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State top-ranked in nationwide AP scores By Peter Francis Staff Writer WESTFIELD – Massachusetts ranks fourth in the nation in the percentage of 2013 public high school graduates who scored 3 or higher on Advanced Placement exams. AP exams are scored on a five-point scale with 3 indicating a student is considered qualified of doing the work of an introductory-level course in a particular subject at college. According to a new report by the College Board, which administers the test, nearly 28 percent of Massachusetts 2013 high school graduates scored 3 or higher — up from nearly 17 percent in 2003. That places Massachusetts behind Maryland, which ranked first, followed by Connecticut and Virginia. Nationally, about 20 percent of 2013 public high school graduates scored a 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement exam. Some colleges and universities grant credit for scores of 3, 4 or 5. The report showed that the number of Massachusetts public high school graduates who took at least one AP exam during their high school career has also increased. In 2003, 13,051 high school graduates had taken an AP course compared with 24,610 in the class of 2013, an increase of 89 percent. The number who scored a 3 or higher also increased, from 9,419 in the class of 2003 to 17,616 in the class of 2013. “Today’s results demonstrate steady progress in boosting educational performance,” Gov. Deval Patrick said earlier this week. “I applaud our hard-working students and teachers.” The report also found that the performance of minority and low-income students in Massachusetts improved over the past decade. The number of black students taking an AP exam during high school increased from 423 in the class of 2003 to 1,393 in the class of 2013, with the number scoring a 3 or higher growing from 147 to 555. For Hispanic students, the number taking an AP exam increased from 510 to 1,932 over the See AP Scores, Page 3

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By Hope E. Tremblay Staff Writer BOSTON – An organization representing Massachusetts gun owners is criticizing a new report by a task force that examined state gun laws, saying most of the panel’s recommendations would put more burdens on law-abiding citizens. The Gun Owners Action League, or GOAL, released a critique Tuesday of the report issued by the task force created by House Speaker Robert DeLeo after the school massacre in Newtown, Conn. State Sen. Donald F. Humason (R-Westfield) said he agreed with the GOAL assessment. “The task force missed some opportunities,” Humason said. “As GOAL put it, the task force lacks the expertise needed.” GOAL director Jim Wallace says the report that seeks a more uniform approach to firearms licensing and training fails to recognize that the state’s existing laws have not prevented an increase in gun violence since 1998. “The impact is on law-abiding citizens,” said Humason, who has criticized the push for stricter gun laws in the past. “In the case of Newtown, anybody who would kill his own mother doesn’t care what the law says.” DeLeo plans to use the panel’s recommendations as a basis for new gun control legislation. Wallace’s group has already filed a bill that respects the rights of lawful gun owners. Humason said the House Safety Committee is likely to draft legislation. He said it could be

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up with the dynamics of society. “In today’s complex society with many intersecting points, we must stay informed about the changing dynamics of our community and world,” she said. “As communicators, we must learn how to engage people in a world that is changing faster than we ever imagined.” Fondon thinks that diversity is crucial to understand those changing dynamics. “Diversity is a value that the college embraces,” she said. “Every member of the college community represents some aspect of diversity on the campus. Our collective diversity is driving the innovation that makes us successful and competitive on the local, national and world stage.” The presentation sought to explore how to plan for the future of the communication industry, navigate the new and emerging diverse communities and multicultural marketplace, and how to boost global literacy. “History teaches us about others, and it

By Peter Francis Staff Writer HUNTINGTON – The Gateway Regional School District is taking the first steps in rectifying an open meeting law violation. After voting down a move to discuss the complaint in executive session, Committee Chair Gretchen Eliason and the rest of the board consulted with Attorney Russell Dupere, counsel for the district, about ways to mend a complicated situation. The complaint, made in writing several months ago by Blandford resident Tony Van Werkhoven, addressed a vote taken by committee members during a meeting on June 26, 2013 for the chair and vice-chair seats. “The meat of the complaint is that we elected chair and vice-chair by ballot, as we understood was the requirement of our policy in Chapter 71, Section 16A,” Eliason said. Eliason posed the question to Dupere in front of a contingent of hilltown residents about whether there was a conflict between Chapter 71, Section 16A, state law and the committee’s actions, along with advice on it’s next step. “My opinion is that there is not a conflict between the two statutes, that you can read them to make sense together,” Dupere said. “The open meeting law specifically says that you cannot vote, in open or executive session, by secret ballot.” Dupere added that the other section of the law states that a board must vote for chair and vice-chair by ballot, just not by a secret ballot. “What other committees have done… was by ballot, writing down who they wanted for chair, give it to whoever was presiding over the meeting, and that person would read aloud how each person voted,” he said, adding that the practice doesn’t occur much anymore. “At this point, most committees vote, in open, about who they want for chair and vice-chair.” Dupere then suggested that, should the committee choose to continue voting by ballot, to do it in the form of the presiding official reading the ballot off after the votes have been cast. When asked by committee member Shirley Winer whether or not the committee used a “secret ballot” to conduct the vote, Dupere merely replied “that’s my understanding.” “The votes were read, but they just weren’t attributed to a person,” Winer said. Conversation then transitioned toward mending the error, which Dupere outlined for the committee. “You have 30 days to file a complaint,” he said. “I read the complaint, I understand why (VanWerkhoven) feels that they’re within the 30 days, because that’s when they found out about it.” “The reality is, if you read your minutes and what was online, it didn’t indicate who voted which way. That alone is an indication that you didn’t do it correctly.” Dupere added that, while the complaint itself wasn’t timely, it did have merit, but righting the wrong in a traditional manner may prove difficult. “The usual remedy, under the ‘Elks decision’, would be to redo that portion of the meeting, revote, and do it in the open,” he said. “The difficulty here is that you don’t have the same members, which is why you’re supposed to do it within the 30 days. The second step would normally be that you indicate in the future we’re going to

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Jonathan Whitty of Southwick, rear, attempts to clear his driveway of yesterday’s snowfall as a cross-country skier passes by. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Storm remnants linger BOSTON (AP) — The main blast of the latest winter storm to strike the region is over but parts of Massachusetts are still getting sleet and snow, which could make for a messy commute. Sleet and wet rain fell in eastern parts of the state early Friday, adding to already slushy roads covered with in many areas with deep puddles and icy patches. The town of Southwick got 13 inches of snow Thursday, according to unofficial observations from the National

Weather Service, while Ludlow got a foot. Farther east, Worcester received 11.5 inches, while Sudbury and Acton reported 11 inches. A foot fell in the Berkshire County towns of Savoy and Becket. Some Massachusetts schools remained closed on Friday, while some have delayed openings. The good news is that power outages were minimal

Black history intersects with modern world at WSU By Peter Francis Staff Writer WESTFIELD – “From History to New Success”, held yesterday in the Ely TV Studio, was the latest in a month-long series of events celebrating Black History Month at Westfield State University. Billed as an interactive, multi-media presentation, and a cross-cultural, intergenerational workshop experience about the intersections of history, career success and life in a diverse, digital world, it seemed to hit the mark with the diverse group of around 30 students in attendance. The workshop was led by Janine Fondon, adjunct professor of communication and the president and CEO of, an online network servicing two million diverse readers across the country that engages users in ‘real-world’ topics and events regarding diversity and inclusion. Fondon also teaches a public relations writing course, as well as Principals of Public Relations, at WSU. She said she organized the event to help teach students the importance of keeping

Historic Granville house still standing after fire By Carl E. Hartdegen Staff Writer GRANVILLE – An historic house is still standing on Main Street in Granville despite a fire which broke out Wednesday afternoon and kept firefighters working until the wee hours Thursday morning. Granville Fire Chief Scott Loomis reported in an interview Thursday morning that a fire was reported at 1755 Main Street about 4:26 p.m. and, in accordance with established protocol, the fire departments from Southwick, Tolland and East Hartland, Conn., immediately responded to assist their Granville colleagues who were already fighting the fire. He said that the Russell firefighters also responded with their mobile system to refill the high pressure air tanks firefighters use in order to be able to breathe while in smoke-filled environments. Loomis explained that the equipment was paid for by a grant “with the understanding that it would be a regional resource.” He said the blaze was “a very very difficult fire to fight” because of a variety of factors. “Everything that could work against us was

working against us,” he said and explained that the problems began with the “balloon construction” of the building which meant, he said, that “virtually no part of the structure (was) designed to stop a fire.” He said that the house is very old and the construction style allowed the fire to spread through the house very quickly. He said that he does not know exactly when the house was built but said that it dates from “at least the 1800s. It’s an old house,” he said, “possibly the 1700s.” In addition to the issues created by the age of the house and the many renovations and additions which have been added over the decades, he said that there was “a significant amount of clutter” in the house. “We were unable to enter via the normal entrance because it was barricaded by furniture,” he said, so the firefighters were forced to fight the fire from the outside, making it harder to douse the foundations of the fire. Despite the roadblocks encountered, Loomis said that the house is not a total loss. “The structure will likely be rebuilt,” he said and added “We were actually able to salvage

most of the living area.” He said that “85-90 percent” of the living area is “salvageable” but said that the house in not currently inhabitable due to cuts into the structure the firefighters were obliged to make in order to get at the flames. State Trooper Michael Mazza of the Massachusetts Fire Marshal’s office, responded to investigate the fire and reports “The fire departments did a terrific job in saving that house under the direction of Chief Loomis.” He said that his investigation found that “the homeowner emptied out the wood stove into a metal bucket which is the proper thing to do.” But, Mazza said, “after a short time” the woman thought the ashes had cooled and transferred them to a flammable container which she left outside against the side of the house in a protected corner. There, the embers eventually ignited the side of the house he said. Mazza said “The ashes from a wood stove can potentially stay hot for up to ten days.” See Granville Fire, Page 3





















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Results of the 2014 Westfield High School Science Fair 1st Place (Tie): “The Effect of Antibacterial Foods in Preventing the Growth of Bacterial Strains” Olga Korobkov & Taylor St. Jaques “Experimenting with Biosand Filters for Third World Countries” Hannah Bone 2nd Place: “The Effect of a Solar Powered Surgical Sterilization System on Bacteria Growth” Maileen Kozak 3rd Place: “Hot Tunes 2” Anaise Seabury In addition, the following projects will proceed to the Region I Science Fair held on March 7th at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts: The Mpemba Effect: Jonathan Huntley Determining Set Transcription Factors for Direct Reprogramming: Erin Lewis A Sticky Situation: Rachel Huntley Maximizing the Efficiency of Spirulina Cultivation : Natasha Muto and Karena Burlachenko Quality, Cost Effective, Alternative Materials for a Trombone: Carolyn Dufraine and Ellen Dufraine Effects of a Variant Arrangement on Solar Cell Efficiency: Brian Davis and Eric Shilyuk Evaluating the Comparative Difficulty of Hitting Softball and Baseball Pitching : Liam Flaherty Oil Spills: The Effect on Aquatic Plants: Annalise Eak and Tianna Darling Alternates for the Region I Science Fair: Maglev Wind Turbine: Nicole Kamal Electricity as a Sterilizer: Jonah Chaban & Taylor Schmidt Drug Disposal: It’s a No Drainer: Michael Tong How Angles of Wind Turbine Blades Effect the Number of Rotations Per Minute : Danielle Guerette & Lauren Roache

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‘Selfie’ photo leads to burglary arrest CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say it was a “selfie” that led detectives to a suspect in the burglary of a Southern California church. U-T San Diego reports (http://bit. ly/1aWqsTH ) that detectives found a phone at the Chula Vista crime scene, where a laptop, cash and watches were stolen. On the phone was a photo the suspect had apparently snapped of himself. Residents recognized the man in the photo, and police arrested 26-year-old Adam Howe on Tuesday. A search of his belongings uncovered property believed to be stolen from the Hilltop Tabernacle Church. Further investigation led to the arrest of two other people. Police say they’ve now linked Howe to thefts at a nearby mobile home park after residents recognized his picture in media reports. A phone number listed in Howe’s name rang without an answer Thursday.

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Today is Friday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2014. There are 320 days left in the year. This is Valentine’s Day!


n Feb. 14, 1924, the Computing-TabulatingRecording Co. of New York was formally renamed International Business Machines Corp., or IBM.

On this date: In 1014, Henry II was crowned Holy Roman Emperor in Rome by Pope Benedict VIII. In 1778, the American ship Ranger carried the recently adopted Stars and Stripes to a foreign port for the first time as it arrived in France. In 1859, Oregon was admitted to the Union as the 33rd state. In 1895, Oscar Wilde’s final play, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” opened at the St. James’s Theatre in London. In 1903, the Department of Commerce and Labor was established. (It was divided into separate departments of Commerce and Labor in 1913.) In 1912, Arizona became the 48th state of the Union as President William Howard Taft signed a proclamation. In 1929, the “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” took place in a Chicago garage as seven rivals of Al Capone’s gang were gunned

down. In 1949, Israel’s Knesset convened for the first time. In 1963, Federico Fellini’s art-house classic “8½” was first released in Italy. In 1979, Adolph Dubs, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, was kidnapped in Kabul by Muslim extremists and killed in a shootout between his abductors and police. In 1984, 6-year-old Stormie Jones became the world’s first heartliver transplant recipient at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (she lived until Nov. 1990). Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean of Britain won the gold medal in ice dancing at the Sarajevo Olympics. In 1989, Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini called on Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie, author of “The Satanic Verses,” a novel condemned as blasphemous.

Ten years ago:

Guerrillas overwhelmed a police station west of Baghdad, killing 23 people and freeing dozens of prisoners. Twenty-eight people were killed when the glass-and-concrete roof of an indoor water park in Moscow collapsed.

Five years ago:

Savoring his first big victory in Congress, President Barack Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address to celebrate the just-passed $787 billion economic stimulus bill as a “major milestone on our road to recovery.” Jazz drummer Louie Bellson,

who’d performed with Duke Ellington and his late wife, Pearl Bailey, died in Los Angeles at age 84. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf Jr., 90, died in New York.

One year ago:

Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius was charged with murdering his girlfriend at his home in South Africa, a stunning development in the life of a national hero known as the “Blade Runner” for his high-tech artificial legs. Billionaire Warren Buffett agreed to buy H.J. Heinz Co. for $23.3 billion in the richest deal ever in the food industry. American Airlines and US Airways announced an $11 billion merger that turned American into the world’s biggest airline.

Today’s Birthdays:

TV personality Hugh Downs is 93. Actress-singer Florence Henderson is 80. Actor Andrew Prine is 78. Country singer Razzy Bailey is 75. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is 72. Jazz musician Maceo Parker is 71. Movie director Alan Parker is 70. Journalist Carl Bernstein is 70. Former Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., is 67. TV personality Pat O’Brien is 66. Magician Teller (Penn and Teller) is 66. Cajun singer-musician Michael Doucet (doo-SAY’) (Beausoleil) is 63. Actor Ken Wahl is 57. Opera singer Renee Fleming is 55. Actress Meg Tilly is 54. Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly is 54. Singer-producer Dwayne Wiggins is 53. Actor Enrico Colantoni is 51. Actor Zach Galligan is 50. Actor Valente Rodriguez is 50. Rock musician Ricky Wolking (The Nixons) is 48. Tennis player Manuela Maleeva is 47. Actor Simon Pegg is 44. Rock musician Kevin Baldes (Lit) is 42. Rock singer Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty) is 42. Actor Matt Barr is 30. Actor Jake Lacy is 28. Actress Tiffany Thornton is 28. Actor Freddie Highmore is 22.



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Granville Fire Continued from Page 1 His boss, State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan, said later in a news release prompted by the fire, “People often just don’t realize how long a single ember can stay live hidden in what appear to be stone cold ashes. One ember can stay live for as long as a week.” Coan offers safety tips to users of wood burning stoves. He urges that ashes be stored safely away from a structure for at least a week in a metal container with a tightly-fitting lid. He also suggests that the ashes be doused and stirred to ensure no live embers remain before they are dumped into a metal container for disposal. Loomis reports that the house had been occupied by a family of three, a woman living with her daughter and granddaughter. He said that they all exited the house safely and without injuries. Volunteers from the American Red Cross of Massachusetts responded and provided the displaced family with “comfort packs” to provide them with immediate personal care items but Loomis reports that the women found shelter with a neighbor and did not need the housing assistance offered by the Red Cross workers. He said that the volunteers also provided coffee and snacks for the firefighters. Loomis reports that the family’s two cats were also rescued and Mazza attributes their rescue to Granville Firefighter Nat Ripley. Mazza said “He did a terrific job in finding and safely returning to the family their two cats they thought had perished.”

Gun Report Continued from Page 1 based on the task force report, but he hopes it also takes into consideration the public hearings held throughout the state last year on the topic. “I’m hoping they will draft a reasonable bill and focus more on keeping guns out of the hands of the criminally inclined,” he said, adding that there hasn’t been much talk about the report or forthcoming bill in the Senate. Humason said members of GOAL have a better understanding of gun laws than most legislators and adding more restrictions doesn’t keep the average resident more safe. “Fewer people in Massachusetts own guns legally right now than any other time in the past,” he said. “More gun laws isn’t making the world a better, safer place for us, it’s making a better, safer world for criminals who know that it’s not likely that the next home they break into will have a gun owner protecting it.” Humason said there must be a new approach. “I don’t want people hurting other people with firearms,” Humason said. “I don’t want people hurting other people with crowbars or baseball bats or knives, either. Rather than the tool used, I want to look at the behavior and what leads to that. Making more laws for lawabiding citizens isn’t the answer.”

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For low-income graduates, the number tak- made a real push to get more kids taking these days after the actions they sought to invalidate, their complaint 2 x 1.5 ing an AP exam increased from 957 to 4,675 courses. We kind of recruit kids to take AP was barred by Chapter 39, Section 23B, thus the Superior Court over the past decade, with the number scoring classes, and not just the ones who are in the judge allowed the city council’s motion to dismiss on the ground that the complaint was untimely. top 10 in their class.” 3 or higher growing from 485 to 2,367. “The first step (I woud recommend) is difficult now because Hunter said the AP courses that have become Westfield Superintendent Dr. Suzanne *ÀœviÃȜ˜> Scallion said that efforts are being put forth at the most popular at the school include U.S. one member has passed away, and you have new members on Westfield High School to challenge students history, and science courses like biology and the committee since then,” Dupere said. “If this was a timely complaint, I think the Attorney General’s office would make chemistry, through iÀ̈vˆi` increased*ÕLˆV emphasis on AP courseVVœÕ˜Ì>˜Ìà ÕȘiÃà >˜` />Ý `ۈÜÀÃwhich alternate year by year so that you redo that portion of the meeting.” students can take one and then another. work. ˜`ˆÛˆ`Õ> ÕȘiÃà />Ý ,iÌÕÀ˜Ã *ÀœviÃȜ˜>Þ *Ài«>Ài` >Ì œ“«ï̈Ûi ,>Ìiðalso seen an increase in the number Committee member Ruth Kennedy of Russell had exhaus“We’ve “We’veE partnered with the Mass. 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Kennedy added that an additional 30-day timeframe with In the Gateway Regional School District, rigor at the high school,” she said. “This partstudents are also getting ready to take the which to file a complaint kicks in after “they’re reasonably nership will be important in that.” aware of it going on.” Scallion credited the high school’s adminis- exam. “It also says that the complaint must set forth the circum“We do have a number of students taking tration, specifically Principal Jonathan Carter, for leading the push to engage more students the exam,” Superintendent Dr. David Hopson stances which constitute the alleged violation, giving the public said. “But the biggest problem we have right body time to remedy the alleged violation,” Kennedy said. “On in AP courses. “We’ve had a number of students take these now is that we don’t enough options for AP his complaint, it clearly states that he has to file with the body first.” courses but not take the test in the past,” she scheduling.” She said the complaint should be thrown out as it was “not Hopson said that the district’s regional high said. “But we’re looking to increase the number of students who are taking the courses and school in Huntington hasn’t had a national AP filed on time” and “it was not filed properly with us first to give the exams. Research shows that students who scholar, a student who scores a 3 or higher on us the time to address this.” “In reserving the right to do it in some kind of ballot vote, take AP classes go on to have greater ability to at least three AP exams, since the district whether we write our names on them or have a teller, we want changed it’s class scheduling. perservere in college.” Hopson is confident the district’s high to leave those options open,” said Eliason. “There is a reason to Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional High School Principal Pamela Hunter said schoolers will continue to perform admirably do it by ballot vote, and that is so that you vote your conscience, and not necessarily how your neighbor is voting.” scores on the exams at her school earned on it’s exams. The committee ended the evening by voting to send letters as “Our AP teachers do a great job prepping STGRHS a spot on the AP Honor Roll last year, a cumulative three-year average of scores our kids for these tests,” Hopson said. “They drafted by Attorney Dupere to the Attorney General and Mr. earned by students at high schools across the work hard over breaks and after school with VanWerkhoven to remedy the violation. “The law is important, but also it’s the right thing to do,” our students.” country. Dupere said to the committee and the crowd. “The bottom line “We’ve increased the number of kids taking is, the public should have the right to know how people are voting. If everything else is public, I don’t see why that wouldn’t be public.” Continued from Page 1

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shows us how relationships are built… and broken,” she said to those in attendance, after showing a youtube video of young black men being sprayed with firehoses in the Jim Crow south, of Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat, but also of Americans of all races and genders uniting to participate in the freedom rides of the 1960s to protest the treatment of African- Americans in the land of the free “where all men are created equal.” “Millenials are the most ethnically and racially diverse cohort in history… almost 40 percent of millenials come from a multicultural family,” she said. She discussed what certain cultural events mean, such as rap duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ recent performance of their marriage equlity anthem Same Love at the Grammy Awards, where 33 couples, gay and straight, were married during the performance. LaJuana Hood, founder of the Pan African Historical Museum USA in Springfield, spoke of the great education and sophistication of African society, with new schools and universities that sit among the oldest in the world. She also tought students how to say hello in Ghanaian and Senegalese and spoke of the significant role western Mass. institutions have played in the education of AfricanAmericans. “Wilbraham and Monson Academy has been educating black people since 1838,” she said. “It is your job — your obligation — to communicate to the world, to tell the story right.” Following a song performed by Westfield

resident TC Eckstine, granddaughter of jazz great Billy Eckstine, Fondon and Hood spoke of what the event meant to them and what they felt the impact was. “I think we had a wonderful turnout and I think it was a great idea for Janine Fondon to do this with these young people,” Hood said. “When they become reporters themselves, they’ll have a better idea of how to report the news.” “The students here, they’re from my classes, they’re from your classes,” Fondon said acknowledging Dr. Susan Leggett, chair of the Communication Department. “And what we try to impart on the students is that we need to learn, and we need to connect.” “The (Communication) Department is really seeking to help students think about global issues, big concepts, big notions of change, and how those concepts move into their real world applications in media,” said Leggett. “Suzanne (Boniface, adjunct professor of advance public relations) and Janine are part of helping our students move that forward.” “I’m really trying to have the students believe in their big visions and be able to create them, write them, and really feel them,” Fondon said. Since 1974, Westfield State has held special events during the month of February dedicated to informing students, faculty, and staff as well as the community about the importance of black history, culture, and traditions. For a full list of Black History Month events, visit

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Icy blast heats up coal debate By Darius Dixon and Erica Martinson As another snowstorm socks the East Coast, the coal industry has a message for the nation’s electricity customers: We told you so. Signs of growing pains have abounded in the past few weeks of frigid weather, which struck a U.S. electrical grid that’s in the early stages of a long-term shift away from coal-fired power to natural gas. Wholesale electricity prices have spiked in regions such as New England, natural gas costs have surged with demand in Boston and Chicago, and power companies in Texas and Eastern states have had to urge residents to cut back. Some utilities have even been shifting, yes, back to coal. The price spikes in the wholesale markets will take a year or two to affect people’s electric bills, and for the most part, the lights have stayed on. The outages that struck a half-million people across the South this week were caused by typical winter hazards like ice-coated tree branches. But the coal industry and its supporters in Congress are sounding the alarm. They note that many of the older coal-fired power plants that have helped fill the gap this winter are due to shut down next year because of the Obama administration’s environmental rules. “What happens … when that capacity is gone?” Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) asked this week at a gathering of utility regulators in Washington. “Maybe we won’t have cold periods like we’re seeing next year [and] we’ll be OK. But what kind of a policy is that? A hope and a prayer?” Supporters of the environmental rules call the warnings of blackouts overblown, saying the nation is simply shedding dirty coal plants that can’t compete in the marketplace. They point out that regional groups in charge of ensuring reliable electric service can order plants to stay open if power delivery would suffer, while many states and utilities are carrying out programs to reduce how much electricity their customers need. The debate points to a larger issue: The nation’s electric grid is set to change dramatically in the next decade, in part for reasons that have little to do with President Barack Obama’s policies. And some lawmakers, regulators and utility executives are increasingly anxious about how the the U.S. will handle the transition. “The country is going through the most amazing transformation of its power grid in the shortest amount of time in its history — and we better do it right, or else we’re all going to look bad if there are supply disruptions,” said Philip Moeller, a board member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The grid’s growing embrace of gas in place of coal is just part of a broader set of changes that have also made it harder for nuclear power to compete. In one of the most significant changes, much of the country has moved since the late 1990s away from a tightly regulated power supply toward a free-market approach in which plant operators bid to sell wholesale electricity in a region. Operators of coal and nuclear plants say those markets don’t place enough value on stability and reliability, and instead base decisions on the lowest price, giving the advantage to natural gas. At the same time, renewable power sources like wind and solar are increasing their share of the nation’s energy mix, aided by federal tax credits and Energy Department project financing. Coal is feeling the markets’ squeeze. While traditionally the country’s cheapest major power source, coal plants are seeing their costs rise because of stricter environmental rules. That’s one reason hundreds of older coal-fired power plant units are expected to shut down for good in the next several years. Meanwhile, increasingly energy-efficient homes, office buildings and factories have depressed the country’s average power demand, dimming the incentive to build new power plants. But this winter has been anything but average. Weather is by far the largest factor driving electricity demand, and the cold spells are putting the changing grid to the test. Natural gas, for example, is plentiful nationally, but some regions such as New England don’t yet have enough pipeline capacity when the demand soars, creating price spikes in the wholesale markets. And as the coal industry likes to point out, gas’s price has historically taken big upswings and downswings. Natural gas prices shot up as much as sixfold overnight in some East Coast markets during early January’s “polar vortex,” according to one FERC staff report, and wholesale electricity prices spiked along with them. Earlier this week, the commission agreed to let a major grid operator called PJM — whose territory includes Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. — temporarily waive its usual wholesale price cap of $1,000 per megawatt-hour because of high gas costs. The wholesale spikes won’t trickle down to residents and small-business owners right away because most of their power supply is covered by long-term contracts, said Bob Howatt, executive director of the Delaware Public Service Commission. Even if customers see their bills rise slightly in future years’ contracts, state regulators generally have systems in place to moderate price fluctuations for homes and businesses. This year’s troubles aren’t necessarily the start of a trend, Howatt said. “The fact that PJM has asked for this waiver this one particular time doesn’t necessarily mean we’re going to see these prices next winter or the winter after that,” he said. But many people have been affected this winter by a nationwide shortage of propane, a natural gas byproduct that millions See Coal Debate, Page 8

Snow falls on sunny Obamacare news reports By Paige Winfield Cunningham Obamacare got its first sunny headlines in months. But they were buried in snow. The news that the pace of enrollment in the health insurance exchanges had picked up after its lousy start earned the health law some of its most favorable coverage. The fresh numbers, a million sign-ups in January boosting the total to nearly 3.3 million, made the front pages Thursday of some of the nation’s top papers and got some positive comment on TV, too. But for many newspapers across the country, the big story and the dramatic photos were the winter storm, the snow and the ice. The debt ceiling deal and the Olympics also vied for attention. “Everything I’ve heard is mostly about the weather,” said Trudy Lieberman, a longtime health journalist who writes about coverage of the Affordable Care Act for the Columbia Journalism Review. Of the country’s 15 biggest circulation newspapers, four included the enrollment story on the front pages, and four others teased it on the front. Seven didn’t include any front page mention. The Wall Street Journal, for example, relegated the enrollment story to Page 6 and put a piece about limited health plan options for Americans in poorer counties on its front page. But distractions like the weather and the Olympics are temporary, and some media watchers say the way the story was told Thursday may show coverage of President Barack Obama’s controversial health law is turning a corner after scathing story lines about the debacle and the millions of plan cancellations. After all, it’s not every day that officials at the Department of Health and Human Services email around pictures of newspapers with positive Obamacare stories. The tone of coverage matters to the administration trying to get its top domestic law on track. People may be more likely to sign up if they start hearing good things about the law. And that could generate more positive coverage and mute some of the distrust. “The more positive stories about enrollment building up steam could produce somewhat more positive poll numbers,” said Drew Altman, president and CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation. “We saw a shift to more negative numbers after the rollout. We might see those tick up a bit.”

Panelists talk tech, say government can get it right By Jessica Meyers Administration technologists past and present on Wednesday lauded the power of data and emphasized – despite recent stumbles – that government can get it right. “This notion that there is something inherent in public service or government that intrinsically restricts it from being [innovative] I think is garbage,” said Peter Levin, founder and CEO of Amida Technology Solutions and former chief technology officer for the Veterans Affairs Department, during POLITICO’s Outside In launch event. U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer Nick Sinai brushed aside recruitment obstacles, such as money and status, that can draw young engineers to Silicon Valley instead of Washington. “People want to work on hard problems and have impact,” he said about government jobs, noting they can give the tech set a chance to work on “massive issues” and “advance the ball.” Sinai highlighted Open Data, an initiative the Obama administration holds up as a sign of federal creativity. Joel Gurin, a former Federal Communications Commission official and current senior adviser with the Governance Lab at NYU, said he found activity on the agency level “surprisingly positive.” The crew had less appreciation for lawmakers, who Levin said were often “utterly illiterate in the decisions they are making” and condescending around policy issues in a way that “is really, really destructive.” President Barack Obama turned transparency into a buzzword soon after he took office, launching an open government initiative aimed at making federal data more accessible. The effort has helped Americans monitor how the government spends its money and forced agencies to document their work. The administration was coined the iPod government. It created chief technologist and information officer positions and — as the panel recalled — decked walls with photos of Obama on his smartphone. The president issued an executive order in May that further sought to make government resources available and machine-readable.

Lieberman also detects a change in the tone. “I think we’re seeing now kind of a shift almost back to the days [before the October rollout],” Lieberman said. “The Republicans, they’ve sort of spent their criticisms and that’s sort of dying down and now we’re back into a more cheerful presentation of the Affordable Care Act.” That may be just a brief lull. Republicans were relatively quiet about the enrollment figures Wednesday. But just days earlier they were criticizing the White House decision to delay part of the employer mandate, and seizing on a Congressional Budget Office report that they said showed Obamacare was a job-killer. And Hill Republicans are still working on legislation that addresses what they see as the law’s specific vulnerabilities. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor suggested in an op-ed Thursday that the chamber will vote soon on a bill changing the law’s definition of full-time workers who must be offered coverage by their employers. “Some GOP-ers have worried that by focusing so much on enrollment problems that once the White House fixes things (as they have), the public will assume everything is peachy with health care … and they want more uncertainty, so they haven’t been overly aggressive on enrollment of late,” said NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd. Republicans will have plenty of uncertainty to capitalize upon, as the media struggle over the coming weeks to figure out how to even define Obamacare success, particularly since a full picture of success or failure of the new insurance markets won’t be clear for many months if not years. “There have been huge struggles for the media with trying to figure out how to cover this,” said Kaiser’s Altman. “It’s a very complicated story for journalists to get their heads around.” Journalists will grapple with a major question as final enrollment numbers get tallied this spring: which benchmarks matter the most. Much of the focus has been on whether 7 million people will sign up March 31. That was the CBO’s original projection, but the agency recently lowered it to 6 million. And that can be depicted as a failing because it’s not 7 million. Or it could be depicted as a success, because it’s better than people thought it could be last October. “Like everything with Obamacare, nothing is precisely as it seems because it’s an ever-evolving story and what looks good today (3.3 million enrollees) is only good in comparison to how bad it was before,” CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett said. “Also, because the metrics of success are variable in enrollment and other aspects, the numbers story is gelatinous and will remain so at least until March 31.” The public seems to agree that Obamacare coverage has been negative lately, according to a January survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Of Americans who had heard at least one story in the previous month, twice as many said they’d heard more reports about people being harmed than people being helped. A study by the liberal-leaning Media Matters found more of the Obamacare-related stories aired in the major networks’ evening news broadcasts were negative than positive. Sixtyeight percent of ABC’s stories, 62 percent of NBC stories and 46 percent of CBS stories were “overwhelmingly negative,” according to the analysis. Just 10 percent of CBS stories and none of the other networks’ stories were “overwhelmingly positive.” Dylan Byers contributed to this report.

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Court Logs Westfield District Court Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 Jamel J. Bannister, 34, 20 Taft St., Springfield, submitted to facts sufficient to warrant guilty findings for charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and a number plate violation to conceal identification brought by Westfield police and the charges were continued without a finding with probation for three months. He was assessed $50 and found to be not responsible for a charge of operating a motor vehicle without a valid inspection sticker. Jeraliz Arroyo, 28, of 63 Kenyon St., Springfield, submitted to facts sufficient to warrant a guilty finding for a charge of larceny of property valued more than $250 brought by Westfield police and the charge was continued without a finding with probation for two months. She was assessed $90 and a charge of being an arrestee who furnishes a false name was dismissed by order of the court. Armando Mercado, 31, of 20 Jefferson St., was released on his personal recognizance pending an April 16 hearing after he was arraigned on a charge of assault and battery brought by State Police. Justin Pelletier, 29, of 6 South St., submitted to facts sufficient to warrant guilty findings for charges of operating an uninsured motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with suspended registration and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license brought by State Police and the charges were continued without a finding with probation for two months. He was assessed $50 and found to be not responsible for charges of possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle and failure to notify RMV of a name or address change. Eric S. McCabe, 24, of 12 Jefferson St., submitted to facts sufficient to warrant a guilty finding for a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license brought by State Police and the charge was continued without a finding with probation for one month. He was assessed $50 and found to be not responsible for a charge of operating a motor vehicle without a valid inspection sticker. Anthony E. Williams, 29, of 8 Cycle St. was released on his personal recognizance pending an April 16 hearing after he was arraigned on charges of destruction of property, discharging a BB gun or air rifle on a public way, reckless endangerment of a child and disorderly conduct brought by Westfield police. Keara L. Fiorentino, 23, of 101 Jeffrey Road, Springfield, submitted to facts sufficient to warrant a guilty finding for a charge of trespass brought by Westfield police and the charge was continued without a finding with probation for two months. She was assessed $50 Gina K. Rabtor, 44, of 9 Celveland Ave., was released on her personal recognizance pending an April 15 hearing after she was arraigned on charges of destruction of larceny of a firearm and possession of a firearm without a FID card brought by Westfield police. Suhey Coll, 22, of 95 Kenyon St., Springfield, submitted to facts sufficient to warrant a guilty finding for a charge of larceny of property valued more than $250 brought by Westfield police and the charge was continued without a finding with probation for two months. She was assessed $50 Evan J. Westcott, 25, of 49 George St., West Springfield, was released on his personal recognizance pending an April 15 hearing after he was arraigned on charges of breaking and entering a building in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony and larceny of property valued less than $250 brought by Westfield police. Michelle Raymond, 46, of 211 Little River Road, submitted to facts sufficient to warrant guilty findings for charges of negligent operation of a motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license brought by State Police and the charges were continued without a finding with probation for two months. She was assessed $50 Richard J. Doulette, 50, of 24 Maple Terrace, submitted to facts sufficient to warrant a guilty finding for a charge of possession of a Class B drug (a subsequent offense) brought by Westfield police and the charge was continued without a finding with probation for one month. He was assessed $50. Brian M. Kokoszka, 19, of 4 Laurelwod Lane, Medway, submitted to facts sufficient to warrant a guilty finding for a charge of possession of a false identification card brought by Westfield police and the charge was continued without a finding and dismissed upon payment of assessments and fees totaling $200. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 Brandie A. Lucia, 19, of 99 Franklin St., submitted to facts sufficient to warrant a guilty finding for a charge of possession of a Class D drug with

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intent to distribute brought by Westfield police and the charge was continued without a finding with probation for three months. She was assessed $50. Cameron A. Miles, 21, of 99 Franklin St., submitted to facts sufficient to warrant a guilty finding for a charge of possession of a Class D drug with intent to distribute brought by Westfield police and the charge was continued without a finding with probation for three months. He was assessed $50. David M. Bettio, 20, of 92 Mechanic St., of 99 Franklin St., submitted to facts sufficient to warrant a guilty finding for a charge of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle brought by Westfield police and the charge was continued without a finding with probation for three months. He was assessed $50 and found to be responsible for a charge of speeding. He was found to be not responsible for a charge of failure to wear a seat belt. Seth A. Arnold, 22, of 379 Granville Road, Southwick, 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 Westfield police and the charges were continued without a finding with probation for one year. He was assessed $300, ordered to complete a Driver Alcohol Education Program at a cost of $817.22 and his license was suspended for 45 days. He was found to be responsible for a charge of speeding.


Emergency Response and Crime Report Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 12:11 a.m.: motor vehicle violation, South Maple Street, a patrol officer requests a tow for a vehicle found to have registration revoked for lack of insurance, the vehicle was towed to the police impound yard; 3:20 a.m.: suspicious person, Grove Avenue at Southampton Road, a caller reports she observed a person running on Grove Avenue attempt to break into two vehicles, the responding officer reports he determined that three unlocked vehicles had been entered and property had been stolen, the officer reports that a man who appeared to match the caller’s description was found in the area and interviewed but was not found to be in possession of any property which had been stolen from any of the vehicles; 12:53 p.m.: infrastructure complaint, Springfield Road, a caller reports two large potholes are almost merging on Springfield Road, the caller said that she was told by workers at a nearby business that 19 motorists have so far needed to replace tires after hitting the holes, the DPW was notified; 6:23 p.m.: burning complaint, Colfax Street, a patrol officer reports she observed a fire burning in an oil drum incinerator which was inside a fenced and locked yard, the property owner was contacted and said that he rents the yard to three parties and does not have a key to locked gate, the fire department was asked to respond to extinguish the fire.


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HOMEDESIGN Should busy, stressed-out kids have to do chores? LISA A. FLAM Associated Press It’s the dirty work of home life: dusting the shelves, mopping the floors and doing the laundry, load after load. Yet asking kids to help has gotten harder for some parents, caught up in the blur of today’s competitive, time-pressed, child-focused world. “Parents feel very conflicted about getting their kids involved in housework,” says child psychologist Eileen KennedyMoore, who sees a wide range of what kids are asked to do and how strongly the completion of chores is enforced. Parents feel resentful if their kids don’t help, she says, yet many worry about adding housework to their children’s burden, already so heavy with school, sports and other activities that many don’t get enough sleep. “It’s another thing on the to-do list, and it seems less important than making sure they did their homework or get to soccer practice,” said Kennedy-Moore, a co-author of “Smart Parenting for Smart Kids” (Jossey-Bass, 2011). Miriam Arond, director of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, notes a change over the last two decades, with parents now feeling “tremendous pressure” to enrich their children, hiring tutors before they fall behind, just for a leg up. And with many parents working, and kids busy after school, family time is more precious. Yet kids should still be expected to pitch in, experts say. Through chores, children gain a feeling of competence as they learn skills that will carry into adulthood, and they benefit by making a contribution to their family. “It’s very important to counter a sense of entitlement,” says Arond. “It’s important emotionally because it gives children the sense that they can do something, that they’re part of the family, that we’re all in this together,” she says. “Emotionally, parents don’t realize that it is very strengthening for a child. It helps them feel secure, they have a role, they feel rooted. Sometimes parents feel apologetic about giving children chores.” Not first lady Michelle Obama, who has talked about her daughters having to make their own White House beds. And not Andrea Cherry of Kingwood, Texas, who has passed on her childhood practice of doing chores to her own children. As toddlers, they began with the game of sock sorting, and now, at ages 8 and 6, have graduated to “extensive” daily chores. Lily makes her bed and prepares breakfast for herself and her little brother. She cleans bathroom sinks with cleaning wipes, tidies the floors with a Swiffer and is learning to vacu-

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room, whatever we can squeeze in,” says Cameron, 33. “I’d rather let her do what she loves and what she looks at as her future career than take it away from her and make her stay home and clean the house.” Cameron, who grew up having “very consistent” chores, believes that Siobhan is learning responsibility through the discipline of her dance classes, getting there on time with her bag packed with the right gear. No matter how busy a family is, Kennedy-Moore advises parents to ask kids for at least the minimum effort. “You don’t want to set it up where the kid is the honored guest and the parents are the servants,” she said. The best way to start is to enlist kids when they are young, about 2½, so it becomes a regular part of their lives, Arond says. A toddler can clean up toys and sort socks; make it fun with songs or by making it a game. By elementary school, kids can hang up wet towels and can dust. They can load the dishwasher by 8 or 9. Teens can do their own laundry and take care of sports equipment. And if parents haven’t required that their kids do chores, it’s never too late to start. For kids who are new to chores or resistant to the idea, Kennedy-Moore recommends that they be given some say over how they do them. Parents should consider: Will the jobs be assigned or rotate through the family? When is the best time to do them? And perhaps most important, is the workload fair for all siblings? Parents need to invest time teaching kids how to do the household jobs. “You have to give up a sense of perfectionism,” Arond says. And be patient: “This is going to have a long-term payoff for them and you’ll have a really good helper.” Whether kids’ household labor should be rewarded is a disputed point, with one camp believing that kids should get an allowance as payment for chores, and another saying the work is for the good of the family and should be done without financial reward. Either way, experts say giving kids a pass on chores is a disservice. In this Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 photo, Lily Cherry, 8, checks off “A child who is spoiled, it’s going to work against them when her list of household chores at her home in Kingwood, Texas. they’re adults,” Arond says. Employers can’t afford to hire Lily makes her bed, prepares breakfast for herself and little divas, she said. “Don’t raise divas at home.” brother, Aiden, 6, as well as does other household chores. Her mother, Andrea Cherry, has passed on her childhood practice of doing chores to her own children believing it gives them a sense of family responsibility. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) um. Aiden feeds the dog and delivers toilet paper to the bathrooms. Both help with laundry and the dishes. For Cherry, 38, who works full time, having the kids help makes it possible for her and her husband to have enough time to take the kids to soccer practices and games. Equally important, it fills them with the same idea of family responsibility that Cherry was raised with. “They make a substantial contribution to the family, and it’s important because it teaches them about taking care of the family, family is first, and they are responsible members of the family,” said Cherry. “I’m proud of them.” While Cherry feels that she requires more of her kids than most parents in her area, Andrea Cameron, a San Diego mother of girls ages 2 and 8 who works occasionally, believes that she asks less than most. Her third-grader, Siobhan, has been dancing since age 2, aspires to be a ballerina or own a dance studio, and dances every day after school — weekends too, during performance season. The family is always pressed for time, driving back and forth to school and dance class. “We try to throw in a few (chores) here and there, mainly her


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In this Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 photo, Lily Cherry, 8, cleans her bathroom as her brother Aiden, 6, right, puts out a new roll of toilet paper at their home in Kingwood, Texas. Their mother Andrea Cherry has passed on her childhood practice of doing chores to her children believing it gives them a sense of family responsibility. For Cherry who works full time, having the kids help makes it possible for her and her husband who would otherwise do all the cleaning, to have enough time to take the kids to their soccer practices and games. (AP Photo/ Pat Sullivan)

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Westfield High School National Honor Society President Annalise Eak serves the opening remarks in Wednesday night’s 2014 National Honor Society Induction Ceremony. (Photo by Frederick Gore) Ceremonial candles illuminate the Westfield High School auditorium as part of the 2014 National Honor Society Induction Ceremony Wednesday night. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

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Members of the Westfield High School National Honor Society staged a ceremony Wednesday night for this year’s inductees. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Westfield High School National Honor Society Vice-President Karena Burlachenko delivers her speech during the 2014 National Honor Society Induction Ceremony Wednesday night. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Joshua Burrage, treasurer of the Westfield High School National Honor Society, spoke of service as part of the 2014 National Honor Society Induction Ceremony Wednesday night. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Timothy Kwarcinski, secretary of the Westfield High School National Honor Society, speaks on the quality of leadership during Wednesday night’s 2014 National Honor Society Induction Ceremony in the school. auditorium. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Westfield High School National Honor Society Historian Sabrina Fox delivers a speech on leadership during Wednesday night’s National Honor Society Induction Ceremony in the Members of the Westfield High School National Honor Society and inductees hold ceremonial candles as part of school auditorium. (Photo by Wednesday night’s 2014 National Honor Society Induction Ceremony staged in the school auditorium. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

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Members of the Westfield High School Band entertain the audience as members of the 2014 National Honor Society Induction Members of the Westfield High School Band prepare to open the 2014 National Honor Society Induction Ceremony in Ceremony prepare to enter the school auditorium Wednesday evethe school auditorium Wednesday night. (Photo by Frederick Gore) ning. (Photo by Frederick Gore)


Obituaries Anna H. Gryskiewicz WESTFIELD - Anna H. (Zales) Gryskiewicz, 96, died Wednesday, February 12, 2014 in Noble Hospital. She was born in Westfield on January 15, 1918 to the late Simon and Mary (Kudzma) Zales. She was a lifelong resident of Westfield, attended local schools and was a 1936 graduate of Westfield High School. Anna was a parishioner of St. Peter’s and St. Casimir’s Parish where she was an active member and was a member of the Rosary Society. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She was predeceased by her husband, Frank B. Gryskiewicz in 1989. Anna leaves her sons, James Gryskiewicz and his wife Linda and Peter Gryskiewicz and his wife Janice. She also leaves 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, Francis in 2007 and her sisters, Agnes Kielec and Katherine Malcovsky. The funeral for Anna will be held on Monday at 10:00 a.m. from the Firtion-Adams Funeral Service, 76 Broad Street, Westfield followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. in St. Peter’s Church. Calling hours will be held on Sunday at the funeral home from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Donations may be made to St. Peter’s and St. Casimir’s Parish, 22 State Street, Westfield, MA 01085.

Kwang S Noh WESTFIELD - Kwang S Noh, 84, passed away Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Japan on July 8, 1929, he was a longtime resident of Westfield. Kwang was a member and deacon at Hyohln True Love Church. He was the owner and operator of Stanley Laundromat in Westfield for 28 years. He will be sadly missed. He leaves his wife, Yong Ja Noh of Westfield; two sons, one of New Jersey and one of California; two daughters, one of New York and one of Northampton; a brother of Westfield; 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. A funeral service for Kwang will take place Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Robert E Cusack Funeral Home, 94 Main Street (Route 20) with burial to follow in Pine Hill Cemetery, both in Westfield. Visiting hours will be on Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 4:00-8:00 p.m at the funeral home.


Coal Debate Continued from Page 4 of Americans use for heating. One power industry group, the Electric Reliability Coordinating Council, has blamed the shortage on the high demand for gas for electricity production. (Others have pointed out that much of the nation’s propane supply is being exported.) Although prices for natural gas on the spot markets spiked several times over the past few weeks, the natural gas industry argues that observers are walking away with the wrong lessons. “Experience over the last month shows us just the opposite,” America’s Natural Gas Alliance chief Marty Durbin said in an email Thursday. He noted that “despite record cold temperatures and record demand for natural gas,” gas prices on the futures markets have stayed around $5 per million BTUs — what would have been considered a low price before the fracking boom began several years ago. “To put that in perspective, a similarly cold winter in 2000-2001 saw prices climb to $10, and a hurricane in 2008 saw spikes to $13,” Durbin wrote. “While there are customers without firm contracts that have to pay higher rates on the spot market, they are a small part of the overall equation.” Some of those spot prices shot up to nearly $100 on the East Coast at one point last month, FERC’s staff report said. Durbin also acknowledged that bottlenecks in the pipeline network, such as in the Northeast, need some work. Coal supporters and some utility executives say the lesson of the harsh winter is “fuel diversity” — in other words, not shutting the door on coal or other sources. “This year’s historically cold winter has served as a crystal ball into our future, revealing the energy cost and electric reliability threats posed by the Obama administration’s overreliance on a more narrow fuel source portfolio that excludes the use of coal,” said Laura

Sheehan, senior vice president of communications for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. The CEO of one major coal-using electricity producer, American Electric Power, told investors last month that January’s cold spell had his company running 89 percent of the coal-fired capacity that it’s set to retire in 2015. Nuclear power is also struggling in the competitive markets for electricity. Nuclear plants supply steady power and aren’t affected by climate regulations, since they produce no greenhouse gases. But cheap gas and government-subsidized wind power have made it hard for small nuclear plants to compete. “Right now, competitive markets are not working efficiently,” said Nuclear Energy Institute chief Marv Fertel, who says the markets need to place some value on benefits such as reliability and price stability. “You want to value low price, but if that’s all you value, you’re just going to have short-term decisions,” he said. Fertel said between six and 10 nuclear plants in the U.S. are vulnerable to shutting down because they aren’t making money. And without nuclear power, which accounts for more than 60 percent of the nation’s emissions-free electricity, Obama’s climate goals get increasingly difficult to achieve. Edison Electric Institute Vice President David Owens added to the cries for a diverse fuel mix. “We can just look at the recent cold spell seen all across the nation,” he said. “It is very, very clear to me that if we did not have coal and nuclear facilities available, we would have substantial disruption in electric service to electric consumers.” Others say the cries of doom aren’t new. “In the late [1970s], there were whole dystopian novels written about the inevitable collapse of reliable electricity service in the face of the unreasonable

demands of environmental regulators,” said Ralph Cavanagh, co-director of the energy program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, during a conference this week of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. “And we have gloriously proved all of that ludicrously wrong. The question is: Does the progress now have to stop?” As one solution, the utility industry is turning to energy efficiency both to cut costs and ease times of high demand. Southern Co., for example, has instituted a $1 billion investment to shave off 1,000 megawatts of peak power demand by 2020 by investing in home upgrades and other programs for homeowners. The company has similar programs that already can meet 10 percent of its annual peak demand, said Jeff Burleson, Southern’s vice president of system planning. But most parties — those optimistic or not — say we simply won’t know how the U.S. will manage the transition until it comes. FERC’s Moeller, for instance, has long expressed wariness about the spate of new environmental regulations bearing down on the utility industry in the next few years. On the other hand, he says he sees little use in fighting gas’s rising role. “I like diversity, but the market forces for gas are just so powerful that I’d rather accept its growing dominance and then deal with how to moderate price spikes,” Moeller said. “And the way to do that is to increase the storage capacity and deliverability through pipelines.” Accelerating the development of several energy technology options simultaneously — in the hopes of driving their costs down — is one way to help avoid becoming overly dependent on a single fuel source over the long term, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said. The Energy Department has been pouring millions of research dollars into several areas, including nuclear, solar and fossil fuel technologies.

Spring Continued from Page 6 Affinity Proposal for walls; Farrow & Ball’s Blushes — “a strong pink that would be stunning on a ceiling paired with cream and gray.” Valspar’s Rosario Ridge and Universe Quartz Pink are two others to consider. Sherwin-Williams’ Spun Sugar and Malted Milk are as tasty-looking as their names, as are Peach Parfait and Fruit Shake from Benjamin-Moore. CB2’s Vapor chair is Lucite-tinged pink; acrylic’s a strong trend in furniture this season, so this piece gives extra style bang for the buck. And the retailer’s City Slicker table resembles a big chunk of neon pink bubblegum; a fun piece like this is a great way to play with the color. San Francisco designer Tineke Triggs adds a deep pink desk to a home office, or a crushed berry ceiling to a bedroom. She pairs them with other bold colors like crisp white and egg yolk, or soft tans and grays. Combine pink accessories with contemporary pieces, or add a hit of surprise in a roomful of rustic, traditional or industrial elements. Pink looks great next to reflective and textured materials such as mirrors, metallics and velvets, but also alongside linen, burlap, weathered pine, rattan. And don’t be afraid to shop the kids’ furniture stores: Pottery Barn Kids has a pretty pink Moroccan floor pouf and a smart pink metal side table that would add punch to a den or master bedroom. Land of Nod’s got a playful rag rug, a preppy blush-and-cream striped flatweave, and a sophisticated, hand-tufted floral rug in pastel pink. West Elm’s spring collection includes some interesting geometric-printed, crewelstitched or hand-blocked throw pillows in guava and bergamot. Lamps Plus stocks some pink lighting that includes Robert Abbey’s rectangular Schiaparelli Pink ceramic table lamp with a Lucite base, and OVO’s glass lamp in elegant fuchsia. Crate & Barrel’s Clara chair is covered in a gentle watercolor floral that brings springy gardens to mind. Aaron Probyn’s porcelain dinnerware collection in a dreamy blush, also at the retailer, is pretty without being precious. Homegoods has wellpriced pieces like an elegant, damask-printed accent chair with nail-head trim, and a chic, crocodile-embossed ceramic vase, as well as stor-

age boxes and hand-carved picture frames in shades of pink. Sources:




THE WESTFIELD NEWSSPORTS Ashton’s 1,000th sparks Owls WESTFIELD – Junior guard Jen Ashton (Beverly) scored a team-high 23 points, including her 1,000th career point, and sparked a 14-0 run midway through the second half to lead Westfield State University to a 67-50 women’s basketball victory over Salem State University earlier this week. Both teams are now 5-4 in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference as Westfield avenged a 78-62 setback at Salem earlier this season. The Owls are 12-10 overall, the Vikings 10-12. Led by Ashton, who also totaled nine rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals, the Owls played one of their best games this season Tuesday. Westfield shot well from 3-point range (8 for 15), committed just 14 turnovers, and held Salem to 26 percent shooting from the field. “Obviously making 8 of 15 threes helped a lot, and compared to the last game (vs. Salem) we did not turn the ball over as much,” said Westfield head coach Andrea Bertini. “When we keep the turnovers below 15 that’s the key for us.” Both teams struggled in the first half. The Owls took a 24-23 halftime lead after Ashton scored her 1,000th career point with 25 seconds remaining on a left wing jumper just inside the 3-point arc. Ashton became the 12th women’s basketball player and only third underclassman in school history to eclipse the grand number. “Jen’s a multi-dimensional player,” said Bertini. “Seeing her get the 1,000th point was real nice.” Entering the game with 994 career points, Ashton added drama to the historic night as she made only 3 of 10 shots in the first half. After scoring her 1,000th point, she appeared more relaxed in the second half. Ashton scored 17 second-half points in making 7 of 10 field goal attempts, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range, to spark Owl scoring runs of 14-0 and 22-4 that gave them a commanding 59-42 lead with 4:02 remaining. “After scoring my 1,000th point in the first half I didn’t worry about making shots in the second half. I just had to take open shots,” said Ashton. After six lead changes and four ties, Westfield finally took the lead for good, 39-38, on an Ashton layup at the 10:32 mark. Five 3-point baskets, including two from Ashton, vaulted the Owls to a 56-40 lead at the 5:33 mark. After shooting 28 percent from the field in the first half, the Owls shot 55 percent (16 for 29) in the final 20 minutes, including 6 for 9 from behind the arc. Another key to the Westfield win was offensive balance. Sophomore guard Keri Doldoorian scored 13 points as she was the See Ashton, Page 11

Cathedral goalie Lexi Levere and defenseman Mackenzie Pelletier (13) protect the net against Auburn. (Submitted photo)

Panthers on the prowl The Cathedral High School girls’ hockey team played one of its best games to date, tying Arch Bishop Williams Saturday, 4-4. Katie Joyal scored two goals, and Annie D’amario and Annie McKeown added one apiece for Cathedral. Joyal also had an assist as did Panthers’ Madison Pelletier (Westfield), Brittany Kowalski (Westfield), and Mackenzie Pelletier (Westfield). Cathedral goalie Lexi Levere made 30 outstandings saves to preserve the tie. Levere is also a Westfield High student. “She gets the game puck,” Cathedral assistant coach Dave Pelletier said of his goalie’s outstanding performance.

Cathedral’s Madison Pelletier, of Westfield is seen in action against Arch Bishop Williams last Saturday. (Submitted photo)


Westfield High School senior Allyson Morin (center), seated alongside her mother and father, signed her Letter of Intent recently to attend the University of Massachusetts to run track all three seasons. She will join former Bombers’ runners Blake Croteau and Tim Dostie, who are finishing their freshman seasons with the Minutemen. (Photo submitted)


Food Pantry Falcons Fundraiser Please join the Westfield Food Pantry for a night out to see the Springfield Falcons vs. the Hartford Wolf Pack, Saturday, February 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $15, a $3 discount. These are great seats, Section 27, with most on the ice. All proceeds will help us to serve our 1,000 monthly clients. Deadline for tickets is February 21. Please call or email Rebecca at (413) 572- 0802,

Noble Hospital Sponsors Springfield Falcons’ Pink in the Rink Event Noble Hospital is proud to present the Springfield Falcons’ Pink in the Rink event on March 1 against the Providence Bruins. This annual event helps to raise funds for and awareness of breast cancer. Falcons’ players wear special pink jerseys that will be autographed and auctioned off after the event. In addition to the hockey game, breast cancer survivors will be honored, there will be special giveaways and raffles, and Noble Hospital will have a special information booth. Noble Hospital’s Comprehensive Breast Care Program is under the direction of Steven Schonholz, MD, FACS, and provides a wide-range of options and services in a single location. Breast cancer survivors and members of our support group, The Pink W.A.Y., will also be attending. Pink bracelets will be available for donations at the Noble table; funds raised will go towards Noble’s Comprehensive Breast Care Program. Please support Noble Hospital by purchasing tickets to the game online at For more information, please contact the Community Development Office at or (413) 568-2811 x5980.

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MONDAY February 17

TUESDAY February 18

WEDNESDAY February 19

THURSDAY February 20

WESTFIELD HIGH SCHOOL Sunday, February 16th

• BOYS’ SWIMMING & DIVING STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 9 a.m. • BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY vs. Agawam, William J. Lassone Hockey Rink, Williston Academy, noon • JV BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY vs. Chicopee, Cyr Arena, 6 p.m.

GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. Agawam, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY vs. West Springfield, Amelia Park Ice Arena, 7 p.m. WRESTLING vs. West Springfield, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ HOOPS vs. Agawam, 7 p.m.

GIRLS’ SWIMMING & DIVING STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 9 a.m. WRESTLING SECTIONALS - Central High School, Springfield, 9 a.m. GIRLS’ ICE HOCKEY (Cath./Long./ WHS) vs. Shrewsbury, Cyr Arena, 4 p.m.

GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. Ware, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. Ware, 7 p.m. WRESTLING - SECTIONALS, Holyoke High School, All Evening

BOYS’ V HOOPS at Gateway, 2 p.m. WRESTLING - SECTIONALS, Holyoke High School, All Day

BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Palmer, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Palmer, 7 p.m.

BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Pathfinder, 5 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at Pathfinder, 6:30 p.m. WRESTLING - SECTIONALS, Holyoke High School, All Evening

BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Southwick-Tolland, 2 p.m. WRESTLING SECTIONALS, Holyoke High School, All Day

BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Franklin Tech, 5 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Franklin Tech, 6:30 p.m.

GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. Chicopee, 2:30 p.m. BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Chicopee, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ ICE HOCKEY (Cath./Long./ WHS) at Billerica Memorial, 4:30 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS at Chicopee, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at Chicopee, 7 p.m.

BOYS’ V ICE HOCKEY at Hyannis Cape Cod Tournament, Time TBA BOYS’ JV HOOPS at East Longmeadow, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at East Longmeadow, 7 p.m.

BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Northampton, Time TBA BOYS’ V HOOPS at Northampton, T ime TBA BOYS’ V ICE HOCKEY at Hyannis Cape Cod Tournament, Time TBA GIRLS’ ICE HOCKEY (Cath./Long./ WHS) at Notre Dame Tournament, Rockland, Time TBA

BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Granby, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ JV HOOPS at Holyoke Catholic, 6 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Granby, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS at Holyoke Catholic, 7:30 p.m.


GIRLS’ ICE HOCKEY (Cath./Long./ WHS) at Notre Dame Tournament, Rockland, Time TBA BOYS’ JV ICE HOCKEY vs. Chicopee, Cyr Arena, 10 a.m. GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. Sabis, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. Sabis, 7 p.m.



BOYS’ JV HOOPS at St. Mary, Westfield Middle School South, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at St. Mary, Westfield Middle School South, 7 p.m.


WESTFIELD VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Franklin Tech, 1 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Franklin Tech, 2:30 p.m.

BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. St. Mary, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. St. Mary, 7 p.m.

BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Smith Voke, 5 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at Smith Voke, 6:30 p.m.

SAINT MARY HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ V ICE HOCKEY at Belchertown, Mullins Center, Amherst, 8 p.m.

BOYS’ V ICE HOCKEY vs. Wahconah, Cyr Arena, 8 a.m.

BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Westfield Voc-Tech, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at Westfield Voc-Tech, 7 p.m.

BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Gateway, Westfield Middle School South, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Gateway, Westfield Middle School South, 7 p.m. BOYS’ V ICE HOCKEY vs. Chicopee, Amelia Park, 8 p.m.


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Jen Ashton drains a left wing jumper to score her 1,000th career point. (Photo by Mickey Curtis)


Continued from Page 9 only other Owl in double figures. But freshman point guard Alyssa Darling of Palmer played one of her finest floor games this season with eight points and four assists. Freshman reserve guard Kirsy Segarra of Holyoke also scored eight points and sophomore center Forbasaw Nkamebo of Amherst had seven points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Meanwhile, junior guard Rachael Carter and senior forward Ginny Fleming combined to score 42 of Salem’s 50 points. Carter had a game-high 27 points and Fleming finished with 15 points and nine rebounds. MEN ROLL: Junior forward Grant Cooper (Northampton) led a balanced attack with a game-high 24 points as Westfield State University rolled to a 73-63 victory over Salem State on Tuesday. Westfield and Salem both own 6-3 records in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference, a half game behind first place Bridgewater State (7-3). The Owls improved to 13-9 overall following their fifth straight conference victory; Salem is 13-8.

K of C Free Throw Winners The Father Thomas Shea Council 11178 Knights of Columbus held its annual Basketball Free Throw competition on January 22 at Powder Mill School in Southwick. Pictured are the winners from left to right. Back row: Nicholas Michael, age 9; Brandon Powell, age10; Grayson Poole, age11; Dante Forgey, age12; Zach Thorne, age13; and Mikael Pacheco, age 14. Front row: Molly Lafayette, age 9; Kaitlyn Haseltine, age 10; Kathleen Shea, age 11; McKinley White, age 12; and Erica Pickard, age 13. Also pictured from left to right are Knights, Al Matos, District Deputy; John Parker, Grand Knight; Jim Cagney, Bob Ritchie and Bruno Smilgys. (Photo submitted)

Roundup: Plushenko retires after injury at Sochi Olympics SOCHI, Russia (AP) — From wild cheers to stunned silence, the Sochi Olympics said goodbye Thursday to one of figure skating’s all-time greats. Evgeni Plushenko, the first figure skater in the modern era to win medals in four Olympics, retired from competitive figure skating shortly after withdrawing from the men’s competition for medical reasons. The Russian said he injured himself during practice on Wednesday, then fell on a triple axel during warmups Thursday. When Plushenko limped out of the arena, the cheering stopped, eventually turning into mild applause. Plushenko’s announcement came hours after an Olympic worker was injured when he was hit by a bobsled near the finish line at the Sanki Sliding Center. He was taken by helicopter to a local hospital. Six medals were awarded on Day 7 of the Olympics: in slopestyle skiing, cross-country skiing, biathlon, speedskating, short track speedskating and luge. In the first final of the day, the U.S. freestyle skiers swept the podium in slopestyle, with Joss Christensen leading the way in his Olympic debut. Germany completed a sweep of the four luge events by winning the team relay; Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland, skiing with a fractured foot, won gold in the women’s cross-country 10-kilometer classical race; and

Li Jianrou of China won gold in 500-meter short track speedskating after all three of her opponents in the final fell. FIGURE SKATING: The 31-year-old Plushenko is the only modern-era figure skater to win medals in four different Olympics. He helped Russia win the team gold over the weekend. He also won figure skating gold in 2006 and silver in 2002 and 2010. Plushenko said he said it felt “like a knife in my back” when he fell on a triple axel during Thursday’s warmups. “I think it’s God saying, ‘Evgeni, enough, enough with skating,’” said Plushenko. In the short program, Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan led with a score of 101.45 The competition concludes Friday with the short program. SLOPESTYLE SKIING: For only the third time in Winter Games history, a U.S. team swept the podium. Christensen led the way with a dominating performance that featured four near-perfect runs over the rails and jumps at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper captured the silver and bronze, as the U.S. skiers matched the country’s previous sweeps in men’s figure skating in 1956 and men’s halfpipe snowboarding in 2002. “I am stoked to be up here with my friends,” Christensen said. “America, we did it.” CROSS-COUNTRY: Kowalczyk led virtually all the way, finishing in 28 minutes, 17.8 seconds and beating silver medalist Charlotte

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE GP 58 57 58 59 59 59 60 58 58 59 59 57 59 60 58 57

W 40 37 33 32 32 30 32 26 29 26 27 26 24 22 22 15

EASTERN CONFERENCE L OT Pts GF GA Home 15 3 83 186 138 23-4-1 16 4 78 176 125 23-6-2 20 5 71 168 145 17-7-3 24 3 67 155 146 14-14-3 21 6 70 148 142 17-10-4 23 6 66 162 167 16-10-1 22 6 70 178 182 21-10-1 20 12 64 151 163 11-11-8 24 5 63 170 161 16-11-2 22 11 63 169 191 13-11-5 23 9 63 171 175 17-10-4 22 9 61 144 158 15-12-5 22 13 61 135 146 13-7-7 30 8 52 164 200 8-14-8 29 7 51 139 183 11-12-4 34 8 38 110 172 9-17-5

GP Anaheim 60 St. Louis 57 Chicago 60 San Jose 59 Colorado 58 Los Angeles 59 59 Minnesota Dallas 58 Phoenix 58 Vancouver 60 Winnipeg 60 Nashville 59 Calgary 58 Edmonton 60

W 41 39 35 37 37 31 31 27 27 27 28 25 22 20

L 14 12 11 16 16 22 21 21 21 24 26 24 29 33

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

WESTERN CONFERENCE OT Pts GF GA Home 5 87 196 147 22-5-2 6 84 196 135 22-5-3 14 84 207 163 18-4-7 6 80 175 142 22-4-3 5 79 174 153 19-7-3 6 68 139 128 17-10-3 7 69 145 147 21-7-2 10 64 164 164 14-9-6 10 64 163 169 17-10-3 9 63 146 160 14-9-5 6 62 168 175 14-11-4 10 60 146 180 14-12-4 7 51 137 179 12-14-3 7 47 153 199 10-14-2

Away Div 17-11-2 17-5-1 14-10-2 13-8-0 16-13-2 13-6-1 18-10-0 11-9-3 15-11-2 8-6-3 14-13-5 9-8-3 11-12-5 13-6-2 15-9-4 9-6-5 13-13-3 13-8-1 13-11-6 12-6-5 10-13-5 10-11-2 11-10-4 11-7-1 11-15-6 10-8-3 14-16-0 6-14-3 11-17-3 10-12-1 6-17-3 5-12-4 Away 19-9-3 17-7-3 17-7-7 15-12-3 18-9-2 14-12-3 10-14-5 13-12-4 10-11-7 13-15-4 14-15-2 11-12-6 10-15-4 10-19-5

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Friday’s Games N.Y. Rangers 4, Pittsburgh 3, SO New Jersey 2, Edmonton 1, OT

Carolina 5, Florida 1 Phoenix 2, Chicago 0 San Jose 3, Columbus 2

Div 15-1-2 15-0-1 9-8-3 13-6-2 14-5-2 11-6-1 12-9-1 6-9-5 11-7-5 9-9-4 6-12-4 8-9-2 6-9-3 4-11-3

Kalla of Sweden by 18.4 seconds. Therese Johaug of Norway took bronze, 28.3 seconds behind. SHORT TRACK: Li’s win in the 500 keeps the Olympic title with China. Injured teammate Wang Meng couldn’t defend the title she has won at every Winter Games since 2002. Arianna Fontana of Italy took the silver and Park Seung-hi of South Korea earned the bronze. Elise Christie of Britain caused the first crash of the wild final and was disqualified. SPEEDSKATING: In the women’s 1000meter race, Zhang Hong pulled off a stunning victory to give China its first gold ever in Olympic speedskating. Her time of 1 minute, 14.02 seconds, broke the track record and just missed the Olympic mark set by Chris Witty at the 2002 Games. Ireen Wust took the silver and Margo Boer the bronze, giving the Dutch a dozen speedskating medals. BIATHLON: Martin Fourcade of France earned his second gold of the Sochi Games with a victory in the men’s 20-kilometer individual race. Fourcade, who won the 12.5K pursuit on Monday, finished 12.2 seconds ahead of silver medalist Erik Lesser of Germany. Yevgeny Garanichev of Russia won the bronze.

LUGE: Germany scored a golden sweep of all four luge events by winning the inaugural team relay. Felix Loch, Natalie Geisenberger and the doubles team of Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt finished their runs in 2 minutes, 45.649 seconds, beating Russia for the title by 1.030 seconds. Latvia won the bronze. ICE HOCKEY: The United States defeated Slovakia 7-1 and Russia topped Slovenia 5-2 in preliminary rounds of the men’s ice hockey competition, setting the stage for the two powers to battle on Saturday. Also, Canada defeated Norway 3-1 and Finland beat Austria 8-4. In the women’s tournament, Germany defeated Japan 4-0 and Russia beat Sweden 3-1. CURLING: Gold medal favorites Canada, Sweden and Britain posted wins in the men’s curling tournament, keeping the pressure on undefeated China, which had a bye Thursday. In the women’s competition, Canada swept away its fifth straight opponent, while Sweden knocked Switzerland from the ranks of the undefeated. Britain revived its chances of making the semifinals with a win over China. SKELETON: Lizzy Yarnold of Britain and Noelle Pinkus-Pace grabbed the top two spots midway through the women’s skeleton competition. The final two runs for the gold are Friday.

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf d-Indiana 40 12 .769 — 6-4 L-1 25-3 15-9 25-6 d-Miami 37 14 .725 2½ 8-2 W-2 20-4 17-10 22-10 d-Toronto 28 24 .538 12 6-4 W-2 14-10 14-14 18-12 Chicago 27 25 .519 13 6-4 W-3 15-10 12-15 20-12 Atlanta 25 26 .490 14½ 3-7 L-5 16-9 9-17 17-14 Washington 25 27 .481 15 4-6 L-2 13-13 12-14 17-13 Brooklyn 24 27 .471 15½ 5-5 L-1 16-11 8-16 15-18 Charlotte 23 30 .434 17½ 5-5 L-1 12-14 11-16 15-17 Detroit 22 30 .423 18 5-5 L-1 12-16 10-14 18-15 New York 20 32 .385 20 5-5 L-2 12-18 8-14 15-18 Cleveland 20 33 .377 20½ 4-6 W-4 13-13 7-20 12-20 Boston 19 35 .352 22 4-6 L-1 11-17 8-18 15-17 Orlando 16 38 .296 25 4-6 L-1 13-15 3-23 12-21 Philadelphia 15 39 .278 26 1-9 L-8 8-18 7-21 10-22 Milwaukee 9 43 .173 31 1-9 L-4 5-21 4-22 8-24 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf d-Oklahoma City 43 12 .782 — 8-2 W-3 23-3 20-9 26-8 d-San Antonio 38 15 .717 4 5-5 W-1 18-8 20-7 22-9 Houston 36 17 .679 6 8-2 W-7 22-7 14-10 20-14 d-L.A. Clippers 37 18 .673 6 7-3 W-3 23-4 14-14 20-9 Portland 36 17 .679 6 4-6 L-2 19-6 17-11 19-13 Dallas 32 22 .593 10½ 7-3 W-1 18-8 14-14 17-15 Phoenix 30 21 .588 11 6-4 L-1 17-9 13-12 19-13 Golden State 31 22 .585 11 5-5 L-1 16-10 15-12 19-16 Memphis 29 23 .558 12½ 7-3 W-2 14-14 15-9 17-18 Minnesota 25 28 .472 17 4-6 W-1 15-11 10-17 13-21 Denver 24 27 .471 17 4-6 L-4 14-11 10-16 13-17 New Orleans 23 29 .442 18½ 6-4 W-1 13-12 10-17 9-22 Utah 19 33 .365 22½ 5-5 W-3 12-14 7-19 10-24 L.A. Lakers 18 35 .340 24 2-8 L-3 8-16 10-19 9-21 Sacramento 18 35 .340 24 3-7 W-1 11-16 7-19 10-23 d-division leader Wednesday’s Games Memphis 86, Orlando 81 Dallas 81, Indiana 73 Toronto 104, Atlanta 83 Brooklyn 105, Charlotte 89 San Antonio 104, Boston 92

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Annie’s Mailbox By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar

Wronged but Silent Dear Readers: Happy Valentine’s Day to one and all, along with our special good wishes to the veterans in VA hospitals around the country. And our particular thanks to those readers who have taken the time to send valentines, visit the vets and volunteer at VA facilities. Bless each and every one of you. Dear Annie: Thirty years ago, my husband’s sister-in-law made a pass at him. They worked at the same place, so when he turned her down, she made his life a living hell. He ended up quitting the job, and we left town. She and my brother-in-law are divorced now, but we see her occasionally at family gatherings. This woman has been hospitalized twice for breakdowns. Most of the family is cordial to her, knowing that a lot of what she did in the past was due to her illness. When her meds are working and she is feeling stable, she reaches out to those she has hurt to make amends. She reached out to my husband, tearfully admitting that she knows she is the reason we left, and has asked for forgiveness. She now thinks everything is just fine. The problem is, she has never reached out to me to apologize for the way she upended my life. She doesn’t know my husband told me what happened. Even after all these years, I have a hard time smiling and pretending everything is hunky-dory. I have forgiven her, but forgetting is something else, and every time I see her, the old anger comes back. My husband agrees that nothing would be gained by bringing these things up again. Any suggestions for moving past this in a positive way? -- Wronged but Silent in Wisconsin Dear Wronged: You haven’t actually forgiven her, because her presence still makes you angry. If you believe an apology from her would make a difference, you should calmly let her know. But if you don’t think it matters one way or the other, please consider talking this through with a professional who can help you let go of the past completely. Dear Annie: We have 5-year-old twins. We enrolled them in a swimming class last year. Our son had a bad experience and didn’t want to continue. Our daughter, however, loved it and is doing great. After a couple of months, our son decided to return to classes. (We think he was jealous of his sister’s achievement.) Naturally, he is a level behind her. He now cries and wants to be on her level. We think it would be unfair to hold our daughter back for a while so her brother can catch up. However, if we do hold her back, we can enroll them in semi-private lessons together, saving money as well as transportation time. It also solves the problem of our son’s jealousy. Should we do it? -- Swimmers Parents Dear Parents: As a general rule, it is never a good idea to force kids to accomplish anything at the same speed, moving them forward and back so one isn’t jealous of the other. This is a recipe for a lifetime of craziness and resentment. If you wish to put both children in the same class because you want to save money and time, that is a different issue and certainly justifiable. If the lessons are semi-private, your daughter should be able to move ahead at her own speed, which is not the same as holding her back. Dear Annie: I believe you overlooked something in your response to “Getting This Off My Chest.” The writer stated that he is positive his wife got pregnant intentionally. It takes two! Even if she “assures” him that it is a “safe” time of the month, that’s no guarantee. Other precautions should be taken. It’s a shared responsibility -- Albany, N.Y. Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

HINTS FROM HELOISE No Love for Bedbugs Dear Heloise: Is there an at-home remedy to get rid of BEDBUGS? -- A Reader in Washington. These nasty little creatures did seem to make it around the world several years ago, and many hotels had a problem. Most of that has been resolved, so be sure that you are talking about bedbugs and not fleas or ticks! There really isn’t any home remedy to get rid of bedbugs. Over-thecounter pesticides and bug-removal products do not work, according to my research. Sorry to give you not-so-good news. Extreme heat seems to be the only way to kill the little devils. So, wash and dry all of your bedding in the hottest water and highest drying temperature you can. Call a professional if they are in other areas of the house. You cannot kill them yourself, and they multiply very rapidly. So, if they really are bedbugs, don’t waste time trying old-fashioned hints. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to rid your home of these hitchhiking bugs! -- Heloise SEND A GREAT HINT TO: Heloise P.O. Box 795000 San Antonio, TX 78279-5000 Fax: 1-210-HELOISE Email: Heloise(at)




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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, Feb.14, 2014: This year you could become easily irritated or have a problem when interacting with others. Use the power of detachment, and try walking in someone else’s shoes. You will gain insight and compassion as a result. If you are single, you will meet someone you adore sometime after spring. You will love being around this person. If you are attached, when you become less triggered by interactions with your sweetie, you will be more accepting and loving. VIRGO can be annoying with his or her need for precision. 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 You might go overboard when dealing with a child or new friend. Your creativity will flourish as long as you are spontaneous. An associate might interject him- or herself into a situation without realizing it. Make this OK. Tonight: Be the Romeo or Juliet of the moment! TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHH Your feelings are a lot stronger than you realize. Someone in your immediate circle will encourage you to be more logical. You might feel as if this person is raining on your parade. Don’t worry -- this behavior is only temporary. Tonight: Invite some friends over. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHHH Remain spontaneous despite a co-worker’s or friend’s attitude. You have much more that you want to share, and you will. You suddenly might switch from being in a rage one minute to being even-tempered the next. Extremes mark this day. Tonight: Do the Valentine thing. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHH You might discover that you have more than one Valentine. Be careful when making plans, as there could be a conflict. Remember, chocolate works; nearly everyone loves it. Your feelings seem to be all over the place. Tonight: The going gets better as it gets later. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH You’ll want to pursue an important matter. Let a domestic issue sit for now, because you won’t be able to change it. Be optimistic, no matter what happens. You will find a way to turn this situation around. Tonight: Too many people want to be your Valentine. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHH Listen to the feedback you get, though you might want to confirm what you hear at a later point. You could be moving a lot slower than usual until later today. Postpone any meetings where you have to be alert. Tonight: Recharge your batteries. TGIF! LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHH Run with the moment, and focus on your long-term goals. You could feel unusually tight when managing your funds. You might want to take a risk, but know that a more conservative course serves you well. Refuse to get angry with a loved one. Tonight: Honor Valentine’s Day. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHHH Are the changes you’re about to make positive? You might want to get feedback from someone who is straightforward. If you have made a plan at a time when you felt less than great, it could reflect a certain amount of negativity. Be realistic. Tonight: Use your imagination. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHH Understand that your moods tend to go up and down. When push comes to shove, you might want to reach out to a partner. A friend could be overassertive, and you might feel the need to respond with irritation, if not anger. Tonight: Try to make peace, not war. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHH Reach out to a loved one or dear friend at a distance. You have a way of communicating that lets the other person know you care. Use the upbeat mood of Valentine’s Day to spread good cheer. A misunderstanding could arise from out of the blue. Tonight: All smiles. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHHH Listen to a loved one’s feedback. Understand that the innate tension that seems to exist between you and others is part of the Full Moon today. Problems will be exaggerated in the present stellar atmosphere. Tonight: Look at the big picture, then celebrate Valentine’s Day. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHHH Tap into your imagination when making plans. You might notice that a friend, family member or loved



one could be quite tense. Pressure builds and tempers flare as a result of the Full Moon. Try to stay clear of all the uproar. Tonight: Say “yes” to an offer. BORN TODAY Politician Michael Bloomberg (1942), football player Jim Kelly (1960), actress Florence Henderson (1934)




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In the matter of: GRADE 11 Honors Kathryn Merritt, Leah Metallo, Raychel RAYMOND WILLIAMS Domenic Abbondanza, Haylee Abrams, O’Meara, Of: WESTFIELD, MA Anna Pickard, Cheri Pinney, Joshua Nina Adasiewicz, Isabella Burns, Brittany Saulenas, Corey Scott, Alexia Sebastiao, Brian RESPONDENT Cesan, Jonathan Collins, Joseph Davis, Sheil, Brandon Smith, Gabrielle Strong, Jowal(Person to be Protected/Minor) Mackenzie Diaz, Michael Fleming, Vincent Lisa Walden, Alexis Zern Fortini, Austin Gallagher, John Gonet, To theMorgan name Respondent and all other interested Harriman, Julia Ingledue, Kyle Jansen, Monica persons, a petition has been filed by Daniel LaKucienski, Savannah Machamer, Mckinley GRADE 12 Honors rouche of Westfield, MA in the Magni, Yelena Makarov, Angela Jacquelynn above Martin, captioned matter alleging Allen, Millan Andreoli, Brooke that Peterson, Raymond Williams in Lauren Oski, Erica Paul, Nicholas Attanasio,is Samantha Beal-Hickton, Myriam need a Conservator or other Zachariah Rossman, David Roy,protective Alexof Snow, Begin, Harrison Brammell, Paige Cool, Jazmin order and requesting Laura Stevens, Jack Tersavich, Kassidy Weston Davis, Alexis that Jonathan J Davey ofDelivorias, Ugwokeja Ezeugwu, Quincy, MA (or some other suit- Joseph Frasco, Daniele Gold, Callie Flanders, able person) be Allison appointed as Gurney, Austin Houghton, Liam Conservator to serve Without GRADE 12 High Honors Surety on the bond. Jackson, John Keenan, Courtney Krupa, Brianna Bernard, Ryan Bredenfoerder, Sadie Amanda Kulig, Morgan Langevin, Nicholas petition asks the court to deTheCoon, Burnham, Tyler Buscemi, Meagan Tara Massarelli, Madison Mello, Haley Monahan, termine that the Respondent is Dowd, Benjamin Dussault, Madeline Falcetti, Gabrielle Navone, Joshua Noel, Holly Pagano, disabled, that a protective order Courtney Gabinetti, Christopher Geerken, ofAmelia Parker, Alexa Pszeniczny, Kyle or appointment a Conservator is necessary, and that the Kayleen Gerow, Michael Giancola, Hailee Reardon, Brianna Rubeck, Ryanne Shea, proposed Conservator is approHart, Christina Haseltine, Derek Haskell, Gabriella Sole, Dalton Thompson, Brittany priate. The petition is on file with Jacob Hough, Lillian Kelmelis, Monika Wheeler, Madison Winch, Jeremy Woods, this court. Kuzmicki, Jaclyn Lamoureaux, Jessica Martin, Morgan Wundt You have the right to object to this proceeding. If you wish to do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance at this court on or before 10:00 A.M. on the return date of 02/28/2014. This day is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline date by which you have to file the written appearance if you object to the petition. If you fail to file the written appearance by the return date, action may be taken in this matter without further notice to you. In addition to filing the written appearance, you or your attorney must file a written affidavit stating the specific facts and grounds of your objection within 30 days after the return date.

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CITATION GIVING NOTICE OF PETITION FOR APPOINTMENT OF CONSERVATOR OR OTHER PROTECTIVE ORDER WESTFIELD - Sarah Gillett Services for PURSUANT TO the Elderly, Inc. is currently accepting prelimi- G.L. c. 190B, §5-304 & §5-405

ing may limit or completely take away the above-named person’s right to make decisions about personal affairs or financial affairs or both. The above-named person has the right to ask for a lawyer. Anyone may make this request on behalf of the abovenamed person. If the abovenamed person cannot afford a lawyer, one may be appointed at State expense.


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Hampden Division 50 State Street Springfield, MA 01103 NEWSPAPER To the name Respondent and all (413)748-8600 DELIVERY ROUTES other interested persons, a petition has been filed by Daniel LaAVAILABLE Docket No. HD14P0149EA rouche of Westfield, MA in the above captioned matter alleging INFORMAL PROBATE WESTFIELD that Raymond Williams is in PUBLICATION NOTICE need of a Conservator or other 1) Briarcliff Dr, Eastwood Dr, protective order and requesting Estate of: Leaview Dr, Sunbriar Dr, that Jonathan J Davey of SHANNON Woodcliff Drive. (14 customQuincy, MA (or some other suitFRAZIER-OWCZARSKI ers). able person) be appointed as Date of Death: Conservator to serve Without September 26, 2012 2) Christopher Dr, Grandview Surety on the bond. Dr, Joseph Ave, Marla Circle. To all persons interested in the (13 customers). The petition asks the court to de- above captioned estate, by PetiHUNTINGTON - A retirement dinner for termine that the Respondent is tion of Daniel M. Owczarski of 3) Forest Ave, Grove Ave, JuGateway teacher Steve Estelle will be held at disabled, that a protective order Westfield, MA. niper Ave, Klondike Ave, Shaker Farms Country Club on Friday, February or appointment of a ConservatSpringdale St. (8 customers). or is necessary, and that the Daniel M. Owczarski of West28. Tickets are $25 per person (which covers dinproposed Conservator is appro- field, MA has been informally Call Miss Hartman at: ner and gift) and checks should be made out to priate. The petition is on file with appointed as the Personal RepThe Westfield News Marcia Estelle. A cocktail hour will be held from this court. resentative of the estate to serve (413) 562-4181 Ext. 117 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and a buffet dinner will without surety on the bond. begin at 6:30 p.m. You have the right to object to this proceeding. If you wish to The estate is being adminSteve Estelle is a Gateway graduate (’74). He do so, you or your attorney must istered under informal procedtaught for several years in New Hampshire before file a written appearance at this by the Personal Representreturning to Gateway in 1986, where he still WESTFIELD - Are you getting sick and court on or before 10:00 A.M. on ure under the Massachusetts HOMECARE teaches. In addition to teaching 7th grade social tired of this long, frigid New England winter? the return date of 02/28/2014. ative Uniform Probate Code without POSITIONS AVAILABLE studies, Estelle coached boys’ baseball and is Are you ready for a night of fun, music and This day is NOT a hearing date, supervision by the Court. Inventperhaps best known outside of Gateway for prizes? The Friends of the Westfield Senior but a deadline date by which you ory and accounts are not re• Immediate Openings in coaching a dynasty of girls’ soccer teams. He was Center invite you to attend the group’s third have to file the written appear- quired to be filed with the Court, Westfield, Chicopee & ance if you object to the petition. but interested parties are enthe founding coach of the girls’ soccer program in annual “Shake Off the Winter Party” to be held Longmeadow If you fail to file the written ap- titled to notice regarding the ad• Flexible Hours the fall of 1990 and was named ‘Coach of the pearance by the return date, acfrom the Personal • Paid Vacation Year’ by the Republican for the 2012 fall season. on Saturday, March 1 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tion may be taken in this matter ministration Representative and can petition at Shaker Farms Country Club. Hors d’oeuvres • Mileage Reimbursement Anyone planning to attend the dinner who without further notice to you. In the Court in any matter relating • Gas Bonus Program would like to say a few words on Steve’s behalf will be served and entertainment will be pro- addition to filing the written ap- to the estate, including distribuvided by Westfield’s own Cory and the pearance, you or your attorney tion of assets and expenses of please contact Richard White ( Apply at: Advance tickets are available for purchase Knightsmen. Raffle tickets will be sold for must file a written affidavit stat- administration. 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0220 Music Instruction WESTFIELD SCHOOL OF MUSIC offers private instrument and vocal lessons and "Happy Feet" (babies, toddlers) class. Visit our web site at: or call at (413)642-5626.

0225 Tutoring

0340 Apartment WESTFIELD 1 BEDROOM, kitchen and bath, 2nd floor. No pets. $650/month includes utilities. First, last, security. (413)250-4811.

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

TUTORING. Grade K-3. Reading Strategies & Math. Also, F.O.R. Mtel tutor. Mrs. Rancitelli WESTFIELD 2 bedroom, 1 bath condo. $875/month includes (413) 204-3605. heat and hot water. No smoking, no pets. First, last, security. (413)519-8271.

0265 Firewood 100% HARDWOOD, GREEN, $140. 3 year season. $150. 1/2 & 1/4 cords also available. Outdoor furnace wood also available, cheap. CALL FOR DAILY SPECIALS!! Wholesale Wood Products, (304)851-7666. 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.

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

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 ESTATE/MOVING SALE! WESTFIELD 139 FOWLER ROAD. Saturday, Sunday, February 15&16. 10-2. Contents of house. Everything must go.

0339 Landlord Services DASHE-INTEL Comprehensive Landlord Services Tenant screening including criminal background and credit checks. Call Steve or Kate (413)5791754

0340 Apartment 5 ROOM, 3 bedroom, completely renovated Westfield/Russell area, country setting. NEW stove, refrigerator and heating unit. Large yard, parking. $895/month. No pets please. Call today, won't last. (413)3483431. WESTBRIDGE TOWNHOUSES, 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, full basement. $800/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.

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WESTFIELD large 2 bedroom apartment. Hardwood floors, washer/dryer hookups. Across the street from church, playground, school. Available March 1st. $850/month. First, last, security required. Call (860)3358377.


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E-mail: 0350 Apt./House Sharing ROOMMATE WANTED to share mobile home. Please call for more information (413)5622380.

WESTFIELD, 2nd floor, 2 bedroom, kitchen, living room, bath, 0375 Business Property enclosed porch. No pets. $795/month plus utilities. First, FOR SALE BY OWNER. 3 famlast, security. (413)250-4811. ily house on 0.47ac Business A zoned in downtown Westfield. Excellent potential for a variety of businesses. Price negotiable. WONDERFUL 1&2 bedroom F o r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n c a l l apartments, some including all ( 4 1 3 ) 4 5 4 - 3 2 6 0 . utilities. Perfect Westfield location. Call me today at (413)562- MONTGOMERY 5 miles from 1429. Westfield. Spacious office includes utilities and WiFi. $350/month. Call (413)9776277.

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0430 Condos For Sale

BEAUTIFUL, SECLUDED mountaintop lot in Montgomery, MA. Panoramic views. Fully cleared, destumped and graded. Ready to build. Minutes to Westfield. 5.69 acres. Asking $160,000. Call (413)562-5736.

0410 Mobile Homes SPRINGFIELD by Walmart. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 12'x47' plus 11'x21' plus 11'x12' porch. Large rooms, open floor plan. 55+ park. $37,000.DASAP (413)5939961.

WESTFIELD reconditioned, 2 bedroom condo for sale by owner. $79,000. Please call (603)726-4595.

0440 Services A1 ODD JOBS/HANDYMAN. Debris removal, landscaping, garage/attic cleansouts, interior and exterior painting, power washing, basic carpentry and plumbing. All types of repair work and more. (413)562-7462.

HENTNICK CHIMNEY SWEEPS. Chimney repairs and rebuilds. Stainless steel caps WESTFIELD reconditioned 2 and liner systems. Inspections, 0430 Condos For Sale bedroom condo. $795/month 0345 Rooms masonry work and gutter cleanheat included. For sale or rent. ing. Free estimates. Insured. Call (603)726-4595. OFFICE/LIGHT Manufacturing FURNISHED ROOM for rent. Space available. Furnished, loc- WESTFIELD reconditioned, 2 Quality work from a business Full kitchen and bath, on bus ated on Route 57 in Southwick. bedroom condo for sale by own- you can trust. (413)848-0100, e r . $ 7 9 , 0 0 0 . P l e a s e c a l l (800)793-3706. route. $105/week. (413)642- Details call (413)998-1431. (603)726-4595. 5124.

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Home Improvement

House Painting

Plumbing & Heating

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

JIM FERRIS ELECTRIC. Senior discount. No job too small! Insured, free estimates. 40 years experience. Lic. #16303. Call (413)330-3682.

DELREO HOME IMPROVEMENT for all your exterior home improvement needs. Roofing, siding, windows, decks and gutters. Call for free quote. Extensive references, fully licensed & insured in MA. & CT. Call Gary Delcamp (413)569-3733.

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 (413)568-9731. No job too small !!

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

Flooring/Floor Sanding

A RON JOHNSON’S FLOOR SANDWAGNER RUG & FLOORING, LLC. 95 ING. Installation, repairs, 3 coats MAINLINE DRIVE, WESTFIELD. polyurethane. Free estimates. (413) (413)568-0520. One stop shopping for 569-3066. TOM DISANTO Home Improvements The best choice for all interior and exteall your floors. Over 40 years in busirior building and remodeling. Specializing ness. Hauling in the design and building of residential additions, since 1985. Kitchens, baths, A DUMP TRUCK. Attic, cellars, yard, siding, windows, decks, porches, sunscrap metal removal. Seasoned Fire- rooms, garages. License #069144. MA Chimney Sweeps wood. (413)569-1611, (413)374-5377. Reg. #110710. FREE ESTIMATES, REFERENCES, FULLY INSURED. Call HENTNICK CHIMNEY SWEEPS. Tom (413)568-7036. Chimney repairs and rebuilds. StainA.R.A. JUNK REMOVAL SERVICE. less steel caps and liner systems. Inspections, masonry work and gutter Furniture, trash, appliances. Full house cleaning. Free estimates. Insured. cleanouts, basements, attics, yards. PAUL MAYNARD CONSTRUCTION. Quality work from a business you can Furnace and hot water heater removal. All your carpentry needs. (413)386trust. (413)848-0100, 1-800-793-3706. 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE. 4606. Did your windows fail with the Free estimate on phone. Senior discount. Call Pete (413)433-0356. cold weather? Don't wait another year! Call Paul for replacement windows. Drywall Many new features available. Windows are built in CT. All windows installed by T-BEST DRYWALL. Complete profesPaul, owner of Paul Maynard Consional drywall at amateur prices. Our struction. My name is on my work. ceilings are tops! Call Mike 413-8218971. Free estimates. Home Improvement

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

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

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

A NEW LOOK FOR 2014. Let Home Decor help. Interior painting and wallpapering, specializing in faux finishes. Snowplowing Servicing the area over 12 years. Call Kendra now for a free estimate and A.B.C. SNOWPLOWING. Westfield decorating advice. (413)564-0223, residential only. 15 years experience. Call Dave (413)568-6440. (413)626-8880.

SNOWPLOWING / Snowblowing lots, driveways. ROOF RAKING. DependPROFESSIONAL PAINTING & WALL- able, reliable service. Call (413)374PAPERING. Quality workmanship at low, 5377. low prices. Interior/Exterior Painting & Staining, Wallpaper, Ceiling Repair & SNOWPLOWING / SNOWBLOWING. AMR BUILDING & REMODELING. RICHTER HOME Building & Remodel- Spray. Free Estimates. Call Steve at On time, reliable service. Average driveway, $40.00. Also specializing in Sunrooms, decks, additions, bath- ing. Specializing in home improve- (413)386-3293. fall clean ups. Call (413)727-4787. rooms, window and door replacements ment services. Roofs, windows, and more. MA. Reg. #167264. Li- doors, decks, finished carpentry, re- Landscaping/Lawn Care SNOWPLOWING, SNOW BLOWING, censed and fully insured. Call Stuart models, additions, basement refinishSHOVELING. Call Accurate Lawn ing, and much more. Quality work Richter (413)297-5858. Services, (413)579-1639. from a punctual, reliable and experi- LEAVES -CURB SIDE LEAF REenced home improvement company. MOVAL - FALL CLEAN UPS. Call for Tree Service Licensed and Insured. MA CSL BRUNO ANTICO BUILDING RE- #97940, MA HIC #171709, CT HIC your free Quote today! You rake um' & MODELING.Kitchens, additions, #0633464. Call Dave Richter for an es- Leaf the rest to us. Residential and A BETTER OPTION - GRANFIELD Commercial, Fully Insured. Visit our decks, rec rooms, more. Prompt, re- timate (413)519-9838. TREE SERVICE. Tree Removal, Land website at liable service, free estimates. Mass Clearing, Excavating. Firewood, Log for all of Registered #106263, licensed & inTruck Loads. (413)569-6104. our services! Bushee Enterprises, LLC. sured. Call Bruno, (413)562-9561. (413)569-3472. Home Maintenance AMERICAN TREE & SHRUB. Professional fertilizing, planting, pruning, cabling and removals. Free estimates, C&N CARPENTRY. Suspended ceil- HANDYMAN/CARPENTER. All home YARD CLEANUP, thatching, leaf brush ings, home improvements and remod- repairs: Honey to do list, bathroom re- removal, hedge/tree trimming, fully insured. Please call Ken 569modeling, tile work, sheetrock repairs, eling. Licensed and insured. Call winterization. No job too small. 35 years mulch/stone, mowing. Call Accurate 0469. (413)262-9314. profressional experience. (413)519- Lawncare, (413)579-1639. CONRAD TREE SERVICE. Expert 3251. tree removal. Prompt estimates. Masonry Crane work. Insured. “After 34 Home Improvement years, we still work hard at being ABC MASONRY & BASEMENT WA- #1.” (413)562-3395. DAVE DAVIDSON BATHROOM & JOSEPH’S HANDYMAN COMPANY. TERPROOFING. All brick, block, Upholstery KITCHEN REMODELING. “GET IT Carpentry, remodeling, kitchen, baths, concrete. Chimneys, foundations, RIGHT THIS TIME” Complete Bath basements, drywall, tile, floors, sus- hatchways, new basement windows Renovations. Mass. License #072233, pended ceilings, restoration services, installed and repaired. Sump KEITH'S UPHOLSTERY & REPAIRS. 30+ years experience for home or busiMass. Registration #144831. CT. HIC. doors, windows, decks, stairs, #0609568. Now serving CT. Insured. interior/exterior painting, plumbing. pumps and french drain systems in- ness. Discount off all fabrics. Get quality Quality Work on Time on Budget Small jobs ok. All types of professional stalled. Foundations pointed and workmanship at a great price. Free stuccoed. Free estimates. (413)569- pickup and delivery. Call (413)562Since 1984. (413)569-9973. work done since 1985. Call Joe, 6639. 1611. (413)374-5377. (413)364-7038.

Friday, February 14, 2014  
Friday, February 14, 2014