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  • Protest set Wednesday at West Springfield High School after 3 Muslim sisters said they were bullied

    04/29/2014 2:51:40 PM PDT · by matt04 · 36 replies
    Westfield State University students and others have scheduled a protest for Wednesday to call attention to alleged anti-Islamic bullying at West Springfield High School. Westfield State associate professor Kamal Ali said picketing will be held outside the Piper Road school from 11 a.m. to noon in support of three Muslim sisters who claim they have suffered verbal and physical abuse from other students. “A simple, dignified information sharing … and we’re done,” Ali said, referring to the protest. The case came to public attention three weeks ago when Najma, Hibo and Filsan Hussein told Westfield State students that they have...
  • Westfield State class plans protest at West Spfld HS after 3 Muslim sisters said they were bullied

    04/11/2014 4:25:35 PM PDT · by matt04 · 26 replies
    Students at Westfield State University are planning to picket West Springfield High School to protest what three sisters called a pattern of anti-Islamic bullying by students and inaction by school officials. The sisters – Najma, Hibo and Filsan Hussein, all of West Springfield - gave their account of verbal and physical abuse to a class at Westfield State taught by associate professor Kamal Ali, who is also vice president of the Islamic Society of Western Mass. Following the session, more than 30 students signed up to stage a protest at the high school in the next few weeks, Ali said....
  • Man, 20, 'bashed boss's wife and daughter to death with cement block because he got fired'

    12/28/2013 5:59:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 88 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | December 27, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A 20-year-old allegedly went to the Indianapolis home of his former boss during the middle of the day and murdered the man's wife and daughter after getting fired from his job, court documents claim. Christian Rene Haley was identified on Thursday as the suspect in the gruesome murder of Marylyn Erb, 52, and Kelley Erb, 23, on Friday December 20 at their house in Westfield. The two women were found dead in the basement near a pool of blood, according to a probable cause affidavit, with the time of death said to be between noon and 1pm, reported MyDesert.com. Haley...
  • Westfield (MA) gives huge welcome to Wreaths Across America

    12/11/2012 2:34:28 PM PST · by matt04 · 1 replies
    “America will always be strong because of communities like Westfield,” Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America, said while attending a special veterans’ memorial at Stanley Park on Tuesday. More than 200 city veterans, schoolchildren and residents attended the ceremony and welcomed Worcester and her entourage that included Maine’s First Lady Ann LePage, American Gold Star Mothers president Mary Beyers, retired Army Major Gen. Peter M. Aylward and eight tractor-trailers full of holiday wreaths en route to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. “My heart is full seeing all the children and others who turned out today,” said Worcester,...
  • Elizabeth Warren to meet w/ Rev. Talbert Swan in Spfld, visit Westfield, Pittsfield in W MA

    08/05/2012 8:42:42 AM PDT · by matt04 · 9 replies
    On the heels of her live chat with the MassLive.com readers, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is again taking her campaign westward for events in Pittsfield, Springfield and Westfield. On Sunday, Warren, who is aiming to unseat Republican U.S. Senator Scott Brown, will visit Pittsfield in Berkshire County to engage voters in a conversation about the issues that are in the spotlight this election season. Billed as an ice cream social, the gathering will take place at the campaign headquarters she shares with Democratic U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, who is running to represent the newly drawn 1st Congressional District...
  • Westfield (MA) police officer killed after being struck by dump truck

    07/26/2012 10:59:56 AM PDT · by matt04 · 10 replies
    A 27-year veteran Westfield police officer has been killed following a crash while working a construction detail Thursday morning. Westfield Police Capt. Hipolito Nunez told 22News that the officer was working an off-duty construction detail on Pontoosic Road just before 7:30, when he was struck by a dump truck. The construction area where the officer was hit was near 44 Pontoosic Rd, just south of the intersection of Pontoosic and Little River Roads. The officer was taken to Baystate Medical Center, and Nunez said that police were notified around 10:00 A.M. that he had died. The officer's name has not...
  • Westfield Concerned Citizens continue fight against proposed Pioneer Valley Energy Center

    04/27/2012 2:26:07 PM PDT · by matt04 · 10 replies
    The issuance earlier this month of a federal Environmental Protection Agency air quality permit for the proposed $400 million natural gas-fired electric generating plant has not deterred continued opposition by Westfield Concerned Citizens. “Westfield Concerned Citizens along with residents from neighboring communities concerned about the environmental impact of the plant are not satisfied with this outcome,” said WCC founding member Mary Ann Babinski. Babinski said WCC is “assessing future efforts” in opposition to the plant, adding” there is an appeal process to this permit award.” “This is a very important issue to us and we are considering an appeal of...
  • 1st aerial kill of Desert Storm subject of motivation for Westfield's Air National Guard

    03/02/2012 8:30:32 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Republican ^ | March 02, 2012 | Ted LaBorde
    1st aerial kill of Desert Storm subject of motivation for Westfield's Air National Guard 104th Fighter Wing WESTFIELD – There is no easy way to explain the experience, the rush, of piloting an F-15 Eagle jet fighter, peacetime or in combat. “There is nothing else like it,” said Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Jon K. Kelk, credited with the first Iraqi MiG-29 aerial “kill” of Desert Storm in January 1991. “There is every emotion, every element of excitement, intrigue. In combat, multiply that ten times,” he explained Friday as he prepared to motivate members of the Massachusetts Air National Guard’s...
  • Westfield Concerned Citizens continue fight against proposed $400M natural gas-fired power plant

    01/14/2012 11:05:41 AM PST · by matt04 · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Armed with surgical masks and hand-made placards drawing attention to clean air, Westfield Concerned Citizens continued their opposition to a proposed 431 megawatt natural gas fired electrical generating plant here Thursday. The group, which formed shortly after the $400 million plant was proposed in 2008 by Pioneer Valley Energy Center, was among more than 150 people at North Middle School attending a public hearing on a federal Environment Protection Agency pending air quality permit for the plant. “The mask makes a statement,” said registered nurse Gail S. Bean of Westfield. “The mask prevents toxins from entering the lungs,” she explained...
  • $23 million Gulfstream project announced in Westfield (MA)

    10/08/2011 4:32:47 PM PDT · by matt04 · 7 replies · 1+ views
    The Republican ^ | Jim Kinney
    Gulfstream Aerospace has picked Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport as the new site for a $23 million maintenance facility for its new ultra long-range G650 corporate jet. The project, announced Friday, is expected to add 100 jobs to the 130 technicians Gulfstream already employs at the airport. There will be 200 construction jobs associated with the 100,000-square-foot hangar. Construction starts in April and the building is expected to be ready by the middle of 2013, according to Gulfstream, a unit of Virginia-based General Dynamics. Gov. Deval L. Patrick expressed his excitement for the project. “It goes announcement by announcement, ribbon cutting by...
  • Solar panels at Westfield State University generate electricity for 2 campus buildings

    09/15/2011 1:46:28 PM PDT · by matt04 · 43 replies
    Westfield State University's venture into solar power is producing savings on electricity and enhancing its science curriculum. Operational since March, solar panels installed atop Bates and Wilson halls have generated some 17,043 kilowatts of electricity for the two buildings. The $520,000 project was unveiled by college and state officials Monday. Funding for the project came from WSU and the state through the Clean Renewable Energy Bonds and federal funding from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. State Energy Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. called the project "significant" in reducing fossil fuel emissions while producing electrical power for the college campus....
  • Westfield (MA) residents protest proposed $400 million Pioneer Valley Energy Center power plant

    08/17/2011 4:12:32 PM PDT · by matt04 · 8 replies
    Armed with signs stating “Stick to Wind“ and “Healthy Kids not Smokestacks,“ some 30 members of Westfield Concerned Citizens on Wednesday called for Pioneer Valley Energy Center and its parent company Energy Management to “scrap“ plans for a $400-million, natural gas-fired electric generating plant here. ... Project manager Matthew A. Palmer declined comment about the demonstration. He did note, however, that the state Department of Environmental Protection has issued its air-quality permit and most recently upheld that decision with dismissal of an appeal filed by the concerned citizens’ group. “This decision demonstrated that (Pioneer Valley Energy) will be the cleanest,...
  • Westfield (MA) officials consider regulations governing placement of political signs

    07/10/2011 2:12:53 PM PDT · by matt04 · 3 replies
    The Republican ^ | Ted LaBorde
    The Planning Board has agreed to review and consider regulations governing the posting of political campaign signs and submit a recommendation to the City Council for adoption in August. The review was requested by City Councilor David A. Flaherty who called existing regulations “outdated and not enforced.” The councilor, preparing to launch his re-election campaign for a second two-year term, presented planners with a proposed new ordinance that will govern the placement and use of “temporary free-standing ground signs” for political campaigns, sales, promotions, educational or religious organizations. “This is not a perfect list, but it is a base line,...
  • (MA) Tornado ranks as EF3 in worst hit areas

    06/03/2011 2:32:21 PM PDT · by matt04 · 6 replies
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The National Weather Service in Taunton is now able to confirm some information regarding the tornado that passed from Westfield through Springfield and eastward into Monson. Some of the hardest hit areas will be classified with a rating of EF3 or higher on the Enhanced Fujita damage classification scale.
  • Officials begin debris cleanup (MA city where tornadoes began)

    06/02/2011 10:44:26 AM PDT · by libertarian27 · 8 replies · 1+ views
    WENPUB2 ^ | June 2, 2011 | DAVE CANTON
    WESTFIELD — City officials say no one was killed, and no injuries attributed to yesterday’s tornado have been reported. Mayor Daniel M. Knapik said in a briefing this morning that despite national news service reports that two people were killed in Westfield, no one suffered bodily injury from the storm. Knapik said the city is receiving help from a variety of state and regional resources, including the Army National Guard’s 357th Engineers from Pittsfield, the State Police and the Southampton Fire Department, and a caravan of state workers is on its way from Boston, he said, to assist local residents...
  • Tornados In Worcester and SW of Boston MA - Track on NECN

    06/01/2011 2:54:53 PM PDT · by balls · 83 replies
    NECN is doing a stellar job of tracking two or three "historic" tornado storms.
  • Westfield's (MA) 'Big Dig': Now-$80 million Great River Bridge project adds $500,000 clock tower

    04/26/2011 5:54:14 PM PDT · by matt04 · 6 replies
    WESTFIELD – How much does it cost for a 60-foot-tall clock tower erected as one of the capstones of a now nearly $80 million project to build a new bridge across the Westfield River here? The price tag for the new clock that’s debuted along Routes 10 and 202 on Elm Street is $500,000. Whether it was federal, state or city money which paid for it isn’t exactly clear; the buyer apparently remains a mystery. No matter what public funding source paid the bill, though, it’s among the expenditures for a project that’s been four years in construction, four decades...
  • Westfield (MA) tax collector's office being investigated for missing funds

    03/31/2011 4:26:03 PM PDT · by matt04 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    WESTFIELD – The city’s tax collector’s office is the target of an investigation into allegations of missing funds. An independent audit found “some irregularities” in the tracking of tax collection receipts, Police Capt. Michael McCabe confirmed on Thursday. ... There have been news reports that as much as $60,000 may be missing from the city coffers.
  • Westfield students celebrate 'family' of famous town native Charles Addams (Addams Family)

    04/25/2010 1:14:47 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 251+ views
    star ledger ^ | April 6, 2010
    With a new “Addams Family” musical debuting on Broadway this week, the town of Westfield unveiled its own tribute to its homegrown master of the macabre Monday. A group of students, educators and historians gathered at Westfield High School to lift the curtain on six painted wooden letters spelling the last name of Charles Addams, the legendary New Yorker cartoonist and Westfield native. Addams, who died in 1988, lived in Westfield until leaving for college in 1929. He moved to New York City in 1931 and began submitting his cartoons to the New Yorker in 1935, joining the staff full-time...
  • Eighth grader penalized for missing school, singing at Bush Event

    05/16/2003 11:31:30 AM PDT · by IAmNotAnAnimal · 279 replies · 299+ views
    WRTV ^ | 05/16/2003 | www.wrtv.com
    This is my first post, bear with me. ...a student's absence can be excused for an illness, a family death, or an educational experience...Singing in a choir for the president of the United States, as Westfield Middle School eight grager, Brianna Tull, learned, dosen't count...was told she couldn't earn crdit for homewrok, tests and quizzes given that day