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VOL. 83 NO. 26

“The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.” — A.A. Milne


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Local Market Update Local Market Update – December 2013 – December 2013 A RESEARCH TOOL PROVIDED BY THE MASSACHUSETTS ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®


City of Westfield Westfield

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Year-Over-Year Change in Closed Sales All Properties

Year-Over-Year Change in Median Sales Price All Properties


Change in By Carl E. Hartdegen Inventory of Homes Staff Writer All Properties WESTFIELD – The growing By Peter Francis season came to an abrupt and December Year to Date Staff Writer early end on Dudley Avenue Single-Family Properties 2012 2013 +/– 2012 2013 +/– – Primary elections are Tuesday when city detectives Year-Over-Year WESTFIELDYear-Over-Year 23 276 18 + 27.8% 293 - 5.8% Closed Sales an integral part of the democratic proexecuted a warrant and shut down $192,000 $191,000 $218,250 - 12.0% $191,500 - 0.3%Change in Median Sales Price* Change in cess in the United States of America and an extensive indoor marijuana 120 115 + 4.3% ---Inventory of Homes for Sale Closed Sales Median Sales Price in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 5.2 4.7 + 10.8% ---Months Supply of Inventory growing operation. 107 96 108 - 0.8% 135 - 28.5% Cumulative Days on Market Until Sale Det. Timothy Grady reports, in All Properties enabling registered All members Propertiesof a party 91.2% 92.4% 91.5% - 0.3% 91.4% + 1.1% Percent of Original List Price Received* to select a candidate for political office a court document, that an on26 461 11 + 136.4% 417 + 10.6% New Listings from a pool of party members. going narcotics investigation garBut what if the race for a particular nered sufficient evidence to December Year to Date seat is a “mano y mano” duel between obtain a warrant for 16 Dudley Condominium Properties 2012 2013 +/– 2012 2013 +/– two candidates from opposing political Avenue which was executed 7 55 2 + 250.0% 33 + 66.7% Closed Sales parties? Tuesday at 8:10 p.m. by Grady $138,000 $132,000 $100,650 + 37.1% $137,000 - 3.6% Median Sales Price* 2012 2013According +to /a –state statute,2012 a primary 17 32 - 46.9% ---Inventory of Homes for Sale and his boss, Det. Sgt. Stephen K. 3.7 9.7 - 61.8% ---Months Supply of Inventory must be held prior to every election in Dickinson with detectives Brian 199 133 20 + 919.0% 169 - 21.4% 23the Commonwealth, Cumulative Days on Market Until Sale 18 + 27.8% regardless 293 of Closed Sales Freeman and Daniel Gustafson 90.8% 93.5% 93.4% - 2.8% 93.6% - 0.1% Percent of Original g List Price Received* whether a candidate is running unopwho were backed up by commu2 64 $218,250 2 0.0% 79 - 19.0% New Listings Sales Price* $192,000 - 12.0% $191,500 Median * Does not account for seller concessions. | Activity for one month can sometimes look extreme due to small sample size. posed or not in their party. nity policing Sgt. Eric Hall and behind this, according officers Patrick Shea, Sean Smith 120 The reasoning 115 + 4.3% -Inventory of Homes for Sale to Brian McNiff, spokesman for and Kevin Bard. Change in Median Sales Price from Prior Year (6-Month Average)** 5.2Secretary of+ State 4.7 10.8% -Months Supply of Inventory William F. Galvin, is Grady reports that the two resiSingle-Family Properties to allow for party candidates running a Condominium Properties dents, Robert A. Burnup, 31 and 107 108 b 0.8% campaign 135 Cumulative Days on MarketAll MLS Until Sale All MLS write-in, or -sticker, to have a Joseph J. Conroy, 44, of 16 Westfield Westfield shot at the nomination. Dudley Ave., answered the door 91.2% 91.5%a - 0.3% 91.4% Percent of Original List Price Received* + 15% + 70% However, with Democrat John Velis when the officers knocked. 26 11 + 136.4% 417 New Listings He stated that Burnup said he + 60% + 10% See Primary, Page 3 knew why the police were there + 50% and said that he and Conroy were + 5% involved in the marijuana grow+ 40% ing operation at the house. WESTFIELD — Sales of single-family + 30% 0% 140130LeafBurnup told the homes in Massachusetts fell slightly in officersA RESEARCH that heTOOL had marijuana 2012 2013 +/– 2012 + 20% PROVIDED BY THE MASSACHUSETTS ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® December compared with the same month the packaged for sale and money in - 5% year before, the second consecutive year-over+ 10% 7 2 + 250.0% 33 Closed Sales his second floor apartment and year sales decrease, two groups that track the 0% was escorted upstairs where he - 10% market announced $138,000 + 37.1% $137,000 Median Sales Wednesday. Price* gone up 23 out of the last 24 months,$100,650 according showed the detectives where cash - 10% Median prices, however, continued to rise. to the Realtors, which reported a 6 percent was hidden under the couch and, - 15% 17 32 - 46.9% -Inventory of Homes for Sale The Massachusetts Association of Realtors sales - 20% jump. in a closet, a glass jar with mariYear-Over-Year pubYear-Over-Year Year-Over-Year and The Warren Group, a Boston-based The Warren Group reported a more dramatic 3.7 9.7 - 61.8% -Months Supply of Inventory juana ready to be processed. - 20% - 30% Change in Change in Change in lisher of real estate data, said the 1-2013 number of 15 percent jump year-over-year. 1-2008 1-2009 1-2010 1-2011 1-2012 1-2008 1-2009 1-2010 1-2011 1-2012 1-2013 Burnup told the officers that the Closed Sales Median Sales Price Inventory of Homes sales were down less on thanMarket 1 percent when 199 By Peter 20eco+ 919.0% we consider national and regional Cumulative Days Until Sale “As Francis 169 growing area was in the northeast All Properties All Properties All Properties compared with December 2012, a more mod- nomic trends, real estate market data is very Staff Writer side of the basement where 90.8% WESTFIELD 93.4% - 2.8% – 93.6% Percent ofinOriginal g List Price Received* est drop than November. localized,” said Heather Witalisz, managing Westfield “numerous (marijuana) plants at The sales drop of less than one-quarter of 1 partner of WitaliszYear & Associates, Inc. “For December to Date Superintendent Dr. Suzanne 79 Scallion 2 2 0.0% New Listings different stages of growth” were percent did not faze the Waltham-based example, the average sale price for single famis| Activity leadingfor efforts to improve dropoutloo found.Single-Family Properties Realtors group. * Does not account for seller concessions. one month can sometimes 2012 2013 + / – 2012 2013 + / – ily homes in Westfield in 2013 increased by and graduation rates in the city’s high Grady points out “This is typi276to the same “After a slight blip in 18 November, 23 buyers +about 27.8%7 percent 293 compared - 5.8%time Closed Sales schools and has an affinity for develcal for a marijuana dealer by havwere able to help sales$218,250 get back on$192,000 track in -frame $191,000 12.0%last year.” $191,500 - 0.3% Median Sales Price* oping alternative programs to encouring plants at different stages of December,” President Peter The time on market is about shorter, 120said. + 4.3% 115 Ruffini --- 30 days -Inventory of Homes for Sale age students to stay in school. growth to keep product at all time “While 2013 will be remembered for a 5.2 lack of +yet the number has decreased, 4.7 10.8% -- of units sold --To this end, she is looking to Supply of Inventory ready Months for sale.” homes for sale, price increases have improved according to Multiple Listing Services. expand offerings at Westfield 107 96 108 0.8% 135 28.5% Cumulative Days on Market Until Sale A second room in the baseoverall home equity, which should help push - 0.3% “Buyer confidence is 92.4% on the rise+which Vocational Technical High School, 91.2% 91.5% 91.4% 1.1% is List Price Received* ment, Percent whichof Original also contained sellers into the market in 2014.” helping get buyers off the461 fence and+ 10.6% purchaswhich had an increase in graduation 26 136.4% 417 New Listings “chemical, electronic equipment, The Warren Group CEO 11 Timothy Warren Jr. +ing homes,” said Ted Cassell, broker for Park rates and a decrease in dropout rates said low inventory combined with rising inter- Square Realty in Westfield. “In 2014 already, this year. See Pot Plant, Page 3 All MLS December Year to Date est rates at the end of the year slowed the mar- the showing activity and pending sales are way In a year’s time, the Voke’s fourup of year.” 2013 year cohort, or group of students who Condominium Properties ket.“Sales and prices set a torrid 2012 2013 + /for – this time 2012 +/– Westfield pace in the third “It is anticipated that interest rates+are going started as ninth-graders and graduat7 55 250.0% 33 66.7% Closed Sales quarter of 2013 and through2 October. Now the +to gradually increase and buyers want to lock ed twelfth grade together, increased $132,000 $100,650 + 37.1% $137,000 - 3.6% Median Sales Price* market he said.$138,000 + 15% is taking a breather,” in a great rate now,” he said. “Although even if+ 70% in size by five students, while it’s 17 and - 46.9% 32 ---Inventory of Homes for Sale The number of condominiums sold rates do rise, the rates are fantastic by historical graduation rate increased by 1.2 per3.7 -standards.” 61.8% ---Months Supply of Inventory median condo prices were9.7up in December, cent to 75.5 percent, and it’s dropout 199 133 + 919.0% 169 - 21.4% + 60% Cumulative Days on Market Until Sale according to both groups. 20 rate decreased by 0.6 percent to 11.3 90.8% Year-over-year sales of93.4% condominiums have - 2.8% 93.6% - 0.1% Percent of Original g List Price Received*+ 10% See93.5% Home Sales, Page 8 percent. 2 64 2 0.0% 79 - 19.0% New Listings One plan being explored to spur * Does not account for seller concessions. | Activity for one month can sometimes look extreme due to small sample size. + 50% continued improvement in these rates is a potential aviation program for students at WVTHS. + 5% Change in Median Sales Price from Prior Year (6-Month Average)** + 40% “We’re currently working actively behind the scenes on that,” Scallion Single-Family Properties Condominium Properties said, adding that the idea came from + 30% b All MLS WVTHS Principal Stefan All MLS 0% By Peter Francis important messages about domestic violence aren’t rigid about location.” Czaporowski. “It’s Stefan’s baby.” Westfield Westfield a Staff Writer based on the results of a recent hilltown surThe PSAs will be posted on local commuHoping to work with and capitalize RUSSELL – “85 percent of hilltown resi- vey on domestic abuse. + 70% nity bulletin boards, in media outlets, and in + 20% + 15% on the Gulfstream Aerospace dents surveyed agree: DOMESTIC “It’s going to be a two-year campaign, so town halls throughout the hilltown region, and Corporation’s recent decision to VIOLENCE IS NEVER THE FAULT OF- 5% we expect to run about three (PSAs) over the Moran believes these will be effective outlets + 60% expand to Barnes Regional Airport, + 10% + 10% THE PERSON BEING ABUSED.” next year, and about five or six over the next to convey the group’s message. Czaporowski is excited for his stuThis slogan has been a rallying cry for the two years,” Moran said. + 50% According to task force member Diane dents to potentially take flight. Southern Hilltown Domestic Violence Task Moran said that the group of residents par- Meehan, the photoshoot will also double as a “It all started when we sent some + 5% 0% + 40% Force, and will be proclaimed loud and clear- 10% ticipating in the shoot are composed of several training seminar for the 30 participants. students up to Gulfstream last year in a series of public service announcements, task force members and community residents “(The training) is on how to respond as a for the ‘Walk in your Boots’ prothe first 0% of which will be produced this week- who are “well regarded” by+ 30% the organization. by-stander to domestic violence,” she said. gram,” Czaporowski said, adding that 10% end. The task force services the southern hill- “We’re gearing it twoards the survey we -did the school’s General Advisory + 20% Tomorrow, approximately 30 hilltown resi-- 15% towns which are also serviced by the Russell this past year, and we’re working with people Chairman, Ed Watson of Mobius dents will - 5% be photographed and trained in a State Police Barracks, though as Moran can (on posters) who are trusted community lead+ 10% Works, is an aviation enthusiast who 20% private session being put on by the task force, attest, domestic violence has little concern for ers, who’ve helped the program and have been has helped nurture the idea of an aviwith photos of community members used as geography. supportive.” 0% onics program. “Since then we’ve 10% the background for the PSAs. The PSAs will “Twenty percent of those who participated Meehan said that funding for the PSAs will spoken with the Federal Aviation 20% 30% be distributed as a series throughout the year. in the survey were from -the northern hill- come from state community block grants. 10% 1-2008 1-2009 1-2010 1-2011 1-2012 1-2013 1-2008 1-2009 1-2010 1-2011 According to Task Force Coordinator towns,” she said. “We don’t all of a sudden not - 15% See Aviation Program, Page 3 Monica Moran, the new ads will promote care about abuse going on -in20% other areas. We See Task Force, Page 3

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Voc-Tech preps aviation program for take-off

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Alumni Breakfast WESTFIELD - The high school alumni of 1945 meet on the first Wednesday of each month at Friendly’s between 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. All ’45 graduates and their friends are welcome to their “friendly” get-together. Come early! Next meeting is February 5.

Upcoming Concert WESTFIELD - On Saturday February 8, Rainy Day People brings the warm, familiar music of Gordon Lightfoot and Jim Croce to East Mountain Country Club’s Slim’s Sports Bar and Grill located at 1458 East Mountain Road in Westfield. The trio features vocals, bass and two guitars playing classics from these legendary artists. Come hear genuine renditions of favorites “Carefree Highway”, “Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald”, “Leroy Brown”, “Time in a Bottle” and more! There is no cover charge for this show, which starts at 8 p.m. Dinner is available prior to the show from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A cash bar will be offered during the evening. For more information, please visit or visit Rainy Day People at their Facebook page.





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Heart Month WESTFIELD - Noble Hospital is happy to announce upcoming Heart Month events in February. On February 5, nurses from the Education Department will visit the Governor’s Center and American Inn to speak about heart health. On February 5 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and February 21 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Noble will host Free Blood Pressure Screenings in the Cardiac Center on the ground floor. These screenings are free and open to the public. And on February 7, join us for Wear Red Day! Invite your friends, family, and coworkers to wear red, take a photo, and share it on our Facebook page ( or email it to us ( Heart disease is the number 1 killer of both men and women in the US. Let us spread the word about heart disease!


Pastel Workshop SOUTHWICK - Southwick Public Library is pleased to once again offer a hands-on pastel workshop for adults with Gregory Maichack, an award-winning pastel artist. On Wednesday, February 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Greg will welcome 15 students to the library’s Community Room to take part in his workshop: “Sublime Sunflowers: How to Pastel Paint Like the Masters.” All pastel paints and papers will be provided by Maichack, and the students will take their work home. However, space is limited, and registration is required. Interested patrons in good standing should sign up at the Circulation Desk or call the library at 569-1221 to secure their spot. Maichack, who is a pastel painting demonstrator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will display his original pastel works to illustrate the session. He has been in national juried shows and awarded hundreds of Massachusetts Cultural Council grants. Besides his portraiture, his still lifes and landscapes are represented by galleries from Kennebunk, Maine to San Francisco, California.

Leader Recognition Dinner WESTERN MASS - The Western Massachusetts Council of the Boy Scouts of America will hold their annual Leader Recognition Dinner on Saturday February 8 at the Castle of Knights, Chicopee. Several volunteers will be recognized for

their service to the youth of Western Mass; this event is also host to a National Court of Honor distinguished members are recognized for their outstanding service. On the slate for Nation Council Recognition are Cub Scout Tyler Wade of Pack 45 in Lee who will receive the Medal of Merit. The Medal of Merit is awarded for undertaking some outstanding act of service that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the wellbeing of others. Four dedicated adult volunteers - Vicki Kornacki, Sherry Kreps, Byron Izyk, Scott Massey - will receive the Silver Beaver Award , the highest council-level distinguished service award presented to registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council. The program will also include recognition for Mr. Neil Hawley’s 50 years of service and Mr. Robert Kidd’s service for 60 years. For additional information, please contact Neil A. Daboul, VP of Communications at 413-875-5015.

Alumni Band Reminder HUNTINGTON – Gateway alumni (from any graduating class) are invited to take part in the first ever Alumni Band! This is a minimal commitment of one weekend, which will take place on February 8 and 9. This will be a fun, musical weekend; people do not need to be playing currently in order to take part. This is part of the year-long 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Gateway Regional School District. Please RSVP as soon as possible by calling 685-1003 or emailing . Please confirm that you are taking part and report the instrument that you play. We need all instruments, so don’t be shy! We may be able to make arrangements for the loan of an instrument; if this is a need, please let us know when you RSVP. Please RSVP by January 31. Rehearsals will take place on Saturday, February 8. A runthrough will be held on Sunday, February 9. The music will be of a “do-able” level! The weekend will end with a short concert on Sunday afternoon for family and friends. All activities will take place at Gateway Regional High School in Huntington. We also need help getting the word out, so please share this information with your friends and former band mates!

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Expect more clouds than sun today, a light southwest breeze will help boost temperatures into the mid-30s. We will have mainly cloudy skies for Saturday. Once again, despite the clouds, the mercury will top out in the upper-30s, near 40! There will be a slight chance of a few rain/snow showers Sunday morning, but plan for sunshine by Sunday afternoon with highs in the low-40s. Sunday is Groundhog Day!

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Arizona shelter has 36-pound feline PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona animal shelter has a rather large cat on its hands. The Maricopa County Animal Care and Control recently received a 36-pound cat at one of its shelters in the Phoenix area. The cat named “Meatball” is temporarily staying in an office at the shelter because he’s too large to fit into a standard kennel. The cat is not available for adoption. Instead, the shelter is trying to place him with a rescue organization that helps overweight cats. The shelter says Meatball is extremely friendly and says he can comfortably walk despite his weight.

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Today is Friday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2014. There are 334 days left in the year. This is the Chinese New Year of the Horse.


n Jan. 31, 1944, during World War II, U.S. forces began a successful invasion of Kwajalein Atoll and other parts of the Japanese-held Marshall Islands.

On this date: In 1606, Guy Fawkes, convicted of treason for his part in the “Gunpowder Plot” against the English Parliament and King James I, was executed. In 1863, during the Civil War, the First South Carolina Volunteers, an all-black Union regiment composed of former slaves, was mustered into federal service at Beaufort, S.C. In 1865, Gen. Robert E. Lee was named general-in-chief of all the Confederate armies. In 1917, during World War I, Germany served notice it was beginning a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare. In 1929, revolutionary Leon Trotsky and his family were expelled from the Soviet Union. In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Gold Reserve Act. In 1958, the United States entered the Space Age with its first successful launch of a satellite into orbit, Explorer I.

In 1961, NASA launched Ham the Chimp aboard a Mercury-Redstone rocket from Cape Canaveral; Ham was recovered safely from the Atlantic Ocean following his 16½-minute suborbital flight. In 1971, astronauts Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell and Stuart Roosa blasted off aboard Apollo 14 on a mission to the moon. In 1974, legendary movie producer Samuel Goldwyn, 94, died in Los Angeles. In 1980, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands announced she would abdicate on her birthday the following April, to be succeeded by her daughter, Princess Beatrix. In 1990, McDonald’s Corp. opened its first fast-food restaurant in Moscow.

Ten years ago:

Six U.S.-bound flights from England, Scotland and France were canceled because of security concerns. Justine Henin-Hardenne won her third Grand Slam title, defeating Kim Clijsters 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the Australian Open. John Elway and Barry Sanders were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on their first attempt; they were joined by Bob Brown and Carl Eller.

Five years ago: Iraqis passed through security checkpoints and razor-wire cordons to vote in provincial elections considered a crucial test of the nation’s stability. A gasoline spill from a crashed truck erupted into flames in Molo, Kenya, killing at least 115 people. Serena Williams routed Di-

nara Safina 6-0, 6-3 to win her fourth Australian Open. Bruce Smith and Rod Woodson were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility; they were joined by Bob Hayes, Randall McDaniel, Derrick Thomas and Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson.

One year ago:

Chuck Hagel emerged from his grueling confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee with solid Democratic support for his nomination to be President Barack Obama’s next defense secretary. A gas explosion caused three floors of the headquarters of Mexico’s national oil company Pemex to collapse, killing 37 people. Caleb Moore, 25, an innovative freestyle snowmobile rider who’d been hurt in a crash at the Winter X Games in Colorado, died at a hospital in Grand Junction.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Carol Channing is 93. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Ernie Banks is 83. Composer Philip Glass is 77. Former Interior Secretary James Watt is 76. Beatrix of the Netherlands, the former queen regent, is 76. Actor Stuart Margolin is 74. Actress Jessica Walter is 73. Former U.S. Rep. Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., is 73. Blues singer-musician Charlie Musselwhite is 70. Actor Glynn Turman is 68. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Nolan Ryan is 67. Actor Jonathan Banks (TV: “Breaking Bad”) is 67. Singer-musician Harry Wayne Casey (KC and the Sunshine Band) is 63. Rock singer Johnny Rotten is 58. Actress Kelly Lynch is 55. Actor Anthony LaPaglia is 55. Singer-musician Lloyd Cole is 53. Rock musician Al Jaworski (Jesus Jones) is 48. Actress Minnie Driver is 44. Actress Portia de Rossi is 41. Actor-comedian Bobby Moynihan is 37. Actress Kerry Washington is 37. Singer Justin Timberlake is 33. Country singer Tyler Hubbard (Florida Georgia Line) is 27. Folk-rock singer-musician Marcus Mumford (Mumford and Sons) is 27.




Aviation Program Continued from Page 1

Det. Sgt. Stephen K. Dickinson and Det. Brian Freeman discuss plans for marijuana plants and growing equipment seized in a raid on a Dudley Avenue house Tuesday. (Photo by Carl E. Hartdegen)

Administration and the Department of Transportation about it, too.” The FAA’s “Walk in your Boots” program is where local students were able to shadow Gulfstream employees. Czaporowski said that this program would likely be housed at Barnes Regional Airport and would be a freshman exploratory program at first to see just how much interest it would garner from students. “Having Barnes right here is a great asset,” he added. “And since the program isn’t under Chapter 74, it doesn’t need approval from the state.” “We’re still in the early stages of work on the program,” said Heidi Fedak, a spokesperson for Gulfstream. “It’s a good thing to expose students to aviation careers, as well as careers involving science and technology, as well as engineering and math.” Fedak added that Gulfstream’s Westfield growth is proof that it is committed to the city and potential aviation students. “Any program that exposes students to piloting, maintenance tech and avionics tech skills is great to have,” she said. Watson also sees the value of bringing in an avionics program, and doesn’t think any time should be wasted in implementation. “We want to have it going by September,” he said. “The big issue is funding, but that’s where I come in, as I’m going to help seek it out.” The Chief Executive Officer of Mobius Works, a

Pot Plant Continued from Page 1 watering and ventilation systems and grow lights”, was found to contain “marijuana in the stage of drying, smaller marijuana plants and packaged marijuana ready for sale.” Back on the second floor, the searchers also found large bundles of cash and two electronic scales. Grady points out that “Burnup presently is unemployed and this amount of money is in excess of an unemployed person.” Also found on the second floor were a safe which contained packaged marijuana which Grady said appeared to be a more potent variety of marijuana than that grown in the house, a mason jar filled with 2.2 ounces of pot and a package of plastic baggies. On the first floor, an indoor garden, “assisted by grow lights and other electronic and chemical items”, was found in Conroy’s bedroom which was “very visible from outside” and consisted of numerous legal plants growing around several marijuana plants. 140130MJbudGrady stated that “the legal

plant grow would potentially be used as a ruse to conceal the marijuana grow if the police were to attempt to investigate high electric consumption or other evidence revealed from a marijuana grow.” The marijuana plants, the harvested marijuana, the growing equipment and cash totaling $4,595 were seized along with smoking pipes and other paraphernalia associated with using marijuana and both Burnup and Conroy were arrested for cultivating a Class D drug, possession of a Class D drug with intent to distribute and a drug violation near a school or park. Grady reports that the suspects’ house is 272 feet away from Abner Gibbs School and thus within the narcotics exclusion zone. The two men appeared in Westfield District Court on Wednesday before Judge Philip A. Contant for arraignment and were released on $2,500 personal surety pending an April 2 hearing.

Task Force Continued from Page 1 “Every year the hilltowns make proposals for grants, which go to things like infrastructure help,” she said. “But they have to put 20 percent of the grant toward social services.” Meehan, who works for the Hilltown Community Health Centers, said the HCHC receives funding through that 20 percent, along with organizations such as the Hilltown Social Services, Gateway Family Center, the Huntington Food Pantry, and Southern Hilltown Adult Education Center. She said that task force and community members will be available to discuss the project at 1:30 p.m. at the Russell Town Hall with any hilltown residents who are curious about the organization.

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“Our goal is to implement two or three other programs at other schools around the state,” he said. “We’re in the very early stages (of planning), so we’re doing our due dilligence to see what the cost would be. Between the FAA, MassDOT, the school, and the airport, we’re working to figure out how to fund it.” Watson is gung ho about getting the wheels off the runway by September, but Willenborg says the launch date depends heavily on the type of program it becomes and isn’t ruling it out. “If it’s a general aviation program that is tied into existing programs at the Voke, then a year may be doable,” he said. Rob Ollari, WVTHS director of student services, believes that an industry that will be in need of 650,000 workers in 16 years will require workers with a technical aptitude that WVTHS students already possess. “Mechanics, collision tech for body work, there is a huge need for these positions, in addition to pilots, and we have students who are in mechanical and collision tech shops right now,” he said. “This program would be a good fit for the Voke.” Ollari said that students who will enter the prospec-

tive program would be undergoing an intensive four-year undertaking, but would graduate with an Airframe and Powerplant, or A&P, license allowing them to work on aircraft right out of school. “This type of program isn’t something that is common throughout the Commonwealth,” Ollari said, reiterating that the program is still in the very early stages and that a lot of legwork is yet to be done on the local to federal level. “Having Gulfstream in our backyard and the 104th down the road… This would be great for the school, for the community, and for western Mass.” Watson is preparing to personally fly a group of students to Queens Aviation High School in New York City, one of the few avionicsfocused high schools in the northeast, next month, and is enthusiastic about the potential of an avionics program in Westfield, a city with a storied history in flight. “The 104th Air National Guard has been here since everyone can remember. The airport first opened in 1929, I think, and every machine shop in the city makes something or another for airplanes,” he said. “This is an aviation town.”

Continued from Page 1 may be spending their winters elsewhere. “The last special election we had was a dual election, so we allowed wardens more workers.” In addition to workers, supply deliverers and police, the city must also pay for the polling equipment, and programs and memory cards for processing of the ballots, but Fanion says the most frustrating aspect of running a special election primary are the differences between state and city guidelines for paying that help. “We pay our ‘checkers’ $60 a day, but the state rate is $4 an hour. It’s hard to break it down the way the state wants it,” she said. “It’s about $38,000 on average to run one of these (primaries).” Fanion also acknowledged that police officers are a necessity, albeit one with a differing payscale. “Obviously a sergeant is going to make more than a lower-ranking officer,” Fanion said, adding that Westfield’s finest earn between $40 and $50 an hour to supervise the polling. “We know it’s not going to be that busy this year. But you still have to have police.”

“I’ve never thought about that. I’ve run unopposed when running for state rep before, but that was always for something like my opponent not turning in their papers,” said State Senator Don Humason, Jr. (R-Westfield). “If we had a November election, we had a September primary.” Humason, who vacated the seat that Allie and Velis are now running for, won a special election himself last fall for the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District Senate seat, defeating Holyoke Democrat David Bartley after coasting through a Republican primary against Mike Franco, also of Holyoke. “I know the Secretary of State reimburses the city some cost, but it still seems like a waste,” Humason said. “My guess is that they’ll say it’s ‘part of the electoral process.’” he said when asked what the reaction would be to proposing a change to the statute on Beacon Hill. “My thought is leave the seat open till September, but I know they (the House) wouldn’t want to keep it vacant that long.”

Primary and Republican Daniel Allie the only candidates to take out papers for the April 1 special election for the 4th Hampden District seat in the State House of Representatives, the question remains: are primaries, which cost the city thousands of dollars, really necessary when candidates are running unopposed? “It’s been a state law since we’ve been having primaries, over 100 years ago,” said McNiff. “But it only becomes startling in a situation like this (when two candidates run unopposed).” Westfield City Clerk Karen Fanion said the state reimburses a large chunk of the money the city spends to hold an election, but that it still costs the city to hold this election. “For the last U.S. Senate special election primary between Ed Markey and Gabriel Gomez, the state reimbursed us $38,072,” she said, which is “pretty close” to what the city spent in total. “Special elections are different The state has certain formulas that we’re bound by for reimbursement.” “We’ve had so many special elections recently, but this was the first time we really recognized there wasn’t a need, so we double-checked with the state,” Fanion said. “But unless they change the law, we have to do this.” The city’s primary will be held on March 4 in all 12 city precincts, which each have a warden, clerk, and deputy. “Wardens are allowed to choose how many workers they want, and usually have their own crew of workers,” Fanion said, adding that wardens, who may choose up to 12 workers, may be using smaller crews due to the timing of this particular primary, as many of the usual workers

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As we approach our senior years, life changes. Children are busy with their families, loss of friends and spouses, loneliness, help needed. Senior Centers are helpful for so many needs, especially social activities. Please think about assisting Westfield for a comfortable place for the elderly, who helped Westfield for many years. If you happen to visit Senior Centers in areas around us, I am sure you will be anxious to contribute for our Westfield Senior Center. Hi! I see where the project by DOMUS for the old Red Cross house is going to go through, which I think is a good idea to house homeless students. I had called before and suggested using bunk beds for the 10 single units so they could double the amount of people in there. Can anybody out there give me the number or some information how I can contact Ann Lentini to talk to her about this, about my suggestion? Thank you very much. According to the DOMUS website their contact information is 4 School Street, Floor 2, Westfield, MA 01086 / Tel: 568-4494 / Fax: 564-0197 / Good afternoon Westfield. I am calling about the Westfield Post Office and the service that they try to give us. In July my dad passed away and my sister lives in Virginia and she’s taking care of all the billing for my mom, she’s home by herself. My sister went in after the funeral and asked them to direct all the mail down to her and they said no problem and that lasted about two weeks. Then she called them and told them it had to be done so she could take care of the billing. And I forget how long that one lasted but then I took over. I’ve been in there twice in person and they’ve guaranteed that it would be taken care of. Now, if they can’t hire personnel that can take care of a simple thing like that… I know people who have had that done before and there have no problems. So I just wondered if anybody else has had a problem like this. I just received a letter that I have to go down to the store, get an envelope and a stamp and mail it down to my sister so she can take care of the bills so we don’t get in any trouble. Otherwise, they drop off all the junk mail you could ask for every single day. I’d appreciate if anybody else had a problem like this they’d write in. Thank you, Westfield. It would be wise to take up your concerns with the Westfield Post Master since the Pulseline cannot help with this issue. According to the USPS web site (http:// the Post Master for Westfield is Mirta Laboy.

Anti-pot billboards coming Sunday By Tal Kopan Days after a marijuana advocacy group announced its pro-pot billboards around the Super Bowl, an anti-marijuana group is unveiling its own. Smart Approaches to Marijuana, a group chaired by former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), gave a preview Wednesday of the group’s digital and vinyl billboards that will go up in the New York-New Jersey area in time for Sunday’s Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium. The advertisements feature a football player in motion and marijuana leaf, labeling the former “motivation, perseverance, and determination” and the latter “none of the above.” “Marijuana kills your drive. Don’t lose in the game of life,” the tagline reads. The announcement comes on the heels of a similar campaign from the Marijuana Policy Project, which this week announced five football-themed billboards calling for a relaxation of NFL rules banning player use of weed. In recent remarks, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke about possibly allowing players to use medicinal marijuana if it’s shown to help with head injuries. Smart Approaches to Marijuana said the billboards will call attention to the dangers of marijuana. “Marijuana use saps motivation, perseverance, and determination — the opposite of what it takes to win the Super Bowl,” Kennedy said in a statement. “It is not a safe drug, especially for kids, and we need to reiterate the message to coaches, parents, players, and teens alike that it has no place in football.” The ads went up Wednesday night. On Thursday, MPP announced it would put up more billboards responding to the ones from SAM, including one that parodies the design of SAM’s ad to argue marijuana is safer than alcohol and another featuring a quote from Kennedy that President Barack Obama was right to say alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana, though Kennedy has been an outspoken critic of Obama’s recent remarks. Pot has been in particular focus as many have noted the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos both represent states that recently have changed their laws to allow recreational use of marijuana.

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House clears farm bill By David Rogers Given up for dead just months ago, a new five-year farm bill easily cleared the House Wednesday morning, and the Senate hopes to send it onto President Barack Obama early next week. Resistance has largely collapsed given the strength of the House’s 251-166 vote. Soon after the bill papers arrived Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed cloture with the vote set for late Monday. Assuming that proponents get the required 60 votes then, the vote on final passage will come at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday Reid announced. Filling hundreds of pages, the giant measure combines a landmark rewrite of commodity programs with bipartisan reforms and savings from food stamps. It caps years of struggle spanning two Congresses, a political saga largely ignored by the national media and White House but one that fractured the old farm and food coalition as never before. Given this history, the breadth of support in the House Wednesday was all the more striking. Republicans, including Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), backed the measure 162-63. A narrow majority of Democrats opposed the bill, but among the 89 who backed the measure were the party’s very top leaders, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D- Calif.), Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C), the assistant Democratic leader. “This has been a long and seemingly epic journey,” said House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) in opening the debate. “Good men and women, of different opinion, working to get to a final product.” Reformers came away frustrated by the bill’s failure to rein in crop insurance subsidies and impose a more meaningful cap on what any single farm can receive in government aid. “This bill is woefully short of what’s needed,” said Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.). But the measure has won high praise from wildlife and land conservation groups. At one level, it’s almost a coming of age for growers of organic foods and goes much further than past farm bills in opening the door to specialty crops and cattle ranchers — two priorities for Stabenow and Lucas. “These are landscape changes,” said Dan Wrinn, director of public policy for Ducks Unlimited, citing new conservation provisions that would employ crop insurance subsidies as a lever to better protect prairie grass and wetlands. “Of course it’s not perfect. If you want perfect, you’ll get that in heaven,” said Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.). “This place is closer to hell, so this is a pretty good compromise that we have come up with.” Factoring in cuts already begun during the two-year debate, the package should generate about $23 billion in 10-year savings, a third of which is attributed to the nutrition title. But any such budget estimates — high or low — must be viewed cautiously because of the drop in corn prices since last spring. From a policy standpoint, the single biggest decision in the bill is to end the nearly 18-year-old system of direct cash payments to farmers, which cost more than $4.5 billion annually

and go out at a fixed rate — whatever a farmer’s profits or even if he hasn’t planted crops. Instead, producers will have to make a choice in the next few months between two options linked to real market losses. The first, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage and favored by the Senate, promises early but temporary assistance to growers faced with a downward cycle of prices. Payments would be triggered once prices fall 14 percentage points below the prior five-year average. But the subsidy covers only a narrow 10-point band — from 86 percent to 76 percent of revenues — and will fade after several years if prices don’t improve. The second choice, Price Loss Coverage, fits the more classic countercyclical model of fixed, government-set target prices — not a rolling five-year average. PLC payments would typically be triggered later in a market downturn but then promise a more permanent floor to cover a farmer’s production costs — a major priority for Lucas. Estimates released Tuesday evening by the Congressional Budget Office project that the combined cost of the two alternatives at $27.2 billion — substantially more than the House had wanted last spring. And the cost of ARC — which was heavily promoted by the corn and soybean lobby, could very well grow since corn prices have already dropped well below the assumptions used in CBO’s baseline. The other side of this coin is that lower market prices will also reduce the required subsidies for crop insurance, since farmers will be buying protection for a lowered valued crop. In either case, the bottom line is a net reduction from what CBO forecasts for farm programs under current law. And Lucas and Stabenow hope the new system will be seen as a more rational and need-based safety net for farmers. Regional differences and the ever-present shadow of the World Trade Organization narrowed their options. The final deal falls back on the old regimen of paying on a farmer’s “base acres” — a function of past plantings, not what is real in any given crop year. And because the commodity title consumed so much of the bargaining, there was never a really meaningful discussion about even modest cuts from subsidies for crop insurance. But the biggest distraction from the farm policy debate was a bitter partisan struggle in the House over the future of food stamps, formally titled the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. Lucas found himself frequently at odds with his own Republican leadership, and in the 2012 election years, the chairman was blocked from even bringing a farm bill to the House floor. When he finally did last June in a new Congress, the bill was upended after a fight sparked by a far-reaching food stamp amendment promoted by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). That loss was followed by an unprecedented series of votes in which the nutrition title was first stripped out entirely in July See Farm Bill, Page 8




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WESTFIELD Emergency Response and Crime Report Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 10:29 am.: assist citizen, King Place, a caller requests an office to assist while he collects his belongings at a King Place address, the responding officer reports that the man gathered his possession and agreed to pay a debt to the resident by Friday; 10:53 a.m.: assist citizen, Shepard Street, a caller reports her keys are locked inside the running vehicle, the responding deputy chief reports entry was made; 11:23 a.m.: annoying phone calls, Franklin Street, a caller reports she has been receiving annoying phone calls for a family friend and although she does not want to make a formal complaint she would like the woman to stop calling her, the responding officer reports he spoke with the other woman who agreed to stop making contact; 2:15 p.m.: narcotics complaint, Locust Street, a resident came to the station to surrender several bottles of a prescription opium preparation, the officer reports the drugs were accepted for proper disposal; 4:12 p.m.: officer wanted, Conner Avenue, a caller reports he believes his firearms were stolen from his former girlfriend’s residence, see story in the Wednesday edition of The Westfield News; 4:12 p. m.: fraud, Main Street, a caller from a Main Street supermarket reports a person is apparently trying to cash a fraudulent check, the responding officer reports that the caller said that a woman attempted to buy gift cards and obtain cash from a check which had been made payable to a male party, the officer reports that the woman had left the area but was identified, a criminal complaint was filed; 4:46 p.m.: larceny, Springfield Road, a caller from a Springfield Road department store reports a past larceny, the responding officer reports a male party was seen to conceal DVDs ion his clothing and left the store, the officer reports a description of the vehicle was provided, security video will be reviewed; 5:27 p.m.: violation of a protective order, Elm Street, a caller reports the defendant o a protective order had called her in violation of an existing protective order, a criminal complaint was filed; 8:20 p.m.: narcotics violation, Dudley Ave., detectives report a warrant was executed and a marijuana growing operation was discovered, see story in the Friday edition of The Westfield News; Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 9:20 a.m.: public service, St. Mary’s Elementary School, a community policing officer reports he read to children at the school and spent their recess with them; 11:44 a.m.: motor vehicle violation, Arch Road, a patrol officer reports a traffic stop, the vehicle’s registration was found to be expired, the vehicle was towed to the police impound yard; 2:14 p.m.: motor vehicle violation, Elm Street, a patrol officer reports a traffic stop, the operator’s license was found to be expired, the vehicle was towed to the police impound yard; 3:29 p.m.: accident, Park Square, a patrol officer reports a passing motorist advised him that a truck had knocked down some of the bollards surrounding the green, the responding officer reports three of the posts were knocked down, apparently by an unknown vehicle; 4:49 p.m.: violation of a protective order, East Silver Street, a resident came to the station to report the violation of a protec-

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tive order, the responding officer reports the complainant said that the defendant of a protective order had sent her a text message in violation of the ‘No contact’ clause of the order, a criminal complaint was filed; 7:55 p.m.: assault, Harrison Avenue, a caller reports that her 19-year-old son threatened to harm her and others while in her vehicle and she is afraid of her son who is homeless, the young man was taken into custody but during the booking process the incident was found to have occurred in Northampton, State Police advised that the woman should make her complaint in Northampton but a trooper was dispatched to take custody of the suspect; 8:56 p.m.: vandalism, Caitlin Way, a caller reports that his pickup truck was struck with 3-4 eggs between 6:30 and 8:50 p.m., no formal report was required but the incident was documented; 9:43 p.m.: vandalism, Granville Road, a resident reports via the online reporting option that she had been out walking her dog when she heard what she discovered were the sounds of eggs striking her vehicle, the woman said that when she looked she saw a described young man leaning out of a described vehicle throwing eggs at a neighbor’s property; 11:09 p.m.: disturbance, Massachusetts Turnpike, a resident came to the station to complain that her intoxicated boyfriend struck her while they were driving home, the responding officer reports the alleged assault occurred when the vehicle was on the turnpike, officers were advised to be on the lookout for the vehicle in which the suspect was believed to be a passenger but it was not found, the complainant was provided a courtesy transport to the Westfield State Police barracks so she could make a report to the relevant authority.


Calligraphy Course WESTFIELD - Westfield Creative Arts, in partnership with Westfield State University, presents its newest class, Calligraphy taught by Kathy MorrisseyMorini. Art of Calligraphy is an eight-week course that explores all levels of calligraphy. The class will be held on Thursdays from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. February 6, 13, 20, 27 and March 6. The class will cover instruction of upper and lowercase letterforms and numbers using broad edge markers, various pen nibs, ink, gouache and glair, as well as layout and design of individual and/or group projects. The cost of the course is $140 for non-members plus supplies. Contact instructor for supply list and fee. Calligraphy is for beginners as well as those with some experience with calligraphy. Morrissey-Morini is a professional calligrapher who has taught calligraphy to adults and children for over 25 years. She has studied extensively with internationally recognized masters and earned a BFA in Art at UMass Amherst. Currently, she is a parttime Elementary Art Specialist with the Pittsfield Public Schools. A full schedule of class dates and times can be found at www.westfieldcreativearts. com . Regular gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., Thursday, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., and Saturday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. For more information on Westfield Creative Arts, call (413) 2775829.

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years, Hilltown Families has organized a community-wide Handmade Valentine Swap, a free event open to all families in western Mass. Last year 1,300 handmade Valentines were swapped, and we’re looking forward to having more families join in the fun again this year! A community handmade Valentine swap gives families an opportunity to be creative together while connecting with other families in Western Massachusetts Through the swap, participants mail out handmade Valentines to 10 assigned addresses, and in return each participant receives handmade Valentines from 10 other participants. The swap is intergenerational and cards can be handmade by any combination of child and adult, so if kids aren’t completely up to the task or if an adult would like to make their own design, there’s flexibility. Deadline to sign up is Friday, January 31. That Sunday, February 2, participants will be emailed their assigned names and addresses of families to mail their handmade Valentines to. Everyone is kindly requested to mail their Valentines off by February 7. Signing up to participate in the swap is free and open to all families in Western Massachusetts. To sign up visit and for more information, visit www.HilltownFamilies. org or email

Pizza Party RUSSELL - On Monday, February 10 at noon there will be a pizza party with birthday cake and ice cream at the Russell Council on Aging. We will also have Bingo, and a Valentine-making contest. In lieu of payment, we ask that you bring a donation of non-perishable food for the Huntington

LOST AND FOUND $100. REWARD. LOST: BRACELET, black leather and silver on 12/5/13. Vicinity Westfield Shops parking lot possibly Friendly’s, Big Y areas. (508)685-7949. FOUND - Diamond ring in Westfield. Call 5687560 (12/2/13) $500. REWARD. Lost cat. “Nowelle” black with white striped nose, white paws and white bib. Needs daily insulin. Call, text, email Karen, (413) 478-3040. anytime. . (11-27-13) REWARD! Lost: black and white medium haired cat. Vicinity of Munger Hill area of Westfield. Work (617)212-3344. (11-27-13)

Court Logs Westfield District Court Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 Dana L. DeCillis, 36, of 25 South View Drive, Southwick, was released on her personal recognizance pending a March 26 hearing after she was arraigned on charges of operating a motor vehicle with suspended registration, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle brought by Southwick police John M. Stone, 22, of 157 Main St., was released on his personal recognizance pending a March 14 hearing after he was arraigned on a charge of larceny of property valued less than $250 brought by Westfield police. Chazmine M. Lee, 20, of 32B Everton Ave., Worcester, submitted to facts sufficient to warrant guilty findings for two charges of assault and battery on a police officer and a charge of disorderly conduct brought by Westfield State University police and the charges were continued without a finding with probation for three months. She was assessed $50.

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 Juan Castro, 39, of 47 Russell St., West Springfield, was found to be responsible for charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle without a valid inspection sticker and was assessed $100. He was found to be not responsible for a marked lanes violation. Michele L. Duval, 37, of 910 Dwight St., Holyoke, was released on her personal recognizance pending an April 2 hearing after she was arraigned on charges of possession of a Class B dug, a subsequent offense, and possession of heroin brought by Westfield police. Aleksandr Dubovoy, 21, of 17 W. School St., was found to be responsible for a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license brought by Westfield police and was assessed $50. Volodynyr Stetsyuk, 32, of 75 Moseley Ave., was found to be responsible for a number plate violation to conceal identification brought by Westfield police and was assessed $50. Rebecca A. Pachot, 33, of 360 Jarvis Ave., Holyoke, was released on $500 personal surety pending an April 2 hearing after she was arraigned on a charge of larceny of property valued more than $250 brought by Westfield police. Josue A. Torres, 30, of 23 Frederick St., was found to be responsible for charges of operating a motor vehicle without a valid inspection sticker and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle brought by Westfield police and was assessed $100. Nicole M. Reneris, 20, of 15 Pond View Drive, Granville, Food Pantry. Please RSVP by Monday, saw a charge of being a person younger than the legal drinking February 3 at 413-862-6205 so we know age in possession of liquor brought by Agawam police not how much food to order. Address is 65 prosecuted. Main Street.

Boating Safety Course at Westfield State WESTFIELD - Westfield State University’s Division of Graduate and Continuing Education will be offering Boating Safety on Tuesday nights from February 4 to April 8 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Taught by qualified U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary instructor, Bob Madison, this course includes information on boat construction, life jackets, trailer handling, boat handling, the waterway marking system, reading buoys, day markers, lights, rules you must follow, inland boating, introduction to navigation, charts, chart tools, boat motors, lines and knots, basic weather, and boat radios. This course is suitable for beginners as well as serious boaters and satisfies all state requirements for licensing. A certificate will be issued after passing the final exam. This course is designed for adults, as well as for children as young as 7th grade. The required book ($35) will be available from the instructor on the first night of class. The cost of this course is $25 for community members. Registration will be accepted until the first night of class. For information and to register, contact Brandon Fredette at (413) 572-8033 or bfredette@ or visit www.westfield.

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Products aim to help kids sleep KIM COOK Associated Press Do your young ones balk at bedtime? Get gnarly at naptime? There are plenty of products aimed at parents looking to create the right mood in the nursery to send little ones off to sleep. Parents of wakeful or colicky babies should talk with their pediatrician. And the first rule is not to put anything in the crib of a baby under a year old, says Deborah Pedrick, founder of the Family Sleep Institute in Stamford, Conn. (www. She notes that the American Academy of Pediatrics advises that any loose articles, such as blankets, bumpers or stuffed animals, be removed from a crib, although a pacifier is OK. After a year, however, many parents do like to give babies comfort objects. Retailers and manufacturers are happy to oblige. Land of Nod has super-soft plush blankets that have animal head shapes, so children can cuddle elephants, rabbits and lambs. (www. Pillow Pets, those soft plush toys that double as pillows, include unusual animals like koalas, buffalo and elephants, as well as dolphins and dinosaurs. A lighted version, Dream Lites, projects a starry night sky on the wall for 20 minutes. ( Projectors that display starry skies and frolicking sheep, and pillows that glow in the dark, have caught on in recent years. Elizabeth Pantley, author of “The No Cry Sleep Solution” (McGrawHill, 2002), says darkness is nature’s way of signaling that it’s time to sleep. The projectors or glowing pillows can be part of the bedtime ritual, she says, but then turn them off. Or put them behind furniture so the glow isn’t as strong. (www.pantley. com) Many of the projectors do come with a 20-minute programmable shut-off. White noise can be relaxing for many babies and children, Pantley says, especially a steady, unobtrusive, relaxing sound, such as rainfall, ocean waves or, for newborns, a heartbeat. Homedics’ SoundSpa collection includes machines that play sounds of nature including moving water, crickets and heartbeats. There’s a portable clip-on model for traveling. The Graco Baby Sweet Slumber Sound Machine is a veritable sleep disco with 12 different sound options, MP3 port for customizable plug in music and a night light. Duux makes a cool-mist humidifier shaped like a mushroom, with an aromatherapy option (;; www. ) You can personalize your child’s bedtime routine by downloading songs or stories to Cloud B’s menagerie of soft sleep critters. The company also offers the Lullabag, a soft, baby-size zippered sleeping bag. ( If high-tech peace of mind is important, check out They offer a sleep mat integrated with a fiber-optic system that monitors baby’s breathing and movement. You can also record your voice or lullabies.

BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Google Glass is getting glasses. The computerized, Internet-connected goggles don’t actually come with lenses in its frame. Starting Tuesday, Google is offering an optional attachment for prescription lenses and new styles of detachable sunglasses. The move comes as Google Inc. prepares to make Glass available to the general population later this year. Currently, Glass is available only to the tens of thousands of people who are testing and creating apps for it. Glass is basically a small computer, with a camera and a display screen above the wearer’s right eye. The device sits roughly at eyebrow level, higher than where eyeglasses would go. It lets wearers surf the Web, ask for directions and take photos or videos. Akin to wearing a smartphone without having to hold it in your hands, Glass also lets people read their email, share photos on Twitter and Facebook, translate phrases while traveling or partake in video chats. Glass follows some basic voice commands, spoken after the words “OK, Glass.” The gadget itself is not changing with this announcement. Rather, Google plans to make various attachments available for people who wear glasses or sunglasses. The Mountain View, Calif., company is now offering four styles of frames for prescription lenses. It’s also offering two new types of shades, in addition to the one previously available. The frames cost $225 and the shades, $150. That’s on top of the $1,500 price of Glass. Users can take the frames to any vision care provider for prescription lenses. Google says it is working with insurance provider Vision Service Plan to train eye-care providers around the U.S. on how to work with Glass. Google says some insurance plans may cover the cost of the frames. VSP, which covers 64 million people in the U.S., will also provide coverage for the frames and prescription lenses as part of its partnership with Google. VSP’s typical allowances for frames can range from $80 to $160. Isabelle Olsson, the lead designer for Google Glass, says the new frames open the spectacles up to a larger audience. She demonstrated the new frames to The Associated Press last week at the Google Glass Basecamp, an airy loft on the eighth floor of New York City’s Chelsea Market. It’s one of the places where Glass users go to pick up their wares and learn how to use them. Walking in, visitors are greeted, of course, by a receptionist wearing Google Glass. “We want as many people as possible to wear it,” she said. To that end, Glass’s designers picked four basic but distinct frame styles. On one end is a chunky “bold” style that stands out. On the other is a “thin” design — to blend in as much as possible. Olsson said Google won’t be able to compete with the thousands of styles offered at typical eyeglasses stores. Instead, Glass’s designers looked at what types of glasses are most popular, what people wear the most and, importantly, what they look good in. The latter has been a constant challenge for the nascent wearable technology industry, especially for something like Google Glass, designed to be worn on your face. When Google unveiled Glass in a video nearly two years ago, it drew unfavorable comparisons to Bluetooth headsets, the trademarks of the fashionignorant technophile. In designing Google Glass, Olsson and her team focused on three design principles with the goal of creating something that people want to wear. These were lightness, simplicity and scalability. That last one means having different options available for different people — just as there are different styles of headphones, from in-ear buds to huge aviator-style monstrosities. Google Glass currently comes in five colors — “charcoal,” a lighter shade of gray called “shale,” white, tangerine and bright blue “sky.” The frame attachments out Tuesday are all titanium. Users can mix and match. “People need to be able to choose,” Olsson said. “These products need to be lifestyle products.”

This April 19, 2013 photo shows a Variegated slug on a property at a private residence in Langley, Wash. Slugs are ravenous plant eaters that leave behind slimy trails of destruction. Remove any debris that gives them a place to hide during the day, to prevent their pattern of coming out to feed at night. (AP Photo/Dean Fosdick)

Prevent a garden slugfest with baits, upkeep DEAN FOSDICK Associated Press Slugs and snails are ravenous plant eaters that leave behind slimy trails of destruction as they glide through nurseries and lawns, farm fields and gardens. Remedies abound, but prevention is an effective way to start. “Remove any debris from the garden,” said James Dill, a pest management specialist with University of Maine Extension. “Straw, boards, leaves and stuff like that. They provide the perfect hiding places for slugs in the daytime. Then they come out at night and do their damaging thing.” Slugs are essentially snails without shells, Dill said. “Sizes and colors are all over the map but both can be very destructive.” Slugs and snails prefer feeding on softleaved plants, although they will eat whatever is available. “Three or four years ago I would have said strawberries, hostas and leaves,” Dill said. “But when you see the damage (done) to potatoes or tubers, you realize they can rasp on anything.” Maine had a wet summer last year and slugs hit the state’s potato crop hard. “Commercial growers reported 6 to 7 percent of their crop was damaged,” Dill said. Slugs prefer cool, rainy climates where they won’t dry out. Snails, which can find relief from the heat by withdrawing into their shells, are more adapted to dry climates. Effective snail and slug management calls for a combination of garden upkeep and trapping. As for the most commonly used homemade baits, however, put away the saltshakers and leave the beer in a cooler, said Robin Rosetta, an entomologist with the Oregon State University Extension Service. “Table salt can dry up the mollusks but it also can build in the soil over time, damaging plants,” she said. “Fermented sugar water and yeast is cheaper than beer-baited traps and just as functional for drowning

slugs.” Commercial baits are toxic to snails and slugs, but some varieties — especially those containing metaldehyde — can be harmful to children and pets. “The iron phosphate products work really well, are generally less toxic than other chemical controls, and several are organic,” Rosetta said. Be prepared to reapply the baits since not all slug and snail species are active at the same time. “Bait throughout the year or you could see damage you didn’t expect because you didn’t hit a particular group,” Rosetta said. Making your yard less hospitable to slugs and snails is generally more effective than using chemicals, she said. Consider: — watering plants in the morning when snails and slugs are less active. Using drip irrigation rather than sprinklers also makes their habitat less appealing. — distancing plants that need more water from those that are drought-tolerant. “This will limit areas that slugs call home,” Rosetta said. — weeding to eliminate moist places where slugs find cover. — handpicking slugs about two hours after sunset. “Handpicking is a viable method if you have the time and a small area,” Rosetta said. — using barriers to separate slugs and snails from planting beds. Slugs and snails are effective climbers so raised bed gardens and containers aren’t good deterrents. “Placing copper strips around those systems, though, works as a repellent, and is toxic to slugs and snails,” Rosetta said. ——— ON THE NET: For more about controlling snails or slugs, Oregon State University site: nurspest/mollusks.htm

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This photo provided by Suzusan shows shibori lamp shades from the Suzusan Luminaires collection, Shizuku. Hiroyuki Murase, is the creative director at the Dusseldorf-based Suzusan and the 5th generation of a shibori-making family, that exemplifies both the 3-D possibilities of shibori and the bridge between traditional and new. (AP Photo/Suzusan, Hiroyuki Murase)

This photo provided by Suzusan shows the technique of making Tesuji Shibori after it’s dyed. Hiroyuki Murase, is the creative director at the Dusseldorf-based Suzusan and the 5th generation of a shibori-making family, that exemplifies both the 3-D possibilities of shibori and the bridge between traditional and new. Shibori, an ancient Japanese resist-dyeing technique, involves tying, stitching, or folding fabric in specific ways, then dyeing it. The stitching is then cut away, leaving patterns where the dye was not allowed to penetrate the fabric. (AP Photo/Suzusan, Hiroyuki Murase)

This photo provided by shows an OriShibori tablecloth, runner, placemats, and napkins on a table. From tablecloths to duvet covers, iPhone cases to wallpaper and startling calf-skin wall hangings, the ancient Japanese resist-dying technique of shibori has gone mainstream. Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, Eileen Fisher, Levi’s and innumerable fiber artists are breathing new life into the craft. (AP Photo/David Malosh)

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KATHERINE ROTH Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — From tablecloths to duvet covers, iPhone cases to wallpaper and startling calf-skin wall hangings, the ancient Japanese resist-dying technique of shibori has gone mainstream. Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, Eileen Fisher, Levi’s and innumerable fiber artists are breathing new life into the craft. “The stillness and beauty of it really centers me,” said Oriana DiNella, who recently launched her own Web-based shibori line, including linen tableware, pillows and throws — and large leather wall hangings — all made to order and hand-dyed in organic indigo. “It feels like a rebellion against the fashion movement, where everything seems so fast and disposable,” the New York-based designer explained. Shibori is slow. It takes time, and has been around since about the 8th century. The word comes from the Japanese shiboru, meaning “to wring, squeeze or press.” The technique involves twisting, tying, crumpling, stitching or folding fabric — usually silk or cotton — in various ways, transforming the two-dimensional material into a sculptural, three-dimensional form. This sculptural shape is then traditionally dyed, originally using indigo, although a huge variety of colors and dyes are now used. Sometimes, the same fabric is then twisted in some other way and then dyed again. When the wrappings are removed, the folds and creases where the fabric resisted the dye form distinctive crinkled textures and patterns. A sort of “memory on cloth,” Shibori also encompasses Issey Miyake’s revolutionary pleated clothing, fulling and felting, and other methods of transforming natural fabrics into 3-D shapes. The work of Hiroyuki Murase exemplifies both the 3-D possibilities of shibori and the bridge between traditional and new. Murase grew up in Arimatsu, Japan, where shibori has been done using traditional techniques for 400 years. Today, his array of Luminaires lampshades and haute couture fabrics, designed for the likes of Christian Dior, are the cutting edge of modern shibori. Murase’s family company, Suzusan, was founded there a century ago and has designed

Kids Sleep Continued from Page 6 For troublesome sleepers, Pedrick likes the Sleep Buddy system, which consists of a blue light projector, a storybook and a reward chart. Stickers are awarded for nights when kids don’t get out of bed; after consecutive successes, small prizes can be offered. ( Brooklyn, N.Y., mom Betsy Bradley dealt with her daughter Phoebe’s colicky early months by using a Metropolitan Museum of Art lullaby CD and one of Miracle Baby’s swaddling blankets. The one-size-fitsall shaped cotton blankets wrap baby snugly so she can’t twitch and startle herself. (www.miraclebaby. com)

This photo provided by Eskayel shows rolls of shibori fabric produced by Eskayel, a design firm based in New York. The home-design purveyor is creating the look of shibori patterns using ink, water and watercolors, followed by digital printing techniques. (AP Photo/Eskayel)

shibori fabrics for Miyake and other designers. Murase founded and is creative director at a separate company by the same name, Suzusan, in Dusseldorf, Germany. But shibori is still most widely thought of as a sort of tie-dyeing. Today’s incarnations are as different from their early Japanese predecessors as they are from the wild, tie-dyed pieces that became emblematic of the ‘60s and ‘70s. There’s a sense of timelessness and calm to the modern shibori pieces, and also a renewed focus on workmanship and functionality. “I love the bleeds, the fluidity of it. I love how the light shades of indigo can be so pale and watery and the navies can be such a deep, deep blue,” DiNella said. Brooklyn designer Rebecca Atwood uses modern fiber-reactive dyes for her Blauvelt Collection, which includes pillows and pouches. And home-design purveyor Eskayel is creating the look of shibori patterns using ink, water and watercolors, followed by digital

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printing techniques. “We have wallpaper, rugs, fabric, pillows, baskets, iPhone cases, stationery, prints and wall hangings. Oh, and poufs,” said founder and creative director Shanan Campanero, when asked about the company’s shiboriinspired offerings. Compared to the tie-dyes of a generation ago, she said, today’s shibori-inspired works feature patterns that are more careful, deliberate and traditional. Vera Wang’s collection is centered on bedding, while Ralph Lauren’s features swim trunks and clothing. Levi’s has even come out with shibori-inspired jeans. But while massproduced items lack the nuanced appeal of handcrafted works, they bring a surprising touch of texture and pizazz to the familiar. For those inclined to take on do-it-yourself projects, shibori has never been more accessible. It can be done easily at home using minimal equipment. Urban Outfitters sells its own shibori kits,

and lessons are widely available online, from basic for beginners to truly advanced. Martha Stewart Living features a project on its website using a standard pressure cooker to make elegant shibori at home. Serious shibori artists and workshops across the country and internationally can be found through the Berkeley-based World Shibori Network. With a membership of dedicated artisans in Japan and around the globe, it was founded in the 1990s because of fears that the traditional craft would disappear. Despite widespread interest in shibori in the West, “we are still concerned with its survival in Japan,” explained Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, the organization’s president and co-founder. Wada, author of “Shibori” and “Memory on Cloth” (both published by Kodansha), has taught and written about shibori for over 30 years, co-founded Berkeley’s Kasuri Dyeworks in 1975, and helped introduce shibori to the United States. Now, her focus is ensuring its survival in Japan. “There used to be thousands and thousands of artists working on this. Now there are not so many people doing it using traditional techniques,” said Wada. She said iPhone covers and poufs made using digital techniques, far from being silly novelties, are crucial to the future of shibori, which holds little appeal to most young Japanese. “Adapting shibori to something contemporary is the key to its survival,” she said. “When the big designers come out with it and young artists take it in new directions, then more people here and in Japan start to pay attention.”


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Average U.S. rate on 30-year loan at 4.32 percent WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages slipped this week as new data showed a decline in home prices in November and a drop in new homes sales last month. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average for the 30-year loan fell to 4.32 percent from 4.39 percent last week. The average for the 15-year loan eased to 3.40 percent from 3.44 percent. Mortgage rates have risen about a full percentage point since hitting record lows roughly a year ago. The increase was driven by speculation that the Federal Reserve would reduce its $85 billion a month in bond purchases. Deeming the economy to be gaining in strength, the Fed pushed ahead Wednesday with a plan to reduce the bond purchases, which have kept longterm interest rates low. Data issued this week suggested a pause in the housing market’s recovery. Home prices fell slightly in November as colder weather slowed buying, ending nine straight months of price gains, the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index released Tuesday showed. The Commerce Department reported Monday that sales of new homes fell in December for a second straight month. Even with the end-year decline, though, home sales for 2013 climbed to the highest level in five years as they benefited from historically low mortgage rates. Most economists expect home sales and prices to keep rising this year, but at a slower pace. They forecast sales and prices will likely rise around 5 percent, down from doubledigit gains in 2013. The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that fewer Americans signed contracts to buy previously occupied homes last month. Cold weather stalled home purchases. To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country between Monday and Wednesday each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 percent of the loan amount.

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Home Sales Continued from Page 1 The median price of a single-family home jumped more than 6 percent to $320,000, according to the Realtors. The Warren Group calculated an almost 4 percent increase in the median price to more than $311,000. The groups use slightly different methods in their calculations. “Home sellers are seeing prices increase and they are tired of waiting to downsize or move up,” said Casell. “So they are selling now as they see the market improving. In some instances, we are seeing multiple offers coming in on desirable properties.” “Park Square Realty had a very strong year in 2013 with sales volume and number of homes sold up 18 percent over 2012,” he said. “In Westfield specifically, Park Square Realty sold 176 properties in 2013 versus 158 properties in 2012.” “In general, there is a sense of optimism among agents, lenders, buyers and sellers that 2014 is going to be a great year for real estate,” he said. “In reviewing the overall market for Hampshire and Hampden Counties,

the number of sales of single family homes actually went up about 6 percent,” said Lisa Oleksak-Sullivan, Realtor with Coldwell Banker. “However, prices went down slightly by 3 percent. This is comparing the December 2012 market to the December 2013 market.” “In Westfield the market varied slightly from the western Mass. statistics,” said Sullivan. “The number of sales also went up about 25 percent. However, the prices went up as well by about 4.5 percent.” “Westfield is a strong market, and accordingly it’s a good time for sellers to put their homes on the market,” she said. “Inventory is low which means less competition for the sellers.” “The spring market typically heats up around March 1, so if sellers want to take advantage of getting a jump start, February is the time to list their home,” Sullivan said. “Interest rates are still low, giving the buyers more purchasing power.” “It’s a healthy market,” she said.

Farm Bill Continued from Page 4 from the farm bill and then passed in September as its own freestanding 109-page bill crafted by Cantor and promising $39 billion in savings. Nothing so broad is envisioned now, and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.), who had promoted the twobill strategy last summer, didn’t hide his displeasure. “The farm bill was written behind closed doors, it has stripped longterm reforms,” he said. “As a farmer and a conservative, I will not take a step backwards.” But both Cantor and Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.), a central figure in the SNAP debate, embraced the deal that would allow more experimentation by states in moving jobless beneficiaries back to work.

And an estimated $200 million — generated from food stamp savings — would be devoted to as many as 10 pilot programs to test ideas also supported by Democrats to improve training opportunities for lowincome individuals on the SNAP rolls. The single largest reduction from food stamps is an effort to crack down on what many see as an abusive scheme employed by about 16 states that distribute token amounts of low-income fuel assistance to SNAP households to help them gain higher benefits. As little as $1 per year in fuel aid can be used to claim a higher utility deduction and leverage far more in monthly food stamp benefits, espe-

cially in high-cost cities like New York. By insisting that the fuel aid be no less than $20, the bill hopes to discourage this practice enough to claim about $8.6 billion in 10-year savings, a portion of which is plowed back into employment and training programs. Just as with Republicans, this SNAP compromise also split Democrats. “I firmly believe it is a good compromise given how far apart we were when this conference began,” said Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), who leads the Congressional Black Caucus. But Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) argued that any farm bill that adds to hunger in America is ultimately a mistake.

“People are going to be hurt. The price of admission to support a farm bill should not be cuts from SNAP,” McGovern said, asking Democrats to remember their political heritage of standing up “for the little guy.” But McGovern’s own heritage in the Massachusetts delegation is at odds with what many see as the manipulations of the so-called heatand-eat scheme using low-income fuel assistance to leverage SNAP gains. Indeed, the fuel assistance program was born in the late ’70s with the help of prominent Massachusetts Democrats, sensitive to the high cost of heating oil for poor families. No one envisioned handing out $1 to leverage food stamps.

Senate passes bill to delay flood insurance hikes WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of homeowners in coastal and flood-prone areas would win protection from sharply higher federal flood insurance premiums under legislation muscled through the Senate on Thursday after angry constituents inundated Capitol Hill with complaints. The 67-32 vote reflects widespread alarm about changes enacted two years ago to shore up the program’s finances. In many cases the changes produced unexpected, skyhigh insurance rates that are unaffordable for many homeowners in flood-prone areas whose insurance has historically been subsidized by the government and other policyholders. “Something is just terribly wrong when homeowners are more worried about raging flood premiums than they are about raging floods,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. The bill would delay for up to four years huge premium increases that are supposed to phase in next year and beyond under new and updated government flood maps. It also would allow homeowners to pass below-cost policies on to people who buy their homes. People who have recently bought homes and face sharp, immediate jumps in their premiums would see those increases rolled back. Opponents of the bill say it unravels long-sought reforms of the flood insurance program, which has required numerous taxpayer bailouts and owes $24 billion to the Treasury Department as a result. “It’s simply irresponsible for the Senate to gut reforms they overwhelmingly adopted just a year and a half ago,” said Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common

Sense. He called the bill “an empty, feel-good, four-year delay that will keep people in harm’s way, accelerate the insolvency of the program, increase uncertainty about future rates, and cost taxpayers billions.” The measure goes to the GOPcontrolled House, where there’s tension between supporters of the Senate approach and top Republicans like Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, who is largely standing behind the 2012 changes. Hensarling spokesman David Popp said the chairman wants “free-market alternatives” to the government-run flood insurance program. But allies of delaying the rate hikes demonstrated in a 281-146 vote last year in the House that they have sweeping support for delaying premium increases. That vote, on an amendment by Rep. Bill Cassidy, was included in this month’s government-wide funding bill. It effectively guarantees a few months relief to those facing increases late this year because of new maps but doesn’t allow people to pass below-market rates on to people who buy their homes. At issue is the government-run flood insurance program, in which taxpayers and other homeowners subsidize below-risk rates paid on older homes in both coastal areas threatened by hurricanes and big storms and inland areas near floodprone rivers. A sweeping overhaul that passed virtually unanimously in 2012 was designed to make the federal flood insurance program more financially stable and bring insurance rates more in line with the real risk of flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, supporters of the legislation say, is doing a poor

job of producing new, accurate flood maps. The bill also would make it easier for homeowners to challenge faulty maps. “The rates that would be imposed if the law doesn’t get changed will be impossible — not just impractical, impossible,” said Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss. “It’s being implemented with faulty data and we need to go back to the drawing board.” Projections of the new rates have caused anxiety among hundreds of thousands of homeowners. The loss of subsidies when homes are sold has put a damper on the real estate market and threatened home values. Some homeowners are snagged in a Catch-22. They face rates that, once phased in, they won’t be able to afford. But because of the higher insurance rates, they also face having to sell their properties at distressed prices. Hours before the final vote, the Senate by an almost 2-1 margin rejected an alternative plan by Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., that would have capped the premium increases on most properties — including homes being sold — at 25 percent per year until the premium reflected the true flood risk. Ten Republicans sided with unanimous Democrats to reject the idea. Thursday’s news was welcomed by homeowners in coastal New Jersey towns and New York City neighborhoods that were battered by Superstorm Sandy. “Most of our homeowners require flood insurance as a condition of their mortgage,” said Jonathan Gaska, district manager for the community board that represents the Rockaway peninsula and Broad Channel. “And we were afraid that this would just become a ghost town, that people would just give up their

homes because they can’t afford it.” The 2012 law has already had a chilling effect on home sales throughout the Rockaways, which is mostly populated by blue-collar workers like police officers and firefighters, Gaska said. Seaside Park, N.J., resident Chuck Appleby opted to raise his bayside home by 12 feet, in part because of the threat of exponential increases in flood insurance. “We decided to go up as high as possible,” he said. “That should ensure that we get the lowest insurance rate possible. Resale value is a big concern; there’s a lot of houses for sale around here. Plus, I have kids and I want to know we’ll be safe in the next storm.” But his parents, who live two doors down, restored their house to its pre-storm condition, deciding against raising it. Appleby says his parents cannot believe the insurance hikes will be as bad as feared. “We had a discussion about it the other day,” he said. “My parents said they believe that if it’s going to affect so many people so negatively, there’s no way the government would ever let it happen.”

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Westfield’s Isaiah Headley (15) looks to make a move with the ball against Chicopee Thursday night. (Photo by Chris Putz)

Westfield’s Jason Howard (50) attempts to split the Chicopee defense Thursday night. (Photo by Chris Putz)


Westfield High bounces back By Chris Putz Staff Writer WESTFIELD – The Westfield High School boys’ basketball team proved it can rebound with the best of them. Westfield bounced back from a stretch of losses encompassing two premier high school hoops’ teams with a narrow 53-52 win over visiting Chicopee Westfield’s Patrick Wroth (5) defends Chicopee point guard Josh Malone, right. Bombers’ Thursday night. “It was a well-needed Manny Golob attempts to establish position against the Pacers. (Photo by Chris Putz) win after the Northampton and Putnam games,” Westfield coach Bill Daley said regarding recent losses, including one to the state’s top-ranked Beavers. “It was a good high school game.” Manny Golob (12 points, 8 rebounds) and Alex Brown (10 points, 12 rebounds) paved the way for a Westfield victory. Colin Dunn hit a key 3-pointer late for the Bombers. “All up and down the lineup – a lot of guys gave us really good minutes,” coach Daley said. “It was a good solid team win and one that we needed.” With the victory, Westfield improved to Chicopee gets a hand on the ball as Westfield’s Richard Barnett See Basketball, Page 11 (21) drives to the hoop. (Photo by Chris Putz)

Rothermel reigns on slopes By Chris Putz Staff Writer CHARLEMONT – Westfield skier Jenna Rothermel completed a stellar week on the hill at Berkshire East. Rothermel won her second straight Pioneer Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference race with a first-place time of 37.52 Thursday night. “It was her hill again tonight,” Westfield coach Monique Piotte said. “She had a great run … she was queen of the hill.” Rebecca Stephens was second for Westfield, and eighth overall (43.18). Natalie Mitchell and Megan Cole placed 3-4 for the Bombers. It was Mitchell’s first top four team finish. Westfield placed third as a team in the North Division. Agawam and Longmeadow were 1-2. BOYS’ RESULTS Westfield’s Neil Sheehan placed fourth overall (25.32), and first for his team. Bombers’ Liam Sheehan, Matt Walsh, and Liam Flaherty were 2-3-4 for the team. Westfield was fourth as a team.

HS Standings, Results GIRLS’ HOOPS Westfield 6-6 Southwick 9-3 Gateway 4-4* St. Mary 1-8*


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HOCKEY Westfield 5-2-2* St. Mary N/A BOYS’ SWIMMING Westfield 9-1 GIRLS’ SWIMMING Westfield 8-1-1

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SATURDAY February 1

MONDAY TUESDAY February 3 February 4 WESTFIELD HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. East Longmeadow, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. East Longmeadow, 7 p.m.

INDOOR TRACK at Longmeadow, Smith College, Northampton, 3:45 p.m. BOYS’ V HOCKEY vs. MInnechaug, Amelia Park Ice Arena, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. East Longmeadow, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. East Longmeadow, 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY February 5 BOYS’ JV ICE HOCKEY vs. Agawam, Amelia Park, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ V ICE HOCKEY (Westfield/ Cathedral/Longmeadow) at Auburn, Joe Hogan Rink, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ WRESTLING vs. Northampton, 7 p.m. BOYS’ V ICE HOCKEY vs. Agawam, Amelia Park, 7 p.m.

SKIING – PVIAC RACE, Berkshire East, Charlemont, 5 p.m. GIRLS’ JV HOOPS at Ludlow, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS at Ludlow, 7 p.m. BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY at West Springfield, Olympia, 8:30 p.m.

THURSDAY February 6 SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East, Charlemont, 5 p.m. BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Amherst, 6 p.m.


BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Ware, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. West Springfield, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at Ware, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. Hampden County Charter School, 7 p.m.

GIRLS’ JV HOOPS at Cathedral, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS at Cathedral, 7 p.m. WRESTLING vs. Sabis, 7 p.m.

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

WRESTLING vs. Dean Tech, 7 p.m.

GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. Smith Academy, 5 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. Smith Academy, 6:30 p.m.

GATEWAY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’JV HOOPS at SouthwickTolland, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Palmer, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS at Southwick-Tolland 7 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at Palmer, 7 p.m.

WRESTLING at Belchertown Duals, All Day

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

GIRLS’ V HOOPS at Pioneer Valley Christian School, 6 p.m.

WESTFIELD VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Hampden County Charter School, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Hampden County Charter School, 7 p.m

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

GIRLS’ JV HOOPS at Pathfinder, 5:30 p.m.

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

SAINT MARY HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ V HOCKEY at Wahconah, Pittsfield Boys’ & Girls’ Club, 6:30 p.m.

BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. McCann Tech, Westfield Middle School South, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. McCann Tech, Westfield Middle School South, 7 p.m.

BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Smith Voke, 5 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. Commerce, Westfield Middle School North, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at Smith Voke, 6:30 p.m.

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



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Sunday, 6:25 p.m. EST, FOX, East Rutherford, N.J. OPENING LINE — Denver by 1 RECORD VS. SPREAD — Seattle 12-5-1; Denver 12-6 SERIES RECORD — Broncos lead 34-19 AP PRO32 RANKING — Seahawks, No. 1; Broncos, No. 2 LAST MEETING — Broncos beat Seahawks 31-14, Sept. 19, 2010 LAST GAME — Seahawks beat 49ers 23-17; Broncos beat Patriots 26-16 SEAHAWKS OFFENSE — OVERALL (17), RUSH (4), PASS (26) SEAHAWKS DEFENSE — OVERALL (1), RUSH (7T), PASS (1) BRONCOS OFFENSE — OVERALL (1), RUSH (15), PASS (1) BRONCOS DEFENSE — OVERALL (19), RUSH (7T), PASS (27) STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Super Bowl features matchup of NFL’s top-rated offense (Denver) and league’s No. 1 defense (Seattle) — sixth time that has happened. Team with top defense has won four of previous five, with only exception being Denver falling to San Francisco 55-10 in 1990. ... Only once have teams ranked first in yards gained and allowed met in Super Bowl: 11 years ago when defense-minded Tampa Bay routed Oakland 48-21. ... Teams were AFC West rivals until Seahawks moved to NFC West for 2002 season. ... Seattle playing in second Super Bowl in team history, having lost to Indianapolis in only other appearance in 2006 game. ... Seahawks’ Pete Carroll in first Super Bowl as head coach. ... QB Russell Wilson has 27 wins in first two seasons, including playoffs, which ties him with Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger for most in Super Bowl era. Could join Roethlisberger, New England’s Tom Brady and St. Louis’ Kurt Warner as only QBs to win Super Bowl within first two seasons. Wilson had 101.2 passer rating, only QB in NFL history with 100-plus rating in rookie and second seasons. ... RB Marshawn Lynch, who created stir during week by cutting short media availabilities, rushed for 1,257 yards and 12 TDs this season, his third straight with at least 1,200 yards and 10 or more scores. Has run for six TDs and has four 100-yard rushing performances in six career playoff games. Needs 5 yards rushing to pass Shaun Alexander (564) for most in franchise postseason history. ... WR Percy Harvin was knocked out of NFC divisional playoff game against New Orleans with concussion, but has been medically cleared. Has yet to play in full game while healthy in first season with Seahawks. ... WR-PR Golden Tate led Seahawks with career-high 64 catches and 898 yards, while Doug Baldwin had 778 yards receiving in regular season and caught six passes for 106 yards in NFC championship game. ... CB Richard Sherman highlighted Seahawks defense that led NFL in takeaways (39), INTs (28), points allowed (231), total defense (273.6 yards) and pass defense (172 yards). Sherman’s eight INTs led league, first Seahawks player to do so since Eugene Robinson in 1993. He tipped pass intended for Michael Crabtree that was intercepted by Malcolm Smith to seal NFC title game win over San Francisco. ... K Steven Hauschka made 33 of 35 FGs in regular season & led NFC with franchise-record 143 points. Has converted all six FG attempts in playoffs. ... Broncos playing in seventh Super Bowl, tied with New England for third-most in NFL history and just one behind Dallas and Pittsburgh. ... Denver has won its last two Super Bowl appearances, both coming in consecutive years (1998 and ‘99) with John Elway, now team’s executive VP, at QB. ... John Fox, who missed month during season to have open-heart surgery, is sixth head coach in NFL history to lead two franchises to Super Bowl. His Carolina Panthers lost 32-29 to New England Patriots in 2004. ... QB Peyton Manning 1-1 in career Super Bowl appearances, both with Indianapolis. Set NFL’s single-season marks with 5,477 yards passing and 55 TD tosses. Needs 116 yards passing to surpass Brady (6,424) for most in NFL postseason history, and his 36 postseason TDs rank him fourth all-time. ... RB Knowshon Moreno had 1,038 yards rushing, first time he reached 1,000-yard milestone, and had career-best 13 TDs, including 10 on ground. ... WR Demaryius Thomas had seven catches for 134 yards and TD in AFC championship game. First Broncos player with two seasons of 1,400 yards receiving. ... WR Wes Welker has 79 catches for 762 yards and five TDs in 11 career postseason games. ... Julius Thomas set team record for TEs with 12 TD catches. ... CB Champ Bailey playing in first Super Bowl in his 15 NFL seasons. ... K Matt Prater over flu bug that caused him to miss three practices before team flew to New Jersey. Set NFL record with 64-yard FG in December, and is 30 of 31 on FG attempts, including 5 for 5 in playoffs. ——— AP NFL website:



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Southwick junior forward Jonathan Collins, left, looks for the net during the second period of last night’s game against visiting Monson. (Photo by Frederick Gore)


Continued from Page 9 4-10. high 10 points for Southwick, and teammate Monson 49, Southwick-Tolland 43 Jon Collins added 11 rebounds. SOUTHWICK – Matt Olson scored a team-

Southwick’s Laurence Johnson, left, leaps for the net as Monson’s Art Mercieri moves in for the block. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Southwick senior guard Matt Olson dribbles past Monson’s Brian Couture during the first period of last night’s game in Southwick. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Southwick’s Nick Massarelli, center, battles a host of Monson defenders during last night’s game in Southwick. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Thursday’s Games Phoenix 102, Indiana 94 New York 117, Cleveland 86 Golden State 111, L.A. Clippers 92 Friday’s Games Milwaukee at Orlando, 7 p.m. Atlanta at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. Memphis at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at Brooklyn, 8 p.m. Sacramento at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Toronto at Denver, 9 p.m. Charlotte at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Golden State at Utah, 10:30 p.m.

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

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

Washington at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. New Jersey at Nashville, 8 p.m. Vancouver at Winnipeg, 8:30 p.m. Saturday’s Games Edmonton at Boston, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Montreal, 1 p.m. Buffalo at Colorado, 3 p.m. Philadelphia at Los Angeles, 4 p.m. Ottawa at Toronto, 7 p.m. Florida at Columbus, 7 p.m. Nashville at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Pittsburgh at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Calgary, 10 p.m. Dallas at Anaheim, 10 p.m. Chicago at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Utah at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. Golden State at Utah, 10:30 p.m.

Southwick’s Chris Turgeon, left, looks for the pass as Monson’s Steve O’Shea looks for the block. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

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Annie’s Mailbox By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar

Concerned Cousin Dear Annie: I have a question regarding the appropriateness of a grandfather sleeping with a 5-year-old granddaughter during visits to her family home. In this case, the grandmother and grandfather take turns sleeping in the same bed with the granddaughter. I feel this is most inappropriate and sends very mixed messages to the child. I have read some research that suggests it shouldn’t be done after the age of 8, or at reaching puberty. What is your take? -- Concerned Cousin Dear Cousin: Unless one of the grandparents is molesting the child, this is nothing to be alarmed about. The grandparents don’t live with the family and don’t sleep with the girl on a regular basis. We suspect this arrangement has more to do with the lack of beds during a visit and the desire to spend extra time with a young grandchild. If the girl objects (and if she doesn’t now, she will later), other arrangements should be made -- such as a sleeping bag or an air mattress. Dear Annie: I have two girlfriends I’ve been very close to for several years. We are all in our 40s. Recently, we have grown apart. I’ve seen Facebook postings of things they are doing and pictures of activities they’ve done together, and I haven’t been invited to any of them. I mentioned this to one of them, who assured me they weren’t trying to hurt me. But I recently saw pictures of them celebrating on New Year’s Eve. The same friend told me it was a spur-of-themoment thing, that they had no plans to celebrate, but circumstances allowed it when their shifts ended. When I asked the other friend, she gave a flippant remark as if it didn’t matter. Am I being oversensitive? Is it too much to think they could have called or texted me to join them? I sat at home, ringing in the New Year alone. My gut tells me to move along. What do you think? -- Afterthought Dear Afterthought: Your gut is right. These friends are no longer interested in making the effort to include you. Please search for friendships elsewhere. There’s no reason to sit home alone because others don’t call. Make your own plans. Get involved in activities that will allow you to meet others and become more interesting in the process. Dear Annie: This is in response to the letter from “Massachusetts,” who is having an affair with “Harry,” her childhood sweetheart, even though both of them are married to others. I have been married to the same woman for 35 years, and it has not always been a bed of roses. My job placed a lot of stress on our marriage. But we persevered. I have always told my kids, their friends and anyone I know that marriage is the hardest “job” they would ever have. It takes a lot of effort and commitment from both sides to make it work, but anything worth having is worth working as hard as you can to achieve it. The benefits far outweigh the bad parts. I could have cheated numerous times, but when I pledged my vows, I meant every word. Obviously, “Massachusetts” and “Harry” were not quite so sincere. Those two have not only betrayed their spouses, but also their children. You want to mess around? Get a divorce first. I have no idea what either of your spouses has done to deserve the blatant disrespect you two have shown, but I hope they can find happiness with someone else after your divorce. What absolutely floors me is that you would write to Annie’s column, which is published across the country, asking her for suggestions to help you cheat. The only feeling I have for you is absolute contempt. -- You Disgust Me Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to

HINTS FROM HELOISE REMOVER SUBSTITUTE Dear Heloise: I usually use storebought makeup remover to get my eye makeup off. When I run out, I use baby oil with a cotton ball or pad. My mom taught me that baby oil was a good substitute for liquid makeup remover, and it is less expensive. I have oily skin, so I use baby oil only for a short time. -Monica A. in Oklahoma City SIPPY-CUP WRAP Dear Heloise: If you have a toddler whose hands get cold from the chilled drink in his or her sippy cup, simply slip a terry-cloth wristband on the cup. These are found in stores’ athletic departments, are sold in pairs and are easily laundered. -- Mary in Ohio DONATION SUGGESTION Dear Heloise: When I donate my shoes, I check to see if the size has worn off. If it has, I write the size on paper and tape it on the bottom. -- Lindsay in Ohio EASY-FILL IRON Dear Heloise: I have found an easy way to fill the water reservoir in my steam iron without spilling water. I fill one of the sports bottles that has a pop-up spout with water, then use it to fill the iron. It is easy to squeeze the water right in, and because the spout can almost fit in the iron, it makes it nearly spillproof. -- A Reader in Alaska Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, or you can fax it to 1-210-HELOISE or email it to Heloise(at) I can’t answer your letter personally but will use the best hints received in my column.



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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, Jan. 31, 2014: This year you flip-flop from one stance to another, and it causes confusion in others’ perceptions. People have always seen you as steadfast; now that you are changing styles, you can expect some strong reactions. You demand a lot from others, and you also have strong expectations financially. If you are single, the person you choose today might not be your long-term choice. Try not to make any commitments for at least a year; if the person still is of interest to you then, you know you have a winner. If you are attached, your partner could be thrown off by your changing attitude. Explain where you are coming from more often. PISCES helps you make and spend money. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult

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ONE BIG HAPPY Rick Detorie

ON a CLAIRE DAY Carla Ventresca and Henry Beckett

ZACK HILL John Deering and John Newcombe

ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHHH You could feel uncomfortable about a matter revolving around your household. You might have pushed someone away. You’ll discover that a partner is energized and finally ready to pitch in. You instinctively pick up on others’ nonverbal cues. Tonight: TGIF! TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHH You could be overwhelmed by everything that is happening. A loved one’s response might not warm the cockles of your heart. Understand where you are coming from in regard to this person. Consider establishing some limits. Tonight: Celebrate the weekend in style. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHH You could question a decision more than you need to. Recognize your limits in the present situation, and resist pushing too hard. In fact, the less you push, the more you will receive. You might not be as cautious as you need to be with your finances. Tonight: Your treat. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHH You’ll respond positively to someone’s efforts to draw you in. Relating closely happens naturally when you are with this person. Rethink a decision, and be aware of the consequences. You are instinctive in your reactions. Tonight: Follow the music. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH You are able to see a personal matter differently from how many people do. You will want to communicate your vision more fully than you have in the past. A loved one could be rather stern and difficult. You might want to have a long-overdue conversation. Tonight: Time for a talk. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHH Others insist on dominating the scene, no matter what is going on. Your feelings could come out in an odd way or through spending. Working with someone else might elicit powerful responses from you. Be aware of this. Tonight: With a favorite person. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHH You might feel as though you are carrying a burden alone, but that is not the case. You will get a better grasp of a situation later in the day. In fact, in the next few days, you will be gaining an enhanced perspective of several important matters. Tonight: Beam in more of what you want. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHHH You have been very sure of yourself lately and perhaps too hard on someone you care about. At a certain point, you will need to give up your grievances and move forward in a positive manner. Tonight: Act as if there will never be another Friday night. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHH Use your instincts in an important conversation. Understand that much more is going on than meets the eye. You have a strong will, and you’ll sense what is needed to end a personal issue. Stress on your finances will ease up soon enough. Tonight: Head home. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHH You will experience an unusual urge to spend. Much of that desire is being fueled by a personal situation. You tend to pick up much more of what is going on than what is being verbalized. Tonight: You deserve to have some fun. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHHH Be aware of your effect on others. Sometimes you are pushed way beyond what you can handle. Think through a problem by getting more feedback. A domestic issue will resolve, given some time and perspective. Tonight: Make it OK to be a little over-



indulgent. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHH You might sense a change in the air, but you are uncomfortable with change. Relax, and understand that others might not be on the same level as you. Do some deep thinking before you act. You will rejuvenate as the day goes on. Tonight: All smiles -- it’s Friday!

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Winter Concert WESTFIELD - On Sunday February 9, Westfield State University will host the Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestras for a Winter Concert. The program will feature Jacques Offenbach’s Intermezzo and Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffman, Camille Saint-Saëns’s Marche Militaire Francaise, Arthur Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore Overture, John Alden Carpenter’s Adventures in a Perambulator and John Williams’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The concert will be held in Parenzo Hall at 3 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door at $10 for adults and $5 for youth and senior. For more information about the Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestras call (413)-7330636 ext.19 or email

COA Book Club RUSSELL - The COA Book Club will be reading the Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle for our February discussion. Updated versions are now being shown on PBS and CBS.... now let’s compare them to the originals written over 100 years ago! Since this is a complete set, we will all read at least the first three short stories and any others you desire. Pick up your cop at Russell Senior Center. Join us on Tuesday, February 11 at 9:30 a.m. at the Senior Center. Coffee will be served. All are welcome.

Nutrition: Your Fountain of Youth WESTFIELD - The Westfield Athenaeum is pleased to host Nancy Dell, registered dietician, on Wednesday, February 12 at 7 p.m. Join us in the Lang Auditorium as Ms. Dell helps kick off our Spring Speaker Series with her presentation, Nutrition: Your Fountain of Youth. Come learn how nutrition can play a vital role in slowing the aging process and keep you healthy at any age. Nancy is best known for her “Food for Thought” nutrition news segments that have aired on NBC’s WWLP news since 1984. After receiving her Bachelor’s in biology from Westfield State College, she went on to earn her Master’s in human nutrition from the University of Massachusetts. This program is free and all are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please visit our website www. or call the Westfield Athenaeum at 413-568-0638.

Hearing Clinic SOUTHWICK - Avada Hearing will be holding a free Hearing Clinic at the Southwick Senior Center on February 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hearing aides may also be cleaned at this time. Appointments are needed so please call the center to make one at 5695498.

Computer Literacy Classes WESTFIELD - Westfield Community Education (WCE), an area community youth and adult, alternative evening education program of Domus Inc., will be holding Basic Computer Literacy Classes for beginner students that are residents of Greater Westfield. Classes are on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will be held February 12 to May 21 at Western Mass Hospital’s Clark Building on 128 East Mountain Road. Classes are free with a small charge of $20 for the course information. The 8 open slots will be filled on a first come or need basis. For more information, contact 568-1044 to complete paperwork and a quick assessment.

‘A Balancing Act’ Presentation WESTFIELD - The Council On Aging is combining the monthly “Live and Learn” healthy lifestyle series with a special research project on balance that Dr. Melissa Roti from the Westfield State University Movement

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Science Department is conducting. The risk of falling is greater for older adults if physical and cognitive functioning decline. Therefore, prevention should address both areas. One factor that may negatively influence physical and cognitive functioning is hydration status or how much fluid a person drinks. Dr. Roti’s research project will examine the relationship between hydration and balance in older adults. Join Dr. Roti at the Senior Center on Thursday, February 13 at 10 a.m. for her presentation, “A Balancing Act.” She’ll discuss factors that affect balance as well as outline her research project for any senior who would like to be a subject. Participants will complete some questionnaires regarding food/fluid intake and physical/cognitive function; provide a single urine sample; and perform a balance assessment. The information gathering and balance testing will take place in March at the Westfield Senior Center. The students in the Gerokinesiology class will administer the balance tests as a practical exam for a grade. Feel free to contact Dr. Roti for more information about the research project at mroti@westfield. or 572-5665. No sign-ups are necessary for Dr. Roti’s “A Balancing Act” session on February 13. The Westfield Senior Center is located at 40 Main Street. Free parking is available in the Stop & Shop lot or, for no more than three hours, in the municipal lot behind Bank of America.

Abner Gibbs Pasta Supper WESTFIELD - Abner Gibbs Elementary School is hosting a 100th Anniversary Pasta Supper on Thursday, February 13 in our school cafeteria. Please join us for a fun family event and some delicious food. Tickets purchased in advance: adults - $6, children ages 4-12 are $4 and under 3 are free! Ticket prices at the door are $7 for adults and children are $5. Tickets can be bought calling the school at 413-572-6418. The tradition continues; please join us and make some great memories.

Experiencing the Mandala WESTFIELD - Creative Arts will hold Experiencing the Mandala, one day art workshops, at the Westfield State University Downtown Art Gallery. The workshops will be held Saturdays February 15, March 8 and 22, and April 12 and 26 from noon to 3 p.m. This workshop is an introduction to the idea of using the mandala, a symmetrical design, as a form of self-expression and personal insight. The word mandala is from the Sanskrit word meaning “sacred circle.” Mandalas are considered Eastern in origin, however, examples of them are found in all cultures and all religions. There also are examples of mandalas in nature like in flowers. The class will be taught by Peg Considine, a multi-disciplined artist with a focus on drawing and painting. The cost to attend is $25 for non-members plus supplies. Students will be instructed to create their own mandala using paper on which a symmetrical line drawing is the starting point. They are provided with a range of paints and drawing materials to help develop their mandalas. A full schedule of class dates and times can be found at For more information on Westfield Creative Arts, call (413) 277-5829.

Construction Class WESTERN MASS - Western Mass COSH announces a five-day OSHA-30 Construction class for supervisory personnel with tuition set at $300 per person. It is noted that this may be the only time this class is offered this year, as it is often difficult for people to schedule due to the pressure of work. All persons interested in obtaining this qualification with genuine knowledgeable inperson instruction this year are encouraged to attend. The classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. all week starting Monday, February 17, through Friday, February 21 at 640 Page Boulevard in Springfield. Reservations may be made by email or by calling (413) 731-0760. Payment of the $300 tuition may be made by cash, check or PayPal. PayPal payments should be sent to westernmasscosh@ Space is limited so please enroll


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Senior Center Bus Trip SOUTHWICK - On Tuesday, February 18 a bus headed for Mohegan Sun Casino will be leaving the Southwick Senior Center at 8 a.m. Departure time from the casino will be 3:30 p.m. Cost per person is $19, which includes a $15 meal credit or free buffet and a $20 bet. To sign up, visit the office or call 569-5498.

Breakfast Open House RUSSELL - On Wednesday. February 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., the Russell COA will have a Breakfast Open House, serving coffee, muffins, oatmeal, etc. This event is free and open to all seniors in Russell and surrounding communities. Some take-home frozen breakfast foods will be available.


breakfast. No advance tickets, no sign-ups, and no reservations for these monthly pancake breakfasts are necessary. In addition, the Senior Center Wellness Nurse, Jennifer Pappas, is also at the Senior Center on the third Friday of the month to take blood pressures, review medications and discuss medical and health concerns. Invite some friends and treat yourself to breakfast “out” on Friday, February 21 from 9 toJanuary 10 a.m.24,at31, the2014 Senior February 7, 2014 Center! The Senior Center is located at 40 Main Street. Free parking is available in the NOTICE OF SALE Stop & Shop lot or, OF for MOTOR no moreVEHICLES than three BY GARAGE hours, in the municipal lot behindOWNER Bank of America. Notice is hereby given by: Mi

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WESTFIELD - Bowlers of all levels are invited to a Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser on Saturday, February 22 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Canal Bowling Lanes at 74 College Highway in Southampton. The event benefits the Westfield Homeless Cat Project, a no-kill cat and kitten rescue. This purrfectly fun evening will include pizza, snacks, prizes, raffles and more. The $15 admission includes shoe rental and three strings of candle pin bowling. Contact Paul at 413-244-2468 or email westfieldhcp@ Tickets are available at the door.

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ORDER OF NOTICE To: Tanya L. Lafreniere n/k/a Tanya L. Severance; William M. Lafreniere and to all persons entitled to the benefit of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, 50 U.S.C. App. § 501 et seq.: Green Tree Servicing, LLC claiming to have an interest in a Mortgage covering real property in WESTFIELD, numbered 3-5 SHERMAN ST EXT, given by Tanya L. Lafreniere and William M. Lafreniere to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., dated July 22, 2005, and recorded with the Hampden County Registry of Deeds at Book 15201, Page 484 and now held by the plaintiff by assignment has/have filed with this court a complaint for determination of Defendant’s/Defendants’ Servicemembers status. If you now are, or recently have been, in the active military service of the UnitedStates of America, then you may be entitled to the benefits of the Servicemembers Civil ReliefAct. If you object to a foreclosure of the above-mentioned property on that basis, then you or your attorney must file a written appearance and answer in this court at Three Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108 on or before March 10, 2014 or you will be forever barred from claiming that you are entitled to the benefits of said Act. Witness, JUDITH C. CUTLER, Chief Justice of this Court on January 23, 2014. Attest: Deborah J. Patterson Recorder 201311-0867-TEA

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PARKING CONTROL OFFICER The City of Westfield seeks qualified applicants for part time position of Parking Control Officer. Enforcement of municipal parking rules and regulations by issuance of parking tickets while patrolling the City’s parking lots and streets. Part-time 19 hour/week position pays hourly rate of $10.00. For more information including complete job description, qualifications, closing dates and application information log onto:

Full-time grant funded position will provide comprehensive health access, case management and information and referral services to area residents on an outreach basis as well as provide individual and community education on changes to publicly subsidized health insurance in accordance to the national Affordable Care Act. Responsibilities include demonstrating and maintaining expertise in: eligibility and enrollment rules and procedures; the range of qualified health plan options and insurance affordability programs; the needs of underserved and vulnerable populations; and privacy and security standards. High school diploma or GED required and minimum one year’s relevant experience. Working automobile and MA driver’s license required. Must be able to maintain strict confidentiality. Thorough working knowledge of the Hilltown community and available services required. Experience providing rural outreach preferred. Community resident preferred. Competitive salary and benefits. To apply, send resume and letter of interest to: Hilltown Community Health Centers, Inc. HR Coordinator-W/P 58 Old North Road Worthington, MA 01098

0180 Help Wanted FOSTER CARE - Have you ever thought of becoming a foster parent to a child or teen who may have experienced abuse or neglect? Devereux Therapeutic Foster Care will be doing a training in February. Call Janet Knapp @ (413)734-2493 or at to find out more information. See us on facebook.

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

0340 Apartment WESTFIELD 1&2 bedroom apartments, rent includes heat and hot water. Excellent size and location. No dogs. Call weekdays (413)786-9884.

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

WESTFIELD 2 bedroom, 1 bath condo. $875/month includes heat and hot water. No smoking, no pets. First, last, security. (413)519-8271.

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WESTFIELD reconditioned 2 bedroom condo. $795/month heat included. For sale or rent. Call (603)726-4595.

WESTFIELD, 2nd floor, 2 bedroom, kitchen, living room, bath, enclosed porch. No pets. SEASONED FIREWOOD 100% $825/month plus utilities. First, hardwood. Stacking available. last, security. (413)250-4811. Cut, split, delivered. (128cu.ft.) Volume discounts. Call for pricing. Hollister's Firewood (860)653-4950.

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

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

0340 Apartment WESTFIELD Large 3 bedroom, 1-1/2 bath on first floor. Lovely neighborhood off Western Ave. Hardwood and tile floors throughout. Newly renovated. Garage. Washer/dryer hookup in basement. $930/month. Dianna (413)530-7136.


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LARGE FURNISHED ROOM. Parking, bus route, walking distance to all amenities. $120/weekly. Responsible mature male preferred. Nonsmoker. (413)348-5070.

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

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

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0440 Services

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

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

ALWAYS CALL FIRST!!! M&M SERVICES-20 Years serving the Westfield area. Painting, staining, house washing, interior/exterior. Wall coverings. Commercial/residential. Free estimates. Insured. References. Mass Reg. #121723. Call (413)568-9731. No job too small !!

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WESTFIELD Beautiful 2 bedroom townhouse, clean, quiet, 1-1/2 bath, carpeting, appliances, hot water included. Very reasonable heat cost. Sorry no pets. From $795/month. Call for more information (860)485-1216 Equal Housing Opportunity. WESTFIELD - 5 room apartment, first floor, newly renovated. Carpeting, ceramic tile floors. Large back yard, garage. Call (413)736-2120 leave slow message. WESTFIELD 1 bedroom apartments, large closets, free heat and hot water included, laundry, parking. Possible pet. $785/month. (413)562-2266. WESTFIELD 1 BEDROOM, kitchen and bath, 2nd floor. No pets. $650/month includes utilities. First, last, security. (413)250-4811.

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ing. Specializing in home improvement services. Roofs, windows, doors, decks, finished carpentry, remodels, additions, basement refinishing, and much more. Quality work from a punctual, reliable and experienced home improvement company. Licensed and Insured. MA CSL #97940, MA HIC #171709, CT HIC #0633464. Call Dave Richter for an estimate (413)519-9838.

Home Maintenance HANDYMAN/CARPENTER. All home repairs: Honey to do list, bathroom remodeling, tile work, sheetrock repairs, winterization. No job too small. 35 years profressional experience. (413)5193251.

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Snowplowing A.B.C. SNOWPLOWING. Westfield residential only. 15 years experience. Call Dave (413)568-6440. SNOWPLOWING / SNOWBLOWING. On time, reliable service. Average driveway, $40.00. Also specializing in fall clean ups. Call (413)727-4787. SNOWPLOWING, SNOW BLOWING, SHOVELING. Call Accurate Lawn Services, (413)579-1639.

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

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


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DAVE DAVIDSON BATHROOM & KITCHEN REMODELING. “GET IT MASTER ELECTRICIAN 40 years ex- RIGHT THIS TIME” Complete Bath perience. Insured, reasonable prices. Renovations. Mass. License #072233, No job too small. Call Tom Daly, Mass. Registration #144831. CT. HIC. #0609568. Now serving CT. Insured. (413)543-3100. Lic# A7625. Quality Work on Time on Budget Since 1984. (413)569-9973.

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

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

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

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