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Residents protest rail trail ramp

Hilltown highway heads hopeful By Peter Francis Staff Writer HUNTINGTON – The state Chapter 90 Program has come under fire from highway departments all over western Massachusetts who say that their needs aren’t being met on Beacon Hill. Lacking the public transit options available to residents of greater Boston, municipalities in Berkshire, Franklin, and the western ends of Hampden and Hampshire counties are completely reliant on state and town roadways, and believe that the funds issued by Boston to maintain these roads are insufficient. “We’re trying to get the public involved because of how limited we are in our funding,” said Charles “Chip” Dazelle, highway superintendent for the Town of Huntington. “We fought for $100 million (in extra statewide funding) last year and just got $200 million, which was level funding from the year before. We have 25 miles of blacktop and 12 miles of dirt to maintain, and if blacktop costs $69 a ton, it would cost about $162,000 to redo a mile of road.” One look at Dazelle’s allowance from the state through Chapter 90, $166,287 for the fiscal year 2014, paints a picture of what exactly the heads of local DPWs are referring to when they speak of the Commonwealth’s crumbling roadways. “The state’s infrastructure is so bad, and they (Beacon Hill) want to invest all the money in trains,” Dazelle continued. “Granted we don’t have the traffic like they do, but these potholes… you get front end damage on your car, that could run between $200 to $1,000.” Dazelle is calling for public support in attempting to persuade outgoing Governor Deval L. Patrick to place more emphasis on repairing the Bay State’s roads. “The Governor has the golden hammer, and we just can’t get him to strike it,” he said. “Just putting a band-aid on the roads isn’t going to fix it. They need to be done ever 12 years. I’ve always said that if you put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig.” Dazelle, a member of the Tri-County Highway Superintendents and Berkshire

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By Dan Moriarty Staff Writer WESTFIELD – Residents of East Silver and Gold streets requested the City Council to take action to protect their privacy and the use of their properties last night during public participation. The residents, whose properties are contiguous with the Columbia Greenway and the ramp down to East Silver Street, voiced their concerns about the project and asked the council to consider another location for the ramp. Sabrina Avezzie and Rosemond Moccia, both of 21 East Silver Street and Tanya Norseth of 2 Gold Street described the impact of the rail trail project on the families. “My house is closest to the rail trail,” Avezzie said. “With the access way (ramp) so close to my home, my grandchildren cannot play in the backyard anymore.” Avezzie said that removal of the trees along the east side of the rail trail has resulted in a “total loss of privacy” for her family. “Why couldn’t the access (ramp) go on the opposite side, the west side, where all of the businesses are located?” Avezzie asked. “That access is not more than 10 feet from my home. All of the trees were removed. Vibrations from the bulldozers and truck have cracked my walls and windows. “I hope you would move the access to the west side of the bike path,” she said. See Rail Trail Ramp, Page 3

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to stay informed Residents and commuters using Carrington Road in Russell have been inconvenienced for the past several years after a large portion of the roadway gave way causing the road to become one lane in the washout area. Funding for the repairs has been an ongoing issue. (File photo by Frederick Gore) Highway Superintendents Associations, said the membership of these organizations are “fighting on a daily bases to get our monies raised and a multi-year Chapter 90 bill that will allow us to do more and have a schedule.” “If we just black-topped our roads with no repairs before we did, i.e. drainage, milling, reclaiming, shimming, and just put 2 inches of top on, we could do 1 ½ miles of road and 15 years to do them all, and $2.6 million that probably would not last 10 years from deterioration,” he said in a statement. “That price (of blacktop) depends on the going oil prices that day. This is called an escalation or de-escalation adjustment. Prices have gone up on everything — except our Chapter 90 money.” Dazelle added that, while he and his fellow rural highway superintendents have heard the cries of residents regarding the conditions of their roads, it is up to them to be the squeaky wheels that receive the grease from Boston. “As we hear all of you about our conditions of local roads, our hands are tied with not receiving additional money from our Governor. As taxpayers, something has to stop at the local level as See Hilltown Highway, Page 3

Council to review business special permit petition By Dan Moriarty Staff Writer WESTFIELD – The City Council referred two businessrelated special applications to its Zoning, Planning & Development Committee last night after hearing details of the projects presented during public hearing. Matthew Rokosz is seeking a special permit and site plan approval from the City Council to operate two businesses at 264 Lockhouse Road on property owned by his mother Barbara Rokosz. Rokosz is asking to be allowed to operate an open-air storage facility and a firewood retail business. Attorney Brad Moir, representing Rokosz, said the property is zoned Industrial A and is located in a heavily developed industrial area. The site is across Lockhouse Road from the intersection of

Servistar Industrial Way. “What Matt wants to do is clear off some of the land and do openair storage for boats, trailers, campers and RVs in the front of the parcel and in the back of the property do retail sale of firewood,” Moir said. “The storage area would be fenced, a six-foot high chain link fence, and would be landscaped.” Moir said the access drive from Lockhouse Road to the open-air storage facility would be 50-feet long, enough length to accommodate a vehicle with a trailer. “There would be enough space to get off Lockhouse Road,” Moir said. The storage area gate would be controlled by a key code or card swipe to allow customers access to their stored property. Moir said See Special Permit, Page 3

STGRHS renovations moving quickly By Hope E. Tremblay Staff Writer SOUTHWICK – SouthwickTolland-Granville Regional Schools Superintendent Dr. John Barry told the School Committee this week that the campus-wide school construction projects are moving along. “The high school is wrapped in a vapor barrier and we are going to begin masonry work soon,” he said. Barry walked through the middle school addition at the high school and said “it’s being defined and it’s going fast.” The high school will become a 7-12 combined middle and high school, with the middle and high school classrooms separated by wings. There will be spaces used by all grades, such as the auditorium, gymnasium, technology center, and library.

Barry said over the winter, the renovations at Woodland Elementary School moved very quickly. Work in what will be the preschool, music and guidance wing is nearly complete, and Owner’s Project Manager PDS wants to move the guidance department and work in the other wing. “Abatement has been done and electrical and plumbing have been roughed in,” Barry said. “When the heating season is over, they want to move music classes in the cafeteria so they can start on the auditorium.” PDS is also considering taking down ceilings and ripping up floors in the corridors this spring while class is still in session. Barry said this would allow them to start those renovations as soon as students are out of the building for the summer. “I walked through Woodland

today,” he said Tuesday, “and the walls are up, windows are in and most electrical and mechanical is in. The sheet rock is going up and the target date for phase three at Woodland is May 30.” He also said there’s an effort to expedite the boiler installation at Powder Mill Middle School, which will become the district’s intermediate school once all renovations are complete. “Originally the plan was to build the boiler on the first floor and have it running for the 2014-2015 school year,” he said, “then they would reconstruct it in the basement, but we’re exploring building it once downstairs.” The school committee and board of selectmen will tour the renovations April 17.

Southwick Selectman Joseph Deedy, center, gestures while touring the Powder Mill Middle School with, left-right, Mike McGarry, project manager, Karl Steinhart, chief administrative officer for the Town of Southwick, Steve Presnal, Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District business manager, and Eric Morgan, building and grounds supervisor. Officials toured Woodland Elementary School and Powder Mill Middle School last year as renovations continue in the school district. (File photo by Frederick Gore)


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WESTFIELD - On April 5 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., there will be an origami class at the Westfield Athenaeum. It will be held in the Jasper Rand Art Room in the adult library. The class is open to everyone and 8-12 year old children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $10 per person and all materials will be provided. Registration forms are available at the circulation desk at the library. Preregistration is required as class size is limited. Questions should be directed to Becky at 454-3012 All proceeds will benefit supporting programs and projects at the Athenaeum.

RUSSELL - Russell’s first Trivia Night will be held on April 5 at the Russell V.F.W. (Veterans of Foreign Wars) post. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first round starting at 7 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded for highest scores at the end of two sessions. A $10 donation gets you in the door to test your knowledge and an opportunity to vie for the “Best Theme Table” or take a chance on the 50/50 raffle. Teams are limited to 8 players but feel free to come solo. No electronic devices are allowed. A cash bar is available and contestants are encouraged to bring their own food, with outlets available for warming trays and crock-pots. Proceeds will go towards helping offset costs for fundraising, such as the annual breakfast and ice fishing derby on Russell Pond. You don’t have to be a genius to attend; just come and enjoy a fun-filled evening with friends. This is a popular event with tables available on a first come, first serve basis. To reserve a table, please call (413) 862-4048 and leave a message with contact information.

Relay for Life Event WESTFIELDWestfield State University will be hosting its first Relay for Life event at the Woodward Center on campus beginning on April 4 at 6 p.m. and ending on April 5 at 8 a.m. to raise money and show support for the American Cancer Society in its ongoing fight against cancer. To learn more about Relay for Life, please visit http://www. relayforlife.org/ or contact the President of the Westfield State University Relay for Life club, Beth Teague, at bteague8678@ westfield.ma.edu

Schnopp retires On March 16th 2014 Bob Schnopp worked his last shift at the Westfield Fire Department. He worked for the City of Westfield for 36 years starting on December 5th 1977. (Submitted photo by Westfield Fire Department)

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TODAY IN HISTORY Today is Friday, April 4, the 94th day of 2014. There are 271 days left in the year.

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n April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., 39, was shot and killed while standing on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. (James Earl Ray later pleaded guilty to assassinating King, then spent the rest of his life claiming he’d been the victim of a setup.)

On this date: In 1818, Congress decided the flag of the United States would consist of 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars, with a new star to be added for every new state of the Union. In 1841, President William Henry Harrison succumbed to pneumonia one month after his inaugural, becoming the first U.S. chief executive to die in office. In 1850, the city of Los Angeles was incorporated. In 1859, “Dixie” was performed publicly for the first time by Bryant’s Minstrels at Mechanics’ Hall in New York. In 1864, in a letter to Kentucky newspaper editor Albert G. Hodges, President Abraham Lincoln wrote, “I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.” In 1912, China proclaimed a republic in Tibet, a move fiercely opposed by Tibetans. In 1933, the Navy airship USS Akron crashed in severe weather off the New Jersey coast with the loss of 73 lives.

In 1949, 12 nations, including the United States, signed the North Atlantic Treaty in Washington, D.C. In 1960, Elvis Presley recorded “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” in Nashville for RCA Victor. In 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves tied Babe Ruth’s home-run record by hitting his 714th round-tripper in Cincinnati. In 1975, more than 130 people, most of them children, were killed when a U.S. Air Force transport plane evacuating Vietnamese orphans crash-landed shortly after takeoff from Saigon. In 1983, the space shuttle Challenger roared into orbit on its maiden voyage. (It was destroyed in the disaster of Jan. 1986.)

Ten years ago:

Supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr, an anti-American cleric, rioted in four Iraqi cities, killing dozens of Iraqis, eight U.S. troops and a Salvadoran soldier.

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A gunman killed three Pittsburgh police officers responding to a domestic disturbance call; Richard Poplawski was later convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Police in Washington state found the body of James Harrison, who’d apparently shot to death five of his children, ages 7 to 16, at their mobile home in Graham. NATO leaders appointed Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen the alliance’s new secretary-general during a two-day, 60th-anniversary summit in Strasbourg, France.

One year ago:

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed into law sweeping new restrictions on weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines similar to the ones used by the young man who’d gunned down 20 children and six educators in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. At least 72 people were killed in the collapse of an eight-story residential building being constructed illegally near Mumbai, India’s financial capital. Pulitzer Prize-winning film reviewer Roger Ebert, 70, died in Chicago.

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Actress Elizabeth Wilson is 93. Author-poet Maya Angelou is 86. Former Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., is 82. Recording executive Clive Davis is 82. Bandleader Hugh Masekela is 75. Author Kitty Kelley is 72. Actor Craig T. Nelson is 70. Actor Walter Charles is 69. Actress Christine Lahti is 64. Country singer Steve Gatlin (The Gatlin Brothers) is 63. Actress MaryMargaret Humes is 60. Writer-producer David E. Kelley is 58. Actor Phil Morris is 55. Actress Lorraine Toussaint is 54. Actor Hugo Weaving is 54. Rock musician Craig Adams (The Cult) is 52. Talk show host/comic Graham Norton is 51. Actor David Cross is 50. Actor Robert Downey Jr. is 49. Actress Nancy McKeon is 48. Actor Barry Pepper is 44. Country singer Clay Davidson is 43. Rock singer Josh Todd (Buckcherry) is 43. Singer Jill Scott is 42. Rock musician Magnus Sveningsson (The Cardigans) is 42. Magician David Blaine is 41. Singer Kelly Price is 41. Rhythm-and-blues singer Andre Dalyrimple (Soul For Real) is 40. Actor James Roday is 38. Actress Natasha Lyonne is 35. Actor Eric Andre is 31. Actress Amanda Righetti is 31. Actress Jamie Lynn Spears is 23. Actress Daniela Bobadilla (TV: “Anger Management”) is 21. Pop singer Austin Mahone is 18.


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State to curb smoking in public housing BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration moved yesterday to stamp out smoking in public housing in Massachusetts. The Department of Housing and Community Development issued guidelines to all 240 local housing authorities urging them to develop smoke-free policies for their state-aided public housing units. Such policies would prohibit tenants from smoking in a housing authority’s buildings and apartments. Local housing authorities couldn’t ban tenants who smoke, nor could they force a tenant to quit smoking in order to keep their apartment, as long as they don’t smoke in any of a housing authority’s buildings or units. Smoking is allowed in state public housing units, although it’s banned in common areas. Housing Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein said the goal is to protect the health of residents from secondhand smoke, prevent deaths and injuries from smoking-related fires, and to reduce the cost of having to scrub away smoke stains, replace carpeting and clean ductwork and fans when turning over a unit to a nonsmoker.

Gornstein also said many developments are multi-story, meaning cigarette smoke in one apartment can drift into other apartments or through shared ventilation systems. “All of this makes it difficult to fully prevent smoke from spreading from one unit to another or eliminating smoking odors,” Gornstein said in a letter to the directors of local housing authorities. Tom Connelly, executive director of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, said he welcomed the help to eliminate smoking in public housing units. “Smoking is a serious safety and quality of life issue for all residents,” Connelly said in a statement, adding that smokefree housing policies will “address public health issues, reduce maintenance and insurance costs, lessen property loss by fire, and prevent personal injuries.” Gornstein also said it’s important for local housing authority to have information regarding smoking cessation programs and resources available to tenants who express interest in quitting.

we’re just falling further and further behind,” he said. “Last year, he (Patrick) underfunded then added $50 million later to level fund, but we in western Mass. have a very small window for construction. And it’s a long process, of advertising projects, then awarding the bids.” He also said that, due to the economic climate of the region, numerous asphalt plants have had to close, meaning more travel is required of municipalities just to get the materials to patch their potholes and fix their frost-heaved roads. “MassHighway takes care of 12 percent of the state’s roads, about 3,000 miles worth of roads,” Bouchard said. “Cities and towns have to take care of 88 percent, about 28,000 miles. The current transportation bond bill is stuck in committee, and it blows my mind that the state wants to expand rail when we need $600 million.” “Roads are the one thing that affect

everyone who lives in Massachusetts, whether you live in Boston or Becket,” he said. “Construction is a huge industry, and it has a pyramid affect. Your food and goods get to you by road. Your emergency services get to you by road.” “Our legislators in the House and Senate unanimously supported $300 million,” he said. “We wouldn’t have this pothole season had we fixed these roads last year. Now, the cost of asphalt has gone up and up due to inflation, and we’re not keeping pace.” A spokesman for MassDOT said Wednesday that a transportation bond bill to address the state’s transportation system is nearly ready to go. “From a procedural standpoint, it sounds like it’s close. Everyone’s rooting for it,” he said. “It has passed both the Senate and House, and it’s currently in conference committee.”

Continued from Page 1 Norseth said that her second-floor bedrooms are on the same situation,” Figy said. “We have been trying to work with resilevel as the elevated bike path. dents. We are very concerned about what’s been going on the “I’m not comfortable with having no sense of privacy,” east side of the trail.” Norseth said. “I can see people on the trail and they can see Figy said that possible solutions include planting seven-foot me, my children and dogs. People on the trail can see right into high bushes and installing a fence to provide privacy for the the bedrooms,. residents. “We’re all nervous wrecks. This is a safety issue,” Norseth Ironically, the council declined to act on an appropriation to said. purchase land to construct an access on the west side of the Moccia said that the clearing of the trees and opening of the trail, down to Coleman Avenue and Bliss Street, which would access brings “strangers into my back yard. substantially reduce the bike traffic on the East Silver Street “My son is having nightmares about people coming into my access ramp. back yard,” Moccia said. “We did have privacy with the trees, Ward 1 Councilor Christopher Keefe, chairman of the but the trees are gone, so now bums are coming down Gold Finance Committee, attempted to get a vote for immediate Street. consideration that was blocked by several other councilors. Ward 2 Councilor Ralph Figy said he and city officials are The appropriation of $19,600 was sent to the Finance working to address the residents’ concerns. Committee and the order for taking two parcels of land was “I want to thank you residents for coming in to state your sent to the Legislative & Ordinance Committee.

Special Permit Continued from Page 1 zones. Moir said he had discussed the business with city officials in both the Planning and Building departments and they determined that the Rokosz property is not in an aquifer zone. Barbara Rokosz said that the Barnes Aquifer Protection Advisory Council advocates against paving to allow greater infiltration of stormwater into the soil. Ward 4 Councilor Mary O’Connell noted that the BAPAC has required paving for business in the past to prevent vehicle fluids from seeping into the soil and that the

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paved areas are required to have drainage systems that separate vehicle fluids from water before the water is discharged. Ward 1 Councilor Christopher Keefe, in whose ward the Rokosz businesses would be located, said the council has the ability to attach conditions to restrict the scope of the special permit, such as prohibiting the storage or cars and trucks and hours of operation. Matthew VanHeynigen, a former member of the Planning Board, said that board routinely attaches findings and conditions to its special permits from a boilerplate format, with special condition added to deal with specific issues. VanHeynigen asked if the City Council has a similar process. Zoning, Planning & Development Committee Chairman David A. Flaherty said the Rokosz petition will be on the committee agenda for April 30 at 6:30 p.m. Flaherty asked VanHeynigen to attend that meeting to assist the process of identifying concerns and attaching findings and conditions to address those concerns.

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want it to be a used car lot; don’t want big commercial trailers or trucks.” Moir said that Rokosz also plans to install a stockade fences along the north side of the property where the retail firewood business would be located to provide a buffer for the residents on the lot just north of the Rokosz property. Council members raised a number of issues, asking if Rokosz planned to pave the open-air storage area, frequently a requirement to protect motor vehicle fluids from seeping into the soil, especially in aquifer recharge

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the project does not include construction of any type of building. Rokosz said that he is proposing a facility similar to the one that was on Barnes Regional Airport property that was accessed from Southampton Road. That business closed, which creates the business opportunity for a similar storage facility. The storage facility would be 35,000 square feet in area. “I’m looking to get 50 to 60 campers, boats, smaller trailers, fifth-wheel trailers, storage mostly during the winter time,” Rokosz said. “I don’t

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Hilltown highway we can not afford any higher town taxes,” Dazelle said in the statement. “When we go to bid for our services and supplies, we don’t know until July or August when our monies come in how much we actually receive. So we plan on doing jobs then we have to sometimes change. I am asking for everyone to write our Governor and legislators with pictures and letters. Let them hear all of you.” “We were supposed to get our apportionment letters April 1. Well, I’m talking to you on April 2 and we still don’t have them,” said Chris Bouchard, highway superintendent for the Town of Becket. “That’s a state law. It’s a shell game. It’s smoke and mirrors. We need to know (what we’re getting).” Bouchard added that the $200 million the cities and towns received last year from the state not only got to them too late, but wasn’t nearly adequate. “$300 million is required because

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Allie announces office hour Westfield – City Councilor Dan Allie announced he would hold an office hour this Saturday, from noon to 1 PM at Two Rivers Burrito Company on Elm Street. Westfield residents with a city concern or problem are encouraged to attend. Allie will be there to try to address all issues. People can also contact him at danallie@comcast.net

Republican City Committee WESTFIELD - The Westfield Republican City Committee will be meeting on Monday, April 7 at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. All are welcome to attend and we encourage everyone to get involved. We will continue to meet on the first Monday of each month at the same time and location until further notice. We look forward to seeing many new faces at our next meeting!

St. Rocco’s Woman’s Club meeting WESTFIELD - St. Rocco’s Woman’s Club will hold their next monthly meeting on Monday April 7th at 7:00 P.M. Refreshment committee is Carmel Ann Lariviere, Sandra Roy and Fran Benson.  Will discuss plans for the Anniversary party to be held in May.

Dollars for Scholars Monthly Meeting WESTFIELD - The next monthly meeting of the CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars will be held on Monday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Faculty Cafeteria at South Middle School. New members always welcome!

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR To the Editor Since the writing of my last city councilor statement several things have come up to warrant an immediate response. 1. Much is being said about NAG and the meeting at Landsdowne regarding the locals and the student population living down town. Initially at that meeting the focus was on the impact of the facility. I reminded the WSU reps that it was more the concern about the behavior beyond the building. And, that while many if not most students are reasonable and responsible there is a population that is not. I am sorry that so few local residents attended but those that did expressed their issues. One of the concerns that I presented from my constituents was who do you call at 2 AM when there is a disturbance? The police just as you would for any other similar problem. I would not to suggest confronting them, maybe use your smart phone to take their picture for the police. Most of them will never live here to pay taxes to make up for our expenses, so maybe the fines, or charges should be greater, especially for multiple offenses. Urinating on peoples doors, destroying personal items we keep on our lawns, even if cheap mean a lot to us, and after all these are our homes. One of my pet peeves was that we too often refer to college students as kids when at their age if they were in the military, or had jobs, their own place to live or a family, we would refer to them as men and women. It has long been a contention of mine that prolonged adolescence is not a good thing for college students. They want Rights, and Authority over their lives, but this is incompatible with being children, as kids would make them out to be. But, this is not new, when I was a member of the Mass. Board of Community Colleges in 1976, faculty at HCC complained about the behavior of the kids (students), but when suggesting they refer to and treat students as adults they did not like that idea either. I guess it is easier to herd kid than adults. On a more positive note 2: I attended the art show at WVTHS. That was great some really good art, but more important were some really great examples of positive parenting by all the families that showed up with their children to check out their child’s art. Congrats to WVTHS, and to those parents. Lastly, 3: on the 27th, while walking my dog I found a syringe. With all the current talk about a resurgence in heroin use I thought I was doing the right thing by bringing it to the police station. I was wrong, I was told most adamantly that I should have brought it to the fire station after all that was where the medical people are. So if you find drug paraphernalia don’t make the same mistake that I did…bring it to the fire dept. Brian Hoose Ward 3 City Councilor.

Food safety rule threatens cows’ ‘happy hour’ By Helena Bottemiller Evich Politico.com The Food and Drug Administration has proposed a regulation that could threaten happy hour. For cows. Though few Americans realize it, the byproducts of their booze consumption actually help feed dairy cows and beef cattle across the country. And if you drink beer from Flying Dog Brewery, your habit helps feed bulls used in professional rodeos. But a proposed rule from the FDA that aims to ensure the safety of animal feed and pet food — part of a sweeping new food safety reform law signed by President Barack Obama in 2011 — includes new regulatory requirements that could make the practice cost-prohibitive, sending grains left over from beer and whiskey into landfills. The proposal has brewers, distillers and some members of Congress up in arms. The relationship between alcohol-makers and farmers is a centuries-old symbiotic partnership that even George Washington took part in. Brewers and distillers have tons of wet grain left over from making alcohol, and cows just happen to love it. They love it so much that many farmers call it “happy hour” See Food Safety, Page 8

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How a Big Idea Went Viral First, tiny, struggling Kalamazoo promised its kids free college tuition. Then the rest of America’s cities heard about it. By NORA CAPLAN-BRICKER Politico.com When the anonymous wealthy donors behind the Kalamazoo Promise made their pledge in 2005 to pay for the kids of Kalamazoo to go to college, the idea was shockingly novel. And very appealing: almost instantly other cities around the United States clamored for their own such programs. Eight similar scholarship plans were announced within a year of Kalamazoo’s. Today, the tally of plans inspired by the experiment in Southwest Michigan has topped 30 nationwide. The idea is so attractive for cities looking to both upgrade their education credentials – and enhance their appeal to families who might otherwise not live there – that it’s given rise to several waves of copycats. The New Haven Promise started in 2010; now, it’s inspired a program in nearby Hartford, Conn., with Providence, R.I., and Newark, N.J., now considering plans of their own. El Dorado, Ark., is the South’s version of an idea incubator; it took up Kalamazoo’s cause in 2007 and has since been spreading the word; director Sylvia Thompson, advised Arkadelphia, Ark., on the program it founded in 2010, and met with a group from Malvern, Ark., last fall. These days, she’s also ushering along Shelby, N.C., and Tyler, Texas. “Kalamazoo was very helpful to us,” Thompson told me. “By the same token, I get phone calls all the time.” Now, nearly a decade after the movement began, here’s how some of the country’s most prominent promise programs are tailoring and tinkering with their own versions of the idea. ——— El Dorado Promise The halls of the elementary schools in El Dorado are papered with posters that say “Promise Bound!” and “We’re working on the Promise.” Stroll through, and you might hear a kindergarten teacher chant, “The El Dorado Promise says?” and a roomful of five-year-olds calling back, “I can go to college.” “It’s just part of the culture,” said Thompson. She keeps an office in El Dorado’s high school, where students call her “the Promise lady.” The El Dorado Promise kicked off in 2007, and it’s among Kalamazoo’s most faithful copycats; the only major difference is El Doradans can take their Promise funding anywhere in the country, where Kalamazoo graduates must go to one of Michigan’s public colleges. El Dorado is also considered one of the most successful Promises. Thompson said roughly 90 percent of the district’s students end up qualifying for the scholarship. An ongoing study at the University of Arkansas has found that El Dorado students who were in third grade when the program was announced were outperforming peers in other school districts by 14 points in math and 12 points in literacy on the Arkansas Benchmark Exam four years later. El Dorado’s high school drop-out rate, which was nearly double the state average at 8 percent in 2006, is now between 1 and 2 percent. Like most Promise programs, El Dorado was sparked by an article about Kalamazoo: An account in the Wall Street Journal found its way to the deepest pockets in town, the Murphy Oil Corporation, which put up $50 million to start the program. “They wanted people to want to come to work for Murphy,” Thompson told me, “and a strong school system is one of the things people look for.” One El Dorado school even changed the lyrics of an old religious hymnal from “standing on the promises of Christ my King” to “standing on the promises that Murphy has given me.” ——— Say Yes Syracuse In 2008, Say Yes to Education, a national non-profit focused on inner cities, decided to experiment with a citywide scholarship program in Syracuse, New York. The organization—and others, like the New York City-based “I Have a Dream” Foundation—had been working on smaller-scale projects for years to boost access to higher education. A few years after it decided to initiate the Syracuse plan, the group began trading stories with the folks in Kalamazoo. Unlike the Kalamazoo Promise, where scholarships are the defining component, Say Yes tackles an array of barriers that can keep low-income students from going to college: According to its president, Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey, the organization provides everything from tutoring to health clinics. “My experience is that a scholarship alone will not get the

job done,” she told me, noting that the Kalamazoo team— which visited Syracuse to gather ideas—had come to a similar conclusion. When Schmitt-Carey in 2011 announced a second citywide program, in Buffalo, New York, she borrowed Kalamazoo’s provision that a full college scholarship is awarded to only those students who arrive as kindergartners (a sliding scale determines the percentage of college funding students receive if they arrive between first and ninth grades, after which new students are ineligible for a scholarship). She had noticed that this detail made a big difference in the urban revival of Kalamazoo: It encouraged young families to put down roots in the city, rather than simply move there to cash in on the scholarship. In Syracuse, families were moving downtown when their children neared the tenth grade cutoff, but in Buffalo, the influx of families started when their children were much younger, which, she says, helps to rebuild neighborhoods. New Haven Promise As these free-college programs have multiplied, a debate has taken shape: whether to set a minimum grade-point average for qualifying students. Proponents say such a provision pushes school districts to focus on student performance, and ensures that students who receive a scholarship are ready to use it. Critics argue that it limits the pool of scholarship recipients to kids who would have made it to college anyway—often, to students from more affluent families. Perhaps the most demanding promise program is the one based in New Haven, Connecticut, which is funded by the city’s biggest employer, Yale University. The scholarship requires a student to earn a minimum 3.0 GPA. The program is also the only one that requires community service—40 hours over the course the course of a high schooler’s four years—which executive director Patricia Melton called “the gem of the program.”, “It just seemed natural to us that there should be some citizenship and some academic requirements,” said Bruce Alexander, who handles Yale’s relationship with New Haven and was part of the team that negotiated the scholarship program, adding that Yale “naturally gravitates toward those values.” But when Melton took charge in 2012, she noticed that the grade requirements introduced problems too. “Let’s say a student has a difficult freshman year” that puts a 3.0 average out of reach, she said. “Anything could’ve happened—they could’ve become homeless. They’ll just check out and say, ‘I can’t make it.’” So Melton introduced what she calls the “Passport to Promise,” through which seniors graduating with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 can argue their case in an essay and receive $1,000 for the first year of college. If they maintain a 2.0 GPA, they then earn the full scholarship as sophomores. Even so, New Haven Promise funds a relatively small percentage of graduating seniors. Last year, Melton said, a little more than half of eligible New Haven students applied, and 20 percent ultimately took scholarships. ——— Pittsburgh Promise According to Saleem Ghubril, executive director of the Pittsburgh Promise, people who worry about minimum GPAs “are selling short our minority kids.” The program he directs features a 2.5 GPA requirement with a “grace period” that extends down to 2.0. About three-quarters of graduates are eligible for the scholarship, and about half are using it, he told me. More than 40 percent of the recipients have been AfricanAmerican and more than 80 percent of the scholarships have gone to students from low-income families. But Pittsburgh’s school system, like many with Promise programs, faces some challenge still: In 2012, the latest year for which data is available, the Pittsburgh schools graduated only 69 percent of students. That’s up 7 percent since the Promise program launched in 2006, but nowhere near the 80 percent goal that Ghubril has set. So, like their counterparts in Kalamazoo, the organizers of the Pittsburgh Promise are doing more to put students in position to take advantage of the scholarship. When kids aren’t graduating from high school, covering college tuition, he said, “is not a panacea.” ——— Nora Caplan-Bricker is a staff writer at the New Republic.


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WESTFIELD Emergency Response and Crime Report Tuesday, April 1, 2014 12:02 a.m.: motor vehicle violation, North Elm Street, a patrol officer reports a traffic stop, the vehicle’s registration was found to have been revoked for lack of insurance, the vehicle was towed to the police impound yard; 12:39 a.m.: motor vehicle violation, Southampton Road, a patrol officer reports he observed a vehicle make an illegal left turn and he stopped the vehicle, a routine check revealed that the operator’s license had been suspended and the vehicle’s registration was expired, Paul Arce, 25, of 94 Vera St., West Hartford, Conn., was arrested for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, operating an unregistered and a state highway sign violation: 7:19 a.m.: accident, Pontoosic Road, a caller reports rollover accident, the responding officer reports the operator was not trapped in the vehicle and declined medical transport, the vehicle was towed to the police impound yard; 1:07 p.m.: larceny, Ely Street, a resident came to the station to complain of a larceny, the responding officer reports the man said that he found fraudulent checks had been written on his account, the man told the officer that he believes a family member is responsible for nine checks totaling more than $900 which had been fraudulently cashed, the case was referred to the Detective Bureau and the complainant said that he would apply for a protective order; 3:06 p.m.: assist citizen, East Main Street, a caller reports her key and her five-month-old child are locked in her car, the responding firefighters report entry was made; 4:05 p.m.: officer wanted, Sherman Street at Franklin Avenue, a caller complains that political sign holders are on his property and making enough noise to keep him from sleeping, the responding officer reports a single man with a sign was found on the tree belt speaking on a phone, the man said that no other political supporters have been there and he has not been making noise, the officer reports the caller appeared to be intoxicated and was advised to go back inside and go to sleep; 4:51 p.m.: suspicious person, Chapman Playground, a caller reports a male party is exposing himself in the park, the responding officer reports he found an intoxicated man had been urinating, the man was placed in protective custody; 4:56 p.m.: disturbance, Colonial Pine Acres, 50 Southampton Road, a caller reports she was assaulted by a neighbor, the officer reports the two women have an ongoing dispute, both women were advised of their civil options; 6:06 p.m.: motor vehicle violation, East Main Street, a patrol officer reports a traffic stop, the registration plates on the car were found to have been issued to another vehicle, a criminal complaint was filed and the car was towed to the police impound yard; 6:37 p.m.: city ordinance violation, Park Square, a patrol officer reports he encountered 12-15 youths at the Green with bikes, skateboards and razor scooters, the youths were advised that such devices are prohibited downtown and informed about the repercussions should they be found using Park Square as a skate park; 6:51 p.m.: motor vehicle violation, Elm Street at Cowles Court, a patrol officer reports he observed a vehicle fail to stop for a red traffic signal, the car was stopped and the operator’s license was found to be suspended, Jeremy Willson Matos, 26, of 11 Grove St., was arrested for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, a subsequent offense; 7:34 p.m.: motor vehicle complaint, West Silver Street, a caller reports a woman who appears to be intoxicated is operating a vehicle with two children, the responding officer reports he found the woman in her driveway, the woman appeared to be intoxicated but operation of the vehicle was not observed by the officer, the Department of Children and Families was notified; 7:43 p.m.: motor vehicle violation, Crown Street, multiple callers reports a vehicle is burning rubber and doing doughnuts on Crown Street, the responding officer reports an ‘Immediate threat’ notice was filed with the Registry of Motor Vehicles; 8:19 p.m.: larceny, Van Dussen Apartments, 42 Arnold Street, a caller reports her apartment was broken into, the responding officer reports there were no signs of forcible entry but a small amount of money was stolen; Wednesday, April 2, 2014 8:39 a.m.: odor of gas, Apremont Way, a caller from a construction company reports striking a natural gas line, a G&E crew responded to shut down the flow in a high pressure gas line; 10:59 a.m.: motor vehicle violation, North Elm Street, a traffic control officer reports a traffic stop, the operator’s license was found to have been suspended, the car was towed to the police impound yard; 12:04 p.m.: motor vehicle theft, Joyce Drive, a caller reports his SUV is missing from his driveway, the responding officer reports the victim said that the vehicle was last seen at 9 a.m. and said that nobody else has authorized access to it; 1:08 p.m.: breaking and entering, Southwick Road, a caller from a physician’s officer reports an attempt was made to break into the building, the responding officer reports the leader of a cleaning team reported finding pry marks on the rear door the night before, no entry was gained; 2:23 p.m.: motor vehicle violation, North Elm Street, a patrol officer reports he observed a vehicle operating a 53 mph in a 30 mph zone on North Elm Street, the vehicle was stopped and the operator was found to be the subject of an outstanding warrant, Nairoby Melendez, 29, of 177 Sergeant St., Holyoke, was arrested on the 2013 warrant issued by Springfield District Court; 4:12 p.m.: found property, City View Road, a resident called to report that a registration plate was inadvertently left at the scene of an accident, the responding officer reports the plate was stored for safekeeping; 5:54 p.m.: animal complaint, Westwood Drive, a caller reports he took custody of a yellow Labrador retriever dog which has been in the area all day, an animal control officer responded and transported the dog to he municipal animal shelter; 6:57 p.m.: motor vehicle violation, Shaker Road, a patrol officer reports a traffic stop, the vehicle’s registration was found to be expired, the car was towed to the police impound yard; 7:15 p.m.: suspicious activity, Elm Street, a caller reports a male party is swinging a hunting knife around, a second caller stated that the man was striking signs and other objects with the knife, the responding officer reports the man was found but denied brandishing a knife, the man was seen to have a hand injury but said it was self inflicted when he punched something, the officer reports a criminal complaint for disorderly conduct is pending; 8:26 p.m.: disturbance, a caller reports she can hear neighbors yelling and heard her female neighbor yelling “don’t hit me”, the responding officer reports there was no answer at the door but a television could be heard, the caller stated that she did not see anybody leave, the officer made a forcible entry to ensure the wellbeing of the resident and found the male resident hiding fully dressed under the covers in the bedroom, the man said that the argument had been verbal and the woman had left prior to the officer’s arrival, the woman called later and reported she was safely back at her home.

104th plans training, night flights WESTFIELD – The 104th Fighter “We do not want to alarm the Wing at Barnes Air National Guard residence around the local area “We do not want to Base will be executing a homeof Westfield who may be staralarm the residence land defense exercise this weektled by the increase in aircraft end beginning today. Their flying around the local area activity during the evening should reflect a standard drill hours,” said Sabonis. “The eveof Westfield who weekend with the exception of the ning missions are a critical part fact that thye will be flying on of our required reoccurring may be startled Friday and Saturday and not flytraining.” by the increase ing on Sunday. “The night training is required in aircraft activity “We do not want to alarm the to ensure our pilots are ready residence around the local area to respond to any airborne during the who may be startled by the threat in the Northeastern evening hours,” increase in aircraft activity during United States, at any time, in this training exercise,” said Senior any condition,” he said. “With Robert J. Sabonis Master Sgt. Robert J. Sabonis, our 24/7 alert posture, our Senior Master Sgt., public affairs Manager for the Airmen could respond to an public affairs Manager 104th Fighter Wing. “Aircraft may for the 104th Fighter Wing airborne threat at any time profly throughout New England, as tecting one quarter of the well as over the states of New nation’s population and one York, Rhode Island and Connecticut.” third of the its Gross Domestic Product.” In addition, the 104th is scheduled to conduct “We often do not have the luxury of advance evening training flights from April 14-17. The notice,” he said. “When we can prepare for trainevening. missions will launch from Barnes at or ing missions such as these, we will try to share around 5 p.m. with expected landings around as much information as we can.” 6:30 p.m. SOURCE: dodlive.mil/tag/air-force-blog/Airman 1st Class K. Tomlin

CORRECTION A person whose cases were reported in the Thursday edition of The Westfield News was insufficiently identified. Robert E. Kelly III, is 20-years-old and lives at 227 Southwick St. in Feeding Hills.The News regrets the omission.

Court Logs Westfield District Court Wednesday, April 2, 2014 Jeremy W. Matos, 26, of 11 Grove Ave., was released on $300 cash bail after he was arraigned on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and failure to stop or yield brought by Westfield police. Thursday, April 3, 2014 Nicole M. Fournier, 38, of 859 Main St., Holyoke, submitted to facts sufficient to warrant a guilty finding for a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, a subsequent offense, brought by Westfield police and the charge was continued without a finding with probation for three months. She was assessed $50. Melissa K. Johnson, 25, of 20 Evergreen Drive, submitted to facts sufficient to warrant guilty findings for charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor and negligent operation of a motor vehicle brought by Southwick police and the charges were continued without a finding with probation for one year. She was assessed $600, ordered to complete a Driver Alcohol Education Program at a cost of $817.22 and her license was suspended for 45 days. She was found to be responsible for a charge of possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. Danielle Connelly, 29, of 151 Peter Green Drive, Tolland, saw a charge Can Conn., You Help Sarah? Sarah Helps Seniors of larceny of property valued less than $250 not prosecuted Can after the Commonwealth was You unable to contact the named victim. Help Bernard F. Rubino Jr., 36, Sarah? of 16www.sarahgillett.org Woodside Circle, www.sarahgillett.org Southwick, was not prosecuted for a charge of being a fugitive from justice after he waived rendition and was surrendered to Connecticut authorities. How Did This HouseHelp Seniors? Want To Know A Secret? Ask Sarah. www.sarahgillett.org

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This photo provided by courtesy of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden shows a Malus slant style bonsai in Spring in New York. The very best bonsai stories are about passion and beauty and transformation. “A dewdrop hanging for a split-second, that is bonsai,” says Julian Velasco, curator of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s bonsai collection, one of the largest and oldest outside Japan. (AP Photo/Brooklyn Botanic Garden) “When you see the Grand Canyon or Yosemite, you are taking in the emotion of the place as much as the visual image,” and bonsai is about that emotion, he said. It is the haiku of the tree world. Luckily for beginners, who have not yet attained a level of oneness with their new bonsai, learning to nurture a bonsai has never been easier. Expert help, once found only in Japan or China, is now more readily available at bonsai clubs and shops around the world. The American Bonsai Society lists bonsai clubs across the United States and Canada, and Bonsai Clubs International lists clubs worldwide. “Most U.S. states now have at least a couple of bonsai societies, and interest seems to be growing,” said David Bogan of Evansville, Indiana, who is on the board of the American Bonsai Society. “About 30 years ago a friend brought a bonsai for me from Hawaii, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Now my wife and I have hundreds of bonsai,” he said. “Bonsai are a long-term commitment, though, and most take at least a decade to create. Some can hardly go a day without some kind of care. It’s almost like having a pet.” Bonsai, Japanese for “planted in a tray,” originated in China in around 200 A.D., and the art spread several hundred years later to Japan. The art of bonsai was introduced to the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and at least one of the Brooklyn Botanic This photo provided by courtesy of the Garden bonsais is over 200 years old. Brooklyn Botanic Garden shows Julian Although Velasco said the ultimate goal is to Velasco, curator of the Brooklyn “open your heart to the tree,” he has a few more Botanic Garden’s bonsai collection, practical tips for novices. one of the largest and oldest outside The first is to choose a variety of tree suited Japan. (AP Photo) to your environment. Bonsai are trees or shrubs, and most varieties should be grown outside, where they require a period of dormancy in winter. For most people, however, who want to grow their bonsai indoors or keep them outdoors only in warmer months, tropical varieties like the ficus or Australian brush cherry, with its interesting flower and bark, are good choices. Both are sturdy enough to endure a few beginners’ mistakes,

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Calmer, potty-trained old dogs find new homes By SUE MANNING Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Erin O’Sullivan wants to change lives by finding new homes for old dogs. Visitors to her popular Facebook page say she has done just that by helping them discover the pets they didn’t know they were missing. O’Sullivan’s page tells stories about pooches past their prime that need loving homes and taps into the wellspring of animal lovers seeking calmer, well-trained dogs or those wanting to care for pets in their twilight years. Shelters will ask her to help place older dogs that aren’t as sought-after as puppies, many of which have extensive health problems that can stall adoptions. “I think more than food or water, companionship is lifeblood to a dog,” O’Sullivan said. She is convinced that when an older dog is adopted, they will live longer because of an owner’s love. Many shelters and rescues online and off focus on senior dog adoptions that are growing in popularity. But O’Sullivan’s page, Susie’s Senior Dogs, has gotten more attention than most thanks to a big boost from her boyfriend, an Internet star who knows how to build buzz online — and owns a dog named Susie. Brandon Stanton of Brooklyn is the author of a book and much-read blog called “Humans of New York,” which claims more than 4 million followers on social media and chronicles the lives of New Yorkers, enrapturing overtaxed Web surfers with heartfelt photos and snippets of text. Three years ago, Stanton adopted an 11-year-old Chihuahua named Susie. “She is the greatest dog in New York ... I didn’t realize what it meant to have an animal attach itself to you so her only concern in life is being close to you,” he said. O’Sullivan had set up a Facebook page for Susie, which had about 10,000 “likes” the morning she changed its purpose to finding other old dogs new homes. Stanton pitched the page on his blog, and by nightfall the page had 10 times as many followers. That number has since grown to over 150,000, and she has helped nearly 200 dogs since January. That includes a 12-year-old pooch that Britany Spangler of Grand Rapids, Mich., found on the page. “I never intended on getting a dog until I saw our Molly and I knew we had to have her,” she said. The Lhasa apso was missing a whole side of teeth, was infested with worms and fleas, had an allergy that made her hair fall out and suffered kidney problems. Despite the health issues, the dog gets along

Animal Shelter Drive WESTFIELD - Please join us for our first annual can and bottle recycling drive. We will be accepting rinsed cans and bottles at the Westfield Regional Animal Shelter, located across from Barnes Airport, on weekdays between noon and 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds will benefit our dogs at the shelter. beautifully with her three children, who are all under 3 years old, Spangler said. “It was like they had been together forever,” she said. “She came potty-trained and full of love. If she is with us for six months, she blesses us for six months. If she is with us for five years, she enriches our lives for five years. She’s the dog I never knew I needed.” Steve Greig, who owns a menagerie of animals, found a 10-year-old dog to love on O’Sullivan’s page, but the nearly hairless Chihuahua-poodle mix named Phyllis also came with problems. The dog is blind, weak, had sores on her face from trying to escape her cage, and lost all her hair to an infection, Greig said. In February, he took in Phyllis because he didn’t have hope she would be adopted from a shelter otherwise. “She looks like a fox with a bad perm,” he said, but that hasn’t bothered his dogs, cats, chickens, ducks or pot-bellied pig. “The other dogs must realize the 10-year-old Chihuahuapoodle is blind and feeble. They are so gentle with her. She’s fitting in fine.” Greig is looking into getting Phyllis surgery to possibly restore her eyesight. Meanwhile, O’Sullivan and animal rescue owner Elli Frank are trying to help Tanya, an 8-year-old pit bull mix that was all but forgotten after being dumped at a shelter as a puppy. Frank, founder of Mr. Bones and Co. in New York City that takes in a few animals at a time, won’t acquire other dogs until Tanya has a home. The dog has been adopted twice, but little things went wrong and she was returned. Frank has since sent her to an obedience school in Connecticut. “I want her to be the most adoptable dog she can be,” Frank said. “It’s so wrong that she doesn’t have a home ... But who is going to gamble on a dog that’s never had a home?” O’Sullivan would call her an underdog — her favorite kind. ——— Online: — www.facebook.com/susiesseniordogs — www.mrbonesandco.org

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By LEE REICH Associated Press If plants could squeal like hungry pigs, we gardeners would pay more attention to their fertilizer needs. But plants do tell us when they are hungry — with poor or distorted growth and with leaf discolorations. Why wait for your plants to become so desperate? Test your soil every few years. Testing can be done by you or by a private or state laboratory, and there are options in what to test for. At the least, test the acidity (pH), because if it is unsuitable, plants cannot absorb certain nutrients, even if those nutrients are present. Most plants like a slightly acidic soil, with a pH about 6.5. A standard test checks levels of the socalled macronutrients — phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium and sulfur. A complete checkup would also include testing for micronutrients, such as iron, manganese and zinc, which are essential but required in only minute quantities. SAMPLING IS MOST IMPORTANT The accuracy of any soil test depends on how you take the sample. In even a modestsize garden of 100 square feet, one cup of soil — the amount used for the test — represents only 0.001 percent of the top 6 inches of soil, so that sample must be as representative as possible of the whole area to be tested. The test area should be relatively uniform. Areas devoted to very different kinds of plants — vegetables versus lawn, for example — require separate samples. Vegetable and flower gardens can be sampled together. Subdivide the area where obvious differences in topography or soil exist, and stay away from walls, sites of old compost piles, etc. Even out small differences over even relatively uniform soil by taking a half-dozen samples from random spots. Sample the top 6 inches of vegetable and flower beds, and the top 2 inches of lawns, first removing any surface debris such as compost, weeds or sod. Whoa — don’t use that first trowelful of soil. It’s coneshaped, with a greater propor-

tion of soil from the surface layers than from lower down. Take a slice, uniformly thick from top to bottom, from along the edge of that hole you just made. Alternatively, use a soil sampling tube, home-made or bought, to get a uniform sample. Combine all your samples from a test area into a clean plastic bucket. Thoroughly mix the composited soil to average out differences between samples, crumbling it and discarding stones, sticks, insects and other debris as you mix. Spread the soil out on a clean baking pan to air dry for a day, then remove about a cup for testing. RESULTS COME IN If you are sending your sample out for testing, follow any instructions supplied by the laboratory about packing the soil. For testing at home, use a portion of that 1 cup subsample you got from the combined samples. Home testing kits involve mixing small amounts of your soil sample with various solutions and noting color changes, which you compare against standards — all detailed in the included instructions. If you are testing more than one area, label samples from each area and make a note to yourself of the locations. A testing laboratory may also want other information, such as past fertilization history, as well as what you intend to grow. Indicate whether you wish any special tests, such as for micronutrients or toxic

elements (such as lead) in the soil. Your completed soil test will give you information about your soil’s organic matter, texture (clay, sand, etc.), acidity and levels of specific nutrients, along with a recommendation for fertilizer and lime. Fertilizer recommendations are based on what is in the soil and what kinds of plants you intend to grow. Follow fertilizer recommendations closely, because too much can be as harmful as too little, causing nutrient imbalances, even death, of plants. Keep in mind that a soil test determines fertility and acidity, but does not address such problems as waterlogging, pests or insufficient sunlight. An observant eye over coming months is a necessary adjunct to soil testing. There’s truth in the old saying that the best fertilizer is the gardener’s shadow. If you are sending your sample out for testing, follow any instructions supplied by the laboratory about packing the soil. If you are testing more than one area, label samples from each area and make a note to yourself of the locations. Equally important is to supply the laboratory with any information requested about past fertilization history, as well as what you intend to grow. Indicate whether you wish any special tests, such as for micronutrients or toxic elements (such as lead) in the soil. When your soil test is complete, you will receive information about your soil’s organic matter, texture (clay, sand, etc.), acidity and levels of specific nutrients, along with a recommendation for fertilizer and lime. Fertilizer recommendations are based on what is in the soil and what kinds of plants you intend to grow. Follow fertilizer recommendations closely, because too much can be as harmful as too little, causing nutrient imbalances, even death, of plants. Keep in mind that a soil test determines fertility and acidity, but does not address such problems as waterlogging, pests or insufficient sunlight. An observant eye over coming months is a necessary adjunct to soil testing. There’s truth in the old saying that the best fertilizer is the gardener’s shadow.

Master gardener to speak at Southwick Public Library SOUTHWICK - Master Gardener Thelma Green of Chicopee will be the Southwick Public Library’s guest speaker Wednesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. when she will detail her experiences restoring the herbal garden at Storrowton on the grounds of the Big E (Eastern States Exposition) in West Springfield. The presentation, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is free and open to the public. It will discuss the content and maintenance of the garden and herbal gardens generally as well as the soil requirements for various herbs. The conditions needed for potted herbals will also be noted and Thelma will share cookies, vinegar and tea recipes, all made from herbs. In this March 24, 2014 photo provided by Steve Greig, his dog, Phyllis, a Chihuahua-poodle mix, peers out of Greig’s backpack during a walk near the Colorado-Nebraska border. Greig found the 10-year-old dog on Erin O’Sullivan’s “Susie’s Senior Dogs” Facebook page, but the nearly hairless dog also came with problems. (AP Photo/Steve Greig)

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Obituaries John F. Burke WESTFIELD - John F. “Jack” Burke passed away peacefully at home at the age of 91 on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. A native of Westfield, Jack graduated from WHS in 1940. Active in sports, he was a member of the football and basketball teams at WHS, and a member of the first Westfield High School Hockey team. He was a Life Scout with the Boy Scouts of America and attended the first Boy Scout’s Jamboree in Washington, D.C. with his friend Don Hatch of Westfield in 1937. Jack served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1948, learning air traffic control which would become his lifelong career. He controlled air traffic at Washington National Airport (now Reagan) in D.C., Idlewild Airport (now Kennedy) in New York and Bradley International Airport in CT. He retired in 1983 after more than 40 years of service with the Federal Government. Jack was a communicant of St. Mary Parish in Westfield, and known by many for his longtime hobby of making and repairing rosary beads. He had always enjoyed writing poetry, and in his later years had several published along with a few scenic photos. He taught his children and grandchildren to ice skate, something he always enjoyed. He “hung up his skates” at the age of 80. Known to have a great sense of humor, Jack was a kind, compassionate and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. Those that knew him would agree his lifelong motto was “Just in Case”; always wanting to be prepared! He was predeceased by his loving wife of 49 years, Eileen (McGauran) Burke and his siblings, James T. Burke (Bud) and Anne Burke Mahoney. Jack is survived by his 4 children, Kathryn (Kit) Burke and her partner Terri Modlesky of Quincy, John T. Burke of Westfield, Rita Hurt of Westfield and Thomas W. Burke and his wife Wendy of Westfield. He is also survived by 3 grandchildren, Nina Burke of Tennessee, Theresa Hurt of Westfield and Sean Hurt and his wife Stephanie of Maryland. Jack had 2 great-grandchildren, Parker and Michael Hurt of Maryland. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Lou McGauran; nephew, Alan McGauran; nieces, Eileen McGauran, Cathy Burke Caples and Margaret Burke all of California. The family would like to especially thank Laverne Barnett, “the Doctor”, for her exceptional care and kindness to Jack over the last two years. His funeral will be Monday, April 7th at 9:30 a.m. from the Robert E Cusack Funeral Home, 94 Main Street (Route 20), followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, all in Westfield. Visiting hours are Sunday, April 6th from 1:004:00 p.m. Memorial contributions to St Mary’s Parish, 30 Bartlett St, Westfield, MA 01085 or the Wounded Warriors Project at woundedwarriorsproject.org

Alvin M. Sutherland WESTFIELD - Alvin M. Sutherland, age 84, of Westfield, died on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 in Holyoke. He was born in Harvey IL, son of the late Alvin and Lula Pearl (Sykes) Sutherland and graduated from Harvey High School in IL and Syracuse University in NY. Alvin received his master’s degree in Education from Westfield State University, and was a twenty year teacher in the Westfield Public Schools, retiring in 1989. A career officer in the United States Air Force, Alvin was a Veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, serving from 1946 to 1968. He also worked as a Security Guard for Pinkerton Security. He had lived in Westfield since 1969, and was a member of the Masons. An antique car collector, he was a member of the local Model A and Model T Clubs, and loved animals. Alvin is survived by his wife of 65 years, Teresa (Morin) Sutherland; three daughters, Cathy Ligenza and her husband Ray of Leominster, Dianne Sutherland and her husband Alan Fini of Westfield, and Mary Ellen Sutherland of Westfield; 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends are asked to meet at Blessed Sacrament Church, 1945 Northampton Street, Holyoke for a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, April 7th at 12:00 noon. Burial will follow at Saint Mary’s Cemetery in Northampton. Calling hours will be Sunday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street, Holyoke.

Wayne E. Hoynoski WESTFIELD - Wayne E. “Bumpa” Hoynoski, 65, of Westfield died Monday, March 31, 2014 at home. He was born in Springfield on September 12, 1948 to Edmond and Anna (Vaughn) Hoynoski and has lived in Westfield all of his life. Wayne was employed by CSX railroad for thirty-nine years, before retiring. He enjoyed working around his yard. He also enjoyed spending time with friends and was a member of the Italian Fraternal Club. Wayne leaves his wife of forty-four years, Brenda J. (Jones) Hoynoski. He also leaves two sons, David Hoynoski and John Wheelden both of Westfield; two daughters, Tina Hoynoski and Lynn Curran both of Westfield, as well as his friend and son-in-law, Kevin Curran; his mother, Anna Hoynoski; two brothers, Lester and William Hoynoski and a sister, Carol Talmadge all of Westfield. Wayne also leaves his seven grandchildren who he loved and cherished dearly, Sarah HoynoskiCurran, Jamie and Andrew Curran, Jessica Wheelden, Alex Kareh, and Cameron and Connor Hoynoski; two stepgrandchildren, Justin and Tanya Curran. In addition, he also leaves four great-grandchildren, Hailey and Luis Teixeira, Lacey Plucker and Chloe Curran; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Edmond Hoynoski and a brother, Edward Hoynoski. Wayne will forever be remembered for his jokes and witty humor. The family hopes everyone will find comfort in the nicknames that “Weezie” has assigned to his close friends and loved ones. May all the memories warm your hearts. A celebration of his life will be held Sunday, April 6th at 1:00 p.m. at the Italian Fraternal Club, 57 Katherine Street in Westfield. There will not be any further services. www.firtionadams.com

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Rose Curran Knapik Memorial Scholarship Contact Person: Son Joseph Knapik & family 293 Birch Bluffs Drive Westfield, MA 01085 Helen Rose Curran was born on December 24, 1902. Her parents, John and Mary (Condron) Curran, left Ireland in the late 1800’s to settle in Westfield, and establish a home and family. Rose, as she was known to everyone who knew her, had two brothers and three sisters. The other children born to John and Mary died in infancy. The family home was on Prospect Street and Rose attended Prospect Hill School with her siblings. Throughout her life, she always maintained close contact with friends and relatives who grew up on “The Hill.” Rose graduated from Westfield High School, which in 1918 was located where Westfield’s main fire station is sited today. She was also very proud of her brother, Jack, who at that time was serving in World War I with the U.S. Army in France. In the 1920’s, Rose trained at the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Springfield and graduated as a Registered Nurse. During this period of her life, she was known to have been a passenger in an open cockpit, two-winged aeroplane, similar to those flown during World War I. In 1932, Rose and three other young nurses from Westfield set off to tour the United States. She kept a diary and recorded visits to Yellowstone Park and the Grand Canyon, where she even made the trip by mule to the canyon’s floor and back up! She traveled on to Tijuana, Mexico, up the coast of California, and then back to Westfield. It had to be quite an adventure! During her working years, Rose was a staff nurse at Noble Hospital and also at the Westfield Sanitorium (now Western MA Hospital). For a time in the early 1930’s, she was employed as a nurse by the Columbia Bicycle Company. Riding a trolley car from “The Hill” to Lozierville where the factory was located, she exchanged waves with a young

Helen Rose Curran fellow who lived on East Silver Street. This friendship developed into a marriage between Rose and Joseph J. Knapik. Rose and Joe raised two sons, Joseph born in 1935, and John M. born in 1942. While bringing up her family, Rose continued to work part-time at Noble Hospital; she also was a private duty nurse, which allowed her to work nights and care for her two sons during the day. When Joe and John went off to serve in the Marines, Rose would write letters to the boys from her duty station at the hospital. The letters may have been written intermittently, as she would write … “oops, have to go and check on so-andso in Room 214.” It was always good to get news from home from Mom. Since Rose was a “Christmas baby,” there was always a Christmas Eve party at Rose’s house for a large gathering of family and friends to celebrate her birthday. Rose became a grandmother to two granddaughters and four grandsons. Whenever family or friends paid a visit to Rose’s home, she would tell them, “Sit down and I’ll put a pot o’ coffee on.”

Rose took good care of her family administering medicines, advice, or enemas when needed. She assisted her daughters-in-law, Joanne and Alice, in the care of their babies, and she was always offering the following two philosophical comments that remain with us today: 1.) “Listen, … you’re just as good as anyone else.” 2.) “Listen, … I’ve been with them when they’re born and I’ve been with them when they’ve died. They came into this world with nothing, and they go out the same way.” Rose had a niece, Anne Marie (Curran) Smith, and a sister-in-law, Justine (Knapik) Ascolillo, who were also Registered Nurses. Both of their husbands were medical doctors. Interestingly, Rose’s grandson Joe is married to a Registered Nurse named Rose! The Rose Curran Knapik Memorial Scholarship was started in 1984. She died at Noble Hospital in 1983, and she was loved by all who knew her. We wish to continue this remembrance by recognizing those students from our three local high schools who wish to pursue a career in nursing or a health related field. This will be a tribute to Rose. Written by: Joseph Knapik October 18, 2005 *Note* Sadly, Joseph Knapik passed away on February 5, 2014. This scholarship is part of his legacy.

Food Safety Continued from Page 4 when they feed their animals spent grain, whether it’s the byproduct of bourbon or IPA. The arrangement makes beer, bourbon and other alcohol producers happy, too, as they avoid paying to dispose of massive quantities of grain while also helping reduce farmers’ feed costs. The proposed rule, which would require new preventive safety practices and more record keeping, has caught the attention of several lawmakers, particularly those who represent states with burgeoning craft beer industries. This week, 13 senators, led by Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), expressed their concerns to the FDA and urged the agency to not unduly burden the beer industry. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), whose state is known as “the Napa Valley of beer,” as it is home to a long list of craft producers and major breweries, like MillerCoors, wrote his own letter to the agency this week seeking a risk assessment before any proposal moves forward. On average, one gallon of beer will yield about a pound of spent grain. One gallon of bourbon yields more than nine pounds. The Brewers Association is concerned that the FDA’s proposal might force the 2,000 craft breweries it represents to dry or package up their spent grain — a resource-intensive process — instead of allowing farmers to just pick up the wet grains in trucks, as most operations do now. The group estimates that 80 percent of its members currently give away their spent grain to livestock farmers. The FDA’s regulations could cause the craft brewing industry to spend nearly $43 million per year to send its spent grains to landfills instead, according to the Brewers Association. Large brewers, who usually sell their used grains to brokers, would be affected, too. The Beer Institute, which represents the heavyweights of the industry, including Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors and others, estimates that the proposal could end up initially costing each large brewer $11 million and more than $1 million a year to implement audits, employee training and

testing for pathogens. Both the small and large beer associations argue that the FDA’s changes are unnecessary because there is no record of a food safety issue caused by spent grain fed to animals. It’s also not an issue food safety or consumer advocates seem concerned about, as they are much more focused on other major new food safety rules aimed at produce farms and food manufacturers. “This is a practice that’s been going on for centuries without any incident or risk to human health,” said Chris Thorne, vice president of communications for the Beer Institute. Thorne said his association is “cautiously optimistic” that the FDA will address the issue and said several lawmakers have been receptive to its concerns. Distillers are already using food-grade ingredients, and, on top of that, everything is boiled during the process, which would kill any bacteria that could be present, said a Virginia whiskey distiller, who asked to not be named. “We routinely give our spent grains to local farmers, and they find great value in it. Feed prices are very high,” he said. “The cows love it. We have a waiting list.” Flying Dog Brewery, in Frederick, Md., currently donates 150,000 pounds of spent grain per week to a farm that raises bulls for the Professional Bull Riders tour and is looking to expand to give its grain to local dairy farms, as well. “It’s mutually beneficial,” said Ben Chambers, the quality manager at Flying Dog, who formerly worked in quality assurance at a Coors plant A PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT Holy Spirit, You who made me see everything and showed me the way to reach my ideal. You, who gave me the divine gift to forgive and forget the wrong done to me and you, who are in all instances of my life with me. I, in this short dialogue want to thank you for everything and confirm once more that I never want to be separated from you no matter how great the material desire may be. I want to be with you and my loved ones in your perpetual glory. Amen. Thank you for your love towards me and my loved ones. Persons must pray the prayer three consecutive days without asking your wish. After the third day wish will be granted no matter how difficult it may be. Then promise to publish this dialogue as soon as this favor is granted. I WILL NEVER STOP TRUSTING IN GOD AND HIS POWER. S.F.

in Colorado. “I don’t know what we’d do if a truck weren’t able to take it to a farm. It would probably end up in a landfill.” “I’m an advocate for making sure everything is as safe as possible for consumers,” added Chambers. “But there’s no way this can fly.” Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) brought up concerns about the “absurd” rule during a recent appropriations hearing and urged FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to consider the impact on breweries and farmers. “I think there is a reasonable solution that can be found,” Hamburg said. “We do plan to reopen comment in some targeted areas of particular concern,” she added. “We think this can be taken up in that context, and I hope we can find a meaningful, viable solution.” At another hearing in February, Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.) told Michael Taylor, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, he’s concerned the feed rule would have the same negative impact on Kentucky distillers, which manufacture 95 percent of all bourbon, and ultimately lead to more food waste. Taylor assured the committee the agency would resolve their concerns in a “practical way.” Pingree, whose state is home to more than 50 breweries, told POLITICO she is “hopeful” the spent grain issue will be reconsidered. “I felt really good about the conversation we had with FDA last week,” she said in an interview, adding that she plans to lobby her colleagues

PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN (Never known to fail) O Most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendour of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me, and show me here you are my mother. O Holy Mary Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in my necessity (make request). There are none that can withstand your power. O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (three times). Holy Mary, I place this cause in your hands (three times). Say this prayer for three consecutive days and then you must publish and it will be granted to you. Grateful DC

to garner support for exempting brewers from the proposal. Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association, said he thinks the FDA was probably aiming to bring ethanol byproducts used in feed under the rule, in part, because that product often uses antibiotics to keep bacteria growth at bay. “We just don’t want to get swept in as collateral damage,” said Gatza. “It seems kind of silly.” Other groups, however, think some of the concerns raised by the smaller brewers are overblown. The Beer Institute and the American Feed Industry Association both contend that the FDA’s proposal wouldn’t actually require that breweries dry and package their grains. Still, the Beer Institute wants its members’ byproducts to be exempt from the whole proposal. The feed industry, meanwhile, disagrees with making any exemptions to the rule. “We hear what they’re saying,” said Richard Sellers, senior vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs for AFIA, a group that recently logged a 100-page comment on the FDA’s proposed rule. “But I don’t think we can accept a broad-based exemption.” If you would like to run a Memorial for your Pet contact: Diane DiSanto at dianedisanto@the westfieldnewsgroup.com or call 413-562-4181 1x3 with photo...$15 1x2 without photo...$10 A PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT Holy Spirit, You who made me see everything and showed me the way to reach my ideal. You, who gave me the divine gift to forgive and forget the wrong that is done to me and you, who are in all instances of my life with me. I, in this short dialogue want to thank you for everything and confirm once more that I never want to be separated from you no matter how great the material desire may be. I want to be with you and my loved ones in your perpetual glory. Amen. Thank you for your love towards me and my loved ones. Persons must pray the prayer three consecutive days without asking your wish. After the third day wish will be granted no matter how difficult it may be. Then promise to publish this dialogue as soon as the favor is granted. I will never stop trusting in DC God and His power.


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THE WESTFIELD NEWSSPORTS WHS caps thrilling comeback By Chris Putz Staff Writer BELCHERTOWN – The Westfield High School girls’ lacrosse team found itself on the winning side of an ongoing tug-of-war with a worthy opponent. Westfield rallied from an eight-goal deficit on the road to edge Belchertown in a 20-19 thriller Thursday night. Grace Silva scored off a rebound

with 14 seconds remaining to propel Westfield in its season opener. Brittany Hutchison tallied the game-tying goal in the final two minutes. “It’s a real good rivalry; games are always tight,” Westfield coach Paul Fenwick said. “It’s good to come out ahead. This was a good start.” The Bombers managed to overcome a nine-goal effort from Emma Jobson. “I’m just proud the girls never gave

up,” coach Fenwick said. “Hopefully (this win) will pay itself back going further into the season.” Victoria Whalen (1 assist) scored five goals apiece to lead Westfield. Bombers’ McKenzie Millikan had four goals and one assist. Victoria Meneses recorded 17 saves for Westfield, who last won a league Victoria Whalen, right, carries the ball for Westfield. Whalen had five title two years ago. Belchertown is the goals in Thursday’s contest against Belchertown. (File photo by chief defending league champ. photographer Frederick Gore)

Lions walk past Bombers By Chris Putz Staff Writer LUDLOW – For one team, it truly was a walk in the park. Ludlow drew a walk-off walk in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat visiting Westfield 2-1 in a high school baseball opener Thursday at Whitney Park. Westfield pitcher Brent Houle delivered a solid effort on the mound, but the team fell just short. Chris Sullivan (2-for-4), Craig Lacey (2-for-2), and Matt Bruno (2-for-3) each collected two hits for the Bombers (0-1). Westfield first baseman Kenny McClean Westfield returns to action Monday against the leaps for the catch as a Ludlow runner Purple Knights at Mackenzie Field in Holyoke. beats the tag. (Photo by Frederick Gore) First pitch is at 4 p.m.

Westfield softball pitcher Sarah McNerney delivers from the mound against host Minnechaug Thursday. (Photo by Chris Putz)

WHS off and … now running By Chris Putz Staff Writer WILBRAHAM – The elongated winter may have sapped the Westfield High School softball team of precious practice time on a playing field, but it obviously did not drain the Bombers of their power. Westfield banged out 11 hits, including an in-the-park home run from Maddy Atkocaitis, to defeat Minnechaug 8-5 Thursday. Atkocaitis put Westfield out front in the first inning with her solo shot. She finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Westfield’s Jules Sharon and Lexi Minicucci each went 2-for-4, and Kate Puza (1-for-3) had a hit and 3 RBIs. Rachel Swords (2 RBIs), Karly Mastello, Analise Eak, and Vicky Camp (1-1) had one hit apiece for the Bombers (1-0). “I thought the kids played good for the first time out there,” Westfield coach Joe Stella said. “They did what they had to do.” Westfield will play a 3-game schedule next week, beginning Monday against Amherst at 4 p.m.

Bombers’ second baseman Rachel Swords throws to first base for an out. (Photo by Chris Putz)

Westfield second baseman Ashton Kennedy waits for the ball as a Ludlow runner slides in. Ludlow went on to win 2-1. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Westfield pitcher Sarah McNerney delivers to a Minnechaug batter in Thursday’s softball season opener in Wilbraham. (Photo by Chris Putz)

Westfield’s Brent Houle delivers in the fourth inning against Ludlow. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

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Westfield’s No. 2 batter Maddy Atkocaitis rounds second base en route to an in-the-park home run in the first inning against Minnechaug Thursday in Wilbraham. (Photo by Chris Putz)


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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES FRIDAY April 4

SATURDAY APRIL 5

MONDAY April 7

TUESDAY April 8

WEDNESDAY April 9

THURSDAY April 10

WESTFIELD HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ V LACROSSE at Amherst, 4 p.m. SOFTBALL vs. Amherst, 4 p.m. JV SOFTBALL vs. Amherst, 4 p.m. BASEBALL at Holyoke, Mackenzie Baseball Field, 4 p.m. JV BASEBALL at Holyoke, Crosier Field, 4 p.m. BOYS’ JV VOLLEYBALL vs. Athol, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ V TENNIS vs. Palmer, 4 p.m. BOYS’ V TRACK & FIELD at East Longmeadow, 4 p.m. BOYS’ V VOLLEYBALL vs. Athol, 5:15 p.m. BOYS’ JV LACROSSE at Amherst, 5:30 p.m.

BOYS’ JV VOLLEYBALL vs. Ware, 4 p.m. BOYS’ V VOLLEYBALL vs. Ware, 5:15 p.m.

BOYS’ V LACROSSE vs. Northampton, 4 p.m. BOYS’ JV LACROSSE vs. Northampton, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ V TENNIS vs. East Longmeadow, 4 p.m. SOFTBALL at West Springfield, Mitteneague Park, 4 p.m. JV SOFTBALL at West Springfield, Mitteneague Park, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ V LACROSSE at West Springfield, Clark Field, 4 p.m. BASEBALL vs. Taconic, Bullens Field, 4 p.m. JV BASEBALL vs. Taconic, WHS, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ JV LACROSSE at West Springfield, Clark Field, 5:30 p.m.

BOYS’ V TENNIS at Chicopee Comp, 4 p.m. BOYS’ V LACROSSE vs. Longmeadow, 4 p.m. BOYS’ JV LACROSSE vs. Longmeadow, 4 p.m.

SOFTBALL vs. Mohawk, 4 p.m. JV SOFTBALL vs. Mohawk, 4 p.m.

BOYS’ TRACK & FIELD at Monson, Moriarty Field @ Granite Valley Middle School, 3:45 p.m. BASEBALL at Ware, Memorial Field, 4 p.m. JV BASEBALL at Ware, 4 p.m.

BOYS’ V TENNIS at Renaissance, Blunt Park, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ V LACROSSE vs. East Longmeadow, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ JV LACROSSE vs. East Longmeadow, 4 p.m.

SOUTHWICK-TOLLAND REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL vs. Sabis, 4 p.m. JV SOFTBALL vs. Sabis, 4 p.m.

BASEBALL vs. Monument Mountain, 2 p.m. JV BASEBALL vs. Monument Mountain, 4 p.m.

SOFTBALL at Easthampton, 4 p.m. JV SOFTBALL at Easthampton, 4 p.m.

JV BASEBALL vs. Palmer, 4 p.m.

GATEWAY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL at Smith Academy, 4 p.m.

BASEBALL at Granby, 4 p.m. SOFTBALL vs. Ware, 4 p.m. JV BASEBALL at Granby, 4 p.m.

BASEBALL at Lee, Maple Street Complex, 4 p.m. SOFTBALL at McCann Tech, 4 p.m. JV BASEBALL at Lee, 4 p.m.

SAINT MARY HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL at Sci-Tech, Forest Park, 4 p.m. JV BASEBALL at Sci-Tech, Forest Park, 4 p.m. BOYS’ LACROSSE at Chicopee, Chicopee Comprehensive High School, 7:30 p.m.

BOYS’ TENNIS vs. Turners Falls, Municipal Tennis Courts, 4 p.m.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE vs. Granby, Boardman Field, 4 p.m. BOYS’ TENNIS vs. West Springfield, Municipal Tennis Courts, 4 p.m.

GIRLS’ TENNIS at Holyoke Catholic, Jones Point, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ LACROSSE at Wahconah, Nessacus Middle School Field, 4 p.m.

BASEBALL vs. Sabis, Bullens Field, 4 p.m. BOYS’ TENNIS vs. Pioneer Valley Christian School, Municipal Tennis Courts, 4 p.m. JV BASEBALL vs. Sabis, Westfield Middle School North, 4 p.m.

WESTFIELD VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL at Commerce, Van Horn Park, 4 p.m. SOFTBALL at Franklin Tech, 4 p.m.

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12 N.C. State 74

16 Mt. St. Mary’s 64

12 Xavier 59

First Round Dayton, Ohio

16 Cal Poly 81

11 Iowa 65

16 Texas Southern 69

11 Tennessee 78

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Sweet 16

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Orlando

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16 Weber State 59

Arizona 70

Florida 79

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Florida 62

Arizona 63

8 Gonzaga 85 Gonzaga 61 9 Oklahoma St. 77

Pittsburgh 45

5 Oklahoma 75 Steph.F. Austin 60

ND St. 44

12 Steph.F. Austin 77

12 N. Dakota St. 80

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Arlington, Texas

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4 San Diego St. 73

SD St. 64

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Dayton 52

14 La-Lafayette 66

10 Stanford 58

7 Oregon 87

Wisconsin 64

Stanford 60

Oregon 77

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10 BYU 68

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Stanford 72

2 Wisconsin 75

Wisconsin 69

Kansas 57

Wisconsin 85 15 American 35

Virginia 78

Wichita St. 76

16 Coastal Car. 59 8 Memphis 71 Memphis 60

16 Cal Poly 37

Kentucky 74

Virginia 59

8 Kentucky 56 Kentucky 78 9 Kansas State 49

Kentucky 75

MSU 54

5 St. Louis 83

5 Cincinnati 57 Spokane

12 N.C. State 80

12 Harvard 61 4 Michigan St. 93 MSU 80

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Indianapolis

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Tenn. 71

Iowa State 76

3 Iowa State 93 14 N.C. Central 75

3 Duke 71 Mercer 63

Iowa State 85

7 UConn 89

Texas 65

2 Villanova 73 15 Milwaukee 53

10 Arizona St. 85

All times EDT UConn 81 Villanova 65

2 Michigan 57

Michigan 73

Milwaukee

10 St. Joseph’s 81

14 Mercer 78 7 Texas 87

Michigan 72

UConn 60 UConn 77

Buffalo

Louisville 66 13 Manhattan 64

Raleigh

San Antonio

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4 Louisville 71

Louisville 69

MSU 61

Orlando

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Harvard 73

13 Delaware 78

1 Wichita State 64 St. Louis

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9 G. Washington 66

3 Creighton 76

Milwaukee

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7 New Mexico 53

15 Eastern Kent. 69

11 Nebraska 60

Baylor 52

Dayton 82

San Antonio

Baylor 85

Dayton 55 11 Dayton 60

Spokane

San Diego

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13 Tulsa 59

San Diego

Arizona 84

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The tournament that began with the lure of a billiondollar bracket will end at a billion-dollar stadium outside of Dallas. Big as March Madness and the Final Four have become, they’re not big enough to blot out the storm clouds on the horizon. The NCAA has issues looming — among them, the possible unionization of players and a lawsuit challenging the NCAA’s ban on paying players. If the NCAA loses either case, it would threaten almost everything. That includes its most lucrative and intoxicating event: The basketball tournament, which is celebrating best-in-a-generation TV ratings, a record number of overtime games and a staple of big-name programs in the Final Four — Florida, Wisconsin, Connecticut and Kentucky. “If the NCAA loses, you’ve opened a Pandora’s box that will generate problems, questions and concerns for decades,” says Arthur Miller, the chairman of New York University’s Sports and Society program. “It may be the end of the NCAA. It certainly will reduce the power of the NCAA.” For the last three weeks, the NCAA’s sway over America has been strong as ever. The average 9.8 million viewers are the highest in 21 years. The 6.2 rating is tied with last season as the best for the tournament since 2005. The NCAA’s 14-year, $10.8 billion TV contract made every game available on a national telecast and there was plenty to watch, including a record-tying seven overtimes and about as many games that came down to a made or missed shot at the buzzer. Meanwhile, Warren Buffett’s offer of $1 billion to anyone who could fill out a perfect bracket served to bring more casual fans into the mix. Nobody won the billion. But the billions really at stake are those the NCAA distributes to its member schools from the TV deal. That cash makes the system See NCAA Future, Page 11


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WHS vs. Ludlow

Westfield High School No. 1 single Hannah Taylor battles Ludlow’s Kelsey Jordan at Ludlow High School.

Westfield High School No. 3 single Nicole Kamal competes against Ludlow’s Lauren Papiamore during Thursday match at Ludlow High School. (Photo by

Westfield High School No. 2 single Olga Korobakov eyes the ball from Ludlow’s Kaitlin Jordan during yesterday’s match in Ludlow. (Photo by

(Photo by Frederick Gore)

Frederick Gore)

Frederick Gore)

Westfield High School No. 1 double Maddie Renschler competes against Ludlow’s Jocely Minie and Samantha Evans. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

HS Standings, Results Westfield High School No. 1 double Kayla Therrien competes against Ludlow’s Jocely Minie and Samantha Evans. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

NCAA Future

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run, and it is in limbo while the unwieldy organization, made up of 351 schools with very different missions, tries to resolve issues on several fronts. “It doesn’t look good for them,” said civil engineering professor Timothy Ross, the University of New Mexico’s representative at the reform-minded Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics. “They don’t have much of a leg to stand on. The whole situation gets worse and worse every year. Coaches make more money, universities make more money, the way the athletes are treated is a joke. It’s embarrassing from a university standpoint.” Last week, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Northwestern football players had a right to unionize and likened college players to full-time employees. Players are seeking better health care and more protection after they graduate, along with a stake in the profits. There are similar stakes involved in the lawsuit filed by former UCLA player Ed O’Bannon. The trial is scheduled for June and an NCAA loss there could force a complete rewriting of the current relationship between the NCAA, its schools and their players. Even staunch supporters of the current system agree changes are afoot. “You can’t ignore all the litigation,” said Chuck Neinas, a longtime college sports leader who most recently served as interim commissioner of the Big 12. “There is a need for some changes. The auto industry is always trying to improve their model. College athletics should do the same. But the basics are still sound.” Earlier this year at the NCAA convention, ideas were shared about giving the five power conferences — ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC — more autonomy within the current system. Some are hoping a new model will be in place by this spring.

A key goal would be to make it possible for players at bigger schools to receive a stipend. The idea of a $2,000 stipend was on the table but got voted down by smaller schools that don’t have huge moneymaking basketball and football teams to buttress the entire athletics program. If those reforms don’t go through, there’s a chance the five conferences might peel away, much the way the big powers did in college football three decades ago. “That’s not a preferred option on any of our parts,” said Harvey Perlman, chancellor at Nebraska who chairs the new college football playoff board. “But if we can’t achieve something within the organization, as I say, some of these threats to us are existential and we could be forced into a circumstance where we don’t have any choice.” A split like that would end the NCAA tournament as we know it. What’s March Madness, after all, without the prospect of a Butler or Dayton or Wichita State crashing the party? Though the four teams at this Final Four are all considered “big,” UConn is a 7 seed, and eighth-seeded Kentucky, of all teams, has managed to shape an underdog story of its own: Ultra-talented freshmen almost implode, before embracing the team concept and making their run. It will all play out starting Saturday in the $1.3 billion AT&T Stadium, the colossus built by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. It hosted a Super Bowl three years ago. Now, it gets arguably the nation’s second-biggest sports weekend. “I remember when I was playing in college, when we went to the tournament, we weren’t playing in venues like this,” said UConn coach Kevin Ollie, who played for the Huskies in the early 1990s. “Everything has changed and evolved, and, in some way, the student-athlete, that dynamic has to evolve and change, too.”

WHS vs. Belchertown

Westfield took on Belchertown in a high The Westfield High School junior varsity school junior varsity lacrosse game girls’ lacrosse team goes on the offensive against host Belchertown. (Photo by Chris Thursday. (Photo by Chris Putz) Putz)

BASEBALL Westfield…………………1-0 Southwick……………….0-0 Gateway…………………1-0 Westfield Voc-Tech…….1-0 St. Mary…………………1-0 SOFTBALL Westfield………………..1-0 Southwick………………0-0 Gateway………………..0-0 Westfield Voc-Tech……0-0 BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL Westfield………………..1-1 BOYS’ LACROSSE Westfield…………………1-0 St. Mary…………………0-0* GIRLS’ LACROSSE Westfield………………..1-0 St. Mary…………………1-0*

BOYS’ TENNIS Westfield………………..1-0 St. Mary…………………0-1 GIRLS’ TENNIS Westfield………………..0-0* St. Mary…………………0-0* *No Report Thursday’s Results BASEBALL Ludlow 2, Westfield 1 SOFTBALL Westfield 8, Minnechaug 5 GIRLS’ LACROSSE Westfield 20, Belchertown 19 St. Mary vs. Cathedral, No Report BOYS’ LACROSSE St. Mary at Monson, No Report GIRLS’ TENNIS Westfield at Ludlow, No Report


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Annie’s Mailbox By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar

What do I do? Dear Annie: In the past four years, my wife has become friendly with a male co-worker. The two of them phone each other often and send an enormous number of text messages, often more than 100 a week. These calls and text messages are not work related. At her mother’s house, she disappears into the bathroom for a long stretch, and when I check our cellphone account, I see that she was on the phone with him during that time. I also have overheard parts of their conversations in which she complains that he hasn’t made enough personal time for her. This guy picks her up on holiday mornings and takes her out for breakfast. In fact, any day they have off of work, he comes to our house while I’m at my job. During this same period, my wife changed her hairstyle, purchased blouses that show more cleavage and started wearing thong panties. She insists that she and this co-worker are just friends, but with all of these things going on, I find it hard to believe there isn’t more to it. Our children are grown and married. We have discussed getting a divorce on multiple occasions. My wife wants to keep the house, but can’t afford to pay me for my half of it. I have tried to move forward with a separation, but she fights me every step of the way. I don’t know what to do anymore. Any suggestions? -- Had Enough Dear Had: You are moving toward a divorce, but would you rather your wife stop seeing the other guy so you can reconcile? Would she give him up? If you are considering a reconciliation, insist that your wife go with you for counseling and see what can be repaired. Otherwise, talk to an attorney about a legal separation. Your wife’s cooperation, while helpful, is not a necessity, provided money doesn’t become the sole focus. Dear Annie: I’ve been seeing “Charles” for two years, and I am at my wits’ end with his eating habits. He just turned 21, but eats like a 5-year-old. During a meal, he chews with his mouth open, smacks his lips and speaks with his mouth full. He makes a giant mess and refuses to wipe his hands if they get food on them, saying, “It doesn’t bother me.” Charles frequently attends family get-togethers at my house, where it is impossible to ignore the lip-smacking and openmouth chewing. Both of my sisters and my parents have said something confidentially to me regarding Charles’ eating habits. I once or twice kindly asked when we were alone whether he could chew with his mouth closed. He laughed it off, saying his parents tried to teach him table manners when he was younger, but they didn’t stick. Charles just started a new job where lunch meetings are frequent. I’d hate for him to embarrass himself in front of his bosses. How do I address the situation? Apparently, my kind requests are not getting the job done. -- Fed Up in Wisconsin Dear Fed: Don’t be so kind. Explain to Charles that most civilized people are disgusted by such habits, and that he risks his reputation (and promotions) at work if he cannot demonstrate basic table manners. Ask whether he’d like you to sign him up for an etiquette class. That boy needs serious help. We hope he has the intelligence to admit it. Dear Annie: This is for the son who called his dad cheap. My father grew up during the Depression and often went to bed hungry. He didn’t buy anything unless he needed it. He saved for a rainy day, and I am so grateful he did. It allowed us to put my mother into an excellent nursing home. He wanted us to never be as poor as he had been. Thank you, Dad. -- Your Child Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to anniesmailbox@comcast.net, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. To find out more about Annie’s Mailbox and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists,

HINTS FROM HELOISE HARD-WATER BUILDUP Dear Heloise: We have hard water, and I need one of your great hints to clean my shower heads. -D.M., Gervais, Ore. Help is on the way! To get rid of lime and hard-water buildup on a shower, all you need is one of my favorite products -- vinegar! Remove the shower head, if possible, and soak in a bowl of fullstrength vinegar overnight. If you can’t remove the shower head, tie a bag full of vinegar around it. In the morning, the shower head should be clean. You may need to scrub with a brush to get some of the buildup off. I have a wonderful assortment of things you can do with vinegar. To find out what all I use it for, order my pamphlet Heloise’s Fantabulous Vinegar Hints and More! Send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (70 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Vinegar, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 782795001. Toilet bowl need cleaning? Pour in full-strength vinegar, leave for five to 10 minutes, then scrub and flush. -- Heloise HOT AIR HELPS Dear Heloise: Thought I would take a minute to contribute what I know about removing stuck-on shelf paper. Just use an ordinary hair blow-dryer. Heat up the paper with the airflow set on “hot.” It will soften right away. Lift an edge with your finger or a scraper and pull. It will come right off until it cools down again, at which time one can simply reapply the hot air. -- N.B., via email

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, April 4, 2014: This year you are full of surprises. You will receive your fair share of them, too. Sometimes you feel as though a friend, relative or boss expects you to respond to him or her at the drop of a hat. You could feel manipulated as a result. Try working through this issue together. If you are single, you could attract someone who is a lot like you. Being too similar could become irritating, though, and as a result, you might decide to move on. If you are attached, you often find your sweetie putting on war paint. Learn to air out problems when they begin, and both of you will be happier. GEMINI makes you laugh. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult

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ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHHH Return calls and make important decisions that surround your plans. Someone you look up to could cause a problem. Realize what is happening: The other party feels threatened and does not want to be dominated. Listen carefully to a suggestion. Tonight: A must appearance. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHH A lot has been happening, and you keep gaining new insights. Use some of your intuitive ability with your interactions. Listen to feedback that is heading in your direction, and focus on the risks of taking action. You will make an excellent decision if you do. Tonight: Your treat. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHHHH You’re likely to attract someone who has a different point of view and a creative, unique approach. Go along with this person’s suggestion. You have thought so much about a project that you easily could be blindsided and not see the obvious. Tonight: Start the weekend in style. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHH Know when to kick back and not push so hard. A partner and/or an associate could become unusually controlling. You know when to say “enough.” Recognize your limits, and let others clearly know your boundaries. Tonight: Make it private. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH You have an opportunity to make a popular decision. Do not hesitate, and move forward. Keep others posted -- that is, if you want to continue this kind of support and interaction. You are more direct and fiery than you realize. Tonight: Go with tradition. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHH Pressure seems to build quickly, and it could put you in an uncomfortable situation. Be aware of what others think, especially someone you need to answer to. Avoid overspending when trying to straighten out a problem. Tonight: A force to be dealt with. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHH Confirm plans. You might need to make a long-distance call or two. Someone might not be as responsive as you would like. Is this a pattern? You might want to resolve the issue or perhaps make an adjustment to your plans. Tonight: Opt for something new. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHH A partner might be demanding, as he or she seems to need a lot from you. It’s up to you to decide whether this is manipulation. Express your irritation without upsetting the applecart. Avoid being standoffish or withdrawn. Tonight: A close encounter. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHH Others do whatever they need to do to get your attention. You could be shocked by what goes on. Be careful with your funds, as someone you deal with might not be on the up and up. A friend could be too assertive for your taste. Tonight: So many invitations. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHH Pace yourself, and establish some much-needed boundaries. What you do with a situation could impress others. Realize that you don’t need to start a disagreement -- you just need to support yourself in what you want. Be sensitive to the alternatives. Tonight: In the limelight. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHHHH Be playful and forthright in what you do. Somehow, you will need to open up to the lighter side of life. You hear so many problems from so many people that you could start to feel down. Listen to what someone is sharing with

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case of your failure to appear or

of Defendant’s / Defendants’ PAGE 14 - FRIDAY, APRIL 4,tion 2014 www.thewestfieldnews.com answer, judgment will be taken Servicemembers status.

CLASSIFIED against you by default for the reIf you now are, or recently have lief demanded in the complaint. been, in the active military serTrial to be held in the County vice of the UnitedStates of of Seneca America, then you may be enThe basis of the venue is titled to the benefits of the Serresidence of plaintiffs vicemembers Civil ReliefAct. If Plaintiffs reside in Seneca you object to a foreclosure of the County above-mentioned property on that basis, then you or your attorney must file a written appear- Dated this 7th day of March, ance and answer in this court at 2014. Three Pemberton Square, Bo/s/ Dirk A. Galbraith ston, MA 02108 on or before DIRK A. GLABRAITH, ESQ. May 5, 2014 or you will be Holmberg, Galbraith forever barred from claiming that & Miller, LLP you are entitled to the benefits of Attorneys for Plaintiffs said Act. 118 North Tioga Street, Suite 304 P.O. Box 6599 Witness, JUDITH C. CUTIthaca, New York 14851-6599 LER, Chief Justice of this Court Telephone: (607)273-5475 on March 19, 2014.

0001 Legal Notices April 4, 2014 COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS LAND COURT DEPARTMENT OF THE TRIAL COURT

Attest:

(SEAL) 14 MISC 482341 ORDER OF NOTICE

TO THE ABOVE NAMED Deborah J. Patterson DEFENDANTS: Recorder The nature of the action is: Article 15, Real Property Actions & Proceedings Law.

To: Steven J. Wick April 4, 11, 18, 25, 2014 and to all persons entitled to the benefit of the Servicemembers STATE OF NEW YORK Civil Relief Act:, 50 U.S.C. App. SUPREME COURT § 501 (et seq).: Massachusetts COUNTY OF SENECA Housing Finance Agency claiming to have an interest in a MortSUMMONS gage covering real property in Index No. 48155 WESTFIELD, numbered 19 Dated Filed: 3/20/14 Foss Street, given by Steven J. Wick and Linda V. Wick to DAVID C. JOHNSON Shawmut Mortgage Company, and SUSAN D. LANDIS dated August 9, 1991, and rePlaintiffs corded with the Hampden County Registry of Deeds at vs. Book 7777, Page 419 and now held by the plaintiff by assignHAROLD A. KAPPEL, ment has/have filed with this JOHN DOE and JANE ROE, court a complaint for determinabeing the unknown heirs of tion of Defendant’s / Defendants’ HAROLD A. KAPPEL Servicemembers status. Defendants If you now are, or recently have been, in the active military service of the UnitedStates of America, then you may be entitled to the benefits of the Servicemembers Civil ReliefAct. If you object to a foreclosure of the above-mentioned property on that basis, then you or your attorney must file a written appearance and answer in this court at Three Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108 on or before May 5, 2014 or you will be forever barred from claiming that you are entitled to the benefits of said Act.

TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS:

The relief sought is: Determination of claims to real property. The property which is the subject of this action is: ALL OF THAT TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND, situate in the Town of Covert, County of Seneca and State of New York, being more particularly bounded and described as follows: COMMENCING at a point in the division line between Military Lots Nos. 62 and 73, which point is the southwesterly corner of the lands of Lynn as described in a deed recorded in the Office of the Seneca County Clerk in Book 623 of Deeds at page 92; thence north 12º 49’ 14” west a distance of 256.03 feet to a point; thence south 67º 45’ 00” west a distance of 185 feet to a point; thence south 12º 57’ 00” east a distance of 279.69 feet to a point in the division line between Military Lots 62 and 73; thence south 80º 41’ 55” east a distance of 195.38 feet to an iron pipe marking the point or place of beginning.

YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED, to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the plaintiff's attorneys within twenty (20) days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service, where service is made by delivery upon you personally within the state, or with- 0101 St. Jude in thirty (30) days after compleAdvertise Your tion of service where service is Witness, JUDITH C. CUT- made in any other manner. In THANK YOU ST. JUDE for prayLER, Chief Justice of this Court case of your failure to appear or ers answered. Publication promon March 19, 2014. answer, judgment will be taken ised. D.C. against you by default for the reAttest: lief demanded in the complaint. Deborah J. Patterson Recorder 0130 Auto For Sale Trial to be held in the County of Seneca The basis of the venue is $ CASH PAID $ FOR UNresidence of plaintiffs WANTED & JUNK VEHICLES. (413) Plaintiffs reside in Seneca Also buying repairable vehicles. County Call Joe for more details Ext. 118 Dated this 7th day of March, ( 4 1 3 ) 9 7 7 - 9 1 6 8 . 2014.

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/s/ Dirk A. Galbraith DIRK A. GLABRAITH, ESQ. Holmberg, Galbraith & Miller, LLP Attorneys for Plaintiffs 118 North Tioga Street, Suite 304 P.O. Box 6599 Ithaca, New York 14851-6599 Telephone: (607)273-5475

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If The youproperty have awhich is the subject of action is: reliable this vehicle OF THAT orALL would like TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND, situate in the Town of Covert, County of some exercise Seneca and State of New York, walking/biking being more particularly bounded and described as follows: please contact us. COMMENCING at a point in melissahartman@the the division line between Military Lots Nos. 62 and 73, which westfieldnewsgroup.com point is the southwesterly corner 413-562-4181 117 of Lynn as deof ext. the lands

scribed in a deed recorded in the Office of the Seneca County Clerk in Book 623 of Deeds at page 92; thence north 12º 49’ 14” west a distance of 256.03 feet to a point; thence south 67º 45’ 00” west a distance of 185 feet to a point; thence south 12º 57’ 00” east a distance of 279.69 feet to a point in the division line between Military Lots 62 and 73; thence south 80º 41’ 55” east a distance of 195.38 feet to an iron pipe marking the point or place of beginning.

TIMOTHY'S AUTO SALES. Stop by and see us! We might have exactly what you're looking for, if not, left us find it for you! Bartlett Street, Westfield. (413)568-2261. Specializing in vehicles under $4,000.

0170 Campers/RV’’s 2013 CHEROKEE 17ft. Wolf Pup, fully self contained camper, super light weight, pulls with 6 cylidner. Used on 4 weeks. Bathroom, queen heated bed, plus dinette, heat and hot water, AC, microwave, stove, refrigerator, TV, stereo, retrackable awning. Like new. $10,900. Southwick (774)810-0926.

0180 Help Wanted CARPENTER'S HELPER with some finish carpentry experience. Work involves various tasks related to construction projects. You should have a valid driver's license, basic hand tools, good work ethics, be dependable and willing to work. Apply at: 456 Southampton Road, Westfield MA Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (413)5688614.

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DRIVERS FULL-TIME $2,500 Sign-On Bonus Local company seeks qualified Class A Drivers, 1 year experience, 100,000 miles. Good driving record with no DUI's. Must be dependable. Hub miles, stop pay. Full benefits package available. Uniforms provided. 350 mile running area, good equipment. Previous applicants need not apply. Apply in person at: Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. 58 Wyoming Street Ludlow, MA 01056 (413)589-0515

BENEFITS COORDINATOR The City of Westfield seeks qualified applicants for position of Benefits Coordinator. This administrative position is responsible for assisting in the oversight of employment practices and the general management of employee benefits. Two to four years experience in benefits or related benefits administration. Salary for 35 hour/week. Position is dependent upon experience. The City offers excellent benefits packages to employees. Full position description and application are available at:

CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER Half Time

Western Massachusetts Hospital is seeking a half time Clinical Social Worker. The position requires a minimum of a Master’s Degree in Social Work, a current and valid licensure as an LCSW, LICSW preferred and a valid license and preferably two years of social work experience in a hospital setting. The part time clinical social worker will join the small Social Service department in a fast paced chronic care setting. The key functions are:

*Maintains documentation on WMH electric medical record. *Leads interdisciplinary team meetings. *Maintains ongoing relationships with patients, family members, and with resources in the community. *Acts as a patient advocate. *Assists in admission process and manages discharge planning processes. *Performs other related duties as assigned. We are a specialty care hospital providing in-patient services to individuals in need of ventilator/respiratory, end of life care, neuromuscular, Alzheimer’s and chronic care.

Personnel Department 59 Court Street Room 109 Westfield, MA 01085 or can be downloaded at:

www.cityofwestfield.org Application, resume and cover letter to be returned to above address no later than 4:00 p.m., Thursday, April 17, 2014. The City of Westfield is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. (M/F/H/)

Industrial Precision, Inc. is a growing Aerospace machining company. We are presently seeking experienced Machinist with a minimum of 5 years honing and/or lapping.Openings available both day and night shift. Aerospace machining background a plus. Competitive wages, benefits and vacation time to start. Please apply at: Industrial Precision, Inc. 1014 Southampton Road Westfield, MA 01085

DRIVERS/DELIVERY. Class A, B,&,D. Call T.J. Bark Mulch for more details (413)569-2400.

Tapco International, a growing plastics extrusion manufacturer in Westfield, Ma, Is looking for experienced machine operators for the 7pm to 7am shift. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 2 years’ experience, as a machine operator, preferably in plastics or paper manufacturing. This position will be responsible for the safe and controlled start up, running and shut down of the extrusion lines as well as maintenance and upkeep of the lines and supporting manufacturing equipment.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of 5 years experience, preferably in plastic sheet extrusion, however operators in the paper industry will be considered. This position will be responsible for the safe and controlled start up, running and shut down of the extrusion lines as well as maintenance and upkeep of the lines and supporting manufacturing equipment.

Resumes may be submitted to:

Employment & Staffing Department Western Massachusetts Hospital 91 East Mountain Road Westfield, MA 01085

a Division of Tapco International 44 Greif Way Westfield, MA 01085 Attn: Personnel

Equal Opportunity Employer/AA

MACHINIST

HONING/LAPPING

Tapco International, a growing plastics extruder in Westfield, MA is looking for experienced extrusion operators for the 7p.m. to 7a.m. shift.

EXPERIENCED

Fax, email or send cover letter and resume to:

FAX# (413)562-2527

DRIVERS: LOCAL AGAWAM, MA. Dry Van Openings. Great Pay, Benefits! CDL-A, 1 year experience required. Estenson Logistics. Apply: www.goelc.com (866)336-9642.

MACHINE OPERATORS

Our hospital is 15 minutes from Springfield, Mass and easily accessible to the Mass Turnpike and Route 91.

Email:

DRIVERS: DRY VAN. SPRINGFIELD & WESTFIELD, MA. 48ft & 53ft Dry Vans. Delivering Farm & Home Products in a 11 state area. All loading done by shipper & unload by customer. 2,000-2,500 miles (per week). 23 Day per week (varies) at home. Mileage + Stop Pay + Dentition & Holiday Pay. Full Comprehensive Benefit Package. CDL-A with Hazmat End. 1 year T/T Experience 21 years old/over. Dan (803) 270-2315. EOE M/F/D/V.

EXTRUDER OPERATORS

Tapco International offers a competitive salary and benefits package, a clean and safe work environment, and a rotating shift schedule that allows for 3-day weekends every other week.

EHS-HR-Western @state.ma.us

0180 Help Wanted

KLEER LUMBER

or to: KleerPayrollContact@ tapcoint.com

WANTED

Tapco International offers a competitive salary and benefits package, a clean and safe work environment, and a rotating shift schedule that allows for 3- day weekends every other week. Resumes may be submitted to: Kleer Lumber a Division of Tapco International Attn: Personnel 44 Greif Way Westfield, MA 01085 or KLeerPayrollContact@ Tapcoint.com


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0180 Help Wanted HAIRSTYLIST WITH experience and clientele wanted. Must be talented and enthusiastic in all phases of hair design. Great commission and paid vacation. Please call Tina (413)348-1003 for your confidential interview. HVAC TECHNICIAN wanted. Must have a Connecticut/Massachusetts B or S Heating License and clean driving record. Light commercial and residential service and installation. Apply in person at State Line Oil, 514 Salmon Brook Street., (Route 10 & 202), Granby, CT (860)653-7241.

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RESIDENTIAL SUPPORT & RELIEF POSITIONS We currently have a full-time position open for Residential Support and Relief (per diem) positions in the West Springfield/Westfield area for those of you looking to make a difference in someone’s life. This position includes assisting individuals with developmental disabilities in ADL’s, community inclusion and in supporting them to attain their personal goals. Positions require a valid US driver’s license and a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent. Apply on line at:

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WESTFIELD 1) Castle Hill Road, Deborah Lane, Hillside Road. (15 customers) 2) Briarcliff Drive, Eastwood Drive, Leaview Drive, Sunbriar Drive, Woodcliff Drive. (16 customers). 3) Christopher Drive, Grandview Drive, Joseph Avenue, Marla Circle. (12 customers). 4) Forest Avenue, Grove Avenue, Juniper Avenue, Klondike Avenue, Springdale Street. (9 customers). Call Miss Hartman at: The Westfield News (413) 562-4181 Ext. 117

ALICE'S PIANO STUDIO. Piano, organ and keyboard lessons. All ages, all levels. Call (413)5682176.

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WAITRESSES Westfield NEEDED. News Must SIC offers instrumental, vocal PUBLICATION: be 18 or older. Days, evenings and weekends. Apply in person: Roma Restaurant, 350 RUNSouthDATE: wick Road, Southwick.

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SINGLE FAMILY HOME & INDUSTRIAL BUILDING 69 & 73 WILL PALMER ROAD

THURSDAY, APRIL 17 AT 12:00 PM The two contiguous parcels include an attractive single family raised ranch style home on ±1.03 acres and a ±22,038 sq. ft. industrial building on ±13.0 acres. Public record indicates #69, the single family dwelling, has ±1,300 sq. ft. of living area and features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fireplace, partially finished basement, in-ground pool, attached garage and deck. The single story industrial building, #73, has extensive frontage on Will Palmer Rd. and features warehouse or manufacturing area, office space, display area, overhead doors, brick exterior, paved parking and is an ideal investment opportunity! Terms: These parcels will be offered individually subject to a bid in the entirety. $10,000. deposit for a single parcel or $20,000. deposit for both parcels. 45 day closing. No warranties with respect to the accuracy of this description. Call or visit our website for more information.

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0265 Firewood A SEASONED LOG TRUCK LOAD of hardwood; (when processed at least 7 cords), for only $650-$700 (depends on delivery distance). Call Chris @ (413)454-5782.

AFFORDABLE FIREWOOD. Seasoned and green. Cut, split, delivered. Any length. Now ready for immediate delivery. Senior and bulk discount. Call (413)848-2059, (413)530-4820.

SEASONED FIREWOOD 100% hardwood. Stacking available. Cut, split, delivered. (128cu.ft.) Volume discounts. Call for pricing. Hollister's Firewood (860)653-4950.


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0265 Firewood SILO DRIED FIREWOOD. (128cu.ft.) guaranteed. For prices call Keith Larson (413)537-4146.

0340 Apartment WESTFIELD 2 bedroom, 1 bath condo. $900/month includes heat and hot water. Non smoking, no pets. First, last, security. (413)519-8271.

0340 Apartment WESTFIELD 2 bedroom apartments, large closets, free heat and hot water included, laundry, parking. Possible pet. $895/month. (413)562-2266.

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0345 Rooms

FOR SALE BY OWNER. 3 family house on 0.47ac Business A zoned in downtown Westfield. Excellent potential for a variety of businesses. Price negotiable. For more information call (413)454-3260.

HUNTINGTON 1 room with heat, hot water, cable TV, air conditioning, refrigerator and microwave included. Call (413)531-2197.

0285 Wanted To Buy PAYING CASH FOR COINS, stamps, medals, tokens, paper money, diamonds and jewelry, gold and silver scrap. Broadway Coin & Stamp, 144 Broadway, Chicopee Falls, MA. (413)5949550.

0315 Tag Sales SOUTHWICK GENTLEMAN'S ESTATE / TAG SALE. 39 WYNNFIELD CIRCLE. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, April 3, 4, 5. 9-4. Fine furnishings... Paintings, Brega prints, oriental carpets, workshop tools, clocks, lamps, Sony home theater, 300-CD changer, antiques trunks, Hitchcock chairs, home office machines, cast iron patio set, much more. 24 photos on Craigslist.

0339 Landlord Services DASHE-INTEL Comprehensive Landlord Services Tenant screening including criminal background and credit checks. Call Steve or Kate (413) 579-1754 www.DasheIntel.com

0340 Apartment WESTFIELD 3rd floor efficiency apartment. Recently remodeled, kitchen with lots of cabinet space, appliances included. Dining room, living room, laundry hookups in basement, quiet neighborhood, off street parking. No pets. Non smoker. $525/month plus utilities. (413)374-8803.

BLANDFORD 2 bedroom, 1 bath small apartment. All appliances and utilities included. $800/month. Available April 1st. Call (413)537-3630.

PARK SQUARE TOWNHOUSES WESTFIELD

$840-$860/month with $40. heat discount * Deluxe 2 bedroom townhouses, 1 1/2 baths, spacious, closets * Dishwasher, wall/wall carpeting * Air conditioning, laundry facilities, 900 sq.ft.. private entrances FREE HOT WATER Convenient to Mass Pike & 10/202

140 Union Street, #4 Westfield, MA For more information call (413)568-1444 PLEASANT STREET, Westfield. 4 room, 1 bedroom apartment. Stove, refrigerator, storage. $725/month plus utilities. (413)562-2295.

WESTFIELD Beautiful 2 bedroom townhouse, clean, quiet, 1-1/2 bath, carpeting, appliances, hot water included. Very reasonable heat cost. Sorry no pets. From $795/month. Call for more information (860)485-1216 Equal Housing Opportunity.

WESTFIELD 1&2 bedroom apartments, rent includes heat and hot water. Excellent size and location. No dogs. Call weekdays (413)786-9884.

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WESTFIELD 2nd floor apartment, walking distance to center of Westfield and park. 4 bedrooms, 1 bath, washer/dryer hookup, gas heat. $1,000/month plus utilities. No pets. Off street parking. First, last, security. Call for appointment (413)210-1059.

WESTFIELD SPACIOUS 1 bedroom efficiency apartment. Basement with washer/dryer, off street parking. $700/month plus utilities. Close to WSU. Sorry no pets. First, last, security. Greg or Paula (413)572-2652.

ROOM TO RENT in a quiet neighborhood. Kitchen and laundry privilege. Heat, A/C, utilities. Available now to non-smoker. $600/month, Westfield. (413)355-2338 or (413)5627341.

WESTFIELD, 1st floor, 1 bedroom, kitchen and bath. No pets. 0355 House Rental WESTFIELD large, 1st floor, 2 $595/month plus electric. First, bedroom apartment. Hardwood last, security. Call (413)250floors, washer/dryer hookups. 4811. SINGLE FAMILY 3 bedroom Across the street from church, Cape style home for rent. Hardplayground, school. Available wood in bedrooms. Located in May 1st. $900/month. First, last, quiet/private neighborhood a security required. Call (860)335- WESTFIELD, 2nd floor, 2 bed- mile from Stanley Park, Westroom, kitchen, living room, bath, field. $1,250. Dianna (413)5308377. e n c l o s e d p o r c h . N o p e t s . 7136. $795/month plus utilities. First, last, security. (413)250-4811.

0410 Mobile Homes SPRINGFIELD 55+ PARK. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 12'x47' plus 11'x21', electric fireplace, porch, aluminum roof, shed. $35,000. DASAP (413) 593-9962 dasap.mhvillage.com

0440 Services MONTGOMERY 5 miles from Westfield. Spacious office inc l u d e s u t i l i t i e s a n d W i F i . A1 ODD JOBS/HANDYMAN. $350/month. Call (413)977- Debris removal, landscaping, spring yard cleanup, interior and 6277. exterior painting, power washing, basic carpentry and plumbing. All types of repair work and more. (413)562-7462.

0390 Homes For Sale RUSSELL, 5 room, 2 bedroom, 1 bath. Updated plumbing, electric. Town utilities. 155 Main Street. $104,000. (508) 2591856.

LAWN MOWING, Spring/Fall cleanups, hedge trimming and all your landscaping needs. (413)626-6122 or visit: www.haggerscape.com

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CARPET, LINOLEUM, CERAMIC TILE, HARDWOOD FLOORS. Sales, Service. Installation & Repairs. Customer guaranteed quality, clean, efficient, workmanship. Call Rich (413)530-7922.

MASTER ELECTRICIAN 40 years experience. Insured, reasonable prices. No job too small. Call Tom Daly, (413)543-3100. Lic# A7625.

POEHLMAN ELECTRIC. All types of wiring. Free estimates, insured. SPECIALIZING IN PORTABLE AND WHOLE HOUSE KOHLER GENERATORS, SERVICE UPGRADES, SMALL JOBS, POOLS. Gutter deicing cables installed. I answer all calls! Prompt service, best prices. Lic. #A-16886. (413)562-5816.

TURCOTTE ELECTRIC. 30+ years experience. Electrical installations, emergency service work. Generac portable or whole house generator installations. HVAC controls and energy saving green technology upgrades. Fully insured. All calls answered. Master’s Lic #A-18022. (413)214-4149.

Home Maintenance

DAVE DAVIDSON BATHROOM & KITCHEN REMODELING. “GET IT RIGHT THIS TIME” Complete Bath Renovations. Mass. License #072233, Mass. Registration #144831. CT. HIC. #0609568. Now serving CT. Insured. Flooring/Floor Sanding Quality Work on Time on Budget Since 1984. (413)569-9973. A RON JOHNSON’S FLOOR SANDwww.davedavidsonremodeling.com

JOSEPH’S HANDYMAN COMPANY. Carpentry, remodeling, kitchen, baths, basements, drywall, tile, floors, suspended ceilings, restoration services, doors, windows, decks, stairs, interior/exterior painting, plumbing. Small jobs ok. All types of professional work done since 1985. Call Joe, (413)364-7038.

decks and gutters. Call for free quote. Extensive references, fully licensed & insured in MA. & CT. www.delreohomeimprovement.com Call Gary Delcamp (413)569-3733.

area. Painting, staining, house washing, interior/exterior. Wall coverings. Commercial/residential. Free estimates. Insured. References. Mass Reg. #121723. Call (413)568-9731. No job too small !!

ING. Installation, repairs, 3 coats WAGNER RUG & FLOORING, LLC. 95 polyurethane. Free estimates. (413) MAINLINE DRIVE, WESTFIELD. 569-3066. (413)568-0520. One stop shopping for all your floors. Over 40 years in busiGutter Cleaning ness. www.wagnerrug.com RAIN GUTTERS CLEANED, REPAIRED. Antennas removed, chimChimney Sweeps neys repaired and chimney caps installed. Roof leaks repaired, vent HENTNICK CHIMNEY SWEEPS. areas sealed. Sr. citizen discount. InChimney repairs and rebuilds. Stain- sured. Free estimates. H.I. Johnson less steel caps and liner systems. In- Services. (413)596-8859 before 9p.m. spections, masonry work and gutter cleaning. Free estimates. Insured. Hauling Quality work from a business you can trust. (413)848-0100, 1-800-793-3706. #1 PHIL'S DUMP RUNS/DEMOLITION. Removal of any items in cellars, attics, etc... Also brush removal and small demDrywall olition (sheds, decks, fences, one car garages). Fully insured. Free estiT-BEST DRYWALL. Complete profes- mates. Phil (413)525-2892, (413)265sional drywall at amateur prices. Our 6380. ceilings are tops! Call Mike 413-8218971. Free estimates. A DUMP TRUCK. Attic, cellars, yard,

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scrap metal removal. Seasoned Firewood. (413)569-1611, (413)374-5377.

A.R.A. JUNK REMOVAL SERVICE. Furniture, trash, appliances. Full house cleanouts, basements, attics, yards. Furnace and hot water heater removal. 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE. Free estimate on phone. Senior discount. Call Pete (413)433-0356. www.arajunkremoval.com.

Home & Office Cleaning CLEANING SERVICE. VERY REASONABLE - 8 years experience. We can help you keep your house in perfect condition. Satisfaction guaranteed. Free estimates. Excellent references. Call (413)455-9633.

Landscaping/Lawn Care S.E. LANDSCAPING. Lawn mowing, mulch, spring cleanups, gutter cleaning, pressure washing. Call (413)977-1105.

Masonry

ABC MASONRY & BASEMENT WATERPROOFING. All brick, block, concrete. Chimneys, foundations, hatchways, new basement windows installed and repaired. Sump House Painting pumps and french drain systems inDELREO HOME IMPROVEMENT for stalled. Foundations pointed and all your exterior home improvement ALWAYS CALL FIRST!!! M&M SERV- stuccoed. Free estimates. (413)569needs. Roofing, siding, windows, ICES-20 Years serving the Westfield 1611. (413)374-5377.

TOM DISANTO Home Improvements The best choice for all interior and exterior building and remodeling. Specializing in the design and building of residential additions, since 1985. Kitchens, baths, siding, windows, decks, porches, sunrooms, garages. License #069144. MA Reg. #110710. FREE ESTIMATES, REFERENCES, FULLY INSURED. Call Tom (413)568-7036.

Landscaping/Lawn Care

R.J. FENNYERY HOME IMPROVEMENT'S. Professional roofing & siding contractor. All types of home repairs. Expert emergency leak repair. Reasonable rates. MA Lic. #CS066849. MA Reg. #149909. Call Bob (413)736-0276. RJFennyery. com

BRUNO ANTICO BUILDING REMODELING.Kitchens, additions, Home Maintenance decks, rec rooms, more. Prompt, reliable service, free estimates. Mass HANDYMAN/CARPENTER. All home Registered #106263, licensed & in- repairs: Honey to do list, bathroom reJIM FERRIS ELECTRIC. Senior dis- sured. Call Bruno, (413)562-9561. modeling, tile work, sheetrock repairs,

Plumbing & Heating

NICK GARDNER PLUMBING, WELDING & MECHANICAL SERVICES. Professional, reliable service. MA Lic. #PL31893-J. Certified Welding. Insured. Call (413)531-2768 At SANTA FE PAINTING CO. We're Nick7419@comcast.net your color specialists! Brighten up your home for Spring! Get all your Roofing interior painting needs done now. ONE STOP SHOPPING for all your We paint and stain log homes. Call ROOFING needs! POWER WASH(413)230-8141. ING/CLEANING revitalizing your roof,

A NEW LOOK FOR 2014. Let Home Decor help. Interior painting and wallpapering, specializing in faux finishes. Servicing the area over 12 years. Call PAUL MAYNARD CONSTRUCTION. Kendra now for a free estimate and All your carpentry needs. (413)386- decorating advice. (413)564-0223, 4606. Did your windows fail with the (413)626-8880. cold weather? Don't wait another year! Call Paul for replacement windows. KELSO FAMILY PAINTING. Filling Many new features available. Windows summer schedule for exterior painting, are built in CT. All windows installed by interior painting anytime. Call Kyle Paul, owner of Paul Maynard Con- (413)667-3395. struction. My name is on my work.

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count. No job too small! Insured, free estimates. 40 years experience. C&N CARPENTRY. Suspended ceilLic. #16303. Call (413)330-3682. ings, home improvements and remodeling. Licensed and insured. Call (413)262-9314.

removing ugly black stains, mold and moss, we’ll make it look like new plus prolong the life of your roof. We do emergency repairs, new construction, complete tear off, ice and water protection barrier systems, skylight repairs. Snow & ice removal. FREE gutter cleaning with any roof repair or roof job. 10% senior discount. Free estimates. MA. Lic. #170091. Call (413)977-5701

Tree Service A BETTER OPTION - GRANFIELD TREE SERVICE. Tree Removal, Land Clearing, Excavating. Firewood, Log Truck Loads. (413)569-6104.

YARD CLEANUP, thatching, leaf brush removal, hedge/tree trimming, mulch/stone, mowing. Call Accurate AMERICAN TREE & SHRUB. Professional fertilizing, planting, pruning, caLawncare, (413)579-1639. bling and removals. Free estimates, fully insured. Please call Ken 569LAWN MOWING, Spring/Fall cleanups, hedge trimming and all your landscaping 0469. needs.(413)626-6122 or visit: www.haggerscape.com CONRAD TREE SERVICE. Expert T&S LANDSCAPING. Highest quality, tree removal. Prompt estimates. lowest prices. Lawn mowing. Residen- Crane work. Insured. “After 34 tial\commercial. No lawns to small. years, we still work hard at being Weekly, biweekly. (413)330-3917. #1.” (413)562-3395.

PLUMLEY LANDSCAPE, INC. Call us today for all your landscape needs. Landscape design and planting, irrigation installation and repair, and complete winterization. No job too small. 35 years yard renovations. Drainage problems, profressional experience. (413)519- stump grinding, chipper service, bobcat 3251. service, gravel driveways, excavation and demolition, including getting rid of that unwanted pool. (413)862-4749.

Upholstery KEITH'S UPHOLSTERY & REPAIRS. 30+ years experience for home or business. Discount off all fabrics. Get quality workmanship at a great price. Free pickup and delivery. Call (413)5626639.

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