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By Dan Moriarty Staff Writer WESTFIELD – The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) voted unanimously last night to approve a funding application submitted by Domus Inc. for the conversion of the former Red Cross building to house homeless high school students. Domus requested $80,000 of the Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding to construct 11 single room residencies (SRO) in the Broad Street facility which will also include common areas and counseling offices for up to 10 students. The total cost of the building conversion and renovation is estimated at $1.4 million, with the bulk of that funding from the state Department of Housing & Community Development. The CPC will forward their recommendation to approve the funding to Mayor Daniel M. Knapik who will have to send the issue to the City Council for appropriation. Domus offers affordable housing to low and moderate income families, the homeless, and the mentally and physically disabled in nine housing buildings around the city, and is seeking Planning Board approval of a site plan to establish See Domus, Page 3

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Although some of the limbs have been lopped off, the bulk of a tree which fell on a resident’s car during a vehicular crash early Thursday morning remains atop the vehicle Thursday afternoon in the owner’s Russell Road driveway. (Photo by Carl E. Hartdegen)

Truck flips, tree falls By Carl E. Hartdegen Staff Writer WESTFIELD – A Russell Road resident’s vehicle suffered damage in her driveway early Thursday morning when a motorist failed to negotiate the curve which marks the transition from Franklin Street to Russell Road and his vehicle knocked down a tree in her front yard which landed on her car. City police and firefighters responded to reports of a rollover accident which started at 12:44 a.m. and found a pickup truck upside down atop a tree with the operator trapped inside. The truck, registered to Jamie Kyle Patrick, 22, of 273 Prospect Street Extension, had been operating westbound and, according to the male resident of the property, had been “smoking” when the operator lost control and stuck a curb on the north side of Route 20. The resident said that the vehicle then veered across to the south side of the roadway where a plow blade attached to the truck struck a row of bushes. The blade sheared off, the resident said, and the truck flipped, end-over-end, to land on the small tree which then fell on his wife’s car. Later in the day, the front yard of the residence was still littered with debris which had apparently been in the truck at the time of the crash and included a card indicating that

The cab of a pickup truck which flipped on to a tree in the front yard of a Russell Road house appears to have been flattened by the crash. The operator was not seriously injured. (Photo Courtesy the Westfield Police Department) Patrick had completed a Vermont State Police snowmobile safety program, suggesting that Patrick had been the operator when the truck crashed. Beer cans were also found at the crash site. Firefighters report that the operator was trapped inside the vehicle when they arrived and extraordinary efforts were required to extricate him from the vehicle. The operator was reportedly uncooperative with the responding emergency personnel and the resident said that the man appeared to be highly intoxicated. He was transported to Baystate Medical Center where a spokesperson later reported that he had been treated and released.

By Peter Francis Staff Writer WESTFIELD — Across the country and throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as school budgets are stretched ever tighter, a radical idea is gaining momentum in small towns and regional school districts: shortening the school week. In the Mohawk Trail Regional School District, which serves the Franklin County communities of Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Plainfield, Rowe, and Shelburne, Superintendent Michael Buoniconti received the blessing of his district’s School Committee yesterday to begin seriously researching the matter. According to Buoniconti, about 300 districts all over the country have already adopted the measure in an effort to save on transportation and utility costs. Adding an extra hour and a half to the school day would be needed for students to get the same amount of classroom time, but there would be extensive savings, and in many of the districts that have already adopted the shortened week, increases in staff attendance and improved test scores have already been shown. Opponents of the measure list as concerns the longer school day, the effects on families, and a possible loss of pay for bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and other employees. Gateway Superintendent Dr. David Hopson has been a proponent of the four day school week See School Week, Page 8

Southwick’s sidewalk snow solution By Hope E. Tremblay Staff Writer SOUTHWICK – Clearing sidewalks after the last snowstorm was made much easier thanks to a piece of equipment the town is leasing for the winter. Department of Public Works Director Randy Brown said the Wacker Neuson Wheel Loader is 48-inches wide and is being leased from Tri County Contractors in West Springfield for four months at a cost of approximately $4,000. “We are using it mainly to clear sidewalks on town property, including the police department, fire department, DPW, Town Hall and the library,” said Brown. Since sidewalks were installed on College Highway by the state in 2012 the town has had to figure out the most efficient way to keep them clear following snowstorms. Brown said DPW crews have been able to deal with roads and sidewalks thus far with the Wacker Neuson. He said a contractor could be used in the future if the town staff is tied up with roads. Last year the Board of Selectmen discussed the possibility of assisting residents and businesses on College Highway with clearing the sidewalks. Brown said currently, they are clearing only sidewalks on town property. Brown said the equipment is working well. “We will assess it after the season,” he said. “We are leasing with an option to buy, so we will decide if it’s a worthy piece of equipment.” The purchase price of the wheel loader is in the range of $50,000.

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Randy Wynglarz, of the Southwick Department of Public Works Sewer Division, lubricates a set of bearings on the town’s new snow removal equipment. The town is leasing the new equipment which will be used to remove snow from the sidewalks along the newly redesigned College Highway and other parcels of town-owned property. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

By Dan Moriarty Staff Writer WESTFIELD – The Community Preservation Committee voted last night to expand the scope of work being done on one project and requested additional details for expansion of a second project. Frank O’Brien, a former city fire chief and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Dewey House, requested the committee to approve use of funding appropriated to replace the cedar shake roof of the historic building and to repair the chimney, extending the scope of work to include the heating system which is connected to the chimney. The committee voted unanimously last April to commit $30,800 for the repair the roof and chimney of the Dewey House on South Maple. The building was constructed in 1735. The Dewey House Trustees, an See CPA, Page 8



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Local teachers recognized HARTFORD, Conn. – Ronald McDonald House Charities of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts has honored 10 area teachers with the seventh annual RMHC Local Hero Awards. The selected teachers from Connecticut and Western Massachusetts have all exhibited tremendous dedication to their profession and outstanding efforts in servicing their schools and communities. The recipients were honored by the RMHC Board of Directors at the Connecticut Governor’s Residence in Hartford, Conn., on Tuesday, October 22. They were joined by Superintendents and Principals from their respective districts and schools, as well as other invited guests including local McDonald’s owners and Ronald McDonald himself. Each honoree was presented with a plaque commemorating their award. To further recognize each recipient, the RMHC donated a total of $10,000 to area schools through $1,000 grants for each honoree’s respective school. The local 2013 recipients were Westfield’s Mary Madru, English Language Arts teacher of North Middle School and Lauren Dion,

North Middle School English Language Arts Teacher Mary Madru receives the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts Local Hero Award, which recognizes 10 outstanding area teachers each year. Joining her is Ronald McDonald. (Photo by

Woodland Elementary School First Grade Teacher Lauren Dion receives the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts Local Hero Award, which recognizes 10 outstanding area teachers each year. Joining her is Ronald McDonald. (Photo by

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First Grade teacher of Woodland Elementary School, Southwick. “Our board of directors is proud to acknowledge these exceptional teachers for their tireless commitment and important service,” said Edward Abraham, President of RMHC of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. “Our RMHC chapter awards grants to local nonprofits that provide a brighter future for children, with a particular focus on supporting education. With the Local Hero Awards,

we are able to thank the devoted professionals who help children everyday – our outstanding area teachers.” Mary Madru has been an educator for over 29 years and her dedication, patience, and good judgment have allowed her to build strong relationships based on trust and respect with her students. Her enthusiasm and ability to go the extra mile for her students has resulted in tremendous praise among students, parents, colleagues and staff. With a Master’s in School

The 2013 Local Hero Award winners are, left to right, Joan Mastromonaco of East Hampton High School in East Hampton, Conn.; Mary Madru of North Middle School in Westfield; Denise Chabot of Jeffrey Elementary School in Madison, Conn; Alicia Schiavo of Washington Elementary School in Waterbury, Conn.; Robert Rose of Smith Middle School in Glastonbury, Conn; Katie Bevan of Sumner Avenue Elementary School in Springfield; Joleen Pillar of The Gilbert School in Winsted, Conn; Kathy LaPlatney of East Lyme Middle School in Niantic, Conn.; Lauren Dion of Woodland Elementary School in Southwick and Anne Marie Osheyack of Northampton High School in Northampton. (Photo by Nick Caito.) Administration, she is dedicated to raising the bar in education among all levels. She encourages her students to help their peers succeed by serving as an advisor for seventh and eighth grade student ambassadors who work with sixth graders on their schoolwork. Mrs. Madru is also a

member of the North Middle School’s Crisis Management Response Team, Westfield District Literacy Team and is an advisor for the Student Ambassadors Club, a club that focuses on students providing service to the school and local community. She has been described as a strong,


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creative teacher with a great sense of humor and exceptional leadership skills. Lauren Dion has been a First Grade teacher for 12 years at Woodland Elementary School. Her inspiring teaching methods have made her a

Cold weather means early ice harvest at NH camps HOLDERNESS, N.H. (AP) — The tradition of harvesting lake ice at a New Hampshire campground is off to a cold and early start. Crews started sawing blocks for the Rockywold-Deephaven Camps in Holderness on Thursday, something they’ve been doing for more than a century. Last year, the three-day harvest didn’t start until Feb. 6 due to rain, warm temperatures and wind. The recent cold snap made for better ice conditions this year. Instead of refrigeration units, campers use lake ice packed into insulated ice houses that keep the blocks frozen through summer. If the ice gets to 11 or 12 inches thick, up to 200 tons are removed. The 16-by-19-inch ice blocks weigh between 120 and 160 pounds each. This year, it’s being removed from Squaw Cove, an isolated spot along Squam Lake.

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Today is Friday, Jan. 10, the 10th day of 2014. There are 355 days left in the year.


n Jan. 10, 1914, Utah grocer John G. Morrison, 47, and his son Arling, 17, were shot to death in their Salt Lake City store; police arrested labor activist Joe Hill, a member of the Industrial Workers of the World. Despite evidence suggesting another man was responsible, Hill was convicted and executed, becoming a martyr to America’s organized labor movement.

On this date: In 1514, the New Testament portion of the Complutensian Polyglot Bible, featuring parallel texts in Greek and Latin, was completed in Madrid. In 1776, Thomas Paine anonymously published his influential pamphlet, “Common Sense,” which argued for American independence from British rule. In 1861, Florida became the third state to secede from the Union. In 1863, the London Underground had its beginnings as the Metropolitan, the world’s first underground passenger railway, opened to the public with service between Paddington and Farringdon Street. In 1870, John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil. In 1901, the Spindletop oil field in Beaumont, Texas, produced the Lucas Gusher, heralding the start of the Texas oil boom. In 1920, the League of Nations was established as the Treaty of Versailles (vehr-SY’) went into effect.

In 1946, the first General Assembly of the United Nations convened in London. In 1957, Harold Macmillan became prime minister of Britain, following the resignation of Anthony Eden. In 1964, Vee-Jay Records released “Introducing... The Beatles,” an album which ran into immediate legal opposition from Capitol Records, which was about to come out with its own album, “Meet the Beatles!” (After a court battle, the two companies reached a settlement.) In 1971, “Masterpiece Theatre” premiered on PBS with host Alistair Cooke introducing the drama series “The First Churchills.” French fashion designer Coco Chanel died in Paris at age 87. In 1984, the United States and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations for the first time in more than a century.

Ten years ago:

North Korea said it had shown its “nuclear deterrent” to an unofficial U.S. delegation that visited the disputed Yongbyon nuclear complex. Michelle Kwan won her seventh straight title and eighth overall at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Atlanta; Johnny Weir skated to his first men’s title. Actor-writer Spalding Gray, 62, vanished from his New York apartment (his body was found two months later in the East River). Novelist Alexandra Ripley died in Richmond, Va., at age 70.

Five years ago:

Vice President-elect Joe Biden arrived in Afghanistan, where he pledged long-term American support. Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in cities across Europe and in Lebanon against the Is-

raeli offensive in Gaza. The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush was commissioned with its namesake, the 41st president, and other members of the Bush family on hand for the ceremonies at Naval Station Norfolk.

One year ago:

President Barack Obama nominated White House chief of staff Jack Lew to be treasury secretary. Vice President Joe Biden met with representatives from the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun groups as he worked on recommendations to curb gun violence. A series of bombings in different parts of Pakistan killed nearly 200 people. Three Kurdish women, including a founder of a militant separatist group battling Turkish troops, were found shot to death in Paris. Major League Baseball announced it would test for human growth hormone throughout the regular season and increase efforts to detect abnormal levels of testosterone.

Today’s Birthdays:

Opera singer Sherrill Milnes is 79. Blues artist Eddy Clearwater is 79. Rock singer-musician Ronnie Hawkins is 79. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Willie McCovey is 76. Movie director Walter Hill is 74. Singer Frank Sinatra Jr. is 70. Singer Rod Stewart is 69. Rock singer-musician Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) is 66. Actor William Sanderson is 66. Boxing Hall of Famer and entrepreneur George Foreman is 65. Roots rock singer Alejandro Escovedo is 63. Rock musician Scott Thurston (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) is 62. Singer Pat Benatar is 61. Hall of Fame race car driver and team owner Bobby Rahal is 61. Rock musician Michael Schenker is 59. Singer Shawn Colvin is 58. Rock singermusician Curt Kirkwood (Meat Puppets) is 55. Actor Evan Handler is 53. Rock singer Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies) is 50. Actress Trini Alvarado is 47. Rock musician Matt Roberts is 36. Rock singer Brent Smith (Shinedown) is 36. Rapper Chris Smith (Kris Kross) is 35.



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Domus Continued from Page 1 a 10-bed facility for homeless teen students the city’s affordable housing requirements,” at the Broad Street building which has been Lentini said. “This program fits into the Broad vacant since the Westfield Red Cross Chapter Street area. It is within walking distance of the moved up the street to St. John’s Lutheran Athenaeum and shopping.” Lentini said Domus is trying to fast-track Church. Earlier this week at the Planning Board the project to secure funding and complete the hearing on the Domus site plan Lentini said property sale with the Red Cross. “There is an education component because that “We have, at any one time, 30 students who are homeless in Westfield. In the state we the program includes guidance and direction, life skill counseling such as learning to cook, have 6,000 homeless students.” “You may have heard of the term ‘couch to shop for food to prepare these students for surfers, ‘ kids who stay with friends for a life on their own. “We feel we have to have a house to provide couple of days then move to another friend,” The need is out there,” Lentini said. Lentini said at the hearing. “Since 2008 we oversight. “Domus has quite a number of housing projhave been working with a number of people, ects in the city. But nothing like this. This school counselors, churches, the YMCA , homeless student housing is the first in the looking for a suitable place.” area.” Lentini said the building will be revamped “None of my projects are ‘party houses’ and will have 11 residential units, as well as which some people fear this would be,” Lentini common areas. Ten of the units will house said. “Domus has rules for residents in every students and one will be used to house a resi- project which are very strict.” dent manager on the first floor for supervision Several members of the committee said that and security. the board has worked with Domus in the past Domus Executive Director Ann Lentini said and that the reputation of the agency is excellast night that the appropriation request is lent. Dan Kelly, executive director of the time-sensitive because she has to submit the project to state officials by the end of this Westfield Housing Authority, said his agency is involved with several of the Domus residenmonth. “The state (officials) wants to know if the tial programs through voucher administration. “I have never had an issue with any Domus city is committed to this project,” Lentini said, “as demonstrated by approval of the CPA project,” Kelly said. Committee member Vince Olinski made the funding component. We won’t take your money unless the project is approved by the motion to approve the funding request, contingent upon state funding and that the project is state.” for low-income residents. “This project is just a small piece to boost Can You Help Sarah?


Southampton Lions WESTFIELD The Southampton Lions Club is now holding its meetings on the first and third Mondays of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Westwood Restaurant in Westfield. This robust group is currently comprised of 36 men and women from Northampton, Easthampton and Southampton and membership is open to residents 18 and older from any city or town in Western Massachusetts. Lions are men and women who volunteer their time to humanitarian causes in their communities by conducting service projects and raising funds to help those in need wherever need exists. Part of a worldwide organization of more than 1.5 million members, the Lions motto is “We Serve.” Lions Clubs across the state donate more than $1 million to Massachusetts Eye Research, but also conduct service activities emphasizing diabetes awareness, education and research, community welfare, improved hearing and work with those who are physically and mentally impaired. Lions members come from every walk of life, age and persuasion but all have one thing in common: They enjoy helping others. While the primary function of the Club is charitable, its members often find involvement in Lionism leads to improved networking with others in the community. Any resident interested in joining this local Lions Club is most welcome to come to a meeting as a guest to talk with others about the work of Lionism and get to know the

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WESTFIELD – Westfield State University leads Massachusetts’ universities placing in the top 15 percent out of 205 schools and is the only Massachusetts school public or private in the top 50 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 Best Online Education Programs Rankings. Westfield State’s official ranking was 31 out of 205 in the Online Education Bachelor’s Programs category based on new research and methodology conducted by U.S. News & World Report. Westfield State offers six online bachelor’s degree completion programs in business management, criminal justice, liberal studies, history, sociology, and psychology. “Westfield State saw the value of and embraced online education early on. Our goal was to provide quality faculty and content that reflects our institutional commitment of making higher education accessible to students wherever they are in life,” said Elizabeth H. Preston, PhD, president, Westfield State University. “Today, online learning is becoming more popular and accepted by employers. Degrees and course work from established programs like Westfield State’s provide credibility when students join or return to the workforce.” These rankings were created in response to today’s high demand for education provided in a flexible manner. With many distractions to detract from schooling, online education has become increasingly popular due to its flexibility. Changes to Methodology for 2014 Per U.S. News, the methodologies behind this year’s rankings changed significantly to reflect additional data and statistical processes used to do the calculations. For the first time, all six rankings include peer review data based on schools’ evaluations of each other. The new rankings alo give greater weight to one-year retention rates, graduation rates and required time to graduate. These changes are the primary factors behind why schools moved up and down in the Sarah Helps Seniors rankings. Data was collected Can from both for-profit and not-forYouinforprofit schools. For more mation about theHelp rankings methodology, go to Sarah? Methodology: Best Online Bachelor ’s Programs Rankings For more information about Westfield State’s online bachelor’s degree programs, please visit www.westfieldontheweb. net How Did This HouseHelp Seniors?


MONDAY, JANUARY 13 Granville Monday Night Meetings in Town Hall 7pm-8:30pm

Tolland Men’s Coffee at PSC Building at 7:45 am Council on Aging Meeting at 9 am Board of Selectmen at 5 am

Chester Selectmen at 6 pm

TUESDAY, JANUARY 14 WestfielD Conservation Commission at 6:30 pm Cultural Council at 7 pm Cable Television Commission at 7 pm

Granville Fire at 7 pm

Tolland Council on Aging at 9 am Conserv Comm Open Office Hours & Business Meeting at 12 pm

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15 Westfield Airport Commission at 7 pm

* MONDAY, JANUARY 20 Granville Monday Night Meetings in Town Hall 7pm-8:30pm Planning Board

Tolland LEGAL HOLIDAY Town Hall Closed All Day Men’s Coffee at PSC Building at 7:45 am * Call ahead for meetings due to observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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Shovel Fire Hydrants “In a fire seconds count,” said Westfield Fire Chief Mary Regan, “so help your fire department protect you and your neighbors buy removing snow from nearby fire hydrants.” Fire oftlcials are urging those who are able to do so shovel snow away from tire hydrants incase access to them is needed quickly. Clear Snow from Furnace and Dryer vents. Keep outside furnace, hot water and dryer vents clear of drifting snow, to prevent flue gases from backing up into the home and creating a carbon monoxide hazard. Clear Snow from Vehicle Tailpipes Last winter, two children from Boston died from carbon monoxide while sitting inside a running vehicles where the tailpipe was clogged with snow. Doctors from the Boston Public Health Commission have created an educational video on CO poisoning that addresses this particular risk. (http:// youtube/7Yy9zXsaeCA)

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You haters can say all you want against our present mayor, Dan Knapik. All I know is he’s approachable, will help you out if he can, and he doesn’t have a “chain of command” attitude. He keeps winning because he connects with the people and isn’t arrogant about his position in this city. Instead of bitching about the man unjustly, why don’t you call his office some day with your gripes and see if your questions get answered. Otherwise, quit whining. 2 comments – 1. the difference between a “minor” accident and a “major” accident is that a “minor” accident happens to someone else and a “major” accident happens to you. No accidents are acceptable due to a lack of sand /salt on the roads. Period. Poor planning is not an excuse DPW. 2. You assume “buttonholing” goes on all the time in all levels of government? Are you a newspaper or not? Good thing there is no competition in Westfield or you might have to do some investigative reporting! I fully expect a bold text snide remark if you choose to print this… Comment: The difference between a minor and major accident is determined by crash investigators. What “investigation” would you like? The fact that politicians ask others for their support on any number of topics from a specific piece of legislation to being nominated for a seat within government? No conspiracies here. OK, thank you. This is a comment for the PVTA: I was wondering if all their bus drivers would carry a shovel with them, they could shovel all the bus stops along Court Street, in front of the Stop & Shop, all along Main Street, so the dumb passengers don’t have to break a leg to get in to pay fare to go to the dumb Walmart. And maybe Walmart would stop the smoking at the bus stop, since everybody is throwing the matches and the cigarette butts. Walmart has too much money to let them do that, with the brand-new store that you can’t get into because there are 1,000 cars parking. Thank you very much. Hello. I was wondering why the Salvation Army hasn’t been put in the paper. You know, the donations. It’s usually put in around Christmas and I haven’t seen it at all. I wondered why. I’m reading the Westfield News, Wednesday, January 8, about the homeless teen housing project that is being proposed. $80,000 of our community preservation money is going to be used towards this? All these projects that can’t get funded any other way, they use these community preservation monies for. That’s a far stretch for open space and low income housing. Give me a break. This is not the use that these monies were intended for. That’s a far stretch. Mayor, city council: don’t let it happen. Join the conversation at

Gallup poll: Liberal self ID at record high

By Lucy McCalmont A record number of Americans identify themselves as liberals, according to a new poll, with the shift largely coming from moderates. Twenty-three percent of Americans identify as liberal, a Gallup poll released Friday shows, noting a steady increase since 2005. Nevertheless, more people are more inclined to identify across other ideologies, with 38 percent identifying as conservative and 34 percent identifying as moderate. This is also the lowest number of moderates since Gallup began asking the question in 1992. Gallup notes that the 15 point gap between liberals and conservatives ties for the smallest margin in both 2007 and 2008. The shift towards liberalism is coming largely from Democrats with 43 percent of Democrats saying they are liberal, a nearly 50 percent increase from 29 percent in 2000. Concurrently, Democrats who identify as moderate is down to 36 percent from 44 percent in 2000, and those Democrats who identify as conservative is down to 19 percent from 25 percent in 2000. There was a slight uptick from 2012 in the number of independents who identify as conservative, from 33 to 35 percent. Additionally, the number of moderate independents decreased from 43 percent in 2012 to 40 percent.

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Campaign volunteers braved the -20 degrees temperature Saturday morning to hold signs and show support for 4th Hampden State Representative candidate John Velis.

Velis shows strong initial support despite frigid temps WESTFIELD - Thirty campaign volunteers braved the -20 degrees temperature Saturday morning to hold signs and show support for 4th Hampden State Representative candidate John Velis. John was overwhelmed by the support on such a frigid day. “For so many people to come out here in this kind of cold weather, hold a sing for me, wave at fellow residents and have the widest of smiles in this temperature humbles me to no end,” said Velis “ I am so excited for this campaign and by the level of support I see this morning so are many others!” Having this many supporters come out in the cold weather and hold signs for over an hour is a strong statement considering the date was only set several days earlier in the week. Organizing a group that large with signs all ready to go shows the seriousness of Velis’s candidacy. 
 “The cold will not keep me away from holding a sign for John,” stated volunteer Pamela Krzyzek. “I’m excited to be part of his team. He’s a perfect fit to be our next state rep!”

Christie: ‘I am embarrassed’ By Maggie Haberman An “embarrassed and humiliated” Chris Christie apologized Thursday to a long cast of characters and fired a top aide for lying to him about her involvement with an apparent act of political retribution that sparked dangerous traffic jams around the New Jersey city of Fort Lee. “It is heartbreaking to me that I wasn’t told the truth,” the New Jersey governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate told reporters at a 107-minute news conference in Trenton. “I’m a very loyal guy, and I expect loyalty in return, and lying to me is not an exhibition of loyalty.” “I am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team. There is no doubt in my mind that the conduct they exhibited is completely unacceptable,” he added. “It showed a lack of respect for the appropriate role of government and the people that were trusted to serve.” Christie announced he had immediately fired Bridget Kelly, a deputy chief of staff in his office who sent an email that it was “time for traffic problems in Fort Lee” at a time when Christie’s campaign was seeking an endorsement from the Democratic mayor of the city. Christie said Kelly had failed to come forward to explain earlier when he challenged his staff say if they had knowledge of the lane closures. “She was not given the opportunity to explain why she lied,” Christie said. The governor also said he was essentially dismissing a close adviser, Bill Stepien, who had managed his campaign and who was on track to take over the New Jersey state Republican Party and to be an adviser to the Republican Governors Association, which Christie currently chairs. Stepien had also told Christie he knew nothing about the issue, but emails disclosed Wednesday showed him involved in communications mocking the citizens of Fort Lee over the traffic caused by the closures after it happened. Later in the day, Christie traveled to Fort Lee to personally apologize to the mayor, Mark Sokolich. The mayor, who initially said Christie should stay away for now, met with the governor and told reporters afterward that he had accepted the apology. “Thank you for the apology. We are grateful for it,” Sokolich said. Christie, whose brusque personality has earned him admirers as well as detractors among both Republicans and Democrats, described himself during his news conference earlier Thursday as being in the process of soul-searching, expressed frustration and said he was outraged that his staff hadn’t been honest with him. But the governor, whose presidential prospects appeared to have dimmed significantly as a result of the scandal, brushed off criticisms of his personality. “I am not a bully,” he said. Christie’s marathon news conference did little to clarify how the scandal transpired, and he allowed for the possibility that there will be more revelations because of the dishonesty of the aides involved. Since he hadn’t been aware of the initial problems, he said it’s possible there will be more information that emerges. A spokeswoman for the office of the U.S. attorney for New Jersey confirmed Thursday that it was looking at the facts surrounding the lane closures to determine if a federal investigation was warranted. The matter was referred to the U.S. attorney by the inspector general for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the agency that controls the bridge. Two of three local access lanes from Fort Lee heading onto the busy George Washington Bridge were suddenly closed starting Sept. 9, a shutdown that lasted four days, causing massive traffic jams, delaying emergency vehicles and slowing down buses taking children to school. Officials from Fort Lee said they couldn’t get answers as to why the lanes were closed, though in the days afterward Port Authority officials said it was part of a traffic study. Democrats soon began alleging that the shutdown was payback against Sokolich, a Democrat who had declined to join other members of his party in endorsing the Republican governor for reelec-

tion. Christie held forth for nearly two hours, insisting time and again he was keeping no cards close to the vest. “I have absolutely nothing to hide,” he told reporters. No, he didn’t plan to step down — a “crazy” question, he said. And he said he kept his distance from the dismissed aides so he wouldn’t be accused of witness tampering with people who will ultimately be called to testify in one of the investigations into the lane closures. “If you lie when I ask you a question, you’re fired,” Christie said, explaining the Kelly situation. He insisted no one directed Kelly to send Wildstein the email in question about “traffic problems in Fort Lee.” As time wore on, Christie appeared less tense, leaning over the podium in his characteristic style as opposed to the stiffer posture he’d assumed at the outset. He dismissed questions about whether he was too much of a political pugilist, insisting that was a caricature of him. So were claims that he and Wildstein were close friends, he said. “I have had no contact with David Wildstein in a long time, a long time — well before the election,” he said. “I did not interact with David. …We didn’t have that kind of relationship.” “You need to understand this. I am standing here resolved to do my job and do what I’m supposed to do,” he added. “But I am a very sad person today. That’s the emotion I feel. A person close to me betrayed me. … I probably will get angry at some point.” Christie alternately took responsibility as the boss and directly faulted aides for causing him to present false information to reporters. He said his staff was invited directly, four weeks ago, to come forward if anyone had knowledge of the traffic mess that occurred in September and which was becoming a mushrooming scandal. He himself was not to blame, he insisted repeatedly. “I also need to apologize to them for my failure as the governor of this state to understand the true nature of this problem sooner than I did,” Christie said, in tones that suggested he was among the victims of the fallout from the scandal. He said that as far as he knew, his team hadn’t approached the mayor for an endorsement, so he didn’t know that there was something negative done to him. “I never saw this as political retribution because I didn’t think he did anything to us,” he said. “I had no knowledge or involvement in this issue, in its planning or its execution,” he said. “ And I am stunned by the abject stupidity that was shown here. Regardless of what the facts ultimately uncover, this was handled in a callous and indifferent way, and it is not the way this administration has conducted itself over the last four years and not the way it will conduct itself over the next four. “ He continued to insist there might still be a traffic study that was at play in the lane closures between Fort Lee and the George Washington Bridge, which spans from New Jersey to New York. Top Christie appointees had insisted the lane closures weren’t political retribution and were in fact part of a traffic study, an explanation the governor himself had supported a few weeks ago. But that was prior to the revelation of the existence of communications between Kelly, Port Authority official David Wildstein — a childhood friend of Christie — and Stepien. “The fact is I came out here and said something that was untrue,” Christie said. “Of course I’ve second-guessed myself [over this mess].” Wildstein on Thursday asserted his right not to testify to a state assembly panel investigating the lane closures. Earlier in the day, he had unsuccessfully tried to persuade a judge to throw out the subpoena calling him before the panel. Christie insisted, “Ultimately I am responsible for what happens under my watch, the good and the bad. When mistakes are made, I have to own up to them. “ But he added, “I was blindsided yesterday morning…. this is not the tone that I’ve set … over the last four years.” Emily Schultheis contributed to this report.


Police Logs WESTFIELD Emergency Response and Crime Report Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 1:15 a.m.: weather complaint, Holyoke Road, a patrol officer reports that Holyoke Road is dangerously icy in the area of the S curves and requests that sanding trucks treat the area, officers also reported that sand is needed downtown and on Western Avenue, Northwest Road, Granville Road, Loomis Road, Sackett Road, Prospect Street Extension and North Road, the DPW was notified; 8:24 a.m.: assist citizen, pioneer Village, 60 Franklin Street, a caller reports he has locked himself out of his running vehicle, the responding firefighters report entry was made; 12:03 p.m.: assault, Powder Mil Village, 126 Union St., a caller reports her neighbor was assaulted, the responding officer reports the female party said that her live-in boyfriend forced his way into the apartment and struck her in her stomach, the woman said that she is pregnant and was transported to Baystate Medical Center as a precaution, the man had left the area and the officer reports he applied for a warrant, see next entry; 4:29 p.m.: assist other agency, Powder Mil Village, 126 Union St., a Department of Children and Families worker requests assistance taking custody of children from the residence due to an earlier incident, the responding officer reports the worker took custody of the children without incident; 6:33 p.m.: fire, Pinehurst Street, a caller reports flames coming from his neighbor’s house, dual response dispatched, the caller called back a few minutes later to report that he had spoken with his neighbor who was burning a Christmas tree, the responding firefighters report the fire was extinguished; 6:41 p.m.: larceny, Henry’s Trailer Park, 868 Southampton Road, a resident reports via the online reporting option that a relative stole a money order from her, the case was referred to the detective bureau; 8:07 p.m.: found property, Arnold Street, a resident came to the station to surrender a cellphone reportedly found in an Arnold Street parking lot, the responding officer reports the phone is locked and the owner cannot be determined, the phone was stored for safe keeping.

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Boston has 1st 2 homicides of new year hours apart BOSTON (AP) — On the same day Boston’s new police commissioner promised a crackdown on violent crime, the city had its first two homicides of the new year. Police say a fight led to a double stabbing in the city’s Hyde Park neighborhood at about 6 p.m. Thursday. One man was pronounced dead at the scene. Nineteen-year-old William Earl faces arraignment on a murder charge on Friday. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer. The victim’s name was not disclosed. Police say a man was shot several times in the city’s Roslindale section just after 11 p.m. Thursday. There was no word on arrests in that case. No names were released. Boston had a 13-year-low of 40 homicides in 2013. Mayor Martin Walsh named William Evans police commissioner on Thursday.


Chi-Gong Exercise Class SOUTHWICK - A new ChiGong exercise class is being offered at the Southwick Senior Center and we are hoping to get more involvement. The goal is to provide gentle movement exercises for adults with health challenges, which will result in more energy, an increase in mobility and reduced stress. Classes will be held at the Southwick Senior Center on Monday mornings from 10-11 a.m. The cost is only $3. Please call for more information 569-5498. No pre-registration necessary.

Volunteer Companions Sought WESTFIELD The Westfield Council on Aging “Companionship Program” is presently in need of Spanishspeaking volunteers to assist homebound elders in Westfield who speak limited English with grocery shopping, transportation to medical appointments and/or friendly visiting. The goal of the Volunteer Companionship Program is to help older adults maintain their independence and sense of well being. It takes only two hours per week and a small stipend is awarded. There is no charge to seniors for the service which is funded by the Westfield Community Development Block Grant program, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Highland Valley Elder Services, Sarah Gillett Services for the Elderly, and private donations. For more information, contact Fran Aguda at the Senior Center at 562-6435.

The library’s passes/discounts include: The Springfield Museums, Amelia Park Children’s Museum, the New Children’s Museum in West Hartford and Roaring Brook Nature Center, Eric Carle Museum, Connecticut Trolley Museum, Massachusetts State Parks Pass, Connecticut Science Center, and the U.S.S. Constitution, Boston. The Friends of the Library passes/discounts include: The Basketball Hall of Fame, Magic Wings, Mystic Seaport, New England Air Museum, Zoo at Forest Park, Holyoke Children’s Museum, and Norman Rockwell Museum.

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Westfield District Court Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 Robert W. Gilmet, 47, of 33 Atwater St., saw charges of breaking and entering with intent to commit a misdemeanor and trespass brought by Westfield police not prosecuted. Melissa L. Gibney, 41, of 868 Southampton Road, saw a charge of assault and battery brought by Westfield police dismissed at the request of the alleged victim. Luis Hernandez Jr., 45, of 197 Wrentham Road, Springfield, pleaded guilty to two charges of shoplifting by asportation brought as separate cases by Westfield police and in each case was fined $100. Joanne M. Krupa, 61, of 234 Dox Road, saw a charge of shoplifting by asportation brought by a local supermarket not prosecuted. Mark R. Jachym, 43, of 284 City View Road, submitted to facts sufficient to warrant a guilty finding for a charge of violation of a protective order brought by Westfield police and the charge was continued without a finding with probation for one year. He was assessed $50. In a second case also brought by Westfield police, Jachym, listed at 128 North Westfield St., Feeding Hills, 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 and the charges were continued without a finding with probation for one year. He was assessed $550, ordered to complete a Drug Alcohol Education Program at a cost of $817.22 and his license was suspended for 90 days. He was found to be not responsible for a state highway traffic violation. Buster Johnson Jr., 61, of 40 Talcott Ave., Springfield, saw charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license brought by Westfield police not prosecuted. Richard K. Rovelli, 22, of 107 Berkshire Ave., Southwick, was released on his personal recognizance pending a March 11 hearing after he was arraigned on a charge of receiving stolen property valued more than $250 brought by Southwick police. Darnell Bynoe, 32, of 232 Centre St., Indian Orchard, saw a charge of armed robbery brought by Westfield police dismissed after he was indicted and arraigned for the same crime in superior court.


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In this photo provided by Brian Patrick Flynn, a guest bedroom by the designer Flynn featured on uses a muted shade of blush on the walls and ceiling. Flynn suggests blush tones will become popular in 2014, but to add a fresh touch, they’ll be paired with masculine tones such as navy blue. (AP Photo/, Sarah Dorio)

In this photo provided by Brian Patrick Flynn the designer Flynn turned to the American West for inspiration when designing this writer’s cabin featured on Flynn thinks cabin-inspired style is going to be a much sought after style for 2014 and will include deep hunter green tones as well as super masculine elements such as western wear, plaids and antlers. (AP Photo/, Sarah Dorio)

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ith a new year come new trends in home design and decorating. Among them: paler walls contrasted with colorful furniture, and plenty of personal expression, design experts say.

COOLEST COLORS Whisper-soft, ultra-pale shades of pink —described by designers as “blush tones” — are back. But the ‘80s haven’t returned, says designer Brian Patrick Flynn says, at least not entirely. “What’s different about blush this time around is what it’s paired with. In 1985, you’d find it paired with mauve and black with tons of shiny brass accents. Flash forward to today and blush is likely to be paired with preppy, masculine tones,” says Flynn, founder of Flynnside Out Productions. His favorite blush paint is Barely Blush from Glidden, which he contrasts with navy blue: “The deep, rich personality of the navy actually washes out the blush, almost causing it to look white, and the overall effect is fresh and gorgeous.” Speaking of white walls, Los Angeles-based designer Betsy Burnham sees those coming back in a big way.

This photo provided by Brian Patrick Flynn shows architectural bunk beds by Interior designer Flynn who says that bunk rooms are becoming more and more popular with homeowners who have awkward bonus rooms which are otherwise hard to furnish. Flynn suggests investing in custom built-in bunks to maximize a home’s sleeping space while also adding a stylish architectural focal point, like this midcentury modern built-in featured on (AP Photo/Brian Patrick Flynn/, Sarah Dorio)

In this photo provided by Brian Patrick Flynn, a FeltWall created by the designer Flynn for puts a fresh twist on felt by using it to create an interactive wall in a boy’s play room. Flynn suggests that felt is becoming increasingly popular for upholstery and crafting and will eventually be used in unexpected ways. (AP Photo/, Sarah Dorio) “I used to think white walls ger,” Schuneman says. looked unfinished,” she says. “People are wanting their “But I’ve completely come homes to reflect a more around on this one, because unique perspective.” white is the ultimate palette So rather than assuming cleanser. It gives every space that everyone will be buying — even the most traditional the same popular items, — a modern edge, and sets the “stores are doing limited stage wonderfully for layers of runs on items more often, color in upholstery, accessolike art in series or a special ries, area rugs and art.” brand collaboration for just a But while wall colors are season,” he says. getting softer and paler, the Burnham agrees. opposite seems to be happenHomeowners are increasinging with furniture. ly looking to “large-scale “Strong colors on upholwall hangings” and other stery are becoming more of pieces of art to express themthe norm,” says Kyle In this photo provided by Brian Patrick Flynn the designer selves, she says, rather than Schuneman, founder of Live Flynn created a tween girl’s room for that features doing it with bold wall color. Well Designs, who spent a the a shade of red-violet similar to the Pantone color of the “Boy, am I sick of accent chunk of 2013 designing his year for 2014. Flynn suggests pairing the color with neutrals walls. I really believe that first line of furniture, in col- like white and black to make it a bit lighter and more playful. trend is out! I vote for art laboration with retailer Apt2B. (AP Photo/Brian Patrick Flynn/, Sarah Dorio) every time,” Burnham says. He opted to create sofas in “If you’re looking for somebright blues and shades of thing to cover big, blank orange because “a bright sofa is no longer just for a creative areas, shop on Etsy for macrame pieces. They add such wonoffice waiting room,” he says. “People are bringing them into derful texture to your walls, and artists like Sally England have their homes.” brought them back into vogue.” One bold color to approach carefully this year: red-violet. She also recommends hunting for vintage posters that speak “Red-violet is the Pantone color of the year for 2014,” Flynn to you. Find them through online dealers and auction houses, says. “As a designer whose specialty is using color, let me tell and then frame them in a group. you something: Red-violet is about as complex as it gets.” “While the vintage ones are a bit of an investment,” “My trick for using it right is pairing it with black, white and Burnham says, “they can be a lot more reasonably priced than brass,” he says. “It’s not all that overwhelming, since it’s bal- large-scale paintings and photographs.” anced by the neutrality of the black and white, and made a bit Another way Americans are increasingly customizing their more chic and regal with the brass.” space, according to Flynn: Western-inspired décor. “For years I’ve seen taxidermy make its way into mainTOP TEXTURES stream design, yet reinvented in new ways. Lately, I’ve been looking to Ralph Lauren-like cabins of the Western United “For accessories, the trend seems to be getting away from States for inspiration in my own home. I think a lot of cabincolor and going more into rich textures like horn, aged metallics inspired colors such as pea greens, hunter greens and camouand linens,” Schuneman says. “The absence of color is becom- flage-inspired prints will become super popular.” ing chic for smaller items.” Flynn’s cabin in the north Georgia mountains is currently One texture Flynn says will have a big moment in 2014: felt. decorated in pea green and accented with heavy, masculine “Have you looked at Pinterest lately? It’s like every fifth fabrics, Western hats and antlers. photo you see involves felt! Ever since the handmade movement kicked in back in 2010, felt has been used in unexpected ways TACKLING AWKWARD SPACES and in a modern fashion,” Flynn says. “What makes it such a favorite for designers is how easy it is to work with. It’s amazing “Tons of new-construction homes have awkward bonus for door upholstery due to its stiffness. It makes for awesome rooms” that homeowners aren’t sure how to furnish, Flynn craft material, since it’s easy to cut and stitch, and it’s awesome says. for kids.” One suggestion: “Why not turn that space into an extra An easy project for even the DIY-challenged: “I modernized sleeping area that can accommodate multiple guests, but in a the classic kindergarten felt wall in a boy’s room by covering a super-stylish, architectural manner? That’s where the art of wall with batting, then literally upholstering it with white and built-in bunks comes in,” Flynn says. blue felt, then cutting tons of felt into random objects and char“I turned a dated attic into a bunk room and play space for acters to give the kids something interactive and stylish.” two young brothers by using one wall as floor-to-ceiling, midcentury-style bunks. This isn’t exactly cheap to do, but it’s FRESH INSPIRATIONS well worth the investment since it maximizes space and adds an architectural focal point, albeit one that’s functional, to “The idea of personalization is becoming stronger and stron- otherwise dead space.”




Ring in 2014 with best recent crafting books JENNIFER FORKER Associated Press As we ring in a new year, let’s not forget the crafting books that came before. A look at some of the best of 2013: TRADITIONAL CRAFTS: CROCHET, SOAP, JEWELRY As a longtime knitter, my New Year’s resolution is to learn how to crochet. Storey Publishing has obliged with the fifth in its OneSkein Wonders series, an enticing grab bag of a book called “Crochet One-Skein Wonders,” edited by Judith Durant. The idea is clever: Provide an eclectic mix of projects, including purses, toys, hats and shrugs, that require only one skein (or ball) of yarn, proving there’s more to crochet than you can shake a hook at. Also on my list: “Crochet at Home,” edited by Brett Bara (Interweave), with 25 projects, including four small nesting dolls and a copper wire-crocheted bowl. Although I’ll need to start with something simpler, I can aspire to these. “Resin Alchemy,” by Susan Lenart Kazmer (Interweave), is aimed at mixed-media and jewelry artists and bursts with fantastic ideas. Learn the basics for using resin, and then let your imagination take flight in jewelry-making and other projects. Handmade soap pops up at farmers and crafts markets with increasing regularity. In “Soap Crafting” by Anne-Marie Faiola (Storey), the entire process, including molds and additives, is explained in a simple format and with lots of photos. If you’ve


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wanted to try “saponification” (the chemical reaction that occurs in soap-making) but shied away from the caustic materials, particularly lye, this book might entice you to explore the basics. FOR KIDS, AND THE YOUNG AT HEART “Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids” (Potter Craft) surveys years of the magazine’s projects and packs the best for kids into one handy tome. There are friendship bracelets, sewing projects and tie-dye. Some of the best are scientific experiments, such as growing salt crystals and making a giant bubble wand. “Photo Doodles” (Quirk

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Books), by ViiZ — the creative team of Vahram Muratyan and Elodie Chaillous of Paris — provides pages of black-andwhite photographic images for kick-starting creativity, from blank postcards to a garden gnome who needs a home. “Fabric Paper Thread,” by Kristen Sutcliffe (C&T Publishing), offers simple crafts primarily for teens and anyone new to embroidery. Basic stitches are explained, and the copious photos help. My two teenage girls liked the no-sew leather bracelet and the beaded tassel necklace. “Pom-Poms!” by Sarah Hwy in Southwick. All are welcome to join us for this entertaining afternoon concert.


Goldschadt and Lexi Walters Wright (Quirk Books) puts the easy-to-make, soft-andsquishy pom-pom to new use: in bouquets, on pillows and curtains, and made into rings and brooches. Three methods for making pompoms are explained, and suggested materials include recycled T-shirts and plastic bags. “Beastly Crochet,” by Brenda K.B. Anderson (Interweave), includes 23 scary-cute critters for play and wear. The sugar skull shoulder bag may appeal to the teen crowd, while younger kids might enjoy wearing the fanged bunny slippers. INSPIRATIONAL

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Two books from Amphoto Books help parents, bloggers and others take better photographs. “Your Child In Pictures,” by Me Ra Koh, shares tips for catching toddlers and young children at their best. For photographing older kids, her tips include inviting creative collaboration, asking permission and allowing for prep time. She offers guidance on which everyday moments deserve capturing, and her technical advice shines. Meanwhile, “A Beautiful Mess,” by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, covers portraiture, lighting, backdrops and other tricks for getting a professional look.

The book stems from the sisters’ blog of the same name. “Tie-Dye: Dye It, Wear It, Share It” by Shabd SimonAlexander (Potter Craft) comprehensively covers the history, dyes, fabrics and methods of tie-dye. Nearly two dozen patterns are shown in projects that give tie-dye an upscale appeal. “Fabric Surface Design” by Cheryl Rezendes (Storey) describes techniques such as stamping, silk-screening and image transfers for designing one’s own fabric. It’s thoughtprovoking, and the section on traditional marbling techniques is intriguing (there are even instructions for marbleizing with shaving cream, which might be fun to do with kids). “Creating Art at the Speed of Life” by Pam Carriker (Interweave) encourages artists to take risks, stretch skills and explore new media. It begins with advice on handcrafting an art journal for exploring color, texture, light and more during Carriker’s 30-day plan. There are few crafting books as gorgeous as “Lena Corwin’s Made by Hand” (STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book), a hefty hardcover teeming with projects from this textile designer and illustrator and her creative friends (including the author of the tie-dye book above). From weaving and knitting to printing and beading, the projects are fitting for solo work or a crafting party. Crochet’s five basic stitches are illustrated, so I may be learning crochet sooner — and faster — than I’d planned.

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Obituaries James S. Burkott WESTFIELD - James S. Burkott entered into the arms of our Lord on December 30, 2013. He was born on January 5, 1970 to Joseph and Alice (Aspinall) Burkott. Jim graduated from Westfield Vocational School and attended STCC. Multi-talented, Jim created many beautiful projects with wood and masonry. He was also a talented guitarist and poet. Besides his parents, Jim leaves his beloved children; Alexandra, John and Jennifer. He also leaves his brother, Michael and his wife Deborah (Enko) Burkott; sister, Patricia Simonowicz and her husband Joseph; his loving aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins and his many friends from childhood and through his life. Jim was predeceased by his brother and best friend, John Burkott. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held on Saturday, January 18th at 10:00 a.m. in the New Life Christian Center, 157 Dartmouth Street, Westfield. Donations may be made to any charity.

Teachers Continued from Page 2 remarkable leader both inside and outside the classroom. She has an “open-door” policy with students, parents, faculty and staff – parents are welcomed into the classroom to assist students during guided reading and center time and she provides them with a monthly newsletter to inform them of classroom happenings and curriculum to be covered. She serves as a leader among the staff, mentoring other teachers, lending a helping hand to those in need of encouragement and support and currently training in ELA Common Core to help implement the work within Woodland Elementary. Mrs. Dion is an active member of the National Education Association, the Massachusetts Teacher Association and formerly the Negotiations co-chair for the Southwick Education Association. She has been nominated twice for the Grinspoon Teacher of Excellence Award and is an overall outstanding and wellrespected educator. The RMHC was pleased to recognize Mrs. Dion and Mrs. Madru with the Local Hero Award and both Woodland Elementary School Principal Kimberly Saso and North Middle School Principal Christopher Rogers note that the grant money from the award will be put to good use with the teachers’ input. There is no application or nomination process for the RMHC Local Hero Awards. Instead the local charity works closely with partnering organizations, such as the Connecticut Association of Schools, Connecticut State Department of Education and Massachusetts Department of Education to identify these “heroes” throughout the region.

CPA Continued from Page 1 arm of the Western Hampden Historical Society, the owners of the historic structure, made the roof repair using materials, cedar shakes, which would have been used during the period when the house was originally built. The group also repaired the brick chimney original to the Dewey House while the roof work is being done. O’Brien said that while the chimney work was proceeding it was discovered that the original lime and mortar was causing a problem with venting the furnace. “The chimney keeps clogging up and the furnace is connected to the chimney,” O’Brien said. CPC Chairman Joe Muto said “if the heating appliance is venting into a chimney that is clogged it’s an unsafe situation because those exhaust gases are coming back into the building.” O’Brien said the Trustees are looking at several options to resolve the problem. One option is to install a dedicated vent pipe, connected to the furnace, up through the chimney. If that option is not viable, O’Brien said, another option is to replace the oil furnace with a gas system which would have a direct vent to the outside. O’Brien said that $4,000 of the original appropriation would be used, if allowed by the committee, to resolve the venting issue. Committee member Dan Kelly said the funding has already been appropriated by the City Council and the committee could vote to expand the scope of work to include the proper venting of the heating system, which is related to the chimney work. Kelly’s motion was approved by a 5-0 vote. The committee also considered another request to expand the scope of work. The committee voted several years ago to approve the appropriation of $426,000 for the acquisition of the Boardman Property on Montgomery Road and construction of athletic fields on the site. Jim Blascak, Program Coordinator of the Park & Recreation Department, reported that the original scope of work has been completed and that there is a balance of $96,000 of the appropriated funding remaining. Blascak requested CPC approval to use that remaining funding for other site improvements, such as seeding the fields and erecting scoreboards. CPC member Bill Porter said that before committee considers that request it should have detailed plans of both the improvements and cost estimates associated with that additional work. “I’d like to see some detail of what he’s proposing,” Porter said. CPC Member Vince Olinski said that the committee has time to request that additional information. “None of that work can be done at this time because of the weather, so why not put this off to our next meeting (April 10, 2014) to get more information?” Olinski asked. The discussion then moved to the issue of accountability of funds appropriated for specific projects. CPC Joe Muto said the board should have tighter control of the funding. “We should be getting a budget breakdown and what is not used comes back to us so it can be applied to other projects,” Muto said. “I don’t want to set a precedent, having people sit on those remaining funds, thinking of how else they can use it.”

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Millions of animals need human help during freeze SUE MANNING Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Backyard rabbit Mr. Bun-Buns has been calling a bathroom home for nearly a week, police K-9s have been relieved of chase duty in deep snow, feral cats got sugar and straw from a lot of good Samaritans and Ormsby, a skinny, toothless, blind and geriatric goat with a tendency to wander has been locked in a barn. As a fierce freeze gripped much of the country, animal lovers were rushing to protect pets, livestock and police dogs from historically icy temperatures that have led to deaths, transit shutdowns and school closures. The blast of polar air breaking records in the Midwest, East and South sent shelters and pet owners scrambling to keep sensitive paws and wet noses warm. Veterinarians say the smaller the animal, the higher the risk of freezing to death. In dogs and cats, shivering and lethargy are the first two signs of trouble. “The smaller you are, the more body surface you have, and the quicker you will lose body heat,” said Dr. Douglas G. Aspros, immediate past president of the Illinois-based American Veterinary Medical Association. Subzero wind chills have been widely registered, and Aspros, who has offices in White Plains and Pound Ridge, N.Y., says they are a big factor because wind strips heat from pets faster. If you need to warm a shivering animal, a quick and easy way is to heat a towel in the dryer and wrap it around them. Many animals will be comfortable if they’re moving but get cold when they slow down, said Dr. Brian Collins of the small animal clinic at Cornell

“Napoleon” sports a sweater as he is walked by his owner, who declined to give his name, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 in New York. Frigid air that snapped decades-old records will make venturing outside dangerous for pets as well as people. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, N.Y. “They may refuse to walk because their feet are so cold,” he said. “They might alternate picking up their feet because they don’t want to leave them down too long. I have seen little dogs just fall over. They will pick up one, two and three feet and fall right over.” The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s dogs are still on patrol with their handlers, but they aren’t being deployed for extended outdoor searches, Lt. Benny Diggs said. All dogs are different, but a K-9 might be able to search for only 15 or 20 minutes in deep snow before showing signs of trauma to the legs, he said. Ice under snow can cut their feet and salt in wounds is painful. “We haven’t had anything like this in forever. You can’t even put chemicals down because they just freeze,” Diggs said. Cats are probably the most resourceful animals in the cold, and feral cats are particularly hardy because they are so used to the outdoors, said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies in Baltimore.

But in this kind of a freeze, a helping hand could save a lot of lives, she said. She says Samaritans have been making cheap, outdoor shelters with plastic tubs or foam coolers set off the ground and lined with straw. Blankets gather moisture, she said, and will freeze, so they use straw. She recommends putting water in plastic, rather than metal, bowls, with a pinch of sugar because it doesn’t freeze as quickly, she said. It still has to be refreshed often, though. The vets warned drivers to check before starting cars because cats, domestic and feral, are drawn to warm engines and car hoods. An open clothes dryer is a warm spot that could lure an indoor cat, so keep the door shut. Livestock will head for the barn when cold. At the 175-acre Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, all 640 horses, cows, sheep and goats were given shelter from the cold and snow, national shelter director Susie Coston said. That includes Ormsby, locked up for his own good. Ormsby and at least 25 of the calves, sheep and other old goats are wearing coats specially made for them by a volunteer.

Chickens are susceptible to frostbite on their wattles and combs, Coston said, so they are covered with Vaseline. At Dr. Caroline Flower’s office in Chester, Conn., every dog through the door has been wearing a coat this week. Receptionist-technician Cathy Troncoso said her dogs would be wearing them too, but they don’t make the outerwear big enough to fit her two 125-pound Pyrenees dogs. The cold forced colleague Ashley Bogert to move her backyard rabbit, Mr. Bun-Buns, into her bathroom. “He loves it,” she said, but she’s looking forward to getting the room back to herself.

Cat survives cold days stuck in Attleboro tree

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — A cat that spent several days stuck in a tree when temperatures frequently plunged below zero with the wind chill has been rescued and appears to be in good health. Annuki, a male orange tabby, was rescued from about 40 feet up in the tree in Attleboro just before nightfall on Thursday. Annuki’s owner, Matthew Aod, tells The Sun Chronicle ( ) he let his cat out on Monday night and he disappeared. He finally got a call from a neighbor on Wednesday who heard Annuki in the tree. The Animal Rescue League of Boston came to the scene and got Annuki down.

School Week Continued from Page 1 for a decade. When he began serving as acting Superintendent in 2003, Hopson wrote a letter to then-State Representative Daniel F. Keenan detailing his stance on the matter and requesting support for legislation to alter the measurement of educational contact time. “If this legislation is approved, schools like Gateway will be able to examine alternative school calendars… to save money without further decimating classrooms,” he wrote. The district was experiencing severe financial hardships at that time, seeing reductions in its Chapter 70 state funding, regional transportation, and a painfully slow reimbursement on building projects from the School Building Assistance Bureau (SBAB). This perfect storm of fiscal distress led Hopson to spearhead the motion for the shortened school week currently being investigated in Buckland. “We began to look at this option in January as a cost saving measure,” Hopson wrote in 2003. “In some preliminary research, we have found that school districts, over 100 to date, that have adopted the four-day week not only save money, but also see no reduction in student performance on standardized testing.” When the district began seeking a waiver for the day requirement from the state that year, then-Superintendent Dr. Donald Nicoletti sought to increase the length of the school day to compensate for the lost day, a measure that Hopson believed would enable the district to reduce its transportation costs without being forced to make further cuts, as it had already been forced to cut over $1.3 million from its budget by laying off over 25 professional staff, over 10 support

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staff, and three principals, while simultaneously reducing the hours of 12 additional staff members. “Without either legislation or a waiver from the Department of Education allowing us to complete our required hours in less than 180 days, we will be forced to further reduce our teaching staff, which will negatively impact student learning,” Hopson concluded, a sentiment he sticks by to this day. “I certainly support Mike in his efforts to research this potential to maintain educational opportunities in an era of ever-decreasing resources,” he said. “And would welcome any movement by the DESE to provide districts

the flexibility to be creative in meeting state and federal mandates.” Other rural districts such as Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional, which covers four fewer towns than Gateway and about 150 fewer square miles than Mohawk, are less receptive to shortening their school weeks. “It’s really not something we’ve considered,” said STGR Superintendent Dr. Jay Barry. “We only have three towns and we don’t have the same kind of geography (as Gateway or Mohawk). Apart from Greenfield and Frontier Regional, Mohawk covers most of Franklin County.” Barry said he would be

hesitant to support a move to a four day week, despite the potential for considerable transportation savings, and he is skeptical that the shortened week improves student performance. “Those are two big questions. I’m not convinced that we save enough to make it worthwhile,” he said, adding that suddenly instituting a three-day weekend throws a monkey wrench into the traditional structure of the American family. “You have to be careful of the impact this would have on families. The five day work week is a societal institution, and (a shortened school week) would mean big changes.”

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Westfield’s Cherie Johnson, right, snaps up the rebound as a Ludlow defender, left, watches. Westfield’s Jules Sharon, left, looks for the pass as Ludlow’s Alyssa Guyon, foreground, (Photo by Frederick Gore) attempts the block. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Bombers rout Lions; Rams roll By Chris Putz Staff Writer WESTFIELD – The Westfield High School girls’ basketball team handled Ludlow on Thursday. The Bombers defeated the Ludlow Lions 51-30 to improve stay a game above .500 at 3-2. Alicia Arnold led Westfield with 16 points. Arnold made four 3-pointers. Karly Mastello finished with six points and 12 rebounds for the Bombers. “It was a really good defensive game obviously,” said Westfield coach Ralph Loos, whose team makes a quick return to the court Friday night in Amherst. Southwick-Tolland 46, Mohawk 37 Southwick improved to 6-0 with another stellar effort on the road.

Southwick had a comfortable lead going into the fourth quarter before Mohawk applied intense pressure late, and a physical attack. “Our girls pulled it out,” Rams’ assistant coach Rick Harriman said. Morgan Harriman led Southwick with 18 points. Rams’ Ashley Shea and Katelyn Sylvia scored eight and seven points, respectively. JV RESULTS Southwick 32, Mohawk 9 Tori Richburg netted a double-double for Southwick with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Amber Nobbs had eight points for the Rams. “Our defense, again, kept us in this game,” Southwick coach Rick Harriman said. BOYS’ HOOPS Easthampton 63, Southwick-Tolland 30 Three players scored in double digits to lead

Easthampton – Mike Palaschak notched 14 points, followed by Sam Garner (13) and Dakota Wheeler (11).

Southwick failed to produce a double-digit player. The Rams lost in Junior Varsity play, 60-58.

Westfield’s Karly Mastello, center, looks for the net as Ludlow’s Mia Jeronimo, left, and Stephanie Guillen, second from right, attempt the block during the second period of last night’s game in Westfield. Looking on is Westfield’s Cherie Johnson, right. (Photo by Frederick Westfield’s Kari Paton, center, snags the rebound in the third period of last night’s game against visiting Ludlow. (Photo by Frederick Gore) Gore)

St. Mary vs. Gateway Gateway’s Chelsi Derrig, second from left, attempts to stay in control of the ball as St. Mary’s Lauren Chapdelaine, left, and Karissa Foley move in during the first period of last night’s game in Huntington. Looking on is Gateway’s Caroline Booth, right. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Westfield’s Richard Barnett (21) dribbles the ball up the court against the Cathedral defense. (Photo by Chris Putz)

WHS vs. Cathedral

Westfield’s Manny Golob (25) attempts to corral a rebound against Cathedral Thursday night at American International College in Springfield. (Photo by Chris Putz)

Gateway’s Joanna Arkoette, center, dribGateway’s Caroline Booth, left, looks for St. Mary’s Karissa Foley, left, and Gateway’s bles past St. Mary’s Francesca DePergola, the net as St. Mary’s Stephanie Allen, right, Jessie Walton, right, battle for control during rear center, and Stephanie Allen, right. attempts the block during the first period. last night’s game in Huntington. (Photo by (Photo by Frederick Gore) (Photo by Frederick Gore)

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SATURDAY January 11

SWIMMING vs. East Longmeadow, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ JV HOOPS at Amherst, 5:30 p.m. INDOOR TRACK at Central, Smith College, Northampton, 6:45 p.m. BOYS’ V HOCKEY vs. GrotonDunstable Regional, Amelia Park Ice Arena, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS at Amherst, 7 p.m.


WRESTLING DUALS Gateway included), 9:30 a.m. GIRLS’ HOCKEY (Cathedral/WHS/ Long.) at Leominster, Gardner, 5:30 p.m.

GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. Longmeadow, 7 p.m.

INDOOR TRACK at East Longmeadow, Smith College, Northampton, 3:45 p.m. SWIMMING vs. Longmeadow, 4 p.m. SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East, 5 p.m. BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Sci-Tech, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. Longmeadow, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Sci-Tech, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ HOCKEY (Cathedral/WHS/ Long.) vs. Auburn, Cyr Arena, 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY January 15

THURSDAY January 16

WRESTLING at Ludlow, 7 p.m. BOYS’ JV HOCKEY at Simsbury, International Skating Center, 7:30 p.m.

SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East, 5 p.m. GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. Northampton, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. Northampton, 7 p.m.


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

BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Belchertown, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. Smith Academy, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at Belchertown, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. Smith Academy, 7 p.m.

WRESTLING at Hampshire, 7 p.m.

GIRLS’ JV HOOPS at Easthampton, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS at Easthampton, 7 p.m.

GATEWAY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ JV HOOPS at Franklin Tech, 5 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS at Franklin Tech, 6:30 p.m.

WRESTLING at Westfield Duals, 9:30 a.m.

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

WRESTLING at Franklin Tech, 7 p.m.

SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East, 5 p.m. BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Pathfinder, 5 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Pathfinder, 6:30 p.m.

SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East, 5 p.m. GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. Sci-Tech, 5 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. Sci-Tech, 6:30 p.m.


BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Franklin Tech, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at Franklin Tech, 7 p.m.

GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. Putnam, 4 p.m. BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Gateway, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Gateway, 7 p.m.

SAINT MARY HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Pathfinder, Westfield Middle School South, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Pathfinder, Westfield Middle School South, 7 p.m.

BOYS’ HOCKEY at Turners Falls, Collins/Moylan Arena, 6 p.m.

BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Pioneer Valley Christian School, Westfield Middle School South, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Pioneer Valley Christian School, Westfield Middle School South, 7 p.m.

BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Westfield Voc-Tech, Westfield Middle School South, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOCKEY at Greenfield, Collins/Moylan Arena, 6:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Westfield VocTech, Westfield Middle School South, 7 p.m.

BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Holyoke Catholic, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. St. Joe’s, Westfield Middle School North, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at Holyoke Catholic, 7 p.m.


Ice Hockey DAY Saturday Tuesday Thursday Thursday Saturday Thursday Saturday

DATE OPPONENT Jan. 11 FRAMINGHAM STATE Jan. 14 at Southern New Hampshire Jan. 16 SALEM STATE Jan. 23 at Fitchburg State Jan. 25 at UMass Dartmouth Jan. 30 WORCESTER STATE Feb. 1 PLYMOUTH STATE


Feb. 6

TIME 5:35 7:30 7:35 7:00 4:30 7:35 5:35

at Framingham State

Men’s Basketball DAY Saturday Saturday Tuesday Saturday Tuesday Saturday Tuesday Thursday Tuesday Saturday Tuesday Saturday Tuesday Thursday Saturday

DATE Jan. 11 Jan. 18 Jan. 21 Jan. 25 Jan. 28 Feb. 1 Feb. 4 Feb. 6 Feb. 11 Feb. 15 Feb. 18 Feb. 22 Feb. 25 Feb. 27 March 1

OPPONENT at Bridgewater State at Salem State WORCESTER STATE MCLA at Fitchburg State at Framingham State BRIDGEWATER STATE at Western Connecticut SALEM STATE at Worcester State at MCLA FITCHBURG STATE MASCAC Quarterfinals MASCAC Semi-finals MASCAC Championship

TIME 3:00 3:00 7:30 3:00 7:30 3:00 7:30 7:00 7:30 3:00 7:30 3:00 TBA TBA TBA

Saturday Saturday Thursday Saturday Tuesday Saturday Tuesday Saturday

Feb. 8 Feb. 15 Feb. 20 Feb. 22 Feb. 25 March 1 March 4 March 8

at Salem State FITCBHURG STATE UMASS DARTMOUTH at Worcester State PLYMOUTH STATE MASCAC Quarterfinals MASCAS Semifinals MASCAC Championship


Sunday Jan. 19 Jan. 25 Saturday Saturday Feb. 1 Friday Feb. 14 Saturday Feb. 15 Sunday Feb. 16

Wild-card Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 4 Indianapolis 45, Kansas City 44 New Orleans 26, Philadelphia 24 Sunday, Jan. 5 San Diego 27, Cincinnati 10 San Francisco 23, Green Bay 20 Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 11 New Orleans at Seattle, 4:35 p.m. (FOX) Indianpolis at New England, 8:15 p.m. (CBS) Sunday, Jan. 12 San Francisco at Carolina, 1:05 p.m. (FOX)

San Diego at Denver, 4:40 p.m. (CBS) Conference Championships Sunday, Jan. 19 AFC, 3 p.m. (CBS) NFC, 6:30 p.m. (FOX) Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 26 At Honolulu TBD, 7:30 p.m. (NBC)

Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2 At East Rutherford, N.J. AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 6:30 p.m. (FOX)


BRIDGEWATER STATE at University of Saint Joseph (CT) WESTERN CONNECTICUT New England Championships New England Championships New England Championships University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

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American Profile

Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track and Field DAY DATE OPPONENT Jan. 18 Coast Guard Invitational Saturday Jan. 25 Springfield College Invitational Saturday Feb. 1 Dartmouth College Invitational Saturday Feb. 8 MIT/Boston University Invitationals Saturday Saturday Feb. 15 MASCAC/Alliance Championships Feb. 21-22 New England Division III Finals Fri.-Sat.

Place New London, CT Springfield Hanover, N.H. Boston Southern Maine MIT (M); Springfield (W)

Fri.-Sat Feb. 28 All New England Championships March 1 March 7-8 ECAC Division III Championships Fri.-Sat March 14-15 NCAA Division III Championships Fri.-Sat.

Boston University Reggie Lewis Center @Devaney Center Lincoln, NE

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at Bridgewater State



Jan. 14

at Castleton State



Jan. 18

at Salem State



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at Fitchburg State



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Feb. 25

MASCAC Quarterfinals



Feb. 27

MASCAS Semifinals



March 1

MASCAC Championship




Women’s Swimming & Diving DAY

5:35 7:35

Brain Power Mental athletes show how training and exercise can sharpen memory, the most fundamental process housed within the human brain.


FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2014 - PAGE 11


Westfield State storms past Framingham

WSU blasts Becker, 8-1

By Chris Putz Staff Writer WESTFIELD – Junior forward Grant Cooper and freshman guard Jesus Sanchez tied for game-high honors with 16 points to rally Westfield State to a resounding 68-49 comeback victory over Framingham State in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball opener on Thursday, Jan. 9. Westfield, which outscored Framingham, 40-14, in the final 15 minutes after a sluggish first half, improves to 8-4 overall and 1-0 in the MASCAC. Framingham drops to 4-8 and 0-1. It was a tale of two halves for the Owls, who trailed 29-21 at the break. Westfield did hold a 17-16 lead but the final 10 minutes of the first half were disastrous for the Owls as they were outscored 13-4. Westfield finally began clicking on both ends of the court in the second half. Trailing 35-28, the Owls went on a 13-0 run for a 41-35 lead with 12:51 remaining. Dan Tessier keyed the comeback with a 3-point basket at the beginning and end of the key scoring spurt. The teams traded baskets over the next six minutes then Westfield went on a 9-0 run to take a 58-44 lead with 4:27 remaining. Keying the scoring spurt were guards Robby Jones and Sanchez and reserve forward Tchuijo Nkamebo, who blocked two shots. As poorly as the Owls shot in the first half (27 percent), the Rams’ shooting was even

MARLBOROUGH – in the second period to give Westfield State University them a commanding 5-0 lead. defeated Becker College, 8-1, The Ice Hawks finally got on in non-conference men’s ice the board 1:09 into the third hockey action Wednesday, Jan. period when Justin Erhart (St. 8, at the New England Sports Paul, Minn.) backhanded a pass Center. from Connor Merrick The win ups the Owls record (Manchester, N.H.) past the to 5-7, while the Ice Hawks fall dive of Westfield State goalie to 1-9-2. Eddie Davey (Orangeville, Westfield got on the board Ont.). nine minutes into the game Westfield State made the when Taylor Murphy (Toronto, score 6-1 when Jackson Leef Ont.) fed Dalton Jay (Hamilton, (Fort Wayne, Ind.) rebounded a Ont.) from behind the Hawks Justin DeVincentis (Ancaster, net for his sixth goal of the seaOnt.) shot, lifting it past the son. outstretched glove of backup The Owls added to their lead goalie Shaun Millerick. with 7:09 remaining in the first The Owls finished off the period when TJ Powers (East TJ Powers returned to the Ice Hawks with late goals Greenwich, R.I.) broke through lineup after being side- from TJ Powers and Maxime the Becker defense, beating Greg lined six games with an Richard, making the final 8-1. Hussey (Medford, Mass.) glove injury to lead Westfield in Westfield goalie Eddie scoring (2 goals, 1 assist) Davey turned away 25 shots side. The Owls increased their lead in the Owls’ 8-1 rout of to improve his record to 5-2 to 3-0 with 5:31 remaining in the Becker College. on the season. Greg Hussey second period when freshman and Shaun Millerick Jake Suvak (Parma Heights, (Hampton, N.H) combined to Ohio) beat Hussey with a wrist shot from just make 41 stops in a losing effort. outside the faceoff circle. Both teams return to ice on Saturday, Westfield padded their lead just 1:18 later January 11 with Westfield hosting Framingham when Tyler Prendergast (Richmond Hill, Ont.) State at 5:35 p.m. in a key MASCAC game, blasted a shot through a screen, making the while Becker hosts Trinity College at 5:50 score 4-0. The Owls added a short-handed p.m. goal from Taylor Murphy with 2:21 remaining

more dismal in the second half when they made only 5 of 27 field goal attempts (18 percent). In addition to his 16 points, Cooper contributed six rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Jones had 12 points and three steals and Tessier totaled 10 points, six assists and four steals. Senior center Carl Stewart scored seven points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Charles Collins was the only Framingham player in double figures with 10 points. George Jordan (9 points, 7 rebounds) and Daniel Gould (9 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals) also paced the Rams.

Westfield freshman guard Jesus Sanchez applies heavy defensive pressure. The Owls played exceptional defense in the second half when they outscored Framingham, 47-20. (Photo by Mickey Curtis)

Ashton’s 27 rallies Westfield State WESTFIELD – Junior guard Jen Ashton (Beverly) poured in 27 points to rally Westfield State University to a 76-71 victory over Framingham State University in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball opener on Thursday. Westfield, which went on a huge 20-2 second-half scoring run, improves to 1-0 in the MASCAC and 7-5 overall with the key early season victory. Framingham is 0-1 and 6-6. Led again by the trio of Ashton (27 points, 5 assists, 4 steals), junior center Gabby Felix of Springfield (13 points, 9 rebounds) and sophomore guard Keri Doldoorian of Whitinsville (15 points, 8 assists), the Owls rallied from a 11-point deficit with some hot second-half shooting. Westfield shot 62 percent (16-26) from the field in the second half, including 5 for 8 from 3-point range. Trailing

Westfield scored 12 straight points in a 2:24 span for a 55-54 lead, and took its biggest lead of the second half, 63-56, with 10:12 remaining. Ashton scored 15 secondhalf points and Felix finished with 11 points and six rebounds in the second stanza; the 6-0 center from Springfield Commerce High School was sidelined with early foul trouble and only played five firsthalf minutes. Ashton assisted in sealing the victory with two long-range bombs in the closing minutes. Her 3-point basket with 2:56 remaining gave Westfield a 70-64 lead. Framingham scored five straight points to Jen Ashton is surrounded by close within a point, but Ashton a trio of Framingham players drained her biggest three-ball during first-half action. (Photo for a 73-69 Owl advantage at by Mickey Curtis) the 1:35 mark. She made 4 of 5 54-43 with 15:03 remaining, trey attempts in the second the Owls went on their 20-2 half. A jumper in the paint by scoring surge to take a sevenFramingham freshman center point lead five minutes later.

Alycia Rackliffe (Feeding Hills/Agawam HS) made it 73-71 at the 1:14 mark. But a Felix layup with 15 seconds remaining followed by a Framingham turnover sealed the victory. Westfield did take an early 17-11 lead but Framingham scored 29 points in the final 11 minutes of the first half for a

40-36 intermission edge, with Felix and sophomore starting forward Forbasaw Nkamebo saddled with foul trouble. Four Framingham players scored in double figures, led by senior guard Kristen Hoffman’s 17 points. Rackliffe had 14 points and eight rebounds. Junior guard Margo McCarthy of nearby Southampton

(Hampshire Regional HS) tallied 10 points and eight boards and Nicole Bostic contributed 10 points and nine rebounds. Guard Johanna Annunziata dished a game-high 11 assists. The Rams shot 37 percent from the floor in both halves and were 7 for 22 from beyond the arc.

2013-14 High School Winter Standings GIRLS’ HOOPS Westfield 3-2 Southwick 6-0 St. Mary 0-5 Gateway 0-0* BOYS’ HOOPS Westfield 2-4* Southwick 0-5 Westfield Voc-Tech 1-0* St. Mary 0-4 Gateway 4-1 HOCKEY Westfield 2-1* St. Mary 2-1 BOYS’ SWIMMING Westfield 5-0 GIRLS’ SWIMMING Westfield 4-0-1 BOYS’ INDOOR TRACK Westfield 0-0

GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK Westfield 0-0 BOYS’ SKIING Westfield 0-0 GIRLS’ SKIING Westfield 0-0 WRESTLING Westfield 0-1 Southwick-Tolland 0-0* Gateway 0-0* *No Report

Thursday’s Results

GIRLS’ HOOPS Westfield 51, Ludlow 30 Southwick-Tolland 46, Mohawk 37 BOYS’ HOOPS Easthampton 63, Southwick-Tolland 30

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf d-Indiana 28 7 .800 — 8-2 L-1 17-1 11-6 20-5 d-Miami 27 9 .750 1½ 7-3 L-1 16-3 11-6 17-7 Atlanta 19 17 .528 9½ 5-5 W-1 13-5 6-12 13-10 d-Toronto 17 17 .500 10½ 7-3 W-1 7-8 10-9 12-10 Washington 16 17 .485 11 6-4 W-2 7-8 9-9 13-9 12 6-4 W-3 10-7 5-11 12-10 Chicago 15 18 .455 Charlotte 15 21 .417 13½ 3-7 L-1 8-11 7-10 12-11 Brooklyn 14 21 .400 14 5-5 W-4 9-9 5-12 8-13 Detroit 14 22 .389 14½ 2-8 L-6 6-12 8-10 13-11 New York 13 22 .371 15 5-5 W-3 6-12 7-10 11-12 Boston 13 23 .361 15½ 1-9 L-6 8-10 5-13 10-12 Cleveland 12 23 .343 16 2-8 W-1 10-8 2-15 9-18 Philadelphia 12 23 .343 16 5-5 L-2 7-9 5-14 7-12 Orlando 10 25 .286 18 2-8 L-5 7-11 3-14 8-13 Milwaukee 7 27 .206 20½ 2-8 L-3 3-13 4-14 6-18 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf d-San Antonio 28 8 .778 — 7-3 W-3 14-5 14-3 17-6 d-Portland 27 9 .750 1 5-5 W-1 14-4 13-5 14-7 Oklahoma City 27 9 .750 1 5-5 L-2 15-3 12-6 17-7 d-L.A. Clippers 25 13 .658 4 6-4 W-2 16-3 9-10 16-7 Houston 23 13 .639 5 6-4 W-2 15-5 8-8 13-11 15-12 Golden State 24 14 .632 5 9-1 L-1 11-4 13-10 Phoenix 21 13 .618 6 7-3 W-1 12-5 9-8 16-10 Dallas 20 16 .556 8 5-5 L-1 12-6 8-10 11-12 Denver 18 17 .514 9½ 4-6 W-4 10-8 8-9 10-13 Minnesota 17 18 .486 10½ 5-5 L-1 10-7 7-11 7-13 New Orleans 15 19 .441 12 4-6 L-3 9-6 6-13 7-14 Memphis 15 19 .441 12 5-5 L-1 7-12 8-7 9-15 14 1-9 L-3 8-10 6-12 9-16 L.A. Lakers 14 22 .389 Sacramento 11 22 .333 15½ 4-6 W-1 7-13 4-9 8-15 Utah 12 25 .324 16½ 6-4 W-1 7-10 5-15 7-18 Wednesday’s Games San Antonio 112, Dallas 90 Toronto 112, Detroit 91 Brooklyn 102, Golden State 98 Atlanta 97, Indiana 87 Houston 113, L.A. Lakers 99 Washington 102, New Orleans 96 Phoenix 104, Minnesota 103 Portland 110, Orlando 94 L.A. Clippers 111, Boston 105 Thursday’s Games New York 102, Miami 92 Denver 101, Oklahoma City 88 Friday’s Games Washington at Indiana, 7 p.m. Detroit at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Houston at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Charlotte at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Phoenix at Memphis, 8 p.m. Dallas at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Miami at Brooklyn, 8 p.m. Chicago at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Cleveland at Utah, 9 p.m. Orlando at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Boston at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Saturday’s Games Houston at Washington, 7 p.m. Brooklyn at Toronto, 7 p.m. New York at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. Phoenix at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Charlotte at Chicago, 8 p.m. Milwaukee at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. New Orleans at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Orlando at Denver, 9 p.m. Boston at Portland, 10 p.m.

EASTERN CONFERENCE GP W L OT Pts GF GA Pittsburgh 45 32 12 1 65 147 107 Boston 44 28 14 2 58 128 98 Tampa Bay 44 26 14 4 56 126 106 Philadelphia 44 23 17 4 50 117 119 Montreal 45 25 15 5 55 115 106 Washington 43 21 16 6 48 132 131 Detroit 44 19 15 10 48 115 125 Carolina 44 19 16 9 47 111 125 N.Y. Rangers 45 22 20 3 47 111 121 Toronto 45 21 19 5 47 123 138 Ottawa 45 19 18 8 46 129 145 New Jersey 45 18 18 9 45 104 113 Columbus 43 19 20 4 42 117 126 Florida 44 17 21 6 40 104 137 N.Y. Islanders 45 16 22 7 39 124 149 Buffalo 43 12 26 5 29 75 120 WESTERN CONFERENCE GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 46 33 8 5 71 155 116 St. Louis 43 31 7 5 67 160 97 Chicago 46 29 8 9 67 169 127 San Jose 45 28 11 6 62 148 115 Los Angeles 45 27 13 5 59 118 93 Colorado 43 27 12 4 58 127 111 Vancouver 45 23 13 9 55 121 113 Minnesota 46 24 17 5 53 112 115 Phoenix 43 21 13 9 51 130 131 Dallas 43 20 16 7 47 123 132 Nashville 45 19 20 6 44 108 135 Winnipeg 46 19 22 5 43 125 139 Calgary 44 15 23 6 36 100 142 Edmonton 46 14 27 5 33 119 161

Wednesday’s Games Philadelphia 3, Montreal 1 N.Y. Rangers 3, Chicago 2 Colorado 4, Ottawa 3, OT Thursday’s Games Florida 2, Buffalo 1, SO New Jersey 1, Dallas 0 Carolina 6, Toronto 1 Washington 4, Tampa Bay 3 Anaheim 4, Nashville 3 St. Louis 5, Calgary 0 Minnesota 4, Phoenix 1 Los Angeles 4, Boston 2 San Jose 4, Detroit 1 Friday’s Games Dallas at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Washington, 7 p.m. Carolina at Columbus, 7 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Colorado, 9 p.m. Pittsburgh at Edmonton, 10 p.m. St. Louis at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Saturday’s Games Tampa Bay at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Chicago at Montreal, 7 p.m. Florida at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Ottawa at Nashville, 7 p.m. Columbus at Winnipeg, 7 p.m. Colorado at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Anaheim at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Pittsburgh at Calgary, 10 p.m. Detroit at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Boston at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

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Annie’s Mailbox By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar

Don’t Miss Her Dear Annie: My relationship with my mother has always been challenging. When she could no longer grab me by the hair and shake my head, she adopted inappropriate behavior with my boyfriends, called me stupid, worshipped my brothers and sister-in-law over me, and much more. The final straw came in a telephone conversation. My mother said she was tired from being out the other day with a friend. She asked, “Do all old people get tired when they go out?” I didn’t want to compare her with my father, who works hard and had visited me earlier that week. I replied, “All old people age differently.” My mother then commenced some heavy and deliberate sighing that lasted the remainder of the call while I tried to make conversation. I politely said goodbye. When it was time for me to make my annual call to her, I picked up the phone and started to dial but hung up before reaching the last number. I have not called my mother since. That was three years ago. My mother is now 83. I do not believe I am holding a grudge, although that has been suggested to me. I am just so hurt and ashamed that my own mother would reject me the way she has. When is it OK to say enough? -- Don’t Miss Her Dear Don’t: The final straw was a phone call where Mom mostly sighed? And after three years, you are still angry. We recognize that Mom mistreated you when you were younger, but you spoke to her only once a year. It’s not a grudge so much as an inability to deal with Mom’s behavior, and it remains unresolved, which mostly hurts you. Ask yourself how you would feel if Mom died without any further contact. If that bothers you even slightly, please talk to a professional and find a way to work through this, whatever the outcome. Dear Annie: My wife and I have been married for 15 years. It seems that if I don’t initiate sex, we never have any. I have told her what I would like, but she shows no interest. She just lies there and neither moves nor makes a sound. I don’t know whether I am giving her any pleasure. I have discussed my concerns with her and have asked what she would like in the bedroom, but she always says, “Everything is fine. I like what we do.” I am frustrated. I really love my wife and don’t want to end the relationship, but I have been having thoughts about finding another lover who will fulfill my needs in the bedroom. Please help. -- Not Sure What To Do Dear Not Sure: Your wife may feel inhibited about sex, which is why she is silent in the bedroom and won’t discuss her preferences. It’s also possible that she doesn’t enjoy sex, for physical or emotional reasons, and has no interest in working at it. Instead of talking about likes and dislikes, tell her that her stoic reaction to sex saddens you and that it is threatening the stability of your marriage. Ask her to go with you to see a marriage counselor or a professional sex therapist. Dear Annie: I read the letter from “Working Hard,” who futilely complained to her boss and human resources about a fellow employee who isn’t doing his share of the work. Everywhere I have ever worked, there are people who do more than asked and people who do so little it’s maddening. I have come to the realization that complaining about lazy coworkers is a waste of time. Management would rather put up with a poor employee than admit they made a mistake in hiring or promoting that person in the first place. -- W.C. Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to

HINTS FROM HELOISE REMEMBER WHEN Dear Heloise: When I dye my hair, I cut the box where it says the color number, and on the back I write the date that I dyed it. I keep it in my medicine cabinet to have a reference when I need to dye again. -- A Reader, via email COOLER COOLER Dear Heloise: After one too many parties without enough cold drinks for all of our guests, my husband and I were at a loss. We didn’t like buying ice and filling coolers, only to hunt for a place to drain them (we don’t have a yard, and dragging them through the apartment building was NOT an option!). We now use the washing machine. We fill the top loader with ice and the canned drinks. As the ice melts, it drains from the machine, and you’re left with no mess! For a couple who entertains often, this has been a party-saver! -- Gemma in Chicago DUSTY SHADES Dear Heloise: I use a lint roller to clean dusty lampshades. Works like a charm, especially if you have pets and have a lot of hair around the house. -- A Reader, via email Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, or you can fax it to 1-210-HELOISE or email it to Heloise(at) I can’t answer your letter personally but will use the best hints received in my column.



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ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHH A positive attitude helps, but you might need to seize the pulpit in order to be heard. Others tend to respond to your way of thinking, and most likely that will be the case again. When push comes to shove, people will be on your side. Tonight: Take charge. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHHH You will know exactly what you want to do. A complication from someone else or from your schedule could force you to change your plans. Try not to be a perfectionist; be willing to accommodate the alterations in your life. Tonight: All smiles. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHH Know when to pull back and do some much-needed thinking. You don’t always need to have the right answer at the right time. Realize the power in allowing others to come up with solutions, too. You might reach a consensus that way. Tonight: Time to relax. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHH Zero in on what you want. When sharing your plans with family members, you might meet some resistance. Don’t assume that others want the same things you do. You have time to make an adjustment and keep everyone happy. Tonight: Where the action is. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH You could be overwhelmed by what you need to do in order to have a situation go the way you want. You can come up with a solution if you tap into your creativity. You might have little choice but to go with the most obvious answer. Tonight: On center stage. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHH When others’ frustrations take over, you will try to find a solution. What you arrive at might not please everyone, but it certainly will be a lot better than the present problem. Make it OK if someone wants to add his or her two cents. Tonight: Let the fun begin. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHH Deal with someone special in your life on a one-on-one level. This person can be quite difficult at times, but you can handle his or her energy. Relate individually and not in crowds. Your perspective on this person seems to be quite accurate. Tonight: Dinner for two. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHHH Your intensity is met by a partner’s endurance. You are equals, but you both demand control. Make a point to juggle different aspects of your personalities, and realize that you will have to meet this person halfway. Tonight: Go along with a suggestion. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHH Pace yourself, and if you screen calls from friends, you might be able to have your day go as you had planned. You might have mixed feelings about someone close to you, as the issue of trust keeps arising. Try to remain levelheaded. Tonight: Choose a favorite way of relaxing. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHHH Your imagination tends to be quite active, but rarely do you express it fully. You could find opposition from others, as they likely will catch on that you are holding back. Try to express this facet of your personality more often. Tonight: Have fun. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHH Listen to news more openly. You could feel like you are dealing with someone who is a stick in the mud. Changing your attitude might make your interactions with this person a little easier. Tonight: Be sure that you really want to go out; home might feel more comfortable. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHHH You might wonder what the results would be if you were to remain positive no matter what. Add a comment or two to enrich a project or an interac-



tion. Others might be more receptive than you realize. Your sunny disposition means a lot. Tonight: At a favorite haunt.

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$100. REWARD. LOST: BRACELET, black leather and silver on 12/5/13. Vicinity Westfield Shops parking lot possibly Friendly's, Big Y areas. (508)685-7949.

WESTFIELD - Applications for the 33rd annual Colleen Contest are now available at the Sons of Erin Club located at 22 William Street, Westfield and also at Westfield High School, Westfield Voc-tech High School, St. Mary’s High School, Gateway Regional High School and Southwick-Tolland Regional School.   Applications must be postmarked by January 14. Interested contestants must be between the ages of 17 and 22, of Irish Heritage, have never been married and have no children.  Applicants must be a resident of Westfield, Southwick, Granville, Blandford, Chester, Huntington, Montgomery, Russell or a daughter of a member of the Sons of Erin.  The Colleen and her court will represent the Sons of Erin and Westfield at various events in 2014 including the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Among other prizes, the Colleen will receive a voucher for a trip to Ireland. The Colleen Ball will be held on Friday, February 7, 2014 at Chez Joseph in Agawam, Ma.  Tickets will be available soon at the Sons of Erin.

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Mohegan Sun Bus Trip $18.00 per person Monday January 13, 2014 Bus Leaves Southwick Town Hall 8 a.m. sharp Bus will leave Mohegan Sun 3:30pm for 5:00 arrival at Town Hall Includes $15 meal credit and $20 in Big 6 Wheel free bets (subject to change without notice) To reserve seats contact Cara at P&R 413-569-5701 Or email:

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SOUTHWICK - The Southwick Public Library and its Friends Association have 15 area passes/discounts available for check out to its adult patrons in good standing.   Each pass is allowed out for two days, may be checked out by a family once per month, and are $5 per day past due. The library’s passes/discounts include: the Springfield Museums, Amelia Park Children’s Museum, The New Children’s Museum in West Hartford and Roaring Brook Nature Center, Eric Carle Museum, Connecticut Trolley Museum, MA State Parks Pass, Connecticut Science Center, and the U.S.S. Constitution, Boston. The Friends of the Library passes/discounts include:  the Basketball Hall of Fame, Magic Wings, Mystic Seaport, New England Air Museum, Zoo at Forest Park, Holyoke Children’s Museum, and Norman Rockwell Museum.

Westfield GED Program Announces Spring Classes WESTFIELD -Westfield Community Education (WCE), an area community youth and adult, alternative evening education program of Domus Inc. will be holding an “Open Registration Night” on January 14 at the Westfield Athenaeum beginning at 5:30pm in the Lang Auditorium. Candidates will complete paperwork and take an assessment. Classes are 30 weeks in length and begin January 21. Three levels of classes are offered in addition to a Computer Literacy and Career Development course which are available to all residents of Greater Westfield. Classes are free with a small charge for the text To date this year, 44 area residents have received their high school equivalency diploma through WCE. For more information, contact 568-1044 or go to Sustaining support for WCE is provided by The Beveridge Family Foundation, the City of Westfield CDBG, the Westfield Athenaeum, Westfield Bank Future Easthampton CanFund, You Help Sarah? Savings Bank, Kiwanis Club of Westfield, First Niagara Bank, Shurtleff Children’s Services, Western Mass Hospital, Berkshire Bank, and Babson Capital.

WESTFIELD - Starting January 18, the Boys and Girls Club will now be opening their pool on Saturday mornings from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. for a public swim. Kids and adults of all ages are welcome to participate. The cost is only $5 per family. In addition to the public swim, the club will also be offering Saturday swimming lessons. For $30, kids ages 2.5 to 5 can take Tiny Bubbles swimming lessons for 4 Saturdays in a row from 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. For $50, kids ages 6 and up can take swimming lessons for 4 Saturdays in a row from noon to 12:45 p.m. Participating children get to have fun and make new friends while they learn how to kick and paddle across the pool. The class is instructed as a whole, but due to the small class size each child is given individual one-to-one time depending on their needs and abilities. Children are taught how to properly breathe in the water and how to do simple dives. Most importantly, children are taught techniques to keep them safe when they get close to the deep end. To enroll your child in swimming lessons, or to learn more about the club’s new Saturday swimming opportunities for children and adults, please contact Kellie Brown or Lerryn Godden at 413-562-2301 or visit our website at www.

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0340 Apartment 1 BEDROOM, recently remodeled efficiency apartment. Quiet neighborhood, off street parking, appliances included, washer/dryer hookups. $600/month no utilities. First, last, security. Non smoker, no pets. (413)374-8803.

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. GRANVILLE, QUIET, SECURE location. 2 bedroom, 2nd floor, utilities, laundry hookups. $800/month. New Year's Special. (413)231-2015. 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 WESTFIELD 1 bedroom apartments, large closets, free heat and hot water included, laundry, parking. Possible pet. $785/month. (413)562-2266.

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. WESTFIELD 3 BEDROOM, kitchen, livingroom, bath, 2nd floor. $950/month plus utilities. First, last, security. (413)250-4811.


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0340 Apartment WESTFIELD, 2nd floor, 2 bedroom, kitchen, living room, bath, enclosed porch. No pets. $825/month plus utilities. First, last, security. (413)250-4811.

WESTFIELD reconditioned, 2 bedroom condo. $795/month W E S T F I E L D 2 & 3 b e d r o o m heat included. For sale or rent. available. Large yard, washer & Call (603)726-4595. dryer hook-up. No smoking. No pets. Off-street parking, quiet n WESTFIELD large 1 bedroom, e i g h b o r h o o d . P l e a s e c a l l off Mill Street. First floor, re- ( 4 1 3 ) 5 1 9 - 7 2 5 7 . cently updated. $650/month plus utilities. First, last, security re- WONDERFUL 1&2 bedroom quired. Available mid January. apartments in beautiful down(860)335-8377. town Westfield. Carpeting, AC, parking. Starting at $540/month. Call Debbie at (413)562-1429. WESTFIELD Large 3 bedroom, 1-1/2 bath on first floor. Lovely neighborhood off Western Ave. 0345 Rooms Hardwood and tile floors throughout. Newly renovated. HUNTINGTON 1 room with Garage. Washer/dryer hookup in heat, hot water, cable TV, air basement. Dianna (413)530- conditioning included. Refrigerator and microwave. $110/week. 7136. (413)531-2197.


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HUNTINGTON 1 room with heat, hot water, cable TV, air conditioning included. Refrigerator and microwave. $110/week. (413)531-2197.

MONTGOMERY 5 miles from WHS. Beautiful office. $350/month includes utilities and WiFi. 2 adjoining offices. $525/month. Call (413)9776277.

0400 Land LAND FOR SALE in West Springfield-Tatham Section. Building 100ft. by 314ft., $40,000. Call for details (413)495-2059.

LARGE FURNISHED ROOM. Parking, bus route, walking dist a n c e t o a l l a m e n i t i e s . 0380 Vacation Rental $120/weekly. Responsible mature male preferred. Non- E N G L E W O O D , F L O R I D A . smoker. (413)348-5070. Lovely home for vacation rental. Two bedroom, two bath, garage. ROOM TO RENT in a quiet Close to beaches. Text/call for neighborhood. Kitchen and laun- details, 413-543-1976. dry privilege. Heat, A/C, utilities. Available now to non-smoker. $600/month, Westfield. (413)355-2338 or (413)562- 0400 Land 7341.

CHICOPEE, Bluebird. Remodeled throughout, 2 bedrooms, 12'x51' + 10'x12' + 8'x16' p o r c h , w i t h a l u m i n u m r o of $53,500. (413) 593-9961. DASAP.MHVILLAGE.COM.

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.

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.

0350 Apt./House Sharing ROOMMATE WANTED to share mobile home. Please call for more information (413)5726708.

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

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

Home Improvement

DAVE DAVIDSON BATHROOM & KITCHEN REMODELING. “GET IT RIGHT THIS TIME” Complete Bath Renovations. Mass. License #072233, Mass. Registration #144831. CT. HIC. #0609568. Now serving CT. Insured. MASTER ELECTRICIAN 40 years ex- Quality Work on Time on Budget WAGNER RUG & FLOORING, LLC. 95 perience. Insured, reasonable prices. Since 1984. (413)569-9973. MAINLINE DRIVE, WESTFIELD. No job too small. Call Tom Daly, (413)568-0520. One stop shopping for all your floors. Over 40 years in business.

Chimney Sweeps HENTNICK CHIMNEY SWEEPS. Chimney repairs and rebuilds. Stainless steel caps and liner systems. Inspections, masonry work and gutter cleaning. Free estimates. Insured. Quality work from a business you can trust. (413)848-0100, 1-800-793-3706.

(413)543-3100. Lic# A7625.

Flooring/Floor Sanding A RON JOHNSON’S FLOOR SANDING. Installation, repairs, 3 coats polyurethane. Free estimates. (413) 569-3066.



A DUMP TRUCK. Attic, cellars, yard, scrap metal removal. Seasoned FireCOMPUTER HELP AVAILABLE. In wood. (413)569-1611, (413)374-5377. home training. Network setup, data recovery and much more. For more inforA.R.A. JUNK REMOVAL SERVICE. mation call John (413)568-5928. Furniture, trash, appliances. Full house cleanouts, basements, attics, yards. Drywall Furnace and hot water heater removal. T-BEST DRYWALL. Complete profes- 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE. sional drywall at amateur prices. Our Free estimate on phone. Senior disceilings are tops! Call Mike 413-821- count. Call Pete (413)433-0356. 8971. Free estimates. KINGER PAINT & DRYWALL. Interior, exterior, ceiling repair, drywall damage, cabinet refinishing, specializing in textured ceilings. Fully insured. Call (413)579-4396.

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.

BRUNO ANTICO BUILDING REMODELING.Kitchens, additions, decks, rec rooms, more. Prompt, reliable service, free estimates. Mass Registered #106263, licensed & insured. Call Bruno, (413)562-9561. C&N CARPENTRY. Suspended ceilings, home improvements and remodeling. Licensed and insured. Call (413)262-9314. COPPA HOME IMPROVEMENTS. Remodeling, home restoration, home repairs, finish basements, bath/kitchen trim/woodwork, siding/decks, windows/ doors. CSL 103574, HIC Reg.147782. Fully licensed and insured. Free estimates. Call Joe (413)454-8998.

House Painting

Plumbing & Heating

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

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

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

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 A NEW LOOK FOR 2014. Let Home Decor help. Interior painting and wallDelcamp (413)569-3733. papering, specializing in faux finishes. Servicing the area over 12 years. Call Kendra now for a free estimate and decorating advice. (413)564-0223, TOM DISANTO Home Improvements - (413)626-8880. The best choice for all interior and exterior building and remodeling. Specializing in the design and building of residential additions, since 1985. Kitchens, baths, siding, windows, decks, porches, sun- PROFESSIONAL PAINTING & WALLrooms, garages. License #069144. MA PAPERING. Quality workmanship at low, Reg. #110710. FREE ESTIMATES, low prices. Interior/Exterior Painting & REFERENCES, FULLY INSURED. Call Staining, Wallpaper, Ceiling Repair & Tom (413)568-7036. Spray. Free Estimates. Call Steve at (413)386-3293.

PAUL MAYNARD CONSTRUCTION. All your carpentry needs. Remodeling specialty. Additions, garages, decks, siding. Finish trim, window replaceHome Improvement ment. Kitchens designed by Prestige. AMR BUILDING & REMODELING. (413)386-4606. Sunrooms, decks, additions, bathrooms, window and door replacements and more. MA. Reg. #167264. Licensed and fully insured. Call Stuart RICHTER HOME Building & Remodeling. Specializing in home improveRichter (413)297-5858. ment services. Roofs, windows,

Landscaping/Lawn Care


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

ALL CALLS RETURNED! Fall SNOWPLOWING, SNOW BLOWING, cleanups, curb side leaf pickups, mow- SHOVELING. Call Accurate Lawn ing, aerating, overseeding, dethatching, Services, (413)579-1639. mulch & trimming. Free estimates. Ask for Mel (413)579-1407. Tree Service LEAVES -CURB SIDE LEAF REMOVAL - FALL CLEAN UPS. Call for your free Quote today! You rake um' & Leaf the rest to us. Residential and Commercial, Fully Insured. Visit our website at for all of our services! Bushee Enterprises, LLC. (413)569-3472.

doors, decks, finished carpentry, remodels, additions, basement refinishing, and much more. Quality work from a punctual, reliable and experienced home improvement company. Licensed and Insured. MA CSL #97940, MA HIC #171709, CT HIC #0633464. Call Dave Richter for an esYARD CLEANUP, thatching, leaf brush timate (413)519-9838.

A BETTER OPTION - GRANFIELD TREE SERVICE. Tree Removal, Land Clearing, Excavating. Firewood, Log Truck Loads. (413)569-6104. AMERICAN TREE & SHRUB. Professional fertilizing, planting, pruning, cabling and removals. Free estimates, fully insured. Please call Ken 5690469.

Home Maintenance

CONRAD TREE SERVICE. Expert removal, hedge/tree trimming, mulch/stone, mowing. Call Accurate tree removal. Prompt estimates. Crane work. Insured. “After 34 Lawncare, (413)579-1639. years, we still work hard at being #1.” (413)562-3395.

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

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


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

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