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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 president Evan Dobelle drops federal suit against Westfield State University

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Former Westfield State University president Evan S. Dobelle dropped his federal lawsuit against university and state officials on Thursday, just days after his attorneys requested to withdraw from the case, citing his failure to pay them. Dobelle and the defendants in the case agreed that it was best to cease the litigation and dismiss the case, Dobelle’s lead attorney, Ross H. Garber of Hartford, Connecticut, said in a statement issued Thursday night. In the lawsuit, Dobelle accused the defendants of defamation, civil rights violations and breach of contract, among other complaints, during investigations into his questionable spending. The defendants are outgoing state Higher …

Westfield State University hires Philadelphia firm to assist with presidential search

Monday, February 16, 2015

Westfield State University took another step toward finding its 20th president when it hired an executive search firm from Philadelphia this month. The university’s presidential search committee chose Diversified Search to help manage the hunt for the leader who will replace interim President Elizabeth H. Preston. The hiring was approved by Westfield State University’s board of trustees Feb. 5. Preston, of Westhampton, succeeded …

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 …

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. …

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 …