen funding for the school. The grant money had been frozen by state Higher Education Commissioner Richard M. Freeland after embattled university president Evan S. Dobelle failed to submit an …