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Informational meeting about refugees held at the American Inn By GREG FITZPATRICK Correspondent SOUTHWICK – About 45 residents, some from the American Inn, gathered at the American Inn for an informational meeting regarding refugees. The event was hosted by W.A.R.M. (Welcoming Assistance Refugee Ministry), a group of churches who are working to help refugees settle in the area. Shirley Anderson is a member of

W.A.R.M. and she started off the event by welcoming everyone in attendance before she introduced the guest speakers. The guest speakers were Mohammed Najeeb and Liliya Pantus, who both work for Ascentria, which is an organization that helps refugees once they come to the United States. The speakers are based out of the Westfield Ascentria office and partners with W.A.R.M.

Najeeb, who arrived in America as a refugee from Iraq in 2009, discussed the diversity of America as well as the refugees. “We are many, and from many backgrounds, and so are those coming from our country,” said Najeeb. According to Najeeb and Pantus, the refugees they deal with at Ascentria have come from Iraq, Ukraine, Somali, Bhutan, Congo, Burundi, and Syria.

Najeeb began to speak to the crowd about the process Ascentria goes through with the refugees when they reach the United States. Ascentria members will pick up the family from the airport and then proceed to help them get the proper housing, food, and clothing. An important aspect to helping the refugees become settled in their new area is having them learn the culture around them.

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City looking for ideas to better lower income areas By DAN DESROCHERS Correspondent WESTFIELD—The city’s Community Development and Planning Office is seeking ideas from the public on how to use grant money to continue to better the city. Community Development will be holding two meetings to solicit thoughts from the public on Jan. 24, with one meeting at 11 a.m. and the other at 6 p.m. The meetings will be held in room 315 of City Hall, 59 Court St., Westfield. The office is planning on taking the information and thoughts provided by residents to try and find ways to spend grant money being awarded by the state to help low- to moderate-income neighborhoods and households. “The whole program’s objective is to provide assistance to low- to moderateincome families through facilities, renovation, employment and housing rehabilitation,” Peter J. Miller, director of Community Development, said. Notable previous projects include the Whitney Park Playscape, which provided children with more modern and safer playground equipment, as well as the Franklin Avenue School sidewalk repair, which provided safer passageway for

It can be things like learning to operate a house, or how to ride the bus. Najeeb addressed the crowd to explain just how critical those examples can be for the refugees. “To you, it’s simple, for them (refugees), it’s complicated.” Ascentria continues to help the people not only become more acquainted with their surroundings,

By DAN DESROCHERS Correspondent WESTFIELD—Residents and city officials are still confused following another noise mitigation meeting and one official said the program may not survive. Residents of Westfield met at the North Middle School auditorium to once again discuss the noise mitigation program with representatives from Wyle Engineering, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Barnes Regional Airport. The meeting was held after the FAA felt that too much time had elapsed since the last changes occurred to the program. The noise mitigation program—also known as the Noise Compatibility Program (NCP)—was designed by Wyle, in conjunction with FAA regulations and the city’s input, to lessen the impact of noise from the airport on residents, homes and businesses. The program utilizes a noise contour map, which is based on mathematical contours from the variety of noise-making vehicles on and around the airport rather than measured decibel levels, to determine what homes are at risk for noise pollution. The result is called the day-night level (DNL), and is essentially an averaged-out decibel level with additional factors put in. This has resulted in two forms of action taken by Wyle if a home is in a

By DAN DESROCHERS Correspondent WESTFIELD—Barnes Regional Airport finally has a new airport manager. Westfield’s Airport Commission announced yesterday that Eric J. Billowitz of Florida, New York, will be Barnes’s new airport manager. Billowitz was hired after being interviewed late for the position—just eight days prior—and after the commission’s first choice, Marcelo Lima, of Birmingham, declined the position. “After a long, extensive search we have found a candidate that has the airport experience we have been looking for, the business experience to take the Eric Billowitz interviews with the department to a new Westfield Airport Commission. level and the industry support that will be able to continue to grow our airport and fill the void left by the departure of Brian Barnes,” Westfield Mayor Brian Sullivan said of Billowitz. Billowitz’s late interview—the process and interviews for the new manager began over the summer—was not due to the commission’s or city’s lack of interest. Instead, Billowitz interviewed late because during the initial search he was committed to his previous position with the airport consultancy firm Steven Baldwin Associates, working on a grant application process for $40 million for a Rochester, New York, airport. The airport was able to successfully get the grant and

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The panel at the noise mitigation meeting. From left to right: Richard Doucette, interim airport manager Adam Houghton, Jane Verbeck, Mel Bake, acoustical engineer manager Yuriy Gurovich, acoustical engineer Patrick Kester.

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Comedians take the stage for WHS Band Benefit

Peter J. Miller, director of Community Development (Photo by Amy Porter)

By LORI SZEPELAK Correspondent WESTFIELD-An entertaining evening of comedy awaits patrons as the bands at Westfield High School sponsor a Valentine’s Day Dinner and Show on Feb. 11. Titled, “A Funny Raising Comedy Show,” the event at the Elks Club on Franklin Street features performances by comedians Darren Rivera, aka “The Rice and Bean Joker,” and headliner Kelly MacFarland, with Kristine Blinn as the host.

Girl Scout cookie sales celebrates Centennial By LORI SZEPELAK Correspondent WESTFIELD-What started as a clever fundraising idea for the Girl Scout Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Ok., in 1917, has blossomed during the past 100 years into a nationwide movement that now boasts eight scrumptious cookie selections.Girl Scout Cookies Mark 100th As Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts (GSCWM), based in Holyoke, kick off the centennial celebration of Girl Scout Cookies with the debut of the new Girl Scout S’mores CookieT®, girls across the region will be setting up their cookie booths at local businesses to sell their classic cookies. While the S’mores are a crunchy graham sandwich cookie with creamy chocolate and marshmallow filling, other offerings include Toffee-tastic®, a gluten-free, buttery cookie packed with golden toffee bits; Do-SiDos®, a crunchy oatmeal sandwich cookie with creamy peanut butter filling; Savannah Smiles®, a crisp, zesty See Girl Scouts, Page 8

Lisa Stawasz, fundraising coordinator for the Westfield High School Band and Orchestra Parents, encourages area residents to attend the event which begins at 6:30 p.m. with a preview of raffle baskets and a 50/50 raffle. Businesses wishing to donate a raffle prize may contact Stawasz for more details. Assisting Stawasz with logistics is Kim Jarrett, treasurer of the Band and Orchestra Parents group. “Funds raised from this event will benefit See Comedians, Page 3 Kelly McFarland is the headliner for “A Funny Raising Comedy Show.”

WGBY Launches Free 24/7 PBS Kids Services

Huntington artist sells prints for ‘MacGyver’ TV show

SPRINGFIELD — Beginning Monday, Jan. 16, WGBY Kids will be a 24/7 multiplatform offering. Families with children can now enjoy the nation’s most trusted, educational content anytime, anyplace. PBS Kids programs will air on WGBY Kids 24 hours each day. Additionally, a live stream will be offered, making it easy for children (typically aged 2–8 years) to watch their favorites series during primetime and other after-school hours when viewing among families is high. The digital stream will be accessible online (where other related interactive games and resources await) via or the PBS Kids app (compatible with most devices as well as such platforms as Roku, Apple TV, Xbox One, etc.).

By AMY PORTER Correspondent HUNTINGTON – Last Monday, Steve Hamlin received an email from his Etsy site ( asking if he would be able to send two prints to a CBS studio in Georgia by January 12. The prints were “Berkshire Sugarhouse,” the other going to be used as set dress- print by Huntington artist Steve ing for the new “MacGyver” Hamlin to watch for on the show. “MacGyver” tv series. (Submitted photo) Hamlin contacted them immediately, and said he could do it if they completed the transaction and he could get to the post office by 4 p.m. That didn’t happen, but he was able to ship them out by Tuesday, and they were expected to arrive by Thursday as needed. Hamlin said the prints were landscapes and fairly small, only 8.5X11 from the original 15×22 paintings that he said are ten years

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Lindsay York and Tyler Carter wed October 8, 2016 Lindsay Nicole York, daughter of John and Paula York of Russell, MA and Tyler Lee Carter, son of Timothy and Wendy Carter of Windham, NH were married October 8, 2016 at the home of the bride’s parents in Russell. James Castro, close friend of the family, officiated the double ring ceremony. The couple were attended by the bride’s brother, Matthew York, his fiancée Julie Dukette, brother-in-law of the groom, Daniel Roy, and friend of the groom Brian Gallagher. Flower girls were the bride’s niece, Brianna York and the groom’s niece, Erika Roy. John H. York, nephew of the bride, was ring bearer. Lindsay wore a Victorian embroidered gown designed by Claire Pettibone. The couple celebrated with 80 friends and family members, to the live music of Chris ‘n’ Rol, and honeymooned on a cruise to Nova Scotia. Lindsay is an insurance accounting lead at The Hartford in Boston. She is a graduate of Smith College and Boston University, where she earned her MBA. Tyler is an analytical biochemist at Momenta Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge. He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The couple resides in Lowell, MA.

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts State Police driver who chauffeured Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito to Cape Cod is apologizing for parking in a spot reserved for the disabled. A reporter for the Cape Cod Times ( ) photographed the black Ford Explorer in the space outside an office building in Hyannis on Thursday. There was no disabled parking placard or license plate visible on the vehicle. The Republican lieutenant governor was on the Cape to attend several events. State police spokesman David Procopio tells the newspaper the trooper made an honest mistake and has apologized for unknowingly violating a “cardinal rule.” Procopio says the unnamed trooper was directed into the space, and neither he nor Polito knew it was a restricted spot. Parking in a disabled spot usually carries a $25 fine in Barnstable.

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Today is Friday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2017. There are 352 days left in the year.


n Jan. 13, 1967, the Rolling Stones’ double-A sided single “Let’s Spend the Night Together” and “Ruby Tuesday” was released in the United Kingdom by Decca Records. (It was released the following day in the United States on the London label).

ON THIS DATE: In 1733, James Oglethorpe and some 120 English colonists arrived at Charleston, South Carolina, while en route to settle in present-day Georgia. In 1794, President George Washington approved a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the Union. (The number of stripes was later reduced to the original 13.) In 1898, Emile Zola’s famous defense of Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, “J’accuse,” was published in Paris. In 1915, a magnitude-7 earthquake centered in Avezzano, Italy, claimed some 30,000 lives. In 1941, a new law went into effect granting Puerto Ricans U.S. birthright citizenship. Novelist and poet James Joyce died in Zurich, Switzerland, less than a month before his 59th birthday. In 1962, comedian Ernie Kovacs died in a car crash in west Los Angeles 10 days before his 43rd birthday. In 1978, former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey died in Waverly, Minnesota, at age 66. In 1982, an Air Florida 737 crashed into Washington, D.C.’s 14th Street Bridge and fell into the Potomac River while try-

ing to take off during a snowstorm, killing a total of 78 people; four passengers and a flight attendant survived. In 1987, West German police arrested Mohammed Ali Hamadi, a suspect in the 1985 hijacking of a TWA jetliner. (Although convicted and sentenced to life, Hamadi was paroled by Germany in Dec. 2005; he is on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list.) In 1990, L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the nation’s first elected black governor as he took the oath of office in Richmond. In 1997, seven black soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor for World War II valor; the lone survivor of the group, former Lt. Vernon Baker, received his medal from President Bill Clinton at the White House. In 2014, a shooting at a Wesley Chapel, Florida, movie theater left Chad Oulson, 43, dead; retired Tampa police captain Curtis Reeves, 71, is accused of killing Oulson during what authorities said was an argument over Oulson’s texting.


Nine people were killed in an apartment building fire in Huntington, West Virginia. Two miners were killed when a roof collapsed inside the Brooks Run Mining Co.’s Cucumber coal mine in McDowell County, West Virginia. The North Carolina state attorney general’s office agreed to take over the sexual assault case against three Duke University lacrosse players at the request of embattled Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong (all three players were later exonerated).

FIVE YEARS AGO: The Italian luxury liner Costa Concordia ran aground off the

Tuscan island of Giglio and flipped onto its side; 32 people were killed. Myanmar freed some of its most famous political prisoners, sparking jubilation among their supporters. Veteran TV newsman Richard Threlkeld, 74, was killed in a car crash on Long Island, New York.

ONE YEAR AGO: Less than a day after 10 U.S. Navy sailors were detained in Iran when their boats drifted into Iranian waters, they and their vessels were back safely with the American fleet. Defense Secretary Ash Carter laid out broad plans to defeat Islamic State militants and retake the group’s key power centers in Iraq and Syria. The Al Jazeera America cable news network said it was shutting down two and a half years after its launch. Three winning tickets split a world-record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Actress Frances Sternhagen is 87. TV personality Nick Clooney is 83. Comedian Rip Taylor is 83. Comedian Charlie Brill is 79. Actor Billy Gray is 79. Actor Richard Moll is 74. Rock musician Trevor Rabin is 63. Rhythm-and-blues musician Fred White is 62. Rock musician James Lomenzo (Megadeth) is 58. Actor Kevin Anderson is 57. Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus is 56. Rock singer Graham “Suggs” McPherson (Madness) is 56. Country singer Trace Adkins is 55. Actress Penelope Ann Miller is 53. Actor Patrick Dempsey is 51. Actress Traci Bingham is 49. Actor Keith Coogan is 47. TV producer-writer Shonda Rhimes is 47. Actress Nicole Eggert is 45. Actor Ross McCall is 41. Actor Michael Pena is 41. Actor Orlando Bloom is 40. Meteorologist Ginger Zee (TV: “Good Morning America”) is 36. Actress Ruth Wilson is 35. Actor Julian Morris is 34. Actor Liam Hemsworth is 27.





BLANDFORD Police Department Meeting at 6 pm Zoning Board Meeting at 7 pm Selectmen’s Meeting at 7 pm

TOLLAND Men’s Coffee at PSC Building at 7:45 am Board of Selectmen at 5 pm Planning Board at 7 pm

Guest speaker Mohammed Najeeb speaks to the crowd about refugee resettlement. (Photo by Greg Fitzpatrick)




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but also help them succeed. Ascentria requires the refugees that are between the ages of 18 and 64, to go to ESL (English as a Second Language) classes four days a week. Having a job is also important, as Ascentria transports the refugees to interviews and assists them with the job process. “Our goal is to help them become selfsufficient,” said Najeeb. Ascentria helps refugees resettle throughout all of Hampden County, but the main communities include


A large crowd of American Inn residents gathered for the informational meeting on Thursday night. (Photo by Greg Fitzpatrick)

Springfield, West Springfield, Westfield, and Chicopee. Pantus, who is from Ukraine and has been in America for 20 years now, started to speak to the crowd and emphasize the meaning of a community and how “we’re all neighbors”. It was meaningful for Pantus to talk about refugees wanting to connect with their community. “How do we get to know each other?” said Pantus. “How do we get to know these cultures?” Ascentria also has a mentoring pro-

gram in which citizens in the community can be assigned to refugees and get to know them by going to their home. Anderson informed the crowd that another informational meeting will take place in February. It will focus on another topic of discussion regarding refugees. The showing from the community pleased Anderson is she is looking forward to the future meetings. “I anticipate it growing,” said Anderson. “I think people are really interested, they have questions.”

School Committee at 5:30 pm Planning Board at 7 pm Commission for Citizens with Disabilities at 7 pm

BLANDFORD Assessor’s Meeting at 5 pm

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HUNTINGTON Conservation Commission at 7:30 pm


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contour of impact. Home acquisition, which is where they purchase the home, find comparable housing for the tenants and then demolish the home due to DNL levels of 65 and over, or sound insulation, which is where improved windows, doors, roofs and central air conditioning units are installed in the homes to reduce noise pollution present within the home due to lower levels of sound. During the meeting, changes to the program from the 2009 version to last year’s version were outlined, followed by a question-and-answer portion in which the public was able to participate. It was during the question-and-answer portion that the residents and city councilors present voiced their concerns over the confusion that has resulted from the program’s implementation. One such point of confusion was related to when a resident declines home acquisition— which is a voluntary program—and instead opts for sound insulation. Based on the NCP’s design, this could result in residents who are in the contour zone of higher levels to be left waiting for several years before any action is taken, as well as a possibility of a changing contour map that would leave them without any mitigation measures. “The FAA suggests not to sound insulate until all homes for acquisition are taken care of. Whoever’s the noisiest gets taken care of first,” Richard Doucette, FAA representative, said. “If you decline acquisition you would have to wait until all other acquisitions are done before being sound-insulated, then those who declined acquisition will be put to top of the list.” Another point of confusion stemmed from the fact that for acquisition, a home needed to be within the zones of impact of over 65 DNL to qualify, but once a homeowner declines acquisition and instead requests noise insulation, they may not qualify for the noise insulation. Wyle senior construction engineer Melvin Baker explained that this is due to testing done at the homes to measure internal decibel levels, rather than based on the contour map. “No testing is needed for a buyout, but if you decline it then you need to meet regulations of interior noise,” Baker said. This interior level has to be at least 45 decibels, and homes that have certain construction standards tend to not qualify in spite of their location and the exterior noise of the home. Another concern voiced by the public was regarding property value where homes are demolished. According to Carol Shannon, resident of Westfield and NCP opponent, property values drop when a home is demolished and a vacant lot is left. “My house comes down, my neighbor goes to sell his home and he has a vacant lot next to his–it devalues his home,” she said. Additionally, she claimed that the acquisition of homes is at times sporadic, which leaves some neighborhoods with occasional vacant lots in otherwise untouched neighborhoods. In the end, Doucette claimed that due to the city being in control of the program it had different standards than other programs, such as the option for noise insulation rather than acquisition, which means that the program will be difficult to keep afloat. “It is a very confusing program, and because it’s so unique it may not survive,” he said. Residents are urged to contact Wyle at Barnes Regional Airport with any concerns.

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the 70 students who are traveling to Florida in May to participate in the Music USA Festival at Universal in Orlando,” said Stawasz. Students involved in the trip represent the concert band, a smaller wind ensemble and the jazz band. Stawasz noted that the band has not traveled to Florida since 1978. Elks Club members will be preparing the menu which includes chicken and pasta with either an alfredo or red sauce, accompanied by salad, rolls and dessert. Dinner will be served promptly at 7 p.m. with the show slated from 8 to approximately 10 p.m. Rivera has been entertaining audiences for more than a decade with his brand of humor that is sarcastic, witty, and real to his life experiences. He is originally from the Bronx, spent his adolescent years in Bucks County, Penn., and started his comedy career in Hartford, Conn. MacFarland is an experienced stand-up comedian with an extensive resume including comedy clubs, theaters, colleges and several television appearances including Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. She has worked extensively with comedian Loretta LaRoche and has been a featured keynote speaker for the American Heart Association’s GO Red for Women campaign. MacFarland shares her life experiences in a refreshing yet playful point of view. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple, and can be purchased by contacting Stawasz at (413) 977-2932. “Our band students do a lot for the city, ranging from performing in parades on St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day, to participating in the mayor’s inauguration,” said Stawasz. “We hope the community will turn out for this important event which will help supplement our traveling budget.”

Westfield Athenaeum Boys’ & Girls’ Library Family Movie WESTFIELD — Kids and their grownups are invited to watch “The Secret Life of Pets” in the Lang Auditorium at the Athenaeum on Saturday, January 14 at 2pm. Snacks and juice will be provided.

Springfield family notifies city of intent to sue SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The sister of a Springfield man who suffered a fatal aneurysm while in police custody has filed a notice of intent to sue the city for $100,000. Jerry Bradley was picked up on a warrant in September 2015 and died in a holding cell while awaiting arraignment. reports that Olethia Bradley notified Mayor Domenic Sarno that the family would seek the legal maximum in compensation for Bradley’s death. Under state law, municipalities must be given six months’ notice to accept, reject or negotiate legal claims before a lawsuit can be filed. The family says Jerry Bradley was unlawfully arrested and suffered for 21 hours before he died. Two officers were suspended for 30 days after the death. Sarno acknowledged receipt of the letter but would not comment on specifics.


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following that, Billowitz was able to interview for the job at Barnes, which just happened to still be open. Billowitz’s experiences beyond working with Steven Baldwin Associates include working with AvPORTS—the airport management company that has been providing Barnes with interim management since the position opened—which he began while he was still in college in 1984. He served with AvPORTS in a variety of management positions at many different airports until 2016, when he took the aforementioned job with Steven Baldwin Associates. According to Sullivan, Billowitz is expected to begin in the airport manager position Friday Jan. 13, on a part-time basis, before transitioning into the role full-time. At the same time, Westfield is expected to terminate its contract with AvPORTS. That contract was previously extended through the end of January as needed, until a replacement was found.





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Contents of Trump’s folders spark speculation BY JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — In the aftermath of President-elect Donald Trump's closely watched news conference, a burning question remains: What, exactly, was in those folders stacked on the desk next to him? The campaign wouldn't let reporters look at them. Trump never got around to discussing the documents. Some of the folders weren't labeled. That leaves it possible the public won't ever know precisely what the pile of papers was — other than another of Trump's stage props. The former reality-TV star with a flair for showmanship has a clear affinity for the political prop. He's appeared with marbled steaks; one of his "Make America Great Again" hats displayed in a glass case; and a 50-foot Christmas tree, intended to underscore his vow to trade what he believed was the politically correct greeting of "Happy Holidays" for his preferred "Merry Christmas." On Wednesday, the six stacks of manila folders were full of the documentation and agreements making official his decision to turn his sprawling business empire over to his sons, Don Jr. and Eric, Trump said. With great flourish, four young staffers carried the piles — in front of snapping cameras — and placed them on the table next to Trump's podium in the minutes before the start of the news conference, his first since July. "These papers are just some of the many documents that I've signed turning over complete and total control to my sons," Trump said Wednesday in the lobby of Trump Tower. But neither Trump nor his lawyer ever picked up, displayed or referenced specifically any of the documents inside. After the news conference concluded, transition staffers blocked reporters from looking at them. And some photos of the news conference show folders without labels and, in some cases, seemingly blank pages inside, setting off a torrent of speculation on social media. Transition officials noted that the Trump business empire was large and complicated, consisting of hundreds of entities, and that a massive amount of paperwork was required. A Trump spokeswoman on Thursday flatly denied there was anything misleading about the display. "As Mr. Trump stated at the press conference, they were just some of the documents required to transition his assets into the trust and additional restructuring," said Hope Hicks. But Hicks did not respond to a second request for an inspection of the documents. And materials sent to reporters about the new Trump Organization structure in the hours after the news conference totaled only six pages. It's not the first time a Trump prop has garnered unexpected attention. He appeared at one of his Florida golf clubs in March, after a pair of primary wins, standing between two tables filled with Trump-branded products. There were bottles of Trump red, white and rose wine, cases of Trump water and two butcher blocks heaping with stacks of giant, well-marbled "Trump Steaks." Trump, who was fuming at the time about Mitt Romney's speech that criticized his business acumen, said he wanted to show off merchandise, touting his water company and retail line. He then moved onto the steaks. "Trump steaks, where are the steaks? Do we have the steaks?" he said. "And by the way, you want to take one, we charge you about, what, 50 bucks a steak?" In fact, "Trump Steaks" are no longer for sale. The venture with The Sharper Image fizzled in 2007. The labels on the steaks displayed that night appeared to match those of another company.

Trump’s Pentagon pick cruises toward likely confirmation By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Retired Gen. James Mattis on Thursday cruised toward likely confirmation as Donald Trump's defense secretary, easily prevailing in a Senate vote granting him an exemption to run the Pentagon as a recently retired officer. At his confirmation hearing, he called Russia the nation's No. 1 security threat, accusing its leader of trying to "break" NATO. The Senate voted 81-17 to approve legislation overriding a prohibition against former U.S. service members who have been out of uniform less than seven years from holding the Defense Department's top job. The restriction is meant to preserve civilian control of the military. The House Armed Services Committee backed the waiver in a 34-28 vote; the full House will take up the matter Friday. Mattis, 66, spent four decades in uniform, retiring in 2013 with a reputation as an effective combat leader and an astute strategist. Separate from the override legislation, the Senate will vote later on Mattis' nomination and will almost certainly confirm him. The only other exception to the seven-year rule was made for the legendary George Marshall in 1950, the year Mattis was born. Even some of Trump's strongest critics have supported the waiver for Mattis, arguing that his experience and temperament can serve as a steadying influence on a new president with no experience in national security. It was unclear if President Barack Obama would sign the legislation allowing Mattis to take up the post, or if it would fall to Trump after his inauguration. At an uncontentious confirmation hearing, Mattis sketched an international security scene dominated by dark images of an aggressive Russia, resurgent China and violent Mideast. He described Iran as a major destabilizing force, called North Korea a potential nuclear threat and said the U.S. military needs to grow larger and readier for combat. "We see each day a world awash in change," Mattis said. "Our country is still at war in Afghanistan and our troops are fighting against ISIS and other terrorist groups in the Middle East and elsewhere. Russia is raising grave concerns on several fronts, and China is shredding trust along its periphery." Mattis portrayed Russia as an adversary and said the history of U.S.-Russian relations is not encouraging. "I have very modest expectations for areas of cooperation

with Mr. Putin," he said, delivering an assessment strikingly dissonant with that of his potential commander in chief. Trump has repeatedly praised Putin, even as U.S. intelligence agencies have accused the Russian leader of orchestrating a campaign of interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Of Putin, said Mattis, a former NATO military leader: "He is trying to break the North Atlantic alliance." He said he has explained to Trump his views on Russia, which include a deep worry that Moscow is determined to use intimidation and nuclear threats to create a sphere of unstable states on its periphery. Mattis, who has served in numerous senior military positions, including commander of U.S. Central Command in charge of all American forces in the Middle East, said he supports the Obama administration's moves to reassure European allies after Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and military activity in eastern Ukraine. While the U.S. should remain open to working with Russia, Mattis said, the prospects for cooperation were narrowing even as areas of disagreement grow larger. As he spoke, Trump's choice to run the CIA, Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas, sided with intelligence officials who claim the Kremlin was behind the election cyberattacks, adopting a similarly tough stand against Russia in his confirmation hearing. Ties between the former Cold War foes also have been strained by Syria's civil war. Mattis faced no hostile questions from Republicans or Democrats, receiving bipartisan praise for his reputation as a straight-talking, well-read man of integrity and intelligence. William Cohen, a defense secretary for Democratic President Bill Clinton, introduced Mattis as a "humble man with very little to be humble about." "He's a man of thought as well as action," Cohen said. Mattis said the world order is under "the biggest attack since World War II," blaming Russia, China and international terrorist organizations for its destabilization. On cyberattacks, Mattis noted that wars often are started by miscalculation. He said the U.S. needs to set clear boundaries so that adversaries know what the U.S. will not tolerate. In prepared testimony, Mattis said he understands his role as the Defense Department's civilian leader would be different "in essence and in substance" from his four decades in uniform. He called civilian control "a fundamental tenet of the American military tradition."

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By JENNIFER C. KERR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson defended his experience and credentials Thursday to serve as the nation's new housing secretary, turning to his life story to show that he understands the needs of the country's most vulnerable. President-elect Donald Trump wants Carson, a former White House rival, to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a sprawling agency with 8,300 employees and a budget of about $48 billion. At his confirmation hearing before the Senate Banking, House and Urban Affairs Committee, the famed neurosurgeon talked about growing up in innercity Detroit with a single mother who had a third-grade education and worked numerous jobs to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. "I have actually in my life understood what housing insecurity was," he told lawmakers. Democrats in the GOP-run Senate questioned his experience. Carson said one of the things he's learned in private life as part of various boards is how to find a good CEO. He said a good CEO doesn't necessarily know everything about running a particular business, but he knows how to select people and use their talents.

Carson said HUD's rental assistance programs are "essential" to millions of Americans. The department, he said, has a lot of good programs, but "the progress perhaps has not been as great as one would like to see." He added: "We don't want it to be way of life. ... We want it to be a Band-Aid and a springboard to move forward." Ranking Committee Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., pressed Carson about whether he could guarantee that no HUD money would benefit Trump or his family, which has made its fortune in real estate. "I will not play favorites for anyone. ... I will manage things in a way that benefits the American people," Carson said. Carson displayed a softer approach toward the role of the federal government than he sometimes did on the presidential campaign trail. When reminded that he had called for acrossthe-board agency spending cuts of 10 percent during the campaign, Carson noted that he later modified that amount to 1 percent. Carson talked about a more "holistic approach" to helping people and developing "the whole person." For example, he said, HUD could work with other agencies such as the Education and Labor Departments on better access to a quality education and apprenticeship

programs to train workers. Several former HUD secretaries, Democrats and Republicans, wrote the committee in support of Carson. The letter was signed by Henry Cisneros, secretary under President Bill Clinton, and Mel Martinez, Alphonso Jackson and Steven Preston, who worked for President George W. Bush. The soft-spoken Carson, the only black major-party candidate in the 2016 presidential race, grew up poor. He attended Yale University and the University of Michigan Medical School, and was the first African-American named as head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore. In 1987, Carson pioneered surgery to separate twins joined at the back of the head. In 2013, he entered the national political spotlight when, during the National Prayer Breakfast, he railed against the modern welfare state. President Barack Obama was sitting just feet away. Before Thursday's hearing, Carson had said little publicly about federal housing issues. In a 2015 opinion piece, he criticized an Obama administration fair housing rule as government overreach. At his hearing Thursday, he told lawmakers he would work with local HUD officials to "make sure that fairness is carried out."





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Louis J. Puza Louis J. Puza – “Great hunter. Yes? Yes. Fine figure of a man. Yes? Yes. Good. That is all you need to know. For now.” Jeremiah Johnson WESTFIELD – Born to Louise (Taudel) and Walter Puza. Son, grandson, brother, nephew, cousin, godfather, dog lover. Uncle Tuff to many both those related and not. Teammate, coworker, the ultimate neighbor. Husband, father, son in-law, brother inlaw, father in-law and friend to all. Louis was generous, kind, humorous, hardworking, humble, legendary and above all else a simple man. He made so many feel so good with his kind and compassionate words and his amazing hugs. His absence will leave a huge void for his friends and family. They will forever honor his memory in their hearts. He leaves to cherish him forever his wife Charlyn and their children Henry and his wife Sarah, Anna and Ernie; a sister Louise (Toni), the children of his brother Skip each of whom he loved as his own; his in-laws the Richard Curran Family and countless aunts, uncles, cousins and beloved friends. Louis loved freely and fiercely. His ashes will be spread in a place he regarded as his “heaven on earth.” His spirit will continue in the lives that he touched and in the stories that he told. LJP you were loved far more than you ever knew. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Holyoke Beagle Club in care of Jack Moynihan; 203 Southampton Road; Westhampton, MA 01027. Calling hours will be at the Firtion Adams Funeral Home in Westfield on Sunday, January 15th from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm with a eulogy to follow. The family asks that you honor his memory by loving each other and being kind. He always said “Everyone is different” and he truly lived his simple philosophy in his humble acceptance of everyone.

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WESTFIELD – Theodore R. Dickson, 73, (1943-2016) passed away on January 12, 2017 at Holyoke Medical Center. He was born in Deadwood, South Dakota to the late James U. and Ruby (Larson) Dickson. He was a graduate of the University of South Dakota, was a former criminal investigator for the State of South Dakota, was Chief of Police in Sturgis, South Dakota and worked as a general contractor in South Dakota and Massachusetts. Tedd served his country with the United States Navy during Vietnam from 1962-1968 aboard a nuclear submarine. He attained the rank of Machinists Mate 2nd class and received the Vietnam Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal. Because of his proud service, Tedd spent the last couple years at the Soldiers Home of Holyoke, keeping busy with art classes and photography and serving on the Advocacy Council. His family would like to thank the staff and nurses for the special care and support given to Tedd and his family. He was a member of Kiwanis, VFW Post 124 and the American Legion 454. Tedd is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Dale M. (George) Dickson of Westfield, his daughter, Ellen M. Jordan and her husband Michael of Westfield, two cherished grandsons, Samuel and Benjamin, and two brothers, James Dickson of St. Paul. MN and Gary Dickson of Sioux City, Iowa. He was predeceased by two brothers, William and Douglas Dickson. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday at 3PM in the Firtion Adams FS, 76 Broad St. Westfield, MA 01085. Visiting hours will precede the service from 1-3PM in the funeral home. Burial will be held in the spring in Pine Hill Cemetery, Western Ave. Westfield, MA 01085. Donations in Tedd’s name may be directed to the Holyoke Soldiers Home, 110 Cherry St. Holyoke, MA 01040 or to the Friends of Pine Hill Cemetery, 140 W. Silver St. Westfield, MA 01085.

WESTFIELD — William J. “Bill” Kelley (1932-2016) died Tuesday in a local nursing home. Born in Westfield to the late William J. and Anne (McMahon) Kelley, Bill was a lifelong resident of Westfield. He was a retired 37 ½ year employee at H. B. Smith in Westfield. He retired in 1988. Bill was a communicant of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church and a member of its Holy Name Society. He was also a longtime member of the Sons of Erin, all in Westfield. He leaves his beloved sisters Anne M. Kelley and A. Barbara Kelley both of Westfield. Along with many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers George and Thomas and his sisters Rita, Jean, Helen Dillon and Kathryn Breck. His funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, Jan 17th at 10 am in Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church with burial to follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, both in Westfield. Visiting hours are omitted. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church, P. O. Box 489, Westfield, MA 01086-0489. The Robert E. Cusack Funeral Home, 94 Main St., Westfield is in charge of arrangements.

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This undated photo provided by the Jewish Museum shows Pierre Chareau's (French, 1883-1950) and Bernard Bijvoet's (Dutch, 1889-1979), glass house Maison de Verre. The photo is part of the exhibition "Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design," at The Jewish Museum in New York. (Mark Lyon/The Jewish Museum via AP)

In this undated photo provided by Emily McBroom, a 2-bedroom trailer home is delivered for Jesse and Emily McBroom on their land outside Denton, Texas. (Emily McBroom via AP)

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In this undated photo provided by Emily McBroom, Emily and Jesse McBroom pose for a photo outside of their 2-bedroom trailer home on their land outside of Denton, Texas. (Emily McBroom via AP)

By KATHERINE ROTH Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — More than a decade before Philip Johnson designed his iconic Glass House, French designer and architect Pierre Chareau designed the Maison de Verre in 1932 in Paris. It featured one of the world's first glassbrick exterior walls — three stories high. Chareau's work straddles industrial aesthetics and traditional fine craftsmanship, clean spare lines and playful 1920s whimsy. He made futuristic gadgets like folding staircases, a pivoting bidet and sliding walls. His furniture, with elegant woods and hand-wrought iron, was made for the few and the wealthy. Many pieces fold or have multiple uses, designed for small but chic Paris apartments. It was a gem-like world soon to be violently dismantled with the start of World War II, and Chareau, despite moving to New York to flee the war, has remained little known in the United States. An exhibit, "Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design," billed as the first in the U.S. to focus on him, is on view at The Jewish Museum in Manhattan through March 26. It was organized by guest curator Esther da Costa Meyer, professor of the history of modern architecture at Princeton University, in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou in Paris. It will not travel beyond New York. The show is accompanied by a hefty and richly illustrated book with essays by a half-dozen leading scholars. "Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design," was published in 2016 by The Jewish Museum and Yale University Press. "Chareau is the most invisible of the great designers, because outside of France, there are less than a dozen pieces by him on view in museums anywhere in the world. It's all in private collections," said da Costa Meyer. "And the most famous masterpiece he did, the Maison de Verre, has always been in private hands and is not visible from the street. He is really known by designers." See Showcase, Page 7

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By TRACEE M. HERBAUGH Associated Press When Mary Ann Ridenour and Bill Ridenour became empty nesters last year, their 3,200-square-foot home suddenly seemed superfluous. As many couples at this stage of life do, the Ridenours decided to downsize. But unlike many others, they left their big house in a golf course community for a trailer home. "When I tell people what we did they think I'm joking," said Mary Ann Ridenour. Their move, however, is not as uncommon as you might think. As housing costs — both buying and renting — remain In this undated photo provided by Kodi Bryant, Bryant high in many parts of the country, some people are finding stands on the front porch of her trailer home in Golden, trailer homes to be an affordable option. Colo. (Nathan Shafer/Kodi Bryant via AP) In fact, roughly 20 million people in the United States live in trailer houses, also referred to as mobile homes, according trailer homes have grown in popularity. Census data from to Census numbers. 2000 showed mobile homes constituted 7.6 percent of housFor the Ridenours, the impetus for moving into a trailer was ing, compared to 0.7 percent in 1950. cutting costs. Mary Ann Ridenour, a 49-year-old who works Trailers still play an important role in satisfying the counfull-time as a court reporter, started a side business a year try's housing needs, according to Charles Becker, a professor earlier. The couple wanted more cash to support her endeavor, of economics at Duke University, who has studied the topic. so the $1,800 monthly mortgage payment on their house in Not only is there a steady stock of trailer homes in otherwise Summerville, South Carolina, needed to go. tight housing markets, but mobile homes can accommodate "We were working our butts off to live in this big house that lower- or middle-income people "who don't want to own we didn't need," Ridenour said. "We thought, 'Why are we more housing because they're retired or they can't afford it," paying this ridiculous mortgage on this home?' It was strap- Becker said. ping us." The average price of a trailer home, which usually does not They bought a 3-bedroom, 2-bath trailer with a half-acre of include the land under it, is about $73,000, according to land about 10 years ago, for $143,000. The trailer, whose pre- Census data. This price is often more affordable than tradivious owners had used it as a summertime crash pad, was 2 tional single-family homes, especially for young families miles from the beach and across the street from native marsh- starting out or for first-time buyers. lands outside Charleston. The Ridenours moved in last July. "In some ways, this could be looked at as the new "It's not a sign of a great accomplishment that I've moved American Dream because the old American Dream has from a big beautiful home to a trailer," Ridenour said with a become unreachable for so many people," said Daniel laugh. "Once we swallowed our pride, we now find the awk- Levine, director of the Avant-Guide Institute, a business that wardness when people realize our living conditions amusing." watches consumer trends. She said she and her husband are much happier overall now Affordability was what prompted Emily McBroom, 33, that they're not stressed about money. and her husband, Jesse McBroom, 32, to buy a trailer house Trailer-home aesthetics have changed. Many today have outside Denton, Texas, for their first home. modern interior designing, stainless-steel appliances and col"We could get a brand-new trailer home with the newest orful paint. appliances and pay less than the cheapest rent in the area," "I love my trailer," said Kodi Bryant, 40, who purchased the Emily McBroom said. Their two-bedroom, 600-square-foot home in Golden, Colorado for $20,000. Her side deck offers a trailer cost $29,000.The couple have their trailer on more view of the downtown Denver skyline and the Rocky than 7 acres of wooded land. Mountains. McBroom said it came down to priorities: They wanted to "I looked at apartments in the Denver area, but they were so own a place, pay down student debt and having enough expensive," she said. "I didn't want to work in a cubicle and money to travel. come home to a cubicle." "It takes a certain person who will live in a trailer," she Mobile homes have long helped fill gaps in affordable hous- said. "You have to be comfortable with yourself and throw ing. They were introduced after World War II and geared off the old-school ideals that you must be poor if you live in toward the millions of veterans returning home. Since then, a trailer."

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This undated photo provided by the Jewish Museum shows Pierre Chareau's (French, 1883-1950) and Bernard Bijvoet's (Dutch, 1889-1979), glass house Maison de Verre. The photo is part of the exhibition "Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design," at The Jewish Museum in New York. (Mark Lyon/The Jewish Museum via AP)


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Chareau worked in "the golden age of French design before the Depression, and he was trained in that grand tradition," she said. "He was one of the leaders of the early trend to modernize. He was also known in his day as a patron of the arts, so we reunited here some of his (collection)." Through over 180 rarely seen works from public and private collections in the U.S. and Europe, the exhibit brings Chareau's world of Paris luxe to life. Furniture displays are enhanced by an enormous white screen behind them on which shadow-like silhouettes of imagined residents come and go, complete with shadow cigarette smoke and the enthusiastic tail wags of a passing shadow dog. In another gallery, rustling leaves and glinting sunlight, visible through virtual reality goggles, bring visitors into Chareau's Paris study, an apartment he designed, and a salon and courtyard of the elegant Maison de Verre, designed with Dutch architect Bernard Bijvoet. Those elements add context and movement to the furniture. The exhibit employs a large-scale digital installation that lets you experience different sections of the Maison de Verre as if moving through it. Film footage of actors strolling through the house using Chareau-designed gadgets adds to the experience. Floor plans are projected onto walls, making the space appear continually spliced, deconstructed, revealed and then reconstructed. "Chareau has almost no surviving interiors, since most of them were destroyed. And the furniture feels a bit orphaned in and of itself," explains Liz Diller, founding partner of Diller Scofidio and Renfro, the firm that designed the exhibit. "So we brought back the domestic life and the feel of the furniture in situ .."

This undated photo provided by the Jewish Museum shows two Peirre Chareau designed high-backed chauffeuses (fireside armchairs), wood and velours, with tapestry upholstery by Jean Lurçat, and reupholstered in 1968, in an installation view of the exhibition "Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design," in New York. (Will Ragozino/The Jewish Museum via AP) When the Maison de Verre was built, she says, "it was very radical. ... The exposed steel columns could be a beautiful contemporary loft." Chareau rose to prominence in early 1920s Paris with interior designs that were both elegant and functional. The pieces featured rare woods, alabaster (for lamps), and exotic elements like touches of ivory or sharkskin. Many of his designs featured leopard-skin rugs, with expanses of silk or velvet curtains as wall coverings. Chareau's works were custom-made, not mass-produced, and made use of France's artisanal traditions of metal, woodwork and tapestry-making. He designed for a cultured urban elite, and many of his clients, including paint-

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ers, sculptors and composers, were Jewish. Although Chareau was raised Catholic, his mother came from a Sephardic Jewish family and his wife Dollie, also a designer, was Jewish. With the German occupation of Paris in 1940, the couple, like many of their clients, fled to the United States. The show explores the enduring consequences of that flight from persecution, including the dispersal of many of his works during the war; his own collection of art, including works by Mondrian and Modigliani; and his attempts to rebuild his career in New York in the 1940s. By then, the world of European luxe to which he catered had vanished. In New York, he lacked the pool of skilled French artisans with whom he was used to working. And aside from an East Hampton, Long Island, house that he designed for artist Robert Motherwell in 1947 — and which was later destroyed — he obtained few commissions here. "He basically did odd jobs, and he and his wife had no children, so once they had died, everything was gone. We have tried to put some of it together again here," da Costa Meyer said. "He was truly a designer's designer."

By DEAN FOSDICK Associated Press Poinsettias have become the best-selling potted plants in the United States, and are second in popularity only to Christmas trees during the holiday season. Unfortunately, they also are among the least understood. They are not annuals. Poinsettias don't have to be tossed to the curb with the trees and tinsel once the celebrating is over. They can be restored to provide cheer for many more holidays, although it takes some work to make them color up again. "Poinsettias can be re-flowered for years," said Thomas Ford, a commercial horticulture instructor with Penn State Extension. "One former client I worked with in Maryland flowered his one poinsettia for over 10 years. It grew so large that he used his dining room as the display area for it." Whether that kind of dedication is worth it, though, is an altogether different thing. "I would say that the average consumer does not see any merit in keeping it for several years," Ford said. "Overall, it is too time-consuming." Poinsettias were introduced into the United States from Mexico roughly 200 years ago. They are grown in several Central America nations as perennial shrubs reaching 10 to 15 feet in height. That doesn't mean they can be propagated even in the hottest parts of the U.S., however, said Peter Warren, a horticulture agent with University of Arizona Cooperative Extension. "Poinsettias cannot tolerate frost or freezing temperatures, so places in southern Arizona and other parts of the South that occasionally experience cooler temperatures are not good places to grow them outside," Warren said. Poinsettia's colored leaves, or bracts, have been hybridized over the years into more than 100 varieties, from the traditional red to pink, white, cream, burgundy and variegated. The plant's flowers are small, yellowish green and positioned deep within the bract clusters. Here's a generally accepted seasonal time line for re-coloring poinsettias: — Keep temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees from December to February. Let the plants get as much sunlight as possible. Water them regularly. — In March or April, as the bracts age and turn a muddy green, cut the stems back to about 8 inches high. "Around July 4th, cut branches back again about half their length to encourage bushy plants," Warren said. — From mid- to late October, the plants must be kept in complete darkness for 14 continuous hours each night. "This can be done by moving the plant to a dark room or placing a box over it," Warren said. "During this period, the plant requires six to eight hours of bright sunlight and night temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees. This regimen must continue for eight to 10 weeks in order for the plant to develop colorful bracts for the holiday season." — The bracts should be developing some color by midNovember. — In early December, bract coloration should be almost complete and the plant can be restored to everyday light. ——— Online: For more about keeping poinsettias growing for extended periods, see this University of Maryland Extension fact sheet: images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG30_Holiday_ Plant_Care_Poinsettia.pdf

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This Dec. 3, 2016 photo taken at a Langley, Wash., grocery store, shows poinsettias. Poinsettias aren't annuals if grown indoors. You can restore them to provide good cheer for yet another holiday season. The main attraction of poinsettias, like these pictured here, is not their flowers, but their leaves. The actual flowers are the small buds buried deep within the leaf cluster that bloom yellowish green. (AP Photo/By Dean Fosdick)

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Hurt sacks Putz, bags TV By CHRIS PUTZ Correspondent I spent countless hours pouring over every pro football team’s statistics, rankings, records, and the latest lines to try and outduel the people of the city of Westfield, Southwick, the hilltowns and beyond. I agonized over the impact of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s absence as he served a suspension to begin the 2016 National Football League season. I pondered the team’s future playing with a backup to a backup after Jimmy Garoppolo went down to injury, paving the way for rookie Jacoby Brissett. At every turn, every corner, and every challenge or obstacle thrown in their path, the New England Patriots, like they had done for nearly 17 years prior, responded with resounding results. I sometimes underestimated their resilience, questioned their moves (a trade of Jamie Collins/benching of Jabaal Sheard), all the while they kept piling up win after win. They lost Gronk, my faith wavered again. As Brady’s bunch ran roughshod over the rest of the National Football League, I attempted to break down plays, tendencies, and incredible amounts of data to predict the rest of the league’s winners and losers on a weekly

basis for our pro football contest, “Beat ‘The Putz’”. At times I found it downright daunting. While I took head-spinning measures to come up with a winning formula, along came one local resident, Rita Hurt, whose focus and determination to concoct the right mix led to stunning results. In Week 13 of the National Football league, Hurt managed to come up with 11 winners. She lost just two games. Unbeknownst to everyone at that time, that entry would end up, not only netting her the week’s top prize to the Tavern Restaurant, but lead to her winning the ultimate grand prize, a flat-screen television, courtesy of Manny’s TV & Appliances. So what did Hurt do to come up with an 11-2 record in Week 13, leading to her grand prize win, following a random drawing of the 17 weekly winners, who each received a gift certificate to the Tavern Restaurant. “I don’t want to offend all the people who spend lots of time looking over the games, but I just pick them,” Hurt said after receiving her prize Wednesday at our office on School Street. “I’m just lucky. I haven’t watched a whole game all year.” Hurt was awarded the prize by Manny’s TV & Appliances local store manager Patrick Barrett on Wednesday after a random drawing

Girl Scouts lemon wedge cookie dusted with powdered sugar; Tagalongs®, crispy cookies layered with peanut butter and covered with a chocolate coating; Trefoils®, delicate-tasting shortbread; Thin Mints®, crisp wafers covered in a chocolate coating and made with a natural oil of peppermint, and Samoas®, crisp cookies coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut, and striped with a dark chocolate coating. A century ago, girls started participating in what would evolve into the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world – the Girl Scout Cookie Program®, through which girls learn the essential skills they need to become effective leaders, manage finances, and gain self-sufficiency and confidence in handling money. “This year GSCWM is introducing the new cookie, a time honored campfire treat made with natural flavors and specialty ingredients which has outdoor badge artwork on the graham cracker crust,” said Dana Carnegie, community relations manager, GSCWM. Carnegie noted that local Girl Scout troops are now taking orders since cookies were delivered earlier this week and today marks the beginning of cookie booth sales. Cookies range in price from $5 for Samoas, Trefoils, Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos, and Savannah Smiles, to $6 for the limited edition S’mores CookieT and Toffee-tastics.

Beat the Putz 2016-17 winner Rita Hurt, second from right, accepts the grand prize, a flat screen television from Manny’s TV & Appliances local store manager Patrick Barrett, second from left, Wednesday. Westfield News sports editor Chris Putz, right, and sales director Flora Masciadrelli were on hand for the award presentation. (Staff Photo) of all 17 weekly winners produced her name late last week. Hurt admitted that she is not a diehard fan, but has a rooting interest in the Patriots and even more so, the Packers.

If I were a betting man, I would now take Hurt’s words to heart. A Patriots-Packers Super Bowl in February? The way Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are playing, that is quite likely. Hmmmm…

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Sisters Morgan and Heather O’Connor of Westfield will be selling Girl Scout cookies this weekend at Walmart in Westfield. Heather O’Connor, 16, a student at Westfield High School, is a member of Troop 40230 in Westfield, and will be among the many Girl Scouts in our area selling boxes of cookies over the next two months. Her troop, based at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, will be outside of the Walmart in Westfield on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. “I enjoy selling Girl Scout cookies because it helps me with people skills,” said Heather O’Connor adding “plus cookies make every-

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The live stream complements on-demand clips and full episodes, which will continue to be available for free on the PBS Kids Video App and kids. According to PBS, its PBS Kids content average 419.8 million streams per month. “For over 40 years, WGBY has offered a steady stream of engaging, educational PBS Kids programming that sparks kids’ imaginations and fosters a life-long love of learning,” says WGBY Interim General Manager Lynn Page. “The new 24/7 PBS Kids channel builds on that mission, providing an essential service for children, parents, and teachers alike.” Page goes on to remind station viewers that PBS Kids content extends well beyond TV sets and devices. “Our staff works face-to-face with educators and children throughout western New England. We act as a PBS Learning Media ambassador and liaison, providing freeclassroom-ready, curriculumbased materials both inside and outside the classroom,” she says. “PBS Kids and PBS LearningMedia are important resources for young minds in America, and we work hard to get it into the hands of educators and before the eyes of children. We’re proud any time we can expand services here in our region.” Designed to meet the needs of today’s families, the new free 24/7 services will provide learning opportunities for every child, especially those at risk, whenever and wherever they access media. Following its initial launch, the live stream will expand to offer an integrated games feature, enabling children to toggle between a PBS Kids show and an activity that extends learning. The live stream and games feature is grounded in research demonstrating that measurable gains in learning are achieved when children engage with PBS Kids content on multiple platforms. The games will align with the learning goals of each TV series, deepening children’s involvement and supporting learning. WGBY Kids will continue to include such popular favorites as Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Odd Squad, Wild Kratts, and Dinosaur Train as well as new series Nature Cat, Ready Jet Go! and Splash & Bubbles. The 24/7 PBS Kids offering is an integral part of PBS’ long-term vision for its children’s service and will build on the reach and impact WGBY already has in the western New England community. In the coming year, PBS and WGBY will roll out a variety of additional initiatives designed to meet the needs of today’s children, including new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) content, digital innovations and customizable tools for parents and caregivers. WHERE TO FIND WGBY KIDS To access 24/7 PBS Kids content through WGBY, families may visit or tune into the broadcast on the following channels: DTTuner Comcast 57.3 217

one happy.” Her sister, Morgan O’Connor, 15, a student at Westfield Technical Academy, echoed those sentiments. “I enjoy engaging with customers and especially talking to young girls about Girl Scouts,” said Morgan O’Connor, noting her Troop 40222, also based at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, will be selling cookies outside of Walmart on Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. Their mother, Pat O’Connor, serves as troop leader for both groups and echoed their sentiments. “The girls get very excited during cookie sale days,” said Pat O’Connor. “They also enjoy making community contacts and talking to people.” One of the projects that the girls are proud of is participating in the Girl Scouts Gift of Caring program. “If we are overpaid by customers or if we are given extra money, we put all of the money toward buying boxes of cookies for local hospitals,” said Morgan O’Connor, noting that Troop 40222 donates more than a hundred boxes each year to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, and Troop 40230 donates more than a hundred boxes of cookies to Western Massachusetts Hospital in Westfield. The girls added that their troop members all enjoy Broadway shows and hope to raise

Hamlin old. One was of the Berkshire Sugar House in Plainfield, and the other of Day’s End, an Audubon camp on the coast of Maine. He said he assumes the episode will have a New England flavor to it. Hamlin specializes in watercolor, and his subject matter draws from nature, history, and architecture, three “life-long passions,” according to his website at stevehamlinart. com. “I have lived most of my life in New England, and I derive tremendous satisfaction from capturing images of my home region and from the travel that my wife, Linda and I enjoy doing together. In our daily lives, as well as our travels, Linda and I strive to capture the beauty and wonder that surrounds us, she as a photographer, and I through my paintings,” he writes. In recent years, he has earned several awards and accolades for his art. In 2015, he was named a signature artist for the New England Watercolor Society, and in 2016, for the Northeast Watercolor Society. In 2016, he was also made a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists. In 2016, Hamlin won first place in a “Nature of Art” show at the Cumberland Cultural Center in Cumberland, Maryland for a drawing, something he has been doing more of recently. He also won two prizes, Best Depiction of Rural Life and the Memorial Award at the Green Mt. Watercolor Exhibition.

enough money through cookie sales so they can visit New York City later this year and see a show. To locate a Girl Scout cookie booth in the coming weeks, visit www.girlscoutcookies. org. This year’s cookie program runs through early March. Carnegie noted that Girl Scout troops will be at the Walmart in Westfield on weekends through March 5. In Southwick, troops plan to sell cookies at the Powder Mill School on Jan. 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jan. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m . Also, sales in Southwick are planned at the Rec Center on Jan. 14 from 8:30 to 11 a.m., and at the Mobil Gas Station on College Highway on Jan. 21 from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, contact GSCWM at (413) 584-2602 or visit In our region, GSCWM serves more than 8,000 girls in Grades K through 12 with the strong support of 3,800 adult volunteers in 186 towns and cities in central and western Massachusetts, according to Carnegie. “Today, Girl Scouts is, as it always has been, the organization best positioned to help girls develop important leadership skills they need to become successful adults,” said Carnegie. “When you buy Girl Scout cookies, you make adventures possible with every box.”

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“Day’s End,” by Steve Hamlin, one of the prints sold to the “MacGyver show.

Huntington artist Steve Hamlin at a Hilltown Artisans Guild show in 2015.

(Submitted photo)

(Photo by Amy Porter)

Just last week, Hamlin was named a master artist in the Bennington VT collective of the Bennington Center for the Arts. Hamlin is a founding member of the collective, and showed his work in its signature show, “Art of the Animal,” from 2010 to 2016. This year, the collective will be including landscapes in a new show called “Wildscapes.” Upcoming shows include the Guild of Boston Arts on Newberry Street from January 31 to February 24. Hamlin also teaches watercolor and drawing at the Springfield Museum, and will offer two classes of each in February and March. Selling his work to the MacGyver show was a first for Hamlin’s art career, but not for his other career. For the past 25 years, he has been designing, cutting and sewing

Ideas those who used the sidewalks. Other ideas for projects could include employment assistance, crime prevention, substance abuse assistance, child care assistance, rehabilitation projects or historic preservation. This round of grant funding will be available for projects that will happen between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018. Applications for project proposals are due by March 10, 2017, at 4 p.m., and these applications may be created from the ideas provided later this month. In addition, Community Development will also be holding a technical assistance workshop to help craft proposals on Feb. 16, at 10 a.m., in room 315 of City Hall. In order for a project to be eligible for the program, at least 51 percent of those affected would have to meet the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s income guidelines for the area. At right is a chart of the moderate income limit, which is 80 percent of the area’s median income per family. This is the maximum amount a family can earn to qualify.

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clown shoes for Spear’s Specialty Shoes as an outside contractor. In that capacity, he has worked with productions before, having created 75 pairs of clown shoes for “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” with Jim Carrey. He also designed and made quite a few pairs for “The Grinch” on Broadway, which he said was an unrelated production with different shoes. Last year, he also created a rush pair for an episode of “Modern Family.” And, every year from September to December, he makes a steady diet – two pairs a week – of Santa boots. Hamlin guesses, from his experience with Modern Family, that his prints will appear in an episode of “MacGyer” in February or March. But, he said, that was for a different network.





Westfield celebrates a goal from Max Bengston Thursday night against Agawam at the Olympia Ice Center in West Springfield. (Photo by Bill Deren)

Joshua Adams crashes the net. (Photo by Bill Deren)

Bombers beat Brownies By CHRIS PUTZ Staff Writer WEST SPRINGFIELD – Share, share, share, share, share, and share alike. The Westfield High School boys’ ice hockey team took the team concept to heart Thursday night as six different Bombers scored in a 6-1 road win at the Olympia Ice Center in West Springfield. Westfiled exploded for four second-period goals.

Max Bengston, Evan Glenzel, Liam Whitman, Scotty Bussell, Joe Czarnecki, and Matt Pelletier each collected a goal in Westfield’s victory. Bombers’ Joshua Adams, Nathan Boucher, Sean Moorhouse, Whitman, Glenzel, and Bengston also had one assist apiece. Billy Schwarz scored the lone goal for Agawam. Westfield goalie Cameron Parent finished with 20 saves.


Cybercats stave off Bombers Sci-Tech 57, Westfield 56 Sci-Tech held off a furious rally from Westfield to escape with a narrow victory in Springfield. The Bombers outscored See H.S. Roundup, Page 11

Game was a rough and tumble affair! (Photo by Bill Deren)

Westfield’s first goal scored by Evan Glenzel. (Photo by Bill Deren)

Spencer Coultier jamming for control behind the net. (Photo by Bill Deren)

Westfield put the pressure on all night. (Photo by Bill Deren)

John Danahey tries to chip in the rebound. (Photo by Bill Deren)

The Westfield Bomb Squad was out in force to cheer on the team. (Photo by Bill Deren)

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WINTER ’16-17 HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE GATEWAY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL Friday, Jan. 13 No Sports Scheduled *Saturday, Jan. 14* WRESTLING at Maple Hill, 7:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16 No Sports Scheduled Tuesday, Jan. 17 SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East (Charlemont), 5 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Westfield Technical Academy, 4 p.m. JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Hampden Charter School of Science, 5 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Hampden Charter School of Science, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 No Sports Scheduled Thursday, Jan. 19 SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East (Charlemont), 5 p.m. JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Baystate Academy Charter Public School, 5 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Baystate Academy Charter Public School, 6:30 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at John J. Duggan Academy, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Pioneer Valley Christian Academy, 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at St. Mary, Westfield Middle School North, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24

JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Westfield Technical Academy, 5 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Westfield Technical Academy, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. St. Mary, 5 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. St. Mary, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East (Charlemont), 5 p.m. JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Commerce, 5 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Commerce, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 No Sports Scheduled Saturday, Jan. 28 WRESTLING at Albany High School, 7:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30 JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Sci-Tech, 5 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Sci-Tech, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 BOYS’/GIRLS’ SKIING – PVIAC Race, 5 p.m. JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at McCann Tech, 5 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at McCann Tech, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1 WRESTLING at Hampshire Regional, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 BOYS’/GIRLS’ SKIING – PVIAC Race, 5 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Hampden Charter School of Science, 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Pathfinder, 5 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Pathfinder, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6

ST. MARY HIGH SCHOOL Friday, Jan. 13 No Sports Scheduled Saturday, Jan. 14 ICE HOCKEY at Chicopee, Smead Arena, noon Monday, Jan. 16 ICE HOCKEY vs. South Hadley, Amelia Park Ice Arena, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East (Charlemont), 5 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Mount Everett, 5 p.m. JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Franklin Tech, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Franklin Tech, 7 p.m. ICE HOCKEY vs. Greenfield, Amelia Park Ice Arena, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Hampden Charter School of Science, Westfield Middle School North, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East (Charlemont), 5 p.m. JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Smith Voke, 5 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Smith Voke, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Sci-Tech, 6 p.m. ICE HOCKEY vs. Chicopee Comp, Amelia Park Ice Arena, 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 ICE HOCKEY at Turners Falls, Collins/Moylan Arena, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Gateway, Westfield Middle School North, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 No Sports Scheduled Wednesday, Jan. 25 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Gateway, 5 p.m.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Gateway, 6:30 p.m. ICE HOCKEY vs. Amherst-Pelham, Amelia Park Ice Arena, 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East (Charlemont), 5 p.m. JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Westfield Technical Academy, Westfield Middle School South, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Westfield Technical Academy, Westfield Middle School South, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Westfield Technical Academy, 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 ICE HOCKEY at Belchertown, Mullins Center Practice Rink, 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Pathfinder, Westfield Middle School South, 5 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Pathfinder, Westfield Middle School South, 6:30 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Putnam, Westfield Middle School North, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East (Charlemont), 5 p.m. JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Pioneer Valley Christian Academy, Westfield Middle School South, 5 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Pioneer Valley Christian Academy, Westfield Middle School South, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1 No Sports Scheduled Thursday, Feb. 2 SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East (Charlemont), 5 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Smith Vocational, Westfield Middle School North, 5:30 p.m.

WESTFIELD TECHNICAL ACADEMY Friday, Jan. 13 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. John J. Duggan Academy, 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16 No Sports Scheduled Tuesday, Jan. 17 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Gateway, 4 p.m. JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Smith Voke, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Smith Voke, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 No Sports Scheduled Thursday, Jan. 19 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Pathfinder, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Pathfinder, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Franklin Tech, 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Smith Voke, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Gateway, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 No Sports Scheduled Thursday, Jan. 26 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at St. Mary, Westfield Middle School South, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at St. Mary, Westfield Middle School South, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. St. Mary, 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Pioneer Valley Christian Academy, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Pioneer Valley Christian Academy, 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Pathfinder, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Hampden Charter School of Science, 4 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Hampden Charter School of Science, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Hampden Charter School of Science, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1 No Sports Scheduled

Thursday, Feb. 2 No Sports Scheduled Friday, Feb. 3 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Commerce, 5 p.m. JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Franklin Tech, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Franklin Tech, 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 No Sports Scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 7 Wednesday, Feb. 8 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Duggan Academy, Brookings School, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Pioneer Valley Christian Academy, 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at McCann Tech, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at McCann Tech, 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Gateway, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. St. Mary, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. St. Mary, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 No Sports Scheduled Thursday, Feb. 16 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Smith Vocational, 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Smith Vocational, 5 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Smith Vocational, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 No Sports Scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 21 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at St. Mary, Westfield Middle School North, 5:30 p.m. JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Pathfinder, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Pathfinder, 7 p.m.

WESTFIELD HIGH SCHOOL Friday, Jan. 13 BOYS’/GIRLS’ SWIMMING at Amherst-Pelham, Amherst Regional Middle School, 4 p.m. JV BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY at Simsbury, Simsbury Farms, 4 p.m. JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Chicopee, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Chicopee, 7 p.m. *Saturday, Jan. 14* ICE HOCKEY at Dartmouth, Hetland Arena, 12:30 p.m. GIRLS’ ICE HOCKEY (Longmeadow Co-Op) at Leominster, Wallace Center (Fitchburg State), 4:30 p.m. *Sunday, Jan. 15* JV BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY at Chicopee Comp, Cyr Arena, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16 ICE HOCKEY vs. Marblehead, Amelia Park Arena, noon JV BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY at East Longmeadow, Cyr Arena, 2:30 p.m. JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Hampshire, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Hampshire, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 BOYS’/GIRLS’ SWIMMING vs. Northampton, 4:30 p.m. GIRLS’ ICE HOCKEY (Longmeadow Co-Op) at Belmont, Viglirolo Rink, 5 p.m. SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East Ski, 5 p.m. JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Putnam, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Putnam, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 ICE HOCKEY vs. Agawam, Amelia Park Arena, 7 p.m. WRESTLING vs. Agawam, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East Ski, 5 p.m. JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Amherst-Pelham, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Amherst-Pelham, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 BOYS’/GIRLS’ SWIMMING vs. West Springfield, 4 p.m. JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Longmeadow, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’/GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK vs. TBD @ Smith College, 6:45 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Longmeadow, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 GIRLS’ ICE HOCKEY (Longmeadow Co-Op) vs. Austin Prep, Fitzpatrick Ice Arena, Time TBA WRESTLING @ Burt Burger Invitational, Chicopee High School, 9 a.m. ICE HOCKEY at Minnechaug, Olympia Ice Center, 7 p.m. *Sunday, Jan. 22* GIRLS’ ICE HOCKEY (Longmeadow Co-Op) vs. Needham, Amelia Park Arena, 3 p.m. JV BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY vs. Agawam, Olympia Ice Center, 3:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23 JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Minnechaug, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Minnechaug, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 BOYS’/GIRLS’ SWIMMING vs. Belchertown, 4 p.m. JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. West Springfield, 5:30

p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. West Springfield, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 GIRLS’ ICE HOCKEY (Longmeadow Co-Op) at Shrewsbury, North Star Youth Forum Ice Rink, 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East Ski, 5 p.m. JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Ludlow, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Ludlow, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 BOYS’/GIRLS’ SWIMMING at East Longmeadow, 4 p.m. JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Northampton, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’/GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK vs. East Longmeadow @ Smith College, 6:45 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Northampton, 7 p.m. *Saturday, Jan. 28* JV BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY vs. Longmeadow, Amelia Park Arena, 6 p.m. *Sunday, Jan. 29* JV BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY at East Longmeadow, Cyr Arena, 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30 JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Agawam, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Agawam, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 BOYS’/GIRLS’ SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East (Charlemont), 5 p.m. JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Chicopee, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Chicopee, 7 p.m. BOYS’/GIRLS’ SWIMMING vs. Minnechaug, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1 BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY vs. East Longmeadow, Amelia Park Arena, 7 p.m. WRESTLING vs. Holyoke, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 JV BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY vs. Simsbury, Amelia Park Arena, 3 p.m. BOYS’/GIRLS’ SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East (Charlemont), 5 p.m. JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at East Longmeadow, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at East Longmeadow, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3 BOYS’/GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK vs. TBD, Smith College (Northampton), 3:45 p.m. JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at East Longmeadow, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at East Longmeadow, 7 p.m. *Saturday, Feb. 4* BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY at Ludlow, Olympia, 2 p.m. GIRLS’ ICE HOCKEY (Longmeadow Co-Op) at Austin Prep, Essex Sports Center, 5:50 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 GIRLS’ ICE HOCKEY (Longmeadow Co-Op) at Auburn, Horgan Skating Arena, 5:30 p.m. JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Ludlow, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Ludlow, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 BOYS’/GIRLS’ SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East (Charlemont), 5 p.m. JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Amherst, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Amherst, 7 p.m.

SOUTHWICK-TOLLAND REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL Friday, Jan. 13 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Renaissance, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Renaissance, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Mohawk Trail, 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 JV ICE HOCKEY at Wahconah, Olympia Ice Center, 6:10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16 JV ICE HOCKEY at Greenfield, Collins-Moylan Arena, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East Ski, 5 p.m. JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Palmer, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Palmer, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 WRESTLING at Sabis, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East Ski, 5 p.m. JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Easthampton, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Easthampton, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 BOYS’/GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK vs. Athol, West Springfield @ Smith College, 3:45 p.m. JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Smith Academy, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Smith Academy, 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22 JV ICE HOCKEY vs. Ludlow, Olympia Ice Center, 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at McCann Tech, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Monson, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Monson, 7 p.m. WRESTLING vs. West Springfield, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 No Sports Scheduled Thursday, Jan. 26 SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East Ski, 5 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Pioneer Valley Regional, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 BOYS’/GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK vs. Commerce, Greenfield @ Smith College, 5:45 p.m. JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Ware, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Ware, 7 p.m. *Sunday, Jan. 29* JV BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY at Chicopee, Olympia Ice

Center (West Springfield), 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30 JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Ware, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Ware, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 BOYS’/GIRLS’ SKIING – PVIAC race, Berkshire East (Charlemont), 5 p.m. JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Palmer, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Palmer, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1 WRESTLING vs. Hampden Charter School of Science, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 BOYS’/GIRLS’ SKIING – PVIAC race, Berkshire East (Charlemont), 5 p.m. JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Pope Francis, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Pope Francis, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3 BOYS’/GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK vs. Pope Francis, Smith College (Northampton), 6:45 p.m. JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Granby, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Granby, 7 p.m. *Saturday, Feb. 4* WRESTLING (Quad Meet) vs. Andover, 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6 JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Turners Falls, 6 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Turners Falls, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 BOYS’/GIRLS’ SKIING – PVIAC race, Berkshire East (Charlemont), 5 p.m. JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Hampshire, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Hampshire, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 No Sports Scheduled Thursday, Feb. 9 JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Greenfield, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Greenfield, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Renaissance, Rebecca Johnson Elementary School, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Renaissance, Rebecca Johnson Elementary School, 7 p.m. WRESTLING D3 WEST SECTIONALS @ Pioneer Valley Regional School, Time TBD *Saturday, Feb. 11* WRESTLING D3 WEST SECTIONALS @ Pioneer Valley Regional School, All Day *Sunday, Feb. 12* JV BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY vs. Chicopee Comp, Cyr




Westfield’s Aidan Dunn drives the lane against Sci-Tech. (Photo by Chris Putz)

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the Cybercats 43-26 in the second half. Javi Santos (14 points) and Gabe Piepergerdes (13) led Westfield in the scoring column. Four players scored in double digits for Sci-Tech, including Mark Williams, who netted a game-high 15.

Gould flies high for Eagles Franklin Tech 62, Gateway 36 Colin Gould poured in 35 points to lead Franklin Tech. Gateway’s Shane Mastello had 18. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Gators net No. 1 Gateway 30, Smith Voke 26 Becca Herman scored a game-high 14 points as Gateway (1-6) won its first game of the season. FIRST SKI PUSHED BACK: Due to Thursday’s unseasonably warm temperatures and rainy conditions, the first Pioneer Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference ski race of the season was postponed at Berkshire East in Charlemont. The race was moved to an open date (Jan. 24). The teams will now open up on the slopes Jan. 17 at 5 p.m. LATE RESULTS BOYS’ BASKETBALL Southwick 52, Duggan Academy 22 Nick Hough and Tim McGrath led Southwick with 14 and 10 points, respectively Wednesday. The Rams improved to 6-3.

Westfield’s Rodney Bernard attempts a jump shot over Sci-Tech’s Danny Escobar (14) Westfield’s Gabe Piepergerdes (14) passes the ball. (Photo by Chris Putz) Thursday night in Springfield. (Photo by Chris Putz)





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Dear Annie By ANNIE LANE

Person Who Needs People Dear Annie: I am in my mid-60s. I live in a small town, where I know lots of people but have only one friend I can count on. Another really good friend had to move out of state for her job. And another friend, along with her husband, I have known for 35 years, but I get absolutely nothing in return. We only get together if I reach out to her. I’d like to cut her off, but I have no one to take her place. My extended family members are not too far away, but they are too busy to make a phone call or send an email. I’m friendly with my husband’s family members, who all live close by, but they never call or make any effort to keep us informed of family news. My husband has never helped in that regard because he doesn’t keep in touch with them, either. He also makes no effort to get together with friends. I have a happy marriage but need more than my husband to keep me company. I need more than one friend, as well. Having no friends is a problem I have had my whole life. My family of origin was rather dysfunctional, with a brother who was troubled and made it difficult for all of us. My parents were preoccupied with him and expected the rest of us kids to take care of ourselves, and because there were no other kids in the neighborhood to befriend, I feel that I was unprepared to make friends. Looking back now, I could have been a better friend to people as I became an adult but didn’t really get it at the time and was very frivolous with friendships. I get along fairly well socially now, but there is no one I can call and say, “Hey, let’s do something.” I also worry about what would happen if my husband or I got sick, which I’m seeing more with people in our age group. Whom would I call for support? Facebook makes me sad because it appears that others my age are still enjoying a very active social life. Has our culture created an atmosphere in which no one cares, or is it just me? -- Nobody Calls Dear Nobody Calls: First off, there aren’t any people who are having as good a time as they seem to be on Facebook. If looking at those posts is bringing you down, log off for a while. Second, the best way to get somebody to call is to call her first. I know; you have tried reaching out to some people. But keep trying. Check out Meetup, a website designed to bring people together in real life over common interests. There’s a group for everyone -- amateur quantum physicists, alcohol-free adventurers, beer-drinking book-clubbers, puzzle enthusiasts, bridge players; I could go on all day. The point is that you need to get out and try new things. Friends are yours for the making. Dear Annie: Your advice to “Broken Living Room,” in my opinion, missed the mark and may cause the breakup of a longstanding friendship. Chairs are engineered and constructed to withstand years of holding up under the strain of overweight bottoms. If this friend was capable of getting to “Broken Living Room’s” house and getting herself seated, her weight was not the cause of the chair’s failure. The chair in question was either of poor quality or well on its way to failure before the friend sat in it. “Broken Living Room” should repazlace the chair with a quality chair, or she should find a place to put her fragile chair where heavy friends won’t use it. Then she should forget the incident and nurture her friendship. She shouldn’t blame the friend. -- Overweight Chair-User Send your questions for Annie Lane to dearannie@creators. com. To find out more about Annie Lane and read features by other Creators Syndicate columnists and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at

HINTS FROM HELOISE FOOD STAINS Dear Heloise: I wanted to share this hint with everyone. I was eating tomato-basil soup with croutons, and just as I was putting this into my mouth, it rolled down my blouse and onto my new white pants. I wiped off as much as I could, went home and sprayed stain remover on it, and then washed the pants. Most of the stain came off, so I decided to use my mother’s old method of putting my pants outside. Overnight, the dew and then the morning sunshine absolutely removed the stain and made my pants whiter! -- Kathy H. in Houston I’m glad this classic hint worked for you. Readers, I must caution you that many white fabrics today are treated with an optical brightener. These brighteners can end up turning white fabrics yellow when exposed to bright light, so be careful. But if the clothing would be ruined by the stain anyway, then it’s worth a try. -- Heloise TISSUE ISSUE Dear Heloise: I hate when the toilet paper in the public bathroom gets stuck in the dispenser. I have to reach underneath and work hard to find the end. I make a point to leave the paper dangling for the next person. -- Barb C. in New Jersey





On The Tube

Josh Holloway: The stakes get higher on season 2 of ‘Colony’ By ALICIA RANCILIO Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Josh Holloway says he's terrible at keeping secrets, which is ironic because the actor has starred in two TV shows where it's key to keep plot points quiet: ABC's "Lost" and now USA's "Colony," premiering its second season Thursday at 10 p.m. EST. "My wife laughs at me all the time. She's like, 'God, you'd be the dead-est spy,'" Holloway said in a recent interview. "It's true, I'm terrible at hiding." So what was the biggest secret he recalls having to keep on "Lost"? "When I finally hooked up with Kate in the cages," he laughed. "I knew that was gonna be a good one. And then we kind of did the time-travel thing, I was like, 'Ooh, they're goin' wild now.' But, it was great." "Colony" is set in the near future, where extraterrestrials have taken over and formed a military occupation.

Walls have been erected to keep people out (sounds oddly timely) and also block people in. Holloway and co-star Sarah Wayne Callies play a husband and wife who are trying to reunite their family, separated by the colonization. He talks about the show's current themes and how he stays creative off camera. ——— The Associated Press: Talk about season two of "Colony." Holloway: Season two is very exciting. Rarely do shows elevate the second season. They normally take a little dip second season and then third season find their stride but I'm really proud of this season. It delves a lot deeper into what colonization really is and the darker side of that. AP: The show is oddly timely with talks of government and walls. Holloway: Colonization is the oldest trick in the book. We've been doing it to each other since the beginning of

human existence but it's very current. We have a president now that wants to put up walls. We have a country divided. Some want to collaborate, some want to exist. It's not only current in America but globally. AP: How do you spend your time off? Holloway: I'm writing. We'll see where it goes but I've written an animated script and a comedy and pitched them and done all that stuff. That's a lot of fun for me, whether it goes anywhere or not doesn't really matter to me. The biggest gift is when you finish it and you're like, 'Wow, I did it. There it is.' AP: Is it hard to find that time to sit down and write? Holloway: Very. Now I have two children and they're wild so now I've got to get away from the house. I was like, 'Where can I have an office and then I discovered it. The library! No one goes to the library anymore! I'm gonna be in the library writing! (Laughs.)

This Aug. 12, 2015 file photo shows Josh Holloway, a cast member in USA Network's "Colony," in Beverly Hills, Calif. “Colony” returns for its second season on Thursday at 10 p.m. EST. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP, File)

Canadian ‘SNL’ and ‘SCTV’ alum Tony Rosato dies at age 62 TORONTO (AP) — Canadian actor Tony Rosato has died at age 62. He was a veteran of comedy shows including “Saturday Night Live” and Canada’s homegrown “SCTV.” Rosato’s former agent Larry Goldhar has confirmed that Rosato died Tuesday. Goldhar says an autopsy is being done. The Italian-born actor joined Martin Short and Robin Duke as the only three performers to have been cast members of “Saturday Night Live” and “SCTV,” which was spun out of Second City shortly after “SNL” launched in the mid-1970s. In 2005, Rosato was charged with criminally harassing his wife. He spent two years in prison awaiting trial before he was diagnosed with Capgras syndrome, a condition that made him believe his wife and daughter had been replaced by impostors. He was committed to a mental institution.



SPEED BUMP Dave Coverly

AGNES Tony Cochran


RUBES Leigh Rubin

ARCHIE Fernando Ruiz and Craig Boldman


Tony Rubino and Gary Markstein



Contract Bridge

By Jaqueline Bigar

DUSTIN By Steve Kelley and Jeff Parker

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, Jan. 13, 2017: This year you often feel as if your social interactions are fated. The new people you meet might be karmically linked to you. As a result, your relationships take on an interesting quality. If you are single, you will meet someone of significance. Your interactions will be natural, and you will see and feel the difference in this bond, as opposed to others. If you are attached, the two of you often discuss key issues in your relationship. Both of you will learn a lot and learn to respect each other more as a result. LEO bottom-lines issues for you. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult


Mark Buford

DOGS of C-KENNEL Mick and Mason Mastroianni

B.C. Mastroianni and Hart

ONE BIG HAPPY Rick Detorie

ANDY CAPP Mahoney, Goldsmith and Garnett

ZACK HILL John Deering and John Newcombe

ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHHH You can’t help but respond well to someone else’s enthusiasm and interest in a project. You might want to try being more spontaneous. You know how to approach a higher-up to get the desired results. You know your stuff. Tonight: Respond to a loved one with a big smile. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHHH You don’t often see eye to eye with a loved one, especially if the topic revolves around assets and investments. You might not agree with what the other party says, whereas he or she seems to be very sure of him- or herself. Be more open to discussions. Tonight: Dinner for two. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHHH How you handle someone’s suggestions could be key to improving your relationship. Once you are on a oneon-one level with this person, you will be able to make a better decision. Learn from your mistakes. Tonight: Go along with a friend’s idea about meeting up. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHHH Curb a possessive streak that could emerge from out of nowhere. Without thinking, you could focus on the negatives rather than give 100 percent to whatever you decide to be involved in. Relax, and this mood will pass soon enough. Tonight: Weigh the pros and cons of a situation. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH Review a recent conversation you’ve had. As a result, you might decide not to work or relate as intensely with a certain person. You will be able to get past a problem quickly. Meanwhile, acknowledge what is happening around you. Get into the moment. Tonight: TGIF! VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHH You might not want to reveal everything, but you do need to share some of what is on your mind. Much of what you see and/or hear could be overwhelming. You are not accustomed to such displays; ask yourself if you could get used to it. Tonight: In the whirlwind of the moment. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHHH You recognize the level of support you receive from your friends. They make a big difference in your life. An opportunity to let go of all the day-today minutiae and be with those you care about might emerge; take advantage of it. Tonight: Love the moment. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHHH An older relative or friend assumes command. You might not appreciate being bossed around, but try to get through what you must with a smile, as this person’s attitude is just a passing phase. Don’t try to fight the inevitable. Tonight: Beam in whatever you want. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHH You would prefer to handle a matter personally. Your perspective changes radically as a result of an ongoing conversation verging on a debate. Others might lift their eyebrows when you express your new views. Let them think what they will. Tonight: Be entertained at home. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHHH Be willing to let a friend or associate run with the ball. You might not feel as sure of yourself as you would like to. In conversations, this person keeps you updated and shows respect for your ideas. You learn from his or her progressive style. Tonight: Be part of a duo. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHHH Take a stand, but expect to meet with some resistance. The opposition could be severe or annoying enough that you’ll decide to back off. If you can hold out, you will find a more opportune moment at a later date. Waiting will make your life easier. Tonight: As you like it. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHH You have a lot going on around you. Organization will be pivotal in handling all the information and requests



that seem to drop on your lap. Keep your focus, as there might be many moments when you could let go and enjoy what is happening. Tonight: Off to the gym. BORN TODAY Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus (1961), statistician Nate Silver (1978), actor Patrick Dempsey (1966)

original petition is on file with the PAGE 14 - FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2017 court.


You have the right to object to January 13, 2017 this proceeding. If you wish to do so, you or your attorney must Commonwealth of file a written appearance at this Massachusetts January 13, 2017 court on or before 10:00 A.M. on the return date of 01/27/2017. The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Commonwealth of This day is NOT a hearing date, Massachusetts but a deadline date by which you Docket No. HD16P2298EA have to file the written appearThe Trial Court ance if you object to the petition. INFORMAL PROBATE Probate and Family Court PUBLICATION NOTICE If you fail to file the written appearance by the return date, acEstate of: Hampden Probate tion may be taken in this matter and Family Court without further notice to you. In Sargent Nichols Tower 50 State Street addition to filing the written apSpringfield, MA 01103 Date of Death: pearance, you or your attorney July 8, 2015 must file a written affidavit statDocket # HD16P0645GD ing the specific facts and To all persons interested in the CITATION GIVING NOTICE O grounds of your objection within above captioned estate, by Petition of PETITION TO EXPAND THE 30 days after the return date. POWERS OF A GUARDIAN Sargent F. Tower, II of Old IMPORTANT NOTICE Saybrook, CT The outcome of this proceedIn the Interests of: Janet M Pulaski ing may limit or completely of Hadley, MA take away the above-named Sargent F. Tower, II of Old CT formerly of Westfield, MA person;s right to make de- Saybrook, has been informally appointed cisions about personal affairs as the Personal Representative RESPONDENT or financial affairs or both. of the estate to serve without Incapacitated Person/Protected The above-named person has surety on the bond. Person the right to ask for lawyer. e estate is being adminAnyone may make this re- Th To the named Respondent and quest on behalf of the above- istered under informal procedby the Personal Representall other interested persons, a named person. If the above- ure ative under the Massachusetts petition has been filed by: named person cannot afford a Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. InventIra Schoenberger o/b/o Elaine lawyer, one may be appointed ory and accounts are not reat State expense. quired to be filed with the Court, Center of Hadley, MA in the but interested parties are enabove captioned matter requesttitled to notice regarding the adWITNESS, ing that the court: ministration from the Personal Hon. Anne M Geoffrion, Representative and can petition Expand the powers of a Guardi- First Justice of this Court. the Court in any matter relating Date: December 20, 2016 an to the estate, including distribu-


tion of assets and expenses of

The petition asks the court to make a determination that the powers of the Guardian and/or Conservator should be expanded, modified, or limited since the time of the appointment. The original petition is on file with the court.

Suzannne T. Seguin administration. Interested parties entitled to petition the Court Register of Probate are to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner.

You have the right to object to this proceeding. If you wish to do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance at this court on or before 10:00 A.M. on the return date of 01/27/2017. This day is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline date by which you have to file the written appearance if you object to the petition. If you fail to file the written appearance by the return date, action may be taken in this matter without further notice to you. In addition to filing the written appearance, you or your attorney must file a written affidavit stating the specific facts and grounds of your objection within 30 days after the return date. IMPORTANT NOTICE The outcome of this proceeding may limit or completely take away the above-named person;s right to make decisions about personal affairs or financial affairs or both. The above-named person has the right to ask for lawyer. Anyone may make this request on behalf of the abovenamed person. If the abovenamed person cannot afford a lawyer, one may be appointed at State expense.


LEGAL NOTICES January 13, 2017 Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Docket No. HD16P226EA INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE

January 13, 2017



The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Hampden Probate and Family Court 50 State Street Springfield, MA 01103

Date of Death: July 29, 2016

To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Peti- In the matter of: tion of Reymi Rivera Michael W. Frisbie of EllingOf: Westfield, MA ton, CT RESPONDENT Alleged IncapaA Will has been admitted to in- citated Person formal probate To the named Respondent and all other interested persons, a Michael W. Frisbie of Elling- petition has been filed by Dept. ton, CT of Children & Families of Holyoke, MA in the above captioned has been informally appointed matter alleging that Reymi as the Personal Representative Rivera is in need of a Guardian of the estate to serve without and requesting that of Departsurety on the bond. ment of Children & Families of Holyoke, MA (or some other The estate is being admin- suitable person) be appointed to istered under informal proced- serve Without Surety on the ure by the Personal Represent- bond. ative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without The petition asks the court to desupervision by the Court. Invent- termine that the Respondent is ory and accounts are not re- incapacitated, that the appointquired to be filed with the Court, ment of a Guardian is necesbut interested parties are en- sary, and that the proposed titled to notice regarding the ad- Guardian is appropriate. ministration from the Personal The petition is on file with this Representative and can petition court and may contain a request the Court in any matter relating for certain specific authority. to the estate, including distribu- You have the right to object to tion of assets and expenses of this proceeding. If you wish to do administration. Interested parties so, you or your attorney must file are entitled to petition the Court a written appearance at this to institute formal proceedings court on or before 10:00 AM on and to obtain orders terminating the return date of 01/25/2017. or restricting the powers of Per- This day is NOT a hearing date, sonal Representatives appoin- but a deadline date by which you ted under informal procedure. A have to file the written appearcopy of the Petition and Will, if ance if you object to the petition. any, can be obtained from the If you fail to file the written apPetitioner. pearance by the return date, action may be taken in this matter without further notice to you. In addition to filing the written appearance, you or your attorney must file a written affidavit stati n g t h e s p e c i f i c f a c t s a nd grounds of your objection within 30 days after the return date.

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Docket No. HD15P0624EA CITATION ON PETITION FOR ORDER OF COMPLETE SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE Estate of: Charles P Pierce Date of Death: 12/27/2013 To all interested persons: A Petition has been filed by: Sean P Pierce of Westfield, MA requesting that an Order of Complete Settlement of the estate issue including to approve an accounting and other such relief as may be requested in the Petition. You have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before: 10:00 a.m. on 02/01/2017. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceeding. If you fail to file a timely written appearance and objection followed by an Affidavit of Objections within thirty (30) days of the return date, action may be taken without further notice to you. WITNESS, Hon. Anne M Geoffrion, First Justice of this Court. Date: January 03, 2017 Suzanne T. Seguin Register of Probate



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Newcomer Floyd could be X-factor for Patriots in playoffs “It’s very diverse and it’s very competitive,” Edelman said. “We’ve got a room full of brothers in there. Everyone, I can tell you right now, is mentally and physically tough. The addition of Mike, he’s been a stud; a guy that’s come in and worked hard and showed and displayed toughness. When we get those kinds of things, we like those kinds of guys.” Floyd said there’s no secret to how he’s fit in so quickly. “I feel good here. I feel at home. I feel welcomed,” Floyd said. “”I think it’s just going out there and making plays. I know what I can do and what my ability is. When my time is called and I’m out there to make a play, you just gotta go out there and make it.”

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Estate of: Sheila R. Frisbie Also Known As: Sheila Frisbie


he’s played. After being targeted just twice (one reception) in his debut Dec. 24 against the Jets, he caught three of the four passes thrown to him the following week and had a touchdown during the regular-season finale at Miami. He also was aggressive when he didn’t have the ball, helping his teammates pick up extra yards with his blocking downfield. “He’s worked hard. He’s gotten better,” coach Bill Belichick said. “Obviously, each time he goes out and runs a play for a second, third, fourth, fifth time there is a higher level of execution, confidence. ... I mean, he’s never going to catch up. There’s too far to go, but he’s closing the gap and he’s been able to help us on some things.” One of the things Floyd said has helped integrate himself into the Patriots’ culture is walling himself off from distractions. Part of that is living in a place nearby “where I can just kind of focus in on football and I can get to work in less than three minutes.” “I think it’s just a different attitude here, a different feeling,” Floyd said. “And being the new guy coming in, you gotta be up on everything. Be on your toes and just making sure that whatever they throw at you (that) you’re right on top of it, and you’re focused and you’re ready whenever your time is called.” Edelman, who leads the team with 98 catches, said that even in a short time Floyd has helped bring a different element to the receiving group.


Docket No. HD16P2325GD

WITNESS, Hon. Anne M Geoffrion, First Justice of this Court. Date: December 20, 2016

By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP SportsSuzannne Writer T. Seguin Register of Probate FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots gave Michael Floyd a fresh start last month when they signed the receiver just a day after he was waived by the Arizona Cardinals following a DUI arrest. A month later, Floyd has a chance to fulfill that faith and possibly play the role of X factor on a suddenly stacked group of Patriots receivers heading into the playoffs. It’s been a blurring four weeks for the 27-year-old stepping into the no-nonsense, high-expectation Patriots’ bubble. But Floyd says he is eager to get on the field for what will be the third postseason trip of his fiveyear NFL career. “I just think I take everything in,” he said. “Obviously, a lot of these guys have been here plenty of times. Some others haven’t. I have...I kind of know what it’s like, that’s it’s obviously different than being in the regular season because it’s win or go home.” Floyd was brought in to help bridge the gap created by Danny Amendola’s ankle injury on Dec. 4 that kept him sidelined for New England’s final four games. Amendola returned to practice during the Patriots’ bye week and has been a full participant in practices this week. So what Floyd’s role will be in Saturday’s divisional-round matchup with Houston is unknown with all four primarily receivers — Amendola, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell — healthy. Floyd has already made his presence felt in the two games





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