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“My theory is to enjoy life, but the practice is against it.” — Charles Lamb FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2013

VOL. 82 NO. 291

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Council stymied on tax break

Representatives from the American Red Cross, left, explain how a central call center works to invited guests of a legislative breakfast this morning. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Red Cross hosts legislative breakfast By Peter Francis Staff Writer SPRINGFIELD – The American Red Cross played host to several members of the western Massachusetts legislative body, including Montgomery’s Rep. Peter Kocot (D-Northampton) this morning as it hosted a legislative breakfast to Rich rubin raise awareness for the Executive Director for the organization’s mission. Greater Westfield American On hand and playing an Red Cross active role in the event

were several members of the Red Cross’ Greater Westfield chapter. “There will be times when we need their support,” said Rich Rubin, director of the Greater Westfield chapter, of the state’s elected officials. “During times of disasters we work very closely with legislators, so they need to know See Red Cross, Page 3

Tami Goodstein, a logistics specialist for preparedness health and safety service at the American Red Cross in Springfield, right, explains some of the programs available from the organization to, Charles Dunlap, left, Southwick Emergency Management director, P.J. Miller, a board of director for the Greater Westfield Chapter of the American Red Cross, Maura McCarthy, representing State Senator Donald Humason Jr., and Shayvonne Jackson, representative for Ben Swan, during a legislative breakfast this morning. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

By Dan Moriarty Staff Writer WESTFIELD – City Council leaders met late Wednesday afternoon with city legal and financial professionals to discuss the state Department of Revenue ruling which has stymied the council’s attempt to lower the tax rate this year by cutting the tax levy by $1.7 million. That discussion also included other options to lower the tax increase for the current fiscal year, options allowed under state law. Finance Committee Chairman Richard E. Onofrey Jr., said yesterday that he would not be surprised if a motion is made at the Dec. 19 City Council meeting in an attempt to accomplish the goal of reducing the tax rate increase. “The council tried everything we could

do, and some things we apparently cannot do, to reduce the tax rate increase,” Onofrey said. “I would not be surprised at all if somebody tried an end around at the next council meeting.” Onofrey said that whatever action is taken at that meeting, it cannot delay sending out tax bills. “IF we don’t get the tax bills out, we’d have to wait to April to send out a semiannual bill,” Onofrey said. “In the meantime we’d have to borrow money to run the city, something that bond rating companies do not look favorably on.” City Council President Brian Sullivan and Onofrey discussed the DOR opinion with City Solicitor Susan Phillips and financial department heads. See Tax Break, Page 3

SFD grows along with town By Hope E. Tremblay Staff Writer SOUTHWICK – Southwick Fire Chief Richard Anderson has helped grow the department significantly in his two years as chief. When he started in 2011, there was just one fulltime firefighter/ EMT on staff. Today, there are four. “Southwick is growing and we have to grow with it,” he said. This week Anderson met with the Board of Selectmen to review his preliminary budget for next year before meeting with the board and finance committee during budget sessions in February. During the meeting, Anderson was reminded by selectmen Russell Fox and Joseph Deedy that he “was the beneficiary of the goodwill of the taxpayers last year.” Anderson agreed a lot was accomplished in 2013, and said because there was some restructuring last year and full-time addition to staff, “there are things that can start to move forward.” Something Anderson is committed to moving forward is changing from a basic EMS service to advanced life support. Currently, Southwick relies on mutual aid from Westfield and Agawam for calls requiring the advanced service. To do this, Anderson said they would need paramedics and a See SFD, Page 3

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Westfield State sets financial controls By Peter Francis Staff Writer WESTFIELD – Following the resignation of now former Vice President of Administration and Finance Milton Santiago last week in the wake of the spending scandal involving former President Dr. Evan Dobelle, the Westfield State University Board of Trustees continued their march toward fiscal austerity yesterday.

The board unanimously approved a measure to continue reducing the number of credit cards issued to university personel, a number that was at one time over 40, and to formally adopt a new procurement card program. The foundation was also laid for shoring up the school’s policies involving travel, and Chairman John Flynn III said the body will revisit the matter at it’s meeting in February.

Westfield State Budget Director John Wesolowski came before the board and offered his two cents on cutting back on school credit cards, a measure that was proposed at a meeting of the board’s Finance Subcommittee in Sturbridge last month, a meeting which Flynn concluded by saying that “time is up.” “Everyone at the institution See Financial, Page 3




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Frosty Festival at the Westfield Y

The Westfield Y had their annual Fro Festival this past week. Families sto sty pp by the Y for face painting, swimmi ed ng, holiday crafts, musical chairs and a visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus!

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Swimmer nabs monster lobster off coast HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Joseph Ali says onlookers thought he was drunk when he dove into the nighttime waters around a Southern California pier. But he came away with a monster of a lobster and the catch of a lifetime. Ali tells the Orange County Register ( he was closing his father’s business, Zack’s Pier Plaza in Huntington Beach, on Monday when he saw the ocean was calm and decided to dive for dinner. He was down about 15 feet going after a smaller lobster when he saw the giant. He says it was too big to grab properly, but it latched onto him, and he wrestled it to shore. The lobster weighed nearly 18 pounds — even a 5-pounder is considered trophy-sized — and was likely at least 30 years old.

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Today is Friday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2013. There are 18 days left in the year.


n Dec. 13, 2000, Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore conceded to Republican George W. Bush, a day after the U.S. Supreme Court shut down further recounts in Florida.

On this date: In 1642, Dutch navigator Abel Tasman sighted present-day New Zealand. In 1769, Dartmouth College in New Hampshire received its charter. In 1862, Union forces led by Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside launched futile attacks against entrenched Confederate soldiers during the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg; the soundly defeated Northern troops withdrew two days later. (It was during this battle that Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee is said to have remarked: “It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it.”) In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson arrived in France, becoming the first chief executive to visit Europe while in office. In 1928, George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” had its premiere at Carnegie Hall in New York. In 1937, the Chinese city of Nanjing fell to Japanese forces; what followed was a massacre of war prisoners, soldiers and citizens. (China maintains as many as 300,000 people died; Japan says the toll was far less.)

In 1944, during World War II, the U.S. cruiser Nashville was badly damaged in a Japanese kamikaze attack that claimed more than 130 lives. In 1962, the United States launched Relay 1, a communications satellite which retransmitted television, telephone and digital signals. In 1978, the Philadelphia Mint began stamping the Susan B. Anthony dollar, which went into circulation in July 1979. In 1981, authorities in Poland imposed martial law in a crackdown on the Solidarity labor movement. (Martial law formally ended in 1983.) In 1994, an American Eagle commuter plane crashed short of Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina, killing 15 of the 20 people on board.

Ten years ago: Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. forces while hiding in a hole under a farmhouse in Adwar, Iraq, near his hometown of Tikrit. A summit to forge a European Union constitution collapsed in Brussels, Belgium. Oklahoma quarterback Jason White won the Heisman Trophy. Former Sen. William V. Roth Jr., R-Del., creator of Roth IRA accounts, died in Washington at age 82.

Five years ago: The White House weighed its options for preventing a collapse of the troubled U.S. auto industry. Oklahoma quarter-

back Sam Bradford won the Heisman Trophy after guiding the highest-scoring team in major college football history to the national championship game.

One year ago: U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice withdrew from consideration to replace outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Rice had run into opposition from Republicans angry over her explanation of the September attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Rice had said the attack stemmed from a protest over an anti-Islamic video, which later proved incorrect.

Today’s Birthdays: Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz is 93. Actor-comedian Dick Van Dyke is 88. Actor Christopher Plummer is 84. Country singer Buck White is 83. Music/film producer Lou Adler is 80. Singer John Davidson is 72. Actress Kathy Garver (TV: “Family Affair”) is 68. Singer Ted Nugent is 65. Rock musician Jeff “Skunk” Baxter is 65. Country musician Ron Getman is 65. Actor Robert Lindsay is 64. Country singer-musician Randy Owen is 64. Actress Wendie Malick is 63. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is 63. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is 60. Country singer John Anderson is 59. Singersongwriter Steve Forbert is 59. Singer-actor Morris Day is 57. Actor Steve Buscemi (boo-SEH’-mee) is 56. Actor Johnny Whitaker is 54. Rock musician John Munson (Semisonic; Twilight Hours) is 51. Actress-reality TV star NeNe Leakes is 47. Actor-comedian Jamie Foxx is 46. Actor Bart Johnson is 43.




Highlights of the growth of the Southwick Fire Department since Chief Richard Anderson was appointed


2011 Richard Anderson Southwick Fire Department Chief

• Richard Anderson becomes Interim Chief of the SFD in January • Anderson named Chief in April • A second full-time firefighter/EMT is added


• Laptops installed in ambulances • A third full-time firefighter/EMT is added • A rescue boat is acquired from the U.S. Coast Guard • An internship program is initiated

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A fourth full-time firefighter/EMT is added A union for full-time firefighters/EMTs is formed Laptops being installed in fire apparatus Website redesigned and Facebook page created

SFD little bit of money. “We have one certified paramedic already and we have two people – one full-time and one volunteer – who are putting themselves through school now,” said Anderson. Switching to an advanced life support department would help save lives, said Anderson. “We can help people faster and the time is right,” he said. “We are working with the Finance Committee and selectmen – this is something we feel is important and it won’t cost a lot. It’s minimal cost but a great leap in services.” The cost of paramedics would be offset by fees. Right now, ambulance fees total over $320,000. Anderson said it covers most of the department’s $400,000 EMS budget.

Continued from Page 1 “Paramedics can give us the tools so we can lar engine with a commercial chassis versus a save lives, and that’s what we do here – save custom one is $325,000 and a mini-pumper is lives and save property,” Anderson said. $225,000. Anderson told the board this week that the While a decision is made, the town is workbudget priority this year is how to deal with ing with the town of Suffield to lease a 1993 having to take Engine 2 offline. engine they no longer use. While having the truck serviced for some Anderson said there are pros and cons to corrosion, even more deterioration was found each option. The full size engine is capable of under the frame that holds the water tank. The holding 1,000 gallons of water while the mini 1994 engine is approaching an age when put- pumper holds just 300 but there are ways to ting it in reserve is recommended. extend that 300 gallons. “We’re not able to have a reserve so we The current fleet, minus Engine 2, includes have to decide what to do,” he said. one engine, one tanker, and one ladder truck. A committee was formed within the depart“We’re not in terrible shape. We’re okay, ment to thoroughly research its options. but we have to rely on mutual aid more,” he Anderson told the board that the cost of said. repairs and painting is $159,000. An equal Anderson became chief in 2011 and added a custom-built replacement is $450,000, a simi- second full-time firefighter/EMT immediate-

ly. A third was added in 2012 and a fourth in 2013. In the past two years, Anderson has overseen the installation of laptops on the ambulances and now in the fire apparatus, updates to the pre-plans for town buildings, creation of a internship program, computerization of the department in sync with police and dispatch system, change from a secretary to administrative assistant, and creation of a union for full-time firefighter/EMTs. “There is a lot going on,” said Anderson, noting that a newly designed website and Facebook page are set to go live any day. “We still have a long way to go, but I can’t say enough about the department – full-time and volunteers – who are growing and working so we serve the town better.”

Red Cross Continued from Page 1 what we do and how we do it and connect a name and a face, so when there’s a disaster or an issue, we need them to know what the Red Cross is all about.” Westfield Community Development Director Peter Miller was on hand in his capacity as Vice Chairman of the Greater Westfield chapter. “The four western counties were represented today, and it’s important to continue to show the legislators the different variety of work that the Red Cross does,” said Miller, who started serving on the board three years ago. “You’ll read newspaper stories saying the Red Cross was on the scene at a fire, but the stories about the personal effect (the Red Cross) has regarding blood services, military services, that tends to fly under the radar. It’s important for us to share those services with those in government.” “We’ve moved. We’ve done a lot of consolidation, but I think a lot of it has helped to make it more mission-driven, and to make sure that we’re putting more money toward services,” he said. “It’s a new Red Cross.” Douglas Rossi, the Greater Westfield Chapter chairman, came into the organization Executive Director for the Greater Westfield American Red Cross and Fran Griffin, a mem- at the same time as Miller, and concurred with ber of the American Red Cross Disaster Team, explain some of the features of a mobile his colleague on the ever important mission of the Red Cross. kitchen during a legislative breakfast in Springfield this morning. (Photo by Frederick Gore) “There are so many things that the Red

Neighborhood stores help community shelters WESTFIELD -– Rocky’s Ace Hardware, a family-owned business with 32 neighborhood based stores is proud to announce their partnership with Nutro Pet Foods in joining together with its’ customers to help homeless and abandoned pets. The drive runs now through December 23. Each of the 32 Rocky’s Ace Hardware stores have partnered with an area Humane Society or Shelter to collect food this Holiday Season for the much forgotten and unfortunate animals in our own community. “The drive has become an annual tradition here at Rocky’s. It’s a fantastic opportunity for concerned individuals to help innocent animals without having to make a separate trip to their area Animal Shelter or Humane Society” said Rocco Falcone, president and CEO. Here is how the program works: Customers make donations of much needed pet food at their local Rocky’s Ace Hardware store, specially

marked signs and a collection basket will guide customers to the collection area. The stores, will then in turn collect all donations and drive them to their locally chosen charity. Nutro Pet Foods has partnered with Rocky’s in donating over $1,500 worth of premium dog and cat food to kick start the program. Donations will be delivered directly to the Shelter or Humane Society on or about December 24. Last year, the second annual pet food drive resulted in over

6,500 pounds of food and many toys, pet beds and other needed accessories being donated to a long list of worthy humane societies and animal shelters. “This year our drive has been lengthened by one week, every year we increase the amount donated, thereby helping even more neglected animals, still, this year we will strive to surpass last years’ collection” said Director of Marketing and Advertising Geoffrey Webb.


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18 SOUTHWICK Board of Selectmen Public Hearing - Community Development Strategy at 6:15 pm

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Financial Continued from Page 1 needs to understand that this is a priority. This is going to change,” Flynn said at that meeting, on the need to alter the school’s credit card and travel policies. “I dont want to rush to judgement… but we are going to move (On December 12).” And move they did. “It is our intent to eliminate the credit card program by the end of this fiscal year,” Wesolowski said last night. “We are one third of the way through eliminating our credit cards at this time. We are down to 24 cards, and there have been offers to take more credit cards out of the process, as well.” Wesolowski added that Westfield State now has the second fewest cards of any of it’s “sister universities” in the state system. Flynn, the chief administrative officer of the Massachusetts State Polic, noted during the Sturbridge meeting that he is aware of only two credit cards that are used by the State Police, an organization which employs around 3,000 people. In place of the credit cards, Wesolowski announced a plan for the school to adopt a procurement card system which was subsequently

Continued from Page 1 “The Law Department explained that the council does not have the authority to make mid-cycle cuts,” Sullivan said. “We did look at other avenues to accomplish what the council was trying to do to reduce the tax rate increase to residents and business owners.” “We don’t have a mechanism to do what we wanted to do. Our one bite of the apple is in June when we approve the budget, not in December,” Sullivan said. “I do not like the process where we approve a budget based on revenue estimates and projections, but don’t have a mechanism to go back and make adjustments when we do get the real numbers halfway through the budget cycle.” “That vote Thursday (Dec. 5) was a very risky thing for the council because of the ramification on the city’s financial status,” Sullivan said. The vote would have forced Mayor Daniel M. Knapik to use most, if not all, of the free cash account when it is certified by the DOR to replenish the stabilization account and the budget, Sullivan said. “There would have been no money for other

services and projects,” Sullivan said. “That would have caused concern in the bond rating process. We do not want to go backwards.” Onofrey said that “it’s very clear that when we set the budget, we set the number of how much the city will spend. We voted 7-6 to let the mayor have what he asked for.” “Now, in December, our responsibility is to set the shift and to vote on the use of funds to offset the rate increase,” Onofrey said. “We don’t set the levy. The mayor sets the levy.” “Our only recourse to have tax relief is to go back to the mayor and ask for more money, stabilization or free cash, to offset the levy,” Onofrey said. “The mayor doesn’t want to raid stabilization and has earmarked free cash, when it’s certified (by the DOR), for projects. Free cash will be used to replenish the stabilization fund in the amount ($1,245,368) used to offset the levy last week. “Typically the council votes in November or December to set the shift, but the tax rate is pretty much a done deal (based upon the budget approved in June),” Onofrey said.

approved. Similar procurement card systems have been in place at other state institutions for some time now, and are commonplace in corporate America. “It’ll allow us to aggregate a lot of the small purchases, which will help to more effectively and efficiently process payment,” he said. “It also has an extensive number of controls and limitations in place so that it is very restrictive as to who can use it, where it can be used, and for what type of expenses.” “It’s a great step,” said Flynn, after the meeting. “The procurement card is much better for us.” “The (travel) policy will be ratified in February,” he said. “We agree to the principle of it. It’s great progress. We’re satisfied.” “Milton’s resignation gives whoever becomes the permanent president the choice,” he said regarding the eventual appointment of a successor to Santiago as VP of Administration and Finance. “Dr. (Elizabeth) Preston (Interim President) has put out focus groups to figure out what skillset we should search for for the next president. We’ll start by identifying a core group of folks internally.”

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Cross does that people don’t know about,” he said. “There’s a disaster – we’re there. If there’s a fire, we help the family thats been displaced. But they don’t know about the training, the jobs that are created (because of the training), the behind-the-scenes things that occur on a day-to-day basis.” The Town of Southwick was also represented, as Charles Dunlap, the emergency management director and emergency response coordinator, was on hand. “It solidifies a partnership,” he said. “On the disaster response, the sheltering that is required, I see the other participants, its a good team concept.” When asked about the Red Cross presence in his town, which also assists the Connecticut communities of Granby and Suffield, Dunlap believes the organization’s role in Southwick is of the utmost importance. “I would say they take it for granted that the Red Cross is there and they don’t realize it until the time of need,” said Dunlap, who is also the emergency coordinator for Hampden County. “As an emergency coordinator, I need to be able to know the people that we work with in a time of need.” Anyone interested in learning more about the American Red Cross’ Greater Westfield chapter can visit their website at






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U.N. chief gets report on Syria chemical weapons use UNITED NATIONS — Chemical weapons were probably used in four locations in Syria this year, in addition to the confirmed attack near Damascus in August that forced the government to abandon its secret chemical stockpile, U.N. inspectors said in a report released Thursday. The experts, led by Swedish professor Ake Sellstrom, examined seven alleged chemical weapons attacks and said it lacked information to corroborate the allegations at two locations. The inspectors’ limited mandate barred them from identifying whether the government or opposition fighters were responsible for any of the attacks. Thursday’s report said evidence indicated chemical weapons were probably used in Khan al Assal outside Aleppo, Jobar in Damascus’ eastern suburbs, Saraqueb near Idlib in the northwest, and Ashrafiah Sahnaya in the Damascus countryside. In two cases, it found “signatures of Sarin.” The government and opposition accused each other of using chemical weapons at Khan al Assal and the report said none of the parties in Syria denied their use in the village. The allegations of chemical weapons use at Jobar and Ashrafiah Sahnaya were made by the Syrian government, while Britain and France raised the allegations about Saraqueb. In an initial report on Sept. 16, Sellstrom’s team concluded that evidence collected in the Ghouta area of Damascus following an Aug. 21 attack provided “clear and convincing evidence that surface-to-surface rockets containing the nerve agent sarin were used.” Graphic video footage showed dozens of people gasping for air and bodies lined up and the U.S. government said more than 1,400 people were killed. The confirmed use of chemical weapons in Ghouta, and the threat of possible U.S. military action, led to a U.S.-Russian agreement to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons by mid2014. The process of getting Syrian chemicals that can be used to make weapons out of the country is currently underway. The experts said they collected “credible information that corroborates the allegations that chemical weapons were used in Khan al Assal on March 19, 2013 against soldiers and civilians.” The report said information from medical, military and health personnel corroborated the occurrence of rapid mass poisoning “by an organophosphorous compound.” But the inspectors said the release of chemical weapons at the site couldn’t be independently verified because it lacked “primary information” on how the chemical agents were delivered and because environmental and medical samples weren’t scientifically collected, preserved and analyzed. The U.N. mission said it collected evidence “consistent with the probable use of chemical weapons in Jobar on Aug. 24, 2013 on a relatively small scale against soldiers.” But it said it lacked information on the delivery system and the chain of custody for samples, and said therefore it could not “establish the link between the victims, the alleged event and the alleged site.” The report said Jobar was “compromised by previous demining activities and by visits of representatives of the Syrian Government who had reportedly moved the remnants of two explosive devices alleged to be the munitions used in the incident.” The U.N. team was able to examine those remnants at a storage location. The inspectors said interviews with survivors and clinicians and medical records confirmed symptoms of “organophosphorous” poisoning. They said blood samples recovered by the Syrian government on Aug. 24 and authenticated by the U.N. using DNA techniques “tested positive for signatures of Sarin,” and one blood sample from the same patients on Sept. 28 tested positive for Sarin. At Saraqueb, the inspectors said they collected evidence “that suggests that chemical weapons were used ... on April 29, 2013 on a small scale, also against civilians.” Again, they said they lacked information on the delivery system and the chain of custody for environmental samples and therefore couldn’t link the event, the site “and the deceased woman.” The inspectors said samples of several of her organs, taken during an autopsy performed in the presence of inspectors, “tested positive for signatures of Sarin.’ The U.N. mission said it collected evidence “that suggests that chemical weapons were used in Ashrafia Sahnaya on Aug. 25, 2013 on a small scale against soldiers.” But it said it lacked primary information on delivery systems and said samples collected by the U.N. experts one week and one month after the alleged incident tested negative. The report says the U.N. investigative team was unable to make on-site visits to almost all of the sites where chemical weapons allegedly were used, mostly because of poor security conditions. Of the seven sites in the final report, the team did visit Ghouta and Jobar. Sellstrom handed his final report to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Obama turns left By Edward-Isaac Dovere President Barack Obama wants to sound like a different kind of Democrat. He’s connecting to progressive populism with an aggressive, spending-oriented, activist government approach to the economy personified by Elizabeth Warren and Bill de Blasio. Obama’s already backed raising the minimum wage, the start of what White House officials say will be a 2014 domestic agenda — including his State of the Union address and budget — that centers around income inequality and what the government is doing to increase economic mobility. That means changing how he talks about some familiar items, including the Affordable Care Act and the universal prekindergarten plan from his 2013 State of the Union, as well as pitching an array of new proposals flowing from this new emphasis. Obama needs his base invested to help him recover from his low poll numbers and give his party a platform as Democrats try to make the House competitive and hold onto to their majority in the Senate. And those in the coalition that won Obama two elections — young people, African-Americans, Latinos, single women and immigrants — are precisely the ones hit hardest by the doldrum economy. The Dow keeps breaking records while unemployment’s still at 7 percent. Bankers are getting bigger bonuses while a Bloomberg News poll Wednesday showed 64 percent of people saying America no longer offers an equal shot. Angry voters have elected the tea party, and they’ve elected de Blasio mayor of New York, put Warren in her Senate seat, and Ted Cruz in his. People who’ve watched Obama and recent election results closely say there is a danger of the country — and the Democratic Party — getting past him. The president has been paying attention to the kind of response generated by Warren and de Blasio, who’ll be one of several new mayors meeting with Obama at the White House Friday. “He senses the same thing they do,” said a White House official. Last week, Obama warned of “a dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility that has jeopardized middle-class America’s basic bargain,” adding, “I am convinced that the decisions we make on these issues over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where opportunity is real.” Many Democrats in Congress say Obama is getting the party back to where it should have been. “The guy running for mayor in New York made this a big theme, and he won, so I think it makes sense to focus on it,” said Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), who’s running for re-election next year. “This is a time to be talking about these kinds of things. I’m going to be talking about them.” The White House shift has already been felt. Larry Summers withdrew from consideration to be the new Federal Reserve chair, with Janet Yellen getting the job instead. John Podesta’s hiring as the new senior counselor to the president has liberals thinking they have a man on the inside to push an economic progressive agenda. And Obama successfully lobbied Democratic senators to change the filibuster rules that were holding up his executive branch and judicial nominees. The left is also pointing to Sherrod Brown’s re-election in Ohio and Tammy Baldwin’s win in Wisconsin as evidence of the broad reach of their government spending, Wall Street

Glenn Beck attacks ‘worthless’ Boehner By Tal Kopan Conservative radio host Glenn Beck went off on Republican leadership after the House passed a budget compromise Thursday, calling House Speaker John Boehner “worthless” and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a “liar.” “I think John Boehner is one of the prime examples of worthless, worthless Republicans,” Beck said Thursday on Mark Levin’s radio show. “All these people saying, ‘Hey, the Republicans aren’t as bad,’ no. I think they actually might be worse, because they claim to be something that they’re not.” Beck told Levin, who called Boehner “utterly feckless,” that Boehner and those like him “have got to go.” “I will not vote for another Republican who is just a Republican who says, ‘Well, you know, we got to do what we got to do.’ No we don’t, we have to take a stand,” Beck said, citing Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for standing up.

restraining argument, along with their own polls showing support in swing states for ideas like expanding Social Security and cutting corporate subsidies, and independent polls that show broad bipartisan support for raising the minimum wage. There’s debate over what polls about ideals without explanations for how to pay for them actually prove, but White House focus groups reflect the strong support for the minimum wage has a lot to do with why the president kicked off his new agenda by embracing an increase. Obama used a Dec. 2011 speech in Osawatomie, Kan. to set a tone for his reelection, and his argument to raise taxes to pay for more spending was central to the campaign. But that’s dissipated over the course of the year. “The president’s right now where he should have been coming out of the presidential election, because he was that way going into the presidential election,” said Brown, who said he’s had preliminary conversations with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough about policy ideas for the State of the Union. White House officials wouldn’t comment on those discussions, though they say the topic regularly comes up in conversation with leading Hill Democrats, and they expect the pace and focus to pick up in the weeks ahead. “This is a broadly occurring thing, and obviously it will occur in different ways in different places, and at different speeds in different places,” said Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), one of de Blasio’s key supporters at home and a long time opponent of the national party’s spending cut mentality. “The progressive economics is the popular economics. It’s less repressed now because of the atmosphere.” White House and Democratic officials say they’re confident they’ll avoid the depth of internal warfare that’s torn apart the GOP as the tea party pulled moderate Republicans to the right. But moderate Democrats worry a progressive shift could sink the party in any place less liberal than Massachusetts and New York City. Asked about Obama’s new turn to economic progressivism, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) — the standard bearer of his party’s fiscal moderates — said, “I still think that one of the single biggest things we could do to generate job growth would be a grand bargain.” Republicans say they’re not worried about the new approach from Obama. However much the president may try to tap into a new populism, said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), he won’t be able to change next year’s elections from being litigated on his own record and the health care law. “When your premiums double, and your co-pay goes through the roof, the minimum wage is probably not going to resonate with you,” Graham said. “Trying to change the subject to a populist agenda does nothing but reinforce the lack of leadership.” Progressives feel like they’ve heard the promises before, watched the president keep pushing for a grand bargain and hungered for his administration to invite fewer bankers to the White House and put more of them on trial. “People have a lot of passion about a lot of these issues, and a lot pent up because Obama hasn’t necessarily driven that passion,” said Mike Lux, a progressive political consultant who served on Obama’s transition team. “People need those kinds of tangible things that happen. They need something to satisfy that sense that the rich and powerful are getting away with See Left Turn, Page 5

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Left Turn Continued from Page 4 murder and no one’s stopping them from doing it.” As a start, the Congressional Progressive Caucus is pushing the president to sign an executive order raising the minimum wage on federal contractors — in part leading by example, in part immediately boosting salaries for more people than work at McDonald’s and Wal-Mart combined. White House press secretary Jay Carney wouldn’t comment directly on the proposal last week, saying the president’s focus remains on congressional action. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair, says the first trips on an Obama road tour should be in front of the top 15 infrastructure projects in most desperate need of attention. Give up on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal talks, Ellison said, and insist that any tax reform bill come with enough closed loopholes to be revenue positive. “Until he says stuff like that, we’ve got a problem,” Ellison said, who noted that he felt the president’s income inequality speech was “awesome.” Ellison knows that’s asking for a significant change from the president—but a necessary one. “It’s tough to align a political vision with political action,” Ellison said. “To say we should go through Congress is like saying we should get Stevie Wonder to drive himself to the studio.” In their “Economic Populism Is a Dead End for Democrats” Wall Street Journal op-ed, leaders of the Third Way centrist Democratic think tank caused an internal party explosion by saying having de Blasio and Warren as a “guiding star” nationally would be disastrous. But Third Way vice president Matt Bennett says the op-ed was really about opposing a run toward Social Security expansion, which he called bad politics and bad policy because there’s no clear way to pay for it. Based on the income inequality speech, Bennett said Obama appears to be hitting the right balance and tone. “What Obama understands is that anger is not enough in American politics. It can win you primaries. It can win you occasional general elections,” Bennett said. “But as a national political strategy, it is not enough.” Progressives sense opportunity—for Obama, for them and for the Democratic Party, but only if the president actually follows through before the focus shifts beyond him, to 2016. “He has a year and a half to define the party. Ideally, he should start talking more about a clear and strong progressive vision—while doing what he can through executive actions— then we win a majority in 2014, then we have two years,” Nadler said. “And that’s his legacy.”

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Hackberry’s worth a second look LEE REICH Associated Press With many trees and shrubs now bereft of leaves and flowers, more subtle aspects of the landscape come into focus. A tree that many people hardly notice captures my full attention — specifically, its bark. Hackberry bark will not stop you in your tracks as does the dramatic, shiny red, peeling bark of paperbark maple or the ghostly white bark of lacebark pine. Hackberry bark possesses a subtle beauty, subtle even in a subtle landscape. You have to recognize the bark, then stop and really look at it. Hackberry bark is at its best on a clear wintry day when no leafy canopy obstructs the sun, and when the sun is low

enough to glance sideways off the gray bark’s arranged ridges. Take a look at the way the bark’s corky ridges create crisp areas of light and shadow evocative of those sharp, achromatic photographs of the lunar landscape. Hackberry, although native throughout much of the U.S., is not all that common a tree. Pockets exist here and there, often near waterways. HACKBERRY’S APPEAL GOES BEYOND ITS BARK Hackberry is also worth attention in other seasons. It bears a delectable fruit that tastes like a date. Unfortunately, the fruit is only the size of a large pea and much of it is pit. Still it’s worth a nibble. Birds also appreciate the

fruits. Birds that feed on hackberries include cedar waxwings, mockingbirds, American robins, bluebirds, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, northern flickers and quail. The berries continue to hang from the branches well into winter. They are among the preferred winter foods for wild turkeys. ELM-ISH QUALITIES In many respects, hackberry is similar to the American elm, to which it is related. Although neither plant has colorful flowers in the spring or blazing foliage in autumn, both these bottomland trees tolerate diverse soil conditions. Hackberry tolerates even a greater range of environmental conditions than does the elm, laughing off drought, pollution and wind. Both trees also are easy to transplant, and grow rapidly. The quality for which the American elm is most loved, and which hackberry also possesses, is form. Both grow to become large, vase-shaped trees, majestic on their own or divine when planted in rows on either side of an avenue, over which their upper branches meet to form a natural cathedral. PESTS? NOT TO WORRY American elm gets Dutch elm disease, which has decimated the species as a landscape plant. Hackberry, besides having attractive bark and tasty fruits, is immune to Dutch elm disease. Hackberry is prone to a couple of diseases, notably nipplegall on the leaves and witches’ broom on branches and twigs. These afflictions cause some disfigurement, but not the death of the plant. I’m not suggesting planting hackberries now in the way American elms were planted in the 19th century, up and down every street and in every park. Such planting, especially if it were just a single hackberry variety — Windy City or Prairie Pride, for instance — would invite disaster. A disease that found fertile ground could run rampant and denude the landscape. I do suggest that you keep an eye out for hackberry trees, In this Dec. 2, 2013 photo, the corky ridges of the hackberry’s especially now, and admire bark have a subtle beauty, with crisp areas of light and them. And, occasionally, plant shadow evocative of photographs of the lunar landscape, in one. New Paltz, New York. (AP Photo/Lee Reich)

In this photo taken on Dec. 2, 2013, a simple series of black and white pictures becomes an elegant holiday wreath when glued to a cardboard ring and embellished with a bit of faux holly. The holidays are a great time to pull out the old photos and reminisce, but there’s no need to huddle around a dusty album. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)

Song lyrics, photos combine for holiday decorations HOLLY RAMER Associated Press The holidays are a great time to pull out the old photos and reminisce, but there’s no need to huddle around a dusty album. There are a variety of ways to get them out in the open by making them part of your holiday decorations. And once you’ve gone through the trouble of scanning and reprinting originals, it’s easy to make duplicates that can be turned into to gifts for family members. Make a bold, modern statement by printing 4-inchsquare photos, connecting them with small plastic clips in a grid shape and hanging it on the wall. A large square is striking, but the clips allow for endless possibilities. A Christmas tree shape, perhaps? Keep things bright with a series of color photographs, or go for a more elegant look with black and white. For a more traditional look, arrange the photographs in a circle and stick them on a cardboard ring to create a photo wreath. Leave it plain, or decorate with a few sprigs of faux holly tucked among the pictures. Take the photos off the wall by having them printed on a sofa throw pillow. This project takes a bit more work because it involves printing on fabric, but the result is an unexpected way to showcase

favorite family photos. All three projects below are built around a snippet of the classic song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Incorporating the phrase “through the years we all will be together” in each project adds a bit of color and ties together pictures that span many years.

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In this Dec. 7, 2013 photo, Cooper Volkman, 8 years old, wears loom band bracelets that he made in Ridgefield, Wash. When kids collected Silly Bands, parents groaned. But the current craze for kids, Rainbow Loom bands and their many knockoffs, is surprising parents and child development experts. (AP Photo/ Lori L. Volkman)

CREATING AND SHARING Loom bands can be woven into just about any shape, especially with the help of step-bystep videos available at Ross says her kids search YouTube for instructions if they see a friend wearing a design they haven’t tried yet. They love attempting increasingly complex designs taught in these videos, but they also like the freedom to customize them as they wish. They don’t always create exactly what they set out to make, but they’re usually proud of the result. Edwards says the experience of “social comparison” is another key stage of development for kids this age: “Feeling like you can do something that’s at least as good as your peers if not better than your peers,” she says, leaves kids feeling competent and connected with others. While boy crazes like Bakugan balls and Pokemon cards are about collecting and competition, many kids make loom band items to give to friends and family. At Ross’ son’s school, a group of students recently sold loom bands to raise funds for an animal shelter. And, Ross says, “Our principal has them up her arms.” In Volkman’s neighborhood, the school put a “moratorium” on the bracelets, she says, because entrepreneurial kids had begun selling them to classmates. Loom bands also seem to fit kids’ mobile lives: “They’re portable and wearable,” Edwards says, so younger kids can make them “in the backseat of a car waiting for one of their siblings to get out of ball practice.” And they don’t involve a screen. So, yes, it’s a fad. And yes, parents all over the country are getting tired of finding tiny rubber bands on their floors and in their washing machines. But few are really complaining. “I can have a collection or I can trade them at school,” says Cooper Volkman. And his mom can get dinner made with a minimum of chaos.

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National Catholic Church 73 Main Street, Westfield, MA 01085 Rectory (413) 562-4403 E-Mail: The Pastor and Parishioners of St. Joseph’s extend a warm and cordial welcome to our scheduled Christmas Masses:

December 24, 2013:

Each year as we celebrate the birth of Jesus,

we renew the promise of eternal life and glory. May His eternal light shine over your life and show you the way.

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament 127 Holyoke Road, Westfield, MA (413) 562-3450 Rev. Daniel S. Pacholec, Pastor


Christmas Eve Masses 4:00 PM & 10:00 PM (with Choir Concert at 9:30 PM )


CHRISTMAS WEEK FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 16 Court Street, Westfield, MA 01085 (413) 568-5818

Pastor: The Rev. Valerie Roberts-Toler

Sunday, December 22nd 10:00 AM Worship Service

Tuesday, December 24th@ 6:30 PM Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Special Music and Youth Leadership

Sunday, December 29th




Westfield Evangelical Free Church

487 Western Avenue, P.O. Box 814, Westfield, MA (413) 568-7557 FAX (413) 568-6328 email:

The Reverend Kimberly J. Murphy, Pastor

Christmas Happenings at Second Church DEC. 15th 10:00 am White Gifts Service 3:00 pm Choir Christmas Concert with Smith College Bell Choir and WSU musicians DEC. 19th - 6:00 pm Blue Christmas Service at Church of the Atonement DEC. 22 - 10:00 am Christmas Sunday Worship and Pageant Deacons’ Tea DEC. 24 - 6:30 pm Family Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Lessons and Carols

St. Mary’s Church 30 Bartlett Street, Westfield, MA 01085 562-5477 Rev. Brian F. McGrath, Pastor Rev. Robert L. Miskell, Associate Pastor Deacon Roger Carrier Deacon Pedro Rivera Rev. Mr. Frank Lawlor


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CHRISTMAS SERVICES Sun., Dec. 22 Worship Service 10:00 AM Begin Christmas week by worshiping the Lord. Nursery available. Tues., Dec. 24 Candlelight Service Celebrate this holy night with music, 5:30 PM scripture, & the lighting of candles. Nursery available. Wed. Dec. 25 10:00 AM

Christmas Celebration Come and give praise to God for the birth of our Savior. Nursery available.



First Congregational Church of Westfield

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Tues., Dec. 24


Sunday, December 22nd 10AM ~ Poinsettia Sunday

Wed., Dec. 25


Tuesday, December 24th:

NEW YEAR’S SCHEDULE Tues., Dec. 31 Wed., Jan. 1


We celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent by lighting the candle of “Love”. This Church Service will have music featuring First Church Choir and Soloists, accompanied by the New England Brass Quartet and organist Allan Taylor.

Christmas Eve Family Service 5:30 PM This Christmas Eve Service is for children and their families. The Youth of First Church will tell the Story of Christmas in a Christmas Pageant. 11:00 PM Candlelight Service -A Festival of Lessons and Carols. Celebrate the birth of Jesus with traditional readings and carols. The Senior Choir will lead the musical portions of the service, which will culminate in the lighting of candles as we share the light of Christ.


CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH 115 Elm Street, P.O. Box 95, Westfield, MA 01086 The Rev. Thomas N. Rice, Interim Pastor Sunday Worship & Sunday School 10:00AM

Sunday, December 22nd 10:00 AM - Morning Worship Service & Sunday School Music by the Central Baptist Church Choir 5:30 PM - Inter-generational Candlelight Service. Sunday School will perform a Narrated play of the Christmas Story. Piano Solo and a Choral Performance Candles for everyone. Reception in Hays Hall following the service.

Saint John’s Lutheran Church 60 Broad Street, Westfield, MA • 568-1417 Pastor Christopher Hazzard

SUN., DEC. 22

7:30 AM - Radio Broadcast of Worship Service over WHYN, .560 on the AM Dial 10:00 AM - Sunday School Christmas Pageant


6:50 PM - Christmas Eve Prelude 7:00 PM - Christmas Eve CANDLE LIGHT Service

WED., DEC. 25, CHRISTMAS DAY 10:00 AM Christmas Day Service with Holy Communion

TUES., DEC. 31st, NEW YEAR’S EVE 7:00 PM Service with Communion

4:00 PM Christmas Family Mass 11:00 PM Mass of the Shepherds, preceded at 10:45 PM by St. Joseph’s Choir presentation of carols

December 25, 2013:

9:00 AM Christmas Day High Mass

St. Peter and St. Casimir Parish 22 State St. Westfield, MA 01085 2013 Holiday Mass Schedule Tuesday, December 24th Christmas Eve 4:00pm Children’s Mass 12:00 Midnight Mass Wednesday, December 25th Christmas Day 8:30am Mass and 10:30am Mass January 1, 2014 - Holy Day of Obligation Blessed Virgin Mary The Mother of God Tuesday, December 31st New Year’s Eve’ 6:00pm Mass Wednesday, January 1st New Year’s Day 7:00am Mass and 6:00pm Mass

Holy Trinity Church Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette 335 Elm Street, Westfield, MA 01085 (413) 568-1506

Christmas Schedule

Tuesday, December 24th 4:00 PM Christmas Vigil Mass 11:30 PM Polish & English Carol Concert in church 12:00 Midnight Mass Wednesday, December 25th 9:00 AM Mass (Polish) 10:30 AM Mass

New Year’s Day Schedule “Mary, Mother of God” Tuesday, December 31st 4:00 PM Vigil Wednesday, January 1st 9:00 AM (Polish) 10:30 AM

The Episcopal Church of the Atonement Drawn in by grace .. Reaching out in love

36 Court Street, Westfield, MA 01085 (413) 562-5461 Scott Bailey, Music Director

The Rev. Nancy Webb Stroud, Rector

~ ALL ARE WELCOME ~ December 22, Fourth Sunday of Advent Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. December 24, Christmas Eve Pageant and Holy Eucharist at 4:00 p.m. Christmas Carols at 9:30 p.m. Festive Choral Eucharist at 10:00 p.m. December 25, Christmas Day Holy Eucharist and Carols at 10:00 a.m. December 29, First Sunday after Christmas Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. January 1, The Holy Name of Our Lord Healing and Holy Eucharist at Noon January 5, Second Sunday after Christmas Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Twelfth Night Service and Celebration, 4:00 p.m.

Southwick Congregational Church

United Church of Christ

488 College Highway - P.O. Box 260 Southwick, MA (413) 569-6362 Rev. Bart Cochran

Christmas Sunday Service ~ Dec. 22nd The Childrens Pageant - 10:00 AM followed by Coffee Hour

Christmas Eve - Candlelight Service 10:00 PM

Bell Sunday ~ Ring in the New Year December 29th 10:00 AM





Westfield’s Kay Kennedy breaks through a pair of Monument Mountain defenders during last night’s game in Westfield. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Westfield’s Alexa Morin, center rear, collects the rebound during last night’s game with Monument Mountain. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Westfield’s Alicia Arnold, left, looks for the shot as Monument Mountain’s Vanessa Troiano attempts the block. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Westfield’s Keri Paton, center, takes a jump shot during Thursday night’s game against Monument Mountain. Westfield won 56-48. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

WHS leaps over Monument Mountain By Chris Putz Staff Writer WESTFIELD – For the Westfield High School girls’ basketball team, it truly is a new season. Westfield stepped off into the 2013-14 season on the right foot, leaping past visiting Monument Mountain 56-48 Thursday night. It was a trio of Bombers that catapulted the team into the win column on the season’s first day. Beka Santiago (18 points), Keri Paton (13 points, 11 rebounds), and Alicia Arnold (13 points) each reached double digits in the scoring column for Westfield (1-0). “We shot the ball pretty well,” said Bombers’ coach Ralph Loos,

“and our defense picked up after the first quarter.” After a shaky defensive effort in the game’s opening minutes, Westfield clamped down on the opposition and built a double-digit lead. The Bombers rarely ever wavered. “Our goal is win Western Mass,” Loos said. “I think this team has the potential to do that. We need to get a little bit better each day.” It may be only the first day of the regular season, but Loos is confident his team is better right now than the one that stepped off the court to end 2012-13. Santiago missed the entire season due to injury. “We have a better offense, but we

Westfield’s Karly Mastello, right, looks for the net while passing a pair of Monument Mountain defenders (Photo by Frederick Gore)

need to stop people,” Loos said. Westfield will be tested next week with games on the road against Central (Monday) and Chicopee Comp (Wednesday), and a home contest against Amherst (Thursday). “It’ll be a good test to see what happens,” he said. Monson 60, St. Mary 20 In other games, Monson defeated St. Mary 60-20 at Westfield Middle School North. The Mustangs dominated from the outset, going on a 23-2 first-quarter run. Monson’s Karyce Welsh (14 points) and Katie Sweeney (10) combined for 24 points. Lauren Chapdelaine and Alison Stanlewicz led St. Mary with five points apiece.

St. Mary’s Stephanie Allen, foreground, looks for the pass as Monson’s Jackie Duggan moves in during the second period of last night’s game at Westfield Middle School North.

St. Mary’s Fran DeFergola, center, breaks through a pair of Monson defenders.

(Photo by Frederick Gore)

Frederick Gore)

St. Mary’s Jillian Watson, left, controls the ball past a Monson defender. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

St. Mary’s Alison Stonlewicz, rear, moves the ball up court during last night’s game against visiting Monson. (Photo by

(Photo by

St. Mary’s Lauren Chapdelain, left, dribbles past Monson defender Miranda Couture during the first period of last night’s game in Westfield. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

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MONDAY TUESDAY December 16 December 17 WESTFIELD HIGH SCHOOL WHS GIRLS’ V HOOPS at Central, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ JV HOOPS at Central, 5:30 p.m.

WRESTLING at Mt. Hope Invitational, R.I., 9 a.m. HOCKEY vs. Minnechaug, Amelia Park, 6 p.m.

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SOUTHWICK-TOLLAND REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Renaissance School, Boland School, 5:30 p.m.

GIRLS’ V HOOPS at Dean Tech, 6 p.m.

GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. Commerce, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. Commerce, 7 p.m.

WRESTLING at Franklin Tech, 7 p.m.

GATEWAY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Pioneer Valley Christian School, 5 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Pioneer Valley Christian School, 6:30 p.m.

GIRLS’ JV HOOPS at Holyoke Catholic, 6 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS at Holyoke Catholic, 7:30 p.m. WRESTLING vs. Sabis, 7 p.m.

WESTFIELD VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL BOYS JV HOOPS at HCCS, Chicopee Boys & Girls Club, 5:30 p.m. BOYS V HOOPS at HCCS, Chicopee Boys & Girls Club, 7 p.m.

SAINT MARY HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY at Mt. Everett, Berkshire School, 7 p.m.

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UMass-Boston bests WSU By Chris Putz Staff Writer WESTFIELD – Junior center Kirsten Morrison had a game high 23 points and nine rebounds, and sophomore forward Olivia Murphy posted a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds to power UMass Boston to a 72-49 victory over Westfield State University in non-conference women’s basketball on Thursday, Dec. 12. The Beacons upped their record to 6-1 while Westfield moved to 4-4. Led by the tall frontcourt of Morrison (6 feet, 2 inches) and Murphy (6-1), the Beacons poured in 72 points despite scoring only five points in the game’s opening seven minutes.

Kirsten Morrison – UMass Boston’s 6-2 center – latches on to a loose ball while being closely guarded by Gabby Felix. (Photo by Mickey Curtis)

Trailing 10-5 with 13:00 remaining in the first half, UMass Boston went on two big runs to take a commanding 31-16 lead at the 2:08 mark. Morrison came off the bench to score seven straight points in a 9-0 run as the Beacons forged ahead, 14-10 midway through the half. UMass Boston then outscored a cold-shooting Westfield squad 17-6 over the next eight minutes. The Beacons held a 33-20 halftime lead. Westfield played on even terms for the opening seven minutes of the second half and trailed by 11 points, 42-31, with 13:16 remaining. But UMass Boston scored six straight points for a commanding 48-31 advantage a minute later. UMass Boston committed 30 turnovers but was able to coast to the victory with an effective inside-outside game. The Beacons shot 47 percent (23 for 49) from the field, including 6 for 13 from beyond the arc, and an excellent 20 for 24 from the foul line. The M&M Girls – Morrison and Murphy – led the Beacons to a decisive 44-25 advantage in rebounding and were the only UMass Boston players scoring in double figures. Playing fine floor games were starting guards Lauren Perra (7 points, 6 assists) and Elisa Ogawa (8 points, 5 assists, 2 steals). Junior guard Jen Aston led Westfield with 14 points, four assists, and seven steals. Junior center Gabby Felix had 10 points and seven rebounds. The Owls shot 30 percent from the field (19 for 62) and only 11 percent (2 for 19) from 3-point range.

Westfield freshman point guard Alyssa Darling follows through on a 3-point attempt over UMass Boston’s Andrea Suffredini. (Photo by Mickey Curtis)

HS WINTER STANDINGS GIRLS’ HOOPS Westfield 1-0 Southwick 0-0 St. Mary 0-1 Gateway 0-0 BOYS’ HOOPS Westfield 0-0 Southwick 0-0 Westfield Voc-Tech 0-0 St. Mary 0-0 Gateway 0-0

HOCKEY Westfield 0-0 St. Mary 0-0 BOYS’ SWIMMING Westfield 0-0 GIRLS’ SWIMMING Westfield 0-0 BOYS’ INDOOR TRACK Westfield 0-0 GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK Westfield 0-0

SPORTS RESULTS Thursday’s Results GIRLS’ HOOPS Westfield 56, Monument Mountain 48 Monson 60, St. Mary 20

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Boston Pittsburgh Montreal Washington Tampa Bay Carolina Detroit Toronto Ottawa Columbus Philadelphia N.Y. Rangers New Jersey Florida N.Y. Islanders Buffalo

GP 32 32 33 31 31 33 33 33 33 32 32 33 32 32 33 32

W 22 21 19 17 18 13 15 16 13 14 14 15 12 10 9 7

Wednesday’s Games Los Angeles 3, Toronto 1 Chicago 7, Philadelphia 2 Anaheim 2, Minnesota 1 Thursday’s Games Tampa Bay 2, Detroit 1, SO

EASTERN CONFERENCE OT Pts GF GA Home 2 46 90 64 13-3-2 1 43 98 71 13-3-0 3 41 86 73 11-6-2 2 36 98 90 11-7-0 3 39 87 77 12-3-1 7 33 76 93 7-6-4 9 39 88 87 5-6-6 3 35 90 96 10-7-0 6 32 94 106 6-8-3 3 31 82 88 8-7-1 3 31 72 86 8-7-0 1 31 72 88 5-9-1 6 30 73 82 5-5-3 5 25 73 106 6-7-3 5 23 83 117 5-6-5 2 16 54 94 4-12-1

L 8 10 11 12 10 13 9 14 14 15 15 17 14 17 19 23

Colorado 4, Winnipeg 3, SO Columbus 4, N.Y. Rangers 2 Philadelphia 2, Montreal 1 Ottawa 2, Buffalo 1 St. Louis 6, Toronto 3 Nashville 3, Dallas 1

Away 9-5-0 8-7-1 8-5-1 6-5-2 6-7-2 6-7-3 10-3-3 6-7-3 7-6-3 6-8-2 6-8-3 10-8-0 7-9-3 4-10-2 4-13-0 3-11-1

Div 9-4-0 10-4-0 4-2-1 6-4-0 8-3-0 7-4-0 5-4-3 4-4-1 8-2-3 5-5-1 5-4-1 5-5-1 6-5-1 2-6-1 2-8-3 4-9-1

Calgary 2, Carolina 1, OT Phoenix 6, N.Y. Islanders 3 Boston 4, Edmonton 2 San Jose 3, Minnesota 1 Friday’s Games New Jersey at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Chicago Anaheim San Jose St. Louis Los Angeles Colorado Phoenix Vancouver Minnesota Dallas Nashville Winnipeg Calgary Edmonton

GP 34 34 32 30 32 30 31 33 34 30 32 33 31 33

W 23 22 20 21 21 21 18 18 18 14 15 14 12 11

L 6 7 6 6 7 9 8 10 11 11 14 14 15 19

WESTERN CONFERENCE OT Pts GF GA Home 5 51 129 93 11-2-4 5 49 108 87 12-0-2 6 46 106 79 11-1-3 3 45 106 70 13-2-2 4 46 88 63 10-4-2 0 42 87 71 10-5-0 5 41 103 97 10-2-2 5 41 88 81 8-5-3 5 41 79 80 13-3-2 5 33 84 89 5-4-4 3 33 74 90 7-6-2 5 33 86 94 7-7-4 4 28 81 101 6-7-3 3 25 91 113 5-10-1

Away 12-4-1 10-7-3 9-5-3 8-4-1 11-3-2 11-4-0 8-6-3 10-5-2 5-8-3 9-7-1 8-8-1 7-7-1 6-8-1 6-9-2

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NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Washington at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Edmonton at Vancouver, 9 p.m. Saturday’s Games Calgary at Buffalo, 2 p.m. Los Angeles at Ottawa, 2 p.m. Dallas at Winnipeg, 3 p.m.

Chicago at Toronto, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at Detroit, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Montreal at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. St. Louis at Columbus, 7 p.m.

San Jose at Nashville, 8 p.m. Carolina at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Colorado, 9 p.m. Boston at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION d-Indiana d-Miami Atlanta d-Boston Charlotte Washington Detroit Chicago Cleveland Brooklyn Toronto Orlando Philadelphia New York Milwaukee

EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf 19 3 .864 — 8-2 W-1 10-0 9-3 13-1 16 6 .727 3 7-3 L-1 9-2 7-4 12-6 11 11 .500 8 4-6 L-1 7-4 4-7 8-5 10 14 .417 10 6-4 L-2 5-6 5-8 8-7 10 12 .455 9 4-6 L-1 6-7 4-5 9-8 9 11 .450 9 6-4 L-2 6-4 3-7 7-7 10 13 .435 9½ 5-5 L-3 5-7 5-6 9-5 8 12 .400 10 2-8 L-3 6-3 2-9 7-7 8 13 .381 10½ 4-6 W-2 7-3 1-10 5-10 8 14 .364 11 5-5 W-3 4-6 4-8 4-7 7 13 .350 11 3-7 L-1 3-7 4-6 4-7 7 15 .318 12 3-7 W-1 5-5 2-10 5-9 7 16 .304 12½ 2-8 L-4 6-7 1-9 6-8 6 15 .286 12½ 3-7 W-1 3-8 3-7 6-8 5 17 .227 14 3-7 L-1 2-9 3-8 5-13

Wednesday’s Games Orlando 92, Charlotte 83 L.A. Clippers 96, Boston 88 Minnesota 106, Philadelphia 99 San Antonio 109, Milwaukee 77 Oklahoma City 116, Memphis 100 New Orleans 111, Detroit 106, OT

New York 83, Chicago 78 Utah 122, Sacramento 101 Golden State 95, Dallas 93 Thursday’s Games Brooklyn 102, L.A. Clippers 93 Portland 111, Houston 104

Friday’s Games Cleveland at Orlando, 7 p.m. Charlotte at Indiana, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Toronto, 7 p.m. New York at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Washington at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Brooklyn at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf d-Portland 19 4 .826 — 8-2 W-2 10-2 9-2 11-4 d-San Antonio 17 4 .810 1 7-3 W-2 8-2 9-2 8-3 Oklahoma City 17 4 .810 1 9-1 W-4 10-0 7-4 12-4 d-L.A. Clippers 15 9 .625 4½ 6-4 L-1 8-2 7-7 10-3 Houston 15 8 .652 4 7-3 L-1 10-3 5-5 8-7 Denver 13 8 .619 5 8-2 W-2 6-2 7-6 6-6 Phoenix 12 9 .571 6 7-3 W-3 6-3 6-6 9-7 Golden State 13 10 .565 6 5-5 W-1 7-2 6-8 10-9 Dallas 13 10 .565 6 4-6 L-2 9-2 4-8 7-8 Minnesota 11 11 .500 7½ 4-6 W-2 7-4 4-7 4-7 New Orleans 10 10 .500 7½ 6-4 W-1 6-5 4-5 3-8 Memphis 10 11 .476 8 4-6 L-1 5-8 5-3 6-8 L.A. Lakers 10 11 .476 8 6-4 L-2 6-6 4-5 6-9 Sacramento 6 14 .300 11½ 3-7 L-1 4-10 2-4 5-12 Utah 5 19 .208 14½ 4-6 W-1 3-9 2-10 4-14 L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Memphis at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Chicago at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Minnesota at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Sacramento at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

Utah at Denver, 9 p.m. Houston at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Cleveland at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Atlanta at New York, 7:30 p.m. Toronto at Chicago, 8 p.m. Portland at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. Milwaukee at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. San Antonio at Utah, 9 p.m.

Saturday’s Games L.A. Clippers at Washington, 7 p.m.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE New England Miami N.Y. Jets Buffalo

W 10 7 6 4

L 3 6 7 9

T 0 0 0 0

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W 8 5 4 2

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T 0 0 0 0

W 9 7 5 4

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Cincinnati Baltimore Pittsburgh Cleveland

W L T x-Denver 11 3 0 Kansas City 10 3 0 San Diego 7 7 0 Oakland 4 9 0

AMERICAN CONFERENCE East Pct PF PA Home Away .769 349 287 7-0-0 3-3-0 .538 286 276 3-3-0 4-3-0 .462 226 337 5-2-0 1-5-0 .308 273 334 3-4-0 1-5-0 South Pct PF PA Home Away .615 313 316 4-2-0 4-3-0 .385 292 318 2-4-0 3-4-0 .308 201 372 1-5-0 3-4-0 .154 250 350 1-6-0 1-5-0 North Pct PF PA Home Away .692 334 244 6-0-0 3-4-0 .538 278 261 6-1-0 1-5-0 .385 291 312 3-3-0 2-5-0 .308 257 324 3-4-0 1-5-0 West Pct PF PA Home Away .786 535 372 7-1-0 4-2-0 .769 343 224 5-2-0 5-1-0 .500 343 311 3-3-0 4-4-0 .308 264 337 3-3-0 1-6-0

Thursday’s Game San Diego 27, Denver 20 Sunday’s Games Philadelphia at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Washington at Atlanta, 1 p.m. San Francisco at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Seattle at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.

AFC NFC Div 7-2-0 3-1-0 3-1-0 6-3-0 1-3-0 1-2-0 3-7-0 3-0-0 2-3-0 3-6-0 1-3-0 2-2-0

Philadelphia Dallas N.Y. Giants Washington

AFC NFC Div 6-3-0 2-2-0 4-0-0 4-6-0 1-2-0 0-4-0 4-5-0 0-4-0 3-1-0 2-7-0 0-4-0 1-3-0

W New Orleans 10 9 Carolina Tampa Bay 4 3 Atlanta

L T 3 0 4 0 9 0 10 0

AFC NFC Div 7-3-0 2-1-0 2-2-0 6-4-0 1-2-0 3-2-0 4-6-0 1-2-0 2-2-0 3-7-0 1-2-0 2-3-0

Detroit Chicago Green Bay Minnesota

W 7 7 6 3

L 6 6 6 9

AFC NFC Div 7-3-0 4-0-0 4-1-0 6-3-0 4-0-0 1-3-0 4-6-0 3-1-0 2-2-0 4-5-0 0-4-0 1-2-0

x-Seattle San Francisco Arizona St. Louis

W 11 9 8 5

L T 2 0 4 0 5 0 8 0

Chicago at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Houston at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. Buffalo at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. New England at Miami, 1 p.m. Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Carolina, 4:05 p.m. Arizona at Tennessee, 4:25 p.m. New Orleans at St. Louis,

4:25 p.m. Green Bay at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m. Monday’s Game Baltimore at Detroit, 8:40 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22 Tampa Bay at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Kansas City, 1 p.m.

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NATIONAL CONFERENCE East Pct PF PA Home Away .615 334 301 3-4-0 5-1-0 .538 357 348 5-1-0 2-5-0 .385 251 334 3-3-0 2-5-0 .231 279 407 2-5-0 1-5-0 South Pct PF PA Home Away .769 343 243 7-0-0 3-3-0 .692 298 188 5-1-0 4-3-0 .308 244 291 3-4-0 1-5-0 .231 282 362 2-4-0 1-6-0 North Pct PF PA Home Away .538 346 321 4-2-0 3-4-0 .538 368 360 5-2-0 2-4-0 .500 316 326 4-2-1 2-4-0 .269 315 395 3-3-0 0-6-1 West Pct PF PA Home Away .846 357 205 6-0-0 5-2-0 .692 316 214 5-2-0 4-2-0 .615 305 257 6-1-0 2-4-0 .385 289 308 3-3-0 2-5-0

Denver at Houston, 1 p.m. Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m. Dallas at Washington, 1 p.m. Cleveland at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Minnesota at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Arizona at Seattle, 4:05 p.m.

NFC AFC Div 7-2-0 1-3-0 3-2-0 6-3-0 1-3-0 4-0-0 4-5-0 1-3-0 2-3-0 1-8-0 2-2-0 0-4-0 NFC AFC Div 8-1-0 2-2-0 4-0-0 7-3-0 2-1-0 3-1-0 2-7-0 2-2-0 1-4-0 2-7-0 1-3-0 1-4-0 NFC AFC Div 6-4-0 1-2-0 4-1-0 4-6-0 3-0-0 2-3-0 4-5-1 2-1-0 2-2-1 2-7-1 1-2-0 1-3-1 NFC AFC Div 8-1-0 3-1-0 3-1-0 6-3-0 3-1-0 4-1-0 5-5-0 3-0-0 1-3-0 2-7-0 3-1-0 1-4-0

N.Y. Giants at Detroit, 4:05 p.m. Oakland at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. Pittsburgh at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. New England at Baltimore, 4:25 p.m. Chicago at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23 Atlanta at San Francisco, 8:40 p.m.


Annie’s Mailbox By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar

Unhappy Parents Dear Annie: Both my husband and I are on our second marriages. We have tried very hard to get along with our exes, to no avail. When we invite them to go to parent-teacher conferences with us or attend dance and piano recitals, it seems to only make matters worse. The children saw this, and it hurt them greatly. My husband and I promised each other that when our children were engaged, we would talk to them to ensure they were not making a mistake. I wish my parents had done this, even though I realize I might not have listened. My husband’s son got engaged suddenly at the age of 21 to his first girlfriend. My husband and I thought he was far too immature to get married. His fiancee at the time was extremely loud and boorish and also inexperienced in the dating world. We spoke to our son and explained that he was young and there are many fish in the sea, and that even if he were madly in love, there is no need to rush to get married. Well, he told his fiancee, and we were not invited to the wedding. Now, neither of them speaks to us. We tried to get his sister to pass along birthday greetings on our behalf, but she said, “I don’t want to get involved.” It’s been nearly six years. We miss our son greatly. How do you suggest we proceed? -- Unhappy Parents Dear Unhappy: Your heart was in the right place, but disparaging a child’s intended is asking for trouble. They rarely listen and often become defensive and angry. The best you can do is swallow your pride. Phone or send a letter or email saying you were wrong to have interfered, that you can see that their marriage was the right choice for them, that you are sorry for engendering ill will and that you hope they will forgive you. Add that you miss them, and ask whether there is anything you can do to improve the relationship. We hope they respond positively. Dear Annie: I am excited for the upcoming holiday party season, except for one thing: Please ask your readers to have respect for the non-drinking guests at their parties. I am in my 30s, married and a mom, and I don’t like to drink, but I feel pressured every year at these parties. I never preach about it. I simply say “no, thanks” when offered. But, my response is never respected. Instead they say, “Oh, come on, it’s a party!” Or, “Just have one if you’re worried about driving home.” Some become quite aggressive in trying to get me to indulge. What if I were a recovering alcoholic, deathly allergic or drinking were against my religion? It’s none of their business. But people act as if I am crazy for not accepting a glass of wine. I think they are poor hosts for pressuring me. I can have a great time without drinking. -- Dry in California Dear Dry: People mistakenly think they are being friendly by cajoling you past the point of politeness. You can keep saying “no, thank you” until they give up. Or, pour yourself some water in a cocktail glass. A third option is to accept a glass of wine and hold it in your hand until the party is over. You don’t have to drink it. Dear Annie: I could have written the letter from “Hurt in Florida,” whose children and grandchildren don’t include her in their get-togethers. My daughter told me they are “just too busy” for me. But they somehow have time for her dad and stepmother, as well as her in-laws and several friends. I haven’t seen them in more than a year. We don’t talk because I don’t call. I don’t understand any of it. I just wanted to let “Florida” know that she’s not alone. I’m hurting with her. -- Midwest Grandma Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column.

HINTS FROM HELOISE GIFT-WRAP HOLDER Dear Heloise: We all know the frustration of keeping gift wrap from unrolling. Repurpose papertowel and toilet-paper rolls to prevent this problem. Cut the cardboard roll longways and open it to fasten around the gift-wrap roll. Place a rubber band or piece of tape on the toilet-paper roll where the slit is. When it’s time to wrap gifts, just remove the band or cut the tape and reuse the recycled roll again. -- A Reader, via email STICKY IDEA Dear Readers: I am always jotting down quick notes for a zillion things! Here’s a green hint: Cut several sticky notes in half or thirds, vertically. If you don’t need to write a lot, this cuts down on wasting a whole note. It’s also great for the office or just for little reminders throughout the day. -- Heloise P.S.: I also use the “slim” sticky as bookmarks for things I want to go back to while I’m reading. I may even note on the paper what the idea or information is. SLIDING DOORSTOP Dear Heloise: If you have carpet, doorstops sometimes slide. I saw this at a friend’s house, and it works great. Use selfsticking hair curlers. Place in front of the door and press into the carpet so it sticks. (Make sure the roller is large enough to not fit under the door.) -- B.J., via email



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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, Dec. 13, 2013: This year you open up to new opportunities once you eliminate your resistances. A partner or a dear loved one encourages you to take grounded risks. If you are single, you could meet someone who feels like you’ve known him or her forever. The intensity could nearly overwhelm you. If you are attached, the two of you break tradition and attempt to get into a new sport, hobby or pastime together. Laughter often surrounds the two of you. TAURUS often adds to your workload. 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) HHH An older relative could be changing, and this adds to your difficulty relating to him or her. Let go of your judgments and accept this person as he or she is. Get out at lunch or some other appropriate time and run some holiday errands. Tonight: Meet friends for some holiday cheer. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHHH You know when you hit a wall. Accept others as they are, especially if you can’t get them to broaden their perspectives. Give up pushing them. When you do, many people will relax and open up because they won’t feel challenged. Tonight: Join friends first. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HH The less said, the better, especially with what you might be thinking. Go off and do your thing, whether it is running errands or just getting your hair cut. Don’t get so uptight about a money matter. Trust in your ability to find a solution. Tonight: Finish up holiday errands. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHHH Bring a morning snack for others, whether you go to the office or to the hair salon. Others naturally warm up with food. Express your love to people you care about. Make a point to spread good cheer with holiday cookies. Tonight: Whatever you choose, go with others. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH You will assume a leadership position. You might want to push a friend a little off his or her safe, rigid path so that he or she can function within the parameters of a project. Trust that this tactic will be successful. Tonight: Change your job description to leader of the gang. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHHH Your mind drifts to the possibility of going off and doing something new, probably involving the holiday. At the same time, a new friend might feel a bit put out. This person might be wondering if you will make time for him or her. Keep the peace. Tonight: Where the action is. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHH Deal with a loved one directly who might have been touchy recently. Make plans to spend some quality time with this person in the very near future. Choose your time for a talk with care. You are a student in the art of diplomacy. Tonight: Share some eggnog with a loved one. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHHH Refuse to cause a problem. Don’t try to manipulate or control someone else. Expect a backfire with that attitude. Try to understand this person’s position first. Resist deciding that you already know where he or she is coming from. Tonight: Where there is Christmas music. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHH You’ll be driven to get your to-do list done. Consider whether the fast pace is worth it; you don’t want to be too exhausted to enjoy Christmas. You’ll feel good when you can scratch an item off your list. Tonight: Meet a friend for munchies in between doing some shopping. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHHH Where others’ resourcefulness falls flat, you’ll save the day with a wonderful idea. Use your creativity well. You can delight friends and loved ones by expressing your originality. Several people will meet you halfway. Tonight: Let the intensity build with a partner. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHH A personal matter could demand more attention than you are ready to give. You understand that this issue might need to be resolved quickly.



Consider handling it first, if you want to be effective. A family member or roommate can be as stubborn as you are! Tonight: Head home. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHHH You’ll draw others toward you, but you might not want to hear everything they’re saying. Distance yourself gently from someone who feels as though he or she is bombarding you. Do not take a loved one for granted; you won’t appreciate the outcome. Tonight: Use your imagination!



Democrat Clark sworn into office in Congress BOSTON (AP) — Democrat Katherine Clark was sworn in Thursday as the state’s newest member of Congress and the fifth woman ever elected to the U.S. House from Massachusetts. Clark took her oath of office Thursday on the floor of the House of Representative in Washington, joined by U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, U.S. Sen. Edward Markey and other members of the state’s all-Democratic congressional delegation. Clark easily defeated three opponents in Tuesday’s special election. She resigned from her Melrose state Senate seat Thursday. An April 1 date has been set for a special election

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Experts see modest revenue growth BOSTON (AP) — State tax revenues should grow at a modest clip next year, but underlying economic conditions remain uncertain and most of the new revenue will be offset by rising costs in programs beyond the control of budget writers, experts told a Statehouse hearing on Wednesday. The predictions will be used by lawmakers and administration officials to arrive at an agreed-upon revenue estimate that will form the basis of the next state budget. Michael Widmer, president of the independent Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the group’s forecast called for tax revenues to grow by 4.7 percent in the fiscal year that begins July 1. But he cautioned that the less than robust economic recovery means the next budget will be another challenging one. “Increases in largely non-discretionary spending for pensions, debt service, Medicaid and other areas, along with expanded commitments to transportation, will consume most of the $1.1 billion in new tax revenues,” Widmer said. Amy Pitter, commissioner of the state Department of Revenue, told the hearing that her agency was projecting revenue growth between 4.3 percent and 5.2 percent over what the state expects to take in during the current fiscal year. The budget process will begin in earnest next month when Gov. Deval Patrick submits his final proposed spending plan as governor to the Legislature. The Legislature approved only a fraction of the nearly $2 billion in new taxes for transportation and education that Patrick asked for in his last budget. It’s unknown if Patrick, who is not seeking

re-election in 2014, will request another tax increase. Officials acknowledged that revenue forecasts were anything but an exact science. Tax collections in the current year are expected to exceed the consensus revenue estimate by as much as $383 million, while in the previous year they fell short by more than $250 million. State Sen. Stephen Brewer, D-Barre, chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, said while Massachusetts weathered the economic downturn better than the nation as a whole, it no longer appears to be leading the recovery. “Over the last year, many other states have caught up with us in the area of unemployment and moved ahead of us in the area of revenue growth,” Brewer said at the outset of the hearing. The state’s rising unemployment rate was attributable to more people feeling confident enough about the economy to re-enter the labor force, Pitter said, adding that personal income was expected to rise up to 7 percent next year. State Treasurer Steven Grossman, a Democratic candidate for governor, said Massachusetts remains on sound financial footing with a lofty bond rating and more than $1.5 billion in reserves. But he added that many families continue to face economic hardship. “If Charles Dickens came back and wrote a book about this commonwealth at this moment in our history, it would be a tale of two commonwealths,” Grossman said. “It would be a tale of rampant income and economic disparity.”


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0345 Rooms 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.

MONTGOMERY 5 miles from WHS. Beautiful office. $350/month includes utilities and WiFi. 2 adjoining offices. $525/month. Call (413)977-6277.

0410 Mobile Homes WESTFIELD 2005, 2 bedrooms, 14'x52', new carpeta, gorgeous kitchen, 8'x27' deck, cathedral ceilings, shingles, vinyl. Route 20. $44,900. DASAP.MHVILLAGE.COM Call DASAP (413)593-9961

MONTGOMERY 5 miles from WHS. Beautiful office. 0350 Apt./House Sharing $350/month includes utilities and 0430 Condos For Sale WiFi. 2 adjoining offices. $525/month. Call (413)977- WESTFIELD reconditioned, 2 ROOMMATE WANTED to share 6277. bedroom condo for sale by mobile home. Call owner.. $79,000. Please call 0380 Vacation Rental (603)726-4595.

0355 House Rental

E N GL E W O O D , F L O R ID A . 0440 Services Lovely home for vacation rental. FEEDING HILLS, House for Two bedroom, two bath, garage. A1 ODD JOBS/HANDYMAN, rent. 2 bedroom, 1 bath on dead Close to beaches. Text/call for Debris Removal, landscaping, end street. $1,200 plus deposits. details, 413-543-1976. fall yard clean-up, interior and Owner/ Broker, 413-374-4461. exterior painting, power washing, basic carpentry and plumb0410 Mobile Homes ing. All types of repair work and 0360 Condo For Rent more. (413)562-7462. DASAP Mobile Home Sales CONDO FOR RENT, Westfield, (413)593-9961. We Sell, fin2 bedroom, 1-1/2 baths with full ance, and appraise all homes. LAMPS REPAIRED AND REbasement. $975/month plus de- Private sales and brokers wel- BUILT. Free pickup and delivery posits. Owner/ b r o k e r , come. Rates from 8.25%-20 for seniors. Call (413)568-2339. year terms. 413-374-4461

Business & Professional Services •




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.

WAGNER RUG & FLOORING, LLC. 95 MAINLINE DRIVE, WESTFIELD. Flooring/Floor Sanding (413)568-0520. One stop shopping for all your floors. Over 40 years in busi- A RON JOHNSON’S FLOOR SANDness. ING. Installation, repairs, 3 coats polyurethane. Free estimates. (413) 569-3066. Chimney Sweeps HENTNICK CHIMNEY SWEEPS. Chimney repairs and rebuilds. Stainless steel caps and liner systems. Inspections, masonry work and gutter cleaning. Free estimates. Insured. Quality work from a business you can trust. (413)848-0100, 1-800-793-3706.


Gutter Cleaning RAIN GUTTERS CLEANED, REPAIRED. Antennas removed, chimneys repaired and chimney caps installed. Roof leaks repaired, vent areas sealed. Sr. citizen discount. Insured. Free estimates. H.I. Johnson Services. (413)596-8859 before 9p.m.

COMPUTER HELP AVAILABLE. In home training. Network setup, data re- GUTTER CLEANING. Get then clean covery and much more. For more infor- ed before the FREEZE!! Clean, flush and check for leaks. Call Matt mation call John (413)568-5928. (413)777-8381.


T-BEST DRYWALL. Complete profesHauling sional drywall at amateur prices. Our ceilings are tops! Call Mike 413-821- A DUMP TRUCK. Attic, cellars, yard, 8971. Free estimates. scrap metal removal. Seasoned Firewood. (413)569-1611, (413)374-5377. KINGER PAINT & DRYWALL. Interior, exterior, ceiling repair, drywall A.R.A. JUNK REMOVAL SERVICE. damage, cabinet refinishing, specialFurniture, trash, appliances. Full house izing in textured ceilings. Fully incleanouts, basements, attics, yards. sured. Call (413)579-4396. Furnace and hot water heater removal. 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE. Electrician Free estimate on phone. Senior discount. Call Pete (413)433-0356. JIM FERRIS ELECTRIC. Senior dis- count. No job too small! Insured, free estimates. 40 years experience. Home Improvement Lic. #16303. Call (413)330-3682. 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.

AMR BUILDING & REMODELING. Sunrooms, decks, additions, bathrooms, window and door replacements and more. MA. Reg. #167264. Licensed and fully insured. Call Stuart Richter (413)297-5858.

C&N CARPENTRY. Suspended ceilings, home improvements and remodeling. Licensed and insured. Call TURCOTTE ELECTRIC. 30+ years (413)262-9314. experience. Electrical installations, emergency service work. Generac portable or whole house generator installations. HVAC controls and en- BRUNO ANTICO BUILDING REadditions, ergy saving green technology up- MODELING.Kitchens, decks, rec rooms, more. Prompt, regrades. Fully insured. All calls an- liable service, free estimates. Mass swered. Master’s Lic #A-18022. Registered #106263, licensed & in(413)214-4149. sured. Call Bruno, (413)562-9561.

Home Improvement 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. Quality Work on Time on Budget Since 1984. (413)569-9973.

Home Maintenance


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.

ABC MASONRY & BASEMENT WATERPROOFING. All brick, block, concrete. Chimneys, foundations, hatchways, new basement windows installed and repaired. Sump pumps and french drain systems installed. Foundations pointed and stuccoed. Free estimates. (413)5691611. (413)374-5377.

House Painting COPPA HOME IMPROVEMENTS. Remodeling, home restoration, home repairs, finish basements, bath/kitchen trim/woodwork, siding/decks, windows/ doors. CSL 103574, HIC Reg.147782. Fully licensed and insured. Free estimates. Call Joe (413)454-8998.

ALWAYS CALL FIRST!!! M&M SERVICES-20 Years serving the Westfield area. Painting, staining, house washing, interior/exterior. Wall coverings. Commercial/residential. Free estimates. Insured. References. Mass Reg. #121723. Call 568-9731. No job too small !! At SANTA FE PAINTING CO. We’re your color specialists! Fall season is in full swing. Get all your exterior painting needs done now. Including painting and staining log homes. Call (413)230-8141.

DELREO HOME IMPROVEMENT for all your exterior home improvement needs Roofing, siding, windows, decks and gutters. ACCEPTING NEW RESIDENTIAL PLOWING CUSTOMERS FOR SOUTHWICK ONLY. Call for free quote. Extensive references, fully licensed & insured in MA. & CT. A NEW LOOK FOR FALL. Let Home Decor help. Interior painting and wallCall GARY DELCAMP (413)569-3733. papering, specializing in faux finishes. Servicing the area over 12 years. Call Kendra now for a free estimate and decorating advice. (413)564-0223, (413)626-8880. TOM DISANTO Home Improvements The best choice for all interior and exterior building and remodeling. Specializing in the design and building of residential PROFESSIONAL PAINTING & WALLadditions, since 1985. Kitchens, baths, PAPERING. Quality workmanship at low, siding, windows, decks, porches, sun- low prices. Interior/Exterior Painting & rooms, garages. License #069144. MA Staining, Wallpaper, Ceiling Repair & Reg. #110710. FREE ESTIMATES, Spray. Free Estimates. Call Steve at REFERENCES, FULLY INSURED. Call (413)386-3293. Tom (413)568-7036.

Landscaping/Lawn Care

Plumbing & Heating NICK GARDNER PLUMBING, WELDING & MECHANICAL SERVICES. Professional, reliable service. MA Lic. #PL31893-J. Certified Welding. Insured. Call (413)531-2768

Roofing ONE STOP SHOPPING for all your ROOFING needs! POWER WASHING/CLEANING revitalizing your roof, 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

Snowplowing A.B.C. SNOWPLOWING. Westfield residential only. 15 years experience. Call Dave (413)568-6440. SNOWPLOWING / SNOWBLOWING. On time, reliable service. Average driveway, $40.00. Also specializing in fall clean ups. Call (413)727-4787.


ALL CALLS RETURNED! Fall TREE SERVICE. Tree Removal, Land cleanups, curb side leaf pickups, mow- Clearing, Excavating. Firewood, Log PAUL MAYNARD CONSTRUCTION. ing, aerating, overseeding, dethatching, Truck Loads. (413)569-6104. All your carpentry needs. Remodeling mulch & trimming. Free estimates. Ask specialty. Additions, garages, decks, for Mel (413)579-1407. siding. Finish trim, window replaceAMERICAN TREE & SHRUB. Profesment. Kitchens designed by Prestige. sional fertilizing, planting, pruning, ca(413)386-4606. bling and removals. Free estimates, fully insured. Please call Ken 569LEAVES -CURB SIDE LEAF RE- 0469. MOVAL - FALL CLEAN UPS. Call for your free Quote today! You rake um' & CONRAD TREE SERVICE. Expert RICHTER HOME Building & Remodel- Leaf the rest to us. Residential and tree removal. Prompt estimates. ing. Specializing in home improve- Commercial, Fully Insured. Visit our Crane work. Insured. “After 34 at ment services. Roofs, windows, website doors, decks, finished carpentry, re- for all of years, we still work hard at being models, additions, basement refinish- our services! Bushee Enterprises, LLC. #1.” (413)562-3395. ing, and much more. Quality work (413)569-3472.

from a punctual, reliable and experienced home improvement company. Licensed and Insured. MA CSL #97940, MA HIC #171709, CT HIC YARD CLEANUP, thatching, leaf brush #0633464. Call Dave Richter for an es- removal, hedge/tree trimming, mulch/stone, mowing. Call Accurate timate (413)519-9838. Lawncare, (413)579-1639.


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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